Sunday 30 November 2014

NBN Co details fibre/copper divide in new rollout plan

These are the places NBN Co promises - probably - to get something working by 2016

NBN Co has reconfirmed what's been known ever since the 2013 election: fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) builds are more-or-less frozen, and all new builds will be under its multi-technology model.…

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Did Nork hackers cripple Sony Pictures' network? Probe underway – report

Massive attack stung film studio ahead of The Interview release

Sony Pictures has reportedly begun investigating possible hacking links to North Korea, following a savage attack on its network earlier this week.…

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Saturday 29 November 2014

Blackout Saturday: Oracle website DIES after mammoth US shopping binge

Mysterious 'technical difficulty' causes service to go titsup

Oracle's website tumbled from the interwebs in the last hour but the cause of the outage remains unclear.…

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Vodafone eyes up Liberty Global – report

Fibre diet makes Virgin Media daddy an obvious suitor

Mobile giant Vodafone has reportedly been mulling over a number of takeover plans, including the possibility of scooping up cable company Liberty Global – Virgin Media's owner.…

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TalkTalk email goes titsup FOR DAYS. Cheapo telco warns: Changing password WON'T fix it

Yeah, it's still broken

An unknown number of TalkTalk customers have been locked out of their email accounts for days, but the budget ISP warned this morning that its service was still struggling to return to normal.…

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Friday 28 November 2014

Sainz to race alongside Verstappen at Toro Rosso in 2015

Scuderia Toro Rosso have announced that Carlos Sainz Junior will partner Max Verstappen in an all-new 2015 driver line-up. The Spaniard, who recently became the youngest ever winner of the World Series by Renault title, replaces Jean-Eric Vergne who announced his departure from the Italian team earlier this week

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Cutting the cord without losing touch with your office

Here’s how to do mobile if you're an SME

If you're a member of the backroom staff at a big company, you probably spend a lot of time sitting at a desk bashing at a computer. Indeed, in my day job as IT ops manager for a telco I'm delighted to have probably the only truly comfy chair on the premises and my huge desktop screen for the Excel-wrangling that forms part of what I do.…

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

Crowds bludgeon one another with cheap TVs, websites burn

The sceptred isle of old Blighty is in flames today as greed crazed mobs, both online and in the real world, stormed bricks'n'mortar shops and etail websites alike leaving blood on the linoleum and smoke belching from overstressed data centres – hosting Currys, Tesco and other box-flingers – up and down the land.…

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Customers RAGE after Webfusion goes TITSUP

Hosting firm's Total Inability To Support Usual Performance enrages Twittersphere

Venerable hosting firm Webfusion UK is experiencing a crippling outage which has hobbled web services across the country.…

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Wolff appointed Williams test driver

Williams have announced that Susie Wolff will step up to the position of official test driver for the 2015 season. The British racer had previously held the title of development driver, a role which culminated in her becoming the first female driver to drive in a Grand Prix event for two decades when she took part in FP1 in Britain and Germany

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More TV white space magic

Ever wondered who tried to steal your meerkat? Well, worry no longer thanks to the London Zoo, Google and CCTV biz KineSense.…

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Thursday 27 November 2014

Off to the AWS User Group meetup tonight - hope to see you there!

from LinkedIn

Hulkenberg to race at Le Mans in 2015 with Porsche

Nico Hulkenberg will compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours for Porsche in 2015 alongside contesting the full Formula One season with Force India. The 27-year-old German said the desire to compete in both disciplines had been too alluring to turn down

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Raikkonen backs Ferrari's 2015 shake-up

Kimi Raikkonen believes the recent changes at Ferrari, including the recruitment of Sebastian Vettel and Maurizio Arrivabene, will help drive them forward in 2015. Vettel was formally confirmed as a Ferrari drive on the eve of the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi

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Global Commission on Internet Governance wobbles into IANA debate

Bland statement and weak paper puts question mark over value of elite group

The Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) has waded into the debate over the critical IANA contract with a formal statement and position paper. Rather than making a splash, however, the result is somewhat of a soggy mess.…

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AWS CloudFront wobbles at worst possible time

Two-hour outage had global impact

Don't start your Black Friday online shopping spree just yet: Amazon Web Services' CloudFront content delivery network has wobbled over the last few hours and the perennially-loss-making retailer, and customers of its cloud computing services, have reportedly been hard to access.…

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Wednesday 26 November 2014

Turnbull should spare us all airline-magazine-grade cloud hype

Box-hugger is not a dirty word, Minister. Box-huggers make the cloud WORK

Australia's Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday labelled those who oppose use of the public cloud “box-huggers” and suggested such behaviour is bad because it ties organisations to an outmoded and expensive way of doing IT.…

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Vergne rules himself out of Toro Rosso contention for 2015

Jean-Eric Vergne has confirmed that he will not partner Dutch rookie Max Verstappen at Toro Rosso in 2015. The Frenchman, who has driven for the Italian team since graduating to F1 racing via the Red Bull young driver programme in 2012, made the announcement on Twitter

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Wehrlein fastest for Mercedes as Abu Dhabi test ends

Pascal Wehrlein ensured Mercedes ended the 2014 season in fitting fashion by going fastest as the final Formula One test of the year drew to a close in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. GP2 race winner Raffaele Marciello put Ferrari second ahead of Toro Rosso's 2015 rookie Max Verstappen, while McLaren's interim Honda-powered car hit further complications, completing just two laps in the hands of reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne

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Yes, UK. Johnny Foreigner has better mobe services than you

EE best of a disappointing lot

UK readers, what you've always suspected has been proven true – even the weakest mobile networks abroad perform better than our second-best, according to German mobile network survey company P3, which has published solid numbers on mobile network coverage.…

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BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network

Take your license demand and stick it in your ASSIA

BT's patent spat with US company ASSIA will start to be noticed by customers, with the carrier reportedly shutting down boxes that provide rate adaptation after it lost a crucial round of legal action.…

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Bloke fighting Facebook in court says ad network claims its users lack 'legal capacity' to sue it

Austrian campaigner baffled by latest turn in privacy battle

Austrian Facebook-botherer-in-chief Max Schrems says the US social network appears to be saying its users are either too young or too insane to file a class-action lawsuit against it.…

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Google turns on .google internet extension

Just one domain and a redirect as net giant readies to enter domain market

Google has turned on its namesake top-level domain (TLD) with the creation of '' representing the internet giant's entry into the domain name market.…

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NBN Co makes it official - backhaul charges will fall

CVC down by 12.5 per cent as of February 2015

NBN Co has followed through on its promise to cut the price of its services with a 12.5 per cent snip off the price of its connectivity virtual circuit (CVC) as of 1 February 2015.…

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Tuesday 25 November 2014

Dawn raids on Orange over TROMBONING allegations were fine, rules EU court

EC did nothing wrong when it bashed firm's doors in

The European Commission was perfectly entitled to conduct dawn raids against Orange, according to the EU General Court.…

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Bottas puts Williams on top in Abu Dhabi test

Williams' Valtteri Bottas set the pace on the first day of the final Formula One test of the season at Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Kimi Raikkonen put Ferrari second, with Mercedes' Nico Rosberg edging the Force India of GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer for third late on. Meanwhile, McLaren-Honda's interim F1 car completed three laps in the hands of reserve driver and GP2 runner-up Stoffel Vandoorne

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South Londoner wins Reddit MILLIONAIRE not-a-lottery lottery

Exact amount dependent on other users’ generosity

An anonymous South Londoner has been named as the winner of a pseudo lottery designed to (hopefully) make one Reddit user a millionaire.…

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Ex-EU digi supremo Steelie Neelie's net neutrality bid in tatters?

