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On Thursday, IBM made its purchase of live video streaming site UStream official. The acquisition was first  reported earlier this week.

Financial terms of the acquisition weren't disclosed, but that earlier report from Fortune pegged the purchase price at around $130 million.

IBM claims that UStream gets 80 million users per month, and has paying corporate users including NASA, Samsung, and Facebook.

But this UStream acquisition is just a piece of a bigger picture, as announced by IBM today.

It turns out that UStream is going to form a big part of a new IBM Cloud Video Services business, as the company's cloud war with the $7 billion Amazon Web Services juggernaut continues.

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A lawyer who was given access to Google's financial records has revealed in a January 14th court case what was supposed to be a classified piece of information: Google's revenue amount and net profit for Android, which are as much as $31 billion and $22 billion respectively, Bloomberg reports.

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Dell is opening up its network operating system, one step toward a data-center OS that could help enterprises emulate cloud companies like Google and Facebook.

Operating System 10, rolling out in stages this year, changes the company's networking foundation from a closed Dell platform to open software based on an unmodified Linux kernel. It will let enterprises add third-party networking components and use common scripting languages to develop new network capabilities.

But beyond its usefulness in networking, OS10 could become a single OS for computing and storage, too. That idea has the potential to make it much easier for enterprises to work on all three parts of their infrastructure in one place using a devops approach.

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A major consumer advocacy group in the Netherlands has filed a lawsuit against Samsung, accusing the company of having a "poor software update policy for Android smartphones", and alleging that "Samsung is therefore guilty of unfair trade practices".

Samsung was among the first to commit to rolling out Google's monthly OS security updates following the revelation of Android's massive Stagefright vulnerability - but these updates are delivered only to a subset of the company's newer devices, and not to every Galaxy phone and tablet currently in use.

The Consumentenbond cites a survey that it carried out, which it says shows that "82% of the Samsung phones examined had not been provided with the latest Android version in the two years after being introduced." Indeed, it's worth noting that Samsung isn't exactly known for delivering updates with any great sense of urgency, as its record with the newest major version of Android shows.

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Microsoft announced today a new plan to donate $1 billion worth of cloud computing services to nonprofits, charities, and universities over the next three years, alongside a new plan to bring broadband to underserved areas.

The idea, explains Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a blog post, is to give access to the computing power afforded by public cloud platforms like Microsoft Azure even to those nonprofits and charities who otherwise might not be able to afford it.

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