Paul Allen Increases Commitment to Tackle Ebola

Partners with U.S. State Department and World Health Organization to Evacuate and Treat Infected Humanitarian Workers; Collaborates with University of Massachusetts Medical School to Provide Training and Equipment; Coordinates and Optimizes Global Giving by Launching “Fund a Need” Donation Platform

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Microsoft Was Once Very Close To Buying LinkedIn For A Couple Billion Dollars

At one point the deal was close to happening for around $500 million. Microsoft’s last offer, in the months before LinkedIn’s IPO, was somewhere close to $2 billion.

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Amazon earnings: 95 cents lost per share, vs. expected EPS loss of 74 cents

Amazon reported a third-quarter loss and revenue that missed analysts’ expectations on Thursday. The online retailer also projected weaker-than-expected sales for the important holiday quarter. The company posted a loss of 95 cents per share, compared to a loss of 9 cents per share in the year-earlier period. Revenue for the quarter came in at $20.58 billion, against the comparable year-ago figure of $17.09 billion. Shares in the company fell nearly 13 percent in after hours trading. At its current after hours levels, Amazon’s stock price is at its lowest in well over a year.

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Maximizing Business Transformation with Master Data Management | Informatica MDM @jakkigeiger

Jakki Geiger discusses how the right information management strategy supported by a Master Data Management solution can ensure successful business transformation. Whether its merger, acquisition or other fundamental business model change, such as going from an indirect to a direct model, it is likely that you will need to change the way you manage your data to get the expected business value from this effort .

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Informatica Reports Third Quarter Revenues of $250.4 Million

Achieves 6 Percent Total Revenue Growth and 52 Percent Subscription Revenue Growth Third quarter software revenues of $100.6 million, up 1 percent year-over-year Third quarter GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.21 compared to $0.09 the previous year and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.34 compared to $0.33 the previous year Signed 21 deals greater than $1 million and 107 deals greater than $300,000 Generated third quarter cash from operations of $41 million and repurchased $71 million of stock

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Ello | wtf

Ello shall never make money from selling ads; Ello shall never make money from selling user data; and In the event that Ello is ever sold, the new owners will have to comply by these terms.

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Google self-driving car: It may never actually happen.

But the biggest issue with the Google car is one that has bedeviled computer researchers for as long as computers have been around: how to endow the machines with the sort of everyday knowledge that humans acquire and use from childhood on. Because Google is promising the world a totally driverless car, it will need an in-vehicle computer that can deal not only with all the obvious tasks of driving but anything else the world throws at it, whether on a congested city street or a highway with an 85 mph speed limit.

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SAP Intros Program to Boost HANA Adoption

SAP was committed to helping its customers find HANA use cases and also to helping them create environments to evaluate the HANA in-memory database management system. This was confirmed by Christof von Kalle, director of translational oncology for Germany’s National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT), when he spoke to Enterprise Apps Today in August about NCT’s use of HANA. He said SAP had worked closely with NCT on building a pilot instance of HANA and then on creating an operational version.

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When Should Startups Hire A CFO?

Previously he was formerly SVP and CTO at SAP. 

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Thoughts on the ASUG Survey on SAP HANA

Asking people who don’t own HANA what they think of it, is like asking people who have never driven a car what they think about the speed and handling capability of a Porsche. [Isn't it more like asking people who own a car, have test-driven a Porsche, who live on a budget and have to use that car for a variety of purposes, and who have Porsche sales reps calling them and warning them that they will not be permitted to drive non-Porsche cars on public streets in the future? -DBM]

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​Zuckerberg delights audience in Beijing with Mandarin prowess

The Facebook founder and CEO speaks for 30 minutes in Mandarin at a question and answer session and talks about his company’s plans to engage its largest untapped market.

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Can anything slow the Oracle Java 8 train?

Java is the Swiss army knife of programming languages.

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IBM Tweaks DB2 With BLU Acceleration for BigData

IBM said its new DB2 capabilities deliver analytics at the speed of thought and have a range of innovations including enhancements to BLU Acceleration, IBM’s in-memory technology that loads terabytes of data in memory and streamlines query workloads. Indeed, IBM claims the new technology loads data 1,000 times faster than other leading databases. Users can also perform real-time analytics on big data and transactional data in the same operational system using “Shadow Tables,” eliminating the need to maintain one database for transactional workloads and another for analytical workloads. The performance of analytical queries can also improve by 10 times or more, with equal or greater transactional performance.

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Nine Years In A Row Informatica Achieves Top Marks In Customer Loyalty For Data Integration

91 percent of Informatica customers surveyed said they intend to repurchase Informatica solutions. ·         97 percent of Informatica customers with annual revenues in excess of $10 billion said they intend to repurchase from Informatica. ·         89 percent of Informatica customers said they are likely to spend at the same or higher levels in 2014 compared to 2013.

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SAP outlines HANA updates

According to SAP, its HANA service pack 9 includes the following: Multi-tenancy to make it easier to provision and manage multiple database workloads in a hybrid environment.  Dynamic tiering to manage large data sets.  Data integration and quality tools. Streaming data for real time analytics.  Functions for Hadoop so SAP HANA can access big data workloads directly.

