Articles about Autonomy

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Ex-Autonomy CFO pleads not guilty to charges he inflated the company's value

The ex-chief financial officer of Autonomy, Sushovan Hussain, has pleaded not guilty to charges he inflated the price of his company's $11bn (£9bn) acquisition by Hewlett-Packard. It is the latest development in the ongoing legal spat after HP wrote down the acquisition by a staggering $8.8bn (£7.1bn) in 2012, a year after the …
Kat Hall, 13 Jan 2017
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Switzerland says Uber's an employer, sends social security bill

Switzerland is the latest country to decide that in spite of its protestations otherwise, Uber is an employer – at least in public liability terms. It's only a single case, but public liability insurer The Suva has decided that a driver is an Uber employee rather than an independent contractor. The Suva is responsible for …
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‘Artificial Intelligence’ was 2016's fake news

“Fake news” vexed the media classes greatly in 2016, but the tech world perfected the art long ago. With “the internet” no longer a credible vehicle for Silicon Valley’s wild fantasies and intellectual bullying of other industries – the internet clearly isn’t working for people – “AI” has taken its place. Almost everything you …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Jan 2017

European Patent Office supremo rapped on knuckles by nation reps

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Office (EPO) has rapped its rampaging president on the knuckles at a two-day meeting in Munich but failed to take any public action against him despite pleas from staff. Benoit Battistelli has been under increasing fire in recent weeks after he ignored a previous order from the …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Dec 2016

Cuckoo! Google settles into Nest, starts folding dev platform

Google has expanded its corporate grip over smart home company Nest, announcing that it will fold the company's developer platform into its own. "We're working towards merging Weave and Nest Weave to enable all classes of devices to connect with each other in a secure and reliable way," Google said in a slew of Internet of …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Dec 2016

Guess King Battistelli's plan to fix the Euro Patent Office. Yep, give himself more power

The president of the European Patent Office has responded to a formal rebuke of efforts to impose his will on the organization by asking for more power. The man who last week was called a disgrace to his country in the French National Assembly has been accused of targeting EPO staff who opposed his reforms and of running sham …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Dec 2016

If you have a problem, if no one else can help – and if you can find them – maybe you can hire DARPA's A-Teams

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the research arm of the US military, has today announced a new program aimed at using AI to bring together skills from humans and machines to solve problems more effectively. The use of AI is seeping through to all areas of technology, including the military. But don’t …
Katyanna Quach, 29 Nov 2016
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Former Autonomy CFO indicted in USA for misleading investors

Updated The long-running spat between HP and the company formerly known as Autonomy has taken another turn, with Autonomy's former chief financial officer Sushovan Hussain indicted in a San Francisco court last week. The move was immediately criticised by a collective of former Autonomy executives as the Department of Justice (DoJ) “ …
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HPE and SimpliVity may be at church door

Meg Whitman’s big storage play could soon be realised with sources claiming Hewlett Packard Enterprise is to bid between $3.8bn to $3.9bn for Simplivity. SimpliVity is the number two startup in the hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) market which, in turn, is the strongest growth market in storage. Dell-EMC is the …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2016
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HPE is mulling 'tuck-in' buys of cloud firms, gros fromage says

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is sat on pile of cash that will be used to fund “tuck-in” buyouts, with cloud services a potential hunting ground, the company’s number two has told The Register. Antonio Neri, also exec veep and GM for the Enterprise Group, said the major structural work that has seen the PC and print units spun …
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2016
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Building your own storage startup: Whatever you do, don't let lead dev be CEO

Part Two You like the idea of “doing” a startup, but what about actually starting a startup? You can see the end point - success, hopefully - but what of the hoops and hurdles? In part one, I looked at funding, executives and staff. But now you’ve got the money and the people, what happens next? What about team composition and product …
Trevor Pott, 03 Oct 2016
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Upstart bags $2.5m to help put the brakes on self-driving car hackers

Israeli car security startup Karamba Security has banked $2.5m in fresh investment, which it plans to use to extend its technology to autonomous vehicles. The tech will be geared towards protecting engine control units (ECUs) in robot cars from hackers and malware infections. Miscreants typically infiltrate a vehicle by first …
John Leyden, 30 Sep 2016
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Pisspoor IoT security means it'd be really easy to bump off pensioners

Two things are fixed on everyone's minds when it comes to the Internet of Things: security and law. How does industry overcome the threats posed by these two hurdles? Speaking at yesterday's Cambridge Wireless IoT event in London, Max Heinemeyer from Darktrace was all in favour of automating away the security problems. He …
Gareth Corfield, 29 Sep 2016

