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Online retail giant Amazon GOES TITSUP ACROSS EUROPE

The UK wing of online retail giant Amazon collapsed within the past hour, and netizens across Europe appear to be reporting similar outage woes. Outraged shoppers are – at time of writing – complaining that the service has completely buckled. Hui. #Amazon ist wirklich #down. Irre. — Wolfram Bölte (@ …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Feb 2015

US retail giant Target fails to get banks' MEGABREACH lawsuit slung out of court

Target has failed in is attempt to persuade a judge to reject lawsuit by banks harmed by losses following the US retail giant's megabreach. US District Judge Paul Magnuson ruled that Target played a "key role" in permitting cybercriminals to infiltrate its computer networks. Because of this, a lawsuit by banks seeking to recoup …
John Leyden, 03 Dec 2014
Snake oil salesman

Buh bye fakers? Amazon tweaks customer product reviews system

Amazon has rejigged its product reviews systems for customers in the US, in an apparent move to mute fake ratings on the retail giant's service. The company said it was now using machine-learning tech that it had developed to try to flush out old and crappy reviews, according to Cnet. Amazon's Julie Law was quoted as saying: …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jun 2015

Embarrassed Amazon admits to actually MAKING MONEY as cloud biz blooms

Wall Street got a nasty Q2 shock today from Amazon, which announced an unexpected profit driven largely by its cloudy AWS business. Total net sales for the three months ending on June 30 were $23.19bn, a 19.9 per cent year-on-year gain that ran right past financial analysts' estimates. But the real surprise was that the …
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2015
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Rackspace: Amazon? Sure, you can buy their cloud ... from us

Rackspace has reportedly formed a partnership with Amazon Web Services to help customers move their data centers to the online retail giant's public cloud. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, an American financial newspaper, the two companies plan to announce their new relationship at Amazon's AWS:reinvent …
Neil McAllister, 30 Sep 2015
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

AWS outage knocks Amazon, Netflix, Tinder and IMDb in MEGA data collapse

Amazon's Web Services (AWS) have suffered a monster outage affecting the company's cloudy systems, bringing some sites down with it in the process. The service disruption hit AWS customers including Netflix, Tinder and IMDb, as well as Amazon's Instant Video and Books websites. The outage may also explain Airbnb's current …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2015
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Amazon turns up spectacularly late to 'transparency' party, pours a large one

Amazon has finally released details of the info snooping governments from around the world demand of the retail and cloudy biz. The company said in a subdued blog post that it would publish a bi-annual information request report. It comes after Amazon – unlike its tech rivals – spent years resisting going public with the data. …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jun 2015

Who'd be Target's infosec chief? Tesco CIO joins hack-battered firm

UK retail giant Tesco has lost its veteran CIO to Target, whose IT chief is stepping down after just a year. Tesco’s Mike McNamara is taking charge of Target’s IT operations at 1,790 retail stores, 37 distribution centers, global development and online. He replaces Bob DeRodes, hired in spring 2014 after US retailer Target lost …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Feb 2015
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Best Buy preps for a Hero4 welcome just in time for Christmas

US retail giant Best Buy is anticipating bumper sales of GoPro's Hero4 products, which are set for release on Sunday. Best Buy has tripled the amount of space GoPro gizmos take up in 500 of its stores, according to the Associated Press, so as it can start promoting the video camera maker's latest product line in the run up to …
Team Register, 04 Oct 2014
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Amazon AXES try-before-you-buy AppStore TestDrive facility from shopfront

Amazon customers can no longer preview apps via the online retail giant's TestDrive service before making a purchase, after the firm quietly killed the function on Wednesday. The try-before-you-buy feature was introduced by Amazon in March 2011 and was considered at the time to be a clever way to drum up more sales of apps. …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Apr 2015
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

Amazon to dig DEEPER into YOUR shopping habit BRAIN with targeted ads system

Amazon is reportedly expanding its own in-house ads system in a move for the online retail giant to compete with Google. According to the Wall Street Journal, which cites people familiar with the matter, the company is developing software that is eventually expected to unseat Google's ad placement platform on its own service. …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2014
Snake oil salesman

Failing to zap bogus reviews about your biz is illegal, snarls regulator

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority is cracking down on companies publishing fake reviews or taking cash for unmarked promotional content. The CMA said it has opened an investigation using its "consumer enforcement powers" into a number of companies over non-disclosure of paid endorsements. The regulator said it is also …
Kat Hall, 22 Jun 2015
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Amazon reveals $50 Android-ish Fire tablet it will axe in two years

Amazon has pumped out its latest attempt to stake a claim in the luggable electronics market with a $50 tablet. The retail giant said its new seven-inch Fire tablet will sport a 1.3Ghz quad-core processor – most likely ARM compatible – with 8GB of storage (and a microSD slot), a 1024 x 600 resolution touchscreen, and a seven- …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Sep 2015
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#Gamergate folk load flamethrower, roast own feet over GTA V 'ban'

Gamergate has flared anew, and perhaps less coherently, after discount department store chain Target Australia decided to take Grand Theft Auto V off its shelves in response to a successful petition on (after initially resisting the request). The new flareup's lack of coherence comes from the fact that plenty of …
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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

UK businesses that rely on a third party pricing system on Amazon were hit by an hour-long software glitch on Friday night, with items being sold for just 1p. Some retailers complained that RepricerExpress's technical cockup, which happened between 7pm and 8pm on 12 December, could leave them bankrupt. A number of small …
Team Register, 14 Dec 2014

