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'Disciplined' NetApp cuts weight, turns in a prettier spreadsheet

NetApp revenues dropped 3.7 per cent year-on-year to $1.29bn for its first fiscal 2017 quarter, ended July 29, but it turned a year-ago loss of $30m into a $64m profit as it reined in expenses. CEO George Kurian referred to this in his prepared quote: "We are pleased with our first quarter results. Our focus on disciplined …
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2016
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Brit cops cuff Sage employee at Heathrow airport

A 32-year-old woman was arrested by the City of London Police last night on suspicion of attempting to defraud software firm Sage. According to the police force the woman, who is a current employee of Sage, was arrested at Heathrow airport on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud. She has since been bailed. The arrest comes days …

New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership

Analysis The UK could lose out on a 4 per cent boost to gross domestic product (GDP) if it was no longer a member of the EU single market, with particular repercussions for the financial services industry, according to an influential think tank. The 4 per cent figure is based on the UK defaulting to membership of the World Trade …
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Aug 2016
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Robo-buses join the traffic in Helsinki

Helsinki has taken a plunge, and let some (semi) autonomous buses out in traffic. The EasyMile EZ10 buses, made in France, still have a human driver on board to make sure nothing goes wrong; the buses had already been tested on pedestrian-only streets nearby. Local news outlet YLE says the current trial is taking place in the …
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Cisco rewards massive profit jump with thousands of layoffs

Cisco is reporting record financial numbers on the same day it says it will cut 5,500 employees from its payroll. Switchzilla says that the move is part of its ongoing campaign to shift its focus from slinging networking hardware to providing software and services for enterprises moving to software-defined networks (SDN). CEO …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Aug 2016

Australian States stutter in coding-for-kids bandwagon-jump

Australia's schools have gone crazy for coding, but kids in different states will be offered different programs that may use some, all or none of the national Digital Technologies Curriculum. The Register has tracked that curriculum's development, because most stakeholders in the local technology industries argued it was A …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2016
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Monitoring software dev ordered to face wiretapping suit

The developer of a monitoring app has been ordered to face a civil wiretapping suit in the US. A ruling [PDF] from the US Sixth District Court of Appeals has overturned the previous dismissal of a suit against Awareness Technologies for violating portions of the US Wiretap Act on illegally intercepting and advertising wiretap …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Aug 2016

Adapt is finally bought by American biz Datapipe

Struggling London-based managed service provider (MSP) Adapt has fallen into the arms of acquisitive US firm Datapipe for an undisclosed amount. After its acquisition of cloudy startup DualSpark last year, Datapipe has now purchased UK-based pure-play MSP Adapt to offer itself a bit more in the European market. New Jersey- …
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£11bn later: Smart meters project delayed again for Crapita tests

There has been yet another delay in the ongoing saga of cash-burning that is the UK’s national smart meter initiative. While the communications infrastructure was due to be switched on today, the £11bn project’s turn-on has now been delayed again until September, the BBC has reported. The Data and Communications Company (DCC …
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Ad-blocking ‘plateaus’, claims hopeful ad industry

The digital ad biz is hoping that ad-blocking has reached a plateau in the UK, after its rolling survey of users failed to detect an increase. The IAB's July poll, conducted by YouGov, found that 21.2 per cent of the sample used prophylactics, down from 21.7 per cent in February. However the IAB notes that many users don't …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Aug 2016

English Uber alles in London taxis? No way, TfL – taxi app titan

Uber is embroiled in another legal battle over Transport for London’s new rules, which will require all drivers to take a compulsory English test. The multi-billion pound taxi app company has faced bans and protests worldwide. Black cab drivers have taken part in protests bringing traffic to standstill many times, prompting …
Katyanna Quach, 17 Aug 2016

Cisco raises axe above 14,000 staff – reports

Updated Cisco is rumoured to be laying off up to 14,000 staff - nearly 20 per cent of its global workforce - part of a shift toward becoming a software-focused biz. Multiple sources have told US site CRN, the cuts will hit between 9,000- 14,000 of the company's global 73,104 employees. The biz has 7,000 employees in the UK. "They …
Kat Hall, 17 Aug 2016
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Android Pay now works for paying speeding fines

The Australian State of New South Wales (NSW) has adopted Android Pay at is “Service NSW” one-stop-services-shops. The decision to use Google pay means the State's citizens can now use their phones to pay traffic, fines vehicle registration fees and myriad other payments with a mere swipe of their phones. The Register imagines …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2016
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Russia investigates downsizing space station crew from three to two

NASA has confirmed that the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos is mulling whether or not to continue staffing the International Space Station with its usual complement of astronauts. Last week the Russian newspaper Izvestia quoted Sergei Krikalev, director of manned programs at Roscosmos, saying that the agency had …
Iain Thomson, 17 Aug 2016
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US Dept of Energy lobs out $34m for bright ideas on securing grids

