Good morning, and welcome to Wednesday. While you're waking up with your morning coffee, we've got the news from overnight on VMware and EMC job switches, and tech giants in trouble in Europe.
It's a bit of a Mad Hatter's Tea Party at VMware and EMC — they're all changing places. The former's CEO Paul Maritz announced that he would step down as VMware CEO to become EMC's chief strategist from 1 September, while Pat Gelsinger, EMC's chief operating officer and president will become VMware's CEO.
All is going alright for VMware, though, the company reported that it expects to earn US$1.12 billion in revenue in the second quarter of 2012.
The news also comes as reports suggest the virtualisation company is considering spinning off its cloud offering into its own platform that would aim to take on giants like Amazon Web Services.
As part of an antitrust ruling in 2009, Microsoft was ordered to offer European customers a "browser ballot" on Windows, where customers were offered a choice between internet browsers like Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft's own Internet Explorer. But EU regulators allege that, since Microsoft deployed Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 in February 2011, this ballot was not offered to customers, so the 28 million who bought the patched Windows 7 after this date might not have seen the ballot.
Microsoft could be hit with a fine equal to 10 per cent of its annual global turnover for the breach, but to Microsoft's credit, it has admitted that the problem was a "technical error" and has since moved to rectify the problem.
Meanwhile, Google is also trying to solve anti-trust issues in Europe. The European Commission claims Google preferences its own services above its rivals in search results, among other things. Google has proposed steps to remedy these issues, but has reportedly been pushed back by the regulator. Google also faces the hefty 10 per cent annual global turnover fine if it is found to have breached EU anti-trust laws.
Mozilla launched the latest version of its internet browser Firefox 14 overnight, and security seems to be key this time. Mozilla has enabled HTTPS by default for Google searches, which means that all Google searches will be encrypted and hidden from the prying eyes of advertisers and other snoops.