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Procurement at the Pentagon

Edward M. Harrington, the Pentagon's deputy assistant secretary for procurement, gives an interview about how he manages the Army's annual $132 billion spend. He also discusses "his responsibility of helping to execute the Obama administration's strategy of overhauling how the federal government handles contracting."

The government is insourcing...

Computers taking over human jobs for HP

Hewlett-Packard (HP) says it plans to spend $1bn (£686m) and shed 9,000 jobs over three years as it creates fully-automated commercial data centres.

I just hope there will still be some sort of human voice to talk to...

China is buying a LOT of platinum...

China Buys into South African Platinum Mining -- Demand for platinum in China is rising and a state owned mining company has taken matters into its own hands to secure supply. A FT article explains how Jinchuan, a Chinese state-owned mining company, is to acquire a 51% stake in Wesizwe, a junior South African platinum developer, for $227m (€185m, £158m).

Sheena Moore

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