SAP users face cost squeeze, pressure to digitalise: survey

By Douglas Busvine

BERLIN (Reuters) – The customers of software group SAP <SAPG.DE> are suffering severe declines in revenue and earnings while at the same time facing intensifying pressure to hike IT spending to go digital, a survey showed on Monday.

The poll of SAP’s German-speaking user community found that nearly three-quarters were experiencing sharp drops in revenue. At the same time, over four-fifths said the coronavirus pandemic made digital transformation a more pressing task.

“At the centre of this crisis is the need for businesses to do more with less,” said Marco Lenck, chairman of the German-speaking DSAG user group that commissioned the survey.

The DSAG, which represents 3,700 businesses, is an influential lobby that has called on SAP to make it easier to upgrade systems traditionally hosted on site to run in remote datacentres.

Such cloud hosting makes it easier for firms to scale up or pare back

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Importance of crabs should be considered when looking at increasing human pressure on Barr Al Hikman nature reserve — ScienceDaily

The intertidal mudflats of Barr Al Hikman, a nature reserve at the south-east coast of the Sultanate Oman, are crucial nursery grounds for numerous crab species. In return, these crabs are a vital element of the ecology, as well as the regional economy, a new publication in the scientific journal Hydrobiologia shows. ‘These important functions of the crabs should be considered when looking at the increasing human pressure on this nature reserve’, first author and NIOZ-researcher Roeland Bom says.

Blue swimming crab

The mudflats of Barr Al Hikman are home to almost thirty crab species. For his research, Bom, together with colleagues in The Netherlands and at the Sultan Qaboos University in Oman, looked at the ecology of the two most abundant species. Bom: ‘Barr Al Hikman is also home to the blue swimming crab Portunus segnis. That is the species caught by local fishermen. This crab uses the mudflats

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The Technology 202: Facebook’s new ad limits highlight pressure to prepare for chaotic election aftermath

The social network says the move is intended to limit misinformation and abuse of its service, following broad criticism that it has not done enough to stamp out falsehoods on its platform. Facebook hasn’t said how long the ad suspension will last, but in an internal memo to its sales staff that was obtained by the Washington Post, executives told staff to tell advertisers the ban would last a week.

The changes less than a month before Election Day underscore how tech companies are scrambling to address a fast-changing political environment. 

Tech companies have been making key changes to rein in disinformation since Russia used their platforms in 2016 to divide and sow discord among Americans. But critics say many of those steps to limit foreign influence haven’t gone far enough to address disinformation emanating from within the United States – often from the megaphone of the president. 

Social media

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French court adds pressure on Google to pay for news

A Paris appeals court on Thursday upheld an order for Google to negotiate with media groups in a long-running dispute about revenues from online news.

The ruling came as the US internet giant announced it was close to a deal on compensating French media groups for news shown in Google search results.

Such a deal would represent a climbdown by Google, which has so far refused to comply with new EU rules giving more copyright protection to media firms for news displayed on search engines and social media.

France was the first European country to ratify the law, which could act as a lifeline to newspaper groups grappling with shrinking print sales.

In April, the French competition authority ordered Google to negotiate with the press in good faith — a ruling it appealed, accusing the authority of overstepping its jurisdiction.

The appeals court sided with the competition authority.

Google argues

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Trump’s stimulus bill bombshell puts new pressure on an ailing economy. Here’s the latest

President Donald Trump’s call for an end to stimulus negotiations on a new stimulus bill presented a new wrinkle in the story of the country’s economic recovery from the deep financial fissures of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. His tweet a few hours later urged Congress to pass several of the stimulus measures that had been part of those very discussions. Neither political analysts nor many of the millions who’ve suffered financial calamity on account of the pandemic seem to know what to make of the president’s messaging.



a pair of scissors: Americans are cutting back on spending as they plan for a recession that might not end until the coronavirus pandemic is over. Angela Lang/CNET


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Americans are cutting back on spending as they plan for a recession that might not end until the coronavirus pandemic is over. Angela Lang/CNET



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The stimulus package that had been under negotiation was expected to include a second stimulus check and renewed enhanced unemployment benefits. Without it, many of those hit hardest by the

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Quibi’s Slow Start Puts Pressure on Katzenberg to Boost Cash

(Bloomberg) — Quibi, one of Hollywood’s most ballyhooed startups, is having a rocky first year.

Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg  envisioned an app that would entertain people during the odd, in-between times in their lives — while commuting, say, or waiting in line at the bank. But when the April launch date arrived, Americans were in lockdown due to the coronavirus, meaning such moments had all but disappeared.

On Sept. 21, the Wall Street Journal reported that Quibi has so far failed to reach its subscriber targets and is working with advisers to assess its options, including a possible sale or a capital raise.  



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Quibi Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg And CEO Meg Whitman Interview

A lot can change in the future. Quibi could have a wildly popular hit show that lures in millions of new subscribers. A nation of smartphone consumers venturing back into the world could embrace the service as 

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Ireland’s data regulator under pressure over ability to police Google

  • Ireland’s data watchdog is the lead regulator for Google in Europe, because the ad giant’s European HQ is in Dublin.
  • The watchdog faces questions about whether it is up to the job, after dragging out an investigation into Google’s ad practices for more than a year.
  • The probe centers on allegations that Google processes and shares intimate data with third-party brokers in a way that breaches EU privacy rules.
  • Regulators across the EU have come under fire for having insufficient resources to uphold privacy regulation.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

 

The regulator tasked with policing Google in Europe is under pressure to prove it’s up to the job.

The non-profit Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has written to Ireland’s Minister for Justice Helen McEntee to ask if the Ireland’s Data Protection Commission is capable of acting on claims that Google violates EU citizens’ data privacy. 

The letter

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As deadline approaches, will HHS face pressure to push back information blocking rules?

In March, the Department of Health and Human Services passed sweeping interoperability rules that would add teeth to requirements for healthcare providers and IT vendors to securely share patient health information. With the initial deadline approaching in November, is HHS facing pressure to push the deadline back?

“We’ve had lobbying pressure all along,” Dr. Don Rucker, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said in a Thursday panel at CBInsights. “These are all powerful economic forces. Whenever you disrupt powerful economic forces in D.C., the town business is lobbying.”

Recent lobbying disclosure reports confirm Rucker’s comments. Health IT companies paid lobbyists in the second quarter of 2020 related to interoperability and information blocking rules.  D.C.-based lobbying firm Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, received $60,000 from Epic Systems, and athenahealth reported spending $60,000 on its own lobbying efforts.

Several other familiar names in healthcare spent lobbying dollars related to information blocking in

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