Articles about M&A


HP's M&A guru quits ahead of corporate split

The exec who oversaw some of HP’s chunky acquisitions and investments has left the building months ahead of the corporate split, with Dell’s software group reportedly his next bill payer. Tom Joyce was senior veep of global corporate development since August — transactions include the $3bn buy of Aruba Networks, plus deals with …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jun 2015
Intel's 14nm package, codenamed "Broadwell"

Intel launches skinny nippy Core M – its new BRAIN for fondleslabs

IFA 2014 Intel chose the IFA consumer electronics conference in Berlin this week to launch the Core M, its latest 14-nanometer processor aimed at high-end, two-in-one typoslabs. "Core M is the first of a new product family designed to deliver the promise of one of the world's thinnest laptops and highest performance tablets in a single 2 …
Neil McAllister, 05 Sep 2014

Danwood CEO: No more M&A disco watching for us

Danwood no longer wants to be the loner at the edge of the M&A dance floor as romance blossoms between local rivals, especially now its finances suggest it isn’t destined for the scrapheap. The document services specialist was unable to get in on the action during an extensive round consolidation that saw SCC, Xeretec and …
Paul Kunert, 05 Mar 2015
Scrooge McDuck

Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn. Notch: I'm getting the block outta here

When Microsoft acquires Minecraft maker Mojang for a dizzying $2.5bn, the game's creator won't be coming along for the ride. Markus "Notch" Persson, who released the first version of Minecraft in 2009, said in a blog post on his personal webpage that he will be leaving Mojang following the acquisition, citing his desire to stay …
Neil McAllister, 15 Sep 2014
crash test dummies

Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

New cars sold in the EU will soon be able to call the emergency services without human intervention. A new law approved by MEPs on Tuesday will make the so-called eCall system obligatory for all new car models sold in the EU from April 2018. eCall uses the Europe-wide 112 emergency number to call the emergency services …
Jennifer Baker, 19 Mar 2015
Steve Ballmer as Doctor Evil

'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

Silver-tongued phish bait lures execs, hooks M&A deals

A hacking group has been stealing identity information and reading emails to get the inside edge on stock markets to buy and sell to make quick profits. Vendor FireEye reckons the group sent articulate phishing emails with malicious attachments demonstrating "deep" knowledge of financial markets and corporate communications. In …
Darren Pauli, 02 Dec 2014
Chicken Jalfrezi and rice with a beer. Pic by Shutterstock

BOFH: Capo di tutti capi, bah. I'm having CHICKEN JALFREZI

Episode 16 We have new Director, just in time for Christmas! It appears that, through some convoluted twist of fate, our former Director took a dagger in the back for "creating a hostile workplace environment". APPARENTLY his misogynistic leanings "fostered a culture of a male hierarchal structure" and he's been made an example of by H.R …
Simon Travaglia, 13 Dec 2014
Against Captain's Orders. Image credit: Paul J Cochrane

Against Captain’s Orders – a half-term swashbuckling, squash-clutching adventure

Theatre Review There's no sign of Captain Pugwash as I make my way through the streets of Greenwich to the National Maritime Museum, although I do surprisingly spot several swashbuckling Jack Sparrows. After some initial confusion as to why I'm not a child or don’t have a kid with me, I manage to convince those in charge that – since I have a …
Lucy Orr, 24 May 2015
EMC VNX2 line up

Somebody's nightmare? I'm a veteran VNX array with a BADGE

Lenovo has started selling VNX arrays, adding a "VNX5150" to its product line-up. The VNX5100 is an entry-level SAN product that was effectively replaced by the block and file VNX5200 array in September last year. There is still a VNX5100 page on EMC’s website but a linked VNX Hardware Data Sheet PDF omits it from the VNX line- …
Chris Mellor, 04 Sep 2014
Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Worst … commute … EVER – Surrey to Sydney

