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Oracle co-president Mark Hurd explaining the Platinum service level price

VC firm asked Mark Hurd if he wants to run Dell - report

Former disgraced HP chief Mark Hurd is the man VC Blackstone would plonk at the top of Dell should it scupper a bid by Michael Dell and chums to take the enterprise tech firm private again. This is according to a report by Bloomberg, which states Blackstone is considering matching the $24.4bn offered by Dell the man and his …
Paul Kunert, 21 Mar 2013
Oracle co-president Mark Hurd explaining the Platinum service level price

Ex-HP boss Mark Hurd's $53m gold parachute approved by judge

A US judge has dismissed a shareholder lawsuit against HP's board of directors over its bumper severance payment to ex-CEO Mark Hurd. District Judge Edward Davila said investors had failed to prove that the board's approval of Hurd's big package was not in the company's best interest. Hurd, now president of rival Oracle, left …
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Playboy model's complaints against HP chief Hurd laid bare by court

The dossier detailing sexual harassment allegations that sparked the exit of HP boss Mark Hurd has finally been published after a court ruled that it was only "mildly embarrassing". The letter, readable here in pdf courtesy of the New York Times, contains alleged painful details of Hurd's flirtation with HP hostess Jodie Fisher …
Anna Leach, 30 Dec 2011
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HP wants final probe into Hurd's departure

HP wants to run its own independent investigation into the departure of former boss Mark Hurd. Hurd left, apparently for dodgy expenses claims, which were uncovered as a result of an investigation into alleged sexual harassment. Hurd then joined Oracle. But according to court documents HP now wants to carry out another probe …
John Oates, 20 Jan 2011
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Secret HP dossier on ex-CEO Hurd's antics to stay sealed

HP doesn't have to hand over a secret investigation's report on former chief executive Mark Hurd's sexual activities, or lack thereof, a US Supreme Court ruled. Hurd left HP amid allegations of sexual harassment and breach of conduct codes, but still got a lovely golden handshake on the way out the door. HP shareholder Ernesto …
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Hurd fingered in HP bribe case after probe

Mark Hurd, former chief executive of HP, has been named in a court case brought against the ink giant. The case concerns allegations that HP paid bribes to secure US government contracts. Documents claim Hurd, now at Oracle, won $97m in contracts thanks to the illegal payments. Ten other directors are named and accused of …
John Oates, 25 Oct 2010
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SEC probes whether Hurd leaked EDS buy info

The SEC has gotten on Mark Hurd's case, with an investigation that will look into whether the former HP boss passed on information about the acquisition of EDS to his nemesis, Jodie Fisher. The Wall Street Journal cites its favourite source – people familiar with the matter – to report that the inside information issue is part …
Joe Fay, 21 Dec 2010
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HP accuses Hurd of repeated lying

HP's chairman Ray Lane has accused Mark Hurd of repeatedly lying to the board of directors in an angry letter to the New York Times. Lane was writing in response to an opinion piece in the paper which suggested HP's new boss, Léo Apotheker, formerly boss of SAP, was guilty of worse misbehaviour than Hurd. The article said …
John Oates, 12 Oct 2010
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HP board cooked Hurd's goose before settlement

The drip, drip of spin from HP continues with sources telling the media that HP's board of directors had decided to ditch chief exec Mark Hurd before he reached a private agreement with Jodie Fisher over sexual harassment allegations. These latest claims are in opposition to claims earlier this week that the board felt snubbed …
John Oates, 19 Aug 2010
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Shareholders sue HP over Hurd's sex scandal probe

HP faces a lawsuit over the departure of Mark Hurd from shareholders angry at the massive payoff he received and accusing the board of failing in their legal duties. Hurd was allowed to resign as CEO last week after an investigation into sexual harrassment allegations uncovered false expenses claims. He walked away with a $12.2m …
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Ex-actress 'accused Hurd of leaking HP's EDS buy'

When Mark Hurd resigned as HP CEO in early August, he stood accused not only of sexually harassing HP contractor and former soft-porn actress Jodie Fisher, but also of passing her insider information. According to The Wall Street Journal, a June 29 letter to Hurd from Fisher's lawyer said that "Hurd told her of HP's intention to …
Cade Metz, 07 Nov 2010
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Hurd snubbed HP board to settle claims

The board of HP felt snubbed by Mark Hurd's solo efforts to settle a sexual harassment case brought by contractor Jodie Fisher. Hurd and Fisher reached agreement on 4 August without the knowledge or support of the board of directors at HP. The next day there was meant to be a mediation meeting between the two and their lawyers …
John Oates, 16 Aug 2010
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HP's Hurd set to join Oracle

