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Sea-Me-We 3 cable down, again, Oz-Asia traffic slows down

The fragile Sea-Me-We 3 cable that provides one of Australia's primary connections to Asia is out of action and awaiting repair.
Richard Chirgwin, 20 Dec 2017
Amazon.com's new drone

Special delivery: Pizza, parcel-slinging drones inch closer to reality

America's aviation watchdog, the FAA, has put forward a plan for how delivery drones will be governed.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Dec 2017

Republican tax bill ready to rescue hard-up tech giants, struggling rich

Wealthy individuals and businesses can direct their underlings to ice the Dom Perignon and fuel their private jets in celebration of the US Senate's expected passage of the Republican tax bill on Wednesday.
Thomas Claburn, 20 Dec 2017
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WordPress captcha plugin on 300,000 sites had a sneaky backdoor

WordFence is warning that the WordPress Captcha plugin, popular enough to get around 300,000 installations, should be replaced with the latest official WordPress version (4.4.5).
Richard Chirgwin, 20 Dec 2017

Windows 10 Hello face recognition can be fooled with photos

If you've skipped recent Windows 10 Creators Updates, here's a reason to change your mind: its facial recognition security feature, Hello, can be spoofed with a photograph.
Richard Chirgwin, 20 Dec 2017
A Badger

Ghostery, uBlock lead the anti-track pack

Looking for browser privacy? A group of researchers in France and Japan say RequestPolicyContinued and NoScript have the toughest policies, while Ghostery and uBlock Origin offer good blocking performance and a better user experience.
Richard Chirgwin, 20 Dec 2017
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You too can fool AI facial recognition systems by wearing glasses

A group of researchers have inserted a backdoor into a facial-recognition AI system by injecting "poisoning samples" into the training set.
Katyanna Quach, 20 Dec 2017
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Cloud-building alien space rays altered Earth's climate – boffins

Interstellar particles alter Earth's climate by affecting cloud growth, scientists revealed on Tuesday.
Katyanna Quach, 20 Dec 2017
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GoAhead ... and pwn us: Remote hijacking flaw in Internet of Things gear

Researchers have uncovered a vulnerability in the GoAhead web server software – embedded in Internet of Things devices – that can be potentially remotely exploited to hijack gadgets.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Dec 2017
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Oh good, half of Defra's Brexit projects involve IT

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra) poor track record on IT puts the department at high risk in decoupling its systems from Europe, the chair of the government’s spending watchdog has warned today.
Kat Hall, 20 Dec 2017
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Microservices 101

SupportedPublic cloud providers increasingly differentiate themselves through the features and services they provide. These run from basic storage or content delivery network up to sophisticated flavours of data analysis and increasingly Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Trevor Pott, 20 Dec 2017
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Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the data centre temp's delightful

On-CallHere is the latest festive instalment of On-Call, the place to be for techies with tales to tell. It might be cold outside but this may just make the blood boil as it goes to show what happens when bean-counters take over the asylum.
Paul Kunert, 20 Dec 2017
Uber self-driving car on a transport truck

European court: Let's not kid ourselves, Uber. You're a transport firm, not a 'digital service'

Uber should be treated as a transport company, not a digital service, the European Court of Justice declared today.
Kat Hall, 20 Dec 2017

HTC U11 Life: Google tries to tame the midmarket

ReviewWe rarely single out midrange phones for special attention here. Most are me-too models that don’t bring anything new to the marketplace.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Dec 2017

UK.gov pushes ahead with legal right to 10Mbps

Folk will have a legal right to minimum broadband speeds of 10Mbps by 2020, with the government having today rejected a voluntary proposal by dominant telco BT.
Kat Hall, 20 Dec 2017
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Ofcom sees off legal threat over 5G auction terms

Ofcom has seen off a legal challenge to its spectrum auction by BT's EE and Three today.
Kat Hall, 20 Dec 2017

What's taking so long? UK.gov pressed over continued delays to biometrics strategy

The UK government has been told to get its act together and explain why its biometrics strategy still hasn't seen the light of day.
Rebecca Hill, 20 Dec 2017
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Windows Store nixed Google Chrome 'app' hours after it went live

Microsoft has bounced a Google Chrome Installer out of its Windows Store, just hours after making it available for download.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Dec 2017

One more beancounter given a spanking over Tech Data chicanery

A former financial controller for Tech Data faces a rap on the knuckles and the temporary exclusion from the Chartered Accountants golf club* after admitting his role in a costly number-crunching scandal.
Paul Kunert, 20 Dec 2017

Peak NAND? Not yet. Not if you're ogling Micron's moneybags

Memory and flash maker Micron posted great quarterly results following booming demand for its mobile, server and SSD products – a sign of what it is hoping is an enduring market change.
Chris Mellor, 20 Dec 2017

Comms-slurping public bodies in UK need crash course in copy 'n' paste

The UK's public authorities slurped up more than 750,000 items of communications data during 2016, with more than 1,000 reported errors – of which 29 were deemed serious.
Rebecca Hill, 20 Dec 2017
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Google Chrome ad-blocking to begin in February – but what is it going to block?

From February 15, Google's Chrome browser will begin zapping ads that don't conform with new taste guidelines. But what those guidelines mean exactly is anyone's guess.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Dec 2017

UK teen dodges jail time for role in DDoSes on Natwest, Amazon and more

Brit teen Jack Chappell has avoided being sent to prison after pleading guilty to helping launch DDoS attacks against NatWest, Amazon and Netflix, among others.
Richard Priday, 20 Dec 2017

CSS and Javascript on GOV.UK page take early Christmas holiday

UpdatedA government legal aid eligibility checker has been without Javascript and CSS for a fortnight, sources told The Register – causing a visible dip in the number of people using the service.
Gareth Corfield, 20 Dec 2017

Danger! High voltage: German customs bods burn half-tonne of weed in power station

A power station in Olching, Bavaria, blazed like it was 4/20 yesterday after German authorities used it to burn around 550kg of marijuana.
Richard Priday, 20 Dec 2017

Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

CommentIt has kept everyone waiting but Magic Leap has finally revealed that… there are still publications stupid enough to keep printing its bullshit.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Dec 2017

Totally shock claim: Comcast accused of gouging TV rivals

US cable giant Comcast has been accused of strong-arming smaller carriers into paying too much for some of its TV channels.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Dec 2017
 Close-up image of power management IC chip on an iPhone 6 logic board.

Yes, your old iPhone is slowing down: iOS hits brakes on CPUs as batteries wear out

AnalysisWhen Apple's iOS 11.2 update arrived on December 2, the release notes touted faster wireless charging support, among other enhancements, but made no mention of a necessary but less appealing augmentation: retarded apps for aging iPhone models.
Thomas Claburn, 20 Dec 2017

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