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IBM says 'blame Canada' after $5.7m IT contract balloons to $185m

With all their hockey hullabaloo, and that crazy payout too A $5.7m IBM contract to update payroll systems for the Canadian government has turned into a $185m boondoggle for the Great White North. That's $4.62m and $150m in US currency, respectively.…

Facebook, Twitter sucked into US Senate's Russian meddling probe

Politicians want to know what happened with those fake accounts and advertising dollars They may still view themselves as open purveyors of free speech, but increasingly social media giants are being pulled into the US Senate's investigation of Russian interference in the American presidential ...

Has science gone too far, part 97: Boffins craft code to find protesters on social networks, rate them on their violence

Image-recognition system posited as reporting tool Mining social networks for every scrap of information about our online lives is now common practice for marketers, academics, government agencies, and so on.…

Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange

Kiss your Microsoft email goodbye, for now, if you update Apple's latest version of iOS, namely version 11, struggles or flat-out fails to connect to Microsoft Office and Exchange mailboxes. That's a rather annoying pain for anyone working in a typical Windows-based work environment.…

Hi Facebook, Google, we think we might tax your ads instead – lots of love, Europe x

Or maybe hold money from online transactions. Either way, we're getting our damn cash More details have emerged on the various plans being considered by European governments to force internet giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon to pay more in taxes, including a levy on internet ads and even ...

Nothing to see here, folks, literally... Citrix mysteriously pulls NetScaler downloads

Builds yanked offline for a week in bug riddle Citrix has temporarily suspended its NetScaler downloads due to an unspecified, and possibly security-related, issue.…

Slain: Unions' US OPM mega-hack lawsuit against Uncle Sam

You have to get shafted before you can sue, says court A lawsuit brought against the hacker-ransacked Office of Personnel Management on behalf of US federal employees has been killed.…

SEC 'fesses to security breach, says swiped info likely used for dodgy stock-market trading

EDGAR database a veritable goldmine of financial tips The US Securities and Exchange Commission has admitted that hackers broke into its corporate filling system last year.…

Chatbots: A load of hype or fancy lifehack for the lazy IT person?

Some of these buggers are adept at handling the mundane It's the age of the chatbot. The chatbot revolution is coming. Unless it isn't.…

Data-wranglers Trifacta go public with Google Cloud collaboration

Pair takes aim at $20bn analytics market California-based self-service data biz Trifacta has today launched its Google-friendly data preparation service into public beta.…

Android slingers tout mobes with customized baked-in big-biz configs

Chocolate Factory pushing enterprises' corporate settings right out of the box Google has said it will begin allowing its enterprise customers to purchase pre-configured Android smartphones and other devices that will ship with corporate policies and settings already in place.…

Researchers claim ISPs are 'complicit' in latest FinSpy snooping rounds

Dictators' favourite spyware is working at the top, says report A surveillance campaign utilising a new variant of FinFisher, the infamous spyware also known as FinSpy, has been tracked by security researchers.…

Ah, good ol' Windows update cycles... Wait, before anything else, check your hardware

Intel and Microsoft have been working together to ease the pain Sponsored Windows 10 means a major shift in how IT operations should perceive and manage Windows and their hardware estate. The most significant is the move away from Big Bang version launches in favour of a subscription model with much ...

Outgoing Cisco exec chair John Chambers joins Sprinklr board

There is life after the Borg... in social media management platforms apparently Outgoing Cisco executive chairman John Chambers is to join the board of directors on social media management outfit Sprinklr, no doubt the first of many non-exec roles the former Switchzilla boss will hold.…

Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

It's for the grater good After Caerphilly considering its position, Quebec's French-language watchdog has decided it doesn't give edam about its linguistic ban on using "anglicisms" such as "grilled cheese", a move that has been welcomed as gouda news.…

Equifax fooled again! Blundering credit biz directs hack attack victims to parody site

Tim on the social media team will need a new job You'd have thought that Equifax staff would be on their toes ever since the megahack that exposed the private data of over 143 million Americans but the corporation's social media certainly haven't got the message.…

Google's Big Hardware Bet: Is this what a sane business would do?

