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Novell clarifies $40M payment to Microsoft as "peace of mind"

In a series of e-mail exchanges that started a couple of evenings ago with a notification from Novell's press relations department about an open letter to the open source community from the company's CEO Ron Hovsepian, I asked Novell spokesperson Kevan Barney why, if as Novell has so vociferously claimed, the company's products do not infringe on Microsoft's patents, it would send a $40 million dollar check to Redmond.

November 22, 2006 by David Berlind


CIO Sessions: Randy Spratt, McKesson Corp.

Randy Spratt heads up IT for McKesson, the $88 billion healthcare giant headquartered in San Francisco. In our video interview (transcript here) Spratt described one aspect of McKesson's business as the Amazon.

November 22, 2006 by Dan Farber


Forecasting the next 50 years in science

In the recent issue of the New Scientist, 70 very smart people predict the biggest scientific breakthroughs of the next 50 years. The topics range from the evolution of consciousness and the universal theory of everything to implantable, organo-electrical brain-machine interfaces and the discovery of extraterrestrial life.

November 21, 2006 by Dan Farber

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CIO Sessions: Motorola's Patricia Morrison

Last week I interviewed Patricia Morrison, Motorola's CIO. She joined Motorola in July 2005 after stints at Office Depot, Quaker Oats (where she engineered the integration into PepsiCo's systems after the acquisition) and GE Industrial Systems.

November 21, 2006 by Dan Farber


Roger McNamee: Reinventing journalism

As the Web 2.0 Summit a few weeks ago, legendary investor and rock band leader Roger McNamee talked about his firm Elevation Partners' recent minority investment in Forbes for a few hundred million.

November 21, 2006 by Dan Farber


Hold that Red Hat obit

Just days ago we were all asking what Red Hat did to deserve an open assault from Oracle and possibly Novell and Microsoft.  Perhaps all that consternation was a tad premature.

November 20, 2006 by