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WordPress auto-update server had flaw allowing anyone to add anything to websites worldwide

Up to a quarter of all websites on the internet could have been attacked through a since-patched vulnerability that allowed WordPress' core update server to be compromised.
Darren Pauli, 23 Nov 2016
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FYI: The FBI is being awfully evasive about its fresh cyber-spy powers

Senior US senators have expressed concern that the FBI is not being clear about how it intends to use its enhanced powers to spy on American citizens.
Iain Thomson, 23 Nov 2016
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Twitter bans own CEO Jack Dorsey from Twitter

Twitter today briefly suspended the Twitter account of Twitter cofounder and CEO Jack Dorsey. For a moment, we all thought the big boss had been unceremoniously booted out of the troubled biz or had fallen foul of his own anti-abuse complaints system. But it was probably a bug or something mundane like that.
Chris Williams, 23 Nov 2016
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Snail mail thieves feed international identity theft rings say Oz cops

You may run security software, encrypt everything, protect your very complex passwords and use two-factor authentication for everything, but the humble mailbox and the snail mail it contains can still see your identity stolen.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2016
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Credit cards ripped from Madison Square Garden venues in year-long op

Carders have spent a year stealing an unknown number of credit card numbers from iconic New York City entertainment venue operator Madison Square Garden, after breaching payment card processing systems.
Darren Pauli, 23 Nov 2016
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HPE's first standalone year ticks most boxes – except Donald Trump's

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has posted its first full-year results as a discrete entity and says it has ticked most of the boxes it said it would when it spun itself out and then started selling bits of itself off.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2016
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Speedy Gonzales surrounded by cheese

Dell EMC's Pure-crushing benchmarks are flawed, says, er, Pure

We've seen selected benchmarks that show Dell EMC Unity arrays giving Pure a hard time – and, unsurprisingly, Pure says the tests are "obviously flawed."
Chris Mellor, 23 Nov 2016
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Signal security revealed: A triple-Diffie-Hellman with a double ratchet

Signal developer Open Whisper Systems has quietly posted some important documents for developer consumption: the specifications of its signature verification, key agreement, and secret key protocols.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Nov 2016
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Twilight Zone, 'Time Enough At Last'

It's time: Patch Network Time Protocol before it loses track of time

The maintainers of the Network Time Protocol daemon (ntpd) have pushed out a patch for ten security vulnerabilities.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Nov 2016
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It's a nice day for a Net wedding: Macom buys Applied Micro Circuits

Connectivity collaborators Macom and Applied Micro Circuits have decided to tie the knot, with Macom laying out US$770 million in cash and shares to seal the deal.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Nov 2016
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Telegram API ransomware wrecked three weeks after launch

Ransomware scum abusing the protocol of the popular Telegram encrypted chat app have been wrecked and their malware ransom system decrypted.
Darren Pauli, 23 Nov 2016
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Image of landscape with Facebook Reaction icons

Not fake news: Facebook reinvents SVG

Thanks to Facebook, you too can festoon your mobile applications with high-quality, low-overhead vector animations.
Thomas Claburn, 23 Nov 2016
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HP Inc CEO Dion: Whey-hey, we're on the pull

HP Inc has delivered its first full year of financial results, and they aren't looking good.
Iain Thomson, 23 Nov 2016
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Samsung fires $70m at quantum televisions

Samsung's beefing up one of the divisions that hasn't been burned by its Galaxy Note 7 disaster, acquiring a US company that specialises in quantum dots for displays.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Nov 2016
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Euro Patent office staff call again for King Battistelli regicide

The central staff committee at the European Patent Office (EPO) has asked again for the organization's Administrative Council to take action against its president Benoit Battistelli, citing the dismissal of the secretary of its staff union as the final straw.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Nov 2016
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2016. AI boffins picked a hell of a year to train a neural net by making it watch the news

LipNet, the lipreading network developed by researchers at the University of Oxford and DeepMind, can now lipread from TV shows better than professional lipreaders.
Katyanna Quach, 23 Nov 2016
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Reg correspondent snaps pic of lavatory in Japan. Photo by Gareth Corfield

Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

RotMDear reader, I am in a state of shock and horror. That’s right - I have attempted to use a Japanese electric toilet in the manner for which it was designed. I fear my rear may never recover.
Gareth Corfield, 23 Nov 2016
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Peter Capaldi in bbc2 political satire The Thick of It. Copyright BBC

Gov's industrial strategy: 'Look, we've changed the words above our door'

AnalysisWe know the government is serious about an industrial strategy because it renamed the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Kat Hall, 23 Nov 2016
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HTC and OnePlus spruce up flagships for Santa's sack

Phone makers used to "refresh" their annual flagships by flinging out one in a new colour. But in today's hyper-competitive market, where flagships are forgotten almost as soon as they appear, apparently that isn't enough. HTC and OnePlus have each given their ranges mid-year revamps with new specs, cases, and fancy new names. Both revamps arrive with Android 7.0 Nougat.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Nov 2016
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Stay out of my server room!

