Thursday, 31 December 2015

Facebook 'Free Basics' service frozen in Egypt

Are they all telling it to zuck off?

Facebook's “Free Basics” service - which bundles together the Social NetworkTM's pick of news, weather and health apps and delivers it via UAE telecoms giant Etisalat to millions of Egyptians - has been shuttered in the land of pyramids.…


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BBC News website takes New Year's Eve off

Error 500

The BBC News website has evidently decided it's had enough of 2015, and is this morning taking a New Year's Eve break.…


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Good news! US broadband speeds are up. Bad news – they're still rubbish

Inventor of the internet lagging behind developed world

Average internet speeds have increased in the US over the last year, but America is still falling behind many other developed economies when it comes to data speeds and latency.…


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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Cache-astrophic: Why Valve's Steam store spewed players' private profiles to strangers

Lid blown on web riddle

PC gaming biz Valve has explained why its Steam software store blurted people's personal details to strangers on Christmas Day.…



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iiNet struggles through five-day outage to get thousands back online

If you can read this in Western Australia, congrats – your broadband has been fixed

Engineers at ISP iiNet are still battling to restore connectivity to subscribers left for days without internet access in Western Australia.…


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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Linode's crippling cyber-siege enters day four

And punters aren't happy about the downtime

Virtual server host Linode has been on and offline since Christmas Day as it weathers a fierce ongoing denial-of-service attack. Four days in, its customers are getting grumpy.…



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2015 wasn't about AWS. It was about everybody getting ready to try to beat AWS

Will the end of cheap money cast a cloud over 2016?

2015 Year Review  One star eclipsed all others in the enterprise in 2015: Amazon. Or, rather, its cloud division, AWS.…



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Monday, 28 December 2015

Now Add or Modify Request Headers Forwarded From Amazon CloudFront to Origin

You can now configure Amazon CloudFront to add custom headers, or override the value of existing headers, to requests forwarded to your origin. You can use these headers to help validate that requests made to your origin were sent from CloudFront; you can even configure your origin to only allow requests that contain the custom header values you specify. Additionally, if you use multiple CloudFront distributions with the same origin, you can use custom headers to distinguish origin request made by each different distribution. Finally, custom headers can be used to help determine the right CORS headers returned for your requests. You can configure custom headers via the CloudFront API and the AWS Management Console. There are no additional charges for this feature. For more details on how to set your custom headers, you can read more here.



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Now Available in AWS GovCloud (US): D2 instances, the latest generation of Amazon EC2 Dense-storage instances

You can now launch D2 instances, the latest generation of Amazon EC2 Dense-storage instances. D2 instances are designed for workloads that require high sequential read and write access to very large data sets, such as Hadoop distributed computing, massively parallel processing data warehousing, and log processing applications.



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Chinese govt demands encryption keys because ... er, terrorism

FBI dreams wistfully of Middle Kingdom mandate

China has passed its first antiterrorism law – a worrying development for companies looking to do business securely in the Middle Kingdom.…



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AWS CloudFormation Adds Support for AWS WAF and AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory

AWS CloudFormation has added support for two additional AWS services and several new features.

You can now provision the following AWS services using CloudFormation. Visit here for a full list of supported services.



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Thursday, 24 December 2015

SAP business apps rolled as Hitachi cloud service

Private's the word

SAP’s software is to be offered as a private cloud service, says Hitachi Consulting, the services wing of the Japanese tech giant.…



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Bookstore sells some data centre capacity, becomes Microsoft, Oracle's nemesis

Another amazing year for Amazon

Sysadmin's 2015 review part 1  With 2015 drawing to a close and 2016 about to begin, it is time to reflect on the fact that the world never stops changing. The tech industry certainly changes, and so here's one sysadmin's view of the industry's movers and shakers.…



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India may have binned Facebook's freebies on net neutrality grounds

Report says local regulators aren't happy with Zuckerberg's mission to civilise

Facebook's “Free Basics” program, which sees its Indian telecoms partner Reliance Communications offer free internet access to a select group of sites, has reportedly earned the ire of India's telecoms regulator.…


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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Oracle promises 'next-gen' Texas cloud campus

Old bull spins up US presence in Silicon-steer state

Oracle has unveiled plans for what looks like the first-of-its kind “next-generation technology” campus inside the US.…



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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Cisco probes self for Juniper-style backdoors, silently mouths: 'We're doing this for yooou'

No intentional holes, we promise, but we'll check anyway

In the wake of the Juniper router backdoor scandal, Cisco is reviewing its source code to make sure there are no similar nasty surprises lurking within.…


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Comcast 'rolls out' 'world's first' DOCSIS 3.1 modem, pumping 1Gbps over existing cable

(In one home. In Philadelphia.)