HPE sells off 'non-core' software assets

Comment On the day the Dell/EMC acquisition/merger completed, HPE announced it was selling off a load of non-core software assets in a “spin-off” merger with UK’s Micro Focus. HPE gets $2.5bn in cash and HPE shareholders will have a 50.1 per cent ownership of the new entity, which will continue to be called Micro Focus. In addition …
Chris Evans, 21 Sep 2016
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Rise of the Machines at Sea: The British firm building robot boats

RotM As the pace of automation gathers speed – from the Internet of Things to factory floors – there's a lot going on quietly but efficiently in robot boats, in particular, with Portchester-based ASV Global. Founded in 1998 "as an idea", ASV – which stands for Autonomous Surface Vehicles – took off in 2007 after winning a research …
Gareth Corfield, 16 Sep 2016

Fight over internet handover to ICANN goes right down to the wire

The US government's plan to hand over control of critical internet functions at the end of the month is heading for an extraordinary showdown next week, as Congress debates whether to block it. The current IANA contract is due to expire on September 30, at which point the organization that has run the contract for the past 20 …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Sep 2016

Nest offers its thermostat in three new pretty colors!

Smart home poster child Nest has responded to criticism about a lack of new products by... releasing its thermostat in three new colors. No ordinary new colors either: they are white, black and copper. Even better – they won't cost you a dime more than the existing silver thermostat. To be fair to the company, when we pointed …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Sep 2016

HPE crams unloved software down Brits' throats – then charges them $9bn to swallow it

Hewlett Packard Enterprise will eject its non-core software business in what it calls an $8.8bn "spin merge" deal with UK-based Micro Focus. HPE's big data, security, and IT management products – including some of its ex-Autonomy assets – will be spun out into a new company that will merge with Micro Focus. That's a software …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Sep 2016
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise in talks to offload software, asking for '$8bn to $10bn'

The breakup of Hewlett Packard Enterprise is set to continue with execs locked in talks to offload the software division to private equity biz Thomas Bravo. The asking price is said to be $8bn to $10bn. The sale, reported first by Reuters, would close the curtain on one of HPE’s most embarrassing episodes, namely the …
Paul Kunert, 02 Sep 2016
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Beautiful, efficient, data-sucking Smart Cities: Why do you give us the creeps?

Huawei Connect “Smart Cities” have been heavily promoted by tech giants like IBM, and the idea excites the pulse of fad-chasing technocrats and wonks. Huawei has also heavily promoted the vision, and the commercial logic to do so is sound. It is clearly hoping to shift its high end network management gear into a market where the customers …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Sep 2016
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Nest developers become Oompa-Loompas in Google shake-up

Another month, another Alphabet attempt to restructure its Internet of Things businesses into something coherent and successful. It's probably been on the cards ever since Nest CEO Tony Fadell quit in June this year: Alphabet has assimilated the thermostat-and-smoke-detector platform team into Google. The news comes courtesy …
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Michael Dell promises new EMC/Dell/VMware engineered systems

Vmworld Michael Dell today told VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas that as soon as the deal to acquire EMC closes “you will see a whole new series of engineered solutions we have been working on together.” The “we” is Dell, EMC and VMware, as Dell made the remarks while sharing a stage with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger. Dell, the man, didn't say …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2016
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Ford announces plans for mass production of self-driving cars by 2021

Ford has claimed that it will be mass-producing a self-driving car by 2021. The Michigan-based multinational’s president and CEO, Mark Fields, has informed a Palo Alto audience that the business would be selling cars without steering wheels or pedals in five years' time. This, according to the Financial Times, is because Ford …
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HPE Software memo: We ARE several senior sales veeps lighter

The global and EMEA sales leaders of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s software organ – the bit that is in discussions with potential buyers – have each left in the space of a week, insiders have told us. Frank Vella, vice president of worldwide sales who reports to Alan Fudge (himself the number two at HPE Software) exited on 29th …
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2016
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Google, er, Alphabet takes on 10,000 more staff, banks more and more billions from ads

Alphabet, the holding company for Google and the Chocolate Factory's other concerns, has reported strong growth in the second quarter ending June 30, with revenues up 21 per cent from this time last year. Google made up the vast majority of this revenue, accounting for $21.3bn for the quarter, with the other parts of Alphabet …
Iain Thomson, 28 Jul 2016
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Tesla's splitting with sensor supplier

