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Speaking in Tech: Lobbying – how sh*t gets done in America

Podcast Amy Lewis, Ed Saipetch, Peter Smallbone and Greg Knieriemen are all together this week on the nerdcast to discuss UK internet problems, the year of VDI... again, tech lobbying and drones. The details… (0:00) Amy's new gig (5:32) Mac-n-Cheese in Tokyo (9:41) Tile injuries (13:31) Birmingham moves and UK broadband (17:41 …
Team Register, 26 Jul 2017

Google goes home to Cali to overturn Canada's worldwide search result ban

What should govern the behavior of huge multinationals like Google: the law Google makes for itself, or the laws that people make? The former view has been dubbed cyber-libertarianism. In 2015, Canadian judges delivered that particular school of thought a blow, in the case of Equustek Solutions, a network equipment …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jul 2017

Retailers would love an NBN backhaul tariff restructure

When nbn™', the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network, decided to revise its backhaul price book back in June and the the move was rightly welcomed. But the topic remains so controversial CEO Bill Morrow has flagged further possible changes. Morrow dropped the hint in an interview given to the …

HP Inc, HPE both slapped with racism, ageism lawsuit

The two offshoots of Hewlett Packard are being sued in the US for allegedly discriminating against African Americans and older workers. A class-action suit, filed Monday in a California district court, claims that both HP Inc and HPE unfairly targeted workers for evaluations and layoffs based on their age and/or race. "Race …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2017
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Want to visit your loved one in jail? How about Skype instead?

A jail in the US has taken its embrace of technology a little too far by putting an end to in-person visits – and requiring family members to video conference with their locked-up loved ones instead. Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson, of Bristol County, Massachusetts, took the decision to end face time at his Dartmouth cooler – and …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Jul 2017
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Hey, hipsters. Amazon has 'space' for 450 new R&D roles in Shoreditch

Amazon today announced it plans to "double" its R&D roles in the UK capital. However, it won't say when all of the new roles will be recruited. Amazon, like Google and Microsoft, has been recruiting in London. CEO Jeff Bezos announced earlier this year that his biz hopes to create 5,000 jobs in the UK by 2017's end, increasing …
Andrew Silver, 25 Jul 2017

Taxi app investor SoftBank said to be driving at multibillion-dollar stake in Uber

Japanese firm SoftBank is reportedly aiming to take a multibillion-dollar stake in Uber, just days after it stumped up cash for Singaporean ride-sharing biz Grab's latest investment round. According to the Wall Street Journal, SoftBank has approached the lawsuit-ridden taxi app maker about gaining a large stake in the company …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Jul 2017
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Southern awarded yet another 'most moaned about rail firm' gong

Grumbling Brit commuters are more likely to moan about Southern than any other train line, according to the latest national passenger survey (PDF) from the UK's transport watchdog. Southern retained its top spot for most dissatisfied passengers in Transport Focus's survey of more than 27,000 passengers – a fact that will come …
Kat Hall, 25 Jul 2017

House fire, walk with me: Kodipocalypse now includes conflagration

Pirate TV boxes may not be safe, IP champions FACT and Westminster Council, in the south of the UK, have claimed. "The safety issues we have found so far are to do with the device's power supply. It is not double insulated nor does it have another grounding system (it only has a two-pin plug) meaning if a short were to occur …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jul 2017

Snopes.com asks for bailout amid dispute over who runs the site and collects ad dollars

Fact-checking web site Snopes.com says it is “in danger of shuttering” due to a commercial dispute that has starved it of revenue. A new savesnopes site says Snopes is in dispute with a company that “will not relinquish the site’s hosting to our control, so we cannot modify the site, develop it, or — most crucially — place …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2017
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TechnologyOne says City of Brisbane ignored its own reviews

Australian ERP software vendor TechnologyOne has escalated a long-running row with Brisbane City Council, threatening to sling an AU$50 million sueball at the city. The $120-million-plus contract at the centre of the dispute is to replace 13 of the council's systems with a single “Local Government Systems” project. When the …
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Democrats (still a thing, apparently) are super unhappy about AT&T's Time-Warner merger

Democrats in US Congress oppose AT&T's acquisition of Time-Warner and any other proposed big-time telco gobbles. In a policy outline [PDF] posted Monday, titled A Better Deal, the party says it stands in opposition to this and other mergers that will reduce competition among cable providers and cut off Americans from a choice …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jul 2017
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You don't call, you don't text: SIM-flinger Gemalto warns of 9% sales drop

Security software-maker Gemalto has once again issued a trading update, warning its second quarter revenue will fall 9 per cent to €742m (£663m) compared with the same period in 2016. The company said its profit from operations are in line with expectations at approximately €93m (£83m). However, due to a lacklustre SIM market …
Kat Hall, 24 Jul 2017
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Nationwide’s online banking goes down again

Nationwide UK customers have been unable to see payments on their online banking systems since this morning, in the latest in a string of digital glitches at the bank. According to Downdetector, Nationwide customers have been reporting problems with internet banking since 8.37am this morning (July 24), following a day of …
Rebecca Hill, 24 Jul 2017
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Al Capone was done for taxes. Now Microsoft's killing domain-squatters with trademark law

