Articles about Coms

Tech talent scout Braund scouted by troubled Coms Plc

Financially challenged B2B connectivity and voice provider Coms Plc has poached tech recruitment veteran Mark Braund to take control of the ship, following a messy divorce with his predecessor. Braund was a former EMEA director of SME at IBM in the 1980s, but for nearly the last thirty years has worked in senior positions at …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jul 2015

Coms CEO: Sorry about accidentally buying 20k shares, I'm off

The chief of Coms Plc appeared to be close to the exit following his public spat with the rest of the board last week. Sure enough, the company today confirmed he’s stepped down. David Breith, CEO at the London-listed buy and build B2B comms outfit, called a general meeting to replace his board last Wednesday. Later on during …
Paul Kunert, 02 Mar 2015

Told ya! Coms flogs telco arm to Timico in £2.5m deal

Hard-pressed B2B communications provider Coms Plc confirmed this morning it is to offload the telco arm to Timico for an initial cash splurge of £2.5m. As exclusively revealed by us late last month, the London-listed business hired Knight Corporate Finance to manage a fire sale of the division following a failed restructuring …
Paul Kunert, 26 May 2015
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Coms: Yes, we DID appoint advisors to flog off our voice biz

Troubled London-listed Coms plc has publicly stated it is working with a business advisor to carve off part of its operation, following an El Chan report that it called upon Knight Corporate Finance (KCF) to sell its voice division. As revealed by us on Friday, Paul Billingham, founder and joint partner at KCF, was told to get …
Paul Kunert, 20 Apr 2015
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Chaos reigns as Coms plc CEO tries (fails) to stage boardroom coup

A senior level dust-up has erupted at Coms Plc with CEO David Breith trying to stage a boardroom coup, amid widening losses and a spat over Coms shares that he quietly bought. The acquisitive London-based comms biz, which swallowed certain assets from Redstone and telephony player Actimax, confirmed the chaos in a stock market …
Paul Kunert, 25 Feb 2015

Sources: Coms calls on corporate financer to flog telco biz

Embattled London-listed corporation Coms plc has tasked Knight Corporate Finance with finding a buyer for its voice division – and sources tell us that time is of the essence. The business comms outfit, which split with CEO David Breith in February after a boardroom bust-up, enlisted Paul Billingham, founder at Knight, last …
Paul Kunert, 17 Apr 2015

Hm, a scandal brewing, Kaiser? Healthcare giant buys How Kaiser Killed My Wife and other .coms

Kaiser Permanente has embarked on a bizarre and macabre domain-name registration spree. For reasons best known to the health-insurance giant, this week it cornered the market in dot-coms that profess to explain exactly how the company managed to murder those closest to you. So whether it is your children, your father, mother …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Sep 2015

AIM-listed Coms hoovers up Actimax for £3.4m

Acquisitive cloud-based telephony player Coms Plc has hoovered loss-making comms dealer Actimax in a cash splurge that could rise to £3.4m depending on results. AIM-listed Coms, which dug deep and found £9.5 to buy Redstone back in November, also revealed it is planning to place more shares on the market to raise £7.9m after …
Paul Kunert, 12 Feb 2014

Cloudy firm Coms Plc coughs £9.5m for Redstone

The three-year restructuring at Redstone was effectively wrapped up today after management "conditionally" sold trading subsidiary Comunica for £9.5m in cash to LSE listed cloud-based telephony player Coms Plc. Under the terms of the deal, Coms will cough £7.65m on completion and a deferred consideration of £1.85m in the next 12 …
Paul Kunert, 05 Nov 2013
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, speaking at Build 2015

Who thinks Microsoft Edge SUCKS? Erm, Microsoft

Microsoft relaunched Internet Explorer this week as "Edge" – and the software behemoth appears already prepared to accept that its super new browser may absolutely suck. At the same time as the new name was announced at its Build conference in San Francisco, the Redmond biz instructed brand protection company MarkMonitor to …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Apr 2015

GoDaddy buys 200,000 domains for $28.1m – that's $140 a piece

GoDaddy has bought the entire domain-name portfolio of mobile advertising company Marchex for $28.1m (£18.67m). With 200,000 domain names in the deal, more than three-quarters of them dot-coms, that equates to $140 (£93) per name. GoDaddy intends to put them all up for sale on its NameFind website, and examples include: Analyzed …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Apr 2015

