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The European Commission said Thursday that it’s going to take Microsoft to the woodshed and formally charge it with breaching a 2009 agreement to offer European users of Windows a mess of alternative browsers, a deal struck to settle a brewing antitrust case. Microsoft admitted the o...
The European Commission thinks the European bloc has been slow to adopt cloud computing in part because of security fears over data loss and privacy, particularly in view of America’s Patriot Act. So it’s proposing to get involved in standards setting, contract condiitions and SLA t...
Intel trotted out its first Clover Trail Atom chip Thursday hoping to throw dust in ARM’s eyes. Its message was that it’s finally a contender in the mobile space and when Windows 8 finally dawns next month it’ll be there in tablets that, unlike the iPad and Android – which are steali...
Amazon and Salesforce are getting so popular they’ve started infiltrating top accounts that have historically belonged to IBM. Amazon’s new partnership with the Nasdaq announced the other day is a good for instance. So IBM has decided to fight fire with fire by going after the mid-s...
Apple filed papers with the Federal Circuit Tuesday to head off Samsung’s request for the appeals court tell District Court Judge Lucy Koh to lift the injunction on its Galaxy Tab 10.1. Samsung’s trying to get the remand ahead of Judge Koh overruling the jury and finding that Samsung...
Java players Azul and CumuLogic have teamed up to create what they say is the first integrated, truly elastic PaaS-enablement platform by combining CumuLogic’s Java-based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) with Azul’s memory-elastic Zing runtime (i.e., Java Virtual Machine). The move is su...
Usually start-ups hit the radar with their 1.0 flagship release. RackWare, founded in 2009, waited for the 2.0 release of its Management Module (RMM) on Tuesday. It’s apparently been too busy helping IT teams at Macy’s, Citi, Reuters, Amazon and SunGard take full advantage of their c...
After Bloomberg reported that Intel CEO Paul Otellini bad-mouthed the state of the soon-to-be-released Windows 8 operating system to his people, Microsoft must have had a word or two with its long-time buddy and Intel eventually got around to issuing a statement that doesn’t even rise ...
Terracotta would love to stick its knee in the groin of the relational database and figures its new BigMemory Go, a free version of its BigMemory in-memory caching widgetry for Java apps, will put it in easy striking distance by expanding its installed base. It’s counting on users no...
Yahoo Tuesday said Ken Goldman, the CFO of Fortinet, will replace Tim Morse as CFO when Morse leaves the company in the next little while. Morse was briefly interim CEO before Yahoo hired short-lived Scott Thompson from PayPal for the job. Before Fortinet Goldman was CFO at Siebel....
Google appears to be perfectly happy to let Apple dangle in the wind and not rush to take advantage of complaints about its newfangled maps program by putting an iOS 6-compatible Google Maps application on the market. The Verge, however, claims Google was blindsided when Apple unilat...
Windows 8, which is supposed to be released in a month, isn’t ready, Intel CEO Paul Otellini told employees in Taiwan according to Bloomberg, which talked to somebody who was there. Intel, of course, is depending on the new operating system to tickle PC sales. Otellini, however, re...
Nasdaq OMX has gone to Amazon for a new service called FinQloud, where US financial services clients can store the data needed to meet increasingly granular SEC regs or analyze trade data. FinQloud will host a patent-pending regulatory data retention product called Regulatory Records...
If Cisco CEO John Chambers, 63, steps in front of streetcar, COO Gary Moore, also 63, would take over as CEO, Chambers told Bloomberg during a drop-by at Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York Tuesday. Chambers’ plan is to remain CEO for the next two-four years – which at the outsi...
Ginny Rometty, who took over from Sam Palmisano as president and CEO of IBM back the first of the year, will add the title of chairman when Sam steps down from the board on October 1. He will stick around as senior advisor until he retires on December 1. Palmisano became CEO in 2002...
Red Hat, still feeding for the moment off the shift from Unix to Linux, fell better than 4.8% evening out at $55.90 after-hours Monday when it said its fiscal Q2 earnings were down year-on-year because of investments and acquisition-related expenses.
IBM Monday said it’s going to buy Butterfly Software, a privately held data analysis and migration software firm in Maidenhead, England. It would be nice to know what IBM is really doing with its stockpile of analytics acquisitions or if it’s just taking them off the market. It ex...
SimpliVity, the hyper-convergence start-up that came out of stealth mode a month ago right before VMWorld with a simple-to-manage software- defined Data Center-in-a-Box, has gotten a $25 million B round led by chi- chi Kleiner Perkins.
Apple put out a statement Monday morning saying it sold over five million iPhone 5s since Friday. It’s not as many as the eight or 10 million Wall Street has been talking about, which may be why the stock is down 2% pre-market. The company said the “incredible” demand for the phone “...
Oracle turned in its fiscal Q1 scorecard Thursday when the market closed and said earnings were up 11% to $2 billion (41 cents a share) on revenues down 2% to $8.2 billion. Wall Street expected $8.4 billion New software licenses and cloud software subscriptions revenues were up 5% to...
