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Ouch! Microsoft sues recycling firm over 70K stolen Office licenses

They were supposed to be destroyed, but up to 10 workers at an Arizona computer recycling firm instead sold 70,000 copies of Office 2010 on the black market. Now Microsoft is suing their employer, Global Electronics Recycling, for restitution in full. In a lawsuit, filed last week in the U.S. District Court of Western …
Drew Cullen, 21 Sep 2015

Received surprise new Redmond licenses? You might be pwned

Black hats are flinging supposedly free licenses at enterprises in a bid to get malware on corporate networks, security bod Martin Nystrom says. They wrote malware that was slightly neurotic in its bid to evade detection and would make use of the Tor network to receive stolen data. The Cisco threat defence man said realistic …
Darren Pauli, 10 Feb 2015
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AT&T fires insider for slurping customers' social security numbers, driver licenses and more

AT&T has warned subscribers that a rogue staffer rifled through the telco's customer database without authorization. The telecoms giant said one of its workers pulled up sensitive information – including social security numbers – and was duly fired for breaking the corp's privacy rules. According to a letter [PDF] to customers …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Oct 2014
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Licenses blocking third-party emergency warnings

Last weekend, a fire-storm in the Perth Hills destroyed 55 homes, and today, Victoria is facing fire conditions close to those experienced on “Black Saturday” in 2009 (having already suffered power cuts in the heatwave). In such conditions, emergency services do their best to distribute warning information via their Websites and …

Rockstar swells Spherix patent portfolio with 100 new licenses

The voice and data industries could find themselves fielding a new bunch of sue-balls, with patent management outfit Rockstar putting more than 100 patents in the hands of Spherix. Readers will remember that Rockstar was backed by Apple, BlackBerry, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony to scoop up a bunch of patents that came onto …
Cabinet Office sign. Pic: Sgt Tom Robinson RLC/Crown copyright issues internal 'ditch Oracle NOW' edict to end pricey addiction

Exclusive Whitehall bean counters have ordered government departments to find fresh ways to end their reliance on Oracle. The Cabinet Office is understood to have formally contacted central agencies within the last month and asked them to look for ways to “get rid of Oracle". No. 10 is believed to be concerned about the amount civil …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Aug 2015
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Telstra's rivals eye point-to-point frequencies for country mobile

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is proposing a spectrum reallocation to give mobile carriers access to 1800 MHz spectrum in regional areas, extending the footprint of 4G networks. However, Telstra isn't entirely pleased at the prospect. Currently, it's one of the largest users of the 1800 MHz band, …

Microsoft runs price-hike Lite promo for Open Value licenses

Microsoft distributor Westcoast is trying to "ease the pain" for customers facing a price hike on Open Value Volume (OVV) licenses by pushing out a three-month promo. Starting 1 July, Redmond realigned prices across the EU to the single currency and as such UK firms will cough between 1.7 per cent and 25.9 per cent more for …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jul 2012
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ESET slurps up UK-based crypto firm DESlock+

Security firm ESET has snapped up UK-based data encryption firm DESlock+. Terms of the deal, announced on Tuesday, were not disclosed. DESlock+, based in Taunton, UK, specialises in advanced encryption solutions and first partnered with ESET two years ago. The DESlock+ team of 12 employees was led by managing director David …
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2015

Mobile 4G spectrum investors actually spent $12.4m on walkie-talkie frequencies – US SEC

Americans were duped into buying duff radio frequencies for $12.4m that they had hoped to sell to cellphone networks for double-digit returns, a US financial watchdog has claimed. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has accused [PDF] Arizona-based Janus Spectrum of tricking investors into thinking they were acquiring …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Apr 2015
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Cops baffled by 'canal corpse' that turned out to be COCONUTS

Manchester coppers were baffled to discover that reports of a dead body in a canal were in fact someone's unwanted coconuts. Officers in Trafford were called after a walker pulled what he believed to be a bag full of animal bones from the Bridgewater Canal, near Longford Wharf on Stephenson Road in Stretford. The man noticed …
Kat Hall, 21 Jul 2015
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Uber pulls up to the bumper, plonks Jeep hackers into driving seat

Uber has hired two security researchers as it shifts gears on its biz strategy with plans to develop driver-free cars. The cab app outfit has poached Twitter's Charlie Miller and IOActive's Chris Valasek. Those names may sound familiar to readers. That's because they're the chaps who recently demonstrated just how easy it was …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Aug 2015
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Herbie goes to a hackathon: Mueller promises cheatware fix

