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Microsoft is reorganizing, a business it’s likely to be at for at least the next year before it or anyone else knows if it’s working although the scheme has immediately garnered a Doubting Thomas or two dubious that the restructuring will help Microsoft create more popular, saleable pr...
A US federal judge Wednesday found Apple guilty of colluding with five publishers and artificially driving up the price of e-books before it entered the market with the debut of the iPad in 2010. Apple is bound to appeal after the court fixes on a penalty next week. The Justice Dep...
Amazon Web Services is starting up a new unit focused on getting the Fortune 2000/mid-market segment to adopt its widgetry. According to Network World, it has also raided VMware for the guy who’s going to be its VP of worldwide commercial sales, Mike Clayville. Clayville has been VP...
Red Hat put the full cavalcade of its new cloud widgetry on the market Wednesday priced at roughly a third what it would cost to use VMware, the private cloud rival Red Hat is out to unseat. Red Hat announced the widgetry last month but it wasn’t quite ready for...
No sooner had Michael Dell and Silver Lake gotten the go-ahead for their takeover scheme from Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) Monday than Glass Lewis and Egan-Jones, the two other important if not quite as influential proxy advisors, fell into line behind ISS and advised Dell ...
Zimory, a Berlin cloud management start-up, has secured $20 million in funding led by its newest investor Deutsche Boerse. Existing investors Creathor Venture, High-Tech Gruenderfonds (HTGF), IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft (IBB), KFW and T-Venture also kicked in. Zimory, which has prev...
Predixion Software, a developer of collaborative predictive analytics solutions, has raised $20 million in Series C financing. The money is coming from two new strategic investors, Accenture and GE Ventures, as well as current investors DFJ Frontier, EMC, Miramar Venture Partners and...
Michael Dell’s scheme to take the company he started in his dorm room 30 years ago private for $13.65 a share got backing Monday from Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), the biggest of the shareholder advisory firms. The news, which represents a sudden about-face for ISS compar...
Red Hat has raided VMware, which it sees as its biggest rival, and carried off Scott Munson, VMware’s director of global strategic alliances responsible for developing and executing a strategic and technical alliance collaboration model that leveraged key partner strengths and initiati...
EMC said Monday that it had bought privately held identity verification specialist Aveksa for its RSA authentication unit. The Times of India, where the Massachusetts-based Aveksa does core development work, broke the story and claimed that EMC paid upwards of $225 million in cash for ...
Foxconn wants to hire 3,000 people to support the development of new devices, including smartphones, tablets, laptops and TVs based on Mozilla’s Firefox operating system. That’s three times the 500-1,000 engineers it initially said it wanted to develop HTML5 and cloud applications fo...
AppScale Systems, a newly surfaced start-up that has its own AppScale Cloud Platform, an open source runtime system for web applications and mobile application back-ends, just introduced its first commercial product, ScaleSafe, which automates failover and migration of cloud apps and d...
Panzura, the flash-based NAS start-up whose widgetry is used to store data off-premises in the cloud, has gotten a $25 million D round and the investors this time include SanDisk, the flash memory storage house, which kicked in enough to rate a board seat. Panzura’s other investors i...
Google rivals are pressing the European Commission to reject Google’s proposed antitrust settlement as “totally inadequate” because the search firm would still have “too much scope” to favor its own products in its search results. The EC said it’s gotten “very negative” feedback from...
Microsoft has created Microsoft Ventures as a way to unify its sundry venture efforts by housing them under one roof and giving entrepreneurs a single point of engagement. It describes Microsoft Ventures as broad-based with a holistic approach, featuring a community evangelism progra...
DataTorrent, which just launched Hadoop’s first real-time stream processing platform, has gotten an $8 million A round to push the widgetry. It lets companies analyze, monitor and act on data instantaneously, executing tens of millions of data items a second. The funding was led by...
Kaminario, a flash storage start-up backed by $75 million in VC funding, is guaranteeing that overall performance degradation will never exceed 25% should the user experience system failure. What that means in English is the widgetry will still be able to deliver data at 75% of its us...
Microsoft and Engine Yard, the Platform-as-a-Service, announced a strategic alliance Wednesday to deliver a commercial-grade open source-based platform on top of Windows Azure’s on-demand infrastructure. Engine Yard Cloud will be available in the Azure Marketplace beginning July 31. ...
The third of the three “startling” alliances that Larry Ellison predicted would happen this week has come to pass. Failing organic growth Oracle has tied up with Larry’s “other” company, sometime competitor NetSuite, one of the first SaaS companies, predating even salesforce.com by a...
Teradata Wednesday unveiled the Teradata Portfolio for Hadoop, which it touted as offering “the most open, flexible and comprehensive options” to deploy and manage Apache Hadoop. The widgetry offers customers flexible new Hadoop-based product platforms, software, consulting services,...
