Kelly Fiveash

Contact Mail Follow Twitter RSS feed
Vittorio Colao (CEO)

Vodafone slings sueball at Dutch telco alleging anti-competitive conduct

Vodafone has initiated legal proceedings against Netherlands-based telco KPN, with the claim that the latter's business practices have affected competition and consumer choice in the country. The Dutch incumbent has been accused by the mobile giant of failing to deliver the technology needed for Voda to debut its rival TV, …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Dec 2015

Spotify mulls Swift change of policy – we can stream Taylor, but we'll charge

Spotify has reportedly been considering a major policy change to its music-streaming service, by allowing big name artists to release albums on the platform only to paying customers. It comes after Spotify's chief Daniel Ek very publicly dissed pop star Taylor Swift late last year, after she pulled her catalogue from the …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Dec 2015

In-a-spin! Yahoo! clutches! Alibaba! baby! to! breast!

Yahoo! has backed away from plans to cut loose its remaining multi-billion-dollar stake in Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba. The Purple Palace said that it will now spin off assets and liabilities other than its Alibaba stake, after it got in a pickle over "the market's perception of tax risk" over the original proposal. Yahoo …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Dec 2015
Doctor Who, Season 9 – Hell Bent. Pic credit: BBC

Doctor Who: Oh, look! There's a restaurant at the end of the universe in Hell Bent

TV Review Readers please note: THIS IS A POST-UK BROADCAST REVIEW – THERE WILL BE SPOILERS! Finally, the Doctor is over his mid-life crisis and his Sonic Screwdriver is back where it belongs. I was hoping that Clara (yes, I'll get to Clara) would keep the sunnies for herself after she reversed the polarity on the human-compatible neural …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Dec 2015
Ofcom has great power over mobiles

Ofcom retreats from 4G spectrum auction after legal threat from Three, O2

Ofcom has halted its 4G spectrum auction, following threats of legal action from Telefónica UK and Hutchison. The two mobile operators are currently being probed by antitrust officials in Brussels, who are considering whether Telefónica UK's planned sell-off of O2 to Three owner Hutchison "would harm competition". The firms' …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Dec 2015

Booming Ballmer bellows 'bulls**t' over Microsoft's cloud revenue run rate

Microsoft's biggest individual shareholder – its erstwhile CEO Steve Ballmer – has complained in classic ballsy fashion about the software giant's lack of disclosure about its cloud biz. According to Bloomberg, Ballmer said that profit margins and sales were a "key metric" that should be reported by MS. He added that the firm …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Dec 2015
Zuck balloons

Facebook to Belgian data cops: Block all the cookies across the web, then!

Facebook has confirmed that it will temporarily comply with an order from a Belgian court to stop tracking people who don't have accounts on the free content ad network. However, it has attempted to frame Belgium's privacy watchdog's successful complaint as flawed by claiming that blocking its data cookie will expose netizens …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Dec 2015

Ofcom spins out Wi-Fi checker app just in time for Christmas

The UK's communications watchdog has released a Wi-Fi checker app to help broadband customers with wireless set-up in their homes and offices. According to Ofcom, there are plenty of chumps out there who plonk their kit way too close to electronic devices, such as lamps and baby monitors. The regulator was keen to keep its …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Dec 2015
watching_648

Blighty competition watchdog pokes pointy finger into cloud storage

Price hikes and last-minute service tweaks to cloud storage offerings have caught unwanted attention from the UK's Competition and Markets Authority. The regulator confirmed on Tuesday morning that it planned to carry out a review of the market, following concerns expressed by consumers. It will consider whether practices and …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Dec 2015
Fiber optics

UK.gov pooh-poohs Virgin Media's whinge to Brussels over beefy broadband pot

Virgin Media has whined about the UK government's broadband rollout scheme, claiming that the £680m taxpayer-funded pot of cash doesn't represent "value for money". The cable company has handed its complaint to state aid officials in Brussels. It has also submitted evidence (PDF) to the cross-party culture, media and sport …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Nov 2015
Doctor Who, Season 9 – Heaven Sent. Pic credit: BBC

Doctor Who: The Hybrid finally reveals itself in the epic Heaven Sent

TV Review Readers please note: THIS IS A POST-UK BROADCAST REVIEW – THERE WILL BE SPOILERS! At last! The Doctor is on Gallifrey. And what an epic journey to get there. Two billion years of punching his way, Kill Bill-style, through that 20-ft thick wall – 400 times harder than diamond. This is truly how you "get up off your arse and …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Nov 2015
Houses of Parliament at night-time

MPs and peers have just weeks to eyeball UK gov's super-snoop bid

IPB A joint panel of cross-party politicos and peers have been granted a very small window to scrutinise the Home Office's draft Investigatory Powers Bill. The committee is expected to report by mid-February next year – which is an incredibly short space of time to pore over a legalese-packed document that runs to nearly 300 pages …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Nov 2015
Raspberry Pi Zero

