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Asda server glitch leaves customers without online shopping

Asda customers were bereft of their weekend deliveries after a server glitch cancelled 15 per cent of online orders. The supermarket biz said the glitch was an "unforeseeable" incident which began on Saturday night affecting home deliveries and click-and-collect purchases. An Asda spokesperson said the issue has been resolved …
Kat Hall, 24 Oct 2016

AI lawyer: I know how you ruled next summer

RotM Artificial Intelligence can predict the outcomes of European Court of Human Rights trials to a high accuracy, according to research published today. The use of AI has is slowly seeping into many industries including the legal sector. AI can trawl through vast amounts of information at a faster rate than humans without slowing …
Katyanna Quach, 24 Oct 2016

Cabinet Office gears up to ink mega Oracle deal

The Cabinet Office is gearing up to ink another mega pan-government Oracle licensing deal, multiple sources have told The Register. One person close to the matter told us: "Government is supposed to be moving away from big monopolies by big companies, especially expensive ones that operate bully behaviour like Oracle. "Yet it …
Kat Hall, 24 Oct 2016
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Computacenter Q3 numbers lifted by weak British Pound

The weak British pound worked in Computacenter’s favour during its calendar Q3, as the conversion of Euros generated by ops in mainland Europe helped to lift group revenues and offset “softness” in the UK. The London-listed firm reported a two per cent year-on-year rise in turnover to £735m, more than £400m of which was …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2016
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Hack us and you're basically attacking America, says UK defence sec

Britain is splurging £265m on military cyber security – and that includes offensive capabilities, according to Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon. Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute yesterday, Sir Michael said the investment into the Cyber Vulnerability Investigations programme would “help us protect against …
Gareth Corfield, 21 Oct 2016
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Sky’s CEO drops MVNO bombshell at results conference

At the announcement of its results this week, Sky said that it was planning MVNO services based on the O2 network, which is run in the UK by Telefonica. Faultline has been forecasting a move by Sky into cellular for the past four years and is surprised that it has taken this long for the move to emerge. The core Sky news was …
Faultline, 21 Oct 2016
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AMD is a rounding error on Intel's spreadsheet and that sucks for us all

On Tuesday, Intel said it expects to bank in the final quarter of the year $15.7bn in sales, plus or minus $500m. That's a billion-dollar swing. Two days later, on Thursday, AMD proudly revealed that its entire revenue for the three months to September 24 was $1.3bn. Just over a billion dollars. AMD is little more than …
Chris Williams, 21 Oct 2016
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Two new dinosaurs walked from South America to Australia, via Antarctica

Australian paleo-boffins have revealed two new dinosaurs, Savannasaurus elliottorum and Diamantinasaurus matildae. As detailed in the Nature: Scientific Reports paper New Australian sauropods shed light on Cretaceous dinosaur palaeobiogeography, the dinos are remarkable because they are the first sauropods to be found in …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2016

Vodafone says it'll launch NB-IoT network in EU early next year

Vodafone has announced it will start rolling out its narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) focused network in four EU countries from the start of next year – and folk across industry are rolling their eyes. NB-IoT is a low-power network aimed at devices such as smart meters. Vodafone has said it is wheeling out the new tech …
Gareth Corfield, 20 Oct 2016
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Google lights toasty price war under S3's hot and cold data bits

Gobbling data via S3 is what helped make AWS what it is - the world’s single biggest provider of public cloud. Google, lagging AWS somewhat with GCP, today shook up the data storage options on its cloud coupled with an added price drop to help close that gap. Amazon claims to have reduced AWS prices 52 times since 2006 and …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Oct 2016
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Will rush for New Radio compromise 5G quality?

Analysis The US operators have ended their long love affair with sub-1 GHz spectrum, which was so important to their LTE coverage roll-outs, and are leading the world in harnessing high frequency bands to address the challenge of the expected capacity demands of the 5G era. While regulators and operators in some areas – many in Europe …
Wireless Watch, 20 Oct 2016

NCC stirs in 'lumpy' bits of Fox, produces sales gravy. But market still chokes

UK-based infosec outfit NCC Group has weathered a tricky summer period that involved some contract deferrals and cancellations while still managing to post a profit. Group revenues for the four month till the end of September increased £79.6m compared to £58.5m in the same June to September period last year. The increased …
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2016

