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Murphy's law: Avnet brings in EMEA boss to rule UK

Avnet Technology Solutions has handed control of UK and Ireland ops to director Miriam Murphy who also manages strategic supplier relations across EMEA in the Enterprise Business Group. The distie seems to favour dual-role responsibility: Murphy's predecessor Tony Madden doubled up as global senior veep of the supplier business …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2014
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Storage veteran Murphy returns to HDS after HP fling

Storage tech veteran Steve Murphy has returned Hitachi Data Systems as a vice-president following a brief flirtation with rival HP. Murphy rocked up at HDS in early 2007 and spent four years in various senior positions in the UK and elsewhere. Then in April 2011, he was persuaded to work for HP to oversee its major accounts biz …
Paul Kunert, 05 Dec 2012
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HP UK veep Murphy volunteers to jump ship amid staff cuts

HP UK veep Steve Murphy is understood to have taken voluntary redundancy ahead of mass lay-offs at the wobbling tech titan. Murphy, who joined HP in April 2011 months after resigning from his position as UK chief at HDS, is believed to be one of more than 150 people the vendor hopes will volunteer for the chopping block. …
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2012
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Eddie Murphy heading for worst movie ever glory

Eddie Murphy looks a dead cert for the Razzies and possibly the worst movie ever award as critics queue up to give his A Thousand Words a righteous shoeing. The movie currently rates 0% on Rotten Tomatoes "Tomatometer", based on 42 reviews. The website summarises the plot thus: Eddie Murphy is Jack McCall, a fast-talking …
Lester Haines, 16 Mar 2012
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Snapchat admits disappearing selfie app was actually lawsuit flinger's idea

Snapchat has settled its Facebook-like row with Reggie Brown, accepting his role in setting up the internet startup. Brown had sued founders CEO Evan Spiegel and CTO Bobby Murphy last year, claiming that Snapchat had been his idea when he was their roommate at Stanford and they forced him out of the burgeoning firm before the …
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Bytes Tech Group in 'early' talks with acquisition target

Bytes Technology Group (BTG) is courting management at a software services target as the ink still dries on yesterday's contract to offload its Xerox concessionaire. The Surrey-based business that has South African owners, sold the Bytes Document Solutions to fellow Xerox player Xeretec for an undisclosed sum as it was not …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2014

Systems cock-up plagued new hospital in Melbourne

An Australian hospital is reportedly in chaos after a partnership with a cancer clinic resulted in the collapse of its booking system. According to The Age, the opening of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, operated in conjunction with Austin Health, heralded the introduction of a new booking system in May 2013 …
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Scareware scammers exploit Brittany Murphy's death

Actress Brittany Murphy's sudden death, just like Michael Jackson's untimely demise before her, has quickly been exploited by scareware scammers. A spike in searches on Murphy's death has been taken as a theme for Black Hat SEO attacks, designed to push sites that have been hacked to redirect surfers to scareware portals into …
John Leyden, 21 Dec 2009
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Gridstore bigs up hyper-converged box: Our storage nodes 'know' what Hyper-V needs

Gridstore has introduced hyper-converged appliances for Hyper-V, including an all-flash variant. The startup has so far produced scale-out Storage Nodes that are aware of Hyper-V VM needs. Its Hyperconverged Appliance (HCA) complements these, we're told, and take Gridstore into competition with Maxta, Nutanix, Scale Computing …
Chris Mellor, 01 Oct 2014

A future queen, the spy chief behind the Iraq 'dodgy dossier' – and a war base rendezvous

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has been shown around the historic home of Britain's World War II codebreaking efforts by a former MI6 chief who was instrumental in Britain's decision to invade Iraq in 2003. She visited Bletchley Park today to be greeted by the chairman of Bletchley Park Trust Sir John Scarlett, …
Jasper Hamill, 19 Jun 2014
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Reldata becomes subject to Murphy's law

Murphy is back, and sleepy storage supplier Reldata had better get used to a new management regime. Steven FX Murphy was the CEO of archival optical storage vendor Plasmon when it crashed and burned. It was assumed by several folks that Murphy was burned by the experience himself, and would go off and play golf for a good long …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2009

Vote NOW for LOHAN's arboreal avoidance algorithm acronym

As we recently reported, Vulture 2 brain surgeons Linus Penzlien and Andrew Tridgell are working on an advanced autopilot arboreal avoidance algorithm to combat the menace of magnetic trees, which prove strangely irresistible to balloon payloads and aircraft. This being LOHAN, tradition dictates that we christen the incredible …
Lester Haines, 05 Sep 2014

