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Hardware headwinds hurt Cisco as revenue dips two per cent in Q1

Cisco suffered a decline in revenue for Q1 2018, weighed down by ongoing weakness in its switch and router business.
Richard Chirgwin, 16 Nov 2017
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US authorities swallow security-free script for pill that knows when you're off your meds

What could possibly go wrong when drug companies embed into a pill, so that after you swallow it connects to a smartphone app and then sends data over the internet?
Richard Chirgwin, 16 Nov 2017
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Microsoft

Storage Spaces returns to Windows Server's semi-annual channel

Microsoft's revealed that Storage Spaces Direct will return in the next semi-annual version of Windows Server.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Nov 2017
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Q: Why are you running in the office? A: This is my password for El Reg

A trio of Indian boffins have studied the use of smartphone accelerometers as biometric sensors and concluded they could be a handy way to identify users.
Richard Chirgwin, 16 Nov 2017

Hardware-driven security in the hybrid cloud

SponsoredOne of the greatest barriers to broader cloud adoption is security.
Dan Robinson, 16 Nov 2017
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Belgian court says Skype must provide interception facilities

Skype has failed in its appeal against a 2016 fine in Belgium for failing to help authorities tap calls in a criminal investigation, with the court saying it must comply with the country's telecommunications laws.
Richard Chirgwin, 16 Nov 2017
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How about that time Russian military used a video game pic as proof of US aiding ISIS?

Earlier this week, the official Facebook and Twitter accounts of the Russian Ministry of Defense said it had "irrefutable evidence" the US was aiding ISIS in Syria – and revealed four grainy photos apparently backing up its claims.
Iain Thomson, 16 Nov 2017
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Intel-Micron scrap the summer diet, enlarge 3D XPoint mem DIMM fab

Intel and Micron have expanded their XPoint production fab in Utah, USA, as the clock ticks down to the launch of XPoint DIMMs in the second half of 2018.
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2017
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The Internet Archive in San Francisco

Inside Internet Archive: 10PB+ of storage in a church... oh, and a little fight to preserve truth

At the Internet Archive's headquarters in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, technologists, educators, archivists, and others fact-oriented folks gathered to discuss how they and the like-minded can save news from the memory hole – a conceit conjured by George Orwell to describe a political mechanism for altering the truth.
Thomas Claburn, 16 Nov 2017
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Microsoft touts real-time over-the-network pair programming in Visual Studio, GitHub ships it

Microsoft and GitHub on Wednesday announced real-time collaboration in their respective code editors, almost as if they'd been collaborating.
Thomas Claburn, 16 Nov 2017
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Intel drags Xeon Phi Knights Hill chips out back... two shots heard

UpdatedIntel has scrapped Knights Hill, an upcoming addition to its high-end many-core Xeon Phi chip family, and will go back to the drawing board for its microarchitecture.
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Big Bang

'It's back to the drawing board...' Innocent axions found not guilty of dark matter crimes

Physicists have ruled out the existence of axions once considered possible dark matter candidates.
Katyanna Quach, 16 Nov 2017
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Google says broader right to be forgotten is 'serious assault' on freedom

Google's general counsel has signalled the company intends to fight, hard, against broad interpretations of the European Union's right to be forgotten.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Nov 2017
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Yes, I took Putin's roubles to undermine Western democracy. This is my story

¡Bong!Every man must make a reckoning, and now I must make mine. มาลัย (which means 'Garland of Flowers' in Thai), please note the following.
Steve Bong, 16 Nov 2017
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A piggy bank in a pile of pound coins

Does UK high street banks' crappy crypto actually matter?

The Register's recent story about the failure of most UK high street banks to follow web security best practices has provoked a lively debate among security experts.
John Leyden, 16 Nov 2017
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Woman kicks off shoes, gets bottle of wine, collapses onto couch

Slack apologises to Europe for TITSUP* services

Slackers of Europe, it might be a good time to enjoy a little me-time as techies at the messaging and collaboration app biz attempt to wake the supposed productivity improvement tool from its slumber.
Andrew Silver, 16 Nov 2017
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Internet of So Much Stuff: Don't wanna be a security id-IoT

Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies, last month announced a $1bn investment in IoT R&D over the next three years.
Marc Ambasna-Jones, 16 Nov 2017
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Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

AEV BillA cyclists' association wants software developers for any "errors" in driverless car software to be "criminally prosecuted" in Blighty.
Gareth Corfield, 16 Nov 2017
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Oracle stockholders don't like exec mega-awards or gender pay gap transparency

Oracle's stockholders have voted against the company's amended executive pay plan, along with a proposal for greater transparency on its gender pay gap.
Rebecca Hill, 16 Nov 2017
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Woman wails in despair while clutching a tablet.

