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Sergey Brin and Marissa Mayer

Google! and! Facebook! IDs! face! Yahoo! login! BAN!

Yahoo! doesn't want to play nice with Google and Facebook anymore. The result: the pair of competing free-content ad networks will be booted off Yahoo!'s turf. The purple-tinged web giant plans to stop its users from logging into sites such Flickr, Fantasy Sports and other Yahoo!-owned stuff using their Google and Facebook IDs …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Mar 2014
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Sony pumps cash into gene-wrangling joint venture

PlayStation purveyor Sony wants to be remembered for more than overpriced electronics and massive data breaches, having just launched a joint venture in the field of genome research. The electronics giant has teamed up with medical firm M3, in which Sony is already the majority investor, and US biz Illumina, which makes genome- …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Jan 2014
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I'm in: Peter 'Dragons' Den' Jones launches bid to buy out Expansys

Dragons' Den star Peter Jones has launched a £6.1m takeover bid of his electronics retail firm Expansys. The entrepreneur made his move after increasing his share ownership in the AIM-listed firm from 41.4 percent to more than 50 per cent. Jones bought some 110.3 million shares to become the majority owner. This means that …
Jasper Hamill, 16 Jan 2014
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Sony on the ropes after Moody's downgrade to junk

Sony got off to a terrible start to the week on Monday after credit ratings company Moody’s downgraded its status to junk thanks to the continuing poor performance of its TV and PC business. Moody’s Japan said it lowered Sony’s issuer rating and long-term senior unsecured bond rating from Baa3 to Ba1. Junk status means a bond is …
Phil Muncaster, 28 Jan 2014
Aln Sugar's not a Sugababe

Big Beardie's watching: Alan Sugar robots spy on Tesco petrol queue

A division of Lord Alan Sugar's firm has launched a surveillance campaign which will see shoppers' faces scanned at hundreds of Tesco petrol stations. Amscreen, one of Lord Sugar's firms, has installed the OptimEyes advertising system in 450 Tesco filling stations around the nation. These devices contain facial recog technology …
Jasper Hamill, 05 Nov 2013

Who OWNS data generated by 'connected cars' sensor slurpers?

The fundamental question of whether the data generated by "connected cars" can legally be owned and who actually acquires ownership in such data at the time when they are generated must be answered before the extent to which companies can make use of that data can be determined, an expert has said. Munich-based technology law …
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Feb 2014
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Health minister asks elderly patients what they think of data-sharing

The NHS turned 65 today, which has led to some quarters drawing an unfavourable analogy between the health service and a patient who has just reached retirement age. It may be an irritating bit of anthropomorphism to describe the taxpayer-funded body as a living, breathing thing, but it doesn't stop ministers from questioning …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Jul 2013
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Google faces fresh privacy gripes for splashing your G+ mug over ads

Google is facing yet another privacy protest in Europe, after Mountain View recently tweaked its terms of service to allow it to plaster its users' profile names and photos over ads. Privacy campaigner Simon Davies has submitted a complaint to 14 data protection authorities in the EU. He is calling on officials in Norway, …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Nov 2013
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Personalised power cuts and pricey meat: Grey Britain in 2030

It's full steam ahead for a low carbon Britain, the UK Committee on Climate Change says in its fourth report, published today. The CCC is the Government's primary advisory panel on cutting CO2 and was established in the 2008 Climate Change Act. But there will be a price to pay for this utopia. The CCC recommends a carbon tax on …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Dec 2010
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Speaking in Tech: Doc, I've got a cough. Here's my DNA, now find a cure

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week, Speaking in Tech regular Greg Knieriemen has fled to Germany, leaving the ever-capable Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela to host a panel session at the Dell Enterprise Forum in San Jose, California. Today's special guests are Tim Carroll, a director at Dell Research …
Team Register, 12 Jun 2013
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Hard-up Kodak selling consumer film biz

Hard-up Kodak is selling its consumer film, scanner and photo kiosk businesses as part of a restructuring. Chief executive Antonio Perez announced the news on Thursday, saying Kodak was shedding its personalised imaging and document imaging units as part of restructuring to help the company exit US Chapter 11 bankruptcy …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Aug 2012

Cisco borgs VHA packet core

Troubled mobile carrier Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) is pressing ahead with the network upgrade it hopes will rebuild its fortunes in the country, with Cisco to provide the foundation of its 4G network backbone. The Borg's ASR 5500 is to be rolled out as Voda's multimedia core platform, the companies say. VHA is preparing …
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Just add creepiness: Google Search gets even more personal

