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Tosh in deeper financial doo-doo as banks crank up the pressure

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:11:57 GMT

Push for majority stake sale in memory business

Toshiba is looking to raise almost $9bn (‎¥1 trillion) by selling off a majority stake in its memory chip business, according to Reuters, and so repair its finances, which have been devastated by cost overruns in its US nuclear power business.…

$350m! shaved! off! sale! price! as! Verizon! swallows! Yahoo!

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:09:01 GMT

$4.48bn... cheap! (apols to Alfred E Neuman)

Yahoo! will be gobbled by Verizon for $4.48bn, $350m cheaper than the initial deal, apparently due to the damage done to the company's value by widely reported successful cyber-attacks.…

Capita swallows £50m blow after writing down historic contracts

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:03:09 GMT

A fabulous start to the year!

Everyone's favourite cuddly outsourcing corp Capita is writing off a cool £50m worth of assets related to certain deals with customers after a "comprehensive review across its major contracts" base.…

EU privacy gurus peer at Windows 10, still don't like what they see

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:11:53 GMT

Article 29 has 'concerns' about Microsoft's data slurp

The EU’s top privacy body has been probing Windows 10, but isn’t satisfied, even after Microsoft agreed to tweak the consent settings.…

Apple to Europe: It's our job to design Ireland's tax system, not yours

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:27:10 GMT

Cupertino files defence against back tax claim, claiming errors and overreach

Stop terraforming taxation, says Cupertino, and let us get on with it Apple has filed its defence against the European Commission's claim it owes €13bn in back taxes in Ireland.

Australia commences critical infrastructure protection consultation

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:29:57 GMT

The plan is to build a database of 'stuff we don't want bombed'

Last month, Australia's federal government established a Critical Infrastructure Centre. Now it's decided to ask what the centre should protect.…

Software glitch, not wind farms, blacked out 60,000 in South Australia

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:00:42 GMT

Senate committee told SA Power 'sat on' a problem for a while while SA sweltered

Yet another reason that isn't wind farms has emerged for recent blackouts in the Australian State of South Australia: dodgy software.…

NZ High Court rules US can extradite Kim Dotcom after all

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:03:09 GMT

Kimble's running out of road

The businessman otherwise known as Kim Schmitz, aka "Kimble", aka "Kim Dotcom", has lost his High Court appeal in New Zealand to be extradited to the USA.…

BT and Virgin Media claim 'broadband' tax will cost £1.3bn

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:14:45 GMT

Valuation Office Agency needs to revaluate its revaluation

Rivals BT and Virgin Media have joined hands to collective moan that a forthcoming hike to business rates will result in tripling of their collective tax bill to £1.3bn over the next five years.…

UnBrex-pected move: Amazon raises UK workforce to 24,000

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:28:52 GMT

Company didn't confirm whether majority to go to AWS or work, er, warehouse

Amazon has announced its intention to increase its UK workforce to over 24,000 this year.…

Google agrees to break pirates' domination over music searches

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:02:06 GMT tells search engines to demote dodgy websites or face legislation

UK government-hosted talks spanning two Parliaments have culminated in Google and Bing at last agreeing to tweak their search results in response to copyright-holders' concerns, thereby heading off threatened legislation on their conduct.…

New EU rules on portability of online content services move closer

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:10:07 GMT

Consumers to be able to access paid-for services when abroad

Planned new EU laws aimed at making online content more accessible to those that subscribe to it are closer to being finalised after a deal struck on the new rules earlier this month was endorsed by representatives of national governments across the EU.…

Deloitte goes all gooey for SAP HANA on AWS

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:58:09 GMT

2,500 suits to be flung off bench to preach ERP on cloud

Deloitte, Amazon Web Services and SAP have cooked up a cloudy consulting confection.…

Big three clouds, Apple, Facebook are buying all the best cloud tech

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 02:06:54 GMT

Tip for entrepreneurs: World could soon need automated cloud-sueball-flinger

Those of you contemplating a cloud startup have two options: get acquired by one of five companies or build an automatic sueball flinger.…

In colossal shock, Uber alleged to be wretched hive of sexism, craven managerial ass-covering

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:09:48 GMT

Uber CEO orders investigation into tribulations of engineer Susan Fowler

UPDATED Colour us surprised: a Silicon Valley darling famous for belligerent market entries, raising middle fingers at regulators and having a relaxed attitude to tax has been accused of also completing a bingo-card of bad management that includes sexism, arse ass-covering, empire-building and malicious management.…

Competition and wholesale costs, not lack of fibre, crimp broadband in Australia

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:05:33 GMT

Falls on Akamai's league table can't be automatically pinned on the multi-technology mix

Like the sun rising, the release of a new Akamai State of the Internet report inevitably leads to opinion columns bemoaning Australia's slide on global league tables for broadband speed, most attributing it to the much-hated “multi-technology model” NBN.…

BlackBerry sued by hundreds of staffers 'fooled' into quitting

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:50:44 GMT

And it's suing Nokia for patent infringement on wireless comms

Long-ago phone-builder BlackBerry has been sued by hundreds of employees who say they were tricked into quitting their jobs.…

