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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)

Wal-Mart Reportedly Using OpenStack & Rackspace

Wal-Mart, which practically invented Big Data analysis to unseemly good advantage, is reportedly consolidating its disparate data analytics systems into one global system and bringing in OpenStack and its mentor Rackspace Hosting to help develop the platform. At least that's what investment house William Blair's analyst Jim Breen said Wednesday, tickling Rackspace's stock. He thinks Rackpace will get more business from the retail giant as the WalmartLabs, Wal-Mart's Big Data division, builds out the new platform. Maybe Rackspace will say something about when it reports its Q3 resu... (more)

Icahn Lashes Out at Dell Board & Dell Himself

After joining with Southeastern Asset Management in signing an open letter to Dell’s special board committee – which is wrestling with Michael Dell’s offer to pay $13.75 a share, 10 cents more a share, to change how the stockholders vote on his leverage buy-out offer is counted – telling the special committee he expected them to tell Michael Dell “no” – activist investor Carl Icahn wrote another open letter to Dell shareholders characterizing Michael Dell as a “whining” “sore loser” and major corporate “liability” and castigating the Dell board for “making a mockery of what lit... (more)

SCO Claims Linux Lifted ELF

SCO's two latest filings with the Utah district court hearing its $5 billion suit against IBM claim that SCO's Unix Executable and Linking Format (ELF) codes are in Linux illegally. The charge was made by SCO VP of engineering Sandeep Gupta in a declaration that is currently under seal, but is quoted, albeit tersely, in the new filings. If the ELF charge stands, SCO believes it would topple the whole Linux edifice. ELF is like mortar to the operating system. Stripped out, all its applications would break. And, according to SCO spokesman Blake Stowell, it would not be something... (more)

UPDATE: Adobe & IE Implicated as China’s Spy Holes

RIA Sessions at Cloud Expo [UPDATE: Since this story was published at 12:45AM on January 15, the source quoted by the author - iDefense - has in fact retracted its initial assessment by providing the following statement: "In iDefense's press announcement regarding the recently discovered Silicon Valley compromises, we stated that the attack vector was likely "malicious PDF file attachments delivered via email" and suggested that a vulnerability in Adobe Reader appeared to have been exploited in these attacks. Upon further review, we are retracting our initial assessment regarding... (more)