Google will soon be interrogating its users' Gmail, Google Calendar and Google+ accounts to try and predict the questions they enter into Google Search, bringing the Chocolate Factory's Now functionality into the mainstream. The personalised search is being rolled out slowly, with the US getting it first, but it will respond to …
Bill Ray, 15 Aug 2013
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Anonymous means NO identifying element left behind – EU handbook

A new handbook on European data protection laws contains a different test from the one used by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for determining whether data is personal or anonymised for the purposes of data protection law. The new handbook (214-page/3.08MB PDF) has been issued jointly by the European Union …
OUT-LAW.COM, 04 Feb 2014

Google's latest ad push gives LONE LAWMAKER the creeps

Google faces little opposition to its plans to plaster ads with user profile names and photos since it announced the move late last week. A lone lawmaker in the US has expressed concern about Google's upcoming changes to its terms of service, which will be implemented on 11 November. Senator Ed Markey penned a letter to the …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Oct 2013
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Seven Media mulls IPTV service

Having effectively killed off TiVo in Australia, TV broadcaster Seven West Media is considering its IPTV options, telling investors it has plans to create a “broadcast to broadband” operation in 2014. While Australia's free-to-air broadcasters have embraced the Internet for program catch-ups, they have mostly responded to the …
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Deezer unveils tarted-up music-streaming service after $130m injection

Music streamer Deezer sexed up its wares yesterday, the new features the result of a gigantic recent $130m investment. Streaming services notoriously have all the sex appeal of a spreadsheet, and Deezer wants to improve music discovery as well as appeal to music grown ups who have invested a lot of time in managing their own …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Nov 2013
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Shareholders hoping to squeeze cash from Kodak are deluded, says court

Kodak shareholders aren't going to get the chance to set up a committee to represent their interests in the reorganisation of the bankrupt firm. Investors in the bust camera firm were trying to get a US bankruptcy judge to allow them to set up the committee, after hearing of the current reorganisation plan, which would see them …
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Online music world on iRadio: Apple, imagine our concern

Leading figures in the online music industry have cast doubt on Apple's claims that its new streaming iRadio service will revolutionise the way fanbois listen to songs. The fruity firm announced iRadio at the WWDC yesterday, telling the gathered hordes that it would allow them to listen to personalised radio stations and then …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Jun 2013
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'UK DNA database by stealth' proposed in £100m NHS project

Prime Minister David Cameron is to announce plans for the NHS to create a massive database of patients' DNA, which experts have advised could lead to massive health benefits and advances in medical technology. However the creation of such a database has obvious and far reaching privacy implications. In an attempt to address such …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Dec 2012

Ghastly! Yahoo! Groups! gripes! grip! grumpy! gremlin! grumblers!

Thousands of Yahoo! users are clogging up the site's customer feedback forums with complaints about its makeover of Groups, an online discussion board system. Some are upset the redecoration job has locked out the blind and disabled folk. It was Yahoo!'s first major redesign of Groups in years and the response to the changes …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Sep 2013
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Facebook shoves your face in Microsoft's Bing thing

Microsoft has inked yet another search deal with Facebook that this time allows users to find photos in Bing that were uploaded to the world's biggest social network. It would seem that Redmond's $240m stake in Mark Zuckerberg's company back in 2007 is still proving fruitful for the software maker. Microsoft has been making its …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Aug 2012
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PowerCloud launches new kit, partner program

WiFi upstart PowerCloud Systems (PCS) wants to give hotspots a dose of multiple personality, to make WiFi fit better in the world of multi-tenant networks. The company says its aim is to solve a bugbear of public WiFi: sure, everybody can connect, but they're all on the same SSID, and security is less-than-ideal. Instead, PCS' …
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New Zealand considers yourname.nz domains

New Zealand's Domain Name Commission has commenced a consultation process to discuss the possible introduction of a yourname.nz domain name registration service. The Commission says it's doing so because Kiwi punters want it: research it conducted in 2011 found 60% of respondents in favour. Global fervour for new top level …
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2012

That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

Gmail shook up the world of free web email in the mid-2000s, but 10 years after going public in 2004, Google’s service offers much more than simply firing emails around the world. When Google unveiled Gmail on 1 April, 2004, the company’s co-founders reckoned the service was just its way of making email better. Gmail was, we …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Apr 2014
Yahoo!'s Japanese gene testing instructions infographic

Yahoo! To! Sell! Home! Gene! Test! Kit! In! Japan!

