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Google loses Android friends with Pixel exclusivity

Google’s decision to keep premium Android features for itself attracted surprisingly little comment last year - but the dangers are heaving into view. By declaring war on its most important customers, Google risks losing a degree of control over Android, further fragmenting the platform. Platform providers like Google have …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jan 2017
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I'll have Fabric, Crashlytics: Google stuffs trolley with Twitter mobile dev tools

Google is set to acquire Twitter's mobile app development platform, Fabric, and assimilate its team within its own development platform, Firebase. The terms of the acquisition have not been revealed, but the Fabric team will join Google's Developer Products Group, working with Google's Firebase team which also offers a mobile …
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Seduced by the Docker side: Microsoft's support could be first shot fired in the Container Wars

Docker was arguably a dumb thing for you to do with your time last year. Developers loved it but enterprises weren’t so sure. That was then, but now Microsoft – mighty in enterprise tech and filled with deep and abiding love for open source – is perhaps Docker's best friend. Not only is Microsoft getting behind Docker-style …
Matt Asay, 19 Jan 2017

Can all-flash arrays, spinning disks and hybrid really live together?

Conventional wisdom says that for performance-sensitive applications, you want all-flash arrays (AFAs), while for less-critical applications and bulk storage, disk is better. How can you use them in conjunction with each other? What would a joint AFA/hybrid/disk environment look like? Broadly speaking, there are two types of …
Danny Bradbury, 19 Jan 2017
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What's the biggest danger to the power grid? Hackers? Terrorists? Er, squirrels

Video For decades now people have been claiming that the power grid could be taken down by terrorists. However, simple statistical analysis shows that the biggest danger isn't online hackers, but squirrels – aka rats with good PR. Cris Thomas, a strategist at Tenable Network Security who goes by the moniker Space Rogue, has been …
Iain Thomson, 19 Jan 2017

Adobe's naughty Chrome telemetry code had XSS problem

Adobe's pushed out a fix for its already-controversial Chrome telemetry extension after Project Zero's Tavis Ormandy found an egregious bug. The update that shipped last week pushed the extension to Chrome users. It was presented as a convenience update that let people print Web pages to PDF, and use Reader instead of Chrome's …
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College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

Shortly after the American College of Education (ACE) in Indiana fired IT administrator Triano Williams in April, 2016, it found that it no longer had any employees with admin access to the Google email service used by the school. In a lawsuit [PDF] filed against Williams in July, 2016, the school alleges that it asked …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Jan 2017
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Exclusive billionaires' investment club leads Collibra's $50m Series C

Belgian data governance business Collibra has today announced the closure of its Series C round, almost tripling its venture capital funding. Collibra was founded in 2008, but as a European company did not follow the typical Valley model of growth and was, according to CEO and co-founder Felix Van de Maele, already cash-flow …

LTE-Broadcast has broad deployment models. What it doesn't have is the iPhone

Analysis LTE-Broadcast is poised for mass adoption at last, claims the Alliance which was set up last April to promote it. The Alliance aims to make a splash at next month’s Mobile World Congress, to boost operator confidence in the mobile TV standard and outline some of its use cases beyond the consumer TV sector. For instance, the UK …
Wireless Watch, 18 Jan 2017
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Cisco sets out networking stall for SMBs

Promo In the face of industry upheaval, Cisco retains its status as the go-to enterprise networking choice for big businesses. Its position as supplier to small and medium-sized businesses is less clear, even though by Cisco's reckoning, this market segment accounts for more than a fifth of fixed ports operated by its customer base …
David Gordon, 18 Jan 2017
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Solaris 12 disappears from Oracle's roadmap

In late 2016, The Register received credible-but-ultimately-unverifiable reports that Oracle was scaling back Solaris development, perhaps with significant sackings. We chose not to publish because Oracle denied the specific allegations we'd received. We’re aware of rumours about the demise of Solaris. Our best efforts have …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jan 2017
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100 Gbps link to Europe lights up to delight researchers

Researchers are getting another 100 Gbps of dedicated connectivity between America and Europe, courtesy of a link on the AEConnect cable activated by Indiana University. Paid for by a National Science Foundation NEEAR (Networks for European, American and African Research) grant, the link connects the US to Ireland. The pan- …
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What's big and red and needs 270 security patches?

