There’s a nasty bug going around on Skype that is permanently crashing the app for those unlucky enough to be on the receiving end. By sending Skype users a simple 8 letter message, attackers can disable the receivers Skype app. The message is http://:
Techno himself was a victim of the attack after receiving the message from a well known tech blogger this morning. Skype are rushing to fix the problem..
With Joanna Shields stepping down as chair of TechCity, the door is open for fresh blood at Digital Dave’s tech quango. As promised, here are Techno’s runners and riders.
King of the Shoreditch tech hipsters, Ben Southworth is still smarting about his “resignation” as deputy CEO from Tech City UK in 2013. No one is more determined to prove that they are still a force to be reckoned with in East London tech.
A long time critic of the Tech City operation, who could be better to breath some fire into the flagging quango than the flamboyant pit bull of tech media who has branded Tech City a “cheap PR exercise“.
Rumour has it that Rohan Silva, founder of groovy SecondHome and the original brains behind the Tech City project is eager to get the government quango back on track. He would certainly be welcomed back into the government fold with open arms. Pretty sure he would not want the job.
Young tech journalist superstar James Cook is highly regarded in the European tech scene, though he does have a reputation for leaving hapless young CEOs in tears. Mr Cook has confirmed to Techno that he will be putting himself forward for the job if his mum lets him.
What better way for superstar VC Eileen Burbidge to officially crown herself as queen of London tech, than by accepting the Tech City chair. Techno will be amazed if she isn’t the number one on the government’s hit list.
In the wake of “vicious abuse” aimed at the BBC’s Scotland correspondent James Cook, the Beeb have taken the extraordinary step of releasing a statement in response:
BBC Scotland today made a robust defence of its journalists in the wake of a barrage of abuse on social media and other online sites.
The broadcaster called for restraint by some social media users who are following its in-depth coverage of the General Election campaign but have resorted to posting or sharing offensive comments about members of staff.
Over the weekend, BBC Scotland reporters covering breaking political stories were subjected to abusive posts on social media and by email.
Donalda MacKinnon, BBC Scotland’s Head of Programmes and Services, said that while social media engagement is welcomed by the broadcaster, its journalists are entitled to be treated with respect.
She said: “We welcome social media engagement with our audiences. It was a significant element of last year’s Referendum, and for the General Election we are increasing the ways in which voters can access our coverage online with more shareable content such as video and audio clips.
“But there are times when social media and other online sites have been used to abuse and threaten journalists. This is completely unacceptable and our journalists are entitled to carry out their work without the threat of unwarranted personal attacks online.
“The safety of our staff is of paramount concern to us and we are doing everything in our power to ensure they can carry out their work helping to inform our audiences on this major story without intimidation or abuse.”