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David Johnson, the guy who headed IBM’s M&A before he moved to Dell – despite a Big Blue lawsuit – to do the same thing as senior VP of strategy, is leaving. He is joining private equity house Blackstone as a partner. Blackstone apparently wants to rebuild its high-tech practice. A...
After 20 years with the company Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie is going to retire in 2014 after he turns 65. As a run-up he’s turning his current roll over to chief technical strategy officer Eric Rudder to play senior advisor to CEO Steve Ballmer and wo...
In what would be a major strategy shift Apple is reportedly considering selling a “lower-end” iPhone later this year to meet competition from Android, which has been eating Apple’s lunch with its multiple models. The Wall Street Journal said late Tuesday that the cheaper iPhone, whic...
In an example of Microsoft-like vertical integration Nvidia under the code-name Project Shield is going to take parts it builds for other people’s videogame consoles like the new version of its Tegra 4 processor and build a game machine of its own that it sells direct to consumers. T...
Amazon Web Service has fielded what it calls High Storage instances, a new EC2 instance family for applications requiring fast access to large amounts of data. These new instances are currently available as a single instance type, Eight Extra Large (hs1.8xlarge) and provide customers...
Storage titan EMC has quietly acquired Texas-based iWave Software, whose Automator suite streamlines the provisioning and management of storage systems, data centers and private clouds. No price was mentioned. It will be another Storage-as-a-Service ornament for EMC’s Advanced Storag...
The guy who runs IBM’s big services unit that means so much to it – pulling in maybe 57% of its revenues – is going to retire on March 31. Mike Daniels was supposedly in contention to replace former CEO Sam Palmisano but lost out to sales chief Ginni Rometty a year ago. He’s been w...
Apple said Monday that, excluding re-downloads and updates, more than 40 billion iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps have been downloaded from its App Store and that it has paid developers more than $7 billion. That makes nearly 20 billion downloads in 2012 alone, Apple said. Nine mon...
Despite State Department sensitivities, Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt and Google Ideas director Jared Cohen, a former State Department policy wonk who now heads Google’s New York-based think tank, landed in Pyongyang, North Korea Monday as part of the entourage accompanying ...
Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt is proposing to “privately” visit North Korea, a rogue nation as well as an open market. He will go as part of a delegation led by former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, a former American ambassador to the United Nations who has been to No...
The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday that it had come to a couple of so-called “landmark agreements” with Google that end the agency’s big, almost two-year investigation into the antitrust complaints made against the search giant. The deal absolves Google of stacking its search...
Apple reportedly wants to buy Waze to help fix its giant maps gaffe but according to what TechCrunch heard it doesn’t want to spend the $750 million asking price. It’s reportedly offering $400 million plus $100 million in incentives. The three-year-old Israeli-born Waze uses crowdsou...
The day after Christmas a federal jury in Pittsburgh stuffed a scuttle full of coal into Marvell Technology’s stocking when it found the semiconductor company owed Carnegie Mellon University roughly $1.17 billion for infringing a couple of the school’s patents. The award is right up ...
Imation, the storage and data security outfit, has bought Nexsan, the privately held disk-based and solid-state storage systems shop, for $105 million in cash and $15 million in stock. Imation said Nexsan, which has raised about $36.5 million in venture funding and twice abandoned th...
Andy Jassy, the head of Amazon’s cloud business and the Harvard MBA who wrote its business plan, told the Sunday Telegraph in London over the weekend that AWS could some day displace Apple as the world’s most valuable tech company. “We don’t say to ourselves, ‘What we’re really doing...
Hewlett-Packard, which is desperately seeking ways to get its boat off the sandbar, told the SEC last week in its annual 10-K that “we continue to evaluate the potential disposition of assets and businesses that may no longer help us meet our objectives.” Bloomberg, which worked over...
Having found a bunch of Android-based Samsung widgets violate four Apple patents, the US International Trade Commission has ordered the giant Korean company to post a bond worth 88% of its US smartphones sales as well as 32.5 % of its media player and 37.6% of its tablet sales if it wa...
Armed robbers pulled off a heist at the Apple store behind the Paris Opera in the center of town on New Year’s Eve. Reuters reports that they made off with over a $1 million worth of widgetry although Apple is still calculating the loss. Four masked thieves broke in about 9 o’clock...
Apple late Monday lost its bid to get a permanent injunction barring 26 of Samsung’s Android-based widgets that a jury found infringed six of Apple’s patents from the American market. Concurrently, the court threw out Samsung’s bid for a new trial. The Korean company claimed the ju...
Red Hat has bought itself a Christmas present – privately held ManageIQ. It’s paying $104 million in folding money for the pleasure of what appears to be a made-to-measure glove. The two seem to be a perfect fit. The deal might close by the end of the year. Red Hat approached the s...