DeepMind boffins are trying to help robots escape The Matrix and learn for themselves in the real world

Google DeepMind is trying to teach machines human-level motor control using progressive neural networks – so that the robots can learn new skills on-the-go in the real world. The idea is to build droids that can constantly learn and improve themselves, all by themselves, from their own surroundings rather than rely on lab- …
Katyanna Quach, 20 Oct 2016
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The Internet of Things is 'dangerous' but won't ride to the rescue

The Internet of Things is “dangerous”, according to some bloke trying to rebrand it as the “Internet of You” – and the government ain't going to pass new laws to sort it out. According to a press release, one Jim Hunter of Greenwave Communications quite rightly warned the Broadband World Forum this morning that putting …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Oct 2016
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Let's all go down the Strand (our data centre). Kings College London goes TITSUP*

King's College London has been borked over the last day or so due to a failure at its Strand data centre. The issue is impacting users across all of KCL's campus locations, and the university has announced that its IT Services team is continuing to work on the recovery of the data centre systems while HPE continues to work …

Brexit? No impact at all, chuckles reseller juggernaut

The storm clouds Softcat pointed to gathering over the industry in the months prior to the EU referendum didn’t rain on the firm’s parade after all, judging by financial results outlined to the City today. The mid-market reseller said in the spring that business confidence could be dented by political uncertainty, but as it …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2016
Communiqué from Ecuador on Julian assange

Ecuador admits it cut Assange's internet to stop WikiLeaks' US election 'interference'

Ecuador's Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Movilidad Humana – its foreign ministry – has admitted the nation cut off Julian Assange's internet access. The WikiLeaks boss has been holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London for the past four years to avoid being questioned in Sweden with potential extradition to America. On …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2016

Democralypse Now? US election first battle in new age of cyberwarfare

Hacking attempts against more than 10 US state election databases have increased fears about Russian efforts to disrupt or influence the 2016 presidential election. Cyberattacks against voting databases in Arizona, Illinois and at least eight other states have only heightened concerns in the wake of the hack and subsequent …
John Leyden, 18 Oct 2016
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NHS patients must be taught to share their data, says EU lobby group

Bemoaning the results of a survey showing that more than a third of people don't trust the NHS with their personal information, a new EU-funded lobby group has stressed the need for a “new culture of openness” in allowing patient data to be shared between studies. eTRIKS, which describes itself as “the result of a …

'State cuts' Assange internet

WikiLeaks claims its boss Julian Assange had his internet access cut off by an unnamed "state party" at his bolthole in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Julian Assange's internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party. We have activated the appropriate contingency plans. — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 17, 2016 …
Iain Thomson, 17 Oct 2016
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Linux Foundation whacks open JavaScript projects umbrella

A project fostering JavaScript’s panoply of projects has been established by the Linux Foundation. The JS Foundation will cultivate JavaScript application and server-side projects. The thinking is to create a centre that drives broad adoption and development of JavaScript technologies and that fosters collaboration. It should …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Oct 2016
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London cops strap on new body cams

The Metropolitan Police Service has on Monday begun to roll out the 22,000 body-worn video cameras its cops will be using to record their interactions with denizens of the British capital. Introducing the rollout, the Met's Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said: "Video captures events in a way that can't be represented on …
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Continuous Lifecycle 2017: Meet the committee...

If you’re still working up your proposals for our Continuous Lifecycle London conference next year, you might want to consider the calibre of tech pro who’ll be perusing your proposals. Whether you’re a prospective speaker, or attendee, you’ll be pleased to know we’ve got a mix of Continuous Lifecycle London veterans and some …
Team Register, 17 Oct 2016
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Mega-Misys IPO trimmed: Firm slashes expectations by £1bn

Misys, the British banking software business, has slashed the value of its initial public offering by £1bn. The London-based business is currently privately owned by Vista Equity Partners, which purchased Misys for £1.3bn back when it delisted in 2012, and has more than 4,600 employees on a global basis. It had first listed in …
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Japan's SoftBank teams up with... Saudi Arabia to launch $100bn London tech fund

SoftBank and Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund are preparing to launch a technology investment fund, to be based in London, which will invest as much as $100bn into the global tech sector. Tentatively dubbed the SoftBank Vision Fund, the investment vehicle will operate over the next five years and will be seeded with $25bn …

