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Google’s China affair may involve double agents or people who are childishly naïve, bought off or have families with a gun to their heads. Quoting two unidentified sources, Reuters says Google is investigating the possibility that employees at Google China could have worked with the cyber-terrorists who attacked the company’s corporate infrastructure last month, leading Google to refuse to censor its Chinese search results anymore and threaten to exit the huge Chinese market with its 384 million Internet users completely. As a result the US government said it will file a formal protest with the Chinese government and both Germany and France have warned their citizens against using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser, which has been implicated as the hackers’ attack mechanism, until its vulnerabilities have been fixed. McAfee says IE 6, 7 and 8 contain the vul... (more)

Dell Claims To Make Hay with Sun’s Fate Unclear

Michael Dell claimed Tuesday that simply the talk of a Sun-IBM tie-up is an "enormous opportunity" for Dell servers since it creates an air of uncertainty around the future of Sun's Solaris-based boxes and accelerates the move to x86 Linux machines. According to reports Dell's CEO said in Tokyo that "Just the rumor of IBM potentially purchasing Sun creates an enormous opportunity because all of the Sun accounts are very concerned about what will happen to the Solaris platform and Sparc microprocessor." Dell of course is in a pickle because both IBM and HP are ahead of Dell in se... (more)

BI Cloud Start-up Gets Seeded

  An emerging SaaS player called Good Data Corporation, with interests in collaboration business intelligence solutions, has gotten $2 million in seed money from analysts and sometimes investors Esther Dyson and Tim O’Reilly, Good Data founder and CEO Roman Stanek, who did NetBeans Inc and Systinet, and Windcrest Partners. This initial round is supposed to enable the start-up to deliver a cloud-based platform for mid-sized BI projects. Dyson described the unreleased widgetry as the “data equivalent of an ATM: You can get the value out when and where you need it.” She said the “... (more)

Oracle Claims Victory Over EC; Says Sun Will Sell Clouds

Oracle Keynote at Cloud Expo Cloud Computing Expo - Oracle expects the European Commission to wave its acquisition of Sun through next month MySQL and all without any annoying conditions. Oracle president Safra Catz, who’s been wrestling with the EC, said so when the company posted its fiscal second-quarter results Thursday, another reason Oracle’s going to have a Merry Christmas. Catz took a bunch of Oracle users to an EC hearing a week ago to buttress the company’s claims that the EC had put words in users’ mouths to support the theory of harm it manufactured to try to stop Or... (more)

EC2 Creators Nimbula Get $15m Bankroll

Nimbula, the so-called cloud operating system start-up put in train by a couple of the boys credited with creating Amazon’s EC2 service, has gotten a $15 million B round. Accel Partners led the check-signing. Sequoia Capital also pulled out a pen. Sequoia and VMware, oddly enough, staked Nimbula to its $5.75 million first round. Accel, like Sequoia, gets a board seat. VMware’s ex-CEO Diane Greene – in another small world moment – also sits on the board but is not an investor. The money is supposed to go into developing hybrid cloud computing technologies and pushing out Nimbula’... (more)