Pandora CEO stepping down as soon as board finds successor

Despite a stellar fourth quarter earnings report on Thursday, Pandora‘s chief executive officer Joe Kennedy isn’t sticking around much longer. See also on CNET: Pandora posts revenue gains as ads soar Kennedy’s decision wasn’t included in the company’s earnings statement published after the bell today, but rather slipped out quietly on its own — perhaps… Read more →

Test Run: Facebook’s New News Feed

A screenshot of Facebook’s redesigned news feed. 3:57 p.m. | Updated Added context about the two types of ads in the feed. Facebook is finally learning the lesson that all media empires must eventually grasp: for the people who consume its content, less is often more. On Thursday, the company announced a major overhaul of its News Feed that makes content larger… Read more →

Today’s Scuttlebot: Cartoon Math and Tablet Traffic

Here are some of the more interesting items that the tech reporters and editors of The New York Times found on the Web recently. See more here. Pixar Scientist Tells How Math Makes the Movies We |  About the fascinating, if somewhat counterintuitive, intersection of math and art in modern life. – Howell Murray Tablets Top Smartphones in Global Web… Read more →

Keeping up with the Microsoft Dynamics CRM codenames

As Microsoft’s Convergence — its annual Dynamics CRM and ERP conference — fast approaches, it seems like a good time to update the Dynamics team’s codename list and roadmap. The Dynamics CRM engineering team is seeking input from Convergence attendees (who agree to non-disclosure agreements) on prototypes they’re building in the salesforce-automation, Yammer/social media and… Read more →

Adobe: Tablets now drive more traffic to websites than smartphones

SALT LAKE CITY – Tablets began driving more traffic to websites than smartphones for the first time, starting last month, according to Adobe. Published amid the 2013 Adobe Summit this week, the software provider attributed this shift primarily to the device’s form factor, which lends itself to leisurely (and more comfortable) browsing than smaller touch… Read more →

First Yahoo now Best Buy ends home working for staff

Credit:Hohbach-Lewin Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s plan is working. Her idea to bring workers that permanently work from home back into the office is going well. Worries about occasional telecommuting were laid to rest in Yahoo’s original memo to its staff leaked last week. The memo advised “the rest of us who occasionally have to stay… Read more →

Technology Turns to Tracking People Offline

Following people online, with cookies, tagged pixels and even voluntarily given information, has been a big business. Now much of the same technology is moving into the physical world. A company called Euclid Analytics uses the Wi-Fi antennas inside stores to see how many people are coming into a store, how long they stay and even which aisles they walk…. Read more →

I.B.M.’s Rometty on the Data Challenge to the Culture of Management

Graham Carlow/Feature Photo Service for IBM Virginia M. Rometty in February. Five years ago, Samuel J. Palmisano, then chief executive of I.B.M., gave a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations on the big opportunity ahead for modern computing technology to help businesses, government agencies and other institutions operate more intelligently. His remarks captured an emerging trend that opened the… Read more →

IDC: China smartphone shipments to rise to 460M by 2017

China’s smartphone shipments are forecast to rise rapidly to 460 million by 2017, according to research firm IDC. Smartphones have already made up more than 58 percent of all total mobile phones sold in the country, which has a booming cellular population of more than 1 billion subscribers. By the end of this year, that… Read more →