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Nov 19, 2012

Ex-Delta Force officer mixes special ops and data

By Nicola Leske

(Reuters) – What do a former U.S. Army special operations officer, a computer scientist and an experimental psychologist have in common? Data.

James Reese first came across data analytics company Saffron Technology when he was an officer with the U.S. army’s Delta Force.

Nov 19, 2012

Cisco to buy cloud-networking start-up Meraki for $1.2 billion

By Nicola Leske

(Reuters) – Networking equipment company Cisco Systems Inc said it will buy privately held cloud networking company Meraki for $1.2 billion in cash as part of its cloud and networking strategy.

Cisco said the acquisition of Meraki, which was founded in 2006 by members of MIT’s Laboratory for Computer Science, is expected to close in the second quarter of Cisco’s 2013 fiscal year and is subject to regulatory approval.

Nov 13, 2012

Palo Alto Networks expands product range, partners with VMware

By Nicola Leske

(Reuters) – Security software maker Palo Alto Networks Inc, which went public in July, is teaming up with VMware Inc to expand its range of security products to virtual machines and networks.

The companies will announce the partnership at a Palo Alto Networks’ industry event in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Nov 13, 2012

Cisco to meet quarterly target, disappointment expected on outlook

By Nicola Leske

(Reuters) – Tech investors hoping for good news may have to look further than Cisco Systems Inc’s (CSCO.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) quarterly report as analysts expect Chief Executive John Chambers to be pessimistic in his forecast for the coming year.

Cisco, which is expected to meet estimates when it reports its first-quarter results on Tuesday, is seen as harbinger in terms of spending on information technology because of its global reach and customers across all sectors.

Nov 12, 2012

Cisco to meet quarterly target, disappoint on outlook

By Nicola Leske

(Reuters) – Tech investors hoping for good news may have to look further than Cisco Systems Inc’s (CSCO.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) quarterly report as analysts expect Chief Executive John Chambers to be pessimistic in his forecast for the coming year.

Cisco, which is expected to meet estimates when it reports its first-quarter results on Tuesday, is seen as harbinger in terms of spending on information technology because of its global reach and customers across all sectors.

Nov 9, 2012

Chemicals producer Avantor sues IBM over software project

Nov 9 (Reuters) – Avantor Performance Materials has filed a
lawsuit against IBM for fraud and breach of contract
over the implementation of a software project that resulted in a
“disaster” for the chemicals manufacturer.

The company, which produces chemicals and raw materials for
pharmaceutical products, laboratory chemicals and chemicals used
in the electronics industry, said in a statement that it was
seeking tens of million in damages from IBM.

Nov 1, 2012

Cablevision says Sandy outage hit half of its customers

NEW YORK, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Cable operator Cablevision
Systems Corp said on Thursday about half of its 3.3
million customers in the New York, Connecticut and New Jersey
area had lost power in the wake of superstorm Sandy, causing
widespread disruptions to its service.

Cablevision said in a statement that 1.6 million of its
customers were without power while 7,265 of the remaining 1.65
million customers who were not affected by power outages still
had no access to Cablevision’s service.

Nov 1, 2012

Cablevision says Sandy power outage hit half of its customers

Nov 1 (Reuters) – Cable operator Cablevision Systems Corp
said about half of its 3.3 million customers in the New
York, Connecticut and New Jersey area had lost power in the wake
of superstorm Sandy, causing widespread disruptions to its
service.

Cablevision said in a statement on Thursday that 1.6 million
of its customers were without power while 7,265 of the remaining
1.65 million customers who were not affected by power outages
still had no access to Cablevision’s service.

Oct 26, 2012

Microsoft highlights Surface at Windows 8 launch

NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp put its Surface tablet center stage at its Windows 8 launch event, hoping the sleek new device will spark a fightback against Apple Inc and Google Inc in the exploding mobile computing market.

With interest in traditional computers waning, the world’s largest software company is attempting to reinvent the Windows PC in a new format and directly challenge Apple’s all-conquering iPad.

Oct 25, 2012

Microsoft unveils Windows 8, Surface tablet

NEW YORK, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp
launched its new Windows 8 operating system and Surface tablet
on Thursday in a bid to revive interest in its flagship product
and regain ground lost to Apple Inc and Google Inc
in mobile computing.

“We’ve reimagined Windows and we’ve reimagined the whole PC
industry,” Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer told Reuters
Television early Thursday ahead of the launch.