Monday 30 June 2014

AWS CloudTrail is now available in Tokyo, Singapore and Sao Paulo regions

AWS CloudTrail is now available in Tokyo, Singapore and Sao Paulo regions. By turning on CloudTrail in these regions, you gain increased visibility into API calls made on your AWS account. CloudTrail records API calls made on your AWS account and delivers log files to an Amazon S3 bucket you specified. The log files generated by CloudTrail enables you to perform operational troubleshooting, security incident analysis, track changes to AWS resources and makes it easier to ensure compliance with internal policies and regulatory standards. For more details, see the AWS compliance white paper, Security at Scale: Logging in AWS.

To turn on CloudTrail for your account, go to the AWS management console or use the AWS CLI and SDKs.

To learn more about CloudTrail, go to CloudTrail detail page or review the user guide.

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Amazon Kinesis now available in US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) regions

Amazon Kinesis is a fully managed service for real-time processing of streaming data at massive scale. Using Amazon Kinesis, you can capture, and store terabytes of data an hour from hundreds of thousands of sources. Developers can write stream processing applications with the Kinesis Client Library that take action on real-time data such as web site click-streams, financial transaction data, social media feeds, IT logs, location-tracking events, and more. Amazon Kinesis-enabled applications can power real-time dashboards, generate alerts, drive real-time business decisions such as changing pricing and advertising strategies, or emit data to other big data services such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Elastic Map Reduce (Amazon EMR), or Amazon Redshift.

Amazon Kinesis is now available to all customers in 2 additional regions:

  • US West (Oregon) Region or us-west-2

  • EU (Ireland) Region or eu-west-1

All customers can now use Amazon Kinesis from these regions in addition to US East (Northern Virginia) region, further reducing the latencies associated with high throughput streaming data ingestion, and processing for all data of interest. The pricing for new regions can be found in the pricing page.

For more information about Amazon Kinesis, please visit the product detail page, where you can learn more and watch a short introductory video that will explain the service. You can also read more about how to use Amazon Kinesis in the blog post here. Finally, you can also get started with the service using the AWS Management Console.

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Amazon Redshift Announces Cross Region Ingestion and Improved Query Functionality

We are delighted to announce cross region ingestion and improved query functionality for Amazon Redshift, a fast, easy-to-use, petabyte-scale data warehouse service in the cloud that costs as little as $1,000/TB/Year. Customers can now COPY data directly into Amazon Redshift from an Amazon S3 bucket or Amazon DynamoDB table that is not in the same region as the Amazon Redshift cluster. We've also launched new numeric SQL functions, greatest and least, as well as new window functions, percentile_cont and percentile_disc, for more advanced analytics. These features will be rolling out to all new and existing Amazon Redshift customers over the next week, during maintenance windows.

To get started with Amazon Redshift, please visit our detail page. To learn more about recently released features, please visit the Developer Guide and the Management Guide history. To receive alerts when new features are announced, please subscribe to our feature announcements thread in the Amazon Redshift forum.

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Google sentences its OTHER 'network thingy' Orkut to DEATH

Não, obrigado... Hope Brazilians are too distracted by footie to notice

Google is killing Orkut, the company's first social networking product, which remains popular in Brazil and India.…

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An interesting read on this fascinating subject.

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Trailblazers - Formula One racing's fastest females

When she takes part in FP1 at Silverstone this week, Williams development driver Susie Wolff will join an exclusive club, becoming only the sixth female to feature in a world championship F1 event. To mark the occasion, we remember the pioneering women in whose wheel tracks she'll be following: Maria-Teresa de Filippis, Lella Lombardi, Divina Galica, Desire Wilson and Giovanna Amati

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Distributed Linux OS wizards CoreOS release first commercial product

VCs fling $8m at FOSS OS that updates like a browser

A company with a mad plan to right the wrongs perpetrated on the world by traditional operating systems has released its first commercial product after taking in $8m in venture capital funding.…

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Caterham add Haryanto for post-race Silverstone test

Caterham have announced that Indonesia's Rio Haryanto will drive the team's CT05 on the second day of next month's post-race test at Silverstone. Haryanto, who is currently competing with Caterham's junior arm in GP2, has previous F1 testing experience - with Virgin Racing in Abu Dhabi in 2010, and then across two days at Silverstone with Marussia in 2012

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Cloudera, MapR, IBM, and Intel bet on Spark as the new heart of Hadoop

Screeching sound heard amid Spark stampede as Cloudera changes opinion on Hive

Cloudera has rallied four major companies behind a scheme to tie two open source projects together for the benefit of the Hadoop community.…

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BT at last coughs to 'major outage' after broadband went titsup across UK on Sat

Customers left fuming at the weekend

BT was hit by a huge DNS outage on Saturday morning but the telecoms giant was very slow to respond to customer complaints, it has been claimed.…

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An interesting read on this fascinating subject.

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Ericsson resurrects not-spot swatter

Radio Dot: Skyscrapers could get mobile signal on 99th floor

Mobile phone hardware firm Ericsson has relaunched its Radio Dot indoor mobile base station, aimed at networks which want to provide indoor coverage for major corporate clients.…

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Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 world conquest plan: folders!

Upgrade looks highly likely to land in early July

Sharp-eyed Twitter chap @ebin_5 has spotted something interesting: a reference to folders in future versions of Windows Phone.…

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Sunday 29 June 2014

Facebook let shrinks MESS WITH YOUR HEAD, sans permission

T&C click allowed boffins to re-order news feed for emotional response experiment

Facebook has let psychology researchers mess with users' feeds to deliberately manipulate their emotions – along the way letting loose the suggestion that such behaviour is routine, which is how the project got through ethics committees.…

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Friday 27 June 2014

DON'T BOTHER migrating legacy apps to the cloud, says CTO

You'll just be disappointed, says UBS gros fromage

The president of the Open Data Centre Alliance has given sage advice to CIOs contemplating how they migrate their legacy platforms into the cloud: forget it and just dump your old code.…

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Lotus expecting competitive surge at Silverstone

Lotus are confident of breaking back into the top-ten pecking order in next weekend's 2014 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone, a track the Enstone team believe will play to the strengths of their E22 car. After apparent progress in Spain and Monaco, Romain Grosjean and team mate Pastor Maldonado struggled last time out in Austria

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Britain preview quotes - Red Bull on Silverstone

Red Bull's home track of Spielberg proved to be an unhappy hunting ground for Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, but two weeks on and they enter the team's local race at Silverstone hopeful of renewing their fight with Mercedes at the front of the field. Vettel and Ricciardo, along with team principal Christian Horner, discuss their prospects ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix

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New MH370 search zone picked using just seven satellite 'handshakes'

First and seventh pings from plane indicate power interruptions

Australia's Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has published a detailed analysis of efforts to find Malaysian Airways Flight 370.…

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Amazon CloudSearch adds enhanced SDK and CLI support

The AWS SDK and CLI now offer enhanced support for Amazon CloudSearch with new search and document features. Developers could already use the AWS SDK and CLI to set up and configure their CloudSearch domains. With this release, developers can also use them to upload documents and submit search requests. With the addition of these features, the AWS SDK and CLI provide developers with centralized tools for interacting with CloudSearch domains in conjunction with other AWS services.

The AWS SDKs simplify using AWS services in your applications with an API tailored to your programming language or platform. Click here for more information about the AWS SDKs. Download the latest version of the AWS SDKs to access the new features. The AWS CLI makes it easy to interact with other AWS services from a single, easy-to-install client. If you have previously installed the AWS CLI, please upgrade to the latest version to access the new features. If you are new to the AWS CLI, see the installation and configuration instructions for more information.