Automotive motion-sensor outfit Mobileye has announced that it's broken up with 'leccy car-maker Tesla. The Israeli company made the announcement during its earnings call yesterday, saying that it wants to concentrate on closer collaborations, rather than merely being a parts supplier. Chairman Amnon Shashua said the company …
Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future

Fear not, humanity – Saint Elon has finished part two of his world-saving 'master plan'

Solar-panel roofs on cars, compact SUVs, and high-passenger-density urban transport are all part of Elon Musk's self-titled "master plan, part deux" for the world. The SpaceX and Tesla Motors supremo has just finished writing the second part of his blueprint for the future of humanity. The ultimate goal is sustainability, Musk …
Katyanna Quach, 21 Jul 2016
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MPs tell BT: Lay more fibre or face split with Openreach

BT has "significantly under-invested" in IT infrastructure subsidiary Openreach and a full split should go ahead if it fails to offer "appropriate reforms and investment assurances", according to a report by MPs. The report (PDF) published by the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee concluded the shortfall in investment …
Kat Hall, 19 Jul 2016

Security gurus get behind wheel of driverless car debate

Security experts have already waded into the UK government's consultation into self-driving technologies. The two month session comes against a backdrop of increasing concerns about connected cars. Infosec vendors argue security needs to be considered alongside other issues such as changes to driving regulations (the Highway …
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2016
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White hat hacker AI bots prepare for DARPA's DEF CON cyber brawl

The research wing of the US military has picked the seven teams who will compete to build machine-learning software that can find and patch bugs automatically to fend off hackers. The DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge will be held at the DEF CON hacking conference next month. The agency has put up $2m in prize money in the unlikely …
Iain Thomson, 13 Jul 2016
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HPE dumps software biz into the bargain bin

HP Enterprise (HPE) has reportedly begun entertaining offers to sell its software business. A report from Bloomberg cited sources familiar in claiming that CEO Meg Whitman is looking to sell some or all of HPE's software brands, including Vertica, Autonomy, and Mercury. Talks are said to still be in the early stages with no …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jul 2016

Mike Lynch's cybersec biz Darktrace hoovers up $65m in VC dosh

Darktrace, the machine-learning cybersec outfit backed by one-time Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch, has pulled in another $65m in VC funding. Lynch previously founded enterprise search firm Autonomy, which was sold to HP and ultimately cost that company $8.8bn in impairment and other charges. This led Patrick White, the head of start- …

Farewell, Fadell: Nest CEO Tony quits IoT biz

The CEO of Nest, Tony Fadell, has quit. Announcing his decision in a blog post Friday, the head and cofounder of the smart home company now owned by Google parent Alphabet and most famous for its thermostat, said his decision was "bittersweet" but that now was the right time to leave. "While there is never a perfect time to …
Kieren McCarthy, 03 Jun 2016

Leak: Euro Patent Office 'court of appeals' rails against King Battistelli

Undeterred by staff cutting his brakes, president of the European Patent Office (EPO), Benoit Battistelli, has now enraged his organization's Boards of Appeal. In a letter [PDF] leaked to The Register, the boards – which act as the EPO's judicial body – make a series of severe criticisms of Battistelli's proposed structural …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Jun 2016
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Google's dream city isn't a new idea

A top Google executive says he’d love to build a city from scratch - without the messy humans getting in the way. Speaking at a conference, Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff first reminded the world that Google’s parent Alphabet was “the single most ambitious company that ever existed” apart from perhaps the Dutch East India …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Apr 2016

Critics hit out at 'black box' UN internet body

The United Nations body that reviews how the internet is governed is facing criticism from some of its biggest supporters over its "black box" decision making. The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is an annual event that pulls everyone from governments to civil society to business and the technical community together to discuss …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Mar 2016
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Ofcom is keeping schtum over BT Openreach plans until end of year

Telecoms regulator Ofcom will not release details of its proposals for greater structural separation of Openreach and BT until the end of the year. In February the regulator stopped short of recommending a full separation of BT and Openreach in its Digital Communications Review. Ofcom will now draft its "proposals for …
Kat Hall, 31 Mar 2016
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Electronic Superhighway 2016-1966 – a retro: Texts, ar*se and ASCII rolls

Pics A large photo of a woman's bottom greets you as you walk in. Chat messages are emerging from it. Not to worry, it's only Olaf Breuning's mischievous "Text Butt" (2015). Immediately to your left is Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige's Geometry of Space (2014), a mixed-media installation comprising stretched oxidised steel, …
Alistair Dabbs, 21 Mar 2016
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Lessons from history for UK Home Sec Theresa May's Investigatory Powers Bill

