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In the news, August 31, 2010:

Why Skype is perfect for Cisco

by Marguerite Reardon |

If I were a technology acquisition matchmaker, I’d definitely set tech giant Cisco Systems up with Skype.

The companies complement each other so well, it seems as though they’d be a match made in heaven. In fact, I’d argue they are much more compatible than Skype and eBay ever were. eBay acquired Skype in 2006 for $2.6 billion.

Apparently, I am not the only one who thinks that Cisco and Skype should get hitched. Cisco has reportedly already made a bid for the company, according to TechCrunch. The two companies are keeping mum on the rumors.

One of the biggest dilemmas the online auction site eBay had with Skype was figuring how to successful work the technology into its core business. At the same time, eBay also wasn’t able to make Skype’s own business model profitable enough to justify its huge expense.

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Gmail’s new mind-reading inbox

By David Goldman, staff writerAugust 31, 2010 |

NEW YORK ( — Google is adding a new feature in Gmail that will automatically spotlight important e-mails and separate out the ones you can wait to read later.

The tool, called “priority inbox,” works like a spam filter, except instead of filtering e-mails that you definitely don’t want to see, it moves the ones you really want to the top. Google said the feature will help users sort through inboxes that fill up with hundreds of automated e-mails that don’t need immediate attention.

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Maritz: Security improves and the role of the OS changes with virtualization

VMWare CEO Paul Maritz talks about the changing forces caused by virtualization, including the potential to improve security and the shift away from the OS as the center of innovation.

Is the operating system as we know it dead? And can this new multi-layered stack that VMWare CEO Paul Maritz spoke of this morning really enhance security?

Maritz, during a Q&A press conference after his keynote speech at VMWorld, addressed these issues and more. The bottom line is that times are changing. Technology is changing. Business models are changing. And, as Maritz said, those can be “very difficult waters to navigate.” VMWare itself is a company that’s also changed, adapted to technological innovations, economic forces and demands in business.

“One thing I have learned is that money can’t buy you time,” Maritz said as he spoke about the fast-moving pace of technological innovations – everything from a broad variety of mobile devices to new tablet platforms. “We no longer make our money from hypervisors. We make our money from data center automation.”

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