Microsoft announced that it is acquiring Tellme Networks. Financial details were not disclosed, but analysts peg the cost at around $800 million.
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Microsoft will be holding a press event at 9:30 PST that will have something to do with speech and unified communications. Sounds like the Tellme Networks acquisition that has been rumored for the last few weeks is coming to fruition.
Red Hat executives have spent a lot of time talking about virtualization and how Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 will drive adoption. Starting today we'll be seeing some hard results.
Stephen Danelutti has created an Enterprise 2.0 meme map, capturing the ideas associated with the marriage of Web 2.
GigaOm's Drew Clark makes a convincing case that Google is backing off of its stance as Net neutrality champion.Clark quotes Google Senior Policy Counsel Andrew McLaughlin saying:“Net neutrality will ultimately be solved by competition in the long-run,” describing fiber, broadband over power lines, and wireless efforts to crack “the existing telco-cable duopoly...
BMC Software may not be a widely recognized software brand, but the company is making a name for itself in business service management. In the most recent quarter, sales grew about 30 percent, according to company CEO Bob Beauchamp.
Notable headlines:Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft shows off its future business-app user interfaces. Gallery (right).
In a Goldman Sachs research report on IT enterprise spending for 2007, the top 10 priorities by rank were applications integration, security, cost cutting, business intelligence, ERP, Web-based app development, datacenter consolidation, disaster recovery, compliance/risk management and identity and access management. The report also detailed what hardware and software players were gaining traction.
Viacom filed a complaint against Google's YouTube and it isn't pretty. Whether Viacom is looking for leverage, a test of copyright law or the end of YouTube isn't exactly clear.
Viacom's $1 billion lawsuit against Google's YouTube kicks off what could be the end game for the video sharing site. Viacom filed a complaint in the Southern District of New York that alleges a "massive intentional copyright infringement of Viacom's entertainment properties.