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5th Finger gets acquired in US by CRM player

Australian mobile technology solutions pioneer 5th Finger has been acquired by US based customer relationship marketing outfit Merkle for an undisclosed sum. Merkle snapped up the company, which expanded internationally in 2007 setting up a HQ out of San Francisco, to expand its CRM capabilities in mobile. 5th Finger CEO and …
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M5 Networks acquired by Northrop Grumman

Canberra security company M5 Networks has been acquired by US defence contractor Northrop Grumman. Terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed, but Northrop Grumman says “The acquisition is not material to Northrop Grumman's 2012 financial outlook” which means it is unlikely to involve colossal sums. M5’s team will remain in place …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Jun 2012
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Speaking in Tech: Dell loves acquired firms like 'adopted kids'

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise The crew at our enterprise tech-cast pushed past the storage crowds yesterday at the Dell Storage Forum in Boston to bring Reg readers a special recording of Speaking in Tech. Greg Knieriemen, cloud and storage expert Ed Saipetch and new media ace Sarah Vela recorded the …
Team Register, 13 Jun 2012
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Aussie mobile SAP house acquired by Kony

Australian mobile enterprise SAP solution provider Sky Technologies has been snapped up by US based mobile enterprise player, Kony Solutions. Founded in Melbourne by former Accenture executive Troy O’Connor in 2002, Sky Technologies has deployed mobility projects to SAP customers in around 35 countries. Sky allows users to …

Zombie patents raid TI's wallet for $US3 million

Yet another patent troll non-practicing entity (NPE) has accumulated important wins in US courts, with US Ethernet Innovations (USEI) scoring a $US3 million win against Texas Instruments in a Texas US District Court. The company, which acquired patents from 3Com, had filed its suit against Texas Instruments in 2011, complaining …

Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

Electronics retail chain Maplin has been sold to a private equity firm for £85million - just a third of what it was acquired for a decade ago. Rutland Partners has snapped up Maplin and promised to use "change, restructuring and investment" in the pursuit of profitable growth. In a canned statement, Nick Morrill, managing …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2014
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Capita says bye-bye to Updata bigwigs: Been good slurping you

Crapita Capita IT Services is bidding farewell to the boss of acquired broadband network service provider Updata as it slaps the operation together with the exiting Network Managed Services (NMS) division. Surrey-based Updata was acquired for a tasty £80m on April's Fools Day. The exit of Richard Bennett, who was at the helm of …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2014
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Catalogic swaps CEO for buyout veteran

Syncsort data protection spin-off Catalogic Software has changed its CEO less than 10 months after appointing Flavio Santoni as its first CEO. What lies behind this? Syncsort spun-off its data protection business in October, leaving behind a data integration business focussed on Hadoop and big data, and saying that was now its …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2014
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Eurodata acquired by Trinity Expert Systems

London-based Eurodata Systems has been acquired by fellow Microsoft Gold Certified reseller Trinity Expert Systems for an undisclosed sum. Simon Aron, joint managing director at Eurodata, confirmed the deal was signed and sealed this week but was unable to provide details of future strategy at this stage. "It was just a really …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jun 2011
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Pricey buys bring home bacon for Alternative Networks...sort of

Hauling in a heavy duty sales director and forking out millions for acquisitions has finally got the revenue dial moving in the right direction for AIM-listed Alternative Networks. It's not done the same for profits, though. The top line had stagnated and operating profits dipped in the previous fiscal year, so the comms-managed …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jun 2014

CONFIRMED: Sophos shifting threat response work to India

Sophos has confirmed it is moving the "majority of its [computer security] threat response work" to India. The Register got wind of the change from an anonymous tipster who told us SophosLabs is shifting away all of its frontline operations to India after it acquired Cyberoam there in February this year. In a statement, Sophos …
John Leyden, 04 Jun 2014
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Play.com tech titan snaps up 'VoIP-tastic WhatsApp' firm Viber

Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten will slurp messaging app Viber for $900m in cash as it continues its plans for world domination. The firm behind Play.com offers services from shopping to online video and is now adding messaging and VoIP to its repertoire courtesy of Viber, which is run from Cyprus by Israeli entrepreneur Talmon …
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If BlackBerry killed off its social gaming platform, would anybody notice?

