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Senator! calls! for! SEC! probe! to! be! inserted! into! Yahoo!

A US Senator is calling on the Securities and Exchange Commission to join the queue to administer a kicking to Yahoo!. Yahoo! has admitted hackers accessed about 500 million of its email accounts. The announcement came last week, but the actual hack happened back in 2014. Democrat Senator Mark Warner, who sits on the Senate’ …
John Oates, 27 Sep 2016
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Mark Zuckerberg and the $3bn cash fling: He's not your father's tech kingpin

Lou Gerstner, Ray Noorda, Lew Platt. Remember them? Ever even heard of them? Anybody with a memory or knowledge of the tech industry will know them as former, if anonymous, leaders of IBM, Novell and Hewlett-Packard. Newbies and the average person outside tech won’t without a quick Google. I recently visited the London …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Sep 2016
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Self-driving Google car T-boned in California crash

A Lexus fitted with Google's self-driving car tech was hit by a non-autonomous van that is said to have run a red light at a junction, according to local reports. The accident happened at 1.30pm on Saturday at the junction of El Camino Real and Calderon Avenue in Mountain View, just round the corner from Google's HQ. A Google …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Sep 2016
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Silicon Valley’s top exorcist rushed off his feet as Demons infest California

A Catholic priest has said virtually all his free time is taken up with exorcisms these days as he struggles to counter the tide of demonic possession washing up Silicon Valley and the rest of Northern California. Father Gary Thomas, together with fellow exorcist Father Vincent Lampert, has been profiled in a lengthy piece in …
Joe Fay, 26 Sep 2016
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And! it! begins! Yahoo! sued! over! ultra-hack! of! 500m! accounts!

Just two days after Yahoo! admitted hackers had raided its database of at least 500 million accounts, the Purple Palace is being dragged into court. Two Yahoo! users in San Diego, California, filed on Friday a class-action claim [PDF] against the troubled web biz: Yahoo! is accused of failing to take due care of sensitive …
Iain Thomson, 24 Sep 2016
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SpaceX: Breach in liquid oxygen tank caused Falcon 9 fireball ... probably

A large breach in the liquid oxygen tank of SpaceX’s Falcom 9 rocket likely caused the explosion during a test at the start of this month, investigators have said. A static firing test at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida ended abruptly when the rockets burst into flames on the launchpad and disintegrated, along …
Paul Kunert, 24 Sep 2016

Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

Microsoft has been given a roasting by consumer group Which? over Windows 10 woes reported by users, with the organisation calling for compensation for those who found their PCs bricked after auto-updates. Which? said that it had surveyed its members for their experiences with the latest version of Windows, which was released …
Dan Robinson, 22 Sep 2016
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Obituary: Victor Scheinman, inventor of the 'Stanford Arm' factory robot

ROTM Victor Scheinman, whose 1960s work in robotics created the “robot factory” we see today, has died in California aged 73. News of Scheinman's death was first reported by the New York Times. Scheinman's university invention, known as the “Stanford arm”, achieved something never before achieved in the world of robotics: a self- …
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CAIDA adds geo-tags to its Internet AS dataset

We know what you're thinking, “when did a label on a diagram rate a news story?” but bear with us: the 'net-boffins at CAIDA have added labels to the vast dataset that maps AS-AS links worldwide. Autonomous systems (AS) are collections of IP addresses administered by a single entity. There are lots of ASes in the world – more …
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Zuckerberg to spend $3bn+ to rid world of all disease by 2100 (Starting with Facebook, right?)

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have promised at least $3bn in funding for a medical initiative to cure, prevent or manage all known diseases by the end of the century. The program, managed by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) that the duo set up after the birth of their first child, will fund scientific research that …
Iain Thomson, 21 Sep 2016
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US cities promise to crack down on police surveillance tech

A handful of US cities are banding together in an effort to change the way police acquire and use surveillance technology. The cities in the group – including New York, Washington DC, Seattle, and Milwaukee – say they will introduce bills to place additional reporting and approval requirements for the surveillance tools their …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Sep 2016
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What says Internet of Things better than a Bluetooth-controlled smart candle?

