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Research suggests UK consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading

Adverts using the word "fibre" to describe services deployed over copper lines are leaving UK consumers baffled, according to research commissioned by alternative network providers. The research, conducted by market research agency Opinion Leader using focus groups in London, Sheffield and Swansea, found that the majority of …
Kat Hall, 22 Jun 2017
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Fujitsu loses Dimes amid plans to save dollars

UK and Ireland boss of Fujitsu, Lucy Dimes, has gone on gardening leave just one year into the job, according to multiple well-placed sources. Dimes began her absence at the end of May and has not been seen since. A spokesman from Fujitsu confirmed she is on “a period of extended leave for personal reasons”. However, insiders …
Kat Hall, 22 Jun 2017

TalkTalk customers complain of being unable to load Amazon website

Certain UK TalkTalk customers have been unable to load Amazon's website since last week. The issue emerged on TalkTalk's community page on Monday. The original poster wrote: "Hi for two days now i have had an issue with amazon not loading on three browsers IE, Chrome and Edge." Other users commented to say they have …
Kat Hall, 21 Jun 2017

Ad 'urgently' seeks company to build national e-ID system

An intriguing, and slightly concerning, job ad has appeared on freelancing website People Per Hour, entitled: "URGENT!!! Delivery of a National e-ID System". The post is from an unidentified small IT consultancy which is submitting a bid to deliver a National e-ID system, including a biometric enrolment for all citizens and …
Kat Hall, 21 Jun 2017
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Queen's speech announces laws to protect personal data

The government is to pass new laws to protect personal data and create a commission for countering extremism on the internet, the Queen announced in the annual state opening of Parliament today. Her speech revealed a scaled legislative programme focused on delivering Brexit, with Theresa May's minority government having …
Kat Hall, 21 Jun 2017
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Gov digitisation plans happening too slowly, say IfG policy wonks. Hear that, GDS?

In what might seem like an exercise stating the blindingly obvious, a report by policy wonks at think tank The Institute for Government has found that gov tech transformation is "happening too slowly" and the online identity platform Verify needs some urgently intervention. The report, Improving the management of digital …
Kat Hall, 21 Jun 2017

BT problems impact Department for Work and Pensions services

Users trying to get through to the Child Maintenance Service have been unable to do so for the past two days because of problems with BT. A spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which is responsible for the agency, said the department has been suffering some difficulties "caused by problems experienced by …
Kat Hall, 21 Jun 2017

Scottish govt mulled scrapping £178m car-crash IT system

The Scottish government has considered scrapping its disastrous £178m rural payments IT system, according to an internal report. Last week, Audit Scotland said the government could face fines of up to £60 million. "To date, the programme has not delivered value for money," it said. The Scottish government's Common …
Kat Hall, 19 Jun 2017

Report estimates cost of disruption to GPS in UK would be £1bn per day

The UK stands to lose £1bn per day in the event of a major disruption to the Global Positioning System (GPS), according to a government report. Emergency services would also be severely affected and struggle to cope with demand. Longer emergency calls, less efficient dispatch, navigation, and congested roads would mean a total …
Kat Hall, 19 Jun 2017
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EU regulators gearing up to slap Google with €1bn fine – reports

The EU is preparing to fine Google €1bn (£875m) over claims the company abused its search market dominance to build the Google Shopping service. According to The Financial Times, EU officials are expected to make their ruling in the coming weeks – the first decision of three antitrust probes against Google. Both the European …
Kat Hall, 16 Jun 2017
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Oh the irony: Government Digital Services can't pay staff because of tech problems

Exclusive The UK's Government Digital Service – the Whitehall body responsible for transforming government IT – is having problems paying staff because of, er, technical issues. In an internal email sent within GDS, and seen by The Register, the body said: "We are aware of a number of pay related issues currently within GDS." Last …
Kat Hall, 16 Jun 2017

Ofcom fines Three £1.9m over vulnerability in emergency call handling

Brit mobile operator Three has been fined £1.9m after an investigation by UK regulator Ofcom revealed its emergency call service handling was vulnerable to a single point of failure. Ofcom identified the vulnerability when investigating a separate fibre break outage on Three's network in October 2016, which resulted in a …
Kat Hall, 16 Jun 2017

Openreach to comms providers: Why can't we be friends?

The new, reformed UK network backbone Openreach wants to "get much closer" to its communications providers and hopes to make a business case for a "very sizeable" full-fibre footprint together, says chief exec Clive Selley. Speaking at the Total Telecoms Connected Britain event in London, Selley was eager to come across as …
Kat Hall, 15 Jun 2017
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Now you can 'roam like at home' within the EU, but what's the catch?

