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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
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Cloud Velox sends advance parties to make the cloud feel like home

The vendor formerly know as CloudVelocity, since contracted to CloudVelox, has emitted code to lift and shift networks from your bit barn to Amazon Web Services (AWS). The thinking here is that when you migrate an application to the cloud it's best if the network it's set up to use comes along for the ride, because otherwise …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Dec 2016

cat Infinit.tgz | docker import - Infinit:acquired

Docker, creator of easy-to-use software containers for applications and all-round DevOps darling, is adding a storage option to its software. On Tuesday, in a blog post, Docker founder and CTO Solomon Hykes announced the acquisition of Infinit, a Paris-based distributed storage startup. No price was disclosed. Infinit makes …
Thomas Claburn, 06 Dec 2016

HPE launches two-pronged attack on hyper-converged market

Analysis HP has two hyper-converged systems for two different but overlapping markets – SMB, ROBO, and LOB at the low end, and LOB/data centre at the high end. Both the HC 250 and HC 380 are based on ProLiant server hardware and have different software environments layered on the common Store Virtual SAN. Their branding seems the …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2016

Wearable eats wearable: Fitbit 'to buy Pebble' with a steal of a deal

Crowdfunding hero and smart bling pioneer Pebble is about to be acquired by Fitbit. The Information was first with the story, and subsequent reports suggest the price is modest: around $35 to $40m. The company launched its first smartwatch under the Pebble name on Kickstarter in 2012 after Vancouver engineering student Eric …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Dec 2016

Nokia restores ‘Phones’

They’re back. Sort of. “Phones” have returned to Nokia’s website after a two-year hiatus. Microsoft completed the acquisition of Nokia’s mobile division in April 2014, after many delays. Nokia’s Phone pages continued as a stub, largely redirecting traffic to Microsoft’s site for some time. Microsoft found itself with a …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Dec 2016
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Microsoft to lift and shift StorSimple data into Azure blobs

Microsoft's ambition to paint the enterprise azure is accelerating, with the news that Redmond's StorSimple arrays will be able to convert the data they store into Azure Blobs. StorSimple started life as a vanilla iSCSI unified storage array that, at the time of its launch, could store VMs, databases or files but also offered …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Dec 2016
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HPE getting long-term archives taped

Fancy that – flash-loving HPE is getting into big tape boxes. It's extending its high-end tape portfolio by reselling SpectraLogic tape libraries. The Spectra products involved are the T950 and TFinity ExaScale Edition, one of, if not the largest tape libraries in the industry. We're told this will drive down long-term storage …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
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Scotland's Skyscanner sold to Chinese rival Ctrip in £1.4bn deal

Skyscanner, the Scottish travel search business, has been acquired by Chinese competitor Ctrip in a deal valued at £1.4bn. The Edinburgh-based business, which was founded in 2001, will maintain operations independently of Ctrip, China's largest travel search business, which was founded in 1999. Expected to close by the end of …
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Surprise! Another insecure web-connected CCTV cam needs fixing

Siemens has issued a security patch for CCTV cameras that cough up their admin passwords to remote attackers. The cameras are now sold by Vanderbilt Industries, which acquired the camera business unit from the German industrial giant in 2015. The security bug lies in the web server in the gadgets' firmware, and is present in …
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Alternative Networks joins Daisy chain gang: Hungry rival snaps it up for £165m

Telecoms business Daisy is poised to gobble Alternative Networks for £165m - the latest deal in its seemingly insatiable appetite for acquisitions. IT and telecoms biz Alternative employs 600 people and reported a turnover increase of 9 per cent to £146.8m for the full-year 2015. However, Philip Carse, analyst at Megabuyte, …
Kat Hall, 21 Nov 2016
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Forget 'shadow IT' – it's 'self-starting IT' now

POLL When VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger dropped in to Sydney a couple of weeks ago, he had a new phrase to share: “self-starting IT”. Gelsinger prefers that term to “shadow IT”, the term describing adoption of software-as-a-service and/or cloud by folks outside the IT department, often without the IT department's knowledge. Never mind …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Nov 2016
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More Androids carry phone-home firmware

Got a cheap-and-cheerful Android phone from BLU, Infinix, Doogee, Leagoo, IKU, Beeline or Xolo? It might be harbouring some badware in the firmware. The issue affects phones that use an over-the-air update mechanism from Chinese company according to BitSight researcher Dan Dahlberg and Anubis Networks' João Gouveia and Tiago …

