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Bank of Google? Not exactly. But fintech's future is in Big Tech's ecosystems

Silicon Valley and financial institutions may be increasingly inseparable

Comment  For all their differences, the biggest tech companies share one thing in common: They don't like to stay in their lane. …

Posted on 5 July 2022 | 5:00 pm

Calls for bans on Chinese CCTV makers Hikvision, Dahua expand

UK wants to follow US move to stop sales from equipment manufacturers

A group of politicians and lawmakers in the UK have backed a campaign to ban the sale of CCTV systems made by companies alleged to introduce potential security issues as well as being linked to human rights abuses in China.…

Posted on 5 July 2022 | 4:30 pm

Large Hadron Collider experiment reveals three exotic particles

Tetraquarks and other discoveries as CERN revs up for Run 3

Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have announced the observation of three never-before-seen particles as the accelerator kicks off its third run.…

Posted on 5 July 2022 | 4:00 pm

Tuxedo Pulse G2: Linux in your lap

Germany's answer to System76 – pre-installed with your preferred distro

Tuxedo Computers is launching a second generation of its Pulse high-end Linux laptop.…

Posted on 5 July 2022 | 3:02 pm

FedEx signals 'zero mainframe, zero datacenter' operations by 2024

Going completely cloud-native will save it $400m a year, CIO estimates

The datacenter is dead – at least according to FedEx, which announced plans to close its server farms and transition completely to the cloud, where it hopes to save an estimated $400 million annually.…

Posted on 5 July 2022 | 2:38 pm

ESA's 2030+ roadmap envisions Europeans on the Moon and Mars

But the agency is distinctly aware that it needs more autonomy

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a strategy roadmap to take it into the 2030s and beyond.…

Posted on 5 July 2022 | 2:00 pm

Biden considers removal of Trump-era China tariffs to ease inflation

But US administration split on loss of leverage, according to reports

US president Joe Biden is debating whether to end or cut Trump-era tariffs imposed on Chinese imports into the United States, according to reports.…

Posted on 5 July 2022 | 1:30 pm

Semiconductor market to be hit by fresh wave of rising component costs

Chemicals supplier warns it expects to raise prices, may cut some product lines

More red flags about the semiconductor market are being raised with the news that a key supplier to chipmakers such as TSMC is planning to hike prices, which will likely have a knock-on effect on chip prices.…

Posted on 5 July 2022 | 1:00 pm

Germany unveils plan to tackle cyberattacks on satellites

Vendors get checklist on what to do when crooks inevitably turn up in space

The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has put out an IT baseline protection profile for space infrastructure amid concerns that attackers could turn their gaze skywards.…

Posted on 5 July 2022 | 12:15 pm

Gtk 5 might drop X.11 support, says GNOME dev

Linux's Wayland-only future takes a tentative step closer

One of the GNOME developers has suggested that the next major release of Gtk could drop support for the X window system.…

Posted on 5 July 2022 | 11:33 am

Alibaba's finance arm open sources its privacy software and a 'Secure Processing Unit'

Well, that's one way to ensure it is more widely used ...

Alibaba's financial services affiliate, Ant Group, has open sourced its "privacy-preserving Computation Framework."…

Posted on 5 July 2022 | 10:30 am

IBM wins National Savings & Investment bank tech and ops deal

One of four contracts set to replace Atos arrangement going back 20 years

IBM has won a contract worth £34.2 million (c $41.2 million) as part of a tranche of technology upgrade deals from the UK's National Savings & Investment bank set to be worth hundreds of millions.…

Posted on 5 July 2022 | 9:39 am

Logitech Zone Vibe 125: Weightless comfort on the ears that won't break the bank

Wireless headphones provide 18 hours of talk-time or 20 hours of listening time for the hybrid worker

Review  Logitech has lined up another headset to tap into the continuing trend for remote and hybrid working: the Zone Vibe 125.…

Posted on 5 July 2022 | 8:30 am

Dutch University retrieves Bitcoin ransomware payment and makes a profit

Promises funds will be used to support struggling students

The Netherlands' Maastricht University has managed to recoup the Bitcoin ransom it paid to ransomware scum in 2019 – and has made a tidy profit on the deal.…

