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Microsoft claims victory over second-hand software broker

Discount-Licensing, a broker of recycled software and member of FAST, has coughed a "significant sum" to settle a trademark infringement case that Microsoft took to the British High Court, a legal counsel for the titan has claimed. The Birmingham-based reseller says it trades in Microsoft Open, Select and Enterprise volumes …
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2014

Broker accuses FAST of scaring users off secondhand software

The Federation Against Software Theft is talking up the dangers of buying recycled software, claiming that existing laws are insufficient to protect firms that opt for recycled licences. The trade group initially weighed into the debate last week, ripping up software broker Discount Licensing's (DL) membership after it settled a …
Paul Kunert, 12 Feb 2014

Not so FAST: Another discount software broker BOOTED OUT

A second software licence broker has been kicked out of the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) in what appears to be a crackdown against those selling its members' software at discounted rates. Value Licensing has had its application for renewed membership FAST turned down, it has told The Reg. The company specialises in …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Feb 2014
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Second-hand software broker: OK Microsoft – we made a mistake

Recycled software broker Discount-Licensing says it fell foul of trademark copyright laws by importing Microsoft licences from the US but reckons its "core" business is squeaky clean and outside the clutches of litigators. It emerged this week that the Birmingham-based small biz trader coughed a "significant sum" in damages and …
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2014
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Data broker Acxiom lifts skirt, reveals your private bits

One of the world's largest data brokers, Acxiom, has posted a project that either allows people to correct errors in their data, or turns individuals into mechanical turks working on an unpaid data quality project. Acxiom collects data from a vast range of sources and on-sells in portfolio of products aimed at marketers. The low …
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Forget value-added broker jokes: Could YOU shift nuclear plant scrap?

Why do brokers exist? All we ever do is just sit around and talk to people, so what value do we add to the economy? Or what value do “asset managers” like the late Howard Strowman add? And will the existence of such be a permanent feature of the tech distribution landscape? Regular readers will know that I spent the 1990s …
Tim Worstall, 23 Dec 2012
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Secrets of an ad broker: NoSQL, millisecond auctions and FLASH ARRAYS

Typically a web page featuring online ads is built with space set aside for the ad. A user clicks on the page's URL and it's presented to that user in real time and the spaces are populated with pre-built and stored ads. So far so ordinary, only with online ad-broker Tapad the ads are not pre-stored at all. What happens is that …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2012
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Want more software built for HANA? Cry us a River, SAP. Oh wait, you have

SAP is embracing open-source developers to promote its flagship HANA in-memory data and application architecture. The software giant announced today SAP River, a hosted development environment for building native backend applications using HANA. SAP River will be available worldwide on the company's HANA Cloud Platform, aka …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Dec 2013
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Israel snooped on John Kerry's phone calls during Middle East peace talks

Israeli spies are alleged to have snooped on John Kerry’s phone calls during recent Middle East peace talks. The IDF tapped the US Secretary of State's unencrypted calls while trying to broker a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Der Spiegel reports sources as saying. Kerry used both encrypted and open …
John Leyden, 05 Aug 2014
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Bandwidth broker to light up dark nets

A new global bandwidth exchange and trading platform targeting the growth in cloud-based services and leveraging a global bandwidth glut has been launched by an Australian telecommunications executive. Globally launched earlier this month at International Telecoms Week in Chicago, Mobsource.com now has between US$10 -20 million …
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What happens in Europe, doesn't stay in Europe: US giants accused of breaking EU privacy pact

More than 30 big US tech firms are breaking international agreed-upon US-EU Safe Harbor commitments to safeguard Europeans’ data, according to a complaint filed with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Thursday. The Washington-based Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) claims tech giants such as AOL, Adobe, Salesforce, …
Jennifer Baker, 14 Aug 2014
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Feds to flog off $28m in Bitcoin from Silk Road drug souk seizure

American officials are preparing to sell off $28m worth of Bitcoin which was seized during the operation to shut down the Silk Road online drugs market last year. In a statement, US prosecutor Preet Bharara announced the forfeiture of 29,655 Bitcoins. She said: "With today’s forfeiture of $28m worth of Bitcoins from the Silk …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Jan 2014
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Apple to splurge $275m on mobile ad broker