Everyone's favorite ISP Comcast says it has switched on its first live gigabit internet service without having to lay a single inch of new cable.…


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Amazon EC2 Container Service Supports Additional CloudWatch Metrics

You can now use additional Amazon CloudWatch metrics published by Amazon ECS for monitoring the reserved amount of CPU and memory resources used by running tasks in your clusters. You can create a CloudWatch alarm using these metrics that will add more Amazon EC2 instances to the Auto Scaling group when a cluster’s available capacity drops below a threshold you define. For more information on how to scale using CloudWatch alarms and Auto Scaling groups, see the documentation.



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Launch Amazon EMR Clusters in Amazon VPC Private Subnets

You can now create Amazon EMR clusters in private subnets in your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). Previously, Amazon EMR only supported creating clusters in public subnets, which required an attached Internet gateway. With Amazon EMR release 4.2.0 and later, you can now also launch your clusters in a private subnet with no public IP addresses or attached Internet gateway. You can create an endpoint for Amazon S3 in your VPC to give your Amazon EMR cluster direct access to data in Amazon S3, and optionally create a Network Address Translation (NAT) instance for your cluster to interact with other AWS services that do not currently support endpoints in VPC.



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Amazon EC2 Container Service Supports Additional Deployment Options

You can now use two additional parameters for running Docker-enabled applications on Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS). You can set the minimumHealthyPercent parameter to provide a lower limit on the number of running tasks during a deployment, enabling you to deploy without using additional cluster capacity. You can also set the maximumPercent parameter to provide an upper limit on the number of running tasks during a deployment, enabling you to define the deployment batch size. To learn more about these deployment options, see the documentation.

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No £160m for you: BT to receive termination notice from Cornwall before Christmas

High Court OKs Cornwall Council's move to ditch outsourcing deal

The High Court has ruled in favour of Cornwall Council's decision to ditch its 10-year £160m outsourcing deal with BT, following moves by the telco provider to stop the authority canning the deal.…


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UK ISP Sky to make smut an opt-in service from 2016

Family filters will be on for all new broadband subscribers

UK internet service provider (ISP) Sky Broadband will turn on family filters by default for all new subscribers as of 2016.…


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Microsoft reveals Azure Stack hardware specs

If this preview configuration holds, Redmond's hybrids will be rather slim

Microsoft has revealed the hardware required to run the preview of Azure Stack, its on-premises and ever-so-hybrid version of the cloud Azure operating environment.…



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Google's SHA-1 snuff plan is catching up with Microsoft, Mozilla

Alphabet subsidiary names Jan 1st, 2017, but hopes it can move it to July 1, 2016

Google has outlined its approach to deprecating the compromised SHA-1 hash in its Chrome browser.…



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Monday, 21 December 2015

Amazon EC2 Container Registry Now Available

Amazon EC2 Container Registry (ECR) is now available to all customers.

Amazon ECR is a fully-managed Docker container registry that makes it easy for developers to store, manage, and deploy Docker container images. Amazon ECR is integrated with Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS), simplifying your development to production workflow. Amazon ECR eliminates the need to operate your own container repositories or worry about scaling the underlying infrastructure. Amazon ECR hosts your images in a highly available and scalable architecture, allowing you to reliably deploy containers for your applications. Integration with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) provides resource-level control of each repository. With Amazon ECR, there are no upfront fees or commitments. You pay only for the amount of data you store in your repositories and data transferred to the Internet.

Click here to learn how to get started with Amazon EC2 Container Registry. Please visit our product page for more information about Amazon EC2 Container Registry.



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Amazon EC2 Container Registry Now Available

Amazon EC2 Container Registry (ECR) is now available to all customers. Amazon ECR is a fully-managed Docker container registry that makes it easy for developers to store, manage, and deploy Docker container images. Amazon ECR is integrated with Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS), simplifying your development to production workflow. Amazon ECR eliminates the need to operate your own container repositories or worry about scaling the underlying infrastructure. Amazon ECR hosts your images in a highly available and scalable architecture, allowing you to reliably deploy containers for your applications. Integration with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) provides resource-level control of each repository. With Amazon ECR, there are no upfront fees or commitments. You pay only for the amount of data you store in your repositories and data transferred to the Internet.

