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Good news, everyone: Ransomware declining. Bad news: Miscreants are turning to crypto-mining on infected PCs
For the past few years, ransomware has been a bane of computer users. These software nasties infect PCs, scramble files, and demand payment in cryptocurrency to restore the documents.
Tech biz boss slipped Detroit's IT chief bungs in restaurant bathrooms to bag software deals, prosecutors claim
The boss of an IT services provider bribed a top Detroit city official to win lucrative contracts for his biz, prosecutors in the US have claimed.
$14bn tax hit, Surface Pro screens keep dying – but it's not all good news at Microsoft
UpdatedMicrosoft Surface Pro 4 owners are up in arms over what they claim is an ongoing epidemic of screen failures blighting their expensive fondleslabs.
Fujifilm, Xerox throw each other a US$6.1 billion lifeline
Fujifilm has announced a $US6.1 billion deal to take control of troubled Xerox.
AT&T's financial figures reveal 19 BEEELLLION reasons why it lobbied hard for US tax cuts
AT&T lobbied hard for tax cuts in the US – and that effort has rather paid off. Thanks to the President-Trump-championed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the telco revealed this week it rounded out 2017 with some stonking financial figures.
Qualglumm: Still no royalties from Apple, tax hits, EU fine, flat sales
US chip designer Qualcomm on Wednesday reported $6.1bn flat-growth revenues for its first fiscal quarter of 2018, which ended on December 24, 2017.
Anti-missile missile misses again, US military mum on meaning of mess
Demonstrating again that anti-missile missiles work best under carefully controlled circumstances, a test of such a weapon fired from Hawaii has missed its target.
Measure us by subscriptions, says upbeat Citrix
Citrix has posted a strong fourth quarter, claimed its turnaround plan is working better than expected and asked the world to measure its health by looking at the number of subscribers it secures.
Dinosaurs gathered at NASA Goddard site for fatal feeding frenzy
NASA is mostly known for exploring space, but it can also uncover wonders closer to home.
Facebook users are Zucking off, but that's what Zuck wants
Facebook's announced revenue of US$12.97bn for Q42017, plus profit of $4.23bn, even though it also owned up that tweaks to its news feed prompted a fall in time spent on the site.
Astroboffins spot sneaky signs that the Milky Way devoured smaller galaxies
Astrophysicists have found evidence that the Milky Way has gobbled up neighbouring massive dwarf galaxies over its 13 billion year lifetime.
Who can save us? It's 2018 and some email is still sent as cleartext
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has emitted another small advance in its program to protect as much of the Internet as it can, with a request that email systems finish encrypting all their connections.
ServiceNow plans non-devs writing non-code for real enterprise apps
ServiceNow has put up a fine set of quarterly and annual numbers and offered guidance suggesting its best is yet to come as the company moves beyond its IT roots and prepares to let non-developer business professionals start to program its platform.
The blockchain era is here but big biz, like most folk, hasn't a clue what to do with it
As far as database giant Oracle is concerned, the October announcement of its Blockchain Cloud Service (BCS) was timed perfectly.
Openreach ups investment plans: Will shoot out full fibre to 3 million premises
BT's Openreach has unveiled plans to connect three million premises to full fibre by 2020, up 50 per cent on its previous goal.
Oxford Uni boffins get things rolling at new electric motor factory
An Oxford-based electric motor company is opening a new factory it claims is capable of making 100,000 units a year.
Crim-checker IT system update fail has cost UK taxpayer 'MEEELLIONS'
MPs have slammed the IT overhaul behind the UK government's Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), which is running three years late resulting in a "missed opportunity" to save the taxpayer millions.
Fujitsu in a funk over feeble network sales
Fujitsu's revenues have been hit by weak mobile phones and base station sales. Servers and storage were flat while PC sales rose a little.
Brit market harshing Vodafone's buzz as sales slump continues
Vodafone posted a fall in sales of 3.6 per cent to €11.8bn (£10.3bn) in its third quarter results – with the UK market representing the biggest revenue drag.
What a Hancock-up: MP's social network app is a privacy disaster
Move over, Zuckerberg, there's a new social media overlord in town: grime aficionado and Tory MP Matt Hancock.
Crowdfunding refund judgment doesn't quite open the floodgates
CommentYesterday's county court ruling that Indiegogo's Ts&Cs weren’t wholly relevant to the question "does a crowdfunding-backed company form a contract of sale with its customers?" won't quite open the floodgates for people who feel they've been ripped off.
Oh dear, Capita: MPs put future UK.gov outsourcing in the spotlight
The UK government faced an urgent question in Parliament today over its reliance on troubled outsourcing firm Capita following a serious profit warning by the public sector provider – just weeks after Brit construction firm Carillion went bust.
UK data watchdog whacks £300k fine on biz that made 9 million nuisance calls
A Liverpudlian business was today slapped with a £300,000 fine for making 8.7 million nuisance calls.
Data-by-audio whizzes Chirp palmed £100k to keep working with EDF
Data-over-sound chaps Chirp and energy company EDF have been given £100,000 in funding by the UK government to advance their trials in sound-based sensors for nuclear power stations.
Info Commish offers privacy addicts a 12-step GDPR programme
Data privacy addicts are being urged to take a 12-step programme – by no less than the UK's Information Commissioner's Office.
EU hitches its cart to the blockchain bandwagon
Not wanting to be too late to the blockchain party, the European Commission has launched a forum to keep an eye on developments and pool ideas on governance.
E8 prises software away from its arrays to run on Dell, HPE, Lenovo kit
NVMe-over-Fabrics all-flash array shipper E8 is selling its software separately to be run on certified hardware from Dell, HPE and Lenovo.
Tech bad-boy Uber crafts tool to make staff follow the rules in future (er, coding rules, that is)
Despite its astonishing reputation for obliterating HR policy, resisting transit regulations and bending other laws, taxi scourge Uber is rather keen to keep its code clean and ensure it follows the rules.
New York lobs $210m at telcos to hook up 120k homes, businesses with bumpkin broadband
The US state of New York has unveiled a massive new project to provide broadband for virtually all of its residents.
Ignore that FBI. We're the real FBI, says the FBI that's totally the FBI
Some scammers may have bitten off more than they can chew after they tried impersonating the FBI to spread malware.
Nork hackers exploit Flash bug to pwn South Koreans. And Adobe will deal with it next week
Adobe will next week emit patches to squash a security bug in Flash that can be exploited by malicious webpages and documents, when opened, to hijack and spy on vulnerable computers.
Cox blocked! ISP may avoid $25m legal bill for letting punters pirate music online
American cable company Cox may not, after all, have to pay record label BMG $25m for letting its broadband subscribers illegally download and share copyrighted music online.