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HPE Wins $3bn in Damages from Oracle

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HPE Wins $3bn in Damages from Oracle

The San Jose, California court decides in favour of HPE as it declares Oracle should cough up $3 billion in damages over a 2011 breach of contract.

The fight involves the Oracle decision to quit database software development for Intel Itanium processors. The company then known as HP used Itanium processors in a number of servers, and as such accused Oracle of trying to force customers to migrate to SPARC/Solaris systems-- an Oracle-owned server line via the acquisition of Sun Microsystems.

The courts had already decided against Oracle in 2012, when judge James Kleinberg ruled a contract forced Oracle to continue supporting Itanium as long as HP used the processors. In turn Oracle denied any wrongdoing and launched (and lost) an appeal. Now it is ready to appeal yet again.

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Crestron Opens French Experience Centre

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Crestron Opens French Experience Centre

Crestron expands its European presence with a first Experience Centre in France, specifically in Nanterre, Paris, the fifth such centre opened worldwide.

The company already has a UK Experience Centre in Cobham, as well as 3 US centres located in California, Texas and New Jersey. The centres showcase the latest Crestron technology in an immersive environments, allowing dealers to demonstrate company solutions to prospective customers.

Solutions on show include the DigitalMedia A/V distribution system, the IP-based .AV Framework, Pyng home automation technology, Fusion enterprise management software, the PinPoint indoor navigation system and a variety of touchscreens and handheld remotes.

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Intel Continues Fighting EU Antitrust Fine

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Intel Continues Fighting EU Antitrust Fine

In 2009 the European Commission fined Intel €1.06 billion for abusing of its dominant market position. Seven years on Intel is still fighting the ruling as it files a final appeal to get it overturned.

The decision came about through an EU probe on whether a company with very large market share "can pursue a commercial strategy, the focus of which is the marginalisation or even the elimination of its only competitor.” According to the EC was attempting to do so through loyalty rebates to lower retail prices, thus unfairly squeezing out AMD.

Other anti-competitive practices from Intel during the 2002-2005 uncovered by the probe include restrictive conditions on rival processor use on PC makers (specifically Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo and NEC) and payments to retails who exclusively sold Intel Inside PCs.

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Microsft Enters Social Networks With LinkedIn Buy

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Microsft Enters Social Networks With LinkedIn Buy

Microsoft makes the 3rd biggest tech acquisition in history as it pays $26.2 billion for LinkedIn, a deal Microsoft hopes will bring together the cloud and the professional social network.

“The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centered on connecting the world’s professionals,” CEO Satya Nadella says. “Together we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics as we seek to empower every person and organisation on the planet.”

Post-acquisition LinkedIn will retain significant autonomy under current CEO Jeff Weiner, an arrangement similar to what was given to Minecraft developer Mojang.

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HP Splits... Again!

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HP Splits... Again!

Back in November 2015 HP split into two companies in the name of creating "smaller and nimbler" entities. Now it plans to repeat the process, as HP Enterprise sells its outsourced IT services segment to the Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC).

The result is a services "spin-merger" known as SpinCo. CSC CEO Mike Lawrie leads, while HPE CEO Meg Whithman has a seat on the board. For the curious, the actual business comes from EDS, a company HP acquired for $14 billion back in 2008, and has 5000 customers in 70 countries.

“Our proposed merger with HPE Enterprise Services is a logical next step in CSC’s transformation,” Lawrie says. “As a more powerful and versatile global technology services business, the new company will be well positioned to innovate, compete and serve clients in a rapidly changing marketplace. We are excited by the great potential this merger brings to our people, clients, partners and investors, and by the opportunity to strengthen our relationship and collaboration with HPE.”

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Microsoft Sheds Rest of Nokia

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Microsoft Sheds Rest of Nokia

The Microsoft ownership of Nokia comes to an end-- according to The Verge an internal memo reveals Microsoft is writing off $950 million as part of the failed acquisition before slashing 1850 jobs.

Most of the job cuts (specifically 1350) affect the Microsoft Mobile division in Finland, and the company hopes to finish the culling by end 2016. Microsoft will still keep a small number of ex-Nokia staff, some in R&D roles and others in a Finnish sales subsidiary. Either way, $200m of the $950m impairment charge covers severence payments.

The news comes little more than a week after Microsoft sold off the Nokia feature phone division to HMD and FiH, not to mention Nokia licensing its brand for new mobile phones and tablets. Interestingly, the feature phone business sale announcement included a curious statement claiming Microsoft is not giving up on Windows Mobile-powered smartphones, and will continue supporting such devices and OEM partners.

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Google Reveals AI Chip at I/O

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Google Reveals AI Chip at I/O

Google I/O 2016 was about more than Android updates and Amazon Echo rivals-- the search giant revealed one of its mysterious custom-designed chips, specifically designed to power AI servers.

Dubbed a Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), the chip is the secret sauce behind AlphaGo, the machine able to beat professional human players at Go, the ancient Chinese board game. It also powers TensorFlow, the engine driving Google deep learning services used in anything from search to voice recognition and self-driving cars.

The technology started service in April 2015 to speed up the reading of street signs in the Google StreetView service. According to the company, the chip managed to process all text in the massive StreetView image collection in all of 5 days.

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