HTC's poor leadership woes; Apple sends in big guns; more
>> Poor leadership cited in HTC's decline
Poor leadership by HTC CEO Peter Chou was cited by execs as the reason the Taiwanese smartphone maker posted a net loss for the first time--a $101 million net loss to be exact--in the 2013 fiscal third quarter, according to a report by Reuters. In addition to competition from Samsung and Apple, Chou's "abrasive management style and weak strategic vision" have contributed to the company's poor results, according to former and current HTC execs interviewed by Reuters. In response to Reuters' queries, the company said in a statement that "HTC's board and broad employee base remain committed to Peter Chou's leadership." Read more on HTC's woes.
>> Apple sends in big guns for Samsung patent retrial
Apple is expected to send top current and former officials to the retrial of a portion of its $1 billion patent award against Samsung, says CIO Magazine. Federal Judge Lucy Koh threw out $450 million of the $1 billion a jury awarded Apple for Samsung's infringement of Apple patents in 14 of its Android-based smartphones, citing jury error for her decision. The retrial is set to begin Nov. 12. Read more on the retrial.
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>> Buyers circling around BlackBerry assets
Google, SAP, Cisco and Samsung are said to be among the potential buyers for all or part of struggling mobility firm BlackBerry, Reuters reports. Fairfax Financial Holdings, one of BlackBerry's largest shareholders, has agreed to buy the remaining shares in the struggling firm for $4.7 billion, although some pundits have expressed skepticism of the deal due to shaky financing arrangements. BlackBerry has asked for expressions of interest from potential buyers by early this week. Read more on BlackBerry's future.
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>> Enterprises struggle with mobility
Many enterprises lack confidence in the mobile policies and protections they have in place, according to a recent survey by AIIM and Accellion cited by Baseline Magazine. The concerns involved technical issues, as well as practical and political issues raised by BYOD. "How employees access corporate information is changing, and organizations need to respond to these changes by implementing new mobile policies and processes, or risk playing security catch-up with their employees," Paula Skokowski, chief marketing officer of Accellion, was quoted by Baseline as saying. Read more on the survey.
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>> Navigating in treacherous BYOD waters
Chief information officers (CIOs) face many hidden dangers when navigating the treacherous waters of BYOD, warns a video prepared by TEKsystems. The video, which compares BYOD to traveling through pirate-infested waters, covers the waterfront (and the middle of the ocean) of challenges presented to CIOs in dealing with BYOD, including data piracy and battening down the security hatches. Avast ye mateys! See more about BYOD and pirates.
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