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Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Rackspace Hosting Thursday open sourced the specifications for its Cloud Servers and Cloud Files APIs under the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution license. It says it worked with developers in an open community to create the specifications and they can now copy, implement and modify the specs, which Rackspace figures should help enable a "truly open cloud." Of course Eucalyptus already offers an open source cloudware. Eucalyptus Systems CTO Rich Wolski said he welcomed Rackspace's decision to provide its client-side tools as open source because it will help achieve cloud interoperability. Rackspace is also making its Cloud Files language bindings for Java, PHP, Python, C# and Ruby available under the MIT license. The source code is up on GitHub, a public software versioning system, at http://github.com/rackspace, where external developers can con... (more)

Oracle Extends PeopleSoft Tender

At press time, a few hours after PeopleSoft met with Wall Street, Oracle - claiming that "PeopleSoft's plans means confusion and execution risk for customers and shareholders" - extended its hostile bid for the company for the fourth time. The tender deadline has now been moved to October 17 from September 19. Oracle is still trying to get the Justice Department's okay. PeopleSoft CEO Craig Conway reiterated to Wall Street that he didn't think Oracle was a live issue. ... (more)

Cloud Computing - IBM Creates Cloud Box

IBM claims to have created new species of custom-built, industry-standard, Linux-based rack server for Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing companies with massive data centers and tens of thousands of servers, like online gaming, social networks, search and Internet firms. A relatively limited marketplace of maybe a thousand companies with fat wallets capable of shelling out tens of millions for such system. IBM means to replace the white boxes they use now or build themselves like Google does. It says it’s got a few hundred early adopters and potential customers in China, Germany, ... (more)

Abiquo Gets $10 Million in Funding

Abiquo, the enterprise cloud management house, has raised approximately $10 million in Series B funding led by Balderton Capital Partners, the early- stage VC that backed MySQL. Business Objects founder Bernard Liautaud is a partner there now and will join Abiquo’s board. Existing investors Nauta Capital and Eurecan also participated. The funding will be used to expand Abiquo’s global sales and marketing efforts, customer support and senior team. Abiquo’s software is supposed to let the enterprises and service providers extend virtualized environments and create and manage privat... (more)

ITC Finds Samsung Infringes Apple Patents

The International Trade Commission decided Wednesday that Samsung Android smartphones and tablets infringe four Apple patents - a design patent, a hardware patent and two multitouch software patents - a preliminary determination sure to be kicked upstairs to the ITC's six commissioners for review in February since the agency's only punitive power is to ban the import and sale of infringing products. Samsung reportedly has some kind of unidentified designarounds for the three utility patents. FOSS Patents says Android widgetry has now been found to infringe 20 patents worldwide.... (more)