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $34m in funding to pay for 12 programs aimed at improving the security of the US power grid. The DOE said that the projects (pending approval from Congress) would be given out to both university researchers and commercial companies and would look to cover basic issues related to …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Aug 2016
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Australian Information Commissioner won't say which agencies follow data-match guidelines

Is that good or bad? Who can say: compliance with the guidelines is voluntary The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) received a dozen requests to review data matching programs in the last financial year, The Register has learned. But The Register can't assess whether that number is good, bad or …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Aug 2016
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Baltimore cops accused of violating FCC rules with Stingrays

Three civil rights groups have filed a complaint with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over the use of Stingray devices by the Baltimore Police Department (BPD). The filing [PDF] accuses police investigators of operating without a license and interfering with the cellular network, both while unfairly targeting …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Aug 2016
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LinkedIn sues 100 information scrapers after technical safeguard fail

Microsoft-owned LinkedIn has filed a lawsuit in California against 100 unnamed individuals who circumvented its security technology to harvest data from its network of 400 million people. The lawsuit claims that the individuals used a specially created botnet that has been collecting data from the site since December 2015 and …
Iain Thomson, 16 Aug 2016
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GDS Verify head Janet Hughes steps down

Janet Hughes, the head of the government's much-delayed identity assurance scheme GOV.UK Verify, is stepping down. In a blog post announcing the move, Hughes said it was time for the team to change and "for me to move on to new challenges, so I’m going to be leaving the Government Digital Service on Friday, 19 August." Jess …
Kat Hall, 16 Aug 2016
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Oh dear, Xiaomi: '$46bn' winner's phone shipments tumble 38%

Only nine months ago China’s Xiaomi was being touted as “the next Samsung” - a consumer electronics giant with the breadth and ambition to create platforms or "ecosystems". The markets valued Xiaomi at an astronomical $46bn, twice the valuation of BAE. But this year, Xiaomi forgot to do something quite basic: sell enough phones …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Aug 2016
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IT delays helped derail UK's historic child sexual abuse inquiry

Exclusive The British government’s high-profile inquiry into historic child sexual abuse has been hampered by IT delays, which have been a major component of its "legacy of failure”. Since it was announced in 2014, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) into decades of child abuse and corresponding cover-ups has had …
Kat Hall, 16 Aug 2016
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Euro regulator calls for delay to virtual currency exchange anti-money laundering regime

EU law makers should step back from plans to subject virtual currency exchanges and digital wallet providers to anti-money laundering (AML) regulations from the beginning of next year, the European Banking Authority (EBA) has said. The regulator said that more time is needed to implement a legal framework across EU countries …
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Aug 2016
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Summer of Salesforce: CRM cloud swallows tiny pattern-recog firm

Salesforce has made its second acquisition of the month, and its fourth since June. The CRM-as-a-service player is buying business analytics provider BeyondCore for an undisclosed sum. BeyondCore examines data sets using pattern-recognition technology using a set of patented algorithms that combine machine learning and …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Aug 2016

How Brussels works: if you can’t beat them, join rewrite an EU directive

Analysis The biggest European telcos are poised to use Brussels to enact their revenge on American internet platforms, and on OTT providers like WhatsApp, the Eurocrats’ house journal The Financial Times claims. This isn’t exactly news, as a “sop to telcos” was exactly how we described what to expect last year, after we were leaked a …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Aug 2016

NIST wants answers on infosec - your answers

Sometimes, “don't read the comments” just isn't an option – like when you're United States' National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and you're soliciting input for the US government's Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity (CENC). The CENC, which was announced back in April, has asked NIST to provide …
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DoJ preps criminal charges for VW over dieselgate

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) is reportedly preparing to file criminal charges in the VW emissions testing scandal. Citing sources familiar, The Wall Street Journal reports that the DoJ has found evidence of criminal wrongdoing on the part of the German automaker and is in talks with VW lawyers to propose a deal. The …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Aug 2016

EU privacy czars mull privacy regulation for Skype, WhatsApp

The tussle over the future of the ePrivacy Directive is warming up: while tech and telcos want the directive relaxed or scrapped, the European Union is considering extending it to cover services like WhatsApp and Skype. Last month, the GSMA published a joint industry statement asking Europe to scrap the e-Privacy Directive; …
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Turnbull's Transformers intend to test single sign-on to Gov.au on the offshore, public cloud

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull's Digital Transformation Office (DTO) has posted the bones of a proposal for federated identity across Australian government web sites to GitHub. Given that Australia can't manage a census, the idea that it's considering something as technologically and politically complex and/or …
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Nokia taps former Rovio man Rantala to market relaunch

The relaunch of the Nokia mobile brand will include the man who once ran mobile games maker Rovio. HMD global Oy, owner of the Nokia brand rights, said that longtime executive Pekka Rantala will become chief marketing officer of the company, effective immediately. Most recently the chairman of Jot Automation, Rantala is best …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Aug 2016
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HMRC: We've got £1.3bn for digital tax schemes. Tell us how to spend it

