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News to know: VMforce, Blackberry 6, Ubuntu, iPhone, Facebook

The launch of VMforce, details on Blackberry 6, an Ubuntu upgrade and more twists in the iPhone Gizmodo saga lead today’s top headlines. Get the day’s rolling posts via Twitter, RSS, or email.

The launch of VMforce, details on Blackberry 6, an Ubuntu upgrade and more twists in the iPhone Gizmodo saga lead today’s top headlines. Get the day’s rolling posts via Twitter, RSS, or email.

Here are the key themes for Wednesday, April 28:

VMware and Salesforce jumped into the platform as a service business with the introduction of VMforce, which brings Java development to the cloud. What does the jury have to say about the deal? Larry Dignan wonders if this was a offensive or defensive move for Salesforce - or something in between. made news this week - VMforce, a platform-as-a-service offering that brings Java to the cloud. Phil Wainewritght says it redefines the PaaS landscape while Dennis Howlett says it rearchitects salesforce for the future. Here's what your CIO should be thinking about.

Jason Hiner is at WES 2010, where Research in Motion has announced Blackberry OS 6, which will be released in the fall.  Hiner's live blog of the announcement concludes with some impressions of the new features on the OS.

A free download of the next incarnation of Ubuntu version 10.04 - codenamed Lucid Lynx - will be available on Thursday and will bring some social integration with it. But is it enough to lure the social crowd?

Another day, another development in the Gizmodo iPhone story. The issue has shifted to a legal one as investigators halt their work - and keep their hands off of the seized computers of Gizmodo's editor - while journalist's constitutional protections are considered. Meanwhile, the blogosphere is slicing and dicing every piece of this story. For a related story, check out Zack Whittaker's post about a Nokia prototype that also landed in the blogosphere.

Facebook is on the hot seat again over privacy concerns. This time, it's four U.S. senators who are calling on the company to back-pedal on some of its recent changes and restore some control for the users so they can decide who sees what.

With an Intel Classmate, who needs an iPod? Today's gallery features images of kids using the device at the Central Park Zoo.