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Freeview's rumoured '£100m YouView killer' is real – and it's yet another digital TV thing

A new UK TV platform dubbed Freeview Connect has been officially announced after many months of rumour within the industry. It will provide catch-up and other on-demand services for terrestrial UK broadcasters – much as YouView does today. The move leaves Freeview shareholder Sky, which has its own telly platform, out in the …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Jun 2014

Google hefts MySQL service into cloud

Google has pushed its MySQL-based cloud database service into general availability, months after beginning a wholesale shift of internal production servers to MariaDB. The new service encrypts customer data, supports databases up to 500GB in size, and has a 99.95 percent uptime service-level agreement, the company announced on …
Jack Clark, 11 Feb 2014
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Using Hadoop for data on Google's cloud? Google would rather you didn't

Google wants to shift heavy users of its cloud services away from an open-source, community-developed filesystem and into its own proprietary Colossus tech. The upgrade was announced by the web overlord in a blog post on Tuesday that announced admins could now store Hadoop-destined data directly in Google's closed-sourced …
Jack Clark, 15 Jan 2014
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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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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

On Tuesday, 12 August, 2014, the internet hit an arbitrary limit of more than 512,000 routes. This 512K route limit is something we have known about for some time. The fix for Cisco devices – and possibly others – is fairly straightforward. Internet service providers and businesses around the world chose not to address this …
Trevor Pott, 13 Aug 2014

'800lb Fibre Channel gorilla' Brocade axes 300 staffers worldwide

SAN fabric leader and Ethernet networking wannabee Brocade is going to fire 300 people to cut costs as it realigns its resources towards data centres and software-defined networking. The pink slip news was slipped out in an SEC 8-K filing (PDF) on 10 September. This should take its headcount from 4,180, to 3,880. Stifel …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2013
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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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Smart getaway drivers would yell at Officer Glasshole: 'SafeSearch off, Horse porn'

Redundancies at big tech firms, including both HP and Dell, were big news this week. At HP, the company has refused to rule out making roles redundant in the UK and then shifting them to parts of Europe where average salaries are lower. Corporate PR Clare Loxley said eloquently: It's a mixture of activities [in the redundancy …

Unions mull appetite for HP strike action over 16k job cull

Trade unions are this morning digesting the revelation that another 16,000 HP workers are headed for the dole queue, as confirmed by CEO Meg Whitman. The exec revealed that thousands of more names will be added to the existing job cutting programme dubbed "Make It Better" that started in 2012 and initially included 27k, 29k, 34k …
Paul Kunert, 23 May 2014

Ex-Sony, Pearson chiefs tipped to oversee BBC. So that's all good, then

Former Sony boss Sir Howard Stringer and Dame Marjorie Scardino, ex-CEO of publishing powerhouse Pearson, have been tipped to head the BBC Trust – the oversight org that performs the job of the old BBC Board of Governors. A report in the Sunday Times suggests Prime Minister David Cameron “wants a woman” to lead the trust, and …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 May 2014
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HP-Foxconn wave cloud kit under the nose of Google, Facebook et al

As many as 20 cloud titans that order servers by the container load are fixed in HP's server team's sights – as a joint venture between contract manufacturer Foxconn and the PC giant begins. The duo's alliance was forged last week: the aim is to give HP a better shot at competing against Taiwanese assembly lines that churn out …
Paul Kunert, 07 May 2014
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Pay cut consultations could trigger redundancy payments

Companies which follow computer maker Hewlett-Packard's lead and attempt to cut staff wages risk triggering redundancy law payouts if they do not consult staff properly, an employment lawyer has warned. Hewlett-Packard is seeking to cut the pay of its 300,000 staff by between 2.5% and 15%, depending on the level of job they have …
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HP sacks English employees to bag Scots gov jobs cash

HP will axe workers in Sheffield and shunt their roles to Renfrewshire in Scotland to bag a £7m grant from the Scottish government, the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) trade union claims. It's understood the multimillion-pound grant from the public purse is a reward for boosting local employment. About a third of support …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2013
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Exit stage left: Two more Insight big cheeses clear their desks

