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Twitter tries to lure brands back with spend-matching scheme

Spend $500k and we'll double your money, but please ignore the trolls

Twitter is reportedly trying to plug its drop in advertising revenues by concocting a series of inducements to convince some brands that have paused spending on the platform to reopen their wallets.…

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 6:30 pm

FCC gives SpaceX OK to launch 7.5k Gen2 Starlink satellites

Subject to conditions: offer only valid if you can get Starship off the ground

The FCC has granted SpaceX permission to launch its Gen2 Starlink satellites, assuming it can adhere to a bevy of conditions, including ensuring Musk's expanded satellite constellation doesn't interfere with other space operations or become an environmental risk. …

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 5:30 pm

AMD says transistor tech will keep Moore’s law alive for 6 to 8 years

'We're going to have lower power, but it's going to cost more' says chipmaker's CTO

Chipmaker AMD has hinted that new transistor technology will keep Moore's Law alive for the next six to eight years, but as one might guess, it will cost more.…

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 4:30 pm

IBM set to bump up storage prices outside the US in the new year

Big Blue confirms DS8000 arrays, and various tape libraries and drives will all cost more

IBM has announced it is to up the purchase price of a broad range of storage products from Jan 1, making a nice surprise to usher in the New Year for customers.…

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 3:30 pm

Google frees nifty ML image-compression model... but it's for JPEG-XL

Yep. The very same JPEG-XL that's just been axed from Chromium

A new application of machine learning looks both clever and handy, as opposed to the more normal properties of being somewhere between privacy-, copyright-, or life-endangering. But before you get too excited, you can't have it.…

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 2:30 pm

Salesforce calls some workers back to the office amid slowing sales

Months after CEO Benioff said return to office mandates don't work, a bunch told to come in three days a week, take half customer calls in-person

Salesforce is calling some staff back to their corporate desk as it tries to counter slowing growth, despite CEO Marc Benioff saying at the start of the year that return to office mandates "don't work."…

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 1:30 pm

Intel offers Irish staff a three-month break from being paid

Chipmaker confirms 'voluntary time-off programs' part of push to reduce costs

Chipmaker Intel is offering staff in Ireland the opportunity to take three months' leave from their jobs, with the catch being that it is unpaid. The move is part of cost saving measures at the company.…

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 12:30 pm

Blockchain needs a reason to exist, Boris Johnson tells roomful of blockchain pros

As for Twitter, politicians need to grow thick skins and stop mistaking it for advertisement

Former British prime minister BoJo has used one of his first speaking engagements since losing that job to appear at a blockchain conference in Singapore, where his expert opinion on the subject boiled down to a belief the public needs to be convinced there's a reason for it to exist.…

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 11:45 am

Domain aging gang CashRewindo picks vintage sites to push malvertising

Like fine wine, the longer it sits, the better it is

A sophisticated and very patient threat group behind a global malvertising scheme is using so-called aged domains to skirt past cybersecurity tools and catch victims in investment scams.…

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 10:59 am

Mozilla, Microsoft drop TrustCor as root certificate authority

'There is no evidence to suggest that TrustCor violated conduct, policy, or procedure' says biz

Mozilla and Microsoft have taken action against a certificate authority accused of having close ties to a US military contractor that allegedly paid software developers to embed data-harvesting malware in mobile apps.…

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 9:30 am

US commerce bosses view EU rules as threat to its clouds

Rules haven't been decided yet but others are already kicking up a stink

More than a dozen industry associations including the US Chamber of Commerce this week issued a joint statement warning the EU against adopting rules that would effectively exclude US cloud providers like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft from doing business in much of Europe.…

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 8:30 am

‘Mother of Internet’ Radia Perlman argues for centralized infrastructure

Inventor of the spanning tree protocol gets heretical about blockchain, crypto, and why the broken internet is a blessing in disguise

Internet pioneer Radia Perlman has argued in favor of centralized infrastructure, while speaking at the International Symposium on Blockchain Advancements in Singapore on Friday.…

