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IBM acquires first US regulatory approval for server division sale

08/16, 3:03pm

Lenovo on track to buy IBM server unit for $2.3 billion

IBM has gained a US national security regulatory agency's approval in one of its first steps to sell its server division to Lenovo Group, a Chinese company. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the US has deemed that the $2.3 billion dollar sale can continue with little or no risk to US security interests, despite rising conflicts about Internet issues and continued espionage allegations between the nations.

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Apple, IBM, others agree to join White House's 'SupplierPay' program

07/11, 10:38am

Meant to insure small suppliers get paid on-time

A variety of US businesses including Apple, IBM, and Coca-Cola have agreed to sign on to an Obama administration initiative dubbed SupplierPay. The program is a private-sector mirror of QuickPay, a federal effort to ensure that smaller contractors are paid within 15 days of issuing an invoice. Under SupplierPay, private firms are expected to pay smaller parts suppliers quickly.

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IBM to invest $3 billion into research for new computer chips

07/10, 5:13pm

Five year investment in research to look at 'seven nanometer technology and beyond'

IBM announced today that it is re-committing itself to the computer landscape, as the company intends to spend $3 billion on research into future chip technologies. Over the next five years, Big Blue will invest in two "broad research and early stage development programs" in search of an innovation in the field. The shift in strategy comes at a time when the company was rumored to be selling off its chip manufacturing business.

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Google beats Apple in Millward Brown's global brand value rankings

05/21, 11:58am

Google Glass, partnerships among cited reasons

Google has replaced Apple as the world's top brand, according to market research firm Millward Brown. In the company's latest annual Top BrandZ report, Google's brand value surged 40 percent to $158.84 billion. "Google has been extremely innovative this year with Google Glass, investments in artificial intelligence and a range of partnerships," writes Benoit Tranzer, the head of Millward Brown France. "All these activities send a very strong signal to consumers about the essence of Google."

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IBM shows phase-change memory hybrid technology, eclipses SSD speeds

05/08, 1:12pm

New technology can be up to 275 times faster than conventional flash memory

IBM has shown what it says is the replacement for NAND flash found in this generation of SSDs. In conjunction with the University of Patras in Greece, IBM has unveiled the Theseus Project -- the first attempt to combine the new phase-change memory technology, NAND, and DRAM on a single controller. If successful, the new technology could be up to 275 times faster than current PCI-e based SSDs.

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Industry bigwigs launch OpenSSL-fixing Core Infrastructure Initiative

04/24, 1:16pm

New organization to fund open source projects that have wide importance

The Linux Foundation today announced it has formed a new project to fund and support critical elements of the global information infrastructure, namely OpenSSL. The newly-formed Core Infrastructure Initiative enables technology companies to collaboratively identify and fund open-source projects that are in need of assistance, while allowing the developers to continue their work under open-source community norms. Founding backers of the Initiative include Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Rackspace, VMware and The Linux Foundation.

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Twitter paid $36 million to IBM for 900 patents in January

03/07, 11:03am

Patent purchase to end legal dispute leaves Twitter with 956 patents in total

Twitter paid a hefty sum to acquire a collection of patents from IBM, a Securities and Exchange Commission filing reveals. The January payment, which saw Twitter take ownership of 900 patents, was worth $36 million and also ceased the legal action brought against the micro-blogging firm for alleged patent infringement, though it will certainly not be the last it faces.

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Report: IBM considering offloading POWER chip manufacturing

02/07, 6:04pm

Sale or partnership considered for poorly performing IBM department

According to sources familiar with the matter, IBM is pondering a sale of its semiconductor manufacturing facilities and business. The poorly-performing unit makes chips for IBM's own servers, as well as a limited amount of chips for other companies, with the major consumer of the chips being Nintendo, which uses POWER chips in its current Wii-U console.

