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Layoffs cool Microsoft employees' opinion of CEO Satya Nadella
The percentage of Microsoft current and former employees who approve of CEO Satya Nadella has dropped since the company announced layoffs.

How Microsoft's CEO sees growth for Windows Phone and Lumia
During an earnings call this week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella repeatedly promoted Lumia smartphones running on the Windows Phone platform. The call was just five days after the company announced a record 18,000 layoffs that raised concerns about Microsoft's long-term commitment to its phones.

Security must evolve to be 'all about the data'
There is a fierce debate about whether GMOs -- genetically modified organisms -- with built-in resistance to pests, fungus, drought and other agricultural threats, are a good thing when it comes to our food supply.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Bye, Nokia, nice knowing you
Nokia, once a great company and the pride of Finland, is shuffling to its grave under Microsoft's leadership.

'Nadella Effect' makes Ballmer $2.8B richer
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's 'devices and services' strategy may be in tatters, discarded by his successor, Satya Nadella, but Ballmer must be smiling all the way to the bank.

Lenovo spins 180, says it's still in the 8-in. Windows tablet game
Lenovo on Friday said it would continue selling sub-10-in. Windows tablets in the U.S., backing away from statements it made the day before.

Dell accepts Bitcoin payments
Want to buy a laptop with bitcoins? Dell is now accepting the digital currency as a form of payment.

Microsoft plans price war to stymie Chromebook growth
Microsoft's COO says his company and its army of OEMs will compete on price with Google's Chromebooks, a milestone in Microsoft's battle against the encroaching enemy.

Dell halts Chromebook online sales, cites rising demand
Dell's only Chromebook is at least temporarily unavailable for online purchase through the company's website, only seven months after the model started shipping.

What about Windows, Mr. Nadella?
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demoted Windows to a handful of terse mentions deep in his 3,100 all-hands strategy email of last week.

Big changes and possible cuts prompt Microsoft to publicly air Nadella memo
Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella distributed his Thursday memo beyond the halls of his company to signal to everyone that big changes, likely including staffing cuts, are coming.

QuickPoll: What should Microsoft focus on?
In a 3,100 word email to Microsoft's 130,000 employees, CEO Satya Nadella said the firm's two-year-old "devices and services" strategy is dead. So what should Microsoft's new focus be?

Nadella dumps Ballmer's 'devices and services,' coins his own strategy
The words chosen by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella for the long mission statement he issued Thursday show the firm's two-year-old "devices and services" strategy is dead.

International police operation disrupts Shylock banking Trojan
Police from eight countries together with several private security companies disrupted the online infrastructure used by cybercriminals to control computers infected with a malware program called Shylock.

Nadella on Microsoft's culture change: 'Nothing is off the table'
Microsoft staffers worldwide should buckle their seat belts because a big culture shakeup is in the works at the company.

Is Linux Dead on the Desktop?
For executives in charge of desktop deployments in a large company, Linux OS was once hailed as a savior for corporate end users. With incredibly low pricing -- free, with fee-based support plans, for example -- distributions such as Ubuntu Desktop and SUSE Linux Enterprise offered a "good enough" user interface, along with plenty of powerful apps and a rich browser.

Samsung, Intel, Dell team on IoT connectivity standards
Some top hardware companies have established a new Internet of Things consortium to create standards so that billions of devices can connect to each other.

How a private Dell works with customers, and sees its rivals
Dell held its user conference here last month in a beach hotel next to a calm ocean with no threat of storms. For a company that wants to be known as the strong, silent type, the location may have been perfect.

Google gets into the weeds of Android Work
Google has revealed more about how its new enterprise security and management framework -- otherwise known as Android Work -- will function when the next version of Android rolls out.

Dell Storage branches out with midsize arrays, software-defined systems
Dell plans to expand its storage lineup with a series of midsized SAN arrays and a portfolio of software-defined storage systems, furthering two prominent industry trends.

Surface Pro 3 'notebook' reaches retail today
Microsoft today kicked off retail sales of the Surface Pro 3, the 2-in-1 device touted by the company as a notebook replacement.

Dell offers software updates for improved mini PC usability
The first software updates to improve functionality, including enterprise use, are out from Dell for its thumb-size PC, the Wyse Cloud Connect.

