James NiccolaiIDG News Service

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for IDG News Service.

Alcatel-Lucent Gets $70 Million in Microsoft Patent Case

Microsoft has been ordered to pay US$70 million to networking vendor Alcatel-Lucent in a years-old patent dispute that at one time could have cost Microsoft $1.5...

Dell Warranties Servers for 'Fresh-Air Cooling'

Dell said Thursday it will warranty servers to run at 113 degrees Fahrenheit for a limited number of hours per year, so customers can make wider use of "fresh-air cooling" in data centers.

Oracle, Google Both Get Lesson in Financials over Patent Claim

A federal judge orders Oracle to lower its multibillion-dollar claim, while telling Google to rethink Android's role.

Google Buys Facial Recognition Company PittPatt

Google has acquired Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition, known as PittPatt, a company that develops technology for recognizing faces in images and video, according to...

Oracle Ordered to Lower Damages Claim Against Google

Oracle has been ordered to lower its multibillion-dollar claim for damages in its patent infringement lawsuit against Google and its Android operating system...

Google: Sun Offered to License Java for $100 Million

Sun Microsystems offered to license its Java technology to Google for US$100 million, a Google attorney said Thursday, attempting to show that Oracle is out of...

Google May Be Willing to Settle Oracle's Android Lawsuit

Google has offered the first public indication that it may be willing to settle Oracle's lawsuit against it over the alleged infringement of Java patents.

Oracle and SAP Say Last-minute Deal Unlikely

Lawyers for Oracle and SAP are due in court Wednesday to argue post-trial motions in their TomorrowNow lawsuit, with SAP seeking a new trial and a reduction of...

SAP to Argue for New Trial in Oracle Lawsuit

Lawyers for Oracle and SAP are due in court Wednesday to argue post-trial motions in their TomorrowNow lawsuit, with SAP seeking a new trial and a reduction of...

Intel Adds Sensors to Aid Data Center Cooling

Intel is adding new sensors to its server chips to help companies improve the efficiency of data center cooling systems.

Romonet Brings Predictive Data Center Tool to US

Data center engineers looking to maximize energy efficiency can now model design changes using a tool called Prognose from U.K. startup Romonet.

LulzSec Calls It Quits After 50 Days of 'mayhem'

The computer hacking group LulzSec said Saturday it had ended its campaign of cyberassaults on government and corporate websites and that it was time for it to...

Four Companies Rethink Databases for the Cloud

Several companies are developing new database technologies to solve what they see as the shortcomings of traditional, relational database management systems in a...

Viridity Calculates Energy Cost of Applications

Viridity has updated its data center infrastructure management software to let businesses keep track of how much electrical power is being consumed by individual...