Click here to learn how to get started with Amazon EC2 Container Registry. Please visit our product page for more information about Amazon EC2 Container Registry.



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Private cloud: Strategy and tactics from the big boys

App repatriation – it's for winners

Comment  A few weeks ago I attended the Italian VMUG user conference. One of the most interesting sessions at the event was “Strategic Private Cloud”, presented by Alan Civita of Sky UK, who confirmed what is now a common trend in very large IT organisations: a strategy based on two different private clouds.…



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UK government names Cloudy Foundry Her Majesty's preferred PaaS

'Very close contest' with Tsuru sees GDS promise government-as-a-platform in early 2016

The UK's Government Digital Service (GDS) has named Cloud Foundry as its preferred platform-as-a-service.…



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An on-demand video subscription isn't just for Christmas... Oh. It is

OTT services must overcome hideous churn rates to find success

Premium video content is a must have for the Christmas period and to avoid missing out consumers are signing up to a multitude of OTT services, but this will only be a festive fling for a large proportion.…


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Telstra wins copper repair contract on the copper it sold to nbn

Optus in on the act, too, with deal to build and maintain HFC network sold to nbn

You can't make this stuff up: after selling its copper hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) networks to nbn, Telstra has won contracts to maintain those networks and to re-design the latter to carry the DOCSIS 3.1 data transmission standard.…


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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Amazon API Gateway Supports API Definition Import and Export

You can now export API definitions for Amazon API Gateway. Through a new API you can export your API configurations as a Swagger file from the API Gateway Management Console. You can export Swagger definitions including the API Gateway integration tags as well as POSTMAN annotations. Read our documentation to learn more about this feature.



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Friday, 18 December 2015

Enhanced Monitoring is now available for Amazon RDS MySQL, MariaDB and Amazon Aurora

You can now get deeper visibility into the health of your Amazon RDS instances in real time with Enhanced Monitoring for Amazon RDS. It provides a comprehensive set of over 50 new system metrics and aggregated process information for your instances, at granularity of up to 1 second. You can visualize the metrics on the RDS console, and also integrate them with CloudWatch and third-party applications.



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The Firewall Awakens: ICANN's exiting CEO takes internet governance to the dark side

Welcome to the Chinese NetMundial Initiative

ICANN's exiting CEO has stunned internet governance experts by fronting a new Chinese government initiative to expand its view of how the internet should be run.…


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AWS Config Rules - now broadly available to all customers

AWS Config Rules allows you to create rules that continuously check the configuration of relevant AWS resources recorded by AWS Config, and notifies when resources do not comply with these guidelines. Using the rules dashboard, you can track overall compliance status and troubleshoot specific resource configurations that do not comply. The preview of Config Rules was announced on Oct 7, 2015 at AWS re:invent.



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AWS IoT Now Generally Available

AWS IoT is now Generally Available (GA) for production use, and is releasing new features to make it even easier to use AWS IoT to connect devices to the cloud and to other devices.



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Assembly of tech giants convene to define future of computing

'Cloud natives' include two-year-old Docker, 104-year-old IBM

A flurry of the tech world’s great and good signed up the Cloud Native Computing Foundation yesterday, and kicked off a technical board to review submissions – which will be tested and fattened up on a vast Intel-based “computer farm”.…



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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Turn on CloudTrail across all regions and support for Multiple Trails

Turn on a Trail across all regions: You can now turn on a trail across all regions in the for your AWS account. CloudTrail will deliver log files from all regions to the Amazon S3 bucket and an optional CloudWatch Logs log group you specified. Additionally, when AWS launches a new region, CloudTrail will create the same trail in the new region. As a result, you will receive log files containing API activity for the new region without taking any action. Using the CloudTrail console, you can specify that a trail applies to all regions. For more details, refer to the Applying a trail to all regions section of the CloudTrail FAQ.



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Amazon CloudFront Now Supports Gzip Compression at the Edge

Amazon CloudFront can now compress your objects at the edge. You can now configure CloudFront to automatically apply GZIP compression when browsers and other clients request a compressed object with text and other compressible file formats. This means that if you are already using Amazon S3, CloudFront can transparently compress this type of content. For origins outside S3, doing compression at the edge means you don’t need to use resources at your origin to do compression. The resulting smaller size of compressed objects makes downloads faster and reduces your CloudFront data transfer charges.



