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New software will focus on three main areas: better multitasking, access to apps and quicker set-up for first-time smart TV users

HP board called 'idiots' for forcing out Hurd

Hewlett-Packard's decision to fire chief executive Mark Hurd in a sex and expenses scandal is "the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs" in 1985, according to another Silicon Valley titan, founder of Oracle Larry Ellison.

The actress who brought down a Wall Street star

Hewlett-Packard boss falls victim to a sex-and-expenses scandal – and sees $10bn wiped off the value of his company

Accuser of ex-HP CEO Hurd steps forward

The female contractor whose sexual harassment accusation against Mark Hurd led to his ouster as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard came forward on Sunday, saying she never intended for Hurd to lose his job.

Hurd quits Hewlett-Packard after expenses scandal – and gets $12m payout

Mark Hurd, chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, has left the company after allegedly falsifying documents in order to conceal his relationship with a former contractor and to help her get paid for work she didn't do.

Hewlett-Packard chief quits after sex harassment allegations

The chief executive of the world's largest computer maker, Hewlett-Packard, quit last night over a sex and expenses scandal that has shocked Wall Street.

Business Diary: Where to snare a banker's hand

In the market for a husband or wife of substance? The guide to dating that is now running on the financial-sector jobs website Hereisthecity.com could be just the thing if you hope to catch a banker. It offers a rundown on the merits (or otherwise) of staff from a dozen of the Square Mile's top names. Highlights include this gem: "A glint in the eye, a warm French smile. Oodles of charm and fantastic sex. But your SocGen dream man will prob-bly turn out to be happily married too."

Microsoft CEO touts new Windows tablets as iPad competition

Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer touted new tablet-style devices running the Windows 7 operating system from about 20 manufacturers at a conference on Monday, underlining the giant software company's eagerness to counter the explosion of interest in Apple Inc's iPad.

Friend 'found child abuse images in emails'

A computer engineer was looking through a friend's emails for potential business opportunities when he stumbled across "disturbing" images of child abuse, a court heard today.

Outside the Boks: Paranoid Fifa minions show there is no end to their red tape

Fifa's bizarre behaviour over unapproved suppliers knows no bounds. Throwing out the Dutch ladies discreetly promoting a make of beer at the Holland-Denmark game with a logo far tinier than their dresses was one thing. Now an eyewitness reports seeing a minion at one media centre using gaffer tape to cover up the name of Hewlett Packard on a printer.

Boardroom battlers fight it out on West Coast

Two women are using their vast fortunes to win over voters in California

Two more suicide bids at iPad plant hours after media tour

The suicide crisis engulfing the Chinese electronics firm Foxconn showed no signs of abating yesterday after two more employees made attempts on their own lives, one of them successful.

Concern over human cost overshadows iPad launch

The American electronics giant Apple was investigating damaging allegations last night that Chinese workers making its new iPad device were subjected to such "inhumane" treatment that some of them took their own lives by jumping off factory roofs.

Business Diary: Merrill Lynch stung by one of its own

Red faces at Merrill Lynch, which had to call in the authorities after falling for a tall story told by the broker Steven Mandala last year. Mandala managed to convince Merrill that he was a partner in a leading asset management company looking after £300m of clients' money. The reality was that he was a very junior member of staff, but the bank only discovered the truth after hiring him, lending him $780,000, which he spent on a Ferrari and living the high life, and then watching him quit after two months (when he refused to repay the debt). Mandala has pleaded guilty to theft charges and faces a jail sentence. But the gullible bank hardly comes out of the tale smelling of roses.

HP buys ailing hansdet maker Palm for $1.2bn

Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest computer manufacturer, last night staged a dramatic entry into the mobile phones market, buying ailing handset maker Palm for $1.2bn.

HP accused of paying bribes to seal deal in Russia

German prosecutors uncover suspicious international money trail
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