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Microsoft tarts up software licensing to fend off 'a few clicks and a credit card' rivals

Microsoft is trying to make the dark art of software licensing less complicated and more relevant to a cloudier world – but, as always, the devil will be in the detail. The first signs of a Redmond overhaul came at the end of September when it canned Select Plus Agreement rebates for channel partners in favour of the Next …
Paul Kunert, 09 Dec 2013

MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

Two MPs are planning to sue the UK government over its controversial emergency data snooping law, which was rushed through Parliament last week with what they described as “ridiculous and unnecessary haste”. Conservative David Davis and Labour’s Tom Watson are looking for a judicial review of the Data Retention and Investigatory …
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Marketing told us: 'Justin Bieber is a fad. He’s not going to last.' – Company formerly known as RIM

This was the week when former senior BlackBerry bod Vincent Washington claimed the Canadian company turned down an offer from Justin Bieber to be the firm's brand ambassador back at the peak of its popularity. He said: One thing we missed out on was that Justin Bieber wanted to rep BlackBerry. He said: 'Give me $200,000 and 20 …

Nimbus boots EVA out of Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi Power Systems' Americas (MPSA) says its SAP applications positively fly using flash arrays from an industry newbie – after being hamstrung on HP storage. The company, based in Orlando, Florida, had a SAP SQL Server database implementation that was dragging its feet, so much so that the end users were resisting the …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2012
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Cryptoboffin: Secure boot a boon for spooks' spyware

A leading computer scientist has warned that the latest so-called Trusted Computing proposals may restrict the market for anti-virus and security software. Cambridge University Professor Ross Anderson warns that the secure boot features in the UEFI firmware specification - understood to be required on certified Windows 8 …
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2011
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UKUUG Summer Conference 2009

If you want to swap knowledge and learn about the latest happenings in the Open Source and Free Software world, there’s a conference for you in Birmingham this summer. The conference is the work of our good friends at UKUUG, the UK’s Unix and Open Systems User Group. It takes place on August 8-9 at the Birmingham City University …
Team Register, 24 Jul 2009
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MPs vote to keep addresses private (theirs, not yours)

Members of Parliament have voted themselves the right to withhold their names and addresses from publication. Candidates at Parliamentary elections will get the same right. This is perhaps less surprising than it ought to have been. Last May, the High Court ruled in a Freedom of Information case that MPs' addresses should be …
Jane Fae Ozimek, 04 Mar 2009
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M-Commerce for All

Four big European mobile network operators are clubbing together to form the Mobile Payments Services Association. Step forward Orange, Telefonica, T-Mobile, and Vodafone, founder members of an organisation to drive m-commerce and more to the point, interoperable m-payments across countries under a single brand. 02, KPN Mobile …
Drew Cullen, 26 Feb 2003
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Simpay eyes €1bn m-commerce bounty

Simpay is calling for mobile operators to sign up to its mobile wallet scheme. The company, formerly the Mobile Payments Services Association (MPSA), has completed design of its payment platform, and predicts that by 2007 it will handle over €1bn of transactions. Five new operators say they are interested in signing up for the …
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Feb 2004
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Mobile operators unveil Simpay

The Mobile Payments Services Association has changed its name, before it's really got started. The group, set up this year by Orange, Vodafone, T-Mobile and Telefonica Moviles, is now called Simpay. Simpay is targeting a billion sales transactions paid for by mobile phone a year within five years, and the group is in talks with …
Drew Cullen, 23 Jun 2003