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Assange™ celebrates third year in Ecuadorian embassy broom closet

It's now been three years since Julian Assange slipped into the Ecuadorian embassy claiming political asylum, and now the president of the Ecuador has said he's welcome to stay for the rest of his life if need be. Ecuador's president Rafael Correa said Assange hadn't overstayed his welcome, but that the situation could easily be …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jun 2015

OK, forget DNS for a sec. Why not shift IP addresses and protocols away from Uncle Sam?

The director general of regional internet registry APNIC, Paul Wilson, has called for a staggered transition of the critical IANA contract away from the US government. Rather than be forced to wait until the controversial and complex issue of domain names is decided, Wilson proposes that the two other key elements of the …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jun 2015
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Verizon promised to wire up NYC with fiber... and failed miserably – audit

New York City authorities have thumped Verizon for apparently reneging on its promises to wire up the Big Apple with super-fast fiber internet. In 2008, the city signed a deal with Verizon in which the telco promised to give every resident access to a fiber-optic broadband connection by July 2014. In return, the city reduced the …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jun 2015

US govt: Am I the only one around here who cares about DNS security and stability?

The US government has signaled its concern yet again over plans to give ICANN full control of the vital mechanisms that keep the internet held together. In a blog post, published just days before a meeting of domain-name overseer ICANN in Buenos Aires, Uncle Sam's assistant commerce secretary Larry Strickling repeated his …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Jun 2015
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MILLIONS of broadband punters aren't getting it fast enough – Which?

More than 15 million households may not be getting their advertised broadband speeds, suggesting that providers are telling porky pies about how fast their services are. According to a survey of 2,000 punters from Which?, 74 per cent reckon they are paying for packages with advertised speeds they never receive – amounting to 15. …
Kat Hall, 18 Jun 2015
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Cisco account managers' sales bonuses slashed

Cisco has instituted a cap on the commissions it pays to sales staff, The Register has learned. A Cisco staffer tells us that some account managers could lose as much as 25 per cent of their compensation, due to an edict sent out last week. The new is retroactive, meaning the company will attempt to recover some commissions it …

US FINNISHes Nokia-AlcaLu acquisition waiting period

The huge Nokia-Alcatel Lucent acquimerger transaction has cleared one of its major hurdles, with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) clearing the merger for takeoff. Specifically, the two companies have announced – Nokia's post is here – that the DoJ has granted an early termination to the antitrust waiting period in the US. …
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Cisco to pour BEELIONS into China

Just days after emptying out some corner offices in China, Cisco says it's going to pour US$10 billion into developing business in the Middle Kingdom. The Borg has posted an announcement that it's signed a memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and with the Association …
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Canadian government websites hosed, Anonymous takes credit

Canada's government websites and email servers have been knocked offline in a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. The assault was apparently a simple flood-the-pipes operation rather than an attempted data-heist. At 5pm local time, according to Bloomberg (presumably in Ottawa), sysadmins were working to get services …

Google-owned smart-gumble-maker Nest snubs Google's smart-gumble OS Brillo

Pics Smart-tech poster child Nest has revamped two of its three products and updated its app to better integrate all three. At a launch event on Wednesday in San Francisco, CEO Tony Fadell said his company's products would be "doing more together than they can independently." A slimmer, better Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Jun 2015

AT&T fined about 3 days of profit ($100m) for limiting 'unlimited' plans

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has fined AT&T $100m (£63m) after accusing it of unfairly limiting "unlimited" mobile data plans. The telco insists it has done nothing wrong. The regulator said AT&T broke its Open Internet rules by deliberately slowing subscribers' download speeds when they went over their 3GB to …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jun 2015

United Nations sends peacekeeping forces to Internet of Things war

The United Nations is joining the melee for a single "internet of things" (IoT) standard. The UN-run International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has created a new "study group" that will develop international standards for the technology to enable low-power communications between machines and sensor networks. Study Group 20 …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Jun 2015

When your ISP flouts net neutrality rules, here's who you should contact

America's broadband watchdog the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has named its first net neutrality ombudsperson – and she'll be your first point of call when your ISP breaks the new rules. Parul Desai has been the FCC's director of consumer engagement for the past eight months, and before that she worked in the FCC's …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Jun 2015
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Phone hacking blitz hammers UK.biz's poor VoIP handsets

UK businesses are getting disproportionately targeted by a surge of attacks against Voice over IP (VoIP) systems. The growing use of VoIP technology in business and a greater availability of hacking tools that dumb down the process of hacking into systems has led to an increase in attacks worldwide. UK-based systems are being …
John Leyden, 16 Jun 2015
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Samsung slings simoleans at Sigfox for things-on-cells standard

Samsung has become the latest backer of French company Sigfox, which is trying to pitch an IoT-over-cellular protocol for low-throughput communications. While the company bullishly says it offers “global cellular connectivity” for things that need cheap, low power communications, its current footprint is a handful of European …
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Ericsson snaps shut wallet, damps down acquisition speculation

