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Then there were four: Another draft US law on 'foreign' (aka domestic) mass spying emerges

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:42:19 GMT

And this one is… not in favor of snooping on Americans, whoa

The battle over a controversial US government spying program has intensified – with a fourth piece of legislation tackling the surveillance introduced to Congress on Friday.…

True Telecom busted by Ofcom for 'slamming', misselling and more

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:26:05 GMT

Must cough £300k soon after £87k ICO slapdown

Ofcom handed down a £300,000 fine to business phone and broadband company True Telecom after concluding a year-long investigation yesterday.…

Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:01:06 GMT

A digital service that works for users, but not government

The abolition of the paper tax disc is costing the UK government £107m due to an increase in car tax evasion.…

UK private sector joins public in... Escape from DXC Max

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:39:12 GMT

Aviva and Centrica wanted cloud giant love. 1 outsourcer... wasn't ready... to let go

Updated Insurer Aviva and energy supplier Centrica are the latest big customers to indicate plans to ditch outsourcing giant DXC Technologies, The Register can reveal.…

American Express inks blockchain deal: Will use tech to pay UK folk who bank with Santander

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:19:07 GMT

Ripple effect will later expand, says firm

Blockchain tech found another friend in American Express and UK customers of Santander. Well, sort of.…

Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:02:05 GMT

Problem Existed Between Chair And Keyboard

On-Call Why hello there Friday and hello there, also, this week's instalment of On-Call, The Register's weekly column that recounts readers' tales of tech support terror.…

Hey, cop! You need a warrant to stalk a phone with a Stingray – judge

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:28:12 GMT

Knew we shouldn't have told you about that mobe-tracking gizmo

Analysis A New York judge has this month told cops that they need to get a warrant before they can use a controversial Stingray phone-tracking gadget to hunt down suspects.…

Warren 'Mr Moneybags' Buffett offloads huge chunk of IBM investment

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:31:09 GMT

Is the Oracle of Omaha cutting his losses?

Legendary investor Warren Buffett appears to be cutting his losses on his IBM investment, slashing his shares by one-third in the last quarter.…

$232m blockchain startup Tezos faces sueballs for alleged investor fraud

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:17:09 GMT

Smacked in Florida, California

Tezos, the blockchain startup that raised $232m in July, has been served with at least two US class-action lawsuits for allegedly defrauding fundraisers as well as breaking rules for offering securities.…

Oracle stockholders don't like exec mega-awards or gender pay gap transparency

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:36:09 GMT

You win some, you lose some – proposals snuffed out at vote

Oracle's stockholders have voted against the company's amended executive pay plan, along with a proposal for greater transparency on its gender pay gap.…

Google says broader right to be forgotten is 'serious assault' on freedom

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:28:09 GMT

Criticises European Court of Justice before deadline for comments on looming cases

Google's general counsel has signalled the company intends to fight, hard, against broad interpretations of the European Union's right to be forgotten.…

Belgian court says Skype must provide interception facilities

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:35:51 GMT

Microsoft classified as a telco, so told to cough up. It may gaufre an appeal

Skype has failed in its appeal against a 2016 fine in Belgium for failing to help authorities tap calls in a criminal investigation, with the court saying it must comply with the country's telecommunications laws.…

US authorities swallow security-free script for pill that knows when you're off your meds

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 02:07:20 GMT

Sensor in pill, bluetooth patch on arm, app in phone ... and crossed fingers nothing leaks

What could possibly go wrong when drug companies embed into a pill, so that after you swallow it connects to a smartphone app and then sends data over the internet?…

US trade cops agree to investigate Apple's 'embrace and extend'

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:09:09 GMT

Remote desktop dev claims Cupertino froze them out

A patent lawsuit alleging that Apple froze out a third-party software developer has been given credence by America's International Trade Commission (USITC), which will investigate the complaint.…

DXC Tech asks staff to profile their skills

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:38:05 GMT

Employees worried it's a loop-your-own-noose initiative

DXC Technologies employees fear a company request to profile their skills on a new management portal will be used by top brass to elbow them out of the door in the next round of compulsory redundancies.…

Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:03:12 GMT

Maybe Zuck and Musk do have it all figured out, but powers that be will need to see some proof

The idea of a universal basic income (UBI) unites a strange mix of people.…

Now Oracle stiffs its own sales reps to pocket their overtime, allegedly

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:03:07 GMT

Managers told staff to report 40 hour weeks even if they worked more, lawsuit claims