Change remains the order of the day at Insight Enterprises after it emerged that another couple of senior figures are on the way out. It has been confirmed that EMEA marketing director Ashley Gatehouse and veep of global sales Frank Bitoun are walking in the footsteps of other execs who have recently been made redundant. …
Paul Kunert, 12 Nov 2013
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Fujitsu threaten one redundancy

The amicable resolution of a long-running dispute between Fujitsu Services and employees at its Manchester office could be in jeopardy after the firm threatened to make one employee redundant. To make matters worse, Amicus, the union leading a dispute over pay, redundancy rights and union recognition at Fujitsu, said the …
Mark Ballard, 27 Apr 2007
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Relax, Obama! Former Microsoft exec tapped to save sick healthcare.gov

The Obama administration has apointed a former Microsoft executive to be the new head of its troubled Healthcare.gov website. On Tuesday, US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said that Kurt DelBene, who most recently served as president of the Microsoft Office division, would become the new manager of the …
Neil McAllister, 18 Dec 2013

Brocade, wake up: Cisco is here, and it ALSO has 16 gig FC

Cisco has waited two years, watching while competitor Brocade launched and sold 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel, before finally doubling the speed of its own Fibre Channel switch products, belatedly announcing 16Gbps MDS switches. It's quite possible the networking giant had been hoping that Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) take-up …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2013
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EDS offers 2,500 UK staff voluntary redundancy

EDS has told its staff that it plans to make up to 250 job cuts by the end of this month. A spokesman for the outsourcing firm confirmed to The Register that company bosses met with trade union representatives last Friday to talk about a limited voluntary redundancy plan during January as part of its "ongoing restructuring and …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jan 2008

RM to schools: You can have third-party kit, just not from us

Education supplier RM has told customers they can buy discounted third-party hardware from Misco after finally shuttering its own reselling operation and closing the PC production order book. A hardware referral agreement was always on the cards, as revealed by CEO David Brookes last month and Misco has beaten rivals to what was …
Paul Kunert, 03 Dec 2013

Dell will AXE up to ONE IN THREE workers in its US & EMEA sales teams

We're hearing from two sources that Dell is making 30 per cent of its sales and marketing staff in Europe, the Middle East and Africa redundant while cutting 20 per cent of its US-based sales staffers. One source said: "Precisely 30 per cent, across EMEA." There is no word on what's happening on the sales floor in the Asia …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2014
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Signiant to SkyDrop files into Amazon and Azure clouds

Signiant, a supplier of large (100GB and up) file transfer services to media companies, has launched a new product it calls SkyDrop to send the files to Amazon or Azure instead. The company already has a Media Shuttle product which is used by many digital media customers to send large files to customers and partners in the …
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2014
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Tech Data names CE director after divisional shake-up

Distie goliath Tech Data (TD) UK has handed company veteran Mark Glasspool the directorship of its consumer electronics division following a summer shake-up. Glasspool will retain his role as director of strategic opportunities at TD, which he has held since May '12, and oversee the ten-strong CE team. In a canned statement, he …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2013
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Dumping gear in the public cloud: It's about ease of use, stupid

Public cloud computing has finally started to make sense to me now. A recent conversation with a fellow sysadmin had me rocking back and forth in a corner muttering "that's illogical". When I emerged from my nervous breakdown I realised that capitalising on the irrationality of the decision-making process within most companies …
Trevor Pott, 06 Aug 2014

Axe falls: Virgin Media plans to kill 600 management jobs

Virgin Media is shedding up to 600 management jobs in the wake of Liberty Global's takeover of the British telco. The Register understands that the cost-cutting restructure is intended to help the company focus on growth. A source close to the situation told us that, in the coming months, most of the other UK-based positions – …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2013
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HP's hiring: UK jobs for, er, UK workers.... maybe

HP has refused to rule out making roles redundant in the UK and shifting them to parts of Europe where average salaries are lower. Cost cutting HP last week entered into consultation with the works council and yesterday engaged with union types over plans to slash 7,100 roles across the region, the last tranche of 34k job cuts …
Paul Kunert, 10 Feb 2014
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Fasthosts goes titsup after storm-induced power outage

Gloucester-based Fasthosts appears to have been a victim of the storms battering the UK over the weekend, after it was struck dumb by a power failure that knocked its service offline for much of Saturday (4 January). The company, which was still busily restoring its servers into Sunday morning, told customers that it had …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jan 2014
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Hungarian eggheads unleash not-at-all-scary DRONE SWARM

