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US judge rubber-stamps Volkswagen's 'Dieselgate' settlement

Volkswagen's proposed US “Dieselgate” remedies can go into effect, a US judge said, approving the disgraced auto-maker's US$14.7 billion settlement. Charles Breyer of the US District Court in San Francisco signed off on VW's offer to around 475,000 owners of 2-litre diesel Audis and Volkswagens that ran software to deliver low …
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Murder in the Library of Congress

The US Copyright Office has been given a brutal Silicon Valley-style sacking, the first time the Copyright Register has been dismissed in 119 years. Maria A Pallante was locked out of her computer on Friday, according to Billboard, on the instructions of her boss, a new Obama appointee, Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Oct 2016
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Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining – it's the Brexit

Life is to get a lot more expensive for Microsoft customers from the start of next year with currency linked, double-digit price hikes looming for cloud and on-premise software. Software resellers, integrators and cloud service providers were warned about the price rises late on Friday afternoon and told us they expected a …
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2016

Ageing GSM crypto cracked on commodity graphics rig

The crypto scheme applied to second generation (2G) mobile phone data can be hacked within seconds, security researchers have demonstrated. The work by researchers from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore shows that breaking the A5/1 stream cipher used by 2G is possible using commodity hardware …
John Leyden, 24 Oct 2016

Fujitsu Voice is no more: Employee works council shuttered as job cuts loom

Fujitsu slashed the vocal chords of its UK employee consultation committee before it confirmed to personnel that mass redundancies were to take place, El Reg can reveal. Some 1,800 of the rank and file were told their jobs were being put "at risk" earlier in October, but sources told us that just prior to this they’d been …
Paul Kunert, 20 Oct 2016
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Will rush for New Radio compromise 5G quality?

Analysis The US operators have ended their long love affair with sub-1 GHz spectrum, which was so important to their LTE coverage roll-outs, and are leading the world in harnessing high frequency bands to address the challenge of the expected capacity demands of the 5G era. While regulators and operators in some areas – many in Europe …
Wireless Watch, 20 Oct 2016

Trump vs. Clinton III - TPP looks dead, RussiaLeaks confirmed

Expect an outbreak of denials from whoever's got the credentials to @Wikileaks at the moment: Hillary Clinton has said no fewer than 17 civilian and government intelligence agencies point the finger to Kremlin interference in the election. Clinton used that number during today's third debate between herself and rival United …
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May blocked plans to bring in more Indian IT workers – Vince Cable

Former UK Business Secretary Vince Cable has said Theresa May blocked plans to bring in Indian immigrants in the area of IT, claiming the former Home Secretary was "obsessed with immigration". The comments come as Prime Minister May is set to visit India in November to lay the groundwork for a possible trade partnership after …
Kat Hall, 18 Oct 2016
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Automatic laundry folder

A Japanese outfit called Seven Dreamers Laboratories Inc will in March 2017 start to accept orders for an automatic laundry folder it has developed with Panasonic Corp and Daiwa House Industry Co Ltd. Seven Dreamers has employed image recognition technology and artificial intelligence to undertake the five stages of laundry …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2016

Post-referendum UK still part of Euro cyberterror stress test... for now

European enterprises are teaming with information security agencies and governments to run a pan-European cyberwar readiness exercise today. Cyber Europe 2016 - which involves thousands of experts from all 28 EU Member States, Switzerland and Norway - is being co-ordinated by European Union security agency ENISA. It's the …
John Leyden, 14 Oct 2016
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Japan's SoftBank teams up with... Saudi Arabia to launch $100bn London tech fund

SoftBank and Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund are preparing to launch a technology investment fund, to be based in London, which will invest as much as $100bn into the global tech sector. Tentatively dubbed the SoftBank Vision Fund, the investment vehicle will operate over the next five years and will be seeded with $25bn …

The exploding Note 7 is no surprise – leaked Samsung doc highlights toxic internal culture

A leaked presentation to Samsung executives has provided further insight into the company's damaged internal culture. The PowerPoint document focuses on strategies to prevent the creation of labor unions at the South Korean company and takes a very aggressive stance, treating employees as enemies and suggesting " …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Oct 2016
I quit

Lenovo big cheese walks

Lenovo exec and its one-time UK boss Dave McQuarrie has upped sticks after years aboard the Chinese PC maker with HP Inc tipped to be his next destination. McQuarrie ran the EMEA notebook division when he joined from Dell in 2008, before taking on other senior posts; chief operating officer; Western Europe veep of SMB, …
Paul Kunert, 13 Oct 2016

