AIM Finally Bites The Dust

In March of 2012, AOL declared it was killing AIM and canning the 40 employees that worked on the project. So…it’s just been limping along with no updates for the last five years? Those 40 employees must be proud because no one really noticed about the zero updates. It is clear that Facebook Messenger completely killed off any real reason to keep using AIM. Will there be anything that will be missed? Maybe a few things… The “Away Message” was a thing of art back when modems were king of the connection. Once broadband came into play you were “always logged in” so an away message was a way to…

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Ransomware is real and a threat.

At what first looked like a cyber attack on hospitals located in the UK, but it is now apparent that this malicious “ransomware software” has far spread all over the world. Even Russia and the United States have been hit hard. Experts are referring to this as cyber-crime, and some are going as far as cyber-terrorism. How ransomware works are rather simple. It will arrive in an email that seems harmless enough containing either a link or an attachment. If you click the link or open the attachment, the malicious software is downloaded onto your computer, locking all of your files and then it spreads to your network, locking other…

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Professional services firm Deloitte, which currently employs over 2,000 staff in Ireland, has announced the acquisition of IT consulting company System Dynamics. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Dublin-based System Dynamics has been providing IT consultancy services to a wide range of Irish and UK clients for over 40 years and the acquisition will significantly increase Deloitte’s presence in the sector. Under the deal, all 200 System Dynamics staff will transfer to Deloitte. Commenting on the acquisition, Deloitte managing partner Brendan Jennings described it as an extremely positive development for the firm in Ireland. “We have experienced huge growth in demand for our technology consulting services including…

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Realex Payments, the company founded in Ireland in 2000 by Colm Lyon and sold to Global Payments recently for €115m, has appointed Gary Conroy as managing director. Conroy joined Realex Payments in 2005 and most recently served as chief operating officer and deputy CEO, where he managed all customer facing aspects of the business across sales, marketing, and operations. Lyon said: “Gary joined Realex Payments as employee number 14. Since then he has helped scale the company to 170 employees, growing the business from 500 to 12,500 customers during a period of 35pc transaction volume growth year-on-year. “Now, with the opportunities afforded by Global Payments, there couldn’t be a better…

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Dublin headquartered travel-technology platform CarTrawler is acquiring Finnish technology and services company Cabforce, which is a provider of taxi booking solutions, for an undisclosed amount. With a unified service at over 200 locations in 54 countries Cabforce is “the industry benchmark”, powering millions of business trips each year, according to CarTrawler. “CarTrawler already has the most comprehensive range of car rental available online,” said CarTrawler CEO Mike McGearty. “Now with the addition of Cabforce content and specialist expertise to our existing portfolio of ground transportation products, we will significantly enhance the level of service, product range and availability for customers.” “This acquisition will strengthen CarTrawler as a world leading ground…

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Social network site Pinterest has received a US$100m investment in a round led by Japan’s biggest e-commerce site Rakuten. According to the Wall Street Journal, the funding values Pinterest at US$1.5bn. The round includes follow-on investment from existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners, and FirstMark Capital, as well as a number of angel investors. Now the 16th most visited site in the US, Pinterest functions like an online mood board, allowing users to ‘pin’ photos and images, and follow others’ collections. In a statement Rakuten said the funding will allow Pinterest to continue improving its service and expanding its community globally. “While some may see e-commerce as a straightforward vending…

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Seven out of ten SMEs in the UK will be using VoIP (Voice over Internet protocol) telephony services by 2013, according to a new survey by Internet telephony provider Telappliant. VoIP is technology that allows telephone calls to be made over computer networks. The study, which questioned 100 UK businesses from a variety of industries, showed that 41pc of UK companies are already actively using VoIP telephony to improve efficiencies within their business, while a further 25pc have plans to review and implement VoIP within the next 12 months. The data also indicated that businesses with a head count of 100-500 people are embracing the technology faster than smaller businesses.…

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Two European Space Agency (ESA) research contracts worth €135,000 have been awarded to Irish researchers Dr Dónal O’Gorman at DCU and Dr Brian Caulfield at UCD. Announced today by Minister for Research & Innovation Seán Sherlock, the projects are focused on helping astronauts deal with ‘accelerated ageing’ and a lack of exercise in space. “Astronauts can be in space for up to 18 months on missions to Mars and on board the International Space Station and so they have to adapt to the specific challenges of life in space such as the absence of gravity, high levels of radiation, and cramped living conditions, which often result in deterioration of the…

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YouTube, which now has 800 million visitors per month, has added new capabilities that will enable its partners to sell concert tickets, digital downloads and other services via what it calls its new Merch Store. “We’re launching a feature called the Merch Store that will allow YouTube partners to offer fans merchandise directly on your channel,” explained Christian Weitenberner, senior technical account manager, YouTube . The move adds a new e-commerce dimension and the prospect of new revenue streams other than advertising. In recent weeks YouTube added  movie rental capabilites  in the UK. “Fans will be able to buy artists’ merchandise, digital downloads, concert tickets and even unique experiences like meetups. “These features are…

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New Biotrin R&D centre to create 40 high-value jobs in next few years

Biotrin Group, owned by Italian diagnostics company DiaSorin, has officially opened a new research, development and manufacturing facility in Dublin which will create up to 40 high-value positions over the next few years. A developer and manufacturer of diagnostic platform technology, the Biotrin Group announced a new R&D project in June 2010 to develop a molecular diagnostic platform technology and assay reagents for the detection of DNA in infectious disease and oncology. The new facility will allow the continuation of the R&D activity and the expansion of the manufacturing capability.  The total number employed at the facility is expected to reach over 100. “The investment is highly significant for the Biotrin…

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