Karen Friar

Karen Friar is news editor for ZDNet in the UK, based in London. She has been in journalism since the last century, starting out in film journalism in San Francisco, before making the switch to tech coverage at ZDNet.com. Next came a move to CNET News.com, where she looked after west coast coverage of business technology, specialising in security. After 14 years in California and a marriage-related change of name (from Karen Said), she returned to her homeland to work at ZDNet UK and so that her husband could deepen his knowledge of the offside rule.Follow me on Twitter at @Karen_Friar

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BT broadband goes down across the UK

BT broadband goes down across the UK

A power failure at a major exchange in Birmingham has caused broadband outages for BT customers nationwide, the company has confirmed.Beginning at around 1pm on Monday, people began complaining on Twitter that they were having problems with their broadband connections.

published October 3, 2011 by

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Bletchley plugs in tech to scan WW2 archive

Bletchley plugs in tech to scan WW2 archive

Bletchley Park is getting set to begin digitising its huge archive of World War Two documents, so they can be posted online for researchers and the public to see.The wartime code-breaking centre holds thousands upon thousands of intercepted transmissions, index cards, maps and other documents, many of which have not been touched in years.

published September 30, 2011 by

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Government climbs down on social-network blocking

Government climbs down on social-network blocking

The Home Office has pulled back on plans to introduce blocking of social networks during civil unrest, as promised by prime minister David Cameron in the wake of riots earlier in August.A meeting on Thursday between home secretary Theresa May and Twitter, Facebook, Research In Motion and police bodies stayed away from calling on the companies to restrict or block their services.

published August 25, 2011 by

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BBC survey maps out street-level 3G coverage

BBC survey maps out street-level 3G coverage

A crowd-sourced BBC survey of 3G coverage has found gaps across the UK, with people only able to get a signal for 75 percent of the time on average.For the rest of the time, British smartphone users only got a 2G signal, the broadcaster said in publishing its results on Wednesday.

published August 24, 2011 by

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Apple eyes $1bn outlay into Sharp for iPad screens

Apple eyes $1bn outlay into Sharp for iPad screens

iPhone and iPad maker Apple is likely to invest around $1bn (£609m) in a LCD-making plant operated by Sharp, according to a display industry analyst.The predicted move, borne out by unnamed sources quoted by Reuters, would come as Apple is fighting a court battle with key supplier Samsung over patents.

published August 17, 2011 by

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Deadline looms for Google+ business trial

Deadline looms for Google+ business trial

Companies have less than two days left to apply to take part in the test phase of Google+ for businesses, according to Christian Oestlien, the advertising lead for the social network.In a post to Google+ on Wednesday, Oestlien said the company will close the online form for applications at 6pm PST on Friday (2am on Saturday in the UK).

published July 14, 2011 by

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Alleged hacker Cleary to remain in custody

Alleged hacker Cleary to remain in custody

Ryan Cleary, the Essex teenager accused of attacks on music industry and British police systems, has been held in custody for another three days after a hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday.The 19-year-old man has been detained for further questioning by police, according to reports.

published June 23, 2011 by

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IMF hit by hacking attack, say reports

IMF hit by hacking attack, say reports

The International Monetary Fund is investigating a serious hacking attempt on its networks, according to several reports.The organisation, which holds extremely confidential information on the economic health of its 187 member countries, confirmed on Saturday that an intrusion took place and that it is investigating this.

published June 11, 2011 by

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Java SE to get 17 security fixes

Java SE to get 17 security fixes

Oracle plans to send out fixes on Tuesday for several Java Standard Edition security flaws, including some it rates as 'critical'.The Java SE Critical Patch Update for June will deliver 17 fixes for vulnerabilities that can be exploited by a remote attacker without the need for a username and password, the software maker said in an announcement on Friday.

published June 6, 2011 by

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Office 365 to launch in June

Office 365 to launch in June

Microsoft looks set to officially release Office 365, its rebranded set of cloud-based business tools, on June 28.The launch was revealed in a post to Twitter on Friday by Jon Roskill, a vice president in Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Group.

published June 6, 2011 by

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Ballmer goes off-message with Windows 8 timing hint

Ballmer goes off-message with Windows 8 timing hint

Microsoft's chief executive Steve Ballmer has indicated that the next version of Windows will arrive in 2012, only to be contradicted by the company's official press corps.At a developer's event in Tokyo on Tuesday, Ballmer spoke about several Microsoft products before finally talking about Windows 7 and the plans for the upcoming update to the OS.

published May 24, 2011 by

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Finnish iPhone users to catch refunds from cold

Finnish iPhone users to catch refunds from cold

The Finnish Consumer Agency has told iPhone owners in the country that they may be entitled to a refund if they were not warned that cold temperatures could cause problems for the Apple phone.The watchdog has been fielding questions from Finns who have noticed problems with the iPhone's performance in freezing conditions, a spokeswoman from the Finnish Consumer Agency confirmed to ZDNet UK on Friday.

published January 31, 2011 by

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