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A Federal judge ruled in favor of Amazon Web Services in its bid to hold onto the CIA cloud contract it won over IBM. The award made early this year was contested by IBM, which bid a lower amount, and the Government Accountability Office deemed that the contract should be re-bid. That was done although the ruling of U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Thomas Wheeler would seem to make that a moot point. IBM said it will appeal.

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Oracle’s purchase Pillar Data in 2011 raised eyebrows because Oracle CEO Larry Ellison owned 55 percent of the acquired company. Now, to settle a claim that the deal shortchanged Pillar shareholders, Ellison has agreed to forgo most (95 percent) of that earn-out which could have been up to $575 million based on PIllar’s performance.

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is number one on Vanity Fair’s list of the New Establishment — disruptors division. He’s up from # 4 last year. The VF blurb, however, focuses on The Washington Post buy. It makes no mention of Amazon Web Services which is remaking IT services much as Amazon.com revolutionized book selling and then retail in general. Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page held their number two position from last year. Biggest surprise? For me it’s movie maker Tyler Perry, who came in at 19, up from 36 last year.

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As expected, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a repeal of a controversial tax on software and services sales in the state. The repeal was passed by the state legislature Thursday. Patrick’s administration, which originally backed the tax, announced the news on Twitter. Patrick originally backed the bill but reversed himself this summer.

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