The Week in Summary

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Cloud-surfing orgs under attack, Microsoft antivirus for Chrome, Windows 10 S bypass, non-RSA gigs, and more

Roundup Here's a roundup of this week's security news, beyond what we've already covered.
Iain Thomson, 21 Apr 2018
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How much do AI gurus really get paid? And is NIPS such a great name for a conference?

Roundup Hi, here's a few interesting bits and pieces from the world of AI. A public tax form from OpenAI reveals the crazy salaries of top AI researchers. There are more competitions pushing for improved image recognition models on mobiles, as well as training systems as fast and cheap as possible.
Katyanna Quach, 21 Apr 2018
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Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

Review It's something we all do when we get home: rummage around in your pockets or bag, find your keys, identify the one you want and then stick it in your front door to gain access.
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Apr 2018
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at the 2015 F8 conference
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Facebook privacy audit by auditors finds everything is awesome!

The US Federal Trade Commission has released an audit of Facebook's privacy practices and it turns out there's nothing to worry about, at least as far as accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is concerned.
Thomas Claburn, 21 Apr 2018
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Oh, baby! Newborn-care website leaves database of medics wide open

A US healthcare company seemingly exposed on the public internet contact information for roughly 10,000 medical professionals.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Apr 2018
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Kaspersky Lab loses the privilege of giving Twitter ad money

Twitter says it will no longer run ads from beleaguered security vendor Kaspersky Lab.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Apr 2018
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No way, RSA! Security conference's mobile app embarrassingly insecure

RSA has copped to a security vulnerability in the backend systems powering the smartphone app for its annual security conference, held this week in San Francisco, USA.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Apr 2018
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Amazon, LG Electronics turned my vape into an exploding bomb, says burned bloke in lawsuit

Amazon, LG Electronics and KMG-Imports are being sued by a man in the US State of Rhode Island for selling a vaping box and batteries that allegedly burst into flames and set him on fire.
Thomas Claburn, 20 Apr 2018
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British Crackas With Attitude chief gets two years in the cooler for CIA spymaster hack

The British teenager who was sufficiently talented and stupid to hack the webmail of the head of the CIA was today sent down for two years.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Apr 2018
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Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...

An increasing number of Mac loyalists are complaining that the latest desktop operating system update from Apple is killing their computers.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Apr 2018
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Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

Video Let us pause for a moment and reflect on the fact that 20 years have passed since Windows 98 memorably fell over during Bill Gates' presentation at Comdex.
Richard Speed, 20 Apr 2018
A group of Playmobil pirates
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Drama brews on high seas as Playmobil ship running out of steam

A Playmobil pirate ships's journey to the Caribbean sea risks being scuppered as its supplies run low.
Rebecca Hill, 20 Apr 2018
Super-villain Dr Evil puts finger to lip in scheming manner, asks for one million dollars. Pic: New Line Cinema
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Planned European death ray may not need Brit boffinry brain-picking

The EU is planning to build a laser cannon with double the power of Britain's under-construction Dragonfire zapper, according to reports – but the general state of the tech doesn't automatically mean Europe will be trying to snaffle Brit raygun smarts.
Gareth Corfield, 20 Apr 2018
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Samsung-backed gizmo may soon juice up your smartphone over the air

Wireless charging is becoming an ever more popular way to juice up consumer gadgets, but an international team of scientists may have figured out how to scrap the mat too.
Richard Speed, 20 Apr 2018
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It's a Pivotal moment: Dell's cloudy soft limb hits the stock market

Pivotal has set its initial public offering share price at $15, with hopes of raising $555m and an anticipated $14-$16 price band. The shares are expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange from today.
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2018
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Creaky NHS digital infrastructure risks holding back gene boffinry, say MPs

The state of the NHS's digital infrastructure and a lack of clear budgets risk holding back the UK’s efforts in genomic medicine and research, MPs have said.
Rebecca Hill, 20 Apr 2018
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Two's company, Three's unbowed: You Brits will pay more for MMS snaps

Mobile operator Three UK is celebrating the approach of British summer by, er, hiking its charges for some of its services.
Richard Speed, 20 Apr 2018
A large hand flicks an icon of a little red man. Image via shutterstock (Lasse Kristensen)
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And so it begins: Veritas lays off UK workers, R&D bods hit hardest

