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London Mayor backs talks with Uber after head honcho's apology

The Mayor of London has asked Transport for London to meet with Uber following the firm's totally heartfelt apology – issued after it collected 730,000 signatures protesting TfL's decision not to renew its licence. Sadiq Khan said: "I welcome the apology from Dara Khosrowshahi, the Uber CEO. Obviously I am pleased that he has …
Kat Hall, 25 Sep 2017

Cops shut 28k sites flogging knock-off footie kits and other tat

Cops have closed 28,000 websites selling counterfeit goods over the last three years, the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) revealed today. Out of those, more than 4,000 were registered using stolen identities of the UK public. Some 400 individuals have had their identity stolen and used in …
Kat Hall, 25 Sep 2017

It's high time we extend Freedom of Information Act to outsourcers

Comment "You idiot. You naive, foolish, irresponsible nincompoop. There is really no description of stupidity, no matter how vivid, that is adequate. I quake at the imbecility of it," Tony Blair famously said. He wasn't referring to the Iraq war – as some might think – but the introduction of the Freedom of Information Act. Some 17 …
Kat Hall, 25 Sep 2017

Kebab and pizza shop owner jailed for hiding £179k from the taxman

A kebab shop owner who had sliced off a chunk of his takings and hid it from the taxman has been sent down for 30 months. Mehmet Tekagac, 43, of Viscount Road, Padgate, in Warrington, lied about his shop's takings as part of a £179,000 tax fraud. The fast food owner claimed he made around £9,000 a year from the Top Grill …
Kat Hall, 22 Sep 2017

Shock: Brit capital strips Uber of its taxi licence

Uber's application for a new taxi licence in the UK capital has been rejected. In a shock move, Transport for London today said the app biz is not "fit and proper" to hold a licence. "TfL's regulation of London's taxi and private hire trades is designed to ensure passenger safety. Private hire operators must meet rigorous …
Kat Hall, 22 Sep 2017
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The award for worst ISP goes to... it starts with Talk and ends with Talk

Beleaguered ISP TalkTalk has once again been named worst UK internet provider in a biannual survey of providers by consumer charity Which? For the fifth time the provider has come out as worst Brit ISP in a poll of 1,700 customers, raking in a satisfaction score of just 40 per cent. Users said slow speeds, frequent connection …
Kat Hall, 22 Sep 2017

Outgoing Cisco exec chair John Chambers joins Sprinklr board

Outgoing Cisco executive chairman John Chambers is to join the board of directors on social media management outfit Sprinklr, no doubt the first of many non-exec roles the former Switchzilla boss will hold. Earlier this week, Chambers announced he would not stand for re-election to the board of directors in December. Chambers …
Kat Hall, 21 Sep 2017
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Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

After Caerphilly considering its position, Quebec's French-language watchdog has decided it doesn't give edam about its linguistic ban on using "anglicisms" such as "grilled cheese", a move that has been welcomed as gouda news. A number of English words whose francophone equivalents have never been adopted by québécois folk …
Kat Hall, 21 Sep 2017

Something good about Brexit? Errr, more teeth for Ofcom! – report

Brexit could hand UK watchdog Ofcom more powers to intervene in the retail telecoms markets while simultaneously creating uncertainty over mobile roaming charges, according to a wide-ranging discussion paper. The report, Brexit: implications for digital citizens and consumers (PDF) by charitable body the Carnegie Trust, …
Kat Hall, 21 Sep 2017

Chief digital officer and sales director leave O2 amid ongoing shake-up

Two senior top brass at UK telecoms outfit O2 have stepped down amid a period of major transition for the mobile operator. A spokesman confirmed that Ben Dowd, sales director, and David Plumb, chief digital officer, have left the business. "We would like to thank them for their hard work over the years with us at Telefónica …
Kat Hall, 21 Sep 2017
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IT fraudster facing four years' bird time for $10k blackmail

An IT contractor who sabotaged a client's website and demanded $10,000 to restore it was this week convicted of wire fraud and sentenced to four years behind bars. Tavis Tso, 40, from Arizona, was also ordered by US District Judge David Campbell to pay $9,145 in restitution to the unnamed victim of his crime. Tso had …
Kat Hall, 20 Sep 2017

Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

Cops in Manchester, England, have 1,518 PCs running on Microsoft's dusty operating system Windows XP, according to a Freedom of Information response. This equates 20.3 per cent of the total PC fleet that GMP has in use, despite Microsoft ending support for the much loved operating systems back in April 2014. A spokesman for …
Kat Hall, 20 Sep 2017

