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EU: Competition Commissioner met Google chief Schmidt

The European Commission is remaining tight-lipped about what was said in a meeting yesterday between Google supremo Eric Schmidt and Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. A Commission spokesman would only confirm that the meeting had taken place, but would not reveal the substance. But that hasn’t stopped rampant …
Jennifer Baker, 03 Mar 2015
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Microsoft boss Nadella makes fleeting visit to China for conciliatory competition talks

Microsoft's boss Satya Nadella reportedly visited Chinese antitrust officials in Beijing on Friday. At the start of this month, the software giant was given 20 days to submit written details to China's competition authorities explaining how the company's Windows operating system works together with its bundled Office suite. …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Sep 2014
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Google Maps community competition falls foul of Indian regulations

Google has found itself in hot water in India, with the country's Central Bureau of Investigation launching a formal investigation into Google Maps for allegedly publishing the location of sensitive military bases. The problem arose because of a community competition held last year - Google's Mapathon 2013 - in which the …

EMC pulls the ViPR’s fangs, eases internal competition

EMC is now stopping ViPR controller support for Object and HDFS data services, and no longer supports object storage on file or commodity storage. The upshot of all of this is that ViPR cannot provide these services on storage arrays that don’t provide them natively. This means that individual EMC II product teams building …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2015

Yelp files competition complaint against Google search biz in EU

Updated Local services review site Yelp has formally submitted a complaint against Google's search business to Brussels' competition officials. It comes as the European Commission's antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia pushes to bring an end to a lengthy probe of the ad giant by sealing a proposed settlement deal with Google, even as …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jul 2014

FCC boss threatens to BRING WRATH DOWN on states that limit broadband competition

The head of the US Federal Communications Commission has threatened to take action against states that limit the ability of cities to build their own broadband networks. Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the commission is prepared to overrule state laws that would restrict cities from deploying community-funded broadband networks …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jun 2014

EU Competition chief: So what if I didn't tame Google? You're all 'irrational' anyway

Analysis Europe’s unelected competition czar has signed off with a sour burp aimed at his elected critics in Parliament. "I don't think antitrust investigations should be part of the conventional political debates," Joaquín Almunia complains in the Wall Street Journal. He was quizzed on his failure to deal with Google, a case which …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Oct 2014
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EU competition chief goes after Amazon’s delux Lux tax deal

Europe’s outgoing competition commissioner, Joaquin Almunia, confirmed on Tuesday that he has launched an investigation into Amazon’s tax dealings in Luxembourg despite his imminent departure of his post. Almunia, who is due to leave office at the end of this month when his replacement, Margrethe Vestager, comes in, recently …
Jennifer Baker, 07 Oct 2014

Google strikes deal with EU competition chief over abuse of search dominance claims

Google has secured a settlement deal with the competition wing of the European Commission over its alleged abuse of the EU's search market that will be legal-binding for five years. The ad giant has attempted to reach such an agreement several times, only to be knocked back by antitrust commissioner Joaquin Almunia. But today, …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Feb 2014

Oracle accused of breaking US competition law over Solaris support

Oracle has been accused of unfair competition and of breaking US anti-trust laws over its Solaris support business. The claims are made in a counter-lawsuit lodged by Solaris fix-it company Terix, which had previously been dragged into court by Oracle for allegedly stealing the database giant's copyrighted code. The Terix suit …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2014
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Competition probe opens door to Canal+ Spain for Rupert Murdoch

Analysis It is over six months since Telefonica tabled its bid to buy 56 per cent of Spain’s pay TV operator Canal+ from the Prisa Group on top of the 22 per cent it already owned and at last it is facing the competition probe we predicted it would at the time. The other 22 per cent owned by Mediaset, the Italian commercial broadcaster, …
Faultline, 08 Dec 2014
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Fanbois sent into FITS of RAGE by fake Steve Jobs statue competition

Fanbois around the world were sent into an incandescent rage this week by news that a hideously ugly statue of Steve Jobs was set to stand outside Cupertino. But The Register has learned that Apple has no intention of erecting the mildly phallic structure near its headquarters. In fact, some of our friends within the fruity …
Jasper Hamill, 03 Mar 2014

