Friday 31 October 2014

Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes

Valtteri Bottas on why he believesWilliams have pace in hand; Sebastian Vettel on the frustrations of gearbox issues on his Red Bull RB10; Felipe Nasr on the exhilaration of driving on the Circuit of The Americas for the first time. The drivers and senior team personnel report back on the first day of action in Austin

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FP2 - Hamilton edges Rosberg by the narrowest of margins

Lewis Hamilton shaded Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg by just 0.003s in FP2 in the United States on Friday afternoon, although the Briton later suffered technical issues that brought his running in Austin to an early end. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was the Silver Arrows' closest challenger, while his team mate Kimi Raikkonen was sixth, fractions behind Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Williams' Felipe Massa

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FIA confirms Vettel will start from Austin pit lane

Sebastian Vettel will start the 2014 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix from the pit lane after the sport's governing body the FIA confirmed that he will use his sixth power unit of the season in Austin. Vettel's Red Bull RB10 will use an entirely new power unit in the US - which means it will be fitted with a new engine, turbo, MGU-K, MGU-H, energy store and control electronics system

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FP1 - Hamilton sets the early pace in Austin

Lewis Hamilton made a promising start to this weekend's race in the United States, topping the timesheet in FP1 on Friday, a quarter of a second ahead of Mercedes team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg. Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat was an impressive fourth, sandwiched by the McLarens of Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen, whilst Ferrari's Fernando Alonso finished in sixth

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Sky ponders 200,000-customer MVNO 'trial'. Soft launch, anyone?

A decade of 'will they, won't they' rumours reawaken

Rupert Murdoch’s Sky is looking to become a mobile network in partnership with Vodafone, which would help tout services to the telly company’s five million customers.…

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Marc Benioff tethers Salesforce cloud to Blighty

First European data centre spotted off west London

Salesforce has opened its first European data centre in the UK.…

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Samsung launches 'perfect pair' of skinny mid-range phones

A3 and A5 to paper over cracks in finances

The world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturer has unveiled two new Galaxy devices aimed at halting its falling market share and plummeting profits.…

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How many telecoms firms left in Europe? Another mega-billion deal slated in France

Numericable's acquistion of Vivendi's SFR approved

French cable telecoms operator Numericable has won conditional approval for its multi-billion-euro takeover of Vivendi's SFR mobile network operator, paving the way for the firm to close the deal by the end of the year.…

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Thursday 30 October 2014

Brazil greenlights $200m internet cable to Europe in bid to outfox NSA

Only one problem: it won't make the slightest difference. And they know it

Brazil is moving ahead with plans to build an "anti-NSA" internet cable to Europe, even though it won't make the slightest difference to spying efforts.…

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Qualifying format revised due to Caterham and Marussia absence

Formula One racing will adopt a revised qualifying format for this weekend's 2014 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin following the withdrawal of Caterham and Marussia from the event. Now, instead of the slowest six cars being eliminated from Q1 with six more following in Q2, the stewards have decided that the slowest four cars will exit in Q1, followed by another four in Q2. The top ten Q3 shootout will remain the same

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Verizon set to pay $64 MEEELLION for overbilling customers

Company looks to settle charges of bloating family bills

Verizon has agreed to pay $64m to settle claims that the mobile carrier overcharged some customers on their bills.…

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FIA Thursday press conference - United States

Drivers - Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber), Sergio Perez (Force India), Valtteri Bottas (Williams), Romain Grosjean (Lotus), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) PRESS CONFERENCE

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EE launches 150Mbps '4G+' in Central London

LTE-A - Faster phones for Hoxton Hipsters

Mobile network EE has announced that higher speed LTE-A is now available in select areas. This will give speeds of up to 150Mbps.…

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Watch out, Samsung and Apple: Xiaomi's No 3 in smartphones now

From obscurity to selling 19 million mobes a quarter

Chinese Android mobile firm and fierce Apple rival Xiaomi has nabbed the third place finish in the world’s largest smartphone vendors just three years after first setting up shop.…

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Bianchi remains critical but stable, to stay in Japan

Jules Bianchi remains in a critical but stable condition four weeks after his accident in Japan, Marussia have confirmed. The team added that Bianchi will remain in the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi, Japan, and that doctors are taking things 'step by step'

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Ferrari impressed by Ocon after Fiorano test

Ferrari said they were impressed by Esteban Ocon's speed and competence after handing the 18-year-old a test in their 2010 F10 car around Fiorano on Wednesday. The run was part of Ocon's prize for winning this year's FIA Formula Three Championship in his rookie season

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This time it's SO REAL: Overcoming the open-source orgasm myth with TODO

If the web giants need it to work, hey, maybe it'll work

What can the world learn from Google, Twitter and Facebook - apart from how to make millions through ads flinging? How to run a successful open-source project.…

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Amazon's hybrid cloud: our cloud plus Microsoft's control freak

Plug-in for System Centre can wrangle EC2 instances alongside other VMs

Hybrid clouds are the new black: world+dog has decided that some workloads just won't ever ascend into the elastosphere, but that running a private and public cloud from separate control freaks is a dumb idea.…

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Has the United Nations taken over the Internet yet?

Impress at your next dinner party with this primer on what's happening at the ITU gabfest

For the past five days, and the next nine, dozens of government representatives are in Busan, Korea discussing changes to the international telecommunications regime.…

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Wednesday 29 October 2014

AWS Systems Manager for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager is Now Available

AWS Systems Manager for SCVMM lets you administer your AWS resources using SCVMM. Now you can monitor and manage your EC2 for Windows instances in the AWS Cloud, as well as on-premises virtual machines—from the SCVMM console.

AWS Systems Manager for SCVMM is available to download and install as an add-in to SCVMM. The add-in leverages AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles to authenticate to Amazon EC2. Once setup, you can view all EC2 for Windows instances by region and availability zone, in addition to other hypervisors and environments already supported within SCVMM. You can use the SCVMM interface to perform common maintenance tasks such as restarting, stopping, and removing instances, as well as remotely accessing an instance using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).

To get started, visit the documentation page and download Systems Manager for SCVMM here.


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FCC boss clears way for internet TV and dismantling of cable bundles

Wheeler says web services no different from broadcast channels

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has outlined a plan which could lead to a change in the way Americans pay for television and internet services.…

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FIA press conference schedule - United States

Mercedes' championship leader Lewis Hamilton, Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo - the only man to have beaten the Silver Arrows to victory this season - and the Mexican duo of Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez will be among the six drivers in the official FIA press conference in Austin on Thursday

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Moments in time - United States special

Believe it or not, the Circuit of The Americas in Austin is the tenth US venue to have hosted a round of the Formula One world championship. In this special edition of our regular 'Moments in time' series - which explores the history of Grands Prix through selected iconic images - we take a look at each of them in turn

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Dragon's Outsourcery flaunts cloud bazaar credentials

'Still a lot of distrust for cloudening among these gov primitives', admit biz chiefs

Outsourcery is crowing about the O-Cloud platform receiving pan government accreditation - IL2 in old money - that will allow it to unleash IaaS and hosted Microsoft apps on tech buyers in the Digital Marketplace.…

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Ferrari to trial 2015 developments in the USA and Brazil

Ferrari will trial a range of 2015 solutions at the forthcoming races in Austin and Sao Paulo after identifying the exact areas in which they need to improve relative to their Formula One rivals. The team have set "strong targets" for their development work, and will test new development parts in a bid to overcome what has been a considerable performance deficit to Mercedes this season

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Renault 'nervous' about Austin challenge

