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As part of its bankruptcy proceedings, Eastman Kodak has put 1,100 patents on the block. 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 for protection. 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 everywhere. 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 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)

Kumar Dumped as CA CEO & Chairman

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 the board. 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)

Google Chrome - Browser War III

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." (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/fresh-take-on-browser.html) Anyway, Google says Chrome will initially run only on Windows. ... (more)

Zimbra Co-Founder Departs Yahoo

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)