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Anonymous Amazonian demands withdrawal of face-recog kit from sale

Seemingly annoyed at being ignored, an anonymous person claiming to be an Amazon employee has repeated demands for the online behemoth to stop selling its Rekognition product to American police agencies. In an anonymous letter posted on the Medium blogging site, the author – who claimed to be a current Amazon worker – alleges …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Oct 2018

UK defence secretary ponders £50m hit to terminate Capita recruiting contract

The UK Ministry of Defence could terminate Capita's disastrous military IT contract following confirmation that the Recruiting Partnering Project (RPP) was 90 per cent below recruiting targets for calendar Q1. During yesterday's Parliamentary session of the Defence Select Committee, Conservative former defence minister Mark …
Gareth Corfield, 18 Oct 2018

UK Home Office admits £200m Emergency Services Network savings 'delayed'

The fine minds behind Britain's bungled Emergency Services Network comms system have admitted that its projected £200m savings might not kick in until 2020. Ambulance won't Airwave bye for another 3 years, plans to phase in ESN services READ MORE Adding to the multibillion-pound project's woes, Bryan Clark, ESN …
Gareth Corfield, 18 Oct 2018
Diane Greene, CEO, Google Cloud, speaking at Google Cloud Next 2018

Google Cloud chief joins Saudi shindig exodus over journalist's worrying disappearance

Google Cloud's gros fromage, Diane Greene, has pulled out of a Saudi Arabian summit following the disappearance of a writer who criticised the Saudi regime from the country's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish officials have alleged that Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate. Greene, chief exec …
Gareth Corfield, 16 Oct 2018
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UK's National Cyber Security Centre gives itself big ol' pat on the back in annual review

Despite companies "hanging up" when GCHQ rings them to say they've been hacked (true story), "the UK has avoided a category 1 [infosec incident]", according to National Cyber Security Centre chief Ciaran Martin. NCSC's annual review, the second of its kind and which was issued today, contained few surprises, consisting mostly …
Gareth Corfield, 16 Oct 2018
Air taxi upstart Lilium's proposed design

EU aren't kidding: Sky watchdog breathes life into mad air taxi ideas

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued a public consultation on how to regulate futuristic air taxis that take off and land vertically. In a proposed “special condition for small-category VTOL aircraft” published on its website on Monday, the agency said it has “received a number of requests for the type …
Gareth Corfield, 16 Oct 2018

GCHQ asks tech firms to pretty please make IoT devices secure

GCHQ has managed to convince HP Inc and Centrica Hive to take its side in a relatively rare public intervention on the state of consumer IoT security. A voluntary code of practice, to which the two companies have signed up, urges them to implement published standards and recommendations on how to bake security into IoT devices …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Oct 2018
Old man's hands typing on laptop

300,000 BT pensioners await Court of Appeal pension scheme ruling

Can UK telco giant BT move its pension scheme increases off the RPI inflation measure and onto CPI? Earlier this year the High Court said no, but now the telco and 300,000 of its pensioners are awaiting the Court of Appeal’s verdict on this thorny question. BT Tower photo via Shutterstock Court throws out BT's plans to reduce …
Gareth Corfield, 12 Oct 2018
Quanta's cloud man

Here you go, cloudy admins: Google emits NATty odds 'n' sods

Google Cloud Next Google has released another handful of networking features for its cloud, including Cloud NAT, which lets devs build cloud-based services that do not have public IP addresses. “With the beta release of Cloud NAT, our new Google-managed Network Address Translation service, you can provision your application instances without …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Oct 2018
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Slow your roll: VMware urges admins to apply workarounds to DoS-inducing 3D render vuln

VMware has warned users about an "important" denial-of-service vuln in ESXi, Workstation and Fusion that hinges on a problem with 3D rendering. The vuln (CVE-2018-6977) allows an attacker with normal local user privileges to trigger an infinite loop in a 3D-rendering shader. According to VMware, a "specially crafted 3D shader …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Oct 2018
Diane Greene, CEO, Google Cloud, speaking at Google Cloud Next 2018

Google Cloud boss promises 'security built into every layer of the system' at UK shindig

Google Cloud Next At the Google Cloud Next conference in London today the adtech company's enterprise tech arm declared that business clients would soon enjoy location restriction policies and other new tools of control freakery on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Google, photo by lightpoet via Shutterstock What's holding you back from Google …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Oct 2018
A grey beard

More than a third of Euro IT pros worry about keeping server lights on

Half of senior IT bods across Europe agree that their departments are struggling to cope with new tech while keeping core gear running, according a recent survey. IT is being set up to fail because it has to serve competing demands without enough resources to effectively support the organisation... The wave of "innovation" …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Oct 2018
London's Royal Courts of Justice

