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Netflix mulls using AI to craft personalized movie trailers for viewers

Researchers at Netflix are experimenting with creating software-edited trailers personalized for individual subscribers to get more peeps to watch its films, according to a well-placed source familiar with the matter.
Katyanna Quach, 06 Dec 2017
code on-screen

Boffins foresee most software written by machines in 2040

Boffins at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory speculate that by 2040 advances in AI disciplines like machine learning and natural language processing will shift most software code creation from people to machines.
Thomas Claburn, 06 Dec 2017

Lap-slabtop-mobes with Snapdragon Arm CPUs running Windows 10: We had a quick gander

PicsQualcomm, Microsoft, Asus, HP Inc and Lenovo today talked up their upcoming Arm-compatible, Snapdragon-powered three-in-one Windows 10 PCs.
Chris Williams, 06 Dec 2017
Kata containers

OpenStack Foundation backs 'virtualized containers', for security's sake

The OpenStack Foundation has made good on its promise to start helping complementary projects by adopting every-container-gets-its-own-kernel projects run by Intel and hyper.sh.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Dec 2017
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Beware the IDEs of Android: three biggies have vulnerabilities

Developers using the Android Studio, Eclipse, and IntelliJ IDEA have been advised to update their IDEs against serious and easily-exploitable vulnerabilities.
Richard Chirgwin, 06 Dec 2017

Google learns to smile, because AI's bad at it

Google's taken a small step towards addressing the persistent problem of bias in artificial intelligence, setting its boffins to work on equal-opportunity smile detection.
Richard Chirgwin, 06 Dec 2017
Finger touches email icons floating away into space

Mailsploit: It's 2017, and you can spoof the 'from' in email to fool filters

Penetration tester Sabri Haddouche has reintroduced the world to email source spoofing, bypassing spam filters and protections like Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC), thereby posing a risk to anyone running a vulnerable and unpatched mail client.
Richard Chirgwin, 06 Dec 2017

Mozilla and Yahoo! trade sueballs over Firefox-Google search deal

The Mozilla Foundation and Yahoo! have flung sueballs at each other, after the former ended its deal to have the latter provide search results in the Firefox browser amid claims it hadn't been paid.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Dec 2017
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Google pushed update that broke managed Chromebooks' Wi-Fi

A Google slip-up left educators scratching their heads after schools' Chromebooks developed mass wireless network SSID amnesia.
Richard Chirgwin, 06 Dec 2017
Build 17046 for Windows Server

Microsoft adds nothing to new Semi-Annual Windows Server preview

Microsoft's released something odd: a new tech preview of Windows Server's semi-annual release channel with no new features but a few known issues with the potential to mess things up.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Dec 2017

Staff at Steria gov shared services centre offered voluntary redundo

Workers at the Sopra Steria-run UK government shared services centre received an early Christmas present this week: the opportunity to apply for voluntary redundancy.
Kat Hall, 06 Dec 2017

Sucks to be a... chief data officer, when they're being told: Boost revenues

Chief data officers are increasingly asked to help monetise the data companies hold, rather than purely managing and protecting that data, according to Gartner.
Rebecca Hill, 06 Dec 2017
plant life on an alien planet

What on Earth is Terraform: Life support for explorers of terrifying alien worlds

Terraform is taking over as one of the critical new technologies for managing composable infrastructure both in and out of the cloud. Where does it fit in a world with Docker, Kubernetes, Puppet and other tools that all seem to be important elements in this space?
Trevor Pott, 06 Dec 2017
A car salesman shows you a range of cars

Car rental firms told: Tell your customers about in-car data slurps

Car rental companies should offer customers explicit information on what happens to data that has been sucked up by connected cars, a civil rights group has said.
Rebecca Hill, 06 Dec 2017

Google and pals rush to repair Android dev tools, block backdoor risks

Security researchers have found several flaws in the developer tools and environments used by Android programmers.
John Leyden, 06 Dec 2017
Oracle logo on building in Amsterdam

The ultimate vendor lock-in: High school opens on Oracle campus

As Facebook is being slapped down for trying to get ‘em young with its under-13s messenger service, Oracle has gone one step further towards life-time lock-in: by opening a high school on its campus.
Rebecca Hill, 06 Dec 2017

Nokia 8: As pure as the driven Android - it's a classy return

ReviewHMD's efforts to put the Nokia brand over what we call the "Shenzhen generics" formula haven't exactly set the world on fire yet. But in all honesty, you'll struggle to find anything better for £399, the revised price of the Nokia 8.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Dec 2017

