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SanDisk flashes better-than-expected results. Right, let's upend our biz model

Flash card and SSD shipper SanDisk has ended a lovely-looking fiscal 2013 with four quarters of rising revenues and rising profits, contrasting well with the relative disaster that was fiscal 2012. But the company will have to move fast to address falling memory prices. SanDisk revenues and net income to fy2013 Chief …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2014

Amazon wants in on single-credit-card biz

The mid-November launch of payment startup Coin generated a flurry of press, but in the background, Amazon has also taken an interest in a similar one-card-to-rule-them-all model. In one of those serendipitous moments that Google can provide, Vulture South was wondering about a completely different class of patents when we …

Cloud biz model 'unproven' as Amazon scares world+dog into competing - or ELSE

Cloud service providers face a "devastating" crunch if they can't convert their incredible success at attracting customers into a viable business, an analyst has said. Even Amazon, whose AWS offering towers over its rivals in terms of revenue, has yet to translate market growth into income, Canalys CEO Steve Brazier said at the …
Joe Fay, 03 Oct 2013
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Ballmer woos students, ogles Google's search & ad model

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer hung out with some more university students yesterday, as he continued his campaign to convince would-be technology and science graduates to work for the software giant. Speaking at the University of Washington, Ballmer explained that the company is still learning how to get things right with all of …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Oct 2010
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iPad Mini: Why is Apple SO SCARED of the Kindle?

It's a small, cheap plastic device that people use to download Jane Austen and spanking porn. Why would Apple be scared of it? If we wanted to, we could see the iPad Mini as a product that Apple always wanted to make, a revolutionary resolutionary device, a magic original product that will change the world. "Boom! Boom!", as …
Anna Leach, 23 Oct 2012
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Amazon biz model flawed, says dotcom guru

A bubble economy guru has slammed Amazon.com's strategy to be all things to all men. Lauren Cooks Levitan, analyst at Robertson Stephens, criticised the e-tail giant for spreading itself too thin - and said this could have the knock-on effect of damaging its long-term profitability. Amazon currently carries merchandise across …
Linda Harrison, 14 Oct 2000
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Virgin considers dipping toes into 'daily deals' offering

Virgin is mulling a "daily deals" coupon service to compete with privately-held Groupon, Google and other web players that operate or have interest in that market. According to today's Financial Times, an ex-Virgin exec suggested last year that the company should get in on the online coupons game. People familiar with the plans …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Feb 2011
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Sage moves into cloud with online SMB accounting package

Business software company Sage launched a new web-based accounting product today targeted at individuals and SMBs. The Newcastle-based FTSE 100-listed firm developed the software, which was built on the Ruby-on-Rails open source web application framework, as part of Sage's effort to focus on what its North European boss Paul …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jan 2011
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Acer boss quits after board disses his future strategy

Acer CEO and president Gianfranco Lanci has quit the computer maker, after boardroom wrangles over the company's future left him high and dry. His resignation is with immediate effect, said Acer in a statement to The Register this morning. The company's chairman, JT Wang, will take the CEO chair in the interim, while Acer …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Mar 2011
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MS Dynamics CRM Online trumps server release, says Ballmer

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer cut the ribbon yesterday on the company's latest effort to pump more of its software estate into the cloud – the launch of its Dynamics CRM Online product. Until Ballmer's relatively recent proclamation that Microsoft was "all-in" on the cloud, the vendor had concentrated much more heavily on its on- …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jan 2011

Nokia to become virtual network for Vertu

Nokia will this month announce its intention to launch a network services division in 2009, it has been claimed. Japanese-language website Yomiuri Shimbun has reported that the Finnish phone giant will initially launch the service in Japan during February 2009. The country currently has three main network providers: NTT DoCoMo …
James Sherwood, 24 Nov 2008
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Pirate Bay sells out to Swedish software firm for $7.7m

Global Gaming Factory X AB (GGF) has agreed to buy BitTorrent tracker site The Pirate Bay for $7.7m (60m Swedish Crowns), according to a statement on the company's website. The Swedish software outfit confirmed the acquisition this morning. Under the deal GGF has also bought file sharing tech firm Peerialism. "We would like to …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Jun 2009
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Google opens heart, Apps to channel

Google pulled another hair from Microsoft’s slightly balding scalp today by signing up IT resellers to sell the web kingpin’s online applications to biz customers. Authorised resellers will be able to flog, customise and support premium versions of Google Apps, from the end of March. Up to now Google has been selling its range …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jan 2009
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Dell falls hard on 'soft' sales

Dell shares fell 8.3 per cent in early Wall Street trading today after the firm warned investors that it would see a “further softening” in computer sales this quarter. The vendor said in a short – though not sweet – statement that following on from its sobering Q2 fiscal results last month that Dell “is seeing further softening …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Sep 2008
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Microsoft promises, fails to keep things simple for partners

