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Former Microsoftie becomes US ambassador, opts to swear in on KINDLE

A US ambassador has become the first public official to be sworn into office using a Kindle. Normally, incoming politicians take their oath with one hand on a holy book or a print-out of the country's constitution, but former Microsoft employee Suzi LeVine wanted to bring this tradition up to date. She took an oath of office on …
Jasper Hamill, 04 Jun 2014

Amazon sues former employee who took Google cloud job

Amazon is taking a former employee responsible for managing its cloud partners to court over an alleged breach of contract after he joined Google. The e-tailer claims former AWS strategic partnerships manager Zoltan Szabadi joined Google too soon after leaving. The company alleges that by doing so, Szabadi broke the non-compete …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jul 2014
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Cough up or else, HMRC tells storage channel biz

Surrey-based storage player Glasshouse Technologies has been slapped with a winding-up petition over unpaid debts from the tax bulldogs at HM Revenue and Customs. HMRC used to issue these orders like they were going out of fashion because it was first in the queue as a preferential creditor if a business went under as a result …
Paul Kunert, 20 Mar 2014

BlackBerry pie sliced up: Nuke-plant OS, BBM chat app, etc sale mulled

Troubled mobe-maker BlackBerry has confirmed it is "exploring strategic alternatives" to remaining as one enormous company - confirming wire reports last week of a potential breakup. The firm formerly known as RIM said a "special committee" has been formed to examine options that "could include, among others, possible joint …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Aug 2013

BlackBerry inks deal to go private for $4.7bn

BlackBerry – or, as the struggling Canadian smartphone manufacturer has been renamed by the chattering classes, "Beleaguered BlackBerry" – has signed a letter of intent to be taken private by a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings of Toronto, Ontario. Fairfax currently owns about 10 per cent of BlackBerry, and the …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Sep 2013
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NSA: Inside the FIVE-EYED VAMPIRE SQUID of the INTERNET

Snowden Anniversary One year after The Guardian opened up the trove of top secret American and British documents leaked by former National Security Agency (NSA) sysadmin Edward J Snowden, the world of data security and personal information safety has been turned on its head. Everything about the safety of the internet as a common communication …
Duncan Campbell, 05 Jun 2014
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D-Wave wooing universities down under

While controversy continues over the nature of its machines, quantum computing company D-Wave is wearing out the shoe-leather talking to academic users – and The Register. In Australia to present to universities and the HPC community at large about D-Wave, the company's director of business development and strategic partnerships …
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Micron: PCM? Pah. Gaze upon our MUTANT flashy memory cube

A Micron analysts day revealed the boys from Boise think nothing much will happen with resistive RAM technologies like the Memristor for five years, and that volatile/non-volatile memory configs for servers are going to grow. During the conference itself Micron presented lots of technology goodies. CEO Mark Durkan started out …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2014
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Mozilla CEO exits just as Firefox mobiles roll out

Mozilla's chief executive is stepping down amid a re-positioning of the managerial brass after barely two years into a mission to take Firefox mobile. Gary Kovacs, appointed Mozilla's third CEO in November 2010, will vacate his position "later this year" with the Firefox shop now beginning a search for a brand-new chief …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Apr 2013
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Virident tempts EMC flash boss over, creeps up on Fusion-io

Server flash card upstart Virident has recruited Ken Grohe, EMC's flash business general manager, to run its worldwide customer operations, while it strengthens its position against flash supremos Fusion-io The recruitment is open for anyone to see on Grohe's LinkedIn page. Concurrent with Grohe's hire, Virident, which used to …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2013
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Aussie mobile SAP house acquired by Kony

Australian mobile enterprise SAP solution provider Sky Technologies has been snapped up by US based mobile enterprise player, Kony Solutions. Founded in Melbourne by former Accenture executive Troy O’Connor in 2002, Sky Technologies has deployed mobility projects to SAP customers in around 35 countries. Sky allows users to …
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Australian telco in $20m robot moon shot bid

Australian telecommunications and satellite communications company PlusComms has emerged as a key partner in a space consortium planning to send a robotic spacecraft to the moon. PlusComms, which is backed by telco industry stalwart Robert Brand, is part of Team Stellar one of the teams competing for the Google Lunar X Prize. …