Oracle was sued on Tuesday by a former sales rep for allegedly failing to pay overtime wages, in violation of America's federal Fair Labor Standards Act and Texas state law.…

US Homeland Security says hardly any Kaspersky software left on federal networks

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:03:10 GMT

They'd say more but Eugene K's loading the sueball-flinger

Only 15 per cent of US federal agencies still have Kaspersky Lab software anywhere on their networks.…

Remember CompuServe forums? They're still around! Also they're about to die

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 02:02:08 GMT

From the same people who turned Yahoo! into Oath, the end of an era

CompuServe has announced it will remove its forums on December 15th, 2017.…

Twitter: Finally, there's an affordable way to pay us actual money

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:32:06 GMT

Premium Search API targets businesses on a budget

Hoping to extinguish its eleven-year cash bonfire and finally turn a profit, Twitter has introduced premium APIs to allow businesses to make better use of its trove of troll tweets – for a fee.…

Uber sued over alleged rapes as #MeToo web rally reveals more sex assault claims

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:54:26 GMT

Ride-hailing biz blamed for indifferent security

Two unnamed women allegedly raped by Uber drivers sued the transit app biz today for sexual assault and unlawful business practices.…

Donald Trump's tweets: Are they presidential statements or not?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:00:42 GMT

Even the US Department of Justice can't decide

They are the most dissected, repeated and analyzed statements in the world – but are Donald Trump's tweets formal statements by the President of the United States, or his own personal reflections?…

DXC spills AWS private keys on public GitHub

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:08:07 GMT

'Unknown persons' spin up 244 VMs at cost of $64k. Whoops

Miscreants racked up a $64,000 bill on DXC Technologies' tab after a techie accidentally uploaded the outsourcing firm's private AWS key to a public GitHub repo.…

EU court advised: Schrems is a consumer in Facebook case, but can't file class-action

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:22:09 GMT

Schrems 1 - 1 Facebook Ireland in latest legal opinion

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems' bid to bring a class-action lawsuit against Facebook has been dealt a blow by the advocate general advising the European Court of Justice.…

MPs slam HMRC's 'deeply worrying' lack of post-Brexit customs system

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:42:10 GMT

Food could be left rotting in trucks at the border

MPs have today warned of the "catastrophic" scenario of UK taxmen at HMRC failing to have a back-up system in place if its Customs Declaration Service (CDS) programme is not ready in time for Brexit.…

Now, now, Qualcomm... Don't play hard to get, grins Broadcom

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:47:11 GMT

Once again, a rich powerful entity forgets that no means no

Broadcomm says it will continue its efforts to acquire rival chip designer Qualcomm despite a unanimous rejection of its $103bn buyout offer.…

You, Google. Get in here and explain all this personal data slurping – Missouri AG subpoena

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:12:08 GMT

'Someone has to stand up to these tech giants' declares VC Thiel-backed Hawley

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley on Monday said his office is investigating Google's business practices, adding fuel to the long smouldering antitrust fire that the Chocolate factory has been unable to extinguish.…

It's 2017 and the UK's competition watchdog just got a data-tech team

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:34:14 GMT

Antitrust body tries to keep up with business in the digital age

The Competition and Markets Authority is to assemble a dedicated team to handle the use of algorithms, artificial intelligence and big data in business.…

Brit cops slammed for failing to give answers on digital device data slurpage

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:33:14 GMT

How many devices? Wow, tricky question! Hard to say...

Police forces have been urged to keep better records on how much data they slurp from the hundreds of thousands of digital devices they seize, and how it is used.…

Softbank gets Uber A-OK for $9 BEEELLION investment cash splurge

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:14:13 GMT

And ex-CEO Kalanick will be praying it goes through

Cash-flinging Japanese tech firm Softbank will sink up to ten billion dollars into Uber, following a vote of approval by the taxi app's board.…

Qualcomm tells Broadcom: Pfffft! $103bn? You insult the very core of our cores

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:50:08 GMT

Biggest ever tech deal held up

Qualcomm's board has unanimously rejected Broadcom's $103bn buyout proposal, slamming its rival's bid as having "dramatically undervalued" the multi-billion-dollar chipmaker.…

What will £450k buy you? A new CEO at Softcat

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:59:11 GMT

Tech distie veteran Graeme Watt set for April Fool's Day start

Ever wondered how much the CEO at a big box shifting reseller gets paid? Wonder no more, for Softcat has revealed its new head honcho Graeme Watt will be on a cool £450,000 yearly base salary.…

Computing in schools improved, but still needs major patching – report

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:46:12 GMT

This programme is not fully supported, please contact your national administration

