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Techies CAN sue Google, Apple, Intel et al accused of wage-strangling pact

Employees at top Silicon Valley companies can sue bosses accused of entering a secret pact that kept salaries down, a judge in California has ruled. The lawsuit claims that between 2005 and 2007 Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, Pixar and Lucasfilm entered into non-compete agreements to end the practice of poaching of staff …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2014
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Telefónica slapped with €67m anti-competitive fine from EU

Spanish communications giant Telefónica has been fined €66.8m by the European Commission for agreeing not to compete with Portugal Telecom, which was slapped with a lighter €12m penalty by Brussels officials. The two companies were found to be in breach of Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jan 2013
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Dell chief biz gobbler Johnson flees for hedge-fund Blackstone

'Tis the season for executive management changes. David Johnson, the mergers and acquisition chief that Michael Dell lured away from IBM, is leaving Round Rock to return to the Empire State. Johnson was responsible for architecting Dell's expansion into services, storage, and software after leaving Big Blue. A Dell spokesperson …
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EMC lobs sueball at Pure, tells court: Look what they told EL REG

Just days before it launches its XtremIO flash array, EMC is suing flash array startup Pure Storage for allegedly improperly recruiting EMC staff, and also accuses it of encouraging ex-EMCers to use its confidential data – and it has cited The Register in its complaint. It has also accused Pure of interference with its business …
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2013
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Acer sues ex-boss Lanci for shacking up with Lenovo

Acer has sued former president and CEO Gianfranco Lanci amid claims that he breached a non-compete clause by joining rival Lenovo. The lawsuit was lodged in a Milanese court today, according to a notification Acer made to the Taiwan Stock Exchange. The PC giant will seek to ascertain whether Lanci violated the "non-compete …
Paul Kunert, 07 Feb 2012
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Cisco to HP: 'Stop suing former staffers'

Cisco’s chief legal officer Mark Chandler has publicly admonished HP for using legal action to stop former staff from working for the competition. Chandler said that in the last two years HP had threatened legal action against three former staff members who sought to work at Cisco, citing non-compete clauses in their contracts. …
Iain Thomson, 24 Nov 2011
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Acer limps into 2012 with declining January sales

Acer has not made the positive start to the year that it was banking on after confirming a double-digit decline year-on-year in sales for January. After a disastrous 2011 in which Acer posted losses, parted with its CEO and a stack of senior management, and was knocked further down the pecking order in the global PC market, the …
Paul Kunert, 10 Feb 2012
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Former Microsoft exec barred from taking job at Salesforce

Microsoft ex-worldwide government general manager Matt Miszewski has been told by a US judge that he can't take a similar job with cloud computing rival Salesforce.com. Judge Kimberly Prochnau ruled in Washington's King County Superior Court yesterday that Miszewski, who only joined Salesforce in January this year, was in " …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Feb 2011
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Microsoft sues ex-general manager over Salesforce.com exodus

Microsoft is suing its erstwhile general manager Matt Miszewski, after he took a job with cloud computing rival Salesforce.com. The company has won a restraining order from a Washington state court, which temporarily halts Miszewski from working at Salesforce in his new position of senior vice president of global public sector …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jan 2011
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UPDATED McGregor set to take control at Azlan

Azlan has concluded the search for a new boss with former Avnet Technology Solutions exec Colin McGregor set to take on the role, The Register can confirm. McGregor, who was EMEA director of enterprise at Avnet until he left last September - the first in a number of departures as the distributor integrated the Bell Microproducts …
Paul Kunert, 04 Jul 2011

Another Microsoft Trojan? Sinofsky might just want a RIM job

You are the Mussolini of Microsoft: you have the engineering operations of Windows and Office running on time, smashing their reputation for lateness. You’ve run the $18bn Windows business unit for Microsoft, the world’s largest software company, and been in charge of the division building Office, the planet’s dominant personal …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Nov 2012
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EMC sues Donatelli over HP move

