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Sage evaluates sale of North American payments biz

Accounting and payroll firm Sage may offload part of its North American business. The UK firm is evaluating what it called “potential strategic options for the North American payments business", including sale. “There can be no certainty that this evaluation will lead to any transaction,” the firm said in a statement. The …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Dec 2016

England OUT (of Euro 2016, not the EU) tops Twitter year

Britain’s shock Euro 2016 defeat to Iceland was the UK’s most tweeted event of the year, according to Twitter. The humiliating event ran at 128,000 tweets per minute at 9.51pm on June 27, the social network said Tuesday, announcing its most popular tweets of the year. England’s loss scored nearly 20 per cent more than the …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Dec 2016
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Stung by Dynamics 365 hike? Microsoft has a deal for you... just don't expect much

Microsoft is cutting deals for CRM Online customers in the UK stunned by the price hike when moving on to Dynamics 365. CRM Online users will be offered transitional deals as their existing contracts come to an end. But don't expect something off the shelf or clear to understand – what you pay will be determined by what you' …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Dec 2016

Lenovo: If you value your server, block Microsoft's November security update

Lenovo server admins should disable Windows Update and apply a UEFI fix to avoid Microsoft’s November security patches freezing their systems. The world’s third-largest server-maker advised the step after revealing that 19 configurations of its x M5 and M6 rack, as well as its x6 systems are susceptible. Lenovo’s machines are …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Dec 2016
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Woman rescues red pepper Donald Trump from vegetarian chilli

Pic It was just an ordinary evening for Janet Ayers in Portsmouth, preparing a vegetarian chilli for dinner. Ingredients included a trio of peppers – red, green and yellow – from Waitrose. So imagine Janet’s horror on slicing the red Capsicum to find the twisted and toothy mug of US president elect Donald Trump screaming at her. …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Dec 2016
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'Significant' number of HPE OpenStackers flung to SUSE

A "significant" number of Hewlett Packard Enterprise staff are accompanying OpenStack code going to SUSE Linux. The Linux shop is taking them along with software and people for HPE's Platform as a Service and its Cloud Foundry efforts. SUSE would not reveal financial terms of the deal nor how many HPE staff are shifting. …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Nov 2016
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Pound's plunge opens UK's tech SMBs to foreign buyouts - analyst

The £24bn purchase of Brit tech success ARM Holdings by Japan giant Softbank this summer was a contentious affair. The new government claimed it demonstrated that post-EU referendum Britain is “open for business”, although it has also voiced concern about British assets falling to overseas buyers with talk of a more focused " …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Nov 2016
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There's gold in them thar hills! Rackspace latest firm to join Frankfurt data centre rush

Rackspace has chosen Germany as home for its first data centre in mainland Europe. The managed cloud provider, which is to become an AWS and Microsoft Azure support partner, will jointly build and open a centre in Frankfurt next year. Rackspace is the latest to set up shop in Frankfurt, Germany's centre for finance and fifth …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Nov 2016
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Four IBM data centres planned for Big Blue UK cloud

IBM is expanding its UK data centre footprint, tripling the number of facilities in the region. Big Blue plans four new centres to drive adoption of its various cloud-based services for development and enterprise deployments. It currently operates just two UK data centres. Notably, neither of the first two DCs we know about …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Nov 2016
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Microsoft promises 'equal access' to LinkedIn to get EC green light for acquisition

Microsoft is offering to crack open access to LinkedIn to secure European Commission approval for its $26bn purchase of the social network for suits. The software giant is reportedly offering competition regulators the continued prospect of open access to LinkedIn’s APIs as well as “allowing” OEMs to install LinkedIn on their …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Nov 2016
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Happy days for second-hand smartphone sales

Falling sales, burning batteries – but not everything associated with smartphones is bad The market for used phones is exploding by comparison, according to analyst IDC. IDC predicts that sales of used smartphones will hit 222.6 million units by 2020, a compound annual growth of 22.3 per cent. The used-phone market will be …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Nov 2016
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Dyn Dyn Dyn – we have a buyer: Oracle gobbles Internet of Things DDoS victim

Oracle is buying Dyn, the internet infrastructure outfit whose A-list customers were struck by a global DDoS from internet-attached "things" in October. The software giant is buying Dynamic Network Services (Dyn) to speed up cloud computing traffic. Financial terms were not disclosed Dyn's platform controls and optimises …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Nov 2016
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Apple offers drained iPhone 6s users... a free battery

