As rumored last month, HP is indeed interested in Mercury Interactive, and pulled the trigger today. The price tag--a cash tender offer for $52.
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More Americans are working on vacation time. No big surprise.
Meet Jay Rosen. If you've frequented the inner circles of journalism, joined a public conversation about the media, or paid any attention to the so-called "a-listers" of the blogosphere, then chances are you've encountered the New York University-based professor of journalism, or at least his media/journalism watchdog blog at PressThink.
Here's something that pretty much everyone has had happen to them (or, at least you can relate to it): You do some search on the Internet and find you're way to an audio or video file. But, when you get there, the name of the file has pretty much nothing to do with what you're searching for.
What do Adobe's chief software architect, the man behind MySpace, a 19th-century mathematician and a 21st century futurologist, plus the most hated man in cyberspace all have in common? They are regarded, by ZDNet bloggers, as individuals who exert an especially noteworthy influence on the broad field of information technology.
Socialtext is completing its transformation into a commercial open source company. At the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) this morning, the company released Socialtext Open, an enterprise-class version of its software, under a standard open source license (Mozilla Public 1.
In another one of the worst kept secrets in the technology industry, AMD has shelled out $5.4B for Canada-based video and graphics solution provider ATI Technologies.
JotSpot CEO Joe Kraus thinks that wikis are trapped in "nerdy clothing." He's launching the latest version of JotSpot Wiki 2.
Nick Carr writes that Dell's pioneering direct sales model is showing signs of fatigue due to growing support costs: So there, perhaps, is the flaw in the direct sales model, particularly when it's applied to a commodity product like the PC: You have a cost disadvantage in customer support, which is hidden as long as support represents a fairly small portion of the each product's overall cost.
Billboard magazine has confirmed that Microsoft has a new portable entertainment platform that includes both hardware and software in the works. The brand name fo the platform is Zune (logo pictured right).