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2e2 debt recovery specialist finds... £2,000 in six months

The administrator of 2e2 has recouped just a tiny fraction of the debts owed to the integrator, a Progress Report has revealed. FTI Consulting took control of the company's affairs January '13 in the well-documented collapse. By March last year, it had struggled to recover one-tenth of the £43m on the debt ledger at its …
Paul Kunert, 12 Feb 2014

Facebook: US feds probed over 18,700 accounts in six months

The US government asked Facebook for information about 18,715 user accounts between July and December of last year. The social networking giant said in its latest transparency report that law enforcement agencies asked the company to hand over thousands of pieces of information from user profiles as part of criminal …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Apr 2014
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Kelway splits with COO Lamey after six months

Kelway has parted company with chief operating officer Steve Lamey just six months into his tenure. As revealed by The Channel, the former HMRC CIO and then COO quit the civil service early in the summer to take up the post at the London-based reseller in June. Phil Doye, chief executive at Kelway, confirmed that Lamey has …
Paul Kunert, 14 Dec 2012

Ill communication delays NHS England's GP data grab for six months

Despite little political appetite to attack the government's plans to share GP medical records - and with data already held by NHS England - the scheme has been delayed, after doctors expressed concerns about a lack of public awareness. Tim Kelsey, NHS England's national director for patients and information, insisted this …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Feb 2014
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LulzSec sneak Sabu buys six more months of freedom

Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka Subu, who allegedly led and then sold out the LulzSec hacking group, has bought himself another six months of freedom from the big house. The US Department of Justice has filed a motion in the New York courts to keep Monsegur on the streets until February 2013 due to his "ongoing cooperation with the …
Iain Thomson, 23 Aug 2012
Ken Hovanes waterlogged iPhone

Six months under water and iPhone 4 STILL WORKS

If you submerged a phone in two metres of water for any serious period of time, you'd never expect to see it work again, right? So imagine the surprise when one iPhone owner recovered his handset from a lake six months after it fell in - only to find it still works. iPhone owners are well known for dropping their blowers in the …
Caleb Cox, 11 Oct 2012
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Swartz prosecutor: We only pushed for 'six months' in the cooler

US attorney Carmen Ortiz, who led the fraud case against Aaron Swartz until his suicide last week, has defended her prosecution of the internet prodigy. Swartz, 26, took his life on Friday at his home in New York in the midst of a lengthy court battle that could have put him behind bars for decades. He was charged with computer …

Win XP? Your PLAGUE risk is SIX times that of Win 8 - NOW

UK-based Windows XP users were six more likely to actually be infected than their counterparts who use more recent versions of Windows, according to figures from Microsoft. The company is likely trying to highlight the infection rates of the 12-year-old OS as a way to get customers to upgrade. It says that 9.1 of 1,000 XP (SP3) …
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2013
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BT's 'six-month free broadband' offer is a big fat FIB - ads watchdog

BT misled customers by wrongly claiming that one of its broadband products was "free for six months", says Blighty's ad watchdog. This is the second time this year the national telco has been scolded by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The offending press advert boasted that "the UK's most complete broadband package" …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Jan 2013
Testing Java

Oracle ships Java 8 Developer Preview for testing, 18 months late

Oracle has shipped the Developer Preview of the much-delayed Java Development Kit (JDK) Version 8, the reference implementation of the Java SE 8 Platform. "If you've been watching JDK 8 evolve from afar then now is an excellent time to download a build and try it out – the sooner the better!" Oracle's chief Java architect Mark …
Neil McAllister, 11 Sep 2013
Great Wall of China

Lenovo tops China's smartphone market in just six months

Despite launching its first smartphone in the second quarter of 2012, Lenovo is already the top Chinese smartphone company, according to analyst outfit TrendForce. Lenovo has captured 14.7 per cent of China's smartphone market, leapfrogging past rivals ZTE and Huawei, both of which have been in the market far longer. Samsung …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2012
Tangled magnetic tape

Spectra: Tape is dead? We installed 550PB of the stuff in 6 months

Tape library vendor SpectraLogic says it installed 550PB of tape library capacity in the second half of 2012 and reports that its revenues, led by rising T-Finity library sales, for that six months were up 9 per cent compared to a year ago. Half an exabyte of tape equates to the installation of roughly a dozen of the vendor's …
Chris Mellor, 28 Feb 2013
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TalkTalk posts jolly six months

