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Oracle 'systematically denies' its sales reps their commissions, forces them to work to pay off 'debts', court told
A former Oracle sales rep seeking to resolve a pay dispute has asked a California court to force the company to participate in arbitration over all wage claims against the database giant.
Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email
A US district judge has dismissed the libel lawsuit entrepreneur Shiva Ayyadurai filed against bloggers who rubbished his claims he invented email.
Google puts the last coat of polish on Chrome 61
Google has wrapped up coding the desktop version of Chrome 61, and will be rolling it out for Windows, Mac and Linux “over the coming days/weeks”.
Microsoft won't patch Edge browser content security bypass
Which of Google, Apple and Microsoft think a content security bypass doesn't warrant a browser patch?
You are the one per cent if you read Firefox's privacy spiels
Fewer than one per cent of users installing the Firefox browser bother to read the fine print regarding privacy, so the browser's makers at the Mozilla Foundation are going to put it in your face.
EC puts Qualcomm-NXP investigation on hold, slowing merger approval
Qualcomm would like to spend around US$39 billion to acquire NXP Semiconductors, but the European Commission is taking its sweet time over its approval for the takeover.
Dolphins inspire ultrasonic attacks that pwn smartphones, cars and digital assistants
Voice control is all the rage these days, but a team of Chinese researchers has come up with a way to subvert such systems by taking a trick from the natural world.
Facebook ran $100k of deliberately divisive Russian ads ahead of 2016 US election
Facebook has 'fessed up to taking “approximately $100,000 in ad spending” from 470 fake accounts connected to Russia and which published spots “amplifying divisive social and political messages”.
Close Encounters of the Kuiper Belt kind: New Horizons to come within just 3,500km of MU69
If we're not all too hungover when New Year's Day 2019 rolls around, NASA will hopefully have a fun set of photos to show us because on that day New Horizons probe has been told to go within just 3,500km of Kuiper Belt Object MU69.
Secure microkernel in a KVM switch offers spy-grade app virtualization
Researchers at Australian think tank Data61 and the nation's Defence Science and Technology Group have cooked up application publishing for the paranoid, by baking an ARM CPU and secure microkernel into a KVM switch.
Smart cities? Tell it like it is, they're surveillance cities
OpinionA smart city is, inherently, a surveillance city, and citizens' privacy could potentially be the cost of the efficiency gains.
.UK domains left at risk of theft in Enom blunder
UpdatedThousands of UK companies were at risk of having their .uk domain names stolen for more than four months by a critical security failure at domain registrar Enom.
Intel's €1bn EU antitrust appeal: What the heck is the AEC test?
AnalysisThe European Court of Justice's ping-ponging of Intel's billion-euro EU antitrust suit appeal might mark an evolution of rebate-based competition case law, legal eagles have said.
We don't need another hero: Huawei overtakes Apple – even without a big-hitter
Huawei surpassed Apple for two months running this summer to be the world’s no 2 phone brand by volume behind Samsung, according to box counters Counterpoint Research.
UK.gov launches 'co-ordination hub' for driverless car industry
The government has today unveiled a "co-ordination hub" to test driverless cars under its £100m Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) investment programme.
HPE waves bye-bye to 36 years of executive experience
ExclusiveThe first implementation of a planned major reorg at Hewlett Packard Enterprise was outlined last night with a new chief sales officer named and the heads of the Americas and EMEA ops confirmed as exiting the business.
Heard the one about the two landmark EU data rights' rulings? These countries haven't
Most EU member states’ rules on data retention do not comply with fundamental human rights, according to a survey by civil rights campaign group Privacy International.
Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view
Scottish pensioners are up in arms that Virgin Media has had the audacity to build a huge cabinet outside their homes in East Renfrewshire, near Glasgow, which is reported to be blocking their light.
Achtung! German election tabulation software 'insecure'
Software used in Germany for vote counting is insecure, according to research by the Chaos Computer Club (CCC).
Pack up, go home to your family: Google Drive is flipping out
UpdatedMany users are experiencing disruption with Google Drive cloud storage and file backup today.
Microsoft slings bulked-up Windows Defender preview at world+dog
Microsoft says its upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update will include new capabilities in the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection security suite.
Top tip, hacker newbs: Don't use the same Skype ID for IoT bot herding and job ads
UpdatedAn alleged teenage tearaway with a passion for building botnets was caught using the same Skype ID he used for hacking activities when applying for jobs.
Amazon crowd-sources new HQ location, Bezos tells mayors to woo him
Amazon has gone full "The Bachelor" in its search for a city to host a second corporate headquarters.
Wonder why Congress doesn't clamp down on its gung-ho spies? Well, wonder no more
AnalysisWhen Edward Snowden revealed the extent of illegal operations carried out by American spy agencies, many wondered whether the US Congress was either unaware or had simply turned a blind eye toward them.
SpaceX sneaks in X-37B space plane launch ahead of Hurricane Irma
VideoSpaceX today successfully launched the US Air Force's secretive mini-space-shuttle X-37B from the biz's launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Google rushes to curb Oreo's massive appetite for your 4G mobile data
The latest version of Android, version 8.0 aka Oreo, contains an unfortunate bug that causes phones to burn through their monthly mobile data allowances.
Stand up who HASN'T been hit in the Equifax mega-hack – whoa, whoa, sit down everyone
VidGlobal credit reporting agency Equifax admitted today it suffered a massive breach of security that could affect almost half of the US population.