A couple from the US who run a small ecommerce publication have launched legal action against eBay accusing the company of a "coordinated effort to intimidate, threaten to kill, torture, terrorize, stalk and silence" them to muzzle their coverage.
The allegations – made in a complaint lodged in the US District Court of Massachusetts this week – are the latest chapter in a long-running case that has already resulted in guilty pleas from a number of former employees in what has become known as the "eBay cyberstalking case".
Lawyers acting on behalf of the owners of EcommerceBytes – an online trade publication that covers the ecommerce industry run by journalists Ina and David Steiner - said the intimidation was so bad they were in fear for their lives.
Recently, a Reg reader contacted us at Vulture (virtual) Towers with something odd they'd found online – a page tucked away in the little-visited “Legal Policies” section of Amazon's website containing a "non-exhaustive" list of all the trademarks held by the company.
The list is massive: 821 trademarks, sorted alphabetically and listed entirely free of context or explanation.
On first glance, the contents can be baffling, or will induce flights of fancy as to their purpose. When simply plucked out of a list of plain-text words, the purpose of, say, "6PM", "BAG O'CRAP" or "MAD DOGS" are difficult to discern.
Contractors helping to lay fibre cables under streets in Derby have threatened to scrap their work and "rip up tarmac" they've laid – unless they get paid.
A report by Construction Enquirer claims that subcontractors have also downed tools following the payment row.
The cables are being laid for digital infrastructure outfit CityFibre, which is spending £45m to install digital infrastructure in Derby.
India may be launching a digital currency, an official from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said today.
Speaking at a panel discussion held by the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy think tank, RBI deputy governor T Rabi Shankar described the potential Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) have for India, including smoother international transactions and protections from volatility.
Addressing whether CBDCs are needed in India, Shankar said: "It is important that all central banks get on the CBDC arrangements and coordinate effectively within themselves to actually maximize the immense potentials that CBDCs carry."
Intel boss Pat Gelsinger reckons global semiconductor shortages that continue to disrupt tech industry supply chains could last until 2023, around the time Chipzilla will at last release its first 7nm process CPU, Meteor Lake.
"We remain in a highly constrained environment where we are unable to fully support demand," the CEO noted last night on the company's earnings call for its Q2 of fiscal 2021, ended 26 June.
Gelsinger added that in client computing, Chipzilla continued to "see very strong demand for our client products and expect growth to continue. However, persistent industry-wide component in substrate shortages are expected to lower [client computing group] revenues sequentially.
The Royal Navy is on the hunt, not for enemy submarines in this instance, but for a technology supplier to provide a data integration platform in return for a bounty of £50m.
The British naval warfare force said it needed the new platform to help it share data with "military, maritime and industry partners," according to a contract notice published this week.
It said the 475-year-old institution requires a "partner to provide digital upskilling and a data integration platform that will operationalise and enhance existing RN digital capability on a secure, accredited, multi-classification, interoperable platform that enables the sharing of data among military, maritime and industry partners using open standards so that users can use analytics and visualisations to improve decision making capability."
Pic Astronomers have for the first time spotted what appears to be a moon-forming ring of matter around a young exoplanet, and described their findings in a paper published on Thursday.
Orbiting a star 400 light-years away, PDS 70c is an otherworldly Jupiter-like gas giant that is particularly interesting to planet watchers. Unlike most other confirmed exoplanets, PDS 70c and its neighbor PDS 70b are not yet fully grown. So much so, when they were discovered in 2018 and 2019 respectively, it was the first time researchers were able to directly image a protoplanet.
The latest observations have confirmed PDS 70c is harboring another astronomical gem: it’s surrounded by a cloud of gas and dust in which satellites are slowly taking shape.
The German-speaking SAP user group (DSAG) has published a decidedly downbeat survey revealing attitudes to RISE with SAP, the application company's big sell to get its entrenched customer base to the cloud.
In joint research with the Americas SAP User Group (ASUG), DSAG has shown only 12 per cent of its members say the RISE campaign is "somewhat of value or high in value." A significant minority of those users, 39 per cent, view RISE as having little value or no value at all.
Only 10 per cent of DSAG members said it was "somewhat to very likely" that they would consider the offer.
Criminals have hacked into a Gumtree-style website used for buying and selling firearms, making off with a 111,000-entry database containing partial information from a CRM product used by gun shops across the UK.
The Guntrader breach earlier this week saw the theft of a SQL database powering both the Guntrader.uk buy-and-sell website and its electronic gun shop register product, comprising about 111,000 users and dating between 2016 and 17 July this year.
The database contains names, mobile phone numbers, email addresses, user geolocation data, and more including bcrypt-hashed passwords. It is a severe breach of privacy not only for Guntrader but for its users: members of the UK's licensed firearms community.
Episode 13 "You're taking the halon away?!" the PFY gasps.
"We have to," the Boss responds.
"It's the Montreal Protocol," the fire engineer says. "You shouldn't even have halon in the first place."
Updated UK Research and Investment (UKRI) has rejected reports it had, on instruction of UK government, cut financial support for Newport Wafer Fab over concerns about its acquisition by Nexperia, offering a simple statement: "funding continues."
The Telegraph was the first to report claims from an unnamed source that UKRI had pulled grant funding from Newport Wafer Fab earlier this week. The reason: concerns over the chip-making facility's acquisition by Nexperia, which while based in the Netherlands is owned by Wingtech Group - itself owned, in part at least, by the Chinese state.
UKRI, however, told The Register that the claims are incorrect, with a spokesperson setting the record straight with a simple two-word statement: "Funding continues."
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