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Infamous 'Dancing Baby' copyright battle settled just before YouTube tot becomes a teen

Vid An infamous and long-running copyright lawsuit over a dancing baby has finally come to a close, albeit with a critical legal question unresolved. Lenz v Universal Music was a case brought back in 2007 by Stephanie Lenz after the music industry giant accused her of infringing its copyright in a home video of her toddler dancing …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Jun 2018
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ICO seeks views on how tween-friendly websites should be designed

The UK's data protection watchdog is crowdsourcing ideas for the code that will govern how websites and apps aimed at under-16s are designed. Children's use of technology is a recurring problem for the government, which needs to be seen protecting the youth of today without appearing like Luddites to those who value technology …
Rebecca Hill, 27 Jun 2018
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Crime epidemic or never had it so good? Drilling into statistics is murder

Britain is in the grip of a crime epidemic, the likes of which we have never seen before. Knife crime. Stabbings. And if you're out after dark, make sure your will is written and posted before you close the front door. Or how about the alternative reality of... we've never had it so good. Violent crime was down last year, down …
Jane Fae , 27 Jun 2018
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Google kills AdWords!

LOGOWATCH When announcing its first quarter results for 2018, Google CEO Sundar Pichai focussed on what he called "our three big areas, cloud, YouTube and hardware". As we noted at the time, that left the company’s biggest source of cash – ads – off the front page. Pichai did, however, say that the company is “excited by the still …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jun 2018

Class-action status snub for lawsuit alleging Microsoft mistreatment of women workers

Updated Microsoft may not have to face a class-action complaint over its alleged mishandling of harassment and discrimination complaints by women employees. Judge James Robart, in a US federal district court of western Washington, on Monday denied the class petition by a group of plaintiffs lead by engineers Katie Moussouris, Holly …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jun 2018
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Now NHS Digital is going after data on private healthcare too

The UK government plans to funnel data on private healthcare into NHS systems to address concerns about transparency in private care. Not content with sucking up information on patients and health services across England, NHS Digital – the IT body of the nation's health service – is now angling to get its hands on private …
Rebecca Hill, 26 Jun 2018
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EU court: No, expat Frenchman can't trademark France.com

An EU court has tried to forestall ongoing US legal proceedings by declaring that an expat Frenchman can’t trademark a logo containing the domain name France.com. The EU General Court, a division of the EU Court of Justice, ruled today that Jean-Noel Frydman’s company France.com Inc was not entitled to register the domain name …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Jun 2018
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White House calls its own China tech cash-inject ban 'fake news'

The White House has decried as fake news reports that the Trump Administration will institute a ban on Chinese companies investing in US tech companies. "On behalf of @realDonaldTrump, the stories on investment restrictions in Bloomberg & WSJ are false, fake news," read a statement by Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin posted …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Jun 2018
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Uber's London licence appeal off to flying start: No, you cannot do driver eye tests via video link

Updated A contrite Uber told Westminster Magistrates' Court today that it "fully accepts" last year's decision by Transport for London (TfL) to revoke its taxi operating licence as "justified". TfL, the UK capital's transport regulator, wants the ban upheld, in part because of fears that spy-on-regulators tech Greyball was used in …
Gareth Corfield, 25 Jun 2018
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Why aren't startups working? They're not great at creating jobs... or disrupting big biz

If you think we're living in the Golden Age of the Entrepreneur, think again. In the US, startup rates are falling and employ fewer people than they used to. Businesses take longer to form. Meanwhile, subsidies to business have tripled since 1990, and big business is far better at playing the subsidy game. The taxpayer isn't …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jun 2018
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UK.gov outsourcers must prove their 'social value' to win contracts

The UK government has revealed plans to rate outsourcers on "social value", require them to publish KPIs and meet higher cybersecurity standards to tackle the fallout caused by the collapse of Carillion. In a speech at the Reform think tank in London today, Minister for the Cabinet Office David Lidington announced measures the …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Jun 2018

CEO of comms tech biz Daisy splits as sale and IPO talks off the table

Hot on the heels of the latest acquisitions, Daisy Group CEO Neil Muller has told employees he is exiting as the business, which had been in the frame to IPO or sell up, initiates a refinancing deal. Muller broke the news of his departure from Daisy, which sells tech-cum-comms kit and services to small and medium-sized orgs in …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jun 2018
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HMRC: Aria PC's £2m MSN Messenger deals bonanza was VAT fraud