Amazon CloudSearch is a fully-managed service that makes it easy to set up, manage, and scale a search solution for your website or application. For an introduction to Amazon CloudSearch, visit our detail page. To learn more about recently released features, see the Amazon CloudSearch Developer Guide. Please share your thoughts on these and any additional features you'd like to see in the CloudSearch forum. We really appreciate customer feedback and use it to help us prioritize upcoming features.

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Tell us about your first time … on the internet. Was it gentle?

Australia marks 25the anniversary of first internet connection

The University of Melbourne this week marked the 25th anniversary of Australia's first internet connection, which took place on June 24th, 1989.…

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Germany dumps Verizon for Deutsche Telekom over NSA spying

Nein, danke, we need 'a very high level of security'

The German government has said it will cancel its contract with US telecoms provider Verizon, citing spying fears.…

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Thursday 26 June 2014

Amazon CloudFront Adds Device Detection, Geo Targeting, Host Header Forwarding, CORS Support, and more!

Starting today, you can use Amazon CloudFront to further customize or personalize your dynamic content delivery. You can now configure Amazon CloudFront to forward request headers to your origin and deliver customized content to your end users depending on the characteristics of their request, such as the device they are using to access your site or the country from which they access your content. The new features that we are introducing mean that you can now use Amazon CloudFront for:

  • Mobile Device Detection: You can now cache and deliver customized content to your viewers on different devices (e.g. mobile vs. desktop) based on the value of the User Agent header.

  • Geo Targeting: Amazon CloudFront will now detect the country where your viewer is located and forward the country code to your origin server so that you can personalize content for that viewer without changing the URL.

  • Multi-Site Hosting: If you host multiple applications on the same origin web server, Amazon CloudFront can now be configured to pass the Host Header to your custom origin server and cache responses specific to each host name.

  • Cross Origin Resource Sharing (CORS): You can now configure Amazon CloudFront to cache content based on the Origin Header. This means Amazon CloudFront will respect any CORS rules that your origin server has set up to provide access to the websites you want.

  • Protocol Detection: You can deliver different content to your viewers depending on whether they access your site over HTTP or HTTPS.

There are no additional charges for using this feature. To get started, simply use the Amazon CloudFront API or the AWS Management Console to select all or a whitelist of headers that you want forwarded to your custom origin server. Any header that is forwarded to the origin server will also be used to uniquely identify the object in Amazon CloudFront's cache. You can learn more about this feature by reading the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide or visiting the Amazon CloudFront Detail page.

You can also join our webinar at 10:00 AM PST on July 22nd, 2014 and learn more about "Amazon CloudFront Dynamic Content Delivery - Device Detection, Geo-Targeting, Host Header Forwarding, and CORS Support." Register Here for this Webinar.

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Standing race re-starts among 2015 changes

From next season, safety-car periods will be followed by a standing re-start from the grid. The move is one of a number of 2015 changes announced by Formula One racing's governing body, the FIA, on Thursday. Other revisions to the F1 regulations include tighter restrictions on testing, with a ban on pre-season testing outside Europe, and changes to make the cars' noses both safer and more attractive

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Google adds 'data protection' WARNING to its Euro search results

Wanna see EVERYTHING? Just click the 'use' button. Simples

Google has begun notifying European Union-based netizens that its search results have to respect the 28-member-state bloc's 19-year-old data protection law.…

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McLaren in no rush to decide 2015 driver line-up

McLaren are in no hurry to finalise their 2015 driver line-up and are assessing “every strategy for the future,” according to the team's racing director Eric Boullier. The Woking-based team will revive one of the most famous associations in F1 history next year when they switch to Honda power, making them a potentially attractive proposition for many drivers

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Ofcom to BT Openreach: From now on, you'd better kill 70% of gremlins within 2 days

Deadline for action on copper service kicks in from July

BT faces strict new measures to speed up Openreach repairs on its aged copper infrastructure from the start of next month, the UK's communications watchdog said today.…

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I'll be attending this event tonight - Will you be there too?

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'Occupy Google': Protesters attack ads giant as I/O gets underway

There is no TRY not to be evil, says Yoda, only DO

Google's I/O developer conference is traditionally a time when the company basks in the love of its community: but some other Bay Area residents have been making their displeasure with the Chocolate Factory known in a very vocal fashion.…

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MongoDB pops up in Microsoft and Google data centers

Oracle's NoSQL nightmare inks new pacts, gets into all major clouds

Those expert dealmakers at MongoDB have done it again and have announced freshly-inked agreements that will loft the company's NoSQL database into Google and Microsoft's cloudy data centers.…

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Face up to a double life with hybrid Office 365

Integrating Lync, SharePoint and Exchange

“Cloud first” is Microsoft’s new mantra. The vision is of businesses using Office 365, running in Microsoft’s Global data centres, for collaborating, conferencing, messaging and calendaring.…

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Turnbull to reveal regional FTTN NBN trial

Telstra will build trials of fibre-to-the-node technology for Australia's national broadband network (NBN), according to reports in Comms Day and The Australian Financial Review.…

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Wednesday 25 June 2014

US Supremes just blew Aereo completely out of the water

'This sends a chilling message to the technology industry' Yes, that you have to pay for stuff

The US Supreme Court has ruled against TV-streaming biz Aereo in its copyright case with US broadcasters.…

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New Global Class Schedule for AWS Training

AWS released a new AWS Global Class Schedule tool that provides customers with a centralized view of all AWS Training classes available through both AWS and our APN Training Partners, making it easier for you to register for the class that is most convenient to you. To learn more about AWS Training and sign up for an upcoming class, visit

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New Marketing Analytics Tools for AWS Marketplace Partners

AWS Marketplace is AWS's cloud software store that makes it easy for AWS customers to find, buy, and use software configured especially for the AWS cloud. The Marketplace also helps Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), Value-added Resellers (VARs), and System Integrators (SIs) reach new customers and build their businesses on AWS.

Now, these Marketplace sellers can access and analyze traffic, usage, and revenue data driven by their marketing activities in the AWS Marketplace Management Portal on its Marketing Dashboard. The dashboard makes it easy to understand which activities are resonating with customers, and gives them concrete revenue figures to calculate their marketing ROI. Marketing staff can view their data in time series, and quickly sort, filter, and group data into campaigns to track aggregate results across several marketing activities over time. They can also easily identify trends and make quick visual comparisons using the marketing dashboard's Graph View, a tool that automatically creates configurable graphs of traffic, usage, and revenue performance over time.

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Ricciardo expects Red Bull revival in Britain

Canada race winner Daniel Ricciardo is confident that Red Bull will bounce back immediately from their struggles in Austria, and will be in contention for the top three at next weekend's 2014 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix. The Australian had to settle for eighth place in Sunday's race at Spielberg, while team mate Sebastian Vettel failed to break into Q3 in qualifying and eventually retired while running one lap down

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McLaren: Formbook more volatile in 2014

Formula One racing's pecking order is more open to change this year than in previous seasons according to McLaren racing director Eric Boullier, who believes differing track layouts are responsible for producing swings in the form of most teams. Boullier said Austria had provided evidence of that trend, with a resurgent Williams emerging as Mercedes closest challengers over the weekend

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US trading, energy watchdogs asked: Does Google's Skybox slurp pass the sniff test?

