The Week in Summary

Splash Screen for classic adventure game The Hobbit

Seminal adventure game The Hobbit finally ported to the Dragon 64

1982-vintage adventure game The Hobbit has been ported to the Dragon 64, 34 years after the program's release.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jul 2016
Amazon.com's new drone

Amazon drone tests in UK

Amazon.com has announced it's struck a deal with the United Kingdom's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) that will see it “explore three key innovations: beyond line of sight operations in rural and suburban areas, testing sensor performance to make sure the drones can identify and avoid obstacles, and flights where one person operates multiple highly-automated drones.”
Darren Pauli, 26 Jul 2016

European privacy body slams shut backdoors everywhere

Europe's privacy body has reiterated its pro-privacy, anti-backdoor stance.
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Google's multi-zonal cloud

Google has made a handy addition to its cloud: “Regional Managed Instance Groups” that spread virtual machines across its “zones”.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jul 2016
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Micron sets a canary to watch over its stock in case of takeover

A filing in the Securities Exchange Commission has set the hounds running on speculation that Micron Technology is the latest takeover target in the ongoing consolidation of the chip business.
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Microsoft offers admins free Win 10 upgrade lube

Microsoft has offered free lubricant to ease the insertion of Windows 10 across PC fleets.
Darren Pauli, 26 Jul 2016
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Boffins snoop on snooping Tor nodes

A pair of researchers from Northwestern University are working on a framework to let users identify misbehaving Tor nodes.
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Iraqi government finally bans debunked bomb-finding dowsing rods

So-called Advanced Detection Equipment (ADE) used by the Iraqi army to find explosives have been scrapped – more than three years after the devices were proved to be fakes.
Iain Thomson, 26 Jul 2016
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Florida Man cleared of money laundering after selling Bitcoins to Agent Ponzi

A money-laundering case in Florida has unraveled after a judge declared Bitcoins are not a valid form of money.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jul 2016
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Uber's dud private dick given a hard time by judge in stiff surge case

A private investigator hired by Uber potentially broke the law while digging up dirt on someone suing the taxi app biz, a New York judge has ruled. Information gathered by the dodgy sleuth cannot be used in court by Uber, the beak added.
Iain Thomson, 25 Jul 2016
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Illinois StingRay crackdown

The state of Illinois is making it harder for cops to use StingRay devices, which mimic legit cellphone towers to track people's whereabouts.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2016
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I'm good, I'm fine, solid quarter, real well ... pants Sprint as it limps past, spilling $300m

US telco Sprint says it is bringing in new customers by the boatload, despite another quarter in which its losses reached well into nine figures.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2016
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TN not friends with Zenefits

Embattled HR software developer Zenefits has agreed to pay the state of Tennessee $62,500 for cheating its insurance and regulation laws.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2016
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Euro cops, Intel and Kaspersky slay Shade ransomware

A joint operation by Europol, the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit, Intel, and Kaspersky has seized the command and control servers for the Shade ransomware strain and published code that allows anyone hit by the malware to decrypt their files.
Iain Thomson, 25 Jul 2016

Schrems v Facebook: 2018

The case against Facebook for breaking data privacy law, brought by law student Max Schrems, is not going to be decided for at least another year.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Jul 2016
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Hans off! Ericsson unplugs CEO after gräslig results

Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg has been unceremoniously dumped after another set of disappointing results.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Jul 2016
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Seagate to dismount and fsck its ClusterStor?

Amid the looming closure of its Havant facility in the UK, Seagate has nothing to say about the future of ClusterStor, its HPC disk array product line that was engineered there.
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2016

The very latest on the DNC email conspiracy. Which conspiracy? All of them, of course!

It was devastating. Absolutely devastating. It's hard to imagine anyone surviving such a shocking revelation. But they probably will of course. Thanks to their connections, if you know what I mean.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Jul 2016
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Zen loses its chill: UK biz ISP falls offline for four hours and counting

Updated Beloved business-friendly ISP Zen has been suffering an outage for more than four hours today in the UK – and the carrier has no timetable for when service will be restored.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2016
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SFW is Safe For Civica: EU Ref software biz gobbled up

Civica Group has swallowed specialist public sector developer SFW – which created the digital service used to collate the results of the EU Referendum.
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2016
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Seagate's south UK factory hasn't a future but HDDs do (it hopes)

Seagate is closing down its factory in Havant on the south coast of the UK and axing 327 jobs. The redundancies are part of a renewed focus by the Californian giant on its disk drive technology roadmap to boost revenues and profitability.
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2016

Alleged hacker Lauri Love will learn his fate in September, says judge

Lauri Love will not find out whether he will be extradited to the US until September, District Judge Nina Tempia said today at Westminster Magistrates' Court.
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Intel's non-volatile memory is firmly in non-growth territory

Analysis Intel's non-volatile memory product revenues are diving as it converts to 3D NAND and waits for XPoint to deliver the goods.
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2016
The big split
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Systemax flogs German sub to CANCOM

The break up of Systemax’s European operations may have just started after it brokered a “definitive agreement” to sell the Misco German subsidiary to CANCOM for an undisclosed sum.
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2016
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EMC XtremIO has its quirks but rumours of its death are overblown

Comment A rumour from last week implied EMC was considering shutting down its XtremIO product line. How likely is it – and is there any basis to EMC taking this direction?
Chris Evans, 25 Jul 2016
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Tinder porn scam: Swipe right for NOOOOOO I paid for what?

