That includes Steve Ballmer, who presides today over what's likely to be his last financial analyst gathering as Microsoft's CEO. Sometime within the coming year, Ballmer plans to step down, leaving the scorekeepers to size up his legacy and he would bristle if anyone applied that description to him. But in his quiet moments -- if those exist -- Ballmer knows that there's … Read more
Stephen Elop has hit the jackpot after shepherding the Microsoft-Nokia deal.
Elop is set to receive 18.8 million euros in compensation ($25.5 million) after Nokia shareholders approve the deal and Microsoft completes its takeover of Nokia's devices and services business. The compensation is made up of his base salary of 4.1 million euros, benefits worth 100,000 euros, and stock awards of 14.6 million euros.
Microsoft will bear 70 percent of the compensation, while Nokia will pay the rest. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter. The disclosure was made in a … Read more
If you ever wondered who had the world's largest "Star Wars" collection, Guinness has cleared up any uncertainty.
The "Star Wars" films have inspired collectors of memorabilia in a way that few other movie franchises have achieved.
It therefore takes something special for one individual to be named as having the world's largest collection of memorabilia related to the series. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Man stabbed and robbed of Grand Theft Auto V.
- Why a disembodied finger can't be used to unlock the Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 5S.
- McAfee reveals the most dangerous celebrities of 2013.
- A Redditor in Turkey found the greatest Beats by Dre knockoff ever.
While you might once have been dreaming of being the next Joe Montana, Michelle Kwan, Thomas Keller, or Michael Buble, Mark Zuckerberg had very different aspirations.
He wanted to be Bill Gates.
This touching -- and, to some, slightly uncomfortable -- revelation emerged at last week's TechCrunch Disrupt conference.
Why did Zuckerberg want to grow up to be a powerful man who tried to make sure, one way or another, that the whole world used his products?
Because, perhaps, Zuckerberg simply liked the idea of making sure, one way or another, that the whole whole world used his products.… Read more
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- It was almost 30 years ago that the Macintosh made its auspicious debut. On January 24, 1984, a 29-year-old Steve Jobs pulled the Mac out of bag on stage, slipped a 3.5-inch floppy drive into the disk drive, and with the "Chariots of Fire" theme playing, showed the cheering crowd why 1984 wouldn't be like "1984."
But less than six months before its debut, the Mac had a serious problem. The computer that Jobs hoped would change the world was using a 5.25-inch floppy-disk drive that proved to be … Read more
Tom Perkins, one of the four founders of leading venture capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, revealed Wednesday that when his company was monitoring kit computer startups in the 1970s, he "very foolishly didn't even look at Steve and Wozniak." KPCB had looked at three other startups in the field and wasn't impressed, so the company ended up passing on an Apple pitch entirely.
"Big mistake," Perkins added, illustrating that even the most prescient of investors have to accept mistakes amid a torrent of big risk gambles. The pioneering VC was speaking alongside … Read more
Some of Microsoft's top investors are looking for a turnaround expert to take over the CEO role from Steve Ballmer, according to Reuters.
Citing "several sources familiar with the matter," Reuters reported Tuesday that at least three of the company's top 20 investors are already pushing the board to consider Ford Motor co-CEO Alan Mulally and Computer Sciences CEO Mike Lawrie for the position.
Why these two men?
Both are credited for their ability to resuscitate companies in trouble. Mulally has earned kudos for a restructuring plan that helped return Ford to profitability. Lawrie as former … Read more
It's perhaps one of the most famous -- or infamous -- personnel moves in Silicon Valley history: then Apple CEO John Sculley's 1985 firing of Steve Jobs. But until now, we've never known much about how it happened.
At a Forbes conference in Bali last week, however, Sculley opened up about the firing, telling some of the richest and most powerful people on Earth just how he came to deliver Jobs' pink slip.
At the conference, Sculley spent eight minutes rehashing the infamous history after an audience member asked about it. "The ballroom then sat in … Read more
I'm the kind of record buyer that always reads album credits, and starting in the early 1990s, with the Pixies' "Surfer Rosa," Nirvana's "In Utero," and PJ Harvey's "Rid of Me" I noticed that all of these great sounding recordings were engineered by Steve Albini. The man is extraordinarily prolific, and to date has worked on 2,000 albums! I reached out to him a few weeks ago to talk about his work.