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Poor IT contributes to DWP errors

The Department for Work and Pensions is hampered by out of date IT in tackling benefit fraud and error, says the National Audit Office. The spending watchdog's report on minimising the cost of administrative error in the benefit system, published on 25 November, says the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has 140 core …
Kable, 25 Nov 2010
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Life is simpler with fewer business suppliers

In a previous article we looked at how organisations could consolidate data assets to support the business better. Many organisations have to deal with multiple IT suppliers, each delivering only part of the answer. Reducing the number of suppliers makes for a simpler life, but how beneficial is it to IT delivery? Having a …
Nathan Coates, 18 May 2011
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Shoreditch's sparkle smokescreen leaves BBC journo 'tech-struck'

“I haven’t felt so good having spoken to a businessman for ten minutes in about 25 years. That’s not normally how I feel! So thanks very much!” And thanks to you, BBC presenter Fi Glover, for sharing the feel-good factor with us. Glover was bringing the miracle of Shoreditch’s internet companies into the nation’s living rooms as …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2012
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Microsoft: IE9's web privacy hole? A feature, not a bug

A hole has been spotted in Internet Explorer 9's do-not-track technology, and Microsoft says it's a feature not a bug. In response to a US government call for greater protection of consumers' privacy online, Microsoft added a Tracking Protection Lists (TPLs) feature to IE9. Netizens can use one or more lists to prevent certain …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2011
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A month to go on Cookie Law: Will Google Analytics get a free pass?

Website operators in Blighty have been continuously perplexed by the upcoming enforcement of the EU's cookie law on 26 May. The Information Commissioner's Office granted affected firms a year-long breather to get themselves up to scratch back in 2011, but the clock is now ticking and the law – however watered down it might have …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Apr 2012
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Google Chrome extension busts Murdoch paywall

An extension has surfaced in the Chrome Web Store that lets you breach the defenses of one of the web's earliest paywall pioneers. Read WSJ Extension lets you read full articles from the online version of Rupert Murdoch's The Wall Street Journal, giving you free access to some of media's most coveted paid-for content. Murdoch …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jun 2011
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'Backward' resellers impede cloud progress. Yeah, right

Dale Vile headshot I have conducted a lot of interviews recently with vendors, resellers and systems integrators about why it is proving so hard to motivate the traditional IT channel to get on board with cloud. There are some examples of success, but scaling up action beyond a minority of niche partners or risk takers seems …
Dale Vile, 08 Jun 2011
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Google engineering gaggle flees Facebook

A gaggle of Google engineers have expressed their displeasure with Facebook's latest effort to share your data with third-party sites, and many have gone so far as to deactivate their accounts. This includes the Delphic Oracle of the SEO world, Matt Cutts, who announced his Facebook deactivation with a post to Twitter. Cutts …
Cade Metz, 23 Apr 2010
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iPhone 4 fix to centre on software, negate need for recall

The likelihood that tonight's hastily convened Apple iPhone 4 press conference will centre on a product recall appears to be diminishing. Numerous company moles have told major US newspapers that CEO Steve Jobs won't ask the two million or so who have bought an iPhone 4 to send their phones back. Equally, some insiders are also …
Tony Smith, 16 Jul 2010

Blazing Vaios: Sony's hot-tops hit the UK, too

Sony secretly wrote to its UK channel partners earlier this week warning them that the company planned to recall some Vaio TZ-series laptops, The Register has learned. The firm, which was forced to recall 440,000 Vaio notebooks worldwide because of wiring faults that could cause overheating, asked its Blighty resellers to “keep …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Sep 2008
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MS embraces/shuns Google's open video codec

Microsoft has teamed with the Google-backed WebM project to announce software that allows Internet Explorer 9 and other Windows applications to render video using WebM, the web-media format that Google open sourced under a royalty-free license last year. But the onus is on the user to install the software. Internet Explorer 9 …
Cade Metz, 17 Mar 2011
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Adobe claims Apple 'collaboration' on iPhone Flash

Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen has spun yet another pirouette in his company's dance with Apple regarding the development of a Flash player for the iPhone. "It’s a hard technical challenge," Narayen told Bloomberg last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, "and that’s part of the reason Apple and Adobe are …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Feb 2009

