Articles about M&A

Kotkin on who made Trump and Brexit: Look in the mirror, it's you

Interview Two American writers have attempted to grapple with the rise of “populism” exemplified by Donald Trump and Brexit, with both starting (if not finishing) from the Left. Both Death of the Liberal Class by Chris Hedges and The New Class Conflict by Joel Kotkin both make uncomfortable reading for the complacent chatterati. Both …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jul 2016

Wealthy youngsters more likely to be freetards than anyone else – study

The well-groomed throng of bourgeois protesters that shunned the weekly Waitrose shop and headed for London’s Parliament Square on Saturday had something in common other than a common desire to remain in the EU. The demographic that closely mirrors keen Remain voters is more likely to download content illegally than any other UK …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Jul 2016
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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

Comment I'm just about old enough to remember the 1975 Europe referendum. Old enough to remember leaflets thudding onto the doormat (for every 'NO', there were three for ‘YES’). Most vividly of all I remember my father and our Austrian GP, who lived a few doors down in Teesside, discussing the EEC as he walked his dog past our house. …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jun 2016
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Salesforce eyed up LinkedIn

Microsoft’s record $25.4bn acquisition of LinkedIn might have been pipped at the post by Salesforce. The CRM-as-a-Service provider was, however, unable to compete with the huge premium Microsoft stumped up for LinkedIn. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff told ReCode: "It's the season of M&A... We gave it a solid look.” He reckoned a …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jun 2016
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Who's to blame for the NHS drug prices ripoff?

The NHS has been hit by a new scandal – overpaying for generic drugs. It’s a cracking story, and all credit to The Times for breaking it. The Thunderer reports how the NHS buyers continued to acquire drugs at eye-gouging prices, using prices set by the marketing middleman, when much cheaper alternatives could have been …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Jun 2016

Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

Hands-on In its most recent quarterly earnings report, Microsoft highlighted its increasingly popular Surface line as the growth leader in its More Personal Computing line of business. Surface led the category with 61 per cent growth in constant currency, a rise driven by the top products in the line, the Surface Pro 4 tablet and the …
Addison Snell, 27 May 2016
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Lenovo: Markets for our products 'will remain challenging'

Mergers and acquisitions and restructuring costs led to Lenovo booking its first annual loss since 2009, but crappy demand for PCs and smartphones didn’t exactly help to wax the bottom line either. The Beijing HQ’d biz reported sales for fiscal ’16 ended 31 March of $44.9bn, down three per cent year-on-year, after ending the …
Paul Kunert, 26 May 2016
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Sick of storage vendors? Me too. Let's build the darn stuff ourselves

StorageBod Any half-way competent storage administrator or systems administrator should be able to build a storage array themselves these days. It’s never really been easier and building yourself a dual-head filer that does block and network-attached storage should be a doddle for anyone with a bit of knowledge, a bit of time and some …
StorageBod, 16 May 2016

FBI boss: We paid at least $1.2m to crack the San Bernardino iPhone

Vid FBI director James Comey today suggested the Feds paid security experts over a million dollars to crack a San Bernardino killer's iPhone. While speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in the UK, Comey was asked how much his agents paid hackers to break into Syed Farook's iPhone 5C. "More than I will make in the remainder of this …
Chris Williams, 21 Apr 2016
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Ah, so that's why Adapt wasn't put in the shop window in 2015

The reason why Lyceum-backed Adapt remains Lyceum-backed is contained in their latest set of annual profit and loss accounts - company growth stalled and so a sales process was halted. The London-based outfit was expected to come onto the market last last year and tasked M&A and corporate finance advisor ARMA Partners with …
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2016
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I am sending pouting selfies to a robot. Its AI is well buff

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I like to pick roses on a summer’s day and meeting friends. I dearly wish for world peace. I hope to work with children, just as soon as I have completed my doctorate in astrophysics. Not really, but I am in training. I am about to enter a beauty contest. At the risk of slipping back into my default double-entendre mode, it’s …
Alistair Dabbs, 15 Apr 2016

Ruckus: A strong buy for Brocade, but leaves Juniper isolated again

Comment Pity poor Juniper. The networking company’s alliance with Ruckus Wireless last summer raised hopes that it would strike it third time lucky in the Wi-Fi market, filling the gaping wireless gap in its platform. Now Brocade has snatched carrier Wi-Fi leader Ruckus from under its rival’s nose with a $1.2bn acquisition. It's the …
Wireless Watch, 13 Apr 2016
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Managing infrastructure, a newbie's guide: Simple stuff you need to know

