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Ride-share upstart 'Fasten' revealed as Hive of insecurity

Boston-based ride-hailing hopeful Fasten has coughed to a million-customer data breach that happened because someone left a database lying around unsecured.
Richard Chirgwin, 13 Nov 2017
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The Dream Chaser touches down at Edwards Air Force Base

Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

Sierra Nevada Corporation's “Dream Chaser” automated spaceplane has successfully flown and landed.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2017
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ARM emulator in a VM? Yup, done. Ready to roll, no config required

Hacking low-level code on ARM processors just became a little easier after a researcher who operates under the name Azeria Labs put together virtual machines that emulate common hardware.
Richard Chirgwin, 13 Nov 2017
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Stop your moaning, says maker of buggy Bluetooth sex toy

Sex-toy maker Lovsense has told its customers to stop moaning about one of its products, which recorded audio of users as they – ahem – played, and stored it on their Android phones.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2017
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Los Alamos National Lab fires up 750-node RPi cluster

The Los Alamos National Laboratory will this week reveal its latest "High-performance computer" - a cluster of 750 Raspberry Pis.
Richard Chirgwin, 13 Nov 2017
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Qumulo goes all-flash and replicates to AWS

Scale-out file start up Qumulo has revealed all-flash filer nodes.
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2017
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Openreach fibre plan for 10m premises coming 'before Christmas'

Openreach chair Mike McTighe says the carrier has concluded its consultation on how to deliver fibre-to-the-premises connections across Britain by the year 2025 and will deliver its plan to do so “before Christmas”.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2017
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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

Munich city council's administrative and personnel committee has decided to move any remaining Linux systems to Windows 10 in 2020.
Andrew Silver, 13 Nov 2017
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Back up bod Druva paddles even further up the Amazon

+CommentDruva has nabbed a new Druva Cloud Platform (DCP) service gig for protecting, governing and looking into data in Amazon Web Services' Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Simple Storage Service (S3), Elastic Block Store (EBS), and the Relational Database Service (RDS).
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2017
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Augmented reality: Like it or not, only Apple's ready for the data-vomit gush

This month's release by Apple of the iPhone X with FaceID begins the first wave of consumer products designed from the ground up for continuous awareness of space, place and face - crowning a half a century of research in augmented reality destined to fuse our rising sea of data onto the real world.
Mark Pesce, 13 Nov 2017
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Bristol AI chip designer bags $50m from Valley VC

AI chip startup Graphcore has announced today a $50m deal with venture capital firm Sequoia Capital.
Richard Priday, 13 Nov 2017
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Shiver me timbers! 67cm Playmobil pirate ship sets sail for Caribbean

A Playmobil pirate ship has been launched off the west coast of Africa after stowing away on a full-size Norwegian vessel.
Rebecca Hill, 13 Nov 2017
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Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox

UpdatedAmazon's audio surveillance personal assistant device, Alexa, has acquired an external battery pack called Dox.
Gareth Corfield, 13 Nov 2017
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Mm, sacrilicious: Greggs advent calendar features sausage roll in a manger

Nothing quite says Christmas like greasy, calorific overindulgence, and this year budget sausage roll shop Greggs is ready to get you in the mood with its "treat-filled" limited-edition advent calendar.
Kat Hall, 13 Nov 2017
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New Rackspace datacenter in Crawley, UK

Rackspace, HPE pitch pay-as-you-go private cloud

Rackspace says it will be teaming up with HPE to build a private cloud service that bills customers based on usage.
Shaun Nichols, 13 Nov 2017
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What will £450k buy you? A new CEO at Softcat

Ever wondered how much the CEO at a big box shifting reseller gets paid? Wonder no more, for Softcat has revealed its new head honcho Graeme Watt will be on a cool £450,000 yearly base salary.
Paul Kunert, 13 Nov 2017
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SciNet supercomputer's GPFS trick: We node what you did, burst buffer

A Canadian supercomputer centre using a fast access parallel file system has stuffed an Excelero burst buffer between this storage and the compute nodes.
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2017
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Silverlight extinguished while Angular wins fans among developers

Developers are done with Microsoft's Silverlight and Apache Flex, but they've been entranced by Android Studio, the Swift programming language, and Angular, a JavaScript framework.
Thomas Claburn, 13 Nov 2017
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Qualcomm tells Broadcom: Pfffft! $103bn? You insult the very core of our cores

Qualcomm's board has unanimously rejected Broadcom's $103bn buyout proposal, slamming its rival's bid as having "dramatically undervalued" the multi-billion-dollar chipmaker.
Gareth Corfield, 13 Nov 2017
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Softbank gets Uber A-OK for $9bn investment cash splurge

Cash-flinging Japanese tech firm Softbank will sink up to ten billion dollars into Uber, following a vote of approval by the taxi app's board.
Gareth Corfield, 13 Nov 2017
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Brit cops slammed for failing to give answers on digital device data slurpage

Police forces have been urged to keep better records on how much data they slurp from the hundreds of thousands of digital devices they seize, and how it is used.
Rebecca Hill, 13 Nov 2017
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Productivity through tech, UK firms. More cyber, more cloud, more ERP!

Low take-up of readily available tech is fuelling Blighty's "deep-seated productivity problems", the club for supposed captains of industry the CBI has said.
Kat Hall, 13 Nov 2017
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It's 2017 and the UK's competition watchdog just got a data-tech team

The Competition and Markets Authority is to assemble a dedicated team to handle the use of algorithms, artificial intelligence and big data in business.
Richard Priday, 13 Nov 2017
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Thousand-dollar iPhone X's Face ID wrecked by '$150 3D-printed mask'

VideoApple's facial-recognition login system in its rather expensive iPhone X can be, it is claimed, fooled by a 3D printed mask, a couple of photos, and a blob of silicone.
Iain Thomson, 13 Nov 2017
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You, Google. Get in here and explain all this personal data slurping – Missouri AG subpoena

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley on Monday said his office is investigating Google's business practices, adding fuel to the long smouldering antitrust fire that the Chocolate factory has been unable to extinguish.
Thomas Claburn, 13 Nov 2017
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The Broadcom BCM2836 chip in the new Pi 2

Now, now, Qualcomm... Don't play hard to get, grins Broadcom

Broadcomm says it will continue its efforts to acquire rival chip designer Qualcomm despite a unanimous rejection of its $103bn buyout offer.
Shaun Nichols, 13 Nov 2017
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Dell EMC adds Skylake grunt to supercomputing workhorse server

Dell EMC has accelerated its workhorse super/high-performance computing C4130 server with newer CPUs and GPUs.
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2017
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AT&T, Verizon agree to hop into bed and thrust new erections over US

US telco giants AT&T and Verizon are joining forces to install cellphone towers throughout America.
Shaun Nichols, 13 Nov 2017
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Artist's view of a binary black hole. Pic credit: NASA, ESA and G Bacon (STScI)

Boffins on alert: Brace yourselves for huge gravitational wave coming within a decade

The most violent gravitational waves in the universe from supermassive black hole prangs will be detected to within ten years, according to research published on Monday.
Katyanna Quach, 13 Nov 2017

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