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Uber Cali goes ballistic, calls online ads bogus: These million-dollar banners are something quite atrocious

Updated Uber has filed suit against one of its advertising partners, alleging it bilked the ride-sharing giant out of "tens of millions" of dollars. The suit [PDF], filed in the Northern California US District Court, claims that Fetch Media billed Uber for more than $82.5m in mobile ads that were either not run or were not properly …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Sep 2017

DXC squeezes suppliers for extra margin, issues ultimatum

The procurement team at DXC Technologies might consider giving courses on how not to win friends or influence people after sending suppliers an ultimatum: cough better financial terms or else. In a global initiative to bulk out margins, the outsourcing firm wrote to its traders warning them that if they wanted to remain on the …
Paul Kunert, 19 Sep 2017

Google parks old pay-to-play auction in front of European Commission – reports

Google appears to have revived an "auction-based fix" to vertical search competition complaints, according to Reuters. Four years ago, Google proposed to "auction off" space on its search page, as a remedy to competition complaints that it favoured its own properties over rivals. The European Commission rejected it as …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Sep 2017

Ethereum will have transaction chops of Visa in 'a couple of years', founder claims

Blockchains might be a bit slow today, but one of Ethereum's founders predicts that in "a couple of years" the popular network will have the same transaction capacity scale as Visa. Speaking at TechCrunch's Disrupt San Francisco on Monday, Vitalik Buterin said Bitcoin can process less than three transactions per second, …
Andrew Silver, 19 Sep 2017

BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

As we all know, there are "lies, damned lies, and statistics". No doubt that line will be pulled out again to bolster the case for British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson against Sir David Norgrove, head of the UK Statistics Authority, who has made it clear he's unimpressed with Boris's use of the stats. Norgrove criticised …
Jane Fae , 19 Sep 2017
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Google, Bing, Yahoo! data hoarding is like homeopathy. It doesn't work – new study claims

Data, it has been argued, is the new oil – the fuel for the information economy – but its importance to search engines may be overstated. In a paper released on Monday through the National Bureau of Economic Research, Lesley Chiou, an associate professor at Occidental College, and Catherine Tucker, a professor at the MIT Sloan …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Sep 2017
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Google India launches payment service that sends money as sound

Google's launched a payments service called “Tez” for India and plans to take it to other nations soon. Tez, the Hindi work for “fast”, requires users to possess either an iOS or Android device equipped with a microphone and speakers, download an app and then link their device to their bank accounts and the Unified Payments …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2017

Bloke fesses up: I forged judge's signature to strip stuff from Google search

It may have seemed like a good idea at the time – treating a judge's takedown order as a Photoshop template that could be modified as needed to demand that Google remove any unwanted information. But on Friday, Michael Arnstein, 40, of Kailua, Hawaii, pled guilty to conspiring to forge a US federal judge's signature to erase …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Sep 2017

Grab your popcorn: The first annual Privacy Shield review is go

Transatlantic data-transfer agreement Privacy Shield is facing its first major political hurdle as the inaugural joint review kicks off this week. Agreed last summer, the deal between the European Union and the US aims to safeguard EU citizens' data when it is transferred across the pond. The two-day review, launched today by …
Rebecca Hill, 18 Sep 2017

Apocalypse now: Ad biz cries foul over Apple's great AI cookie purge

Fear of the Adpocalypse has died down in recent months - but new platform Apple releases have revived it. Apple's imminent decision to throttle third-party cookies poses a mortal threat to behavioural advertising, says Madison Avenue, and therefore to Life On Earth as we know it. Apple is building "Intelligent Tracking …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Sep 2017

Brit ministers jet off on a trade mission to tout our digital exports...

In a desperate attempt to improve our international trade prospects, UK digital minister Matt Hancock has jetted off on a "cyber trade mission" to "tap huge markets in Singapore and promote UK fintech sector in Tokyo." Meanwhile British culture secretary Karen Bradley will travel to Finland and Sweden, where she will "set out …
Kat Hall, 18 Sep 2017
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New HMRC IT boss to 'recuse' herself over Microsoft decisions

Exclusive The UK's incoming Chief Digital Information Officer of HMRC is to recuse herself from making any decisions regarding Microsoft, as she is on sabbatical from the company under a two-year placement with the taxman. Jacky Wright was named as CDIO last week, and will take up the £180,000 per annum role in October 2017. She is …
Kat Hall, 18 Sep 2017
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DXC Technologies mails another corp message (gulp)

