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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.…

Data watchdog fines Brit council £120k for identifying 943 owners of vacant property

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:21:11 GMT

Accidentally pulled cloth off pivot table in Grenfell Tower FoI

A London borough has been slapped with a £120,000 fine from the data protection watchdog after unlawfully identifying 943 owners of vacant property in a Freedom of Information (FoI) response.…

Scotland: Get tae f**k on 10Mbps Broadband USO

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:57:08 GMT

Scottish punters don't want to subsidise crappy speeds in England

Scotland is unhappy about Westminster's plans to introduce a 10Mbps universal service obligation, with the Scottish Rural Economy Secretary calling it "grossly unfair".…

NHS Digital execs showed 'little regard' for patient ethics by signing data deal

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:34:27 GMT

MPs slam over risk of making patient address sharing 'normal practice'

MPs have voiced “serious concerns” about NHS Digital’s leadership, claiming execs paid “little regard” to the ethics of sharing patient details for immigration enforcement, and are too close to government.…

'I crashed AOL for 19 hours and messed up global email for a week'

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 06:51:08 GMT

The great AOL outage of 1996, explained by a chap who made it happen

Who, me? Welcome again to Who, me? In case you've missed previous editions of the column, it's a confessional in which readers share their stories of having broken stuff. Badly.…

Xerox CEO accused of seeking Fujifilm tie-up against board's instructions

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 04:58:13 GMT

Not so, huffs Xerox chair

In January, Xerox and Fujifilm decided their best chance of surviving the printer-copier downturn was a multi-billion dollar mutual rescue package led by the Fuji Xerox joint venture. Now, a lawsuit alleges Xerox CEO Jeff Jacobson rushed into the deal against instructions from the company's board.…

Congressional group asks FBI boss Wray to explain Apple lawsuit

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 02:00:06 GMT

How dark can crims really go?

Ten members of the US Congress have asked the FBI to explain its battles with Apple, after doubts were raised over the extent to which criminals use encryption to "go dark" and evade law enforcement authorities.…

Apple leak: If you leak from Apple, we'll have you arrested, says Apple

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 21:37:19 GMT

Doing China's bidding seems to have rubbed off on Cupertino

Apple has gone full swivel-eyed, control-freak crazy on its own employees with a demented internal memo decrying information leaks.…

Anon biz bloke wins milestone Google Right To Be Forgotten lawsuit

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:15:01 GMT

His co-claimant wasn't so lucky, however

RTBF trial A businessman has won the first ever “right to be forgotten” lawsuit against Google in London’s High Court – but a second man’s attempt to have embarrassing search results about him deleted has failed.…

Latest F-35 flight tests finish – and US stops accepting new jets

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:31:41 GMT

Contract wrangle overshadows milestone

The F-35 fighter jet has completed one of its years-long flight testing programmes – just in time for the United States to suspend all deliveries of the new supersonic aircraft.…

HMRC delays digi tax plans amid Brexit customs woes

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:55:12 GMT

UK taxmen triaging projects to prioritise trucks' passage at Dover

HMRC appears to be putting its flagship "making tax digital" (MTD) project on hold. Instead, it's all hands on deck at the Brit tax authority to handle its customs IT replacement system post-Brexit.…

Facebook scandal: EU politicians should aim for straight answers, not star witnesses

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:40:05 GMT

Justice commish 'advises' Sheryl Sandberg to send her boss, but is Zuck best one to grill?

Comment Politicians on this side of the Pond need to stop obsessing about getting Mark Zuckerberg in front of them, and start preparing to grill his subordinates.…

Boring as she goes at Sage? Oh no, no, no! Shares slide as sales slip below forecasts

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:31:09 GMT

Wake up accountants! Sage has ops issues

There was a minor disturbance in the accountancy software market today: accountants even looked up from their books as Sage admitted sales were more sloppy than expected at the half-way stage of its fiscal ’18.…

India completes its GPS alternative, for the second time

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:27:13 GMT

One bird broke, replacement failed to launch, but now IRNSS is whole again

India has successfully conducted the satellite launch needed to re-construct its Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).…

Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:03:10 GMT

No, Mum, ‘Print to File’ doesn’t make the printer work

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, The Register’s reader-contributed tales of tech support tension, terror and technical tragedy.… cops to human trafficking, money laundering

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 03:58:09 GMT

Texas to jail CEO for at least five years, Feds' case still to come CEO Carl Ferrer has pled guilty to money laundering and the company he led has done likewise on charges of human trafficking.…

Cisco board adds SaaS-man to help it suss subscriptions

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 01:58:13 GMT

Former Adobe CFO Mark Garrett also sits on board of subs-happy Pure Storage

Cisco’s tapped one of the few software vendors that has made a thorough and successful transition to software-as-a-service by appointing Mark Garrett, a former Adobe executive veep and chief financial officer to its board of directors.…

Super Cali's frickin' whiz kids no longer oppose us: Even though Facebook thought info law was quite atrocious

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 22:55:30 GMT

Zuck & Co end fight against California's privacy legislation

One day after Lt Commander (All Your) Data Mark Zuckerberg was lightly sautéed by US Congress over Facebook's fast and loose relationship with user privacy, the Silicon Valley giant has dropped its opposition to a proposed California data protection law.…

Cryptocoin investors sue Chase Bank for sky-high credit card charges

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 22:00:00 GMT

Bank treated funbux buys as high-interest 'cash advances'

Chase Bank is the target of a class action lawsuit accusing the bank of overcharging customers who bought cryptocurrencies with their credit cards.…