Senior execs at NTT Com Security quit, but not with immediate effect

Top brass at NTT Com Security are hot footing it out of the organisation at the end of next month, the company confirmed today. CEO Simon Church, formerly COO at reseller Integralis (which NTT acquired in 2009 to form the backbone of its security ops), and chief beanie Heiner Luntz, have quit. Climbing into the chief exec’s …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jun 2015
David and Goliath in the Valley of Elah

Who's un-dot-pressure? .com overlord Verisign sues .xyz kingpin

Dot-com registry operator Verisign is suing the largest new gTLD registry, dot-xyz, alleging false advertising. In its lawsuit filing [PDF], submitted to the eastern district court of Virginia, Verisign claims the biz behind .xyz has violated the Lanham Act, which outlaws trademark infringement and false advertising. Dot-xyz is …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Feb 2015

Sick of these new dot-words? Join the .club – it's the only one challenging .com

Round-up Las Vegas loves a show. And so it was earlier this week when domain-name conference NamesCon held an auction for more than 100 high-value names. The auction has been hailed as a success, especially given two headline sales: for $350,000 and for $140,000. But we thought we'd dig into the results to see what …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Jan 2015

It's 2014 and people are willing to blow $6.8m on things like has been sold for $6.8m (£4.3m, 800m yen) to Japanese domain biz GMO Registry, putting it in the top ten of all-time domain name sales. As one of only three single-letter dot-coms available – the others being Q and X – the domain was previously owned by Nissan (for its Z-series of cars) and will be used by GMO Registry to …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Nov 2014

Dot-com is dead. Long live dot-com

As you probably know, the internet's domain names are dominated by a single three-letter ending: "com". What you probably don't know is the sheer scale of dot-com's dominance. There are roughly 116.5m domains ending in ".com" – more than all of the 25 next largest registries combined. When the industry draws bar charts of …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Jan 2015

Google swears blind it doesn't give SEO advantage to new internet dot-words

Analysis For the third time in three years, Google has reiterated its position that it will not give a search ranking advantage to domain names with new internet top-level domains. In a post to its Webmaster Central Blog, the search engine giant has posted and answered six questions over how it handles top-level domains. Most of the …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jul 2015

Vatican 'ghost account' claims as reseller wades into Autonomy-HP legal struggle

MicroTechnologies, a reseller caught up in the long running HP/Autonomy legal battle, has itself fired a legal salvo at the US behemoth. MicroTech claims it is owed millions of dollars for software that was paid for but never delivered. MicroTech was named in HP’s claims against former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch, saying that he …
Paul Kunert, 19 May 2015
The Register breaking news

Rom-coms, period dramas are rubbish: Mathematical proof

American boffins* have carried out detailed research into movies down the decades using chaos theory, and decreed that auteurs have - by a process akin to natural selection - gravitated towards a shot rhythm which matches an underlying mathematical pulse beat found in music, economics and even engineering. However, some genres …
Lewis Page, 24 Feb 2010

How to hit the top of Google's rankings: 'Use a new dot-thing gTLD'

If you want to get higher up Google's search rankings, it turns out that using a new dot-thing domain – such as .guru or .ninja – may give you the edge. Two recent studies into the impact of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) have claimed that, far from Google's official position, using the right domain ending can bump you up …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Oct 2014

How does the US government run the internet? This is how

The US government has posted a step-by-step guide to how it authorizes changes to the internet's root zone – the heart of the world's domain-name system. The 16-page slide deck [PDF] published by the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) sheds light on what has been a …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Dec 2014

Google swears no search leg up for new dot-word sites: We drill into claims

Google has reiterated its claim that there is no inherent advantage to new top-level domains – such as .london or .book – when it comes to topping search rankings. The position, posted on Google+ by the web giant's trends analyst John Mueller, more or less restates what Google SEO head honcho Matt Cutts insisted more than a …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Dec 2014
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123-reg shrugs off customer complaints over stealth domain transfer charges

Web hosting outfit 123-reg has dismissed a number of complaints from disgruntled customers who are angry with the company's sudden decision to abandon its promise to keep domain transfers free on its service. The Register heard from a family-run website business, The Mayne Design, which griped about the stealth changes to 123- …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Apr 2014

US govt tells ICANN: No accountability, no keys to the internet

America's assistant commerce secretary Larry Strickling has told domain-name overlord ICANN that without improvements to its accountability the US government will not hand over the crucial IANA contract. IANA is the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, a department of ICANN that oversees the DNS system keeping the internet glued …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Dec 2014

While the BBC drools over Twitter, look what UK's up to: Hospital superbug breakthrough

