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David Gordon, 16 Nov 2015

Rise of the handy machines: UK gears up for first Robotics Week

The UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network) tentacle of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is inviting humans to get involved in the first UK Robotics Week, scheduled to run from 25 June - 1 July 2016. The event - supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of …
Lester Haines, 18 Nov 2015

Second UK teen suspect arrested over TalkTalk hack

Police have arrested a second teenage boy as part of the ongoing investigation into alleged data theft from UK telco TalkTalk. The 16-year-old, from Feltham, west London, was arrested on suspicion of Computer Misuse Act offences on Thursday. The unnamed teenage has since been released on police bail. Detectives from the …
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2015

Amazon's chomping at the Brits: UK to get AWS data center region

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is to build a UK region, alongside existing regions in Dublin and Frankfurt. A region is a high-level concept which is formed from multiple "availability zones," requiring several physical data centers. This represents a substantial commitment from Amazon. Amazon CTO Werner Vogels announced the new …
Tim Anderson, 06 Nov 2015
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Microsoft is about to launch a UK store within a store

Microsoft is scouting locations across big cities in the UK with a view to rolling out a "store within a store" concept, according to our sources. Senior UK heads at the software giant have briefed property investment companies, and one told us the vendor was “working with retailers for experiential stores.” Microsoft has …
Paul Kunert, 12 Nov 2015

UK team pioneers experimental cure for age-related blindness

A UK medical team is pioneering a potential cure for age-related blindness, with a treatment aimed at replacing damaged cells. Doctors at London's Moorfields Hospital transplanted embryonic stem cells into a 60-year-old woman who recently became unable to see. The unnamed UK resident is one of many who suffer from age-related …
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2015
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Cheer up: UK mobile networks are perkier than Germany's

The UK's mobile infrastructure is notorious for its hotspots and poor coverage, and we got LTE later than almost everyone else in Europe. But when it works, it actually works better than the Germans'. STL Partners has measured the real world performance of apps and webpages over mobile networks in five European countries. They …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Oct 2015
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Facebook's UK wing paid just £4k in corporation tax last year

Facebook has once again ponied up corporation tax to Blighty's HM Revenue & Customs – this time around handing over the vanishingly small sum of £4,000 to the Treasury. Last year, the free content ad network coughed up £3,169 to HMRC, but that figure was offset by tax credits. In 2012, Facebook didn't pay a penny in …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Oct 2015
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Oracle confesses to quietly axing its UK software support centre

Exclusive Oracle has admitted it is axing its UK software support centre – in a move sources say will shift all European support work to Romania and cut "more than 1,000" support staff. The ERP giant confirmed to The Register that it was "in the process of consolidating its software support services into co-located entities." It said …
Kat Hall, 24 Nov 2015
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UK lawmakers warn Blighty to invest more in science, or else

The UK government is endangering "competitiveness, productivity and jobs", due to its systematic underinvestment in science and R&D, Whitehall's Science & Technology Committee has warned. A damning report on the UK's Science Budget said the UK has fallen below the OECD average for R&D investment in science and is "well below" …
Kat Hall, 09 Nov 2015 launches roadmap for Quantum of Something or other

Innovate UK has published a "roadmap" of future technological development to encourage commercial investment in quantum research. The UK's self-described "innovation agency" has published A Roadmap for Quantum Technologies in the UK (PDF) as Jo Johnson, minister for universities and science, ventured to Glasgow's Qunatum … suspends broadband connection voucher scheme

The government has suspended its broadband connection voucher scheme, following last month's announcement that more than 40,000 SMEs had got their hands on the funds. In September, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport warned small businesses that time was running out to sign up to the scheme that helps them get …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Oct 2015
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UK Broadband suffers £37.5m loss after big Relish investment

Hong Kong-based UK Broadband – the parent company of wireless broadband provider Relish – reported a loss of £37.5m for 2014. The firm warned that its current business plan, which relies on two key factors, remained uncertain and may need to be ripped up. It said in its latest filing on Companies House: The first of these is …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Oct 2015
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ESET slurps up UK-based crypto firm DESlock+

Security firm ESET has snapped up UK-based data encryption firm DESlock+. Terms of the deal, announced on Tuesday, were not disclosed. DESlock+, based in Taunton, UK, specialises in advanced encryption solutions and first partnered with ESET two years ago. The DESlock+ team of 12 employees was led by managing director David …
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2015

