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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

Analysis Less than two years into Satya Nadella's tenure as CEO of Microsoft, he's already had to report a lossmaking quarter. It's only the second time that's happened in the software giant's three decades as a public company, and the $8.44bn write-off Redmond posted earlier this week is the largest in its history.

Oracle storage analytics break Oracle storage appliances

Big Red warns of ZFS boxen halting when you delve too greedily and too deep
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jul 04:57

EU rubber-stamps Nokia's proposed Alcatel-Lucent gobble

Says they're 'not close competitors'
Neil McAllister, 25 Jul 08:01

Q. How much did Google just spend applying political pressure in the US? A. $4.6 million

Top of the pops again among tech giant rivals
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Jul 20:20

How to waste two years and lose $415m: Cisco's now-dead Whiptail deal

Exclusive + analysis A sorry story of whipped tales, angst and attrition
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 18:16

Intel promises 'scores' of deals to underpin enterprise cloud

Let's build out the software defined infrastructure
Team Register, 24 Jul 13:25

Unisys halts and catches fire: Mainframe builder dives into the red

It did see ‘solid revenue growth on a constant currency basis’ though, so there's that
Kat Hall, 24 Jul 11:45
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Microsoft delivers Exchange 2016 Preview

Microsoft has revealed the first Preview of Exchange Server 2016.

HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

Exclusive Troubled HP has hit upon what it thinks is a terrific idea to revive its fortunes: tell techies to leave their T-shirts and shorts at home and obey the corporate "smart casual" dress code instead.

BlackBerry vows to make even fewer phones

New strategy means hardware business is just clinging on, at best

IBM slurps database-as-a-service outfit Compose

MongoDB, Redis, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL to be thrown into the Bluemix

Embarrassed Amazon admits to actually MAKING MONEY as cloud biz blooms

Wall Street got a nasty Q2 shock today from Amazon, which announced an unexpected profit driven largely by its cloudy AWS business.
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The green salamander is OUT: Cisco gives up on Invicta flash arrays

That’s that then: it was a $415m mistake. We have heard from several sources that Cisco has laid off virtually the entire Invicta all-flash array engineering and development team. If true, Cisco – still led by John Chambers – has admitted the 2013 Whiptail acquisition was a complete cock-up.

Accenture still a little peckish as it snaps up digi biz Chaotic Moon

Massive outsourcer seeks to reinvent itself
Kat Hall, 23 Jul 14:59

EMC's turbulent trifecta temporarily ties Tucci to top table

Comment CEO sends united federation off to seek out new life and new civilisations
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 13:28

Parliament wants to splash £6m on network build 'n' run contract

Crumbling building needs firewall support
Kat Hall, 23 Jul 12:59

Investors fling fresh cash at Mike Lynch-backed Darktrace

Former spook-operated biz now worth more than £60m
Kat Hall, 23 Jul 12:00

We need the power of corporates, says OpenStack exec

Linux-for-cloud head rejects pioneer's claim of a 'lost soul'
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jul 11:39

Cisco exits set-top box biz, sheds US$1.8bn of revenue

Technicolor flings €550 million to pick up Borg's Connected Devices Division
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Jul 06:29

Cloudy VMs leak ID details that could allow attacks, says researcher

Hot chips and other kit produce artefacts that let bad guys indentify and isolate VMs
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Jul 05:29

Microsoft launches Advanced Threat Analytics

Pitch: Bust up the 200 day-long hacker party.
Team Register, 23 Jul 04:02
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Staff at stumbling server storage supplier QLogic brace for big layoffs

QLogic, swaying in the doorway with a tatty photocopy of its lousy prelim results in hand, has warned staff they will be axed to cut costs.

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