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SAP AG on Tuesday announced its preliminary financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2010. FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS - Second Quarter 2010 ------------------------------------------ Second Quarter 2010(1) ---------------------- IFRS ---- % EUR million, unless Q2 2010 Q2 2009 change otherwise stated ------- ------- ------- ---------------- Software revenue 637 543 17% ---------------- --- --- --- Software and software-related service revenue 2,258 1,953 16% ----------------- ----- ----- --- Total revenue 2,894 2,576 12% ------------- ----- ----- --- Total operating expenses -2,120 -1,935 10% --------------- ------ ------ --- -thereof restructuring -1 -17 -94% -------------- --- --- --- Operating profit 774 641 21% ---------------- --- --- --- Operating margin (%) 26.7 24.9 1.8pp -------------------- ---- ---- ----- Profit after tax 491 426 15% ---------------- --- --- --- Bas... (more)

Advanced Persistent Threat: Useful or Buzzword?

The term Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) is often regarded somewhat suspiciously by security professionals, seeing as it how it can be a buzzword that obscures actual analysis of the dynamics of cyber attacks or a diplomatic fiction because it’s not polite to openly accuse the Chinese and Russians of stealing from us. But recently, I’ve seen some analysis that points to some use for the concept. Advanced Persistent Threats have been around for some years, and they are not going away Matthew J. Schwartz has an interesting column in Information Week where he lays out the pros and cons of the APT concept: “As long as your business’ security was relatively better than most other businesses’ security, attackers–in their search for credit card numbers or customer data–would opt for the easy target. But with an APT, attackers have already selected your organization for a... (more)

Big Data Skills – Opportunities and Threats

Big Data. There are few conversations in the IT community which do not start, address, or end on the topic.  Some conversations are visionary in nature, some critical, and many considering the challenges we’ll need to overcome in the process of understanding how to deal with Big Data. Definitions of Big Data almost parallel the 3 V's of Big Data, which are velocity, volume, and variety.  We may call it a byproduct of massive data growth, cheap technology, and our ability to save everything.  We may address the enormous volumes of data generated by social media, smart grids, and other online transactions. However we also need to compress those ideas into a form we can understand and use as a basis for our discussions.  For simplicity, we'll use Gartner's definition that "big data are high volume, high velocity, and/or high variety information assets that require new... (more)

Digital Angel Expands Its Presence in European Livestock Market by Acquiring DSD Holdings

SO. ST. PAUL, Minn., March 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Digital Angel Corporation , an advanced technology company in the field of rapid and accurate identification, location tracking, and condition monitoring of high-value assets, announced today that it is expanding its presence in the European livestock market by acquiring Denmark-based DSD Holdings A/S, and its wholly-owned subsidiaries Daploma International A/S and Digitag A/S. DSD manufactures and markets visual and electronic radio frequency identification (RFID) tags for livestock. Digital Angel purchased all of the outstanding capital stock of DSD in consideration for a purchase price of seven times DSD's average annual EBITDA over the next three years less an initial payment of $3.5 million and outstanding indebtedness at the end of the time period. The consideration at closing was paid in Applied Digital,... (more)

New Social Media Marketing & Sales Channel

At the National Retail Federation (NRF) show being held today, First Insight, a company that is revolutionizing the way retailers make business decisions by connecting them to the voice of the consumer, unveiled the newest version of Virtual Customer Viewpoint (VCV). VCV is a solution that allows merchants and designers to improve product selections, forecast future item's sales, assess price points, and evaluate the strength and applicability of attributes of particular products. "First Insight is a company that encourages large groups of consumers to share their current thinking through online interactive forums, giving retailers the power to know better which products are going to be popular with consumers before they make their purchasing decisions. Even more valuable, consumers themselves are telling them," said Greg Petro, CEO of First Insight. VCV leverages... (more)

Hillary Clinton’s Internet Policy Speech

First, my overall reaction to Hillary Clinton’s speech: It’s thrilling that a Secretary of State would claim “freedom to connect” as a basic human right. That’s a very bit stake in the ground. Likewise, it’s sort of amazing that the State Department is funding the development of tools to help users circumvent government restrictions on access. On the negative side, it’s distressing (but not surprising) that the Secretary of State should be come against anonymity so we can track down copyright infringers. Of course, in response to a question she said that we have to strike a balance so that the anonymity of dissenters is protected even as the anonymity of file sharers is betrayed. I just don’t know how you do that. What follows are the notes I took during the presentation itself. They are, as always, rough livebloggage. Here’s a transcript of her prepared remarks. I’... (more)

