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How to Rein In Powerful Companies Without Ruining the US Tech Industry

Elizabeth Warren's desire to curtail Facebook, Amazon and other companies that have misused their massive power -- or may do so in the future -- is well founded. The U.S. appears to be trending toward civil war, and I'd place social media in general on the wrong side of this trend. However, just as ...

Gadget Ogling: Garish Walkie-Talkies, Slick Cameras and Mini 3D Printing

Welcome to another installment of every tech-loving optimist's and misanthrope's favorite look at the week's most wondrous and pitiful new gadgets. Ahead, for your delight and dismay, are studies of a wearable walkie-talkie-type communication device, a 360-degree action camera, a tiny 3D printer, a ...

Enyo’s Out of Beta – but Will Devs Give it Love?

HP brought Enyo -- the open source object-oriented JavaScript framework for webOS -- out of beta this week, six months after the ill-fated operating system was contributed to the open source community. Enyo 2.0 now has a community of developers, a broad set of cross-platform user interface widgets, ...

Enyo’s End Is Not Nigh

Most of HP's webOS team, including Matt McNulty, head of the project, is moving to Google according to a report by The Verge citing several unnamed sources. The departing team is said to be almost wholly responsible for Enyo's code. Enyo replaced Mojo as webOS's software development kit in 2011. It ...

Building a 21st Century Platform: Q&A With Consona CEO Jeff Tognoni

Consona offers a line of enterprise resource management and customer relationship management software that is made up of parts that are more recognizable than the whole. Remember Onyx? It belongs to Consona. Same with Knova and, more recently, SupportSoft. Over the last few years, Consona has been s...

Oracle Releases Contact Center Anywhere 8.1

Oracle has released Contact Center Anywhere 8.1, an application that builds on its acquisition of [email protected], an on-demand provider of IP-based software infrastructure for hosted contact center services, made exactly a year ago. Oracle Contact Center Anywhere 8.1, is a multimedia IP-based contac...

M2M to Acquire KNOVA

M2M Holdings has signed an agreement to acquire CRM provider KNOVA Software, in an all cash transaction valued at approximately US$47 million. The deal is expected to close at the end of the first quarter of 2007, subject to approval by KNOVA shareholders. KNOVA provides a niche CRM application call...

Equity Firms to Take Open Solutions Private in $1.3B Deal

Two private equity firms, The Carlyle Group and Providence Equity Partners, jointly announced on Monday that they have signed a definitive agreement to acquire Open Solutions in a transaction valued at over US$1.3 billion. Under terms of the agreement, The Carlyle Group and Providence Equity Partner...

Onyx Shareholders Set to Vote on M2M Acquisition

On August 1, Onyx's shareholders are set to vote on the pending acquisition of the company by M2M Holdings, a private equity firm jointly owned by Battery Ventures and Thoma Cressey Equity Partners. The deal on the table is an all-cash transaction for US$92 million, or $4.80 per share, and it is one...

Unfazed by Rejection, CDC Makes Third Bid for Onyx

CDC Software has made its third offer to acquire mid-market CRM vendor Onyx, offering shareholders a choice of all-cash or cash-and-shares in CDC. The offer -- US$4.85 per share in cash, or $2.50 in cash and $2.50 in CDC stock -- comes a few weeks after Onyx signed a definitive agreement to be acqui...

INDUSTRY ANALYSIS

Onyx Acquisition Sign of Things to Come in CRM

Onyx got bought last week, in an all cash deal valued at US$92 million, subject to the usual regulatory rubber stamping. This was a semi-significant move in the continuing consolidation of the CRM industry, but let's not get maudlin about the roll up of another CRM pioneer. The world is not ending ...

Onyx Agrees to Acquisition by M2M

Onyx has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by M2M Holdings, a private equity firm jointly owned by Battery Ventures VI and Thoma Cressey Equity Partners, in an all-cash transaction for US$92 million, or $4.80 per share. Closing is anticipated in the third quarter, subject to approval by a...

Onyx Upgrades Analytics Application

Onyx has upgraded its analytics application with the introduction of Onyx Analytics 3.0, a product within the vendor's Performance Management portfolio. New features in this release include scorecarding and event monitoring functionality. Scorecarding allows users to monitor and rate performance aga...

CDC Aims to Leverage Microsoft CRM’s Momentum With c360 Buy

CDC Software is adding another CRM software vendor to its portfolio of acquisitions that will expand its product line and widen its distribution channel. On Thursday, the company announced it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase c360, a provider of CRM add-on products, industry-specific app...

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