TechTarget News - Week of Jun 13, 2010

Amazon rated healthiest retailer in the US

Amazon.com has been ranked the "financially healthiest" retailer in the US for the second year in a row by an investment advice firm. Its strong online presence was the main factor in beating some 160 retailers.

Pizza-sized 4G base stations to become $13bn market

The increasing density of users with high capacity smart phones could cause a hundred-fold increase in data traffic, putting pressure on next generation...

Digital inventor strikes gold in Teeside

Teeside University's Institute of Digital Innovation has spun off its 100th firm, a gold extraction firm that promises to deliver 99.9% pure gold suitable for medical research uses.

McKinnon charges exaggerated by government

The British government may have exaggerated the charges against Gary McKinnon and distorted a High Court judgment, making it appear the hacker's extradition was irrefutable when it was not, according to evidence presented to courts as part of his extradition process.

What could a BT strike mean for SME IT?

Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) at BT have rejected a revised pay offer from the telco. A massive 50,000 workers could go on strike soon. This will be the first strike of this kind for more than 20 years.

Ex-ProCurve boss Soto to lead Brocade EMEA sales

Alberto Soto, the former vice president and general manager of Hewlett-Packard's ProCurve networking division - now HP Networking - has joined storage and infrastructure vendor Brocade to head up its EMEA sales team. Soto replaces Ulrich Plechschmidt, who is moving to the US to take up a global

SaaS not set for the predicted dominance

Hosted software will play a major role in the future but not the dominant that some market watchers expected it could have. The dose of realism about the prospects for SaaS has come from Gartner which has noted that the overwhelming majority of users are not opting to embrace pay-as-you-go billing

Free Sophos security threat monitor for Apple iPhone

Security firm Sophos has launched an iPhone application designed to enable users to stay on top of the latest threats, news and malware information.

The...

FAST sends warning it means business with Trading Standards

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has stepped up its fight against software pirates working with Trading Standards to target those businesses that are using illegal software. The two organisations have a history of cooperation on the piracy fight that spreads back quite a few years with

National fraud bureau to tackle £30bn con bill

The new National Fraud Intelligence Bureau opens this month at the City of London Police to help police country-wide tackle an annual fraud bill estimated at more than £30bn.

Internet child safety expert awarded OBE

The Queen's 2010 Birthday Honours list has recognised internet safety expert John Carr for his services to online child protection.

Dell creates $100m reserve for SEC charges

Dell has taken a charge of $100m on its recently filed fiscal Q1 profits to establish a reserve for the potential settlement of a five-year Securities and Exchange Commission investigation. The agreement, which includes the liability payment and a civil injunctive action against Dell, is the culmina

eBuyer investigates staff accused of bagging sales sweeteners

Three buyers at online reseller eBuyer have been suspended on suspicion of taking backhanders from suppliers. The whistle was blown by a member of staff who discovered that the buyers were receiving fixed payments based on the percentage of orders placed with numerous suppliers. Armando Sanchez, ma

Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g getting updates

Oracle's key sales pitch for its Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g updates is "integration," but according to some, there’s still room for more of it.

Top five tips for using text analytics software

Text analytics tools help firms get a handle on unstructured content, respond to customer needs and save money on marketing campaigns. These five tips will help show how.

IBM to acquire Web analytics firm Coremetrics

IBM announced it is acquiring Web analytics vendor Coremetrics, the latest in a series of moves by Big Blue to capitalize on the growing business analytics market.

GigaSpaces Now Has Memcached Support

Memcached is a distributed cache, implemented initially by LiveJournal. It is interacted with over TCP sockets, providing a set of sixteen commands - mostly variants of read/write operations, including some asynchronous write operations, which can be tangibly faster.

Twitter wobbly after failed upgrade

The Twitter service continued to be patchy hours after the firm said it would be down last night due to a failed upgrade.

New retail banks face IT complexity

Market entrants are having to create complex systems to compete for UK retail bank customers. One of the highest-profile new ventures in the sector is Tesco Bank. Its parent posted an upbeat interim management statement today and said ongoing IT work at its financial services arm was making "good progress".

