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Mysterious Gmail account lockouts prompt hack fears

Updated A substantial number of Gmail users have been affected by a potential but unconfirmed hack of unknown origin or purpose.
John Leyden, 24 Feb 2017

Finally proof that Apple copies Samsung: iPhone 7 Plus halts, catches fire like a Galaxy Note 7

Vid Demonstrating yet again that Apple trails Samsung in mobile phone trends, an iPhone 7 Plus owner has reported that her prized possession recently blew up on her.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Feb 2017
Man and woman arguing

Sysadmin's sole client was his wife – and she queried his bill

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our weekly look at readers' memories of hibs gone bad.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2017
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BOFH: Elf of Safety? Orc of Admin. Pleased to meet you

Episode 2 There's a small-scale war going on between me, the PFY and the folk in Health and Safety.
Simon Travaglia, 24 Feb 2017
Motorola Moto Z with Hasselblad Camera Mod

Motorola's modular Moto Z: A fine phone for a weekend away

Hands-on Motorola's modular Android, the Moto Z, offers something genuinely new in the increasingly dull world of smartphones.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2017

Facebook scoffed at $500m damages. Now Oculus faces nerd goggles injunction

Sometimes it's wise not to boast that you're so rich, a $500m damages award against you is chump change.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Feb 2017
Mike Rogers

NSA snoops told: Get your checkbooks and pens ready for a cyber-weapon shopping spree

NSA and US Cyber Command boss Mike Rogers has revealed the future direction of his two agencies – and for the private sector, this masterplan can be summarized in one word.
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2017
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Swedish politician wants weekly hour of paid sex. For exercise

A Swedish municipality may allow its workers to get on the job while on the clock, for an hour each week.
Team Register, 24 Feb 2017
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Is your AI being handed to you by Google? Try Apache open source – Amazon's AWS did

Open Source Insider Surprisingly, the MXNet Machine Learning project was this month accepted by the Apache Software Foundation as an open-source project.
Psion 5 photo by Georg Dembowski Schoschi

Bring it BACK... with MODs! Psion 5 storms great tech revival poll

The Psion Series 5 has stormed a Reg poll of technologies readers would most like revived.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Feb 2017
Digging

Engineer who blew lid on Uber's toxic sexist culture now menaced by creepy 'smear campaign'

The engineer who claims Uber is rife with sexism and lying executives has said someone is researching her background for a smear campaign.
Iain Thomson, 24 Feb 2017
Shaun of the Dead

I want it hot and wet – preferably with Wi-Fi

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I came too soon. Normally this is not a problem. Coming early allows me to regather my strength so that I can then go at it, full-on, for the next eight hours.
Alistair Dabbs, 24 Feb 2017

Alert! The dastardly Dutch are sailing a 90-ship fleet at Blighty

The Dutch are preparing to invade English seas with a fleet of 90 vessels after a previous expedition boarded the Royal Navy’s flagship and stole the Royal Coat of Arms from her.
Gareth Corfield, 24 Feb 2017

UK cops can keep millions of mugshots of innocent folks on file

After unlawfully hoarding millions of mugshots of one-time suspects, UK police chiefs were this week told to delete the snaps – but only if people in the photos complain. And even then, requests can be easily waved away.

Pai, Pai, Mr American spy: FCC supremo rips up privacy protections for broadband punters

New rules due to take effect next week that would have required your ISP to obtain consent before selling your private details have been killed off by the new chair of the US Federal Communications Commission.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Feb 2017
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New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability

Insurers would be primarily responsible for paying out damages stemming from accidents caused by "automated vehicles" under new UK legislation laid before the UK parliament.
OUT-LAW.COM, 24 Feb 2017

South Korea targeted by cyberspies (again). Kim, got something to say?

The South Korean public sector is once again in the firing line of a sophisticated – and likely government-backed – cyberattack.
John Leyden, 24 Feb 2017
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Don't worry about Privacy Shield, it's fine. Really. I promise, says US trade watchdog head

The acting head of the US Federal Trade Commission, Maureen Ohlhausen, has sought to assure people that the critical Privacy Shield data-sharing agreement will hold up despite President Trump's recent executive orders on immigration.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Feb 2017
Uber safety marketing

Toxic Uber sued after driver allegedly tried to rape passenger in car

Uber, facing scrutiny for its "toxic" culture of sexual harassment and for alleged trade secret theft from Alphabet's Waymo, has been hit with yet another lawsuit alleging that one of its drivers attempted to rape a passenger.
Thomas Claburn, 24 Feb 2017

Google to annihilate online trolling with ... tra-la-la! Machine! Learning!

Google and Jigsaw, an Alphabet incubator, hope to tackle online trolling with the launch of Perspective: a new piece of software that uses machine learning to highlight “toxic comments.”
Katyanna Quach, 24 Feb 2017