Articles about Senior Executives

Senator! calls! for! SEC! probe! to! be! inserted! into! Yahoo!

A US Senator is calling on the Securities and Exchange Commission to join the queue to administer a kicking to Yahoo!. Yahoo! has admitted hackers accessed about 500 million of its email accounts. The announcement came last week, but the actual hack happened back in 2014. Democrat Senator Mark Warner, who sits on the Senate’ …
John Oates, 27 Sep 2016

CIA-backed big data firm Palantir says secrets pinched by investor

Palantir Technologies says an advisor to the company stole its trade secrets and then tried to use them to claim trademarks and patents. Privately-held Palantir says it makes “data fusion platforms for integrating, managing, and securing any kind of data, at massive scale.” The company is known to number United States …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Sep 2016
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Uber lost $7m a DAY in the first half of this year

Casual-labour powered carpool dispatcher Uber lost $1.27bn in the first half of 2016, or almost $7m a day. And the losses are increasing. Losses in Q2, which saw Uber throw in the towel in China, were $750m, according to insiders who whispered to Bloomberg. So how did Uber manage to lose so much money? The company owns no …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Aug 2016

Someone (cough, cough VeriSign) just gave ICANN $135m for the rights to .web

An unnamed organization just paid $135m for the rights to sell ".web" domain names. This is three times the previous record of $45m for .shop, and seven times the average auction price for top-level domains. The massive price tag has raised eyebrows in the domain name industry, not least because one of the companies taking …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Jul 2016
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Twitter European boss exits

The managing director of Twitter's European office has quit. Stephen McIntyre is based in Dublin and is heading off to become a partner in VC firm Frontline Ventures. Calling it a "tough decision" in a blog post, McIntyre noted that "after a decade at US multinationals, I'm ready for something new." He was at Google before …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Jun 2016

Oracle pulled made-up cloud figures out of its SaaS – whistleblower

An ex-Oracle staffer claims she was fired for refusing to keep quiet about the database giant's exaggerated cloud sales. On Wednesday, Svetlana Blackburn filed a whistleblower lawsuit with the US district court in San Francisco, alleging that she was dismissed on October 15 last year – two months after being given a positive …
Iain Thomson, 02 Jun 2016
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Two more Twitter execs quit

Another two senior executives at Twitter are heading off. Nathan Hubbard and Jana Messerschmidt, who were in charge of the San Francisco-headquartered company's media and commerce and business development teams respectively, are both jumping ship, the biz has confirmed. That makes six of the ten top execs at the upstart that …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 May 2016
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Intel executive shake-up coming, with three big-name departures

Intel's lost more Cs from its C-suite, with reports emerging that two senior executives have left and another is on the way out the door. On the weekend, Bloomberg reported the imminent departure of mobile chip business chief Aicha Evans, and now, two more executives, Kirk Skaugen and Doug Davis, are on the way out. Evans' …

French parliament votes to jail tech execs who refuse to decrypt data

The French parliament has voted in favor of punishing companies that refuse to decrypt data for government investigators – by threatening businesses with big fines and possible jail terms for staff. This comes amid the FBI's high-profile battle with Apple in the US to unlock a dead killer's encrypted iPhone. French deputies …
Iain Thomson, 04 Mar 2016

European Patent Office extends olive branch to furious trade unions

In an effort to defuse increasing tensions at the European Patent Office (EPO), trade unions will for the first time be given legal status at the organization. The move is an olive branch after years of infighting at the intergovernmental organization, and comes after a letter from the Board of the EPO's Administrative Council …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Feb 2016

What do we do about a problem like Uber? Tom Slee speaks his brains

Interview Veteran software pro Tom Slee was one of the first critics of so-called “Sharing Economy” outfits like Uber and AirBnB. His forthcoming book What’s Yours Is Mine: Why The Sharing Economy Isn’t draws attention to the dark side of their operations – and strongly argues for regulation. But this creates a dilemma. They’re hugely …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jan 2016
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Violin Memory's top dog snubs activist investors Clinton Group

Violin Memory's CEO has given the company's board a public pat on the back, snubbing activist investors as he does so. After the Clinton Group letter putting Violin's board on notice to sell the company well before the June AGM, threatening to put up three of its own nominees for board seats, Violin has issued a statement …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jan 2016
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IBM cloud chief joins top-brass exit