EMC and its ex-executive VP David Donatelli are entangled in legal disputes over him joining HP and competing with EMC. Donatelli suddenly resigned from his position as president of EMC's storage business and is set to join HP on May 5th as an executive vice president in charge of its servers, storage, and networking. He has …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2009
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EMC scuppers Donatelli's HP switch

A temporary injunction issued in a Massachusetts courts stops EMC leaver David Donatelli starting work at HP today. Donatelli was running EMC's Information Systems business and had overseen its Symmetrix V-Max launch last month, when he abruptly resigned to join HP and run its server, storage and networking businesses, which …
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2009
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Departing Acer chief Lanci will not go to Samsung

Talk of former Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci joining Samsung to head up its channel business or notebook biz is wide of the mark, The Register understands. Rumours emanating from the Far East over the weekend place Lanci at the Korean giant from next month, but the speculation will amount to nothing, say European sources familiar …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jul 2011
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Four National Broadband Network myths

I believe in public debate, but I also believe in facts. In the ongoing row about Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), facts are an early casualty. Some of the non-facts bandied about are to do with the NBN’s technology, but instead, I’d like to deal with aspects of the political and business dealing that are widely …
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EMC prevails over HP in job switch trial

A California court has ruled that David Donatelli can't look after the storage part of his intended tripartite job for one year. Servers and networking are okay though. David Donatelli suddenly left EMC, where he ran its storage array business, in April to join HP and become its EVP for Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2009
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IE captain flees Microsoft for Google

After fifteen years of work on Internet Explorer, browser architect Chris Wilson is leaving Microsoft for Google. "As I reached the conclusion that I’d helped IE along as much as I could, I felt it was a good time to reassess where I ultimately want to go with my career, and I realized that I really needed to stretch my wings …
Cade Metz, 22 Sep 2010

Has HP blundered big time?

Oh dear HP, what have you done, what Pandora's box have you opened to unleash terror and despair on yourself? This is all to do with ejected HP CEO Mark Hurd who is joining Oracle as its co-president. You couldn't get this okay'd as a film script; a famously successful CEO of HP, who made it the largest IT supplier in the world …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2010
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Donatelli can start work at HP

A Massachusetts court that said ex-EMC storage head David Donatelli could not start work at HP has changed its mind. When Donatelli abruptly left EMC late last month to join HP and run its servers, storage and networking businesses, EMC filed a suit in the Suffolk County Superior Court of Massachusetts, claiming that a non- …
Chris Mellor, 27 May 2009
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Lawsuit says Oracle pilfered source code from competitor

Oracle – which recently won $1.3 billion in court damages for the theft of its trade secrets by an SAP subsidiary – faces a $100 million lawsuit alleging it engaged in similar behavior. The complaint (PDF), filed in late December by Texas software company 2FA Technology, claims Oracle executives turned a blind eye when security …
Dan Goodin, 10 Jan 2011
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Judge says IBM dude gets the Dell (job)

IBM was dealt a legal setback on Friday in its effort to prevent an ex-exec from taking a position at rival Dell. David Johnson, the former senior executive in charge of IBM's merger, acquisition, and divestiture strategy, was offered a similar job at Dell back in May, but Big Blue sued to stop Johnson from taking the job. And …
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Newbie CEO Apotheker rakes in big HP bucks

As El Reg reported two weeks ago, Ray Lane, the non-executive chairman of IT giant HP, has shaken up the board of directors ahead of the company's annual shareholder meeting on March 23. And as part of the proxy filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission ahead of that meeting, HP has detailed how much it's paying Leo …

Papermaster countersues IBM over Apple gig

Apple executive-in-waiting Mark Papermaster is countersuing his former employer IBM for attempting to bar his employment in Cupertino. IBM recently sued the former chip guru and longtime staffer in New York federal court, accusing him of breaking his non-compete agreement. Big Blue says his intimate knowledge of IBM's Power …
Austin Modine, 14 Nov 2008
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Las Vegas EMC Confidential

