An iconic leader is pulled out of retirement to lead a company of 156,000 bright minds, in the middle of its most challenging times yet. Tongues wag when he pulls his reluctant son in to assist him.
Sometimes, visionaries pass away without much of a fuss. Narasimaiah Seshagiri died on Sunday, May 26, and his passing received only brief mentions in newspapers. Few in the new generation would know of his role in India’s emergence as an information technology power. N Madhavan writes.
The 48-year-old’s exit on grounds of sexual harassment from the company, the same ground on which he quit Infosys in 2012, has a ring of déjà vu. On both occasions, Murthy has denied any wrongdoing. N Madhavan
I confess I am confused. What exactly is Google supposed to do?
Was it just a coincidence that Warren Buffett got on to Twitter and gained thousands of followers in minutes just a few days after Wall Street saw a freaky, temporary crash following the hacking of the Twitter account of the Associated Press that sent out a false rumour about a shootout in the White House? N Madhavan writes.
When I began this column years ago, the first one I wrote was on what I call the Law of Diminishing Digital Returns — and you must have experienced it by now. The law says that digital technology gets cheaper and better with time, and hence you should buy things carefully.
The brutal rape of a five-year-old girl in Delhi last week sparked a fresh wave of outrage — and this time the police are in the dock for not registering the first information report (FIRs). N Madhavan writes.
On Sunday morning, I suddenly stumbled on an ad for BigFlix.com, telling me that I can watch Sudhir Mishra's movie, Inkaar, only recently released, online. N Madhavan writes.
The Silicon Valley is abuzz this week with speculation that Facebook is going to unveil a much-rumoured ‘Facebook Phone’ after it sent invitations for a media event that simply said “Come see our new home on Android. N Madhavan
While India debates whether there should be a tax on the super-rich, Wipro chairman Azim Premji has taken the bold step of signing off a huge chunk of his wealth to charity — sending an unequivocal message that IT sector is leading in India’s efforts to boost corporate philanthropy. N Madhavan writes.
They say necessity is the mother of invention. They also say some people make a virtue out of necessity. You could say the technology industry is doing a bit of both to keep ahead in interesting times. N Madhavan writes.
When I saw the details of the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch in New York, I asked myself: has this happened before? It is certainly rare that Apple Inc faces competition in innovation. It usually has rivals who offer cheaper versions of its innovations. N Madhavan writes.
It was a fun afternoon last week at the Google Big Tent event, not so much because of what I heard Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt say on the Internet and all that. Seriously, most of what he said was not new to me. N Madhavan writes.
Last week, finance minister P Chidambaram's budget for 2013-14 announced that phones costing more than Rs.
2,000 will be subject to an excise duty of 6% against 1%. N Madhavan
February 13, was World Radio Day, celebrated to mark the importance of the medium which is considered an easy way to reach remote spots. It is a bit ironic that while the Internet catches on, the magic world of the radio that falls between text and video is not talked about too much. N Madhavan writes.