Mar 29, 2018

Windows boss Terry Myerson out in Microsoft reorganization

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Terry Myerson, the head of Windows and a 21-year company veteran, is leaving the software maker amid a broader reorganization.

Why it matters: Myerson has been leading Microsoft's efforts to transform Windows from a piece of software that gets updated every couple of years into a more regularly updated product.

Rajesh Jha, who had been leading much of Microsoft's work, will assume responsibility for the broader business that includes Windows, while Joe Belfiore will continue to be in charge of much of the work on Windows itself.

Myerson had been with Microsoft since March 1997, when the software giant purcahsed his startup, Intersé, Before running Windows. Myerson led Microsoft's Exchange e-mail team as well as the company's mobile unit.

CEO Satya Nadella announced Myerson's departure, along with other organizational changes, in an e-mail to employees on Thursday. Myerson, meanwhile, shared his parting thoughts in a LinkedIn post.

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Why it matters: Billions of dollars — and, Google argues, the future of software innovation — are at stake as a long-running copyright dispute between the two giant companies heads to the Supreme Court next month.

Established VCs turn to "super angels" to grow their network

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Thanks to companies like AngelList and Carta that make it easier than ever to set up small VC funds, a new generation of so-called “super angels” is cropping up — and established venture funds are backing them.

Why it matters: Just like the boom in scout programs a number of years ago, it’s all about the deal flow.

Scoop: Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout

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Deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates will be reassigned as a senior adviser to Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, the National Security Council said Thursday — and a senior White House official said that the administration "rejects" the rumors that she is "Anonymous."

Why it matters: Coates has battled claims that she is the still-unknown Trump administration official that penned a New York Times op-ed and book critical of President Trump.