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Last updated: Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:11:45 GMT

Aww: Apple won't be HomePod for Christmas
h4Sir Jony's nosey speakers delayed until 2018/h4 pApple will fail to deliver its HomePod internet-connected speakers in time for the Christmas shopping season.…/p

Then there were four: Another draft US law on 'foreign' (aka domestic) mass spying emerges
h4And this one is… not in favor of snooping on Americans, whoa/h4 pThe battle over a controversial US government spying program has intensified – with a fourth piece of legislation tackling the surveillance introduced to Congress on Friday.…/p

Big Cable's pillow talk with FCC to forbid US states from writing own net neutrality rules
h4You've got the authority, big boy, CTIA tells Pai... And such strong arms/h4 pThe stomach-churning love-fest between the American cable industry and FCC Ajit Pai continues apace with Big Cable now pillow talking the federal regulator into how to prevent individual US states forming their own net neutrality protections.…/p

Massive US military social media spying archive left wide open in AWS S3 buckets
h4Dozens of terabytes exposed, your tax dollars at work/h4 pThree misconfigured AWS S3 buckets have been discovered wide open on the public internet containing "dozens of terabytes" of social media posts and similar pages – all scraped from around the world by the US military to identify and profile persons of interest.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Dick move: Navy flyboy flings firmament phallus for flabbergasted folk
h4Highway to the donger zone/h4 pA US navy pilot in an EA-18G GROWLER is facing stiff action – after crafting a novel flight pattern that left much of central Washington state staring up at an anatomy lesson.…/p

Shamed TLS/SSL cert authority StartCom to shut up shop
h4Chairman tells iEl Reg/i nobody will even notice its passing/h4 pControversial certificate authority StartCom is going out of business.…/p

Speedy roadster for filers hits the road. Don't worry Elon, it's a storage vehicle
h4Metadata lookup is super-charged, though, claims infinite-io/h4 pInfinite IO has enabled clustering of its metadata accelerators to scale performance.…/p

New UK aircraft carrier to be commissioned on Pearl Harbor anniversary
h4You know, the surprise attack intended to sink aircraft carriers/h4 pHer Majesty the Queen will commission the new British aircraft carrier named after her into Royal Navy service in three weeks – on the anniversary of an infamous naval battle where numerous warships were sunk.…/p

For goodness sake, stop the plod using facial recog, London mayor told
h4At least until there's some sort of strategy. Jeez – GLA/h4 pLondon's Metropolitan Police force's use of "intrusive" technologies "without proper regulation" could put a fundamental principle of policing at risk, the London mayor has been told.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Crewless dinghy signs to UK Ship Register for Middle East mission
h4Row, row, robot boat gently laying pipes/h4 pThe UK Ship Register signed up its first unmanned vessel on earlier this week.…/p

Lloyds' Avios Reward credit cardholders report fraudulent activity
h4Concerns raised over data breach/h4 pThousands of Lloyds Avios Rewards American Express credit card customers have been targeted by fraudsters, the bank has admitted.…/p

Why Boston Dynamics' backflipping borg shouldn't scare you
h4Ruse of the Machines/h4 pIt's alive, it's terrifying, and it does perfect backflips! Boston Dynamics' gymnastic research robot Atlas has caused a minor panic on social media. With skills like this, surely humans are doomed?…/p

Connected and self-driving cars are being sent to Coventry
h4Finding out how to sail through consecutive green lights/h4 pThe UK Autodrive connected car consortium will start practical trials of its connected and autonomous cars on the streets of Coventry, it has declared.…/p

True Telecom busted by Ofcom for 'slamming', misselling and more
h4Must cough £300k soon after £87k ICO slapdown/h4 pOfcom handed down a £300,000 fine to business phone and broadband company True Telecom after concluding a year-long investigation yesterday.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped
h4A digital service that works for users, but not government/h4 pThe abolition of the paper tax disc is costing the UK government £107m due to an increase in car tax evasion.…/p

OnePlus 5 x T + five short months = Some p*ssed off fanboys
h4That flagship you just bought? Here's one better/h4 pBBK Electronics' OnePlus venture rolled out its second flagship of 2017 yesterday, the OnePlus 5T going on sale just a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/07/27/oneplus_5_review/"five months/a after its predecessor, the OnePlus 5 in June.…/p

iThe Reg/i parts ways with imagineer and thought pathfinder Steve Bong
h4He built a plane called Digital Innovation and told readers: 'Come Fly With Me'/h4 piThe Register/i is reviewing its relationship with columnist and Shoreditch entrepreneur Mr Steve Bong MBE after Mr Bong admitted to having a close working relationship with the Kremlin this week, in a piece titled ia target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/11/16/steve_bong_kremlin_confession/"Yes, I took Putin's roubles to undermine Western democracy. This is my story/a/i…/p

