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Cabinet Office signs MoU with Vertex

Customer management outsourcing company Vertex has become the latest to sign a memorandum of understanding on efficiencies with the Cabinet Office. It said it has done so as part of the Cabinet Office led supplier contract renegotiation programme to find new savings in IT business with central government. Most of the IT firms …
Kable, 21 Dec 2010

Intel in Taiwanese IoT tie-tup

Intel has attracted another name to its SDN and Internet of Things strategies, this time in Asia. According to reports out of Taiwan, Chipzilla has signed an agreement with Chunghwa Telecom extending their existing cloud computing partnership with IoT and SDN work. As CTimes reports, the two have signed an MOU to accelerate …
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Brit and Yank data watchdogs ink deal to share case info

Britain's Information Commissioner's Office has inked a memorandum of understanding with bods at the US Federal Trade Commission to strengthen ties on probing outrageous online privacy howlers that happen across borders. The deal will allow the two regulatory bodies to share information on specific cases. Information …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Mar 2014
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Australia, Indonesia, make peace in the cloud

Australia and Indonesia may be working their way through a nasty diplomatic spat over spying and asylum seekers, but the two nations' premier telcos Telstra and Telkom Indonesia have signed what they call “a non binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form a new joint venture to provide network services in South East Asia …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2014
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Ericssson-LG jumps on South Korean cloud to make 5G rain

Ericsson-LG – a joint venture company between the two communications giants – has jumped into bed with Korean telco SKT to build software to control 5G networks. Of course no one really knows what 5G is yet, but we do know that it will have to handle an awful lot of data and so the software will have to live on servers. This is …
Simon Rockman, 02 Sep 2014
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Capgemini signs MoU with Cabinet Office

A second major vendor has announced what it calls an "outstanding new agreement" with the government. Further to discussions with Cabinet Office minister and chair of the Efficiency and Reform Group Francis Maude about cost cutting, the company announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding. It said on 13 September …
Kable, 15 Sep 2010
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Whitehall signs MoU with Atos

Atos Origin has said it is the first IT company to sign a memorandum of understanding with the government following negotiations with Francis Maude. In a statement issued on 10 September 2010, the company said: "The agreement marks the start of a new single client approach to engagement with central UK government." In July …
Kable, 14 Sep 2010
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Ballmer pulls on furs for Russia's answer to Silicon Valley MoU

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer signed a memorandum of understanding in Russia today, to build a research and development centre – à la Silicon Valley – in a location outside of Moscow. Ballmer and oil and mining mogul Viktor Vekselberg, who is the head of the Skolkovo Fund, inked the memorandum this morning. "We are establishing …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Nov 2010
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Huawai teams with Aussie investors to launch APAC cable

Quest Telecom, the Hong Kong based subsidiary of Australian diversified investment outfit Quest Investments, has signed an MoU with Huawei Marine Networks to develop and launch integrated submarine optic cable systems throughout the Asia Pacific. The company has not dabbled in the costly deployment of submarine cables before, …

Blighty's schools shake on new 3-year deal with Microsoft

The Department for Education claims a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft will save schools £10m on licensing over the next three years, in part by "factoring freeware" into the deal. The agreement began 1 January and runs until the end of 2015 giving schools across the UK the option to buy Microsoft …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jan 2013
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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

Well, Tim Cook has cried "havoc" and let slip the SIM dogs of war. For several years Apple has sought to replace the hardware SIM card, and hand itself ultimate control over which mobile network the consumer can choose. With the latest iPads, it has finally implemented the strategy. Coming soon to a device near you It’s a …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Oct 2014

IT bloke inadvertently broadcasts smut on vast public screen

A Chinese techie who was supposed to be fixing a big screen overlooking a public square in Jilin instead accidentally broadcast 10 minutes of a Hong Kong grumble flick over the giant LED telly. According to the Beeb, Yuan Mou kicked back to admire Forbidden Legend: Sex and Chopsticks on his laptop, blissfully unaware it was …
Lester Haines, 04 Jul 2013

