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IBM to Acquire Cloudant: Open, Cloud Database Service Helps Organizations Simplify Mobile, Web App and Big Data Development

ARMONK, N.Y. – 24 Feb 2014: IBM today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Boston, MA-based Cloudant, Inc., a privately held database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider that enables developers to easily and quickly create next generation mobile and web apps.  

Cloudant will extend IBM’s Big Data and Analytics, Cloud Computing and Mobile offerings by further helping clients take advantage of these key growth initiatives. Financial terms were not disclosed. (more…)

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Microsoft Advances the Cloud OS With New Management Solutions

New offerings deliver on the commitment to help customers and partners deliver cloud services and manage connected devices.

REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 15, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of new solutions to help enterprise customers manage hybrid cloud services and connected devices with greater agility and cost-efficiency. System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1), the enhanced Windows Intune, Windows Azure services for Windows Server and other new offerings deliver against the Microsoft Cloud OS vision to provide customers and partners with the platform to address their top IT challenges.

“With Windows Server and Windows Azure at its core, the Cloud OS provides a consistent platform across customer datacenters, service provider datacenters and the Microsoft public cloud,” said Michael Park, corporate vice president of marketing for Server and Tools, Microsoft. “Powerful management and automation capabilities are key elements of the Cloud OS, taking the heavy lifting out of administration and freeing IT organizations to be more innovative as they embrace hybrid cloud computing and the consumerization of IT.” (more…)

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echoecho: Solving the ‘Where Are You?’ Problem

*Startup makes meeting in the real world simple, safer and hassle-free with the help of Microsoft BizSpark.*

REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 25, 2012 — “Where are you?” is one of the most ubiquitous phrases in text messages and phone calls. A number of location-based apps have tried to help mobile users address the question, but only Microsoft BizSpark startup echoecho has created an easy, intuitive solution that works anywhere in the world, using any leading smartphone. The mobile app helps users find their friends simply and easily, while helping protect their privacy as well as their device battery life — and without having to join yet another social network.

“More than 100 billion ‘Where are you?’ text messages are sent each year in the U.S. alone — and that doesn’t count texts in the rest of the world, or the number of times people say the phrase out loud during a phone call,” says Nick Bicanic, CEO and co-founder of echoecho. “Finding each other in the physical world turns out to be a really big problem, even more so with the GPS generation, and we are in business to find real solutions to real problems.” (more…)

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Microsoft and Facebook in good friendship mood

When Microsoft launched its cashback program in May this year, there were much buzz in the industry news and blogs about its success. Now months later, Microsoft’s success gaining more share in searches among the three major search engines looks more obvious. The Comscore data shows a 15% rise in search queries for Microsoft while Google and Yahoo! showed 6% and 9% rise respectively for June.

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