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Don't panic, Chicago, but an AWS S3 config blunder exposed 1.8 million voter records

A voting machine supplier for dozens of US states left records on 1.8 million Americans in public view for anyone to download – after misconfiguring its AWS-hosted storage. ES&S says it was notified by UpGuard researcher Chris Vickery of the vulnerable database that contained personal information it collected from recent …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Aug 2017

Macie slay: AWS touts S3 patrol bots to kill data-slurping hackers

AWS kicked off its New York City summit with a handful of announcements on Monday. Among the new stuff available from Amazon's cloud is a tool that tries to stop leaks of sensitive information – such as people's personal records – along with a file migration and indexing utility, and a configuration and key management system. …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Aug 2017
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Amazon recalls dodgy solar eclipse shades that offer no eye protection

Amazon has "proactively" recalled solar eclipse glasses that "may not comply with industry standards" before darkness descends on the US next week, August 21. To directly observe its awesome power without destroying their eyes, stargazers can use special filtered glasses that meet the ISO 12312-2 safety standards. But the …
Andrew Silver, 14 Aug 2017
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UK.gov cloud fave Amazon comes under fire for tax bill

Analysis Amazon - whose AWS business has been increasingly drumming up biz with the UK government - has once again come under fire for its tax arrangements in the Blighty. According to its Companies House filing, the firm’s corporation tax halved in 2016 to just £7.4m, on sales of £1.4bn - prompting calls from Margaret Hodge MP, former …
Kat Hall, 11 Aug 2017
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It's a small VMworld after all – life in the shadow of re:Invent

VMworld 2017 is nearly upon us. The primary event in Las Vegas taking place August 27-31 will be followed by VMware Europe from September 11-14 in Barcelona. The first thing to note is that the Vegas sun has thinned the herd. The Solutions Exchange exhibition hall will have fewer booths this year. Vendor after vendor has told …
Trevor Pott, 4 Aug 2017
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Amazon admits flouting sanctions by flogging consumer tat to Iran

Amazon has sold around $30,000 worth of consumer tat over a period of six years to several accounts that may have been clicking on the basket in service of Iran - in possible violation of US-imposed sanctions against that country. In its latest US Security and Exchange Commissions filing (PDF), Amazon noted that between …
Andrew Silver, 31 Jul 2017

Boffins throw Amazon Alexa on the rack to extract hidden clues

Last year, police in Bentonville, Arkansas, investigating the death of Victor Collins, demanded that Amazon turn over audio recordings that may have been made by an Amazon Echo device in his home. Amazon initially resisted the warrant, but in March, James Bates, charged with Collins' murder, consented [PDF] to the release of …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Jul 2017
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Intel, Amazon, Twitter: Your 60-second guide to today's financial-gasm

We may be beyond the halfway point for the calendar year, but in the world of corporate finance we are squarely in the middle, as companies are posting their numbers for the three months to the end of June. Rather than you slogging through spreadsheets and investor relations portals, El Reg is going to give you the bottom line …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jul 2017
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Corporate IMer Slack pockets $250m from SoftBank and pals – report

Corporate messaging biz Slack is reportedly raising $250m in its latest funding round. According to Bloomberg, Japanese investor SoftBank is co-leading the latest round, which would value Slack at more than $5bn. The other lead investor is said to be Accel Partners, which has invested in the software startup at all but two of …
Rebecca Hill, 27 Jul 2017
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For one night only: Net neutrality punch-up between Big Cable, Big Web this September

The American spectator sport that is net neutrality has just got its own Rumble in the Jungle. On September 7, the US House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing titled "Ground rules for the Internet eco-system," its chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) announced during a subcommittee hearing on Tuesday morning, and it is …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Jul 2017
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Hey, hipsters. Amazon has 'space' for 450 new R&D roles in Shoreditch

Amazon today announced it plans to "double" its R&D roles in the UK capital. However, it won't say when all of the new roles will be recruited. Amazon, like Google and Microsoft, has been recruiting in London. CEO Jeff Bezos announced earlier this year that his biz hopes to create 5,000 jobs in the UK by 2017's end, increasing …
Andrew Silver, 25 Jul 2017
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Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook blow massive amounts lobbying Trump administration

Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple are finding the Trump Administration a very expensive prospect, at least according to their newly released lobbying figures. In the second quarter of 2017 – April through to June – Google spent $5.93m on sending its representatives to meet with Senators. Amazon came next with $3.21m, then …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jul 2017
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Amazon may still get .amazon despite govt opposition – thanks to a classic ICANN cockup

Special report Amazon may still get hold of its namesake top-level domain .amazon after an independent review panel lambasted the decision by DNS overseer ICANN to deny its application. The panel found – for a third time – that ICANN's board had failed to do its job and had broken its own bylaws by accepting a recommendation from its …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jul 2017

Why the Kubernetes Kids can't hurt Bezos' Amazon beast

Kubernetes may be the hawtest thing in container orchestration, but Redmonk analyst James Governor has a different label for it: the "Anyone but Amazon" club. It's an interesting name for a club that includes, ironically, Amazon, but as AWS continues its march to enterprise IT domination, Kubernetes increasingly looks like a …
Matt Asay, 18 Jul 2017
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Amazon supercharges GPU power, spits out Nvidia-backed G3

Amazon has rolled out its latest GPU computing box instance line, G3. It comes in three flavours: g3.4xlarge (1 GPU), g3.8xlarge (2 GPUs), and g3.16xlarge (4 GPUs). The line is meant for 3D modelling, visualisation, video encoding and other graphics-intensive apps. Amazon's G2 line first came out in 2013. The high-horse, …
Andrew Silver, 14 Jul 2017
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Amazon mumbles into its coffee when asked: Will you give app devs people's Alexa chats?

Amazon is apparently considering a plan to provide app developers with transcripts of people's conversations with their Alexa boxes. We're told the Bezos Bunch is mulling whether to change their developer policy to give the third-party coders who create Alexa "skills" app software the raw transcripts of what users say to Alexa …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jul 2017
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AWS Summit London queues caused by security, not snafu

The AWS Summit in London has opened – and queues of several hundred people are already building around the venue as rumours of an IT failure on the ticket desks swirl. Sources trapped in the queue sent us pictures from outside East London’s Excel exhibition centre, where AWS Summit London 2017 is taking place. They also …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Jun 2017
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Amazon squares up to Walmart over boycott calls: Talk sh!t, get hit

The fight between Bezos' poster child and Walmart just got real – Amazon has officially called out the groceries juggernaut for petty schoolyard tactics. Earlier this week, Walmart made waves by advising its tech vendors to use anything except Amazon Web Services. In a statement, Walmart admitted its call for boycotts was …
Andrew Silver, 23 Jun 2017

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