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Qualcomm and Intel are apparently considering rescuing Sharp and its LCDs from the gutter by investing upwards of $378 million in the joint, not enough money to salvage the place. Japan’s Kyodo News said Intel might be persuaded to invest $378 million-$500 million in the company. It ...
HP Thursday put out an x86 server it claims is purpose-built for Big Data. It says existing architectures aren’t designed to handle the specific needs of Big Data workloads such as Hadoop, MPP data warehouses, Big Data analytics and object stores, and that early deployments have retur...
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told French daily Le Parisien Monday that sales of the company’s iPad- and Android-challenging Surface tablet had a “modest” start because of limited availability confined to its online retail sites and the few Microsoft stores in the US. Surface tablets are...
Dropbox has doubled the size of its user base to 100 million from a year ago. It also says a billion files are saved in Dropbox every 24 hours. It may be close to $500 million in revenues but rival Workshare, which eschews the freemium model, sniffs that paying users are distinctly dif...
A consignment of Apple iPad Minis was looted from a warehouse at JFK International Airport in New York the other night according to the New York Post. The cops suspect it was an inside job. The thieves used one of the airport’s own fork lifts to make off with two pallets of the little ...
Rackspace says it’s gussied up its free Private Cloud Software, a k a Alamo, boosting remote support capabilities for on premise OpenStack-powered clouds, helping companies to monitor their private clouds, and providing more storage capabilities. It claims that since Alamo launched in...
LeaseWeb, the Dutch-based infrastructure provider, is expanding its public cloud infrastructure to the US, figuring to be cheaper than Rackspace and Amazon. The multi-tenant widgetry is designed for maximum redundancy and uses the open source CloudStack platform Citrix turned over to...
Cisco is spending $125 million in cash and retention-based incentives to buy Cloupia, a three-year-old start-up that automates cloud-building. It lets enterprises and service providers deploy and configure physical and virtual resources from a single management console. Cloupia’s i...
FTC chairman Jonathan Leibowitz is reportedly pressing Google to put acceptable remedies on the table in the next couple of days or face an antitrust suit for abusing its Internet dominance in the next week or two. Bloomberg says it was told by unnamed sources that the FTC wants to r...
Caringo, the object storage software folks, has announced the seamless integration of their CAStor core technology as an enterprise-ready object store for Apache CloudStack 4.0, the OpenStack-competitive project now in incubation with the Apache Software Foundation. The integration m...
AMD Tuesday denied a Reuters report saying the semiconductor shop hired JP Morgan to “explore options,” citing three unnamed sources “familiar with the situation.” The news wire said the financially flagging company might sell its patents and that the “outright sale” of the company w...
Adaptive Computing, the folks that manage the world’s largest computing installations with their Moab self-optimizing cloud management and HPC workload management solutions, have revved their Moab Cloud Suite. The widgetry now improves the time to cloud deployment by means of out-of-...
MapR Technologies and Hadapt have cut a partnership so joint customers can combine the MapR Distribution for Hadoop with Hadapt’s Interactive Query capabilities to analyze all types of data – structured, semi-structured and unstructured – in a single enterprise platform without connect...
Oracle has made a strategic minority investment in Engine Yard, the Platform-as-a-Service company with the cloud development platform that supports the Ruby, PHP and Node.js development languages. The exact sum, position and valuation went unmentioned. Engine Yard will continue to ...
Platfora, the Big Data analytics start-up that just surfaced last month, has picked up a $20 million B round led by Battery Ventures with participation from existing investors Andreessen Horowitz and Sutter Hill Ventures. In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture arm, is also an investor in the comp...
Late Saturday – on the eve of Armistice Day – Apple and HTC announced that they have settled their patent litigation at the price of a 10-year license agreement that covers “current and future patents held by both parties.” Terms aren’t being disclosed. An HTC spokeswoman told the ...
Mips Technologies, the RISC chip pioneer, is getting carved up. It’s being acquired for $60 million by UK-based Imagination Technologies, which is partially owned by Apple and Intel and makes GPUs for Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPad 4 as well as Intel’s CloverTrail-based Windows 8 tablets....
SolidFire, which is positioned as having the only solid-state (SSD) storage designed exclusively for cloud service providers, has gone GA with its cost-effective high-performance SF3010 and SF6010 systems as new customers ViaWest, Databarracks, Calligo and CloudSigma roll out services ...
Quantum Tuesday introduced a new storage line based on next-generation object storage technology geared to Big Data that challenges traditional storage solutions. The company, which has over 6,000 Big Data customer installations worldwide, says conventional RAID drives aren’t up ...
John McAfee, the man who started the antivirus company named for him, is wanted for questioning by the Belize police in the gunshot murder of his next-door neighbor, fellow American expatriate, Gregory Faull, a 52-year-old retired builder. According to the police record published by ...
