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Crumbs! Crunchyroll distributed malware for a couple of hours

Popular anime streamer Crunchyroll is warning users to check their systems for malware, after attackers got access to its Cloudflare config and targeted Windows users with a malicious file.
Richard Chirgwin, 06 Nov 2017

Facebook suggests mm-wave spectrum should be free in Australia

Facebook has urged the Australian government to open up millimeter-wave spectrum for licence-free applications.
Richard Chirgwin, 06 Nov 2017
Blue Origin rocket launch

Jeff Bezos sells one million Amazon shares, makes one billion dollars

Amazon.com founder, CEO and president Jeff Bezos has sold a million shares in his own company and reaped over a billion dollars from the transaction.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Nov 2017
Stop sign in front of a bush. Image via Shutterstock

Sprint, T-Mobile US's on-again off-again merger talks are now off

UpdatedUS carriers Sprint and T-Mobile have decided their on-again, off-again merger is off.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Nov 2017
Horizon Computing's RuggedPOD

Your future data-centre: servers immersed in box full of oil, in a field

OPENSTACK SYDNEYYour next data centre could be an aluminium box filled with a handful of servers swimming in oil.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Nov 2017

How we fooled Google's AI into thinking a 3D-printed turtle was a gun: MIT bods talk to El Reg

VideoStudents at MIT in the US claim they have developed an algorithm for creating 3D objects and pictures that trick image-recognition systems into severely misidentifying them. Think toy turtles labeled rifles, and baseballs as cups of coffee.
Katyanna Quach, 06 Nov 2017
A man in handcuffs

'Lambda and serverless is one of the worst forms of proprietary lock-in we've ever seen in the history of humanity'

InterviewToward the end of this month, CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi expects Amazon will introduce a managed Kubernetes service at its AWS re:Invent event.
Thomas Claburn, 06 Nov 2017
sands of time

Europe's one-patent-court-to-rule-them-all rocked by 'Brexit, EPO reforms, German laws'

Plans to introduce a Europe-wide patent court may be delayed still further after the German parliament, government and patent lawyers asked for an extension on submitting responses to a legal challenge.
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Nov 2017
Surface Pro and iPad Pro

Off-brand tablets look done, but big players are growing

The tablet computer market is sinking even as the fortunes of its main protagonists rise.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Nov 2017

Low latency in AFAs

SPONSOREDAchieving consistent ultra low latency is often top of the list of requirements for those investing in all flash arrays.
David Gordon, 06 Nov 2017
Man and a woman share gossip/secret

Boffins: Sun's red dwarf neighbour is looking a little thick around the middle

New research suggests that a dust belt may be circling the closest star to the Sun, a red dwarf named Proxima Centauri.
Andrew Silver, 06 Nov 2017

ViaSat hops into bed with European Space Agency in €68m deal

Satellite outfit ViaSat is forming a €68m (£60m) public-private partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA), which among other things is intended to fund ground stations for home broadband speeds of 100Mbps.
Kat Hall, 06 Nov 2017

No humans allowed: How would a machine-centric data centre look?

Even using the most conservative estimates, the number of connected devices has surpassed the number of humans. Machines are communicating more with other machines than they are with humans.
Trevor Pott, 06 Nov 2017
Book bookmarked with paper clips

Firefox bookmark saving add-on gives users that sync-ing feeling

A freemium Firefox browser add-on that saves and syncs bookmarks has started "losing" bookmarks instead, according to its users.
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2017
"witch" Effigy burns..

Guy Glitchy: Villagers torch Openreach effigy

Bonfire night has come a long way since Guy Fawkes' failed attempt to blow up the House of Lords on 5 November 1605. Now, we prefer to burn more modern day villains. Such as Harvey Weinstein, Donald Trump and, er, Openreach.
Kat Hall, 06 Nov 2017
The proposed badge on Martha lane Fox's doteveryone site. Jean jacket with a round lapel badge reading "fair"

Look out, Pepe: Martha Lane Fox has a plan

CompetitionVirtuous websites will be able to signal their goodness to the world under a new scheme proposed by digital quango queen Martha Lane Fox.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Nov 2017

ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

Thousands of free-to-use cash machines could be axed from Britain's high streets due to plans to cut fees that fund the network, banking industry group LINK warned last week.
John Leyden, 06 Nov 2017
Thumbs down frownining emoticon

Frowns all round as Smile and Co-op online banking goes down

The online services for the Co-operative Bank and its digital-only arm Smile are both out of action.
Rebecca Hill, 06 Nov 2017

Mellanox NICs Xilinx FPGA to save backplane slots and CPU cycles

Mellanox's next-gen Innova network adapter won't just pack the obligatory high-speed interfaces – it'll also embed a Xilinx FPGA.
Richard Chirgwin, 06 Nov 2017
Apple iPhone X detail

Pixel-style display woes on your shiny new X? Perfectly normal, says Apple

Is the technology press operating double standards when it comes holding Apple to account?
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Nov 2017

Post-Brexit economy SAVED: Posh-nosh truffle thrives in Wales

The Périgord black truffle has survived UK weather and grown in Wales*.
Andrew Silver, 06 Nov 2017
Cakes and tea

Red Hatters intro Ceph 3: OpenStacked, object-stored, containertastic filer blockhead

Red Hat's v3.0 Ceph storage software adds iSCSI block, POSIX file and containerisation support to the object storage core, making it a unified protocol storage software product.
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2017
Shopping cart photo, via Shutterstock

Broadcom confirms $103bn slurp offer for rival Qualcomm

Broadcom has confirmed its multibillion-dollar bid for Qualcomm, revealing more details of the $103bn all-cash-and-shares offer to buy out its rival chipmaker.
Gareth Corfield, 06 Nov 2017
Tax haven

Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

Revelations from the Paradise Papers, a leaked set of more than 13 million financial documents, have shed light on how the rich and famous channel funds through offshore tax havens.
John Leyden, 06 Nov 2017
Two angry businessmen fighting over agreement signing. Coffee is spilled. .Photo by Shutterstock

No, Samsung, you really do owe Apple $120m for patent infringement

Samsung seems to have trouble accepting reality when it comes to a long-running patent spat with Apple.
Andrew Silver, 06 Nov 2017
Healthy looking person uses app on phone.

Londoners: Ready to swap your GP for an NHS vid doc app?

Londoners are being given the choice of putting their health in the hands of their internet connection, via a 24/7 app-based NHS service which will allow them to have consultations with doctors over video call.
Richard Priday, 06 Nov 2017
Woman at gym lifts weights with arms. Photo by Shutterstock

Superdome X gets pumped on Skylake to become Superdome Flex

HPE has upgraded its Superdome X server to use Skylake CPUs, bragging that it's the world's most scalable and modular in-memory computing platform.
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2017

AMD, Intel hate Nvidia so much they're building a laptop chip to spite it

AnalysisArch-rivals AMD and Intel have put aside their animosity toward each other, and united against a common foe: Nvidia.
Chris Williams, 06 Nov 2017
Lady Shouting into a megaphone with news sheets floating out of the mega phone

Google, Twitter gleefully spew Texas shooter fake news into netizens' eyes

Following the murder-suicide of 26 people in church on Sunday by Texas gunman Devin Kelley, ad giant Google managed to shoot itself in the foot by promoting fake news about the 26-year-old.
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Nov 2017
iOS messed up keyboard

Seldom used 'i' mangled by baffling autocorrect bug in Apple's iOS 11

UpdatedApple says it is working on a fix for an annoying bug in iOS 11 that leaves some fans unable to properly type the letter 'i' without it glitching out.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Nov 2017

Silicon Valley giants tap escape on fight against web sex trafficking law

Just before the weekend, the Internet Association quietly dropped its objections to the proposed Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) which is making its way through US Congress – after fighting against the draft legislation for months.
Iain Thomson, 06 Nov 2017
A man passed out

Fat-fingered Level 3 techie reduces internet to level zero: Glitch knocks out connections

A fat-fingered configuration blunder at Level 3 temporarily sent a chunk of internet connectivity in America and the wider world to level zero on Monday.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Nov 2017

Official US govt Twitter accounts caught tweeting in Russian, now mysteriously axed

The US Digital Registry – an authoritative list of government Twitter accounts – reveals that almost 30 have been suspended, several after tweeting in, er, Russian.
Thomas Claburn, 06 Nov 2017

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