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Server makers rush their Heartbleed patches
Enterprise IT vendors are rushing to protect users from the Heartbleed bug, which has been found in some servers and networking gear and could allow attackers to steal critical data -- including passwords and encryption keys -- from the memories of exposed systems.

HP to pay $108M in bribery, corruption case
Hewlett-Packard will pay $108 million in penalties after subsidiaries in Russia, Poland and Mexico were found to have paid bribes to win business, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

Windows XP expiration couldn't save PC market in Q1
The looming threat of running an unsupported OS wasn't enough to save PC shipments from continuing their slide in the first quarter.

HP touts speedy Z Turbo Drive PCI-Express SSDs
Hewlett-Packard's new Z Turbo Drive solid-state drives will be faster than conventional SSDs that plug into hard-drive slots, the company said.

HP says never mind about June 3D printer announcement
At its annual stockholder meeting last week, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman delivered a delicious critique of 3D printing speeds. "[It's] like watching ice melt," she said.

After 30 years, HP brings multifunction inkjet printing to the office
Hewlett-Packard shipped its first inkjet printer in 1984, but waited 30 years to release a multifunction inkjet printer for general office printing in enterprises.

Newest bug bounty touts $10K rewards, appeals for help in finding Flash flaws
A new entry in the cash-for-bugs business, the Internet Bug Bounty, recently paid out its first $10,000 rewards.

HP has solved two big problems with 3D printing
Hewlett-Packard claims to have solved the two biggest problems with today's 3D printers and will make its first big technology announcement in that area in June, CEO Meg Whitman said Wednesday.

Ex-Autonomy chief Lynch slams HP, CEO Whitman ahead of shareholder meeting
Hewlett-Packard's November 2012 decision to write off billions of dollars in connection with the acquisition of infrastructure software vendor Autonomy continues to dog the company as it prepares to face shareholders at an annual meeting Wednesday.

Tech industry needs more diverse workforce
U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson is to lead a delegation to Hewlett-Packard's annual meeting of shareholders on Wednesday to highlight under-representation of African-Americans in Silicon Valley companies.

HP speeds testing tools in app development suite
Hewlett-Packard has updated its Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) suite to accommodate the ever-quickening pace of today's software programming teams.

Lenovo rallies troops after rivals swoop on IBM server deal
Lenovo will send a memo to its server sales team on Tuesday, urging them to ignore the 'uncertainty and doubt' its rivals are sowing over its acquisition of the IBM server division.

HP updates aim to make BYOD printing more secure
Using mobile devices for one-off printing tasks on office printers may not be a big deal, but Hewlett-Packard is trying to mitigate any security risk through direct wireless printing features it is bringing to enterprise printers.

Microsoft dangles $50 carrot in front of XP users
Microsoft has anted up in its attempt to convince last-minute laggards to abandon Windows XP by handing a $50 carrot to people who buy a new Windows 8.1 device.

Major browsers fall during second day at Pwn2Own hacking contest
Security researchers demonstrated zero-day exploits against Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Adobe Flash Player during the second day of the Pwn2Own hacking competition Thursday, racking up total prizes of $450,000.

Researchers pocket record $400K at Pwn2Own hacking contest's first day
Researchers cracked Microsoft's Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla's Firefox and Adobe's Flash and Reader at the Pwn2Own hacking contest, earning $400,000 in prizes, a one-day record for the challenge.

HP gains traction with augmented reality service
Hewlett-Packard has found some success with a platform, called Aurasma, that provides augmented reality services to portable devices.

Disk storage sales gets year-end boost
The market for external disk storage systems has recovered from a slump, with factory revenues up 2.4% to $6.9 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to an IDC study.

Bug bounty operator presses vendors to pick up patching pace
Citing the need to prod software vendors to patch vulnerabilities even faster, Hewlett-Packard's bug bounty program said it was shortening its patch-or-go-public policy to 120 days.

