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Hells door-bells! Ring pieces paralyzed in horror during Halloween trick-or-treat rush

The so-called smart doorbell maker Ring has just suffered an outage on the one day of the year that its internet-reliant products get the heaviest treatment.
Iain Thomson, 01 Nov 2017
Mickey Mouse

Disney-branded internet filter had Mickey Mouse security

A Disney-branded home internet filtering device might keep bad content out, but it was an open door to bad actors until earlier this month.
Richard Chirgwin, 01 Nov 2017

Hipsterverse horror as Slack takes Halloween hiatus

Slack has suffered an outage that plunged parts of the world into conversation or less-pretty messaging platforms for a couple of hours.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Nov 2017

Comodo CA acquired by Francisco Partners ...

Comodo's certificate business has a new owner, and not everybody's happy about it.
Richard Chirgwin, 01 Nov 2017
Car made of clouds

Toyota picks Renesas SoC to power its first self-driving cars

Toyota has selected the embedded systems maker Renesas to supply the ARM-powered systems-on-a-chip to power autonomous vehicles scheduled for commercial launch in the year 2020.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Nov 2017
Curiosity 2020's camera manifest

NASA reveals Curiosity 2020's 23-camera payload

NASA's revealed its Curiosity 2020 mission will pack 23 cameras.
Richard Chirgwin, 01 Nov 2017
Bluetooth coffee speaker

Google reveals rapid Bluetooth gadget connection tech

Google's announced a new Bluetooth tweak called “Fast Pair”.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Nov 2017

Microsoft reveals network simulator that keeps Azure alive

Microsoft has let the world in on one of its key Azure management tools: a simulator designed to help prevent nearly 70 per cent of the bugs that cause network downtime.
Richard Chirgwin, 01 Nov 2017

Google remembers it has an air-fares API, takes the usual action

Where have we heard this before? – in 2010, Google acquired ITA Software for US$700 million to get at its QPX airline booking software; in 2011, it reached an agreement with US regulators to complete the purchase; and 2018, it'll kill it.
Richard Chirgwin, 01 Nov 2017
California _Highway_patrol

Sir, you're doing 60 in a 30mph container zone. What are you, some kind of devops cop?

ProfileAn Israeli startup has devised a containerised traffic cop which it claims stops rogue containers from misbehaving at run-time.
finger pushing first in set of dominos

How to secure a software-driven technology stack in a cloud of moving parts

Another day, another cloud security mishap. Some company exposes recordings of your kids to the Internet and then comes under Senatorial scrutiny. A security firm managing security clearance information turns out to be insecure.
Danny Bradbury, 01 Nov 2017

One-third of mobile users receive patchy to no indoor coverage

Nearly one-third of mobile users suffer poor or no indoor reception at home, according to a survey by price comparison site uSwitch.
Kat Hall, 01 Nov 2017
A British Army Watchkeeper drone lands at Parc Aberporth. Crown copyright

Two drones, two crashes in two months: MoD still won't say why

A damning Ministry of Defence report into the UK government department's safety oversight systems has revealed when two unmanned aerial vehicles crashed into the sea off Wales.
Gareth Corfield, 01 Nov 2017

Micron gets edgy with 256GB surveillance SD card reveal in China

Micron has announced incoming snoopcam flash cards with up to 256GB capacity, trumpeting that edge storage is the future of video surveillance.
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2017

Simon's Cat app rapped for random 'racy' advert

The Simon's Cat Crunch Time app accidentally served up a racy advert – earning the American advertiser a symbolic bollocking from Blighty's ad watchdog because children might have seen it.
Gareth Corfield, 01 Nov 2017
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Punctual as ever, Equifax starts snail-mailing affected Brits about mega-breach

UK financial service regulators only learned of this year's Equifax mega-breach through media reports.
John Leyden, 01 Nov 2017

Competition law could help solve data-slurping monopolies, peers told

Information monopolies are a "vexing" problem, but data protection laws alone can't fix them, a UK parliamentary committee has been told.
Rebecca Hill, 01 Nov 2017

Facebook vows to double staff with new cadre of Net Police

Facebook has promised to double its global headcount from a year ago, with the new employees being devoted to Cleaning Up The Web.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Nov 2017
The Queen teaches transport users good manners

'The Queen' is showing Geneva how to be polite on public transport

The Queen, accompanied by a Queen's guard and gentleman in a top hat, has been drafted in to help encourage Genevans to act more courteously when boarding trains.
Kat Hall, 01 Nov 2017
Apple Mac Mini

Judge: You're getting an Apple data centre and you're going to like it

The Irish High Court has rejected a further appeal in the long-running battle against Apple's plans to build a data centre on the Emerald Isle.
Rebecca Hill, 01 Nov 2017

My #95Theses of #Digital

¡Bong!It's exactly 500 years to the day since Luther Blissett nailed his "95 Theses" to the door of Battenberg Cake Factory.
Steve Bong, 01 Nov 2017

Hackers abusing digital certs smuggle malware past security scanners

Malware writers are widely abusing stolen digital code-signing certificates, according to new research.
John Leyden, 01 Nov 2017

Openreach: Comms providers 'welcome' our full-fibre 'ambition'

Openreach reckons its 580 communications providers "have welcomed the ambition" to increase the UK's woeful fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) coverage. However, some folk remain less impressed.
Kat Hall, 01 Nov 2017
IBM Headquarters, Armonk, NY

IBM's containerised Cloud Private's out in the open

IBM has updated Cloud Private to help customers get containerised and move into hybrid private/public cloud computing.
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2017
Money falling, image via Shutterstock

Open source, says me: Alibaba chucks MariaDB a $27m funding round

Chinese Amazon-chaser Alibaba has chucked a chunk of cash at open-source-database-flinger MariaDB, leading a $27m funding round in the biz.
Rebecca Hill, 01 Nov 2017
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Guess who's now automating small-biz IT jobs? Yes, it's Microsoft

Microsoft has lobbed its Microsoft 365 Business package for small and mid-sized companies into general availability.
Shaun Nichols, 01 Nov 2017

America's 2020 Census systems are a $15bn cyber-security tire fire

AnalysisIn 2020, America will run its once-a-decade national census, but the results may not reflect reality if hackers manage to have their way.
Iain Thomson, 01 Nov 2017

Virtually everyone in Malaysia pwned in telco, govt data hack spree

The personal data of millions of Malaysians has been swiped by hackers who raided government servers and databases at a dozen telcos in the southeast Asia nation.
John Leyden, 01 Nov 2017

So, tell us again how tech giants are more important than US govt...

AnalysisIt's something that everyone in public policy learns sooner or later: governments may be slow and cumbersome, they may be rife with hypocrisy and lacking in understanding, but they are still the government. And your money-making business is not.
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Nov 2017
Car crash

Slashing regulations literally more important than saving American lives to Donald Trump

The Trump Administration has literally put a reduction in regulations over the lives of Americans with a decision to drop a new car-to-car communication protocol.
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Nov 2017
processor chip-off

Funnily enough, when Qualcomm's licensees stop sending in their royalty checks, profits start going south

Qualcomm beat Wall Street's expectations on Wednesday, reporting $5.9bn in revenues for its fiscal Q4, down five per cent year-on-year, and $22.4bn for the full year, also down five per cent.
Thomas Claburn, 01 Nov 2017

FBI: Student wrestler grappled grades after choking passwords from PCs using a key logger

A former chemistry student allegedly used keystroke-logging gadgets to steal tutors' passwords, changed classmates' grades and downloaded copies of exams ahead of time.
Iain Thomson, 01 Nov 2017

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