Hacker mines $620K in cryptocurrency under victims' noses
A German hacker generated more than $620,000 in cryptocurrency after hijacking an unknown number of network storage devices and turning them into digital slaves to mine Dogecoin, researchers said.

Hacked Synology NAS systems used in big-profit cryptocurrency mining scheme
A hacker exploited publicly known vulnerabilities to install malware on NAS systems made by Synology and used their computing power to generate Dogecoins, a type of cryptocurrency.

Dell executive says HP's new Machine architecture is 'laughable'
Hewlett-Packard's attempt to come up with a new architecture for computers is "laughable" and would make trillions of dollars in software investment obsolete, a top Dell executive said Thursday.

Preston Gralla: Memo to Nadella: Copy IBM
Microsoft's situation in 2014 is eerily similar to IBM's in the late 1980s, and it can save itself the same way.

Microsoft's latest countdown: Update Windows 8.1 before Tuesday
Microsoft plans to deliver seven security updates to customers next week, including an almost-habitual one for Internet Explorer, and others for Windows, Office and Lync.

Dual-boot Windows and Android tablets live on at small manufacturers
Small Chinese tablet makers continue to experiment with dual-boot tablets running Windows or Android, a market that big device makers have shied from.

Dell adds wireless charging, full HD screen to $199 Android tablet
Cheap Android tablets can be hard to differentiate, but Dell wants to ratchet up the quality with its $199 Venue 8 tablet, which has new features like wireless charging and a full high-definition screen.

Dell brings Ubuntu to tablets with new Inspiron hybrids
The Linux-based Ubuntu OS is finding its way into tablets with Dell's latest Inspiron hybrids, which can function as tablets and laptops.

Is the PC Dead? Not at Dell, Which Is Doubling Down
For Dell, reports of the personal computer's death have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, the company's seeing good growth from its PC and thin client lines. Credit new designs, higher screen resolutions, a program for helping users migrate from Windows XP -- and a steadfast refusal to believe the hype about the death of the PC.

New attack methods can 'brick' systems, defeat Secure Boot, researchers say
The Secure Boot security mechanism of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) can be bypassed on around half of computers that have the feature enabled in order to install bootkits, according to a security researcher.

Next wave of wearables slated for the Computex spotlight
Traditionally viewed as a geek's paradise, the Computex trade show will turn into a battlefield for the body next week.

Google promises to patch Chrome OS for 5 years
Google has extended its guaranteed support for Chrome OS on vendors' Chromebooks to five years, adding a year of support to nearly every device.

Dell to use recycled plastics in new line of PCs
Dell is making a line of PCs using plastics obtained by expanding its recycling program.

Rackspace not a good fit for Cisco, says Chambers
Rackspace doesn't fit Cisco's acquisition profile, CEO John Chambers told a room packed with reporters this week at the company's annual conference and exhibition.

Toaster, refrigerator, meet tablet, notebook: Apple and Microsoft trade takes on 2-in-1s
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella pushed the need for blending tablets and notebooks at the unveiling of the Surface Pro 3, countering earlier arguments by Apple CEO Tim Cook that the trade-offs from such devices don't please anybody.

Review: Dell WYSE delivers Android-on-a-stick
Thin clients aren't very exciting, and for a reason: they're designed to allow remote access to servers, usually with a Citrix, Microsoft, or VMware client. The folks at Dell WYSE have spiced up the category by building a thin client on top of Android, and getting it down to a form factor only slightly larger than a USB memory stick.

How to Resuscitate Tech Innovation at Your Company
Maintaining or rediscovering innovation is difficult and often counter-intuitive for larger companies. However, columnist Rob Enderele offers suggestions for how businesses can get back the innovation they lack.

Microsoft CEO Nadella aces first-100-day test
If Satya Nadella is celebrating his first 100 days as CEO of Microsoft today, no one can blame him, a corporate leadership expert said.

CIOs Must Adapt or Risk Being Replaced
Michael Keithley has more than two decades of experience as a CIO. However, the IT veteran says he's seeing more change now than ever before.'s Tom Kaneshige sat down with Keithley to talk about the challenges he and his colleagues face, the need to speak the same language as the business side and the reality of what lies ahead for CIOs who refuse to change their approach.

