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British prime minister slams Facebook and pals for votes

Sat, 27 May 2017 07:08:13 GMT

Nothing new in speech but then that wasn't the point

British prime minister Theresa May used Facebook, Google and social media companies as a vote-winning punch bag on Friday, slamming them for not doing enough to limit extremist content online.…

Done and done: BlackBerry ties up $940m settlement with Qualcomm

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:27:00 GMT

Patent case wraps up as sides agree on final tally

Former smartphone king BlackBerry has today finalized its settlement with Qualcomm in their long-running battle over royalty payments.…

Tech firms sends Congress checklist of surveillance reforms

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:25:24 GMT

Google, Facebook et al take on Section 702, Apple quiet

More than 30 big internet companies including Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft have sent a letter to the chair of the House Judiciary Committee asking for specific reforms to the law used for carrying out mass surveillance.…

It was bound to happen: Amazon launches first grocery store

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:15:02 GMT

Buy your bread n' butter from the Bezos Bunch

Amazon has once again expanded its reach in all things commerce, this time with its own take on the grocery store.…

'President Zuck' fundraiser opens for business

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:38:55 GMT

"I'm Commander-in-Chief, bitch!"

A fundraising vehicle to help get the world's fifth richest man Mark Zuckerberg elected as President of the United States will now take your money.…

Ouch! Latest Qualcomm sueball comes from ... its own shareholders

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:38:06 GMT

Legal flingball fingers Snapdragon 810 debacle

Qualcomm's own shareholders have added to the barrage of lawsuits being fired at the mobile chip giant.…

Sysadmin finds insecure printer, remotely prints 'Fix Me!' notice

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:06:01 GMT

Once you're through the web interface the email-to-printer address is easy to find

ON-CALL Well what do you know? The working week is all-but over, which means it is time to share a story from a reader's working life in our weekly On-Call column.…

Battery-hungry cars roll over Lenovo's FY 16/17 bottom line

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:09:27 GMT

Data centre unit 'still under transformation' and losing money, as is mobile business

Lenovo has returned to growth, posting a pleasing set of fourth quarter numbers, but apparently has plenty of work to do in the mobile and data centre markets.…

IBM asks contractors to take a pay cut

Fri, 26 May 2017 02:08:11 GMT

Big Blue is 'shifting service delivery model to dedicated employee workforce' but clients aren't happy

Exclusive IBM is not just banning the hire of new contractors and telling existing contractors they won't get new gigs: now it is telling some current contractors they will have to take a pay cut.…

Congresscritters float benefits for gig workers

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:09:38 GMT

Bill would let contractors get unemployment and paid leave

Two US legislators are drafting bills to provide "gig" contract workers many of the same benefits afforded to those who work full time.…

Cloudflare doubles down on its troll-hunting crusade

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:32:30 GMT

Bounty for invalidating Blackbird Tech patents increases

Cloudflare has today stepped up its efforts to run patent litigator Blackbird Technologies into the ground.…

HP Inc CEO reports 'breakthrough' quarter as PC sales shoot up

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:34:04 GMT

Look at me go, Mum!

For the first time in more than half a decade HP Inc has managed to report quarterly growth in both its PC and printer businesses, a point CEO Dion Weisler described as a watershed moment in the company's recent history.…

Info commish: One year to go and businesses still not ready for GDPR

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:03:08 GMT

Thought £400k TalkTalk fine was big? Try €20m

Companies are unprepared for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force a year today, and some small businesses "might not even know" a new regime is looming, the UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has warned.…

Lenovo UK boss pulls the chain, flushes himself out of there

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:42:15 GMT

Wang gets the call to arms, stands to attention

Exclusive Lenovo UK boss John Harber has quit just 15 months after taking the hot seat, El Reg can confirm.…

Your roadmap to the Google vs Oracle Java wars

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:01:11 GMT

'It is happening again'

Analysis The final lap nears in Oracle's epic seven year battle with Google over Java. It's reached the Federal Appeals Circuit, where Oracle is confident that three appeals judges with a strong track record of upholding IP will decide in its favour.…

