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The company said Thursday morning that the board had unanimously picked Intel COO Brian Krzanich to replace Otellini, who in a surprise move decided to step down early a few months ago apparently with the taste of failure in his mouth given the market’s rejection of the desktop and Int...
Predictive analysis start-up Skytree, which touts itself as “the machine learning company,” has raised a handsome, reportedly oversubscribed $18 million A round from US Venture Partners (USVP) and a so-called investor syndicate that include UPS, the giant delivery company, and Scott Mc...
Big Data projects are notoriously difficult to back up because data volumes change so quickly and unpredictably. So 10gen, the open source MongoDB commercializer, put out in limited release Tuesday what it calls a “critical new tool” that’s supposed to let companies of all sizes ...
Bain Capital and Golden Gate Capital are the leading contenders to buy BMC Software for more than $6.5 billion, according to Reuters, which says they made a binding offer on April 22. The price the pair offered was more than that of a rival consortium consisting of KKR, TPG Capital an...
Apple has started borrowing money to underwrite the three-year $60 billion share buy-back program it promised stockholders last week. The company is also going to pay out $55 billion in dividends through 2015. It’s issued floating-rate notes maturing in 2016 and 2018 and fixed-rate ...
MapR Technologies, the Hadoop house, Wednesday released M7, a Big Data platform that’s supposed to remove the usual trade-offs involved in deploying a NoSQL database on Hadoop. The widgetry packages Hadoop with HBase, the open source NoSQL database modeled after Google’s BigTable...
Bain Capital-backed Stackdriver, a public cloud monitoring start-up, pushed its widgetry out into public beta Tuesday. The SaaS stuff currently works on Amazon Web Services and the Rackspace Cloud. The year-old company says it’s got close to 100 AWS customers using its eponymous St...
Verizon Wireless is going into the cloud storage business for tablets and smartphones up against the likes of Dropbox. It ultimately expects to let customers transfer information between operating systems. The Verizon Cloud will roll out the service soon, starting with Android and ...
Infor, the software company where former Larry Ellison lieutenant Chuck Phillips went after he was bounced out of Oracle to make room for ex-HP CEO Mark Hurd, is working on a Big Data initiative called Sky Vault that will leverage its own ION Business Vault and Amazon’s Redshift gussie...
In the last 12 months annual revenues for Azure have topped a billion dollars according to Curt Anderson, CFO of Microsoft’s Server and Tools unit where Azure is housed. It’s the first time the Microsoft cloud has hit this storied height and suddenly people are talking about it b...
Eucalyptus Systems, Amazon’s private cloud partner, was expected to announce a new 3.3 release of its open source cloud platform Monday that promises its greatest compatibility with AWS yet. Its new capabilities are also supposed to make Eucalyptus the solution for developing and...
In a discrete low-key press release API house Apigee said Thursday that it’s getting backing from the CIA’s strategic venture arm In-Q-Tel (IQT) to enhance its widgetry to support the US intelligence community. No number was mentioned. Apigee has already raised $72.1 million in fiv...
There suddenly seems to be a run on API management start-ups. First Intel acquired Mashery. Then CA bought Level 7. Now six-year-old 3scale of Barcelona and San Francisco has gotten $4.2 million in funding from Javelin Venture Partners and Costanoa Venture Capital. The round is meant...
Relational databases are notoriously ornery and resistant to being distributed across the cloud and the global cloud’s multiple data centers, multiple regions in multiple countries stocked by multiple service providers – and that includes that popular favorite MySQL, used by some of th...
A panel of the six commissioners at the International Trace Commission Monday tossed out a Motorola claim that Apple’s iPhone 4 was in patent violation, foiling its attempt to get the widget banned in America. Motorola and its parent Google can appeal to the Federal Circuit and Googl...
Don’t expect Google Glass to be out anytime soon. Google’s globe-trotting chairman Eric Schmidt told the BBC that “It’s fair to say that thousands of these will be in use by developers over the next months, and then based on their feedback we will make some product changes, and it’s ...
A US federal court has cut the legs out from under Google’s ambitions to harry companies like Microsoft and Apple that need its standards-essential patents (SEPs) to function while it makes a packet off those self-same patents bought for $12.5 billion – its stated purpose in buying ...
In the most anticipated quarterly report in recent memory, Apple – which a few brief months ago was the largest company in the world before its record stock price collapsed – indicated Tuesday that its growth has tempered and its margins have been crimped. It made $9.5 billion, or $1...
ParAccel, the MPP analytics database outfit whose technology is under Amazon’s cloud-based Redshift data warehouse service, has been bought by what used to be Ingres and since 2011 has been Actian. What ParAccel went for hasn’t been disclosed but it was probably a goodly sum. The c...
Google’s proposal to the European Commission to resolve the long-standing antitrust charges against its vertical search activities involves labeling or setting off its own services to distinguish them from rival specialized search engines and showing links “to three rival specialized s...
