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Western Digital to axe 507 California staffers

Western Digital is planning to lay off 507 workers, according to paperwork submitted to California's department of employment. Under the US state's Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) system, employers must give a 60-day heads-up to affected staff plus state and local representatives prior to a plant closing …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2016
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Crack'n'hack stack Phrack's back, Jack!

More than four years since its previous issue, iconic hacker zine Phrack has published a new issue. Phrack issue number 69 contains articles from researchers Aaron Portnoy and Alisa Esage, as well as articles on OS X rootkits and exploiting Ruby on Rails. Other topics include the history of hacker groups, Adobe Flash Player …
Shaun Nichols, 06 May 2016
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Carly Fiorina makes like HP and splits – ex-CEO quits White House race

After her campaign garnered just four per cent of the vote in the New Hampshire primaries, Carly Fiorina has announced that she has suspended her run to be US commander in chief, but will carry on campaigning. "I've said throughout this campaign that I will not sit down and be quiet. I'm not going to start now," she said in a …
Iain Thomson, 10 Feb 2016

Coho Data leaps aboard layoffs train: Another startup cuts jobs

Coho Data, the storage startup with the clever storage array that can also compute, has joined the craze and laid off a load of unfortunate staff. We understand Coho Data held a staff reduction exercise in the second half of last year, and this has been followed by a second one at the start of this year. The storage startup …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2016
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Layoff-happy Capita charges staff to use cutlery in canteens

Times are tough for Capita, or so it seems. The outsourcing giant is squeezing extra margin from its employees by charging them to use cutlery, cups and trays in the canteen. Our insiders tell us that call centre workers in Bury and Glasgow who decide to eat their own food in the canteen are forced to pay to consume their …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2015
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NetApp layoffs loom as biz 'operationalizes strategy', 'prioritizes investments'

NetApp is preparing to layoff employees in the wake of money troubles, The Register has learned. The numbers could run into the thousands. We understand CEO Tom Georgens sent a warning email to all employees in February suggesting redundancies may be necessary for the storage biz to hit its financial targets. NetApp's business …
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2015
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IBM may swing axe on same departments more than once

Such is the lack of job security at IBM that staff in certain departments could be at risk of redundancy on more than one occasion during this year, The Channel can reveal. An elected Employee Consultation Committee (ECC) is liaising between IBMers in Systems Middleware that are working in Platform, Integration and Smarter …
Paul Kunert, 04 Mar 2015
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Oh, lordy! 'I do not begin to understand the dark cloud. LEGISLATE NOW'

QuoTW This was the week Google's Youtube got caught out at its own game, when a classical musician had the temerity to record the company's bullying tactics and post the evidence online. Zoë Keating told fans that YouTube had given her an offer she couldn't refuse: if she didn't sign Google's new terms, it would stop paying her but …
Kat Hall, 01 Feb 2015
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Speaking in Tech: FREE Win 10 upgrade 'NOT really a big deal'

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's El Reg's best and only tech podacast, hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week the crew tackles Big Blue, "free" Windows from Microsoft and police chasing Waze. Special guest Scott Hanson from Cisco is in teh hotseat. This week we discuss... …
Team Register, 28 Jan 2015
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More Microsoft staffers shown the door in Round 3 of job cuts

Microsoft sent another 3,000 staffers packing on Wednesday, after the third round of layoffs in CEO Satya Nadella's multi-phase restructuring program. The Seattle Times reports that 638 employees in and around Microsoft's Puget Sound headquarters lost their jobs, with the remainder coming from various sites around the globe. …
Neil McAllister, 29 Oct 2014

AMD-AMMIT! Hundreds face axe at chip maker as PC, graphics crash

Following a grim earnings report on Thursday, AMD has announced a restructuring plan that includes axing seven per cent of its workforce by the end of the year. The plan will see AMD issuing layoff notices to about 710 employees worldwide, and is expected to cost the chipmaker $57m in severance payments. "While decisions that …
Neil McAllister, 17 Oct 2014

HP's Machine and IBM's $3bn R&D splash – aka how to survive Google

Comment IBM and HP are trying to invent their way out of severe problems that lurk in their future. Both companies face slowing sales in some of their traditional high-margin areas, like enterprise servers and other on-premises hardware. And both are having a tough time converting existing business divisions over to selling the high- …
Jack Clark, 23 Jul 2014

