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Team Register, 13 Apr 2015
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Gremlins in the first six months? It's the seller's problem – EU court

A ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Thursday puts the onus on tech companies to prove that a product was not faulty at time of sale if it malfunctions in the first six months. In the words of the ECJ: “Any lack of conformity which becomes apparent within six months of the delivery of goods is, in principle, to be …
Jennifer Baker, 05 Jun 2015
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Microsoft's certification exams: So easy, a child of six could pass them. Literally

A six year-old Brit has become one of the youngest people ever to pass a Microsoft exam. Humza Shahzad from Croydon, South London, has earned himself a Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Humza's parents – IT consultant dad Asim and a trained teacher mum – encouraged him to get interested in technology at the earliest …
John Leyden, 19 May 2015
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Big Switch pitches third fabric iteration in six months

Big Switch Networks is sticking to its start-up sprint, announcing the third iteration of its virtual networking environment since it initial release in July 2014. The challenge for the company will one day be the same as it is for every once-was-a-startup company: it's far easier to build the momentum that grabs the market …
Paul Ceglia

Tough luck, Zuck! Man who claimed to own half of Facebook has fraud trial delayed six months

The man accused of trying to cheat Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg out of half of the social network has had his fraud trial delayed by six months so he can take time to go over his case with his new lawyer. Paul Ceglia, who allegedly forged a contract he claimed gave him ownership of at least half of Facebook, was scheduled to …
Neil McAllister, 15 Sep 2014

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
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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
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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

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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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 …
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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

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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Google gives away 100 PETABYTES of storage to irritate AWS

Google has flicked the switch to take its “Nearline” archival cloud storage service live, and tossed in an offer of 100 petabytes of free storage to set the snowball rolling. Nearline is Google's competitor for Amazon Web Service's Glacier. Unlike Glacier, which is thought to rely on Blu-Ray, Nearline uses disk and flash*. …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2015

Bump and grind is Mozilla's plan for future Firefox OS releases

The Mozilla Foundation has formalised Firefox OS development, pledging that henceforth new versions will emerge every six months. “To deliver upon this vision we are immediately moving to a development model where we will drive a single open source core of Firefox OS, with major releases every six months, based upon weekly …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2015
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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

Cybercrim told to cough up £1m or spend years in chokey

A cybercriminal from Thamesmead has been given six months to turn up £1m, or he'll be spending another four years behind bars. Rilwan Adesegun Oshodi – a 31-year-old Nigerian national, formerly of Greenhaven Drive, Thamesmead, SE28 – is currently enjoying Her Majesty's hospitality for conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to …
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RM’s core division will soon be resources, not tech, reckons analyst

The inevitable after-effects of withdrawing from hardware production and dwindling Building Schools for the Future contracts are leaving a huge hole at RM. The education specialist today filed interim results for the six months ended 31 May, and they make for good reading ... if you're a rival. Total revenue fell 13.3 per …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jul 2015
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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
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Huawei claims 30 per cent growth for H1 2015/16

Huawei's core smartphone and network infrastructure units have driven the Chinese behemoth's revenue past $28bn for the first half of financial year 2015-2016. In a result that will chill the likes of Cisco, Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson, the company's revenues hopped on an elevator to grow 30 per cent year-on-year, and …
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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
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NSA: We'll move your metadata into /dev/null when you stop suing us

The NSA has said it will delete its mountain of private telephone records belonging to millions of Americans – just as soon as people stop suing it for having done so. The agency's slurping of phone numbers, the times and dates of calls, and (in some case) the locations of cellphone calls, was exposed in the first-ever leak of …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jul 2015
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Dell cooks up cloud recipes with Microsoft, VMware and OpenStack

Dell is doubling down on its policy of selling infrastructure, after retreating from its public cloud service provider plan. The firm, which has carved out a big niche in web-scale server centres, will release plans in the next six months to guide others building their own clouds. Blueprints will be for Microsoft’s Cloud …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jun 2015

