As though tearing a page out of Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe or Thomas Malory's
Le Morte d'Arthur, RIM is running up a tablet called BlackPad that calls to
mind the archetypal medieval wild card, the black knight.
RIM means to use the embedded Neutrino operating system, a species of Unix,
from fellow Canadian QNX Software Systems that it bought for $200 million in
April and combine it with widgetry from the U.S. Army's QNX-powered unmanned
Crusher tank developed by Carnegie Mellon four years ago.
At least that's the story Bloomberg tells quoting anonymous sources
unauthorized to whisper the secret.
RIM bought the rights to blackpad.com in July according to Whois.
BlackPad is supposed to be heavy on BlackBerry-style e-mail protected by
BlackBerry security. It will include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity to the
Internet but it won't connect directly to the cell network ... (more)
The Yahoo! Board is supposed to convene today to thrash out whether or not to
accept Microsoft's $44.6 billion acquisition offer, try to get Microsoft to
sweeten the pot, or resist and hammer out an outsourcing deal with Google,
according to TechCrunch. Based on what the blog (http://www.techcrunch.com/)
has heard from unidentified sources, Yahoo!'s outside advisors have been
telling it to capitulate and take the Microsoft deal.
However, it says, a bunch of resistant Yahoo! senior executives backing the
Google option will state their case to the board.
Appirio Tuesday launched a cloud-based professional service automation (PSA)
solution on Salesforce.com’s Force.com platform.
Called simply Professional Services Enterprise, it’s supposed to be
designed for the most sophisticated professional service organizations,
delivering end-to-end support for managing people, projects, customers and
Appirio claims that the widgetry is different from other solutions in
supporting a services business end-to-end, bridging the gap between how
projects are sold and how they are delivered. And then of course there are
the cloud’s ... (more)
Cloud Computing on Ulitzer
Sam Ramji, Microsoft’s open source defector, whose imminent departure from
the company became widely known when Microsoft set up its own CodePlex open
source foundation a few weeks ago, has turned up at five-year-old cloud
start-up Sonoa Systems, where he will head product strategy and business
Sonoa, which has little open source exposure so far, does something called
ServiceNet, which is supposed to set security and scaling policies for
cloud-based services, acting as a proxy server between the service provider
and the consumer.
It says... (more)
Bank of America has stopped processing payments meant for WikiLeaks.
It issued a statement saying that it “joins in the actions previously
announced by MasterCard, PayPal, Visa Europe and others and will not process
transactions of any type that we have reason to believe are intended for
“This decision is based upon our reasonable belief that WikiLeaks may be
engaged in activities that are, among other things, inconsistent with our
internal policies for processing payments.”
WikiLeaks responded on Twitter with messages saying:
“We ask that all people who love freedom c... (more)