NebuAd CEO Steps Down
He'll be taking a job at VeriFone Holdings Inc. , the company announced today.
Dykes apparently left Juniper looking for a CEO challenge, and boy, did he find one. No doubt you've heard about the controversy around NebuAd and Phorm Inc. , services that monitor Web browsing in order to facilitate targeted-ad placements.
Privacy advocates don't like targeted ads, and they were even less happy to hear that NebuAd modifies packets and routes browsers through an extra Website. The word hijacking got thrown about, with good reason, and NebuAd and Phorm found themselves testifying to Congress. Robb Topolski -- whose name you'll recognize from that recent Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) affair -- provides a good history on his blog.
For deeper details, you can read NebuAd's patent application here.
Dykes is still chairman of NebuAd. The new CEO is going to be the company's president, Kira Makagon, according to an AP report.
Oh, and if you're interested in this topic, you'll want to check out Front Porch Inc. It gets an ominous mention in this AP article.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading