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Lean in and pivot: Even Steve Jobs didn't work alone, startup boy

Radbot In which Damon Hart-Davis talks about life as a tech entrepreneur and tells us about his product. I toiled in banking for circa 20 years, amongst other gigs, including at the much-loved Lehman Brothers (motto: “Where Vision Gets Bilked” or whatever) and RBS, and a previous fintech start-up of mine, though I’m also an …
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Jeremy Clarkson and Co. rise to top for Great British Bake Off replacements

Two weeks after Channel 4’s £75m grab of Great British Bake Off from the BBC, the broadcaster has a big marquee but no filling. Mary Berry has joined puckish Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc in electing to stay with the BBC, meaning three quarters of GBBO’s presenting line up evaporated. It was Berry who mitigated the unvarnished …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Sep 2016

British unis mull offshore EU campuses in post-Brexit vote panic

British universities are looking to deepen links with their continental counterparts or even open offshore campuses in order to maintain their EU ties. Universities face a double hit of reduced research funding and fewer EU students choosing British institutions thanks to Brexit uncertainty. Staff recruitment has also been hit …
John Oates, 23 Sep 2016
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EU's one-time antitrust hammer Steelie Neelie had 'offshore interests'

The EU's former top corporate enforcer sat on a Bahamas-based business without declaring her interest. Neelie Kroes was a director of a firm called Mint Holdings between July 2000 and October 2009 while also serving as commissioner for competition – 2004 – 2010. Kroes also served as Commissioner for the Digital Agenda from …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Sep 2016

EU U-turns on mobile roaming fees: No 90-day cap after all

The European Commission has U-turned again on its plans to tear up roaming fees for customers abroad, going back to its original proposal that all charges should be abolished. Earlier this month the commission published draft plans to force telcos across the EU to offer their customers free roaming for at least 90 days a year …
Kat Hall, 22 Sep 2016

Virgin Media costs balloon by MEEELLIONS in wake of Brexit

Exclusive Costs at Virgin Media have so far risen by £7m this year following Brexit, due to increased import costs, the company revealed in a Q&A with staff this week seen by The Register. In the quarterly "Grill", chief exec Tom Mockridge was asked if the company would revise its sales targets set prior to the EU referendum "given the …
Kat Hall, 22 Sep 2016
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Microsoft cuts ribbon on Euro cloud bit barn for Office 365, Azure

Microsoft has started to serve up Azure services from a new cloud region in Germany – operated under the supervision of a data trustee – to pitch for European punters with concerns about security and data sovereignty. Redmond's plans for expanding its cloud footprint were confirmed last year by CEO Satya Nadella, and included …
Paul Kunert, 21 Sep 2016
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EU chief promises modernised spectrum policy to avoid mistakes of LTE

The European Union announced its 5G Action Plan last week, and president Jean-Claude Juncker set out some ambitious connectivity goals in his State of the Union address. These include promises to enable free Wi-Fi in public spaces in every town and village in the EU states, and to achieve “full deployment” of 5G by 2025 ( …
Wireless Watch, 21 Sep 2016
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Jakarta be kidding me! Google gets $400m tax bill from Indonesia

Google is facing a bill for hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid taxes. An official in Indonesia wants to collect around $400m in fees from the Mountain View ads giant. Muhammad Hanif of the tax office special cases branch said authorities have visited Google and suspect that the tax avoidance may go back as far as five …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Sep 2016
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Apple's tax bill: Big in Japan. Like, $120m big

Apple has again been hit with a relatively small bill for skirting tax laws, this time in Japan. A report from national broadcaster NHK World claims that the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau has told Apple to cough up $120m (12.3bn Yen) to cover back taxes that the Cupertino giant failed to pay. The report notes that Apple has …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2016
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Brexit will happen. The EU GDPR will happen. You can't avoid either

Article 50, the process for Britain’s formal withdrawal from the European Union, is looming. Upon the conclusion of Article 50, data centres resident in Britain will no longer be subject to EU data protection rules. Today, UK data centres are bound by the EU Data Protection Directive (95/46/C), which was in turn based on the …
Danny Bradbury, 16 Sep 2016
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EU ends anonymity and rules open Wi-Fi hotspots need passwords

Result, guys. Result. A campaign by Digital Rights activists to preserve open Wi-Fi hotspots has resulted in Europe’s highest court deciding the exact opposite. The ECJ has advised that open Wi-Fi hotspots should probably be operated password-protected – and hotspot owners should require users to reveal their identities. The …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Sep 2016
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EU law: Brussels burps up aspirational copyright tweaks

