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Oracle's Hurd not planning to take Microsoft CEO job

Oracle president Mark Hurd tells CNBC he is not planning to replace Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer.

SoftBank to take over mobile distributor Brightstar for $1.26B

Privately held Brightstar, based in Miami, is not a well-known name but plays a key role in the mobile phone business in the U.S. and other countries

As businesses flee the coming 'XPocalypse,' they're turning to Windows 7, not 8

Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP, but even that won't spur Windows 8 adoption.

Twitter's take on TV: 'We make it better'

Twitter offers two advertising products geared around TV, and those products will be a key element in the company’s efforts to turn a profit in the years ahead.

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Siemens Enterprise changes its name to Unify

Siemens Enterprise Communications has changed its name to Unify and now hopes to take advantage of a growing interest in hosted unified communications.

Softbank invests over $1 billion in Finnish game developer Supercell

Japanese carrier SoftBank and gaming company GungHo Online Entertainment are investing $1.5 billion for a 51 percent stake in Finnish game developer Softcell, highlighting how hot this sector has become.

Salesforce delivers Identity to simplify herding of apps

Salesforce.com has delivered an identity product designed to let enterprises consolidate user authentication and application access control on a single tool.

Building blocks are snapping together virtually to handle big storage

Easy expansion, lower costs and cloud-like internal services are common themes in storage today, and startup Coho Data is playing all three with a "micro-array" architecture that it's introducing on Tuesday.

Backup starts to scale out along with storage, data growth

Backup and recovery is starting to get some of the same capabilities as primary storage systems to handle the rising floods of data with less management overhead.

VMware acquires Desktone, makes network virtualization generally available

VMware continues to push its plan to virtualize the whole data center, with the general availability of its network virtualization platform, and desktops too with the acquisition of desktop-as-a service company Desktone.