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London cops bust fake Cisco hardware chain

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:47:56 GMT

More than 1,000 pieces of networking hardware seized

City of London cops today confirmed they have confiscated hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit Cisco networking gear.…

Facebook's freebie for poor people under fire again

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:01:11 GMT

No internet better than Facebook's internet, say NGOs

Two-thirds of the planet doesn't have internet access - but some aren't keen to see Facebook make a bridge across that digital divide.…

How's that transformation coming, Teradata? Numbers down as org morphs

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:38:07 GMT

'We're not naive about work to be done,' as revs drop 14%

Data warehouse biz Teradata has reported (PDF) a second consecutive drop in revenues for this year, as its licensing shift beds in.…

Profits plunge 40% as BT coughs up £225m to avoid court battle

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:05:19 GMT

Also appoints EE chief exec Marc Allera as consumer boss

BT's profits plunged 42 per cent to £418m for the first quarter, as the former state monopoly paid off £225m in settlements in relation to the accounting scandal in Italy.…

Virgin Media mulls ditching 1 in 3 UK facilities, starts £20m spend audit

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 09:03:05 GMT

'Staff in uproar' as relocation suddenly on the cards

Exclusive Virgin Media is to consider shuttering more than one-third of its sites across the UK amid a review of its multi-million pound annual spend on facilities, according to a letter to staff seen by The Register.…

Sysadmin jeered in staff cafeteria as he climbed ladder to fix PC

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 06:55:13 GMT

Life lesson: don't display messages on screens if you don't know who'll see it!

On-Call The end of the week is nigh and to ease your passage into the next phase of existence – the blessed weekend - El Reg brings you On-Call, our Friday column chronicling readers’ stories of jobs with strange beginnings and sticky endings.…

This is the Dell security team. We have you surrounded. Come out with a purchase order

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 03:04:08 GMT

RSA/VMware/Dell pincer movement to sell all the cybers

Security buyers: Dell's got you surrounded. Come out with a purchase order, buy security software, and we can bring this to a peaceful ending.…

USA to screen tablets,
e-readers and handheld games before they fly

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 02:10:07 GMT

Ten US airports already do it, the rest will follow soon, foreigners may be spared

Domestic air passengers within the USA will be required to remove any electronic device larger than a smartphone from their carry-on bags for screening before boarding.…

Intel, Amazon, Twitter: Your 60-second guide to today's financial-gasm

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:32:13 GMT

The good, the bad, and the Dorsey

We may be beyond the halfway point for the calendar year, but in the world of corporate finance we are squarely in the middle, as companies are posting their numbers for the three months to the end of June.… You can't have our drone test results because... er, security

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:51:05 GMT

UAV firms and campaigners slam opaque decision-making

The Department for Transport has rejected calls from drone makers DJI, Parrot and GoPro to release details of its drone testing methodology on the grounds of "security".…

Mainframes, PCs, mobes tickle Fujitsu revenues in the right direction

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:00:12 GMT

Big overall profit turnaround in spite of x86 server slump

Despite a mild slump in its x86 server sales, Fujitsu revenues increased for its first fiscal 2017 quarter by 2.5 per cent to $8.3bn (¥922.6bn), accompanied by a rebound in profits.…

Wawaweewa! Huawei shifted 73m handsets in first half of year

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:07:23 GMT

Up 20%, contributing $15.58bn to networking giant's coffers

Huawei shipped 73 million phones in the first half of 2017, up 20.6 per cent year-on-year.…

You know what’s not so throttled at O2? UK sales. They're up 2.6%

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:27:12 GMT

Firm chips away at debt after Three flog-off squashed

Mobile operator Telefonica – AKA O2 – has posted an increase in sales in Blighty of 2.6 per cent to €1.6bn (£1.4bn) for its second quarter, with operating income before depreciation and amortisation (OIBDA) up 3.9 per cent to €433m.…

Disgraced Entatech founder Jason Tsai tossed in the clink for contempt of court

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:51:45 GMT

Claimed 'cognitive dysfunction' to try dodge jail

“Dishonest and manipulative” channel veteran Jason Tsai has been sentenced to nine months in the slammer for contempt of court.…

Corporate IMer Slack pockets $250m from SoftBank and pals – report

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:05:09 GMT

Reports throw cold water on Amazon buyout rumours

Corporate messaging biz Slack is reportedly raising $250m in its latest funding round.…

Uneasy rest the buttocks on the iron throne. Profits plunge 14% at Sky UK and Ireland

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:51:49 GMT

Meanwhile firm signs up 97k mobile customers

Sky's operating profits plunged 14 per cent to £1.3bn in the UK and Ireland, on revenue up 4 per cent to £8.6bn for the Game Of Thrones broadcaster and broadband pusher's full-year results.…

Facebook may print money but thirsty Wall Street wants more

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:13:14 GMT

Monetising video... RU serious, Zuck?

