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Breaking ground on Cerro Armazones for the E-ELT

KA-BOOOM! Boffins blow up mountain to make way for telescope

Work has commenced on the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), the 40-metre-class 'scope that will sit atop Chile's Cerro Armazones mountain and collect thirteen times more light than any comparable instrument. The project almost started with a bang: this video starts with plenty of tedious speeches before, at about the …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2014
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Almunia faces GRILLING from MEPs over FAILED Google settlement deal

Europe’s competition chief will face tough questions from MEPs next week over his failed attempts to reach an antitrust settlement deal with Google, which fell far short of sanctions being meted out to the ad giant. Joaquin Almunia - who will leave his post by the end of October - said in Florence, Italy, on Friday that Google …
Jennifer Baker, 20 Sep 2014
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The seven nations where SIM CARDS outnumber PEOPLE

The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development's (OECD's) latest broadband statistics update reports that about 72 per cent of the group's residents now have access to broadband. Startlingly, the data also reports that seven nations - Finland, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Korea and the United States – now have …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2014

Italian woman stunned by exploding artichoke

An Italian woman was left shaken but otherwise unhurt by an exploding artichoke, La Repubblica reports. The unnamed victim bought some fresh artichokes from her local supermarket in Olginate, some 40km northeast of Milan. When she laid into one with a knife, it went bang. Initially struck dumb by the shock, the poor woman …
Lester Haines, 06 Jan 2014
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One EURO PATENT COURT ruling for all from 'early 2015'

New EU rules have been created which allow the judgments of new unified patent courts (UPCs) to have legal effect from early 2015. A new EU regulation has been published in the trading bloc's official journal and changes existing laws on the jurisdiction of courts and recognition of their rulings. The changes mean that the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Jun 2014
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Gods of tech distribution smile on Blighty in Q1

Distributors in almost half of the countries across Western Europe failed to register sales growth during Q1 but those with ops in Blighty were not among them. Sales out data from Context reveals UK market revenues climbed 12.4 per cent in the three months to €2.5bn, making it the largest sector in the region for the past four …
Paul Kunert, 06 May 2014
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Europol picks Brit to lead new international cybercrime taskforce

European police agency Europol has launched an counter-cybercrime taskforce. The Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) will coordinate international investigations into malware distribution, hacking and underground cybercrime forums. J-CAT, which is being piloted for six months, will be based at the European Cybercrime …
John Leyden, 01 Sep 2014

Dixon, Carphone hand their numbers to world +dog before the wedding

Dixons (excluding the impact of disposals) and Carphone Warehouse today reported profit spikes for fiscal '14 in what will be the last set of annual results the pair announce before the £3.7bn borg set for calendar Q3. The European Commission yesterday gave the thumbs-up for the merger to go ahead, creating a £12bn retailing …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2014
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Yawn, Wikileaks, we already knew about FinFisher. But these software binaries...

WikiLeaks is making the controversial FinFisher commercial spyware tool available for download as part of the latest in a series of leaks that have put the operations of the controversial business under the microscope. FinFisher, which was part of UK-based Gamma Group International until late 2013 before relocating to Germany, …
John Leyden, 15 Sep 2014
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Boffins hunch over steaming cups of coffee to find HIDDEN SECRETS of caffeine

A crack team of international researchers have revealed the freshly sequenced genome of the coffee plant and, as a result, unearthed interesting findings about the kick ass chemical caffeine. Scientists found that coffee developed caffeine-linked genes independently of any common ancestor, such as chocolate and tea. The boffins …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Sep 2014
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Convicted Romanian hacker is hot commodity in Italy

Software companies and government officials in Italy are falling over themselves to recruit a 22-year-old hacker serving a three-year prison sentence for electronic fraud. Gabriel Bogdan Ionescu, who is incarcerated at the Bassone Penitentiary in Como in northern Italy, has already been admitted to that country's prestigious …
Dan Goodin, 02 Mar 2009
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Three axes data-roaming fees in SEVEN countries

Mobe operator Three has abolished roaming charges. Well, in seven countries, at least, and only on calls and texts sent homeward bound. All Three customers who travel to Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, the Republic of Ireland or Sweden will be able to make calls to Blighty, send texts to the UK and – crucially – …
Tony Smith, 28 Aug 2013
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European Grid Infrastructure project condenses shared cloud

