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Battling a multi-cloud deployment? Get our expert IT advice in this handy catch-up video

17 October - 08:03

There are many mistakes you can make – learn how to avoid them from gurus

Webcast  For those of you who missed out on our live online broadcast on the the seven deadly sins of multi-cloud last week, fear not, a catch-up video is available now.

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Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax

17 October - 07:08

Ad giant to charge for key applications amid license shakeup and antitrust fine

In an effort to placate Europe's regulators furious at its anticompetitive tactics, Google has overhauled its Android licensing practices for the continent.…

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Party like it's 1987... SVGA code bug haunts VMware's house, lets guests flee to host OS

17 October - 06:01

Malicious code in VMs can leap over ESXi, Workstation, Fusion hypervisor security

Get busy, VMware admins and users: the virtualisation virtuoso has patched a programming blunder in ESXi, Workstation Pro and Player, and Fusion and Fusion Pro products that can be exploited by malicious code to jump from guest OS to host machine.…

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The mysterious life of Luc Esape, bug fixer extraordinaire. His big secret? He's not human

17 October - 02:13

Hiding under an assumed name to avoid discrimination, Repairnator is unmasked

Analysis  Luc Esape leads a double life. The software engineer on the Spirals research team at the University of Lille in France goes by another name, Repairnator.…

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IBM talks 'emerging, high value segments' – so you know the Q3 numbers aren't great

17 October - 01:11

Big Blue's $18.8bn revenue falls short of expectations

IBM saw its stock price take a hit Tuesday afternoon after the enterprise tech giant saw quarterly revenues miss the mark.…

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Tech hub blames tech: San Francisco fingers Uber, Lyft rides for its growing traffic headache

17 October - 00:56

Nothing to do with lousy infrastructure, poor public transport, etc etc etc

As any San Francisco Bay Area resident knows traffic is bad and getting worse, but the city's officials think they have found the culprit: ride-hailing companies.…

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Thought Patch Tuesday was a load? You gotta check out this Oracle mega-advisory, then

17 October - 00:13

And you'll definitely want to check out the libssh flaw

Oracle has released a wide-ranging security update to address more than 300 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in its various enterprise products.…

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GitHub grabs a piece of the Actions: 'A project that will do for software development what we did for the pull request'

16 October - 23:04

Social code biz makes bid to turn workflows into code

At San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts on Tuesday, GitHub held its annual tech touting talk in a space that once housed the city's Exploratorium science show.…

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Huawei's Watch GT snubs Google for homegrown OS

16 October - 22:07

Behold, a new Chinese platform?

Google's decision to shove Java everywhere it can may be as catastrophic as Microsoft's "Windows everywhere" from the 1990s.…

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Insult to injury: Malware menace soaks water-logged utility ravaged by Hurricane Florence

16 October - 21:24

Storm-savaged waterworks having to rebuild from scratch

A water company in the US state of North Carolina already dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence will now have to juggle a complete database rebuild – thanks to a nasty ransomware infection.…

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Alphabet in the soup for keeping quiet about Google+ data leak bug

16 October - 21:10

Investors sue over failure to 'fess up in financial filings

Google's parent has been hit with a lawsuit for failing to disclose to investors a bug – secretly fixed in March – that could have exposed half a million users' data.…

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Pixel 3 XL reveals innards festooned with glue and... Samsung?

16 October - 20:30

Samsung-screened mobe not easily repaired, just like a Samsung

Teardown demon iFixit has pulled Google's shiny new flagship Pixel 3 phone to pieces, revealing more glue and glass than strictly necessary.…

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Dell Tech: We'll let shareholders vote on VMware deal in Q4

16 October - 20:00

Icahn hardly believe it

Dell Technologies will ask shareholders to vote in calendar Q4 on the proposed changes in its relationship with VMware.…

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Huawei Mate 20 series: China's best phone, but a pricey proposition

16 October - 19:30

A tale of Four Mates

Hands On  With its vast, formidable production machine roaring behind it, Huawei is giving itself two entries in the annual flagship race this year – the prize some other OEMs struggle to hit annually.…

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Arm doodles server, comms CPUs in public before they leak out in open-source code...

16 October - 18:30

Data center blueprints get Neoverse brand, roadmap

Japanese chip designer Arm has lightly sketched out in public its future processor designs that are aimed at powering internet servers and infrastructure.…

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Get your popcorn ready: IBM's Q3 financial scoreboard is out tonight

16 October - 18:17

'Mainframe revenue remains a key wild card' – analyst

IBM might be pinning its ambitions on emerging tech, but some corners of Wall Street will be looking closely at legacy hardware sales when Big Blue reports its third-quarter results later today.…

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Violin Systems gnaws off X-IO Technologies' storage arm

16 October - 17:44

ISE ISE baby

Struggling all-flash array vendor Violin Systems has said it will buy X-IO Technologies' ISE storage line, picking up the tech as well as customers and channel partners.…

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Google Cloud chief joins Saudi shindig exodus over journalist's worrying disappearance

16 October - 17:15

Jamal Khashoggi: Oil-rich state is blushing but Western leaders aren't saying much

Google Cloud's gros fromage, Diane Greene, has pulled out of a Saudi Arabian summit following the disappearance of a writer who criticised the Saudi regime from the country's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.…

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There will be no escape once Twilio snaps up SendGrid in $2bn deal

16 October - 16:45

A message to you, Rudy. Or a call. Or maybe an email?

