Feeds

Intel's anti-trust memos started vanishing from the top

Chairman and CEO implicated in 'Tortellini Episode'

Remote control for virtualized desktops

AMD vs Intel Intel's top executives have been playing "Hide and Seek the Anti-trust E-mails," according to a fresh set of court documents released over the weekend.

Chairman Craig Barrett, CEO Paul Otellini and sales chief Sean Maloney have appeared on a list of Intel employees thought to have deleted emails possibly relevant to AMD's anti-trust lawsuit against its larger rival. The missing emails have thrust a livid state of mind onto AMD's lawyers who have very serious problems with Intel's rather lax document retention policy.

Lawyers from Intel and AMD met on Wednesday to discuss the missing emails with Special Master Vincent Poppiti.

"So it's Barrett, who is the chairman, Otellini who is the CEO, and a number of their direct reports, who are already identified as noncompliant, including Sean Maloney, who is the worldwide head of sales and marketing, and a number of other very critical guys," an AMD representative noted during the hearing, according to a transcript.

"This is the absolute top level. And these are the folks that, even if there's only a two, three, four-month gap, they're the major players who are communication with the heads of other companies."

Intel faced the daunting task of amassing millions upon millions of documents to satisfy AMD's lawyers, who have launched an anti-trust lawsuit against the giant. Regrettably, Intel decided upon a manual document retention procedure in which employees would move their emails off a PC onto a hard drive. Intel has admitted that some employees failed to follow these procedures.

CEO Otellini appears to have been one of these troublesome employees.

"We show, based on Intel's report, that (Otellini) was harvested on July 12th, 2005," an AMD representative noted, according to the transcript. "He is identified as an individual who was under the impression that IT was automatically backing up his email and so he did not need to retain them, according to Intel."

Intel is building out an automatic backup system to help cutback on such unfortunate errors. It's also looking through workers' email files to try and find duplications of lost conversations. Lastly, Intel hopes to find a number of the missing emails when it reviews a large backup made last year.

Judge Poppiti is continuing to review these matters with attorneys from both sides.

In the meantime, the judge looks set to take on a special technology assistant to help him sort through the document issues and future tech items. Representatives from both AMD and Intel signaled a desire for such an assistant. ®

Bootnote

There's a lovely moment in the transcript where an AMD rep struggles with Otellini's name. "Every time I put (Otellini) in my spell check, it asks me if I mean 'tortellini,'" she remarked.

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
The DRUGSTORES DON'T WORK, CVS makes IT WORSE ... for Apple Pay
Goog Wallet apparently also spurned in NFC lockdown
Cray-cray Met Office spaffs £97m on VERY AVERAGE HPC box
Only 250th most powerful in the world? Bring back Michael Fish
Microsoft brings the CLOUD that GOES ON FOREVER
Sky's the limit with unrestricted space in the cloud
'ANYTHING BUT STABLE' Netflix suffers BIG Europe-wide outage
Friday night LIVE? Nope. The only thing streaming are tears down my face
IBM, backing away from hardware? NEVER!
Don't be so sure, so-surers
Google roolz! Nest buys Revolv, KILLS new sales of home hub
Take my temperature, I'm feeling a little bit dizzy
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.