Life Without Internet in Ethiopia

For the first time in over ten years, I spent the night without Internet access. Ten years of working in remote parts of Mongolia, Vietnam, Palestine, Indonesia, and other small and developing countries, and in March 2010 I finally hit the access wall. My hotel in Addis Ababa does not have Internet access. And not a single WiFi or wireless connection available nearby. Maybe it is just not realistic to believe that in the year 2010 travelers or residents of a major city like Addis Ababa would enjoy the same sense of Internet entitlement we enjoy in other parts of the world.  It is probably more realistic to think fresh water is a higher priority than Facebook.  Probably a higher priority to think that basic nutrition is a higher priority to some people in the world than Twitter. Having been plucked up from the opulence of Burbank, California, where Friday afternoon b... (more)

Five Brand-New Moyea Web Player Skins Published for Celebration in Different Occasions

Five new Moyea Web Player skins were just published for free downloading and for users to customize different festival-themed or cartoon-based flash video player in an easy way. Shenzhen P.R.C - Apr, 07th, 2010 – Moyea Software Co., Ltd. (, a rising developer of flash applications for the internet and multimedia software, today officially announces the free release of five Moyea Web Player skins: “Easter Blue”, “Easter Yellow” under “Festival” category and “Harvest” , “Retro”, “Naughty Cat” under “Novelty” category respectively. Moyea Web Player is a handy flash video player creator and customizer that helps users to make personalized web player in any style they want it to be. “Template” interface is exactly where the miracles take place. Users can select player’s profiles, use diverse plugins, choose different colors of background and ... (more)

Microsoft extends reporting services to Windows Azure Cloud

On June 13 Microsoft released the Windows Azure SQL Reporting. Now the name is official and replaces the SQL Azure Reporting Services. Here is a screen image from one of Microsoft's Advertisment. Now developers can build reports on Azure using familiar tools such as BI Development Studio and SQL Server Data Tools. Creating reports will be no different from the way on-premises reports are authored. SQL Reporting on Azure provides consistent APIs for viewing, managing and executing reports. It also provides for rich formatting, data visualization and exporting reports in a variety of formats. These features (Elastic scale and high availability; and secure access)t has already attracted customers to implement this service such as Fujitsu and Biobest (an agriculture based business). The good news is it is free to use till August 1, 2012 after which you get charged. You ne... (more)

The Holocaust in Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt am Main The City and the Holocaust     Copperplate engraving depicting a Jewish man & woman circa 1703 Founded in Charlemagne’s time, Frankfurt was for many years the site of the election and coronation of the German emperors, and in the fourteenth century it became an imperial free city, a status it retained until its annexation by Prussia in 1866.   Jews first settled in Frankfurt in 1074 and over the course of time its Jewish community became one of the most important in Europe. In the nineteenth century Frankfurt was a cultural centre of the Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah), as well as of Neo- Orthodoxy.   It also played an important role in commerce, industry and banking – the Rothschild Bank had its centre in Frankfurt until the early twentieth Century. Two of the outstanding personalities based in Frankfurt in the twentieth Century were the ph... (more)

Burbank Takes on Puppy Mills – An Animal Rights Perspective

Editor’s Note: This is part two in a series looking at the controversial topic of “Puppy Mills” and the attempt to ban the sale of the animals in Burbank, which will be taken up by the City Council possibly in late January.  Originally published by author in BurbankNBeyond. In January the City of Burbank will again engage in discussion on whether or not to follow 12 other California cities, including Glendale, Hermosa Beach, Irvine, Los Angeles, and others in both LA and Orange Counties, in banning the sale of pets in retail businesses, including pet shops. The question many ask is simply, “why?” There is no simple answer.  However contributing justification includes: Alleged sadistic treatment of breeding animals and litters at commercial breeders – primarily in mid-western states, through the logistics process delivering animals to retail pet stores High number of a... (more)