Oracle has revealed its quarterly Critical Patch Update Advisory for January 2017, which offers users a buffet of 270 fixes to apply. Big Red says that “due to the threat posed by a successful attack, Oracle strongly recommends that customers apply CPU fixes as soon as possible.” Where to start? Perhaps with the sole problem …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jan 2017
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US watchdog sues Qualcomm for 'bribing' Apple to swallow chips

America's trade watchdog the FTC has sued Qualcomm, alleging the California-based biz trampled over US laws on fair competition. The three-count complaint [PDF] accuses the chip designer of strong-arming smartphone makers (cough, cough, Apple) into dodgy deals by abusing its war chest of patents. Qualcomm designs not only the …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jan 2017
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Li-ion tamers: Boffins build battery with built-in fire extinguisher

Researchers at Stanford University say they have developed a method for building fire-extinguishing materials into standard lithium-ion batteries. The nine researchers behind the paper to be published in the journal Science Advances say that by packing flame-retardant triphenyl phosphate (TPP) into the battery pack behind a …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jan 2017
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Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

Analysis The reality of red tape might mean the UK’s exit from the EU will take longer, and be softer, than the Prime Minister outlined today. Theresa May ruled out “partial” membership of the EU in a bullish speech today. The UK would conclude a free trade agreement (FTA) within the two years permitted by the Article 50 process, she …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jan 2017

AI and robots? Will someone think of the jobs, says HPE CEO Whitman

Cynics might say Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman is on thin ice when discussing job preservation in the era of AI and robotics given her own track record, but that was the thrust of her speech at Davos. Business tycoons and global politicos swooped on the the highest town in Europe this week to attend the World …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jan 2017
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CBI: Brexit Britain needs a 'sensible and flexible' immigration programme

Employers have called for a "sensible" immigration programme to recruit and retain overseas talent in a post-Brexit Britain. The call from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) came as it emerged that European Union citizens have started to look to countries other than Britain to take up working positions. CBI deputy …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jan 2017
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Facebook pimping for politicos despite fake news 'purge'

National elections in the UK and US, and Britain's 2016 referendum on membership of the EU demonstrated the growing power of social media to swing views and win votes. Twitter gets a lot of attention due to its use by journalists and politicians – not least president-elect Donald Trump – and its relative openness making it …
SA Mathieson, 17 Jan 2017
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Microsoft Germany says Windows 7 already unfit for business users

Microsoft Germany has argued that Windows 7 is no longer "fit" to be used in business. A post we've shoved through two online translate-o-tronic services states that Windows 7 “can no longer keep up with the increased security requirements” of the mid-2010s. Markus Nitschke, head of Windows at Microsoft Deutschland, is quoted …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jan 2017
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Balancing miners borks blockchains, say boffins

The financial sector's enthusiasm for blockchain technology might be misplaced, according to a pair of Australian distributed computing experts. The problem: if everyone in a consortium trusts each other, they don't need blockchains to protect themselves; if they don't, current blockchain protocols have a flaw that allows a …
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S Korea prosecutors seek arrest warrant for Samsung heir apparent

Samsung's been pulled deeper into "Choi-gate" – the scandal surrounding the South Korean president. Prosecutors in the country today applied for an arrest warrant for Samsung's de facto boss, Lee Jae-yong. The scandal revolves around impeached President Park Geun-hye's informal advisor Choi Soon-sil, whose father, Choi Tae-min …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Jan 2017
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SpaceX makes successful rocket launch

Elon Musk's SpaceX, space cargo contractor and purveyor of space rockets for the well-heeled masses, successfully launched a two-stage rocket into orbit on Saturday. The rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:54am local time, carrying a satellite payload on behalf of Iridium Communications. Ten …
Gareth Corfield, 16 Jan 2017
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Happy birthday: Jimbo Wales' sweet 16 Wikipedia fails

Sixteen years ago, Larry Sanger had the idea for a wiki-based encyclopaedia anyone could edit: the "wiki-pedia". On January 15, 2001, he and Jimmy Wales launched the site. Today, it's everyone's go-to place for quick factlets. Wikipedia's convenience is undeniable. But its anonymously compiled content has flaws and quirks …
Andreas Kolbe, 16 Jan 2017
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Google reveals its servers all contain custom security silicon

Google has published a Infrastructure Security Design Overview that explains how it secures the cloud it uses for its own operations and for public cloud services. Revealed last Friday, the document outlines six layers of security and reveals some interesting factoids about the Alphabet subsidiary's operations, none more so …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2017