Renault admit they are wary about the stresses that Austin will place on their Formula One power units, particularly as reliability has become a chief priority over the final three Grands Prix. Given the high mileage already accrued over the first 16 races of the 2014 season, and the blend of high-speed sections and tighter, more technical corners, Renault say they face a busy weekend in the US trying to prevent any complications or failures

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Google may hook Kubernetes deep into own cloud

'Highly differentiated experience' promised, details likely at November gabfest

Google's Cloud Platform Live event in the USA next week may offer up some news on how The Chocolate Factory will allow developers to put Kubernetes to work in its own cloud.…

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Storage array giants will point their back ends at Azure

Azure Site Recovery expands to save and serve SAN snapshots, scare backup vendors

Azure has turned itself into a destination for storage of SAN snapshots captured on devices provided by EMC, NetApp, HP and Hitachi Data Systems, further enhancing the Microsoft Cloud's disaster recovery prowess.…

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Bangkok gets 'net exchange with help from ISOC

Bit barns and their brethren busting out all over Asia

The Internet Society has nominated Alcatel-Lucent to supply kit for a new Internet exchange in Bangkok.…

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Telstra (re)launches am app store (again)

Is it over the top to keep fighting over the top players with the same underwhelming idea?

Telstra has taken the defibrillator to the in-house app store idea, announcing the business-focussed Telstra Apps Marketplace.…

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Tuesday 28 October 2014

Hunk now integrated with Amazon EMR

You can now use Hunk: Splunk Analytics for Hadoop and NoSQL with Amazon EMR to interactively explore data stored in HDFS and Amazon S3.

Hunk is a full-featured, integrated analytics platform that lets everyone in your organization interactively explore, analyze and visualize data. Simply point Hunk at your data to start visualizing patterns and exploring your data. Hunk also makes it easy to create dashboards and share reports.

You can pay for Hunk by the hour ($0.75 per EMR instance per hour) or you can bring your own license. To learn more, visit the Hunk for Amazon EMR detail page.

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New Nominet CEO: I'll embrace past but look forward to the future

Dot-uk registry hires software investor Russell Haworth

"It's too early to tell what areas of growth will be best for Nominet," says Russell Howard, "but the company has got some smart people, a good board and an active membership base so if we can corral all three, everybody wins."…

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Amazon sells Fire Phone in UK ... on CONTRACT

Hooks up with O2

Hasn’t Amazon sold mobile phones before? Wasn’t the first third party deal Amazon did in Europe with Carphone Warehouse back in 2001? The answers are no... and yes.…

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IP Freely? ECJ to rule on privacy rules for dynamic IP addresses

German court wants clarification

The European Court of Justice has been asked to rule on the issue of whether or not dynamic IP addresses constitute private data.…

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HDS flings cloud-in-a-box at EMC Vblock, NetApp FlexPod

Still plenty of room in the converged on-premise game

HDS has started competing with EMC Vblocks and NetApp Flexpods with an offering its own managed, on-premises cloud-in-a-box.…

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Arrrr GOSH! Argos website goes titsup to make it EVEN BETTER

Who ya gonna call? High Street retailer apologises for blunder

UK High Street retailer Argos, which recently made a big deal of sexing up its store, is suffering from a major online outage right now.…

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I'll cap internet tax, says Hungarian PM as mob attacks his party HQ

Angry demonstrators vow not to rest until entire idea is binned

Following a protest by tens of thousands of people on Sunday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has promised to cap a proposed new internet tax.…

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Faster, Igor! Boffins stuff 255 Tbps down ONE fibre

Yet another speed record

The 2014 game of “leapfrog with fibre speed records” has a new and probably temporary leader, with boffins from China, the US and The Netherlands claiming a 255 Tbps record in a single fibre over 1 km.…

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AWS scores same Oz gov sec creds as Azure

The IRAP cert is suddenly very fashionable

Microsoft yesterday pressed the ON button for Azure Australia, and one of the things the Redmondian outpost was keen to point out was that it was the only cloud in Australia to have earned the Australian federal government's Industry Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) certification.…

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Monday 27 October 2014

NetApp offers ONTAP as a cloud for all seasons

Updates to hybrid ONTAP?

NetApp has updated its ONTAP operating system release into what it calls a data fabric spanning private, hybrid, and public clouds, and includes a SW-only Cloud ONTAP edition running in public clouds.…

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Amazon Elastic Transcoder API calls are now available in CloudTrail

You can now record and log API calls to Amazon Elastic Transcoder through AWS CloudTrail. These logs will be delivered to an Amazon S3 bucket that you specify.

If you are already using AWS CloudTrail, you will start seeing Elastic Transcoder API calls such as CreateJob and ReadJob in your AWS CloudTrail log. If you have not turned on AWS CloudTrail for your account, you can turn on CloudTrail from the AWS Management Console with two clicks.

There are no additional Amazon Elastic Transcoder charges for recording your API calls, but standard rates for Amazon S3 and Amazon SNS usage apply. Refer to Amazon S3 and Amazon SNS pricing pages for details.

Please visit the CloudTrail documentation or the Elastic Transcoder Developer Guide to learn more.

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OneDrive STORE-gasm: Microsoft lifts storage caps for Office 365 subs

Sky's the limit with unrestricted space in the cloud

With cloud storage rapidly becoming a commodity, Microsoft has taken the next logical step in the file-syncing bunfight, doing away with storage quotas altogether for paying customers of its subscription Office 365 offerings.…

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Painfully trendy: Someone just spent $200k on

Paid owner in cash and, er, Cannabis Sativa shares

Anyone looking to cash in on the zeitgeist by buying the domain name has left it too late, because the domain name has sold for more than $200,000.…

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Marussia and Caterham set to miss Austin round

Marussia and Caterham look unlikely to compete in this weekend's 2014 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, as both teams seek solutions to their ongoing financial issues, the former having gone into administration on Monday. Administrators for Marussia, FRP Advisory LLP, say the team will continue to operate while they assess the longer-term viability of the company, and that Marussia's participation in the season's remaining rounds

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HP releases OpenStack cloud

Community version now, commercial to follow

HP has put its stamp on the world of OpenStack clouds, with its Helion OpenStack community edition code general availability, as of today.…

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Azure Australia launches, complete with full-fibre diet

No details on bit barns, but here: listen to this cloud ambient trance instrumental

Microsoft has, as expected, pressed the Big Blue Button to enliven the Australian “geo” of its Azure cloud service.…

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Sunday 26 October 2014

T-Mobile US chief sucks up to Apple, gently ridicules rivals over SIM lockdown play

This relationship status – it's complicated, m'kay?

AT&T has been getting plenty of stick in the US, after it decided to disable Apple's SIM carrier-switching feature and greedily grab a customer's new iPad for good.…

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Knocking Knox: Samsung DENIES vuln claims, says mysterious blogger is a JOKER

But YES, system does store encryption key on the device

A damning security critique against Samsung's US government-approved Knox system has been dismissed by the South Korean tech giant.…

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No bonking for you! US drugstores FLATTEN Apple Pay system

Reports suggest Google Wallet also dismissed in NFC lockdown

Apple's new payment system has reportedly been yanked from two leading US pharmacies, apparently because the stores' parent company is developing its own system.…

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Saturday 25 October 2014

'ANYTHING BUT STABLE' Netflix suffers BIG Europe-wide outage

Friday night LIVE? Nope. The only thing streaming are tears down my face

Netflix was struck by what appeared to be a fairly significant 90-minute outage on its streaming service late on Friday night that affected folk across Europe.…

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Time to test your sarcasm detectors: It's the UN's global comms shakeup extravaganza!

