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Microsoft’s Innovations That Aren’t

Why does Microsoft call its big EU lobbying-party an Innovation Day? When a big company puts on a show in Brussels to get the ear of government, it seems more like business as usual to us

Communication barriers waste cash at SMBs

Communications barriers and latencies are costing cost small and medium businesses (SMBs) up to 40 percent of their productive time, averaging to more than £3000 per employee, according to a report.

Can Sustainable IT Avoid False Accounting?

Now the word is out: there is money to be made in sustainable IT, we can expect the usual feeding frenzy as vendors try to cash in. This time, we can’t afford to fall for phony greenwash.

Google Privacy Exec Facing Criminal Charges

Italian officials charge Google Global Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer with criminal charges of defamation and failure to exercise control over personal data two years after Google posted a video depicting fellow students harassing a student with Down syndrome. Unlike Italian Internet service providers, who are not responsible for posted content, content providers like Google can be held liable for delivered materials. According to the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the charges are thought to be the first criminal sanction ever pursued against a privacy professional for his company’s actions.

Layoffs to Continue at IBM, Sources Say

IBM has laid off some 2,800 employees, with more to come, according to the Alliance@IBM organisation. Big Blue has had job cuts in both its Software Group and its sales and distribution group, with more to come in the company’s Systems and Technology Group, sources said.

IT: Part of the Problem, or Part of the Solution?

IT is a serious polluter – but it’s also the key to reducing carbon outputs, says Dr Hamadoun Touré of the ITU. We can use technology to slash our emissions, and still save the third world, he says. And while we are about it, why does every phone ship with a new power supply?

Is Java to Blame for Sun Layoffs?

eWEEK readers weigh in on Sun Microsystems’ woes and the reason Sun is laying off over 6,000 employees. Is Java to blame? Some say inroads from other languages and application development frameworks such as Ruby on Rails could further Sun’s demise. Others say never count Sun out.

How to Reduce Network Expenses

In the current economic slowdown, IT administrators are under constant pressure to build and maintain solid networks while every equipment purchase they make is scrutinised. Knowledge Centre contributor Paul Hooper offers five ways that IT staffs can build automated, secure networks that are energy-efficient and cost-effective.

Microsoft Results Disappoint, 5,000 Job Cuts Coming

Microsoft reported quarterly results on the 22nd January that missed Wall Street expectations and the software giant announced that it would eliminate 5,000 jobs. The results show that even Microsoft is not immune to the recession and the sluggish global economy. Microsoft eliminated 1,400 jobs on the day it announced its results and the rest of the cuts will follow during the next 18 months.

Sun Begins Carrying Out Planned Layoffs

UPDATED: Sun confirms that layoff notifications were sent to about 1,300 employees as the result of its action 14th November, 2008. Reductions were made across all levels, including vice presidents and directors, the company says.

11 Best Practices to Save on Data Centre Power

Data centre managers could save millions of kilowatt hours annually by implementing 11 best practices, says analyst company Gartner. Most of these projects can be completed with little or no budget or effort. Here’s the list of 11 power-saving practices.