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Google publishes crypto mandate for Android 6.0

Google's put the issue of mandatory Android encryption back on the table, publishing a compatibility document that mandates it (with caveats) in Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Richard Chirgwin, 20 Oct 2015
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Your one-minute guide to IBM's financial future – or just imagine a skier tumbling down a slope

Today, IBM is said to be the biggest technology services biz on Earth – and the only way is down.
Chris Williams, 20 Oct 2015
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Microsoft flicks switch for three Azure bit barns in India

Microsoft's Azure cloud services have a new region: India.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2015
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ITU rubber-stamps '3D' audio format

Big-screen TV fans – actually, vendors and media outfits – will be celebrating at the prospect of yet another audio standard.
Richard Chirgwin, 20 Oct 2015
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Zombie iOS APIs used to slurp private data

Up to a million iOS users' Apple IDs and device serial numbers were harvested by a software development kit (SDK) that accessed so-called “private APIs”.
Richard Chirgwin, 20 Oct 2015
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VMware adopts cloud-first-for-new-features vSphere update plan

Future releases of vSphere will include features that have previously debuted in VMware's cloud, vCloud Air.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2015
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Neutrino exploit kit attacks hit thousands of Magento shops

Researchers are warning of a bumbling but large campaign against Magento-powered ecommerce sites that is redirecting users to the Neutrino exploit kit.
Darren Pauli, 20 Oct 2015
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Accidental homicide: how VoLTE kills old style call accounting

Korean and US telco researchers have sounded what's probably the first death-knell of voice calls, demonstrating a variety of problems – some fundamental – with how Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) works.
Richard Chirgwin, 20 Oct 2015
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Sites cling to a million flawed, fading SHA-1 certificates: Netcraft

British security bod Paul Mutton says scores of websites including big ticket companies like Deloitte are among a million outfits using outdated and vulnerable SHA-1-coded certificates which researchers have recently badged deceased.
Darren Pauli, 20 Oct 2015
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Our intuitive AI outperforms (most) puny humans, claims MIT

Traditionally computers are great at crunching numbers, but lousy at understanding what they mean. But a team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology thinks it's cracking that problem.
Iain Thomson, 20 Oct 2015
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Lotus F1: 38°C? Sand in your Vblocks? Must be building a data center in Bahrain again

If you think your IT role is demanding, imagine needing to do a major install every couple of weeks. You only have a day to do it, you can't visit the site before, and it may be in incredibly hot, wet or dusty conditions.
Simon Rockman, 20 Oct 2015
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Terror, terror everywhere: Call the filter police, there's a madman (or two) in town

AnalysisThe UK government routinely rips up its anti-extremism, counter-terror, extremism-terror, whatever strategy in favour of what Home Secretary Theresa May typically describes as an even tougher approach to thwart baddies who seek to do us harm.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Oct 2015
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At last, UK customers are buying PCs again

The Brit PC market showed signs of life in Q3, according to official stats from distributors – but the same could not be said for much of the rest of Western Europe.
Paul Kunert, 20 Oct 2015
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openSUSE Leap: Middle ground between cutting edge and conservative

Linux distributions need to walk a fine line. On the one hand users want rock-solid foundations; this is why conservative distros like Debian have long ruled the server. But on the other hand, you want the most up-to-date apps on your desktop, hence the popularity of Ubuntu (rather than Debian) for laptops and PCs.
Scott Gilbertson, 20 Oct 2015
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Hated Capita Contingent Labour One contract will be overhauled

The government's £2.5bn Capita-run Contingent Labour One framework – hated by suppliers and buyers alike – is to be overhauled by a "more equitable" Temporary Workers contract next year.
Kat Hall, 20 Oct 2015
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Infosec workers swipe Q-tip across 'net: Ew, there's Dridex on it

The Dridex banking botnet is continuing to show some signs of life even after a high-profile FBI-led disruption operation earlier this month.
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2015
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Online pharmacy slapped with £130,000 fine for flogging customer data

Online pharmacy Pharmacy 2U has been slapped with a £130,000 fine by the Information Commissioner's Office for flogging customers to a marketing company without their consent.
Kat Hall, 20 Oct 2015
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Microsoft Azure now goes with Google's Go

Microsoft has added “experimental support” for the open-source Go programming language, developed by Google, on the Azure App Service, part of its cloud platform.
Tim Anderson, 20 Oct 2015
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Got a DevOps story to tell? Get in touch with us now

If you want to want to tell the world - or just your fellow Reg readers - how you’ve dragged your software development operations into the 21st century, we want to hear from you.
Joe Fay, 20 Oct 2015
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NASA deep space scope serves up EPIC Earth snapshots

NASA has unveiled a portal serving daily images of Earth snapped by its Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR).
Lester Haines, 20 Oct 2015
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Cloud drives up growth in SAP's third quarter

Cloud was the fastest growing of all of SAP’s business lines in the last thee months.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Oct 2015
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Microsoft boss Satya Nadella is paid $18m – and would trouser $20m if sacked

