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10gen, the open source document-oriented MongoDB creator, says Intel Capital and Red Hat have made strategic investments in it. It means to use the undisclosed amount of money for product development and support of its rapidly growing worldwide community and user base. It has visions of being the top NoSQL database on the cloud and is reportedly hiring. It doesn't need the money. It's up to Series E and got $42 million in September from VCs - who supposedly valued the company at between $500 million and $550 million - followed by an undisclosed investment from the CIA's venture arm In-Q-Tel. Since 2009 the start-up has gotten more than $73.4 million and with these last two undisclosed investments TechCrunch thinks the total amount is now around $81 million. That would mean, given filings, that Intel and Red Hat tucked $7.6 million in 10gen's jeans; and the CIA may... (more)

Microsoft’s Going to Sue Google over Google Maps

OK, so Apple can't find Paris on its maps. At least its maps aren't under imminent threat of an injunction for patent infringement, which could happen to Google in Germany unless it authorizes its Motorola Mobility subsidiary to pay Microsoft the royalties it wants for its claims against Android and Chrome. Motorola is the only one left of the significant members of the Android clique that hasn't buckled under to Microsoft's demands and that's only because Google has a really bad case of the Microsoft Derangement Syndrome, a variant of the Bush Derangement Syndrome. Anyway, Mot... (more)

The MicroHoo Aftermath

With Yahoo shares down better than 15% in the two trading days since it climbed into bed with Microsoft, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the cat who ate the canary and maybe forgot there for a moment that he didn’t buy the company, told Microsoft’s annual analyst meeting Thursday that “It’s sort of, like, unbelievable….Nobody gets it.” Instead of carping about Yahoo not getting a boatload of money upfront, he said they should focus on the $500 million boost to operating income it’ll see. “This is a company that makes $700 million. You’re talking about a 70% expansion just for doin... (more)

Zuora Seeks Cloud's Silver Lining

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)

Apple to Make Cheap iPhone at Pegatron, Not Foxconn

Foxconn is losing its Apple monopoly. Apple has signed up $7.4 billion-a-year Pegatron to build the low-cost iPhone it's expected to bring to market later this year, according to the Wall Street Journal. Pegatron, which started making iPad minis last year and made some iPhones the year before, is another Taiwan-based contract manufacturer with factories in China. Actually it's an Asustek spin-off. Foxconn had manufacturing problems with the iPhone 5 last year that scratched the metal cases and limited availability. It's also not getting the cost advantages of scale like it used... (more)