Big Tech Posts

Rackspace Acquires ObjectRocket

Rackspace has acquired MongoDB database services company ObjectRocket.  The terms of the deal was undisclosed.  Rackspace already lets customers use MySQL, but one of their largest competitors Amazon Web Services offers multiple database options.
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Google Acquires Channel Intelligence For $125 Million

Channel Intelligence is a company that specializes in product e-commerce.  The company has a data-driven service to drive product sales online.  CI’s Where-To-Buy buttons make it easier for customers to purchase products that they like at their favorite retailers.  The company was a featured Google Shopping launch partner.  Today Google announced that they have acquired Channel Intelligence for $125 million entirely in cash.

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ARM Reports A 16% Increase In Profit For Q4

ARM Holdings plc, the British semiconductor and software company based in Cambridge, England has reported their Q4 results.  Even though the PC market is struggling, ARM still reported some solid results for the quarter ending December 31, 2012.

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Dell To Go Private As Michael Dell, Microsoft, Silver Lake, and MSD Capital Put In Their Money For It

Dell has gone private and is being taken off the stock market.  The company is being financed with cash and equity from Dell founder Michael Dell and funds from Silver Lake and MSD Capital.  Microsoft is giving Dell a $2 billion loan.

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HP’s First Chromebook Is Selling For $329.99

Hewlett Packard has announced their first laptop that runs on the Google Chrome operating system. HP’s first Chromebook is called the Pavilion 14 Chromebook. The Pavilion 14 Chromebook has a 14-inch 1366 x 768 screen, three USB 2.0 sockets, and an SD card slot if you want to expand beyond the included 16GB of solid state storage.

InterActiveCorp Incubator Hatch Labs To Go The Independent Route

InterActiveCorp’s incubator for building apps, Hatch Labs, is going independent according to Betabeat.com. Hatch Labs is rumored to be shutting down their offices on the fifth floor offices in the IAC building on 18th street in Los Angeles.

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RIM To Start Trading As “BBRY” On February 4th

The company formerly known as Research In Motion and now known as BlackBerry will start trading under the symbol “BBRY” starting February 4th.  BlackBerry’s legal name change will occur later this year.  The company will trade as “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ.

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Strategy Analytics: Apple Was The #1 Mobile Maker Company In Q4 2012

Apple beat Samsung as the top mobile maker by volume in Q4 2012 according to Strategy Analytics. This is the first time Apple was at the top after taking a record 34% marketshare as the company had around 17.7 million smartphone shipments. Samsung was in second place with a 32.3% marketshare and they hit 16.8 million smartphone shipments. LG was in third place at a 9% marketshare with 4.7 million smartphone shipments.

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