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Capita data centres hit by buttload of outages

Exclusive Hard-pressed outsourcing titan Capita wrestled with almost sixty separate outages at its data centres in the space of just half a year, The Register can exclusively reveal. An internal log of the problems dating between June and December 2017, seen by us, detailed the extent of the downtime, with as many as 44 incidents …
Kat Hall, 20 Feb 2018

UK mobile customers face inflation-busting price hike

Mobile customers face a mid-contract price rise, with all four operators confirming they will hike fees by 4 per cent, 1 per cent above inflation. That is in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI) figure for January 2018. Operators will begin introducing the increase from March. Rob Hilborn, head of strategy at price …
Kat Hall, 16 Feb 2018
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Judges dismisses majority of Cisco's 'insane' IP defence against Arista

A US court has agreed to dismiss most of Cisco's IP defences in its long-running antitrust dispute with rival Arista Networks; the latter had previously described them as "breathtakingly broad, unprecedented and insane". The ruling is the latest in Arista's antitrust case against Cisco, filed in 2016, two years after Cisco …
Kat Hall, 16 Feb 2018
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BBC presenter loses appeal, must pay £420k in IR35 crackdown

A BBC presenter must pay £419,151 in taxes after a UK tax tribunal ruled her contract should have been subject to IR35 legislation – a judgment that has been described as a wake-up call for IT freelancers. Look North presenter Christa Ackroyd lost her appeal covering tax years 2006/07 to 2012/13, with HMRC contesting that she …
Kat Hall, 15 Feb 2018
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Home fibre in the UK sucks so much it doesn't even rank in Euro study

The UK is performing so poorly in fibre internet penetration that it isn't even included in a European study. Latvia comes top, with 50.6 per cent household penetration, according to the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) Ultrafast Broadband Country Ranking. Meanwhile, Blighty is estimated to have fibre penetration of between 2-3 per …
Kat Hall, 15 Feb 2018
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Arsenal are red, pundits have 'insights', BT and Sky splurge £4.5bn on footie rights

BT and Sky have splurged £4.464bn to show 160 Premier League games a season from 2019/20 until 2021/22. However, the Brit giants are splashing out less than last time, when they handed over £5.136bn for 168 games in 2015. BT has previously been criticised for prioritising content over other areas of its business such as …
Kat Hall, 14 Feb 2018
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Roses are red, Three's feeling blue, spectrum appeal rejected, they'll have to make do

Ofcom's 5G spectrum auction is to go ahead in April after mobile operator Three lost its final legal challenge to force the UK regulator to change the bidding rules. The comms watchdog had planned to hold the auction for the 2.3 and 3.4GHz bands in autumn 2017, but it was delayed by litigation brought by Three UK and BT/EE – …
Kat Hall, 14 Feb 2018
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Hyperoptic's overkill 10Gbps fibre trial 'more than a clever PR stunt'

Alternative network provider Hyperoptic today tested speeds of 10Gbps at the former Olympic village in east London, England. The biz, which is aiming to deploy its full-fibre network in 30 cities across the UK, was able to stream four high-definition 4K videos simultaneously, plus one in 8K, to a single access point. The …
Kat Hall, 13 Feb 2018
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Not cool, dude: Brit web host Hotchilli Internet freezes itself for good

Web-hosting outfit Hotchilli has told punters the best way it can continue to serve their needs is by, er, shutting up shop. The London-based biz penned a note to customers to warn them that services will be terminated from next month. In the letter, seen by The Register, services director Stephen Rees said: At Hotchilli, we …
Kat Hall, 13 Feb 2018
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UK Home Sec Amber Rudd unveils extremism blocking tool

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced a tool that purports to detect and block jihadist content online, and tech companies may end up being legally required to use it. London-based firm ASI Data Science was handed £600,000 by government to develop the unnamed algorithm, which uses machine learning to analyse Daesh …
Kat Hall, 13 Feb 2018
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The strange case of the data breach that stayed online for a month

A couple of weeks ago Jeff* quit his job at the Singaporean branch of a major enterprise technology vendor that is, if not quite a household name, certainly known to most IT professionals. Not long afterwards he Googled his old work employee ID number and was unpleasantly surprised to see the first result was a link to a …
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Facebook smartmobe app's pre-ticked privacy settings violate German data protection law

A German court has ruled that Facebook has not done enough to alert people to the pre-ticked privacy settings on its mobile app. That included an option to share location data when in conversation with another user, and agreement that Google and other search engines could show links to user profiles in search results. …
Kat Hall, 12 Feb 2018
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Vodafone boasts 200Mbps with 4G mini mast in Cornish trial

Vodafone has unveiled an eight-metre high "telescopic" 4G mast, intended to boost speeds in rural areas to 200Mpbs, following a trial in Porthcurno, Cornwall, UK. Developed in partnership with infrastructure biz CommScope, the kit is aimed at rural hotels, leisure centres, retail parks and tourist attractions. Vodafone says it …
Kat Hall, 12 Feb 2018

Brit regulator pats self on back over nuisance call reduction: It's just 4 billion now!