What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

Our American cousins may be getting stuck in to pumpkin pie today, but Raspberry Pi hopes they'll also appreciate its $5 (£4) Pi Zero computer, which the Blighty outfit launched today. In a video showing off the teeny-tiny 'puter, Raspberry Pi boss Eben Upton spoke about how the high cost of machines, such as the Commodore …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Nov 2015
George Osborne delivers 2015 Autumn Statement. Image credit: Parliament TV

Thin-lipped chancellor tight-lipped on contractor-nudge-onto-payroll plan

Autumn Statement Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne failed to mention IR35 even once during his Autumn Statement to MPs on Wednesday at lunchtime – despite the government recently floating new rules to crackdown on freelancers' tax arrangements. In the small print of Osbo's statement – which in classic style was published after the …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Nov 2015
Whack-a-mole

Google takedown requests mushroom as copyright holders play whack-a-mole

Google received more than 65 million removal requests for search results containing alleged copyright violations in the space of the past month. The takedown demands have come from the usual suspects, including the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI), which asked Google to remove 7.1 million URLs as of mid-November this year …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Nov 2015
Pretty woman looks miffed. Copyright: Danil Nevsky via Shutterstock http://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=149618984&src=id

TalkTalk Business email servers titsup for days after DNS config snafu

An unknown number of TalkTalk Business customers have been unable to access their email messages for days, after the budget telco's servers went down on Friday. One customer told The Register that he had been advised by the ISP to use a webmail service to retrieve the messages in the meantime while TalkTalk attempted to bring …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Nov 2015
Don Draper is Sad

EE plans to block annoying ads on mobile network

EE may have a pretty pathetic customer service record, but the company is hoping to cheer up its 27-million-strong subscriber base by potentially allowing them to block ads on their mobile phones. At present, the carrier is mulling a proposal to bring in network-level blocking tools for its customers. “We're at the beginning …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Nov 2015

Austria's highest court mulls class action status for Schrems v Facebook

Austria's highest court is poised to consider whether the Schrems vs Facebook case should be granted class-action status. Complainant Max Schrems, who has tirelessly campaigned against Facebook's alleged privacy violations, said that the claims of thousands of others needed to be heard in court. "It would not make a lot of …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Nov 2015
Doctor Who, Season 9 – Face the Raven. Pic credit: BBC

Doctor Who: Even the TARDIS key can't unpick the chronolock in Face the Raven

TV Review Readers please note: THIS IS A POST-UK BROADCAST REVIEW – THERE WILL BE SPOILERS! So this week we have our hero stumbling upon a Harry Potter-like set, with Clara and returning character Rigsy (remember him?) in tow. A mysterious tattoo on the back of Rigsy's neck counts down to zero and – with the clock ticking – the hunt is …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Nov 2015

Qualcomm huffs and puffs at Korean competition probe

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm disclosed on Wednesday that it has been accused of violating South Korea's competition law. The company could be hit with fresh antitrust charges, following the publication of a case examiner's report penned by officials at the South Korea Fair Trade Commission. Qualcomm said in a statement that it …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Nov 2015
The Rise of Islamic State: ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution

Telegram messaging app blocks some 'public' ISIS-related channels

Telegram is – following bad publicity about its messaging app – on a whack-a-mole mission against channels understood to have been set up on the service by ISIS. The tool has been used to spread propaganda and urge others to join the terrorist group. However, anyone wishing to read Telegram's full statement – in which it …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Nov 2015

BT could lawyer up after Sky’s sport channels obligation removed

BT has attacked Ofcom's decision to lift a five-year-long obligation on Sky to offer its sports channels to competitors in the market. The UK's communications regulator confirmed on Thursday morning it was removing the regulation, which had required the broadcaster to offer Sky Sports 1 and 2 on a wholesale basis. Ofcom …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Nov 2015

TalkTalk boss on Joe Garner exit, Virgin Media support for Openreach and THAT attack

ECTA Regulatory Conf '15 TalkTalk boss Dido Harding has described the departure of BT Openreach’s chief Joe Garner as a big headache for the former state monopoly – which is in the midst of battling to retain the infrastructure wing of its business. Garner resigned on Monday, having been poached by Nationwide to head up the building society. Speaking …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Nov 2015
De Vaartkapoen. Pic: Bianca Bueno

Small Euro telco lobby group births small Euro telco lobby group

ECTA Regulatory Conf '15 "We’re not going to pilot the first generation of VR games because the infrastructure isn’t good enough," according to the European Commission's head of broadband, Anna Krzyzanowska, who added: "That might be one of the greatest opportunities lost in the current time." The EC's policy wonk made the comment during a discussion …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Nov 2015
Cowboy_wranglers

Virgin Media daddy Liberty Global swoops on Cable & Wireless Communications

Liberty Global – the owner of UK telco Virgin Media – has agreed to buy Caribbean-based operator Cable & Wireless Communications for £3.5bn ($5.3bn). The cash and stock deal extends Cable Cowboy John Malone's lasso into Latin America. CWC said that the buyout would "enhance customer benefits" and allow the business to grow as …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Nov 2015