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Jeremy Hunt pockets £14m through sale of course search website

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:01:13 GMT

Health Secretary makes a mint. Good for him, right?

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has become one of the UK's richest politicians following the sale of his business which runs course-listing websites.…

S Korea prosecutors seek arrest warrant for Samsung heir apparent

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:23:06 GMT

Mr Lee jnr ensnared in corruption scandal

Samsung's been pulled deeper into "Choi-gate" – the scandal surrounding the South Korean president. Prosecutors in the country today applied for an arrest warrant for Samsung's de facto boss, Lee Jae-yong.…

Calls for's tax digitisation plans to be put on the back burner

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:30:08 GMT

Timetable 'unachievable'. Now, where have we heard that one before?

The UK government's tax digitisation plan could be delayed by at least a year after the Treasury Committee exposed "serious shortcomings" with the programme.…

Apple vs. Samsung goes back to court, again, to re-assess the value of a rounded corner

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:05:03 GMT

It's time to debate damages. To Apple and to common sense

A US appeal court has opened the next round of the long-running Apple versus Samsung patent case, this time to recalculate the damages Sammy owes Cupertino.…

Canada fines Amazon seven hours of profit for false advertising

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:52:18 GMT

$840,000 punishment isn't even a tap on the wrist

Canada's Competition Bureau has administered what it thinks is a stinging fine for Amazon, but it's unlikely that CEO Jeff Bezos will be losing much sleep over it.…

FCC's Wheeler gives passionate defense of net neutrality rules

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:36:47 GMT

But will it make any difference?

Video Tom Wheeler, chairman of America's comms watchdog the FCC, has given a passionate defense of net neutrality rules in his last public speech – and warned his fellow commissioners not to go backwards by removing them.…

Strike day struck off as Fujitsu and Unite negotiate job cuts

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:10:30 GMT

It's good to talk... with Acas

It might be damn cold outside, but Unite the union is trying to thaw relations with Fujitsu by cancelling strike action scheduled for January 19 to enter conciliatory talks over job cuts, pay and pensions.…

EE brings 1,000 call centre jobs to UK and Ireland

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:29:08 GMT

Follows move by much-complained about parent BT

British mobile phone network EE has brought 1,000 customer service operator jobs in-house - claiming to be the first operator to "in-source" all call centre roles to the UK and Ireland.…

Drone company fails to take off, tells pre-orderers: You can have your $34m back

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:01:12 GMT

A lot of buzz, little lift in quadcopter market? Surely not

Lily Robotics, which three years ago set out to create a flying camera, is shutting up shop and returning $34m to customers who had placed pre-orders.…

Ex-Autonomy CFO pleads not guilty to charges he inflated the company's value

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:32:12 GMT

Legal fallout from the ill-fated $11bn HP takeover continues

The ex-chief financial officer of Autonomy, Sushovan Hussain, has pleaded not guilty to charges he inflated the price of his company's $11bn (£9bn) acquisition by Hewlett-Packard.…

Big tech's grip loosens on IT spend

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:16:05 GMT

Victory for SMBs? Not quite, Reg research reveals

UK government IT spending is still dominated by a few big suppliers – but they are losing some of their grip, according to publicly released data and Freedom of Information responses covering five of the biggest-spending organisations.…

Congrats, PC slingers. That's now FIVE straight years of shrinking sales

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:48:27 GMT

Tragic decline is slowing, though, say IDC beancounters

Santa's sack was bulging over Chrimbo, but it wasn't due to PC-shaped presents – computer sales slipped again in the final quarter of 2016, capping off five consecutive years of market shrinkage.…

AT&T CEO clambers up Trump's tower, explains why he should shower gold for Time Warner

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:26:02 GMT

Randall Stephenson makes case for yuuuge merger

AT&T boss Randall Stephenson has been spotted at Trump Tower in New York City – reportedly in an effort to sell the president-elect on his company's plan to buy Time Warner.…

Microsoft cans pay-as-you-go Azure for new MPSA licensees

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:42:10 GMT

Aimed at small customers, kicks off in February

Come February, Redmond will be ending pay-as-you-go Azure access for new customers on the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement, as it turns to channel partners to win small customers who are floating away.…

Strike January: Fujitsu staff gearing up for more industrial action – Unite

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:31:08 GMT

Hoping to buy time, get better settlements... nothing's going to stop the cuts

As hundreds of workers at Fujitsu prepare to down tools over the imminent threat of widespread redundancies, a power struggle at top of Unite, the union representing the staff, is taking shape.…

Dell EMC lifts the post-acquisition axe, swings

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:28:43 GMT

There will be blood

Dell Technologies' 140,000 staffers have been wincing in anticipation for the expected 2,000-3,000 layoffs after the $67bn EMC acquisition completed, and now the wait is over. The axe is swinging and heads have begun to roll.…

