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Known on the global stage for its indisputable domination in IT, India is at the cusp of a digital revolution, finally on home ground. With its strong push for a digital economy, the Union Budget for 2017, presented by the Finance Minister recently, has only validated this claim. As a member of the IT community, it is a truly exciting moment to witness the sweeping transformative power of technology, as it transcends barriers of literacy, class and industry to create an environment of inclusivity - social, economic and financial. IT is the biggest employer in private sector and its revenue for the year (according to Strategic Review 2016 by NASSCOM) was $143 billion. The IT sector is generally expected to contribute around 10 percent to India's GDP and account for almost half of the total services export.  However, with the open and overarching commitment to fuel t... (more)

Ballmer Bounces Microsoft’s Server Chief

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is trading in Bob Muglia, the president of the company's Server and Tools Business (STB), for new blood, somebody he hasn't found yet according to an e-mail posted on the company's web site Monday. The e-mail says: "Bob Muglia and I have been talking about the overall business and what is needed to accelerate our growth. In this context, I have decided that now is the time to put new leadership in place for STB. This is simply recognition that all businesses go through cycles and need new and different talent to manage through those cycles. Bob has been a phenomenal partner throughout this process, and he and his leadership team have the right strategy in place. "In conjunction with this leadership change, Bob has decided to leave Microsoft this summer. He will continue to actively run STB as I conduct an internal and external search fo... (more)

Apple Wants Motorola Mobility to Post $2.7 Billion Bond

If Motorola Mobility wins an injunction in Germany against iCloud for infringing an MMI patent, Apple wants it to post a $2.7 billion (€2 billion) bond that could be forfeit if Apple gets the injunction overturned on appeal. FOSS Patents blogger Florian Mueller, who attended the Regional Court hearing in Mannheim on Friday where Apple voiced its demand, figures MMI is "fairly likely" to get its injunction on February 3. He'll be surprised if MMI didn't enforce it. He said the court "doesn't appear to buy any of Apple's defenses at this stage." How Apple derived the $2.7 billion figure is unclear. Naturally MMI found the demand excessive and the court appeared skeptical of the sum suggesting there are alternatives but the charges might be construed to indict any products that contain iCloud client software. Florian isn't sure what Apple's game plan is. "Maybe Apple... (more)

Apple Guilty of Colluding on E-Book Pricing, Judge Says

A US federal judge Wednesday found Apple guilty of colluding with five publishers and artificially driving up the price of e-books before it entered the market with the debut of the iPad in 2010. Apple is bound to appeal after the court fixes on a penalty next week. The Justice Department claimed Apple let the publisher set higher prices on bestsellers and new releases as a way to offset Amazon's low $9.99 price point on the same books. As a result the DOJ said e-book prices in general rose to $12.99-$14.99. The publishers settled with the government ahead of trial but a resolute Apple, apparently acting on principle, refused to settle and denied any price-fixing. It did settle with the European Commission last year without admitting any wrongdoing. The judge's 160-page ruling said, "The plaintiffs have shown that the publisher defendants conspired with each other... (more)

One of SAP’s Co-CEOs to Step Down

Jim Hagemann Snabe, whose contract was supposed to run through 2017, has apparently tired of his half of SAP's CEO job and will be stepping down next May leaving the post solely to Bill McDermott, a 51-year-old American. The plan then is for the 47-year-old Dane, who's been responsible for SAP's product development, to join the German company's supervisory board (provided 25% of SAP's shareholders vote for him). Supposedly he wants to see more of his family. In a canned statement he said, "After more than 20 years with SAP, I have decided that it is time for me to begin the next phase of my career, closer to my family." SAP reported its latest quarter last week, coming in with less-than-expected results, and trimmed its revenue outlook for the year citing slow growth in China and slow adoption of its cloud product. All Things Digital said customers aren't seeing the ... (more)

