Google Launches Helpouts, a Live Video Tutorial Service

The company will use its Hangouts service to bring live how-to videos — and more — to your living room.

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Microsoft Names Exec to Top Skype Post

Microsoft has named Gurdeep Singh Pall to replace the departing Mark Gillett as corporate VP for Skype, as well as its Lync communications product. Gillett, who took a job as head of value creation at private equity firm Silver Lake, had been responsible for Skype’s product, engineering and operations worldwide, duties that will now fall to Pall. An experienced engineer, Pall was most recently CVP of Information Platform & Experience in Microsoft’s new Applications and Services division. Before that, he was CVP of the Office Lync & Speech group.

Despite Tough Market, IBM Looking Solid Ahead of Q3 Results

Lots of complications.

A Handy Guide to Deleting Digital Accounts

Feel like you get the runaround when you try to delete a social networking site or other Web services? This might help.

HP Is Swimming Upstream as Turnaround Efforts Falter

A key admission that sales won’t grow next year raises big questions about the company’s prospects.

Carl Icahn Denied in Bid to Upend Dell Buyout Vote

Even so, a proxy fight is coming, like it or not.

Silicon Valley Finance Vet Peter Currie Joins Board of New Relic in IPO Prep Move

Guess who’s back, back again?

How the Battle for Dell May or May Not End Today

A proposed buyout may be approved by shareholders, or it may fail. Or something else might happen entirely.

Grovo, a “How-To” Video Company for Web Services and Apps, Raises $5.5 Million in Funding

Video tutorials are growing quickly online.

BlackBerry Downplays Z10 Price Cuts; Analysts Raise Inventory Concerns

The early price cuts add to the pressure to produce a hit with the coming A10.