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13,000 Comcast customers complain to FCC over data caps

Imposed without agreement; measured suspiciously

More than 13,000 people have complained about Comcast's imposition of a new 300GB monthly data cap, a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed.…


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Now Create up to 500 Security Groups in Amazon VPC

We are excited to announce that we’ve raised the limit of Security Groups from 100 to 500 in your Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). A security group acts as a virtual firewall for your instance to control inbound and outbound traffic.   With 500 security groups you can now increase the granularity of your security profile for your EC2 instances and further customize your virtual network in the AWS cloud.



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Easily Launch Select Third-Party Software on AWS, Using New Compatibility between AWS Marketplace and AWS CloudFormation

AWS Marketplace, which lists popular 3rd party software for sale by independent software vendors, has announced support for Clusters and AWS Resources. Using AWS CloudFormation, these features make deploying software from AWS Marketplace faster and easier than ever before, from testing to production.



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Introducing Amazon VPC NAT Gateway: A Managed NAT Service

You can now use Network Address Translation (NAT) Gateway, a highly available AWS managed service that makes it easy to connect to the Internet from instances within a private subnet in an AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).  Previously, you needed to launch a NAT instance to enable NAT for instances in a private subnet.



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EE Power Bar recall: Telco will waive £5 fee for laggards

Small print said you'd pay if you didn't give it back

EE has confirmed it will not apply extra charges to customers who don't return their Power Bars, despite the mass recall announced this morning.…


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Cloud Foundry interop scheme leaves PaaS players certifiable

PaaS portability promise is signed, sealed, delivered

The Cloud Foundry Foundation has created what amounts to a good cloudkeeping seal of approval.…



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Bungled storage upgrade led to Google cloud brownout

Credentials copied to new storage, but software looked for the old storage

Google's 'fessed up to another bungle that browned-out its cloud.…



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EE recalls all 'Power Bar' USB batteries due to 'fire safety risk'

Stop using danger dongles now, then claim £20 voucher to spend on other EE accessories

British carrier EE has issued a recall for all “Power Bars”, the company's name for external USB batteries.…


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Carbonite acquires Seagate's EVault backup cloud for US$14m

On this of all days, the Universe just gave the storage industry a Star Wars angle

Cloud backup outfit Carbonite has acquired Seagate's EVault cloud backup service.…



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Amazon EC2 Container Service Available in EU (Frankfurt)

Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) region.



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Canadian live route map highlights vulnerabilities to NSA spying efforts

You knew routing was odd, but did you know how odd?

Researchers at the University of Toronto have created a mapping tool that shows how internet data moves around and how the NSA can use just a few surveillance sites to scoop up online traffic.…


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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Announcing New Region and Features for Amazon Workspaces Application Manager

Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager (WAM) is now available in the EU (Ireland) region and has two new management features. These new features allow you to share application packages with other AWS accounts and delete packages within your AWS account using the Amazon WAM Studio. Package sharing allows you to virtualize an application one time, and share it with many AWS accounts. You can then customize the application configuration for each user to which the application is assigned using Configurable App Events.



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FCC gives small ISPs a pass on open internet rules

Local broadband carriers let off regualtion

The FCC has extended a rule that will exempt small broadband carriers from portions of its 2015 Open Internet rules.…


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AWS Cost and Usage Reports: Comprehensive and customizable reporting on your AWS costs and cost drivers

Today we launched AWS Cost and Usage Reports. These new reports provide a number of features that allow you to better understand and manage your costs.



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Google says Project Fi wireless network now slabable

LTE data-only option opens doors for iOS and Galaxy Tab S

Google has extended its Fi wireless service to support LTE-equipped tablets.…


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AWS Trusted Advisor adds checks for CloudFront, EBS/EC2, and IAM, updates Service Limits and S3 check

Four new checks have been added to Trusted Advisor to provide guidance related to EBS, CloudFront, and IAM access keys, with two updates released for existing S3 and service limit checks. These checks provide additional guidance to help provision your resources to improve system performance and reliability, increase security, and optimize cost.



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AWS Service Catalog is now available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) region

AWS Service Catalog allows organizations to create and manage catalogs of IT services that are approved for use on AWS. These IT services can include everything from virtual machine images, servers, software, and databases to complete multi-tier application architectures. AWS Service Catalog allows you to centrally manage commonly deployed IT services, and helps you achieve consistent governance and meet your compliance requirements, while enabling users to quickly deploy only the approved IT services they need.