Posted on 5 July 2022 | 7:46 am

CAPSTONE mission is Moon-bound, after less rocketry than expected

China rubbishes NASA suggestion it wants Luna all to itself

NASA and commercial space outfits Rocket Lab and Advanced Space have collectively announced that the Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment – CAPSTONE – mission has left Earth orbit and is on its way to Luna.…

Posted on 5 July 2022 | 6:45 am

Billion-record stolen Chinese database for sale on breach forum

Appears to have leaked from a cloud thanks to sloppy coding

A threat actor has taken to a forum for news and discussion of data breaches with an offer to sell what they assert is a database containing records of over a billion Chinese civilians – allegedly stolen from the Shanghai Police.…

Posted on 5 July 2022 | 6:04 am

Google updates Chrome to squash actively exploited WebRTC Zero Day

How sad – this looks like a fine excuse to avoid video conferences for a while

Google has issued an unexpected update to its Chrome browser to address a zero-day WebRTC flaw that is actively being exploited.…

Posted on 5 July 2022 | 2:57 am

India shares its e-government tools with all as India Stack

Identity, payments, data management – the lot – as digital public goods

The Indian government has decided to share with the world the many e-governance tools it has created to run the country, under the name Indiastack.global.…

Posted on 5 July 2022 | 1:02 am

Schneider and Dell integrate UPS, HCI for graceful shutdown

For when the outage lasts so long that your UPS runs out of charge

Schneider Electric has teamed up with Dell Technologies on an automated shutdown system for hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), based on the integration of its APC PowerChute with Dell's VxRail HCI platform.…

Posted on 4 July 2022 | 5:28 pm

Supply chain blamed amid claims of Azure capacity issues

Microsoft says it'll move to 'restrict trials and internal workloads to prioritize growth of existing customers'

Microsoft's Azure cloud is having difficulty providing enough capacity to meet demand, according to some customers, with certain regions said to refusing new subscriptions for services.…

Posted on 4 July 2022 | 4:26 pm

$185m anti-malware patent dispute: Norton and Columbia University fight on

Decade-old spat over security tech not over yet as New York institution files for enhanced damages

NortonLifeLock and Columbia University's legal tussle over anti-malware patents continued last week, with attorney fees and a new trial in dispute two months after a jury awarded the uni $185 million.…

Posted on 4 July 2022 | 3:24 pm

Alibaba joins rivals in offering tool for those under pressure to reduce carbon emissions

Microsoft, Amazon and Google all have products showing the damage you do and now so does Softbank offshoot

Alibaba is following in the footsteps of larger rivals by launching a tool that customers can use to measure and manage the carbon emissions of their business with the aim of lowering their environmental impact.…

Posted on 4 July 2022 | 2:28 pm

People who regularly talk to AI chatbots often start to believe they're sentient, says CEO

Plus: Activists fight for EU ban on AI lie detectors, and is the age prediction tool used by Meta accurate?

In brief  Numerous people start to believe they're interacting with something sentient when they talk to AI chatbots, according to the CEO of Replika, an app that allows users to design their own virtual companions.…

Posted on 4 July 2022 | 1:32 pm

Will cloud giants really drive colos off a financial cliff?

The dude who predicted the Enron collapse bets they will

Analysis  Jim Chanos, the infamous short-seller who predicted Enron's downfall, has said he plans to short datacenter real-estate investment trusts (REIT).…

Posted on 4 July 2022 | 12:29 pm

Rufus and ExplorerPatcher: Tools to remove Windows 11 TPM pain and more

Turn off chip detection, bypass need for a Microsoft account, change how Explorer works

The latest beta of the popular Windows USB creation tool Rufus adds some handy features, such as removing Microsoft account requirements and turning off TPM chip detection – and there are others too.…

Posted on 4 July 2022 | 11:49 am

UK signs deal to share police biometric database with US border guards

Officials could access data to make immigration decisions, European Parliament report suggests