Crooks on Tinder are using online safety as a lure to trick users into unwittingly paying for adult content.
John Leyden, 25 Jul 2016
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BlackBerry's licensing strategy looks smart – and a lot like Nokia's

Analysis BlackBerry didn’t show a new phone in New York City at its annual Security Summit last week, and CEO John Chen sounded a bit fed up that the assembled press corps kept asking about phones. But there was enough in his comments to glean how BlackBerry’s device strategy has evolved - and it’s following a familiar path taken by once-mighty Western electronics brands.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jul 2016

Yahoo! She said yes. Verizon confirms $4.8bn acquisition

Verizon has today confirmed it will splash out $4.83bn (£3.7bn) buying Yahoo, with the deal expected to close in the first financial quarter of next year.
Kat Hall, 25 Jul 2016
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Glassdoor spaffs users' email addresses in bcc fail

Jobs site Glassdoor accidentally outed hundreds of users seeking employment in pastures new when it despatched an email and failed to use the bcc button.
Kat Hall, 25 Jul 2016
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Huawei big, margins slimmer

Huawei revenue rose 40 per cent over the first half 2016, from the same period a year ago, although the employee-owned company didn’t disclose its profits.
Team Register, 25 Jul 2016
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Not-BT-Openreach' biz CityFibre sextuples pipeline

Cable-layer CityFibre has booked a six-fold increase in contracts during its first half of 2016, with £53.8m in the pipeline compared with £8.1m for the same period last year.
Kat Hall, 25 Jul 2016
UK pound crashes after Brexit

Lenovo: Our gear will be 10% more pricey from 1 August

Exclusive Lenovo has confirmed the price of its hardware is going to get more expensive in the UK from the start of next month. It is the latest vendor to react to the downward swing in the value of the British pound vs the US dollar.
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2016

How to make the move from ISDN to SIP

ISDN is fast becoming a technology of the past. Today's telcos have networks that bypass traditional telephony signalling technologies for IP networks: the hardest thing they do is present a “legacy” connection such as an analogue line or an ISDN connection to a customer, as layering a non-IP service on an IP network is non-trivial at a technical level.
Dave Cartwright, 25 Jul 2016
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Is digital fraud big in UK? British abacus-botherers finally have some answers

Reports of fraud have doubled, according to official statistics – because the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is now including cyber crimes in its figures.
John Leyden, 25 Jul 2016
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Data protection biz Arcserve fattens exec ranks with 3 new veeps

CA spinout and private equity-owned Arcserve is growing revenues at double digits, and has hired four new execs to sharpen its finance side, spin out more and better products and keep its channel business growing.
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2016
Cookie Monster

BBC will ‘retain your viewing history’

Last week the BBC launched a mobile app, called BBC+, delivering “customisable content collections” to your phone or tablet. It’s a personalised service which requires an email address.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jul 2016
Vibrant Evening Sunset At Twistleton Scar In North Yorkshire, UK. Photo by Shutterstock

Crashed and alone in a remote location: When paid help is no help

This Damn War This Damn War I took the plunge and became a freelance IT consultant in 2001. Through an unlikely series of coincidences (former colleague from London goes to travel show in France and bumps into two guys from Yorkshire who are looking for a software and database architect) I ended up in North Yorkshire that summer, working …
Dave Cartwright, 25 Jul 2016

Ofcom should push for fibre – Ex BT CTO

Tomorrow UK comms watchdog Ofcom will announce its plans for strengthening Openreach’s independence from BT and creating a more competitive UK broadband market.
Kat Hall, 25 Jul 2016
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What's Brexit? How Tech UK tore up its plans after June 23

Leaders of many British tech firms were less than thrilled to hear that the UK had voted to leave the European Union. “I was shocked and horrified,” says Kate Craig-Wood, managing director of hosting firm Memset, who we spoke before the June 23 vote. Her comments were echoed by others.
SA Mathieson, 25 Jul 2016
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Security firms team to take down rudimentary ransomware

Two new ransomware efforts have been destroyed by meddling white hats.
Darren Pauli, 25 Jul 2016
The hit augmented reality smartphone app "Pokemon GO" shows a Pokemon encounter overlain on a real world trail in the forest in Santa Cruz, California. Photo by Matthew Corley for Shutterstock. EDITORIAL USE ONLY!.