Intel lays out its AI strategy until 2020

Intel has flexed its AI muscles and beefed up its services with a bunch of new products and collaborations, in an effort to adapt to the technological upheaval of intelligent software. At Intel’s first “AI Day” in San Francisco, Brian Krzanich, CEO, said the company is “continuing to evolve” and working to provide an “end-to- …
Katyanna Quach, 18 Nov 2016

A-Oh-Well: Internet corpse sheds 500 workers

AOL, best known for being your parents' old ISP, is laying off 500 workers. The dial-up giant-turned-content-network will be shedding around 5 per cent of its total workforce as part of an effort to cull the ranks of its corporate operations. Multiple reports suggest that AOL CEO Tim Armstrong has been pitching the layoffs as …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Nov 2016

Nokia's great lost smartwatch? #SavedYouALandfill

Footage has emerged of Nokia's never-released smartwatch – suggesting Microsoft was wise to kill the project when it acquired the Finns' mobile division. The Nokia watch prototype in the video dates to the zenith of the smartwatch hype in 2014. Nokia showed the device in private at that year's Mobile World Congress, and it was …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Nov 2016

The only thing worse than working at CSC? An Xmas redundo programme at CSC

Trigger-happy CSC is aiming the redundancy gun at another batch of hapless employees just in time for Chrimbo – a fate perhaps only slightly worse than actually working at the integrator over the festive season. Hard-pressed staff were this week made aware of a third round of job cuts for 2016 – earlier rounds came in May and …
Paul Kunert, 16 Nov 2016
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Verizon pours cash into city Wi-Fi with LQD buy

US telecom giant Verizon says it will buy the Big Apple startup LQD WiFi with the goal of improving network access in crowded cities. Set up by ex-Microsoftie Randy Ramusack, LQD specializes in developing public "hub" kiosks that combine Wi-Fi base stations with charging stations and digital signage screens. The LQD "Palo" …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Nov 2016

DataStax slurps DataScale, burps out own managed cloud

NoSQL-business DataStax has today announced its acquisition of the similarly-named DataScale, as well as plans to launch its own managed cloud offering next year. DataStax'a Martin Van Ryswyk, EVP of Engineering, confirmed to The Register that the specific financial terms of the acquisition weren't going to be revealed, but …

Outage-prone Plusnet goes mobile in a bid to become 'quad-play' biz

Outage-prone Plusnet is bringing its service to mobile phones, making use of parent company BT's EE network gobble earlier this year. As of 29 November, Plusnet Mobile will become the newest mobile provider in Blighty, the company said in a statement. The biz is joining forces with mobile network LIFE Mobile, part of the EE …
Kat Hall, 14 Nov 2016
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Kaminario's Dani Golan reaches for the sky

Profile Dani Golan stands on the roof of his Israeli headquarters and points out features of the scenery: an 8,000 year-old ruin here, an ancient trade route there, a modern highway alongside the building, a sign to Nazareth, and fighter jets taking off from a nearby airforce base with thunderous, sky-filling roars. Dani is …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2016

Russia to block LinkedIn over data domiciling issues

Russia looks to be on the verge of blocking access to LinkedIn because it claims the site isn't complying with its law requiring Russians' personal data to be stored on Russian soil. Local newswires Interfax and Tass both report that the Tagansky District Court has upheld a complaint by Russian telecoms regulator Roskomnadzor …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Nov 2016

The state of today's machine learning: Short, wide, deep but not high

Comment Remember that kid in middle school who was deeply into Dungeons & Dragons, and hadn't seen his growth spurt yet? Machine learning is sort of like that kid – deep, wide, and short – and not so tall. But on the serious side, machine learning today is useful for a wide variety of pattern recognition problems, including the …
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Veeam ponders hyperconverged data protection play

Veeam is pondering a product to protect data stored inside hyperconverged systems, the company's new president and chief operating officer Peter McKay tells The Register. McKay is visiting Australia for VMware's “vForum” mini-gabfest and dropped in at Vulture South for a chat before the day. He said the company wants more …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Nov 2016

Synopsys buys Cigital in secure DevOps push

Synopsys has acquired Cigital, the software security services provider, and Codiscope, a 2015 Cigital spinoff and provider of complementary security tools. Terms of the deal, announced Tuesday, were undisclosed. The purchase of Cigital and Codiscope will add “complementary products, services, and a highly skilled workforce” to …
John Leyden, 08 Nov 2016

