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Oracle said Thursday that it’s buying California-based DataRaker for its cloud-based analytics platform, which pulls Big Data off utilities’ sensors and smart meters. It’s supposed to help electric, gas and water utilities improve their operations and efficiency. Oracle didn’t say ...
Google couldn’t have picked a prettier time to release the upgraded version of Google Maps for iOS it’s been working on since Apple kicked it off the iPhone and iPad in September in favor of its own dodgy Apple Maps that couldn’t find the Eiffel Tower, utterly embarrassed the company, ...
They’re dropping like flies to OpenStack’s siren song. The open source cloud platform’s latest conquest is EMC, whose VMware subsidiary already did a seemingly unthinkable thing a few months ago and joined the rival band as a gold member. EMC is only joining as a corporate-level sp...
Google is close to signing a consent decree with the US Federal Trade Commission after the agency claimed Google broke the antirust laws by blocking access to key mobile technologies covered by patents owned by its Motorola Mobility subsidiary, Bloomberg says. It quotes “three people f...
Well, there may actually be an Apple TV in our future. The Wall Street Journal says the company is working with Asian component suppliers and testing large-screen high-resolution TV prototypes. The testing is apparently in its early days and involves Foxconn, which assembles the iP...
CloudVelocity emerged from stealth mode Wednesday with a new name, a $5 million A round from the Mayfield Fund, and a hybrid cloud automation platform meant to entice the enterprise to push its multi-tier application into the scary public cloud as a seamless extension of its private da...
John McAfee, the odd founder of the antivirus house Intel now owns, may get out of jail in Guatemala after foiling the cops in Belize where he was wanted for questioning in the murder of his neighbor on Ambergris Caye, an island off Belize’s Caribbean coast. McAfee claimed the neighb...
After a six-month search, CA Technologies, one of the biggest American software companies, has hired Michael Gregoire, the former CEO of Taleo, the cloud-based talent management ISV that Oracle bought in April for $1.9 million, to replace its retiring CEO Bill McCracken next year. ...
John McAfee, the oddball founder of the antivirus house Intel now owns, got out of jail in Guatemala and – thumbing his nose at the cops in Belize who want to question him about the murder of his neighbor on Ambergris Caye, an island off Belize’s Caribbean coast, where McAfee lived ...
Now we have predictive analytics, even real-time predictive analytics, and fancy algorithms, which is a lot less colorful and maybe less accurate. One way or another it’s still a matter of faith. Anyway, Birst, the agile business analytics folk, has come out with a new version of Bir...
Citrix is buying mobile device management (MDM) house Zenprise. Terms weren’t disclosed but Fortune says it’s paying $355 million. The company, founded in 2003, raised $64.5 million from Bay Partners, Greylock Partners, Ignition Partners, Mayfield Fund, Rembrandt Venture Partners a...
Autonomy is more shopworn than we knew. Michael Dell confided to a reporter from Britain’s Sunday Telegraph this weekend that, like Oracle, he was offered the UK software company before HP bought it. Michael said he quickly passed because it was “overwhelmingly obvious” that it was ...
MapR Technologies, the Hadoop outfit, is launching European operations in support of its growing community of customers and partners there. Its new headquarters in London will provide MapR with a base for sales to accelerate the adoption of its high-performance enterprise-grade Ha...
HP may have noticed by now that two of the storage guys it picked up when it bought 3PAR for an overpriced $2.35 billion aren’t in their cubicles. Nope, they’re over at SolidFire, the hot new storage start-up, where – if the technology is all it’s cracked up to be – they’re likely...
Cloudera, the four-year-old Hadoop and Big Data pioneer, has closed a massive $65 million E round led by Accel Partners, which participated in all four of the start-up’s previous rounds raising an initial $76 million. Existing backers Greylock Partners, Ignition Partners, In-Q-Tel an...
Nutanix, a cloud hardware start-up that’s offering a hybrid scale-out compute-cum-storage appliance backed by $72 million in VC funding only half of which is reportedly spent, has put out next-generation software-defined data center products. It’s updating its server hardware and its...
Kodak might finally get to unload its 1,100 digital imaging patents. It’s been struggling for months to get somebody to take them off its hand so it can get out of bankruptcy jail. But it will have to settle for less than the $2.6 billion it hoped for after Nortel got that astrono...
EMC’s Greenplum Division, which is about to move into EMC and VMware’s new Pivotal Initiative operation, just bought six-year-old More IT Resources Ltd, a privately held Israeli developer whose MoreVRP database control and monitoring platform will be “immediately” integrated with its B...
A Mexican court told Yahoo Friday that it owes $2.7 billion in a breach of contract, breach of promise and lost profits suit arising from contracts related to a Yellow Pages telephone listings service. It’s apparently not a final decision. The verdict was issued by the 49th Civil C...
Apple and Samsung were back in district court in California Thursday. Samsung wants the jury verdict finding it ripped off the iPhone overturned or the $1.05 billion judgment against it reduced. It’s one of the largest decisions ever in an IP case. Apple, which says its future depen...
