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NBN truck side with First Aid sticker

nbn 's CVC discounts worked - ISPs splashed for 38 per cent more bandwidth

Australia's internet service providers have responded to discounts in the Connectivity Virtual Circuit (CVC) by buying more bandwidth for their users, but the news isn't all good because they're still offering just 1.53 Mbps per user.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Feb 2018
Travis Kalanick, Uber's CEO

Laser sauce, cheat code, jam seshs: The Waymo vs Uber trial kicks off

AnalysisAccording to former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, a "cheat code" is tech bro slang for a hack. Or, in his words, "elegant solutions to problems that haven't already been thought of."
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Feb 2018

Unlucky 13 collared by cops hunting cyber-crew who stole up to $2.2bn

Thirteen out of 36 individuals indicted for their alleged involvement in a transnational cybercrime group know as Infraud have been arrested, the US Department of Justice announced on Wednesday.
Thomas Claburn, 08 Feb 2018

Open NFV kit and software gets verification program

The community working to develop open network function virtualisation has crafted a solution certification suite and published its associated test software.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 Feb 2018
Uber CISO John Flynn

PSA: If your security starts and ends with bug bounties, you're gonna have a bad time

AnalysisRemember when Uber tried to cover up the fact its AWS datastore containing records on 57 million riders and drivers had been hacked? And that it bunged the hackers $100,000 to shut them up, and then disguised the expense as a bug bounty payout?
Thomas Claburn, 08 Feb 2018
Map from Wandera blog post

New strife for Strava: Location privacy feature can be made transparent

Analysis by mobile device management outfit Wandera has suggested that newly notorious exercise-tracking app Strava's “location privacy” feature isn't very good at hiding users' homes.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 Feb 2018

Is that you, T-1000? No, just a lil robot that can mimic humans on sight

VideoBoffins have taught a robot how to imitate the way someone handles objects after watching them just once.
Katyanna Quach, 08 Feb 2018
Angry man bites a smartphone

Talk about a hot mic: Dodgy Pixel mobe audio lands Google in court

Google has been hit with a class-action lawsuit over hardware failures in its Pixel smartphones.
Shaun Nichols, 08 Feb 2018

Intel adopts Orwellian irony with call for fast Meltdown-Spectre action after slow patch delivery

Intel's offered the world some helpful advice about how to handle the Meltdown and Spectre chip design flaws it foisted on the world.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Feb 2018
Cisco hyperscale cloud forecast

Hyperscale oligarchs to rule the cloud as the big get bigger, and the small ... you won't care

The latest iteration of Cisco's Global Cloud Index has painted a picture of an even more massively oligarchic future cloud.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 Feb 2018
man spits out beer in shock

Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

The confidential source code to Apple's iBoot firmware in iPhones, iPads and other iOS devices has leaked into a public GitHub repo.
Chris Williams, 08 Feb 2018

Winter is coming for AI. Fortunately, non-sci-fi definitions are actually doing worthwhile stuff

When British Prime Minister Theresa May bigged up AI at the World Economic Forum in Davos last month, it was as if she had nothing better to talk about.
Marc Ambasna-Jones, 08 Feb 2018
Fibre, image via Shutterstock

TalkTalk to splash £1.5bn laying full fibre on 3 million doorsteps

TalkTalk plans to bring full fibre speeds of 1Gbps to three million premises in the UK, by creating an independent company with a total investment of around £1.5bn.
Kat Hall, 08 Feb 2018
Man brandishing broken bottle

Let the compute see the data... to smash storage networking bottlenecks

Part 1Bringing compute to data sounds like a great way to bypass storage access bottlenecks but progress is difficult because of software issues, the need to develop special hardware and a non-x86 environment.
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2018

Micron cranks revenue forecast up by $275m amid flash, DRAM boom

It's boom time in Micron flash and DRAM land with increased revenue expectations for the current quarter. And it has hired a new CFO.
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2018

Former HP workers one small step closer to throwing one giant sueball at tech goliath

A group of ex-HP staffers who claim they were discriminated against due to their age have been granted the right to together keep fighting an arbitration case against the IT giant.
Rebecca Hill, 08 Feb 2018
Screengrab from the Thick of IT - Brit govt satirical comedy show. Cast text furiously while in crisis mode.

Digital version of Universal Credit still pricey, wobbly, failing to deliver – MPs

Many Brits are still unable to access the "digital-only" version of Universal Credit, the delayed and much-derided welfare reform intended to roll six benefits into one single payment – according to MPs.
Kat Hall, 08 Feb 2018
John Perry Barlow, founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Electronic Frontier Foundation chap John Perry Barlow has died

ObitJohn Perry Barlow, a co-founder of the US Electronic Frontier Foundation, and also a lyricist for the Grateful Dead, has died aged 70.
Gareth Corfield, 08 Feb 2018
Burning 5G against dark background

EU digital commish to 5G folk: Improving mobile data-rate, guys? Really?

A European commissioner raised concerns in a private letter to mobile operators and the network infrastructure industry – seen by The Register – that the 5G project is not working out according to plan.
Kane Mumford, 08 Feb 2018
Call centre worker looks frustrated and unhappy. Photo by Shutterstock

UK worker who sold customers' data to nuisance callers must cough up £1k

A staffer at an accident repair biz has had to pay almost £1,000 after he sold customers' personal data to cold-calling firms.
Rebecca Hill, 08 Feb 2018
Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future

Elon Musk's Tesla burns $675.3m in largest ever quarterly loss

Elon Musk may be entertaining world+dog with his impressive space invasion but back on terra firma his electric car biz Tesla has just reported its fattest ever quarterly loss.
Kat Hall, 08 Feb 2018

From July, Chrome will name and shame insecure HTTP websites

Three years ago, Google's search engine began favoring in its results websites that use encrypted HTTPS connections.
Thomas Claburn, 08 Feb 2018

Jack in black: 12 years on, Twitter finally makes a profit from its firehose of memes and misery

After 11 years and seven months in operation, and billions and billions of dollars in losses, Twitter today said it is, at long last, a profitable business.
Shaun Nichols, 08 Feb 2018

Now that's taking the p... Sewage plant 'hacked' to craft crypto-coins

UpdatedInfosec bods say they have uncovered what's thought to be the first case of a major industrial control system network infected with cryptocurrency-mining malware.
Iain Thomson, 08 Feb 2018
Stack of cash

Tech giants' payouts go to everyone but affected citizens. US Supremes now urged to sort it out

A group of 16 US state attorneys general are urging America's Supreme Court to tear up an $8.5m legal settlement from Google – because none of the cash will go to the folks the class-action lawsuit was brought on behalf of.
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Feb 2018

US Senate mulls giving Huawei and ZTE the Kaspersky treatment

Both halves of the US Congress are now mulling draft laws that would ban American government workers from using phones, network switches and other gear built by Chinese communications giants ZTE and Huawei.
Shaun Nichols, 08 Feb 2018
Batman. Credit: DC Comics.

Bruce Perens wants to anti-SLAPP Grsecurity's Brad Spengler with $670,000 in legal bills

Having defeated a defamation claim for speculating that using Grsecurity's Linux kernel hardening code may expose you to legal risk under the terms of the GPLv2 license, Bruce Perens is back in court.
Thomas Claburn, 08 Feb 2018

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