Five days of socializing and… well, judge for yourself

The United Nations is often mocked as an old boy's network where representatives spend all their time making speeches about nothing and attending social events while wasting millions of dollars congratulating each other for doing so.…

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Wanna see how Russia et al hope to shape the internet? ITU opens up (a little more) to public

Unfortunately you now have to make sense of the documents

Having tried and failed for a decade to understand and influence the internet, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) appears to finally be grasping the fundamentals of the open web.…

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FCC: You'll have to wait even longer for faster wireless broadband

US spectrum auction won't happen until 2016 now

The FCC today said it will delay its planned wireless broadband spectrum auction until at least 2016.…

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Friday 24 October 2014

Screw the guvmint, vows CEO of ubiquitous Korean jabber app KakaoTalk

Ordinary Koreans: 'Meh, that's nice. What's for tea?'

The boss of South Korea's leading messaging app KakaoTalk has apologised for handing access to users' private conversations to the country's authorities and vowed it won't happen again.…

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Lotus and Grosjean close to completing 2015 deal

Lotus have revealed that they are near to reaching an agreement with Romain Grosjean that will see the Frenchman stay on as Pastor Maldonado's team mate in 2015. Grosjean, who has endured a frustrating 2014 campaign, finishing in the points on just two occasions, has spent his entire F1 career with the Enstone-based team

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United States preview quotes - Red Bull and Lotus on Austin

Round 17 of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship sees the teams and drivers head across the Atlantic to the much-lauded Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. As the season builds towards its climax, those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix discuss their prospects for the weekend ahead

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CBS goes OTT, releases EVERY EPISODE of Star Trek EVER MADE

$5.99 a month will buy you current primetime shows too

Only a day after HBO announced its OTT intentions, CBS followed suit and unveiled its own online ambitions – with archived content, current shows and livestreams in CBS’s 14 largest markets.…

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Rackspace launches big red rack eater

RackConnect 3.0 release gives Rackspace a much better hybrid cloud story

Rackspace has flicked the switch on the third version of its RackConnect hybrid cloud-maker.…

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Thursday 23 October 2014

Fong, Nissany and Ocon complete Valencia test

Three up-and-coming drivers got the chance to experience F1 machinery in a two-day test in Valencia, Spain this week. Adderly Fong and Roy Nissany both sampled a two-year old Sauber, while Esteban Ocon was at the wheel of an identical-vintage Lotus. Chinese driver Fong, 24, and Israeli Nissany, 19, got one day each in the Ferrari-powered Sauber C31

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Upstart brags about cheaper-than-Amazon private cold data cloud

Storiant man asks you to check out their racks

Storiant is an object storage startup which claims its customers can use its technology to store petabyte-scale data in a private cloud at a price below public cloud storage. How does it pull this trick off?…

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Amazon opens second Euro AWS data centre – in Germany

Scalablity without the snooping

Amazon’s European customers wary of US data snoops can now build scalable clouds on AWS and stay entirely within EU borders.…

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There's a lot more to backup than you thought

Which kind will you choose?

If backup is too often an afterthought, have you considered its even poorer relation, archive. You haven’t? What a surprise.…

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NBN Co reports fibre traction and Telstra action

FTTP services breach the not-very-magical 200,000 barrier

NBN Co has made the slightly awkward announcement that it's more than tripled the number of premises connected to its fibre network in the past year, while maintaining its commitment to the multi-technology model for future rollouts.…

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Wednesday 22 October 2014

Pay a tax on every gigabyte you download? Haha, that's too funny. But not to Hungarians

Sssh, don't give anyone any ideas, Hungary

Hungary is threatening to tax its broadband providers for every gigabyte their subscribers use.…

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Is your home or office internet gateway one of '1.2 MILLION' wide open to hijacking?

Doublecheck your NAT-PMP settings now

Hundreds of thousands of routers, firewalls and gateways used by small offices and homes are said to be vulnerable to hijacking due to bungled NAT settings.…

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Big Azure? Microsoft and IBM ink deal on business cloud

Enterprise round-up time...

IBM and Microsoft’s Azure cloud are blending after the two firms inked an enterprise partnership.…

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Sam Michael to leave McLaren at end of 2014

Sam Michael will leave his role as sporting director at McLaren at the end of the season. The 43-year-old, who joined the Woking team in 2012, is expected to return to his native Australia with his family

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Broadcom pitches chips at OEMs

'Gigabit' silicon should land in equipment in 2016

Broadcom has become the latest vendor to stake out its ground in the market, as the ITU's standardisation bods stretch their hands slowly towards the rubber stamp.…

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Telstra ambit claim gets ACCC pushback

Tell 'em they're DREAMING, son

The stage is set for another drawn-out battle over wholesale telecommunication service pricing in Australia, with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) indicating it's going to rubber-stamp Telstra's request for a 7.2 per cent price hike.…

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Tuesday 21 October 2014

How much will it take to make OpenStack great? Well, stack dev Mirantis just bagged $100m ...

We'll knock out a wall there, put through some pipes there

Three-year-old OpenStack startup Mirantis has scored $100m in venture-capital funding, we're told.…

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NSA approves Samsung Knox for use by TOP SECRET g-men

Nine gadgets from chaebol green-lighted

US spooks will be allowed to access sensitive government information on their KNOX-locked Samsung gadgets from now on.…

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Migrate to the cloud and watch your business take flight

Expand your horizons

Think cloud computing is about getting rid of IT infrastructure to save money? Think again.…

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Steelie Neelie orders Germany to sort out its mobe charges – or EU will go FULL LEGAL

Explain this 80% hike or PAY, thunders EC commish

Steelie Neelie has warned Germany – for the fifth time – that if it doesn’t sort out its proposals on mobile termination rates, the Commission will take legal action.…

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Most cloud apps flout EU data protection rules – study

Data Protection Directive not passed yet, though...

Three in four cloud services do not conform to the current EU Data Protection Directive, according to a new study.…

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ESNet's 100 Gbps Atlantic link almost ready to flow

London, Geneva added to destinations for giant research net

The trans-Atlantic expansion of the ESNet academic network is nearing completion, with Fermilab announcing that testing and commissioning of the 100 Gbps-plus link is near.…

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CAGE MATCH: Microsoft, Dell open co-located bit barns in Oz

Whole new species of XaaS spawning in the antipodes

Microsoft has let slip one of its least-well-guarded secrets: two new Azure bit barns will go live in Australia next week, as predicted by Vulture South.…

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US Senate's champion for net neutrality asks Comcast: Tell us how much you hate web fast lanes

You do hate them, right?

