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Migrant Crackdown Sows Chaos in Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Europe to tackle the migrant crisis and agree on a fair distribution of people, warning that failing to do so might put the EU’s open-border policy at risk.

Oil Surges as Supply Estimates Shrink

Oil prices soared Monday, marking their strongest three-day rally since Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, on doubts the global glut of crude would be as long-lasting as many investors and traders had earlier believed. 50

Large Blast Reported in Chinese City

An explosion ripped through an industrial zone in northeastern China just two weeks after a chemical blast killed more than 150 people and raised concerns about industrial safety in China.

Islamic State Blows Up Palmyra Ruins

Islamic State has partially destroyed Palmyra’s 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel in a massive explosion, the latest in a series of attacks by the militants on the Syrian city’s famed historic sites. 170

Russia Puts Off Data Showdown With Technology Firms

Facebook, Google and Twitter are among the U.S. companies that are getting more time to comply with a new law requiring Russian data centers.

Ukrainian National Guard Officer Killed, Dozens Injured in Protest Blast

One member of Ukraine’s National Guard was killed and at least 69 others were injured outside the country’s parliament, as fighting broke out between protesters and law-enforcement officers.

Nuclear-Energy Official Pleads Guilty in Russian Uranium Sales Bribery Case

A Russian nuclear-energy official pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. federal court to conspiracy to commit money laundering for arranging more than $2 million in bribes to help U.S. companies do business with the Russian state-owned nuclear-energy corporation.

Samsung Takes Smartwatch Fight to Apple

Samsung plans to unveil a new smartwatch, as the company attempts to prove that it can outshine Apple on design in a nascent product category.

Apple and Cisco Unveil a Business Partnership

Apple and Cisco Systems are teaming up to help bring more iPhones and iPads to business users.

Patent-Law Change Would Raise Medical Costs

A patent law change pushed by the pharmaceutical industry could cost federal health-care programs $1.3 billion over a decade by delaying new generic drugs, the Congressional Budget Office estimates.

Google, Sanofi Team Up on Diabetes Research

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Nomura Wrongfully Dismissed U.S. Executive, Tokyo Court Finds

Japan’s largest brokerage wrongfully dismissed an American managing director during a dispute over compensation for a product he invented, the Tokyo District Court ruled.

Dollar Slumped Against Euro, Yen in August

The dollar retreated against the euro and the yen in August as rising concerns over global growth and inflation moved investors to push back expectations for higher U.S. interest rates and exit from some of their large consensus trades.

David Einhorn’s Greenlight Takes a Beating in August

The firm told investors it lost 5.3% in August as the value of its major holdings declined, said people familiar with the matter, widening its loss for the year to 13.8%.

Service Providers See Gold in Shares of Startups

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Turkey Arrests Vice News Journalists

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A federal regulator’s campaign to fight bias against minorities is changing the way many car loans are priced, a move that is increasing costs for some consumers. 145

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Deutschsprachige IT-Manager sind “Big Data”-Muffel

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Messebesucher der Cebit 2012. Das Thema IT-Sicherheit ist IT-Managern in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz im internationalen Vergleich besonders wichtig.

2013 steht die Wirtschaftlichkeit bei IT-Verantwortlichen aus dem deutschsprachigen Raum im Mittelpunkt. Das geht aus einer aktuellen Studie der von Capgemini hervor. Die Unternehmensberatung hat dazu im September und Oktober IT-Verantwortliche von 168 Großunternehmen aus dem deutschsprachigen Raum befragt. Die CIOs (Chief Information Officers) wollen demnach vor allem schneller reagieren können und nehmen dazu auch Einschränkungen bei der langfristigen Planung in Kauf, lautet ein zentraler Befund der Studie.

Interessant ist, was die deutschsprachigen Manager als Zukunftsthemen sehen – und vor allem was nicht. Für die Zukunftssicherung ihrer Organisationen nannten die IT-Manager erneut Virtualisierung, Master Data und Data Quality Management sowie die Integration von Standard- und Individualsoftware als wichtig.