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SAP offering customers ‘simpler’ way to buy its Hana in-memory platform

While the new Simpler Choice campaign also includes perks for customers who adopt SAP’s Adaptive Server and IQ databases, SAP is placing the most emphasis on getting companies onto Hana, a technology that sits at the center of its new product development efforts both for on-premises software and the cloud. Simpler Choice’s features include services aimed at determining how much money customers could save by moving to Hana from other database platforms; services for evaluating whether moving applications to SAP’s Hana Enterprise Cloud makes sense; and trial versions of Hana for both cloud and on-premises deployments. SAP has also simplified its licensing terms to allow for “mix and match” data management product scenarios, although more details of this weren’t immediately available.

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SAP CEO Says Company Still Safe Bet in ‘Sea of Danger’

SAP shares fell 5.8 percent yesterday after the third-quarter earnings report, the steepest decline since December 2011. The stock rose 0.2 percent to 51.01 euros as of 1:08 p.m. today in Frankfurt. “People just need to digest what I’m saying,” McDermott said in an interview, pointing to the company’s 2.37 billion euros ($3 billion) worth of software support contracts for the quarter, as well as a 41 percent growth in cloud computing tools, a smaller but faster-growing business. “And we’re still expanding operating income. You’re a very safe bet in a sea of danger.”

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Anchorage Alaska Assembly approves external SAP audit | ITfail

While the Assembly approved one audit of SAP, it delayed another. The Sullivan administration was preparing to pay $750,000 for SAP, an enterprise software company headquartered in Germany, to conduct its own “quality assurance” audit. A team of consultants was set to arrive in Anchorage on Oct. 27 and spend three weeks interviewing project team members. It’s no longer clear when that is expected to happen. Assembly member Bill Starr asked for the matter to be tabled until Nov. 5 so it could be reviewed by the Assembly audit committee, which he chairs. Demboski and other Assembly members also voiced discomfort with the company essentially auditing itself, though representatives of SAP’s North America branch said in a recent work session that the audit is conducted by an independent organization within SAP.

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HRTech DESERAE RYAN, and TRENT RAU…Plaintiffs vs. MICROSOFT…Defendants

ANTITRUST CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT

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HRtech Apple and Google’s wage-fixing cartel involved dozens more companies, over one million employees | Adobe Intel Intuit Lucasfilm Pixar Dell IBM eBay Microsoft Dreamworks

Confidential internal Google and Apple memos, buried within piles of court dockets and reviewed by PandoDaily, clearly show that what began as a secret cartel agreement between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt to illegally fix the labor market for hi-tech workers, expanded within a few years to include companies ranging from Dell, IBM, eBay and Microsoft, to Comcast, Clear Channel, Dreamworks, and London-based public relations behemoth WPP. All told, the combined workforces of the companies involved totals well over a million employees.

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HRTech More lawsuits over “no poach” deals get filed against Oracle, Microsoft, Google

The cases against Oracle and Microsoft are unlikely to be the end of the line. The Google memo shows that the “Restricted Hiring” practices also applied to Novell and Sun Microsystems, now owned by Oracle. The list of companies on the “no cold call” list is more extensive. It includes companies that have already been sued, like Apple and Intel, but it also includes other big employers that haven’t yet been sued, including Comcast, IBM, Genentech, WPP, and Ogilvy. Certain employees at the “restricted hiring” companies could not be pursued by Google recruiters, even if they reached out. Employees at the “no cold call” companies could be engaged if they reached out to Google, but Google couldn’t reach out to them.

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Can these Oracle and Microsoft veterans reinvent the data warehouse? | Snowflake

Snowflake was founded two years ago by a team of engineers who between them hold more than 120 patents in databases and data management technologies: Oracle ORCL veterans Benoit Dageville and Thierry Cruanes, and Dutch computer scientist Marcin Zukowski. The whimsical name pays homage to their mutual love of snow sports. Muglia joined as CEO in June, taking over from Sutter Hill director Mike Speiser, who was managing the team while it was in stealth mode.

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5 Strongest Challenges To Oracle Team USA For 35th AmericasCup

We take a look at some of the strongest challengers who threaten Oracle’s goal of defending the Auld Mug in the 35th America’s Cup.

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RiminiStreet’s 3PM practices remain ‘suspect,’ says Oracle

Oracle is asserting that Rimini Street’s new processes are “suspect” and raise “significant suspicions that Rimini’s new support model involves all the same infringing acts as the ‘old’ support model that the Court has already ruled was copyright infringement,” according to last week’s filing. Oracle also claimed that if given six to 12 months for additional discovery, it could show that Rimini’s new support processes are simply “old wine in a new bottle,” the filing adds. During a case management conference earlier this month, Hicks said no additional information about Rimini’s new procedures was needed, according to the filing. However, during the conference an Oracle attorney said the company may sue Rimini Street again for copyright infringement that occurred after the February order, it adds.

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Adobe emerges as marketing cloud leader, beating out Salesforce.com, Oracle, IBM and more

Adobe and Salesforce have asserted themselves as the two leaders (see the scores the two vendors achieved on respective criteria in the chart above). These two were followed by a group of four legacy vendors — SAS Institute, IBM, Oracle and Teradata — which remain “strong performers,” but lag in key performance areas. For example, Forrester rated IBM and Oracle only a two on a scale of one to five for application usability, where five is the best score achievable. The SAS Institute and Teradata faired only slightly better, each getting a three. But those scores paled compared to the fives scored by Adobe and Salesforce.

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