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Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

Microsoft has urged non-tech-savvy people – or anyone who just wants a stable computer – to not download and install this year's biggest revision to Windows by hand. And that's because it may well bork your machine.
Iain Thomson, 26 Apr 2017

FCC's Pai: I am going to kill net neutrality in US

The head of America's telecoms regulator, the FCC, has vowed to kill off his nation's net neutrality safeguards.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Apr 2017
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Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

May’s nearly here, and you know what that means. Yet another round of browser stats articles. If past trends are an indication of future development, we'll see the continued loss of market share by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and the rise and rise of Google’s Chrome.
Dave Cartwright, 26 Apr 2017
DJI's drone geofences across Iraq and Syria. Screenshot from Google Earth map

Drone maker DJI quietly made large chunks of Iraq, Syria no-fly zones

Drone bods DJI has quietly released a series of software updates that geofence off large areas of Iraq and Syria – indicating the Chinese firm is covertly helping the US war against Islamic extremists.
Gareth Corfield, 26 Apr 2017

Irish Stripe techie denied entry to US – for having wrong stamp in passport

An Irish Stripe worker was denied entry to America because they had a Somalian stamp in their passport, according to the payment-processing biz's CEO.
Thomas Claburn, 26 Apr 2017

iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

In the never-ending effort by Apple to think higher of itself, the computer giant has opposed a trademark featuring the silhouette of a pear.
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Apr 2017

UK.gov throws hissy fit after Twitter chokes off snoop firm's access

Twitter has reportedly blocked a third-party firm used by the Home Office from accessing its firehose, prompting the government to complain that the social network is siding with terrorists.
Gareth Corfield, 26 Apr 2017
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HPE kills off its entire OpenSDN line, pulls plug on customer demos

Exclusive Hewlett Packard Enterprise has quietly axed its OpenSDN suite, effective immediately.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Apr 2017

TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

A few weeks back I turned on my television to find out it had stopped receiving two of the free-to-air channels I watched most often. All of the other channels still resolved with perfect, digital clarity, so I couldn’t work out why these two channels - out of four in packaged in a multichannel broadcast signal - failed to display.
Mark Pesce, 26 Apr 2017

Samsung Smart TV pwnable over Wi-Fi Direct, pentester says

A security researcher is complaining that Samsung isn't making a serious response to a vulnerability in its Smart TVs.
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Reg reader offered £999,998 train ticket from Cambridge to Horley

On the heels of an IT error leading to Great Western Rail advertising a first-class journey from Taunton to Trowbridge for £10,000 comes an exponentially more expensive offer from National Rail.

Uber engineer's widow: Stress and racism killed my husband ... Uber: Let's make flying cars!

Uber can add racism to its long list of corporate culture failings, say lawyers representing one of its software engineers who killed himself last year.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Apr 2017
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Hyundai app security blunder allowed crooks to 'steal victims' cars'

Hyundai has patched its Blue Link smartphone app to stop it blabbing private info that could, it is claimed, be used to break into and steal people's cars.
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2017
Pulling the plug

Interpol unplugs nearly 9,000 Asian command and control networks

An Interpol investigation has revealed a worrying degree of insecurity in south-east Asian countries, with even government-operated web servers infected to operate as command and control systems for bot-herders.

After blitzing FlexiSpy, hackers declare war on all stalkerware makers: 'We're coming for you'

A Brit biz selling surveillance tools that can be installed on phones to spy on spouses, kids, mates or employees has been comprehensively pwned by hackers – who promise similar stalkerware peddlers are next.
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2017
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Expedia IT bod gets all-expenses-paid trip to prison after hacking execs' emails for profit

An ex-Expedia IT admin has been fined and jailed for 15 months after he spied on the emails of the travel giant's top brass to make insider trades.
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2017
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FTP becoming Forgotten Transfer Protocol as Debian turns it off

Debian is shutting down its public File Transfer Protocol (FTP) services, because hardly anybody uses them any more and they're hard to operate and maintain.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Apr 2017

Boffins supercharge the 'hosts' file to save users plagued by DNS outages

The venerable Domain Name System (DNS) is becoming known for fragility, and keeping track of your own favourite sites' IP addresses is a pain. So a group of researchers want to automate the upkeep of hosts to give users an emergency backup if their provider blacks out.
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Linux kernel security gurus Grsecurity oust freeloaders from castle

Linux users, the free lunch is over. Pennsylvania-based Open Source Security on Wednesday decided to stop making test patches of Grsecurity available for free.
Thomas Claburn, 26 Apr 2017
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Unplug the Bitcoin miner and do us all a favour: Antminer has remote shutdown flaw

A new branded bug (sigh) has landed, specific to an ASIC-based Bitcoin miner: dubbed “Antbleed”, it allows remote shutdown of hardware sold by a company called "Bitmain".

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