Tech Roundup: Yang Out, SEC Charges Cuban, OpenOffice Versus Google Docs, More

Last Updated Nov 18, 2008 5:03 AM EST

Yang on way out of Yahoo -- Jerry Yang is stepping down as CEO of Yahoo. He'll return to his previous position as chief yahoo when the board finds a replacement. [Source: New York Times]

Mark Cuban charged with insider trading -- High tech investor, Dallas Mavericksowner, and blogger Mark Cuban has been charged by the SEC with insider trading in selling his entire stake in search engine company On his blog, Cuban responded, saying that the charge has no merit and that he would contest the allegations. [Source: Reuters, Blog Maverick]

300 Mbps Wi-Fi? -- Proxim Wirelesshas announced an 802.11n-based product that uses dual radios to get transmission speeds over 300 Mbps. The company claims that a distributed network architecture keeps a single access point from acting as a bottleneck. And you always thought it was called peer-to-peer mode. [Source: GigaOM]

OpenOffice more popular than Google Docs, Microsoft on top -- A recent study found that over half of Americans on the Internet use Microsoft Office, compared to five percent using software from and one percent using GoogleDocs. The Google users also tended to use Microsoft word at least once, compared to OpenOffice users, almost three-quarters of whom don't touch Word. One caveat: the CEO of ClickStream, which undertook the study, used to work at Microsoft doing similar studies. [Source: InfoWorld]

Gadgets break down - often -- Satisfying many who can now think, "I knew it wasn't me," a new study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project suggests that technology is about as off-putting as you can get while still staying in business. Almost half of people of technology adopters have to get help to set up and run devices. Reliability is nothing to write home about either, unless you want to warn your parents off frustration: 39 percent said that their PCs failed to work properly at least once in the last year, and 29 percent said the same about their handsets. About 23 percent of the handset owners experiencing problems never did get them solved, compared to 19 percent of the PC owners. [Source:]

Cisco security weaknesses? -- NSS Labs, giving some highlights from an upcoming study of firewalls, says that Cisco security features on its routers and switches can greatly reduce their performance, though the company's standalone security equipment compared well to standalone equipment from other companies. [Source: Computerworld]

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