The expat files More than a few of the expats we've quizzed have moved from the UK to Australia, but only Simon Pearson has found himself bouncing backwards and forwards to between the two. The developer-turned-manager came for the lifestyle, but went back to Blighty for … well that'd be telling wouldn't it. So read on to hear Simon's tale of …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Feb 2015
Suitcase bulging with cash

Open-Xchange builds anti Oracle stack after server M&A splurge

Open-Xchange, a maker of web apps that some of the biggest telcos and hosts rebrand as their own, has bought up open-source mailserver firm Dovecot and DNS server outfit PowerDNS. There are lots of possible reasons for this burst of activity, the most obvious being Open-Xchange's desire to offer its service provider customers a …
David Meyer, 24 Mar 2015

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner: Capital is top target for computer thieves, say police

Computer kit including smartphones, laptops, tablets and desktop themselves, is twice as likely to be stolen in reported thefts in London compared to other regions in the UK. A series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from security and communications firm ViaSat revealed the theft of electronic devices crops up in 34 per …
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2014
Robot wearing mortar board and brandishing certificates

Pleased to meet you. I'm Joe Bloggs, MVP, vExpert, Cisco Champ

Vendor schemes that put users on a pedestal are sprouting like never before. But what's in it for those who win these laurels? Apparently it doesn't necessarily draw in the customers.... “It does give you a certain cachet,” says Microsoft MVP Carol Wapshere, although “other techies and my employers tend to be more impressed …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jul 2014

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Caption comp Hey, you're getting good at this. The captions for last week’s picture of a woman with a tarantula on her shoulder proved popular, as it received 400 comments. TheManCalledStan kicked it off with: “Relax! I'm a GM spider, poison been replaced with tattoo ink! So it was a butterfly you wanted on your shoulder, right?” It was …
Simon Rockman, 04 Sep 2015
Police direct a cabbie at the Uber protest in London

Only a CNUT would hold back the waves of the sharing economy

Something for the Weekend, Sir? The Turtle-Necked Twats are having their bluff called at last. Taxi-hailing app developer Uber has been invited to rejoin the real world and the TNTs are in uproar. London’s transport authority, TfL, has launched a public consultation into private-hire taxi services in England’s capital. As usual, Uber’s TNTs are convinced …
Alistair Dabbs, 03 Oct 2015

You tried to hide your extramarital affair … by putting it on the web?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? What’s your name, chuck, and where do you come from? “My name’s William, Cilla, but my friends call me WILLY eheh heh heh and I’m from HORNY Hornsea!” (Studio audience cheers noisily for no obvious reason) And you, number two? “My name’s ROD uhuh huh huh, and I’m from uhuh huh huh SHAFTesbury.” (Studio audience …
Alistair Dabbs, 05 Sep 2015
Grant Shapps, Conservative Party chairman. Pic: Sportsfile Web Summit

Is Grant Shapps being naughty on Wikipedia – or did a Lib Dem stitch him up?

The story of Grant Shapps and Wikipedia – which dominated news coverage of the General Election for a whole day last week – shows that new media can make a monkey out of respectable old media – even with a tale that falls far short of old media’s standards of proof. The purpose of what follows is not to defend Shapps, who is …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Apr 2015

Canon debuts EOS M compact system camera

Seemingly bowing to peer pressure, Canon has finally unveiled its own compact system camera, the EOS M. A mirrorless interchangeable-lens snapper that features its new EF-M lens mount and an 18Mp APS-C CMOS sensor. Rather than try a new imaging format, Canon is playing it safe with DSLR tech in a small body and competing with …
Caleb Cox, 23 Jul 2012
Two dollars

EMC splashed a BILLION dollars buying just one flashy upstart

Top mergers and acquisitions lawyer Michael Ringler helped EMC splash a cool billion dollars buying a rack-scale flash array upstart, The Register can reveal. It was in May 2014 that EMC swooped down and bought the stealthy DSSD rack-scale flash array startup. DSSD was founded around 2010 by two top Sun engineers involved …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jul 2015
Rolling shelves at the National Archive

