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Target topples CEO in latest data breach domino

The CEO of Target is the latest casualty of the big-box retailer's disastrous holiday data breach. The company said that chief exec Gregg Steinhafel would be leaving the company after 35 years,vacating both the CEO and president roles as well as his seat as chairman of the company's board of directors. Steinhafel had overseen …
Shaun Nichols, 05 May 2014

Secret Service probes possible data-leak hack attack at Sears – report

The US Secret Service is helping to hunt for evidence of a possible computer security breach at retail giant Sears, it was claimed today. Bloomberg cited sources familiar with the matter in reporting that the company was working with Uncle Sam's g-men and digital forensics experts at Verizon to probe a possible network …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Mar 2014

Run for the tills! Malware infected Target registers, slurped 40m bank cards

Target today claimed malware infected its cash registers, which allowed crooks to siphon off copies of 40 million credit and debit cards. Chief executive Gregg Steinhafel said point-of-sale (POS) systems were compromised by a software nasty, which harvested sensitive banking information from customers' magstripes. The …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jan 2014

Amazon earnings narrowly beat bean counter expectations

E-retail giant and cloudy king Amazon narrowly exceeded Wall Street expectations on Thursday, causing the stock to inch up in after-hours trading. The company reported earnings per share of $0.23 and net sales of $19.74bn for its first quarter of 2014, exceeding analyst expectations, compared with EPS of .018 per share and net …
Jack Clark, 24 Apr 2014
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Better safe than sorry: SourceForge pushes password reset

Open Source software portal SourceForge is asking users to change their passwords following an update to the site's security systems. The company said that it would require users to choose new passwords upon logging into their SourceForge user accounts. The move comes as online retail giant eBay continues to wrestle with the …
Shaun Nichols, 22 May 2014

Crooks target Target: 40 MILLION bank cards imperiled in cyber-heist

Target says 40 million credit and debit card accounts are at risk after crooks infiltrated the US megastore chain's payment systems. It's feared criminals harvested customers' sensitive banking details between November 27 and December 15, right in the middle of America's peak shopping season. The leak leaves shoppers vulnerable …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Dec 2013
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Swiping your card at local greengrocers? Miscreants will swipe YOU in a minute

More than a thousand point-of-sale, grocery management and accounting systems worldwide have been compromised by a new strain of malware, results of a March 2014 probe have revealed. During a survey of compromised POS terminals, accounting systems and grocery management platforms, the Nemanja botnet was fingered as one of the …
John Leyden, 27 May 2014

Best Buy: Bring us your cowering, unwanted Microsoft Surface masses

US retail giant Best Buy is taking back unwanted Microsoft Surface tablets under a trade-in programme. The company that helped launch Surface RT one year ago has added Surfaces to a list of other consumer computing devices you can now trade in. Best Buy is offering between $79 and $350 to buy back your unwanted first-edition …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Oct 2013

Banks lob sueball at Trustwave, Target over breach

A group of banks has filed a class action lawsuit against Target over its recent data breach, and has named security company Trustwave as a co-defendant. The late-2013 security breach resulted in at least 40 million customers' credit cards being compromised, after a Maryland contractor's systems provided a bridge into the retail …
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Amazon reports rare profit and is punished by Wall Street

E-retail bellwether Amazon badly missed Wall Street expectations on Thursday, causing its shares to fall – even though it reported a healthy profit. The e-retail giant reported earnings per share of $0.51 and net sales of $25.59bn for its fourth quarter of 2013 on Thursday, missing Wall Street estimates of $0.66 and $26.06bn by …
Jack Clark, 31 Jan 2014

Fridge vendor pegged as likely source of Target breach

A Maryland refrigeration contractor has confirmed its connection to the data breach of retail giant Target. Fazio Mechanical Services said that it is currently working with Target to investigate a breach on its systems which investigators believe could have been the precursor to the attack on Target point-of-sale (POS) systems …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Feb 2014

Target hackers: Woohoo, we're rich! Um. Guys? Anyone know how to break bank encryption?

