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Java Daddy James Gosling goes to work for Amazon Web Services

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:58:08 GMT

He left Oracle years ago so this is no biggie, but clearly cloud is where big brains want to roost

Java creator James Gosling has announced he now works for Amazon Web Services.…

Bloodbath at LeEco US as Chinese tech upstart implodes with layoffs

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:17:34 GMT

Kiss goodbye to that Android bike and Transformers car

It has all gone pear-shaped for Chinese conglomerate LeEco after the firm told nearly 70 per cent of its US staff that their services will no longer be required.…

Uber found to be doing something awful? Yep, it's Tuesday

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:49:36 GMT

Dial-a-ride house admits underpaying New York drivers

Uber said today that it will hand drivers back pay that could add up to tens of millions of dollars.…

Republicans' net neutrality attack written by… you guessed it, the cable lobby

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:13:02 GMT

Metadata confirms what we all suspected

A "toolkit" provided to House Republicans to defend US comms watchdog the FCC's recent decision to tear up net neutrality rules was written by the cable lobby.…

Capita and Birmingham City Council 'dissolve' joint venture

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:03:08 GMT

Won't somebody think of the savings? Oh, they have, and now the dream has died

The long-running and highly criticised joint venture between Capita and Birmingham, England, City Council is being rubbed out, reportedly saving taxpayers around £44m.…

Widow appeals to Avaya to protect death benefits after bankruptcy filing

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:04:07 GMT

Telco argues payment isn't covered by reorg scheme

The widow of an Avaya employee has said the troubled UK telco should not terminate her death benefits following its bankruptcy filing in January.…

Nokia, Apple lawyers make peace over nasty IP wrangle

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:56:56 GMT

Unspecified lump sum heading for Finland

Nokia and Apple have made peace after a brief but vituperative legal stand-off. The two settled all their outstanding issues over intellectual property rights, with an unspecified lump sum heading from California to Finland, as well as royalties.…

Euro Patent Office staff warns board of internal rule changes

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:30:08 GMT

King Battistelli is at it again

The central staff committee of the European Patent Office has sent a letter to the organization's board warning it of proposed changes that would further undermine their rights.…

PayPal peed off about Pandora's 'P' being mistaken for its 'PP'

Tue, 23 May 2017 01:25:31 GMT

PayPal says Pandora can't make cash without cashing in on its fame

LOGOWATCH LEGAL PayPal has filed a lawsuit against streaming music service Pandora, alleging that the latter's stylised single “P” logo is so similar to the payment company's “PP” logo that it's designed to get punters confusing the two.…

Google leak-hunting team put under unwelcome spotlight

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:53:21 GMT

Lawsuit reveals ominous warnings from former government special agent

"If you're considering sharing confidential information to a reporter – or to anyone externally – for the love of all that's Googley, please reconsider! Not only could it cost you your job, but it also betrays the values that makes us a community."…

Supreme Court closes court-shopping loophole for patent trolls

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:09:48 GMT

Things are about to get very quiet in Eastern Texas

The US Supreme Court has issued a ruling that could block patent-holding firms from seeking out friendly courts to hear their infringement claims.…

Scheming copyright scam lawyer John Steele disbarred in Illinois

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:33:59 GMT

Justice coming for Prenda Law

Notorious copyright troll and scammer John Steele of Prenda Law has been disbarred by the Illinois Supreme Court.…

SoftBank-Saudi fund raises world's biggest tech pot at $93bn

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:29:13 GMT

AI, robotics fund definitely won't trigger the singularity *twitch*

The world's biggest tech fund backed by Japan's SoftBank Group has raised $93bn (£71bn) which it intends to plough into AI and robotics.…

Ding-ding-ding. Round 2 of Toshiba Memory biz bid fight. Where the heck is WDC?

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:30:03 GMT

4 fighters in the ring... but Western Dig could still jump in

+Comment There are four bidders for Toshiba’s Memory Business and WDC isn’t one of them.…

No nudity please, we're killing ourselves: Advice to Facebook mods leaks

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:54:08 GMT

What's allowed and what isn't

A large quantity of Facebook's advice for its English-language content moderators* has been obtained and published by The Guardian newspaper, giving insight into how it handles material on the site.…

Project Gollum: Because NHS Caring means NHS Sharing

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:33:52 GMT

How we will save the NHS from cyber-ransom

¡Bong! Even over Skype, the weeping of the National Health Service's Chief Transformation Officer could be heard even over the sound of the breaking waves here on Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman.…

Japan (lightly) regulates high-frequency algorithmic trading

Mon, 22 May 2017 01:58:09 GMT

It's more than half of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, but just who's doing what is hard to say

Japan has decided it's high time it got a grip on just who is conducting high-frequency algorithmic trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.…

Cook fights for life after Google summit blaze

Fri, 19 May 2017 22:02:09 GMT

Don't worry, no programmers were harmed, says web ads giant

Google I/O A kitchen worker remains in critical condition after suffering life-threatening injuries from a blaze at the annual Google I/O developer conference on Thursday.…

