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The old Microsoft is dead

Sometimes I wonder what parallel universe I've accidentally stumbled into. Microsoft executives aren't talking like the company's executives of old. They're using phrases like "open source" and words like "Linux." And they're saying good things about both.

Big data, the death of jobs, and the need for public policy in change management

For the first time, jobs at every level are potentially at stake and subject to elimination thanks to big data and automation. Most likely new jobs will arise as they have in the past as mankind progressed. But there is no guarantee of that this time around.

News Scan: Bill and Melinda Gates challenge Stanford grads to improve world; Big data empowering many CIOs; more

The top news stories for June 16, 2014.

Exit Ballmer, stage right. Who cares?

On Friday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that he will retire within the next 12 months, once his successor has been chosen. Microsoft's stock rose seven percent on the news. Although...

Bill Gates, big data and a big secret

It's important to see good, the bad and the muddied sides of big data.

Is education data rigging a warning sign for big data?

Questions about the use and abuse of data have been with us since the first numbers were fudged long before they were fudged electronically.

Bill Gates admits Microsoft's early mobile strategy was 'clearly a mistake'

Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates admitted the company failed to execute on its early mobile strategy, calling its initial efforts to dominate the smartphone market "clearly a mistake."

The next gen database: Is it a one-or-the-other, all-or-nothing proposition?

Where would tech news be without its holy wars? We'll never know. The freshest skirmishes have broken out among adherents to either relational or non-relational databases, better known as NoSQL and tied--at least in the headlines--most tightly with big data.

An education fix for the ages

The last couple of decades have focused on technology as the savior of education. The results are not yet in, but Bill Gates, philanthropist and former founder of Microsoft, thinks big data just might turn the tide.

Will Gates return to Microsoft? Don't bet on it

Fortune magazine spread a rumor last week that Bill Gates, currently chairman of the board at Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), is considering returning to a day-to-day position. A round-up of reactions from