Hewlett-Packard said it is purchasing ActiveState's Stackato PaaS development platform to bolster its Helion cloud service offerings. HP and ActiveState have been partners since 2012. "The Stackato PaaS solution strengthens the HP Helion portfolio and reinforces HP's commitment to delivering customers open source solutions that help accelerate their transition to hybrid clouds," HP's Bill Hilf said.
The Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security released guidelines aimed at curbing the export of "intrusion software" this year. That proposal was heavily criticized by tech companies and researchers. Commerce officials say they will rethink it. It remains unclear when specifics will be released.
A new report finds that public and private organizations in the U.S. are significantly more worried about being victimized in cyberattacks today than they were just 12 months ago. In a poll of 500 business, government and law enforcement representatives, 75% of respondents reported feeling uneasy about cyberattacks, compared to 59% last year.
Representatives from four trade groups are requesting that Congress ease up on security and privacy regulations for the Internet of Things. "It's up to manufacturers and service providers to make good decisions about privacy and security, or they will fail in the marketplace. Industry-driven solutions are best to promote innovation while protecting consumers," said Gary Shapiro of the Consumer Electronics Association.
China's Alibaba Group is planning to establish data centers in the Middle East, Europe and Japan as part of a $1 billion investment to develop cloud technology. The company's cloud-focused Aliyun unit works mainly with Chinese clients, but its strategy includes global expansion to challenge cloud-giant Amazon in Web services.
Microsoft says it will join forces with Internet of Things software developer Jasper to bring connected services to the cloud. "By bringing together the Jasper Platform and the Azure IoT Suite, businesses of any size and in any industry can build cost-effective IoT solutions for themselves or their customers," Azure IoT's Sam George said.
ARM Holdings has purchased Sansa Security, deepening ARM's hardware and software security portfolio specifically in the Internet of Things and mobile spaces. Sansa secures upward of 150 million Internet connected devices and systems annually.
Dell could reportedly take its SecureWorks cybersecurity business public, a move that could make the unit worth more than $1 billion, sources say. Dell purchased SecureWorks in 2011 for $612 million.
Motorola will release a pair of new Moto X and Moto G phones in the U.S. and a third handset that it will limit to overseas sales, the Lenovo unit said Tuesday. The new $399 Moto X Style -- which will be marketed as the Moto X Pure Edition in the U.S. -- will run on any network and feature a 5.7-inch display. A revamped Moto G, Motorola's most popular phone, will cost $180.
Qualcomm will be "some form of actor" in the inevitable consolidation in the chip industry, CEO Steve Mollenkopf told Bloomberg. "The timing ... is always the debate," he added. Also, Qualcomm said it has invented a way for phones equipped with metal rear cases to be charged wirelessly as long as they support the Rezence standard.