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Cornered, Motorola has finally agreed to license its cellular standards-essential patents to Apple and evidently it won’t get rights to any Apple IP in return. And that was what Motorola and its new parent Google really wanted. Anyway, it happened in Germany with some help from the Hi...
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Larry Page have been talking by phone about a “range of intellectual property matters,” according to Reuters, including the Android-spawned dispute that has seen Apple take Google’s biggest Android peddlers to court here there and everywhere as a proxy...
Think cloud computing is just the latest IT fad? Think again. Forrester predicts the global cloud computing market will grow from $35 billion in 2011 to around $150 billion by 2020 as it becomes key to many organizations' IT infrastructures. According to an article on ZDNet, by 2020...
Google decided it should say something about the largest seller of Android widgets getting its head handed to it by an American jury Friday. It said: “The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don’t relate to the core Andro...
Please hold your skepticism, keep an open mind, go through the following points and only then pass a judgment on my prediction that “three years down Windows Phone would have overtaken Android." The UI is different but very well designed for mobile and tablet. The same view is express...
Major retailers like Sears, Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, Best Buy, Shell and others announced last week their focus on developing MCX, Merchant Customer Exchange, to enhance their sales and cover the growing demand for capabilities to buy things from the smartphone. This is a great milestone in ...
District Court Judge William Alsup hit Google upside the head Monday when he told the company that “in the court’s view, Google has failed to comply with the August 7 order” to disclose which bloggers and journalists it paid to write about the Java trial. Google and Oracle were suppo...
Motorola Mobility has sued Apple again for patent infringement. This time it’s changed tack and left its standards-essential patents home. It’s using seven feature patents instead in an attempt to get the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Macs barred from being imported into the US by the...
Best Buy, the world’s largest consumer electronics chain crippled by the impact of Internet sales, has brought in Hubert Joly, a Frenchman and reputed turnaround artist in media, technology and services, to run the place starting early next month after he gets a visa. He will replace...
The government of Ecuador granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange political asylum Thursday. The gesture promises to ratchet up into a full-blown diplomatic crisis since the British Foreign Office, anticipating the move, has threatened to strip the Ecuadorian embassy in London of ...
Eastman Kodak was hoping to garner $2.2 billion-$2.6 billion from its broadly licensed 1,100 patents to repay creditors and reorganize. It reportedly got opening bids of $150 million-$250 million from two consortia involving Google-RPX-Samsung-LG-HTC on the one hand and Apple-Microso...
Google Ventures has put $8.2 million into electronic signatures vendor DocuSign, bringing the reportedly unprofitable start-up’s juicy $47.5 million D round, announced last month, up to an even juicier $55.7 million and its total funding up over a handsome $112 million. Google is rep...
Some testers dismiss the GUI driven approach as being too limited for complicated behaviors. Old school testers insist on only utilizing program-based scripts because past experience has led them to think that this is the most flexible or the only choice for handling complicated behavi...
In an odd turn of events, Oracle and Google have been ordered to disclose the names of any journalists, commentators and bloggers they paid to influence public opinion on the high-profile Android Java trial that Oracle wound up losing. District Court Judge William Alsup, who presided...
Gartner recently published a report that highlights a trend that we have been experiencing over the past few years, namely, the growing number of enterprises wrestling with cloud data security, cloud compliance, and cloud data residency issues associated with storing and processing sen...
A slip by Samsung’s lawyer gave Apple the chance to introduce evidence into the patent infringement trial in San Francisco that Samsung wanted suppressed, evidence culled from Samsung’s own documents that Apple hinted it had before the trial began last week. According to an internal ...
Sharp has taken a license to Microsoft’s latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) for use in products including its Android smartphones popular in Japan. Unusually Microsoft says nothing about the pact being royalty-bearing – or that it got anything in return – which is not to s...
Oracle has managed to squeeze a few more bucks out of SAP for its admitted copyright infringement a few years ago. Oracle won a handsome $1.3 billion from a jury in 2010, but the judge thought that was over the top and cut it down to $272 million. Instead Oracle opted for a new trial...
As part of its bankruptcy proceedings, Eastman Kodak has put 1,100 patents on the block. They are expected to be sold at auction on August 8. There was reportedly a Monday deadline for initial bids according to what “people familiar with the matter” told the Wall Street Journal. ...
Microsoft has reworked its browser-based Hotmail into a free, socialized, Facebook-friendly service it’s calling Outlook.com, borrowing the name from its Office e-mail client. The idea is to stop Google’s Gmail from eating into its turf. With 324 million users Hotmail is the larges...
