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A coalition of news organizations and media advocacy groups including Bloomberg, The New York Times and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has asked the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold District Court Judge Lucy Koh’s order that Apple and Samsung unseal financia...
Rackspace has acquired Exceptional Cloud Services in what it calls a strategic move to add to its toolset for developers deploying and managing applications in the open cloud. The deal will bring it error tracking and Redis-as-a-Service solutions that are currently used by more than ...
Rackspace and Red Hat were patting each other on the back Thursday morning after they got a patent suit against Linux thrown out on its ear by the usually plaintiff-friendly federal court in the Eastern District of Texas. Uniloc USA, a so-called non-practicing entity (NPE) or patent ...
Red Hat, the largest Linux seller, came up shy of revenue expectations Wednesday when it posted its fiscal fourth quarter ended February 28. Its shares dropped roughly 14% after-hours then stabilized around minus 4% or $49.19. Before the Thursday open it was down 5.4%. In the quarte...
After two years in development and six months in private beta, Platfora, the native in-memory Business Intelligence (BI) platform for Hadoop, has gone on sale. The widgetry is meant to put business users directly in touch with Big Data and eliminate the need for complex and expensive...
For its latest trick Amazon Web Services has launched CloudHSM so users – pointedly the enterprise – can up their data security and meet compliance requirements by using dedicated, tamper-resistant Hardware Security Module (HSM) appliances within the AWS cloud. The widgetry actually ...
Correlsense, a Massachusetts application management and IT monitoring ISV, is partnering with Red Hat around OpenShift, Red Hat’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). OpenShift customers and community will get access to SharePath, the Correlsense application performance management solution....
Zynga CIO Debra Chrapaty has been named CEO of cloud, on-premise and hybrid storage house Nirvanix. Starting next month she’ll replaces Dru Borden, who joined the company last year as strategy chief and was recently promoted. Borden will remain with Nirvanix as SVP of planning and de...
Cisco blogged Monday that it intents to acquire the privately held Viennese cloud company SolveDirect for its cloud integration software. It said nothing about price. In 2009 Cisco promised to underwrite the operation, then a subsidiary of Brain Force Holding AG, to the tune of €6 mi...
Oracle said Monday that it’s buying Tekelec, which makes mobile broadband software that service providers use to manage and monetize multimedia applications and the increased mobile data traffic they’re seeing. Tekelec claims 300 SP clients in 100 countries. Terms were not disclose...
PayPal is moving its 15,000 nodes off on VMware, the proprietary cloud platform, to the relatively unstable OpenStack, the anti-Amazon open source cloud platform backed by IBM, HP, Dell, Red Hat and Rackspace. If the migration is successful, then eBay, PayPal’s parent company, is ...
While Dell struggles to go private, private equity is reportedly staging a run on fellow Texan BMC Software, dying to take the thing private and satisfy Elliott Management, which got Novell sold off to Attachmate a while back. According to Reuters KKR and TPG Capital, which turned th...
GPU maker Nvidia Tuesday diversified away from its traditional PC market to sell its first server product – complete with software. The new widgetry moves ultra-fast graphics-intensive tasks from pricey workstations to low-end PCs. Nvidia calls the 4U server-like widgetry the Grid ...
In a surprise development ARM CEO Warren East, 51, said Tuesday that he’ll step down on the first of July after a 12-year run that’s seen ARM chips used in almost all mobile widgets and mobile widgets become a primary computing form factor. His replacement will be ARM president Simon...
Apple has gotten sued for patent infringement again, but this time the charges are coming from Intertrust Technologies Corporation, now owned jointly by Sony and Royal Philips Electronics NV, which got Microsoft to settle a broad claim back in 2004 for $440 million. The suit against ...
Ah, this is a story to warm the cockles of the capitalist heart. Parallels, the originally Russian virtualization company best known for letting Windows run on Macs, is figuring on going public in the second half according to what it told Bloomberg the other day. It all depends on ...
Both the Blackstone Group, the big private equity house, and the indomitable activist investor Carl Icahn met Dell’s midnight deadline Friday to express interest in the company, setting the stage for a bidding war against Michael Dell and his partner, the Silver Lake Group.
Anybody prepared to make an offer for Dell that’s superior to the $24.4 billion bid Michael Dell and private equity house Silver Lake Partners put on the table February 5 intending to take the joint private has to come out of the woodwork by 12:01am Texas time Saturday morning when the...
10gen wheeled out an enterprise edition of MongoDB this week as part of a new subscription level, certified for deployment on several operating systems and making good on why the company raised $42 million last year. The widgetry includes Kerberos authentication for security, reported...
HP’s board survived the annual shareholders meeting intact despite attempts to unseat chairman Ray Lane and four other directors for failing to vet HP’s $11 billion acquisition of Autonomy, which resulted in an $8.8 billion write-off a few months later. They were opposed by two share...
