The Week in Summary

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It's time to rebuild the world for robots

We redesigned the world for automobiles and now it's time to redesign it for robots.
Mark Pesce, 24 Oct 2017
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How to make your HTML apps suck less, actually make some money

Chrome Dev Summit Your web apps probably suck, according to Google, but there are solutions if developers get porogressive.
Thomas Claburn, 24 Oct 2017

Discover potholes in the information super-highway with this handy new tool (which itself just hit a roadblock)

Are we taking the internet for granted? And by "internet" we mean the actual global networks of computers that share vast quantities of information every second by using the same basic protocols.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Oct 2017

AWS will be the last big cloud to add Skylake as Azure turns 'em on

Microsoft has announced its first Azure instances running Intel's Skylake silicon, a move that means Amazon Web Services will be the last of the big four clouds to run Intel's latest silicon.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Oct 2017
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Curiosity rover gives Mars the middle finger, prepares to get drilling

Pics After an extensive summer of long, long, long-distance remote support by NASA engineers on Earth, it looks as though Curiosity on Mars is back in the drilling game.
Iain Thomson, 24 Oct 2017
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Google: We don't have a quantum computer yet, but we have a compiler

Google and rival Rigetti Computing have co-published what you could think of as an open source quantum compiler.
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Uber's revolting sexism, the movie

The blog post that lifted the lid on Uber's uber-sexist culture and led to the demise of founder Travis Kalanick might become a movie.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Oct 2017
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Security pros' advice to consumers: 'We dunno, try 152 things'

A Google-conducted survey of 231 infosec pros worldwide has reaffirmed the industry's faith in strong passwords, and achieved consensus about nothing else.
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WHOIS embarrassed about security? APNIC, after database leaks

Asia's internet numbers registry APNIC has apologised to network owners after a slip in its WHOIS database config leaked credentials, including weakly-hashed passwords.

What's HPE Next? Now it's unemployment for 'thousands' of staff

HPE kicked off its much-dreaded layoffs globally on Monday as part of its Next overhaul campaign.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Oct 2017
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Another day, another cryptocurrency miner lurking in a Google Chrome extension

Another Chrome extension has been found secretly harboring a cryptocurrency miner – and it appears this issue is going to get worse before it gets better.
Iain Thomson, 23 Oct 2017
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Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta

A below-the-radar security feature in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, aka version 1709 released last week, can stop ransomware and other file-scrambling nasties dead.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Oct 2017
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Sick burn, yo: Google's latest Pixel 2 XL suffers old-skool screen singe

Earlier this month, Google unveiled its new Pixel smartphones to great hullabaloo – and now to great consternation.
Iain Thomson, 23 Oct 2017
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nbn™'s problems were known – in 2008, a year before its birth

Australia's telecommunications ombudsman last week reported a startling and unwelcome 159.3 per cent year-on-year jump in complaints, with more than 40,000 lodged about services on the national broadband network (NBN).
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2017
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This is no yolk. Newegg scrambles against rotten shell company claims

Online electronics souk Newegg has been accused of taking part in a financial scam that duped banks in South Korea out of billions of dollars.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Oct 2017

Sex harassment scandal scoops up Silicon Valley's Slimy Scoble

Analysis The rolling saga of rich and powerful men being identified as serial sexual harassers has returned to Silicon Valley, having spent a few week slicing through Hollywood. Now it's scooped up another well-known tech figure: Robert Scoble.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Oct 2017
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Google emits tools to make cross-platform HTML apps less tragic

Chrome Dev Summit At the Chrome Dev Summit in San Francisco, California, on Monday, Google took another stab at making HTML-based apps less of a crapshoot.
Thomas Claburn, 23 Oct 2017
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ROCA 'round the lock: Gemalto says IDPrime .NET access cards bitten by TPM RSA key gremlin

Some Gemalto smartcards can be potentially cloned and used by highly skilled crooks due to a cryptography blunder dubbed ROCA.
John Leyden, 23 Oct 2017
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Containers? Ha! Ain't no party like a Tupperware party, boasts Facebook

OS Summit Facebook has its own container system it uses in place of Docker or Kubernetes.
Andrew Silver, 23 Oct 2017
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The big two-oh-oh: Cisco gobbles comms biz Broadsoft for $1.9bn

Cisco has snapped up its two-hundredth acquisition in the form of unified comms biz Broadsoft for $1.9bn (£1.4bn) – its latest attempt to move away from its lacklustre legacy business of switches and routers.
Kat Hall, 23 Oct 2017

'We've nothing to hide': Kaspersky Lab offers to open up source code

Russian cybersecurity software flinger Kaspersky Lab has offered to open up its source code for third-party review.
John Leyden, 23 Oct 2017

Let's make the coppers wear cameras! That'll make the ba... Oh. No sodding difference

Police forces have been told to temper their expectations of body-worn cameras, as a randomised study involving almost 2,500 US cops throws up little evidence of purported benefits.
Rebecca Hill, 23 Oct 2017

Arm isn't saying IoT firmware sucks but it's writing a free secure BIOS for device makers

TechCon Arm hopes to release open-source code early next year that will help secure Internet-of-Things devices – by encrypting their communications and installing over-the-air security fixes.
Chris Williams, 23 Oct 2017
SHUT UP!

