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EMC has reportedly paid $200 million to snap up two-year-old Israeli start-up and would-be competitor ScaleIO and its Elastic Converged Storage (ECS) software, which is supposed to let data centers cut storage costs by maybe 80% or more by converging storage into compute. The softwar...
Google made its much anticipated move Tuesday and pocketed Waze, the Israeli real-time traffic map maker. It didn’t disclose how much it’s paid to close the deal, but the Israeli paper Globes put the price at $1.3 billion. Bloomberg put it at $1.1 billion. Either way it’s reportedly ...
I had the good fortune to attend a session this morning atClickSoftware's ClickConnect Europe 2013 with Gartner's Research Director Dr. Richard M. Marshall. Here are some of the notes I took from the session: By 2017 Microsoft will sell as many mobile operating systems as Apple. Thi...
Google is reportedly hot to mate with Waze, an Israeli map merchant that’s got a mobile satellite navigation application that renders real-time traffic. The two are in talks that could flounder at any point according to Reuters. But the first talks to hit the rocky shoals were report...
Google is getting pushback from the European Commission, which wants it to come up with a better set of remedies to settle its antitrust case against Google’s search practices, the EC’s competition chief Joaquin Almunia said Tuesday. He also said the EC has gotten complaints about Go...
In his session at the 12th International Cloud Expo, Dave Eichorn, Global Data Center Practice Head at Zensar, will share a case study describing how a utility services company handled the migration of its Microsoft platform to the cloud. Challenged with the time-consuming task of open...
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...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
“Just as consumers tap into personal networks like Facebook, Twitter and Amazon.com to connect with friends and family, share and shop, companies are leveraging digital networks to more efficiently engage with their trading partners and collaborate across the entire commerce process,” ...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
For readers not yet familiar with the acronym SMAC, it represents social, mobile, analytics and cloud. In this short video, Google demonstrates, through Google Enterprise, how companies can implement a SMAC strategy to improve the following: Improve meetings and collaboration Work b...
Google has reportedly offered to make minor changes to its web search engine to resolve its antitrust troubles with the European Commission and avoid a fine for allegedly manipulating its search results. The details of the concessions package it’s proposing are being kept a deep dark...
Google has finally submitted a formal concession offer to the European Commission, which is now going to test-market them with complainants and competitors such as Microsoft. Google could emerge from the two-year antitrust investigation of its search practices without paying a fine. ...
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...


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