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Overland Storage becomes part of Sphere3D

Overland Storage is merging with Sphere 3D; two loss-making companies hoping to come good by coming together. Overland has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canadian Sphere 3D, and Sphere 3D Corporation will trade on Nasdaq. Both boards approved the deal as did Overland's shareholders; 99 per cent of the shares were voted in …
Chris Mellor, 5 Dec 2014
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CIOs: Want to get onto the Board? Just 'running' IT isn't enough

Reg Events For our third round table a few weeks back we took on an issue dear to the hearts of IT execs: getting a seat at the decision making top table. And who better to talk through this one than a roomful of CIOs who were on their own firms' boards. Your first tip for moving up is to stop saying "the business". Stop saying it now and …

Whitehall at war: Govt’s webocrats trash vital digital VAT site

Special Report Open warfare has broken out in Whitehall after the Government’s own much-hyped in-house IT team, GDS, publicly trashed a new VAT service vital to small digital businesses. The Register understands the service works well - but didn’t use GDS and was failed for meeting its taste guidelines. This week the Government Digital Service …
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VCs say Uber is worth $41bn... but don't worry, we're not in a bubble

Uber has snapped up a new round of funding that values the company at a staggering US$41bn. The company said that it had generated $1.2bn in a private equity round of fundraising which reportedly valued the firm at $41bn. The massive valuation would put Uber among some of the largest names in Silicon Valley, companies such as …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Dec 2014
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Apple deliberately wiped rivals' music from iPods – iTunes court claim

Apples software forced people to delete music from their iPods if it was downloaded from an iTunes store rival, a court has heard. During a class-action antitrust hearing in California on Thursday, lawyers argued that Apple purposely made its iTunes application instruct users to reset their iPods – removing any tracks obtained …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Dec 2014
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'Identity skills shortage' will be problematic for Verify ID. (So not the TECH FAILS, then?)

Departments must "work closely" with the Government Digital Service to ensure the ambitious pan-Whitehall identity assurance target of 2016 can be met, The National Audit Office has said. This is despite the fact the Verify identity assurance tool has so far had a shaky start. Last month a beta test of the tool drew many …
Kat Hall, 4 Dec 2014

Internet gossip has NOWT to do with data protection, EU Commish

Comment Europe’s new data chief has taken a leaf out of fellow European Commissioner “H Dot” Oettinger’s book, delivering a cast-iron “no shit, Sherlock” statement about things people write online. The EU’s new Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova was speaking ahead of a meeting of all the EU’s justice ministers about data protection …

Regcast followup: Identity management in a connected world

In our Regcast Managing identity to drive business, ForgeRock’s Daniel Raskin explained why the function of identity management is changing from basic security and a way to lower operational costs to a world in which identity transforms your relationships (and the outcome of those relationships) with your customers. Behind this …
Tim Phillips, 4 Dec 2014

IBM's ownership of x86 biz comes to a bloody end

Lenovo execs must be counting down the days before they can grab the System x business from IBM across Europe as it continues to disproportionately bleed unit sales and revenues in a tough market. Gartner Q3 EMEA market stats show recovery in the prior three months was nothing but a flash in the pan: shipments fell four per cent …
Paul Kunert, 4 Dec 2014
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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

The timescale for the installation of 50m smart meters at a cost of £11bn is up for revision (again), junior minister and member of the House of Lords, Baroness Verma, has admitted. By 2020, the government wants everyone to have a smart meter fitted at a cost of £200 per household. However, the project has been dogged by delays …
Kat Hall, 4 Dec 2014
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Sonos rattles begging bowl, hopes for $130m cash stream

Sonos, the Wi-Fi speaker streaming firm, is looking to raise $130m from investors, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing doc doesn't say what the cash is for and Sonos isn't saying either. It's facing increased competition as Bose and other mainstream speaker suppliers jump on the Wi-Fi …
Chris Mellor, 4 Dec 2014

Oh dear, traders: Banker bosses are monitoring your smoke breaks

Banks must consider staff relations when turning to "big data" to identify potential misconduct, says an expert. There are legitimate reasons why banks would wish to monitor staff behaviour through the latest in 'big data' analytics, but they should consider employee relations issues before using that technology, an expert has …
OUT-LAW.COM, 4 Dec 2014

GOOAALLL! Back of the net! 'Millions of dollars' score .football gTLD

The top-level domain name .football has been auctioned off for, what's expected to be, millions of dollars to upstart registry Donuts. Domain names using the beautiful game's dot-word will be available some time in the new year, along with names ending in .news, .golf, .school and .latino, all of which were snapped in private …

Oz lawyers wig out over data retention

Four years into Australia's data retention debate, the country's peak body representing lawyers has managed to make a statement on the issue. The Law Council of Australia says it's adopted a policy opposing the mandatory data retention that the government wants to get through Parliament, partly because it's noticed that the laws …

