SAP CEO Henning Kagermann did one of his last warm-ups before the company rolls out its A1S midmarket suite on Sept. 19.
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Sun has been touting the ZFS storage software as a key advantage of its Solaris 10 operating system. Network Appliance is alleging that ZFS violates seven of its patents, and is seeking a permanent injunction that would prevent Sun from shipment or further development of the software, which has also been released as open source under the CDDL license.
Updated: Apple rolled out its much-anticipated iPod lineup Wednesday and an updated iTunes. A big part of that lineup is the iPod Touch, which is a nice end run around the iPhone due to its built-in Wi-Fi.
Steve Jobs unveiled the phoneless iPhone, an iPod with all the goodness that debuted in the iPhone. Dubbed the iPod touch, the device is 8mm wide and has the 3.
Facebook is now giving members the option to make their profiles searchable (see Techmeme for the various viewpoints on the news). In effect, your Facebook profile can be injected into the Web at large and non-members can see portions of Facebook profiles.
Dell CEO Michael Dell said Wednesday that he "was not involved in or aware of" the company's accounting irregularities. Dell, which recently concluded an audit and restated more than four years of financial results, is installing new processes, teams and systems to ensure accounting shenanigans don't occur again.
Henri Richard, the former chief sales and marketing officer at AMD, has landed at Freescale Semiconductor.Freescale announced that Richard will be chief sales and marketing officer for the chip maker.
Tony Byrne of CMS Watch has commented on a story from Wired about a Federal Government lawsuit against Accenture, Sun, and HP. The suit alleges that Accenture defrauded the government of millions of dollars by taking kickbacks and rebates on massive government IT projects.
Business intelligence company Cognos said Wednesday that it will buy Applix, a performance management software company, for $339 million. With the deal Cognos can add financial management tools to its business intelligence suite.
Yahoo picked up BlueLithium, a fast growing behavioral marketing firm, for $300 million and rounded out what it hopes will be a stronger ad arsenal.In a statement, Yahoo noted that:The addition of BlueLithium is the logical next step in creating the largest and most effective online ad network globally, which includes inventory on Yahoo!