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  • IBM’s Chess-Playing Computer, Deep Blue, Celebrates 15th Birthday

    IBM’s Chess-Playing Computer, Deep Blue, Celebrates 15th Birthday

    It was 15 years ago today that a computer – a conglomeration of transistors, memory, and storage media – could beat a world-class chess player. Called Deep Blue, the machine was part of a mission that culminated in IBM’s creation of a supercomputer that beat chess master Garry Kasparov two wins to one. While the concept is delightfully antiquated today (after all, IBM now makes… Read More

  • Strategic Healthcare Investors’ Investment Thesis

    Strategic Healthcare Investors’ Investment Thesis

    This is the second part in a two-part series on strategic investors in healthcare. Healthcare IT departments have focused much of their attention on the $19 billion portion of the stimulus bill that is providing billions of subsidies for the adoption of electronic health records. While this is logical given the available money, it is paying for health IT systems optimized for the “do… Read More

  • IBM Acquires Tealeaf To Add Customer Buying Analytics To Smarter Commerce Products

    IBM Acquires Tealeaf To Add Customer Buying Analytics To Smarter Commerce Products

    Another week, another IBM acquisition. Big Blue has announced the purchase of Tealeaf Technology, which provides customer experience analytics software that helps organizations access information about consumer web experiences. Financial details were not disclosed. Basically, Tealeaf’s software captures and records what each customer is doing and seeing in real-time on every page and… Read More

  • Linux Foundation To Host Open Source Cloud Conference “CloudOpen”

    Linux Foundation To Host Open Source Cloud Conference “CloudOpen”

    It wasn’t that long ago that I complained about cloud fragmentation issues. There were some interesting observations in the comments on that post. Now word comes that the Linux Foundation is hosting CloudOpen, a “new conference to advance openness in the cloud.” Most of the major players are already committed to participating at CloudOpen: Canonical, Citrix, Dell, Eucalyptus… Read More

  • IBM Acquires Enterprise Search Software Company Vivisimo To Boost Big Data Analytics

    IBM Acquires Enterprise Search Software Company Vivisimo To Boost Big Data Analytics

    On the heels of acquiring sales data analytics company Varicent last week, Big Blue is making another buy in the data space today— Vivisimo. Financial terms were not disclosed. Vivisimo, which has raised $6 million in funding, launched as a spin-off from Carnegie Mellon and applies clustering technology to enterprise search. Vivisimo provides enterprises with search software that… Read More

  • IBM’s Mixed Q1 2012: Revenue Flat At $24.7B; Net Income Up 7 Percent To $3.1B

    IBM’s Mixed Q1 2012: Revenue Flat At $24.7B; Net Income Up 7 Percent To $3.1B

    IBM just reported mixed first quarter earnings for 2012. GAAP earnings came in at $2.61, up 13 percent with non-GAAP earnings at $2.78, up 15 percent. Revenue was flat for the quarter coming in at $24.7 billion, up 1 percent adjusting for currency. Analysts expected $2.66 a share and $24.82 billion in revenue. Net income for the quarter came in at $3.1 billion, up 7 percent from last year. Read More

  • IBM Acquires Sales Data And Analytics Software Company Varicent

    IBM Acquires Sales Data And Analytics Software Company Varicent

    Big Blue has made a purchase today—IBM has acquired Varicent Software, a company that creates a sales analytics software. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Varicent, which has raised $35 million in funding, analyzes sales data from businesses to help organizations to streamline compensation processes for employees, improve sales performance, and more. Varicent’s… Read More

  • An Open Letter To IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

    An Open Letter To IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

    People like to kick up a fuss about sexism in tech and how this contributes to a lack of women in the field, whether that’s through badly promoted “perks” at hackathons, over-abundance of alcohol at events or scantily clad women in promo videos, etc. But do you want to know why there’s sexism in tech? Because it comes from society at large, and even at the very top… Read More

  • Facebook The Patent Buyer: Even Before IBM, The List Includes HP, Friendster, BT… And Halliburton

    Facebook The Patent Buyer: Even Before IBM, The List Includes HP, Friendster, BT… And Halliburton

    Facebook, according to reports, is buying up a boatload of patents from IBM — 750 in all — that will help the company shore up against potential attacks from other companies claiming the huge social network infringes on their intellectual property. But for the past couple of years, Facebook has already been taking steps to build up its patent portfolio through the acquisition… Read More

  • More Guests At The Social/Enterprise Party: IBM, Escorted By Harmon.ie

    More Guests At The Social/Enterprise Party: IBM, Escorted By Harmon.ie

    IBM may not be the earliest mover among B2B companies offering more social features to its clients, but it is definitely trying to make sure it stays in game: today it announced that it would extend the social media features it offers through IBM Connections — roughly, the company’s enterprise equivalent of a social network for work colleagues and contacts — to include… Read More