After a three-year project, the European Grid Infrastructure project has pulled the big red switch on its federated cloud, which it says pools the resources of academic iron in 19 EU countries. Drawing on the “academic private clouds and virtualised resources” of its members, the EGI Federated Cloud hosts a variety of OS images …
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US can't get its hands on Navy hacker Victor Faur, aka SirVic

A Slovenian court has declined America's request to extradite hacker Victor Faur, on the basis that he's already received a sentence in Romania. Faur gained notoriety for breaking into US Navy, NASA and Department of Energy systems in 2005 and 2006. Tried and convicted in Romania, he received a 16 month suspended sentence and a …

Google, eBay to Australian gov: 'protect us from our users'

US tech giants Google and eBay have called on the Australian government to give them the same “safe harbour” protections as apply to telecommunications carriers. There's no little irony in this: Google's been criticised for paying the low millions in tax in Australia, courtesy of its Irish-Dutch money shuffle, even though its …

Toshiba: We'll STAY in PCs! We'll just axe a few bods

Toshiba is the latest vendor to sound the warning alarm that all is not well in its PC business across Europe after scaling back regional offices and axing swathes of the workforce – just as the green shoots emerge. The UK and France ops, which have signed up as subsidiaries of the TEG corporation, will act purely as sales and …
Paul Kunert, 10 Oct 2014
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China targeted by new Android Trojan

Russian security researchers are warning about an Android Trojan called Oldboot that has infected 350,000 devices worldwide. According to this post at Dr Web, Oldboot has a characteristic that makes it hard to deal with: some of the Trojan's components are loaded into the boot partition of the Android file system. By acting as a …
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Team Cymru spots 300,000 compromised SOHO gateways

It's time to check the DNS settings on your broadband gateway, with security research group Team Cymru discovering an attack that could have redirected as many as 300,000 devices to a malicious resolver. Once a gateway is compromised, the devices behind it would be sent to the attacker's DNS, exposing them to drive-by attacks, …
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Vodafone gets fixed in Spain and Italy

Vodafone has splashed out £537m on Tele2 in Italy and Spain, reaffiring the firm's commitment to quad-play and giving it three million new fixed-line customers with over 600,000 using broadband. Tele2 Italy brings 2.6 million customers into the Vodafone family, 400,000 of those using broadband, while Tele2 Spain brings just …
Bill Ray, 09 Oct 2007
Neal's Yard introduces its 'Green Scientists'

Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

People all around the world, responding to a survey by Ipsos MORI, have generally agreed with the ideas that scientists don't really know what they're talking about when it comes to the climate – and that governments are using environmental issues as an excuse to raise taxes. These not-so-green views were transmitted as part of …
Lewis Page, 23 Jul 2014
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Recession-battered Europeans still squeezing Vodafone's pips

Mobile operator Vodafone is still feeling the recession's squeeze in Europe as it posted another drop in revenues for the quarter ending last month. The British group said its service revenue, including joint ventures, for the quarter was £10.155bn, down 3.5 per cent year on year following a 4.2 per cent slip in the previous …

Boffins debunk red wine miracle antioxidant myth

Saddening news from US researchers who have demonstrated that quaffing red wine doesn't confer some of the alleged benefits attributed to the tipple, specifically the ability of the antioxidant resveratrol to "reduce deaths, cardiovascular disease or cancer". Resveratrol is found in red plonk, dark chocolate and some berries, …
Lester Haines, 13 May 2014
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Brit mobile firms in FOURPLAY TUSSLE – how very French of them

About 10 years ago, Faultline wrote a report on the economics of quad play. We hardly sold any (about 20), and the reason was, one of our resellers told us, was that “quad play” was old hat. The truth is that quad play is very much “new hat” and this report was perhaps a decade ahead of its time. People made the mistake of …
Faultline, 24 Nov 2014

Cost-cutting Barclays bank swings axe on 5,600 IT and ops bods

Barclays will axe about 5,600 IT and operations staffers in 2014 in a massive restructuring effort. The at-risk techies work across the retail and investment arms of the British banking group. The plan is to achieve £1.6bn in savings by scrapping about 14,000 full-time staff over the next 12 months, a move unveiled on Thursday …
Gavin Clarke, 08 May 2014
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Dimension Data hoovers up NextiraOne's Euro operations

Dimension Data has hoovered up certain subsidiaries of comms and networking integrator NextiraOne after the deal was given the green light by the European Commission's Mergers and Acquisitions team. The cash terms were not disclosed but initially Di Data will swallow 13 Euro country operations – including the UK – and, dependent …
Paul Kunert, 04 Feb 2014
A spy in your bags