I don't like Mondays, Pokemon, Twitter or Facebook – Sir Bob Geldof

RSA Asia Activist pop star Sir Bob Geldof hates Pokemon Go, Facebook and Twitter, has never bought anything online, and uses a Nokia 3100 which he says avoids the need for mobile security.
Darren Pauli, 25 Jul 2016
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Mobile broadband now cheaper than wired, for 95 per cent of humanity

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has released the 2016 edition of its Facts and Figures (PDF) on technology adoption, and among the many data points it contains is an odd concentration of connected “things” in countries with Fjords.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2016
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Verizon wants to replace your net gateways with 'a simple mux'

Verizon has launched the next piece of its seven-year strategy to virtualise its enterprise services, announcing a bunch of multi-vendor virtual security, WAN optimisation, and software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) services.
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Oops: Bounty-hunter found Vine's source code in plain sight

A bounty-hunter has gone public with a complete howler made by Vine, the six-second-video-loop app Twitter acquired in 2012.
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Eurocrats to pore over Apache, KeePass code

The Apache HTTP server and KeePass password manager are to get a free code audit, courtesy of a pilot European Commission project.
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MS warns of ..WSF file worm

Microsoft has pulled apart a current malware campaign, and is warning against e-mails with a double-dotted script file attached.
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Nintendo to investors: Pokémon Go won't make money come

Investors who bid up Nintendo have punished the company for pointing out the Pokémon Go app is not going to create a cash deluge.
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Verizon tipped to buy Yahoo! for US$5bn

Markets are bracing for a Monday puzzle: why on earth does Verizon think it is worth spending US$5bn on Yahoo!?
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2016

By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate

Without much fanfare, the Semiconductor Industry Association earlier this month published a somewhat-bleak assessment of the future of Moore's Law – and at the same time, called “last drinks” on its decades-old International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS).
The Funai ZV427FX4 VHS/DVD combo box

No, the VCR is not about to die. It died years ago. Now it's VHS/DVD combo boxes' turn

Japanese company Funai will stop making VHS devices this month, marking the end of the road for the venerable video tape standard.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2016
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Telstra's head of ops drops after network flops

Telstra's chief of operations, Kate McKenzie, has “retired” from the carrier.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2016
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Linux 4.7 lands

Linus Torvalds has loosed version 4.7 of the Linux kernel on an impatient world.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2016
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PHP flaws allowed God mode access to top smut site

A trio of hackers have gained remote code execution powers on servers used by adult entertainment outlet Pornhub, using a complex hack that revealed twin zero-day flaws in PHP.
Darren Pauli, 24 Jul 2016
Strike a match

Cryptography vs. bigotry: the debate Australia needs to have

Australia's newly-elected senator Pauline Hanson has called for a ban on muslim immigration on national security grounds. But her position is ignorant and bigoted because it takes an idea to turn someone to terror and it's now impossible to stop the flow of ideas.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2016
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US standards lab says SMS is no good for authentication

America's National Institute for Standards and Technology has advised abandonment of SMS-based two-factor authentication.

Cyanogen Inc 'axes 20%' staff

Cyanogen Inc, which develops an alternative flavour of Google's Android, has reportedly laid off a bunch of staff.
Team Register, 23 Jul 2016
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Clash of Kings hack: 1.8m hit

The forums for hit mobile game Clash of Kings have been hacked, with 1.6 million usernames, email addresses, IP addresses and access tokens swiped, apparently.
Team Register, 23 Jul 2016
A businessman in handcuffs

IT boss 'set up fake companies to charge his employers $2.4m'

A former lead systems engineer with a US software development company has been accused of laundering $2.4m (£1.8m) in an IT consulting scheme.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2016
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Samsung: You won't settle? Fine, we'll do this the Huawei

Samsung has filed a countersuit against Huawei in China over allegations of patent infringement.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2016

WikiLeaks fights The Man by, er, publishing ordinary people's personal information

WikiLeaks prides itself on taking on The Man by finding and publishing information that the world's most powerful organizations want to keep hidden.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jul 2016
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OneDrive go for Pokemon Go

Continuing its commitment to adding features nobody asked for, Microsoft has added Pokemon detection to OneDrive.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2016

White House to bung electric car industry $4.5bn in loans

The White House has said the US federal government will underwrite loans totaling $4.5bn to expand the use of electric cars.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jul 2016
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Revealed: How Dell can afford $67bn for EMC – by selling $650k laptops

World exclusive Dell's ingenious strategy for financing its audacious $67bn acquisition of EMC is a secret no more.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2016

Silicon Valley's contribution to the US Republican Convention: Gayness

Analysis If ever there was any doubt that billionaire Peter Thiel was a contrarian, he put it to bed last night in a short speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, US.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jul 2016
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Microsoft's 3D Jedi phone explored

A never-released Microsoft phone has surfaced, providing a glimpse of how Redmond's designers proposed to evolve touch-based user interfaces.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jul 2016
 French bulldog puppy wears plastic devil horns and cute expression. Photo by Shutterstock

Diablo conjures up hell of a DIMM: 128GB NAND pretend-RAM summoned

Diablo Tech's Memory1 128GB DDR4 system memory module is now available, and is claimed to be the highest-capacity system memory on the market.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2016
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Yahoo! sale! almost! done!

