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IBM gets green light to sell off chips biz to GlobalFoundries

IBM looks to be in the clear to sell off its ailing chippery division to GlobalFoundries after US regulators gave the deal the nod on Tuesday. GlobalFoundries was spun off from AMD in 2009 with substantial funding from the Advanced Technology Investment Company, a wholly owned investment vehicle of the government of Abu Dhabi, …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jun 2015
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'This ruling does nothing to change the facts' thunders Apple in latest price-fix appeal blow

Apple has lost its appeal of a federal court decision that found it broke antitrust law by colluding with publishers to fix the prices of ebooks. The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2013 ruling by the US District Court of the Southern District of New York that found Apple had sought to artificially inflate ebook …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jun 2015
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HP's split surgeon Bill Veghte splits from HP

Bill Veghte, the HP exec who since October has led the company's effort to split into two separate businesses, is parting ways with the firm. "The decision to leave a company and people you are passionate about is never an easy one," Veghte said in a statement. "It has been a privilege working with Meg [Whitman, HP CEO] and a …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jun 2015
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Uber execs charged, will stand trial in France

French prosecutors have charged two key Uber executives with deceitful commercial practices, operating an illegal taxi service, and illicit storage of personal data. The pair were collared as they visited Paris cops to discuss the ongoing protests in the city over the taxi-booking app. The charges relate to the Uberpop service, …
Iain Thomson, 30 Jun 2015
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Europol and Barclays shack up for steamy security shenanigans

EU law enforcement body Europol and Barclays have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise their cooperation in combating cybercrime targeting the financial sector. The agreement establishes a formal means for Europol and Barclays to "exchange strategic information, information on trends, expertise and statistical …
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BBC (sort of) sorry for Grant Shapps Wikipedia smear reportage

The BBC has apologised to MP and former Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps for the way it reported allegations regarding Shapps and Wikipedia, which were based on a single anonymous source. Shapps lost the position of party chairman and left the Cabinet, despite running a successful general election campaign. He is …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jun 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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Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

A well-meaning, if definitely doomed, attempt to crowdfund a bailout for soon-to-default Greece has been launched on Indiegogo by a Yorkshireman who works in a London shoe shop. Pitched as a bailout fund for Greece, replete with Gettysburg Addres-style "by the people, for the people" rhetoric, Thom Feeney aims to raise €1,600, …
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Lobbynomics: The EU’s digital dossier that doesn't add up

Analysis A key pillar of the EU’s “Digital Single Market” strategy has systemic flaws and EU officials should stop using it, say researchers who analysed the dossier. The IP Growth Index of the Lisbon Council think tank was prepared by council fellow Benjamin Gibert. But it is “a showcase of methodological blunder”, according to an …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jun 2015
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Generous EU Commish gives Google SIX MORE WEEKS to respond to antitrust charges

Google has an extra six weeks to prepare its defence against European Commission charges that it abused its dominant position in the search engine market. Google spokesman Al Verney said: “We have asked the European Commission for additional time to review the documents they've provided us. The Commission has extended our …
Jennifer Baker, 30 Jun 2015
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Revive the Nathan Barley Quango – former Downing Street wonk

The compulsory TV tax could be divvied up and given to Shoreditch digital types to create “compelling digital content”, says Shoreditch property developer and former No 10 special advisor Rohan Silva. Writing in the Sunday Times, Silva called for “a new media fund that invests in private companies producing innovative digital …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jun 2015
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Audit finds new flaw at US Office of Personnel Management

A security review that followed the original hack at the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has turned up a new, but hopefully-unexploited, vulnerability. The “Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing” system, abbreviated to e-QIP, was found to be vulnerable under the review, and will be taken offline for as …
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Devs, welcome your EVIL ROBOT OVERLORDS from MIT

Computer science researchers at MIT might just be working on technologies to eliminate computer science practitioners. That's the truly evil outcome of work going on at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, which The Register hopes will be found next to the marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics …
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Australian opposition senators slam TPP treaty process

As US President Barack Obama signs off on his hard-won “fast track” powers that will allow speedier sign-off of trade treaties, an Australian senate committee has dumped a bucket on keeping trade negotiations secret from parliament. Keeping the secret from the rest of us, of course, is just fine, so long as parliamentarians can …
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Microsoft to offload display ads biz to ... hang on, AOL?

