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Anthem to shell out $115m in largest-ever data theft settlement

Health insurer Anthem has today agreed to pay $115m to settle a class-action suit brought on by its 2015 cyber-theft of 78.8 million records. The settlement fund will be used to cover damage costs incurred by people who had personal information including their names, dates of birth, addresses, and medical ID numbers stolen …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jun 2017
oneweb

FCC: LEO ISPs A-OK

America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, has approved OneWeb's proposal to launch an ISP on the backs of 720 orbiting satellites. The regulator said it would allow the ISP to offer its service in the US once it makes good on the plan to send 720 satellites into low earth orbit (LEO) and bounce data transmissions around the world …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jun 2017
Robocall

Florida Man to be fined $1.25 per robocall... all 96 million of them

America's comms regulator, the FCC, will fine a Florida Man $120m for flooding the country with nearly 100 million robocalls in three months. The watchdog said that Adrian Abramovich of Miami ran a scheme that made more than a million calls a day – each with its caller ID information altered – with the aim of selling travel …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jun 2017

Apple, LG, Huawei, ZTE, HTC accused of pilfering 'find my phone' tech

A software company that makes tracking tools for military and 911 crews says some of the biggest mobile phone makers on the planet are stealing its technology for their own security tools. AGIS Software Development LLC this week filed suit in the East Texas District Court against Apple, LG, Huawei, ZTE and HTC for violating …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jun 2017
'Sabotage' title

Let's go live to the 3rd circle of Hell – and see what Comcast and Charter are screwing up

A Texas telco says Comcast sabotaged its cable network after it refused a buyout offer. Telecom Cable, which provided services in and around Houston, claimed Comcast agents dug up and destroyed its lines in 2015, forcing the company out of business and driving its owners out of the Lone Star State. Now, Telecom's former …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jun 2017

Waymo: We've got a hot smoking gun in Uber 'tech theft' brouhaha

Waymo has proof Uber execs knew their star engineer Anthony Levandowski was in possession of designs stolen from Waymo well before Uber acquired Levandowski's self-driving vehicle startup. This is according to an unsealed filing Waymo presented to a San Francisco court Wednesday to support their motion to gather more …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jun 2017
Oracle acrobatics in the cloud

What hardware? Oracle is on cloud nine, er, twelve right now – $200,000,000,000

Oracle says it has finally turned the corner with its cloud compute transition as it reports big gains for the business, both in the quarter and the fiscal year. The database giant said that its cloud and SaaS units now account for more than 10 per cent of its total revenue haul and will take on an even larger share of the …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jun 2017
BSOD in Walmart

Walmart tells developers to stay away from AWS

Retail giant Walmart says it doesn't want its developer partners using Amazon Web Services to host their cloud apps. Following reports that it was asking technology partners who develop for or sell products at its stores not to patronize the Amazon-owned cloud service, Walmart issued a statement explaining its stance. "Our …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jun 2017
Macrame art kit

Etsy issues pink slips for almost quarter of staff in quest for profit

Arts and crafts market Etsy announced today that it is cutting more workers in an effort to get its finances back on track. The eBay for handicrafts says it will now be laying off about 22 per cent of its staff, or around 230 people, in what it is trying to present as an effort to "sharpen focus" on its core business. Etsy …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jun 2017
Poker all in

Apple ups the stakes in patent royalties battle with Qualcomm

Apple is expanding its legal war with Qualcomm to include an attempt at having the chip designer's patents thrown out. The Cupertino giant filed an amended complaint [PDF] that now asks the US District Court for Southern California to declare 18 of the patents Qualcomm seeks payments for invalidated. The two companies have …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jun 2017
An unhappy driver

Uber wants your top tips to mend its rotten image

Uber is looking to mend fences with its drivers by adding the option for riders to tip. The embattled dial-a-ride broker said Tuesday it would begin trials of the feature in Minneapolis, Houston, and Seattle. The in-app option will allow users to give tips after both Uber car rides and UberEat food deliveries without deducting …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jun 2017
Wallisellen, Switzerland - 30 January, 2016: sign on the wall of the Cisco Systems GmbH office.  <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-1322746p1.html?cr=00&pl=edit-00">Denis Linine</a> / <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/editorial?cr=00&pl=edit-00">Shutterstock.com</a>

Cisco hops on machine learning bandwagon with new switches

Cisco is once again making a push to tie its networking hardware deeper into the compute space, this time with "intuitive" boxes that are better able to analyze and control network traffic. The new Catalyst 9000 series switches introduce a new management platform called "DNA Center," and the aim is to make the switches better …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jun 2017

