Friday, 26 August 2011

Raytheon seeks 500 Million-Pounds in Compensation after being Dropped from e-Boarders Programme

In a letter to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee Raytheon is demanding 500 million-pounds compensation after the government terminated its contract in July 2010 over poor performance.

In the letter Robert Delorge Raytheon's UK CEO states "We maintain that the purported termination was unlawful and that Raytheon are entitled to recover substantial damages for the wrongful termination. We have made counterclaims in the arbitration in excess of 500 million in respect of these matters."

Immigration minister Damian Green told MPs at the time of the contract termination "Elements had not arrived on time, the next critical parts were running 12 months late, with the risk of further delays, and there is no confidence in the current prime supplier to be able to address this situation,"

Raytheon was awarded the 650 million-pound contact after beating a rival bid from BT Group PLC's 'BT Emblem' group in November 2007.

3M Launches Post-it PopNotes App

The Post-it Brand from 3M announces the launch of Post-it PopNotes App, the brand's first ever mobile application that propels the iconic communication tool into the social networking space, providing friends, families and app users everywhere with new ways to connect, communicate, share, organise and remind.

The Post-it PopNotes App features intuitive, geo-triggered technology that allows people to create and place digital Post-it Notes virtually anywhere.

The Post-it Brand is thrilled to debut the Post-it PopNotes App, and for the first time bring the powerful equity and universal function of this iconic brand into the social media space. Designed to meet the needs of today's busy, on-the-go lifestyles, this new virtual communication tool allows you to draw, write or type on digital Post-it Notes, which can then be placed for you or others to view at a specific location or time.

"At 3M, we are continually inspired by the ways that people use the Post-it brand in their daily lives and we are committed to developing new solutions that enable the brand to be wherever our consumers need us, said Jeff Hillins, director of marketing for Post-it Brand.

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WorldPay to Provide Pub Payment Technology for J D Wetherspoon

Streamline announced today that it has been chosen by J D Wetherspoon to provide face to face payments technology in all its pubs across the country. It will also act as a payment gateway for Wetherspoon Hotels, as well as supporting J D Wetherspoons' airport branch transactions.

The deal, awarded after a competitive tender process, continues J D Wetherspoon and Streamline's twelve-year relationship. J D Wetherspoons' key priorities in choosing a partner included the ability to rapidly process a high volume of transactions, whilst providing excellent customer service, two attributes closely aligned with the Streamline brand.

A J D Wetherspoon spokesman commented: "Our partnership with WorldPay will ensure that we are able to process swift and efficient payment transactions even at busy times, which will ultimately benefit our customers, who are our first priority. We look forward to a smooth and successful relationship."

Matt Rowsell, Chief Commercial Officer at Streamline comments: "We are delighted with this news and consider the partnership a testament to our strong customer service principles and our unparalleled reliability. J D Wetherspoon is a valued client and we look forward to working closely with them in future. We are committed to ensuring that together we are delivering the best possible offering to their customers, while at the same time providing the highest level of customer service to JD Wetherspoon themselves."

Verizon Acquires CloudSwitch

Verizon Communications Inc. announced that it has acquired CloudSwitch, an innovative provider of cloud software technology, in a deal that will simplify the move to the enterprise cloud and help to boost industry adoption. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Verizon plans to combine CloudSwitch, a privately held company based in Burlington, Mass., with its Terremark IT services subsidiary, further accelerating the company's global cloud strategy by enhancing Verizon's hybrid-cloud and cloud-to-cloud capabilities.

CloudSwitch brings Verizon breakthrough software that enables enterprises to more easily and securely move applications, or workloads, between company data centres and the cloud without changing the application or the infrastructure layer - eliminating a key barrier to widespread cloud adoption.

With CloudSwitch's technology, enterprises gain new flexibility and greater control in moving to and from the cloud, while extending security over applications and data. In addition, enterprise applications remain tightly integrated and can be managed as if they are running locally. When combined with Terremark's advanced IT and security capabilities, this technology further enables total enterprise-class cloud solutions (private-to-public, public-to-public and hybrid) across the globe.

"The cloud market is a rapidly growing opportunity, with very real benefits both for our business customers and the consumers they serve," said Bob Toohey, president of Verizon's global enterprise unit. "With the acquisition of CloudSwitch, Verizon has taken another step forward in defining the enterprise cloud."

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