This Week in IT, 9/16

Abdur Chowdhury

Abdur Chowdhury leaves Twitter. (Image by Joi via Flickr)

Last week we saw the shift of power at Yahoo and TechCrunch. Today, Twitter’s chief scientist Abdur Chowdhury left. Investors Bijan Sabet and Fred Wilson will be leaving at the end of the month. The departures come on the heels of the announcement of the largest venture capital investment in history, valued at $800 million.

Other interesting headlines from this week:

What today’s software developers need to know

Information architecture, asynchronous programming, usability engineering, libraries, distributed and mobile applications, oh my! The breadth of the skill set is wider today, and the level of collaboration is deeper. Did we mention agile…?

Microsoft, AT&T, Premier launch new ACO consortium

In healthcare IT news, Microsoft, AT&T, Premier, and several other industry leaders have banded together to develop the Accountable Care Community of Practice, a consortium dedicated to the support of providers who are developing accountable care strategies.

Gamification in the age of distraction

Companies and brands struggling with the prospect of engaging with customers in real time may find gaming applications will be as important as Facebook in the next few years.

European data concerns cloud outlook for US vendors

The Dutch government may block US cloud vendors because of issues with the US PATRIOT Act.

Sony Changes Contracts: No more class action suits for PSN users

Sony has changed the language in its end user agreement.

Microsoft offers Azure cloud toolkit to build Windows 8 apps

“While Windows 8 itself won’t be released until sometime in 2012, Microsoft is giving developers plenty of tools and time to get ready.”

Companies spend on security amid mobile and social threats

Symantec’s 2011 State of Security Survey found that the perceived risk from cyberattacks is higher than off-line crime, natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

What news was on your radar this week? Let us know in the comments section below.

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