Server market revenue down 4.4% in Q4
Even as server shipments went up, revenue in the market declined in last year's fourth quarter, as demand for higher-end systems remained weak, according to research firm IDC.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Windows 7 lives!
More and more for Windows users, there's no OS like an old OS.

HP makes play for network virtualization with OpenNFV program
Hewlett-Packard is plunging into the rapidly emerging field of network functions virtualization (NFV), announcing Monday an OpenNV program comprised of applications and services designed to virtualize core networks and network functions and allow telecommunications companies to more efficiently compete in the rapidly growing world of rich media.

HP unveils first 64-bit Windows 8.1 tablets with Intel Atom
After months of waiting, some of the first 64-bit tablets with Windows 8.1 and Intel's Bay Trail chips were announced by Hewlett-Packard.

HP brings 'couch potato' model to Pavilion line
Hewlett-Packard's latest Pavilion X360 hybrid will offer the design flexibility to be used as a tablet, laptop or "couch potato" device.

Microsoft tries to jumpstart cheap Windows devices with license price cut
Microsoft has cut the price of Windows 8.1 by nearly three-fourths to device makers who produce lower-cost laptops and tablets.

HP reverses decline in PC sales, claims broad progress in quarter
Hewlett-Packard has returned its PC business to growth and reported better-than-expected results for the first quarter of its fiscal year.

HP eyes acquisitions and divestitures, CEO Whitman says
After two-and-a-half years running Hewlett-Packard, CEO Meg Whitman appears ready to make some deals.

Intel's new Xeon server chip pushes Itanium closer to end
The end-of-life writing is on the wall for Intel's high-end Itanium chip, with the launch this week of the high-performance usurper, the chip maker's 15-core Xeon E7 v2 chip.

Intel stresses in-memory computing with 15-core server chip
Intel has added up to 15 cores in its latest Xeon E7 v2 family of server processors, but is stressing in-memory computing improvements with the latest chips.

Microsoft sets Oct. 31 as stop date for Windows 7 consumer PC sales
Microsoft has set Oct. 31 as the end of sales of new consumer-grade Windows 7 PCs, but for now has left open the do-not-sell-after-this-date for business machines.

HP adds private catalogs for enterprise apps
Hewlett-Packard is launching a service that could help organizations better manage their Android and iOS mobile apps on employee-owned devices, supporting the BYOD (bring your own device) trend.

HP says security updates will remain free
Hewlett-Packard said security and safety updates will be provided to all its server users after a controversy surrounding the company's decision to restrict access to firmware updates to server customers on warranty or covered by a support agreement.

Oracle 12c database to get speedy SAP certification
There's some good news for the many SAP customers who use Oracle's database underneath SAP applications. Breaking from tradition, SAP will certify its software for the initial major release of the Oracle 12c database.

HP expands OneView into VMware environs
Hewlett-Packard is expanding the scope of its OneView infrastructure management console, releasing a OneView plug-in that should help system administrators more efficiently manage their VMware vCenter operations with OneView functionality.

HP upgrade project meets a NASA that's 'resistant to change'
The inspector general of NASA has issued a report that's critical of both Hewlett-Packard and the space agency for messing up a plan to centralize management of the agency's end-user computing under a $2.5 billion outsourcing contract.

HP finds Autonomy accounting errors, revises financial reports
Hewlett-Packard has revised financial reports for its Autonomy division after the company said that an audit turned up a number of serious accounting errors.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Told you so! Microsoft backs off on Metro
Microsoft appears to be backing off on its biggest user interface fiasco since Microsoft Bob: In the Windows 8.1 update, the desktop rather than Metro reportedly will be the default interface.

HP envisions the holistic data center
Hewlett-Packard has launched a set of services designed to help organizations manage their data centers more efficiently, using the principles of DCIM (data center infrastructure management).

Qualcomm buys Palm, iPaq patents from HP
Qualcomm has acquired a large patent portfolio related to Palm, iPaq and the Bitfone device management platform from Hewlett-Packard for an undisclosed sum.

HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, discounts consumer Windows 7 PCs
Hewlett-Packard today launched a new online promotion that discounts several consumer PCs by $150 when equipped with Windows 7, saying the four-year-old OS is "back by popular demand."

HP plants a phablet flag in India
Hewlett-Packard launched two new Android phablets on Wednesday for sale in India next month: the HP Slate6 VoiceTab and the Slate7 Voice Tab.

Wall Street Beat: Cautious optimism for tech this year
After a year in which tech stocks boomed but overall IT spending barely eked out single-digit growth, market forecasters are adopting an air of cautious optimism for 2014.

Android heads to desktops as reliance on Web apps grow
More PC makers are bringing Android to desktops as users increasingly turn to the Internet for apps, storage and entertainment.

Oracle buys maker of software-defined networking tech
Oracle is buying Corente, maker of SDN technology for WANs, in a strike against competitors such as Cisco and IBM. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

HP sees future of laptops in Pro X2 410 hybrid
Hewlett-Packard believes the future of laptops lies in the form of "converged" devices like the Pro X2 410 hybrid, which is a tablet bundled with a detachable keyboard.

As Twitter hires, HP fires
With the attention given to Twitter's IPO, one might assume that the tech industry is dependent on its success. It isn't. Not even close.

HP CEO Whitman gets one heck of a pay raise
After guiding Hewlett-Packard through one crisis after another, CEO Meg Whitman is now earning more than $1 in annual salary.

Computers with brain-like intelligence are getting closer to reality
For decades, scientists have fantasized about creating robots with brain-like intelligence. This year, researchers tempted by that dream made great progress on achieving what has been called the holy grail of computing.

Google and HP's Chromebook 11 charger recalled due to overheating
Google and Hewlett-Packard have recalled the micro-USB chargers of their Chromebook 11 due to fire and burn hazards, an example of an innovation that turned into a problem.

HP makes a case for the private cloud
Hewlett Packard is making the case for private and hybrid clouds in Barcelona this week at its annual HP Discover user conference.

HP shrinks full-sized Haswell desktops with new mini PCs
Hewlett-Packard has redesigned its beige-boxed desktop PCs, sizing them down into mini-desktops without compromising on components.

HP adds Haswell to new EliteBook laptops
Hewlett-Packard has added Intel's Haswell processors to a pair of new EliteBook business laptops, while making them slimmer.

HP hits restart on 'converged systems,' takes aim at vBlock
Hewlett-Packard released new "converged systems" that aim to get customers up and running quickly with virtualized applications and big-data analytics.

Storage hardware sales hit by lower government spending
Storage vendors struggled with a decline in spending by the U.S. government and increased investment in public cloud capacity during the third quarter, according to IDC.

HP regains server lead; Taiwan vendors see big growth
Hewlett-Packard took back its server crown from IBM last quarter as the overall market contracted and Taiwanese vendors made big gains selling directly to Internet giants like Google and Facebook, IDC reported Wednesday.

HP ships new Slate tablets running Android Jellybean
Latest Hewlett-Packard Android tablets with multiple screen sizes are available at company's website.

Laptop and tablet prices are about to hit their lows for the year
Prices of some laptops and tablets have already fallen as the holiday shopping season approaches, and more price drops are expected starting with Black Friday year-end sales in the U.S. this week.

HP, Whitman must defend shareholder suit over Autonomy acquisition
A judge has ruled that Hewlett-Packard and its CEO, Meg Whitman, must mount a defense against a shareholder class action lawsuit claiming that Whitman and HP made misleading statements about the acquisition of Autonomy.

HP ends tough year on a high note
Hewlett-Packard reported results for the last quarter of its fiscal year on Tuesday, and although sales were down from a year earlier there were some much-needed signs of improvement.

Malware: War without end
After decades of fighting off viruses, worms, Trojans and other malware and cyberattacks, total victory remains beyond reach.

Why the U.S. may lose the race to exascale
In the global race to build the next generation of supercomputers -- exascale -- there is no guarantee the U.S. will finish first.

