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Microsoft goes to bat for Dreamers: Windows giant sues Uncle Sam to block staff deportations
Microsoft is suing the US government to prevent the deportation of immigrants – including at least 45 of its own staffers – who are in America under the now-dying DACA program.
Let's get ready to grumble! UFC secretly choke slams browsers with Monero miners
Trade ban case grinds on, but Arista-cats got the cream in Q3
Trying to duck patent sueballs slung by Cisco didn't stop Arista from claiming record revenue and profit for its most recent quarter.
Cisco borked its own BGP code in IOS XE, has since patched
Cisco's pushed a fix for a border gateway protocol (BGP) denial-of-service bug in its IOS XE operating system.
OpenStack Foundation starts scoping machine learning enhancements
OPENSTACK SYDNEYThe OpenStack Foundation has started to scope what it will take to make its software a suitable platform on which to run machine learning workloads.
It's 2017 and you can still pwn Android gear with Wi-Fi packets – so get patching now
A security researcher has turned up new ways to silently hijack and infect Android devices via malicious Wi-Fi packets over the air.
US judge orders Sci-Hub be excised from the internet
A US judge has ruled that world+dog must help block Sci-Hub, a publisher of scientific texts, which will likely result in protracted battles with Internet companies over their responsibility for copyright infringement.
AWS adopts home-brewed KVM as new hypervisor
AWS has revealed it has created a new hypervisor based on KVM, not the Xen hypervisor on which it has relied for years.
Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood
J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings could be on its way to the small screen.
Boffins tear into IEEE's tissue-thin anti-hacker chip blueprint crypto
Several large gaps have been found in the IEEE's P1735 cryptography standard that can be exploited to unlock or tamper with encrypted system-on-chip blueprints.
Imagine the candles on its birthday cake: Astro-eggheads detect galaxy born in universe's first billion years
A large international team of astronomers has detected one of the oldest galaxies in the universe we've seen to date – born within a billion years after the Big Bang.
Apache OpenOffice: We're OK with not being super cool... PS: Watch out for that Mac bug
InterviewApache OpenOffice 4.1.4 finally shipped on October 19, five months later than intended, but the software is still a bit buggy.
This could be our favorite gadget of 2017: A portable projector
ReviewEvery now and again in the world of gadgets there is a confluence of technologies that make something new possible. A better take on a familiar task.
More expensive, takes longer than usual, not particularly brilliant. Yes, it's your robot surgeon
Robot-assisted surgery costs more time and money than traditional methods, but isn't more effective, for certain types of operations.
Splitting off Google Shopping wouldn't fix the pay-to-play problem
As the European Commission mulls Google's own remedy to its anti-competitive behaviour on the web, the former startup behind the original complaint has warned of possible consequences.
Who's that cuddling up in the container... *squints* Wow you're getting along well
The cloud is a highly competitive arena, where cloud providers jostle for market share. We know of Microsoft's long haul against Amazon’s AWS, but of late Oracle has cranked up the noise against Jeff Bezos' market leader while trying to break past Google and IBM.
Transparent algorithms? Here's why that's a bad idea, Google tells MPs
Opening up the processes that underpin algorithms may well magnify the risk of hacking, widen privacy concerns and stifle innovation, Google has told MPs in the UK.
BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months
BT is once again hiking prices, with punters facing an extra £30 on their annual broadband bill in the new year.
That awkward moment when AWS charges you BEELLIONS for Lightsail
AWS has a reputation for ratcheting up prices as customers migrate more workloads to its sprawling rack empire – but a bunch of UK users endured a sphincter-tightening moment today when they checked their bill.
Cisco's John Chambers: Robot farmers will feed bloated cricket thoraxes to our children
The outgoing executive chairman of Cisco, John Chambers, has made no secret about his desire to invest in drones in his life after the Borg. But now he has also revealed his passion for cricket farming.
will.i.am's tech tat biz is going enterprise, snags $117m from Salesforce
Would-be entrepreneur and tech magpie will.i.am's startup, i.am+, has bagged $117m venture funding from Salesforce.
