Articles about Regulators


US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo

US regulators have given the thumbs-up to IBM's sale of its x86-based System x server business to China's Lenovo, Big Blue announced on Friday. "The approval of the $2.3 billion sale to Lenovo enables IBM to focus on system and software innovations that bring new kinds of value to IBM clients in areas such as cognitive computing …
Neil McAllister, 16 Aug 2014
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Secret Bezos delivery helicopters operate from mystery Canadian base to evade US regulators

Amazon's relationship with Uncle Sam's Federal Aviation Authority has apparently deteriorated so much that the web-based retailer has fled its jurisdiction for the more liberal regulatory regime of Transport Canada. Showing off its secret-keeping credentials, the Guardian reports that Amazon has an undisclosed drone-testing …
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EU regulators quiz mobe industry over Hong Kong group's new bid

EU competition regulators are going to the mobile ISP industry with new concessions from Hong Kong firm Hutchison Whampoa, as it seeks approval for its $1bn bid for O2 Ireland. Sources whispered to Reuters that the conglomerate has offered the European Commission a new deal for Telefonica's Irish company after an initial …

UK regulators: We will be CHECKING UP on banks' IT systems

UK regulators are to conduct a review later this year on how banks and building societies are managing the risk of IT outages affecting their business. Details of the review were contained in the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA's) new business plan (52-page/4.56MB PDF). The FCA will undertake the review together with the Bank …
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Apr 2014
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Juniper under bribery investigation by US regulators

Packet-pusher Juniper Networks is under investigation by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, it has emerged. The regulators are pursuing the company over "possible violations" of the anti-bribery US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the company revealed in its 10-Q filing with the SEC on Thursday …
Jack Clark, 09 Aug 2013

Qualcomm pleads innocence as Chinese regulators turn the screw

Mobile CPU giant Qualcomm has released a lengthy statement denying any wrong-doing after Chinese media claimed regulators have “substantial evidence” in an anti-monopoly investigation which could lead to over $US1bn in fines for the firm. Qualcomm revealed at the end of November that China’s National Development and Reform …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Dec 2013

Chinese regulators probe Qualcomm over 'unfair pricing' claims

China's antitrust regulator has accused chipmaker Qualcomm of abusing its market dominance and overcharging customers, charges that could see the firm hit with record fines of millions of dollars. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said that it started an investigation into the company last year after …
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Top patent troll sues US regulators for interfering with its business

MPHJ Technology, one of the most notorious patent trolls in America, has filed a lawsuit against the US Federal Trade Commission, claiming that the agency's attempts to interfere with its business are in violation of its constitutional rights. The obscurely named MPHJ is a patent-assertion entity (that's troll to you and me) …
Neil McAllister, 14 Jan 2014
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EU rubber-stamps Nokia's proposed Alcatel-Lucent gobble

The proposed mega-merger between Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent cleared a major hurdle on Friday, with the European Commission having given the deal its blessing. "The Commission concluded that the transaction would not raise competition concerns, in particular because the parties are not close competitors and since a number of …
Neil McAllister, 25 Jul 2015

Vodafone turns self in to cops over journo phone records hack

Vodafone's Australian outpost has had a change of heart and will co-operate with local authorities, after it admitted that an employee had trawled through a journalist's text messages and call records. As we reported over the weekend, in 2011 Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) was the subject of media reports suggesting …
Team Register, 15 Sep 2015
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Samsung persuades US watchdog to review Smartflash legal dance over patents

Apple may end up getting a helping hand from its mega smartphone rival Samsung, after the South Korean electronics giant convinced US regulators to look at two Smartflash LLC patents. In February, Cupertino was ordered to pay nearly half a billion dollars to Texas-based patent licensing company Smartflash after a jury found that …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Apr 2015
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That thing we do in the UK? Should be ILLEGAL in the US, moans ex-State monopoly BT

Former state-owned monopoly BT is calling for tough rules to force US telecoms companies to let rivals – such as, err, BT – have access their networks. The move would emulate the reverse situation in Blighty, where UK rivals are allowed to use BT's broadband network through Openreach. However, regulators are considering …
Kat Hall, 24 Aug 2015

