The news that there might have been a break on Jim Gray seems to have fizzled. For those who haven’t read, Jim Gray of Microsoft has been missing since January 28th. Jim is Technical Fellow for Microsoft Research and has been responsible for such projects as TerraServer, SkyServer and anything related to ultra-large database and transaction-processing. He received the Turing Award in 1998 “For seminal contributions to database and transaction processing research and technical leadership in system implementation_.” which is quite an accomplishment.
Update - The Virtual Earth Blog has some thoughts on Jim Gray.