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.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.