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Paul Kunert is the editor of Channel Register
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Profit-disaster CEO at Blue Coat: I'll get my coat

Blue Coat boss Michael Borman has fallen on his sword following declining sales and profits in fiscal first quarter 2012. The web security and WAN optimisation minnow saw sales come in at $109.5m (£66.7m) down 9 per cent sequentially and 11 per cent on last year, as profits fell 70 per cent quarter-on-quarter to $2.7m (£1.6m) …
Paul Kunert, 17 Aug 2011
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HARRY POTTER CHAINED to new Sony reader

Sony will bundle its next generation e-reader with the entire series of Harry Potter stories from November, The Register has learnt. The bespectacled wizard debuts in digital format in October – the same time as the Sony-sponsored Pottermore "online reading experience" goes live – according to well-placed sources in the vendor's …
Paul Kunert, 16 Aug 2011
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RIM emits 100-BlackBerry cloud for small biz

Research In Motion (RIM) is releasing a cloud service for small firms to manage up to 100 BlackBerry smartphones and secure biz data stored locally on the device. The BlackBerry Management Centre is built for commercial users that access email via an ISP or web-based services, running on OS 4.6 models or later versions. Alan …
Paul Kunert, 16 Aug 2011
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People don't want tablets, they want iPads

The phenomenal sales success of Apple's iPad shows no sign of abating, but sales for all other tablets competitors are stagnating and channel inventories are building. US tech titan HP is the latest to correct its prices, trimming £50 off the cost of a TouchPad in an effort to get them shifting, with the 16GB and 32GB versions …
Paul Kunert, 15 Aug 2011
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Fujitsu staff vote on strikes

Unionised workers at Fujitsu are being balloted for strike action after they were refused below inflation pay rises. The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union is testing the appetite for industrial action among 750 IT support staff at the integration arm of the Japanese giant working on government contracts across the UK in …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2011
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Amazon web services back up and running

Amazon has finally resolved the lingering issues from the outage last weekend, but the root cause of the power failure has yet to be determined by energy provider ESB Networks. The web giant said at the time that lightning had struck a transformer in Dublin on Sunday, which knocked out all power provision including the back-up …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2011
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National police procurement hub goes live

The National Police Procurement Hub goes live today with coppers in Lincolnshire the first to implement the "Amazon" styled e-commerce platform. The portal set up by ProcServe with the backing of the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), allows fuzz to buy IT, body armour and vehicles from 500 suppliers – though it was …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2011
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Amazon web outage not caused by lightning

Dublin-based energy supplier ESB Networks has dismissed Amazon's claim that a bolt of lightning caused the chain of events that led to its web outage last weekend. The US giant today entered the sixth day of trying to resolve issues created by the crash at its Dublin data centre. First it blamed a lightning striking on a …
Paul Kunert, 11 Aug 2011
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Cisco lifts axe again, chops nearly one in five execs

Cisco has given marching orders to nearly one in five of its senior execs included in its massive cost-cutting drive and now plans to hand 1,200 contract workers their pink slips too. The networking Goliath last night revealed a 3 per cent rise in Q4 sales to $11.2bn but a 37.5 per cent collapse in operating profits to $1.45bn …
Paul Kunert, 11 Aug 2011
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Amazon web services customers vent spleen

Vulnerabilities in Amazon's web services that were exposed after lightning hit power supplies at the weekend have led to stinging criticism from some customers. The bolt knocked out the utility and back-up generators in Dublin, causing a blackout which took down the Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) and Relational Database Services ( …
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2011
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Essex cops slaps cuffs on social media riot crusaders

Eager Essex fuzz have cuffed three locals lads suspected of using social media site Facebook to whip gangs of teenage marauders into a looting frenzy. An 18-year-old man from Grays and a 16-year-old from South Ockendon were taken into custody yesterday morning, where they remain, and a 17-year-old who was caught at around 5pm …
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2011
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iPad threatened by young pretenders

High prices and a lack of content are stymieing growth of iPad wannabes in Europe but Chinese and Taiwanese vendors could mount a stiffer challenge, according to a report by tech research company Forrester. Pretenders to Apple's fondleslab crown are off the mark, the analyst says. However even the US titan is vulnerable to …
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2011
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Microsoft gives BPOS customers credit note for latest crash

