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Opinion: Land Registry is not for meddling >>
The problem is that Land Registry is a key part of the critical national infrastructure and ministers know they cannot get away with flogging it to Amazon or
Indeed several functions would be shared after the split – these include keeping a register of title, dealing with objections and responsibility for the consequences of complaints arising from alleged maladministration.
As usual with these exercises, the government suggests three models for the new delivery company: it could be 100% state-owned, jointly owned by the state and a private partner, and wholly government owned but with its day-to-day responsibilities outsourced. With the third model clearly the bonkers option - a double layer of responsibility for an outsourcing contract is a recipe for blame-shifting and disaster - and the first too much like the status quo, the public-private partnership is clearly the favoured option.
But what would a private partner bring to the necessarily monopoly business of land registration?
Privatising Land Registry would almost certainly be bad for open data.
We see Android launcher will be one of the hottest topics in
There is little doubt now that the handset industry and
We are now facing a genuinely fascinating March quarter. Is there a smartphone glut building globally? Will we see an escalation in price erosion as vendors fight for space in an industry that is not growing in the manner they expected?
Things could get very exciting in coming months.
Lotus Formula 1 team sells stake to new Russian backer >> AUTOSPORT.com
Although Lotus would not confirm the buy-in, a spokesman for Yota Devices revealed that the tie-up with the team included an investment plan.
"It is not a sponsorship, we have bought a stake," Kirill Lubnin told AUTOSPORT.
"It is also important to underline that it was not our company which made the deal but our owners."
Lubnin said that the aim of the partnership was to make use of F1 technologies in its own business activities.
"The target is simple - Formula 1 has a very strong engineering component with a lot of innovative technologies," he added.
"So we would like to see what is possible to borrow from F1 to the IT-industry."
An open letter to
While the world waits for that puff of white smoke and the announcement of a new Defender of the Windows faith, I wanted to take a few minutes of your time and explain how things really look from the trenches.
No, I'm not going to tell you how to run a bazillion-dollar company with 130,000 employees and a bewildering array of products. You have enough folks with green eyeshades running around already -- no doubt with a nasty propensity to tell you, "Yes, sir!"
I just want to talk about customers, especially Windows customers. If you can keep us in the fold, we can help you out of this fine mess
A fine colossal profit-making mess you've got us into, Steve. Some of the points are good, though.
Samsung acknowledges disabled Note 3 accessories, will issue OTA update >> Ars Technica
At the time, Samsung claimed that "[a] correlation between the Android version 4.4 and the supposed incompatibility of third-party accessories does not exist" and suggested that users buy official Samsung accessories. Today Samsung sent a new statement to Ars Technica:
"We have currently identified a software compatibility issue with the Galaxy Note 3 update to Android 4.4 (KitKat) and select 3rd party accessories. A software update will be available shortly. We are committed to offering a diverse and reliable mobile experience for all customers, providing continued support and solutions for any issues that arise with product updates for both Samsung manufactured and third-party accessories."
Samsung now says that the update did indeed break some third-party accessories, and an update is on the way to fix it.
A graphical explaination of UI [user interface] vs UX [user experience] >> Hitenism
We like the data centre.
The companies said that the agreement paves the way for deeper collaboration between Samsung and
The Motorola patents are covered as part of the licence. Quite what the point of the deal is (since there's not the slightest indication either was going to sue the other) isn't clear.
Meanwhile, Samsung signed a deal with
Prosecutors charge former Foxconn employees in bribery probe >> WSJ.com
Prosecutors said Thursday that they detained a former Foxconn general manager for allegedly taking kickbacks from suppliers. Prosecutors said three other former Foxconn employees were released on bail. Prosecutors declined to provide detail on the suppliers.
Prosecutors said they had no plans to investigate
Foxconn, formally known as
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