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'Everyone' is buying Twitter

Seems everyone is interested in buying Twitter, according to rumors flying around Silicon Valley today. The whisperings have managed to push the social network's share price up 21 per cent to $22.26. Overall, the permanent loss-making San Francisco upstart's stock price is down 30 per cent over the past year. Now Salesforce …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Sep 2016

Do AI chat bots need a personality bypass – or will we only trust gabber 'droids with character?

Machine communication is an area generating much excitement in AI. The ability to give machines a voice and personality has been the subject of many sci-fi films, and the push in natural language processing has brought that idea closer to reality. All the big AI players are investing in some sort of chatbot. Google just …
Katyanna Quach, 23 Sep 2016

Video service Binge On 'broke the internet' but 99pc of users love it

Analysis Do you remember the butthurt and angst heaped on T-Mobile US when it launched its Binge On service earlier this year? T-Mobile US offered a toll-free all-you-can-watch mobile video service, trading quality for quantity. The Binge On user would get video downsampled to 480 pixels, but none of it would count towards their data …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Sep 2016
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The wise Hedvig owl heads aloft with a Universal Data Plane

Hedvig has updated its software-defined storage to version 2.0 and is flying with a Universal Data Plane concept. Its Distributed Storage Platform Version 2.0 adds a VMware vSphere Web Client Plugin, Docker Volume Plugin and Mirantis Fuel Plugin, each of which help to provide application-specific high-availability policies. …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2016
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It's Friday – and that means one thing: Yup, Microsoft's TypeScript 2.0 is out

Microsoft has released TypeScript 2.0, a major update to its typed version of JavaScript. TypeScript first appeared in October 2012, and is a project backed by Microsoft’s Anders Heljsberg – the inventor of C# and before that Borland’s Delphi. The thinking behind the open-source project, which is a superset of JavaScript, is …
Tim Anderson, 23 Sep 2016

Safe browsing checks fail as 16,000 WordPress sites hacked this year

At least 15,769 WordPress websites - and probably more - have been compromised this year, half slipping past Google's Safe Browsing checks, says security researcher Daniel Cid. The world's most popular content management system represented the lion's share of some 21,821 sites studied in the second 2016 Sucuri report on …
Darren Pauli, 23 Sep 2016
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Digital Realty gets into the cloud interconnect caper

Bit barn baron Digital Realty has decided it needs to be a player in the cloud connection caper. The company's therefore cooked up something called “Service Exchange” that offers software-defined links between its data centres and those operated by the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, IBM SoftLayer and Microsoft's …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Sep 2016
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Valid logins to your workplace are on the net, right now

Enterprises are almost universally open to intrusion attempts with stolen credentials, and are at increased risk from compromised smartphones thanks to a spike in device malware. The findings stem from two separate studies. Digital Shadows research [PDF] reveals 97 percent of the Fortune top 1000 largest companies face …
Team Register, 23 Sep 2016
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Oracle lawyers prevail in copyright case (No, not that, the other one)

Oracle has been awarded $46.2m in its copyright battle with Rimini Street. The Nevada Federal Court awarded the cash [PDF] to cover the legal bills Oracle has racked up in its years-long battle with Rimini – which repackaged and sold support services for Oracle products without a license. The federal court also put in place a …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Sep 2016

Not enough personality: Google Now becomes Google Not Anymore

Google is rebranding its screen-scraping data guzzler Now On Tap, as it buries the entire Now initiative under the onslaught of its multiplatform chatty “Assistant” project. Only two years ago, Now On Tap was heralded as “Android’s next killer feature” (CNet) and even “the future of Android” (ComputerWorld). But Now On Tap …
Andrew Orlowski, 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- …

Google automates Apps OAuth token revocation

Google has refined the security controls available to enterprise Gmail users by automatically killing OAuth 2.0 tokens for Apps when users change passwords. The changes will land on October 5th and will not affect users unless they change their password. It is a watered down version of planned security changes offered in …
Team Register, 22 Sep 2016

Google's Allo chat app hits a downside to AI: Bot must hoard private messages to train itself

Google has launched its new mobile messaging app Allo today in a bid to challenge Facebook's stronghold in instant messaging. Allo differs from Google's previous attempts with Hangouts, Google Talk and Google Chat, as its main power lies in artificial intelligence, apparently. Users will be introduced to a preview edition of …
Katyanna Quach, 22 Sep 2016
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Rackspace punts piscatorial Power platform at service providers