Your gadget batteries endanger planes, says Boeing

Boeing has decided that lithium-ion batteries, the engine-room of the tech gadget boom, are too dangerous to haul around in bulk on cargo planes. The company has warned operators of its aircraft not to carry bulk shipments of batteries until logistics companies design better transport packaging and shipping procedures. …
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Uber slapped with $7.3m fine for keeping quiet about driver accidents

A Californian judge has ruled that Uber, by refusing to disclose particular business practices to state regulators, is in breach of the conditions under which it is allowed to operate in the state. The international controversy-courting ride-hailing service received a hard spanking on its home turf when an administrative law …

FCC leaning towards approving AT&T/DirecTV gobble – report

The Federal Communications Commission is reportedly ready to approve US telecom giant AT&T's proposed $49bn acquisition of DirecTV, despite concerns voiced by Netflix and other online media outfits. The FCC is nearly finished with its review and will likely sign off on the deal, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing the fabled …
Shaun Nichols, 13 May 2015
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Take a deep breath, Apple: Europe snaps on gloves for vigorous iTunes stream pat-down

Apple is once again in the headlights of oncoming government regulators, this time over its forthcoming iTunes music-streaming service. Reports from The New York Times and Wall Street Journal cite well-placed sources claiming the Cupertino idiot-tax operation is being scrutinized by the European Commission over its dealings with …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Apr 2015

EU to Qualcomm competitors: So how's that competition going?

Qualcomm may have settled its antitrust issues in China but EU regulators are still scrutinizing the chipmaker closely, a new report claims. The European Commission has sent questionnaires to Qualcomm competitors in Europe, Reuters reports, asking them to weigh in on the US firm's business practices. Among the roughly 40 items …
Neil McAllister, 09 May 2015

US watchdog POKES STICK at Google's Android over rival-blocking allegations

Google's alleged blocking of rivals' apps and services on its Android phones and tablets has reportedly led to unwanted scrutiny from US regulators. Officials at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have apparently been poking around the ad giant’s mobile OS business. Representatives from the watchdog have – according to a …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Sep 2015
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UberPop granted temporary reprieve in France

A French Court has declined to ban Uber's controversial UberPop app, bouncing the decision to the country's highest appeals court. The ruling provides a reprieve for Uber's lower cost app service, which effectively allows users to be ferried around without a professional licence. "The Paris Court of Appeal today gave a strong …
Kat Hall, 31 Mar 2015
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NOxious VW emissions scandal: Car maker warned of cheatware YEARS AGO – reports

Volkswagen was reportedly warned about rigging emissions tests on its vehicles years ago, not only by one of its suppliers but also the German car giant's own engineers. According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper, VW's technicians flagged up concerns about the engine management software the company was …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Sep 2015
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US and EU regulators will give Googorola the nod soon

Google’s planned purchase of Motorola Mobility looks likely to get clearance from US and EU authorities, possibly as early as next week, according to sources within the investigation. The EU has been taking its time to review the competition aspects of Google 's merger with the ailing handset manufacturer – there’s been a lot of …
Iain Thomson, 10 Feb 2012

Co-op Bank's creaky IT should be flogged off, growls

The Co-operative Bank's creaking IT is so shaky it should be sold off, according to senior government officials. Sources told The Times that the concerns centre on the bank’s disaster recovery plan. They suggested a bigger player should buy the bank and stabilise its IT system. The concerns reflect issues outlined in the bank's …
Kat Hall, 01 Jun 2015
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IBM gets green light to sell off chips biz to GlobalFoundries

IBM looks to be in the clear to sell off its ailing chippery division to GlobalFoundries after US regulators gave the deal the nod on Tuesday. GlobalFoundries was spun off from AMD in 2009 with substantial funding from the Advanced Technology Investment Company, a wholly owned investment vehicle of the government of Abu Dhabi, …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jun 2015

Xiaomi plans 'mini-mi' mobile network

China’s leading phone maker plans to capitalise on its success flogging mobes to the masses by operating its own-brand mobile network. Xiaomi has launched Mi Mobile, a wireless MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) that will compete against China’s stodgy state-owned mobile carriers. According to Reuters, the company is …
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Facebook policy wonk growls at Europe's mass of data laws

Facebook's Brussels lobbyist Richard Allan took to the pages of the Pink 'Un on Wednesday morning to have a good old moan about "multiple" EU nations digging around the free content ad network's data-slurping biz practices. He complained that the actions of national privacy watchdogs within the 28-member-state bloc posed a …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Apr 2015
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Want a fast, private Wi-Fi channel? Fine, go fight the regulators