IT-Verantwortliche halten BYOD  und Big Data für weniger wichtig

Den Hype um die Themen Big Data und Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – die Nutzung privater Geräte wie Laptops, Smartphones und Tablets im Unternehmensnetzwerk – haben dagegen bei den IT-Verantwortlichen keine hohe Priorität. Beide Themen spielen auf Fachkongressen und in einschlägigen Publikationen eine große Rolle. Befragt nach der Bedeutung für die Zukunftssicherung des Unternehmens kam BYOD auf einen Wert von 3,8, wobei die Skala von 1 (sehr wichtig) bis 6 (unwichtig) reicht. Das ist gegenüber dem Wert 3,6 vom Vorjahr nur eine leichte Steigerung.  Big Data erreichte dabei immerhin einen Wert von 2,9 – musste sich aber anderen Themen geschlagen geben. 2012 wurde diese Kategorie noch nicht abgefragt. Im Bereich der mobilen Computernutzung waren den IT-Managern Themen wie die Entwicklung eigener Apps und Sicherheitsaspekte wichtiger als die Nutzung privater Geräte im Unternehmensnetzwerk.

„Es scheint, als ob die traditionell sehr sicherheitsbewussten CIO im deutschsprachigen Raum dem internationalen Hype um BYOD sehr skeptisch gegenüberstehen“, schreibt Capgemini. „Denn aus CIO-Sicht bereitet die Freiheit, mit seinem eigenen Endgerät arbeiten zu können, in erster Linie Sicherheits- und Supportprobleme.“ Außerdem seien Lizenz- und steuerrechtliche Fragen nicht zufriedenstellend geklärt. Die immer günstigere Smartphone-Technik spreche sogar eher gegen den Trend: Weil Smartphones und Tablet-PCs immer preiswerter würden, könne es sich lohnen, jeden interessierten Mitarbeiter mit einem standardisierten firmeneigenen Gerät auszustatten, anstatt den Support für verschiedene Plattformen und Hersteller aufzubauen.

IT-Effizienz und Stabilität der IT-Dienste sind wichtig

Besonders wichtig waren den CIO dagegen eine Verbesserung der IT-Effizienz (51,8 Prozent), die Stabilität der IT-Dienste (35,7 Prozent) und Kostensenkungen (35,1 Prozent). Weiterhin zeigte die Erhebung, dass immer noch ein erheblicher Teil der Technikverantwortlichen – nämlich 30 Prozent – selten oder nie an Sitzungen des Unternehmensvorstands teilnehmen.

Die IT-Budgets werden der Erhebung zufolge 2013 trotz der sich abkühlenden Konjunktur leicht ansteigen. 41 Prozent der von Capgemini im Rahmen der jährlichen IT-Trends-Studie befragten IT-Verantwortlichen aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz gehen davon aus, dass ihnen im Jahr 2013 mehr Geld zur Verfügung steht als 2012 – im Vorjahr waren es 38 Prozent. Besonders in Deutschland (43,5 Prozent) und Österreich (45,2 Prozent) gehen die IT-Manager von steigenden Budgets aus – in der Schweiz rechneten nur 22,2 Prozent damit.

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Migrant Crackdown Sows Chaos in Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Europe to tackle the migrant crisis and agree on a fair distribution of people, warning that failing to do so might put the EU’s open-border policy at risk.

Oil Surges as Supply Estimates Shrink

Oil prices soared Monday, marking their strongest three-day rally since Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, on doubts the global glut of crude would be as long-lasting as many investors and traders had earlier believed. 50

Large Blast Reported in Chinese City

An explosion ripped through an industrial zone in northeastern China just two weeks after a chemical blast killed more than 150 people and raised concerns about industrial safety in China.

Islamic State Blows Up Palmyra Ruins

Islamic State has partially destroyed Palmyra’s 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel in a massive explosion, the latest in a series of attacks by the militants on the Syrian city’s famed historic sites. 170

Russia Puts Off Data Showdown With Technology Firms

Facebook, Google and Twitter are among the U.S. companies that are getting more time to comply with a new law requiring Russian data centers.

Ukrainian National Guard Officer Killed, Dozens Injured in Protest Blast

One member of Ukraine’s National Guard was killed and at least 69 others were injured outside the country’s parliament, as fighting broke out between protesters and law-enforcement officers.

