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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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    Kate Mulgrew: "Born With Teeth" (Rebroadcast)

    Kate Mulgrew, who stars as "Red" in the Netflix TV series "Orange Is The New Black", opens up in a new memoir about her complicated family and the baby she gave away for adoption as a young woman.


    Swapping The Street For The Orchard, City Dwellers Take Their Pick Of Fruit

    Urban foragers don't just pick their meals from the trash; many eat only the finest, freshest produce — picked from city trees. The League of Urban Canners harvests fruit from trees to make jam.

    Reconsidering The Pilgrims, Piety And America's Founding Principles

    Conservatives who want to emphasize America's Christian roots embrace the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact. But some historians say their role in the country's founding is overstated.

    Someday A Helicopter Drone May Fly Over Mars And Help A Rover

    NASA is building a 2-pound helicopter drone that would help guide the vehicle on the Red Planet's surface. That way, the rover wouldn't need to wander as much to find its way around.

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