Apple is reportedly about to buy ad broker Quattro Wireless for $275m - a third of what Google hopes the regulator will let it pay for competing service AdMob. The details come from All Things Digital, which reports that an announcement could come later today on Apple's coughing up for the ad broker. The deal will include the …
Bill Ray, 05 Jan 2010
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Exploit broker releases EXPLICIT VIDS of holes in industrial control kit

Malta-based security start-up ReVuln claims to have uncovered a raft of vulnerabilities in industrial control kit from many leading manufacturers. ReVuln released a video depicting zero-day exploits against SCADA* equipment from Siemens, General Electric, Schneider Electric, ABB/Rockwell and others. The unpatched flaws are all …
John Leyden, 23 Nov 2012

Citrix lowers sword, will take more time on 'Project Avalon' virty PC broker

Citrix Systems is hosting its Synergy partner and user conference in Barcelona this week, and has done a core dump on them with a barrage of announcements intended to demonstrate that Citrix, too, is down with the modern, post-PC, cloudy world. More than anything else, the announcements are trumpeting that the firm has made a …

MonkeyParking FLINGS AWAY San Francisco service

Embattled mobile app vendor MonkeyParking has suspended service in San Francisco under threat of legal action from City Hall. The company said that users in San Francisco would no longer be able to bid on parking spots through the mobile app. The move leaves Rome as the only city in which MonkeyParking currently operates. …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jul 2014
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A scanner, darkly: Master data-miner Google tweaks terms of service

Google is providing an explicit explanation of how it automatically and routinely runs software to snoop on messages flooding in and out of a user's Gmail account – so as to better target them with ads. The company made it clear that anyone with a Google account using any number of its services – such as search or YouTube – can …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Apr 2014
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Samsung wants to 'thingify' your BODY with Simband

Samsung has taken the wraps off a reference design with the idea of “sensorising” the human body, and it's neither a wrist-phone nor a smartwatch. Imagine, if you like, replacing “machines that go ping*” with wires or sensors communicating with a wristband, and you've got a start on its Simband concept. As Samsung says, it's a …

Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton

Calls made by US secretary of state John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton were "accidentally" intercepted by German intelligence agencies, Der Spiegel reports. The Bundesnachrichtdienst (BND), the German intelligence service, snooped on a satellite phone conversation that Kerry made in 2013, a year after it intercepted …
John Leyden, 18 Aug 2014
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HP: We will eradicate the colour grey from our market

HP UK claims to have clawed back some $2m worth of revenues it would have otherwise lost to the grey market by getting litigious with anyone importing and selling boxes from outside of the EU. The firm told us “preventative” activity increased sevenfold from fiscal ’12 to ’14, that “recoveries of mis-used contra” is up tenfold …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2014

Bitcoin or bust: MtGox files for bankruptcy protection

Ailing Bitcoin exchange MtGox has filed for bankruptcy protection after admitting it did indeed "lose" 750,000 of its customers' Bitcoins along with 1000,000 of its own – together worth about £283m. Lawyers for the digital funny money dealer told Tokyo District Court that MtGox had debt of ¥6.5bn yen (£38.1m, $63.8m). MtGox …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Feb 2014
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Rogue trader gets 2½ years for BILLION-dollar Apple share plot

A rogue trader has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for his scheme to profit from an unauthorised purchase of a billion dollars of Apple stock. The doomed plan – which eventually led to David Miller's employers being forced to put their biz up for a merger or fresh investment – was to buy millions of Apple shares on 25 …
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ENISA, Europol, strike info-sharing deal

Europe's peak information security body will join forces with the continent's criminal intelligence sharing outift in order to beat down on carders and crackers plaguing Europe. Heads of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) signed a deal with Europol at the Hague last Thursday to give a …
Darren Pauli, 30 Jun 2014

Your personal data is worth a measly eight bucks a month

You've heard it a zillion times by now: if an online service is free, you are the product. A New York company called Datacoup is trying to turn that notion on its head a bit, by paying you if you let it monitor your online activities and also let it tap into a stream of information about your credit and/or debit card. In return …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2014

IBM's SPSS buyout: FBI cuffs two on insider trading charges

Two stockbrokers have been arrested and charged with insider trading related to IBM’s £1.2bn acquisition of software firm SPSS in 2009, after three others pleaded guilty. Daryl Payton Jr and Benjamin Durant III have both claimed innocence in the face of charges of conspiracy and securities fraud after being arrested by the FBI …
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Restless PC biz Lenovo blows $100m to gobble 2,500 mobe tech patents