Don't make us pay compensation for employee data breach, Morrisons begs UK court

Lawyers for supermarket chain Morrisons today urged the UK Court of Appeal to overturn an earlier judgment that made the company partly liable for a criminal data breach that saw 100,000 people’s payroll details published via Tor. Four years ago a disgruntled Morrisons employee, Andrew Skelton, who had legitimate access to the …

IBM won't grow, says analyst firm while eyeing flatlining share price

IBM’s profits are in a “likely irreversible structural decline”, according to a house of analysts that isn't convinced the company is in a position to grow anytime soon. "We love this 100+ year-old American icon, and support management's turnaround strategy, but six+ years in, the company's recovery remains protracted and …
John Chambers at the World Economic Forum 2010

Ex-Cisco chief John Chambers: Tech biz bods are 'too arrogant'

Today's captains of the tech set are just too arrogant, according to multimillionaire and Cisco-exec-turned-venture-capitalist John Chambers. "I worry about our industry — it's a tug-of-war between overconfidence, bordering on arrogance, among some of the leaders," Chambers told Yahoo! Finance. The moneybags 68-year-old …
westminster magistrates court

Cambridge Analytica's daddy pleads not guilty to ignoring data notice

SCL Elections Ltd, the parent company of controversial data-mining outfit Cambridge Analytica, yesterday pleaded not guilty to a criminal charge of ignoring the Information Commissioner's Office. The company has been charged by the UK's data regulator with one count of failing to comply with an enforcement notice, a criminal …

Palo Alto Networks buys security startup Redlock for $173m

Palo Alto Networks has gobbled Californian cloud security startup Redlock for $173m. The automated threat detection software firm’s initial funders included Dell Technologies Capital, and it has claimed to have 6,000 customers including big dogs such as VMware. “That [buy] is significant given the growing volume of …

Cisco Webex meltdown caused by script that nuked its host VMs

Cisco has confessed that the cause of the mega Webex outage last week – which it is still trying to clean up – was an automated script "which deleted the virtual machines hosting the service". A chunk of Webex was KO'd last week, including Teams, Calling, Meetings, Control Hub, Hybrid Services and more, as we reported at the …

UK's Openreach sends full fibre to Coventry

Full-fibre broadband has reached Coventry, Openreach has declared – while adding that it had made 600k new FTTP connections. The fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) deployment is now available to "tens of thousands" of domestic and commercial buildings across the city, with the Radford area being the first to receive a working …
Ofcom has great power over mobiles

UK comms watchdog Ofcom pokes probe into Vodafone and EE over network coverage numbers

UK communications regulator Ofcom has opened an investigation into Vodafone and EE for allegedly giving inaccurate data about mobile coverage areas. The two investigations were opened on 1 October and both will examine "whether there are reasonable grounds for believing" that each operator "has failed to comply with its …
CenturyLink data centre

Shrinking shipments, hidden money: IDC studies the martial art of EMEA server market

Stats from analyst house IDC show that the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) server revenues are growing even as fewer units are shipped. HPE led in Europe by market share and revenue, though Dell EMC's 54 per cent year-on-year growth is closing the gap. ODM direct sales were third by revenue and market share, …

MIMEsweeper maker loses UK High Court patent fight over 15-year-old bulletin board post

A commercial rival of email virus-scanning software firm Glasswall has lost its High Court attempt to use a bulletin board post from 2003 written by a former MessageLabs "imagineer" to have a patent declared invalid. The full judgement, which dismissed the application for the revocation of the patent, was handed down on Friday …

Volkswagen links arms with Microsoft for data-slurping cloud on Azure

Volkswagen is plugging its cars – and your data – into a cloud built on Microsoft Azure. "The Volkswagen Automotive cloud will be built from the ground up on top of Microsoft's Azure cloud and IoT Edge platform as its technology foundation," beamed Microsoft in a statement. We are told that VW will be forking out for access …
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AWS elbows Google Cloud aside in fight for SAP HANA customers

AWS has wheeled out a fresh version of EC2 with high amounts of memory available – up to 12TB today, the firm says, with promises of 24TB by next year. The intent is to make AWS attractive to users of large in-memory databases such as SAP HANA. "Combining the largest memory sizes available in the cloud with the agility and …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Sep 2018

'Incommunicado' Assange anoints new WikiLeaks editor in chief

Julian Assange has stepped down and named one of his former mouthpieces as WikiLeaks' new editor-in-chief. "Due to the extraordinary circumstances where Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has been held incommunicado (except for visits by his lawyers) for six months while arbitrarily detained in the Ecuadorian embassy," …
Gareth Corfield, 27 Sep 2018

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