RightNow founder turned politician gets assault charge after 'bodyslamming' reporter

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:32:07 GMT

Greg Gianforte loses it on election eve

Until Wednesday, Greg Gianforte's life had followed a lovely script: he twice sold software companies for millions, the second time for US$1.5bn when Oracle acquired CRM company RightNow Technologies.…

UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:30:11 GMT

Anger over Manchester attack may play a part

The UK government will push through orders next month to force all communications companies including Google and Facebook to break data encryption.…

Rackspace demotes a CEO to hire a CEO to replace CEO who quit

Thu, 25 May 2017 03:01:10 GMT

Former HO and EMC man Joe Eazor gets the job of completing conversion to services company

Rackspace has named Joe Eazor as its new CEO, replacing the departing Taylor Rhodes and interim CEO Jeff Cotten.…

Attempt at building kinder, gentler Reddit downvoted off the Web

Thu, 25 May 2017 02:04:08 GMT

Chat forums beyond El Reg just do respectful whimsy, so goodbye 'Imzy'

Reddit can be a nasty, nasty place. So nasty that in 2015 half a dozen Reddit employees – some who said they'd experienced personal abuse or threats of violence from Reddit members – bailed from the company and set their sights on "rethinking the way communities exist on the internet".…

Uber New York class action alleges passengers overcharged $7.43m per month

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:16:41 GMT

Dial-a-ride d-baggery claimed on passenger side too

Uber's New York woes are piling up, as the dial-a-ride service has now been sued by riders who believe they were being overcharged.…

FCC revised net neutrality rules reveal cable company control of process

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:54:45 GMT

We take a look inside the campaign to undermine the internet

Analysis The FCC has released a revised version of its plans to tear up net neutrality – and unwittingly revealed the extraordinary influence that the cable industry has over the process.…

Costs v sales agent? Not just yet, judge tells Retro Computers Ltd

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:36:11 GMT

ZX Spectrum-themed game console firm didn't quite win court order, either

ZX Spectrum Vega firm Retro Computers Ltd has had its attempt to force former sales agent Nick Cooper to hand over extra information in the ongoing court battle between the two postponed today by the London County Court.…

Dixons Carphone: Brexit not a factor as Brits' gadget lust holds strong

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:06:13 GMT

Gloom and doom? Consumers still shopping with us, trills CEO

Political uncertainty haven’t put punters off purchasing electronic gadgets, Dixons Carphone CEO reported today.…

Channel luvvie Martin Hellawell set to check out of Softcat. Sort of

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:33:05 GMT

IPO? Ticked. 1,079% growth in 11 years? Ticked. Lost the tightness? Nah

Martin Hellawell, the McDonald's-card-toting CEO at mega reseller Softcat isn't quite sailing off into the sunset just yet, but he is preparing to handover the operation once a successor is found.…

EU ministers approve anti-hate speech video rules

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:30:12 GMT

Facebook, Google, Twitter and friends face clampdown

European Union ministers have approved new rules for video that will oblige Facebook, Google, Twitter and others to remove hate speech and sexually explicit videos online or face stiff fines.…

India makes biometrics mandatory for all e-gov projects

Wed, 24 May 2017 04:58:10 GMT

Cloud's just 'recommended', for now, as local industry plans 50 per cent growth by 2025

India's issued three “Guidance Notes” outlining its government's policies for procuring software and entering into alliances and running RFPs.…

Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

Wed, 24 May 2017 04:49:49 GMT

World's biggest advertising company needs to prove ads are worth the money

Google wants stores to gather purchase data on its behalf, to bolster its case that advertising on the platform works.…

Dodge this: Fiat-Chrysler gets diesel-fuelled sueball from DoJ

Wed, 24 May 2017 04:02:07 GMT

Emissions software scandal flares anew

Fiat-Chrysler, accused of the same kind of software defeat as landed Volkswagen in hot water, is now the subject of a Department of Justice lawsuit.…

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.…