Ruckus Wireless has been helping satellite comms biz Globalstar prove that its model for a privately licensed Wi-Fi channel is technically perfect, even if it remains legislatively difficult. Globalstar would like to create a private band for Wi-Fi (one that it can charge top-dollar for) using the spectrum it has failed to fill …
Bill Ray, 11 Jun 2013

US regulators seek public input on plan to investigate patent trolls

The US Federal Trade Commission is moving ahead – slowly – with plans to investigate the ways and practices of so-called Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs): patent trolls, to you and me. On Friday, the FTC voted unanimously to seek public comments on a proposal to gather information from "approximately 25 companies that are in the …
Neil McAllister, 28 Sep 2013
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Google’s privacy policy: Italians probing a little deeper

Google is to be subject to regular on-site spot checks by the Italian data protection regulator under moves to ensure the Chocolate Factory complies with the country's privacy laws. "For the first time in Europe, it will be the subject of regular checks to monitor progress status of the actions to bring its platform into line …
Kat Hall, 23 Feb 2015
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Chinese regulators still reviewing Googorola slurp

China's Ministry of Commerce said this morning that its antitrust bureau is still looking into Google's bid to slurp Motorola Mobility. "The investigations and reviews are still under way. Any news will be disclosed in a timely manner," MoC spokesman Shen Danyang said at a press conference, according to The deal …

US FINNISHes Nokia-AlcaLu acquisition waiting period

The huge Nokia-Alcatel Lucent acquimerger transaction has cleared one of its major hurdles, with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) clearing the merger for takeoff. Specifically, the two companies have announced – Nokia's post is here – that the DoJ has granted an early termination to the antitrust waiting period in the US. …
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Biz founded by Chris 'I hack airplanes' Roberts files for bankruptcy

One World Labs, the infosec biz founded by Chris Roberts – the security expert famous for allegedly making an airplane move sideways mid-flight without leaving his passenger seat – has filed for bankruptcy protection. The Wall Street Journal reports One World Labs filed for bankruptcy last week, with debts roughly mounting to …
John Leyden, 09 Oct 2015

Bubble? LMAO - YOLO! Wall St gets new instant messaging service

A rival to the ubiquitous but expensive Bloomberg terminals will launch this week on Wall Street. Symphony was set up a year ago by Goldman Sachs and 14 of the world's biggest banks after it was revealed in 2013 that some reporters from Bloomberg's news division spied on the use of the company's business terminals held by …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Sep 2015

Google makes admen pay for fake YouTube views, claims research

Google has been accused of charging advertisers for YouTube clicks against adverts even when some of those ads have not actually been viewed by a human, according to a study. The paper – Understanding the detection of fake view fraud in Video Content Portals (PDF) – by a group of European researchers evaluated the performance …
Kat Hall, 24 Sep 2015
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CIOs: Tell us about your biggest disaster and how you survived it

Reg roundtable Walt Disney said “a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you”. Well, for all his talents, Walt wasn’t attempting to secure an aging IT system while evolving a vision to “digitalise” his company and secure its future in the long-term. We suspect that’s what many of our senior readers are doing, though, and …
Team Register, 02 Oct 2015

Startup promises to cancel your hated Comcast subscription for you for just $5

Free marketeers would be proud; a startup in the US has just started up to deal with one of the toughest and most frustrating corporate trials – cancelling a Comcast subscription. Airpaper, which appears to be a two-man San Francisco upstart, will take up the torturous process of navigating the corporate ins and outs of …
Iain Thomson, 05 Oct 2015

Websites aimed at kids are slurping too much info, finds report

A large proportion of websites aimed at children are slurping a concerning amount of personal info, research from cross-border privacy authorities has revealed. The Global Privacy Enforcement Network Privacy Sweep, comprising 29 data protection regulators around the world, looked at 1,494 websites and apps for children. Of …
Kat Hall, 03 Sep 2015

Top VW exec blames car pollution cheatware scandal on 'a couple of software engineers'

Volkswagen America CEO Michael Horn has played the "rogue employee" card to explain how and why his cars' engine software cheated in pollution tests. While being grilled by the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Thursday, Horn said he only learned of the existence of the so-called emissions-hoodwinking "defeat device …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Oct 2015

