Posted Jul. 14, 2014 at 7:35 a.m.

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Published: 2014-07-14 07:35:17
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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – In the latest Bulldog roundup of life science and technology news: A key Linux developer has been suspended; Cisco appears to be edging away from VMware giving a nod over to Red Hat; Lenovo earns two "Red Dot" awards for excellence in Germany; Telit continues to expand with latest acquisition; and Metabolon launches fourth generation DiscoveryHD4.

Yahoo! acquires RayV

TEL AVIV – Yahoo! is known for elongating its reach in the market, and it has done it yet again by acquiring RayV, the video streaming service. Something similar was on the cards for a long time, since Yahoo was displaying strong interest in the video streaming service. Yahoo has aptly capitalized on the popularity of RayV.

RayV founders Omer Luzzatti, Co-Founder and CTO and Ofer Shem-Tov, Co-Founder and Chief Architect, along with other staff, will be joining the Yahoo team at the R&D center in Tel Aviv.

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Just how lean will Microsoft become under Nadella?

SEATTLE – Washington state needs to brace itself for the next big Microsoft update.

Last week’s “vision memo” from Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella was a stage setter for drastic changes he’ll announce on or before July 22, when the company reports its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings.

One analyst predicted Nadella will announce he’s cutting at least 6,000 jobs, which would be the largest layoff in Microsoft’s history.

Read full story in The Seattle Times.

Amazon Web Services moves beyond developer tools

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK - Amazon Web Services is known for many things, but all of those have to do with developer services like cloud computing instances, databases and storage. Lately, however, AWS is slowly getting more into productivity tools that are meant for end users.

Amazon‘s first attempt to get into this market was Amazon Cloud Drive. It launched back in 2011, but while there are no exact numbers about its usage, I doubt all that many consumers ever signed up for it. Now — maybe in the wake of its Fire Phone launch — it feels like the company is starting to reboot its efforts, and it is doing so for enterprise users under the AWS label.

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Google silent as net neutrality hangs in balance

WASHINGTON – Google, once boastful that it was the leading defender of a free and open Internet, has gone into the shadows.

Since the Federal Communications Commission proposed in May to let cable and telephone companies offer special Internet fast lanes for companies willing to pay extra, lobbyists for Google haven’t visited the agency to intervene, FCC records show. Facebook, the largest social network, also has been absent.

It’s a stark change from eight years ago, when Google ran advertisements that called for treating all Web traffic equally, asked its users to contact senators on the issue and dispatched co-founder Sergey Brin to Washington to lobby lawmakers.

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