FinFisher spyware used to snoop on Bahraini activists, police told

Allegations that three Bahraini activists resident in Britain were spied on by Bahraini authorities using British spyware have led to a criminal complaint. Privacy International is calling on the National Cyber Crime Unit of Britain's National Crime Agency to investigate the unlawful surveillance of three human rights …
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2014
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Hitachi Data Systems says UK boss Ball dropped it

Stephen Ball's relatively brief reign at the top of Hitachi Data Systems UK has come to an end, with company veterans Steve Murphy and Tony Reid baby-sitting the role until a permanent successor is found. Industry veteran Ball landed at HDS as regional veep and GM in June 2011, and later admitted the firm "lacked teeth" in its …
Paul Kunert, 03 Sep 2013

'We screwed up' sighs Sony bigwig after gaming portals collapse in DNS cock-up riddle

A couple of Sony's websites disappeared from the internet on Tuesday, leading some angry console fiddlers to accuse the Japanese giant of forgetting to pay its domain name bills. The websites www.soe.com and www.SonyOnline.net serve as portals to Sony Online Entertainment's gaming world, allowing players to take part in games …
Jasper Hamill, 16 Jul 2014
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Google opens Mirror API: Now ANYONE can develop for gizmohead specs

Google has opened up its Mirror API for Google Glass to any and all developers, rather than just the whitelist of early adopters that could previously use it. After giving developers a sneak peek of the full Glass Development Kit (GDK) last week, Google has released the original application program interface (API), the first …
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Gridstore does classic founder-to-CTO jive

Scale-out filer storage start-up Gridstore's founder is shuffling sideways to the CTO spot as his firm recruits a new CEO. Gridstore was founded by its previous CEO, Kelly Murphy, and its chairman is Geoff Barrall of Drobo and BlueArc fame. Now, Murphy has stepped back to the chief technology officer role and brought aboard …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2013
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Snapchat seeks to muzzle 'third founder' leaks in lawsuit over who invented it

Selfie service Snapchat has filed a temporary restraining order against Frank Reginald Brown, a former friend and frat brother of co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, who claims that he helped come up with the idea for the company. The firm, which allows its mainly teen users to exchange auto-deleting photo messages, has …
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Traditional RAID is outdated and dying on its feet

The video below is an interview I did with IBM storage guru Robert Murphy at SC13 in Denver. I’m still in catch-up mode after my recent near-disastrous rootkit episode. Youtube Video In the video, Robert and I talk about how today’s typical RAID mechanisms (1, 5, 6, 10) just aren’t up to the job of protecting data against drive …

Panasas: We'll move the earth for you SIXTEEN times faster than FTP

HPC storage supplier Panasas says its DataRunner transfer software can move files between systems and sites up to 16 times faster than standard network transfer protocols, such as FTP and rsync. Panasas' CMO Barbara Murphy said in a canned quote: “DataRunner assures high-speed, secure data movement while maintaining up to 100 …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2013
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Furious MyCloud users descend on WD website as borkage continues

When a Western Digital president mass mails MyCloud users about the ongoing outage, you know it's a serious matter. Angry users generated 33 pages of complaints on WD’s community website after El Reg reported the MyCloud outage last week. Some users say that their devices are not visible while others complain of never-ending “ …
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2014

PayPal 13 plead guilty to launching DDoS attacks

Thirteen US defendants last week pleaded guilty to taking part in attacks by Anonymous against PayPal. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said the accused had all admitted to carrying out a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber-attack against PayPal in December 2010 in protest against the payment processing firm's decision …
John Leyden, 09 Dec 2013
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Research explodes myth that older programmers are obsolete

There's a prevailing ethos among IT hirers that younger is better when it comes to programmers, but a study by academics in North Carolina suggests that employers might be missing a trick by not hiring the grizzled veterans of the coding world. Research into how our brains evolve over time suggests our intelligence functions …
Iain Thomson, 02 May 2013
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Won't follow Apple Store rules? How 'bout an iTASER TREAT!

