Stories by Peter Sayer

IBM buys access control and identity management firm CrossIdeas

IBM has added to its security software portfolio with the purchase of Italian access control and identity management firm CrossIdeas for an undisclosed sum, the companies said Thursday.

UK government adopts ODF for document exchange with citizens and suppliers

The U.K. government has adopted ODF as its standard for the exchange of word processor and spreadsheet files between departments and with citizens and suppliers, meaning that companies and citizens will not be required to buy a particular application or software suite in order to collaborate with government staff.

BlackBerry offers BES10 as a hosted service through partners

Businesses wanting the security of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 without the complexity of managing it onsite can now buy it as a hosted service from six BlackBerry partners.

Verizon revenue rises steadily, driven by wireless service growth

Record numbers of new tablet users, and the first rise in fixed-line revenue in seven years, drove Verizon Communications' second-quarter revenue up 5.7 percent year on year, it reported Tuesday.

ARM's chip licensing revenue and profit keep on rising

ARM Holdings' chip licensing business continues to grow, the company said, reporting year-on-year increases in second-quarter profit and revenue.

New BlackBerry COO is ex-Sybase exec Marty Beard

BlackBerry has recruited a new chief operating officer, Marty Beard, recently CEO of cloud customer service company LiveOps and before that an executive at Sybase.

Amazon's Kindle Unlimited offers 600,000 e-books for $10 a month

Even the most voracious readers will take a few months to get the most out of Amazon.com's latest offer: access to 600,000 e-books and 2,000 audiobooks for a monthly fee of US$9.99. What publishers and authors will get out of it remains to be seen.

French police question three over bitcoin website

French police have questioned three people in connection with a Bitcoin exchange that, police say, handled 2,750 illicit transactions.

IPv6 usage is climbing in Europe, while Asian countries are most ready for 4K TV, says study

Belgium is leading the world in IPv6 adoption, while South Korea and Japan are most ready for 4K video streaming, according to a report.

Facebook will gather more user information, but offer more control over ads

Facebook is moving to offer users a familiar trade-off: their browsing privacy in return for more targeted advertising. Those who find that no deal at all will be able to use opt-out tools, but all users will be given a little more control over the ads they see.

Atos offers $845M for Bull to boost its security and HPC service offering

French IT services company Atos is seeking to beef up its cybersecurity and high-performance computing offering with a €620 million (US$845 million) bid for servers and services specialist Bull.

Italian antitrust watchdog investigates TripAdvisor reviews, Expedia pricing deals

TripaAdvisor, Expedia and Booking.com are under investigation by the Italian Competition Authority.

US Justice Department to charge Chinese military officials with hacking

The U.S. Department of Justice is preparing to charge Chinese military officials with hacking US companies to obtain trade secrets.

Rush to defend against Heartbleed leads to mistakes with certificates, patches

Despite taking prompt action to defend against the Heartbleed attack, some sites are no better off than before -- and in some cases, they are much worse off.

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Dropbox disables old shared document links to prevent unintended access

Dropbox has disabled old shared document links in a bid to prevent its users' files from being accessed by unintended recipients.