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Top 10 Hardware Stories Of 2010

Partnerships and new technologies dominated the hardware landscape, as vendors battled for market share and dollars from customers slowly shedding budgetary shackles. Buyers -- from IT executives to home-office users and gamers -- had plenty of choices, ranging from the iPad and new competing wares, to the latest in IBM mainframes, and practically everything in between. Not surprisingly, several vendors have followed Apple's lead, quickly offering tablets designed to tap into the iPad's momentum
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In an ugly tale that grew steadily uglier, HP's board fired Mark Hurd for allegedly inflating expense reports in order to cover an affair with marketing contractor Jodie Fisher, with whom Hurd had made a reportedly unapproved settlement after she filed a sexual harassment complaint against the CEO. Within weeks, friend Larry Ellison of Oracle signed-on Hurd as president, along with incumbent Safra Catz, prompting HP to file a lawsuit based on Hurd's signature on a non-compete agreement -- and the companies to trade barbs and threats to dissolve their technology partnerships. Soon, however, calmer heads prevailed; the companies came to an undisclosed agreement, allowing the lawsuit and the threat of a technology divorce to dissipate. Meanwhile, after looking internally, HP opted to name former SAP chief Leo Apotheker to take the helm of the company.

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Global CIO: Burying Mark Hurd: Hewlett-Packard And Its Future

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Ellison Slams HP Over Hurd Ouster

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