Google has launched storage service (remember GDrive?) integrated with Google Docs, that offers 1GB of free storage.
You’ll have 1 GB of free storage for files you don’t convert into one of the Google Docs formats (i.e. Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentations), and if you need more space, you can buy additional storage for $0.25 per GB per year. This makes it easy to backup more of your key files online, from large graphics and raw photos to unedited home videos taken on your smartphone. You might even be able to replace the USB drive you reserved for those files that are too big to send over email. – blog
VMWare Acquires Zimbra
Zimbra sell-off by Yahoo was bound to happen. Yahoo acquired Zimbra to integrate with it’s smallbiz offering, which itself is being considered for a sell off.
First, Zimbra was one of the more popular downloads on our virtual appliance marketplace. You can think of the virtual appliance marketplace as our version of iTunes, but for business applications. Virtual appliances are just virtual machines pre-populated with an operating system and applications that can be downloaded and easily started without installation and with minimal configuration. Once deployed onto VMware vSphere, the Zimbra virtual appliance will automatically benefit from the built-in VMware vSphere scalability, availability, and security services.
The second opportunity is around cloud-based email and collaboration services. As mentioned above, companies who wish to provide these services from an on-premise datacenter obtain a simple way to deploy and manage their offering. – blog post
Microsoft Launches Kodu, Game-Creation Tool for Kids
Microsoft has launched Kodu, a game developed by Microsoft Research that invites users to create their own worlds while teaching them the basics of game development.
Originally designed as a learning tool for youngsters using Xbox 360, Kodu is now available in a public beta for the PC. The move to the PC platform stands to make the game more attractive to schools. By eliminating the need for controllers, schools don’t need any special equipment – students can start building worlds with just a PC and a keyboard – details
Google’s New Approach to China
Several times, Google compromised on it’s Do-No-Evil policy when it comes to China and is now taking a stand to not fall for Chinese government’s strict policies
The decision to review our business operations in China has been incredibly hard, and we know that it will have potentially far-reaching consequences. We want to make clear that this move was driven by our executives in the United States, without the knowledge or involvement of our employees in China who have worked incredibly hard to make Google.cn the success it is today. – blog
But before you jump to any conclusion, think of this as a negotiation strategy by Google (showing up the entire BATNA!)
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