BEA co-founder Alfred Chuang, who was running the joint when Oracle swooped
in and bought it three years ago for $8.5 billion, has raised a $12.6 million
A round led by Andreessen Horowitz for a new start-up called Magnet Systems.
Magnet's got a cloud-ified development platform called WIN, short for
Workplace Interaction Network, that's supposed to be used to build and deploy
so-called enterprise social applications that work on Amazon and let business
people connect and collaborate the way the hoi polloi does on Facebook and
Twitter, automatically linking up existing social networking connections.
It's Chuang's premise that enterprise apps need to be socialized.
"It's almost impossible to believe," he writes in a blog, "but after hundreds
of millions of people worldwide have embraced social applications in nearly
every aspect of their personal lives, businesses are s... (more)
Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs will be stepping down sometime later this year he
told employees Thursday.
Mozilla will be looking for a new chief executive and Kovacs will stay there
until that person is found.
He wants "something more commercial" to entertain him and will stay on the
Under his watch Mozilla, oddly both a for-profit and non-profit, which is
like serving the biblical two masters, went mobile and created the open
HTML5-based - none of this fragmented native to a particular operating system
business - Firefox OS, which has been adopted by some carriers in emerging ... (more)
Citrix is going to try to bar VMware from getting its hooks deep in the cloud
by developing the open source Xen hypervisor, already used by public clouds
like Amazon, into a full-blown, cheaper, non-proprietary Xen Cloud Platform
It intends to surround the Xen hypervisor with a complete runtime virtual
infrastructure platform that virtualizes storage, server and network
resources. It’s supposed to be agnostic about virtual machines and run
VMware’s, which currently run only on its own infrastructure.
The announcement will be made Monday in VMware’s own house at the kickoff... (more)
Citrix's got a little problem. The Patent and Trademark Office has upheld 25
of the claims that Citrix challenged when the Canadian company 01 Communique
Laboratory Inc sued Citrix and its cloudy GoToMyPC product for patent
infringement in early 2006. That gives Communique the right to assert 24
claims as infringed in all and it thinks GoToMeeting is also liable. Citrix
said the claims couldn't be patented; the PTO now begs to differ.
Communique's remote access widgetry is called I'm inTouch. GoToMyPC, a way of
connecting with your PC from anywhere, has over a million users.
The magistrate judge doing the legal housekeeping in the run-up to the $5
billion SCO v. IBM trial next year gave the SCO Group what it wanted
Wednesday and ordered IBM to cough up the discovery that SCO claims is vital
to its charge that IBM copied Unix code into Linux.
IBM has been told to turn over the releases of AIX and Dynix that SCO's
lawyers say represent "about 232 products" in 45 days. SCO in turn has been
told to provide the court with a memorandum saying whether the code is
relevant or not to its case and identify
additional files it may want.
IBM has also been order... (more)