US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has issued an open letter asking Comcast to make a public commitment against erecting internet fast lanes for wealthy websites. Leahy also wants the American telco to use its market and lobbying muscle to support net neutrality.…

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Monday 20 October 2014

Brawn, Domenicali among members of new FIA Accident Panel

Formula One racing's governing body, the FIA, has confirmed the make-up of its new Accident Panel, which will look into the circumstances surrounding Jules Bianchi's crash in the Japanese Grand Prix. The group, which includes former Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn and Ferrari counterpart Stefano Domenicali, will carry out a full review of the accident

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Ex-Microsoft man takes up arms for Red Hat's open-cloud crusade

Because enterprise cloud doesn't just happen

“We want to be the undisputed leader in enterprise cloud,” Red Hat’s chief executive Jim Whitehurst said recently.…

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Hulkenberg to stay with Force India for 2015

Nico Hulkenberg will remain with Force India for the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship, the team have confirmed. The 27-year-old German is enjoying his best season to date in 2014, having scored points in all but three Grands Prix. He currently sits eighth in the drivers' standings

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DTM champion Wittmann earns Toro Rosso test

Marco Wittmann will enjoy his first taste of Formula One machinery after earning a test with Toro Rosso as a reward for clinching this year's DTM title with BMW. The 24-year-old German's test was announced by BMW motorsport chief Jens Marquardt

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FCC, Google cast eye over millimetre wireless

The smaller the wave, the bigger 5G's chances of success

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is firing up an investigation into millimetre-wave frequency spectrum allocations, and Google has filed an application to fool around with the same band.…

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NBN Co adds 'burbs to copper map, claims 'speed up' rollout

140 lucky locations won't get fibre

NBN Co has re-designated 140 suburbs from fibre-to-the-premises to fibre-to-the-node, a move it says will deliver high-speed connections to the target locations earlier than would otherwise have been a case.…

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Austrian telco trials as 'interim solution'

Commercial services planned for 2016, long-term plan calls for fibre

Telekom Austria is the latest outfit to trumpet the virtues of the yet-to-be-ratified standard, announcing that a deployment trial conducted with Alcatel-Lucent achieved speeds beyond 100 Mbps per household.…

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Sunday 19 October 2014

Yahoo! finally! releases! Flickr! app! for! iPad! BUT! shuns! Windows! fans!

Purple Palace got selective hearing, much?

Yahoo! has finally developed a Flickr app for Apple's iPad – but the move has upset Microsoft Windows' fans who have accused the Purple Palace of having "selective hearing" about its userbase.…

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Saturday 18 October 2014

FCC looks to boost next-gen wireless networks with 24GHz study

Commission examines plans to add new spectrum room

The FCC is opening up an investigation into a possible new class of wireless broadband services which could improve mobile network performance and reliability in the US.…

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Friday 17 October 2014

HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

This affects every broadcaster, every cable guy

HBO this week has finally done as Netflix said it would, admitting that it WILL provide over-the-top (OTT) streaming content to the masses in the United States.…

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iPhone 6 shunned by fanbois in Apple's GREAT FAIL of CHINA

Just 100 Beijing fanbois queue to pick up new mobe

The belated Chinese launch of the iPhone 6 appears to have been a total flop after just 100 people queued outside a flagship store to buy the new mobe.…

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Pirelli alter Brazil tyre nomination

Pirelli have revised their tyre allocation for the forthcoming Grand Prix in Brazil following track resurfacing work at the Sao Paulo circuit. Formula One racing's official tyre suppliers had initially planned to bring their medium and hard compounds for the Sao Paulo race

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Sauber to test Fong and Nissany in Valencia

Sauber have announced that up-and-coming racers Adderly Fong and Roy Nissany will both be given the opportunity to test a two-year-old Sauber C31 in Spain next week. Fong is a 24-year-old Chinese driver who has competed in several single-seater championships in Asia and Europe, focusing this year on the Audi R8 LMS Cup, an Asia-based sprint race series

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Make life easy for yourself when you move to the cloud

Know what you really, really want

So the boss has decided that the company needs a “highly scalable elastic cloud infrastructure” and in true Dilbert style, the rank-and-file IT people have to build said cloud yesterday.…

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By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy

Life in the famously grim north of England became even more appalling today following a massive broadband outage.…

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Mobile carriers keep the promised land on an ever-receding horizon

Nobody - not you, devlopers or carriers - can afford the next generation of mobile services

Upon taking delivery of a new iPhone last month, my mobile carrier informed me that as a special gift, the data fairies had granted me an additional 25 GB of mobile data. The catch: I had to use all of it within 30 days.…

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Juno what's just been released? OpenStack 10, that's what

1,419 contributors at 133 companies deliver 342 new features and fix 3,219 bugs

The tenth version of OpenStack is upon us, and thanks to 1,419 contributors from 133 companies offers 342 new features and 3,219 bug fixes.…

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Apple SIM will allow quick switch of carriers

Buried in today's news of the new iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 was a potentially huge revelation from Apple that could shak eup the way people buy and use mobile data plans.…

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Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)

A bit late, but company says 1Gbps Austin network almost ready to compete with AT&T

Another US city will be get a high-speed fiber broadband network courtesy of Google, though it is a few months late.…

via The Register - Networks

Enormous advertising giant (Google) keeps wolfing down billions as ad sales swell

Another three months, another 16.5 Instagrams' worth of cash

Google managed to shrink the portion of its revenues that came from advertising in the third quarter of its fiscal 2014 – albeit slightly – but lest you doubt what the online giant's real business is, ads still accounted for 89 per cent of its sales.…

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Thursday 16 October 2014

Keep a beady eye on your business's cloud service shopping

Don't let staff go crazy

If you believe the hype, it is only a question of time before every Tom, Dick and Harriet in your organisation becomes a tech decision maker who can spend your company's money, with the power to do so a mere click away.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Ericsson slurps up unified data centre software shop

Customer becomes owner

Ericsson has bought an 11-year-old data-centre cloud specialist.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

City council thinks what we're all thinking: 'Comcast is terrible – and NOT welcome here'

Worcester makes bold, entirely pointless stand against deal

New England's second-largest city has hit out against a proposed deal that would take place should Comcast's acquisition of Time Warner Cable go through.…

via The Register - Networks

McLaren to bring in major updates before Abu Dhabi

McLaren will introduce a 'major upgrade' package before the end of 2014 in a bid to capitalise on their current resurgence and aid their preparations for next year's Formula One world championship. The team introduced a similarly significant set of updates in Singapore and have duly moved up the competitive order

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Euro Commission drags Belgium to court over telco regulator's independence

Ministerial veto must be, er, vetoed, Eurocrats demand

The European Commission is taking Belgium to court for not allowing its telco regulator enough independence.…

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Hamilton and Rosberg told not to change approach

Mercedes say that clinching the 2014 Formula One constructors' crown will not lead to changes in how Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg race each other over the final three Grands Prix of 2014. There have been several flashpoints between the two this year, including an 'unacceptable' collision in Belgium, after which Mercedes stressed to both drivers that team objectives and silverware were the ultimate priority

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Cloud skills certification can add zeros to your pay cheque

Grab some letters to put after your name

As IT recruiters collectively bemoan the dearth of cloud professionals, the doom-and-gloom predictions that cloud services would result in the death of the IT department now seem nothing short of laughable.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

AWS takes desktop-as-a-service out of the PC

Support for PCoIP protocol means zero clients can run cloudy desktops

Amazon Web Services has made a significant enhancement to its Workspaces desktop-as-a-service service, by allowing support for Teradici's PC-over-IP protocol and “zero clients” that run it.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Another ICANN Board member resigns

Olga Madruga-Forti quits domain oversight organization

ICANN has seen its second Board member resign in less than a year.…

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Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet

Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting

The Arab States will push for greater control of the internet next week – by arguing that only governments should steer how the web is run rather than independent bodies.…

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Wednesday 15 October 2014

Second winners of F1® Connectivity Innovation Prize announced

Tata Communications has announced the winners of the second round of the F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize. In a ground breaking initiative, Tata Communications, along with Formula One Management and Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, launched a trailblazing contest to award a Grand Prize of USD $50,000 to a winning individual or team that was able to successfully answer one of three Challenges

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Vodafone does it in two places at once: Carrier aggregation to boost 4G

Two frequencies at the same time, just like EE

Vodafone has to followed EE’s lead and launched carrier aggregation – which potentially doubles data bandwidth.…

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Deutsche Telecom's BRATTY OFFSPRING earns parent €38m fine

Thanks for that you little ****

The EU's competition chief has slapped a €38m fine on Deutsche Telekom for allowing its bratty offspring Slovak Telekom to bully the Slovak broadband market, charging inflated prices to competitors for network access.…