Business Link Northwest set to encrypt all data

Business Link Northwest has rolled out full disc encryption and media encryption systems to secure confidential data on all its office and mobile computers.

ICO concerned about ongoing NHS data breaches

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has found two more NHS organisations in breach of the Data Protection Act.

Online fraud costs UK businesses £400k each, says report

Online fraud cost UK businesses an average of £400,000 last year, a report reveals. The 2010 edition of the UK Online Fraud Report, commissioned by CyberSource, shows that merchants expect to lose 1.8% of online revenues to payment fraud, but 48% expect to lose less than 1%.

AVG launches free security software for Mac OS

AVG has added security software for Apple's Mac operating system to its range of products for Microsoft Windows, Linux and Unix-based FreeBSD.

LinkScanner...

NHS patient records scheme 'not achieving benefits'

A government-commissioned report into a key element of the NHS IT programme is expected to be highly critical of the Summary Care Records project, Computer Weekly has learned.

D-Link ups partner discounts, flexibility in new programme

Networking vendor D-Link has relaunched its reseller programme pledging to increase upfront discount levels to partners and introduce a note of flexibility to proceedings. "2010 has seen us take a big step into new areas of IP, cameras and storage," explained UK and Ireland general man

Niue builds a network

The Pacific nation of Niue is upgrading its national broadband network, but asks would-be suppliers to keep their proposals under two megabytes as the island only has satellite internet access.

Treasury loses government IT procurement to Cabinet Office

Responsibility for buying IT in government has moved from the Treasury to the Cabinet Office as the government embarks on its massive cost-cutting strategy. The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) and the public sector procurement agency, Buying Solutions, will move to the Cabinet Office where they will form part of the Efficiency and Reform Group.

Former BT Engage IT recruitment boss sets up new venture

The former director of BT Engage IT's Red and Blue recruitment operation is back in the channel after launching a contract arm at executive IT search firm Freshfield Services. After ten years at Red and Blue, Simon Hunt left earlier this year when BT closed the business and has set up a Technical Se

Technology leaned on as firms look for post-recession strategy

Technology is playing a fundamental role helping firms climb out of the recession as the long heralded arrival of using IT in a strategic sense is embraced by boardrooms up and down the country. Throughout the last few years, well before the bank meltdown and the subsequent collapse in the global e

Carter returns to Nimans to bolster communication

The senior management team at telecoms distributor Nimans has a 2005 feel to it as Richard Carter rejoins the business after a recent stint at Rocom. Carter worked at Nimans until 2005 and then headed to Rocom as new b usiness development director before rising to managing director but left the bus

Online fraud costs UK businesses £400k each

Online fraud cost UK businesses an average of £400,000 last year with more than half of UK firms identifying criminal activity as one of the main threats to their livelihoods. The 2010 edition of the UK Online Fraud Report, commissioned by CyberSource, shows that merchants expect to lose 1.8%

Three SME resellers rocked by £20,000 fraud

The channel has been warned to lookout for suspicious orders following a spate of costly long term frauds perpetrated against resellers. In recent weeks three resellers have delivered £20,000 worth of laptops to fraudsters that ordered the kit via a company called Media Buying Solutions (MBS).

SharePoint is a hit for Microsoft but still clunky for IT

SharePoint is Microsoft's fastest growing server software, but IT managers still grouse about its lack of acceptance and the difficulties in supporting this increasingly common collaboration platform.

Sainsbury's online sales up 20%

Supermarket chain Sainsbury's has reported growth of just under 20% in its online grocery operation during the first quarter of its fiscal year.

According...

Latest Mac OS X version still needs Adobe update

The latest version of the Mac OS X operating system includes Adobe's Flash Player, but it is not the latest patched version. Mac users who update to...

AT&T hit by another data breach

Within days of researchers from Goatse Security finding a flaw in AT&T's website that exposed the e-mail addresses of over 100,000 iPad users, AT&T account information is being leaked.

