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Microsoft, Unisys, Yahoo and Vista

Microsoft Guides Regulators' Hand While Unisys Is To Resell JasperSoft

Microsoft Guides Regulators’ Hand
Microsoft, which spent $6 billion on aQuantive and was chasing Yahoo for its ads before it came to a dead stop, has been supporting – as in helping write – legislation in New York and Connecticut that would regulate the data that companies like Yahoo and Google collect for targeted advertising. The New York bill, which Google, Yahoo, AOL and Facebook oppose, would let consumers opt-out of tracking.

Unisys To Resell JasperSoft
Unisys is going to resell JasperSoft’s open source Business Intelligence Suite and offer customers integration, deployment and technical services for the thing. It is also supposed to incorporate JasperSoft-based reporting and analytics into projects that include several JasperSoft pre-packaged applications.

Yahoo VP Turns VC
Yahoo’s VP, Community Mike Speiser, who sold Bix, sort of the Internet’s version of American Idol, to Yahoo last year, is pushing on to Sutter Hill Ventures as a managing director where he’ll consider investments across a wide range of industries, but particularly consumer web and advertising, from seed and Series A through the last pre-public investment round. He’s actively looking for entrepreneurs.

What Problem with Vista?
Bill Gates, at Tokyo press conference, described Microsoft’s sales of 140 million copies of Vista worldwide as “rapid.” InfoWorld’s petition to keep XP past Microsoft’s June 30 end-of-life deadline has collected upwards of 175,000 signatures.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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