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As ad boycott picks up pace, Google knows it doesn't have to worry

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:38:10 GMT

Why the agencies will come crawling back

Analysis Several US-based advertisers have now suspended their advertising with YouTube, following over 200 pull-outs in the UK and Europe. Google had run big brand advertising on hate videos including jihadist groups. Johnson & Johnson, Verizon, AT&T are the latest to hit pause, or withdraw ad budgets from YouTube altogether. AT&T is one of the top-five advertisers in the US, the New York Times notes. In 2015 it was the third biggest spender with $3.3bn across all media, according to AdAge.…

Lloyds Banking Group to hang up on call centre staffers

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:27:08 GMT

95 people at risk so far

Call centre staff at Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) are to be axed in the latest expenses purge, company insiders have told us.…

Three to lawyer up unless Ofcom intervenes in spectrum market

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:32:06 GMT

If we can't buy O2, they must give us MOAR SPECTRUM

Three has renewed calls on Ofcom to intervene in the UK's mobile spectrum market, warning it could lawyer up unless the regulator curbs the proportion of airwaves owned by Vodafone and BT's EE in the forthcoming auction.…

Strike that: 17,000 AT&T workers down tools in California, Nevada

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:48:05 GMT

I dreamed I called Joe Hill last night

More than 17,000 workers for AT&T belonging to the Communications Workers of America downed tools and went on strike in California and Nevada on Wednesday after restructuring talks broke down.…

Calling your redundancy programme Baccarat? Immense Bummer, Management

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:48:21 GMT

That's cold, IBM

Word reaches us of Project Baccarat*, IBM’s latest redundancy programme for staffers in the Infrastructure Services Delivery division.…

Hutch's Three UK users ripping through over 6GB a month

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:53:37 GMT

Looks 'forward to the next spectrum auction'. Yep, sounds about right

Three UK's mobile users are ripping through well over 6GB of data a month, prompting questions on whether the increase is sustainable.…

Plusnet slapped with £880k fine for billing ex customers

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:24:05 GMT

You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave

Broadband provider Plusnet has been slapped with a £880,000 fine from UK comms watchdog Ofcom for continuing to bill former customers.…

London councils seek assurance over Capita's India offshoring plans

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:00:05 GMT

Half of system support engineers put at risk in one authority

London councils with Capita contracts have sought assurances from the outsourcing business that they will not be affected by its plans to offshore jobs to India.…

King Battistelli's swish penthouse office the Euro Patent Office doesn't want you to see

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:57:07 GMT

Architect proudly displays work for EPO president, gets told to take it down

Pics Very few people have seen the 10th floor of the European Patent Office's ISAR building in Munich since it's been renovated – and for good reason.…

Uber bans 'brilliant jerks', will train staff on Why Diversity Matters

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:33:08 GMT

Maybe we're stupid jerks: company reports record rider traffic in 2017

Throughout its recent sexism and scofflaw scandals, Uber hasn't denied that its culture has some invidious aspects.…

Startup offers $10,000 to Silicon Valley techies … who will leave Bay Area

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:21:16 GMT

High cost of peninsula leads to 'de-location' offer

A startup is offering workers a hefty sign-on bonus – if they move out of the San Francisco Bay Area.…

Wang, bang, thank you, mang: Acer exec off to sell PCs for Lenovo

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:02:12 GMT

Now, how to do that in a stagnant market?

The wonderfully named Marco Grieco Wang-Andresen, number two EMEA exec at Acer, is floating across to run rival PC maker Lenovo's ops in the same territory, El Reg can confirm.…

Sage loses 'trail-blazing' executive after less than six months

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:24:48 GMT

De Rojas to have 're-energised' regional business

British software giant Sage has lost a “trail-blazing” executive brought in to help oversee the transition to cloud from on-prem after less than six months.…

Info Commish marks own homework, says it didn't break law over Prince Charles request

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:00:11 GMT

So that's OK then, nothing to see here

The UK Information Commissioner has cleared the Information Commissioner of an alleged failure to apply Freedom of Information laws correctly, following an investigation into itself.…

Google's stock rating downgraded as YouTube ad boycott contagion goes global

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:34:13 GMT

Advertisers, please help us build a better swamp

Google has responded to a contagious YouTube advertising boycott which yesterday prompted a downgrade on Wall Street.…

ICO scolds UK councils: GDPR is coming. Are you ready? Pop quiz says you're not

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:44:14 GMT

Privacy impact assessments? Anyone? Bueller?

Councils in the UK have work to do ahead of the EU's General Data Protection Regulations, according to the Information Commissioner's Office's department for good practice.…

Plans to force ISPs to filter content branded 'disproportionate'

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:39:14 GMT

Industry bods not keen on Blighty's mandatory filtering

UK government proposals to force internet service providers into blocking content inappropriate for children with filters have been branded "disproportionate" by the industry's representative group.…

Home Office admits it's preparing to accept EU ruling on surveillance

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:58:05 GMT

Doesn't say it's going to, just that it is preparing to do so...

