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[News] [OT] Dirty Little Tricks at Facebook-Soft and Dell-Soft

  • Subject: [News] [OT] Dirty Little Tricks at Facebook-Soft and Dell-Soft
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2007 12:54:57 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Facebook spills the beans on users

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| There's nothing wrong with the idea of letting people choose to be found 
| through search engines, but existing users may feel betrayed by Facebook's 
| opt-out policy.  


Dell founder 'unaware' of company's financial shenanigans

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| Speaking of backlogged product, he also addressed the delays plaguing new XPS 
| and Inspiron notebooks, but curiously there was no mention of paint-related 
| problems.  


The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. He also pulls an Apple. Steve jobs
was in a similar situation just months ago.


Dell accounting probe finds possible 'misconduct'

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| Last year analyst firm Friedman Billings Ramsey criticized the
| way Dell accounted for warranties, saying the company used an
| "unusual" method for accounting for the money it takes in from
| warranty sales and the money it reserves to handle expected
| warranty claims.


Investors sue Dell on payments from Intel: WSJ

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| An investor lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses Dell Inc. of
| improper accounting in its relationship with chip giant Intel,
| according to a media report published Thursday evening.
| [...]
| The suit alleges that Dell received at times as much as $1 billion
| a year in "secret and likely illegal" kickbacks in the form of
| "e-Cap" or "exception to corporate average pricing" payments"
| from Intel to ensure that Dell used no other chip supplier,
| according to The Journal.


Microsoft + Novell + Wal-Mart +Ubuntu + Dell = Conspiracy ?

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| Dell supposedly gets pounded by a hoard of folks demanding they come
| up with a Linux box. Dell goes back and forth and finally gives in,
| announcing they will use Ubuntu. Than Dell does a strange thing and
| joins in the Microsoft-Novell alliance.


Apple's Jobs brushes aside backdating concerns

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| After presiding over a 50 percent rise in Apple's stock over the
| past year, CEO Steve Jobs can afford to shrug off shareholder
| questions about stock option backdating and environmental policies.


Apple board backs Jobs against ex-CFO allegations shock

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| Apple's Board of Directors is backing CEO Steve Jobs after former
| CFO Fred Anderson accused Jobs approving the company's stock
| option backdating. Anderson settled civil charges against him
| Tuesday without admitting any guilt, but agreeing to pay back
| approximately $3.5m to make up for personal gains in the scandal.


Options troubles aren't over for Apple

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| But one of the accused -- former Chief Financial Officer Fred Anderson --
| pointed a finger at his former boss, Steve Jobs, raising new accusations
| that experts say could land Jobs in some legal hot water if true.
| [...]
| Gene Munster, a financial analyst at Piper Jaffray, said Anderson's 
| accusations will fuel investors' worries over Jobs and his critical role in 
| Apple's continued success.
| "It gives the appearance that, 'I had a partner in crime and it was Steve 
| Jobs,'" Munster said. 


Lawsuit seeks to shut down Facebook

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| The lawsuit's allegations against Zuckerberg include fraud, copyright 
| infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets. It asks the court to shut 
| down Facebook and give control of the company and its assets to ConnectU's 
| founders.   


Microsoft's past stock options practice poses questions

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| Microsoft in 1999 announced that it would end a policy of awarding
| options at monthly lows and said it would take a $217 million charge,
| though many details of that discontinued practice haven't been widely
| known, The Wall Street Journal said Friday.
| Those details raise questions about how Microsoft began the practice,
| what prompted the company to end it and whether the way the options
| were dated--at 30-day lows the month after they were
| granted--influenced other companies, it said.


Facebook teams with Amazon

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| In a collaboration with Redmond-based Microsoft Inc.'s Popfly,
| Facebook users can create applications and add them to their
| profiles with no programming.


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