Vonage and Sprint said Monday that they have settled a pending patent dispute in a deal that's a rare bit of good news for the embattled VOIP provider. Vonage, which has been whacked by patent suits by Sprint and Verizon, said the settlement with Sprint is worth $80 million, including $35 million for past use of the license, $40 million for a paid-in-full future license and $5 million in prepayment for services.
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SAP took a rather big plunge with its $6.8 billion acquisition of Business Objects and left the business intelligence market much smaller than it was a day ago.
IBM and Google are each shelling out between $20 million and $25 million to start college programs focused on cloud computing. According to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times both Big Blue and Google have a shared vision on cloud computing.
Yahoo's 100-day strategic review is now in its 84th day and when the details do emerge chances are the plan will be anticlimactic. Why?
Notable headlines:Dan Farber: SAP’s growth spurt: $6.8 billion for Business Objects.
VMware on Monday announced plans for a new VMware Infrastructure release that will be available in the fourth quarter. The release was described by Bogomil Balkansky, senior director of product marketing, as "a minor release from a version perspective", but one with "a lot of new functionality.
Guest post: Chris Matyszczyk ruminates on the arrival of Halo 3 and finds connections between the video game, lattes, aspiring snipers, Blackwater and Britney. A couple of weeks ago, Wolf, the innocent-looking boy who makes my latte extra hot, seemed a little extra hot himself.
SAP took a page out of Oracle's grow-by-consolidation playbook in acquiring business intelligence leader Business Objects for $6.8 billion (42 Euros per share).
Six hundred and fifty dollars! Can I get $650? How about $700?
Research in Motion reported stellar second quarter earnings and highlighted a few areas: Software called Unite that can coordinate schedules for up to five people; enterprise gains amid Wi-Fi and wireless network roaming and prosumer hits such as the Pearl update. RIM reported an in line second quarter, but provided a strong outlook for its fiscal third quarter.