Ransomware 2.0 'crypts website databases – until victims pay up

Criminals are holding companies' web databases to ransom by compromising web applications and encrypting all the data until money is handed over. As detailed by security consultancy High-Tech Bridge, the attacks start with an assault on a website that yields access to a database server. Once in, miscreants install hidden …
Darren Pauli, 03 Feb 2015
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Australians sign for 1.7 million new streaming video accounts

At the end of 2014, Australians collectively subscribed to about 315,000 streaming video on demand (SVOD) services. But in the six months since, that total's grown to over two million according to analyst outfit Telsyte. What's changed? Netflix came to Australia and was chased into the market by local player Stan. Those two …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Jul 2015
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Dynatrace and Keynote are Borging into a super-APM outfit

Six months after being split from Compuware by private equity surgeons, Dynatrace is working to get under the noses of devs in suits. Dynatrace is today expected to announce it’s merged with Keynote Systems, a specialist in application performance monitoring. While Dynatrace also provides application performance management …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jun 2015
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SEC joins hunt for FIN4 attackers

America's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has joined the hunt for the FIN4 hacking group. The bunch, revealed by FireEye in December 2014, used a phishing attack to get access to listed companies' computer systems. Their payoff was to get insider information to trade their targets' stocks. According to Reuters, the SEC …

Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

Six university researchers have revealed deadly zero-day flaws in Apple's iOS and OS X, claiming it is possible to crack Apple's password-storing keychain, break app sandboxes, and bypass its App Store security checks. Attackers can exploit these bugs to steal passwords from installed apps, including the native email client, …
Darren Pauli, 17 Jun 2015
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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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Automattic says spooks asked for something it can't reveal

Automattic, the company behind content management and blogging platform WordPress, has complained that it can't reveal the full extent of state intelligence agencies' requests to probe users' accounts. The company's new National Security report reports that the company's recorded zero “national security requests” in 2015's …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2015
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Will the PC glory days ever return, WD asks as its finances slip

Are the glory days gone for good? Will the PC market ever come back? AS WD rues the damage that declining PC disk sales have done to its revenues, that’s a question that will be exercising its product strategists as they ponder its latest results. Revenues for its fourth fiscal 2015 quarter were 14 per cent down from a year …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2015
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Jolla cuts hardware biz loose to concentrate on Sailfish licensing

Hardware and software outfit Jolla is to give up making hardware, with that part of the business set to be taken on by a new, yet-to-be-announced company, with Jolla then concentrating on its Sailfish OS. Juhani Lassila, head of communications at Jolla, said: “We are definitely confident in the [yet-to-exist] hardware company …
Simon Rockman, 07 Jul 2015

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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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
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Vodafone sales dip, waits for fixed broadband to kick in

Sales at Vodafone dropped marginally to £10.1bn, revealed the global mobile operator's second quarter results. UK sales remained broadly the same at £1.4bn. Blighty is its second largest market after Germany, which recorded a drop in sales of 12 per cent to £1.7bn. Revenue for the company’s first six months of trading rose by …
Kat Hall, 24 Jul 2015
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Universal Credit white elephant needs 'urgent breakthrough' says MP

Acting shadow work and pensions secretary Stephen Timms MP (Labour) has warned that a "significant breakthrough" is now urgently required for the severely delayed and over-budget Universal Credit system, otherwise it may be time to scrap the project. To many the programme is increasingly resembling a white elephant, with the …
Kat Hall, 30 Jun 2015
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SCC bags universal credit hosting contract

Reseller and IT services outfit SCC has won a two-year hosting deal for the Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) troubled universal credit programme for a sum worth "over six figures". The deal was awarded through the G-Cloud and is part of the DWP's next "digital service" phase of the programme, which is currently being …
Kat Hall, 27 Feb 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

