Colin Barker

Colin Barker is based in London and is Senior Reporter for ZDNet. He has been writing about the IT business for some 30-plus years. He still enjoys it.

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NEC announced 20,000 job cuts

NEC announced on Friday that it will cut 20,000 jobs amongst the largest lost by companies blaming the economic slowdown and poor exchange rates for job losses.Half of the jobs losses will be in Japan and the other half around the world at the company’s various subsidiaries.

February 2, 2009 by

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Novell confirms 100 layoffs

The open source vendor Novell on Saturday confirmed that the company was trimming its workforce by less than 100 people, considerably fewer than had been anticipated.Various sources had claimed that the company wanted to cuts its 4,200 worldwide employees by as much as 1,000.

February 2, 2009 by

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Amazon lowers cloud costs

From the first of February users of Amazon’s CloudFront will find the cost of the cloud computing application has dropped.On Friday, Amazon said that the cost of transferring data around the cloud has come down from $0.

January 30, 2009 by

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Fujitsu closes HDD head business

Fujitsu announced on Wednesday that it was getting out of the hard disk drive (HDD) head business and handing it over to Toshiba. The "head" on a disk drive is the part that flies across the surface of the disk "reading" or "writing" the data on the disk.

January 30, 2009 by

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Seagate issues second fix for disk issue

Seagate on Thursday issued a firmware update which the company said should solve a problem it has been having with some disk drives.The problem came to light on Tuesday when users began reporting they were having problems with the disk which would freeze or stop working completely.

January 22, 2009 by

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SanDisk speeds up SSDs

The latest SanDisk 120GB solid-state drive (SSD) costs less than $250, SanDisk says which makes it look like a neat replacement SSD for hard disk storage. Good for solving the problem when you may start running out of space on your internal hard disk, that sort of thing.

January 9, 2009 by

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Sony sees 90 percent of its world online

The world is going online in a big way and Sony believes it can see just how much. According to the company's chief executive, Sir Howard Stringer, 90 percent of the products made by Sony, including cameras, video players, televisions, will be accessible online by 2011.

January 9, 2009 by

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