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Ericsson snaps shut wallet, damps down acquisition speculation

Ericsson has decided not to follow the example of Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia, telling Reuters it doesn't need a big acquisition. The company's chief strategy officer, Rima Qureshi told the wire service that the decision to continue going it alone followed a confab of 250 managers earlier this month. She said that “core …

Second Ashley Madison dump prompts more inside-job speculation

The second data dump from Ashley Madison has prompted renewed speculation that the whole hack was an inside job. The Impact Team hackers behind the breach of the infidelity website followed up on the release of a user database of Tuesday with the release of a second data dump, supposedly containing the Avid Life Media CEO's …
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2015
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Cisco starts 2016 with a spring in its step, pours cash into Springpath

Cisco sources tell us the company has invested in hyper-converged infrastructure software startup Springpath and is preparing an OEM deal. It is now in a position to acquire Springpath if it wishes to do so. There were rumours and speculation, as reported on The Register, that something was happening between Springpath and …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2016
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Who! would! want! Yahoo!? How! about! Verizon!?

With Yahoo! continuing to mull a possible sell-off of its core search business, Verizon has emerged as a possible buyer. Speaking at a conference in New York, Verizon chief financial officer Fran Shammo suggested his company might be interested in taking over some of the beleaguered Purple Palace's assets in the event Yahoo! …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Dec 2015
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Oz telco security laws might miss 2015 deadline

Speculation is emerging that the changing of the guard in Canberra is going to delay the implementation of the government's much-criticised telecommunications security regime. The laws, which among other things require carriers to reveal their network security arrangements to the Attorney-General's Department and notify the …

LG's 'Chromestation' trademark grab sparks Google tie-up speculation

South Korea electronics giant LG could be set to launch new devices based on Google’s Chrome operating system after eagled-eyed industry watchers spotted the firm has begun registering several new trademarks in Australia. Filings for “Chromedesk”, “Chromestation” and “Chromeone” have all been made by LG Electronics’ Korean HQ …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Oct 2013
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Someone is trying to buy Salesforce – but who could it be?

Salesforce.com is being eyed up for an acquisition – and has hired financial experts to guide it through the biz gobble, it's claimed. "Salesforce does not comment on rumors or speculation," the San Francisco-headquartered cloud giant told The Register this afternoon in response to whispers. There has been no formal offer for …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Apr 2015

OCZ shares jump as Seagate gobble speculation echoes

Reuters is reporting that flash products hustler OCZ may have received a buyout offer from Seagate and its shares are up a fifth. Reuters quotes an industry blog, Fudzilla, which ran a speculative story about the potential deal and said there was more than one suitor. Micron is identified as one such. OCZ has grown quickly and …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2012
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PSST! You wanna iPhone 6S Plus? YOINK! You can't have one - Apple

Delivery of Apple's latest and most lickably gorgeous large-screen iPhone may be delayed - thanks to manufacturing problems, apparently. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says a problem with the 6S Plus's backlight is delaying production, and could result in a shortage of handsets. The egghead places the issue at the …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Sep 2015
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Speaking in Tech: Pure Storage IPO? 'Maybe our firewall's blocking that'

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we jump into Pay Pal and OpenStack, Nebula, Jay-Z's Tidal and Pure IPO speculation. Our special guest this week is Vaughn Stewart from Pure Storage. This week we discuss... (1:10) New celebrity intro plug and …
Team Register, 08 Apr 2015
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Leaked snaps said to confirm iPhone 5 speculation

Much of the speculation surrounding Apple's next iPhone appears to have been confirmed through allegedly leaked product shots which show the iPhone 5 to have a smaller dock connector, redesigned speaker grilles and a repositioned microphone on the rear. iPhone 5 leaked body shots Various images of the supposed next-gen iPhone …
Caleb Cox, 30 May 2012
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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

HPE's private London drinking club: Name that boozer

Our recent shock exposé on plans by Hewlett Packard Enterprise to open a private drinking club in its new City of London HQ led to speculation as to what exactly the boozer might be christened. To recap, a Reg reader spotted a licence application attached to the front of 1 Aldermanbury Square, on which the-then HP signed a 15- …
Lester Haines, 09 Dec 2015

Rumor mill in overdrive as Dell pumps up Perot price, Atos offers $4.3bn

The sale of Dell's hospital IT consulting arm, Perot Systems, has hit a frenzy of speculation, with Atos reportedly leading the pack of companies with a $4.3bn offer. Dell let companies know it wanted to auction off Perot late last year and put out a $5bn price tag. Since then a series of media leaks have pitched companies …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Jan 2016
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Report: VW execs 'knew' about fuel economy issues last year