Cisco kicks off $300k Internet of Things security competition

Cisco has announced prizes of up to $US75,000 to get help finding ways to secure the burgeoning Internet of Things. Anyone who watches the procession of SCADA vulnerabilities, the exposures discoverable through the Shodan search engine, or the recent bugs popping up in cars, routers, home automation and (maybe) smart appliances …
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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

Faced with stiff competition, Facebook just can't satisfy – report

The latest data on social networks from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) shows Facebook is about the least popular social network – but that doesn't seem to stop people using the site. "Even with improvements across the board, e-business—and social media in particular - doesn't do well in terms of user …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jul 2014
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Brussels' antitrust boss not budging on planned Google competition deal

Brussels' antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia is refusing to reverse the planned settlement deal he has agreed with Google over the company's alleged abuse of its dominant market position on search. His seemingly stubborn refusal to change direction on the proposed agreement was highlighted this week during secret, two-hour-long …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Mar 2014
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Google will 'pre-select' an 'independent' competition inspector in EU search case

Update Competition chiefs in Brussels have begun sending out rejection letters to complainants in the long-running Google search antitrust case, revealing - among other things - that the ad giant will be picking candidates for the role of "monitoring trustee". The person or persons appointed to the role will be expected to …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jun 2014
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EU competition inspectors RAID European telcos

The competition wing of the European Commission confirmed today that it was investigating alleged antitrust practices among a number of telecoms giants operating in the 28-member-state bloc. It declined to comment on which countries and companies were subjected to unannounced inspections on their premises at the beginning of …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Jul 2013
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Mobile price competition stirs in Australia

Beleaguered Australian mobile users might be about to get some price relief, if research from Goldman Sachs proves accurate. Vodafone Australia and Optus sub-brand Virgin mobile are leading the charge, the price survey found, both announcing “double data” plans for a limited time. According to Australian telco newsletter …

Winning a brand new BOFH T-Shirt is as simple as...

Prize draw It's time for another competition prize draw to promote Cash 'n' Carrion, The Register's merchandise store. To be in with a chance to win, you will need to sign in (or create) a Reg account. Sign up for this competition here. Two readers will win our new BOFH t-shirt, that is worth £25.99 and not even avaiable on sale yet. …
David Gordon, 20 Mar 2015

Call me maybe: Orange loses a segment as competition bites

Former French monopoly mobile operator Orange has reported that its earnings and revenue are both down, despite increased customer numbers, as price-cutting hits the bottom line. Orange, the operator formally known as France Telecom, has customers around Europe and Africa, but not in the UK where it remains part owner of …
Bill Ray, 24 Oct 2013

Government IT contracts to be scrutinised by UK competition watchdog

Britain's competition regulator plans to investigate whether too few suppliers command an unhealthy share of the government IT market. The Office of Fair Trading is seeking views from technology providers and purchasers working in the public sector to find out if it's tough for small businesses to bid for government contracts. …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Jul 2013
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Oz telco competition still lagging

The Competitive Carriers Coalition, lobby for non-Telstra telecommunications companies in Australia, is concerned that competition reform in Australia is losing steam. Releasing a study into the state of competition in the Australian market, the CCC had a long list of measures by which it says Australia's telecommunications …

Office of Fair Trading: UK.gov IT deals lack effective competition

No 10 Downing Street’s G-Cloud strategy has been dinged by Britain’s competition regulator, the Office of Fair Trading, for lacking effective competitive on public-sector IT deals. An OFT report published on Tuesday identified what it called “key barriers” still standing in the way of new entrants challenging the big boys for a …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Mar 2014
Troll in cross hairs

EC competition chief points troll-hunting guns at Nokia

The EU is erecting the “troll-free zone” signs around the tech sector, with European Commission competition chief Joaquín Almunia saying the EC will guard against US-style patent trolling. Speaking to the IP Summit 2013 in Paris, Almunia said the EC approved Microsoft's $US7.2 billion acquisition partly because it did not …
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HP offers $150,000 for 'exploit unicorn' in Pwn2Own hacker competition