Carphone Warehouse spin-off TalkTalk is reporting a profitable six months, with more unbundled exchanges in preparation for its planned assault on TV next year. The company increased revenue by more than 10 per cent compared to last year, with a pre-tax income of £887m in the last six months, resulting in an EBITDA of £121m …
Bill Ray, 16 Nov 2010

Vodafone drops 178k customers in 6 months

The Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) union continues to be plagued by customer leakage, after the company's recent results saw it admit 178,000 users abandoned the carrier in the last six months. The JV now sits on 6.8 million customers, a new two year low, following the 2010 season of network meltdowns. The carrier has …
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Zombie-animating malnets increase 200% in just 6 months

Crybercrooks are beefing up the infrastructure behind the delivery of botnets, a move that is leading towards more potent and numerous threats, say researchers. Botnet infections are commonly spread though compromised websites seeded with malicious scripts and promoted via black hat SEO tactics such as link farms. These malware …
John Leyden, 03 Oct 2012
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ICO warns: Just six months to comply with EC cookie rules

The Information Commissioner's Office won't begin enforcing the new cookies law for another six months yet - in the meantime, the regulator has issued a reminder to web outfits warning them to prepare to comply with the legislation. On 25 May 2011, the implementation of the revised e-Privacy Directive passed with a whimper …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Dec 2011

Capita's IT Services top dog legs it after just 6 months

Capita IT Services boss Mark Quartermaine is leaving the company just six months after he landed the job. He follows operations director Russ Hewitt, who quit the firm a month ago. In an announcement to employees, seen by The Channel, Mark Wyllie, executive director at Capita, said that Quartermaine would be heading for the door …
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Speaker bods Sonos chuck FREE TELLY* in with discount offer

Wi-Fi streaming speaker supplier Sonos is sweetening Playbar UK purchases with six months of Spotify and Sky Movies. The Playbar is priced at £599 ($699 in the USA) and connects to an HDTV through an optical cable. It can be integrated with other Sonos speakers like the equally expensive Sub for bass oomph, and a pair of Play:3s …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2014
The Office

Six things you should know before you roll out Office 365

Let’s discuss some of the reasons for embarking on an Office 365 project. You might have found yourself at that particular point in your Microsoft upgrade cycle. Or maybe you want to allow staff to work just as efficiently away from the office as at their desks and like the collaboration tools offered by SharePoint. Regardless …
Lucy Sherriff, 21 May 2013
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Trio of 'nauts plonk down after six-month space station stint

Three International Space Station crew members have returned to Earth after more than six months aboard the orbiting platform. A Soyuz TMA-03M carrying Expedition 31 commander Oleg Kononenko, NASA's Don Pettit and the European Space Agency's Andre Kuipers touched down in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 0814 GMT on Sunday. The …
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US-Russia Soyuz 'nauts STUCK IN SPACE after ISS dock fail

The three cosmonauts on board the Soyuz spacecraft are stuck in the space slow lane after a delay to their planned six-hour trip to the International Space Station. They will now arrive at the ISS almost two days later than expected after a critical 24-second engine thruster burn that would have kept the team on course failed …
Jasper Hamill, 26 Mar 2014
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Dole office to roll out digital benefits to north-west – 6 months early

The government has announced plans to launch universal credit six months ahead of the national rollout in October 2013. The scheme will go live in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire region in April 2013. The Department for Work and Pensions said that the early rollout of its new benefit system is expected to see up to 1,500 new …

German frau reports for liver transplant clutching bottle of vodka

A German woman scheduled for a liver transplant presented herself at the hospital clutching a bottle of vodka, having spectacularly failed to lay off the booze in the six months leading to the op. According to Spiegel Online (in German), a nurse at the Göttingen University Hospital had to relieve the unnamed frau of her …
Lester Haines, 23 Jan 2014

Tech giants CAN disclose US spooks' data demands - but with heavy restrictions

Apple has announced that it received less than 250 requests for data from US intelligence agencies in the first half of last year after the Obama administration slightly loosened restrictions on disclosing spooks' data requests. After months of negotiations between the Obama administration and tech firms, from Yahoo! to Facebook …
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Yahoo! jacks data retention from 90 days to 18 months

Yahoo! is jacking up the amount of time it holds onto its log file data by a factor of six to 18 months. The move, on the face of it, sets the firm on a collision course with the EU which sees six months as a perfectly adequate period of time to hold data, other than comms data. The veteran dot com said the switcheroo was "to …
Team Register, 18 Apr 2011
Playground spring horse

