TechTarget News - Week of Sep 23, 2012

Facebook suspends photo tagging tool in Europe

Facebook has suspended its facial recognition photo tagging service in Europe following a privacy audit by the Irish Data Protection Commission

EU mulls plans for police to monitor web

Police across Europe could soon monitor social media for content supporting terrorism, a leaked EU report has revealed

Ingram launches UK Ipanema partnership

Ingram Micro will today use its Cloud and Managed Service Boot Camp in Manchester to unveil a partnership with app performance solutions developer Ipanema Technologies

Foxconn fight halts production

A mass fight involving staff at the Foxconn factory in northern China left 40 workers requiring hospital treatment and halted production at the plant

Fujitsu, Arrow ECS to offer virtualised backup bundles

Fujitsu has teamed up with Arrow ECS to launch a line of solutions designed to help resellers address end-user virtualised backup scenarios

Accenture opens finance technology lab in London

Banks and investors have joined forces with outsourcing giant Accenture to help start-ups develop technology for the financial services sector

Microsoft urges business to update IE security

Microsoft has released an out-of-cycle patch for the latest zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer that affects versions IE6 to IE9

Equanet finds BYOD still sparks security fears

Equanet has found that security fears about BYOD continue to persist among IT directors as they worry about the implications of allowing staff to use their own devices

Boeing to build Wi-Fi into planes from 2013

Aerospace company Boeing commits to building Wi-Fi capabilities into its 747-8 and 777 planes powerful enough to stream live TV

Facebook rejects claim of privacy breach

Facebook has rejected claims that private direct messages between users were appearing publicly on users' timelines

Rise appoints channel head to support reseller cloud moves

Rise has appointed Sue MacDermott as head of channel with a brief to help more resellers make the transition to the cloud as it looks to get more business through existing partners

BT teams with Dolby for video conferencing

Telecoms business BT is trialling technology from the sound specialist Dolby to improve quality for audio and video conference calls

Canon increases managed print options with MFD range

Canon has increased the potential managed print services that resellers can offer by building in tools to its second generation multifunction device printers.

Avnet sets up Red Hat support centre

Avnet Technology Solutions has set up a Red Hat support centre to increase the support it provides for resellers looking to sell open source based solutions.

IT jobs have shorter shelf life than most

IT jobs advertised for 67 working days or more are seen as not worth taking according to research from IT recruitment firm Randstad

Remote working cuts employee desk space

As the trend for working remotely grows, a Citrix survey claims it will erode the need for desk space in business premises

Gartner sounds warnings over Windows 8

Gartner has warned that for some users making the move to Windows 8 will have risks not yet worth taking and they are best to stick with the current version of the Microsoft OS

Certero raids SAM rivals for business development talent

Software asset management (SAM) specialist Certero has appointed two new business development directors from rivals License Dashboard and LANDesk to manage drive new sales across the UK

BYOD: IT must tackle printer security

With more staff bringing their own devices to work, IT needs to rethink its printing and scanning policies

How agile is Universal Credit?

The DWP claims the IT for its flagship Universal Credit project is developed using agile principles. But how agile is a seven-year £2.2bn project?

Amazon Glacier will impact cloud archiving

While the penny-a-gig Amazon Glacier service will make an impact on cloud archiving, it may not dominate the market.

Network Innovation Award: VMware vSphere Networking

VMware has expanded its vSphere networking and network virtualization features, changing the role of the network and its engineer in virtualization.

Cyber-Ark warns against the internal threat

A recent Forrester rerport has indicated that 75% of data attacks come from inside organisations leading Cyber-Ark to call for more focus on access rights

Research reveals mobile engagement investment

Businesses are spending millions on engaging customers with their mobile phones in a trend set to grow over the next three years

HMRC becomes first major department to use G-Cloud

HMRC is the first major government department to procure through the G-Cloud in a deal with Skyscape for centralised data storage.

Networking VC funding set for positive rebound

Analyst house Ovum has indicated that after a few years in the doldrums the interest from venture capitalists in traditional networking firms is on the rise

Research firm discovers new Java sandbox vulnerability

A Java sandbox flaw could allow malicious code to run on any system running Java 5, 6, or 7. Users are advised to disable the Java browser plugin.

Oracle OpenWorld 2012 preview: Three questions

We asked four well-known Oracle experts three important questions about Oracle OpenWorld 2012, which is coming up next week.

UK ranks only eighth in world internet freedoms

The UK has fewer internet freedoms than seven other countries, including Estonia and the Philippines a report has revealed

Hotlamps promotes anti-counterfeit message

Distributor Hotlamps is looking to increase channel awareness about the dangers of selling copied or counterfeit projector lamps to customers

Mimecast plans US expansion with $62m funding

Having secured $62m worth of funding cloud email management specialist Mimecast has outlined plans to plough the funds into R&D and US expansion

Cisco buys Wi-Fi data specialist ThinkSmart

Cisco has confirmed it is to buy location analytics technology company ThinkSmart for its wireless networking division, for an undisclosed sum

'Picky' strategy pays off for Nimans

Comms distributor Nimans has said that its decision to be a bit more picky in terms of the business it accepts – turning away opportunities that delivered inadequate or no margins – has paid off

ICO publishes cloud data guidelines

The ICO has published new guidelines that underline businesses’ sole responsibility for the protection of data

Lanway star signing for Burnley FC

Managed services and comms provider Lanway has renewed its support for its local team, Championship side Burnley FC with a new outsourcing deal expected to shave 25% from the club’s costs

IBM ups support for MSPs in cloud push

IBM has indicated it will offer more technical and financial support to managed service providers to encourage them to develop services based around its cloud platforms

Olympic effect leads to tough summer at Northamber

The Olympics had a negative effect on channel trading after this summer's extended holiday feeling meant the phones at distributors were not ringing as often as they should

Top ten cloud computing confidence killers

A survey of cloud users reveals regulatory failure to keep up with developments in technology is eroding confidence in cloud computing

Intel and friends roll out tablet plans

Intel and a host of OEM partners including Acer, ASUS, HP and Dell have unveilved tablets based on the Atom processor and Windows 8 to challenge Apple and Amazon

RIM losses narrow in transformative second quarter

Floundering BlackBerry smartphone maker Research in Motion (RIM) has posted a substantially lower year-on-year loss for the three months to 1 September and claimed it is beginning to steady the ship

Business issues rather than technical hold back cloud

Customers are concerned about a range of issues incouding compliance and fear of contract lock-in as they weigh up the move to basing more of their IT in the cloud

Ultrabook makers gobble up HDD supplies

A growing appetite for ultrabook PCs is currently helping to boost the hard disk drive (HDD) supply market to record levels, according to analysts at IHS

Phishing attacks cast wider nets in businesses

Phishing attacks are moving from targeting a few key employees to much wider groups, says security awareness training company PhishMe

Channel calls for EC cloud strategy refinements

Cloud services providers have welcomed the release of the European Commission’s European Cloud Computing Strategy report, but say that Brussels’ proposals need further refinement

Value of short-term apprentice schemes questioned

Centrex Services has questioned the value of six month apprenticeship schemes raising doubts that they are anything other than a way of exploiting cheap labour