Troubled private-equity-owned Veritas started making layoffs in the UK yesterday as its parent continues to implement cost-cutting measures.
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2018
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Government demands for people's personal info from Microsoft reach all-time low

Government requests for people's data from Microsoft fell to the all-time low of 23,000 in the last half of 2017, as Redmond's rate of rejecting the requests rose to a high of 17 per cent.
Rebecca Hill, 20 Apr 2018
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EU under pressure to slap non-compliance notice on Google over pay-to-play 'remedy'

Calls are mounting for the European Commission to issue a non-compliance notice against Google over attempts to address complaints about its market dominance.
Kat Hall, 20 Apr 2018
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LESTER gets ready to trundle: The Register's beer-bot has a name

Buoyed by the usual high quality feedback from readers, the office automated beer delivery service has taken a step towards reality with a suitable moniker.
Richard Speed, 20 Apr 2018
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BOFH: We know where the bodies are buried

Episode 6 We're having a company-wide operational audit. The Boss, bless him, thinks it's a routine process aimed at solidifying the company's position in the marketplace (blah, blah, blah), however the PFY and I know better having accidentally been bcc-ed in on a private email exchange discussing a possible company merger with a rival firm.
Simon Travaglia, 20 Apr 2018
Suitcase full of money
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Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

Some tickets to a Bros reunion gig in return for a favourable article? £1,500 to do a straight rewrite of a press release? Or some "free" man perfume from Kaspersky called Eau d'Eugene. Just what would you accept as a gift bribe to do someone's corporate bidding?
Paul Kunert, 20 Apr 2018
Statler and Waldorf - copyright - The Walt Disney company - the muppets studio
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There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Blank faces abound. No, not all are blank: some are horrified, revolted even. What did I say?
Alistair Dabbs, 20 Apr 2018
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Apple unleashes FoundationDB as an open source project

Apple has open-sourced FoundationDB, a distributed ACID-compliant NoSQL datastore, three years after acquiring the company that developed the technology.
Thomas Claburn, 20 Apr 2018
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CEO insisted his email was on server that had been offline for years

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, The Register’s Friday column in which readers share tales of tricky tech support tasks.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2018
US/China conflict
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ZTE to USA: Sure, ban us, but you cannot afford such victories

ZTE has hit back at the United States’ newly-imposed ban on American companies selling to the Chinese networking vendor.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2018
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Here's another headline where NASA is dragged through the mud for cheap Mars wise cracks

Pic Water that once flowed across the surface of Mars caused the formation of mud cracks that were spotted by NASA's Curiosity rover, scientists have confirmed.
Katyanna Quach, 20 Apr 2018
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Oracle pledges annual Solaris updates for you to install each summer

Oracle will deliver “update releases” of Solaris every northern Summer, under a new plan it revealed this week along with news of the Solaris 11.4 beta and a hurry-along for users of old Sun hardware.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2018
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Will Dell eat VMware? Or will Carl Icahn snack on Dell? And where does Uber fit in? Yes, Uber!

The “what will Dell do to/with/for/about VMware” rumour mill has started spinning again.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2018
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Qual-gone: 1,200+ axed from Snapdragon, Centriq giant Qualcomm

Qualcomm says it is planning to eliminate more than 1,200 positions in an attempt to cut overhead costs.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Apr 2018
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Oracle whips out the swatter, squishes 254 security bugs in its gear

Oracle this week emitted its April security update, addressing a total of 254 security vulnerabilities across dozens of products.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Apr 2018
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Google kills off domain fronting – and so secure comms just got tougher

Google has made technical changes to its cloud infrastructure that have caused collateral damage to an anti-censorship technique called domain fronting.
Thomas Claburn, 19 Apr 2018
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Nominet drains mug of tea, leans back, calmly explains how to make Whois GDPR-compliant

The operator of the .uk domain-name registry has outlined the changes it plans to make to its Whois domain registration system to bring it in line with incoming European privacy legislation.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Apr 2018
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Bloke fruit flies enjoy ejaculating, turn to booze when starved of sexy times

A new study reveals that male fruit flies enjoy the sensation of ejaculation, and are more likely to turn to alcohol when sexually frustrated. Sound familiar?
Katyanna Quach, 19 Apr 2018
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Facebook puts 1.5bn users on a boat from Ireland to California

Facebook is quietly changing its terms of service to shift 1.5 billion users away from Europe to the US while continuing to claim it wants to offer greater privacy protections.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Apr 2018
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Yahoo! webmail! hacker! faces! nearly! eight! years! in! the! cooler!

