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Amazon shareholders revolt on Rekognition, Nvidia opens robotics lab, and hot AI chips on Google Cloud

The week's other stories in AI

Roundup  Hello, here’s a very quick roundup of some of the interesting AI announcements from this week. Read on if you like robots and GPUs.…

Posted on 20 January 2019 | 9:59 am

DDoS sueball, felonious fonts, leaky Android file manager, blundering building security, etc etc

Plus, Safari security foiled by… a finger swipe?

Roundup  This week we wrangled with alleged Russian election meddling, hundreds of millions of username-password combos spilled online, Oracle mega-patches, and cliams of RICO swap-gangs.…

Posted on 19 January 2019 | 1:37 pm

The Iceman cometh, his smartwatch told the cops: Hitman jailed after gizmo links him to Brit gangland slayings

Killer jailed for life after fitness kit data tips off plod

Avid runner and hitman Mark Fellows was this week found guilty of murder after being grassed up by his Garmin watch.…

Posted on 19 January 2019 | 8:01 am

Tens to be disappointed as Windows 10 Mobile death date set: Doomed phone OS won't see 2020

Microsoft to hang up support on 10 December

Microsoft has formally set the end date for support of its all-but-forgotten Windows 10 Mobile platform.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 11:59 pm

IBM HR made me lie to US govt, says axed VP in age-discrim legal row: I was ordered to cover up layoffs of older workers

Big Blue brands claim 'outlandish' in non-denial denial

A former senior executive at IBM has claimed she was ordered to lie to the US government about just how many older workers Big Blue was laying off.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 11:19 pm

DNAaaahahaha: Twins' 23andMe, Ancestry, etc genetic tests vary wildly, surprising no one

Identical sisters with same genetic makeup get different results from test kits

Updated  Mail-order genetic testing kits, which are all the rage right now, have been put through their paces by identical twins, and the results are a little baffling.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 9:33 pm

US midterms barely over when Russians came knocking on our servers (again), Democrats claim

Лучшая защита – нападение?

Russian hackers attempted to infiltrate the Democratic National Committee (DNC) just after the US midterm elections last year, according to a new court filing.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 8:05 pm

Protestors beg Google not to build censored Project Dragonfly search engine

Anti-censorship demo reaches Chocolate Factory's London HQ

A small handful of protesters turned up outside Google’s London HQ today to protest against the ad company’s censored search engine, developed as part of an unholy bargain to gain access to the Chinese market.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 6:15 pm

Veritas bowls two for Tooley, not out: Northern Europe role split

UK and Nordics each get their own boss

Privately owned shape-shifting Veritas has removed its northern European head Jason Tooley and split the role in two, externally hiring one person to run the UK and one to oversee the Nordics.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 5:15 pm

Atlassian barges into the billion dollar club with a cheery G'Day!

Aussie Jira flinger celebrates a bonzer quarter

Atlassian, home of Jira, Trello and Bitbucket, has rounded out calendar 2018 with over $1bn in revenues as it continues to persuade customers that the cloud is really where they’d like to be.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 4:17 pm

WD you like to know the damage? Analyst predicts sales dip ahead for Western Digital

NAND revenues and disk drive topline downbound until mid-year - Wells Fargo

The slump in Western Digital's SSD and disk drive sales is forecast to deepen for the current and next quarters, according to analysts.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 3:33 pm

Say GDP-aaaRrrgh, streamers: Max Schrems is coming for you, Netflix and Amazon

Apple and others also in firing line as complaints filed

Streaming services aren't complying with EU data protection law - namely the General Data Protection Regulation's right of access - according to a fresh suite of complaints aimed at the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Spotify.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 2:30 pm

Microsoft partner portal 'exposes 'every' support request filed worldwide' today

No customer data visible but hell's bells, Redmond, what have you borked now?

Exclusive  Alarmed Microsoft support partners can currently view support tickets submitted from all over the world, in what appears to be a very wide-ranging blunder by the Redmond-based biz.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 1:47 pm

Vodafone signs $550m deal with IBM to offload cloud biz

Up to 750 staff transferring to Big Blue. Good luck people... you might need it

Exclusive  Vodafone is offloading its cloud and hosting unit to IBM in a $550m eight-year outsourcing deal that will include up to 750 staff packing their bags as they're sent off to new employer Big Blue, sources say.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 1:15 pm

Black Horse slowed down: Lloyds Banking Group confirms problem with 'Faster' payments

Friday morning is an ideal time for transfers to have a glitch, agree customers

Lloyds and Halifax bank customers have been warned not to make repeat transactions as the group grapples with a technical glitch with Faster Payments.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 12:42 pm

Lords of the DNS remind admins about Flag Day, Juniper likes Watson and more

PING, PING, PING … it's your networking roundup for the week

Roundup  To cure some persistent security, implementation, and performance problems in the Domain Name System, the lords of the DNS have proclaimed older implementations as end of life.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 12:04 pm

Lawyers' secure email network goes down, firm says it'll take 2 weeks to restore

75,000 lawyers subject to potential fortnight of faffery

Updated  Barristers and court prosecutors have been left scratching their heads this morning after Egress Technologies' CJSM email system went down – with the firm saying it could take up to a fortnight to fully restore it.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 11:24 am

I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

We'll know for sure when Huawei reveals a shoe-shaped smartphone

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  The name's McLeod. Alessandro McLeod. I am a spy for the secret services.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 10:25 am

At 900k lines of code, ONOS is getting heavy. Can it go on a diet?