Someone with far more time and money than sense has developed a “real flame smart candle” that can be controlled over Bluetooth. No, really. The Ludela smart candle is some kind of bastard offspring of an electric vape and a wax candle. Boasting a “real flame”, the ludicrous Ludela candle comes with a smartphone app that …
Gareth Corfield, 21 Sep 2016
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Oracle confirms Java EE 8 is delayed for 'major enhancements'

Java Enterprise Edition 8 is delayed yet again, Oracle has conceded. The next enterprise Java will ship at the end of 2017 – moving back at least six months from Oracle’s last rescheduled date that it named in June, of “first half” of next year. Anil Gaur, Oracle’s vice president for Java EE and application server development …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2016
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ROBO-PLOD! 'Droid snatches scumbag's shotgun in standoff

A stealthy robot run by a Los Angeles SWAT team has successfully disarmed a murder suspect by sneaking up behind him and stealing his weapon. Ray B Bunge, 52, of Lancaster, California, was on the run from the police after charges of attempted murder, criminal threats, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and felony vandalism …
Iain Thomson, 20 Sep 2016

Alleged buggy software wrongly flunks wannabe lawyers from bar exam. What happened next won't shock you

Updated A California software company is being sued after its product mistakenly flunked more than 90 would-be attorneys taking their bar exam. The class-action lawsuit was filed in a Georgia state court against ILG Information Technologies of Mountain View, California. It seeks damages on behalf of the law students who were told they …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2016
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Oracle: Delayed Java Enterprise Edition 8 to land 'within the year'

Oracle has committed to deliver the delayed Java Enterprise Edition 8 “within a year.” Bill Shannon, architect at Oracle, sketched out the goal in an email to Java community members sent on August 22 and seen by The Reg. The current date for Java EE 8 is “first half of 2017” - pushed back this year from JavaOne 2016, which …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Sep 2016

Yelp wins fight to remain morally bankrupt

Reprehensible review site Yelp is not responsible for negative views posted on its site, a US appeals court has ruled. The company was sued by a locksmith who claimed that Yelp posted a scathing review about a different company to his profile as a way to pressure him to take out advertising with the company. Douglas Kimzey, …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Sep 2016

Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

Microsoft researchers have teamed up with physicists from the University of California, Santa Barbara, to show how time crystals might be possible. First proposed by Nobel-prize winning theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek, time crystals are hypothetical systems that spontaneously break time-translational symmetry (TTS) – a …
Katyanna Quach, 12 Sep 2016
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Seagate sued by its own staff for leaking personal info to identity thieves

Seagate is trying to fight off a lawsuit filed by employees whose personal information was lost when the storage giant was hit with a phishing attack. The company is in the midst of a hearing over whether the aggrieved workers have grounds to sue their employer for negligence after someone in human resources was duped into …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Sep 2016

HashiCorp pulls in $24m to build out DevOps infrastructure portfolio

HashiCorp has pulled in $24m in funding, which should give its founders carte blanche to crack open an extra bottle or two at its user conference in Napa, California this week. The DevOps infrastructure outfit has a slightly dizzying portfolio of seven open source tools and parallel “enterprise versions spanning runtime, …
Joe Fay, 08 Sep 2016

You're guilty but broke, judge tells Wash.io – the 'Uber of laundry'

A judge in San Francisco has rejected a settlement between startup poster child Wash.io and angry former employees – because the company can't afford it. Despite having received $16m in funding and at one point being valued at $60m, the so-called "Uber of laundry" is unable to pay the $450,000 it agreed to after being sued by …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Sep 2016
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Forget Khan and Klingons, Star Trek's greatest trick was simply surviving

Star Trek @ 50 Thirteen films, TV spin-offs, millions of loyal fans and the ultimate of accolades for any work of science fiction – spoofs. Confirmation indeed of Star Trek's status as a cultural force. Fifty years ago this week, the genesis of that legacy played to unsuspecting and uninitiated US viewers. Star Trek the original TV series …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Sep 2016

CIA-backed big data firm Palantir says secrets pinched by investor

Palantir Technologies says an advisor to the company stole its trade secrets and then tried to use them to claim trademarks and patents. Privately-held Palantir says it makes “data fusion platforms for integrating, managing, and securing any kind of data, at massive scale.” The company is known to number United States …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Sep 2016
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US tech college ITT is not pining for the fjords. It is no more. It has gone and met its maker

For-profit US-wide college ITT will shut down in the wake of a government decision to bar it from accepting federal student aid money. The technical training school said Monday that effective immediately, it will be ceasing all operations and terminating most of its staff. "The actions of and sanctions from the US Department …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Sep 2016

Debian plugs Linux 'TCP snoop' bug

Debian's maintainers have moved to plug the TCP snooping flaw that emerged in August 2016. The bug, CVE-2016-5696, was spotted by University of California Riverside's Zhiyun Qian and his collaborators and published in August. It enabled an attack against Linux (and Android) implementations of RFC 5961, which used challenge …
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NBA's Golden State Warriors sued for 'mic snooping' mobile app

The Golden State Warriors have been sued by a bunch of fans who claim the basketball team's mobile app is eavesdropping on them. The suit [PDF], filed with the Northern California District Court this week, alleges that the Android and iOS versions of the Golden State Warriors App can track and record audio from the handset's …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Sep 2016

Phytium's 64-core ARM chip

Our sister site The Next Platform has just published loads of interesting details on 64-bit ARMv8-compatible desktop, laptop and server processors designed by Chinese upstart Phytium. The first engineering samples for three 28nm CPUs – the Earth architecture FT-1500A/4 and the FT-1500A/16 and the Mars architecture FT-2000/64 …
Chris Williams, 01 Sep 2016

Hey, uh ICANN. US govt here. You know we said we'd give you the keys to the 'net? Yeaahhh...

