Tuesday, September 23, 2003

23-Sep-2003:

Accountability, fairness should decide CEOs compensation: Murthy
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/businessline/blnus/15231701.htm


Global cartoonists attack Indian IT pros:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=195496


A Clear Signal at Motorola:
CEO ouster is a clear victory for corporate governance.
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- Outgoing Motorola CEO Chris Galvin and
his board of directors committed an unusual corporate faux
pas late Friday evening: They told the truth.
http://www.fortune.com/fortune/bottomline/0,15704,489083,00.html


GE, Bechtel file $1.2-b claim against Govt
BECHTEL Enterprises Holdings Inc and GE Structured Finance
on Monday said that they have filed an international
arbitration claim against the Government to recover their
investments in Dabhol Power Company (DPC). The total value
of the claim ...
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2003/09/23/stories/2003092302490100.htm


Microsoft: A Killer App That Could Kill the Competition
Its entry into the antivirus market has rivals spooked
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/03_39/b3851067.htm


Billing pressure on software firms eases: Nasscom
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?artid=197755


Ganguly's googly leaves Percept fuming:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=197946


US to sharply cut H1-B visas from Oct 1:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=196933
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/7/32966.html
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=196933


EU Textile Sops To Pak: WTO Rules In India's Favour:
http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=42593


eBay to Feds: come and get what you want
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/32936.html


Number plate recognition poised for national UK rollout:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/32939.html

Thursday, September 18, 2003

18-Sep-2003:

Isen.Blog Arrives:
David Isenberg has a weblog. Good. (Also about time...)...
http://www.isen.com/blog/


A Measured Response to the "SCO Problem":
When companies ignore logic and duties, you have to hit
them in their wallets.
http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=7145


The Loon rides again with attack on Sun's comic value:
McNealy is no Letterman
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/61/32883.html


NYSE's Grasso Quits Under Fire Over Pay (Reuters):
Reuters - Richard Grasso, the head of the New York Stock
Exchange, resigned on Wednesday in the face of mounting
pressure from investors, regulators and top Wall Street
firms over his $140 million pay package.
http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/1885/*http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nm/20030918/bs_nm/financial_grasso_dc

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

17-Sep-2003:

Visit https://www.employees.org/~sudhir_p/rss.html
to take a look at some of the RSS feed that I'm trying to catch up with.

I've found two nice RSS feed readers:

Freereader - http://www.freereader.com
http://sourceforge.net/projects/feedreader

FeedDemon - http://www.feeddemon.com

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

16-Sep-2003:

So, what have I been doing today ? Why are there no posts ?!

I've just discovered the world of RSS Feeds and am fascinated
by them ! The amount of info that I happened to sift thru'
today was voluminous ! Shall put out stuff on this shortly.

Monday, September 15, 2003

Microsoft at the power point:
Governments like open-source software, but Microsoft does not
http://www.economist.com/business/displayStory.cfm?story_id=2054746


A clicking bomb:
An explosive row over how to protect intellectual property in Europe
http://www.economist.com/business/displayStory.cfm?story_id=2043416


How Grasso Earned It:
http://www.forbes.com/2003/09/11/cx_da_0911topnews_2.html


On the Record: Scott McNealy
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/09/14/BU141353.DTL&type=business


On the Record: Larry Ellison
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/09/07/BU87317.DTL


SOLVING SOCIAL PROBLEMS:
From wisdom via the Web to smart maps and cures for social ills,
technology is helping to heal a world of hurt
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/aug2003/tc20030819_2080_tc126.htm?c=bwtechsep13&n=link6&t=email

Sunday, September 14, 2003

HIGH-TECH CARS:
From on-board radar and Wi-Fi to electronic steering,
amazing technologies already here or soon coming promise
to create a new automotive era
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/sep2003/tc2003094_5052.htm?c=bwtechsep13&n=link5&t=email


DICK GRASSO DIGS A DEEPER HOLE:
By disclosing that he rejected an extra $48 million in
compensation, the NYSE head did anything but defuse the
controversy over his pay
http://www.businessweek.com/investor/content/sep2003/pi20030911_4592_pi001.htm?c=bwmarketmailsep15&n=link8&t=email


A MAC-STYLE SUPERCOMPUTER:
Virginia Tech is tying 1,100 G5s together to achieve
top-dollar performance for a relative bargain, a ringing
endorsement for Apple's latest machine
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/sep2003/tc20030910_7427_tc056.htm?c=bwtechsep13&n=link8&t=email


THE VIRUS OF YOUTHFUL IRRESPONSIBILITY:
College kids just don't pay enough attention to computer
security. Thank goodness adults on campus are prepared to
force the issue
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/sep2003/tc2003099_6173_tc047.htm?c=bwtechsep13&n=link9&t=email


IMMUNITY FROM THE POP-UP PLAGUE:
A judge has ruled that it's up to Web surfers to keep
adware and spyware out of their hard drives. Here's what
you can do
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/sep2003/tc20030912_0013_tc073.htm?c=bwtechsep13&n=link10&t=email


From WSJ:
(Online subscription is required, just snippets given
here)

Three NYSE directors will meet Thursday with traders and
brokers to address members' concerns about Chairman Richard
Grasso. The meeting comes as several traders are putting
together a petition calling for new management.

