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Aereo-no! Streaming telly biz axes staff, shuts down operations

Embattled video streaming firm Aereo has been forced to lay off most of its staff as the company continues to face a US ban. Local news reports from Boston broke word that the company has shut down its operations in the city and closed its offices, laying off local all employees in the process. According to an employee letter …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Nov 2014
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Twitter turns to women's group to sort out its cyberbullying issues

The recent Gamergate kerfuffle is just the latest example of how Twitter has failed to control the worst elements of its user base. Now, rather than dealing with the problem of gender-based bullying itself, Twitter has partnered with the group Women, Action, & Media group (WAM!) to take care of it. "We’re thrilled to be working …
Iain Thomson, 8 Nov 2014
Troll in cross hairs

FTC tells 'scan to email' patent troll: Every breath you take, every lie you make, I'll be fining you

The FTC has forced notorious patent troll MPHJ to pay $16,000 for every misleading shakedown letter it sends in future. Texas-based MPHJ, which owns a handful of patents, has been demanding money from 16,000 small businesses since 2012: it demands royalties of $1,000 per employee from companies that use networked scanners with a …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Nov 2014
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Apple on the art of the deal: 'Put on your big boy pants and accept the agreement'

GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT), the materials company that was once tapped to produce scratch-resistant sapphire glass for Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, has filed new papers in bankruptcy court describing the circumstances of its business's collapse – and it places the blame squarely at Apple's doorstep. In a jaw-dropping …

Why 120 people protested outside San Francisco City Hall (Hint: 'Hybrid' net neutrality)

Vid+Comment If you wandered through San Francisco's Civic Centre Plaza on Thursday between 6pm and 6.35pm at the City Hall end, it would have been hard, though not impossible, to avoid a protest held against new net neutrality proposals. With just two days' notice, a turnout of 100 to 120 people is pretty good (although 333 said they …

At last! Now you can STIFLE dull chums you can't really unfriend on Facebook

Facebook will soon let people edit and block stuff from appearing in their News Feeds after users complained of being bombarded with boring posts. Facebook new News Feed All the news that's unfit to print "We love your feedback about what you want to see in News Feed so we can work to get the experience you want," said Greg …
Iain Thomson, 7 Nov 2014
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Mystery Google barges TORPEDOED by US govt: Showrooms declared death traps

Google's ambitious plan to build floating showrooms out of giant barges was killed over fears the boats were death traps. Documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal reveal the advertising giant ran afoul of US Coast Guard safety inspectors, who believed the barges posed a serious fire hazard to those on board. In particular …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Nov 2014

EU cyber-cop: Dark-net crooks think they're beyond reach (until now)

Hundreds of website domains seized, 17 arrested and $1m in Bitcoin confiscated – Thursday was, apparently, a busy day for the West's cyber-cops. Operation Onymous, in which police and g-men in more than a dozen European countries as well as the US, has claimed some big scalps including the Silk Road 2.0, Hydra and Cannabis Road …

Revenue drops at IT giant CSC... 'Good progress' says chief

Revenue at CSC fell by 3.4 per cent to $3.08bn for the firm's second quarter as "transformation efforts" took hold at the IT giant. Meanwhile, operating income fell 3.3 per cent compared to the same period last year – to $340m. Half-year net income fell by $112m to $307m, compared with the first six months of 2013. Sales were …
Kat Hall, 7 Nov 2014

HP emails personal data of 1,000 CDS workers to 3rd party

Personal data linked to 1,000 Customer Delivery Services staff at HP was accidentally emailed to an external third party yesterday. Insiders told us that HP CDS sent the entire employee payroll's info – which contained National Insurance numbers, addresses and salaries – to an unknown party yesterday by accident. An HP …
Paul Kunert, 7 Nov 2014
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German telco watchdog bitten by hound with bigger teeth

Germany’s telecoms regulator is in the firing line after it ignored requests from the European Commission to lower fixed termination rates. Fixed termination rates are the fees telcos charge each other to deliver calls between networks. Since each operator has access to customers on its own network, there is an incentive to …
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Tick-tock, CDW: Mega reseller has 30 months to buy the rest of Kelway

The clock is ticking for NASDAQ-listed CDW to hoover up the remaining share base of Kelway – or leave it for someone else to slurp. As revealed first by The Channel yesterday, the world’s largest tech reseller bought a 35 per cent stake in London-based Kelway in a deal that values the overall business at around £262m. Under the …
Paul Kunert, 7 Nov 2014

Brit cops nab six in Silk Road 2.0 drugs sting

British cops have arrested six people suspected of links to the online drugs bazaar Silk Road 2.0. Officers from the National Crime Agency made the arrests over allegations their targets had been selling drugs or working as administrators for the dark web narcotics store. All six suspects have been bailed following a police …
Jasper Hamill, 7 Nov 2014

Security products: Best of breed or create your own monster?