Police in New Hampshire have defended the tasering of a 44-year-old woman by one of its officers after she refused to leave a local Apple Store. Xiaojie Li, a Chinese national who doesn't speak English, had bought two iPhones in the Pheasant Lane Mall last Friday, and tried to buy more but was refused due to Apple's two-iPhones- …
Iain Thomson, 14 Dec 2012
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Amazon accused of remotely wiping punter's Kindle

It’s bad enough that when you ‘buy’ an e-book, you’re really only renting it, but now we hear that at least one e-book seller will, it has been alleged, wipe your device if it sees fit. Norwegian writer Martin Bekkelund tells the story of a chum, called Linn, who claims to have had her Kindle remotely wiped by Amazon UK. Linn …
Tony Smith, 22 Oct 2012
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Vandals break into congressman's office, install Linux on PCs

A US congressmen has been left incensed after miscreants installed Linux on computers at his campaign office, possibly thrashing some data in the process. Michael Grimm, a Republican who represents a district in New York covering Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, has slammed the weekend break-in to his offices on as a " …
John Leyden, 26 Sep 2012
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Bytes' NHS deal loss hits revs – but biz margins rise

Bytes Technology Group's (BTG) top line took a hammering in fiscal 2012 ended February from the loss of a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement with the NHS – but efforts to push up gross margins boosted the bottom line. The Surrey-based reseller saw sales fall 16 per cent to £125m for the 12 months as two NHS true-ups in the previous …
Paul Kunert, 16 Apr 2012
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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

Apparently, 60 per cent of the population has access to Blu-ray players. Who’d have thunk it? Really, if you include the Sony PlayStation consoles and now the Xbox One, it all adds up... possibly. The statistic came from Olivier Robert-Murphy, global head of new business at Universal Music Group, during an event held at …
Bob Dormon, 14 Apr 2014

Probe of Hollywood-Euro Pay TV contracts: What happens next?

By now the dust has settled on Monday’s statement by the European Commission that it will investigate the licensing agreements between the major US Hollywood studios and their European broadcasting counterparts, targeting the exclusive nature in any given European country. But what is the likely outcome? This is the kind of …
Faultline, 20 Jan 2014
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iPhone NFC: 'Apple, photos and security ... WHAT could go WRONG?'

This was the week when Apple released their newest iteration of the iPhone and revealed the long heralded iWatch, sorry, justWatch: and told fanbois and gurrls that they could start paying for stuff with their mobes. But you knew that already. What does it all mean? Gartner veep Van Baker reckons that Apple has finally caught …
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Razzies set to torpedo pop minx Rihanna's Battleship

This year's Razzies look set to be a head-to-head between Battleship and Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 to see which movie can walk away with the most gongs for serious celluloid undertainment. Rihanna in Battleship Rihanna: Good Girl Gone Bad, Bad Actress The annual celebration of the cinematically dire sees seven …
Lester Haines, 11 Jan 2013
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US woman cuffed for 'booking strippers for 16th birthday bash'

A New York woman is in a spot of bother after allegedly arranging for strippers to liven up a young man's 16th birthday bash. The District Attorney said charges of endangering the welfare of a child had been laid against Judy Viger, 33, of Gansevoort, north of Albany, in connection with allegations that she had hired two …
Lester Haines, 22 Feb 2013
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UK bank heist-by-KVM gang sent down for 24 years after nicking £1.2m

A gang has been jailed after secretly installing hardware in Barclays bank branches to control PCs and steal £1.2m. The sneaky crims hooked up a hidden KVM (keyboard, video and mouse) switch and a 3G mobile dongle to computers at two London branches. This allowed the thieves to connect to the switch over the internet, access the …
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2014
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Something's going on with Google Reader but nobody knows what

Journalists and, well, mainly other journalists are mourning the loss of Google Reader, a news aggregating RSS reader which will be euthanised today. The Chocolate Factory will close the Reader software as of midnight tonight, California time, forcing RSS fans to find a new service. Mostly, people appear to be turning to Feedly …
Jasper Hamill, 01 Jul 2013
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Smile for the cops! Sexy Snapchat selfies' self-destruct scrubbed by search warrants

Privacy experts have been warning for some time that images shared using self-destructing-photo service Snapchat may not be as stalker-proof as expected. Now the company has revealed that users shouldn't assume their snaps are off-limits to the police, either. The basic idea of Snapchat is that recipients of images can only view …
Neil McAllister, 14 Oct 2013

Snowden picks up 'Epic 0wnage' gong in Vegas... well, not literally

Security researcher Barnaby Jack, famous for his "jackpot" hack on ATMs, which forced them to spit out cash, has won a lifetime achievement award less than a week after his death. The honour was announced yesterday at the Pwnie awards, Infosec's equivalent to the Oscars. Jack, 35, died last Thursday just days before he was due …
John Leyden, 02 Aug 2013

'I was like, yea!' 5-year-old found his Xbox so easy to use, he hacked it

We haven't heard any expletive-laden smackdowns from Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds in a while, so this week he obliged us all with a beaut. The head penguin railed on developer Kay Sievers, one of the key figures behind systemd, which isn't in the kernel but is one of the first essential programs to launch after Linux boots …

