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Paul Ceglia

Holy Zuck! Facebook fraud suspect VANISHES

Paul Ceglia – who was once alleged to have forged a contract to claim ownership of half of Facebook – has gone missing ahead of a planned fraud trial. His lawyer, Robert Ross Fogg, told Bloomberg that Ceglia had disappeared from his home and left behind an electronic tracking device that the suspect had been ordered to wear on …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Mar 2015
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MPs 'alarmed' by millions of mugshots on Brit cops' databases

A panel of MPs has attacked the Tory-led coalition government for failing to clamp down on the collection of millions of Brits' mugshots, which have been stored on a police database without robust legal oversight. Parliament's Science and Technology Committee, chaired by Labour MP Andrew Miller, branded the "continuing lack of …
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty

Big Blue promises Big Bucks from Big Bets

IBM chief executive officer Virginia M. Rometty has released her annual Chairman's Letter and has told investors that IBM “knew we faced a critical year of transformation” in 2014 but has “made significant progress and built momentum” to get itself out of a nasty slump that has seen sales decline for eleven consecutive quarters …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2015
Salesforce's Analytics Cloud on Apple Watch

Salesforce straps sales analytics to Apple Watch

Never one to miss out on a bandwagon, Salesforce is trying to point out that the Apple Watch is not just a fanboi fashion accessory but is also a cloud-powered analytics and deal-closing wristputer for the modern entrepreneur. The cloudy CRM concern has let it be known that it will soon emit “Salesforce for Apple Watch, designed …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2015

White-listed phish slip through Google Apps

Security probers Patrik Fehrenbach and Behrouz Sadeghipour have found a (since-patched) flaw in Google Apps that allowed criminals to register corporate domains and send white-listed phishing emails from admin addresses. The Choc Factory patched the flaw and handed the duo US$500 by way of thanks. the flaw meant attackers could …
Darren Pauli, 10 Mar 2015

Apple slips out security patches while world goes gaga over watches

While everyone was losing their mind over expensive watches, Apple sneaked out security fixes for iOS phones and tablets, and OS X computers. Both the OS X Security Update 2015-002 and iOS 8.2 address critical flaws. Leading the charge is a patch to squish the FREAK bug in the two operating systems' SSL/TLS code. Disclosed last …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Mar 2015
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Microsoft offers checkups for Java web apps with Azure-backed code profiling service

In its latest nod to cross-platform application development, Microsoft has opened its Visual Studio Application Insights cloud software telemetry service to Java developers. The software giant announced the new Applications Insights SDK for Java in time for the EclipseCon North America 2015 conference, taking place in San …
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Never escape the boss again: Salesforce tracks down your best people any time, any place

Salesforce is adding new "intelligent" software to its CRM system that hunts down the right sales or support staffer for a particular task no matter where they are. "The Service Cloud Intelligence Engine harnesses the power of data science to improve workflows, business processes and deliver seamless customer service across any …
Iain Thomson, 9 Mar 2015
Data centre

Managing a hybrid cloud? Here’s what System Center can do for you

Promo Microsoft has assembled a crack squad of Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) to run a one-day webinar on the software’s role in hybrid cloud environments. This course is aimed at people working in all areas of IT infrastructure and includes plenty of hands-on demos that explore System Center and Azure Pack in-depth. You can check …
David Gordon, 9 Mar 2015

BACK OFF, spooks: UK legal hacking code should be 'resisted at all costs' says lawyer

A proposed "electronic interference" code for spooks will sanction pervasive hacking powers without judicial or parliamentary scrutiny, experts and campaigners have warned. The government slipped out its consultation documents on "equipment interference" and "interception of communications" last month – on the same day the …
Kat Hall, 9 Mar 2015
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Sleepy eNom bombs websites in HUGE DNS OUTAGE – remains silent despite gripes

