HP Board Blindsided by PR Campaign on Hurd's Behalf

The board of Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ) was blindsided by the public relations campaign waged on behalf of former CEO Mark Hurd, who resigned last week over alleged ethics violations. Hurd, who collected a $12.2 million cash payment as part of his separation, hired Los Angeles-based public relations firm Sitrick & Co. days before quitting, The Wall Street Journal reported without naming its sources. Sitrick is known for handing crisis communications for big names such as celebrity Paris Hilton.

HP After Hurd: Just Break Up the Bloated Beast

Ex-CEO Mark Hurd built HP into a sprawling, ungainly mishmash of tech companies, on "one-stop-shop" for info tech that few companies are clamoring for. It's probably better off chopped into three smaller companies that could manage growth more easily on their own.

Analysts: Todd Bradley is Favorite to Succeed Mark Hurd at HP

In the wake of Mark Hurd's resignation, HP's board now must assemble a list of possible candidates both from inside and outside the company. Some analysts call Todd Bradley, executive VP of HP's Personal Systems Group -- the $42 billion mobile and PC business -- the odds-on favorite.

Hewlett-Packard Earnings Soar, Boosts Outlook

Hewlett-Packard's net income jumped 28% in the latest quarter as stronger demand for computers helped to heal a battered technology industry. The company also raised its 2010 forecast.

HP's Russia Scandal: A Little Bribery Never Hurt Anybody

While the U.S. government sniffs around at Hewlett-Packard's allegedly shady dealings in Russia, Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron argues that in some places, bribery can be a good thing, and says the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act only handicaps U.S. companies while doing nothing to prevent corruption.

Ten Years After the Dot Com Bust, Tech Is Booming

In the decade since the tech-heavy Nasdaq reached its all-time high in the midst of the Internet bubble, the index has recouped just half half of its losses. Even so, tech is booming once again, and it seems a good time to take a look at where tech is headed in the next ten years.

HP Trims Profit After Lawsuit Ruling

Hewlett-Packard trimmed the net income it reported for its fiscal first quarter Friday, saying it has to set aside more money than expected to deal with a lawsuit against it in the United Kingdom.

Hewlett-Packard's 25% Profit Jump Signals Tech Comeback

Tech giant Hewlett Packard reported a 25% jump in profit Wednesday, beating Wall Street estimates. The results are the latest sign that consumers and companies are increasing spending on computer products. The maker of computers and printers also raised its 2010 outlook.

With Sun, Oracle Bets on a New Strategy

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's Jan. 27 webcast announcing the completion of the Sun acquisition got overwhelmed by iPad-mania the same day. So much so, that it appeared as if Oracle had made a rare publicity blunder. But maybe not.