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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’s huge market potential for a provider of cloud-based commerce capabilities such as subscription billing and payments given predictions like Merrill Lynch’s that puts the addressable market for cloud computing at $160 billion, including $95 billion in business and productivity applications.... (more)

Free Software Foundation Waves Developers Off Mono & C#

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) doesn’t like Microsoft, doesn’t like software patents, it especially doesn’t like Microsoft’s patents, and it doesn’t trust the two of them in the same room together. It’s convinced that Microsoft is eventually going to sue any open source developer who uses Mono, the Novell-supported open source version of Microsoft’s .NET widgetry, or who writes open source programs in C#, the Microsoft development language. It’s warning off developers now because Microsoft has added both C# and Mono – or rather the ECMA 334 and 335 standards that embrace them... (more)

Oracle + Sun by Spring?

Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer We hear - well, you know how people talk - that Oracle has been quietly meeting with the European Commission and is now expecting it to take - what with the Christmas break and all - until April or May to get clearance for its acquisition of Sun Microsystems. That would be a year to 13 months after Oracle agreed to buy the joint. It took Oracle longer to get its hands on PeopleSoft, a crusade that took from June of 2003 to January of 2005 plus a federal judge throwing out the Justice Department's antitrust objections. However, PeopleSoft wasn't b... (more)

CipherCloud Offers Military-Grade Encryption

It’s downright embarrassing when the head of the CIA can’t use e-mail to whisper sweet nothings without his love affair being outed four months after it reputedly ended. The fact that the lady in question and General David Petraeus, who ran the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, used a shared Gmail account to leave messages for each other in the draft folder – a tactic employed by terrorists to avoid incriminating e-mail trails – has also prompted concern about whether the spy chief’s cyber security was blown by somebody else besides the FBI at any point. It’s supposed to be a ... (more)

Wal-Mart Buys OneOps

@Walmart Labs, the Silicon Valley-based technology arm of Wal-Mart global e-commerce, has bought OneOps, which automates and accelerates processes related to environment management, application deployment and data center operations monitoring. It's supposed to have re-imagined application management in the era of cloud computing and comes with a Platform-as-a-Service capability that should accelerate Wal-Mart's PaaS and private cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (Iaas) strategies. Wal-Mart will doubtless get cloud applications out of it. It said, "We are innovating on a very la... (more)