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London businesses to signal UNSWERVING LOYALTY to capital with .london domain

Thousands of Blighty businesses have apparently expressed an interest in getting their mitts on .london domains after ICANN gave the new domain name the go-ahead. Companies that want to ensure you know they're in London, or perhaps want to go for regionally translated dialects on their websites, will be able to apply for the …

London calling: Date set for launch of capital's very own domain name

You'll never Adam and Eve how many people are apparently set to buy a new .london domain name. According to a YouGov survey, more than 200,000 small businesses are preparing to pin their web address to the capital when the new domain launches on 29 April. The date of the launch was finalised today, prompting a flurry of quotes …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Feb 2014
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IT executive at JP Morgan dies in fall from bank's London HQ

A man who died in a fall from JP Morgan's headquarters in London yesterday has been named as Gabriel Magee, a senior IT programmer at the firm. The 39-year-old American had worked for the investment bank for ten years in both New York and London and was vice president in CIB Technology at the time of his death. "We are deeply …
Team Register, 29 Jan 2014

Live in London: Roll up for the AWS Enterprise Summit 2014

On Tuesday 29 April, Amazon Web Services will be at London’s ExCel Centre, where it will host the 2014 Enterprise Summit. The free one-day event conference is aimed senior technical leaders working at enterprise organisations who are playing in the cloud or want to play in the cloud. AWS has assembled a heavyweight line-up of …
David Gordon, 14 Apr 2014
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London: Hey Amazon, wanna slip your speedy packages down our tubes?

Transport for London (TfL) is apparently talking to Amazon about moving into the soon-to-be-vacated ticket offices on the London Underground and turning them into drop boxes for its goods. The giant etailer is just one of a few names that have been mentioned in conjunction with the ticket offices, whose closure was only …
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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

The European Commission has decided Munich, not London, is Europe's top technology hub. The judgement is delivered in a new Atlas of ICT Activity in Europe released this week. The Atlas rates Europe's “ICT Poles of Excellence”using an “empirical framework” that considers over 40 factors to measure the following: R&D activities …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2014
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TECH WAR: Brummies say firms 'lose out' in London's Tech City

The business bods of Birmingham have commissioned a survey designed to tempt startups away from the British capital's Silicon Roundabout scene. A group called Business Birmingham commissioned a survey whose questions highlighted the high costs of doing business in London, likely hoping attracting talent away from from the …
Jasper Hamill, 25 Oct 2013
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London plod plonks, er, pull request on EasyDNS

Hosting outfit EasyDNS has gone public with a takedown request issued not by a court, but from the City of London Police. The domain being targeted by the plods is Torrentpond.com, which is registered in Singapore and whose address, 91.213.8.186, is in a block belonging to Hosting Solutions in the Commonwealth of Dominica. …
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Got 4G? Wake up, grandad. We're doing 4.5G LTE-A in London - EE chief

Olaf Swantee, the CEO of EE, says that his network is planning a scorching 300Mb/s upgrade to its London coverage using the LTE-A (LTE-Advanced) specification. This will roll out in South London first and then to cover the whole of the area within the M25. While Swantee claims that this will make London the place with the …
Simon Rockman, 05 Mar 2014

15,000 London coppers to receive new crime-fighting tool: an iPad

London's Metropolitan Police are about to be equipped with a new crime-fighting tool: Apple's iPad mini. "We want the officers out there fighting crime on the streets rather than sitting in a police station tapping on a keyboard, not solving anything," the force's head flack Richard Thwaite told the Financial Times (registration …
Rik Myslewski, 07 Feb 2014
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Boris Johnson floats idea of 'London visa' to attract tech talent

London's tousle-haired ultra-blond mayor, Boris Johnson, has called for the creation of a special "London visa" to tempt the world's tech and fashion superstars to the capital. The London Mayor's office has submitted an application to be given an allocation of 100 of the "exceptional talent" visas that the Home Office hands out …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Sep 2013
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'Liberator' 3D printed gun enters London's V&A Museum

The Liberator, the 3D printed pistol that debuted earlier this year and quickly earned a ban from The US State Department and The Reg's scorn, has found its way into London's prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum. The V&A, as the museum is affectionately known, specialises in decorative arts and design. The Liberator falls into …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2013
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London's Tech City welcomes first Chinese tenant

London’s Tech City hub has welcomed its first company from mainland Chinese to Silicon Roundabout, with the news that gaming biz Rekoo is setting up its European HQ there. Rekoo, which was founded in 2008, describes itself as Asia’s “largest social games developer” and outside of its Beijing headquarters already boasts offices …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Oct 2013
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Sketchy Soho denizens get mitts on London superheroes