The Canadian hacker who helped Russian agents by breaking into more than 11,000 Yahoo email accounts could spend the next eight years behind bars, if American prosecutors get their way.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Apr 2018
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Eight months after Equifax megahack, some Brits are only just being notified

Some of the 15 million Britons affected by the Equifax mega-hack are only now receiving letters notifying them that they were affected by the breach, eight months after the event.
Gareth Corfield, 19 Apr 2018
Doctors in a busy hospital
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Beware! Medical AI systems are easy targets for fraud and error

Medical AI systems are particularly vulnerable to attacks and have been overlooked in security research, a new study suggests.
Katyanna Quach, 19 Apr 2018
Peter Capaldi in bbc2 political satire The Thick of It. Copyright BBC
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BBC extends Capita Audience Services contract to 25 years

Capita's fortunes of late may be in general decline but the UK's much loved IT outsourcing biz can always rely on the British Broadcasting Corporation – propped up by license fee payers – to dish out cheques.
Kat Hall, 19 Apr 2018
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Millions of scraped public social net profiles left in open AWS S3 box

US social network data aggregator LocalBlox has been caught leaving its AWS bucket of 48 million records – harvested in part from public Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter profiles – available to be viewed by anyone who stopped by.
Thomas Claburn, 19 Apr 2018
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Musk: I want to retrieve rockets with big Falcon party balloons

While waiting for TESS to get off the launchpad on Monday, chief exec Elon Musk joked on Twitter about how SpaceX might set about recovering the second stage of the booster.
Richard Speed, 19 Apr 2018
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Mad Leo tried to sack me over Autonomy, says top HP Inc beancounter

Hewlett Packard's chief beancounter, Catherine Lesjak, was at "war" with former CEO Leo Apotheker, who tried to fire her immediately before he himself was defenestrated, a US court has heard.
Gareth Corfield, 19 Apr 2018
1950s style illustration - Smiling woman talks into rotary phone
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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

BT is forging ahead with plans to shut its traditional telephone network in Britain, with the intention of shifting all customers over to IP telephony services by 2025.
Kat Hall, 19 Apr 2018
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Evolving elephants: Hortonworks trumpets its '3.0 vision' of global data management

Hortonworks – once known simply as a Hadoop-flinger – is these days pushing itself as a modern data architecture company.
Rebecca Hill, 19 Apr 2018
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SpaceX finally Falcon flings NASA's TESS into orbit

NASA’s TESS spacecraft is in orbit following a successful launch from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 40.
Richard Speed, 19 Apr 2018
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Pyro-brainiacs set new record with waste-heat-into-electricity study

Californian scientists have come up with a way of converting waste heat from electronics back into electricity with improved efficiency, according to a study in Nature Materials.
Richard Speed, 19 Apr 2018
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How 'parasitic' Google's 'We're journalists!' court defence was stamped into oblivion

Comment Google's efforts to claim that it should be exempt from EU data protection laws because its search engine is "journalistic" really did not impress the judge in the Right To Be Forgotten trial.
Gareth Corfield, 19 Apr 2018
Motorola Z2 Force teaser
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Motorola Z2 Force: This one's for the butterfingered Android lovers

Released last autumn, and with this year’s range hoving into view, Motorola’s Z2 Force isn’t the newest kid on the block. But it still remains the only “shatterproof” phone on the market, and it has proved to be a great base from which to evaluate the latest Motorola Mods, which you’ll see in our forthcoming Mods roundup.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Apr 2018
(An allegedly) Bad dog's police mug shot...
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Cutting custody snaps too costly for cash-strapped cops – UK.gov

The UK government has admitted it can only delete custody images from its massive database through a complex manual process, and that it would cost too much to weed out all the images of innocent people by hand.
Rebecca Hill, 19 Apr 2018
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Cisco snuffs Spark, renames it 'WebEx Teams'

Roundup Cisco leads the networking roundup this week, with news that there's one fewer way to avoid its WebEx brand: as part of a product reorganisation, what was Cisco Spark is to become WebEx Teams.
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Machines learned to assemble IKEA’s semi-disposable furniture