Sticking to its knitting, BlackBerry is closing Scoreloop - the German social gaming platform and tools company it acquired in 2011 for $71m. The Canadian mobile phone company once known as RIM told the Wall Street Journal that this was in line with its focus on enterprise. When BlackBerry bought Scoreloop, it was at the height …
Simon Rockman, 16 Jul 2014
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IBM soups up SoftLayer for supers with Infiniband tech

IBM wants to make its newly acquired SoftLayer cloud a destination for high-performance computing workloads – so it has rolled out a high-end connectivity option unavailable in other large clouds. Big Blue announced the addition of InfiniBand networking to SoftLayer on Wednesday. This sees the biz steal a lead on rivals like …
Jack Clark, 23 Jul 2014

Confirmed: Salesforce partners with 'evil empire' Microsoft

Salesforce is teaming up with Microsoft, a company Salesforce chief Marc Benioff used to call the "evil empire". Putting to rest rumors from earlier today, the two companies have announced they are burying the hatchet – and will team up so that Windows users can more easily access Salesforce's tech from within Microsoft's …
Jack Clark, 29 May 2014
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Tintri boss returns to techie role, brings in startup-flogger as CEO

Tintri has hired itself a new CEO, with founder Kieran Harty stepping aside from that role to become chief technical officer. Nimble Storage, Tintri, and Tegile are three hybrid array startups that aim to serve as many hot data accesses from fast flash as possible while reserving disk storage for less-active data. They are each …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2013

Two Xerox houses become one: Pair of copycats now big, fat £57m UK firm

Print integrator Xeretec has wolfed down fellow Xerox house Bytes Document Solutions (BDS) for an undisclosed sum. The deal, which was closed in the wee small hours of this morning, will create a £57m turnover organisation that employs 220 staff across 11 offices in the UK and Ireland, the firms claimed. Darren Spence, UK MD at …
Paul Kunert, 01 May 2014
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VMware rejiggers acquired Shavlik tools for SMBs

During the VMworld Europe shindig in Copenhagen, Denmark this week, server virtualization juggernaut VMware gussied up two management tools it gained back in May when it acquired partner Shavlik Technologies, and promptly slapped its brands on them. Shavlik was founded in 1993 by one of the hotshot programmers who worked at …
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Google's NEST can't stand the heat, needs patch for use in kitchen

A couple of weeks back, Google's recently-acquired Internet of Things division Nest stopped selling its smoke detectors because the devices could, under some circumstances, fail to report a fire. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission yesterday published a recall notice for the “Nest Protect: Smoke + CO Alarm” for the same …
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2014
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Amazon buys Comixology for content crossover capers

Amazon.com has acquired Comixology, the planet's leading purveyor of digital comic books, and may just have set up a new battle between itself and Apple. Comixology's apps use a technology called “Guided View” that resizes each panel of a comic so it fills as much of a device's screen as possible and sensible. The experience …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2014

Dell Australia managing director steps down

Joe Kremer, Dell's veep and managing director for Australia and New Zealand, has called it a day. Kremer will leave the building in July, to be replaced by Angela Fox. Fox currently leads Dell's services outfit in the Asia Pacific and Japan, having previously served in senior roles in the company's enterprise solutions business …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jun 2014
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InMage now InMicrosoft: Redmond slurps disaster recovery hardware biz

Microsoft has made another acquisition that lets it sit Azure-friendly data-protection gear inside customers' server warehouses. Just days after telling its partners that it is preparing to sell StorSimple storage gear that comes pre-loaded with software built for its Azure cloud, Microsoft on Friday announced it had acquired …
Jack Clark, 11 Jul 2014
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Oracle smacks JD Edwards help site with cease and desist order

A JD Edwards technical reference and help site has been forced to close after being sent a cease-and-desist letter from Oracle. The JDEREF.com site's UK-based webmaster recently revealed that a legal representative from Oracle, which acquired JD Edwards' owner PeopleSoft in 2005, sent the cease-and-desist letter requesting the …
Jack Clark, 07 Apr 2014
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Google buys shagadelic playlist biz Songza

Google has acquired music streaming biz Songza for its data-harvesting capabilities. The Pandora-like website creates "mood music" playlists for specific contexts, so it will suggest a playlist of songs for when you're about to, say, have a shower - or have sex. Songza's CEO rather gave the game away when he told CNET: There …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Jul 2014
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Reports say Vodafone to gobble Spanish cable outfit Ono

Vodafone is about to pay around $US10bn to acquire Spain's Ono, according to several sources. The Wall Street Journal reports the deal will be announced on Monday, with $9.73bn to change hands. Bloomberg offers round $10bn, citing the same folks familiar with the report as does the Journal. Ono is a triple-play operator, …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Mar 2014
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Donahue grabs Atlantis double crown: Takes CEO and pres titles