Vendors are always keen to find appealing ways to attract attention to their products, hosting events that more often than not turn out to be cringingly cheesy. Yet as part of HP’s workstation campaign, drawing upon the talent of Soho’s finest animators to collaborate on a short film project, seems to have hit the right note. To …
Bob Dormon, 18 Oct 2013

City of London cops ARREST 6 suspected to be MICROSOFT COUNTERFEIT RING

The cops have cuffed six people from Barton-upon-Humber and the surrounding area on suspicion of flogging counterfeit Microsoft gear online, the City of London (CoL) police has confirmed. The arrests which took place last Thursday (21 November) were all part of the national Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit investigation …
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2013
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Straight to 8: London's Met Police hatches Win XP escape plan

The Metropolitan Police are bypassing Windows 7 and going straight to Windows 8 as they ditch Windows XP from nearly 40,000 PCs. But the force will not have finished the move before April’s end-of-support deadline from Microsoft. Rather, the Met has agreed a custom support agreement with Microsoft to keep Windows XP machines …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2014
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Fujitsu: Sayonara, London Stock Exchange... You're not worth the money

Japanese giant Fujitsu is to yank its shares from the London Stock Exchange in a move that will help it cuts costs and which recognises the shifting sands in global financial markets. The application to delist common stock and European Depository Receipts* from the Official List of the UK Listing Authority**, as well to cancel …
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2013

London schoolboy cuffed for BIGGEST DDOS ATTACK IN HISTORY

A British police investigation into the massive DDoS attack against internet watchdog Spamhaus has led to the arrest of a 16-year-old London schoolboy who, it is claimed, is part of an international gang of cyber-crooks. "The suspect was found with his computer systems open and logged on to various virtual systems and forums," …
Iain Thomson, 27 Sep 2013

In London on 25 Sept? Join us in the pub: It's time for storagebeers

So as the evenings draw in, what could be nicer than a decent pint of beer with great company? Well, this isn’t that. It’s a #storagebeers to be held in London on 25 September. There’s a few storage events around this date and we thought that it would be an ideal opportunity to bring the storage community together. So if you …
StorageBod, 12 Sep 2013
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London Mayor shows off GIANT BLUE COCK in busy square

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has unzipped the flies on the latest work of art to be commissioned for Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth: a giant blue cock that proudly stands at 4.72 metres high. The unkempt, shock-headed Tory couldn't resist a bit of willy-waving in the direction of Prime Minister David Cameron either, by sagely …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jul 2013

Samsung to spend ENTIRE budget of London 2012 OLYMPICS... on ADS

Samsung is preparing to embark upon a mammoth advertising campaign which will see it spend a whopping $14bn (£8.57bn) this year. To put that into perspective, that is roughly the amount it cost the UK to stage the entire London Olympics in 2012 – including stadiums, venues, infrastructure and the cash it handed to G4S. The …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Nov 2013
The Register breaking news

This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

In a final squeeze of Olympics juice from London's triumphant summer of sport last year, British Telecom has released a world record-breaking panoramic photo of the city taken from the top of the BT Tower. A 360 panorama of London taken from the BT Tower Click to view the map The 320 gigapixel snap is made up of 48,640 …

London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on

Cleaners working on the London Underground will resort to industrial action this week in protest against the introduction of a controversial biometric clocking-in system. Starting at just after midnight on Thursday morning, "up to 300 cleaners" will join in the action by refusing to scan their fingerprints every time they clock …
Jasper Hamill, 16 Sep 2013

Cyber-terrorists? Pah! Superhero protesters were a bigger threat to London Olympics

Protests from groups such as Fathers4Justice were more of a worry to London 2012 Olympic Games organisers than computer hackers, according to the former chairman of London 2012, Lord Sebastian Coe. He said procedures put in place before the Games to guard its IT systems – including Wi-Fi networks in stadiums as well as the main …
John Leyden, 04 Nov 2013
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Mobe-slurping Wi-Fi SPY BINS banned from London's streets

Electronic BINS in the heart of London must stop tracking hundreds of thousands of passing smartphones, officials have demanded. A dozen or so high-tech rubbish cans - which display adverts and information on built-in flat-screens and are dotted around the capital's financial district's pavements - were set up to collect data …
Jasper Hamill, 12 Aug 2013