HP has been laying out the ground rules for the latest Pwn2Own contest and is offering a new prize of $150,000 to the cunning cracker who can get root access to a Windows 8.1 PC running Redmond's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET). "Last year we launched a plug-in track to the competition, in addition to our …
Iain Thomson, 01 Feb 2014
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New BOMB detect-o-tech 'could give sniffer dogs competition': TRUE

Researchers working on a new type of bomb detector technology have made the rather underwhelming boast that their kit "could soon give bomb-sniffing dogs some serious competition". “Bomb-sniffing dogs are expensive to train, and they can become tired,” said study co-lead author Ren-Min Ma, one of the boffins who came up with the …
Lewis Page, 21 Jul 2014
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Competition crowdsources blisteringly-fast software

If you want a massive improvement in the software you use, the cheapest way to get it is to host a competition on TopCoder. That seems to be at least one of the discoveries made when a group of research biologists staged a competition on the MIT-operated site. A two-week contest with regular prizes of $US500 ended up costing the …
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Competition watchdog seeks NBN forecast data

The ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) is setting itself the task of analysing the revenue forecasts for Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), and has written to NBN Co requesting the release of a bunch of data to help. The request is in this letter, (PDF) and is part of the ongoing debate over NBN Co’ …
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EU competition chief stays in touch with Google via TEXT MESSAGES

Google is on the verge of submitting proposed changes to its business practices to avoid sanctions over allegations it abuses its dominant position in the EU's search market. It is understood the ad giant will this week hand in its homework to the competition watchdog wing of the European Commission, which is mulling claims …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Apr 2013
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US Air Force beats off competition in NSA hacking fight

A four-day hacking competition run by the National Security Agency (NSA) to find the top military system designers and administrators has awarded the 13th annual Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX) prize to a team from the US Air Force Academy. "CDX offers an unparalleled opportunity for some of the nation's top students to showcase …
Iain Thomson, 23 Apr 2013
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Google defends search biz as EU competition market test nears end

Google has defended its search business in its first major public statement in months about the European Commission's competition probe of the company. The move comes just days before a market test of Google's offer to Brussels' anti-trust Commissioner Joaquin Almunia is concluded. The Register understands that the vast …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jun 2013
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Tell us, do you enjoy the thought of BT-EE's sweaty fourplay?

The Competition and Markets Authority has written to telcos and media groups asking for their thoughts as it weighs up the implications of BT swallowing EE. Rivals, notably Vodafone, have already highlighted how much more radio spectrum the combined organisation will have than any of the other mobile phone networks. The telcos …
Simon Rockman, 16 Mar 2015

ISC Student Cluster Competition: The kids are alright

HPC Blog Yet another exciting ISC Student Cluster Competition has moved from the ISC'13 exhibit hall battlefield into the annals of history. Now that we've analyzed the results, let's take a look at the victors and their accomplishments. Highest LINPACK ISC Student Cluster Competition LINPACK test results ISC Student Cluster Competition …
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Network competition? Puh-lease. It's all about the Apple-Android Axis of Fondle

MWC 2015 “Competition is the best protector that a consumer and the best friend that an innovator ever had,” the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler told Mobile World Congress last week. Regulators worldwide have ensured that there is an equal playing field of mobile network operators (MNOs), usually about four, …
Andy Favell, 09 Mar 2015

TUANZ: don't risk mobile competition

New Zealand has kicked off the consultation period for its planned 700 MHz spectrum auction, to take place in 2013. That country's Radio Spectrum Management Agency has adopted the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) band plan, in which 45 MHz of paired spectrum will be made available in nine 5 MHz blocks. The government is hoping …
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Hey, VMware. You've got competition – from a Belgian upstart

Belgian startup incubator CloudFounders has an open source project to provide an networked object storage backend to VMware or KVM virtual machines using a VSAN-like Open vStorage Router (OSR). OSR is a VMware VM, or runs on bare metal in a KVM server, and it scales out by having OSR run on additional virtualised servers linked …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2014
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UK superfast broadband crew: EC competition bods are holding us up

The UK is accusing the European Commission of holding up its superfast broadband programme with pesky concerns about free market competition. The government has been trying to get its hands on state aid to build the infrastructure necessary to get better broadband to everyone, but unfortunately, with state telco BT pretty much …
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Crucial MX100 256GB SSD: Cut-throat competition in flash land

