Tom Foremski

Tom Foremski reports on the business and culture of Silicon Valley at the intersection of technology and media.

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Sun CEO will announce thousands of layoffs this Thursday

Sun Microsystems (SUNW) will announce on Thursday a large round of layoffs in a bid to cut about one-half billion dollars in annual costs as it transforms itself into a broad based computer software and services company. Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun, will make the announcement to staff and investors, said a Sun source.

June 19, 2006 by


Bill Gates is no Steve Jobs

Bill Gates' gradual departure from Microsoft over the next two years comes at a time when the company is facing its largest challenges. It is way behind Google and other companies in transitioning to the online era, and it faces large problems with staff morale.

June 15, 2006 by


Google spreadsheet moves it further away from search

Google's expected launch of a web based spreadsheet continues its push into markets that have very little to do with its mission to index the world's information.The spreadsheet launch the Wall Street Journal reports will come on Tuesday,  adds to a long list of desktop and web-based applications that Google has been introducing on a regular basis.

June 5, 2006 by


A media monopoly in SF/Silicon Valley?

Thursday evening my buddy Tom Abate, senior business reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle invited me to join him at a Media Alliance event at the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center (why no heterosexual?) in San Francisco: The Coming Media Monopoly: Concentration of Press Ownership and Its Effects.

June 4, 2006 by


Google cherry picks the best

Google News is cherry picking, it picks the best stories, and it picks the very best, and most valuable part of a news story: the headline, the first paragraph, and often, an accompanying photograph. As journalists we are taught to write an inverted triangle.

May 16, 2006 by