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Paul Kunert is the editor of Channel Register

Larry Ellison's Brit consortium in 'advanced talks' to buy Aston Villa

Larry Ellison is rumoured to be mulling a substantial cash injection into a foundering business which has seen itself unable to compete in recent years with more powerful rivals. No, not Oracle, but Aston Villa, according to the the word on the street and in The Sun, which says that a Brit consortium linked to the US …
Paul Kunert, 21 Apr 2016
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The suits in finance are cutting down on tech spend – Computacenter

Some financial services institutions are taking a break from spending cash on tech, London-based supplier giant Computacenter said today as it reported a Q1 trading update. The services-based reseller revealed a four per cent year-on-year dip in UK turnover to £348.6m for the three months ended 31 March. Product sales dropped …
Paul Kunert, 21 Apr 2016
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Apple updates MacBooks

Apple has given its MacBook fleet a lick of paint - rose gold to be exact. The three updated devices house a dual-core Intel Core m3, Core m5 and Core m7 processor respectively with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.2GHz, 2.7 GHz and 3.1 GHz. Intel HD Graphics 515 and PCIe-based flash storage are also integrated. Other colours for the …
Paul Kunert, 19 Apr 2016
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Intel preps for layoffs: Chipzilla sharpens axe for deep job cuts

Job queues in Intel’s home state of Oregon are to swell in 2016 with Chipzilla steering thousands of workers to the chopping block. So claimed local paper The Oregonian, where Chipzilla is headquartered, with the employee cull said to start after Intel reports its Q1 numbers next week. According to the loquacious sources the …
Paul Kunert, 19 Apr 2016
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Ah, so that's why Adapt wasn't put in the shop window in 2015

The reason why Lyceum-backed Adapt remains Lyceum-backed is contained in their latest set of annual profit and loss accounts - company growth stalled and so a sales process was halted. The London-based outfit was expected to come onto the market last last year and tasked M&A and corporate finance advisor ARMA Partners with …
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2016
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Snowden sings again

NSA refusenik Edward Snowden has teamed up with French electronica old-timer Jean Michel Jarre to collaborate on a song titled "Exit", a six-minute track that would not have been out of place in the '90s. It is available to download on Spotify and Apple Music - but not on Tidal, it seems. You have been warned. Putting text- …
Paul Kunert, 15 Apr 2016

Mitel nabs Polycom in $1.96bn deal

Elliott Management has struck again: Mitel has agreed to cough $1.96bn for bigger unified comms rival Polycom some months after the activist investor took a stake in both businesses and started the match-making. The $23bn hedge fund took a 6.6 per cent stake in Polycom and 9.6 per cent in Mitel in October and was calling for …
Paul Kunert, 15 Apr 2016
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Microsoft licensing giant yanked off market after sales bid fails

The sales process for Microsoft enterprise licensing house Comparex is "ongoing", the parent company has told us, denying claims from multiple industry sources it is dead in the water. The Raiffeisen Banking Group-owned reseller hired investment banker Jefferies to manage a sales process in May and by September just two …
Paul Kunert, 15 Apr 2016
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PC biz merger at risk

Vaio's backers have ended Toshiba and Fujitsu merger talks. The private equity firm behind Vaio has ended merger talks with the PC units at Toshiba and Fujitsu, according to a report. Japan Industrial Partners Inc has walked away from the table, and neither of the other firms wants to take a majority stake, putting the whole …
Paul Kunert, 14 Apr 2016
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Opera Software bid

Chinese bidders are holding out for more shareholders to accept their offer. The Middle Kingdom web firms, which bid $1.23bn for Norwegian mobile phone browser biz Opera, have extended the offer in order to get acceptance from shareholders who own 90 per cent of the stock. Currently the group has approval from 72.19 per cent …
Paul Kunert, 14 Apr 2016
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Porsche hires accountant

Porsche has plucked a Gartner car specialist for its digital mobility push. Thilo Koslowski was a Silicon Valley-based veep and practise leader for the automotive, vehicle info and comms tech unit at Gartner. Piranha fish pattern illustration
Paul Kunert, 14 Apr 2016
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Misco: We're moving to the cloud after yesterday's bit barn meltdown

Reseller giant Misco has confirmed it will embark on a crash migration program to shift its infrastructure into the cloud - a day after a datacentre meltdown that froze its e-commerce front-end for six hours. The dash to the cloud while having to maintain a creaking inhouse infrastructure illustrates the dilemma facing …
Paul Kunert, 14 Apr 2016

Microsoft: We have a bullet ready for 12 competencies

Microsoft is to take 12 "old world" accreditations out back to be shot as it drags channel partners – some of them kicking and screaming – into the cloud. Gavriella Schuster, GM of Microsoft’s worldwide partner group, said it will “streamline” certifications and funnel investment on “building successful cloud practices”. “ …
Paul Kunert, 13 Apr 2016