Reseller Aria PC's managing director "must have known" that 11 disputed deals his company made a decade ago had a "connection to fraud", an HMRC barrister has told a tax tribunal. Aria PC is accused by HMRC of playing a key part in a missing trader intra-community fraud, also known as VAT carousel fraud. In 2006 the company …
Gareth Corfield, 25 Jun 2018
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GDPR forgive us, it's been one month since you were enforced…

A month after the enforcement date of the General Data Protection Regulation – a law that businesses had two years to prepare for – many websites are still locking out users in the European Union as a method of compliance. To celebrate the milestone, El Reg is casting a vulture's eye over the sites that are giving a new …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Jun 2018
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Software changed the world, then died on the first of the month

Who, me? Welcome again to Monday, and therefore to a new edition of “Who, me?”, The Register’s confessional column in which readers own their errors. This week meet “Stan” who told us that he once did the world a great service – for a week or two. Stan’s story started in 1998 when he “worked for a certain company that had developed a …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jun 2018
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Net's druids thrash out specs for an independent IETF

The Internet Engineering Task Force has taken another step on its road to independence, publishing a for-discussion proposal covering its likely administrative arrangements. It's part of a process we first reported in April of this year, designed to formalise the arrangements that keep the 'net's technical standards flowing. …
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AT&T offloads a bunch of data centres for a billion bucks

AT&T has followed the emerging trend of carriers getting out of the data centre infrastructure business by offloading 31 colocation assets to Brookfield Infrastructure for US$1.1 billion. The US carrier announced the deal late last week and said the arrangement means the buyer will maintain the colocation business. The …
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In huge privacy win, US Supreme Court rules warrant needed to slurp folks' location data

In a decision that will define privacy in the digital age, the US Supreme Court decided 5-4 on Friday that the government needs a warrant to access its citizens' mobile phone location data. Written by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by the four liberal justices, the majority opinion extended the Fourth Amendment on …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jun 2018
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Facebook sends lowly minions to placate Euro law makers over data-slurp scandal

Facebook has once again irked EU politicos by failing to send sufficiently senior staffers to face another grilling on the data-harvesting saga. Today, it was the turn of the EU Parliament's civil liberties committee (LIBE) to issue a disappointed statement after it was denied access to the execs it had asked for. Since the …
Rebecca Hill, 22 Jun 2018

BlackBerry continues its gentle slide even as software sales embiggen

BlackBerry's Q1 FY19 revenues are down 9 per cent year-on-year, though nearly 90 per cent of that came from software and services sales. The latest quarter's software and services of $189m were up 18 per cent year-on-year, comparing to the one-time mobile behemoth's overall revenues of $213m. However, the company's net loss …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jun 2018
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Why the 'feudal' tech monopolies run rings around competition watchdogs

Interview Competition watchdogs need to move faster and consider the bigger picture to deal effectively with transnational tech behemoths like Google, says BT's former chief lawyer. For seven years, Tim Cowen was head of BT's competition and regulatory public policy group, dealing with government threats to the telco monopoly. He's now …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jun 2018
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Outage? No, phones are playing silly buggers, insists Sainsbury's Bank

Updated Sainsbury's Bank has insisted to The Register that it is not experiencing an IT outage, despite lots of enraged customers asking why their money isn't moving. Lots of irritated people, including Reg readers who got in touch with us, have been complaining that the orange-hued bank's performance has been less than stellar over …
Gareth Corfield, 22 Jun 2018
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Do UK.gov wonks understand sci-tech skills gap? MPs dish out Parliamentary kicking

The UK government doesn't know what science and tech skills the economy needs or how Brexit will affect firms' ability to recruit staff, MPs have warned. In a withering report published today, Parliament's influential Public Accounts Committee criticised the government's poor understanding of science, technology, engineering …
Rebecca Hill, 22 Jun 2018
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Trainee techie ran away and hid after screwing up a job, literally

On-Call Thank the Valar it’s Friday, because that means the weekend beckons and a new instalment of On-Call, The Register’s weekly reader-contributed tale of tech support tangles. This week meet “Theo” who offered us a story of a techie colleague who was put in charge of a trainee as they worked together on the “second fixing” a large …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jun 2018
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Galloping greenback rocks Red Hat

