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BT going ahead with shut down of existing telephone network to VoIP

BT is going ahead with plans to shut down its existing public switched telephone network (PSTN) in favour of VoIP systems, meaning all phone calls will be made over a fibre broadband network. The idea is to have all UK customers moved over to the new technology by 2025 and will see the company closing a bunch of its exchanges ... Read More »

Facebook Login feature being hijacked by hidden trackers, warn researchers

Facebook is at the centre of another privacy scare following claims that logging-in to websites via Facebook enables hidden trackers to suck up more personal data than users might expect.  That’s according to researchers Steven Englehardt, Gunes Acar and Arvind Narayanan of the Freedom To Tinker blog, hosted by Princeton University’s Center For Information Technology Policy.  They found that Facebook users’ data, including names, email ... Read More »

TalkTalk is still the most complained about ISP in Britain

TALKTALK HAS BEEN BRANDED the worse UK internet service provider (ISP) having received the most complaints for the delivery of its broadband service in the last quarter of 2017. Ofcom’s latest report on telecoms and pay TV complaints show TalkTalk received 31 complaints per 100,000 customers. In comparison, BT and Plusnet had 27, while Virgin Media has 14 and EE ... Read More »

US slaps ZTE with seven-year sales ban a day after NCSC issues security warning over ZTE kit

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ZTE suspends trading after being blacklisted by the UK and US

CHINESE TELECOMS OUTFIT ZTE has halted trading after was suspended from the UK and cut off from US suppliers. On Monday, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) warned UK telecoms firms against using equipment from ZTE due to “national security” concerns.  Ian Levy, technical director at the NCSC, wrote to UK telcos, ZTE and Ofcom warning that “the use of ZTE equipment ... Read More »

UK gov to take on dark web crims with £9m of dedicated funding

LOOK OUT CYBER CROOKS as the Tories are coming for you, thanks to home secretary Amber Rudd earmarking £9m of funding to tackle dark web criminals. Crims into trading all manner of illegal goods and illicit services often use the dark web to do so anonymously and without detection. But Rudd wants to use some of the £50m used by ... Read More »

Zuck’s Facebook data was sucked up by Cambridge Analytica

IN A TWIST OF IRONY, it turns out Mark Zuckerberg’s own Facebook data was sucked up by Cambridge Analytica. While being grilled by US senators in the second House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, Zuck was asked by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo if the 33-year-old’s data was “included in the data sold to the malicious third parties”, to which Zuckerberg replied with ... Read More »

Gmail to get a major redesign in a matter of weeks

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Huawei reportedly axing staff ‘across the board’ in the US

CHINESE PHONE MAKER Huawei is said to be laying off a number of employees in the US due to recent setbacks it has suffered at the hands of the Trump administration.  Sources familiar with the matter told Android Headlines that Huawei is in the process of laying off employees “across the board” in the United States.The extent of the layoffs, which have ... Read More »

O2 and Arqiva team up to improve mobile connectivity in London boroughs

Mobile network operator O2 and communications infrastructure firm Arqiva have teamed up to improve the mobile connectivity in London’s boroughs. The companies will work together to install 300 smart cells across the British capital. These will provide “enhanced mobile data capacity and coverage” to the people who live and work in London’s boroughs, according to a release from the firms. ... Read More »

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