Public Citizen challenges sat firm deal

Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen has asked US energy and trading regulators to probe Google’s acquisition of satellite firm Skybox Imaging, which it claims could give big players in commodities trading an unfair advantage.…

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Juncadella to make F1® practice debut at Silverstone

Force India reserve driver Daniel Juncadella will make his Formula One practice debut at the 2014 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix, the team confirmed on Wednesday. The 23-year-old Spaniard will take the wheel of Nico Hulkenberg's VJM07 for Friday morning's FP1 session before handing the car back to the German for FP2

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Mobile money firm Weve waves goodbye to David Sear

Departing boss looks for some change

David Sear, the boss of mobile money joint venture Weve, has stood down, Mobile, Marketing Week and others have reported.…

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SHOCKER: CIA CIO CAN confirm that AWS cloud safe for big government


In an eyebrow raising presentation the chief information officer for the US's foreign spying wing, the CIA, has praised the cloud computing capabilities of Amazon Web Services and said the agency wants to expand its use of the company's tech.…

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HUMMING about standards is NOT VOTING, says IETF RFC

The sweet sound of rough consensus might need to become a bit more formal

It's nice to know that the 'net boffins of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), while they're dealing with trivia such as building an NSA-proof Internet, working out the next generation of routing protocols, making sure our VoIP calls connect, and slinging the 'net into the outer planets, can still find time for the really important things in life.…

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Wake up, grandad: All the techies use social media

Collaboration is working

Ever since I passed the big five-o, I have noticed more and more youngsters who believe their generation invented something we older guys were using decades ago.…

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Tuesday 24 June 2014

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REAR-END my CLOUD: HDS embiggens its object storage

Stick your content whereever you please

Cloud back-ending is becoming more and more popular with storage system vendors and HDS has added cloud as a storage tier to its HCP object storage offering.…

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F1 ® Party to celebrate 10th anniversary with charity auction

On Wednesday July 2, at London's stunning V&A Museum, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and Formula One Management will host the official launch party for the 2014 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this very special partnership, and the F1 community will be joining together to celebrate in style

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The TRUTH about Google's eyes on your Nest – report

Internet of Things terror: Just when you thought you were all alone in the bath...

Thought your home was safe from corporate surveillance? Think again, because Internet of Stuff supremo Nest is set to share tons of your personal data with its mother company, Google.…

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Should you entrust your systems management to the cloud?

Balancing the risks

Cloud-based security and systems management (CSSM) applications have been going through my lab for testing lately and I find myself seriously weighing their use in production.…

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Google mulls splashing MEEELIONS on laying fat pipe in watery depths

Undersea cable to embiggen bandwidth for private data stash

Google is mulling over splashing some of its cash on a new, multimillion-dollar undersea cable for its private network.…

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Cloud Physics reveals new predictive storage services, cash injection

The cloud knows what happens if you tweak THAT disk

Private cloud analytics outfit Cloud Physics has announced a new funding round and product.…

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Can't wait to see what Apple brings to the party. If it does pack in a host of biometrics it could be a very interesting proposition indeed...

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EFF wants you to open your Wi-Fi to IMPROVE privacy

'It wasn't me officer, it was that drifter on my access point!'

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) wants internet users to go back to the turn of the century and open their wireless networks for anyone to connect, in order to enhance privacy.…

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Vodafone Australia's 'doubles user traffic' on free weekend


Vodafone has unintentionally exposed the miserly behaviour of Australian mobile data users, while hyping data usage over the “free data weekend” it declared to apologise for network outages. It turns out that punters hammered the network with a stunning eight Kbps per user.…

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Monday 23 June 2014

Should NBN Co squeeze a server into FTTN nodes?

There's still time: node design hasn't been settled

Last week, Dell revealed an item of interest in the form of the PowerEdge R420xr, a shortened and ruggedised version of its PowerEdge R420 intended for use in the field by telcos.…

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Microsoft ups OneDrive storage, slashes prices to match Google Drive

Knows you won't use a whole terabyte, gives it to you anyway

The race to the bottom in the cloud storage market continues, with Microsoft lobbing lots more free storage at its consumer customers and slashing prices on the paid tiers of its OneDrive online storage locker by more than 70 per cent.…

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Amazon SES Adds Support For Delivery Notifications

Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) now supports delivery notifications. Delivery notifications enable you to more accurately track your sending by alerting you when Amazon SES successfully delivers your email to a recipient's mail server.

Delivery notifications are provided in the form of Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) messages. You enable delivery notifications by configuring your verified identities to publish these notifications to an Amazon SNS topic of your choice. In addition to a delivery timestamp, delivery notifications include the response of the remote mail server that accepted your message, the length of time Amazon SES took to process the email, and more.

Delivery notifications join the existing bounce and complaint notifications to provide increased transparency into your email sending. To learn more about Amazon SES, visit the Amazon SES detail page. For details about using notifications with Amazon SES, see the Amazon SES Blog.

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Glastonbury debuts festival wide Wi-Fi network - fitted to COWS

A moo-ving moment in Somerset shindig's history

It's one of the great problems of modern times. How does the average thirty-something festival-goer send their friends a Yo while off their chops in some far-flung field?…

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Regcast follow-up: What you think of the open hybrid cloud

In pays to be paranoid

In our recent Regcast, Build an open cloud: say no to silos, Dale Vile from Freeform Dynamics and Peter Mansell from HP discussed why and how to integrate your cloud platforms. To find out what you thought, we polled the audience.…

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Google's Nest div flings HALF an INSTAGRAM at Dropcam buyout

Dropcam? They're the boys who build Wi-Fi webcams

Google's home automation push has a new view of the world after its Nest subsidiary wrote a half-Instagram ($555m) cheque for camera-maker Dropcam.…

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Google's Nest div flings HALF an INSTAGRAM at Dropcam buyout

Dropcam? They're the boys who build Wi-Fi webcams

Google's home automation push has a new view of the world after its Nest subsidiary wrote a half-Instagram ($555m) cheque for camera-maker Dropcam.…

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Shift over, TV firms: LTE Broadcast will nuke current mobile telly tech

Operators love the idea - the reality's a whole new ballgame

Telephone companies could supplant television companies as the source of goggle-box fodder, says mobile phone operator Ericsson as it promotes the new mobile LTE Broadcast specification.…

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An interesting read that makes some good general points about whether your environment is ready for something like Docker.

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How Microsoft's cloud aims to cover the world

A three-pronged strategy

Microsoft has a vision for the cloud. Anyone who has watched this session by the legendary Rick Claus from last year’s AUTechEd already has a basic idea of what this entails.…

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Cisco open-sources experimental cipher

The Borg want to protect traffic privacy in cloud systems

Cisco is offering up an experimental cipher which, among other things, could help preserve the anonymity of data in cloud environments.…

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Sunday 22 June 2014

Sky-scraping boffins mash amateur astronomers into huge virtual telescope

Square Kilometre Array idea brought down to earth with ENHANCE code

Amateur astronomers worried that Big Astronomy would render them obsolete can relax: the kinds of techniques used to create huge virtual telescopes are now being applied to the huge collections of astro-pics published on the Internet.…

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Bottas: The best champagne I've ever tasted

Williams' Valtteri Bottas was almost lost for words after scoring the first podium of his F1 career with third place in Sunday's Formula 1 Grosser Preis von Osterreich 2014. Bottas, who started second on the grid, saw off the challenge of pole-sitting team mate Felipe Massa

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FIA post-race press conference - Austria

DRIVERS: 1 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 2 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 3 - Valtteri Bottas (Williams) PODIUM INTERVIEWS (Conducted by Mark Webber)

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Race - selected team and driver quotes

Jenson Button on his and McLaren's ongoing struggles; team mate Kevin Magnussen on the surprise of losing sixth to the charging Force India of Sergio Perez in the closing stages; and Pastor Maldonado on why he is upbeat about Lotus's progress despite both cars missing the points. The drivers and senior team personnel report back on a captivating and breathless race in Austria

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Race - Rosberg defeats Hamilton in Austrian thriller

Nico Rosberg put Mercedes back on top by scoring his third victory of the year in a barnstorming Grand Prix in Spielberg on Sunday, although Williams duo Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, and then team mate Lewis Hamilton put him under intense pressure throughout. Bottas eventually came home third behind Hamilton, therefore claiming the first podium of his Formula One career, while Massa held on to fourth ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso

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Grosjean to start from pit lane after car changes

Lotus's Romain Grosjean will start Sunday's Formula 1 Grosser Preis von Osterreich 2014 from the pit lane after the team elected to make changes to his car under parc ferme conditions ahead of the race. Grosjean had qualified 16th in Spielberg. The gearbox on the Frenchman's E22 machine was replaced this morning, meaning a five-place grid penalty

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Saturday 21 June 2014

FIA post-qualifying press conference - Austria

Drivers: 1 - Felipe Massa (Williams); 2 - Valtteri Bottas (Williams); 3 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) Q: Felipe, pole for the first time since, I think, Brazil 2008. Describe your emotions now.