Two more senior executives – one with veteran status - have exited IBM’s $16bn software business. Cloud chief technology officer and staffer of 18 years Danny Sabbah has retired. He goes, however, with just a single year as IBM’s cloud chief under his belt. Also gone is general manager of IBM Security Brendan Hannigan, who …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2016
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Carbonite goes on exec hiring spree despite deepening losses

SMB backer-upper Carbonite has gone on an exec hiring spree. The company offers on-premises and cloud backup and is looking for a big boost in growth. Carbonite has hired: Christopher Doggett as SVP for global sales, coming from Kaspersky Norman Guadagno as SVP for marketing, hired from digital marketing agency Wire Stone …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2016

Brits leave 138,000 gadgets in the pub

Drunk Brits lose 138,000 devices a year in bars but get most of them back, according to a pub poll by security firm Eset. The mobile security vendor pinged 600 establishments across the country and extrapolated the results to come up with the 138,000 approximation. Mobile devices were often dropped in watering holes across …
Team Register, 08 Dec 2015

Yahoo! boss! Mayer! promises! shake-up! in! bid! to! save! her! job!

The latest effort to turn around internet stalwart Yahoo! appears to have stalled again with a disappointing earnings report. Shares dropped 2 per cent on the news that the company had missed its third-quarter targets with 15 cents a share in income and $1.23bn in revenue. The markets were expecting 17 cents and $1.26bn. …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Oct 2015

If Dell and EMC really do merge, expect massive, bloody consolidation

EMC/Dell deal We're far from convinced that Dell acquiring and/or merging with EMC is a good idea, but if it did what kind of entity would we be looking at? The crux of the matter is just how much overlap Dell is willing to endure. And the answer may be "lots". Dell's made much in recent months of giving customers choices. Exhibit A is the …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2015
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VMware appoints development chief as new CTO

Imagine for a moment that you're a top-tier enterprise vendor and a week before your big annual conference, the one at which you try to impress the pants off the world, your chief technology officer (CTO) departs. They guy had about a zillion meetings lined up, with all sorts of important folks you were counting on impressing …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Aug 2015

UK NHS IT supplier CSC coughs up $190m fine, three execs in the dock

Computer Science Corporation has paid its $190m (£122m) fine, levied by US watchdog the Securities and Exchange Commission over charges the Virginia-headquartered biz fudged its financial reports. And now some senior executives have agreed to hand back millions of dollars in pay and bonuses as a result of the SEC's probings. …
Iain Thomson, 05 Jun 2015
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CSC tells execs to stay quiet on Australian bribery scandal

Senior executives at CSC have been told to say nothing substantive about the bribery scandal surrounding ServiceMesh, the source of CSC's “Agility” technology. Police in the Australian State of New South Wales recently charged a former employee of the Commonwealth Bank with receiving improper payments. Those payments are alleged …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Mar 2015

EXPOSED: Google, Obama caught doing it once a week

Google and the White House manage to hook up more than the majority of married couples, having met up once a week for the past five years. That's the latest indicator of the powerful internet giant's worrying cosy relationship with the Obama administration, pulled from logs requested by the Wall Street Journal. The disclosure …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Mar 2015

16 telco heads request data retention funding info from Turnbull, Brandis

The chief executive officers of 16 Australian telcos have written to the nation's attorney-general George Brandis and communications minister Malcolm Turnbull with a call for dialog on how much money they can expect to fund the development of metadata retention systems. “We write as the Chief Executive Officers/Senior Executives …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Mar 2015

Whisper keeping schtum over abuse of user data

Former editor of "anonymous" app Whisper, Neetzan Zimmerman, has left the company and joined Washington DC rag, The Hill. Zimmerman was at the center of a controversy late last year when it was revealed Whisper was tracking its users, even those that had specifically asked not to be followed, in order to provide news fodder to …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Jan 2015

UK cops: Give us ONE journo's phone records. Vodafone: Take the WHOLE damn database!