US, UK big banks to simulate mega-hacker cyber-attack

A mock exercise will take place this month to test how major banks respond to a major cyber attack, according to a newspaper report. The joint UK and US initiative, Operation Resilient Shield, will be "the most sophisticated test … yet" of the way industry communicates and coordinates its efforts in response to cyber security …
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 Nov 2015

SAUCY INCEST and brutal VIOLENCE boosts UK space sector

Blighty's space industry received a fillip today, with Sky TV reporting bumper results for its full year – Sky accounting for more than half of the UK government's "look, Britain has a thriving space industry" narrative. Group revenue for 2015 increased by five per cent to £11.2bn, with operating profits up 19 per cent year-on …
Kat Hall, 25 Sep 2015

Bird flies nest: Symantec UK, Ireland and Nordics boss moves on

Keith Bird, Symantec veep and MD for the UK, Ireland and Nordics has flown the coop just five months after landing in the job. Bird told us he exited under his own steam. “I’ve decided to leave to explore other opportunities outside of the company, that is the bottom line”, he told The Channel. Security veteran Bird was …
Paul Kunert, 26 Oct 2015

Vodafone UK blocks 1,800 accounts after 'external source' accesses accounts

Vodafone is the latest UK telco to suffer an attack on its databases, but reckons it shut the door on its data after just 1,800 records were compromised. The attack didn't arise from a breach of Vodafone's systems, the company says. Rather, the attackers had obtained e-mail addresses and passwords from “an unknown source …
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BT rebuked for attributing some EE acquisition costs to 'all UK lines of business'

Telecoms giant BT has been rebuked by the UK's industry regulator for attributing some of the "acquisition costs" associated with its takeover of EE to all of its UK business divisions, including Openreach. Ofcom said it was "inappropriate" for two charges, totalling £1.7 million, to be attributed to "all UK lines of business …
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Nov 2015

UK competition watchdog provisionally clears BT's £12.5bn EE gobble

BT's planned £12.5bn merger with EE has provisionally been given the greenlight by Blighty's Competitions and Markets Authority. The regulator said this morning that the proposed acquisition, which is expected to be completed by March next year, was "not expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition in any …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Oct 2015

UK in Frenchy cyber love-in to ward off 'information bomb'

The UK's defence secretary Michael Fallon has announced a cyber love-in with the French to offset the threat of the "information bomb" – whatever that is. Fallon was discussing the complexity of the cyber-threat, and the means "to urgently identify ways to safeguard against the threats" at France’s first Cyber Defence …
Kat Hall, 24 Sep 2015 creates £500K fund to help universities teach cyber skills

The UK government is putting up a £500,000 fund to develop cyber security skills within universities and colleges, essentially helping them construct innovative teaching methods to provide the skills needed to protect the UK from hackers, malware and other information security threats. The Higher Education Academy will …
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2015
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Misco hires sales vet Brooker to run UK sub

Systemax Europe president Simon Taylor has made his first senior hire in the shape of tech sales veteran Tony Brooker - a man he charged with rebuilding UK subsidiary Misco. Taylor, formerly EMEA senior veep of operations at Insight Enterprises, took over the business in June and at the top of his to-do list was a message from …
Paul Kunert, 19 Aug 2015

BBC shuts off iPlayer to UK VPNs, cutting access to overseas fans

The BBC is trying to block access to iPlayer from UK VPNs, crushing the spirits of those overseas hoping to get a fix of Doctor Who and other British telly. Auntie said it instituted the blockade to deter pirates from ripping off its dramas, comedies, documentaries and other programs, which are funded by TV license-fee payers …
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2015

UK/China cyber security deal: National security attacks still OK, it seems

Contrary to several trigger-happy reports, China's president Xi Jinping has not signed a formal agreement with the UK prime minister David Cameron on cyber security. Rather, the nations have issued a joint statement – which UK government spokespersons did not want to tell The Register was legally binding – which mentions an …

Amazon sighs, may slip hands into trousers to pay some UK corp tax

The economy of Luxembourg is about to shrink by a few billion pounds, with Amazon bowing to UK pressure and announcing it'll book UK sales through its British branch. The Wall Street Journal reports the change began on May 1. The Guardian says Amazon is moving in response to the UK government's diverted profits tax, which slaps …

