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Accounting software biz Intuit flogging bit barn to throw its lot in with AWS

Financial software flinger Intuit is binning its biggest data centre and plonking its corporate backends onto AWS – in another win for the public cloud's biggest player. The company is ditching its own data centre in Washington State, US, and throwing its lot in with Amazon after previously migrating some of its flagship apps …
Gareth Corfield, 20 Jul 2018
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You're burning £1.2bn for what? UK spending watchdog gives digital court plans a kicking

UK Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has told HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) that it has "much to learn" as it ploughs on with its ambitious £1.2bn court digitisation project. westminster magistrates court Ministry of Justice scraps 'conviction by computer' law READ MORE The PAC, which is the House of …
Gareth Corfield, 20 Jul 2018
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Spooked Cisco chief phoned AWS, asked: You're not making a switch, are you?

Network hardware makers can rest easy: the tech titan that is Amazon Web Services isn't going to be selling switches any time soon, which will likely be music to the ears of current AWS supplier Cisco. News website The Information reported at the end of last week that Amazon was mulling over whether to sell its own switches. …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Jul 2018

British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage

Exclusive The British Airways IT system failure that caused the grounding of flights around the world yesterday was caused by an outage at third-party travel tech supplier Amadeus. Amadeus, a travel tech outsourcer best known for supplying flight booking software to low-cost airlines such as Easyjet, suffered an outage which meant BA's …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Jul 2018
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Airbus UK infosec gros fromage: Yep, we work with arch-rivals Boeing

Airbus's UK infosec chief, Ian Goslin, has said that cyber-attack attribution is a matter for "nation states" – and has questioned whether some critical national infrastructure companies are taking the infosec threat seriously. Goslin, speaking at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire where Airbus is a major …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Jul 2018

Mellanox plumps up thanks to the storage world's hankering for high-speed Ethernet

High-speed Ethernet biz Mellanox has posted record revenues for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, driven in part by Dell EMC and HPE's seeming insatiable appetite for Ethernet switches. Sales for Q2 ended 30 June was up by 26.7 per cent to $268.4m, which chief exec Eyal Waldman put down to its "25 gigabit per second and …
Gareth Corfield, 18 Jul 2018
Copper wire

'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

Most Brits think ads for “fibre” broadband ought to mean “fibre to the premises” and not “fibre to the cabinet”, according to a survey sponsored by a FTTP company. Two-thirds of 3,400 Britons surveyed by a company called Censuswide, on behalf of Cityfibre, said they think the word “fibre” in ads for broadband connections …
Gareth Corfield, 16 Jul 2018
Chirp's practical demo of its audio networking tech

Chirp unveils free tier of shouting-at-IoT devices audio net tech

IoT audio networking tech firm Chirp has punted out a free version of its software development kit. Chirp’s USP is audio-based networking, as opposed to the electromagnetic spectrum we’re all familiar with thanks to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Using normal speakers and microphones operating within audible and ultrasound ranges, Chirp …
Gareth Corfield, 13 Jul 2018
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Palo Alto Networks rattles tin, wants $1.5bn for, er, stuff and things

Palo Alto Networks is trying to raise $1.5bn in cash for "potential acquisitions" and "strategic transactions", the company said today – though it claims not to have any buyout targets in mind just yet. The company, which recently hired a new chief exec, former Google and Softbank bloke Nikesh Arora, said that of the $1.5bn it …
Gareth Corfield, 12 Jul 2018
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$100m sueball smacks Huawei over Facebook HQ infiltration claims

A whistleblowing employee of a Huawei subsidiary is suing the biz for $100m over claims the Chinese networking kit maker infiltrated meetings at Facebook HQ in the US – and stole rivals' trade secrets before sending them to China. Jesse Hong alleged, in court documents, that Huawei and subsidiary Futurewei Technologies ordered …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Jul 2018
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BT's Patterson keeps his £1.3m wheelbarrow of bonus cash after all

BT chief exec Gavin Patterson has sailed through the annual shareholders’ meeting with his pay untouched, in spite of a late move to curb his £1.3m bonus. Man counts pounds and pence. Photo by Shutterstock A £1.3m prize for a plunging share price at BT? Not so fast... READ MORE Institutional Shareholder Services, a proxy …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Jul 2018
A BT Openreach van, used by engineers installing and repairing IPTV telephone, broadband, ADSL and SuperFast fibre broadband services. Martin Hoscik /

East Midlands network-sniffer wails: Openreach, fix my outage-ridden line

An irritated techie from Nottinghamshire, in the East Midlands of England, has hit out at Openreach after what he claimed was a year-long series of daily micro-outages that make it "often impossible" to work from home. Ian Sampson of North Wheatley got in touch with The Register after being driven to distraction by what he …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Jul 2018
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Infrastructure wonks: Tear up Britain's copper phone networks by 2025