Researchers have taught flying drones to behave like birds, clearing the way for further development of technologies to marshal swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles. In a paper titled Outdoor flocking and formation flight with autonomous aerial robots boffins from Budapet's Eötvös University Department of Biological Physics …
Jack Clark, 26 Feb 2014

Capita's IT Services top dog legs it after just 6 months

Capita IT Services boss Mark Quartermaine is leaving the company just six months after he landed the job. He follows operations director Russ Hewitt, who quit the firm a month ago. In an announcement to employees, seen by The Channel, Mark Wyllie, executive director at Capita, said that Quartermaine would be heading for the door …

'Nearly 1,350' HP Enterprise Services staffers strike over redundancies – union

Nearly 1,350 HP Enterprise Services workers downed tools as part of multi-day industrial action in protest against the mass redundancy programme, at least according to the PCS trade union. Industrial officer Alan Brown said up to 90 per cent of the union's 1,500 HPES members went on strike on Wednesday and Thursday this week, …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2013

Auditor rains on Bureau of Met's data warehousing parade

An ambitious project to create a single national water database is going to need a complete reboot, with the Australian National Audit Office saying complexity, non-standard approaches and supplier capture caused a multi-million-dollar blowout in the system. The Bureau of Meteorology was given the task of creating the database …

HP throws an extra 2,000 staff onto chopping block

HP has added an extra two thousand workers to its mass redundancy programme, it confirmed today. Back in May the troubled US tech titan threatened to axe 27,000 jobs by the end of fiscal 2014 to cut overheads and use some of the savings to invest in R&D. However, in a 10Q form filed today with US financial watchdog SEC, HP …
Paul Kunert, 10 Sep 2012

HP: Yes, we plan to axe another 7,100 European staffers

HP has confirmed that more than 7,000 workers in Europe are headed for the chopping block, with sources telling us that a good whack of the cuts will be made in Enterprise Services. In June 2012, HP began consultations with union and staff over plans to get rid of 8,000 jobs in the region, and it confirmed that thousands more …
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2013
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Capita: We WILL be more accountable for our services

A restructure at Capita IT Services is long overdue - well it has been eight whole months since the last one - so the healing mitts of MD Peter Hands have once again grasped the org chart for a rejig. Hands has created five ITS "services towers" under which Capita's wider business units will fall, to give the heads of each …
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2013

HP Enterprise Services staff feel the burn as managers turn off the cash taps

HP is turning the screws on folk in its Enterprise Services (ES) division to squeeze out overheads in a bid to hit "specific Must Do Numbers" for fiscal '14. On a global basis, ES revenues slipped seven per cent year-on-year in Q2 (May quarter) to $5.7bn and profit before tax was flat at $144m - the figures are not broken down …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2014
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Capita cans Employee Forum a year after launch

Capita IT Services (CITHS) staffers are scratching their heads after the Employee Forum was disbanded just a year after it was set up. The council of 70 staffers was formed as part of the Unity programme, set up by former operations director Russ Hewitt who was then shown the door in July just week before CEO Mark Quartermaine …
Paul Kunert, 27 Nov 2012
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BAN THIS SICK FILCH: Which? demands end to £1.50-per-min 'help' lines

Consumer campaigners at Which? are calling for a ban on costly helpline and customer call-lines. Executive director Richard Lloyd said it was "outrageous" to force people with questions or complaints to call higher-rate numbers - such as those starting with 09, 0845, 0844, and 0871 - that could charge up to £1.50 a minute. "It' …
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Amazon fires up worldwide Read Replicas for hosted MySQL

Developers that use the hulking Amazon Web Services infrastructure cloud can now shift Read Replicas of data into other global data center hubs. The new feature was announced at the web giant's re:Invent show earlier in November and has now been made available. Previously, Read Replicas could only be shifted about within …
Jack Clark, 27 Nov 2013
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Capita ITS ditches UK job cuts, offshoring dream

Capita IT Services has finally shelved its plans to offshore jobs and make compulsory redundancies in 2013. In August just 84 unionised workers at the reseller-cum-integrator threatened industrial action over moves to send part of the service desk to India and push through job cuts across the wider organisation. Then last month …
Paul Kunert, 14 Sep 2012
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Phoenix burns engineering and Northampton call centre jobs

