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Cisco sheds Euro execs to 'evolve and simplify'... or, y'know, chop costs

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 09:33:11 GMT

All about making itself an organisation of the 'future'

Change seems to be the one constant at Cisco as it battles to maintain relevance amid the new ways tech is sold and consumed. With this in mind, it is initialising another restructure that has cost three execs their job.…

ThoughtWorks acquired by British private equiteers Apax

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 06:27:05 GMT

DevOps and digital transformation expertise seen as desirable investments

Software development consultancy ThoughtWorks has been acquired by “funds advised by Apax Partners”, a British venture capital and private equity outfit.…

Google's $8.5m class-action privacy payout goes to: Lawyers' alma maters, web giant's pals

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:48:25 GMT

Basically: Not you, just 'the usual suspects'

The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has narrowly approved an $8.5m Google payout for privacy violations following a lengthy argument over who should receive the money.…

Bad data and new IT system bugs help knock 66% off Provident Financial share price

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:15:08 GMT

Sub-prime loan firm goes titsup, CEO resigns in disgrace

Software bugs and bad data in a new one-platform-to-rule-them-all IT system contributed heavily to British sub-prime loan firm Provident Financial going into near meltdown.…

Toshiba, Western Digital talking again but they'd better agree lickety-split

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:10:09 GMT

Pair chase deal on flash stakes sale before month's out

Toshiba has restarted talks with Western Digital Corporation about buying its flash joint-venture interests after their CEOs met in Tokyo.…

Spotify cleared of exposing kids to self-love innuendo in TV spot

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:04:07 GMT

Ad regulator says kids unlikely to watch Britain's Got Talent

Spotify has been cleared of exposing children to sexual and masturbatory innuendos because the Advertising Standards Authority thinks Britain's Got Talent is unlikely to be watched by kids.…

UK taxman forks out to parents after glitch smacks child benefits site

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:01:10 GMT

HMRC: But we got less than 1,500 complaints about the tech…

The UK government has resorted to manually issuing childcare payments, and has paid out £45,000 in compensation, after technical glitches meant parents couldn’t access their accounts on a new childcare benefits website.…

Microsoft, Apple cough up MEEELLIONS after Australian tax audits

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:58:10 GMT

Google still enjoying its Irish sandwich

Nice work if you can get it: Microsoft has told Australia's Senate committee into Corporate Tax Avoidance that it's negotiated how much of its hard-earned cash it'll fork over to the Australian Taxation Office.…

Salesforce CEO: We're doing great because everyone else in CRM sucks

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:02:01 GMT

Loafing competitors are 'horrible,' says Benioff

Chalk up another big quarter for SaaS icon, as the cloud CRM provider saw revenues jump by 26 per cent year-over-year.…

Australian telcos promise to be better NBN helpers

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:45:54 GMT

Just like they always promise to stop having rubbish customer service

Faced with an escalating crisis of consumer dissatisfaction over the National Broadband Network rollout, the federal government called an all-hands meeting in Canberra at which everybody promised to do better.…

Oracle has to pay top sales rep stiffed out of $250,000, US court rules

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:25:31 GMT

Attempt to undo arbitration award gets nixed by judge

Oracle's effort to avoid paying star sales rep Felicia Wilson an arbitration award of more than $250,000 has been rejected [PDF] by a judge in New York.…

Canadian outsourcer CGI to Nordic BI biz: Fancy €98m cold ones, eh?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:12:08 GMT

Affecto's 1k staff to merge with CGI if all-cash deal goes through

Canadian outsourcer CGI has made an all-cash offer for the Northern European data analytics firm Affecto.…

Fujitsu looking to flog its smartphones biz – report

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:41:40 GMT

How's that 'digital transformation' going?

For its latest "digital transformation", Fujitsu is trying to sell off its mobile phone business, according to reports.…

Sofa-jockeys given crack at virtual Formula 1 world championship

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:27:05 GMT

This whole 'Esport' thing looks serious – for games developers looking to boost sales

Formula 1 has announced it's getting into “e-sports”, the preferred phrase for competitive computer gaming, with a new “Formula 1 Esports Series” that will see a virtual F1 champion crowned later this year.…

Security outfit Root9B on the brink after default, may de-list

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:28:12 GMT

Listed company's creditors are circling so it's auctioning assets

Colorado security startup Root9B is teetering on the edge, with its creditors sending over a foreclosure nastygram after it defaulted last week.…

German court reveals reason for Europe-wide patent system freeze

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:00:09 GMT

Was it the EPO? Brexit? Insufficient support? Yes

The German federal court has finally revealed why it ordered a halt to the ratification of the Europe-wide Unitary Patent Court.…

Groundhog Day! ACCC again calls for truth in broadband advertising

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:20:55 GMT

100 Mbps? Call it the 60 Mbps customers might actually experience at peak hour

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has fired off its latest salvo in its decades-long argument with the telco industry about internet speed claims in Australia, telling them to advertise typical speeds rather than theoretical maxima.…

China's cyber court opens for business; a gavel-free zone?

