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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)

Oracle+MySQL Opponents Take to the Barricades

MySQL Journal on Ulitzer Monty Widenius, the creator of the MySQL open source database – which is apparently all that stands between Oracle and its acquisition of Sun – thinks that Oracle shouldn’t have his baby and that the European Commission – whose investigation into MySQL has put the Oracle-Sun merger in limbo – should force Oracle to spit it out to another company. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, a guy with a collector’s temperament not given to letting things that belong to him go, has said he wants to keep MySQL and has claimed to be watching Sun’s revenue plunge by $100 million... (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)

Nutch Aims for Top Search Engine Perch

Google might have to fight more than just Microsoft, Yahoo and AskJeeves if a nascent open source initiative to develop a search engine gains momentum. A California-based nonprofit outfit called the Nutch Organization has embarked on the ambitious task of building an open source search engine. It's got proof-of-concept code. Nutch's mission is to develop search technology in a public forum and provide free, high-quality search software and its source code. Unlike the current crop of commercial search engines, which closely guard their algorithms and ranking formulae, Nutch plans ... (more)

Can CA Save Linux from the Great Satan SCO?

It's dawned on Computer Associates that IBM pays it royalties for the SMP technology in AIX, IBM's version of Unix, because of the work done long ago by Unix icon Locus Computing Corporation. CA says it owns the Locus IP by virtue of its huge $3.5 billion cash purchase of Platinum technology Inc in 2000. See, Platinum had bought Locus in a stock swap in, oh, 1995. Now, of course, the SCO Group has made a big megillah about the SMP facilities that found their way into Linux. It claims that IBM ripped the widgetry out of Sequent's Dynix version of Unix, which SCO alleges it had di... (more)