We all have IT and telco infrastructure equipment that's getting older. Time marches on and few of us have the funds or resources to renew everything when it reaches its official point of being written off by the bean-counters. We all, then, have some kind of legacy kit clinging onto its existence – even if it doesn't quite …
Dave Cartwright, 07 Apr 2016

Kik opens bot shop, promises world+dog access to teen market

Kik, the company behind the eponymous teen messaging platform, has kicked open its doors for bot developers. The Canadian company has launched its bot shop, which has three categories – entertainment, lifestyle, and games – and 16 bots currently available. Developers are encouraged to submit more bots for the messenger app, …
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We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

IT is perceived in mixed ways by users. Some look on the amazing stuff it does and think there must be witchcraft going on in there somewhere. Others think that because they configured their Wi-Fi printer and Sky box at home, they're a genius of computing. If you're to preserve order, security and governance in the use of your …
Dave Cartwright, 06 Apr 2016

OK, so the users want corporate apps on the move. Don't Panic

People want to be able to do their job from wherever they happen to be. It's understandable – if you don't need to be in an office chained to your desk then why not work somewhere more convenient? Let's look at five ways to make this achievable. Remote access to local apps At the most basic level you have the traditional …
Dave Cartwright, 30 Mar 2016

Okay IT pros, change happens. But here's your Reg guide to staying in control

When I started my IT career, the organisations I worked with didn't really do formal change management. And that wasn't really a problem: either they were small enough for it not to matter (we just told the handful of users: “We're about to upgrade X”), or the departments I worked in were sufficiently small and autonomous that …
Dave Cartwright, 23 Mar 2016
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Web ads are reading my keystrokes and I can’t even spel propperlie

Something for the Weekend, Sir? A friend has the willies. He even went on Facebook to tell us about his willies. He’s not normally the kind to get the willies, but willies is what he has. American readers of this column may be disappointed to learn that my friend is neither a fellow of loose morals nor is he, as far as I am aware, multitudinally …
Alistair Dabbs, 18 Mar 2016
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Attack! Run. WTF? A decade of enterprise class fear and uncertainty with AWS

Ten years ago, Oracle was mid-snack, taking a break between swallowing PeopleSoft for $10bn and Sun Microsystems for $8.5bn. Microsoft had settled a long-running feud with Sun over something petty involving Java for $20m and had begun designing its vision of how the internet should be programmed with its new BFF, IBM. …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2016

Blah Blah blah ... I don't care! To hell with your tech marketing bull

Sysadmin blog Last week was the hardest time in recent memory for me. My best friend of over a decade, a feline companion by the name of Prometheus, has just passed away. While such a personal event might not seem relevant to things technological, it has served as something of a focusing effect for me. Trying to think through the haze of …
Trevor Pott, 07 Mar 2016
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SMBs? Are you big enough to have a serious backup strategy?

One of the TLAs* we come across all the time in IT is CIA. It's not, in this context, a shady American intelligence force: as far as we're concerned it stands for Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability – the three strands you need to consider as part of your security and data management policies and processes. Most …
Dave Cartwright, 02 Mar 2016
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Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

Video A photographer in a public place was called a “lunatic”, "detained" by private security guards and had the police called on him after he videoed a wall outside the Port of Tyne. Footage posted to YouTube by 24-year-old media production graduate Alan Noble shows two security guards employed by the Port of Tyne remonstrating …
Gareth Corfield, 01 Mar 2016
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Crowd-funded OpenShot 2.0 delivers graphic Linux package

Review It's been nearly two and a half years since the OpenShot video editor released an update. The long-awaited OpenShot 2.0 was beginning to feel like vaporware until a Kickstarter campaign raised more than $45,000 and promised a cross-platform release. The Kickstarter backers got their first look at OpenShot 2.0 beta at the end …
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Truncated Q4 helped send Ingram Micro sales down 19 per cent

Sales at Ingram Micro went into a power-dive in calendar Q4, tumbling $2.7bn on the same period a year earlier. But on an organic basis the state of play was not nearly as bad as the topline number indicated. The world’s largest distributor - which is being slurped by Chinese conglomerate HNA Group for $6bn - filed turnover of …
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2016
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Like those independent DevOps vendors? They might not be for long...

