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Go on, corporate drone, log in... We'd recognise your VEINS anywhere – Barclays

Barclays is ramping up its fight against online fraud with the roll-out of a biometric scanner that uses Hitachi’s Finger Vein Authentication Technology (VeinID). Unlike fingerprints, vein patterns are extremely difficult to spoof or replicate. Barclays Biometric Reader will allow customers secure access to their online banking …
John Leyden, 5 Sep 2014
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Judge: Google class action 'usual suspects' cash-fling 'smells'

+Comment A proposed settlement to the "referrer header" class action suit against Google has been rejected by a Californian judge. The that would have seen the search giant funnel millions to cherry-picked law schools and Google-friendly pro privacy groups. The lawyers for Google and the lawyers for the plaintiffs agreed to settle the …
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What could possibly go wrong? Banks could provide ID assurance for Gov.UK – report

Personal data could be stored by banks and used to verify the identity of individuals that wish to use government digital services, according to a new report. A pilot study undertaken by Lloyds Banking Group found that there is scope for banks to act as identity (ID) assurance providers for online government services (14-page/ …
OUT-LAW.COM, 5 Sep 2014
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iiNet slurps system integrator Tech2 Group

Australia's third-largest internet service provider iiNet has let it be known that it has acquired 60 per cent of the Tech2 Group , an outfit that provides consumer-and business-grade IT services. iiNet's ASX statement (PDF) announcing the deal says it “provides a complementary focus on customer service, a new sales channel, …
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OH SNAP: Getty Images sues Microsoft over Bing pics widget

Getty Images has flung a sueball at Microsoft, alleging that the new Bing Image Widget breaches its copyright. Microsoft says the widget “enhances your web site with the power of Bing Image Search and provides your users with beautiful, configurable image collages and slideshows.” The widget is easy to use: at this page you feed …
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TIBCO ponders new 'financial options', including sale or merger

It's hard to be a mid-sized enterprise software vendor these days. BCM last year went private and Compuware this week announced it would walk the same road. TIBCO looks set to do something similar, after on Wednesday announcing “a review of a variety of strategic and financial alternatives available to the Company through the …

Cyber-hoodlum tripped, fell, landed in Obama's Healthcare.gov server

Officials at the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have today confirmed that one of the Healthcare.gov servers was hacked. The system was compromised in July, when an as-yet unidentified miscreant managed to worm his or her way in and install malware. The security breach was spotted and the machine – which was …
Iain Thomson, 5 Sep 2014
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Flaming heck! Watchdog scolds Apple Mac, iPad fab in staff safety probe

Apple is back in the crosshairs of human rights groups, which claim the corporation has not done enough to stamp out alleged mistreatment of workers at iThing factories. China Labor Watch and Green America claim that a joint investigation has uncovered dangerous conditions and excessive working hours at a plant that produces …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Sep 2014

FCC boss Wheeler: Lack of broadband choice is screwing Americans

US Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler has issued his most damning indictment of America's broadband infrastructure to date – claiming more than half of citizens have only one ISP in their area offering 25Mbps or faster connections, and that competition has been crippled by a telecoms duopoly. "The simple …
Iain Thomson, 4 Sep 2014

Glasshole-in-chief QUITS Google to become CTO of America

The White House has hired former Google vice-president Megan Smith to take over the role of US Chief Technology Officer. The President on Thursday said that his administration had indeed hired Smith away from her role as veep of Google X, the advertising giant's lab that produced techno-specs Glass and self-driving cars. Smith …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Sep 2014

Hey hipsters: Tabs are so last year, fat phones are where it's at

Following a deep gaze into the crystal ball, IDC has decided the dominant growth trend in personal computing sales is phablet-shaped. Beancounters estimate roughly 175 million devices sized between 5.5 to seven inches will find a home in 2014, up 60 per cent, leapfrogging the 170 million old world portable PCs forecasted to ship …
Paul Kunert, 4 Sep 2014

Mouse-slinger Logitech: Gloves are off, number probe over

Human-computer interface slinger Logitech’s three month self-examination into suspected financial blunders has concluded and the outcome could have been worse, much worse. The keyboard, mouse and pointer slinger said in May that it, along with the SEC, was conducting a probe into previous financial restatements regarding …
Paul Kunert, 4 Sep 2014
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Speaking in Tech: Uber TRACKS me via GPS? Meh, it's just a taxi

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's weekly tech podcast, stuffed with news and views on everything that's happened in our world this week. Join your hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela with special guest (and favourite ginger) Josh Atwell of SolidFire. This week …
Team Register, 4 Sep 2014
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Suitors line up to bid for cash-challenged NHS supplier

Top brass at Trustmarque Solutions are locked in talks with interested parties in a bid to sell the financially challenged biz this week – at least that is the plan. As exclusively revealed by us earlier this week, Dunedin, private equity backers of the York-based licensing specialist, claimed a change in revenue recognition in …
Paul Kunert, 4 Sep 2014
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Power station fault cuts electricity, water and internet in Cairo

