Google has denied 'pre-preparing' the hard disk, shown to the UK's privacy regulator two years ago, that contained data scooped up from people's Wi-Fi networks by Street View cars.The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) decided not to punish Google over the practice in 2010, after looking at the drive's contents.
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David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't be paying many bills. His early journalistic career was spent in general news, working behind the scenes for BBC radio and on-air as a newsreader for independent stations. David's main focus is on communications, of both the fixed and wireless varieties, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices. He is based in Berlin.
BT is likely to enjoy lighter controls on the amount it can charge for its leased lines in London, under proposals revealed by Ofcom on Monday.Leased lines offer high-end fibre connectivity as a retail product for business customers, and also as a wholesale product for smaller telcos that resell fixed and mobile broadband services.
The US is not going to push for British hacking suspect Ryan Cleary to be extradited there, his lawyer has said.Cleary is suspected of being a member of the hacking collective LulzSec, which last year attacked the US Senate, the CIA and the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).
One of the few remaining Apple 1 computers has been sold at auction for hundreds of thousands of pounds.Auction house Sotheby's had placed an estimate on the functioning Apple 1 of between $120,000-180,000 (£76-115,000), but it sold on Friday for $374,500k (£241,000).
The UK police had Google delete 640 YouTube videos that allegedly glorified terrorism last year, the company has revealed.The revelation that the UK Association of Police Officers (ACPO) requested the deletion of the videos came as part of Google's latest Transparency Report, which tracks government and copyright-related takedown requests received by the web giant, on Monday.
Spelled out just yesterday, the Communications Data Bill has already attracted the hostility of digital rights activists, academics, the libertarian wing of the Conservative Party and even the Daily Mail.The Communications Data Bill would require ISPs and even postal services to retain data on communications for a year.
Nokia is to lose 10,000 workers and transform its management team in a bid to return to profitability, the Finnish handset manufacturer has said.A series of moves, which also includes the selling-off of luxury handset division Vertu and the acquisition of imaging technology from Scalado, was announced early on Thursday.
The world's largest optical/infrared telescope will become operational early in the next decade, according to plans tentatively approved by the Europe's leading astronomers this week.The Extremely Large Telescope will be built in northern Chile.
Be Broadband has unveiled a new starting date for the migration of customers from the older broadband infrastructure it rents from BT to its own, new core network.The move will boost bandwidth for the O2-owned operator, and it will also help Be move to IPv6 — it will, however, also mean changing customers' static IP addresses.
Three has stolen a march on its competitors by unveiling an all-you-can-eat roaming data tariff for customers visiting the rest of Europe.Immediately available from Wednesday to Three's contract smartphone customers, the operator's new Euro Internet Pass costs £5 a day, in exchange for which it offers unlimited browsing.
A UK city will get £24m in government funding to become a 'city of tomorrow', through a competition that has just opened.On Monday, the Technology Strategy Board launched its Future Cities Demonstrator programme.
LG has begun selling its Optimus 4X HD Android smartphone in Germany, the first country where the device is available.LG's Optimus 4X HD has gone on sale, but not yet in the UK.
New procedures for unmasking online trolls will make life simpler for those operating the websites where the trolling is taking place, justice secretary Ken Clarke has said.Ahead of the new Defamation Bill's second reading on Tuesday, Clarke said the current libel regime — built for the pre-internet era — created so much uncertainty for website operators that they tended to take down potentially risky material too quickly.
Lenovo has become a mobile broadband operator with the introduction of Mobile Access, a global cellular data service for 3G-enabled ThinkPads.Unveiled on Monday, Lenovo Mobile Access allows both pay-as-you-go and monthly usage, and is immediately available in the UK, eight other European countries and the US.
Smart meters could be used to build extensive profiles of the households using them, Europe's privacy regulator has warned.The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said in a statement on Monday that, while smart meters were potentially useful for controlling energy use, they will also "enable massive collection of personal data which can track what members of a household do within the privacy of their own homes".