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Verizon buys up cloud start-up

Cloud software start-up, CloudSwitch, has been snapped up by Verizon for an undisclosed sum. The three-year-old company specialises in high security management of enterprise grade applications running via the cloud. The start-up had raised around $US15 million from Boston based VC firms to date.
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How to... re-energise your Android smartphone's OS

Generally, users have two beefs with Android. One, handsets often don’t get updated when a new version of the OS rolls out from the Chocolate Factory, and, two, many of the bespoke overlays and ROMs cooked up by handset makers and telecos are more akin to painting a moustache on the Mona Lisa than adding anything of value to the user experience.
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VMware turns self into (virtual) database co.

VMworld Server virtualization juggernaut and cloud puffer VMware is getting into the database business. But it's not selling database the way Oracle or IBM sell databases. It's selling them more like the Microsoft sells database services on its Azure cloud.
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VMware orders vCloud army across five continents

VMworld VMware envisions a world where applications can roam across one big intercloud. Apps won't just jump from internal data centers to public cloud services, the company believes. They'll move from cloud to cloud like phone calls across cell networks.
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Cloud.com goes open source

VMworld After taking control of the CloudStack cloud management framework through its acquisition of Cloud.com back in July, Citrix Systems is now open sourcing the code behind the tool. At the same time, it's adding support for the provisioning of workloads on additional hypervisors and, for the first time, on bare-metal machines.
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HP mates blades with VMware vSphere

VMworld It's the VMworld virtualization extravaganza this week, and that means everyone wants to show that they are best buddies with VMware and enthusiastically supporting its virty and cloudy tools. And so it is that Hewlett-Packard is trying to change the subject about its own software aspirations and PC business spinoff and wants to talk about putting the vSphere 5.0 stack on its VirtualSystem preconfigured virtualized servers.
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Dell floats cloud built on ... VMware

VMworld After hemming and hawing for months, server maker and services player Dell will soon launch its first infrastructure cloud. Appropriately, enough, it's called the Dell Cloud.
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Samsung 'mulls bid for' HP's orphaned webOS

Samsung may be mulling over the purchase of webOS – recently orphaned by HP – in a move to protect itself from an increasingly unfriendly Apple and the threat of Google and its new toy, Motorola Mobility.
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Seven lessons from the HP Touchpad fire sale

The unfolding saga surrounding the HP Touchpad contains a goldmine of salutary tales. So, just what can we learn from the last few days?
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Sprint issues iPhone 5 gag rule to staff

If you ask a Sprint employee whether they'll offer the iPhone, don't expect a straight answer – the company has told their staff to clam up if asked.
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Hackers penetrate website for Nokia developers

Nokia suffered an embarrassing security breach over the weekend when hackers penetrated one of its community websites and accessed names, email addresses, and other information belonging to developers of smartphone apps.
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Fraudulent Google credential found in the wild

Security researchers have discovered a counterfeit web certificate for Google.com circulating on the internet that gives attackers the encryption keys needed to impersonate Gmail and virtually every other digitally signed Google property.
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Russian rocket flub threatens to empty ISS

NASA has announced that there's a good chance that, come November, the International Space Station will be uninhabited for the first time in a decade, but the US space agency says not to worry. Much.
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Aussie satellite company scores $US134m capacity deal

Australian satellite communications company NewSat has secured a ten year $US134 million capacity agreement with Pakistani service provider 3A Technology for carriage on the yet to be launched Jabiru-1 satellite.
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Samsung will add cross-suits in Oz

In yesterday’s directions hearing in the Federal Court in Sydney, the only new detail to emerge in the Apple-versus-Samsung international lawyers’ progressive dinner is that Samsung will follow its international fightback strategy and file counter-suits against Apple.