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SCC bags universal credit hosting contract -

DWP chucks more money at car crash of a programme

Reseller and IT services outfit SCC has won a two-year hosting deal for the Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) troubled universal credit programme for a sum worth "over six figures".…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:58:07 GMT)

Ministry of Fun tries again on mobile mast planning permission -

Want not-spots washed out? Well, we have to put 'em somewhere, NIMBYs

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has announced a consultation (PDF) on reforming the Electronic Communications code. This is crucial ingredient to the “landmark” not-spots deal announced at the back end of last year.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:26:10 GMT)

Nimble revenue diet gets fibre supplement -

Losses are lessening, but can it get the result it wants

IPOed hybrid array market star Nimble Storage beat the street with fourth-quarter revenues of $68.3m, and lost less money than last quarter as Fibre Channel sales kicked in. Can it keep on like this?…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:45:06 GMT)

ANOTHER shake-up at HP Enterprise Services -

Big Cheeses moved around

A mini shake-up of the Enterprise Services (ES) division at HP has seen the role of UK public sector veep Stuart Bladen carved up and shared out among several others.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:06:07 GMT)

Google pumps $60m into music company Kobalt -

Every little helps in protecting Macca's froggy royalties

Google Ventures has pumped $60m (£39m) into London-based music tech company Kobalt Music, which helps publishers keep tabs on streaming services such as Spotify.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:44:04 GMT)

Ingram Micro: Damn you Europe for our ghastly margins -

Sales soar globally, but forex, retail PC price erosion weigh

Weaker margins in Europe due to forex losses and cut-throat retail pricing was the only major blip in an otherwise decent end to the calendar 2014 for Ingram Micro. It was not a vintage year though.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:26:05 GMT)

Thousands of UK drivers' details leaked through hole in parking ticket website -

PaymyPCN database of names, pics was open, says report

Thousands of UK drivers have been caught up in a data breach at a UK parking firm.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:02:06 GMT)

Flashy upstarts facing IPO pressure. Get on with it then -

VC sequence could end not with a bang, but a whimper

Comment Conventional wisdom has it that VC-funded tech start-ups get acquired or, hopefully, go through an IPO to become successful stand-alone companies. However, such may not be the fate of the five main surviving all-flash array (AFA) vendors in the face of fast and furious mainstream supplier reaction to their success.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:33:04 GMT)

NTT Com Security to wed UK cyber specialist Nebulas, say sources -

Everyone wants a bigger piece of the cyber security pie

NTT Com Security is to acquire rapidly growing London-based Nebulas Solutions Group, according to well-placed industry tipsters.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:04:07 GMT)

TalkTalk admits massive data breach -

Noticed an increase in scamming late last year

TalkTalk has admitted to a major breach of user information, which may have led to some customers handing over bank information to hackers.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:39:06 GMT)

Revival of fortune: Mad Catz Mojo Android gaming micro console -

Revamped firmware and a new tempting price

Review Like the Kickstarter poster-child Ouya, Mad Catz’ Mojo was sent before its time into this breathing world, scarce half made up. Or to put it in a less Shakespearean way, it lacked the full Google Play experience and was a bit pricey.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:02:06 GMT)

El Reg regains atomic keyring capability -

Tritium-powered glowrings hit Cash'n'Carrion

It's official: El Reg's merchandising tentacle Cash'n'Carrion has regained its atomic keyring capability with the arrival in our virtual emporium of the Nite Glowring.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:32:05 GMT)

Paranoid Android Kaymera smartmobe takes on Blackphone -

Super-secure Israeli platform only lacks Mossad bodyguard

MWC2015 Security specialist Kaymera – based in Herzliya, Israel – has launched a mobile security platform aimed at paranoid corporations.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:03:05 GMT)

CloudFlare crypto gets faster on old mobes -

Choc Factory ChaCha crypto pairing gets popular

Popular denial of service deflection platform CloudFlare is deploying new speedy cipher suites previously championed by Google, maths boffin Nick Sullivan says.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:30:12 GMT)

Moto E 2015: The builder's cheapie gets a serious upgrade -

Stock Lollipop mini-flop is only skin-deep

Hands On Why can't everybody make a bargain basement phone as well as Motorola? They're as fashionable as egg and chips in a 1970s Wimpy Bar, but the popularity of the small, robust, no-nonsense Moto E and G models has helped revived the brand. The Chinese-owned phone operation yesterday upgraded the Moto E yesterday, adding some quality to the popular Android cheapie, for a slightly higher price.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:02:10 GMT)

Google open-sources HTTP/2-based RPC framework -

Chocolate Factory's microservices code is yours to coddle

Google has open-sourced something called “gRPC” that it says represents “a brand new framework for handling remote procedure calls” using HTTP/2.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:33:07 GMT)

