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Vodafone deputy chairman to quit amid CWW rows – report

Vodafone's deputy chairman Sir John Buchanan is reportedly exiting the company after taking up a chairmanship post at Cambridge-based semiconductor firm ARM. According to Saturday's Daily Telegraph, Buchanan's close pals have denied claims that he is leaving the mobile giant because of concerns about Vodafone becoming the …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Apr 2012
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Anonymous wifi the latest casualty of Russia net neurosis

Russians will be required to hand over their passport-validated phone numbers to access public wireless networks under new laws. The laws ban the use of public wireless networks, creating confusion around precisely which networks would be affected and what form of identification would need to be provided. Leonid Levin, deputy …
Darren Pauli, 11 Aug 2014
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Virgin Media boss AND ex-Murdoch man: BSkyB broadband is 'lousy'

Virgin Media boss Tom Mockridge has lashed out at BSkyB by claiming that its broadband service is "lousy". Such a jibe might appear - on the surface at least - as an obvious moan from a rival player, but his vehemence might surprise some considering that Mockridge was the deputy chairman of BSkyB, which is 39 per cent owned by …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jun 2014
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Doctors urged to adopt default opt-out approach to care.data scheme

A patients' group has urged doctors to automatically opt their patients out of the new "care.data" scheme until the patients give consent for the disclosure of their medical data. The Patient Concern campaign group said that patient trust in their GPs would be undermined if doctors shared the medical data stored on their systems …
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Oct 2014
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Nominet chairman quits

Bob Gilbert has resigned as chairman of Nominet, the non-profit company in charge of the .uk domain registry, it was announced today. The retired commercial solicitor is stepping down after almost five years in the job, which attracted an £80,000 salary in 2008. He was brought in as an internet industry outsider as Nominet …
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Quickflix top brass exec exits

Australian IPTV aspirant Quickflix has suffered a sudden executive exodus ahead of a pending announcement on a new mystery strategic investor. In a surprise move Quickflix CEO Chris Taylor and deputy chairman Justin Milne have both announced their departures from the company. Another non-executive director, Susan Hunter, is also …
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James Murdoch QUITS BSkyB chairmanship

BSkyB chairman James Murdoch is reportedly stepping down from his role. The company declined to comment on the news story that was "broken" by Sky News, an organisation owned by BSkyB. According to that report James Murdoch - the son of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch - will quit the chairman role this afternoon. His decision to …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Apr 2012
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Dragons' Den badboy's Expansys burns sales, profits up in smoke

Marlow-based online smartmobe dealer Expansys - owned by Dragons' Den moneybags Peter Jones - issued a profit warning this morning citing weaker-than-expected trading conditions. The AIM-listed wireless tech web retailer, which also distributes SIM cards for mobe networks and operates ecommerce and other software projects on …
Paul Kunert, 21 Mar 2013
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'I got a little bit upset by that Register article...' says millionaire model. Bless!

This was the week when millionaire supermodel Lily Cole told the papers how saddened she was by The Register’s coverage of her taxpayer-funded wishing well, Impossible.com. El Reg previously revealed that Cole was given £200,000 of public money for the website but hardly anyone was using it, which the socialite didn’t take too …
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Kick the tyres on UK's swap-shop for cat pics and other copyright stuff

A new online platform to help facilitate the licensing of copyrighted works in the UK is now being piloted. The Copyright Hub centralises information on who individuals and businesses need to contact and gain permission from to "copy, adapt, share or distribute" music, text, images, video or other multimedia that is protected by …
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Jul 2013
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BBC Newsnightmare: Opera chief brought in as new DG

The BBC has brought in its one-time head of news to succeed George Entwistle as the Corporation's new director-general, after the previous incumbent lasted just 54 days in the job. Tony Hall, who is currently the boss of the Royal Opera House, has been hired for the £450,000 per year gig, the BBC Trust confirmed in a statement …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Nov 2012
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Quickflix sheds staff, drops ads, hunts for US benefactors

Riding out the storm of sudden executive exits, rapid cash flow burn and a trading halt, Australian IPTV aspirant Quickflix now hopes it is weeks away from securing a new strategic investor. Quickflix founder and recently re-appointed CEO Stephen Langsford confirmed at the company's AGM last Friday that the company had engaged …
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US congress wants a word with ZTE, Huawei