Domain name registrar eNom appears to have gone titsup worldwide since the early hours of this morning, according to reports from furious customers who – at time of publication – were yet to get a response from the Washington-based firm. Reg reader Tim told us that the service buckled roughly five hours ago. @smallgreentree @ …
Kelly Fiveash, 9 Mar 2015
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Web protection: A flu mask for the internet

The internet is no longer optional for organisations. It is where business lives. Unfortunately, it is also probably the worst neighbourhood on the planet, filled with cybercriminals, hacktivists, and corporate and state spies. And the internet is both the largest and the smallest neighbourhood. All of these people live just …

Google promises proper patch preparation after new cloud outage

Google Compute Engine (GCE) users experienced a brownout over the weekend, after an incident that bears plenty of likeness to a worse outage that took down the service in February. The February FAIL came about when “The internal software system which programs GCE’s virtual network for VM egress traffic stopped issuing updated …
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AWS cuts its own set of keys to VMware's vCenter kingdom

When Amazon Web Services (AWS) last year released the AWS Management Portal for vCenter we described it as a “stealth biz stealer” because it gave AWS a way to give VMware admins a way to run virtual machines in the Amazon cloud and manage them with vCenter. That's not quite VMware's script for the way things run in the vWorld: …
Darren Pauli, 9 Mar 2015
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'If cloud existed decades ago, backups wouldn't have been developed'

QuoTW This week saw the industry freak out over an SSL bug, while Canada's border patrol cuffed a man who wouldn't allow his phone to be searched and Mars was found to be well and truly soaked. Here are some of the best quotes from the past week: Microsoft, which just so happens to be running a massive cloud operation, wanted to make …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Mar 2015
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Bank of America wants to shove its IT into an OpenCompute cloud. What could go wrong?

Selling hardware to the financial industry used to be a cash cow for big-name server makers, but they will be getting short shrift from Bank of America, which is shifting its IT into a white-box-powered, software-defined cloud. "I worry that some of the partners that we work closely with won't be able to make this journey," …
Iain Thomson, 7 Mar 2015
Netflix

You know HOOQ? We don't either. But it's bringing the Asia Pacific OTT fight to Netflix

Analysis Netflix is used to local spoilers blocking its international expansion as it enters new markets - in Canada it had to face off with Crave TV, in the Nordics it battled with ViaPlay and HBO Go and in the UK it came up against Sky’s Now TV. But in Asia, it faces perhaps its most formidable obstacle yet in HOOQ. HOOQ was first …
Faultline, 6 Mar 2015
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Google wins fight to keep Adwords FBI drug sting docs secret

Special Report Google has won a crucial battle in its campaign to keep under wraps millions of documents relating to an FBI drugs probe into the company. And the web giant has done so using a law designed to combat porn sites. At least 20 US states, led by Mississippi’s elected state prosecutor, opened a probe to find out whether Google was …
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Nena-bothering stats tempt Ericsson into Cleversafe's arms

Cleversafe has got itself a great new reselling deal. Popular telco kit supplier Ericsson is selling a Secure Cloud Storage offering based on Cleversafe's object storage software. Ericsson thinks it can enable telcos to offer better cloud IT services if the worries of their large enterprise customers about data security and …
Chris Mellor, 6 Mar 2015
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Job cuts klaxon: SAP axes 2,200 staff, denies 'cost cutting' to blame

Europe’s largest software firm is reportedly cutting up to three per cent of its workforce. SAP’s HR chief Stefan Ries has told Bloomberg the enterprise giant is cutting 2,000 staff. The firm's total headcount is 74,406. Its chief executive Bill McDermott announced its second round of job cuts in less than a year. When …
Gavin Clarke, 6 Mar 2015
Lightning

Microsoft fluffs Azure cloud with search, data storage, faster compute

Microsoft is rolling out multiple upgrades to its Azure cloud, including new search and data-storage services and cheaper compute-oriented virtual machine instances. The two new services, Azure Search and DocumentDB, have been available as previews since August but are now making their way into general availability. Azure …
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Red Hat seeks cloud critical mass with Atomic Host

