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IBM names new Chief Executive, Virginia Rometty

IBM names new Chief Executive, Virginia Rometty

This week it was announced that Samuel J Palmisano will be switching roles from Chief Executive to chairman while Virginia M Rometty will take over the Chief Executive, all of this taking place at IBM. Analysts say that Rometty's lead rival for the taking over of the roll at IBM was Steven A Mills, another senior vice president inside the company who has led the group's profitable and ever expanding software division. Meanwhile Rometty will now be one of the highest-profile female executives in corporate America.

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Google grabs 1,023 patents from IBM

Google grabs 1,023 patents from IBM

Google has snapped up a new patent haul, buying over a thousand from IBM in what's believed to be another attempt to shore up Android's defenses against Apple and others. The 1,023 transferred patents were detailed by the US Patent and Trademark Office, with Google subsequently confirming the deal had taken place. It's not the first such transaction we've seen; back in July, Google bought a different 1,030 patents from IBM.

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IBM builds 120-petabyte storage array!

IBM builds 120-petabyte storage array!

IBM is staffed with some geeks with big aspirations for sure. The gang at IBM has whipped up a little storage array for an unnamed customer that will use it for some unnamed task. The storage array happens to be the largest in all the land at 120 petabytes. That is 120 million gigabytes. Apparently, the storage array is being designed for a new supercomputer installation IBM is working on.

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Apple is Safe with Tim Cook

Apple is Safe with Tim Cook

Wednesday afternoon Apple's long-time CEO and founder Steve Jobs sent a letter out to the company's Board of Directors and the greater Apple Community announcing his resignation as CEO of Apple. His letter requests and the board has agreed that now former Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook would become the new Apple CEO while Jobs himself would become Chairman of the Board, director, and, as he put it, "Apple employee." As we find confidence in the fact that Jobs will continue to be a large member of the Apple family, we of course look to Tim Cook to fill the role that Jobs has defined for several decades. Is Tim Cook up to the task?

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HP TouchPad Lasted 49 Days, Microsoft Kin Lasted 48, IBM Did it Best

HP TouchPad Lasted 49 Days, Microsoft Kin Lasted 48, IBM Did it Best

Let me see how simple I can make this because there are just a few facts that you should know, probably the most important facts of the day if you don't count most of the other facts from the HP/webOS situation everyone was freaking out about earlier today. Head to that link for most the details, then come back and remember this bit: HP is weighing spinning off its PC unit. This basically means that HP is looking to do SOMETHING with its PC unit, also known as HP's PSG, or Personal Systems Group, this sect of HP responsible for PCs, hand-held PCs such as mobile devices, software for the home, and more. SOMETHING means either a complete selling off of the PSG portion of the company or "spinning it off" meaning it would still sort of be part of the company, but it'd be like Beavis and Butthead's Daria or Happy Days' Mork and Mindy or Laverne and Shirley - separate but in the same universe.

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IBM, DARPA, and university researchers create basic design for computer chip that works like the brain

IBM, DARPA, and university researchers create basic design for computer chip that works like the brain

IBM is one of the biggest companies in high performance computing and supercomputers and has been a big force in the computer world for over 65 years. IBM announced today that with help from DARPA and four major universities the basic design of an experimental computer chip that emulates the human brain has been completed. IBM calls the chip a cognitive computing chip.

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Apple Releases Full Page Welcome to IBM 30 Years Ago Yesterday

Apple Releases Full Page Welcome to IBM 30 Years Ago Yesterday

I certainly would have posted about this particular advertisement yesterday, the 30th anniversary of the first IBM PC to the day, but that'd just be rude - and technically this advertisement was released 30 years ago yesterday PLUS two weeks. Today IBM has had 24 hours of glory, and it's time to re-reveal how kind Apple was in welcoming them in to the big show. Each time this anniversary comes around I and we like to consider how the situation has changed and what it meant to the computing world when this ad was released in the very young personal tech world of 1981.

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IBM PC Turns 30 Years Old and We Reminisce About The Very First

IBM PC Turns 30 Years Old and We Reminisce About The Very First

Thirty years ago, the IBM PC was born, and consumers were treated to what for many was the beginning of a new era in home electronics. It was August 12th, 1981 - not the first time anyone had owned their first personal computer, as the MITS Altair 8800 had already been released in 1975, the Apple II and Commodore PET had been released in 1977, RadioShack had a "Model 1" somewhere in there, and the first Ataris (800 and 400) had been released in 1979. All of this was punched directly in the nose by what everyone in the computing business in the time would agree was the most trusted and perhaps the most important tech group in the world - thirty years ago to the day.

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IBM / NCSA Petascale Supercomputer “Blue Waters” Project Abandoned

IBM / NCSA Petascale Supercomputer “Blue Waters” Project Abandoned

Both the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and IBM have cited unforeseen costs and greater than expected complexities amongst reasons for abandoning plans to create a petaflop-speed supercomputer this Monday. A petaflop, for those wondering, is a measure of the processing speed of a computer, that being a thousand trillion floating point operations per second - a computer with such speed capabilities being news in and of itself. Having started the project back in 2008, IBM reports today that it has terminated its four-year "Blue Waters" contract estimated at about $208 million USD, previously expected to have been delivered inside 2011.

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Google buys 1,030 IBM patents to strengthen IP catalog

Google buys 1,030 IBM patents to strengthen IP catalog

Google has confirmed it snapped up a bundle of IBM patents, in a move that is believed to be defensive against the growing number of IP-based lawsuits. The 1,030 patents acquired cover a broad range of technologies, SEO by the Sea reports, including memory and microprocessor chip fabrication/architecture, server and router design, and software programming such as relational databases, object oriented programming and more.

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