Dixons tells HQ workers: Yes, that IS a creaky trapdoor you hear. You're at risk of redundo

Dixons has unlocked but not yet opened a trapdoor underneath at least 100 bods at its Hemel Hempstead HQ. The retail biz today kicked off a 45-day redundancy consultation with headquarters staff. This comes ahead of a £3.7bn merger with Carphone Warehouse (CPW), first mooted in February, but Dixons insisted the head office …
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2014
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HP rides data center growth out of sludgy IT market

HP has reported better than expected financial results on the back of strong server sales and – unexpectedly – good performance in the struggling PC market. The IT company reported an earnings-per-share of $0.90 and a net revenue of $28.2 billion on Thursday for its first fiscal quarter results, beating analyst expectations of $ …
Jack Clark, 20 Feb 2014
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IBM job cuts: Big Blue starts 'slaughter' of Indian and European workforce

IBM has begun slicing away at its workforce in India and Europe, as the company tries to shift its business to more lucrative, higher-margin technologies. The job cuts were confirmed by a representative for the IBM Union Alliance to The Register by email on Wednesday after a report was published describing a mass layoff in India …
Jack Clark, 12 Feb 2014
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Dell disputes 15k layoff figure: Only a few staffers accepted 'voluntary separations'

Dell has denied it is laying off north of 15,000 people, and told The Register today that our sources' numbers are "inaccurate". Here is Dell Round Rock spokesman David Frink’s email to us in full: Your story this morning reporting that Dell is laying off 15,000 employees this week/imminently is wildly inaccurate. I can confirm …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2014
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Private pain: Dell layoff bloodbath to hit over 15,000 staffers – insiders

Updated Two sources have told us Dell is starting the expected huge layoff programme this week, claiming numbers will be north of 15,000.* The company is returning to private ownership to restructure its operations in the wake of a falling PC market, a commoditisation of the server market and a perceived need to better serve enterprises …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2014
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DataDirect Networks is in a hole. Can its founders pull it out?

+Analysis DataDirect Networks is struggling, The Register hears, with declining revenues and departed execs. Seagate buying Xyratex is the latest competitive threat and the firm is said to be retrenching its core HPC business. DDN denies this and, coincidentally, has recently hired itself a chief marketing officer for the first time, …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2014
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Intel confirms it will axe 5,400 workers in 2014

Updated Intel plans to cut its workforce by approximately 5,400 employees this year, a company spokesman told The Reg. After the workforce reduction was revealed by Reuters, Intel senior manager of corporate and financial PR Chris Kraeuter confirmed to us that there will be a reduction of "about 5 per cent" of the company's 107,600 …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Jan 2014
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'Xiaomi is good enough to break the American market' - Apple's Woz

Quotw This was the week when Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak rather bizarrely backed a Chinese firm that's been roundly mocked for emulating the fruity firm. Apparently Xiaomi, dubbed the Apple of the Far East, is so similar to the fruity firm that its founder Lei Jun even appears in Steve Jobs-esque attire of black shirt and blue …

Dell staffers react to news of 1-in-3 axe dangling overhead

Our readers at Dell have responded to the New Year Dell redundancy stories. They make worrying reading, illustrating the pressures people are under. Here’s a comment from a Dell Asia Pacific Japan staffer: In APJ no one knows what the new org is or what is happening to their roles. We are all guessing or we can try for VR ( …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2014

'Abel, you're fired!' Hear AOL supremo axe exec during conference call

Audio AOL boss Tim Armstrong appears to have axed a senior exec on the spot for pointing a camera at him during a conference call with about 1,000 Patch website staff. While in the middle of threatening the troubled hyperlocal news network with redundancies, Armstrong suddenly turned to Patch's creative director Abel Lenz and let …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Aug 2013
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IBM CIO's Great Refresh: No, Sales Guy, you can't JUST use DropBox

CIO interview She might be CIO of IBM, but Jeanette Horan is just like you: replacing Windows XP with Windows 7, ripping out Internet Explorer 6 and floating a growing amount of software on the cloud. She also has to contend with staffers begging her for the ability to share information using third-party sync 'n' share apps like DropBox. …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Aug 2013
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Sales at IBM decline 3.3 per cent in Q2, profits hit by layoffs