National govts want to row back on 'open internet' law, leaked doc suggests

Former EU digital tzar Neelie Kroes’ net neutrality plans for the Continent may be chucked out by national governments.…

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No more lies, T-Mobile US: Download speed caps magically vanished on speed test websites

Carrier says it will actually tell you when it goes a-throttlin'

T-Mobile USA has agreed to stop twiddling with subscribers' mobile broadband speeds to hide the fact they were being capped.…

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New 'Internet Security Council' struggling to get off the ground

With just 10 nominations, and one contribution, are people voting with their feet?

Plans for a new internet governance body are struggling to get off the ground after blowback from the internet community itself.…

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Qualcomm joins Ericsson, Telstra in 450 Mbps LTE demo

Fast enough to burn Telstra's biggest mobile data cap in five minutes

Telstra has again demonstrated technology that will let lucky LTE users consume the entire 15 GB of its largest consumer post-paid broadband plan in less than 5 minutes.…

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Telcos spaff $34bn on gobbling Uncle Sam's radio frequencies for beefier cell coverage

FCC auction raises TRIPLE the reserve price

US watchdog the FCC has raised at least US$36bn by auctioning off a load of radio frequencies for improving wireless broadband. That's more than three times the $10.1bn it expected.…

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Monday 24 November 2014

McLaren-Honda outing the headline act of Abu Dhabi test

The first proper outing for McLaren-Honda's interim Formula One car is set to be the star attraction of the final two-day in-season test of 2014 in Abu Dhabi this week. Barely 24 hours after his title hopes were extinguished, Nico Rosberg will be present for Mercedes - one of a handful of 2014 regulars appearing alongside the likes of GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer, Formula Renault 3.5 champion Carlos Sainz Jr and FIA European F3 champion Esteban Ocon

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Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts

Complain to Ofcom that telco has 'effective monopoly'

Blighty's broadband providers are once again at Ofcom to do something about the alleged monopoly they believe former national telco BT maintains in the business broadband sector.…

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BT in talks to RE-SLURP O2 after spitting it out a decade ago

In talks with Spanish owner Telefonica

BT could be the new owner of Blighty mobe network O2 if talks with Spanish parent Telefonica go well.…

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Mattiacci replaced by Arrivabene as Ferrari team principal

Ferrari have announced the appointment of Maurizio Arrivabene as their new Formula One team principal, replacing Marco Mattiacci who took over from Stefano Domenicali in April. Arrivabene comes to Ferrari from tobacco giants and team sponsors Philip Morris, which he joined in 1997, becoming Vice President Consumer Channel Strategy and Event Marketing in 2011

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Hands on: Implementing Azure Active Directory

Live learning

Our own Tim Phillips is joined by Paul Gregory, from QA, to deliver a live hands-on session on Azure Active Directory tomorrow at 11am. It’s your chance to learn from the experts and get answers to any questions you might have.…

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IBM and Ericsson plot to deploy 5G. Never mind that it doesn't exist

Antennas. Tiny antennas. EVERYWHERE

Ericsson and IBM have announced a collaboration to jointly research phased-array antenna designs for 5G, which might prove interesting as nothing has yet been agreed on what 5G might involve.…

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Hamilton wins DHL Fastest Lap Award 2014

DHL, the world's leading logistics group and Official Logistics Partner of Formula 1, awarded Lewis Hamilton as the winner of this year's DHL Fastest Lap Award at a special ceremony during the 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 23. Hamilton, FIA Formula One Drivers' World Champion of this year and 2008, won the award a nose ahead of Nico Rosberg, who scored five fastest laps this season. In total, Hamilton has amassed seven fastest laps during this year's season

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Brit mobile firms in FOURPLAY TUSSLE – how very French of them

Orange, SFR, Bouygues et Free have been there, done that

About 10 years ago, Faultline wrote a report on the economics of quad play. We hardly sold any (about 20), and the reason was, one of our resellers told us, was that “quad play” was old hat.…

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Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud outage was YOUR fault

Applications need to be built to handle TITSUP incidents

Last July, Dimension Data's Australian cloud went down for over 24 hours. Now the company says its assessment of the incident found those who suffered the most had themselves to blame, to a degree.…

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Worst WordPress hole for five years affects 86% of sites

Trio of XSS turns attackers into admins

An estimated 86 per cent of WordPress websites harbour a dangerous cross-site scripting (XSS) hole in the popular comment system plugin, in what researcher Jouk Pynnonen calls the most serious flaw in five years. The bug could provide a pathway for attacking visitors' machines.…

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Turnbull: Box-huggers are holding back cloud

Dimension Data launches government-only cloud for Australia

Dimension Data has announced it will soon offer a government-only cloud hosted in Australia's capital city, Canberra.…

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Sunday 23 November 2014

FIA post-race press conference - Abu Dhabi

DRIVERS: 1 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 2 - Felipe Massa (Williams); 3 - Valtteri Bottas (Williams) PODIUM INTERVIEWS Q: Lewis, you did it. Can you try to put that into words for us, just how much this means to you?

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Race - selected team and driver quotes

Toro Rosso duo Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat on an unfulfilling 2014 finale; McLaren's Jenson Button on why fifth helps prove he is at the top of his game; and Red Bull on their charge from the pit lane to the top eight. The drivers and senior team personnel report back on the 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Race - Brilliant Hamilton claims world title with Abu Dhabi victory

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton produced a faultless performance in Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening to claim his 11th win of the season and with it his second world drivers' crown. Hamilton's team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg, who fell behind at the start, experienced mechanical problems and faded to 14th at the finish, allowing Williams' Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas to claim second and third respectively

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

UK government moves to extend spying on YOU online

IP address-matching powers for police and spooks are to be pushed through Parliament with the blessing of the junior member of the UK's Coalition government, after the Liberal Democrats claimed today that the Snoopers' Charter was "dead".…

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Everything your users ever need to know about BYOD

The essential checklist

Back in the old days providing your employees with corporate computer equipment was an expensive business. When I was 19 I was the university holidays PC guy in an office full of RPG III developers; the fact that they thought their System/38 with its 5250 terminals was a pretty neat piece of kit was the only reason they didn't envy the spanking new IBM PS/2 Model 80 under my desk.…

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Saturday 22 November 2014

Red Bull referred to stewards over front wing flex

Red Bull have been referred to the stewards in Abu Dhabi after the FIA's technical delegate Jo Bauer found that there was excessive flex in the front wing flaps on Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo's cars. After examination, Bauer felt that the front wing flaps on the two RB10s were designed to flex under load

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FIA post-qualifying press conference - Abu Dhabi

DRIVERS: 1 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 2 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 3 - Valtteri Bottas (Williams) TV UNILATERAL Q: Nico, three poles in a row now. How do you feel about that?

