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Hewlett-Packard, which is desperately seeking ways to get its boat off the sandbar, told the SEC last week in its annual 10-K that “we continue to evaluate the potential disposition of assets and businesses that may no longer help us meet our objectives.” Bloomberg, which worked over...
Having found a bunch of Android-based Samsung widgets violate four Apple patents, the US International Trade Commission has ordered the giant Korean company to post a bond worth 88% of its US smartphones sales as well as 32.5 % of its media player and 37.6% of its tablet sales if it wa...
Armed robbers pulled off a heist at the Apple store behind the Paris Opera in the center of town on New Year’s Eve. Reuters reports that they made off with over a $1 million worth of widgetry although Apple is still calculating the loss. Four masked thieves broke in about 9 o’clock...
Apple late Monday lost its bid to get a permanent injunction barring 26 of Samsung’s Android-based widgets that a jury found infringed six of Apple’s patents from the American market. Concurrently, the court threw out Samsung’s bid for a new trial. The Korean company claimed the ju...
Red Hat has bought itself a Christmas present – privately held ManageIQ. It’s paying $104 million in folding money for the pleasure of what appears to be a made-to-measure glove. The two seem to be a perfect fit. The deal might close by the end of the year. Red Hat approached the s...
ARM has just given Intel another reason to chew its lip. The British mobile chip designer has launched a promised joint venture in mobile security called Trustonic that’s gotten the backing of companies like MasterCard, Sprint, Cisco, Samsung, Nvidia and 20th Century Fox Home Enterta...
automation and revenue performance management software. It’s agreed to pay $23.50 a share, a 31% premium over Eloqua’s close Wednesday. Oracle said it would lay out $871 net of Eloqua’s cash. It seems we might figure about $811 million. Eloqua, which got started in 2000, only IPO’d ...
The US Patent and Trademark Office, which has been re-examining Apple’s pinch-to-zoom patent (US No 7,844,915) presumably at Samsung’s behest, said Wednesday that all 21of its claims are invalid on the basis of prior art, specifically for anticipation and obviousness. It’s a prelimin...
Europe’s antitrust czar Joaquin Almunia disclosed Thursday that the European Commission is about to charge Samsung with antitrust violations over its use of standards-essential patents (SEPs) in its litigation with Apple. He told a press conference in Brussels that the agency would h...
Google is going to sell Motorola’s set-top box business to the Arris Group, a cable equipment maker. The cash-and-stock deal is valued at about $2.35 billion, which should repay Google part of the $12.5 billion it spent on MMI supposedly for its IP. Google has been shopping the bus...
Teambox, a four-year-old cloud computing company headquartered in Barcelona with offices in the US, thinks it can redefine collaboration and business communications by teaming up with Box. Its lightweight collaboration widgetry will now come with 15GB of free Box file storage per use...
IBM is buying Texas-based StoredIO, née Deepfile, which develops information management, compliance and electronic discovery software. Terms were not disclosed. Blue said StoredIQ will help customers derive value from unstructured Big Data and respond more efficiently to litigation ...
Oracle Tuesday came in with slightly better-than-expected results in its second fiscal quarter ended November 30. Revenues were up 3% to $9.1 billion, ahead of Wall Street’s consensus of $9.03 billion. Oracle’s own guidance had estimated an increase of zero to 4%. It cleared n...
Dell may not have much of mobile profile but it said late Tuesday that it’s gonna buy Texas-based Credent Technologies, the 11-year-old purveyor of data protection solutions to control, manage and secure data sent from mobile end-points to servers, storage and the cloud. Dell did...
Samsung said Tuesday that it will drop its attempts to get Apple products banned anywhere in Europe using its standards-essential patents (SEPs). It’s not dropping its infringement suits, but will limit its SEP claims to monetary damages. It will still seek injunctions for Apple’s al...
Samsung has acquired Nvelo, a Silicon Valley storage software start-up that spun out of Denali in June 2010 when Denali was acquired by Cadence Design Systems. Samsung didn’t say what it paid for all of Nvelo’s technology and staff. Nvelo supplies SSD caching for both consumer and ...
Cisco has hired Barclays Plc to sell its Linksys wireless home router unit according to Bloomberg. Barclays is also advising Google on the sale of its Motorola Home Business, which sells set-top boxes and cable TV equipment. Cisco bought the Linksys business for $500 million in 200...
