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Qualcomm opens maw, prepares to swallow Dutch chipmaker NXP

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:59:10 GMT

Increased offer gives shareholders food for thought

While fending off unwanted advances from a determined suitor, chip-maker Qualcomm has had an increased bid for NXP Semiconductors accepted.…

Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:53:07 GMT

Pre-pack administration looms if retailer can't find a new parent

Ailing gadget souk Maplin is locked in eleventh-hour talks with a potential buyer of the chain but the company may be placed into the hands of an administrator if an agreement cannot be reached.…

HP starts slinging Apple hardware, tech support vending machines

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:02:12 GMT

Add Macs, iPads and iPhones to Devices-as-a-service offering

HP Ink is probably the world's top PC-maker measured by devices shipped, but has nonetheless started to offer and support Apple devices for its customers.…

Iiyama reanimates LCD cartel lawsuit corpse, swings it at Samsung

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:05:05 GMT

Court of Appeal: Can't kick this out, let's have a trial

LG and Samsung may be getting hot under the collar after an English court agreed that the long-running liquid crystal display (LCD) price-fixing cartel case can be reopened.…

Facebook's big solution to combating election ad fraud: Snail mail

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:58:13 GMT

Lo-tech brainwave 'won't solve everything', says biz

In the face of increasing public pressure to address election fraud, Facebook has come up with a novel way to check who's buying advertising on its site – snail mail.…

*Wakes up in Chrome's post-adblockalyptic landscape* Wow, hardly anything's changed!

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:59:05 GMT

Web still looking pretty toxic

You read it here first: the much-feared Chrome adblockalypse is likely be a soaking wet squib – with many kinds of digital irritant permitted.…'s Brexiteers warned not to push for divergence on data protection laws

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:22:10 GMT

As PM lacks specifics on UK’s desired ‘adequacy-plus’ deal

British government ministers have been told not to peddle the idea that trade agreements are incompatible with continued compliance with European data protection laws.…

US docs show Daimler may have done a Dieselgate – German press claims

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:40:06 GMT

Cars detect when it is on a test routine – reports

American investigators are looking into Mercedes maker Daimler's use of engine management software that is alleged to help its vehicles pass emissions tests, according to reports.…

Developer recovered deleted data with his face – his Poker face

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:02:08 GMT

Salesperson-suddenly-turned-coder learned social skills can be more important than technical skills

Who, Me? Welcome to the fifth edition of Who, Me? It's a new Register weekly column in which readers confess to times their skills fell just a little – or a lot – short of what was required to stop things going pear-shaped.…

James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:39:25 GMT

When the lawyer thinks you're cruel, that's Damore. When you're thrown on the street with a cloud at your feet...

Google was well within its rights when it dumped controversial bro-grammer James Damore in mid-2017.…

Facebook told to stop stalking Belgians or face fines of €250k – a day

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:59:06 GMT

Second privacy ruling to go against Zuck and co in a week

Facebook has been told to stop tracking Belgian citizens' online habits, and to delete all the data it holds on them, or it could be fined up to €100m.…

Qualcomm rejects Valentine's Day takeover love-in with Broadcom

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:03:13 GMT

Cheapo merger terms wouldn't get past regulator, it says

Fresh from telling us all how its “highly qualified” board would see off a hostile takeover from Broadcom, chip biz Qualcomm is now getting around the table with its buyout-happy rival.…

Say goodbye to a chunk of that sweet Aruba payout, hedgies – judge

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:05:06 GMT

Complainants hoped to squeeze more from HP

Hedge funds wanting a court-ordered higher share price from HP when it acquired Aruba have been dealt a blow costing them $17.3m.…

Transport for London to toughen up on taxi firms in the Uber age

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Sort out your safety policies... oh, and share all your travel info with us

Private-hire cab firms that want to operate in the UK capital will have to demonstrate how they protect riders' safety and data – and may still only get short-term licences, Transport for London has said.…

Chrome adblockalypse will 'accelerate Google-Facebook duopoly'

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:38:13 GMT

And publishers – have you thought of trying something new?