TalkTalk's broadband base continues to fall as TV subs grow

TalkTalk reported flat sales during its second quarter as some of the budget telco's subscribers switched off the ISP in favour of a rival provider. The company's boss Dido Harding blamed a "noisy" market in the build up to the start of the Premier League football season. Churn on TalkTalk's broadband base rose to 1.7 per cent …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Nov 2013
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Twitter may sue US government over right to disclose snooping orders

Twitter says that the current compromise allowing tech companies to disclose some of the data requests orders made in secret by the US intelligence services isn't good enough, and it may sue to get the right to be more transparent. "We think the government’s restriction on our speech not only unfairly impacts our users' privacy …
Iain Thomson, 07 Feb 2014
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Microsoft finally cuts Bing data retention time to six months

Microsoft has finally slashed the amount of time it keeps some online search query data to just six months, over a year after it declared it would make the change if the likes of Google and Yahoo! agreed to play ball. The company’s privacy chief Peter Cullen said late yesterday that Microsoft planned to implement the changes to …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Jan 2010

Scandal-hit Co-op Bank's CIO hits eject button after one year

The Co-op Bank has lost its chief information officer about a year after he took up the role. Pete Coleman will leave at the end of April, a bank spokesperson told The Reg. Coleman’s LinkedIn profile says that he’s already gone and looking for other CIO roles. The spokesperson did not explain why Coleman had ejected from the …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Apr 2014
Peter Jones, Dragon's Den star

PRIVATE: Expansys prez quits as Dragons' Den-izen Jones takes gizmotailer off market

Biz celeb Peter Jones, who moonlights as a board member at gadget etailer Expansys in between edgy appearances on TV's Dragons' Den, has confirmed that his company's Euro president is to depart. Longstanding exec Frederic Pont has resigned and is due to stand down at the end of the month, Jones told us, during a momentary break …
Paul Kunert, 03 Apr 2014

Google's mystery barge flounces out of San Fran, heads to Stockton

Google's mysterious barge has dropped anchor at Stockton after it was forced to set sail from its former home in San Francisco. It is now moored 80 miles away from its original berth at Treasure Island in a rundown town known as a hotbed of gang violence. Google was forced to set sail after the San Francisco Bay Conservation …
Jasper Hamill, 07 Mar 2014
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C&W Worldwide boss out after 4 months

Cable & Wireless Worldwide is swapping boss John Pluthero with Vodafone exec Gavin Darby after exceptional charges pushed the firm into the red for the first half of 2011. The move comes less than five months after former chairman Pluthero replaced Jim Marsh in the CEO chair in June following the third profit warning in the …
Paul Kunert, 15 Nov 2011
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Ex-IBM heir apparent gets six months in the slammer

Robert Moffat, the former general manager of IBM's Systems Group and a former board member of Chinese PC maker Lenovo, has been sentenced in a federal court in connection with the Galleon insider trading scam that was uncovered last October. Moffat, who was once an heir apparent to run Big Blue once Sam Palmisano retires, was …
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Health dept puts off NHS 111 helpline roll-out for 6 months

The government has extended the deadline for the roll-out of NHS 111 to make sure areas have enough time to plan for the service. The announcement follows criticism of 111 by the British Medical Association and other unions, as well as pressure from clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and private firms. In a letter to CCGs ( …
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Steady as she goes at Three, no unseemly dash to be Four

Hutchison's Three network in the UK has seen a ten per cent increase in active users over the past year, it says, with a 14.4 per cent increase in contract punters. The six months to the end of June saw 3 with 9.2m users (7.5m active) of which 5.5m were on contract (5.37m active) - the rest being on prepay. The network lost 109, …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Aug 2013

SkyDrive is dead! All hail Microsoft OneDrive! Happy now, Uncle Rupe?