Google sends Titan broadband drones to the unicorns' graveyard

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 04:56:04 GMT

Alphabet shutters another moonshot bad idea

Being bought by Google X increasingly looks like a kiss of death: Alphabet has shuttered the Titan project which proposed hosting solar-powered broadband on high-altitude solar-powered drones.…

The top doc, the FBI, the Geek Squad informant – and the child porn pic that technically wasn't

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 02:07:20 GMT

Feds face potential legal nightmare ahead of trial

Lawyers for a California doctor accused of hoarding child sex abuse images are challenging the legitimacy of crucial evidence a PC repairman handed to the FBI.…

FBI takes gag out of Cloudflare's mouth after three-year legal battle

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:30:52 GMT

Upstart has been dying to talk about how it didn't rat out its customers in 2013

Cloudflare successfully fended off an FBI demand for people's private information, we can report this week now that a gagging order has been ripped away.…

Dieselgate: VW pleads guilty, will cough up $4.3bn, throws 6 staff under its cheatware bus

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:13:15 GMT

Techies charged by Uncle Sam

In one of the toughest smackdowns in recent US corporate history, Volkswagen has pleaded guilty to Dieselgate fraud charges, and will cop a massive fine.…

Tell us about that $1m horse, Mr Samsung: Bribery probe slips deep into South Korean giant

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:45:57 GMT

Bigwig denies any wrongdoing

The heir-apparent of Samsung has been pulled into the bribery scandal that sparked the impeachment of South Korea's president.…

Speaking in Tech: Went to Cancun... visited the Walmart

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:01:11 GMT

Podcast All the best tech gossip here...

Seagate laying off 2,217 employees

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:48:09 GMT

Closing China's disk drive manufacturing plant

Reuters reports Seagate is closing its Suzhou disk drive manufacturing plant in China, shedding a whopping 2,217 jobs.…

UK can be a 'world leader in 5G', you say? Er, our 4G still takes a beating from Peru

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:05:13 GMT

Experts remain unconvinced by breathless government report

Calls in a government-commissioned report to maximise Britain's position as a 5G "world leader" have been slammed by experts as a case of the Emperor's New Clothes.…

Black horse blacks out: Lloyds Bank website goes down

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:07:20 GMT

Company: We don't know what happened, couldn't tell you if we did

An unspecified glitch at Lloyds Bank Group prevented customers from logging into their accounts via a browser or app this morning.…

EU wants power to fine behavioural data bad boys and the ad men aren't happy

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:28:13 GMT

ePrivacy draft is a mixed bag for Silicon Valley

The EU has proposed only incremental changes to data protection law in Europe, but their significance lies in a new ability to fine digital services – including the giant platforms – for privacy breaches.…

SCC veterans set to leave the building after two decades

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:04:25 GMT

Andy Wright heads to XMA board seat, Tracey Westall seeking new employer

Nigh on 20-year SCC veteran Andy Wright is hanging up his company overalls to take a commercial director role and board seat at reseller XMA, sister company to distributor Westcoast.…

For Fark's sake! Fark fury follows 5-week ad ban for 5-year-old story

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:28:08 GMT

The tale of the underage girl who wasn't and still isn't years later

The owner of is furious at Google and wants it to reimburse him for five weeks of lost ads – thanks to a five-year-old story that featured a picture of a girl wrongly believed to be underage.… kills adult section, claims government censorship

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 01:01:58 GMT

Gimme a break, retorts congresswoman

Online ads site has shut down all its adult categories claiming US government censorship.…

NSW bus Wi-Fi privacy, regulation: 'Move along, nothing to see here'

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:05:11 GMT

Vulture South isn't so sure

On Monday, we noted the privacy nightmare that is the NSW State Government's latest attempt at public transport Wi-Fi, and asked APN Outdoor, owner of Catch, questions about security and its regulatory status.…

Oz government on its Centrelink debacle: 'This is fine'

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 23:04:10 GMT

Why stop digging when we've only just started?

Australia's Human Services Minister Alan Tudge has finally weighed in on the country's Centrelink debacle, having returned from holidays with a sheet full of talking points.…

Rackspace enters tipping-point year with newly minted sales chief

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:40:10 GMT

Veteran support Racker Cotten takes on global business role

Rackspace support manager Jeff Cotten was Tuesday named company president, halving the workload of the now single-jobbed chief executive Taylor Rhodes.…

Snapchat chooses London for international headquarters

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:58:22 GMT

Media luvvies and adland the lure

The company behind teen sexting phenomenon Snapchat has chosen London for its international HQ. The Snap Group already has 75 staff here. The company cited proximity to the UK’s world-class creative sector, which in this context means digital adland.…

