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How about we start this post off with some facts? - Mobile data traffic exceeded voice traffic in 2010 (Wireless Industry News, August 26, 2010) - Shipments of smartphones exceeded the shipment of PCs for the first time in 2011 (2011 Economist) - Ten billion mobile connected devices...
A German appeals court has blown up Google’s attempt to unseat Apple by using Motorola Mobility’s standards-essential patents. The decision calls into question the wisdom of Google’s intended $12.5 billion merger with MMI. Patent follower Florian Mueller assumes the deal will still...
Red Hat on Thursday announced that JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 5.1.0 and 5.1.1 have been awarded Common Criteria certification at Evaluation Assurance Level 4 (EAL4+) under the Common Criteria Evaluation and Certification Scheme (CCS). Common Criteria is a set of internationa...
F5 Networks on Monday announced that it has agreed to acquire Traffix Systems, a provider of 4G Diameter signaling products for telecommunications service providers. The Diameter protocol has gained industry-wide acceptance by the 3GPP and GSMA as the standard for network signaling in ...
Rackspace Hosting, the service leader in cloud computing, on Thursday announced its acquisition of SharePoint911, an industry leader in SharePoint consulting, training, and "JumpStart" services within SharePoint. The unification of both companies provides capabilities to deliver unpara...
Cisco Wednesday filed suit in the European Union’s second-highest court, the General Court in Luxembourg, challenging the European Commission’s rubber stamp last October of Microsoft’s $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype. Cisco says it isn’t opposed to the merger, but figures the EC sh...
Yahoo’s critical negotiations with Alibaba to sell part of its stake in Alibaba back to the Chinese company have collapsed according to All Things Digital, a report later confirmed by CNBC. Apparently the collapse includes Yahoo’s parallel and intertwined negotiations with Softbank t...
The European Commission late Monday cleared Google’s proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility but it also issued a simultaneous warning that the companies could be charged with antitrust violations for abusing the fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms of ...
CoreSite Realty Corporation, a U.S. provider of powerful, network-rich data centers, on Monday announced that Eucalyptus Systems, creators of the most widely deployed on-premise cloud computing platform, has launched a new enterprise-class cloud test lab offering at CoreSite's Bay area...
“Combining Enomaly’s cloud exchange, federation and public cloud capabilities with Virtustream’s Micro-VM cloud technology enables customers to efficiently pool data center resources, use hybrid clouds and federate between private, virtual private and public clouds - all assured by SLA...
Cloud computing and managed hosting services provider iomart Hosting has announced that it has carried out a group-wide virtualisation for office2office (o2o), the sole provider of offices supplies and Closed Loop document recycling services for the UK government. o2o's IT had been ...
Oracle rolled out of bed Thursday morning and said it’s going to buy Taleo and its talent management cloud widgetry for $46 a share or roughly $1.9 billion net of Taleo’s cash and debt. That’s an 18% premium. Not bad for a company that was originally bootstrapped. Taleo (say Ta-LAY...
EMC on Wednesday announced it plans to establish an R&D center in the Skolkovo Foundation's Innovation Hub in Russia that will focus on development of cloud infrastructure solutions and Big Data analytics technologies for Bioinformatics and Energy Efficiency. EMC also plans to collabo...
IBM is buying a privately held 12-year-old Israeli outfit called Worklight for its write-once-run-anywhere application platform and tools for smartphones and tablets. The price IBM is paying wasn’t disclosed. Worklight’s widgetry, which can be used to create and run HTML5, hybrid an...
Intel last year bid billions trying to get the Nortel patents. Thursday RealNetworks said Intel was paying it $120 million cash for 190 “foundational media” patents, 170 patent applications and next-generation video codec software good for stuff like streaming. The IP is apparently s...
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the beta of their new storage gateway functionality that enables access of Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Services) from your different applications using an appliance installed in your data center site. With this beta launch, Amazon joins other s...
Cloud computing is transforming IT infrastructure, applications and end-user device layers, ushering in a wave of disruptive change unlike anything the industry has ever experienced. EMC is committed to accelerating our customers' journey to private, public or hybrid clouds through the...
Intel is buying QLogic’s InfiniBand operation for its supercomputer clustering charms. The semiconductor giant is spending $125 million cash on the product line and certain unidentified assets and expects to hire a “significant” number of QLogic people to enhance its networking portf...
j2 Global, Inc., the provider of cloud-based services for businesses, on Monday announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Offsite Backup Solutions, LLC, a Phoenix-based provider of online backup solutions. “This acquisition brings us an established customer bas...
Amazon Web Services on Monday announced that customers can now run their Microsoft Windows Server applications within the AWS Free Usage Tier – a program designed to help new AWS customers get started in the cloud. Developers and businesses with Windows Server applications can take adv...
