DH Kass

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App Networking Vendor A10 Kicks Off New Partner Program

Application networking provider A10 Networks has kicked off a new North American partner program the vendor said aims to motivate and reward channel partners selling its application service gateway products.

Samsung Exec: New Galaxy S5 Smartphone Will Outsell S4

A top Samsung product executive said the Korean device manufacturer expects its newly debuted Galaxy S5 smartphone to exceed sales totals compiled by its S4 predecessor, which racked up some 10 million units sold in its first month on the market and doubled that in the initial 60-day sales period.

HTC Nabs Former Samsung Exec as Marketing Consultant

Taiwan mobile device maker HTC has hired Paul Golden, a former Samsung executive credited with building the Galaxy brand, to advise company chairwoman Cher Wang on marketing strategy, according to reports.

Big Switch Names Ex Juniper Exec as New Global Sales Chief

Bare metal SDN provider Big Switch Networks has named Shaun Page, a former Juniper Networks (JNPR) executive, as its new worldwide sales vice president, a slot the company called “pivotal.”

Globalfoundaries, Samsung Ally on Advanced 14nm Manufacturing Process

Chip manufacturing giants Globalfoundaries and Samsung agreed to duplicate their manufacturing technologies in a move the collaborators hope will help them snatch accounts from rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

Microsoft to Build Data Center in Central Iowa

Microsoft (MSFT) has committed to building a massive 1.2 million square-foot, $1.1 billion regional data center complex on 154 acres in central Iowa, a project officials pledged will create more than 80 jobs in the local area over a four- to five-year phase-in period.

Microsoft, Nokia Deal Slated to Close April 25

Microsoft’s (MSFT) $7.2 billion deal to acquire Nokia’s (NOK) mobile phone business is set to close Friday, April 25, sealing a month- long process that apparently ended with the companies winning the last-leg nod from Chinese regulators.

SAP’s Cloud Move Shows in Q1 Uptick, Warns on Stronger Euro

German business software maker SAP‘s (SAP) two-year-old move to the cloud appears to be paying off, as the vendor’s Q1 2014 cloud subscriptions rose 32 percent to 221 million euros compared to last year, while its software license sales slid 5 percent to 623 million euros.

AMD Q1 Earnings Fall but Still Beat Street

Chip maker AMD (AMD) posted a better-than-expected 28 percent sales spike to $1.4 billion for Q1 2014 but the vendor recorded a $20 million net loss, or 3 cents per share. The company missed Wall Street’s projections of break-even earnings but bested analysts’ $1.34 billion revenue forecast.

SAP Pumps Up Certifications with Member Portal, Registry Service
SAP is offering its certified individuals and channel partners two new services: a credentials management portal and listing in a public registry.
Google Q1 Revenue, Earnings Miss--Stung by Nest, Motorola

Even Google’s (GOOG) bad days still are pretty good. The mega-colossus search, advertising, cloud and hardware vendor missed Wall Street estimates on Q1 2014 revenue and earnings, posting a 19 percent sales uptick to $15.42 billion along with $3.45 billion in earnings.

Microsoft OS Chief Myerson: Desktop, Touch Key to Future Plans

Despite the marketplace’s continuing tepid takeup of Windows 8, Microsoft (MSFT) OS chief Terry Myerson recently said the vendor has no intention of walking away from the desktop or touch input, as both are central to the vendor’s blueprint going forward.

Paragon Software Kicks Off BDR Go-to-Market Channel Program

Backup and disaster recovery (BDR) provider Paragon Software has kicked off a new channel initiative to drive demand, tidy up sales cycles and build profits for partners selling its product lineup.

Intel’s Strange Q1: PC Chip Sales Stabilize, Mobile Revenue Plummets

In the year since taking over Intel’s (INTC) helm, chief Brian Krzanich has talked a mobile blue streak, pledging to speed up mobile processor development, open the vendor’s plants to other mobile processor makers, bake Braswell into Chromebooks and ship 40 million tablet SOCs in 2014.

Heartbleed Bug Blamed for Canadian Tax Agency Attack, More Expected

Canada’s Revenue Agency (CRA) tax collection arm is blaming hackers exploiting the Heartbleed security vulnerability for stealing confidential data on 900 people, in perhaps the first known report of a large organization victimized by the OpenSSL flaw.

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