Customer engagement outfit Twilio has confirmed its intent to snap up email marketing platform SendGrid in a deal worth around $2bn in stock.…

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UK's National Cyber Security Centre gives itself big ol' pat on the back in annual review

16 October - 15:45

Nixing 139k phishing sites is pretty good going to be fair

Despite companies "hanging up" when GCHQ rings them to say they've been hacked (true story), "the UK has avoided a category 1 [infosec incident]", according to National Cyber Security Centre chief Ciaran Martin.…

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IBM spits out one cloud manager to rule them all

16 October - 14:40

Cross-platform? Sure, but there's still no place like home

IBM has trotted out tech it reckons will ease management of services over a variety of cloud infrastructures, including Microsoft and Amazon's as well its own.…

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Fed up with cloud giants ripping off its database, MongoDB forks new 'open-source license'

16 October - 14:05

Paperwork demands code from internet goliaths

Analysis  After Redis Labs relicensed the modules it developed to complement its open-source database, from AGPL to Apache v2.0 with a Commons Clause, the free-software community expressed dismay.…

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HP dangles subscription hardware at power users

16 October - 13:40

Need SSD RAID, i9 or a GPU? Join our Z Club, says Inky

Microsoft's Surface has become a victim of its own success. This year’s iteration reuses the same case, maintaining compatibility with peripherals. Several PC rivals can boast better value in the premium professional segment with more interesting designs.…

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Amazon Prime Music turns the volume down a little too much

16 October - 12:34

Users face hours without tunes as streaming service trips up mid-dance move

In a reminder of a golden age when we still had physical media, Amazon Music decided to pop on its headphones and chill out to some Harold Budd this morning, leaving users unable to access the streaming service.…

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Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

16 October - 11:48

And we'll take your cat if you don't tidy up after it

Like a weary mother laying down the law, London's Ecuadorian embassy has slapped WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with a nine-page memo of house rules to follow if he wants to see the internet again under their roof.…

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Fujitsu: We love Microsoft Azure, we're training 10,000 bods on it

16 October - 10:59

Er, one-tenth of the human capital AWS is throwing at its public cloud

Fujitsu may have given up the ghost on its own K5 cloud, but it is promising to throw a ton of human resources at selling and managing Microsoft Azure – its public cloud service of choice.…

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Emergency Services Network delays to cost public purse £1.1bn, Home Office reveals

16 October - 09:55

Police forces have 'real anxieties' about incremental uptake, dodgy 4G coverage

The Home Office has admitted a three-year delay to the rollout of the UK’s new 4G Emergency Services Network will cost £1.1bn – but insisted it will still demonstrate value for money.…

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Open-source this, open-source that, and the end of the Windows 10 Creators Update

16 October - 09:20

Minecraft? In The Reg? Call the Brigadier!

While the world may have been focused on the acid reflux of the Windows 10 October 2018 release, it wasn't the only news out of Redmond in the past 7 days. It's time for the Microsoft round-up.…

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Web browsers sharpen knives for TLS 1.0, 1.1, tell protocols to dig their own graves for 2019

16 October - 08:03

IE, Edge, Safari, Firefox, Chrome, all planning to deprecate lousy old versions by 2020

Sysadmins and netizens, it's time to get serious about killing off old, buggy and insecure versions of Transport Layer Security (TLS) – the encryption used to secure connections to HTTPS websites like your bank, El Reg, and so on.…

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NASA gently nudges sleeping space 'scopes Chandra, Hubble out of gyro-induced stupor

16 October - 06:53

X-ray probe could be awake by end of this week

NASA's rough month is improving somewhat: the American space agency is spinning up a spare gyroscope to bring the orbiting Chandra X-Ray Observatory back online by the end of the week, and it reckons it can wake the Hubble Space Telescope soon.…

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EU aren't kidding: Sky watchdog breathes life into mad air taxi ideas

16 October - 05:57

EASA's writing rules for them after 'a number of requests'

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued a public consultation on how to regulate futuristic air taxis that take off and land vertically.…

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Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

16 October - 04:05

Like a little tiny ghost in the machine

Video  The Palm brand has returned with a bizarre concept: a tiny touchscreen "ghost" phone that mirrors the contents of your real smartphone – and won’t do much without one.…

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RIP Paul Allen: Microsoft cofounder billionaire dies at 65 after facing third bout with cancer

16 October - 02:27

Two weeks after he went public with illness, philanthropist Alt-F4s from this simulation we call reality

Obit  Billionaire Paul Allen, who cofounded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975 and is credited with coining the company's name, has died of cancer aged 65.…

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As angels, rich dudebros suck: 1 in 5 Y Combinator women tech founders say they were sexually harassed