Capita appoints back bencher baroness as non exec director

Public sector outsourcing favourite Capita has appointed House of Lords backbencher Lucy Neville-Rolfe as independent non-executive director.
Kat Hall, 06 Dec 2017
A Combined Charging System plug

No, BMW, petrol-engined cars don't 'give back to the environment'

BMW claims that its electric i3 car has “zero emissions” and is a “really clean car [that] helps to give back to the environment”. Ad regulators have ordered it never to say that again – pointing to the Beemer’s petrol-fuelled auxiliary engine.
Gareth Corfield, 06 Dec 2017
dog plays with laptop

Spy-on-your-home Y-Cam cameras removes free cloud storage bit

Home security company Y-Cam has enraged its users after pulling its free lifetime cloud storage for its internet-connected cameras.
Richard Priday, 06 Dec 2017
Cannabis leaves

O Christmas wreath, O Christmas wreath, thy potent skunk's in bunches

Nothing says Christmas like a wreath. Except of course a reefer wreath. But why stop at Jesus and Mary, when you can add a full ounce of Mary Jane, dressed with eucalyptus, wheat and rosemary that stoners can use to decorate their knockers this festivus.
Paul Kunert, 06 Dec 2017

Facebook Messenger ... for who now? Zuck points his digital crack at ever younger kids

Comment"Won't somebody think of the children!" Hur hur.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Dec 2017

Former US State Department cyber man: We didn’t see the Russian threat coming

Black HatCyber threats have evolved from been a solely technical issues to core issues of government policy, according to a senior US lawyer and former cyber diplomat.
John Leyden, 06 Dec 2017
Laptop user, photo via Shutterstock

UK.gov failing to prevent £10bn of annual online fraud, say MPs

The government is not doing enough to prevent Brits being defrauded by £10bn per year, according to a spending watchdog report.
Kat Hall, 06 Dec 2017

Intel Management Engine pwned by buffer overflow

On Wednesday, in a presentation at Black Hat Europe, Positive Technologies security researchers Mark Ermolov and Maxim Goryachy plan to explain the firmware flaws they found in Intel Management Engine 11, along with a warning that vendor patches for the vulnerability may not be enough.
Thomas Claburn, 06 Dec 2017
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Apple looks forward to wiping $47bn off its overseas profit tax bill – thanks to US shakeup

While Apple may have to fork out €13bn (£11.4bn) to the Irish government in back taxes, on the other side of the Pond it could gain $47.2bn (£35.2bn) in tax breaks.
Richard Priday, 06 Dec 2017
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EU data protection groups: Fix Privacy Shield or face lawsuit

European data protection agencies have told authorities to address their “significant concerns” about Privacy Shield, or risk having the deal tested in court.
Rebecca Hill, 06 Dec 2017

OpenAI uses cunning code to speed up GPU machine learning

Researchers at OpenAI have launched a library of tools that can help researchers build faster, more efficient neural networks that take up less memory on GPUs.
Katyanna Quach, 06 Dec 2017

Merger-hungry AT&T sued for price gouging by Texas ISP

AT&T has been hit with a particularly badly-timed antitrust lawsuit accusing it of price gouging.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Dec 2017

Top supercomputing biz boss cuffed amid allegations of fraud

The CEO of Pezy Computing, known for developing one of the world's fastest supercomputers, has been arrested on suspicion of fraud.
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Dec 2017
picture of 3D printed WiFi-capable gears

Something weird to deck the Xmas tree with: 3D-printed Wi-Fi baubles

In an effort to make objects more chatty, boffins at the University of Washington have developed a way to create 3D-printed plastic baubles that can communicate over Wi-Fi with other devices, without batteries or electronics.
Thomas Claburn, 06 Dec 2017
a hostile drone

New Jersey lawmakers propose ban on folks drunk droning

The State of New Jersey is considering a law to criminalize flying drones while drunk or stoned.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Dec 2017

NiceHash diced up by hackers, thousands of Bitcoin pilfered

Cryptocurrency mining market NiceHash says it has fallen victim to a hacking attack that may have resulted in the loss of its entire Bitcoin wallet.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Dec 2017
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Euro Patent Office commanded to reinstate 'Nazi judge' it attacked

The European Patent Office (EPO) has been commanded to immediately reinstate a judge it suspended two years ago and pay him tens of thousands of euros in compensation and damages.
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Dec 2017

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