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Egnyte, the file-sharing, file-storage, not to mention backup hybrid cloud for business, is integrating with third-party public cloud storage starting with the ever-popular – and increasingly cheap – Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, Microsoft Azure and NetApp StorageGrid so its EgnyteP...
Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said on its web site Tuesday that it’s decided to open a criminal investigation into the allegations made by Hewlett-Packard about the circumstances surrounding the sale of Autonomy to HP in 2011. But first it’s got to figure out if it’s in conflict...
IDC has been watching the growing popularity of the smaller, lower-priced tablets. It found that one in two tablets that shipped this quarter had a screen measuring less than eight inches. It figures this strong trend is going to continue – strongly enough, in fact, for it to tickle ...
Reportedly prodded by IBM, Dell has moved to try to eclipse a hush-hush Cisco attempt to ride roughshod over software-defined networking (SDN) and rally the industry behind a proprietary Cisco standard in a consortium code-named Daylight. News of the counter-insurgency is reportedly ...
Activist investor Carl Icahn, who was found last week to have accumulated 6% of Dell and is threatening to upset Michael Dell’s plans to take the company private, has signed a confidentiality pact with the company that will let him look at its books. The Blackstone Group has a simila...
Israel’s Nipendo, a B2B trading partners’ cloud that its author fancies is a disruptive social business network, has gotten an $8 million B round led by Horizon Ventures. The investment should let the start-up move to the US and expand into America. It has already moved its headq...
Aryaka has picked up a showcase account. This one isn’t shy like so many others. It’s willing to talk about it. It’s the $250 million-a-year Calypso Technology, which provides financial institutions and corporate treasuries with an integrated trading, risk and processing platform...
Google’s unprofitable and problematic Motorola Mobility subsidiary is going to can another 10% of its workforce or roughly 1,200 people after laying off 20% or 4,000 people last summer.
After fining Microsoft $733 million for unintentionally flouting an antitrust settlement with regulators, the European Commission took some of the blame. Antitrust czar Joaquín Almunia said the EU had been “naïve” to let Microsoft monitor its own adherence to the 2009 deal that let i...
Opposition to Dell’s notion of going private on the cheap to the advantage of Dell CEO Michael Dell had its board defending its bow to the idea. The board said Wednesday that independent directors had reviewed several alternatives over a five-month period including breaking up the co...
VMware’s top management vented at Amazon last week during the company’s annual Partner Exchange conference in Las Vegas, telling the audience that they’re all doomed if the corporate world moves to Amazon’s infrastructure. “We want to own the corporate workload,” CEO Pat Gelsinger sa...
Reports have resurfaced of Google starting a same-day delivery service in San Francisco called Google Shopping Express for local shops to rival Amazon’s ambitions for its Prime business. Couriers will evidently pick up the parcels. TechCrunch claims the service will cost somewhere ...
VMware has dumped its free-standing SlideRocket SaaS collaboration widgetry into the lap of four-year-old San Francisco-based ClearSlide whose cloud-based PowerPoint technology services enterprise salespeople wanting to engage with customers. The data it collects is supposed to show ...
Toshiba, the big NAND Flash memory chip maker, and Violin Memory, a maker of arrays using those chips, started cuddling deeper under the bedclothes Monday because of an expanded strategic alliance that’s supposed to give Violin full visibility and control of the supply chain, manufactu...
Pertino, the start-up that figures its software-defined WANs can reinvent cloud-era networking for the masses, has raised $20 million in B series funding led by new investor Jafco Ventures with existing investors Norwest Venture Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners kicking in. Th...
Boston Limited, which – don’t be fooled – is in England – is peddling the world’s first commercially available ARM-as-a-Service (AaaS), a cloud service offering engineers remote access to preconfigured systems so they can move their server apps – specifically x86 server apps – to ARM. ...
Carl Icahn, the famous “gangsta”-style activist investor, has stepped into the middle of Dell’s $24.4 billion leveraged buy-out, threatening “years of litigation” if he doesn’t get his way. He has apparently amassed a 6% position in Dell, making him the company’s second-largest outsi...
Google and its subsidiary Motorola Mobility may have to break down and start paying Microsoft royalties on the IP Redmond claims is in Android like the rest of the Android ecosystem. That is if they want to keep Google Maps alive in Germany. FOSS Patents reported Thursday that the ...
A brand new Red Hat spin-off wants to support servers whether they’re physical or virtual, on-premise or in the cloud. It’s called AnsibleWorks and the open source automation software it’s promoting is called Ansible. The Ansible open source project was run up last year by one of t...
The European Commission Wednesday levied a fine of €561 million ($733 million) on Microsoft for failing to keep its legally binding 2009 promise to offer European Windows users a choice of rival browsers. Microsoft claimed an accidental technical glitch prevented the new Windows 7 Se...
