Patrick Gallagher: Advisory Panel to Review NIST’s Cryptographic Guidance

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Patrick Gallagher The National Institute of Standards and Technology has formed a new advisory committee to review the agency’s cryptographic guidance, Fedscoop reported Wednesday. Billy Mitchell writes the committee includes Vint Cerf of Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Steve Lipner of Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Ellen Richey of Visa (NASDAQ: V) and Ron Rivest of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Patrick...

Microsoft Buys Cloud Service Provider GreenButton

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Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) has purchased cloud computing provider GreenButton for an undisclosed amount, TechCrunch reported Thursday. Frederic Lardinois writes Microsoft plans to integrate GreenButton’s technologies into its Azure platform in late 2014. GreenButton and the Azure business formed an alliance in 2011 under which GreenButton marketed its offerings through Microsoft’s cloud platform,...

Report: Microsoft Interested in Acquiring Mobile Startup Xamarin

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Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is finalizing discussions with mobile startup business Xamarin in a move that could result in a potential acquisition of the company, CRN reported Monday. Kevin McLaughlin writes Microsoft developers will be able to code mobile applications on the iOS and Android platforms if a major deal comes through. Acquiring the San Francisco, Calif.-based company is expected to help...

Andrew Sullivan, Marty Fischer Take Director Roles at Intelligent Decisions; Rhett Butler Comments

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Andrew Sullivan and Marty Fischer have joined Intelligent Decisions in director roles as the company aims to bring new technologies to the government market. Sullivan will lead sales to the Defense Department and Fischer will serve as director of federal enterprise solutions, ID said Tuesday. Rhett Butler, vice president of sales, said Sullivan and Fischer hold experience in technology areas such...

Satya Nadella Unveiled as Microsoft CEO, John Thompson to Chair Board of Directors

Satya Nadella, executive vice president of Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) cloud and enterprise group, has been appointed to succeed the retiring Steve Ballmer as CEO of the software maker. Nadella joined the company in 1992 and led its transition to a cloud computing environment along with other strategy and technical shifts, Microsoft said Tuesday. “The opportunity ahead for Microsoft is vast,...

Larry Silver to Head DMI Federal Mobility Business Development; Jay Sunny Bajaj Comments

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Larry Silver, formerly director of U.S. government sales at BlackBerry, has joined DMI as vice president of business development for federal mobility. Silver will work to oversee DMI’s mobile enterprise services for public sector clients, develop integration strategies and advise government partners on managing mobility infrastructures, the company said Thursday. Jay Sunny Bajaj, DMI’s...

Ben Fathi Named VMware CTO; Pat Gelsinger Comments

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Ben Fathi, formerly senior vice president for research and development at VMware (NYSE: VMW), has been appointed to the role of chief technology officer. Fathi will report directly to CEO Pat Gelsinger and be responsible for the company’s product development and programs, academic partnerships and R&D community, VMware said Wednesday. Gelsinger said Fathi will work to help the company address...

Bill Gates Sells $711M in Microsoft Shares

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Chairman Bill Gates sold 20 million company shares worth 1 million during the fourth quarter of 2013, Computer World reported Sunday. Gregg Keizer writes that Gates owns an estimated $13.2 billion in Microsoft common stock as of Friday and remains as the company’s biggest individual stockholder. Gates has sold approximately 80 million company shares per year within the...

Rakesh Narasimhan Named Citrix Desktop Virtualization VP, GM

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Rakesh Narasimhan has been appointed as the group vice president and general manager of Citrix‘s desktop virtualization business. The 25-year industry veteran Narasimhan will be responsible for helping the business strategize its approach and oversee products such as Citrix XenDesktop and Citrix XenApp, the company announced Monday. Narasimhan joins Citrix from InstallFree, where he served as...

Jim DuBois Appointed Microsoft VP, CIO; Kevin Turner Comments

Jim DuBois, a two-decade veteran of Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), has been promoted to corporate vice president and permanent chief information officer, effective Jan. 1. He will report to Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner and lead the company’s team responsible for information technology programs, infrastructure, processes and service delivery, Microsoft said Friday. “Jim has demonstrated outstanding...