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Dell’s board has again asked billionaire Carl Icahn and his buddy Southeastern Asset Management for more information about their proposal to take over the company. Icahn asked Dell for more information after Dell posted its quarterly results last week and Dell flatly said “no.” It...
Amazon has bought Samsung’s mobile display operation Liquavista NV in Holland on undisclosed terms. Bloomberg previously said Samsung was looking for less than $100 million for the place. It’s believed to be for Amazon’s e-readers but it is also reportedly developing a couple of smartp...
Splunk, the real-time operational intelligence platform, and Cloudera, the Apache Hadoop player, have fashioned a strategic alliance to deliver Big Data analytics across the enterprise. Splunk Enterprise can integrate with Cloudera’s Enterprise Hadoop distribution using Splunk’s Had...
Apptio, which knows how to gauge the total cost of IT services, has gotten a mighty $45 million E round that it means to invest in its platform and its international expansion, immediately in Western Europe. Counting the new money the company has now seen $136 million in funding sinc...
A week after it confirmed the existence of the thing, Microsoft Tuesday disclosed a few more tidbits about its Windows 8 upgrade, codenamed Blue. The widgetry’s gonna be called Windows 8.1, as suspected, and it’s gonna be free for existing Windows 8 and RT customers. A preview wi...
Poor benighted AMD has new servers based on what it calls its Open 3.0 specification that are part of the open source Open Compute Project put in train by Facebook to deliver premium workload performance equal to competing proprietary OEM servers at half the cost. In comparison to b...
A computer exists that’s been able to solve complex problems set for it by Google and NASA 11,000 times faster than any traditional supercomputer. And those were the simple problems. On harder problems, it was 33,000 times faster and on the really hard problems it was reportedly 50,...
Activist shareholder Elliott Management, the hedge fund that pushed Novell and BMC into selling out and has Compuware on its list, is muscling in on NetApp. According to Bloomberg it has taken a “significant” position still under 5% in the data storage h...
Google’s Compute Engine, its interpretation of Amazon Web Services’ EC2, is here, 11 months after it was announced and a little late to the party with Amazon. It’s now available for anybody who’s interested, not just the chosen few. To differentiate itself from AWS, Google’s widg...
SAP, the third-largest software company in the world after Microsoft and Oracle, says it’s moving all data into main memory and all systems to the cloud. The company’s newly announced HANA Cloud Platform is going to be the foundation of its whole cloud po...
Twitter has bought a little four-man Palo Alto start-up called Ubalo that was started in early 2011 “to make large-scale computing easier and more accessible to a technical audience” according to its web site. The object was to scale coding on multiple machines using the same widgetr...
@Walmart Labs, the Silicon Valley-based technology arm of Wal-Mart global e-commerce, has bought OneOps, which automates and accelerates processes related to environment management, application deployment and data center operations monitoring. It’s supposed to have re-imagined applic...
Google’s stock topped $900 a share Wednesday ahead of the opening of its annual I/O developers’ conference in San Francisco, raising its market value to over $304 billion, something no high-tech firm has ever done before. There’s the inevitable talk of it hitting $1,000. Apparently ...
Boston-based Cloudant and its NoSQL distributed Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS), which have gone to the VC trough four times since the company was started in 2008, have gotten what appears to be their first real money to grow on: a $12 million B round led by Devonshire Investors, the pri...
Dell Tuesday moved up its fiscal Q1 earnings call up five days to this Thursday May 16 at 4:45 p.m. ET. It didn’t say why it changed the schedule. CNBC’s David Faber, who was first out with the news, said he heard Dell is going to come with earnings below consensus and that the miss ...
The money boys have carved off a $20 million slice for Atlantis Computing’s D round. That makes $35 million altogether. The round was led by new backer Adams Street Partners with existing investors Cisco, El Dorado Ventures and Partech International kicking ...
Calxeda, the ARM-making low-power microserver hopeful, has gotten some traction with Fedora, Red Hat’s open source Linux sandbox where technologies pregnant with possibility are developed and tested ostensibly by an army of community volunteers.
Box, the cloud storage start-up getting close to going public, has acquired Crocodoc and its HTML5 document rendering and viewing solution. The widgetry works on PDF, Word and other files without Flash or plug-ins. The transformed files can’t be edited. Box said Crocodoc’s technolo...
SOASTA has beefed up its CloudTest platform with the new Spring Release. Production loads of mobile and web apps can now be tested on over 750,000 cloud-based load servers worldwide simulating hundreds of thousands of users. It was already su...
Informatica has extended its SAP integration with the Summer Release of its cloud-based integration and data management Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions powered by its integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS). The SAP connectivity comes compliments of Inf...
