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  • The 9 at 9: Friday
    The 9 at 9: Friday Fri, May 22, 2015

    Everything you need to know as you get stuck into your day. More »

  • Ignition Partners raises $200 million for new venture fund Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Ignition Partners said it had raised $200 million for a new fund, two years after a major restructuring that created a slimmed-down version of the 15-year-old firm. The new fund, which Ignition said was oversubscribed, shows how much a few good investment successes can do to restore lustre to a venture firm. Among them was Splunk, in Ignition's portfolio since 2007, which raised $229.5 million in an initial public offering shortly after Ignition announced its restructuring. More »

  • Alibaba-backed Baozun's shares seesaw in choppy debut Thu, May 21, 2015

    Shares of China's Baozun Inc, in which Alibaba holds a nearly 20 percent stake, traded erratically in their debut on Thursday, sending the e-commerce services company's valuation seesawing. The company's American Depository Shares (ADSs) touched a high of $11.28, valuing it at $548.3 million, before reversing course all the way down to $9.23 per ADS. "They priced it too aggressively," Francis Gaskins, president of IPO research firm IPOpremium.com said, adding that at the midpoint of the initial range, the shares would have been valued at 500 times annual earnings. More »

  • Insight - New breed of food executives raised on mergers, not marketing
    Insight - New breed of food executives raised on mergers, not marketing Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Martinne Geller LONDON (Reuters) - The consumer goods world has long been dominated by marketing whiz kids raised through the ranks of Procter & Gamble or PepsiCo, but the executives now in demand come from a new school that values cost-cutting and mergers over marketing. The new playbook, embodied by U.S. private equity firm 3G Capital, applies cutthroat Wall Street sensibilities to Main Street shopping aisles, demanding the highest performance from fewer people willing to work extra hard and progress quickly. The spread of a private equity mentality to more of the largest names in the sector exacerbates the pressure on finance chiefs, already wading through increased volatility of commodities and currencies, and highlights the need for financial prowess outside the finance department. More »

  • Most of Ireland’s biggest companies aren’t Irish at all
    Most of Ireland’s biggest companies aren’t Irish at all Thu, May 21, 2015

    Microsoft is now the biggest company in Ireland in terms of turnover. More »

  • Salesforce reports first profit in seven quarters, shares jump Wed, May 20, 2015

    Salesforce.com Inc , the subject of takeover speculation for the past few weeks, raised its revenue forecast for the full year, after the cloud software company reported a profit for the first time in seven quarters. The company has struggled to earn consistent profits despite strong revenue growth over the past few years as margins waver on higher spending, including on hiring sales personnel who are vital in expanding deferred revenue. "I think what investors will be very enthusiastic about tomorrow is how much margin upside there was," FBR Capital Markets analyst Samad Samana said. More »

  • Firms to face stiffer fines for breaking EU's "right to be forgotten" …
    Firms to face stiffer fines for breaking EU's "right to be forgotten" … Wed, May 20, 2015

    By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Firms such as Google and Microsoft will face stiffer fines if they violate Europe's "right to be forgotten" online rules, according to a draft text agreed by European Union ambassadors on Wednesday, diplomatic sources said. EU member states are negotiating an overhaul of the bloc's outdated privacy laws in a bid to make them more harmonised and relevant for the rise of the Internet. A draft proposal from Latvia, which holds the EU's rotating presidency, suggests three levels of fines for companies breaching the rules, ranging from 0.5 percent to 2 percent of a firm's annual worldwide turnover, depending on the gravity of the data breach. More »

  • Project Cars review: Brutal realism flirts with frustration
    Project Cars review: Brutal realism flirts with frustration Wed, May 20, 2015

    Gran Turismo satisfied this niche for years, but its move from PlayStation 2 to 3 was a troubled one. Where Gran Turismo and Forza require you to drive slow cars around small circuits for hours before earning enough cash to buy something better (and in GT's case, complete license tests to unlock more competitive races), Project Cars is completely open from the off. Using an Xbox One controller I found heaps of understeer and very little of the turn-on-a-penny responsiveness professional karts are renowned for. More »

