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RPost, which is already suing Swiss Post for the second time in the United States, has upped the ante. Its British arm, RPost UK Ltd, has lodged suit against Swiss Post on its home turf in Switzerland. This time the Los Angeles-based Registered Email merchant is charging the state-owned agency with willfully infringing two of its European patents, both of them validated and recognized in Switzerland. The suit was filed last week in the Commercial Court of Zurich seeking a preliminary injunction against the sale or use Swiss Post's IncaMail secure e-mail service in or from Switzerland. According to the way they do things there the next inevitable step will be to seek a permanent injunction and damages. Besides Swiss Post, the suit names the post's subsidiaries, SwissSign and Swiss Post Solutions AG, and third-party Swiss distributor Totemo AG, which resells IncaMail... (more)

HP Strays From the Microsoft Track

It’s going to offer North American schools K-12 a $519 box bearing SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop through its resellers. Novell has collected a repository of 40-odd open source packages on its openSUSE web site that the kids can tap for coursework and teachers can tap for, say, online testing, and administrator for whatever it is administrators do. It also includes OpenOffice.org, a browser, multimedia tools, e-mail, and collaboration and instant messaging software. The widget HP is sending in to spar over school districts with that perennial teacher’s pet, Apple, is an AMD-based Co... (more)

US Senate Pushes EC on Oracle-Sun Merger

Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer The United States Senate waded into the Oracle-Sun imbroglio Tuesday. Fifty-nine senators from both sides of the aisle led by one-time presidential hopeful John Kerry (D-Mass) and perennial presidential pretender Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) signed a letter to the European Commission asking it to wrap up its investigation of the Oracle-Sun merger as soon as possible pleading Sun's precarious financial position and its inability to continue to employ thousands of people endlessly under current conditions. The senators - there are only a hundred of them - tr... (more)

Xobni Gets Cisco Investment

Despite VCs currently being gun-shy, particularly of Web 2.0 social networking stuff, the little e-mail software start-up Xobni, whose name is inbox backwards, has managed to close a $7 million B round in which Cisco, a new best friend, participated, besides existing backers Khosla Ventures, First Round Capital, Baseline Ventures and Atomico. The money is earmarked for R&D that uncovers and leverages "all the amazing information and relationships locked up in our overloaded inboxes, particularly in Microsoft Outlook, the most underutilized inbox in the world." Xobni, wouldn't y... (more)

Zuora Seeks Cloud's Silver Lining

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... (more)