Enjoy those scrappy IOT and DevOps startups while you can, as many will not be able to resist the siren call of cash rich traditional vendors or the stock market this year, 451 Research has predicted. The analyst firm’s Tech M&A Outlook report has predicted “billions in investment” in a number of hotspot technology areas. This …
Joe Fay, 25 Feb 2016
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Wanna buy an MSP? Attenda hangs 'for sale' sign round its neck

App hosting, co-lo and managed service provider Attenda is coming onto the market for sale in what is already shaping up to be another year of frenzied M&A activity in the UK tech industry. The Staines-based organisation was due to be put up for sale by owner Darwin Private Equity last year but postponed proceedings amid talk …
Paul Kunert, 22 Feb 2016

Microsoft buys SwiftKey, Britain's 'stealthiest software startup'

Microsoft has bought the British software company SwiftKey, the company we once described as "the UK's stealthiest startup". It's best known for its predictive software keyboard, and the deal is worth $250m, the Financial Times reports. SwiftKey was founded in August 2008 by two Cambridge graduates and was perfectly placed to …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Feb 2016
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Squeeze the banana to log into this office Wi-Fi

In some offices, you have to ask around for the Wi-Fi password, or find it written down on a bit of paper. In others, you do it by poking a banana. Danish network engineer Stefan Milo constructed his fruity authentication system by wiring a piece of fruit to a Makey Makey board and a Raspberry Pi mounted on acrylic glass. The …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jan 2016
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Facebook Messenger: All your numbers are belong to us

Facebook started 2016 with the bold claim that it intends to eradicate phone numbers and replace web browsing, but the Social Network has a mountain to climb before Facebook Messenger becomes the centre of our online world. That’s the stated intention of the Zuckerberg empire – to replace all our myriad internet communication …
Bill Ray, 20 Jan 2016

Boffins tentatively fire up grav wave sniffer

European Space Agency (ESA) scientists have begun to fire up systems aboard the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft - designed to "test the technology needed to develop future space-borne gravitational wave detectors". The LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) Pathfinder is now on its way to its final destination orbiting Lagrange …
Lester Haines, 13 Jan 2016
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IBM's $16bn software supremo Mills reportedly exits

One of IBM’s most powerful executives is reportedly stepping down. Steve Mills, executive vice president software and systems, is said to have retired on New Year’s Eve, tidily in time for the end of IBM's fiscal year. He joined IBM in 1973. IBM did not respond for comment at the time of writing. Mills added the “systems” …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Jan 2016
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Microsoft in 2016: Is there any point asking SatNad what's coming?

Looking Ahead Microsoft has never had to deal with a grumpy activist shareholder criticising the leadership – a grump activist who just happens to be its biggest shareholder ... and its former CEO. Steve Ballmer won't let go. He thinks the cloud KPIs Microsoft gives out are "bullshit", and its mobile strategy is fatally flawed. If Ballmer …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Dec 2015
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13,000 Comcast customers complain to FCC over data caps

More than 13,000 people have complained about Comcast's imposition of a new 300GB monthly data cap, a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed. The request was filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by the Cut Cable Today blog, and the response includes more than 2,000 letters about the cap that was …
Iain Thomson, 17 Dec 2015
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Speaking in Tech: That’s going to look really bad on LinkedIn!

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Want to hear a funny wrap-up of everything important that happened in the tech world this week? Enterprise and consumer kit gurus Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela are here to discuss the SolidFire-NetApp rumours, Virtustream, VMware, whether “Personal conduct” …
Team Register, 17 Dec 2015

Spanish village mounts Playmobil extravaganza

PICS We're delighted to report that the first Playmobil expo in the Spanish village of Tivissa turned out to be a bit of a blinder. We were alerted to last weekend's miniature celebration - forming part of the IV Fira De Natal (Fourth Xmas Festival) - by expat reader Neil Tragham (and yes, that's his real name). Poster for the …
Lester Haines, 11 Dec 2015

Europe launches search for Einstein's space-time ripples

The European Space Agency's LISA Pathfinder spacecraft is due to blast off tomorrow from Kourou, French Guiana, on its mission to "test the technology needed to develop future space-borne gravitational wave detectors". The launch date is not arbitrary. It celebrates the 100th anniversary of the publication of Albert Einstein's …
Lester Haines, 01 Dec 2015
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Iomart, Logicalis and VIRTUS buy data centre firms

