Wednesday 31 December 2014

T-Mobile US CEO on wearables: 'Apple Watch is the tipping point'

...and contracts are history, says crystal-ball-gazing bigwig

In a rash of annual predictions, T- Mobile big cheese John Legere claims that “Wearables and phablets will be the big device stories of 2015”.…

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Marciello joins Sauber as test and reserve driver

Ferrari protege Raffaele Marciello has joined Sauber as test and reserve driver for the 2015 season, the Swiss team announced on Wednesday. Marciello, 20, already has prior experience of Formula One machinery, having tested for Ferrari in Abu Dhabi in November. He will combine his new Sauber duties with a second full season in GP2, in which he won once and claimed four podiums en route to eighth in the 2014 championship

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Tuesday 30 December 2014

TalkTalk eyes up Blinkbox for advanced FOURPLAY – report

With a £250m accounting hole, every little helps

Budget telco TalkTalk is reportedly pursuing a buyout of video-streaming service Blinkbox from Tesco.…

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Gmail staggers to feet in China as access partially restored

Webmail hit a wall, but not our Great Firewall, says PRC

Access to Gmail in China appears to have at least been partially restored, after Google's web addresses were blocked over the weekend.…

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Monday 29 December 2014

Titsup Twitter: We've swatted the bug that caused the outage

Is it 2015 yet?

Twitter reported a partial outage yesterday, which it said had been due to a bug in its "front end code".…

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'Apple of China' Xiaomi: Yep, we HAVE just bagged $1.1 BEELLION

Chinese firm going for Samsung's market share

Top Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Xiaomi has confirmed reports that it has raised $1.1bn to fund its plans for world domination.…

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Saturday 27 December 2014

PlayStation clambers back online 48 hours after DDoS attack CRIPPLED network

Titsup gaming service struggling to return to life

Sony's PlayStation network is slowly returning to normal service roughly 48 hours after it was hit by another major denial-of-service attack on Christmas Day.…

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Lizard Squad hacking gang moves from PlayStation, Xbox Live to Tor

Floods network with 3,000 relays, project devs respond

The developers of Tor, the software that tries to mask netizens' identities on the internet, have responded after a gang of hackers appeared to flood the anonymizing network with 3,000 new relays.…

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Friday 26 December 2014

Mobe not-spots 'landmark deal'? We ain't thick, Javid

Coverage increase promise is (mostly) cobblers

The “landmark agreement” between the government and the mobile phone operators has been reported as a coup, something worthy, and a step forward. However, scratch the surface and it’s merely a face-saving exercise.…

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Wednesday 24 December 2014

Ireland: Hey, you. America. Hands off Microsoft's email cloud servers


The Irish government today supported Microsoft in its ongoing fight against US prosectors – who appear to want access to server hard drives anywhere in the world.…

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Internet community split on who should run IANA

ICANN Board pushes for ICANN control; others disagree

The internet community is split when it comes to who should be given the right to run the critical IANA functions.…

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Rackspace restored after DDOS takes out DNS

25-hour incident blocked traffic from reaching and some subdomains

Rackspace says it has recovered from a nasty distributed denial of service attack that it says may have seen “a portion of legitimate traffic to our DNS infrastructure … inadvertently blocked.”…

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Tuesday 23 December 2014

FCC: A few (680,000) net neutrality comments lost in 'XML blunder'

Views vanish in IT cock-up – claim

The US Federal Communications Commission says it misplaced a huge tranche of public comments on its net neutrality proposals – and has blamed its outdated IT system.…

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Red Bull retain Buemi as 2015 reserve driver

Red Bull Racing have re-signed Sebastien Buemi as the team's reserve driver for the 2015 season. It will be the fifth year in the role for Buemi, who was recently crowned FIA World Endurance Champion alongside fellow ex-F1 racer Anthony Davidson. “I'm very pleased to take on another season as reserve driver at Infiniti Red Bull Racing,” said Buemi

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US hotels want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

Let's get ready to grumble

Top hotel chains want permission to jam guests' personal Wi-Fi hotspots – a move that would force people to use expensive hotel wireless instead.…

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BT takes broadband to NEW PLACES. That's right: CITIES

Will ‘cabinets in the basement’ be the next big thing

BT is trumpeting a new test which will see it install broadband in some really hard-to-reach locations: the middle of cities. Well, provided it can get into the building in the first place.…

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Ferrari: Two wins the minimum for 2015

Ferrari's new team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has set his Italian squad a target of at least two Grand Prix victories for 2015, in what the Scuderia admit will be 'a year of reconstruction' as they bid to return to title contention. Following a difficult 2014 campaign - their first winless season since 1980 - and the exit of Fernando Alonso, Ferrari have undergone a comprehensive management restructure

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Telstra goes for Chinese takeaway with Pacnet buy

AUD$697m buys Australian carrier bit barns and subsea cables across Asia

As foreshadowed last week, Australia's dominant telco, Telstra, will acquire Pacnet.…

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FCC hits pause on Comcast-TWC gobble AGAIN

More time needed to review documents, say feds

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has once again put a hold on Comcast's controversial proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC), saying it needs more time to review documents in the case.…

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Monday 22 December 2014

Norks' internet goes TITSUP in possible DDoS attack

Complete outage for Little Kim's kingdom

If the North Koreans really do have an elite hacking squad, it'll be twiddling its thumbs at the moment, as all internet activity in the country has gone dark in an outage that bears the hallmarks of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.…

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Split could force NetMundial Initiative back to the drawing board

Technical community gives ICANN a slap over net governance overreach

The controversial NetMundial Initiative (NMI) may be heading back to the drawing board following a meeting of the internet's big cheeses in Washington last week.…

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BONK for CASH in Brixton and help us EAT the RICH

Contactless payments, meet South London’s anti-gentry

The Brixton Pound (B£), the private currency for denizens of the slightly more affordable bit of earth next to Clapham, is to adopt near field communications, or NFC, payments.…

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Microsoft shutters Office 365's free web site service

Feature won't be replaced but price stays the same

Microsoft is terminating its SharePoint Online Public Website service, effective January 2015.…

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IsoHunt releases roll-your-own Pirate Bay

Open source 'OpenBay' gives YOU the chance to become Cop-bait

Torrent site ISOhunt has created a roll-your-own, open source, version of infamous file-sharing site The Pirate Bay.…

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One third of servers, storage and switches are sold to clouds

$6.5 BEEELLLION of cloud sales per quarter, half to public clouds

Analyst firm IDC reckons that cloud operations – private and public - now account for “almost a third” of the world's spending on servers, storage and ethernet switches.…

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Friday 19 December 2014

T-Mobile US to refund $90m for bogus charges: Un-Carrier? More like Un-Crammer

Scram, cram scams, thank you, ma'am

T-Mobile US will pay out $90m to settle cramming allegations brought by the US Federal Trade Commission.…

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Scram, cram scam: T-Mobile US to refund $90m for bogus bill charges

FTC forces CEO Legere to become the Un-Crammer

T-Mobile US has agreed to pay out at least $90m to settle cramming allegations with the US Federal Trade Commission.…

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That's quite an increase!

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This could be useful...

