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Iran kills the internet for its people's own good as riots grip the Middle Eastern nation
Tuesday, 19 November 2019 12:12

Iran has been offline for three days after the government responded to widespread protests by killing the internet.

Anti-government protests started on Friday when the authorities announced a sudden 50 per cent increase in fuel prices. The protests quickly spread to over 100 cities and towns, reflecting deeper hostility to the authoritarian establishment. That establishment responded by cutting off the internet to 80 million people on Saturday night.

As a result it has been increasingly difficult to follow what is going on inside the country or how many people have been injured or killed. The government has acknowledged three deaths,

Internet world despairs as non-profit .org sold for $$$$ to private equity firm, price caps axed
Thursday, 21 November 2019 09:08

Special report The sale of one of the internet’s most popular registries to a private equity firm has revived concerns over how the domain name system is governed.

At the end of last week, the Internet Society ( ISOC ) announced that it has sold the rights to the .org registry for an undisclosed sum to a private equity company called Ethos Capital.

The decision shocked the internet industry, not least because the .org registry has always been operated on a non-profit basis and has actively marketed itself as such. The suffix “org” on an internet address – and there

London cops seeking £600m mega IT contract to knock 'towers' sprawl into 'one throat to choke'
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 23:42

London's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has published its first procurement notice to consolidate its IT "towers" in a contract worth £600m over five years.

Currently the body's IT contracts are structured via a multi-supplier "Towers Model". This had previously been viewed as a way of breaking up huge IT contracts with single suppliers into more manageable "chunks". However, the model has rarely worked in practice, with some public sector bodies seemingly reverting back to the "one throat to choke" approach instead.

Between 2015 and 2017, the MPS awarded its Service Integration & Management to Atos , Network Services to BT,

Satellite operators' shares plummet as FCC plumps for public 5G spectrum auctions
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 11:15

The shares of satellite operators continued to plummet today after it became clear that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was going to seize valuable spectrum off them and resell it to mobile phone companies.

On Monday, FCC chair Ajit Pai tweeted that he was going to back a public auction of the so-called C-Band spectrum running between 3.7 to 4.2GHz in order to provide enough bandwidth for next-generation 5G networks.

Shares in Intelsat nosedived by 40 per cent on Monday and dropped a further 24 per cent on Tuesday. Likewise, shares in the other main satellite company that currently uses

Halfords invents radio signals that don't travel at the speed of light
Friday, 22 November 2019 20:15

Halfords is telling potential DAB radio buyers that the digital radio tech is "super-fast" compared to analogue AM radio, which might come as a surprise to the laws of physics.

The car accessories retailer is trying, like all good businesses do, to drum up interest in its DAB digital radio sets. To this end it published a webpage trying to convince consumers to hand over their hard-earned cash in favour of one of the newfangled devices.

Halfords did a Stephen Fry and tried to give the world a simplified explanation of why DAB is superior to traditional analogue broadcasts. Unfortunately,

Whoa! Google to power Amazon's internet. Wait, oh, not that Amazon. The other one. The rainforest
Friday, 22 November 2019 15:11

Loon, an Alphabet-owned subsidiary, is collaborating with an internet service provider in Peru to set up wireless broadband internet over the Amazon rainforest using the Chocolate Factory's balloon fleet.

If everything goes to plan, people living in the remote jungles will hopefully have internet access next year using the system. Loon announced it had signed a deal with Internet Para Todos Perú (IpT), a rural mobile infrastructure operator owned by multiple companies, including Telefónica and Facebook, to set up the service.

Instead of traditional cellular towers, Loon employs a network of giant billowing translucent balloons that hover 20 kilometers above

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