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Google is developing flight 'price comparison thing' with us, claims Ryanair boss O'Leary

Outspoken Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary has claimed that Google is working on a price comparison site for flights that will outshine rivals in the content-scraping biz. In an interview with Irish newspaper the Sunday Independent O'Leary said that Google would not ask for cash from the famously thrifty Ryanair boss. "Because …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jan 2014
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Ryanair boss Mike O'Leary hits Twitter: 'Nice pic. Phwoaaarr!'

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary took to Twitter yesterday in what was either the PR coup of the year or an unmitigated disaster, depending on how wily you reckon he is. Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary O'Leary tweets a picture of himself to kick things off... O'Leary opened himself up to a torrent of abuse when he offered twits the …
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Ryanair ponders in-air mucky movie service

Ryanair has hinted that it may be planning to offer flyers adult entertainment in flight. The no-frills airline's chief executive, Michael O'Leary, said he'd like to launch in-flight web content, similar to that of hotel room telly offerings, The Sun reports. Ryanair O'Leary said: "I'm not talking about having it on screens …
Caleb Cox, 08 Nov 2011
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Ryanair plumps for Dell EqualLogic

Ryanair, the low-cost airline renowned for its customer service, has chosen a Dell EqualLogic storage system for its Dublin data centre, rejecting competing offers from HP and an IBM/NetApp combo. The contract is worth €470,000 and is part of a Ryanair data centre upgrade intended to improve its internal IT. Ryanair is aiming to …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2010
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Stroppy Belgian students in Ryanair mutiny

More than 100 Belgians are stranded in Lanzarote's Guacimeta airport after staging a "mutiny" over Ryanair baggage fees. According to local paper La Provincia, 120 university students, aged between 20 and 22, arrived in the Canary Islands in two groups on 27 and 29 January for a week's knees-up. It was evidently a lively affair …
Lester Haines, 07 Feb 2011
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Ryanair disses booking system security fears

Budget airline Ryanair has reacted with indignation to suggestions that its booking system ought to be more secure. While most airlines only allow modifications to bookings once a passenger has verified themselves using a password and booking reference, Ryanair adopts a lower standard. German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel found …
John Leyden, 02 Feb 2011
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Ryanair requires web check-in, shuts down website

On May 21, Ryanair insisted that all new bookings would require online check-ins. If you don't print your boarding pass from the company's website, you're charged an extra £40. And now the Irish budget airline has announced that for ten hours next week, its website will be completely unreachable. The Ryanair site will be closed …
Cade Metz, 16 Jun 2009
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Ryanair wins ihateryanair.co.uk because of £322 ad revenue

A website criticising airline Ryanair must surrender its domain name to the Irish carrier because it broke the policies governing the use of others' trademarks in .co.uk addresses by earning money from commercial links on the site. An appointed expert for Nominet, which is responsible for .uk domain names, has ruled that …
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Oct 2010
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Airbus developing inkjet printer for planes

Plane-maker Airbus is working on an inkjet printer. Currently undergoing testing, the device is intended to paint planes. Today, airlines' logos and the designs they favour are usually painted onto planes. If the designs are complex, they are built up layer by layer in a time-consuming process. Designs too complex to be painted …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2014
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Ryanair faces ban on luggage charge auto-opt-in

Budget airline Ryanair is on a collision course with the European Commission over a proposed ban on opting web customers in to extra luggage and insurance charges by default. Brussels plans to outlaw such practices for all e-commerce websites. Ryanair - well known for charging extra to carry hold luggage, and for its websites' …
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Ryanair may charge cattle to use the bog

Budget aerial cattle transporter Ryanair may ask the self-loading cargo to pay for a visit to the loo, chief exec Michael O'Leary suggested today. He told the BBC: "One thing we have looked at in the past and are looking at again is the possibility of maybe putting a coin slot on the toilet door so that people might actually …
Lester Haines, 27 Feb 2009
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Ryanair dial into mid-air mobile calls

Ryanair is just weeks away from letting its passengers make in-flight calls using mobile phones. Although the company’s yet to make a formal announcement, a spokesman for OnAir – the firm providing the technology behind Ryanair’s service - told Register Hardware that the operator will initially equip 14 Dublin-based planes with …
James Sherwood, 24 Sep 2008
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Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