You're an algorithms company, Larry! Analysis Google is placing a "Big Bet" on consumer hardware, the company screams in a new blog post. Presumably this time it really means it.…

Something good about Brexit? Errr, more teeth for Ofcom! – report

But elsewhere fear and uncertainty reigns. Ahhh! Brexit could hand UK watchdog Ofcom more powers to intervene in the retail telecoms markets while simultaneously creating uncertainty over mobile roaming charges, according to a wide-ranging discussion paper.…

Baidu-backed fund has a BEEELLION quid for 100 self-driving projects

China's Google also updated its open-source autonomous vehicle software A joint investment venture backed by China's Baidu is offering 10 billion yuan for 100 autonomous driving projects anywhere in the world.…

How's that 'turnaround' year going, Capita? Sheesh, sorry I asked

Things still gloomy after profit warning and restructure At the halfway point of a turnaround year for listing tech outsourcing ship Capita, the vital statistics are still moving in the wrong direction with top and bottom line slipping and major contract challenges noted.…

Falling apart at the seamless: Inside Apple's LTE Watch fiasco

Kludge takes shine off ever-improving Watch Analysis Just as the Apple Watch was set to go mainstream, bugs and poor design choices have taken the shine off the latest version of the hardware.…

UK data watchdog swots automated marketing call pest with Β£260k fine

Easyleads applies to be struck off after investigation Blighty's Information Commissioner's Office is claiming another big win after fining marketing firm Easyleads Ltd Β£260,000 for being a royal pain in the ass – or, more specifically, for making 16.7 million automated marketing calls.…

You lost your ballpoint pen, Slack? Why's your Linux version unsigned?

No digital signature on hipster collab app means it's easy to make dangerous fakes Slack is distributing versions of its chatroom app for Linux machines that are not digitally signed, contrary to industry best practice.…

Chief digital officer and sales director leave O2 amid ongoing shake-up

Roles yet to be filled Two senior top brass at UK telecoms outfit O2 have stepped down amid a period of major transition for the mobile operator.…

Register Lectures tackle war and power... in the digital world at least

Mists? Mellowness? Not at these talks... Lectures If mists and mellow fruitfulness aren't your thing, celebrate Autumn by joining us for a pair of hard-hitting Register lectures which examine some of the pricklier issues dogging the digital world.…

Puppet plays puppet master, gobbles up automation firm Distelli

Twisting minds, smashing dreams Puppet has rolled out the corporate playbook and turned puppet master for another automation company.…

UK data watchdog swots automated marketing call pest with Β£260k fine

Easyleads applies to be struck off after investigation The Information Commissioner's Office is claiming another big win after fining marketing firm Easyleads Ltd Β£260,000 for being a royal pain in the ass – or, more specifically, for making 16.7 million automated marketing calls.…

You lost your ballpoint pen, Slack? Why's your Linux version unsigned?

No digital signature on hipster collab app means it's easy to make dangerous fakes Slack is distributing open Linux-based versions of its technology that are not digitally signed, contrary to industry best practice.…

Chief digital officer and sales director leave O2 amid ongoing shake-up

Roles yet to be filled Two senior top brass at UK telecoms provider O2 have stepped down amid a period of major transition for the mobile operator.…

GNOME Foundation backs 'freedom-oriented' smartphone

Librem 5 will run only open-source code, PureOS and feature radio kill switch The GNOME Foundation has backed efforts to create a "freedom-oriented" smartphone that protects users' privacy and runs only open-source software.…

From the Dept of the Bleedin' Obvious... yes, drones hurt when they hit you in the head

Research suggests maybe the heavy ones should spend less time over people Being hit in the head by a drone won't necessarily end in decapitation. Thanks to aeronautical boffins, we know now that there is a range of possible outcomes.…

BlackBerry's QNX to run autonomous car software

Parts-maker Delphi wants BlackBerry-mobiles on the road in 2019 As BlackBerry's handset business died an increasingly rapid death, execs told The Register that the company had a fabulous operating system and secure messaging to fall back on.…

Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

Gives two-fingered salute to IBM designers for forcing us to use three-fingered salute Bill Gates has said that if he had his time again, he would not have chosen CTRL-ALT-DEL as the keypress to interrupt a PC's operations.…

Toshiba sells memory biz for $18bn, becomes the Bain of Western Digital's existence

Japanese company sells memory biz to private equity and WD flings sueballs to stop it Toshiba has picked a Japanese-American consortium assembled by Bain Capital Private Equity as the buyer of its memory business. Jilted suitor Western Digital has immediately tried to stop the transaction ...