HP to ship $89 Android tablet with Intel chip
Retailer Walmart will sell on Black Friday an US$89 Hewlett-Packard Android tablet, one of many tablets available at massive discounts this holiday season in the U.S.

Hackers exploit JBoss vulnerability to compromise servers
Attackers are actively exploiting a known vulnerability to compromise JBoss Java EE application servers that expose the HTTP Invoker service to the Internet in an insecure manner.

Salesforce.com and HP to offer 'Superpod' for large enterprises
Customers of Salesforce.com who want their own dedicated infrastructure within the vendor's cloud will now be able to get one through a partnership with Hewlett-Packard.

IE11 and Chrome hacked at Mobile Pwn2Own
Security researchers have compromised Microsoft Surface RT, Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy S4 devices by exploiting previously unknown vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer 11 running on Windows 8.1 and Google Chrome running on Android.

HP will port its venerable Nonstop server platform to x86
Hewlett-Packard has announced a multi-year effort to port its Nonstop server systems, used by banks, telcos and other businesses that need maximum reliability, from Intel's Itanium architecture to x86.

Dell to show its first 64-bit ARM server this week
Dell will give its first public demonstration of a 64-bit ARM server this week, the latest step in an industrywide effort to build servers based on low-power chips like those used in smartphones.

HP sues seven optical drive makers over price-fixing
HP has filed suit against seven makers of optical disk drive technology, claiming that over a six-year period the group conspired to drive up the price of products sold to HP and others.

HP CEO ties company's woes to competition from Microsoft
Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman told investors that some of her company's business woes can be traced to increasing competition from longtime partner Microsoft. Insider (registration required)

HP offers big data digital marketing service
Hewlett-Packard has assembled a number of its data-mining software programs into a service, called the HP Digital Marketing Hub, that can synthesize multiple sources of marketing data to help organizations better identify potential customers.

Wall Street Beat: Talk of US budget compromise boosts tech stocks
After a rollercoaster ride, tech stocks rebounded toward the end of last week following reports of a possible compromise on the political impasse over the U.S. budget.

After leak, HP says revenue will dip slightly next year
It doesn't take much to please Hewlett-Packard's investors these days. HP confirmed Wednesday that its revenue will decline slightly next year, but the mention of "pockets of growth" sent hearts aflutter.

Dell's Surface Pro wannabe: Threat or proof Microsoft's strategy works?
Microsoft faces competition for its Surface Pro 2 tablet, and it's from an expected source: One of its own hardware partners, Dell.

Google and HP's Chromebook 11 goes on sale for $279
The new Chromebook 11 developed by Google and Hewlett-Packard has gone on sale for US$279, and can be powered by the same charger used for Android tablets and smartphones.

HP says open sourcing SDNs is wrong
Vendors such as Juniper Networks that are open sourcing their SDN controllers are pursuing a wrongheaded strategy that misses the point of the technology, HP officials said this week.

HP downsizes new business laptops
Hewlett-Packard is taking the heft and bulk out of its EliteBook and ProBook business laptops, and powering them with the latest processors from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices.

HP opens up on SDNs
HP this week is establishing an 'open' approach to SDN intended to accelerate programmable network deployments and stimulate demand for its switches and routers.

Patent trolls will gain from single European system
The creation of a pan-European patent system will help spread abusive patent litigation to Europe and could lead to E.U.-wide sales bans on products, leading tech vendors have claimed.

HP adds converged infrastructure smarts to servers
Tapping into the immense powers of system automation, Hewlett-Packard has released an appliance that will streamline the management of large numbers of HP servers in a data center.

HP offers support for Apple iPads
Is your iPad out of warranty? Hewlett-Packard wants to help.

HP's first Windows 8.1 tablet to hit stores in November
Hewlett-Packard's first Windows 8.1 tablet will ship in November, along with Android tablets that have smaller screens and powerful graphics.

Navy Yard shooting suspect was IT worker with resume of gun violence
The man police suspect of a mass shooting Monday at the Washington Navy Yard was employed by an IT subcontractor working on a government network project. He got that job despite having an arrest record for gun violence.