There’s a new wannabe disruptive initiative abroad in networking land that’s promising to run roughshod over laggards and standoffish old stalwarts like Cisco that may find it threatening. The push is gathering behind a deceptively named two-year-old start-up called Big Switch Ne...
Intel is going to try going after the data center with a brand new Atom System-on-a-Chip (SoC) that can be built into relatively cheap, high-density microservers for cloud providers. It really rather not – it really wants to sell its high-end chips – but it has no choice. It has fore...
Returning from Asia Jefferies financial analyst and Apple follower Peter Misek said several iPhone 6 prototypes and an iTV, presumably integrated with Apple’s mobile ecosystem, appear to be floating around. There’s reportedly an iPhone model with a 4.8-inch Retina+ IGZO screen, 128GB...
Centrify, the ISV that makes its living leveraging Microsoft’s Active Directory, has got some new cloud-based widgetry that lets organizations centrally secure and control access to their Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) deployments. The adoption of SaaS apps combined with the Bring-Your...
What with PC demand eroding, AMD is following Intel in cutting back on chips. It’s going to have to pay Globalfoundries, its manufacturer since it sold it its plants, $320 million not to make too many processors. AMD has also started using Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company...
Embarcadero Technologies has just released a new 64-bit C++Builder solution – a linear descendent of Borland’s C++ Builder created more than 15 years ago. It’s supposed to offer a faster way to create high-performance native Windows 8 and Mac OS X PC and laptop applications as well a...
HP’s ousted CEO Leo Apotheker, who’s taken the heat for the company’s disastrous Autonomy acquisition, ain’t gonna take the fall alone. He told Bloomberg Friday that Ray Lane, HP’s non-executive chairman, a partner at Kleiner Perkins and an ex-Oracle president, shares the blame a...
Dell just released a technical preview of its private cloud widgetry, Dell Cloud Dedicated with OpenStack, and while it was at said OpenStack is going to be its primary cloud platform, used for both public and private clouds. The company intends to continue to offer overall solut...
Oracle said Thursday that it’s buying California-based DataRaker for its cloud-based analytics platform, which pulls Big Data off utilities’ sensors and smart meters. It’s supposed to help electric, gas and water utilities improve their operations and efficiency. Oracle didn’t say ...
Google couldn’t have picked a prettier time to release the upgraded version of Google Maps for iOS it’s been working on since Apple kicked it off the iPhone and iPad in September in favor of its own dodgy Apple Maps that couldn’t find the Eiffel Tower, utterly embarrassed the company, ...
They’re dropping like flies to OpenStack’s siren song. The open source cloud platform’s latest conquest is EMC, whose VMware subsidiary already did a seemingly unthinkable thing a few months ago and joined the rival band as a gold member. EMC is only joining as a corporate-level sp...
Google is close to signing a consent decree with the US Federal Trade Commission after the agency claimed Google broke the antirust laws by blocking access to key mobile technologies covered by patents owned by its Motorola Mobility subsidiary, Bloomberg says. It quotes “three people f...
Well, there may actually be an Apple TV in our future. The Wall Street Journal says the company is working with Asian component suppliers and testing large-screen high-resolution TV prototypes. The testing is apparently in its early days and involves Foxconn, which assembles the iP...
CloudVelocity emerged from stealth mode Wednesday with a new name, a $5 million A round from the Mayfield Fund, and a hybrid cloud automation platform meant to entice the enterprise to push its multi-tier application into the scary public cloud as a seamless extension of its private da...
John McAfee, the odd founder of the antivirus house Intel now owns, may get out of jail in Guatemala after foiling the cops in Belize where he was wanted for questioning in the murder of his neighbor on Ambergris Caye, an island off Belize’s Caribbean coast. McAfee claimed the neighb...
After a six-month search, CA Technologies, one of the biggest American software companies, has hired Michael Gregoire, the former CEO of Taleo, the cloud-based talent management ISV that Oracle bought in April for $1.9 million, to replace its retiring CEO Bill McCracken next year. ...
John McAfee, the oddball founder of the antivirus house Intel now owns, got out of jail in Guatemala and – thumbing his nose at the cops in Belize who want to question him about the murder of his neighbor on Ambergris Caye, an island off Belize’s Caribbean coast, where McAfee lived ...
Now we have predictive analytics, even real-time predictive analytics, and fancy algorithms, which is a lot less colorful and maybe less accurate. One way or another it’s still a matter of faith. Anyway, Birst, the agile business analytics folk, has come out with a new version of Bir...