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Permissionless data slurping: Why Google's latest bombshell matters

Comment According to an old Chinese proverb: "When a wise man points at the Moon, an idiot looks at his finger." Google may have been hoping that you were examining a finger, not reading a Quartz story yesterday, which reveals how Android phones send location data to Google without you even knowing it. Google received the data even if …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Nov 2017
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Wait, did Oracle tip off world to Google's creepy always-on location tracking in Android?

Analysis Having evidently forgotten about that Street View Wi-Fi-harvesting debacle, Google has admitted constantly collecting the whereabouts of Android devices regardless of whether or not they have location tracking enabled. Between 2007 and 2010, during the debut of its Street View service, Google gathered all the Wi-Fi network …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Nov 2017
Larry Ellison on stage at Oracle's cloud pricing announcement

Oracle scrambles to sew up horrid security holes in PeopleSoft's Tuxedo

Oracle has published an out-of-band software update to address a handful of security flaws in parts of the PeopleSoft HR software. The House of Larry said this week the five CVE-listed vulnerabilities all sit within the Jolt component of Tuxedo, an application server used by PeopleSoft to handle non-Java applications. "Since …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Nov 2017
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Oracle stockholders don't like exec mega-awards or gender pay gap transparency

Oracle's stockholders have voted against the company's amended executive pay plan, along with a proposal for greater transparency on its gender pay gap. The new exec pay package would give CTO Larry Ellison and joint CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd pay packets worth more than $100m, and is, for the first time, entirely tied to …
Rebecca Hill, 16 Nov 2017
A confused man

Now Oracle stiffs its own sales reps to pocket their overtime, allegedly

Oracle was sued on Tuesday by a former sales rep for allegedly failing to pay overtime wages, in violation of America's federal Fair Labor Standards Act and Texas state law. The civil lawsuit, filed on behalf of plaintiff Daniel Wilson in district court in Austin, Texas, claims Oracle has been directing its sales staff – …
Thomas Claburn, 15 Nov 2017

Word on the Rimini Street: Software support firm smiles through Oracle pain

Oracle and SAP support firm Rimini Street has reported an increase in revenues in its first quarterly results since being listed on the NASDAQ. The firm brought in $53.6m in the three months ending September 30, up 32 per cent on the same quarter in 2016. It also cut its net loss in two, dropping to $9m in Q3 2017, from $15. …
Rebecca Hill, 10 Nov 2017
Dog and cat hug

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. And yet, what we imagine to be bitter rivals team up – as when …
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10/10 would patch again: Big Red plasters 'easily exploitable' backdoor in Oracle Identity Manager

Oracle is urging users of its enterprise identity management system to apply an emergency update to stomp a bug that allows attackers take over the system. The bug has been given a CVSS score of 10.0 – or critical – and could allow a remote, unauthorised hacker access to systems. Oracle said the vuln "can result in complete …
Rebecca Hill, 30 Oct 2017
Suitcase full of money

Oracle investors told not to let Catz and co get the cream – reports

Oracle investors have reportedly been told to vote against the company’s executive pay plan, which would give bosses pay packets worth more than $100m. According to Bloomberg, the proxy adviser Institutional Shareholder Services – which provides advice on asset management – told clients not to rubber-stamp Big Red’s big pay …
Rebecca Hill, 27 Oct 2017
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Oracle ZFS man calls for Big Red to let filesystem upstream into Linux

Oracle storage architect has called for Oracle to make the ZFS filesystem a first class part of Linux and says conversations have taken place within Big Red to consider the possibility. Speaking at the OpenZFS Developer Summit, Maybee said the decline of on-premises storage means ZFS' future inside Oracle is uncertain. Oracle' …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Oct 2017
The big split

How is the big switch to the public cloud working out?

Analysis Remember The Big Switch – the book by Nicholas Carr which said that IT would become a utility-like service delivered through a socket in the office wall? We know it's only patchily working for business users, as public cloud adoption is going up but is still not a serious threat to on-premises giants. Both camps, the public …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2017

Hey, big vendor: Oracle, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook blow even more cash on lobbying

American tech giants have ramped up the amount of cash they spend on lobbying US lawmakers to get their own way, yet again. As congressmen consider regulating organizations from Facebook to Google, and mull antitrust crackdowns against Amazon, said corporations have responded by flinging more dosh at the problem. The money is …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Oct 2017
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Oracle users meet behind closed doors: Psst – any licensing tips?

The UK’s Oracle user group is meeting today to discuss the murky world of licensing and software asset management. It will be the second annual meeting focused just on licence management, an area of growing importance as companies are increasingly running hybrid systems and dealing with multiple, often intentionally complex …
Rebecca Hill, 24 Oct 2017
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Oracle Hospitality apps rolled out the Big Red carpet to crims

Hundreds of products, more than 250 vulnerabilities … yes, it's Oracle's quarterly critical patch update day! Oracle opens its bulletin with news that it "... continues to periodically receive reports of attempts to maliciously exploit vulnerabilities for which Oracle has already released fixes." "In some instances, it has …

Q. Why's Oracle so two-faced over open source? A. Moolah, wonga, dosh

Oracle loves open source. Except when the database giant hates open source. Which, according to its recent lobbying of the US federal government, seems to be "most of the time". Yes, Oracle has recently joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) to up its support for open-source Kubernetes and, yes, it has long …
Matt Asay, 12 Oct 2017
Oracle acrobatics in the cloud

Oracle’s automated database is a minimum viable release - analyst

OPENWORLD WRAP Oracle’s annual OpenWorld conference is over. The streets of San Francisco are free of the hordes of execs, devs and analysts, and everyone has gone home to mull over what they've learned. The order of the day was - quelle surprise - cloud, plus a good measure of machine learning, blockchain and chatbots thrown in on the side …
Rebecca Hill, 8 Oct 2017
A log

Oracle wants you to drop a log into its cloud, so it can talk security

OpenWorld 2017 Oracle’s founder and chief technology officer Larry Ellison put on his best salesman act Tuesday during his second keynote at the tech giant's OpenWorld gabfest – this time playing up the impact high-profile IT security breaches have had on organisations and increasing concerns over state hackers. “The people we’re competing …
Rebecca Hill, 4 Oct 2017
Georges Saab at JavaOne '17

Oracle VP: 'We want the next decade to be Java first, Java always'

Analysis In the wake of a safe harbor disclaimer insisting Oracle could not be held to anything said during its JavaOne conference keynote on Monday, Georges Saab, veep of software development for the Java platform, talked his way through a Java victory lap. "Over the past 22 years, Java has grown and matured to the point that the …

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