Yahoo! Japan will soon sell genetic testing kits, so its users can figure out if they have a disposition to disease. The Japan Times reports officials at Yahoo! Japan, which was formed as a joint venture between SouthBank and Yahoo! USA, promises the company “... will play only a marketing role and will not handle any data from …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Nov 2012

Medion preps personalised portable PC

Centrino notebook for a mere 400 quid, anyone? That's the deal Germany's Medion is offering British buyers next month when Woolworths begins selling its latest machine. Buy direct and you get the chance to have your favourite picture or logo fitted on the lid. The MIM 2220 incorporates a 1.7GHz Intel Pentium M 735A processor - …
Tony Smith, 20 Jul 2006
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My name is Dabbsy and I am an EMAILOHOLIC

I think I have 30 email addresses; I’m not sure. I suspect there may be others. I have them on every computer and even carry some around on my smartphone. At the height of my addiction, I was creating domains and distributing email addresses to my wife and my employees. I even gave some to my kids. Clip from the Father Ted TV …
Alistair Dabbs, 17 Jan 2014
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Vodafone will rent you an iPhone 5 for 69p* a day

Vodafone has tweaked its Sim-only tariffs and introduced a fresh handset rental scheme which lets customers swap their old phone for a newer model when their 12-month contract is up. Users who fork out £47 a month for Vodafone's "Red Hot" deal will get the choice of either an Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III or Samsung …
Caleb Cox, 15 Nov 2012
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Phorm woos browsers with personalised web

Phorm is aiming to strengthen ties with publishers by allowing them to track and target their visitors' interests as they browse the web. The web monitoring firm today unveiled "Webwise Discover" in London with the tagline "don't search, just browse". It made the announcement ahead of releasing its annual financial report. …
Her – OS One finds out about Theodore

The perfect fantasy flick for the online Valentine you've never met: Her

Spike Jonze’s movie Her invites us to suspend our disbelief as we acquaint ourselves with the life of Theodore Twombly and the relationship he forms with his computer's operating system. Her – Theodore finds out about OS One Theodore finds out about OS One... During an ordinary day in this near future story, Theodore, played …
Bob Dormon, 13 Feb 2014

OK - who just bought a biz PC? Oh wait, none of you did

A revival in fortunes for desktop makers evaporated this summer as shipments across Western Europe collapsed. In each country across the region, sales out through distributors declined in July and August compared to the same months a year earlier. The latest stats show Finland reported the steepest decline, down nearly 23 per …
Paul Kunert, 02 Oct 2012
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Finns look to bring Phorm style stalker ads to UK radio streaming

UTuneMe has invited UK radio stations to sign up to its embedded advertising, promising to deliver targeted audio ads in the same way Google delivers online ones, personalised for the listener. The idea is that targeted adverts pay better, but while websites have half a dozen companies which will happily drop targeted ads into …
Bill Ray, 13 Nov 2012
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Italians deploy fearsome SPY MANNEQUINS to win Fashion Wars

Don't think you can escape personalised adverts by switching the computer off. Luxury shops have started to use seeing-eye mannequins that harvest data about customers in the real world and - yes - target ads so they can sell more. Packing technology that is used in airport security, the EyeSee mannequins from Italian company …
Anna Leach, 22 Nov 2012
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Confessions of a porn site boss: How I got it up on the 'net

Going to a sex shop in itself can be embarrassing at the best of times, but when I knew that I was going to ask about dodgy video tapes from dubious sources, it got a whole lot worse. "I'm looking for some more interesting kinky stuff, know where I can get any?" This was the early '90s and VHS cassettes were the norm. DVD porn …
Anonymous, 29 Nov 2013
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Tesco grabs Peter Gabriel's musical streamer

British music service We7 is being acquired by Tesco, which is taking a 91 per cent stake in the company for £10.8m. A full acquisition is expected. We7 launched five years ago with backing from Peter Gabriel, who has stuck by the company despite heavy losses. Founding CEO Steve Purdham set up the company after selling …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jun 2012
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Coles signs up for Office 365

Insistently non-rapacious supermarket chain Coles has become the latest company to sign off on a press release declaring it has adopted Microsoft's cloudy productivity suite Office 365. The chain's buy doesn't seem to be a “we found a company of knowledge workers that wants to do everything in the browser and beat Google to the …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2012