Apple is offering iPhone 6s customers free replacement batteries after it emerged phones had been mysteriously shutting down. The fruity firm said the fault had affected smartphones sold between September and October 2015 within a “limited serial number range”. “This is not a safety issue,” Apple said in a statement. Number- …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Nov 2016

Salesforce claims it's on track to become a $10bn company next fiscal year

Salesforce, the once self-styled antithesis of a software company, reckons it's on track to become a $10bn software company in its next fiscal year. Chief executive Marc Benioff made the claim as he announced third-quarter revenue growth of 25 per cent to $2.14bn for the three months to 31 October. Deferred deals grew by 23 …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Nov 2016
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Alibaba misses Java seat as MicroProfile champ lands a first

Web commerce giant Alibaba has failed in its bid to steward Java in an election that largely returned a familiar blend of members. Jack Ma's firm failed to win enough votes to secure a place on the Executive Committee of the Java Community Process (JCP), receiving just 5 per cent of the 983 votes cast. The firm's JVM team …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Nov 2016
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Has Linux got OpenStack licked? The Vanilla 'Plus' strategy

No man is an island, nor is OpenStack removed from the fates of two of its – until recently – best-known names. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise was once the largest single contributor to OpenStack. Now, HPE is getting rid of its OpenStack engineers as it turns over responsibility for its OpenStack work to MicroFocus under a deal …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Nov 2016
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Power cut interrupts UK.gov cloud service supplier

A local power cut has interrupted the services of UK government cloud provider Memset. Memset, an SMB supplier on G-Cloud, saw power to its data centre in Reading severed at 8.39am on Tuesday with the company claiming to have resolved the problem half an hour later. Both primary and secondary power suppliers to Memset's …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Nov 2016
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'Fascist' seizes supremo search slot on Trump triumph

Nigel Farage thinks Donald Trump's success in the US presidential election echoes Brexit. There is certainly one similarity: the outwitting of a commentariat that thought such a result – the Teflon billionaire's defeat of career politician Hillary Clinton – as unlikely. But just as Britons woke up to the notion of life …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Nov 2016
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EasyJet rides digital and mobile on Brexit currency pressure

EasyJet will focus on digital and new technology to cut costs and increase revenue after its results received a Brexit-sized pounding. The budget airline on Tuesday reported a 27 per cent fall in profits to £495m from revenue that dropped 0.4 per cent to £4.67bn for the year to September 30. That was despite record passenger …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Nov 2016
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Power 'issue' fells UK web registrar's servers

A power outage has felled servers running UK domain name register and web host Names.co.uk and simplyhosting.com. Names.co.uk apologised Tuesday morning for what it called an issue in an “isolated area of our UK data centre." The outage struck at 9am UK time. Websites and email services for what Names.co.uk reckoned were a “ …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Nov 2016
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Red Hat rolls OpenStack Platform double with help

Red Hat is changing its OpenStack support plan to tap Agile with those craving long-term commitment following a shakeup in its engineering. The Linux flinger's OpenStack Platform 10, due shortly and based on Newton, will see Red Hat introduce one and three-year lifecycle support for two new planned editions. One-year support …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Nov 2016
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Trump's taxing problem: The end of 'affordable' iPhones

Comment It's tempting and all too easy to sneer at Silicon Valley for being out of touch with not just the world but the US as well. Huge salaries, a high concentration of a single industry and a self-referential culture oblivious to how its ideas could do anything but change mankind don't help either. The sight of tech's leaders …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Nov 2016
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Amazon pitches 'safe and responsible' AWS at suits

Sandwiched between its third-quarter results and re:Invent conference, Amazon's been pitching AWS as production-ready. Amazon wheeled out a host of corporate big names and government super-users to testify to AWS's suitability beyond pure dev and test at a London event on Tuesday. AWS chiefs sought to reassure the suits of …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Nov 2016
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Open-source Sesame! Alibaba promises super-size magic for Java

Online commerce giant Alibaba is among a crop of “new world” Java users seeking to shape the direction of both language and platform. Alibaba, one the world’s largest users of Java, has entered the race for election to the ruling executive committee (EC) of the Java Community Process (JCP). Jack Ma’s ecommerce giant joined the …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Nov 2016
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Why Oracle's Larry Ellison shelled out $9bn for NetSuite

Analysis NetSuite's 18-year run as an independent ERP SaaS provider is over after shareholders approved Oracle's $9.3bn acquisition of the firm. Larry Ellison scraped up a narrow majority of unaffiliated shares to land one of Silicon Valley's early SaaS pioneers. Ellison got 53.21 per cent of unaffiliated shares, 21,775,553. Oracle's …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Nov 2016