Taobao shoots pirates on Hollywood's orders

Digital piracy just got another kicking after China’s largest e-commerce marketplace Taobao struck a deal with the Motion Picture Association (MPA) designed to cut the number of copyright infringing goods sold on the site. Taobao is often described as the eBay of China, offering a C2C environment where small firms and …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Sep 2012

Vietnamese city drinks the smart city kool aid

The Vietnamese city of Danang today took a major step towards becoming the smartest and most technologically advanced city in the nation, with the launch of a comprehensive Information Technology and Communication Infrastructure System. The system includes a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN), city-wide Wi-Fi access capable of …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Aug 2013
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Feargal Sharkey on the ISP filesharer MoU

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between ISPs and the music business will lead to radically new "legal P2P" services, British Music Rights' Feargal Sharkey told us this morning. Licensing deals have already been signed, we reported recently. The agreement between the music business and six of the UK's biggest ISPs will see …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jul 2008

Chinese cops shutter PRC's biggest pirate movie site

The Chinese authorities’ ongoing efforts to crack down on piracy have claimed another big scalp after police shuttered the nation's largest online source of not-entirely-properly-sourced movies last Friday, cuffing eight execs along the way. Siluhd.com is said to have over 140 million members, who each pay 50 yuan (£5) every …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Apr 2013
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'Chinese Pirate Bay' taken down after appearance on US blacklist

One of China’s most prolific search engines for pirated content, Gougou, has closed down as the country continues to clean up its act when it comes to intellectual property rights. A search for Gougou.com reveals the following brief message in Chinese and English: Gougou.com has been closed down. Thank you all for your support …
Phil Muncaster, 07 Jan 2013
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Microsoft signs MOU with Siberia

Microsoft said yesterday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Siberian government which could see the software giant park its latest data centre on a remote, sub-arctic part of Russia*(see Reader Comment below). The city of Irkutsk has been pinpointed as a possible location for Microsoft's latest data- …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Nov 2007
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EC: New principles agreed for out-of-print book licensing

Libraries, publishers, authors and collecting societies have agreed principles that will shape future licensing agreements on digitising out-of-print books, the European Commission said. Out-of-print books are works that are copyright-protected but are either no longer being published or are not generally available to the public …
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Sep 2011
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BEA signs UK public sector MoU

The government's procurement agency, OGCbuying.solutions, has signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding with software company, BEA Systems. It says the deal could save £15m on public sector IT costs through discounts on software licenses, support and services from the middleware vendor. Hugh Barrett, chief executive of …
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Apr 2005
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Whitehall grants freetards safe haven until 2015

Just as the Bahamas and Panama provide a safe haven for tax evasion, the UK will provide a safe haven for copyright pirates … until at least 2015. The Ministry of Fun has confirmed that notification provisions - written warnings for downloading stuff illegally, in other words - in the 2010 Digital Economy Act will not be enacted …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Jun 2013
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CSC faces £1bn write-off over botched NHS IT project

CSC, one of the two remaining prime contractors to the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT), has told its shareholders that it might lose an amount in excess of its £943m investment in the project. The US firm and the government had been discussing amendments to its NPfIT work under a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which …
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UK agrees copyright cooperation with China

The UK and Chinese governments have agreed to coordinate policies and development of copyright law. The governments have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) pledging closer working on the issue. The document was signed on behalf of the UK's Intellectual Property Office by Baroness Wilcox, a minister at the Department for …
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Sep 2010
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Japan and Vietnam push on with rare earth mining plans

Fears the global technology supply chain could be throttled by China's interest emerged over the weekend after Japan and Vietnam announced the inauguration of a rare earth technology centre in Hanoi, as the two countries look to accelerate their mining plans. Rare earths are highly coveted by the technology industry where they …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Jun 2012

Big Content split on China's IP crackdown

The movie and software lobbyists don’t seem to be able to agree on whether to drop China’s biggest e-commerce marketplace site Taobao from the US government's list of "Notorious Markets" in which pirates and counterfeiters operate with impunity. Taobao, often referred to as the eBay of China, allows individuals and small …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Sep 2012