Exertis gets claws in Hammer for undisclosed sum

DCC Technology today confirmed its subsidiary, Exertis, has gobbled specialist storage and lesser known server distie Hammer for an undisclosed sum, which should help ease recent top line pressures. Hammer trades with “almost” 1,000 reseller, system integrator and cloud service provider punters, selling infrastructure gear …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2016
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Google DeepMind 'learns' the London Underground map to find best route

Google's DeepMind has beefed up machine learning capability by coupling a neural network with external memory, using it to find the shortest path between stations on the London underground. Neural networks - a system modelled on how neurons are connected and work in the brain - are good at processing data but bad at taking on …
Katyanna Quach, 13 Oct 2016
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British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

Comment “If you believe you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere. You don’t understand what the very word ‘citizenship’ means." So British Prime Minister Theresa May told her party’s conference last week. Home secretary Amber Rudd laid out plans at the conference to make it harder for British employers to hire …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Oct 2016

New GCHQ unit: Psst, breached biz bods. We won't rat you out to the ICO

The new National Cyber Security Centre is pitching itself to CEOs as a friendly government organisation which won't get the regulators involved after data breaches. Those gathered this morning on the 18th floor of 125 London Wall heard one of the NCSC's deputy directors address CEOs on how they should lead their businesses' …

BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick

I cycle in London. It halves my journey time to the office and being nicer than sweating on the tube lets me substitute muscles for my Oyster. It also gives me a chance to think. One of the things I think about is how much I hate buses . They don’t mix with bikes. Having something which weighs twelve tonnes share road space …
Simon Rockman, 13 Oct 2016

Assange meeting delayed

Wikileaker-in-chief Julian Assange's date with Swedish prosecutors at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been holed up for years, has been delayed by a month so his lawyers can be present. Ecuador's attorney-general authorised the delay. The meeting was first scheduled for next Monday, October 17th. It will now …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2016

Google Pixel: Devices are a dangerous distraction from the new AI interface

Analysis There was a distinct whiff of the retro about Google’s launch of its Pixel smartphone. Exclusives with selected large mobile operators; yet another attempt to create a unified Android experience; even the clear focus on Apple as the primary competition – all these should be issues of the past. "Premium is a very important …
Wireless Watch, 12 Oct 2016

UK govt sucks at AI and robots, doesn't use them to its advantage – wait, is that good or bad?

The UK government does not have a clear strategy on how to maximise AI and robotics for economic benefit, according to the Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology. This conclusion was published today in a report by the committee, which earlier this year launched an inquiry into Blighty's take up of artificial …
Katyanna Quach, 12 Oct 2016
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No, software-as-a-service won't automatically simplify operations and cut costs

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is sold to line of business people as a way to get the applications they need, without all the hassle, time and expense required to have an IT department build and run an application. But while off-the-shelf SaaS can do an awful lot for a business, doing SaaS well needs ancillary tools that SaaS …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Oct 2016
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Today in stalking British AI startups: The Chinese are coming

British AI talent is about to be given a boost after Founders Factory, a company specialising in growing startups, announced today that it will receive a “multimillion pound” investment from a top Chinese private equity firm. CSC Group is one of China’s largest private equity firms, specialises in tech investment, and has …
Katyanna Quach, 10 Oct 2016

Confirmed: UK police forces own IMSI grabbers, but keeping schtum on use

Despite a nationally observed policy where they neither confirm nor denying using them, British police forces' widespread ownership of IMSI grabbers was confirmed today. An investigation by indie journalism outfit the Bristol Cable has has revealed that five forces, including Avon and Somerset Constabulary, have been …
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Disney aims for Netflix. If the deal was made, it would shoot itself in the foot

Analysis People that invest in Netflix and people that invest in Disney should never meet each other – they would not get on. But it seems there is a danger, according to the Wall Street Journal, that the two shall be thrown together in an unholy Alliance. While we can totally see the logic of such a deal, and how theoretically it …
Faultline, 10 Oct 2016

Command line coffee machine: Hacker shuns app so he can stay at the keyboard for longer

Zimperium researcher Simone Margaritelli has hacked his coffee machine finding a way to brew coffee using the command line. Margaritelli (@evilsocket) says he reverse engineered the app used to control the Smarter AM coffee machine. It means hackers can choose to ignore apps when they need a coffee and instead stumble over to …
Darren Pauli, 10 Oct 2016

Heads roll as Qihoo 360 moves to end WoSign, StartCom certificate row

After being pinged by Mozilla for issuing backdated SHA-1 certificates, Chinese certificate authority WoSign's owner has put the cleaners through the management of WoSign and StartCom. Mozilla put WoSign and StartCom on notice at the end of September. As part of its response, the company has posted around 200,000 certificates …
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Building IoT London: Still working on your pitch?