Barracuda's satisfying cloud meal offsets appliances dip

Barracuda can smile as another solid quarter's work, the appliance of cloud science as we might say, brings in revenue growth and profits. Total revenue for the cloud-using, data protection and security business grew 12 per cent year-over-year to $87.9m, compared to the estimated $81m at the end of the last quarter. Revenues …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2016
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British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

Comment “If you believe you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere. You don’t understand what the very word ‘citizenship’ means." So British Prime Minister Theresa May told her party’s conference last week. Home secretary Amber Rudd laid out plans at the conference to make it harder for British employers to hire …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Oct 2016
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Bureau of Statistics hides trade data about monitors. Yes, monitors!

The Australian Bureau of Statistics' Confidential Commodities List has gain turned up something odd, this time in the form of restrictions on reporting of trade in “Colour video monitors (excl. cathode-ray tube monitors), whether or not incorporating radio-broadcast receivers”. As we've reported previously, the Confidential …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2016
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US govt mulls DNC hack

The White House says it will have a response to the recent hacks of the Democratic National Committee. Speaking to the press aboard Air Force One, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest vowed the US would take a "proportional" response to alleged involvement of Russia in the attacks that resulted in a massive data breach of …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Oct 2016

Fujitsu to axe 1,800 jobs across the UK

IT giant Fujitsu is to axe 1,800 jobs in Blighty – around 13 per cent of its UK workforce. The Japanese godzilla denied the move was driven by Brexit but was intended to allow to "better compete and grow in today’s global IT marketplace." A Fujitsu spokesman said the company is planning a transformation program that will …
Kat Hall, 11 Oct 2016

Australian randoms are chill with Internet data retention

Australians who don't know what the nation spends on defence also don't mind the country's data retention regime. That's according to an Australian National University (ANU) survey that's mostly been written up from the press release but which The Reg has considered a little more deeply. The full report, here, lists out the …
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French programmers haul Apple into court over developer rules

Nexedi, an open source software company based in France, has filed a lawsuit against Apple in Paris alleging that Apple's App Store contract is unfair. In a blog post, founder and CEO Jean-Paul Smets and UI designer Sven Franck said that the company has undertaken the lawsuit to force Apple to improve its support for the …
Thomas Claburn, 07 Oct 2016

Fujitsu Tech Products boss channels his inner Sid Vicious

If the rhetoric from the latest chief straddling Fujitsu’s UK Technology Product Group (TPG) sounds familiar, it’s because it is. James Johnston quietly took over from Tom Roche two months ago but his change of role was not the only move at TPG; more recently, sales director Kevin Matthew jumped ship, perhaps before he was …
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2016

CEO of shady ad site Backpage and owners arrested on human trafficking suspicions

Special report The CEO of the notorious online classified site Backpage, Carl Ferrer, has been arrested in Texas on allegations of sex trafficking, after a joint investigation by California and Texas. Earlier this year the US Senate, investigating human trafficking, voted to hold Ferrer in contempt after he refused to co-operate. It was the …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Oct 2016
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Saleforce touts no-code dev, no-brainer AI

Dreamforce In contrast to most technology conference presentations, the Salesforce developer keynote at Dreamforce '16 on Thursday was delivered in the round – the audience encircled the stage rather than being banished beyond the proscenium arch. It's a staging choice that fits the goals set forth by the company in June at its first …
Thomas Claburn, 06 Oct 2016

Reseller offered $$$ for old tech gear – then stiffed thousands with suddenly lower quotes

US trade watchdog the FTC has terminated second-hand electronics reseller Laptop & Desktop Repair in Sparks, Nevada – after the biz shafted people out of millions of dollars. The company, operating under such names as,,, and, offered …
Iain Thomson, 06 Oct 2016

Bloke gets six years in slammer after fessing up to £4.75m tax scam

A businessman from Essex, UK, has been jailed for six years for claiming back sales tax on computer memory sold overseas in a deception also known at carousel fraud. Robert Waterman funded a lavish lifestyle of expensive houses, luxury cars and a Marbella holiday home through a scam in which he pretended to trade memory sticks …
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Early indications show UK favouring 'hard Brexit', says expert