Dell updates thumb-sized PC to attract consumers
Dell is making updates to its Android-based, thumb-size PC called Wyse Cloud Connect -- widely known as Project Ophelia -- as the company moves to make the stick computer suitable for consumers.

Preston Gralla: Straight A's for Microsoft CEO Nadella at the 60-day mark
What we've seen so far suggests that Microsoft's new CEO is his own man and willing to buck the company's traditional ways.

Top vendors join to bolster OpenSSL, other open source projects, after Heartbleed
Reeling from the Heartbleed security fiasco, major IT vendors including Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Google and Cisco are backing a Linux Foundation initiative designed to boost open source projects considered critical to the industry.

Nadella departs from predecessor's practice, will do earnings call Thursday
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will participate in Thursday's quarterly earnings call, a departure from the company's past practice, when former chief executive Steve Ballmer rarely joined calls with Wall Street analysts.

Dell launches virtual storage accelerator, aims to boost SAN performance
Dell released a new virtualized storage accelerator appliance called Fluid Cache for SAN on Tuesday, designed to help customers keep data-intensive applications working quickly under load.

Meet the Most Profitable PC Company You've Never Heard Of
Dell's Original Equipment Manufacturer division makes custom PCs for companies in a variety of industries. It also makes money. With sales of plain ol' out-of-the-box machines on the decline, this might point to the future of the PC.

Server makers rush their Heartbleed patches
Enterprise IT vendors are rushing to protect users from the Heartbleed bug, which has been found in some servers and networking gear and could allow attackers to steal critical data -- including passwords and encryption keys -- from the memories of exposed systems.

Windows XP expiration couldn't save PC market in Q1
The looming threat of running an unsupported OS wasn't enough to save PC shipments from continuing their slide in the first quarter.

4 reasons Microsoft is a new company
There's no question that today's Microsoft is a whole new company. Many of the changes announced under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella were initiated under his predecessor, Steve Ballmer. But it's clear that it's a whole new Microsoft.

Microsoft teases touch-first Office for Windows
Microsoft teased a touch-first Office for Windows 8.1, but contrary to many experts' expectations, previewed only one app and declined to define a release window.

New rugged laptop from Dell has a screen with a twist
Dell's new rugged laptop has a 11.6-in. screen with a twist -- the screen can rotate 180 degrees to turn the device into a tablet.

Nadella wins praise for public debut as CEO
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's first public appearance on Thursday was a hit with analysts, who gave him a thumbs up for his time on stage as the company unveiled Office for iPad.

Dell's new research division wants computers to detect your mood
Dell Research, a new division of the recently privatized Dell, is conducting early experiments with brain and body sensors to detect a person's mood for use in computers involved with education and communications. It could also be used to monitor a person's mood while driving or playing games.

Nadella unveils mobile managment suite for iPad and Android
Along with Office on the iPad, Microsoft Thursday released a comprehensive Enterprise Mobility Suite for managing and securing mobile devices, mobile applications and user identity and access -- all from the cloud.

Microsoft to webcast event where Office for iPad may be announced
Microsoft on Thursday will publicly webcast a press event from San Francisco during which many expect CEO Satya Nadella to not only make his first appearance but also announce an upcoming Office for Apple's iPad.

Dell unveils fabric switch, SDN controller
Dell rolled out products designed to help customers build and scale cloud environments.

Dell buys predictive analytics firm StatSoft
Dell has added another company to its growing software portfolio with the acquisition of predictive analytics company StatSoft for an undisclosed amount.

Microsoft tries to tempt XP diehards with $100 discount on new PCs
Microsoft is pitching another deal at pry-XP-from-my-cold-dead-hands customers, offering them $100 off a new Windows 8.1 device if they spring for one that costs more than $599.

Dell replacing displays on XPS 12 hybrids with 'burn-in' issues
Dell has admitted that some of its XPS 12 convertible laptops have "burn-in" issues with the display and is offering to replace affected screens for free, even on systems that are out of warranty.

Microsoft dangles $50 carrot in front of XP users
Microsoft has anted up in its attempt to convince last-minute laggards to abandon Windows XP by handing a $50 carrot to people who buy a new Windows 8.1 device.