Cisco shareholders win say-on-pay

Cisco shareholders have narrowly approved a right to shake their tiny fists at the company's executive payroll. The networking equipment giant is the latest tech vendor to be enamored by "say-on-pay" schemes amidst public outrage over enormous corporate potentate payouts in the crap economy. Notables like Microsoft, Apple, and …
Austin Modine, 14 Nov 2009
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'Groom-a-Tory' iPhone app sparks privacy paranoia

Mobile developers have expressed privacy fears over a Conservative general election-related iPhone application. The app, launched in February, allows iPhone owners to keep tabs on the Tory election campaign, donate money and review policy areas. It also gives the "ability to telephone canvass friends and report their voting …
John Leyden, 14 Apr 2010
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Yahoo! to! buy! social! networking!

Yahoo! is likely to buy its way into social networking, and it accepts that Google has won the search game. Ari Balogh, Yahoo's chief technology officer, told Reuters Global Technology Summit: "I can guarantee you there will be some acquisitions, and we will do some stuff in-house." He said now was a good time to buy because …
John Oates, 21 May 2009
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HP sharp-elbows Dell to bid for 3PAR

HP has written to 3PAR CEO David Scott offering to buy the company for $24/share, trumping Dell's $18/share bid. So much for HP's preference for HDS' USP-V technology, which it OEMs as its high-end XP array. HP's bid is worth $1.6bn, a third more more than Dell's bid. It has been approved by HP's board and there is no need to …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2010
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Yahoo! puts webpages in their place

Yahoo! is offering developers a free online service that gives webpages a certain sense of place. Today, the company unveiled a beta service it calls Placemaker. You give it blog posts, news articles, and other collections of web words, and it gives you metadata identifying specific geographical locations mentioned in these …
Cade Metz, 21 May 2009
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Yahoo! takes notes on your searches

Yahoo! has equipped its primary search engine with what you might call an automated note taker. Known as Search Pad, this integrated applet is meant to facilitate web research. As you browse the net, it automatically records visited websites and their thumbnail images on a kind of digital notepad built directly into Yahoo!'s …
Cade Metz, 08 Jul 2009

The changing face of branch offices

It is not only data centres and computer rooms that have started down the path of the “strategic consolidation” of resources. Whilst organisations rightly rate their people as amongst their most valuable assets, many have also begun to optimise the accommodation that they make available to their workers. The shift to “hot …
Tony Lock, 11 Oct 2010
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Patch Management: Should it even exist?

From the outside in, it’s easy to question the need for software patching. “Surely,” some might ask, “If software was written properly we wouldn’t need the IT department to spend time patching it?” The even more cynical might suggest that the whole thing is a money-making ruse – without the need for patching, we wouldn't have …
Martin Atherton, 30 Mar 2010
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Chipzilla: Standards void threatens cloud future

Chipzilla is sweating. Intel is worried that without software standards, cloud computing could hit the buffers and curtail the serious amounts of money it stands to make. Intel high-density computing group chief Jason Waxman told Structure 2010 on Thursday that without common agreement on security, management, data federation, …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jun 2010
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Bribery Act passed by Parliament

A new bribery law has been passed by the Houses of Commons and Lords but is not yet in force. The Bribery Act can penalise companies whose employees engage in bribery if the company did not have adequate policies in place to prevent it. The law gives a more certain definition of what bribery is and updates a law that was seen as …
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Apr 2010
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BT accused of 'sharp practice' on rolling contracts

TalkTalk has sparked a row with BT by accusing it of "sharp practice" over its contract renewals policy, which aims to tie customers in for an extra year or even 18 months. It's about a year since BT adopted a rolling contract policy. If subscribers coming to the end of their initial term do not notify BT they want to leave, …
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New York lawmakers approve 'Amazon Tax'

The New York legislature has approved an ingenious new law that would force Amazon and other big-name online retailers to collect sales tax on all goods shipped to the Empire State. Last week, the State Legislature approved a $122bn budget, and $50m of that would come from e-tailers who don't maintain New York warehouses or …
Cade Metz, 14 Apr 2008
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PCC bares teeth at bloggers

