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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)

Big Data Machine Learning Start-Up Gets $30.8 Million

Five-year-old Big Data start-up Ayasdi, out only six months, has gotten B round funding worth $30.6 million led by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) with newcomers GE Ventures and Citi Ventures kicking in as well as existing investors Khosla Ventures and Floodgate participating. That makes at least $42.6 altogether. IVP gets a board seat. Ayasdi's built what it calls an Insight Discovery platform designed for domain experts and business people who are supposed to use it to automatically derive insights from complex data and "operationalize" them to help enterprises solve diff... (more)

VMware Adds Java and Python SDKs

Java Developer Magazine on Ulitzer VMware is out with both Java and Python open source SDKs for its vCloud API meant to appeal to open source developers and ISVs. VMware said key open source client libraries and tools such as Dasein, jclouds and libcloud are now available for the vCloud API. Cloudera, which uses libcloud in its Hadoop distribution, and WebAppVM, which uses jclouds, have already used the SDKs to create solutions for vCloud Express. The Cloudera Distribution for Hadoop lets users store, integrate and analyze data by leveraging vCloud Express and the vCloud API to d... (more)

Chuck Phillips Reportedly Surprised To Be Out

Who's kidding whom? Oracle co-president Chuck Phillips was fired. Not only is that utterly obvious through the thin veneer of the "resignation" twaddle Oracle handed out but a source proverbially close to the situation says he was asked for his resignation on Saturday. Reportedly Phillips was sandbagged, gulled into believing that ex-HP CEO Mark Hurd was going to come into Oracle as some kind of triumvir alongside him and his fellow president Safra Catz until he was unceremoniously pushed out, stunned to hear Oracle say that he had asked to leave in December and was importuned t... (more)

Court Orders SCO to Spell Out its Case against Linux

A Utah judge last Friday ordered the SCO Group to turn over to IBM evidence that IBM copied Unix code into Linux. The discovery ruling, which SCO enemies celebrated as a victory over the company currently more loathed than Microsoft, granted a motion to compel that IBM filed November 6 because SCO didn't "provide meaningful answers" to IBM's first and second set of interrogatories or produce documents "responsive to IBM's document requests, stuff IBM claims SCO could have produced four months ago. IBM says the information "goes to the core of SCO's case" and its assertion of rig... (more)