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Battle of the skies: ‘Skype’ is too close to ‘Sky’ says EU court

Battle of the skies: ‘Skype’ is too close to ‘Sky’ says EU court

An EU court has ruled that the public might not be able to tell the difference between ‘Sky’, the name of a British telecommunications company, and ‘Skype’, and so has prevented Microsoft from trademarking the name and the logo. Microsoft has said that it will appeal the court’s decision. The General Court of the European Union’s ruling doesn’t mean that Microsoft will suddenly have to rebrand, only that the company isn’t able to register the trademark. Reported by the BBC, a judge of the court stated, “Conceptually, the figurative element conveys no concept, except perhaps that of a cloud. [That] would... more »
SunGard looking to IPO on a $7 billion valuation

SunGard looking to IPO on a $7 billion valuation

SunGard Data Systems Inc. is said to be preparing for an initial public offering (IPO) according to multiple reports Tuesday. Reuters reported that JPMorgan Chase & Co, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Barclays and Credit Suisse has been appointed to lead the IPO, although the company is said to be open to a sale as an alternative to going public. The Wall Street Journal quoted "people familiar with the matter" saying that SunGard is looking to raise $750 million in the IPO on a valuation of $7 billion. Founded way back in 1982, SunGard provides software and processing solutions for the educational and financial services industries. The company... more »
Report: Microsoft considering a bid for Salesforce

Report: Microsoft considering a bid for Salesforce

Shares in Salesforce.com Inc. surged Tuesday after a report emerged that Microsoft Corp. might be interested in the software as a service (SaaS) CRM firm. Bloomberg claimed that "people with knowledge of the matter" say that the Redmond, Washington, based tech giant is currently evaluating a bid to buy Salesforce, after reports emerged late April that the company had hired bankers to evaluate any potential takeover offers. It was noted though that no formal bid or even contact between the companies had yet taken place. Although Microsoft competes with Salesforce with its Dynamics CRM software, the companies have played nicely together in the past, having... more »
Boss Fight Entertainment nabs former Amazon Game Studios director

Boss Fight Entertainment nabs former Amazon Game Studios director

Dallas-based mobile game developer Boss Fight Entertainment has announced that former Amazon Game Studios director Dave Luehmann will be joining the company as VP of Production. Based out of a 105-year-old cotton mill in McKinney, Texas, Boss Fight is a descendent of sorts of Ensemble Studios, the now-defunct developer behind the Age of Empires series. Boss Fight rose from the ashes of Zynga Dallas, formerly Bonfire Studios, which itself had been founded by former Ensemble employees. "Dave is an expert in leading and scaling development studios and has delivered some of the industry’s most enduring franchises," David Rippy, CEO of Boss Fight, said in a... more »
QLogic expands reach to enterprise and the cloud | #emcworld

QLogic expands reach to enterprise and the cloud | #emcworld

Prasad Rampali, CEO of QLogic Corp., a leading data center networking and storage networking infrastructure solutions provider, as well as EMC Corp. strategic partner, plans to guide the company into new waters as it raises its presence in the cloud market. “We want to be the preeminent solutions provider for enterprise and cloud: simple in statement but ambitious,” says Rampali. “We want to accomplish this in two phases over the next three to four years. Phase one is to absolutely be Number One as a rock-solid foundation for I/O connectivity.” Rampali stresses that QLogic, known for its high-quality adapters, switches and other... more »
EMC CIO seeking the cure for the legacy blues | #emcworld

EMC CIO seeking the cure for the legacy blues | #emcworld

EMC Corp. CIO Vic Bhagat sat down with theCUBE to discuss how EMC’s transformation to a more digitized workspace is helping him recover. For EMC, the digitization of business means harnessing data in a more efficient manner. “Everything is being consumed in a digital way,” he says. “There is an enormous amount of data. The question we face is how do you harness all of this data to really enable your company to grow?” The CIO says that EMC plans to launch platform as a service. With Pivotal Cloud Foundry, the company will have a suite of services that it can provide to... more »
DRM-free Steam alternative GOG Galaxy enters open beta

DRM-free Steam alternative GOG Galaxy enters open beta

PC gaming is already a crowded field when it comes to digital distribution platforms, with several developers all pushing their own clients. Electronic Arts has Origin, Ubisoft has UPlay, and of course Valve Corp has Steam. While all of these platforms have different games and features, they do have one thing in common: DRM. Warsaw-based GOG Ltd, which is owned by Witcher developer CD Projekt, has made a name for itself by selling DRM-free games at prices comparable to other game sellers, and now the Polish game company is introducing GOG Galaxy, a no-DRM answer to game clients like Steam. "GOG Galaxy is as much about bringing the... more »
Pinshape announces partnership with 3DPrinterOS for 3D print cloud streaming

Pinshape announces partnership with 3DPrinterOS for 3D print cloud streaming

Pinshape Inc., a 3D printing community and marketplace, announced a strategic partnership with 3DPrinterOS (developed by 3D Control Systems Ltd.), the world’s first operating system for 3D printing to enable cloud-based streaming of 3D print jobs and designs to a wide variety of printers. By using the 3DPrinterOS API, Pinshape designers and customers can quickly and easily stream designs direct-to-print on a majority of today’s desktop 3D printers. Pinshape comes across a bit like the DeviantArt of 3D printing. It provides space for project, galleries of printed designs, and the ability to download the geometry files for printing in the home. 3D... more »
Ethereum has come a long way in one year: Protocols, browser, IDE, & more

Ethereum has come a long way in one year: Protocols, browser, IDE, & more

Ethereum is a decentralized publishing platform that uses blockchain technology to enable user-created programmable contracts. In 2014, SiliconAngle ran an article on the platform asking, “Can Ethereum kill Bitcoin with self-executing contracts?”, of course, the developers of Ethereum did not built it to kill bitcoin, but instead provide a platform for decentralizing applications. “Ethereum does not want to kill Bitcoin,” explains Stephan Tual, the Chief Communications Officer of the project. The goal of Ethereum is still to produce and maintain a general purpose blockchain that is a decentralized communication system at its core. Tual says, the intent is to bring the Internet... more »
EMC transitions for the information generation | #emcworld

EMC transitions for the information generation | #emcworld

EMC Information Infrastructure CEO David Goulden laid out EMC’s plan for success during the keynote address that kicked off EMC World 2015 in Las Vegas. That plan includes incremental R&D investments and a stronger focus on cloud. It also includes the recent acquisition of VCE from Cisco, which turned the EMC Federation into a $25 billion company, according to theCUBE cohost Dave Vellante. Over the past six years that theCUBE has covered EMC World, the company has remained at the forefront through radical technological shifts. Will it continue? “EMC always transforms,” says cohost John Furrier. “They are at the intersection of storage,... more »

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