UK communications regulator Ofcom and the Information Commissioner’s Office have awarded themselves a pat on the back for reducing the amount of nuisance calls in the islands to a mere 3.9 billion last year. In an update on the joint action plan to tackle nuisance calls and texts, it said: “Ofcom’s latest estimate is that …
Kat Hall, 9 Feb 2018
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EE unveils shoebox-sized router to boost Brit bumpkin broadband

EE is launching a "shoebox"-sized 4G antenna, which it claims could bring coverage to 580,000 UK homes in rural areas. The 4GEE Home Router contains an external antenna, which can be fixed to the outside of houses and is connected to the 4GEE Home Router in the home via a cable. It is intended for areas receiving poor …
Kat Hall, 9 Feb 2018
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BT backs down from charging millions in phone book listing fees

BT has quietly withdrawn its threat to charge communications providers millions in six years' worth of back bills for special-entry listings in its phone book. Providers faced unexpected bills of up to £30,000 for customers, such as high street shops, taking out the special ads in the BT Phone Book – i.e. having a box around …
Kat Hall, 9 Feb 2018
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Elon Musk's Tesla burns $675.3m in largest ever quarterly loss

Elon Musk may be entertaining world+dog with his impressive space invasion but back on terra firma his electric car biz Tesla has just reported its fattest ever quarterly loss. The car and battery biz hemorrhaged $675.4m in the three months ending 31 December compared with a loss of $121m for the same period the previous year …
Kat Hall, 8 Feb 2018
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Digital version of universal credit still pricey, wobbly, failing to deliver – MPs

Many Brits are still unable to access the "digital-only" version of Universal Credit, the delayed and much-derided welfare reform intended to roll six benefits into one single payment – according to MPs. The Commons Work and Pensions Committee said the UK government's Department for Work and Pensions has yet to produce a full …
Kat Hall, 8 Feb 2018
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TalkTalk to splash £1.5bn laying full fibre on 3 million doorsteps

TalkTalk plans to bring full fibre speeds of 1Gbps to three million premises in the UK, by creating an independent company with a total investment of around £1.5bn. Under the plans, the entity would be 20 per cent owned by TalkTalk and 80 per cent by infrastructure investor Infracapital. The ISP is also raising £200m in new …
Kat Hall, 8 Feb 2018

Wileyfox goes TITSUP*: Smartmobe maker calls in the administrators

UK budget smartphone maker Wileyfox has called in the administrative receiver Quantuma, The Register can confirm. The administrator was appointed late on Monday and spent yesterday at Wileyfox's premises. Quantuma told us it had reduced Wileyfox's costs to the "bare minimum", which involved laying off 20 staff, and was …
Kat Hall, 7 Feb 2018

Mobe network Three's 'Make The Air Fair' ads deemed 'misleading'

Three's campaign for a spectrum cap on mobile operators has been deemed "misleading" by the UK Advertising Standards Authority for implying it was run by an independent body. Three had wanted Blighty's communications regulator Ofcom to impose a 30 per cent cap on spectrum ownership, having waged a strange campaign last year …
Kat Hall, 7 Feb 2018

MPs: Lack of technical skills for Brexit could create 'damaging, unmanageable muddle'

Whitehall has not done enough to prepare for the "byzantinely complicated task" of Brexit, including putting the right technical skills and resources in place, a report by Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned. In findings that will surprise few, it said the UK government's Department for Exiting the European …
Kat Hall, 7 Feb 2018

UK web grocer Ocado takes £500k hit after robo-warehouse tech splurge

Middle-class Brit online supermarket nirvana Ocado posted losses of £500,000 for 2017, down from £12m profit the previous year – largely thanks to its "transformation" into a technology provider flogging robot-operated warehouses. The company splashed £42.8m on technology last year, up from £34.3m the year before. That …
Kat Hall, 6 Feb 2018
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Vast majority of NHS trusts have failed cyber security assessment, Brit MPs told

Every single one of the 200 NHS trusts in the UK so far assessed for cyber security resilience has failed an on-site assessment, MPs on the Public Accounts Committee were told yesterday. There are a total of 236 trusts. There is no timeline on when the remaining 36 will be checked over. In a hearing about the WannaCry …
Kat Hall, 6 Feb 2018
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Lloyds Bank bans Bitcoin purchases by credit card customers

Lloyds bank has stopped credit card customers from buying bitcoin, amid concerns of a credit risk surrounding the cryptocurrency's rapidly falling value. Coming into effect today, the ban applies to Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland, Halifax and MBNA. The currency has grown exponentially in the last year, peaking at $20,000 (£14, …
Kat Hall, 5 Feb 2018

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