Singaporean scientists have asked the question: “Can robots assemble an IKEA chair?” and come back with enough of a “Yes” that The Register feels it time to call for robots to take this job away from humans. Pleeeease, robots. Take this job away from us!
Simon Sharwood, 19 Apr 2018
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Facebook job ad hints at homebrew silicon plans

Poll Facebook’s hinted it will join the ranks of hyperscalers that roll their own silicon, with a job ad for an “ASIC & FPGA Design Engineer”.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Apr 2018
credit cards stacked up in a pile... with the one in the foreground in close-up
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PCI Council releases vastly expanded cards-in-clouds guidance

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has issued a big update to its guidance on using payment cards with cloud computing services.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Apr 2018
The Soyuz in flight following the launch. Pic: Roscosmos
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Soyuz later! Russia may exit satellite launch biz

Russia has dropped a broad hint that it might leave the space launch business to private operators.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos
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Jeff Bezos purple prose reveals Amazon Prime's passed 100m customers

Amazon has announced the yield from its money mine for the full year 2017: on full-year sales of US$178 billion, it generated an operating income of $4 billion and net income of $3 billion.
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Facebook's login-to-other-sites service lets scum slurp your stuff

Updated It's possible for miscreants to secretly extract people's personal information via Facebook's Login service – the tool that lets you sign into websites using just a Facebook ID.
Reformordie.com.au
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Australia’s .au admins told to reform or get rooted

The administrator of Australia’s top level .au domain, auDA, has been told to reform or be forcibly stripped of its role.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Apr 2018
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Flash! Ah-ahhh! WebEx pwned for all of us!

Cisco has patched a serious vulnerability in its WebEx software that lets an attacker remotely execute code on target machines via poisoned Adobe Flash files.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Apr 2018
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Super Cali health inspectors: Tesla blood awoke us

Updated California's workplace safety monitor is investigating Tesla over the conditions at its main assembly plant.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Apr 2018
An upset woman with an empty wallet
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OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

You may have heard this one before, but we have now really run out of public IPv4 address blocks.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Apr 2018
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Oracle demands dev tear down iOS app that has 'JavaScript' in its name

Oracle, claims developer Zhongmin Steven Guo, has demanded that Apple remove an app he created because it contains the trademarked term "JavaScript."
Thomas Claburn, 18 Apr 2018
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Non-shingled and ready to mingle: WDC catches up with 14TB disk rivals

Western Digital has caught up with rival Toshiba to introduce its own non-shingled 14TB disk drive.
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2018
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Facebook previews GDPR privacy tools and, yep, it's the same old BS

Comment Facebook has previewed its new privacy settings, developed to meet new European privacy legislation that comes into force next month.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Apr 2018
iOS screenshot of iTunes Wi-Fi sync
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How's your Wednesday? Things going well? OK, your iPhone, iPad can be pwned via Wi-Fi sync

RSA 2018 The iTunes Wi-Fi sync feature in Apple's iOS can be potentially abused by cops, snoops, and hackers to remotely extract information from, and control, iPhones and iPads.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Apr 2018
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Running on-premises Dynamics 365? Think you're immune to cloud outages? Think again

Hidden dependencies in Microsoft's on-premises Dynamics 365 can leave users open to cloudy outages.
Richard Speed, 18 Apr 2018
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OMG! OIG to audit SLS: NASA probed over big rocket project's big budgets, big delays

The management of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) is to be audited by the agency's watchdog.
Richard Speed, 18 Apr 2018
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Not a shaggy dog story: Software-defined storage inside $300m Softbank pet project

The era of software-defined storage market is truly upon us. Forget city-sized enterprises looking to squeeze costs out of their data centre estate, Nexenta has scored big with Wag!, a US-based dog walking 'sharing economy' app for those that can't be arsed to exercise their pooch.
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2018
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Surprise! Wireless brain implants are not secure, and can be hijacked to kill you or steal thoughts

Scientists in Belgium have tested the security of a wireless brain implant called a neurostimulator – and found that its unprotected signals can be hacked with off-the-shelf equipment.
Thomas Claburn, 18 Apr 2018
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Elon Musk's latest Tesla Model 3 delivery promise: 6,000... a week

Electric car maker Tesla is to boost production to 6,000 cars per week in June, company chief Elon Musk has announced – four months after his last production boost deadline sailed past unfulfilled.
Gareth Corfield, 18 Apr 2018
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Now IBM turns redundo gun on its Digital Business Group

