Microsoft’s online services hit by outages; Xbox Live and Windows Azure users affected

According to an IGN report, the online services of software giant Microsoft have apparently been hit all across the world; with several Xbox Live and Windows Azure users having been affected by extended outages.

Alcatel-Lucent names Michel Combes as its new CEO

Former Vodafone and France Télécom executive, Michel Combes, has been hired by the struggling French-American group Alcatel-Lucent, for steering the loss-making telecom equipment maker towards sustained profits.

Three Irish clean-tech and manufacturing firms sign contracts worth €1.5m with French companies

According to an Enterprise Ireland announcement, contracts worth _1.5 million have been signed by three Irish companies - AMCS, Cork Plastics and Anua - operating in the cleantech and manufacturing sectors, with three French firms operating in similar areas.

Vatican Radio: Pope Benedict XVI to quit Twitter after stepping down

In a Friday statement, Vatican Radio revealed that when 85-yearold Pope Benedict XVI formally steps down as leader of the Roman Catholic Church next week, his official Twitter account will also be closed.