'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

A man has been fined by police after being caught singing the 1990s dance anthem "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" while behind the wheel of his car.
Gareth Corfield, 23 Oct 2017
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Vodafone analysed evidence in case where it was alleged victim

A man left on bail for more than seven years has hit out at Vodafone's role in his court case as alleged victim and examiner of vital computer evidence.
Gareth Corfield, 23 Oct 2017
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Phone crypto shut FBI out of 7,000 devices, complains chief g-man

The FBI has been locked out of almost 7,000 seized mobile phones thanks to encryption, director Christopher Wray has said.
Gareth Corfield, 23 Oct 2017
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Linux Foundation wants to do to data what it's done for software

OS Summit The Linux Foundation has created one open-data licence framework to rule them all, allowing users to collaborate on data-driven projects.
Andrew Silver, 23 Oct 2017
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A week in WANdisco, Toshiba 'n' pals, plus storage-iest bits of Microsoft and mates

Another week has passed by, and yet another torrent of storage news streams towards us, running the gamut from spin-transfer torque magneto-resistive RAM to data streaming and a Maltese Smart Island hub.
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2017
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All your masts are belong to us outfit Arqiva confirms IPO plan

Britain's biggest mast outfit, Arqiva, has confirmed it will float on the London Stock Exchange next month, a move it hopes will raise £1.5bn and reduce its debt.
Kat Hall, 23 Oct 2017

Wowee. Look at this server. Definitely keep critical data in there. Yup

Israel-based Illusive Networks claims that its approach of planting poison-pill servers in a network can detect incoming attacks faster than any other method.
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2017

You may not know it, but you've already arrived at DevOps Land

After roughly a decade of DevOps hype, surely we’ve arrived at that blessed time when developer lions lie down with operations lambs in peace…? Err, not so much. Despite larger enterprises striving mightily to become more Agile (with a capital “A”), most organisations still don’t deliver on the DevOps dream, and won’t for some time.
Matt Asay, 23 Oct 2017

Sarahah anonymous feedback app told: 'You're riddled with web app flaws'

The web-based version of anonymous feedback app Sarahah is riddled with security flaws, according to a researcher.
John Leyden, 23 Oct 2017
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Big Blue's former CIO tried to join AWS, ends up at energy company

IBM appears to have succeeded in its efforts to stop its former CIO join Amazon Web Services.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2017
Blue Origin's BE-4 rocket engine

Jeff Bezos fires off a blue dart, singes Elon Musk and SpaceX

Amazon supremo Jeff Bezos' rocket company Blue Origin has successfully tested its main engine for the first time.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2017
CERN BASE experiment

Boffins trapped antiprotons for days, still can't say why they survived the Big Bang

One of the outstanding questions in physics is why matter and antimatter didn't wipe each other out at the Big Bang?” A new, hyper-accurate measurement of an antiproton characteristic at CERN leaves that difficult question entirely intact.
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MC Digital Realty – not a DJ, not a burger, not at risk of soil liquefaction

Digital Realty and Mitsubishi Corporation have entered a joint venture to build big bit barns in Japan.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2017
Google Prompt

Google slides text message 2FA a little closer to the door

Text messages aren't a great way to implement two-factor authentication, but it's a technique that's stubbornly persistent. Now Google has decided to push things along by pushing its alternative into production.
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Countdown starts for new Xen hypervisor release

The Xen Project has issued the first release candidate for version 4.10 of its hypervisor and set a testing schedule aimed at a December release.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2017
Mars' twisty magnetic tail

Once more, with feeling: Dawn to take a closer look at Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has received another reprieve, with its mission to dwarf planet Ceres extended for another, closer, flyby.

