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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Microsoft promises 'racy' app purge for Windows Phone

Microsoft promises 'racy' app purge for Windows Phone

Microsoft is to crack down on sexually suggestive apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace, as part of a general tightening of the store's rules.The company already has a content policy forbidding 'racy' apps but will now enforce it more strictly, Marketplace chief Todd Brix wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

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Microsoft shuts Office Live Small Business

Microsoft shuts Office Live Small Business

Microsoft has shut down Office Live Small Business, the hosted website creation and business email platform that has since been superseded by Office 365.Office 365 took over from Office Live Small Business (OLSB), Live@edu and BPOS in late 2010.

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China's Beidou GPS rival gets more satellites

China's Beidou GPS rival gets more satellites

China has launched two more satellites for its Beidou constellation, a rival to the US-controlled GPS navigation system.The Compass M3 and M4 satellites took off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province in the early hours of Monday morning, with both satellites sharing the same rocket.

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Microsoft scraps Nook suit, enters e-reader business

Microsoft scraps Nook suit, enters e-reader business

Microsoft is to dive into the thriving e-reader market, after it stopped suing Barnes & Noble and went into partnership with the bookseller instead.Microsoft had been in litigation over Barnes & Noble's alleged infringement of Microsoft patents in its Android-based Nook tablet, but on Monday the companies announced the end of the legal battle and the start of a strategic partnership around digital content.

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Data protection watchdog issues first NHS fine

Data protection watchdog issues first NHS fine

The UK's data protection watchdog has levied its first fine against an NHS organisation, after a Welsh hospital accidentally sent a patient's health details to the wrong person.The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said on Monday that the Aneurin Bevan Health Board (ABHB) had been fined £70,000 over the incident, which took place when a consultant sent a medical secretary a letter for formatting, but without an identifying patient number.

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Microsoft fixes critical Hotmail password flaw

Microsoft fixes critical Hotmail password flaw

Microsoft has fixed a critical security flaw in its Hotmail login process that made it possible for hackers to take over accounts on the webmail service.The Microsoft security team said in a tweet on Friday that it had "addressed a reset function incident to help protect Hotmail customers", and that no further action was needed on the customer's part.

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CISPA cybersecurity bill clears US Congress

CISPA cybersecurity bill clears US Congress

The US Congress has passed a highly controversial cybersecurity bill, despite President Obama's office having said he may veto it.The purpose of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is to allow the US government and private technology firms to share data on perceived cyberthreats.

published April 27, 2012 by

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Samsung profits as it becomes top global handset firm

Samsung profits as it becomes top global handset firm

Samsung now sells more mobile phones than any other company, having overtaken former market leader Nokia.The shift, noted by analyst firm Strategy Analytics, marks the first time Nokia has lost the top spot since it overtook then-leader Motorola in 1998, according to a BBC report.

published April 27, 2012 by

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BT puts classic 'Jubilee' phone boxes up for sale

BT puts classic 'Jubilee' phone boxes up for sale

BT has begun selling off its vintage 'Jubilee' or 'K6' phone boxes, as the age of the mobile phone sees usage of the design icons plummet.Apart from selling the phone boxes, BT also lets local communities 'adopt' them for new purposes Photo credit: BTThe telecoms giant said on Thursday that the refurbished cast-iron kiosks have a starting price of £1,950.

published April 26, 2012 by

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