McDonald's forget hash, browns off security experts

Dutch software engineer Tijme Gommers has revealed a still-active reflected cross-site scripting vulnerability and borked password controls in McDonald's main website that could be fodder for phishing attacks. The attack, reported on Gommers' blog, is possible thanks to an Angular expression injection vuln present in mcdonalds …
Darren Pauli, 16 Jan 2017
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Samsung fans flames of burning Galaxy Note 7 mystery

Samsung's figured out why its Galaxy Note 7 phablets burned up the mobile phone market last year, but won't say why until next week. The Register hailed the Galaxy Note 7 as the world’s best Android phone after fondling a pre-release unit in early August 2016. Four weeks later, when actual product hit the market, reports …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2017
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Hadoop hurler Hortonworks votes Tibco veteran for president

Hortonworks has named Raj Verma as its new president and chief operating officer in the latest of a string of shakeups designed to reinvigorate the Hadoop business following sliding sales. The Santa Clara-based business announced the departure of its former president, Herb Cunitz, alongside its second-quarter results last year …
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Outage-hit Lloyds Bank in talks to outsource data centres to IBM

Exclusive In the week that Lloyds Banking Group suffered multiple outages, it has emerged the UK financial giant is negotiating to outsource management of its bit barns to IBM Global Business Services. Online services were interrupted on Wednesday and Thursday by unspecified technical glitches that prevented people from logging into …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jan 2017
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WordPress plugs eight holes in latest release

WordPress has patched a series of vulnerabilities in its content management system shuttering bugs affecting more than 10 million users. The release of version 4.7.1 closes eight vulnerabilities including cross-site scripting, cross-site request forgery, and other remotely-acessible attack vectors. "This is a security release …
Team Register, 13 Jan 2017
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Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

US president-elect Donald Trump's freshly minted cyber-tsar Rudy Giuliani runs a website with a content management system years out of date and potentially utterly hackable. Former New York City mayor and Donald loyalist Giuliani was today unveiled by Trump's transition team as the future president's cybersecurity adviser – …
Darren Pauli, 13 Jan 2017
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Security hardened, pah! Expert doubts Kaymera's mighty Google's Pixel

The arrival of a security hardened version of Google’s supposed "iPhone killer" Pixel phone from Kaymera has received a sceptical reception from one expert. Kaymera Secured Pixel is outfitted with Kaymera’s own hardened version of the Android operating system and its security architecture. This architecture is made up of four …
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2017
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Microsoft cans pay-as-you-go Azure for new MPSA licensees

Come February, Redmond will be ending pay-as-you-go Azure access for new customers on the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement, as it turns to channel partners to win small customers who are floating away. Existing customers currently purchasing Azure on a pay-as-you-go basis through the MPSA will be allowed to continue …
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Train your self-driving car AI in Grand Theft Auto V – what could possibly go wrong?

Developers building self-driving cars can now take their AI agents for a spin in the simulated open world of Grand Theft Auto V – via OpenAI’s machine-learning playground, Universe. The open-source MIT-licensed code gluing GTA V to Universe is maintained by Craig Quiter, who works for Otto – the Uber-owned startup that …
Katyanna Quach, 12 Jan 2017
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Qualcomm/NXP, Nvidia and Intel: The race to define the car platform

CES 2017 So the stakes are high, and many companies are already playing hard. There were important announcements from two of the most established chip suppliers in the auto sector, NXP and Nvidia – the former particularly closely watched because it will soon be part of Qualcomm. Its launches reminded the industry how strategic an …
Wireless Watch, 12 Jan 2017
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Oi, Mint 18.1! KEEP UP! Ubuntu LTS love breeds a laggard

The Linux Mint project dropped a last-minute gift during the Christmas period – Mint 18.1. Mint 18.1 builds on the same Ubuntu LTS release base as Mint 18.0, the result being a smooth upgrade path for 18.0 users and the relative stability of Ubuntu's latest LTS effort, 16.04. In keeping with Ubuntu's LTS releases, Mint isn't …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jan 2017
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Peace-sign selfie fools menaced by fingerprint-harvesting tech

Researchers from Japan's National Institute of Informatics say people's fingerprints could be extracted from photographs using yet-to-be built technology. The eggheads warn that fingerprints can be copied from photographs snapped up to three metres from targets. Prints would need to be captured clearly in strong lighting, …
Darren Pauli, 12 Jan 2017
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Weaky-leaks: Furious fans roast Assange in web interview from hell