Intel: Joule's burned, Edison switched off, and Galileo – Galileo is no more

Intel has discontinued three of its offerings for the Internet of Things and embedded device markets. The chipmaker said in a series of low-key product updates that it would be killing off the Edison [PDF], Galileo [PDF] and Joule [PDF] compute modules and boards over the second half of the year. The notices mark an ignoble …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jun 2017

WhatsApp app in flap over chap's snap of URL mishap

A developer has found a hole in secure messaging tool WhatsApp's handling of links that could expose some traffic to third parties. The condition, discovered by developer Adam Wolk, arises when a user types a link into a WhatsApp message. Wolk found that, as the URL is entered into the message, WhatsApp pings the host server, …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jun 2017
Failure

US voter info stored on wide-open cloud box, thanks to bungling Republican contractor

A massive cloud-hosted database containing personal information on nearly 200 million people in America was left wide open by consultants hired by the US Republican National Committee, it is claimed. Security firm UpGuard said the records of 198 million US voters, including dates of birth, addresses and phone numbers, were …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jun 2017
Cheque, photo via Shutterstock

Google coughs up $5.5m to make recruiters 'screwed out of overtime pay' go away

Google has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that accused the ads broker of failing to pay overtime to contract workers. The aggrieved freelancers asked the Santa Clara County Court in California to approve a deal in which Google and contract staffing agency Urpan Technologies will pay $5.5m to a bunch of workers who …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jun 2017
Dallas, Texas

Texas says 'howdy' to completely driverless robo-cars on its roads

Texas will, from later this year, allow the entire Lone Star State to become a test bed for cars that can drive themselves with or without a human behind the wheel. A newly enacted law, SB 2205, was signed off on Thursday by Governor Greg Abbott, and will go into effect on September 1. Under the new rules, researchers can try …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jun 2017
Y2K embedded in code

Yeah, if you could just stop writing those Y2K compliance reports, that would be great

The US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has announced rule changes that – among other things – will finally end the requirement that agency IT departments report their Y2K compliance, only almost two decades after the event. A memo [PDF] published by the White House lays out a set of rollbacks to the reporting …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jun 2017

Oh, wow, Canada: No more carrier-locked phones for Canucks

Canada has ruled that cellphone networks may no longer charge fees for carrier-unlocking handsets nor sell new phones locked to their network. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) said that as of December 1 of this year, phone sellers will be barred from selling handsets locked to a specific …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2017
Burning money, photo via Shutterstock

Yahoo! cleanup! will! cost! Verizon! half! a! billion! bucks!

Verizon says it will have to write off $500m for severance and integration costs on its acquisition of Yahoo! The telco told the SEC it would mark down the $500m charge in its next quarterly report as it cuts unneeded staff and offices and mixes the rest in with AOL. It is believed as many as 2,000 workers will be getting …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2017

Brazilian whacks Intel over 'exploding' Atom smartphone chips

Intel is being sued by a Brazilian phone maker that claims Chipzilla's smartphone Atom processors caused handsets to explode. Specifically, Qbex says the Atom SoFIA system-on-chips used in its Android handhelds were defective and prone to overheating that, in some cases, would cause the devices to catch fire or explode. The …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jun 2017

Don't touch that mail! London uni fears '0-day' used to cram network with ransomware

Updated University College London is tonight tackling a serious ransomware outbreak that has scrambled academics' files. It is feared the software nasty may be exploiting a zero-day vulnerability, or is a previously unseen strain of malware as antivirus defenses did not spot it in time, we're told. Eggheads at the UK uni are urged to …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jun 2017
The Pentagon Building outside Washington, DC

Uncle Sam █████████ cloud so much, AWS █████████ it another kinda-secret data center

Amazon Web Services says it will launch a second dedicated cloud compute facility for the US government early next year. The more profitable part of Amazon's empire said the facility will serve government agencies and the contractors who work with them as a US East regional instance. It will go live in 2018 and, like its …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jun 2017
U2 on your iStuffs

I still haven't found what I'm malloc()ing for: U2 tops poll of music today's devs code to

Time to put to bed once and for all the image of the hip young hacker pounding out code to cutting-edge techno music. It turns out that today's devs prefer to work to most of the same tunes your mom plays while driving to the store. A study from survey and research company Qualtrics found that while nearly all developers like …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jun 2017
Windows XP fail at Hong Kong airport

It's 2017 and Microsoft is still patching Windows XP+ – to plug holes exploited by trio of leaked NSA weapons

Microsoft today addressed 96 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in its products – plus issued more emergency patches for unsupported versions of Windows menaced by leaked NSA exploits. A special bulletin from Microsoft on Tuesday explained the emergency update includes fixes for legacy versions of Windows and Windows Server dating …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jun 2017

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