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Twitter buys over 900 patents from IBM, ends infringement lawsuit

01/31, 12:18pm

IBM patent buy by Twitter follows similar acquisitions by Google, Facebook

Twitter has acquired over 900 patents from IBM, with the two companies also agreeing to a patent cross-licensing deal, IBM has announced. Occurring in December and only just being announced today, the agreement also puts to an end a patent lawsuit by IBM, accusing Twitter of infringing on three patents before the micro-blogging service filed its IPO.

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Lenovo acquires IBM x86 server business in $2.3B purchase

01/23, 12:36pm

Approximately 7,500 IBM employees to transfer to Lenovo

Chinese notebook producer Lenovo is taking on IBM's x86 server business, with the $2.3 billion deal funded by $2 billion in cash and the remainder in Lenovo stock, the company has confirmed. Though not a customer-facing purchase, the acquisition of the server line represents a second major transfer from IBM to Lenovo, following the sale of IBM's PC business and Thinkpad line to the company in 2005.

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IBM allows developers access to Watson 'cognitive computing' in cloud

11/14, 6:17am

Cloud-based service to provide intelligent backbone to customer queries

IBM is working on a cloud service based of Watson, its natural language processing and information retrieval system, for use by other developers. The service will allow developers to pay for time on the supercomputer, allowing for apps and services to use its "cognitive computing" technology for commercial purposes, such as answering queries within smartphone apps.

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Twitter faces patent-infringement lawsuit from IBM

11/04, 11:10am

Legal dispute noted in IPO filings

In an amended S-1 filing with the SEC, Twitter has revealed that it has been threatened with a patent-infringement lawsuit by IBM. In a letter sent to the former ahead of its IPO, IBM accused the company of violating US Patent No. 6,957,224: "Efficient retrieval of uniform resource locators," No. 7,072,849: "Method for presenting advertising in an interactive service," and No. 7,099,862: "Programmatic discovery of common contacts."

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Amazon wins legal fight with IBM for $600M CIA contract

10/08, 12:46pm

Amazon to build private cloud

Amazon has reportedly won a legal battle with IBM over a $600 million contract with the Central Intelligence Agency. The companies have been competing for a ten-year agreement to help the agency build and manage a large-scale private cloud network for data-mining operations.

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Big-name cloud provider Nirvanix files Chapter 11, hosted data at risk

10/03, 4:12pm

Customers have until October 15 to migrate data to other cloud hosts

Cloud provider Nirvanix has announced that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company, with deep ties to IBM and Dell, has given customers with hosted data until October 15 to move data or face permanent loss. The shutdown affects a large swath of the tech industry, with the company's largest creditors being IT firm Salesforce, CA-owned Nimsoft, analyst firm Gartner, and Dell Marketing.

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Chinese government evaluating IBM, Oracle, EMC for security risks

08/15, 11:58pm

Move by Ministry of Public Security response to PRISM, Huawei allegations

In what is likely retribution for both the US government investigating Huawei and the recent PRISM surveillance program leaks, China's Ministry of Public Security are looking into US firms IBM, Oracle, and EMC for potential security problems, reports the state-run Shanghai Securities News. The three companies are the latest in a series of investigations by various agencies within China looking at how both Chinese-national and international businesses act within the country.

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Google, Nvidia, IBM ally to boost 'Power' chip architecture

08/06, 3:37pm

Five company coalition allowed to fabricate Power-based chips

IBM, Google, and other tech companies have banded together to license and improve IBM's "Power" chip line. The new OpenPower Consortium has been formed by the pair, plus Israel-based Mellanox Technologies, Taiwan company Tyan Computer Corp, and Nvidia. As part of the agreement, the manufacturing companies in the consortium will be allowed to fabricate Power chips for sale and use in "servers, networking, and storage devices."

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IBM launches 5U 32-core PowerLinux server with Watson lineage

08/02, 3:37pm

New server continues PowerPC processor lineage

IBM is accelerating its Linux on Power initiative with a new high-performance PowerLinux server as well as new software and middleware applications. The new PowerLinux 7R4 server, built on the same Power Systems platform running IBM's Watson cognitive computing solution has been released, as well as new versions of IBM Cognos Business Intelligence and EnterpriseDB database software, optimized for the new hardware.