Freshly acquired hosting slinger Rackspace has built a custom-developed server based on IBM’s Power chips and the Open Compute Project (OCP) specifications. The company hopes to flog it to service providers and enterprise customers looking for an alternative to x86 systems for high performance computing. Known as Barreleye …
Dan Robinson, 21 Sep 2016

Speaking in Tech: Public cloud 'explodes'. Oh yeah? Show your sources

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week on our tech-cast, Greg Knieriemen hosts the podcast with serial podcaster co-host Amy Lewis. This week our Podcast Idol is Jack Poller of Enterprise Strategy Group. Our special guest this week is Leah Schoeb, Technology Business Development at Intel. This week we …
Team Register, 21 Sep 2016

Reg Programming Compo: 22 countries, 137 entries and... wow – loads of Python

Roundup Our latest programming competition was our most popular yet in terms of the number of entries – 137 in all once we'd de-duplicated them. The judges were intrigued to see just how popular Python is these days: nearly half (a smidge over 48 per cent) of the entries used this as the language of choice, with Java the next most …
Dave Cartwright, 21 Sep 2016
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Oracle's new cloud rated 'minimum viable product' ... for now

Oracle's gone in hard on cloud this week, promising a stellar, cheap cloud that has already erased Amazon Web Services' lead. But Gartner analyst Lydia Leong begs to differ. She's squeezed out a quick assessment of Big Red's latest cloud and says: “I would characterize this early offering as minimum viable product; it is the …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2016
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Google cloud, Asian wobble

Google's Cloud Platform has suffered a 3.5 hour wobble in its asia-east1-a region. The company reports that as of 12:23 Pacific Time on September 20th, Compute Engine was “taking multiple minutes to create new VMs, restart existing VMs that terminated, or attaching disks to running VMs”. The problem persisted for nearly three …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2016

Symantec patches AV hole

Symantec has issued a fix for a vulnerability that could cause its security tools to crash or be potentially hijacked by malware. If the software scans a booby-trapped RAR archive, it can wind up attempting to execute code smuggled within, we're told. The decomposer engine used for antivirus protection in 18 different Symantec …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Sep 2016

CloudFlare offers web encryption up the wazoo

CloudFlare is promising to bring about the encrypted internet by adopting the latest web security protocols and offering a solution to the horror of mixed content. Just over a week since Google warned it would start labeling HTTP websites as "not secure," CloudFlare promises to help the many, many website owners who have a mix …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Sep 2016

Self-service-as-a-service startup Trifacta releases newest product version

Trifacta, the self-service-as-a-service data-wrangling business, has released the fourth version of its data preparation product suite. The San Francisco-based business was founded four years ago, and has been commercial for the last two. It offers data preparation products which transforms unstructured data into something …
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Google buys startup biz, slurps up its NLP brains

Google have snapped up API.AI, a Silicon Valley startup specialising in building tools for natural language understanding in mobiles, web applications and devices. The details of the financial transaction have not been disclosed. Launched in 2014, API.AI quickly recognised the growing trend in companies interested in giving …
Katyanna Quach, 20 Sep 2016
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Jakarta be kidding me! Google gets $400m tax bill from Indonesia

Google is facing a bill for hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid taxes. An official in Indonesia wants to collect around $400m in fees from the Mountain View ads giant. Muhammad Hanif of the tax office special cases branch said authorities have visited Google and suspect that the tax avoidance may go back as far as five …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Sep 2016
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Android Studio 2.2 debuts

If your Android developers are a bit excitable today it's probably because Android Studio 2.2 has landed. Google says there's more than 20 new features in this release, several designed to help you take advantage of new features in Android's Nougat release. The Alphabet subsidiary singles out the following as the new thing it …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2016
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BOFH: The case of the suspicious red icon

Episode 11 So I'm in the office by myself while the PFY is out doing... something... I guess... when one of our atypical difficult users comes in. "Just one question," he starts, interrupting the thought I started when he walked in on potential loopholes in the gun laws. "My browser has an icon which is red." "What's the icon?" I ask …
Simon Travaglia, 16 Sep 2016