16 October - 00:54

Surprising nobody, survey finds investors think they're buying more than a slice of a startup

Nearly 22 per cent of women tech biz founders surveyed by startup accelerator Y Combinator learned the hard way that venture-capital and angel investors can be creeps or worse.…

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Mobe networks battle to bring comms back after Hurricane Michael smashes US Gulf Coast

16 October - 00:24

'Unprecedented' fibre damage from deadly storm, says Verizon

Verizon and AT&T are slowly bringing the Florida Panhandle, and surrounding areas in the US, back online after Hurricane Michael devastated its mobile and fiber networks.…

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Dating app for Trump loners commits YUGE blunder: It leaks more than the West Wing

15 October - 23:46

Donald Daters application more insecure than the president

A much-hyped dating site for Donald Trump supporters in the US is being blasted for shoddy security that may have exposed all of its users to eavesdropping and account theft.…

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Hunt for Red Bugtober: US military's weapon systems riddled with security holes – auditors

15 October - 22:41

Death from a-bug. Dr Strange-bug. Top Bug. We could do this all day...

Computer security vulnerabilities are widespread in US military hardware, and the Pentagon is only beginning to understand how to fix them.…

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Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

15 October - 22:10

Gadgets taught to identify actions via always-on mics

Analysis  Boffins have devised a way to make eavesdropping smartwatches, computers, mobile devices, and speakers with endearing names like Alexa better aware of what's going on around them.…

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NASA chief in Moscow: 'We will fly again on a Russian Soyuz rocket'

15 October - 20:56

'I have no reason to believe at this point that it won't be on schedule' For reals, my dude?

NASA boss Jim Bridenstine says he's confident the next Russian Soyuz rocket carrying crew and gear to the International Space Station will launch "on schedule."…

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Penta-gone! Personal records of 30,000 US Dept of Defense workers swiped by miscreants

15 October - 19:25

Travel details for thousands of citizens slip into hands of slippery scumbags

Someone has reportedly siphoned personal information on 30,000 or more US Department of Defense workers.…

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Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama

15 October - 18:49

Status: TITSUP – Total Inability To Support Users' Packets

Updated  Virgin Media, one of the UK's largest broadband and TV cable providers, is suffering an outage right now. If you can't access the internet or watch the telly, then it's not just you. It's quite a few of you.…

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Icahn to Dell investors: You can't touch this reverse merger with VMware

15 October - 17:06

Undervalues tracker stock by $11bn, quips: 'Peace better than war but I still enjoy a good fight'

Michael Dell could be about to lock horns again with Carl Icahn - the activist investor is opposed to Dell Technologies going public via VMware because he claims the move will rip off existing stockholders.…

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GCHQ asks tech firms to pretty please make IoT devices secure

15 October - 16:00

Hive, HP Inc sign up to refreshed code of practice

GCHQ has managed to convince HP Inc and Centrica Hive to take its side in a relatively rare public intervention on the state of consumer IoT security.…

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Samsung’s flexible phone: Expect an expensive, half-bendy clamshell

15 October - 15:00

Like a Psion without the keys

Samsung has applied for a US patent (PDF) for a foldable mobile device, giving important clues as to how it’s approaching the market with the new technology.…

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Enterprise IoT security sucks so much, it's made Intel and Arm work together to tackle it

15 October - 14:00

Chip rivals lock lips to make customers happy

Intel on Monday joined hands with Arm, its occasional rival, in an attempt to make the notoriously dismal state of Internet-of-Things security less so.…

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Bloodhound Super-Sonic-Car lacks Super-Sonic-Cashflow

15 October - 13:05

Plucky Brit land speed record chaser fails to find £25m down the back of the sofa, calls in Administrators

Twenty-one years to the day since Wing Commander Andy Green cracked the land-speed record with ThrustSSC, the UK outfit attempting to go one better with Bloodhound has entered administration.…

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Outside of Japan, Fujitsu KILLS the K5 cloud with 'immediate effect'

15 October - 12:29

Another old world vendor to rely on hyperscale beasties... in this instance, Azure

Fujitsu has taken the K5 platform for a long walk off a short pier, sending the hybrid cloud service to a watery grave - to stretch the metaphor - just a year and a half after its UK launch.…

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Microsoft Surface to die in 2019? Not while Redmond keeps making it, er, blush

15 October - 11:59

But you're only in the pink if you're in China

Microsoft’s chief product officer, Panos Panay, took to Twitter today to insist that the Surface line was positively in the pink. In China, at any rate.…

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Cease and DE-CIX: German internet operator fights spies, IEEE eyes 802.11 future and more

15 October - 11:25

Also: Juniper and the gang plus AI network research tools

Roundup  German internet exchange operator DE-CIX has again attempted to block the country's spy agency from tapping its network – this time by filing a constitutional complaint.…

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In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

15 October - 10:59

Probably because Microsoft has accidentally disabled your audio

Somebody got a little trigger happy with the big red Windows Update button last week as a broken Intel audio driver was unleashed on users “by mistake”.…

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