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Lenovo Aims For Global Dominance Via Acquisitions

Earlier reports stated that investors are pleased with Lenovo CEO’s announcement to reveal the company's plans for expansion in Brazil tomorrow.  According to Bloomberg, Lenovo shares rose by 1.2 percent to close at HK$6.62, the highest level since August 21. Though nothing has yet been unveiled regarding their Brazilian expansion yet, just the thought of expanding globally tickled investors’ fancy.  And why shouldn’t it?   According to Canalys, Lenovo is the third largest PC vendor in the world, after Apple and HP.  Apple took the top spot as their iPad (yes it is a computer) has been flying off the shelves since... more »
Venture Capitalists Invest Heavily in Cloud in 2011

Venture Capitalists Invest Heavily in Cloud in 2011

It's no secret that the cloud is hot.  Steve Bengston, director of consultancy and financial services provider PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has shared some statistics that show exactly how hot.  According to PwC, in 2011 venture capitalists (VC) shelled out $6.9 billion to fund “internet-specific” start ups, and most of these companies provide cloud related services and products. That’s 68 percent more than the amount invested in the previous year, and investment continues to grow. In Q4 2011, investments  in cloud based technology reached $1.8 billion. That's tens of millions more than the $1.3 billion invested on biotech or $883 million invested into cleantech on... more »
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Bruce Willis Can Share His iTunes without Going Thermonuclear

Yesterday, we covered a story regarding Bruce Willis allegedly preparing to sue Apple over iTunes’ Terms and Conditions.  See, the veteran actor wants to bequeath his vast collection of songs on iTunes to his daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallulah.  But the current terms and conditions of the service does not allow him to do that, as anything bought on iTunes does not actually belong to the consumer.  You’re just borrowing them from Apple, so you cannot transfer possession of that to anyone, not even your own daughters. The Sunday Times (paywalled) and the Daily Mail claimed that Willis is supporting legal... more »
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Big Political Data Helps Attract Latino Voters

Latino voters will be crucial in 2012 political campaigns and Presidential hopefuls are taking special steps to win this group’s support. But, how will candidates know how to reach the Latino audience and measure the effectiveness of their efforts? Luminar, according to its press release, defines itself as “the first “big data” analytics and modeling provider focused specifically on U.S. Latino consumers.” The company provides insights that help political campaigns “develop winning strategies” by shedding light on how to effectively micro-target Latino voters. Luminar suggests that an enhanced understanding of Latino consumer habits, offers political strategists key insights to target... more »
ClassedIn: The New Learning Social Network That’s Set To Take Education By Storm

ClassedIn: The New Learning Social Network That’s Set To Take Education By Storm

Imagine this: Students, teachers, parents, all connected on a safe social networking platform, which allows document sharing for homework and assignments, provides online testing, a massive educational library, and real-time interactions – wouldn’t that be a great idea? Well, it already is, and it’s about to take off in a big, big way any day soon, if a group of wealthy Russians have anything to say about it. The popular Russian-language educational platform Dnevinik.ru has just received a healthy $5 million cash injection from the Runa Capital investment group, which is hoping to expand the software to the US, Europe and China. Dnevnik.ru,... more »
Microsoft Challenges Google with Office 365 Revamp

Microsoft Challenges Google with Office 365 Revamp

Microsoft is continuing its efforts to transfer its Office productivity suite dominance to the cloud and compete with Google Apps for the hearts of the business users. The Seattle giant's Microsoft Office has long enjoyed an almost exclusive position in the enterprise, but many companies have begun to favor Google's rival cloud software for its convenience, accessibility and ability to integrate. It seems Microsoft has learned from its mistakes with Apple, and isn't  isn't taking the the competition from Google lightly. Microsoft has mustered its engineering muscle to launch a two-pronged attack. First, Microsoft announced details of its Office on Demand feature,... more »
Hack Attacks, Cyber Wars, Data Theft... Just A Normal Day At The Office

Hack Attacks, Cyber Wars, Data Theft... Just A Normal Day At The Office

It’s been a rip-roaring 24 hours or so in the hacktivist world, with dozens of Swedish government websites being forced offline in suspected DDoS attacks; Armenia and Azerbaijan engaging in Cyber-Wars, and the hacker group AntiSec stealing over 12 million Apple device IDs from the FBI, later posting a million of them online. Swedish Websites Hacked Among the  Swedish websites hacked were the Swedish Institute, the Swedish Armed Forces, and Sweden’s Court Administration, each apparently taken down by supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who remains holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy. Shortly after the sites were forced offline, a number of... more »
Windows Server 2012 launches today

Windows Server 2012 launches today

  “Built from the Cloud Up” – that’s the vision of Microsoft’s new Cloud OS – Windows Server 2012.  Today the general availability of Microsoft’s flagship server operating system Windows Server 2012 will be announced via a launch event broadcast online this morning. The event is being broadcast live and will be available afterward in pre-recorded mode.   The broadcast can be found at http://www.windows-server-launch.com/Home. The online event also features a number of prizes given to participants who engage from their profile with the various outlets from the announcements: Join our global community of IT Professionals who are playing to learn and playing to win. Sign... more »
Bloomfire: We Can Make LinkedIn Do Stuff

Bloomfire: We Can Make LinkedIn Do Stuff

Bloomfire is a small team that recently dove head first into the highly-competitive social media scene with a LinkedIn add-on that brings a whole new layer to the business-oriented social media site. LinkedIn is so popular because the platform is specifically optimized for networking in the corporate jungle. It offers job seekers, head hunters and corroborate users a lot of added value that Facebook just doesn’t have, but the social network makes very little to go beyond just the "network." Bloomfire is offering a rounded-out content creation platform for LinkedIn Groups that doesn’t require plug-ins or external tools, and is just as... more »
Oracles Wants $1.3B In Damages From SAP In Revived Infringement Trial

Oracles Wants $1.3B In Damages From SAP In Revived Infringement Trial

In August, Oracle and SAP agreed the latter would pay $306 million in damages for infringing Oracle's software.  But Oracle wasn’t satisfied with the agreement, stating they want more from SAP, citing the original $1.3 billion fine ordered in 2010 as the appropriate amount and nothing less.  Oracle is taking SAP back to court, one more time and hopefully the last, to finally settle the dispute. Oracle sued SAP in 2007 for infringing their software after TomorrowNow,  a company that specializes in providing third-party maintenance and support service which was acquired by SAP in 2005, illegally downloaded the said software.  SAP closed... more »

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