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US judge halts mass fingerprint harvesting by cops to unlock iPhones

AnalysisAn Illinois judge has rejected a warrant sought by the US government to force everyone in a given location to apply his or her fingerprints to any Apple electronic device investigators happen to find there, a ruling contrary to a similar warrant request granted last year by a judge in California.
Thomas Claburn, 23 Feb 2017
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Radioactive leak riddle: Now Team America sniffs Europe's skies for iodine isotope source

The US military has sent one of its atmosphere-analyzing aircraft to Europe to hunt the source of a radioactive leak on the continent.
Iain Thomson, 23 Feb 2017
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People whispering

Firefox certificate cache leaks user information

Firefox's intermediate certificate cache can be tricked into leaking to a deliberately mis-configured server, creating yet-another chance to fingerprint users (including those who think they're protected by Private Browsing).
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Feb 2017
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Stegosaurus

Linux kernel gets patch for 11-year-old local-root-hole security bug

Eleven years ago or thereabouts, the Linux kernel got support for the Datagram Congestion Control Protocol – and also got a privilege escalation bug that has just been fixed.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Feb 2017
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The last time El Reg covered IBM Domino we used a chisel

The last time The Register covered IBM Domino, we rode to work on a brontosaurus and wrote the story with a a chisel.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Feb 2017
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Arris slaps down US$800m to buy Brocade's wireless bits

Arris Technologies will buy Ruckus Wireless from Broadcom, for US$800m.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Feb 2017
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printer

HP Ink says ink sales are down but PC sales are up, up, up!

HP Inc has reported its first quarter results with a highlight being increased sales and revenue for PCs, but a dip for printer-related activities.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Feb 2017
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Semaphore hello

Boffins exfiltrate data by blinking hard drives' LEDs

That roll of tape you use to cover the Webcam? Better use some of it on your hard-drive LED, because it can be a data exfiltration vector.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Feb 2017
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Pebble Time

Fitbit hit on Pebble kit cost just 20 million quid? Oh s**t!

Fitbit has confirmed the long-held belief that it scooped up rival wearables maker Pebble for a bargain basement price before murdering the watchmaker.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Feb 2017
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Microsoft catches up to Valentine's Day Flash flaw massacre

Microsoft's popped out a Security Update for Adobe Flash.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Feb 2017
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A wafer full of Intel's C3000 Atoms

Intel scales Atom to 16 cores, updates Xeon SoCs

Intel's tossed out a batch of new products ahead of Mobile World Congress, all of them handy for internet of things applications operating on very fast wireless networks.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Feb 2017
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From drugs to galaxy hunting, AI is elbowing its way into boffins' labs

FeaturePowerful artificially intelligent algorithms and models are all the rage. They're knocking it out of the park in language translation and image recognition, but autonomous cars and chatbots? Not so much.
Katyanna Quach, 23 Feb 2017
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Oh UK. You won't switch mobile providers. And now look at you! £5.8bn you've lost

Customers are losing £5.8bn per year by sticking with the same mobile supplier, according to research from comparison site uSwitch.
Kat Hall, 23 Feb 2017
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Tosh_Q300s

Tosh doubles 64-layer 3D flash chip capacity with a bit of TLC

Toshiba has introduced its first 64-layer 3D NAND device that doubles the capacity of its 256Gb product to 512Gb using a TLC (3bits/cell) design.
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2017
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Vintage BBC experimental colour transmission testcard section

BBC admits iPlayer downloads are broken

UpdatedThe BBC has acknowledged that problems with the latest iPlayer software for PCs and Macs have left users unable to download shows to watch offline.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Feb 2017
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Fencers photo via Shutterstock

Different judge, different verdict? Diageo's £54m SAP legal slap could have gone another way

If you use software licensed by SAP, you had better read your licence. If you have not yet acquired SAP software, you should make sure you use an experienced IT licensing lawyer before contracting.
Barry Sookman, 23 Feb 2017
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Optimus prime photo via Shutterstock

Your IDE won't change, but YOU will: HELLO! Machine learning

Machine learning has become a buzzword. A branch of Artificial Intelligence, it adds marketing sparkle to everything from intrusion detection tools to business analytics. What is it, exactly, and how can you code it?
Danny Bradbury, 23 Feb 2017
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Trophy. Image via Shutterstock

OK, hyperconverged is the new black. But who's winning at it?