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Vergne joins Ferrari as test driver

Jean-Eric Vergne will join Ferrari as their test driver for the 2015 season, the Italian team have announced. Vergne will work on car development in the Ferrari simulator, operating alongside the team's newly appointed test and third driver Esteban Gutierrez

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Sochi presented with 2014 Race Promoters' Trophy

The success of this year's inaugural Russian Grand Prix was formally recognised on Friday when Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Kozak, received the 2014 Race Promoters' Trophy from Bernie Ecclestone, CEO of the Formula One group, in a special ceremony at the Sochi Autodrom

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Iliad owner coughs €2.3bn for Orange Switzerland

Telco shopping trip finally bears fruit for French biz bloke

Xavier Niel, the owner of French ISP and mobile phone company Iliad, is buying Orange Switzerland for CHF2.8bn (€2.3bn) from VC Apax Partners.…

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Movie industry's evil plan to destroy the internet is going precisely nowhere

Yes, it would damage the DNS; no, it's not going to happen

As well as finding out that Jennifer Lawrence earns less than her male counterparts, movie execs are self-important a-holes and Sony has a password policy that a baby could break, it turns out that the movie company is also seeking to DESTROY THE INTERNET with a ten-page legal memo.…

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NBN Co reveals product roadmap and Telstra planning deal

Hybrid fibre-coax trials to commence in late 2015

NBN Co has updated its product roadmap and Telstra has revealed it will help the company to plan future deployments.…

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Net Neut: Verizon flips the bird to FCC on peering deal crackdown

You can't stop us creating web traffic fast-lanes, telco says

Verizon reckons the FCC's net neutrality proposals can not stop ISPs and websites signing interconnect deals to increase streaming speeds to subscribers.…

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Thursday 18 December 2014

Amazon CloudWatch Logs in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney) and EU (Frankfurt) regions

We are happy to announce the immediate availability of Amazon CloudWatch Logs in the in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney) and EU (Frankfurt) regions. With CloudWatch Logs, you can monitor your systems and applications in near real-time using your existing log files. For example, you can use Amazon CloudWatch to notify you when errors are reported in your application log files or to view graphs of web request latencies from your web server logs. Also, you can store and access your logs in CloudWatch for as long as you need in highly durable, low-cost storage. To get started with CloudWatch Logs, install the CloudWatch Logs agent for Amazon Linux, CentOS, Redhat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Ubuntu. You can also use the EC2 Config service to start monitoring logs on Microsoft Windows. The agent can be installed in minutes using Chef, EC2 User Data or the command-line. Both the agent and EC2 Config service are offered at no additional charge. Learn more about how CloudWatch Logs can help you better understand and operate your systems and applications here.

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CVC appoints Directors to the Board of the Formula One Group

CVC, the controlling shareholder of the Formula One Group, today announces three appointments to the Board of the Formula One Group. Luca di Montezemolo and Paul Walsh have been appointed as Non Executive Directors, with effect from 1st January 2015

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F1 ® stars get behind the lens for Zoom charity auction

Formula One racing's drivers, team principals and boss Bernie Ecclestone have joined together in their support of the 2015 annual Zoom charity auction. Held in association with Nikon, it is the third running of the event in aid of London's Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. Throughout a memorable and tense 2014 season, the stars of the sport were each asked to take a photograph that represented a snapshot of their world

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Horner: We have to up our game to catch Mercedes in 2015

Christian Horner admits Red Bull must make strides over the winter if they are to challenge Mercedes in 2015. Though Daniel Ricciardo raced to three victories for Red Bull during the 2014 campaign, the Milton Keynes-based team were never able to fully challenge Mercedes' dominance as the Silver Arrows swept to 18 poles, 16 wins and both the drivers' and constructors' titles

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Winner of the F1 ® Connectivity Innovation Prize announced

Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™, today unveils the Grand Prize winner of the inaugural F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize. The jury, which included the 2014 FIA Formula One World Champion and Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton and F1 commentator Martin Brundle, delivered its final verdict announcing a four-man British team as winners of the Grand Prize.

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Teradata gobbles up data squasher RainStor

Fourth engulfment of 2014 brings Hadoop-y archiving

Teradata has bought RainStor, the deduping database supplier and Hadoop convert.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud binds mobe operators to £5bn not-spot deal

Networks agree investment for 90 per cent Blighty voice/text coverage

Blighty’s government has announced a new deal with the top four mobe operators in the country to improve the state of so-called mobile roaming "not-spots".…

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Wishing all of my connections a Merry Christmas and successful 2015.

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TALE OF FAIL: Microsoft offers blow-by-blow Azure outage account

Buggy software and bad deployment borked Redmond's cloud

Microsoft has published a full, frank, and ugly account of just what went wrong when Azure Storage entered Total Inability To Support Usual Performance – TITSUP - mode in November.…

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Softlayer hops into Equinix's Cloud Exchange

Last in, best dressed

IBM's cloudy concern SoftLayer has decided it'll be better off if it joins Equinix's Cloud Exchange.…

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Bill cram woes piling up for Sprint: Campaigners lob in a sueball

CFPB seeking to get payback for fraudulent charges

Yet another group has filed suit against Sprint, alleging the US telco unfairly profited from phone bill cramming.…

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Hurd'n'Catz leading Oracle to the cloud, but core biz still lags

Software, hardware remained sluggish in Q2

Oracle beat analysts' estimates for once for the second quarter of its fiscal 2015, with an earnings report that otherwise showed only modest results.…

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Wednesday 17 December 2014

Pacnet becomes 'potential' prey for Australia's Telstra

Oh great. Dominant telco from five eyes member bidding to buy US-to-Asia cables

Australia's dominant telecommunications company, Telstra, has told the nation's stock exchange “that it is in discussions with the owners of Pacnet around a potential transaction to acquire the company.”…

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FCC to smack Sprint with $105m fine over 'cramming' – report

Stuffing customers' bills with bogus charges will cost it

US mobile carrier Sprint should expect a hefty fine from the Federal Communications Commission for overbilling its customers, say sources with knowledge of the agency's plans.…

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Back dat app up: Microsoft opens Azure Backup to Windows PCs

Cloudy data protection no longer just for Windows Server

Microsoft's Azure Backup cloud service could start getting a lot more traffic soon, with the introduction of backup services for Windows client operating systems.…

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Gigabit-over-TV-cable spec DOCSIS 3.1 passes interop test

Saviour of Australia's National Broadband network edges closer to real-world deployment

DOCSIS 3.1, a standard designed to deliver downloads at up to 10Gbps on existing hybrid fibre-coax cable television networks, has passed an interoperability test.…

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Tuesday 16 December 2014

Google Cloud gets 'snappy' with Ubuntu Core support

Canonical's Docker-friendly micro-OS arrives on Compute Engine

Canonical's "snappy" new formulation of Ubuntu has gained the support of another major public cloud vendor, with Google making the lightweight Linux available for customers of its Compute Engine IaaS offering.…

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Fry and Tombazis exit amid Ferrari restructure

New Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has announced a shake-up of the Italian squad's management, designed to provide 'a flat structure and clear assignment of responsibilities'. The changes include the departure of engineering director Pat Fry and chief designer Nikolas Tombazis. Fry joined Ferrari from McLaren in mid-2010

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Unlock your mobe by STROKING it with your PEARL

1. Ram silicon into hapless mollusc. 2. ???? 3. Profit

Jewellery firm Galatea has released an app which plays audio when one of the company's pearls is touched to the back of a phone. That's not a euphemism.…

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Microsoft to open source HALO's cloudy back-end

Azure, meanwhile, advances its hybrid march

Microsoft has decided to release the code for “Project Orleans”, code the company uses to power “the basis of the Halo 4 services architecture.”…

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Monday 15 December 2014

Microsoft, rivals make a stand against US on cloud privacy

When Irish eyes aren't smiling

Microsoft has drummed up an impressive amount of support for its campaign to fight off the American government – which is demanding access to the US giant's servers in Ireland.…

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Microsoft, rivals make a stand against US on cloud privacy

When Irish eyes aren't smiling

Microsoft has drummed up an impressive amount of support for its campaign to fight off the American government – which is demanding access to the US giant's servers in Ireland.…

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BT to acquire EE for £12.5bn

Soz Telefonica, BT's gone for the other one

BT has announced its intention to acquire EE for £12.5bn. The telecoms giant had previously been in talks with Telefonica.…

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TalkTalk customers demand opt-out fix for telco's DNS ad-jacking tactics

Error Replacement Service is a neat moneyspinner for ISP

Budget ISP TalkTalk has been accused of forcing customers to remain opted into a so-called Error Replacement Service that swaps NXDomain DNS results with an IP address.…

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We are never getting back to... Samsung's baking Apple's 14nm 'A9' chips?