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Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes

Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button on their varying fortunes for McLaren; Daniil Kvyat on the significant progress Toro Rosso's upgrades have delivered; Romain Grosjean on why Lotus' struggles could be specific to qualifying. The drivers and senior team personnel give their verdicts on Saturday in Austria...

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Qualifying - Massa takes pole as Williams lock out front row

Felipe Massa claimed his first pole position since 2008 as Williams sensationally locked out the front row of the grid during qualifying in Austria on Saturday afternoon. The Brazilian leapt to the top of the timesheets on his final run, finishing 0.087s ahead of team mate Valtteri Bottas to complete a Williams one-two - the team's first since the 2003 German Grand Prix

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FP3 - Bottas fastest as Williams hit the front in Austria

Williams' Valtteri Bottas topped an incredibly close third and final practice session in Spielberg on Saturday morning, edging Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and team mate Felipe Massa by less than one 0.1s. Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat jumped into fourth in the final moments, ahead of the second Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. Amazingly, just six tenths of a second covered the top eight

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Friday 20 June 2014

Amazon Elastic Transcoder Announces Caption Support

We are excited to let you know that Amazon Elastic Transcoder now includes Captioning Support for video content. Captioning is the process of displaying text that accompanies the video to transcribe the audio portion of the program or translate the audio into a different language. Starting today you can now use Elastic Transcoder to add, remove, or preserve captions as you transcode your video from one format to another.

Captioning Support helps you make your videos easily accessible to a broader set of viewers who are either hearing impaired, consuming the video in noisy environments such as train rides, or want to enjoy a video presented in a language they don’t understand. To get started with this feature, you simply include caption data with each video in your transcoding job. You may transcode embedded broadcast caption formats such as CEA-608 to newer formats such as WebVTT (Web Video Text Tracks) to reach modern internet enabled devices. You may also supply a separate sidecar file (a stand-alone file containing only captions) along with the original caption file to add support for a language that was not included in the original video. Finally, you may include an output DFXP caption file (which is compatible with the SMPTE-TT standard) to prepare content that complies with FCC rules that require captioning support for programs re-shown on the Internet.

There are no additional costs for using Captioning Support with Amazon Elastic Transcoder beyond the normal usage fees for the service. Learn more about all the supported conversions for captions by visiting the Captioning Support section of the Amazon Elastic Transcoder Developer Guide, or by reading the AWS Blog announcement.

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FIA Friday press conference - Canada

Team representatives - Eric Boullier (McLaren), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber), Franz Tost (Toro Rosso), Toto Wolff (Mercedes), Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing), Marco Mattiacci (Ferrari) Q: The World Motor Sport Council meets next week, it's the deadline for regulations for 2015. In yesterday's press conference with the drivers they all said that cost control was the first order of priority

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Amazon Elastic MapReduce now supports IAM roles and federated users

Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) has introduced two new AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) integration features:

First, in addition to allowing AWS IAM users to administer Amazon EMR, you can now let federated users access Amazon EMR or interact with Amazon EMR using an IAM role. Federation allows you to give users in your corporate network secure access to Amazon EMR (and other AWS services) without having to create and manage individual IAM users. To learn more about federation in AWS, click here, and to learn more about IAM roles, click here.

Second, you can now assign an IAM role to the Amazon EMR service. This means you can now assign roles in two ways to Amazon EMR. The new feature gives you the option to limit the overall permissions of the Amazon EMR service - for example, you can control the access that Amazon EMR has to manage Amazon EC2 instances. You also have the current ability to associate an instance profile (essentially a role) with the Amazon EC2 instances in an Amazon EMR cluster, which lets you control the access from within an instance to other AWS services like Amazon S3. To learn more about using Amazon EMR service roles and instance profiles for EC2 in Amazon EMR, click here.

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Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes

Nico Hulkenberg on Force India struggling more than expected on day one in Spielberg; Romain Grosjean on Lotus's encouraging long run pace; Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi on the questions still facing teams after the first two practice sessions. The drivers and senior team personnel give their feedback after an absorbing start in Austria

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FP2 - Hamilton seizes the initiative in Spielberg

Lewis Hamilton snatched the advantage back from team mate Nico Rosberg in second practice in Austria on Friday afternoon, registering a lap time more than three-tenths quicker than the German's best effort. Behind the Mercedes pair, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was again third fastest, fractions ahead of Williams' Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, with Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel rounding out the top five

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EE in giant VoLTE-face as it tries voice calls over Wi-Fi... again

It'll be charged as voice calls and not data usage, promises operator

It may be third time lucky for EE with an attempt to route voice calls over Wi-Fi, as the company has announced it is working on another service which reduces the often prohibitive cost of rolling out coverage to places with few people and difficult terrain.…

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Expert view: What is the forecast for cloud backup?

The outlook is hazy

Even as the number of backup software and appliance vendors grows, cloud backups continue to be a source of confusion and contention.…

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FP1 - Rosberg denies Hamilton and Alonso in Austria

Nico Rosberg went fastest in the first practice session on Austrian soil in 11 years on Friday morning, although Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso both came within four-tenths of a second of demoting the German. Williams' Felipe Massa was fourth as 0.6s covered the next nine drivers, while Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel finished outside the top 12 after both having big moments at Turn 9

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Vodafone AU frees data to atone for outage

Fault started in Western Australia and somehow spread

Vodafone Australia has blamed yesterday's network outage on "transmission network failure" that hit its Western Australian operations.…

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Azure turns on disaster recovery service

Hyper-V Recovery Manager becomes Microsoft Azure Site Recovery

Microsoft has made a small-but-significant change to its Hyper-V Recovery Manager service.…

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That's no plane wreck, that's a Google WiFi balloon

Unplanned splashdown scrambles New Zealand emergency services

Emergency Services in New Zealand town today scrambled to assist what they thought was a downed plane, but actually turned out to be one of Google's Project Loon WiFi-beaming balloons.…

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What you need to know before moving to the cloud

The view from Australia

If you are located in the land Down Under and searching for public cloud hosting, then it might seem that the options available to you are pretty good.…

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Rackspace gives the world the servers Google and Amazon keep secret

New OnMetal service pairs Open Compute Project hardware with CoreOS software for OPEN CLOUD NIRVANA

Troubled hosting company Rackspace has brewed up a life-saving potion based around the secret technologies developed by some of the web's giants.…

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Thursday 19 June 2014

Microsoft to let customers know where Office 365 is going

Public roadmap, early release program for cloudy biz service

Microsoft has launched two new initiatives designed to help its Office 365 business customers more easily anticipate forthcoming changes to the online service, including a public roadmap and a voluntary program that allows customers to receive some updates early.…

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Amazon EC2 Service Limits Report Now Available

Announcing the immediate availability of EC2 Service Limits Report. EC2 Service Limits Report is designed to make it easier for you to view and manage your limits for Amazon EC2 by providing the latest information on service limits and links to quickly request limit increases. EC2 Service Limits Report displays all your service limit information in one place to help you avoid encountering limits on future EC2, EBS, Auto Scaling, and VPC usage.