Ericsson has decided not to follow the example of Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia, telling Reuters it doesn't need a big acquisition. The company's chief strategy officer, Rima Qureshi told the wire service that the decision to continue going it alone followed a confab of 250 managers earlier this month. She said that “core …
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Chuck chucks Cisco's China C-suite

Incoming Borg boss Chuck Robbins has sliced a bunch of executives from Cisco's operations in China, in a response to the territory's ongoing weak performance. The move is also in line with Robbins' stated desire to flatten out the Borg's burgeoning bureaucracy. First Rob Lloyd and Gary Moore were given pink-slips, and later, Wim …
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Cisco issues 16 patches to pop pesky peccant packets

Cisco has issued a string of patches for 16 faults including a fix for a possible remote code execution in its IOS and IOS XE routing software. The patches address a generous dollop of security conditions caused by faulty queued packets. One flaw, rated severity 8.3, allows attackers to gain remote code execution in IOS XE by …
Darren Pauli, 15 Jun 2015

NOBODY reading your Facebook post? TOUGH LUCK, sez Zuck

Facebook has fiddled with its News Feed algorithm to scan the amount of time someone spends reading a given post on the site and app. It means that "stories" that are shunned on the free content ad network will be pushed further down Facebook's News Feed page. Unsurprisingly, the Mark Zuckerberg-run company characterised the …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Jun 2015
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Wholesale price cap: Take THAT, BT, says (now toothy) Ofcom

UK regulator Ofcom further turned up the heat on BT today, unveiling plans to cap wholesale prices the one-time national telco charges for leased telecoms lines. The regulator said the move should lead to "significant savings" for businesses, part of its overall plan to promote greater competition in the £2bn market for leased …
Kat Hall, 12 Jun 2015

Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

Microsoft looks to have decided that the “modern” apps it gave the world with Windows 8 were a confusing mess, at least in the case of Skype, and will replace it with normal, boring, desktop Skype. “With the upcoming release of Windows 10 for PCs, it makes sense to use the Skype application optimized for mouse and keyboards use …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jun 2015
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INTERNET of BOOBS: Scorching French lass reveals networked bikini

The French have updated their classic two-piece swimsuit with a networked version which will inform its wearers when they need to apply sunscreen. The connected bikini (en français, bikini connecté) contains a removable and (wisely) waterproof UV sensor which will measure when its wearers may need to lather themselves in lotion …

Google wants you to buy Nest CCTV, turn your home into a Brillo pad

Pic Google is expanding its smart-home tech offerings with a networked security camera that could be the first hardware to run its cutdown Android OS, Brillo. The search giant's Nest arm – famous for its smart thermostat – will unveil a new version of the wireless camera Dropcam called the Nest Cam next week. The new camera will …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jun 2015

Screw you, ISPs: Net neutrality switches on THIS FRIDAY – US court

The US Court of Appeals for the DC circuits has denied a motion to halt the FCC's radical net neutrality rules, meaning they will officially kick in tomorrow. "Petitioners have not satisfied the stringent requirements for a stay pending court review," the three-judge panel noted. The decision is a win for those who believe that …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Jun 2015
Range Rover uses cameras and suspension monotoring to advise other traffic of potholes

Future Range Rovers will report pot-holes directly to councils

Jaguar Land Rover is building an experimental Range Rover which can automatically spot and report potholes. The system is akin to one Volvo and Ericsson have been working on to spot icy patches on roads. The Jaguar Land Rover system uses the MagneRide suspension already offered on the Evoque and Discovery Sport. It records the …
Simon Rockman, 11 Jun 2015
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Cavium adds 4/16 core SoCs

Cavium is filling out a scale gap in its Octeon III system-on-a-chip (SoC) range with he four-to-sixteen core CN72xx and CN73xx variants that are pin-compatible with the rest of the range. The MIPS64-based SoCs are low-power network processors pitched between the one-to-four core CN71xx and the 24-48 CN78xx range. The chips can …
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Australia's data retention regime starts October 13th says A-G

Australian carriers and internet service providers (ISPs) will be required to retain data on their customers as of October 13th, 2015. But just how they'll access the cash Australia's government has made available to do the retention is still unknown. News of the deadline came from the nation's attorney-general in a letter …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jun 2015

Net neutrality starts this Friday! Kinda! Sorta! It's a little complicated ...

