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Capita increases share of public sector revenue to measly £1.8bn

10 hours 41 min ago
Top 20 IT suppliers made £10.7bn from gov last year as 'relationship improves'

Capita slurped up £1.8bn in public sector spending last year, a 12 per cent increase on the previous year, according to research from analysts TechMarketView.…

Mozilla annual report shows risky Google dependency now risky Yahoo<i>!</i> dependency

Thu, 26/11/2015 - 5:57am
Revenue up 4.9 per cent, but browser market share shrinking

The Mozilla Foundation has released its 2014 annual report and while revenues are up, the numbers show the outfit is now very dependent on Yahoo! for future income and has declining market share.…

Lenovo slings privilege patches at in-built tools

Thu, 26/11/2015 - 3:59am
Temp account means God mode for regular users.

IOActive security bod Sofiane Talmat has found two since-patched privilege escalation vulnerabilities in Lenovo System Update utility.…

Green rectangles are the new rounded rectangles

Thu, 26/11/2015 - 2:02am
Hewlett Packard Enterprise's green box unleashes green monster at Korean portal with similar logo

Logowatch  South Korean web portal Naver is considering a legal tilt at Hewlett Packard Enterprise over just who first decided a green rectangle makes a good corporate insignia.…

Indian scientists teach computers to see by watching Cricket

Thu, 26/11/2015 - 12:58am
Mashing up Indian Premier League and CricInfo offers new machine learning approach

Indian researchers from Xerox and the International Institute of Information Technology at Hyderabad have used the sport of Cricket to develop a novel approach to interpreting human movement recorded by video.…

Lazy IoT, router makers reuse skeleton keys over and over in thousands of devices – new study

Thu, 26/11/2015 - 12:31am
SSH logins, server-side HTTPS certs baked in firmware

It's what we all assumed, but quietly hoped wasn't quite this bad.…

Nest defends web CCTV Cam amid unstoppable 24/7 surveillance fears

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 11:01pm
The truth about camera that seemingly keeps recording even when powered off

Alphabet-owned Nest says there is no truth to the allegation that its internet-connected home CCTV cameras continue to record video even when switched off.…

Nominet to hike price of UK web domains by 50%

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 9:57pm
Costs risen considerably, says CEO. Members not persuaded

UK registry operator Nominet is planning to increase the cost of .uk domains by 50 per cent starting 1 March 2016, raising questions over its historic nonprofit status.…

Samsung yanks plug out of rumors of networking biz sell-off

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 8:49pm
Everyone else: Samsung has a network business?

Samsung is nipping in the bud talk of selling its mobile network business.…

Finding security bugs on the road to creating a verifiably secure TLS lib

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 8:43pm
Microsoft, French bods push for mathematically provable bug-free code

Microsoft and French research organization Inria have jointly published the source code for a more secure implementation of TLS – hopefully increasing the security of millions online in the process.…

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Azure sitting in a tree, p-a-r-t-n-e-r-i-n-g

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 6:55pm
The company that's definitely not HP Inc makes Microsoft its 'preferred public cloud' supplier

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is buddying up to Microsoft on public cloud, chief executive Meg Whitman has confirmed.…

Fingers crossed tomorrow morning for Telecity's third repair shot

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 5:33pm
In the new circuit breaker we trust

UK internet hub Telecity on Thursday plans its third shot at fixing a power systems problem that fried customers' servers.…

VMware lawsuit fallout causes funding issues for GPL lobby group

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 5:11pm
Software Freedom Conservancy now gets the big tech cold shoulder, it claims

The Software Freedom Conservancy is turning to open source citizens to fund its operations and reduce its reliance on big tech. The GPL campaign group is making the change, it claims, because its campaigning has put it at odds with corporate sponsors.…

IOCCO: Police 'reckless' for using terrorism powers on journo sources

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 4:28pm
No regard for human rights, judicial approval

An inspection by the Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office (IOCCO) into the targeting by Police Scotland of journalists' sources under anti-terrorism powers without a warrant has concluded the actions were committed with a disregard for human rights regulations, and were "reckless".…

Plusnet ignores GCHQ, spits out plaintext passwords to customers

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 3:59pm
At least we don't email them, says security-shy telco

Contrary to password storage security standards, BT-owned Plusnet is still delivering plaintext strings back to forgetful users, and seems to have no plans to tidy itself up any time soon – despite years of warnings from security experts and the advice of GCHQ.…

Dell-EMC deal difficulties: VMware and daddy postpone roadtrip

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 3:10pm
Sorry investors, we have to sort a Virtustream problem at home

The Dell-EMC acquisition was announced on 12 October this year, with Dell buying EMC along with its 80 per cent holding in VMWare.…

Thin-lipped chancellor tight-lipped on contractor-nudge-onto-payroll plan

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 2:49pm
Small print says something's afoot ...

Autumn Statement  Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne failed to mention IR35 even once during his Autumn Statement to MPs on Wednesday at lunchtime – despite the government recently floating new rules to crackdown on freelancers' tax arrangements.…

Spending Review: GDS gets £450m, Cabinet Office budget slashed

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 2:09pm
Pledge for citizens to have option to pay online for every central gov service

In a shock announcement, Chancellor George Osborne has today pledged £450m in extra funding to the Government Digital Service.…

Speaking in Tech: Is Dell's EMC acquisition doomed, or just too big to fail?

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 1:50pm
Oracle’s Hollis: It’ll happen, but what about the debt?

UK gov sinks £25k into Pi-powered cyberdesk

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 1:36pm
The connected future of not owning your work space

A London furniture design outfit has trousered a £25k Innovate UK grant to prototype "the office desk of the future".…