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Open Source Researcher Alerts Cisco to GPL Issue

January 20, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

Last week, an open-source software researcher, Armijn Hemel, a consultant with Loohuis Consulting, alerted some bloggers and other media about one of our iPhone models (WIP300) not being compliant with the GNU general public license. Cisco has thoroughly investigated the information Mr. Hemel brought to our attention related to the Cisco iPhone WIP300 model as reported. Based on our investigation, Cisco is taking steps to resolve a single issue raised regarding this product’s compliance with the GNU General Public License, or GPL. Cisco has thoroughly investigated the other issues raised and verified the product’s compliance with the GPL. We thank Mr. Hemel for apprising us of this matter and we encourage others in the open-source community to continue working with Cisco in these important areas of research and development. Compliance with open standards is very important to us and we will continue to take the necessary actions to ensure we are meeting the requirements of open source licenses we use.

Awards Season Results Are In: Cisco Best Company to Work For

January 19, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

The Golden Globes. The Oscars. The Bloggies. The Fortune “Best Companies to Work For.” Some of them have been announced, some are coming soon.Cisco was not nominated for The Golden Globes or the Oscars this year, but for the 10th year in a row, Cisco has been named one of The 100 Best Companies to Work For in the U.S by Fortune Magazine. In 2007, Cisco is number 11, up from number 25 in 2006, making the company the largest technology employer in the top 20.What makes Cisco a great place to work? In my estimation (I wasn’t surveyed), smart people; smart, innovative, relevant products; an aspirational mission to change the way we work, live, learn and play through the network; on-site dental, daycare, haircuts, oilchanges, drycleaning; ownership: virtually all employees are shareholders; and last, but not least, a real passion among employees and our executive team that we really are making a difference in the world by connecting people through the network, whether it is for healthcare, entertainment, education, retail, research or whatever. While you may think it sounds cheesy, we truly believe that the network is the platform for all of life’s interactions. Who makes that network? That’s right, the #11 best place to work in America and proud of it!!Congratulations, of course, to our Silicon Valley neighbors who also made the list: Google (#1), Genentech (#2), Network Appliance (#6), Adobe Systems (#31), Intuit (#33) and Yahoo! (#44).

Beam Me Up to the Store of the Future

Sign me up for one of those biometric scanners at the cash register. I’m tired of having to scavenge around for my wallet, extract my debit card, slide it through the card scanner, and punch in all the codes and buttons. Let me just press my finger on the reader and be on my way with my groceries.And I won’t mind punching my size 36 x 30 into a kiosk if lights begin flashing to guide me to my correct size in Lee jeans. I don’t mind giving up the hunt each time I’ve got to rummage through 20 pairs of jeans to find my size. Read More »

Blogosphere is Alive and Well

January 18, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

In the past week and a half or so, because of our suit against Apple for infringing on our iPhone trademark, I’ve nearly spent more time on other blog sites than I have in the previous two years since I started blogging at Cisco. I’ve come across a lot of very interesting and thoughtful bloggers (as well as some very funny ones) and thought that I’d highlight a few of them for your reading pleasure. This is, in no way, an exhaustive list and if your favorite tech blog isn’t listed, please comment and I’ll publish it. As a nominator for this year’s Bloggies I may or may not have voted for some of the blogs listed below. It’s a secret ballot, so I’ll never tell.TechCrunch -- Most of you already know this blog, but I still highlight it as a quality resource for learning about technology trends and culture.GigaOm -- DittoSiliconValleyWatcher -- DittoThe Secret Diary of Steve Jobs -- very well written and very funny.”Between the Lines” blog at ZDNET with Dan Farber and Larry Dignan -- In the know and a good read. Ed Burnette should also be called out for his analysis work on his ZDNet blog as well as covering “software, gadgets and games.”ValleyWag - well described as a “tech gossip rag.”Crunchgear - Ditto to #1.And, last but not least, of course the ever utilized and ever useful Technorati and Digg.Thanks for the good reading, bloggers, and keep up the good work.

Cisco to Blogosphere: We’re Listening

January 16, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

We’ve been following our iPhone trademark issue in the blogosphere closely and it’s been interesting to see the commentary from some posters suggesting that somehow Cisco either in the US or Europe didn’t meet the requirements to maintain the iPhone trademark. Our response is pretty simple: We have met all elements required by all authorities to maintain our mark. We’ve been pretty direct about the fact that we’ve been shipping the iPhone since last spring.