  • So where do Irish graduates want to work in 2015? And how much do they expect …
    So where do Irish graduates want to work in 2015? And how much do they expect … Wed, May 20, 2015

    What Irish students REALLY want it seems is stability. That, and to work for Paddy Power… More »

  • Cyber-security in computing GCSE
    Cyber-security in computing GCSE Wed, May 20, 2015

    Students studying computer science are set to learn about cyber-security and how to build an app as part of a new GCSE in the subject. More »

  • SAP chief sees no takers for software rival Salesforce
    SAP chief sees no takers for software rival Salesforce Wed, May 20, 2015

    By Harro Ten Wolde MANNHEIM, Germany (Reuters) - German software company SAP's chief executive once again ruled out any move to acquire Salesforce.com, then went further by saying that its richly valued rival is unlikely to be acquired by any other player in the industry. Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and SAP have all been touted as potentional buyers of Salesforce, which last month said it had been contacted by an unnamed suitor about a potential takeover and that it had hired financial advisers. Established players in the industry are all looking to boost Internet-based delivery of their business software products to fend off competition from pure cloud-based rivals, a market Salesforce pioneered and where it remains category leader. More »

  • SAP CEO says he does not believe Salesforce will be sold
    SAP CEO says he does not believe Salesforce will be sold Wed, May 20, 2015

    SAP Chief Executive Bill McDermott once again ruled out that his company has any interest in buying rival Salesforce.com and went further on Wednesday by saying that Salesforce is unlikely to be acquired by any other player in the industry. Speaking to reporters ahead of SAP's annual meeting, McDermott was asked what would happen to his company's own business if a rival like Microsoft acquired Salesforce. The SAP CEO bluntly replied that he did not think a merger would happen, by Microsoft or other rivals such as Oracle. More »

  • Insight - Apple, Android app makers cool to Microsoft overtures
    Insight - Apple, Android app makers cool to Microsoft overtures Wed, May 20, 2015

    By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft's plan to make its new version of Windows a mobile hit by letting it accept tweaked Apple and Android apps has met an obstacle: some of the software developers the company needs to woo just aren't interested. Windows phones accounted for just 3 percent of global smartphone sales last year, compared with about 81 percent for devices with Google's Android system and 15 percent for Apple and its iOS system, according to research firm IDC. To boost sales of its phones and new operating system, Microsoft said last month that it would provide tools to software developers to make it easier to design apps for Windows based on apps that run on Android or Apple. More »

  • Apple, Android app makers cool to Microsoft overtures
    Apple, Android app makers cool to Microsoft overtures Wed, May 20, 2015

    By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft's plan to make its new version of Windows a mobile hit by letting it accept tweaked Apple and Android apps has met an obstacle: some of the software developers the company needs to woo just aren't interested. Windows phones accounted for just 3 percent of global smartphone sales last year, compared with about 81 percent for devices with Google's Android system and 15 percent for Apple and its iOS system, according to research firm IDC. To boost sales of its phones and new operating system, Microsoft said last month that it would provide tools to software developers to make it easier to design apps for Windows based on apps that run on Android or Apple. More »

  • Milking it: Israel leads the way in dairy tech
    Milking it: Israel leads the way in dairy tech Tue, May 19, 2015

    By Ari Rabinovitch TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Decades ago Israeli dairy farmers confronted a quandary - how could they provide milk to a fast-growing population in a country that is two-thirds desert, with little grazing land? Science rules today, with cows' health, output, genetics and fertility closely monitored by management systems. More »

  • Review: 'Witcher III' an intimate story in epic trappings Tue, May 19, 2015

    Geralt of Rivia may be trapped in medieval times, but he's the epitome of a Renaissance man. More »

  • Life Is Strange - Episode 3 spoiler-free review: Chaos Theory
    Life Is Strange - Episode 3 spoiler-free review: Chaos Theory Tue, May 19, 2015