IBM is preparing a redundancy chute for the good folk working in its Digital Business Group (DBG), The Register can reveal.
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2018
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Hello DARKNESS, my old friend. I've come to talk with you again... about a 10,000-pixel alien-hunting camera

Astronomers are building the world’s largest and most advanced superconducting camera – with the goal of snapping clearer shots of exoplanets for scientists hunting alien life.
Katyanna Quach, 18 Apr 2018
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What Israel's crack majority-women Unit 8200 hackers can teach tech about diversity

RSA 2018 Former members of an Israeli intelligence unit say their operation could serve as a model for the tech companies looking to bring more women into their ranks.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Apr 2018
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Cray snuggles up with AMD: Clustered super CS500 lets in Epyc chip

Cray is adding an AMD processor option to its CS500 line of clustered supercomputers.
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2018
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Facebook faces foe formation in facial fingering fight

A US federal judge on Monday ruled that a lawsuit filed over Facebook's use of facial recognition technology can proceed as a class action, raising the possibility the social network could face billions in damages.
Thomas Claburn, 18 Apr 2018
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ID theft in UK hits record high as crooks shift to more vulnerable targets

Identity fraud in Blighty hit a record high of 174,523 incidents last year – and the vast majority of it happened online.
Kat Hall, 18 Apr 2018
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BT rearranges deck chairs, launches good ship Enterprise

Brit mega-comms firm BT has given its flagging b2b divisions a corporate facelift, merging the wholesale, public sector and business units into BT Enterprise.
Kat Hall, 18 Apr 2018
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Size does matter, chaps: Oversized todgers an evolutionary handicap

A study published by Nature this month suggests less is more when it comes to male genitals and species survival.
Richard Speed, 18 Apr 2018
Hercules battles the many-headed Hydra
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Scality swallows $60m to tame the multi-cloud data management beast

Analysis Software-defined object storage biz Scality has scored an extra $60m in funding to help along development of its cloudy storage tools.
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2018
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Guess who's still most moaned about UK ISP... Rhymes with BorkBork

Despite efforts to return to its roots as a broadband-only biz, TalkTalk remains the most moaned about ISP in the UK, according to data from regulator Ofcom.
Kat Hall, 18 Apr 2018
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Kubernetes? Just automate it….

Whether you’re limbering up for Agile, going serverless or getting into containers, we’ve got a cracking lineup of workshops at Continuous Lifecycle London this year.
Team Register, 18 Apr 2018

Hortonworks unfurls tool to cut grunt work, let firms spend more time rolling in juicy data

Data management biz Hortonworks has lifted the covers off a service that aims to make it easier for enterprises to identify, secure and connect data stored both on-premises and in the cloud.
Rebecca Hill, 18 Apr 2018
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Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

A new enzyme developed at the University of Portsmouth will enable the recycling of plastic used for disposable drinks containers.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Apr 2018
Woman sits in bed and works on laptop in her home.
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Build a serverless framework at home: Go on, bit of open sourcey hijinx won't hurt

Seduced by serverless functions? Lured by Amazon's Lambda? If so, why not build a serverless framework at home? Project riff, an open source serverless platform from EMC/VMware spinoff Pivotal Software, aims to let you do just that.
Danny Bradbury, 18 Apr 2018
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NHS given a lashing for lack of action plan one year since WannaCry

Nearly a year has passed since the unprecedented WannaCry cyber attack and the UK's NHS has yet to agree an action plan, according to a report by MPs.
Kat Hall, 18 Apr 2018
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Chrome 66: Get into the bin, auto-playing vids and Symantec certs!

Chrome the 66th is upon us and has added some features that Google previewed in months past.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2018
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Cisco, Microsoft and 32 big vendor pals join ‘Accord’ to improve security by doing … security stuff

Analysis Thirty-four technology companies inked a "Cybersecurity Tech Accord" on Tuesday which they said represents "a public commitment … to protect and empower civilians online and to improve the security, stability and resilience of cyberspace".
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2018
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Europe wants cloud giants to cough up data from anywhere in 6hrs

The European Commission has outlined its desire for a new legal instrument that would require carriers, clouds, email service providers, and operators of messaging apps, to produce someone's data within six hours to assist investigations of “criminals or terrorists”.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2018
The Black Knight, defeated
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Cambridge Analytica's ex-CEO decides not to front UK Parliamentary Committee again

The recently-sidelined former CEO of Cambridge Analytica has declined the opportunity to make a second appearance in front of the UK Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.
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Huawei CEO sings 'Bye, bye, mister American Pai', trims US C-suite

Huawei has acknowledged the US market may be a lost cause, at least for now.
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Hop to it, bunnies: TaskRabbit breach means new passwords

IKEA's TaskRabbit app and Website, which links buyers with people skilled with Allen key experts and other errand-runners, remain offline a day after the company announced a data breach.
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You're a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid!