FCC puts AT&T and Comcast gobbles back on the table

The FCC has restarted the approval process for a pair of high-profile proposed mergers – Comcast-Time Warner Cable, and AT&T-DirecTV. The US watchdog said it has officially set two deadlines for folks sending in their views on the biz gobbles. In the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable (TWC) tie-up, citizens will have until …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Dec 2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft shareholders approve of CEO Satya Nadella's MASSIVE PACKAGE

A revolt by shareholders at Microsoft's annual general meeting over CEO Satya Nadella wages failed to materialize today – and his executive pay package was approved. Company advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services said it had significant concerns over the size of Nadella's package, which it estimated was worth over $90m …
Iain Thomson, 3 Dec 2014

Double hammer blow to ICANN and pals' internet power grab bid

The controversial NetMundial Initiative (NMI) – an effort by various countries and organizations to steer the internet – may be beyond saving after a second series of rejections. This time it's been snubbed by the business world and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) today published …

IDC revises mobe sales forecasts. New crystal ball, anyone?

Comment Analyst outfit IDC says that the rate of increase in smartphone sales is going to fall – but not as fast as it had previously predicted. The company, which in February this year predicted that global sales of smartphones would be 1.2 billion units, has taken note of that figure being much closer to 1.3bn, the company had …
Simon Rockman, 3 Dec 2014

UK.gov quietly slips extra cash to AUTO ROBOTICA bods

The UK government is adding another £9m to the pot for driverless car trials in Blighty, allowing four cities to start the tests next year instead of three. Although it didn’t feature in Chancellor George Osborne’s speech, the Autumn Statement said the UK is adding the extra funds into the previously announced £10m competition …
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IBM inks another billion-dollar deal... with The Other Advertising Giant

IBM has announced another big outsourcing contract, nabbing a new deal with WPP, the world’s top advertising firm, for $1.25bn. Big Blue has worked with the ad giant before, but this is a new services contract to run its global tech platform in the cloud over the next seven years. The contract comes hot on the heels of another …

UK.gov dumps another £40m into unpopular SME broadband scheme

Seemingly flush with cash, the government is pouring an extra £40m into its SME broadband voucher scheme, despite the pitiful take up of the existing £100m initiative to date. Plans to extend the scheme until March 2016, and to more cities, were outlined in the Treasury's 2014 National Infrastructure plan. "Vouchers will be …
Kat Hall, 3 Dec 2014
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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

Chancellor George Osborne has announced a 25 per cent tax on company profits made in UK but diverted abroad - singling out tech companies for a so-called "Google tax." In his Autumn Statement Osborne pointed the finger at large multinational companies, particularly those in the tech sector, that use "elaborate tax structures" to …
Kat Hall, 3 Dec 2014

US retail giant Target fails to get banks' MEGABREACH lawsuit slung out of court

Target has failed in is attempt to persuade a judge to reject lawsuit by banks harmed by losses following the US retail giant's megabreach. US District Judge Paul Magnuson ruled that Target played a "key role" in permitting cybercriminals to infiltrate its computer networks. Because of this, a lawsuit by banks seeking to recoup …
John Leyden, 3 Dec 2014
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DEAD STEVE JOBS accuses Real Networks of 'hacking' iPods

The Apple iPod antitrust case kicked off yesterday as lawyers suggested that emails from the late Steve Jobs showed he intentionally broke competition laws by restricting music purchases for iTunes customers. Early iPod fanbois and gurls are suing the fruity firm for unfairly blocking competition in digital music by forcing …
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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

Anyone who has ever commuted on a train in the south east of England will have at some point considered ways to improve the service – such as, say, introducing actual cattle trucks onto the network for more luxurious travel. But tech enthusiasts from Cambridge have another idea entirely. What about a designated nerd carriage to …
Kat Hall, 3 Dec 2014

Is EU right to expand 'right to be forgotten' to Google.com?

Worstall on Wednesday The European Union is arguing that the so-called "right to be forgotten" (you know, sure, I was a paedophile mass murderer but it was only the once and I've been to confession now so nobody should know about it) in Google and other search engine results should be extended to the Google.com domain, as well as those aimed more …
Tim Worstall, 3 Dec 2014
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Microsoft hikes support charges by NINETY TWO PER CENT

Microsoft has quietly all-but-doubled the cost of ad hoc professional support in the United States. Visit this page, click the “For Business” tab and then select the “Support for Small and Medium Business” option and you'll see that Redmond now charges US$499 for a single professional support incident, or US$1,999 for a five- …
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Australia to social media: self-censor or face AU$17,000 FINES

Australia's long-threatened plan to compel social networks to remove bullying material directed at children has emerged, complete with a naughty corner for networks who don't play nice with others. The bill seeks to ensure that all social networks operating in Australia implement “basic online safety requirements” including …

