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ICO fines 'Wolf of Wall Street' electrical survey biz for nuisance calls

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:02:19 GMT

That's a £50k penalty and another shaming for Kent-based MyHome Installations

Kent-based electrical survey provider MyHome Installations Ltd, which entered the hall of shame on the Beeb's Rogue Traders for pressure selling to pensioners, is facing a £50,000 fine for nuisance calls.…




Tory-commissioned call centres 'might have bent data protection laws'

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:02:10 GMT

Party can expect a call from the Information Commissioner

The Conservative Party has been accused of pushing its message on potential voters in a way that may have breached data protection laws.…




Doormat junk: Takeaway menus, Farmfoods flyer, NHS data-sharing letter... wait, what?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:35:08 GMT

Effort to notify patients falls flat – under pizza pamphlet

A midlands NHS group has committed face-palm after face-palm in its efforts to inform residents about its patient data-sharing plans.…




Algorithmic pricing raises concerns for EU competition law enforcement

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:22:10 GMT

Illegal offline? It's illegal online

Analysis Algorithms used to track or adapt prices online raise competition concerns, according to a recent submission to the OECD by the European Union.…




PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:32:07 GMT

Wiping out the problem needed a brush and a pump, but didn't make a stink

ON-CALL Welcome yet again to On-Call, The Register's weekly column in which we take readers' tales of odd jobs in odd places, tart them up and present them to you as a bit of light relief on a Friday.…




Facebook gives itself mission to 'bring the world closer' by getting people off Facebook

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:58:12 GMT

Zuckerberg preaches connectivity gospel, sends faithful to do good works

ANALYSIS Mark Zuckerberg's given Facebook a new mission statement: “To give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together", in the process rediscovering The Social Network™'s original purpose and exposing web utopianism as hopelessly optimistic.…




UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:58:12 GMT

There's an opening and good will to use it, says Ecuadorian foreign minister

Ecuador's foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa says the country is working with the UK to find a way for Julian Assange to leave its embassy.…




Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:38:28 GMT

Strangely lucid and lawyerly statement from Tweeter-in-Chief

President Trump has, in a tweet-burst today, backtracked on his earlier menacing claim that he may have secretly recorded his meetings with then-FBI boss James Comey.…




Fujitsu loses Dimes amid plans to save dollars

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:17:32 GMT

UK and Ireland boss nowhere to be seen

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.…




Ailing Brit chip designer Imagination Technologies up for sale

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:45:35 GMT

Clash with tech titan continues

Trouble struck British chip designer Imagination Technologies has confirmed it is for sale amid an ongoing dispute with Apple that has crushed its valuation on the London Stock Exchange.…




Expansys shutters online mobile gadget souk to consumers

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:06:08 GMT

'Dragon'-owned biz shifts focus to B2B market

Mobile gadget souk Expansys shuttered its digital doors to consumers – a natural conclusion for a business that lost direction under the ownership of lanky Dragons' Den badass Peter Jones in a commoditised space.…




Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:29:10 GMT

Strapline on van: 'Where your vote is your choice'. Meow!

Pic A rival of the reseller who threatened to sack Labour-voting employees hired a billboard van to drive past their HQ with the words “we’re hiring – where your vote is your choice” emblazoned on its side.…




In the week Uber blew up, Netflix restates 'No brilliant jerks' policy

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:59:58 GMT

Forget free sushi, gyms or Steve Jobs clones. Netflix values fearless sharing

In 2009, Netflix published what became an influential slide deck explaining its culture, including a policy of not hiring “brilliant jerks” because the benefit of their moments of excellence are outweighed by the cost of their other behaviours.…




Oz senate committee says 'robo-debt' program was 'set up to fail'

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:18:23 GMT

Government senators play the 'this is fine' card

Federal Government senators have rejected a Senate report that describes its “robo-debt” program as “set up to fail”.…




Etsy issues pink slips for almost quarter of staff in quest for profit

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:00:01 GMT

Did it decorate notices with glitter and sparkles?

