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EC fines Facebook €110m for 'misleading' data on WhatsApp deal

Thu, 2017-05-18 09:42
'Errors' in 2014 filings 'not intentional', apparently

The European Commission has fined Facebook €110m (£94.4m) for giving misleading or incorrect information about its takeover of messaging giant WhatsApp.…

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Sorry Google, it's boring old workloads that are pumping up AWS and Azure, not sexy AI

Thu, 2017-05-18 09:11
Spend big or go home

Comment Google Cloud Platforms's chief thinks the service will surpass AWS by 2022. Speaking at Forbes CIO Summit in Half Moon Bay, California, last month,Diane Greene claimed Google has "a huge advantage in our data centers, in our infrastructure, availability, security and how we automate things. We just haven't packaged it up perfectly yet."…

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Great Ormond Street children's hospital still offline after WannaCrypt omnishambles

Thu, 2017-05-18 08:35
Precautionary disconnect – patients still being looked after

The internationally famous Great Ormond Street Hospital has been taken offline as a safety measure following last week's catastrophic WannaCrypt outbreak.…

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Dell BIOS update borks PCs

Thu, 2017-05-18 08:11
Motherboard say what?

Dell's latest BIOS update is bricking some machines – apart from a power light, they refuse to boot up at all, say users.…

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Hyperscale data centres win between their ears, not on the racks

Thu, 2017-05-18 07:37
Operating at scale is easy. Changing culture to accept and cope with failure is harder

Organisations that hope to improve their own data centre operations by adopting the techniques used by hyperscale operators like Google or Facebook need to consider the stuff between their ears, not just the stuff on their racks, because changing data centre culture is more powerful than changing equipment.…

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Self-driving car devs face 6 month backlog on vital $85,000 LIDAR kit

Thu, 2017-05-18 07:16
So you wanna build a robo-ride? Start saving up, get a ticket, get in line

Analysis A closer look at LIDAR sensors – a key component in autonomous vehicles – reveals the lucrative and competitive nature of the self-driving car industry.…

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Nukes tests caused space weather, say NASA boffins

Thu, 2017-05-18 06:28
Artificial Van Allen belts, auroras, geomagnetic storms, just another day in the Cold War

Space weather is usually driven by the Sun – but a bunch of data about Cold War nuclear tests has given NASA boffins the chance to measure whether humans can affect what goes on in Earth's neighbourhood.…

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Bloke charged under UK terror law for refusing to cough up passwords

Thu, 2017-05-18 05:57
First they came for the non-profit war-crime-investigating directors and I did nothing…

British police have charged a man under antiterror laws after he refused to hand over his phone and laptop passwords.…

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Azure users told they're not WannaCrypt-proof

Thu, 2017-05-18 05:01
Microsoft advises how to harden cloudy Windows, cos it runs a cloud not your OS

Microsoft Windows users already know what to do to defeat WannaCrypt (unless they've been asleep for a week). Now the company's published its advice for its Azure customers.…

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Chelsea Manning leaves prison, heads straight for booze and pizza

Thu, 2017-05-18 03:59
Julian Assange tweets his delight, but nothing on his promise to visit the USA

As expected, leaker extraordinaire Chelsea Manning has left the United States Army's Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, after her sentence was commuted in the last days of Barrack Obama's presidency.…

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HP Inc wireless mouse can be spoofed

Thu, 2017-05-18 02:34
By our reckoning this means a mouse could let a RAT into your computer

If you're using an HP Inc wireless keyboard/mouse combo and the cursor starts behaving badly, someone might be pranking you.…

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Cisco to fire another 1,100 after sixth straight revenue fall

Thu, 2017-05-18 02:16
Trumpian chaos and router collapse clip Switchzilla's wings, again

Administrative chaos in America has put a dent in Cisco's financials, and the company has announced its intention to cut another 1,100 jobs.…

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Australian privacy commissioner flags new data mining rules for government agencies

Thu, 2017-05-18 01:55
Centrelink's buggy “Robodebt” program to get another audit

Australia's Department of Human Services (DHS) might have given itself a clean bill of health over its notorious “Robodebt” data-matching program, but Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim wants to check it out for himself.…

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nbn™ needs copper to build FTTN: another 15,000 km of it

Thu, 2017-05-18 01:27
Some greenfields won't get fibre, company tells Senate

Remediating and backfilling copper networks for Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) was always going to need new copper, and now Australians know how much: 15,000 kilometres.…

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Plutus Payroll named at centre of AU$165m tax scam scheme

Thu, 2017-05-18 00:59
Arrests made, aircraft seized, tax office suspends senior staff … and tech contractors sweat

When Australian payroll-for-contractors outfit Plutus Payroll stopped paying its customers, several pointed out that the company looked too good to be true – because it did not charge for its services. And now we know why: the biz has been named at the centre of an AU$165 million (US$122.5m, £94.5m) fraud against the Commonwealth of Australia.…

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You think your day was bad? OS X malware hackers just swiped a Mac dev's app source

Thu, 2017-05-18 00:07
Appropriately named Panic has its repository raided after founder gets infected

The head of a Mac-centric software studio is coming clean today after a malware infection on his OS X machine last week resulted in the loss of source code for several products.…

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Sick of Java and C++? Google pours a cup o' Kotlin for Android devs

Wed, 2017-05-17 23:17
Compatible with 'droid libraries, statically typed language is leaner and safer

Google on Wednesday said it has made Kotlin a first-class language for Android development, alongside Java and C++.…

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Gotcha, Tatcha! Thieves hide in servers to hoover up victims' bank card numbers mid-order

Wed, 2017-05-17 22:35
Beauty website suffers ugly IT security breach

Cosmetics peddler Tatcha is warning customers after hackers were able to compromise its website and harvest payment card details as orders poured in.…

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We're calling it now: FCC votes 2-1 to rip up net neutrality on Thurs

Wed, 2017-05-17 22:13
Biggest issue may be Partisan Pai and his Trump-like behavior

Analysis Despite more than a million comments opposing it, tomorrow at around 12:00pm Eastern time, the three FCC commissioners will vote 2-1 to approve a so-called "notice of proposed rulemaking" and start on the rocky path to rescinding net neutrality rules.…

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Like a celeb going bonkers with botox, Google injects 'AI' into anything it can

Wed, 2017-05-17 21:23
Ads giant flashes TPU 2 machine-learning ASIC

Google I/O On Wednesday, Google kicked off its annual developer conference and media spectacle, Google I/O, at the Shoreline Amphitheater, a stone's throw from its Mountain View, California, headquarters.…

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