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News Archive - April 2010

The dark side of cloud computing: soaring carbon emissions
April 30, 2010
Digital waste has grown exponentially over the last decade as storage of data — such as e-mails, pictures, audio and video files, etc. — has shifted to the online sphere. It takes a lot of power to keep the world's computers running.
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LifeSize Shapes Up for Managed Video Services
April 30, 2010
Service providers looking to add to their portfolios of managed services can now more easily enter the videoconferencing and telepresence sector by using a platform that overcomes two of the main barriers to widespread adoption — the interconnection of multiple videoconferencing providers and the traversal of enterprise firewalls.
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Amazon Makes Its Cloud Services Available in Asia
April 29, 2010
Amazon announced the availability of its cloud computing service in Asia by opening up its Singapore facilities to cloud customers.
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HP buying Palm for $1.2 billion
April 28, 2010
Hewlett-Packard will purchase Palm for $1.2 billion. This is somewhat surprising, given that Palm has not been very successful with all of the competition in the mobile space. Interesting, also, that HP is sporting a new logo on its front page that reminds us of Dell, whom also recently announced mobile phone plans.
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Numbers favor Android over iPhone
April 28, 2010
Google Android shows strong developer and customer growth, which has Apple and Microsoft increasingly worried and willing to take action.
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Microsoft claims Android steps on its patents
April 27, 2010
The mobile phone wars are getting more interesting as Microsoft publicly asserted for the first time that Google's Android operating system infringes on its intellectual property.
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Microsoft Exec: We and Users Win With Cloud
April 25, 2010
Microsoft is firmly on the cloud-computing bandwagon and with good reason — it can make more money by doing so, even as it helps customers cut costs. Some 90% of Microsoft's engineering team will be working on cloud computing in some way within a couple of years.
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5 Reasons Cellphones and Mobile VoIP Are Forging an Unlikely Truce
April 23, 2010
The battle to deliver your wireless phone calls once seemed to have all the makings of an epic showdown between cellphone carriers and mobile VoIP upstarts like Skype.
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Cisco finally closes $3.3 billion Tandberg bid
April 19, 2010
Cisco Systems has finally managed to acquire videoconferencing vendor Tandberg.
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Cloud Computing Makes It Easier For Criminals To Get Busted
April 17, 2010
The great thing about cloud computing is that no matter where you are, your files are just there. It turns out they’re just there for law enforcement, too, as two Google Docs-using spammers recently found out.
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Morgan Stanley Hired to Explore Options, including a possible Sale of Polycom
April 17, 2010
With the videoconferencing market growing and with Cisco jumping in with both feet and acquiring TANDBERG, Polycom is left looking for a buyer.
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What I Learned From the IMTC 2025 Virtual Event
April 15, 2010
To say the IMTC 2025 event was an impressive and successful undertaking is an understatement. Participants were connected from their offices, homes, or hotels. They connected with their PCs, Macs, standard H.323 endpoints or telephones. And they were all seeing each other, hearing each other, sharing presentations and interacting with each other.
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Frustrations with cloud computing mount
April 9, 2010
Cloud computing users are shifting their focus from what the cloud offers to what it lacks. What it offers is clear, such as the ability to rapidly scale and provision, but the list of what it's missing seems to be growing by the day.
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Who would benefit most by buying Palm?
April 9, 2010
Rumors are swirling that Lenovo is interested in Palm. Whatever the case, Palm's stock shot up over 20% on speculation.
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Verizon Tries to Patent Spot Pricing for the Cloud
April 8, 2010
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office just published a patent application from a division of Verizon Communications for a way to offer market-based spot pricing for cloud computing.
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The cloud—it's not for control freaks
April 8, 2010
Moving server software to the cloud has a lot of advantages. A company no longer has to worry about patches, deploying upgrades, and an number of other concerns.
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Amazon adds messaging to its Web services
April 7, 2010
A new messaging feature called Amazon Simple Notification Service will let developers with Amazon Web Services accounts push out notifications to subscribers from their cloud-based applications.
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FCC has no power to regulate Net neutrality
April 6, 2010
The FCC does not have the legal authority to slap net neutrality regulations on Internet providers, a federal appeals court ruled.
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