A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally

Trakdot is a little device you hide in your suitcase so that if an airline loses your luggage, you can, in theory, find it. Inside is a SIM card with a global roaming agreement, and the necessary electronics to connect to GSM mobile networks. As the aeroplane trundles down the runway, the gadget uses an accelerometer to detect …
Simon Rockman, 15 Apr 2014
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UK.gov warned: Small biz bods 'blunted' by broadband bumbling

Small businesses in Britain are missing out on the government's £1.2bn taxpayer-funded broadband deployment project, a lobby group warned today. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) complained in a report titled The fourth utility (PDF) published this morning that 45,000 companies in the UK remained stuck using dial-up …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jul 2014
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Termination charges drop smacks Vodafone and EE in the WALLET

The reduction in how much mobile networks receive for handling incoming calls has hit both Vodafone and EE so hard that they have both separated out the charges in interim financial reports. Brit multinational Vodafone announced a global drop in its revenue of 4.2 per cent for the quarter while UK mobile firm EE's financials saw …
Simon Rockman, 25 Jul 2014
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Boffins search for dark matter in abandoned Australian mine

Australian physicists are looking at an unused gold mine in the Victorian town of Stawell to see if it's a suitable spot for a dark matter detector. As reported in the Wimmera Mail Times here, the Stawell Gold Mine Future Possibilities project has okayed the Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at Terascale (CoEPP) to start …

Samsung's slimline Windows smartphone spied in Italy

Italy looks set to get first shout of Samsung's 12mm-thick Nokia E71-alike smartphone, the C6620, courtesy of local carrier TIM. Samsung C9920 Samsung's C9920: Windows Mobile 6.1 on board The skinny, Qwerty-keyboard equipped handset can make calls across three GSM bands and suck down data across HSDPA 3G links. It's got 20MB …
Tony Smith, 30 Oct 2008
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Google tickled with TINY fine from French privacy watchdog

Google's failure to comply with France's data protection law over the ad giant's 2012 privacy policy tweak has landed it with a minuscule fine of just €150,000. In September, Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) warned Google that it would face a monetary penalty after it refused to comply with the …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2014
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Microsoft responds to Chinese software contract bribery claims

Microsoft has responded to the WSJ's accusations that its business partners bribed Chinese officials in exchange for software contracts, by noting that it is reviewing the allegations and may find dirt. The company published a statement on Tuesday in response to the WSJ's report that lawyers from both the Justice Department and …
Jack Clark, 19 Mar 2013
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Time is on their side: NIST's new atomic clock accurate for 300 MEEELLION years

Some people are nuts about knowing the correct time, but the boffins at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have taken such habits further than anyone else with a new atomic clock that's accurate to 10 trillionths of a second per day. The clock, snappily dubbed NIST-F2, uses the frequency of a particular …
Iain Thomson, 05 Apr 2014

ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

High Court orders dished out to telcos in the UK and elsewhere in the European Union demanding that they block access to sites serving pirated content have helped to decrease access to BitTorrent trackers, a music industry body has claimed. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry published its annual report on …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Mar 2014
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How much? Who knows. EC gagging order on DiData acquisition continues....

Dimension Data will only chow down on the entire European organisation of NextiraOne once certain sales criteria are met, the South Africa-HQ'd NTT-owned integrator whispered to us as the European Commission comms blockade continues. Acquisitive DiData has emerged as a suitor of the comms and networking reseller NextiraOne but …
Paul Kunert, 04 Dec 2013
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EE TV brings French broadband price war to the UK

While Vodafone is no stranger to TV in its territories and last week added the Netherlands to other locations where it offers TV, such as Spain and Germany, the move by EE in the UK seems a far more serious one. It is an offer that bundles free TV with a broadband order, just like the four French Telcos – Orange, Free, SFR and …
Faultline, 13 Oct 2014

Intel: Our first five parallel-computing schools are open for business

Chip giant Intel has begun funding research into ways to make applications easier to write for parallel processing systems, and to teach those methods to future generations of computer engineers and scientists. The first five institutions to qualify as Intel Parallel Computing Centres are: the Konrad Zuse Information Technology …
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2013