IT security is not just about antivirus or firewall products anymore. There is a whole layer cake of different product types designed to protect your organisation in different ways. It is a stack, in much the same way as TCP-IP networking or web server functionality has stacks of functionality. The question is, what's the best …
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High-end SAN clan Dot Hill outshone by software biz Veeam

Software-shipping upstart Veeam had results that seemingly far outshone those of old-school hardware OEM supplier Dot Hill. Dot Hill, which supplies disk arrays to its OEM customers, continued its tortoise-like crawl towards growth and profitability with another quarter exhibiting slow progress. Its third fiscal 2014 quarter …
Chris Mellor, 7 Nov 2014
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Spyware-for-cops Hacking Team faces off against privacy critics

Controversial spyware-for-cops outfit Hacking Team has defended its snooping and come out on the offensive against security research critics. Last week Glenn Greenwald’s The Intercept published what it asserted were secret manuals illustrating how Hacking Team sold its spyware sold to authoritarian regimes around the world. The …
John Leyden, 7 Nov 2014
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Dating website for damaged-stiffy sufferers suffers stiff damage: £10m bill for leak

PositiveSingles, a dating website for people with sexually transmitted diseases, is facing a $16.5m (£10.4m) bill – after breaking a promise to keep its users' sensitive info confidential. The site is part of an online network for lonely hearts run by Canadian firm SuccessfulMatch. It promised users that the site was "100% …
Iain Thomson, 7 Nov 2014

If you're suing the UK govt, Brit spies will snoop on your briefs

British agents spy on lawyers and their clients who are suing the UK government – and then pass their confidential conversations onto the government's legal team, it's claimed. Evidence of dirty tricks surfaced amid a court case brought against the British government by two Libyan families, who were kidnapped and sent back to …
Iain Thomson, 7 Nov 2014

Lindsay Lohan ignores El Reg's tender twitterly advances

We're distraught to report that thesp Lindsay Lohan has ignored a recent Twitter request for a few words on our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission - the audacious namesake ballocket initiative which will see her moniker written gloriously across the stratosphere. Our tweet to Lindsay Lohan No doubt Ms Lohan …
Lester Haines, 7 Nov 2014
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Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

An ex-NSA lawyer believes BlackBerry's ongoing downfall stems from the company's use of strong encryption – and Apple and Google are next to wither on the vine. Nope, it makes no sense to us, either. Speaking at the Dublin Web Summit this week, Stewart Baker, a former NSA lawyer and assistant secretary for the Department of …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Nov 2014
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ICANN creates 'UN Security Council for the internet', installs itself as a permanent member

In the same week that the United Nations finally gave up trying to grab control of the internet, a group of three organizations led by domain-name overseer ICANN have launched an effort to become the internet's UN. The "NetMundial Initiative" will be an "open source platform" and a "shared public resource" that will enable " …

Internet of ... cars? Auto infotainment systems boost Nvidia's Tegra biz

Another storming quarter for Nvidia saw the chipmaker surpass Wall Street's expectations for both revenue and earnings for the third quarter of its fiscal 2015. Nvidia posted revenues of $1.23bn for the three months ending on October 26, 2014, a 16 per cent increase over the same period a year ago and an 11 per cent increase …
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Murder suspect charged after pics of strangle victim posted on 4chan

A man suspected of killing his girlfriend – and believed to have posted pictures of the victim on the 4chan chat board – has turned himself in to the police. Amber Coplin was murdered. Her 13 yo son found her, called his dad and 911. He's with other relatives now. pic.twitter.com/MmAY4BYj0Z — Alison Grande (@AlisonKIRO7) …
Iain Thomson, 6 Nov 2014

Bloke, 26, accused of running drug souk Silk Road 2.0 cuffed by Feds

A California man accused of running Silk Road 2.0 – a copycat drugs market hidden within the Tor network – has been arrested by the FBI. The website has since been torn down by Uncle Sam's agents. The Feds and the US Department of Justice claim 26-year-old Blake Benthall of San Francisco used the alias "Defcon" when operating …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Nov 2014
Protect Your Bubble

TECH BUBBLE? No, no way, nope, says Silicon Valley investor

Web Summit Top tech investor and entrepreneur Peter Thiel has said there’s no bubble in tech, despite the billion-dollar valuations floating around for firms that haven’t seen a penny in profits. “I don’t really think that there’s a bubble ... Bubbles only happen when the public is involved, they’re a psychosocial event,” Thiel told the …

New Euro digi chief says he WILL consider an EU-wide copyright law

Europe’s new digi chief Gunther H. Oettinger has said that he could have a first draft of new copyright laws within six months. Oetti made the comments to the German Bundestag committee on the Digital Agenda on Tuesday, but with the German barely through the door of his new office at the European Commission – he officially …

Bitcoin is GREAT and SAFE, says, er, the Bitcoin Foundation

Web Summit Bitcoin will have its biggest impact in unstable regimes and foreign currency transfers, according to the Bitcoin Foundation's chief scientist Gavin Andresen. Speaking at Web Summit 2014, the head boffin said the online virtual current offered a great way to sidestep unstable government-issued currencies when they were suffering …

Is new EU digi chief H-dot Oettinger starting a war with his boss?