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Layoffs wrack IBM; 1300 workers cut from US workforce, 8000 coming

06/13, 3:32pm

Layoffs part of $1 billion restructuring effort

IBM yesterday commenced layoffs in the US, with a round of 1,300 people now looking for work. The move begins IBM's previously announced global restructuring plan that began in April after bad first quarter financial results. The restructuring is expected to cost the company $1 billion worldwide, including severance expenses and other one-time charges related to the layoffs.

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Apple maintains top spot in 2013 BrandZ brand rankings

05/21, 9:20pm

Company's growth rate slips

Apple remains in first place on an annual BrandZ ranking of the world's most valuable brands, notes MarketingWeek. Apple's brand is estimated to be worth $185.071 billion, putting it well ahead of next-closest rivals Google ($113.669 billion) and IBM ($112.536 billion). Other companies in the top 10 include McDonald's, Coca-Cola, AT&T, Microsoft, Marlboro, Visa, and China Mobile.

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Lenovo said to consider buying IBM's server business

04/20, 4:11pm

IBM server segment could fetch $4.5 billion

Chinese PC manufacturer Lenovo may be heading back to IBM for yet another purchase, as Bloomberg reports that the company is in talks with IBM to buy its server business. The deal, still very much in the formative stages, could see Lenovo paying between $2.5 and $4.5 billion for IBM's server division, depending on what is included. A source close to the negotiations says an agreement on the deal could be weeks away.

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IBM Roadrunner supercomputer shuttered over power usage

04/01, 6:58am

Shutdown of AMD, Cell-based supercomputer despite #22 ranking

The Los Alamos National Laboratory is shutting down its Roadrunner supercomputer, after deeming it too energy inefficient. Constructed by IBM in 2008, the five-year-old supercomputer was at one point the fastest in the world after achieving a speed exceeding one petaflop: one million billion calculations per second.

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Briefly: Facebook UK Android update, IBM tech center

03/29, 11:11am

Facebook updates Android app in UK with VoIP access

Facebook has updated the Android version of its Messenger app in the United Kingdom, enabling Voice over IP (VoIP) calls in the country. The new version comes just days after the same update appeared on the iOS version for the UK, with users being able to place calls to other Messenger users by tapping the "i" button then "Free Call." The unannounced Android update has taken place in a much shorter time-span than the two-months seen when the feature first rolled out in the US and Canada.

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Apple retains top spot in Fortune 'Most Admired Companies'

02/28, 12:40pm

Google, Amazon fill out top three

For a sixth year in a row, Apple has claimed the top position in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Companies list. The chart is based on a poll of executives. "Apple has had a rough time lately with its stock price in a free fall and the widely publicized failure of its Maps feature," Fortune writes. "However, it remains a financial juggernaut, posting $13 billion in net income last quarter, making it the most profitable company in the world during that period. The company has its fanatical customer base, and it still refuses to compete on price, making the iconic iPhone and iPad products that are still widely seen as prestige devices. Competition may be stiff, but so far it remains behind: In Q4 2012, the iPhone 5 was the world's best selling smartphone, followed in second place by the iPhone 4S."

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Google grows, Apple reduces US lobbying cash in 2012

02/18, 2:40pm

Major tech companies wield influence on American government

Google increased the amount it spent on lobbying the US government 90 percent year-over-year in 2012, according to data compiled by Fortune. The company ended up spending $18.22 million, easily beating out any other American technology firm. Microsoft, in fact, came in second place with $8.09 million, despite likewise increasing its spending. Other major tech businesses that funneled more money toward lobbying last year included HP, Facebook, and Amazon.

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IBM beats street, reveals fourth quarter $5.8 billion profit

01/22, 8:45pm

Migration away from hardware buoys IBM stock, net worth

IBM announced its fourth-quarter 2012 diluted earnings on Tuesday. The IT services company revealed earnings of $5.13 per share, compared with diluted earnings of $4.62 per share in the fourth quarter of 2011, an increase of 11 percent. Fourth-quarter net income was $5.8 billion compared with $5.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011, an increase of six percent. Total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 of $29.3 billion decreased one percent from the fourth quarter of 2011.