Analysis Anyone asking why there hasn't been a major new technology company to rival the likes of Facebook for a decade should take a good look at... Facebook.…

Smoking hot Galaxy S8 and storage sales fire Samsung to flaming brilliant quarter

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:34:07 GMT

Operating profit up 73 per cent to record US$12.68bn as smartmobe buyers go large

Samsung Electronics has reported a record second quarter in which it hauled US$54.8bn through the door, $12.86bn of that profit.…

Australia cyber minister wants Asia to define new global laws of digi-war

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:01:51 GMT

Interdependence of nations give the region incentive to go beyond Budapest Convention

Dan Tehan, Australia's minister assisting the prime minister for Cyber Security, says south-east Asian nations are beginning to discuss a joint regional approach to best practise cyber-security, and perhaps even also a new set of rules of engagement for online conflict.…

Marketing giant Marketo forgets to renew domain name. Hilarity ensues

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:10:17 GMT

Red faces all round at dotcom after emails, tracking links go TITSUP

With a perfect dose of irony, a biz that sells automated marketing software online failed to automatically renew its dotcom.…

HPE boss Whitman among candidates for Uber CEO job – report

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:25:08 GMT

Nope, says PR, Meg 'plans to stay ... until her work is done'

Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman is reportedly high among the names shortlisted to take over as the boss of Uber.…

Slapping crap bosses just got cheaper: Blighty's Supreme Court nixes tribunal fees

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:58:04 GMT

£1,200 upfront cost denied the public access to justice

The Supreme Court has ruled that today's employment tribunal fees are unlawful, opening the floodgates to hacked off employees (and ex-employees) across the country.…

Take that, gender pay gap! Atos to offshore hundreds of BBC roles

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:02:08 GMT

Beeb bigwig reckons £75m saved in IT could help pay parity. What?

Exclusive Hundreds of IT roles at the BBC are to be offshored to cheaper wage locations, under a £560m contract renewal coming into force with its incumbent outsourcing giant Atos.…

Got some pom-poms handy? seeks a geography cheerleader

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:13:05 GMT

Bid to raise discipline's profile after hitching it to big data hype

Whitehall is looking for a geography aficionado to emphasise the role the discipline plays in the UK government's work.…

Speaking in Tech: Lobbying – how sh*t gets done in America

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:39:55 GMT

Podcast Plus, crappy UK broadband, meeting Theresa Bae, drone regs and more

Google goes home to Cali to overturn Canada's worldwide search result ban

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 01:28:39 GMT

Confused? We can explain

What should govern the behavior of huge multinationals like Google: the law Google makes for itself, or the laws that people make?…

Retailers would love an NBN backhaul tariff restructure

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:56:10 GMT

But it might be hard to persuade the government

When nbn™', the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network, decided to revise its backhaul price book back in June and the the move was rightly welcomed. But the topic remains so controversial CEO Bill Morrow has flagged further possible changes.…

HP Inc, HPE both slapped with racism, ageism lawsuit

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:42:22 GMT

IT titans hit by class-action sueballs, dragged toward court

The two offshoots of Hewlett Packard are being sued in the US for allegedly discriminating against African Americans and older workers.…

Want to visit your loved one in jail? How about Skype instead?

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:51:39 GMT

Massachusetts jail to kill off in-person meetings for more profitable solution

A jail in the US has taken its embrace of technology a little too far by putting an end to in-person visits – and requiring family members to video conference with their locked-up loved ones instead.…

Hey, hipsters. Amazon has 'space' for 450 new R&D roles in Shoreditch

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:44:07 GMT

Mass recruitment

Amazon today announced it plans to "double" its R&D roles in the UK capital. However, it won't say when all of the new roles will be recruited.…

Taxi app investor SoftBank said to be driving at multibillion-dollar stake in Uber

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:38:05 GMT

Japanese firm wants to tighten grip on Asian ride-share market

Japanese firm SoftBank is reportedly aiming to take a multibillion-dollar stake in Uber, just days after it stumped up cash for Singaporean ride-sharing biz Grab's latest investment round.…

Southern awarded yet another 'most moaned about rail firm' gong

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:52:13 GMT

If you want good trains, go to Hull

Grumbling Brit commuters are more likely to moan about Southern than any other train line, according to the latest national passenger survey (PDF) from the UK's transport watchdog.…

House fire, walk with me: Kodipocalypse now includes conflagration

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:29:07 GMT

Streaming hardware fails UK safety standards

Pirate TV boxes may not be safe, IP champions FACT and Westminster Council, in the south of the UK, have claimed.… asks for bailout amid dispute over who runs the site and collects ad dollars

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:29:09 GMT

Google and Facebook both have fact-check site on their fake-news-fighting teams

Fact-checking web site says it is “in danger of shuttering” due to a commercial dispute that has starved it of revenue.…

TechnologyOne says City of Brisbane ignored its own reviews

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:43:13 GMT

Big-bang software rollout goes bitterly bad, where have we heard that before?