New phishing campaign uses 30-year-old Microsoft mess as bait

The ever-vigilant folk at the Internet Storm Centre (SANS) have spotted yet another campaign trying to drop the Locky ransomware using compromised Word files.
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404 - Product Not Found. Micron's SolidScale storage disappears

Micron may have put its SolidScale all-flash array into web site limbo in preparation for big news.
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2017
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NetBSD, OpenBSD improve kernel security, randomly

The folks at NetBSD have released their first cut of code to implement kernel ASLR – Address Space Layout Randomisation – for 64-bit AMD processors.
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US energy, nuke and aviation sectors under sustained attack

The United States' Department of Homeland Security has issued an alert that warns of “advanced persistent threat (APT) actions targeting government entities and organizations in the energy, nuclear, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors.”
Simon Sharwood, 22 Oct 2017
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Telstra said its 7-incher was really an 11-incher, left customers frustrated, unsatisfied

Telstra's been forced to refund users of its live Australian Rules Football streaming service, after promising a hefty 11-inch experience but delivering a less-exciting seven-inch screen.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Oct 2017
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Google and Intel cook AI chips, neural network exchanges – and more

Roundup Welcome to our roundup of major AI news from the past two weeks. Machine learning is so hyped right now, it doesn't help when companies such as Intel and Nvidia announce new chips and reveal little information about the specs, but make lofty claims of increased speed and precision.
Katyanna Quach, 22 Oct 2017
Astronauts on the International Space Station are ready to sample their harvest of a crop of "Outredgeous" red romaine lettuce from the Veggie plant growth system that tests hardware for growing vegetables and other plants in space. Credit: NASA

Plants in SPAAAAAAACE are good for you

Living in space is grueling. The repetitiveness of daily exercise, experiments, crappy food, and claustrophobia can chip away at an astronaut’s psychological well-being, but scientists have suggested a preventative measure: plants.
Katyanna Quach, 21 Oct 2017
Purism laptop

Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from your hardware? Meet Purism's laptops

Purism – a San Francisco, California, social purpose company that flies the flags of privacy, security and software freedom – has begun offering its GNU/Linux-based laptops with Intel's Management Engine disabled.
Thomas Claburn, 21 Oct 2017
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A plethora of patches, Kaspersky hits back, new hope for Wannacry Brit hero – and more

Roundup IT admins aren't always fond of patching. It's like going to the dentist – it needs to be done but it can be a pain to do. Sadly, this week there was a lot of patching to be done.
Iain Thomson, 21 Oct 2017
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CEO of $300m-a-year ad upstart Vungle cuffed for allegedly sexually abusing toddler son

The cofounder of a San Francisco video advertising upstart has been arrested and charged with allegedly assaulting and sexually abusing his three-year-old son.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Oct 2017
Electronic capacitors

Capacitor maker zapped with price-fixing charge

A Japanese electronics maker has been indicted in America for fixing the prices of electrolytic capacitors.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Oct 2017
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Apple Cook's half-baked defense of the Mac Mini: This kit ain't a leftover

It has been three years since Apple released any major update to the Mac Mini family, but CEO Tim Cook says that doesn't mean the minimalist systems are dead.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Oct 2017
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Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs

It's going to be an unpleasant weekend for some Mac users who are facing a complete system wipe and reinstall – after hackers stashed malware in legitimate applications.
Iain Thomson, 20 Oct 2017

Do fear the Reaper: Huge army of webcams, routers raised from 'one million' hacked orgs

Miscreants are right now assembling a massive army of hacked Internet of Things devices – and at a far faster rate than the powerful Mirai botnet swelled its ranks last year.
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2017
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Mastercard blockchain: MEEELLIONS. Opening up the API: Priceless

Mastercard is opening up its blockchain API to select partner banks and merchants.
Andrew Silver, 20 Oct 2017
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Tech giant Citrix, sync 'n' share startup Egnyte fire lawsuits at each other

Two file sync 'n' sharers are at war. Google-backed Egnyte is suing Citrix for unfair competition and Citrix is counter-suing Egnyte for unfair trade practices, among other things.
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2017

Pixel 2 tinkerers force Google's hand: Secret custom silicon found

Previously Google has contracted major brand OEMs to produce Nexus and Pixel phones using fairly standard off-the-shelf parts. But a teardown of Google's pricey new flagship reveals the company's first homegrown system on a chip – and it's currently idle.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Oct 2017
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MEPs vote to update 'cookie law' despite ad industry pressure

European legislation that aims to put over-the-top services on a level pegging with their more traditional telecoms counterparts, and gives users more rights over websites tracking them, has been approved by a committee of MEPs.
Rebecca Hill, 20 Oct 2017
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No more mister nice GUI: Visual tools stapled to Azure Data Factory

In a move that will delight factory workers developers everywhere, Microsoft has added more graphical user interface features to Azure Data Factory V2.
Andrew Silver, 20 Oct 2017

