Karen Friar

Karen Friar is news editor for ZDNet in the UK, based in London. She started 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, and finally a return to her homeland with ZDNet UK.

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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.

October 3, 2011 by Karen Friar


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.

September 30, 2011 by Karen Friar


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.

August 25, 2011 by Karen Friar


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.

August 24, 2011 by Karen Friar

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British Airways pilots iPad 2 for cabin crew

Cabin staff on British Airways planes are testing out the use of Apple's iPad 2 tablet instead of paper during flights.The airline has handed out the iPad 2s to 100 of its cabin crew, the company said on Wednesday.

August 19, 2011 by Karen Friar


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.

August 17, 2011 by Karen Friar


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).

July 14, 2011 by Karen Friar


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.

June 23, 2011 by Karen Friar


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.

June 11, 2011 by Karen Friar