Underground cybercriminals are attempting to decrypt a 50GB dump of encrypted debit card PINs that security watchers reckon were lifted during last year's high profile breach against retail giant Target. Security intelligence firm IntelCrawler reports that a miscreant claiming to be in possession of 50GB of PIN data secured with …
John Leyden, 14 Jan 2014
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Washington Post officially sold to Amazon's Bezos for quarter of a Tumblr

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos last night completed his bargain-basement takeover of the Washington Post, which he bought for $250m in cash. When the buyout plan was announced in August, 49-year-old billionaire Bezos said of the bold move: "This will be uncharted terrain and it will require experimentation." While other internet …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Oct 2013
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Oracle: Our figures say hardware has flatlined, but we assure you it hasn't

Database and wannabe hardware giant Oracle has beat Wall Street expectations after nine disappointing months, and said cloud services are one of its three main growth areas for next year. The company reported its second-quarter results for its fiscal 2014 year on Wednesday, and surprised analysts by stemming the rot in new …
Jack Clark, 19 Dec 2013

US Supreme Court says 'no sale' to Amazon's New York sales tax appeal

The US Supreme Court has declined to intervene in a long-running spat between Amazon and the State of New York over collection of sales tax for online purchases, Bloomberg reports. The decision means the web retail giant has exhausted its legal options, and the law requiring it to add sales tax to purchases by customers in the …
Neil McAllister, 02 Dec 2013
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Chinese e-tailer to build 1,000 empty stores

Chinese e-commerce giant Yihaodian has hit upon a novel approach to food retail – open 1,000 supermarkets which don’t contain any actual food, but instead feature images of items alongside scannable QR codes. Shoppers will scan the codes for the products they desire, and the goods will be delivered to their homes. The Unlimited …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Oct 2012
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Google U-turns on exclusive snatch of .app AND .search addys

Google has been forced to abandon its bid to grab exclusive use of the web address extensions .app, .blog, .search and .cloud - after it was warned the move was anti-competitive. Late last year, the advertising giant applied for the four generic top-level domains (gTLDs) to internet overseer ICANN, which is charging companies to …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Apr 2013
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Facebook restricts ads running next to dodgy posts

Facebook has begun preventing ads from running alongside controversial material - such as sexual, graphic or violent content - posted by users of the social network. The free content ad network confirmed on Friday that it would begin protecting brands that advertise on Facebook from being displayed on pages and groups carrying …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jul 2013
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Taxpayers to cough for Comet staff redundo

The last stores of the once mighty High Street giant Comet are to close by tomorrow but the saga looks set to continue, with taxpayers potentially having to step in to cover redundancy costs. Administrative receiver Deloitte, called in by the ailing retailer's parent Hailey Acquisitions Ltd on 2 November, had been holding talks …
Paul Kunert, 17 Dec 2012
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Comet and Walmart battle for Game

Walmart and Comet have emerged as bidders for troubled high street games retailer Game. The US retail giant is rumoured to have offered 12p per share for the company, while Comet owner OpCapita is also believed to have expressed an interest in acquiring Game, MCV reports. Paying 12p a share would value Game at £40m. But no …
Caleb Cox, 15 Mar 2012

UK retail giant canes Canis Canem Edit

Controversial game designer Rockstar will not see its take on Bash Street, Canis Canem Edit - aka Bully - on sale in shops owned by UK retail giant DSG, it has emerged. The reason? The chain believes the title is "not appropriate" for its "family-friendly image". Canis Canem Edit goes on sale in Europe on 27 October. It puts …
Hard Reg, 18 Oct 2006

Granny upstages Microsoft, storms stage at Surface launch

The big launch of Microsoft’s Surface slab got off to an inauspicious start in Beijing after an elderly couple invaded the stage in an attempt to halt proceedings. Redmond launched the Windows RT tablet-cum-laptop device at a series of events starting at midnight across the country in partnership with retail giant Suning. …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Oct 2012
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Oracle suffers premature remuneration: Spaffs $900m on shareholders

Oracle is paying shareholders $867m in quarterly dividends early to beat a possible 2013 US tax hike. The company declared on Monday an accelerated second, third and fourth quarter cash dividend of $0.18 per share of outstanding common stock. The bonanza will be paid on 21 December 2012 instead of quarterly in 2013. Oracle’s …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Dec 2012
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M&S shoppers make quarter of a million NFC payments a WEEK

Posh retailer Marks & Spencer is accepting nearly a quarter of a million contactless payments a week, with a bonk of plastic replacing the rattle of coins. At M&S Finsbury Pavement (it's a London street, not a food-enabled paving slab) one in three payments under £20 are contactless these days, as shoppers save valuable seconds …
Bill Ray, 09 May 2013
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Apple loses round to Amazon in 'App Store' name dispute

