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Microsoft's Azure cloud has been approved to host classified-level applications for the US government. Redmond said on Wednesday the Azure Government wing of its cloud compute service has been cleared to host secret-level data and code for Uncle Sam's agencies and contractors. The service, creatively dubbed Azure Government …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2017
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Verizon coughs up $18m after crooked contractor overcharged NY schools

Verizon will have to reach between its couch cushions for $17.7m to shoo away allegations it overcharged New York schools for phone lines and broadband. America's comms watchdog, the FCC, said the payment will settle out of court its complaint against the US telco giant. The row is centered on a technology consultant who took …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2017
IBM's new mainframe

IBM: We're now a, what's not losing money? Ah, a cognitive cloud champ!

IBM topped analyst expectations in its third quarter of the year, but still couldn't shake a run of falling revenue that now stands at 5 and a half years long. Big Blue credited strong returns from its cloud and cognitive businesses along with a boost from its recent mainframe refresh in helping it top $19bn of total revenues …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2017
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No, the FCC can't shut down TV stations just because Donald Trump is mad at the news

The head of America's telly watchdog, the FCC, said he cannot follow up on Donald Trump's threat to revoke the broadcast licenses of TV networks that run unflattering news coverage of the US president. Speaking at a public policy conference at George Mason University, Virginia, FCC chairman Ajit Pai said the authority of the …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Oct 2017
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Way-NO, Waymo! Judge snubs demand for Uber's robo-taxi code

Updated The district judge overseeing Waymo's trade-secret legal battle with Uber has denied a request by Waymo to get all of Uber's self-driving car source code. Calling the Waymo demand "profoundly overboard", Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley flatly snubbed the Google spinoff on Monday during a hearing in San Francisco, California. " …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Oct 2017

Apple slapped hard with $440m patent bill in VirnetX FaceTime spat

An American patent-holding biz says it will bag a $440m windfall from Apple in a long-running infringement case that seems unlikely to end any time soon. VirnetX said Monday it had wrapped up the appeals process in an eastern Texas district court, and it now stands to collect $439.7m in total damages from the Cupertino idiot- …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Oct 2017

Dying! Yahoo! loses! fight! to! lock! dead! man's! dead! account!

Yahoo! may be compelled to hand over the contents of a dead man's email account to his surviving family, Massachusetts's top court has ruled. On Monday, the US state's supreme struck down an earlier ruling in the Purple Palace's favor in a case regarding the estate of John Ajemian, who was killed at the age of 43 in a bike …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Oct 2017
California

Super Cali goes ballistic, small-cell law is bogus. School IT outsourcing is also... quite atrocious

California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a state bill that would have allowed telcos to put up loads of small-cell antennas, and thus boost phone coverage, against city officials' wishes. Brown said that the proposed law, which was written by State Senator Ben Hueso (D) and backed by the wireless industry cheerleaders at the …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Oct 2017
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Microsoft faces Dutch crunch over Windows 10 private data slurp

Yet another European nation is turning up the heat on Microsoft for extracting heaps and heaps of telemetry and other intelligence from Windows 10 PCs. This time, it's privacy authorities in the Netherlands who are calling out Redmond for its hog-wild harvesting of data from machines that run Windows 10 Home and Pro. The Dutch …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Oct 2017
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Has Git ever driven you so mad you wanted to bomb it? Well, now you can with this tiny repo

A quirk in the way Git handles data deduplication can be exploited to crash most computers with a single Git command. Developer Kate Murphy said this "Git bombing" can be pulled off by creating and organizing a repository of just 12 4KB objects so that cloning it fills up all available RAM and swap space until the machine …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Oct 2017
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GarageBanned: Apple's music app silenced in iOS 11 iCloud blunder

Apple is working on a fix for a bug in iOS 11 that prevents some peeps from running GarageBand. The iPhone maker says fans have reported the music-making application no longer launches properly after installing the new iOS update with iCloud integration switched on. Disabling iCloud access for GarageBand, through the iCloud …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Oct 2017

It's Patch Blues-day: Bad October Windows updates trigger BSODs

Microsoft's October batch of security patches and bug fixes caused some corporate PCs to suffer blue-screen-of-death crashes when starting up this week. The Redmond software giant has fielded multiple complaints on its support forum from system administrators, who said the KB4041676 and 4041691 updates are making their …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Oct 2017
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Neglected Pure Connect speaker app silenced in iOS 11's war on 32-bit

Wireless speaker maker Pure appears to be more the first casualties in Apple's war on 32-bit iOS apps. Pure's 32-bit Connect software for iThings won't work on Apple's new 64-bit-only iOS 11, meaning folks using Cupertino's latest firmware and handsets can't control their space-age hi-fis. The audio remote-control app joins …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Oct 2017
Vladimir Putin

