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Audiophiles have really taken to the warm digital tone of streaming music

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:14:16 GMT

Revenues up 41 per cent, industry in 'recovery mode'

Streaming revenues rose 41 per cent to become the largest source of income for recorded music in 2017.…

Lenovo heading towards Hong Kong exchange index boot

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:42:13 GMT

Hang Seng stock price fall leaves vendor facing blue chip index chop

Lenovo is in danger of getting booted off the Hong Kong stock exchange's benchmark equity index because of its crashing share price.…

Whoops! Google forgot to delete Right To Be Forgotten search result

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:10:09 GMT

Until El Reg had a quiet word, that is

Exclusive Ten days after Google lost a Right To Be Forgotten judgment in London's High Court, one of the search results the judge ordered the search giant to delete was still online – until The Register asked Mountain View what it was doing there.…

State spy agencies 'outsource surveillance' to foreign partners – campaign group

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:53:09 GMT

Privacy International slams secret deals and 'dangerous lack of oversight'

There is a "dangerous lack of oversight" of global surveillance networks, Privacy International has said, warning that intelligence-sharing deals could become a way for states to "outsource surveillance".…

In not terrifying news at all, Google just keeps on growing: Revenue, profit, headcount up

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:55:12 GMT

Q1 tax rate plunge, cost of traffic to feed ad machine jumps

Google's parent company Alphabet has notched up another quarter (PDF) of swollen sales for Q1 2018, revealing the outcome of investments like its stake in Uber.…

IETF: GDPR compliance means caring about what's in your logfiles

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:02:11 GMT

Don't log too much, nor keep the files for too long, to stay on right side of Euro privacy rules

Sysadmins: while you're busy getting ready for the GDPR-regulated world, don't forget what your servers are storing in their logfiles.…

Petty PETA rapped by judges over monkey selfie copyright stunt

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:56:34 GMT

Animals can sue, but don't have the ability to file intellectual property lawsuits

A US appeals court has upheld a lower court's decision that a monkey can't own copyright.…

Shazam! The sound of EC shoving probe in Apple's plan to buy name-that-tune app

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:13:37 GMT

Show us your data says Euro Commish

The European Commission is causing Apple more angst by probing its acquisition of Shazam.…

Amazon and Netflix join Hollywood to lob sueball at 'Kodi' service SetTV

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:22:13 GMT

No surprise really

Silicon Valley has historically been at war with Hollywood, so Amazon and Netflix's membership of a studio-dominated anti-piracy alliance may raise eyebrows. But it shouldn't: Amazon and Netflix are big studios now in their own right, and Apple is expected to join them.…

UK's Department of Fun seeks data strategy head – experience not needed

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:14:32 GMT

Data, digital or tech knowledge 'not essential' for £66,665 role

The UK government appears to be under the impression that knowledge of data policy or the tech sector isn't a pre-requisite to become the head of data strategy in its digital department.…

UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:19:01 GMT

Repeated misuse of consumer champion's mugshot leads to defamation sueball

Consumer champion Martin Lewis, Britain’s Money Saving Expert, has declared he is suing Facebook for defamation over fake adverts featuring his face that repeatedly appear on the under-fire social network.…

Capita reports pre-tax LOSS of £515m for 2017

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:43:39 GMT

Sales won't rise for until 2020 says new broom. Share price rises

Britain's fave outsourcing badass Capita today reported a £513.7m pre-tax loss for 2017 and tapped investors for £701m in a rights issue that it will use to fund restructuring and toward paying down debts.…

McDonald's tells Atos to burger off: Da da da da da, we're lobbing IT ...

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:37:05 GMT

... support to a Capgemini call centre (and one in India)

Burger-flipping grease-monger McDonald's is ditching Atos and will instead buy IT support services from rival French integrator Capgemini, The Register can reveal.…

US sanctions on Turkey for Russia purchases could ground Brit F-35s

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:09:09 GMT

Oi, remember who you picked as our one-and-only engine supplier?

+Comment Uncle Sam has raised the possibility of sanctions against Turkey for buying Russian anti-aircraft missile systems – putting the UK's supply of overhauled F-35 fighter jet engines at risk.…

Citrix sues VDI challenger Workspot

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:27:10 GMT

Patents the pretence, cloudy control planes competition a more likely cause

Citrix has taken legal action against desktop virtualization challenger Workspot, alleging patent infringement and false and misleading public statements.…

Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:04:05 GMT

‘I was a snot-nosed kid fresh out of college and thought I knew everything!’

Who, me? Another working week beckons so once again let’s kick it off with a fresh instalment of Who, me? For those of you new to the column, it's The Register confessional for IT pros who broke things.…

Yahoo! dismemberment! begins! as! Oath! offloads! Flickr!