GreenBytes founder steps aside for new blood

Greenbytes is a startup whose IO Offload Engine accelerates VDI. It's just announced a new and experienced CEO, Stephen O'Donnell, who will accelerate it. The company, previously run by Bob Petrocelli, who founded it in 2007 (background here.), produced an all-flash array called Solidarity which used ZFS software, albeit with re …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2012
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Quickflix poaches Telstra’s IPTV content architect

Australian IPTV aspirant Quickflix has poached another pivotal Telstra content executive to bolster its leadership team. Andrew Lambert, Telstra Media’s GM, business development and content acquisition, left the carrier on Friday to take the newly created role of executive VP at Quickflix. A Quickflix company spokesperson …
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Telefonica, Verizon ready VMware schizophones

VMworld Europe VMware rules the x86 server virtualization racket, giving physical servers multiple personalities. And now cell phone operators are lining up to support its Mobile Virtual Platform (MVP) hypervisor on smartphones. At the VMworld Europe conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, VMware announced that US cellphone operator Verizon and …
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Google wants Android developers

Google is about to hire "dozens" of mobile developers to stock up its Android marketplace, according to the Wall Street Journal. Google has made it very clear that it will be focusing on mobile this year, and on mobile commerce in particular. Stealing PayPal's VP of product development is a good start, but the chocolate factory …
Bill Ray, 31 Jan 2011
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VCs shower WhipTail with cash

Flash array start-up WhipTail has had an eight-figure B-round of funding less than six months after its A-round as AMD becomes a customer and its development pace accelerates. The company saw revenues increase 400 per cent in 2011, a year in which it tripled its workforce and went past the 100 customer mark. It says 30 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2012

Ex-Intel engineer now AMD strategy chief

The new AMD CEO Rory Read is getting close to building the executive team that he intends to take into battle against archrival Intel with the appointment of Rajan Naik as senior vice president and chief strategy officer. A year ago, former AMD CEO Dirk Meyer was shown the door. Intel's gadfly in the x86 chip space, and Nvidia's …
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EMC recruits Sepaton's chief operating officer

EMC has recruited Sepaton's highly-regarded chief operating officer Fidelma Russo. It is so recent that Russo's LinkedIn entry hasn't been updated. She has, though, been wiped off the Sepaton management team webpage. Fidelma Russo Fidelma Russo (Sepaton image) Russo joined Sepaton in September 2007, as EVP for engineering and …
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2011
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Bebo poaches Google exec

Social networking site Bebo has appointed Google's ex-managing director of strategic partnerships Joanna Shields to head up its international expansion. Shields was responsible for Google partnerships in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including the search engine's deal with BSkyB. She joins Bebo as president, …
John Oates, 15 Jan 2007
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Novell snubs hedge fund's $1bn takeover bid

Novell has spurned an unsolicited $1bn cash takeover bid from Elliot Associates. It said on Saturday that it had considered the company's offer to acquire Novell for $5.75 per share in cash, but concluded such a deal was "inadequate" and "undervalued" Novell's "franchise and growth prospects". Earlier this month New York-based …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Mar 2010
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BBC upgrades iPlayer to allow 'social propositions'

The BBC has relaunched the website version of its popular iPlayer service in an effort to give the online telly catch-up service a Web2.0rhea sheen. Auntie pushed out an iPlayer beta this morning and said it planned to release a full-fat version in July this year. The Corporation said it had simplified its iPlayer by making TV …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 May 2010
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Serco sharpens the IT guillotine

Government services firm Serco is looking to cut up to 500 jobs from its IT division, with satellite offices and its Birmingham HQ all likely to be hit. Serco bought ITNet in 2004 and has contracts with the RAF and several local authorities. A spokesman for the firm confirmed to The Register that restructuring meant jobs would …
John Oates, 04 Jul 2008
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Uncertain future hits Novell's Q3

What a surprise. A company rejects an unsolicited takeover bid and its board of directors announces that the struggling company is looking at all alternatives, including selling itself or breaking itself up. And then sales unexpectedly go south. It should have been no surprise to commercial operating system supplier Novell that …
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Whiptail cracks on: VCs pump it full of flash cash

Comment Two venture capital firms have pumped A-round initial funding cash into flash array start-up Whiptail. What's got them so fired up? Whiptail's XLR8r appliance is an all-flash memory array that can store things like VDI images and pump them out to booting PCs faster than a disk drive array. Whiptail CEO Dan Crain said: "We're …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2011

Should IT departments tackle desktop virtualisation on their own?

