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Guess who just bought Maplin? Dragons' Den celebrity biz guy Peter Jones

Exclusive Irascible Dragons’ Den celebrity tycoon Peter Jones has scooped up the Maplin Electronics trading name, The Reg can reveal. An auction of the fallen retailer's intellectual property took place in the summer with PWC asking Morvan Fraser, senior manager for IP sales at Metis Partners to preside over the sell-off. Dragons' Den …
Paul Kunert, 13 Sep 2018
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We're doomed: Defra's having a cow over its Brexit IT preparations

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs isn't ready for a no-deal Brexit, and hasn't ensured new IT systems will be capable of dealing with future demand, the UK's spending watchdog has warned. In a report on Defra's progress in implementing Brexit, published today, the National Audit Office said the department …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Sep 2018
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First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

The UK's former Home Secretary Amber Rudd has shrugged off years of concerns about ID cards and called for a state-backed system based on NHS numbers – on the grounds that people already hand over masses of info to private firms. Writing for The Times' Red Box, Rudd said the balance between the "sheer ubiquitousness" of …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Sep 2018
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Article 13 pits Big Tech and bots against European creatives

Updated - Special Report Today's vote on Article 13 of the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market in European Parliament has turned into a knife-edge referendum on whether European institutions can deal with Californian exceptionalism. Can the EU change the way Google's giant YouTube video service behaves, and "filter" repeat …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Sep 2018
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Guess who's still in charge of your gas safety, Brits? Capita

Hard-pressed outsourcing biz Capita was today selected by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to manage the Gas Safe Register (GSR) for five years, including overseeing the competence of engineers listed. The five-year agreement kicks off from April Fools’ Day 2019 and is valued by London Stock Exchange-listed Capita as …
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2018
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MPs' proposal to cash in on public-private algos given a solid 'maybe'

The UK government has tentatively accepted calls from MPs to monetise public sector data – but would rather brag about existing efforts to encourage responsible use of algorithms. The House of Commons Science and Technology issued its report on algorithmic decision-making in May, and the government has this week published its …
Rebecca Hill, 11 Sep 2018
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Expanding Right To Be Forgotten slippery slope to global censorship, warn free speech fans

Europe's top court will tomorrow hear a case that could extend the scope of right to be forgotten rules globally – which free speech campaigners warn would amount to mass online censorship. The French data protection agency (CNIL) is pushing to broaden a landmark 2014 ruling (Google Spain v Gonzalez et al) that said Google …
Rebecca Hill, 10 Sep 2018
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x86 marks the spot: Dell reports upswing, keeps mum on going public

Dell outearned IBM in its latest quarter, reporting revenues of $22.94bn in Q2 2019 ending 3 August, compared to the $20.1bn turned over by Big Blue in its own latest quarter. However, the firm expressly refused to answer the question on everyone's lips – about the potential Dell plans to go public – in the earnings call. …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2018
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Activists rattle tin to take UK's pr0n block to court

Campaigners are crowdfunding a legal challenge against plans to block smut in the UK. The government last year signed off on controversial plans to require online porn providers to check their users are over 18 before letting them into the site. The age-verification (AV) measures, ostensibly to stop kids stumbling across sex …
Rebecca Hill, 10 Sep 2018
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PPI pushers now need consent to cold-call you

Brits will have to opt in to receive cold calls selling personal injury claims or payment protection insurance under new UK government rules. The powers, which came into force on 8 September, will require payment protection insurance (PPI) pushers to check that the person has consented to being contacted. This is in contrast …
Rebecca Hill, 08 Sep 2018
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People's confidence in orgs holding personal data is... on the rise?

People are more trusting with their data than they were last year – despite data harvesting and breaches dominating news agendas throughout 2018. According to a survey commissioned by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office, one in three people reported high trust and confidence in organisations that store their personal …
Rebecca Hill, 07 Sep 2018
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Capita onshores IBM transformer man as chief growth officer

Beleaguered outsourcing biz Capita is turning to IBM Global Business Services (GBS) – another beleaguered outsourcing biz – to onshore its managing partner for North America, hiring him as chief growth officer. Ismail Amla's recruitment was trumpeted by London Stock Exchange-listed Capita today: he fills a position that didn't …
Paul Kunert, 06 Sep 2018
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Creaky systems 'cost lives': Health secretary Matt Hancock pledges to solve NHS IT woes

