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  1. >> quit his IBM job after a blog dispute

    That makes it sound like IBM asked him to resign, which they did not. Gaurav quit on his own “to avoid unnecessary headaches for IBM.”

  2. >> quit his IBM job after a blog dispute

    That makes it sound like IBM asked him to resign, which they did not. Gaurav quit on his own “to avoid unnecessary headaches for IBM.”

  3. “lamens terms : stupid arrogant programmer quits job with 90B company over “blog””

    Rubbish.

    He, and a few other bloggers called into question the claims of a supposedly “leading” management education institution in India. Pretty dubious claims too.

    They were then carpet-bombed with pseudo-legal threats from that institution. IBM supplies that institution every year, so despite there being no pressure from IBM’s end, he decided to avoid any conflict of interest and quit his job. And no, he isn’t blaming IBM at all for it.

    Stupid, arrogant – only applicable to the quoted comment.

    @Scoble:
    “be careful if you’re blogging while identified with a company.”

    Not really, since the decision to move on was entirely his own.

    If anything, that should read “be careful if your blog reads critically about a company”

    http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/05/11/13/1644223.shtml?tid=99&tid=17
    for more on the latter.

  4. “lamens terms : stupid arrogant programmer quits job with 90B company over “blog””

    Rubbish.

    He, and a few other bloggers called into question the claims of a supposedly “leading” management education institution in India. Pretty dubious claims too.

    They were then carpet-bombed with pseudo-legal threats from that institution. IBM supplies that institution every year, so despite there being no pressure from IBM’s end, he decided to avoid any conflict of interest and quit his job. And no, he isn’t blaming IBM at all for it.

    Stupid, arrogant – only applicable to the quoted comment.

    @Scoble:
    “be careful if you’re blogging while identified with a company.”

    Not really, since the decision to move on was entirely his own.

    If anything, that should read “be careful if your blog reads critically about a company”

    http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/05/11/13/1644223.shtml?tid=99&tid=17
    for more on the latter.

  5. Agree with what everyone else has said a while back. I read up on this story and the employee decide to resign on his own so as not to have IBM in the middle of it. He was practicing citizen journalism to expose dubious advertising claims on a non-accredited MBA program. Said university threatened to withdraw business from IBM, and I understand that IBM was supportive of him.

    On a matter of principle, Sabnis thought the right thing to do was to resign. Several other Indian bloggers were also threatened with legal action, but the truth stuck and other mainstream press picked up on the story and found the bloggers were on to something solid. OJR story linked above is good backgrounder.

    I think this is more an example of the power of citizen journalism and that if you are on to the truth, other people and other media will pick up on it and escalate it and run with it even if you are up against big monied interests.

  6. Agree with what everyone else has said a while back. I read up on this story and the employee decide to resign on his own so as not to have IBM in the middle of it. He was practicing citizen journalism to expose dubious advertising claims on a non-accredited MBA program. Said university threatened to withdraw business from IBM, and I understand that IBM was supportive of him.

    On a matter of principle, Sabnis thought the right thing to do was to resign. Several other Indian bloggers were also threatened with legal action, but the truth stuck and other mainstream press picked up on the story and found the bloggers were on to something solid. OJR story linked above is good backgrounder.

    I think this is more an example of the power of citizen journalism and that if you are on to the truth, other people and other media will pick up on it and escalate it and run with it even if you are up against big monied interests.