IPB “Let me be clear,” Theresa May said on the introduction of the Investigatory Powers Bill in Blighty, “the draft Bill we are publishing today is not a return to the draft Communications Data Bill of 2012.” She was referring to the previous, the UK's previous coalition government's attempt at a Snoopers' Charter. This was true …

Approved: Master plan to end US gov control of internet's highest level

A plan to end US government control of the top level of the internet was formally approved Wednesday when six different internet groups voted to send it on to the board of DNS overseer ICANN. Gathering at an ICANN meeting in Marrakesh, and after two years of work on the plan to transition control of the IANA contract to ICANN …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Mar 2016
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Aye, AI: Cambridge's Dr Sean Holden talks to El Reg about our robot overlords

Interview Fatigued by bluster about the implementations of yesteryear's machine learning algorithms, we spoke to Dr Sean Holden of the University of Cambridge to enthuse ourselves again. Holden, a senior lecturer in machine learning at Cambridge's Computer Laboratory as well as being a fellow of Trinity College where he shepherds along …
Pie chart inventor and scoundrel William Playfair could easily take his place at a cereal bar in Shoreditch

Meet the original Big Data, TED Talk, Thought Shower Futurist

Andrew at Large At the Battle of Ideas Festival at the Barbican last year, Claire Fox chaired a panel titled: “Is Technology Limiting Our Humanity?”, and invited me to take part. Panelists could give a seven-minute introduction. It’s now online as a video and podcast. Two avenues looked promising, and today I will give you an excerpt from …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Feb 2016
Risky Business

HPE chases risky business with Autonomy and Stonebraker tech

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is rolling out a hosted investigative analytics service in response to a report that regulators imposed $260bn in fines on firms in the wake of the 2007-08 financial crisis. HPE Investigative Analytics is an umbrella product formed from a stable of products either bought or built by HPE. They …
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Storage suppliers: Who reached for the stars, who burned up in orbit?

Storage year in review, part 3 Winners, losers, refugees, death, near-death, and a miraculous recovery ... all these were things that characterised the year for storage suppliers in 2015. They experienced earthquake-level changes as the movement of tectonic storage plates like flash, the cloud, server-based storage and activist investors shook old assumptions …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jan 2016
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US Marines kill noisy BigDog robo-mule for blowing their cover

Vids The US military's flirtation with robotic pack animals looks set to end: the Marine Corps has halted further testing of the BigDog contrivance from Google stablemate Boston Dynamics. Youtube Video BigDog, aka the Legged Squad Support System, has been under development at a cost of $32m, with the goal of making a four-legged …
Iain Thomson, 29 Dec 2015
Nick Reed Delivers Reg Lecture on Driverless Cars

Drivers? Where we’re going, we don’t need drivers…

Reg Lectures Whether or not you’re currently filled with horror at the prospect of driving home for Christmas, again, you have to admit the internal combustion engine has been one of the key shapers of our current culture. So, what happens once the open road is something that is navigated by silicon, not us? Those were the sort of topics …
Joe Fay, 21 Dec 2015

Scandal-hit Toshiba faces investor sueball over accounting woes

Ailing Japanese corporation Toshiba is the target of a lawsuit from embittered shareholders over the stock price crash that resulted from a multi-billion dollar accounting debacle. Some fifty individuals have sued the organisation as well as with three former CEOs and two ex-CFOs for 301.99 million yen (£1.62m) in damages, …
Paul Kunert, 07 Dec 2015
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Paris, jihadis, tech giants ... What is David Cameron's speechwriter banging on about now?

An article by the UK Prime Minister's chief speechwriter suggests Silicon Valley is happily aiding "tech-savvy jihadists." It echoes demands we've heard since the killings in France this month. A UK law professor and an infosec academic have helped us dismantle the piece. The ludicrous article in question, written by Clare …
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We are not getting out of PCs, says Fujitsu exec

Fujitsu is the latest bit part PC player to state its commitment to the product line, as it prepares to spin off the computer and mobile businesses into two separate subsidiaries. The units were part of the Ubiquitous Solutions division but at some point in the next 12 months will be distinct entities sitting under the Product …
Paul Kunert, 17 Nov 2015

Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Whitman slams EMC/Dell deal

EMC/Dell deal HP Enterprise's CEO Meg Whitman has slammed Dell's acquisition of EMC. In an email sent to “All Hewlett Packard Enterprise Employees” Whitman says the merger is “a good thing for Hewlett Packard Enterprise and an opportunity for us to seize the moment.” Whitman says HP Enterprise is “two years ahead of the game” and that Dell …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2015