Comment There's a curious legal situation developing in Nova Scotia, Canada, right now.
Chris Williams, 18 Apr 2018
Internet of things in the cloud
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Cisco casts an eye over IoT protocol landscape: Everything the light touches is ours

Cisco has pitched its intent-based networking capabilities as a way to get control over the Internet of Things.
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Hey, govt hacker bod. Made some really nasty malware? Don't be upset if it returns to bite you

RSA 2018 "You don't launch a cyber weapon, you share it."
Shaun Nichols, 18 Apr 2018
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Gang way! Compsci geeks coming through! AI engine can finger fakes on social networks

A group of computer scientists have developed a machine-learning algorithm that can sniff out fake profiles lurking on social networks.
Katyanna Quach, 17 Apr 2018
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One of IBM's latest financial figures was off by four cents today – so down go its shares

Revenues for IBM have risen for its second successive financial quarter – after more than five years of declining sales – but only on a constant currency basis. Profit, however, dropped and Wall Street hammered Big Blue's stock price in after-hours trading.
Iain Thomson, 17 Apr 2018
Uncle Sam
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US government weighs in on GDPR-Whois debacle, orders ICANN to go probe GoDaddy

The US government has waded into the omni-shambles that is the internet infrastructure industry's failed effort to comply with European privacy laws.
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Apr 2018
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
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Signal app guru Moxie: Facebook is like Exxon. Everyone needs it, everyone despises it

RSA 2018 Speaking at the 2018 RSA conference, a board of some of the most respected names in security spoke on Tuesday and were scathing about Facebook – and the industry's response to the Spectre processor bug.
Shaun Nichols, 17 Apr 2018
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Supreme Court punts on Microsoft email seizure decision after Cloud Act passes US Congress

The US Supreme Court has dodged a critical legal question about the reach of America's courts in the internet era, deciding to drop a test case between Microsoft and the Department of Justice.
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Apr 2018
Acting IRS Commissioner David J. Kautter
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It's US Tax Day, so of course the IRS's servers have taken a swan dive

Updated US tax returns for 2017 must be filed by midnight tonight – but the nation's Internal Revenue Service is making that difficult.
Thomas Claburn, 17 Apr 2018
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Autonomy pulled wool over Brit finance panel's eyes, US court told

Software outfit Autonomy lied to a British financial regulatory panel, an American court has been told by the panel's former chairman.
Gareth Corfield, 17 Apr 2018
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Honey, I shrunk the mainframe: Fujitsu freshens up GS21 kit

Mainframes never die, though their architecture has been eclipsed for years.
Chris Mellor, 17 Apr 2018
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Slick HCI trick: VMware smooths off vSAN's rough edges

Alongside its update of vSphere, VMware has smoothed off a few of the rough edges from its HCI heavy, vSAN.
Chris Mellor, 17 Apr 2018
A British Army Watchkeeper drone lands at Parc Aberporth. Crown copyright
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We 'could' send troubled Watchkeeper drones to war, insists UK minister

Comment The British Army's troubled Watchkeeper drones "could still be deployed on operations", a defence minister has insisted.
Gareth Corfield, 17 Apr 2018
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More than 87m Facebook profiles farmed, says second ex-Cambridge Analytica witness

The number of Facebook users whose data was compromised via quizzes "is much greater than 87 million", Cambridge Analytica's former director of program development has told MPs.
Kat Hall, 17 Apr 2018
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Docker enterprise kit gets cozy with Kubernetes

Container popularizer Docker plans to roll out an update to its enterprise product on Tuesday that has more to do with box juggling than canned code.
Thomas Claburn, 17 Apr 2018
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Huawei promises to launch a 5G smartmobe in second half of 2019

