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US ends case against Huawei CFO who holed up in Canada for three years -

Wanzhou Meng hasn't re-offended, so last possible charges have been dismissed

The USA's case against Huawei CFO and chair Wanzhuo Meng has ended.…

(Mon, 05 Dec 2022 00:29:14 GMT)

Microsoft hikes prices in India by up to eleven percent -

PLUS: Eight million more outsourced jobs for India; Australia warns on IoT shoe risks; Equinix enters Malaysia

Asia In Brief Microsoft has quietly announced big price rises for its software and services in India.…

(Sun, 04 Dec 2022 22:45:08 GMT)

OpenAI tweaks ChatGPT to avoid dangerous AI information -

Plus: DeepMind beats humans at Stratego

In brief OpenAI has released a new language model named ChatGPT this week, which is designed to mimic human conversations.…

(Sat, 03 Dec 2022 11:00:07 GMT)

Rackspace rocked by ‘security incident’ that has taken out hosted Exchange services -

Warns recovery could take several days and pledges better support after customer complaints

Updated Some of Rackspace’s hosted Microsoft Exchange services have been taken down by what the company has described as a “security incident”.…

(Sat, 03 Dec 2022 10:58:16 GMT)

After lunar orbit trip NASA's Orion capsule is on its way back home -

Heat shield will be put to the test for the first time, what could go wrong?

NASA's Orion capsule, designed to send the next crew of astronauts to the Moon, is heading back to Earth after spending some time in a distant retrograde orbit above the satellite's surface.…

(Sat, 03 Dec 2022 09:00:09 GMT)

US Air Force reveals B-21 Raider stealth bomber that'll fly the unfriendly skies -

'Digital bomber' will bring 'peace through deterrence'

In Palmdale, California on Friday, Northrop Grumman CEO Kathy Warden revealed a US Air Force warplane that had only been shown in artist renderings and is supposed to be seldom seen, the B-21 Raider.…

(Sat, 03 Dec 2022 02:58:59 GMT)

Datacenter switching surged everywhere except Europe last quarter -

Economic headwinds, surging energy prices batter EMEA switch sales

Improving supply chains coupled with unrelenting demand from cloud service providers kept the datacenter switching market on a positive trajectory in Q3.…

(Sat, 03 Dec 2022 01:00:19 GMT)

Medibank prognosis gets worse after more stolen data leaked -

Plus Australia launches an investigation into insurer's data privacy practices

Australian health insurer Medibank's prognosis following an October data breach keeps getting worse as criminals dumped another batch of stolen customer data on the dark web. …

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 23:10:59 GMT)

Google says Android runs better when covered in Rust -

Banishing memory safety bugs cuts critical vulnerabilities

Google has been integrating code written in the Rust programming language into its Android operating system since 2019 and its efforts have paid off in the form of fewer vulnerabilities.…

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 21:30:07 GMT)

FBI warns about Cuba, no, not that one — the ransomware gang -

Critical infrastructure attacks ramping up

The US government has issued an alert about Cuba; not the state but a ransomware gang that's taking millions in purloined profits.…

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 20:30:06 GMT)

US chip group: $52b is not enough, we need an extra $30b in federal funding -

We need more free money from the government say silicon salesfolks

America's top booster for federal semiconductor aid is arguing that the country needs to spend tens of billions more in silicon incentives to ensure it doesn't lose leadership in chip design to other countries.…

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 19:30:11 GMT)

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.…

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 18:30:07 GMT)

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. …

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:30:12 GMT)

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.…

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 16:30:06 GMT)

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.…

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 15:30:12 GMT)

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.…

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 14:30:14 GMT)

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."…

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 13:30:15 GMT)

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.…

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 12:30:06 GMT)

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.…

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 11:45:10 GMT)

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.…

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 10:59:52 GMT)

Mozilla, Microsoft drop TrustCor as root certificate authority -

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

Updated 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.…

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 09:30:51 GMT)

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.…

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 08:30:12 GMT)

‘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.…

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 07:58:07 GMT)

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.…

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 07:30:08 GMT)

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.…

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 07:00:09 GMT)

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.…

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 06:30:08 GMT)

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.…

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 04:58:11 GMT)

Exchange Online and Microsoft Teams went down in APAC because Microsoft broke itself -

Legacy process overwhelmed infrastructure, brought ten hours of trouble

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

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 02:50:08 GMT)

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?…

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 02:30:12 GMT)

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.…

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 01:30:11 GMT)

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.…

(Fri, 02 Dec 2022 00:30:09 GMT)

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.…

(Thu, 01 Dec 2022 23:30:05 GMT)

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.…

(Thu, 01 Dec 2022 22:30:06 GMT)

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.…

(Thu, 01 Dec 2022 21:30:10 GMT)

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.…

(Thu, 01 Dec 2022 20:30:10 GMT)

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.…

(Thu, 01 Dec 2022 19:30:13 GMT)

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.…

(Thu, 01 Dec 2022 18:30:09 GMT)

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.…

(Thu, 01 Dec 2022 17:30:15 GMT)

.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.…

(Thu, 01 Dec 2022 16:30:11 GMT)

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.…

(Thu, 01 Dec 2022 15:30:10 GMT)

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”…

(Thu, 01 Dec 2022 14:32:05 GMT)

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.…

(Thu, 01 Dec 2022 13:30:08 GMT)

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.…

(Thu, 01 Dec 2022 12:42:05 GMT)

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.…

(Thu, 01 Dec 2022 11:48:28 GMT)

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.…

(Thu, 01 Dec 2022 10:51:04 GMT)

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.…

(Thu, 01 Dec 2022 09:30:13 GMT)

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.…

(Thu, 01 Dec 2022 08:30:13 GMT)

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.…

(Thu, 01 Dec 2022 07:54:14 GMT)

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.…

(Thu, 01 Dec 2022 07:30:07 GMT)

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.…

(Thu, 01 Dec 2022 06:45:13 GMT)