Repeated redundancy programmes and the imposition of penny pinching measures can make a workforce glum, no matter how many fancy dress days a company offers: DXC Technologies might have realised this. The outsourcing provider has this week informed its grunts in the UK who don’t qualify for existing bonus schemes that one is …
Paul Kunert, 18 Sep 2017
Portland, Oregon

Portland posts full report on Uber's dirty dealings with Greyball

The city of Portland, Oregon has released its full report on illegal operations by ride-sharing company Uber in 2014. The report [PDF], compiled in April and released earlier this week, details the city's findings on Uber's use of the "Greyball" program to evade city officials during the two-week period in December, 2014 when …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2017
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Senators call for '9/11-style' commission on computer voting security

Two US senators on Friday introduced legislation to set up the National Commission on the Cybersecurity of the United States Election Systems, to examine the possibility that people tried to hack the 2016 election. The commission would examine the evidence to see if the Russians, or someone else, actively tried to hack the …
Iain Thomson, 15 Sep 2017

China orders immediate shuttering of Bitcoin exchanges

China has ordered all Bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchanges to cease trading by the end of Friday, causing a massive drop in its value worldwide. According to leaked documents and a series of statements from those running the local exchanges, China's regulators have told the exchanges verbally that they do not have a license to …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Sep 2017

EU's tech giant tax plan moves forward

A proposed plan to make sure that digital giants like Apple, Google and Facebook pay more in tax within Europe has moved forward with remarkable speed and a paper will be put to European governments at the end of the month. That's according to the European Commission's tax commissioner Pierre Moscovici, who told reporters [ …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Sep 2017
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Just how are HMRC’s IT systems going to cope with Brexit?

"Unprecedented challenge" was the phrase which kept being repeated in a recent Treasury Select Committee hearing regarding Brexit, the customs union and HMRC. The department is already undergoing the “largest transformational change in Europe,” with plans to digitise the tax system, while simultaneously untying itself from the …
Kat Hall, 15 Sep 2017

Dell EMC president David Goulden quits

Dell EMC president and boss of the Infrastructure Solutions Group, David Goulden, is leaving the business at the end of the company’s fiscal year, The Register can reveal. Goulden landed at EMC in 2002 and went on to run sales, marketing and was CEO of the Information Infrastructure division prior to the storage vendor being …
Paul Kunert, 15 Sep 2017
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DoJ: Look! Google is giving up overseas data for warrants outside Second Circuit

Updated Google will not contest new warrants for overseas data - as long as they are made outside the Second Circuit, according to the US Department of Justice. The DoJ made the revelation in a reply brief issued as part of the ongoing battle between the US government and Microsoft over emails held on servers in Ireland, which Uncle …
Rebecca Hill, 15 Sep 2017

ICO whacks Welsh biz with £350k fine for 150 MEEELLION nuisance calls

A Welsh firm responsible for 146 million nuisance PPI calls has been slapped with a £350,000 fine by the Information Commissioner’s Office - not that the data watchdog is confident that penalty will be paid. Your Money Rights (YMR) - which had its authorisation as a claims management company cancelled in May - instigated 146, …
Rebecca Hill, 15 Sep 2017

UK attorney general plans crackdown on 'trial by social media'

The UK's Attorney General is pondering whether to tighten up contempt of court laws and target Facebook and Twitter users who comment about live criminal trials. In a call for evidence made this morning, Jeremy Wright, QC, MP, asked for examples of court cases “in which social media has had an impact” to be forwarded to the …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Sep 2017

HPE slices and dices globo org chart

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is waving bye to another long standing exec as it puts more meat on the new structure that is part of a wider plan to make more money build a long term operational and financial blueprint. A radical initiative branded HPE Next was hatched by CEO Meg Whitman in June, as we exclusively revealed. It is …
Paul Kunert, 15 Sep 2017
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Tech biz must be more export-focused, says defence kit minister

DSEI 2017 Britain should ramp up exports of defence tech wares after Brexit - and this means more than the traditional guns ‘n’ spyware, according to defence procurement minister Harriett Baldwin MP. Speaking at the Defence Security Exhibition International (DSEI) yesterday morning, Baldwin highlighted the Ministry of Defence’s £80m-a- …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Sep 2017
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Facebook let advertisers target 'Jew-haters'

