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Overexcitable UK ads regulator gabbles that Amazon broke EU law

The Advertising Standards Authority has alleged in an extraordinary statement that Amazon broke EU law by putting food supplements in a section of dedicated to weight loss and slimming items. The ASA issued a press release this morning attacking Amazon after receiving a single complaint from an unspecified person or …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Sep 2018
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Nameless Right To Be Forgotten Google sueball man tries Court of Appeal – yet again

A man who has refused to identify himself to Google or the UK courts but is still trying to drag the ad tech company through a Right To Be Forgotten legal action last week had his second attempt to take it to the Court of Appeal* in London denied by a senior British judge. The man, who is only known to court staff and judges …
Gareth Corfield, 25 Sep 2018
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Ooof! Cisco Webex has been down for 7 hours – and counting

Updated Cisco Webex is currently suffering a seven-hour outage and counting, with biz bods alternately raging at the failure but secretly being glad they don’t have to suffer the indignities of teleconferencing. The "major outage" began at 0122 GMT, according to Cisco’s status page. At the time of writing every single service …
Gareth Corfield, 25 Sep 2018
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Dell's hokey cokey IPO takes new turn – VMware in, VMware out....

Dell Technologies is reportedly pondering whether to hold a bog standard IPO to get the group back onto the stock markets, instead of a previous convoluted plan involving shenanigans with shares in VMware. The usual loquacious “people familiar with the matter” told newswire Reuters that Dell is considering a regular flotation …
Gareth Corfield, 24 Sep 2018
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HMRC contractor scores IR35 payout after yet another taxman blunder

A self-employed contractor has scooped thousands of pounds from HM Revenue and Customs after the British tax body used its controversial CEST online tool to wrongly determine her tax status. Susan Winchester, a marketing and business development consultant, dragged HMRC, Kinect Recruitment Ltd, and three others, to the Central …
Gareth Corfield, 24 Sep 2018
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Never mind Brexit. UK must fling more £billions at nuke subs, say MPs

The Ministry of Defence has too many bigshots and not enough grunts – or cash – to reliably keep Britain’s nuclear deterrent hiding beneath the ocean waves, according to Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee. “At a time when, across the Enterprise, major organisational and governance changes have still to take full effect, …
Gareth Corfield, 21 Sep 2018
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Intel co-founder's Silicon Valley pad goes on the market for $22m

A California home once owned by Intel founder Robert Noyce where the dining room served as Chipzilla’s boardroom in its early days is up for sale. Noyce, who died in 1990, was the co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor, having learned his trade under Nobel Prize scholar William Shockley and his Shockley Semiconductor Lab …
Gareth Corfield, 20 Sep 2018

National Museum of Computing to hold live Enigma code-breaking demo with a Bombe

The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) is going to fire up its replica Enigma code-breaker to decrypt encoded messages sent from Poland – with an original wartime Bombe operator supervising the process. The British museum's Bombe replica, recently moved into the original Block H building that housed the wartime Bombes, is a …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Sep 2018
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IT bods, beware! AWS claims Storage Gateway appliance doesn't need you to manage it

AWS has wheeled out a hardware appliance for feeding hybrid clouds to non-techies – a pre-loaded Dell EMC box for its Storage Gateway. amazon river In the cloud storage gateway game? Prepare to be Amazoned READ MORE "This means that you can now make use of Storage Gateway in situations where you do not have a virtualized …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Sep 2018
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Vodafone sues Ofcom to reclaim 'overpaid' mobe spectrum fees

Vodafone has taken UK comms watchdog Ofcom to the High Court in England to reclaim overpaid spectrum access charges imposed by the telecoms regulator in 2015. The early stages of Voda’s claim against the regulator are, The Register understands, based on the victory scored by BT-EE late last year. Back in 2015 Ofcom decided to …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Sep 2018

Nutanix shares briefly wobble over Google server appliance fears

Despite Google's claims that it isn't building a private cloud product, its partner Nutanix's shares took a 10 per cent dive when word got out. A hastily denied story published on Monday by an American blog called The Information claimed that Google is "building custom-designed computers – which combine server, storage and …
Gareth Corfield, 18 Sep 2018
Boeing 777-267 B-HNL, ex-N7771, the first production 777 airliner

First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

The first passenger Boeing 777 built is being flown to a museum today, having spent the last quarter of a century ferrying bods from A to B. Boeing is still building the 777 long-haul airliner to this day, albeit with more than a few tweaks to the original 1990s design. Techies, particularly those in the APAC region, will be …
Gareth Corfield, 18 Sep 2018
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Now here's an idea: Break up Amazon to get more shareholder cash

