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defunct US embassy account page revived by researcher

We're not saying Uncle Sam has lost control on Twitter, but US Embassy in Riyadh just did a shout out for oatmeal

History is "a series of lies agreed upon," as nineteenth century orator Wendell Phillips phrased an adage employed by Napoleon, among others.
Thomas Claburn, 08 Nov 2017
Money down the drain

Oh Snap! Rap for crap chat app brats in nine-month $3bn scrap flap

Shares in (former) social media darling Snap Inc. are understandably tanking today after the photo-spaffing service said it was losing more money and gaining fewer users than anticipated.
Shaun Nichols, 08 Nov 2017
NBN truck side with First Aid sticker

Telstra drops nbn™ in it as it wears compo for broadband speed ads

Telstra has all-but-blamed nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), for having to compensate customers who can't experience broadband speeds the carrier advertised.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Nov 2017

You know what's coming next: FBI is upset it can't get into Texas church gunman's smartphone

FBI agents investigating the murder-suicide of 26 people in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, have said they can't yet unlock the shooter's smartphone.
Iain Thomson, 08 Nov 2017
Big cloud, image via Shutterstock

Juniper Contrail Cloud spotted heading for junior telco networks

Juniper Networks has enhanced its Contrail Cloud enhancements, in the hope it can put network function virtualization into the hands of more and smaller carrier.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 Nov 2017

Google on flooding the internet with fake news: Leave us alone, we're trying really hard... *sob*

CommentGoogle has responded in greater depth after it actively promoted fake news about Sunday's Texas murder-suicide gunman by... behaving like a spoilt kid.
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Nov 2017
The Driven consortium is testing driverless car tech on a Ford Mondeo

Dumb autonomous cars can save more lives than brilliant ones

Autonomous cars only need to be good enough to reduce the number of road deaths to be worth permitting: eliminating fatal accidents can wait until later.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 Nov 2017

Google, Volkswagen spin up quantum computing partnership

Google's quantum computer isn't much more than a science project at this stage, but Volkswagen is hitching a ride anyway.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 Nov 2017
Sydney Harbour Bridge in the cloud

Mirantis eyes continuous integration of all the things

OPENSTACK SYDNEYMirantis is contemplating a future as a provider of continuous integration (CI) tools and continuous-delivery-as-a-service.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Nov 2017

Our oldest mammalian ancestor named after British pub landlord

Researchers have discovered fossils of our oldest mammalian ancestors yet found – along the coastline of Dorset in southeast England.
Katyanna Quach, 08 Nov 2017

Seven years on, Spain rattles tin cup at Google over Street View slurp

Seven years after Google raised hackles by collecting information about Wi-Fi access points with its Street View fleet, Spain's privacy regulator has fined the company €300,000.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 Nov 2017
Double thumbs up photo via Shutterstock

SSL spy boxes on your network getting you down? But wait, here's an IETF draft to fix that

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has just put out a new draft for a standard that would enable folks to effectively bypass surveillance equipment on their networks to maintain secure connections.
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Nov 2017

New BFFs Salesforce and Google link arms, er, CRMs with G Suite

Salesforce.com and Google have agreed on a partnership deal that will see the former's CRM service integrated directly into G Suite's productivity apps.
Shaun Nichols, 08 Nov 2017
Vortrex VR shoes

Mythbuster seeks cash for roller skates to wear in virtual reality

Former Mythbuster Jamie Hyneman is seeking US$50,000 to build a prototype pair of roller skates to wear in virtual reality.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Nov 2017

Google broke its own cloud, again, with dud DB config change

Google's again 'fessed up to cooking its own cloud.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Nov 2017

Where hackers haven't directly influenced polls, they've undermined our faith in democracy

What a difference a year makes. This time last year, Twitter pooh-poohed any suggestion that Russian agents ran accounts on its platform for purposes of subverting the US election.
Jane Fae , 08 Nov 2017

No venture capital please, we're British: Why a pair of storage startups went it alone

AnalysisTwo UK storage startups both went without venture capital and struggled to grow. One was Object Matrix, the other Storage Made Easy. Both are consequently outside the storage mainstream and traded VC-funded growth acceleration for being in control of their own destiny.
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2017

HPE and WekaIO sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g

HPE is planning to beef up its supercomputing and HPC filer credentials by cuddling up to WekaIO, multiple sources have told The Register.
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2017
Drinks party at M3 day one

Machine learning? AI? How we learned to relax at MCubed

EventsThe machines are not taking our jobs any time soon, Prof Mark Bishop declared at the opening of MCubed, mainly because right now, computing is better suited to cementing artificial stupidity than creating true artificial intelligence.
Joe Fay, 08 Nov 2017

Credential-stuffing defence tech aims to defuse password leaks

A system that aims to identify stolen passwords before breaches are reported or even detected was launched on Tuesday.
John Leyden, 08 Nov 2017
child watches tablet in the dark

Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

CommentFor the "smartest guys in the room", Google often seems to be the last to know what’s going on in its own front room. And something very strange indeed is going on over at YouTube.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Nov 2017

China-owned Opera touts big comeback

Opera released an overhaul of its browser today, and claims to have grown its market share substantially in the year since it was acquired by a Chinese private equity company a year ago.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Nov 2017
he exterior of the carphone warehouse on January the 23rd, 2015, in London, England, UK. The carphone warehouse has over 3000 stores. Editorial Credit: Michaelpuche / Shutterstock.com

Carphone Warehouse given a stern talking to for 'misleading' radio ad

Carphone Warehouse was given a particularly withering stare by the Advertising Standards Agency in a ruling handed down today concerning one of its radio adverts.
Richard Priday, 08 Nov 2017

Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

UpdatedOne more reason to avoid cloud-reliant Internet of Things – as if you didn't have enough already.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Nov 2017

IBM leads BigInsights for Hadoop out behind barn. Shots heard

IBM has announced the retirement of the basic plan for its data analytics software platform, BigInsights for Hadoop.
Rebecca Hill, 08 Nov 2017

Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America

Facebook has begun conducting a pilot where it solicits intimate photographs of women – and it will soon offer the service in the United Kingdom as well as the US. Anxious exes who fear their former partner is set on revenge porn will be urged to upload photographs of themselves nude.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Nov 2017
woman uses blender. Photo by shutterstock

One banana of backup, 2 container crabapples, a fig of flash: It's a storage smoothie

We've peeled the storage news fruit, cut off the rough edges, discarded the excess verbiage bits and blended them into a smoothie. Grab a napkin and tuck in, because a lot has happened over the past week.
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2017

Tesla buys robot maker. Hang on, isn't that your sci-fi bogeyman, Elon?

Troubled Tesla Inc. has quietly acquired Perbix, which designs robot production lines. Perbix was already a Tesla contractor.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Nov 2017
A revolving door

Nutanix builds doorway to multiple compute and object storage services

.NEXTNutanix has a one click, one OS, any cloud concept with new services to virtualise compute and object storage across multiple clouds – both on-premises and public ones.
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2017
Ireland and Great Britain map, image via Shutterstock

UK Land Registry opens books on corporate owners

HM Land Registry made its databases of property owned by domestic and foreign businesses free to access yesterday.
Richard Priday, 08 Nov 2017

Commvault cosies up to Google Cloudies, vows to keep you safe from dreaded GDPR

Data-protector Commvault made several announcements at its annual customer shindig – including a GPDR "package", endpoint data protection as a service, a partnership with the Google Cloud Platform and a bit of Antarctic Expedition do-goodery.
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2017

Stop worrying and let the machines take our jobs – report

So, robots are coming to take your jobs after all* but techies shouldn't be scared, not in the slightest.
Richard Priday, 08 Nov 2017

Qualcomm is shipping next chip it'll perhaps get sued for: ARM server processor Centriq 2400

Putting aside its legal battles and lawsuits for a few hours, Qualcomm today said is it shipping the Centriq 2400 – its ARM-based server-grade processor, and the world's first 10nm data-center CPU.
Chris Williams, 08 Nov 2017

Bitcoin drops SegWit2x hard fork after community objects

Bitcoin's contentious upgrade plan, known as SegWit2x, has been called off, sending the cryptocurrency price past $7,800 – an all-time high – and then down several hundred dollars as profit taking set it.
Thomas Claburn, 08 Nov 2017

Chrome update kills unwanted ad redir... WIN A FREE iPad!!

Chrome will begin blocking some redirect links in an effort to crack down on particularly annoying web ads.
Shaun Nichols, 08 Nov 2017

US domestic, er, foreign spying bill progresses through Congress

A draft law protecting one of the US government's spying programs has passed through the initial markup stage in the Congress, providing one more opportunity to witness the "up is down" world in which American politics currently resides.
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Nov 2017

Snap: We've blown $3bn this year and Tencent wants to give us more

Nose-diving social media company Snap Inc. says it has secured a significant investment from Chinese tech powerhouse Tencent.
Shaun Nichols, 08 Nov 2017

Marissa! Mayer! pulled! out! of! retirement! to! explain! Yahoo! hack! to! Senators!

Poor Marissa Mayer. After selling off Yahoo! and floating away on her golden parachute, she must have been looking for a nice rest. But US Congress wanted her to explain how every single user account on the portal got hacked.
Iain Thomson, 08 Nov 2017

Astronomers find bizarre 'zombie supernova' that just won't die

Astrophysicists have discovered one of the weirdest stars yet in the universe: one that refuses to die, exploding as a supernova multiple times over fifty years.
Katyanna Quach, 08 Nov 2017

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