Review + videos: 3 convertible Windows laptops try to be all devices to all people
We look at three Windows 8.1 convertibles that can transform into laptops, tablets or presentation devices, and try to discover how useful they really are.

Gameover malware is tougher to kill with new rootkit component
A new variant of the Gameover malware that steals online banking credentials comes with a kernel-level rootkit that makes it significantly harder to remove, according to security researchers from Sophos.

Ex-Microsoft architect's startup focuses on SaaS integration
A former Microsoft architect has founded a startup called Azuqua aimed at tackling the problem of joining together and automating business processes from multiple SaaS (software-as-a-service) applications.

Dell to resell, implement NetSuite's cloud ERP software
Dell and NetSuite are broadening their relationship, with Dell becoming a global reseller and IT systems integrator for NetSuite's cloud ERP (enterprise resource planning) software.

Microsoft tries to jumpstart cheap Windows devices with license price cut
Microsoft has cut the price of Windows 8.1 by nearly three-fourths to device makers who produce lower-cost laptops and tablets.

Dell, Red Hat team up on network virtualization
Dell is teaming up with Red Hat to drive its effort to be a force in the burgeoning area of network function virtualization (NFV) technology, aimed at helping carriers reduce costs and quickly roll out new services.

Dell is the first PC maker to join wireless power group
Dell has become a member of the Alliance for Wireless Power, an indication that the company is eyeing the technology for some of its products.

Intel stresses in-memory computing with 15-core server chip
Intel has added up to 15 cores in its latest Xeon E7 v2 family of server processors, but is stressing in-memory computing improvements with the latest chips.

Microsoft sets Oct. 31 as stop date for Windows 7 consumer PC sales
Microsoft has set Oct. 31 as the end of sales of new consumer-grade Windows 7 PCs, but for now has left open the do-not-sell-after-this-date for business machines.

Nadella's $40M portfolio puny compared to Ballmer's
Microsoft disclosed new CEO Satya Nadella's stock holdings -- both those he now controls and a larger number he has coming to him -- at 1.1 million shares, with a paper value of nearly $40 million.

Why Steve Ballmer Left Microsoft Better Than He Found It
New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella certainly has his work cut out for him, but his job pales in comparison to the mess Steve Ballmer inherited in 2000. Nadella should succeed -- and if he does, he owes a lot to his oft-maligned predecessor.

The future of Dynamics in a Nadella-led Microsoft
Microsoft's Dynamics ERP and CRM product lines seemed safe immediately following former CEO Steve Ballmer';s sweeping reorganization of the company last year. But now that longtime Microsoft executive Satya Nadella has been named Ballmer's successor, the time is ripe for more focused speculation on the future of Dynamics. Here's a look at what could be in store.

Microsoft promises Nadella up to $18M for fiscal year 2015
Microsoft this week set Satya Nadella's annual base salary at $1.2 million, nearly twice his predecessor's but right on the average of CEOs in the tech industry, an executive compensation expert said today.

Nadella returns Microsoft to 'magic of software' roots
Satya Nadella, Microsoft's new CEO, took the unexpected step Tuesday of addressing customers and partners in a 16-minute interview, where he did not stray from the messaging Microsoft has used for 20 months.

Tip of the Hat: Insider CEO Nadella must take on tough task of disrupting Microsoft
Since reports surfaced late last week that Satya Nadella would be the third CEO in Microsoft's history, the tech world has been abuzz with speculation about the future of one of the industry's major forces.

Jonny Evans: Microsoft, the wallflower
The choice of Satya Nadella as CEO suggests that the consumer-market party is over for the company, as it turns its attention to the unglamorous world of infrastructure.

Microsoft's new CEO and his first-100-days plan
Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, had better hit the ground running with a plan for his first three months on the job, corporate strategy and branding experts said today.

Personal history may thrust new Microsoft CEO into visa debate
Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, was born in Hyderabad, India, one of that nation's largest IT centers, and graduated from Manipal University in India before heading to the U.S. to earn an advanced degrees in business and computer science.

As Dell cuts, Apple adds jobs in Austin
If there is one region in the U.S. that can absorb Dell's planned workforce cutbacks, it may be the Austin, Texas, area, one of the nation's hottest areas for tech jobs.