Apple polished its reputation as a contrarian Tuesday when the news broke because of an SEC filing that it had hired Adobe’s CTO Kevin Lynch to be VP of technology and reportedly coordinate its hardware and software teams. Adobe confirmed his departure effective Friday, March 22. He ...
The Blackstone Group, the big private equity house said to be seriously mulling “various scenarios” for a counterbid for Dell that trumps Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners’ $24.4 billion offer, is supposedly thinking about replacing Michael Dell as CEO if it bids and wins. It...
Oracle, which was promising growth in its third fiscal quarter, missed across most product categories and all regions except, perversely, EMEA. Its stock dropped close to 8% after-hours to $35.76. It blamed its salesforce for its poor showing. Co-president Mark Hurd, the former CEO o...
Hoping to hold the feet of HP’s board to the fire and produce some blisters, former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch sent shareholders an open letter Wednesday morning ahead of the annual stockholders meeting Wednesday afternoon asking five questions about the $11 billion Autonomy acquisition t...
MapR Technologies, the Hadoop technology concern, has gotten a $30 million C round of financing led by new investor Mayfield Fund. Existing backers Lightspeed Venture Partners, NEA and Redpoint Ventures participated. The new money brings total funding to $59 million. The new financing...
As time runs out for an alternate bid for Dell, Blackstone, the private equity house, is reportedly considering upping Michael Dell and Silver Lake’s $24.4 billion buyout offer for the joint. It has through Friday to make a move under a so-called go-shop provision. Bloomberg says B...
Early data has IDC forecasting that PC shipments this quarter might drop 10%, roughly 2% more than it thought a few weeks ago. It’s also predicting a mid-single digit drop in Q2 and is uncertain if shipments will increase in the second half. IDC said “Even getting to positive growt...
Dropbox, the cloud storage outfit, has spent something like a reported $100 million in cash and stock pushing Yahoo and Facebook out of the way so it could buy a little 14-man e-mail management start-up whose early-stage widgetry, out maybe a month, can’t really scale so couldn’t me...
Late last Thursday a Reuters exclusive hit the wires saying IBM and EMC as well as other unidentified folks are talking acquisition with SoftLayer Technologies, the Dallas-based cloud and web hosting company founded in 2005. It said the price could be over $2 billion and that SoftLayer...
Flash house Fusion-io has acquired low-profile British start-up ID7 and with it the primary developers of SCST, the open source storage subsystem used by EMC, HP and IBM and anybody else dabbling in storage for Linux boxes.
Google’s Cloud Platform, which is supposed to have a million users and lets users build applications and web sites, store and analyze data on its infrastructure, has acquired a company called Talaria, It’s supposed to let Googe run more software or support more users on fewer ser...
Amazon has dropped more crumbs in the forest to entice the enterprise to ultimately abandon its own infrastructure for its doubtlessly cheaper public cloud. It’s making its Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), which used to be separate service, a free default. It said in a blog that the an...
No sooner had Google CEO Larry Page said that Android chief Andy Rubin would stop running the unit he created and that Android would be joined to the Chrome operation under Chrome boss Sundar Pichai than the company quietly said it’s breaking up its maps and commerce unit and that its ...
Speculation is back in circulation that Apple – enflamed by Samsung’s “slavish copying,” the ensuring worldwide patent litigation and Samsung’s increasing dominance in smartphones and tablets – is weaning itself off its component dependency on Samsung and moving its A7 chip production ...
McAfee has announced the industry’s first white-listing security solution for Android embedded systems. McAfee Application Control for Android is the only security solution that resides in the Android operating system kernel. McAfee provides protection from the installation or exec...
On Wednesday Dell joined the Object Management Group – an international open standards organization that’s always been a little bit over its head – and proposed an SDN standardization working committee that it will chair within the OMG technology working groups. The companies that ar...
In the name of the software-defined data center VMware says it’s going to merge its vCloud Networking and Security product line with Nicira’s Network Virtualization Platform (NVP) and come out with a single product family based on common technology. It’ll be called VMware NSX and sho...
After taking giant bites out of Apple, Android chief Andy Rubin is apparently sated. He’s stepping away from his fiefdom, according to a blog post by Google CEO Larry Page, to look for something else to do inside of Google. Chrome and Apps chief Sundar Pichai, who turned down a job...
VMware has started a new Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit and hired Bill Fathers, the former president of Savvis, the cloud computing and managed hosting outfit, to run it. VMware, whose stock is at its lowest ebb in three years, made the announcement at a Strategic Forum for Inst...
EMC, as widely expected, is spinning out Pivotal, its cloud-ified Big Data-analytics initiative, as a free-standing company apparently under former VMware CEO and now EMC’s chief strategy officer Paul Maritz, who’s been hatching the fledging since before Christmas when the idea was fir...