'Net greybeard Douglas Comer talks SDN with El Reg

Interview  Software Defined Networking (SDN) has changed the landscape of networking, but along the way it has created its own problems. Doug Comer of Purdue University thinks disaggregating SDN controllers like the Open Source Network Operating System (ONOS) could be a way forward.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 9:52 am

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

Did this story make you angry? Y/N

On Call  Roll up, roll up, to On Call, your weekly instalment of fellow readers’ tech triumphs and frustrations.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 8:19 am

Watch an AI robot program itself to, er, pick things up and push them around

Why can't robots just learn to do things without being told?

Vid  Robots normally need to be programmed in order to get them to perform a particular task, but they can be coaxed into writing the instructions themselves with the help of machine learning, according to research published in Science.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 7:32 am

Microsoft blue biz bug bounty bonanza beckons

Azure DevOps Services invites hackers to test its limits

There's more money to be made from bug hunting in Microsoft code after Redmond announced its 10th active bug hunting reward scheme, the Azure DevOps Bounty Program.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 6:22 am

Friday fun fact: If Stegosauruses had space telescopes, they wouldn't have seen any rings around Saturn

Bet you were expecting a rude ring pun here? Well, not today

Saturn’s characteristic rings may only be as old as 100 million years, and thus formed during a time when dinosaurs still roamed on Earth.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 5:12 am

Old bugs, new bugs, red bugs … yes, it's Oracle mega-update day again

Out of 284 flaws, 33 are rated critical. Big Red admins have big patches ahead

Oracle admins, here's your first critical patch advisory for 2019, and it's a doozy: a total of 284 vulnerabilities patched across Big Red's product range, and 33 of them are rated “critical”.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 2:56 am

Got a Drupal-powered website? You may want to get patching now...

Open-source CMS gets a pair of critical fixes

Drupal has issued a pair of updates to address two security vulnerabilities in its online publishing platform. The vulns are a little esoteric, and will not affect most sites, but it's good to patch just in case you later add functionality that can be exploited.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 1:45 am

Twitter. Android. Private tweets. Pick two... Account bug unlocked padlocked accounts

Cock-up went unnoticed for two Olympics, one World Cup, an EU referendum, and a US presidential election

Twitter has fessed up to a flaw in its Android app that, for more than four years, was making twits' private tweets public. The programming blunder has been fixed.…

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 12:01 am

Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam's cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it

Amazing how a big cash payout focuses the mind

A Vermont state employee drove 6,000 miles in six weeks to prove that the cellular coverage maps from the US government suck – and was wildly successful.…

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 11:10 pm

FCC: Oh no, deary me. What a shame. Too bad, so sad we can't do net neutrality appeal during the US govt shutdown

Not so fast, there, Ajit...

Updated  America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, has asked the courts to postpone an appeal against its net neutrality repeal out of "an abundance of caution" due to the partial US government shutdown.…

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 10:02 pm

Red Hat gets heebie-jeebies over MongoDB's T&Cs squeeze: NoSQL database dropped from RHEL 8B over license

'The Server Side Public License v1 does not meet standards'

MongoDB justified its decision last October to shift the free version of its NoSQL database software, MongoDB Community Server, from the open-source GNU Affero General Public License to the not-quite-so-open Server Side Public License (SSPL) by arguing that cloud providers sell open-source software as a service without giving back.…

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 9:09 pm

It’s baaack – Microsoft starts pushing out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Set to update automatically? Say hello to my little friend…

Select Windows 10 devices are now automatically downloading Microsoft’s troubled 1809 update, according to the support page for the operating system.…

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 9:00 pm

Oxford University reportedly turns off its Huawei money tap

No more Chinese tech vendor grants for at least three to six months, compsci students told

Updated  Oxford University is reportedly suspending all research grants and donations from Chinese tech giant Huawei, according to a Chinese newspaper.…

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 8:01 pm

Tech giant to spend $500m dealing with housing crisis caused by tech giants

Redmond to throw cash at the problem, hopes some might stick to affordable homes

Microsoft has revealed it is to spank the best part of $500m on attempting to deal with the lack of affordable housing in the Seattle area.…

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 7:15 pm

Oracle boss's Brexit Britain trip shutdown due to US government shutdown

Mark Hurd confesses: I didn't take my passport – but usually that's not an issue

Forget cyber security or emergency hamburgers – the real impact of the US government shutdown is only just beginning.…

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 6:15 pm

Top GP: Medical app Your.MD's data security wasn't my remit

Prof Maureen Baker told tribunal info security and clinical safety are two separate things

The founders of medical symptom-checker app Your.MD knew that a number of key medical information databases were "open to anyone who knows the URL", emails seen by a London tribunal have revealed.…

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 5:15 pm

Oracle exec: Open-source vendors locking down licences proves 'they were never really open'

'They used to be seen as the good guys, and Oracle was the bad guy'. So that means... everyone is the bad guy now?