Red Hat has posted a fine set of results for the first quarter of its 2019 financial year, but offered reduced guidance for the rest of the year and been punished by investors as a result. Q1 saw US$814 million in revenue roll in, up 20 per cent on the same quarter last year and $7m ahead of guidance. The company also …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jun 2018
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US Supreme Court blocks internet's escape from state sales taxes

Internet retailers will soon be required to pay state sales tax across the entire United States following a 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court. The decision [PDF] will have a huge impact on American ecommerce, with large companies required to calculate, charge and hand over billions of dollars through dozens of different taxes …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jun 2018
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Brit reseller Aria PC's appeal against HMRC VAT fraud finding gets under way

Manchester-based reseller Aria Technology Ltd is appealing against a tax tribunal finding that MD Aria Taheri “knew or ought to have known” that it took part in a VAT carousel fraud. Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has published a guide to what missing trader intra-community (MTIC) fraud is on the GOV.UK website. …
Gareth Corfield, 21 Jun 2018

BlackBerry CEO: We need help from the channel to grow

BlackBerry is focusing on luring in more channel partners and developers to maintain growth, CEO John Chen told shareholders at the company's AGM. Chen has stabilised the business and jettisoned the devices unit that gave the company its name. Margins now reflect those of an enterprise software company – in the 70 per cents, …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jun 2018
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Dixons Carphone profits drop 24% amid hack 'n' high street struggles

Dixons Carphone's annual pre-tax profits have taken a dive, falling 24 per cent to £382m. Dixons to shutter 92 UK Carphone Warehouse shops after profit warning READ MORE Its full-year results, out today, confirm that the firm has taken a beating as it struggles with customers upgrading phones less often and the demise of the …
Rebecca Hill, 21 Jun 2018
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JURI's out, Euro copyright votes in: Whoa, did the EU just 'break the internet'?

JURI, European Parliament's legal affairs committee, voted today to approve article 11 of the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, which allows news publishers to seek payment for reuse of snippets of articles, in a narrow 13:12 vote. It also voted to back a more controversial measure, article 13 of the same …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Jun 2018
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EU negotiator: Crucial data adequacy deal will wait until UK hands in homework

The UK will only be able to get a data adequacy decision from the European Union once it has offered up its new legal framework – and won't get access to the bloc's policing and security databases, Michel Barnier has warned. In a speech in Vienna yesterday, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator once again emphasised the importance …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Jun 2018
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Mellanox flushes three directors at behest of activist investor

Mellanox has come to terms with the activist investor that's been stalking the company since 2017. The battle began last November, when Starboard Value bought into Mellanox and agitated for change, claiming there was a “growing disparity between [Mellanox's] margins, growth, and stock price performance compared to its peer …

Telstra reveals radical restructure plan

Australia's dominant telco, Telstra, will cut 8,000 jobs, flatten its structure by slicing up to four layers of management, turn 1,800 consumer products into 20 (with a similar reduction in the number of enterprise products later), and put its infrastructure into a separate division that could be sold off in the future. …
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Oracle: Think our DB sales are great now? Wait until we actually get the new product out...

Oracle has capped off a solid fiscal year, and, let's be fair, you can forgive it for boasting that big things are coming for its database line in the coming 12 months. On Tuesday, Larry Ellison's enterprise tech giant delivered both the Q4 and full year 2018 numbers reports. It also described its new tactic of bundling the …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jun 2018
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Shiny new Capita boss to UK.gov: I know you are but what am I?

The boss of troubled outsourcer Capita has painted a glossy coat on its woes to MPs, while attempting to turn the spotlight on the government – as the firm sold off a £160m chunk of business and bagged yet another Whitehall contract. Jonathan Lewis – who joined the firm at the end of last year – was giving evidence to the …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Jun 2018
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Capita admits it won't make money on botched NHS England contract

Embattled outsourcing giant Capita has made a loss of £140m trying to deliver on a seven-year contract to upgrade back-office support in the NHS – and never expects to turn a profit on it. CEO Jonathan Lewis made the admission at an evidence session in front of the influential Public Accounts Committee yesterday, which was …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Jun 2018

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