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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 27, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 27, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone! This afternoon we heard that Apple's Richard Williamson has been ousted in an iOS Maps switch-up, while Nintendo confirmed the rumored Wii Mini - but it's only coming to Canada and won't have Internet capabilities. Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses since the OS launched last month, and even managed to sell 750,000 Xbox 360s during the week of Black Friday, despite the fact that the console is viewed as aging hardware by many.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 20, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 20, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone! Today we found out that shipping times for the iPhone 5 have gone down to two weeks, which should be good news for those who have been waiting to get their hands on one. HP announced that Autonomy's "serious accounting improprieties" have left it with a whopping $8.8 billion bill, while afterward insiders were saying that HP never wanted to close on the Autonomy deal in the first place.

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HP wanted out of the Autonomy deal but lacked an excuse tips insider

HP wanted out of the Autonomy deal but lacked an excuse tips insider

HP got cold feet in the run up to the Autonomy acquisition but could find no accounting evidence to extricate itself, insiders claim, in the aftermath of an $8.8bn hit for alleged "irregularities" by senior execs. Rumors had circulated prior to the deal closing that Autonomy's growth was partly the result of creative accounting, the WSJ reports, and sources suggest HP's internal team dealing with the acquisition was aware of the allegations.

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HP: Autonomy overinflated its accounts and we have to foot the $8.8bn bill

HP: Autonomy overinflated its accounts and we have to foot the $8.8bn bill

HP has reported its Q4 and full-year 2012 results, and there's an unpleasant $8.8bn hit on the balance sheet over alleged "serious accounting improprieties" at Autonomy prior to its acquisition. The writedown has been blamed on claims that Autonomy execs inflated the value of the firm so as to drive up HP's bid, and has referred the case to the US SEC's Enforcement Division and the UK's Serious Fraud Office for civil and criminal investigation.

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HP PC chief: “Kludgey” Microsoft Surface is “hardly competition”

HP PC chief: “Kludgey” Microsoft Surface is “hardly competition”

HP's PC chief has dismissed Microsoft's Surface tablet as "slow and a little kludgey" and blamed the tech press for over-hyping what he would "hardly call ... competition" to HP's own products. "Holistically, the press has made a bigger deal out of Surface than what the world has chosen to believe" Todd Bradley told CITEworld, going on to say that HP's initial focus with Windows tablets is the enterprise, with consumer-centric models not expected until 2013.

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Department of Veterans Affairs signs $36m cloud-computing deal

Department of Veterans Affairs signs $36m cloud-computing deal

The Department of Veterans Affairs has signed a $36 million deal with HP and Microsoft that will result in 600,000 users being migrated to Microsoft's cloud email and collaboration services. The contract is for 5 years, and involves an initial amount of 15,000 employees being transitioned to Office 365 for Government. The rest of the staff will be transitioned over the rest of the contract's duration.

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