News In Brief: Juniper Research; Fujitsu; Gartner, Paddy Power, SFR

Juniper Research predicts NFC-based mobile payment services will soar over the next 18 months, and grow rapidly to generate $50 billion (€34 billion) in global transactions by 2014.
 
Fujitsu plans to launch a global cloud platform running Microsoft’s Windows Azure in August.
 
Gartner has cut its forecast for global PC sales growth from 10.5% to 9.3% due to lower consumer demand. The firm now predicts sales of 385 million units in 2011.
 
Bookmaker Paddy Power has slashed the odds on Apple’s next iPhone launching in September from 9-2 to 9-4, following a spate of bets.
 
French cellco SFR is taking its first steps towards upgrading its network to IPv6, by deploying a compatible Cisco router for residential services.

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