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:01:07 GMT

SmugMug now the proud owner of more than twenty billion photographs

Yahoo!’s photo-sharing service Flickr has been acquired by SmugMug.…

Ericsson's losses narrow, but its pulse is still weak

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 03:56:12 GMT

No, 5G won't ride to the rescue this year or next

Troubled Swedish vendor Ericsson has turned in another loss, but is hopeful that it's still closing in on its planned turnaround.…

Facebook privacy audit by auditors finds everything is awesome!

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:09:49 GMT

FTC's heavily redacted report says everything's hunky dory

The US Federal Trade Commission has released an audit of Facebook's privacy practices and it turns out there's nothing to worry about, at least as far as accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is concerned.…

Kaspersky Lab loses the privilege of giving Twitter ad money

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:06:47 GMT

Twitter's loss is the EFF's gain

Twitter says it will no longer run ads from beleaguered security vendor Kaspersky Lab.…

Creaky NHS digital infrastructure risks holding back gene boffinry, say MPs

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:21:15 GMT

Ask for clear budgets, better training and yup, public engagement

The state of the NHS's digital infrastructure and a lack of clear budgets risk holding back the UK’s efforts in genomic medicine and research, MPs have said.…

Government demands for people's personal info from Microsoft reach all-time low

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:59:09 GMT

Just 23k requests in first half of 2017, says Windows giant

Government requests for people's data from Microsoft fell to the all-time low of 23,000 in the last half of 2017, as Redmond's rate of rejecting the requests rose to a high of 17 per cent.…

EU under pressure to slap non-compliance notice on Google over pay-to-play 'remedy'

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:13:06 GMT

Comparison shopping websites won't use Chocolate Factory fix

Calls are mounting for the European Commission to issue a non-compliance notice against Google over attempts to address complaints about its market dominance.…

CEO insisted his email was on server that had been offline for years

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:57:12 GMT

When the dotcom bubble burst, the surviving techies learned the true meaning of just-in-time training

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, The Register’s Friday column in which readers share tales of tricky tech support tasks.…

ZTE to USA: Sure, ban us, but you cannot afford such victories

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:32:09 GMT

We’ve done everything you asked - even implemented SAP - pleads Chinese vendor

ZTE has hit back at the United States’ newly-imposed ban on American companies selling to the Chinese networking vendor.…

Will Dell eat VMware? Or will Carl Icahn snack on Dell? And where does Uber fit in? Yes, Uber!

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:16:10 GMT

Let’s get up to date on the crazy world of reverse mergers

The “what will Dell do to/with/for/about VMware” rumour mill has started spinning again.…

Qual-gone: 1,200+ axed from Snapdragon, Centriq giant Qualcomm

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:25:56 GMT

Chip designer pushes hundreds out the door in cost-cutting drive

Qualcomm says it is planning to eliminate more than 1,200 positions in an attempt to cut overhead costs.…

Facebook puts 1.5bn users on a boat from Ireland to California

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:14:18 GMT

Social media giant continues its loving embrace of GDPR privacy rules

Facebook is quietly changing its terms of service to shift 1.5 billion users away from Europe to the US while continuing to claim it wants to offer greater privacy protections.…

BBC extends Capita Audience Services contract to 25 years

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:31:13 GMT

Nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes and Auntie's Capita deals

Capita's fortunes of late may be in general decline but the UK's much loved IT outsourcing biz can always rely on the British Broadcasting Corporation – propped up by license fee payers – to dish out cheques.…

Mad Leo tried to sack me over Autonomy, says top HP Inc beancounter

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:06:59 GMT

Court hears Catherine Lesjak recall vicious infighting over doomed $11bn buyout

Hewlett Packard's chief beancounter, Catherine Lesjak, was at "war" with former CEO Leo Apotheker, who tried to fire her immediately before he himself was defenestrated, a US court has heard.…

How 'parasitic' Google's 'We're journalists!' court defence was stamped into oblivion

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:11:13 GMT

High Court judge put boot into ad tech firm

Comment Google's efforts to claim that it should be exempt from EU data protection laws because its search engine is "journalistic" really did not impress the judge in the Right To Be Forgotten trial.…

Soyuz later! Russia may exit satellite launch biz

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:02:12 GMT

Is it worth competing with SpaceX prices?