Cohesity and Micron polish exec artillery in mad dash for growth

The latest exec hires show the way the wind is blowing at Cohesity, Micron and WDC.
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2017
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National Audit Office: We'll be in a world of pain with '90s border tech post-Brexit

The clunky technology underpinning Blighty's border control leaves the UK in concerning position post-Brexit, a National Audit Office report has found.
Kat Hall, 20 Oct 2017
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We talk to Tron artist Syd Mead: On the other side of the screen, it all looks so easy

Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Blade Runner, Aliens, TimeCop, Johnny Mnemonic and Elysium all benefitted from the design magic of Syd Mead.
Michael Moran, 20 Oct 2017
Layla Gordon pointing tablet at 2D map of Mars to generate 3D image

Legends of the scrawl: Ordnance Survey launches augmented reality tool for maps

More than a decade ago, boffins at the Ordnance Survey began working on augmented reality. Now consumer mobile tech has caught up and the agency has launched an AR tool for the man on the street and the woman in the hills.
Rebecca Hill, 20 Oct 2017
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Continuous Lifecycle 2018: Agile pioneer Dr Linda Rising to keynote

Events We're chuffed, delighted and excited to announce that our first keynote for Continuous Lifecycle will be Agile development pioneer Dr Linda Rising.
Team Register, 20 Oct 2017
Dragonfly sits on a yellow flower

The case of the disappearing insect. Boffin tells Reg: We don't know why... but we must act

"Insects are at the bottom of the ecosystem," the lead author of a study into a massive decrease in collected insects told The Reg. Their loss, he added, is "likely to collapse the entire pyramid".
Andrew Silver, 20 Oct 2017
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Tell the public how much our tram tickets cost? Are you mad?

Updated Transport for Greater Manchester, the northern UK city's transport authority, has refused to publish its ticket prices on the basis that telling the public how much they have to pay for riding the trams would "prejudice the Metrolink service".
Gareth Corfield, 20 Oct 2017

What’s the real point of being a dev? It's saving management from themselves

Comment What’s the point of being a developer ? My experience of being one taught me that it isn’t primarily the coding – it’s actually much more important than that.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Oct 2017
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Dev writes Ethereum code for insecure SHA-1 crypto hash function

Using Ethereum's programming language Solidity, a dev has controversially written code for making data authentication signatures with the insecure SHA-1 cryptographic hash function.
Andrew Silver, 20 Oct 2017
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Machine-learning startup Perspica to be crushed into Cisco's analytics biz

Creaking hardware dinosaur Cisco is to gobble machine-learning upstart Perspica to beef up its analytical muscle at the performance management AppDynamics division.
Rebecca Hill, 20 Oct 2017

Vodafone, EE and Three overcharging customers after contracts expire

Folk with mobiles on Vodafone, EE and Three are being stung by an average £22 per month for staying on their contracts after their handsets have been paid off, according to Citizens Advice.
Kat Hall, 20 Oct 2017
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DXC slashes meal allowances for travelling troops: Please sir, may I have some more?

In the pursuit of ways to further squeeze its overheads, DXC Technologies has issued a fresh directive to the troops by further clipping travel costs and capping client entertainment.
Paul Kunert, 20 Oct 2017
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Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails

For the first time in recent memory, there are some very big changes in the latest release of Ubuntu: 17.10. And it's not all to do with going, er, GNOME.

Your data will get hacked anyway so you might as well give up protecting it

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Flee! Flee! It’s the return of the frozen heads!
Alistair Dabbs, 20 Oct 2017

Canadian govt snoops emit their own malware detection tool, eh

Canada's Communications Security Establishment has open-sourced its own malware detection tool.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2017
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Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

On-Call Another week is coming to an end and that means it's time for On-Call, The Register's Friday column in which we share readers' stories of being asked to do the unthinkable to satisfy the incorrigible.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2017
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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update tackles IT's true menace: Cheating gamers

Microsoft's latest major Windows 10 release prides itself on keeping out those who want to meddle with your code, be they malicious hackers or lazy gamers looking for an easy leg up.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Oct 2017
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Hack apps, attack code drawbacks for cash stacks, Google yaks

Google is offering cash to those who can find, exploit and report bugs in its Android apps, or similarly hack other programs in its Play Store.
Iain Thomson, 20 Oct 2017
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Rackspace ends discount hosting for open source projects

Rackspace has ended a program under which it offered “generous discounts on hosting for more than 150 OSS projects and communities”, but flubbed the announcement.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2017

Red (Planet) alert: Future astro-heroes face shocking adventures on Martian moon Phobos

Vid Strong solar eruptions may be blasting the Martian moon Phobos with an avalanche of electrically charged particles, charging parts of it to hundreds of volts, and hampering attempts to land on and study the alien landscape.
Katyanna Quach, 20 Oct 2017

