At the end of last year, Oracle took aim at Red Hat with a support program that seriously undercut Red Hat's pricing. Oracle's pricing claims might be a bit of smoke and mirrors, but it is giving customers something to think about as contracts come up for renewal.
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The game of leapfrog between code defenders and attackers in cyberspace will continue to be waged as long as code is written. But the majority of security holes could be eliminated.
There's a downside to software acquisitions. These newly bulked up giants will increase your software maintenance and support costs.
Intel reported fourth quarter earnings of 26 cents a share, a penny above consensus estimates, on revenue of $9.7 billion.
While Apple has dismissed Cisco's iPhone trademark suit as "silly" and many in the blogosphere have questioned whether Cisco meets all the requirements of iPhone trademark ownership, Cisco stands firm.
New Balance will launch an item-level RFID pilot at one of its corporate stores beginning in March, says Frank Cornelius, advanced manufacturing engineer at the athletic shoe maker. Under the pilot, New Balance will put RFID tags on each shoe box that makes its way through its Lawrence, Mass.
Marc Benioff is on stage talking about the latest milestones for saleforce.com.
Will social media influence your shopping habits? If IconNicholson, a digital design firm that couples technology and retail shopping, is correct sites like Facebook and MySpace will influence what you buy (see gallery).
Students need access to technology, but they need Windows and Office? Is open source software good enough for most student needs?
Symantec's fiscal third and fourth quarter results will fall short of expectations because of a combination of factors: --Weak performance in the company's data center management business, notable the company acquired when it bought Veritas;--Higher deferrals of enterprise maintenance contracts;--And higher costs from "the implementation of our new ERP system.