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Hapless Virgin Media customers face ongoing email block woes

All because of that damn Google ditching Gmail support for ISPs

Virgin Media has admitted its new spam filters are continuing to block the legitimate emails of various people and companies, and says it is working with individual businesses to unblock their comms.…


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Cyber security buck stops with me, says Dido Harding

We wanted to tell customers sooner, but cops wouldn't let us

The chief executive of TalkTalk, Dido Harding, has told MPs that she alone is responsible for cyber security at the company, but that the operator does not yet know if the major hack it experienced in October was avoidable.…


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In-flight 3G arrives, promises aerial internet at mobile roaming costs

No faster that WiFi but looks easier to use

Panasonic company AeroMobile Communications Limited claims to have launched the first in-flight 3G service.…


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EC2 Run Command now supports Linux

Today we are excited to announce that we have added the ability to use EC2 Run Command with your Linux instances.  Back in October, we launched EC2 Run Command, a feature that enables you to securely manage the configuration of your Amazon EC2 instances.  With the addition of Linux support, you can now easily and consistently administer your EC2 instances regardless of your choice in operating systems.



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AWS Lambda Launches Slack Integration Blueprints

Slack is a messaging app that makes it easy for teams to communicate with each other and with their automated systems. AWS Lambda now makes it easy to get started building chat-based DevOps solutions with new console blueprints. These blueprints help you post Amazon CloudWatch alarms and other Amazon SNS messages to your team’s Slack channel as an incoming webhook, where your team can keep track of IT operations and quickly take action. Lambda is also the easiest way to create and run Slack commands. A new blueprint for building Slack commands using Lambda functions makes it quick to automate tasks and expose business logic as chat-based commands. AWS Lambda makes Slack developers more productive by eliminating the need to manage servers, scaling, and deployments when building commands and automated notifications. Both blueprints are available in JavaScript (Node.js) and Python.



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Introducing t2.nano: the Smallest, Lowest Cost Amazon EC2 Instance

You can now launch the t2.nano, the newest Amazon EC2 burstable-performance instance. Starting at only $4.75 per month ($0.0065 per hour), it is the lowest priced Amazon EC2 instance. The t2.nano features 512 MiB of memory and 1 vCPU, making it well suited for workloads that require a consistent baseline performance with the ability to burst. T2 instances are backed by the latest Intel Xeon processors with clock speeds up to 3.3 GHz.



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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Red Hat launches dedicated enterprise cloud platform

Leave your coders to coding for $50k a year

Red Hat has launched a dedicated cloud platform for companies that want their developers to focus on coding.…



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Annoucing aws-shell - the interactive productivity booster for the AWS CLI

Earlier this year at AWS re:Invent, we announced the aws-shell project, which provides a number of convenience and productivity features to users of the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI). The project is now available on GitHub (http://ift.tt/1Uw2ktu) and PyPI (http://ift.tt/1mmyz31). The current list of key features include:

  • Auto-completion of commands and options
  • Auto-completion of resource identifiers (Amazon EC2 instance IDs, Amazon SQS queue URLs, Amazon SNS topic names, etc.)
  • In-line documentation for commands and options
  • Ability to execute regular shell commands without exiting
  • Exporting executed commands to a text editor


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EU mobile roaming rules to save customers billions in bills

Carriers, meanwhile, will feel the squeeze from lost charges

Mobile carriers are poised to see a significant hit to their bottom lines with the looming rollout of new rules on roaming charges.…


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GOP senators push FCC to kill support for local broadband

Brave crusaders stand up for billion-dollar cable monopolies

A group of US Senators is asking the FCC to dial back its support for local governments that wish to set up municipal ISPs.…


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Enhancements to the Amazon Machine Images (AMI) Copy Service

We are excited to announce that starting today the Amazon Machine Images (AMI) Copy Service supports copying AMIs from another AWS account within the same AWS region or across regions.The process of copying AMIs from another AWS account is same as copying AMIs within your account. You can use the AWS Management Console, EC2 Command Line Interface, or EC2 API.



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Amazon EBS announces support for encrypted boot volumes

Starting today, you can launch Amazon EC2 instances with an encrypted Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) boot volume, which together with EBS data volume encryption means you can now encrypt all your EBS storage.