Atlantis Computing, the ILIO VDI and USX VMware acceleration software company, has replaced its CEO. Jason Donahue will be taking over from Bernard Harguindeguy. Donahue becomes CEO and president and joins the board. Chetan Venkatesh, the chief technology officer and founder of Atlantis, said: “Jason Donahue is someone who …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jul 2014

Dedupe-dedupe, dedupe-dedupe-dedupe: Flashy clients crowd around Permabit diamond

Putative OEM deduplication technology supplier Permabit could be about to land some clients, if a recent analyst's note is anything to go by. Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers sent a note around about private talks with Permabit CEO Tom Cook and what's happening with its Albireo deduplication technology - background here. HDS …
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2013
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Logicalis grabs former Insight EMEA sales chief Brooker

International managed services bigwig Logicalis has hired former Insight exec Tony Brooker to run its sales and marketing teams in the UK and Ireland, El Chan can reveal. The industry vet starts early next month (4 August) and will manage a team of 120 staff, the majority of whom are in field sales, but he will be expected to …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jul 2014

Google to acquire satellite eye-in-sky Skybox for $500m

Google has entered into an agreement to acquire its Mountain View, California neighbor Skybox Imaging, a five-year-old satellite imagery and data-analysis startup. "We're thrilled to announce that Skybox Imaging has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Google!" the company wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. The deal will …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jun 2014

Tech Data shows off perky top and bottom line in fiscal '14....

If you set aside the sales contribution it slurped from acquired SDG and the positive impact of foreign currency exchange conversions, fiscal '14 was a damp squib of a year for Tech Data (TD). The box-slinging distie demon today reported a relatively strong close to the 12 months ended 31 January with group turnover up seven per …
Paul Kunert, 09 Apr 2014
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Murphy's law: Avnet brings in EMEA boss to rule UK

Avnet Technology Solutions has handed control of UK and Ireland ops to director Miriam Murphy who also manages strategic supplier relations across EMEA in the Enterprise Business Group. The distie seems to favour dual-role responsibility: Murphy's predecessor Tony Madden doubled up as global senior veep of the supplier business …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2014
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Microsoft: Give us three MORE WEEKS, folks – our StorSimple Cloud is coming

Microsoft says data center admins will have to wait a mere three more weeks until they can buy hardware built for – and intimately linked with – its Azure public cloud. The software giant said on Wednesday that it had made a number of upgrades to its Azure cloud to help it compete with rivals Amazon and Google and make it easier …
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Dick enters the cockpit, takes controls at NTS

Capita IT Services is waving goodbye to Jonathan Lassman, the long-serving managing director at security reseller NTS UK, which Crapita acquired roughly six weeks ago. Lassman rocked up at NTS in 2004, and is leaving just shy of 10 years at the biz. A Capita spokeswoman framed the departure as being a personal decision – and it …
Paul Kunert, 01 May 2014
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Google's too-smart-for-own-good Nest Protect alarm is back on sale

Google's Nest smart smoke alarm is back on sale at a lower price after being withdrawn from store shelves for nearly a month because of a safety issue. "We're very pleased that Nest Protect is once again available to customers," Nest marketing chief Doug Sweeny said in a blog post. "And now, the price is $99 to make it …
Neil McAllister, 18 Jun 2014
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What is ex-NSA spyboss selling for $1m a month, asks US congressman

Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL) is pushing for a formal investigation into the activities of General Keith Alexander now that the former head of the NSA has started his own very expensive security consultancy. There is no evidence of any wrongdoing by Gen Alexander. Last week it was reported that Alexander, who retired from …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jun 2014
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BSkyB broadband growth chopped in HALF

BSkyB saw its broadband customer growth halved in the company's third quarter, for which it partly blamed its takeover of O2's home broadband network where as many as 30,000 subscribers quit the service. The pay-TV giant said that operating profit tumbled 8.5 per cent to £910m for the nine months ended 31 March, after the …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 May 2014

Beer giant San Miguel to become mobile operator

Asia Pacific brewing giant San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is planning a sideways step into the telecoms space by becoming a mobile operator in its home country of the Philippines next year. The firm, which has been brewing beer in the south-east Asian nation since 1889, will enter a market dominated by Smart Communications, a …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Nov 2013

Pure Storage buys HUNDREDS of patents from IBM in lawfare protection deal

Pure Storage, the fairly rich all-flash array startup, has spent some of its cash to buy more than a hundred storage patents from IBM and the two have signed a cross-licensing agreement. Pure’s legal VP, Joe FitzGerald, talked of how “this transaction significantly increases the number of Pure Storage’s patents, creating a more …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2014

