After three months combing the galaxy for an appropriate talent to take the helm, Maximum PC Editorial Director Jon Phillips has chosen a new Editor-in-Chief: George Jones, who served as our lead editor in 2004 and 2005, has returned to once again run the magazine and website. With Jones in place, Phillips goes back to full-time editorial directing -- whatever that is -- and the Maximum PC staff enters a new era of prosperity.
Maximum PC's new fearless leader George Jones, then (inset) and now.
“I look for four things in a Maximum PC editor,” Phillips said. “Namely, hardcore tech knowledge, big content ideas, managerial excellence, and a knack for expressing that impossible-to-define Maximum PC voice. It’s a tall order for any editor, but George did it before, and he’ll do it again. Huzzah!”
Various Maximum PC staffers added their own thoughts on this most illustrious of appointments:
Senior Editor Gordon Mah Ung: “Having worked with George during his last tour of duty, I can say it’s great to have him back on the team again.”
Online Managing Editor Alex Castle: “I’m very excited to have George Jones on board. I believe he’ll do a fine job of upholding Maximum PC’s rich tradition of Editor-In-Chiefs sharing a name with other, more famous people.”
Senior Associate Editor Nathan Edwards: “Sure, we know George is firmly on the PC side of the Mac vs. PC debate, but where does he stand in the all-important Enterprise vs. Star Destroyer debate?”
As for Jones himself, he completed his own induction ceremony by saying, “I’m super happy to be back in the Maximum PC fold and right in the middle of the action. This place is awesome in every sense of the word. I am a little bit nervous about the Tribble invasion in the labs, however. Gordon!”
Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone maker, announced on Tuesday plans to cut 220 jobs at research and development units in Japan. The latest cuts represent continued efforts to reduce costs.
"Japanese manufacturers are important partners who play a critical role in Nokia's global supply chain strategy and with whom Nokia continues to develop its world-class logistics operations," the Finnish company said.
Trimming staff is nothing new for Nokia as of late. Last week, the mobile handset maker handed out 330 pink slips in Finland and Denmark at its R&D operations that globally employ 17,000 workers, Businessweek reports.
Nokia said its latest round of cuts won't affect Japanese operations of Nokia Siemens Networks, or Vertu, Nokia's higher-end handset line.
Forget about all this talk of losses and job cuts, the economy is apparently doing just fine for Facebook, the social networking site which boasts the most users. It's doing so well that mark Zuckerberg told Bloomberg news agency in an interview that the company plans to increase its staff by as much as 50 percent before the end of the year.
As it currently stands, Facebook claims 900 employees, so by our math, the planned hiring would put the worker count up to 1,350 strong. And why not when your list of investors includes venture capitalist Peter Thiel, Accel Partners, Microsoft, and Russian Internet firm Digital Sky Technologies.
But not all social networking sites are looking to expand. MySpace in June announced plans to reduce its U.S.-based workforce by 30 percent and two-thirds of its international employees.