Monthly Archives: January 2012

Anti-Apple campaign grows over Dickensian iPad workhouse shame

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Apple: Working practices rotten to the core?

Apple factory abuses spark viral online campaign

By ECM Plus

ECM Plus +++ 140,000 people have joined up against Apple Corporation’s abuse of its outsourced workers in China, with user Mark Shields’ campaign on Change.org asking Apple to stop ongoing abuse of workers at iPod and iPad sweat-shop factory conditions in China.

The 140,000 people across the world have joined an explosive campaign on Change.org calling on Apple to protect workers who assemble Apple products from abuse, injury, and death. Continue reading

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Education sector gets smart with free open source software apps

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FSF gets smart in educational drive

GNU Project renews focus on free software in education

By ECM Plus Staff

ECM Plus +++ The GNU Project has just relaunched its worldwide volunteer-led effort to bring free software to educational institutions of all levels. The new effort is based at GNU.org

According to GNU, the newly-formed GNU Education Team is being led by Dora Scilipoti, an Italian free software activist and teacher.  Continue reading

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Judges find Feds’ GPS surveillance breaches Fourth Amendment

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Supreme Court finds against Feds

Unanimous Supreme Court ensures Americans have protections from GPS surveillance – EFF amicus brief argued that government installation and use of GPS is a search

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has confirmed that Americans have constitutional protections against GPS surveillance by law enforcement, holding in U.S. v. Jones that GPS tracking is a “search” under the Fourth Amendment. Continue reading

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SharePoint gets sixth sense with DocAve for enterprise content

AvePoint at TechDays 2010 Winnipeg

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DocAve platform extends management and governance for SharePoint 2010

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ AvePoint has just released DocAve 6 enterprise-management platform for SharePoint governance.

According to the company, new in Version are increases in business productivity, reduces total cost of ownership, and IT assurance to enable security and compliance for enterprise content. Continue reading

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Filed under Component content management (CCM)e, Content Governance, Data Governance, Enterprise Content Management, Product News, SharePoint

Yuan trade prospects good for Britain

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Britannia on Plymouth Hoe

Hong Kong and England exchange would be good for future British prosperity as euro collapses

By PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus +++ As Europe collapses under the strain of its top-heavy, over-debtedness and uber-bureaucratised idealism, the prospects for Britain are looking infinitely brighter in the light of recent exchange trade talks with the world’s second-largest economy, China.

Reports that the current British chancellor Osbourne is glad-handing the Chinese in the former British colony of Hong Kong comes as a welcome refrain for Britain’s social and economic prosperity, following the disintegration of the euro now taking place across the continent. Continue reading

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Data centres set for future multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions – survey

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Eye on more M&A in data centre sector. Image: kevindean

Data centre M&A valued at over US$12.3 billion worldwide in 2011

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Mergers and acquisition activity in the datacentre sector for both businesses and property, generated more than US$12.3 billion in deal values globally in 2011.

The most active market is the USA followed by Britain and Australia, according to a review of finance and investment in the data centre sector, from research by consulting firm BroadGroup which assessed all publicly-available data across M&A and fund raising activity. Continue reading

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VIEWPOINT: CES – Gadget glut betrays storage setbacks

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CES show portends cost conundrums

No more gimmickry please, just give us the skinny

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus +++ Bullshitometers are very much in evidence at this year’s annual CES bash for boffins of all things tech gadget enslavement. Continue reading

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Axe gods grab hi-fi firm in high-end audio expansion

English: Downtown Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee, home of Gibson Guitars

Gibson acquires stake in Onkyo Japan and majority interest in Onkyo USA

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ American musical instrument manufacturer Gibson Guitar has just inked a strategic partnership with Onkyo Corporation, the Japanese audio specialist.

According to the Nashville firm, Onkyo will give Gibson’s newly-formed pro audio division substantial technology resources. Continue reading

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