Churchill's blood valued at £560,000. Take that Stalin! -

Phial of Winnie's boozy fluid up for auction

The blood circulating in Winston Churchill's veins was worth around £560,000, on the basis of a valuation placed on a small phial of it being auctioned next month.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:01:12 GMT)

Nerdgasm as Apple announces 'special event' -

'Spring Forward' says invitation to March 9th indoctrination session

Apple's hype machine has creaked into life again, with media outlets on Cupertino's “nice” list* reportedly showered with a new invitation to pay homage to the company on March 9th. The company's also updated its live events page with news of a to-be-streamed event on the same day.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:31:05 GMT)

Australia to get spooks charter at cost of at least AU$188m -

Multi-party committee adds modest privacy enhancements to metadata retention scheme

Australia's Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has recommended that the nation adopt a telecommunications metadata retention regime.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:58:09 GMT)

Scavengers pick bones of collapsed telly-spaff upstart Aereo -

Tiny rod company's assets fetch under US$2m during windup

Erstwhile TV streamer Aereo has held the auction to sell off its remaining assets to help cover its debts.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:02:03 GMT)

To beat Oracle, find jurors who care about Leisure Suit Larry not Larry Ellison -

Support upstart Rimini Street's secret allies are Nevada jurors

When you kick a giant in the shins and threaten to cut it off at the knees, do it in a jurisdiction you believe will provide you with a sympathetic jury.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:00:13 GMT)

Net neutrality: The world speaks its brains on secret 'open' 'net rules -

Not a 'meh' in sight

Comment Look at this photo of FCC chairman Tom Wheeler holding hands and smiling with the two Democrat commissioners who backed his "open internet" regulations, the pair wearing vivid blue outfits. It sums all that was both good and worrying about the decisions today to pass secretive net neutrality rules.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:31:04 GMT)

Iran hacks America where it hurts: Las Vegas casinos -

Digital Pearl Harbour debunked by US director of national intelligence

US director of National Intelligence James Clapper has accused Iran of orchestrating a 2014 hack of the Las Vegas Sands casino. The attack crippled the magnificent cultural institution's IT infrastructure.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:58:11 GMT)

EPIC asks FTC to stick a probe up Samsung over 'snooping' smart TVs -

Privacy campaigners say sets are collecting user info

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has lobbied the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate Samsung's collection of user information in its Smart PCs.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:26:12 GMT)

EFF fears crims are getting smart to Superfish SSL flaws -

Certificate flaws spotted in variety of important sites

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says it has found evidence that the security problems with Superfish could be much worse than first thought.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:58:05 GMT)

Check out our HOT AIR INTERFACE for 5G – Huawei -

"Please sir, pick my standards sir!" begs Chinese tech giant

Jockeying for position in the yet-to-be-real 5G market continues, with Huawei announcing that it's going to demo a new air interface at Mobile World Congress in March.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:40:56 GMT)

Dot-word sensation: Google forks out $25m for a fist of .app-y pills -

That's ICANN's Christmas party sorted, then?

Google has spunked $25m on the rights to sell domains ending in ".app", beating off competition from 12 other bidders, including Amazon and almost every large internet registry.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:58:24 GMT)

Alleged Aussie Anon hauled in for Indonesia phone tap hacking spat -

Charged with urging keyboard warriors to pop spy agency sites

A Melbourne man has been charged with instigating an Indonesian-led hack of Australian intelligence websites as an alleged member of the Anonymous collective.…

(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:37:19 GMT)

If in doubt, blow $4bn: IBM says it will fatten up on cloud, mobile, Big Data cake by 2018 -

Ginni eyes $40bn-a-year sales

IBM is betting billions that it can claw its way back to growth by focusing on what it calls its "strategic imperatives," including cloud, data analytics, mobility, social networking, and security.…

(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:57:04 GMT)

NBN Co says TWO broadband connections are better than one -

Praises new FTTP plus HFC product in Singapore

+Comment NBN Co, the entity building Australia's national broadband network, has come up with an odd suggestion: two broadband connections, each running on different access technologies, are better than one.…

(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:24:23 GMT)

Reddit showers gold on drugs, hippies and Tor-rorists -

In colossal shock, Redditors want to be free to understand mind-bending substances

4chan-for-beginners website Reddit has announced the winners of its charity give-away.…

(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:22:05 GMT)

Facebook sad-nav: How to put depressed pals on internet suicide watch -

Definitely not a killer feature

The signs of future suicide often pop up on social media, so Facebook has partnered with the University of Washington (UW) to roll out new tools that can hopefully provide a lifeline to those in need.…

(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:58:06 GMT)

Errant update borks Samsung 850 Pro SSDs -

Users unfriend Sammy in furious Facebook scenes

Turning social media against Samsung, a Facebook group has been set up to get the Korean company to fix a firmware update that borks the 850 Pro SSD.…

(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:44:07 GMT)

