DH Kass

Senior Contributing Blogger,
The VAR Guy
Apple Deliveries: Watch in April, 12 More Enterprise Mobility Apps by March
Apple will deliver its much-anticipated smart Watch in April and another 12 business apps from its enterprise mobility deal with IBM in March.
IBM Layoff Fallout: Softlayer Boss Crosby Quits

Obscured, perhaps in the uproar surrounding IBM’s (IBM) latest round of layoffs and a rumored full-scale corporate reorganization, was an employee post on the Alliance@IBM forum saying Lance Crosby, Softlayer founder and chief executive and general manager of IBM’s cloud business, had resigned.

Symantec Resurrects Veritas Brand for Newly Separated IM Business
Symantec (SYMC) said its spun-off information management business will take on the Veritas name, sporting a new logo but relying on the original company’s brand recognition, history and reputation to help establish its own new identity.
IBM Layoffs 2015: Employees Say Firings Have Begun
IBM employees in Australia are reporting the vendor already has begun handing out pink slips to all levels of workers, ranging from project leads to managers and account reps.
Microsoft Warns of Gloom Ahead Amid Mixed FQ2, China Worries
Microsoft posted $26.5 billion in sales and earnings per share of 71 cents for its FQ2 2015, an 8 percent climb in revenue but a 9 percent slide in earnings, barely beating analysts’ sales expectations.
Apple Q4 Profit Soars to $18 Billion, All-Time High
Apple posted a soaring Q4, including $18 billion in profit, the highest corporate quarterly earnings ever recorded.
HP Names Management Lineup for PC, Enterprise Businesses
HP has set its executive management lineup for HP Inc. and HP Enterprise, both of which will operate as independent, publicly traded entities.
Microsoft Windows 10 Technical Preview: Cortana, New Start Menu, More
Microsoft (MSFT) released the latest Build 9926 to its Windows Insider beta evaluators, the first Technical Preview since the vendor offered Build 9879 in mid-November.
IBM Calls Massive Pink Slip Reports 'Ridiculous' 1
IBM officially dismissed a spate of reports it will layoff up to 26 percent of its worldwide workforce, or more than 100,000 workers, starting this week, calling the rumors “ridiculous” and “baseless.”
Report: IBM Employees Bracing for Massive Layoff Starting Next Week 4
IBM is set to begin laying off what could amount to 26 percent of its global workforce next week, according to one report on the rumored firings.
Box Shares Surge 66 Percent in First Trading Day
Box got off to a roaring start in its first day of public trading, with shares opening at $14 but surging 66 percent to close at $23.23, spiking the company’s valuation from a modest $1.67 billion post-IPO to $2.7 billion.
Google Morphs to Wireless Direct Seller, PwC Cloud Consultant, Reseller Financer
Google reportedly has signed reseller deals with carriers Sprint and T-Mobile to sell wireless service directly to end customers.
Samsung: No BlackBerry Buy, No Qualcomm Chip in Galaxy S6
A top Samsung executive said earlier this week the vendor has no plans to acquire BlackBerry and instead wants to forge a stronger partnership with the Canadian device maker.
Box Shares Begin Trading at $14, Valuation at $1.67 Billion
Shares of cloud storage provider Box will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Jan. 23, priced at $14 a share, above the expected range of $11-$13 per share, valuing the company at about $1.67 billion.
Microsoft Asks for the Love for Windows 10
In a monumental cultural shift, at its Windows 10 showcase Microsoft finally moved on from its traditional posture as lord of the PC manor to ask users to love Windows.
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