Rules to protect the internet's neutrality in America will go into effect this Friday, causing a flurry of efforts of undermine it and some suspicious activity on the part of the cable companies. The regulations passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at the end of February were formally published in mid-April …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Jun 2015

US Congress oils up, jumps over ropes into DNS wrestling match

Updated The US Congress is trying to insert itself into the transition of the IANA contract from the Department of Commerce to domain-name overseer ICANN. In an amendment that will be put before a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week, the legislative branch of the US government will give itself 30 days to …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Jun 2015
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Fourplay frolics: Vodafone launches landline broadband

As expected, Vodafone has launched Connect, a consumer broadband service - and, as expected, the speeds are disappointing. While AQL and Gigaclear will let you have a gigabit or more, and Virgin Media offers 152Mbps, the new Vodafone service is aimed at BT’s 76Mbps Infinity 2 package. Vodafone claims that it will offer speed …
Simon Rockman, 10 Jun 2015

Ex-Microsoftie in worthless Euro netizens data security promise

An ex-Microsoftie has launched a new cloudy startup that promises to keep the data of Europeans "safe" by storing it only within the EU. But that pledge is utterly worthless, given that – for example – NSA chums are still likely to come calling for access to that data from their security counterparts in the 28-member-state bloc …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jun 2015
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Israeli firm gets legal on Indian techie over ISP ad injection spat

Update An Indian security blogger was hit with a gagging order by an Israeli firm after he linked its technology to a sneaky ad injection by his ISP. Thejesh GN, an activist and programmer, got into legal hot water after he alleged that Airtel 3G was injecting JavaScript and iFrames into mobile browsing sessions. This JavaScript …
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2015
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Cisco spins CERN partnership

Cisco is joining CERN’s openlab, in a partnership The Borg says will help secure the huge computing infrastructure the LHC-operator needs to run. The vendor's participation will start with CERN and Cisco putting together a team to develop highly secure computing infrastructure technologies capable of dealing with massive amounts …

Apple's HomeKit: So, you know, it exists and all that. Oookay ...

WWDC 2015 Apple didn't so much launch as absent-mindedly punt its HomeKit smart home tech this week at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). In a near two-hour keynote presentation, the Internet of Things hub that Apple hopes will put it in the forefront of the smart house got less than 30 seconds – and a pretty uninteresting …
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Verizon splits with carrier-led bonking and invests in SimplyTapp

Verizon Ventures has invested in NFC technology company SimplyTapp. What makes this interesting is that SimplyTapp is a cloud-based service using Host Card Emulation (HCE) for the security element in Android phones. Operators have traditionally supported the rival Single Wire Protocol (SWP) standard and Vodafone recently teamed …
Simon Rockman, 8 Jun 2015
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SDN's dream: Use what you've got, not what you're promised

Is hardware turning soft? Yes, if you listen to IT vendors. Companies such as Oracle are investing in Software Defined Networking (SDN) — turning features that were once hardware into apps or part of the networking layer or running as apps on servers. I've recently written about the problems and promises of SDN and find the …
Trevor Pott, 8 Jun 2015
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Jurassic Part: Vertu announces lizard-skin phones

Vertu, makers of super-expensive phones for the insanely rich, has announced two new lizard-skin phones, coming in at a cool £7,600. “Night Forest is a rich dark green and the Dark Scarlet is a beautifully woody chestnut red, both inspired by the canopy of an English woodland," said the UK manufacturer and retailer of luxury …
Simon Rockman, 7 Jun 2015

Microsoft makes Skype beach body ready with web browser beta release

Microsoft has released a beta web browser version of Skype in the US and UK, which will apparently be rolled out worldwide within the next few weeks. The software giant said Skype for Web could be used by existing State-side and Blighty customers who can now connect to the service via web.skype.com. It means that Skype calls …
Kelly Fiveash, 6 Jun 2015
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Vodafone IS talking to Virgin Media daddy Liberty Global

Rumours of all kinds of talks between Liberty Global, which owns Virgin Media in the UK and Vodafone, have been rumbling for months. Vodafone's now come out and confirmed those rumours are true. Vodafone put out a release this morning saying: “Vodafone Group Plc ("Vodafone") notes the recent media speculation regarding a …
Simon Rockman, 5 Jun 2015
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Latest Snowden leak: NSA can snoop internet to catch 'hackers' – no warrants needed

The latest documents to be released from the Snowden archive show that the NSA was secretly authorized to carry out warrantless surveillance on US internet traffic in the name of cybersecurity. Two memos released by ProPublica in cooperation with The New York Times show that in May 2012, the US Justice Department authorized the …
Iain Thomson, 4 Jun 2015
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Telenor Norway projects 2020 switch-off for its 3G network

Norwegian telco Telenor has outlined plans for switching off 3G, which may be a model for other operators. Norweigians love 4G so much that the Telenor group is looking to ape America in the growth of 4G. CEO Berit Svendsen (pictured) says that the network will follow the raid adoption of 4G found in the US and Asia. Telenor’s …
Simon Rockman, 4 Jun 2015
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Virgin Media wins ELEVENTH patent case against Rovi

After eleven claims and seven years, Virgin has won an eleventh patent dispute with Rovi over the design of its user interface after Rovi withdrew the claim of patent infringement. The specific claim was for Electronic Programme Guide software using information downloaded from the internet. The patent is now marked as having …
Simon Rockman, 4 Jun 2015