Bechtolsheim's baby Arista Networks soars in stock market debut

Arista Networks has gained in its stock market debut, likely causing some employees at networking giant Cisco's competitive intelligence team to put together some slides on what the implications of a wealthy, publicly-listed competitor are for networking incumbents. Arista's stock increased 33 per cent on its debut day to $57 …
Jack Clark, 06 Jun 2014
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Cisco doesn't make hyper-converged gear, but if it did, it'd probably look like this

Cisco is big in converged systems but nowhere in hyper-converged ones. What we mean by that is that Cisco is big in converged systems, such as VCE's Vblocks and the Cisco-NetApp FlexPods, but it doesn't have systems in the Nutanix and Simplivity class, which are more integrated than the Vblock and Flexpod systems. Now that Dell …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2014
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Open source 3D sensing libraries kiboshed, maybe by Apple

The OpenNI project, which provides middleware libraries and applications for 3D sensing, is closing in April. The project – its name is a contraction of Open Natural Interaction – was led by PrimeSense, whose technology was the basis for Microsoft's Kinect motion sensor. PrimeSense was acquired by Apple in November 2013. That …
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Dragons' Den badboy ups Expansys bid to £7.55m

Lanky Dragons' Den badass Peter Jones is edging closer to signing a deal to buy AIM-listed Expansys for a fraction of the price of some shares he placed on the market in 2010. The irascible tennis aficionado – Jones trained as a coach in his teens – launched an initial buy-out offer of £6.1m via PDJ Bidco in January, but upped …
Paul Kunert, 03 Mar 2014
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Capita: We've spent £150m on acquisitions... SHOW US the MONEY

Serial acquirer Capita IT Services reported a low-single digit revenue jump for the first half of calendar 2014, but given the numerous acquisitions made this looks to be something of a commercial damp squib. The techie arm bulked up sales by just 2.7 per cent year-on-year to £235m in the period, not including the £60m worth of …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jul 2014
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Clouds gathering above Big Blue's storage empire

The Big Blue IT colossus' storage revenues have carried on declining, with only FlashSystems showing growth, and stellar growth at that. Within the Systems and Technology segment of IBM's second quarter 2014 results, revenues from System Storage decreased 12 per cent - although flash storage grew more than 100 per cent. This is …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2014

Oculus seeks partners in drive to get a billion people into virtual reality

Oculus, the company behind the ski-google Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset, is borrowing a page from Google's Android business-model playbook, and will seek partners to help it blanket the real world with virtual ones. "If we do want to get a billion people on virtual reality, which is our goal, we're not going to sell 1 …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Jun 2014
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Bytes Tech Group in 'early' talks with acquisition target

Bytes Technology Group (BTG) is courting management at a software services target as the ink still dries on yesterday's contract to offload its Xerox concessionaire. The Surrey-based business that has South African owners, sold the Bytes Document Solutions to fellow Xerox player Xeretec for an undisclosed sum as it was not …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2014
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HGST and Seagate go head-to-head with Ethernet disk drives

Seagate’s Kinetic disk drive has had its open source program expanded with APIs and libraries. The Kinetic drive is a disk drive with a direct Ethernet interface. It operates through key/value, object style GET and PUT IO operations instead of relying on the usual POSIX stack. (More here.) The first updated Kinetic drive will …
Chris Mellor, 14 May 2014

Ingram Micro veteran returns to... Ingram Micro

Distribution veteran Bhavesh Patel has re-joined Ingram Micro (IM) as exec director of global business development for the Mobility side of the house. Patel took leave from the broadline tech distie in spring 2009 to hook up with his former IM UK boss Meine Oldersma at comms wholesaler 2020 Mobile Group. But 2020 was acquired …
Paul Kunert, 04 Mar 2014

WhatsApp founder: Believe us, internet! 'Twas a DODGY network router WOT DONE IT

WhatsApp founder Jan Koum has said that a network router caused the outage of the messaging service this weekend, just a few days after it was acquired by Facebook. Koum apologised for what he described as the company's "longest and biggest outage in years". "We are sorry about the downtime," he said. "It was caused by a …
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Gameover ZeuS botnet pulls dripping stake from heart, staggers back from the UNDEAD

The Gameover ZeuS malware is back from the dead just six weeks after a takedown operations that aimed to put a stake through the heart of the botnet, which is linked to the even more infamous CryptoLocker ransomware. International law enforcement acted against the crooks behind the Gameover ZeuS in early June. For the past month …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2014