Stories by Marc Ferranti

AT&T a closer partner of NSA than previously known, Snowden docs show

A fresh analysis of documents disclosed by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden shows that AT&T has been a much closer and eager partner for the National Security Agency's Internet spying activities than was previously known.

By Marc Ferranti | 16 August, 2015 07:52

Tags: Government use of IT, telecommunication, at&t, security, legislation, government, privacy

Russia, China reportedly crack Snowden's files, identify US, UK spies

Russian and Chinese intelligence agencies have reportedly decrypted files of former U.S. National Security Agency contractor and leaker Edward Snowden, and have identified British and U.S. secret agents.

By Marc Ferranti | 14 June, 2015 13:04

Tags: National Security Agency, security, Government Communications Headquarters, government

Charter reportedly close to US$55 billion deal for Time Warner Cable

Charter Communications is said to be near a US$55 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, a deal that would create a broadband powerhouse in the U.S.

By Marc Ferranti | 26 May, 2015 04:10

Tags: business issues, telecommunication, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Mergers and acquisitions, broadband

Turing manuscript sells for $US1 million

A 56-page notebook manuscript by Alan Turing, the English mathematician considered to be the father of modern computer science, has sold at auction for $US1.025 million.

By Marc Ferranti | 14 April, 2015 04:22

Tags: popular science, hardware systems

SAP co-founder Tschira dies at 74

Klaus Tschira, an SAP co-founder who helped pioneer the development of modern ERP (enterprise resource planning) software and turn the Germany-based company into a global software powerhouse, died Tuesday in Heidelberg at 74.

By Marc Ferranti | 01 April, 2015 05:45

Tags: business issues, personnel, Add item(s), SAP, software

US judge dismisses antitrust case against Google over Android apps

A U.S. federal judge has dismissed an antitrust lawsuit that charges Google harmed consumers by forcing Android handset makers to use its apps by default, but gave the plaintiffs three weeks to amend their complaint.

By Marc Ferranti | 22 February, 2015 08:41

Tags: antitrust, Internet-based applications and services, Google, legal, internet

US rejects North Korea offer to investigate Sony hack, reaches out to China

The U.S. has rejected North Korea's proposal for a joint investigation of a devastating hack on Sony Pictures, and has reached out to China for help blocking future cyberattacks.

By Marc Ferranti | 21 December, 2014 11:16

Tags: security, Sony Pictures

NSA spy program targets mobile networks worldwide

The NSA has conducted a covert campaign to intercept internal communications of operators and trade groups in order to infiltrate mobile networks worldwide, according to the latest revelations from documents supplied by Edward Snowden.

By Marc Ferranti | 07 December, 2014 15:24

Tags: security, nsa

Top 10 tech stories 2014: Backlash! Disrupting the disruptors

Blowing up entrenched business models and picking up the profits that spill onto the floor is a time-honored tradition in tech, these days known by the cliche of the moment, "disruption." Here are our picks for the top stories of a very, well, disruptive year.

By Marc Ferranti | 06 December, 2014 06:16

Tags: Regin, hardware systems, alibaba, mobile, internet, Mergers and acquisitions, Hewlett-Packard, Mt Gox, Facebook, Uber, Apple, consumer electronics, Google, Microsoft, security, legal, software, restructuring, business issues

Search for growth in social, mobile fuels tech M&A boom

The search for game-changing technology capable of fueling growth in an uncertain economy is driving global tech mergers and acquisitions to a level not seen since the dotcom era.

By Marc Ferranti | 14 November, 2014 08:46

Tags: Concur, business issues, Trulia, SAP, Zillow, Mergers and acquisitions, EA

Disruptive technology reaps cash as venture capital pours in

It's a boom year for venture capital investing, and tech companies with the potential to disrupt business-as-usual are grabbing the lion's share of the money.

By Marc Ferranti | 18 October, 2014 07:12

Tags: Uber, business issues, applications, Airbnb, software, investments, internet, PricewaterhouseCoopers

HP reportedly set to split off PC, printer business

Reversing the corporate strategy CEO Meg Whitman set three years ago, Hewlett-Packard is set to announce as early as Monday that it will split off its PC and printer business into a separate, publicly traded company, according to the Wall Street Journal.

By Marc Ferranti | 06 October, 2014 06:54

Tags: peripherals, business issues, Printers, hardware systems, desktop pcs, restructuring, Hewlett-Packard

JPMorgan Chase attackers hacked other banks, report says

The news about this summer's cyberattack on JPMorgan Chase continues to get worse: A number of other financial institutions were also hit by the same group, according to the New York Times.

By Marc Ferranti | 05 October, 2014 06:07

Tags: JPMorgan Chase, security, data breach

Sprint names new CEO after giving up on T-Mobile acquisition

Sprint has named Marcelo Claure to replace Dan Hesse as president and CEO, after giving up on its effort to acquire T-Mobile USA.

By Marc Ferranti | 06 August, 2014 23:09

Tags: business issues, sprint, personnel, telecommunication, T-Mobile USA

Wall Street Beat: Transition to mobile, cloud hits tech earnings

With Google, IBM, SAP, Intel and other tech titans reporting earnings this week, the focus is again on mobile and cloud technology. The general trend appears to be that the further a tech vendor has moved away from its legacy desktop-oriented products, the better its earnings are.

By Marc Ferranti | 19 July, 2014 05:56

Tags: business issues, Yahoo, Google, IBM, Advanced Micro Devices, SAP, financial results, intel

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