FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Facebook, the world’s largest social network, and its Instagram photo-sharing site, suffered temporary outages around the world for up to an hour on Tuesday and the company said later that an internal software networking error was to blame.
The outage at Facebook appeared to spill over and temporarily slow or block traffic to other major Internet sites, according to web and mobile user reports from around the globe.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German software maker SAP (SAPG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) on Monday reported an accelerating shift by business customers to Internet-based cloud software as it eked out a 1 percent rise in operating profit for the fourth quarter, easing fears of further margin declines.
SAP reported operating profit, excluding special items, of 2.13 billion euros ($2.5 billion), broadly in line with an average forecast of 2.15 billion euros, according to a Reuters poll of analysts.
LONDON/HELSINKI (Reuters) – Two of Europe’s top three remaining telecommunications equipment companies, Nokia Networks (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALUA.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), have revived talks on a possible merger, Germany’s Manager Magazin reported on Thursday, citing company sources.
The two companies could agree to merge or strike up a close cooperation, the magazine said, adding that the contacts had resumed in the autumn.
LONDON (Reuters) – IBM aims to expand the number of data centers it offers clients around the world by 25 percent to meet fast-rising demand for internet-based services, after what a company executive said has been a “breakthrough year” in 2014 for its cloud computing business.
IBM has quadrupled the number of cloud data facilities it offers around the world to 49 in the past 18 months, responding in part to laws requiring the local retention of data following revelations over U.S. government Web surveillance as well as increased corporate compliance rules.
LONDON (Reuters) – German ecommerce investor Rocket Internet is backing online apartment rental firm Nestpick as the start-up expands into four European countries, aiming to connect landlords with tenants and put real estate agents out of a job.
Nestpick said on Tuesday it was expanding into 14 cities in Britain, France, Italy and Spain, seeking to do for medium-term property rentals what AirBnB has done to transform the market for short-stay rentals for holiday and business travelers.
LONDON (Reuters) – Google said it plans to close
its news-linking service in Spain in response to legislation
under which publishers will soon be able to force Internet sites
to pay for re-publishing headlines or snippets of news.
In a statement, the search giant said the new law makes the
Google News service unsustainable and that it will remove
Spanish publishers from Google News sites worldwide and shut
down this service in Spain on 16 December.
LONDON (Reuters) – Google said it was closing its news-linking service in Spain next week due to new legislation under which publishers can charge search engines for using their content.
In a statement, the global Internet search giant said the new law makes the Google News service unsustainable and that, “with real sadness”, it will remove Spanish publishers from Google News and shut down its service in Spain on 16 December.
LONDON, Dec 9 (Reuters) – A French-American start-up
launched an automatic password changer in an attempt to remove
the all-too-human frailty that has rendered the phrase “computer
security” a worrying oxymoron, leading a rival U.S. software
firm to launch a similar service.
For most people, properly managing passwords verges on
impossible, given the dizzying array of devices and websites on
which we have all become increasingly reliant. But Dashlane.com
and LastPass are stepping up their offerings to counter hackers.
LONDON, Dec 9 (Reuters) – British telecoms company Truphone
said on Tuesday it will get 51 million pounds ($80 million) in
new financing from existing backers including Russian steel
magnate Alexander Abramov but will also cut roughly a quarter of
its existing workforce.
The company has been looking for a way to staunch mounting
annual losses, which widened to 91.5 million pounds in 2013,
compared with a 34.4 million pound loss the previous year, as
it has pursued aggressive international expansion