Sysadmin blogWe always design our data centres and server rooms with the best of intentions. A nice, enclosed space with excellent ventilation and air conditioning, sufficient power points to ensure circuits are never overloaded, and enough space to get at both the front and back sides of the rack – ideally all cordoned off into its own room so nobody has to listen to the noise or be perpetually chilled to the bone.
Trevor Pott, 23 Nov 2016
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Microsoft still working to fix Outlook sync issues

Outlook users are still struggling to get their email clients to synchronise with Microsoft's servers.
Alexander J Martin, 23 Nov 2016
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Deliver-oops! Takeaway pusher's customers burger-ed by hijackers

Customers of online takeaway firm Deliveroo are getting their accounts hijacked and charged for food they never ordered, according to an investigation by BBC One's Watchdog.
John Leyden, 23 Nov 2016
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Toaster

Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster

Microsoft's nerd goggles require only a humble PC. But then who needs more than 640KB?
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Nov 2016
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Obama awards honours to Grace Hopper, Margaret Hamilton for computing contributions

President Barack Obama has awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to two women who made enormous contributions to the history of computing – COBOL co-inventor Grace Hopper and Apollo programmer Margaret Hamilton.
Alexander J Martin, 23 Nov 2016
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Sharon White, new head of Ofcom, former Second Perm Sec at the Treasury

Surprise, surprise. BT the only Universal Service Obligation provider in town

BT is the only player to offer its services for universal coverage of 10Mbps by 2020, but has also placed a number of conditions on doing so, head of comms regulator Ofcom Sharon White has said.
Kat Hall, 23 Nov 2016
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AWS boss Andy Jassy speaking at AWS SFO Summit 2015

AWS to launch Aurora service for PostgreSQL at re:Invent – report

Amazon Web Services will announce a PostgreSQL compatible managed cloud service during its re:Invent conference next week, according to reports.
Alexander J Martin, 23 Nov 2016
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Fibre pushers get UK budget tax reprieve

Businesses rolling out pure fibre in the UK are to be exempt from paying land rates over the next five years, Chancellor Philip Hammond's announced in a reprieve to providers in his Autumn Statement today.
Kat Hall, 23 Nov 2016
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Cut cable

Comcast is the honey badger of ISPs – injects pop-ups into browsers, doesn't give a fsck

As an ostensible courtesy to internet customers now facing 1TB monthly data caps, Comcast has begun notifying those approaching their quotas through popup browser windows.
Thomas Claburn, 23 Nov 2016
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HPE core servers and storage under pressure

Analysis HPE's latest results show a company emerging slimmer and fitter through diet (cost-cutting) and exercise (spin-merger deals) but facing tougher markets in servers and storage – the new normal, as CEO Meg Whitman says.
Chris Mellor, 23 Nov 2016
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Sorry, iPhone fans – only Fandroids get Barclays' tap-to-withdraw

Barclays is trialling smartphone cash withdrawals.
John Leyden, 23 Nov 2016
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Visa cries foul over Euro regulator's stronger authentication demands

The EU banking regulator’s plans to reduce fraud by obliging the use of passwords, codes or a card reader to authenticate electronic payments above 10 euros have drawn fire from the payments industry.
John Leyden, 23 Nov 2016
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Zumwalt

USS Zumwalt gets Panama tug job after yet another breakdown

The US Navy's most advanced ship yet, the $4.4bn stealth destroyer USS Zumwalt, has had to be ignominiously towed through the Panama Canal after its engines failed yet again.
Iain Thomson, 23 Nov 2016
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Car crash

Hey techbros, make an airplane mode but for driving for your apps – US traffic watchdog

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed voluntary guidelines [PDF] designed to reduce driver distraction by mobile devices in vehicles.
Thomas Claburn, 23 Nov 2016

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