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Paul Kunert is the editor of Channel Register

Dump X of your crew, DXC Technologies UK told. Hundreds face axe AGAIN

Exclusive Less than four months after DXC Technologies was created and the Frankenfirm is already embarking on a second round of jobs cuts, with hundreds of frontline support techies earmarked for the chop. The company - an unholy alliance between CSC and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services - is planning to chop $1bn in costs globally …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2017
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'Coke dealer' called us after his stash was stolen – cops

A man called the cops to report that cash and a bag of Colombian marching powder stashed in his car had been nicked, police arrest documents have revealed. Floridian fuzz said that area man David Blackmon phoned them in the early hours of Sunday to say roughly $50 and “about one-quarter of an ounce of cocaine” had been …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jul 2017

HPE gives execs a jiggle and merges subsidiaries in shrivelling Pointnext

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is rejigging execs and consolidating subsidiaries in its last remaining tech services division Pointnext – a business that has shrunk year-on-year for almost half a decade. In a memo to staff – seen by us – HPE confirmed Herbert Rastbichler as the shiny new Pointnext leader for EMEA from August 1, …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jul 2017
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Adult toy retailer slapped down for 'RES-ERECTI*N' ad over Easter

Adult toys and lingerie retailer Honey Birdette was today placed on the naughty step by the UK's egg-xacting watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority for mixing sex and religion in a promotion over Easter. The seller of sex toys including Milano Pleasure Beads and vibrators named Dolly, Dita, Dallas and Bullet Bliss, sent …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jul 2017
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HPE PointNext globo boss grilled by El Reg

Interview Hewlett Packard Enterprise has almost concluded its corporate cleansing with the Enterprise Services division spun off to form DXC Technologies and the Software unit about to become part of company history. But the remaining pieces aren’t all about hardware, or so says Anna Pinczuk, global senior veep and GM of HPE PointNext …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jul 2017

DIY music veteran SoundCloud flounders, lays off 40% of staff

Online audio distribution platform SoundCloud is laying off two in five of its staff and closing several offices to cut its cloth in a crowded market dominated by music streaming giants. The business, founded in Berlin in 2008 by Swedish sound designer Alexander Ljung and compatriot artist Eric Wahlfross, which allows …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jul 2017

Analyst: DRAM crisis looms after screwup at Micron fab

Micron Technology has trashed analysts' claims that a malfunction forced the closure of one of its two fabs. According to market watcher TrendForce, Micron suspended the production line at one of its two plants from the start of this month – a move that could impact PCs, servers and mobile memory chips. “The malfunctioning of …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jul 2017
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Nationwide banking suffers its own Black Wednesday

Nationwide Building Society is having a wobbly web Wednesday with customers getting only intermittent access to online and app-based services. Reports that not all was well first surfaced on Twitter – echo chamber for the angry – some 19 hours ago, but a flurry of complaints about the Brit building society's app showed up 12 …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jul 2017
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Imagination: Apple relations still rotten but, hey, losses have shrunk

Brit chip designer Imagination Technologies has returned to operating profit, in part aided by 350 poor souls – about a fifth of its workforce – that were tossed onto the employment bonfire amid wider cost cutting. The firm had found itself in the middle of a perfect storm what with stalling smartphone and tablet sales, and …
Paul Kunert, 04 Jul 2017

It's the iPhone's 10th b'day or, as El Reg calls it, 'BILL RAY DAY'

A decade ago to the day, the Jesus Mobe went on sale in the US: bereft of 3G connectivity, the iPhone had a relatively crappy two megapixel camera and 4GB of storage, not to mention a hefty price of $499. It was destined to be a failure. Apple was going to combine the functionality of the iPod with a mobile phone, Bill Ray, El …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jun 2017

Snoop Dogg swerves Glasto, plays Pure Storage gig #keepitreal

The great and good of the music industry - and Jeremy Corbyn - descended on UK’s lively Glastonbury music festival this weekend, while in another part of the world a hip hop old-timer went on stage to die. Snoop Dogg, a gangsta rapper who has sold 35 million albums worldwide (so isn’t short of a bob or two), fizzled his …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2017
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Capita flogs Asset Services division for £888m

Everyone’s favourite people pimp Capita has permanently outsourced its Asset Services businesses to Link Administration for £888m – a fleeting injection of cash in the bank that will be used to reduce debts. The sale, confirmed to the London Stock Exchange late on Friday, is one of the levers Capita’s hard-pressed board is …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jun 2017
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ICO fines 'Wolf of Wall Street' electrical survey biz for nuisance calls