Blundering Vodafone leaked the phone records of 1,760 Brit journalists and their colleagues to London's Met Police, a UK watchdog confirmed on Tuesday. The cops had used surveillance laws to demand information on one particular journo's calls. But after realizing Vodafone had handed over records on hundreds of journalists, the …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Nov 2014
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Go on, buy your workers a smartphone. You know it makes sense

Choose your own device (CYOD), the latest incarnation of mobility device management, is being promoted as a smarter alternative to BYOD (bring your own device), with more benefits for everybody and fewer pitfalls. How is CYOD defined in the real world and what are the advantages and challenges for business owners, IT teams and …
Dave Wilby, 19 Nov 2014
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UK.gov teams up with moneymen on HACK ATTACK INSURANCE

+Comment The UK government last week partnered with 12 insurance companies to develop the "cyber-insurance" market. But experts are split on whether encouraging the development of the nascent market will result in the adoption of improved security practices. Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said that while cyber insurance adds an …
John Leyden, 13 Nov 2014
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PayPal says sorry: Fat fingers froze fundraiser for anti-spy ProtonMail

PayPal has lifted its embargo on ProtonMail, the Swiss startup raising funds via Indiegogo to build a communications system hardened against surveillance. The payment giant claims the account freeze wasn't a matter of policy, but a simple cock-up. We are happy to announce that @PayPal has restored our account access. Thanks …
Iain Thomson, 01 Jul 2014
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Sony CEO forced to shush shareholder heckling at fiery AGM

Sony yesterday endured a fiery annual general meeting at which investors heckled CEO Kazuo Hirai. Over a decade of strife, the Japanese giant has become a byword for red ink, failed turnarounds and missed boats. Rivals like Samsung and LG have thrashed it in old markets like televisions while Apple beat it into new markets like …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2014

Reg man says '拜拜' to Honkers, ponders Asia's future role in tech world

Phil Muncaster, The Reg's man in Hong Kong, has said his final '拜拜' - that's bye-bye in simplified Chinese - to the special administrative region. Before he moved on, we asked him to assess his two-and-a-bit years covering Asia's technology industries. Here's his assessment on where Asia sits in the technology world. – Ed. Over …
Phil Muncaster, 06 May 2014
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US saves self from Huawei spying by spying on Huawei spying

Maybe this is why the US government is so certain Huawei is bad news: Snowdenistas at The New York Times and Der Spiegel have reported another communiqué from their source-in-exile – this time to the effect that the United States National Security Agency penetrated Chinese networking equipment vendor Huawei and monitored its …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Mar 2014
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ITU given keys to autonomous car standards process

The International Telecommunications Union has communed with the auto industry and agreed “to host a dialogue of senior executives of vehicle manufacturers to identify the activities needed to consider future steps to realize the potential of fully autonomous driving.” That statement, part of a communiqué issued in the wake of …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Mar 2014
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Turnover at the top in Oz telco-land as AAPT, Huawei, Optus, lose top brass

Two plush offices just became available in Australian telco-land, with the departure of C-level executives at AAPT, Optus and Huawei. The latter company has that current CEO Guo Fulin has been “promoted to a regional role within Huawei” in line with the company's “global practice of rotating senior executives through different …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2014
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Incantations used to summon Magic Quadrants revealed

Analyst firm Gartner has lifted its skirts and explained a little more about how it compiles its controversial Magic Quadrants. The explanation comes in the form of a post offering advice to those about to bid for a spot on the infrastructure-as-a-service and hosting quadrant. Here's how the research process unfolds: You get …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2014
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US Appeal Court slaps Apple for trying to shake antitrust monitor

The US Appeals Court has rejected Apple's bid to oust its court-appointed antitrust monitor, after Cupertino failed to convince the panel of three judges that he was doing the company irreparable harm. Apple was trying to have Michael Bromwich taken off the job for the time being while it pursues appeals both against his …
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MP 'shocked' at failures 'at the top' of the BBC over epic DMI tech fail

Labour MP Margaret Hodge, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, has said that the failure of the BBC to realise that its Digitial Media Initiative uber-project was headed for certain doom went "right to the top". Hodge, who is due to quiz senior members of the Beeb again on Monday next week, said that she was shocked by the …
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DataDirect Networks is in a hole. Can its founders pull it out?

+Analysis DataDirect Networks is struggling, The Register hears, with declining revenues and departed execs. Seagate buying Xyratex is the latest competitive threat and the firm is said to be retrenching its core HPC business. DDN denies this and, coincidentally, has recently hired itself a chief marketing officer for the first time, …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2014
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Microsoft, HURTING after NSA backdooring, vows to now harden its pipe

Microsoft is scrambling to encrypt its data centers' interlinks – after a fresh Snowden leak suggested the NSA and GCHQ tapped into the cables and intercepted sensitive network traffic. Documents obtained by the Washington Post from the whistleblower show that Microsoft's Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger services and Passport …
Iain Thomson, 27 Nov 2013

