Bill Snyder

San Francisco journalist Bill Snyder writes frequently about business and technology. His work appears regularly in CIO.com and the publications of Stanford's Graduate School of Business and the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. He welcomes your comments and suggestions.

Microsoft leads the charge to protect user privacy

Microsoft leads the charge to protect user privacy

Silicon Valley, long an enabler of government digital spying, is changing its tune, and Microsoft is at the forefront

First 'Jeopardy,' next the world: IBM's plans for Watson

First 'Jeopardy,' next the world: IBM's plans for Watson

IBM is betting on its cloud analytics platform to give the company a new lease on life, with the help of developers

Robots, not routers, are the future of the new Cisco

Robots, not routers, are the future of the new Cisco

Cisco’s new CEO is doubling down on the Internet of things and making software the star of the show

The FTC is wrong about antitrust fears over Android

The FTC is wrong about antitrust fears over Android

Microsoft can't develop a successful mobile operating system, so it's making a crybaby case against Google

Only a moon shot can fix government IT

Only a moon shot can fix government IT

Instead of lurching from crisis to crisis, it’s time to euthanize our geriatric federal IT and start over

Microsoft Surface and Dell stick it to Apple in the enterprise

Microsoft Surface and Dell stick it to Apple in the enterprise

By teaming up with a quartet of heavyweights, Microsoft will push Surface into the enterprise and boost Windows 10 deployment

IT certifications lose their luster among employers

IT certifications lose their luster among employers

As vendors crank out more and more certs, their value is flattening, while premium pay for underlying skills continues to soar

Carriers want to take your Wi-Fi for their own use

Carriers want to take your Wi-Fi for their own use

An unlikely alliance of consumer advocates, cable providers, and tech companies push back on carriers' congestion-handling technology

Upgrading an old PC to Windows 10? You're on your own

Upgrading an old PC to Windows 10? You're on your own

Microsoft's free upgrade strategy places the burden of support on PC makers -- and for 'unsupported' systems, they're punting to you

Yes he can! Nadella turns around Microsoft -- for real

Yes he can! Nadella turns around Microsoft -- for real

Microsoft’s CEO has put the twin disasters of Windows 8 and the Nokia acquisition to rest and is overcoming the failures of the Ballmer era

How to make $120,000: Get a job in big data

How to make $120,000: Get a job in big data

Big data salaries are high, but stodgy IT execs may be slowing adoption

Europe strikes back at Silicon Valley

Europe strikes back at Silicon Valley

A wave of protectionism in Europe is making life hard for U.S. tech giants. Here's why it won’t get any better

Search me: Google's 'Mobilegeddon' is good news

Search me: Google's 'Mobilegeddon' is good news

The blogosphere is stupidly freaking out over a needed change in Google’s mobile search algorithm

For Android, adware is the threat, not malware

For Android, adware is the threat, not malware

Security alarmists have grossly exaggerated the risk of mobile devices -- and the cost of security breaches

The $99 PC is coming, and that's bad news

The $99 PC is coming, and that's bad news

Chromebooks are finally gaining traction, and PCs on a stick are arriving -- that spells trouble for the struggling PC industry

Watch out, Uber: The sharing-economy boom could deflate

Watch out, Uber: The sharing-economy boom could deflate

Today, workers at companies like Uber and Homejoy shoulder the risk but reap little of the reward

Reform H-1B now -- then raise the cap

Reform H-1B now -- then raise the cap

Skyrocketing salaries and long searches for qualified applicants mean there really is a tech labor shortage, at least in some areas

The U.S.-China game of cyber chicken could derail Silicon Valley

The U.S.-China game of cyber chicken could derail Silicon Valley

If China and America don’t end their crazy spying-tinged trade war, billions of dollars in technology sales will evaporate

For job seekers, the big data gold rush is slowing

For job seekers, the big data gold rush is slowing

Enterprises aren't seeing the ROI they expected, leading to reduced bonuses for big data experts, but the pause could be temporary

Patent trolls are on the run, but not vanquished yet

Patent trolls are on the run, but not vanquished yet

Strong legislation that will weaken the ability of the trolls to shake down innovators is likely to pass Congress, but more should be done

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