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Alteryx thinks it’s managed to humanize cloud-borne Big Data, a good thing too since its analytics is directed at normal business folk as well as data analysts. In the fashion of the times it’s combined its sophisticated analytics – its stuff is used by such as Wal-Mart, MacDonald’s,...
AMD is going to squeeze into what it calls the performance tablet market with a new low-power 40nm Z-60 APU for Windows 8 platforms that has a two-core CPU running at 1GHz. The chip, codenamed Hondo and really meant for notebooks or netbooks, has a thermal design envelop of 4.5W. It r...
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in a speech in New York City that America is facing a cyber Pearl Harbor that could result in the death of civilians and paralyze the country, scaring everybody out of their wits. He’s thinking about hacks on critical infrastructure, energy g...
OK, so Apple can’t find Paris on its maps. At least its maps aren’t under imminent threat of an injunction for patent infringement, which could happen to Google in Germany unless it authorizes its Motorola Mobility subsidiary to pay Microsoft the royalties it wants for its claims again...
After the market closed in New York Thursday AMD warned that its Q3 wasn’t going to cut the mustard. Hoping against hope for better results AMD waited until the last minute to take down its guidance. Intel saw the handwriting on the wall in September and figured things weren’t going ...
Wal-Mart, which practically invented Big Data analysis to unseemly good advantage, is reportedly consolidating its disparate data analytics systems into one global system and bringing in OpenStack and its mentor Rackspace Hosting to help develop the platform. At least that’s what inv...
A testy Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Thursday overturned the preliminary injunction that Apple briefly got in late July on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus phone before the same appeals court stayed it. It sent the injunction back to the lower court saying it had “abused its discre...
Looks like a US district court is going to tell Motorola Mobility – and its master Google – exactly how much they can charge for the standards-essential patents they’ve been using to try to get injunctions blocking companies like Microsoft and Apple from marketing their products becaus...
Patent victories by Microsoft and Apple have stripped Motorola Mobility of products it can legally sell in Germany, Europe’s biggest market where Android is popular. The Google subsidiary is down to zero tablets and three smartphones – the Razr i, Razr MHD and the Gleam. Everything...
After looking into his crystal ball and seeing nothing all that good in Microsoft’s long-term future, CEO Steve Ballmer has signaled in his annual letter to stockholders Tuesday that Microsoft’s venture into hardware à la Apple’s tight integration is here to stay. “There will be time...
Zenoss, which develops management software for unified physical, virtual and cloud-based IT infrastructures, has closed a $25 million C funding round led by growth equity investor Summit Partners. That makes $45 million altogether although Zenoss has reportedly been at cash flow brea...
To entice the Fortune 1000 to use more clouds, IBM and AT&T have cut a deal to combine resources and deliver a highly secure, supposedly first-of-its-kind “network-enabled” cloud service that uses private networks rather than the public Internet. The widgetry combines AT&T’s virtual ...
Calxeda, the Texas start-up pioneering the use of ARM cellphone chips in scalable low-power servers, has closed a $55 million round, bringing total investment to around $100 million. It calls the investment, led by Austin Ventures and Vulcan Capital, the VC arm of Microsoft co-founde...
Workday, the cloud-based human capital and payroll management house expected to IPO this week, has boosted the price of its shares from $21-$24 to $24-$26 apiece, suggesting that there’s investor appetite for the stock although the company isn’t making money yet. It means to float 22...
Cisco has terminated its long-standing and strategic reseller and licensing arrangement with Chinese telecommunication equipment maker ZTE because an internal investigation found ZTE has been passing banned Cisco networking gear to Iran, according to a Reuter’s exclusive Monday morning...
A pack of Wall Street analysts led by UBS’ Steve Milunovich, having little or no faith in Meg Whitman’s Mao-like five-year turnaround plan, has begun saying that HP has no alternative but to split into an enterprise company and a PC company. HP abandoned the notion after it fired...
Troubled Progress Software said Monday that it’s losing its CEO Jay Bhatt, who’s only been there 10 months after being hired from Autodesk. Bhatt says he’s gotten a better offer to be the CEO of a privately held company in another segment of the software industry that’s “the fulfi...
Chatterboxes in the Apple supply chain have got the rumor mongering US press, including the Wall Street Journal, reporting that Apple has placed orders for more than 10 million 7.85-inch iPad minis to be delivered in Q4. Apple of course hasn’t acknowledged the existence of such a din...
Red Hat is looking for a new name for the open source JBoss Application Server, a k a JBossAS, because the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform has gotten bigger than just Java. So it’s staging a community election to rechristen the widgetry with a name that reflects polyglot program...
Intel continues to churn out reference platforms for what it calls personal clouds, Atom-based storage used by SMBs to manage the dramatic growth of critical files, e-mail and media and consumers for their music, movies, photos, e-books and videos. Besides local and remote access, th...
