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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, speaking at Build 2015

Microsoft goes to bat for Dreamers: Windows giant sues Uncle Sam to block staff deportations

Microsoft is suing the US government to prevent the deportation of immigrants – including at least 45 of its own staffers – who are in America under the now-dying DACA program.
Shaun Nichols, 07 Nov 2017

Let's get ready to grumble! UFC secretly choke slams browsers with Monero miners

Yet another website has been caught secretly running Coin Hive's JavaScript that silently pressgangs visitors' computers into mining the Monero digital currency.
Iain Thomson, 07 Nov 2017
Cat attacking

Trade ban case grinds on, but Arista-cats got the cream in Q3

Trying to duck patent sueballs slung by Cisco didn't stop Arista from claiming record revenue and profit for its most recent quarter.
Richard Chirgwin, 07 Nov 2017
airplane just kidding shot

Cisco borked its own BGP code in IOS XE, has since patched

Cisco's pushed a fix for a border gateway protocol (BGP) denial-of-service bug in its IOS XE operating system.
Richard Chirgwin, 07 Nov 2017
Half mechanical brain

OpenStack Foundation starts scoping machine learning enhancements

OPENSTACK SYDNEYThe OpenStack Foundation has started to scope what it will take to make its software a suitable platform on which to run machine learning workloads.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Nov 2017
WiFi outage

It's 2017 and you can still pwn Android gear with Wi-Fi packets – so get patching now

A security researcher has turned up new ways to silently hijack and infect Android devices via malicious Wi-Fi packets over the air.
Richard Chirgwin, 07 Nov 2017

US judge orders Sci-Hub be excised from the internet

A US judge has ruled that world+dog must help block Sci-Hub, a publisher of scientific texts, which will likely result in protracted battles with Internet companies over their responsibility for copyright infringement.
Richard Chirgwin, 07 Nov 2017
Amazon Web Services

AWS adopts home-brewed KVM as new hypervisor

AWS has revealed it has created a new hypervisor based on KVM, not the Xen hypervisor on which it has relied for years.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Nov 2017
Eye of Sauron with Mount Doom in the background. Still from the film version of JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Copyright New Line Cinema

Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings could be on its way to the small screen.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Nov 2017

Boffins tear into IEEE's tissue-thin anti-hacker chip blueprint crypto

Several large gaps have been found in the IEEE's P1735 cryptography standard that can be exploited to unlock or tamper with encrypted system-on-chip blueprints.
Iain Thomson, 07 Nov 2017

Imagine the candles on its birthday cake: Astro-eggheads detect galaxy born in universe's first billion years

A large international team of astronomers has detected one of the oldest galaxies in the universe we've seen to date – born within a billion years after the Big Bang.
Katyanna Quach, 07 Nov 2017
OpenOffice and LibreOffice share a common ancestry

Apache OpenOffice: We're OK with not being super cool... PS: Watch out for that Mac bug

InterviewApache OpenOffice 4.1.4 finally shipped on October 19, five months later than intended, but the software is still a bit buggy.
Thomas Claburn, 07 Nov 2017

This could be our favorite gadget of 2017: A portable projector

ReviewEvery now and again in the world of gadgets there is a confluence of technologies that make something new possible. A better take on a familiar task.
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Nov 2017

More expensive, takes longer than usual, not particularly brilliant. Yes, it's your robot surgeon

Robot-assisted surgery costs more time and money than traditional methods, but isn't more effective, for certain types of operations.
Thomas Claburn, 07 Nov 2017

Splitting off Google Shopping wouldn't fix the pay-to-play problem

As the European Commission mulls Google's own remedy to its anti-competitive behaviour on the web, the former startup behind the original complaint has warned of possible consequences.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Nov 2017
Dog and cat hug

Who's that cuddling up in the container... *squints* Wow you're getting along well

The cloud is a highly competitive arena, where cloud providers jostle for market share. We know of Microsoft's long haul against Amazon’s AWS, but of late Oracle has cranked up the noise against Jeff Bezos' market leader while trying to break past Google and IBM.
Maxwell Cooter, 07 Nov 2017
Google man flips the bird

Transparent algorithms? Here's why that's a bad idea, Google tells MPs

Opening up the processes that underpin algorithms may well magnify the risk of hacking, widen privacy concerns and stifle innovation, Google has told MPs in the UK.
Rebecca Hill, 07 Nov 2017
BT Tower photo via Shutterstock

BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months

BT is once again hiking prices, with punters facing an extra £30 on their annual broadband bill in the new year.
Kat Hall, 07 Nov 2017

That awkward moment when AWS charges you BEELLIONS for Lightsail

AWS has a reputation for ratcheting up prices as customers migrate more workloads to its sprawling rack empire – but a bunch of UK users endured a sphincter-tightening moment today when they checked their bill.
Paul Kunert, 07 Nov 2017
Ephippiger terrestris cricket species front closeup menacing camera

Cisco's John Chambers: Robot farmers will feed bloated cricket thoraxes to our children