Red Hat says its stripped-down Linux variant for containerized cloud deployments is ready to roll, giving Red Hat customers a simplified, easy-to-manage platform for hosting Docker containers. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host was first announced at the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco last April and it has been in beta …
Containers

Docker hires'n'acquires to cure its security, networking headaches

Application container firm Docker is staffing up, having brought on new talent to further its security and networking development efforts. On Tuesday, Diogo Mónica and Nathan McCauley, two former engineers for mobile payments outfit Square, jointly blogged that they had joined Docker to lead its security engineering. "We've …
HP cloud

HP: Windows Server + OpenStack will lure biz bods from the Amazon

Hewlett-Packard is gunning for Amazon's corporate cloud business, with fully backed Windows Server on its cloud. HP is now running Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, 2003 R2, 2008 and 2008 R2 on its Helion OpenStack cloud, with full support from Microsoft. Redmond will provide technical support for customers through its …
Gavin Clarke, 4 Mar 2015
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Stop press! NHS trust finds G-Cloud, BUYS SOMETHING with it

G-Cloud can help public sector buyers dodge the bureaucracy of a European tender process – but there is no centralised coalition-led push to get more agencies and departments using it. So says Mark Davison, director of information management & technology at Berkshire Health Trust, a mental and community services body for a …
Paul Kunert, 4 Mar 2015
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IBM's Softlayer cloud to tout bare-metal Power8 boxes by the summer

In brief If you're dying to boot up bare-metal Power8-powered servers hosted in the cloud, today's your lucky day, and not in a I've-got-a-winning-lottery-ticket-outta-here sorta way. On Wednesday IBM will announce that its Softlayer public cloud will offer bare-metal Power8 servers as part of its ongoing OpenPower push. If you really, …
HP cloud

HP adds Eucalyptus to Helion cloud, but OpenStack still reigns

HP has restored Amazon Web Services compatibility to its Helion cloud product line, just over a year after it dropped support in favor of focusing on a mix of OpenStack and its own, in-house technology. The reinstated features come in the form of a new version of Eucalyptus, the AWS-friendly open source cloud-building software …
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Telefonica seals deal with HP's 'carrier grade' OpenStack phone cloud

MWC 2015 Telefonica will roll out software-defined network and cloud services using an x86 system from Hewlett-Packard. The companies are expected to announce HP’s OpenNFV today. The array was first trailed a year ago and has been selected to underpin the Spanish multinational’s new service rollouts. Financial terms of the agreement …
Gavin Clarke, 3 Mar 2015
Cloud security

Xen bug latest: Cloudpocalypse averted, says Amazon

Amazon Web Services now says that despite the recent security vulnerabilities discovered in the Xen hypervisor, the vast majority of its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) customers won't need to reboot their virtual machine instances after all. Last week, AWS and Rackspace both said that customers should prepare for a mass reboot of …
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Microsoft Swarms all over Docker Machines

Microsoft has expanded its cloudy support for Docker, adding Docker Machine to Azure and Hyper-V, and supporting Docker Swarm. With the release of Docker Machine 1.0 Beta, Redmond has blogged that users can create a host under Windows using the lightweight Linux boot2docker. Docker Machine is designed for an easy install. As …
Sad cloud

EU governments are CRAP at cloud, moans Brussels' infosec watchdog

European governments haven’t got a clue how to implement cloud services. So say the EU's own cybersecurity experts. ENISA (the European Network and Information Security Agency) has released a report on the adoption of something it calls “Gov Cloud”, defined as “a deployment model to build and deliver services to state agencies ( …
Jennifer Baker, 28 Feb 2015
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New Xen vuln triggers Amazon, Rackspace reboot panic redux