We’ve had a cracking response to our call for papers for Building IoT London so far, but we’ve also had a few begging letters saying people are still waiting for slides back from colleagues, or permissions from partners and the like. So, because you asked nicely, we’re going to keep the call for papers open for another week, …
Team Register, 07 Oct 2016

It's executive whack-a-mole at Big Data replicator WANdisco

Sacked WANdisco CEO Dave Richards is back in post just seven working days after being ousted; the chairman of the board has now resigned along with another director, and also Erik Miller, the recently-appointed CFO. On September 29 CEO Dave Richards was fired at a breakfast meeting by non-exec chairman Paul Walker at London’s …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2016

Invasion of the virus-addled lightbulbs (and other banana stories)

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Yikes, all I have to do is go away for a couple of weeks and all hell breaks loose. But at least it’s the right kind of hell: that is, the veritable technological hell that I’ve been predicting in these columns for years. First off as I sit back in my late-vacation sun lounger to read the news on my tablet is that the Krebs on …
Alistair Dabbs, 07 Oct 2016

London cops charge ATM malware hacker

London Police have continued to bag and tag criminals who installed malware in ATMs across the city, with the extradition of a Romanian man to the UK last week. Emanual Leahu was charged with conspiracy to defraud as part of a gang that stole some £1.5 million from ATMs across London in 2014. Gang members Grigore Paladi and …
Team Register, 07 Oct 2016
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Misys in £5.5bn IPO

Misys, the banking software firm, is returning to the London Stock Exchange four years after it was bought by a private equity firm. The company aims to raise £500m at a price valuing it at £5.5bn. Since delisting in 2012, Misys has restructured and merged with Turaz, the former risk management software division of Thomson …
Drew Cullen, 06 Oct 2016

My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

Hands-on "I thought it was supposed to talk and tell us when the battery was low," my wife said. In retrospect, that was the first sign that all was not well with the Nest Protect smoke and CO detector. One of the main reasons, in fact probably the reason that the $99 device is on the wall as opposed to one of the many smoke detectors …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Oct 2016
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Prime Minister May hints at shaking up Blighty's 'dysfunctional' rural broadband

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has suggested her government could intervene in failing markets, such as rural broadband. Speaking at the Tory conference in Birmingham today, she said: "Where markets are dysfunctional, we should be prepared to intervene." She added: "Where companies are exploiting the failures of the market in …
Kat Hall, 05 Oct 2016

BlackBerry: You can't just roll up and make one

Interview BlackBerry says it won’t license its brand and security hardened Android “to any Tom Dick and Harry” as it tries to maintain the value of its brand. The BlackBerry senior VP for sales for its Mobility division Alex Thurber - stopping to talk to El Reg as he sailed through London on his honeymoon - also told us BlackBerry had …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Oct 2016
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Moldovan Dridex millionaires to spend 12 years in jail

A pair of cybercriminals responsible for laundering millions of pounds stolen using a banking trojan have been sentenced to a combined total of 12 years in prison. Pavel Gincota, 32, and Ion Turcan, 35, are Moldovan nationals with Romanian citizenship. The duo made over £2.5m in criminal profits using the banking trojan Dridex …
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London best for 4G - who'd have thunk?

Data from Which? today reveals that London has the best 4G connectivity in Britain - but some of the worst average download speeds in Blighty. Folk in the capital are likely to get onto a network 70 per cent of the time, compared with 35 per for those in Wales, according to research in conjunction with Opensignal, which …
Kat Hall, 05 Oct 2016

Will 5G give Samsung a chance at global Radio Access Network glory?

Analysis Will 5G bring Samsung the network infrastructure success which has largely eluded it outside of its home country? Samsung was part of a group of network equipment vendors – also including NEC and Motorola – which missed out on the W-CDMA 3G market, except in a few niches. All these companies had plans to seize share back from …
Wireless Watch, 05 Oct 2016