Review Micron subsidiary Crucial has caused huge waves in the consumer SSD market with its low-cost M500 drive range – and then gave its competitors further aggravation with its M550 series refresh this year. It’s only been about three months since the M550 launch but Crucial is back with a new range of drives to cause further mayhem, …
Simon Crisp, 17 Jun 2014

Whacking Joaquin: EU competition chief defends handling of Google search case

Microsoft is wrong to suggest that the European Commission has caved in to Google's revised package of concessions to resolve a long-running competition dispute over the ad giant's search biz, antitrust boss Joaquin Almunia said today. Brussels' vice president told The Register, during a discussion with journalists in London …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Feb 2014
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Competition watchdogs jump in bed, compare Google probes

Separate investigations into the business practices of Google are continuing to take place on both sides of the Atlantic and a meeting of minds is set to take place early next week, after the US Federal Trade Commission's chairman flew to Europe for talks with Brussels' competition chief. The FTC's boss Jon Leibowitz is to speak …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Nov 2012
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Google tries to MAP its way out of competition trouble in Brussels

Google's rivals in Europe are fed up with what they see as Mountain View's intransigent attitude towards the now three-year-long regulatory competition probe of its search business. It's been a month since the European Union's antitrust commissioner Joaquin Almunia gave Google's enemies just four weeks to scrutinise the ad giant …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Nov 2013
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BT set to undercut rivals with return to mobile biz

BT will launch its own 4G network when it returns to the mobile market within the next few days, it has been reported. According to the Telegraph, the former state monopoly – which proposed a huge £12.5bn takeover of mobe operator EE late last year – will name its service BT Mobile and offer it only to the firm's broadband …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Mar 2015

European Commish asks for rivals' moans about Booking.com

Rivals of Booking.com have been invited to have their say over alleged anti-competitive contracts imposed by the online travel agent. Following complaints in France, Italy and Sweden, the European Commission is co-ordinating a public consultation on the matter. Booking.com imposes so-called “parity clauses” in contracts with …
Jennifer Baker, 16 Dec 2014

Foreign firms must obey EU laws no matter where they're based, says EU. Hear that, Google?

In the midst of the ongoing antitrust negotiations with Google, Europe’s competition chief doesn’t give a fig where the search engine is from — it must simply obey EU laws or else. “In this, as in any other investigation, we are indifferent to where the companies involved happen to be headquartered," said Competition …
Jennifer Baker, 10 Apr 2015
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MEPs: Oi, Commish, where'd you get these broadband figures from?

MEPs have told the European Commission that it needs to do more to ensure broadband roll-out across the continent - and to get its facts straight. In a resolution approved on Tuesday, the European Parliament said that former state-owned monopolies have a “staggering market share of over 80 per cent” of the next-generation …
Jennifer Baker, 11 Mar 2015

EU anti-trust watchdog ponders TeliaSonera/Telenor merger

The European Commission is worried that a proposed merger between TeliaSonera and Telenor would be bad for consumers, and is now pondering whether to approve the deal. Both companies provide telecoms services in several European countries, but in Denmark the merged entity would face little competition, leaving the public with a …
Jennifer Baker, 09 Apr 2015
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Google MENACED by Russian probe over 'abuse of dominance' gripe

Russia's answer to Google, Yandex, has filed an official complaint against the American ad giant to the Russian competition authorities. Yandex claims the US ad slinger is abusing its position and forcing mobile phone manufacturers to include Google search on the home screen of all Android devices. The complaint comes as Yandex' …
Jennifer Baker, 18 Feb 2015
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Googley TENTACLES reach towards YOUR email

Google is in talks to allow advertisers to target ads in search results using existing customers' email addresses, according to reports. The ad flinger has suggested that advertisers hand over customer information such as email addresses as part of moves to track users’ online and offline activities for marketing purposes, …
Kat Hall, 15 Apr 2015
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NZ regulator okays cable to Oz

A second trans-Tasman submarine fibre cable is a small step closer, with New Zealand's Commerce Commission (NZCC)reportedly giving the Tasman Global Access (TGA) project the competition green-light. The cable was first mooted in 2013, as a partnership between then-TNZ (now Spark), Telstra, and Vodafone New Zealand. The project …