The UK has signed up to a US plan for sharing police-held biometric data about citizens with US border officials.…

Posted on 4 July 2022 | 10:44 am

We need a Library of Congress – but for the digital world

Hack the future with a meta museum: 1 weird trick to free 50 years of digital life

Opinion  The word hacker, for most people, means a youth in a hoodie turning off power stations with a sticker-encrusted laptop. This annoys those who know that the true hacker ethos is to make stuff do things it was not designed to do, with bonus points for charm, ingenuity, and the maximum effect for the work put in.  …

Posted on 4 July 2022 | 9:41 am

Getting that syncing feeling after an Exchange restore

We've got the whole weekend. What could go wrong?

Who, Me?  It's Monday, and this week's column contains another reminder to check that those backups really have worked in an unfortunately synchronized episode of Who, Me?

Posted on 4 July 2022 | 8:42 am

Massive telecom outage in Japan kicks 40 million mobile users offline

KDDI advises customers to act like it's 1993 and rediscover landlines and payphones

Almost 40 million residents of Japan spent the weekend in The Time Before Smartphones after local telco KDDI Corp. experienced its biggest outage to date – affecting both voice calls and data communications.…

Posted on 4 July 2022 | 7:43 am

Microsoft teases Outlook Lite for Android

What are the 'main benefits' of Outlook? Whatever they are, that's all you'll get

Microsoft is readying a "Lite" version of its flagship messaging and calendar app for Android.…

Posted on 4 July 2022 | 6:58 am

China finds and kills 42,000 counterfeit apps – many of them investment scams

Constant crackdowns on bad online behavior don't seem to deter crims

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) announced a crackdown on investment fraud platforms on Friday in conjunction with the country's Ministry of Public Security.…

Posted on 4 July 2022 | 5:29 am

Cloud infrastructure spend to crack $90b and overtake non-cloud in 2022

Buyers other than cloud operators remain the dominant source of dollars

Analyst outfit IDC has predicted that the world's IT buyers will spend more on infrastructure intended for use in clouds than in other scenarios some time during 2022.…

Posted on 4 July 2022 | 4:29 am

British Army Twitter and YouTube feeds hijacked by crypto-promos

If you can't defend against crypto bros…

The British Army has apologized after its Twitter and YouTube accounts were compromised by entities that used them to promote NFTs.…

Posted on 4 July 2022 | 1:07 am

What to do about inherent security flaws in critical infrastructure?

Industrial systems' security got 99 problems and CVEs are one. Or more

The latest threat security research into operational technology (OT) and industrial systems identified a bunch of issues — 56 to be exact — that criminals could use to launch cyberattacks against critical infrastructure. …

Posted on 3 July 2022 | 11:17 am

China rallies support for Kylin Linux in war on Windows

openKylin project is latest chapter in Beijing's love-hate relationship with Redmond

China’s efforts to end its reliance on Microsoft Windows got a boost with the launch of the openKylin project.…

Posted on 3 July 2022 | 9:33 am

Is a lack of standards holding immersion cooling back?

There are just so many ways to deep fry your chips these days

Comment  Liquid and immersion cooling have undergone something of a renaissance in the datacenter in recent years as components have grown ever hotter.…

Posted on 2 July 2022 | 4:03 pm

The App Gap and supply chains: Purism CEO on what's ahead for the Librem 5 USA

Freedoms eroded, iOS-Android duopoly under fire, chip sources questioned – it's all an opportunity for this phone

Interview  In June, Purism began shipping a privacy-focused smartphone called Librem 5 USA that runs on a version of Linux called PureOS rather than Android or iOS. As the name suggests, it's made in America – all the electronics are assembled in its Carlsbad, California facility, using as many US-fabricated parts as possible.…

Posted on 2 July 2022 | 10:07 am

Google location tracking to forget you were ever at that medical clinic

Plus: Cyber-mercenaries said to target legal world, backdoor found on web servers, and more

In brief  Google on Friday pledged to update its location history system so that visits to medical clinics and similarly sensitive places are automatically deleted.…