A consultancy reports that Nutanix, Simplivity and VMware lead the SDS/HCI market, while Microsoft, Cisco and HPE lag behind.
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2017
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Peter Sage, principal of Space Energy, giving a talk in 2012. He is currently imprisoned for contempt of court

Alleged $17.5m fraudster accused of duping HPE out of 42,000 servers

Peter Sage, the imprisoned "serial entrepreneur" and one-time principal of the company Space Energy, is said to have defrauded Hewlett Packard Enterprise out of tens of thousands of servers in a scam that unfolded over three years.
Gareth Corfield, 23 Feb 2017
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Cat and mouse

More brilliant Internet of Things gadgetry: A £1,300 mousetrap

Pest control firm Rentokil has developed an Internet of Things mousetrap that gasses rodents and automatically calls out a disposal bod – and it can be yours for a cool £1,300.
Gareth Corfield, 23 Feb 2017
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Deutsche Telekom hack suspect arrested at London airport

UK police have arrested a suspect in connection with an attack that infected nearly 1 million Deutsche Telekom routers last November.
John Leyden, 23 Feb 2017
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IBM: Voluntary redundo offer? Ticked. Min stat terms? Ticked

ExclusiveIBM is hoping to lighten monthly payroll costs by, er, dangling minimum statutory redundancy terms in front of UK staff who volunteer to cut short their career at the creaking tech titan.
Paul Kunert, 23 Feb 2017
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An angry woman looking at her phone

O2 daddy Telefónica reports 12.5% drop in UK sales

Sales at Telefónica UK, which owns O2, plunged 12.5 per cent to €6.8bn (£5.7bn) for the firm's full year, mainly due to currency changes.
Kat Hall, 23 Feb 2017
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Free range chicken and farmer photo via Shutterstock

Become a blockchain-secured space farmer with your hard drive

Startup Storj (pronounced storage oddly enough) has an open source, distributed cloud object storage platform using blockchain technology and end-to-end cryptography across a peer-to-peer network to secure files.
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2017
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Elon Musk

Elon Musk promises Tesla investors Trump won't send him to Mars

Amid larger than expected losses at Tesla, founder Elon Musk promised he would not be diverted by a mission to Mars and intended to stay at the company "forever".
Kat Hall, 23 Feb 2017
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Managed file transfer peeps Axway gobble sharetakers Syncplicity

French managed file transfer (MFT) company Axway has bought file sync and share supplier Syncplicity.
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2017
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KCL external review blames whole IT team for mega-outage, leaves managers unshamed

ExclusiveAn external review into last October's catastrophic data loss at King's College London has placed the blame squarely at the feet of the IT technical team, which it found neither understood nor followed the university's system for backing up data.
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The Royal Courts of Justice in London

Ex-employees sued for £15m over data slurpage ordered to pay up just £2

The High Court in London, UK, has agreed that a company's former employees who took thousands of confidential files away on USB sticks when they quit the firm were indeed naughty – and ordered them to pay damages of just £1 each.
Gareth Corfield, 23 Feb 2017
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Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

The adoption of prophylactics to protect users against advertising failed to rise in 2016, according to pollsters YouGov.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Feb 2017
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Parliament photo by Shutterstock

Brit lords slip 30Mbps Universal Service Obligation into UK Digital Economy Bill

An eleventh-hour amendment has been added to the UK government's Digital Economy Bill, proposing an increase of the Universal Service Obligation from 10Mbps to 30Mbps.
Kat Hall, 23 Feb 2017
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'First ever' SHA-1 hash collision calculated. All it took were five clever brains... and 6,610 years of processor time

Google researchers and academics have today demonstrated it is possible – following years of number crunching – to produce two different documents that have the same SHA-1 hash signature.
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People built AI bots to improve Wikipedia. Then they started squabbling in petty edit wars, sigh

AnalysisAn investigation into Wikipedia bots has confirmed the automated editing software can be just as pedantic and petty as humans are – often engaging in online spats that can continue for years.
Katyanna Quach, 23 Feb 2017
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US 'security' biz trio Sentinel Labs, Vir2us, SpyChatter accused of lying about certification

Three US companies have settled with the FTC after they were accused of lying about the security safeguards on their customer information.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Feb 2017
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I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

Back in December 2011, Michael Thomas did what many sysadmins secretly dream of doing: he trashed his employer's network and left a note saying he quit.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Feb 2017
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Graduate student Seongjun Park holds an example of a new flexible fiber

MIT goes down to the wire: Brain cable pipes electricity, chemicals, light straight into minds

MIT brain boffins have developed a tiny fiber that can carry chemical, electrical, and optical signals back and forth between the brain and an external device, offering an improved path for testing brain functions and interactions.
Thomas Claburn, 23 Feb 2017
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Echo

Amazon goes to court to stop US murder cops turning Echoes into Big Brother house spies

Police in the US believe an Amazon Echo overheard the murder of a bloke found dead floating in a hot tub. All the cops want is a copy of any audio recorded by the personal assistant, conveniently stored in Amazon's cloud.
Iain Thomson, 23 Feb 2017
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A man buried in paperwork

How to nuke websites you don't like: Slam Google with millions of bogus DMCA takedowns

AnalysisBig corporations are abusing the system for taking down files and links to copyright-infringing content by sending millions of fake links, according to Google.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Feb 2017
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Meg Whitman

HPE CEO Whitman says everything's 'on the right track' as sales are literally decimated

HPE's financial results for the first quarter of its fiscal 2017 are in, and they don't look good. Profits are flat and the servers, storage and networking divisions have shown double-digit declines in revenue.
Iain Thomson, 23 Feb 2017

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