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Big Blue's Bluemix bellows 'We do DevOps too!' until blue in face

Hoping to make its Bluemix rent-a-cloud more accommodating for rapid application development and deployment, IBM on Tuesday added three new services designed to accommodate development – and operations-oriented toolchains.
Thomas Claburn, 07 Dec 2016
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Broadcom quietly dismantles its 'Vulcan' ARM server chip project

Broadcom is shutting down efforts to develop its own server-class 64-bit ARM system-on-chip, multiple sources within the semiconductor industry have told The Register.
Chris Williams, 07 Dec 2016
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Open source Roundcube webmail can be attacked ... by sending it an e-mail

The developers of open source webmail package Roundcube want sysadmins to push in a patch, because a bug in versions prior to 1.2.3 let an attacker crash it remotely – by sending what looks like valid e-mail data.
Richard Chirgwin, 07 Dec 2016
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Android, Qualcomm move on insecure GPS almanac downloads

Nearly a decade after it introduced assisted-GPS in its mobile chipsets, Qualcomm has squished a bug that allowed miscreants to mess around with people's location services, or crash their phones.
Richard Chirgwin, 07 Dec 2016
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Big Switch takes big bet it can beat off big denial of service attacks

Big Switch Networks is taking aim at the kinds of IoT-based attacks that have rocked the Internet this year.
Richard Chirgwin, 07 Dec 2016

Brocade ships switches but makes most noise about DevOps

There's a few shiny boxes in the announcement, but Broadcom-bound Brocade hopes punters will find its automation software and DevOps story even more sparkly than its new kit.
Richard Chirgwin, 07 Dec 2016
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Dell EMC Frankenstein's Monster

Two top EMCers bail from Dell EMC

Two of EMC's most senior product line executives have resigned, deciding that Michael Dell's Dell Technologies and the David Goulden-run Dell EMC business unit is not their ideal future workplace.
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2016
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Microsoft says LinkedIn will make Trump, Brexit, voters feel great again

Microsoft says buying LinkedIn will help to address the middle class discontent that saw Britain vote to leave the European Union and America vote to leave politics as we know it behind by electing Donald Trump.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Dec 2016
Migrating birds in the cloud

Cloud Velox sends advance parties to make the cloud feel like home

The vendor formerly know as CloudVelocity, since contracted to CloudVelox, has emitted code to lift and shift networks from your bit barn to Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Simon Sharwood, 07 Dec 2016
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Uber is watching your smartphone's battery charge

Browser authors are abandoning the invasive Battery API W3C specification, but not everybody's got the memo: Uber, for example, still watches battery status.
Richard Chirgwin, 07 Dec 2016
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Crims using anti-virus exclusion lists to send malware to where it can do most damage

Advanced malware writers are using anti-virus exclusion lists to better target victims, researchers say.
Darren Pauli, 07 Dec 2016
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Epson WF-3520 printer

Firmware freakout sends Epson Wi-Fi printers into reboot loop

Epson Wi-Fi-connected printers are repeatedly crashing due to what looks like a combination of a firmware update gone wrong and Google Cloud Print.
Shaun Nichols, 07 Dec 2016
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China and Russia aren't ready to go it alone on tech, but their threats are worryingly plausible

FeatureChina and Russia are populous, wealthy nations that the technology industry has long-regarded as exceptional growth prospects.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Dec 2016
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I was a robot and this is what I learned

Sysadmin blogFor one brief instant, Microsoft was the good guy. Deep within the often customer-hostile behemoth, left after the arrogance and straight on past the victim blaming is the office of Brian First, with the Microsoft Experience Design Group. Alongside a company called Event Presence, Brian made me feel like a real person, actual and whole.
Trevor Pott, 07 Dec 2016
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Russia's bid for mobile self-sufficiency may be the saviour of Sailfish

CommentThe quest for freedom from US technologies and patent fees has been a persistent theme in China and has helped shape the new mobile landscape, in which Baidu and Alibaba, not Google and Amazon, dominate the user experience. Less is heard about another massive market, Russia, but here too, the push for technology self-sufficiency is gathering momentum, creating opportunities for alternatives to Android and iOS.
Wireless Watch, 07 Dec 2016
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HMS Illustrious sets sail for scrapyard after last-ditch bid fails

UpdatedVenerable aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious leaves Britain today on her final journey to a Turkish scrapyard, despite efforts to preserve her for the nation as a museum ship.
Gareth Corfield, 07 Dec 2016
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So, who is the cluster bomb? Student results sliced, diced, analysed

HPC BlogIt's time to close the books on another highly successful SC Student Cluster Competition. This year was special in a number of ways. First, it was the event's 10th anniversary. At 14 teams, it was also the largest SC competition ever – a far cry from the original five. SC16 was also noteworthy in terms of the performance achieved (more than twice the existing LINPACK record) and the wide variety of cluster configurations designed by the student participants.
Dan Olds, 07 Dec 2016
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Scrreshot of trailer for dave eggers the circle, movie starring emma watson.