Bill Gates steps aside as chairman, becomes Nadella's 'consigliere'
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will step down as chairman of the board to spend his time with the company advising the new CEO, Satya Nadella.

Microsoft stays in-house, taps Nadella as new CEO
Microsoft today ended its five-month CEO search where it began as it named insider Satya Nadella its third-ever chief executive.

Dell cuts 'small percentage' of workforce
Dell Monday confirmed it has cut its global workforce by what it called a "small percentage," which could mean a reduction of thousands of employees.

Cognoscenti anoint Nadella as next Microsoft CEO
After sustained reports surfaced that Microsoft is close to naming its third-ever CEO, Satya Nadella, a 21-year veteran of the company, is now seen as the heir apparent.

Dell lets managers go 'off road' with self-serve analytics
Once upon a time within Dell, managers who needed a business analysis report had to put in an IT request, a drawn out process that drove business units to set up their own shadow IT systems to run these numbers instead.

Has Dell Created the Perfect Thin Client?
Many have tried to create a marketable thin client, let alone a perfect one. So far, all have failed. But the Dell-Wyse Cloud Connect, announced this week, might be close.

Dell ships Android-based PC on a stick
Dell has started shipping the Android-based Wyse Cloud Connect, a $129 device that is slightly larger than a USB stick and can be used by consumers to watch movies in HD or by enterprises as a virtual desktop client.

Russian man pleads guilty in SpyEye malware case
Russian Aleksandr Andreevich Panin has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud for his role as primary developer and distributor of the SpyEye bank fraud Trojan, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.

Read this before you buy another hard drive
It's rare that a company would release internal data on drive failure rates -- even more so when that company, Backblaze, earns its living storing consumer data in the cloud. That makes the hard drive data released this week even more valuable.

IBM moves again to sell low-end server business; Dell, Fujitsu, Lenovo circling
IBM has revived efforts to sell its low-end server business and Dell, Fujitsu and Lenovo are all lining up to take a look, according to reports this week.

HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, discounts consumer Windows 7 PCs
Hewlett-Packard today launched a new online promotion that discounts several consumer PCs by $150 when equipped with Windows 7, saying the four-year-old OS is "back by popular demand."

Dell doesn't rule out layoffs to maintain stability
Dell on Thursday declined to confirm a report of employee layoffs, but said it could make decisions related to the workforce if necessary in order to maintain company stability.

Prices of 4K monitors fall to under $800
Prices of 4K monitors have fallen to under US$800, finally coming within the reach of users who didn't want to spend thousands on displays.

Microsoft trumps Apple in branding, takes top spot
Microsoft came out on top in a brand survey conducted by Forrester Research, beating often-trumpeted Apple because of Microsoft's ubiquity in consumers' lives and its cross-generational appeal.

Analysts blast crappy Chromebooks reporting, defend platform's potential
Media reports two weeks ago that Chromebooks had had a successful 2013 drew criticism from analysts, including one whose data sparked the coverage.

3 Things That Will Make the 'New' Dell Different
Dell is going private, and that means Michael Dell can stop worrying about shareholders and start focusing on what it will take to make his company grow.

Chromebooks charge into business market
Sales of Chromebooks exploded from basically nothing in 2012 to more than 20 percent of the U.S. commercial PC market, analyst firm NPD reported on Monday, while Windows PCs and MacsA remained flat at best.

Dell joins forces with Dropbox to boost hosted storage for enterprises
Dropbox is getting help from Dell to persuade enterprises to pick its hosted storage and file-sharing platform, and also to make it more secure.

Dell, Red Hat team to sell OpenStack cloud platform
Dell will start selling systems early next year that run Red Hat's version of the OpenStack open-source cloud platform.

Dell's Chromebook is a sign of shakier times for Windows
Dell's debut of a Chromebook, an inexpensive laptop that runs Google's browser-based Chrome OS, is a sign that the platform has gone mainstream, an analyst argued today.

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Hands on: Dell's Chromebook 11 deserves your attention

Dell's Chromebook 11 flew in under the radar, but it's officially earned my recommendation as the best all-around Chromebook you can buy without breaking the bank.