HPE quits cloud servers, two weeks after telling El Reg it wouldn't do that

HPE has quit the business of providing custom servers to big cloud operators.
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MH 370 search to resume as Malaysia makes deal with US oceanographic company

Malaysia has struck a deal with US biz Ocean Infinity to resume the search for missing airliner MH370.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2017
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Make America late again: US 'lags' China in IT security bug reporting

The US is starting to fall well behind China in terms of the speed at which organizations are alerted to reported security vulnerabilities, according to a study out this week by threat intel biz Recorded Future.
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2017
A giant space slug, or "Exogorth", from The Empire Strikes Back

Japan finds long, deep tunnel on the Moon

Japan's lunar orbiter has found a long, deep tunnel under the Moon's surface.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2017
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IBM broke its cloud by letting three domain names expire

Back in September, IBM was left red-faced when its global load balancer and reverse DNS services fell over for 21 hours.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2017
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Facebook tackles race hate problem head on with programming tool

In Facebook's advertising business, a race condition might be construed as an ethnic descriptor used to prevent purchased ads from being displayed to a particular racial group.
Thomas Claburn, 20 Oct 2017
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Apple Cook roasted for Chinese app takeaway

A pair of senior US Senators are calling out Apple CEO Tim Cook for what they call "enabling the Chinese government's censorship and surveillance of the internet."
Shaun Nichols, 19 Oct 2017
Uranus

Hate to break it to you, but billions of people can see Uranus tonight

Attention, inhabitants of the northern hemisphere of our fragile home world. You're about to get one of the best peeks at Uranus in years – because the strange alien planet will reach opposition with the Sun and be at the closest point in its orbit to Earth.
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2017

Facebook, Google and pals may be hit with TV political ads rules

Facebook and Google, along with other online publishers, may soon be required in the US to disclose funding for paid political ads.
Thomas Claburn, 19 Oct 2017
Stack of cash

Google faces $10k-a-day fines if it defies court order to hand over folks' private overseas email

Google and the American government are quarreling over just how much money the Chocolate Factory must pay in daily fines if it loses its war against a search warrant for email held overseas.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Oct 2017

Lucky Canada. Google chooses Toronto as site of posthuman urban lab

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs venture has chosen Toronto as its urban laboratory – one in which humans may ultimately be optional.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Oct 2017
Losing money

Tezos crypto and $232m initial coin offering risks implosion – reports

If you threw money at the blockchain startup Tezos during its $232m initial coin offering fundraising round in July, here's something you can learn for future investments.
Andrew Silver, 19 Oct 2017

Mohawks fling patent infringement sueball at Microsoft and Amazon

A Native American tribe in New York is going after Microsoft and Amazon for infringing its patents.
Andrew Silver, 19 Oct 2017
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SAP reassures market: Cloud is sustainable, just don't look at our wheezing bookings

Enterprise giant SAP has reported an increase in both revenues and operating profits for the latest quarter – but execs were forced to explain a slowdown in cloud bookings.
Rebecca Hill, 19 Oct 2017
Satya Nadella's three bets: AI, Mixed Reality, and Quantum Computing

GE goes with Apple: Not the Transformation you were looking for, Satya?

Comment While Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella trots the world plugging his book on “transformation”, some of the biggest enterprises in the world are “transforming” themselves ... away from Microsoft.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Oct 2017
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Oh, Lenovo! 1,000 staff strapped to redundancy cannon

Lenovo is laying off a little more than 1,000 employees with the majority of heads set to roll in the US and China.
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2017
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Review: Magic Leap and Fantasy Funding Fiasco

Comment Performance art company Magic Leap has astonished and wowed critics with its latest outing: a $500m funding round.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Oct 2017

Breakfast at Jeffrey's: UK CEO admits Voda 'slightly lost its mojo'

"Basically the message is Vodafone is back," says UK chief executive Nick Jeffrey, a message he's so eager to convey at a breakfast briefing hosted by the company that it almost sounds as if the lady doth protest too much.
Kat Hall, 19 Oct 2017
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Taste the Redmond: Dell strengthens its Azure Stackery

Dell is updating its AzureStack offering with the latest 14th generation PowerEdge servers.
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2017
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Power: The ultimate web-based commodity

Events If you've ever wondered who really controls today's upside-down, digital-soaked world, you should really join us next month when we consider "The Secrets of Power in the Digital Age".
Team Register, 19 Oct 2017
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Survey: Tech workers are terrified they will be sacked for being too old

Almost half of tech workers in the US, like Hollywood stars, live in constant fear that age will end their careers, according to a new poll.
Thomas Claburn, 19 Oct 2017
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YouTube sin-bins account of KRACK WPA2 researcher

