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Best of the Tech Blogs: IBM Spends $1 Billion on New Mainframe


Plus, Apple may not be the only winner after its trial with Samsung

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary about the tech sector from around the Web each day.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek
Link: IBM Bets $1 Billion on New Mainframe in Shrinking Market
"International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) spent more than $1 billion over four years to develop a new mainframe computer, betting it can keep up with businesses shifting to cloud-based software and storage.

"The Armonk, New York-based company is unveiling the zEnterprise EC12 mainframe server today, the latest iteration of a 48-year-old product. It's the outcome of more than $1 billion in research and development around the world to make the fastest and most secure IBM mainframe yet, said Rod Adkins, senior vice president of systems and technology."

Link: Could Nokia Be the Surprise Winner of Samsung v Apple?
"When the result of Apple (AAPL) v Samsung came in, it set the technology industry on fire. Did the jury get the decision right? Should a jury have been able to decide the outcome of the case in the first place? What does this mean for Cupertino's future? For South Korea's mobile giant?

"But amid all the hoopla, there are other players who have a lot to chew over. Just think of the conversations taking place at Google (GOOG), which as Samsung's main software partner could be drawing closer to its own action with Apple."

Link: Why Microsoft Is Celebrating Apple's Patent Win Over Samsung
"Microsoft (MSFT) was pretty much a bystander in Apple's patent battle with Samsung, but the Windows folks couldn't be happier with Apple's $1.05 billion victory. By signing a patent deal with Apple and taking its own direction for smartphones, Microsoft is now better positioned to become a viable alternative to the Apple ecosystem.

"Trouble for Samsung -- which will appeal the ruling -- threatens to tarnish the entire Android (GOOG) ecosystem (though Google may believe Android itself is immune, see Two Ways Samsung's Court Loss To Apple Is Actually Good For Google). But Microsoft's patent cross-license with Apple means we won't be seeing similar suits between Apple and Microsoft."
Link: Airtel, Microsoft Partner to Provide Cloud Services to SMBs
"Bharti Airtel on Tuesday said it has partnered with Microsoft India to offer cloud computing services to small and medium business enterprises (SMBs).

"Bharti Airtel will deliver Microsoft's cloud-based Office365 solution to SMBs through its cloud platform, the telecom giant said in a statement."

Link: Amazon's Kindle-Only Titles Downloaded Over 100M Times
"Apparently, Amazon (AMZN) has been crunching its own internal data this week in order to tout the traction surrounding its various products. Only yesterday, the company was talking about numbers related to its Prime two-day delivery, and today it's boasting about Kindle title downloads. The company now says that its Kindle-exclusive books have been downloaded over 100 million times, and the number of exclusives in its Lending Library catalog has grown to include 180,000 books. That's up from the 130,000 titles it had in April, for comparison purposes, and up from the 75,000 books it had in January."

Link: Motorola's Next Mid-Range Verizon Smartphone Leaks: The Razr M 4G LTE
"Motorola's upcoming mid-range Razr has leaked, and it should look a bit familiar."
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