Bit-by-bit, Microsoft is hitting back at an international domain-squatting/drive-by-hacking operation by taking over the domains involved. An unsealed order from US District of Eastern Virginia judge Bruce Gerald Lee shows that at the end of June, Redmond gained control of more than 60 domain names registered with the Public …

Silicon Valley IT biz boss cops to lying about Cisco H-1B jobs

The owner of a Silicon Valley tech consulting biz has pled guilty to making up job offers in order to obtain US H-1B visas for overseas workers. Sridevi Aiyaswamy, 50, lied on more than 25 I-129 forms used to apply for the visas, claiming workers had standing job offers from Cisco when in reality no such jobs existed. …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2017
Losing money

Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook blow massive amounts lobbying Trump administration

Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple are finding the Trump Administration a very expensive prospect, at least according to their newly released lobbying figures. In the second quarter of 2017 – April through to June – Google spent $5.93m on sending its representatives to meet with Senators. Amazon came next with $3.21m, then …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jul 2017

Legal boffins poke holes in EU lawmaker's ePrivacy proposals

The European Commission's proposed ePrivacy law needs significant amendments, particularly on location tracking and keeping people's communications confidential, according to an in-depth study. The report (PDF), written by five experts from the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam, says that in some …
Rebecca Hill, 21 Jul 2017

Vodafone reports sliding revenues but customers don't hate them as much

Vodafone's UK reputation is improving thanks to network improvements, the company said, pointing to a higher net promoter score as it revealed its results today. Vodafone phased out its low-end brand Talkmobile during this period. It claims a better network (with just 0.49 per cent of calls dropped) and better 4G coverage …
Team Register, 21 Jul 2017

Dump X of your crew, DXC Technologies UK told. Hundreds face axe AGAIN

Exclusive Less than four months after DXC Technologies was created and the Frankenfirm is already embarking on a second round of jobs cuts, with hundreds of frontline support techies earmarked for the chop. The company - an unholy alliance between CSC and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services - is planning to chop $1bn in costs globally …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2017
Pizza and beer - friends forever

User filed fake trouble tickets to take helpful sysadmin to lunches

On-Call Hey, hey, it's Friday! Which means frolicsome weekend fun is just a day away … if you can survive work and this week's instalment of On-Call, The Register's weekly column in which we recount readers' stories of jobs gone weird. This week, meet “Wayne”, who has an different sort of story because – unusually for On-Call - it …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2017
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ServiceNow stops over in Jakarta on its journey to AI-land

ServiceNow's Jakarta release went live on Thursday, bringing with it plenty of new toys for IT departments and hints of artificially intelligent things to come. Among the big additions to Jakarta are a redesigned Cloud Management Portal that lets IT teams provision resources into multiple public clouds, with the workflow you'd …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2017
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Toshiba's spat with WDC over chip biz is now a song of strife and ire

Toshiba regained a right to lock WDC (SanDisk) employees from their joint-venture fab in Yokkaichi, Japan, reversing WDC's court-obtained Temporary Restraining Order, which was won earlier this month. Toshiba, in dire need of billions of yen through nuclear power station-building misadventures in the USA, is trying to sell its …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2017
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Just look at our cloud sales, beams profit-sapped SAP

SAP has reported revenues of €5.8bn in the quarter ending June 30, up 10 per cent on the previous year’s figure. However, operating profits were 27 per cent down on Q2 2016, from €1.27bn to to €926m. The lion’s share of SAP’s revenue continues to come from software licences and support, which saw a slight uplift on 2016’s …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Jul 2017
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Uber, Twitter's legal eagles gather to wring claws about bro culture

Lawyers from Uber and Twitter spoke about ways to curb "bro culture" in the male-dominated world of Silicon Valley at an annual judicial conference this week. Salle Yoo, Uber’s chief legal officer, told the Ninth Circuit’s judicial conference in San Francisco that it is important to hire diverse teams, reported Law360. Uber …
Kat Hall, 20 Jul 2017
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UK households hit by 1.8m computer misuse offences in a year

The number of incidents of computer misuse in England and Wales reached 1.8 million in the year up to March 2015, according to official crime statistics released today. The Office for National Statistics data, based on a household survey of around 17,000 people, reveal 1.19 million cases of computer viruses. There were a …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Jul 2017
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NHS trusts splashed £260m on PCs in last four years

In the last four years, NHS Trusts have spent £260m on 401,084 new PCs, at an average cost of £650.54 a box, according to Freedom of Information responses. More than 100 NHS trusts splashed £34m on new PCs in the first half of 2017 alone, according to an analysis of the data. However, despite splashing cash on new computers …
Kat Hall, 20 Jul 2017
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UK.gov watchdog didn't red flag any IT projects. And that alone should be a red flag to everyone