Promise of 14nm has Cupertino back in Sammy's arms - reports

A new generation of smaller, faster Apple processors is now under production by Samsung, including at Sammy's Texan facility, according to reports.…

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Gutierrez becomes Ferrari test driver

Esteban Gutierrez has been confirmed as Ferrari's new test and reserve driver. Mexican Gutierrez has spent the past two F1 seasons racing for the Ferrari-powered Sauber team. “It is an honour to become part of the Scuderia Ferrari family, a team with such an exceptional history,” commented Gutierrez, who lost his Sauber seat

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Vodafone poised to ink chumship pact with T-Mobile and get back into US enterprise

Just 900 customers need apply - NOT consumers

Vodafone is poised to do an MVNO deal with T-Mobile US to get back into the US market.…

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Heyyy, you seem to be trying to post a DRUNK PICTURE. You know your boss looks at this?

Facebook mulls assistant for the tired and confused

Facebook engineers have apparently began building a virtual assistant that might one day warn inebriated netizens against uploading embarrassing photos on the free-content ads platform.…

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Secretive Chinese smartmobe colossus Xiaomi is on WAFER thin margins

Rare filing shows cheap handsets mean teeny profits

Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi is operating on the thinnest of margins to keep its handset prices low, according to a filing with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.…

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McLaren: No fears of 2007 repeat with Alonso

McLaren Group chairman and CEO Ron Dennis insists there will be no recurrence of the acrimony and tension that drove a wedge between Fernando Alonso and the team in 2007. With Alonso returning to McLaren seven years after that split, Dennis admitted questions over team harmony were inevitable

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Looking forward to the last event of the year (for me) tomorrow evening. Hope to see you there!

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Coulthard defeats Wehrlein in 2015 Race of Champions

Thirteen-time Grand Prix winner David Coulthard defeated Mercedes' reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein to clinch the 2015 Race of Champions crown in Barbados on Sunday. Coulthard, a veteran of 246 F1 starts, won the first two races in the best-of-three final against Wehrlein to emerge with his first overall victory in the competition

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Williams appoint Nielsen as sporting manager

Williams have announced the appointment of Steve Nielsen to the position of sporting manager with immediate effect. Nielsen joins the team from Toro Rosso, where he has been sporting director since 2013. His previous roles over the course of his 27 years in Formula One racing include positions as team manager at Tyrrell, Honda and Arrows

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BYOD: How to keep your data safe on their mobile devices

Splitting the assets

This article was produced in association with JAMF Software

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Sunday 14 December 2014

French space agency teams with Google for broadband balloons

Antarctic balloon tech to be shared in hope of beaming bits to bods

France's space agency, the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), will team with Google to advance the Project Loon broadband balloons project.…

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NBN Co, Turnbull, issue contradictory broadband speed promises

Announcement of Telstra and Optus deals mentions 'goal' and 'policy to ensure' 25Mbps

NBN Co has signed definitive agreements to acquire Telstra's copper network, plus the hybrid fibre-coax networks belonging to both Telstra and Optus, but just what the deals will deliver is uncertain after communications minister Malcolm Turnbull and NBN Co issued conflicting advice on the speeds the network will deliver.…

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

Nightmare before Christmas courtesy of RepricerExpress

UK businesses that rely on a third party pricing system on Amazon were hit by an hour-long software glitch on Friday night, with items being sold for just 1p.…

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Saturday 13 December 2014

Searching to destroy ... Bing? Facebook DITCHES Microsoft

Relationship status: SINGLE. Boom!

Facebook has ended a search deal it had in place with Microsoft's Bing.…

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FCC says taxpayer-bankrolled bumpkin broadband must be at least 10Mbps

Rural internet gets same standards as cityfolk

Good news, hayseeds: the FCC has ruled that rural broadband should be held to the same standard as that of connections in built-up cities and towns.…

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Friday 12 December 2014

Friend's house burnt down? Facebook mulls 'dislike' button for that

New knob to avoid this: "My boyfriend dumped me and then my cat was run over" ... 4 Likes

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg said his social network is “considering” the addition of a "dislike" button.…

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Batten down the patches: New vuln found in Docker container tech

Last month's patch brought new privilege escalation flaw

More security woes plagued users of the Docker application containerization tech for Linux this week, after an earlier security patch was found to have introduced a brand-new critical vulnerability in the software.…

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Third winners of F1® Connectivity Innovation Prize announced

Tata Communications, the Official Connectivity Provider of Formula 1, today announces the winners of the third round of the F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize. Challenge three asked entrants how could Formula One Management's archive footage be catalogued so it might be used in new and exciting ways

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This looks interesting.

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from LinkedIn STILL won't pop a cap on stolen mobile bills

Brits still paying for mobe thieves' texts and calls

Brits who have their mobes stolen are still facing shock bills, despite government promises that charges would be capped in a similar way to stolen credit cards.…

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BT Infinity ‘working to fix problem’ after three days of outages

Might be DNS, might be MSO. Either way, it’s BAD

BT Infinity users have been suffering with outages and slow service for three days, as the network struggles with a DNS or routing issue.…

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Euro consumers have TOO MUCH choice – telco operators

Let us meeeeerrrrrge, GSMA begs European Commission

Three or four market players is plenty, at least according to the GSMA, the association that represents nearly 800 mobile operators.…

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Video - Button and Alonso on 2015 with McLaren-Honda

McLaren announced this week that they will usher in the start of their 2015 Honda partnership with a new driver line-up featuring two former champions - Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. They, along with McLaren Group chairman and CEO Ron Dennis, discuss the challenge that awaits them next season

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Tor takes off the gloves after sustained harassment of staffer

'Women who work on Tor are targeted, degraded, and endure serious, frightening threats'

The Tor project has revealed that one of its team has been subjected to “a sustained campaign of harassment for the past several months” and declared it will no longer tolerate such activity on the Tor network.…

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Euro phone, broadband giants are the 1% – yes, single-digit growth. Wow

If they can make it to 2016

After six years in the dark, Europe’s telecoms providers see a light at the end of the tunnel. According to a new report commissioned by industry body ETNO, the sector should return to growth in 2016.…

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Vodafone to spend more time hanging out at bus stops

Will use posters for cell sites to receive as well as transmit

Vodafone has done a deal with poster giant JCDecaux to use posters sites and street furniture as sites for small cells.…

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"I'm begging you to join" - NetMundial Initiative gets desperate

Plus what on earth are they spending $600,000 on?