Desktop virtualisation So, you’ve made the business case for your desktop virtualisation project and you have the budget to do it. The next question is whether you need outside help, either from product vendors or consultancies. How do you decide? No two organisations are created equal, and neither are IT departments. An organisation’s individual …
Danny Bradbury, 11 Mar 2011
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HP software lands ex-Microsoft Windows and Office chief

So much for that idea of running a business from end-to-end. Bill Veghte, a 20-year Microsoftie who ran development, sales, and marketing operations for Office and Windows, is now doing essentially the same job at the much smaller, much less influential, and much more opaque unit at Hewlett-Packard. Veghte is executive vice …
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Novell revenues drop as board seeks sale

Whatever drama is going on at Novell in the boardroom — where the company is apparently soliciting takeover offers from up to 20 different prospective buyers — it has spilled over into the company's financial results. In an IT market that is rebounding, and where its main Linux rival, Red Hat, continues to grow both revenues and …
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T-Mobile and AT&T stung in $22m handset scam

Eight people have been indicted by a Brooklyn court for running a scam that involved dealers using customer details to order handsets, in a fraud worth $22m. The charges allege that two of the defendants, who ran cellular dealerships in New York and Florida, picked up customer details from the network's databases, then used the …
Bill Ray, 20 Aug 2009
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Microsoft plants Bing on Google-free Chinese Androids

Motorola will soon push Microsoft's Bing search engine onto Android phones in China, after announcing an alliance with the Redmond software giant that will see Bing appear on Androids across the globe. In the wake of this Moto-Microsoft pact, Google has confirmed with The Reg that it has barred the use of its mobile …
Cade Metz, 11 Mar 2010
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Novell seeks rich suitors

It looks like Novell has formally put itself up for sale after rejecting the entreaties of a hedge fund two months ago. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal and confirmed by a separate report from the New York Times, Novell had asked for suitors looking to eat the company to put in initial bids by the end of this …
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Ashdown brain trust: Democracy isn't a human right

A group of intellectuals, military officers, policemen and retired second-rank politicians have issued an "interim" report laying out their view of what the UK should do to stay secure in coming decades. The assembled heavyweights, curiously, appear to conflict with the UN on the matter of fundamental human rights. The report is …
Lewis Page, 27 Nov 2008
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IBM in Linux distro love-in

IBM has strengthened in links with the two top corporate Linux distributions - Red Hat and Novell SUSE - by elevating the pair to IBM's Strategic Alliance program, its highest tier partner status. The move is designed to make it easier for firms to acquire Linux-based systems by integrating and streamlined sales, distribution …
John Leyden, 15 Dec 2005
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Napster pays plenty for modest growth in Q1

As promised, Napster delivered modest first quarter growth while its costs swelled. In addition, the company today announced plans to launch a version of its music rental service in Japan. Napster brought in $21m during the first quarter. That's a a 167 per cent jump over the rather feeble $7.8m in revenue posted in the same …
Ashlee Vance, 04 Aug 2005
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Overland snatches Adaptec's Snap Server biz

Adaptec has finally got out of the loss-making Snap Server business and, by buying it, Overland Storage has gained a valuable addition to its ULTAMUS primary storage product line. This is Overland CEO and president Vern LoForti's first acquisition since taking over the reins at Overland and represents a quite triumphant …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2008
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MS Stinger, my part in its downfall, by Sendo?

