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How Lexmark's patent fight to crush an ink reseller will affect us all

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:29:13 GMT

Yes, Lexmark is still a thing

If printer maker Lexmark International prevails against ink cartridge reseller Impression Products, tech giants and other American companies will gain the ability to control products through patent claims after they have been sold.…

Samsung Electronics is on fire! In a good way as profits leap

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 05:22:07 GMT

Memory and monitor surges trump phlaming phablet fiasco

Samsung Electronics, the Chaebol's business that encompasses smartphones, monitors, memory and more, has reported a bumper fourth quarter despite its phlaming phablet fiasco.…

It's official: Ejit – sorry – Ajit Pai is new FCC boss (he's the one who hates network neutrality)

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:57:12 GMT

Look forward to hearing lots more about how great he is

US President Donald Trump has formally designated Ajit Pai as the new chairman of America's powerful broadband and telly regulator, the Federal Communications Commission.…

Plump Trump dumps TPP trade pump

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:01:26 GMT

President Snowflake slots in an easy campaign goal first thing

US President Donald Trump has made good on a campaign promise and signed an executive order backing the United States out of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.…

Computacenter: No mention of Brexit but UK sales went nowhere in 2016

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:16:30 GMT

Again, nobody is saying rexit-bay

The gods of channel sales growth did not smile on Computacenter in 2016 as the UK filed standstill top line numbers and progress in European ops was unpicked by unfavourable forex rates.…

Government to sling extra £4.7bn at R&D in bid to Brexit-proof Britain

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:17:09 GMT

Ummm, good luck with that!

The UK government is to throw an extra £4.7bn at R&D for smart energy technologies, robotics and artificial intelligence, and 5G in its Industrial Strategy to be published later today.…

Fujitsu strikes are OFF – it's not the 1970s after all

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:03:14 GMT

Unite: IT giant's bosses gave us a bigger package, would be rude not to have a butcher's

Unite has suspended all industrial action in its dispute with Fujitsu over planned cuts to job, pay and pensions in the UK.…

One BEEELLION dollars: Apple sues Qualcomm, one of its chip designers

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:08:55 GMT

Snapdragon biz's bad week just got worse

Following the lead of the FTC, Apple has filed suit against Qualcomm alleging it was charging excessive patent royalty fees for cellphone technology.…

Chinese investors gobble up owner of PCWorld, Macworld etc

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:58:04 GMT

IDG into the hands of the Middle Kingdom – except its HPC bit

Two Chinese investors are buying the owner of PCWorld magazine and the IDC market research outfit International Data Group (IDG) – but IDC’s high-performance computing research businesses are not included in the sale.…

CIA boss: Make America (a) great (big database of surveillance on citizens, foreigners) again!

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:42:33 GMT

New spymaster Pompeo ponders massive metadata collection, death for Snowden

While Washington is busy with the inauguration of President Trump, not all political business has stopped. The incoming administration is hoping to get its new CIA boss appointed today, but the Senate is having none of it.…

Welcome to the Wipe House: President Trump shreds climate change, privacy, LGBT policies on

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:22:08 GMT

We're gonna have the best 404s! The greatest 404s!

With Donald Trump taking over the presidency Friday morning, a different type of transition has also taken place: a digital transition.…

Elementary, my dear IBM: When will Watson make money?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:31:04 GMT

Big Blue talks 'silver threads'

IBM Watson has taken heat from Wall Street for not adding to Big Blue's revenue as the company reported a 19th successive quarter of decline.…

Lords slam 'untrammelled' data sharing powers in Digital Economy Bill

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:04:23 GMT

'Deeply concerned' about possibility of sharing citizen info with companies

A House of Lords committee has slammed the "inappropriate" and "untrammelled" powers laid out in the Digital Economy Bill to share citizen data across the public sector.…

Chinese chip shop looks hot to trot as Tsinghua drops $30bn on factory

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:32:07 GMT

Largest fab in the Middle Kingdom to be surrounded by huge 'international city'

China’s flash-fancying Tsinghua Unigroup is going to build a $30bn-plus flash fab.…

Yet another committee gives a lashing for digital strategy delay

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:34:06 GMT

It's so important they held a 'three-week consultation'... over the Christmas hols

At the current rate Julian Assange is more likely to see the light of day than the government's digital strategy – with a second Parliamentary committee having criticised its long-overdue publication.…

Toshiba scrambles to start chip biz minority stake sale – reports

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:34:46 GMT

US nuclear power plant fiasco prompts fears of writedown

Reuters is reporting that Toshiba has started its chip business minority stake sale process.…