Microsoft is Putin a stop to Russian-sanctions-busting IT resellers

Microsoft is investigating how some of its products were sold to businesses and government offices within Russia and Crimea despite strict sanctions against such sales. El Reg understands the American software giant has been probing these sanctions-dodging allegations for some time now, and that the products in question are …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Oct 2017
Taipei, Taiwan

Fuming Qualcomm smashed with 23 BILLION DOLLAR fine in monopoly abuse probe

Trade officials in Taiwan have hit American chip designer Qualcomm with a NT$23.4bn (US$774m) fine for abusing its dominant position in the wireless electronics world. The California biz, which is the brains behind the Snapdragon cellular broadband modem chips used in gadgets globally, was found to have strong-armed phone …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Oct 2017

Super Cali's futuristic robo-cars in focus – even though watchdogs say they're something quite atrocious

Totally autonomous cars with no drivers, no passengers nor steering wheels are set to roll out onto California's streets under rules proposed by the US state's Department of Motor Vehicles. The regulator's suggested changes to the Golden State's red tape, published Wednesday, would grease the wheels for testing next-gen self- …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Oct 2017
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Ex-Autonomy CFO begs court to toss out US fraud allegations

The former chief financial officer of ill-fated $11bn HP acquisition Autonomy is asking a US court to dismiss felony fraud charges related to his role in the 2011 merger deal. Lawyers for Sushovan Hussain argued in the San Francisco Northern California district court late last week that the American government has no grounds …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Oct 2017
Apple's iPhone X

Apple's iPhone X won't experience the joy of 6...

Apple's upcoming iPhone X will be its biggest in years, but will still fall short of sales expectations. This is according to Edison Investment Research analyst Richard Windsor, who today likened the looming iPhone X launch to the 2014 unwrapping of the iPhone 6 and 6S. Like that blastoff, the iPhone X introduces a new design …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Oct 2017
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It's 2017... And Windows PCs can be pwned via DNS, webpages, Office docs, fonts – and some TPM keys are fscked too

Microsoft today released patches for more than 60 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in its software. Meanwhile, Adobe is skipping October's Patch Tuesday altogether. Among the latest holes that need papering over via Windows Update are three vulnerabilities already publicly disclosed – with one being exploited right now by hackers to …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Oct 2017
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SCARY SPICE: Pumpkin air freshener sparks school evacuation

A high school in Baltimore, USA, was evacuated this week after a pumpkin spice air freshener made four people ill and triggered a hazardous materials scare. Cristo Rey Jesuit High School was emptied out Thursday and searched by police after they got a call that two students and two adults had gotten sick after inhaling strong …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Oct 2017

It's 4PM on Friday, almost time to log off and, oh look, Disqus says it's been hacked

Disqus, the developer of website comment systems used worldwide, is playing the old "bury bad news late on a Friday" card – as it just confessed one of its databases was swiped by hackers. The software maker, which produces reader comment boards for blogs and newspapers everywhere, admitted at 4pm Pacific Time, Friday, that a …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Oct 2017

What shocked Verizon more: The Yahoo! mega-hack or that it runs AIM (for not much longer)?

Your old ISP is finally going to kill off your old messaging software. AOL said it will wind down AIM, its much-loved [fact check this plz - ed.] instant messenger service after 20 years of operation. The now-Verizon-owned content network will pull the plug on December 15, disabling all remaining clients of the messaging tool …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Oct 2017

Microsoft silently fixes security holes in Windows 10 – dumps Win 7, 8 out in the cold

Microsoft is silently patching security bugs in Windows 10, and not immediately rolling out the same updates to Windows 7 and 8, potentially leaving hundreds of millions of computers at risk of attack. Flaws and other programming blunders that are exploitable by hackers and malware are being quietly cleaned up and fixed in the …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Oct 2017
Werner Vogels

10 years on, Amazon CTO reflects on DynamoDB launch

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels this week marked the 10th anniversary of his Project Dynamo whitepaper, the blueprint for what would become the DynamoDB platform. The paper [PDF], presented in October 2007 at the ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles, describes an Amazon-designed backend system to overcome the weaknesses of …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Oct 2017

Microsoft Edge shock: Browser opts for Apple WebKit, Google Blink

Microsoft has released a beta version of its Edge web browser for Apple iOS and Google Android devices. The Redmond windows fitter said it created the ports as a way to let iPhones and 'droids better communicate with Windows 10 devices. Neither will look to directly compete with Chrome or Safari, but rather will be a custom …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Oct 2017

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