The UK Home Office has acknowledged that it is preparing to accept a landmark EU ruling from last year which restated that access to retained data must only be given in cases of serious crime, unlike the range of cases provided for under the new Investigatory Powers Act.…

Outgoing HPE workers stripped of gym cards and cushy remnants

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:35:04 GMT

If only there was some way to work out these frustrations...

HPE is ensuring that no unpleasant memories linger for Enterprise Services staff being booted to DXC Technology by informing them they are no longer entitled to membership to the employee discount scheme.…

New Zealand puts the bite on Apple over taxes

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 02:04:12 GMT

Australia, of all places, is a tax haven for Apple New Zealand

New Zealand has joined the international criticism of Apple's tax arrangements, with NZ$4.2 billion worth of sales over ten years yielding zero tax in the country.…

Safe, staffers? We'll let you know

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:53:05 GMT

Access Group exec: We'll be buddies if you survive the redundancy scheme

Staff at Safe Computing - Britain’s nearest equivalent to Workday - are feeling anything but secure about their livelihoods after reading a proposal by their new owner to axe some jobs.…

Cheap calls gateway operator has been on bail for 7 years

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:37:08 GMT

Kent man faces Wireless Telegraphy Act charges

A Kent man has been on bail for seven years over allegations he operated a GSM gateway which allowed consumers to get cheaper calls abroad.…

FCA straps on rubber gloves, eyes Redcentric's accounting mess

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:55:08 GMT

Second regulator to probe MSP

The Financial Conduct Authority is to probe the accounting screw-up at Redcentric that was made public last autumn when the firm admitted to overstating assets and understating net debts by millions of pounds.…

Google promises policy review after several big brands pull YouTube ads

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:00:09 GMT

Wow, who knew? Clients don't like to be associated with jihadis and racists

Google has promised a review of its ad policy on YouTube after a backlash from blue-chip advertisers. It follows a series of reports by The Times demonstrating big brand ads running over content that breaches YouTube guidelines, such as jihadist videos and other inflammatory or racist material.…

MI5 man to steer GCHQ as Trump wiretapping saga continues

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:56:19 GMT

Jeremy 'easy to work with' Fleming is incoming

Jeremy Fleming, the deputy director-general of MI5, is to helm GCHQ following the surprise resignation of Robert Hannigan this January.…

The world's leading privacy pros talk GDPR with El Reg

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:28:10 GMT

US law, EU law and post-Brexit what'll UK do law

Interview You know, we know, everyone knows… the EU's General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect May of next year for every member of the European Union, and that will include the United Kingdom.…

Uber president quits, says company's values inconsistent with his own leadership style

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:30:04 GMT

Jeff Jones jumps joins #deleteuber movement

Uber's president Jeff Jones has joined the #deleteuber movement because he's come to realise the company's values aren't compatible with his own.…

Effort to fire Euro Patent Office president beaten back – again

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:02:11 GMT

Tactical victory for Battistelli and chair as org falls back on status quo

A determined effort to take action against the president of the European Patent Office, Benoit Battistelli, has faltered again thanks to some strategic maneuvering by his defenders.…

'Australia Card 2.0' is dead: Government ditches plan for one ID to rule them all

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:29:34 GMT

If you want 45 IDs for 45 government services, go ahead says minister Taylor

Australia's federal government is sticking with its plans for a federated identity service, but disruption minister Angus Taylor has moved to quell fears of a revived “Australia Card”*.…

Lyft drops $27m on the table to make annoying driver lawsuit go away

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:45:48 GMT

Settlement conveniently avoids deciding whether app-cabbies are employees

A federal judge has accepted a proposed $27m settlement to resolve a dispute between ride-sharing service Lyft and more than 200,000 current and former drivers in California.…

Europe will fine Twitter, Facebook, Google etc unless they rip up T&Cs

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:53:49 GMT

EC wants language that gives tech giants legal legroom torn down and replaced

The European Commission is threatening to fine Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social networks unless they overhaul their terms and conditions to pull out legal escape clauses.…

Gov.UK pulls plug on its YouTube ads amid extremism concerns

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:56:42 GMT

Needs reassurances they'll be delivered in 'appropriate' way

The British government has suspended its ads from YouTube amid concerns the content is appearing against "inappropriate" material.…

GCHQ dismisses Trump wiretap rumours as tosh

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:54:46 GMT

Judge Shred

UK intelligence agency GCHQ has dismissed US reports - cited by the White House press secretary - that it was involved in running a surveillance operation on Donald Trump before last year's US election as "utterly ridiculous".…

User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:28:05 GMT

Plus: the PC that ate disks and was sated with sticky tape

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, The Register's weekly trawl through readers' memories of dealing with dim users or dangerous bosses, often at ridiculous times.…