You must remember: An archive isn't a thing, it's a strategy

The biggest asset your organisation has is its data. And since IT is a world of compromises and paradoxes, the thing you have to work hardest to manage is...your organisation's data. The task of data management is a big one. First you have to purchase or rent somewhere to put it – buy storage or run up a cloud repository. Then …
Dave Cartwright, 02 Aug 2015
Dyson Air Multiplier

'Fan docks' are about to become a thing

Computex Yesterday at Computex, Intel announced the new Core M, a new CPU architecture based on a Broadwellian 14nm process, and said it is destined to appear in premium tablets and two-in-one typoslabs. Today, Chipzilla revealed a little more about the new product by showing off a reference design for a Core-M-equipped typoslab called …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Jun 2014

Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I am a very lucky man: Amazon is offering me a 20 per cent discount. The cynics among you might try to claim that everything at Amazon is offered at a 20 per cent discount because of its advantageous tax arrangements but that would be the result of confusion. My 20 per cent discount has nothing to do with VAT being 20 per cent …
Alistair Dabbs, 14 Mar 2014

Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

Visitors disembarking at the ferry terminal on the Scottish Isle of Bute are sadly no longer greeted with a Gaelic sign reading: "Welcome to Rothesay – The doorway to the beauty of Penis Island", after the local council moved swiftly to correct a balls-up and add a missing accent. According to The Scotsman, the sign had for …
Lester Haines, 25 Aug 2015
The Register breaking news

Acronis creates new roles for biz and M&A hotshots

Data protection software supplier Acronis has created two new roles on its executive team: senior vice president in corporate development and SVP in global business development. The move suggests the firm is anticipating a spike in growth and is preparing itself to make a few acquisitions, or even positioning itself to be …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2012
Far Cry 4

Wangling my way into the 4K gaming club with a water-cooled whopper

Feature The other week a Viewsonic VX2475Smhl-4K monitor, boasting a 3840x2160 resolution running at 60Hz – though only 24-inches of it – shows up at my door. I’m happy as a clam until it dawns on me that this isn’t a job my faithful little NUC, the Gigabyte Brix Pro, is up to. I was going to need a rig and a half, probably costing more …
Lucy Orr, 04 Sep 2015
The Register breaking news

Windows 7 'I'm a PC' man quits Microsoft

Microsoft’s “I’m a PC” bloke is reportedly leaving the software maker. According to an email, seen by, Sean Siler has quit the company for personal reasons, after five years of service. “I have a lot of memories from my time at Microsoft, but the ‘I'm a PC’ commercial is the highlight. I really feel proud that I …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Nov 2010
A still from Eppendorf's epMotion video

Nobel bro-ffin: 'Girls in the lab fall in love with me ... then start crying'

A Nobel prize-winning scientist has apologised after he told sexist anecdotes at a conference for top women boffins in South Korea. Sir Tim Hunt, who has been a Fellow of the Royal Society since 1991, utterly misjudged his audience with these ridiculous comments: Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jun 2015
Conrad Schnitzler

I'm sooooo green: The Beginner's Guide to Krautrock

Feature At this time of year, most of us will have heard more than a few bars of Stille Nacht (aka Silent Night), perhaps sipped some glühwein (mulled wine) and chomped on some stollen. So how about a Teutonic taster of a different sort to last the whole year round? Focusing on the the pioneering electronic musicians of the late 20th …
Mark Diston, 03 Jan 2015

Let's Encrypt certificate authority signs first cert

Let's Encrypt, a free automated open-source certificate authority (CA), has signed its first certificate – leading the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to celebrate "an important milestone in our march to encrypt all of the Web." Announced in 2014, the companies behind Let's Encrypt intended to encourage the world's …

Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse chap in 'desperate' cash shortage