The YouTube account of the researcher behind the KRACK WPA2 Wi-Fi vulnerability was restored early on Thursday hours after it was shut down for violating "community guidelines".
John Leyden, 19 Oct 2017
Oracle Team Versus NZ Team in America's Cup 2016 in New York

You can yacht be serious: Larry might be planning his own version of America’s Cup

Oracle CTO Larry Ellison is reportedly launching his own world boat racing title – just months after his team was spanked at this year’s America’s Cup.
Rebecca Hill, 19 Oct 2017

It's hip to be in Gartner's square: Poor Panasas out on its NAS

In Gartner's perennial game of musical chairs, otherwise known as its annual magic quadrant exercise, the latest object storage square ushers three in and one out.
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2017
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Misco UK chops majority of workforce, pulls down shutters

Misco UK has laid off 300 staff, as expected, after ceasing to trade and appointing administrative receiver FRP Advisory to pick through the ashes of the loss-making business.
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2017

Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

Tinkering with your future driverless car's software and failing to install safety-critical updates will invalidate your insurance, under a newly proposed British law.
Gareth Corfield, 19 Oct 2017
RAF F-35B ZM137, visiting the UK in 2016. Crown copyright

Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

Britain’s F-35B fighter jets currently cost around $123m each – and British officials are quite content that the only engine overhaul facility for the stealth aircraft’s engines is located in Turkey.
Gareth Corfield, 19 Oct 2017

MongoDB shoots for $220m in IPO, values NoSQL biz at $1.2bn

MongoDB hopes to rake in as much as $220.8m when it finally goes public – a move expected later today.
Rebecca Hill, 19 Oct 2017

Let's dig into how open source could KO the Silicon Valley chat silos

Interview There's never been a better opportunity for the world to start untangling itself from the giant Silicon Valley data harvesters than now. Last week, we revealed a plan to embed open-source chat into three quarters of the world's IMAP servers.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Oct 2017
Tired IT worker rubs his eyes

You can't find tech staff – wah, wah, wah. Start with your ridiculous job spec

In a recent IDG survey, the number of execs worried about a skills gap in IT grew from 49 per cent in 2016 to 60 per cent this year. Other surveys shore up this finding as well: a Cloud Foundry Foundation survey from late 2016 had 64 per cent of respondents worried about getting the skilled staff needed.
Michael Cote, 19 Oct 2017
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IT resellers, this is your future: Shifting driverless cars within 5 years

Canalys Channels Forum Tech resellers who are on occasion – and perhaps cruelly – compared to sheepskin jacket-wearing secondhand car dealers, might just be getting into game after all, if a veteran channel analyst is to be believed.
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2017

Flash in the enterprise is in a solid state. Where is it going next?

Sponsored Sales of purpose-built storage appliances are falling, markedly, according to IDC, revenue and capacity falling respectively by 16.2 per cent and 14.9 per cent in the analyst’s latest quarterly tracker in September.
David Gordon, 19 Oct 2017

ARM chip OG Steve Furber: Turing missed the mark on human intelligence

"Brains are massively parallel. We each have just under 100 billion neurons inside our heads, all running at the same time. And they are hugely connected, with 1015 synapses connecting the neurons together. The way forward in computing is parallelism. There is no other option."
Alistair Dabbs, 19 Oct 2017
Microsoft's Surface Book 2

Microsoft exec says ARM-powered Windows laptops have multi-day battery life

Microsoft says testing of Qualcomm-powered laptops running Windows 10 is well advanced and suggest it will be possible to use the devices for multiple days without charging their batteries.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Oct 2017

Stealth web crypto-cash miner Coin Hive back to the drawing board as blockers move in

Malwarebytes has had enough of Coin Hive's alt-currency-generating browser-side code, and is now automatically blocking it.
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2017
Nice try

Citrix endorses tool that lets vSphere manage XenServer

Citrix has endorsed a third-party product that lets you manage its XenServer virtualization stack with VMware's vCenter Server.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Oct 2017

EU: No encryption backdoors but, eh, let's help each other crack that crypto, oui? Ja?

The European Commission has proposed that member states help each other break into encrypted devices by sharing expertise around the bloc.
Rebecca Hill, 19 Oct 2017

SpaceX gives free ride to replacement for Facebook's fried satellite

Spacecom and SpaceX have settled their differences over a burned satellite. The Israeli company has once again signed Elon Musk's company for launch services.

