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IT Updates: Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO)’s Efforts, Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ) & International Business Machines Corp. (IBM)’s Plans

IBM again tops in server market (PostBulletin)
Big Blue seems to be dealing with a lot of changes in the marketplace. It’s unclear what impact, if any, this pair of news tidbits could have on International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM)’s Rochester campus, which has undergone some layoffs this year. The quarterly industry report by IDC shows International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) regained the top industry spot in the server market in third quarter, despite its sales and revenue dropping.

Loyalty loss leader: Belly’s real aim is to own the in-store experience (PandoDaily)
Chicago-based loyalty and in-store experience startup Belly made news this morning for its $12.1 million Series B-1 financing that added 7-Eleven and Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) as strategic investors alongside prominant VCs. But more interesting than the financial war chest that Belly is amassing – it raised $12.8 million previously, and the the “B-1” characterization of this round is an indication that it’s expecting additional financing to close in the near future – is the massive network of consumer facing, in-store tablets that the company continues to build. The value of this infrastructure is far more than meets the eye.

Hewlett-Packard introduces touch-enabled hybrid laptop and business notebook (Jagran)
The Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) EliteBook Revolve 810 and HP ProBook 430 will be available across the country, the company said in a release. The EliteBook, priced at Rs 90,000, is a touch-enabled laptop that allows users to share their work and can be used as a tablet, while the HP ProBook 430 is a business notebook suitable for everyday use and priced at Rs 39,000.

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