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Alibaba wants to ship its own neural network silicon by H2 2019

Alibaba has created a subsidiary to design and build silicon for artificial intelligence. The AI business will be called Pingtouge, the Chinese nickname of the small but aggressive honey badger. The chipset, the product of the company's Damo Academy R&D arm, is dubbed Ali-NPU. The company spoke of its plans at its annual …
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EU watchdog sniffing around Amazon's merchant data collection

The European Commission is asking whether Amazon's role as a platform that merchants can use to sell products and its role as the merchants' competitor raises antitrust concerns. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager acknowledged the investigation during a press conference discussing Luxembourg's non-taxation of McDonald's profits …

What's that smell? Oh, it's Newegg cracked open by card slurpers

Netizens buying stuff from Newegg had their bank card details skimmed by hackers who, for a whole month, stashed the Magecart toolkit on the dot-com's payment pages. From August 16 to September 18, shoppers' sensitive card data was silently copied by the Magecart code during the site's checkout process, and sent to neweggstats …
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Renegade 3D-printing gunsmith Cody Wilson on the run in Taipei from child sex allegations

Cody Wilson, notorious for publishing 3D-printed gun designs online, is believed to be holed up in Taiwan after US cops suspected him of sexually assaulting an underage teenager. According to police, Wilson, 30, may have fled to Taipei after he was tipped off that officers were investigating claims he paid a 16-year-old girl $ …
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Mickey D serves up stump speech to settle sceptical investors

Michael Dell has touted his behemoth's performance in a pitch supporting the company's return to the stock exchange. The Dell Technologies chairman and CEO cranked up the hype machine in an analyst presentation Tuesday morning, in what outlets like Bloomberg described as an attempt to shore up support for the float among " …
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Oz government rushes its anti-crypto legislation into parliament

The Australian government has rushed forward its proposed anti-encryption legislation, a mere week after a public consultation into the rules closed. A Federal Coalition party meeting yesterday cleared the bill to be introduced into parliament, giving the strong impression the government hopes to push the draft law onto the …
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Trump pulls trigger in US-China tit-for-tat tariff tiff: 10% slapped on $200bn of imported kit

US President Donald Trump has slapped 10 per cent import tariffs on US$200bn of gear arriving in America from China. This is on top of a package of tariffs on $50bn of incoming Chinese-made parts used for “aerospace, information and communication technology, and machinery,” that was imposed earlier this year. China, …
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Cloudflare invites folk to dabble in the 'distributed web' with InterPlanetary File System gateway

Cloudflare has decided the four-year-old InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) project looks strong enough to warrant a little love, and has launched a gateway to allow the IPFS-curious to try out the "distributed web" protocol. The hosting outfit said users can use IPFS both to find and host content (noting there are currently …
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Planning on geeking out at CA World this year? Think again

If you're one of the roughly 4,000 people planning to get a Miami-worth of frequent flyer points in November, think again: CA has binned CA World. The anonymous reader who tipped us off to the cancellation noted that the move comes pretty late in the process. With just eight weeks to go, venue, speakers, attendees, and …

Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers

Microsoft hopes to assimilate traditional IT admin roles into its cloud with the launch of its Microsoft Managed Desktop (MMD) service. Under MMD, customers will get preconfigured hardware running Windows 10, Microsoft 365 Enterprise subscriptions, cloud-based device management, and Microsoft-managed security and feature …

Just 13 – no, er, make that 3,200 punters hit in Oz's Perth Mint hack

A computer security breach at Perth Mint first thought to have affected just 13 customers turned out to be more widespread – with more than 3,000 punters now screwed over by hackers. Last week, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported barely more than two handfuls of users of the mint's online repository were hit in …

Hungry, hungry network firms: Ericsson, NXP chow down, Ciena on the prowl

Freed from the attentions of Qualcomm, NXP Semiconductor has been looking around for its own acquisitions, and this week announced it had slurped OmniPHY. The six-year-old acquisition target specialises in automotive Ethernet subsystems, with a focus on megabit and gigabit products. In-vehicle networking, NXP's announcement …
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M-M-M-MONSTER KILL: Cisco's bug-wranglers swat 29 in single week

Cisco has taken delivery of a bulk order for 29 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) IDs. If you're running the end-of-life RV110 Wireless-N VPN firewall or RV215W Wireless-N VPN router, bad news: some of their security vulnerabilities won't be patched and there's no workaround – so it is probably time to replace them …
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make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

The Linux Kernel Maintainers' Summit was planned for Vancouver, Canada, in October – but it's been moved to Edinburgh, Scotland. Because kernel chief Linus Torvalds slipped up and booked a family holiday there. No, really – the change of plan was announced in this post to the Kernel Summit Discussion mailing list by core …
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How to nab a HTTPS cert for a stranger's website: Step one, shatter those DNS queries...