Volkswagen is going to spend up big getting rid of its troublesome cheatware, the company has announced. Reuters reckons auto industry analysts reckon the fix could cost as much as US$6.5 billion. At less than $600 for each of the 11 million affected vehicles, that's a snip, and should get engineers somewhere a bonus (but …
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Intel, Nokia, Ericsson square off against Chinese IoT threat

US and European vendors have linked arms in an effort to set low-bandwidth mobile communications standards. Intel, Ericsson and Nokia have thrown their weight behind a standard proposal called Narrow-Band LTE (NB-LTE) to support the comms requirements of Internet of Things devices. If adopted – there's a vote on narrowband …
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Telstra helped scupper new competition laws: report

A change to competition laws that would have given small businesses a lever against the big end of town has been scuppered, with Australia's largest carrier among the successful lobbyists. The Harper Review had recommended a small-but-significant change to how the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission tests the use of …
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Desperate Microsoft PAYS Win Server 2003 laggards to jump ship

Exclusive Microsoft is paying customers to dump Windows Server 2003, The Register has learned. The software giant is so desperate for the thousands who missed its July 14 extended support cut-off date to get off the legacy server operating system, it’s decided to start eating the costs. Microsoft is giving away Windows Server 2012 …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jul 2015

Free software fans land crucial punch in Ubuntu row – but it's not over

Canonical has updated the intellectual property rights policy for Ubuntu Linux to address a brouhaha over how the software is licensed, but free software advocates still aren't satisfied. The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) have been bickering with Canonical since 2013 over concerns …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jul 2015

JetBrains refuses to U-turn on subscriptions (but sweetens the deal)

Developer tools company JetBrains displeased many of its customers when it announced a move to subscription-only licensing from later this year. "We sincerely apologize for this," says co-CEO Maxim Shafirov, while also insisting that the company is "moving forward with subscription." The scheme, which allows for individual …
Tim Anderson, 18 Sep 2015
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Oz telco security laws might miss 2015 deadline

Speculation is emerging that the changing of the guard in Canberra is going to delay the implementation of the government's much-criticised telecommunications security regime. The laws, which among other things require carriers to reveal their network security arrangements to the Attorney-General's Department and notify the …

Is Microsoft veteran Edward Hyde heading off to Commvault?

Microsoft veteran Edward Hyde is to leave the organisation after 20 years spent in the big slammer at the company, The Channel can reveal. Hyde joined as distribution account manager in 1995 and subsequently held senior sales positions covering the public sector and enterprise licensing partners customers. Most recently – …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2015

Microsoft licensing house Crayon buys into US tech market

European Microsoft licensing solutions partner Crayon Group is setting up shop in the US after subsuming Software Wholesale International. SWI is a volume licensing reseller and carries the Microsoft Gold Partner badge for software asset management and one for cloud services, so operates in the same areas as its new parent. …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jul 2015
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Hacker chancer looking for $500,000 after offering Clinton emails for auction

A hacker, claiming to be in possession of former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's secret emails, plans to auction them off, hoping to make at least $500,000 from the sale. The unnamed “computer specialist” told US-based entertainment publication RadarOnline that 32,000 emails from Clinton's private server are on offer …
John Leyden, 04 Sep 2015
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Dish, AT&T, Verizon's mobile broadband bids slash US debt by 0.13%

AT&T was the biggest spender in the auction for wireless broadband frequencies that closed yesterday – spending $18.2bn to get access to every corner of the US. Of the remaining $23.1bn spent by telcos, Dish Network was the unexpected second largest shopper with $13.3bn blown on spectrum licenses, followed by Verizon with $10. …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Jan 2015
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Drone deals DEATH – to deadly starfish

An Australian university is about to start deploying drones on a seek-and-destroy mission. The target? The Crown of Thorns Starfish, which is famously a serious danger to the country's Great Barrier Reef. The invading predator first emerged as a problem for the reef in the 1960s, and since then it's been blamed for coral cover …
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TPG glasses Vodafone with 4,000 km of new fibre

After Vocus and M2 Communications announced their merger deal, all eyes turned to troubled mobile operator Vodafone, with TPG mooted as the likely buyer. Those rumours will get even more legs, with the two companies announcing a services-for-subscriber swap that will implant TPG deep in the Vodafone network. The no-longer- …
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Dancing in the fluffy white stuff ain't helping SAP's bottom line

