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Zuora, the Marc Benioff-backed on-demand billing and payments start-up, has announced what it calls the Z-Commerce Platform, a development platform dedicated to monetizing cloud computing services. Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo describes the widgetry as the start-up’s most important product announcement to date, “a big step towards our vision of being the de facto commerce engine for the cloud.” With Z-Billing, Z-Payments, and Z-Force, its existing products, the company’s supposed to have a suite of business cloud solutions focused on driving revenue from cloud computing. It figures there’s huge market potential for a provider of cloud-based commerce capabilities such as subscription billing and payments given predictions like Merrill Lynch’s that puts the addressable market for cloud computing at $160 billion, including $95 billion in business and productivity applications.... (more)

NSF Underwrites Cloud Research

 Researchers from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego have gotten a two-year $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore new ways for academic researchers to provision and manage extremely large data sets on clouds using the Google-IBM CluE Cluster Exploratory Cluster and the open source Apache Hadoop programming environment. Seems the ever-increasing volume of scientific data is beginning to overwhelm current approaches to data management. IBM and Google are picking up the tab for running CluE. ... (more)

SCO's Digital Fingerprints Lead to Bank of America says it saw a Word document of SCO's lawsuit against DaimlerChrysler - the rest of us have PDF versions - that indicated SCO originally intended to sue the Bank of America, an IBM AIX account, but changed its mind for some reason or another on February 18 at 11:10 am when the carmaker was substituted. Using features in Word that track changes to documents, who made them and when they were made, somebody uncovered metadata showing that the bank was SCO's original target and that, unlike DaimlerChrysler, it was going to be sued for copyright infringement and violations of... (more)

Seven See Offending SCO Code

The SCO Group, which promised that it would start showing the code that Linux allegedly copied from Unix this week, says that so far it's shown it to George Weiss of Gartner, Bill Claybrook of the Aberdeen Group, Laura DiDio of the Yankee Group, Steve Lohr of the New York Times, Hiawatha Bray of the Boston Globe, Bill Bulkeley of the Wall Street Journal, and some forgettable reporter who wasn't up to speed on any of the issues from the Investor's Business Daily. They all signed an NDA that forswears them from saying exactly where the alleged infringements are in the code base or... (more)

SCO to Detail its Case against Linux to IBM by Monday

At press time, the SCO Group expected that by Monday, January 12, it would turn over to IBM all the evidence it had of Linux' alleged infringement on SCO-owned Unix IP that IBM asked for in its motion to compel discovery last month, thereby meeting its court-imposed 30-day deadline, according to SCO spokesman Blake Stowell. Provided IBM is satisfied with what SCO turns over, SCO expects to be back in court on Friday January 23 pursuing its own motion to compel IBM to turn over its AIX Unix source code to SCO. IBM previously turned over to SCO the Dynix UNIX source code that it ac... (more)