More allegations have emerged of dodgy tactics on the part of car ride app Uber and rival Lyft – this time relating to so-called "brand ambassadors". Glossy gadget blog The Verge obtained and published the handbook Uber contractors allegedly follow to woo Lyft drivers, under something called Operation SLOG. Whether this is legal …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Aug 2014
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Ryanair agrees website clarifications with OFT

Ryanair will change the way it advertises its services after being referred to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) by advertising regulator the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA). The ASA's Code of Practice does not have the force of law but the ASA can refer repeat breakers of the Code to the OFT. It referred Ryanair over its …
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Jul 2009
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Ryanair incurs wrath of Sarko the Terrible

The Elysée palace is apparently none too pleased with Ryanair, after the airline yesterday ran an ad in the French press featuring a lovely snap of Sarko and squeeze Carla Bruni. Ryanair ad featuring Sarko and Bruni The offending advert, designed to promote 100,000 cut-price tickets, showed the beaming couple staring up towards …
Lester Haines, 29 Jan 2008
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Sarko Killer and Bruni sue Ryanair

French fromage grand Nicolas "Killer" Sarkozy and squeeze Carli Bruni have decided that Ryanair's cut-price ad featuring a snap of the beaming lovers is a publicity stunt too far, and will seek redress in the courts, the BBC reports. Ryanair ad featuring Sarko and Bruni The offending advert (see pic), punted in the French press …
Lester Haines, 31 Jan 2008
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Sarko and Bruni take Ryanair for €60k

A French court has ordered Ryanair to pay Nicolas Sarkozy and missus Carla Bruni €60,001 in damages for the unauthorised use of a lovely snap of the couple in one of its cheap-fare ad campaigns. Ryanair ad featuring Sarko and Bruni The advert in question (see pic) showed a fragrant pre-nuptials Bruni mulling that with Ryanair's …
Lester Haines, 05 Feb 2008
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Ryanair loses bitch site name-grab claim

Ryanair has lost its claim against a website which helps customers of the airline complain about the service they receive. The airline took its case to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center which sorts out disputed internet domains. Ryanair claimed that the website - www. …
John Oates, 29 Dec 2006
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Ryanair trades blows with 'idiot blogger'

Hats off this fine morning to Ryanair, which last week traded blows with "idiot blogger" Jason Roe and in the process demonstrated exactly how airlines should deal with bothersome self-loading cargo. The whole thing kicked off when Jason posted details of an apparent glitch which allowed him to get Ryanair tickets for nowt. …
Lester Haines, 25 Feb 2009
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Ryanair begins screen-scraping lawsuit

Ryanair is taking a Dutch airline website to court over the 'screen-scraping' of Ryanair's site. The no-frills airline claims that Dutch company Bravofly's activities violate the site's terms and conditions and infringe its intellectual property rights. Screen-scraping is the term used for one website's automatic gathering of …
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Jul 2008
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Ryanair adopts nude passenger security regime

Who said flying wasn't fun any more? It is down at Ryanair, where the company's new security measures will certainly add spice to any trip: Ryanair - putting the fun back into flying The reason these passengers are running is, for the record, not because a couple of Arabs have just attempted to board the plane, but rather …
Lester Haines, 22 Aug 2006

Tech industry IGNORES customers: 'It's a supplier-driven world'

Tech manufacturers and their third party suppliers have profiteered by ignoring the real demands of SME customers in the pursuit of extra margin, or so says the CEO at a print hardware and services biz. The, er, revelatory piece of info was announced by Steve Francis, boss at print solutions company Danwood. Francis was …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jul 2014
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Ryanair cancels aggregator-booked tickets in escalating scraping war

Ryanair has said that it will no longer honour bookings made through aggregator sites. The Irish budget airline said that cancelling would be quicker and more effective than lawsuits. Ryanair recently sued aggregation company Bravofly in the Irish courts, claiming that its 'screen-scraping', or automatic collection of …
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Aug 2008
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Ryanair wins German court victory in screen-scraping injunction

Ryanair has claimed a German court victory against a tour company it has accused of screen-scraping its website against its wishes. The airline said that Hamburg Regional Court has awarded it an injunction against Vtours. Screen-scraping is when one company takes information from another's website by automatically filling in …
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Jul 2008
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'Sons of Solaris' Joyent welcome Ubuntu into their cloud

Sun refugee camp and cloud operator Joyent has partnered with Canonical to bring tailored Ubuntu images into its technically sophisticated cloud. The deal was announced on Thursday and means that developers who want to run Ubuntu on Joyent's advanced SmartOS-based infrastructure can now do with greater confidence in getting …
Jack Clark, 21 Feb 2014
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Ryanair ad banned for slating Lastminute.com

