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We are seeing more being written about Cloud computing and cloud platforms today, and there is strong validation that the future of computing will include significant innovation and value in web/cloud platforms. Microsoft’s Cloud strategy is materializing, and as part of our overall So...
Like it did when it took Microsoft to court, the Justice Department has hired a top litigator from the outside for a possible antitrust suit against Google, according to the Wall Street Journal. If it does decide to move, the paper says it is unclear whether the DOJ would simply try to...
The world of clouds these days is full of definitions and counter-definitions. There are many posts that try to define the concept of cloud computing; many that try to distinguish utility computing, grid computing and cloud computing; many that try to define public vs private clouds; a...
What do the following companies all have in common: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, EMC, VMware, IBM, Sun, Dell, Akamai, SalesForce.com, NetSuite, and Activision. Answer: Cloud Computing. Merrill Lynch analysts reckon that by 2011 the volume of cloud computing market opportunity will amount...
Jim Cramer’s been doing a stint on CNBC in the middle of the trading day and, being a Google booster, managed to entice Google’s usually standoffish CEO Eric Schmidt on the air the other day. Schmidt said Google’s stock wouldn’t split and that Google wouldn’t start issuing guidance (it...
"Advertising on Google.com is contextual, requires no personally identifiable information, is not provided by a third-party, and does not collect any information in addition to the basic information collected to provide search results," asserts Google's Director of Public Policy and Go...
The future model for providing IT infrastructure and services in large organizations is what many today are calling 'Cloud Computing' - a concept popularized by Amazon through its web services efforts. Merrill Lynch analysts for example reckon that by 2011 the volume of Cloud Computing...
On Tuesday TechCrunch and CNet, based on the usual 'sources,' reported that talks between Yahoo and Microsoft were back on, stories that prevented Yahoo's desperate, bewildered, shuttlecock stock from dropping below the 20-dollar barrier and landing in the high teens where it was when ...
Microsoft has bought Navic Networks, a move that puts it in the business of placing TV commercials in near real-time, one of the things that Steve Ballmer may have had in mind when he said there were a lot of things you could do with $50 billion besides buying Yahoo.
Talks between Yahoo and Microsoft have failed for the second time. Yahoo said Thursday afternoon that Microsoft has refused to buy Yahoo for $33 a share, the price Microsoft offered May 3 and then pulled off the table when Yahoo's co-founders held out for $37. Microsoft refusal makes i...
Citrix has bought sepago GmbH's sepagoProfile software so user profiles in XenDesktop, XenApp and Provisioning Server are integrated. Terms were not disclosed but as part of the deal the Cologne-based sepago will continue developing the product for virtualizing application provisioning...
Pizza.com sold recently for $2.6M, and vodka.com for $3M. Domain names are now a global business. The explosive growth in online advertising has seen Internet entrepreneurs earn millions of dollars by buying, selling, developing and monetizing web addresses, or domain names. There are ...
Just a month after Google closed its $3.4BN acquisition of ad sales management firm DoubleClick, Yahoo! has taken the wraps off its 'Apex' project and said that it will be called AMP! - described as 'a faster, easier, and more automated and integrated way to create, buy, and sell adver...
Greenlight Wireless announced the release of the Skweezer Application Programming Interface (API), which assists developers with integrating Skweezer's content mobilization technology into new applications. Skweezer, a Web-based service that compresses desktop Web content for use on ce...
Google closed on its $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick this morning a couple of hours after the European Commission, as expected, waved the hackles-raising merger through. US authorities blessed the merger in December. The EC said the merger was 'unlikely' to harm consumers eithe...
Kevin Johnson, president of Microsoft's platform and services division, sent round an email on Friday to provide Microsoft employees of the Platforms & Services Division with an update on the company's Feb. 1 proposal to combine with Yahoo! We bring you here the text in full.
HP CEO Mark Hurd has joined the board of directors at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. media conglomerate, which should give him a nice view of any possible Microsoft-avoiding tie-up between News Corp. and Yahoo considering HP's printer chief Vyomesh Joshi sits on Yahoo's board. Reuters not...
'It is unfortunate that Yahoo! has not embraced our full and fair proposal to combine our companies,' wrote Microsoft yesterday in a response to the rejection by the Yahoo! board of directors of its $44.6BN acquisition proposal. 'Based on conversations with stakeholders of both compani...
Live by the Web, die by the Web - we look at what the blogosphere is saying about Microsoft's $44.6BN offer. Among blogs mentioned are those by David Kirkpatrick, Patty Seybold, Mark Anderson, Jon Fortt, and Marc Andreesen.