Apple denied 'App Store' trademark by Australian court

Australia's Federal Court has decided Apple cannot trademark the term “App Store”. Apple's been trying to own the term in Australia since 2008, but in 2013 the nation's Registrar of Trademarks ruled that App Store “ does not distinguish the applicant on its own.” In other words, App Store doesn't apply to Apple alone. The …

Gangnam Style BREAKS YouTube

YouTube has admitted that Psy's 2012 hit song Gangnam Style broke it. Or at least broke its counter that records how many times a video has been viewed. The breakage occurred because the video's been viewed more than 2,147,483,647 times. As YouTube explains, that's larger than a 32-bit integer, which mean the hit's hit-counter …
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Top Apple exec: 'I knew [ebook] prices were going to go up – hell, the whole world knew'

The head of Apple's software and services has hit out at a court ruling against the iTunes giant in a lawsuit over ebook price-fixing. Speaking in an interview with Fortune, senior vice-president Eddy Cue said Apple will fight to overturn its conviction for conspiring with publishers to inflate the price of digital titles. The …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Dec 2014
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Bloke, 36, in the cooler for leaking ex's topless pics on Facebook

The first conviction under California's anti-revenge-porn law was announced on Monday: 36-year-old Noe Iniguez was sentenced to a year in jail and three years' probation for posting topless pictures of his ex-girlfriend on Facebook. Under the law, the "unauthorized posting of nude or sexual images of an individual with the …
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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

UK smut-makers will be bound by a new set of rules that bans some forms of sexual behavior – but only when viewed from servers in Blighty. From now on, porno-streaming services in the UK will have to follow the same guidelines as DVDs sold in adult stores across the Queen's realm, which means certain things are out of the …
Iain Thomson, 2 Dec 2014

FCC bigwig grills Netflix: If internet fast lanes are so bad, why did YOU build them?

An FCC commissioner has asked Netflix to explain an apparent contradiction in its demand for net neutrality: on the one hand, Netflix wants an open and neutral internet for all – and on the other hand, it's making deals with ISPs to speed up its video streams. Netflix pays Comcast and Verizon to install servers within their …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Dec 2014

If the COMMISH says block that email account, BLOCK IT!

Europe’s General Court has said the European Commission was right to fine a Czech company for not blocking access to an email account during an antitrust case. In November 2009, the Commish ordered Energetický a Průmyslový Holding (EPH) to block email accounts of key personnel by changing the password to one known only to …
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Horton Hears an IPO: Hard work for Hadoop

Comment Hadoop is hot. That’s not in question. What is in question, however, is what it’s hot for, and whether it can move beyond Silicon Valley geeks to mainstream enterprises. With Hortonworks filing to IPO and Cloudera reportedly doing more than $100m in sales, it’s tempting to think that Hadoop has already gone mainstream. The …
Matt Asay, 2 Dec 2014

Gorilla Glass maker gobbles Samsung's fibre optic biz

Samsung is selling off its fibre optics business to US smartphone glass supplier Corning, including production facilities in China and South Korea. Naturally, the companies didn’t share the terms of the deal, but Corning said it expected to complete the acquisition in by the end of the first quarter next year. Corning, which is …
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MEPs want 'unbiased search', whatever that is – they're not sure either

Remember that vote in the European Parliament last week to “break up Google”? Well it’s not just about breaking up the American search giant. A closer reading between the lines of the non-legislative resolution reveals sideswipes at Amazon and eBay as well. The resolution – which was approved by by 458 to 173 last Thursday – …
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Brits conned out of nearly £24m in phone scams IN ONE YEAR

Brits have lost three times as much money in phone scams in the last year than they did the year before, according to Financial Fraud Action UK. The organisation, which works with consumers, retailers and the police as well as the financial services industry, said that 58 per cent of people said they’d received suspect calls, up …

Hortonworks falls well short of billion dollar IPO expectations

Open source supremo Hortonworks has announced a rather lacklustre IPO, falling miles short of the billion dollar valuation big data tycoons were hoping for. It hopes to raise $78m by flogging six million shares at a cost of between $12 to $14, which roughly works out to a disappointing market valuation of $659m. Hortonworks …
Jasper Hamill, 2 Dec 2014
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Knockoff knockdown: Euro cops shutter 300 'counterfeit' domains

Nearly 300 domain names flogging illegal merch have been seized by Europol as part of a global crackdown on sites selling counterfeit goods before Christmas. Europol and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), together with 25 law enforcement agencies from 19 countries, seized 292 …
Kat Hall, 2 Dec 2014
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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

It might be a cunning plan. Culture minister Sajid Javid’s really stupid idea of national roaming seems to have got the mobile phone networks to pull their fingers out about "not spots". The government has tried to fund the filling in of not spots, indeed Javid’s own department stumped up £150m three years ago and has managed …
Simon Rockman, 2 Dec 2014