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Chinese e-tailer beats Amazon to the skies with one-ton delivery drones

JD.com, China's largest online retailer, has announced it is beginning trials of a new delivery drone capable of carrying a ton of cargo to rural Chinese customers.
Iain Thomson, 23 May 2017
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Amazon Drive webpage

Amazon Drive bans rclone storage client

Last week, Amazon Web Services banned rclone, an open source cloud storage client application, from accessing Amazon Drive, inconveniencing hundreds or possibly thousands of people using the software.
Thomas Claburn, 23 May 2017
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PayPal and Pandora logos

PayPal peed off about Pandora's 'P' being mistaken for its 'PP'

LOGOWATCH LEGALPayPal has filed a lawsuit against streaming music service Pandora, alleging that the latter's stylised single “P” logo is so similar to the payment company's “PP” logo that it's designed to get punters confusing the two.
Simon Sharwood, 23 May 2017
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Kepler

'Tabby's Star' intrigues astro-boffins with brief 'dimming event'

Astronomers worldwide are scrambling a worldwide effort to capture as many images of the famous “Tabby's Star” (also known as Boyajian's Star), which has abruptly entered a dimming phase.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 May 2017
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Russian raids sweep up 20 malware scum

The Russian Interior Ministry has announced the arrest of 20 people following raids related to a malware campaign dubbed “Cron” which had been emptying victims' bank accounts.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 May 2017
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European flag with sad face

EU security think tank ENISA looks for IoT security, can't find any

European network and infosec agency ENISA has taken a look at Internet of Things security, and doesn't much like what it sees.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 May 2017
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Elastic Storage

AppDynamics pondering 'business-aware infrastructure'

AppDynamics is considering the wonderful world of policy-driven infrastructure automation, so that your data centre can respond when your applications deliver a less-than-stellar customer experience.
Simon Sharwood, 23 May 2017
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Go ahead, stage a hackathon. But pray it doesn't work too well

OPINIONFidget spinners may be the biggest thing since the yo-yo, but they can’t hold a candle to the latest fad to sweep the business world: hackathons.
Mark Pesce, 23 May 2017
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Mouse sperm kept frozen in SPAAAAACE yields healthy pups

Japanese scientists say reproducing in space could be possible one day, after preserved mouse spermatozoa kept on the International Space Station resulted in healthy offspring.
Katyanna Quach, 23 May 2017
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A person hiding in a box

IBM's ShinyHappy™ SAP Ariba deal papers over SaaS fail

IBM and SAP Ariba last week shared a stage and delivered the ShinyHappy™ news that the two are throwing their respective Watson and Leonardo artificial intelligences at “cognitive procurement solutions that redefine the source-to-settle process.”
Simon Sharwood, 23 May 2017
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Euro Patent Office staff warns board of internal rule changes

The central staff committee of the European Patent Office has sent a letter to the organization's board warning it of proposed changes that would further undermine their rights.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 May 2017
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Shouting match

'The internet is slow'... How to keep users happy, get more work done

IT services are rubbish. It’s a fact of life – or at least it is in the eyes of the average user. Of course the nature of IT is that you get far more negative feedback than you do positive: you seldom get people calling the IT service desk to say: “Hey, my webmail is superb today”. But people wouldn’t be phoning if everything was working as the users want it to.
Dave Cartwright, 23 May 2017
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Smartphone showing Chinese flag

China's phone quartet is shouldering its way into Western markets

Huawei is breathing over Apple's shoulder as Chinese brands make inroads into Western smartphone markets.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 May 2017
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IT firms guilty of blasting customers with soul-numbing canned music

Self-serving research published with the sole aim of flogging wares is a fairly standard PR tactic. But every now and then something so artfully shameless pops up it transcends the genre. Step forward, PHMG.
Kat Hall, 23 May 2017
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Handshake

Nokia, Apple lawyers make peace over nasty IP wrangle

Nokia and Apple have made peace after a brief but vituperative legal stand-off. The two settled all their outstanding issues over intellectual property rights, with an unspecified lump sum heading from California to Finland, as well as royalties.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 May 2017
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.Science and .study: Domains of the bookish? More like domains of the JERKS!