Rampant cloud growth struggled to offset falling profits for SAP, Europe’s largest software company, during the firm’s second quarter. Post-tax profits tumbled 16 per cent to 469m euro ($508.2m) while total revenue increased by a fifth, to 4.9bn euro ($5.3bn) for SAP’s three months to June 30, 2015. Earnings per share fell 16 …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jul 2015
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Oz opposition spraying perfume on metadata dead cat

The Australian Labor Party, which first conceived what ultimately became Australia's telecommunications data retention legislation and then, from opposition, waved the laws through, is having second third forth thoughts a pang of regret. Not that the opposition wants to overturn anything – nor could it, unless and until it …
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Oracle scoops staff from failed OpenStack startup

Oracle's senior veep for cloud Peter Magnusson says the company has hired about 40 engineers from failed OpenStack startup Nebula. Nebula put itself out of its misery in early April, citing an immature market as inimical to its future operations. Magnusson told re/code Oracle's scooped about 90 per cent of Nebula's engineers. …
Simon Sharwood, 08 May 2015
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It's all Uber! France ends its love affair with ride-sharing app

Ride-sharing app Uber announced on Friday that it was ditching its French service. Following a week of increasingly violent clashes with traditional taxi drivers, the San Francisco-based company announced that its popular Uberpop service would be suspended from 8pm tonight and would no longer appear on users’ app lists. “In …
Jennifer Baker, 03 Jul 2015
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Windows admin added to Puppet Enterprise

Puppet Labs has noticed the deep, dark secret of enterprise IT: that there's still lots of Microsoft Windows out there that could do with a bit of automation. The company has announced a couple of new members of its "Puppet Supported" module collection, one to draw DSC (Desired State Configuration) into the orbit of Puppet …
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VMware blasts bad backup bug in ESXi 6.0

VMware has issued a patch for a “severe” problem in ESXi 6.0. How severe? Plenty severe: VMs might not backup or power on if you “upgrade to or install ESXi 6.0.x. Other symptoms include an inability to expand the size of a virtual disk or to take “virtual machine quiesced snapshots.” To implement the patch you'll need to …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2015
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Linux 4.2 release 'possible' for next week, if Linus feels good

The world may be on the threshold of another Linux Kernel release. Or it might not. Whether or not Linux 4.2 emerges next week depends on how Linus Torvalds feels next Sunday. On Sunday evening, US time, the Linux Lord gave release candidate 7 the thumbs' up and let it be known he'd quite like it to be the last such release …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2015
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AT&T accused of Wi-Fi interception, ad injection

AT&T has been accused of grabbing user traffic from its Wi-Fi hotspots for ad injection. The news comes from Stanford lawyer and computer scientist Jonathan Mayer, whose previous work includes uncovering a browser history bug in 2011, and the use of Verizon zombie cookies by third parties. In Webpolicy, Mayer writes that …
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Files on Seagate wireless disks can be poisoned, purloined – thanks to hidden login has reported Seagate wireless hard drives include “undocumented Telnet services” accessible with a hard-coded password. This allows “unrestricted file download capability to anonymous attackers with wireless access to the device.” And another flaw makes it possible to upload anything into the devices' default file- …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Sep 2015
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Australian government mulls secret terror court proposals

The Australian government is taste-testing new anti-terrorism proposals to give police access to information gathered by its spook agencies. Dropped to the Murdoch press over the weekend, the idea is to create secret courts to look at information from the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and other security …
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Forget Big Data hype, says Gartner as it cans its hype cycle

Analyst outfit Gartner has decided that Big Data hype is so last year and canned its hype cycle for Big Data. In new research titled “The Demise of Big Data, Its Lessons and the State of Things to Come” the firm says “we did it to move the big data discussion past hype and into practice” and also because “Hype Cycles consider …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2015
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Host privilege escalation vuln bites VMware in the desktop

VMware's security SNAFU email list has delivered news of a new issue in VMware Workstation, Player and Horizon View Client. The missive says “VMware Workstation, Player and Horizon View Client for Windows do not set a discretionary access control list (DACL) for one of their processes. This may allow a local attacker to …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jul 2015
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China hacks 'everything that doesn't move' says Hilary Clinton