Insight UK veep de Sousa set to split – sources

Insight Enterprise's EMEA president has told us that his UK sales general Emma de Sousa is not quitting the company, despite claims from myriad sources to the contrary. The company veteran rocked up at the reseller as sales director in 2006 and rose through the ranks to run German ops, the Southern Europe hub, and for the last …
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2015
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Cisco spraying $1bn over the UK, hipsters set for well-earned cash injection

Cisco has promised to splurge $1bn (£645m) in the UK over the next five years, investing in 'internet of everything start-ups' as well as promising to buy some real companies, too. The company claims the investment will support the next phase of Blighty's "digitisation" plans. It follows a 2011 commitment to splash $500m (£ …
Kat Hall, 09 Jul 2015
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How did jihadists hack into top UK ministerial emails if no security breach took place?

GCHQ has declined to comment on a report in the Daily Telegraph this weekend, which claimed that UK cabinet ministers' emails had been hacked, but that – bafflingly – no breach had occurred. Which is a bit like saying "nothing happened, but we're going to write a story anyway." Spokesbeings at Britain's eavesdropping nerve …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Sep 2015

Anything AWS can do: Microsoft announces UK data centre region for Azure cloud

Microsoft's CEO has announced it will build a UK data centre for its Azure cloud - just days after a similar announcement from AWS CTO Werner Vogels. It seems the race is on. Azure will have cloud services based in the UK "beginning in 2016" said Nadella's slide, whereas Vogels stated that the AWS installation will be online " …
Tim Anderson, 10 Nov 2015

UK joins US financial institutions for industry resilience tests

The UK teamed up with US authorities to run a banking industry resilience exercise, dubbed Operation Resilient Shield, last week. The paper-based transatlantic exercise focused on improving information sharing and planning in the context of a cyber attack rather than fending off Red Team hackers. Leading (but unnamed) global …
John Leyden, 19 Nov 2015

Return of the Jedi? bod to fight the Empire (Disney)

The owner of has vowed to fight on against Disney after the media giant won control of his domain name. Mark Lewis, chief exec of, who has held the domain and a number of similar names for 12 years, has appealed a decision by the operator of the .uk namespace Nominet. "I can't believe that over the …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Aug 2015
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British spooks wave through Samsung S6 mobes for UK govt bods

Samsung's new handsets have been given the seal of approval from the information assurance arm of Britain's intelligence agency. The South Korean tech multinational reckoned that the certification was the first of its kind to be dished out to a mobile vendor in Blighty. Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 edge models were granted the …
Team Register, 20 Jul 2015

Dangerous resurgent banking malware hits UK

The formidable Dyreza and Dridex banking malware are back in renewed and rejigged macro-based campaigns that includes a shift by the former to target industrial supply chain organisations and by the latter to smash the UK. Both malware instances are dangerous. Dyreza is a powerful man-in-the-browser bank trojan whose creators …
Darren Pauli, 02 Oct 2015

Amazon threatens UK with James Blunt, muscles into music streaming

Not content with crushing the high street, touting cloud services, and dominating e-books, Amazon has launched a music streaming service set to rival Spotify and Apple Music in the world of heavily marketed, mediocre pop acts. Amazon Prime members will now have access to one million songs and hundreds of playlists, it said. …
Kat Hall, 28 Jul 2015
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More UK broadband for bumpkins, but have-nots still ain’t happy

Small enterprises have warned that delays in BT's rollout of rural broadband could push them out of business as the government announced that three million rural properties now have super-fast net access. Dr Adam Marshall, policy director at the British Chambers of Commerce, told the Daily Mail: "No one should be patting …
Gareth Corfield, 13 Aug 2015
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Insight's UK chief puts on lifejacket and leaps overboard

Tech supplier Insight Enterprise has finally confirmed that its UK MD and veep Emma de Sousa is stepping down after 12 years in the role. Last week multiple Insight insiders informed El Chan that de Sousa has already given notice of her intention to leave and the departure was expected to be announced internally "early next …
Kat Hall, 03 Nov 2015

UK government looks to harness the potential of open data through APIs

In a speech earlier this week, Matt Hancock, minister for the Cabinet Office, referred to data as being "no longer just a record" but a "mineable commodity, from which value can be extracted" and outlined how the UK government intends to improve its use of the information at its disposal and help others exploit the data too. " …
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Nov 2015