An advert for budget airline Ryanair has been banned by the UK's advertising watchdog after it made misleading and unfair comparisons with online travel agent Lastminute.com. The advert broke rules on truthfulness and comparative advertising. The ad appeared in the national press, headlined "Robbed by Lastminute.com?" It showed …
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Oct 2007
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'With free Mavericks, we are turning the industry ON ITS EAR'

This was the week when Cisco managed hit reply-all on an email yet again, scooping thousands of its employees up into an epic deluge of electronic messages asking not to get any more electronic messages. Just weeks after the first debacle, Cisco did it again, leading its principal cloud engineer Kyle Mestery to ponder: Nothing …
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Ryanair battles ASA over 'saucy schoolgirl' ad

Ryanair has locked horns with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over a newspaper advert featuring a "saucy schoolgirl", the BBC reports. Ryanair advert featuring saucy schoolgirl The advert punting cheap flights, which appeared in the Herald, Daily Mail and Scottish Daily Mail, shows a teen temptress (right) with the …
Lester Haines, 30 Jan 2008
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First the Yanks, now us: In-flight mobe use WON'T kill us all, say Eurocrats

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is to ease the rules limiting the use of electronic devices in aircraft passenger cabins. Phones, tablets, ebook readers, MP3 players - all the kit we’re currently told to turn off during taxiing, take-off and landing will, the agency said yesterday, be allowed to stay on provided their …
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2013
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Ryanair check-in site exposes data

Ryanair's online check-in service fails to ensure users submit confidential details across a secure connection. As a result, travellers are invited to send confidential data across an unencrypted link. "I checked every step when checking into a recent flight from Luton to Dublin to attend a funeral. At no point is SSL used, …
John Leyden, 24 May 2007
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Brits are so outraged by Amazon, they voted it TOP for shopping

Amazon is the best for online shopping according to Brits snapping up Christmas gifts. Judging from a survey of roughly 10,000 folks, this year's outcry over the web bazaar's tax chicanery has had little or no effect the US giant's popularity among shoppers. Amazon.co.uk's cheap prices and brutally functional design landed it …
Anna Leach, 21 Dec 2012

The final score: Gramophones 1 – Glassholes 0

What do the following have in common: a hand holding a half-litre carton of milk, the back of a balding head, a grinning selfie taken in a mirror and a wonky street scene with nothing of any interest going on? That’s right, it’s your life – courtesy of Google Glass. A number of colleagues have spent the last few weeks playing …
Alistair Dabbs, 11 Jul 2014
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Ryanair Telecom delays mobile telco launch

Ryanair Telecom - the Irish-owned private company operating under licence from airline Ryanair PLC - has delayed the launch of a new mobile service because take-up of its new fixed-line service has been "fantastic". The no-frills discount telco opened up for business last month, promising to shake up the Irish market with half- …
Tim Richardson, 10 Mar 2004
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Ryanair joins the rush to allow inflight calling

Ryanair passengers will soon be able to make and receive GSM phone calls in the air. The budget airline has teamed up with OnAir to equip its entire fleet with the technology by the middle of 2008. It will be the first airline to be completely GSM-enabled. Ryanair joins bmi, who will be offering the capability on selected …
Bill Ray, 30 Aug 2006
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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

One of the first things Britain's home secretary Theresa May did on taking office was to abolish the previous government’s identity cards scheme. But while she made ID cards history, she is in the process of extending Britain’s range of identity document checks. The "sample" UK ID card from the previous government's 2008 effort …
SA Mathieson, 06 Nov 2013
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Ryanair blocks flight search engine

Fledgling flight comparison Website -Openjet.com - has accused Ryanair of blocking access to its airline schedules. Cork-based Openjet.com enables users to search, compare and book flights with different low cost airlines. But in an email received by Openjet.com's host, Hosting365, Ryanair confirmed it had blocked access …
Tim Richardson, 28 Jul 2003

Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP

"Fans, players and parents unite against England's 'rip-off' £90 World Cup kit" screamed the Mirror this week. "They think it’s all over... priced." Even after several thousand years of civilisation and organised commerce, it seems humans still don’t understand basic economics. Demand, not cost of manufacture, determines the …
Alistair Dabbs, 04 Apr 2014
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Ryanair, Stelios in telecoms departure