A US judge has ruled in Amazon's favor in a case in which Apple accused the online retail giant of false advertising in its use of the term "app store" in its Amazon Appstore for Android. "The court finds no support for the proposition that Amazon has expressly or impliedly communicated that its Appstore for Android possesses …
Rik Myslewski, 03 Jan 2013
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Remember Anna Kournikova? Come with us on a tour of bug-squishing history

Brain. No, it’s not some Skynet AI drone, nor is it the blob that was always out to get the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles. It is the name of the first PC virus, dating back to 1986. The two Pakistani brothers, Basit and Amjad Farooq Alvi, who wrote it did not have malicious intentions: they simply wanted to scare people running …
Tom Brewster, 03 Jun 2014
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Microsoft's Equipt kill date remains MIA amid retail carnage

Microsoft has yet to administer the coup de grace to its Equipt subscription software package two months after it confirmed it would dump the service. Redmond ditched its Office and security subscription service in November just a few months after the firm started flogging it through the now bankrupt US retail giant Circuit City …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jan 2009
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Kobo revamps e-reader line, intros mini model

Amazon rival Kobo has revamped its e-book reader line ahead of an anticipated Kindle relaunch from the online retail giant. Kobo's existing reader, the Touch, has been given a lower price, and its 7in Android tablet is now called the Arc not the Vox and features souped up internals and a 1280 x 800 display. Kobo 2012 e-book …
Tony Smith, 06 Sep 2012

Facebook prepares to dominate Android

Facebook's upcoming Android announcement could see Zuckerberg & Co. take over smartphone homescreens, making the social network an ever-present companion for people with a thirst for e-validation. The company will announce on Thursday an HTC phone that comes loaded with a Facebook app that supplants the traditional smartphone …
Jack Clark, 01 Apr 2013

Windows 8 to grab iPad market share wrested back from Android

Windows 8 will dent Apple's dominance of the tablet market, but it's biggest impact will be to hold Android's growth back. So says market watcher Canalys, which reckons some 207m tablets will ship in 2016, around half of them iPads of one size or another. In that year, tablets will account for almost a third of all personal …
Tony Smith, 10 Sep 2012
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Amazon quietly un-wipes remotely wiped Kindle

Never let it be said posting your woes on the internet doesn’t yield results. After Linn Nygaard allowed Norwegian blogger Martin Bekkelund to reveal that Amazon had not only wiped her Kindle without warning but had refused to explain precisely why it had done so, the online retail giant has grudgingly relented and re-instated …
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2012
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Amazon cosies up to Nokia for Google Maps alternative

Amazon has unveiled a mapping API that offers an exit strategy from Google Maps for its developers. The new API is aimed at devs who want to incorporate mapping into apps on Amazon's pocket cash registers tablets such as the Kindle Fire, and uses Nokia's mapping services – Nokia Location Platform. Although the ruthless retail …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Sep 2012
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Napster will live on in the UK

Napster has won itself a reprieve - at least in the UK and Germany. The name will continue in these two European territories, a local spokesman insisted today. "There is no intention to close Napster in either Germany or the UK," he told Reg Hardware. Last week, Rhapsody, which in November bought Napster from US retail giant …
Hard Reg, 05 Dec 2011
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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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Harvey Norman warms to etail

Australian retail Luddite Gerry Harvey has reversed his anti etailing stance, and has announced that he will launch an online retail store. Harvey had previously been a key agitator against online retailing, leading bigger retailers to lobby the government to enforce Australia's 10 per cent goods and services tax (GST) on all …
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Asda knocks 20 quid off Kobo WiFi

Asda will be selling Kobo's most basic e-book reader for just 67 quid this Christmas, the retail giant wanted us to tell you. The Kobo includes Wi-Fi but lacks the touchscreen sported by its slightly pricier, better big bro, the Kobo Touch, one of Reg Hardware's favourite e-book readers this year. Kobo WiFi ebook reader Asda …
Hard Reg, 06 Dec 2011

Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

HMV sought insolvency protection last night, becoming the second big name retailer on the battered British High Street to come close to defeat in the first few weeks of 2013. This comes after the music retail giant spent several years struggling to turn its business around as customers have increasingly shifted to shopping …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jan 2013
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Rhapsody nabs Napster UK

Napster UK has a new owner: Rhapsody, the company that killed the service off in the States. Music subscription service Rhapsody today said it had acquired Napster International, which runs the erstwhile P2P music industry hate-figure in the UK and Germany. Napster International was kept separate from Napster US, which was …
Tony Smith, 26 Jan 2012
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Amazon preps major update for Kindle Fire UI