You can easily access EC2 Service Limits Report by visiting the Reports section of the AWS EC2 Console.

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FIA Thursday press conference - Austria

Amongst the drivers taking part in the official FIA press conference in Spielberg on Thursday were Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who scored a sensational breakthrough victory last time out in Canada, and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso - one of four drivers who have raced at the track before

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Force India request Perez penalty review

Force India have lodged an official request for Sergio Perez's five-place grid penalty to be reviewed in the light of "new elements" relating to his last-lap collision with Williams' Felipe Massa at the previous round in Canada. The FIA stewards at this weekend's Grand Prix in Austria will meet on Friday morning to determine whether the additional evidence

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Broadband bumpkin BONANZA: 8 altnets shortlisted for £10m subsidy

Wireless and satellite tests will soon be underway

The government has earmarked a £10m wad of broadband cash for eight outfits whose bids were shortlisted for what the Ministry of Fun described as the "feasibility stage" to bring faster internet connections to hard-to-reach parts of Blighty.…

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BT and TalkTalk BOTH claim victory as Ofcom tackles fibre price row

Margin squeeze: Freedom is all relative, don't you know

TalkTalk claims it has won a crucial battle in its war against BT over the latter's alleged stranglehold of Blighty's fibre broadband market.…

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Robbie Williams added to star-studded Singapore concert line-up

Robbie Williams is the latest big-name act to join the spectacular line-up of international headliners who will be performing over the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix weekend. Williams, who has sold more than 70 million albums as a solo artist and as a member of boy band Take That, will be making his first appearance in Singapore for 13 years

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What the ZUCK: Facebook recovers after HORROR OUTAGE

Stock price PLUMMETS after social media disaster

Facebook is recovering from the Cluster-Zuck disaster outage which saw its stock plummet and fans rush into the arms of its sworn enemy, Twitter.…

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FIA press conference schedule - Austria

Amongst the drivers who will take part in the official FIA press conference in Spielberg on Thursday will be Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who scored a sensational breakthrough victory last time out in Canada, and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso

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Snowden's HELPING public clouds says VMware hybrid head

First you were scared, now you are awed

VMware's senior veep and general manager for Hybrid Cloud Service Bill Fathers has told the Gigaom Structure conference that Edward Snowden's revelations about NSA snoopery have turned out to be a good thing for the hybrid cloud.…

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Vodafone AU network stalked by new Vodafail

Punters report ... nothing. Not a peep. Not even a TXT

Vodafone Australia's infamous Vodafail appears to have returned, with punters across the nation reporting ... nothing. Which to say no ability to make calls or send text messages.…

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Wednesday 18 June 2014

EXPLICIT PICS: We take you inside Adobe's Creative Cloud update

Ink, Slide, better mobe integration = no sleep for designers

Adobe has announced a revamp of its Creative Cloud suite, updating 14 core apps and adding new mobile apps and hardware too.…

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Adobe all smiles as arty types spaff cash on non-cloud Creative Suite

Perpetual licence stampede spurs 15% profit spike

A late rally from Adobe customers wanting to buy software on a perpetual license before that option closed this month, coupled with a swelling base of cloudy converts, helped boost the developer's coffers in its fiscal second quarter.…

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THREE'S A CLOUD! Microsoft veep says only Azure, Amazon and Google are hyper

No hint of any threesome between rivals

There are only three companies capable of delivering hyperscale cloud computing, the head of Microsoft’s Azure declared yesterday.…

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Speaking in Tech: Electronic data and the law – how compelling is an email as proof?

If you want 'to be destructive, there are a lot of ways to do that'

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Operators shackled to GSM, so Huawei ties GSM to LTE

Base station test on Vodafone test range demos spectrum coexistence

Huawei and Vodafone have run a trial in Spain that demonstrated GSM and LTE transmissions co-existing on the same spectrum.…

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Tuesday 17 June 2014

Amazon looks at Google's cheap SSDs, slashes its own prices

Bezos's great deflationary tech machine whirrs on

Sometimes Amazon's entire purpose as a company seems to be to act as a deflationary force on the economy, and this is especially apparent in its cloud services.…

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CloudFormation supports VPC peering, EBS encryption, additional CloudFront configuration and more

AWS CloudFormation now supports VPC peering, EBS encryption, additional CloudFront configuration and more. You can now use CloudFormation to configure these AWS features:

  • VPC peering

  • EBS encryption and the new General Purpose (SSD) volume type

  • CloudFront configuration for uploading content, specifying viewer certificate for HTTPS, and more

  • EC2 instance initiated shutdown behavior

  • Auto Scaling placement group configuration

  • Provisioning CloudTrail Trails for logging AWS API calls

AWS CloudFormation simplifies resource provisioning and management for a wide range of AWS services. The CloudFormation service quickly and reliably provisions application architectures (or ‘stacks’) that you model in the CloudFormation template files. You can also easily update or replicate the stacks as needed.

Learn more and get started with AWS CloudFormation:

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

Your home will never auto-refill itself with food'n'drink, folks

In today's incredible Internet of Stuff Things world, the fridge is going to tell us we need to restock it with more milk and butter. What bunch of nutters thought this idea up?…

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Caterham confirm Stevens for post-race Silverstone test

Caterham have announced that test driver Will Stevens will drive the team's CT05 on the first of two days of testing at Silverstone following July's 2014 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix. Stevens, currently fourth in the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series with 68 points, made his F1 debut with the Leafield-based squad during last year's young driver test at the Northamptonshire venue

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Virgin Media boss AND ex-Murdoch man: BSkyB broadband is 'lousy'

His own firm is a shining example for them to follow - not

Virgin Media boss Tom Mockridge has lashed out at BSkyB by claiming that its broadband service is "lousy".…

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Huawei WILL make a comeback to US market, policy wonk predicts

Back doors? Are we talking about the NSA now?

A senior member of a prestigious US think tank has predicted the US government will eventually cave in and roll out the red carpet to Chinese networking giant Huawei.…

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Introducing the Amazon EBS General Purpose (SSD) volume type

We are pleased to introduce the Amazon EBS General Purpose (SSD) volume type. General Purpose (SSD) volumes are our new default Amazon EBS storage option and are suitable for a broad range of use cases, including small to medium-sized databases, development and test environments, and boot volumes.

Backed by Solid-State Drives (SSDs), General Purpose (SSD) volumes provide the ability to burst to 3,000 IOPS per volume, independent of volume size, to meet the performance needs of most applications and also deliver a consistent baseline of 3 IOPS/GB. General Purpose (SSD) volumes offer the same five nines of availability and durable snapshot capabilities as other volume types. Pricing and performance for General Purpose (SSD) volumes are simple and predictable. You pay for each GB of storage you provision, and there are no additional charges for I/O performed on a volume. Prices start as low as $0.10/GB.

You can now choose between three Amazon EBS volume types to best meet the needs of your workloads: General Purpose (SSD), Provisioned IOPS (SSD), and Magnetic volumes. General Purpose (SSD) volumes are suitable for a broad range of workloads, including small to medium-sized databases, development and test environments, and boot volumes. Provisioned IOPS (SSD) volumes offer storage with consistent and low-latency performance, are designed for I/O-intensive applications such as large relational or NoSQL databases, and allow you to choose the level of performance you need. Magnetic volumes, formerly known as Standard volumes, provide the lowest cost per gigabyte of all Amazon EBS volume types and are ideal for workloads where data is accessed infrequently and applications where the lowest storage cost is important.