Plans to create a new internet governance body have grown increasingly desperate … and confusing.…

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Get comfortable with mobile device management

A walk through Casper Suite

This article was produced in association with Jamf Software

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Thursday 11 December 2014

Canadian watchdog goes to court to probe Apple's iPhone deals with mobe networks

Sorry, eh?

Watchdogs in Canada are investigating Apple over concerns the iPhone giant violated antitrust laws in its dealings with Canadian telcos.…

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Speaking in Tech: Sony breach proves you can NEVER defend perimeter

Coming wars in 'Cloud Space': grab your weapons

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Dennis: Alonso-Button easily the best F1 driver line-up

McLaren now have - by some margin - the best driver line-up of any current Formula One team. That is according to Chairman and CEO Ron Dennis, following the British squad's confirmation of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button for 2015. Alonso's return to McLaren was widely expected after his recent Ferrari departure, while Button has endured weeks of speculation over his future before finally being given the nod over his 2014 team mate at Woking, Kevin Magnussen

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Thought your household broadband was pants? Small biz has it worse

Ofcom: Only 56% of SMEs can access 'superfast' connections

Smaller businesses tend to be worse off for broadband connections than average users, particularly in urban areas, according to an official report on the UK's digital infrastructure.…

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McLaren confirm Alonso and Button for 2015

Jenson Button will partner Fernando Alonso at McLaren next year, after the team announced the two former champions as their race drivers for the 2015 Formula One season on Thursday. Kevin Magnussen, who drove alongside Button for what was his rookie campaign in 2014, will serve as McLaren's test and reserve driver

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Death to Benevolent Dictators says Pivotal as it frees Cloud Foundry

Linux Foundation takes over operations of Cloud Foundry Foundation

Open source platform-as-a-service effort Cloud Foundry now has its very own not-for-profit foundation.…

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Govt spaffs £170k to develop the INTERNET OF SHEEP

Forget the networked fridge, it's time for the IPv6 addressable ovine

Computer boffins at Leicester University are concerned that the countryside is feeling left out, so they are investigating ways to include nature in the booming world of technology.…

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Google+ to offer 'infinite' gender identity options

Choose your gender, or none if you like

Google+ will expand the range of options it offers when it asks users to identify their gender.…

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SURPRISE: Oz gov gives itself room to NEVER finish the NBN

But it WILL spend more money on inquiries

The Vertigan panel's report on telecoms regulation in Australia was delivered in October and was mostly ignored by the nation's federal government, but the document has provided a fig-leaf for the abandonment of last year's pre-election promise* to complete the network (albeit with different technologies).…

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Amazon Elastic Transcoder Now Supports Metadata Pass Through for Jobs

You now have the option to attach up to 10 custom metadata key-value pairs to your Elastic Transcoder jobs. This metadata will be included in the job notifications and when reading the job via the API or console. This custom metadata helps map your jobs to identifiers used by your internal CMS, so you can manage jobs or efficiently resume workflows upon a transcoding job completion. To learn more, please see our documentation.

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Wednesday 10 December 2014

Net neutrality: Cisco, Intel, IBM warn FCC NOT to crack down on ISPs

Dozens of IT giants claim Title II will stifle broadband growth

More than 60 technology companies, from Cisco to Intel and IBM, have asked the FCC not to tighten the rules on what ISPs can't do with web traffic and subscribers' bills.…

via The Register - Networks is HERE: Sckipio slurps funding to cook up SPAWN of VDSL tech

Israeli firm charges ahead with gigabit-over-copper kit

Having sold his company Coppergate to Sigma Designs in 2009 for around $190m, Sckipio boss David (Dudi) Baum has got the band together to build a fixed broadband chip to take advantage of the 1Gbps-over-copper VDSL successor, which was ratified as an ITU standard this week.…

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IBM ponders least-cost cloud-brokering service after scoring patent

Big Blue wants to sniff all clouds and send them your workloads when the price is right

IBM has claimed a patent for “Routing Service Requests Based on Lowest Actual Cost within a Federated Virtual Service Cloud” that it says “automatically pools cloud computing resources from disparate cloud centers, enabling clients to improve performance and save money by reducing the amount of manual intervention needed to allocate hardware, software and services.”…

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Confused about 5G? So are we, say carriers

It'll be really cool, as soon as we know what it is

The world of 5G remains confusing – even to the carriers who we've been told are demanding the new standard as quickly as possible, it seems.…

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AWS control freak can now manage ON-PREMISES servers

Reverse hybrid cloud with a double twist!

Apologies if you're tired of the word “disruption”, but please tolerate it just one more time because Amazon Web Services has just done something mighty disruptive: allowed its OpsWork control-freak-as-a-service to wrangle on-premises servers.…

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

Californian family upset router went to Xfinity and beyond

A mother and daughter are suing Comcast after finding out the cable giant's router in their home was offering public Wi-Fi without their permission.…

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Virgin Media's ad fibs EXPOSED by bitter rival BT

Blighty watchdog punishes cable ISP for 'misleading' customers with savings claims

BT successfully convinced Britain's advertising watchdog to admonish rival ISP Virgin Media for "misleading" its customers with unsubstantiated savings claims.…

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Tuesday 9 December 2014

Telstra's NBN boondoggle nearly set in stone: reports

BEELIONS to flow out of the half-bakery

Reports are emerging that the builder of Australia's national broadband network, NBN Co, has all-but struck a deal with Telstra over access to last-mile copper, plus a separate arrangement to absorb the country's cable broadband networks. The deals are reportedly so advanced they'll be tabled at a cabinet meeting, perhaps even today's last such meeting for the calendar year.…

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Microsoft opens Azure cloud just for US government surveillance

Plans to take on Amazon for public-sector contracts

At its Cloud for Government Summit in Washington DC on Tuesday, Microsoft declared its cloud good enough for government work, announcing general availability of Microsoft Azure Government.…

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Earth Science on AWS with new CGIAR and Landsat Public Data Sets

To support the growing number of Earth science researchers on AWS, we are adding two new members to the collection of Public Data Sets on AWS: CGIAR Global Circulation Models (GCM) data and imagery from the Landsat 8 satellite.

We are working with CGIAR (a consortium of international agricultural research centers) to make their data more accessible and more easily available, with the expectation that it will lead to innovative ways to address critical food security and development challenges. The GCM data comes from the CCAFS Climate Portal and is available at s3://cgiardata. Please visit the Public Data Set catalog page for more information.

In support of the White House's Climate Data Initiative, we have committed to make up to a petabyte of Landsat earth imagery data from the USGS widely available as an AWS Public Data Set. By making Landsat data readily available near our flexible computing resources, we hope to accelerate innovation in climate research, humanitarian relief, and disaster preparedness efforts around the world. If would like to be notified when this data becomes available, please go here and fill out the form.

For more information on these initiatives, please read the blog.

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AWS OpsWorks Supports Existing Amazon EC2 Instances and On-Premises Servers

You can now use AWS OpsWorks with existing EC2 instances and on-premises servers. OpsWorks is a service that helps you automate operational tasks like code deployment, software configurations, package installations, database setups, and server scaling using Chef. OpsWorks gives you the flexibility to define your application architecture and resource configuration and handles the provisioning and management of your AWS resources for you. Click here to learn more about OpsWorks.

Previously, you could only deploy and operate applications on EC2 instances created by OpsWorks. Now, you can use OpsWorks to deploy, manage, and scale your application on any server such as existing EC2 instances or servers running in your own data center (your servers will need to be able to connect to AWS public endpoints).