HMRC is casting around for ideas on how to splash £1.3bn in order to become the most "digitally advanced" tax administration in the world. Last year the body was awarded £1.3bn of digital investment over the next four years, which it said would yield £1bn in extra tax revenue after 2020 by ending "bureaucratic form-filling". …
Kat Hall, 15 Aug 2016
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Tim Cook's answer to crashing iPhone sales: More iPhones

Apple’s plan to tackle the great iPhone sales slump is for it to produce, yes, more iPhones. CEO Tim Cook, in a scripted Q&A with the Washington Post, dismissed the six-month drop-off in sales of iPhones – and slowing smartphone sales in general. Apple is now expected to release the iPhone 7 in September. Cook reckons …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Aug 2016

Cops to let the private sector chase after cybercrims' assets

The City of London Police is piloting a scheme to allow the private sector to chase after miscreants in civil courts in return for a share of the loot. The scheme, which is set to run for two years, has been launched explicitly because of the lower standard of proof necessary for the recovery of assets in civil courts. City …

London cops waste £2.1m on thought crime unit – and they want volunteer informers

+ Comment The Metropolitan Police is to spend £2.1m of public money funding a unit that will actively investigate “offensive” comments on Twitter and Facebook, according to reports. Backed by a team of “volunteers”, the Met's new unit will actively seek out anything “deemed inappropriate” on social media services, according to the …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Aug 2016

IT security pro salaries: Silicon Valley? You'd be better off in Minneapolis

Minneapolis IT security workers enjoy among the highest salaries of any US city while techies in the heart of San Francisco's tech boom region earn a much lower (cost-of-living-adjusted) wage. Minneapolis, MN tops the list with a $127,757 average (adjusted) salary for a IT Security Specialist (more than 27K more than San Jose …
John Leyden, 15 Aug 2016

MoD flings £800m at Dragons' Den miltech startup wheeze as post-Brexit costs bite

The Ministry of Defence is making £800m available for a Dragons' Den-style miltech startup funding panel – even as civil servants struggle to balance the books after the Brexit vote. The Royal United Services Institute think tank says that the MoD could face extra costs of up to £700m – which is based on the assumption that …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Aug 2016
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'Daddy, what's a Blu-ray disc?'

Vinyl LPs aren’t the only antiquated disc format that’s enjoying a revival. So is the almost forgotten Blu-ray disc. Although little noticed, sales of the pricey movie disc have continued on an ever upward trend. But its popularity has been eclipsed by OTT streaming services which brought movies and TV on demand into the …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Aug 2016

VMware survives GPL breach case, but plaintiff promises appeal

Linux kernel developer Christoph Hellwig's bid to have VMware's knuckles rapped for breaching the GNU General Public Licence (GPL) has failed, for now, after the Landgericht Hamburg found in Virtzilla's favour. The Software Freedom Conservancy backed Hellwig when he alleged that some of his contributions to the Linux kernel …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Aug 2016
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Not an Oracle user? You're probably in an Oracle database anyway

You might have nothing to do with Oracle's databases, but you're probably in one: Big Red has announced it's selling a database of 400 million business profiles. Big Red calls this the “Oracle Data Cloud B2B audience solution” and labels it a “Data as a Service (DaaS) solution”. Oracle's fronting for other data-harvesters so …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Aug 2016
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Someone in Australia wants server sales hidden from view

Someone has successfully applied to hide data on CPU and/or server imports to Australia in June 2016. The Australian Bureau of Statistics' new Confidential Commodities List for July 2016 lists “Digital processing units whether or not presented with the rest of the system which may contain storage units, input units or output …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Aug 2016

Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

Those hoping for a quick resolution to the cat-and-mouse game between Facebook and Adblock Plus will be disappointed to know that the back-and-forth battle shows no signs of letting up. On Tuesday, Facebook changed its desktop website so that visitors would see ads on pages even if they are running an ad-blocking plugin. It …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Aug 2016
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Post-Silk Road, Feds bust chaps for 'dealing heroin, coke' on world's largest dark web souk

Two men from Brooklyn in the US have been indicted on charges of selling heroin and cocaine on AlphaBay – believed to be the world's largest dark web marketplace. Abudullah Almashwali, 31, and Chaudhry Ahmad Farooq, 24, were cuffed on August 2 after agents bought packages of the drugs from members of the Tor-hidden souk …
Iain Thomson, 12 Aug 2016
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US extradition of Silk Road suspect OK'd by Irish judge

An Irish court has authorized the extradition to the US of a man accused of helping to administer the infamous Silk Road website. Gary Davis, 27, of Kilpedder, Co Wicklow, has moved one step closer to a US trial on charges of conspiracy to distribute narcotics, computer hacking and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Mr …
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2016