It’s easy to create a new General Purpose (SSD) volume with a few clicks in the AWS Management Console. If you have an existing volume you would like to migrate to a General Purpose (SSD) volume, you can simply take a snapshot, and use the snapshot to create a new General Purpose (SSD) volume.

To learn more please see the Amazon EBS details page.

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Google slings SSD persistent disks at huge 'n' hungry servers

Flash! Ah-ahhhh! Savior of the Google Cloud

Google has given admins a far faster medium to store data in when fiddling around with servers on its cloud.…

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Monday 16 June 2014

Linode busts up Digital Ocean with price-matching speedy server

Penguin vs Penguin as prices plunge in Linux clouds

The world's ferocious appetite for gadgets and computers has worked its magic again, driving storage prices down enough for Linux hoster Linode to cut the price of its servers, making it competitive with young rival Digital Ocean.…

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Do data centers dream of electric sheep? Microsoft announces machine learning cloud

New Azure service sees Redmond open up a bit of its brain to developers

Microsoft is flinging some of its internal machine learning tech up into the cloud, putting its Azure service ahead of rival products from Google and Amazon.…

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Top Canadian court: Cops need warrant to get names from ISPs

Decision could scupper nascent cyberbullying, privacy bills

Canadian ISPs can no longer simply hand over customer information without a warrant after the country’s Supreme Court ruled that internet users were entitled to a "reasonable" expectation of privacy.…

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Google Fit will slurp YOUR heartbeat, weight, blood pressure from gizmos

Just hook us up to the damn Matrix and be done with it

If you have a disease that you don't want anyone to know about, maybe you shouldn't have it in the first place.…

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Microsoft Catapults geriatric Moore's Law from CERTAIN DEATH

FPGAs DOUBLE data center throughput despite puny power pump-up, we're told

Microsoft has found a way to massively increase the compute capabilities of its data centers, despite the fact that Moore's Law is wheezing towards its inevitable demise.…

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Schumacher out of coma, leaves hospital

Michael Schumacher, who suffered serious head injuries in a skiing accident last December, is no longer in a coma, according to his management. Furthermore, the seven-time world champion has now left Grenoble's University Hospital in France to 'continue his long phase of rehabilitation'

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Virtual Africa is the logical target for IP address colonists

The last great global IPv4 stash is up held by the region that might need them the most

Regrettable incidents like Microsoft's address reassignment are a reminder that IPv4 address exhaustion is becoming so acute it's impacting real operations.…

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Satellite 'net hype ignores realpolitik

Will tinpot regimes welcome satellite broadband?

Google is generating lots of utopian excitement with its various airborne Internet plans – Project Loon, its satellite acquisitions, its work with O3b (the “other three billion”). But is technology all that stands in the way of connectivity?…

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Friday 13 June 2014

FCC launches probe into Verizon/Netflix spat

Commission will figure out whether video traffic was deliberately throttled

The Federal Communications Commision (FCC) has announced it will investigate whether Verizon deliberately slowed traffic from Netflix.…

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Angelina Jolie 2.0 NOT an inspiration for Huawei phones, says exec

She was 'the most attractive woman in the world ... several years ago'

Huawei’s head of mobile phone design reassured journalists last week that its future phones and tablets will look nothing like Angelina Jolie. Or, at least, nothing like the current incarnation of the stick-thin, slightly scary actress-turned-humanitarian crusader.…

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Google in talks to nail Virgin as 'partner' in satellite internet plan

Will invest millions in JV and take stake in Galactic – report

Google is reportedly in talks with Virgin Galactic for a multi-million dollar joint venture and an equity stake in the business, according to Sky News.…

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Austria preview quotes - Mercedes on Spielberg

Austria will host a Formula One Grand Prix for the first time in more than a decade when the paddock travels to Spielberg for round eight of the 2014 championship on June 20-22. One of the key talking points will be whether Nico Rosberg can extend his championship advantage, or whether Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton can bounce back from retirement in Montreal to once again close in on the points lead.

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CIA rendition jet was waiting in Europe to SNATCH SNOWDEN

Unmarked Gulfstream tracked as it passed above UK

As the whistleblowing NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden made his dramatic escape to Russia a year ago, a secret US government jet - previously employed in CIA "rendition" flights on which terror suspects disappeared into invisible "black" imprisonment - flew into Europe in a bid to spirit him back to America, the Register can reveal.…

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Chocolate Factory preps health data cloud slurp

Google wants to tap into your bloodstream

“If you have a disease that you don't want anyone to know about, maybe you shouldn't have it in the first place”.…

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Microsoft runs out of US IPv4 addresses for Azure servers

Redmond giving some servers a Brazilian, promises all the action is on US soil

Microsoft's Azure cloud service has run out of US-based IPv4 addresses.…

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Japan's DOCOMO suggests wearable SIM cards

One SIM to rule them all, one SIM to bind them ...

Japanese mobile carrier DoCoMo has come up with an interesting idea: a wearable SIM card that authenticates all your devices on its network under a single account.…

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Cisco: You think the internet is clogged with video now? Just wait until 2018

'We are firmly in the Zettabyte Era,' says networking megafirm exec in new report

Networking megafirm Cisco has released a numbingly comprehensive report forecasting IP traffic up to and including 2018, which comes to the unsurprising conclusion that the market from which Cisco earns its bread and butter will continue to balloon for the foreseeable future.…

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Thursday 12 June 2014

Google discovers it must expose itself to compete with AWS

Cloud competition forces Page & Co. to open its brain and give some of it to developers

Google is giving away some of its internal technologies in an attempt to beat Amazon in one area where Bezos may be loathe to compete: transparency.…

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AWS SDK for iOS Version 2 - Developer Preview

AWS SDK for iOS Version 2 is now in Developer Preview. We have re-built it from the ground up to conform to Objective-C conventions and take advantage of new features in the Cocoa framework. The new SDK will also improve interoperability with a number of other frameworks and projects in the iOS developer ecosystem.


  1. Amazon DynamoDB Object Mapper - We have made it easier to use DynamoDB from the AWS SDK for iOS by providing the DynamoDB Object Mapper for iOS. The DynamoDB Object Mapper makes it easy to set up connections to a DynamoDB database and supports high-level operations like creating, getting, querying, updating, and deleting records.

  2. S3TransferManager - We have rebuilt the S3TransferManager to utilize BFTask. It has a clean interface, and all of the operations are now asynchronous.

  3. ARC support - The SDK is now ARC enabled from the ground up to improve overall memory management.

  4. BFTask support - Async methods with complex logic often cause deeply nested blocks in Objective-C. With native BFTask support, you can chain async requests instead of nesting them. This makes the logic cleaner while keeping the code more readable.

  5. Conforming Objective-C recommendations - We are better at conforming to Objective-C best practices. The SDK returns NSErrors instead of throwing exceptions. iOS developers will now feel at home when using the AWS Mobile SDK.

  6. Official Cocoapods support - Including the AWS SDK for iOS in your project is now easier than ever. You just need to add pod "AWSiOSSDKv2" to your Podfile.

Try out the new features, give us feedback, and help shape the final design. You can get the SDK here.

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Amazon S3 now supports Server Side Encryption with Customer-provided Keys (SSE-C)

With SSE-C, Amazon S3 encrypts your data, on your behalf, using keys that you provide. Your key is discarded immediately after your request, and your key is never stored by S3. Since Amazon S3 performs the encryption for you, you get the benefits of using your encryption keys without the cost of writing or executing your own encryption code.

