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Amazon Web Services used re:Invent, its very first customer and partner conference this week in Vegas, to announce the coming of a cloud data warehouse service called Redshift meant to undercut and disrupt the pricey “old guard” brands of Oracle, IBM, Teradata, EMC Greenplum and HP. ...
Tel Aviv-based start-up SiSense Ltd raised $8 million and bought a ticket to California, where it’s set up shop across the street from Oracle, a definite competitor. See, SiSense, which obviously has a sense of humor, has a business intelligence tool dubbed Prism that it calls the “w...
RW Baird analyst Colin Sebastian takes Amazon Web Services for a “potentially under-appreciated asset” although he thinks it’ll do $1.5 billion in revenue this year. It takes a lot of capital outlay to support, roughly $500 million or about 50% of total 2010 capex, Sebastian thinks, ...
Another one of Andreessen Horowitz’s seemingly endless supply of gold-tinged start-ups whose future is supposed to be theirs to lose has come out of start-up hiding to proclaim the existence of its newfangled SaaS-style data-warehouse-as-a-service for Big Data analytics running initial...
Microsoft says it’s sold 40 million licenses to its new touchscreen-adapted Windows 8 operating system that hit general availability a month ago. It’s reportedly outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades. For what it’s worth, Microsoft also said there were more apps in the Windows S...
Apple has reportedly fired Richard Williamson, the NeXT legacy who botched the mission-critical maps program that replaced the Google Maps program Apple used to offer on its widgets. Apple wanted Google Maps off its iPads and iPhones because it loathes Google and its Android operatin...
A Mexican court told Yahoo Friday that it owes $2.7 billion in a breach of contract, breach of promise and lost profits suit arising from contracts related to a Yellow Pages telephone listings service. It’s apparently not a final decision.
To keep its cloud at the fore, Amazon Web Services has dropped the price of its S3 storage by roughly 25% across-the-board. The new prices take effect December 1 in all regions. By Amazon’s count that’s its 23rd price cut since 2006, “largely in the absence of any competitive press...
At the Amazon Web Services Re:Invent conference Tuesday Red Hat rolled out OpenShift Enterprise, the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) designed to be installed on-premise in customer data centers or on private, public or hybrid clouds that it announced in May. Since it launched the thing ...
Apprenda has just launched rev 4.0 of its flagship private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), claiming the new eponymous, uniquely single-language widgetry will be the model for how to modernize existing mission-critical enterprise applications and build new cloud-architected apps and servi...
HighCloud Security, one of those rare cloud security start-ups, is warming up to its subject. A year ago when it first came to market it was focused on encryption and policy-based key management in the private cloud. It has now moved on to the public cloud in rev 2.0 of its widgetry ...
VMware is going to spin off most of its non-core assets to parent company EMC where they’ll come under the tutelage of former VMware CEO Paul Maritz and former Pivotal Labs CEO Robert Mee according to GigaOm. The blog, which now expects the move as soon as next week, has been chasing...
10gen, the open source document-oriented MongoDB creator, says Intel Capital and Red Hat have made strategic investments in it. It means to use the undisclosed amount of money for product development and support of its rapidly growing worldwide community and user base. It has visions...
Despite – or maybe because of – the mess Autonomy’s created, HP is considering using some of its Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL) technology for a free online service for analyzing Big Data more or less in real-time, IDG says. It heard it last Wednesday during a webcast HP hel...
Ericsson, the big Swedish telecom house, has sued Samsung, the big Korean conglomerate, in the plaintiff-friendly US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas charging patent infringement and breach of contract. It said that after two years of negotiations involving the most s...
HP was sued Monday in a San Francisco federal court by shareholders irate over how its $8.8 billion write-off last week drove the stock to the ground. HP claimed Autonomy inflated its value through falsified financials before it was acquired in October for $11.1 billion. HP said the ...
After Autonomy founder Mike Lynch sent the HP board an open letter Tuesday demanding the documents it turned over to government regulators and trying to shift the glare of negative publicity off of him and the company he sold to HP for an outrageous $11.1 billion last year – that’s now...
Mike Lynch, the former CEO of Autonomy, wrote an open letter to HP Tuesday demanding the specifics behind its allegations last week that Autonomy’s books were doctored and that HP was misled into buying the UK company for vastly more than it was ever worth. He wants the documents HP ...
A short ungrammatical misspelled press release put out on PRWeb Monday morning and jumped on by the AP and TechCrunch because it claimed that Google had paid $400 million for Rhode Island-based public hotspot provider ICOA proved to be a hoax. The company’s pink sheets stock sells fo...
DigiTimes Research figures worldwide tablet shipments will hit 210 million units next year, up 38.3%, pushing past notebooks for the first time. Branded units should account for 140 million units. It expects Google to become the second-largest tablet vendor after Apple with its Nex...
