Eight candidates believed to remain in contention for top Microsoft role
Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is now even closer to becoming the next chief executive of Microsoft, after the software producer narrowed its external candidate list to approximately five people, according to a report. Ford CEO Alan Mulally and Oracle president Mark Hurd are said to still be in the running alongside Elop, with the list severely cut down from the initial 40 names.
Tensions between 2 giants continue
A California Superior Court Judge has thrown out a suit over a settlement between HP and Oracle over Oracle's hiring away then HP CEO Mark Hurd. Oracle had claimed that HP has tricked it into the settlement by withholding information about its intentions to bring in a new CEO, Leo Apotheker. Oracle considered Apotheker as "toxic" to any relationship between the two companies.
Hurd letter over HP firing must be made public
(Update: the letter is posted) Ousted HP chief Mark Hurd late Wednesday lost an appeal against a ruling that will make an accusation letter public. The Delaware court determined that the contents discussing the Jodie Fisher involvement were only "mildly embarrassing" and weren't protected the same way genuine trade secrets might. It wouldn't violate California privacy rights, and many of the details had been leaked to the public and weren't overly detailed, the court argued.
Hurd not yet allowed to view additional documents
A federal judge has approved HP's request to launch another investigation into the ouster of former CEO Mark Hurd. Judge James Ware also declined to allow Hurd to gain access to documents that may reveal additional details surrounding his departure, though the decision did not explicitly bar the former executive from viewing the documents further into the legal proceedings.