Huawei has said its first 5G-capable phone will appear in a little over a year. The Chinese giant made the pledge at its annual global analyst summit in Shenzhen, southeastern China.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Apr 2018
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Forking hell! VMware now has TWO current versions of vSphere

VMware has given vAdmins a new version of vSphere, numbered 6.7. As predicted and detected by The Register's virtualization desk, it's not a huge release. But it is both a slightly confusing and rather significant one.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Apr 2018
Pentagon - building - houses the US dept of defense in Arlington Virginia
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Pentagon sticks to its guns: Yep, we're going with a single cloud services provider

The US Department of Defense (DoD) still intends to choose just one vendor for its multibillion-dollar cloud contract – amid complaints from Oracle's co-CEO that such a plan "makes no sense".
Rebecca Hill, 17 Apr 2018
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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!

Windows 10 Springwatch – as it shall henceforth be known – has entered its second week and Microsoft has dropped the first clue as to what caused the delay: bugs.
Richard Speed, 17 Apr 2018
TESS delayed while Mars Express reboots (pic: ESA and SpaceX)
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NASA's TESS mission in distress, Mars Express restart is a success

A Guidance and Navigation Control (GNC) issue scuppered last night's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9. Conversely, the European Space Agency (ESA) celebrated a successful restart of the Mars Express orbiter following a software update.
Richard Speed, 17 Apr 2018
Bear attack

Build up your security credentials at SANS London June 2018

Promo Even as IT systems grow and become more complex, so new and ingenious methods for stealing vital data or holding organisations to ransom proliferate at an increasingly rapid pace.
Phil Mitchell, 17 Apr 2018
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Three storage hardware devices, a cash raise and Oracle gets blocked

It has been a hardware frenzy this week, with a pair of microSD cards for surveillance cams, flash drives for video takers and makers, and good old filers from a NAS baker.
Chris Mellor, 17 Apr 2018
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Europe turns nose up at new smartphones: Beancounters predict 7% sales drop

Sales of smartphones in Western Europe are expected to fall 7 per cent to 141 million this year, as consumers shun expensive upgrades on devices offering little more than an incremental updates.
Kat Hall, 17 Apr 2018
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Productivity knocks: I've got 99 Slacks, but my work's not done

If I had a dollar for every time someone said Slack was the answer to a business's problems, I'd have retired to a beach in Australia long ago. I'm currently in seven different Slack teams, and I've still got problems.
Sonia Cuff, 17 Apr 2018
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Don’t fight automation software for control, just turn it off. FAST

On September 8th, 2015, a pilot left Point Cook Airfield in the Australian State of Victoria for a solo navigational training flight.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Apr 2018
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SAP okays Java EE being Eclipsed, six months after Oracle's announcement

SAP has revealed its attitude to Oracle’s decision to let go of Java EE and have it tended by the Eclipse Foundation.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Apr 2018
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France building encrypted messaging app for politicians

France's government has built an encrypted messaging app for government use.
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Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

Facebook's apology-and-explanation machine grinds on, with The Social Network™ posting detail on one of its most controversial activities – how it tracks people who don't use Facebook.
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Google, AWS IPs blocked by Russia in Telegram crackdown

Russia's telecoms regulator Roskomnadzor has started blocking IP addresses linked to secure messaging service Telegram.
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Internet Engineering Task Force leaves home, gets own bank account

If all goes according to plan, the venerable Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) will this week tackle a fiendishly difficult problem: standing on its own administrative feet.
Long March
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If you guessed China’s heavy lifter failed due to a liquid hydrogen turbo engine fault, well done!

China’s National Space Administration has figured out why its Long March Y2 launch went awry in July 2017.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Apr 2018
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Intel's security light bulb moment: Chips to recruit GPUs to scan memory for software nasties

Updated Having weathered revelations in January that its chips can be attacked through a novel class of side-channel vulnerabilities – mostly addressed through microcode fixes – Intel is adding broader silicon-level security improvements to its processors.
Thomas Claburn, 17 Apr 2018
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US army boffins use AI to spot faces in the dark

US army researchers have developed a convolutional neural network and a range of algorithms to recognise faces in the dark.
Katyanna Quach, 17 Apr 2018
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Microsoft has designed an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip. Repeat, an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip

Microsoft has designed a family of Arm-based system-on-chips for Internet-of-Things devices that runs its own flavor of Linux – and securely connects to an Azure-hosted backend.
Shaun Nichols, 17 Apr 2018

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