Privacy is theft! Dave Eggers' big-screen takedown of Google and Facebook emerges

The Circle, Dave Eggers' novel about a society dominated by an omniscient, cult-like Silicon Valley internet company, has been given the big-screen treatment, with the trailer emerging this week. The movie's promo site has a witty parody of the "onboarding" process for a web platform – enjoy the unreadable EULA as it flashes past, and all your privacy and personal data is slurped up.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Dec 2016
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Brit telco EE's ads banned for 'misleading' 4G speed claims

Brit mobile provider EE has had to remove a number of TV, homepage and press ads for advertising "misleading" 4G speeds.
Kat Hall, 07 Dec 2016
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What can we use to hit Intel between the eyes, thinks Qualcomm – a 10nm ARM server chip

Qualcomm says it has started shipping to customers samples of the Centriq 2400, its 10nm 64-bit ARMv8-A general-purpose server-grade system-on-chip.
Chris Williams, 07 Dec 2016
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Information on smart meters? Yep. They're great. That works, right? – UK.gov

The UK government has insisted it is effectively communicating the benefits of its controversial smart meter programme – despite MPs having identified a "lack of clarity" over the "problem" the scheme is trying to solve.
Kat Hall, 07 Dec 2016
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Everything at Apple Watch is awesome, insists Tim Cook

Apple typically leaves the phone ringing when reporters call, so an instant rebuttal from the CEO is almost newsworthy in itself. Yesterday Tim Cook broke his monastic silence to respond to a report that Apple Watch sales were in a funk.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Dec 2016
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Burning desire helped us collar arson suspect, claim Danish cops

A Danish man being tried for arson offences might have not have been nabbed by cops if he hadn’t stopped for a five-knuckle shuffle in public, a police spokesman told a local TV crew.
Paul Kunert, 07 Dec 2016
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IDC shock prediction: Someone might build Skynet in next few years

Those crazy tech shamans at IDC have been sniffing the data centre cooling system exhausts again, this time breathlessly informing us that in three years "30 per cent of commercial service robotic applications" will take the form of "robot as a service". We have no idea either.
Gareth Corfield, 07 Dec 2016
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Are you listening, Mr Trump? World's largest tech distie is now owned by the Chinese

The world's largest tech distributor is now privately owned by the Chinese: shipping titan Tianjin Tianhai has coughed a whopping $6bn to take over US-based Ingram Micro.
Paul Kunert, 07 Dec 2016
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Sage evaluates sale of North American payments biz

Accounting and payroll firm Sage may offload part of its North American business.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Dec 2016
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Team Register, 07 Dec 2016

Crims turn to phishing-as-a-service to slash costs and max profits

Prefab phishing campaigns cost less to run and are twice as profitable as traditional phishing attacks, according to a new study by security vendor Imperva.
John Leyden, 07 Dec 2016
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Fitbit picks up Pebble, throws Pebble as far as it can into the sea

Smartwatch maker Fitbit has confirmed it has bought competitor Pebble – for an undisclosed sum – but only its software. Pebble products are on the scrapheap.
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Dec 2016
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Don't have a Dirty COW, man: Android gets full kernel hijack patch

Google has posted an update for Android that, among other fixes, officially closes the Dirty COW vulnerability.
Shaun Nichols, 07 Dec 2016
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$17k win for man falsely accused of a terrible crime: Downloading an Adam Sandler movie

Hollywood lawyers have been ordered to foot more than $17,000 in legal bills after falsely accusing a bloke of illegally downloading and sharing the Adam Sandler flick The Cobbler.
Iain Thomson, 07 Dec 2016
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NASA spunks $127m on SSL-powered robot to refuel satellites in space

SSL (previously Space Systems/Loral) has won a contract to build a robot capable of refueling satellites in orbit, whether or not they have been designed to get more fuel.
Iain Thomson, 07 Dec 2016
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Oz gummint's 'open government' strategy arrives at last

A couple of days after being warned it was dragging its feet on open government strategies, the Federal Government has released its Open Government National Action Plan.
Richard Chirgwin, 07 Dec 2016
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Could this be you? Really Offensive Security Engineer sought by Facebook

Facebook is hiring an Offensive Security Engineer, and not the sort inclined to disparage the length of your keys or your choice of encryption algorithm.
Thomas Claburn, 07 Dec 2016
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Sigh... 'Hundreds of thousands' of... sigh, web CCTV cams still at risk of... sigh, hijacking

VidAmid ongoing malware infections of IoT gadgets and armies of commandeered gizmos attacking server, glaring security holes in web-connected CCTV cameras are going unpatched.
Shaun Nichols, 07 Dec 2016

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