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Google avoids fine in UK but will change its privacy policies

DW100 DW100 writes  |  yesterday

DW100 (2227906) writes "Google has avoided a fine from UK data regulators for its privacy policies that were introduced in 2012. While French and Spanish regulators issued fines of €150,000 and €900,000 respectively, the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) appears happy to simply ask Google to change the wording of its policies and make them clearer to users so that they can understand more clearly how their data is being gathered and used by the search giant."
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Net neutrality means Apple must make BlackBerry apps - BlackBerry CEO

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about two weeks ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "In a bizarre public blog post the CEO of BlackBerry, John Chen, has claimed that net neutrality laws should include forcing app developers to make their services available on all operating systems. Chen even goes as far as citing Apple's iMessage tool as a service that should be made available for BlackBerry, because at present the lack of an iMessage BlackBerry app is holding the firm back."
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UK govt leads the world for open data claims web father Sir Tim Berners-Lee

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about two weeks ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "The UK government is the most open and transparent when it comes to releasing data on its own citizens, according to the man who invented the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee. A report by his Web Foundation organisation put the UK ahead of the US, Sweden and France, although the report also said the quality of some data being released is poor, and needs addressing. Myanmar ranked bottom for the 86 countries assessed."
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BT to buy UK 4G leader EE for £12.5bn

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "The UK mobile market looks set for a radical shake-up after BT confirmed it is now in final stage discussions to buy EE for £12.5bn. The move will see the telecoms giant return to the mobile market for the first time in over a decade and make the company the leader in both fixed and mobile markets. Whether or not the telecoms regulatory Ofcom will agree to such a deal, though, remains to be seen"
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UK spy post GCHQ launches Android app to uncover future code-breakers

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "UK spy post GCHQ has released an Android app that helps youngsters learn about coding techniques, and how to break them. The app, called Cryptoy, is available now for Android tablets, and is expected to arrive on iOS next year. The hope is that youngsters will discover hidden talents for code-setting and breaking, helping the UK ensure it has a steady stream of intelligent, crypto-savvy workers to counter emerging cyber threats. The launch has echoes of a similar government effort in WW2 to find code-breakers for Bletchley Park via a cryptic crossword in the Daily Telegraph, albeit with a modern twist."
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UK completes 250km of undersea broadband rollouts

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 2 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "The UK has completed a highly challenging rollout of broadband to remote islands in Scotland, covering 250km of seabed. The work has taken many months but will mean some 150,000 residents in the islands will be able to get broadband of up to 80Mbps. A cable laying ship, the Rene Descartes, carried out the work, with the longest cable stretching 50 miles between islands."
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The end of Itanium? HP shifts to Xeon servers for mission-critical servers

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 2 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "The ailing Itanium processor has suffered another body blow after HP switched its SuperDome and NonStop server lines from the processor to the newer Xeon chips from Intel. The move follow the general trend to stop using Itanium and move to newer processors."
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EU considers splitting up Google to stop search abuse

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 2 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "MEPs in Europe want to split Google up to curb its apparent abuse of the search market, although they have no real authority to force Google into any such measures. The move seems to really be a case of putting pressure on the new competition chief to find a way to, in turn, put pressure on Google to come up with search concessions that actually meet its concerns."
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Google ad platform outage leaves web ad free for hours

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 3 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "Millions of website were ad free for over an hour on Wednesday after a system outage on Google's DoubleClick for Publishers platform. The outage meant sections of websites that usually display adverts depending on a users' browsing history instead just displayed white space. The incident affected websites worldwide and could have cost companies — and Google — millions in lost advertising revenue. The issue was blamed on a 'software bug', but the specifics of the incident remain unclear."
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Cern to generate 400PB a year from Large Hadron Collider experiments

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 3 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "Cern has said it expects its experiments with the Large Hadron Collider to generate as much as 400PB of information per year by 2023 as the scope of its work continues to expand. Currently LHC experiments have generated an archive of 100PB and this is growing at 27PB per year. Cern infrastructure manager Tim Bell, speaking at the OpenStack Summit in Paris, said the organisation is using OpenStack to underpin this huge data growth, as it ensure it can handle such vast reams of potentially universe-altering information."
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White House systems infiltrated by Russian hackers

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 3 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "Hackers from Russia have hacked into the White House computers, although no critical data was stolen, according to sources who revealed the information to the Washington Post."
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Mother Russia sponsors cyber spying of rival nations

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 3 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "The Russian government has been tacitly backing hacker groups that infiltrate the networks of other nations and groups such as NATO, according to security firm FireEye. The security firm has dubbed the group APT28, and believes its aim is to "collect intelligence that would be most useful to a government"."
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Julian Assange: Google has the US government in its pocket

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 3 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "In an extract from a forthcoming book, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has hit out at Google, claiming it has a very cosy relationship with some of the top power brokers in US politics. "Nobody wants to acknowledge that Google has grown big and bad. But it has. Schmidt's tenure as CEO saw Google integrate with the shadiest of US power structures as it expanded into a geographically invasive mega-corporation," he writes."
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Ex-NSA director defends PRISM and suggests not talking to terrorists

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 4 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "The former head of the NSA, General Keith Alexander, has issued a sweeping defence of the PRISM surveillance campaign he oversaw, claiming that everything was above-board and legal. He said that only those conversing with terrorists had anything to fear and the concerns around PRISM were distracting people from the real threats they face, such as state-sponsored hackers in China"
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Unique UK broadband deployment to change remote island life forever

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 6 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "A unique broadband rollout in the UK has taken place this week, with operator BT bringing a previously disused international undersea cable ashore in the tiny island community of the Isles of Scilly. This will bring speeds of 60-80Mbs to the islands, making it one of the best connected communities in the world."
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Microsoft CEO to slash 18,000 jobs, 12,500 from Nokia to go

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 6 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "Satya Nadella has taken an axe to Microsoft's 127,000-strong workforce by announcing a whopping 18,000 job cuts, including 12,500 from the recently integrated Nokia division. At least 13,000 jobs will go within the next six months."
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Bank of England warns UK firms on US cloud use over FBI and CIA data snooping

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 7 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes ""The CIO of the Bank of England, John Finch, has told UK businesses to be wary of using US cloud firms due to concerns that the FBI, CIA or other agencies could access their data whenever they want, as concerns caused by the PRISM revelations of 2013 continue to plague the tech sector"
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MIT gives 4,500 students $100 in Bitcoins

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 9 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "Two students seeking to make friends at the renowned MIT university have given over 4,500 fellow scholars $100 in Bitcoins, just to see what they do with them. They hope to understand more about the use of the digital currency and whether merchants on campus show any inclination to accept the new cash."
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US judge rules cloud firms must hand over data, even if stored overseas

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 9 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "Cloud computing uptake could suffer after a US judge in New York ruled that vendors in the US must turn over data to the authorities under warrant, even if the data is stored in other nations. The ruling was handed down during a case brought by Microsoft as it tries to avoid having to hand over data on an customer in Ireland, where the data is stored. However, the magistrate judge said that search warrants should apply to all data gathered by a US firm, regardless of any local laws. Microsoft has already said it will appeal."
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Apple iTunes users slate Microsoft Word for iPad app with 500 one star reviews

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 9 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "In the first month since Microsoft launched its Word for iPad app it has received 500 one-star reviews from users of the Apple iTunes library, just under half the total of 1,028 ratings left by users. Issues ranging from the price to the lack of printing functionality were cited by many as the reason for the low scores. However, over 300 users have provided five stars reviews, suggesting for some the firm can do no wrong."
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