As the El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse nears the finishing line of the Live Below the Line challenge, Stateside member Richard Jacob reports that he and his family are "desperately short of money", reduced to just $1.52 to fuel them to the finishing line. It's been quite an adventure for the Jacobs over the last week, and with a …
Lester Haines, 01 May 2015

Sky 'fesses up to broken fibre cables as cause of outage woes

Sky has 'fessed up to broken fibre cables as being the cause of an outage in the north west, which has knocked a number of broadband and phone customers offline since Monday. The fault began yesterday evening, with customers taking to Twitter to complain. @SkyHelpTeam looks like a lot have lost service due to outage. Hope sky …
Kat Hall, 29 Sep 2015
"Composition with yellow, red, black, blue, and grey" by Piet Mondrian (1920)

What do you MEAN, 'Click on the thing which looks like a Mondrian?'

Something for the Weekend, Sir? A minicab driver is cross with me. As we swing around the tidy little streets of 60s-built suburbia, none of which look familiar, he fixes me in his rear-view mirror and snarls: “Don’t you know where you live?” Yes I do, I reply in calming tones, adding – less helpfully – it’s you who doesn’t know where I live. If I’m guilty …
Alistair Dabbs, 11 Jul 2015

Life is good in the data centre – UKFast boss reports from hot tub

If life is hard in the data centre space, then someone forget to tell the boss of UKFast, who may just be toasting a bumper 2013 from the confines of his corporate hot tub. The Manchester-based hosting biz, which plies its trade from three fully owned bit barns in Trafford Park, posted results for last calendar year and they …
Paul Kunert, 13 Oct 2014
Android 5.0 "Lollipop"

Speaking in Tech: Android 5.0 Lollipop is a TRAIN WRECK

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's an info-packed episode of El Reg's techcast today, with regular hosts Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela joined by ex-VMware bod special guest Dr John Troyer of Ed Saipetch is away this week, but the week in tech still receives a thorough going-over... …
Team Register, 03 Dec 2014

Sick of tech bro Silicon Valley? Oakland is building a better tech world – say Oaklanders

It's rare that the politician is the most blunt person in the room, but Oakland's Mayor Libby Schaaf pulled it off on Thursday afternoon at the Vator Splash tech conference in the city. Taking the stage to discuss "when will tech look like America?" the mayor shared her thoughts on how to increase diversity in the tech industry …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Apr 2015

Interoute slips ring on cloudy hosting rival Easynet

Euro-bit-barn-operator-cum-cloud-hosting-provider Interoute is to wolf down pan-regional managed services outfit Easynet for £402m, including debts. The transaction, which is subject to certain closing conditions, is all about cross-selling products and services to the firms’ respective bases of enterprise, public sector and …
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2015

Murdoch: I'm a Jawbone fanboi - and it's going to help me live to 100!

Press baron Rupert Murdoch has revealed he wears a Jawbone UP, the fitness-tracking bangle beloved of "quantified self" pushers and fitness fans. Murdoch revealed his Jawbone habit in a speech delivered to Australia's Lowy Institute, a think tank established by billionaire Frank Lowy whose Westfield shopping mall empire brings …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Nov 2013
Broken CD

Give Jay-Z's Tidal tune stream thing a chance, says indie label boss

Interview Jay-Z’s much-mocked Tidal deserves a chance, says veteran British indie boss Martin Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt says the music industry should worry more about free and freemium services and offerings than piracy, and reminded us that digital sales are highly profitable – if you can make one. Goldschmidt started indie label Cooking …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Apr 2015
What Linus Torvalds thinks of NVIDIA

Buggy? Angry? LET IT ALL OUT says Linus Torvalds

Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has articulated views on security at, and seems to be closer to Google's way of thinking than Microsoft's. Torvalds, along with Debian luminary Bdale Garbee, Samba man Andrew Tridgell, and kernel coder Rusty Russell spent an hour answering conference attendees' questions last week. …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jan 2015
Scotty - Star Trek