Analysis Brussels’ widely leaked copyright reforms [PDF] have been formally published. The proposals are intended to “reduce the differences between national copyright regimes and allow for wider online access to works by users across the EU.” They will be tossed about and amended in European Parliament for many months. But with an …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Sep 2016

HPE: Come on in, cool cloud kids, we won't compete with you – unlike *cough* Dell

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is seeking a love-in with service providers that deliver cloudy stuff to customers. The IT giant reckons that unlike its arch rivals, there’ll be no competitive friction to turn things sour. For the first time at HPE’s Global Partner knees-up – taking place in Boston, Massachusetts – cloud providers …
Paul Kunert, 14 Sep 2016
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Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers

+Comment More research into electronic cigarettes has reported positively on the devices, finding evidence of their use as smoking cessation aids and finding that they do not appear to cause any serious side-effects. An update to the Cochrane review on electronic cigarettes has restated the findings of the initial research, which was …

Good luck squeezing saturated market, Euro mobe firms, say Orange, Telefonica

Europe's saturated mobile market is forcing operators to eye new routes to revenue in order to survive, big cheeses at Orange and Telefonica have said. Christian Maitre, CIO deputy of the Orange Group, and Juan José Hierro, head of Telefonica's newly created IoT unit were speaking to The Register at the TM Smart City InFocus …
Kat Hall, 14 Sep 2016

Post-Brexit UK.gov must keep EU scientists coming, say boffins

Attracting and retaining EU talent remains a top concern for UK science following Brexit, according to today’s House of Lords Select Committee meeting about EU membership and UK science. David Phoenix, vice-chancellor and chief executive of London South Bank University, Patrick Vallance, president of pharmaceuticals R&D at …
Katyanna Quach, 13 Sep 2016

Drones and alt energy tech star at Spanish start-up fiesta

Hardware tech such as drones and energy reclamation technology predominated at the Startup Ole conference in Salamanca, Spain last week. The two day event gathered 100 startups and more than 1,000 attendees to the historic University town in Western Spain. Similar events in the UK would be dominated by app developers or in …
John Leyden, 12 Sep 2016
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Brexit makes life harder for an Internet of Things startup

At about the time when my startup will be wanting to sell to the EU at scale, Brexit may make 80 per cent of that market harder (more expensive) to reach. I run a green-tech startup, OpenTRV, selling smart radiator valves. Our natural core market is the EU (including the UK), which comprises about 500 million people and about …
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US Congress blew the whistle on tax-dodging Apple, claims Europe

It was US Senators that tipped off the European Commission to unusual accounting practices at Apple which lead to its €13bn ($14.5bn) back-tax penalty. That's according to EC Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager who told the Copenhagen Business School her team was pointed to potential illegal tax breaks in Ireland by …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Sep 2016
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EU court: Linking to pirated stuff doesn't breach copyright... except when it does

Analysis The EU’s bizarre, home-brewed doctrine of copyright evolved further today, with a ruling that URLs linking to infringing material are not themselves an infringement, except when they are. Confused? You should be – and perhaps that’s the idea. Today’s Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) verdict in the Svensson case, …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Sep 2016
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Brexit? We have heard of this, says Dixons Carphone CEO

The UK's vote to leave the European Union has not dampened UK shoppers’ gadget lust, according to Dixons Carphone, which has reported a four per cent year-on-year hike in Q1 sales for the 13 weeks ended 30 July. The consumer electronics and mobile tech borg, created in 2014, saw sales bounce across the entire group – led for …
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2016

UK will be 'cut off' from 'full intelligence picture' after Brexit – Europol strategy man

The UK will “certainly be cut off from the full intelligence picture” after Brexit, Europol's acting head of strategy for cybercrime warned The Register. This comes after UK law enforcement agencies from the National Crime Agency to Police Scotland have been meeting with Europol in an attempt to mitigate this. Phillipp Amann, …
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Australia boards the slow boat to Brexit

Australia reckons it can be the first to secure a free trade deal with what's left of the UK post-Brexit, with the two countries to create a trade working group next year. The process is certain to be comically slow: as readers of The Register has already reported, merely negotiating Brexit is going to be a long, slow process …

