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Daily Dose - HP to Buy Palm

04.28.2010
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Palm has been struggling to find a company willing to buy them out ever since their quarterly sales and stock prices plummeted.  Now Hewlett-Packard has announced its willingness to buy Palm and its struggling smartphones - the price tag: $1.2 billion, which is pretty generous for their current stock price.  HP expressed a desire to expand HP's mobility strategy and harness Palm's innovative WebOS.  Todd Bradley, the VP of HP, said that HP would also benefit from Palm's mobile patent portfolio, which could provide the significant amount of armor required to enter into the patent minefield that is the smartphone market.

PHP Creator Has a New Job
Rasmus Lerdorf, the inventor of PHP, recently got a new job as the lead developer of the WePay programming interface.  WePay is a free service that facilitates transparent financial transactions between members of an organization.  Lerdorf was unemployed for several months after he quit his job at Yahoo in November.  Yahoo's outsourcing agreements with Microsoft may have been the cause of Lerdorf's departure.

SCO Won't Give Up on Unix Copyright Battle
After a US judge (in 2007) and later a jury (a few weeks ago) ruled that Novell owned the copyrights to Unix, SCO still wants to continue the legal battle that has caused themselves to go bankrupt.  According to Groklaw, SCO filed a renewed motion to the US appeals court to throw out the jury's verdict because they say that the jury didn't know what they were doing.  If this filing is denied, it could finally be the end for the SCO-Unix case.  After winning time and time again, Novell has virtually solidified its victory at this point, which means the Linux-related patents won't be used against people.

Red Hat Offers Cloud Access
RHEL is going into the cloud with Red Hat Cloud Access. The new Amazon EC2-based service gives Red Hat customers the option to move their enterprise Linux subscriptions between physical resources, virtual resources, and the cloud.  It looks like customers need to have a minimum of 25 unused RHEL Premium subscriptions to enter the cloud.

How to Keep Crappy Programmers
Five tips on how you should not manage a developer team.  Thank AmberShah for this entertaining link.
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