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 7:58 am

Creator of spec for melting RTX 4090 cables urges Nvidia, others to 'ensure user safety'

Testing is your responsibility, not ours, says PCI-SIG

Nvidia and other GPU makers have been urged to "ensure end user safety" by the consortium that created the specification for the 12VHPWR connector used in Nvidia's GeForce RTX 4090, which has been the subject of multiple complaints of melting cables.…

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 7:30 am

Two signs in the comms cabinet said 'Do not unplug'. Guess what happened

No amount of resilience planning can defeat determined idiots whose devices are low on battery

On Call  Welcome once more to On-Call, The Register's weekly reader-contributed column that tells tales of IT pros being asked to fix things that should never have broken.…

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 7:00 am

Nutanix buyout may be on the cards with HPE sniffing around

A GreenLake future could reportedly be more cloudy

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) may have hyperconverged infrastructure vendor Nutanix on its wishlist this holiday season as the OEM reportedly weighs an acquisition bid.…

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 6:30 am

DoJ worries messaging apps could hide evidence of crime, corruption

Record keeping rules might need a tweak to ensure content is preserved

The United States Department of Justice is considering new guidelines for how businesses use messaging apps, so that they're not employed as a back channel to hide corrupt behavior.…

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 4:58 am

Exchange Online and Microsoft Teams go down across Asia

Microsoft is literally turning them off and on again, but things are getting worse and a root cause is proving elusive

Updated  Microsoft's flagship cloudy productivity services are down across the Asia-Pacific region.…

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 2:50 am

Huawei teases bonkers gadget combo

A watch that flips open to reveal tiny earbuds: what could possibly go wrong?

Have you ever left the house with your smartwatch on, but forgotten your earbuds?…

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 2:30 am

Facebook approved 75% of ads threatening US election workers

Not a good look for Meta's content moderation team

Just before the US midterm elections last month, researchers from non-profit Global Witness and New York University submitted ads containing death threats against election workers to Meta's Facebook, Google's YouTube, and TikTok.…

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 1:30 am

Neuralink's AI brain chip could be in humans within six months claims Elon Musk

This is a Musk prediction, so don't get your hopes up

After testing on monkeys and pigs, Neuralink may be able to plant its first chip into a human brain in six months, its founder and CEO Elon Musk claimed on Wednesday.…

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 12:30 am

Nvidia patches 29 GPU driver bugs that could lead to code execution, device takeover

Take a break from the gaming and fix these now

Nvidia fixed more than two dozen security flaws in its GPU display driver, the most severe of which could allow an unprivileged user to modify files, and then escalate privileges, execute code, tamper with or steal data, or even take over your device.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 11:30 pm

NLRB slaps down Activision's attempt to stop another union

If at first you don't succeed try again. Then fail again.

Video game maker Activision-Blizzard's attempts to stop a second group of quality assurance employees for unionizing has been slapped down by the National Labor Relations Board, clearing the way for an organizing vote at the company's Albany, New York offices.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 10:30 pm

ICE data dump reveals names, locations of 6,000+ asylum seekers

Your tax dollars at work

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) "erroneously" posted names and other personal information belonging to more than 6,252 individuals seeking asylum in the US on its website earlier this week.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 9:30 pm

Google warns about commercial Heliconia spyware hitting Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Defender

Meanwhile NSO faces new lawsuit over Pegasus flying onto journalists' phones

Google's Threat Analysis Group (TAG) said on Wednesday that its researchers discovered commercial spyware called Heliconia that's designed to exploit vulnerabilities in Chrome and Firefox browsers as well as Microsoft Defender security software.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 8:30 pm

Microsoft adds silicon muscle into latest Azure SQL database configs

Intel's 'Ice Lake' and AMD's 'Milan' chips bump up speeds and feeds

Microsoft is bulking up its Azure SQL database services on the back of Intel's "Ice Lake" Xeon and AMD's "Milan" Epyc server chipsets.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 7:30 pm

