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Reminder: Vast majority of serfs toiling away as Mechanical Turks for megabucks Amazon earn less than min wage

People wanted for tedious work. Low wages, variable hours, location flexible. Career growth doubtful. Not much in the way of recognition or thanks. That doesn't quite have the heroic ring of explorer Ernest Shackleton's famous ad seeking companions for his expedition to Antarctica. But it's a fair approximation of the pitch …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Dec 2017
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Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit

Google is trying to stop Amazon Echo Show devices from streaming YouTube videos – and from January, it will block Amazon’s Fire TVs from accessing the vid service, too. It appears the ad giant is killing off access to the YouTube app on Amazon's gadgets. From today, opening the YouTube application on an Echo Show or Fire TV …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Dec 2017

US credit repair biz damages own security: 111GB of personal info exposed in S3 blunder

The National Credit Federation, a US credit repair biz, left 111GB of thousands of folks' highly sensitive personal details exposed to the public internet, according to security researchers. In yet another AWS S3 configuration cockup, Americans' names, addresses, dates of birth, photos of driver licenses and social security …
Iain Thomson, 2 Dec 2017

Datrium tries to tempt Amazon cloud backup folk: Psst, buddy... you want HCI?

Hyperconverged system startup Datrium has spun out a DVX cloud instance for AWS. DVX is Datrium's on-premises hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) system, with storage controller software in server nodes and a shared DVX storage array. This is different from most HCI systems, which have local storage in each HCI server node. …
Chris Mellor, 1 Dec 2017
AWS Cloud9 IDE

Will you be on Cloud9? AWS emits cloudy code editor it nabbed last year

AWS re:Invent Amid its torrent of product announcements tied to its re:Invent conference, Amazon Web Services on Thursday introduced AWS Cloud9, a browser-based code editor with AWS integration. Without the AWS prefix, Cloud9 can be had as open source software and on Google Cloud Platform. AWS acquired the company Cloud9 in July, 2016 and …
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We survived today's Amazon news avalanche to bring you this: Yes, a managed Kubernetes service will be a thing

AWS re:Invent On Wednesday in Las Vegas, USA, at Amazon Web Services' sixth annual re:Invent dog-and-pony show, CEO Andy Jassy fulfilled industry expectations and introduced a managed Kubernetes service – Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS). If you blinked, you might have missed it. Presiding over an epic product dump, Jassy couldn't linger on …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Nov 2017
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VMware-on-AWS bulks up, fails in (good) new ways and even lets you reserve a table

VMware has added new services, and new features, to its bare metal service running in Amazon Web Services. The additions are perhaps less notable than the fact that VMware was able to deliver them in just three months since the service went live. On a recent visit to Sydney, Australia, the company's COO for products and cloud …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Nov 2017
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Surveillance Capitalism thinks it won, but there's still time to unplug it

On a walk across the show floor at January's Consumer Electronics Show, a friend working in technology for nearly thirty years expressed unease at where it all seemed to be headed. As I pulled my head away from a consumer door lock containing an embedded retinal scanner, I replied. “I don’t know what you’re talking about." …
Mark Pesce, 28 Nov 2017
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Aww: Apple won't be HomePod for Christmas

Apple will fail to deliver its HomePod internet-connected speakers in time for the Christmas shopping season. The Cupertino idiot-tax racket handed out statements to friendly journos on Friday admitting that fans will have to wait until some time next year to get their hands on the gizmo. "We need a little more time before it …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Nov 2017

Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

Analysis Amazon has pushed out an emergency security update to its door-unlocking system called Key – which is used by couriers to let themselves into people's homes to drop off packages inside when folks are out. Delivery workers show up at a home, and use a smartphone to temporarily disable the lock on the front door so they can pop …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Nov 2017

Alexa, please cause the cops to raid my home

We all assume that intelligent devices will either serve our every need, or try to kill us, but what if they just want to party? Well, it could work out pretty expensive as Oliver Haberstroh found out when his Amazon Alexa started its own early-hours party – waking up, and blasting music automatically, while its owner was out …
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Give us a bloody PIN: MPs grill BBC bosses over subscriber access

Sketch With the TV landscape changing faster than some viewers change their socks, today's marathon grilling of BBC bosses at Westminster took on some urgency. Amazon and Netflix are already here in millions of UK households – and Apple is coming, reportedly making a multibillion-dollar investment in studios and material. So although …
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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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'Lambda and serverless is one of the worst forms of proprietary lock-in we've ever seen in the history of humanity'

Interview Toward the end of this month, CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi expects Amazon will introduce a managed Kubernetes service at its AWS re:Invent event. If so – CoreOS CTO Brandon Philips cites some Kubernetes bug reports from Amazon as evidence – it will be an admission of what most people focused on software containers already know: that …
JUPITER submarine cable

Facebook, Amazon fund new trans-Pacific submarine cable

A consortium including Facebook, Amazon and SoftBank has signed up to build a new submarine cable linking Asia and the United States of America. NTT Communications, PCCW Global and PLDT (Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company) have also tossed cash into the “JUPITER” cable, which will land in Los Angeles, the Japanese …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Oct 2017
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What employs half a million people, just did $44bn in sales, and rhymes with Azerbaijan?

Defying subdued predictions, Amazon on Thursday reported healthy third-quarter earnings of $0.52 per diluted share, based on net income of $256m, on par with $0.52 per diluted share and $252m a year ago. The tech giant's sales revenue reached $43.7bn, up 34 per cent from $32.71bn in Q3 2016, which ended September 30. That …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Oct 2017

Knock, knock? Oh, no one there? No problem, Amazon will let itself in via your IoT smart lock

To keep thieves from stealing packages, Amazon wants to open your front door so it can drop off stuff inside. The e-commerce and cloud behemoth on Wednesday introduced Amazon Key, a service that allows Prime members in certain cities to surveil and remotely open their homes. Amazon envisions Key as a way for customers to …
Thomas Claburn, 25 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

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