Oracle makes investment in Cloud, buys Taleo for $1.9 billion

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Oracle Corp agreed to buy Taleo Corp, a maker of Web-based software for recruiting employees, for about $1.9 billion, as technology companies’ battle for the top spot in the fast-growing cloud computing market.

Intel debuts next-gen communications platform

Intel Corporation on Tuesday disclosed several features for the company’s next-generation communications platform, named “Crystal Forest.”  The communications platform will handle data processing across the network while addressing the needs for handling cloud connectivity and content processing.

Vodafone weighing bid for C&W Worldwide

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Vodafone Group, the world's largest mobile operator by revenue, is considering a bid for Britain's Cable & Wireless Worldwide, whose fixed-line network could boost bandwidth for its Internet-hungry customers.


"Vodafone regularly reviews opportunities in the sector and confirms that it is in the very early stages of evaluating the merits of a potential offer for CWW," the company said on Monday.

Sprint partners with Orange Business Services to extend M2M reach

On Tuesday, Sprint announced that it is partnering with Orange Business Services to provide global machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity outside the U.S.  Through the agreement, Sprint will expand its M2M reach to include Sprint-branded global M2M connectivity to 180 countries on Orange’s network.

Swisscom and Ericsson launch M2M partnership

Switzerland’s largest telecom operator Swisscom and telecom equipment maker Ericsson have launched a machine-to-machine (M2M) partnership.  Under the agreement, Swisscom will offer customers M2M services using Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform.


The first trials will start in February 2012, with the commercial introduction of services scheduled for the summer 2012, says Swisscom.  The partnership will span across Switzerland as well as abroad.

TomTom enters insurance market with new partnership

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On Wednesday, TomTom, which makes vehicle-based personal navigation devices (PNDs), said it had teamed up with UK-based insurance firm Motaquote to offer its first new insurance product, called Fair Play, which gives safer drivers lower premiums.


"Our entry in the insurance market…puts us at the forefront of a move that could help to revolutionize the motor insurance industry," said Thomas Schmidt, managing director TomTom (Amsterdam, Netherlands) Business Solutions.

Siemens, TIBCO provide smart grid integration to Con Edison

Siemens Smart Grid Division and TIBCO Software Inc. will provide smart grid enterprise integration services to Consolidated Edison (Con Edison), a utility company that provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, for a smart grid demonstration project.

Amdocs launches M2M and cloud-based connected home services

Amdocs, a provider of OSS software and services, last week announced the launch of two new services - the Amdocs Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Connected Home services - that enable service providers to quickly enter the connected devices market.

Verizon, Health Evolution Partners partner in connected health

On Monday, Health Evolution Partners and Verizon Enterprise Solutions established a strategic relationship for the adoption of connected health information technologies.

Iridium satellite now supports Digi cloud

On Tuesday, Digi International announced that the Iridium satellite network now supports the iDigi Device Cloud. Similar to cellular SMS, Digi devices with an Iridium data transceiver inside can now send and receive data via the iDigi Device Cloud over the Iridium network.