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Health sciences M&A: IMS acquires Appature

Yesterday, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania-based IMS Health announced its acquisition of Seattle-based analytics startup Appature.  Both companies are in the health sciences data space, but come to that arena with rather different, and complimentary, approaches. Background considerationsAnalytics functionality is most useful when it’s integrated into vertical market and line-of-business applications.  While technologies like Hadoop and R… Read more →

Andy Rubin pens ‘farewell’ letter to Android partners

Following the breaking news this morning that he’s leaving the Android unit, The Wall Street Journal has published Andy Rubin‘s farewell letter to Android partners. See also: Andy Rubin, Android’s founder, leaves project | Google looks to beat Microsoft to the OS consolidation punch Here’s a snippet from the letter: In November of 2007 we announced… Read more →

VMware Takes the Cover Off Its Public Cloud

Sometimes you can only coax a reluctant partner and I&O customer community for so long before you feel you have to take matters into your own hands. That is exactly what VMware has decided to do, to become relevant in the cloud platforms space. The hypervisor pioneer unveiled vCloud Hybrid Service to investors today in what is… Read more →

Obama Discusses Computer Security With Corporate Chiefs

WASHINGTON – President Obama met with an invited group of 13 chief executives at the White House on Wednesday to discuss growing concerns about cybersecurity and enlist them to get behind his proposed legislation to combat the threat of computer warfare and corporate espionage. Among those present were Rex Tillerson of Exxon Mobil, Randall Stephenson of AT&T, Wesley Bush of… Read more →

Networking Battles to Run the World

Ed Jones/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Using sensors, Cisco can keep track of how long people are waiting at train platforms. Cisco has a simple message: the world has bought so much of its equipment, why stop now? Both Cisco Systems and one of its biggest competitors, VMware, talked about ambitious strategies Wednesday. The powerful data centers and networks they… Read more →

Today’s Scuttlebot: Sonic Resurgent and Inside a Pebble Watch

Here are some of the more interesting items that the tech reporters and editors of The New York Times found on the Web recently. More Scuttlebot can be found here. In Rare Move, Apple Goes on the Defensive Against SamsungOnline.wsj.com |  Apple complains that Android phones are often given out free. Uh, how is that bad for customers? – Vindu Goel… Read more →

Google Puts Android and Chrome Under One Boss

Stephen Lam/Reuters Sundar Pichai’s appointment could have broad implications for the mobile business. 3:30 p.m. | Updated Added comments from Andy Rubin in letter to Android developers. Google announced on Wednesday a change in its executive ranks that could have broad implications for the mobile business. Andy Rubin, who had been senior vice president in charge of Android, Google’s mobile… Read more →

Andy Rubin, Android’s founder, leaves project

In a surprising move, Google CEO Larry Page said that Andy Rubin, founder of Android and Google’s Android chief, has decided it was “time to hand over the reins and start a new chapter at Google.” Sundar Pichai will lead Android as well as Chrome.  In a surprise move, Google’s Andy Rubin is stepping down as… Read more →

Google looks to beat Microsoft to the OS consolidation punch

There’ve been rumors for years, literally, that Microsoft planned to move its Windows Phone team under its Windows team with former Windows President Steven Sinofsky as the head of both products. Cut to March 2013: Sinofsky is no longer with Microsoft and Windows Phone still sits in the Entertainment & Devices division. As of today,… Read more →