    Platforms: PS4 (tested), Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360, PS3. Chaos Theory is the branch of mathematics that deals with complex systems in which even the smallest action can have huge ramifications. Episode one, Chrysalis, set everything up with the second, Out of Time, cementing an identity for the series and its characters before reaching a powerful finale. More »

  • Exclusive - Help us fight fakes, Alibaba's security chief tells global  …
    Exclusive - Help us fight fakes, Alibaba's security chief tells global  … Mon, May 18, 2015

    By John Ruwitch HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - When it comes to fighting fakes, Alibaba's head of internet security says cooperation beats the courtroom any day. Ni Liang, who runs the Hangzhou, China-based company's anti-counterfeiting operations, was speaking to Reuters days after Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and other luxury brands owned by Paris-based Kering SA sued Alibaba in New York, alleging the e-commerce giant had knowingly made it possible for counterfeiters to sell fakes. Ni said brands had a better chance of succeeding in clamping down on the pervasive counterfeit trade if they talked to Alibaba, instead of suing it. The company has been dogged for years by accusations that it doesn't do enough to fight intellectual property rights violations and also listed counterfeits as a risk before its record-breaking $25 billion (16 billion pounds) IPO in September. More »

  • Australian Teen Films Cruel Prank On Friend
    Australian Teen Films Cruel Prank On Friend Mon, May 18, 2015

    A teenager has played a cruel prank on his friend, inviting him over for an Xbox session but giving him the address for the house across the street. More »

  • How big is this ship that docked in Dublin? It’s the week in numbers
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate: Is Ubisoft exploiting feminism for easy PR?
    Assassin's Creed Syndicate: Is Ubisoft exploiting feminism for easy PR? Fri, May 15, 2015

    The announcement this week that the new Assassin's Creed, entitled Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, would feature a playable female as well as male protagonist smacks, to me, not of an industry that genuinely cares about women, but one that is prepared to use them for the sake of publicity. The fact that "female characters will be playable" is a press release at all – that Ubisoft, the game's developer, felt it pertinent to drip release that information – makes me feel as if women, especially in this case, have become a cynical kind of marketing tactic, deployed to whip up online chatter between GamerGate sexists, and make the rest of us normal people simply feel a bit warm and fuzzy. I'm relieved, of course, that women are finally receiving some stature in videogames, but these pre-launch "we will have female characters" press releases, like Syndicate, like Bedlam, like this from the Mortal Kombat X developers, don't feel to me like developers trying to include and ingratiate women into games. More »

  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate: Are Ubisoft exploiting feminism for easy PR …
    Assassin's Creed Syndicate: Are Ubisoft exploiting feminism for easy PR … Fri, May 15, 2015

    The announcement this week that the new Assassin's Creed, entitled Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, would feature a playable female as well as male protagonist smacks, to me, not of an industry that genuinely cares about women, but one that is prepared to use them for the sake of publicity. The fact that "female characters will be playable" is a press release at all – that Ubisoft, the game's developer, felt it pertinent to drip release that information – makes me feel as if women, especially in this case, have become a cynical kind of marketing tactic, deployed to whip up online chatter between GamerGate sexists, and make the rest of us normal people simply feel a bit warm and fuzzy. I'm relieved, of course, that women are finally receiving some stature in videogames, but these pre-launch "we will have female characters" press releases, like Syndicate, like Bedlam, like this from the Mortal Kombat X developers, don't feel to me like developers trying to include and ingratiate women into games. More »

  • This brutally honest car ad on Done Deal is the best thing you’ll read toda …
  • Louis Tomlinson spoke about his epic beef with Zayn… it’s The Dredge
    Louis Tomlinson spoke about his epic beef with Zayn… it’s The Dredge Fri, May 15, 2015

    All the best of the day’s celebrity DURT. More »

  • S&P 500 closes at new record high
    S&P 500 closes at new record high Thu, May 14, 2015

    Traders in New York where the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 191.75 (1.06 percent) to 18,252.24 More »

  • Microsoft's Bing search engine to go 'mobile friendly'
    Microsoft's Bing search engine to go 'mobile friendly' Thu, May 14, 2015