OpsWorks costs $0.02 per hour for each on-premises server on which you install the agent, and it is available at no additional charge for EC2 instances. Click here to learn more about our pricing.

You can learn more about this new feature by visiting our blog.

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Delete All Messages in an Amazon SQS Queue

Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) is a fast, reliable, scalable, fully managed message queuing service. You can use SQS to transmit any volume of data, at any level of throughput, without losing messages or requiring other services to be always available.

You can now delete all messages in an SQS queue using the new PurgeQueue action. When you purge a queue, all the messages previously sent to the queue will be deleted. Since your queue and its attributes will remain, there is no need to reconfigure the queue to continue using it.

For example, if you are developing an application, you can make changes to the message format without replacing the queue. When debugging an application, you can clear the queue to remove potentially erroneous messages. If you are testing your application, you can drive a high message volume through it and then purge it to start fresh before entering production.

To purge a queue, log in to the AWS Management Console and choose Amazon SQS. Then, select a queue, and choose “Purge Queue” from the Queue Actions menu. The queue will then be cleared of all messages. You can also purge queues using the AWS SDKs or command-line tools.

The message deletion process takes up to 60 seconds; messages sent to the queue during this time may be deleted. If you only need to delete specific messages, you can use the DeleteMessage or DeleteMessageBatch actions. To learn more about Amazon SQS, visit:

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Keep your court orders to YOURSELF – human rights chief slaps US

Microsoft gets backing from Council of Europe watchdog

A European human rights watchdog says companies are being pressured into acting as the internet’s unofficial cops.…

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Intel: Hey, you – put on our platform shoes and dance to OUR Internet of Things standard

Will you join Team Chipzilla or Team ARM?

The Internet of Things is becoming the Standards Wars of Things: Intel has now thrown its hat into the ring with its own IoT Platform to connect stuff end-to-end.…

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97% of UK gets 'basic' 2Mbps broadband. 'Typical households' need 10Mbps – Ofcom

Talks up ‘ultrafast’ connections though rural ones still pants

Most Brits can get broadband at home these days, according to regulator Ofcom, but the service is still pretty patchy.…

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I respect her passion... but I'm all about the phones – Chen

There are no plans for a takeover at Blackberry, says John Chen, CEO of the mobile firm, who recently took to LinkedIn to explain his Kim Kardashian-free global strategy. And it’s sensible, all about business and not about glitz.…

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Buy Your Own Device: No more shiny-shiny work mobe for you

Bosses to pay for your calls, not your phone

A new service piggybacks a company number on the back of the employee's personal number to save money for both and make Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) easier.…

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GERONTIC 'Ghost ship' prowled the undersea cables of the 1940s

I say HURL: Boffins find lost US Navy vessel that pulled C&W out of the Pacific

A "ghost ship" which helped develop the world's network of undersea cables - and worked for the former British Cable & Wireless firm, nowadays renowned as partner to the Five-Eyes spook alliance under the secret codename GERONTIC - has been discovered deep beneath the waves near Hawaii.…

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GSMA denies latest Snowden leak

No 'current' compromise, and our standards docs are public anyway

Mobile carrier club the GSMA has hit back against the latest round of Snowden claims, saying it can't find any evidence of “active targeting or compromise of GSMA systems, communications and stored documentation”.…

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Google and Microsoft, sitting in a tree, L I C E N S I N GEE!

Here's a happy hybrid: your Microsoft licences, Google's cloud, Chromed desktops

Google has announced that Microsoft users can now deploy their licenses in its cloud.…

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Monday 8 December 2014

I'm Zuck on you, China. NOW can Facebook come and play?

Top Chinese interwebs man visits US: Boydroid, Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos wax on with Lu Wei

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos and Apple kingpin Tim Cook recently welcomed China's top internet regulator to the US.…

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Ricciardo 'surprised' by 2014 breakthrough

Daniel Ricciardo admits the success of his 2014 breakthrough season took him by surprise after he finished third overall and emerged as the only non-Mercedes driver to win in what was his first campaign with Red Bull. The Australian scored three victories in total, which ensured he also had the edge on team mate and four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel

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G'Day Australia! Office 365 and Dynamics CRM bounce Down Under

Throw that latency on the barbie and chuck me an ice-cold tube of 'productivity'

Lots of Australian businesses have already jumped aboard Microsoft's cloudwagon, often after having been told that the latency associated with data centres on foreign soil was no impediment to anything at all.…

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Gigabit-over-copper VDSL successor signed off at last

Curb your enthusiasm: this is a short-run tech best suited to the basement

The long-awaited physical layer standard has been signed off by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), improving the chance that the world will see standards-compliant, interoperable kit start to ship in 2015.…

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Sunday 7 December 2014

Virgin Media customers suffer YET MORE YouTube buffering blues


An unknown number of Virgin Media customers are once again complaining about YouTube buffering glitches with the cable network.…

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Video - FIA Prize-Giving Gala 2014 highlights

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton was the toast of the annual FIA Prize-Giving Gala on Friday evening as he was handed the coveted 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship trophy by FIA President Jean Todt in Doha, Qatar. Mercedes-Benz Motorsport chief Toto Wolff, meanwhile, was presented with the 2014 constructors' trophy, while Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo also received awards for second and third places respectively

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Saturday 6 December 2014

Red Bull trophies taken in factory raid

More than 60 trophies belonging to Red Bull Racing were taken during a break-in at the team's UK factory in the early hours of Saturday morning, police have confirmed. A group of around six men used a car to drive through the front entrance to gain access to the Milton Keynes premises

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Friday 5 December 2014

Google? Microsoft? What the heck do they do in cloud?

AWS: None of the 46 cloudy price cuts a response to rivals. Honest!

Amazon Web Services has gouged prices of 46 services since its launch in 2006, but not one was in retaliation to rivals (no way, not one), insists UK boss Iain Gavin.…

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The First Time - with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen

2014 has been a year of firsts for Kimi Raikkonen, and not all of them wanted - his return to Ferrari marked his first winless Formula One season since 2006, and his first without a podium since his maiden year in 2001. As the Finn refocuses for 2015, we asked him about some of the other firsts in his life - including why he never bothered with childhood heroes and why he quickly established ice hockey wasn't for him

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It's a pity that the government are also reviewing the legislation regarding contractors who use "umbrella" companies (typically as they don't want the overhead of running their own ltd) to try and squeeze more tax from them...

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Use Windows software on Android – Microsoft couldn't be app-ier

Run code anywhere, all the time, just in time for Christmas

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has made getting Windows apps everywhere via the cloud a central theme of his tenure at the top and next week the next stage will begin in this process when RemoteApp rolls out as a commercial service.…

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Internet RFC overseer snubs ICANN and co's web power grab offer

This is going so well

In a further blow to efforts by domain-names overlord ICANN to create a body to steer the future of the internet, the NetMundial Initiative has now been snubbed by the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).…

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Snowden files show NSA's AURORAGOLD pwned 70% of world's mobile networks

Brits and Yanks snoop on security standards bods

The NSA, and its British counterpart GCHQ, spied on innocent telco employees and standards bodies to tap into mobile phone networks worldwide, according to the latest leak from the Edward Snowden archive.…

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Thursday 4 December 2014

Commish: Stop playing that Spanish jazz, Orange. Wait until we’ve done our homework

Prices of mobile/fixed offerings a cause of concern

Orange’s plans to take over Jazztel in Spain could hit a wall as the European Commission begin an investigation to determine if the merger is in line with EU competition law.…

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Force India to use Toyota wind tunnel from 2015