Microsoft UK has vowed to provide BPOS customers with vouchers against future credits following seven hours of downtime at the weekend. This is the latest in a series of embarrassing cloud outages for Redmond after a summer of interruptions began in May, but differs from other incidents in that an "Act of God" was responsible …
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2011
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Microsoft UK and axed exec in legal smackdown

Microsoft's former UK enterprise partner director and board member Simon Negus is suing the software giant for wrongful dismissal months after it slapped a writ on him to repay part of a bonus and holiday money. He left the firm last September amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour and was the subject of a lawsuit filed by …
Paul Kunert, 09 Aug 2011
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RIM to turn in BlackBerry-using looters after London riots

BlackBerry UK has broken silence over the role its devices played in helping disaffected London yoof co-ordinate riots in Tottenham, Brixton, Enfield and Walthamstow this weekend. The smash 'n' burn attacks on High Street stores and vehicles on Saturday and yesterday came days after the death of Mark Duggan, who was killed in an …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2011
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TelecityGroup swallows Data Electronics

TelecityGroup has splashed £87.6m in cash on Irish-based fellow co-location data centre provider Data Electronics in what promises to be the first of many acquisitions. The firm, which also today outlined a bumper set of numbers for the six months ended 30 June, has a £300m war chest to fund further buys. Commenting on the deal …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2011
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Lightning strikes cloud: Amazon, MS downed

Microsoft has been left reeling again after another BPOS crash but at least on this occasion it was not alone, as Amazon's EC2 web services were also downed by the same act of God in Europe. A bolt of lightning struck a transformer at a power utility provider in Dublin, causing an explosion that took down the back-systems last …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2011
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HP industrial action starts today

Unionised HP staff working on the Department for Work and Pensions Adam 2 contract are today starting industrial action over proposals to offshore their jobs to India amid government pressure on IT suppliers to cut costs. Support staff from India set to take over some of the functions next year are due to arrive in Blighty as …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2011
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HTC swallows cloud app biz Dashwire

Smartphone maker HTC has taken time out from its long-running patent battle with Apple to bid $18.5m for US web-based application developer Dashwire. The platform allows users to download apps, personalise their phones and access content across multiple devices, and will be integrated into the HTCSense cloud services portfolio …
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2011
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Police procurement deal means cops pay more

West Midlands Police Authority has cast doubts on Home Office claims about the savings offered by the controversial Sprint ii IT procurement framework and plans to minimise its use. All forces in England and Wales were mandated by government in March to buy commodity hardware and software via Sprint ii – a pan-public sector …
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2011
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Logica profits hit by misers in public sector

Logica is continuing to shift its order book from the public sector toward the commercial markets following a tough first half-year that challenged margins and gave operating profits a pounding. The IT service provider and consultancy's sales for calendar H1 were up 5 per cent to just shy of £2bn and it expects similar growth in …
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2011
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Union talks up offshoring dangers to UK economy

The Public and Commercial Services Union is warning that a wave of private sector jobs will inevitably move offshore as the government forces IT suppliers to cut costs. At the start of this week, PCS members working at HP voted in favour of industrial action over plans to axe 200 staff in the north-east working on the Adams 2 …
Paul Kunert, 03 Aug 2011
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HMRC online tax systems slammed by Private Forum for Biz

HM Revenues and Customs' sprawling online tax systems are not up to the job and small biz folk are paying the price, says the Forum of Private Business (FPB). Talking in the wake of Treasury's sub-committee critical report into the administration and effectiveness of HMRC, the FPB reckons red tape is strangling small business …
Paul Kunert, 03 Aug 2011
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UK software and services market wedged in U-bend

The UK software and IT services (SITS) industry will limp along for at least the rest of this year and the next before staging a very gradual recovery. This is according to bean-counters at TechMarketView, whose stats show the sector has been in annual decline since the recession that started in 2008 – and shows no signs of …
Paul Kunert, 03 Aug 2011
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Apple iCloud pricing revealed

Apple has lifted the covers from its UK and US pricing model for the iCloud with a bunch of options for fanbois to suck up additional storage space. And there were no surprises as our friends across the Atlantic are once again getting a better deal. A beta version of the web-based service went live today, giving users 5GB of …
Paul Kunert, 02 Aug 2011
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HTC sues Apple in the UK