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EE tops Ofcom’s naughty list, generates most fixed line broadband complaints

Issues related to faults, billing, and complaints all mentioned

EE has once again topped Ofcom's naughty list for the most-complained about broadband providers, despite previous promises by the operator to try harder.…


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New gear needed to capture net connection records, say ISPs

Who's paying for this? Take a guess. Hint: Probably not UK.gov or MI5

Communication providers will need to invest in new equipment if they are to capture people's internet connection records (ICRs) and comply with planned new UK surveillance laws, three major UK internet service providers (ISPs) have said.…


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Walking away from VirtuStream is the right thing for VMware to do

JV with EMC added no appreciable value to Virtzilla's cloud strategy

News that VMware has bailed from VirtuStream, the hybrid cloud joint venture it struck with EMC, should come as a relief to VMware users and those contemplating its cloudy offerings.…



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Monday, 14 December 2015

Amazon RDS Now Supports Oracle Database Standard Edition Two (BYOL) and October 2015 PSU

You can now launch Oracle Database Standard Edition Two (SE2) instances under the Bring Your Own License (“BYOL”) licensing model as well as take advantage of Oracle 12c and 11g October 2015 Oracle Patch Set Updates (PSU).



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Amazon DynamoDB: Titan Graph Database Integration

You can now use DynamoDB as the storage backend for the newest version of the Titan graph engine, 1.0.0. Titan 1.0.0 provides support for TinkerPop 3, as well as several bug fixes and optimizations. Tinkerpop 3 is the latest version of the Tinkerpop graph computing framework. For full list of updates in Titan 1.0.0 please see the release notes.



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Nokia, ARM, twisting Intel bid to reinvent the TCP/IP stack for a 5G era

Re-jigging network protocols is a proxy war for data centre dominance in telco-land

Nokia and ARM are at the heart of a bid to revamp the ageing TCP/IP stack to make it better suited to networks that need to operate at very high speed and/or low latency. Among the plethora of industry alliances at the intersection of telecoms, IT and IP, this looks like one with a genuine contribution to make to the evolution of future standards, including 5G.…


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Friday, 11 December 2015

Adobe: We locked our customers in the cloud and out poured money

Profits double after shift to software subscriptions

Reassuringly expensive software maker Adobe is laughing all the way to the bank after shunting more of its customers into the cloud - like they had any choice in the matter.…



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Amazon Web Services clears fog with public cloud fee price list API

Biz reckons it wants to make flogging cloud less misty

Cloud pusher AWS has released a price list API, in a bid to add a bit more transparency to the foggy pricing model of public cloud services.…



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Mozilla backs away from mobile OS as Android looks invincible

When in a hole, stop digging

If 2014 was a year of brave new mobile operating systems, challenging Android’s dominance with open platforms and modern cloud-oriented designs, 2016 looks set to be the year when their hopes die.…


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Microsoft offers Linux certification. Do not adjust your set. This is not an error

When 'they' say the cloud changes everything, 'they' might be right

Microsoft's decided it needs to offer a Linux certification.…



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Typo in case-sensitive variable name cooked Google's cloud

Patch to Container Engine needed just one more item of Shift key action

Google has admitted that incorrectly typing the name of a case-sensitive variable cooked its cloud.…



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Amazon Redshift announces tag-based permissions, default access privileges, and BZIP2 compression format

Tag-based, resource-level permissions and the ability to apply default access privileges to new database objects make it easier to manage access control in Amazon Redshift. In addition, you can now use the Amazon Redshift COPY command to load data in BZIP2 compression format. More details on these features below:



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VMware finds back door for US military mega-deal, but Nutanix, Citrix protest again

Small deal with US Army expanded, and set alarms ringing

VMware's foes have again protested its attempts to strike a new deal with much of the US military.…



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Now record changes to IAM Users, Groups, Roles and Policies and write Config Rules to check their state

AWS Config continuously records changes to the configuration of your AWS resources and notifies you of these changes through Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS). Config rules monitor these resources for compliance with desired configurations you specify.



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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Amazon Machine Learning now Integrated with AWS CloudTrail

You can now enhance the security and visibility of Amazon Machine Learning API calls with AWS CloudTrail, to deliver log files containing records of your API calls. You can use AWS CloudTrail logs for security analysis to troubleshoot operational and security incidents, or for auditing and resource tracking for your Amazon ML API usage. You can receive logs for Amazon Machine Learning API calls when you turn on AWS CloudTrail from the AWS CloudTrail console.



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Verizon sees AT&T 'sponsored data' billing scheme, says 'me too!'

