An iTunes upgrade in the near future may deliver the cloud-enabled functionality that LaLa is known for. The upgrade will let users access their personal music library from anywhere through a web browser. It might not even require that a user's entire music collection be uploaded to the cloud. Instead, it will only be necessary to upload those tracks not already available on iTunes – quite a rare possibility.
“The Lala setup process provides software to store a personal music library online and then play it from any web browser alongside web songs they vend. This technology plus the engineering and management team is the true value of Lala to Apple,” Robertson wrote.
After next week, Oracle's $7.4 billion roller-coaster ride will finally come to an end, as there remains little doubt that the European Commission will approve the company's acquisition of Sun Microsystems. With that being the case, protesters from the MySQL community have all but given up the battle in Europe and are now turning their attention to regulators in Russia and China, ITNews.com reports.
"The European Commission showed courage and competence during most of the investigation but looked very weak in the end," said MySQL founder Michael 'Monty' Widenius in a statement on Monday, adding that China and Russia "are powerful, self-confident, and open-source friendly countries and they have every right to do a better job on this than the EU."
Both nations are still investigating the deal and have yet to give Oracle the green light. So far, Widenius' helpmysql.org campaign has managed to attract 600 supporters in China and over 800 in Russia. On a global scale, the campaign stands at 30,000 signatures strong since its launch on December 28.
Security firm Symantec this week said it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Gideon Technologies, a risk management company that should slip nicely into the firm's security portfolio.
"As the U.S. Government continues to make the cyber security of our country’s public and private infrastructures a priority, Symantec will support public sector customers with standards-based solutions that meet their complex compliance requirements with the highest degree of accuracy," said Gigi Schumm, vice president and general manager public sector, Symantec. "As demonstrated by this acquisition, Symantec is committed to SCAP and emerging standards and intends to lead the ongoing advancement of these standards."
Symantec said it plans to integrate its Gideon Technologies' SecureFusion product with the Symantec Management Platform (formerly the Altiris platform) to help flesh out the company's automated situational awareness, continuous compliance, and remediation management offerings.
Cisco has shown no aversion to spending money acquiring companies in 2009, and that trend continues into the new year with the buyout of Rohati Systems, a security startup specializing in delivering agent-less access management for organizations.
Interestingly, neither company has so far dropped a press release announcing the acquisition, leading some to wonder if it was just speculation, but Cisco apparently confirmed the transaction to eWeek.
"Cisco can confirm that it has acquired privately held Rohati Systems, a developer of access management solutions for virtualized data centers and cloud-based networks," a Cisco spokesperson said, according to eWeek. "The employees of Rohati Systems will be joining Cisco's Nexus product team.
Neither company has disclosed financial terms of the deal.
BMC on Thursday announced it has acquired privately held Phurnace Software, a Texas-based company specializing in the development of automation software for deploying and configuring Java-based apps.
BMC's interest in the acquisition stems from the trend of businesses increasingly expanding their use of Java apps for critical IT services. According to BCM, managing the roll-out, stability, and configuration integrity of these apps manually or with script-based solutions proves unreliable and leads to costly delays.
"The increased frequency and criticality of application deployments and changes make it difficult and costly for IT organizations to rely on manual changes and deployment processes," said Ronni Colville, vice president and analyst at Gartner. "Organizations need to embrace an automated application release solution to ensure efficient, repeatable, accurate, and reliable application deployments."
Right off the bat, BMC said it plans to embed Phurnace technology into the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Suite product.
Oracle probably hoped its first acquisition of year would be with Sun Microsystems, but while that transaction is still playing out, the database outfit went and snatched up data-quality vendor Silver Creek Systems.
Silver Creek Systems specializes in helping companies simplify and standardize product descriptions across various information stores through the use of its DataLens software. And up until now, the company competed with Oracle in data quality and data integration, which included some heavyweight customers, such as IBM.
Details of the deal are pretty sparse, including financial terms of the transaction. It's also unknown what Oracle plans to do with the future development of Silver Creek's products.
The memory market has been one of the hardest hit sectors in the tech industry, so it came as somewhat of a surprise when rumors started swirling that Kingston would go on a spending spree acquiring outsourcing partners Panram International and Orient Semiconductor Electronics (OSE). And with good reason, because as it turns out, the rumors aren't true, or at least that's what Kingston's saying.
Kingston, who expects to see revenues generated from Asia reach the $1 billion milestone when all the numbers are tallied for 2009, said it will continue to work closely with contract partners, but has no plans to buy or merge with any of them.
The memory chip maker also indicated plans to increase its outsourcing to Panram and OSE instead of ramping up its in-house assembly capacity.
MySQL developers from around the world are doing what they can to convince the European Union to rule against Oracle's proposed $7.4 billion takeover bid of Sun Microsystems. And therein lies the problem: there's not much the MySQL community can do at this point.
In a last ditch effort to block the deal, developers took to emailing regulators from not just the EC, but also Russia, China, and various other countries. In addition, they've put together a petition signed by 14,000 MySQL users, all protesting the acquisition.
"In less than one week, during the holiday season, we gathered 50 times more customer support than Oracle claimed three weeks ago, when it presented a few hundred orchestrated letters from customers to the European Commission," MySQL creator Michael Widenius said in a statement. "The campaign has only started, and the number of signatures will double very quickly."
The problem for Widenius, and everyone else who opposes the deal, is that time is quickly running out. Oracle made a series of concessions that has EU regulators ready to approve the deal, and according to eWeek's sources, it's going to happen within the month.
Nevertheless, Widenius promised to keep drumming up support for his campaign right up until the bitter end, which might not be that far off.
Just last week we heard that the FTC was increasing scrutiny of the Google AdMob deal, and now two prominent consumer groups are getting into the mix. Both Consumer Watchdog and Center for Digital Democracy have asked the FTC to block the deal on anti-trust and data privacy grounds. They claim that the acquisition would lessen competition and harm consumers.
The groups took issue with the amount of data Google would have on consumer behavior if the deal were to go through. Though, Google may already have enough of this sort of data. This may be one of those times when Google wants a company for what they do, not just what they know about us. But these sorts of complaints tend to play well at the FTC.
Google offered a steep $750 million for AdMob, which is expected to reach $100 million in revenue in the next three years. Many have speculated that a Google-backed AdMob could essentially wipe out competitors in the mobile advertising space. Does the acquisition concern you? Google does come right out and say they’re not evil, right?
Why wait for someone to buy you the present you really want? Oft times you don’t get what you initially desired, if you get anything at all. Twitter cut out the middleman in its holiday shopping, and bought itself Mixer Labs, the developers of GeoAPI.
GeoAPI is the geotagging API tweeters can use to add current location to their tweets. According to the Twitter Blog, current location information allows “new and valuable services to emerge--everything from breaking news to finding friends or local business.” Adding Mixer Labs to Twitter’s bag of tricks will allow Twitter to know both “What’s happening?” along with “Where is it happening?”
Twitter’s move comes as a bit of surprise, given it isn’t very active in the acquisitions market. Last pick-up by Twitter was Summize, which it acquired in July 2008. Tom Krazit, of CNET News, speculates that perhaps all the new cash Twitter’s getting from recent deals with Google and Microsoft are burning a hole in Twitter’s pocket.