Updated Researchers in Germany have discovered how to obtain HTTPS security certificates for web domains they don't own – even if the certs are protected by PKI-based domain validation. Essentially, some certificate authorities can be tricked into incorrectly issuing the cryptographic certs, meaning a miscreant can get a SSL/TLS …
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Do you really think crims would do that? Just go on the 'net and exploit a Windows zero-day?

The Windows ALPC security hole that emerged early last week remains unpatched, even though it is being actively exploited by hackers to gain total control over PCs. As we reported at the end of August, a person behind the now-deleted Twitter account SandboxEscaper publicly revealed the system-level privilege escalation zero- …
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Take a pinch of autofill, mix in HTTP, and bake on a Wi-Fi admin page: Quirky way to swipe a victim's router password

Vid Beware using your web browser's autofill feature to log into your broadband router via Wi-Fi and unprotected HTTP. A nearby attacker can attempt to retrieve the username and password. The problem – found by SureCloud's Elliott Thompson and detailed here – is the result of a mismatch in browser behavior and router configuration …

Make BGP great again, er, no, for the first time: NIST backs internet route security brainwave

A proposal for securing BGP – the protocol that lays out the traffic pathways of the internet – has a another backer: NIST, aka America's National Institute for Standards and Technology. The US government agency has issued a discussion paper outlining the use of Route Origin Validation (ROV) to protect the notoriously all-too- …
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Juniper, Ericsson sign 5G product pact

Juniper and Ericsson are extending a long-standing love-in to cover 5G network tech. In the joint product bag, Ericsson will handle everything from the air interface to base station backhaul, and Juniper will haul packets around the core network. Ericsson's contribution will be access networking (the Router 6000 platform …
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Hundred-million Kiwi Oracle project on hold after Deloitte review

New Zealand's government has decided to stop sending good money after bad by suspending an Oracle implementation that's so far cost the country NZ$100 million (£51m, $65.4m). The National Oracle System (NOS) was the subject of a critical report from the country's Auditor-General in June this year. The NOS was designed to …
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Oz carrier Vocus rushes cable into service following SMW-3 break

In response to another – yet another – failure on the SeaMeWe-3 submarine cable, Australian telco Vocus has lit up its ASC submarine cable ahead of schedule. Vocus reported the fault at 9.34 am Australian Eastern Standard Time yesterday and, on investigation, identified the problem as a break around 1.2 km from the Tuas, …
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India's ISPs show they have good MANRS, sign up to Internet Society's routing security scheme

India's ISPs have agreed as a bloc to join The Internet Society's MANRS route integrity programme. MANRS stands for Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security, and was launched in 2014 to try and solve some of the Border Gateway Protocol's most pressing problems. In essence, the programme asks its members to play their part in …
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Microsoft Germany emerging from behind Deutsche Telekom cloud

Microsoft's Frankfurt and Berlin data centres will start shipping bits from the fourth quarter of 2019. Azure will be the first service to go live in the new regions, with Office 365 following in Q1 of 2020 and Dynamics later that year. The launch will bring Redmond and its customers into line with Germany's Cloud Computing …
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Microsoft takes a pruning axe to Skype's forest of features

This time, Microsoft says, it really will be different: Redmond has promised to stop ruining Skype. Users who have stuck with the product through the frustrations may or may harbour scepticism, but Skype and Outlook design director Peter Skillman blogged a mea culpa of sorts on Friday. The Highlights feature, a misguided and …
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Good news, bad news, weird news – it's the week in networking

Ciena gets to lead this week's networking roundup, courtesy of financial results that saw its share price jump nearly 13 per cent. The investors were responding to the company's Q3 2018 results, headlined by revenue rising 12.4 per cent year-on-year to $819m, even though net income fell nearly $10 million to $50.8 million. …

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