Microsoft has retreated from its online display ads business having struck a deal with AOL. Under the plans, announced on Monday, Redmond will hand off ads sales and management on several of its prime online properties to AOL. Fnancial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. AOL will take over ads for such sites as MSN …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jun 2015
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WikiLeaks docs show NSA's 10-year economic espionage campaign against France

Franco-American relations have taken a further hammering on Monday after WikiLeaks revealed new documents showing that the NSA has been collecting the details of commercial deals in the Land of Brie for over a decade and sharing them with its allies. "The United States has been conducting economic espionage against France for …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jun 2015
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Redmond Uber-alles: 100 Bing staffers driven to dial-a-car developer

Microsoft has agreed to sell off part of its Bing search operation to Uber. Redmond said on Monday that it would be moving its Bing mapping division to Uber, along with approximately 100 MS employees. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. For Microsoft, the agreement represents part of an effort within the software …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2015
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Apple's mystery auto project siphoning staff from other divisions

Apple is investing significant resources into a car-related project, so much so that it's been reassigning employees from other divisions, insiders claim. Sources familiar with the matter told El Reg that Apple has shifted so much staff towards its auto division that senior managers in other divisions are complaining about the …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2015
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French Uber bosses talk to Le Plod over 'illicit activity' allegations

Two Uber bosses have been talking to police in France after being accused of engaging in "illicit activity". The men are reported to be Thibaud Simphal, the manager of Uber France, and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, the general manager for Western Europe. An Uber spokesman told The Register: "Two representatives of Uber today went …
Kat Hall, 29 Jun 2015
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Google harms consumers and strangles the open web, says study

Google’s favourable treatment of its own services results in consumer harm and will make the web less diverse, a study into search engine users’ behaviour has claimed. Heavyweight law prof Tim Wu, who coined the phrase “net neutrality”, is one of the authors of the study, which was supported by data from Yelp, a Google rival. “ …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jun 2015
Glorious future of China

'Private' biz Xiaomi sets up Communist Party exec committee

Xiaomi has formed its own internal Communist Party committee, raising eyebrows amongst those expecting less state involvement in the nation's burgeoning technology sector. The newly-launched Hong Kong Free Press reports that state-owned companies in China, including "schools, hospitals, and other public organisations, are …
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Tech Mahindra posts profit warning: The end for Indian outsourcing?

Indian outsourcer Tech Mahindra, which bought disgraced rival Satyam in 2012, has issued a profit warning — the first sign of trouble in the buoyant market for some time. In a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange, it blamed a "seasonally weak" mobility business for dragging down first-quarter revenue, with shares …
Kat Hall, 29 Jun 2015
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Sky bangs on Ofcom's door – demands BT competition probe

Blighty's communications watchdog declined this morning to comment on Sky's demands for an in-depth competition probe of BT's broadband biz. Sky has argued in its submission (PDF) to Ofcom today that the regulator should ask the Competition and Markets Authority to intervene with a full inquiry into BT's strong grip on the UK's …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jun 2015
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Ditching political Elop makes for a more Nadella Microsoft

Comment With bad things possibly in the post for Microsoft’s Windows phone business, its commander Stephen Elop has been shown the door by Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella. As a hardened Elop detractor I literally cheered at the news. The reason I cheer Elop's departure is actually a little complicated, and not entirely for the reasons …
Trevor Pott, 29 Jun 2015
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Turnbullnomics trashed as Oz regulator cuts telecoms prices

A bunch of Australian fixed telephony and broadband users are about to suffer under a regime of lower prices. In spite of communications minister Malcolm Turnbull's 2014 assertion that lower prices are against consumer's interests, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has told Telstra to cut its wholesale fixed …
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Australian government demands signoff on telco network designs

Australia's attorney-general has dropped some new telecommunications legislation designed to drag carrier networks into the orbit of the nation's top legal officer. The plans, announced last week, would give the government power to demand information about carriers' networks and order changes to networks, with a civil penalties …
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ACCC clears copper for the NBN

The ACCC has rubber-stamped the agreements needed to let nbnTM absorb Telstra's copper for fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) broadband. The approval of the deal means nbnTM can take ownership of Telstra’s copper and HFC networks for the government's multi-technology model broadband delivery. “Using existing infrastructure means we can …
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So much for rainbows, Zuck: Facebook staff still overwhelmingly male and white

Facebook may be celebrating gay rights around the world today by encouraging its users to paint their profile photos with a rainbow-themed filter, but the firm will be less proud about its latest diversity report. That's because the company's workforce remains overwhelmingly white and male. Facebook's latest "diversity report" …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jun 2015

Network Solutions' 30-day refund has a catch: It'll keep up to 30%

Network Solutions has been scolded by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for misleading consumers over a "30-day money back guarantee" that wasn't quite what it seemed. The domain flogger and web hosting company has offered the "guarantee" since 2008 on its hosting deals, which range from $120 to $350 per year. But on a …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Jun 2015
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Google helps Brit crims polish their image – but what about the innocent