Late Wednesday right before Thanksgiving Day Apple was ordered to turn over a copy of its recent 10-year licensing deal with HTC – the one that ended all litigation between them – to Samsung. Apple said it didn’t care if Samsung got it but deferred to HTC, which said it didn’t care e...
Eucalyptus Systems, the open source cloud company, has been busy hardening the platform and is days away from delivering its third feature release in the last year. CEO Marten Mikos says he’s “amazed at the engineering cadence. It’s better than at MySQL.” He ought to know. He’s the...
Apple claims six more Samsung products, including the Galaxy Note II, infringe eight of its patents and wants to add them to its other California suit against the Korean giant, the one that doesn’t go to trial until March of 2014. Its first California suit against Samsung resulted in...
Gartner says the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) market should be worth $1.2 billion this year, up from $900 million last year, and hit $1.5 billion next year on the way to $2.9 billion by 2016. Its calculations include everything from Salesforce.com’s Force.com to discrete application ...
US Attorney General Eric Holder has named Renata Hesse acting head of Justice Department’s Antitrust Division to replace departing chief Joseph Wayland. Hesse was the lead lawyer in the remedies phase of DOJ’s antitrust suit against Microsoft and she also involved in trying to stop Ora...
In an exercise in vendor neutrality – well, kinda – it’s not exactly altruistic – Amazon Web Services is now offering a bunch of pre-built virtual instances of the Windows Server 2012 operating system, the server version of Windows 8, so Windows users can hew to Microsoft’s upgrade roa...
When Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman stunned practically everyone within earshot early Tuesday morning by accusing the company’s year-old Autonomy acquisition of ripping off HP with phony financials, she said that after she bounced Autonomy’s founder out of HP in late April a senior me...
HP CEO Meg Whitman said Tuesday that the company complained of gross deception to the Securities and Exchange Commission and the UK’s Serious Fraud Office after a seven-month internal probe of Autonomy’s financials. Bloomberg reports it was told by an unnamed source that the SEC, in ...
The inspiration for GreenButton was the devilishly complicated battle scene in the 2003 movie “The Lord of the Rings” that its founder Scott Houston pulled together in two weeks for director Peter Jackson against all odds. It was accomplished in record time with thousands of servers an...
The Internal Trade Commission late Monday said it would review the decision made by one of its administrative judges in September finding that Apple didn’t tread on four Samsung patents in making the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Two of Samsung’s patents, the only two that Samsung cou...
HP Tuesday morning charged its Autonomy acquisition with massive fraud. It claims it was the victim of accounting improprieties and disclosure failures made by the publicly held British company prior to its acquisition last year by HP and downright misrepresentations made to HP in con...
Hours after releasing its lackluster fiscal third-quarter results, Dell first thing Friday morning announced that it’s bought privately held infrastructure automation start-up Gale Technologies to fuel its all-important advance into the cloud, the only bright spot in Dell’s numbers....
Samsung has asked the California court handling the billion-dollar judgment against it to see Apple’s shiny new 10-year licensing agreement with HTC since Apple is claiming it will suffer irreparable harm – that money can’t recompense – without a permanent injunction against the Korean...
It’s downright embarrassing when the head of the CIA can’t use e-mail to whisper sweet nothings without his love affair being outed four months after it reputedly ended. The fact that the lady in question and General David Petraeus, who ran the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, ...
Intel CEO and president Paul Otellini, 62, has apparently tired of beating back the dragons that periodically threaten to devour the company and has decided to retire early. Intel CEOs have all previously stepped down when they were 65, when retirement is mandatory, with their design...
Intel CEO Paul Otellini told his board last Wednesday that he wanted to wrap up his tenure in May according to the Wall Street Journal. That gave the company four days by SEC rules to announce his decision to go despite the fact he has no heir apparent. The paper said “one high...
Late Sunday Cisco said it’s going to buys Meraki, a privately held cloud networking start-up, for $1.2 billion in cash and retention-based incentives. Seems social media upset the announcement plans, which were set for Monday morning, when there’ll still be a conference call. T...
Loss-making Nokia Tuesday introduced a cloud map service called Here. It means it to be one of five businesses including smartphones, basic phones, patents and cellular infrastructure that will help it get back on its feet. Its map customers include Amazon, Rand McNally, Bing, Daim...
Cisco, the networking king and economic bellwether, cleared better-than-expected earnings of $2.09 billion, or 39 cents a share, up 10.6% year-over-year, in its first fiscal quarter, which closed at the end of October. Revenues were up 5.5% to $11.9 billion despite depressed demand in ...
Gartner sacrificed a bull, yanked out the liver and read the auspices, claiming it means that worldwide enterprise IT spending will grow 2.5% in 2013 to $2.679 trillion after “scant” growth in 2012. “The global economic outlook has deteriorated in 2012, leading to scant overall growth...