Volkswagen's top executives are alleged to have had knowledge that its cars were not as fuel efficient as it claimed a year ago, according to a news report. German Sunday paper Bild am Sonntag has claimed that VW pulled the Poloi TDI BlueMotion earlier this year after an 18 per cent discrepancy between its stated fuel economy …
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Trident test-shot startles West Coast Americans

Video The US Navy has challenged Orson Welles in the UFO-panic stakes: an un-announced (and thankfully unarmed) Trident missile test over the weekend caught citizens by surprise and sparked a YouTube frenzy. The brasshats decided to launch the missile from an Ohio-class submarine, and while they prudently set up a no-fly zone in the …
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CSC boss Gossain is now an ex-exec

CSC UK chief Sanjiv Gossain has joined the not-so-selective club of ex-execs, leaving the ailing integrator less than two years into his tenure. In a wonderful blurt of business-speak, CSC sent us a statement on his departure, confirming Gossain is leaving to “pursue other opportunities as he transitions to the next chapter of …
Paul Kunert, 01 Feb 2016
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EMC's VCE welcomes new president amid '250-plus layoffs at all levels'

It's all change at the top of VCE, the converged data center infrastructure subsidiary of EMC, with Chad Sakac taking the president's job. Sakac has spent the last 11 years with EMC, ending up as the president of global systems engineering, a role he'll continue to fill in addition to heading VCE. He'll effectively replace the …
Iain Thomson, 07 Jan 2016
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Microsoft scares the bejesus out of Skype users with x12 price hike

Several Reg readers were stunned by an email from Skype on Friday, which told them they were going to be paying a lot, lot more for their paid-for VoIP subscriptions. "We're writing to let you know about an upcoming change to the price of your Skype Number subscription. The new price for your Skype Number will be 19.14 GBP …
Iain Thomson, 30 Oct 2015

From $6bn to $4.2bn to $2.9bn: Square's ever shrinking unicorn horn

Analysis Silicon Valley is going to see just how much of its own hype has transferred to Wall Street Thursday with a rare IPO of one of its "unicorns" – companies that venture capitalists have valued at over $1 billion. The credit card reader company Square – which has yet to turn a profit – will be selling a portion of its shares at a …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Nov 2015
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Samsung joins BlackBerry in trashing Reuters biz gobble 'exclusive'

The president of Samsung has to put to rest any lingering speculation that his company was seeking to acquire smartphone minnow BlackBerry. Jong-Kyun Shin said in an email published by Bloomberg that the South Korean biz had no interest in buying the Canadian firm. "We want to work with BlackBerry and develop this partnership, …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jan 2015

Telstra, nbnTM deny Brisbane build battle

Telstra has moved to bury rumours that it's in a battle with nbnTM over the residents of South Brisbane. The carrier says that contrary to reports that nbnTM is overbuilding the fibre Telstra laid in the area, the two have put discussions about the area on hold until next year. Telstra had to relocate the South Brisbane …
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Amazon game dev brain slurp bid revealed in industry back-page ad

A job advert posted on Gamasutra has led to speculation about Amazon's plans to branch out in the PC game market. The Kindle king is looking for 26 staff members for its gaming development team in Seattle. "Amazon is committed to gamers, and building great teams who are excited to use Twitch, the AWS cloud, and technical …
Jennifer Baker, 08 Jun 2015
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ALIEN SLIME SHOCKER: Approaching comet probably NOT inhabited, say boffins

The Rosetta probe's Earth-bound shepherds have sternly stated that suggestions of alien life within comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko - around which the probe is in orbit - are "pure speculation". Let us put aside the conflict humanity will eventually face if and when we do encounter alien life for a later date, and report …
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Huge, absorbent iPad rumours recycled – and this time it's REAL. True

Apple is reportedly planning to unveil its long-awaited large screen tablet designed for enterprise users. A report from Apple worship site 9to5Mac quotes a source familiar saying that the Cupertino giant is going to unveil the fabled "iPad Pro" next week at its September 9 special media event. The large-screen iPad, along …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Sep 2015