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Ravetto: Caterham looking for a new base

Caterham have confirmed they are looking to leave Leafield and move into new headquarters as part of ongoing restructuring and stabilising efforts. Team principal Manfredi Ravetto said the team are aware they still face 'bumpy roads' in their fight to revive their fortunes

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Virgin Media DOUBLE-PUNCHED by BSkyB AND BT over ad fibs

Cable outfit suffers slow-motion knockout from its arch enemies

Virgin Media has been placed on the naughty step by the UK's advertising watchdog following two separate complaints from rival telcos BSkyB and BT.…

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Coughing for 4G, getting 2G... Networks' penny-pinching SECRETS REVEALED

Half-rate codecs, you say? You must be joking

Top 4G? Shockingly, the team that completed the London commuter train connectivity study we covered yesterday has reported the use of half-rate codecs among UK mobile providers.…

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SAP, IBM snuggle up for HANA-as-a-service

Thanks for the in-memories

IBM will host SAP’s HANA Enterprise Cloud on its global data centers, it was announced today.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Tuesday 14 October 2014

DevOps Culture Clash: Think Process

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Marussia: Bianchi's situation 'remains challenging'

The Marussia team have released an update on the medical condition of driver Jules Bianchi, who suffered a severe head injury in a serious accident at the recent Japanese Grand Prix. Bianchi remains critical but stable in the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi

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Wolff: Mercedes keen to retain Hamilton-Rosberg line-up

Any change to Mercedes' driver line-up for next season could be 'detrimental to the team's performance'. That is according to Mercedes-Benz head of motorsport Toto Wolff, who is eager to ensure that Lewis Hamilton remains on board for 2015

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Ocon earns Lotus test after F3 triumph

Lotus junior driver Esteban Ocon is to test a two-year old Lotus F1 car as part of his ongoing development programme with the team and as a reward for winning the FIA Formula Three Championship in his rookie season. Eighteen year-old Frenchman Ocon, who has been part of Lotus's junior programme since 2010, took an unassailable lead in the championship standings this past weekend

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Commerce Secretary feeds digital catnip to NET NERDS

Pritzker swears to protect net, beat up evil-doers, defeat Smaug

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker has vowed to protect the “free, vibrant and open internet” by letting net nerds decide how to replace the US government’s traditional role overseeing the internet.…

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Mobile coverage on trains really is pants

You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers

Mobile survey coverage company GWS, the company behind The Reg's awesome Monopoly test, has numbers to back up what we’ve always suspected: mobile coverage on trains is pants.…

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Salesforce and Microsoft to unleash integrations ... next year

Timetable for collaboration looks to be slipping a bit

SaaS superpower Salesforce has revealed the details of its cloudy collaboration with Microsoft, and the main detail is that the fruits of the relationship won't be delivered until deep into 2015.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Monday 13 October 2014

Something ate Google's at about eight in Asia's evening

Public DNS outage sends sysadmins scrambling across Asia

Those who worry about cloud resilience have another incident to point at and frown, after Google's public domain name system (DNS) servers at the attractive IP addresses of and went down for Asian users yesterday.…

via The Register - Networks

Ofcom: 'White space' tech to support digital terrestrial TV in 2015

Will help UK meet demand for data in 'internet of things' era

"White space" wireless technology could be used for digital terrestrial TV broadcasting as early as next year, Ofcom has said.…

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GSMA places operators' towel on Internet of Things deckchair

Tells devs how to use mobe networks for M2M IoT

The Internet of Things is coming and the GSMA wants all the things to play nicely on the networks.…

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Looking forward to attending this tomorrow evening.

from LinkedIn

Samsung promises 4.6 Gbps WiFi, maybe next year

Movie metric: 1GB flicks fly in three seconds

Samsung has claimed a WiFi breakthrough, saying it has “successfully overcome the barriers to the commercialization of 60GHz millimeter-wave band Wi-Fi technology” and will soon deliver products capable of wireless data transmission at up to 4.6 gigabits per second.…

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Sunday 12 October 2014

Want a customers' call records Mr Plod? Got a warrant? No probs

EE, Three and Vodafone automate delivery of comms data requests

Three of the UK’s four largest mobe networks run automated systems that make customers’ call records readily available to the cops without the need for any human intervention.…

via The Register - Networks

FIA post-race press conference - Russia

Drivers: 1 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 2 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 3 - Valtteri Bottas (Williams) Q: What a wonderful race guys - thank you very much. I know Lewis you are a real fan of Russia, of Russian racing. Now you've won the first Russian Grand Prix in 100 years exactly. How do you feel?

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Race - selected team and driver quotes

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo on his fight with team mate Sebastian Vettel; Lotus's Romain Grosjean on his collision with the Sauber of Adrian Sutil; and Force India on why losing ground to McLaren will only fire the team up. The drivers and senior team personnel report back on the 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix

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Oracle hires former SAP exec for cloudy push

'We know Larry said cloud was gibberish, and insane, and idiotic, but...'

Oracle has bagged itself a global head to manage the cloudy portfolio just a week after chief techie and erstwhile CEO Larry Ellison talked up the bets the company is placing behind the as-a-service model.…

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Race - Hamilton triumphs, Mercedes secure constructors' crown

Lewis Hamilton claimed victory in the inaugural Russian Grand Prix on Sunday, while Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg charged back after an early error to finish second - securing an historic first constructors' crown for the Silver Arrows. Williams' Valtteri Bottas rounded out the podium trio, while McLaren duo Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen were fourth and fifth

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Brits: Google, we need you to scrape 60k pages from web

Hey, c'mon it's our 'right to be forgotten'

Ten per cent of links expunged from the web under the European ‘right to be forgotten’ laws were based on requests from the good people of Blighty, Google has confirmed.…

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Saturday 11 October 2014

FIA post-qualifying press conference - Russia

Drivers: 1 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 2 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 3 - Valtteri Bottas (Williams) Q: Lewis, congratulations on a superb pole today. Tell us what you feel about pole position for this race, this first ever Russian Grand Prix and how important is it to be on pole around here?

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Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel on their contrasting fortunes in qualifying; Daniil Kvyat on the elation of securing a career-best grid spot on home soil; Caterham on their improving form, and almost progressing into Q2. The drivers and senior team personnel report back after the first Formula One qualifying session on Russian soil

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Qualifying - Hamilton storms to pole in Sochi

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton saw off the challenge of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg and Williams' Valtteri Bottas to take his seventh pole position of the season in Russia on Saturday afternoon. McLaren's Jenson Button was fourth quickest, just ahead of Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat who delighted his home fans by claiming fifth

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FP3 - Hamilton sets a searing pace in Sochi

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton took control of the third and final practice session in Russia on Saturday, finishing almost three tenths of a second clear of the chasing pack despite a late spin on what was set to be his best lap of the session. Hamilton's team mate Nico Rosberg and Williams' Valtteri Bottas were the only men to get within one second of Hamilton, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo rounding out the top four

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Friday 10 October 2014

Prez Obama backs net neutrality – but can't do anything about it. Thanks, Obama

You're doing a heck of a job, Wheeley

In a visit to California, US President Obama has reiterated support for full net neutrality, but said it wasn't something he could do anything about.…

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Amazon RDS now supports new General Purpose (SSD) storage type

You can now launch DB Instances that use General Purpose (SSD) storage, a new SSD-backed storage option for Amazon RDS. This new storage option is designed to offer more cost-effective performance than previous choices for a variety of database workloads.