Amazon will roll out a major update for its Kindle Fire firmware before Christmas, the online retail giant has promised. A company spokesman said the over-the-air update will improve the 7in tablet's performance, enhance navigation and provide owners with the option to adjust what appears in the UI's central 'recently accessed …
Tony Smith, 12 Dec 2011
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UK watchdog snaps on glove to probe Tesco's 'security fails'

The UK's privacy watchdog has opened a tentative probe into the alleged security shortcomings of Tesco's website. The global supermarket behemoth, which sends out password reminders to Tesco.com customers in plaintext, was accused by security researcher Troy Hunt of storing punters' credentials in an unsafe manner, as reported …
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2012
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HP jumps on Chromebook bandwagon with 14-incher

HP has become the latest hardware vendor to release a low-cost laptop based on Google's Chrome OS, topping rivals Acer, Lenovo, and Samsung by shipping its version of a Chromebook with a generous 14" screen. Second-place PC maker Lenovo unveiled its own Chromebook in January, so it's no real surprise that leader HP would follow …
Neil McAllister, 04 Feb 2013
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Bulging Kelway: Too big to get out of the obvious exits

Phil Doye acknowledges that 21 years after setting up reseller Kelway, he still doesn't have a key for the exit. The London-based firm is moving to rapidly integrate new buy Equanet, the once mighty IT dealer that was taken over by Dixons in 2007 and subsequently pulled apart and bent out of shape. The transaction is expected …
Paul Kunert, 25 Mar 2013
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Melissa virus targeted by UK retail giant

More than a week after she first hit the headlines, Melissa has caught the eye of a leading UK company. WH Smith, the Great Satan of high-street booksellers, is offering an antidote to anyone bitten by the Melissa bug through a free 30-day trial of anti-virus software. The high street giant is offering a trial version of …
Linda Harrison, 06 Apr 1999
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Analyst eyes Q3 2013 for Xbox 720 release

Microsoft's next Xbox console will launch in Q3 2013 and, contrary to widespread rumours, will not be a download-only platform, one analyst reckons. "Although not yet confirmed by Microsoft, we believe the next generation Xbox console could launch in the fall of 2013," said Doug Creutz, a soothsayer at Cowan & Company, a …
Caleb Cox, 23 Mar 2012
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SGI not selling off NUMAlink – so forget that idea

Thanks to belt-tightening and the shifting of $50m low-margin deals out another quarter, supercomputer and dense rack server maker Silicon Graphics turned in a relatively decent second quarter of its fiscal year 2013. Two weeks ago, when it was participating in the Needham Growth Conference, SGI released preliminary financial …
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Dixons store to sell Samsung 10in tablet early

Want a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 a day before it launches? Then pop down to PC World on London's Tottenham Court Road on 3 August. The retail giant is selling the tablet a day early. Well, almost. The ten-inch tablet will go on sale at 5pm. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 PC World will be charging £399 for the Wi-Fi only model, on …
Tony Smith, 25 Jul 2011

Hearts, minds and balls: Microsoft's Windows 8 Surface gamble

What makes Microsoft think people will buy its Surfaces? It would have to be either for the love of the Microsoft brand or because Redmond has got them by the balls on data and apps. These can be the only reasons, based on the partially released specs of the Intel-based Surface running Windows 8 Pro that was unveiled on Thursday …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Nov 2012
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Walmart offers $2 digital copies of your DVDs

US retail giant Walmart is to offer punters digital copies of each of their DVDs and Blu-rays for $2 (£1.27) a pop. Converting a standard definition title to HD will cost $5 (£3.18), the firm said. Every digital copy is delivered through Walmart's online streaming service, Vudu. Discs don't have to have been bought at Walmart, …
Tony Smith, 14 Mar 2012
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Dead at 13: Napster 1998-2011

So, farewell then, Napster. The company founded by Shawn Fanning - who named it after his close-crop haircut, apparently - when his peer-to-peer file-sharing app of the same name took off, is no more. The firm that now owns it, Rhapsody, will fold the online music shop that Napster became into its own store, in the US at least …
Tony Smith, 02 Dec 2011
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Amazon fiddling with film streaming service, says report

Online retail giant Amazon is reportedly working on a film streaming service. According to the Financial Times (behind paywall), which cites a source familiar with the company's plans, the bookseller is prepping such a streaming service to be tied up with its Amazon Prime scheme. Just last month Amazon confirmed it was buying …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Feb 2011