Force India will use Toyota Motorsport's wind tunnel facilities in Cologne, Germany for all their aerodynamic testing for the 2015 FIA Formula One world championship and beyond. The team said the switch to Toyota's facility would strengthen their future aerodynamic and development capabilities

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Wednesday 3 December 2014

FIA announces changes to 2015 calendar and rules

Formula One racing's governing body the FIA has published a number of rule changes and a revised 21-round calendar for the 2015 world championship, following a meeting of its World Motor Sport Council in Doha on Wednesday. The expanded calendar now features a provisional slot for Korea, which hosted four Grands Prix between 2010 and 2013. Double points and standing restarts meanwhile will be dropped

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Dig into Iron Mountain and you'll find Seagate and EVault

Cloudy DR dares to enter underground data dungeons

Cloud-based backup, recovery and disaster recovery (DR) services are being offered from an Iron Mountain data dungeon using Seagate kit and EVault software.…

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Outage STILL hitting Virgin Media Business broadband customers

13,000 affected; company says number is “small”

A number of Virgin Media broadband customers have been cut off due to a firmware update cock-up, The Register can reveal.…

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Should you call on comms suppliers when you go for a BYOD setup?

Help is at hand

BYOD (bring your own device) has its ups and its downs but it is becoming more and more popular and those of us in IT management need to learn to live with it.…

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EE's not-spot-busting small cell trial delights Cumbrian villagers

What’s the opposite of a NIMBY?

If EE was being its normal hype-filled self, it would call its latest mobile trial in Cumbria 5G. Its restraint is admirable – and the technology even more so.…

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Google will see other clouds and raise them a PCI certification

Chocolate Factory's cloud now cleared for credit card crunching

Google has announced that it's obtained Payment Card Industry (PCI) certification for its cloud platform, chasing Microsoft and Amazon into the cloudy payment space.…

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Tenacious Twitter tries to topple terrible trolls

Blocked twits won't be able to stalk your account

Twitter is tweeting about how much easier it'll be for tweeters to report abusive twits. Stick that in your 140 characters.…

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Tuesday 2 December 2014

FCC bigwig grills Netflix: If internet fast lanes are so bad, why did YOU build them?

Commish demands answers on 'conflict of interest'

An FCC commissioner has asked Netflix to explain a contradiction in its demand for net neutrality: on the one hand, Netflix wants an open and neutral internet for all – and on the other hand, it's making deals with ISPs to speed up its video streams.…

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Vettel bids farewell to Red Bull

Having officially parted company with Red Bull on Friday, Sebastian Vettel paid a final visit to the team's Milton Keynes factory on Tuesday to thank staff and say a proper goodbye. The four-time world champion, who had his first run out with new team Ferrari on Saturday, was presented with a number of gifts by team principal Christian Horner and chief technical officer Adrian Newey

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Really looking forward to tonight's London DevOps event.

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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

Plus: Not spot rural mobile coverage sites each require NINETEEN signatures

It might be a cunning plan. Culture minister Sajid Javid’s really stupid idea of national roaming seems to have got the mobile phone networks to pull their fingers out about "not spots".…

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Internet governance review group proposes replacing US government with… itself

Proposal for critical IANA internet contract to go out to public comment this week

The US government's role at the top of the internet should be replaced by four different groups, according to an official proposal put out for public comment.…

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SEA-ME-WE 3 submarine cable reports outage

ISP issues frag susceptibility warning as routes through Asia slow down

SEA-ME-WE 3 is a marvel: the 39,000km submarine cable connects 31 nations, has 39 landing stations and stretches from Germany to Japan. Its two fibre pairs each carry 480 Gbits/s, a decent slice of the world's data traffic.…

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Monday 1 December 2014

Vettel: First experience of Ferrari was 'magical'

Sebastian Vettel described his first experience of working with Ferrari as 'magical' after completing his first laps of Fiorano as part of a comprehensive introductory session with his new team. On top of racking up nearly 100 laps in a two-year old F2012 on Ferrari's bespoke test circuit on Saturday, Vettel spent time in the simulator and had meetings with senior team personnel

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Yahoo!, Bing beg right-to-be-forgotten wipers: Don't FORGET about US

Some people do actually use Microsoft's search, apparently

Amid the growing number of demands by netizens for Google to remove their out-of-date information under the controversial "right to be forgotten" ruling, it seems other search engines are keen to remind us not to forget them, too.…

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Shin avoids boot: Samsung hangs onto mobile chief despite crappy Galaxy S5 sales

BK for JK play stayed – WSJ

Samsung has surprisingly opted to hang onto its current head of mobile JK Shin, despite rumours that he was for the chop after the mobile division underperformed all year.…

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Brits to teach Norks hacks about 'multimedia websites'. 5% of DPRK is in for a TREAT

Kim Jong-un, elites, academics only ones with 'net access

A group of North Korean journalists will visit the UK next year to "observe how multimedia websites work at British media companies".…

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Get your staff working on the move: Develop that app for mobile

Mind the gap between the data centre and the handset

Working on the move has become most people's normal way of operating. We are used to having our world in our pocket and being able to read and write emails, produce simple documents and generally stay in the corporate loop whether we are in the office, in the pub, on a train or (sadly) sitting on a beach trying to be on holiday.…

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ESA and Airbus test LASER data networks IN SPAAACE

Satellite-to-satellite link at 0.6 gigabits per second

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus Defence say they has successfully sent data between satellites, using lasers, in a proof-of-concept demonstration of what both call the “SpaceDataHighway”.…

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Sunday 30 November 2014

NBN Co details fibre/copper divide in new rollout plan

These are the places NBN Co promises - probably - to get something working by 2016

NBN Co has reconfirmed what's been known ever since the 2013 election: fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) builds are more-or-less frozen, and all new builds will be under its multi-technology model.…

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Did Nork hackers cripple Sony Pictures' network? Probe underway – report

Massive attack stung film studio ahead of The Interview release

Sony Pictures has reportedly begun investigating possible hacking links to North Korea, following a savage attack on its network earlier this week.…

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Saturday 29 November 2014

Blackout Saturday: Oracle website DIES after mammoth US shopping binge

Mysterious 'technical difficulty' causes service to go titsup

Oracle's website tumbled from the interwebs in the last hour but the cause of the outage remains unclear.…

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Vodafone eyes up Liberty Global – report

Fibre diet makes Virgin Media daddy an obvious suitor

Mobile giant Vodafone has reportedly been mulling over a number of takeover plans, including the possibility of scooping up cable company Liberty Global – Virgin Media's owner.…

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TalkTalk email goes titsup FOR DAYS. Cheapo telco warns: Changing password WON'T fix it

Yeah, it's still broken

An unknown number of TalkTalk customers have been locked out of their email accounts for days, but the budget ISP warned this morning that its service was still struggling to return to normal.…

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Friday 28 November 2014

Sainz to race alongside Verstappen at Toro Rosso in 2015

Scuderia Toro Rosso have announced that Carlos Sainz Junior will partner Max Verstappen in an all-new 2015 driver line-up. The Spaniard, who recently became the youngest ever winner of the World Series by Renault title, replaces Jean-Eric Vergne who announced his departure from the Italian team earlier this week

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Cutting the cord without losing touch with your office

Here’s how to do mobile if you're an SME

If you're a member of the backroom staff at a big company, you probably spend a lot of time sitting at a desk bashing at a computer. Indeed, in my day job as IT ops manager for a telco I'm delighted to have probably the only truly comfy chair on the premises and my huge desktop screen for the Excel-wrangling that forms part of what I do.…