Australian ERP software vendor TechnologyOne has escalated a long-running row with Brisbane City Council, threatening to sling an AU$50 million sueball at the city.…

Democrats (still a thing, apparently) are super unhappy about AT&T's Time-Warner merger

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:37:06 GMT

Busting up telcos is on LOSER party's agenda. SAD!

Democrats in US Congress oppose AT&T's acquisition of Time-Warner and any other proposed big-time telco gobbles.…

You don't call, you don't text: SIM-flinger Gemalto warns of 9% sales drop

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:15:07 GMT

And will write down €420m due to removeable SIM's 'prospects'

Security software-maker Gemalto has once again issued a trading update, warning its second quarter revenue will fall 9 per cent to €742m (£663m) compared with the same period in 2016.…

Nationwide’s online banking goes down again

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:54:18 GMT

Scheduled maintenance overran, says bank

Nationwide UK customers have been unable to see payments on their online banking systems since this morning, in the latest in a string of digital glitches at the bank.…

Al Capone was done for taxes. Now Microsoft's killing domain-squatters with trademark law

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 02:58:05 GMT

Plausibly Redmond-related domains were used to phish

Bit-by-bit, Microsoft is hitting back at an international domain-squatting/drive-by-hacking operation by taking over the domains involved.…

Silicon Valley IT biz boss cops to lying about Cisco H-1B jobs

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:13:52 GMT

Consulting firm fibbed about hirings to import more workers

The owner of a Silicon Valley tech consulting biz has pled guilty to making up job offers in order to obtain US H-1B visas for overseas workers.…

Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook blow massive amounts lobbying Trump administration

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:32:27 GMT

You know what they say: Money makes the world go round

Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple are finding the Trump Administration a very expensive prospect, at least according to their newly released lobbying figures.…

Legal boffins poke holes in EU lawmaker's ePrivacy proposals

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:08:08 GMT

Recommend amendments on privacy, tracking and encryption

The European Commission's proposed ePrivacy law needs significant amendments, particularly on location tracking and keeping people's communications confidential, according to an in-depth study.…

Vodafone reports sliding revenues but customers don't hate them as much

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:38:12 GMT

And India still a mighty struggle

Vodafone's UK reputation is improving thanks to network improvements, the company said, pointing to a higher net promoter score as it revealed its results today.…

Dump X of your crew, DXC Technologies UK told. Hundreds face axe AGAIN

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:26:11 GMT

'Please stop leaking info to The Reg,' says UK boss

Exclusive Less than four months after DXC Technologies was created and the Frankenfirm is already embarking on a second round of jobs cuts, with hundreds of frontline support techies earmarked for the chop.…

User filed fake trouble tickets to take helpful sysadmin to lunches

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:33:09 GMT

Reg reader was shouted at for a problem the customer created, but won his respect and apologies

On-Call Hey, hey, it's Friday! Which means frolicsome weekend fun is just a day away … if you can survive work and this week's instalment of On-Call, The Register's weekly column in which we recount readers' stories of jobs gone weird.…

ServiceNow stops over in Jakarta on its journey to AI-land

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 02:04:06 GMT

SaaS-y business process simplifier adds security chat rooms, cloud management and more to new release

ServiceNow's Jakarta release went live on Thursday, bringing with it plenty of new toys for IT departments and hints of artificially intelligent things to come.…

Toshiba's spat with WDC over chip biz is now a song of strife and ire

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:33:45 GMT

Court orders only prolong bid process, and winter is coming

Toshiba regained a right to lock WDC (SanDisk) employees from their joint-venture fab in Yokkaichi, Japan, reversing WDC's court-obtained Temporary Restraining Order, which was won earlier this month.…

Just look at our cloud sales, beams profit-sapped SAP

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:17:12 GMT

Boost to 2017 cloud guidance as revenue rises 29%

SAP has reported revenues of €5.8bn in the quarter ending June 30, up 10 per cent on the previous year’s figure.…

Uber, Twitter's legal eagles gather to wring claws about bro culture

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:31:08 GMT

Time to expand the brocabulary

Lawyers from Uber and Twitter spoke about ways to curb "bro culture" in the male-dominated world of Silicon Valley at an annual judicial conference this week.…

UK households hit by 1.8m computer misuse offences in a year

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:02:12 GMT

Stats show few report such crimes to cops

The number of incidents of computer misuse in England and Wales reached 1.8 million in the year up to March 2015, according to official crime statistics released today.…