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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)

NetScaler VPX Hits Launch

Citrix Wednesday delivered a finished NetScaler VPX, the software-based virtual appliance version of the NetScaler MPX hardware appliance that it started previewing back in May as a publicly available tech release. NetScaler has typically targeted large-scale, mission-critical web applications with purpose-built equipment that required mucho networking skill to deploy and manage. NetScaler VPX is supposed to deliver the same functionality in a simple, relatively low-cost format that can be downloaded and run on any standard server platform. The widgetry is meant to tickle applic... (more)

Google Buys Some Java Patents Off IBM

Google has bought what appears to be another 1,023 patents from IBM, a transfer recorded by the US Patent and Trademark Office Wednesday and noticed by Bloomberg, which said Google bought them on August 17. The PTO also transferred 1,030 patents from IBM to Google in July after Google lost the auction for 6,000-odd Nortel patents to the combined might of Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Ericsson, Sony and EMC and their $4.5 billion. The blog SEO by the Sea flipped through the latest IBM haul and says the batch includes a bunch of Java and scripting-based patents. Whether any of them can de... (more)

PTO Finds Gosling Java Patent Invalid

Oracle's vaunted patent infringement case against Google and Android has shrunk to the size of a thong bikini - and like a freshman during spring break, the Patent and Trademark Office is looking forward to another round of strip poker. Of the five patents Oracle started with after ultimately withdrawing two, the PTO's re-examinations have left it only one. The latest to fall was Java pappy James Gosling's US patent RE38,104 on a "method and apparatus for resolving data references in generated code." The PTO says it's invalid although its decision isn't absolutely final yet. Jerem... (more)

CA Offers Up Three Living Sacrifices to Government Probe

Computer Associates, whose books and policies are still under government investigation, has tossed three of its top financial people out on their ear after the company's Audit Committee found certain revenues were prematurely recognized in CA's fiscal year ended March 31, 2000. CA CEO Sanjay Kumar said Wednesday evening that when the audit turned up the irregularities he asked for and got the resignations of CFO Ira Zar, senior finance VP Lloyd Silverstein and finance VP David Rivard since they oversaw sales accounting when the bookings were made. There wouldn't have been an inte... (more)