Algorithms no excuse for cartel behaviour, says European commish

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:06:08 GMT

HGTTG's Deep Thought shouldn't be used for price-fixing

European Commissioner has urged competition enforcers to keep an eye out for cartels that use software “to work more effectively”, in a speech about algorithms and competition today.…

BT's Openreach to hire 1,500 engineers

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:38:10 GMT

Follows legal separation from Openreach last week

Just one week after Ofcom and BT came to an agreement on the future of Openreach, the broadband division has said it is hiring 1,500 engineers.… gears up for IR35 private sector crackdown – say industry folk

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:31:11 GMT

You can run, but you can't hide

The UK government is gearing up for a massive tax clampdown on private sector contractors, in an extension of its IR35 regime to hundreds of thousands of freelancers outside the public sector.…

How UK’s GDPR law might not be judged 'adequate'

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:02:15 GMT

If it has Data Protection Act's defects, all bets are off

Comment Since 2005, I have tried to use Freedom of Information legislation to find out what is behind the “ongoing” infraction proceedings, commenced by the European Commission against the UK. This is because the UK’s Data Protection Act (DPA) is, according to the Commission, a defective implementation of Directive 95/46/EC.…

Euro Patent Office hit with wave of anti-Battistelli letters

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:29:11 GMT

Will you please get rid of him, world+dog asks Admin Council

Another wave of letters condemning the controversial president of the European Patent Office, Benoit Battistelli, has been sent ahead of a meeting of the organization's Administrative Council this week in Munich.…

NetSuite-nourished Oracle: SaaS margins will go up to 80%

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 07:17:11 GMT

Fluffier bottom line after expensive cloud meal

Oracle thinks it's done the hard work as it transitions to become a cloud company and is now poised to convert swathes of its customers from software licences to SaaS and infrastructure-as-a-service subscriptions.…

Australian Taxation and Immigration depts fail infosec audits

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:16:59 GMT

They've had years to fix things up, but they can't even deliver on known best practice

Australia's Taxation Office, Department of Human Services and Department of Immigration and Border Protection are heavyweights of the public service, but only one has managed basic infosec protections on its systems.…

National Insurance tax U-turn: Philip Hammond nixes NIC uptick

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:25:05 GMT

Finds it's against own party's 2015 manifesto plans

Chancellor Philip Hammond is to scrap a planned hike in UK National Insurance Contributions (NIC) in an embarrassing U-turn today.…

Facebook, Google slammed for 'commercial prostitution'

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:01:08 GMT

MPs accuse social media firms of profiting from hate

Google, Twitter and Facebook were hauled over the coals by MPs yesterday in a select committee hearing in where they were accused of "having no shame" and engaging in "commercial prostitution".…

IBM could have made almost all the voluntary redundancies it needed

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:38:05 GMT

But... we didn't mean you! Darn it. We'll have to make compulsory layoffs

IBM UK could have almost filled its quota for voluntary redundancies in the Technical Services Support division given the number of folk that had put their hands up to leave, but will make some compulsory cuts instead.…

Apple accused of counter-revolutionary pricing in Russia

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 03:56:05 GMT

Tovarishch Cook accused of sending retailers to gulag unless they follow price list

Russia's anti-monopoly regulator has taken a bite out of Apple, finding that Cupertino's local outpost fixed iPhone prices in the country.…

US Marine Corps chiefs declare WAR on stolen sex snap sharing scum

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 23:44:13 GMT

'We have a problem and we intend to fix it'

Video In a hearing at the US Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington DC, the commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert Neller, promised swift action against those swapping pornographic pictures of his troops.…

DTA: isn't dead, it's resting. Or pivoting, as digi-hipsters say

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:23:15 GMT

Look over here! Federated identity! Secure cloud! User-centred design!

The former Digital Transformation Office's vaunted “” project collapsed because it duplicated work that other government departments were already doing for themselves, and didn't do what agencies wanted.…

Germany to Facebook, Twitter: We are *this* close to fining you €50m unless you delete fake news within 24 hours

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:30:30 GMT

And hate speech, too

The German government has formally proposed fining Facebook and Twitter up to €50m ($53m) for failing to remove slanderous fake news and hate speech within 24 hours.…

UK to block Kodi pirates in real-time: Saturday kick-off

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:06:08 GMT

But will it work? We're about to find out

Analysis Last week in the High Court, Justice Arnold agreed to a request from the Football Association and the Premier League, and supported by the BBC, amongst others, that broke new ground, technically and legally.…

Tech titan pals back up Google after 'foreign server data' FBI warrant ruling

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:33:38 GMT

Means providers'll be 'forced to violate foreign privacy law'

The kindly community of benevolent technology corporations has written to a Pennsylvania court to support Google as it fends off a warrant demanding information stored on overseas servers.…