General Purpose (SSD) storage delivers a consistent baseline of 3 IOPS per provisioned GB and provides the ability to burst up to 3,000 IOPS. Pricing for Amazon RDS General Purpose (SSD) is also simple and predictable. You pay for each GB of storage you provision, and there are no additional charges for I/O requests. Prices start as low as $0.115 per GB per month.

You can now choose among three Amazon RDS storage types to best meet the needs of your database workloads.

  • General Purpose (SSD) storage is suitable for a broad range of database workloads that have moderate I/O requirements. With the baseline of 3 IOPS/GB and the ability to burst up to 3,000 IOPS, this storage option provides predictable performance to meet the needs of most applications.

  • Provisioned IOPS (SSD) storage is ideal for I/O-intensive transactional (OLTP) database workloads. It provides the most consistent performance and gives you the flexibility to provision the level of IOPS (ranging from 1000 to 30,000) needed for your application.

  • Magnetic storage (formerly known as RDS Standard storage) is useful for small database workloads where data is accessed less frequently.

Amazon RDS General Purpose (SSD) storage can be used in conjunction with RDS features like Multi-AZ, Read Replicas, and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). It is available with each of Amazon RDS's supported database engines: MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL and SQL Server. It is available in all AWS Regions except GovCloud (US); support in GovCloud (US) is coming soon.

To learn more about Amazon RDS storage choices, visit the Amazon RDS User's Guide.

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FIA Friday press conference - Russia

Team Representatives - Eric Boullier (McLaren), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber), Franz Tost (Toro Rosso), Marco Mattiacci (Ferrari), Graeme Lowdon (Marussia), Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing) Q: Graeme, thanks for standing in for John Booth who is still in Japan. Is there anything you would like to tell us

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Hulkenberg set for Sochi gearbox penalty

Force India's Nico Hulkenberg is expected to drop five places on the grid for Sunday's 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix after an unscheduled gearbox change on his car. F1 sporting regulations require a driver to use no more than one gearbox for six consecutive events. Hulkenberg finished 13th and 12th respectively in Friday's two practice sessions in Sochi

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Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes

Daniel Ricciardo on why his engine failure at the end of FP2 wasn't entirely unexpected; Mercedes on a very strong opening to this weekend's race in Russia; and the field in general on why Jules Bianchi is not far from anyone's thoughts. The drivers and senior team personnel report back on the first day of action in Sochi

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FP2 - Hamilton surges clear of the field in Sochi

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton delivered an emphatic performance in Friday's second practice session in Russia to finish almost one second ahead of the rest of the field. Kevin Magnussen reiterated McLaren's strong early form by capturing second, just ahead of the Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, the other Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Williams' Valtteri Bottas

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FP1 - Rosberg leads Hamilton and Button in Russia

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg claimed the early initiative as the action got underway at the brand new Sochi Autodrom on Friday morning. The German shaded team mate Lewis Hamilton and McLaren's Jenson Button in the inaugural F1 session on Russian soil, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso claiming fourth and the other McLaren of Kevin Magnussen fifth.

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Chilton to be Marussia's sole entrant in Russia

Marussia will field just one car, for Briton Max Chilton, in this weekend's 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix out of respect for Jules Bianchi, who remains in hospital in Japan. The team said in a statement that they felt strongly that fielding a single car was "the appropriate course of action under the difficult circumstances of the weekend"

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AWS 'won' Xen-mess-inspired cloud reboot says Rightscale

Sysadmins say less patchwork required in the cloud than own bit barns

The Xen bug that forced AWS, Rackspace and SoftLayer, among others, to reboot many of their servers appears to have gone off without a hitch, although Amazon customers report less downtime than other cloud users.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Thursday 9 October 2014

Amazon CloudFront Now Publishes Six Operational Metrics to Amazon CloudWatch

You can now monitor, alarm and receive notifications on the operational performance of your Amazon CloudFront distributions using Amazon CloudWatch, giving you more visibility into the overall health of your web application. CloudFront now automatically publishes six operational metrics, each at 1-minute granularity, into Amazon CloudWatch. You can then use CloudWatch to set alarms on any abnormal patterns in your CloudFront traffic.

Six metrics appear in CloudWatch within a few minutes of the viewer request for each of your Amazon CloudFront web distributions:

  • Requests: The total number of HTTP and HTTPS requests for all HTTP methods.

  • Bytes Downloaded: The total number of bytes downloaded by viewers.

  • Bytes Uploaded: The total number of bytes uploaded to your origin.

  • 4xx Error Rate: The percentage of all requests for which the HTTP status code is 4xx (e.g. a client error).

  • 5xx Error Rate: The percentage of all requests for which the HTTP status code is 5xx (e.g. the origin server didn't fulfill the request).

  • Total Error Rate: The percentage of all requests for which the HTTP status code is 4xx and 5xx.

These metrics are automatically provided to all CloudFront customers at no additional costs. Alarming is billed at standard CloudWatch rates.

To learn how to get started monitoring CloudFront activity and setting alarms via CloudWatch, please view our walkthrough in the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide or simply navigate to the Amazon CloudFront Management Console and select Monitoring & Alarming in the navigation pane.

from AWS News

Amazon SNS is now integrated with CloudTrail

We are pleased to announce that Amazon SNS is now integrated with CloudTrail. CloudTrail is a service that can capture API calls made from the Amazon SNS console or from the Amazon SNS API in your AWS account and deliver the log files to an Amazon S3 bucket that you specify. Using the information collected by CloudTrail, you can determine what request was made to Amazon SNS, the source IP address from which the request was made, who made the request, when it was made, and so on.

To learn how to use CloudTrail to track API calls made to Amazon SNS actions, go to the Amazon SNS CloudTrail support documentation. Learn more about Amazon SNS and AWS CloudTrail in our product detail page and support documentation.

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Remember that yarn about a fired accountant who blamed Comcast? It's kinda true, actually

Telco denies getting the guy sacked – but promises probe

Comcast has publicly apologized to Conal O'Rourke, the accountant who claims he was fired for complaining about the ISP's lousy service.…

via The Register - Networks

Lotus confirm switch to Mercedes power for 2015

Lotus will switch from Renault to Mercedes power units next season after agreeing a long-term supply agreement with the German manufacturer. The deal, which was highly anticipated, ensures Mercedes will continue to provide power units to three customer teams in 2015, following McLaren's impending switch to Honda

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Cisco to sink $16m in cloudy Chinese joint venture with TCL Corp

Sets up $80m commercial cloud firm with China electronics bods

Cisco is planning to set up a new $80m commercial cloud joint venture with Chinese electronics firm TCL Corp, according to a company filing.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

FIA Thursday press conference - Russia

Drivers - Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Jenson Button (McLaren), Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso), Felipe Massa (Williams), Adrian Sutil (Sauber), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

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Rossi set to substitute for Bianchi in Russia

Marussia reserve driver Alexander Rossi is set to make his Formula One race debut this weekend in Russia as a substitute for the injured Jules Bianchi. Bianchi remains in intensive care after suffering a severe head injury when he collided with a recovery vehicle during last weekend's race in Japan

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Russia preview - F1 drivers keen to tackle 'awesome' Sochi

After months of anticipation, Formula One racing arrives in Russia for the first time this weekend, with the brand-new Sochi Autodrom - the only racing circuit in the world to be located in an Olympic venue - playing host to the teams and drivers. There is a great sense of excitement about the new race, with most drivers having thus far only sampled the Hermann Tilke-designed track on a simulator

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from LinkedIn

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Wednesday 8 October 2014

Australia mandates* cloud use by government agencies

*Unless cloud is insecure, expensive or can't do the job

Australia's Department of Finance has updated its Cloud Policy to say “... agencies now must adopt cloud”.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Amazon DynamoDB now supports JSON document data structure and large items

Today we are adding native JSON support to Amazon DynamoDB. You can now write JSON documents directly into DynamoDB tables. We have also increased the maximum item size to 400KB, allowing you to store large JSON documents and nested objects in one transaction. These new features are available now and you can start using them today in the US East (Nothern Virginia), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Regions. It will be available soon in other AWS Regions.

