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White House report cautiously optimistic about job-killing AI

In a followup to its smash hit, Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence, the White House on Tuesday released Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy, a report that attempts to outline the economic consequences of expected advances in automation and machine learning without actually risking a prediction of what's to come.
Thomas Claburn, 22 Dec 2016
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Australian Internet policy remains years behind reality

That Australian policy-makers cannot muster a coherent and consistent approach to the changes wrought by the internet has again been made apparent in recent weeks, by a number of events.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2016
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Firefox to give all extensions their own process in January

The Mozilla Foundation has outlined plans to add more multi-process features to its Firefox browser.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2016
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NIST requests ideas for crypto that can survive quantum computers

The United States' National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a “Notice and request for nominations for candidate post-quantum algorithms.”
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2016
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Raspberry Pi Foundation's PIXEL OS on a PC

Raspberry Pi Foundation releases operating system for PCs, Macs

The Raspberry Pi foundation has ported the PIXEL OS it released in September to the PC and Mac.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2016
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Virtualisation got boring in 2016, but the fun's about to start anew

END-OF-YEAR ROUND UP2016 was a year in which virtualisation became so mainstream, so expected, so accepted that it started to look like a moribund market.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2016
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Support chap's Sonic Screwdriver fixes PC as user fumes in disbelief

On-callWelcome to another festive edition of On-Call, the column in which we recycle readers' horror stories.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2016
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Eating Brotli will improve Edge's inner health says Microsoft

Microsoft's announced it will adopt the Brotli compression algorithm that Google open-sourced last year in future versions of its Edge browser.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2016
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Capita is STILL the BIGGEST tech services supplier to UK.gov

Despite all the mini fires burning at beleaguered Capita, the much maligned outsourcing giant remained the UK's biggest public sector tech services supplier in 2016 as revenues swelled to £1.9bn.
Kat Hall, 22 Dec 2016
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Gov claws back £440m for rural broadband

The government has clawed back £440m from its superfast broadband programme to connect an extra 600,000 homes and businesses in remote areas.
Kat Hall, 22 Dec 2016
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Windows 10 nags, Dirty Cow, Microsoft's Linux man love: The Reg's big ones for 2016

Systems got bigger and more removed from ordinary mortals during 2016 as West Coast tech firms centralised more and more computing on server farms.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Dec 2016
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NAND, fab-ulous NAND, price rises make DRAM a cash cow

Happy days for Micron, it seems. Its first fiscal 2017 quarter results were lifted by high demand and price rises driven by supply constraints. The market wanted more DRAM and NAND bits than the firm's fabs could ship and DRAM prices went up.
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2016
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HPE exec quits for online security startup

The veep chosen by Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s to run its sales channels in the UK and Ireland has quit to take up a post an at online security services startup.
Paul Kunert, 22 Dec 2016
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Groupon frauds blamed on third-party password breaches

Groupon has blamed fraudulent purchases from some UK customers' accounts on password leaks from other sites.
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2016
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How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order

It’s on: the fight over Rogue One or Force Awakens. Which was better? Which has the best bad character - is it calculating Commander Orson Krennic or bratty Kylo Ren?
Gavin Clarke, 22 Dec 2016
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'Twas Brillo but then Android Things, which watched as Google Weaved its Nest

CommentGoogle has launched the developer preview of Android Things, updating and rebranding the Brillo IoT operating system which was unveiled over a year ago.
Wireless Watch, 22 Dec 2016
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What gifts did ol' kitten heels May get this year?

Working out what to get anyone for Christmas is tricky, so you can be forgiven for falling back on broad stereotypes. A drill for dad. Perfume for the girlfriend. Wirecutters for BOFH.
Kat Hall, 22 Dec 2016
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Internet-enabled baseball

Building IoT: Forget the vision, just show us how to build it

If you’ve had all the vision you can handle, and just want to know how to actually develop devices, applications and networks to exploit the internet of things, you really need to join us next March for Building IoT London.
Team Register, 22 Dec 2016
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Rising flash demand looks non-volatile. Time to build a fab

+CommentSK Hynix, the world's second largest DRAM and NAND fab company, is going to build a new flash foundry in South Korea.
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2016
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Did EU ruling invalidate the UK's bonkers Snoopers' Charter?

AnalysisYesterday's judgment from the EU Court of Justice offered hope to many of those critical of the wider culture of communications data retention, but what does this mean for the UK's Investigatory Powers Act?
Alexander J Martin, 22 Dec 2016
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Rollout of smart meters continues at a snail's pace

Looking back over a turbulent year, some things remained reassuringly constant. England lost the football, Julian Assange stayed vitamin D deprived, and Blighty's smart meter rollout continued at a snail's pace.
Kat Hall, 22 Dec 2016
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Big Sphere 3D shareholder tosses activist letter in firm's lap

+CommentCyrus Capital Partners, a major Sphere 3D shareholder, has filed a highly critical public letter calling for a full restructuring of the company to fix "cost" and "under-performance" issues.
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2016
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'DNC hackers' used mobile malware to track Ukrainian artillery – researchers

The Russian hacking crew controversially linked to hacks against the Democrat Party during the US election allegedly used Android malware to track Ukrainian artillery units from late 2014 until 2016, according to new research.
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2016
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Bad news: Exim hole was going to be patched on Xmas Day. Good news: Keyword 'was'

UpdatedAn information-leaking security hole in widely used email agent Exim – scheduled for repair on Christmas Day – may now be publicly patched earlier, possibly as soon as Friday.
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2016
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Who's been naughty and nice in IT storage – over to you, Gartner-claus

Just another sweet week in storage with a blitz of news candy covering archiving, flash arrays, compression and removable disk backup.
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2016
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Chinese boffins: We're testing an 'impossible' EM Drive IN SPAAAACE

A month after NASA published a paper suggesting a controversial electromagnetic engine design appears to work, Chinese eggheads claim they've had similar results – and have sent an EM Drive into space for testing.
Iain Thomson, 22 Dec 2016
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Uber moving its self-driving cars via self-driving truck

Uber's self-driving cars get kicked out of SF, seek refuge in Arizona

AnalysisThe California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on Wednesday revoked the registration of 16 self-driving Uber vehicles, sending a signal to the regulation-averse startup that the agency is not to be publicly defied.
Thomas Claburn, 22 Dec 2016
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Made in China

We've been Trumped! China's Alibaba is a 'notorious' knock-offs souk, says US watchdog

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has put Alibaba's Taobao, the Chinese internet giant's online auction site, on its "notorious markets list" of sites that regularly deal in counterfeit goods.
Iain Thomson, 22 Dec 2016
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Merry Christmas Australia

Australia's future technology headlines … for 2018!

Today's the last day anyone from Vulture South will show up for work until January 3rd. So while we're at the beach, cricket and bottom of a beer glass, we leave you with our almost-traditional prediction for technology news in the year after next
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2016

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