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Google Spain raided by Agencia Tributaria in latest European crackdown

Google's Madrid offices are its latest to be raided as the search giant faces a series of tax probes across the European Union. The raid was approved by a court in Madrid, Reuters reported, following a request by the Spanish tax authorities. Reuters cited a spokeswoman giving the company's rote statement on such matters, …
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Google calendar TITSUP

Google Calendar has suffered a total inability to support usual performance since at least 1500 BST this afternoon. The service, marketed as a business tool, has not been accessible for many users, leaving calendar-scheduled phone calls in the lurch for workers without personal assistants (or memories). The site downdetector. …

Drones, weed and prison: Bloke pleads guilty over plan

A 37-year-old man has pleaded guilty to plotting to smuggle contraband into a British prison using a drone. Daniel Kelly, of Amblecote Meadows in Grove Park when he was initially charged, was pinned with attempting to smuggle prohibited items, which according to police included mobile phones and cannabis, into HMP Swaleside on …
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Talend announces IPO plan

Talend has filed a registration statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, proposing an initial public offering of American Depositary Shares. Redwood City-based Talend, which offers data integration software and services, was founded in 2005 and claims to have other 1,700 enterprise customers, including Citi, …

Alleged Brit hacker Lauri Love bailed amid US extradition battle lull

Alleged Brit hacker Lauri Love, who is accused of compromising US government servers and faces extradition to America, has been bailed by a UK court. US prosecutors want the 31-year-old university student shipped across the Pond for questioning after he allegedly infiltrated systems used by the US Federal Reserve, the Missile …
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Lauri Love at risk of suicide if extradited to US, Brit court hears

Alleged hacker Lauri Love, of Stradishall, Suffolk, who is said to have hacked into a number of US government agencies' websites, is at risk of killing himself if British authorities allow him to be extradited to the US, a court heard yesterday. Westminster Magistrates' Court in London began to hear the extradition request …
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MongoDB launches Atlas to manage deployments: Taking the Ops out of DevOps

MongoDB is launching Atlas, the company's first DBaaS, offering easy management of instances - initially on AWS, but soon to come to Azure and Google Cloud Platform. The service intends to alleviate devs of tedious evenings wasted with hardware provisioning, covering failure recovery, software patching, upgrades, configuration …

'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

A California woman has won $10,000 from Microsoft after a sneaky Windows 10 update wrecked the computer she used to run her business. Now she's urging everyone to follow suit and "fight back." Teri Goldstein – who manages a travel agency in Sausalito, just north of San Francisco – told The Register she landed the compensation …
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US, EU agree Privacy Shield

Privacy Shield, the US-EU agreement made necessary when the previous agreement collapsed after the Snowden surveillance revelations, has been finalised today. It reportedly contains concessions from the US, which will create an ombudsman who will provide European citizens with a means of redress if the American intelligence …
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Oracle: Cloud-first for 12.2 update – on-prem world will have to wait

Oracle is cranking up the pressure on customers to consume its wares as-a-service by initially distributing the updated 12.2 database on a cloud-only basis. Talk of the shift - that will prevent the company’s existing installed base of on-premise punters from accessing new multi tenancy functions - was first spotted across the …
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Brexit and data protection: A period of shock and reflection

BREXIT What price the UK's secession from the European Union? “It's far too soon to tell,” has been the sober and much-repeated line of legal and privacy professionals following the United Kingdom's referendum which voiced public opinion to leave the European Union. Speaking to The Register this morning Andrew Joint, commercial …
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Technology shares slide with Brexit vote, except ARM

BREXIT Shares in British technology companies are mostly sliding after citizens of the United Kingdom voted for the nation to leave the European Union. The FTSE 100 fell more than 8 per cent at opening this morning, slicing over £100bn off of the market capitalisation of the UK's most highly rated bluechips, although this has since …
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One place to inhale all cloud: Apache Libcloud 1.0 now available

