AT&T said Tuesday that it has won a deal to be the prime network management and maintenance contractor for Sun Microsystems. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
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It's like a deja vu all over again, a battle of two major forces played over and over. Once again IBM is making an attempt to take down Microsoft, this time the lucrative Office franchise.
IBM is reportedly going to offer free software to compete with Microsoft Office, Google launched its PowerPoint wannabe and Yahoo acquires Zimbra in a really nice move that could be a precursor to Yahoo Office. In between those announcements there's OpenOffice 2.
AMD added a triple-core processor to its desktop roadmap and could find itself with some open field in the core wars. The processor, the AMD Phenom, has three brains--computational cores on a single die of silicon.
OnForce, an online marketplace for IT labor, has raised $6.75 million in a Series A1 round of venture financing.
Notable headlines:Dan Farber: Yahoo scoops up Zimbra for $350 million. Larry Dignan: With Zimbra, Yahoo Office is a possibility.
On the heels of Yahoo acquiring Zimbra and the $10 million fbFund for Facebook developers, the Mozilla Foundation launching a new company, with $3 million in seed funding, aimed at developing communications software and an ecosystem based on the Thunderbird email product, code and brand.David Ascher, currently CTO and VP Engineering of ActiveState, is joining Mozilla to head up the new company.
In a chat with Mike Arrington at the TechCrunch 40 event in San Francisco, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that his company wants to make it as easy as possible for developers to get started in building users bases and great user experiences.He announced that Facebook is going to create the FB Fund, a $10 million fund fueled by Facebook investors Peter Thiel from Founders Funds and Jim Breyer of Accel Partners.
At TechCrunch 40, Cake Financial unveiled an alpha release of its social network-based financial planning service that has a good chance of survival in a crowded space. It mashes up stock portfolio data and social networking to leverage the wisdom of the crowd--a market of 40 million online investors--for investing.
Among the TechCrunch 40 presentations today, Cubic Telecom was among the most interesting. The company unveiled a “global” phone that eliminates expensive, international roaming charges.