Light-fingered Satyam founder Ramalinga Raju jailed for seven years

The former chairman of Indian outsourcing firm Satyam Computer Services has been jailed for seven years for his part in a $1.4bn (£953m) accountancy fraud scandal. The Special Central Bureau of Investigations Court in Hyderabad sentenced B. Ramalinga Raju and eight others - including auditors Subramani Gopalakrishnan and Talluri …
Kat Hall, 10 Apr 2015

Satyam Computing Services founder jailed over $1.4 BILLION fraud

The founder of former Indian outsourcing biz Satyam Computer Services has been jailed for six months for cooking the company's books to the tune of $1.4bn. The case has been rumbling on since Ramalinga Raju intially admitted the fraud in 2009 – a scandal that has been described as "India's biggest corporate fraud case", …
Kat Hall, 10 Dec 2014

Sources: Coms calls on corporate financer to flog telco biz

Embattled London-listed corporation Coms plc has tasked Knight Corporate Finance with finding a buyer for its voice division – and sources tell us that time is of the essence. The business comms outfit, which split with CEO David Breith in February after a boardroom bust-up, enlisted Paul Billingham, founder at Knight, last week …
Paul Kunert, 17 Apr 2015
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Industry research claims over half of internet users open to new domains

A survey by industry group, the Domain Name Association (DNA), shows that people are open to the idea of new internet extensions, with more than half of respondents expressing a preference for new names. More than 5,000 users in 10 countries took part in the survey, whose broad methodology was also published [PDF] to build …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Feb 2015

Giant Facebook SOLAR LASER DRONE to FEED interwebs into YOUR FACE

Pics Facebook's bonkers dream of beaming internet access to remote corners of the globe has taken yet another step – or perhaps that should be flight – closer to reality with its new flying laser drone. Engineers working for the free content ad network unveiled a massive Aquila autonomous drone, which is fitted with a laser …
Iain Thomson, 30 Jul 2015
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Hans Neij of Pirate Bay arrested in Thailand

Another Pirate Bay co-founder has been arrested, this time in Thailand. According to BBC News and other outlets, Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij (TiAMO) was trying to cross into Thailand from Laos when he was collared by Thai police. Neij, along with Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström, was sentenced in 2009 and in a 2010 appeal had his …

How many top-level domains are there now? 300? 500? No, it's 1,000

There are now more than 1,000 top-level domains (TLDs) for internet addresses, covering everything from .abb to .zw. This week, seven TLDs were added to the internet's root as part of the "new generic TLD" process being run by DNS overseer ICANN, pushing it over the 1,000 threshold. They were: .airtel, .barcelona, .bcn, .game …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Jul 2015
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KERR-PAO! Reddit interim CEO Ellen quits amid Redditor revolt

Ellen Pao has resigned as CEO of Reddit following a week of turmoil and controversy over her recent management decisions. "We are thankful for Ellen's many contributions to reddit and the technology industry generally. She brought focus to chaos, recruited a world-class team of executives, and drove growth," wrote reddit board …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jul 2015
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Ebook price-fix saga: Official Apple peeler says probe is fruitless

A US court-appointed watchdog tasked with ensuring Apple sticks to its e-book price-fixing settlement promises says the iThing giant is not playing ball. In a report [PDF] submitted to the New York Southern District Court, external compliance monitor Michael Bromwich claims Apple has not cooperated with his efforts to examine …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Apr 2015
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Crude scammer targets Brit oil brokers

Panda Labs researchers have identified a scammer who is fleecing British oil buyers using a malware-free spin on the classic Nigerian scam. They say the scammers steal credentials from oil brokers to swindle buyers across Germany, Spain, and across Asia out of cash. The sting works using a PDF file in the first stage of the …
Darren Pauli, 18 May 2015
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Revenue up 62 per cent, as Redcentric posts bumper post-buy results

Managed services biz Redcentric reported a significant increase in sales and profits for its full-year 2015 results, as the firm's acquisition strategy began to bear fruit. The Yorkshire outfit posted an increase in revenue of 62 per cent to £94.3m, compared with 2014. Profits rose to £8m from £1.8m for the same period. The …
Kat Hall, 15 Jun 2015