London's King of Clamps shuts down numberplate camera site

The inventor of the much-hated London wheel clamp has shut down a website which advertised a automatic numberplate recognition system which he'd claimed was capable of spotting tax dodgers, disabled people and terrorists. Trevor Whitehouse voluntarily closed the site ANPRinabox.com after parking activists filed a complaint with …
Jasper Hamill, 04 Feb 2014

Anonymous hacktivists' Million Mask March protest hits London

London cops made 11 arrests last night as thousands of supporters of the hacktivist group Anonymous led protests outside Buckingham Palace. The Register had a vulture on the ground, watching as the group of about 1,000 masked “Anons” marched from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square, before bursting through a police cordon and …
Jasper Hamill, 06 Nov 2013

EE still has fastest, fattest 4G pipe in London's M25 ring

RootMetrics has compiled a map of 4G deployments in London which includes a whopping 11,000 crowd-sourced data points and concludes that within the M25*, EE still has the fastest, and broadest, network in town. That shouldn't be very surprising as EE started a year earlier than its competitors, utilising the excess of radio …
Bill Ray, 23 Sep 2013
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London Olympics site to become digital mega-hub

Flamboyant London mayor Boris Johnson has formally inked a deal which will see the enormous press centre built for the 2012 Olympics turned into a "colossal super hangar" crammed with thousands of "digital and creative" workers who won't have needed to be "brilliant at school". The London Legacy Development Corporation and iCity …
Jasper Hamill, 16 May 2013
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Virgin on London Underground Wi-Fi: O2's company, Three's a crowd

Mobile network O2 has become the latest to offer its customers access to free wi-fi on London's Tube platforms. It joins EE, Vodafone and Virgin Media in offering internet access on the Underground, leaving Three customers as the only mobe users who can't connect while commuting. However, Virgin hasn't managed to conquer the …
Jasper Hamill, 09 Apr 2013

MYSTERY of 19th-century DEAD WALRUS found in London graveyard

The finest specialists in British archaeology have confessed themselves baffled by the mysterious case of the dead 19th-century Pacific walrus found buried in a London graveyard. The remains of the deceased, 12-foot-long pinniped - which may have weighed as much as two tons when alive - were discovered in a coffin interred in a …
Lewis Page, 24 Jul 2013

Anonymous claims Parliament Wi-Fi hack during London protest

Anonymous hacktivists have claimed they used laptops to launch cyber attacks against the British government whilst attending a protest in Parliament Square last week, The Register has learned. The group claimed that over 1,000 masked protesters had gathered in the centre of London last week as part of a worldwide event called …
Jasper Hamill, 12 Nov 2013
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Canadian operator EasyDNS stands firm against London cops

EasyDNS was the just the first of a number of global DNS operators who will be invited by a London IP crime unit to make one of their customer's domains, er, disappear. But the Canadian operator is standing firm. The City Police's new Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) is issuing takedown requests, not orders. It can ask …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Oct 2013

Forget ANGELINA JOLIE, Xbox One struts red carpet in London's Leicester Square

London's Leicester Square has been rebranded as "Xbox One Square" ahead of the release of Microsoft's next generation games console. From 7pm tonight, the beating heart of London's glitzy West End will host an event with little of the red carpet glamour it is normally associated with. On the streets where red carpets welcome …
Jasper Hamill, 21 Nov 2013

iPad Air not very hot: Apple fanbois SHUN London fondleslab launch

Apple's new iPad Air has fallen to earth with a thud following a dismal launch day in London. The new fondleslab went on sale today and was met with unimpressive crowds which had entirely dissipated by the early morning. Normally, huge throngs of fanbois descend on Apple stores at the merest hint of a new product launch, but …
Jasper Hamill, 01 Nov 2013
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Company which built O2's London 4G in administration

Cellular Systems, the company which built O2's 4G network in London and which was apparently a cornerstone of Cornerstone - the Vodafone/O2 shared-infrastructure project - has gone into administration. Cellular Systems built the 4G trial network 18 months ago, so that O2 could test LTE transmissions at 2.6GHz before the spectrum …
Bill Ray, 01 Jul 2013

REVEALED: Google's GINORMOUS £650m London Choc Factory

What would you do if you had a golden ticket that helped you avoid having to cough a big wodge of tax cash? Well, if you were Google, you'd build a hulking great glass monstrosity as wide as The Shard is tall, smack bang in the middle of London. The advertising giant has filed plans for a new £650m, 330m-long UK Chocolate …
Jasper Hamill, 01 Jul 2013
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London Boroughs join forces in mighty £1bn IT procurement framework

