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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)

Microsoft Supposedly Thinking of Office for Linux

Tech Crunch got it from Extreme Tech which got it from Phoronix which got it from a source at the big FOSDEM open source conference in Brussels that Microsoft - which is reportedly planning to release Office for Android, a Linux distribution, this year - is taking a "meaningful look" at releasing a full native Linux port of Office next year. The source is presumed to be one of Microsoft's open source developers. Most open source adherents probably couldn't be persuaded to use Office for any amount of money, but Microsoft supposedly thinks Linux has "commercial viability" and may ... (more)

Yahoo & Microsoft Reportedly Close to Now-or-Never Deal

A search and online advertising deal between Yahoo and Microsoft is imminent - unless of course it's blown off course again, according to Yahoo know-it-all All Things Digital, the Dow Jones blog. Under the circumstances blogger Kara Swisher isn't guaranteeing a deal will happen though she hears one could be announced this week. If the companies don't emerge with an agreement this time, they're reportedly unlikely to try again. In its latest structure, which sounds very much like other passed-over proposals, Microsoft would take over Yahoo's search business, paying Yahoo a few billi... (more)

IBM Opens Cloud Computing Lab

Cloud Bootcamp at Cloud Expo IBM opened a cloud computing laboratory in Hong Kong Thursday to support LotusLive cloud services. It says it want to develop LotusLive public cloud collaboration services that are secure enough for the enterprise as well as hybrid solutions. The Hong Kong team, built on the e-mail technology and skills of Outblaze Limited, a Hong Kong company whose messaging assets were acquired by IBM earlier this year and incorporated into the Lotus brand, is supposed to drive best practices for its cloud messaging. IBM claims the LotusLive widgetry, which includes... (more)

Google Makes Grown Bankers Cry

Looks like there's not going to be a mammoth, awe-inspiring IPO by Google this spring. Evidently the company's financial advisers think it could do better if it waits until the stars that govern the market are more auspicious - although something more auspicious than Google's currently rumored $20 billion valuation seems a bit vulgar. According to the Times, as in the Times of London, Google CEO Eric Schmidt was in the City last week and indicated that the IPO had been postponed. When asked about going public in a series of closed-door meetings, he reportedly said, "An IPO is no... (more)