Global execs name Apple 'most innovative company' – again

When unveiling the soon-to-be-released computer-in-a-can Mac Pro at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference this June, Apple marketing headman Phil Schiller quipped "Can't innovate anymore, my ass," a barb aimed at those observers who accuse Cupertino of having lost its mojo. Global business strategy firm Boston …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Sep 2013

The hammer falls: Feds propose drastic controls on Apple's iTunes Store

Updated The US Department of Justice, fresh from its ebook price-fixing victory over Apple, has proposed a sweeping array of restrictions on Cupertino's content-peddling iTunes Store, along with the appointment of a watchdog to keep an eye on Apple's compliance. "Under the department's proposed order, Apple's illegal conduct will …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Aug 2013

Samsung isn't alone: HTC profits take a huge dive

Troubled smartphone vendor HTC has released its latest unaudited quarterly results, and they're not good – profits are down 83 per cent when compared with the same period last year. HTC stock price for the last two years The last two years haven't been kind to HTC shareholders In the second quarter of 2013, HTC reported …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jul 2013
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Google not sabotaging YouTube on Windows Phone after all

Microsoft has debuted a new, native YouTube app for Windows Phone 8 with a completely redesigned interface, despite its earlier claims that Google was deliberately preventing it from delivering a first-class YouTube experience on the platform. There has always been a YouTube app available for WP8, but it didn't take long for …
Neil McAllister, 07 May 2013

Private billion buck HPC player? You're going to have to go public - and SOON

Comment We heard a whisper that Big Data player DataDirect Networks (DDN) was thinking of going public, although marketing CEO and co-founder [Alex Bouzari recently batted the suggestion away, saying merely that it would "probably make sense at some point in the future". But regardless of the company's intentions, the question remains …
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2013
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Boeing outlines fix for 787 batteries

Boeing has outlined plans to improve the performance and safety features of the batteries used in its 787 aircraft, after two of the planes infamously experienced on-board incidents at Takamatsu and Boston, but has stopped short of offering a thorough explanation for just what went wrong. What is known is that something caused …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Mar 2013
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Data scientists: Do they even exist?

Open ... and Shut Big Data is all the rage. Now if only someone had to clue what to do with it. According to a new survey of senior executives by Big data consultantancy NewVantage, Big Data is "top of mind for leading industry executives," but these same executives struggle to find the right people to analyse their data. In fact, while 70 per …
Matt Asay, 13 Feb 2013
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PR people 'put duty to the public ahead of employers' interests'

Public relations professionals, often thought generally to lie on a spectrum somewhere between Edina Monsoon (Ab Fab) and Malcolm Tucker (The Thick Of It) are actually "fervent about serving the public interest", and typically place their duty to the public above any loyalty to their employers. We learn this from a press …
Lewis Page, 18 Jan 2013
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Microsoft says Google trying to undermine Windows Phone

Microsoft has admitted that Windows Phone 8 doesn't work as well with some of the internet's most popular properties as do other smartphone platforms, but it has pinned the blame on a surprising culprit: apparently, it's all Google's fault. In a blog post on Wednesday, Microsoft VP and deputy general counsel Dave Heiner said …
Neil McAllister, 03 Jan 2013
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Liberator: the untold story of the first British laptop part 3

Archaeologic In the early 1980s, civil servant Bernard Terry devised a 'portable text processor' to make his fellow civil servants more productive in the office and out. Electronics giant Thorn EMI designed the machine with help of a team of former Dragon Data engineers. As the Liberator, it launched in September 1985 to become the first …
Tony Smith, 16 Nov 2012
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Post-defenestration Microsoft: It's the APIs, stupid. And Metro

Analysis "Tiles to the right of them, Tiles to left of them, Tiles in front of them" - Alfred Tennyson, The Charge of the Metro Brigade (1854) The sudden departure of Steve Sinofsky from Microsoft leaves Redmond with its biggest crisis for years - and it needs to assure investors as a matter of urgency. He's achieved a huge amount of …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Nov 2012
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US congress wants a word with ZTE, Huawei

China’s dominant telco vendors ZTE Corp and Huawei will take part in US congressional hearings next month regarding investigations of alleged Chinese spy threats to US telecommunications infrastructure. The House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has invited both ZTE chairman Hou Weigui and Huawei …
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VMware bounced from the OpenStack party

VMware’s admission to the OpenStack open-source cloud party has been kicked back. The inaugural board meeting of the new OpenStack delayed its decision on letting VMware join as a gold-level member because of time pressure, according to a report. OpenStack executive chairman Jonathan Bryce reportedly told the Linux Foundation’s …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Aug 2012