Midnight in Las Vegas and the slots are humming all along the Strip. The girls' dresses are hitched higher than their voices, and through these mean casinos a grifter must go, on the hunt for all the EMC skinny that he knows is out there, before EMC World begins. Dear readers, we heard things we were not meant to hear, asked …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2011
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Apple iPhone exec falls on sword

The Apple hardware exec reportedly responsible for the iPhone 4's much-maligned and equally much-defended antenna design has left One Infinite Loop. Don't, however, jump to the conclusion that Mark Papermaster is a victim of the iPhone 4 "antennagate" debacle. Remember, in his press conference of July 16 — an event from which …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Aug 2010
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Steve Jobs poaches IBM chip and blade geek

Mark Papermaster, one of the top Power chip gurus at IBM and its current vice president in charge of its blade server development unit, wants to take a job at Apple as a technology adviser to Steve Jobs, the company's chief executive officer. After 26 years at Big Blue, you can probably imagine that a change would feel good. …
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IBM employee poaching suit hypes Apple

Mark Papermaster is a Power microprocessor God - a Powermaster, if you will - and must not enter Apple's paradise. He could make miracles happen there and screw IBM's competitive positioning. That's the gist of an IBMer's filing in the IBM-Papermaster lawsuit in which IBM is trying to have Papermaster's move to Apple stopped. …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2008
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Former! AOL! chief! reportedly! mulling! Yahoo! bid!

Former AOL chief Jonathan Miller is reportedly trying to raise cash to buy Yahoo!, giving the search engine's beleaguered shares a shot in the arm late Tuesday. Miller has been wooing private investors and sovereign-wealth funds "for months" in order to raise between $28bn and $30bn for the deal, according to The Wall Street …
Austin Modine, 03 Dec 2008
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EMC picks up Intel top gun

EMC is recruiting Pat Gelsinger, Intel's top chip man, to head its storage product operations. According to a WSJ report and others, 48-year-old Gelsinger, SVP and general manager for Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, will have his departure for EMC announced today. He has a Silicon Valley home which he will keep and will buy a …
Chris Mellor, 14 Sep 2009
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Dell strives to fill storage holes

Dell will likely make storage supplier acquisitions to fill holes in its offerings, the company has told analysts. The company held a financial analysts event at its Round Rock, Texas headquarters yesterday. It said it is enduring a spending squeeze by its corporate, public sector and SME customers and sees a transition to …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jul 2009
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Judge brands Kirsty Wark's husband a snoop

A High Court judge described Kirsty Wark's husband Alan Clements as a dishonourable snoop yesterday and ruled against his case for constructive dismissal. Clements wanted to move from TV production company RDF to Scottish Media Group, which RDF claimed was in breach of his non-compete agreement. He asked Newsnight presenter Wark …
John Oates, 06 Dec 2007

SCO is prepared to stump Novell's SuSE deal

SCO's CEO Darl "Mr. Clean" McBride is threatening legal action against Novell should its buy of SuSE be completed. The SCO chief laid down the law, so to speak, in a revealing interview with IDG News Service. The SCO Group is charging that Novell's purchase of SuSE would put it in violation of a non-compete agreement signed …
Ashlee Vance, 18 Nov 2003
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Kirsty Wark's husband investigated over data theft allegation

Strathclyde Police have confirmed they are investigating a complaint made against Alan Clements, the husband of TV presenter Kirsty Wark, for alleged data theft. The police said they have received a complaint and are investigating. Clements is in the midst of a court battle over his job. He wants to move from TV producers RDF to …
John Oates, 07 Nov 2007
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How Perot Systems played hard to get with Dell

With Dell still on the hunt to make acquisitions to bolster its position in the enterprise, there are only a handful of companies big enough to make a difference on Dell's top and bottom line and yet small enough for Dell to buy. Perot Systems had Dell right where it wanted it, hence the $3.9bn (a 67.5 per cent premium) that …
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Gateway and Packard Bell is done deal

