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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)

Google’s Nasty Q3 News Flubbed Big Time

Google Q3 numbers were released early Thursday utterly surprising a market high on its business, which has driven its stock to all-time highs. It missed big on both the top and bottom line, instantly creating a big sell-off of its high-flown stock, losing $19 billion in market cap, before it was halted at the company's request at $687.30, down roughly 70 bucks or 9%. It was not clear what was going on and whether the company actually intended an early release since it's unusual for a company like Google to post its numbers during the trading day. The release also looks like a draft... (more)

Cavalry Rides into Oracle’s Java Suit

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has evidently called in a few markers and persuaded some of his friends to stand up with him in his legal battle over Java against Google and its Android operating system. On Tuesday, the last day to file amicus briefs supporting Oracle's appeal of the district court decision flaying Oracle's infringement case, the Federal Circuit of Appeals was flooded with paper (figuratively speaking) backing Oracle's position on the copyrightability of APIs and Android's infringement of Java. District Court Judge Alsup found that "So long as the specific code used to ... (more)

Michael ‘Après Moi, Le Deluge’ Dell Digs In

Dell CEO Michael Dell told the Wall Street Journal in an e-mail exchange over the weekend that he intends to stay with the company if his multibillion-dollar offer to buy the joint and take it private isn’t approved by the stockholders. He also said that he won’t support Carl Icahn’s notion of a leverage recapitalization or Icahn’s schemes to put the company deeper in debt or sell off some its assets to pay shareholders an ostensibly higher price. Michael reiterated that the specter of $13.75 a share that he and private equity house Silver Lake Partners dangled in front of stockh... (more)

Icahn Sends Dell Committee Another Letter

Carl Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management sent Dell's special board committee an open letter first thing Monday morning urging its members, who are supposed to be watching out for the interests of Dell shareholders, not to change the rules governing the upcoming shareholder vote on whether to accept Michael Dell's offer to buy the company. Icahn and Southeastern claimed that Michael and private equity house Silver Lake Partners are trying to subvert the rules they had agreed in writing could not be waived by demanding that shares that aren't voted not be counted. The rules ag... (more)