In addition to REST API updates, the AWS SDKs for Java, Ruby, PHP, and. NET provide the necessary functionality to leverage SSE-C. You can learn how to use SSE with Customer-provided Keys today by visiting the Using SSE with Customer-provided Keys topic in the Amazon S3 Developer Guide.

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SNS now has Windows support, and China Android support with Baidu

We have added the following features to Amazon SNS:

Windows push notifications support. Now, you can use Amazon SNS to send push notifications to Windows Phone devices and Windows 8 desktops. SNS supports the Windows Push Notification Service (WNS) for Windows 8 desktops, and also for Windows Phone 8.1 and higher. Amazon SNS also supports the Microsoft Push Notification Service for older Windows Phone 7 apps.

China Android support with Baidu Cloud Push. Baidu Cloud Push lets you deliver push notifications to Android devices in China via any Android app store, from all AWS Regions except Govcloud (US). Delivering push notifications in China on Android is more complex than other parts of the world. With many different app stores and push services, our customers are now realizing that this is a difficult issue to solve and have asked for additional options. In order to allow app developers to address this large and rapidly growing market and to avoid having to customize their code for every app store, Amazon SNS can now deliver messages to users in China through the Baidu Cloud Push, regardless of the app store that they use.

Message Attributes: Message attributes allow you to provide structured metadata items (such as timestamps, geospatial data, signatures, and identifiers) about the message. Message attributes are optional and separate from, but sent along with, the message body. This information can be used by the receiver of the message to help decide how to handle the message without having to first process the message body. You can use SNS message attributes in conjunction with SQS and mobile push endpoints.

These new features are available now, and you can start using them immediately. To start sending messages today, please visit the SNS Getting Started Guide.

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LEAKED: Redmond not allowed to sell 'Nokia' smartphones after 2015

WP will be even more finished when it's finished - Belfiore

Microsoft has 18 months left to use the Nokia brand name on its smartphones and mutant Androids, according to leaked notes prepared for internal marketing guidance.…

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Let cloud apps manage your systems – if you have nothing to hide

Balance risks versus rewards

There are a growing number of cloud-based security and systems management (CSSM) applications available to consumers and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and I am ambivalent about their use.…

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Verizon: Only a CROWD of storage tech firms can hold up our hefty cloud

Mega telco hooked up to HDS, Oracle, NetApp ... you name it

While Verizon has adopted Amplidata’s Himalaya object technology for its Cloud Storage service, it told The Register that this does not mean it has given up on HDS’s Content Platform (HCP) – which is also object-based.…

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Psst. We've got 400Gb/s Ethernet working - but don't tell anyone

In the future you'll be able to stream ALL THE FILMS

Californian company Ixia has shown what it claims is the the world’s first functioning 400Gb/s Higher Speed Ethernet test rig, based on the IEEE P802.3bs protocol. The company says that this bandwidth is sufficient for 50,000 simultaneous high definition Netflix video streams.…

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FCC boss threatens to BRING WRATH DOWN on states that limit broadband competition

Commission may overrule laws that restrict public networks

The head of the US Federal Communications Commission has threatened to take action against states that limit the ability of cities to build their own broadband networks.…

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Wednesday 11 June 2014

HP cloudy bigwig: the Helion train is steaming ahead

Jumping on the enterprise version will cost $1,400 a server per year

A "full blown" commercial release of HP's Helion enterprise edition should hit the market in the dead of summer - a little later than expected - priced at $1,400 a year per server.…

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US telco titan Verizon floats storage clouds over Himalaya

Amplidata sets off on data mountain expedition

It looks like Verizon is parking its storage atop the cloudy peaks of Amplidata’s Himalaya object storage architecture.…

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Speaking in Tech: LIVE from San Francisco's Cloud Foundry Summit

'Douche canoes', 'bro culture' and - of course - cloud

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TalkTalk whips BT with riding crop over sport fibs in telly ad

Watchdog agrees that one-time state monopoly misled viewers

Budget telco TalkTalk - whose boss Dido Harding probably knows a thing or two about sportsmanship having once competed as a jockey - has successfully challenged a BT advert for misleading television viewers.…

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Troubled Truecrypt the ONLY OPTION for S3, but Amazon stays silent

No noise from web warehouse as hacking rumours fly.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has kept mum on whether it will dump the troubled TrueCrypt platform used to encrypt data data imported and exported to its Simple Storage Service (S3).…

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Google calls on carriers to craft IoT plans

$40 a month to send a heartbeat too much, says Chocolate Factory

Google has offered up some uncommon good sense about the Internet of Things, telling a US conference that cheap networking is more important than fast networking for IoT applications.…

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Nokia Siemens slurps Oz filter maker Mesaplexx

Signal booster makes small cells punch above their weight

A seven-year-old Australian radio filter specialist has been bought by Nokia Siemens Networks to bolster its position in the small-cell and “hetnet” market.…

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Tuesday 10 June 2014

Kiwis get cracking with gigabit residential broadband

Copper not 'good enough' says UF CEO

While Australians wait for a copper network “upgrade” that can't be guaranteed to deliver better than 25 Mbps, a speed war has broken out across the Tasman, with residential gigabit plans arriving at wholesale prices that could see households pay under $NZ100 per month.…

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HP plots Amazon assault with bellicose Helion channel army

We few, we happy few, we band of... CLOUDS?

HP is building a clone army to take on Amazon's mammoth cloud.…

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Salesforce slings software for … sigh … wearables


Salesforce chief Marc Benioff runs his business from his phone and is annoyed that his favorite hotels don't recognize him when he walks in the door.…

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Tata launches F1 ® Connectivity Innovation Prize

Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™ today unveils the F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize - a global platform that will engage international brainpower against the demanding backdrop of Formula One racing. By assembling an unprecedented calibre of Formula One judges and a coveted US $50,000 prize fund, the prize will foster and reward innovative and creative thinking in connectivity

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Cisco pitches small cells into BYOD-heavy enterprises

Seeks partners for nanocell biz

With the acquisition of UK small-cell outfit Ubiquisys completed last month, The Borg's next step is to line up the channel, and to that end, it's announced a partner program to help carriers convince companies they need indoor 3G/4G cells on their campuses.…

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Monday 9 June 2014

Netflix agrees to end warnings in Verizon slowdown spat

Says carrier's speeds are still among the worst, though

Netflix is backing down in its battle with Verizon over the speed of its streaming video service on the carrier's network.…

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Mesosphere gets $10.5m to design a Google-grade data center OS

Apache Mesos startup rakes in the cash to bring megacloud guts to private data centers

The starting gun has been fired on the race to build the fundamental software for modern cloud data centers, and Mesosphere is running ahead with an armful of dollar bills.…

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Sunday 8 June 2014

FIA post-race press conference - Canada

Drivers: 1 - Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing); 2 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 3 - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) PODIUM INTERVIEWS (Conducted by Jean Alesi) Q: Daniel, what a race. I've been really suffering in the last laps with you. Tell us about this first win.