Newly discovered vulnerabilities in the open source Xen virtualization hypervisor have once again sent major public cloud companies scurrying to patch and reboot their systems before attackers can pull off a massive exploit. Amazon and Rackspace have both announced that they will need to reboot some of their servers to address …
Neil McAllister, 28 Feb 2015
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If in doubt, blow $4bn: IBM says it will fatten up on cloud, mobile, Big Data cake by 2018

IBM is betting billions that it can claw its way back to growth by focusing on what it calls its "strategic imperatives," including cloud, data analytics, mobility, social networking, and security. During Big Blue's annual meeting with financial analysts on Thursday, CFO Martin Schroeter said IBM plans to shift $4bn of spending …
Neil McAllister, 26 Feb 2015

NetApp shows hybrid love, revamps products for Amazon's cloud

NetApp is cosying up even more to Amazon in pursuit of its hybrid cloud data fabric ideas. What it’s doing is this: Adding three SteelStore cloud-native backup products as Amazon Machine Images (AMI) to backup cloud-based workloads, taking on EMC'S newly acquired cloud app firm Spanning. On-premises SteelStore physical …
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2015
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F5 and Citrix alumni build CAFE to relax cloudy apps

Airline-magazine-grade chatter about cloud suggests that running an app in Azure, AWS or Google requires not much more than a few clicks before vaporised magic takes over, infrastructure bills decrease and scalability becomes infinite. The reality is, of course, rather more complex: apps running in the cloud still need things …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Feb 2015
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HP cloud reorg shock: Ex-Eucalyptus boss Mårten Mickos backs off

Leadership at HP's cloud division is in flux once again, with senior vice president Mårten Mickos backing away from day-to-day operations of the unit and familiar faces stepping up to take his place. "As we look at both the short and long term strategic direction of our business, the time is now to open up some additional …
Neil McAllister, 24 Feb 2015
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Microsoft to store deleted Exchange Online mails FOREVER

Microsoft has changed its data retention policy for Office 365 email and the upshot is that deleted items will never disappear, unless you set up a policy to bin them. Exchange Online currently deletes things in the Deleted Items folder after 90 days. Redmond's pitching the new policy, explained here, as a hedge against …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Feb 2015
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Azure Site Recovery's SAN-shuffling VM DR aid goes live

The Azure-Site-Recovery-powered SAN snapshot wrangler Microsoft previewed last year at TechEd Europe has reached General Availability status. Azure Site Recovery (ASR) can now work with System Centre Virtual Machine Manager to coordinate the failover of their storage between sites. ASR and System centre use SMI-S- to reach and …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2015

Expired router cache sends Google Cloud Engine TITSUP

Google's Cloud Engine (GCE) has experienced Total Inability to Support Usual Performance (TITSUP) for about two-and-a-half hours. Incident 15045, as Google describes the outage, kicked off at about 22:59 on the evening of 18 February (West Coast US time) and then rolled on until 01:31 the next day. Virtual machines in the …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2015
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NetApp: Don’t know about the hybrid cloud? Then you’re a dummy

Comment This storage Vulture confesses to never having understood the appeal of writing books specifically for dummies, for example NetApp's not-very-magnum opus, Hybrid Cloud for Dummies. Maybe it's just US humour and we just don't get it this side of the pond. NetApp dummies hybrid cloud It's a special edition for NetApp and not to …
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2015
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Google offers universal cloud benchmarking tool

Google is trying to establish an independent cloud benchmark, driven by a new tool called PerfKit Benchmarker. The tool's open source, but Google's not being entirely charitable: it says it created the tool because customers struggled to compare apples to apples when assessing the performance of Google's cloud and rival …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2015
Openstack log

OpenStack's AB/CD naming is all in the name of LIBERTY for v 12.0

OpenStack has named its forthcoming twelfth release Liberty. The cloudy effort changes names with each release, advancing one letter in the alphabet each time it shoves software out the door, as reflected in names like Havana, Icehouse, Juno and Kilo. Liberty won the community vote this time around, beating off “Lizard”, “ …
Darren Pauli, 15 Feb 2015