UK bloggers can this week sleep a little easier in their beds. The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) has just delivered a first historic ruling in respect of a journalist's blog. However, unofficial private bloggers, no matter how scurrilous, remain safely outside the PCC's remit unless they decide freely to subject themselves …
Jane Fae Ozimek, 02 Apr 2010
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Net watchdog inserts self in Googlebooks pact

Warning that Google's $125m digital library settlement with American authors and publishers provides exactly zero privacy protection for the world's readers, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a motion in federal court to intervene in the hotly-debated Google Book Search case. In October, Google settled a …
Cade Metz, 04 Sep 2009
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Microsoft's smiley browser face turns sour

Microsoft's latest idea for tackling Internet Explorer's lack of web standards compliance in the up-coming IE 8 has attracted a barrage of criticism. Chris Wilson, Microsoft's IE platform architect, and chief IE bullet taker, has explained how Microsoft intends to overcome standards and backwards compatibility problems by using …
Phil Manchester, 25 Jan 2008
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Apple's AirPlay: Bring the walled garden home

"You want computers to discover each other and just share stuff," I recall Steve Jobs saying back in 2002, as he personally demonstrated wireless music streaming at an Apple developer event. Quite right. But does Apple's AirPlay make this more or less likely? A few years ago, Apple did the consumer electronics industry a huge …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Sep 2010
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EU issues ultimatum on internet privacy

The European Commission today delivered an ultimatum to internet firms - improve your approach to privacy online, or face a regulatory clampdown from Brussels. Meglena Kuneva, the consumer affairs Commissioner, told a gathering of ISPs, major websites and advertising firms they are violating "basic consumer rights in terms of …
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ICO evidence raises Freedoms Bill data worries

The Information Commissioner (ICO) has just published a critique of the Home Office’s Freedoms Bill, which is being sold to the public as reining in New Labour’s surveillance state. Although there is general applause for the fact that the Government has recognised that there has been excessive intrusion into privacy, the ICO’s …
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Don't blame Willy the Mailboy for software security flaws

There's a low rasp of a noise being made in the software world. Customers want software vendors to hold programmers responsible if they release code containing security flaws. Actually, that's not strictly true. Security vendors want customers to start wanting software vendors to hold the programmers responsible. As we recently …
Matt Stephens, 25 Mar 2010
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Hackers target outsourced app development

Many firms fail to think about security when they outsource application development. Three in five (60 per cent) organisations overlook procedures to mandate security in software development outsourcing, according to a study by analysts Quocirca. One in five (20 per cent) fail to consider security even when building applications …
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2008
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Sexy is as sexy does: UK.gov struggles with sexualisation

Last week saw a series of announcements from the government and others on sexual matters. These were intended as usual to protect children, but have mostly served only to highlight the eagerness of politicians to buy into the infantilisation of adult culture, rather than do anything that shifts responsibility for child behaviour …
Jane Fae Ozimek, 01 Mar 2010

Miserly marks get smart to UK phishing fraudsters

Incidents of phishing targeted against holders of UK bank accounts are up, but losses are down. UK banking association APACS cites more than 10,000 reported phishing incidents in the first quarter of 2008, a more than 200 per cent rise from the same period last year. Online banking fraud losses, however, decreased by a third …
John Leyden, 17 Apr 2008
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DVLA off-road system seriously off-message

The DVLA’s off-road notification system is a shambles: legally unenforceable and administrative chaos. Two recent court cases suggest that the DVLA has been acting unlawfully and does not have the powers it thinks it has when it comes to pushing motorists around. First up was a case heard in Clerkenwell District Court in October …
Jane Fae Ozimek, 03 May 2010
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Security researchers plot revamped anti-virus tests

Security researchers are close to formulating plans to overhaul anti-virus testing amid growing concerns that current tests can be misleading. Anti-virus packages are traditionally tested for their effectiveness in detecting a sample of malware packages known to be in circulation. Products that fail to detect a sample get a …
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2007
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Congress still afraid to define 'internet gambling'

The intellectual haze that envelopes American internet gambling policy thickened the past week, as lawmakers failed to define what exactly constitutes "unlawful" internet gambling. As absurd as it sounds, two years after the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), Congress still can’t make up its …
Burke Hansen, 01 Jul 2008
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Google in cookie concession to dead people

Hoping to appease privacy advocates who've come down hard on its data retention policies, Google has made a practically meaningless change to its cookie policy. The world's most popular search engine will soon issue browser cookies that automatically expire if you don't come back to the site for two years. El Reg estimates …
Cade Metz, 17 Jul 2007
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Online gambling law regs revealed

The US Treasury Department (DoT), in consultation with the Department of Justice, last week finally released proposed regulations for enforcement of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). The UIGEA wreaked havoc on the internet gambling industry when it was passed last October, and the proposed regulations are …
Burke Hansen, 09 Oct 2007
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'Screw the Long Tail'? Not us!