Chugging along in the wake of Sendo's shock departure from the MS smartphone camp we have a particularly neatly-worded piece of advanced PR for CTIA Wireless 2003 in New Orleans next March. The agenda doesn't seem to up at the show site yet, but Microsoft (oh yes...) would particularly like you to attend a session entitled " …
John Lettice, 20 Nov 2002
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Telecity t/o up by half

Telecity plc - which runs Internet exchanges in the UK and Europe - reported an operating loss of £3.4 million in Q3 to September 2000. Turnover for the same period was up 47 per cent to £3.8 million. The company's invested £12.3 million during the quarter in fitting out Internet exchanges across Europe, including Amsterdam and …
Team Register, 19 Oct 2000
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Big Q snaps up Kodak-man

Although its share price was rumbling around at the $25 mark yesterday, Compaq had some good news for its shareholders. First, it recruited a former Kodak executive, Jesse Greene, to become its chief financial officer, after a lengthy delay in filling the job after Earl Mason left last year. And, perhaps more significantly for …
Mike Magee, 29 Feb 2000
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On Hummingbird's takeover tussle

Comment Open Text Corporation initially announced its intention on 5th July 2006 to make a counter bid for all of the shares of Hummingbird Ltd. at a price of US$27.75 per share in cash following the announcement on 26 May 2006 that Hummingbird would be acquired by a company within the Symphony Technology Group. Open Text offered $1.00 …
Bharat Mistry, 02 Aug 2006
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CIA recruits video game mogul for IT venture

The CIA has smartened its image with the creation of In-Q-It, a high-tech venture capital firm playfully named for the eccentric gadget meister "Q" of James Bond fame. As if to build further on the fun and games motif, the agency has chosen former Spectrum Holobyte and Microprose exec Gilman Louie for its CEO. The new company …
Thomas C Greene, 30 Sep 1999
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3G, security drive smart card sales

The advent of 3G and various credit card security programmes will enable smart card manufacturers to leave behind a troubled 2002 and look to a period of sustainable growth. Fierce competition in the low-end SIM market dampening revenue growth in 2002. But the expansion of 3G will create brisk demand for high-end 32k and 64k …
John Leyden, 08 Aug 2003
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Hynix rations DDR supply

Hynix's US subsidiary is placing its supply of DDR DRAM fast memory on allocation. In other words, major customers will have to wait for product, or they will only get a percentage of the product they ordered. In turn, this will mean - if other major vendors follow suit - that spot market supply will quickly dry up and prices …
Drew Cullen, 30 Jan 2002
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HCL squeezes Indian software engineers

Indian outsourcing giant HCL Technologies has told its software engineers they have to work longer days without any extra pay for the greater good of the company. The firm will now be working its Indian software engineers at the same rate as employees in its call centres, and systems integration and technical support divisions …
Mark Ballard, 11 Oct 2006
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MS denies it's buying users with its billions

In an analysts' conference call on Friday Microsoft CFO Greg Maffei denied that the company's current spending spree was intended to buy customers for Microsoft standards. The splurge count now stands somewhere in the region of $15 billion (we haven't added in any of Greg's weekend shopping yet), but it would seem that the loud …
John Lettice, 17 May 1999
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Acer spouts the biggest load of management guff

Today, New Acer revealed its 'MegaMicro e-Business'. The name, and the move, is a confusing one. Chairman and CEO Stan Shih first outlined the 'New Acer' in a keynote at Taiwan's e-business expo on Tuesday. (Obviously lusting after yet more titles for his business card, Shih has also added Chief Business Architect (CBA) to the …
James Watson, 19 Oct 2001
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HP-Compaq merger – readers speak their minds

Princess Fiorina kisses the Ugly Frog HP to buy Compaq for Battle of the Bulge The HP-Compaq merger is the story of the week, and employees from all parties affected by it have something to say about our coverage. First the ones we can't use. DEC stalwarts have employed gallows humour to deal with life for the past decade - …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Sep 2001
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IPTV and VoD: the great content adventure

Industry comment "The problem is that they want the world, but they don’t want to pay for it", said the BBC executive sitting opposite me, sipping on his cappuccino. "They are all knocking on our door wanting all our content for free, and it’s so difficult when they don’t understand the costs involved and how this industry operates." The reason …
Alex Cameron, 23 Jan 2006