What Huawei to go: Hundreds of Chinese tech giant’s US workers to get pink slips – report

With trade ban set to kick in next month, jockeying continues
Huawei, the Chinese manufacturer targeted by a Trump administration trade ban, is expected to dismiss a substantial number of people in the US in the coming weeks.…

DDoS attack? Mad dash to file forms? No, errant network switch crashed Australian tax service

Strewth, mate!
On Friday, with tax-return season underway, the websites of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) suddenly went TITSUP (Totally Inefficient Tax Service: Under Performing), causing anguish to thousands of Aussies.…

UK says no way to US calls for no Huawei on 5G networks: MPs find ‘no technical grounds’ to exclude Chinese giant

Plus: American biz bods could say yes way to Zhengfei… in ‘2 to 4 weeks’
The UK’s Science and Technology Select Committee said it can’t find any “technical grounds” for chopping Huawei out of the UK’s 5G and other telco networks, but said government …

Virgin Media blocks Imgur, literally tens of people rage at UK ISP

They blame IWF-related error, IWF says ‘it’s not us, it’s you’
UK internet service provider Virgin Media has insisted it does not block entire domains “as a matter of course” after it stopped its customers from viewing the whole of Imgur this morning –…

Prospect union urges members at BT: Say yes to pay and grading shakeup revisions

Common ground found on People’s Framework revamp after months of haggling
Prospect the union has advised BT employees to approve the so-called People’s Framework, a programme of change that includes a revamp of pay and grading structures, following mon…

X-ray specs: Signal whizz JMA Wireless claims to have solved indoor 5G, everyone

But how will it compare against Wi-Fi 6?
American mobile connectivity biz JMA Wireless claims to have completed the design of a 5G product stack designed specifically to provide wireless networking within buildings.…

With heroes like BT and Openreach, who needs villains? ISP lobbyist’s awards continue to vex

How you holding up, Mozilla?
Fresh from wiping egg off face after its unfortunate nomination of Mozilla as “internet villain” for 2019, the Internet Services Providers Association (ISPA) has doled out other awards to, er, BT and Openreach.…

Ofcom head Sharon White pocketed nearly £500k last year

A pittance compared to the near-£1m she is due to take home at John Lewis
Outgoing Ofcom chief exec Sharon White pocketed £459,623 last year heading up the comms regulator, according to its annual accounts (PDF).…

FCC boosts broadband competition by, er, banning broadband competition in buildings

George Orwell’s got nothing on this lot with doublespeak
Analysis America’s communications watchdog, the FCC, has come good on its promise to boost broadband adoption through competition by… blocking a law that ensures broadband competition.…