Even Google’s (GOOG) bad days still are pretty good. The mega-colossus search, advertising, cloud and hardware vendor missed Wall Street estimates on Q1 2014 revenue and earnings, posting a 19 percent sales uptick to $15.42 billion along with $3.45 billion in earnings.
Despite the marketplace’s continuing tepid takeup of Windows 8, Microsoft (MSFT) OS chief Terry Myerson recently said the vendor has no intention of walking away from the desktop or touch input, as both are central to the vendor’s blueprint going forward.
In the year since taking over Intel’s (INTC) helm, chief Brian Krzanich has talked a mobile blue streak, pledging to speed up mobile processor development, open the vendor’s plants to other mobile processor makers, bake Braswell into Chromebooks and ship 40 million tablet SOCs in 2014.
Canada’s Revenue Agency (CRA) tax collection arm is blaming hackers exploiting the Heartbleed security vulnerability for stealing confidential data on 900 people, in perhaps the first known report of a large organization victimized by the OpenSSL flaw.
Here comes 3D printing. Retailer Staples (SPLS) is selling 3D printing services aimed at small businesses and consumers in a two-store, joint pilot project with 3D Systems (DDD) to determine the market’s viability and the best way to approach it.
Networking giants Cisco Systems (CSCO) and Juniper Networks (JNPR) have found the Heartbleed encryption OpenSSL bug, referred to as “catastrophic” by security experts, in their networking equipment—including routers, switches and firewalls—widening an already open door for intruders to steal user names, passwords or other sensitive information from businesses and consumers.
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) offered up $108 million to remove itself from the crosshairs of a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) probe into allegations company executives in Russia bribed local officials to win IT supply contracts.
Motorola has named Rick Osterloh, formerly head of the vendor’s Product Management unit, as president and chief operating officer (COO) during the mobile device maker’s transition from Google (GOOG)-owned to Lenovo’s corporate umbrella.
Microsoft (MSFT) has inked a $9.2 million one-year extended support deal for the XP operating system with the U.K. government and followed that up with a similar, shorter agreement with Dutch officials.
NetApp (NTAP) has reshuffled its executive suite, naming Tom Georgens, the storage vendor’s current president and chief executive, as its new chairman to replace Dan Warmenhoven, a 20-year company veteran who will retire at the close of his term this coming September.
Even though Microsoft (MSFT) officially retired Windows XP April 8 when the vendor issued the OS’s final security update, the 13-year-old platform still hosts more than 6,000 websites worldwide, according to data compiled by U.K.-based researcher Netcraft.
Will Knight, a former 15-year Microsoft (MSFT) veteran, is Rackspace Hosting’s (RAX) new channel sales head, charged with building strategic partner relationships and sprinkling the program with incentives to improve profitability and sales.