Apple, Amazon smash audiobook cabal after European pressure

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:26:09 GMT

EU antitrust bod nods in approval as another market opens up

Apple and Amazon have agreed to end the exclusivity deal that gave Audible sole access to the iBooks store.…

Fired Ofcom Remainer bod sues UK gov for withholding his payoff

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:41:15 GMT

Board member claims he was sacked for slamming Trump and Brexit

A sacked board member of UK telco regulator Ofcom is suing the British government for refusing to give him a £75,000 ($92,500) payoff.…

IT team sent dirt file to Police as they all bailed from abusive workplace

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:57:13 GMT

Saintly clients fled investment firm after workers revealed hellish smut mountain

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, which returns for 2017 with more tales of your fellow readers' experiences of horrible jobs at horrible times.…

Facebook bans Russia's RT ahead of Trump's Inauguration Day (then changes its mind)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:29:09 GMT

Breaking news, literally

Facebook apparently blocked Russia Today – the Kremlin-bankrolled broadcaster now known as RT – from posting anything other than text messages on the social network.…

Avaya files for bankruptcy

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:02:08 GMT

Decade-old capital structure needs a refresh for cloudier times

Avaya has filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, which allows organisations to re-organise their affairs in part by temporarily relieving them of obligations to creditors.…

On last day as president, Obama's CIO shrouds future .gov websites in secret code

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:31:07 GMT

New .gov domains will only ever offer HTTPS, says US CIO

On United States president Barack Obama's last day in office, the U.S. Chief Information Officer and the Federal CIO Council have announced a new rule that will see all future .gov websites shrouded in impenetrable secret codes.…

Big Blue's blues diffuse: IBM's sales drain now more like a sad trickle

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:59:10 GMT

Biz optimistic 2017 will see cloud and mobile help boost bottom line

IBM is touting growth in its cloud and cognitive business units as the enterprise giant wraps up a year of double-digit revenue declines.…

Uber coughs up $20m after 'lying about how much its drivers make'

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:28:20 GMT

FTC settlement bars taxi app maker from publishing fiction about potential riches

Cab app Uber has agreed to pay $20m to settle charges that it exaggerated how much drivers using its software can earn and downplayed the cost of financing cars through the company.…

Ooops! One in three tech IPOs now trading below their starting price

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:05:27 GMT

The technical term for this, in the financial world, is: 'Boned'

Around 33 per cent of the technology companies to enter the market in the last ten years are currently valued at a price lower than their IPO mark.…

IBM, Microsoft, US Govt all to blame for globalisation backlash: Jack Ma

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:47:04 GMT

It's your own fault, Trump-friendly tycoon tells Davos

Silicon Valley’s tech plutocrats have kept a relatively low profile at Davos, the WEF’s schmoozefest for corporate, government and NGO elites. But into the void stepped Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba.…

NCC Group's profit hit by contract cancellations

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:32:13 GMT

UK security firm's chairman steps down

NCC Group’s chairman Paul Mitchell said he would be stepping down as he UK cyber security consultancy announced a drop in profits on Thursday.…

Britain collects new naval tanker a mere 18 months late

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:29:00 GMT

Why? 'Umm, er, cable insulation standards,' mutters MoD

Britain’s naval service will receive new fleet support tanker RFA Tidespring more than 18 months late, following delays which left the vessel languishing in a South Korean shipyard.…

Is Qualcomm price gouging phone makers? Not everyone thinks so

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:58:11 GMT

Dissenting FTC voice sees an Obamaesque assault on tech licensing

Analysis America’s competition commissioners didn’t want to prosecute Google, which operates a monopoly in over a dozen markets, so why are they complaining about Qualcomm?…

Uncle Sam sues Oracle for 'screwing over Asian, black and women staff'

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:21:18 GMT

Big Red threatened with government IT contract armageddon over pay gap

Oracle could lose its lucrative US government IT contracts after the Department of Labor accused the tech giant of racial and gender discrimination.…

Exclusive billionaires' investment club leads Collibra's $50m Series C

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:02:09 GMT

Belgian data governance business only loses a single board position too, sweet

Belgian data governance business Collibra has today announced the closure of its Series C round, almost tripling its venture capital funding.…

EE slapped with £2.7m fine by Ofcom

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:39:22 GMT

Some 40,000 customers were overcharged £250,000

EE has been slapped with a £2.7m fine by regulator Ofcom for overcharging tens of thousands of customers.…

Well, that sucks: China's Tencent so sorry after vid emerges of faux blowjob office game

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:39:10 GMT

Cloud giant's staff party leaves little to imagination

Video China's biggest internet biz Tencent has apologized after women employees were filmed on their knees in front of male coworkers in a raunchy end-of-year party game.…

Toshiba may sell silicon biz to contain fallout of nuke plant problems

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:00:42 GMT

Japanese company's foray into fission has been a fiscal flop that a RAM plant sale could fix

A troubled nuclear power station strategy in the USA has Toshiba considering the partial sale of its Japanese semiconductor business.…

Australia's Department of Social Services pushing ahead with data-matching plans

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:54:45 GMT

Midyear data release hopes to crowd source academic data-matching brainpower

The Centrelink “robo-debt” debacle hasn't dimmed the Australian government's enthusiasm for data-matching as a policy tool.…

Chelsea Manning sentence slashed by Prez Obama: She'll be sprung in the spring

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:09:46 GMT

Pack your bags Julian, you're off to America, right?