Lenovo has inked a patent deal which looks to expand the company's reach into the mobile computing world. Wireless intellectual property broker Unwired Planet said it will take $100m in cash from the Chinese electronics giant in exchange for about 2,500 "issued and pending US and foreign patents" covering wireless broadband and …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Mar 2014

Dragons' Den newbie firm Outsourcery: We are losing sales, we need to go DIRECT

Generals in the war-room at cloudy Brit biz Outsourcery are hiring direct sales reps in the public sector amid concerns that channel partners alone are not hitting the mark just yet. The AIM-listed outfit has been forced to slash costs because the pipeline of deals brought to the table by third-party resellers are taking longer …
Paul Kunert, 30 Jun 2014
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FTC calls for Congress to crack down on consumer data harvesting

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is calling for stricter regulations on companies that gather and sell personal information. The FTC said in a recent report (PDF) that it believes Congress should look to enact a new set of laws that will allow consumers to control when and how their personal information gets used for …
Shaun Nichols, 27 May 2014

Beginning of the end for Cenitex

Victorian IT agency Cenitex is to become a broker of services rather than a direct provider of services, under an expression of interest released today by the state government. The change was foreshadowed in May in a document posted to Scribd. Victoria's minister for technology Gordon Rich-Phillips said the new tender marks the …
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Swish PaaS Bosh: Sons of VMware spin up Pivotal One cloud platform

VMware spin-off Pivotal has released a platform-as-a-service along with a suite of analysis applications, bringing greater competition to a quiet corner of the market. The Pivotal One platform was announced on Tuesday, and sees the year-old upstart push out a product based on VMware's open-source Cloud Foundry, along with …
Jack Clark, 12 Nov 2013

You don't need a HERO, you need a ZERO. From Google

Google will expand its computer security research efforts by forming a well-staffed full-time team called Project Zero. The web ad broker wants to hire the best of the best, who can find Heartbleed-grade vulnerabilities, or worse bugs, in software. It's also looking to extend its bounty program for reporting holes. Project Zero …
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2014
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GoDaddy to try to GoPublic – again – with $100 million IPO

US-based internet domain registrar GoDaddy is planning to file an initial public offering (IPO) through which it hopes to raise as much as $100m. The company on Monday filed documents with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicating that it plans to open its shares to the public later this year. Morgan Stanley, JP …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2014

Microsoft hires Pawn Stars to shaft Google

Microsoft has turned its guns on the Google Chromebook as the "Scroogled" campaign enters its nastiest phase yet. Redmond has hired the stars of a reality television show called Pawn Stars to help with its anti-Google Scroogled campaign. In an imitation of an episode of the show, a reality programme about the colourful …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Nov 2013
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Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec

Dan Lyons, the writer behind Fake Steve Jobs, has found someone willing to bucket incoming Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. That someone is Joachim Kempin, who was general manager of Microsoft Germany in the subsidiary's early days and rose to become a senior veep in charge of Microsoft's OEM business. Kempin has form criticising …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Feb 2014

Red Hat takes OpenShift to 1.2

Red Hat has goosed its locally deployable platform cloud to version 1.2, bringing a host of improvements. The upgrades to OpenShift Enterprise were announced on Wednesday, and see the company broaden the range of modifications possible for its application containers – which Red Hat rather charmingly calls "cartridges". …
Jack Clark, 10 Jul 2013
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Ad broker throws Flash a Jobsian lifeline

Apple's iPad, set for US release this Saturday, may not support Adobe Flash, but that hasn't stopped one mobile ad firm from ensuring that its customers' Flash-based content will play on Cupertino's "magical and revolutionary" device. Greystripe, which refers to itself as "the leading rich media mobile advertising network" - …
Rik Myslewski, 31 Mar 2010
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Black hats attack popular Russian stock-trading software

Security researchers have discovered a strain of malware that targets the QUIK stockbroking application. The malware has been used in a string of attacks since November 2012, according to Russian security firm Group-IB. Cyber-criminals have traditionally targeted private and corporate banking accounts, using malware (such as …
John Leyden, 18 Apr 2013
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ROBOCOP statue, Minecraft film, revived Sinclair ZX Spectrum...