By the way, Home Depot hackers also grabbed 53 million email addresses

Hackers made off with a whopping 53 million email addresses as part of the high profile April breach of Home Depot in which 56 million credit cards were compromised, the company says. The haul bagged enough email addresses to contact everyone in England, but it was unknown if the information had been implicated in further …
Darren Pauli, 07 Nov 2014
Steve Ballmer

SHOW ME THE MONEY! Ballmer on Amazon: 'They're not a real biz, they make NO cash'

Vid Ex-Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer has attacked retail giant Amazon for failing to make a profit after more than two decades of trading its wares online. "They make no money, Charlie. In my world, you're not a real business until you make some money. I have a hard time with businesses that don't make money at some point," Big …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Oct 2014
Titanic sinking

IaaS is OVER, ladies. Time for OpenStack to jump clear

Data. Was ever such a single word filled with such promise – and heartbreak – for IT firms? In the cloud, succeeding in getting hold of people’s data means these people are incentivized through inertia to stay with you. That’s the promise, at least. The rub? Actually making a successful business from people’s data. The act of …
Gavin Clarke, 20 May 2015

Failure to launch: Hadoop will be 'anaemic' for years, says Gartner

Forget the hype and the vendors chinning each other – Hadoop is still not ready for take-off. That’s according to Gartner, whose latest short story in the Hadoop-is-not-ready saga has predicted “anaemic” adoption of Hadoop for at least the next two years. The biggest problem is that people allegedly still can’t use Hadoop, …
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2015

Gamers! Yes, gamers – they'll rescue our streaming Fire TV box, hopes Amazon

Amazon is hoping to crack the streaming media market with a new gaming app that lets you play many of the latest titles for $6.99 a month. GameFly Streaming is available today as an app on the retail giant's Fire TV and lets you rent bundles of games at a time. For example, the "Action Pack" contains seven titles including F.E.A …
Kieren McCarthy, 03 Jun 2015
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New Xen vuln triggers Amazon, Rackspace reboot panic redux

Newly discovered vulnerabilities in the open source Xen virtualization hypervisor have once again sent major public cloud companies scurrying to patch and reboot their systems before attackers can pull off a massive exploit. Amazon and Rackspace have both announced that they will need to reboot some of their servers to address …
Neil McAllister, 28 Feb 2015

How a Cali court ruling could force a complete rethink of search results

We could be looking at a complete overhaul of search results thanks to a case involving Amazon and a high-end watch manufacturer. Earlier this week, California's Ninth Circuit reversed a district court decision that the online retail giant does not infringe the trademark of Multi Time Machine (MTM) when it displays competitors …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Jul 2015
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Well, what d'you know: Raising e-book prices doesn't raise sales

Worstall on Wednesday One of the things those within economics think that the subject gets generally correct is microeonomics, which itself is generally a discussion of the price system. There are those who insist that this is all well, true, insisting that since we're not all rational agents, don't have perfect knowledge, then that standard …
Tim Worstall, 09 Sep 2015
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Laminate this: Inside Argos' ongoing online (r)evolution

Think Argos and you think catalogue: The Laminated Book of Dreams, as comedian Bill Bailey puts it, placing thousands of products from crayons to cookers within the easy reach of eager shoppers. Go ahead, laugh it up, but that book introduced a brand new way of shopping in beige 1970s Britain. Shopping from a catalogue was the …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Sep 2015

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
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Hey devs. Forget Siri – Amazon's Alexa will show you a $100m good time

Amazon is reaching out to developers in an effort to build a rival to voice assistant services like Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana. The online retail giant has released APIs and a software development kit (SDK) in an effort to build up its new Alexa voice service, which is built into its Echo smart speaker. It has also …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Jun 2015
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Budget UHD TVs arrive – but were the 4Kasts worth listening to?

Breaking Fad When you can buy a 4K telly at the supermarket, along with your bangers and mash, you know Ultra HD has entered the mainstream. Retail giant Asda is now stocking the Polaroid-branded P55D600, a 55-inch Ultra HD screen for just £699. If you want to really push the boat out, you can heft the 65-inch version into your wonky-wheeled …
Steve May, 14 Aug 2015
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TalkTalk eyes up Blinkbox for advanced FOURPLAY – report

Budget telco TalkTalk is reportedly pursuing a buyout of video-streaming service Blinkbox from Tesco. In the manoeuvrings to provide mobile, internet, TV and fixed phone services, Blinkbox had looked to be a good move for Britain's biggest supermarket, but while Tesco Mobile has been successful for the retail giant, BlinkBox …
Simon Rockman, 30 Dec 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

Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list

Home Depot is facing claims it ignored security warnings from staff, who say prior to its loss of 56 million credit cards, it failed to update anti virus since 2007, did not consistently monitor its network for signs of attack, and failed to properly audit its eventually-hacked payment terminals. The fixer-upper retail giant …
Darren Pauli, 22 Sep 2014
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If you ate at one of these PF Chang's restaurants, your bank card is at risk

US eatery chain P.F. Chang's has named 33 of its restaurants that were compromised by bank card fraudsters this year. The company said payment systems at its Chinese bistros in states from California to Florida were infiltrated, allowing crooks to siphon off victims' credit and debit card details. According to the restaurant …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Aug 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

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

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

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
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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

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
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Payment security bods: Nice pay-by-bonk (hint: NO ONE uses it) on iPhone 6, Apple

Apple's confirmation that the iPhone 6 will enable contactless payments via NFC has received a broadly positive reaction from security firms and payment-processing vendors. Apple said it wouldn't access any payment data, so the transaction would take place between a user, bank and retailer. ‪This privacy, along with ease of use …
John Leyden, 10 Sep 2014

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

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
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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

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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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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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
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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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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

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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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