Former US secretary of state and now presidential candidate Hilary Clinton has accused China of aggressive, state-sponsored hacking aimed at stealing both state and trade secrets. In widely-reported remarks made at a campaign event in New Hampshire, Clinton said China is “ ... trying to hack into everything that doesn't move …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Jul 2015
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Lessig to NZ court: Dotcom charges would fail in the US

Harvard professor, Creative Commons father, and US presidential hopeful Lawrence Lessig has adopted Kim Dotcom as a cause. He's filed an affidavit (picked up by New Zealand's National Business Review) with the District Court at North Shore, Auckland, in which he says the Megaupload founder and deluded self-proclaimed pop star …

Google and Microsoft, sitting in a tree,

Google has announced that Microsoft users can now deploy their licenses in its cloud. The announcement means Windows Server, SQL Server, Exchange, SharePoint and other Microsoftery can now happily run in Google's cloud without the need for extra licenses. The news brings Google to parity with Amazon Web Services, so this isn't …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Dec 2014
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SpaceX asks to test broadband in SPAAACE

Elon Musk's SpaceX has filed its long-anticipated application to test a satellite-based broadband service with the Federal Communications Commission. The filing requests permission to beam signals down to “three broadband array test ground stations” on the US West Coast. Elon's satellites won't suffer the unbearable delays …
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Chinese fraudsters hitch a ride on Uber accounts

Uber accounts of US-based customers are apparently being fraudulently abused in China. Kirby Bittner was one of a number of users to complain to Uber late last month about fraudulent fares in China. She, along with others, blamed account hacking. Uber reportedly told SC Magazine that weak passwords or password reuse were to …
John Leyden, 01 Oct 2015
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Linus Torvalds asks kernel devs to take a break so he can too

In May, Linux overlord Linus Torvalds warned that his holiday might delay the release of Linux 4.1. That scenario's now come to pass, with the benevolent dictator of the penguin palace posting that he's off on his vacation. “So I'm on vacation, but time doesn't stop for that, and it's Sunday, so time for a hopefully final rc,” …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jun 2015
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Microsoft turns the power of FINE PRINT onto enterprise licensing

New wording in Microsoft’s enterprise licensing agreements could see customers forced to pay more to Redmond while simultaneously jumping through new licensing hoops. Microsoft has re-worked the fine print of the Enterprise Agreement (EA) in a way that confers greater power on its licensing agents to interpret the rules. It has …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jan 2015
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Windows 10 climbs to 3.55 per cent market share, Win 8.1 dips

Windows 10 looks to be doing alright, according to measurements taken by StatCounter. We usually consider desktop OS market share data from StatCounter and Netmarketshare in the first week of each month, but the former analyst also offers weekly data. With the debut of Windows 10 just 11 days behind us, a look at weekly data …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Aug 2015
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Grooveshark cofounder Josh Greenberg dead at 28

One of the cofounders of music-sharing site Grooveshark has died. The Gainesville Sun newspaper reports that the body of Josh Greenberg was found in his bed Sunday by his girlfriend. The cause of death has not yet been determined, though the report says drug use and foul play are not believed to be involved. Greenberg was 28 …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2015

Sony phone chief vows to keep losing money forever and ever

Sony's phone boss has vowed to stay in the mobile business until the heat death of the universe – despite losses that have dragged the rest of the Japanese giant down. Sony handsets lost almost ¥200bn ($1.63bn, £1bn) last year, while almost all of the rest of Sony made money. Nevertheless, Sony Mobile's latest president, …
Team Register, 07 Jul 2015
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Azure Australia went TITSUP for about seven hours

Update Microsoft's Azure service is experiencing TITSUP - Total Inability To Support Usual Performance - for some Australian users. The company's status page says “Starting at approximately 01:03 UTC [11:03 AM, Sydney] on 3 July, 2015 customers with Azure services hosted in Australia East may experience inability to connect to their …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Jul 2015
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China's 4G licenses still years away

It might have close to one billion mobile subscribers but China’s 4G network infrastructure won’t be ready for another two or three years, according to a government official. Ministry of Industry and Information Technology chief Miao Wei, told local TV last week that the government wanted to double the number of 4G base stations …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Mar 2012
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Pakistan wants to copy GCHQ and eavesdrop on world+dog's comms

Pakistan's intelligence agencies want to snoop on all communications crossing its borders. Documents published by Privacy International (PI) on Wednesday (PDF) show Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency proposed a programme to monitor all international IP traffic coming into and out of the country, encompassing …
Jennifer Baker, 22 Jul 2015