The long-running saga over the fate of Yahoo! may be nearing its end.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2016
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Intel and pals chuck money at another Fibre Channel killer

+Comment Kazan Networks just got $4.5m A-round funding from Intel, Samsung Ventures and Western Digital Corp for its storage array access acceleration technology. So what?
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2016
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Guess who gets hit hard by IR35 tax clampdown? Yep, IT contractors

IT contractors in Blighty could bear the brunt of UK government plans to clamp down on self-employed workers not paying the correct employment taxes - with HMRC targeting 20,000 public sector contractors.
Kat Hall, 22 Jul 2016
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Third time unlucky? HPE in redundancy talks with UK services staff

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has told UK and Ireland Enterprise Services (ES) staff they face the axe once again – in a third round of redundancies in less than a year.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2016
Twilight Zone, 'Time Enough At Last'

Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer runs out this Friday, 29 July 2016, one year after the initial release, and a few days before the Anniversary Update.
Tim Anderson, 22 Jul 2016
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Reasons to be cheerful at Insight: Let's start with bring your dog to work

Forget sales commissions, career progression or job satisfaction, Insight Enterprises has another type of employment glue to ensure staff stick around - and it involves dogs.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2016

World religions stake out positions on Pokemon Go

Pokemon’s potential for precipitating the end of civilization has been starkly highlighted as the world’s major religions begin to take up positions on the game which sees grownups wandering the planet in pursuit of non-existent entities.
Joe Fay, 22 Jul 2016
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They kept that quiet. PC sales via distributors DID rise in Q2

It is a Friday and El Reg is pleased to be able to answer the burning question on the lips of readers across the land - just how did PC sales via distribution do in the second quarter? They went well.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2016
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise: Brexit, weak pound. A price hike is coming

Exclusive Hewlett Packard Enterprise is to bump up the price of its infrastructure gear in Blighty from today, 25 July, blaming the crash in the value of UK sterling currency for the hike.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2016
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Mellanox plans to SoC it to storage speed with Multi-ARM BlueField

InfiniBand and Ethernet adaptor biz Mellanox has storage acceleration SoCs coming to provide faster external array access across NVMe fabrics.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2016
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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Simon Travaglia, 22 Jul 2016
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Oh dear, Vodafone: Sales dip in UK

Sales at Vodafone in the UK dropped 3.2 per cent in the first quarter of its financial year to €1.84bn (£1.5bn) - with the biz pointing to issues with its new billing system.
Kat Hall, 22 Jul 2016

Ingram Micro and Tianjin Tianhai: Go on, PROBE us

Ingram Micro and the Chinese logistics giant Tianjin Tianhai that wants to buy it confirmed they are to submit the proposed $6bn bid for review to the Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2016

She wants it. She needs it. Shall I give it to her or keep doing it by myself?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “Give it to me pleeeese!” she begs, staring longingly into my eyes. “I’m desperate and will do anything.”
Alistair Dabbs, 22 Jul 2016
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Oracle tools up for cloud wars with sales re-org

Oracle has shaken up its sales force to drive cloud business, multiple sources have told The Register.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2016
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UK employers still reluctant to hire recent CompSci grads

Computer science graduates continue to top the UK's higher education unemployment rankings, according to the latest figures compiled by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
Katyanna Quach, 22 Jul 2016
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Forget your RTO*: Real world Disaster Recovery needs garbage bags and bubble wrap

On-Call If it's Friday morning it must once again be time for On-Call, El Reg's end-of-week meander down memory lane to explore readers' reminiscences of jobs that went bump in the night.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
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Salesforce slurps uptime startup Coolan for global infrastructure scale-out

Salesforce.com has acquired a startup called Coolan that builds tools “to track and analyze infrastructure reliability for increased uptime and optimized efficiency.”
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016

Juno's 1,300-pic Jupiter vid

NASA's Juno probe has uploaded 1,300 images captured during its approach to Jupiter. And NASA has assembled them into the video below.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016

Apple, Facebook and Coinbase coughed data to finger alleged pirate king

The United States case against alleged Kickass Torrents (KAT) boss Artem Vaulin is built on data obtained from Apple, Facebook and Coinbase.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016

Gartner's hype cycle turned upside down to assess Brexit

Gartner veep and fellow Mark Raskino has applied the analyst firm's famed Hype Cycle to Brexit.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
Study Confirms High Effectiveness of Low Speed Autonomous Emergency Braking

Tesla's Model S autonomous mode may have saved a life

Elon Musk has revealed a letter from a Tesla driver offering an account of the Model S braking in time to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
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Please don't upgrade NSX just now, says VMware

VMware is advising users of its NSX network virtualisation not to upgrade it to the version 6.2.3 released in early June.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
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nbn™ talks up HFC upgrades to gigabit speed

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has started to talk up the scalability of the hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) networks it will use to provide services to many Australians.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
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OpenStack bronze for Fujitsu

Fujitsu wants to become one of the top three contributors to OpenStack.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
MH 370 Search Zone

