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KCOM-owned Eclipse FAILS to cover up the password 'password'

A Register reader has exposed another privacy howler at KCOM - this time involving its Exeter-based ISP Eclipse Internet, which displays passwords in plain text to users via a webpage. Customers who log in to their personal Eclipse user site are somewhat surprisingly shown the password for their account. Today's tip of the hat …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jan 2014

Twitter WLTM UK-based pro lobbyist with GSOH - is ready for ads

As Twitter prepares to become an ad-stuffed free content network, the company is hiring a lobbyist for its UK office to "manage" public policy in Europe. It's the first such Blighty-based role advertised by the micro-blogging site and comes just months after Twitter floated on Wall Street. Responsibilities for the post include …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jan 2014
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Take that, BT: Vodafone and BSkyB mull over broadband tie-up - report

BSkyB and Vodafone have reportedly discussed the possibility of teaming up on a high-speed broadband service. According to the Sunday Times (paid subscription required), a number of "high-level" confabs have already taken place between the pay-TV company and the mobile carrier. However, senior sources have told the newspaper …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jan 2014

KC engineer 'exposed unencrypted spreadsheet with phone numbers, user IDs, PASSWORDS'

Hull's dominant telco, KC, is investigating revelations of what appears to be poor handling of the company's customer data. This comes after a recent sign-up claimed one of its engineers had unwittingly exposed a customer spreadsheet containing the telephone numbers, user IDs and unencrypted passwords of all its subscribers. The …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jan 2014
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High Court derails Google defence in Safari browser stalker cookie brouhaha

The High Court in London, England, today rejected Google's claim that the company is not subject to UK data protection laws. The advertising giant – sued by Brits who allege the company invaded their privacy – tried to argue that Blighty's courts have "no jurisdiction" over it. But the High Court disagreed, and now Google will …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Jan 2014

Yahooligans! cower! as! COO! was! reportedly! SACKED! by! Mayer!

Yahoo! has refused to deny that its chief operating officer Henrique de Castro was sacked by the Purple Palace's boss Marissa Mayer. Kara Swisher reported on re/code, citing a leaked internal memo, that Mayer had in fact fired the web company's COO. Yahoo! revealed on Wednesday that de Castro would leave the biz today – having …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Jan 2014

Hosting outfit goes PERMANENTLY TITSUP after 'lifetime' plans kill biz

A US-based web hosting firm has gone bust after it discovered too late that its "lifetime" plans for customers pretty much cost the company its (ahem) life. NodeKi told subscribers in an email message (h/t to Reg reader Darren) that it would be going titsup for good as of 1 February. "We want to inform you in advance that the …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jan 2014

Google appeals against French data watchdog over privacy policy fine

Google has appealed against France's data protection watchdog, which said last week that the ad giant had failed to comply with its privacy laws - the result was a paltry, yet maximum, fine of €150,000. French newspaper Le Figaro reported today that Google had opposed the sanctions from Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jan 2014

EU gives Google JUST WEEKS to submit stronger search biz concessions

Google is being strong-armed by the competition wing of the European Commission to quickly come up with a revised and more palatable offer to fix for its alleged abuse of dominance in the search market. It has weeks to respond, antitrust commissioner Joaquin Almunia told reporters today, according to Reuters. Google's most …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jan 2014

Yet another pricey Olympics' exec drafted in by UK.gov - this time for broadband spending

The Tory-led UK government is desperate for success stories with its big IT projects. As Whitehall ministers increasingly confess to big problems with various tech deployments, they keep turning to the private sector - and specifically execs who delivered the London 2012 Olympic Games* - to help rescue troubled schemes. Step …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jan 2014
Grumpy cat

FCC net neutrality blueprint TRASHED by US appeals court

A US appeals court has ruled that net neutrality measures put in place by America's Federal Communications Commission are invalid. The FCC's latest attempt to compel ISPs to treat all traffic on an equal basis suffered a significant blow, after the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said (PDF): [E]ven …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jan 2014
New infantry kit modelled by British troops. Credit: MoD

Army spaffed MILLIONS up the wall on flawed Capita online recruiting system - report

The Ministry of Defence's implementation of a computer system for an online recruitment drive has reportedly been far worse than the "teething problems" the UK government coughed to in December. According to The Times (subscription needed), the British Army's £1.3bn scheme to allow the MoD to privatise its recruiting and move it …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jan 2014
Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary

Google is developing flight 'price comparison thing' with us, claims Ryanair boss O'Leary

