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Linux command line mistake 'nukes web boss'S biz'

Update: it was a hoax The owner of a web host has unwittingly deleted his customers data after executing a powerful line of code on his servers. Marco Marsala has appealed for help to recover his punters' info after accidentally running a Bash script on his Linux servers via Ansible. Marsala is said to have 1,535 customers, although he does not …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2016
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AMD 32GB GPU

AMD announced Friday a 32GB FirePro W9100 workstation graphics card. The card, says AMD, has been built to help with “large-asset” workflows and will be ready later this quarter. Also, the chip firm has introduced the FireRender plug-in for Autodesk 3ds Max, which it said supports Ultra HD workflows and photorealistic rendering …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2016

Giant Mac trackpad

Apple has filed a patent that potentially dispenses with a physical keyboard on its portable Macs for a larger trackpad, giving fingertip touch and click input. Cupertino has filed for a “configurable, force-sensitive input structure for electronic devices” with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The mechanism would …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2016
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Google yanks Chrome support for Windows XP, at long last

There’s one less hideout for Windows XP hangers-on when it comes to browsers. Google’s Chrome 50 for Windows, Mac and Linux has been released and Google’s browser will, finally, no longer work on Microsoft’s legacy desktop. Also no longer supported are Windows Vista, OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8. It will be Microsoft’s XP …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Apr 2016
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Facebook slurps up ex DARPA techie for its F8 skunkworks

Facebook has snatched an ex-Google exec and former chief of the US government’s DARPA boffinry branch to lead a new research facility. Regina Dugan is to lead Building 8, a research lab running special projects that will extend the social network’s role into the broader technology field. The remit of both Dugan and Building 8 …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Apr 2016
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Salesforce takes AIM, hits bullseye in enterprise integration

If you buy into the IBM and Oracle PR that they are cloud “leaders” and are successfully transitioning their on-prem software businesses, think again. Gartner’s latest assessment of the application infrastructure and middleware (AIM) market serves as a timely slap in the kisser. The report demonstrates that gold made by those …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Apr 2016
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Clouds get OpenStackier

OpenStack is running around a third more clouds than 12 months ago. The seventh OpenStack Foundation User Survey found 65 per cent of OpenStack deployments are now in production, up 33 per cent compared to a year ago. Standardisation on the “same, open platform and APIs” was given as one of five top considerations with users …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Apr 2016
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Box and Dropbox seek expansion via IBM, AWS – and Facebook

Rival file sharing services Box and Dropbox are gunning for massive expansion by exploiting the huge scale of IBM, Amazon’s AWS – and of Facebook. Box has announced Box Zone, storage by geographical location, using the data centres of AWS and IBM. The company has pressed the button on instant international rollouts through …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Apr 2016
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EC cooking up rules change for aggressive tax avoiders

The European Commission is reported to be updating its planned rules for tackling aggressive tax planning. Brussels’ legislators are understood to be updating existing tax plans that would force companies to say where their money is held. Under the proposed rules, firms operating in EU member states with a turnover of more …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Apr 2016
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Shareholder rage freezes Salesforce boss Marc Benioff's package

Mark Benioff won’t be getting a pay rise this year thanks to shareholder discontent over the “excessive compensation” of Salesforce management. The CRM-as-a-Service chief exec and co-founder will take home just $1.55m in Salesforce’s fiscal year 2017, exactly the same as last year. Benioff’s potential cash bonus has been …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Apr 2016
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Microsoft Privacy Shield

Microsoft is the first big US tech firm to replace the Safe Harbour rules. The software giant will sign Privacy Shield, the successor to the sunk Safe Harbor data protection agreement, and has promised “new commitments to advance privacy.” Microsoft says it will respond to complaints from individuals within 45 days and …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Apr 2016

SAP warns: Americas slowed our 2016 start

Europe’s largest software company has warned its first-quarter results could be weaker than expected, thanks to a slow start in the Americas. SAP announced preliminary first-quarter revenue results on Friday showing continued growth in cloud but a drop in new licences for on-premises software. New software licences for its …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Apr 2016
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AI, VR, bots and YOU? A survivor's guide to The Future™

We’re at an inflection point, or – rather – the point before that inflection point. We are in the pre-countdown-phase for virtual reality or augmented reality or perhaps machine learning or bots, say onlookers. But which is it? Or will it be none of these? For Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the future is definitely virtual …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Apr 2016
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Save it, devs. Red Hat doesn't want your $99 for RHEL