Apple pushes TSMC to make more advanced chips in US by 2024

Biden to join Tim Cook as well as AMD and Nvidia chiefs for an announcement from the semiconductor giant next week

TSMC reportedly plans to make 4nm chips at its Arizona manufacturing plant when it goes online in 2024, a significant upgrade from the Asian foundry giant's previous commitment to focus on less advanced 5nm silicon at its first leading-edge US fab.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 6:30 pm

Iceotope study says liquid immersion is viable for hyperscale disk storage

Since high-capacity drives are increasingly sealed off, that makes them candidates for dunking

Liquid cooling company Iceotope has conducted a study with Meta into the feasibility of using its technology to meet the cooling requirements of the high-density storage drives that are increasingly being deployed by hyperscale datacenter operators.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 5:30 pm

.NET open source is 'heavily under-funded' says AWS

Amazon web arm investing in Microsoft's platform to help customers escape Windows

RE:INVENT  "We found that .NET open source is heavily under-funded," said Saikat Banerjee, an AWS software development manager, at a re:Invent session this week.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 4:30 pm

Norway has a month left until sun sets on its copper phone lines

Residents in westernmost municipality of Solund praise new mobile coverage, but others have been left behind

Norway is a couple of years ahead of Britain in mothballing its century-old copper telephone network, which is due to shut down on January 1, 2023.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 3:30 pm

Musk says spat with Apple over App Store ejection threat for Twitter was 'misunderstanding'

Lovely visit to meet Tim Cook at Apple Park HQ forces big change in tone from world's richest man

The one-sided battle of the billionaires is over before it really began, with Elon Musk saying his spat with Apple boss Tim Cook over perceived threats to remove Twitter from the App Store was a “misunderstanding”…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 2:32 pm

Intruders gain access to user data in LastPass incident

Password manager says credentials safely encrypted, confirms link to August attack

Intruders broke into a third-party cloud storage service LastPass shares with affiliate company GoTo and gained access to "certain elements" of customers' information, the pair have confirmed.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 1:30 pm

UK to test Starlink satellite broadband for those hard to reach areas

But why Elon Musk's satellite broadband biz and not govt-funded OneWeb?

The UK government is the latest to test out the Starlink satellite broadband service amid efforts to connect homes and businesses in poorly served areas of the country.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 12:42 pm

Arms hands board seats to Intel and Qualcomm alumni ahead of IPO

Flotation delayed but chip designer's board just keeps on growing

Softbank-owned chip designer Arm says it is preparing for its initial public offering (IPO) by adding former Intel and Qualcomm executives to its board.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 11:48 am

Twenty years on, command-line virus scanner ClamAV puts out version 1

Used by millions – and the first official finished version

The ClamAV command-line virus scanner used on many Linux boxes has attained an important-looking milestone release: version 1.0.0.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 10:51 am

Just 22% of techies in UK aged 50 or older, says Chartered Institute for IT

Why not recruit mature folk from outside industry? Why not keep experience in place for longer

A little more than one in five techies in Britain is aged 50 or older, and enticing more of that demographic to enter the world of information technology could help alleviate a perennial skills gap.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 9:30 am

130,000 UK businesses sue Google over £13.6B in lost ad revenues

Parent biz Alphabet also accused of unfair monopoly in online ads

Alphabet and its subsidiary Google are facing a £13.6 billion class action lawsuit claiming they abuse their dominant position in online advertising to make billions at the expense of smaller companies in the UK.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 8:30 am

Big tech's discarded techies won't sate the job market, says analyst

Coders are safe, too, despite AI writing one line in ten

Analyst firm Forrester predicts that despite recent mass layoffs across the tech sector, the jobs market will continue to favor IT professionals in 2023.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 7:54 am

Almost 300 predatory loan apps found in Google and Apple stores

Note to self: Lenders don’t need the contact list on your mobile device

Almost 300 apps, downloaded by around 15 million users, have been pulled from the Google Play and Apple App stores over claims they promised quick loans at reasonable rates but then used extortion and other predatory schemes against borrowers.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 7:30 am

Cloudflare hikes prices by a quarter, blames the accountants

Cash flow is king, even in the cloud

Cloudflare has announced what it claims are its first ever price rises.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 6:45 am

FTX's crypto villain Sam Bankman-Fried admits 'I made a lot of mistakes'

Is it too late to enter for Understatement of the Year?

