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Gartner: WW IT Spending to Grow 2.4% in 2017

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Gartner: WW IT Spending to Grow 2.4% in 2017

According to Gartner total global IT spending will total $3.5 trillion in 2017-- a 2.4% increase over 2016. The analyst has actually increased its forecast from the previous quarter, following the decline of the US dollar against many foreign currencies.

"Digital business is having a profound effect on the way business is done and how it is supported," Gartner remarks. "The impact of digital business is giving rise to new categories; for example, the convergence of "software plus services plus intellectual property." These next-generation offerings are fueled by business and technology platforms that will be the driver for new categories of spending. Industry-specific disruptive technologies include the Internet of Things (IoT) in manufacturing, blockchain in financial services (and other industries), and smart machines in retail. The focus is on how technology is disrupting and enabling business."

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Researchers Combine Computing, Storage in 3D Chip

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Researchers Combine Computing, Storage in 3D Chip

Scientists at Stanford and MIT take on the communications bottleneck separating the storage and processing of data-- bringing about a 3D chip combining processing and storage through breakthrough nanotechnologies.

As the researchers put it, current computers waste a lot of time and energy shuffling data between storage and processing. The amount of data produced by the modern world is increasing at a rapid rate, while we are reaching the physical limit as to by how much silicon transistors can be improved.

Enter the Stanford-MIT 3D chip. It is built using carbon nanotubes, sheets of 2D graphite formed into nanocylinders, and resistive random-access memory (RRAM), a type of memory built using a "solid dielectric material." The actual prototype stacks 1 million RRAM cells on 2 million carbon nanotube transistors, making a "dense 3D computer architecture with interleaving layers of logic and memory." Bringing the layers together are ultradense wires, resolving the communication bottleneck.

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Micron Incident Disrupts DRAM Supply

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Micron Incident Disrupts DRAM Supply

According to TrendForce, Micron suspended the operations of its Inotera Fab-2 fabrication plant in Taiwan following a malfunction of a nitrogen gas dispensing system, leading a disruption in DRAM production.

The Fab-2 site accounts 5.5% of global DRAM production, with an output of 60000 wafer starts per month. This means the disruption will lead to a spike in memory prices, at least according to DRAMeXchange, the TrendForce memory price tracking service. Fab-2 produces DRAM used in PCs, servers and mobile devices, and supply chain news site Evertiq claims it is even makes memory for the iPhone.

"Inotera is also mainly responsible for manufacturing Micron’s LPDDR4 products that go into Apple’s supply chain for iPhone," Evertiq says. "The temporary shutdown of Fab-2 could have an impact on shipments of the upcoming new iPhone devices as well."

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Staples Finds Buyer With Sycamore

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Staples Finds Buyer With Sycamore

Following months of speculation on the fate of the office supply chain, Sycamore Partners emerges as the buyer of Staples in a deal worth $6.9 billion, the largest acquisition for the private equity firm.

The announcement comes just over 13 months after the federal judge dashed the $6.3bn acquisition of Staples by rival Office Depot over fears the merger would create an office supply monopoly.

“With an iconic brand, a winning strategy, and dedicated and passionate associates who are deeply focused on the customer, Staples is truly an outstanding enterprise,” Sycamore says. “We have tremendous confidence in CEO Shira Goodman and great respect for the Staples management team and are excited about this opportunity to partner with them to accelerate long-term profitability.”

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EU Fines Google €2.42 Billion!

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EU Fines Google €2.42 Billion!

European antitrust officials declare Google gives own services an "illegal advantage" in search results-- and as a result the European Commission fines the search giant €2.42 billion.

The illegal advantage in question pertains to the Google Shopping search comparison service. Google is accused of not only giving prominent placement to its own comparison shopping service when consumers enter a query in the Google search engine, but also demoting rival services in its search results. According to the officials even the most highly ranked rival service appears on page 4 of Google search results, and others appear further down.

Furthermore, such illegal practices are said to have boosted traffic to Google Shopping "significantly," at the expense of rivals suffering "very substantial" traffic losses. For instance, certain rivals have experienced sudden traffic losses of 85% in the UK, up to 92% in Germany and 80% in France-- and such drops cannot be explained by other reasons.

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