Things not to do in the first week of your new job: slag off the boss. It seems this memo bypassed the EU's new digital chief Gunther H-dot Oettinger. The new European Commission structure is different to the one Oetti is used to. The new Commission, which took over on 1 November, has seven senior vice presidents in charge of 20 …

REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

Apple iSlaves have joined together to publish a scathing indictment of customers who graze at the fruity firm's retail stores. A number of embittered Apple employees have contributed to a Reddit thread called Confessions of an Apple Store Worker, which was started by an anonymous employee called FruitStandSlave. Apple customers …
Jasper Hamill, 6 Nov 2014

PRE-SPLINTERED Symantec's Q2 revenue slips, net profit rises

Symantec has reported mixed second quarter results, with revenue down one per cent on the year, but net profit rising by the same amount. The company saw revenue of $1.62bn for its second fiscal 2015 quarter, compared with revenue of $1.64bn a year ago (a fall of one per cent), and $1.74bn in the previous quarter. Net profit of …
Chris Mellor, 6 Nov 2014

Lenovo still ‘not satisfied’ despite MEGA PROFIT rise

PC giant Lenovo continued its (slow) march toward world domination in the second quarter, as profits climbed a very healthy 19 per cent to $262m and revenue rose seven per cent to $10.5bn, compared with the same period last year. The Chinese computer tech company shipped a record amount of kit for the three months to September, …
Kat Hall, 6 Nov 2014

US reseller titan buys minority stake in Kelway MBO – sources

Exclusive One of the largest US resellers, CDW, has crossed the Atlantic to take a minority stake in mid-market focused tech supplier Kelway, The Channel can reveal. OOPS! The sales process began in earnest back in January when Kelway appointed US investment bank William Blair to put together a 97-page Information Memorandum and oversee …
Paul Kunert, 6 Nov 2014
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Million Mask March: Anonymous' London Guy Fawkes protest a damp squib

Pics Anonymous' #MillionMaskMarch hit London amid a flurry of fireworks on the symbolic date of 5 November, Guy Fawkes night. Despite the symbolism, it was pretty lame. Your correspondent, fresh from a hard day staring at screens and drinking tea, wandered along to Trafalgar Square to see what the fuss was all about. There was a …
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OpenStack's success depends on IBM and HP's tech queens

+Comment OpenStack is the IT industry, sans Amazon, Google and Microsoft, coming together to craft an open-source cloud OS alternative to ... wait for it ... Amazon, Google and Microsoft. It is because the terrible trio's public clouds threaten to eat the enterprise data centre – supplying the IT industry's lunch, and dinner, and tea and …
Chris Mellor, 6 Nov 2014

Tinder swipes left on CEO Sean Rad, journalists swipe right

Comment Tinder CEO Sean Rad has been dumped by the dating app maker he helped found, although he'll keep his 10 per cent stake. Unusually, the details of the firing were revealed by the 28-year-old himself in a lengthy piece of blowjob journalism by Forbes, titled "The Crazy Saga of the World's Hottest App". In between learning about …
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Luxembourg: Engine-room of the tax-break economy

Four high-profile audit firms have been named-and-shamed as architects of a tax minimisation structure used by hundreds of the world's big-name companies, including a slew in the tech sector. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has published details of how the structure worked, along with identifying many …
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Qualcomm: Chinese patent licensees still aren't playing fair

Qualcomm finished its 2014 fiscal year showing strong profit growth, but it cautioned investors that its ongoing disputes with Chinese customers and regulators could affect its results in the coming year. The mobile chipmaker's revenues for the fourth quarter were $6.69bn, up 3 per cent from the year-ago period. Unfortunately, …

Net neutrality Thursday PROTESTS: Time to learn your chant

Internet activists are planning a series of protests across the US on Thursday against a "hybrid" net neutrality plan that was leaked late last week. Protesters will gather outside the White House and in 14 other cities at 6pm to protest the plan "to show President Obama and his FCC chairman that the public will accept nothing …
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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

Last month Microsoft announced a partnership with CNN for its mid-term election night coverage, with Redmond providing tech for the news anchors to use. Unfortunately, the anchors used their shiny Surface tablet to prop up or hide their Apple iPads. CNN commentators using Microsoft @surface tablets as iPad stand. Facepalm. pic …
Iain Thomson, 5 Nov 2014

Ireland's data cops: Yes, we probed LinkedIn. Don't ask what we found

Ireland’s data protection authorities will not publish the results of an audit they carried out on digital CV site LinkedIn. Ciara O'Sullivan, spokeswoman for the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, said that the watchdog “owes a duty of confidentiality to organisations it investigates”. She added that it was up to the …
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UK superfast broadband? Not in my backyard – MP

A MP has questioned the government's ability to provide superfast broadband nationwide if it cannot even meet its commitments "in an urban area such as Cheltenham". Martin Horwood, Lib Dem MP for Cheltenham, told Ed Vaizey, Minister of Fun (and Broadband), that the government's target of 90 per cent superfast broadband and a …
Kat Hall, 5 Nov 2014
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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

+Comment Imagine fighting a big UK company for years for the simple right to campaign fairly online against an under-regulated industry. You go on to win a dispute resolution case probed by Nominet to keep your perfectly legitimate gripe website alive. You also successfully defend yourself against the firm's strong-armed appeals. Then …
Kelly Fiveash, 5 Nov 2014