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+ - BT to buy UK 4G leader EE for £12.5bn->

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

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

Submitted by DW100
DW100 (2227906) writes "The UK has completed a highly challenging rollout of broadband to remote islands in Scotland, covering 250km of seabed. The work has taken many months but will mean some 150,000 residents in the islands will be able to get broadband of up to 80Mbps. A cable laying ship, the Rene Descartes, carried out the work, with the longest cable stretching 50 miles between islands."
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+ - EU considers splitting up Google to stop search abuse->

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DW100 (2227906) writes "A unique broadband rollout in the UK has taken place this week, with operator BT bringing a previously disused international undersea cable ashore in the tiny island community of the Isles of Scilly. This will bring speeds of 60-80Mbs to the islands, making it one of the best connected communities in the world."
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+ - Bank of England warns UK firms on US cloud use over FBI and CIA data snooping->

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

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Two MIT students have raised half a million dollars for a project to distribute $100 in bitcoin to every undergraduate student at MIT this fall. Jeremy Rubin, a sophomore studying electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, and Dan Elitzer, founder and President of the MIT Bitcoin Club and a first-year in the MBA program at MIT Sloan, have undertaken an ambitious project aimed at creating an ecosystem for digital currencies at MIT. Through the MIT Bitcoin Project, Rubin and Elitzer aim to help MIT continue its long tradition as the preeminent educational institution at the forefront of emerging technologies, and establish MIT as a global hub where Bitcoin-related ideas are studied. The bulk of funding for the project is being provided by MIT alumni with significant additional support from within the Bitcoin community. Rubin and Elitzer have engaged with a handful of Bitcoin parties and are holding a MIT Bitcoin Expo on Saturday, May 3rd. The event will feature presentations and technical workshops from prominent figures within the Bitcoin community."

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