Investor advice biz Citi Research has recommended that Amazon breaks itself in half to avoid antitrust accusations, according to reports. "There has been greater noise of late regarding the desire to investigate and potentially regulate the company," Citi analyst Mark May said in a note to clients issued on Monday and reported …
Gareth Corfield, 18 Sep 2018

Salesforce supremo Benioff buys Time magazine for $190m

Salesforce supremo Marc Benioff and his wife are buying the US magazine Time for $190m, according to reports. The deal has nothing to do with Salesforce, the company that billionaire Benioff founded where he still serves as chief exec. Time was owned by the Meredith corporation, which bought Time Inc – the publishing group …
Gareth Corfield, 17 Sep 2018

Automated Weather Source didn't see this cloud coming: Amazon snatches up

Amazon has got round to buying itself the domain, 12 years after the cloudy behemoth as we know it today went live. As spotted by the Domain Name Wire website, WHOIS records reveal that no longer resolves to its previous owners, AWS Convergence Technologies Inc. At the time of writing, the domain resolves to …
Gareth Corfield, 14 Sep 2018

Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos, owner of the US Washington Post newspaper, has opined that it is "dangerous" for America's mop-haired 45th president Donald Trump to criticise the media. Bezos, the world's richest man and gros fromage of the sprawling Amazon online services empire, had a pop at The Donald after one of the latter's wearyingly …
Gareth Corfield, 14 Sep 2018
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Profits diving? All part of the plan, says Juniper Networks beancounter

Juniper Networks' chief beancounter has told world+dog that he has a cunning "strategic" plan that explains precisely why both revenues and profits have been slipping downwards at the US networking kit firm. Speaking to, Juniper's top counting chap, Ken Miller, insisted that the firm's 35.3 per cent year-on-year crash …
Gareth Corfield, 13 Sep 2018
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Like tax? Love networks? UK taxmen have a job just for you

HM Revenue and Customs is hiring a head of networks, for those who fancy a real pre-Brexit IT challenge. “We’re creating a dynamic, agile technology organisation that works on two levels: we want the most amazing experience for customers and citizens, both internal and external; and we are building careers that are rewarding …
Gareth Corfield, 13 Sep 2018
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Brit armed forces still don't have enough techies, thunder MPs

Parliament’s influential Public Accounts (PAC) Committee reckons UK Armed Forces need to recruit more digitally able folk to halt a widening skills gap, warning the military does not have a "coherent plan" to do so. With an existing 26 per cent shortfall in the target number of full-time intelligence analysts in the ranks of …
Gareth Corfield, 12 Sep 2018
Martin Freeman in a now-banned Vodafone advert

Vodafone cops ads rap over Martin Freeman's vanishing spaceship

Vodafone was today slapped by the Advertising Standards Authority for quoting router sync speeds instead of throughput speeds in its advertising following a complaint from rival BT. The ad featured Hobbit star Martin Freeman engaging in some mild consensual online gaming action interrupted by a broadband-induced failure. Here' …
Gareth Corfield, 12 Sep 2018
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America-China tariff tiff could flip the switch on Cisco price hikes

Cisco chief exec Chuck Robbins has warned that a US-China trade war over tariffs could lead to price rises for Switchzilla’s networking kit. "The tariffs that are suggested are across a lot of our core networking products, so it's fairly significant," Chuck Robbins told American telly station CNBC during an interview. Most of …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Sep 2018
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So what's Microsoft's counter-AWS cloud strategy? Don't be evil

A Microsoft VP has optimistically opined that Amazon's expansion will help Microsoft nibble a little harder at the ankles of the world’s top public cloud firm. Judson Althoff, exec veep of all things "worldwide commercial business", told a tech investors' conference call that Microsoft feels "very, very good" about the …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Sep 2018

Volkswagen faces fresh Dieselgate lawsuit in Germany – report

In the latest fallout from the Dieselgate scandal, Volkswagen is facing down a German lawsuit for $11bn over the company's use of software to thwart emissions performance tests. A group of investors in VW has argued that the car maker ought to have told them earlier about the scandal, in which its cars' engine control units …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Sep 2018

Palo Alto Networks' new boss hints at borging rivals as losses shrink

Two things are happening at Palo Alto Networks: it is losing less cash, and the latest exec to reside in the head shed is rubbing his hands together at the prospect of selling more tech as a service. The enterprise networking security biz reported a loss of $2.3m for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, ended 31 July, compared …
Ground crew de-icing aircraft

What's AI good for? Industrial or consumer tech? Meh. Airliners? AHA, says and Canadian airliner manufacturer Bombardier want you – yes, you – to come up with ideas for using artificial intelligence to stop ice building up on aeroplane wings. In-flight icing is a problem for airliners. At certain combinations of height, pressure and humidity, ice tends to form on the wings of aeroplanes. If …

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