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IBM, Cleveland Clinic turning Watson towards medical support

10/31, 1:46pm

Knowledge system to be used to diagnose patients

Cleveland Clinic and IBM are to work together to implement Watson's Deep Question Answering technology in a medical capacity. Researchers will work with Watson and medical students to improve the system's knowledge, as well as to find any challenges that could appear when putting such a technology to real-world use.

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IBM to bring Watson to smartphones

08/29, 4:32pm

Efficiency improvements to make Siri-competitor possible

IBM is looking to bring the technology that powers Watson to smartphones. The technology giant says that advances in both battery power and computing efficiency make it possible to bring a new version of the smart computer, dubbed Watson 2.0, to mobile handsets within the coming years. The new version will bring the voice recognition capabilities the system is already known for, but IBM is also looking to add more senses to the technology, allowing Watson to recognize images as well.

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IBM buys Kenexa for $1.3 billion

08/28, 9:31pm

Purchase will shore up IBM's social offerings

IBM announced today that it was purchasing human resources software company Kenexa. The computing and enterprise services will pay $1.3 billion in cash to acquire Kenexa, which supplies an array of services aimed at aiding in employee recruitment, retention, and development. As The Wall Street Journal reports, the deal is likely to help IBM as it competes against other enterprise technology players such as Oracle and Salesforce.

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IBM posts better than expected profits

07/19, 3:48pm

Weak revenue, but outperforms expectations

In its quarterly financial statement today, IBM announced solid quarterly profits that outperformed Wall Street expectations, making for 29 consecutive quarters the company has met or exceeded investor predictions. IBM's report carried a note of caution, as its revenues underperformed versus investor expectations, due to lower hardware sales and troubles in some markets. Still, as The New York Times reports, the company maintained its streak of reliability, and shares in the company have risen four percent today on beliefs that its profitability streak will continue unabated.

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US supercomputer reaches 16 petaflops, worlds fastest

06/18, 6:42am

IBM system uses 98,000 nodes, 1.5 million cores

A supercomputer in the United States tops the list of the world's top 500 for the first time since November 2009. Sequoia, an IBM Blue Gene/Q system installed by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for the Department of Energy, clocked in at 16.32 sustained petaflops during tests, 50 percent more powerful than the second place “K Computer” in Japan.

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Toshiba shows off business notebooks with Ivy Bridge update

06/05, 4:30pm

Toshiba brings Smart Client Manager to newly updated business notebooks

Toshiba's Digital Products Division has just unveiled four new business notebooks, each benefitting from Intel's latest Ivy Bdrige, or third-generation Core-series processors. The newcomers include the Portégé Z930 ultrabook, 13.3-inch Portégé R930, 14-inch Tecra R940 and 15.6-inch Tecra R950. All get a newly developed Toshiba Smart Client Manager that's powered by Tivoli from IBM.

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IBM blocking iPhone's Siri on internal networks

05/23, 10:25am

Technology considered corporate security threat

Siri, the voice command system on the iPhone 4S, is being blocked on IBM's internal networks, the company's CIO has revealed. Jeanette Horan mentioned the fact in an interview with MIT's Technology Review this week. The core issue involves the way Siri translates speech; rather than performing the task on a phone, it uploads recordings to Apple servers, where the speech is deciphered before results are sent back. Accompanying this is user data, such as the names of people in Contacts, since the information is needed to interpret some requests.

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Apple maintains top position in Brandz study

05/22, 6:18pm

Second year in top spot for iPhone maker

Apple has maintained its lead over other companies in the Millward Brown 2012 Brandz study. This marks the second year at the top for Apple, increasing their brand value from $153 billion to $182 billion, while previous branding leader Google slips behind IBM to third place. The study covers brand value as a perceptual worth independent from any financial undertakings, instead of market capitalization as typically used by financial analysts.