Arts and crafts market Etsy announced today that it is cutting more workers in an effort to get its finances back on track.…




US Air Force resumes F-35A flights despite not knowing why pilot oxygen systems failed

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:32:09 GMT

Take a deep breath. You might have to hold it for a while

The US Air Force has today restarted flights of F-35As that were grounded by oxygen supply problems, even as it admits that it still doesn’t know what caused the life support systems to malfunction.…




Queen's speech announces laws to protect personal data

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:07:11 GMT

Tories dump a number of manifesto pledges

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.…




Gov digitisation plans happening too slowly, say IfG policy wonks. Hear that, GDS?

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:35:12 GMT

Verify needs to be addressed, Pope is Catholic, etc

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.…




Conservative manifesto disappears offline – then mysteriously reappears

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:17:11 GMT

SNAFU or something more sinister going on?

The Conservative Party’s 2017 manifesto was briefly deleted from its website this morning – on the same day that political Britain downs tools for the State Opening of Parliament.…




BT problems impact Department for Work and Pensions services

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:02:29 GMT

Users say they can't access Child Maintenance Service

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.…




Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned, says report

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:03:07 GMT

Investors insisted, board concurred, curtain fell, but bro-in-chief will remain on the board

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned, according to The New York Times.…




BMC and CA in agreeable acquisition talks – report

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 02:08:51 GMT

The world may need only one company where old software goes to die

BMC and CA are considering a consensual acqui-merger, reports Bloomberg.…




Apple ups the stakes in patent royalties battle with Qualcomm

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:17:24 GMT

Pushing to have 18 Qualcomm patents invalidated

Apple is expanding its legal war with Qualcomm to include an attempt at having the chip designer's patents thrown out.…




Uber wants your top tips to mend its rotten image

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:39:54 GMT

Magnanimous gesture that won't cost the bros anything

Uber is looking to mend fences with its drivers by adding the option for riders to tip.…




Ego stroking, effusive praise and promise of billions: White House tech meeting in full

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:55:13 GMT

Somewhere in there is the germ of a good idea

Monday afternoon saw the first meeting of the "American Technology Council" at the White House, during which most of the country's top tech CEOs gathered around to talk about what could be done to modernize the US government's abysmal IT systems.…




Oxford profs tell Twitter, Facebook to take action against political bots

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:55:08 GMT

It's just the future of democracy at stake, no biggie

The use of algorithms and bots to spread political propaganda is "one of the most powerful tools against democracy", top academics have warned.…




Guess who's just locked up £1.5bn Australian prison mega-contract? Our very own Serco

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:51:45 GMT

UK prisoner escort scandal? They paid that money back!

Business Process Outsourcing behemoth Serco is part of the NewPathways consortium that will sketch out, erect and run the largest prison in Australia under a mega-contract dished out today.…




IBM's contractor crackdown continues: Survivors refusing pay cut have hours reduced

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:01:07 GMT

Managers told to hit budgets, even if customers bleed

IBM's efforts to crimp the cost of its contract workforce are continuing, The Register has learned.…




Australian Dept Defence pulling kit out of China-owned Global Switch

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:25:37 GMT

Cites security concerns as justification for AU$200m migration

Paranoia will set the Australian government back AU$200 million between now and 2020, with the country's defence department deciding Chinese part-ownership of data hotel Global Switch represents a security risk.…




Uber's New York competitor sued over driver equity scheme

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:17:35 GMT

Juno's taxi drivers complain of bait-and-switch

Drivers of Uber-competitor Juno have taken out a class action lawsuit against the company, claiming that it ripped them off with an equity ownership scheme that was designed to attract them to the service.…




You can't take the pervs off Facebook, says US Supreme Court

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:25:42 GMT

First Amendment rights and dancing babies

Facebook is a sex offender-friendly zone – by order of the Supreme Court.…




Datos IO gets nimbler vision at board level

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:42:48 GMT

Ex-Nimble CEO joins Datos IO board

Ex-Nimble president and CEO Suresh Vasudevan has joined Datos IO's board.…




Venture capital biz hires former EMC CEO

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:01:08 GMT

'Can we Tucci this startup? Well Big Joe, can we?'