    Microsoft said Thursday its Bing search engine would be reconfigured to give more prominence to "mobile-friendly" websites, an acknowledgment of the growing importance of smartphones and other ... More »

  • Just how lethal is the software flaw dubbed 'Venom'? Thu, May 14, 2015

    A recently discovered software bug known as "Venom" could give criminal hackers access to business data stored in the cloud or on in-house systems. Many experts, however, have dismissed outright any comparisons to Heartbleed and have noted that impressions about the severity of the bug are based largely on vendor-driven hype. The flaw can be found within software tools used by businesses to "virtualize" hardware environments – a way for organizations to carve out multiple, independent virtual machines inside a single, larger computer. Tech giants such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft offer virtualization services to host applications and data belonging to multiple customers, on single, physical systems. More »

  • How do you want your Windows 10? Cos there’s going to be seven different ve …
    How do you want your Windows 10? Cos there’s going to be seven different ve … Thu, May 14, 2015

    The different versions will be released this summer, which may cause some confusion. More »

  • India learns to 'fail fast' as tech start-up culture takes root
    India learns to 'fail fast' as tech start-up culture takes root Thu, May 14, 2015

    By Nivedita Bhattacharjee and Clara Ferreira-Marques BENGALURU, India (Reuters) - After ping pong tables, motivational posters and casual dress codes, India's tech start-ups are following Silicon Valley's lead and embracing the "fail fast" culture credited with fuelling creativity and success in the United States. Taking failure as a norm is a major cultural shift in India, where high-achieving children are typically expected to take steady jobs at recognised firms. More »

  • Facebook pushes to improve benefits, pay for contractors Wed, May 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is pushing for higher pay and improved benefits for the janitors, cooks and other workers who support its employees. More »

  • Singer Sarah Brightman calls off flight to space station
    Singer Sarah Brightman calls off flight to space station Wed, May 13, 2015

    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - British soprano Sarah Brightman called off plans for a flight to the International Space Station, citing family reasons, the singer said in a statement on Wednesday. Brightman began training in Russia’s Star City in January for a ride aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule and 10-day stay on the station, a $100 billion (63.5 billion pounds) research laboratory that flies about 260 miles (418 km) above Earth. The trip would have cost her about $52 million, said Space Adventures, the privately owned U.S. travel agency that arranged the expedition. “Ms. Brightman said that for personal family reasons her intentions have had to change and she is postponing her cosmonaut training and flight plans at this time,” a statement on the singer’s Facebook page said. More »

  • 'Minecraft' Most Streamed Video Game in YouTube's History
    'Minecraft' Most Streamed Video Game in YouTube's History Wed, May 13, 2015

    The video streaming service announced Wednesday that content featuring the virtual brick-building video game has been watched more than any other interactive title in the 10 years since YouTube launched. ... More »

  • Romania turns hacking crisis into advantage, helping Ukraine
    Romania turns hacking crisis into advantage, helping Ukraine Wed, May 13, 2015

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Ukraine is turning to an unlikely partner in its struggle to defend itself against Russian cyber warfare: Romania. More »

  • Things to know about police shooting in Wisconsin
    Things to know about police shooting in Wisconsin Wed, May 13, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A prosecutor is set to announce Tuesday whether a white police officer will face charges for killing a young unarmed biracial man in Madison. A few things to know about the case ahead of Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne's decision: More »

  • GoDaddy's revenue rises 17.5 percent due to customer additions
    GoDaddy's revenue rises 17.5 percent due to customer additions Tue, May 12, 2015

    (Reuters) - Web-hosting company GoDaddy Inc posted a 17.5 percent rise in revenue in its first quarterly report as a public company, helped by customer additions and an increase in revenue per average user. GoDaddy forecast revenue of between $390 million and $395 million for the second quarter and between $1.60 billion and $1.61 billion for the full year. GoDaddy, known for its racy TV commercials, said bookings rose about 14 percent to $498.7 million in the first quarter. The Internet domain registration company had filed to go public in 2006 but later withdrew, citing unfavourable market conditions, the same year Google Inc launched its free web-hosting service Google Page Creator. More »