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Apple allegedly interested in Russian R&D facility

05/18, 3:04pm

Would continue global R&D expansion

Apple is one of several parties in talks with Russia's Skolkovo technology park about possible research and development facilities there, according to local publication Izvestia. Other interested companies are said to include Google and Facebook; agreements are reportedly already in place for firms such as Microsoft, IBM, General Electric, and Cisco. Skolkovo's organizers are said to be aiming at making the park a Russian equivalent of Silicon Valley.

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Microsoft says tone on CISPA the same despite likely veto

04/30, 8:15pm

Microsoft backs CISPA bill to the end

Microsoft in a statement Monday clung to a firm stance on the proposed CISPA bill. The firm told The Hill that, despite having said it wanted to "honor the privacy" of users, it wanted the bill to continue forward. It would "look forward" to working with the Senate on the bill.

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HP under investigation for price fixing in South Korea

04/16, 1:30pm

HP's South Korean offices raided by the FTC

Korea's Fair Trade Commission raided HP's Seoul office on Friday as part of an investigation into the company's alleged price-fixing practices, The Korea Times reported. Employees were questioned and computer records as well as documents were ceased during the raid. Other companies that are said to be involved in the scheme include IBM and Oracle.

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ZTE said selling embargoed US computer gear to Iran

04/10, 2:30pm

ZTE contract for embargoed US gear to Iran found

China's second biggest telecommunications gear maker ZTE was found to have sold embargoed US computer equipment to Iran. A Tuesday Reuters report claimed that documents show ZTE sold some computer gear as part of a $10.5 million supply contract to a unit that controls Iranian telecoms. The documents are dated June 30, 2011 and explain how Iran got sophisticated US hardware despite sanctions against such transactions.

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IBM building exascale supercomputer to tackle Big Bang

04/02, 11:30am

IBM, ASTRON join forces on ultimate supercomputer

A newly announced collaboration between ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, and IBM aims to research the world's most powerful exascale supercomputer to study space. Once built, the supercomputer will be used in the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA), which is an effort to build the largest and most sensitive radio telescope that will involve millions of antennas to be built across 3,000 kilometers (about 1,860 miles), likely to be in Australia or South Africa and due to be completed by 2024. The joint effort, dubbed DOME, will initially span over five years and represents a 32.9 million euro ($43.8 million) investment.

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Facebook buys 750 IBM patents after Yahoo lawsuit

03/22, 4:10pm

Facebook rumored to have bought 750 IBM patents

Facebook has bought 750 patents from IBM in order to be better protected against patent infringement lawsuits, Bloomberg was told by a purported source close to the affair. The deal isn't yet public, but the patents were said to cover software and networking technologies, among others. Its purchase was almost certainly triggered by Yahoo's recent lawsuit against the social network over web patents.

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IBM's Holey Optochip prototype reaches 1Tbps speed

03/08, 10:35am

IBM shows off optical chipset prototype in LA

At the Optical Fiber Communication Conference in LA, IBM will talk about its latest prototype optical chipset that is the first to reach one terabit per second data speeds. Dubbed Holey Optochip, it's eight times faster than modern optical components, and IBM compares its total bandwidth to 100,000 users at common 10Mbps Internet access speeds. The chip was made by fabricating 48 holes through a standard silicon CMOS chip.

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Intel launches Xeon E5-2600, sets stage for Mac Pro

03/06, 5:00pm

Intel Xeon E5-2600 given official arrival

Intel ended one of the longest waits for one of its processors in recent memory on Tuesday by launching and detailing the Xeon E5-2600. Its mid-range server and workstation chip is a superset of the much newer Sandy Bridge-E architecture and can carry a full eight cores (up from six) and handle a much larger 768GB memory ceiling. The extra cores, along with a shrink from 45 to 32 nanometers and new AVX support, should make it about 80 percent faster than the Xeon 5600 it replaces.

