David Meyer

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.

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Mobile roaming prices to plunge in EU

Mobile roaming prices to plunge in EU

The cost of mobile roaming within the European Union is to fall dramatically over the next two years, due to a new regulation passed by the European Parliament on Thursday.Data roaming in particular is set to become significantly cheaper, with the first retail price caps being imposed on operators for that service.

published May 10, 2012 by

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Mobile roaming law reaches final vote in Europe

Mobile roaming law reaches final vote in Europe

European legislators will on Thursday vote on a comprehensive package aimed at reducing roaming charges for mobile data, voice and text messages across the continent.The European Parliament and Council have already negotiated a compromise deal that puts the new caps on roaming at a lower level than those originally proposed by the Commission, and the vote is the final stage in passing the legislation.

published May 10, 2012 by

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Pirate Bay condemns Virgin Media hack

Pirate Bay condemns Virgin Media hack

Hackers associated with Anonymous forced Virgin Media's website offline for at least an hour on Tuesday, but the file-sharing service whose blockage sparked the protest has condemned the attack.In an operation dubbed OpTPB, Anonymous hackers apparently subjected Virgin's site to a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that began at 5pm.

published May 9, 2012 by

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ICANN offers refunds over gTLD system shutdown

ICANN offers refunds over gTLD system shutdown

ICANN, the body running registrations for the new generic top-level domains, has offered refunds to applicants who have been inconvenienced by a shutdown of the application system.The organisation, which is responsible for managing the DNS root zone, closed down the gTLD application system on 12 April, because it had a bug that exposed the applications details of some applicants to others.

published May 8, 2012 by

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Sage to take ERP tools into the cloud with Azure

Sage to take ERP tools into the cloud with Azure

The UK software company Sage is to take on its enterprise resource planning rivals in the cloud by developing some of its products to run on Microsoft's Windows Azure platform.According to the company, the first such product in the UK will be Sage 200, a suite that encompasses business intelligence (BI), customer relationship management (CRM) and financial management software.

published May 7, 2012 by

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LSE identifies £1.1bn broadband rollout shortfall

LSE identifies £1.1bn broadband rollout shortfall

The UK's fast broadband rollout needs an extra billion pounds in private investment if government targets are to be met, academics from the London School of Economics have calculated.The government wants 90 percent of the country to have access to super-fast broadband by 2015, with everyone getting at least some broadband access by that date.

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Nokia faces class-action fraud suit over share price

Nokia faces class-action fraud suit over share price

Nokia is being sued by some of its shareholders on the basis of alleged fraud, but the company says the claims are without merit.The suit (PDF) was filed on Thursday at a New York district court, with the complainants seeking class action status and a jury trial.

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UK Border Agency IT system running again after crash

UK Border Agency IT system running again after crash

A UK Border Agency IT system crashed on Thursday, leaving hundreds of foreign nationals unable to get their biometric visas and residence permits.It is not yet clear which system was affected by the outage, but the BBC reported on Thursday that some people at the Croydon Enquiry Office in south London broke down in tears when they were turned away from their appointments.

published May 4, 2012 by

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Windows 8 skips built-in DVD playback

Windows 8 skips built-in DVD playback

The version of Windows Media Player that will accompany Windows 8 will not be able to play back DVDs, Microsoft has said.In a blog post on Friday, Microsoft employees Bernardo Caldas and Linda Averett wrote that the decision had been taken due to the cost of licensing DVD playback codecs, and the fact that streaming video is taking over from physical media.

published May 4, 2012 by

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Next Galileo GPS satellites get launch date

Next Galileo GPS satellites get launch date

The third and fourth satellites in Europe's Galileo constellation, a rival to the US GPS system, will be sent into space in September.European Commission vice president Antonio Tajani announced the launch schedule on Wednesday, adding that further launches will come more frequently next year.

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ACTA likely to fail, European Commission admits

ACTA likely to fail, European Commission admits

The European Commission has admitted for the first time that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, will probably be defeated in Europe.The failure of ACTA to be voted through in the EU is indeed likely, as the leader of the trade committee that has been scrutinising it has advised the European Parliament to reject it in June.

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Apple's iPhoto gives credit to OpenStreetMap data

Apple's iPhoto gives credit to OpenStreetMap data

Apple has finally acknowledged the use of OpenStreetMap data in its iOS iPhoto app, the open-source mapping project said on Thursday.The iPhoto app, a photo-sorting tool for the iPad and iPhone, switched from Google Maps to OpenStreetMap (OSM) data back in March.

published May 4, 2012 by

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Virgin Media kicks off Pirate Bay blockade

Virgin Media kicks off Pirate Bay blockade

Virgin Media has begun blocking The Pirate Bay, a notorious file-sharing website, days after the High Court ordered ISPs to do so.The High Court said on Monday that Virgin, Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk and O2 would have to stop their customers from accessing The Pirate Bay (TPB) because it illegally provided access to copyright material.

published May 3, 2012 by

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