DH Kass

Senior Contributing Blogger,
The VAR Guy
Toshiba Cuts 900 PC Jobs, Pares Consumer Sales to Focus on Businesses

Toshiba plans to cut 900 jobs from its PC business unit, or 20 percent of that operation’s staff, as part of a wide-reaching overhaul to withdraw from certain consumer markets and focus on business sales.

Amid Security Questions, Apple Takes a Public Privacy Stand

In the wake of the highly publicized iCloud celebrity hack, Apple (AAPL) must believe it’s still got some making up to do to regain lost trust in its security.

SAP’s $8.3 Billion Buys Travel Expenses Software Maker Concur

German enterprise application software giant SAP said it will buy travel expense management developer Concur Technologies (CNQR) for some $8.3 billion, which equates to $129 a share or a 20 percent bump over Concur’s Sept. 18 $107.80 closing price.

Cook: Apple 'Not Based on Having Information About You'

Apple (AAPL) chief executive Tim Cook’s excellent adventure continued from last week into this with the second part of his two sit-downs with PBS television interviewer Charlie Rose.

Microsoft Fires Another 2,100 Workers Worldwide

Microsofta (MSFT) confirmed that it fired another 2,100 employees in the second stage of an overall 18,000-worker layoff the vendor initiated in July when it cut some 13,000 staffers from its payroll.

Oracle Chief Ellison Steps Down as CEO

Oracle’s (ORCL) iconic leader Larry Ellison, who founded the company in 1977, is stepping down as chief executive, handing the helm to current de-facto bosses Mark Hurd and Safra Catz, both of whom will be officially elevated to CEO as Ellison becomes chief technology officer and board executive chairman.

Rackspace Nixes Acquisition Talks, Names New Boss

Cloud and server hosting provider Rackspace (RAX) has nixed acquisition and partnership talks, instead about-facing to go it alone and naming a new chief executive to navigate it through battles with Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG) and the telcos.

Microsoft Sends Out Invites for Sept. 30 Windows 9 Preview Event

As expected, Microsoft (MSFT) has scheduled a Sept. 30 event in San Francisco to showcase Windows 9 and has begun emailing out invitations, according to a published report.

Can Apple Sell 10 Million iPhone 6 Smartphones this Weekend?

With Apple’s (AAPL) new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus available to customers in the vendor’s retail stores at 8 a.m. Pacific Friday and 24-hour pre-orders for the smartphones standing at a record 4 million, the big question is, Will we see more than 9 million units sold over the weekend?

Will Fashion Leaders Warm to Apple Watch by Early 2015 Launch Date?

How much work does Apple (AAPL) still have left to impress the difficult-to-wow fashion world that its new Watch not only is hip and cool but also elegant? Judging by what some of the fashionistas had to say about the Watch’s design, there’s still ground to cover.

Gartner: Most Mobile Apps Fail Current Security Tests

Maybe not so fast, enterprise mobility. Businesses banking on BYOD strategies to navigate them through the deep waters of security breaches and confidential data leaks may have to rethink their assumptions: A new report from researcher Gartner claims that through next year, 75 percent of mobile apps won’t pass the most foundational of security tests.

Report: HP May Sell Snapfish Photo Sharing Service

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is huddling with private equity and other companies about possibly putting its Snapfish online photo-sharing service on the sales block, according to a published report.

Will Microsoft’s $2.5 Minecraft Buy Boost Windows Phone, Surface Sales?

“Yes, the deal is real. Mojang is being bought by Microsoft,” wrote Owen Hill, Mojang chief word officer in a Sept. 15 blog post, confirming what many over the weekend knew would happen on Monday—Microsoft’s (MSFT) $2.5 billion purchase of the Stockholm, Sweden-based maker of the 100-million player Minecraft game.

Report: EMC Closer to Selling VMware Stake

EMC (EMC) may be getting ready to sell its 80 percent stake in VMware (VMW), perhaps caving to pressure from activist investor Elliott Management, which last July snagged a 2 percent interest in the storage giant and immediately began pressuring it to offload the virtualization kingpin.

HP Buys Eucalyptus, Cloud Open Source Software Developer

Acquisition-shy Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) has plunked down a reported $100 million to buy Eucalyptus, a cloud open source software provider, in a deal that also gains the vendor a highly regarded new head of its cloud business unit.

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