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Well it seems that because PCs are dying and servers aren't growing much, Intel or, in this case, Intel Media is going into the television business, acing out Apple, which may have walked away because of licensing issues or even bandwidth despite what Steve Jobs told his biographer before he died about cracking the TV code and creating an integrated TV set. Intel's set-box will reportedly store programming and let users catch up on what they've missed when they can. There's no indication of a launch date, or pricing or how far back a viewer can go. It appears Intel may partner with Comcast and get Internet-based content like Netflix' streaming service that works on mobile devices; there doesn't seem to be any contracts yet. The general manager of Intel Media, Erik Higgers, let the cat out of the bag at the D: Dive into Media conference hosted by AllThingsD. ... (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)

IBM CEO Ordered to Turn Over Linux Secrets to SCO

The magistrate judge doing the legal housekeeping in the run-up to the $5 billion SCO v. IBM trial next year gave the SCO Group what it wanted Wednesday and ordered IBM to cough up the discovery that SCO claims is vital to its charge that IBM copied Unix code into Linux.   IBM has been told to turn over the releases of AIX and Dynix that SCO's lawyers say represent "about 232 products" in 45 days. SCO in turn has been told to provide the court with a memorandum saying whether the code is relevant or not to its case and identify additional files it may want. IBM has also been order... (more)

Microsoft's Hyper-V Released

Let the games begin. First thing this morning Microsoft said that its standalone Hyper-V Server 2008, the bare metal hypervisor meant to help it wrest leadership of the virtualization market from VMware, would be available today. Anticipating Microsoft’s coming, VMware declared its standalone hypervisor a commodity a couple of months ago and – in a market broadening play – cut the $495-$1,090 price to free. Microsoft, which was only supposed to charge a nominal 28 bucks a head for its like-minded widgetry, followed suit a few weeks later. Both companies hope to sell their fancie... (more)

Microsoft’s First Cloud Server Hits Public Beta

Microsoft Wednesday sent Exchange 2010 out into public beta. It’s its first server built from the ground up, according to Microsoft, to be deployed in the cloud as an online service as well as on-site. Microsoft expects to start selling the thing in the second half. It will be available as a cloud service from both Microsoft and third parties. Microsoft also conceives of it being available as a hybrid: a mix of both the cloud and on-site. What it will cost as an online service is still a mystery. Microsoft already has a hosted version of Exchange, Exchange Online, based on Exchan... (more)