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Judge scolds Apple, Motorola for using court as 'business strategy'

The judge responsible for the painfully complex patent litigation between Apple and Motorola Mobility has had it up to here with the legal machinations of the two companies, and has denied a request to step in and whittle the case down to a manageable size. "Most parties that come before the Court are trying to resolve their …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Apr 2013
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Microsoft strategy chief quits Redmond

Microsoft's head of strategy is stepping down from the company. Senior vice president of strategy and partnership Hank Vigil is leaving Microsoft to advise early-stage startups and focus on investing, according to All Things D. Vigil worked with Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer and the rest of the company's senior …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Jul 2011
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Aus business learns to love the NBN

Australian businesses claim that resource gaps are hindering their participation in the digital economy, specifically broadband. A new report from Alcatel-Lucent, with research conducted by Nielsen, on the merging digital economy claims that around half of respondents believe faster broadband is essential to boost their digital …
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Foxy investor ruffles feathers in Quantum’s hen house – fresh claim

Activist investor Starboard Value wants board-level changes at troubled storage gear maker Quantum, it's claimed. Quantum’s latest results showed falls on an annual basis in both its fourth quarter and full-year revenues. The company has been cutting its costs as tape-based revenues – 65 per cent of its business – continue a …
Chris Mellor, 14 May 2014
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Fujitsu chief disses Amazon’s ‘threatening’ enterprise attack

Amazon is a threat to enterprise tech firms like Fujitsu not because of its tech nous but because of its willingness to operate at zero cost to expand its business, the Japanese giant’s president has told The Reg. Masami Yamamoto also said keeping a strong hardware business was essential to the "smartphone to mainframe" vendor’s …
Joe Fay, 16 May 2014

SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud

It's tough being a victim of your own business strategy, especially if you're Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. After spending twenty years applying a combination of price cuts, smart logistics, and ruthless efficiency to the publishing and music industries, Bezos' Amazon has grown into a vast company. But now the company's …
Jack Clark, 26 Jul 2014

Serco issues shares to plug finance gap after profit warning

Serco is looking to plug the gap in its finances from weaker-than-expected results via a share placement estimated to haul in £100m worth of filthy lucre. This follows yesterday's latest profit warning and confirmation that long-standing CFO Andrew Jenner is to quit after 17 years of counting beans, once a successor is found …
Paul Kunert, 01 May 2014
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Imation's new buying spree strategy

Okay, we've stopped draining cash and stabilised the business – now let's buy into growth storage markets. That is Imation's new strategy in a nutshell. CEO and president Mark Lucas fronts a statement issued by Imation, which says it will work its existing but declining businesses to wring more cash out of them while looking to …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2011

Co-op Bank to splash £500m on system revamp

The Co-operative Bank has put tech suppliers operating in Blighty's financial services sector on red alert after confirming plans to spend £500m on overhauling its creaking IT infrastructure after years of "under-investment". A wider rescue plan is being initiated by the bank after it discovered a £1.5bn black hole in the …
Paul Kunert, 05 Nov 2013
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Take that, BT: Vodafone and BSkyB mull over broadband tie-up - report

BSkyB and Vodafone have reportedly discussed the possibility of teaming up on a high-speed broadband service. According to the Sunday Times (paid subscription required), a number of "high-level" confabs have already taken place between the pay-TV company and the mobile carrier. However, senior sources have told the newspaper …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jan 2014

GreenBytes guts its arrays, turns self into chompable doughnut

Once upon a time there were two suppliers with VDI-focussed storage arrays: GreenBytes,with an all-flash array; and Tintri, with a hybrid flash/disk array technology. Now GreenBytes has become a software-only business. Why? The reasoning, outlined by GreenBytes' CEO and chairman Stephen O'Donnell, is that over time mid-market …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2013

BALLMER TO RETIRE FROM MICROSOFT

Steve Ballmer is leaving identity crisis-hit Microsoft. The software maker's chief announced his intention to retire from MS within the next year. He said: "There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time." Whomever the new boss of Microsoft will be, he or she has a big job ahead of them in …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2013
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SACK MORE BRITS, Symantec UK told by US supremos - sources

Symantec UK bosses must redraft their master plan to layoff Brit workers - after their first proposal was rejected by the US top brass for not cutting far enough, sources claim. As we reported a week ago, up to 1,700 employees worldwide - eight per cent of the total workforce - are expected to get the chop during June and July …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jun 2013

