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Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs, Nokia integration a key driver

Nadella:'Microsoft needs to be a leaner, flatter organisation to realise Nokia synergies'

Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella announced long-rumoured job cuts on Thursday. In a memo to staff Nadella said the company would cut up to 18,000 jobs over the next year, or 14 per cent of the company’s workforce, as it realigns its corporate resources to focus on mobile and cloud and integrates Nokia within the wider business.

Telefónica Digital partners with Samsung on mobile security, BYOD

Telefónica Digital will bolster its mobile security services and begin reselling Samsung's Knox platform to enterprises

Telefónica Digital, the digital services wing of Spanish operator Telefónica announced a deal with Samsung on Monday that will see the Korean vendor’s recently revamped mobile application containerisation platform Knox made available to Telefónica Digital’s global enterprise and public sector customers.

Voxox inks distribution agreement with Lenovo on cloud-based comms

Voxox's distribution agreement with Lenovo will see the cloud comms service pre-loaded onto over 5 million laptops

US-based IP communications provider Voxox announced a partnership with Lenovo this week that will see the company’s platform pre-loaded on the PC maker’s laptops. The agreement will see Voxox’s communications suite loaded on over five million Lenovo laptops distributed globally in the first phase.

Google, VMware team up to bring Microsoft legacy apps to ChromeOS

DataHotel will deploy its gaming-focused platform as a service on IBM SoftLayer's infrastructure gloablly

Longtime collaborators Google and VMware are teaming up to expand Google’s ChromeOS to support legacy Windows-based applications. The companies believe that enabling Windows applications on Chromebooks will make the desktop as a service platform more popular among enterprises.

Voxsmart prepares cloud mobile voice recording service for banks

Voxsmart says its new voice recording software is the first to capture every kind of communication

A new mobile voice recording service is being developed by UK tech company Voxsmart, which it claims is the first to automatically capture every type of communication on a mobile device so that it can be used for trading compliance purposes, including the FCA in the UK and Dodd-Frank in the US.

HP hires MeeGo chief to develop consumer tablets

There’s clearly a leak at HP with another internal memo hitting the wires on Tuesday morning, revealing the company’s plans to resurrect its interest in the mobility space. The memo outlines the creation of HP Mobility, a business unit that will focus on the creation of “consumer tablets”.

Acer unveils cloud-based consumer services

At CES 2012 Acer unveiled its plans for a new cloud-based service called ‘AcerCloud’ to help them develop a relationship with the consumers that purchase Acer’s electronic devices.

Three aims for connected devices market with Macheen tie-up

3UK has signed an agreement with Macheen, a cloud service provider for connected devices. The deal provides the operator with access to a platform for the management of a variety of processes that are required to create, manage and bill M2M-related services.

The half life of ideas is converging on zero

The Informer feels like he’s just got back from the future. He’s been attending the inaugural Wired event in London, which is sponsored by Telefónica O2 and serves as a tank for some of the tech and art sectors most interesting brains to swim around in.

He’s heard about the origins of the digital universe from George Dyson, collaborative consumption from Rachel Botsman, and immortality from Richard Seymour, seen 3D printing in action and watched unmanned drones and robots zip about the place.

HP chief faces axe, as does WebOS

Leo Apotheker, CEO of struggling computer firm HP, may face the axe later on Thursday, as the company board meets to discuss his possible replacement. The flurry of rumours, which follows a year of strategic u-turns and missed forecasts, now points to Apotheker’s departure, just as the ill fated webOS project takes another blow.

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