Customer service lessons from Michael Dell, Jeff Bezos and Mickey Mouse

The key to a successful business is a relentless focus on not just good customer service, but totally awesome customer service.  This holds true for companies of all sizes and in all industries, but also for IT departments within companies.  Let me define my view of customer service:  It’s that feeling of goodness, that warm calm inside, that justification (even if distorted) for spending money, that someone gets from a positive interaction with your service or people.

Big PC makers aim Android at the heart of Microsoft

Android has long dominated Windows on mobile devices, but now PC makers are doing the previously unthinkable: Aiming it straight at traditional PCs, the heart of Microsoft's core business. Will Microsoft be able to survive this latest assault on Windows?

Dell and enterprises diss Windows 8 big-time

If selling and buying operating systems were a football game, Dell and enterprises might be called for piling on, because within the last several days both of them have given big thumbs-downs to Windows 8. This is just the latest in a long series of bad news for the newest version of Windows.

Windows 8 and Windows 7 are helping sink Dell, company says

Dell, which built itself into a tech powerhouse by selling Windows-based PCs, is being seriously hurt by poor Windows 8 adoptions and big slowdowns in enterprise Windows 7 upgrades. So says a Dell SEC filing. And things may only get worse from here -- potentially for Microsoft as well as Dell.

Did a fear of Linux spark Microsoft's investment in Dell?

One theory about why Microsoft lent $2 billion as part of a deal to take Dell private is that Microsoft plans to use its newfound influence with the company to stop Dell from further building Linux hardware. Is that really the case, or just a conspiracy theory?

The Dell deal: Microsoft comes out a big winner

Microsoft is one of the biggest winners in the deal to take Dell private. It means the continuance of a healthy Windows ecosystem, including for tablets. More important, it could ensure Microsoft's dominance in the enterprise, and lead to possible success in the cloud.

Why Microsoft should invest in Dell: It's all about tablets and the cloud

Why would Microsoft invest up to several billion dollars to help Dell go private and become part owner of the company? For Microsoft it's all about two of tech's biggest growth drivers: Tablets and the cloud.

Dell stock to exit market? Are PC sales that bad?

Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) is said to be trying to go private. Rumor-mongers say the company is talking to private equity firms about a buyout. The Street likes what it hears, it seems. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ponder what it all means for the PC market.

Windows 8 convertible devices: Born to fail

Microsoft and hardware makers have big hopes for "convertible"Windows 8 notebooks/tablets -- machines that do double-duty as notebooks and tablets. But "convertibles" and similar devices are bound to fail. They're a marketing concept in search of a reason to live, and there is none.

Dell hell continues as it morphs into enterprise cloud company

The Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) Q2 results make ugly reading. The company is in mid-transition from a consumer-PC-led business into an enterprise 'n' cloud-computing firm. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers manage to avoid using the phrase post-PC.

Collected: Apple, iPhone, Dell, post-PC, data and you

Some still deny Apple [AAPL] CEO, Steve Jobs and his vision of an age of computing after the PC, but this number doesn't include Dell boss, Michael Dell, who "doesn't want to talk about PCs anymore," according to the Wall Street Journal. That's a shame as there's almost no touchscreens left for Dell to use in its own tablets, Apple got them all. And regulators everywhere finally get the idea that location-based data protection may be needed after all.

Newspipe: White iPhone 4 release date; Post-PC tablets; DoJ vs. botnet

Welcome to Newspipe: a wrap-up of interesting stories in a handy, easily-digestible size. This time: rumors say we're close to the release date for Apple's (AAPL) white iPhone 4; falling PC sales in a post-PC world of tablets; and the Justice Department wages war on botnets and zombies (oh my!)

"iPad 2 will FAIL in enterprise." O RLY, Dell?

O RLY? (original image by John_White) A Dell marketing muckety-muck chucked muck at Apple's iPad 2 down under. Dell big cheese Andy Lark says the iPad ain't so magical when you get it in an enterprise. He also claims it's horrifically expensive. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers dissect Dell's dissembling. Not to mention The existential despair of Charles Schulz's Peanuts...

Google and other titans form Open Networking Foundation

Google, Facebook and Microsoft are among the heavy hitters of the tech industry that have teamed up to support a new, cloud-focused initiative called Software-Defined Networking (SDN).