Apple Computer was sued by Apple Corps, the Beatles'
record company, which claims iTunes products violate a
1991 agreement that the computer maker stay out of the
music business.

Saturday, September 13, 2003

FINALLY, AN ENRON CONVICTION:
Ben Glison Jr.'s guilty plea has drawn a five-year sentence
and will cost him more than $1 million, but that won't satisfy
the outrage
http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/sep2003/nf20030911_3736_db016.htm?c=bwinsidersep12&n=link6&t=email


From WSJ:
(Online subscription is required, just snippets given
here)

Computers Learn New Text-Data ABCs :
MIT Technology Review: Many of the world's writing systems
-- from West Africa to the Middle East -- still can't be
read on the Internet, but a group of linguists at the
University of California, Berkeley, is trying to change that.

Sony to Revamp Its Product Lines:
Sony will unveil a sweeping reorganization of its factories
and product lines aimed at turning around its electronic
business

Electric Grid Vulnerable to Hackers:
Efforts to automate the electric grid after last month's
blackout are making the electricity supply vulnerable to
a different kind of peril: computer viruses and hackers,
according to government researchers

Friday, September 12, 2003

This Indian turned $300 into a franchise empire:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=178572

Get 25,000-watt music via your mobile phone:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=177565

India, Inc. swings it 'round, pays out increments
of up to 25%:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=178144

IBM respects employees' privacy most:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=171647

The Risks of Getting Tough with China:
Lawmakers who want to punish Beijing for declining to
revalue the yuan don't recognize that the unintended
consequences could be dire
http://www.businessweek.com/investor/content/sep2003/pi20030911_6388_pi032.htm

AT&T to invest $3 billion in 2003 for global network:
Plans include moving to optics-based architecture, having
edge-to-edge connectivity
http://www.infoworld.com/article/03/09/11/HNattnetwork_1.html?source=rss&url=http://www.infoworld.com/article/03/09/11/HNattnetwork_1.html

No Americans Need Apply:
Daniel Soong, who lost his programming job to Indian
offshore companies, is willing to relocate to India.
But Indian officials have told him they don't hire
Americans
http://cio.com/archive/090103/people_sidebar_1.html

Torvalds to SCO: Negotiate what?
Linux creator says there is no proof of copyright infringement
http://www.infoworld.com/article/03/09/10/HNtorvaldssco_1.html

Cabinet approves mission to Moon:
The Union government on Thursday night approved the
Mission for Moon in 2008 ...
http://us.rediff.com/news/2003/sep/11moon.htm

Romania cheaper than India for outsourcing:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=178720

Fortune Small Business:
=======================

5-9-2003:

MANAGING: Start Me Up:
The California garage became a legendary place to rev up new
business ideas.
http://www.fortune.com/fortune/smallbusiness/articles/0,15114,475872,00.html

MARKETING: Hugh Hefner's Marketing Secrets
Playboy's founder reveals how he built his empire.
http://www.fortune.com/fortune/smallbusiness/articles/0,15114,474264,00.html

FINANCE: The Power Behind Paychex
Tom Golisano made himself rich by offering payroll processing to
the small entrepreneurs whom his competitors neglected.
http://www.fortune.com/fortune/smallbusiness/articles/0,15114,475599,00.html

TECHNOLOGY: Cyber Safety for the Small Business
Protect yourself from computer viruses without spending a fortune.
http://www.fortune.com/fortune/smallbusiness/answermen/0,15704,480438,00.html

12-9-2003:

MANAGING: Is It Time to Start Your Own Business?
Here are five questions to ask yourself before you take the
plunge, from FORTUNE's career columnist Anne Fisher.
http://www.fortune.com/fortune/annie/0,15704,483841,00.html

MARKETING: Frank Perdue's Marketing Strategies
Frank Perdue's groundbreaking television ads revolutionized an
industry in 1971. He tells how he masterminded the growth of his
empire in his own words.
http://www.fortune.com/fortune/smallbusiness/articles/0,15114,475608,00.html

FINANCE: Charles Schwab: The Secret to Staying Power
Wall Street tried to drive him out of business. But the king of
cheap brokerage fees was too powerful to stop.
http://www.fortune.com/fortune/smallbusiness/articles/0,15114,475871,00.html

TECHNOLOGY: Why Intel Succeeded
Gordon Moore has kept a low profile as one of Intel's founders
but he helped usher in the computer age. He looks back at how the
company became a powerhouse.
http://www.fortune.com/fortune/smallbusiness/articles/0,15114,475592,00.html

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Trend spotting now a big business:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=174141

Offshoring in footwear gaining momentum:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=175300

Stowaway Makes New York-Dallas Flight in Cargo Crate:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,96833,00.html

Secrets of Telgi: Zero to Rs 25,000 cr in 6 years:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=174308