Faltering NHS IT systems are "costing lives", health secretary Matt Hancock has said ahead of announcing a further £200m for trusts to create digital testbeds. The former Minister of Fun will take to the stage at the NHS Expo in Manchester this afternoon for one of his first major speeches since taking over from Jeremy Hunt. …
Rebecca Hill, 06 Sep 2018
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World Cup TV sales offset dip in computing demand says Dixons Carphone

Data-breach-hit Dixons Carphone is on track to meet its profit expectations for the current fiscal year as the World Cup beefed up sales of TVs to more than offset crappier demand for computing kit and white box goods. The group said like-for-like sales were flat for the 13 weeks ended 28 July, the firm’s first quarter of …
Paul Kunert, 06 Sep 2018
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Not so much changing their tune as enabling autotune: Facebook, Twitter bigwigs nod and smile to US senators

Facebook and Twitter executives faced pointed questions from American lawmakers this morning over what they were doing to prevent foreign agents manipulating their sprawling online estates. Appearing at a hearing of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter boss Jack …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Sep 2018
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UK.gov: NHS should be compensated by firms using its data goldmine

The UK government has said the NHS should be "fairly rewarded" by private firms that slurp patients' data. Outlining proposals for a code of conduct for data-driven care technologies, health minister James O'Shaughnessy said the aim is to create a "safe and trusted environment" for healthcare innovation. The Technology …
Rebecca Hill, 05 Sep 2018
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European nations told to sort out 'digital tax' on tech giants by end of year

Warring European governments have been urged to quickly come to an interim agreement on a levy on tech giants’ revenues – and could drop plans to tax the sale of users’ data to get there. The Austrian presidency of the EU is pressing for member states to agree to a temporary solution for the bloc. The presidency is reported to …
Rebecca Hill, 05 Sep 2018
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Google skewered in ad sting after Oracle-backed bods turn troll

An advocacy group funded in part by Oracle posed as a Russian internet troll farm to call attention to what it claims is Google's failure to police online political ad sales. To demonstrate shortcomings in Google's ad sales oversight, Campaign for Accountability (CfA) spent about $100 (~6,800 rubles) on political ads over the …
Thomas Claburn, 05 Sep 2018
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Hundred-million Kiwi Oracle project on hold after Deloitte review

New Zealand's government has decided to stop sending good money after bad by suspending an Oracle implementation that's so far cost the country NZ$100 million (£51m, $65.4m). The National Oracle System (NOS) was the subject of a critical report from the country's Auditor-General in June this year. The NOS was designed to …
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Archive.org's Wayback Machine is legit legal evidence, US appeals court judges rule

Analysis The Wayback Machine's archive of webpages is legitimate evidence that may be used in litigation, a US appeals court has decided. The second circuit ruling [PDF] supports a similar one from the third circuit – and, taken together, the decisions could pave the way for the Internet Archive's library of webpages to be considered …
Kieren McCarthy, 04 Sep 2018
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Google is 20, Chrome is 10, and Microsoft would rather ignore the Nokia deal's 5th birthday

Birthday cake makers, rejoice! There's a trio of tech industry milestones to celebrate or maybe commiserate. Google at 20 It is 20 years ago today that ad-slinger Google filed for incorporation and the behemoth that we all know and - some - love came into being via a jerry-rigged rack of servers in a Menlo Park garage. …
Richard Speed, 04 Sep 2018
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Wipro can't believe its luck at sealing 10-year deal worth $1.6bn with Alight Solutions

IT consultancy Wipro has signed a monster tech servies contract with Illinois-based Alight Solutions that should see the Indian outfit trouser as much as $1.6bn over the next decade. Alight Solutions, which works mainly in the arenas of health, wealth, HR and finance, struck a first agreement with Wipro back in July to sell …
Richard Speed, 03 Sep 2018
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Dell EMC plucks Tech Data distie man Tomlin to run UK channels

Updated Dell EMC has poached a channel veteran to lead its UK partner biz, sources have told The Register. Rob Tomlin, currently boss of Tech Data's Advanced Solutions unit, which houses the Dell EMC enterprise franchise, is to take up the post, Dell told its senior management team on Friday. The move has been well received in some …
Paul Kunert, 03 Sep 2018
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Computacenter goes Dutch, picks up Misco's Netherlands biz

The cash reserves at Computacenter (CC) – one of Europe's largest tech resellers – are a little lighter today after it slurped Misco Netherlands. The buy will see some 200 people transfer from Misco Solutions BV in Amstelveen to the new parent, and will add a chunk of sales to CC's top line: €134m in 2017, according to Misco's …
Paul Kunert, 03 Sep 2018
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Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