Compsci degrees aren't returning on investment for coders – research

University in the UK has never been more expensive. But at least doing a computer science degree guarantees a nice fat, well-paid job at the end, right? Wrong. Coders with a bachelor's degree only earn £3,000 more a year than those who don't have one, according to a survey of 4,700 developers in the UK by Stack Overflow, a …
Kat Hall, 20 Sep 2017
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Ofcom to crack down on telcos' handling of nuisance callers

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom is to introduce a series of measures to clamp down on providers' handling of nuisance calls, billing accuracy, general complaints handling and support for vulnerable customers. The changes will come into force from October 1, 2018. Any breach of a general condition can result in a financial penalty …
Kat Hall, 19 Sep 2017
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Now EE's challenging UK regulator's mobile spectrum proposals

EE has officially launched its legal challenge against Ofcom's spectrum proposals, a move prompted by Three's judicial review formally submitted earlier this month. The biz wants to split the rules for bidding on the different bands, under Ofcom's plans to stop mobile phone companies from owning more than 37 per cent of usable …
Kat Hall, 19 Sep 2017

Cisco's John Chambers to quit as exec chair

Cisco's exec chair and former CEO of 20 years, John Chambers, will not stand for re-election to the board of directors in December. Chambers was named executive chairman on July 26, 2015 after he stepped down as CEO - handing the reins to Chuck Robbins, who has been with the company since 1997. Switchzilla's board plans to …
Kat Hall, 18 Sep 2017

Brit ministers jet off on a trade mission to tout our digital exports...

In a desperate attempt to improve our international trade prospects, UK digital minister Matt Hancock has jetted off on a "cyber trade mission" to "tap huge markets in Singapore and promote UK fintech sector in Tokyo." Meanwhile British culture secretary Karen Bradley will travel to Finland and Sweden, where she will "set out …
Kat Hall, 18 Sep 2017
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New HMRC IT boss to 'recuse' herself over Microsoft decisions

Exclusive The UK's incoming Chief Digital Information Officer of HMRC is to recuse herself from making any decisions regarding Microsoft, as she is on sabbatical from the company under a two-year placement with the taxman. Jacky Wright was named as CDIO last week, and will take up the £180,000 per annum role in October 2017. She is …
Kat Hall, 18 Sep 2017
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Just how are HMRC’s IT systems going to cope with Brexit?

"Unprecedented challenge" was the phrase which kept being repeated in a recent Treasury Select Committee hearing regarding Brexit, the customs union and HMRC. The department is already undergoing the “largest transformational change in Europe,” with plans to digitise the tax system, while simultaneously untying itself from the …
Kat Hall, 15 Sep 2017
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HMRC scoops up Microsoft veep for CIO role

HMRC has named Microsoft veep Jacky Wright as its next CIO, The Register can confirm. Wright will replace interim CIO Mike Potter, who headed up the department's technology since former top brass Mark Dearnley stepped down in October 2016. Last year it emerged that Dearnley walked away from his £185,000-a-year job because the …
Kat Hall, 14 Sep 2017
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123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

Customers of 123-Reg are experiencing a familiar feeling of annoyance, this time over a decision to automatically register them for .UK domains, which they will then have to pay for after two years. In a letter sent to customers, seen by The Register, the company said the domains will be available to manage from November 2017 …
Kat Hall, 14 Sep 2017
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MPs accuse Amazon and eBay of profiteering from VAT fraudsters

MPs have accused Amazon and eBay of profiteering out of companies based overseas that are fraudulently using their platforms to dodge VAT - and supposedly putting Brit SMEs out of business while they're at it. In a Public Accounts Committee hearing, MPs heard that Amazon had collected the money from products sold by 23,000 non …
Kat Hall, 14 Sep 2017
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Cops' use of biometric images 'gone far beyond custody purposes'

The use of 20 million facial images by British police "has said gone far beyond using them for custody purposes," according to the UK Biometric Commissioners’ annual report. Concerns have been previously raised by the commissioner over the retention of hundreds-of-thousands of innocent individuals' images. The Register was the …
Kat Hall, 13 Sep 2017
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UK's new Data Protection Bill will be 'liberal' not 'libertarian', says digi minister

Digital minister Matt Hancock has confirmed that the Data Protection Bill will be published tomorrow, in a speech promising internet laws "based on liberal and not libertarian values" that "cherish freedom yet prevent harm to others". Speaking at the UK Internet Governance Forum, Hancock said the forthcoming data protection …
Kat Hall, 13 Sep 2017
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Maintel blames Avaya bankruptcy protection for sales hit

UK comms and networking integrator Maintel has blamed trading partner Avaya’s bankruptcy filing in the US for slowing customer demand on this side of the pond. Maintel said in preliminary half-year results that its managed services division was “negatively affected” by delays to customer installations caused by the telco …
Kat Hall, 11 Sep 2017

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