Comment The BBC has gone Twitter-crazy this week, with every pre-IPO twitch reported in the top-of-the-hour bulletins. But when you peek beneath the hype, it's not the wonder-fest you might think. Twitter "changed the world, hashtag-by-hashtag" gushes the website. "Could we hatch a British Twitter?" asks Rory Cellan-Jones. Short of Lord …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Nov 2013
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Dot-coms' VAT-swerve hurts small biz

The Forum of Private Business, which represents small and medium-sized businesses, is calling on the Treasury to close a loophole which allows ecommerce firms based in the Channel Islands to sell goods VAT-free to UK consumers. It cites the example of, based in Jersey, which is selling the latest Oasis dirge for £8.07 …
John Oates, 08 Nov 2005
Doctor Who

Ten top stories from New Who

Doctor Who @ 50 We’ve already listed the stories that mark the very best that the many production teams behind the classic years of Doctor Who during the 1960s, 70s and 80s brought to our TV screens. It seems only fair, then, to do the same for the rebooted series’ run. Doctor Who returned in April 2005 with the story Rose, and there have been …
Tony Smith, 12 Nov 2013
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Web smut barons sue over .xxx 'shakedown'

Two of the biggest porn companies on the net want to put a stop to the .xxx top-level domain, and they've taken their demands to court. Manwin and Digital Playground yesterday sued domain name system overseer ICANN and .xxx manager ICM Registry on antitrust grounds, claiming that ICM has been "extorting defensive registrations" …
Kevin Murphy, 18 Nov 2011
The Register breaking news

Happy birthday, Tech City: Have another confusing map

The UK Prime Minister went down to the Silicon Roundabout on Thursday to mark the first anniversary of his Tech City initiative and unveil an interactive map of it all. Tech City developers from Trampoline Systems and designers from Playgen put together the map, which includes "analytics to highlight the flourishing community in …
The Register breaking news

US gov split over new domain explosion

ICANN is receiving mixed messages from the US government over its plans to dramatically expand the number of top-level domains available on the internet. The Federal Trade Commission on Friday became the highest-profile objector to the so-called new gTLDs program, saying it threatens to increase fraud and phishing. "A rapid, …
Kevin Murphy, 19 Dec 2011

Search engines we have known ... before Google crushed them

Feature Remember when the internet was young, moving your bulky monitor was a two-person job and 1.4MB disks didn't look like a typo? Back then (most) people didn't have to choose which web search engine they were going to use: it came prepared by the operating system maker, such as Microsoft and MSN Search, or the folks you got your …

SAP hits on-demand button

SAP, in a spectacular U-turn, has leapt on board the software-as-a-service bandwagon - the company confirmed its new selling strategy yesterday. The German software giant, which was speaking at an On-Demand conference in Amsterdam on Wednesday, said it will launch SaaS functionality add-ons for its existing Business Suite ERP …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Jun 2009
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Child abuse cop slams ICANN

One of Interpol's top child porn cops has launched a blistering attack on the domain name industry and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for not doing enough to help law enforcement tackle child abuse imagery online. At ICANN's public meeting in San Francisco this week, Garda Síochána's Michael …
Kevin Murphy, 17 Mar 2011
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Microsoft promises, fails to keep things simple for partners

Microsoft today tried to convince UK channel partners that it’s working hard to simplify its licensing terms, but many resellers have grumbled that the firm hasn’t gone far enough yet. MS director of emerging technology, Gurprit Singh, who was speaking at the company’s partner event in London this morning, told the gathered …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Oct 2008
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New Interwebs extensions edge ever closer to reality

A new generation of dot-coms will edge closer to reality next week in Brussels, with one – dot-xxx – possibly being approved on the Friday. The tri-annual meeting of Internet overseeing body ICANN in Brussels will focus on the fourth version of an “applicant guidebook” for those who want to start up and run new Internet …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Jun 2010
The Register breaking news

Reg readers offered discount tickets to internet future

A revolutionary change is coming to the Internet this year – and you probably know nothing about it. El Reg regular Kieren McCarthy has set up a conference next week in San Francisco aimed at shaking people out of their stupor. “The biggest landrush in history is just months away but instead of people sitting on their horses …
Team Register, 02 Feb 2011
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Auction opens for rare single letter net domain

The auction of a rare single-letter domain – – has just hit the interwebs, with bids reaching $16,500 in the first 90 minutes. The sale is advertised on the domain itself, with the name pitched as the potential “home to your e-commerce site, education site, entertainment site” or even “to showcase your company's plan to …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Jun 2010