Ducks ding dongs in face of stiff competition

Alternative title for this science paper: Seven-inch bullies humiliate unsuspecting birds Waterfowl situation... Some alpha ducks bully smaller ducks so much when competing for mates that the beta birds' undercarriages barely take off, so to speak, a new study has found.…

CCleaner targeted top tech companies in attempt to lift IP

Infected Avast tool's payload went after the likes of Microsoft, Intel and Cisco, hit 20 targets Cisco's security limb Talos has probed the malware-laden CCleaner utility that Avast so kindly gave to the world and has concluded its purpose was to create secondary attacks that attempted to penetrate ...

Google hires HTC's Pixel people to make one big happy handset team

HTC insists ad giant didn't scoop all its clever people and it can still make nice things As rumoured since early September, Google has decided to hire the HTC team that designs and builds its Pixel phones.…

Google hires HTC's Pixel people to make one big happy handset team

HTC insists ad giant didn't scoop all its clever people and it can still make nice things As rumoured since early September, Google's decided to hire the HTC team that designs and builds its Pixel phones.…

Top video game dev nerve-center Unity can now be used to train AI

Hot graphics and complex worlds provide a good testbed for algorithms Unity, the most popular cross-platform game engine favored by video game developers, on Tuesday opened up its platform for machine learning researchers to test their algorithms.…

GitLab freezes GraphQL project amid looming Facebook patent fears

Promising query language garbled by legal lingo Using GraphQL, an increasingly popular query language for grabbing data, may someday infringe upon pending Facebook patents, making the technology inherently problematic for corporate usage.…

Orland-whoa! Chap cops to masterminding $100m Microsoft piracy racket

Chinese national pleads guilty to running a massive counterfeiting ring A Chinese national has admitted he coordinated a massive piracy ring that shifted more than $100m in bootleg Microsoft gear.…

You've been baffled by its smart thermostat. Now strap in for Nest's IoT doorbell, alarm gear

Our vulture gets his claws into new hardware First fondle Nest unveiled a new outdoor camera, doorbell and security system this morning in San Francisco.…

Mobe reception grief turns LTE Apple Watch 3 into – er, a dull watch

Plus: You can't switch off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on iOS 11 The new LTE-enabled Apple Watch 3 appears to suffer from a bug that can keep the touch-screen wearable from connecting to cellular data networks.…

FedEx: TNT NotPetya infection blew a $300m hole in our numbers

File-scrambling malware put a bomb under shipping giant's sales growth FedEx has estimated this year's NotPetya ransomware outbreak cost it $300m in lost business and cleanup costs.…

Say Hello to my little friend: Nest blasts IoT world with doorbell, home security gear

Hope it doesn't freeze out folks like its thermostat Smart home poster child Nest on Wednesday launched two new products: a video doorbell and a security system.…

IT fraudster facing four years' bird time for $10k blackmail

Blackmailed former employer, redirected company website for porn portal An IT contractor who sabotaged a client's website and demanded $10,000 to restore it was this week convicted of wire fraud and sentenced to four years behind bars.…

Amazon wants to be king of the nerd goggles

Glasshole Bezos sees no shame Something to quicken the pulses of middle-aged men in the shower, whose surname rhymes with "Noble"*.…

Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

It's a massive and ambitious upgrade for iPads, but older hardware can't cut it Review After years of complacency – and falling sales – Apple has transformed the iPad into something it should have been from the start: a proper computer.…

Ethereum just checked that part of a Zcash transaction was legit

Someone sent somebody else some money – that's all we know, and that's a good thing The testnet for Ethereum's next big update has successfully verified an important part of a transaction with the virtual cryptocurrency Zcash, bringing the dream of making the blockchain network more ...

UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to craft 'auto-takedowns' for terrorist manuals etc

And you thought 24 hours would be tough… The UK's Prime Minister has once again raised the tech stakes in the fight against online terror, with her latest, er, bright idea being for internet giants to stop extremist content before it's even online.…