IBM chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty needs the company to turn in much better quarters for the remainder of 2103 than Big Blue did in the first quarter, when it missed its numbers by more than $400m. In the second quarter, IBM did a little better in its systems and services segments and the core business faired alright if you …
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IBM axes nearly THREE THOUSAND staffers in North America - union

IBM has axed nearly three thousand workers in Canada and the US, according to employee union Alliance@IBM, as its cost-cutting drive begins to bite. Big Blue has been laying off swathes of staff worldwide in the last few years as it attempts to drastically reduce its outgoings, periodically announcing "workforce rebalancing …
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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
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Zynga deactivates 500+ employees in major layoff

Online gaming company Zynga is getting rid of 18 per cent of its staff so its remaining employees can have enough resources to stay alive in a mobile device–led world – or so their CEO says. The FarmVille and DrawSomething gambling gaming company announced plans to get rid of over 500 people on Monday in a memo from its Harvard …
Jack Clark, 04 Jun 2013
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VMware NSX mashes up Nicira and homegrown network virt

Having let go of its aspirations to be a player higher up in the systems stack – now that application frameworks, caching software, and other elements of the business have been shuffled off to the new Pivotal group established by parent EMC – VMware is doubling down in the virtualization business, and its top brass were banging …

What killed Motorola? Not Google! It was Moto's dire software

Feature The Motorola we used to know is dead. After it was split in two, Google bought phone maker Motorola Mobility in May this year, leaving the profitable equipment biz Motorola Solutions to live on. Then the ad giant decided to lay off 20 per cent of the Moto Mobility workforce. Although this was all relatively sudden, the fall of …
Simon Rockman, 29 Nov 2012

How IT bosses turned the tables on our cushy consultancy gigs

I think I’ve been through enough economic cycles in my life to say that the nature of employment, at least in the financial-tech industry that I’m most familiar with, has changed fundamentally in the last few years. If you’re a technology worker and your job suddenly seems unusually precarious, that’s because it is: fear of …
Dave Mandl, 04 Nov 2012
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AMD to decimate workforce several times over?

With AMD announcing lowered expectations for the third quarter and CFO Thomas Siefert shown the door or finding the exit on his own a month ago, the talk has turned to what the company will do to get to profitability - and the prospect of deep job cuts. The Wall Street Journal jumped out in front with the layoff rumors, citing …
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Guidelines issued for Qi wireless gadget charging in cars

The Wireless Power Consortium has published its recommendations for plugless in-car charging, primarily aimed at ensuring key fobs don't warm up and that phones don't become projectiles. Guidelines (pdf, as dull as one would imagine) from the custodian of the Qi wireless-charging standard require physical restraints on the …
Bill Ray, 08 Oct 2012
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IBM plans to axe staff in UK, Ireland despite hefty profits

Exclusive IBM is planning a round of redundancies in the UK and Ireland despite healthy growth in profits in the second quarter. In company documents seen by The Register, employees in the UK-based Strategic Outsourcing Delivery division were told Big Blue will start an employee consultation period of 30 days on 2 August. El Reg …

Big layoff (singular) at Oracle on Thursday

The rumors are going around that someone high up in the organization was going to get the axe at software giant and systems playa Oracle when the company reports its financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 on Thursday. According to a report written by JMP Securities, and published in Murdoch Wall Street rag …
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HP still NOT porting HP-UX to x86?

The Oracle and Hewlett-Packard lawsuit over the fate of Oracle's software support for Itanium processors, and therefore HP's HP-UX Unix variant, is under way in the Santa Clara County courts. New HP CEO Meg Whitman is making the rounds in the press and making her case to HP customers and partners at the Discover 2012 shindig in …
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HP cuts 27,000 workers

As rumored last week, IT giant Hewlett-Packard is slashing its employee count worldwide to squeeze more profits from its revenue stream. The job cuts are not as deep as some had been expecting, but are still going to be tough on the company. In a statement put out ahead of its conference call with Wall Street analysts, HP said …
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US pols sack Santa Claus in cost-cutting drive

A local government in New York state has cut Father Christmas from the county payroll as part of a vicious cost-cutting program. Suffolk County in New York state gave the popular red-suited character the boot on Friday as they grappled to trim their budget and fill a $135m hole, Reuters reports. Some 750 county employees are …
Team Register, 07 Nov 2011
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SGI juices sales, narrows losses in Q3

