[ATTACH=RIGHT]19662[/ATTACH]In an [URL="http://www.wdc.com/en/company/pressroom/releases.aspx?release=ba433e4b-bff8-4d99-b60f-7f02aa42f444"]announcement made today, Western Digital (WD) agreed to acquire Hitachi[/URL]’s Global Storage Technologies division for roughly $4.3 billion. With this acquisition, WD, an industry leader in consumer and entertainment-class storage solutions that recently ventured into the solid-state drive market, no-doubt aims to become a major player in the enterprise storage market. Steve Miligan, president and CEO of Hitachi GST said "Together we can provide customers worldwide with the industry's most compelling and diverse set of products and services, from innovative personal storage to solid state drives for the enterprise," Mr. Miligan will join WD as president, reporting to …

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Day 1 of the Intel Developer Forum kicked off with some cool announcements from Intel's CEO, Paul Otellini and EVP/General Manager, David Permutter.[ATTACH]17175[/ATTACH]First off Otellini went into some numbers, stating that Gartner estimates each day 1 million PCs are shipped.[ATTACH]17176[/ATTACH]Next he reminded us that Moore's Law still lives strong and that Intel is on the way to a 22nm (nanometer) manufacturing process.[ATTACH]17177[/ATTACH]He also explained (but not in great detail) that Intel's recent acquisition of McAfee will be integrated with vPro technology to create a truly secure, "trusted" software/hardware relationship.[ATTACH]17178[/ATTACH]He went on to mention some additional recent acquisitions and explained that …

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[ATTACH=right]16801[/ATTACH]The holiday shopping season has apparently come early to the tech world. First came the big and stupefying news that [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story305645.html"]Intel was purchasing security leader McAfee[/URL] for $7.68 billion earlier, and now the end of the week brings a new flurry of acquisitions from three more industry leaders. [B]Google Likes What it Sees in Like.com[/B] It's been a long, tortured romance between the two search engines. The Mountain View Monster originally courted Like.com's visual search service for retail back in 2004 when the brand new company was known as Riya. As Like.com itself explains, its technology... [QUOTE]lets us understand visually …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16532[/ATTACH]Yet [URL="http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/09/google-aquires-jambool-social-gold/"]another target of Google's shopping list has been revealed[/URL], this time [URL="http://www.jambool.com/"]Jambool[/URL], the producer of Social Gold, a payment product that allows developers to build a payment system directly into their applications. The purchase price is a rumored $55 million dollars, with an additional sum on earnout. Founded in 2006, San Francisco-based Jambool is the brainchild of [URL="http://www.crunchbase.com/person/vikas-gupta"]Vikas Gupta[/URL], a former Amazon employee whose creations include the Send Good Karma and Hug Me apps. Jambool's Social Gold provides three APIs: Virtual Currency, with which developers can create virtual currencies for transactions and payments in virtual economies; Payments, which handles …

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What's Apple up to now? Yesterday it became public that the company had acquired [url=http://siri.com/]Siri[/url], whose sole purpose in life appears to be to make [url=http://siri.com/about/]Siri[/url], a free iPhone app that helps you find things and make plans. To [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpjpVAB06O4&feature=player_embedded]watch Siri in action[/url], it does look pretty useful. But why did Apple pay as much as $200 million for something that it could [url=http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/siri-assistant/id351778157?mt=8]get for free at the iTunes store[/url]? Answer? One theory suggests that the technology might help Apple better compete with Google. Here's how it works, according to Siri. Let's say you want to find a romantic Italian …

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Even Microsoft is sometimes faced with the decision of whether to "buy or build." This time it chose to buy. With the acquisition of Opalis Software announced yesterday, Redmond in one stroke takes a major leap in data center process automation. And it couldn't have come at a better time. Major announcements by [Dell](http://www.networkcomputing.com/data-center/new-dell-hardware-and-software-aid-data-center-automation.php?type=article) and [EMC](http://www.networkcomputing.com/storage-networking-management/emc-fast-brings-storage-tiering-to-fibre-channel-sata-and-flash.php) last week put Microsoft behind by at least six months when it comes to IT automation; according to reports, it will be mid-2010 before we see a Microsoft-branded solution. Opalis's flagship is Integration Server, which automates data center processes--such as those for provisioning a …

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After a swirl of rumors that Apple was in talks to acquire music-streaming service [url=http://www.lala.com/]Lala[/url], the [url=http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704342404574576544196064138.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTWhatsNewsCollection]Wall Street Journal reported[/url] yesterday that the companies had reached a deal. Exact terms were not disclosed. Lala, a four-year-old private company, offers a terrific Web-based [url=http://www.lala.com/#howitworks]music streaming and download service[/url] that lets you listen to any song for the first time for free, and as many times after that for $.10 per song. Unlike with iTunes purchases, you never own the file. Instead, you buy the right to stream it from any browser at any time, even from mobile devices. But here's where …

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Skype might stop next year. The service's owner, eBay, has said that it is in dispute with the VoIP system's founders (see a report [URL="http://www.revolutionmagazine.com/news/rss/924222/Skypes-future-shaky-warns-eBay/"]here[/URL] but it doesn't say much more than I'm going to repeat here) and that if the new owners can't get the underlying technology from the old, then it's unlikely that the service will be able to continue. Which is fair enough at first glance. If they can't get the technology then they can't get the technology. And yet... You have to ask a few questions, don't you? Like, how was someone able to acquire a …

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It's probably a little early to be looking for implications of Oracle buying Sun (no, it's official, here's the [URL="http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/018363"]press release[/URL]). They've only just confirmed it's happening, and as one of the journalists who covered Novell buying Lotus many years ago I can confirm things aren't done until they're done, frankly. A few things spring to mind, though. First there will be much talk of useful synergies between the two. Second, there will be a strong company coming out of this. That aside, however, there will be more. First it's almost certainly going to be seen as a blow to …

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The Wall Street Journal reported this morning (and thousands of others since then) in a [URL=http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121496732802022117.html] front-page story[/URL] that Microsoft is seeking new channels of opportunity for acquiring the search business of Yahoo. Redmond has reportedly been in talks with Time Warner and WSJ parent company News Corp., cooking up a deal that would see Yahoo’s constituent pieces scattered about like orphaned mice. But such a scenario, which the Journal story characterized as cherry-picking Yahoo’s most valued asset, was not something Yahoo wanted, but was apparently what Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had wanted all along. It seems that during the …

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I don’t know about you, but I’m glad the Microsoft bid to acquire Yahoo was a bust—and I hope it stays that way. I shudder to think of the consequences of a company like Microsoft acquiring Google-like power. Microsoft already has too much power and control over my life. I don’t want to be further beholden to yet another near-monopoly; utility companies, telecoms and big oil are enough for me, thank you. Now that Microsoft’s self-imposed Saturday deadline for conclusion of negotiations has come and gone—with Yahoo still a free country—it remains to be seen if Redmond will press the …

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[url=http://www.sun.com]Sun Microsystems[/url], the pioneers of the Java technology, announced today that auto maker General Motors has chosen the Java ES to provide an “integrated software environment

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