Dell CEO Michael Dell said his namesake PC company should evaluate a business model that goes beyond the standard direct sales blueprint.But does that mean buying Radio Shack?
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A report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project reveals Web 2.0 usage is limited to an elite group while half of Americans find technology annoying to some degree.
Salesforce.com's sales and marketing budget has surged to $252.
Dell says it's on board with the Microsoft and Novell Linux partnership.As part of the deal, Dell will buy SUSE Linux Enterprise Server certificates from Microsoft.
Notable headlines:Larry Dignan: Dell signs up for Microsoft-Novell partnership; SUSE Linux or bust. AP: Dell Signs on With Microsoft, Novell.
Comcast plans to launch SmartZone, a major replacement for its current and uninspired consumer email service. At the core of SmartZone is a new version of Zimbra's open source, brower-based collaborative suite that includes email, instant messaging and voice mail access.
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Robert Cringley writes that has friends as IBM, and they are telling that IBM is going to drastically reduce Global Services headcount in the U.S.
Updated below: The Yahoo-Microsoft talks are apparently no longer active, according to the Wall Street Journal, which just updated its story. The Journal reports: Microsoft and Yahoo in recent months discussed a possible merger of the two companies or some kind of match-up that would pair their respective strengths, say people familiar with the situation.
If a deal between Microsoft and Yahoo happens it'll be because of two chief financial officers--Sue Decker and Christopher Liddell. Decker (left), arguably the heir apparent to CEO Terry Semel at Yahoo, is considered to be the most valuable executive at the company.