FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Google says European media firms, often the search giant’s harshest industry critics, share a common threat because a surge in ad-blocking technology is a threat to all businesses dependent on advertising.
Carlo d’Asaro Biondo, Google’s president for EMEA strategic relationships, told a media conference in Munich on Thursday that consumers “hate bad ads”, and that Google and content creators must do more to protect consumers from obtrusive ads.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – World travelers may soon be able to rid themselves of stashs of useless coins and bills in random foreign currencies – even old Deutsche marks.
From next Monday, commuters passing through London King’s Cross tube station will find a self-service vending machine that converts currencies from 150 countries into pounds, dollars or euros.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Dutch payments processing company Adyen, one of Europe’s biggest start-ups, is launching a service to make it easier for customers, which include Spotify, to identify fraud as it seeks new ways to compete with larger rival Worldpay .
Adyen, which last month secured new financing from a fund that acts for wealthy tech investors including Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, on Tuesday introduced the system for merchants to cut fraud by rating shoppers based on the breadth of their retail activity, not just the merchant’s own site.
FRANKFURT, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Europe’s biggest software
company SAP on Tuesday said it could top full-year
financial targets in the fourth quarter, its most important
period of the year, as it confirmed the strong third-quarter
results it pre-announced last week.
In a statement, SAP posted a 19-percent rise in
third-quarter operating profit, excluding special items, to 1.62
billion euros ($1.84 billion) as revenue rose 17 percent to 4.12
billion euros. In constant-currency terms, revenue rose 10
PARIS (Reuters) – Canon Inc, the world’s biggest maker of cameras and printers, is setting its sights on higher growth fueled by acquisitions as it expands into related markets like video surveillance and medical imaging, Chairman Fujio Mitarai said.
As a result the Japanese group has revived a decade-old annual-sales target of 5 trillion yen ($42 billion) and is also aiming to improve its profit margins, despite declining consumer sales.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – (Company corrects the 15th paragraph beginning “The malicious programme…” to clarify that the nickname SYNful refers to the signal routers sent to open up communication with other routers, rather than how the implanted software jumps between routers.)
Security researchers say they have uncovered clandestine attacks across three continents on the routers that direct traffic around the Internet, potentially allowing suspected cyberspies to harvest vast amounts of data while going undetected.
FRANKFURT, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Security researchers say they
have uncovered previously unknown attacks on routers which
direct traffic around the Internet, allowing hackers to harvest
vast amounts of data while going undetected by existing
The attacks replace the operating system used in network
equipment from Cisco, the world’s biggest maker of
routers, the computer forensic arm of U.S. security research
firm FireEye, Mandiant, said on Tuesday.
TUEBINGEN, Sept 1 (Reuters) – SAP unveiled a new
product on Tuesday that promises to help businesses make sense
of a deluge of real-world data from retail transactions,
transport systems and social media, hoping to persuade customers
to switch from rival database suppliers.
SAP HANA Vora, as the database query software will be known,
aims to give businesses greater insights into the vast volumes
of data organisations are collecting from customer feedback,
along with sensors installed in products, vehicles and networks.
FRANKFURT, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Velostrata, a year-old
start-up founded by a successful Israeli software entrepreneur,
on Wednesday revealed plans to offer hybrid cloud software that
lets organisations offload local business data more securely to
public cloud services.
In addition, Velostrara said it had raised $14 million in
early stage, Series A funding from established venture financers
Norwest Venture Partners and 83North, which previously operated
as the Israeli arm of Greylock Partners.
By Eric Auchard and Peter Maushagen
(Reuters) – Apple Inc patents covering the “slide
to unlock” feature on smartphones are invalid, Germany’s highest
appeals court ruled on Tuesday, reaffirming a 2013 decision
rejecting the U.S. company’s claims by a lower court.
The ruling by the Federal Court of Appeals in Karlsruhe
covers one of the Apple iPhone’s most popular defining features,
of which makers of rival Android-based phones have developed
their own versions.