Windows 8 was released to manufacturing Wednesday morning, a hallelujah moment for Microsoft that nowadays means OEMs and manufacturing partners are getting the final code on which Microsoft’s future depends. The new “re-imagined” operating system, with what Microsoft calls “thousands...
Dear, dear, dear, dear. Five days before the great Apple patent trial starts Monday – a trial Apple has got to win – Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal sanctioned Apple’s opponent Samsung for destroying evidence. It seems Samsung didn’t preserve e-mail and meeting notes ahead of the liti...
Google told the SEC Tuesday in a filing that Motorola Mobility’s “patents and developed technology” accounted for $5.5 billion of its $12.4 billion acquisition price. So far the use of MMI’s FRAND-pledged patents has created antitrust investigations and Google didn’t need Motorola’s IP...
Tintri, a producer of purpose-built VM-aware storage appliances, has closed a $25 million D round led by Menlo Ventures. Existing investors NEA and Lightspeed Venture Partners joined in. It says the round was oversubscribed and brings total investment to over $60 million. Tintri pl...
GoodData and its Cloud BI Platform, which got started in the Czech Republic, have closed a $25 million C round from Tenaya Capital, along with Next World Capital and existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst Partners, Fidelity Growth Partners and Windcrest Partners. Tena...
VMware announced yesterday its plan to purchase Nicira. The deal is expected to close during the second half of this year. It includes $1.05 billion in cash and $210 million in assumed unvested equity awards. Nicira is a well-known start-up company and is considered a leader in network...
A German appeals court Tuesday extended an existing ban on selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 anywhere in Germany to anywhere in the 27 countries of the European Union. The 7.7 ban has been in effect since last September. The larger, more popular Galaxy Tab 10.1N is unaffected becau...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Vyatta, the leader in software-based networking for virtual and cloud environments, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 11th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 5–8, 2012, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Vyatta...
Scott Thompson, the Yahoo CEO who left in May after four months in the job because it was discovered that he gave himself an undergraduate degree in computer science, has gotten another job. He’s now CEO of ShopRunner, a start-up that gives members two-day shipping from some retail si...
Cisco says it’s going to cut another 2% of its workforce, 1,300 people, to cut costs. Last year it said it would cut 6,500 jobs, 9% of its full-time workforce to save a billion dollars a year and prop up earnings. It’s also closed down businesses. This time it e-mailed a statement ...
Dell has set up a $60 million Fluid Data Storage Fund to back early-stage storage start-ups, a combination of build and buy. Jim Lussier, managing director of Dell’s venture capital business, says it is looking for mid-level widgetry hoping to find the “next big thing.” Apparently that...
The federal judge who’s been minding Novell’s billion-dollar WordPerfect antitrust suit threw out its remaining claims Monday theoretically bringing the generation-old dispute dating to Windows 95 and the reign of Bill Gates to an end. Novell however says it’s going to appeal the ben...
Oh, the ignominy of it. A UK judge has told Apple it must take out ads in the Financial Times, the Daily Mail, Guardian Mobile magazine and T3 and say on its UK home page for six months that Samsung didn’t copy the iPad’s design. On July 9 the court found that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets ...
Business management and ERP have undergone huge technological, social and economic shifts. The explosion of cloud computing, mobility of business users, Big Data demands and microscopic focus on cost cutting are changing the pace and direction of every company’s IT strategy. Five yea...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloud Cruiser, the leading provider of cloud cost intelligence solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 11th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 5–8, 2012, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Cloud Cruiser de...
Exploring the uncharted territory of user behavior data in web "walled-gardens." The uncharted territory of user behavior data based on what users do in such web walled gardens as Facebook was the focus of a "tweet jam" last week organized by The Open Group. Some of the many notable ...
Cisco’s biz dev chief Hilton Romanski said in a blog posting Monday that Cisco has acquired a pre-launch stealth start-up called Virtuata that got started in 2010 and is supposed to be good at virtual machine security. Thus armed, customer deployments of multi-tenant multi-hypervisor...
Google is reportedly close to paying a $22.5 million fine to settle charges that it secretly bypassed the privacy settings of millions of Apple users. According to the Wall Street Journal, “the charges involve Google’s use of a special computer code to trick Apple’s Safari web-browsi...
Well, well, well, fancy that. Australia Post is reportedly trying to buy a piece of the Digital Post Australia (DPA) joint venture set on rivaling its coming Digital Mailbox and challenging its mail monopoly. DPA’s partners are the US start-up Zumbox, which is kicking in its platform...
The European Court of Justice (ECJ), the European Union’s version of America’s Supreme Court, told Oracle last week that it can’t stop the resale of its customers’ castoff software, specifically the stuff that’s downloaded from the Internet. It held that the new owner can download th...