EnterpriseDB, known for its products based on the open-source Postgres database, today announced that it has named Ed Boyajian, former Red Hat vice president and general manager of North American sales, as president, and chief executive, and board member.
Current CEO Andy Astor will take on the global business development role and focus on building out new markets.
Congrats to EnterpriseDB for scoring such a high-profile executive and to Ed on his new role.
Palm CEO Ed Colligan says the company's long-awaited operating system of the future will center around the Internet, and be distinct from the familiar Palm OS that's currently available.
Palm has been somewhat tight-lipped about the future of its operating system development, but Colligan gave an interview to APC in which he described the "Nova" OS as a "next-generation operating system with much more capabilities, driven around the Internet and Web-based applications." Nova will be based on a Linux core and is scheduled to arrive next year.
The idea is to return to what … Read more
Last week, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) organization announced its new XO-2 laptop design, which will likely replace the XO-1 design I've written about before on this blog. There are images of the XO-2 on the OLPC wiki and a video clip from the announcement on Joanna Stern's blog for Laptop magazine.
The new design uses two touch-screen LCDs flanking a central hinge. This approach allows the unit to be used as a book with facing pages (shown here), as a conventional laptop using a virtual keyboard on the lower display, or as a single system shared … Read more
Hewlett-Packard is often thought of as a conservative Silicon Valley institution, not an industry mover and shaker. Yet for the second time this decade, HP is sticking its neck out with a huge merger. First Compaq, now EDS. Wow!
Lots of industry people will certainly write or blog about corporate synergies and how this deal will affect the overall services industry, but my focus is a bit smaller. I believe this deal really ups the ante for HP in the networking space.
As a solutions provider and government outsourcer, EDS builds a lot of big data centers and enterprise applications … Read more
One of the curses, I suppose, of knowing one's high-tech history is that way too many news items cause me to go, "Here we go again!"
The proximate tidbit this time is, of course, the news that Hewlett-Packard is acquiring services giant EDS for $13.9 billion. Various news organizations had previously pegged the deal value between $12 billion and $13 billion. The New York Times described it at a $12.6 billion cash transaction.
When we last saw this play, it was with Carly Fiorina in the role of HP's chief executive, looking to spend … Read more
Updated at 8:30 a.m. PDT with additional analyst comment.
Hewlett-Packard said Tuesday it will acquire computer services firm EDS for $25 per share, or $13.9 billion, in a deal intended to boost HP's services revenue.
On Monday night, HP had confirmed that the two companies were in talks, following news reports earlier in the day.
The deal will create a computer services giant intended to rival IBM in the market for serving business customers.
HP said the deal, which has been unanimously approved by the HP and EDS boards of directors, will close in the second … Read more
Updated at 2:20 p.m. PST.
Hewlett-Packard is in talks to buy Electronic Data Systems, HP confirmed Monday.
The Wall Street Journal initially reported the two have been in talks for HP to buy EDS for $12 billion to $13 billion, citing unnamed sources. An agreement between the world's largest computer maker and the IT services provider could come as early as Tuesday, according to the Journal.
Shares of HP were down 6 percent after the story posted, and HP confirmed that trading of its stock has been halted. EDS shares were up 27 percent on the news. … Read more
Soon drivers manuals made out of paper will be a thing of the past. At least that's what DreamCatcher Games and JoWooD Productions are hoping with the upcoming Nintendo DS title Drivers Ed Portable.
DS owners who purchase the title will get a complete training system for the written portion of their state's driving exam, along with three smaller gaming elements that have been designed to put those skills to use in a safe, virtual environment. The game isn't limited to the U.S. either--there are also training modes for Canada and most of Europe with localized … Read more
Despite the threat of legal action by one voting machine vendor, Princeton University professor Ed Felten is continuing his independent investigation of perceived irregularities in New Jersey's February 5, 2008 presidential primary election. On Friday, a New Jersey state judge ruled that voting rights activists will also have the right to have their own independent expert examine the state's electronic voting machines.
The question is integrity. What Felten has found so far isn't enough to change the election results, but evidence presented on his blog site suggests there might be enough to undermine our confidence in the … Read more