The UK will trigger Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, triggering the formal two-year Brexit negotiation process, by the end of March 2017, the prime minister has announced. The government also intends to publish a 'Great Repeal Bill' which, once given effect, will remove the 1972 European Communities Act from the UK statute …
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Oct 2016
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Simpsons creator Matt Groening once drew Mac heaven for Apple

Conference Couture Welcome to another edition of Conference Couture, in which we relive odd moments of technology history through the branded tat given away at trade shows. This week, one for the Apple completists. Back in 1989 Apple was huge in education. But wanted to be huger, by getting university students to buy more Macs. And what better …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Oct 2016

Ericsson’s patent pool is far from the new start the IoT needs

Analysis There are many interesting aspects to the announcement that Qualcomm, among others, is joining Ericsson’s Avanci patent pool scheme. Some of these appear contradictory. On the one hand, Avanci illustrates how the old patent structures of the mobile industry will no longer be fit for purpose for the Internet of Things (IoT). …
Wireless Watch, 03 Oct 2016

Dirty diesel backups will make Hinkley Point C look like a bargain

Britain signed off on the most costly energy deal it has ever made this week – but the price we agreed for energy from Hinckley is still lower than the peak prices that will hit British wallets even harder, and sooner. Current commitments to renewable generation will cost each household £466 by 2020/21, the centre-right think …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Sep 2016
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Pisspoor IoT security means it'd be really easy to bump off pensioners

Two things are fixed on everyone's minds when it comes to the Internet of Things: security and law. How does industry overcome the threats posed by these two hurdles? Speaking at yesterday's Cambridge Wireless IoT event in London, Max Heinemeyer from Darktrace was all in favour of automating away the security problems. He …
Gareth Corfield, 29 Sep 2016

Pokemon NO! Hospital demands ban on virtual creatures after addicts invade private wards

An American hospital is behind one of 72 complaints lodged with a US watchdog over Pokémon Go – the game in which people with nothing better to do with their lives try to track down virtual animals using smartphones. “We are a small hospital in Oregon and Nintendo Pokemon Go players are descending on our halls and asking to go …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Sep 2016
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After AT&T's crushing blow, FTC tells Senate it wants its balls back

US trade watchdog the FTC says it will appeal the August decision stripping its ability to fine AT&T. In a hearing before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation this week, FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez confirmed her agency will challenge the Ninth Circuit Court's ruling that corporations that deliver a …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Sep 2016

Brexit at the next junction: Verity's guide to key post-vote skills

STOB Pay attention, campers. I have conducted an impartial analysis of the post-Brexit landscape and identified a list of concrete, must-have programming skills for your edification. Impartial? That's pretty rich, coming from you, Verity, considering what I have heard about your activities since Referendum Night. I don't know what …
Verity Stob, 26 Sep 2016
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Heathrow airport and stock exchange throw mystery BSODs

BSOD WATCH It's no surprise that public transport delivers up a huge number of BSODs, since transport needs to disseminate lots of information. So let's open this week's BSOD Watch with not one, but three BSODs readers spotted at London's aviation paradise, Heathrow Airport. Paul sent us a pair from 2012. Nice composition in the first, …
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Lean in and pivot: Even Steve Jobs didn't work alone, startup boy

Radbot In which Damon Hart-Davis talks about life as a tech entrepreneur and tells us about his product. I toiled in banking for circa 20 years, amongst other gigs, including at the much-loved Lehman Brothers (motto: “Where Vision Gets Bilked” or whatever) and RBS, and a previous fintech start-up of mine, though I’m also an …

US Homeland Security launches IoT willy-waving campaign

The US Department of Homeland Security has announced plans to make the internet-of-things just a bit more complicated – by trying to shove itself into the market with a new security framework. On Thursday, assistant secretary for cyber policy at the DHS Robert Silvers told the Security of Things Forum in Cambridge, …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Sep 2016
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Financial Conduct Authority: No need to look any closer at insurers’ use of Big Data

The Financial Conduct Authority has said there’s no need to launch a full market study into insurers’ use of big data, despite concerns that insurers' could be using to charge consumers more. Following a call for inputs last year on the use of data and analytics in home and motor insurance, which returned 27 written responses …
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Microsoft cuts ribbon on Euro cloud bit barn for Office 365, Azure

Microsoft has started to serve up Azure services from a new cloud region in Germany – operated under the supervision of a data trustee – to pitch for European punters with concerns about security and data sovereignty. Redmond's plans for expanding its cloud footprint were confirmed last year by CEO Satya Nadella, and included …
Paul Kunert, 21 Sep 2016
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Magneto-resistant upstart Everspin gets itself into an IPO whizz

MRAM startup Everspin has filed for an IPO. Everspin_ST-MRAM_die Everspin MRAM die Magneto-resistive or Magnetic Random-Access Memory (MRAM) is non-volatile RAM that’s faster than NAND; think of it roughly as XPoint-class stuff. It’s been used by server and system vendors for niche needs requiring very fast and non- …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2016

Will US border officials demand social network handles from visitors?

