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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.
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.
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.
Comodo CA acquired by Francisco Partners ...
Comodo's certificate business has a new owner, and not everybody's happy about it.
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.
NASA reveals Curiosity 2020's 23-camera payload
NASA's revealed its Curiosity 2020 mission will pack 23 cameras.
Google reveals rapid Bluetooth gadget connection tech
Google's announced a new Bluetooth tweak called “Fast Pair”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
Hackers abusing digital certs smuggle malware past security scanners
Malware writers are widely abusing stolen digital code-signing certificates, according to new research.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.