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FCC swivels to online privacy, gets bitten in the ass by net neutrality

Analysis When America's comms watchdog the FCC passed its net neutrality rules despite an onslaught of criticism from telcos, the world rejoiced. But, as many of us noted at the time, the Open Internet Order was achieved through an imperfect approach: equating internet providers with phone companies by deciding they are Title II …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 May 2016

As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of fight for security info

The sysadmin-activist at the center of a bizarre legal battle over a smart meter network in Seattle, Washington, says he never expected a simple records request to turn into a lawsuit. Phil Mocek told The Register that when he asked Seattle City Light, a public power utility, to provide details on the designs and rollout of …
Shaun Nichols, 27 May 2016
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Queen guitarist Brian May releases virtual reality viewer

Queen guitarist Brian May is an enthusiast for stereo imagery, the Victorian-era 3D craze for viewing photos through a stereoscope in order to be awed by the illusion of depth in static images. May's put his money where his eyes are, operating the London Stereoscopic Company to promote the technology. Now the shaggy-haired one …
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2016
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Apple et al demand email law

Apple, Facebook, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others have sent a letter to the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley (R‑IA), urging him to pass the Email Privacy Act. The legislation will update the antiquated 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act and close an important privacy loophole where …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 May 2016

Trad software sales type looking for a break? Atlassian shrugs

Most new companies are likely to opt for cloud-based software, the president of Atlassian said today. And that might just bring a tear to the eye of traditional IT sales bods, given that the company had grown to its $117.9m Q3 revenue off 57,000 companies, without ever having a fleet of besuited sales types. The JIRA and …
Joe Fay, 24 May 2016
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UK distributor Steljes goes titsup

Specialist audio visual distributor Steljes Ltd has called in the administrators after liquidity dried up in what was its 29th year of commercial life. The company had “suffered from severe cash flow difficulties over the past year”, a rep at insolvency practitioner AlixPartners, which is managing the end of life process, told …
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2016

Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'

Google is planning to use “trust scores” to kill off traditional passwords on Android. The internet giant wants to get rid of password logins, at least for Android apps, by 2017. Google outlined its plans at its I/O conference last week. Google's Trust API technology would use a variety of metrics to create a trust score. …
John Leyden, 24 May 2016
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Committees: Wait! Don't strap on the Privacy Shield yet

The revelations by rogue NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden in 2013 caused indignant EU politicians to open a dialogue with the US government to update the data transfer regime to safeguard personal data. The Privacy Shield is the culmination of those discussions. The US's hands-off approach has always differed from the EU's …
Frank Jennings, 24 May 2016
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Half of EU members sidle up to EC: About the data-sharing rules. C'mon. Chill out

Ministers from half of the European Union's 28 member states have signed a letter asking the EU Commission to drop its “barriers to the free flow of data”. The letter was sent to the EU's digitally focused folk ahead of Wednesday, when the commission will publish the findings of its inquiry into online platforms (“search …
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EMC, Cisco and pals nail colours to the EU Remain mast

American storage seller EMC is the latest tech tanker to tell the good burghers of Britain it wants the country to remain in the EU, and it even did so without mentioning Hitler or ISIS. Outgoing CEO Big Joe Tucci and execs at other big businesses including Cisco, Ford of Europe, Airbus, Mars, IBM UK and Microsoft UK signed a …
Paul Kunert, 20 May 2016
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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

Draconian new regulations on vaping come into effect today – but for many vapers, it won’t feel like a crackdown, at least, not right away, Written into the EU’s revised Tobacco Products Directive were new rules restricting the supply, manufacture and promotion of things which aren’t tobacco products at all, but which have …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 May 2016
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Being an IT trainer is like performing the bullet-catching trick

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I’m on stage with a gun pointing at my heart. There is the sound of nervous shuffling as those sitting in the stalls squirm in their seats. Then silence: the audience quickly falls still and holds it breath. The man armed with the musket is raising the muzzle to take better aim before slowly squeezing the trigger… He pauses. “ …
Alistair Dabbs, 20 May 2016
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Japan on Olympic hacking mission to test utilities, trains, telcos

Japan will from next year conduct mock hacking exercises with governments including the United States and private sector organisations ahead of the 2020 Olympic games. The effort will be run out of a new penetration testing arm to be created in 2017 charged with identifying vulnerabilities in physical control systems that …
Darren Pauli, 20 May 2016
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Mads Torgersen and Dustin Campbell on the future of C#