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Apple tops Fortune list of Most Admired companies

03/01, 10:50am

Tremendous profits cited

Apple has claimed first place in the 2012 Fortune list of the World's Most Admired Companies. The achievement is a fifth in a row for Apple, with the company this year getting a score of 8.42. "To say it was another big year for Apple would be a gross understatement. With the passing of Steve Jobs, questions swirled around the company’s future. But under new CEO Tim Cook’s guidance, Apple continues to prosper," Fortune writes.

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IBM scientists set three new records in quantum computing

02/28, 1:05pm

Research brings quantum computers one step closer

Scientists at IBM labs have established three new records in the field of quantum computing, bringing the reality of a practical, full-scale quantum computer one step closer. The researchers discovered new methods for for reducing errors due to quantum decoherence in elementary computations and retaining the integrity of quantum mechanical properties. The researchers will present their results at the annual American Physical Society meeting taking place February 27-March 2, 2012 in Boston.

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Former Symantec chief joins Microsoft's board

02/20, 4:30pm

Microsoft adds John W. Thompson to board

Microsoft revealed on Monday that it has brought John Thompson onto its board of directors, reinstating it to its full 10 members once again. Thompson is the CEO of Virtual Instruments and was once chairman and CEO of Symantec. He also served at IBM, in the sales, marketing, and software development divisions as well as being the general manager of IBM Americas.

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SCO and IBM revive Unix patent dispute

02/17, 4:50pm

IBM, SCO scheduled to go back to courts over Unix

The long-running but stalled legal battle between Unix vendor SCO and IBM has been reactivated in Utah courts, Groklaw revealed. The proceedings were interrupted when SCO entered bankruptcy court. SCO sued IBM, among others, for using Unix code and integrating it into Linux, though it doesn't own Unix copyrights, as ruled in a different case between Novell and SCO.

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9nm IBM nanotube transistors may outrace silicon

01/28, 2:40pm

Nanotube transistors hit new record

IBM researchers have published results for a new nine-nanometer nanotube transistor that could redefine processors in the future. The carbon-based element is the first below 10 nanometers and is much more efficient than the best current silicon-based transistors. Because of the size and material, it can use considerably less power and takes on more of a current to improve the reliability.

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HTC, IBM team to try and bring Android to workplaces

01/21, 6:30pm

HTC to use IBM business apps on Android devices

HTC and IBM together said in an interview Friday that they were working together to get Android into the workplace. IBM's business apps were running on HTC's phones and tablets, HTC's Global Enterprise and Services director David Jaeger told eWeek. On its side, HTC was making sure both that the devices took full advantage of the IBM apps and that they "focused extensively" on security.

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Google gets 217 IBM phone, browser patents in defense

01/03, 1:20pm

Google tries to counter patent wars with more IBM

Google has quietly escalated its attempts to mount a defense for Android by getting more IBM patents. An acquisition recorded December 30 gave Google 217 more active and pending patents primarily focused on cellphones, mobile web browsers, and voice search. Among the examples are a patent for a "computer phone," another for a method of resizing websites for mobile, and a third for voice-based keyword searches.

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IBM chief credits PC divestment as critical to success

01/02, 10:20pm

Executive points to HP as evidence

As IBM head Samuel Palmisano prepares to step down from his position and hand the reins to Virginia Rometty, the chief executive has reflected on the company's recent strategy. In an interview with the New York Times, Palmisano suggests he faced strong disagreement within the company over the decision to sell of IBM's PC division, however he credits the decision with helping the company stay innovative and maintain profits.

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IBM predicts self-powered homes, mainstream mind controller

12/19, 2:25pm

IBM releases Five in Five 2011 tech predictions

IBM has revealed its sixth-annual Five in Five technology predictions for the future on Monday. The computer maker has outlined the five technologies that it believes will become commonplace within the next five years. The first of them involves recycling kinetic energy that would otherwise go to waste to help power homes, cities and workplaces. This could be done through dynamos on bicycles that could recharge portable devices, capturing heat from a computer, or walking and jogging.

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