A massive power outage in Cairo has left the city sweltering in nearly 40˚C heat, without running water or internet services. A Reg reader, who is the chief tech officer at a global conference call provider, told us that the firm’s workers in the city have been without power for around four hours. “Our first concern is for our …
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Work in the tech industry? The Ukraine WAR is coming to YOU

Anyone in tech who thinks that the conflict in Ukraine - which has been smoldering since the end of 2013 - is not their business should think again. At the weekend Russia was given one week by European Union chiefs to reverse course in the Ukraine or face new sanctions. Russia has been accused of interfering in Ukraine, …
Gavin Clarke, 4 Sep 2014
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Foxtel promises triple-play launch in early 2015

In a move designed to stave off the threat posed by operations like Netflix and FetchTV, Foxtel says its vaunted “triple-play” broadband-and-TV-and-phone service will land at the start of 2015. The Pay-TV outfit has also dropped its entry level package to $AU25 per month. The service was first announced in December 2013, on the …
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Nevada to host Tesla gigafactory: reports

The Nevada governor's office has tipped US broadcaster CNBC that the state is ready to announce Reno as the site for the planned Tesla battery factory. The company has been coy about revealing the location, presumably while it chooses between different government incentive packages for the facility, which will be built in …
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Silicon Valley tech titans beg for more mediation time in wage-fix lawsuit

Some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley have filed a court motion asking for more time in mediation before going to court to fight former employees who claim they were put on secret no-hire blacklists by their bosses. The class action suit claims that from 2005 the bosses of Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm, …
Iain Thomson, 4 Sep 2014
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Isis Wallet, NOT an Islamist militant group, reborn as Softcard

In a bid to distance itself from a violent Islamist militant group, US-based mobile payment company Isis has said that it will change the name of its Wallet service to Softcard. The company announced the rebranding plan in July, in hopes of avoiding being linked with the ruthless Sunni jihadist fighting force known variously as …

Verizon hit with $7.4 MEEELLION fine for slurping users' privates

Verizon has agreed to pay the US Treasury $7.4m to settle an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission into its failure to tell customers that it was using their personal information for marketing purposes. "In today's increasingly connected world, it is critical that every phone company honor its duty to inform …
Iain Thomson, 3 Sep 2014

NATO nations 'will respond to a Cyber attack on one as though it were on all'

NATO is set to agree a new cyber defence policy that would mean any severe cyber attack on a NATO member could be considered tantamount to a traditional military attack and invoke the alliance's collective defence provisions. Article V is the collective defence clause of the NATO treaty by which an attack on one member is …
John Leyden, 3 Sep 2014
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The BNP can rip off your works for ‘parodies’ – but only if it's not racist

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled on who can use copyrighted work in a parody, and said it’s fair game – as long as it’s not, er, sexist or racist. Traditionally, authors have been able to use moral rights to disassociate their work from a derivative. But this latest interpretation of the EU’s parody exception …
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Clock's ticking for suppliers who want a piece of hot DWP action

The Department of Work and Pensions has issued a call to tech firms to provide and host a toolset for service integration and management functions in a gig worth up to £17.5m over the next three years. The contract notice posted on the Official Journal of the European Union today, part of IT Transformation Programme, gives …
Paul Kunert, 3 Sep 2014
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Do you accept Bitcoin? That'll do nicely, says Apache

Open-source project shop the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is now funding its projects with Bitcoins. The US-based non-profit says it’s received 5.35915909 in BTC – just over $2,600 – in just 48 hours after saying it would accept the virtual currency. ASF says it decided to accept the e-coinage in response to an email …
Gavin Clarke, 3 Sep 2014

Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

Home Secretary Theresa May announced this morning that the government plans to publish a mobile phone theft index to help Brits make informed decisions about what handsets to buy, based on which is the least likely to be nicked by wrongdoers. The cabinet minister revealed the proposal in a speech sploshed with pre-General …
Kelly Fiveash, 3 Sep 2014
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CIOs: Join El Reg and your peers to grapple with slippery vendors

Reg Events How do you think you’re doing when it comes to dealing with your key software, hardware and services suppliers? Are you really "partners", or do you feel like you’re being taken for a ride? Do you want to discuss the intricacies of Microsoft and Oracle licensing, swap tips on how to deconstruct an SLA or simply establish whether …
Joe Fay, 3 Sep 2014

Jimbo tells Wikipedians: You CAN'T vote to disable 'key software features'

Wikipedia’s maximum leader Jimbo Wales has declared a new era at the online encyclopaedia. Rather than the unpaid volunteer community voting on what software it uses, it will have to use what the wealthy WMF Foundation tells it to use. The community responded with what one veteran contributor described as an “unprecedented” …

CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

Vid "If your password is password, change the 's' to a dollar sign." That's the advice from US news network CNN's "technology analyst" Brett Larson, who also thinks that 4chan is some sysadmin bloke who knew how to "hack things" so he could leak saucy, private photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities. The confusion …
Kelly Fiveash, 3 Sep 2014
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The IT kit revolution's OVER, say beancounters - but how do they know?