Nuclear-Energy Official Pleads Guilty in Russian Uranium Sales Bribery Case

A Russian nuclear-energy official pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. federal court to conspiracy to commit money laundering for arranging more than $2 million in bribes to help U.S. companies do business with the Russian state-owned nuclear-energy corporation.

Samsung Takes Smartwatch Fight to Apple

Samsung plans to unveil a new smartwatch, as the company attempts to prove that it can outshine Apple on design in a nascent product category.

Apple and Cisco Unveil a Business Partnership

Apple and Cisco Systems are teaming up to help bring more iPhones and iPads to business users.

Patent-Law Change Would Raise Medical Costs

A patent law change pushed by the pharmaceutical industry could cost federal health-care programs $1.3 billion over a decade by delaying new generic drugs, the Congressional Budget Office estimates.

Google, Sanofi Team Up on Diabetes Research

The Internet company said its health-care research unit plans to work with European pharmaceutical major Sanofi on new ways to monitor and treat the condition.

Nomura Wrongfully Dismissed U.S. Executive, Tokyo Court Finds

Japan’s largest brokerage wrongfully dismissed an American managing director during a dispute over compensation for a product he invented, the Tokyo District Court ruled.

Dollar Slumped Against Euro, Yen in August

The dollar retreated against the euro and the yen in August as rising concerns over global growth and inflation moved investors to push back expectations for higher U.S. interest rates and exit from some of their large consensus trades.

David Einhorn’s Greenlight Takes a Beating in August

The firm told investors it lost 5.3% in August as the value of its major holdings declined, said people familiar with the matter, widening its loss for the year to 13.8%.

Service Providers See Gold in Shares of Startups

Branding firm Red Antler is among vendors that are looking to profit on the soaring valuations of young startups by taking payment in stock instead of cash.

Sports

At the U.S. Open, Djokovic Struggles to Close

Novak Djokovic—the best and most consistent tennis player in the world for five years now—has only won U.S. Open one time in his career.

World

China ‘Punishes’ Nearly 200 People for Spreading Rumors

Sweep targets people who the government said spread false Internet rumors regarding the stock-market turmoil and deadly blasts in Tianjin. 66

Turkey Arrests Vice News Journalists

A Turkish court ordered the formal arrest of three Vice News journalists on terrorism-related charges, days after detaining the foreign nationals as they covered a mounting Kurdish insurgency in the country.

Blue Bell Ice Cream Returns to Store Shelves

Cartons of Blue Bell ice cream began reappearing in grocery stores in cities Monday, a major step after the ice-cream maker yanked all its products following a deadly listeria outbreak and faced a financial crisis.

Crackdown on Racial Bias Boosts Some Auto-Loan Costs

A federal regulator’s campaign to fight bias against minorities is changing the way many car loans are priced, a move that is increasing costs for some consumers. 145

Startups Put Data in Farmers’ Hands

Farmers and startups like Farmobile and Granular are starting to compete with agribusiness giants over the newest commodity being harvested on U.S. farms: data.

StubHub Gets Out of ‘All-In’ Pricing

Nearly two years after shifting to “all-in” pricing, ticket-resale giant StubHub is reversing course and returning to its old system of adding 15% to 17% at the last minute.

U.K. Approves Giant North Sea Gas Project

A.P. Møller-Maersk A/S said it has received approval to develop the $4.5 billion Culzean gas field, the largest new find in the U.K. North Sea for a decade.

Video

Ukraine Protest Blast Kills Officer, Injures Dozens

0:45

Body Count Rises in Migrant Effort to Reach Europe

1:38

Lebanese ‘Stink’ Protest Turns Toward Politicians

2:11

Economy

California Lawmakers Approve Equal-Pay Measure

California lawmakers gave final approval to legislation that seeks to ensure equal compensation for women in the workplace by prohibiting employers from paying differing wages to employees who do “substantially similar work.”

Tech

Digits: News Digest

Google’s self-driving prototype cars will soon cruise streets outside of its native California for the first time.

What to Watch for After Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is afflicting more people, and research shows patients who have had non-melanoma skin cancers are at increased risk of recurrence.