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

Crowds bludgeon one another with cheap TVs, websites burn

The sceptred isle of old Blighty is in flames today as greed crazed mobs, both online and in the real world, stormed bricks'n'mortar shops and etail websites alike leaving blood on the linoleum and smoke belching from overstressed data centres – hosting Currys, Tesco and other box-flingers – up and down the land.…

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Customers RAGE after Webfusion goes TITSUP

Hosting firm's Total Inability To Support Usual Performance enrages Twittersphere

Venerable hosting firm Webfusion UK is experiencing a crippling outage which has hobbled web services across the country.…

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Wolff appointed Williams test driver

Williams have announced that Susie Wolff will step up to the position of official test driver for the 2015 season. The British racer had previously held the title of development driver, a role which culminated in her becoming the first female driver to drive in a Grand Prix event for two decades when she took part in FP1 in Britain and Germany

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More TV white space magic

Ever wondered who tried to steal your meerkat? Well, worry no longer thanks to the London Zoo, Google and CCTV biz KineSense.…

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Thursday 27 November 2014

Off to the AWS User Group meetup tonight - hope to see you there!

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Hulkenberg to race at Le Mans in 2015 with Porsche

Nico Hulkenberg will compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours for Porsche in 2015 alongside contesting the full Formula One season with Force India. The 27-year-old German said the desire to compete in both disciplines had been too alluring to turn down

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Raikkonen backs Ferrari's 2015 shake-up

Kimi Raikkonen believes the recent changes at Ferrari, including the recruitment of Sebastian Vettel and Maurizio Arrivabene, will help drive them forward in 2015. Vettel was formally confirmed as a Ferrari drive on the eve of the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi

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Global Commission on Internet Governance wobbles into IANA debate

Bland statement and weak paper puts question mark over value of elite group

The Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) has waded into the debate over the critical IANA contract with a formal statement and position paper. Rather than making a splash, however, the result is somewhat of a soggy mess.…

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AWS CloudFront wobbles at worst possible time

Two-hour outage had global impact

Don't start your Black Friday online shopping spree just yet: Amazon Web Services' CloudFront content delivery network has wobbled over the last few hours and the perennially-loss-making retailer, and customers of its cloud computing services, have reportedly been hard to access.…

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Wednesday 26 November 2014

Turnbull should spare us all airline-magazine-grade cloud hype

Box-hugger is not a dirty word, Minister. Box-huggers make the cloud WORK

Australia's Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday labelled those who oppose use of the public cloud “box-huggers” and suggested such behaviour is bad because it ties organisations to an outmoded and expensive way of doing IT.…

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Vergne rules himself out of Toro Rosso contention for 2015

Jean-Eric Vergne has confirmed that he will not partner Dutch rookie Max Verstappen at Toro Rosso in 2015. The Frenchman, who has driven for the Italian team since graduating to F1 racing via the Red Bull young driver programme in 2012, made the announcement on Twitter

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Wehrlein fastest for Mercedes as Abu Dhabi test ends

Pascal Wehrlein ensured Mercedes ended the 2014 season in fitting fashion by going fastest as the final Formula One test of the year drew to a close in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. GP2 race winner Raffaele Marciello put Ferrari second ahead of Toro Rosso's 2015 rookie Max Verstappen, while McLaren's interim Honda-powered car hit further complications, completing just two laps in the hands of reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne

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Yes, UK. Johnny Foreigner has better mobe services than you

EE best of a disappointing lot

UK readers, what you've always suspected has been proven true – even the weakest mobile networks abroad perform better than our second-best, according to German mobile network survey company P3, which has published solid numbers on mobile network coverage.…

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BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network

Take your license demand and stick it in your ASSIA

BT's patent spat with US company ASSIA will start to be noticed by customers, with the carrier reportedly shutting down boxes that provide rate adaptation after it lost a crucial round of legal action.…

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Bloke fighting Facebook in court says ad network claims its users lack 'legal capacity' to sue it

Austrian campaigner baffled by latest turn in privacy battle

Austrian Facebook-botherer-in-chief Max Schrems says the US social network appears to be saying its users are either too young or too insane to file a class-action lawsuit against it.…

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Google turns on .google internet extension

Just one domain and a redirect as net giant readies to enter domain market

Google has turned on its namesake top-level domain (TLD) with the creation of '' representing the internet giant's entry into the domain name market.…

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NBN Co makes it official - backhaul charges will fall

CVC down by 12.5 per cent as of February 2015

NBN Co has followed through on its promise to cut the price of its services with a 12.5 per cent snip off the price of its connectivity virtual circuit (CVC) as of 1 February 2015.…

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Tuesday 25 November 2014

Dawn raids on Orange over TROMBONING allegations were fine, rules EU court

EC did nothing wrong when it bashed firm's doors in

The European Commission was perfectly entitled to conduct dawn raids against Orange, according to the EU General Court.…

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Bottas puts Williams on top in Abu Dhabi test

Williams' Valtteri Bottas set the pace on the first day of the final Formula One test of the season at Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Kimi Raikkonen put Ferrari second, with Mercedes' Nico Rosberg edging the Force India of GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer for third late on. Meanwhile, McLaren-Honda's interim F1 car completed three laps in the hands of reserve driver and GP2 runner-up Stoffel Vandoorne

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South Londoner wins Reddit MILLIONAIRE not-a-lottery lottery

Exact amount dependent on other users’ generosity

An anonymous South Londoner has been named as the winner of a pseudo lottery designed to (hopefully) make one Reddit user a millionaire.…

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Ex-EU digi supremo Steelie Neelie's net neutrality bid in tatters?

National govts want to row back on 'open internet' law, leaked doc suggests

Former EU digital tzar Neelie Kroes’ net neutrality plans for the Continent may be chucked out by national governments.…

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No more lies, T-Mobile US: Download speed caps magically vanished on speed test websites

Carrier says it will actually tell you when it goes a-throttlin'

T-Mobile USA has agreed to stop twiddling with subscribers' mobile broadband speeds to hide the fact they were being capped.…

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New 'Internet Security Council' struggling to get off the ground

With just 10 nominations, and one contribution, are people voting with their feet?

Plans for a new internet governance body are struggling to get off the ground after blowback from the internet community itself.…

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Qualcomm joins Ericsson, Telstra in 450 Mbps LTE demo

Fast enough to burn Telstra's biggest mobile data cap in five minutes

Telstra has again demonstrated technology that will let lucky LTE users consume the entire 15 GB of its largest consumer post-paid broadband plan in less than 5 minutes.…

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Telcos spaff $34bn on gobbling Uncle Sam's radio frequencies for beefier cell coverage

FCC auction raises TRIPLE the reserve price

US watchdog the FCC has raised at least US$36bn by auctioning off a load of radio frequencies for improving wireless broadband. That's more than three times the $10.1bn it expected.…

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Monday 24 November 2014

McLaren-Honda outing the headline act of Abu Dhabi test

The first proper outing for McLaren-Honda's interim Formula One car is set to be the star attraction of the final two-day in-season test of 2014 in Abu Dhabi this week. Barely 24 hours after his title hopes were extinguished, Nico Rosberg will be present for Mercedes - one of a handful of 2014 regulars appearing alongside the likes of GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer, Formula Renault 3.5 champion Carlos Sainz Jr and FIA European F3 champion Esteban Ocon

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Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts

Complain to Ofcom that telco has 'effective monopoly'

