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Google’s executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt is going to sell 3.2 million shares that he holds in the company that’s currently worth $2.5 billion over the next year to reduce the impact on the market. The move, part of a trading plan filed Friday with the SEC, will redu...
Tech Crunch got it from Extreme Tech which got it from Phoronix which got it from a source at the big FOSDEM open source conference in Brussels that Microsoft – which is reportedly planning to release Office for Android, a Linux distribution, this year – is taking a “meaningful look” a...
Southeastern Asset Management Inc., Dell’s biggest stockholder next to its founder with an 8.5% piece of the action, said Friday that it’s violently opposed to the leveraged buyout Dell’s board has agreed to. The deal would see the company knocked down for $24.4 billion, a sum tha...
A two-month-old SEC filing that’s just been unearthed by GigaOm says that Tod Nielsen will cease being co-president of VMware’s application platform unit to join his old colleague from Microsoft, EMC’s chief strategy officer Paul Maritz, who’s running the new joint VMware-EMC Big Da...
The US Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, Monday tossed Apple’s bid to fast-track its motion to ban several Android-based Samsung phones, denying it the right to argue its case before the full appeals court right away. A district court rejected Apple’s move for a permanent in...
Avanade, the global enterprise IT services company started by Accenture and Microsoft in 2000 to focus on Microsoft widgetry, has acquired the software written by a young 15-month-old SaaS operations start-up by the name of Opstera that helps manage cloud solutions, the underlying plat...
IBM is out to push its Power-based servers into Big Data and the cloud. Its problem is the cheap commodity servers sold by HP and Dell. Its answer Tuesday was to cut the price of its proprietary hardware by as much as 50%. That was the day it unveiled a line of eight Power 7+-bas...
Amazon is going to use a virtual currency it calls Amazon Coins to stimulate the development and sale of games, applications and in-app virtual goods for its Kindle Fire tablet. One Amazon Coin is worth a penny and Amazon means to shower shoppers with tens of millions of dollars in f...
Samsung Ventures has made an undisclosed strategic investment in Boston-based Cloudant and its NoSQL database managed service joining the CIA through its venture arm In-Q-Tel as another hush-hush backer of the four-year-old start-up. The move comes within hours of Samsung saying it w...
Morphlabs, a member of the OpenStack Foundation that produces integrated Infrastructure-as-a-Service platforms, has launched mCloud Osmium, a modular OpenStack-powered public cloud platform that service providers can use to implement highly scalable public clouds quickly without the us...
Come August 1, the bankrupt and deeply in debt US Postal Service means to stop delivering first-class mail on Saturdays and save a projected $2 billion a year. It will still deliver packages six days a week. While e-mail and texting killed its letter business, e-commerce has thrown...
SaaS-based application performance monitoring start-up New Relic, which has already raised $34.5 million in venture capital, has gotten a whopping $80 million in mezzanine financing to move into native mobile applications, open an office in Europe, add staff and prepare to IPO. The h...
“Microsoft has provided a $2 billion loan to the group that has proposed to take Dell private. Microsoft is committed to the long-term success of the entire PC ecosystem and invests heavily in a variety of ways to build that ecosystem for the future. “We’re in an industry that is cons...
After 25 years as a public company, the Dell board met Monday night to approve an offer to take the company private for $24.4 billion. The deal, which values Dell at $13.65 a share, was announced Tuesday morning. The stock closed at $13.27 Monday, down 2.6%. Stockholders still have...
IBM says it is buying the software portfolio of Star Analytics Inc, a privately held business analytics firm in California, on undisclosed terms. The acquisition, another in a string of Big Data and analytics acquisitions, is supposed to advance IBM’s business analytics initiatives s...
Piston Cloud Computing, the OpenStack disciple, has gotten an $8 million B round to accelerate OpenStack adoption from Cisco, Data Collective, Divergent Ventures, Hummer Winblad, Swisscom Ventures and True Ventures. The money will be used for product development. Cisco, Data Collec...
Oracle is going to buy Acme Packet, a Massachusetts networking gear player that sells secure IP video conferencing, data and voice calling to SPs and the enterprise. Acme is a company, described as a “one of Boston’s recent success stories,” as well as a rival of Cisco and Juniper, m...
Elastichosts, a British Amazon wannabe, is setting up in Silicon Valley to be near potential cloud customers like start-ups and other small to mid-sized concerns. It’s already got a data center in Los Angeles. The new San Jose site will give it redundancy. It’s also opening ne...
Dell is close to going private according to what CNBC’s David Faber said early Monday morning. Faber puts the price at $13.50-a-share, 14 bucks at most, and said it could be done by Tuesday – or even Wednesday, according to Fortune. The Wall Street Journal said the deal was still bei...