Why HP's Successful Turnaround Is Closer Than It Looks
Hewlett-Packard's turnaround effort under CEO Meg Whitman, like an object in the rearview mirror, is closer than it appears. Credit the impending success on strategic partnerships, good hires and a broad view of the future of tech.

Dell goes private as shareholders approve $24.9 billion deal
Shareholders have voted to approve a US$24.9 billion buyout of the company by founder and CEO Michael Dell and investment firm Silver Lake Partners.

An ultrabook workstation is not an oxymoron to HP
Usually, workstations are big and brutish. But HP is betting that workstation users are just like everyone else and want thin and light systems.

Intel, Google show 'next-generation' Chromebooks
Intel and Google showed off the next generation of Chromebooks from Hewlett-Packard, Acer and Toshiba, which will be faster and more power-efficient than predecessors.

Poland joins anti-corruption probe against HP
The Polish Central Anti-Corruption Bureau and U.S. agencies are investigating potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by an employee of an indirect subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard in Poland, the company said in a filing Monday.

Disk storage revenues decline in Q2
Disk storage systems sales generated $7.7B in the second quarter, a 5% decline from the same quarter in 2012, according to IDC.

Not quite Heinz: Intel's Avoton server chip comes in 13 varieties
Intel is taking another run at the market for low-power, high-density servers with its new "Avoton" chip, which was launched Wednesday and will do battle with an expected upcoming wave of ARM-based processors.

Server revenue continues to slide on weak demand, says IDC
The server business continued to slide in the second quarter with worldwide revenue and unit sales down, IDC said Tuesday.

HP, Juniper to help VMware take on networks with NSX
VMware's big splash in software-defined networking with its NSX network hypervisor comes with partnerships already in place to flesh out its virtual networks.

SSDs maturing, but new memory tech still 10 years away
Solid-state drive adoption will continue to grow and it will be more than 10 years before it is ultimately replaced by a new memory technology, experts said.

HP introduces SAP HANA based cloud service
Hewlett-Packard has introduced a cloud service around SAP's HANA in-memory database, targeting customers who want to analyze big data.

HP replaces enterprise chief, posts Q3 sales drop
Hewlett-Packard reassigned Enterprise Group chief Dave Donatelli on Wednesday as it reported an 8 percent decline in revenue for its fiscal third quarter, saying all of its major divisions except software brought in less money than a year earlier.

HP equips WorkSite with file-sharing service
Hewlett-Packard has launched a file storage service for users of its Autonomy WorkSite document management software that it promises can be more helpful than consumer-focused hosted file services.

HP joins Nvidia's Grid alliance
Hewlett-Packard has joined Nvidia's growing Grid alliance, equipping a Gen8 Proliant blade server with graphics boards that can speed up and lower the cost of virtual desktop deployments.

HP 3PAR conjures powerful storage magic
HP 3PAR StoreServe 7400 combines high scalability, high performance, and a big bag of tricks for easing storage management

BMC buys Partnerpedia for secure app-store technology
BMC is continuing its push into the consumerization-of-IT trend with the acquisition of Partnerpedia, which makes software companies can use to roll out secure, governed app stores to their end users. Terms of the deal, which closed last month, were not revealed.

Windows tablets capture more share, but Surface suffers
Windows' share of the tablet market grew slightly in the second quarter, as shipments also ticked up in the face of a slow-down by tablets overall, researcher IDC said today.

HP, NEC to develop next-generation x86 servers
Hewlett Packard and Japan's NEC will expand their existing partnership to develop high-end x86-based servers for cloud and Web applications.

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HP 'bribed' government officials $3.6M; will pay $108M fine

DoJ and SEC get their pound of flesh.

HP (NYSE:HPQ) has, err, "resolved" several allegations that it bribed officials in Mexico and Eastern Europe. The Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission don't take kindly to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, you see.

Oh. Wait. Did I say "HP"? Of course I actually meant "HP subsidiaries." So that's all right then.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers watch Bill and Dave roll in their respective graves.

