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Vivendi increases pressure on Ubisoft by buying up more shares

Vivendi increases pressure on Ubisoft by buying up more shares

French multimedia conglomerate Vivendi SA is steadily gobbling up Assassin's Creed and Far Cry creator Ubisoft Entertainment SA, and now Vivendi snatched up a total of nearly 18 percent of Ubisoft's shares. According to a report by Reuters, a filing made by Vivendi show that it now owns 17.73 percent of Ubisoft's shares, which Reuters notes is above the threshold where its stake must be publicly disclosed. The company also appears to be seeking a board position within Ubisoft. Ubisoft's management has repeatedly condemned Vivendi's attempts to muscle its way into the studio, and Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has previously called Vivendi's original share purchase "unsolicited and... more »
How a 165-year-old company is at the forefront of digital business | #MME16

How a 165-year-old company is at the forefront of digital business | #MME16

At this year's Oracle Modern Marketing Experience, companies that have traditionally been seen as belonging to the analog era are getting a chance to update themselves in the eyes of customers and their peers, while also capitalizing on the business experience of their long histories. Nick Cerise, CMO of Western Union Business Solutions, sat down with John Furrier (@furrier) and Peter Burris (@plburris), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, to talk about how Western Union is striving to earn its modernized image, some of the troubles for customers doing international money transfers, and how bringing buyers and sellers together helps benefit the... more »
Fable creator Lionhead Studios is now no more

Fable creator Lionhead Studios is now no more

It has been less than two months since Microsoft announced that it would likely be shuttering Fable series developer Lionhead Studios and cancelling the upcoming Fable Legends, and today the 20-year-old studio has officially been closed. "We can confirm that after much consideration over the six week consultation period with Lionhead employees, we have reached the decision to close Lionhead Studios," a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement. "We have nothing but heart-felt thanks for the team at Lionhead for their significant contributions to Xbox and the games industry." As part of the studio closure, Microsoft has also cancelled all development on Fable Legends, which... more »
Slow-loading software seen as $7.5B problem

Slow-loading software seen as $7.5B problem

Nimble Storage Inc. is making a pretty good case for moving from disks to flash storage with a new survey that reveals that business users lose about 10 percent of their day just waiting for programs to load. The ‘Mind the Gap’ report, which Nimble commissioned Oxford Economics Ltd. to produce, found that delays in propagating and refreshing application data results in up to $7.5 billion of lost work time each year. Nimble/Oxford surveyed nearly 3,000 IT professionals and business application users in the U.S. Europe and Southeast Asia. Nearly two-thirds of all respondents and 76 percent of U.S. respondents said that slow... more »
Oracle Marketing Cloud acquires and integrates best-of-breed technologies | #MME16

Oracle Marketing Cloud acquires and integrates best-of-breed technologies | #MME16

At the Oracle Modern Marketing Experience this year, the company is eager to demonstrate to attendees ways in which they're staying on the edge of development in keeping consumers engaged, while also keeping things sharp on the tech front. Simon Robinson, senior director of services and customer marketing at Oracle Marketing Cloud, joined John Furrier (@furrier) and Peter Burris (@plburris), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, to discuss his team's goals and approach to solving the challenges in their way. Acquisitions and marketing Having been in attendance at the Oracle Modern Marketing Experience event for a few years now, Robinson has seen a... more »
Microsoft rolls out a cold storage service for Azure to match AWS Glacier

Microsoft rolls out a cold storage service for Azure to match AWS Glacier

A month after launching a homegrown alternative to AWS Lambda, Microsoft Corp. is repeating the gambit in the storage arena with the introduction of a new archiving service for safekeeping infrequently-used records. It’s being offered at a similarly low rate as Amazon Inc.’s competing Glacier store and targets many of the same use cases, but sets itself apart on performance. Whereas Amazon keeps archived data on a low-cost medium that can take anywhere between three and five hours to fulfill an access request, Redmond’s Cool Blob Storage matches the speed of its object service. The offerings also share the same programming interface,... more »
Outsourcing giant Infosys joins the AI fray as part of CEO’s software push

Outsourcing giant Infosys joins the AI fray as part of CEO’s software push

Since former SAP SE chief technology officer Vishal Sikka took over the reins two years ago, Infosys Ltd. has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in assembling a software portfolio to complement its main outsourcing business. The latest fruit of the vendor’s efforts is a machine learning platform that launched yesterday with the aim of helping organizations automate their everyday operations. Mana, as the offering is called, consists of three main components. The first is an open-source business intelligence application referred to the Infosys Information Platform that enables a  company’s analysts to aggregate data about the parts of its business in need... more »
Survey sees rapid growth in enterprise cloud adoption

Survey sees rapid growth in enterprise cloud adoption

A new survey of IT professionals indicates that cloud computing is growing faster in large organizations than in small ones. Use of public clouds at large companies will grow 52 percent annually over the next two years, while private cloud use will surge 31 percent per year during that same time, according an online survey conducted by CloudEndure Ltd., a cloud-based disaster recovery and data migration service provider. That growth comes at the expense of virtual and physical machines, whose usage is expected to shrink by 29% and 30%, respectively, during that time. One of the reasons for the higher growth rate... more »
The marketer's toolkit: Marketing is now more than branding and logo | #MME16

The marketer's toolkit: Marketing is now more than branding and logo | #MME16

With the vast amount of technology within a marketer's grasp, how does a marketer best implement technology into their work? Ryan Buma, group VP of AppCloud at Oracle Marketing Cloud, and Ron Corbisier, CEO of Relationship One, talked about implementing marketing technology with John Furrier (@furrier), cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during the Oracle Modern Marketing Experience 2016 in Las Vegas. Leveling up a marketing strategy  "[There's] this mass amount of technology that’s part of a marketer’s toolkit, " said Corbisier. "The problem is the vast majority of them are closed. They're not open. They don’t connect." When investing in a technology platform, a company... more »
IBM introduces a cloud-based blockchain environment for regulated industries

IBM introduces a cloud-based blockchain environment for regulated industries

Theoretically, storing information in a distributed blockchain is far safer than using a traditional central database that stands as a single point of failure. But in practice, the technology is still vulnerable to a myriad of security threats that need to be addressed before its potential can be realized. IBM Corp. set out to make the task easier for its customers today by introducing a new cloud-based implementation that's preconfigured to prevent tampering. The platform runs on its SoftLayer infrastructure-as-a-service platform and is described as the most secure of its kind on the market. Every entry on a user’s blockchain is verified... more »
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