SCOOP: CIO VanRoekel heads to USAID to fight Ebola — Alibaba makes history with largest-ever U.S. IPO

September 19, 2014 2:06 PM

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SCOOP: WHITE HOUSE CIO VANROEKEL TAKES TECH TO FIGHT EBOLA — Steve VanRoekel is stepping down from his post as the White House's chief information officer to help coordinate the administration's response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Your MT'er has the story this morning: "The former Microsoft executive will be tasked with coordinating and ensuring the efficiency of the U.S. government’s efforts to fight the virus, an administration official said. VanRoekel will be a senior adviser to Rajiv Shah, the administrator for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and work as chief innovation officer at the agency. He will leave the Office of Management and Budget on Friday. The official did not say whether VanRoekel would travel to Africa."

ALIBABA GETS $21.8 BILLION IN IPO — Shares officially start trading today, but the figures it pulled in last night make its initial public offering the biggest ever in the U.S. Katy's got the skinny: "The staggering amount made Facebook’s $16 billion IPO two years ago look puny by comparison. The of...

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