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:39:47 GMT

Focus is to be specifically on online cases

China has just opened a new court that will solely deal with internet-related cases.…

Bizzby balls-up: Handyman app spams customer's details to world+dog

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:02:12 GMT

Reuben from Hartlepool, today's your unlucky day

Handyman-finding UK app Bizzby appears to have sent a number of people an unsolicited email containing the full name and address of one of its subscribers.…

IT reseller Misco UK shutters warehouse and distie centre

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:34:00 GMT

Clawing its way out of the red

Misco is shuttering its UK warehouse and distribution centre in Greenock, Scotland, in a bid to drag the P&L accounts out of the red.…

The sky is blue, water is wet and UK PC shipments are down

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:01:10 GMT

Political uncertainty blamed for crap Q2

Brexit and the general election were highlighted by Gartner as being among the reasons why the good folk of Britain purchased far fewer PCs in Q2.… to treat online abuse as seriously as IRL hate crime

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:25:11 GMT

Think twice before you fire that foul-mouthed Twitter tirade

The UK's Crown Prosecution Service has pledged to tackle online abuse with the same seriousness as it does hate crimes committed in the flesh.…

Energy firm slapped with £50k fine for making 1.5 million nuisance calls

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:49:13 GMT

Telephone Preference Service – check it or feel the ICO's wrath

A UK firm offering people energy-saving solutions has been fined after making almost 1.5 million unsolicited calls without checking if the numbers were registered on the UK's opt-out database.…

GitHub's CEO resigns. Again. Without scandal, after fixing messes

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 02:04:31 GMT

Chris Wanstrath will lead the search for his replacement, then do product dev and test

Chris Wanstrath plans to end his second stint as GitHub CEO by leading the search for his replacement.…

Trump upgrades Cyber Command, may sideline NSA in future

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:58:09 GMT

New status puts cyber-ops on same plane as regional commands and global special ops efforts

United States president Donald Trump upgraded the U.S. Cyber Command to the status of a “Unified Combatant Command”.…

Daily Stormer booted off internet again, this time by Namecheap

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 22:48:17 GMT

CEO says he's made 'right decision for the human race' but created 'an existential threat for our company'

White supremacist web site The Daily Stormer has been booted off the internet, again.…

Wisconsin advances $3bn bribe incentives package for Foxconn

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:21:54 GMT

And only $230,000 a head out of the public purse!

Wisconsin has moved forward a $3bn incentives package to lure manufacturing giant Foxconn to the US state.…

Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:46:37 GMT

And what finer company than Uber to make that clear

You may never read those lengthy terms and conditions attached to every digital download or app but, in America at least, they are legally binding. Sorry.…

Microsoft president exits US govt's digital advisory board as tech leaders quit over Trump

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:49:55 GMT

Plus: Steve Bannon fired from White House

Updated Tech leaders today resigned from the US government's digital economy advisory board over President Trump's inability to unequivocally condemn racists.…

Infosys CEO quits, citing 'untenable atmosphere' created by critics

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:25:12 GMT

Former SAP man Vishal Sikka bails but will be interim CEO's boss

Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka has resigned, effective immediately, but neither he nor the company's board are happy he's going.…

Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:58:06 GMT

And had suits savage an utterly innocent sysadmin for his own ignorance

On-Call Friday means a few things at El Reg: a new BOFH. A couple of beers. And another instalment of On-Call, our weekly column in which we take reader-contributed tales of being asked to do horrible things for horrible people, scrub them up and hope you click.…

Lenovo expects data centre profits in two years, if it can fix China

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:57:04 GMT

For now the company is just happy with growth for the first time since buying IBM's servers

Lenovo has reported flat quarter-on-quarter revenue, but is content to have achieved that as it reflects stabilisation in its data centre and mobile businesses.…

Australian money cops gain powers to regulate cryptocurrency

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:06:14 GMT

Money laundering and terror finance laws will stretch to cover digi-dollars

Australia has decided digital currencies need the same level of regulation enjoyed by other currencies.…

Tomorrow, DreamHost will square up to US DoJ to avoid handing over 1.3m IP addresses of anti-Trump site visitors

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:32:16 GMT

Data demand 'breaks First and Fourth Amendments'