We're not looking for MH370 in the wrong place say investigators

Dutch geosciences company Fugro has denied that the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has been conducted in the wrong place.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
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Warframe leaks 800k addys

Users of the online shooter game Warframe are being alerted after a hacker managed to harvest the email addresses of more than 775,000 players.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2016
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AT&T: Money? Oh, sure, no I'm fine – I'm doing great (if you ignore my phone business)

AT&T says wireless revenues are down in what was an otherwise solid quarter for the US telecom giant.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2016
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IETF boffins design a DNS for digital money

Digital currency engineers are working on a domain name system (DNS)-style protocol to enable money to be shared across different networks.
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jul 2016
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XtremIO heading for the bin? Total BS, thunders CTO Itzik Reich

Storage industry jungle drums heard by El Reg suggest EMC is axing XtremIO product line development and putting it into maintenance mode due to scalability and data availability issues.
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2016
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Tight-wad Apple repair techs swapped our damaged iGear with used kit – lawsuit

Apple has been presented with a class-action lawsuit filed by customers who say the expensive electronics giant replaced their damaged devices with used models.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2016

Official: AMD now stands for Avoiding Miserable Death

AMD fans are over the moon today as their favorite processor designer has sold more chips than expected in the three months to June 25.
Chris Williams, 21 Jul 2016
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EFF declares anti-piracy DMCA unconstitutional in new legal showdown

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched a lawsuit claiming that a controversial anti-digital-piracy law in the US is unconstitutional.
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jul 2016

Apple Watch craze over before it started: Wrist-puter drags market screaming off a cliff

Smartwatch shipments are in freefall thanks to slowing sales of the Apple Watch.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2016
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Snowden's anti-snoop tool

NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden and hardware guru Andrew “Bunnie” Huang have designed a gizmo that wraps around your iPhone 6 and alerts you when the mobe unexpectedly leaks your location.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2016
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Rumor on repeat: Spotify IPO

Music streaming service Spotify is again rumored to be preparing to go public.
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jul 2016
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Verizon kicks its punters

Verizon won't be winning over too many customers with its latest moves.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2016
Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future

Fear not, humanity – Saint Elon has finished part two of his world-saving 'master plan'

Solar-panel roofs on cars, compact SUVs, and high-passenger-density urban transport are all part of Elon Musk's self-titled "master plan, part deux" for the world.
Katyanna Quach, 21 Jul 2016

Bosses at UK infosec biz Quadsys confess to hacking rival reseller

Five men working at UK-based IT security reseller Quadsys confessed today to hacking into a rival's database.
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2016

Nope, we can't find dark matter either, says LUX team

An international team of researchers working on the Large Underground Xenon dark matter experiment announced today that they have failed to detect any dark matter particles.
Katyanna Quach, 21 Jul 2016
Verne Global data centre server racks from above

UK councils refuse to push data into the cloud

The majority of the UK's local councils run two or more data centres each, suggesting cloudy adoption is still a long way off for local gov, according to Freedom of Information research.
Kat Hall, 21 Jul 2016
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Seagate in 10TB drive brand brainstorm

Seagate has added three new 10TB helium drives, simultaneously re-branding its desktop/laptop disk and SSHDs, NAS and surveillance drive products in a complicated scheme involving disparate drive technologies.
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2016

Stack Overflow takes on technical documentation

Stack Overflow, a popular site for developer and IT admin problem solving, is taking on technical documentation, with support from companies including Microsoft, Paypal, Twilio and Dropbox.
Tim Anderson, 21 Jul 2016

GOP delegates suckered into connecting to insecure Wi-Fi hotspots

A Wi-Fi hack experiment conducted at various locations at or near the Republican National Convention site in Cleveland, US, underlines how risky it can be to connect to public Wi-Fi without protection from a VPN.
John Leyden, 21 Jul 2016
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Ransomware gang: How can I extort you today?

Three out of four ransomware criminal gangs are willing to negotiate the shakedown price. And all the operators of file encrypting ransomware scams will give victims more time to pay up.
John Leyden, 21 Jul 2016

All you need for quantum computing at room temperature is some mothballs

Much of the current research on the development of a quantum computer involves work at very low temperatures. The challenge to make them more practical for everyday use is to make them work at room temperature.
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Semiconductor $s to fall

Worldwide semiconductor spending is forecast to shrink by 0.7 per cent to $64.3bn, according to the data druids at Gartner.
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2016

HMRC research finds 'resistance' to proposals to shift contractor tax compliance burden

There is "general resistance" among both the public and private sectors to plans that would shift responsibility for ensuring that third party contractors are paying the right employment taxes from the individual to public sector employers, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has found.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Jul 2016

Whoa! Shanghai Stock Exchange delays $6bn Ingram Micro takeover

Tianjin Tianhai, the Chinese logistics giant, has delayed next week’s shareholder meeting to rubber stamp the $6bn takeover of Ingram Micro as it gathers data requested by the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE).
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2016