Another telco signs on for net neutrality end-run

Verizon is reportedly looking to roll out a controversial data plan some believe violates net neutrality principles.…


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HP Euro Cloud28 app store open for biz, 'get yer infra-as-service ere'

Branding nightmare if UK actually withdraws from EU

HP Enterprise Hewlett Packard Enterprise has cut the ribbons on its EU-wide tech-as-a-service market stall Cloud28 - let’s hope the UK doesn’t vote to pull itself out of the union, necessitating a name change.…



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Vodafone slings sueball at Dutch telco alleging anti-competitive conduct

Operator's Dutch wing wants €115m from a perplexed KPN

Vodafone has initiated legal proceedings against Netherlands-based telco KPN, with the claim that the latter's business practices have affected competition and consumer choice in the country.…


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Announcing AWS Price List API, Programmatic Access to AWS Prices

You can now query for prices of AWS Services using the AWS Price List API. You can also subscribe to an SNS topic and receive notifications when AWS prices update. For example, when new instance types are launched, when services are introduced in new regions or when new services are introduced you will get an SNS notification. AWS Price List API makes prices available in two formats, JSON and CSV.



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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

AWS CodeDeploy Available in Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region

AWS CodeDeploy is now available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) AWS region.



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Announcing New Features for Amazon EC2 VM Import/Export and AWS Management Portal for vCenter

We are excited to announce new operating system support and new VM Import/Export and AWS Management Portal features that make it easier to migrate virtual machines from your on-premises environments to Amazon EC2.



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Elastic Load Balancing: Support for Automatic Re-registration of EC2 Back-end Instances When Stopped and Restarted

We are pleased to announce that Elastic Load Balancing now supports automatic re-registration of back-end instances when they are stopped and restarted. You can reduce costs by using the ability in Amazon EC2 to stop your EBS-backed instances when they are not needed. With the automatic re-registration functionality, when you restart a stopped instance that is registered with a load balancer, it is automatically brought back into service with the load balancer.



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Announcing 5 New AWS Direct Connect Locations

We are thrilled to announce 5 new AWS Direct Connect locations. The new locations are at Equinix Slough (supporting our Dublin region), Equinix Dallas (supporting our Northern VA region), GPX in Mumbai (supporting our Singapore region), Tivit in Sao Paolo (supporting our Sao Paolo region), and a dedicated location for our AWS GovCloud (US) region at Equinix San Jose. This brings our total location count up to 23.



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Service Last Accessed Data Now Available in the AWS IAM Console

The IAM console now displays service last accessed data that shows the hour when an IAM entity (a user, group, or role) last accessed an AWS service. Knowing if, and when an IAM entity last exercised a permission can help you remove unnecessary rights and tighten your IAM policies with less effort. This helps you write more secure access control policies that better adhere to the principle of least privilege—that is, granting only the permissions required to perform a task.



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IBM has visions of a cloudy future ... so buys Clearleap

Just add it to the aquisition pile, on top of Gravitant

IBM has slurped up video services company Clearleap for an undisclosed pile of cash, part of Big Blue's ongoing moves to reinvent itself as a cloudy player.…



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CTERA Networks offers up in-cloud server backup

Protecting thousands of tenants from a single console, apparently

Cloud storage gateway startup CTERA Networks now has an enterprise file services platform to protect server data across any cloud infrastructure, presented as part of a cloud server data protection offering.…



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Snapchat TITSUP on heels of Google App Engine outage

Correlation, causation or coincidence?

Google's App Engine suffered a long overnight outage that may have also sent high-profile customer Snapchat into a Total Inability To Support Usual Performance (TITSUP) state.…



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Chicago and LA teased with promise of Google gigabit pipes

AT&T also has big rollout, provided you don't mind being tracked

Google has added two of the largest cities in the US to its ranks of potential fiber markets.…


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Linknet shuttering, blames NBN rollout

NSW north coast customers at risk of three years without the Internet

Long-time indy ISP Linknet on the NSW north coast is shuttering its business, saying it's been overbuilt by the NBN and can't recapitalise to become a reseller.…


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Announcing Amazon CloudWatch Logs Batch Export to S3

We are happy to announce the immediate availability of batch export to Amazon S3 for Amazon CloudWatch Logs.



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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Internet's root servers take hit in DDoS attack

Who's testing the limits of the DNS system?