Gateway, the US PC maker that is to be bought by Acer, the Taiwanese PC maker, is to buy Packard Bell, the (once Israeli, then Japanese, now) French PC maker that was going to be bought by Lenovo, the Chinese PC maker, which (according to rumours) had outbid Acer, which also wanted to buy Packard Bell. Got that? Good. Gateway …
Drew Cullen, 09 Oct 2007
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Adobe veteran joins Microsoft media camp

Microsoft has poached a 17-year Adobe Systems veteran in a sign of where the company is placing its technology bets. Mark Hamburg, who has worked on Adobe flagship Photoshop since its second version and who was a lead on Lightroom for managing large volumes of digital photos, has joined Microsoft. Adobe beta tester Martin …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Apr 2008
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SCO 'disappointed' as shares plunge 70 per cent

Mimicking a scene from Monty Python's The Holy Grail, the SCO Group has issued a statement declaring that it's not dead yet. Last week, a judge dealt a devastating blow to SCO's legal actions against both Novell and IBM. He ruled that Novell does in fact own the copyrights to Unix and Unixware. In addition, the judge gave …
Ashlee Vance, 13 Aug 2007
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Sun sues Azul, using Tremblay Gambit

Sun Microsystems has done the expected and countersued server appliance start-up Azul, and this time it's personal. Broadly, Sun has charged Azul with patent infringement around the way its servers process Java software. Sun has paid particular attention to any of its patents that touch on "transactional memory" and " …
Ashlee Vance, 04 May 2006
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Search Wars - the Empire strikes back

Microsoft is moving to slap a gagging order on an ex-vice president hired by Google, ostensibly to protect trade secrets. Microsoft has filed a suit against Google and former vice president of Natural Interactive Services Division (NISD) Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, who has been recruited by Google to head-up the company’s new R&D …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jul 2005
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NewSCO broadens case against Novell

SCO Group is asking a US court to expand its slander case against Novell in a legal move aimed at Novell's SuSE business. The Linux pariah has accused Novell of copyright infringement through the company's continued distribution of its SuSE Linux, in alleged violation of its license. SCO Group's accusation is predicated on the …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Jan 2006
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Ballmer's big regret at 10: Losing the interwebs

Steve Ballmer's biggest regret of the past ten years? Impatience. Ten years after taking over as Microsoft president - and eight years after replacing Bill Gates as chief exec - Ballmer has told The Wall St Journal that impatience prevented Microsoft from pursuing a Google-like paid search business back in 1999. According to …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jan 2009
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Eircom to buy Meteor for €420m

Eircom's acquisition of mobile operator Meteor has set pulses racing in Ireland as the former monopoly re-enters the lucrative Irish mobile market. Eircom's successful €420m bid for Ireland's third mobile operator Meteor was officially announced at the company's AGM (annual general meeting) on yesterdy. The news was widely …
Deirdre McArdle, 26 Jul 2005
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CA board fends off shareholder protests

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Computer Associates International Inc's board of director nominees have been endorsed by its shareholders at the company's annual shareholder meeting, despite continuing dissatisfaction with its handling of Ranger Governance Ltd's abandoned proxy challenge. The Islandia, New York-based …
ComputerWire, 30 Aug 2002
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Ranger drops CA proxy fight, picks up $10m

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Ranger Governance Ltd has agreed to drop its proxy challenge for five seats on Computer Associates International Inc's board of directors in exchange for $10m and CA's promise that it will add another outside director to its board. Dallas, Texas-based Ranger was formed in 2001 to launch …
ComputerWire, 25 Jul 2002
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Microsoft's seven year slog versus temp staff

Some insight into how Microsoft may react if it loses the case brought by the Department of Justice is seen from a detailed examination of just how the company has behaved in the class actions brought by Microsoft contract staff. The battle has taken seven years, and Microsoft is still wriggling. In December 1992, some 'perma- …
Graham Lea, 17 May 1999