We love everyone in the SPLA channel the same, honest - Microsoft

Microsoft has insisted it has levelled the playing field for all resellers pushing its Service Provider Licensing Agreements (SPLA). As revealed at the start of this week, Microsoft opened the SPLA programme to distribution heavyweights Ingram Micro and Westcoast in a bid to lure more resellers on board. Five large-account …
Paul Kunert, 03 Aug 2012

Intel's new TV box to point creepy spy camera at YOUR FACE

Intel has confirmed it will be selling a set-top box direct to the public later this year, along with a streaming TV service designed to watch you while you're watching it. The device will come from Intel Media, a new group populated with staff nicked from Netflix/Apple/Google and so forth. Subscribers will get live and catch-up …
Bill Ray, 13 Feb 2013
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Smartwatch makers: You need apps to beat Apple

Smartwatch maker Metawatch has just updated its firmware to version 1.4.0, rolling out a number of bug fixes and tweaks but, most obviously, adding three further watchfaces. These can be previewed and selected using a new version of the firm’s iOS and Android apps, which were posted earlier this week. Both Windows and Mac OS …
Tony Smith, 19 Jul 2013
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When your squash partner 'endorses' your coding skills on LinkedIn...

The amount of virtual spam I get from LinkedIn seems to be steadily increasing, to the point where, frankly, I can usually ignore the majority of email that has its name on the From: line. But maybe a month or two ago I suddenly started seeing a slew of LinkedIn recommendations from friends and colleagues in my inbox. I couldn’t …
Dave Mandl, 28 Dec 2012
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Freesat downs own website after Downton quickie

A 40-second spot during last night's Downton Abbey was enough to knock out the Freesat website as viewers rushed to find out more about how to get satellite TV for less. The spot highlighted Freesat's new <freetime> offering which integrates the various free VoD services offered by the BBC, ITV and so forth, but the spike in …
Bill Ray, 30 Oct 2012
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Expert: BA doesn't need permission to google your face

British Airways (BA) may not need passengers' consent in order to identify them using images available on the internet, an expert has said. Data protection law specialist Danielle van der Merwe of Pinsent Masons (the law firm behind Out-Law.com), said that the company could argue that it is in its legitimate interests to process …
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Jul 2012
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Cloud storage: Is the convenience worth the extra expense?

Judging by my inbox, quite a few businesses have taken to heart my warnings about the legal issues that arise when you allow your data to be exposed to US jurisdiction. Companies outside the US sense a gap in the market and are pouring in. Within a few years I suspect I will be perfectly comfortable with recommending nation- …
Trevor Pott, 17 Sep 2013

Parking ticket firm 'exposed private info' - ICO making enquiries

Britain's privacy watchdog will investigate a major car-parking contractor after its website allegedly leaked drivers' personal information. Readers will be relieved to know, however, that representatives of chesty TV princess Katie Price say she has avoided having any sensitive private information revealed during the affair. …
Jasper Hamill, 08 Apr 2013
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UK will share passenger data with US in Euro deal

The UK has opted in to the EU passenger name record (PNR) agreement with the United States, Home Office minister Damien Green has confirmed. "The UK, in common with many other EU member states and third countries, places considerable value on the collection and analysis of PNR data (that data collected by carriers in the …
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A £30,000, 295bhp 4G MODEM?!? Must be the Audi S3 Quattro, then

Network-connected cars are nothing to get overly excited about these days and, to be honest, neither are fast hatchbacks. But the chance to a drive an unusually hot hatch with 4G connectivity was more than enough to stir El Reg’s auto desk out of its customary torpor. That’s how I found myself behind the wheel of Audi’s new S3 …
Alun Taylor, 02 Oct 2013

Dear Facebook: I heard the news today, oh boy

Facebook has been tugging apart and putting back together its website over the past year, trying to make more cash out of its network and hopefully see its stock rocket now that it has Wall Street to answer to. The revamp has been a bit like watching a petulant child yank off the arms, legs, and head of a Barbie Doll, then …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Mar 2013
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Nokia opens e-books for WinPho mobiles

Reg Hardware Mobile Week Nokia has launched an e-book reader app for its Lumia smartphones. It also plans to take on the likes of Flipboard and Instapaper by pulling down web content and social network updates and presenting them magazine-style on its handsets' screens. Nokia Reading Nokia Reading - which, for British …
Tony Smith, 28 Feb 2012
Griffith University&amp;#39;s experimental Android-driven car

Driving a car? There's an app for that

Researchers at Australia's Griffith University have built an electric car that can be driven, without human intervention, by software runing on an Android smartphone. Dr Jun Jo of the University's Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems said the car, built by students from Helensvale State High School, tests the …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2012