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Centrify has signed its biggest contract ever. Samsung has OEM’d Centrify’s Active Directory-based security and cloud identity technology intending to put the widgetry on millions of its notoriously insecure Android-based smartphones and tablets to out BlackBerry. BlackBerry is gene...
HP is selling webOS, the last vestige of its $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm in 2010. The once promising operating system is going to LG, the giant Korean electronics firm, which means to use it in smart TVs. According to CNET, which broke the story, LG is getting the webOS source co...
CipherCloud, the cloud information protection start-up, has moved its encryption platform to Box.com to make it safer for any organization that uses Box’ ostensibly secure file-sharing widgetry and by default encourage cloud adoption by those spooked at the mere thought of putting data...
EMC and its Greenplum unit claim they have tamed some of the bears in Hadoop, the popular but difficult-to-work-with open source Big Data platform. They’ve created a new Apache Hadoop distribution called Pivotal HD that natively integrates Greenplum’s massively parallel processin...
Flash storage array start-up Violin Memory is storing up greenbacks. According to an amended SEC filing made late last week it’s gotten $96.3 million out of what may become $130 million in new funding. All Things Digital reports hearing the financing was done at an implied valuatio...
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has evidently called in a few markers and persuaded some of his friends to stand up with him in his legal battle over Java against Google and its Android operating system. On Tuesday, the last day to file amicus briefs supporting Oracle’s appeal of the distri...
Pity IBM won’t say what it spent on mobile last year sans acquisitions, but whatever it was it’s going to double it this year under a big new “ second wave” initiative decreed by its new CEO Ginni Rometty, who has apparently sensed an inflection point that will grow Blue by a few billi...
Israeli-based Newvem, a start-up cloud operation analytics service, can do triage, so to speak, on anybody’s Amazon installation, pinpointing where the user or corporation of any size may be losing money by using the widgetry incorrectly or over-provisioning with resources that are too...
Word that contract manufacturer Foxconn had stopped hiring across its Chinese plants sent Apple stock into a tizzy this week on an assumption by the Financial Times that the bottom had dropped out of demand for iPhones, Apple’s bestselling and most profitable product. Foxconn claimed...
There wasn’t anything particularly pretty about HP’s first-quarter posting Thursday except that it was better than anybody expected, allowing CEO Meg Whitman to buy time and declare that her five-year turnaround is starting to take root and allowing punters to push the bedraggled stock...
Skyera has gotten $51.6 million in series B financing led by Dell Ventures and a syndicate of other strategic investors to accelerate its next-generation enterprise solid-state storage solutions. Skyera is supposed to be positioned at the forefront of the hyper-growth solid-state sto...
For $25,000, which gives it no say in the technology, Seagate is now a corporate sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation and a member of the Open Compute Project (OCP). It’s looking for partners to advance its storage fortunes given the data explosion and the cloud’s role in storing that...
Google, it seems, has built the first touchscreen laptops for its poorly received Chrome operating system. The Wall Street Journal says the cloud-based widgets that run web apps should be out and about sometime later this year so Google can go “toe-to-toe” with Microsoft’s touch-sens...
Red Hat, which has staked its fortunes on hybrid computing, sees Big Data as a “killer app for the open hybrid cloud.” It sketched out the direction it’s gonna take with Big Data and the cloud the other day when it said it was gonna open source its Hadoop plug-in – which is based...
Amazon Web Services has launched AWS OpsWorks to help developers manage the complete application lifecycle. The move recognizes that more and more applications are running in the cloud and that developers have been using third-party tools – perhaps at the expense of flexibility, cont...
Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, who proved an utter failure as the struggling company’s CEO and blew its mammoth sale to Microsoft, is going to be an “observer” on the Lenovo board with no voting rights or directorial responsibilities. He’ll get nearly $200,000 a year in cash and stock ...
Tuesday when a report by American security firm Mandiant that’s been six years in the making was circulating tracing an “overwhelming percentage” of Communist China’s far-flung corporate and governmental cyber espionage to a 12-story building in Shanghai connected with the People’s Lib...
In what will be one of its last quarterly reports as a public company – if shareholders can be persuaded to accept the $24.4 billion deal on offer to take the PC maker private – Dell’s fiscal Q4 sales and earnings topped Wall Street estimates.
Google Tuesday became the first high-tech stock ever to hit $800 a share, joining an exclusive club inhabited by only three other companies including Berkshire Hathaway, whose Class A stock sells for $151,000 and change. Why exactly Google’s enjoying this all-time high right now is u...
Elasticsearch, the Amsterdam start-up commercializing the eponymous real-time Big Data search and analytics open source project that one of its founders started, has secured a $24 B round, roughly three months after getting a $10 million A round. The new financing was led by Mike...