Efforts by US prosecutors to identify up to 1.3 million people who accessed an anti-Trump protest website is unconstitutional, a court will hear on Friday.…

FYI: Web ad fraud looks really bad. Like, really, really bad. Bigly bad

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:47:57 GMT

Except at quality titles like El Reg, of course, cough

John Wanamaker, an American department store merchant who died almost a century ago, is noted for saying: "Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half."…

London cops urged to scrap use of 'biased' facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:01:05 GMT

Year-on-year deployment isn’t really a trial, say privacy groups

London's Metropolitan Police have been urged to back down on plans to once again use facial recognition software at next weekend's Notting Hill Carnival.…

HPE sales chief Peter Ryan abandons ship amid downsizing ploy

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:28:13 GMT

CSO said to have quit to spend more time with family in UK

HPE global sales chieftan Peter Ryan has quit the company after just over a year of relentless travel away from his family in the UK.…

Singapore court awards $2.9m over bad job reference

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:05:13 GMT

Damages calculated on potential earnings

Singapore's High Court has awarded S$4m* dollars ($2.9m, £2.25m) to a former insurance agent after a letter of reference lost him a potential new job.…

Nine months and a lot more b*llocks to go before new EU data protection rules kick in

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:42:08 GMT

Info commish hits back at fake GDPR news

The UK’s information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has apparently become so infuriated with inaccurate claims about incoming data protection rules that she is penning a series of blogposts to “bust the myths”.…

Defra recruiting 1,400 policy wonks to pick up the pieces after Brexit

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:03:04 GMT

Prising IT systems from decades of EU lawmaking

Exclusive Defra – the UK government's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs – is hiring 1,400 "business policy" folk so it can untangle itself from Europe after Brexit, according to multiple insiders.…

Ads regulator raps PC repair biz for massaging malware infection rates

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:00:05 GMT

Stop running that or we'll say stop again, so help me god

An online PC repair shop was yesterday given a small ticking off by the Advertising Standards Agency – the UK's notoriously gummy marketing watchdog – for claiming that one in three PCs are blighted by malware on a daily basis.…

Scrutiny? We've heard of it. Dot-UK supremo Nominet goes dark

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:01:12 GMT

Even limited board reports now scrapped in favor of worthless 'updates'

The operator of the .uk top-level domain, Nominet, has become the latest internet registry to vote itself into greater secrecy.…

Cisco security sales disappoint, DRAM drought dents results

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:31:05 GMT

It's okay, though, we've got an iPhone app coming soon says CEO Chuck

For a couple of years now, Cisco has said its future lies in selling more software, but it's not quite working out as planned.…

New MH370 analysis again suggests plane came down outside search area

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:33:16 GMT

French satellite photos suggest something man-made floated beyond search zones

New analysis of images thought to depict wreckage from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 suggest the Boeing 777 came down to the north of the area searched during efforts to find the plane.…

Following flat financials, Telstra pins hopes on NBN renegotiation

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 02:19:38 GMT

Fat dividends that investors love to be diluted, fibre backbone upgrade imminent

Expect more layoffs at Telstra, happening faster: in response to the changes wrought by the National Broadband Network on its business, Australia's colossal carrier has decided to bring forward its cost-cutting programs by a year.…

Cloudflare: We dumped Daily Stormer not because they're Nazis but because they said we love Nazis

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:47:25 GMT

Hey, hey, It's cool, Matt, 'they're Nazis' is reason enough

Cloudflare has explained why it made a rare exception to its strident free-speech policy in its decision to cut ties with white supremacist cesspit Daily Stormer.…

President Trump to his council of industry CEO buddies: You're fired!

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:12:56 GMT

Don't worry, Donald – Dell-EMC-VMware-RSA still has your back

Updated Facing mass defections from CEOs repulsed by President Donald Trump's weak handling of fascists marching in America's streets, the White House has disbanded its manufacturing council.…

PayPal, accused of facilitating neo-Nazi rally, promises to deny hate groups service

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:58:09 GMT

Charlottesville events force biz to defend acceptable use policy

PayPal has vowed to pull its online payment services from sites linked to hate, violence and intolerance in wake of the weekend's tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia.…

Pssst, wanna know a secret? MongoDB has confidentially filed for IPO, reports suggest

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:57:11 GMT

Oracle-chaser expected to go public later this this year

NoSQL business MongoDB has filed confidentially for IPO, according to reports.…

Web-enabled vibrator class action put to bed

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:33:13 GMT

The plaintiffs must be buzzing

The case against sex toy maker We-Vibe, which agreed to pay out $3.75m for tracking owners' use, has finally been put to bed, with a judge yesterday signing off the settlement.…