Microsoft claims £3.6m piracy scalp in China

Microsoft’s anti-piracy efforts in China chalked up a big win last week when Shanghai retailer Ruichuang Network Technology agreed to pay 36 million yuan (£3.6m) to the software giant in compensation for several infringements. The firm posted a statement on its popular 2345.com portal site expressing “profound apologies” to …
Phil Muncaster, 03 Dec 2012
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CSC locked out of new NHS contracts

Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday CSC had been suspended from new NHS contracts while the future of the £4.7bn patient record programme is assessed. Tory MP for Norfolk Richard Bacon said the NHS IT programme "will never deliver on its early promise, that in particular CSC has failed with Lorenzo and that, rather than …
John Oates, 12 May 2011

HP signs IT outsourcing MOU with Ericsson

Ericsson is planning to outsource its IT infrastructure operations to HP, and the pair have signed a memorandum of understanding today setting out how they will work together. A final agreement should be in place before the "end of Q2, 2003, Ericsson says. Staff at Ericsson Global IT Services (EGIS) will transfer to HP, but …
Drew Cullen, 11 Apr 2003
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Standard smartphone charger to dominate in two years

A new generation of smartphones capable of using the same charger - from manufacturers including Apple, Nokia and RIM - will begin appearing in the new year, following the release of European technical standards. The standards, based on Micro-USB, have been welcomed today by the European Commission, which says they will be a …
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Has Spare Backup had a Carphone Warehouse boost?

Cloud backup service provider Spare Backup has just got a big business boost from a UK partner, thought to be Carphone Warehouse. Spare Backup has an June 24, 2009 SEC filing that says is has agreed" "... a vastly expanded scope of work to be added as an addendum to their (November 8, 2008 Master Services Agreement) (and) will …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2009
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On2 investors call off attack dogs against Google takeover

On2 Technologies Inc has settled legal challenges mounted by some shareholders who opposed Google's proposed $106.5m acquisition of the video software company. In August, a number of On2 investors expressed dissatisfaction with the price and terms of the takeover, and some filed separate lawsuits in New York and Delaware against …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Oct 2009
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Microsoft's 3DV acquisition a go

Microsoft is going ahead with its purchase of 3D real-time depth detection digital camera company 3DV, as reported at the beginning of April. The controlling shareholder of Israel-based 3DV, IDB Holding Corporation's Elron Electronic Industries and its subsidiary, Rafael Development Corporation, have signed a Memorandum of …
Chris Mellor, 10 Apr 2009

Rambus thanks Samsung for the memory

It was a good day at the office yesterday for Rambus; it made $900m when Samsung caved in on the eve of a court case, which the Korean firm had planned to fight alongside Hynix and Micron. Rambus, which develops and licenses memory technology, has been in dispute for many years with a variety of leading semi-conductor firms …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2010
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Tosh will buy Fujitsu disk biz

It's as good as a done deal - Toshiba is set to take over Fujitsu's hard disk drive operations after the two firms thrashed out a memorandum of understanding. The deal will happen in stages. First Fujitsu will group its HDD operations into a separate comopany. Toshiba will then buy about 80 per cent of this and run it as a …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2009
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NHS IT misses another deadline

The National Programme for IT, the £12.7bn scheme to wire up the country's health system, has missed another major deadline - getting iSoft's Lorenzo patient management software running in Morecambe Bay. The contract is being run by CSC and the NHS stressed it would not be paying the consultants or signing fresh contracts until …
John Oates, 01 Apr 2010
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Cloud storage hits the High Street

Carphone Warehouse will offer its customers Geek Squad-branded online storage services by Trend Micro. The storage services will actually be provided by Spare Backup and will be embedded within a Trend Micro Internet Security PRO service, co-branded by TMI and Spare Backup as "Geek Squad". Spare Backup and Trend have signed a …
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2009
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Gov.UK and MS upgrade licensing deal

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) is putting the finishing touches on a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Microsoft. The new MOU should not significantly change the commercial terms of the previous agreement, but will be expanded to include "more features than are in the existing MOU". The FT reports that …
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Aug 2004
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Microsoft looks for Chinese remote control