Blighty's broadband providers are once again at Ofcom to do something about the alleged monopoly they believe former national telco BT maintains in the business broadband sector.…

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BT in talks to RE-SLURP O2 after spitting it out a decade ago

In talks with Spanish owner Telefonica

BT could be the new owner of Blighty mobe network O2 if talks with Spanish parent Telefonica go well.…

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Mattiacci replaced by Arrivabene as Ferrari team principal

Ferrari have announced the appointment of Maurizio Arrivabene as their new Formula One team principal, replacing Marco Mattiacci who took over from Stefano Domenicali in April. Arrivabene comes to Ferrari from tobacco giants and team sponsors Philip Morris, which he joined in 1997, becoming Vice President Consumer Channel Strategy and Event Marketing in 2011

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Hands on: Implementing Azure Active Directory

Live learning

Our own Tim Phillips is joined by Paul Gregory, from QA, to deliver a live hands-on session on Azure Active Directory tomorrow at 11am. It’s your chance to learn from the experts and get answers to any questions you might have.…

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IBM and Ericsson plot to deploy 5G. Never mind that it doesn't exist

Antennas. Tiny antennas. EVERYWHERE

Ericsson and IBM have announced a collaboration to jointly research phased-array antenna designs for 5G, which might prove interesting as nothing has yet been agreed on what 5G might involve.…

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Hamilton wins DHL Fastest Lap Award 2014

DHL, the world's leading logistics group and Official Logistics Partner of Formula 1, awarded Lewis Hamilton as the winner of this year's DHL Fastest Lap Award at a special ceremony during the 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 23. Hamilton, FIA Formula One Drivers' World Champion of this year and 2008, won the award a nose ahead of Nico Rosberg, who scored five fastest laps this season. In total, Hamilton has amassed seven fastest laps during this year's season

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Brit mobile firms in FOURPLAY TUSSLE – how very French of them

Orange, SFR, Bouygues et Free have been there, done that

About 10 years ago, Faultline wrote a report on the economics of quad play. We hardly sold any (about 20), and the reason was, one of our resellers told us, was that “quad play” was old hat.…

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Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud outage was YOUR fault

Applications need to be built to handle TITSUP incidents

Last July, Dimension Data's Australian cloud went down for over 24 hours. Now the company says its assessment of the incident found those who suffered the most had themselves to blame, to a degree.…

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Worst WordPress hole for five years affects 86% of sites

Trio of XSS turns attackers into admins

An estimated 86 per cent of WordPress websites harbour a dangerous cross-site scripting (XSS) hole in the popular comment system plugin, in what researcher Jouk Pynnonen calls the most serious flaw in five years. The bug could provide a pathway for attacking visitors' machines.…

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Turnbull: Box-huggers are holding back cloud

Dimension Data launches government-only cloud for Australia

Dimension Data has announced it will soon offer a government-only cloud hosted in Australia's capital city, Canberra.…

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Sunday 23 November 2014

FIA post-race press conference - Abu Dhabi

DRIVERS: 1 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 2 - Felipe Massa (Williams); 3 - Valtteri Bottas (Williams) PODIUM INTERVIEWS Q: Lewis, you did it. Can you try to put that into words for us, just how much this means to you?

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Race - selected team and driver quotes

Toro Rosso duo Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat on an unfulfilling 2014 finale; McLaren's Jenson Button on why fifth helps prove he is at the top of his game; and Red Bull on their charge from the pit lane to the top eight. The drivers and senior team personnel report back on the 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Race - Brilliant Hamilton claims world title with Abu Dhabi victory

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton produced a faultless performance in Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening to claim his 11th win of the season and with it his second world drivers' crown. Hamilton's team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg, who fell behind at the start, experienced mechanical problems and faded to 14th at the finish, allowing Williams' Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas to claim second and third respectively

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

UK government moves to extend spying on YOU online

IP address-matching powers for police and spooks are to be pushed through Parliament with the blessing of the junior member of the UK's Coalition government, after the Liberal Democrats claimed today that the Snoopers' Charter was "dead".…

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Everything your users ever need to know about BYOD

The essential checklist

Back in the old days providing your employees with corporate computer equipment was an expensive business. When I was 19 I was the university holidays PC guy in an office full of RPG III developers; the fact that they thought their System/38 with its 5250 terminals was a pretty neat piece of kit was the only reason they didn't envy the spanking new IBM PS/2 Model 80 under my desk.…

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Saturday 22 November 2014

Red Bull referred to stewards over front wing flex

Red Bull have been referred to the stewards in Abu Dhabi after the FIA's technical delegate Jo Bauer found that there was excessive flex in the front wing flaps on Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo's cars. After examination, Bauer felt that the front wing flaps on the two RB10s were designed to flex under load

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FIA post-qualifying press conference - Abu Dhabi

DRIVERS: 1 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 2 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 3 - Valtteri Bottas (Williams) TV UNILATERAL Q: Nico, three poles in a row now. How do you feel about that?

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Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes

Sergio Perez on why Force India didn't have the pace to crack the top 10 in qualifying - but might in Sunday's race; Lotus's Romain Grosjean on a difficult season coming full circle in Abu Dhabi; and Caterham's Will Stevens on mixed emotions after completing his first F1 qualifying session. The drivers and senior team personnel report back on a compelling second day at Yas Marina

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Perez confirmed at Force India for 2015

Sergio Perez has extended his contract to continue racing with Force India for 2015 and beyond. With Nico Hulkenberg already confirmed, it means an unchanged driver line-up at the team for next season. Perez, 24, joined Force India at the start of 2014 and enjoyed immediate success with a podium finish in only his third race for the team

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Qualifying - Rosberg takes pole position for title decider

Nico Rosberg will start Sunday's championship-deciding race in Abu Dhabi from pole position after seeing off the challenge of Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton in an enthralling qualifying session on Saturday evening. Rosberg, who needs to overturn a 17-point deficit to Hamilton to win the title, finished 0.386s ahead of the Briton, who in turn just managed to resist the charge of Williams' Valtteri Bottas

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UK's non-emergency police and NHS phone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE

101 and 111 collapse due to technical gaffe

Britain's non-emergency telephone numbers for the police (101) and the NHS (111) have collapsed nationwide.…

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FP3 - Rosberg seizes the initiative in Abu Dhabi

Nico Rosberg threw down the gauntlet to Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton by going fastest by three tenths of a second in the final practice session at Yas Marina on Saturday afternoon. The title rivals were once again well clear of their rivals, with Rosberg more than one second ahead of Williams' Felipe Massa, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel

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Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! drama!

Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service

Yahoo! has apologised to customers who have been unable to access their email accounts since Thursday, after an underwater fibre cable was mistakenly severed.…

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Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! drama!

Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service

Yahoo! has apologised to customers who have been unable to access their email accounts since Thursday, after an underwater fibre cable was mistakenly severed.…

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Friday 21 November 2014

It's 2014 and people are willing to blow $6.8m on things like

Hey, has anyone thought about selling books online? Maybe a search engine with ads? has been sold for $6.8m (£4.3m, 800m yen) to Japanese domain biz GMO Registry, putting it in the top ten of all-time domain name sales.…

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FIA Friday press conference - Abu Dhabi

Team representatives - Federico Gastaldi (Lotus), Finbarr O'Connell (Caterham), Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing), Otmar Szafnauer (Force India), Toto Wolff (Mercedes), Claire Williams (Williams), Marco Mattiacci (Ferrari) Q: Toto, we have to start with you. Obviously the showdown this weekend between your two drivers

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