HP beats the street: Did firing 34,000 workers work?

Wait. Did I say 'fire'? I meant to say WFR and EER.

In surprise news, HP (NYSE:HPQ) is doing well. Bill 'n' Dave's formerly-eponymous company -- we used to call it Hewlett-Packard -- made more money than expected last quarter.

Meg Whitman seems to be building a solid defense for her strategy of workforce-reduction, enhanced early retirement, and business-refocusing.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers invent reasons for Whitman's success.

Big PC makers aim Android at the heart of Microsoft

Android has long dominated Windows on mobile devices, but now PC makers are doing the previously unthinkable: Aiming it straight at traditional PCs, the heart of Microsoft's core business. Will Microsoft be able to survive this latest assault on Windows?

Calxeda dead: ARM in servers not such a great idea?

ARM servers: A great idea whose time hasn't come.
Calxeda has ceased to be. Not great timing for its employees, sadly. Nor for HP, which was about to launch the ARM-based version of its Project Moonshot hyperscale servers -- looks like it's now stuck on Opteron and Atom. To misquote H2G2: The low-power CPU market is mostly ARMless. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ponder the future for low-power, ARM-based servers. Or lack of it.

The Chromebook buying guide: Which model should you get?

Choosing a Chromebook can be a difficult decision -- but it doesn't have to be. Here's a simple guide to help you figure out which model is right for you.

Dear Google: We need a midrange Chromebook. Please help

Google, you've got some great stuff going on with Chrome OS these days -- but there's one big piece of the puzzle still missing.

Hands on: The first things you notice about Acer's C720 Chromebook

Acer's new C720 Chromebook couldn't be more different from the recently released HP Chromebook 11 -- both for better and for worse.

Acer Chromebook C720 vs. HP Chromebook 11: What's the deal?

Acer's Chromebook C720 has more horsepower and a lower price than HP's Chromebook 11. So what does HP's system have going for it that makes it worth buying?

HP leads war against Microsoft; will other PC makers follow?

HP, built in part on a long-time partnership with Microsoft, has declared war on its partner, and it's not just a war of words. HP is building multiple devices to compete with Windows machines. Where HP goes, will other PC makers follow?

Will Chromebooks be the dagger in Windows 8's heart?

Sales of Windows-based PCs may be plunging, but shipments of Chromebooks in the second half of the year are expected to rocket by as much as 200% to 300%, according to a just-released export. Acer, Lenovo, HP and Samsung will all be cashing in by launching new Chromebooks. How badly will Windows 8 be hurt?

UK Serious Fraud Office looks at HP Autonomy allegations

London law decides if Mike Lynch is a crook. Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) gave evidence about its Autonomy allegations to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) last month, it's emerged. The non-ministerial government department enforces the anti-fraud and -corruption criminal law in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. In IT Blogwatch, stuff gets serious for Lynch and his former staff.

HP bets on Android and Chrome: What happens to Windows?

Long-time Microsoft partner HP is turning to Android and Chrome for new mobile devices. With one of its biggest partners looking to other operating systems in mobile, what does this mean for Microsoft?

The rise of Google's Chromebook army

An interesting thing is happening in the world of Google's Chrome OS -- and in many ways, it's reminiscent of the evolution we've seen in Android.

HP 14" Chromebook: Does size matter?

Does size matter? With its new 14-inch Chromebook, HP (NYSE:HPQ) thinks so. However, the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook's bigger screen means heavier weight and poorer batter life. Also, it's the same actual resolution as its smaller competitors, so be prepared for blurrier images. But HP's entry into the rapidly-growing Chromebook market is another sign that this is a trend to watch in 2013. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers can see clearly now.

HP vs. Autonomy: FIGHT! Let's cut to the chase...

HP ain't happy about its 2011 Autonomy buy. Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) accuses Autonomy's ex-management of selling it a pup, alleging dodgy accounting and other naughtiness. But there are two sides to every story—sometimes three. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers seek out all viewpoints.