Analysis Google's own ad-blocking initiative was introduced yesterday via its Chrome browser.…

If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:04:12 GMT

Un-hinged user needed some basic education

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, in which The Register tries to liven up Fridays with reader-contributed stories of tech support traumas.…

FCC inspector general sticks corruption probe into chairman Ajit Pai amid $4bn media merger

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:59:05 GMT

Fine line between free market and favors for pals

Analysis The chairman of America's broadband watchdog – the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – is under investigation by the regulator's inspector general following a series of decisions that appear to favor one of the country's largest media owners.…

Charity accused of leaving sensitive notes behind after office move

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:34:09 GMT

Yep, it's another case of the unchecked filing cabinet

Updated A counselling charity has been accused of breaching Blighty's data protection law after confidential files were discovered in an old office building.…

BBC presenter loses appeal, must pay £420k in IR35 crackdown

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:55:13 GMT

IT contractors warned to get house in order

A BBC presenter must pay £419,151 in taxes after a UK tax tribunal ruled her contract should have been subject to IR35 legislation – a judgment that has been described as a wake-up call for IT freelancers.…

So... Nokia's taking a long, hard look at its health unit

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:09:08 GMT

Not so strategic now

Nokia appears to be revising its ambition to be the data kingpin of the digital health industry. The Finnish telecomms giant has put its Digital Health business up for “strategic review”.…

Mobile phone dealer boss faces 12 years in director limbo

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:36:09 GMT

Did somebody say VAT fraud? Yes, the Insolvency Service did

The boss of an Oxford-based mobile phone dealer who used a carousel scam to defraud the British tax collector from hundreds of thousands of pounds was today banned from holding directorships for 12 years.…

Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:29:13 GMT

English translation of probe into Finnish phone giant's twilight makes for interesting reading

The first English translation of Operation Elop, an examination by Finnish journalists into the final years of Nokia phones, has reignited debate about the fate of what was Europe's largest and most admired technology company.…

NetApp’s third quarter revenues charge forward

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:04:11 GMT

Tax charge kills GAAP net income but underlying numbers are strongly positive

George Kurian’s NetApp reported strong third quarter numbers all-flash arrays leading the way to set NetApp up for its first full year annual growth since 2015.…

Telstra: Don't expect HFC NBN sales to resume before July

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:49:30 GMT

Incumbent rolling in slightly fewer billions this half year

Telstra has no inside information on when nbn™ will end its moratorium on new HFC conections.…

Violets are violet, roses are... rosy, Dell just got $145.8m for selling Mozy

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:33:14 GMT

Online backup biz slurped by Carbonite

Dell Technologies has agreed to offload cloud backup subsidiary Mozy to web-based storage outfit Carbonite for $145.8m.…

Stop calling, stop calling... ICO goes gaga after home improvement biz ignores warnings

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:02:11 GMT

Swansea firm carries on direct marketing, lands extra fine

A Welsh home improvement firm has been fined after ignoring a warning to stop contacting people who had opted out of marketing calls.…

HTC phone supremo leaves months after Google guts firm for best and brightest

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:32:08 GMT

Handset division headless

Chialin Chang, president of smartphones at HTC, has resigned. No successor has been announced.…

Roses are red, Facebook is blue. Think private means private? More fool you

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:04:22 GMT

NY court rules pics can be accessed if relevant to litigation

Privacy settings on Facebook do not protect users from handing over photos, posts or metadata that is relevant to a court case, a New York judge has ruled.…

You won't believe this: Nokia soars back into phone-flinger top 3

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:33:04 GMT

Brand recognition and stock Android. Is the gamble paying off?

HMD's Nokia-branded Androids haven't exactly got reviewers raving – but they are shifting in decent numbers. Counterpoint reckons HMD sold 4.4 million Nokias in the final three months of 2017, with total sales to date topping around 10 million. That's enough to put it in the UK Top 3 again, analyst Neil Shah reckons.…

Arsenal are red, pundits have 'insights', BT and Sky splurge £4.5bn on footie rights

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:01:10 GMT

It's all about the content, guys

BT and Sky have splurged £4.464bn to show 160 Premier League games a season from 2019/20 until 2021/22.…

Despite the headlines, Rudd's online terror takedown tool is only part of the solution

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:32:23 GMT schtum on false positives, appeals process and long-term impact

Analysis The UK government launched its swish new tool to fight online extremist content to much fanfare this week – leading news bulletins and generating reams of coverage. But it also faced a whole host of criticism and concern.…

IBM declares it's the 'backbone of the world's economy'

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:32:04 GMT

It's slipped a disk, though, because services supremo admits new services plan is very much a work in progress

IBM believes it is "the backbone of the world's economy" and has told its services staff to hold their heads high and behave accordingly as the company rolls out new services offerings it hopes will let it dodge the implosion of outsourcing.…

Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:51:08 GMT

WikiLeaker 'considers himself above the normal rule of law' says Chief Magistrate

Infamous cupboard-dwelling WikiLeaker Julian Assange has failed yet again to get his arrest warrant for jumping bail quashed by an English judge.…

Not cool, dude: Brit web host Hotchilli Internet freezes itself for good

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:32:11 GMT

Advises punters to move to 123 Reg... no, you heard that right

Web-hosting outfit Hotchilli has told punters the best way it can continue to serve their needs is by, er, shutting up shop.…

