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19 марта, 15:20

Frontrunning: March 19

EU, U.K. Reach Brexit Transition Deal (BBG) ECB debate shifting to interest rate path from QE (Reuters) Trump’s Attacks on Mueller Prompt Senator Warnings (WSJ) EU lawmakers to investigate alleged misuse of Facebook users' data (Reuters) Congress Braces for Battle Over Massive Spending Bill (WSJ) Zuckerberg Under Pressure Over Breach, Facebook Shares Fall (BBG) Facebook Ignites Debate Over Third-Party Access to User Data (WSJ) Weakening FANG Stocks Stir Overnight Volatility in U.S. Futures (BBG) Hedge Funds Suffer Worst Month in Two Years (BBG) Powell's Fed to show policy caution, shun political friction (Reuters) For Companies in Puerto Rico, Return to Business as Usual is Painfully Slow (WSJ) Trump Calls for Death Penalty for Drug Traffickers to Combat Opioids (BBG) Higher Deposit Rates May Finally Be Coming to Your Bank Account (WSJ) Russian Observers Charge Fraud in Putin’s Landslide Re-Election (BBG) 'Where can I buy?' - Google makes push to turn product searches into cash (Google) Supermarket Casualties Begin to Pile Up in Amazon-Fueled Battle (BBG) Grubhub Expands Pact With Yelp, Aiming for Cheaper Deliveries (WSJ) Wynn Attorney Claims Woman Advanced Extortionist Demands (WSJ) Overnight Media Digest WSJ - U.S. President Donald Trump and his legal team over the weekend intensified attacks on the special counsel's probe into possible Russian election interference, departing from a previously more cooperative posture and prompting more urgent warnings from senators not to undermine the investigation. - Facebook Inc ignited a firestorm over how it manages third-party access to its users' information, after the social network said a firm with ties to the 2016 Trump campaign improperly kept data for years despite saying it had destroyed those records. - Russian President Vladimir Putin won re-election by a wide margin Sunday, according to preliminary results, strengthening his hand amid an escalating confrontation with the West. - Cleared to stay in power indefinitely, Chinese President Xi Jinping has discarded the leadership structure he inherited and is kicking off his second term with a handpicked team of trusted lieutenants. - A North Korean official will hold unofficial talks in Finland with a delegation from the U.S. and former South Korean government officials, Seoul's foreign ministry said, amid a flurry of recent diplomatic activity before an expected U.S.-North Korean summit by the end of May. - CACI International Inc has made a roughly $7.2 billion bid to buy CSRA Inc in an attempt to break up the information-technology provider's sale to General Dynamics Corp.   FT The head of TalkTalk’s ultrafast broadband division, Richard Sinclair, is leaving the company to join Virgin Media in the coming months as executive director of connectivity. The UK will get one of Europe’s largest 3D printing factories through a 27 million euros ($33.12 million) investment by Siemens in a technology billed as key for the future of British manufacturing. British engineering company Weir Group Plc will revive the push to reform executive pay in Britain with a plan to drop a controversial kind of reward scheme linked to excessive boardroom remuneration.   NYT - As soon as the first robot arrived at a FedEx Corp shipping hub in the heart of North Carolina tobacco country early last year, talk of pink slips was in the air. - China plans to name a new leader for its central bank chief on Monday in a move signaling that Beijing will continue an ambitious — and, some say, much needed — financial shake-up to get the country's debt under control and keep its economy growing. - Ola is expanding overseas for the first time, to Australia, in a major test of whether India's new breed of technology start-ups can survive in a developed country. - Faced with questions about its commitment to safety, the Interior Department sent teams to the Gulf of Mexico last week to inspect giant cranes used in offshore oil and gas operations that are a significant source of accidents.   Canada THE GLOBE AND MAIL ** Canada's Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, faced with the threat of a growing number of Canadian provinces balking at her government's climate action plan, is pleading for a truce in the pipeline dispute between the B.C. and Alberta governments. ( ** Ottawa is set to announce funding on Monday for a network of test beds for 5G wireless technology in Ontario and Quebec. ( ** Three former directors of Canada's key national security agencies are urging the federal government to heed the warnings of U.S. intelligence services and cut Canadian ties with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the Chinese smartphone and telecom equipment maker. ( NATIONAL POST ** Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office is again sharing few details about his vacation this week, though questions about how the prime minister spends his private time have caused problems for the Liberal government in the recent past. (   Britain The Times Klepierre made a 5 billion pound ($6.97 billion) takeover approach for Hammerson Plc, in a move that threatens to derail the British property company's proposed merger with Intu Properties Plc, but Hammerson rebuffed the bid almost immediately, arguing that it undervalued a group. Dana Inc, the U.S. automotive group in talks to buy GKN's driveline division, is to seek a secondary listing in London as it bumps up its efforts to win over shareholders in the engineering group. The Guardian Britain's biggest business lobby group Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is seeking to prevent the loss of as much as 1 billion euros in annual European funding for scientific research and technological development, which has been thrown into doubt by Brexit. According to a briefing paper seen by the Guardian, the CBI is calling for the government to state its intention to renew its membership of the EU framework programme for research and development after Brexit. Ministers have been urged to bring forward their 2040 ban on new diesel and petrol car sales by a decade, a move which an environmental think tank said would almost halve oil imports and largely close the gap in the UK's climate targets. The Green Alliance said a more ambitious deadline of 2030 is also needed to avoid the UK squandering its leadership on electric cars. The Telegraph Rolls-Royce is joining the race to build the next generation of energy storage "batteries" using the same material originally designed for hard-wearing contact lenses. Rolls-Royce said it will work with Superdielectrics, a research company, to use the material to challenge the dominance of traditional batteries. The Government has been urged to use Brexit to slash red tape for small banks to boost competition and follow the deregulatory path set by the United States. Paul Lynam, the influential boss of challenger bank Secure Trust Bank said leaving the EU would enable Britain to level the field for smaller lenders and help break the dominance of the big five – Barclays, Lloyds, RBS, HSBC and Santander. Sky News Around 90 million pounds seized from dormant British bank accounts will be used to tackle racial inequality among jobseekers. The fund will be announced by Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday as part of a drive to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into work.