Speaking in Tech: Hyperconvergence hype, Microsoft, ARM and more

Podcast Podcast This week our intrepid podcasters Sarah, Ben and Amy dish up Silicon Valley product placements, ARM's acquisition and Microsoft’s big quarter. Their special guest this week is Jason Collier, co-founder of Scale.
Team Register, 21 Jul 2016
Downtime, outage

BT customers hit by broadband outage ... again

BT customers in the UK are once again banging their heads against their keyboards this morning: a power outage has thrown them offline for the second day running.
Kat Hall, 21 Jul 2016
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Need a Brain Lift? Welcome to the Reg Summer School

Reg Events Whether you’re getting ready to hit the beach, or just hit the sofa, holidays needn’t necessarily mean turning off your brain for the summer.
Joe Fay, 21 Jul 2016
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DDoS, the cloud and you

Private cloud computing can be a useful way to offload some computing overhead and manage your costs effectively. The switch to operating expenses from capital expenses, the elasticity, the business continuity benefits – they're all real. But so are the dangers of DDoS disaster.
Danny Bradbury, 21 Jul 2016

The cloud ain't making it rain for Intel right now: Tech giants pause server chip sales

Analysis Intel's stock price fell on Wednesday after it became clear the processor maker is not selling quite as many server processor chips as investors had hoped.
Chris Williams, 21 Jul 2016
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UK's digital strategy must account for Brexit, say MPs

The UK government must explain how its long-awaited new digital strategy will be impacted by the country's decision to leave the EU, a committee of MPs has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Jul 2016
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Microsoft and pals re-write arms control pact to save infosec industry

Microsoft and a team of concerned engineers from across the security sector have joined forces to suggest a major re-write of the arms control pact the Wassenaar Arrangement, as they fear the document's terms are a threat tot he information security industry.
Darren Pauli, 21 Jul 2016
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Selfie-proof smartmobes will hit stores for Christmas

Corning has revealed version 5.0 of its Gorilla Glass, the ubiquitous covering for smartphones. And this time around it says the substance has been toughened up again and will now remain intact “up to 80 percent of the time when dropped face-down from 1.6 meters onto rough surfaces”.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2016

Google tests its own quantum computer – both qubits of it

A couple of years ago, a quantum physicist suggested to Vulture South that one of the best uses for quantum computers might be to model reality. Now, Google reckons its boffins have done just that.
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Facebook's billion sheeple

Facebook says one billion people now use its Messenger service each month.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2016

Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

In the same month Microsoft announced its alpha WebRTC-based Skype for Linux client, Redmond has put that native app and the native OS X Skype client on an end-of-life list.

Alleged skipper of pirate site KickAss Torrents keel-hauled in Poland

The world's favourite torrent website, KickAss Torrents, is down and out with Polish cops arresting its alleged operator Artem Vaulin.
Darren Pauli, 21 Jul 2016
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Microsoft delays Azure updates so you can catch up with the cloud

In the cloud, we're constantly told, we won't have to bother about staying up to date with new versions of stuff. Our service providers will make non-disruptive upgrades for which we'll be non-disruptively grateful.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2016
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Cisco UCS gets critical patch

Cisco's just posted a patch rated critical for its Unified Communications System Performance Manager.
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New Google cloud bit barn

Google's thrown the switch on a new cloudy data centre.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2016
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WhatsApp goes to Rio (again), but the battle is far from over

WhatsApp is back in Brazil, and the company hopes this time it's permanent.
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Tor for IoT toothbrushes

If you want to hide your Internet of Things devices within the anonymizing Tor network, there's now a guide here for you to follow.
Chris Williams, 21 Jul 2016
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Wavering about Apple's latest security fix? Don't, says Talos

Here's another reason to press “install” on Apple's latest OS X and iOS security patches: a slew of image-handling vulnerabilities.
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Asian nations mull regional 'Europol' in fight against cybercrime

RSA APAC A closed-door meeting of cabinet ministers from more than a dozen countries met yesterday to mull the creation of a Europol-style organisation to crack down on cyber crime in the region and abroad, The Register has learned.
Darren Pauli, 21 Jul 2016

Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

Comment Twitter this week permanently banned a high-profile self-proclaimed troll, marking a possible sea-change in how the social network tackles its worst users.
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jul 2016
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What do you call a spreadsheet with decent numbers for a change? qualcomm_q3_2016.xlsx

Qualcomm is crediting strong sales in China and an infusion of back royalty payments for a better-than-expected quarterly return.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2016
The first color picture of Mars from Viking 1

40 years ago today the US govt sent a taxpayer-funded robot to invade an alien hostile world

Pics The surviving members of the Viking Mars probe team have been celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first probe to make it down onto the surface of the Red Planet, send back pictures, and perform scientific experiments.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2016
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Raving mad: Glow sticks are secret weapon in Facebook's 2.1Gbps laser internet drones

At Facebook's F8 Developer Conference this year, Mark Zuckerberg revealed more details about his laser-firing drones that will encircle the world and relay Facebook, sorry, the internet to far-flung places, reaching potentially all seven billion of us.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2016
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Data retention grants still not flowing to Australia telcos