Remember those HP Itanium servers that Oracle didn’t want to write any more software for because Intel secretly planned to end Itanium development? Well, HP’s got new ones based on a new Itanium chip, dubbed the 9500, made by Intel, which claims to be committed to the silicon and its...
Amazon has set up data centers in Australia to supply its cloud services to Australia-based businesses and global companies with customers in Australia. It’ll be Amazon Web Services’ ninth region, the Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region, and the third Region in Asia Pacific after the Singap...
The bad blood between Apple and Samsung is evidently getting worse. Samsung recently hiked the price of the so-called application processors it builds for Apple’s widgets by a hefty 20%, according to the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch, quoting a story Monday in the Korean-language...
Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu think Apple is going to get $6–$8 in royalties on each Android phone HTC sells because of their weekend licensing arrangement that puts an end to all litigation between them. Of course, terms weren’t disclosed and Wu’s estimate could just be a shot in the ...
Asigra, the Toronto-based cloud Backup, Recovery and Restore (BURR) software provider, just unveiled Asigra Cloud Backup v12, a secure, single end-to-end data protection software suite that protects data across physical, virtualized and cloud operating environments. It claims the widg...
AMD has hinted for months that it was going to adopt the ARM architecture and last week in the middle of a blackout that turned New York and the stock market dark it disclosed its plans to make ARM’s smartphone and tablet widgetry into a server platform for use in the cloud and mighty ...
After a roughly four-month investigation, the staff at the Federal Trade Commission has reportedly told the agency’s five commissioners that they should bring Google to book for FRAND abuse for trying to block Apple and Microsoft from importing devices into the US that Google maintains...
In an utterly surprise move Monday, Steven Sinofsky, the guy in charge of Windows, left the company a few weeks after the Windows 8 and Surface tablet launch. His job will be split between Julie Larson-Green, who will run Windows software and hardware engineering, and CFO Tami Re...
Vordel, the Dublin purveyor of the enterprise-ready API Server that delivers mission-critical and potentially revenue-generating APIs and apps to the cloud and mobile devices, is getting bought by publicly traded Paris-based middleware house Axway for some undisclosed amount of money. ...
Elasticsearch, the real-time Big Data search and analytics concern formed to commercialize the eponymous open source project that one of its founders started, has gotten a $10 million A round. The financing was led by Benchmark Capital with Rod Johnson, the creator of Spring and co-f...
CA Technologies has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against New Relic in district court in New York seeking an injunction for patent infringement. It wants damages for lost profits and legal costs. It alleges that New Relic, which was founded by Lew Cirne, a former CA employee, ...
First thing Monday morning Apple said that it sold three million iPad minis and fourth-generation iPads in the three days since Friday when the widgets went on sale. The number is double the 1.5 million sold in the last three-day weekend in March when the third-generation iPad ca...
A year to the day that HP’s last CTO Shane Robison vacated the premises, the first big wheel at the company to depart after Meg Whitman took over – with Meg saying he wouldn’t be replaced – she changed her mind and tapped Martin Fink to fill the empty slot. Fink also gets to be d...
Porticor has fleshed out its security widgetry and figures it can now deliver the only system anywhere that can secure data in the cloud. It does it with an algorithm that protects cloud data while it’s stored and in use. The two-year-old Tel Aviv company’s next trick will be t...
Microsoft Thursday launched the biggest, most dramatic makeover of its operating system since Windows went graphical, perfuming the effort with a billion-dollar marketing budget. Windows 8 will be on the street Friday, October 26. It has to best the competition from the smartphones an...
Platfora, a start-up with an ace or two in the hole, came out of stealth mode this week with the intention of taking the finicky, balky, ornery Hadoop mainstream and disrupting the $35 billion business analytics market. The company’s aces include Andreessen Horowitz, the young VC wit...
Apple’s record earnings came in a bit short of expectations Thursday, a situation the smart money attributed to its failure to make enough phones although it still sold an amazing 26.9 million of the things, up 58% year-over-year and good for $17.13 billion, into the expected launch of...
Microsoft’s got previews of its Apache Hadoop-based solutions for Azure and Windows Server, Azure HDInsight Service and HDInsight Server for Windows. They’re supposed to deliver Apache Hadoop compatibility for the enterprise and simplify the deployment of Hadoop-based solutions. It s...
Private equity houses KKR, TPG Capital or Bain Capital Partners may be persuaded to take BMC private. Bloomberg says the company, which has a market cap of $6.5 billion, met with potential buyers last week. It also approached Oracle, Cisco, Dell, EMC and CA. Bloomberg says those st...
Well, that’s 3,000 employees HP won’t have to lay off. General Motors is taking IT in-house and has hired them. The idea reportedly was GM CIO Randy Mott’s and Mott was HP’s CIO before short-lived HP CEO Léo Apotheker was fired. HP still means to terminate 29,000 jobs. The carmaker mea...