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Google to kill Symantec certs in Chrome 66, due in early 2018

Google has detailed its plan to deprecate Symantec-issued certificates in Chrome.
Richard Chirgwin, 12 Sep 2017
Oracle logo on building in Amsterdam

Confirmed: Oracle laid off 964 people from former Sun building

Oracle has filed a notice under California's Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) regulations that reveals it has recently made 1,008 permanent layoffs in its Santa Clara and San Diego facilities.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2017
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Equifax backtracks arbitrate-don't-litigate plan for punters

Equifax has decided it will no longer try and impose arbitration on any of the millions of Americans who try to find out if they've been stung in its massive data leak.
Richard Chirgwin, 12 Sep 2017
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Atlassian kills God, rebrands as a mountain, a structurally unsound 'A' or a high five

LOGOWATCHDevOps darling Atlassian has given the world a new logo it says could be “two people high-fiving” or “a mountain ready for teams to scale” or perhaps even “the letter A formed from two pillars reinforcing each other.”
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2017

Monkey selfie case settles for a quarter of future royalties

The curious case of the monkey that took a selfie and was denied copyright for its efforts has come to an end, with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and photographer David Slater agreeing on a future stream of royalty payments to simian charities.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2017

Another reason to hate Excel: its Macros can help pivot attacks

A white-hat has taken a good look at whether you can pivot an attack from one machine to others using Microsoft Excel, and you probably won't like what he found.
Richard Chirgwin, 12 Sep 2017
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VMware pushes NSX deeper into containers, security

VMware's released a new version of NSX-T, the version of its NSX network virtualization tool that runs in multiple environments.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2017
AAO's SAMI instrument

Astroboffins map 845 galaxies in glorious 3D, maybe dark matter too

A team led by Sydney University's Dr Caroline Foster has created three-dimensional images of 845 galaxies, claiming it is the biggest collection of of 3D galactic representations ever gathered.
Richard Chirgwin, 12 Sep 2017
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Linus Torvalds' lifestyle tips for hackers: Be like me, work in a bathrobe, no showers before noon

Linux Lord Linus Torvalds has offered some lifestyle advice for hackers, suggesting they adopt his admittedly-unglamorous lifestyle but also his ethos of working on things that matter.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2017

David Potter rejoins 'New New Psion' as Hon.Chairman

Psion founder David Potter has joined the company behind the Gemini project to re-create the classic Psion PDA.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Sep 2017
The steering wheel of Bosch's Tesla testbed

Bosch wants crowdsourced data for future connected cars

“It’s all about how to make the car safer and safer,” German engineering firm Bosch told The Register last week as it exhibited its driverless technologies in London.
Gareth Corfield, 12 Sep 2017

Your boss asks you to run the 'cloud project': Ever-changing wish lists, packs of 'ideas'... and 1 deadline

Sure, the future is cloud. But it’s not that simple. The days where you could "just swipe a credit card and go" never existed – not at enterprise scale. Legacy applications and data need to be lifted and shifted, new services instantiated, virtual infrastructures architected, networks bolstered, and security scrutinised, adapted and reinforced for the new way of working.
Lone Wolf, 12 Sep 2017

Western Digital and pals win Toshiba chip unit bid, claims report

CommentJapan’s Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun newspaper says a WDC bid group has won the Toshiba Memory Business auction.
Chris Mellor, 12 Sep 2017
Apple iPhone 6s

Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

Apple's new iPhone will be packed with new features you didn't know you needed. It almost certainly won't be getting features it absolutely does need. We made a list of what Apple needs to do, but won't.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Sep 2017

Goldman Sachs tips $38m into Nasuni's hat

+CommentCloud storage gateway business Nasuni has picked up $38m in extra funding to boost research and development, customer success, and go-to-market efforts, taking the total raised to around $120m.
Chris Mellor, 12 Sep 2017

Vodafone's IoT boss packs bag, Sprints off to America

Vodafone’s Internet of Things boss Ivo Rook has moved to US telco Sprint, against the background of Voda’s well-publicised slowness to get its commercial IoT networks up and running.
Gareth Corfield, 12 Sep 2017

Oracle to shutter most Euro hardware support teams

ExclusiveOracle is cutting costs by shifting pan-European hardware support to Romania in a move that could see hundreds of existing staff made redundant, multiple insiders have told The Register.
Rebecca Hill, 12 Sep 2017
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ICO slaps cab app chaps for 10-day spam crap

The company behind a taxi comparison app that sent more than 700,000 spam texts in the space of 10 days is facing a £45,000 by the UK's data protection watchdog.
Rebecca Hill, 12 Sep 2017
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Servers sales are up. Nope, you read that right

In the server sales growth stakes the big Chinese brands appear to be winning the war against their US rivals, at least if Gartner’s latest stats covering calendar Q2 are to be believed.
Chris Mellor, 12 Sep 2017
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Mostly idle at work? Microsoft Azure has some bursty VMs it'd love to sell you

Azure Microsofties have crossed their fingers - and everything else - that Redmond's new VM family will hit the sweet spot for customers with sporadic cloud computing jobs.
Andrew Silver, 12 Sep 2017

Uber v Waymo latest: Google spinoff refused access to Uber internal doc hunt details

An American judge has denied Google’s self-driving car offshoot Waymo access to details of how Uber hunted for allegedly stolen documents handed to it by former Waymo employee Anthony Levandowski.
Gareth Corfield, 12 Sep 2017

Mobile industry begrudgingly accepts impacts of Apple, Google et al

Mobile World CongressIt may not be happy about it, but the mobile industry has begrudgingly accepted that tech giants Apple, Google and Facebook are driving its industry.
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Sep 2017

D-Link router riddled with 0-day flaws

UpdatedA security researcher has shamed D‑Link by publicly disclosing 10 serious, as-yet unpatched vulnerabilities in a line of consumer-grade routers without notifying the vendor first.
John Leyden, 12 Sep 2017
Apple's iPhone X

Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

Apple has summoned friendly press to its new Cupertino campus to christen the Steve Jobs Theater with the introduction of a new set of products to hit the shelves this Fall.
Shaun Nichols, 12 Sep 2017
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Bluetooth bugs bedevil billions of devices

Security experts have long complained that complexity is the enemy of security, but the designers of the Bluetooth specification have evidently failed to pay attention.
Thomas Claburn, 12 Sep 2017

Chill out about net neutrality, says FCC head, because mobile phones are great

Mobile World CongressThe head of America's telecom watchdog the FCC, Ajit Pai, didn't mention net neutrality by name once during his keynote at the Mobile World Congress in San Francisco.
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Sep 2017

Bish, bosh, Bashware: Microsoft downplays research on WSL Win 10 'hack' threat

Microsoft has downplayed the risks of running a Linux Bash shell command line on Windows 10 via its Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) feature after security researchers said the technology could help hackers smuggle malware past security scanners and onto Windows 10 machines.
John Leyden, 12 Sep 2017
Man in suit performs double facepalm, presumably after witnessing incident of great stupidity. Photo by shutterstock

It's September 2017, and .NET lets PDFs hijack your Windows PC

While much of the tech world is still fixating on Apple's $1,000 face-reading iPhone, administrators are going to be busy testing and deploying this month's Patch Tuesday load.
Shaun Nichols, 12 Sep 2017

Apple's adoption of Qi signals the end of the wireless charging wars

Apple's keynote may be good news for fans of its products, but it must have made grim listening for members of the Airfuel Alliance.
Iain Thomson, 12 Sep 2017

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