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Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes

Sergio Perez on why Force India didn't have the pace to crack the top 10 in qualifying - but might in Sunday's race; Lotus's Romain Grosjean on a difficult season coming full circle in Abu Dhabi; and Caterham's Will Stevens on mixed emotions after completing his first F1 qualifying session. The drivers and senior team personnel report back on a compelling second day at Yas Marina

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Perez confirmed at Force India for 2015

Sergio Perez has extended his contract to continue racing with Force India for 2015 and beyond. With Nico Hulkenberg already confirmed, it means an unchanged driver line-up at the team for next season. Perez, 24, joined Force India at the start of 2014 and enjoyed immediate success with a podium finish in only his third race for the team

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Qualifying - Rosberg takes pole position for title decider

Nico Rosberg will start Sunday's championship-deciding race in Abu Dhabi from pole position after seeing off the challenge of Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton in an enthralling qualifying session on Saturday evening. Rosberg, who needs to overturn a 17-point deficit to Hamilton to win the title, finished 0.386s ahead of the Briton, who in turn just managed to resist the charge of Williams' Valtteri Bottas

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UK's non-emergency police and NHS phone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE

101 and 111 collapse due to technical gaffe

Britain's non-emergency telephone numbers for the police (101) and the NHS (111) have collapsed nationwide.…

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FP3 - Rosberg seizes the initiative in Abu Dhabi

Nico Rosberg threw down the gauntlet to Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton by going fastest by three tenths of a second in the final practice session at Yas Marina on Saturday afternoon. The title rivals were once again well clear of their rivals, with Rosberg more than one second ahead of Williams' Felipe Massa, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel

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Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! drama!

Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service

Yahoo! has apologised to customers who have been unable to access their email accounts since Thursday, after an underwater fibre cable was mistakenly severed.…

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Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! drama!

Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service

Yahoo! has apologised to customers who have been unable to access their email accounts since Thursday, after an underwater fibre cable was mistakenly severed.…

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Friday 21 November 2014

It's 2014 and people are willing to blow $6.8m on things like

Hey, has anyone thought about selling books online? Maybe a search engine with ads? has been sold for $6.8m (£4.3m, 800m yen) to Japanese domain biz GMO Registry, putting it in the top ten of all-time domain name sales.…

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FIA Friday press conference - Abu Dhabi

Team representatives - Federico Gastaldi (Lotus), Finbarr O'Connell (Caterham), Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing), Otmar Szafnauer (Force India), Toto Wolff (Mercedes), Claire Williams (Williams), Marco Mattiacci (Ferrari) Q: Toto, we have to start with you. Obviously the showdown this weekend between your two drivers

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BEST EVER broadband? Oh no you DIDN'T, Sky – ad watchdog

Rival BT moaned that claim was misleading

The telecoms giant formerly known as BSkyB has been ordered to remove a "best ever" broadband ad after rival BT claimed it was "misleading".…

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Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes

Lewis Hamilton on a good start to a crucial weekend; Nico Rosberg on having more performance up his sleeve; Williams' Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa on a fairly frustrating first day; Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat on the changeable conditions. All of the drivers and senior team personnel report back on the opening day of action from Yas Marina…

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

BlackBerry? Who they?

Android for business is under threat from Microsoft, claims CCS Insight. The Chocolate company’s mobile OS will fall out of favour as the top alternative to Apple, says VP of Enterprise research Nick McQuire.…

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FP2 - Hamilton maintains upper hand over Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton held his advantage over Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg in FP2, although just 0.083s separated the two title contenders on Friday evening in Abu Dhabi. McLaren's Kevin Magnussen was just over half a second down in third, with Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel edging Williams' Valtteri Bottas for fourth. Fernando Alonso failed to set a time after his Ferrari rolled to a halt early on

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In a mall at the weekend? WORSE STILL, are you LOST?

Cambridge Silicon Radio intros SIRFusion ... for a knight in

A new indoor positioning system has been unveiled by Bluetooth grandees Cambridge Silicon Radio. The system consists of Android middleware which gives access to a database of indoor positions.…

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Grosjean faces time penalty after engine change

Romain Grosjean faces being hit with a time penalty in this weekend's 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as a result of using sixth power unit elements. Lotus opted to change his internal combustion unit, turbocharger and MGU-H for the 2014 finale

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BEST EVER broadband? Oh no you DIDN'T, Sky – ad watchdog

Rival BT moaned that claim was misleading

The telecoms giant formerly known as BSkyB has been ordered to remove a "best ever" broadband ad after rival BT claimed it was "misleading".…

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FP1 - Hamilton leads the way as Mercedes dominate in Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton made an ideal start to this weekend's title-deciding season finale at Yas Marina by edging his Mercedes team mate and championship rival Nico Rosberg in first practice on Friday afternoon. Fernando Alonso put Ferrari third, albeit more than a second down on the Silver Arrows, with the Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo rounding out the top five

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HP, Symantec PAIR UP to fight off disaster cloud rivals

DRaaS set to appear late next year

HP and Symantec are partnering to develop a cloud-based Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offering using Symantec software and HP's Helion cloud.…

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George.Best walks into a, spots a bearded dwarf sysadmin and thinks:

And other stories of misconfigured DNS tomfoolery

Nearly 10 million locked-away domain names will be set free and go on sale over the next two months.…

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Where the HELL is that Comcast technician? Finally – an app for that

'Your time is valuable' says telco. Really. Not making it up. It actually said that. Comcast

US cable giant Comcast is offering some subscribers an app that tracks the whereabouts of its technicians before they arrive for a service appointment. So if you're waiting around for ages wondering where he or she is, there'll be a light at the end of the tunnel.…

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Thursday 20 November 2014

Amazon Zocalo supports 5TB files and makes phone apps available

You can now use the Amazon Zocalo Sync client to store and share files up to 5TB. The speed of uploads and downloads has been improved, and they will resume if there is an interruption in the connection.

In addition, you can now access Amazon Zocalo on your phone by downloading a mobile app for your iPhone or Android device, making it possible to share securely using your corporate credentials. Offline mode, comments, and sharing are now all possible from your phone.

The phone apps are now available to install for all devices through the Kindle,Google Play, and iOS Stores.

To learn more about support for larger files visit our website. If you're not running the Amazon Zocalo Sync client already, click here to install it.

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FIA Thursday press conference - Abu Dhabi

Drivers - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Nico Hulkenberg (Force India), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Jenson Button (McLaren) Q: Lewis, you're guaranteed the title on Sunday if you finish in the top two, something that you have done for the last six races

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Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked

Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report

Downloading mobile apps from non-official sources has become a lot more dangerous over the last year, with apps now needing more built-in protection, according to a new report.…

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CERN IT boss: What we do is not really that special

You'll all be doing the same - in about 10 years' time

When the head of infrastructure services at CERN tells you that he has come to the conclusion that there’s nothing intrinsically “special” about the systems at the multi-billion atom-smasher, you naturally want to check you’ve heard correctly.…

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Stevens to race for Caterham in Abu Dhabi

Former Marussia reserve driver Will Stevens will make his F1 race debut with Caterham in this weekend's 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the team have confirmed. Stevens, who has previous testing experience with Caterham, will compete alongside Kamui Kobayashi at Yas Marina. Stevens, 23, has spent this season in Formula Renault 3.5, finishing sixth overall

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You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES

We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude

Doing business in the cloud is more secure the owning your own data centre, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has claimed.…

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Vettel signs for Ferrari on three-year deal

Sebastian Vettel will replace Fernando Alonso at Ferrari next season, after the Italian team confirmed a three-year deal with the four-time world champion. Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci hailed the arrival of Vettel, who will partner Kimi Raikkonen in 2015, and predicted he will become an "invaluable" asset

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Ferrari confirm split with Alonso