Feds charge four in GLOBAL Silk Road METH RING case

American prosecutors have charged four people with selling crystal meth through the defunct online drugs market Silk Road. The US Attorney for the District of Oregon, Amanda Marshall, indicted the three men and one woman over allegations they were involved in a conspiracy to sell methamphetamine over the internet. She also …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Dec 2013
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Android holds steady as iOS and Windows Phone slip in Kantar reports

The closing months of 2013 saw Android gain ground on rivals in much of Europe and the US, as iOS and Windows Phone saw mixed results in the global market. Research firm Kantar Worldpanel reported that Android grew its market share in key countries in Europe, as well as the US and China, in 2012. Amongst the 'EU5' group of Great …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jan 2014
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Vodafone's Euro revenues slump by nearly TEN PER CENT

Vodafone's latest results make grim reading for the company's investors, with revenues in established markets falling and subscribers drifting away despite the firm's 4G investments. The British mobe operator's service revenues fell in Europe by 9.6 per cent and was only partially offset by gains in India and Turkey. The group …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Feb 2014
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Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility

The Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA) yesterday released “independent research” claiming that “Australia has the lowest average price in the world when looking at new release high definition digital video on demand films”. The news arrived in a breathless press release in which AHEDA “announced that …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2014
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Vodafone, can you get a signal at the top of your $130bn Verizon cash pile?

Verizon will buy out its UK partner Vodafone from their US joint-venture Verizon Wireless for $130bn, as expected. But rather than pocketing or spending the cash after years of negotiations, Voda will hand most of it over to its shareholders and nothing at all to the UK taxman. The deal - one of the biggest in corporate history …
Bill Ray, 03 Sep 2013
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IBM job cuts: Big Blue starts 'slaughter' of Indian and European workforce

IBM has begun slicing away at its workforce in India and Europe, as the company tries to shift its business to more lucrative, higher-margin technologies. The job cuts were confirmed by a representative for the IBM Union Alliance to The Register by email on Wednesday after a report was published describing a mass layoff in India …
Jack Clark, 12 Feb 2014
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Euro recession over as sales rebound for mega distie Ingram Micro

Economic recovery on both sides of the Atlantic – and to a lesser extent sales of Apple's iPhone in certain countries across Europe – helped Ingram Micro offset declines in its mobility and Asia Pacific wings… but only just. First calendar quarter revenues at the world's bulkiest tech distie went up one per cent year-on-year to …
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2014

Windows Phone: Just as well Microsoft bought an Android maker, RIGHT?

If you believe those who are less than impressed by "Nokiadroid" offerings, Nokia's Android phones are an embarrassment for their new owner. Jokers have quipped that whenever Microsoft's Windows Phone chief Joe Belfiore is asked about it, he reacts like a teenager whose divorced dad has been seen dating a young stripper. But …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Apr 2014

Something's phishy: More holiday scam spam flung at real hotel customers

Multiple customers at several hotels are getting hit up with a sophisticated phishing scam based on real hotel bookings. The latter all share the common factor of being made through Booking.com. Last week we reported how the wife of a Reg reader received a scam email after booking a family holiday in a hotel in Mallorca, Spain …
John Leyden, 18 Aug 2014
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Swisscom chief dead in apparent suicide

Swisscom has appointed an interim CEO, after announcing that 49-year-old Carsten Schloter was found dead in his flat in Fribourg on July 23. While a police investigation is ongoing, police has describing his death as “an apparent suicide”, according to Reuters. Urs Schaeppi has been appointed interim CEO. Prior to joining …
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HMRC nabs 5 after £500k 'cyber attack' on tax systems

Computer systems operated by the UK's tax authority have been subjected to a cyber attack in an attempted tax scam, it has said. HMRC said that it suspects five men it arrested of using "illegally obtained personal data from third parties" to set up fake tax self-assessment accounts online in a bid to "steal large sums of false …
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Aug 2013
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Vodafone: SPOOKS are plugged DIRECTLY into our network

Vodafone has published a report detailing how cops, g-men and spies around the world tap into its systems – in some cases, directly hooking into phone networks without a warrant. The dossier covers the 29 countries in which the mobile telco operates, including joint-ventures in Australia, Kenya and Fiji. The document [PDF] …
Simon Rockman, 06 Jun 2014
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Global tax data exchange plan floated to recoup cash

The world's getting serious about multinational tax avoidance, with with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) today delivering a report (PDF) titled “A step change in tax transparency: Delivering a standardised,secure and cost effective model of bilateral automatic exchange for the multilateral …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2013