Who, Me? Monday morning can mean only one thing. No, not a general sense of foreboding – it’s Who, Me?, El Reg’s way of easing you into the week ahead with tales of other people’s mistakes. This week, “Giovanni” writes in to tell us about the time his candour had his bosses fizzing with rage. “In the early ‘90s – the era where Dot …
Rebecca Hill, 03 Sep 2018
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Anon man suing Google wants crim conviction to be forgotten

The nameless man suing Google is doing so over a blog post containing details of a criminal court report, making this a Right To Be Forgotten case, The Register can reveal. The man, known only as ABC, has been attempting to force Google to delete references to a Blogspot post since late last year. He began by writing direct to …
Gareth Corfield, 03 Sep 2018
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Surprise: Sage Group head honcho has left the building

Sage Group chief exec Stephen Kelly has unexpectedly stepped down from his director and CEO roles. Boring as she goes at Sage? Oh no, no, no! Shares slide as sales slip below forecasts READ MORE Kelly, who joined on a £790k salary, departs several months after the software company’s half-year financial results came in lower …
Gareth Corfield, 31 Aug 2018
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Two years later and it still sucks: Privacy Shield progress panned

Analysis More than two years in, Privacy Shield still isn't fit for purpose – and data protection experts and politicians want to see a bigger commitment ahead of its second annual review. The agreement, rushed through in the summer of 2016 after its predecessor Safe Harbor was scrapped, governs data flows between the European Union …
Rebecca Hill, 31 Aug 2018
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Golden State passes gold-standard net neutrality bill by 58-17

Updated California’s net neutrality bill SB822 has cleared another hurdle on its way to becoming a state law. The bill received a 58-17 majority vote from the state assembly following a heated debate and amendment process. Because some provisions of the bill were changed by the Assembly, it will have to once again be voted on by the …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2018
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US government upends critical spying case with new denial

A closely watched case covering the constitutionality of a spying program has been thrown into disarray after a US government lawyer claimed an assertion at the heart of the lawsuit simply never occurred. Speaking in oral argument [mp3] at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals this week, the government representative told judges …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Aug 2018
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Micron to shove $3bn in Virginia fab to support manufacture of hardy chips for IoT-type stuff

Semiconductor giant Micron is investing $3bn in its Manassas, Virginia foundry to develop DRAM and flash for autos, IoT, drones and industrial automation. Micron's site is located about 65km (40 miles) west of Washington DC and the company said the development would create around 1,100 jobs. President and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2018
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Vodafone, TPG propose 'merger of equals'

One of Australia's most acquisition-hungry telcos, TPG, is to merge with mobile carrier Vodafone Australia. It's spun as a “merger of equals”, which is nearly true: TPG will own 49.9 per cent of the new TPG Telecom Limited, while Vodafone Group and Hutchison (the international businesses who own Vodafone Hutchison Australia, …
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Big Baboon ain't gibbon up: SAP, HP accused of aping software squirt's e-commerce patent

SAP and HP Inc have failed to get an e-commerce patent case brought against them by a small software firm thrown out. The plaintiff, California-based Big Baboon Inc, has alleged that the companies directly and wilfully infringed on its patent. The outfit filed the suit in 2017, but was initially dismissed because it failed to …
Rebecca Hill, 29 Aug 2018
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Campaigners call for immigration exemption in UK's Data Protection Act to be scrapped

Campaign groups have today launched a legal challenge against an exemption in the UK's Data Protection Act that could prevent citizens gaining access to immigration data held on them. The Open Rights Group and EU citizens' group, the3million, have argued that, as it stands, many people would not be able to access data that the …
Rebecca Hill, 28 Aug 2018
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FPGA-making Lattice Semiconductor names AMD man as CEO

Lattice Semiconductor has hired a shiny new CEO, Jim Anderson, to plot a way forward for the silicon, reference designs and boards maker. Potted history 1983 – Lattice Semiconductor founded 1987 – files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy 1989 – IPO 2010 – Billerbeck appointed CEO 2012 – bought Silicon Blue and its FPGA tech for $ …
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2018
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UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo

The UK is about to press the big red button on its own satellite navigation system as an agreement for access to the EU’s Galileo programme looks more and more unlikely. Following hot on the heels of the release of papers detailing the customs and tax implications of a no-deal Brexit come reports that the UK Treasury has …
Richard Speed, 28 Aug 2018

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