Ferrari have confirmed that Fernando Alonso will leave the team at the end of the 2014 Formula One campaign. In a statement, the team said that the relationship ended "by common consent". The announcement means this weekend's race in Abu Dhabi will formally bring to a close Alonso's five-year spell with the Scuderia, which has yielded 11 wins and 44 podiums, though no championship success

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Ocon, Fong to make F1 practice debuts in Abu Dhabi

European Formula Three champion Esteban Ocon will make his Formula One Grand Prix weekend debut in Abu Dhabi, driving for Lotus in FP1. Hong Kong's Adderly Fong will also be present, taking on driving duties at Sauber for the opening Yas Marina practice session

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Giving mobile users the applications they want is child's play

Buy in or magic up your own

Working on the move has become most people's normal way of operating. We are used to having our world in our pocket and being able to read and write emails, produce simple documents and generally stay in the corporate loop whether we are in the office, in the pub, on a train or (sadly) sitting on a beach trying to be on holiday.…

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Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark

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Hackers seize Detroit's database, demand $800k. Motor City shrugs: OK, take it

Bitcoin blackmail backfire bungle

Hacker seized a database from the City of Detroit earlier this year before unsuccessfully demanding $800,000 in Bitcoin.…

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Greening the copper with NFV, lower power optics from GreenTouch

Network boffins slash link power budgets

The GreenTouch group, which researches less power-hungry networking technologies, is pitching an NFV-style home gateway architecture as one way to curb broadband networks' appetite for electrons.…

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Amazon CloudSearch lowers prices across all regions and instance types

We are lowering prices for Amazon CloudSearch by up to 50% (depending on instance type). The price reductions apply to all AWS Regions where Amazon CloudSearch is available and will be retroactively applied for usage beginning on November 1, 2014. For example, in the US East Region, the price of a small search instance was reduced to $0.059 per hour, and the price of a large search instance was reduced to $0.236 per hour. The full list of new prices can be found on the Amazon CloudSearch Pricing page.

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. To get started with the service, please visit our detail page. To learn more about recently released features, see our What’s New page and 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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Support for new instance types and price reduction for MapR distribution in Amazon EMR

We have added support for the latest generation Amazon EC2 instance families (M3, C3, R3, I2, and G2) for the Community (M3), Enterprise (M5), and Enterprise Database (M7) editions of the MapR Distribution in Amazon EMR.

In addition, we are lowering the hourly pricing for the Enterprise (M5) and Enterprise Database (M7) editions of the MapR Distribution in Amazon EMR. We will continue to offer the Community (M3) edition for free. To learn more about the new supported instance types for and lower pricing of the MapR Distribution including Apache Hadoop, click here. To learn more about the using the MapR Distribution in Amazon EMR, click here.

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Wednesday 19 November 2014

Player three enters the ring: Primary Data jumps into virtualized file fight

Upstart launches at EMC and Quantum with 'data hypervisor'

David Flynn's Primary Data startup is apparently reinventing "file virtualization" for software-defined data centers – and thus taking on EMC's ViPR and Quantum's StorNext.…

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Amazon Redshift is Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

We are delighted to announce that Amazon Redshift is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region.

AWS GovCloud (US) is an isolated AWS Region designed to allow US government agencies and customers to move sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements. The AWS GovCloud (US) framework adheres to U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) regulations as well as the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMPSM) requirements.

Amazon Redshift is a fast, fully managed petabyte-scale data warehouse service that costs as little as $1,000/TB/Year. Amazon Redshift enables you to encrypt your data in transit and at rest - using SSL connections between your client application and the cluster and encrypting data written to disk via AES-256. By default, Amazon Redshift takes care of key management, but you can choose to manage your keys using your own on premise hardware security modules (HSMs). Amazon Redshift can also ingest data encrypted using client side encryption on Amazon S3. Amazon Redshift logs all SQL operations, which you can access using system tables or download securely to Amazon S3. Taken together these features allow numerous customers, including Nasdaq and IMS Health, to run extremely sensitive workloads on Amazon Redshift.

To get started with Amazon Redshift for free for two months, please visit the AWS Management Console for the GovCloud region. To learn more about Amazon Redshift's recently released features, please visit the Developer Guide and 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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Event Notification Feature in Amazon S3

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), provides developers and IT teams with secure, durable, highly-scalable object storage.

Now, Amazon S3 can send event notifications to trigger workflows or take other actions when objects are uploaded to Amazon S3. Notification messages can be sent through either Amazon SNS or Amazon SQS, or delivered directly to AWS Lambda to trigger AWS Lambda functions. For example, you could use Amazon S3 event notifications to trigger transcoding of media files when they are uploaded, processing of data files when they become available, or synchronization of Amazon S3 objects with other data stores.

Learn more about Amazon S3 event notifications by reading the blog post.

To get started, visit Configuring Notification for Amazon S3 Events in the Amazon S3 Developer Guide.

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Introducing AWS Lambda

AWS Lambda is a compute service that runs your code in response to events and automatically manages the compute resources for you, making it easy to build applications that respond quickly to new information. AWS Lambda starts running your code within milliseconds of an event such as an image upload, in-app activity, website click, or output from a connected device. You can also use AWS Lambda to create new back-end services where compute resources are automatically triggered based on custom requests. With AWS Lambda you pay only for the requests served and the compute time required to run your code. Billing is metered in increments of 100 milliseconds, making it cost-effective and easy to scale automatically from a few requests per day to thousands per second.

AWS Lambda is available in Preview. Learn more at

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Introducing Amazon EC2 Container Service

Amazon EC2 Container Service is a highly scalable, high performance container management service that supports Docker containers and allows you to easily run distributed applications on a managed cluster of Amazon EC2 instances. Amazon EC2 Container Service lets you launch and stop container-enabled applications with simple API calls, allows you to query the state of your cluster from a centralized service, and gives you access to many familiar Amazon EC2 features like security groups, EBS volumes and IAM roles. You can use EC2 Container Service to schedule the placement of containers across your cluster based on your resource needs, isolation policies, and availability requirements. Amazon EC2 Container Service eliminates the need for you to operate your own cluster management and configuration management systems or worry about scaling your management infrastructure.

Learn more at

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Bianchi out of coma; to continue treatment in France

Jules Bianchi is no longer in an artificial coma and is now being treated in France, according to a statement issued by his family on Wednesday. The Frenchman, who was critically injured in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix in October, was transferred aeromedically from hospital in Yokkaichi to the university hospital in Nice on Tuesday night

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Ofcom grabs 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers

Hungry mobe'n'slab-waving Blighty swallows spectrum

Ofcom is planning to nick some of the airwaves currently used by digital terrestrial telly and hand them over for mobile broadband use.…

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Bang! You're dead. Who gets the keys to your email, iTunes and Facebook?