OCZ Technology Group on Monday announced it has acquired SANRAD Inc., a privately held provider of flash caching and virtualization software and hardware. According to Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group, the transaction "significantly enhances the ability for customers to incr...
IBM on Monday announced it has completed the acquisition of Platform Computing, a privately held company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Financial terms were not disclosed. On October 11, 2011, IBM announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Platfor...
After a spate of recent acquisition announcements from IBM like DemandTec Inc., Emptoris Inc. and Curam Software Ltd, the IT services giant continues to stay in mode with yet another one. IBM has just said that it is acquiring software quality improvement and cloud testing company Gree...
IBM on Wednesday announced a definitive agreement to acquire Green Hat, a provider of software quality and testing solutions for the cloud and other environments. Financial terms were not disclosed. Kristof Kloeckner, General Manager, IBM Rational, noted that the “acquisition extends ...
Amazon, which hired an investment bank for the purpose, according to Reuters, and Microsoft together with its buddy Nokia, according to the Wall Street Journal, have kicked the tires at RIM. Reuters says RIM “turned down takeover overtures from Amazon.com Inc and other potential buye...
Salesforce.com is taking a step outside its core contact management cloud and into very social, cloud-based human capital management (HCM) with its announcement Thursday of a definite agreement to buy three-and-a-half-year-old Toronto-based Rypple on undisclosed terms. Apparently Ryp...
A match has been made in the clouds. Toronto-based cloud pioneer Enomaly is selling out to enterprise IaaS supplier Virtustream, headquartered in Maryland outside of Washington, DC. Terms are being kept secret but, since eight-year-old Enomaly was bootstrapped, there won’t be any V...
Virtustream on Thursday announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Enomaly, Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and the deal is expected to close in Q1 of 2012. Enomaly is credited with pioneering the first cloud brokerage, SpotCloud, which provides a ...
Apple is in talks to buy five-year-old fabless Israeli flash storage maker Anobit Technologies for $400 million-$500 million according to a story in the Hebrew-language financial daily Calcalist repeated by Reuters, Bloomberg, TechCrunch et al. That seems like a lot of money for an A...
HP – which, remember, was supposed to restrain its impulse to buy things except for maybe a few little acquisitions while it rebuilds its balance sheet – is buying 20-year-old HiFlex Software GmbH, which does web-to-print and management information systems. HP didn’t say what it’s payi...
IBM said Thursday morning that it was buying DemandTec for $13.20 a share, close to 57% premium. Big Blue will ante up roughly $440 million, net of DemandTec’s cash on hand, to take over the cloud-based ISV for its 10-month-old Smarter Commerce initiative. IBM estimates the market op...
The day after SAP said it would buy SuccessFactors for a few billion cash on the barrel, SuccessFactors said it in turn would buy jobs2web and its multi-tenant SaaS recruiting execution platform for $110 million also cash money. Jobs2web is supposed to “turbo charge” any Applicant Tr...
SAP, which hasn’t been able to get much cloud traction on its own, said Saturday that it’s buying SuccessFactors and its web-based software for $3.4 billion. The $40-a-share cash offer amounts to a hungry 52% premium or 16.5 times SuccessFactors’ $205.9 million revenue last year. P...
Autonomy’s new owner announced its first real-time Autonomy software, called Autonomy IDOL 10, available December 1, a surprisingly short eight weeks after the deal closed. It’s reportedly capable of integrating – as HP suggested it would be – with HP’s more conventional Vertica acquis...
Yahoo is reportedly moving ahead with the idea of selling off a minority stake to a private equity company. The Wall Street Journal claimed Tuesday that Yahoo wants to have a deal in place by Christmas. Otherwise it will pursue other alternatives. The paper said Yahoo has gotten offe...
Wyse Technology has bought Montreal’s Trellia Networks to expand what it calls its cloud client computing software portfolio into SaaS mobile infrastructure management. Trellia’s widgetry covers mobile security, devices, apps and expense management software. Wyse says it now plans ...
Yahoo is reportedly proving itself the stickiest of creatures. After putting itself on the block, it now supposedly doesn’t want to get bought – again – like some nasty reprise of the Microsoft fiasco. Instead it maybe wants to sell its Asian assets – its positions in Alibaba and Y...
SAP AG on Wednesday announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011. "We are very pleased with the exceptionally strong top-line growth this quarter. Continued efficiency gains combined with operational excellence led to a very strong operating margin ...
Oracle says it’s buying RightNow Technologies, the cloud-based customer service shop, for $43 a share or approximately $1.5 billion net of RightNow’s cash and debt. RightNow closed Friday at around $36. Its Customer Service Cloud works across call centers, the web and social networks....
Microsoft might take another whack at buying Yahoo. Having been saved by happenstance from overpaying for the joint in 2008, the Wall Street Journal reported late Wednesday that Microsoft, private equity house Silver Lake Partners and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, one of ...