So what does EE's 5G test really signal?
h4Over-hyped tech inches a step closer... maybe/h4 pBrit mobile operator EE has proudly announced the success of a "breakthrough test" for 5G, but what do these tests signal for future 5G usage?…/p

A challenger appears: Specs for Samsung's potential Optane killer
h4Z-NAND has near-3D XPoint access latency and could scale capacity faster too/h4 pAnalysis How does Korean flash and DRAM chipper Samsung's Z-NAND compare to Intel and Micron's 3D XPoint?…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

UK private sector joins public in... Escape from DXC Max
h4Aviva and Centrica wanted cloud giant love. 1 outsourcer... wasn't ready... to let go/h4 pUpdated Insurer Aviva and energy supplier Centrica are the latest big customers to indicate plans to ditch outsourcing giant DXC Technologies, iThe Register/i can reveal.…/p

It's artificial! It's intelligent! It's in my home! And it's gone bonkers!
h4Discoursing Descartes with my robotic pet/h4 pSomething for the Weekend, Sir? I have awoken to the sounds of electronic growling. Making my way downstairs, I discover teethmarks in the bannister, a pool of oil by the back door and the remains of a torn-open jumbo box of AA longlifes in the kitchen.…/p

NetApp's back, baby, flaunting new tech and Azure cloud swagger
h4By George (Kurian), he's done it/h4 pAnalysis There's a new energy at NetApp. The a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/10/03/netapp_builds_nfs_onramp_to_azure/"Microsoft Azure NFS deal/a was a great confidence booster, and the two recent acquisitions of Greenqloud and Plexistor provide stepping stones to a high-performance, on-premises storage future and a stronger hybrid cloud play.…/p

American Express inks blockchain deal: Will use tech to pay UK folk who bank with Santander
h4Ripple effect will later expand, says firm/h4 pBlockchain tech found another friend in American Express and UK customers of Santander. Well, sort of.…/p

'Do the DevOps?' No thanks! Not until a 'blameless post-mortem' really is one
h4Can't blame middle managers - they always get the stick/h4 pWhat drives organisations to change their ways? What's the match that lights the powder keg of actually doing something new and different in IT? That's the question I usually get from organisations that want their approach to software to be more "agile", who want to go through "digital transformation", and, yes, "do DevOps".…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Anonymized location-tracking data proves anything but: Apps squeal on you like crazy
h4Boffins pinpoint homes based on people's device movements/h4 pAnonymized location data won't necessarily preserve your anonymity.…/p

Fake news ‘as a service’ booming among cybercrooks
h4Fake sites spread fake stories to fuel pump and dump or other foul ends/h4 pCriminals are exploiting “fake news” for commercial gain, according to new research.…/p

Apple whispers how its face-fingering AI works
h4Secretive biz opens up a little/h4 pApple has let us all in on a little secret: how its deep-learning-based face detection software works in iOS 10 and later.…/p

Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!
h4Problem Existed Between Chair And Keyboard/h4 pOn-Call Why hello there Friday and hello there, also, this week's instalment of On-Call, iThe Register/i's weekly column that recounts readers' tales of tech support terror.…/p

Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style
h4Epson old-timers go from dot matrix to not matrix/h4 pUpdated Microsoft's latest batch of software updates for Windows has been blamed for a mysterious ailment befalling some poor old Epson dot-matrix printers.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles
h4Breaker, breaker Electric Ducky, we got ourselves a one-driver convoy. And a new Roadster/h4 pElon Musk has launched the “Tesla Semi”, complete with a guarantee that it will not break down for one million miles of driving.…/p

All Flash Arrays and latency
h4Navigating the hype/h4 pSponsored There is no doubt it can be difficult to navigate the various claims made by storage vendors when it comes to performance of their products.…/p

Microsoft can't give away beta cert exams, so starts charging
h4Naughty you: 'No show rate is at historic highs' for tests and that pollutes Redmond's data/h4 pMicrosoft can't give away enough of its beta exams, so it will start charging for them.…/p

Azure turns on reserved cloudy VMs, without Hotel California clause
h4Back to capex spending, but refunds offered to those who bail on multi-year commitments/h4 pMicrosoft's added reserved instances to Azure, with an out-clause for cloudy quitters.…/p

WordPress 4.9: This one's for you, developers!
h4'New editing experience' called Gutenberg coming too, but it might hate your plugins/h4 pWordPress 4.9 has debuted, and this time the world's most popular content management system has given developers plenty to like.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Hitachi Vantara plans refresh of mid-range and top-end storage in 2018
h4It's mostly an IoT-centric system integrator now, but may sprout new scale-out arrays/h4 pHitachi Vantara, the mash-up of Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), Pentaho and the Lumada IoT assets from the Hitachi Insight Group, is working on new scale-out storage products to support its ambition to become a system integrator for analytical workloads and the myriad data sources that feed them.…/p

