Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Late afternoon update: HP board meets to discuss CEO's future; Dennis Publishing to start using Toura to produce mobile apps; James Capo joins Cygnus Business Media

The NYT is reporting the Board of Directors of Hewlett Packard are meeting to discuss replacing Léo Apotheker as chief executive.

Apotheker was hired by HP after he had previously been fired from the business software maker SAP. Apotheker replaced Mark Hurd who was fired by the board, but is now the co-president of Oracle.

If this were the seventies there is no doubt that rumors would be swirling that Billy Martin would be brought in to run HP, but instead the rumor is that Meg Whitman, the former CEO of eBay. Whitman was recently not hired by the voters of California be to their governor.

Dennis Publishing has released its first mobile app using the Toura mobile app platform. The app, Auto Express: Adding Value To Your Car costs 99 cents in the App Store.

Martin Belson, Commercial and Retail Director at Dennis describes the new app this way: "It's simple, functional and will really help people get the most out of their car. As a publisher, we're looking forward to future releases on Toura and we think there's a big opportunity for us to deliver our content to a wide audience."

Cygnus Business Media announced today that it had brought on James Capo as director of digital business development to create digital content strategies and products. Capo will be in charge of business and product development for the B2B media company's public safety digital platforms, which includes both and, two public safety portals. Capo will report to Paul Caplan, senior vice president of digital revenues.

Capo worked on the modest iPad app for Sustainable Construction Magazine released into the App Store in August (see TNM story here).

Prior to joining Cygnus Capo was an online services executive for the Associated Press in Washington, DC.

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt testified before a Senate panel this afternoon and at the core of the hearing was the question of whether Google is fixing search results in order to promote its own products.

Minnesota state senator Al Franken actually listened to Schmidt's responses to question from his fellow Senators and wondered about his answer to a question about the company's algorithm.

“You said, ‘I believe so,’” Mr. Franken said, according to the NYT. “You seemed fuzzy. That really bothers me because that’s the crux of this, isn’t it? And you don’t know. So we’re trying to have a hearing here about whether you favor your own stuff, and you’re asked that question and you admittedly don’t know the answer.”

The state of Georgia is set to execute Troy Davis, 42, for the 1989 murder of an off-duty Savannah Police Officer, Mark Allen MacPhail. Since his conviction, several eyewitnesses who testified against Davis have recanted or modified their testimony, and Davis has maintained his innocence throughout.

The case has received worldwide attention, in part because of Davis's claims of innocence, in part because of the recantations, and in part because of the history of justice for African-Americans in the South.

Just yesterday the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles declined to grant Davis clemency, leaving very few options other than possible intervention by the State Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court. The President has no authority to grant clemency in cases where the state is executioner.

Davis's execution is set for 7pm this evening.