Seattle-based software behemoth Microsoft has bought a chunk of the Chinese television market in a deal with TV maker Sichuan Changhong Electric said to be worth 94.1m yuan ($12.32m). The firm, which is one of China's biggest electronics manufacturers, said in a statement on Monday that Microsoft had agreed to work closely with …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jun 2007
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Virgin puts 'legal P2P' plans on ice

Big label pressure has forced British cable ISP Virgin Media to suspend plans to introduce a legal music sharing service for its subscribers, just weeks ahead of its launch, The Register has learned. The radical initiative, tentatively branded as "Virgin Music Unlimited", represented a major investment for the ISP, and would …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jan 2009
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Synchrotron boffins sign collaboration deal with Brazilians

Researchers at Oxfordshire's Diamond Light Source Synchrotron have signed on to collaborate on research with colleagues at the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory. The deal, the latest in a series of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) between the two groups, paves the way for joint research projects and technical development …
Lucy Sherriff, 28 Jun 2007
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Academics warn of EU 'three strikes' back door plan

European law is introducing a "three strikes and you're out" law for ISPs to disconnect illegal file sharers "under cover of stealth", according to legal experts. The EU's telecoms reform package could guarantee the legality of such schemes. The content industry has lobbied to force internet service providers (ISPs) to …
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Nov 2008
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Telcos act to squeeze out 'few rotten apples'

Some of the UK's leading telcos have finally agreed to work together to try and stamp out those "few rotten apples" that rip-off punters with expensive phone services. They've effectively signed up to an early warning system that should help the industry spot scams and take action more swiftly against rogue operators that lure …
Tim Richardson, 26 May 2005
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US, UK and Australia sign anti-spam act

The UK, US and Australia are combining forces to combat spam. They have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote joint enforcement and investigation of spammers across the three countries. Stephen Timms, the UK communications minister, today called on other countries to join the trio in their anti-spam crusade. He …
Drew Cullen, 02 Jul 2004
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A user's timetable to the Digital Economy Act

Now that the Digital Economy Act has been passed by both Houses, what can internet users expect, and when? Quick answer: nothing much soon. The outgoing government says it introduced the measures because in the 20 months since the MoU between ISPs and copyright businesses, little progress has been made. So the P2P part of the …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Apr 2010
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National Archives and MS strike preservation deal

The National Archives (TNA) and Microsoft have come to an arrangement to support long term access to digital documents. Under a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Microsoft will provide TNA with a system that combines previous versions of Windows and Office to help solve problems of managing historical records based on …
Kablenet, 04 Jul 2007
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Who killed Three Strikes for filesharing?

Rejoice! "Three strikes and you're out" is dead in the UK. Music file sharers will no longer face the threat of seeing the household broadband connection severed. The plague that is currently endemic in France won't be jumping the English Channel. For confirmation, you only need to turn to page 30 of the Government's …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jul 2008
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Toshiba plays sugar daddy to SanDisk

SanDisk is getting almost $300m cash and freeing itself from over half a bilion dollars of equipment lease obligations courtesy of sugar daddy Toshiba. The two have signed a definitive agreement concerning their flash fabrication joint-venture, following on from a non-binding memorandum of understanding signed in October last …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2009
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Wireless ISP signs Commonwealth deal

A UK internet firm could be on the verge of installing hundreds of low-cost wireless broadband networks in the developing world after it signed a deal with the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC). The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will see Norfolk-based Newman Concepts working with the CBC - set up by the Commonwealth Heads …
Team Register, 25 Apr 2006
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Carterware - it's the new vapourware

We all know what vapourware is. It's a class of product that's announced with great fanfare, typically in response to a competitor, or as simply The Next Big Thing. But betwixt the announcement and the launch, many months and years may pass, and sometimes the vapour never condenses into a product at all. Now meet its cousin - …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Jun 2009
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Sun nails StarOffice win in India

Sun Microsystems has outmanoeuvred Microsoft with a StarOffice win in the Indian state of Haryana. The Haryana government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Sun to use StarOffice 7 across all state departments. This marks a major deal for Sun and open source software in India and adds to a trend of governments …
Ashlee Vance, 10 Mar 2004