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Dec 3, 2014

Corrected – IBM signs $1.25 bln WPP cloud deal and says more coming

LONDON (Reuters) – (Corrects quote in 5th paragraph to refer to “these deals” (not “big deals”) and to clarify speaker was referring to cloud computer-class deals, not necessarily to deals which will be billion-dollar plus in scale)

IBM (IBM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) is enjoying a wave of major technology outsourcing deals from European customers in the fourth quarter and the new contract signings are not over yet, an executive for the computer services giant said in an interview.

Dec 2, 2014

IBM signs $1.25 billion WPP cloud deal and says more coming

LONDON (Reuters) – IBM is enjoying a wave of major technology outsourcing deals from European customers in the fourth quarter and the new contract signings are not over yet, an executive for the computer sciences giant said in an interview.

Late on Tuesday, IBM announced the third in a string of billion dollar plus contracts, saying it had won a seven-year, $1.25 billion deal with WPP, the world’s top advertising firm, to run WPP operations in the cloud.

Nov 27, 2014

Internet-connected device sector deals accelerating, report finds

FRANKFURT, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Investment in the fast-growing
market for Internet-connected devices gathered pace this year
and is set to attract more top U.S. technology and telecoms
buyers of firms active in the market, a report from a merger
advisory firm said on Thursday.

Corporate finance adviser Hampleton Partners’ report said
that $9.4 billion has been spent in the past three years to
acquire so-called “Internet of Things” suppliers, with $5
billion, or more than half of the total, in the first nine
months of 2014.

Nov 24, 2014

ASML sees sales at 10 bln euros in 2020 if Moore’s Law slows

AMSTERDAM/FRANKFURT, Nov 24 (Reuters) – ASML, the
world’s second largest maker of semiconductor production
equipment, said on Monday it could nearly double annual sales to
10 billion euros ($12 billion) by 2018 — or up to two years
later if customers put off buying its latest machines.

ASML is working to introduce a new generation of ‘extreme
ultraviolet’ (EUV) tools which can multiply the number of
transistors the world’s top chipmakers such as Intel,
Samsung and TSMC can fit onto silicon.

Nov 21, 2014

Soitec, a back-up bet if Moore’s Law progression takes a detour

BARCELONA, Nov 21 (Reuters) – A little known French company
says it may have an alternative if, as some fear, the technology
industry’s most important engine of progress – the capacity to
multiply computer power while shrinking costs – has begun to run
out of steam.

Moore’s Law, the 50-year-old prediction that the density of
transistors that fit onto the latest chips will continue to
double every two years, has hit various road-bumps and delays in
recent years.

Nov 19, 2014

SAP’s CEO promises detailed plan for growth in January

BARCELONA, Nov 19 (Reuters) – German business software maker
SAP will spell out in the new year how it plans to
grow each of its major lines of business over the next few
years, without making any further big acquisitions, its chief
executive said on Wednesday.

“You will see exactly what our plan is to grow the core, to
grow the cloud and to grow the operating income,” Bill McDermott
told the Morgan Stanley European Technology, Media and Telecoms
Conference in Barcelona.

Nov 17, 2014

CORRECTED: With funky name but big demand, BlaBlaCar eyes global push

LONDON (Reuters) – (Corrects paragraph 5 to reflect that passengers do not travel for free but pay the driver one-third of the cost of the journey in cash. Corrects paragraph 9 to say commission payments in two countries, more specific than just charges passengers. Corrects paragraph 10 to clarify that gross merchandise value of its payments is set to reach $500 million in this calendar year, not simply a theoretical calculation.)

A fast-growing French firm is making a name across Europe for its inter-city ride-sharing service, drawing big funding from venture backers while showing a drive to go global that is all too rare among European start-ups.

Nov 17, 2014

With funky name but big demand, BlaBlaCar eyes global push

LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – A fast-growing French firm is
making a name across Europe for its inter-city ride-sharing
service, drawing big funding from venture backers while showing
a drive to go global that is all too rare among European
start-ups.

Called BlaBlaCar, a play on how much chatter drivers and
passengers can put up with on long-haul journeys, the service
has wooed nearly 12 million members across 13 countries in three
years of expansion, or more than 2 million travellers a month.

Nov 14, 2014

With funky name but big demand, BlaBlaCar eyes global ride-share push

LONDON (Reuters) – A fast-growing French firm is making a name across Europe for its inter-city ride-sharing service, drawing big funding from venture backers while showing a drive to go global that is all too rare among European start-ups.

Called BlaBlaCar, a play on how much chatter drivers and passengers can put up with on long-haul journeys, the service has wooed nearly 12 million members across 13 countries in three years of expansion, or more than 2 million travelers a month.

Nov 14, 2014

Nokia says vanishing consumer brand may return

LONDON (Reuters) – Don’t call it a comeback yet. But Nokia (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is thinking about how to revive its brand name in consumer markets just months after selling off its former flagship mobile phones business to Microsoft (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for more than $7 billion.

“I think you can expect our brand will return to the consumer world,” Nokia’s chief executive Rajeev Suri said on Friday when asked about rumors that the networks equipment maker was looking to re-enter the handset market.

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      "Eric Auchard is editiorial innovation director at Reuters News. He builds tools to help journalists at the world's largest news organization report, edit and present the news. In 2009, Eric was a technology investment columnist for Reuters. Previously, he was the chief technology correspondent from 2000 to 2008. His main focus was covering consumer Internet trends, global technology competition and emerging technologies. He has worked for Reuters covering technology news since 1993. He began covering politics for Reuters in in California in 1992, then moved to Washington. He moved to New York and switched to technology writing for Reuters late in 1993. ..."
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