The outgoing executive chairman of Cisco, John Chambers, has made no secret about his desire to invest in drones in his life after the Borg. But now he has also revealed his passion for cricket farming.
Kat Hall, 07 Nov 2017

will.i.am's tech tat biz is going enterprise, snags $117m from Salesforce

Would-be entrepreneur and tech magpie will.i.am's startup, i.am+, has bagged $117m venture funding from Salesforce.
Rebecca Hill, 07 Nov 2017

Paradise Papers reveal Apple moved bits of biz offshore

Apple has continued to avoid the heavier taxes that some countries would like to exact by moving parts of its company to Jersey, the Paradise Papers have revealed.
Richard Priday, 07 Nov 2017

Investors rain cash on Excelero, taking total funding to $30m

Under acquisitive siege by Broadcom, Qualcom has invested millions in NVMe-over-fabrics array startup Excelero.
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2017

Scientists think they've found primordial goop whence life first sprang

A speculative new study suggests that nucleic acids, proteins and cell membranes – precursors to life Earth – first grew from a single kickstarting molecule named diamidophosphate.
Andrew Silver, 07 Nov 2017
A group of happy corporate looking types celebrate

Pivot3 reports bumper growth – but is it just hyperconverged hype?

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) supplier Pivot3 saw better than 50 per cent sequential growth in its bookings from the second to third 2017 quarters. It said it had a record number of million-dollar orders in both the video surveillance and data centre areas.
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2017
Knightscope K7

Would insurance firms pay out if your driverless car got hacked?

AEV Bill"Pointy-headed technocrats" behind autonomous vehicles tech are worried that a proposed new law won't protect the public from huge financial claims if a mass hack of a driverless car fleet occurs.
Gareth Corfield, 07 Nov 2017
Syrup flows into jar

Sweet sticky Canuck cash flows into StrongBox

Quebecois' savings are being wagered on the success of a Montreal-based data management firm via a venture fund that aims to boost local biz.
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2017
Angry man yelling on phone while reading vintage printer paper report. Photo by SHutterstock

Oh Brother: Hackers can crash your unpatched printers – researchers

UpdatedSecurity researchers have said they've uncovered a new way for hackers to crash Brother printers.
John Leyden, 07 Nov 2017
Vintage BBC experimental colour transmission testcard section

Give us a bloody PIN: MPs grill BBC bosses over subscriber access

SketchWith the TV landscape changing faster than some viewers change their socks, today's marathon grilling of BBC bosses at Westminster took on some urgency.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Nov 2017

Mirai, Mirai, pwn them all, who's the greatest botnet on the whole?

The Mirai botnet is alive and kicking more than a year after its involvement in a DDoS attack that left many of the world's biggest websites unreachable.
John Leyden, 07 Nov 2017

Commuters' phone data could be tracked to save megabucks on census

Mobile phone data could be used to gather information on people's workplaces for future censuses as the government tries to cut the cost of producing population statistics.
Rebecca Hill, 07 Nov 2017

UK's surveillance regime challenged in landmark European court hearing

The UK's surveillance laws have been put under the spotlight today as the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) heard legal complaints against the government's spying powers.
Rebecca Hill, 07 Nov 2017

Comtrade's latest HYCU release tightens bear hug around Nutanix

+CommentComtrade's HYCU product snuggled up to Nutanix as its most friendly data protection platform. The latest release sidles even closer with a great big Nutanix bearhug.
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2017

American upstart seeks hotshot guinea pig for Concorde-a-like airliner

An American startup claiming to be building a modern-day Concorde is hiring a test pilot.
Gareth Corfield, 07 Nov 2017
Android patch

Google's answer to the Pixel 2 XL CRT-style screen burn in: Lower the brightness

“Ask more of your phone,” is the Pixel 2's official marketing slogan. It's not a good sign when early adopters are asking Google for more support.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Nov 2017

Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280m in Ethereum

There's a lot of hair-pulling among Ethereum alt-coin hoarders today – after a programming blunder in Parity's wallet software let one person bin $280m of the digital currency belonging to scores of strangers, probably permanently.
Iain Thomson, 07 Nov 2017
Linux penguin canape... snacks. Photo by SHutterstock

Don't worry about those 40 Linux USB security holes. That's not a typo

The Linux kernel USB subsystem has more holes than a donut shop. On Monday, Google security researcher Andrey Konovalov disclosed 14 Linux USB flaws found using syzkaller, a kernel fuzzing tool developed by another Google software engineer, Dmitry Vyukov.
Thomas Claburn, 07 Nov 2017
Waymo self-driving minivan

Look, ma! No hands! Waymo to test true self-driving cars in US with Uber-style hailing app

Google stablemate Waymo has begun testing its self-driving cars on the mean streets of Phoenix, Arizona, without a single driver at the wheel.
Kat Hall, 07 Nov 2017

Amazon's answer to all those leaky AWS S3 buckets: A dashboard warning light

UpdatedAfter watching customer after customer screw up their AWS S3 security and expose highly sensitive files publicly to the internet, Amazon has responded.
Iain Thomson, 07 Nov 2017
Android logo

KRACK whacked, media playback holes packed, other bugs go splat in Android patch pact

Google has released its November security update for Android, addressing a bag of security holes.
Shaun Nichols, 07 Nov 2017

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