Google: There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and IPv6

CloudFlare Internet Summit As internet engineer jokes go, Google's Ilya Grigorik came up with a good one. On stage to answer the question "what can we expect from the internet in 2020?", he offered: As far as I can tell, by 2020, we will have flying cars, singularity... and IPv6. It's an amusing but pointed stab at the fundamental internet protocol …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Sep 2016

'Google tax' already being avoided, says Australian Tax Office

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has warned that the nation's attempts at imposing a "Google Tax" are already being circumvented, and suggested big accountancy firms have found a way around efforts to stymie multinational tax avoidance. Australia's Google Tax, formally known as the Multinational Anti-Avoidance Law (MAAL), …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2016
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Microsoft: Our AI speech recognition mangles your words the least

Microsoft researchers working on AI computer speech recognition have reached a word error rate of 6.3 per cent, claiming to be the lowest in the industry. Hot on the heels of Google DeepMind announcing a “breakthrough” in AI speech recognition, Microsoft was quick to respond by saying it, too, has reached a “milestone” while …
Katyanna Quach, 15 Sep 2016
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Mirantis grabs Kubernetes maestro to orchestrate OpenStack inversion

Mirantis has bought a Kubernetes master to fulfil its common goal with Intel and Google: to wrap up OpenStack for micro services. The OpenStack flinger has bought TCP Cloud, a 30-person specialist in running managed services on OpenStack, OpenContrail and Kubernetes. The purchase buys TCP Cloud’s open-source MK.20 technology …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Sep 2016
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British mobile AI 'bot perfecter stalked by Silicon Valley – report

British AI startup, Weave.ai, is the latest company rumoured to be snatched up by a US tech firm in Silicon Valley, according to the Financial Times. Weave.ai was founded last year and has four AI engineers working in North Greenwich. The team are developing WeaveOS, an “AI-first” operating system (OS) for mobile phones. Co- …
Katyanna Quach, 15 Sep 2016
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EU law: Brussels burps up aspirational copyright tweaks

Analysis Brussels’ widely leaked copyright reforms [PDF] have been formally published. The proposals are intended to “reduce the differences between national copyright regimes and allow for wider online access to works by users across the EU.” They will be tossed about and amended in European Parliament for many months. But with an …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Sep 2016

Google GPS grab felt like a feature, was actually a bug

Google has confirmed that its Play digital tat bazaar made a whole lot of unexpected attempts to locate users even after they opted-out of location services. But Google says the behaviour was a bug, not a feature. "Amanda", a Google Play community manager, posted the following in the forum that kicked off the furore: We …
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Evernote dumps its own bit barn, boards Google's cloud

Smiles a-plenty down Google way today, after web scrapbook Evernote declared it was tired of running its own bit barns and decided to adopt the G-Cloud. Evernote says it's just turned eight and “has owned, configured, and maintained its own servers and networks” since day one. Doing so gave it “the ability to build the …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2016

Gmail suffers worldwide wobbly Wednesday

Google has spent most of its day on Wednesday working to address ongoing problems around the world with its Gmail service. The Google Apps status page shows that since 0816 PT (1516 UTC) on Wednesday 14 September it has been dealing with issues that have been intermittently causing some users so be unable to use the webmail …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2016

Googler mad over cop scrap

A Google engineer is promising to take legal action after he says he was knocked about by police. Ali Afshar, Google engineering manager and former CTO of Microlink, claims he was driving in Silicon Valley (he wouldn't name the city or police department) when he spotted a man in handcuffs surrounded by four police officers. …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2016
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GitHub gets all grown-up with better code review, project management, etc

The GitHub Universe event has kicked off in San Francisco, with a number of new GitHub features announced by CEO Chris Wanstrath. GitHub's main product is a collaborative source code repository, which you can use on the public cloud or in your own private deployment. There are now over 19 million open source projects hosted on …
Tim Anderson, 14 Sep 2016

$200k Android bug contest

Google has launched a new contest offering $200,000 to whoever can first find and report a remote-code execution bug in Android. Second place will get $100,000, and third at least $50,000. "The goal of this contest is to find a vulnerability or bug chain that achieves remote code execution on multiple Android devices knowing …
Chris Williams, 14 Sep 2016
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Songsmiths sue US antitrust over Google-friendly rules ruling