To help you build and launch your application, we have also increased the DynamoDB benefits provided by the AWS Free Tier. You can use the AWS Free Tier to run applications on DynamoDB with 25 GB of storage and handle up to 200 million requests per month. Read more about the new AWS Free Tier benefits on our pricing page.

To get started with Amazon DynamoDB, you can download Amazon DynamoDB Local, which is a free version of DynamoDB that you can download and use on your local machine to develop and test your applications.

To learn more about Amazon DynamoDB and the new features we are adding today, please watch our launch video or visit our website.

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Amazon CloudFront Announces Wildcard Cookies and Options Caching

You can configure CloudFront to forward cookies to your origin and cache your objects based on cookie values in viewer requests. Previously, you could specify a whitelist of cookie names, but you had to specify exact names. Starting today, you can use wildcard characters in the whitelisted cookie names that you want Amazon CloudFront to forward to your origin server. This feature makes it easy to set multiple cookies to forward to the origin server at the same time. For example, several applications, including Drupal and WordPress, alter cookie names with a hash to identify logged in users, so SESS (for session-ID) becomes SESS<MD5 hash>. In this example, you can now whitelist *wordpress*, or *SESS* values as valid cookie names, and CloudFront will forward any cookie containing “wordpress” or “SESS”.

We have also enabled the ability to specify whether you want CloudFront to cache the response from your origin server when a viewer submits an OPTIONS request. An OPTIONS request allows you to retrieve a list of the options that your origin server supports. Amazon CloudFront caches the response from GET and HEAD requests by default. By also configuring CloudFront to cache the responses for OPTIONS requests, you can further decrease latency for your end users because CloudFront will respond to the OPTIONS requests from the cache instead of repeatedly forwarding the requests to your origin server.

There are no additional fees for using these new features with CloudFront. Getting started is easy – just use the AWS Management Console or APIs to use wildcard characters in cookie names or enable OPTIONS caching. To learn more about Amazon CloudFront you can visit the Amazon CloudFront product page.

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FIA press conference schedule - Russia

The star attraction in the official FIA press conference at Sochi on Thursday will undoubtedly be home favourite Daniil Kvyat. Amongst those joining Toro Rosso's Russian rookie are three men who have been at the centre of this year's driver market: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and McLaren's Jenson Button

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Three UK fined £250,000 for customer complaints COCKUP

Ofcom punishes mobe operator for giving up on whingers

Three UK has been fined £250,000 by Ofcom after the mobe carrier was caught giving up on moaning customers' complaints without resolving their problems with the service.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Official: BT wins £420m Wales PSN gig... just as we said it would

Logicalis binned 7 years after setting up and running contract

The Welsh government has finally coughed to what El Chan readers have known for months, that BT dislodged incumbent Logicalis from the next Public Sector Network (PSN) contract valued at roughly £420m over seven years.…

via The Register - Networks

Pirelli reveal tyre choices for final three Grands Prix

Formula One tyre suppliers Pirelli have revealed the tyre choices they will take to the final three rounds of the 2014 Formula 1 world championship The Italian company will bring their medium tyre option to both Austin and Sao Paulo

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Looking forward to attending the Docker London meetup tonight.

from LinkedIn

LTE's backers vow to KILL OFF WI-FI and BLUETOOTH

I am made all things to all men

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, weightless and Sigfox, not to mention GPS and TETRA: LTE’s proponents plan to make every one of them redundant, while also ensuring their own advanced wireless standard becomes the only one anyone, anywhere, will ever need. And all this by March 2016.…

via The Register - Networks

Strange tale of an angry bean counter, Comcast and a shock 'firing'

ISP says it's apologized but mystery remains

A Comcast customer who complained about being overcharged and crap service alleges someone at the ISP got him fired as a result.…

via The Register - Networks

First gigabit-over-COPPER chipset lands

Sckipio's new chipset promised to deliver over 250m cables

Israeli outfit Sckipio has revealed what it claims is the world's first chipset.…

via The Register - Networks

Countless Belkin routers go TITSUP in massive mystery meltdown

Maker says it's got it fixed now ... but what was it?

A large number of Belkin routers were knocked off the internet on Tuesday, owing to an as-yet-unexplained glitch.…

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Tuesday 7 October 2014

Azerbaijan layout unveiled for Baku European Grand Prix in 2016

Formula One group CEO Bernie Ecclestone and Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan's Minister of Youth and Sport, unveiled the layout of the exciting new Hermann Tilke-designed Baku European Grand Prix street circuit at a special press event in Baku, Azerbaijan on Tuesday. The Baku European Grand Prix will take place in 2016 and Tuesday's event saw Mr Ecclestone and Minister Rahimov presenting

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Qualcomm, Ericsson, SingTel hit 260Mbps in live FDD/TDD demo

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor + Ericsson tech

Ericsson, Qualcomm, and Singtel have demonstrated the first carrier aggregation of FDD and TDD to achieve speeds of up to 260Mbps, meaning networks have more choice over which 4G standards to employ, as several can be used at the same time.…

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Leading like Leo: HP's Whitman rolls out Apotheker's PC plan

The executioner turns gambler as HP's PCs are set to go

There’s something in the water at Hewlett-Packard. No, I’m not referring to the "HP Way", that pseudo-Victorian philanthropic work creed.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Bianchi in a 'critical but stable' condition

Marussia driver Jules Bianchi is in a critical but stable condition following surgery to treat the severe head injury he suffered in a serious accident in Sunday's 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. According to a statement issued on Tuesday by Bianchi's family in conjunction with the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi, the Frenchman suffered a diffuse axonal injury and remains in intensive care

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What mobile working can bring to every small business

The irresistible charm of 4G

This article is Sponsored by EE

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Docker acqui-slurps Koality

This one's for you, devs, to stop containers spilling into messy projects

Containerisation darling Docker has made an acquisition, slurping Koality for an undisclosed sum.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Russia preview quotes - Red Bull and Pirelli on Sochi

Less than a week after the 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, the teams and drivers head for Sochi - and the first Grand Prix to be held in Russia. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix discuss their prospects for the weekend ahead

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£150m, three years... TWO base stations. You guessed it

Mobile coverage project stymied by not-spot ignorance

A government project funded with £150m of taxpayers money to improve rural broadband with mobile coverage has managed to erect just two base stations in three years.…

via The Register - Networks

from LinkedIn

Redmond flicks switch on Dropbox for VMs

That's how it works, but Redmond calls it Azure Site Recovery

Microsoft has formally launched Azure Site Recovery, its service that allows one to fail over from an on-premises bit barn to an Azure facility.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

AWS Management Portal for vCenter Setup Enhancements

If you are not familiar with the AWS Management Portal for vCenter, you can install it as a plug-in within VMware vCenter and use it to manage AWS infrastructure using vCenter. The AWS Management Portal for vCenter includes support for Amazon EC2 and VM Import. Using the portal, you can migrate your existing VMware VMs to Amazon EC2, launch new EC2 instances, create VPCs and Subnets, and manage your EC2 instances. The portal interface is simple to use and is designed to make it easy for users with VMware experience to get started with AWS. There is no cost to use the portal, aside from the cost of the underlying AWS services consumed.