No frills airline Ryanair is lending its name to a new telecoms outfit that claims it will shake up the telephone market with half-price local and national calls. Ryanair Telecom - an Irish-owned private company operating under licence from Ryanair PLC - unveiled its new service in Dublin yesterday and is promising to slash the …
Tim Richardson, 25 Feb 2004
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Card surcharges face super-complaint

Consumer lobby group Which? is making a so called super-complaint about the extra money charged to consumers who pay by card. Which? will push the Office of Fair Trading to investigate companies charging far more than they have to pay to process card payments. Ryanair is infamous for gouging customers in this way. Which? found …
John Oates, 11 Feb 2011
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Virgin straps on phone masts for the flying upper classes

Flyers heading to New York on Virgin Atlantic will be able to make calls from the plane, thanks to a mobile mobile base station and a satellite uplink, but expect to pay through the nose for a service which hasn't proved popular elsewhere. Only customers of O2 and Vodafone will be able to connect at all, and those will be billed …
Bill Ray, 15 May 2012
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Ryanair says Web will save it £15m a year

Budget airline Ryanair has confirmed its status as one of the world's most profitable airlines with Q2 pre-tax profits rising 54 per cent to £33.7 million. Its net profit margin has grown from 25.7 to 30 per cent in the three months to 30 September. Most of this is down to savings it has made since introducing online bookings …
Robert Blincoe, 08 Nov 2000
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Musk to blast right of way through California with railgun Concorde

Elon Musk dropped a few further hints about his Hyperloops transit plan in London last night, saying it was "a cross between a Concorde and a rail gun" whose biggest hurdles included "right-of-way" issues. And it seems that the ultimate destiny of the futuristic system would be to shift aging tech entrepreneurs around their …
Joe Fay, 16 Nov 2012
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Optical Express 'ruined my life' gripe site lives on

A gripe site for people who claim high street opticians Optical Express “ruined” their eyesight with botched LASIK surgery has been allowed to remain online, after a cybersquatting panel ruled that the owner has the right to free speech. Nominet Dispute Resolution Service panelist Keith Gymer earlier this month ruled that the …
Kevin Murphy, 16 Aug 2012
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Ryanair profits keep leaping

Ryanair, the low-cost airline that has seen enormous success on the back of its Internet-oriented strategy, has seen Q1 profits jump 28 per cent year-on-year. The company flew 2.4 million passengers during its most recent quarter, 42 per cent higher than Q1 last year. Revenue increased by 31 per cent to £93.3 million and profit …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Aug 2001
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Budget airlines warned over 'hidden' debit card charges

UK consumer watchdogs are threatening enforcement action against airlines and other travel firms over allegedly misleading debit and credit card surcharging practices. The Office of Fair Trading said it was considering action under consumer protection laws in response to a complaint by consumer rights magazine Which?, which …
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2011
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Ash cans flights for another day

Flights to and from the UK have been cancelled until at least 1am Tuesday. The Met Office will continue to issue updates four times a day but NATS is currently warning that the ash cloud remains dynamic. The air traffic organisation said it was working with airlines, airports, engine manufacturers and government to get planes …
John Oates, 19 Apr 2010
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Air NZ rolls out naked safety vid

Air New Zealand has rolled out a radical solution to the problem of self-loading cargo paying no attention whatsoever to its pre-flight safety briefings: Staff sporting nothing more than body paint and strategically-placed lifejackets... The vid forms part of the airline's Nothing to Hide campaign, which also features a …
Lester Haines, 02 Jul 2009
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OFT to probe online advertising, pricing tactics

Consumer protection watchdog the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will investigate online pricing tactics and internet advertising techniques that mislead consumers, it has said. It will also probe price comparison sites and behavioural advertising. The OFT, which polices the behaviour of businesses on behalf of consumers, may …
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Aug 2009
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Budget airlines break new rules on opt-in website pricing

Budget airlines Ryanair and easyJet are failing to comply with European laws that ban pre-checked boxes on websites that sell flight tickets. New rules provide that optional price supplements must be accepted on an 'opt-in' basis. The European Commission announced this week that it is stepping up pressure on airlines to ensure …
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Dec 2008
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Airline websites forced to clean up

A European Commission investigation into airline websites has resulted in 115 out of 137 sites making changes so they are less confusing for punters. Tricks like adding extra costs on at the last stages of a transaction, not revealing availability of the best fares and not showing fair contract terms have all been stopped. …
John Oates, 14 May 2009