Open-source vendors that haven't already switched to less permissive licences will do so this year as the move to the cloud threatens their business models, a senior Oracle exec has said.…

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 4:42 pm

Campaigners get go-ahead to challenge exemption UK gave itself over immigrants' data

Sueball lobbed at Brit government over Data Protection Act

The High Court has agreed to hear a campaign group's case against the UK's Data Protection Act, which they say leaves immigrants with fewer rights over their data.…

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 3:40 pm

Slack to fend off the collaboration competition with... a new logo

Hipsters choke on pumpkin spice latte as the beloved original is tipped into a dumpster

Hipster laptop lids are in for a scraping as messaging-for-millennials platform, Slack, has taken a beating with the rebranding stick.…

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 2:36 pm

Oh snap: AWS has only gone and brought out its own Backup

Has it gotten backuppers' backs up? You bet it has

Amazon has rolled out its own backup service for AWS apps and data, a move that will inevitably hit independent suppliers of backup for the cloud computing service right in the wallet.…

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 2:06 pm

Like, subscribe and comment: Sage takes a breath as cloud sales bounce

'Ecncouraging' numbers as it switches from licensing to subs push

Shape-shifting accounting software biz Sage issued a trading update this morning and the good news - for investors at least - is that it didn't contain any nasty surprises, but did highlight a bounce in cloud sales.…

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 1:11 pm

Cortana and Search to innovate separately in an amicable Windows 10 Insider split

Microsoft introduces the Schrödinger Linux Subsystem. (It might work. It might not.)

Hot on the heels of a patch for the version of Windows 10 that Microsoft hopes will undo the woes of 2018 comes a fresh insider build to break stuff just a few days before the company's bug bash.…

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 12:32 pm

Happy Thursday! 770 MEEELLLION email addresses and passwords found in yuge data breach

Now is a good time to get a password manager app

Infosec researcher Troy Hunt has revealed that more than 700 million email addresses have been floating around “a popular hacker forum” - along with a very large number of plain text passwords.…

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 11:50 am

Diplomat warns that tech industry has become a pawn as politicos fight dirty

They see AI, cybersecurity as 'battle fronts' - and rising populism will make it worse - former UN official

Oracle OpenWorld  Technology and cyber security will be the "battle fronts" of global competition, and artificial intelligence will become crucial to the US-China trade war, a former UN official has said.…

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 11:08 am

Most munificent Apple killed itself with kindness. Oh. Really?

Why the battery story doesn't add up

Analysis  Apple’s iPhone slump may be down to the company’s generosity and kindness - according to Apple-friendly blogger Jon Gruber.…

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 10:08 am

Having AI assistants ruling our future lives? That's so sad. Alexa play Despacito

It's Amazon how quickly these monopolies begin

Column  At the annual spectacular of crap that we optimistically term the Consumer Electronics Show, I found myself locked into a room with Alexa.…

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 9:15 am

South Korea reckons mystery hackers cracked open advanced weapons servers

No idea who could have been behind this one...

The South Korea Ministry of National Defense says 10 of its internal PCs have been compromised by North Korea unknown hackers.…

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 8:01 am

Three quarters of US Facebook users unaware their online behavior gets tracked

You mean they are collecting our opinions to sell ads? Who would have guessed it?

Most Facebook users have no idea that the ad biz compiles data profiles of their online activities and interests, according to research conducted by the non-profit Pew Research Center.…

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 2:08 am

Do you feel 'lucky', well, do you, punk? Google faces down magic button patent claim

Israeli company was 'feeling lucky' but lost out

Google has won a patent dispute over its famous "I'm feeling lucky" button that immediately connects a user to its top-raking search link with a single click.…

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 12:48 am

$24m in fun bux stolen from crypto-mogul. Now he fires off huge fraud charge. Like, RICO, say?

Lawsuit claims coin thief was part of a gang targeting crypto whales

The victim of a $24m cryptocurrency heist is suing his assailants in what is believed to be the first ever RICO claim involving digital currency.…

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 12:29 am

RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit

The poor cotton seedling froze to death as temperatures plunged during the lunar night

The budding cotton seed hailed as the first plant to ever grow on the Moon, has, erm, died.…

Posted on 16 January 2019 | 10:28 pm

Extra life! Unity tries to undo disunity caused by Improbable cloud gaming toolkit ban

Community outcry over exile of cloud networking biz leads to terms of service revision

Game engine maker Unity Technologies has reversed its excommunication of cloud service provider Improbable with a revision of its Terms of Service that allows game developers to work with unapproved technology providers.…

Posted on 16 January 2019 | 9:52 pm