Robocall crackdown, choked Lifelines, and pole-climbing: Your new FCC rules roundup
h4Fresh round of overhauls, and some aren't happy about it/h4 pUS broadband watchdog the FCC signed off on a pile of new rules Thursday – including laws that will dictate how telcos handle robocalls, cut access for poor Americans to subsidized phone service, add controversial changes to TV station ownership rules, and regulations for fiber cable installation.…/p

Hey, cop! You need a warrant to stalk a phone with a Stingray – judge
h4Knew we shouldn't have told you about that mobe-tracking gizmo/h4 pAnalysis A New York judge has this month told cops that they need to get a warrant before they can use a controversial Stingray phone-tracking gadget to hunt down suspects.…/p

Kaspersky: Clumsy NSA leak snoop's PC was packed with malware
h4Lab suspects Chinese spyware was on home computer/h4 pKaspersky Lab, the US government's least favorite computer security outfit, has published its full technical report into claims Russian intelligence used its antivirus tools to steal NSA secrets.…/p

US govt to use software to finger immigrants as potential crims? That's really dumb – boffins
h4Algorithms will label innocent people terrorists, DHS warned/h4 pA group of 54 computer scientists and academic researchers on Thursday asked the US Department of Homeland Security to rethink its plan for employing software algorithms to determine whether immigrants to the country should be admitted or deported.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Parity: The bug that put $169m of Ethereum on ice? Yeah, it was on the todo list for months
h4Just didn't get round to fixing it – our bad/h4 pAlt-coin wallet software maker Parity has published a postmortem of the bug that put millions of dollars of people's Ethereum on ice – and has admitted it knew about the flaw for months. It just hadn't got round to fixing it.…/p

Australian Broadcasting Corporation leaks passwords, video from AWS S3 bucket
h4'Advance video content' and years of backups dangled in the cloud/h4 pThe Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has joined the long list of organisations to leak sensitive data from a poorly secured public-facing Amazon Web Services S3 bucket.…/p

Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen
h4Patch incoming, hardware recall required to fully address underlying problem/h4 pAnalysis Amazon has pushed out an emergency security update to its door-unlocking system called Key – which is used by couriers to a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/10/25/amazon_key/"let themselves into people's homes/a to drop off packages inside when folks are out.…/p

Oracle scrambles to sew up horrid security holes in PeopleSoft's Tuxedo
h4Nothing like unauth'd hijacking, Heartbleed-style bugs to patch ASAP/h4 pOracle has published an out-of-band software update to address a handful of security flaws in parts of the PeopleSoft HR software.…/p

Drone maker DJI left its private SSL, firmware keys open to world+dog on GitHub FOR YEARS
h4Plus AWS creds, S3 silos filled with sensitive customer info/h4 pChinese drone maker DJI left the private key for its dot-com's HTTPS certificate exposed on GitHub for up to four years, according to a researcher who gave up with the biz's bug bounty process.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Sparks fly as Databricks buddies up with Microsoft in the cloud
h4Analytics biz now a first-party service on Azure/h4 pDatabricks and Microsoft are getting cosy in the cloud, in a move that will give the Spark-wrangling company access to a new set of customers.…/p

Warren 'Mr Moneybags' Buffett offloads huge chunk of IBM investment
h4Is the Oracle of Omaha cutting his losses?/h4 pLegendary investor Warren Buffett appears to be cutting his losses on his IBM investment, slashing his shares by one-third in the last quarter.…/p

Backup Exec juices dedupe offering, flaunts sign-up cloud model
h4GDPR compliance and deduped cloud backend/h4 pBackup Exec, Veritas' SME backup product, now sports a subscription-based payment scheme, deduping cloud backends and offering GDPR compliance help.…/p

Fear not, driverless car devs, UK.gov won't force you to write Trolley Problem solutions
h4MPs kick the ethics question back into touch/h4 pAEV Bill A new law won't force driverless cars' software developers to explicitly consider the infamous Trolley Problem – but the UK government may later decide to implement something similar.…/p

Pawnbroker pwnd: Cash Converters says hacker slurped customer data
h4Details from decommissioned UK webshop scoured/h4 pPawnbroking and secondhand goods outlet Cash Converters has suffered a data breach.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

New, revamped Terdot Trojan: It's so 2017, it even fake-posts to Twitter
h4You've grown so much, you piece of @£$/h4 pTerdot, a banking Trojan that has been around since mid-2016, has been re-engineered with updated information and credential thievery as well as social media account monitoring functionality.…/p