Hey Brit Transport Police, your tech supplier has changed ownership

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:34:59 GMT

MTI Europe swaps one private equity parent for another

MTI Europe, a tech supplier to the British Transport Police, has swapped one private equity owner for another with Endless LLP slurping the Surrey-based business for an undisclosed fee.…

NGO to crowdfund legal challenge against Investigatory Powers Act

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:09:07 GMT

Armed with EU ruling, Liberty seeks to nix indiscriminate surveillance

Civil liberties advocacy group Liberty is seeking to crowdfund a judicial review of the Investigatory Powers Act.…

You have the right to be informed: Write to, save El Reg

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:02:09 GMT

Section 40, Crime and Courts Act 2013, threatens our work for you

Reader appeal The government is about to commence a piece of legislation that will seriously affect The Register’s ability to Bite The Hand That Feeds IT. You have until 5pm today to tell the government it should be stopped.…

Is! Yahoo! dead?! Why! web! biz! will! rename! to! Altaba! – the! truth!

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 01:48:52 GMT

Verizon deal looks like it could go ahead

Marissa Mayer, the CEO of perennial drain-circler Yahoo!, will step down from its board of directors, along with five other members, after Verizon finishes gobbling up most of the internet portal.…

Oz regulator trims broadband prices

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:04:05 GMT

'Just a little off the top, barber'

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission yesterday suggested trimming the price of wholesale broadband connections.…

Feds cuff VW exec over diesel emissions scam

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 19:44:31 GMT

Oliver Schmidt accused of coordinating cover-up

The FBI has arrested a senior Volkswagen executive for allegedly coordinating a cover-up over its diesel emissions cheating.…

Corrupt NHS official jailed for £80k bribe over tech contract

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:41:50 GMT

And the dodgy IT contractor? He got 14 months bird time to think about life

An NHS official who pocketed £80,000 in bribes for doling out lucrative IT contracts has been sentenced to three and half years in the slammer, while the techie contractor who benefited from them was given 14 months.…

Pharma hate figure Martin Shkreli suspended from Twitter

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:37:13 GMT

Attention seeker gains yet more oxygen of publicity

One-time pharmaceutical exec and distasteful windup merchant Martin Shkreli has had his Twitter account suspended after a Twitter spokesman alleged he had harassed a female journalist on the site.…

Why the UK is unlikely to get an adequacy determination post Brexit

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:13:49 GMT

If it hadn't been for that pesky Schrems kid...

Opinion This article adds two reasons to why I think a post-Brexit UK is very unlikely to offer an adequate level of protection in terms of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).…

NSW government drops a Catch: Bus Wi-Fi is a privacy nightmare

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 04:56:12 GMT

Why is public transport connectivity so hard, anyway?

Privacy activists and the NSW Greens in Australia have come out against the NSW State Government's umpteenth Wi-Fi-on-buses trial.…

ZTE laying off 3,000

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 23:56:10 GMT

And the US trade ban hasn't even started yet

ZTE is greeting the new year with job cuts, following disappointing smartphone sales and uncertainty about its future in the USA.…

That's the way the Cook, he stumbles: Apple CEO pay cut as sales tank

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:52:39 GMT

Thought you had a bad 2016? The iBoss had to live on a mere $8.7m

Peak Apple With Apple revenues down, and the normally docile tech press finally turning on the iPhone maker, top executives at the Cupertino giant – including CEO Tim Cook – took a pay cut in 2016.…

Former car rental biz staff gave customers' details to phone pests

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:49:51 GMT

Our records show that you ... stop shouting sir

Former staffers at a Cardiff-based car rental company have been sentenced for conspiring to steal customer information to sell to ambulance chasers.…

Routes taken by UK prosecutors over supply of modified TV set-top boxes

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:01:04 GMT

A conspiracy of one?

Analysis Prosecutors are turning to fraud charges in cases against people supplying set top boxes that can be used to access copyrighted material without paying for it because it makes cases easier for juries to understand.…

Switzerland says Uber's an employer, sends social security bill

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 04:03:10 GMT

Surprise: Uber will probably appeal

Switzerland is the latest country to decide that in spite of its protestations otherwise, Uber is an employer – at least in public liability terms.…

Australia telcos warn: Opening metadata access will create a 'honeypot' for lawyers

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 01:31:12 GMT

Government rushing data retention review

Australia's telecoms industry advocacy body the Communications Alliance is renewing its push for the federal government to revise its data retention regime, amid fears that a review will see stored data sucked into civil lawsuits.…

Australia: Stop blaming Centrelink debts on its IT systems

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:56:09 GMT

Executives and politicians, not developers, made the rules

Australia's welfare agency Centrelink is embroiling the government in a hugely damaging controversy, raising incorrect debts and auto-issuing threatening letters to citizens.…