Exclusive interview At Xamarin's Evolve conference in Orlando, at the end of April 2016, I had a rare opportunity to sit down with Mads Torgersen and Dustin Campbell to discuss the future of the C# programming language. Torgersen is the Program Manager for the C# Language. He maintains the language specification and runs the language design …
Tim Anderson, 19 May 2016
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FTC's Jerk ruling against ex-Napster boss upheld by court

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is claiming victory after the US Court of Appeals upheld a verdict it won over reputation site Jerk.com. The court ruled that John Fanning, the former Napster CEO and chairman, deceived customers about data collection and membership benefits of Jerk.com, a social networking/smear website …
Shaun Nichols, 18 May 2016
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Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise salute EU flag, blast Brexiteers

Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have nailed their colours to the EU mast as UK government applies pressure on firms to encourage employees, customers and channel people to support the Remain camp. UK CEO Michael Van der Bel at Microsoft has penned a note in which he stated “first and foremost” the way people decide to …
Paul Kunert, 17 May 2016
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EU mulls €3bn fine for Google

The European Commission may impose its largest ever fine on a company for misbehaving - and for Alphabet's Google, it could just be the start. The Sunday Telegraph reports that the Commission is considering a fine “in the region of €3bn” for Google’s anti-competitive search practices - or around half of Google’s European …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 May 2016
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US work visas for international tech talent? 'If Donald Trump is elected all bets are off'

Apart from marrying an American, the best known route for foreign techies wanting to (legally) share their expertise for a fee in the US is a work visa. But this route is overcrowded, increasingly expensive and, should Donald Trump become America’s 45th president, it'll likely slam shut for many hoping to work in Silicon …
SA Mathieson, 13 May 2016
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China says yes to SanDisk

China’s MOFCOM trade regulator has said it’s OK for Western Digital to buy SanDisk. WD wants to buy SanDisk and its flash foundry chips-to-SSDs business for around $16bn. The MOFCOM approval completes the worldwide regulatory body approvals process and the deal is expected to close on May 12. WD and SanDisk shareholders have …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2016
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Android's security patch quagmire probed by US watchdogs

Mobile carriers and gadget makers will be investigated over how slow they push important software security patches to people. The probe will be carried out by US trade watchdog the FTC and America's internet mall cop the FCC. The two agencies will work together to scrutinize manufacturers of phones, tablets and other gear, …
Shaun Nichols, 09 May 2016
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EMC says Pure Storage dedupe is both in-line and post-process

EMC has won $14m in damages because Pure, it claimed, infringed its patented inline deduplication – yet it is also claiming Pure’s deduplication is not inline in a “Pure Top Ten Lies” document. According to Pure, Hopkinton is arguing in a Massachusetts District Court case1 concerning recruitment of EMC employees by Pure, that …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2016
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Can ad biz’s LEAN avert ADPOCALYPSE?

Do you trust the ad industry to clean up its act? It certain has an incentive to do so, with adblocking on the rise. Six months ago the ad biz trade association the IAB launched the LEAN initiative to define a basemark “acceptable ad”. The IAB's LEAN principles are “Light, Encrypted, AdChoices-supporting, and Non-invasive”. …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 May 2016

Google, Honeywell put away Nest patent knives

A long-standing lawsuit between thermostat company Honeywell and Google over the Nest smart thermostat has been settled, with both sides agreeing to a "long-term patent cross-license agreement". No details beyond that vague agreement were provided. So it's unclear whether there was any financial compensation, or agreement that …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 May 2016

Hey, YouTube: Pay your 'workers' properly and get with the times

Analysis The latest record industry middleman takes more than ever from the mouths of musicians, at least compared with the old record industry middleman. Head of the recording industry trade group BPI Geoff Taylor says that video music consumption doubled, but revenue only rose by 0.5 per cent. Taylor contrasted this with a 70 per …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 May 2016
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Sayonara, Brits! The Irish tech sector could benefit from Brexit

There appears to be a broad consensus that a Brexit would be bad for Ireland: that Ireland’s economy would be seriously affected if the UK decides to leave the EU on June 23. A report by Irish business lobby group Ibec has warned of “the far-reaching impact on Ireland if our nearest neighbour, key trading partner and close …
Billy MacInnes, 06 May 2016