Icahn't get right Xerox Fuji merger spoils, cries activist investor Carl

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:28:05 GMT

Me? Single biggest shareholder? Kneel before my portfolio

Activist investor Carl Icahn is ranting that Fujifilm's zero-sum acquisition of photocopier biz Xerox leaves him as a "passive minority owner of a Fuji subsidiary".…

Let's get to know each other first: Joe Public won't share their data with just anyone

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:12:12 GMT

NHS most trusted with our info, survey says, social media isn't

The British public are much more likely to hand over personal data to an organisation they know than one they don't, and are willing to accept a trade-off if it will help science – or themselves.…

Foxconn spins out a slice of itself to fund cloud, IoT and 5G push

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 05:01:13 GMT

Seeks $4bn to build glorious workers palaces and diversify beyond boring old iPhones

Foxconn wants to spin out part of itself, perhaps including a facilities used to build either iPhones or chips for smartmobes, so it can diversify into cloudy and 5G products.…

IBM's chief diversity officer knows too much and must be stopped!

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 03:58:11 GMT

Microsoft hired her, but Big Blue sues to stop her exporting its succession planning secrets

Microsoft has named Lindsay-Rae McIntyre as its chief diversity officer – and IBM has sued the Windows giant in the US to stop it happening.…

Facebook smartmobe app's pre-ticked privacy settings violate German data protection law

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:29:27 GMT

Court favours consumer group in long-running dispute

A German court has ruled that Facebook has not done enough to alert people to the pre-ticked privacy settings on its mobile app.…

Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:36:11 GMT

Civil rights groups slam trial as 'breathtakingly invasive'

A police force in England has been kitted out with fingerprint scanners to run identity checks in the street.…

Military techie mangled minicomputer under nose of scary sergeant

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 08:03:04 GMT

That's 'I hit the power button my mistake, SIR!' Do you understand?

Who, Me? Welcome to the fourth edition of Who, Me?, The Register's new column in which techies share their shameful secrets.…

Huawei claims national security is used as plausible excuse for 'protectionism'

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:42:57 GMT

Global government affairs veep wants trade rules to apply

Huawei has told an Australian parliamentary committee it believes national security is sometimes being used to hide protectionist trade policies.…

US states accused of skimming cash from 911 emergency call dosh

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 23:42:42 GMT

Funds to prop up critical service diverted to bankroll other stuff, watchdog not impressed

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has warned that multiple US states are using money designated for emergency services to fund other unrelated projects.…

Trump's tax reforms lift DXC's profit

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:09:13 GMT

Waving bye to some execs, 3% of grunts + real estate helped too

Tax reforms in the US helped shore up the bottom line of cost hurling Frankenfirm DXC Technologies, but the top line slid at the company for third straight quarter since it came into being.…

Uber and Waymo sitting in a tree, S-E-T-T-L-I-N-G

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:44:08 GMT

Bitter legal brouhaha ends with smiles... from Uber, anyway

Uber and Google-owned self-driving car biz Waymo have reached a settlement in the infamous lawsuit between the two.…

Hortonworks: Woo! We're breakeven – just don't focus on the $46m operating losses

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:01:10 GMT

CEO stresses biz is more than just a Hadoop-flinger now

Data biz Hortonworks shaved $50m off its operating losses in 2017, describing the year as "pivotal", as it continues efforts to rebrand itself as more than just Hadoop.…

Brit regulator pats self on back over nuisance call reduction: It's just 4 billion now!

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:40:15 GMT

Problem? It's, er, only 60 calls per UK resident

UK communications regulator Ofcom and the Information Commissioner’s Office have awarded themselves a pat on the back for reducing the amount of nuisance calls in the islands to a mere 3.9 billion last year.…

Why aren't you being arbiters of truth? MPs scream at Facebook, YouTube, Twitter

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:02:05 GMT

Social media titans take heat over kremlebots and fake news

No matter their protestations, the big tech firms will always be asked to do more to tackle the manifestations of society's problems on their platforms. And yesterday's four-hour evidence session in front of British parliamentarians was no different.…

BT backs down from charging millions in phone book listing fees

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 10:39:08 GMT

Comms providers dodge bills for six years of customer entries

BT has quietly withdrawn its threat to charge communications providers millions in six years' worth of back bills for special-entry listings in its phone book.…

As GDPR draws close, ICANN suggests 12 conflicting ways to cure domain privacy pains

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 07:28:12 GMT

Whois and ICANN – the Sonny and Cher of internet policy

Incoming European privacy laws which carry a global impact for anyone doing business in the Union are continuing to cause an epic policy meltdown at internet overseer ICANN.…