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Joanna Shields, who was in charge of Facebook's operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is the new chief executive of the Tech City Investment Organisation, and also the UK's new 'business ambassador for the digital industries'.
What are the chances. You get away from Washington for a few days and escape the criticism that your division of Homeland Security has been getting for not doing its job, only to find that one of your main critics is at the same event that you are at in London.
The obvious lesson from the correlation between Microsoft's eagerness to brag about the performance and reliability of the system installed at the London Stock Exchange and it's actual performance and unreliability is that pride goeth before a fall - but the deeper lesson is that top management didn't do its job and should be held accountable.
Job goes to London MP
Phil at Skype Journal notes that Skype has moved marketing functions from countries back to London in a reorganization announced this week. About 40 of the 516 people working at Skype worldwide are affected, 26 of those shifting roles or locations and 14 who are leaving or who have yet to find another job at Skype or another eBay company.
Google is targeting mobile search with a new London mobile division. The mobile search area is still open to someone who can produce the "killer" application of mobile search on the small screen. Gada.be does an excellent job with metasearches and is my current favorite mobile search method.
Wow, there are a lot of Lotusphere Comesto You event reports being blogged this week! I haven't even writtenabout this morning's event in Oslo (waiting for some translated materialsfirst), but here are some other reports:ChrisMiller blogged from LCTY in Saint Louis. 66 people... some commentary by Chris, but he appears to have gottendistracted by the free lunch.Lauretteand Giuliocover the Sydney LCTY event. Giulio wonders, "even though it'sall very impressive are we at the point now where technology is too farahead of the user base ? " Laurette was impressed by the WorkplaceForms presentation (see, I told you :) and starts to grok Activity-centriccollaboration. Both of them mention the desire to bring back LotusFusion....are my marketing colleagues down under reading?MattWhite covered the inaugural LNUG UK user group meeting,held the day after the London LCTY event. Good job, Ben on puttingtogether a great agenda.Moretomorrow, after my last LCTY of this week -- Heisinki!
There are indeed days where I feel likemy headis in the clouds, but yesterdayit was quite literally so, and what a view.Of course, I can't say what customerI was visiting in London's Canary Wharf, but this was the view out theconference room window. It's not often I get distracted duringa meeting seeing a cloud at eye level in peripheral vision (notin that picture, but it happened more than once). Definitely a niceconference room setup.Travel went extremely well during theentirety of my week away. United Airlines customer service was topnotch for both trans-Atlantic flights. While I end up on Americanmost often (with almost 2 million lifetime miles), UA has better food,better ground service for premium travelers, and their employees are justplain nicer than they were years ago. I've said this a few timeson the blog, but it bears repeating since the contrast between them andsome of the other airlines is becoming quite stark. Also good serviceon KLM and VLM(yes, VLM), who I flew yesterday into London City Airport. I wasthe only passenger out of 50 on that flight who was a non-EU citizen...itseems VLM is a local secret.So is LondonCity Airport. This was onlymy second time flying in there, but it was perfect for my travel to CanaryWharf. Not so sure about the welcome committee, though. TheVLM flght was slightly delayed due to air traffic control, leaving me onlya few minutes to get to my meeting. Unfortunately, I wouldn't haveenough time to try the brandnew Docklands Light Rail connection to LCY. Thus, off to the taxi queue. The driver asked me if I knew aboutthe new train connection (which surprised me, since most cabbies resenttrains replacing them). I replied "yes, but my meeting startsin 15 minutes." His grouchy response, "yes, well, I'vebeen waiting here since 7 AM for a job." The implication wasthat the 10 quid fare wasn't worth his bother. Sorry mate, two daysago, you would have been happy to take that fare.When we arrived at Canary Wharf, thefare was £10.80. I gave him two ten pound notes. He threw oneof them back at me, saying he didn't want to be bothered making change. Well, if his attitude at the start of the ride hadn't done it, thisgesture sure did -- I was glad to be out of that ride. Didn't realizewe were in a world where a cabbie would quarrel with a decent fare, butwhat do I know. Instead, I voted with my wallet -- and took the LondonUnderground out to Heathrow after the meeting.Also offering a shout-out to the ParkLane Hotel in London and the Holiday Inn in Amsterdam for great service. The Park Lane is a Sheraton, and I've never had better Starwood Preferredbenefits. The Holiday Inn sent us to a fantastic restaurant for dinneron Monday (visaandeschelde,just near the RAI conference center) and handled a check-out mixup seamlessly. Would that it would always work out that way.
Funny how rumors start.The Times of London and other news organizations have been all aflutter about an ad on Google's corporate Job Opportunitiessite.
The news that teenage hacker Sven Jaschan may have got a job at a German security company won mixed reviews at Gartner's IT Security Summit in London
The UK’s IT job market has improved in the past few months, with London bouncing back from its slump, though permanent jobs remain scarce in other areas
US internet consultancy Razorfish is merging its London and Amsterdam offices in a bid to slash costs as the company undergoes yet more job cuts.
Dot-com networking organisation First Tuesday looks set to announce further job losses after a number of redundancies in its London offices.
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