Wow, someone managed to make money on Fitbit stock – oh, 'fraudulently'

Fri, 19 May 2017 21:29:37 GMT

Bloke accused of setting up bogus share-trading biz in pump-and-dump scam

While Fitbit investors may be weeping over the wearable upstart's slumped share price, at least one person made out like a bandit on the stock, allegedly.…

Broadcom bid for Toshiba Memory Business – report

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:57:13 GMT

Bain and KKR also get stuck into Tosh flash biz sale

Broadcom is gearing up to deliver a $20bn (2.2 trillion yen) bid for Toshiba’s Memory Business, reports Bloomberg.…

DXC Technology looks to lighten the payroll six weeks after launch

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:01:10 GMT

Normal service resumes for trigger-happy CSC and HPE Ent Services

It was only a matter of time before DXC Technology – the corporate pile-up between CSC and HPE’s former Enterprise Services division – began using staff cuts to lighten the overheads. And so it begins.…

Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:00:10 GMT

Probe suspended after prosecutors tire of waiting for Wikileaks boss to come out

Updated Sweden's director of public prosecutions has today suspended an investigation into Julian Assange regarding rape allegations.…

IBM CEO Ginni flouts £75 travel crackdown, rides Big Blue chopper

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:54:07 GMT

Hursley R&D team do their part to entertain Rometty

IBM’s glorious leader Ginni Rometty – also known in some corners as the axe woman – this week cocked a snook to the corporate directive on travel restrictions by flying into the Hursley-based R&D centre in a Big Blue chopper.…

Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

Fri, 19 May 2017 07:37:40 GMT

Fleshy VMs, voices in your head and asking what the scammer is wearing also work

ON-CALL If it's Friday, it must be time for On-Call, our weekly column that recounts readers experiences of being asked to dodgy jobs at dodgy times for dodgy reasons.…

Plutus Payroll clients and staff fell for plausible business model fairy tales

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:57:41 GMT

Free payroll service claimed to make money with commissions and short term loans

Fallen Australian payroll-services-for-contractors company Plutus Payroll convinced clients and staff that it had hit upon a business model let it fund free payroll services with clever money market plays, commission deals with financial services companies and by selling workers' details to marketers.…

UK Tory party pledges 'digital' charter, wants Verify to back online gov

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:34:12 GMT

We read the manifesto so you don’t have to…

The Conservatives have pledged to introduce a digital charter in the party's manifesto today, which also rehashes a number of familiar-sounding ideas about “digital by default” government and backs the failing identity authentication platform Verify.…

ICO probes use of data analytics by politicos following Brexit vote

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:30:04 GMT

Parties warned to follow rules ahead of General Election

The UK's Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has opened a formal investigation into the use of big data analysis during the Brexit referendum.… plans to overhaul £6bn in big IT deals 'watered down'

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:27:07 GMT

Brexit and loss of oversight casts doubt on reform agenda – sources

The British government's plans to overhaul £6bn in large IT contracts expiring within the next three years have fallen by the wayside, according to sources.…

EC fines Facebook €110m for 'misleading' data on WhatsApp deal

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:42:31 GMT

'Errors' in 2014 filings 'not intentional', apparently

The European Commission has fined Facebook €110m (£94.4m) for giving misleading or incorrect information about its takeover of messaging giant WhatsApp.…

Chelsea Manning leaves prison, heads straight for booze and pizza

Thu, 18 May 2017 03:59:07 GMT

Julian Assange tweets his delight, but nothing on his promise to visit the USA

As expected, leaker extraordinaire Chelsea Manning has left the United States Army's Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, after her sentence was commuted in the last days of Barack Obama's presidency.…

Cisco to fire another 1,100 after sixth straight revenue fall

Thu, 18 May 2017 02:16:07 GMT

Trumpian chaos and router collapse clip Switchzilla's wings, again

Administrative chaos in America has put a dent in Cisco's financials, and the company has announced its intention to cut another 1,100 jobs.…

Australian privacy commissioner flags new data mining rules for government agencies

Thu, 18 May 2017 01:55:15 GMT

Centrelink's buggy “Robodebt” program to get another audit

Australia's Department of Human Services (DHS) might have given itself a clean bill of health over its notorious “Robodebt” data-matching program, but Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim wants to check it out for himself.…

nbn™ needs copper to build FTTN: another 15,000 km of it

Thu, 18 May 2017 01:27:47 GMT

Some greenfields won't get fibre, company tells Senate

Remediating and backfilling copper networks for Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) was always going to need new copper, and now Australians know how much: 15,000 kilometres.…

Payroll-for-contractors company named at centre of AU$165m tax scam scheme

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:59:42 GMT

Plutus Payroll's owners arrested, aircraft seized, tax office suspends senior staff … and tech contractors sweat

