Skype for Linux Gets a Big Update to Version 4.0 | Sonos Lands $135M For Its Classy Wireless Home Audio Systems | Sonos raises $135M as former Apple CFO joins board | LinkedIn sued over hacking incident that exposed six million passwords | ARM and X86 Could Coexist in Data Centers, Says Calxeda

Skype for Linux Gets a Big Update to Version 4.0

Posted by PCWorld
When Microsoft bought Skype just a little over a year ago, Linux fans far and wide feared the worst for Skype for Linux.
After all, Redmond has a long history of less-than-friendly behavior toward Linux and other free and open source software, so it seemed difficult to imagine that the company would expend any effort on maintaining its newly acquired Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) software for Linux users.
Life is full of surprises, however, and last week Microsoft served up one of them. Specifically, it announced on Thursday the official release of Skype 4.0 for Linux, simultaneously moving the software out of beta and skipping several version numbers ahead from the previous Skype 2.2.[...]
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Sonos Lands $135M For Its Classy Wireless Home Audio Systems

Posted by TechCrunch
Sonos, the developers of a sexy, high-end wireless home audio system, has raised $135 million in funding led by private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. Previous investors Redpoint Ventures and Elevation Partners also contributed to the round, bringing the company’s total funding to just under $200 million.
As part of the round, KKR’s David Kerko, Elevation Managing Director Fred Anderson, and Rhode Island School of Design President John Maeda will be joining the company’s board of directors. The participation of Elevation’s Avie Tevanian and Fred Anderson in the investment is of particular note, as both are former Apple executives, with Anderson being the former[...]
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Sonos raises $135M as former Apple CFO joins board

Posted by VentureBeat
Sonos, maker of wireless multi-room speaker systems, has grown quite popular with music lovers since it launched a few years ago. And now, it’s attracted quite a bit of cash.
The company has raised $135 million in a pair of funding rounds led by equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. Investors Redpoint Ventures and Elevation Partners�supported�the round, AllThingsD reports.�Much of the cash will be used to further company growth via new products and advertising, Sonos says.
Previous investor�Index Ventures, which raised $25 million last year, did not join the current round.
Sonos first demoed its devices way back in 2004 and released the�ZonePlayer 100 and CR100 in 2005.�Its latest devic[...]
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LinkedIn sued over hacking incident that exposed six million passwords

Posted by Gigaom
LinkedIn will get to connect with a federal judge after an embarrassing�security breach in early June. The social network for professionals has been hit with a class action seeking at least $5 million over an�incident that exposed millions of user passwords.
A complaint filed in San Jose cites a “troubling lack of security measures” and accuses LinkedIn of negligence and breach of contract for failing to encrypt its user database with industry standard security measures. The incident resulted in hackers posting users’ information online but it is not yet clear how much data they obtained.
The lead plaintiff in the case is Katie Szpryka who paid for an upgraded account with[...]
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ARM and X86 Could Coexist in Data Centers, Says Calxeda

Posted by PCWorld
ARM processors could potentially coexist with x86 processors from Intel or Advanced Micro Devices in server environments, with the use case being similar to CPUs[...]
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