US-CERT study predicts machine learning, transport systems to become security risks

The Carnegie-Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute has nominated transport systems, machine learning, and smart robots as needing better cyber-security risk and threat analysis.
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Australian government launches review of .au domain

Australia will conduct a review of how the nation's .au top level domain is managed.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Oct 2017
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CableLabs, Cisco working on LTE-over-DOCSIS

+COMMENT Cisco and CableLabs have put their heads together in the hope they can convince mobile network operators that with a bit of unicorn-dust, DOCSIS networks can support the LTE small-cell rollout.
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Be my guest, be my guest, at a hypervisor hacking fest

The Xen Project has posted advisories and patches for seven bugs, most of which let guests run denial-of-service (DoS) attacks on hosts.
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Samsung to let proper Linux distros run on Galaxy smartmobes

Samsung has announced it will soon become possible to run actual proper Linux on its Note8, Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones – and even Linux desktops.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Oct 2017
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Like Uber, for socialism: Chinese leader calls for more use of AI, big data and sharing economy

Chinese leader Xi Jinping has outlined the nation's technological ambitions in his opening address to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
Simon Sharwood, 19 Oct 2017
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You're doing open source wrong, Microsoft tsk-tsk-tsks at Google: Chrome security fixes made public too early

A few weeks ago, Google paid Microsoft $7,500 after Redmond's security gurus found, exploited and reported a vulnerability in the Chrome browser – a flaw that would allow malicious webpages to run malware on PCs.
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2017
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Microsoft Azure ████ secret ██ █████ ██ US govt's ███ ███ centers

Microsoft's Azure cloud has been approved to host classified-level applications for the US government.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2017
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Verizon coughs up $18m after crooked contractor overcharged NY schools

Verizon will have to reach between its couch cushions for $17.7m to shoo away allegations it overcharged New York schools for phone lines and broadband.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2017

How DeepMind's AlphaGo Zero learned all by itself to trash world champ AI AlphaGo

Analysis DeepMind published a paper today describing AlphaGo Zero – a leaner and meaner version of AlphaGo, the artificially intelligent program that crushed professional Go players.
Katyanna Quach, 18 Oct 2017

Microsoft concedes to Mozilla: Redmond will point web API docs at Moz Dev Network

A few years ago, programmer and writer Bernard Meisler argued that coders write bad software because they're bad writers.
Thomas Claburn, 18 Oct 2017
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NYC cops say they can't reveal figures on cash seized from people – the database is too shoddy

Updated New York City cops claim they can't tell anyone how much cash they have seized from people under civil asset forfeiture laws – because its database is not up to snuff.
Iain Thomson, 18 Oct 2017
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What the fdisk? Storage Spaces Direct just vanished from Windows Server in version 1709

Support for Storage Spaces Direct, Microsoft's version of VSAN, has been stripped from the latest build of Windows Server 2016, version 1709, which was released on Tuesday.
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2017
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Hackers can track, spoof locations and listen in on kids' smartwatches

Tests on smartwatches for children by security firm Mnemonic and the Norwegian Consumer Council have revealed them to be riddled with flaws.
John Leyden, 18 Oct 2017
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Hitachi's IoT gang punts never-off data protection platform

Vantara, Hitachi's new Internet of Things + analytics business, has sped up its operational and disaster recovery chops, claiming to elevate IT with always-on data availability.
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2017

BlackBerry Motion lurches into UK stores

BlackBerry Mobile, which is TCL for all intents and purposes, is making its enterprise slab available in the UK.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Oct 2017

Please replace the sword, says owner of now-hollow stone

The legendary sword has been pulled from the stone – but the owner wants it back and a crowdfunding campaign has been set up to replace the blade.
Gareth Corfield, 18 Oct 2017

Openreach offers duct-off providers 'OSA Filter' instead of Dark Fibre Access

Openreach has today offered its communication providers an alternative to the Ofcom-proposed Dark Fibre Access (DFA) product, which a court ruling slapped down three months ago.
Kat Hall, 18 Oct 2017

BoundHook: Microsoft downplays Windows systems exploit technique

Features of the Intel MPX designed to prevent memory errors and attacks might be abused to launch assaults on Windows systems, security researchers claim.
John Leyden, 18 Oct 2017

First annual review of Privacy Shield gives it a resounding... 'adequate'

The first annual review of the Privacy Shield agreement that governs transatlantic data flows has come back with a solid, unsurprising mark of "adequate".
Rebecca Hill, 18 Oct 2017
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Bain Japan main man wants in on Tosh biz board

Bain Japan's MD reportedly wants to get on the Toshiba Memory Business board, to invest in it and get an agreement with WDC about continuing the joint venture to make flash chips.
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2017

