CTIA Keynote Intro Strikes a Sour Note
His hirsuteness thought intel CEO Craig Barrett seemed a bit grumpy when he took the stage as a keynote speakerHis hirsuteness thought intel CEO Craig Barrett seemed a bit grumpy when he took the stage as a keynote speaker at the CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas last week. Barretts mood was most likely due to the introduction he received from CTIA CEO Tom Wheeler. The obviously tone-deaf Wheeler introduced Barrett by saying anyone who watches television "recognizes these three notes" associated with the "Intel Inside" brand. He then proceeded to hum the three notes anyone who watches television knows as NBCs station ID song. "There are four notes, not three notes," grumbled the usually upbeat Barrett when he got on stage. Wheeler then referred to Barrett as "Mr. Four-Noter," but Spencer had already tuned him out. The curious Katt spent the rest of the keynote eavesdropping on the group next to him, who were discussing a rumor that Hewlett-Packard may be introducing a Palm-branded device sometime in the near future.
Novell executives were quite peeved at Microsoft last week, as the Redmond software company once again stole much of the thunder and media attention from Novells annual BrainShare conference. With little notice, Microsoft invited a "select" group of media to its Redmond campus for a "major .Net announcement" on Monday. The gathering turned out to be an info session about the companys HailStorm Web services initiative. Coincidentally, this just happened to be the same day that Novells BrainShare conference was starting in Salt Lake City. This move resulted in a number of press folks forgoing BrainShare and hustling up to Redmond instead.