Flash house Fusion-io has bought NexGen Storage, a developer of software- defined hybrid storage appliances based on Fusion ioMemory. It paid around $114 million in cash and approximately $5 million in stock. It also assumed all unvested NexGen employee equity awards. The 50-ma...
Microsoft announced Tuesday that ZTE, one of the world’s biggest handset producers, had come to terms and signed a worldwide patent license agreement that will see Microsoft paid a royalty on all of the phones, tablets, computers and other devices the Chinese company makes that run Goo...
Last week Intel said it was buying Mashery, the multi-tenant SaaS API manager, for a reported $180 million. On Monday CA Technologies said it was buying Mashery rival Layer 7 Technologies on undisclosed terms thought to be in the same neighborhood as Intel’s spend. CA figures Layer...
IBM said Monday that it’s bought UrbanCode, a Cleveland concern that automates software delivery and is good at releasing and updating mobile, social, Big Data and cloud applications. Terms were not disclosed. Its technology is supposed to reduce the cycle time it takes to get updates...
The JBoss Application Server project has been succeeded by widgetry called WildFly described as both a brand refresh and a renewal of Red Hat’s determination to drive the next generation of application server technologies. The name was chosen by members of the open source community o...
Sometimes activist hedge fund ValueAct Capital Management LLP has up and plopped something like $1.9 billion into Microsoft’s stock with the expectation that it will amass more on the theory that the company is fundamentally undervalued.
The data center and telecom networks that clouds depend on for new revenue-generating services cost more than they bring in according to Intel. So the chipmaker is throwing its considerable weight behind Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), whi...
Big Data start-ups are like ants at a church picnic. They’re everywhere and they’re getting fed. Guavus, which is focused on tier-one communications service providers and has kept a low profile for the past seven years, has just raised another $9 million, which makes a whopping $87 m...
Microsoft shrugged off the precipitous downturn in PC sales and the diffident reception given Windows 8 Thursday when it posted record fiscal Q3 results. It returned 72 cents a share, up 19%, on revenues of $20.49 billion, up 18%, beating expectations of 68 cents, but coming up light...
Asian suppliers told the Wall Street Journal that Microsoft has been sampling components including a 1.5-inch display for a potential touch-enabled smartwatch that would compete with a purported watch from Apple and others coming from Google and Samsung as well as the Martian Passport ...
Embarcadero Technologies claims to have created the first real native multi- platform IDE – modeled on its FireMonkey widgetry – that a team can use to build apps that are processor-optimized for PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones from a single code base on a single schedule to get ...
IBM reportedly wants to dump its x86 server business and, according to CRN, Lenovo, the Chinese company that bought its PC operation in 2004 and now wants to grow its server interests, is likely to buy it since it’s the only company in active acquisition negotiations. Big Blue will s...
At the OpenStack Summit this week NetApp submitted a prototype and proposal for consideration by the OpenStack Foundation Technical Committee and the unity at-large for file share service capabilities. OpenStack doesn’t have native management support for file-based storage systems so...
Sometime this quarter Intel expects to close on its just revealed intended purchase of Mashery, a seven-year-old multi-tenant SaaS start-up that manages API technology – APIs being the lingua franca of the Internet. Intel already has its own Expressway API Manager. Terms were not d...
VMware and Linux house Canonical are collaborating so users can deploy VMware widgetry such as vSphere and Nicira Network Virtualization Platform (NVP) with Canonical’s OpenStack distribution. The Canonical distribution is called the Ubuntu Cloud Infrastructure and it’s supposed to be...
Space Monkey's beta started Wednesday. It's taking pre-orders for its P2P device on Kickstarter, where it's looking to raise money for the project. A pledge of $99 will fetch the widget, 1TB of space and a year's subscription. A pledge of $199 buys 2TB for a year. The number of devi...
Foxconn’s parent company Hon Hai, the world’s largest contract manufacturer, is going to pay Microsoft royalties on all the Android and Chrome widgets it makes including smartphones, tablets and televisions under the broad worldwide patent licensing agreement they’ve just cut. Hon Ha...
Windows Azure got into the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) business Tuesday when a hungry Microsoft took on Amazon Web Services, vowing to match its pricing on “commodity services” such as compute, storage and bandwidth despite Amazon’s habitual price cutting. To start, Microsoft ...
Riverbed CEO and co-founder Jerry Kennelly has joined the board of the up-and-coming Nimble Storage, which has designed a hybrid storage architecture that integrates Flash and high-capacity drives and promises as much as 10x faster application performance at a reduced TCO. Nimble CEO...
Despite what the Wall Street Journal says PCs have not quite reached “typewriter-level numbers.” That being said Intel, which supplies the bulk of PC chips, still saw its first- quarter profits plunge 25% year-over-year to $2.05 billion, or 40 cents a share, down from $2.74 billi...