Disaster recovery tops healthcare IT priorities

Disaster recovery tops the list of hospital IT spending priorities this year, according to a global survey.

The 2010 edition of the Data Management...

Latest Veracode cloud-based code verification tool unveiled

Veracode, a company which specialises in tracking bugs in applications, has unveiled the latest version of its Securetest service, which offers developers cloud-based code verification.

Digital Britain could become key element of recovery

The managing director of TalkTalk's b-2-b division Opal, Paul Lawton, has called for the new government to assess the direction of the Digital Britain project and make strategic changes to it, saying it could become a key element of the fragile economic recovery. "We're looking forward to a Dig

Calls for R&D tax relief to be protected in emergency budget

The wish list for next week's emergency budget is growing with calls for less of a tax burden for small firms and a commitment to maintaining investment in technology. The Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his emergency budget next week with a focus on cutting costs to try and bring the public

Nokia struggles in Q2 due to iPhone effect

Apple is squeezing Nokia, which remains the world's largest mobile phone maker, but has experienced a tough second quarter.

As it reported its Q2...

Ingram Micro COO resigns

Ingram Micro president and chief operating officer Alain Monie is to stand down in August to take hold of the reins at a multi-national corporate based in Asia. Monie joined the broadline distributor in 2003 as executive vice president and a year later became the boss of the Asia Pacific region. He

Best Buy boss "neither pleased nor satisifed" by Q1 numbers

The combination of higher than expected operational costs and inconsistent consumer demand meant Best Buy's fiscal Q1 profits fell short of expectations. The largest retailer in the US pushed up sales 7% to $10.8bn as the bottom line increased marginally from $153m to $155m. Best Buy CEO Brian Dun

Morse shares to be suspended as 2e2 deal nears completion

The trading of Morse shares will be suspended on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) tomorrow as it takes a step closer to finalising its acquisition by 2e2. In a statement made to the market today, services-based reseller Morse confirmed that the agreement between the company and its shareholders was

GCI Telecoms acquisition spree far from over

The telco market has been one of the most active on the acquisition front during the recession with the likes of Daisy and GCI expanding their operations by opening their wallets. The result of the activity has been to create a few large entities that are aiming to provide a complete infrastructure

Colt plans concrete moves with cloud

Colt (formerly Colt Telecom) is using the hype around cloud computing to boost its claim to a greater share of the hosted infrastructure and services market.

Iceland to host whistleblowers' site Wikileaks

Iceland will become a haven for whistleblowers' leaked information following a unanimous vote in the Icelandic parliament to accept a Wikileaks idea to build an international "new media haven" on the island.

Spammers gear up for Father’s Day

Global spam exploiting Father's Day is increasing rapidly in the run up to the 20 June celebration in 52 countries, according to the Symantec Response team.

SMEs are buying IT again, but in different ways

Nearly two-thirds of the UK's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will invest in their businesses again this year after most froze spending last year. However,...

UK consumers seek secure ticket sites

Online ticket sales are hot targets for fraudsters, but research shows UK customers are buying only from sites that offer security assurances, says VeriSign.

Popular...

Brazil IT struts the world stage

The Brazilian IT industry aspires to claim a substantial slice of the outsourcing pie that India and China currently enjoy over the next few years. It is a tall order, but the country has some ambitious plans to reach that goal.

General Electric spreads its bets on IT sourcing

Technology, media and financial services conglomerate General Electric (GE) will seek to diversify its IT sourcing strategy worldwide in a move that may...

Public sector cuts will spur innovation, says DWP CTO

The economic downturn and looming government cuts are likely to spur radical innovations in information technology across the public sector, a senior government...

Can IT suppliers industrialise social media?

Social media has gone from consumer networking tool to business necessity in a short space of time, but tools such as Twitter and Facebook are not deemed appropriate by many enterprises.