Official: Google's brazen domination of Earth nearly complete

The word “google” is the top domain name on the internet, in terms of registrations, according to new research. A study by domain data provider DomainTools has found that the ad giant's name is registered in 231 of the world's 300-odd top-level domains (TLDs) - from google.biz and google.com to google.tk. It beat its closest …
Kevin Murphy, 28 Aug 2012
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Norfolk lobs out top council gigs on Twitter

Norfolk county council has started publishing all of its contract tenders on Twitter. The council, which believes it is one of the first councils in the country to tweet tender opportunities, has taken to the microblogging site in effort to make it easier for local businesses to bid for council contracts. The @NCCContracts …
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Avnet TS senior veep Coburn exits amid divisional tweak

Avnet Technology Solutions' senior veep EMEA Gary Coburn has left the distributor following a divisional tweak designed to reduce management costs. As part of the move, Avnet has handed Miriam Murphy - SVP of the IBM Product Business Group - control of the Business Product Group that had previously been managed by Coburn. …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jul 2011
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Avnet TS confirms EMEA exec line-up

Avnet Technology Solutions has tweaked its organisational structure in EMEA and named those execs with a seat at the top table after completing the acquisition of Magirus. Joining the senior management team in the region, Christian Magirus, COO at the self titled distie becomes veep for services. The channel veteran will look …
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2012
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Pub landlady's footie sat-TV battle moves law's goal posts

The pub landlady who was fined for screening FA Premier League (FAPL) football matches using a foreign satellite decoder has had her criminal conviction overturned by the High Court. The court said that Karen Murphy had been wrongly found guilty of violating UK copyright laws. This is because Murphy had paid for a service …
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Mar 2012
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Bytes hungry for more buys

Bytes Technology group has signalled its intent to continue acquiring to fill out the holes in its portfolio. The Surrey-based Microsoft and Xerox house last week signed off the purchase of Security Partnerships (SP) for an undisclosed sum following a three-year break from acquisitions. But group MD Neil Murphy told The Reg …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2011
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Premier League loses footie decoder case

The European Court of Justice has judged that Brits must be allowed to buy satellite TV smartcards and decoders from other single-market countries. National laws that forbid the importation and sale of such kit from other European nations are contrary to rules guarding the freedom of Europeans to trade across national borders …
Hard Reg, 04 Oct 2011
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Retailer challenges Visa penalty fees in data security dust-up

In a payment industry first, a sporting-goods retailer has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Visa, arguing that the penalties the credit card company charges its members for data security breaches are unfair. As reported by Wired, retailer Genesco alleges that Visa seized some $13m in funds from its merchant bank …
Neil McAllister, 12 Mar 2013
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NextIO bags some more cash for virty server I/O push

There are plenty of ways to skin the server virtualization cat, and NextIO's means of doing so is to create a PCI-Express switch that links server nodes to each other and to Ethernet network, Fibre Channel SAN, and external peripherals such as flash drives or GPU coprocessors that are housed in an external chassis. Trying to …
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Apple finally grabs apple.co.uk – after just 16 years

Apple has finally taken control of the internet domain name apple.co.uk, which has been in third-party hands since at least 1996. The change of ownership, which appears to have occurred on 6 July, means visitors to the URL are now bounced to the UK version of the official Apple website at apple.com. Previously, the domain was …
Kevin Murphy, 19 Jul 2012
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Oracle alarmed as Avnet TS loses Bharat

Avnet Technology Solutions is further restructuring its management deck, with EMEA director of the Oracle hardware and software franchise Mickey Bharat set to leave the distributor. Bharat joined Avnet through its 2008 acquisition of Horizon and according to sources within Oracle – who questioned the logic of his departure – was …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jul 2011
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Optical Express 'ruined my life' gripe site lives on

A gripe site for people who claim high street opticians Optical Express “ruined” their eyesight with botched LASIK surgery has been allowed to remain online, after a cybersquatting panel ruled that the owner has the right to free speech. Nominet Dispute Resolution Service panelist Keith Gymer earlier this month ruled that the …
Kevin Murphy, 16 Aug 2012
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ICANN may have to operate without a chief during gTLD rollout

Domain name policy manager ICANN is set to be left with a vacant CEO's office for two or three months, according to sources close to the organisation. ICANN, which is currently overseeing the largest expansion of internet addressing in history, said yesterday that it plans to name its new president and CEO at a press conference …
Kevin Murphy, 19 Jun 2012