Death and the medium

Two things in life are certain: death and taxes. Amazon and other international corporations have found ways* around the latter, but no one can avoid the former.…

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Williams launches new engineering academy

Williams have launched a new engineering academy in a bid to nurture the next generation of F1 engineers. The scheme, launched in conjunction with team partners Randstad and F1 in Schools, will see Williams mentor up to 10 students each year in a long-term extra-curricular programme

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Microsoft's Azure goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE AGAIN in cloud FAIL

Outlook: RAIN

Microsoft suffered a major outage on its cloud service Azure overnight.…

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Speaking in Tech: Go on, call us LEGACY! We solved your little startup problems 15 YEARS ago

Plus: Meet 'Lightning on a whiteboard' Zimmerman

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Grosjean to stay on with Lotus in 2015

Lotus will field an unchanged driver line-up in 2015 after announcing that Romain Grosjean will stay on as Pastor Maldonado's team mate. It will be the Frenchman's fourth straight season with the Enstone-based team, which is switching from Renault to Mercedes power next year

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Go on, buy your workers a smartphone. You know it makes sense

A matter of choice

Choose your own device (CYOD), the latest incarnation of mobility device management, is being promoted as a smarter alternative to BYOD (bring your own device), with more benefits for everybody and fewer pitfalls.…

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Microsoft adds video offering to Office 365. Oh NOES, you'll need Adobe Flash

Lovely presentations... but not on your Flash-hating mobe

Microsoft has added a video portal to Office 365, enabling users to upload and share videos. The service will be in preview soon, and available to all customers with the right kind of subscription in early 2015.…

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Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years

Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists

Fujitsu’s CTO slapped down the net neutrality dogmatists yesterday, saying the flood of data due to the emergence of the internet of things meant society would force a new pricing model.…

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GROUP HUG, shouts Facebook. C'mere and let us MONETISE you some more

App guys? Still happy with using Facebook login?

Facebook's app-breakout strategy - aimed at spreading its tentacles further in an effort to squeeze more ad revenue from its userbase - continued on Tuesday, with the launch of a Groups app.…

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HDS: Storage? Pah! We're working on a SMART CITY OPERATING SYSTEM

Converged, hyperscale Internet of Things and smart cities rig

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is working on two projects that will scale its compute and storage technologies to serve Internet of Things deployments in smart cities.…

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DRaaS-tic action: Trust the cloud to save your data from disaster

Accidents happen...

In modern computing, disaster recovery can be thought of in the same way as insurance: nobody really wants to pay for it, the options are complicated and seemingly designed to swindle you, but it is irrational (and often illegal) to operate without it.…

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The Big Data wrangling CIO you've probably never heard of: But his kit probably knows YOU

The sprawling retail web estate handling 5m views per hour

Shop Direct is a £1.7bn group that owns some of the best-known brands in retail - firms that pioneered what the cutting edge of shopping.…

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YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins

Who will save the systems from the men and women who save the systems from you?

Some sysadmins will go to extremes to secure a network, viewing it (wrongly) as their property.…

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Force India to run GP2 champion Palmer in Abu Dhabi test

Force India have announced that they will give 2014 GP2 Series champion Jolyon Palmer his debut F1 run at next week's season-closing test in Abu Dhabi. The 23-year-old, who became the first Briton since Lewis Hamilton to win the GP2 crown when he sealed the title with an event to spare at Sochi last month, said he was delighted to have been handed a chance by the Silverstone team

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VMware testing servers-by-the-minute cloud

vCloud Air joins the come-and-get-it cloud caper

ournalists who cover cloud have a recurring nightmare: leaving the “l” out of “public cloud” and copping a caning in the comments for their somewhat Freudian slip.…

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It's the Ghost of Twitmas Past! Embarrassing tweets BACK FROM THE DEAD to haunt you

Engineers open up search to all missives since 2008

Remember those regrettable tweets you posted years ago? The ones that thankfully, eventually, disappeared from trace? Twitter remembers. And now everyone else will, too.…

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Tuesday 18 November 2014

McLaren: No driver decisions until December

McLaren have decided to put off any announcement on their 2015 driver line-up until next month in order to focus on this weekend's season-ending 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and next week's subsequent post-race test. Neither of the British squad's current drivers, former champion Jenson Button and rookie Kevin Magnussen, has yet been reconfirmed

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Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights

Virgin Media: UK fans pay the most for the fewest matches

UK communications watchdog Ofcom has opened an investigation into Premier League football TV rights, following a complaint from Virgin Media.…

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Can’t be TRUSTe-d? Online privacy firm coughs $200k to settle 'deception' charges

FTC acts after regulation oopsie

TRUSTe, which issues the privacy seals displayed on thousands of websites, has paid a settlement over charges it deceived consumers through its Privacy Seal Program.…

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China BLOCKS Verizon's EdgeCast before internet meeting

Content delivery network buried under Great Firewall

Verizon's recently acquired content delivery network EdgeCast has been blocked in China the day before the country hosts the World Internet Conference.…

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So you want to introduce a BYOD plan. Where do you start?

It's all about control

Like it or not, BYOD (bring your own device) is here to stay. Being able to get your emails on your personal iPad and such is all very well but it comes with both a cost and a risk.…

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FIA press conference schedule - Abu Dhabi

Mercedes' title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg and outgoing champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull will be among the six drivers taking part in the official FIA press conference at Yas Marina on Thursday. On Friday it is the turn of senior team personnel to answer questions from the press, with representatives from no less than seven teams - big and small

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NYC mulls free 1Gbps Wi-Fi to replace phone booths (a glass box with a landline inside)

Pay-phones to be torn up and replaced with hotspots – plan

New York City could replace public pay-phones in five boroughs with Wi-Fi hubs to build a city-wide wireless internet network.…

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How to keep everything fluffy in your hybrid cloud world

Five steps to happiness

Cloud computing is a big deal these days. Old farts like me can debate ad nauseam whether cloud is just a new word for what we use to call managed or hosted services and whether it is barking to call an on-premise virtualised infrastructure a private cloud.…

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Monday 17 November 2014

NBN Co screws lid on FTTP coffin

Copper and HFC dominate in new corporate plan

NBN Co has set in place the new rollout principles announced last week, in the form of a new corporate plan.…

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FCC: Gonna need y'all to cough up $1.5bn to put broadband in schools

Kids need more fiber, says Wheeler, and you'll pay for it

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to spend $1.5bn on hooking up high-speed broadband to more American schools and libraries.…

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Internet Society slams online 'UN Security Council' plan, snubs permanent seat offer

So, this is all going well, isn't it?

The Internet Society has blasted efforts from some quarters to create a "UN Security Council" for the internet – which would rule over the online world.…

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Holy cow! Fasthosts outage blamed on DDoS hack attack AND Windows 2003 vuln

Monday, bloody Monday

Fasthosts' five-hour collapse today has been blamed on a Distributed Denial of Service attack and a security flaw spotted on its Windows 2003 shared web server kit.…

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Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table

Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine

If you sell digital goods on a website using Google Wallet to take payment, you have a little over three months to find an alternative.…

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We come bearing internet: Google's Project Loon balloons in second test

Choc Factory, Telstra test more internet-for-all blimps

Google is to run another test flight for its Project Loon internet-bringing balloons, this time sending up 20 new helium gas bags in Australia in partnership with Telstra.…

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Sainz Jr handed Red Bull Abu Dhabi test outing

Formula Renault 3.5 champion Carlos Sainz Jr will join Daniel Ricciardo in Red Bull's line-up for the final Formula One test of 2014 in Abu Dhabi. Sainz Jr, who won seven times en route to becoming the youngest champion in FR3.5 history this year, will drive on the first day of the two-day test

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TalkTalk dumps Vodafone, jumps into bed with Telefónica UK

Challenges Virgin, BT with aggressive fourplay

Carphone Warehouse’s former pet telco TalkTalk has jumped ship from Vodafone to do an MVNO deal with Telefonica, signalling a move that will see it take on other quad-play telcos.…

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Fasthosts goes titsup, blames DNS blunder

Monday morning blues for biz customers

Fasthosts went titsup this morning after DNS issues blighted the service.…

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Broadband floggers in Blighty are UP TO no good, says UK watchdog

