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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 it provides the visibility, management and governance required to make cloud services and APIs as robust, compliant and scalable as internal on-premise applications. It uses a network-router design that supports the high concurrency required by the cloud with extremely low latency. The stuf... (more)

Apple Finally Gets the Beatles: WSJ

Apple has been teasing everybody all day with a message on its web site that reads: “Tomorrow is just another day. That you’ll never forget. Check back here tomorrow for an exciting announcement from iTunes.” The Wall Street Journal late Monday claimed it had cracked the code and that Apple had finally wangled the long-sought right to distribute the Beatles’ music. The paper said Apple was talking to the group’s record label EMI just last week and that “there is still a chance that Apple could change plans at the last minute.” It could not learn the terms. ... (more)

GNU Sues Cisco

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has sued Cisco for copyright infringement. It says Cisco’s Linksys division uses GNU code and won’t honor the GPL 2 and LGPL 2 and 2.1 licenses that the GNU software’s distributed under and give customers the source code to the Cisco-modified embedded firmware that would of course let users in turn modify the software. FSF wants the profits that Cisco’s made off of Linksys’ allegedly offending widgetry, damages on top of that doubtlessly tidy sum, and an injunction. This is the first time FSF has ever filed suit. For the last 15 years its enforcer... (more)

Apple Makes Highly Eccentric Hire

Apple polished its reputation as a contrarian Tuesday when the news broke because of an SEC filing that it had hired Adobe's CTO Kevin Lynch to be VP of technology and reportedly coordinate its hardware and software teams. Adobe confirmed his departure effective Friday, March 22. He will report to SVP Bob Mansfield, Apple's core hardware maven, who leads Apple's Technologies Group, which includes its wireless and semiconductor interests. Provocatively Mansfield is scheduled to retire from Apple for the second time next year. Lynch, a Macromedia legacy, violently backed Mobile Fla... (more)

IBM Tells SCO Court It Can't Find AIX-on-Power Code

CSN Asks Judge To Unseal the SCO-IBM Court Record SCO and IBM met in federal court in Utah again Tuesday for another go-round over the discovery that IBM hasn't produced in SCO's $5 billion lawsuit against it. At the hearing, one of SCO's lawyers, another young thing from Boies, Schiller & Flexner whose footwork was smooth enough to impress even Groklaw's IBM-dazzled observers, mentioned the little matter of SCO's days-old Third Amended Complaint, which, alas, is under seal reportedly because it's based on some e-mail that turned up during discovery that IBM now claims is privil... (more)