Logicalis: UK boss Gales has quit for 'personal reasons'

An interim managing director is running Logicalis UK after the former boss Ben Gales exited roughly six weeks into the role. Ex-NCR and Xerox exec Gales arrived at Logicalis in mid-September following an exhaustive seven-month search to find a replacement for Mark Starkey, who quit in February. But the situation with Gales “ …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2015
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Fugitive UK hacker turned ISIS recruiter killed in Syria

Junaid Hussain, the UK fugitive hacker turned ISIS recruiter, has reportedly been killed in a US drone strike in Syria. The former member of hacking group TeaMp0isoN (nickname TriCk) was jailed in 2012 for hacking into the email account of an aide to Tony Blair and subsequently posting contact details and personal information …
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2015
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Uber wants UK gov intervention over TfL’s '5-minute wait' rule

Uber has indicated that it would seek an intervention from the UK government if Transport for London was to force the controversial taxi/app company to introduce a "five minute wait" rule. The proposals for a forced delay time were suggested in September, as part of plans that would amount to a clampdown by the regional …
Kat Hall, 24 Nov 2015

Cisco borgs UK infosec bods

Cisco Systems is buying Portcullis Computer Security, a UK-based firm specialising in consulting to enterprise and government clients. Both firms are staying tight-lipped about the value of the deal which is expected to complete early in 2016. When that happens Portcullis employees will become part of the Cisco Security …
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Bezos battery-box bomb beef brouhaha begins as UK watchdog hauls Amazon to court

The court date for a legal showdown between Amazon and the UK's Civil Aviation Authority has been set, with the parties to fight it out over allegations that Amazon broke safety rules in transporting lithium ion batteries. The CAA claims Amazon flouted rules for shipping lithium-ion batteries, which are potentially highly …
Kat Hall, 01 Oct 2015
Police direct a cabbie at the Uber protest in London

Minicab-hailing app Uber is lawful – UK High Court

Uber's minicab-hailing app has been found lawful in the British High Court, following concerns over its alleged use as a taximeter, which is currently outlawed for private hire vehicles. The decision came after a request for clarity by UK local government body Transport for London (TfL), essentially asking the court rule on …

'Traditional' forms of thuggery decline in UK, cybercrime on the rise

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released information suggesting cybercrime incidents are growing more prevalent in British society than traditional criminal incidents, and has noted that this may be due to more criminal enterprises transitioning to the digital world. Included for the first time among the ONS's … loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

The British music industry has dealt a significant legal blow to the UK government – after the law was tweaked to allow Brits to copy audio CDs without another penny going to musicians and labels. Blighty's record industry, unhappy with these changes, today successfully applied [PDF] for a judicial review, meaning a judge will …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jun 2015

French outsourcer Atos fattens revenues on UK public sector

French outsourcer Atos posted bumper profits int its first quarter, mainly buoyed by the UK public sector deals. Revenue rose 17.6 per cent to €2.4bn (£1.7bn), compared with the same quarter last year. The UK was the biggest market for the outsourcer, growing 15 per cent to €511m (£367m) compared with the same quarter last year …
Kat Hall, 22 Apr 2015

The Empire Strikes Back: Disney tractor-beams from Brit biz

Disney has won ownership of just about every possible Star Wars UK domain name in a decision by the registry operator Nominet. Handing in a final judgment [PDF] this week, independent panelist Steve Ormand decided that the domains,,,,,, …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Jul 2015
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BT boss: If Ofcom backs us, we promise to speed up UK broadband

BT chief Gavin Patterson has promised to back the government's desire to gift Blighty with universal minimum broadband speeds of 5 to 10Mbps, with the caveat that the company needs support from Ofcom. The one-time state monopoly laid out its plans for the next five years on Tuesday morning, by claiming that BT's pledges could …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Sep 2015
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UK SMEs with weak security risk procurement exclusion – survey

SMEs need to take cyber security seriously or face being frozen out of the procurement process, according to a new survey from management consultants KPMG. In a poll of UK procurement managers, nearly all (94 per cent) agreed that the cyber security standards of their supplier are important when awarding a contract to an SME. …
John Leyden, 03 Nov 2015