Australia's telcos and internet service providers still have not been told when they will receive promised grants to help them implement mandatory metadata collection.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jul 2016

Everyone's favorite infosec biz – Blue Coat – must cough up $40m to rival in patent rip-off row

Blue Coat has lost its appeal challenging a nearly $40m patent infringement lawsuit brought by rival security company Finjan.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2016

Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

Updated A French regulator has issued Microsoft a formal warning over Windows 10, saying the operating system collects excessive amounts of personal data, ships that information illegally out of the EU, and has lousy security.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2016

Firefox to banish hidden Flash files – and kill off sneaky ad snoopers

Firefox will next month automatically block invisible Flash content that users cannot see when loading a page, says Mozilla as it continues its campaign against Adobe's plugin.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2016
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ISS chases the Dragon

The SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule has arrived at the International Space Station after a two-day trip in orbit.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2016
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Internet exchange Linx cuts peering prices by 40% after rip-off claims

The London Internet Exchange (Linx) has announced it will slash prices – just one month after the non-profit was pointedly criticized for charging too much.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Jul 2016
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300k Turkey govt emails leak

The Turkish government is blocking WikiLeaks after the whistleblowing website published a huge archive of emails from officials of the ruling Justice & Development Party (AKP).
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2016
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CenturyLink punishes hogs

US ISP CenturyLink is going to charge some customers for what it deems is excessive data use.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2016
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Teradata and Nuix are dancing in the dark

Teradata has teamed up with Nuix to enable customers to process "dark data" using its Aster Analytics technology.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016

SpectraLogic sits in the Cyberducking stool

Spectra has entered the Cyberduck universe; data stored in SpectraLogic's disk, tape and public cloud repositories can be transferred to/from other on-premises storage and public clouds with a BlackPearl Cyberduck plug-in.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016

GMB tests Uber 'self-employed drivers' claim at London tribunal

UK union the GMB has brought two test cases to the Central London Employment Tribunal today to determine if Uber acted unlawfully by not providing its drivers with “basic workers’ rights”, such as holiday pay and a national minimum wage.
Katyanna Quach, 20 Jul 2016
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Logicalis: Top line shrinks as UK restructuring continues

Restructuring at Logicalis that weighed heavy on the integrator’s financials in recent times will be over and done with at some point before the, er, end of next February.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jul 2016

Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

Review The original Star Trek series and subsequent sequels stubbornly and persistently refused to frame their dramas in black-and-whites. Balance of Terror, for example, transformed heretofore-unseen Romulans from villains into tragic heroes over the course of an hour. As happened in so many episodes, the writers avoided the cheap path of good versus evil.
Mark Pesce, 20 Jul 2016
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Acronis 12 is fastest backup product out there

French data protection supplier Acronis is making a big move into enterprise data protection with a comprehensive new software release, Acronis 12, a beefed-up marketing team, and a profile-raising one race-only sponsorship deal with the Toro Rosso Formula 1 Grands Prix team.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016

Microbe drives tropical butterfly species to a male-killing frenzy

Spiroplasma, a small helical-shaped microbe, is responsible for bringing out a ‘male-killing’ instinct in African Queen butterflies, according to research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.
Katyanna Quach, 20 Jul 2016
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Kaminario flashes service guarantees

Kaminario, the all flash storage array vendor, has come up with six individual guarantees - assurances - that build on its original 2013 Perfomance Consistency Guarantee programme.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016
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BT internet outage was our fault, says Equinix

Telecity data center owner Equinix has 'fessed up to a "brief outage" that knocked 10 per cent of BT internet subscribers offline in the UK as well as a number of other providers on the morning of 20 July.
Kat Hall, 20 Jul 2016
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UK.gov digi peeps hunt open source chief

The British government’s Digital Service is looking for a chief penguin to head up open source.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jul 2016
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Schrödinger's cat explained with neutrinos

Physicists have found that neutrinos keep their quantum weirdness over the longest distance that quantum mechanics has been tested to date.
Katyanna Quach, 20 Jul 2016
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Red Hat redraws Ansible Tower so even enterprise managers can get it

Red Hat has given its Ansible Tower a good scrubbing down before smoothing the UI to better penetrate big money corporate accounts.
Joe Fay, 20 Jul 2016
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TalkTalk: 9,000 broadband customers did the walk walk last quarter

UK ISP TalkTalk has confirmed 9,000 customers abandoned its broadband services in the first three months of fiscal '17 ended June – and that overall group sales were pretty much flat on the prior year period.
Kat Hall, 20 Jul 2016
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EMC staffers: We are crashing into Dell within weeks

Staffers at EMC and its subsidiaries are to get Dell email addresses from the start of next month as the proposed mega buy edges closer, insiders have told The Register.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jul 2016
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Los Desaparecidos di Disruption: The Final Days of Conservative 2.0

¡Bong! Special We’d been jeered, we’d been jostled. Overnight, we’d become un-people.
Steve Bong, 20 Jul 2016
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Diablo 'decisive' court victory

