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IT Channel News Briefs, Jan. 19

Today's headlines: Avnet promotes Gallagher to succeed Paget; Circuit City shuts down.

Avnet promotes Gallagher to succeed Paget

Avnet Inc. promoted Philip Gallagher to be global president for Avnet Technology Solutions, effective March 2. Gallagher will succeed current president John Paget, who is stepping down now but will aid in the transition, the company said in a statement today. Gallagher will report to Avnet chief operating officer Rick Hamada. Gallagher has been with the distributor for 26 years and is currently president of Avnet Electronics Marketing.

Circuit City shuts down

Mass retailer Circuit City is shutting its doors completely. In a statement issued Friday, the company said "challenges to our business and the continued bleak economic environment" forced the move. Liquidators arrived at the company's remaining 567 stores over the weekend. Closing sales started immediately and could run through March. A small staff will stay on at corporate headquarters in Richmond, Va., to run the process. "Most associates will be relieved of duties immediately," according to the Circuit City statement posted Friday. Some 30,000 jobs will reportedly be affected.

Windows Live Sync closes for upgrades

Microsoft will shut down its Windows Live Sync service for a good chunk of today for upgrades, according to the Windows Live Sync blog and picked up by The service lets consumers or small businesses save files online and have them available to any computer. The downtime is expected to last from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific time.

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