Updated People visiting America may be pressured or told to reveal their social network profiles to border officials, judging by a draft visa form. In June, the US government announced it was considering adding a box to the I-94W form that gives folks the option of declaring their social media handles when entering the country. Uncle …
Iain Thomson, 21 Sep 2016

CloudFlare offers web encryption up the wazoo

CloudFlare is promising to bring about the encrypted internet by adopting the latest web security protocols and offering a solution to the horror of mixed content. Just over a week since Google warned it would start labeling HTTP websites as "not secure," CloudFlare promises to help the many, many website owners who have a mix …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Sep 2016

India court could stop Facebook’s WhatsApp mega-slurp

Facebook is facing legal action in India over its attempt to slurp up user data from WhatsApp users. Two Indian students have gone to court in Delhi to demand Facebook reverses changes to WhatsApp’s privacy policy. The public-litigation case will be heard later this week, just before the new policy comes into effect. The new …
Paul Kunert, 20 Sep 2016

Epic snafu takes Australian Securities Exchange offline

Australian stock traders will be trying to reconcile trades that got lost after the Australian Securities Exchange's Nasdaq-supplied trading platform melted down yesterday. Monday, September 19, was a day of embarrassment for the ASX. Markets opened 90 minutes late, systems struggled throughout the day, and at 2:00pm the ASX …
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CSC straps another 100 jobs to redundo cannon, lights fuse, walks off

CSC UK execs left sweating over local profit “challenges” have again opted to expunge costs from the business in a time-honoured fashion by strapping human capital to the employment cannons. Not content with running one redundancy programme this summer – the first started in May with the aim of losing 248 jobs – top brass have …
Paul Kunert, 19 Sep 2016
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T-Mobile USA: DON'T install Apple's iOS 10, for the love of God

Updated Don't install Apple's new iOS 10 on your iPhone 6, 6+ or SE, warns T-Mobile US, or you'll suffer knackered connectivity. In the past hour, the American cell network blasted out texts to its subscribers urging them to hold off on upgrading. And it tweeted publicly to raise the alarm, telling people to stay away from the …
Chris Williams, 15 Sep 2016

Alleged buggy software wrongly flunks wannabe lawyers from bar exam. What happened next won't shock you

Updated A California software company is being sued after its product mistakenly flunked more than 90 would-be attorneys taking their bar exam. The class-action lawsuit was filed in a Georgia state court against ILG Information Technologies of Mountain View, California. It seeks damages on behalf of the law students who were told they …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2016

SMiShing on the rise

Fraudsters are increasingly targeting mobile messaging apps such as WhatsApp. A quarter (26 per cent) of chat app users say they receive an unsolicited message every day, while 49 per cent receive at least one a week. The research by global trade body Mobile Ecosystem Forum and messaging specialist CLX Communications confirmed …
John Leyden, 15 Sep 2016
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EU law: Brussels burps up aspirational copyright tweaks

Analysis Brussels’ widely leaked copyright reforms [PDF] have been formally published. The proposals are intended to “reduce the differences between national copyright regimes and allow for wider online access to works by users across the EU.” They will be tossed about and amended in European Parliament for many months. But with an …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Sep 2016

Viacom, Mattel and pals busted for stalking kids with creepy web ads

A group of toy and children's entertainment giants have been lightly fined for letting advertisers illegally track kids online. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and a group of state Attorneys General (AGs) have told Viacom, Mattel, Hasbro, and JumpStart to cough up some change for multiple violations of the Children's …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Sep 2016

Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

Comment Google isn’t just interested in tracking you, or even very interested. Google tracks you with the defiant zeal of an obsessive stalker. What’s curious is that the American state seems almost as keen on the unfettered collection and use of location data as Google itself. Phones incorporated GPS silicon long before the iPhone …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Sep 2016