Video WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was blasted by fans during a live online Q&A – after he, for once in his life, refused to disclose information. The nearly five-year resident of the Ecuadorian embassy in London hopped onto Reddit's Ask Me Anything discussion board where netizens pose questions and the most popular ones rise to …
Iain Thomson, 12 Jan 2017

Docker swings door shut on privilege escalation bug

Docker has patched what it calls a “minor” container escape. CVE-2016-9962 was a bug in runc – an insecure file descriptor opening that cleared the way to local privilege escalation. In other words, the contents of one container could be exposed to another, running under the same Docker instance. From its Full Disclosure post …

Google Cloud unlocks key achievement

Google on Wednesday introduced its Cloud Key Management Service in beta to help Google Cloud Platform customers deal with their encryption keys. "Cloud KMS offers a cloud-based root of trust that you can monitor and audit," said product manager Maya Kaczorowski in a blog post. "As an alternative to custom-built or ad-hoc key …
Thomas Claburn, 12 Jan 2017
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Microsoft sued by staff traumatized by child sex abuse vids stashed on OneDrive accounts

Two former Microsoft employees have sued the Windows giant seeking compensation for the mental trauma of screening child sex abuse photos, murder videos, and other extreme content flowing through the company's online services. Henry Soto and Greg Blauert were assigned to Microsoft's Online Safety Team, formed in 2008 following …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Jan 2017
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GoDaddy revokes 9,000 SSL certificates wrongly validated by code bug

GoDaddy was obliged to revoke thousands of SSL certificates on Tuesday as the result of an unspecified software bug. El Reg learnt of the cock-up from readers affected by the issue, who forwarded notification emails (extract below). Due to a software bug, the recently issued certificate for your domain was issued without …
John Leyden, 11 Jan 2017
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Black horse blacks out: Lloyds Bank website goes down

An unspecified glitch at Lloyds Bank Group prevented customers from logging into their accounts via a browser or app this morning. Services were unavailable for several hours during the outage, though the company kept mum on Twitter about the causes. “We are aware that some customers may have experienced issues logging on to …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jan 2017

Plusnet? More like Plus-naught: Mobile data on the fritz for days for some unlucky punters

Updated Plusnet Mobile subscribers say their smartphones have been unable to reach the internet via the cellular network for several days. Affected punters tell us they just can't get their mobile handsets to connect to the web via the Plusnet cellular network. Plusnet Mobile, launched in November, piggybacks on BT's EE network. "A …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jan 2017
Privacy

New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max

Microsoft has built an online dashboard of privacy controls in an attempt to soothe lingering anger over Windows 10 and its ability to phone home people's private information. The new web portal lists some of the personal data that is collected from PCs and devices and sent back to Redmond, and allows people to somewhat limit …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jan 2017
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Ansible patches 'own the farm' vulnerability

Ansible sysadmins, make with the patch-fingers because the project's just gone public with a high-severity bug. CVE-2016-9587 is a peach: “a compromised remote system being managed via Ansible can lead to commands being run on the Ansible controller (as the user running the ansible or ansible-playbook command)”, Ansible lead …
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Juniper warns: Borked upgrade opens root on firewalls

Juniper is warning users of its SRX firewalls that a borked upgrade leaves a root-level account open to the world. Any users who issued the "request system software" command with the "partition" option are affected by the bug. In its first advisory for 2017, the Gin Palace explains the failed upgrade “can leave the system in …
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NSW bus Wi-Fi privacy, regulation: 'Move along, nothing to see here'

On Monday, we noted the privacy nightmare that is the NSW State Government's latest attempt at public transport Wi-Fi, and asked APN Outdoor, owner of Catch, questions about security and its regulatory status. Our questions have travelled around a bit, to finally get a response from the State Transit Authority. Its stance? …
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Talena wants to be distributed database data management rock

Analysis Talena was founded in 2013 to develop data management software for Big Data and non-relational database applications. Its data management software provides backup, recovery, test data management and archiving capabilities for Cassandra, Couchbase, Hadoop, and Vertica. The company claims its software integrates machine learning …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2017
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Rackspace enters tipping-point year with newly minted sales chief

Rackspace support manager Jeff Cotten was Tuesday named company president, halving the workload of the now single-jobbed chief executive Taylor Rhodes. Newly private Rackspace has promised more professional services in support of public clouds and VMware as it enters a tipping point year. Cotten, with Rackspace for eight …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Jan 2017