The former CEO of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, Sam Bankman Fried (SBF), has defied the advice of his lawyers and given an interview in which he admitted "I made a lot of mistakes" that led to the collapse of his company and left investors with little prospect of recovering billions of dollars.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 5:58 am

Salesforce ends CEO job share – again. Marc Benioff back as sole boss

Bret Taylor returns to entrepreneurial roots after losing his gig as chair of Twitter

Salesforce has again unwound its CEO job share arrangement, with co-CEO Bret Taylor announcing he will leave the company in January 2023 – leaving Marc Benioff occupying the one remaining big chair.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 4:59 am

Broadcom tries to quash VMware price rise rumors as CEO promises they won't

Hock Tan says hiring engineers is his strategy … but still won't explain plan for massive rapid profit increase

Broadcom president and CEO Hock Tan has again felt the need to state that his company's acquisition of VMware won't lead to price rises.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 3:44 am

NTT Data adopting datacenter inspection robots to relieve humans of some chores

Will also offer them as-a-service to other bit barn operators

The Japanese operations of NTT Data will deploy datacenter-monitoring robots in 15 of its own facilities, then offer them as-a-service to customers.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 1:46 am

NOAA, Microsoft partner to put climate models in the clouds

Don't worry, Redmond hasn't gotten its hands on the agency's coffers yet

The future of meteorological simulation and forecasting may well be bound for the clouds — well, cloud datacenters anyway. …

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 1:30 am

Alibaba, Tencent enlisted to help sanction-weary China build RISC-V chips

PRC and chums see open-source chip architecture as safer alternative to Arm

China is reportedly leaning on domestic tech giants Alibaba and Tencent to design RISC-V chips as part of the country's efforts to insulate itself from the effects of the United States' growing silicon sanctions.…

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 12:30 am

Sirius XM flaw unlocks so-called smart cars thanks to code flaw

Telematics program doesn't just give you music, but a big security flaw

Sirius XM's Connected Vehicle Services has fixed an authorization flaw that would have allowed an attacker to remotely unlock doors and start engines on connected cars knowing only the vehicle identification number (VIN).…

Posted on 30 November 2022 | 11:30 pm

SpaceX grounds Falcon 9 carrying first private lunar lander

Lift-off postponed for 'additional pre-flight checkouts'

SpaceX postponed the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a lunar lander and rover built by a private Japanese aerospace company and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency rover to the Moon, by one day.…

Posted on 30 November 2022 | 10:30 pm

San Francisco lawmakers approve lethal robots, but they can't carry guns

Rise of the explosive machines

San Francisco police can deploy so-called "killer robots" following a Board of Supervisors' vote on Tuesday, clearing the cops to use robots equipped with explosives in extreme situations.…

Posted on 30 November 2022 | 9:30 pm

Amazon unfreezes some hiring to expand its datacenter footprint

No matter what, the cloud must grow

Less than a month after Amazon froze hiring amid worsening economic conditions, execs are preparing to accept job applications within its public cloud business again to expand its datacenter footprint.…

Posted on 30 November 2022 | 8:45 pm

Boffins' beam forming kit opens the door to more realistic holograms

MIT's hardware speeds up light manipulation by a factor of 10

A research team led by MIT has developed a novel piece of kit that can drastically increase the speed and capability of optical beam forming technology and that's easy to produce at scale.…

Posted on 30 November 2022 | 8:06 pm