Computing based education has improved in the UK since 2012 but there's still more to be done, according to the Royal Society…

Equifax Q3 results: Not as bad as you might have hoped – hack only cost biz about $87m

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:38:05 GMT

Sales up, profits not so much

Equifax's latest financials lay bare the costly fallout from the embarrassing security breach that exposed 143 million customers' privates in the US and 15.2 million records in the UK.…

Capita forced to pay out £66m to investors over Connaught fund farce

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:49:09 GMT

Watchdog finds outsourcer's oversight severely lacking

Capita's investment business has been forced to pay up to £66m to investors by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) over its handling of the collapsed Connaught Income Fund.…

Uber loses appeal against employment rights for workers

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:21:14 GMT

Tribunal upholds minimum wage, paid rest break luxury for minions

Taxi firm Uber has today lost its appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be classed as workers rather than self-employed.… IT contracts should be no more than 7 years. (Not 18, Fujitsu)

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:02:07 GMT

Let's see how that works out

The British government has once again told departments to break their addiction to big contracts, specifying that deals with suppliers should be no longer than a paltry seven years.…

User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:01:08 GMT

It had an error code on it and was on a monitor, which made it an IT problem

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, in which The Register christens each new Friday with a reader-contributed tale of being asked to fix the unthinkable.…

Inmarsat aircraft Wi-Fi lift off set to fill coffers

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 06:01:05 GMT

Pre-tax profit dipped a few percentage points, though

Brit satellite biz Inmarsat has doubled its statutory profits and grown its revenues, thanks mainly to its in-flight Wi-Fi offerings.…

Activists launch legal challenge against NHS patient data-sharing deal

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:56:05 GMT

Handing over immigrants' info 'violates confidentiality'

A civil rights group has launched a legal challenge in the UK against a deal that asks the NHS to share patient data for immigration enforcement.…

Oh dear, DXC: Outsourcer loses two contracts

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:58:08 GMT

Department eXits Contracts: Biz falls prey to in-sourcing move

Exclusive The Department for Work & Pensions has not renewed a pair of contracts it held with Frankenfirm DXC Technologies – a loss the outsourcing business was lamenting in its latest financial results.…

IBM's next turnaround tool is ... a new open-source font?

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 08:02:05 GMT

In with 'international and modern' typeface 'Plex', seeya later boring old Helvetica Neue

IBM's decided the time is right for a new corporate font.…

Snap: We've blown $3bn this year and Tencent wants to give us more

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 22:15:30 GMT

Shut up and take my money!

Nose-diving social media company Snap Inc. says it has secured a significant investment from Chinese tech powerhouse Tencent.…

US domestic, er, foreign spying bill progresses through Congress

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 20:57:01 GMT

Thought the Snowden leaks would make things better? Joke's on you

A draft law protecting one of the US government's spying programs has passed through the initial markup stage in the Congress, providing one more opportunity to witness the "up is down" world in which American politics currently resides.…

UK Land Registry opens books on corporate owners

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:02:06 GMT

Whose land is it anyway?

HM Land Registry made its databases of property owned by domestic and foreign businesses free to access yesterday.…

Tesla buys robot maker. Hang on, isn't that your sci-fi bogeyman, Elon?

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:04:06 GMT

Slight glitch in Industrial Revolution 4.0

Troubled Tesla Inc. has quietly acquired Perbix, which designs robot production lines. Perbix was already a Tesla contractor.…

Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:39:09 GMT

What has been seen?

Comment For the "smartest guys in the room", Google often seems to be the last to know what’s going on in its own front room. And something very strange indeed is going on over at YouTube.…

Seven years on, Spain rattles tin cup at Google over Street View slurp

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 06:29:09 GMT

Chocolate Factory tickled with featherweight €300k fine

Seven years after Google raised hackles by collecting information about Wi-Fi access points with its Street View fleet, Spain's privacy regulator has fined the company €300,000.…

Google on flooding the internet with fake news: Leave us alone, we're trying really hard... *sob*

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 04:02:16 GMT

We're not happy with ourselves, you know

Comment Google has responded in greater depth after it actively promoted fake news about Sunday's Texas murder-suicide gunman by... behaving like a spoilt kid.…

Telstra drops nbn™ in it as it wears compo for broadband speed ads

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:35:36 GMT

Carrier says 'it is not possible to accurately determine what speed the NBN can deliver to a customer prior to connection'

Telstra has all-but-blamed nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), for having to compensate customers who can't experience broadband speeds the carrier advertised.…