Round-filed 'paperless' projects: Barriers remain to Blighty's Digital NHS

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:02:05 GMT

Report: It's not going to save money or anything. Plus we'll still need paper

It was hard to hear UK health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s recent backtracking over his plans for a paperless NHS by 2018, without wondering to what extent digital health documents have contributed to global forest depletion over the last decades.…

UK recruitment biz Coal Intelligent Technology ceases trading

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:01:13 GMT

Contractors and staff may be left out of pocket

Contractors and employees at London-based tech recruitment outfit Coal Intelligent Technology may be left out of pocket after the company ceased trading yesterday.…

Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:32:06 GMT

This bit goes here, this bit goes there and - huh! - why aren't the lights blinking?

On-Call Welcome to another Friday (!) and therefore to another edition of On-Call, The Register's column in which we let readers vent about jobs gone bad.…

Déjà vu: Euro Patent Office prez ignores yet another formal rebuke

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:01:06 GMT

King Battistelli tries to reconstitute Appeals Committee – staff union refuses

The president of the European Patent Office, Benoit Battistelli, is ignoring yet another formal rebuke of his policies by disregarding two decisions by the International Labour Organization.…

Knock knock. Who's there? A Lenovo server salesperson, because revenue dip's no joke

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:56:26 GMT

PCs are going great, but enterprise and mobile divisions are in turnaround mode

Expect Lenovo server and storage sales people to knock on your door, soon and often, because the company's identified the lack of its own direct sales force as the reason for poor performance in its Data Center Group for the third quarter of its 2016/17 financial year.…

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong cuffed in $40m corruption, perjury bust

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 01:42:14 GMT

Explosive news that, for once, doesn't involve a self-detonating battery

Samsung Group vice chairman Lee Jae-yong has been arrested, accused of bribery, embezzlement, and perjury, and taken to jail near Seoul in South Korea.…

Zuckerberg thinks he's cyber-Jesus – and publishes a 6,000-word world-saving manifesto

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:01:44 GMT

We took one for the team and deciphered it for you

Comment Whatever Mark Zuckerberg's taking, we want some, too.…

MEPs in 'urgent' call for new laws on artificial intelligence and robotics

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:03:25 GMT

Liability issues with self-driving cars is key concern

The European Parliament today called for EU-wide liability laws to cover robotics and artificial intelligence. MEPs also want researchers to adopt ethical standards that "respect human dignity".…

Identity disorder: Does UK govt need Verify more than we do?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:39:13 GMT

A bit less self-assurance goes a long way

Comment One problem writing about government IT is that after a while it feels a bit like Groundhog Day – a syndrome that must be even more pronounced for the folk working in it.…

Cisco shrinks: Revenue, profit and margin all dipped in Q2 2017

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 02:03:45 GMT

Big headaches in big iron, hyper-servers aren't taking off, but software biz all smiles

Get out the pen, walk to the whiteboard, and draw lines heading downwards: Cisco's Q2 2017 results showed year-on-year falls in revenue and earnings, and a router business close to free-fall.…

Hold the phone! Crap customer service cost telcos £2.9 BEEEELLION in 2016

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:35:34 GMT

More moaned about than rail and energy, says ombudsman

Shoddy customer service is costing telcos £2.9bn per year, making the sector the second most moaned about, according to the Ombudsman Services.…

Apple nabs smartphone top spot from Samsung, but for how long?

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:31:06 GMT

Santa's sack helps out in Cupertino

Christmas sales helped Apple steal top spot in global phone shipments from Samsung, but Gartner, who compiled the numbers, are confident that the chaebol will wrestle it back.…

Oracle 'systematically stiffed its salesforce' claims new sueball

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:58:08 GMT

Big Red 'categorically denies' former worker's claims it re-writes commission rules and puts sales people in 'debt'

Updated A new lawsuit filed by a former Oracle employee alleges the software giant “has systematically stiffed its sales force of earned commission wages for many years, by scrapping contractual compensation plans when they yield commission earnings that are higher than Oracle would prefer to pay and retroactively imposing inferior – i.e. less remunerative – numeric terms.”…

Toshiba chairman quits over $6bn nuclear loss

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:27:07 GMT

May have to sell even more of its chip business to cover costs

The chairman of Toshiba has resigned following the release of figures showing a projected $6.3bn loss from the company's nuclear business – a loss that may continue to grow and threaten its other businesses.…

Magic Leap sued for sex discrimination … by woman it hired to stamp out sex discrimination

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:03:39 GMT

Oh yeah, and its technology still doesn't exist either

Cementing its reputation as a slow-motion corporate car-crash, made-up technology specialist Magic Leap has been sued for sex discrimination by the woman it hired to tackle sex discrimination.…

Commissioner kisses Met goodbye, says it's set to be 'best digital police force'

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:01:07 GMT

Never mind the cock-ups

Outgoing London Met police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe claims to be leaving the service on track to be the "best digital police" force with the arrival of long-awaited smart devices this summer.…