Facebook has blamed its users for the fact that advertisers on The Social Network™ could target their ads to “Jew-haters” and other anti-Semitic terms. The nasty ad targeting was uncovered by ProPublica, a “nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism with moral force.” The publication's journos experimented with …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2017
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User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing

ON-CALL Welcome again to On-Call, the Friday feature in which we help Reg readers to recount times when they were asked to fix problems that should never have happened. This week, meet “Terrence” who told us about his time working as a sysadmin for local government. “My main area of work was the system used for revenues and benefits …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2017

Westpac brings authentication system in-house, binning IBM

Australian bank Westpac has decided the time is right to bring its Distributed System Access service in-house, rather than continue an arrangement that saw it tended by IBM. The Register understands that Distributed System Access (DSA) is the Bank's authentication infrastructure and is used to manage user accounts, group …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2017
Google faces antitrust charges in the European Union

Google sued for paying women less than men

Three former Google employees filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the company on Thursday over charges of unfair pay and promotion. The complaint [PDF] – filed in San Francisco, California, by law firms Altshuler Berzon, LLP and Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP – alleges that Google systematically pays women …
Thomas Claburn, 15 Sep 2017
Oracle

Oracle's Q1: Cloud, great. Hardware, meh. Mergers, unlikely

Oracle kicked off its 2018 fiscal year by reporting more than $9bn in total revenues. The enterprise software giant talked up its cloud business Thursday while CEO Larry Ellison made a point of needling his rivals in the SaaS space. For the Q1 fiscal year 2018 period, ending August 31: Revenues of $9.2bn topped analyst …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Sep 2017

Spotify just can't wash those songwriters out of its hair

Spotify is embroiled in new legal objections over how it pays songwriters royalties... or doesn’t, as the songwriters insist. At issue is the mechanical copyright royalty – the amount owed to the composer or songwriter from the reproduction of the recording. Songwriters and composers argue that while Spotify negotiated …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Sep 2017

Web crash and pricing errors hit Argos

Argos shoppers who prefer to buy online rather than in-store via the laminated catalogue of dreams were out of luck this morning as the website crashed intermittently and pricing errors showed up. The site was due to be down for routine maintenance from midnight, a spokeswoman at Argos told The Reg, but “there is a separate …
Paul Kunert, 14 Sep 2017
Archer cracks the ISIS mainframe's password

UK Data Protection Bill lands: Oh dear, security researchers – where's your exemption?

The UK’s Data Protection bill has landed with a hefty thud, offering up 200-plus pages of legislation for the geeks and wonks to sink their teeth into. The bill, launched into the House of Lords yesterday and published in full today (PDF), aims to overhaul the UK’s data protection laws and update them for the digital age. …
Rebecca Hill, 14 Sep 2017
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MPs accuse Amazon and eBay of profiteering from VAT fraudsters

MPs have accused Amazon and eBay of profiteering out of companies based overseas that are fraudulently using their platforms to dodge VAT - and supposedly putting Brit SMEs out of business while they're at it. In a Public Accounts Committee hearing, MPs heard that Amazon had collected the money from products sold by 23,000 non …
Kat Hall, 14 Sep 2017
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Drones aren't evil and won't trigger the Rise of the Machines: MoD

The Ministry of Defence has issued a new strategy document for its drones, stating humans will be kept in the decision-making loop – yet critics are unhappy with the questions the doc sidesteps. Joint Doctrine Publication 0-30.2, published at the start of this week, sets out how the British armed forces will use their unmanned …
Gareth Corfield, 14 Sep 2017
Business: Stressed man with pile of paperwork works against the clock

Tick, tock motherf... erm, we mean, don't panic over GDPR

Welcome back from the summer. Feeling refreshed? Good, now let’s talk General Data Protection Regulation from the European Union, due to swing into effect on May 25, 2018. You now have eight months to get your data infrastructure, tech policies and related procedures ship-shape. Not feeing so refreshed now, are you? Plenty of …
Dave Cartwright, 14 Sep 2017
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Ex-EDS bod at DXC Technologies? Sign up to new pension scheme - or else...

Exclusive Frankenfirm DXC Technologies is proposing to kill off the final salary pension scheme for former EDS staff and will refuse to fund pay rises and bonuses to those affected who do not sign over to the new package. This will impact 99 active members of the EDS 1994 pension plan and 1,119 people that are on the EDS Retirement Plan …
Paul Kunert, 14 Sep 2017

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