Analysis The BBC’s release of its top earners’ salaries this week stirred up both long-time detractors of Auntie and dyed-in-the-wool supporters. Yet for anyone who cares about public sector transparency, the disclosure was welcomed as a good thing, irrespective of political slant. With that in mind, it’s worth taking a moment to …
Kat Hall, 20 Jul 2017

Europe's 'one patent court to rule them all' vision may be destroyed by EPO shenanigans

The freeze on long-held plans to approve a single patent court for Europe is a result of the actions of the president of the European Patent Office, according to German media reports. The Unitary Patent Court (UPC) has been in progress since 2012, but last month Germany's constitutional court unexpectedly ordered a halt to …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Jul 2017
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Amazon may still get .amazon despite govt opposition – thanks to a classic ICANN cockup

Special report Amazon may still get hold of its namesake top-level domain .amazon after an independent review panel lambasted the decision by DNS overseer ICANN to deny its application. The panel found – for a third time – that ICANN's board had failed to do its job and had broken its own bylaws by accepting a recommendation from its …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jul 2017
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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

For over a hundred years, navies around the world have messaged each other at the speed of light – signal lamp light. Communicating using Morse code and lamps has been outpaced by modern radio and satellite transmissions, although every US Navy ship still carries one of these lights. The problem, however, is that no one is …
Iain Thomson, 19 Jul 2017
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Hortonworks reshuffles C-suite, gets third COO in 12 months

Hortonworks has ditched its second chief operating office in less than a year as part of a C-suite reshuffle that saw share prices drop. The Hadoop-flinger announced that Raj Verma, who was brought in as president and COO in January this year, was leaving under "mutual agreement". He will be replaced as COO by the company's …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Jul 2017

Tapping the Bank of Mum and Dad: Why your Netflix subscription is poised to rise (again)

Analysis If Silicon Valley still does one thing better than anybody else, it's propping up profitless corporations, just like the Bank of Mum and Dad. Gulf states pour money into Premier League teams, but not on anything like the scale of Uber and Netflix, two examples of capital-swallowing money pits. On Monday, Netflix warned …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jul 2017
The area recommended as a new search zone in the hunt for MH370

Australia releases MH370 sea floor data but search is still off

Geoscience Australia, the nation's agency for recording and sharing geographic and geological data, has released the first tranche of data captured during the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. The search for MH370 saw 120,000km2 of the sea floor subjected to a bathymetric survey. Geoscience Australia (GA) …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2017
The big fish eats the little fish

Rapid7 slurps security orchestration biz Komand

Rapid7 is the latest vendor to jump on the orchestration and automation bandwagon, announcing it's buying upstart outfit Komand to plump out its range. Privately-held Komand came to life in was founded in 2015, pitching what it describes as “an orchestration layer for security tools and processes”. It received a round of …

Nutanix CEO smacks down VMware exec over claim it's a new Enron

The ongoing spat between VMware and Nutanix has flared again, with the latter company's CEO Dheeeraj Pandey hitting Twitter to smack down Lee Caswell, Virtzilla's veep for Products, Storage and Availability. This round of the spat between the two appears to have started with a since-deleted Caswell Tweet pointing to this …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2017

Don't let this snap-drag-on: Qualcomm waves white flag to Apple

The CEO of Qualcomm says he hopes to settle his company's licensing dispute with Apple out of court. Speaking at a conference in Aspen, Colorado, Steve Mollenkopf suggested the SnapDragon chip designer would push for a settlement rather than rely on a jury to determine if Apple was liable for back payment of royalties. "There …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jul 2017
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One-quarter of UK.gov IT projects at high risk of failure

One-quarter of the UK government’s major IT programmes worth a total lifetime cost of £8bn are at high risk of failure, according to a Register analysis of the major project watchdog's annual report of 143 government programmes worth over £455bn. The Infrastructure Projects Authority report rated 39 ICT projects worth £18.6bn …
Kat Hall, 18 Jul 2017
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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

Comment The government has said that the persecution of the users of e-cigarette technology should stop. The Department of Health today outlined a Five Year Tobacco Control plan for England with the goal that the proportion of the population who smoke tobacco products should fall to 12 per cent by 2022, down from 15.5 per cent today. …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Jul 2017

UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

Ads depicting manchildren incapable of carrying out basic household tasks, and women in the role of Stepford Wives clearing up their mess, are to be banned in a crackdown by the Advertising Standards Authority. It follows a review conducted by the watchdog following the public's reaction to the "beach body ready" advertising …
Kat Hall, 18 Jul 2017

Another Brexit cliff edge: UK.gov warned over data flows to EU

The UK is risking a security and trade "cliff edge" if it doesn't secure an arrangement that allows data transfer with the European Union to continue after Brexit, a report has said. In its report Brexit: The EU data protection package, published today, the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee said that there was "no …
Rebecca Hill, 18 Jul 2017
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John McAfee plans to destroy Google. Details? Ummm...

Having tilted at the US presidency without success, John McAfee has picked his last next big windmill: Google. Speaking to totally independent Russian media outlet RT, the putative founder of antivirus as an industry and jungle adventurer named The Chocolate Factory as no less than a threat to human dignity and promised his …

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