UK’s Virgin Media celebrates the end of 2019 with a good, old fashioned TITSUP*

Connectivity Cluedo: It was the hi-vis, in the building site, with the digger
Some Virgin Media broadband customers remain free from the shackles of connectivity today following some over-enthusiastic digging last Thursday.…

London’s Westminster Council wins appeal against phonebooth-cum-massive-digital-advert

Two less lovely phone booths in the world, and it’s going to be fine
Who knew payphones could be so controversial? The central London council of Westminster has won a court battle against New World Payphones, preventing it from deploying two billboard-…

FCC proudly wastes $90m getting data-capped, pricey satellite internet to tiny percentage of US population

On the plus side, this saves cable companies the hassle of laying down fiber
America’s communications watchdog, the FCC, has unveiled another piece of its rural broadband master plan – and it comprises blowing $89m on getting a tiny number of people ve…

InLink Limited limited: Firm that puts up UK’s ad-supported phone booths enters administration

Once a hit with drug entrepreneurs, though its algos had been weeding them out
When Intersection first announced it was bringing LinkNYC’s smart billboard technology to the UK in 2016, it promised to drag the humble telephone booth into the 21st centur…

IT isn’t supposed to stand for Insider Trading… Palo Alto Networks sysadmin and pals accused of $7m shares caper

Techie allegedly fed secret financial info to buddies ahead of public release
A now-former Palo Alto Networks IT administrator illegally exploited his employer’s confidential financial figures to line his pockets with stock-market profits, it is claime…

Hey, ICANN, if you need good reasons to halt the .org super-sell-off, here are two: Higher fees, more website downtime

You need stability concerns? Here’s some stability concerns, say DNS gurus at Packet Clearing House
The sale of the .org registry to a for-profit private equity firm would have “a disastrous effect on stability,” a DNS specialist has warned.…

Poor, poor mobile networks. UK’s comms watchdog plans to stop ’em selling locked-down handsets

First OTT apps nick their SMS revenue, now this…
In 2019, few handsets come with the same level of network lock-ins that were endemic in the 2000s and earlier. Despite that, many networks — including BT and Vodafone — persist in this practice, limiti…

Stop us if you’ve heard it before but… Africa’s internet management body mired again by corruption allegations

And you thought it was just ICANN and the Internet Society having a bad month
Comment The organization responsible for allocating internet addresses across Africa has yet again become embroiled in scandal, this time over long-standing claims of corrupt…

Canada’s .ca supremo in hot water after cyber-smut stash allegedly found on his work Mac ‒ and three IT bods fired

Board ‘profoundly upset’, eh, amid claims PFYs sacked after discovery
The head of Canada’s .ca internet registry is under fire following allegations multiple IT staffers were axed after a porn stash was apparently discovered on his iMac and reported to…