Weka.IO – a stealthy startup swimming against the tide

Analysis Liran Zvibel sits across the table from me in a Tel Aviv restaurant eating pork chops. This is a man who doesn't mind going against the grain. He's co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Weka.IO, a stealthy startup that is swimming against two perceived tides. Storage folklore these days says that file systems generally can …
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2016

Siri, clone yourself and dive into this Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone

Samsung has joined the race to build the best AI assistant, which will be available on the Galaxy S8, the company’s flagship mobile phone series. Rumors of Samsung’s AI assistant started circulating after the South Korean tech giant filed a patent in October for something called “Bixby.” Bixby is “computer software for …
Katyanna Quach, 07 Nov 2016
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RIP EarthLink, 1994–2016: From AOL killer to regional ISP's attic

Turn-of-the-millennium internet giant EarthLink has been acquired and will be absorbed into the brand of a regional US ISP. Windstream Holdings said that it will gobble EarthLink in an all-stock transaction that includes assuming $436m of the former dial-up giant's debt. Upon closing, EarthLink employees and executives will …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Nov 2016

Browsers nix add-on after Web of Trust is caught selling users' browsing histories

Updated A browser extension which was found to be harvesting users' browsing histories and selling them to third parties has had its availability pulled from a number of web browsers' add-on repositories. Last week, an investigative report by journalists at the Hamburg-based German television broadcaster, Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR …
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Julian Assange to be interviewed by Swedish rape prosecutors

Julian Assange, the broom-cupboard-dweller also trading as Wikileaks, will be interviewed in Ecuador's London embassy by Swedish prosecutors over rape allegations. The Swedish Prosecution Authority announced earlier today that Assange would be interviewed at the embassy by chief prosecutor Ingrid Isgren and a Swedish police …
Gareth Corfield, 07 Nov 2016
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Dell fire sales score US$5.4bn

Dell has filed the regulatory paperwork to confirm the sales of its software and services arms. Dell Software yielded approximately $2.425b of cash and Dell Services brought $2.990b through the door, a total of $5.415b. Dell bought Quest Software for $2.36b and bundled some of its other code into its software unit, so looks …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Nov 2016
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Hell Desk's 800 number was perfect for horrible heavy-breathing harassment calls

On-call possibly NSFW Welcome again to On-Call, The Register's Friday ramble through readers' recollections of unfortunate IT problems. This week, reader “Shane” shared a story of his 1990s job as a very rapidly expanding technology company's “sole SysAdmin/NetAdmin/whatever else was needed.” Shane worked alongside a phone specialist and a “nice …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Nov 2016
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Cisco's OpenStack cloud drops Pokémon-clone name

Cisco has had to change the name of its Metapod OpenStack cloud-in-a-box, due to trademark problems. As we pointed out when Cisco launched the product, “MetaPod” is the name of a Pokémon. In late September, The Register learned that Cisco partners were saying that the Pokémon entanglement was creating problems and that the …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Nov 2016

Speaking in Tech: Worst OpenStack summit ever?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week Ed Saipetch returns with Greg Knieriemen to discuss Dell EMC World and OpenStack conferences as well as news from CenturyLink, Microsoft and Apple. Melissa Gurney has a field report with game developer Greg Heath of Motiga Games to discuss Gigantic. The details …
Team Register, 02 Nov 2016

Which job is AI going to eat next? Step forward, CCTV operators

NEC Corporation, one of Japan’s biggest IT providers, says it has built an AI that can rapidly search CCTV footage and spot a specific person out of a million or more faces. The application – snappily titled NeoFace Image data mining – can find wanted criminals, missing kids, and so on, all from video surveillance. We're told …
Katyanna Quach, 02 Nov 2016
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Ghost of DEC Alpha is why Windows is rubbish at file compression

Microsoft's made an interesting confession: Windows file compression is rubbish because the operating system once supported Digital Equipment Corporation's (DEC's) Alpha CPU. Alpha was a 64-bit RISC architecture that DEC developed as the successor to its VAX platform. DEC spent much of the late 1990s touting Alpha as a step …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Nov 2016

Grab your code ASAP: Nitrous cloud IDE evaporates in two weeks

Software may be moving to the cloud, but developers have been slow to follow. Nitrous.io on Monday said it plans to shut down its cloud-based development platform in two weeks. In a terse blog post, the company said it will close its Nitrous Development Platform and Cloud IDE on November 14, 2016, and will refund payments …
Thomas Claburn, 01 Nov 2016

Hey Tintri. Mac? Rack? No, I said what's happening with my stack?

