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Computacenter reports profits slide, warns on market

Computacenter posted decent revenues for the six months ended 30 June 2008 but warned that current trading wasn't that great. The reseller made £1.25bn in sales compared to £1.16bn in the first half of 2007. But profits before tax were down 14.2 per cent to £11m. Earnings per share, however, were up 10.6 per cent thanks to a …
John Oates, 17 Oct 2008
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UK faces long wait for faster number porting

Comment Vodafone has blocked Ofcom's proposal to reform the UK number portability system, citing errors in the regulator's paperwork and methodology rather than any failing in the proposal itself. With the proposal now lost somewhere between court and quango, UK consumers continue to be stuck with a number porting system that seems to …
Bill Ray, 23 Sep 2008
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MS doesn't set world alight with Office Live Workspace

Microsoft claimed yesterday that one million subscribers have now signed up to the beta release of Office Live Workspace. The company’s web-based suite of apps has been publicly available for six months. They allow customers to create or edit documents online, but this being Redmond, there is a caveat: a licensed copy of MS …
Kelly Fiveash, 4 Sep 2008
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Last days of Symbian - business ticking over

Symbian has published its unaudited results for the first half of 2008, the last time the company will be doing so before it becomes part of the Nokia empire later this year. They show things are slightly slower than this time last year, but overall doing fine. A company whose primary product is about to be turned into a …
Bill Ray, 2 Sep 2008
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Now Hollywood is chasing UK downloaders

Exclusive Tiscali threatened to disconnect a customer for illegally downloading a TV show last week, after receiving a copyright infringement notice from a Hollywood studio. The only problem was the customer had quit the ISP months before the alleged transgression was made. Euan MacLay had been a customer of Freedom2Surf (F2S) for two …
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Computacenter down on falling profits

Computacenter shares are down more than seven per cent this morning after the firm reported a 14 per cent fall in profits in the first six months of the year. Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2008 showed the reseller increased revenues by 7.8 per cent to £1.25bn, thanks mainly to currency movements. But profit …
John Oates, 28 Aug 2008
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Another 60 days' free MobileMe service, madam?

Apple has added 60 days onto the end of every MobileMe subscription, in another attempt to pacify punters still unhappy with the online synchronisation service. This latest offering is in addition to the free month all users received when the system first failed, and the month given away to those Apple accidentally charged for …
Bill Ray, 19 Aug 2008
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Logica profits plunge

Restructuring charges battered Logica's first half profits despite first half revenues growing by six per cent, figures released today show. But the services vendor has shrugged off the bottom line slump and raised its prediction for full year revenues. For the six months ended 30 June 2008 revenues were £1.8bn compared to £1 …
John Oates, 14 Aug 2008
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Deutsche Post axes massive HP services deal

Deutsche Post has jilted Hewlett Packard at the altar barely six months after the pair announced a seven-year outsourcing deal. At the time it was announced, the organisations said the tie-up would save Deutsche Post €1bn over the course of the deal. Around 2,500 workers were due to transfer to HP as part of the contract. HP …
Joe Fay, 5 Aug 2008
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RM buddies up with Tesco on new voucher scheme

UK schools computer supplier RM has bagged a partnership deal with Tesco for the retail giant’s forthcoming voucher collection scheme which kicks off in 2009. Tesco has merged into one catalogue its two voucher schemes - Computers for Schools and Sport for Schools and Clubs - that were previously supported by RM. Under the …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jul 2008
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Home Office unveils tagtastic immigrant control plans

Detained illegal immigrants are the latest to fall victim to the Home Office's bizarre love affair with electronic tagging. The draft immigration and citizenship bill, published this week, puts forwards proposals for "large" but unspecified bail bonds along with tagging as an alternative to detention. The proposed "immigration …
John Lettice, 15 Jul 2008
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ASA slaps down Vodafone 'unlimited' data claims

Vodafone has today been ordered to withdraw an advert for one of its data packages which falsely implied customers could get unlimited mobile web access. The ad copy bellowed: "Any website, any time. £7.50 a month. Make the most of now." The small print whispered that a usage limit of 120MB per month applies. Vodafone argued …

RM boss says school's out forever

RM yesterday announced that its head teacher honcho has resigned after more than 25 years with the computer supplier. The firm, which specialises in software, services and systems for the UK education market, said that chief executive Tim Pearson will step down from his role to be replaced by current group managing director …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jun 2008
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UK workers heading back to the office

Research from Microsoft reports that less than half of UK companies are interested in letting staff work remotely, a drop of 10 per cent since last year, as companies become more concerned about their future. The research polled 1000 companies, of which 13 per cent admitted that any kind of remote working was actively …
Bill Ray, 5 Jun 2008
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Virgin Atlantic site reveals sky-high employee disgruntlement

Times are hard and friends are few for the civil aviation industry. Airlines are going titsup left and right, while fuel prices rocket and passengers tighten their belts, metaphorically speaking. Now comes shocking evidence from inside one of the world's leading carriers that the malaise is even more serious than we'd imagined …
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Yahoo! buys! ad! exchange!

Yahoo! has bought Right Media - the online ad exchange it bought a stake in last October. Yahoo! is paying $680m for the remaining 80 per cent of Right Media - made up of half shares and half cash. Terry Semel, CEO of Yahoo!, said in his "blog": "Right Media connects the various online ad players (advertisers, publishers, ad …
John Oates, 30 Apr 2007
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Phoenix flies higher with ICM bid

Phoenix IT has jacked up its offer for business continuity firm ICM from 415 pence to 441.5 pence, further fuelling the bidding war for the firm. The offer, comprising 342.5 pence and 0.6176 of a new Phoenix share for each ICM share, values ICM at £94.3m in total. Phoenix’s bid come a day after Fawkes, which is partly a …
Joe Fay, 28 Mar 2007

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