Russia has dropped a broad hint that it might leave the space launch business to private operators.…

Jeff Bezos purple prose reveals Amazon Prime's passed 100m customers

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 03:03:11 GMT

And AWS is closing in on $20bn a year, says nine-page letter to investor we read to spare you the new age derp

Amazon has announced the yield from its money mine for the full year 2017: on full-year sales of US$178 billion, it generated an operating income of $4 billion and net income of $3 billion.…

Australia’s .au admins told to reform or get rooted

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:56:12 GMT

auDA bins plans for direct .au sales to focus on governance and not pissing off members

The administrator of Australia’s top level .au domain, auDA, has been told to reform or be forcibly stripped of its role.…

Super Cali health inspectors: Tesla blood awoke us

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:47:11 GMT

Probe to see if Musk was up to something quite atrocious

Updated California's workplace safety monitor is investigating Tesla over the conditions at its main assembly plant.…

Facebook previews GDPR privacy tools and, yep, it's the same old BS

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:59:11 GMT


Comment Facebook has previewed its new privacy settings, developed to meet new European privacy legislation that comes into force next month.…

Now IBM turns redundo gun on its Digital Business Group

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:25:14 GMT

Staff refused stat minimum terms to exit voluntarily, you can guess what happened next

IBM is preparing a redundancy chute for the good folk working in its Digital Business Group (DBG), The Register can reveal.…

What Israel's crack majority-women Unit 8200 hackers can teach tech about diversity

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:04:09 GMT

Intelligence agency a pipeline for women in infosec

RSA 2018 Former members of an Israeli intelligence unit say their operation could serve as a model for the tech companies looking to bring more women into their ranks.…

Facebook faces foe formation in facial fingering fight

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:01:11 GMT

Judge allows face recognition lawsuit class action status

A US federal judge on Monday ruled that a lawsuit filed over Facebook's use of facial recognition technology can proceed as a class action, raising the possibility the social network could face billions in damages.…

BT rearranges deck chairs, launches good ship Enterprise

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:05:06 GMT

Onwards and upwards...until the next reorg

Brit mega-comms firm BT has given its flagging b2b divisions a corporate facelift, merging the wholesale, public sector and business units into BT Enterprise.…

Guess who's still most moaned about UK ISP... Rhymes with BorkBork

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:18:12 GMT

No, BT and Plusnet, you're not off the hook either

Despite efforts to return to its roots as a broadband-only biz, TalkTalk remains the most moaned about ISP in the UK, according to data from regulator Ofcom.…

Europe wants cloud giants to cough up data from anywhere in 6hrs

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:27:11 GMT

Same-day delivery of mails, texts, and docs for investigators probing crime or terror

The European Commission has outlined its desire for a new legal instrument that would require carriers, clouds, email service providers, and operators of messaging apps, to produce someone's data within six hours to assist investigations of “criminals or terrorists”.…

Cambridge Analytica's ex-CEO decides not to front UK Parliamentary Committee again

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:03:11 GMT

Members are not amused, ponder summons and debunk legal arguments

The recently-sidelined former CEO of Cambridge Analytica has declined the opportunity to make a second appearance in front of the UK Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.…

Huawei CEO sings 'Bye, bye, mister American Pai', trims US C-suite

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:30:07 GMT

The best thing about beating your head against a brick wall? It feels great when you stop

Huawei has acknowledged the US market may be a lost cause, at least for now.…

Autonomy pulled wool over Brit finance panel's eyes, US court told

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:40:08 GMT

Trial of ex-CFO Sushovan Hussein continues

Software outfit Autonomy lied to a British financial regulatory panel, an American court has been told by the panel's former chairman.…

More than 87m Facebook profiles farmed, says second ex-Cambridge Analytica witness

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:18:11 GMT

Plus: Former CEO snubs MPs

The number of Facebook users whose data was compromised via quizzes "is much greater than 87 million", Cambridge Analytica's former director of program development has told MPs.…

France building encrypted messaging app for politicians

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 06:26:12 GMT

Yes, this is the same France that wants not-backdoors for the rest of us

France's government has built an encrypted messaging app for government use.…

Google, AWS IPs blocked by Russia in Telegram crackdown

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:23:11 GMT

Two million addresses down, 4.2 billion to go - oh, plus the IPv6 address space

Russia's telecoms regulator Roskomnadzor has started blocking IP addresses linked to secure messaging service Telegram.…

Internet Engineering Task Force leaves home, gets own bank account

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:03:07 GMT

Admin overhaul clarifies legals, funding, but can't solve problem of who drives standards

If all goes according to plan, the venerable Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) will this week tackle a fiendishly difficult problem: standing on its own administrative feet.…

ZTE now stands for 'zero tech exports' – US govt slaps 7-year ban on biz

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:36:28 GMT

American suppliers barred from selling to Chinese tech giant

The US government has imposed a seven-year export ban on ZTE for repeated violation of trade laws.…