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Twitter: We also made a shedload of cash from Russia's trolling during US White House race

Like Facebook before it, Twitter has acknowledged that, during the US presidential elections, it collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for ads supporting Russian media messaging, and that it has identified Twitter accounts tied to Facebook profiles known for promoting pro-Russia views.
Thomas Claburn, 29 Sep 2017
image of a conductor

Cluster coordinator Kubernetes claims crisp care clip

Kubernetes, the popular open-source software for managing containerized applications, is scheduled for a feature infusion on Thursday, in accordance with its bump to version 1.8.
Thomas Claburn, 29 Sep 2017
Escher-like geometric confusion

Nested virtualization comes to Google's cloud

In late August 2017 The Reg's virtualization desk learned that Google was working hard to make KVM better at nested virtualization. And now we know why, as the advertising giant's cloud has just revealed a nested virtualization beta.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Sep 2017
IKEA rage

IKEA flat-packs TaskRabbit to crack assembly code

IKEA's finally acknowledged what plenty of us have learned the hard way: it's stuff can be so wretchedly frustrating to assemble that outsourcing the job is sometimes the kindest and fastest option.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Sep 2017
Bitcoin punch cards

South Korea bans Initial Coin Offerings

South Korea has banned initial coin offerings (ICOs), the practice of taking cash for Blockchain-powered services.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Sep 2017

Ex-sperm-inate! Sam the sex-droid 'heavily soiled' in randy nerd rampage

NSFWIn a public showing of Samantha, a sex doll with built-in computing power to make her more realistic, the love droid apparently suffered a terrible fate.
Iain Thomson, 29 Sep 2017
NBN logo

Joint Committee on the NBN splits, as National Party member sides with opposition

Australia's Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network has released its first report [PDF] of the new Parliament, with a majority of members urging that the rest of the network be built with either fibre-to-the-curb or fibre-to-the-premises instead of fibre-to-the-node.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Sep 2017
Black hole - spaghetti visualisation. Artist's impression.  NASA/JPL-Caltech, CC BY-SA

Ancient fat black holes created by belching Big Bang's dark matter

The largest and oldest supermassive black holes were created from a giant clump of dark matter and gas after the Big Bang, according to a supercomputer simulation.
Katyanna Quach, 29 Sep 2017
League of gentlemen poster - Tubbs and Edward at the local shop. Copyright BBC

Ouch: Brit council still staggering weeks after ransomware bit its PCs

A ransomware assault late last month is continuing to affect the operations of Copeland Borough Council in the northwest of England.
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2017
Microsoft Azure on show at Ignite in Orlando

From slow batches to fast files, how Microsoft is luring folks into Azure

IgniteWhat’s new for Azure at Microsoft Ignite? The key point is not so much the list of new features, but the direction the company is taking with its cloud platform, which is to make it pervasive even for customers working mainly on premises.
Tim Anderson, 29 Sep 2017
Stuck in an elevator

Vibrating walls shafted servers at a time the SUN couldn't shine

On-CallIf it's Friday – and absent some weird time/space slippage we're pretty sure that's the case – that means it is time for another instalment of On‑Call, The Register's Friday column in which readers recount their stories of the ups and downs of doing tech support.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Sep 2017

Citrix patches Netscaler hole, ARM TrustZone twisted, Android Dirty COW exploited – and more security fails

RoundupAs ever, it has been a busy week on the security front with good news, some very bad reports, corporate failings all round and troubling signs ahead for those worried about government intrusion in the online world.
Team Register, 29 Sep 2017
Robot touches screen with finger. Photo via Shutterstock

30 strong fingers but still no happy ending for robotic back rub

Something for the Weekend, Sir?The future is a six-handed massage.
Alistair Dabbs, 29 Sep 2017
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Byte Night: Bed down with tech chiefs, celebs ... or stay on your sofa

If you want to sleep rough to raise money to tackle youth homelessness, you’ve got till midnight today (29/9/2017) to register for Byte Night.
Joe Fay, 29 Sep 2017
Man winces in terror and shock after something unexpectedly horrible happens to him. Photo by Shutterstock

It's a real FAQ to ex-EDS staffers: You'll do what with our pensions, DXC?

Former EDS employees at DXC Technologies that look set to lose the final salary pension plan will need to funnel 40 per cent of monthly earnings into the replacement scheme to maintain their current retirement pot.
Paul Kunert, 29 Sep 2017
Man and robot...