BT boss: Yeah, making a business case for 5G is hard

Chief exec of BT, Gavin Patterson, has admitted the British telco is struggling to make a business case for 5G investment, given the huge costs of getting the network off the ground.
Kat Hall, 16 Nov 2017
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DJI bug bounty NDA is 'not signable', say irate infosec researchers

Chinese drone maker DJI faces questions from infosec researchers about its bug bounty programme. Sources have told The Register that a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) they were invited to sign would result in the company "owning their actions".
Gareth Corfield, 16 Nov 2017
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Colleague high fives in the office. Photo by Shutterstock

NetApp: You went all-flash, you never should've, um.. Well done

While still well short of its fiscal 2015 revenue glory days, NetApp has said its all-flash array sales are on fire, and expects more of the same.
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2017
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FLAMING BASEBALL WITH JUSTICE SCALES LOGO

$232m blockchain startup Tezos faces sueballs for alleged investor fraud

Tezos, the blockchain startup that raised $232m in July, has been served with at least two US class-action lawsuits for allegedly defrauding fundraisers as well as breaking rules for offering securities.
Andrew Silver, 16 Nov 2017
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New, revamped Terdot Trojan: It's so 2017, it even fake-posts to Twitter

Terdot, a banking Trojan that has been around since mid-2016, has been re-engineered with updated information and credential thievery as well as social media account monitoring functionality.
John Leyden, 16 Nov 2017
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Pawnbroker pwnd: Cash Converters says hacker slurped customer data

Pawnbroking and secondhand goods outlet Cash Converters has suffered a data breach.
John Leyden, 16 Nov 2017
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Fear not, driverless car devs, UK.gov won't force you to write Trolley Problem solutions

AEV BillA new law won't force driverless cars' software developers to explicitly consider the infamous Trolley Problem – but the UK government may later decide to implement something similar.
Gareth Corfield, 16 Nov 2017
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Backup Exec juices dedupe offering, flaunts sign-up cloud model

Backup Exec, Veritas' SME backup product, now sports a subscription-based payment scheme, deduping cloud backends and offering GDPR compliance help.
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2017
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Watson Power7 cluster. Pic: IBM

Warren 'Mr Moneybags' Buffett offloads huge chunk of IBM investment

Legendary investor Warren Buffett appears to be cutting his losses on his IBM investment, slashing his shares by one-third in the last quarter.
Kat Hall, 16 Nov 2017
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Sparks fly as Databricks buddies up with Microsoft in the cloud

Databricks and Microsoft are getting cosy in the cloud, in a move that will give the Spark-wrangling company access to a new set of customers.
Rebecca Hill, 16 Nov 2017
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Drone maker DJI left its private SSL, firmware keys open to world+dog on GitHub FOR YEARS

Chinese drone maker DJI left the private key for its dot-com's HTTPS certificate exposed on GitHub for up to four years, according to a researcher who gave up with the biz's bug bounty process.
Gareth Corfield, 16 Nov 2017
Larry Ellison on stage at Oracle's cloud pricing announcement

Oracle scrambles to sew up horrid security holes in PeopleSoft's Tuxedo

Oracle has published an out-of-band software update to address a handful of security flaws in parts of the PeopleSoft HR software.
Shaun Nichols, 16 Nov 2017
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Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

AnalysisAmazon has pushed out an emergency security update to its door-unlocking system called Key – which is used by couriers to let themselves into people's homes to drop off packages inside when folks are out.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Nov 2017
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Australian Broadcasting Corporation leaks passwords, video from AWS S3 bucket

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has joined the long list of organisations to leak sensitive data from a poorly secured public-facing Amazon Web Services S3 bucket.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Nov 2017
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Rage

Parity: The bug that put $169m of Ethereum on ice? Yeah, it was on the todo list for months

Alt-coin wallet software maker Parity has published a postmortem of the bug that put millions of dollars of people's Ethereum on ice – and has admitted it knew about the flaw for months. It just hadn't got round to fixing it.
Iain Thomson, 16 Nov 2017
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US govt to use software to finger immigrants as potential crims? That's really dumb – boffins

A group of 54 computer scientists and academic researchers on Thursday asked the US Department of Homeland Security to rethink its plan for employing software algorithms to determine whether immigrants to the country should be admitted or deported.
Thomas Claburn, 16 Nov 2017
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Hacker

Kaspersky: Clumsy NSA leak snoop's PC was packed with malware

Kaspersky Lab, the US government's least favorite computer security outfit, has published its full technical report into claims Russian intelligence used its antivirus tools to steal NSA secrets.
Iain Thomson, 16 Nov 2017

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