Cyberchondria. Microsoft researchers published a study Monday suggesting that people who self-diagnose by Web search tend to “escalate medical concerns.” The New York Times put it a bit more bluntly: “If that headache plaguing you this morning led you first to a Web search and then to the conclusion that you must have a brain tumor, you may instead be suffering from cyberchondria.”
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Ray Ozzie. The Microsoft chief software architect is profiled in Wired magazine. Some interesting details: he hates public speaking; he’s imploring Microsoft to focus more on “the competitor within”; to test early versions of what would become Windows Azure, Ozzie’s skunkworks team built a 1,000-machine data center on campus, stealing power from three nearby buildings.
20 billion-dollar data centers. BusinessWeek, quoting a person familiar with Microsoft’s plans, says the company is “embarking on a plan to build in the coming years some 20 supersize data centers that can cost as much as $1 billion apiece.” Debra Chrapaty, vice president for Global Foundation Services for Microsoft, wouldn’t discuss specifics with BusinessWeek, but she did say, “We’re going to reinvent the infrastructure of our industry.”
Tweaks in MSN org. Kara Swisher has an internal memo detailing some changes within the MSN organization. The memo, from Greg Nelson, general manager of the MSN Global Media Group, notes these changes, according to Swisher:
Rob Bennett leads network programming;
Steve Cvengros leads network entry points, tasked with increasing exposure to MSN assets;
Sandy Henson leads vertical programming, which includes all channels;
Dell Wilkinson leads monetization and analytics;
Eva Corets, chief of staff.