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18 марта, 19:24

Head of TalkTalk ultrafast broadband joins Virgin Media

Richard Sinclair’s move comes as the company prepares to enter market for full fibre

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12 марта, 08:00

Virgin Media takes on Openreach in rural areas for first time

Company starts ‘test case’ in Dun Valley after 1,000 residents commit to sign up

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01 марта, 20:13

Европейские абоненты Sky получат доступ к контенту Netflix

Sky заключила соглашение с Netflix, которое позволит европейским абонентам британского оператора получить доступ к контенту американского стримингового сервиса, как части их ТВ-подписки. Конкуренты Sky — BT, Virgin Media and TalkTalk — уже давно достигли аналогичных соглашений с Netflix. Британский же оператор опасался, что его клиенты переключатся на подписку Netflix вместо более дорогих пакетов каналов Sky. Месячная абонентская плата Netflix составляет всего £5,99, что гораздо меньше, чем самый дешевый пакет Sky.Традиционные медиакомпании в последнее время стремятся расширить предлагаемый ими ассортимент, чтобы не проиграть конкуренцию набирающим популярность стриминговым сервисам. Поэтому в последнее время телевизионные компании все чаще стали заключать сделки с теми, кого раньше они считали своими конкурентами. Так, например, в декабре Sky заключила партнерское соглашение с BT.

26 февраля, 07:00

Extra: Richard Branson Full Interview

Stephen Dubner's conversation with the Virgin Group founder, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.” The post Extra: Richard Branson Full Interview appeared first on Freakonomics.

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08 февраля, 16:45

Virgin Media signs deal to make sci-fi series with Amazon

The Feed, a 10-part series set in London by writer of The Walking Dead, will cost about $40mVirgin Media has struck its first deal with a US streaming service, partnering with Amazon to co-fund a $40m-plus (£29m) sci-fi series from a writer of the hit show The Walking Dead.The 10-part series, called The Feed, is set in London in the near future, although filming is expected to take place in Manchester. It is based on a book by the first time author Nick Clark Windo. Continue reading...

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15 января, 10:00

Virgin Media users who move to no-service areas hit with exit fees

The broadband service is only available to 50% of the country – yet there’s a penalty of up to £240 to end a contract earlyWhen Rick Llewellyn moved house, he duly notified his cable and broadband provider Virgin Media of his new address. To his astonishment, he was told that Virgin could not supply his new area and that he would therefore have to pay £150.83 to terminate his contract early. He was also required to return his Virgin equipment at his own expense, or face a further fee of £160.“We have been with Virgin Media and its predecessor, NTL, for 20 years and wanted to continue receiving broadband and cable service from them, and to keep our Virgin email address,” he says. Continue reading...

20 декабря 2017, 19:01

Student’s hacking business hits buffers

A British student who ran a web business offering what police called “tailor-made cybercrime solutions” to enable hackers to attack some of the world’s leading companies has been given a suspended prison

20 ноября 2017, 21:02

Liberty Global forms joint venture with UK telecoms investor

Virgin Media owner partners with MXC Capital to acquire small companies

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21 октября 2017, 09:01

Half of all UK broadband users get a bad deal, says Which?

Consumer group finds that 53% of households are left unhappy by slow speeds, rising prices or router failuresHalf of all broadband users in the UK are getting a raw deal from their supplier, with slow speeds, rising prices and router failures exasperating customers, according to a damning assessment of Britain’s internet services.Consumer group Which? found that 53% of households have had difficulties with their broadband, with customers of Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Sky and BT the most likely to experience an issue. Continue reading...

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10 августа 2017, 09:01

Virgin refuses to refund credit on dead friend’s mobile phone

There was almost £300 pounds in the pay as you go account but phone company will not give it backI am helping an elderly friend sort out his affairs following his wife’s death. I phoned Virgin Mobile for his wife’s pay-as-you-go account to be put into his name. We discovered there was £271.75 credit on the account, which I asked to be refunded since my friend is unlikely to use this. We think his wife topped up her account in error during her illness. Continue reading...

