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Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs will be stepping down sometime later this year he told employees Thursday. Mozilla will be looking for a new chief executive and Kovacs will stay there until that person is found. He wants “something more commercial” to entertain him and will stay on the boa...
Space Monkey, the Google-backed P2P start-up that intends to compete against Box and Dropbox not to mention the likes of Google Drive and SkyDrive, seems to be slowly pumping up publicity for its widget so maybe it’s getting close to its promised public beta if it can get the Kickstart...
Microsoft, Google, Nokia and the 14 other members of FairSearch.org have made an antitrust complaint against Google to the European Commission, hoping the regulator will quickly open an official investigation. The companies accuse Google of using the Android operating system, install...
Facebook Thursday addressed the mobile crisis that erupted when it went public 11 months ago and the two-year-old trend it’s among its users who are increasingly tuning into its site from mobile devices rather than PCs. It commandeered Google’s Android operating system and overlaid it...
Big Switch Networks figures it’s going to touch off a revolution in open software-defined networking (SDN) when it introduces what it expects will be the industry’s first thin switching software platform, called Switch Light, later this year. The revolution is aimed at breaking the l...
No sooner had Google CEO Larry Page said that Android chief Andy Rubin would stop running the unit he created and that Android would be joined to the Chrome operation under Chrome boss Sundar Pichai than the company quietly said it’s breaking up its maps and commerce unit and that its ...
On 19 November 2010, according to www.whendidyoujointwitter.com, the account @GoogleCloud was registered with Twitter. 848 days later it has yet to tweet. But that may be about to change...
McAfee has announced the industry’s first white-listing security solution for Android embedded systems. McAfee Application Control for Android is the only security solution that resides in the Android operating system kernel. McAfee provides protection from the installation or exec...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
The cloud is changing not only how businesses access applications and provide services to their customers, it’s changing the way they view their own employees, according to a recent report. With the impact of cloud computing on data access and the availability of cloud storage, job de...
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...
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has evidently called in a few markers and persuaded some of his friends to stand up with him in his legal battle over Java against Google and its Android operating system. On Tuesday, the last day to file amicus briefs supporting Oracle’s appeal of the distri...
Word that contract manufacturer Foxconn had stopped hiring across its Chinese plants sent Apple stock into a tizzy this week on an assumption by the Financial Times that the bottom had dropped out of demand for iPhones, Apple’s bestselling and most profitable product. Foxconn claimed...
Google, it seems, has built the first touchscreen laptops for its poorly received Chrome operating system. The Wall Street Journal says the cloud-based widgets that run web apps should be out and about sometime later this year so Google can go “toe-to-toe” with Microsoft’s touch-sens...
Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, who proved an utter failure as the struggling company’s CEO and blew its mammoth sale to Microsoft, is going to be an “observer” on the Lenovo board with no voting rights or directorial responsibilities. He’ll get nearly $200,000 a year in cash and stock ...
Tuesday when a report by American security firm Mandiant that’s been six years in the making was circulating tracing an “overwhelming percentage” of Communist China’s far-flung corporate and governmental cyber espionage to a 12-story building in Shanghai connected with the People’s Lib...
Google Tuesday became the first high-tech stock ever to hit $800 a share, joining an exclusive club inhabited by only three other companies including Berkshire Hathaway, whose Class A stock sells for $151,000 and change. Why exactly Google’s enjoying this all-time high right now is u...
To continue this series, I want to focus on another key area called Discoverability. What does this term mean? Now, you would think with an enterprise search engine, managed metadata service application, content types with site columns, and versioning that this wouldn't be so difficul...
Oracle Monday appealed the multibillion-dollar Google-Java decision that went horribly against it last year when Android was found not to infringe on its patent or copyrights. It says if works of fiction are protected by copyright, so should the Java language claiming that Google copie...
In an atypical move, Google has filed a patent infringement suit against BT’s American operation and its VoIP services, charging them with treading on Google IP related to network communications. FOSS Patents says the filing means that Google CEO Larry Page will never again be able t...
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...
While enterprise IT is transitioning form on-premise deployment to an emerging architecture of hybrid cloud, IT professionals are facing unprecedented challenges to change from managing servers deployed on premise to managing services in hybrid cloud, at the same time extraordinary opp...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Datanami has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 12th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 10–13, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and the 13th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 4...
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 ...
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...
Tapping no successor yet, Jack Ma, 48, said Tuesday he would be resigning as CEO of Alibaba on May 10 because he is no longer young enough for the Internet business. “The Internet belongs to young people,” he said. “This year, most of the Alibaba leaders who were born in the 1960s wi...
Symantec has reportedly put Altiris on the block and, according to the Wall Street Journal, is getting feelers from private equity. It acquired the IT management software shop for around $830 million in 2007 and doesn’t expect to make the investment back. Altiris manages end point ...
Facebook’s mystery announcement Tuesday turned out to be what it calls “Graph Search,” a beta social search engine to find things on Facebook like “Friends of friends who are single men in San Francisco?” or “Friends of current employees,” a good place to start for recruiting. It’s s...
PCs shipments were down 4.9%% globally in Q4 to 90.3 million units because of “must-have” tablets and the dicey state of the world’s economy Gartner said. The researcher figures “Tablets have dramatically changed the device landscape for PCs, not so much by ‘cannibalizing’ PC sales, ...
When Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt returned to Beijing Thursday from his controversial three-day “private visit” to North Korea he said that he told officials in Pyongyang that they must open the country up to Internet access or it would be “harder for them to catch up economi...
Google wiggled out of antitrust charges over its core search business in the US last week but its luck may not hold in Europe where Joaquín Almunia, the head of the European Commission’s antitrust unit, told the Financial Times Thursday that “We are still investigating, but my convicti...
Following the consent decree Google signed last week with the Federal Trade Commission limiting its use of standards-essential patents (SEPs), Google satellite Motorola Mobility told the International Trade Commission Tuesday it wants to drop the two remaining video compression SEP cla...
Apple said Monday that, excluding re-downloads and updates, more than 40 billion iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps have been downloaded from its App Store and that it has paid developers more than $7 billion. That makes nearly 20 billion downloads in 2012 alone, Apple said. Nine mon...
Despite State Department sensitivities, Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt and Google Ideas director Jared Cohen, a former State Department policy wonk who now heads Google’s New York-based think tank, landed in Pyongyang, North Korea Monday as part of the entourage accompanying ...
Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt is proposing to “privately” visit North Korea, a rogue nation as well as an open market. He will go as part of a delegation led by former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, a former American ambassador to the United Nations who has been to No...
The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday that it had come to a couple of so-called “landmark agreements” with Google that end the agency’s big, almost two-year investigation into the antitrust complaints made against the search giant. The deal absolves Google of stacking its search...


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