If Carl Icahn wants to buy out Dell he’s going to have to cough up some specific plans for the board’s special committee handling the company’s attempt to go private, a strategy Icahn deems akin to “grand theft.” Rather than take Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners’ $13.65 a share,...
Microsoft wants to buy Nook Media LLC, the Barnes & Noble’s digital and college books joint venture, for a billion dollars according to TechCrunch, which says it’s got internal documents to prove it. With Windows 8 in mind Microsoft bought 16.8% of the operation last year for $300 mi...
CloudVolumes started out a couple of years ago as SnapVolumes and shed its stealth cocoon in November when it announced $2.3 million in seed financing and began beta testing its enterprise-class Instant Workload Management (IWM) solution to what IDC has dubbed the “virtualization manag...
Roughly six months after Windows 8 came out at the end of October, Microsoft Tuesday confirmed reports that it’s been tinkering with the operating system to make it more popular. The radical redesign is supposed to have confused the buying public and created enough of a learning curv...
Activist shareholder Carl Icahn and another of Dell’s large shareholders, Southeastern Asset Management, have come up with a new alternative proposal to Michael Dell’s $24.4 billion buy-out offer to take the company private. The pair sent the special committee of Dell’s board another...
MadeiraCloud, a San Francisco cloud management and visualization start-up, has raised a $1.5 million Series A round from Sequoia Capital’s China Fund that will help get its WYSIWYG SaaS widgetry to launch, a milestone it hopes to hit by the end of the year. Madeira, which is focused ...
Clustrix, the start-up with the NewSQL database that’s supposed to have no size limits, has raised a $16.5 million C round to build out distribution for the scale-out cloud database and push it into real-time analytics, e-commerce and web-scale applications. Counting the new money th...
Fusion-io’s two co-founders, CEO David Flynn and chief marketing officer Rick White, up and quit Wednesday sending the company’s stock into a nosedive, down better than 26% to $13.29 at noon, a record low. They are off to turn early-stage investors. Fusion board member, Shane Robin...
NetSuite, the cloud-based ERM house majority-owned by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, has agreed to buy OrderMotion, a cloud-based Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) order management company. Financial terms were not disclosed. OrderMotion, which has been around for a long time, has gotten over $10 m...
Intel security unit McAfee, the semiconductor’s largest acquisition ever, is buying Stonesoft Oyi, a Finnish company founded in 1990 that’s got next-generation network firewalls. It’s paying $389 million cash. That’s a 128% premium to the outfit’s closing price on May 3 or $5.90 (€4....
BMC Software is getting sold to a group of private equity investors led by Bain Capital and Golden Gate Capital for roughly $6.9 billion or $46.24 a share, a higher price than the $6.5 billion expected. The buyers also include Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC Special Investments...
After conceding the first round or two to ARM and its disciples, Intel is going to take another crack at the all-important mobile market hoping to regain its unquestioned hegemony. This is supposed to be it – big guns blazing and all. This new attempt at performance-per-watt mastery i...
Dell – while it’s trying to go private – is apparently also going full-tilt at this cloud thing trying to diversify out of PCs because it’s just bought a respected infrastructure management start-up called Enstratius. Born Enstratus Networks, Enstratius has a platform that’s supposed ...
A year after opening a formal investigation into how Motorola Mobility enforces its patents, the antitrust arm of the European Commission has sent the company an SO or statement of objections saying it’s misusing the standard-essential patents (SEPs) it’s got on mobile phones. The mis...
Adobe Monday became the first major software house to dump traditional shrinkwrapped software for cloud subscriptions. Others like Microsoft have a foot in both camps. Adobe says it’s going 100% cloud. The announcement was made at the Adobe MAX conference,
SoftLayer, which is said to be the largest privately held Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider in the world and with 13 data centers and multiple global points of presence is neither Google or Amazon nor some two-bit start-up – has tied up with Basho – which we always thought was named...
AWS has launched a new certification program like Microsoft’s, Novell’s and VMware’s. There will be courses available through AWS Training and certification will involve an independently verified test on AWS best practices and the applicant’s proficiency in designing, building, deplo...
Sometimes clouds are just ground fog. After more than two years of promising the imminent arrival of Volly, Pitney Bowes – the Fortune 500 that back when there were such things as letters had a vise-like monopoly grip on postage meters – has failed to materialize the cloud that was su...
Apple shipped 19.5 million iPads (classic and mini), up 65.3%, and it now has roughly 40% of the tablet business. Its numbers have been trending down and are expected to continue to decline. Samsung was second up nearly 18% after shipping 8.8 million units. Asus was third with 2.7 ...
The supposed talks between IBM and Lenovo over the Chinese company buying IBM’s x86 server unit have reportedly broken down over price, which should come as a surprise to no one. Wong Wai Ming Lenovo’s CFO and chief negotiator reportedly left Armonk, got on a plane and went back to H...