Post-BT crypto guru Schneier gets new gig at startup

Famed cryptographer and security guru Bruce Schneier has moved on from his seven years at BT. Just one month later, he has accepted the role of CTO at incident response startup Co3 Systems. Schneier left BT last month following a seven-year association with the telco giant by mutual consent. Both parties were keen to stress that …
John Leyden, 06 Jan 2014

Whoever you vote for, Google gets in

Google's lobbying and influence-courting in Washington DC is more intense and extensive than even Google-watchers thought, a must-read Washington Post investigation has revealed. That's because much of it takes place off the books, where formal spending is not declared, according to the article. The search giant already ranks …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Apr 2014
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The five constants of IT asset management

Kylie Fowler got controversial when she spoke last month to an audience of asset management and configuration management professionals at the BCS CMSG Conference in London about the five constants she always encounters in her 10-plus years of working as an IT asset management consultant. While these constants may always hold …
Eira Hayward, 01 Jul 2013
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Cisco taps chief strategy officer

Networking giant and server wannabe Cisco Systems has elevated Ned Hooper - currently its senior vice president of corporate development and consumer - to the expanded role of chief strategy officer. Hooper has been at Cisco for the past eleven years and came to the company when Cisco acquired Lightspeed International in January …
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Life is simpler with fewer business suppliers

In a previous article we looked at how organisations could consolidate data assets to support the business better. Many organisations have to deal with multiple IT suppliers, each delivering only part of the answer. Reducing the number of suppliers makes for a simpler life, but how beneficial is it to IT delivery? Having a …
Nathan Coates, 18 May 2011
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Red Hat mulls BI strategy as Oracle overlords close in on Java

Red Hat is looking to fill gaps in its increasingly burgeoning portfolio of software goodies by declaring it may soon get into the BI game. The company’s JBoss CTO Mark Little told journalists at a press event in London this morning that plans were afoot to develop software for that market. He would not be pushed, however, on …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jan 2010

Zycko shown door after Meraki Euro distie review

Meraki - which was recently swept off its feet by Cisco - has given distie Zycko the heave-ho and replaced it with Ingram Micro across Europe. The maker of wireless access points, switches and security appliances was acquired by Cisco in November for $1.2bn, and its new parent soon set about reviewing the channel line-up. Jon …
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2013
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EC: Motorola abused its patents in Apple iPhone spat

Google's Motorola Mobility division was dealt another blow in Europe on Monday, when the European Commission (EC) informed the company that its use of standard-essential patents (SEPs) likely constitutes a violation of EU antitrust rules. The preliminary decision comes following two yearlong investigations launched in April 2012 …
Neil McAllister, 06 May 2013
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Surface RT: A plan worthy of the South Park Underpants Gnomes

Business strategy at Sun Microsystems became a joke long before even the prospect of a mercy acquisition by Oracle was in the air. If I’d heard one Sun executive try to convince me that hardware-dominated Sun was going to become a successful software and services player, I’d heard them all say it. Tired of hearing the same old …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jul 2013
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Cloud storage rains on '800lb Fibre Channel gorilla' Brocade

Brocade results show its business flatlining with steady-ish revenues and profits, and growth dependent on a recovering market but no technology rabbits to pull out of its hat and drive growth higher. Fourth quarter fiscal 2013 revenues were a chunky $559m, 3 per cent down on the same quarter last year, with profits of $64m, 19 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2013
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UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

Tens of thousands of ATMs will be running Windows XP long after Microsoft’s deadline to abandon the operating system ahead of a potential hacker storm. Just a third of the UK’s 60,000 ATMs will be upgraded from Windows XP before the end of this year, according to the biggest supplier of those machines - NCR. But it will be 8 …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Mar 2014

Halfway through Meg Whitman's HP turnaround time: Is it working?