From today people will be able to spend more time gazing at their phones while on hols rather than looking at the sights as roaming charges in EU countries are abolished. Travellers can now call, text and use their mobile data at no extra cost, regardless of the EU country they're visiting. But there appears to be some …
Kat Hall, 15 Jun 2017
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Marissa! Mayer! out! as! Yahoo!-Verizon! closes!

Marissa Mayer has officially resigned from Yahoo!, as Verizon's $4.8bn (£3.77bn) gobble of the company closed today. Damage done to the company's value by successful cyber-attacks in 2016 resulted in $350m being cut off the price. The closure of the transaction means Yahoo! as a legal entity is no more. The merged AOL-Yahoo! …
Kat Hall, 13 Jun 2017

British Airways poised to shed 1,000 jobs to Capita

Two brands that people love to hate today stand poised to forge an alliance: British Airways plans to outsource call centre management to Capita, sending 1,000 employees into the belly of the beast. The airline will offload the handling of nearly ten million customer calls from centres in Manchester and Newcastle, mimicking …
Kat Hall, 13 Jun 2017
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Damian Green now heads up UK Cabinet Office

Analysis Damian Green’s appointment as Cabinet Office minister this week makes him the fourth MP to hold the role over the last seven years. He takes the helm from former Cabinet Office minister Ben Gummer, who was ousted as an MP in the general election last week. During the last two governments, the Cabinet Office has taken a more …
Kat Hall, 13 Jun 2017
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Oh snap! Election's made Brexit uncertainty worse for biz, says BT CEO

The outcome of the general election has created greater uncertainty over the impact of Brexit on the telecommunications sector, BT chief exec Gavin Patterson has said. "It is pretty uncertain. What we were expecting this time last week and where we are now.. if it was unstable and uncertain this time last week, it’s gone up a …
Kat Hall, 13 Jun 2017

Record number of non-EU techies coming to Blighty

The quantity of non-EU IT workers coming to the UK to fill local skills gaps swelled to a new high of 36,015 in 2016. That is way up on the 23,960 recorded in 2012, according to Home Office stats on the number of work permits issued. SJD Accountancy, which crunched the data, claimed that with Brexit likely to restrict access …
Kat Hall, 09 Jun 2017

ICO seizes phones and computers in nuisance call scam raids

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has seized computers and phones in its probe into nuisance callers suspected of stealing people's details from car repair centres throughout the UK. The items will now be subject to forensic examination and investigation. Investigators are looking at how the data was stolen, who …
Kat Hall, 09 Jun 2017

Cabinet Office minister Gummer loses seat as Tory gamble backfires

UK Cabinet Office minister Ben Gummer, architect of the Conservative Party's manifesto and the man responsible for "digital transformation", has lost his seat in the general election. Gummer was one of the most high-profile Tory causalities of the poll, losing his Ipswich seat to Labour's Sandy Martin with a wafer-thin …
Kat Hall, 09 Jun 2017
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DUP site crashes after UK general election

The Democratic Union Party's website has crashed as people woke this morning to google the group that may play kingmaker after the Tories fell short of a majority in the UK general election. At the time of writing, 647 of the 650 seats have been declared and Conservative leader Theresa May has failed to win the 326 seats …
Kat Hall, 09 Jun 2017

Nuns chastise Google and Eric names Larry greatest human alive

Nuns calling for greater transparency over "dark money" lobbying practices, Larry Page being hailed by Eric Schmidt as one of the greatest humans alive today, and extreme gender pay disparity. Yep, it's the Alphabet Annual Meeting of Shareholders! Kicking off the yearly get-together of various investors, Schmidt was on …
Kat Hall, 08 Jun 2017

Paxo trashes privacy, social media and fake news at Infosec 2017

"Why is Jeremy Paxman at Infosec?” more than one person wondered, as Newsnight's former rottweiler-in-chief took the stage to deliver the morning's keynote. It's safe to say Paxo wasn't brought on for his tech knowledge. Asked about Theresa May's stance on end-to-end encryption, he said: "I have no idea what that question …
Kat Hall, 08 Jun 2017
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Infosec guru Schneier: Govts WILL intervene to regulate Internet of Sh!t

Governments are poised to intervene over the security of IoT devices, as the industry has so far failed to self-regulate, infosec guru Bruce Schneier has said. In his keynote speech at Infosecurity Europe 2017, Schneier told delegates that the correct way to think about IoT is as if we are building a world-sized distributed …
Kat Hall, 08 Jun 2017

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