Two independent women songwriters are suing the US antitrust department of the Department of Justice over its proposal to rip up songwriters' contracts to make them more Google-friendly. Crucially, in the remarks, the DoJ proposes that both ASCAP and BMI must accept 100 per cent licensing – so Spotify and other giant music …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Sep 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Testing data center fire snuffer and... and pow! I just s$%t my pants

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week on our tech-cast, Ed and Greg are joined by Podcast Idol Gabe Chapman to discuss HP snagging Samsung printers, Dell layoffs and big bangs. Our special guest this week is Mike Dvorkin, Distinguished Engineer at Cisco - Co-founder and Chief Scientist for Insieme …
Team Register, 14 Sep 2016

Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

Comment Google isn’t just interested in tracking you, or even very interested. Google tracks you with the defiant zeal of an obsessive stalker. What’s curious is that the American state seems almost as keen on the unfettered collection and use of location data as Google itself. Phones incorporated GPS silicon long before the iPhone …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Sep 2016
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Researcher reports XSS hole in Google France

Security researchers have disclosed an cross-site scripting vulnerability in Google France. The flaw is the third most common web application security hole on the internet, and is commonly exploited in mass defacements and automated attacks. Issam Rabhi (@issam_rabhi), researcher with French security outfit Sysdream, reported …
Team Register, 14 Sep 2016

It actually will be Obama who decides whether to end US government oversight of the internet

The decision whether to end US government oversight of the internet will likely come down to a personal decision by President Obama on Thursday. In an extraordinary series of arguments and counter-arguments this past week, a last-minute push by Republicans looks likely to succeed in placing a funding freeze on the Department …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Sep 2016

Daddy, what's 'P2P file sharing'?

So long peer-to-peers, and farewell dodgy file lockers: young music fans now steal their music straight from YouTube instead. Research from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the global body for the recording industry, finds that 49 per cent of 16-to-24s use streaming rippers, overtaking …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Sep 2016

Bug of the month: Cache flow problem crashes Samsung phone apps

It's not been a good summer for Samsung. It packed its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones with detonating batteries, sparking a global recall. And its whizzy Exynos 8890 processor, which powers the Note 7 and the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, is tripping up apps with seemingly bizarre crashes – from null pointers to illegal instruction …
Chris Williams, 13 Sep 2016
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Microsoft leads group pelting 'heavy duty' robot maker with $10.5m

RotM Sarcos Robotics has received $10.5m in investment from Microsoft, Caterpillar and other backers. Salt Lake City-based Sarcos, which has offices near Microsoft in Redmond, was founded 25 years ago. It was acquired by Raytheon in 2007 before being bought back by a consortium led by its former president at Raytheon. Now, …
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Google tries to lure .NET devs with PowerShell cloud bait

For all its highs and lows over the recent years, one thing Microsoft has always had in its favour is developers – millions coding, first for Windows, then .NET. The jury’s out on Microsoft’s Azure cloud, first as a platform and secondly due to Microsoft’s embrace of so many non-Microsoft languages and runtimes. Many have …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Sep 2016

Nvidia: Eight bits ought to be enough for anybody ... doing AI

Analysis Nvidia has designed a couple of new Tesla processors for AI applications – the P4 and the P40 – and is talking up their 8-bit math performance. The 16nm FinFET GPUs use Nv's Pascal architecture and follow on from the P100 launched in June. The P4 fits on a half-height, half-length PCIe card for scale-out servers, while the …
Chris Williams, 13 Sep 2016
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Google Australia extends online classes for tech teachers

Google's efforts to help Australian teachers wrap their minds around the nation's digital technologies curriculum have expanded, with the Alphabet subsidiary's tax-efficient antipodean outpost flinging up more online courseware. Australia's digital technologies curriculum has been welcome by everyone as fine idea, but has also …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2016
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Apple, Google auto auto woe

Apple and Google's dreams of people buying self-driving cars and being driven around by cyber-chauffeurs by 2020 are bursting, it seems. First, we reported that Google's auto autos find everyday things such as some traffic lights and junctions hard work, and that ideally, as a commercial product, the technology needs a …
Chris Williams, 12 Sep 2016

Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

Google, it seems, is very, very interested in knowing where you are at all times. Users have reported battery life issues with the latest Android build, with many pointing the finger at Google Play – Google's app store – and its persistent, almost obsessive need to check where you are. Amid complaints that Google Play is …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Sep 2016