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November 24, 2010

Wednesday NewsBytes: ICO issues first data fines; Apple-1 computer fetches £133,000; Sony launches Qriocity movie streaming

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by Darren Allan

The ICO has finally flexed its power to penalise organisations for serious data leaks. Hertfordshire County Council was fined £100,000 for faxing the details of a child abuse case to the wrong machine. The information ended up in the hands of the public rather than the legal team it was intended for. The other firm to get penalised to the tune of £60,000 was Sheffield based employment services company A4e, who had a laptop stolen containing the unencrypted details of over 20,000 people.

An original Apple-1 computer which was sold and shipped out of Steve Jobs’ garage back in 1976 was sold today at Christie’s. The rare computer came with its original packaging, documentation, manuals, even the original invoice. Back then, it cost $666, but at auction today it reached a pretty impressive £133,000, bid by an Italian businessman.

Sony’s Qriocity on-demand movie service is now live in the UK and across Europe. It allows customers to stream a range of blockbuster films to their net connected Bravia TV or Sony Blu-ray player (but not PS3). Movies are available in both standard and high definition, costing £2.49 for an older SD film, and £3.49 for a new release in standard definition. If you want HD, then tack another £1 on to that asking price.

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