The Apache Software Foundation has announced that Libcloud 1.0, the cloud service interoperability Python library, is now generally available. Notably, version 1.0 introduces two new driver types, container-as-a-service and backup-as-a-service, with a full changelog available here – though the degree to which it will ease the …
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Datastax comes for Oracle's lunch with new graph database release

NoSQL startup DataStax has announced the release of the newest version of its enterprise edition database, DSE 5.0, which ships with a graph database for cloud applications. Santa Clara-based DataStax now claims it has more than 500 customers in over 50 countries, including Netflix and eBay. Its "does what it says on the tin" …
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Google tribute to Jo Cox

Google is today linking to the memorial fund of Jo Cox MP, who was tragically killed while attending a constituency surgery. On what what would have been her birthday, Google stated it would like to "honour and remember Jo Cox MP, who dedicated her life to the belief that there is more that unites us than divides us." It …
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CIA invests in Apache Spark

Databricks, the company behind Apache Spark, has announced that it has made a strategic partnership agreement with the CIA's investment arm, In-Q-Tel. While In-Q-Tel is legally independent of the CIA, conspiracy theories still attend its investments, which seemingly include almost everybody offering some sort of service in …
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TeamViewer not View-ed

Access to TeamViewer has been dodgy today, with complaints spiking on downdetector at 2pm in the UK. A TeamViewer corporate spokesperson told The Register: “Apparently, a global ISP has issues within their network. This may affect our service. However, this is not a TeamViewer issue.” Many other companies have been affected …
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Twitter buys Magic Pony

Twitter has announced its acquisition of London-based machine learning firm Magic Pony Technology for an undisclosed amount. Magic Pony Technology, which claims to have more than 20 international patents for machine learning based approaches for visual processing, said it has now joined forces with Twitter to improve the …
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Dell close to selling software division for $2bn – reports

Dell is close to agreeing the sale of its software division for more than $2bn as it digs behind the settee cushions to fund its mega-acquisition of EMC. A consortium including Francisco Partners and Elliot Management are “in advanced talks” to acquire the division, Reuters reported today, citing “three people familiar with …
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Breach-tastic Irish civil service payroll system facing audit

The data-haemorrhaging payroll system for Ireland's civil service is to be audited by the nation's Data Protection Commissioner. According to the Irish Times, almost 2,000 civil service staff were victims to a data breach back in April when their details were sent on a spreadsheet to a human resources manager in a government …
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Telco bosses' salaries must take heat for cyber attacks, says MPs' TalkTalk enquiry

A Parliamentary inquiry into the TalkTalk hack has said that telco CEOs' salaries should be garnished if their firms' cyber security practices are lacking. The report by the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, titled Cyber Security: Protection of Personal Data Online was initiated last November as “an inquiry into cyber- …

Snoopers' Charter 'goes too far' says retired Met assistant commish

IPBill The Liberal Democrats are planning to meet the Investigatory Powers Bill with strong resistance in the House of Lords, a list of key issues shared with The Register reveals. The bill, which will bolster state surveillance in the United Kingdom, remains especially unpopular amongst IT-literate members of the public, who are …

Google Research opens machine intelligence base in Zurich

Google has announced a dedicated machine-learning research group in Europe, based in its Zurich office. Dubbed Google Research, Europe, the office in Switzerland will give its engineers and researchers "the opportunity to develop products and conduct research right here in Europe, as part of the wider efforts at Google." In a …
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UberEats into food delivery with new app launch in London

Not content with disrupting classical transportation services, Uber is now disrupting the disruptors in launching its own food delivery app, UberEats, in London today. The on-demand meal delivery service will be available from 11am to 11pm, seven days a week, and on launch will only cover London's Zone 1 boroughs, though the …

Just a quarter of Brits trust businesses with our personal data

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published a survey into the British public's approach to personal data, showing widespread distrust in others' handling of it. According to the commish himself, Christopher Graham, 2016's issue of annual research shows that "consumers are taking up the fight to protect their own …