HP Unlikely to Have Much Luck Suing Hurd

Labor and IP lawyers have started handicapping the chances of HP's suit keeping former HP CEO Mark Hurd from working at Oracle. Apparently they're pretty dim because California, a right-to-work jurisdiction, doesn't buy the doctrine of inevitable disclosure that it's based on. Canon law says all it takes to commit a sin is intent so if you meant to rob that bank and chickened out you're still liable. In California you actually have to rob the bank. So HP's is gonna have to actually catch Hurd using its trade secrets, not merely allege the threat of disclosure by the very nature of his new job, a very, very sticky wicket considering who he is and what he knows. Short of a lobotomy, HP may have to settle for Hurd recusing himself from certain decisions, according to what Stephen Hirschfeld, a partner in Curiale Hirschfeld, Kraemer LLP in San Francisco, told Bloomberg.... (more)

Microsoft Sues Moto for Android Patent Infringement

Make that three big companies with a patent bone to pick with Google's freebie Android operating system. Microsoft moved Friday against Motorola charging its Android smartphones with nine counts of patent infringement in both district court in Seattle and with the International Trade Commission. Microsoft's deputy general counsel Horacio Gutierrez issued a statement saying the patents relate to a range of functionality "essential to the smartphone user experience, including synchronizing e-mail, calendars and contacts, scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power." "Motorola needs to stop its infringement of our patented inventions in its Android smartphones,"he said. It's rare that Microsoft files a patent suit, only a few times in its history actually. But between the iPhone, Android, RIM, and even Nokia, Microsof... (more)

Industry Forms Asia Cloud Co-op to Address Obstacles

Eleven, mostly Western, companies, including Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, EMC, Microsoft, NetApp, Nokia Siemens Networks, PLDT/Smart, Rackspace, REACH, Telenor and Verizon, have set up the Asia Cloud Computing Association (Asia Cloud). IDC figures the Asian cloud market outside Japan should be worth $1.3 billion this year and grow at 40% a year until 2014. Japan's is supposed to grow to $29.2 billion in 2015 according to the country's Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry. However, security concerns, data storage regulations, low penetration of bandwidth in some countries, and government policies oriented to traditional computing models are supposedly inhibiting market growth. Asia Cloud chairman and REACH CIO Sundi Balu said, "The regulatory landscape and varying market maturity levels have fragmented the adoption of cloud computing in the region. Organizations... (more)

DOJ Look at Patent Deal Holds Up Novell Acquisition

Evidently the appeal by the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and the Free Software Foundation (FSF) to the Justice Department to look closer at Novell's deal to sell its patents to the CPTN brotherhood of Microsoft-Apple-Oracle-EMC as part of its $2.2 billion acquisition by Attachmate has worked. Both Novell and CPTN Holdings got a second request for information from the DOJ on Wednesday just as its Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) waiting period was about to expire, according to a new SEC filing. The requests push the HSR antitrust review out 30 days past their coughing up whatever information the regulators are looking for unless they get an early dispensation. That explains why Novell stock, which is supposed to go to Attachmate for $6.10-a-share cash, was closed at $5.97 on Thursday after dipping down to $5.92. Punters were taking their winnings off the table figuring the... (more)

Firefox 4 Out

Firefox 4 has been officially out since Tuesday - albeit hurriedly because of IE 9's appearance last week. It's got an overhauled Chrome-like UI, hardware acceleration, a souped-up JagerMonkey JavaScript engine, support for HTML 5, CSS3, WebGL and the controversial WebM codec plus a "Do Not Track" option. Downloads the first 24 hours it was out hit 7.1 million, better than triple IE9's 2.3 million, but not quite as good as previous Firefox iterations. By late Wednesday the number was over 12 million. It'll work on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X with Android in the offing. Microsoft still controls better than half the browser universe, with Firefox around 20% and Chrome pulling in close to 11% these days. See http://glow.mozilla.org/. ... (more)

Google Rallies WebM Alliance to Fight Patent Threats

Google has formed a new group called WebM Community Cross License initiative in order to protect its WebM video codec from patent attacks. Under this collaboration, group members will license WebM-related patents to each other under royalty-free terms. So far sixteen companies are involved in this launch including AMD, Cisco, LG and Samsung, browser makers Opera and Mozilla. This move on part of Google is certainly a defensive one to protect WebM’s reputation as a royalty free and open codec considering that MPEG LA , the patent pool organization which handles licensing for the H.264 video codec has reportedly been inspecting a similar patent-pool license for VP8 and WebM. The WebM project was announced by Google in 2009 when it open sourced video codec VP8 , the technology that it procured from its acquisition of On2 Technologies. It is an alternative method of we... (more)