Worstall on Wednesday One of the great problems within economics is in trying to work out what's a structural change, what's a cyclical change and what's being buggered up just because you're not measuring it properly. For example, we can look at how much companies (or more accurately, non-household entities) are spending on the computing …
Tim Worstall, 3 Sep 2014

Compuware slurped by private equiteer for $2.5bn

Private equity firm Thoma Bravo will acquire software house Compuware for about US$2.5bn. Shareholders will be delivered about $10.92 per share, a 17 per cent premium on last week's closing price for Compuware stock - not bad for a company once known as "the elephants' graveyard". Compuware chair Gurminder S. Bedi's canned …
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Telstra tells Big Content it won't become unpaid Copyright Cop

Australia's dominant telco and internet service provider Telstra has waded into the nation's copyright enforcement debate by rejecting Big Content's calls for it to assume liability for its users' copyright infringements. Thodey's missive on the matter offers the usual “TV shows cost a lot to make and stealing them is wrong” …

TSMC touts IoT as semiconductor growth engine

Taiwanese chip fab TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co) reckons its Next Big Thing is going to be, you guessed it, the Internet of Things. The vendor, whose contract customers (such as Apple) make it a powerhouse of IC manufacturing, expects demand for microcontrollers, image sensors, WiFi and Bluetooth sensors will …

Privacy law reboot needed says Oz Law Reform Commission

Australia's patchwork of state and commonwealth surveillance laws need tweaks and homogenisation to protect privacy, according to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC). That's one of the key recommendations in the ALRC's report, Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era, with the commission noting that inconsistency …
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Drone captures shots of budding APPLE SPACESHIP HQ

An amateur drone video is shedding new light on Apple's future headquarters. Shot in August with a GoPro Hero 3 camera mounted onto a DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter drone, the video shows construction on the iStuff maker's new Cupertino headquarters. The creator of the video said that footage was shot at the FAA-approved altitude of …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Sep 2014
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Parallels to line up with Linux containers

Parallels is working to bring its automation, security and management wares to the burgeoning world of Linux containerisation. The junior virtualiser finds itself in an interesting position vis a vis Linux containers and Docker, because it has long described its own Virtuozzo product as offering containers. But Virtuozzo is …
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Google: let's build our OWN quantum computer

Is Google gently backing away from D-Wave? That's one possible interpretation from this blog post, in which Mountain View tells the world it's going to add a quantum computer flavour to the Chocolate Factory. Google's Quantum Artificial Intelligence team is to partner with the University of California Santa Barbara “to design …
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Good luck with Project Wing, Google. This drone moonshot is NEVER going to happen

Comment Google’s delivery drones in Oz have a really easy job – fly across a near desert and lower a parcel to the ground. That’s easy-peasy, matey. Try that in my Sixth Street home* in San Francisco, the one near the junction with Folsom Street, where (to make the Chocolate Drone Factory’s life easier) there is a grassed yard. …
Chris Mellor, 2 Sep 2014
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NHS supplier Trustmarque seeks backers after accounting change

The future of major NHS supplier Trustmarque looks less certain after private equity backer Dunedin confirmed that a change in the way revenue is recognised has created a “funding gap”. The venture capitalist was the vital cog in the £43m management buy-out at York-headquartered Trustmarque, a top table Microsoft partner that …
Paul Kunert, 2 Sep 2014
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Facebook, WhatsApp wait on cold steel table as Euro Commish ponders painful probe

Competitors of Facebook and WhatsApp have been asked to complete a whopping 88 multiple-choice, multi-part questions that range from the blindingly obvious – “To the best of your knowledge, do users use more than one social networking service?" – to the vague and indefinable – “Please provide any recent examples of consumers …
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Multi-billion pound UK.gov tech framework awarded to 33 suppliers

Crown Commercial Services has told 33 suppliers they have tentatively made it onto the pan-public sector Technology Products framework estimated to be worth between £4bn to £6bn over its tenure. Technology Products, initially labelled as IT Products and Services when programme specs were released in January, is a direct …
Paul Kunert, 2 Sep 2014
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Uber alles... nein! Deutschland imposes NATIONWIDE BAN on taxi app

Uber has been banned in Germany after a court in Frankfurt imposed a temporary injunction on the driving firm. Taxi Deutschland, a co-operative taxi industry group in the country, took Uber to court in Frankfurt claiming that the company is in violation of Germany’s passenger transport laws. According to a statement from the …