Juan Carlos PerezNews Editor, IDG News Service

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Juan Carlos Perez is a News Editor at IDG News Service, a wire service that covers the technology industry for all of the online and print magazines published globally by International Data Group.

Microsoft buys Yammer for $1.2 billion

Microsoft has agreed to acquire Yammer, a maker of cloud-based enterprise social networking software, for $1.2 billion in cash.

Google promotes energy savings with Apps

Companies that turn off their local servers for email, productivity and collaboration applications and switch to the cloud-hosted Google Apps suite can save significant amounts of money in energy costs, Google said on Monday.

Reported Yammer acquisition seen as beneficial for Microsoft

If Microsoft buys Yammer, as unconfirmed press reports indicate, Susan Gautsch hopes the Yammer team won't lose the qualities she has appreciated in the several...

Microsoft and Facebook strike deal over AOL patents

On Monday Facebook agreed to buy a portion of the patents Microsoft recently acquired from AOL. Facebook will pay Microsoft $550 million in cash for around 650 AOL patents and patent applications.

Tuesday's Gmail outage broader than originally reported

Google underestimated the scope and consequences of the outage that hit Gmail on Tuesday.

Google launches e-discovery option for Apps suite

Google is now offering customers of its Apps for Business communications and collaboration suite an optional service that automatically captures, archives and...

Microsoft : OnLive, cloud provider of Windows and Office, is improperly licensed

Microsoft says that OnLive, a company that recently began offering hosted Windows and Office software remotely from its servers to iPad and Android tablet users, is in violation of the software giant's licensing rules.

Disabled Google Apps account deletion mechanism affecting admins, users

Google Apps customers are finding it hard to delete and reactivate domains in their accounts, after Google unexpectedly disabled the automated mechanism for performing these tasks earlier this year.