Silicon Graphics is moving towards profitability after many years of struggle, and thinks that fiscal 2012, which starts in July, will be the year that it all finally comes together. In the third quarter of fiscal 2011 ended in March, there were definitely signs that the company was moving in the right direction with both its …
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RealNetworks unhooks 130 employees in jobs cull

RealNetworks confirmed yesterday that it is to reduce its workforce by 10 per cent by axeing 130 jobs at the internet media company. Despite the lay-offs, the firm's CEO Bob Kimball said it would continue to hire people in what he described as "growth areas" for RealNetworks. Job cuts will hit engineering, sales, marketing …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Feb 2011
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IBM splits with Solaris 10 on x64

IBM will soon cease to sell Solaris 10 on x64 machines. Oracle, it seems, has decided that companies who have their own Unix iron can't peddle Solaris on their x64 tin. Oracle yanked Hewlett-Packard's Solaris OEM contract, which allows it to distribute Solaris 10 and sell support contracts for it on its ProLiant servers, and …
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IBM sued over failed virtual PC server projects

IBM's Systems and Technology Group finds itself at the center of controversy again, this time as it is being sued by one of its Big Blue's partners, Devon IT, for allegedly running what the thin client maker calls "a wide-spread Ponzi scheme" over a period of five years. In the complaint, which you can read here and which was …
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Oracle rolls more Sun heads

Oracle has laid off additional Sun workers in Europe and Asia, according to a company SEC filing. Back in January, when it ate Sun Microsystems, Oracle bragged that it was hiring 2,000 people to boost its Sparc hardware and Soladfris Unix business, but it looks like a lot more people will be going from the Sun unit than newbies …
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IBM cuts more than 1,600 US jobs

IBMers from a number of different divisions of the IT giant say that the company initiated another round of "resource actions" on Monday, with somewhere north of 1,600 people estimated to have lost their jobs. The message board at Alliance@IBM, the local branch of the Communications Workers of America union headquartered in …
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Larry to take integrated Sunacle direct to CIOs

All the talk of layoffs at Sun Microsystems in the wake of the $7.4bn acquisition of the company by Oracle was apparently a bunch of hogwash. Prior to a five-hour extravaganza where Oracle and Sun executives will detail roadmaps and plans in the wake of the merger, Oracle chief executive officer, Larry Ellison, made the rounds …
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Liquid Computing evaporates staff

The word on the street this week is that Liquid Computing, an upstart server maker that has rejiggered its product line a number of times to try to get some traction, has laid off some workers as it tightens its belt in these harsh economic times. Liquid Computing has just confirmed those rumors. As El Reg explained back in …
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Ex-server maker Verari auctions what's left of self

If you always wanted to own your own server company and compete against the tier one players who will want to crush you like a mosquito feasting on a tiny drop of their blood, here's your chance. Ex-server maker Verari Systems, which had a layoff and restructuring on December 11 is selling off its assets in an auction. If you …
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Verari Systems confirms layoffs

Verari Systems - the boutique blade server maker that has been increasingly focusing on peddling its Forest containerized data centers - has confirmed the rumors that it laid off a large portion of its employees and is in the midst of restructuring itself. In the wake of yesterday's story that discussed the rumors swirling …
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SpinVox puts spin on layoff rumours

Exclusive SpinVox insiders say the controversial voice-to-text company has made layoffs at its Marlow office today. Brunswick, SpinVox's PR company, told us that SpinVox had an ongoing program of cost-reduction but declined to characterise it as a round of redundancies. SpinVox's debt problems were widely discussed in press reports …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Nov 2009
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Barclays computers suffer Monday morning meltdown

Barclays online banking suffered intermittent service for about an hour this morning. The issue also hit some other systems at the bank. We received several emails from readers unable to log in to their accounts and one unable to make a purchase using their Barclays business debit card. The business banking contact number was …
John Oates, 26 Oct 2009
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Axeman cometh: Microsoft lays off 27 staff

Microsoft plans to axe 27 jobs at its Redmond and Bellevue sites. The latest cull in Microsoft’s Washington offices is expected to hit workers on 1 November, according to the Seattle Times. The software giant had notified the Washington State Employment Security Department about the job cuts. "I can confirm that part of our …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Sep 2009