Microsoft today tried to convince UK channel partners that it’s working hard to simplify its licensing terms, but many resellers have grumbled that the firm hasn’t gone far enough yet. MS director of emerging technology, Gurprit Singh, who was speaking at the company’s partner event in London this morning, told the gathered …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Oct 2008
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Saaspoint takes on role of Google Apps middleman

Saaspoint has inked an enterprise partner programme deal with Google to use the web kingpin’s online Apps product to deliver desktop and mobile applications to corporate and SMB customers. The company already deploys and integrates Salesforce.com, which is hardly surprising given that original founders of the EMEA wing of Marc …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jan 2009
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MySQL chief: being open source is not enough

Open source startups can hit profitability sooner than it took closed source incumbents, as long as they steer clear of rivals' costly business practices. That's according to MySQL chief executive Marten Mickos, who told vendors and venture capitalists open source companies could cut their costs by not ploughing money into …
Gavin Clarke, 25 May 2007
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Sony snaps Grouper shut, gives Crackle a pop

Sony Pictures is challenging YouTube's dominance of the user-generated content market by turning its online acquisition Grouper into a mini studio. From today Grouper, which was acquired by Sony Pictures for $65m last August, will now be known as Crackle. And, in a marked change to its original video sharing business model, …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Jul 2007
Adobe

Adobe launches 'free' Flash-only media player

Adobe Systems today released its cross-platform Adobe Media Player (AMP) as a free download. The software, which was written with the company’s offline web apps platform Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR), plays Flash-only web videos on Macs or PCs and works as an online and offline application. Adobe said it has inked deals with a …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Apr 2008
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Salesforce boss Benioff pushes cloud

Salesforce.com boss Marc Benioff yesterday robustly elaborated on the firm's plans to push yet more services on to the cloud with the official launch of Visualforce. Speaking at the company's Dreamforce event at the Barbican centre in London, Benioff took the opportunity in front of a crowd of some 2,000 European partners and …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 May 2008
Dell

Dell swings axe at five per cent of EMEA staff

Computer giant Dell is axing up to five per cent of its 17,500-strong EMEA workforce in a cost-cutting exercise. The firm told staff today that it has been forced to scale back its operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to ensure its “future success and competitiveness”. Earlier this month it announced a massive ten …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Apr 2008
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Bill Gates advice to UK wannabes? Don't get sued

Bill Gates performed the London leg of his farewell tour this morning, telling aspiring entrepreneurs they should sign up to Microsoft's CRM platform and to try not to get sued. Gates took to the stage at the Institute of Directors as the Eighties soft rock classic The Final Countdown played in the background. He threw out lots …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Jan 2008
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easyJet warns Expedia: 'Hands off our flights'

Budget airline easyJet.co.uk has warned Expedia.co.uk to stop selling its flights via its website or face the possibility of legal action. An easyJet spokeswoman told The Register yesterday that the UK arm of Expedia, whose parent company is US-based Expedia Inc, has "no business relationship whatsoever" with the holiday e-tail …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jun 2008
Sage

Microsoft stuffs Sage with free accounts software

Microsoft today blew a raspberry in the face of rival Sage with the launch of its own UK accounting software punted at SMBs (small and medium-sized businesses). Redmond has also adopted a biz model not typically associated with the software King Kong, with a basic version of its Office Accounting 2008 product being made …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Nov 2007
HP

HP sells cloud vision amidst economic downpour

Hewlett-Packard has claimed the current financial storm blowing out of the financial sector and into the wider economy doesn't make it a really bad time to launch its cloud computing strategy into Europe. The Palo Alto, California-based firm, traditionally known for its heavy weight hardware and imaging businesses is punting …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Apr 2008
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Resellers get shirty over FixITlocal

FixITlocal received a mixed reception at the Professional Computing Association's (PCA) annual conference, with IT channel resellers questioning how they could sell the new service to customers. The firm, created by BT reseller DMSL, is the latest in a long line of companies taking on the tricky computer repair business. It …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Nov 2007
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Amazon losses ease up

Amazon is happy with its Q3 results as losses have been less than expected. This was attributed to it cutting shipping expenses and sales growing by 79 per cent. The company lost $68 million in the three months to the end of September compared with a loss of $79 million for the same period a year earlier. Sales hit $638 million …
Robert Blincoe, 25 Oct 2000
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Want toys? Amazon gives you dildos and Disney

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is a man of his word. He said he was going to keep broadening the range of products available from the book e-tailer and he's certainly done that. If you were to enter 'toy' into Amazon.co.uk's search engine, as an innocent bright eyed child might, you'd soon be presented with an interesting range of …
Robert Blincoe, 12 Oct 2000