Google last week canned the cloud-delivered Google Apps that have been free for individuals and businesses groups of 10 users or less. All businesses of any size will now have to pay $50 a person a year, or $5 a month per person, for the premium Google Apps for Business service. ...
Dave DeWalt, who sold McAfee to Intel for $7.7 billion last year, more than Intel has ever paid for an acquisition, has been named CEO of the fast-growing security start-up FireEye, which he figures to take public next year while he focuses on growth over profitability. FireEye lets ...
Red Hat Tuesday pushed out a beta of Enterprise Linux 6.4 equipped with features to interoperate with Microsoft including integration with Redmond’s Active Directory to make identity management easier in environments with both RHEL and Windows. RHEL is also supposed to be a better beha...
Before former HP CEO Leo Apotheker, who had no obvious qualifications to run HP but was hungry to transform it, went after Autonomy, he tried to buy Comverse Technology, Tibco and Amdocs despite the fact that most of HP’s acquisitions have come to grief. According to a Reuters source...
After “Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in USA” tags were spotted on some new iMacs, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed Thursday that production of one of the company’s existing Mac lines is moving to the US. Production will ramp up next year. Apple is investing $100 million to p...
Reports that rPath, the source code automation start-up founded in 2005 by ex-Red Hat technical folk, was looking for a buyer proved true. Business analytics software shop SAS Institute has acquired its code and some of its staff expecting to expand its ability to automate and manage...
Guatemala Thursday denied John McAfee refuge. He is expected to be flown back to the capital of Belize where he is wanted for questioning about the murder of a neighbor he accused of poisoning his dogs. On his blog McAfee, who turned up in Guatemala earlier this week seeking asylum, ...
John McAfee, 67, the tattooed gun-toting founder of McAfee, the namesake antivirus house now owned by Intel, turned up in Guatemala this week still on the run from Belize police seeking to question him about the shooting death of his neighbor only to be arrested by Guatemala’s immigrat...
After being denied asylum in Guatemala, where he fled to escape Belize police seeking to question him about a murder, John McAfee, 67, the eccentric founder of the antivirus firm named after him, was rushed by ambulance to a hospital Thursday from the immigration detention center where...
Autonomy’s aggrieved co-founder Mike Lynch, who’s smarting under HP’s stinging accusations of fraud in connection with its overpriced $11.1 billion acquisition of his company, has set up a web site at autonomyaccounts.org to tout his claims about the mess and hit back at HP. Lynch, w...
The ballyhooed “Big Data for the masses” start-up, ClearStory Data, which made a bit of a splash back in March when it got seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures and a bunch of industry luminaries has gotten a first round worth $9 million from chi-chi Silicon Valley VC ...
Egenera has made a rare acquisition, picking a young Dublin ISV called Fort Technologies that brings the Massachusetts firm private and public cloud management sort of along the lines of what Cloupia is bringing Cisco and Gale is bringing Dell. Egenera, however, is way ahead of t...
EMC and VMware confirmed Tuesday that they’re reshuffling their assets and forming a so-called cloud and Big Data “virtual organization” called the Pivotal Initiative under EMC’s chief strategy officer, VMware’s former CEO Paul Martiz. VMware is contributing Cloud Foundry, SpringSour...
CipherCloud, the cloud data protection outfit, has gotten a sweet $30 million round from existing backer Andreessen Horowitz. It plans to use the money to accelerate its global go-to-market strategy with expanded sales and marketing and to develop its cloud information protection...
10gen, the company commercializing MongoDB, and SoftLayer, the largest privately held Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider in the world, have just launched MongoDB Cloud Subscriptions. It’s a unique pay-as-you-go managed cloud subscription pushing certified pre-engineered and orchest...
is used in capacity planning, designing and engineering networks. It’s paying about $141 million in cash and retention incentives. Cariden, whose clients include Verizon, Deutsche Telecom, SingTel and Swisscom, specializes in optimizing traffic management and visibility on service pr...
Google’s bid for an injunction halting the sale of Microsoft products based on Motorola Mobility’s standard-essential patents (SEPs) has failed. A federal judge in Seattle last Thursday said the SEPs, which in this case cover video decoding, can’t be used for injunctions. He’s the ...
ScaleIO, a new software-defined storage player, came out from behind the stealth veil Tuesday jingling a $12 million A round in its pockets and sporting a bunch of brand names like SAP, Check Point and Aer Lingus that have been in production with its widgetry for months.
Google has bought Ontario-based BufferBox, a service for delivering e-commerce goods to physical kiosks. Terms were not disclosed. It lets online shoppers pick up parcels at grocery and convenience stores in the Toronto area. Google means to transition its product search to a paid comm...
Google’s got Amazon Web Services and Rackspace / OpenStack in its sights. It’s upgrading its young Infrastructure-as-a-Service Compute Engine, still in preview, and piling on 36 new types of server configurations with different virtual cores, memory and disk types, up from the four ba...