The data centre sector witnessed a flurry of mergers and acquisitions activity today with three DC firms changing hands. Let’s start with Iomart, which is paying up to £11m for United Communications Ltd, a managed hosting firm based in Hemel Hempstead, with about 6500 mostly small business customers. Iomart is paying £7.5m in …
Drew Cullen, 01 Dec 2015
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How cyber insurance actually works

A couple of weeks ago El Reg carried an article by Mark Pesce about the likely evolution of Cyber Insurance. Reg reader and insurance industry veteran Tom Whipp agreed with most of his sentiments, but wasn’t so keen on his conclusions and demanded his stint on the Reg soapbox. So, take it away Tom. I’ve worked in security and …
Tom Whipp, 23 Nov 2015

'Shut down the parts of internet used by Islamic State masterminds'

Analysis US Congressmen have called on America's broadband regulator to figure out how to shut down websites and social media accounts used by the Islamic State. At an oversight hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee at which all five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) were present, Joe Barton (R- …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Nov 2015
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Doctor Who: Nigel Farage-alike bogey beast terrorises in darkly comic Sleep No More

TV Review Readers please note: THIS IS A POST-UK BROADCAST REVIEW – THERE WILL BE SPOILERS! When someone tells you not to look, what do you do? Stare incessantly, of course. Mark Gatiss – dark comedy master and the writer of this week's episode, Sleep No More – knows this only too well. And with a monster to boot that has the same …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Nov 2015
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Lenovo loses $784m in Q2. But actually things are OK

Restructuring costs downed Lenovo’s profits for a second consecutive quarter caused by the ingestion of acquired businesses and previously confirmed job cuts. Operating expenses swelled in the company’s Q2 of fiscal year 2016 to $2.36bn from $1.09bn a year ago, paving the way to an operating loss of $784m, compared to an …
Paul Kunert, 12 Nov 2015
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Oz government hacks reality TV model to help a startup. Just one

Policy-by-hack has well and truly taken hold in Canberra, with the federal government launching startup-inspired thought bubbles faster than startups can complain the government doesn't pay them enough attention. Following on from notable successes last week (foreign minister Julie Bishop elevating the “cloud passport” from “ …
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Dell (Michael, that is): EMC's DSSD a 'game changer'

Walking around Dell World 15 with former Dell hyperconvergence guru Jimmy Pike was a bit like being with a rock star. As we strolled the corridors Pike, now a consultant and commentator at tech analyst firm Moor Insights & Strategy, fell into old colleagues who greeted him like a long lost friend. Even founder and chief …

Reg reader post-pub chef brews superscharf currywurst

It's agreeable to get a bit of feedback on our post-pub wobbly dining delights, and we're always keen to hear just how readers get on with our recipes. Last week, we presented for your eating pleasure the German classic currywurst, and quicker than we could say Currysoße, Sir Sham Cad reported back on his own hot pig-in-a-tube …
Lester Haines, 24 Oct 2015

ICANN CEO, internet community heads clash in accountability row

The CEO of ICANN got his facts wrong during high-level talks on limiting the power of the domain-name overseer, it is claimed. Fadi Chehade gave a presentation to ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) at the organization's triannual meeting in Dublin this week in which he provided his "personal view" on a year-long …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Oct 2015

On its way: A Google-free, NSA-free IT infrastructure for Europe

Analysis This really wasn’t in the script. All conquering, “disruptive” Silicon Valley companies were more powerful than any nation state, we were told, and governments and nations would submit to their norms. But now the dam that Max Schrems cracked last week has burst open as European companies seek to nail down local alternatives to …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Oct 2015
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Pitchforks, torches, and awful quotes – we read what Cisco's CEO said

Sysadmin blog Cisco's new CEO Chuck Robbins has caused a lot of introspection with me. This week he said a number of things that frighten and confuse me. Let's start with the quote. This thing ricocheted around Twitter, caused a minor stir in the article comments, and was generally responsible for nerdly mirth and merriment for the length …
Trevor Pott, 11 Oct 2015
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Hurrah! Doctor Who brings us a bootstrap paradox treat in Before the Flood

TV Review Readers please note: THIS IS A POST-UK BROADCAST REVIEW – THERE WILL BE SPOILERS! Jennifer says: Let’s deal with the timey-wimey bit first. The bootstrap paradox or “who wrote Beethoven’s Fifth?” question is a good one. Towards the end of David Tennant’s tenure and during the Matt Smith years, the awesome opportunities of …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Oct 2015
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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

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