MicroScope's top stories week ending 12 August

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MicroScope's top stories week ending 12 August

Simon Quicke

Chambers vows to keep pressure on to change Cisco
Cisco boss John Chambers has promised that it will not take the foot off the pedal as it reviews its business in the hunt for cuts and areas where it can simplify the operating structure.


Inventory issues set to last in smart phone market
Fears that the Japanese quake would cause component shortages created a smart phone inventory build-up in the channel in the last quarter which was not totally cleared out as demand across Western Europe showed signs of fatigue.
According to Gartner's latest Q2 analysis of the smart phone market the inventory issue combined with the fragile state of the economy means both manufacturers and distributors are likely to remain cautious about building up stocks in the near future.


ICO chooses not to fine Lush for data breach
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has been accused again of being a toothless tiger after it opted not to fine the cosmetics firm Lush after a data breach that lasted for four months at the tail-end of last year.
The ICO has already been criticised for failing to hand out enough fines and use its muscle to deter those those take a lax attitude to protecting sensitive customer data and following the Lush decision some in the security industry have voiced concerns that the wrong message is being sent to the corporate community.


Samsung Galaxy tab sales suspended in EU after Apple challenge
Samsung has been legally barred from selling its Galaxy tablet in the EU after Apple won the latest round in a patent battle leaving its rival clear to keep stacking up sales of iPads.
A court in Germany ruled that the Galaxy product could not be sold in the EU, except for the Netherlands, as it handed out a preliminary injunction after Apple lodged a request to stop its rival from selling its tablet.

Looters target IT retailers and Sony distribution centre burns in riots
The riots that swept London last night have touched the IT industry with the Sony distribution centre in Enfield set alight and tech retailers including Currys and PC World targeted by looters.
Riots have been spreading across London for the last three nights and reached other cities including Bristol, Birmingham, Nottingham and Liverpool as people took to the streets to fight the police, loot shops and burn cars and buses.
The Sony distribution centre in North London, which stocks the vendors CDs and DVDs was engulfed in flames and IT retailers were targeted by looters.


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