SanDisk 'explores' sale, WD and Micron prick up ears - report

SanDisk has hired a bank to explore selling itself, according to reports citing confidential sources. Western Digital (WD) and Micron are said to be interested, Bloomberg has claimed. SanDisk was rumoured to be an acquisition target last month, with WD in the frame. With Dell bidding US$67.1 billion for EMC, perhaps the tech …
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2015
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Ice volcanoes just part of Plutonic pandemonium

Video Pluto just keeps getting stranger: the latest speculation to arise from analysis of data gathered by New Horizons is that it might have ice volcanoes. That's one possible explanation for put forward, in a press briefing at NASA's Ames Research Center in California, for the icy peaks that stunned the mission team back in July …

ALIENS on CERES? Nope – it's just dwarf's tucked away MOIST BITS

The presence of an alien base on Ceres has seemingly been ruled out by NASA, which has released an improved image of mysterious bright spots on the asteroid belt dwarf planet. The Dawn spacecraft first spied the features in the Occator crater back in June, when they appeared as glowing masses. Occator crater The mystery of …
Lester Haines, 10 Sep 2015
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.Free domains at Amazon while Google says bye to .family

The latest wave of auctions for new internet extensions has produced some interesting results. Google took part in each of the six top-level domains available to the highest bidder, but won just one - dot-PhD - leaving behind dot-free and, surprisingly, dot-tube (although it does own the rights to register domains under .youtube …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Mar 2015

Google licks its lips at sight of Qualcomm's 64-bit server ARM chips

Google is reportedly about to give a conditional thumbs up to Qualcomm's 64-bit ARM chips for servers. San Diego-headquartered Qualy showed off prototype 24-core ARMv8 processors in October. At the time, Qualcomm's Anand Chandrasekher said the chips will try to balance "performance, acceptable power-compute density, and cost …
Chris Williams, 03 Feb 2016

Mike Bracken suddenly decides to quit GOV.UK outfit GDS

The head of the Government Digital Service, Mike Bracken, has stepped down after five years in the role. No reason was given for the seemingly sudden departure, with Bracken set to stay until the end of September until his replacement is announced. The Register understands that Bracken and the new chief executive of the Civil …
Kat Hall, 03 Aug 2015
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The great silicon slurp of 2015 continues: Atmel next on the shopping block

Another instalment in this year's consolidation in the silicon market appears to be on the cards, with reports emerging that microcontroller outfit Atmel is looking for a buyer. As Reuters reports, the company's CEO, Steve Laub, is due to retire at the end of August, something that may have sparked the decision to seek …
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Hey, Apple! We can land a probe on a comet, but we can't have a 12.9in iPad 'until mid-2015'?

Apple has delayed plans to tout a fabled 12.9-inch iPad, if you are inclined to believe the latest round of speculation. Analyst house KGI Research (via AppleInsider) said the MaxiPad will be pushed back from the first quarter to the second quarter of 2015. It's claimed Apple's assembly lines and component suppliers have been …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Nov 2014
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Hardkernel nixes RPi clone project

Hardkernel, which last month announced its intention to build a Raspberry Pi clone, has abruptly quit the idea. The decision, announced here, has prompted rumour and speculation about why it changed its mind. It seems clear that Hardkernel was premature in its original announcement, since wherever it had sourced the Broadcom …

Official: WD buys SanDisk

Consolidation in the storage industry is speeding up. One week after Dell decides to buy EMC for $67bn, Western Digital is using Unisplendour money to buy SanDisk for $19bn to create an enterprise and consumer flash powerhouse. Speculation about a SanDisk purchase by Western Digital has been intense, following the $3.8bn …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2015

Feds widen probe into lottery IT boss who rooted game for profit

Federal investigators in the US are widening a probe into fraud by the former IT security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MSLA). In July, Eddie Tipton, 52, was found guilty of installing a rootkit in the MSLA's random-number generating computer that allowed him to predict the digits for future winning tickets …
Iain Thomson, 24 Dec 2015
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Hackers sell 79,267 Cloudminr accounts for ONE Bitcoin

Hackers appear to have stolen the entire user database of cloud-based Bitcoin mining outfit Cloudminr.io and are offering to sell 79,267 accounts including passwords for a single Bitcoin. The Norwegian company's website is offline and criminal advertisements showcasing some of the CSV database of members has popped up on web …
Darren Pauli, 14 Jul 2015
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Chair legs it from UK govt smart meter installation programme

