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As though tearing a page out of Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe or Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, RIM is running up a tablet called BlackPad that calls to mind the archetypal medieval wild card, the black knight. RIM means to use the embedded Neutrino operating system, a species of Unix, from fellow Canadian QNX Software Systems that it bought for $200 million in April and combine it with widgetry from the U.S. Army's QNX-powered unmanned Crusher tank developed by Carnegie Mellon four years ago. At least that's the story Bloomberg tells quoting anonymous sources unauthorized to whisper the secret. RIM bought the rights to blackpad.com in July according to Whois. BlackPad is supposed to be heavy on BlackBerry-style e-mail protected by BlackBerry security. It will include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity to the Internet but it won't connect directly to the cell network ... (more)

Microsoft-Yahoo! - Yahoo! Board Reportedly Set To Convene Today

The Yahoo! Board is supposed to convene today to thrash out whether or not to accept Microsoft's $44.6 billion acquisition offer, try to get Microsoft to sweeten the pot, or resist and hammer out an outsourcing deal with Google, according to TechCrunch. Based on what the blog (http://www.techcrunch.com/) has heard from unidentified sources, Yahoo!'s outside advisors have been telling it to capitulate and take the Microsoft deal. However, it says, a bunch of resistant Yahoo! senior executives backing the Google option will state their case to the board. ... (more)

Appirio Leverages Force.com

Appirio Tuesday launched a cloud-based professional service automation (PSA) solution on Salesforce.com’s Force.com platform. Called simply Professional Services Enterprise, it’s supposed to be designed for the most sophisticated professional service organizations, delivering end-to-end support for managing people, projects, customers and transactions. Appirio claims that the widgetry is different from other solutions in supporting a services business end-to-end, bridging the gap between how projects are sold and how they are delivered. And then of course there are the cloud’s ... (more)

Microsoft Open Source Chief Goes to the Cloud

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Sam Ramji, Microsoft’s open source defector, whose imminent departure from the company became widely known when Microsoft set up its own CodePlex open source foundation a few weeks ago, has turned up at five-year-old cloud start-up Sonoa Systems, where he will head product strategy and business development. Sonoa, which has little open source exposure so far, does something called ServiceNet, which is supposed to set security and scaling policies for cloud-based services, acting as a proxy server between the service provider and the consumer. It says... (more)

Bank of America Bans WikiLeaks

Bank of America has stopped processing payments meant for WikiLeaks. It issued a statement saying that it “joins in the actions previously announced by MasterCard, PayPal, Visa Europe and others and will not process transactions of any type that we have reason to believe are intended for WikiLeaks. “This decision is based upon our reasonable belief that WikiLeaks may be engaged in activities that are, among other things, inconsistent with our internal policies for processing payments.” WikiLeaks responded on Twitter with messages saying: “We ask that all people who love freedom c... (more)