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Race - selected team and driver quotes

Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton on their differing fortunes; McLaren's Jenson Button on surging from eighth to fourth in the final two laps; and Max Chilton on his lap one crash with Marussia team mate Jules Bianchi. The drivers and senior team personnel report back on a wild, thrilling race in Canada

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Chilton handed Austria grid penalty for Bianchi clash

Max Chilton will drop three places on the grid for the Formula 1 Grosser Preis von Osterreich 2014 after being penalised for his lap one crash with Marussia team mate Jules Bianchi. The pair headed into Turn 3 side by side, but as they exited the right hander Chilton lost the rear of his Marussia and ended up sliding into Bianchi

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Race - Ricciardo triumphs in Montreal thriller

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo claimed his maiden Grand Prix win in a drama-filled race in Canada on Sunday, overtaking Nico Rosberg's ailing Mercedes just three laps from the finish. Sebastian Vettel claimed third in the second RB10, with McLaren's Jenson Button inheriting fourth after Force India's Sergio Perez and Williams' Felipe Massa collided heavily as they started the final lap

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Red bull announce new agreement with Newey

Red Bull have put an end to speculation over designer Adrian Newey's future with the team by confirming they have extended their relationship with a new multi-year agreement. However, Newey's brief is set to expand beyond Formula One racing. “Adrian will work on new Red Bull Technology projects, as well as advising and mentoring Infiniti Red Bull Racing as it develops its Formula One cars over the next few seasons

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Saturday 7 June 2014

Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes

Nico Rosberg on beating Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton to pole for the second race in succession; Sebastian Vettel on an excellent third for Red Bull; and Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa on Williams' best team qualifying effort since 2006. All 22 drivers and senior team personnel give their verdicts on Saturday in Montreal

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FIA post-qualifying press conference - Canada

Drivers: 1 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 2 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 3 - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) Q: Nico, your first pole here in Montreal, and given Lewis' record here over the years you must be delighted? Nico Rosberg: I'm not really aware of Lewis' record

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Qualifying - Rosberg beats Hamilton to pole in Canada

Nico Rosberg pulled out all the stops to pip Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton to pole position in Montreal on Saturday afternoon. The German produced quicker laps than the Briton over both of his Q3 runs, eventually finishing 0.079s ahead of his championship rival. Behind the Silver Arrows, Sebastian Vettel claimed third for Red Bull, whilst Williams impressed with fourth and fifth for Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa.

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Gutierrez to miss qualifying with chassis damage

Esteban Gutierrez will be forced to sit out qualifying in Montreal after Sauber determined that his chassis needs to be changed following a crash in FP3. The Mexican lost the rear of his C33 coming through Turn 3 and slid sideways into the wall on the outside of Turn 4

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FP3 - Hamilton blitzes field in final Montreal practice session

Lewis Hamilton fired an ominous warning ahead of qualifying in Canada as he finished half a second clear of the field in the third and final practice on Saturday morning. Williams' Felipe Massa, meanwhile, put the cat amongst the pigeons by outpacing the second Mercedes of Nico Rosberg, as Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo completed the top five

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Friday 6 June 2014

FIA Friday press conference - Canada

Team representatives - Dave Greenwood (Marussia), Andrew Green (Force India), Giampaolo Dall'Ara (Sauber), Pat Fry (Ferrari), Paddy Lowe (Mercedes) Q: Dave can we start with you? Obviously points for the team in Monaco - that must be a huge boost, a huge encouragement to the team. Can you tell us about the reaction within the team and also how you got there, the work that was involved in that?

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Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg on another impressive day; Daniel Ricciardo on extracting more from his RB10; Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat on an incident-afflicted day. The drivers and senior team personnel give their feedback after an intriguing first day in Montreal

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FP2 - Hamilton shades Rosberg and Vettel in Canada

Lewis Hamilton returned Mercedes to the top of the timesheets on Friday afternoon in Montreal, although team mate Nico Rosberg and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel both came within half a second of beating the Briton. Kimi Raikkonen edged Ferrari team mate Fernando Alonso in the fight for fourth, with Williams duo Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas - both of whom impressed over long runs - rounding out the top seven

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FP1 - Alonso outpaces Mercedes duo in Montreal

Fernando Alonso issued a statement of intent by hauling Ferrari to the top of the timesheets in first practice in Canada on Friday morning, above the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Behind the top three - who were covered by little more than one tenth of a second - Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel beat Williams' Valtteri Bottas and team mate Daniel Ricciardo to fourth in an error-strewn session.

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Ofcom's campaign against termination rates continues

We're going to get this down to halfpence if it kills, well, someone

Regulator Ofcom is taking another step towards the elimination of mobile termination costs. The Mobile Termination Rate is the amount of money a company earns for handling an incoming call.…

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Canon offers a cloud just for still photos, not anything else. Weird

If you have only a camera and a desktop computer, this is for YOU

Japanese camera and printer behemoth Canon has started up a cloud photo storage service called irista.…

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Snooping on a NetApp event: New cloudy OS on its way

We do the digging so you don't have to

Social media can deliver multiple micro-glimpses of previously closed events, like a NetApp analysts event in San Francisco yesterday which revealed a new OS - Cloud ONTAP - and a coming Connect product for mobile access.…

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Pirelli announce tyre nominations up to Hungary

Formula One tyre suppliers Pirelli have announced their compound nominations for the 2014 Grands Prix to be held in Austria, Great Britain, Germany and Hungary. For the returning Austrian round, Pirelli will bring the two softest compounds in their P Zero range: the yellow-marked soft and the red-marked supersoft

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Announcing a Preview of Amazon Elastic MapReduce commands on the AWS Command Line Interface

A Preview of commands for Amazon Elastic MapReduce on the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) is now available. The Preview gives you early access to try these commands, and it gives us the opportunity to receive feedback and iterate on the design before it becomes generally available. These new commands will allow you to create, describe, manage, and terminate your Amazon EMR clusters using the AWS CLI. Additionally, the AWS CLI makes it easy to interact with other AWS services from a single client and is easy to install. During the Preview, we request your feedback on our new Amazon EMR commands. Please send your feedback to, and we appreciate your input!

You can enable the Preview and use the new commands for Amazon EMR on the AWS CLI by entering “$ aws configure set preview.emr true” on the AWS CLI. If you have previously installed the AWS CLI, please upgrade to version 1.3.15 to access the Preview. If you have not installed the AWS CLI, please click here for installation instructions and here for configuration instructions. To learn more about the new commands and which commands are available, type “$ aws emr help” after you enable the Preview.

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Announcing a Preview of Amazon Elastic MapReduce commands on the AWS Command Line Interface

A Preview of commands for Amazon Elastic MapReduce on the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) is now available. The Preview gives you early access to try these commands, and it gives us the opportunity to receive feedback and iterate on the design before it becomes generally available. These new commands will allow you to create, describe, manage, and terminate your Amazon EMR clusters using the AWS CLI. Additionally, the AWS CLI makes it easy to interact with other AWS services from a single client and is easy to install. During the Preview, we request your feedback on our new Amazon EMR commands. Please send your feedback to, and we appreciate your input.

You can enable the Preview and use the new commands for Amazon EMR on the AWS CLI by entering “$ aws configure set preview.emr true” on the AWS CLI. If you have previously installed the AWS CLI, please upgrade to version 1.3.15 to access the Preview. If you have not installed the AWS CLI, please click here for installation instructions and here for configuration instructions. To learn more about the new commands and which commands are available, type “$ aws emr help” after you enable the Preview.

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Thursday 5 June 2014

Verizon threatens Netflix in video lag blame game

Carrier threatens to release its (legal) hounds over flick-flinger's error messages

Verizon is threatening legal action against Netflix after the streaming video service began streaming error messages that blame Verizon for slow network traffic.…

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FIA Thursday press conference - Canada

Drivers - Adrian Sutil (Sauber), Nico Hulkenberg (Force India), Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham), Felipe Massa (Williams), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Jenson Button (McLaren) Q: Jenson, we'll start with you if we may. A 2011 winner here, of course, memorably, and you're currently eighth in the championship. This circuit has the famous wall of champions on the outside of the final corner

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Sprint closes in on multi-BEELLION dollar gobble of T-Mobile

Values wireless carrier at around $40 a share

The question - not if - but when Sprint would snap up T-Mobile in the US moved one step closer to reality today, after the wireless carrier was reportedly valued at nearly $40 a share.…

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