Look, look, we've done a driverless AI hype paper thingy, says Mobileye

Intel-owned Mobileye says it has cooked up a safety framework for fully autonomous, human-independent, driverless cars – and desperately wants people to notice this before the "inevitable fall" of public interest in driverless tech.
Gareth Corfield, 18 Oct 2017
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Full-fibre ISP Hyperoptic clocked over mock doc schlock shock

Fibre ISP Hyperoptic has been slammed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for releasing an advert that looked like an official contract from BT.
Kat Hall, 18 Oct 2017
Mixed Reality - a headline feature in Fall Creators Update, but fluff for many users

Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

Hands On Just over two years after the introduction of both Windows 10 and the "Windows as a service" concept, Microsoft has released the Fall Creators Update aka version 1709, build 16299.
Tim Anderson, 18 Oct 2017
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Brit spooks 'kept oversight bodies in the dark' over data sharing

Concerns have been raised that neither of the bodies tasked with overseeing the UK's spy agencies were aware that data they collected was shared with the private sector.
Rebecca Hill, 18 Oct 2017
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So the 'Year of Linux' never happened. When is it Chrome OS's turn?

The year of Linux on the desktop was a running joke. The concept of Linux being ready for the mainstream with users confidently running it on their desktops, sadly, never happened.
Michael Allison, 18 Oct 2017

Combinations? Permutations? Those words don't mean what you think they mean

Hello, wrong number At the heart of machine learning are patterns, and patterns are all about counting, so it's important to make sure we are counting the correct items in the correct way. Combinatorics is the branch of mathematics concerned with counting things; more specifically, all the wonderful ways you can count, arrange and manipulate finite (limited in size) sets of things. Having a grasp of basic combinatorics is vital because it underlies many wide and varied real-world situations.
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Watchdog slams HMRC, Amazon over 'dismal' response to UK biz hurt by online VAT fraud

HMRC, Amazon and eBay have not done enough to crack down on overseas sellers evading VAT in the UK, a “dismal” failure that has hit British businesses hard, the House of Commons' Public Accounts Committee said today.
Kat Hall, 18 Oct 2017

Ex-TalkTalk chief grilled by MPs on suitability to chair NHS Improvement

Dido Harding, the woman at the helm during UK ISP TalkTalk's 2015 mega breach, was yesterday grilled about her move to chair NHS Improvement, the body responsible for overseeing Blighty's health service and also famously clobbered by a huge cyber attack.
Kat Hall, 18 Oct 2017
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Europol cops lean on phone networks, ISPs to dump CGNAT walls that 'hide' cyber-crooks

Europol has asked cellphone networks and other internet providers to stop using Carrier Grade Network Address Translation (CGNAT) – because it’s making life too difficult for cops trying to track cyber-villains across the web.
Iain Thomson, 18 Oct 2017
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The age of six-monthly Windows Server updates starts … now!

Microsoft's vision of six-monthly Windows Server updates is now a reality.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2017

DNA as storage? Old and boring. Boffins now chaining monomers

Monomer-manipulating researchers writing in Nature Communications this month say they have read multi-byte sequences using mass spectroscopy and bit-storing monomers.
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2017
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Raspberry Pi burning up? Microsoft's recipe can save it and AI

Microsoft, of all people, has offered a recipe for cooling the Raspberry Pi 3.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2017
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Oracle Hospitality apps rolled out the Big Red carpet to crims

Hundreds of products, more than 250 vulnerabilities … yes, it's Oracle's quarterly critical patch update day!

IRS tax bods tell Americans to chill out about Equifax

The United States Internal Revenue Service has said that citizens affected by the Equifax breach need not panic, because it probably didn't reveal anything that hasn't already been stolen and the agency has tooled up to deal with fraudulent tax claims.
IBM's new mainframe

IBM: We're now a, what's not losing money? Ah, a cognitive cloud champ!

IBM topped analyst expectations in its third quarter of the year, but still couldn't shake a run of falling revenue that now stands at 5 and a half years long.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2017
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Linux kernel community tries to castrate GPL copyright troll

Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman and several other senior Linux figures have published a “Linux Kernel Community Enforcement Statement” to be included in future Linux documentation, in order to ensure contributions to the kernel don't fall foul of copyright claims that have already seen a single developer win "at least a few million Euros.”
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2017
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Programming bootcamp compiles $375,000 check after triggering New York AG's error handlers

Analysis New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman last week agreed to settle charges that New York City-based code bootcamp Flatiron School operated without a license and failed to adequately disclose information about the employment outcomes of graduates.
Thomas Claburn, 18 Oct 2017
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Domino's Pizza delivers user details to spammers

Domino's Pizza's Australian outpost has blamed a partner for a security breach, after angry customers went online complaining about finding themselves on spam lists.

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