Mark Hurd, pushed from the top job at HP after allegations of sexual harassment and misfiling of expenses, is about to get a board post at Oracle. Although neither the company nor its founder Larry Ellison would comment on the record a vote is expected within the next few days, according to both the FT and the Wall Street …
John Oates, 06 Sep 2010
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HP's Hurd quits quickly on sexual harassment probe

HP boss Mark Hurd has resigned suddenly following allegations of sexual harassment. Hurd quit the $17m-a-year chief executive, chairman, and president post on Friday immediately following an investigation into claims of sexual harassment brought by a former HP contractor. HP said there'd been no violation of its sexual …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Aug 2010
Oracle co-president Mark Hurd explaining the Platinum service level price

Oracle raids HP enterprise biz to find global channel chief

Oracle has filled the void at the top of its channel organisation after president Mark Hurd raided his previous employer HP by sweet-talking its Americas enterprise boss Rich Geraffo into jumping ship. The position lay vacant ever since well-respected channel figure and Oracle veteran Judson Althoff upped sticks in March for …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2013

Ellison blasts HP 'idiots' for Hurd's exit

Larry Ellison has ridden to Mark Hurd's defense and unleashed on HP's board for dropping its CEO following an investigation for sexual harassment. In a rare display of top-earner solidarity, Ellison slammed the board as "idiots" that failed to act in the best interests of HP's employees, shareholders, and partners by forcing …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Aug 2010
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What is Mark Hurd working on?

Blocks and Files Look, this is off the wall, and I'm putting together an absence from the public eye and thoughts from a couple of sources - and maybe wishful thinking - but, here we go; what is Mark Hurd working on at Oracle? The Hurdster has been absent from public engagements for a couple of months it seems. He gets recruited …
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2011
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HP drops fight to block Hurd's Oracle hire

Mark Hurd can officially work for Larry Ellison, now that HP has called off its lawyers. HP revealed Monday that it settled its legal action against Hurd on September 10, three days after filing suit in a Californian court to stop Hurd from spilling trade secrets to Ellison. Terms of the settlement are confidential, but HP said …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2010
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HP sues Hurd to keep secrets from Ellison

Hewlett-Packard has sued disgraced former chief executive Mark Hurd in an effort to stop him joining Oracle. The world's largest PC marker claims that in joining Oracle, Hurd would breach confidentially agreements signed at HP and may reveal trade secrets and confidential customer information. HP – which went to court on …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Sep 2010
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Oracle brass past and present tapped for Microsoft CEO - report

Two Oracle execs past and present have joined the list of top industry chiefs who’ve been approached to become the next Steve Ballmer. The software giant’s current hardware chief and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd has joined a a list reported by the Wall St Journal of eight Redmond outsiders approached by a Microsoft power …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Oct 2013
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HP contractor 'surprised and saddened' by Hurd sacking

Mark Hurd's nemesis is a former soft porn actress and a reality TV wannabe and she is "surprised and saddened" by his enforced departure from HP. And she has privately settled her sexual harassment claim with him. In a statement released on Sunday by her attorney, the celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, Fisher said: "I was …
Drew Cullen, 09 Aug 2010
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Ellison taps ex-HP CEO Hurd as Oracle co-prez

Ex-HP CEO Mark Hurd has been named co-president at Oracle. Maybe Charles Phillips, one of the two former co-presidents of software giant and hardware wannabe Oracle, should have spent more time on the tennis courts with founder and CEO Larry Ellison and less time in the office. The strategy seems to have worked well for Hurd. …
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Hurd to take $950,000 salary after Oracle pay cut

Mark Hurd will take a 25 per cent pay cut to work for Larry Ellison — if HP fails in its legal maneuver to block the Oracle CEO's audacious hire. Ellison has offered HP's former chief a salary of $950,000 as an Oracle president and board member — stratospheric by mortal standards, but down from Hurd's $1.27m take at HP. Hurd …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Sep 2010
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Verizon calls 1-800-Oracle, orders a database, Fusion cloud meal deal

As far as some developers are concerned, a marriage between massive telco Verizon and proprietary software king Oracle measures somewhere between mandated use of Windows ME and a ban on home working. But, undeterred by such naysayers, the two giants have teamed up to load Oracle's Database and Fusion Middleware onto the recently …
Jack Clark, 10 Jan 2014
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HP and Oracle avoid blows over disgraced Hurd

