(Bloomberg View) — If you thought internet ads were annoying, consider this: The websites you visit could now be harnessing your computer to do cryptocurrency mining.
Digital currencies demand a lot of computing power. To complete each block of transactions, computer owners around the world must race to solve an extremely difficult cryptographic puzzle, with the winner getting paid in the relevant cryptocurrency. To increase their chances, such “miners” invest vast amounts in processing capacity — building server farms in far-flung places where electricity is cheap — and are always on the lookout for inexpensive ways to get more.
Website publishers, for their part, are constantly seeking new ways to generate revenue. Subscriptions can be a hard sell. Ads are less than ideal: They often repel users, they can be hijacked by bots and Russians, and big players such as Google typically take a cut of the revenue. So some are resorting to an untapped resource: selling miners access to the computing power of the people who visit their sites.
Here’s how it works. Let’s say you go to a site devoted to cat pictures. When your web browser loads the first page, it also initiates a script that instructs your computer’s processor to do calculations for a cryptocurrency miner, who could be located in Germany or just about anywhere. You might notice nothing more than a slightly slower computer and a slightly higher electricity bill. The miner

 

At the ePages Commerce Summit in Hamburg, Germany this week, 1&1 Internet launched a new range of e-commerce shop packages powered by ePages cloud software.
The new 1&1 shop range is based on ePages Now, cloud-based software designed for rapid and easy deployment, shop functionality, and responsive websites.
Recent numbers from Statista indicate that SMB retailers account for a significant portion of the growth in online shopping revenues, set to reach $4.5 trillion by 2021. 1&1 has millions of SMB customers that will benefit from its new e-commerce offerings, according to the company.
With ePages Now, users can select a layout and customize it with a drag-and-drop design editor, and sell across different synchronized and inventoried sales channels such as marketplaces or comparison shopping engines using a “commerce cockpit.”
“Business success in the digital world is above all driven by speed and flexibility – thus SMBs must constantly adapt their business according to the high expectations of their customers in order to remain competitive,” 1&1 Internet CEO Robert Hoffmann said. “This applies especially to the ecommerce sector. With our revised eShop portfolio, we offer ‘ecommerce for everyone’. Using the 1&1 eShop based on ePages techology, SMBs can sell fast and easily on all channels. At the same time, they can concentrate on their core business – we will take care of the rest.”
The ePages Now-powered shops

 

Cloud security is holding back more than four out of five organizations from adopting the latest technologies, according to a report released Tuesday by Gigamon.
Vanson Bourne surveyed 500 IT decision makers from organizations of various sizes in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and France during May to compile the report Hide and Seek: Cybersecurity in the Cloud (PDF). It shows almost three quarters of respondents (72 percent) have not scaled their monitoring and security infrastructure as their data volume has increased, and that over one-third (35 percent) intend to approach the security of their cloud networks the same way as their on-premise security operation.
This is despite the same decision makers reporting strong cloud adoption, as 37 percent say the majority of their organization’s application workloads are currently in the cloud, and 73 percent say the majority will be in the cloud within three years. Security concerns are also not holding back the storage of “crown jewels” in the cloud, such as corporate information (56 percent), and personally identifiable information (47 percent).
See also: New Cloud Technology Partners Solution to Kickstart AWS Adoption
Almost half of organizations (43 percent) do not have full visibility into data on their network, according to the report. Factors reducing visibility appear to include data silos, with 78 percent agreeing data is most siloed between SecOps and NetOps, as well as hybrid environments, which 49 percent say

 

GoDaddy has reached an agreement to sell managed hosting provider PlusServer to funds advised by BC Partners for €397 million ($456 million), the company announced Tuesday.
PlusServer is based in Cologne, Germany, and was acquired by GoDaddy as part of the €1.69 billion Host Europe Group (HEG) deal in December. GoDaddy said at the time it would consider strategic alternatives for PlusServer, including its sale, and it was treated as an asset for sale since the deal closed in April. GoDaddy will now use the funds from the sale plus cash on hand to repay its €500 million bridge loan, according to the announcement.
Reuters reports that PlusServer had over 300 employees and earned approximately €100 million in revenue last year.
“The market for managed hosting in Germany is highly fragmented, and PlusServer is an ideal platform for consolidating this market,” BC Partners managing partner Stefan Zuschke said in a statement on Tuesday, according to Reuters.
PlusServer will assume €23 million in liabilities and retain €12 million in cash under the deal, GoDaddy says.
BC Partners other current investments include Cyxtera, the data center provider it formed, along with Medina Capital, by acquiring CenturyLink assets in May.
The deal is subject to standard regulatory approval, and is expected to close by the end of August.

 
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Cloud hosting provider Linode announced the opening of a new data center in Frankfurt, Germany on Monday, its eighth data center and first in continental Europe.

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In an effort to shed light on the German Parliamentary inquiry into NSA surveillance in Germany, WikiLeaks released 1,380 pages of transcripts from the unclassified sessions on Tuesday. The inquiry has touched off multiple scandals despite numerous barriers to media and public access, such as withheld transcripts, a ban on…

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German technology companies are using cloud at a rate almost double that of the overall German industry. According to the Cloud Monitor 2015 released by Bitkom on Tuesday, 71 percent of the IT companies in Germany use cloud services. This is much higher than the rate of the overall German…

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German technology companies are using cloud at a rate almost double that of the overall German industry. According to the Cloud Monitor 2015 released by Bitkom on Tuesday, 71 percent of the IT companies in Germany use cloud services. This is much higher than the rate of the overall German…

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The annual World Hosting Days event at Europa Park in Rust, Germany brings together cloud and hosting service providers to network and engage with partners. The 2015 show was very well attended by service providers across Europe and the US. With the Snowden keynote via video, news of Open-Xchange mergers…

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