Norway’s Opera Software is pushing its mobile widgetry beyond the browser with its acquisition of five-year-old Silicon Valley-based Skyfire Labs, whose video-optimization and smartphone monetization products will be added to its operator business unit.
Big Data analytics doesn’t go far enough according to Anant Jhingran, who was the brains behind IBM’s cunningly clever Watson computer as CTO of IBM’s lab in Silicon Valley. “The information an enterprise typically collects – point of sales, procurement, even web site data – is not e...
Well it seems that because PCs are dying and servers aren’t growing much, Intel or, in this case, Intel Media is going into the television business, acing out Apple, which may have walked away because of licensing issues or even bandwidth despite what Steve Jobs told his biographer bef...
Oracle Monday appealed the multibillion-dollar Google-Java decision that went horribly against it last year when Android was found not to infringe on its patent or copyrights. It says if works of fiction are protected by copyright, so should the Java language claiming that Google copie...
Apple has cut the price of its 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop by $200 and updated its processors. It’s also put out new models with faster processors and more memory. It said the MacBook Pro with a Retina display and 128GB of flash memory will now cost $1,499, down from $1,699. A new model...
Box, Dropbox, Citrix’ ShareFile and whatever other consumer file storing-and-sharing point solutions are selling these days, however successfully, are threatened by next-generation cloud-scale middleware developments focused on unstructured data that can promise the enterprise IT depar...
Remember back almost two years ago now when Oracle said it wasn’t going to write software anymore for the Itanium chip that HP depended on for its high-end, high-margin Integrity and Superdome servers with their lucrative service contracts because the Itanium chip was secretly nearing ...
In an atypical move, Google has filed a patent infringement suit against BT’s American operation and its VoIP services, charging them with treading on Google IP related to network communications. FOSS Patents says the filing means that Google CEO Larry Page will never again be able t...
VMware said last month that it was still into acquisitions although business had turned rocky and it was going to trim 7% of its workforce in a rightsizing exercise, an announcement that carved 20% off its share price. So, on Monday in that spirit of M&A it said it’s buying Virsto So...
As long as venture money holds up, the one thing we won’t run out of any time soon are cloud start-ups each claiming to have a smarter mousetrap than the other guys and some of them are sometimes right. The latest name on these rolls belongs to an outfit called Pertino Networks that ...
Michael Dell may be facing a stockholders’ revolt. T. Rowe Price, the mutual fund biggie that held 4.4% of Dell at the end of the third quarter, isn’t prepared to support the company’s leveraged buy-out at the price the Dell board agreed to last week. T. Rowe Price chairman and chi...
Infinio (née SilverLining Systems), a not yet two-year-old Cambridge start-up developing software to improve data storage performance in virtual environments, said Tuesday that it’s raised a $10 million Series A round led by new investors Highland Capital Partners and Bessemer Venture ...
The Financial Reporting Council (FRC), a British accounting regulator, said on its web site Monday that it’s launched an investigation into the financial reports Autonomy put out between January 1, 2009 and June 30, 2011 right before it was acquired for $11.1 billion by Hewlett-Packard...
According to the blogosphere and both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal the world is waiting for Apple to deliver a Dick Tracy-like wristwatch that mates with the iPhone and shows you the time, who’s calling, texting or e-mailing or directions to the address you’re look...
Michelle Obama waited until the very last minute to invite people to sit in her box at her husband’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening. That means that Apple CEO Tim Cook, who will be her guest, had to rearrange the agenda of the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Con...
Eucalyptus, the open source private cloud platform partnered with Amazon to give people hybrid clouds, has found selling support and professional services, the usual way an open source company makes money, isn’t working as a business because would-be customers are too tight-fisted. A...
Cloudscaling, the cloud infrastructure software shop, has released Open Cloud System (OCS) 2.0 for general availability in production deployments. CTO Randy Bias says, “General availability of OCS version 2.0 is a major milestone. As far as we are aware, we’re the only company to shi...
HP has hired Margaret Dawson out of Symform to be VP of product marketing and cloud evangelist for HP Cloud Services, a new start-up unit inside HP. She claims that “much of the negative hype reported around HP does not match reality. HP has a strong foundation to compete and win...
PCs being what they are nowadays HP went into the Chromebook business Monday. Demand for the kind of ho-hum computing the thing exemplifies is apparently expanding. Acer says that its $199 C7 Chromebook now accounts for 5%-10% of its US shipments. Samsung, which leads in the space,...
AMD has hired Bernd Lienhard as general manager of its Client Business Unit, reporting to Lisa Su, general manager of its Global Business Units. Lienhard was most recently head of Freescale Semiconductor’s Networking Processor Division, with global responsibility for product management...