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When Microsoft announced their new cloud-based Office 365 service yesterday, the press release didn't say much about how it would actually be deployed.  But, from what their executives said at the announcement event, the take-away was that customers would get at the new on-line versions of Office, Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync through a Microsoft-run public cloud.  So I thought and thus reported, but that was only the less interesting half of the story. Fortunately I am read in Redmond, and this morning someone from Microsoft who works in the area of "hosting, telecommunications, and media partner channels" sent me a nice note pointing to the... ressst of the story, an article written by Marco Limena, the Microsoft VP of Communications Sector Business Channels.  The title of the article asks a question that I must admit crossed my mind after I filed my story, "Off... (more)

Symbian Finds New Patron, Perhaps New Purpose

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Symbian, the open source mobile OS spun out of Nokia and once the Big Kahuna of smartphones OSs, announced this week that it would be participating in new projects funded in part by the EC and run through the Artemis Industrial Association R&D combine, to the tune of some twenty-two million Euros.  But, there are some things about this event that are odd and make one wonder what is the real story. €22M is about $31M and that's a lot of cabbage, especially for an open source project that has seen harder times since losing the love of ... (more)

File Sharing, Torrent Finder, WikiLeaks, Are You Next?

When the US Government came for file sharing domains, I remained silent; I was not a file sharer. When they shut down Torrent Finder, I remained silent; I was not a Bit Torrent user. When they pressured Amazon to shut down WikiLeaks, I did not speak out; I was not a leaker. When they passed the COICA bill, I remained silent; I wasn't an infringer or counterfeiter. When they came for my domain, there was no one left to speak out. ... (more)

SMB Cloud Is A Hacker's Paradise

Cheaper, Easier, Scarier - Small and medium-sized businesses are increasingly turning to cloud computing as an easier, cheaper alternative to in-house IT or shared and dedicated server hosting solutions. And, they are finding social media to be an accessible, inexpensive way to build brands, distribute content, and assist customers. Correspondingly, cloud services and social networking providers are increasingly targeting the SMB segment for revenue they can't get from consumers and margins they can't get from large businesses. Meanwhile, abetted by user ignorance, provider apa... (more)

AT&T CEO: Cloud Is "Very, Very Important To Us" - And It's Just Like Outsourcing

In an outtake from a sweeping interview in the Sunday edition of the Dallas Morning News, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson tipped his hand just a bit, providing a peek at where the telecom giant might be headed with cloud computing and more than a peek at what might follow the end of AT&T's iPhone exclusivity - hint: it starts with "A" and ends with "ndroid". These days, every telecom carrier has a cloud angle.  Within the past week, we have seen cloud computing announcements from Verizon in the US and SingTel in Singapore, with many more to come, no doubt.  (For an interesting persp... (more)