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Pipped to the post: Google Cloud nabs Salesforce exec to lead UK and Ireland business

Pip White, senior veep and general manager of industry sales at Salesforce, has been nabbed by Google to head up its Cloud business in the UK and Ireland. Scheduled to rock up at the Chocolate Factory in September, White will be leading the unit as Google Cloud develops its “go-to-market sales operations” in Europe, the company said. She is also charged with developing a sales strategy across the region,…

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‘Direct from the software vendor’: UK.gov goes window-shopping for standard ERP in £400m spree

UK government procurement unit Crown Commercial Service is sizing up the market for new back-office systems for central government in deals that could be worth up to £400m. The expected resulting framework agreement – for software including ERP, human capital management (HCM), procurement and supply chain, information management and reporting – would also be available to all other UK public sector bodies. This includes local authorities, health, police, fire…

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DB2 migration problems caused IBM to resurrect Netezza, according to analyst

IBM brought its flagship data warehousing product Netezza back from the dead because customers were having trouble migrating to the IBM database DB2, according to an analyst blog published today. The Netezza was retired last year, leaving customers facing either moving to IBM’s Integrated Analytics System (ISA) or its Db2 Warehouse on Cloud (Db2WoC). Alternatively, customers could look at data warehousing beyond IBM’s stable of products. But Big Blue…

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Looking for a fresh challenge or somewhere new to work? Here are some vacancies: Developers, developers and a digital architect

Job Alert The Register has got more jobs for readers to peruse this week as we continue efforts to keep techies in work during these testing times. In case you didn’t know, we’re running free job ads for the IT industry. All anyone with a vacancy need do is send us a synopsis of the job, the company, plus a link for more information and to apply. We do…

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Signal goes Gaussian to take privacy to the next level: All your faces don’t belong to us

Amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, secure comms biz Signal has deployed a blur tool in its messaging and calling app to allow users to obscure faces in app-captured snapshots. “At Signal, we support the people who have gone into the streets to make their voices heard,” wrote co-founder and CEO Moxie Marlinspike, in a blog post. “We believe that something in America needs to change,…

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Have I Been Pwned breach report email pwned entire firm’s helldesk ticket system

A hapless IT bod found the Have I Been Pwned service (HIBP) answering its own question in a way he really didn’t want – after a breach report including a SQL string KO’d his company’s helpdesk ticket system. A pseudonymous blogger posting under the name Matt published a tortured account of what happened when a breach notification email from HIBP was ingested into his firm’s helpdesk ticket system and…

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Is the speed and resilience of your storage up to scratch? We’d love to hear your thoughts

Reader survey Some company directors respond well when you wave a pie chart in their face to get what you want, and we’re offering you an opportunity – if you work in database storage and workloads – to help create that kind of budget-relocating study yourself. To that end, The Register is running a survey to find out your feelings on the performance of your storage infrastructure. Storage infrastructure…

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Brit MP demands answers from Fujitsu about Horizon IT system after Post Office staff jailed over accounting errors

A senior Brit MP has written to Fujitsu demanding answers from the company over its role in the Horizon IT system scandal that has rocked the nation’s Post Office. Darren Jones, Labour MP and chairman of Parliament’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, wrote to Fujitsu and the Post Office on Wednesday to raise the issue of the strife sub-postmasters have been put through at the hands of the…

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Astroboffins peering back in time with Hubble find stars may have been flickering into life even earlier than thought

Artist’s impression of the Early Universe (ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser, CC BY 4.0) European astronomers, using data from the veteran Hubble Space Telescope, have suggested the formation of the first stars and galaxies in the early universe happened earlier than thought. The NASA and ESA space telescope is capable of peering back into the early history of the universe and, with the aid of advanced boffinry, make observations to within…

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Legal complaint lodged with UK data watchdog over claims coronavirus Test and Trace programme flouts GDPR

Open Rights Group has instructed lawyers to lodge a complaint with the UK’s data watchdog over the rollout of the Test and Trace system because it says the system breaches the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In addition to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the digital rights body’s lawyers have also written to the country’s health secretary Matt Hancock, the CEO of NHS digital agency NHSX, and the chief…

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