China’s dominant telco vendors ZTE Corp and Huawei will take part in US congressional hearings next month regarding investigations of alleged Chinese spy threats to US telecommunications infrastructure. The House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has invited both ZTE chairman Hou Weigui and Huawei …
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Two new Ofcom board members appointed

The government's culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has appointed two non-executive members to Ofcom's board. Britain's communications watchdog said Dame Patricia Hodgson had quit her position at the BBC Trust to join Ofcom's board at the start of next month. She had failed to bag the chairman and vice-chairman roles at Aunties …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jun 2011
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UK copyright exchange man: Nontrepreneurs are just stingy

More can be done to streamline digital copyright licensing, says Richard Hooper, who has been appointed by the government to investigate it. However, in a sharp rebuke to the Shoreditch nontrepreneurs – and by implication the government – he said many of the whinges the study has so far heard from webtastic startups about the …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Mar 2012
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News Corp kills BSkyB bid amid 'difficult climate'

News Corp has withdrawn its bid to acquire the remaining 61 per cent of BSkyB that it didn't already own, following immense political pressure in the House of Commons today. MPs were expected to vote this afternoon in favour of a motion calling on News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch to ditch the planned merger. Murdoch has faced days …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Jul 2011
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Ex-BigPond chief uploaded to Quickflix

The former head of Telstra Big Pond and Telstra Media, Justin Milne, will resurface as deputy chairman of Quickflix. Milne's appointment is expected to be announced today. The announcement comes hot on the heels of Quickflix's impressive coup in snapping up Telstra's BigPond Movies DVD rental business. Telstra has advised that …
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Quickflix hires another ex-Telstra exec

Quickflix has made its second high profile appointment in less than a week, snaring the former director of Telstra Media, Chris Taylor as its new CEO. Last week, the online DVD rental company announced that Justin Milne, the former head of Telstra Big Pond and Telstra Media, had joined the company as deputy chairman. The …

McDonalds-card-toting Softcat boss: I couldn't tell you how a computer works

The much-lauded chairman of software reseller Softcat has carved out a high-flying career selling tech - but paradoxically Martin Hellawell can't explain how a computer computes nor the inner workings of a mainframe. Still wet behind the ears and straight out of uni in 1988, Hellawell made an inauspicious entry into the world of …
Paul Kunert, 09 Apr 2013

Telstra to hand T-box customers to Foxtel

Telstra is expected to shut down its aggressive IPTV ambitions and hand over its 300,000 plus T-Box customers to Foxtel, once the merger of Foxtel and Austar is completed, sources close to the deal have told The Register. Speculation has been rife that Telstra’s burgeoning IPTV division would be the casualty of the AUD$1.9 …
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Quickflix poaches Telstra’s IPTV content architect

Australian IPTV aspirant Quickflix has poached another pivotal Telstra content executive to bolster its leadership team. Andrew Lambert, Telstra Media’s GM, business development and content acquisition, left the carrier on Friday to take the newly created role of executive VP at Quickflix. A Quickflix company spokesperson …
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Dragon-owned Expansys bemoans weak UK gadget lust

Expansys' fiscal 2011 numbers were boosted by several acquisitions and cost-cutting efforts, the firm has claimed. Sales at the London Stock Exchange listed firm for the year ended 30 April climbed more than 60 per cent on 12 months earlier to £81.8m, operating losses narrowed to £725,000 from £2.7m and underlying pre-tax …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jul 2011
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Murdoch moves for full control of Sky

Sky shares jumped 18 per cent this morning on news that Rupert Murdoch is seeking full control of the company. Murdoch's News Corp is offering 700p per share - an offer rejected by Sky's board of directors. Murdoch's son James has removed himself from negotiations - he is Sky's chairman as well as chairman and chief executive …
John Oates, 15 Jun 2010
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iSoft shuffles board as shares continue to fall

iSoft shares continued to fall yesterday despite a supposedly reassuring update from the health provider. The company, at the centre of the UK's National Programme for IT, said some had misunderstood its earlier update: an update which it has already had to clarify when it was interpreted as criticism of the government and of …
John Oates, 16 Jun 2010
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Ex-Pipe boss rolls out data centre vision

Nascent national data centre operator NextDC has secured a site for its Sydney hub with plans to open the centre in Q3 2012. The new "green" data centre will be located 12km north-west of Sydney CBD but the company says it is looking at opening an additional Sydney site in a strategic location due to customer demand. NextDC, …
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Quickflix hits 'pause' button on ASX