Red Hat has cut the $99 price of its Linux developer subscription to zero, for penguins building cloud microservices using containers. The company today is expected to start giving away its Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) subscription for free as part of the existing Red Hat Developer Program. The free license runs in tandem …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Mar 2016

Gartner: RIP double-digit smartphone growth. 2016 has killed you

Remember the rapacious smartphone growth that turned once-troubled Apple into the world’s most valuable company? That’s over. Smartphone sales will grow seven per cent in 2016, to 1.5 billion units. It’s the first time sales of this once must-have piece of personal tech has grown by a mere single digit percentage, according …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Mar 2016
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Microsoft cracks open Visual Studio to Linux C++ coders

BUILD2016 Microsoft’s love of Linux is extending to its flagship Visual Studio suite. Redmond has released for download an extension it has developed that lets you roll C++ code for Linux servers, desktops and devices. Visual Studio will copy and remote build source and launch the application with a debugger. There’s added support in …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Mar 2016
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Confused about relationships? Elasticsearch gets graphic

Graph-database-style relationship mapping has been added to an offspring of the Elasticsearch open-source search engine. Elasticsearch startup Elastic has added Graph capabilities to both the search engine and to the data visualisation plug-in Kibana. Founded in 2012 to make a business from Elasticsearch, Elastic reckoned …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Mar 2016
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Oracle traps its cloud inside own tin boxes

Oracle is throwing one stone at two birds troubling its business: cloud and falling server sales. That stone: cloud in a box. The database giant has announced Oracle Cloud at Customer, a package of its publicly available, but relatively unwanted cloud software - in its reciprocally related servers. The stone has a name: …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Mar 2016
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Google to unleash Android Pay on UK shoppers within 'months'

Google’s smartphone payment system, Android Pay, is coming to the UK “in the next few months". The payment service, released in September 2015, will début with a host of the UK’s retailers, banks and financial services institutions on board, Google said on Wednesday. Android Pay is already available in the US, with a claimed …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2016
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Enterprise revenues power Red Hat past $2bn barrier

Red Hat is in the enviable position of having become the first open-source firm to break the $2bn revenue barrier. The Linux spinner has reported full-year revenue $2.05bn, an increase of 14 per cent from subscriptions, training and services. Net income was up 10 per cent to $199m. For its fourth quarter Red Hat reported $ …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2016

More VC dosh, vicar? Moneymen hand Slack-a-like biz Domo $131m

Venture capitalists have poured $131m of fresh funding into a Slack-like collaboration startup, Domo. Domo, founded in 2010, secured the money in a top-up to an existing Series D funding round from a tranche of its existing backers plus newbie Credit Suisse. That existing round was for $200m and took place in April 2015. …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2016
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Microsoft to add a touch of Chrome to Edge

Microsoft is developing tools for its Edge browser to import extensions from Chrome. Microsoft Edge engineer Jacob Rossi tweeted... Lots of questions on this: yes we're working on a porting tool to run Chrome extensions in Edge. Not yet finished and not all APIs supported — Jacob Rossi (@jacobrossi) 18 March 2016 …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Mar 2016
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Microsoft's Linux Inquisitor Grand Master is off to Spotify

Linux and Android device makers can breath a little easier: their IP bête noir has left Microsoft. The lawyer running Microsoft’s intellectual property inquisition, Horacio Gutierrez, has left after 18 years. He’s jumped to streaming service Spotify. Gutierrez joined Microsoft in 1998 but ran the company’s LCA innovation and …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2016
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IBM buys CRM SaaS firm – no, not Salesforce

IBM has snapped up an as-a-service CRM expert and, no, it has nothing to do with Salesfore. The giant has bought Microsoft Dynamics systems integrator partner Optevia for an undisclosed sum in a deal announced Friday morning. UK-based Optevia will be folded into IBM Global Business Services, which is seeing staff axed as part …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2016
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Attack! Run. WTF? A decade of enterprise class fear and uncertainty with AWS

Ten years ago, Oracle was mid-snack, taking a break between swallowing PeopleSoft for $10bn and Sun Microsystems for $8.5bn. Microsoft had settled a long-running feud with Sun over something petty involving Java for $20m and had begun designing its vision of how the internet should be programmed with its new BFF, IBM. …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2016