I cannae dae it, cap'n! Why I had to quit the madness of frontline IT

Sysadmin blog It took a massive hack attack against the United States government resulting in the theft of up to 14 million 21.5 million records to make me realise why I want to quit working in IT. Over the past year I've significantly drawn down my involvement in day-to-day IT operations, and I'm much happier for it. The US Office of …
Trevor Pott, 09 Jul 2015
Intel Skylake unlocked Core i5 and i7 CPUs

All aboard the Skylake: How Intel stopped worrying and learned to love overclocking

Review Nope, it’s not the next instalment of the James Bond franchise, but Intel’s eagerly awaited successor to the Broadwell platform. Skylake, like Broadwell, is built on a 14nm process but this time we get yet another new socket, as the new CPUs use the LGA1151 Socket. Intel Skylake unlocked Core i5 and i7 CPUs Ready for a CPU …
Simon Crisp, 21 Aug 2015
Dreadnoughtus schrani

DREADNOUGHTUS: The 65-TON DINO that could crumple up a T-Rex like a paper cup

Paleontologists report that they have discovered the remains of a new type of dinosaur - dubbed Dreadnoughtus schrani - that tipped the scales at 65 tons, was 85 feet long ... and was still growing fast when it died. Dreadnoughtus schrani Dreadnoughtus schrani - our weightiest dinosaur to date Kenneth Lacovara, associate …
Iain Thomson, 04 Sep 2014
2001 HAL poster

It’s PAYBACK time as HUMANS send a PROBE up ALIEN body

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “We hit something the size of South London from ten years away.” Thus spake commentard Colin Ritchie the other day in response to The Register’s ongoing coverage of Rosetta’s extraordinary space odyssey. 2001: A Space Odyssey - The Monolith On The Moon The significance of such an achievement should not be underestimated. In the …
Alistair Dabbs, 15 Nov 2014
The Register breaking news

Assange shocker: 'Of course I'm a goddamn journalist'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is running out of patience with those who question his rightful membership with the fourth estate. Just hours after receiving Australia's Walkley Award for "recognition of long-term commitment and achievement in the Australian media," Assange appeared by Skype at the News World Summit in Hong …
Dan Goodin, 28 Nov 2011
NASA's new Europa photo

ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

First contact with alien life will happen very soon, claims NASA's Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan. During a panel discussion regarding NASA's search for habitable worlds and alien life, Stofan said: "I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive …
Monty Python

I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Alistair Dabbs is recovering from the dreaded lurgy, but still none too chipper this week, so we’re happy to let him linger in his bath chair and tartan blanket once again. No doubt his neighbours will be concerned though, if this repeat publication from 2013 is anything to go by. “My nephew bought me one of those iPad things …
Alistair Dabbs, 06 Jun 2014
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC –

Post-PC era? Surely you're joking, says Lenovo as computers fly out of door

Computers are still flying out of the door for Lenovo but Q4 profits crashed by more than a third due to a hike in operating expenses that followed several acquisitions. Net income fell 36.7 per cent to $100m as the buys of Motorola and IBM’s x86 server business took a toll on costs. The Chinese tech maker reported quarterly …
Paul Kunert, 21 May 2015

Microsoft resuscitates 'I'm a PC' ads to fight Apple

In desperate need for something – anything – to stop the advance of the iPad and Android, Microsoft is trying to convince consumers that the PC is as modern a computing device as any tablet. On Monday, Microsoft will hit US TV audiences with a new ad campaign that updates its "I'm a PC" spot from a few years back, which was …
Gavin Clarke, 10 May 2011
Caterham. Pic: Simon Rockman

Caterham 270S: The automotive equivalent of crack

Vulture at the Wheel More power is always good, so the question is: how much better is the Caterham 270S than the Caterham 160 we reviewed a while back? The answer is "not a lot". And the real improvement isn’t the power, it’s the gearbox and the sound. This is surprising. Caterham nomenclature is based on power-to-weight ratios, with the car …
Simon Rockman, 07 Jun 2015