As part of its bankruptcy proceedings, Eastman Kodak has put 1,100 patents on
They are expected to be sold at auction on August 8.
There was reportedly a Monday deadline for initial bids according to what
"people familiar with the matter" told the Wall Street Journal.
Apple, teamed with Microsoft and Nathan Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures, and
Google in company with RPX, Samsung, LG and HTC are believed to be after them
Apple and Google were on opposite sides in the great Nortel patent auction
last year and Apple and Microsoft et al walked off with the IP for $4.5
billion, a victory the inflated the expectations of patent holders
Kodak, which needs the money to emerge from bankruptcy as a viable company,
is hoping to see $2.6 billion, which may prove absurd.
The Journal said the patents are being sold in two lots: "one portfo... (more)
Zuora, the Marc Benioff-backed on-demand billing and payments start-up, has
announced what it calls the Z-Commerce Platform, a development platform
dedicated to monetizing cloud computing services.
Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo describes the widgetry as the start-up’s most important
product announcement to date, “a big step towards our vision of being the
de facto commerce engine for the cloud.”
With Z-Billing, Z-Payments, and Z-Force, its existing products, the
company’s supposed to have a suite of business cloud solutions focused on
driving revenue from cloud computing.
It figures there... (more)
Computer Associates chairman and CEO Sanjay Kumar fell this morning to the
spiraling accounting scandal engulfing the company after the board met
yesterday to consider what to do about him. Kumar has also stepped down from
CA has not made a clean break with Kumar and declined to explain why. He has
been named Bill Gates-like to a new post as chief software architect,
suggesting that maybe he's merely being shelved in case he survives the
government's investigation of the CA's cooked books unscathed.
CA could not explain what a chief software architect really does or wha... (more)
Tomorrow Google will come out from behind the Firefox browser that it's been
pumping money into - and profiting royally from - and take direct aim at
Microsoft with a browser of its very own.
The widgetry is called Google Chrome and Google Chrome, like all of Google's
non-search widgetry, will be a beta.
Presumably that means it's going to be like Google's apps and be interminably
in beta since Google's own blog says the timing is, well, "a bit early."
Anyway, Google says Chrome will initially run only on Windows. ... (more)
Zimbra co-founder Satish Dharmaraj is on his way out of Yahoo and will be
replaced by Zimbra exec Jim Morrisroe in March. Yahoo bought the AJAX-based
open source/commercial e-mail and calendaring groupware for $350 million in
September of 2007 and has been trying to enliven Yahoo Mail with some Zimbra
features. Ditto the Yahoo Calendar. Morrisroe will report to Scott Dietzen,
the erstwhile president of Zimbra who was named senior vice-president of
communications products at Yahoo last year.
Cloud Computing Technology Contributors of 2009
10Gen, 3Leaf Systems, 6fusion International... (more)