Electrical survey provider MyHome Installations Ltd, which entered the hall of shame on the Beeb's Rogue Traders for pressure selling to pensioners, is facing a £50,000 fine for nuisance calls. The UK Information Commissioner's Office probed 169 complaints from members of the public whose phone numbers were listed on the …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jun 2017
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Fasthosts' week to forget: 4-day virtual server summer bummer

Fasthosts hasn’t exactly draped itself in glory during this week of the summer solstice, what with the four day blackout of its virtual private server service and a partial eclipse of webmail. The lights of the VPS went off on Monday evening as “system issues” with the storage platform on two VS clusters showed up and …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jun 2017

Genoans flout terror ban with bumper basil hand baggage policy

Heightened security at airports clearly doesn't apply to all liquids, at least not in Italy. An airport in Genoa is now allowing flyers to travel with jars of the local speciality sauce – pesto. Cristoforo Colombo Airport said that receptacles of the green stuff made with basil, cheese, pine nuts and olive oil – even jars over …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jun 2017
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Ailing Brit chip designer Imagination Technologies up for sale

Trouble struck British chip designer Imagination Technologies has confirmed it is for sale amid an ongoing dispute with Apple that has crushed its valuation on the London Stock Exchange. The firm’s share price went into freefall on 3 April after it revealed that Apple, which accounts for circa half of its sales, was to stop …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jun 2017
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Expansys shutters online mobile gadget souk to consumers

Mobile gadget souk Expansys shuttered its digital doors to consumers – a natural conclusion for a business that lost direction under the ownership of lanky Dragons' Den badass Peter Jones in a commoditised space. "Expansys is now focused on its partner and B2B business hence the website is closed to consumers. If you are a …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jun 2017

HPE teases HPC punters with scalable gear

The first fruit of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s buy of SGI is set to hit the streets in July with the release of a high performance system - the HPE SGI 8600. The system is a liquid cooled petascale box assembled on legacy SGI ICE AXA architecture, and is aimed squarely at punters involved with beefy scientific and engineering …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jun 2017
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Tesco Online IT meltdown: Fails to deliver THOUSANDS of grocery orders

An unspecified UK-wide technical glitch related to the food picking and packaging process left thousands of Tesco online grocery punters without their deliveries today, the retailer has told us. “We’re currently experiencing an IT issue which is affecting some Grocery Home Shopping orders,” a spokesman at the UK’s largest …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2017
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Guess who's just locked up £1.5bn Australian prison mega-contract? Our very own Serco

Business Process Outsourcing behemoth Serco is part of the NewPathways consortium that will sketch out, erect and run the largest prison in Australia under a mega-contract dished out today. The collection of companies also includes Aussie building firm John Holland, project management biz John Laing and investment banker …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2017

Venture capital biz hires former EMC CEO

Former EMC grand fromage Joe Tucci has walked into a special advisor role at venture cap outfit 83North. Tucci left his old employer once Michael Dell had taken EMC private in a $60bn plus deal in September, and is co-CEO at special purpose acquisition firm GTY Technology Holdings and chairman of private equity house Bridge …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2017
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Hotheaded Brussels civil servants issued with cool warning: Leak

If he listened to the latest advice from HR types working for the European Commission, Brexit secretary David Davis may today be sat in a darkened room, dressed in cabana wear, as talks with the EU’s chief negotiator begin. The political debate is heating up as the UK starts the two-year process of exiting the Union of 27 …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2017
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When corporate signage goes BAD

LogoBotch Thanks to a sharp-eyed Reg reader in Norway who snapped the local Cisco offices, everyone can cop an eyeful of the unfortunate rebranding exercise that happened after it bought Tandberg in 2010. We aren't sure whether the sign slippage was caused by sloppy workmanship or a batch of dodgy glue. But we are sure the $60bn sales …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2017

Component makers have their server chums by the short and curlies

Pressure is set to intensify on server makers caught in the vice-like grip of rising components costs and stiff competition for new business. DRAMeXchange, a unit of researcher TrendForce, said the average contract price of server DRAM modules shot up in the first and second quarters of 2017 by 40 and 10 per cent respectively …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jun 2017
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Amazon and others sniffing around Slack

Slack is attracting interest from potential suitors including Amazon that are reportedly eyeing up the white collar messaging and collaboration software slinger. The cost of such a buy could be as high as $9bn, loquacious sources told Bloomberg today, though talks are at the preliminary stage and there are no assurances an …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jun 2017

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