The chair of the government's controversial smart meter programme, Baroness McDonagh, has left her post after recently criticising the roll-out of the widely hated scheme. Current costs of the scheme are expected to reach £11bn, while total lifetime costs were recently pegged as high as £19bn – the same amount that the programme …
Kat Hall, 02 Jul 2015

US-China cyber espionage treaty 'will do nothing': FireEye boss

Cyber Defence Summit The China-US treaty will do next to nothing to slow or stymie espionage attacks, says FireEye boss Kevin Mandia. Presidents Obama and Xi Jinping recently pledged to stop economic espionage efforts, in a bid to repair the bilateral relationship between the countries. The agreement, positioned as a means to curb wholesale …
Darren Pauli, 14 Oct 2015
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We're not killing Chrome OS ... not until 2020, anyway – says Google

Google hopes to ease fears that its Chrome OS is not long for this world. The Mountain View ad giant said on Monday that it has no immediate plans to kill off Chrome OS nor the army of lightweight Chromebook PCs it has spawned: the web goliath has promised a "regular six-week software cycle and guaranteed auto-updates for five …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Nov 2015
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Qualcomm prez says nowt about $1bn China fine rumours

CES 2015 China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) claims Qualcomm is overcharging and abusing its market position, something for which the US chip company may be fined $1bn. At the Qualcomm CES press conference, president Derek Aberle highlighted the dispute as “one of the highest priorities for our management team”. …
Simon Rockman, 06 Jan 2015
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BlackBerry ponders putting Android on future mobes

BlackBerry is pondering kitting out its next smartphone with Google's Android operating system, according to reports. In a major strategic turn the firm is considering running the Chocolate Factory's operating system on its next mobe, reports Reuters. Citing multiple source, the newswire said the move is part of BlackBerry's …
Kat Hall, 12 Jun 2015
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Is it a Loon or is it a drone? Google seeks experimental radio license in US

Google's asked the United States' Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to let it play with millimetre-wave technology America-wide for two years. In a filing that's sparked “Project Loon coming to America?” speculation, the company has filed a heavily-redacted request with the FCC for permission to run unspecified …
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Is SanDisk becoming an acquisition target as the market consolidates?

Rumors and speculations are mounting that SanDisk might be an acquisition target, with reports indicating it's been chatted up by two suitors wanting to buy it, with Western Digital (WD) in the frame. There is strong logic for such a deal, as SanDisk is a hugely hot flash product supplier, and partners Toshiba in the flash …
Chris Mellor, 04 Sep 2015
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PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion

As Apple reveals a new iPhone around about this time of the year, speculation on a refreshed smartphone is rife. Today, the rumor mill hit a new low – or high depending on your level of fandom. A set of "leaked" "images" suggests the next iPhone will sport a translucent Apple logo on the back of its case, which will light up …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2014

Google hires engineers to run Android OS on virtual reality gear – report

Google has padded out a team of engineers to beaver away at an Android operating system to power virtual reality devices, it has been reported. According to the Wall Street Journal, the ad giant plans to follow its well-worn OS smartphone path, by releasing a VR version of its platform that will be freely available online. …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Mar 2015
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ACCC hopes to SLASH rural backhaul prices

In a move that Vulture South's crystal ball suggests will be hotly resisted by Telstra, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is proposing that rural backhaul costs be slashed. Backhaul – in ACCC parlance, the Domestic Transmission Capacity Service, or DCTS – has long been a thorn in the side for anyone wanting to …
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iPhone 6S, 6S Plus: Apple SHAFTS eager fans with STRAPPING VIBRATOR

Teardown Apple's iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, lovingly crafted by Cupertino's chief designer Sir Jony Ive, have landed – and with them the first teardowns shedding light on what's packed under the hood. Dissections of both the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus have confirmed earlier speculation that Apple has indeed traded a smaller battery for more …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Sep 2015
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NASA rover coders at Intel's Wind River biz axed – sources

Exclusive Intel-owned Wind River – the maker of the VxWorks software used in NASA rovers, spacecraft, military computer systems, and industry – has laid off a number of its most experienced staff, sources tell The Register. We've learned that some of the engineers hit by this quiet "reduction in force" have been with the Alameda, …
Chris Williams, 24 Sep 2015
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The Register reveals SAP’s very own version of Black Friday

Exclusive SAP is understood to be aggressively discounting the price it charges for maintenance to retain customers. A Register investigation has uncovered cases where the software giant is offering customers who are considering switching to independents extremely competitive deals. The threat is this: companies paying SAP on an …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Nov 2015