A collective of London borough councils are pulling together their purchasing power in a mega IT products and services framework worth up to £1.1bn over four years. An invitation to tender was sent to prospective suppliers late last week covering three lots - distributed computing, service desk and data centre services. …
Paul Kunert, 08 Apr 2013
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Phone-hack saga: Police cuff man in southwest London

Scotland Yard officers cuffed a 46-year-old man this morning in connection with its investigation into alleged phone-hacking offences at Rupert Murdoch-owned News International. The unnamed suspect was arrested at his home on Wednesday at an address in southwest London. He was manacled on suspicion of perverting the course of …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Dec 2012
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Google sinks millions into plush new £1bn London HQ

Google's new digs in Blighty's capital - as widely expected - are being built in Kings Cross, London, the company has confirmed. The world's biggest ad broker is reportedly sinking £650m into its new home. The company's UK headquarters are currently in Victoria, but the lease for that building runs out in 2016. It's been …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jan 2013
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The Colosseum, Hagia Sophia, Tower of London... and, er, Steve Jobs' GARAGE

The house where Steve Jobs built his first computers has been added to a list of historic buildings in Los Altos. The Los Altos Historical Commission voted unanimously to add the home at 2066 Crist Drive as a historic resources, since its hallowed garage was where Jobs made his first computers and co-founded Apple, the San Jose …
Team Register, 31 Oct 2013

Official crackdown on Apple fanboi 'shanty town' ahead of London iPhone launch

The British authorities have told two of Blighty's most passionate Apple fanbois to remove a "shanty town shack" they have constructed outside London's Regent Street Apple Store. Two diehard Apple nuts set up camp outside the fruity firm's UK flagship shop yesterday in hope of being the first to pick up the new iPhone 5S when it …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Sep 2013
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O2 floods London with free Wi-Fi

Undaunted by its recent network outage fall from grace, O2 is now offering Londoners free Wi-Fi access in several of capital's busiest areas including Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street. The network's efforts – as part of a deal with Westminster Council – have resulted in the launch of various free "reliable" …
Caleb Cox, 25 Jul 2012
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Bitcoin now accepted in London pub. In Hack-ney, of course

A pub in East London has become the first in Britain to accept Bitcoin in lieu of real money. The Pembury Tavern, in Hackney, is within easy reach of Shoreditch by fixed-speed bike and is a favourite haunt of the area's many varieties of hipster (as opposed to the area's equally numerous drug-dealing community, another group who …
Jasper Hamill, 25 Jun 2013
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London Underground platform Wi-Fi set to cost £2 daily for many

Virgin's underground Wi-Fi network, which stretches to platforms at 72 London Tube stations, will start charging from January: but customers on the right network will continue to get a free ride. EE and Vodafone have signed up to have Virgin connect their customers for free, with Virgin Media customers (broadband and/or mobile) …
Bill Ray, 22 Nov 2012
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Ofcom set to fatten up London's White Space TV spectrum

Next year Londoners will get access to 72MHz of unlicensed radio spectrum, all in the prime sub-1GHz band, as Ofcom prepares to open the TV airwaves to anyone with a database handy. Ofcom's new consultation on opening up White Space frequencies shows London as the biggest winner thanks to the presence of the Crystal Palace …
Bill Ray, 09 Sep 2013
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Latest scam spam ploy: Bogus pay-by-phone London parking receipts

Bogus "pay by phone parking receipts" doing the rounds by email and targeted at UK users are actually designed to spread malware, security watchers warn. The spam campaign is designed to trick recipients into viewing a fictitious list of parking transactions, contained in a malicious attachment. "Upon executing the malicious …
John Leyden, 28 Nov 2012

Wealthy London NIMBYs grit teeth, welcome 'ugly' fibre cabinets

BT has convinced residents of Kensington and Chelsea that they can live with "ugly" fibre optic cabling cabinets on their streets. The move comes after the Royal Borough rejected 96 of the installation proposals submitted by the national telco in May last year. Opposition to the cabinets has now collapsed, however, with the …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2013
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Chinese e-cars to turn London cabs green

Chinese car manufacturer BYD will help to make the streets of London just a little bit greener after signing a deal with the capital’s second largest minicab service to supply the city’s first fleet of electric taxis. Greentomatocars, which describe itself as “London’s second largest quality minicab service”, signed a Memorandum …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Oct 2012
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82 London Underground stations to get free Wi-Fi for the Olympics

Virgin Media has begun rolling out its wireless network to the London Underground with Oxford Circus, Stratford, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street and Leicester Square being among the first stations to offer a Wi-Fi service to commuters. The telco said that it planned to connect 82 stations on the Tube network by the end of July. …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jun 2012