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Told ya Adobe was gonna reorganize and put its mobile/devices operation in with its platform operation in the name of moving to a single technology platform and runtime for PCs, handsets and consumer devices. Adobe’s new CTO Kevin Lynch, the creator of AIR, is basically in charge of the whole magilla now. Gary Kovacs, VP of product management and marketing for the mobile and devices business, will be general manager of the unit, reporting to Lynch, replacing Al Ramadan, who is leaving. Kovacs, like Lynch, is a veteran of Macromedia, and before that was president of Zi Corporation. He started at IBM. David Mendels, another Macromedia inheritance (the man who killed ColdFusion Developer's Journal and declared war against AJAX and AJAX World) who’s been running the Adobe’s Business Productivity unit, where Acrobat lives, is also leaving the company. He wi... (more)

Remaining VMware Co-Founder Bails

After VMware's parent company EMC removed his wife Diane Greene as CEO on July 7, VMware co-founder and chief scientist Mendel Rosenblum has followed Greene out the door. Reportedly she was dismissed for failing to meet sales expectations by a country mile and for failing to keep costs in line. At VMworld in Vegas next week the company is expecting a record 14,000 people. In a show of spousal loyalty, VMware co-founder and chief scientist Mendel Rosenblum has followed his wife, ousted VMware CEO Diane Greene, out the door. He will focus on his other job as a Stanford professor. ... (more)

Microsoft Prices Azure

Microsoft's Amazon-like Azure public cloud is four months away from going live. The company confirmed Tuesday the widely held supposition that Azure would go commercial at its Professional Developers Conference in mid-November. Microsoft also deigned to start explaining what it's going to cost developers to use it after November 17. Until then the technical preview will continue to be free to all comers. Azure will be available on a consumption basis, a subscription basis, and as volume licenses integrated into existing agreements with Microsoft. Microsoft's not ready with the subscr... (more)

Cisco Buys Cariden

Cisco is buying Cariden Technologies, a privately held ISV whose software is used in capacity planning, designing and engineering networks. It's paying about $141 million in cash and retention incentives. Cariden, whose clients include Verizon, Deutsche Telecom, SingTel and Swisscom, specializes in optimizing traffic management and visibility on service provider networks. The acquisition is seen as part of Cisco's very necessary move into software-defined networking (SDN). This summer Cariden announced a blueprint for infrastructure SDN - the visibility and control of network res... (more)

One of SAP’s Co-CEOs to Step Down

Jim Hagemann Snabe, whose contract was supposed to run through 2017, has apparently tired of his half of SAP's CEO job and will be stepping down next May leaving the post solely to Bill McDermott, a 51-year-old American. The plan then is for the 47-year-old Dane, who's been responsible for SAP's product development, to join the German company's supervisory board (provided 25% of SAP's shareholders vote for him). Supposedly he wants to see more of his family. In a canned statement he said, "After more than 20 years with SAP, I have decided that it is time for me to begin the next ... (more)