Mixing network traffic types on Ethernet

Expert Clinic Is Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) a panacea for the difficulties inherent in running separate storage and general networks? FCoE is not taking off and, indeed, there have been articles published that suggest it may die before it arrives. Let's look again at the idea of mixing general networking traffic and storage networking …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2011
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Sun man and 'Bond nemesis' celebrate 25 years of dotcom

This week's celebration of 25 years of .com promised to be a step above the usual incestuous industry award shows. For one, it was designed to honor the 25 biggest pioneers of the online world – people who in some cases have reached beyond the IT world and entered mainstream awareness – the Internet’s rock gods. There was Steve …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 May 2010
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.com celebrates 25th birthday

On April 26, 1985, a man called Charles Hornig complained on a mailing list that his new email address wasn't working. Scanning every mail server on the internet, all 1,008 of them, he discovered only one was configured to handle a .com address. “I am not heartened by these results,” he wrote. “Maybe we should go …
Kevin Murphy, 15 Mar 2010
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Domain name registration more popular than car theft

150,000 new domain names are registered every month, or three domains registered every minute, says UK naming outfit Nominet. That makes registering domain names more popular than stealing cars in the UK - during 1999 an average of two cars were blagged every minute. So watch out for and …
Andrew Thomas, 14 Aug 2000
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Love bug worm inspires Asian film

Asian film makers have completed filming about a movie inspired by the infamous Love Bug worm. The celluloid outing, entitled Subject: I love you, stars US actress Briana Evigan and has finished filming on the streets of Manila, in the Philippines, ahead of an expected release next year. The title of the film is the same as the …
John Leyden, 11 Nov 2008

Revamp the network to cope with explosion in mobile kit

Expert Clinic Three experts; three different views; that's what you get when the three look at the impact of the substantial rise in the number of mobile devices accessing the network. All these devices send traffic across the network and much if it hits servers and causes storage transactions. Ethernet set up as a fabric can help here. But …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2011
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Share punters should hi-tail into hi-tech

It seems there's almost a unanimous scream now from financial pundits on a pile of well known broadsheets about the dangers of investing in ventures, many of which appear to be wildly overvalued. But while many of these bubble.coms may float to the surface of public perception and then go pop, there's little likelihood …
Mike Magee, 15 Mar 2000
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The Cube: Apple's daftest, strangest romance

This Old Box Ten years ago on Sunday, Apple called it quits on one of its oddest products ever, the G4 Cube. The Cube was a strange and wonderful machine that continues to fascinate today - but it was widely perceived to have failed. Some people thoroughly enjoyed the failure, thinking it served Apple right. Dull people will always cheer a …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jun 2011
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Dotcom CEOs are vapid, empty, shallow – and that's the good ones

The future of many dot coms is "", according to George Colony, the chairman of Forrester Research. They are about to be exposed for what they are, says Colony: vapid, shallow and hollow. Forrester has interviewed 2,500 CEOs - 20 per cent of whom were running dotcoms - and the conclusion was that many dotcom CEOs are of …
Graham Lea, 18 Apr 2000

IBM: Treasure Island Revisited

Comment If ever there was proof that the financial community does not understand the basics of a legacy IT company, the euphoria over yesterday's IBM results preview said it all. News of IBM's profit sent the technology sector up,which in turn drove up the broader markets, confusing many IT observers. IBM a stellar performer - I don't …
Cormac O'Reilly, 16 Jan 2008
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Yahoo! buys! into! Chinese! ecommerce! giant!

Chinese web marketplace Alibaba has cut a deal with running dogs of Yankee imperialism Yahoo! in exchange for a cool billion. Western web giants have failed to replicate their dominant positions in the Chinese market, where the market leaders are all home-grown - so if you can't beat them, buy a stake. Yahoo!'s $1bn investment …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Aug 2005
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Liquefaction imperils Bay Area Bubble Economy

The US Geological Survey (USGS) yesterday confirmed our worst fears - or some of your highest hopes - that the Bay Area Internet economy will be decimated by the next major San Andreas-induced quake. Every few years the Survey plots the vulnerability of certain areas to earthquakes, and the results released yesterday are the …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Dec 2000
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Man learns bombs not best way to raise tech stocks

Manners suggest when corresponding with a financial firm regarding sagging tech stock prices, it's best to avoid threatening a senior officer with his fiery end at the hands of the Prince of Darkness. More importantly, sending a disarmed pipe bomb to emphasize your point is — while often compelling — frowned upon in high …
Austin Modine, 25 Apr 2007