The US government has admitted its plan to move control of the internet's naming and numbering functions to a California non-profit next month may not move forward. In a letter [PDF] from the Department of Commerce (DoC) to ICANN sent August 31, the department's CFO gives the organization 30 days' notice that it may extend its …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Sep 2016

Life imitates satire: Facebook touts zlib killer just like Silicon Valley's Pied Piper

Facebook engineers today emitted a bunch of open-source compression and database tools during its @Scale conference. This software is used actively at hyper-scale within the sprawling social network. The California giant wants to share some of its source code with the world and hopefully get some useful patches in return. Here …
Chris Williams, 31 Aug 2016

Lawyers! win! millions! in! bonkers! Yahoo! email! snooping! case!

A bunch of lawyers have persuaded Yahoo! to keep scanning e-mails for advertising and pay their fees. The class-action case was launched in 2013, and finally got the formal green-light to go ahead last year. The Purple Palace wanted to scan e-mails passing through its systems, so as to deliver targeted advertising to those …
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John Ellenby, British inventor of the first laptop, powers off

Obituary The creator of the world's first laptop, the GRiD Compass, has died at the age of 75 at his home in California. John Ellenby was born in the North of England in 1941 and educated at University College London, where he showed an early interest in computers. After a career designing mainframes he moved to the US, where he ended …
Iain Thomson, 30 Aug 2016

Super Cali goes ballistic, IT school is hopeless: Tech boot camp ITT frozen by edu officials

For-profit college chain ITT Technical Institute is facing further sanctions as the US government and the state of California have ordered the school to stop accepting new students. Citing ongoing financial problems with the school, the US Department of Education (DOE) has barred the school from taking any new students who …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Aug 2016

Apple sued over shoddy iPhone touchscreens

Apple is being sued by a class of former iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners who accuse the company of failing to address a design problem that caused the handset's touchscreen to malfunction. A complaint [PDF] filed in the Northern California US District Court accuses Apple of violating both California state and US federal laws for …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2016

Brocade broadcasts financial success. Well, if you call an 89% profit drop 'success'

Helped by two months of Ruckus Wireless ownership, Brocade's revenues for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016 were up seven per cent annually to $591m, a 13 per cent quarter-on-quarter increase. The company posted profits of a paltry $10.5m, 89 per cent down on the year-ago quarter's $91.7m, and 23.3 per cent less than the …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2016

Baltimore cops: We flew high-res camera planes to film your every move

Analysis Police in Baltimore, US, have admitted hiring a third party to fly over the city, constantly recording events with high-resolution cameras. The admission comes after a Businessweek feature on the company, Persistent Surveillance Systems (PSS), led to a condemnation of the practice by the ACLU's privacy expert and media …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Aug 2016
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Both HPs allegedly axed people just for being old, California court told

The two offshoots of Hewlett Packard have been hit with a class action lawsuit in the US, accusing the pre-split IT giant of discriminating against older employees during job culls. The suit was filed with the US Northern District Court in San Jose, California, this week by four plaintiffs on behalf of former employees. It …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2016

Nutanix buys anon firm in India. DevOps upstart Calm won't comment...

Nutanix bought a company recently and is days away from announcing another acquisition. The latest gobbled-up biz is based in India. Nutanix president Sudheesh Nair told the Deccan Herald: “While we won’t be able to name the companies, we can expect a press announcement in a couple of days from now. All I can say is that the …
Chris Mellor, 25 Aug 2016

Pow! Right in the Jawbone: Fitbit cleared in tech ripoff legal ordeal

An effort to ban health-tracking Fitbit gadgets in the United States has fallen apart, with a final decision against competitor Jawbone. Jawbone made two complaints to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) last year, one claiming that Fitbit has infringed its patents and a second that it stole trade secrets. If …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Aug 2016
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Same job, different place: US salaries top DevOps pay packet poll

US techies are earning more than their counterparts in Europe, with those in California doing better off than their US peers. That’s according to Puppet Labs' fifth annual “state of DevOps” survey which found that not only are those on the coalface and those managing them on who work other side of the pond pulling in more, but …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Aug 2016