GE, Bechtel awarded $28.57 m each:
Dabhol: Panel ruling may trigger US Govt claim against India
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2003/09/10/stories/2003091002420100.htm

Infy bags $50-m order from Telstra:
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2003/09/10/stories/2003091002450100.htm

Will the Penguin Conquer Asia?:
Japan, China, and South Kore are planning a joint effort
to develop Linux as an alternative to Microsoft's pricey
Windows
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/sep2003/tc2003098_1035_tc058.htm?c=bweuropesep9&n=link13&t=email

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

OFFSHORING: IS IT A WIN-WIN GAME?
McKinsey Global Institute: PERSPECTIVE
The business practice of offshoring promises large
rewards for companies and the benefits of jobs created
for destination countries is well documented. But MGI
argues that important and tangible benefits go both ways.
http://www.mckinsey.com/knowledge/mgi/offshore/

When, Where, How, and Other Questions on Going Offshore:
http://www.mckinsey.com/knowledge/articles/going_offshore.asp

Pricing new products:
Companies habitually charge less than they could for
new products, especially with revolutionary offers.
Underestimating a product's value can be a costly mistake,
since the introductory price often fixes its worth in
the buyer's mind.
http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/ar_g.asp?ar=1329&pagenum=1&L2=16&L3=19&srid=6&gp=1

Outsourcing War:
An inside look at Brown & Root, the kingpin of America's
new military-industrial complex
http://www.businessweek.com/print/magazine/content/03_37/b3849012.htm?mz

Don't Blame China for U.S. Job Losses:
Instead of ruffling Beijing, Treasury Secretary John
Snow should have been urging Americans to exploit the
new frontiers of innovation
http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/sep2003/nf2003095_8827_db065.htm?c=bweuropesep9&n=link5&t=email

Infosys bags $50 m order from Telstra:
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/businessline/blnus/15091500.htm

PeopleSoft Sailing Further Away From Oracle:
NEW YORK - It took PeopleSoft executives a little more
than an hour yesterday to utter the "O" word during the
company's two-hour long presentation to financial
analysts. Even when they did mention Oracle, it was
anti-climatic.
http://www.forbes.com/technology/2003/09/05/cx_ld_0905psft.html

Sun Microsystems Announces Bill Joy to Leave Company:
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/030909/sftu077_1.html
http://biz.yahoo.com/rc/030909/tech_sunmicro_1.html

Outsourcing wagon hits home hurdle, fails to
keep India date:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=172949

Out of the ether:
An unfinished doctoral thesis and a chance encounter
with an engineering intern gave Ethernet's inventor
the inspiration for the popular computer network. But
a lot of lobbying, brainstorming and clever marketing
were needed to turn it into a global standard
http://www.economist.com/research/articlesBySubject/displayStory.cfm?story_id=2019967&subjectID=348909&emailauth=%2527%2528P%253E6KN%253FZR%2520XH%250A

SCO CEO Posts Open Letter to the Open Source Community:
http://linuxworld.com/story/34007.htm

Report: IBM Hot, Lilly Not for Workplace Privacy
http://asia.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=technologyNews&storyID=3405138

Monday, September 08, 2003

US H1-B visa ban to hit 65,000 Indians:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=167162

Filling the gaps in a jigsaw puzzle:
[[ Sudhir - Great article on entrepreneurship!!
Good read for management students and managers. ]]
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/xml/uncomp/articleshow?msid=167655

Motorola: Recharged
You've heard it all before. But this time,
Motorola really is back.
[[ Sudhir - Nice article on brand management ]]
http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2003/0915/062_print.html

Is Java Finished:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nf/20030904/tc_nf/22216&e=5

Now Hear This:
Forbes, Christopher Helman, 09.15.03
A new ultrasound system can zap a laserlike channel
of sound over hundreds of feet to just one pair of
ears in a crowd--a perfect pitch for marketers.
http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2003/0915/122.html

K Birla is richest Asian under 40 years:
Kumaramangalam Birla, with a personal wealh of $1.3
billion, has been ranked Asia's richest person below
the age of 40 by Fortune. He is tenth on the global
top 40 list.
http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/highlights/newsdetail.php?filename=news05092003163011.htm

Hi-tech solutions for India's train crashes:
India's vast rail network is set to get hi-tech
solutions to prevent the recurring major crashes
that blight its reputation.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/3080236.stm

GSM-CDMA fracas to end soon: Shourie
http://us.rediff.com/money/2003/sep/08shourie.htm

Digital library: Free, anytime access for all:
IMAGINE a library that is free, allows readers to
access books and manuscripts at any time of the day,
on all days of the year and never tells a borrower
that the book he or she wants is "out". These are
just a few of the features the Digital Library of
India will offer visitors.
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2003/09/05/stories/2003090501830700.htm

Google celebrates fifth birthday:
Everyone knows the logo The world's most popular site
for searching the web, Google, is five years old.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3084442.stm

"We've Made Bad Security Tradeoffs":
Author Bruce Schneier discusses why the Patriot Act
and other anti-terror measures mean "giving up a lot
-- and not getting very much"
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/sep2003/tc2003092_0578.htm