The first deal of its kind to compensate songwriters for music played on YouTube should benefit them all, the parties said today. The British collection society the MCPS-PRS Alliance, which represents over 55,000 publishers and composers, today announced a licensing deal with the Google-owned site covering 10m pieces of music. …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Aug 2007
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Tandberg puts DiskStor library on books

Tandberg Data is continuing its migration to becoming a disk and tape-based data protection vendor with the addition of a DiskStor virtual tape library to its product range next quarter. With echoes of QuikStor, its RDX removable disk media product, in the name, the DiskStor D-Series is being previewed at Cebit in Hanover. We're …
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2009
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Stiffening at last, ICANN threatens Registerfly with legal action

ICANN has finally firmed up in its battle with troublesome domain registrar Registerfly and looks ready to battle the company in court. In a letter from its powerhouse attorneys at Jones Day, ICANN accuses Registerfly of willfully refusing to comply with an accreditation audit as mandated in its Registrar Accreditation …
Burke Hansen, 04 Mar 2007
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Google calls for greater Windows Vista openness

Google has welcomed Microsoft's proposed modifications to Windows Vista which make it easier for third parties to conduct desktop to third-parties' search. But it says its rival must go further. The internet's number-one search engine and aspiring Microsoft productivity challenger, has reportedly called for unrestricted search …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jun 2007
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French court drops DRM interoperability provision

A higher French select legal committee has dropped the contentious provision from its copyright law that would have placed the onus on companies using DRM on music services, to license it to other equipment makers. Although the law has more debating stages, its real aim was to catch France up with the World Copyright Treaty ( …
Faultline, 04 May 2006
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AT&T finds 911 workaround

AT&T claims it has found a way to satisfy US regulators that it can properly link its Voice Over Internet Protocol subscribers to 911 - the emergency services. The Federal Communications Commission has given VoIP firms until the end of November to find a way to ascertain the physical location of any VoIP subscriber who contacts …
John Oates, 12 Oct 2005
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TorrentSpy filters pirated videos

As TorrentSpy continues to fight a lawsuit by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), founders of the popular video download site have announced a new filtering system that allows content owners to remove pirated material from the site’s search results. The new filtering system, known as FileRights, automatically …
Cade Metz, 27 Jun 2007
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Mozilla seeks security researchers to look at alpha code

Mozilla Corporation wants to get the security community involved in ironing out possible bugs with the next version of Firefox at an earlier stage. Instead of pointing out security bugs once Firefox 3.0 gets released, Mozilla wants security vendors involved while the software in still a work in progress. Window Snyder, the " …
John Leyden, 10 Apr 2007
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Why the Google antitrust complaint is not about Microsoft

Google should spend an afternoon with Shivaun and Adam Raff, the two very real people behind a recent EU antitrust complaint against its web search monopoly. To meet the pair - co-founders of the British price comparison site Foundem - is to know you would never describe them as Microsoft mouthpieces. They're computer scientists …
Cade Metz, 29 Mar 2010
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Amazon pooh-poohs (ingenious) New York net tax plan

More than happy to let the people of New York avoid paying vast amounts of internet sales tax, Amazon.com has spoken out against a new net tax plan from Governor Eliot Spitzer. Back in November, The New York Sun leaked word that Spitzer was poised to roll out a clever new policy that would force big name e-tailers like Amazon to …
Cade Metz, 13 Feb 2008
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Monkey mindpower manipulates robotic arm

US scientists have taught a monkey to operate a robotic arm to feed itself using only the power of its thoughts. The experiment was revealed Tuesday at a meeting of neuroscientists in San Diego, The Guardian reports, and involves interception of signals from the brain by electrode probes. The signals are interpreted through an …
Robin Lettice, 28 Oct 2004