Is everything OK over there, Britain? Have you tried turning the UK off and on again? ISPs, financial orgs fall over in Freaky Friday of outages

BT, Gamma, Nationwide, Tide, anyone else?
Today was more Friday the 13th than Friday the 31st in the UK, it seems. Not only is it Brexit Day, marking Blighty’s withdrawal from Europe, but a bunch of services and internet connectivity broke.…

ICANN’t approve the sale of .org to private equity – because California’s Attorney General has… concerns

DNS overseer gets letter demanding documents about controversial registry sale
The California State Attorney General’s Office (CA-OAG) sent a letter last week to DNS overlord ICANN asking for confidential information about the planned sale of the .org …

It’s not true no one wants .uk domains – just look at all these Bulgarians who signed up to nab expired addresses

‘It earns money for freelancers and very small businesses in our rather poor country’ says maker of catcher tool
Hundreds of thousands of unwanted .uk domains are being dropped by their owners – and picked up by Europeans looking to profit from Blighty…

UK government confirms surcharge-free EU roaming will end after Brexit transition period

I didn’t see that on the side of a bus
Tomorrow, after nearly four years of excruciating debate and rancour, the UK will finally depart the European Union. What happens then? Not much. Britain enters an 11-month transition period, where it effectively …

BT: UK.gov ruling on Huawei will cost us half a billion pounds over next 5 years

And judging by today’s Q3 numbers, that won’t be welcome
BT is factoring in a £500m financial cost over the next half decade in light of the UK government’s decision to limit the amount of Huawei gear used in the building of the country’s 5G and gigabi…

There are already Chinese components in your pocket – so why fret about 5G gear?

This is literally the whole point of standards
Column A country torn apart by nationalism, corruption and warring factions becomes desperate for a commodity supplied by a distant power. The country’s leaders try diplomacy, which is rebuffed. They legis…

Caltech takes billion-dollar bite out of Apple, Broadcom for using its patented Wi-Fi tech without paying a penny

Knock knock knock: Give us the money! Knock knock knock: Give us the money!
Apple and Broadcom have been told to pay the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) a beefy billion bucks for ripping off three of the US university’s Wi-Fi patents.…

US govt ‘told Germany that Chinese spies bug’ Huawei 5G kit. It also told the world Iraq had WMDs ready to deploy…

Telecoms giant denies everything, Germans put in order anyway
America warned Germany Huawei’s cheap’n’cheerful 5G gear was effectively bugged by Beijing’s spies and leaking secrets to agents, it is claimed. The US government’s evidence of this alleged …

It’s been one day since Blighty embraced ‘surveillance state commies’ aka Huawei – and US politicians haven’t overreacted at all

You’ve fscked us, says Uncle Sam
Yesterday it was decided that certain “high-risk” vendors, cough, cough, Huawei, will be permitted to contribute towards the UK’s 5G network in a limited way.…