Comment Google appears to be "complying" with the so-called European "right to be forgotten" ruling in a way which has helped convicted criminals to give their reputations an unexpected boost. We know this from media organisations which have helpfully listed the stories Google won’t return in its search results. The Telegraph does so …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jun 2015

Hated Care.data scheme now 'unachievable', howls UK.gov watchdog

The hated Care.data programme is one of four government IT projects progressing so poorly its delivery has been deemed "unachievable", according to a government watchdog report. The scheme has been flagged with the highest "red" risk rating by the Major Projects Authority, along with the NHS choices website, the Health and …
Kat Hall, 26 Jun 2015
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GCHQ heard you liked spying, so spied on itself spying on you

Sir Mark Waller, the Intelligence Services Commissioner, has delivered his fourth annual report to the Prime Minister, revealing that GCHQ's internal monitoring system slurped up its own employees' privates to an unauthorised degree. The 69-page report [PDF] noted that GCHQ reported an error to the commissioner in 2014, "when an …
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Warning flags were raised over GDS farm payments system – yet it still failed

The scrapped Common Agricultural Policy IT system was flagged as being at risk of failing by a government project watchdog last year, due to the “inherent high risk" of the showcase digital project. In March the digital interface of the £154m project to provide CAP payments to farmers was scrapped in an embarrassing U-turn, …
Kat Hall, 26 Jun 2015
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Micron blames dismal PC sales for EVERYTHING

Memory firm Micron's third fiscal 2015 quarter results were pretty poor - and the chief exec blames the slumping PC market. Revenues of $3.85bn were three per cent down on a year ago and eight per cent down sequentially. Net income of $491m compared poorly to the $806m reported a year ago and the $934m in the previous quarter. …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2015
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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

There’s nothing like sweetening the bad news medicine, and that’s what Microsoft’s tried with its latest internal staff memo. It wasn't until the penultimate para of Satya Nadella’s saccharine, 20-paragraph ramble about magical things that Microsoft's CEO delivered the bad-tasting medicine. “Tough choices” are coming in …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Jun 2015
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Bitcoin, schmitcoin. Let's play piggyback on the blockchain

Bitcoin may have generated countless salacious news headlines, but it’s a cameo player in a much bigger act. The blockchain is the real innovation that that makes Bitcoin work, and could well outlast the upstart currency. But it’s in trouble – and Silicon Valley has forked out millions to try and save it. The blockchain is a …
Danny Bradbury, 26 Jun 2015
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We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe

The BBC has decided that the EU's controversial “right to be forgotten” diktat won't succeed in making its news stories vanish from Google. To get around Google's Euro memory hole, which has resulted in the Chocolate Factory getting 270,000 requests to drop search search links, the UK national broadcaster has decided to list any …

Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

It's been 33 years since the United Kingdom went to war with Argentina and won back the Falkland Islands, but the battle still continues – including online. On Thursday, there was a meeting at the United Nations about the islands that resolved the UK and Argentina should get together and negotiate a solution to the ongoing …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Jun 2015
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Telstra, Voda bag blackspot bucks

The Australian government has embarked on a mobile blackspot crackdown with funding released for the creation of 499 new mobile base stations to improve coverage in rural and remote areas. The new base stations will provide an extra 68,600 square kilometers of handheld coverage, and 150,000 square kilometres of external antenna …

Facebook! exfiltrates! Yahoo! security! boss!

Facebook has poached NSA-clashing Yahoo! security man Alex Stamos to head up its infosec operations. The hire means Menlo Park has filled a three-month vacancy left when security boss Joe Sullivan who oversaw a crackdown on Facebook scammers and scum left for Uber. Stamos fittingly announced his migration on his Facebook …
Darren Pauli, 26 Jun 2015

Win the business services race with run-book automation

Bringing a more service-based culture to your IT department is a great idea, but who will manage it behind the scenes? Service-based IT is the holy grail for IT departments that want to improve their standing in the business. In the bad old days, IT was a black art, practised behind closed doors by Merlin-like figures. No …
Danny Bradbury, 26 Jun 2015
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Microsoft's new mission statement: It's all about doing MAGICAL THINGS

Satya Nadella, the man who succeeded Steve Ballmer as Microsoft's CEO and only the third chief exec in the company's history, believes the software giant is poised to achieve "magical things" in the coming years. So began an internal, company-wide memo Nadella sent on Thursday morning, in which he rallies the staff in Redmond …
Neil McAllister, 26 Jun 2015