Quickflix, Australia’s answer to Netflix, has entered into a trading halt pending a "significant announcement" regarding a partnership agreement for its digital movie streaming service. Quickflix has been building momentum in recent months, raising $AU4.7 million and acquiring Telstra’s snail mail DVD and Blu-ray library asset, …
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Dragon scoops Expansys into his Marlow den

Etailer Expansys has relocated offices from Manchester to Marlow, but unsurprisingly the majority of the staff refused to make the daily 286-mile round trip. The premises, owned by Dragon's Den bad boy Peter Jones who is non-exec deputy chairman at the mobile PC specialist, are also shared by two firms the company acquired in …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jun 2011
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Former UK.gov CIO takes top security job at Huawei

Erstwhile government CIO John Suffolk has landed a high-ranking security role at Chinese-giant Huawei. Suffolk, who resigned from the top UK.gov £207,000 Chief Information Officer role late last year, confirmed his new appointment this morning. He will join Huawei as its new global head of cybersecurity on 1 October, having …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Aug 2011

Infineon boss heads for door

The chief executive of Infineon, Dr Wolfgang Ziebart, has resigned from the company because of an inability to agree strategy with the company's board of directors. Infineon's chairman Max Dietrich Kley thanked Ziebart for his work. Kley said: "We would like to thank Mr. Ziebart for his efforts and merits. He took over the …
John Oates, 27 May 2008

Huawei invites US gov to investigate links to Chinese military claims

Chinese comms kit giant Huawei Technologies, which controversially withdrew from its bid to buy 3Leaf Systems earlier this week, is calling on the US government to investigate claims that it has links to the People's Liberation Army. The company's deputy chairman Ken Hu attacked what he described as "a number of misperceptions …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Feb 2011
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Phoenix IT sucks up the recession

Phoenix IT has managed good growth across its whole business in the last six months and although it's seen some impact from the economic crisis its order book is still looking good. Revenues are up 25.4 per cent to £127.8m and profit before tax is up 23.4 per cent to £11.5m. Net debt is down to £100.5m. The company increased …
John Oates, 24 Nov 2008

Telecom Italia heads split

A number of senior executives have walked out of Telecom Italia, which according to the firm is a positive move that opens the way for fresh leadership at Italy's leading telecoms provider. Telecom Italia said in a brief statement that chairman Pasquale Pistorio, CEO Riccardo Ruggiero, and deputy chairman Carlo Buora had quit …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Nov 2007
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Electoral officers oppose edited register

Most local authority electoral officers support the information commissioner's recommendation to scrap the edited electoral roll, according to a new survey. The survey of 204 councils, taken during August by the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Electoral Administrators, found that 98 per cent of officers …
Kablenet, 27 Aug 2008
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Carphone co-founder quits over secret share pledge

The co-founder of Carphone Warehouse, David Ross, has resigned, after failing to notify the board that he used his shares in the company to underwrite personal loans. The company discovered yesterday that Ross had used a stake of 136.4 million shares in the company to secure personal loans. He has 160 million in total, a …
John Oates, 08 Dec 2008
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Vodafone gives corporate merry go-round a spin

Vodafone is to fiddle with its top brass this summer. Paul Hazen, the firm's deputy chairman and top non-executive member of the board will retire to be replaced by a promoted John Buchanan. Hazen has been on the operator's board since 1999. Buchanan, meanwhile, retired as CFO from oil giant BP in 2002. He also serves as a non …
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Morse will dash for AIM under new CEO

Morse has shaken up things at the top with a number of board changes including the appointment of Kevin Alcock as its new chief executive. He will take on the role with immediate effect, replacing Duncan McIntyre who will become executive deputy chairman at the professional services firm. Alcock had previously been chief …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jun 2007
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Cable & Wireless restructures and warns on profits

Cable & Wireless watched its share price fall more than 15 per cent this morning after it warned that profits would be lower than expected and waved goodbye to its chief executive. Francesco Caio is to leave the company at the end of the financial year because there will no longer be a post of group CEO. The company is being …
John Oates, 31 Jan 2006
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Compel maintains return to form

Compel has put in a solid set of prelimary results for the year ended 30 June 2005. Turnover for the UK reseller grew 25 per cent to £79m and operating profit went up 89 per cent to £2.3m, after exceptional items this was reduced to an operating profit of £400,000. Margins grew from 8.8 per cent to 9.1 per cent, before shared …
John Oates, 20 Sep 2005
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Logica reports revenue slump