Two years in, is Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman’s recovery plan bearing green shoots? The company beat gloomy Wall Street projections for the fiscal fourth quarter and 2013 year. HP’s top line still took a battering but PC sales were not as bad as expected – and better than IDC’s estimated decline for the market. Whitman told …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Nov 2013

ACCC weighs in on IT pricing

IT vendors, already under attack for stonewalling the Australian government’s IT pricing inquiry, have received a blunt warning from the ACCC: don’t lie about why your products are expensive in Australia. Speaking to the Australian Financial Review, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chair Rod Sims says the watchdog …
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'I'm BIG, I'm BALD and I'm LOUD!' Blubbering Ballmer admits HE was Microsoft's problem

A tearful Steve Ballmer has admitted he was a big part of the problem at Microsoft – and that the company needs to rethink its management structure to succeed in the future. "At the end of the day, we need to break a pattern. Face it: I'm a pattern," company CEO Ballmer told The Wall Street Journal with apparent tears in his …
Iain Thomson, 16 Nov 2013

Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious

What are we to do with Stephen Fry? Britain's go-to guy for advertisement voice-overs has had another attempt at explaining computing history, in his own unique way. But he's got it wrong, and at the same time sullied the memory of one of the industry's true pioneers. Writing on his blog and at The Daily Telegraph, Fry - …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jan 2014

Global execs name Apple 'most innovative company' – again

When unveiling the soon-to-be-released computer-in-a-can Mac Pro at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference this June, Apple marketing headman Phil Schiller quipped "Can't innovate anymore, my ass," a barb aimed at those observers who accuse Cupertino of having lost its mojo. Global business strategy firm Boston Consulting …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Sep 2013

Big Blue Fellow lured aboard by Dell

Dell has recruited IBM fellow and CTO Jai Menon to be the chief technology officer for its Enterprise Solutions Business, meaning servers, storage and networking. Menon spent 25 years at IBM, becoming a Big Blue vet, a career which culminated as the chief technology officer (CTO) and VP for technical strategy for IBM's Systems …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2012
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CIOs' most likely job move is a sideways shift

CIOs have a great opportunity to boss innovation in their organisation, but they’re not valued as strategic advisors by their CEOs, most of whom think they’ll be out of the door soon, according to analysts and IT leaders. Gartner analyst Terick Chiu used a keynote at the CIO Executive Summit 2012 in Hong Kong on Wednesday to …
Phil Muncaster, 06 Sep 2012

Is Oracle squeezing the MySQL lemon too hard?

Despite what many feared, Oracle has not abandoned development of MySQL. Indeed, as announced at Oracle OpenWorld this week, Oracle just released MySQL Release Candidate 5.6 with a host of new features. Unfortunately, only paying customers are ever going to see the best of those features. Well before Oracle acquired Sun (which …
Matt Asay, 02 Oct 2012
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Pandora boss urges 85% pay cut for musicians

Here's an example of what the new 'internet economy' really looks like, in practice. The leading backer of a bill passing through US Congress that will slash musicians' pay by 85 per cent, as well as effectively outlawing them from bargaining collectively with their paymasters, has been selling stock worth $1m in his own …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Oct 2012
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Facebook skins Android with Facebook Home

Facebook has taken over Android with an application named Facebook Home that slaps a social façade on top of Google's operating system. As expected, the app turns a phone's lock screen into a rolling news feed, implements a new form of social messaging named "chat heads", and sees an entire social-oriented user interface take …
Jack Clark, 04 Apr 2013
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E-tailing beats the high street: eBay

Australian internet retailers are making hay while the sun casts shadows on their high street cousins, according to eBay Australia. In its annual survey, eBay's Online Business Index (OBI), research revealed that ebay’s top 2000 sellers experienced 45 per cent revenue growth in the last year with around 160 Australian businesses …

Google WILL wriggle away from Euro probe... but THEN what?

Google seems on course to win an remarkable victory over competition regulators in Europe. The deal could potentially seal in Google's dominance over the search business for five years, forbidding further prohibitive action against it - and setting a high barrier for potential startup competitors across a range of sectors. Most …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Nov 2013

STEC CEO on crappy Q4: 'Obviously, we’re kind of bottoming out'

STEC must be glad to say farewell to a year of poor results, which is what 2012 represented, but 2013's first quarter is going to slump further, according to the firm's projections at a recent earnings call. STEC's OEM business is not doing so well, and its replacement direct sales biz is off to a slow start. Negotiations with …
Chris Mellor, 18 Mar 2013
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Finns, roamers, Nokia: So long, and thanks for all the phones