Daisy offloads WiMAX and WiFi businesses

Daisy Group has offloaded its peripheral WiMAX spectrum licenses to UK Broadband for £12.5m. The WiMAX licenses were held within a sub-group of Freedom4 Ltd, which Daisy reversed into last year and had been earmarked for disposal after making a loss of £2.4m in the first nine months of

Broadband contract termination charges slashed

Despite voice and broadband suppliers BT, TalkTalk and Virgin Media believing their early contract termination charges were fair, they have nevertheless...

Oracle system overhaul causes Sun box pricing calamity

Oracle's decision to go live with an untested system that calculates Sun hardware freight charges has been criticised by resellers who have complained about discrepencies in shipping costs. With just four days notice Oracle overhauled the system at the tail end of last week without undertaking any

AVG sets out to remind Mac users they are not safe

AVG is hoping that greater awareness of the universal nature of web-based threats will attract Mac users as it targets that operating system for the first time. Traditionally Mac has been perceived as a secure platform with the virus threats being aimed at Microsoft platforms. But with the web bein

SAP loses ground in declining supply chain software market

The supply chain software market has been hit by the recession with a drop in worldwide revenues for the sector that includes players like Oracle and SAP. At first glance the figures from Gartner that reveal there was a drop in worldwide revenue by 0.7% to $6.2bn last year might not seem worrying b

ASA launches review of unlimited broadband offers

A review by advertising chiefs could put an end to the word "unlimited" being applied to broadband offers that are anything but. The timing of a review of the way ISPs promote their offers is timely with both O2 and Orange announcing plans to scrap unlimited data on smart phones but leavi

HMRC gets aggressive over small biz debt collection

The financial pressure on cash strapped SMEs is set to intensify with HMRC adopting a more aggressive policy on debt collection and the Government potentially ending the 'Time to Pay' tax deferral scheme next week. The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has warned that thousands of SMEs may be forced

Microsoft can’t give away better security

Microsoft Australia has made a plea to its users: please, please use more of our free security stuff, even if it means they’ll waste time on social networks

FCC moves closer to internet regulation

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to move toward giving itself the authority to regulate the transmission component of broadband internet service.

Microsoft to invest in enterprise handheld devices

Microsoft said it is making several key investments in the enterprise handheld device market, at at the launch of Motorola's ES400 enterprise digital assistant in New York.

Top five UK retail bank websites

Co-operative Bank is the UK retail bank with the best content and functionality on its website, according to independent research firm, Forrester Research. The...

IT security pros must enable business to win support

Business has traditionally tackled the problem of data security by spending money on technology, but a growing number of security experts say this approach is misguided.

CIOs need to think politically

Chief information officers will have to become "political animals" with strong advocacy and negotiation skills, according to Rose Crozier, CIO at Belfast City Council and non-executive director of Socitm.

BT workers balloted over strike action

BT staff are being balloted by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) as the first national strike in more than two decades moves even closer. With BT staff up in arms over a 2% base pay settlement the various attempts to head the strike off before it got to the stage where members were balloted fai

Worshipful Company of IT receives Royal Charter

The Worshipful Company of IT, the City of London's 100th livery company, celebrated its receipt of a Royal Charter at a ceremony in St Paul's Cathedral last night.

PRIMER: WiFi sniffers

Learn about WiFi sniffers, how they operate, how they can help to manage your WLANs and why Google is far from alone in its use of the technology.

Demon returns with sights set on SME broadband market

It has been a while since the name Demon was heard in connection with broadband provision but the brand is being brought back into the daylight with a plan to target SME users. Demon, now part of Cable & Wireless after it was acquired as part of the THUS business back in 2008, is being brought

UK channel outshines European rivals

The UK channel outshone many of its European counterparts in April in spite of the disruptive volcanic ash cloud and the looming prospect of the General Election. Figures from the bean counters at Context showed that UK revenues derived from PCs, Workstations and x86 servers grew nearly 25% to &pou

Public sector gravy train to hit the buffers

The public sector oiled the wheels of commerce for many resellers during the recession but those that are too reliant on the sector face choppier times ahead, according to analysts Canalys. In acknowledgment of the sweeping cuts to Government budgets across Europe, 100 resellers polled by the analy