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04 июля 2017, 01:29

Британского студента обвиняют в содействии кибератакам на сайты мировых компаний

Полиция Великобритании предъявила обвинения 18-летнему студенту в содействии хакерам в кибератаках на сайты мировых компаний. Об этом сообщается на сайте полиции графства Уэст-Мидлендс. По данным правоохранителей, житель города Стокпорт Джек Чэппелл предоставлял вредоносные программы, которые использовались для атак на миллионы веб-сайтов по всему миру. Возможно, студент участвовал в кибератаках на сайты организаций T-Mobile, Vodafone, O2, BBC, Amazon, Netflix, Virgin Media, а также Национального криминального агентства Великобритании. Сообщается, что расследование по данному делу проводили региональное подразделение полиции Уэст-Мидлендс по борьбе с киберпреступностью, полиция Израиля, Центр по борьбе с киберпреступностью при полицейской службе Европейского союза и ФБР. Перед судом Чэппелл предстанет 4 июля.

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03 июля 2017, 19:33

Правообладатели требуют от Google блокировать уведомления о блокировке сайтов

Копирайтные организации начали вносить в бан-лист ссылки провайдеров, в которых уведомляется о блокировках пиратского контентаЕжедневно интернет-боты просматривают Сеть в поисках содержащего нарушения контента и отправляют миллионы сообщений о необходимости его удаления. Иногда это приводит к ошибкам, например, в случае, когда правообладатели попытались заблокировать уведомления одного британского провайдера.Следуя ряду решений Высокого суда, британские интернет-провайдеры обязаны блокировать доступ к тысячам пиратских доменных имён. Если потенциальные «пираты» попытаются получить доступ к таким сайтам, то вместо этого они просто будут уведомлены о блокировке. К примеру, провайдер Virgin Media пишет своим пользователям следующее: «Virgin Media получил распоряжение Высокого суда, требующее от нас запретить доступ к этому сайту».Хотя смысл подобных сообщений абсолютно ясен широкому кругу пользователей, похоже, среди правообладателей они вызывают путаницу. Или, что более вероятно, эти ссылки за «пиратские» принимают инструменты автоматизированного поиска и удаления (т.е. ботов), которыми пользуются копирайтные организации. Например, недавно аналитики интернет-издания TorrentFreak обнаружили необычный запрос антипиратской группы RipBlock, отправленный на имя Amorphous Music. Данное уведомление касается нескольких ссылок, а также страницы блокировки Virgin Media:Естественно, уведомление о блокировке Virgin Media не содержит каких-либо материалов, нарушающих авторское право. Компания RipBlock совершенно очевидно не очень внимательно проверяет свои заявки, поскольку одни и те же URL-адреса приводятся в десятках уведомлений DMCA, как, например, высланные в адрес провайдера Sky:Интересен тот факт, что подобная ошибка присуща не только RipBlock. Другая британская компания Leak Delete потребовала от Google удалить страницу блокировки провайдера BT из результатов поиска.На странице «» уже выложен список заблокированных сайтов и контента, нарушающего авторские права, однако Leak Delete неоднократно пересылал его, согласно данным доклада о прозрачности Google:В подобных ситуациях можно воочию наблюдать, как ошибочные претензии на удаление [контента] могут с лёгкостью привести к чрезмерной блокировке. Утешает тот факт, что, несмотря на получение миллионов запросов в день, Google всё-таки ещё может выявлять большинство подобных недостатков. Однако поисковый гигант не в состоянии выявить всё и сразу, в результате чего уведомление о блокировке от BT больше не указано в поисковой системе..

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23 июня 2017, 18:50

How safe is your internet router?

Virgin Media is warning its customers to change the password on their internet routers. A Which? investigation found its Super Hub 2 router is vulnerable to hackers.

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23 июня 2017, 09:53

Virgin Media tells 800,000 users to change passwords over hub hacking risk

Which? investigation reveals hackers could access home networks and devices using a Super Hub 2 routerVirgin Media is advising more than 800,000 customers with a specific router to change their password immediately after an investigation found hackers could gain access to it.Virgin Media said the risk to customers with a Super Hub 2 router was small, but advised them to change both their network and router passwords if they were still set as the default shown on the attached sticker. Continue reading...

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23 июня 2017, 04:12

Virgin Media urges password change over hacking risk

The company tells 800,000 customers with Super Hub 2 routers to change their passwords immediately.

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15 июня 2017, 10:03

Sky links with up rival Virgin Media to fight Facebook and Google

Alliance of pay TV rivals seeks to challenge dominant players in the digital ad market

13 июня 2017, 17:13

Netflix Expands Pay-TV Internationally, Partners Altice

Netflix Inc. (NFLX) will now be able to stream its content in France, Portugal, Israel, and Dominican Republic, courtesy a recently inked partnership with telecom giant Altice.