Phoenix IT Group has told HQ-based call centre staff and a bunch of field engineers that their jobs are at risk of redundancy, insiders have told The Channel. The headcount reduction is part of a phased plan to chop 300 workers, and is understood to have led to some rationalisation in sales and marketing including the exit of …
Paul Kunert, 30 May 2012

Northamber grabs ladder, claims PC market burning

Northamber's colourful chairman is forecasting a "more worthwhile future" - one that is less dependent on tech hardware - but the latest financials still bear the scorch-marks of attempts put out its burning PC biz. The UK's oldest tech wholesaler has been rather more quiet since listing on AIM, which means the company no longer …
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2014

CSC UK waves ta-ta to axed staff, sharpens axe for next round

CSC UK has concluded the 90-day consultation period for workers at risk of redundancy with roughly two thirds of staffers heading for the door voluntarily, insiders claim. Sources reckon that of 640 peeps CSC included in the cost-cutting programme back in February, 330 are leaving the firm and about 220 of those are willingly …
Paul Kunert, 13 Aug 2012
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'Quarter' of TWO-MILLION-strong zombie PC army lured to their deaths

Symantec has claimed credit for luring a significant lump of the powerful ZeroAccess botnet into a sinkhole. ZeroAccess has been active since 2011 and is one of the largest known botnets in existence: it has upwards of 1.9 million infected computers forming its army, all remotely controlled by miscreants. This swarm of PC robots …
John Leyden, 01 Oct 2013
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Another zombie 'bogus app' bug shambles out of Android

Jay Freeman, aka @saurik, has detailed another Zip implementation bug in pre-4.4 (Kit Kat) versions of Android which, similarly to the notorious APK vulnerability exposed earlier this year, opens a hole that malware can sneak through. Freeman – whose previous credentials include security analysis of Google Glass and uncovering …
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NTT Comms snaps up US cloud players in £540 MILLION swoop

Enterprise ICT business NTT Communications has taken a big step towards expanding its global cloud computing footprint with the $US525 million (£326m) acquisition of US provider Virtela and a $350m (£217m) swoop for 80 per cent of datacentre firm RagingWire. The Japanese firm said its deal with RagingWire would more than double …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Oct 2013
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Evesham Technology redundancy claims outstanding

Many Evesham Technology Ltd workers who lost their jobs when the British computer maker fell into administration last August appear to still be waiting for their redundancy claims to be fully realised. According to an administrator’s report filed with Companies House late last month: “A significant number of redundancies were …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Mar 2008
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'Xiaomi is good enough to break the American market' - Apple's Woz

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 …
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TransLattice 3.0 dreams of multi-cloud nirvana

Distributed database TransLattice has a dream of scalable multi-cloud data for all, but competition among providers may quash it. With the release of the TransLattice Elastic Database (TED) 3.0 on Monday, the company is trumpeting its ability to run across multiple public clouds. At launch, TED can run across Amazon Web …
Jack Clark, 19 Feb 2013
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HP redundancies all about getting 'cheaper, lower skilled' bods

HP engineers in Blighty's Customer Delivery Services unit were warned of redundancies yesterday, with more than one in 10 workers expected to pick up a P45. The trimming is all part of HP's multi-year Make It Better restructuring programme that will see a total of 29,000 workers laid off by the start of its next fiscal year …
Paul Kunert, 20 Nov 2013
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Cashless Comet to close 41 stores, axe 500 jobs

Collapsed electricals retailer Comet is to shutter 41 stores over the next fortnight, administrator Deloitte has confirmed. So far Dixons Retail and Maplin are among the rivals circling the fallen retailer, although it appears the two are interested in just a handful of stores. As a result the closing down process began at 27 …
Paul Kunert, 19 Nov 2012

QLogic brandishes axe over staff, seeks $20m cost savings

Some of the reasons for QLogic's ousting of its CEO have become clearer after the company issued a restructuring statement. An undisclosed number of staff will be laid off; some engineering operations are going to be consolidated (presumably reducing overlap and costs); and the focus on product development is going to get " …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2013