The inevitable has finally happened: Sprint Nextel CEO Gary Forsee is out. Maybe it was the lackluster earnings.
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The dean of search engine analysis Danny Sullivan, editor-in-chief of Search Engine Land, gave a talk on how "social" intersects with search at the Graphing Social Patterns conference in San Jose. At this point, there isn't much intersection between search and social.
Speaking the Graphing Social Patterns conference (covering the business and technology of Facebook) in San Jose today, Linkedin founder and chairman Reid Hoffman poured cold water on the notion that a single social graph would prevail. "One graph that includes all types of relationships in one perfectly orchestrated universe is a geek, blogger dream.
This morning, the New York Times carried a story on an effort to build "large data centers that students can tap into over the Internet to program and research remotely, which is called 'cloud computing.'" The problem is that even well funded universities have a tough time putting students into compute environments that give them experience writing applications that use and manage multiple machines over a network.
BMC announced today the acquisition of Emprisa Networks, which provides automated network configuration, compliance and change management software. BMC had been partnering with Emprisa, and the Emprisa E-NetAware is part of BMC's new Service Automation solution, which deals with coordinating and running provisioning and updates; server and network configuration; and the packaging and deployment of software across heterogeneous systems.
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.
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.