The .science domain has become a “hotspots” of malicious or abusive activity on the internet, according to a new study out Tuesday.
John Leyden, 23 May 2017
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businessman shrugging - illustration via shutterstock

Three-quarters of IoT projects are failing, says Cisco

As many as three-quarters of IoT projects are a flop, according to Cisco. But rather than having fewer crappy connected devices, Switchzilla reckons what's needed is a better IoT architecture. If only someone could help...
Kat Hall, 23 May 2017
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DJI Phantom 2 Drone

DJI: Register your drones or no more cool flying vids for you

Chinese drone maker DJI is forcing all new users of its drones to register their devices through its app - and is throttling flight performance if they don't comply.
Gareth Corfield, 23 May 2017
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data centre racks

Health data 'vault' app floats into UK.gov's G-Cloud. *cough* GDPR *cough*

National Health Service trusts can consolidate their data in readiness for GDPR by buying an Analytics Private Health Data Vault service, based on Commvault's Clinical Archive product, says its maker.
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2017
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Widow appeals to Avaya to protect death benefits after bankruptcy filing

The widow of an Avaya employee has said the troubled UK telco should not terminate her death benefits following its bankruptcy filing in January.
Kat Hall, 23 May 2017
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Man throws briefcase in the air happily on the beach. Photo by Shutterstock

Travel IT giant Amadeus making eyes at Micron's SolidScale architecture

AnalysisAmadeus, the global travel booking business, is testing Micron's SolidScale NVMe flash arrays, thinking they can provide vastly better realtime access to the terabytes of flight information it holds on behalf of airlines and travel operators.
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2017
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Media players wide open to malware fired from booby-trapped subtitles

Hackers have gone back to the future by attempting to infect targets with booby-trapped subtitle files.
John Leyden, 23 May 2017
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Outsourcing

Capita and Birmingham City Council 'dissolve' joint venture

The long-running and highly criticised joint venture between Capita and Birmingham, England, City Council is being rubbed out, reportedly saving taxpayers around £44m.
Paul Kunert, 23 May 2017
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Man vs paperwork. Paper-pusher loses control. Photo by Shutterstock

IoT standards? We've got 'em. And if you don't like those, we got more

Cities are tired of being the "guinea pigs" caught in the middle of the Internet of Things' ongoing standards bunfight, London's LPWA conference was told this morning.
Gareth Corfield, 23 May 2017
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It's just 'Pro' now, guys: Microsoft gives Surface a subtle resurfacing

Microsoft has revamped its Surface tablet, which at last includes a SIM card slot.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 May 2017
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Windows 10 China

Redmond puts wall around Windows 10 for Chinese government edition

While much attention has been focused on the new Surface Pro laptop Microsoft has launched in Shanghai on Tuesday, the company also announced a special build of its operating system for China.
Iain Thomson, 23 May 2017
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Comcast accused of siccing lawyers on net neutrality foe

An activist group says it was threatened by Comcast lawyers after it pointed out the cable giant's efforts to astroturf the FCC with fake comments on net neutrality.
Shaun Nichols, 23 May 2017
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NSA takes one-two punch to the face

The US National Security Agency has been hit by two legal losses that may put the last part of its controversial spying program on US citizens under threat.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 May 2017
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Republicans' net neutrality attack written by… you guessed it, the cable lobby

A "toolkit" provided to House Republicans to defend US comms watchdog the FCC's recent decision to tear up net neutrality rules was written by the cable lobby.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 May 2017
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An unhappy driver

Uber found to be doing something awful? Yep, it's Tuesday

Uber said today that it will hand drivers back pay that could add up to tens of millions of dollars.
Shaun Nichols, 23 May 2017
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LeEco car

Bloodbath at LeEco US as Chinese tech upstart implodes with layoffs

It has all gone pear-shaped for Chinese conglomerate LeEco after the firm told nearly 70 per cent of its US staff that their services will no longer be required.
Iain Thomson, 23 May 2017
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Particle boffins calculate new constraints for probability of finding dark matter

The hunt for axions – a potential dark matter candidate – at the CERN Axion Solar Telescope has been fruitless. But scientists refuse to give up as they set a new limit that calculates the probability of finding these elusive particles.
Katyanna Quach, 23 May 2017
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Target inks $18.5m deal with US states to settle 2013 data breach

Target, the shopping behemoth for people who are too classy to go to Walmart, has today reached a settlement with 47 states and the District of Columbia over the 2013 hacking incident that saw 70 million customers lose their personal information.
Iain Thomson, 23 May 2017
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Neil Armstrong's lunar sample bag

Armstrong's moon-purse set for $4m bid-off

The bag Neil Armstrong used to carry home lunar samples from the Apollo 11 mission could fetch up to $4m at auction next month.
Shaun Nichols, 23 May 2017

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