Paradise Papers reveal Apple moved bits of biz offshore
Apple has continued to avoid the heavier taxes that some countries would like to exact by moving parts of its company to Jersey, the Paradise Papers have revealed.
Investors rain cash on Excelero, taking total funding to $30m
Under acquisitive siege by Broadcom, Qualcom has invested millions in NVMe-over-fabrics array startup Excelero.
Scientists think they've found primordial goop whence life first sprang
A speculative new study suggests that nucleic acids, proteins and cell membranes – precursors to life Earth – first grew from a single kickstarting molecule named diamidophosphate.
Pivot3 reports bumper growth – but is it just hyperconverged hype?
Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) supplier Pivot3 saw better than 50 per cent sequential growth in its bookings from the second to third 2017 quarters. It said it had a record number of million-dollar orders in both the video surveillance and data centre areas.
Would insurance firms pay out if your driverless car got hacked?
AEV Bill"Pointy-headed technocrats" behind autonomous vehicles tech are worried that a proposed new law won't protect the public from huge financial claims if a mass hack of a driverless car fleet occurs.
Sweet sticky Canuck cash flows into StrongBox
Quebecois' savings are being wagered on the success of a Montreal-based data management firm via a venture fund that aims to boost local biz.
Oh Brother: Hackers can crash your unpatched printers – researchers
UpdatedSecurity researchers have said they've uncovered a new way for hackers to crash Brother printers.
Give us a bloody PIN: MPs grill BBC bosses over subscriber access
SketchWith the TV landscape changing faster than some viewers change their socks, today's marathon grilling of BBC bosses at Westminster took on some urgency.
Mirai, Mirai, pwn them all, who's the greatest botnet on the whole?
The Mirai botnet is alive and kicking more than a year after its involvement in a DDoS attack that left many of the world's biggest websites unreachable.
Commuters' phone data could be tracked to save megabucks on census
Mobile phone data could be used to gather information on people's workplaces for future censuses as the government tries to cut the cost of producing population statistics.
UK's surveillance regime challenged in landmark European court hearing
The UK's surveillance laws have been put under the spotlight today as the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) heard legal complaints against the government's spying powers.
Comtrade's latest HYCU release tightens bear hug around Nutanix
+CommentComtrade's HYCU product snuggled up to Nutanix as its most friendly data protection platform. The latest release sidles even closer with a great big Nutanix bearhug.
American upstart seeks hotshot guinea pig for Concorde-a-like airliner
An American startup claiming to be building a modern-day Concorde is hiring a test pilot.
Google's answer to the Pixel 2 XL CRT-style screen burn in: Lower the brightness
“Ask more of your phone,” is the Pixel 2's official marketing slogan. It's not a good sign when early adopters are asking Google for more support.
Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280m in Ethereum
There's a lot of hair-pulling among Ethereum alt-coin hoarders today – after a programming blunder in Parity's wallet software let one person bin $280m of the digital currency belonging to scores of strangers, probably permanently.
Don't worry about those 40 Linux USB security holes. That's not a typo
The Linux kernel USB subsystem has more holes than a donut shop. On Monday, Google security researcher Andrey Konovalov disclosed 14 Linux USB flaws found using syzkaller, a kernel fuzzing tool developed by another Google software engineer, Dmitry Vyukov.
Look, ma! No hands! Waymo to test true self-driving cars in US with Uber-style hailing app
Google stablemate Waymo has begun testing its self-driving cars on the mean streets of Phoenix, Arizona, without a single driver at the wheel.
Amazon's answer to all those leaky AWS S3 buckets: A dashboard warning light
UpdatedAfter watching customer after customer screw up their AWS S3 security and expose highly sensitive files publicly to the internet, Amazon has responded.