Microsoft has completed the transition of its SkyDrive cloud storage service to its new branding, henceforth to be known as OneDrive. Beginning on Wednesday, users who navigate to the URL of the former SkyDrive website are redirected to the newly rebadged OneDrive site. The new site has a user interface that's virtually …
Neil McAllister, 20 Feb 2014
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Server saboteur gets six months

A US systems administrator has been sentenced to six months in prison for sabotaging his ex-employer's servers. Priyavrat H Patel, 42, of Berlin, Connecticut used to maintain four servers for screwdriver maker Pratt-Read Corp, until the company decided to move the machines. On 25 November 2007 Patel remotely accessed the four …
John Oates, 29 Oct 2008
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Shift up, Ballmer: Microsoft expands board, makes room for activist investor

Microsoft has appointed activist investor Mason Morfit to its board after his investment firm ValueAct Capital agitated for a greater say on how the company is run. ValueAct bought a $2bn stake in the software firm last April and immediately started to campaign for change at the company. By August, Microsoft had capitulated, …
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Tony Blair bod's Gmail hack teen gets 6 months

Teen hacker Junaid Hussain was sentenced to six months in a youth detention lock-up today for breaking into an email account linked to Tony Blair among other attacks. His defence barrister had attempted to pass his actions off as no worse than anything Prime Minister David Cameron or London Mayor Boris Johnson might have done in …

Google opens up data on secret data collection orders

Google has followed Apple's lead and published data on the secret orders it receives to hand over customer's information under the provisions of the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). According to the data, Google got between zero and 999 FISA requests every six months since 2009 for both content and non-content …
Iain Thomson, 03 Feb 2014
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Internet giants, US gov agree to loosen secrecy of private info slurps

The US Department of Justice has agreed to allow internet companies to be more candid about what information they disclose to the government, albeit only slightly. Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Yahoo! are among several companies that have been urging the feds to loosen the secrecy surrounding their data collection …
Neil McAllister, 28 Jan 2014
HTC One

HTC offers FREEBIE repair on new models with cracked screens

HTC is offering users free fixes for cracked screens on the company's new handset models. The company said that all HTC One, One Max and One Mini customers in the US who purchase their device on or after February 18 will be eligible to receive one free repair from the company on cracked screens in the first six months of …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Feb 2014
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Santa brings Dixons £31m profits as ghost of Comet is laid to rest

Christmas has come early for the bosses of Dixons Retail Group, which has announced an encouraging boost in profits and sales. Dixons, which also owns Currys and PC World, said its sales were up thanks to steady cutting of less profitable subsidiaries. In the UK and Ireland, operating profits surged up to £31.4m, five times the …
Team Register, 17 Dec 2013
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Pop music, tech bubble... what could go wrong? Spotify said to be closer to IPO

Spotify could be making its much-rumoured market debut as soon as six months from now, after reportedly starting talks with investment banks for an IPO. Those chatty sources "familiar with the process" told Quartz that the music streaming service was considering going public in autumn this year. The report adds fuel to a well- …
BlackBerry bleeding

BlackBerry to be throttled by own supply chain

Mobile phone makers that can't sell 35 million phones every six months – three per cent of the global market – are doomed, according to Taiwanese analyst outfit Trendforce. The firm has just popped out some predictions about the mobile market, one of which suggests “obtaining upstream components and materials at good prices can …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2013
Quantum Scalar i40 tape library

Quantum hands out 190 pink slips... quits making own tape library

Quantum has decided to quit the business of manufacturing its Scalar tape libraries, outsourcing the job, and laying off almost 200 people in its Colorado Springs facility, with more to follow overseas, according to a person who is close to the action. This move follows five loss-making quarters and six years of declining …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2013

Phoenix IT Group blames former CEO and economy for woes

Phoenix IT Group chairman Peter Bertram fingered his former CEO and the fragile economic recovery as reasons why trade remains damp and profits have yet to rebound in a more meaningful way. At the half way stage of fiscal '14 for the six months to 30 September, the beleaguered LSE-listed firm reported a near six per cent decline …
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2013

Microsoft keeps Skype content safe from police data slurping - for now

Microsoft has not yet handed over the content of any Skype conversations to regular law enforcement requests in the last six months, Redmond has revealed. Redmond's stance was shown in its second transparency report, released on Friday. However, the report does not contain national security letter requests, so NSA and FISC and …
Jack Clark, 27 Sep 2013

British trolls to face 'tougher penalties' over online abuse

The Tory-led government is supporting calls for more stringent legislation to tackle trolls who hurl abuse at others online in England and Wales. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling backed Conservative MP Angie Bray's demands for changes to the law on Monday. "Just tabled amendment to Criminal Justice Bill to make life just a bit …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Mar 2014

Crown Commercial Services turn screws on Commodity IT suppliers

Crown Commercial Services is turning the screws on suppliers operating on the Commodity IT Hardware & Software framework by cutting margins and ruling that all orders over £250k will require special approval. These new terms come into effect on 1 March and run for eight months, following CCS's decision to extend the agreement, …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2014