In the final days of his administration, President Barack Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's remaining sentence, meaning she'll be free on May 17, or shortly afterwards.…

Valley techies to protest outside Palantir – Trump adviser's creepy citizen database biz

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:50:58 GMT

Thiel's upstart has the info needed for a Muslim registry

Silicon Valley engineers will protest outside the headquarters of data analytics firm Palantir Technologies Wednesday, demanding greater transparency over how its databases may be used by the incoming Trump Administration.…

Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:53:31 GMT

The real plan's under wraps?

Analysis The reality of red tape might mean the UK’s exit from the EU will take longer, and be softer, than the Prime Minister outlined today.…

UK's lords want more details on adult website check plans

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:58:07 GMT

Need to give it a good, proper scrutinising, don't you?

A House of Lords committee has called for greater detail on how the UK government intends to introduce online porn age verification plans in the Digital Economy Bill.…

CBI: Brexit Britain needs a 'sensible and flexible' immigration programme

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:08:05 GMT

Calls for benefits of foreign workers to be recognised

Employers have called for a "sensible" immigration programme to recruit and retain overseas talent in a post-Brexit Britain.…

Facebook pimping for politicos despite fake news 'purge'

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:09:07 GMT

Social giant works both sides of news street

National elections in the UK and US, and Britain's 2016 referendum on membership of the EU demonstrated the growing power of social media to swing views and win votes.…

Search for MH370 called off after new theory about resting place is ruled out

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:38:04 GMT

Australia, Malaysia and China say no new information on plane's location has been found

Australia, Malaysia and China have suspended the search for missing Malaysian airlines flight MH370.…

Auto emissions 'cheatware' scandal sparks war of words between Italy, Germany

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:33:10 GMT

EPA's allegations against Fiat Chrysler become sweary international incident

The latest “cheatware” scandal to rock the auto industry has escalated to cause inter-government tension, with Germany and Italy trading snipes over Fiat Chrysler's claims about emissions.…

Jeremy Hunt pockets £14m through sale of course search website

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:01:13 GMT

Health Secretary makes a mint. Good for him, right?

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has become one of the UK's richest politicians following the sale of his business which runs course-listing websites.…

S Korea prosecutors seek arrest warrant for Samsung heir apparent

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:23:06 GMT

Mr Lee jnr ensnared in corruption scandal

Samsung's been pulled deeper into "Choi-gate" – the scandal surrounding the South Korean president. Prosecutors in the country today applied for an arrest warrant for Samsung's de facto boss, Lee Jae-yong.…

Calls for's tax digitisation plans to be put on the back burner

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:30:08 GMT

Timetable 'unachievable'. Now, where have we heard that one before?

The UK government's tax digitisation plan could be delayed by at least a year after the Treasury Committee exposed "serious shortcomings" with the programme.…

Apple vs. Samsung goes back to court, again, to re-assess the value of a rounded corner

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:05:03 GMT

It's time to debate damages. To Apple and to common sense

A US appeal court has opened the next round of the long-running Apple versus Samsung patent case, this time to recalculate the damages Sammy owes Cupertino.…

Canada fines Amazon seven hours of profit for false advertising

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:52:18 GMT

$840,000 punishment isn't even a tap on the wrist

Canada's Competition Bureau has administered what it thinks is a stinging fine for Amazon, but it's unlikely that CEO Jeff Bezos will be losing much sleep over it.…

FCC's Wheeler gives passionate defense of net neutrality rules

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:36:47 GMT

But will it make any difference?

Video Tom Wheeler, chairman of America's comms watchdog the FCC, has given a passionate defense of net neutrality rules in his last public speech – and warned his fellow commissioners not to go backwards by removing them.…

Strike day struck off as Fujitsu and Unite negotiate job cuts

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:10:30 GMT

It's good to talk... with Acas

It might be damn cold outside, but Unite the union is trying to thaw relations with Fujitsu by cancelling strike action scheduled for January 19 to enter conciliatory talks over job cuts, pay and pensions.…