Insight: How a desperate HP suspended disbelief for Autonomy deal

File photograph of a woman walking past the Hewlett Packard logo at its French headquarters in Issy le MoulineauxSAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – For Leo Apotheker, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, a July 2011 meeting with Autonomy founder Mike Lynch at a chic seaside resort in France was pivotal to his effort to remake a storied technology giant. In the nine months since taking the helm at HP, Apotheker had tried furiously to find a way to move the lumbering company away from its low-margin computer hardware business and into the lucrative corporate software and services arena. …

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