SEATTLE/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Hewlett-Packard Co’s (HPQ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman appeared to be banking on growth markets like 3D printing and a trickle back in PC sales when she announced on Monday a spin-off for the company’s computer and printing business. But some on Wall Street are skeptical.
Investors and analysts generally gave a thumbs up on the move to separate HP’s computer and printing business from its corporate hardware and services operations, sending its shares up almost 5 percent. Yet some questioned the move, expressing doubt over whether the newly christened “HP Inc” can break out of what appears to be a terminal slump in desktop computing.
By Supantha Mukherjee and Edwin Chan
(Reuters) – Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said it would split into two listed companies, separating its computer and printer businesses from its faster-growing corporate hardware and services operations, and eliminate another 5,000 jobs as part of its turnaround plan.
HP said its shareholders would own a stake in both businesses through a tax-free transaction next year, the details of which still needed to be worked out.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 8 (Reuters) – A former executive who
accused popular dating-app company Tinder of sexual harassment
and discrimination has settled her lawsuit with the startup,
ending a dispute that cast a spotlight over the treatment of
women in the technology industry.
Lawyers for the plaintiff, former marketing vice president
Whitney Wolfe, said on Monday the lawsuit had been resolved but
did not provide details.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 2 (Reuters) – The week before a crucial
launch of its new iPhone, Apple Inc said intimate
photos of celebrities including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence
were leaked online through the apparent hacking of individual
Apple rushed to restore confidence in its systems’ security,
saying the celebrity photo scandal that also ensnared swimsuit
model Kate Upton, actress Kirsten Dunst and possibly dozens more
was the result of targeted attacks on accounts storing personal
data and not a direct breach of Apple systems.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc has often displayed uncanny timing, with its well-orchestrated end-of-year iPhone releases. But the leak of racy celebrity photos in the past few days put the company in the unusual position of having to mend its image just days before a highly anticipated Sept. 9 product launch.
Nude photos of Hollywood celebrities, including Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, posted on Internet forums by unknown hackers has sparked condemnation from stars and their publicists, and prompted an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc said on Tuesday the online posting of intimate photos of Hollywood celebrities were targeted attacks on their iCloud accounts and that none of the cases it investigated had resulted from a direct breach of its systems.
Apple’s response came after the photos of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other female entertainers emerged over the Labor Day Weekend. The technology company said it is working with law enforcement and continues to investigate the source of the attacks.
/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Todd Park, President Barack Obama’s chief technology officer who played a role in fixing the flawed Healthcare.gov website, is moving to a new job recruiting top Silicon Valley talent to government, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday.
Park, a successful tech entrepreneur who became a top adviser to Obama, will move to the West Coast at the end of the month as part of a White House team, the source said on condition of anonymity because it has not been made public.
/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The U.S. chief technology officer at the time of the troubled rollout of Healthcare.gov is stepping down and moving into a new role recruiting top Silicon Valley talent to government, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday.
Todd Park, a successful tech entrepreneur who became a top adviser to President Barack Obama, will move to the West Coast at the end of the month as part of a White House team, the source said on condition of anonymity because it has not been made public.
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Hewlett-Packard Co
posted a surprise increase in quarterly revenue after sales from
its personal computer division climbed 12 percent, but a flat to
declining performance from its other units underscored the
company’s uphill battle to revive growth.
HP sales rose a mere 1 percent to $27.6 billion in its
fiscal third quarter from $27.2 billion a year earlier. Wall
Street analysts, on average, had forecast a modest drop in
revenue to $27.01 billion.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Uber has enlisted David Plouffe, President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, to devise and run its global political and branding strategy, as the fast-expanding car rides-on-demand startup runs into stiff resistance in some cities.
The San Francisco-based company, which is waging an intense campaign against taxi drivers who fear encroachment on their turf, said in a blog post on Tuesday that Plouffe will begin in late September as senior vice president of policy and strategy.