Microsoft's chief exec Satya Nadella was awarded a big fat pay packet of $18m (£12m) for the company's last fiscal year.
Kat Hall, 20 Oct 2015
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That's gotta hurt: NASA suffers attack of the lame Orionids

A gloomy NASA isn't holding out much hope for a dazzling Orionid meteor shower display this week, as Earth passes through the debris trail of Halley's Comet.
Lester Haines, 20 Oct 2015
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WordPress blogger patch foot-drag nag: You're tempting hackers

Misconfigured and unpatched WordPress sites are causing a rash of problems both to themselves and the wider internet. In fact, this ever-present internet security threat has flared up again over the last week because of several new issues.
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2015
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About that IBM hardware revenues dive: Blame storage, says CFO

IBM's storage hardware revenues declined by 19 per cent year-on-year in its third 2015 quarter, continuing a four-and-a-half year fall.
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2015
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ARM floats power-sipping Mali-470 GPU for Internet of Things things

ARM has launched the Mali-470 GPU for Internet of Things (IoT) with - the firm claims - half the power consumption of the Mali-400.
Alexander J Martin, 20 Oct 2015
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Another go with MIPS IoT: Imagination unveils new Creator board

Imagination Technologies has announced the Creator Ci40, a development board for Internet of Things (IoT) projects, based on the MIPS interAptiv CPU.
Tim Anderson, 20 Oct 2015
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SanDisk, we could make sweet flash music together, whispers WD

Western Digital is considering buying SanDisk for approximately $17-$18bn, with the companies already in advanced talks and a deal possible within weeks, according to Bloomberg, after speculation surfaced last week that SanDisk was in acquisition talks with both Micron and Western Digital. The potential deal price with WD is $80-$90/share.
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2015
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The enterprise IT landscape: Five key ways it will change

BlogThe more IT managers (of which I'm one in my day job) I talk to, the more I head people wondering where IT will be going over the next five years. The times are, as a Mr. Zimmerman sang in 1964, a-changin': but what will be different? I reckon things will evolve in five key ways.
Dave Cartwright, 20 Oct 2015
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Virgin Media boss urges UK watchdogs not to pick wrong BT battle

Broadband World ForumVirgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge was – just like his peers in the ISP game – preoccupied with regulatory policy during a keynote speech at the Broadband World Forum on Tuesday.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Oct 2015
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Deutsche Telekom to file anti-Google EU antitrust charge – report

German telco Deutsche Telekom is to file an antitrust complaint with the European Commission against Google, according to the New York Times.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Oct 2015

Thales buys Vormetric for $400m in major security biz push

Thales has put up $440m to acquire Vormetric, which develops data protection technology for physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures.
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2015
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Google swallows your Docs bill from Microsoft, pitches for user familiarity

Google will swallow the cost of its online collaboration apps to harvest business users on Microsoft Office, a global sales bigwig has announced.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Oct 2015
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HTC's new One A9 will gulp Android updates days after Nexus mobes

HTC is pinning its comeback on better service, and cuddling up closer to Google.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Oct 2015
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Solidfire enters ninth circle of Dell, emerges clutching new blueprints

Solidfire has produced a networking-based reference architecture for vSphere using Dell kit.
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2015
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AT&T, Verizon probed: 'No escape from biz broadband packages'

The FCC is probing AT&T and Verizon over claims the telcos are locking companies into expensive business broadband contracts.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Oct 2015
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Rogue Silk Road Fed starts 6.5-year stretch for nicking Bitcoins

A rogue US federal agent was jailed for 78 months on Monday after he stole Bitcoins during an investigation into the notorious Silk Road online black market.
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2015
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NBN's good-to-go dates remain confidential

Bill Morrow, CEO of nbnTM, the organisation building Australia's national broadband network (NBN) has sparked a political storm over patch cables.
Richard Chirgwin, 20 Oct 2015
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Millions of people forget to cancel Apple Music subscription

Apple has put out the first stats around its music subscription service and the end result is ... good start.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Oct 2015
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Not quite Facebook but need scale? Dell has a DSS server for you

Dell has launched four specialised DSS servers.
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2015
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Western Digital's hard drive encryption is useless. Totally useless

The encryption systems used in Western Digital's portable hard drives are pretty pointless, according to new research. It appears anyone getting hold of the vulnerable devices can easily decrypt them.
Iain Thomson, 20 Oct 2015
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We SC what you did there, Mikey: Dell emits top-end array, hyper-converged boxes

Dell has launched a flagship SC9000 Compellent array plus a more powerful XC hyper-converged system. It comes just days after Michael Dell launched a bid to buy EMC, which involves overlapping VNX array and ScaleIO hyper-converged products.
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2015
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Yahoo! boss! Mayer! promises! shake-up! in! bid! to! save! her! job!

The latest effort to turn around internet stalwart Yahoo! appears to have stalled again with a disappointing earnings report.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Oct 2015
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Bosch, you suck! Dyson says VW pal cheated in vacuum cleaner tests

Brit vacuum-cleaner maker Dyson is taking legal action against Bosch and Siemens, accusing the pair of cheating in energy efficiency tests.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Oct 2015

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