BOFH: Come on, PFY, let's pick a Boss

Episode 12"I don't think your reviews are overly helpful," the Director sulks.
Simon Travaglia, 29 Sep 2017

Drunk canoeing no longer driving offence in Canada

Canada is preparing to remove drunk canoeing as an impaired driving offence, ahead of its plans to legalize marijuana.
Kat Hall, 29 Sep 2017
Death Star cannon

WD left to bemoan Bain of existence as Toshiba and pals set up flash fab continent Pangea

AnalysisThe Bain consortium buying Toshiba's flash memory business includes Toshiba itself and is setting up "Pangea" to hold its bought assets. Yes, named for a super-continent that split apart 175 million years ago – not a good augury.
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2017
Broken light bulb

WTH is my domain? OpenSRS and Hover down and out

UpdatedThe domain name server "OpenSRS" crashed and burned during the dead of night following a network failure, taking down scores of customers' portals with it. Normal service has yet to resume.

Dildon'ts of Bluetooth: Pen test boffins sniff out Berlin's smart butt plugs

Security researchers have figured out how to locate and exploit smart adult toys.
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2017

Microsoft titan's daddy buys Phoenix. Bytes is going to be a big reselling brother

A disturbance was noted in the reselling channel today when the parent of Bytes UK slurped rival Microsoft licensing solution partner Phoenix Software for £35.9m.
Paul Kunert, 29 Sep 2017

Apple Mac fans told: Something smells EFI in your firmware

Pre-boot software on Macs is often outdated, leaving Apple fans at a greater risk of malware attack as a result, according to new research.
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2017
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Nadella says senior management pay now linked to improving gender diversity

Karma no longer seems to be the main factor in improving gender diversity at Microsoft, with CEO Microsoft Satya Nadella saying the compensation of the senior team is now anchored to making progress on the issue.
Kat Hall, 29 Sep 2017

'Hyper' kids ate all the sales growth again, say converged systems beancounters

IDC's latest Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker shows a flight to the top vendors, away from HPE, Hitachi and the Others' category, with the hyperconverged sector being the only growth area.
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2017
Sunset in Niger, a tree silhouetted against a sunset in the Sahara desert. Photo via Shutterstock

Guntree v Gumtree: Nominet orders gun ads site must lose domain

Gumtree has taken ownership of the Guntree web domain after dot-UK registry Nominet ruled that the classified ads webite for guns and ammunition was similar enough to Gumtree to constitute an “abusive registration”.
Gareth Corfield, 29 Sep 2017
Total Recall

US yanks staff from Cuban embassy over sonic death ray fears

The US State Department on Friday announced that it is pulling all non-essential staff and their families out of its embassy in Cuba following reports of a secret weapon being deployed against employees there.
Iain Thomson, 29 Sep 2017

FCC big cheese given Congressional roasting in reconfirmation bid

For a man who repeatedly criticized his predecessor at the Federal Communications Commission for dragging the US watchdog in a bi-partisan direction, in his eight months as FCC chairman Ajit Pai has done more than anyone to infect it with Washington politics.
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Sep 2017

Harvard, MIT boffins ink up with health-monitoring 'smart' tats

Researchers at Harvard and MIT have developed a subdermal ink capable of monitoring vitals such as hydration and blood sugar.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Sep 2017

Hubble spies most distant comet zipping through Solar System

The Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a picture of the farthest-away inbound comet, at a whopping 1.5 billion miles from Earth.
Katyanna Quach, 29 Sep 2017

Java security plagued by crappy docs, complex APIs, bad advice

Relying on search engines to find answers to coding problems has become so common that two years ago it was suggested computer programming be renamed "googling Stack Overflow," in reference to the oft-visited coding community website.
Thomas Claburn, 29 Sep 2017

Tarmac for America's self-driving car future is being laid right now

A law proposed in the US Senate would pave the way for hundreds of thousands of autonomous vehicles on America's streets in the next few years.
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Sep 2017

Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

Elon Musk thinks he can get humans onto Mars within the next seven years. On Friday, he told the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, how he intends to do it.
Iain Thomson, 29 Sep 2017
FCC paddling

Telco forgot to renew its web domain, broke deaf folks' video calls – now gets a $3m paddlin'

A US telco will cough up $3m after a web domain screwup caused it to drop potentially emergency and other essential video calls from deaf and hearing-impaired people.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Sep 2017

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