Hewlett-Packard and Oracle have sidestepped their feud over disgraced CEO Mark Hurd on the opening of the database giant's annual OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. HP enterprise business executive vice president Ann Livermore opened OpenWorld in a Sunday evening keynote that emphasized how much business her company performs …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2010
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HP reported close to naming Hurd successor

Somebody has to stop Hewlett-Packard before it acquires another company for billions of dollars again, and the word on the street is that the IT giant is getting set to do that soon. Possibly as early as next week. Bloomberg reported Friday that HP's board of directors could announce a successor to Mark Hurd, now co-president at …
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HP hires headhunter to replace Hurd

Flummoxed IT giant Hewlett-Packard has hired executive search firm Spencer Stuart to help it quickly and quietly find a new chief executive officer, after Mark Hurd resigned amid a sex and expense reporting scandal on 6 August. The headhunting firm was established in 1956 and is a privately held partnership with expertise in …
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Hurd's HP legacy: Dell racer, IBM chaser

Somewhere in California, Carly Fiorina must nearly have choked to death from laughter while stumping for a US Senate seat as news of her successor's sudden departure broke following a sexual-harassment probe. It has not been an easy five years for Mark Hurd, the former president, chief executive officer, and chairman of HP, the …

Oracle unzips plan to wave cloud erections at Canadians, Germans

Oracle has announced plans to open a handful of new data centers to spur its cloud service in North America and Europe. The tech goliath said that by the middle of next year it will bring four additional facilities online that will run a variety of Oracle application-as-a-service offerings. The data centers will be set up in …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Nov 2013
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HP: We're holding nothing back from partners now, coos firm

The new, channel-friendlier HP - jolted into action by CEO Meg Whitman and losing the PC crown to Lenovo - is trying to help rather than hinder partners efforts to build global sales business with customers. A year ago Whitman told a gathering of resellers, integrators and providers of services at its global partner knees-up …
Paul Kunert, 08 Apr 2014
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What does the Hurd mentality bring to Oracle?

It's going to be a long time before Oracle can take on the likes of HP and IBM for the IT-market crown. But before he retires, you can bet Larry Ellison's last billion bucks that he most surely wants to become the dominant systems supplier in the data center. This goal is not as unattainable as it might seem, especially now that …

Oracle posts flat revenues on slow software sales

Oracle execs were quick to talk up the company's cloud efforts during its Q4 2013 earnings call on Thursday, but slow software sales disappointed investors and sent Oracle's shares tumbling in after-hours trading. Total revenues for the fourth quarter of Oracle's fiscal 2013 were flat at $10.9bn when compared to the same period …
Neil McAllister, 20 Jun 2013

HP UK boss sent down ... under (yes, he's going to Australia)

Centuries after some of Britain's less-law-abiding sorts started settling in Australia, the good folk down under are ready to welcome another Pom to their ranks. HP UK and Ireland boss Nick Wilson is set to emigrate. Staff were today told that Wilson is leaving for pastures new and from 1 November will be HP's general manager of …
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2013

Oracle loses appeal in HP row over Itanium

Oracle's last-ditch effort to wriggle out of a judgment requiring it to continue support for HP's Itanium-based servers has failed, leaving only the issue of damages to be resolved. In August 2012, a San Jose, California court ruled that Oracle had violated the terms of its contract with HP when it announced that it would no …
Neil McAllister, 01 Feb 2013

Did Hewlett-Packard overreact on Hurd's Fishergate?

After its tumultuous time under president and chief executive Carly Fiorina followed by the journalist spying scandal that cost chairman Patricia Dunn her job, you can't blame Hewlett-Packard's board for being a little jumpy about a sex scandal and padded expenses. Or maybe you can, especially if cutting the cord on CEO, …

It's CLOUD WAR says Larry Ellison: parachute in the sales team

Larry Ellison has promised to bring holy price down upon the heads of cloud computing infidels. Microsoft, Amazon, Rackspace and Salesforce are all on notice: Ellison’s database giant will take them on, in infrastructure, platform and on apps. Ellison told Wall St on Wednesday he will be “price competitive” with Amazon’s AWS, …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Dec 2013
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Court says startup swiped IP for high-frequency trading tech

Zeptonics, the Australian company that last year promoted the “world's fastest switch”, has suffered a legal reversal after Australia's Federal Court decided some of the the company's technology, namely that used in its ZeptoLink, ZeptoNIC, ZeptoAccess KRX and Crosswise ATS products, was not its own. The case of Zomojo Pty Ltd v …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2013
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Shiny new UK.gov stats website a 'disaster' - MPs

