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Seagate fscks up: Disk drive sales fall short by $500m

Seagate will miss its fourth quarter's sales target as its competitors recover faster than expected from floods that knackered hard drive supplies. The storage biz also had a quality-control issue with an enterprise disk product, which reduced shipments by 1.5 million units to 66 million, and increased costs. It issued a …
Chris Mellor, 6 Jul 2012
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Thai webmaster walks after insulting royals

If you plan to unleash the snark online over Jubilee weekend, spare a thought for a Thai webmaster Chiranuch Premchaiporn, who has just been sentenced to eight months porridge - thankfully suspended - for online statement deemed harmful to Thailand's monarchy. Campaigners against growing internet censorship in Thailand aren't …
Phil Muncaster, 31 May 2012
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Thailand dries off and ramps up IT spending

Thailand is back on the scene and spending like there’s no tomorrow, according to new IDC stats which show the country is set to complete its rehabilitation from the devastating floods last year and jump to number two spot in IT spending in Southeast Asia. The analyst’s latest IT spending forecast predicted Thailand will …
Phil Muncaster, 15 May 2012
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Judge delays decision in key web freedom case

An online news editor facing up to 20 years in a Thai prison for failing to delete quickly enough comments on the site insulting the royal family has had her case postponed again as webmasters in the country wait nervously on the outcome. Judge Nittaya Yaemsri set a new court date for 30 May, claiming more time was needed to …
Phil Muncaster, 30 Apr 2012
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Microsoft revenues up as PC market recovers

Microsoft has reported strong financial for its latest quarter, with all divisions showing growth apart from its gaming division. Revenues for the quarter were $17.41bn, up six per cent on this time last year, and income grew 12 per cent over the same period to reach $6.37bn. Redmond reported it has also paid out $461m to …
Iain Thomson, 19 Apr 2012
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Seagate profits from Thai flooding

Seagate made huge profits of $1.1 billion on revenue of $4.4 billion in its third fiscal 2012 quarter, following a very successful second quarter. The company shipped a record 61 million hard disk drives in the quarter; a 29 per cent increase over the second quarter and 25 per cent higher than a year ago. It is still …
Chris Mellor, 17 Apr 2012
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Thais trample over Chinese to snatch Asia's e-shopping crown

Thailand has emerged as the surprise leader in online shopping in Asia thanks to its strength in the mobile space although it is China which will run away with the global e-commerce crown by 2015, according to two new reports out this week. MasterCard’s Worldwide Online Shopping survey revealed that 80 per cent of people in …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Apr 2012
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Thai Police shutter 5,000+ sites insulting royals

The monarchy-loving Thai authorities have deleted over 5,000 web pages in the past three months in a continued crack down on content deemed insulting to the royal family, although critics argue it’s just an excuse to exercise ever more hardline censorship controls. Thailand national police spokesman Piya Utayo explained that …
Phil Muncaster, 15 Mar 2012
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Asian PC market slowed by HDD misery

Hard disk drive production levels may be reaching full capacity again after the widespread flooding in Thailand last year but the PC market in south east Asia is likely to be disrupted for some time to come after taking a severe knock in the last quarter, according to IDC. The analyst’s Asia/Pacific Quarterly PC Tracker for Q4 …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Mar 2012
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Facebook blamed for getting Thai teens up the duff

Facebook now has another social ill to add to the growing list of reprehensible things it has been blamed for: unwanted teenage pregnancies. Yes, according to Thai government body the National Economic and Social Development Board, the social networking giant has a lot to answer for in the country. It said that Thai mothers …
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Thai floods float Seagate to top of hard drive biz

Last year's severe flooding in Thailand may have been human and economic disaster, but if every cloud has a silver lining, that silver has slipped into the pockets of Seagate as it retook the top sales spot among hard drive businesses, unseating Western Digital. "Seagate owes its return to market leadership to a fortuitous …
Rik Myslewski, 29 Feb 2012
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Flood-hit Thai disk fabs to pour out 140m drives

The production of hard disk drives is nearing full capacity after flooding last year in Thailand sent shockwaves through the supply chain, with output set to reach around 80 per cent of pre-flood levels. A Digitimes report, citing industry sources, claimed that production would increase to somewhere between 140 and 145 million …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Feb 2012
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Disk fab output pumping up, prices 'to stay high and dry'

Demand for hard disk drives will outstrip supply until at least the middle of 2012, analysts at IHS reckon, as a result of the deadly Thai factory floods that dented drive production. Disk assembly rates will creep up during 2012 but prices will remain high. Shipments of hard drives are expected to rise in every quarter, year- …
Anna Leach, 15 Feb 2012
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Thailand can't wait to wield Twitter censorship hammer

Thailand has become the first nation in the world to embrace Twitter's controversial censorship scheme. Last week Twitter said it was prepared to block content on a country-by-country basis as required by each jurisdiction. The social network said it will "reactively withhold content from users in a specific country" in the …
John Leyden, 30 Jan 2012
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WD soaks up $2bn in Thai flood aftermath

Western Digital and its supply chain have pulled out all the stops and delivered a decent profit in the last quarter of 2011, the one in which some of its Thailand plants were inundated by deadly flooding. For this quarter, its second fiscal 2012 quarter, WD pulled in revenues of $2bn – compared to $2.5bn a year earlier – and …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2012
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Seagate mulls flogging precious drives at auction

CES 2012 At CES Seagate boss Steve Luczo said the company was considering running open market auctions of its disk drives to gauge spot prices and demand. Luczo was talking at an informal investor event attended by Stifel Nicolaus' Aaron Rakers, who wrote that Seagate could run the auction events itself or hire a third party to do it. …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2012
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Microsoft execs warn of PC sales drop in crucial Q4

Senior Microsoft executives are warning that PC sales in the last quarter will be lower than expected, saying the effects of the floods in Thailand are having a lingering impact. CFO Tami Reller told a JPMorgan Chase & Co. conference that the flooding was causing the PC industry more serious problems than had been expected. …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jan 2012
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HP also jacks up disk prices in Thai flood wake

We thought EMC was the first major enterprise supplier to raise disk drive prices after the Thailand floods. Not so. HP sent out a letter - pictured here - last month saying it was being forced to increase prices as a result of the hard drive shortage caused by the deadly floods in Thailand. Many of the country's disk assembling …
Chris Mellor, 20 Dec 2011

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