Outspoken Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary has claimed that Google is working on a price comparison site for flights that will outshine rivals in the content-scraping biz. In an interview with Irish newspaper the Sunday Independent O'Leary said that Google would not ask for cash from the famously thrifty Ryanair boss. "Because …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jan 2014
BT Openreach van

BT banks on ex-HSBC man to take charge of Openreach biz

BT's outgoing Openreach boss Liv Garfield is to be replaced by a money man poached from Britain's struggling banking sector. The telecoms giant said it had hired Joe Garner, 44, who was previously HSBC's UK boss where he helped steer the bank through the financial crisis, BT noted. Garner will join BT in mid-February when he is …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Jan 2014

Staffs Police face data protection probe over 'drink drivers named' Twitter campaign

Staffordshire Police, who ran a Twitter campaign against alleged drink-drivers over the Christmas period by naming and shaming suspects charged with the offence, are now being investigated by the UK's information watchdog for a possible breach of data protection law. The move comes after the Information Commissioner's Office …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Jan 2014

Connecting Gmail to Google+ is SENSELESS, says Digg founder

Google's latest hardheaded strategy to link its "network thingy" Google+ to Gmail accounts makes zero sense. That's the verdict of Digg founder Kevin Rose, who might be a more reliable source than most when it comes to slinging criticism at Mountain View, given that he was temporarily drafted in as a part of the Google+ …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jan 2014
Francis Maude

Never mind bungled Universal Credit rollout, Maude wants UK to be 'most digital' gov by 2015

Just one day after Francis Maude labelled the bungled deployment of Universal Credit - the all-in-one replacement for the benefits system - as "lamentable", the Cabinet Office Minister has been trumpeting that the UK could be "the most digital government" in the G8 by next year. Maude made the claim on Thursday when his office …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jan 2014
Decaying red telephone boxes

BT 118 phone number fee howler lands telco giant with £225k fine

BT has been slapped with a £225,000 fine from Blighty's premium-rate phone line watchdog, after it failed to provide correct pricing details for its 118 500 directory enquiries number. Some of the 27 complainants, who took their gripes to PhonePayPlus (which previously rejoiced in the catchy name of “Independent Committee for …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jan 2014
Channel Tunnel by Tony Hisgett on Flickr

EE and Voda subscribers to get 2G and 3G INSIDE the Channel Tunnel

British suits on trains hurtling along deep beneath the Channel will soon be able to continue to work online and over the phone with biz colleagues, after mobile carriers Vodafone and EE inked a 10-year deal with Eurotunnel. The companies said that from March this year their 2G and 3G mobile services will be available to …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jan 2014
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Google tickled with TINY fine from French privacy watchdog

Google's failure to comply with France's data protection law over the ad giant's 2012 privacy policy tweak has landed it with a minuscule fine of just €150,000. In September, Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) warned Google that it would face a monetary penalty after it refused to comply with the …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2014

Shambolic search for new head of EU privacy watchdog halted

A seven-month long search for a new European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has ended chaotically, after five candidates who were shortlisted for the job failed to meet Brussels' strict criteria, The Register has learned. It means that the posts that are currently held by Peter Hustinx and his deputy Giovanni Buttarelli will …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2014
Cnidaria jellyfish

Twitter co-founder wraps tentacles around Q&A market, squirts out Jelly

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone launched a search app dubbed Jelly on Tuesday that he hopes will conquer the already packed-like-sardines online Q&A market. The concept behind the app appears to rely on Facebook and Twitter hive minds. Stone stopped short of calling it that, however, preferring instead to say that "Jelly is …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2014
Google's Android statues

Facebook spies Little Eye, gulps it down: They said we needed mobile

Facebook has bought an Indian startup that specialises in testing apps for Google's Android mobile operating system for an undisclosed sum. Little Eye Labs was only founded by a group of program analysis engineers about one year ago. The Bangalore, India-based outfit said that Android developers and testers had been using its …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2014

Virgin Media spanked by ad watchdog over 'in your neighbourhood' fibs

Virgin Media is on the naughty step with the UK's advertising watchdog, after wrongly claiming in two separate circulars that its broadband service was available in areas where the ad was posted through people's letterboxes. Two complainants successfully refuted the telco's fibs, after taking their gripes to the Advertising …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2014

Two guilty over 'menacing' tweets to feminist campaigner

A 23-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man admitted today that they had sent "menacing" messages to a feminist campaigner on Twitter. John Nimmo of Moreland Road, South Shields and Isabella Sorley of Akinside House, Akinside Hill, Newcastle-upon-Tyne both pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates' Court this afternoon. Sorley was …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jan 2014
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Optical Express 'ruined my life' attack site wins Nominet takedown battle