When Australian payroll-for-contractors outfit Plutus Payroll stopped paying its customers, several pointed out that the company looked too good to be true – because it did not charge for its services. And now we know why: the biz has been named at the centre of an AU$165 million (US$122.5m, £94.5m) fraud against the Commonwealth of Australia.…

US court decision will destroy the internet, roar Google, Facebook et al

Wed, 17 May 2017 18:56:58 GMT

Effort to redraw online copyright rules receives furious response

Internet giants Google, Facebook and a wide range of organizations from Pinterest to Kickstarter to Wikimedia have responded furiously to a recent decision by the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that could have huge liability implications for online companies.…

Taking a bite out of our profit, Apple? Let's get legal, says Qualcomm

Wed, 17 May 2017 16:33:05 GMT

Files complaint over claims contract makers withholding license payments

Qualcomm is suing Chinese iPhone and iPad contract makers it says have stopped paying it royalties at the behest of Apple.…

Made for each other! IBM awarded $700m outsourcing gig to cut costs at transport giant

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:33:09 GMT

If you want to slash overheads, you're learning from the best

Beleaguered Canadian train and plane giant Bombardier has signed a six-year $700m contract with IBM to outsource tech management and, er, cut costs – something Big Blue has expended considerable effort doing itself.…

ICO fines telco £100k for 3.2m mobile phone text spamhammer

Wed, 17 May 2017 10:25:06 GMT

Over 1k complain about free tablets, smartwatches wheeze

The Information Commissioner's Office has fined Fareham telco Onecom Limited £100,000 for sending spam texts.…

US judges say you can Google Google, but you can't google Google

Tue, 16 May 2017 23:52:48 GMT

The Chocolate Factory is spared the aspirin treatment by the 9th District Court

Google has won the rights to keep its name a proper trademark after a US court found its search engine is not quite ubiquitous enough to be considered a generic term.…

Virtual reality upstart UploadVR allegedly had in-house 'kink room,' drugs, rampant sexism

Tue, 16 May 2017 21:52:32 GMT

Post-Uber, more claims of tech bros gone wild

Updated A female former employee suing UploadVR for discrimination and sexual harassment has filed documents containing lurid goings-on at the virtual reality cheerleader.…

ZeniMax: Thanks for the $500m, Oculus. How about you, Samsung?

Tue, 16 May 2017 20:16:02 GMT

Sueball-slinging biz kicks off new VR tech legal assault

The company that successfully sued Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus for $500m has now set its sights on another giant: Samsung.…

Vodafone loses €6bn mainly due to Indian biz writeoff

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:36:09 GMT

UK market remains particularly poor performer

Vodafone has reported a substantial loss of €6.1bn (£5.2bn) during its full-year results 2016/17, mainly due to a writedown of its Indian business.…

How to reward an IBM exec for lower sales and shrinking profits? Promotion

Tue, 16 May 2017 08:57:44 GMT

David must be stoked by his corporate elevation from UK boss seat to Europe

IBM’s UK overlord David Stokes is getting his just deserts for presiding over a sustained period of sliding sales and plummeting profits - he’s being promoted.…

IBM's pension fund sells most of its IBM shares

Tue, 16 May 2017 07:27:09 GMT

Also dumps Apple, Intel and Microsoft, plus plenty more. But it's not a good look

IBM's pension fund has sold most of its shares in IBM.…

Ireland to make revenge porn, cyberstalking criminal acts

Tue, 16 May 2017 07:05:09 GMT

Emerald Isle catches up with modern technology

The Irish government is planning to make the most unpleasant online acts criminal offences.…

German court set to rule on legality of IP address harvesting

Tue, 16 May 2017 05:36:09 GMT

German government stores IP addresses of visitors, Pirate Party lawyer wants that to stop

Germany's federal court is set to hand down a ruling about the legality of storing IP addresses.…

Australia considers joining laptops-on-planes ban

Tue, 16 May 2017 04:03:37 GMT

Security partners have chatted to PM Turnbull and the idea is under consideration

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has said the nation is considering signing up for the laptops-on-planes ban imposed by the United States and United Kingdom.…

Intel, Samsung join Apple, FTC firing squad against rival Qualcomm

Mon, 15 May 2017 21:57:39 GMT

Two more chip heavyweights enter the patent fray

Add Intel and Samsung to the mix of companies siding against Qualcomm in its battle with US trade watchdog the FTC over alleged dodgy patent licensing.…

Lib Dems pledge to end 'Orwellian' snooping powers in manifesto

Mon, 15 May 2017 11:32:45 GMT

Only caveat is they need to actually get in power...

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to end the "Orwellian nightmare" of mass-snooping powers in the Investigatory Powers Act ahead of their manifesto launch.…

VMware's user groups fuming again, consider deposing leaders

Mon, 15 May 2017 04:02:29 GMT

VMUGs placed under new Dell umbrella without consultation

VMware's user groups are fuming at being brought under Dell's wing without consultation, and some group leaders are considering action against the leaders of the organisation overseeing the groups.…