Crowd-funding broker Kickstarter has surpassed the $1bn mark for funding on its projects, which include a RoboCop which just stands there in the cash-strapped Michigan city of Detroit and a calendar featuring cats dressed up as magical creatures. The company on Monday said that its projects have amassed more than billion dollars …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Mar 2014

Yaarrgh! LOOK OUT! UK set to be BURIED under MOUNTAIN of TABLETS

Retailers and distributors are buried under a "consumer mountain" of fondleslabs with the major channel-cramming culprit – according to our sources – a certain large South Korean vendor whose name begins with an S. According to current stats from Stock In The Channel, a web-based tool that provides live data feeds from …
Paul Kunert, 07 May 2014
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Judge: Google class action 'usual suspects' cash-fling 'smells'

A Californian judge has rejected a proposed settlement to a class action privacy suit brought against Google. The deal would have seen the search giant funnel millions to cherry-picked law schools and Google-friendly pro privacy groups. The lawyers for Google and the lawyers for the plaintiffs agreed to settle the class action …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Sep 2014
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Blighty could put a (WO)MAN on MARS by 2040, says sci minister

British science minister David Willetts reckons there'll be a human on Mars within 30 years - and Blighty could help to put them there. Speaking at the end of Prime Minister David Cameron's trip to China, Willetts said that the UK could help to broker a deal between international powers to get the cooperation necessary for a …
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SCREEECH! Dell spins in public cloud U-turn – now it'll resell Google, Azure

Dell is going to resell cloud tech from enterprise rivals as part of the company's ragged retreat from the capital-intensive public cloud market. The company disclosed a dramatic expansion to its "Cloud Partner program" at the Dell World conference in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, by announcing that it will now resell Google …
Jack Clark, 12 Dec 2013
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Fraudster bought names and address from Experian, says Krebs

Brian Krebs alleges a subsidiary of data aggregator Experian was duped into selling personal information about millions of Americans by a scammer. Detailing his investigations here, Krebs accuses a Vietnamese national indicted in New Hampshire, Hieu Minh Ngo, of using the handle “hieupc” to operate Superget.info, which marketed …
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DON'T BREW THAT CUPPA! Your kettle could be a SPAMBOT

Russian authorities have claimed that household appliances imported from China contain tiny computers that seek out open WiFi networks and then get to work sending spam and distributing malware. St Petersburg news outlet Rosbalt reported last week that local authorities had examined kettles and irons and found “20 to 30 pieces …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Oct 2013

Mastercard, Syniverse target holiday payment security with mobile verification system

It’s ironic that when people are abroad so many people switch off their mobile phones' data and so many banks switch off customers' credit cards. But a deal between Syniverse and Mastercard aims to keep both switched on. You’ll have heard of Mastercard but are less likely to know about Syniverse unless you work in the mobile …
Simon Rockman, 12 Mar 2014
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Parallels could whip VMware or Microsoft, happier as Robin Hood

Parallels is best known for two things: a fine desktop hypervisor and the Virtuozzo containerised server-wrangler that many service providers use to dish out virtual machines to their customers. Both businesses are doing well, but the company isn't leading with either. Instead, it is now keenest on Parallels Automation, the …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2014

Krebs: Lexis-Nexis, D&B and Kroll hacked

Major data aggregators have been compromised “for months”, according to prominent security blogger Brian Krebs, including Lexis-Nexis and Dun & Bradstreet. Writing at Krebsonsecurity, Krebs says the ID theft invasion of the brokers' servers dated back at least as far as April this year, and that “the miscreants behind this ID …
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Techies CAN sue Google, Apple, Intel et al accused of wage-strangling pact

Employees at top Silicon Valley companies can sue bosses accused of entering a secret pact that kept salaries down, a judge in California has ruled. The lawsuit claims that between 2005 and 2007 Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, Pixar and Lucasfilm entered into non-compete agreements to end the practice of poaching of staff …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2014
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Apple share dive scuppers trader's alleged get-rich-quick fraud scam

A US trader has been charged with fraud by the Feds over a get-rich-quick scheme involving over 2 million Apple shares and $1bn. The trader, David Miller, bought 1.625m shares in Apple on October 25 this year, the day that the fruity firm was scheduled to announce its earnings for the quarter. Miller told his bosses at Rochdale …

Whoever you vote for, Google gets in

Google's lobbying and influence-courting in Washington DC is more intense and extensive than even Google-watchers thought, a must-read Washington Post investigation has revealed. That's because much of it takes place off the books, where formal spending is not declared, according to the article. The search giant already ranks …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Apr 2014