Stop lights, sunsets, junctions are tough work for Google's robo-cars

Hot Chips After cruising two million miles of public roads, Google's self-driving cars still find traffic lights, four-way junctions and other aspects of everyday life hard work. To be sure, the hardware and software at the heart of the autonomous vehicles is impressive. But it's just not quite good enough yet to be truly let loose on …
Chris Williams, 24 Aug 2016

If you want to build your own Nvidia-powered self-driving car – or hack one – here's a blueprint

Hot Chips Nvidia is channelling Thunderbirds legend Parker for its latest system-on-chip for self-driving cars. Two Parker processors are used in the PX 2 box we saw at the start of the year. This hardware adds a super-cruise-control to vehicles by hoovering up video feeds from onboard cameras and other sensor data, feeding it through …
Chris Williams, 23 Aug 2016

Fujitsu: Why we chose 64-bit ARM over SPARC for our exascale super

Hot Chips Fujitsu chose 64-bit ARM CPU cores for its upcoming exascale supercomputer for two reasons: Linux and the ability to customize its own processors. It was a bit of a surprise when the Japanese IT giant picked ARMv8-A over SPARC64 and x86 for its Post-K beast, which will be used by Japanese boffins to carry out climate-change …
Chris Williams, 23 Aug 2016
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Californian gets 50 months in prison for Chinese 'technology spy' work

A sting operation by the US Department of Homeland Security has netted one California woman a 50-month sojourn in prison after she was found guilty of trying to break the US Arms Export Control Act. The court heard that between March 2011 and June 2013, Wenxia Man, 45, of San Diego, worked with a Chinese national – who she …
Iain Thomson, 23 Aug 2016

Microsoft's HoloLens secret sauce: A 28nm customized 24-core DSP engine built by TSMC

Hot Chips Microsoft today revealed a first look at the inside of its Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) chip used in its virtual reality HoloLens specs. The secretive HPU is a custom-designed TSMC-fabricated 28nm coprocessor that has 24 Tensilica DSP cores arranged in 12 clusters. It has about 65 million logic gates, 8MB of SRAM, and a …
Chris Williams, 22 Aug 2016

'Neural network' spotted deep inside Samsung's Galaxy S7 silicon brain

Hot Chips Samsung has revealed the blueprints to its mystery M1 processor cores at the heart of its S7 and S7 Edge smartphones. International versions of the top-end Android mobiles, which went on sale in March, sport a 14nm FinFET Exynos 8890 system-on-chip that has four standard 1.6GHz ARM Cortex-A53 cores and four M1 cores running at …
Chris Williams, 22 Aug 2016
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Gaze in awe at Elon Musk’s historic 156-foot erection

SpaceX has retired the first rocket it managed to land in one piece and erected the remains on Sunday outside the company's US headquarters. The 156-foot (47-meter) rocket is the first stage of SpaceX's Flight 20 launch, which touched down at Cape Canaveral last December. Since then, its innards have been removed and …
Iain Thomson, 22 Aug 2016
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Four in five Android devices inherit Linux snooping flaw

A previously identified Linux flaw, which allows anyone to hijack internet traffic, also affects 80 per cent of Android devices. The original vulnerability, which was reported this spring, involves a critical exploit in TCP that lets hackers obtain unencrypted traffic and degrade encrypted traffic to spy on victims. The …
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2016

Little ARMs pump 2,048-bit muscles in training for Fujitsu's Post-K exascale mega-brain

Hot Chips ARM is bolting an extra data-crunching engine onto its 64-bit processor architecture to get it ready for Fujitsu's Post-K exascale supercomputer. Specifically, ARM is adding a Scalable Vector Extension (SVE) to its ARMv8-A core architecture. SVE can handle vectors from 128 to 2,048 bits in length. This technology is not an …
Chris Williams, 22 Aug 2016
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This MySpace investor keeps spamming Google with lawsuits – and the ad giant just wants him to stop

Google has asked a US court to stop a former MySpace investor from repeatedly filing suit against it. The web advertising giant this week told (PDF) the US District Court for Northern California that Brad Greenspan has been burdening its lawyers and racking up its legal bills by constantly filing motions in a lawsuit that was …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Aug 2016
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ICANN takeover in October

DNS overlord ICANN is all set to take control of the internet's highest level from the US government on October 1, it was confirmed this week. California-based non-profit ICANN runs a technical body called IANA, which oversees the world's DNS, IP address allocations, and protocol assignments. ICANN operates IANA for the US …
Chris Williams, 19 Aug 2016