The official website designed to give the British public access to government statistics has been branded a "disaster" by MPs. Andrew Dilnot, chair of the UK Statistics Authority, was brought in front of the Public Administration Committee yesterday to explain why it's so hard to actually pull up any information on ons.gov.uk. …
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Fed up with Windows? Linux too easy? Get weird, go ALTERNATIVE

It's hard to believe, looking at the modern computing world, but there is still more to life than Windows or Unix… and today, most of the alternatives run on vanilla x86 hardware and are free. Most of them need considerably lower resources than the market-leaders, too, so an old PC is ideal for trying them out. VMs are fine, but …
Liam Proven, 01 Nov 2013
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HP rings up Hurd's final quarter

Mark Hurd, the ousted president, chief executive officer, and chairman of IT giant Hewlett-Packard, turned in a decent final quarter. In the quarter ended July 31 – only a week before Hurd was shown the door for becoming embroiled in a sexual harassment lawsuit with a consultant that was hired to be a greeter at HP events and …

Australian company claims world’s fastest switch

A new Australia company, Zeptonics, has created what it claims is the world’s fastest network switch. The company’s “Zeptomux” bills itself as a “23-to-1 multiplexing switch that operates with a fibre-to-fibre latency (including SFP+s) of ~130ns.” The Zeptomux can achieve that speed over copper or fibre, and uses 10G Ethernet …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jun 2012
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Oracle plans deep integration of Eloqua marketing tech

Oracle will make sure its recently acquired Eloqua marketing cloud plays along with Microsoft and Salesforce systems, though it plans to closely link the marketing suite with its own sales technology as well. Describing Eloqua as "the centerpiece for Oracle's cloud," Oracle's president Mark Hurd said in a webcast on Thursday …
Jack Clark, 21 Feb 2013
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What Ballmer and Hurd should announce this afternoon

Microsoft and HP CEOs are making a big announcement today about a joint agreement and investment in business computing. We don't know what they are announcing, but we know what they should be. Mark Hurd and Steve Ballmer will take questions from invited journos at a teleconference later today abbout the two companies' preparing …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2010
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Oracle: Our figures say hardware has flatlined, but we assure you it hasn't

Database and wannabe hardware giant Oracle has beat Wall Street expectations after nine disappointing months, and said cloud services are one of its three main growth areas for next year. The company reported its second-quarter results for its fiscal 2014 year on Wednesday, and surprised analysts by stemming the rot in new …
Jack Clark, 19 Dec 2013

HP asks court to force Oracle to obey Itanium contract

HP has told a US court that it should force Oracle to keep supporting its Itanium-based servers for as long as HP sells them. The firm's lawyer said in closing arguments in the case that Oracle was contractually obliged to support Itanium chips based on the Hurd agreement. Oracle stood by its position that the Hurd agreement …

Oracle and Dell forge worldwide server alliance

Dell and Oracle are teaming up on x86 servers, and Dell is set to develop a new "infrastructure offering" specifically for Oracle's database software. In other words, if you were planning on buying one of Oracle's standalone servers rather than a bundled system, you might want to think twice. The worldwide alliance was …
Jack Clark, 04 Jun 2013
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HP's Ray Lane faces $100m tax bill over 'sham' tax shelter

It seems ex-HP chairman Ray Lane is as good at picking tax shelters as software companies, since the IRS now says he owes them $100m in unpaid taxes from an investment scheme that has been ruled illegal. Papers filed in the Washington tax court show claim Lane, who stepped down from HP in April in the wake of the botched …
Iain Thomson, 07 Jun 2013
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HP's Hurd points out flat and spotty US in Q3

HP boss Mark Hurd sketched out a "flattish" picture of the US market, but confirmed the company was seeing worldwide growth as he aired third quarter earnings yesterday. Hurd also offered a couple of crumbs of detail on his ambitions for EDS – once the services giant has been borged by HP – and gave Wall Street analysts a …
Joe Fay, 21 May 2008
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HP's Hurd appoints old mate to ethics officer

HP has appointed a new chief ethics officer to replace Kevin Hunsaker whose role in overseeing the morality and legality of snooping on board members ended with his resignation to face criminal charges. Jon Hoak started as HP's vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer from 11 October. He will be responsible for: " …
John Oates, 13 Oct 2006
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Oracle pumps out Q4 financials in premature release: See? We're OK

Oracle rushed through the public filing of decent Q4 financials last night some three days earlier than planned to head off any industry talk that the pending exit of a sales bigwig was due to tumbling turnover. The word on the street, well at least on Murdoch's Wall St rag Barron's, is that 26-year Oracle veteran, exec veep of …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2012