LeaseWeb, a privately held Dutch-based hosting provider, is setting up in the US with the idea of competing against Rackspace, Amazon and Softlayer. It says it’ll be cheaper. The company is one of the largest hosting providers in Europe. OCOM, its parent company, is one of the fastes...
Apple wants the judge who presided over its case against Samsung for egregious copying to tack another $707 million in damages onto the jury’s $1.05 billion verdict and really, really wants a permanent injunction on Korean products that infringe its patents, including Samsung’s new ...
OpTier, which has a handsome collection of customers with some very impressive names, quotes a Gartner guesstimate that 85% of the Fortune 500 won’t be able to exploit Big Data for competitive advantage until the other side of 2015. Hmmm, and this is 2012. “Houston, we’ve got a problem...
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer put rumors of a $199 Microsoft Surface RT tablet – that even had Apple biting its nails – to bed in an interview with the Seattle Times in which he suggested the dingus would go for “probably $300” – lower than the price of a New iPad – “to about $700 or $80...
Please, God, let this work – even if it’s not completely impenetrable, it sounds better than what we’ve got as we know from the Chinese. “It” is widgetry called vSentry from a UK start-up called Bromium that promises to put an end to malware – at least in the enterprise. Bromium is t...
In a logical extension of its cloud-pleasing subscription billing system, Zuora, the start-up near Oracle where Marc Benioff has parked some of his money, is going after the next big thing, which for it is the finance department, keeper of the corporate treasury. This week it launche...
Android took it on the chin Thursday when a German court said it infringed a Microsoft patent on a soft input panel system and method in a case against Google satellite Motorola Mobility. Microsoft has made a similar claim in the US. FOSS Patents, which reckons Google has suffered ...
SnapLogic, the enterprise cloud integration outfit that’s supposed to bestride cloud computing and Big Data, has gotten a $20 million C round led by Ignition, a new investor, as well as Triangle Peak Partners and existing backer Andreessen Horowitz. That makes $32.5 million altogethe...
control, turned over to an independent foundation charged with developing, distributing, promoting the adoption of the open source cloud platform and strengthening its ecosystem. To achieve this grand design, the OpenStack Foundation, which claims 5,600 individual members, has gotten...
Flash-based storage house Virident Systems has gotten a $26 million D round and a new CEO, Mike Gustafson, former Bluearc CEO and the exec who was previously in charge of Hitachi Data Systems’ file and content business, to fuel its growth in the storage market. HDS bought BlueArc, a ...
Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, isn’t going sell Amazon’s Kindles anymore. Reuters, which broke the story, said Wal-Mart is betting consumers want other like-minded gadgets such as iPads and Nooks, but since Amazon has the bigger Internet presence and Wal-Mart wants a piece o...
After HP proved years ago – before phones became a veritable avalanche – that it couldn’t sell the things. And after wasting $1.2+ billion buying Palm only to only to turn off its phones and shut down its tablets – not to mention whatever they’re doing with the leftovers at Gram – H...
According to the smart money at the Linley Group and AnandTech Apple developed the A6 ARM chip it’s using in the iPhone 5 – something it’s not talking about –and it’s probably having the widget made by Samsung on its 32nm process, which may account for why it’s 22% smaller and doubtles...
Lenovo, the world’s second-largest PC vendor these days and pushing into tablets and phones, has made its very first software acquisition, picking an Indiana company called Stoneware that develops cloud solutions. Lenovo has been reselling Stoneware’s widgetry for the last couple of ...
Oracle is buying SelectMinds, a New York maker of cloud-based social talent sourcing and corporate alumni management apps that are supposed to empower recruiters, hiring managers and employees to leverage social connections for higher-quality referrals. Referrals are the #1 source of...
Abiquo, the UK-based cloud platform company, has named Jim Darragh CEO, replacing Peter Malcolm who quietly disappeared in April. Darragh is supposed to grow the business aggressively and deliver shareholder value. He comes over from Riverbed Technology where he was running its Sti...
District Court Judge Lucy Koh, responsible for the Apple-Samsung trial, refused Monday evening to lift the three-month-old preliminary injunction forbidding Samsung to sell its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US. She said she didn’t have jurisdiction and bounced the issue to the Court of Appe...
Apple said Monday that iPhone 5 pre-orders topped two million units in 24 hours, which is more than double the record set by the previous iPhone 4S model. The announcement pushed Apple stock to within a hair’s breath of $700, which was where it started going when it became apparent t...
Apple pushed over $700 on the Nasdaq Monday after-hours, adding a buck and change to its closing price of $699.78. Perhaps it was analyst speculation that Apple could sell eight million iPhone 5s this weekend after the device becomes available in the stores and stick a finger in ...
Lay you odds Acer’s Aliyun-based smartphone never makes it to the Chinese market as intended. Google seems to have seen to that. Last week Acer indefinitely postponed the phone’s launch and its partner, the Chinese e-commerce maven, Alibaba, issued a statement saying Google had t...