Net neutrality secrecy: No one knows what the FCC approved (but Google has a good idea) -

Last-minute rewrites and more revealed

Analysis US watchdog the FCC formally approved new net neutrality rules on Thursday for America. But you're out of luck if you want to know exactly how your access to the internet will be now be governed.…

(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:28:37 GMT)

Assemblers were once people: My aunt did it for NASA -

We all owe plenty to the mainframe age's pioneers

The IT runs strong in my family.…

(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:16:20 GMT)

Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage -

Even Redmond is fed up with 'IE-specific behavior'

Microsoft says it decided to start from scratch with a new web rendering engine for Windows 10 because keeping up with web standards while maintaining compatibility with older, noncompliant versions of Internet Explorer had simply become too much of a burden.…

(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:31:05 GMT)

FinFisher, the spyware loved by cruel dictators, stomps all over human rights, says UK govt -

Bahraini sales were dodgy, please don't do it again

FinFisher, the spyware sold to police and tyrants around the globe, has gained the dubious honor of becoming the first piece of software judged by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development to have trampled human rights. The OECD is an influential consortium of world powers.…

(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:51:06 GMT)

Colt sales slide, profits turn to mush in shiny new cloudy world -

Medium-term forecast? Sorry, never heard of it

A double-digit sales crash in the carrier voice division led top-line declines at Colt in 2014, as a series of one-off costs – including a major restructuring programme – downed profit.…

(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:31:08 GMT)

Net neutrality victory: FCC approves 'open internet' rules in 3-2 vote -

Telcos, start your litigation as US broadband faces regulation

US watchdog the FCC today approved its strongest ever rules governing internet access. The regulations were passed in a 3-2 vote by commissioners.…

(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:02:01 GMT)

Oh Big Blue, can't you think of anything new for your product line? -

Here, I'll help: Object storage, scalable NAS...

Storagebod "If in doubt, rebrand" ... has IBM completely run out of ideas with its storage offerings? The Spectrum rebrand of its storage offerings feels like the last throw of the dice.…

(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:55:10 GMT)

Ex-Logica beancounter pleads guilty to insider trading -

CGI takeover info netted man £30k in ill-gotten gains

A financial planning manager at the outsourcer formerly known as Logica has today pleaded guilty to three instances of insider dealing.…

(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:28:09 GMT)

Mark Starkey quits Logicalis UK -

Family illness made exec 'realise life is very short'

Exclusive Logicalis UK boss Mark Starkey has quit the business to “step back” from the coalface and spend more time with his family, he told staffers in a note today.…

(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:55:10 GMT)

SOLD: Emulex – for 34% less than shareholders were offered 6 years ago -

Avago has a go, wins neat $606m deal

Comment Data networking outfit Emulex, harried by activist investor Elliott Management, has given up its independence and shopped itself to Avago Technologies for $606m in cash – $8/share – giving execs and investors a nice windfall.…

(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:25:11 GMT)

SkyProwler VTOL transformo-drone set to darken skies -

Plane or chopper? The choice is yours

Joe Public's appetite for new UAV tech must surely have a limit, but that's still some way off if the case of the SkyProwler "Multi-Mission VTOL Transformer Drone" is any indication.…

(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:54:07 GMT)

Soz, HP. IBM has out-mega-dealed you – tech analyst -

But Big Blue still needs to hit the SMAC stack

Having hoovered up a number of megadeals last year, IBM has left rival HP eating its dust in the infrastructure space, according to an analyst report.…

(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:28:09 GMT)

Outsourcery wins first G-Cloud deal, justifies spot on SME panel -

Boss Linney says small biz has 'no God-given right' to win deals

It only took almost 20 months to win any business via G-Cloud’s online services catalogue but Outsourcery has finally signed a deal.…

(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:57:07 GMT)

Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid -

MPs revive pay-per-Auntie conditional access plan

Parliament's Culture Committee has revived the idea of "conditional access" for BBC TV services – which means that if you don't pay, you won't receive the full package.…

(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:28:12 GMT)

Google to tame Android's Wild Wild West to please suits -

Rounds up enterprise posse for sandboxed safety

Google is recruiting Android app authors to help tame Mountain View’s Wild, Wild West mobile platform for businesses.…

(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:56:09 GMT)

Salesforce boss: One day I'll run a $10bn... er, software biz? -

Benioff boasts: SAP and Oracle can kiss my chuddies

Marc Benioff has accused the world’s largest business software maker and the industry’s biggest database firm of not cutting the mustard on Salesforce's cloudy home turf.…

(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:26:41 GMT)

Parallels parallels Citrix, VMware with mobile app delivery slurp -

2X software acquisition to take junior virtualiser into Citrix's lair

VMware made its name in server virtualisation and Citrix rose to fame with application delivery technologies. Both now compete in both fields and in the emerging market for application delivery to, and management of mobile devices.…

(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:54:04 GMT)