The AWS Management Portal for vCenter now includes improvements that make it easier to get started with the portal. You no longer need to configure SAML federation as part of the setup process. You can now grant AWS permission to set this up on your behalf. When you do so, the portal will provide your end-users with single sign-on access to your AWS resources, right from vCenter. This provides a natural login experience for your end-users and is significantly easier to setup that SAML federation. If you would like to manage your own identity provider, that is still available as an advanced configuration option.

Additionally, the AWS Management Portal for vCenter now lets you manage all of your EC2 Instances through the portal, including existing EC2 instances that you have created prior to setting up the portal. You have the same control over your existing instances that you have over instances created through the AWS Management Portal for vCenter. This includes the ability to start, stop, or terminate the instances or view monitoring information. You can also manage permissions for these instances using the portal.

Learn more here.

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Amazon Elastic Transcoder Announces Smooth Streaming Support

Amazon Elastic Transcoder now has the ability to create and deliver videos that use the Smooth Streaming format with Amazon Elastic Transcoder and Amazon CloudFront. Smooth Streaming is an adaptive media protocol that delivers your media assets as small fragments over HTTP that can be consumed by platforms and devices such as Xbox, Windows Phone and browsers that use Microsoft Silverlight players. This means that you can now reach Smooth Streaming devices with the same easy workflows Elastic Transcoder already supports for iOS devices that use the HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) protocol common on Apple devices.

Amazon Elastic Transcoder outputs your media content in Smooth Streaming format to an Amazon S3 bucket. You can then easily deliver this content through a CDN like Amazon CloudFront to your end users with low latency and high data transfer speeds without the need for you to setup and manage third party media-streaming servers. To learn how to setup your CloudFront distribution to support Smooth Streaming, see Configuring On-Demand Smooth Streaming.

There are no additional charges for creating and delivering Smooth Streaming format media content. You pay the standard transcoding, storage and delivery rates.

To learn more, please see the blog post and documentation.

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Monday 6 October 2014

Sprint will KILL OFF WiMax in 2015 – report

395 days to go until the 'other 4G' gets it

Third-ranked US mobile network Sprint appears to be poised to kill off its implementation of its less-regarded 4G technology, WiMax.…

via The Register - Networks

It's not you, it's Three. Mobe network goes titsup across UK

"Definitely not planned on a Monday morning (of all days)'. Well, DOH

Mobile operator Three UK is suffering a widespread outage across the country after the service was abruptly halted by server maintenance earlier today.…

via The Register - Networks

Azure Australia certified good enough for government work

Redmondian outpost signed off to handle 'Unclassified Sensitive data'

Microsoft's Australian outpost still won't say when its pair of local Azure bit barns will go live for folks beyond the current cloud test dummies, but is waving around a newly-acquired letter that proves it “has appropriate and effective security controls in place for the processing, storage and transmission of Unclassified Sensitive data”.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Want the EU to work on making cloud snoop-proof? Speak up, my good 'stakeholder'

That means you

The public has less than two weeks to respond to one of the vaguest European Commission consultations ever… but one that will decide where the Commish spends its money.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

BT's consumer mobe network suffers tech snags - but telco denies delay claims

'We always said femtocell service would take two years'

BT's return to the consumer mobile market is reportedly being hampered by technical difficulties but the company has denied that the problems could force it to delay its plans.…

via The Register - Networks

Marussia ask for patience over Bianchi updates

Marussia have thanked the Formula One community and fans for the huge outpouring of support for Jules Bianchi, and called for patience with regards to updates about his medical condition following his accident at Suzuka. The team said any further communication will be issued in conjunction with the Mie General Hospital, and in accordance with the wishes of Bianchi's family

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An interesting post about the importance of forming cross-functional teams when embarking on an agile approach.

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Sunday 5 October 2014

Andrea de Cesaris, 1959-2014

Ex-Formula One driver Andrea de Cesaris has been killed in a motorbike accident in his native Rome, aged 55. De Cesaris made over 200 Grand Prix starts between 1980 and 1994 in an F1 career which included spells with teams including McLaren, Ligier, Minardi, Jordan, Tyrrell and Sauber. The popular Italian scored points for nine of the 10 teams he raced for and made a total of five podium appearances

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'Cops and public bodies BUNGLE snooping powers by spying on 3,000 law-abiding Brits'

Times claims possible abuse of Ripa

Thousands of innocent Brits have reportedly been mistakenly snooped on by UK police and public bodies.…

via The Register - Networks

Verizon permanently hits STOP BUTTON on Redbox Instant video-streaming service

US Netflix rival shutting down on 7 October

Verizon plans to axe its Netflix competitor Redbox Instant on Tuesday, just a year and a half after the telco giant first launched the video-streaming service in the US.…

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FIA post-race press conference - Japan

Drivers: 1 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 2 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 3 - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) PODIUM INTERVIEWS (Conducted by Nigel Mansell) Q: What a race we just had ladies and gentlemen, a very tough one at the office for these gentlemen. Brilliant drives everybody. Lewis, your 30th win, my goodness me, how did you enjoy that?

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Race - selected team and driver quotes

Williams on how their performance was compromised by the wet conditions at Suzuka; Jean-Eric Vergne on his drive from the rear of the field to score points; Red Bull on their strong form in the wet; and the F1 community on why results matter little given Jules Bianchi's serious accident. The drivers and senior team personnel report back on the 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix

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Race - Hamilton wins rain-affected race in Japan

Lewis Hamilton triumphed for Mercedes at a wet Suzuka on Sunday afternoon, but the circumstances were overshadowed by an accident involving Marussia's Jules Bianchi. The Frenchman, who went off at Turn 7 and hit a recovery vehicle dealing with a separate incident, has been taken to hospital

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Bianchi taken to hospital after Suzuka crash

Marussia's Jules Bianchi has been transported to hospital after a serious crash in Sunday's 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix. Bianchi collided with a recovery vehicle which was removing the damaged Sauber car of Adrian Sutil, who was unhurt after an earlier accident

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I'll be attending this on Wednesday.

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Saturday 4 October 2014

from LinkedIn

Doctor Zuck, I'm so poorly right now! Facebook examines healthcare biz: report

Any symptoms you wish to share? Yes, a huge headache

Facebook is reportedly mulling over plans to step into the healthcare business – a move that would hardly be surprising given Google and Apple's interest in that market.…

via The Register - Networks

Even small businesses need control over their mobile devices

MDM is for everybody

This article is sponsored by EE

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Vergne handed engine change grid penalty, drops to 21st

Jean-Eric Vergne is set to start the 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix from 21st on the grid after receiving a 10-place grid penalty for using his sixth engine of the season at Suzuka Toro Rosso were forced to change Vergne's internal combustion engine ahead of qualifying, following issues in the third and final practice session

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FIA post-qualifying press conference - Japan

Drivers: 1 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 2 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 3 - Valtteri Bottas (Williams) TV UNILATERAL

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Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes

Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi on why his Friday crash is still hindering his form at his home Grand Prix; Romain Grosjean on Lotus seemingly going backwards overnight at Suzuka; and Marcus Ericsson on his qualifying gamble - and the threat of rain. The drivers and senior team personnel report back after qualifying at Suzuka

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Qualifying - Rosberg beats Hamilton to Suzuka pole

Nico Rosberg stormed to his eighth pole position of the season in Saturday afternoon's qualifying session in Japan, seeing off the challenge of Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton by just under two tenths of a second. The Williams duo of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa locked out the second row, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo completing the top six

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