Smartphone maker HTC is taking rival Apple to court in the UK just weeks after losing a preliminary ruling over two patent violations in the US. The latest case was filed at the High Court on 29 July according to reports on Bloomberg, but the exact nature of the litigation in HTC Europe Co v Apple Inc was not specified. …
Paul Kunert, 02 Aug 2011
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HP to axe sales staff found pilfering dealers

HP is taking a hard line on direct sales staff at its Technology Services Group* (TSG) in the US - it will sack anyone caught nicking deals from resellers. The same principle – part of the new rules of engagement policy – will be applied in Europe later this year but the vendor has yet to give local partners advance warning – …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2011
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Telecity in talks to acquires Data Electronics Group

Data centre provider TelecityGroup has confirmed it is chatting up Data Electronics Group (DEG) and that those flirtations could lead to an acquisition, reported to be valued at roughly £100m. The discussions are at an early stage, but Telecity, which claims to be Europe's largest pusher of carrier-neutral data centres, is …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2011
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Acer turns to trains for imports

PC vendors may be finally bowing to pressure to build more flexibility into the supply chain amid reports that Acer is to start shipping PCs by train. Forty carriers are already en route to Europe. Disties have been calling for alternative transportation techniques following the growing mountain of notebooks in the region caused …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2011
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SpaceX set to send supply ship to ISS in November

Space Exploration Technologies – SpaceX – is one small step closer to producing the world's first commercial taxi cab to drop off astronauts and cargo at the International Space Station (ISS). The rocket biz launched by PayPal founder Elon Musk – with $500m from investors and $300m from the US government – is firing a second …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jul 2011
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Alcatel Lucent goes black

Alcatel Lucent returned to profit in the second quarter on the back of cost-cutting and some market share gains in IP and optics. Sales climbed a little more than 2 per cent to €3.9bn and operating profits were €108m compared to losses of €184m a year earlier. CEO Ben Verwaayen, installed three years ago to revive the fortunes …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jul 2011
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Beeb rolls out global paid iPlayer app in €urope

Expats or foreigners who own an Apple iPad and are interested in a weekly dose of Brit TV gruel – grisly East End folk, crappy daytime shows or pointless period dramas – should rejoice, as the Beeb is launching an international version of iPlayer. The on-demand service app will be available in 11 European countries in the …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jul 2011
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Avisen reports losses 3 times higher than sales

Reseller minnow Avison managed to pull an unusual set of results out of the bag today, reporting operating losses that are nearly three times higher than its sales. The LSE-listed firm, which flogged its IBM Cognos business Inca Software to Logicalis earlier this year for £7.3m in cash, filed losses of £7.8m on sales of £2.6m …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jul 2011
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Getronics sharpens chopper, eyes 2,500 of its people

Dutch IT services provider Getronics is firing up to 2,500 staff to counter effects of the market slowdown in its homeland, but refused to be drawn on potential cuts to the UK workforce. Telco parent KPN has reported a drop in second calendar quarter results showing a near 2 per cent drop in sales to €3.29bn as EBITDA fell more …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jul 2011
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Two 'fake Apple stores' shut in China over trading permits

Several fake Apple Stores in China have been shuttered as they did not possess the requisite local business licences they needed to trade. Existence of the phoney retail shops emerged last week amid suggestions that some were so convincing that even staff thought they were employed by Apple. The ensuing media storm around the …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2011
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Feds investigate $17m of missing kit at CompUSA

The FBI have taken charge of investigations into the reported theft of $17m (£10.4m) worth of electronics allegedly stolen from Systemax-owned CompUSA by two brothers of fired exec Gilbert Fiorentino and other former employees. Only last month, the SEC confirmed it was looking into matters surrounding the departure of Fiorentino …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2011
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RM shares take a caning following Board warning

Specialist education IT supplier RM has issued a warning that results for the year ending September may fall below expectations as market conditions remain challenging on both sides of the pond. The market reacted badly to the interim management statement for the trading period from April Fools' Day to 21 July, sending the share …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2011
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Alcatel Lucent ponders offload of enterprise unit

