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Most tweets are garbage, Twitter users say

Twitter has been celebrated for its ubiquity and impact on world events from natural disaster recovery to political uprisings. But researchers from a group of big time universities have found that useful tweets are few and far between.

Written by Bob Brown31 Jan. 12 22:00

BlackBerry maker RIM axing 2,000 jobs, 11% of workforce

Research in Motion, which has been losing ground to Apple, Google and even Microsoft in the mobile market, announced Monday it is cutting 2,000 jobs, or about 11% of its workforce.

Written by Bob Brown25 July 11 22:00

Tech's most notorious CEO scandals

Mark Hurd's <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/080610-hps-mark-hurd-resigns-amid.html">surprise resignation</a> as HP's CEO Friday following disclosure of a sexual harassment charge against him makes Hurd just the latest in a long line of tech CEOs forced to resign due to scandal.

Written by Bob Brown10 Aug. 10 05:54

M&amp;A expert to CIOs: Be careful what you ask for

M&amp;A industry veteran Paul Deninger, a vice chairman at Jefferies & Co., has made a living advising companies on mergers, acquisitions, IPOs and the like. But even he acknowledges that too much industry consolidation isn't a good thing for technology innovation. Deninger talks about the state of the M&amp;A market and what's likely ahead.

Written by Bob Brown05 Jan. 09 22:00

Interview: Paper maker documents key IT security issues

James Cupps, a former network engineer and information security officer for the U.S. Navy, is now on his second tour of duty with Sappi Fine Paper North America, a division of a US$4.7 billion South African manufacturing company. Cupps, the North American division's information security officer and Sappi's global security lead, recently shared his thoughts with Network World Executive News Editor Bob Brown.
Give us a feel for your job responsibilities and the company's network.

Written by Bob Brown22 March 05 23:00

Interview: Getting ahead of Sarbanes-Oxley

Four years ago, Michael Kamens joined Thermo Electron Corp. with marching orders to keep the US$2 billion-plus maker of scientific instruments' global network up and running. Fast-forward to now, and Kamens finds himself neck-deep in network security and making sure IT is doing its part to make Thermo compliant with rules outlined in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which requires that a properly audited system of internal controls and processes is in place by November. Below is a summary of in-person and e-mail discussions between Kamens and Network World Executive News Editor Bob Brown.
Give me a thumbnail sketch of your job responsibilities and your company's network setup.

Written by Bob Brown19 Sept. 04 22:00