EU will force telcos to offer 90 days of 'roam like home' contracts

The European Union has published draft plans to force telcos across the EU to offer customers free roaming for at least 90 days a year. Last year the EU decided to abolish roaming fees from June 2017, after years of negotiations with European telcos. But today the plans contain a "fair usage" concession which mean users can …
Kat Hall, 06 Sep 2016
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Spinning that Brexit wheel: Regulation lotto for tech startups

The reality of running a new business or doing something innovative is that you're hunting for cracks and niches that others have not yet filled – spaces too small for the big girls and boys already in the market. And many of those niches are fragile, formed in part by chance, opportunistic spaces in the current markets and …

SoftBank ARM buy is done

Japan's SoftBank says its acquisition of ARM has been completed (PDF). Softbank's announcement says that as of Monday, September 5th, it owned “all of ARM’s issued and to be issued shares”. Today, Tuesday September 6th, “ARM will be delisted from the London Stock Exchange … and will cease to be a listed company.” The Japanese …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Sep 2016
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Ad ransomware nixed

White hats have thwarted a global malvertising campaign that redirected surfers to the Neutrino Exploit Kit. The sophisticated malicious advertisement campaign exposed millions of users in regions including North America, EU, Asia Pac and the Middle East to attack. The operation was geared towards spreading CrypMIC, a …
John Leyden, 05 Sep 2016
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Nul points: PM May's post-Brexit EU immigration options

Comment After a summer of vagueness, prime minister Theresa May is starting to define Brexit, with controlling immigration at the top of her list. That is likely to mean ending the freedom of European nationals* to work in Britain on the same basis as the locals – which will have a major impact on the many British IT employers who draw …
SA Mathieson, 05 Sep 2016
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Japan's Brexit warning casts shadow over Softbank ARM promises

Japan fired a shot across Britain's bows at the G20 yesterday, publishing a “message to the United Kingdom” warning that Japanese companies might relocate their head offices out of the UK if Brexit trade negotiations with the EU don't favour them. The 15-page document, couched in the clipped yet polite prose of international …
Gareth Corfield, 05 Sep 2016
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O2: Float or flog. What's it going to be, Telefonica?

Spanish telco Telefonica has indicated it could soon hold an IPO of O2 in order to raise funds to pay off debt. Telefonica has previously made noises about exiting the UK market after the EU Competition Commission over the proposed sale of O2 to Three for £10.3bn earlier this year. It had hoped the sale would help reduce its …
Kat Hall, 05 Sep 2016

Brexit must not break the cloud, Japan tells UK and EU

Japan's foreign ministry has taken the unusual step of publishing a very public Message to the United Kingdom and the European Union (PDF) in which it outlines how it wants Brexit to happen in order to protect the substantial investments its businesses have made in Europe and especially in the United Kingdom. The document …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2016
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Childcare app bods wipe users' data – then discover backups had been borked for a year

It was with "great regret" that Orbit, makers of an app for professional childcare services, informed its customers that it lost all of their data during a weekend site upgrade – before discovering their backups hadn't been working for a year. Orbit describes itself as "a secure website" which provides "the Orbit Early Years …

Tim Cook: EU lied about Apple taxes. Watch out Ireland, this is a coup!

Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has claimed that the European Commission made up its claims about the business’ tax payments in Ireland. Earlier this week EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said that Ireland failing to collect taxes from Apple at the standard rate of 12.5 per cent amounted to “state aid” and thus …

EU 'net neutrality' may stop ISPs from blocking child abuse material

Analysis A single paragraph slipped into yesterday's net neutrality guidelines suggests they don't quite deliver the consumer protections that many people think. Guidelines published yesterday by the Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communications (BEREC), which stretched to 45 pages [PDF] declared that ISPs would be forbidden …

Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

Forcing Apple to pay the same tax rate as other companies will lead to the destruction of Europe, according to its not-entirely objective CEO Tim Cook. "This would strike a devastating blow to the sovereignty of EU member states over their own tax matters, and to the principle of certainty of law in Europe," Cook said in a …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Aug 2016
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Ireland taxman: Apple got NO favours from us, at all, at all

Apple paying €50 corporation tax in Ireland on every €1m of profit reported – a rate of 0.005 per cent – was in compliance with local laws, the Emerald Isle’s under-fire Revenue Commissioners have claimed. The tax collectors issued a statement in the wake of the European Commission's damning verdict that tax arrangements …
Paul Kunert, 30 Aug 2016
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EU verdict: Apple received €13bn in illegal tax benefits from Ireland