GoDaddy CEO says US is 'tech illiterate' (so, yeah, don't shut off that cheap H-1B supply)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:00:10 GMT

At least wait until there's a pipeline from schools, he says

American techies who discovered their Silicon Valley bosses were suppressing their wages illegally now have to suffer fresh insult to injury.…

Roses are red, violets are blue, HMRC confirms Verify can STFU

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:38:11 GMT

Taxmen to press on with own ID authenticating service... as we reported

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that it's ditching the Cabinet Office's new online ID system, and will be pushing forwards with its own replacement for Government Gateway.…

Australia finally passes mandatory data breach reporting legislation

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:44:04 GMT

Self-assessment and self-reporting, with exceptions for things like fat-fingered emails

Australia has finally passed mandatory computer security breach reporting laws, fifteen years after California became the first jurisdiction to do so.…

Tech Trailblazers Awards: Shortlist out - now it’s over to you

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:34:09 GMT

Counting down to the final cut

The shortlist of entries for this year’s Tech Trailblazer Awards is available for your perusal and you now have until the end of this week to choose your favourites.…

Co-op Bank up for sale while customers still feel effects of its creaking IT

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:28:06 GMT

Three words businesses dread: IT system transformation

A "For Sale" sign went up outside the troubled Co-operative Bank this morning, weeks after the cash-strapped lender said it was unable to raise required funds.…

2009 IBM: Teleworking will save the WORLD! 2017 IBM: Get back to the office or else

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:12:10 GMT

Big Blue has changed its tune, past corporate strategy docs reveal

Remote working might be a dirty word among senior IBMers these days but it wasn't always so: teleworking, Big Blue once claimed, would help heal a global economy suffering aftershocks of the banking meltdown, and it might even play a part in planetary salvation.…

The Mail vs Wikipedia: They're more alike than they'd ever admit

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:46:07 GMT

Two peas from the same pod o' clickbait?

Analysis When you live in a glass house, is it wise to start a rock-throwing competition?…

Third time lucky: ICANN beats off .africa ban

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:02:08 GMT

Promises to create new top-level domain despite ongoing court case

Internet overseer ICANN will push ahead with a new ".africa" top-level domain, despite having twice been ordered not to because of serious questions over how it handled the case.…

New PayPal T&Cs prevents sellers trash-talking PayPal

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:26:11 GMT

Better not run our logo smaller than MasterCard's, pal

PayPal's released a new batch of User Agreements that includes a new “non-discouragement clause for sellers” that prevents them from talking down the service, plus price hikes a-plenty.…

Kids these days will never understand the value of money

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:02:06 GMT

Nor should they, because the folding stuff is disappearing into phones and cards

Where’s all the money gone? I don’t mean why it’s flowing out of your bank account in ever greater volumes. Actually, I do mean that, but in the most immediate, tangible way. Not very long ago, you knew what you spent because you could count the banknotes as you handed them over. Money was physical, tangible, and real. That’s less true today.…

NORKS fires missile that India reckons it could shoot down in flight

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 01:44:56 GMT

The Cold War called, wants its arms race back

While President Donald Trump hosted Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe over the weekend, North Korea decided the time was right for another missile test.…

Oz consumer watchdog: 'up to' speeds shouldn't be in broadband ads

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:34:59 GMT

ISPs told to get real by advertising speeds punters will get at busy times

Australia's consumer watchdog is trying to ensure advertising offers comprehensible and accurate broadband performance information.…

As South Australia blacked out, PM's office was told renewable power was not to blame

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 22:01:32 GMT

Public servants' 'misinformation' warning seemingly set aside for politics

Following last year's megastorm and blackout in South Australia, Vulture South opined that the events had nothing to do with the state's use of wind power. Now, a freedom of information release reveals the government was advised to that effect before ministers started to cast blame.…

Verisign probed by US Dept of Justice over $135m .web auction

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:52:10 GMT

We're here to chew gum and demand info, and we're all out of gum, say antitrust cops

The US Department of Justice is digging into the highly unusual auction of internet extension .web last year, the company that purchased it has admitted.…

Judge green lights Microsoft vs Uncle Sam gag order case

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:33:06 GMT

Indefinite injunctions trouble travel ban judge

Microsoft is clear to sue the US government for gagging the company from telling users when their data has been accessed by the State. The lawsuit, filed last April, jumped another legal hurdle this week – thanks to the Washington judge who also battered President Trump's executive order on travel.…

Hortonworks brakes on breaking even, continues to burn cash

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:35:06 GMT

Er, we're going to break even next year, says CEO Bearden

Updated Hortonworks has pulled up a few dollars short in its bid to stop burning cash by the end of this financial year.…

Soz telcos you're 'low priority' post-Brexit, says leaked gov doc

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:36:36 GMT

Steel, construction, oil and gas, telecoms bottom of the list

Telcos have been identified as a "low-priority" sector in Theresa May's brave new post-Brexit Britain, according to a list of industries compiled by the government which ranks them in order of importance.…