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March 4, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Top tech executives, including BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt are in town this week for a two-day technology and media conference. Oasis: The Montgomery Summit -- for a decade known as the Montgomery Technology Conference before a name change this year -- will take place at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica on Wednesday and Thursday. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor The invitation-only confab will feature panels, networking and presentations from chief executives of about 150 companies in the social, mobile, analytics and cloud sectors.
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March 4, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Top tech executives, including BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt are in town this week for a two-day technology and media conference. Oasis: The Montgomery Summit -- for a decade known as the Montgomery Technology Conference before a name change this year -- will take place at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica on Wednesday and Thursday. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor The invitation-only confab will feature panels, networking and presentations from chief executives of about 150 companies in the social, mobile, analytics and cloud sectors.
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BUSINESS
January 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It's back to basics for BlackBerry, as the Canadian phone maker has said customers should expect most of its future devices to come with keyboards built into the hardware. John Chen, the company's new chief executive, told Bloomberg that he is a big fan of the physical keyboard for which BlackBerry is known, and that he believes the keyboard could power the company's comeback. "I personally love the keyboards," Chen reportedly said. "So you will look to Blackberry going forward to do keyboards -- I wouldn't use the word exclusively, but predominantly.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It's back to basics for BlackBerry, as the Canadian phone maker has said customers should expect most of its future devices to come with keyboards built into the hardware. John Chen, the company's new chief executive, told Bloomberg that he is a big fan of the physical keyboard for which BlackBerry is known, and that he believes the keyboard could power the company's comeback. "I personally love the keyboards," Chen reportedly said. "So you will look to Blackberry going forward to do keyboards -- I wouldn't use the word exclusively, but predominantly.
BUSINESS
December 30, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
BlackBerry's interim chief executive is fighting back against competitors who claim the smartphone maker is on its last legs. John Chen, who replaced former CEO Thorsten Heins after his ouster in November, said in an Op-Ed article Monday that he's "not focused on who BlackBerry used to be -- I'm focused on what BlackBerry will be today and in the future. " The company has been suffering from huge subscriber losses, executive turmoil and widespread layoffs for months, and for many consumers, the brand is no longer a go-to when it comes to buying a new mobile device.
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March 1, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Five North Hollywood High School students have become regional champions in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Science Bowl. The students -- Alexander Yen, Timothy Shiew, Denise Ye, John Chen and Joseph Chang -- will now advance to the National Science Bowl in Washington from April 27 to May 1.
BUSINESS
December 5, 1998 | Bloomberg News
Sybase Inc. said it will divide the company into four units to improve its focus in areas that are growing more rapidly than its main database business. The Emeryville, Calif.-based company has struggled to return to rapid growth in revenue and profit amid slowing demand for its database software. Sybase is trying to sell more software that links mobile computers to corporate systems, tools for developers of Internet programs and software that lets companies more efficiently use databases.
BUSINESS
November 4, 1998 | Bloomberg News
Sybase Inc. Chairman Mitchell Kertzman resigned from the database software maker to become president and chief executive of Network Computer Inc., a software maker majority-owned by Oracle Corp. Kertzman, 49, replaces David Roux, Oracle executive vice president of corporate development, who becomes chairman of closely held NCI. Sybase President and Chief Executive John Chen assumed the chairman title as well at Sybase. NCI, jointly owned by Oracle and Netscape Communications Corp.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
T-Mobile, which got into a bit of trouble with BlackBerry a few days ago when it encouraged its BlackBerry users to switch to the iPhone 5s, is trying to make amends. The wireless carrier said in a blog post that starting this Friday, it will offer a $200 credit to users -- including non-T-Mobile customers -- who trade in their current BlackBerry and upgrade to a new T-Mobile device, whether that's a new BlackBerry or another manufacturer's device. Existing T-Mobile BlackBerry users who trade in their BlackBerrys and choose a new Q10 or Z10 smartphone will get an additional $50 off. PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy The limited-time promotion came a day after BlackBerry CEO John Chen blasted T-Mobile in a blog post for targeting BlackBerry users with an offer to switch to the iPhone 5s for $0 down.
BUSINESS
March 23, 1989
Westin Hotels & Resorts has named Chieko N. Aoki chief executive, in addition to her current duties as deputy chairman of the chain. She succeeds Harry Mullikin, 62, who is retiring as chairman and chief executive after a dozen years in those posts. John H. Aoki, president and chief executive of Aoki Corp., becomes chairman of the hotel chain.
BUSINESS
December 30, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
BlackBerry's interim chief executive is fighting back against competitors who claim the smartphone maker is on its last legs. John Chen, who replaced former CEO Thorsten Heins after his ouster in November, said in an Op-Ed article Monday that he's "not focused on who BlackBerry used to be -- I'm focused on what BlackBerry will be today and in the future. " The company has been suffering from huge subscriber losses, executive turmoil and widespread layoffs for months, and for many consumers, the brand is no longer a go-to when it comes to buying a new mobile device.
BUSINESS
September 22, 1998 | Bloomberg News
Sybase Inc., the No. 4 database software maker, is expected to announce that it will create a division for its laptop and remote device software, according to sources familiar with the company. The company is also expected to announce that President and co-Chief Executive John Chen will assume the CEO title by himself and that Chairman and co-Chief Executive Mitchell Kertzman will become chairman. The move has been anticipated since Chen was named co-CEO with Kertzman on Feb. 26.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
BlackBerry plans to sell the majority of its commercial real estate portfolio in Canada to bolster its financial position. The Canadian company said Tuesday that the real estate holdings, comprising more than 3 million square feet of space, would be sold through a combination of sale-leaseback and vacant asset sales. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 Despite the sales, BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen said the company "remained committed to being headquartered in Waterloo and having a strong presence in Canada.
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