Updated The European Commission has ruled that tax arrangements between Ireland and Apple were in breach of the EU's state aid laws, and said the American corporation needs to cough up €13bn in back taxes, plus interest. Delivering her judgment in Brussels this morning, the EU's competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, said: …
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Ireland looks like it's outpacing Britain in the superfast broadband rollout stakes

Comment How do Blighty’s future broadband plans compare to its Irish neighbour, which arguably has its sights on a much more ambitious target than BT? The UK’s state-subsidised broadband deployment scheme ends next year, with the scheme on track to deliver “super fast” coverage to 95 per cent of Great Britain. Plans for connecting …
Kat Hall, 29 Aug 2016

New booze guidelines: We'd rather you didn't enjoy yourselves

New alcohol advice published today reiterates that the recommended maximum intake weekly for male adults should fall from 21 to 14 units - barely enough to fill a bowl with electric soup*. “To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level it is safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis,” the UK …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Aug 2016

EE looks at its call charges, hikes a bunch, walks off giggling

UK telco EE will next month hike fees for people using their phones outside their price plans, with international calls increasing as much as 60 per cent. Under the new price plan that will come into force from 28 September, UK calls to mobiles, landlines and voicemail will increase from 40p to 50p per minute, while …
Kat Hall, 26 Aug 2016
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Mozilla breathes petition-of-fire at EU copyright laws

The Mozilla Foundation has decided the time is right to scorch the European Union's copyright law, which it says “undermines innovation and creativity on the internet.” Mozilla's beef includes a lamentation of the EU's lack of a universal fair use law, which it says means “In some parts of the EU, making a meme is technically …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016
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An ethical Google won't break the internet, leaked EU report finds

Making Google a good corporate citizen and pay creators fairly won’t break the internet, a leaked impact study on copyright suggests. The 200 page impact assessment (IA), leaked to Statewatch, addresses the thorny issue of content sharing platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. “Some online service providers refuse …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Aug 2016

Facebook, Twitter and Google are to blame for terrorism, say MPs

A UK parliamentary committee has claimed that Facebook, Twitter and Google are responsible for terrorist attacks in the West by “consciously failing to combat the use of their sites to promote terrorism and killings.” The claim comes after a year-long inquiry into the UK's efforts into “countering extremism”. The Home Affairs …
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Top digital Eurocrat issues non-denial about hyperlink non-tax

Comment European Commission vice president Andrus Ansip has denied plans to impose “a tax on hyperlinks”, even though the EU can’t tax hyperlinks, and nobody has asked for URLs to be taxed. URLs, as you might suspect, would be very hard, if not impossible, to “tax” anyway. The great Polish writer Stanisław Lem used to disguise satires …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Aug 2016
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Google tells popup ads to p*** off on mobes

Google will be rejigging its search algorithm to downgrade websites that slap up a large advert, aka an "interstitial," before readers can actually get to see the content. On January 10, the Chocolate Factory will start scanning websites for interstitials and, if they break the recommended guidelines, they'll be kicked down …
Iain Thomson, 24 Aug 2016

US Treasury to launch pre-emptive strike on EU's Ireland tax probe

The US Treasury is preparing a pre-emptive strike against a long-awaited probe by the European Commission into Ireland's tax arrangements with tech firms such as Apple. The US Department of the Treasury plans to publish a paper today outlining its views on the EU’s investigations into tax arrangements, sources told The Irish …
Kat Hall, 24 Aug 2016
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Vidahost hikes domain name fees by a third, blames Brexit

Domain name biz Vidahost has hiked up the cost of its pricing by 33 per cent, blaming Brexit-induced exchange rate woes. In an email sent to customers and seen by The Register, the biz said: "Prior to the referendum to leave the EU, we spent time working up rigorous plans for the Brexit scenario. "True to form we focused on …
Kat Hall, 24 Aug 2016

EU ministers look to tighten up privacy – JUST KIDDING – surveillance laws

European ministers are debating a clampdown on encryption and a further increase in surveillance in response to mounting terrorist threats. Bernard Cazeneuve, France’s interior minister is due to meet his German counterpart, Thomas de Maizere, to discuss possible regulations to limit the use of encrypted communications across …
John Leyden, 23 Aug 2016
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Ireland's govt IT: Recession and job cuts forced us to adapt

Ireland was hit hard by the global financial crunch of 2007 and 2008. It was the first of the EU member states to slip into recession immediately following the bursting of the economic bubble. As the economy contracted, banks faced default and government debt increased, with Ireland eventually taking an €67.5bn loan from the …
SA Mathieson, 23 Aug 2016