ISPs' speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers

UK telcos need to stop fibbing about the network speeds they offer to subscribers, consumer champion Which? demanded today.…

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ZUCK! Facebook plans to barge into YOUR OFFICE with Facebook at Work – report

London devs beavering away at project, apparently

Facebook's decision to hire engineers in London is reportedly related to its plans to build a social-network-for-suits to compete with LinkedIn, Microsoft Office and Google Drive.…

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Caterham confirm Kobayashi for Abu Dhabi

Kamui Kobayashi will race in the season ending 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Caterham have announced. The team have missed the last two rounds of the championship, in the United States and Brazil, due to ongoing financial issues

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Sunday 16 November 2014

T-Mobile shop demands proof of dead hubby to end contract – widow returns with his ashes

A different kind of bill shock

A widow was forced to take direct action against a T-Mobile shop, after it demanded payments for her dead husband's bill.…

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up

Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER

Virgin Media's broadband network suffered what appeared to be a widespread service disruption on Saturday – the second such weekend, packet loss blunder to have struck the cable company in recent months.…

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Saturday 15 November 2014

Zuck: Yo, admen! You wanna flog your brands on Facebook? PAY UP or LEAVE


Facebook is clamping down on advertisers who use the free content ad network to tout brands through so-called "promotional Page posts".…

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Friday 14 November 2014

Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals

By writing a really angry letter about how it's harming our cloud business, ta

Apple, Microsoft, HP and other cloud giants are begging Europe for help to stop US feds seizing customers’ data from servers on the Continent.…

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Caterham say they will race in Abu Dhabi

Caterham have announced they plan to take part in next weekend's season-ending 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The team have missed the last two rounds, in the United States and Brazil, due to ongoing financial issues. “We now head to Abu Dhabi ready to show what a hard-working and positive group of people this

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

No one else has managed to do it...

The winner of the competition for a Poppy 3D viewer from Firebox is Martin Harding from Great Yarmouth.…

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NetApp to put Amazon’s cloud ONTAP for thirsty customers

Managing data and storage with Cloud ONTAP and SteelStore

NetApp is continuing its strategy of trying to get ONTAP more integrated with Amazon's storage cloud by having it manage data in Cumulo Amazonius, and back up data to said cloud with the recently acquired SteelStore product.…

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BlackBerry comeback: BES12 server revealed – it will manage ALL THE THINGS

Windows Phone, iOS, Android... oh, and BlackBerry 10

Turnaround artiste John Chen marked one year as BlackBerry boss with an avalanche of enterprise software news related to the firm's new BES12 server, which can manage enterprise mobe devices running Android, iOS, Windows Phone – and of course, BB's own mobile OS.…

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4G is quicker than 3G, reports Ofcom. Can't we get you on Mastermind, Sybil?

Doubts remain over accuracy of UK mobe broadband speeds

Mobile broadband speeds in the UK are pretty good, according to a new report from Ofcom, although concerns remain over the methodology used. The average mobile broadband download speed on 4G (15.1Mbps) was more than twice as fast as 3G (6.1Mbps) across all the networks.…

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Are dangers lurking on your workers' operating systems?

Watch out for what BYOD brings

We have had enough wake-up calls now, right? Enough squeaky-bum moments.…

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Cold? Cuddle these HOT GERMAN RACKS, yours for only 12,000 euro – we swear there's an IT angle

Nun, das ist verteiltes Rechnen!

A startup in Germany reckons it's found a, how can we put this, courageous way to merge cloud computing with staying warm at home this winter.…

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Bloated, slow and self-perpetuating: Cisco slams standards groups

Open source meritocracy would avoid ITU power grab and IETF mission creep, says Borg

Cisco's chief architect and CTO for engineering David Ward has blasted standards development organisations (SDOs), asking whether they are “relevant in a rapidly expanding environment of Open Source Software (OSS) projects.”…

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America, here's what the FCC's Rosenworcel REALLY thinks about your broadband

Wait, before you click … oh, too late …

One of the FCC's five commissioners, Jessica Rosenworcel, says she wants to use both the 1934 and 1996 telecommunication laws to bring US broadband up to date.…

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Thursday 13 November 2014

Amazon, Docker hop in bed: What happens in Vegas WON'T stay in Vegas

AWS EC2 makes trendy Linux containers first-class citizens

Amazon’s CTO Werner Vogels today revealed a Container Service for AWS's EC2 cloud.…

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The Lambda that roared: Amazon unveils hands-free, event-driven compute service

Triggered code free devs from IT management woes

Amazon upped the ante for application development on Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Thursday, with the launch of a new service that lets developers write event-driven code without managing any infrastructure.…

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Judge: Terror bomb victims CAN'T seize Iran's domain name as compensation

ccTLDs aren't like cars or houses

A judge in Washington DC has ruled that a country's entire internet registry cannot be seized, averting a global diplomatic crisis.…

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CityFibre FEEDS hungry EE and Three customers with DARK FIBRE

Lighting up masts for data-munching mobile networks

EE and Three signed an agreement with CityFibre this morning to deploy dark fibre backhaul links to mobile masts for the UK networks.…

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Amazon cloud apps LIVE! Bezos' boys spin up 'lifecycle management' services

Integration, deployment tools to speed AWS development

Amazon thinks it knows a thing or two about deploying applications in the cloud, and to prove it, it's rolling out a collection of new tools to help developers improve the build and deployment lifecycles of their cloudy apps.…

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McLaren-Honda interim car set for first run on Friday

Honda's new Formula One power unit will run on track for the first time on Friday, when it will be fitted in a developmental McLaren as part of a filming day at the UK's Silverstone circuit. McLaren have been building the interim MP4-29H car in order to test the installation and integration of the Japanese company's turbocharged V6 power unit ahead of the 2015 season

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Alcatel-Lucent buries EDGE routers in x86 server fleet

Who needs ASICs with 320Gbps half-duplex performance?

Alcatel-Lucent is the latest firm to announce that it's turning its entire routing code base into a virtual router to run on x86 server platforms.…

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Is your kid ADDICTED to web porn? Twitter? Hint: Don't blame the internet

New study: What parents worry about – and what they definitely SHOULDN'T worry about online

Parents' biggest concern about life online is admen stalking kids across the web, according to new research.…

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NBN Co working on pay-for-fibre-to-your-premises product

New multi-technology principles mean if you're not getting FTTP now, paying's the only option

NBN Co, the company building Australia's national broadband network, has released “broad principles” it says “will determine which access technology will be deployed to connect communities to the National Broadband Network (NBN).”…

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Wednesday 12 November 2014

Amazon: DROP DATABASE Oracle; INSERT our new fast cheap MySQL clone

Claims Aurora db offers 5x performance for pennies

Amazon fired a volley at Oracle and other relational database vendors on Wednesday, with the launch of a new, cloud-hosted database service that it says can deliver better performance than on-premises installations at a fraction of the cost.…

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Who will save Europe's privacy from the NSA? Oh God ... it's Google

Sucking up everyone's data? That's our freakin' job!

A Google lawyer says Europeans spied on by the NSA should get the same rights as Americans – such as the right to sue the US government for privacy invasions.…

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FCC announces NET NEUTRALITY DECISION: Er, we'll decide in 2015

An open internet is not just for Christmas, it's for life

US watchdog the FCC has decided to ponder a little more on the fate of net neutrality – and delayed a crucial vote on the issue until next year.…

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What a huge achievement!