Jobs in Ireland may be vulnerable at post merger Dell Technologies

When Dell completes its acquisition of EMC and its subsidiary VMware, the combined Dell Technologies will become one of the largest technology employers in Ireland. But with role duplication almost inevitably raising the spectre of job losses as the firms integrate, the elimination of product overlaps will also have a job …
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2016

Arrow ECS top dog parades $200m (run rate) cloudy biz

Cloud computing is on track to be a $200m plus annual business for Arrow ECS, the enterprise IT distie's big boss has claimed. The reliably boring firm - in a good way if you are an investor - notched up its umpteenth straight quarter of expanding sales, jumping nine per cent to $1.8bn for Q1 of fiscal ’17 ended 2 April. …
Paul Kunert, 04 May 2016
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EU rejects vaping

UK firm loses legal challenge to the EU Tobacco Products Directive. E-cig merchant Totally Wicked argued that the latest revision of the TPD, which regulates liquids and e-cigarettes, is unlawful under EU law because it violates one of the EU’s “four pillars”: freedom of cross-border trade. TPD2 does ban distance selling of e …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 May 2016
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Defence bankrolls Oz Govt's infosec threat sharing strategy

Budget 2016 The Department of Defence will haemorrhage A$122.2 million and the National Innovation and Science Agenda A$38 million to implement the Federal Government's A$230 Cyber Security Strategy, budget papers reveal. The funding Strategy announced last month was welcomed by many in security circles and seated information security …
Darren Pauli, 04 May 2016

Iranian cyberspy phishing rod pulled from the waters and exposed

Security researchers have lifted the lid on a decade long cyber-espionage campaign. The Infy malware, which originated in Iran, has been used to target businesses and governments across the world since 2007 and remains in use, according to security researchers from Palo Alto's Unit42 research unit. Over the time, the malware …
John Leyden, 03 May 2016

Do you know where your trade secrets are?

Information security (infosec) is no longer a nice-to-have. It is a matter of corporate survival. Even the smallest company can be weakened by the simple loss of a customer list, ruined by the fallout from the loss of protected customer information. There's a lot more to infosec than merely hunkering down behind a firewall. As …
Trevor Pott, 03 May 2016

Greenpeace leaks TTIP texts, reveals strained negotiations

The controversial EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) treaty text has been leaked to Greenpeace. The documents have been posted at www.ttip-leaks.org, and in the main they've been picked over for their impact on environmental regulation. On that topic, European commentators are hitting the roof, …
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Nvidia, Samsung pump brakes in car-crash GPU patent rip-off race

Samsung and Nvidia say they have agreed to a settlement that will end all patent litigation between the pair. Just hours before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) was set to rule on the duo's chip design infringement squabbles, the two companies have suddenly agreed to a deal that will dismiss their complaints before …
Shaun Nichols, 02 May 2016

PayPal probed over Venmo cash-flinging app

PayPal says it is under investigation by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for alleged "deceptive or unfair practices" involving its Venmo app. In a filing with the SEC, the online payment giant said it has received a "civil investigative demand" from the FTC last month requesting documents and answers to a series of …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Apr 2016

The EU wants you to log into YouTube using your state-issued ID card

Analysis The EU’s enquiry into online plantations platforms will recommend a hands-off approach that will delight Silicon Valley. A draft of the enquiry was leaked this week. The study, part of the EU's Digital Single Market wheeze, also sneaks in one of the EU bureaucrats' top favourite obsessions: national ID cards. You shouldn't be …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Apr 2016
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Ireland's tech sector fears fallout of Brexit 'Yes' vote

The Republic of Ireland’s IT industry would be damaged if its second-biggest trading partner Britain left the European Union. Firms are concerned about the impact on exports - particularly if the British economy and sterling hit the skids. Some think Ireland could benefit from international firms wanting an English-speaking …
SA Mathieson, 29 Apr 2016
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Telegram Google rumour

Russian media says Telegram rebuffed a Google buyout. The firm denies it. Trade publications in the autocratic state reported1, 2 that Google CEO Sundar Pichai met with the CEO of Telegram, Pavel Durov, to discuss a potential acquisition of the communications startup. The reports, which The Register has been unable to confirm …
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X-IO spinning off Axellio line into new biz

Exclusive X-IO Technologies is spinning off its Axellio flash array tech into a separate company as it prepares to stop investing in a market share bun fight with the existing ISE and iglu products. The company has sold in excess of 8,000 ISE flash and flash/disk arrays, and iglu storage data services products, to more than 1,500 …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2016
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Flat sales, falling earnings? That will be FY'16 for Datatec