Uncle Sam poised to OK AT&T DirecTV gobble

AT&T's $48.5bn acquisition of DirecTV looks to be heading toward approval by the US government. Both the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are expected to sign off on the deal as soon as next week. Bloomberg cited a DOJ source familiar with the matter in reporting that approval for …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Jul 2015

Voda's snooping fail: Conroy, Morrow cross swords in Canberra

The Vodafone data access scandal has reached Canberra, with Labor senator Stephen Conroy taking a swipe at nbnTM Bill Morrow, formerly head of Vodafone Australia. over his knowledge of the incident. Conroy took time out from fine-tooth-combing the financials and build forecasts of the company building Australia's National …
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Canadian regulators welcome US Bitcoin refugees with open arms

Canadian Bitcoin traders will not be clobbered by laws similar to those being used to target virtual currency exchanges in America, according to a leaked letter from the country's financial investigations unit. The Register has seen a letter from the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) which …
Jasper Hamill, 20 May 2013

Be the next tech hotshot – by staying the hell away from regulators

Column Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism, but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things – that's Adam Smith, by the way. I'm often left rather scratching my head as I read the latest …
Tim Worstall, 15 May 2014

AMD to axe a few more staff as it struggles to get back to black

AMD has unveiled a belt-tightening plan that the struggling chipmaker hopes will get its finances back on track to profitability. We were told to expect changes after AMD's latest dispiriting earnings report in July, although no specifics were offered at the time. You needn't have been a fortune teller to predict that heads …
Neil McAllister, 01 Oct 2015
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WhatsApp, Zuck? Facebook finally finishes $22bn upstart gobble

Having secured the blessing of European regulators, Facebook has completed its $21.8bn acquisition of WhatsApp. The company on Monday finalized with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that the deal, which adds up to about $50 per user account, has now been finished, complete with a $4.59bn cash payout to WhatsApp …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Oct 2014
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Mobile SIM chip-makers 'will be fined by EU' for price-fixing, say sources

EU antitrust regulators are set to fine Samsung, Philips, Infineon Technologies and other tech firms for fixing the prices of chips used in mobile SIM cards, familiar folks whispered to Reuters. The European Commission kicked off a probe of the chips used in telly smart cards, passports, mobiles and ATM cards all the way back in …
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BT boss: If Ofcom backs us, we promise to speed up UK broadband

BT chief Gavin Patterson has promised to back the government's desire to gift Blighty with universal minimum broadband speeds of 5 to 10Mbps, with the caveat that the company needs support from Ofcom. The one-time state monopoly laid out its plans for the next five years on Tuesday morning, by claiming that BT's pledges could …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Sep 2015
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Has the UK Uber crackdown begun? TfL opens consultation on private car biz

Transport for London (TfL) has today opened a public consultation on the regulations governing private-hire taxis, a move that could see a major clampdown on the way Uber operates. The proposals include stricter controls on insurance and tighter controls on private hire bookings, such as forcing operators to provide booking …
Kat Hall, 30 Sep 2015
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BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

BT is asking Ofcom to be freed from its obligation to provide ordinary PSTN/POTS voice telephone connections across the UK. The telecoms giant would prefer to provide only internet services, and let customers use them for voice calls. The Telegraph reported that BT wants to move "all domestic and business customers to internet- …

Comcast 'flees $45bn monster-merger with Time Warner Cable'

Comcast is walking away from its proposed $45bn merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC), insiders claim. Comcast will announce as early as Friday its intent to scrap its plans for the mega-acquisition, according to well-placed sources speaking to Bloomberg. Comcast did not take up The Register's offer to deny the claims. The …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Apr 2015

According to Netflix, Australia's slowest ISP owns half of Foxtel

Australia's dominant carrier, Telstra, offers Netflix customers the slowest download speeds, the video-streamer says. Here's Netflix's data for Australia. Netflix Australia speed data Netflix's view of Australian internet service provider download speeds Netflix says its index “lists the average prime time bitrate for Netflix …
Simon Sharwood, 11 May 2015

Samsung, Oppo collared in smartphone bloatware probe

Smartphone makers Samsung and Oppo face legal action in China over handsets apparently stuffed with bloatware. Plenty of folk in the People's Republic have moaned to regulators about pre-installed software on their phones, prompting Shanghai's Consumer Council to act. The country's Consumers' Association said in a statement …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Jul 2015