A long-running and convoluted breach of contract lawsuit between Netlist and Diablo Technologies concerning flash DIMMS appears to be over, with Diablo prevailing over its former development partner.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016
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Really Scary Telecoms Stuff? Nah – telephony's just an app

In 2009, I moved to Jersey to become the network and telecoms manager for a multinational company. It was tremendous fun, as I had a variety of kit to play with.
Dave Cartwright, 20 Jul 2016
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Reg readers head to pub to hear about the digital home

Reg Lecture Every inventor wants to build a better moustetrap, so it’s no surprise that IBM master inventor Andy Stanford-Clark make sure he applied his IoT expertise to inflicting mayhem on his unwanted mursine visitors.
Joe Fay, 20 Jul 2016
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Web meltdown: BT feels heat from angry punters

A raft of BT customers in the UK were knocked offline this morning due to a power problem at one of its web peering partners’ sites in London.
Kat Hall, 20 Jul 2016
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Question: What's missing in Microsoft's data science professional degree?

Comment Microsoft grabbed the headlines this week when it announced a Professional Degree Program at its annual partner conference. It starts with data science.
Andrew Cobley, 20 Jul 2016
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Electric Cloud offers cautious corporates Canary choice

Electric Cloud has promised a raft of new deployment options in the latest release of its application deployment platform as it looks to bring the joy of DevOps to even the most crusty and sprawling customers.
Joe Fay, 20 Jul 2016
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Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

Unrestcon It takes nothing more than a home address for hacker "Nixxer" to find enough information to ruin your life.
Darren Pauli, 20 Jul 2016
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Microsoft tweaks TCP stack in Windows Server and Windows 10

Microsoft has announced it will add five new features – some experimental - to the TCP stack it will ship in Windows Server 2016 and the Anniversary Update to Windows 10.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jul 2016
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Gigabyte heads ARM push

Motherboard maker Gigabyte has announced a dozen or so standard rack-mountable server systems powered by Cavium's 64-bit ARMv8-compatible processors.
Chris Williams, 20 Jul 2016
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Prometheus 1.0 rises

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation's second project, Prometheus, has hit version 1.0.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jul 2016
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Spectra Logic preserves black pearls in Amazon's deep freeze

Spectra Logic has added direct archive to Amazon's S3-accessed public cloud from its BlackPearl object storage gateway.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016
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VMware/Cisco software-defined spat thaws as ACI comes to vSphere

When VMware acquired Nicira and released its NSX product, it looked like Virtzilla and Cisco were on a collision course. But now Cisco has added a vCenter plug-in to the new version of its own software-defined networking (SDN) software, one of several signs that the two companies are working together while also competing to manage networks.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jul 2016
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Torrent is a word, and you can't ban words, rules French court

The High Court of Paris has decided there's a limit to France's unpopular anti-copying regime: Google and Bing can't be required to block the word “torrent” from their search results just because BitTorrent is sometimes used for piracy.
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What's big and red and squashes 276 bugs, 19 of them critical?

Oracle has emitted its quarterly patch payload, along the way claiming an unwanted record by squashing an all-time-high 276 problems across 84 products.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jul 2016

EU Net Neutrality debate heats up as Tim Berners-Lee weighs in

It's hard to work up a good lump in the throat in sympathy for a bureaucrat, but staff at the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) probably need just a little: they're going to have to work through 400,000 submissions about Net Neutrality in the EU.

Flaws found in security products from AVG, Symantec and McAfee

Updated Hundreds of security products may not be up to the job, researchers say, thanks to flawed uses of code hooking.
Darren Pauli, 20 Jul 2016
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South Korea mulls TREEELLION-Won fine for Qualcomm

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has Qualcomm in its sights again, telling the Korea Times the company could be up for a trillion-won fine (nearly US$880 million) over anti-trust violations.
An Air-2 Genie

An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

Vid The date was 19 July, the year was 1957 and America was worried that the Soviet Union could amass too many bomber squadrons to be stopped.
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Microsoft Azure doubles up to $800m a quarter – and is wiped out by dying phone sales

Analysis All eyes were on Microsoft's cloud business today as it published its fourth-quarter and full-year financial results.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2016

WordPress admin? Thinking of spending time with the family? Think again

The Dutch hacking community's Summer of Pwnage (SoP) has disclosed three vulnerabilities in WordPress plugins, including an XSS in the popular Ninja Forms.
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After Monday's landing, SpaceX wants to do it in triplicate

SpaceX has applied to local authorities for permission to build two new rocket landing pads in Florida ahead of the launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket later this year.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2016
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WhatsApp gets another Brazilian whack as magistrate blocks it again

Update The standoff between Brazil's legal system and Facebook's WhatsApp messaging platform continues, after a Rio de Janeiro judge ordered all carriers to block the app as of next Tuesday.
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State hate for VW Dieselgate

A trio of US state attorneys general have sued Volkswagen for allegedly fudging emissions results.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2016

How's this for irony? US Navy hit with $600m software piracy claim

A German software developer has accused the United States Navy of illegally copying $596m worth of its product.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2016