The parent of integrator Logicalis and distie Westcon is to report a double digit drop in earnings and flat sales for the fiscal ’16 ended February, it warned today. Progress on both fronts was downed by the “significant strengthening of the US dollar and mixed global economic conditions”, South African stock exchange-listed …
Paul Kunert, 26 Apr 2016
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Tokyo rebrands 2020 Olympics

LOGOWATCH Tokyo has whipped the covers off a couple of new logos for the 2020 Olympics, after it was forced to bin the previous brand frontage over plagiarism claims. The new Tokyo 2020 Olympic logos According to the organisers, Asao Tokolo's "harmonized chequered emblem" featuring "the traditional Japanese colour of indigo blue …
Lester Haines, 26 Apr 2016
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IBM says no, non, nein to Brexit

IBM has left UK staff in no doubt it wants Britain to remain in the European Union even though many of those working in its services division might not be EU-based by the end of 2017. In February, Big Blue was one of 200 large firms across a range of industries that urged Brits to vote to stay in the Union, claiming a "Brexit …
Paul Kunert, 26 Apr 2016

More questions than answers, literally, from America's privacy rules

Analysis New privacy rules put forward by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that are intended to give consumers more rights over what ISPs do with their data have left policymakers scratching their heads. When FCC chairman Tom Wheeler announced last month that he would issue a "notice of proposed rulemaking" – or NPRM in …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Apr 2016

Windows 10 Anniversary Update draws nearer with Inky preview

Microsoft has released Windows 10 build 14328 to "Windows Insider" previewers. The build is available for both PC and mobile, and is described by VP Gabe Aul as a "MAJOR build, packed with lots of new features and improvements". The new features will be part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update which is set for release in …
Tim Anderson, 25 Apr 2016
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Not OK, Google! FTC urged to thrust antitrust probe into Android

Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog is calling on the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to follow the European Union's lead and bring antitrust charges against Google Android. The group said that following the European Commission's statement of objections this week against the Chocolate Factory, it would like to see the FTC put …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Apr 2016

Tweak Privacy Shield rules to make people happy? Nah – US govt

The US government has poured cold water on the idea of making changes to the new Privacy Shield agreement that will cover transfers of people's private data between the US and Europe, potentially putting the entire agreement at risk. Under secretary of commerce for international trade, Stefan Selig, told Reuters that the US …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Apr 2016
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Red Hat bets on RHEL to sell its OpenStack elastic enterprise

Cloud killing on-premises kit for enterprise IT providers? Yes if you’re IBM, no if your name’s Red Hat. At least, according to Red Hat. Wall Street’s money men are shocked – shocked, I tell you – to discover Amazon with AWS is now number two on a list of enterprises’ mega-critical IT suppliers. IBM? Not so much. A firm with …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Apr 2016
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Official: EU goes after Google, alleges it uses Android to kill competition

The EU's competition authority thinks it has a smoking gun against Google. Consumers suffered because Google’s contracts with phone OEMs prevented the market from creating a better Android, the EU Commission alleged today. It has sent a formal Statement of Objections to Google that forces Google to come up with remedies or …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Apr 2016
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LiveDrive drive by: Backup biz's price hikes will kill us, say resellers

Resellers and customers of web backup biz LiveDrive are digesting its recent sweeping price changes with varying degrees of frustration. Some say they’ll quit the service and others are seeking legal advice. As revealed last week, UK-based LiveDrive reseller Monster Cloud, which itself wholesales the online storage services to …
Paul Kunert, 20 Apr 2016

Oz hackers safe to drop 0day at hacker cons, Wassenaar wonk says

ACSC2016 Australian hackers are free under the Wassenaar Arrangement to bring zero day vulnerabilities overseas, demonstrate them on stage, in training sessions, and to exploit them to win cash as part of hacking competitions, according to the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTG*). DSTO's Leonard Wills. Image: Darren …
Darren Pauli, 15 Apr 2016
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Europe's new privacy safeguards are finally approved, must invade EU nations by 2018

Analysis The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been ratified by the European Parliament. The final seal of approval follows successful passage through the EU Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. Following four years of discussions and amendments, the GDPR is now officially EU law and will …
John Leyden, 14 Apr 2016