Nominet has ruled that a gripe site, which allows people to claim that Glasgow headquartered Optical Express blighted their eyesight, can live on – despite a second complaint being lodged against the owner of opticalexpressruinedmylife.co.uk. The dot-UK registry company said in a Dispute Resolution Service decision (PDF) on 1 …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jan 2014

NHS carelessly slings out care.data plans to 26.5 million Brits

A mass mail out of leaflets providing information about NHS England's controversial medical records' plans are being fired off to households across the country from today. The government said in October it was spending £1m on the pamphlets that - as we've previously reported - might be easily mistaken for junk mail as they are …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jan 2014
Twitter Storm, credit Wikimedia

Fasthosts goes titsup after storm-induced power outage

Gloucester-based Fasthosts appears to have been a victim of the storms battering the UK over the weekend, after it was struck dumb by a power failure that knocked its service offline for much of Saturday (4 January). The company, which was still busily restoring its servers into Sunday morning, told customers that it had …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jan 2014
EU Kids Online

BT tweaks WORDING of sex-ed web block after complaints

BT has adjusted the wording of one of its web-filtering categories, following The Register's story late on Friday when the telecoms giant admitted that UK parents who don't want their kids to seek advice about their sexuality online could block access over its network. However, while BT continues to offer that control to its …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Dec 2013

Nato, UN, NGOs slug it out with namespace biz bods: IMHO... STFU

A muddy battle over the protection of the acronyms of government bodies and NGOs in domain names has begun... in classic acronym-heavy style. The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) – the nearest thing the investor community has to a domain trade lobby group – is concerned that the likes of NATO and UN agencies such as Interpol …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Dec 2013

Parents can hide abortion, contraception advice from kids, thanks to BT's SEX-ED web block

Access to sex education websites can be switched off by UK parents who don't want their children to seek advice about their sexuality online, BT has admitted to The Register. Its network-level filter, introduced last week, can limit home internet users' access to material the Coalition government would rather you not see, such …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Dec 2013

Murdoch EYEBALLS Twitter with $25m buyout of news aggregator Storyful

A Dublin, Ireland-based company that carefully strips out news stories from other content on sites such as Twitter has been bought by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp for $25m. Storyful, whose founder and chief Mark Little rather grandly bills the outfit as "the first news agency of the social media age", will operate as a standalone …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Dec 2013
Google Chocolate Factory

Google fined by Spanish data watchdog over audacious privacy tweak

Google has been fined a piddling €900,000 for three separate breaches of Spain's Data Protection Act. The country's information watchdog (AEPD) said that Google had "impeded" the exercise of its citizens' rights, after the ad giant controversially revised its terms and conditions for netizens in March 2012 - despite a public …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Dec 2013
Google Toilet Paper

Google search biz offer BINNED by EU competition chief

Google's latest attempt to wiggle away from allegations that it abuses its dominant position in Europe's search market suffered a significant blow today - its revised offer to Brussels' competition chief has been rejected. Antitrust commissioner Joaquin Almunia said during an interview on Spanish radio this morning that Google's …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Dec 2013

World+dog: Network level filters block LEGIT sex ed sites. Ofcom: Meh

Inevitably, as network-level filters are switched on by Britain's biggest telcos, reports are suggesting that the systems are wrongly blocking sex education websites. BSkyB, BT and TalkTalk have each said publicly and repeatedly that the technology is not perfect and relies on interaction from parents who want to protect their …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Dec 2013
Girl in rain

BT warned: Speed up Openreach repairs or face PUNITIVE FINES

BT's Openreach division has been repeatedly slammed by other telcos for failing to adequately fix faults in a timely manner - and now the UK's communications watchdog has waded in. Ofcom said this morning that it planned to impose new rules on BT that would force its Openreach engineers to "meet minimum performance standards" or …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Dec 2013
Violin

Vodafone dodges UK corporation tax bill - AGAIN

Mobile carrier Vodafone defended its financial arrangements today as it coughed to yet another legal dodge of UK corporation tax payments by asking Brits to have some sympathy over the huge debt mountain it is sitting on. The multinational justified its actions by saying it was continuing to pump big sums of cash into Blighty by …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Dec 2013
Great Britain beat Australia 52 - 51 in extra time in the group stages of the London Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, the test event for the London 2012 Wheelchair Rugby competition. PIC CREDIT : london 2012