Posted on 2 July 2022 | 7:41 am

TikTok: Yes, some staff in China can access US data

We thought you guys were into this whole information hoarding thing

TikTok, owned by Chinese outfit ByteDance, last month said it was making an effort to minimize the amount of data from US users that gets transferred outside of America, following reports that company engineers in the Middle Kingdom had access to US customer data.…

Posted on 2 July 2022 | 12:30 am

W3C overrules objections by Google, Mozilla to decentralized identifier spec

Oh no, he DIDn't

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has rejected Google's and Mozilla's objections to the Decentralized Identifiers (DID) proposal, clearing the way for the DID specification to be published a W3C Recommendation next month.…

Posted on 1 July 2022 | 9:50 pm

Cyberattack shuts down unemployment, labor websites across the US

Software maker GSI took systems offline, affecting thousands of people in as many as 40 states

A cyberattack on a software company almost a week ago continues to ripple through labor and workforce agencies in a number of US states, cutting off people from such services as unemployment benefits and job-seeking programs.…

Posted on 1 July 2022 | 8:41 pm

One of the first RISC-V laptops may ship in September, has an NFT hook

A notebook with an RV SoC is cool enough. Did we really need the Web3 jargon?

It seems promoters of RISC-V weren't bluffing when they hinted a laptop using the open-source instruction set architecture would arrive this year.…

Posted on 1 July 2022 | 7:59 pm

Crypto sleuths pin $100 million Harmony theft on Lazarus Group

Elliptic points to several indicators that suggest the North Korea-linked gang was behind the hack

Investigators at a blockchain analysis outfit have linked the theft of $100 million in crypto assets last week to the notorious North Korean-based cybercrime group Lazarus. The company said it had tracked the movement of some of the stolen cryptocurrency to a so-called mixer used to launder such ill-gotten funds.…

Posted on 1 July 2022 | 6:11 pm

2050 carbon emission goals need nuclear to succeed, says International Energy Agency

Without it, $500b more in investments is needed to reach C-neutrality

There's more than one path to net zero emissions by 2050, but the only practical one runs straight through nuclear power, according to the International Energy Agency.…

Posted on 1 July 2022 | 5:29 pm

Ubuntu Unity desktop back from the dead after several years' hiatus

Thanks to Linux wunderkind Rudra Saraswat, not Canonical, this time

Good news for especially determined fans of Ubuntu's formerly in-house desktop: there's a new version.…

Posted on 1 July 2022 | 4:33 pm

Cloudera adopts Apache Iceberg, battles Databricks to be most open in data tables

Move follows Databricks' donation of Delta Lake 2.0 to Linux Foundation

Cloud data lake vendor Cloudera has announced the general availability of Apache Iceberg in its data platform.…

Posted on 1 July 2022 | 3:48 pm

NASA delays SLS rollback due to concerns over rocky path to launchpad

The road to the Moon is paved with... river rock?

NASA's Moon rocket is to trundle back into its shed today after a delay caused by concerns over the crawlerway.…

Posted on 1 July 2022 | 3:33 pm

Datacenter operator Switch hit with claims it misled investors over $11b buyout

Complainants say financial projections were not disclosed, rendering SEC filing false and misleading

Datacenter operator Switch Inc is being sued by investors over claims that it did not disclose key financial details when pursuing an $11 billion deal with DigitalBridge Group and IFM Investors that will see the company taken into private ownership if it goes ahead.…

Posted on 1 July 2022 | 2:30 pm

Google to pay $90m to settle lawsuit over anti-competitive behavior on the Play Store

US developers that qualify could receive more than $200,000

Google is to pay $90 million to settle a class-action lawsuit with US developers over alleged anti-competitive behavior regarding the Google Play Store.…

Posted on 1 July 2022 | 1:30 pm

Devops tool Jenkins now requires Java 11: This might sting a bit

Final shift set for version 2.357 of developer automation platform

It has taken a while, but the Jenkins project confirmed this week that Java 11 will be required from this week's Jenkins 2.357 and for the upcoming September LTS release.…

Posted on 1 July 2022 | 12:29 pm