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has told it should allow for copper-based phone networks to be switched off by 2025, as well as recommending a host of other expensive broadband-based ideas. The commission, which is a government body that tells it what to build, also called for the rollout of full fibre to …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Jul 2018

Oracle? A strategic priority for CIOs? Nope, says Goldman Sachs

Oracle is among the legacy tech losers in a Goldman Sachs spending report that quizzed chief information officers on the procurement areas they consider to be top priorities over the next six months. The research arm of the bank's half-yearly IT Spending Survey looked at the top 10 things that CIOs said they were intending to …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Jul 2018
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Big contenders in the broadband chart this week, but who will be #1? Well, not Britain

Britain's place in global broadband speed rankings has slipped four places to 35th, according to a survey. With an average speed in Blighty of 18.57Mbps, British broadband lags behind such well-connected nations as Hungary, Andorra and Madagascar – with Singapore topping the table at a whopping average of 60.39Mbps. On the …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Jul 2018

Qualcomm data centre tech veep jumps ship

Qualcomm's veep of data centre technologies, Dileep Bhandarkar, has left the company, it appears. Bhandarkar was responsible for developing next-gen server-grade processors at Qualcomm. He joined the chipmaker just over five years ago from Microsoft's Global Foundation Services division, where he worked on cloud server …
The City of London Magistrates' Court. Pic: Chris Dorney/Shutterstock New London courthouse will focus on crimes of a cyber nature

London is to get a new court building, billed as a legal centre for tackling cyber and online economic crimes. The courthouse, to be built on the site of Fleetbank House, just off the capital's Fleet Street, will have 18 courtrooms and house the Business and Property Court list of the High Court's Chancery Division. In …

ZX Spectrum reboot firm boss delays director vote date again

The ZX Spectrum reboot scandal will drag on for at least another month as Retro Computers Ltd’s embattled directors have again delayed a showdown that could lead to their dismissal. The company, as regular readers know all too well, raised £513,000 from nearly 5,000 members of the public via crowdfunding website Indiegogo to …
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IBM Cloud TITSUP: Techies investigate troubling storage underperformance

Updated Storage systems in several of IBM's European data centres have been down since the small hours, with engineers battling to fix an unspecified "network-related" problem they identified six hours after the outage began. The IBM Cloud Storage wobble struck this morning at 0525 UTC, a disgruntled customer told El Reg, adding that …
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Euro bank regulator: Don't follow the crowd. Stay off the cloud

An EU financial regulator has warned that banks moving to the cloud are at risk of vendor lock-in as well as transferring IT jobs to "subcontractors from high-risk areas". The EU Banking Authority, which regulates the financial regulators of member states, has issued a report looking at the risks of "fintech", the fashionable …

Bankrupt Aussie Hells Angel scoops £750k lottery jackpot

A bankrupt and imprisoned Australian Hells Angel has somehow won a million-dollar lottery ticket. Reginald "Reg" Roberts scooped the AU$1.33m (£749,996) jackpot despite having been remanded in custody thanks to police allegations that he is linked to a plot to illegally import 313kg of crystal meth to South Oz. In addition, …

Tesla tips ice on Apple, Google, Microsoft accounts of '$1m leaker'

Apple, Google and Microsoft have been whacked with a US court order by Tesla that forces them to preserve copies of an ex-employee's deleted emails and cloud storage accounts. Tesla alleges that former Gigafactory process technician Martin "Marty" Tripp "exported confidential and trade secret information" from the struggling …
Gareth Corfield, 27 Jun 2018

UK Foreign Office offers Assange a doctor if he leaves Ecuador embassy

A UK Foreign Office minister has offered cupboard-dwelling WikiLeaker Julian Assange access to medical attention if he leaves Ecuador's London embassy. Sir Alan Duncan told Parliament this afternoon that the British government is "increasingly concerned" about Assange's health. "It is our wish that this can be brought to an …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Jun 2018

EU court: No, expat Frenchman can't trademark

An EU court has tried to forestall ongoing US legal proceedings by declaring that an expat Frenchman can’t trademark a logo containing the domain name The EU General Court, a division of the EU Court of Justice, ruled today that Jean-Noel Frydman’s company Inc was not entitled to register the domain name …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Jun 2018
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UK Minister of Fun Matt Hancock opens London infosec upstart creche

Matt Hancock, the only UK government minister to have his own social networking app, opened a £13m London infosec creche this morning. The Minister of Fun cut the ribbon on the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement, which styles itself LORCA – though any connection with the early 20th century Spanish poet and …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Jun 2018

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