The Open Invention Network - an IP company created to protect Linux from patent lawsuits - has purchased 22 patents formerly owned by Microsoft and which appear to impact Linux, The Wall Street Journal reports.The group purchased the patents from Allied Security Trust - a consortium of companies, including Verizon, HP and Cisco, created to buy up patents in a self-defensive move.
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Most interesting will be the way that Oracle matches the Sun assets against HP's burgeoning partnership with Oracle. Will HP perhaps buy Sun's hardware and IC IP outright after the Oracle acquisition is final? I'd bet on it.
Today, HP announced the intention to acquire iSCSI storage vendor LeftHand Networks for $360 Million in cash. LeftHand makes virtualized storage array software that can turn just about any server, PC or subset of disks on a device into a full featured IP based SAN array with features like space efficient snapshots, distance replication support and thin provisioning.
Thames Valley University and HP have created a two-year, part-time foundation degree aimed at providing sought-after tech skills
PC manufacturers clash over IP for the second time in a month, as HP seeks to prevent Acer from importing and selling its PCs in the US
Cicero Networks' softphone provides access to VoIP services over Wi-Fi and GSM networks from a single dialler. When seamless roaming between Wi-Fi and GSM is implemented, CiceroPhone should prove very useful. However, a Wi-Fi-equipped Windows Mobile smartphone may be a more convenient platform than a handheld.
Increased business outsourcing activity and rollouts of third-generation mobile and Voice over IP networks are driving heightened demand for ICT skills, according to one of the nation's top recruiters. "A lot of the big services and outsourcing businesses are suddenly winning contracts again," sparking demand for staff to service the deals, Hudson's IT and telecommunications recruitment head, Alison Maidment, said last week.
David Berlind: HP and Novell offer Linux indemnification? Red Hat and IBM don't. Since suing existing or potential customers for IP infringement is not exactly good business strategy, do most customers even need indemnification?
Microsoft has criticised Novell, Red Hat, IBM and HP for not offering enough protection against IP lawsuits. Red Hat, for one, takes a different view
The top five IT skills Canadian companies are seeking, in order, include TCP/IP, proficiency with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP, Windows 2000/ME, security skills and knowledge of Microsoft's SQL server, according to the survey released Wednesday.
Brooktrout Technology has joined the SALT Forum, a group of companies spearheading the use of speech technologies. The forum, composed of 19 companies including Cisco and Intel, is working to develop the Speech Application Language Tags (SALT) specification, which supports text-to-speech and related functions for multiple devices, such as telephones, wireless handhelds or cellular phones. The Microsoft-backed SALT strategy competes on some levels with speech technology from IBM. Brooktrout, which makes hardware and software for communications networks, said it will contribute its skills in media processing for IP (Internet Protocol) networks and help the SALT specification meet carriers' requirements. --Tiffany Kary
Tough on Cisco, tough on the causes of Cisco...
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