Alcatel Lucent has confirmed it is investigating the best way forward for its enterprise biz, which could include offloading it to a third party. Feverish industry talk about the future of the unit – which punts enterprise switching, IP telephony and contact centre software – has been rife since April, when Siemens Enterprise …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2011
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Acer makes play for the cloud with iGware acquisition

Acer is making a play to build out its own cloud infrastructure after forking out $320m for US firm iGware. The troubled Taiwanese hardware vendor is going through a make-over by top brass following the departure of CEO Gianfranco Lanci at the end of March, before it publicly admitted to inventory woes that would cost it $150m …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2011
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Apprentice runner-up becomes Greggs bigshot

The runner-up of Beeb reality biz game show The Apprentice, Helen Milligan, was overlooked by Lord Shuggie for his £250,000 business investment but she has secured a hefty promotion at bakery chain Greggs. Milligan consistently outperformed the other contestants on the show, fronted by hairy walnut Shuggs, but when it came down …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jul 2011
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Dell considers Google+ for video customer support

Dell is mulling over direct engagement with prospective customers via Google+, and judging by the feedback from some corners it could do with upping its existing pre- and post-sales support. The social networking tool is now more than three weeks old and has over 10 million users on-board, including Dell chief Michael Dell. The …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jul 2011
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MPs round on plans to offshore gov IT work

MPs are cranking up the pressure on government to safeguard the jobs of up to 200 HP IT workers amid plans to outsource the positions to India. Employees involved in the Adams 2 contract with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) are in the process of training up a team from Bangalore which will ultimately replace them as …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jul 2011
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Google turning us into forgetful morons, warn boffins

Search engine abuse use is re-wiring the way our brains store information, boffins have claimed. Columbia University psychologist Betsy Sparrow led research into the impact of the internet on the old grey matter with the findings published in a paper, Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jul 2011
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Microsoft plans to open 75 retail stores in US

Microsoft is re-hatching its plan to accelerate retail store expansion in the US before turning its sights on the rest of the world. Microsoft's planned new stores Store locator: Microsoft's retail expansion in the next three years The first iteration came in 1999, when Microsoft set up a shop in San Francisco – but efforts …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jul 2011
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Acer slips to 4th place as global PC sales edge up

Acer dropped out of the medal positions in the global PC arena, and was shunted into fourth spot as HP, Dell and Lenovo made more of the growth in professional products across emerging markets to offset weakened retail demand in mature IT economies. Shipments into the channel – as opposed to sales out to customers – edged up a …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jul 2011
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McAfee head vanishes, replaced by two more

McAfee has decided that it needs two presidents – namely Michael DeCesare and Todd Gebhert – to replace David DeWalt, who is quitting the firm. The Intel-owned vendor said it is creating an office of the president for the duo, who will report to Renee James, senior veep and GM at Chipzilla and chairman of McAfee. In a blurb …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jul 2011
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Cisco may slash 10,000 jobs

Cisco may be bigger and bolder in its cost-cutting plans than first anticipated: it has been revealed the firm is getting rid of close to 10,000 staff worldwide. The initial figure touted by Gleacher & Co analyst Brian Marshal yesterday was half that, which he estimated would cut the networking behemoth's annual expense base by …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jul 2011
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Cisco needs to slash 5,000 jobs, says analyst

Cisco may fire up to 5,000 staff this August under a restructuring plan, according to analyst Brian Marshall at Gleacher and Co. This equates to 7 per cent of the networking Goliath's global base of employees, which stood at more than 73,000 in April. "While this is a difficult decision to make, in our view it is required in …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jul 2011
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NHS told: freeze all Microsoft spend

The Cabinet Office is halting all but emergency purchases of Microsoft software in the NHS as it negotiates a pan-government procurement deal with the software giant. The Crown Representative, headed by former Micro Focus CEO Stephen Kelly – appointed by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude in April – is leading talks with 20 …
Paul Kunert, 08 Jul 2011
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Major Comet investor backs sale

Major Kesa Electricals' shareholder Knight Vinke will back the proposed sale of ailing retailer Comet providing it can be signed and sealed quickly with a decent return for investors. According to reports last weekend, the near 20 per cent stakeholder asked Comet parent Kesa to shelve plans to flog the business, which reported …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jul 2011