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Rackspace joins Microsoft's Windows Azure Pack partner army

Like Windows Server? You'll love the whole package

Cloud-flinger Rackspace has joined Microsoft’s new army of cloud service providers.…

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Why can't a mobile be more like a cordless kettle?

Power without plugs

When Dick Powell, ace designer and co-founder of SeymourPowell, designed the Tefal Freeline, the world’s first cordless kettle, it wasn’t for the likes of you and me. The thinking behind it was that while most people could cope with a power lead, those with restricted mobility could not.…

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Yorkshire man NICKS 1,000 EE customer login details and passwords. ICO issues TINY FINE

Change the law – chuck baddies in jail, says watchdog

A man who illegally accessed the passwords and login details of more than 1,000 EE customers has been fined just £500 for his actions by the UK's data watchdog.…

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I'll be attending this tomorrow evening - hope to see you there!

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Hamilton: Points lead no comfort for season finale

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton insists his current 17-point advantage over Nico Rosberg in drivers' championship does not give him a margin of safety heading into the Abu Dhabi season finale. Hamilton can afford to finish second to his team mate and title rival at Yas Marina and still clinch a second drivers' crown, but the Briton believes that he cannot take his lead over Rosberg for granted

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TalkTalk's 'unbeatable signal strength' and 'fastest Wi-Fi tech' FIBS silenced by ad watchdog

Our lab tests were impeccable, mumbles budget ISP

TalkTalk is the latest ISP to be rapped by the UK's advertising watchdog for telling porkies about its broadband service.…

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Don't forget to register/watch the AWS re:Invent live webcast today at 9am PST

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Manage the risks and seize the opportunities of BYOD

How MDM can help

Many companies understand the obvious aspects of BYOD (bring your own device) and mobile device management (MDM). Employees work on the devices that they like and use and share data seamlessly, whether that data is personal or business.…

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We interrupt this cat video to say you're out of data

Telstra promises real-time mobile data use alerts

Australia's dominant telco, Telstra, has flicked the switch on real-time notifications of mobile data use.…

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Tuesday 11 November 2014

Amazon bags control of .book – but NOT .cloud

dot-Explosion in dot-words dot-continues with dot-millions dot-blown by dot-biz

Bookseller-turned-bazaar Amazon has beaten off competition from eight other companies, including Google and publisher Bowker, to win the right to sell domains ending in .book.…

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Loss of Wales PSN gig? No worries, says Logicalis UK boss

'Smaller deals are less risky and more profitable anyway'

Services-based reseller Logicalis is looking to fill the void left by losing the Wales Public Sector Network (PSN) gig to BT with more bite-sized projects. Well, that's the plan at least.…

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Red Hat goes nuclear in Linux container wars with Atomic Host beta

Lean, mean server OS that's custom tailored for Docker

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host 7 has entered beta, giving Red Hat customers a lean, lightweight OS host for container-oriented cloudy IT.…

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Welcome the DISRUPTIVE NEWCOMER: Microsoft Lumia

Nokia name finally extirpated from Redmondian handsets

Microsoft is finally putting its own brand the phones it makes and sells. The company's latest Lumia 535 drops the Nokia branding completely, sporting 'Microsoft' front and rear.…

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Texas boffins put radio waves in a spin

Circulator would enable full-duplex cellphone operation on single frequency

University of Texas researchers have developed an electronic “radio wave circulator” they say would enable full-duplex communications on mobile phones using a single frequency band.…

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Zuck off, Facebook: More than half a BEEELLION loyalists snub compulsory Messenger app

Slap for chat app in yap gap

Facebook says about 500 million people use its Messenger phone app, somewhat short of the 1,120 million people who visit the social network each month from their mobiles.…

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Monday 10 November 2014

Yahoo!-backed Hadoop biz Hortonworks flings itself at the stock market

Open-source big data upstart in $100m IPO bid

Big data analytics firm Hortonworks filed paperwork with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday announcing its intent to go public, making it the first of the Hadoop startups to float an initial public offering.…

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Rosberg hopes spin may dent Hamilton's confidence

Brazilian Grand Prix winner Nico Rosberg is hoping that Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton's half-spin in Sunday's race at Interlagos could knock the Briton's confidence and assist his own bid to clinch the 2014 drivers' championship. Rosberg says Hamilton's error could highlight a possible weakness in his rival

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Online tat bazaar eBay collapses in UK

Second-hand rubbish sellers RAGE as auction site goes down

Online tat bazaar eBay has collapsed in the UK, with intermittent outages affecting people around the country.…

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Managing BYOD starts with asset management

I think therefore ITAM

The prevalence of BYOD (bring your own device) activity across the enterprise landscape has seen every IT vendor worth its salt try to offer a solution to the problem of keeping employees' mobile devices under control.…

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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

If you must pick Windows, pick early and stick

The worldview of elastic compute, or mine at least, has historically had very little Microsoft involved in it. Recently however, I have attended several job interviews and one question that has invariably been asked is: “We are planning on moving from Windows to Linux. Have you done it before?”…

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Russian internet traffic detours through China's Frankfurt outpost

A tale of twisted traceroutes

Russian domestic internet traffic has in the past year sailed through Shanghai due to routing errors by China Telecom, network boffin Doug Madory says.…

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Sunday 9 November 2014

FIA post-race press conference - Brazil

Drivers: 1 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 2 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 3 - Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing) PODIUM INTERVIEWS Q: Nico, what a fantastic race you did. I was really impressed with all your performance

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Race - selected team and driver quotes

Jenson Button on the early gambles which set him up for a 'fantastic' fourth place; Sebastian Vettel on why memories of 2012 played a part in his first lap caution; Force India's Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg on their contrasting fortunes at Interlagos. The drivers and senior team personnel report back on the 2014 Formula 1 Grande Premio Petrobras do Brasil 2014

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Race - Rosberg holds off Hamilton for crucial Brazil win

Nico Rosberg kept his title hopes alive by resisting the challenge of Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton to take his fifth win of the season in Sao Paulo on Sunday. Behind the closely matched Silver Arrows duo, Felipe Massa delighted the home fans by taking third for Williams, with McLaren's Jenson Button and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel completing the top five

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

Labour MP is never far away from Fear Agenda script

Former, draconian Home Secretary David Blunkett – who held the post at the time of the 9/11 attacks in the US – has claimed that technology companies that encrypt communications on their networks are helping terrorists to spread fear.…

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

Web Safe FAIL kills access to loads of 'respectable' sites

Virgin Media customers were hit by an annoying network cockup on Saturday, after the cable company's smut-filtering Web Safe system stupidly blocked lots of websites.…

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Elon Musk and ex-Google man mull chucking 700 internet satellites into orbit

Report says billionaire is in early talks to build factory

Space rocket baron Elon Musk is reportedly in tentative talks with industry players and regulatory bods to build 700 internet satellites weighing less than 250 pounds each.…

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Saturday 8 November 2014

FIA post-qualifying press conference - Brazil

Drivers: 1 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 2 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 3 - Felipe Massa (Williams) TV UNILATERAL Q: Nico, fastest in all practice sessions, fastest in all qualifying sessions, I guess you would call that a perfect job? How are you feeling? Nico Rosberg: Perfect job only if it works out tomorrow

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Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes

Daniel Ricciardo on why he and Red Bull seemed to lose performance overnight; Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne on how a lack of Friday running blighted his qualifying hopes; and Lotus on the cause of their Saturday struggles - and the reasons they are more optimistic for Sunday. The drivers and senior team personnel report back after qualifying in Sao Paulo

