Did Microsoft just kill TechEd?

Tech enthusiasts around the globe were in shock today as Microsoft announced that it will no longer host its annual TechEd conference.  In a blog posting on the company’s social hub, Channel9, Microsoft says about the termination: “you talked and we listened.” Brendan Spaar wonders who actually asked for the end of TechEd.  In place of TechEd, Microsoft will host another event called the Unified Technology Event for Enterprises.  Rolls off the tongue doesn’t it?

This unified event will feature Windows, System Center, and Developer tools as one giant conference.  Brendan Spaar attended TechEd North America 2014 and noticed that all of these technologies were represented.  Microsoft has since updated the blog post to say that TechEd will, in fact, live on.  This was probably due to a lot of negative feedback.  Do whatever you want with the conference but to call it anything other than TechEd is just plain wrong.

Source:  http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/TechEd/SavetheDateMay4#fbid=

Source:  http://windowsitpro.com/cloud/teched-dead-long-live

Anthony Cumia fired from SiriusXM

Anthony Cumia
One half of the radio duo Opie and Anthony
New York,NY

Fans of the Opie and Anthony show on SIRIUSXM are in shock this morning as it was announced that Anthony Cumia has been fired for comments that he made on social media.  Many people take to Facebook and Twitter to vent and ramble but Cumia learned the hard way that you cannot do this and expect to keep your job.

This all stems from an encounter he had with a black woman in Times Square.  The woman was upset that it appeared like Anthony Cumia was taking her picture and allegedly punched him repeatedly.  During the encounter, Cumia says on his Twitter feed that he called her a pig and an animal for her behavior.  These comments were seen by SiriusXM as racially insensitive and Cumia was fired for them.

The following is a statement from SiriusXM’s Senior Vice President of Communications, Patrick Reilly:

SiriusXM has terminated its relationship with Anthony Cumia of the Opie & Anthony channel. The decision was made, and Cumia informed, late Thursday, July 3 after careful consideration of his racially-charged and hate-filled remarks on social media. Those remarks and postings are abhorrent to SiriusXM, and his behavior is wholly inconsistent with what SiriusXM represents.

Brendan Spaar wonders if Anthony Cumia would have been fired had the woman been white.  Only in America can someone be fired from their job for being the victim of a crime.  Now is the time for the silent majority to take a stand to end the apologies and political correctness.  First they came for Anthony Cumia and I said nothing…

Source:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2014/07/04/siriusxm-opie-anthony-cumia-racist-tirade/12212337/