Computer services firm LogicaCMG reported a decline in its first half revenues, ended 30 June 2007, but expects the full year to be back on track. Revenues in the UK fell nine per cent due to "anticipated weakness" in the commerical sector - half this was due to the loss of one contract. The Anglo-Dutch firm had issued a …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jul 2007
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Dixons announces Kalms' replacement

Dixons today said Sir John Collins would be its next chairman, replacing Sir Stanley Kalms next year. Collins, currently CEO of Vestey Group, will be appointed Dixons deputy chairman on 4 September. He is expected to become group chairman immediately after the retailer's AGM in September 2002. Prior to his seven-year stint at …
Linda Harrison, 10 Jul 2001
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Top bean counter to quit C&W

The top bean counter at Cable & Wireless (C&W) is leaving the firm as part of far reaching restructuring at the head of the alternative telco. Group CFO Charles Herlinger will only get his leaving present at the end of May once he's completed the last set of accounts. His departure is part of an overhaul of the telco announced …
Tim Richardson, 30 Mar 2006
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Baltimore CEO quits

Fran Rooney has resigned as CEO and deputy chairman of Irish security outfit, Baltimore Technologies, to pursue other business interests. CFO Paul Sanders will take-over the running of the company until a replacement can be found. In an interview with the AFX newswire service Sanders denied that Rooney's decision was based on …
Tim Richardson, 10 Jul 2001
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Infineon hires CEO from tyre maker

Infineon has confirmed that it has chosen one Wolfgang Ziebart to run the company in place of ex-CEO Ulrich Schumacher, who quit the memory maker abruptly last March. Ziebart is currently deputy chairman at tyre maker Continental, but he does have some connections with the chip business courtesy of his work with the company's …
Tony Smith, 11 May 2004
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Datatec buys Network Si

Datatec UK has splashed out again - - this time on Network SI, the venerable networking equipment reseller . The South African-owned conglomerate is paying £8.5 million upfront for the company. No earn-out is attached to the deal. Network SI, the third UK reseller bought by Datatec in a year, will merge into the group’s Logical …
Drew Cullen, 12 Oct 1998
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QXL sells itself for £12m

Online auctioneer QXL looks set to be sold to its managers for £12m. The offer values the firm at £11.9m, or 700p per share. QXL shares jumped to 670p on the news. Jim Rose and Tom Power - QXL's independent directors - both recomend the offer. The company was launched by ex-journo Tim Jackson in 1997, before eBay landed in the …
John Oates, 29 Nov 2004
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Compromise fends off PNC Telecom collapse

PNC Telecom, the owner of the KJC mobile telecom retail chain, staved off collapse today after striking a "compromise" deal with a major shareholder. Geremy Thomas, former CEO, founder and owner of 17.62 per cent of the company, had called an EGM for today in an attempt to vote out the entire board - with the exception of the …
Drew Cullen, 07 Jan 2003
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Baltimore fights attempted coup

One-time e-security giant Baltimore Technologies has called an attempt by its biggest shareholder to take control of the board of directors "opportunistic". The Irish technology company, which is now a cash shell after months of asset selling, has hit back at Acquisitor Holdings after the investment company proposed that …
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PCCW to spend £21m on UK wireless broadband

Hong Kong-based telco PCCW Ltd is to splash out US$40m (£21m) on wireless broadband in the UK next year. Speaking to the South China Morning Post PCCW deputy chairman Jack So Chak-kwong said the cash would be used to establish up to 60 base stations in the UK although he declined to say exactly where or when. PCCW has so far …
Tim Richardson, 29 Nov 2004
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DCC ups profits

Irish distribution company DCC has increased profits for the year by 14 per cent. This reversed losses of more than ten per cent in the first half of the year. It made an operating profit of €120.9m on sales of €2,198m for the year ended 31 March 2004. DCC's IT division accounted for more than a quarter of this profit. Jim …
John Oates, 18 May 2004
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Aussie überLuddite safely contained

Those Australians who value their telecommunications infrastructure will be delighted to hear that former federal communications minister Richard Alston has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant Telstra chair. As we reported last week, Alston seemed to have the backing of Aussie PM John Howard to step into the shoes …
Lester Haines, 19 Apr 2004