AMD’s SeaMicro SM15000 x86-based micro server has been certified for the Rackspace Private Cloud, which simplifies the management of large pools of compute, storage and networking resources using OpenStack. The so-called “Nova in a Box” and “Swift in a Rack” reference architectures a...
The Financial Times claims that Silver Lake’s buyout offer for Dell has gone to $15 a share, up from somewhere between $13 and $14.25, if a tablet-induced leveraged buyout can be put together. Barron’s thinks large stockholders are pressing for $20 and the Wall Street Journal says Mic...
The European Commission is threatening to charge companies other than Samsung with anti-competitive practices for the way they treat their standards-essential patents and use injunctions to bar rivals from using the patents rather than negotiating fair, reasonable and non-discriminator...
10gen, the outfit behind the open source MongoDB database, which has been downloaded 3.8 million times, has named its president Max Schireson CEO. Former CEO Dwight Merriman becomes chairman. Schireson has been at 10gen since 2011. He was once chief applications architect and VP fo...
Hard drives are dying and Flash is coming into its own. So, sensing an inflection point, STEC, which has a long history in Flash, figures to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the fashionably huge volumes of data of late that have to go somewhere, the increasing availabili...
Software Defined Networking (SNA) is still only a baby buzzword barely plumbed – although it may have already caused bad blood between a couple of giants in the trade – when along comes a French start-up called Lyatiss repotted to Silicon Valley and not yet out of beta that says tha...
Amazon Web Services is now hawking Amazon Elastic Transcoder, described as a highly scalable service for transcoding video files between different digital media formats that’s supposed to save users a lot of time and money by eliminating complexity. Amazon said customers can use the ...
Microsoft Tuesday released its late-to-the-party touch-enabled Office-as-a-Subscription for consumers nearly seven years after Google started flogging its “good enough” Google apps. The business version follows late next month. Of course, Microsoft dragged its feet to protect its sec...
The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) Tuesday morning released version 2.0 of its ISO-recognized Open Virtualization Format (OVF) standard that enhances the packaging format for virtual appliances. The revised standard now applies to emerging cloud use cases and includes enhan...
Research in Motion Wednesday morning changed its name to BlackBerry to put RIM’s awful failures behind it as it launches the new BlackBerry 10 smartphone it hopes will change its fortunes. The name change came at the great reveal of two brand new QNX-based phones in the Big Apple: th...
Hard drive giant Seagate Technology is investing $40 million in solid-state newcomer Virident. It’s part of a strategic deal that will immediately have Seagate selling Virident’s flash-based PCIe storage products to its OEMs and distribution network under its own brand. Seagate, wh...
DataGravity, an early-stage company whose mission is to turn Big Data into information simply, has raised a $30 million B round led by Andreessen Horowitz. Andreessen partner Peter Levine gets a seat on the board. Previous investors Charles River Ventures and General Catalyst Partner...
Apple Tuesday announced a fourth-generation iPad with 128GB of memory to grace the top of the existing line currently available with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Obviously it’s for people who need to carry around a lot of data. It will sell starting Tuesday February 5 in black or white for...
Appcelerator, who’s got a mobile development platform called Titanium 3.0, and SOASTA, who does cloud and mobile testing and has a mobile test automation solution called TouchTest, have integrated their widgetry to make things easier for developers. It’s said to be the first inte...
District Court Judge Lucy Koh decided late Tuesday that Samsung didn’t willfully infringe six Apple patents as a federal jury found last August denying Apple the chance to get parts of the jury’s $1.05 billion damages award trebled.
Virtualization maven VMware, EMC’s prized possession, has hit a nasty pothole and plans to regroup. It’s going to cut roughly 7% of its workforce or 900 people on the expectation that its revenues are going to drop because corporate customers and federal accounts, it bread and butte...
District Court Judge Lucy Koh has ordered the CEOs of Apple, Intel and Google to show up in her courtroom, each of them to answer four hours of questions about their deal not to poach each other’s people. A civil suit brought by workers who figure they got shortchanged in the process...
VMware has put $30 million in Puppet Labs, forming a strategic partnership with the young automation company to deliver management solutions for virtualization and the cloud in heterogeneous multi-vendor IT environments. The investment, structured as a D round, follows VMware’s parti...
Despite all the happy post-PC talk and the 4.9% drop in worldwide PC shipments last quarter, Windows is alive and well. Microsoft posted the numbers from its December quarter Thursday and revenues from its Windows Division were up 24% to $5.88 billion year-over-year while Windows pro...
Cisco disclosed late Thursday that it has agreed to sell its Home Networking Business Unit, which includes its Linksys routers, to privately owned Belkin International. Terms were not disclosed. Cisco bought Linksys in 2003 for $500 million worth of common stock but has been sheddi...
Apple wants the whole US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to decide whether Samsung really deserves to avoid permanent injunctions barring its widgets from the American market while infringement suits are pending. It claims the court and the District Court in California have ...