Officially Yahoo! won't even confirm the phone call but according to what has leaked to the press, the board is supposed to meet again face-to-face all day Wednesday, ironically - and perhaps prophetically - the day before Valentine's Day. Meanwhile, indulging perhaps in a bit of 'rabb...
News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, who knows a thing or two about hostile takeovers and last year proposed merging his MySpace property with Yahoo, told Wall Street Monday that he's not interested in Yahoo! and even less interested in AOL. Ditto NBC Universal and Comcast.
'Google has amassed about 75 percent of paid search revenues worldwide and its share continues to grow. ...Microsoft and Yahoo! on the other hand have roughly 30 percent combined in the U.S. and approximately 10 percent combined in Europe.' That, in brief, was the reply Microsoft's Gen...
Google doesn't like the idea of Microsoft buying Yahoo any more than Microsoft likes the idea of Google buying DoubleClick. Today in a blog Google general counsel David Drummond said Microsoft?'s $44.6 billion hostile bid for Yahoo 'raises troubling questions.' 'This is about more than...
'One of the most important (if not the most important) news for 2008, and we are just in February,' remarked Nelson Cienfuegos of the In Digital Marketing blog. He and nearly 60,000 others bloggers have been vigorously chewing over the ins and outs of Microsoft's $44.6BN mega-bid to ac...
Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has made a proposal to the Yahoo! Inc. Board of Directors to acquire all the outstanding shares of Yahoo! common stock for per share consideration of $31 representing a total equity value of approximately $44.6 billion. SYS-CON.com here brings yo...
Google, which does not give guidance, missed both Wall Street's top and bottom expectations for its December quarter by a hair and the punters turned vicious pounding it down around 50 bucks after-hours. Consensus demanded non-GAAP earnings of $4.44 on revenues of $3.45 billion. Google...
Microsoft this morning made a $44.6 billion hostile bid for the floundering Yahoo, striking at a point when it has become evident to all and sundry that Yahoo doesn't have a pray of turning things around on its own let alone getting competitive. Yahoo's first official reaction was basi...
The Federal Trade Commission this morning gave Google a Christmas present and approved its controversial $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick over the objections of competitors like Microsoft, Yahoo and AT&T - and the massed privacy front. The 4-to-1 vote came after the head of the ...
Google welcomed the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's clearance of its planned acquisition of DoubleClick Inc., a premier provider of display ad serving technology and services. Google announced in April 2007 a definitive agreement to acquire the company for $3.1 billion in cash from Sa...
Vertabase announced that Think Marketing has increased overall profitability thanks to the implementation of Vertabase software. Vertabase 4 offers project management tools that accelerate productivity by simplifying and centralizing access to project information and metrics. With Vert...
According to SMobile Systems, the launch of Google Phone platform will be among the most positive transformational moments in mobile communications history by further merging computers with mobile devices. But while millions of people will now be able to 'compute on the run,' those sam...
The European Commission has decided not to stint on its investigation of the proposed Google-DoubleClick merger and, beginning Tuesday, is treating it to a rare in-depth review that will take until April 2. The move raises the hopes of GoogleClick critics like Microsoft that the $3.1 b...
'With its direct ad sales force and growing publisher network combined with the depth and breadth of its library of video content, GoFish is well positioned to scale its network and its revenues,' said John Durham, CEO and managing partner of Catalyst and former president of Jumpstart ...
Earth Class Mail, the start-up with the vision of traditional posts opening the mail and delivering it electronically, announced a relationship with Microsoft from Post Expo 2007 in Barcelona this week. Earth Class has moved its Linux-based platform to .NET, as it hinted it would, repo...
The data protection commissioner of Schleswig-Holstein Thilo Weichert has written to EC antitrust chief Neelie Kroes saying the proposed Google-DoubleClick merger would mean the violation of fundamental provisions of the European Data Protection Directive and 'lead to massive violation...
Well, now we'll get to see just how powerful Microsoft really is. The test is whether it can stop Google from taking over DoubleClick and becoming, in Microsoft's words, the 'dominant pipeline for all forms of online advertising' as well as 'the largest database of online user data in ...
Google proposed at a meeting of European policymakers in Strasbourg, France that national regulators agree on a basic set of global privacy protections.
SYS-CON Events announced today that 'AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 West' main sponsorship opportunities are now sold-out! Limited number of expo and event sponsorship opportunities that are still available are expected to be completely sold before the end of the month. The new spons...
An Australian cross industry committee representing website operators, advertisers and agencies, has issued an Industry Blueprint seeking expressions of interest from international and Australian research or technology companies to develop and run a self funded enhanced or new audience...
MySQL says that BlueLithium, described as one of the top five US online advertising networks, is using its database in a mission-critical data warehouse application along with the BrightHouse database engine from Infobright and that MySQL and InfoBright will now offer other customers a...