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Apple pays just £12.9 million in UK taxes

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By booking sales through its international headquarters in Ireland, Apple was able to only pay £12.9 million in UK corporate tax during 2015. This is a nine percent increase from the previous year, in which it paid £11.8 million.

The European Commission has been investigating Apple’s tax arrangements in Ireland for two years now and the results of the probe are set to be released as early as next month. If the company’s tax arrangements are found to be unlawful, it could end up repaying billions to the Irish state.

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Security researchers find major vulnerabilities in Uber

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A group of hackers from a security company in Portugal managed to hack into Uber and get their hands on a bunch of data that should remain hidden.

The team of three experts, Vitor Oliveira, Fábio Pires and Filipe Reis from Integrity, found a total of six flaws: they managed to use promotion codes, found private emails using UUID, found users’ phone numbers, created driver accounts, validated them, found where you went, who your driver was, and who you are and, ultimately, date of the trip, driver name and picture, the ID and the cost of the trip. The route map was also disclosed.

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Organizations must transition from legacy 'wet ink' signatures to a 'digital' format

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Even in today’s highly digital, technology-driven business environment, many organizations demand wet ink signatures for important business critical documentation. This is when, say a contract in an electronic format for a new deal could be signed and sent via email within minutes -- compared to wet inking it, scanning (sometimes running into 100s of pages), and posting to the other party, who then would follow the same process to send a signed copy back.

It’s a hugely inefficient, time consuming and inconvenient process. But it’s a corporate policy that many businesses insist on.

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IBM Summit will be the world's fastest supercomputer

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After it was reported that China has the world’s fastest supercomputer, IBM unveiled a few details about its upcoming behemoth, which is already branded as the computer that will dethrone the Chinese Sunway TaihuLight.

IBM's supercomputer is called Summit. It is expected to reach US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in early 2018, and should have a quarter more computational power than originally intended.

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Intel Security is up for sale

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Intel is looking for a buyer for its Intel Security. Intel Security, previously called McAfee, was bought from the security firm McAfee back in 2011 for $7.7 billion (£5.75bn).

Intel rebranded the company as Intel Security, and aimed to implement its security features at chip level, giving cyber-security a whole new dimension. It seems, though, six years later, the plan had failed.

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Crucial introduces NVDIMM persistent server memory

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There’s a new type of server memory which might speed up backup restore and recovery, as well as help with salvaging any data left unsaved during a power outage.

Memory and storage upgrade company Crucial has announced its Nonvolatile DIMM (NVDIMM) server memory. The company says this type of memory is a better choice for servers because it offers better read and write speeds than HDD or SSD disks, allowing for speedy backups and recoveries.

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Choosing an enterprise mobility program -- it's about combining ease with benefits

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Technology is moving at warp speed, and any business who chooses to side-step the most-current innovations in that field is, quite literally, choosing to be left behind. Thousands of companies have successfully built their own apps through the use of an enterprise mobility platform.

Here, we will discuss what features to look for when choosing the best enterprise mobility platform for your business' particular needs.

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Red Hat buys API management company 3scale

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The open source software company Red Hat has just announced that it will acquire 3scale for its software which manages application programming interfaces (APIs).

The deal is not crucial to Red Hat though it does plan to "open source the code in the Red Hat way", according to a blog post from the vice president and general manager of middleware at the company, Mike Piech. The company also said that its GAAP operating expenses will increase by $7 million during the 2017 fiscal year.

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Hybrid cloud security: What it is and best practices

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A virtualized hybrid cloud infrastructure comes with the assurance of better business outcomes but the rapid transformation that accompanies cloud also leaves the infrastructure vulnerable to cyber attacks. This makes risk management critical for every enterprise. Since no two enterprises work exactly the same way, a standard risk tolerance profile cannot sustain the potential risks posed by technical hurdles.

Despite a cloud service provider’s best possible efforts, security issues are inevitable. With hybrid-cloud deployments you will also need to ensure that sensitive business data remains secure between private and public cloud. This is why hybrid cloud environment strategies need to take into account the possibility of regular movement of data between private and public clouds. Here are security issues to take into account when handling hybrid cloud security:

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Show and tell: A brief guide to explainer videos

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Whether you have a story to tell or product to sell, there are multiple benefits to Explainer Videos. Producing short films for online audiences allow you to showcase your wares and expertise, offering an affordable, snappy and entertaining route toward grabbing attention, boosting conversion rates and increasing sales.

With recent research predicting that 79 percent of global consumer Internet traffic will be video by 2018, it’s little wonder that marketers the world over are focusing on the medium of moving pictures and investing in explainer videos, confident of the potential for generating healthy returns.

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New ransomware targets Office 365 users

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A new zero-day malware has been discovered in Australia that affects all of Microsoft’s Office 365 products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

The malware was discovered by the cyber security company Check Point and comes in the form of an invoice sent by email. The attack is designed to catch unsuspecting victims according to security analyst Raymond Schippers who said: "The email sent to Office 365 users via Outlook gives the appearance of an invoice in the form of an Office document. When they go to open it, a message will appear telling people the document was created with a previous version of the software, so they will need to click something to enable the content".

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Businesses get used equipment and third-party maintenance

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More than half of IT decision makers opt to go for third-party maintenance (TPM) and pre-owned equipment, to cut costs and take advantage of improved support independent maintenance providers offer. It was also said they’ve had a "positive experience" with prior-generation hardware.

The news was published by Curvature, an IT infrastructure solutions provider, which polled 500 IT decision makers. Out of the 500 respondents, 60 percent use TPM, and 53 percent decide to purchase pre-owned equipment.

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Customers penalize businesses with a bad mobile experience

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Think mobile experience isn’t important to the success of your business? Think again. A massive 85 percent of people are unlikely to do business with a company following a bad mobile experience, according to the results of a new study from LogMeIn and research firm Vanson Bourne.

The study also revealed that businesses are currently falling short in delivering satisfying mobile experiences for their customers, with the number of respondents happy with their last mobile engagement with a business dropping from 59 percent in 2015 to 52 percent in 2016.

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Tech giants promise to diversify their workforce

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Intel, SAP, Lyft, Spotify and VMware are just some of the 30 Silicon Valley based companies that have signed a "Tech Inclusion Pledge" as a promise that they will promote diversity in their workplaces going forward.

Two years ago, the civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson pointed out the lack of diversity in the tech companies operating out of Silicon Valley. He went so far as to press a number of companies to release their data regarding the number of African Americans, Hispanics and women employed at their organizations.

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Think twice before accepting LinkedIn invitations from strangers

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Have you ever wondered if someone on LinkedIn is not really who they say they are? I’m not being paranoid here, this is a legitimate question.

If your answer is "No", you’re not alone. A vast majority of people never wonder if there are fake accounts requesting to connect on the professional social network, and almost a quarter accept requests from people they don’t really know.

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