IBM and HP scored a PR own goal after it emerged the duo may have been guilty of inadvertently - and indirectly - lining the pockets of everyone's favourite pariah state, North Korea. The pair are among dozens of US companies to discover their suppliers may use gold refined by North Korea's central bank after a new law forced them to audit their supply chains and report back to the SEC.
The US has had sanctions in place with North Korea since 1950, barring imports of North Korean materials, no matter how deep in the supply chain they are.
Even those behind the recent event that saw a chatbot dubbed Eugene Goostman dupe experts into believing they were chatting to a bona fide human being - albeit one posing as a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy - were quick to flag up the potentially sinister implications of the achievement.
Kevin Warwick, visiting professor at the University of Reading, warned that news of the Turing test being passed was a "wake-up call to cybercrime".
"It is important to understand more fully how online, real-time communication of this type can influence an individual human in such a way that they are fooled into believing something is true", Warwick said, in a strangely metallic, Dalek-like tone.
Us metro-centric, smog-blind southern softies often believe that anything north of Watford is as habitable as Mercury in the summer.
But even we have to commend sleepy hamlets such as Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and Norwich, which all made waves in the channel this week. First off ￡60m VAR European Electronique picked Mancland as the location of its first satellite office, before vendor titan Huawei announced plans for an R&D hub in Bristol, and the Rigby Group bought Norwich Airport.
Meanwhile, Currys and PC World are opening four of their first five in-store centres for smart technology outside London. The fifth - at Staples Corner - is admittedly in the capital. But it's a long way west of Marble Arch - the point at which any sensible Londoner knows the city becomes a godless wasteland.
It's mo' money, mo' problems for the Oracle chief this week, as he failed in a bid to relieve himself of a hefty chunk of his sizeable bank balance.
Ellison had been part of a consortium bidding to buy the LA Clippers for a rumoured $1.6bn (£943m). Sadly for Lazza, he was beaten by fellow software supremo Steve Ballmer, who tabled a monster bid of $2bn - reportedly the most ever paid for a basketball team.
The Oracle leader will surely be particularly upset, as he is a renowned hoop-a-ball nut, who even has mini courts installed on his yachts. Maybe if he keeps practising, there'll be room in the NBA for a septuagenarian.
We're not sure if it's been a bad time for the SAP channel. But it's certainly a confusing one.
Less than two years ago the enterprise software monolith proudly declared its intent to funnel more than 40 per cent of its total turnover via the channel by 2015.
But at a recent event, channel chief Kevin Gilroy said: "Resale is such an old KPI at this point. With the cloud coming in, the direct/indirect split becomes irrelevant."
SAP went on to tell partners that it is "just in a really weird headspace at the moment", and "needs a little time to understand who I am", shortly before it was seen snuggling up to a customer in a nightclub booth. Probably.
If the FA suddenly told every Premier League team bar Manchester City they're being moved down to the Championship or League One, stripping them of their TV rights in the process, it would be met with anger and bemusement.
Well that's kind of how many EMC partners view a partner programme shake-up being brought in that is likely to mean Computacenter will be the only current UK Signature partner to remain in the renamed Platinum level.
The move will see revenue gates of $65m, $15m and $1.25m introduced for Platinum, Gold and Silver VARs, with one angry Signature partner claiming that being moved down two rungs would cost his firm $100,000.
EMC insisted partners would be won around once they understand the benefits of the new regime.
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