ARM has just given Intel another reason to chew its lip. The British mobile chip designer has launched a promised joint venture in mobile security called Trustonic that’s gotten the backing of companies like MasterCard, Sprint, Cisco, Samsung, Nvidia and 20th Century Fox Home Enterta...
automation and revenue performance management software. It’s agreed to pay $23.50 a share, a 31% premium over Eloqua’s close Wednesday. Oracle said it would lay out $871 net of Eloqua’s cash. It seems we might figure about $811 million. Eloqua, which got started in 2000, only IPO’d ...
The US Patent and Trademark Office, which has been re-examining Apple’s pinch-to-zoom patent (US No 7,844,915) presumably at Samsung’s behest, said Wednesday that all 21of its claims are invalid on the basis of prior art, specifically for anticipation and obviousness. It’s a prelimin...
Europe’s antitrust czar Joaquin Almunia disclosed Thursday that the European Commission is about to charge Samsung with antitrust violations over its use of standards-essential patents (SEPs) in its litigation with Apple. He told a press conference in Brussels that the agency would h...
Google is going to sell Motorola’s set-top box business to the Arris Group, a cable equipment maker. The cash-and-stock deal is valued at about $2.35 billion, which should repay Google part of the $12.5 billion it spent on MMI supposedly for its IP. Google has been shopping the bus...
Teambox, a four-year-old cloud computing company headquartered in Barcelona with offices in the US, thinks it can redefine collaboration and business communications by teaming up with Box. Its lightweight collaboration widgetry will now come with 15GB of free Box file storage per use...
IBM is buying Texas-based StoredIO, née Deepfile, which develops information management, compliance and electronic discovery software. Terms were not disclosed. Blue said StoredIQ will help customers derive value from unstructured Big Data and respond more efficiently to litigation ...
Oracle Tuesday came in with slightly better-than-expected results in its second fiscal quarter ended November 30. Revenues were up 3% to $9.1 billion, ahead of Wall Street’s consensus of $9.03 billion. Oracle’s own guidance had estimated an increase of zero to 4%. It cleared n...
Dell may not have much of mobile profile but it said late Tuesday that it’s gonna buy Texas-based Credent Technologies, the 11-year-old purveyor of data protection solutions to control, manage and secure data sent from mobile end-points to servers, storage and the cloud. Dell did...
Samsung said Tuesday that it will drop its attempts to get Apple products banned anywhere in Europe using its standards-essential patents (SEPs). It’s not dropping its infringement suits, but will limit its SEP claims to monetary damages. It will still seek injunctions for Apple’s al...
Samsung has acquired Nvelo, a Silicon Valley storage software start-up that spun out of Denali in June 2010 when Denali was acquired by Cadence Design Systems. Samsung didn’t say what it paid for all of Nvelo’s technology and staff. Nvelo supplies SSD caching for both consumer and ...
Cisco has hired Barclays Plc to sell its Linksys wireless home router unit according to Bloomberg. Barclays is also advising Google on the sale of its Motorola Home Business, which sells set-top boxes and cable TV equipment. Cisco bought the Linksys business for $500 million in 200...
There’s a new wannabe disruptive initiative abroad in networking land that’s promising to run roughshod over laggards and standoffish old stalwarts like Cisco that may find it threatening. The push is gathering behind a deceptively named two-year-old start-up called Big Switch Ne...
Intel is going to try going after the data center with a brand new Atom System-on-a-Chip (SoC) that can be built into relatively cheap, high-density microservers for cloud providers. It really rather not – it really wants to sell its high-end chips – but it has no choice. It has fore...
Returning from Asia Jefferies financial analyst and Apple follower Peter Misek said several iPhone 6 prototypes and an iTV, presumably integrated with Apple’s mobile ecosystem, appear to be floating around. There’s reportedly an iPhone model with a 4.8-inch Retina+ IGZO screen, 128GB...
Centrify, the ISV that makes its living leveraging Microsoft’s Active Directory, has got some new cloud-based widgetry that lets organizations centrally secure and control access to their Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) deployments. The adoption of SaaS apps combined with the Bring-Your...
What with PC demand eroding, AMD is following Intel in cutting back on chips. It’s going to have to pay Globalfoundries, its manufacturer since it sold it its plants, $320 million not to make too many processors. AMD has also started using Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company...
Embarcadero Technologies has just released a new 64-bit C++Builder solution – a linear descendent of Borland’s C++ Builder created more than 15 years ago. It’s supposed to offer a faster way to create high-performance native Windows 8 and Mac OS X PC and laptop applications as well a...
HP’s ousted CEO Leo Apotheker, who’s taken the heat for the company’s disastrous Autonomy acquisition, ain’t gonna take the fall alone. He told Bloomberg Friday that Ray Lane, HP’s non-executive chairman, a partner at Kleiner Perkins and an ex-Oracle president, shares the blame a...
Dell just released a technical preview of its private cloud widgetry, Dell Cloud Dedicated with OpenStack, and while it was at said OpenStack is going to be its primary cloud platform, used for both public and private clouds. The company intends to continue to offer overall solut...