News Blurbs

Antivirus software pioneer McAfee sought in murder probe
Police are seeking the former security software pioneer John McAfee in a murder probe over his neighbor’s death in Belize. McAfee, who sold his stake in McAfee, Inc. for $100 million and in 2009 was reportedly worth $4 million, was entangled in disputes with his neighbor who was found dead from a gunshot wound. Since his Silicon Valley days McAfee has started various health- and fitness-related companies.

Microsoft’s Sinofsky departs Windows weeks after Forstall departs Apple
Both men were lauded for their abilities to deliver large, complex projects but also criticized for not playing well with others: Sinofsky was "abrasive" and Forstall "never fit into Apple’s culture." Despite both bandied about as potential CEOs of their respective organizations, more interesting is which companies now dare to enlist their expertise.

New Chinese leadership
Xi Jinping replaced Hu Jintao as leader of the Chinese Communist Party after months of political, economic and social challenges. The leadership council was reduced from 9 to 7 for more "efficient" decision-making, and the surprise move also lands Jinping as the powerful Central Military Commission leader which controls China’s armed forces.

Union-led protests in crisis-ridden Europe
Strikes across Spain, Portugal and Greece against government austerity measures resulted in transportation closures and sporadic violence. The large union-led strike denounced further budget cuts recommended by the European Union. While divisive, austerity measures since 2008 have been an attempt to cure economic distress that has seen Spain’s unemployment rate soar to 25%.