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Embarcadero Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of data lifecycle management solutions, announced the general availability of Embarcadero DBArtisan 8.1. This latest version provides database administrators with the most robust cross-platform data and database management solution to date, including support for MySQL Network and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 CTP (Community Technology Preview). Embarcadero DBArtisan 8.1 provides organizations with significant benefits in the form of higher productivity, improved performance and availability, and increased levels of security across a variety of proprietary and now open source database platforms. Embarcadero's commitment to supporting the latest versions of database platforms like MySQL Network means customers can gain all the benefits of standardizing on a comprehensive solution, while still enjoying the flexibility to u... (more)

Microsoft Asks PTO to Re-Examine Eolas Again

On December 22, Klarquist Sparkman LLP, IP law firm that sometimes represents Microsoft, asked the US Patent and Trademark Office to re-examine the fabled Eolas patent for a second time. The PTO says it could take it three months to decide whether it will reopen the case. Back in September the PTO said it would validate the controversial patent. The decision came after a dramatic 22-month director-ordered re-examination that started when Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, publicly appealed to the head of the PTO claiming that if the Eolas patent was allowed t... (more)

IBM To Open Source Unstructerd Information Management Architecture (UIMA)

IBM plans to carry through with its promise to open-source search and text analysis technology that mines unstructured data—such as documents, images, comment and note fields, e-mail, and rich media such as video and audio—to uncover hidden relationships, trends and facts. IBM is handing code for the technology, called UIMA (Unstructured Information Management Architecture), over to SourceForge.net, the world's largest open-source development site. The company plans to move the project to a full open-source community development model later in the year. Nelson Mattos (p... (more)

Open Source EnterpriseDB Hires PostgreSQL Community Leaders

EnterpriseDB has hired Bruce Momjian (pictured left), a well-known leader of the PostgreSQL open source community and member of the PostgreSQL Core Team, and Simon Riggs (pictured below), a major PostgreSQL contributor and an authority on PostgreSQL performance. At EnterpriseDB, Momjian and Riggs will continue their community leadership work, and each will hold the title of Senior Database Architect. EnterpriseDB also announced today the opening of its United Kingdom Enterprise Performance Center, near Oxford, where Simon Riggs will lead a team of engineers focused on improving t... (more)

Solid Information Technology Planning Open Source Database

Solid Information Technology  is a proprietary database house born in Finland and currently based in Silicon Valley; few of its people started Innobase Oy, the company whose storage engine is so crucial to MySQL that Oracle bought it last year to spoil MySQL's party . Now Solid is reportedly inching toward spoiling Oracle's fun by open sourcing part of its carrier-grade software later this month under the GPL, and its software is by some reports technologically way ahead of Innobase DB. After it bought Innobase, Oracle reportedly tried to buy MySQL,  but so far that hasn't happen... (more)