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Qualifying - Rosberg claims pole by narrowest of margins in Brazil

Nico Rosberg collected his 10th pole position of the season in Sao Paulo on Saturday afternoon, but it was close - the German lapped just 0.033s quicker than championship rival and Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton. And Williams were in on the fight too, as local favourite Felipe Massa claimed third, just ahead of team mate Valtteri Bottas, followed by the McLaren of Jenson Button and the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel

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FP3 - Rosberg continues to lead the way in Brazil

Nico Rosberg completed a hat-trick of fastest practice times as he once again headed Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton in the third and final practice session at Interlagos on Saturday morning. Behind the Silver Arrows drivers, who both lapped faster than Juan Pablo Montoya's 2004 lap record, were the Williams duo of home favourite Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas

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Zuck on The Social Network: 'They kinda made up a bunch of stuff that I found hurtful'

It's not about the money – billionaire boydroid protests

Mark Zuckerberg has once again trashed David Fincher's candid portrayal of the Facebook co-founder's life in his 2010 movie The Social Network.…

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How mobile device management is taking on the BYOD challenge

Can it bring anarchy under control?

Every IT manager worth his or her salt would really like to get hold of users’ physical devices to lock down security and manage privileges, protocols and permissions in the perpetual quest for control. This is not always possible.…

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Friday 7 November 2014

Marussia reach the end of the road

Marussia will not compete in the final two rounds of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship after administrators confirmed on Friday that they have been unable to find a solution for the team's financial problems. After going into administration late last month, Marussia were absent from the recent United States Grand Prix and news of the UK-based squad's subsequent closure means they will take no further part in the current season

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FIA Friday press conference - Brazil

Team representatives - Paul Monaghan (Red Bull Racing), Pat Fry (Ferrari), Paul Hembery (Pirelli) Rob Smedley (Williams), Sam Michael (McLaren) Q: Paul Hembery, if we could start with you? Interesting day today to say the least. Obviously a new track surface here at Interlagos

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Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes

Daniel Ricciardo hints that the second row of the grid - or better - could be within Red Bull's reach; Nico Rosberg allays fears that tyre blistering could be a major headache for Mercedes and the rest of the grid; Jean-Eric Vergne explains why his Friday travails won't derail his weekend. The drivers and senior team personnel report back on the first day of action in Sao Paulo

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FP2 - Rosberg heads Hamilton in disrupted session in Brazil

Nico Rosberg headed Lewis Hamilton for another Mercedes one-two as three red flags disrupted the second practice session in Sao Paulo on Friday afternoon. Kimi Raikkonen put Ferrari third, ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and the Williams duo of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, but the other Ferrari of Fernando Alonso ground prematurely to a halt with flames coming from its rear, causing one of the stoppages

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FP1 - Rosberg edges title rival Hamilton in Sao Paulo

Nico Rosberg claimed the early advantage in Brazil as he shaded Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton to set the pace in tricky conditions on Friday morning. Toro Rosso enjoyed a strong session, with Daniil Kvyat third fastest and rookie Max Verstappen sixth - the duo split by Fernando Alonso's Ferrari and the Williams of Felipe Massa

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from LinkedIn

Guess what's missing from Ofcom's MoD spectrum sale... YEP, coverage obligation

Public sector bonanza, but not if you live in the country

Ofcom has opened a consultation (PDF) on plans to auction Ministry of Defence spectrum next year - but the regulator has failed to include coverage obligations in the proposals, despite controversy over mobile "notspots".…

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Mobile giants: 4G is so yesterday. Better IT can kickstart revenue growth

Hear that, IT crowd?

Just as operators struggle to make direct profit improvements from LTE, so the vendors have long given up on 4G upgrades being the solution to all their problems.…

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A fantastic article that contains a lot of value.

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Amazon Workspaces Introduces New and Improved Bundles

Today we are refreshing the available hardware and software options for Amazon WorkSpaces.

We are introducing a Value bundle, which is a great option for people in your organization who use a browser and one or two productivity applications. The Value bundle includes 1 vCPU, 2 GB Memory, and 10 GB of user storage. The Value Plus bundle is also available, which provides the same hardware resources and also includes Microsoft Office Professional.

To provide you with better performance, the hardware resources for WorkSpaces Standard bundles are being increased from 1 vCPU to 2 vCPUs and from 3.75 GiB Memory of memory to 4 GiB of Memory. There is no additional charge for these new hardware resources. All existing Standard and Standard Plus WorkSpaces will be upgraded automatically to the latest hardware before the end of the year. This will automatically occur during the scheduled maintenance window for the AWS region in which the WorkSpace is located. We will notify you 5 days prior to the window in which your WorkSpaces will be upgraded. All of your data on the C and D drives will be maintained during the upgrade.

Lastly, you can now choose to use Office Professional 2013 or Office Professional 2010 on your WorkSpaces if you select one of the Plus bundles.

The bundle updates are available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) regions today, and will be available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region soon. Visit your AWS Management Console, or learn more by visiting our website.

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Amazon: Put this always-on Wi-Fi mic in your house, please. What could go wrong?

Echo – listen to me all day ... 'OK, will do'

Somewhat out the blue, Amazon is flogging a new gadget called Echo – which is a cross between ice maiden Siri and wireless speaker system Sonos, and will save you having to using your fingers ever again.…

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Thursday 6 November 2014

Ericsson boss sticks a pin in Google’s loony Loon bubble

Buy Earth-based radio gear instead, says maker of Earth-based radio gear

Google is wasting its time with its aptly named Project Loon and drones. So says Hans Vestberg, Ericsson’s CEO.…

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Rosberg: title hopes depend on good fortune

Nico Rosberg admits his 2014 world championship prospects rely on the providence of fortune, but insists he is still optimistic of overhauling Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton with two rounds of the season remaining. Rosberg dropped to 24 points behind Hamilton at the last round in the United States, and whilst he cannot mathematically lose the title in Brazil this weekend

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Java 8 Tomcat 8

Java 8 Tomcat 8 is now available on AWS Elastic Beanstalk. Elastic Beanstalk already makes it easier to quickly deploy, manage and scale Java, Docker, Node.js, Python, PHP, .NET, and Ruby applications on AWS. Now, Elastic Beanstalk offers the same functionality for Java 8 Tomcat 8 applications. For a complete list of supported platforms, see Supported Platforms.

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Python 3.4, Java 7 GlassFish 4.0, and Java 8 GlassFish 4.1

AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Python 3.4, Java 7 GlassFish 4.0, and Java 8 GlassFish 4.1. You can now deploy your applications relying on these languages/frameworks on Elastic Beanstalk using the AWS Management Console and the new EB CLI v3 we launched last week.

With this release, we are introducing a new category of supported platforms – Preconfigured Docker. This category of platforms is based on the language stacks provided by the Official Docker Repos on the Docker Hub Registry. This allows us to quickly provide you with the newest versions of additional language/framework platforms. If you are interested in building your own platforms based on the official Docker language stacks, you can use our Dockerfile(s) as a starting point.

The ‘Preconfigured Docker’ platforms are delivered as Docker containers allowing you to develop and test your applications locally using the same container that your application will be deployed to on Elastic Beanstalk. For more information on how to get started with these platforms, see Getting Started with Elastic Beanstalk Preconfigured Docker Platforms.

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