Tintri has updated its Tintri OS and is adding a vRealize Orchestrator plug-in, container and cloud support, serving notice it is to extend predictive analytics to include host compute and memory resources. lastly, it seems to be looking to add a chatbot interface. The company sees storage arrays, whether all-flash or bybrid, …
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2016
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EU €120m Wi-Fi spend explained, but not excused

Opinion The deputy head of "Unit broadband" - a section of the European Commission dealing with “investment in high-capacity networks” - Herve Dupuy, flew into London to attend the Wi-Fi Now conference last week. He ran headlong into a combination of fulsome praise and dramatic criticism. The first was from the founder and owner of …
Faultline, 01 Nov 2016
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Crashed Schiaparelli lander's 'chute and shields spotted

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has sent home fresh snaps of debris from the European Space Agency's (ESA's) failed Schiaparelli lander, offering a few more hints about what went wrong. The image below shows the failed lander's front heatshield, parachute and rear heathshield. The ESA says it's confident the image …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Oct 2016
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Groupon buys Living Social

Remember when group buying was the hottest marketing tactic ever and Groupon and LivingSocial were duking it out at the top of the market? And remember how the whole sector acquired a nasty whiff as vendors made it harder and harder to actually use those cheap restaurant/massage/extreme sports vouchers? If you answered both …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Oct 2016

Qualcomm agrees to acquire semiconductor biz NXP for $47bn

Chip designer Qualcomm has agreed to purchase Dutch rival NXP Semiconductors for $47bn. As rumoured, the San Diego-based business and its Eindhoven-based target announced on Thursday that they had come to a definitive agreement to see Qualcomm acquire NXP in an all-cash deal worth $47bn, including debt. NXP Semiconductors is …

WD gets flash boom bang from SanDisk swallow

+Comment WD's disk and SanDisk-boosted flash sales boomed as overall revenues in its first fiscal 2017 quarter rose to $4.7bn, up 40.6 per cent on the year-ago $3.4bn. But it reported a net $366m loss. Why a loss? A year ago it made a profit of $283m on lower revenues. This time around there were charges associated with WD’s recent …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2016
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Tenable ate FlawCheck for DevOps enhancement

In order to remain tenable as the security market adjusts to software containers, Tenable Network Security, based in Columbia, Maryland, has acquired FlawCheck, a San Francisco-based company founded last year to make Docker containers more secure. Renaud Deraison, CTO and cofounder of Tenable, contends that information …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Oct 2016

Benioff on being hacked: We're looking into some next-gen fax machines

Marc Benioff is many things. But a whiner is not one of them. Asked on stage today at the Intel Capital Global Summit about the hack of Salesforce board member Colin Powell and the resulting release of the company's highly confidential mergers and acquisition strategy, Benioff was surprisingly upbeat. "On one level, it was …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Oct 2016
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Google gobbles startup that claims its tech is like a mind reader (gulp)

Not content to track people's activities online, Google plans to read their minds. On Monday, Eyefluence, a three-year-old startup that develops eye-interaction software for virtual reality and augmented reality applications, said it is joining Google. "With our forces combined, we will continue to advance eye-interaction …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Oct 2016
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IBM kills off SoftLayer brand, puts it in the Bluemix

IBM has started sublimating the SoftLayer brand and will henceforth put its own Bluemix brand front and centre. Or as Big Blue puts it “the Bluemix moniker now encompasses Bluemix services and SoftLayer offerings like bare metal servers.” If you're a SoftLayer customer, nothing changes. Indeed, IBM says SoftLayer “will remain …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2016
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Kroll Ontrack acquired for US$410m by LDiscovery

Data recovery and discovery outfit Kroll Ontrack has been acquired, for US$410m. Kroll Ontrack's buyer is LDiscovery, LLC, an outfit that specialises in data management services for law firms. Kroll plays in that field, too, but also boasts expertise in home and business data recovery services that see the firm prise open …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Oct 2016

AT&T wants Time Warner

AT&T is reportedly working on a deal to acquire media giant Time Warner. The Wall Street Journal reports that the two sides are in "advanced talks" on a tie-up that would give AT&T control of a media empire that would include the Warner Bros studio, CNN and HBO. Though the report does not list any possible terms, any possible …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Oct 2016
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Gartner's seers pass judgement on storage industry leaders

Gartner has published a distributed file systems and object storage magic quadrant with the top three suppliers being Dell EMC, followed by IBM and Scality. The research consultancy defines distributed file systems and object storage as "software and hardware solutions that offer object and/or scale-out file technology to …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2016