ICT Happening Updates Week 4 of Jan 2013

Refer to 'ICT Happening Updates Week 3 of Jan 2013' which the industry witnessed some major appointments. Here are the updates for this week.

In nutshell:
  • Groupon Joel Neoh to lead Japan and Korea in addition to existing roles. 
  • Microsoft strategies to invest $3 billion into Dell.
  • Oracle releases Oracle VM 3.2 which offers unified support for SPARC T-Series and x86-based servers. 
  • AMD launches open platform architecture for motherboard design; AMD Open 3.0 platform.
  • Adobe survey found U.S consumers in favor of customized retail apps over browsers for e-commerce. 
  • IDC: Worldwide PC shipment down by 6.4% in 4Q 2012; HP was the biggest seller. Windows 8 didn't live up to the status of white knight.
  • Megaupload Kim Dotcom is back for good with new offering; Cyberlocker.
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Jan 23, 2013 - Malaysian Entrepreneur To Lead Groupon’s Largest Asian markets

Groupon today announced the appointment of Malaysian entrepreneur Joel Neoh Eu-Jin as International Vice President, APAC to lead some of their largest markets in Asia including Japan and Korea.
Joel Neoh, Groupon, Malaysia

He will also continue his role as the Chief Executive Officer of Groupon Malaysia alongside newly appointed Country General Manager, Rafiq Razali (previously Head of Sales, Groupon Malaysia)

Joel Neoh was the winner of The Firm, a corporate reality TV series.

Jan 22, 2013 - Microsoft in talks to invest up to $3 billion in Dell

Microsoft Corp is in discussions to invest between $1 billion and $3 billion of mezzanine financing in a buyout of Dell Inc, CNBC cited unidentified sources as saying on Tuesday.

Microsoft, which accelerated its foray into computer hardware in 2012 with the launch of the Surface tablet, will provide the capital in the form of mezzanine financing according to CNBC, which is a hybrid of debt and equity.

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Jan 22, 2013 - Oracle VM 3.2 Now Available

Oracle announced the general availability of Oracle VM Release 3.2, a key component in Oracle’s desktop to data center virtualization portfolio, providing greater operational efficiency with improved ease-of-use, and more automated processes including full command-line support.

Oracle VM Manager now offers unified virtualization management for Oracle SPARC T-Series Servers running Oracle VM Server for SPARC as well as x86-based servers running Oracle VM Server for x86.

In addition to x86 virtualization management, Oracle VM Manager can now discover SPARC servers and create and manage Oracle VM Server for SPARC domains to allow unified and centralized management in mixed data centers, improving operational efficiency.

Oracle VM continues be available as a free download with zero license cost and world-class enterprise support.

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Jan 19, 2013 - Dotcom says new site legal, no revenge for Megaupload saga

Kim Dotcom, founder of outlawed file-sharing website Megaupload, launched a new site called "cyberlocker". Dotcom said Mega was a different beast to Megaupload, as the new site enables users to control exactly which users can access uploaded files, in contrast to its predecessor, which allowed users to search files, some of which contained copyrighted content allegedly without permission.

Kim Dotcom's Megaupload was shut down by U.S authorities in Jan 2012.

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Jan 17, 2013 - Intel Reports Full-Year Revenue of $53.3 Billion, Net Income of $11.0 Billion

Intel Corporation today reported full-year revenue of $53.3 billion, operating income of $14.6 billion, net income of $11.0 billion and EPS of $2.13. The company generated approximately $18.9 billion in cash from operations, paid dividends of $4.4 billion, and used $4.8 billion to repurchase 191 million shares of stock.
  • PC Client Group had revenue of $34.3 billion, down 3 percent from 2011.
  • Data Center Group had revenue of $10.7 billion, up 6 percent from 2011.
  • Other Intel architecture group had revenue of $4.4 billion, down 13 percent from 2011.

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Jan 16, 2013 - AMD Open 3.0 Brings Simplicity, Power Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness to the Data Center

AMD launched the AMD Open 3.0 platform (formerly codenamed “Roadrunner,”) a radical rethinking of the server motherboard designed to the standards developed by the Open Compute Project. AMD Open 3.0 enables substantial gains in computing flexibility, efficiency and operating cost by simplifying motherboard design with a single base product to address multiple enterprise workloads, including high-performance computing, cloud infrastructure and storage.

AMD Open 3.0, powered by the recently announced AMD Opteron™ 6300 Series processors, can be installed in all standard 19” rack environments without modification, as well as in Open Rack environments.

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Jan 16,2013 - Shopping and Catalog Apps Provide More Tailored Experiences than Mobile Browsers (U.S Market)

The 2013 Digital Publishing Report: Retail Apps & Buying Habits reveals insights on perceptions and attitudes toward mobile shopping using retail apps and browsers, providing new direction for retailers to develop their digital publishing strategies.

The research is based on an online survey with a nationally representative sample of 1,003 consumers who own a smartphone and/or tablet.

The survey results indicate that tablet users (55%) are almost twice as likely as smartphone users (28%) to use their device to purchase products and services. Across both mobile platforms, the use of retail apps will increase by approximately 15% in 2013– more than half of all mobile shoppers are likely to make a purchase using a shopping app in the next year (56% of smartphone shoppers and 60% of tablet shoppers).

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Jan 10, 2013 - HP Statement: IDC Analyst Report for Worldwide PC Market Share, Fourth Quarter 2012

IDC announced that HP maintained the No. 1 position in PC shipments worldwide and in the United States. The IDC analysis also includes the very important workstation segment and therefore represents the most comprehensive analysis of the entire PC market.

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 89.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12), down 6.4% compared to the same quarter in 2011 and worse than the forecasted decline of 4.4%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.

In a separate statement, Gartner commented that "The industry was hoping that the latest version of Microsoft's Windows, released in October, would revitalise a sector which had been buffeted by competition from tablets and smartphones over the past year," but it didn't.

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