Tod Nielsen, whose name is probably more recognized because of his dozen years at Microsoft than his recent turns at VMware, Borland or Oracle, is now CEO of Heroku, the cloud application development platform that’s part of saleforce.com thanks to its $212 million acquisition in 2010. ...
Oracle and salesforce.com, two rivals that have been personally at each other’s throats from time to time, said Tuesday that they’ve cut a comprehensive nine-year partnership involving all three tiers of cloud computing: applications, platform and infrastructure. Late Monday Oracle a...
Citrix founder Ed Iacobucci died at home in his own bed Friday after a 16-month fight with pancreatic cancer, the same thing that killed Steve Jobs. He was 59. Friends said his last few weeks were difficult. He didn’t deserve that. He was much too nice. He had led the design team...
HDD maker Western Digital has agreed to buy STec and its NAND flash storage technology for roughly $340 million in cash or $207 million net of STec’s cash. At $6.85 a share, it’ll be paying a 91% premium to diversify out of the PC slowdown-created drag on its HDD business.
Oracle and Microsoft, historically so-called “frenemies,” partnered Monday out of necessity so they won’t be dismissed as doddering old codgers compared to the cheaper cloud newcomers like Amazon that they’re both competing against these days.
Samsung is trying to settle the European Commission’s charges that it breached antitrust rules in hounding Apple with standards-based patents (SEPs) and SEP-derived injunctions, Reuters said Tuesday. A source told the wire service that Samsung has been in settlement talks for “sever...
Last week, on the last day of HP’s Discover conference in Las Vegas, HP software chief Bill Veghte stood on stage and said that Workday, the promising HR SaaS company started by David Duffield, who also started PeopleSoft only to lose it to Oracle’ ravenous appetite for acquisitions, h...
The US Patent and Trademark Office has reinstated Apple’s famous so-called rubber-banding patent (US No. 7,469,381) and confirmed four claims, including claim 19 that Apple asserted last summer in the California trial that initially led a jury to dun Samsung $1.05 billion in damages. ...
With PCs in the doldrums and high-definition screens becoming virtually universal Nvidia is changing tack. It’s going to license its GPU core technology and its visual computing patent portfolio in search of Android business and let device manufacturers tune the widgetry for their ow...
Without any fanfare Microsoft last Friday released a feature-limited copy of its cloud-based Office 365 for iOS formatted to fit the little screen. It’s only for the iPhone, not the iPad, which is presumably too close to Microsoft’s own tablet ambitions. There is of course the slow...
Microsoft and Nokia, which abandoned or rejected other operating systems for Microsoft’s Windows Phone smartphone system a couple of years ago, reportedly got a pretty good way down the road in their recent discussions about Microsoft buying its handset business before the talks fatall...
Cisco has bought another data virtualization company. This one’s called Composite Software. It’s better than 10-years-old, lives in San Mateo and went down for $180 million in cash and retention bonuses. It software connects different kinds of data from across the network and makes i...
EMC has reportedly paid $200 million to snap up two-year-old Israeli start-up and would-be competitor ScaleIO and its Elastic Converged Storage (ECS) software, which is supposed to let data centers cut storage costs by maybe 80% or more by converging storage into compute. The softwar...
Larry Ellison is paying for dissing the cloud gods. He missed his numbers for the second time in a row in his fiscal fourth quarter ended in May, historically Oracle’s strongest quarter, raising questions about Oracle being able to adapt and compete in the new cloud world.
Over the weekend Barron’s put out a piece touting AMD’s chances of taking share in the mainstream server market that belongs to Intel with its SeaMicro microserver acquisition, a development that would tickle its tiny stock price, if it ever happened. But even the thought of it, althou...
The eagle seen flying over San Jose Wednesday was not a good omen for Cisco Systems. That quickly became evident from the way the creature befouled Cisco headquarters and beat its wings so that it sounded like it was humming the tune “Ding, dong, the witch is dead.”
Todd Bradley, the former Palm CEO who’s been running HP’s PC unit since 2005 and added printing last year when the Printing and Personal Systems (PPS) organization was formed, has apparently been pushed aside. He is trading his job running half of HP’s revenue for a newly created pos...
Last Friday calm seemed to be descending on Round Rock, Texas. Reports were circulating that activist shareholder Carl Icahn was losing the stomach for scuttling the Michael Dell-Silver Lake Management plan to buy the company for $24.4 billion and take it private.
Red Hat made its power play Wednesday. One it’s been itching to make for a couple of years. One that it hopes will ultimately jam a stick through the spokes of VMware’s front wheel. And to make sure that happens it’ll be telling everybody who’ll listen that its widgetry is a third the ...
Metacloud plays hardball. It has no patience with pilots or proofs-of-concept. It’ll only do production Infrastructure-as-a-Service installations, which is kind of uppity for a start-up that only hit the radar last October – even if it did come out of the closet with an unidentified ...