Facebook seeks WIDE EYES of sports fans to rival Twitter

Facebook is to acquire a San Francisco-based startup that sifts through mentions of sport on social media. Financial details of the planned buyout of SportStream were kept secret. The move is Facebook's latest attempt to compete for eyeballs with rival free content ad network Twitter. It comes after the Mark Zuckerberg-run …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Dec 2013

Facebook to BLAST the web with AUTO-PLAYING VIDEO ads

Facebook has debuted automatically playing video adverts on the free content ad network. Sound will only be activated on the vid ads if a user clicks or taps on them, the company said in a blog post. But they can't be switched off, either. "The video ads will begin to play as you scroll through News Feed, but if you don't want …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Dec 2013
Fail whale

Two Brits face criminal trial for sending 'menacing' tweets

Two people have been charged with allegedly sending "menacing" tweets to a feminist campaigner. John Nimmo, 25, of Moreland Road, South Shields and Isabella Sorley, 23, of Akinside House, Akinside Hill, Newcastle-upon-Tyne will both appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on 7 January, Scotland Yard said. The two were charged …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Dec 2013

No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

BT's new network-level nudie no-no filter system will block access to sites promoting proxies and anonymisers, The Register has learned. However, the one-time national telco has insisted that it won't choke VPN connections over its network now that its Parental Controls service, using DNS lookup technology, is in place. On …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Dec 2013
The Queen Mother by Phil Houghton

Nominet seeks royal approval for pisspoor .uk domain name push

Dot-UK registry Nominet has been repeatedly attacked by some online businesses in Britain that have accused the company of trying to cash in on the seemingly unpopular arrival of second-level namespaces. Today, in an effort to add some much-needed princely polish to its domain names push, the Oxford-based firm said that it had …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Dec 2013
Chelsea Charms. Pic from This Morning Facebook page

BT network-level STOCKINGs-n-suspenders KILLER arrives in time for Xmas

BT has flicked the switch on its promised network-level filter system in a move to swerve regulatory meddling from Whitehall. Next year, it will nag existing customers to make a choice about what content they want access to via BT's broadband network. The system will censor clumps of the web - such as pornography and self-harm …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Dec 2013
A boat full of Fail

Home Office clumsily LEAKS data of 1,598 immigrants, blames 'transparency'

The Home Office has embarrassingly coughed to accidentally leaking the personal details of 1,598 immigrants. Applicants in the “family returns” process had some of their personal data exposed online for nearly a fortnight, immigration minister Mark Harper admitted in a written statement to Parliament on Thursday. He blamed the …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Dec 2013

Twitter's shock block unlock deemed cockup, gets a lockup

Twitter has quickly backtracked on a tweak it made to the microblogging site's block function after users complained that the change would make the service "less safe". On Thursday, the publicly-listed, profit-shy outfit modified its "block" feature to allow a blocked Twitter user troll to view or tweet individuals who had …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Dec 2013

Facebook-owned Instagram morphs into messaging service to please admen

Facebook needs to turn Instagram into a money-making concern. Ads will shortly be knitted into the service, and - in preparation for that - the photo-sharing site has debuted a new messaging feature called Direct. It's keen to get more of its 150 million users to engage with each other and hang around longer on Instagram. To …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Dec 2013

Enraged by lengthy Sky broadband outage? Blame BT Openreach cable thieves

Frustrated BSkyB broadband customers living in parts of London remain without access to the internet or phone lines, after the media giant's service went titsup on Tuesday. The Register has learned that BT's Openreach network infrastructure, which is accessed by BSkyB and other ISPs in Blighty, was targeted by copper thieves. …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Dec 2013
Smashed Apple Store window

GOV.UK's criminal record check IT job blow: Home Office snubs new design

More rumblings of conflict between the Cabinet Office's Government Digital Service - the team creating trendy GOV.UK - and other mandarins were heard echoing around Whitehall last night. Late on Tuesday, the Cabinet Office slipped out a statement in which it buried the news that GDS has suffered two significant blows. It said …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Dec 2013

Universal Credit: £40 MILLION and counting's been spaffed up the wall on useless IT gear

The chaotic IT implementation of the one-dole-to-rule-them-all benefits system will lead to millions of pounds of taxpayers' money being wasted, secretary of state for work and pensions Iain Duncan Smith admitted to MPs. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith MP confirmed to Parliament's Work and Pensions select committee …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Dec 2013
Samuel L Jackson locates late passengers with RFID

How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job

A big outage that struck Britain's air traffic control system on Saturday was due to a technical fault with a touch screen interface provided by Frequentis, The Register has learned. On Saturday 7 December, during the run-up to one of the busiest times of the year for the UK's airports, controllers at NATS (National Air Traffic …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Dec 2013