Sharp, the big Apple supplier fighting for its life, is going to sell a roughly 3% position in itself to Samsung, which is an even bigger Apple supplier and one of Sharp’s biggest rivals. The price is reportedly about a cheap $112 million, below market value. Sharp is trying to cla...
Former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch and former Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain have hired criminal defense attorneys. Bloomberg said Lynch is using Reid Weingarten and Hussain has retained John Keker. HP said in December that the Justice Department is investigating its claims of being roo...
Big Blue put its back into OpenStack Monday at its Pulse conference in Las Vegas, almost a year after lending its name to the open source cloud platform started by Rackspace and NASA – which has abandoned it. It announced that “its cloud services and software will be based on an open...
The Red Chinese government doesn’t much care for the pervasiveness of Android-based smartphones in the country or the dependence of local R&D on Android and, according to a white paper put out by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, “While the Android system is open...
A US district court judge Friday slashed the $1.05 billion award granted Apple last August by a jury that found Apple’s great nemesis Samsung copied Apple’s mobile widgetry. Apple’s stock thereupon fell. The court has ordered a new trial to decide exactly what Apple should get. Dist...
Riverbed Technology, the application performance outfit, has some new solutions developed in collaboration with its buddy VMware that are supposed to provide a reliable and consistent desktop virtualization end-user experience in organizations that deploy VMware’s Horizon View 5.2. T...
The worldwide public cloud market is projected to grow 18.5% this year to $131 billion, up from $111 billion last year, according to Gartner. That number includes a 47.3% jump in Infrastructure-as-a-Service to $9 billion. IaaS was up 42.4% to $6.1 billion last year. Gartner expects...
PayPal co-founder and former CTO Max Levchin has started a rival service called Affirm focused on mobile payments that’s supposed to make check-outs from mobile devices faster and easier. He’s whittled the process down to two taps rather than having the user struggle to input informa...
Intel has gone into the open source Apache Hadoop business with its own distribution, which it calls the Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop or simply the Intel Distribution. Its reason for joining the Hadoop push is to sell more high-end Xeon server chips into scalable Hadoop clust...
SolidFire, the company that makes all-Flash solid-state storage for the cloud, figures the shared multi-tenant cloud is basically ripping users off. It’s because of the so-called “Noisy Neighbor” phenomenon. Since the public cloud lets in just anybody with the price of admission...
A Texas district court Wednesday upheld a jury verdict arrived at in November awarding Internet security firm VirnetX more than $368.2 million after it found Apple and its FaceTime video chat service infringed four virtual private networking patents designed to establish a secure conne...
Rackspace has bought ObjectRocket, a year-old MongoDB Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) start-up. ObjectRocket’s open source MongoDB solution is supposed to broaden the Rackspace OpenStack cloud platform and expand Rackspace’s ability to help customers run Big Data in the cloud. The ac...
Hortonworks said Tuesday that it’s put Apache Hadoop on Windows with its new enterprise-grade, production-tested Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) for Windows. The 100% open source widgetry is the first and only Apache Hadoop distribution for both Windows and Linux. There’s an identica...
Nexenta Systems, the self-proclaimed leader in software-defined storage with a decent enough following to support its claim, has raised another $24 million in D series financing, making its total haul from venture capital $59 million. The new investment was led by new investor Four R...
Rackspace has slashed the price of its cloud bandwidth and content delivery network (CDN) services by 33%. It’s also implementing tiered pricing for its OpenStack products, starting with Cloud Files, its object storage service. Most of the new pricing will kick in over the next few w...
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Wednesday gave the world another lesson in how to spend like a billionaire. He announced that he’s bought Island Air, the airline that makes hops between the Hawaiian Islands, to go with his purchase last year of almost all of Lanai, the resort island off Maui,...
HP’s chairman, former Oracle president Ray Lane, apparently sweet-talked his way out from under a shareholder threat to see him deposed. Lane and three other HP directors met for two hours Monday with a few large, frustrated shareholders led by activist investor CtW Investment Group,...
Baidu, which is often called the Google of China, has apparently won the race to become the first company to deploy servers based on ARM smartphone chips in a “large-scale” production environment in its data center. It’s using a custom version of Marvell’s low-power 32-bit quad-core ...
Like Samsung, LG, HTC, Acer and Barnes & Noble before it, Nikon has signed up to pay Microsoft royalties for certain of its cameras running Android. The deal gives Nikon broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio. Microsoft said the agreement “demonstrates the value that bot...
Since PC chips aren’t selling they way they used to Intel has had this notion of making other people’s chips to fill its huge capacity and now it’s agreed to make field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), chips used in phone network equipment, for Altera on a future 14nm TriGate tra...