27th > September > 2017 Archive
White House staffers jabbed with probe over private email use
The US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has sent a letter [PDF] to White House lawyers demanding details of how many of its staffers have been using private email for government business.
Google slurps cloudy single-sign-on concern Bitium
Google's acquired cloudy single-sign-on outfit Bitium for the usual undisclosed sum.
Oracle corrals and patches Struts 2 vulnerabilities
Oracle has stepped outside its usual quarterly security fix cycle to address the latest Apache Struts 2 vulnerability.
nbn™ sweetens the deal for business and its own bottom line
Updatednbn™, the company building Australia's National Broadband Networ (NBN), has adjusted its wholesale prices so that retailers offering business plans get the same price relief as previously offered for the consumer market.
Arabian, sorry, Amazon Web Services to land in Bahrain and UAE
Amazon Web Services has announced it will open bit barns in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Accelerite re-floats Citrix CloudPlatform as 'Rovius Cloud'
Accelerite has finally revealed what it's done with Citrix's CloudPlatform, which it acquired in January 2016.
Google Cloud says it's first-to per-second cloud server billing, twice
Google's decided to join AWS in the per-second billing club, point out that it's actually had this constant cloudy ka-ching thing under control since 2013 and offer advice that recommends not using its new billing scheme as your number one cost-cutting tactic.
Dyson to build electric car that doesn't suck
Vacuum-cleaner maker Dyson has announced its intention to build a “battery electric vehicle.”
Is this cough cancer, doc? No: it's a case of Playmobil on the lung
The British Medical Journal has revealed a mistaken diagnosis of cancer was caused by Playmobil.
Have MAC, will hack: iThings have trivial-to-exploit Wi-Fi bug
iThing owners, do not skip iOS 11: it plugs a dead-easy-to-exploit drive-by Wi-Fi bug.
¡Dios mío! Spain blocks DNS to hush Catalonian independence vote sites
As a controversial referendum on the independence of Catalonia draws near, the Spanish government has expanded efforts to shut it down, even blocking access to some websites.
Smartphone SatNavs to get centimetre-perfect GNSS receivers in 2018
Broadcom is now sampling silicon it says will make smartphones' SatNav systems accurate to a centimeter in 2018.
Samsung flashes flash stash for flash motors
Samsung has 128GB and 64GB eUFS flash cards for automotive use.
Alibaba beats Google for IaaS market share, with IBM out of sight
Google is the world's number four infrastructure-as-a-service vendor, according to analyst outfit Gartner's first ever attempt at calculating market share in the field.
SPARC will fly: Your cheat sheet for cocktail banter at Oracle's upcoming shindig
OpenWorldWhen reports emerged early in September that Oracle was shedding hundreds of workers, it might have been dismissed as just the latest in a series of such moves. What caught the attention of industry watchers was where the axe was falling. Sources indicated those being laid off included many of the engineers responsible for its SPARC processors and Solaris operating system.
Helium's for balloons and squeaky voices, not this 10TB Toshiba beast
Toshiba has reached the 10TB disk drive capacity level without the help of helium, providing OEMs with an alternative to Seagate and WDC.
SQL Server 2017: What's new, what's missing on Linux, and what's next?
Ignite“It’s a big milestone for us as a company,” general manager Rohan Kumar told us, referring to the release of SQL Server on Linux, “the biggest server product from Microsoft”, announced here at the Ignite event in Orlando.
Google's pay-to-play 'remedy' is warming Eurocrats' hearts
Regulators are warming to Google's preferred remedy to the European Commission's vertical search competition investigation, according to a briefing given to Bloomberg.
Cisco polishes the axe for more HQ job cuts
Cisco is saying farewell to 310 more staff from its corporate HQ in California, according to a filing with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) system.
Gov contractor nicked on suspicion of Official Secrets Act breach
The Metropolitan Police has announced the arrest of a UK government contractor after a tip-off.
EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade
EasyJet has given its blessing to a mildly bonkers plan to replace airliners with electrically propelled aircraft on short-haul flights.
Get your tiny violins out: Troubled FalconStor has flown the Nasdaq coop
Struggling storage software company Falconstor has been delisted from the Nasdaq Stock Market and its shares are now trading on the OTC Market Group's OTCQB marketplace.
TalkTalk once told GCHQ: Cyberattack? We'd act fast – to get sport streams back up
UpdatedPrior to its disastrous 2015 mega hack, UK ISP TalkTalk had told British spies at GCHQ that should an attack occur, its main focus would be to restore "online sports streaming", according to the head of operations at the country's National Cyber Crime Unit.
Maxta provides nifty escape route from vSphere tax
Maxta has found a neat way to differentiate itself from the hyperconverged system pack; it can run vSphere and Red Hat Virtualization VMs simultaneously and convert between them.
In a surprise to no one, BT and TalkTalk top Ofcom's whinge-list
BT and TalkTalk are the providers most moaned about, according to UK comms regulator Ofcom's quarterly whinge data between April and June – a result that will surprise no one.
Feasting on Azure blobs: Caringo and Scality are doing it
Both Caringo and Scality are adding S3 gateways between their object storage and Microsoft's Azure Blob storage.
'Alexa, play Charlie Bit My Finger.' I can't do that, Dave. No, really
Google's low-intensity rivalry with Amazon has just escalated. Amazon's Echo Show speaker has been barred from playing YouTube videos.
Massive revenues from RAM, flash make Micron chief a happy chappy
Massive revenues from DRAM and flash have made Micron CEO Sanjay Mehrotra a happy chief. Third-quarter revenues were good but they have just been eclipsed.
Don’t let lack of All Flash Array experience hold you back
ResearchThere are many reasons why someone might not be using an All-Flash Array. It might be that you can’t get the budget, say, or that you think it has been over-hyped. Maybe you are sceptical about whether your application set would benefit from it, or if it would fit into your operations seamlessly.
Power meltdown 'fries' SourceForge, knocks site's servers titsup
ExclusiveA crippling data center power failure knackered SourceForge's equipment yesterday and earlier today, knocking the site offline.
Twitter's 280-char blog mode can be enabled client-side. Just sayin'
Twitter's plan to limit public trials of 280-character tweets has been foiled by web devs, who discovered the feature could be enabled by twits on the client-side.
Yahoo! search! results!, recommendations!, ad! flinging! code! is! now! open! source!
Oath, the Verizon-owned parent of Yahoo!, has forsworn control of Yahoo!'s search code, known as Vespa, and turned it into an open-source project.
Dot-Amazon spat latest: Brazil tells ICANN to go fsck itself, only 'govts control the internet'
AnalysisIn an effort to block Amazon from getting the top-level domain .amazon, Brazil may have put governments on a crash course with the private sector over control of the web.
Alleged dark web drug baron cuffed – after he flew to US for World Beard Championships
A French national and suspected online drug dealer has been collared by US government agents – after he flew to America for the World Beard and Mustache Championships.
FCC commish cites infamous porn ruling to slam shady US mobile competition report
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel made her presence felt at her first meeting in a year at the US communications regulator on Wednesday – when she cited an infamous Supreme Court decision over pornography to slam a report claiming there was sufficient competition in the American mobile market.