Former EMC grand fromage Joe Tucci has walked into a special advisor role at venture cap outfit 83North.…




2 kool 4 komputing: Teens' interest in GCSE course totally bombs

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:32:07 GMT

Concern teachers can't handle tougher syllabus

The number of pupils signing up for GCSE computing has plateaued just years after the qualification was introduced, raising concerns that not enough is being done to help teachers with more difficult courses.…




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

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:15:10 GMT

Fujitsu report slams Common Agricultural Payments system

The Scottish government has considered scrapping its disastrous £178m rural payments IT system, according to an internal report.…




Brit uni blabs students' confidential information to 298 undergrads

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:53:10 GMT

Spreadsheet of extenuating circumstances attached to email

The University of East Anglia has sent almost 300 undergraduates an email detailing other students' extenuating circumstances.…




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

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:37:08 GMT

Err, maybe it's time for backup?

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.…




Google plans to scrub 'inflammatory' and terror vids from youTube

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 02:58:13 GMT

AI isn't good enough for the job, so more mods and Google ads will get into the grey areas

Google's revealed its plans to remove terror-related content from YouTube and decided the investment community should hear about it before the rest of us.…




Backdoor backlash: European Parliament wants better privacy

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 01:04:09 GMT

Less tracking, more consent, and stronger encryption says privacy committee

A committee of the European Parliament is pushing back against the anti-encryption sentiment infesting governments around the world, with a report saying citizens need more protection, not less.…




Wanted: broadband crash-test dummies for ACCC's speed tests

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 22:44:30 GMT

Competition regulator wants you to help tag slack ISPs

Having beaten off opposition from carriers and ISPs, Australia's Competition and Consumer Commission has kicked off its broadband speed monitoring program.…




Yet more reform efforts at the Euro Patent Office, and you'll never guess what...

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 10:36:04 GMT

Yep, King Battistelli wants to award himself more power

Another raft of reforms at the troubled European Patent Office has come to light and, yet again, the main purpose appears to be to enhance the power of EPO president Benoit Battistelli.…




Google coughs up $5.5m to make recruiters 'screwed out of overtime pay' go away

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:49:54 GMT

There, some spare change under the couch will solve this

Google has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that accused the ads broker of failing to pay overtime to contract workers.…




Teen girl who texted boyfriend to kill himself guilty of manslaughter

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:24:13 GMT

Michelle Carter responsible for beau's sucide, decides court

The teenager who repeatedly urged and encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself with hundreds of text messages has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.…




Brexploitation! PC price wars? Yep. Vendors see who can go higher

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:32:10 GMT

Tech disties paying up to 42% more for computers since vote

Computer trade prices have surged in the year since the EU referendum with currency and component shortages fingered, at least according to sales data from tech distributors.…




You'll soon be buying bulgur wheat salad* from Amazon, after it swallowed Whole Foods

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:56:00 GMT

13.7 billion Bezos bucks buys luxury retailer

Today, Amazon announced it will be acquiring the devilishly expensive Whole Foods Market to the tune of $13.7bn.…




EU regulators gearing up to slap Google with €1bn fine – reports

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:23:05 GMT

First decision of three probes expected in coming weeks

The EU is preparing to fine Google €1bn (£875m) over claims the company abused its search market dominance to build the Google Shopping service.…




ICO fines Morrisons for emailing customers who didn't want to be emailed

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:33:42 GMT

You’ve opted out of marketing emails. Can we just send you a marketing email to check?

Supermarket chain Morrisons has been fined £10,500 by the UK's data protection watchdog for sending marketing emails to people who had unsubscribed from marketing bumf.…




Oh the irony: Government Digital Services can't pay staff because of tech problems

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:31:05 GMT

Helping to transform government to, to... er... There's a plan in place

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.…




Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:04:12 GMT

New motherboards wouldn't fix it, but a magnetic personality can work wonders

On-Call Why hello there readers! It's Friday and that means it's time for another edition of On-Call, our weekly column in which your peers take centre stage by sharing tales of jobs gone wrong.…




When we said don't link to the article, Google, we meant DON'T LINK TO THE ARTICLE!

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 21:46:13 GMT

One click, or two? How about no clicks, German court tells search company

A German court has given Google a hearty slap over its grudging response to "right to be forgotten" laws, telling it that not linking to information means exactly that: not linking to information.…