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    Reports: Hewlett-Packard May Tap Meg Whitman To Be Its CEO

    Meg Whitman, the former eBay CEO and 2010 Republican candidate for governor of California, may be Hewlett-Packard's next CEO.

    The Wall Street Journal's All Things D blog and Bloomberg News are reporting they've been told by sources familiar with the H-P board's thinking that directors are meeting to talk about whether to move current CEO Leo Apotheker aside and install Whitman (possibly on an interim basis, Bloomberg says) in the chief executive's office.

    Apotheker became CEO last November, as the San Jose Mercury News reminds us. He replaced Mark Hurd, "who was ousted ... after being accused of falsifying expense reports in a controversy that started with an allegation of sexual harassment by an HP contract employee."

    The Mercury News writes that "H-P has been the world's leading PC-maker for the past five years, after buying one major rival, Compaq, and overtaking another competitor, Dell, in the race for market share. But its business has been under increasing pressure, both from the introduction of such alternatives as the iPad and from competition with low-cost manufacturers that have forced HP to keep its prices and profits down. Since taking over the top job, Apotheker has announced that HP will spin off its core personal-computer business, end its foray into the tablet business and purchase British software company Autonomy for more than $10 billion."

    Bloomberg notes that Whitman, "who joined Hewlett-Packard's board in January after a failed bid to become California's governor last year, had a mixed record at EBay. As CEO for a decade, she took the company public and pioneered online commerce for small businesses. Yet she also failed to halt a slowdown in revenue growth and overpaid for Skype Technologies SA after a three-way bidding war with Google Inc. and Yahoo! Inc."

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    Burt Shavitz, Face Of Burt's Bees, Dies At 80

    Burt Shavitz, the eccentric co-founder of Burt's Bees skin care products, has died at age 80. His bearded face is on your lip balm.
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    Mechanization Brings Quick Change To Borneo Region Known For 'Slow Rice'

    A company is introducing mechanized rice farming to the interior of Malaysian Borneo for the first time. Scientists say the change may damage the bonds between the local people and their environment.
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    'Vendetta' Recalls The Ruthless Rivalry Between Bobby Kennedy, Jimmy Hoffa

    NPR's Robert Siegel talks with James Neff about his new book Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy versus Jimmy Hoffa.
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    Hacking Team Breach Reveals Firm Sold Spying Tools To Repressive Regimes

    What happens when one of the most notorious hacking companies gets hacked? That's the situation unfolding for one Italian company, which sells surveillance software to governments across the globe.

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