Finns are in mourning this week after Nokia has sold its mobile phones unit to Microsoft: a decision that weirdly seems both inevitable and shocking at the same time. But they should be proud, for Nokia had an incredible 15-year run at the top of an entirely new industry, making stalwarts like Motorola and neighbours Ericsson …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Sep 2013
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Panda Security axes jobs, gets new chief exec

Spanish anti-virus firm Panda Security has announced plans to cut its workforce in response to a sustained drop in sales. Panda, which employs 1,000 worldwide as part of either its core business or in local franchises, plans to lay off 120 (or around 35 per cent) of its workforce at its headquarters in Bilbao. A further eight …
John Leyden, 26 Sep 2011

India’s outsourcers battle for customers in a cloudy universe

The rumblings started in the late 1990s. Indian services companies were getting into outsourcing. Almost before the news broke, deals followed. Before long, India was a destination for all manner of serious jobs and a byword for getting things done well and at a price western nations struggled to match. Fast forward a decade or …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Mar 2013
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Facebook finally has some non-sales employees in the UK

Facebook's first engineering office outside the US opened in London on Tuesday, after the company announced in July this year that it was looking to hire 22 techies in the UK. The dominant social network chose not to move East to the British government-lauded Silicon Roundabout, instead preferring to keep its engineers within …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Oct 2012
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Apple claims its 'innovation' creates 514,000 US jobs

Apple has launched a web page entitled "Creating jobs through innovation" that cites what it claims are statistics that show it's responsible for creating or supporting 514,000 jobs in the US. According to Apple, a study by the Analysis Group determined that Cook & Co. has "directly or indirectly" created 304,000 jobs spread …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Mar 2012

Microsoft shaking up SPLA licensing channel

Microsoft is set to shake-up the way it sells Service Provider Licensing Agreements, The Channel can reveal. The software giant threw out a Request for Proposal (RFP) to existing and prospective distributors recently that need to be completed by today and an appointment is expected mid-August, the timeline sources say Microsoft …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jun 2012
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HP seeks buyer for WebOS

HP is seeking a buyer for WebOS, the mobile operating system it acquired by buying PDA pioneer Palm last year. So says Reuters, citing a quartet of unnamed sources close to the consultation process by which HP hopes to figure out how to make back some of the $1.2bn is spent on Palm. HP has at least potential buyers lined up: …
Tony Smith, 08 Nov 2011

Red Hat has BIG Big Data plans, but won't roll its own Hadoop

Let's get this straight. Red Hat should package up its own commercial Hadoop distribution or buy one of the three key Hadoop disties before they get too expensive. But don't hold your breath, because Red Hat tells El Reg that neither option is the current plan. Red Hat is going to partner with Hadoop distributors and hope they …
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Kent county council stages developer compo

Kent county council has launched a competition for local IT experts to develop new solutions for delivering public services. It is offering £1,000 to each winner for the best innovations based on two ideas: using virtual tokens in a reward scheme for those helping others to get advice and support to take better care of …
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AIIA takes the ‘Australian’ out of price-gouge concerns

As predicted by The Register, once the IT and related industries lumbered into motion to respond to the Australian Parliament’s inquiry into IT pricing in Australia, the rent-seeking would begin. As has been amusingly pointed out by local publisher Crikey, some of the submissions read as if they were penned in imitation of Terry …
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The changing skills sets for the private cloud

According to Lucas Searle, head of private cloud at Microsoft UK, as the cloud brings increased automation and more efficient delivery, it also shifts the IT focus away from just keeping the infrastructure going. Traditionally, comments Searle, IT departments are silo-based, and as a result their focus is on technology, product …
Eira Hayward, 12 Jun 2012
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Unstoppable JBoss 'mafia' has big biz tech in its crosshairs

PayPal was the first Silicon Valley titan to get its own self-styled "mafia": a cadre of successful executives who left to create a range of great businesses like LinkedIn, Tesla and YouTube. Google now has its own "mafia", albeit one stronger in management expertise than product prowess, and no doubt Facebook, Twitter, Square, …
Matt Asay, 10 Aug 2012
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Are Valley VCs playing hide-the-money?

Nick Bilton has written a hard-hitting expose of an alleged trend in venture capital, accusing venture capitalists of encouraging portfolio companies to forgo sales to allow them to fabricate inflated valuations based on hype and a prayer. The only problem with the article is that it doesn't appear to be true. While it is true …
Matt Asay, 01 May 2012