Android will be getting competition from an open source operating system that’s coming to market backed by a Hong Kong-based ecosystem alliance of still unnamed chipset vendors, OEM and ODM manufacturers, operators and retailers willing to pour €200 million into it and that, folks, is ...
RPost has settled its separate patent infringement suits against both Swiss Post and Canada Post after court-ordered mediation. RPost said in a terse statement that the settlement terms are “consistent with our intent to vigorously protect our intellectual property everywhere.” ...
Oracle has formally advised Judge William Alsup that it intends to appeal the verdict in its patent and copyright suit against Google and Android. Judge Alsup, you’ll remember, decided Oracle’s Java APIs weren’t copyrightable, an issue it’s got to prevail on in its appeal. Whether ...
Cisco has bought start-up vCider for its expertise in developing virtual network overlay technology for secure data center infrastructure. The price wasn’t disclosed. GigaOm rates it as a counter to VMware buying Nicira, which, it says, “has strained the once close partnership between...
Somebody oughta buy Facebook one of these. SOASTA, a big cheese in cloud and mobile testing, has come out with mPulse. It’s supposed to be the first and only Real User Measurement (RUM) data analysis solution to deliver real-time information based on actual mobile user behavior. Na...
Larry Ellison, who spent $50 billion more or less on acquisitions in the last 10 years, is swearing off making any big acquisitions to add to Oracle for a couple of years to focus instead on growing the company organically in an attempt to dominate the cloud, a technology he used to ca...
IBM will be adding another one of its Oracle Exa-like converged PureSystems in a webcast from Boston on October 9. AllThingsD broke the news in a piece that has mysteriously disappeared from the Wall Street Journal’s site. It said the thing – which IBM is advertising as an integrat...
Press reports claim Apple is going to announce its unconfirmed iPad mini tablet on Wednesday, October 17 and a major Apple investor told Fortune that he heard from multiple sources that Apple will send out invitations on October 10. The mini is supposed to have a 7.85-inch screen com...
Rackspace has unveiled a new global open cloud initiative, dubbed the Rackspace Training for OpenStack, to train and certify an “army of thousands of technicians, engineers and developers” on the fundamentals of OpenStack, the open source cloud platform it put in play. Rackspace, the...
There was no good news coming out of HP’s meeting with Wall Street analysts Wednesday – at least no good news in anything resembling real- time – as indicated by its stock price. It’s been beaten up for the last two years – ever since the board lost Mark Hurd to Oracle – and Wedn...
AMD said Monday that it’s going to contribute to the Sumatra OpenJDK Project, which is focused on bringing heterogeneous computing capabilities to Java for server and cloud environments. Sumatra will explore how the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), as well as the Java language and APIs, m...
Late Monday Judge Lucy Koh lifted the temporary injunction she ordered in June forbidding Samsung to sell its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the United States. She said the jury that decided Samsung should pay Apple $1.05 billion for infringing its patents didn’t find that it infringed the Apple...
EMC has named John Roese, nicked from Huawei, as CTO. He replaces Jeff Nick, who has moved over in a similar capacity working with chief strategist Paul Maritz, the former CEO of VMware, who’s got a mystery job at VMware’s parent company EMC. Maritz is said to be focused on Big Data ...
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, a late convert to the cloud, formally announced the coming of an Oracle Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud to compete primarily with Amazon Web Services. The announcement was made during his keynote Sunday at Oracle OpenWorld. Larry, being Larry, and t...
How’s this for turnabout. Lenovo, the now $30 billion Chinese company that bought IBM’s PC operation in 2005 as a path to global glory and is now threatening to replace HP as the world’s largest PC vendor, is going to start making PCs in North Carolina next year after the production ...
In an odd, unexpected, unusual, and perhaps Byzantine move, Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility has dropped its second ITC complaint against Apple. It was filed in August right before a California jury found Samsung guilty of infringing and awarded Apple $1.05 billion. In the compla...
The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Friday sent the temporary injunction on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 back to the district court that issued it for reconsideration. The jury that awarded Apple over a billion dollars in damages for infringement didn’t find that Samsung infringed th...
Workday, the cloud-based HR start-up co-founded by ex-PeopleSoft executives David Duffield and Aneel Bhusri, who vamoosed after Oracle acquired PeopleSoft in a hostile takeover in 2005, is set to go public next Friday. It means to sell 22.75 million Class A shares for between $21 and...
BMC Software has hired Bank of America Merrill Lynch to find somebody to buy it, according to the Wall Street Journal reports. The bankers are reportedly going after software companies and private equity firm to gauge their interest in buying all or part of BMC.
Because Apple only managed to sell a record five million iPhone 5s over the weekend – not as many as Wall Street bulls thought – and admittedly can’t keep up with demand, it’s perceived as having component issues blamed on its new thinner, lighter, bigger in-cell touch screen, which co...