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Late News: Hitachi Buys BlueArc, Microsoft Apps on Nokia Smartphones, GetJar Offers Free Premium Apps

Hitachi Data Systems has moved to acquire network storage services provider BlueArc in an effort to drive up its big data portfolio. BlueArc, which has been a Hitachi OEM partner, provides network attached storage (NAS) devices catering to various industries like health and life sciences, media and entertainment, telecommunications, energy and e-discovery.

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia is planning to put free Microsoft apps on its Symbian powered Belle smartphones. The productivity apps, which will be released as an update called Microsoft Apps, will be launched sometime during this year.

Michael Hart, termed by many as the father of the ever expanding eBook industry of today is no more! Hart, who had launched and led the Project Gutenberg some forty years back took his last breath on Tuesday at the age of 64, the project officially confirmed.

GetJar - the massively popular global open application store is coming up with a new, luscious offering which you can use to get your hands on premium Android apps for absolutely free. Unlike other online stores such as Amazon, GetJar’s new offering is not a limited, promotional campaign, but a permanent one- meaning if a premium app enters the “Free zone”, it stays there for good.

Microsoft Office 365 cloud services users were plagued by yet another outage yesterday - however, the company was not alone this time, as SkyDrive and Hot News were also reportedly suffering from the same Domain Name System flaw as the Windows maker. The European users of Redmond’s Office 365 cloud services however were spared to some extent as the outage started in the continent during the midnight when most businesses were closed.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.