Web wobbles at Misco: Might be back up today, or tomorrow

Not wanting to be totally outdone by the recent outage at arch rival Insight Enterprises, online reselling rival Systemax Europe - trading as Misco - has battled its own web demons for the best part of this morning. The company’s site first fell over at least two hours ago with its Twitter feed acknowledging the worldwide …
Paul Kunert, 13 Apr 2016

IBM's tops sales staff face long haul...to Hawaii

IBM is whisking its biggest sales hitters in Global Tech Services to Hawaii as a pat them on the back for their efforts, while others in the division head out the door on stat redundancy terms. In a 5 April internal blog post, Martin Blackburn, COO for GTS Europe, confirmed that UK and Ireland’s “top performers” were selected …
Paul Kunert, 08 Apr 2016
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Troubled Azzurri Comms offloaded to AIM-listed Maintel

AIM-listed comms and networking integrator Maintel has conditionally agreed to slurp struggling rival Azzurri Comms for £48.5m - a company that is twice its size. At the same time, the London-based Maintel confirmed it is also to place Ordinary Shares on the market at 700 pence each with the aim of generating roughly £24m to …
Paul Kunert, 08 Apr 2016
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Fujitsu Services hacks bonuses to pay for minimum wage hike

Exclusive Folk at Fujitsu Services Engineering Services Ltd (FSESL) have claimed that changes to their bonuses made to accommodate a rise in the minimum wage will actually leave some of them worse off. From 1 April – the Fools’ Day – the UK organisation complied with new government legislation to raise the National Living Wage for those …
Paul Kunert, 08 Apr 2016
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Lexmark in sales chats

Chinese ink cartridge chip maker Apex Technology Co is in talks to buy US printer firm Lexmark, according to reports. Lexmark had explored selling software and hardware units separately but the latest negotiations could sell the entire organisation sold. Lexmark, formerly owned by IBM, has a market cap of $2bn. IBM Selectric …
Paul Kunert, 07 Apr 2016
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Logicalis Euro honcho Spirlet quits for exec role at Cisco

Logicalis European head honcho Arnaud Spirlet is to exit the business before fully implementing the turnaround strategy he drafted. Spirlet, who was made head of Europe in October 2014 when he succeeded Ian Cook, is to take the keys to the top exec suite at Cisco’s Belgium and Luxembourg operation. Company insiders at Cisco …
Paul Kunert, 06 Apr 2016
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IBM, SAP in cloud deal

Those big old lumbering tech organs SAP and IBM are working together to combine Big Blue’s cognitive wares, cloud and power systems with the German enterprise vendor’s software and cloud platform. The companies plan to co-locate resources in Germany and the east coast of the US, and will also work on on-premise tech. News …
Paul Kunert, 06 Apr 2016
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3D printers set for lift off? Yes, yes, yes... at some point in the future

3D printing is still perched on the edge of greatness, industry types insist, but sales are not yet matching the marketing bluster. The latest stats in the shipment stakes arrived on our desks today from the number-crunchers at Context - units sales went up 19 per cent year-on-year in Q4 to 73,012 machines. Some 96 per cent …
Paul Kunert, 05 Apr 2016
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Kelway founder and CEO Phil Doye steps out of role

Exclusive The brand swap isn't the only major change happening at the London-based Kelway – company founder and CEO Phil Doye is stepping down from daily operational duties, El Chan can reveal. The services-based reseller was acquired by the world's largest tech dealer CDW in July, and much of the senior management has remained in place …
Paul Kunert, 30 Mar 2016
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R&D white coats at HP Inc will make corporate ID into wearable tech

The consumerisation of wearables has got HP Inc’s chief techie thinking about ways to reach out and touch everyone on the planet. The obvious way to do it? Sex up the corporate name badge, of course. Shane Wall, CTO at the PC and printer monster told us the company is eyeing up the top spot in commercial wearables – though …
Paul Kunert, 29 Mar 2016
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Kelway's American owners to import CDW International brand to UK

Philip Kelway Doye's middle name will disappear from his firm's corporate HQ on 4 April and be replaced with CDW International, its American parent’s brand for global ops. CDW, which sells IT to 10 million SMBs in the US and turns over in excess of $50m a day, acquired Kelway in August last year for $431m and is assimilating …
Paul Kunert, 24 Mar 2016
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Troubled Acer is going to chop itself into three bite sized chunks

Management head-to-wall banging at Acer has seemingly inspired a novel idea to fix the things that are wrong the business - more restructuring. Well done, C-suite execs! Bonuses all round! The new design for Acer, if Digi Times is right, is to turn itself into a holding company to attract new investors and carve the business …
Paul Kunert, 23 Mar 2016