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Oracle takes office suite to the cloud

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Ben Woods.

In its announcement on Wednesday, the business software specialist also launched OpenOffice 3.3, the most recent iteration of the desktop office software picked up in its acquisition of Sun. Both releases fall under the umbrella of Oracle Office and are built on the Open Document Format (ODF) open standard.

Rackspace Buys Cloudkick. Here Is Why

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

EMC expands Atmos for cloud service providers

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Jack Clark.

The EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform (ACDP), announced Tuesday, adds a host of modules that will allow Atmos customers to turn the storage product into a storage-as-a-service platform without having to write their own metering, management, utilization and billing modules.

ooVoo Takes Multi-user Mobile Video Chat Into the Cloud

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Ryan Lawler.

Developer Says FBI Fiddled With OpenBSD

Grazed from Internet Evolution.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

A former contributor to the code in the OpenBSD operating system that handles encryption of data has alleged that the FBI paid developers working on the code to write in backdoor mechanisms to circumvent authentication and give law enforcement unfettered access to data.

Deduplication solutions 'help to enable cloud storage'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

The use of deduplication solutions could be effective for companies looking to migrate some or all of their data to the cloud, it has been suggested.

Speaking to the InfoStor website, Dennis Rolland, director of advanced technology at data protection company Sepaton, explained that the technology can act as an "enabler" for the introduction of cloud storage.

"It makes it practical to deploy cloud storage because you're sending, say, ten times less data over the wide area network," he said.

HP ePrint news goes local

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stephen Withers.

HP was smart enough to realise that once you've designed printers with network interfaces and enough processing power to run a touchscreen control panel, it doesn't take all that much to add network based services.

For example, the ePrint models can print documents sent to them by email, and download and print daily news summaries and other content. The problem was that the initial news source was American.

HP has now added Australian news and headlines through Yahoo!7 Daily Brief.

Leaving Facebook

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Erika Jonietz.

Not the Diaspora—I didn't convert to Judaism or emigrate anywhere. Instead, I accepted a coveted (by geeks) invitation to sign up for Diaspora, a decentralized, privacy-focused social network created by four New York University undergrads in response to what has been seen as Facebook's focus on profits at the expense of users' privacy.

Rackspace Seeks An Edge Over Amazon With Managed Cloud Launch

Grazed from CRN.  Author:  Andrew R. Hickey.

Rackspace Hosting on Tuesday launched a new managed cloud service, a hosted offering that the company says gives it an edge over commodity cloud players like Amazon (NSDQ:AMZN) Web Services.

"We're bringing that managed service level over to the cloud," said Pat Matthews, senior vice president of cloud at Rackspace, adding that managed cloud takes some queues from Rackspace's managed hosting launch of a decade ago. "It differentiates us from Amazon."

Using Powertop to Lower System Power Usage

Grazed from ServerWatch.  Author: Joe Brockmeier.