The internet's root servers came under a concerted distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack last week that effectively knocked three of the 13 critical pillars of the internet offline for several hours.…


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AWS Service Catalog is now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region

AWS Service Catalog allows organizations to create and manage catalogs of IT services that are approved for use on AWS. These IT services can include everything from virtual machine images, servers, software, and databases to complete multi-tier application architectures. AWS Service Catalog allows you to centrally manage commonly deployed IT services, and helps you achieve consistent governance and meet your compliance requirements, while enabling users to quickly deploy only the approved IT services they need.



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EC fires antitrust charges at Qualcomm over its pricing tactics

Wireless chipset maker accused of acting illegally to snuff out rivals

Loss-making mobile chip blueprint scribbler Qualcomm was today slapped with antitrust charges by the European Commission for allegedly using bully-boy tactics to snuff out the competition.…


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Monday, 7 December 2015

Specify Multiple Availability Zones in a Single EC2 Spot Fleet Request

You can now specify multiple Availability Zones and VPC subnets in a single Amazon EC2 Spot fleet launch specification. Because the Spot price fluctuates independently for each Availability Zone, listing more availability zones can enable you to run your instances at even lower prices. By default, Spot instances will be placed into the zones where the Spot price is lowest at the time of launch.



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Protect Instances from Termination by Auto Scaling

The Amazon Auto Scaling service now allows you protect instances from termination during a scale-in event.



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Pirate Bay domain suspended thanks to controversial verification system

File-sharing site didn't verify its Whois – and disappeared

The Pirate Bay's .org addresses have been suspended as part of a controversial verification process run by domain name overseer ICANN.…


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Dropbox tells Mailbox and Carousel users to get their affairs in order

Both services set for shutdown in first quarter 2016

Dropbox is going to be nixing the Mailbox and Carousel services early next year.…



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Amazon Aurora Now Supports Encryption at Rest

Amazon Aurora now allows you to encrypt your databases using keys you manage through AWS Key Management Service (KMS). On a database instance running with Amazon Aurora encryption, data stored at rest in the underlying storage is encrypted, as are the automated backups, snapshots, and replicas in the same cluster. Encryption and decryption are handled seamlessly so you don’t have to modify your application to access your data. When you create a new Aurora database instance, you can choose to enable encryption via the AWS Management Console or API. You may use the default RDS key automatically created in your account or use a key you created using KMS to encrypt your data. For more information about the use of AWS Key Management Service with Amazon Aurora, see the Amazon RDS User's Guide. To learn more about AWS KMS, visit the AWS KMS overview page.



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Most businesses collecting data they never use, survey finds

Ripe for the picking...

Most companies in the UK, France and Germany collect data they never use, according to a new survey.…



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NBN opens 400 tech jobs in looming second Melbourne security shop

Garden State becomes Security State.

nbn, the company building Australia's national broadband network (NBN), will hire 400 tech bods over the next two years to staff its upcoming Cyber Security Operations Centre in Melbourne's south.…


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Friday, 4 December 2015

Smart telly, router, app makers have left a security hole open for – drum-roll – three years

Bodes well for the Internet of Things

A security hole that has been known and patched for the last three years remains vulnerable in over 6.1 million connected devices.…


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Amazon RDS MySQL now supports MySQL 5.5 on M4, R3, and T2 instances

Starting today, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) allows you to run either MySQL 5.5 or MySQL 5.6 on supported instances. For MySQL 5.5, this now includes standard (M4), memory-optimized (R3), and burst-capable (T2) instances. For more information on the instances available through Amazon RDS, please visit the Instance Classes page.



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AWS Announces New Office in Istanbul

We are pleased to announce that Amazon Web Services has opened an office in Turkey to help support the growth of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud and its rapidly expanding customer base in the country. The office is now open and operational in Istanbul and is supporting businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to Turkey's oldest and most established enterprises, as they make the transition to the AWS cloud.

To learn more about working with AWS in Turkey, customers can visit the AWS Turkey page.



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Ofcom retreats from 4G spectrum auction after legal threat from Three, O2

Sale halted while Brussels eyes merger plan

Ofcom has halted its 4G spectrum auction, following threats of legal action from Telef√≥nica UK and Hutchison.…


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Google in 24-hour cloud brownout

App Engine task queue tasks sloo...ooww for ~10% of instances

Google is suffering a cloud cockup, and hasn't been able to fix it for more than 24 hours.…



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Announcing Managed Microsoft Active Directory in the AWS Cloud

AWS Directory Service now lets you run a Microsoft Active Directory (AD) as a managed service. AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also referred to as Microsoft AD, is powered by Windows Server 2012 R2. When you select and launch this directory type, it is created as a highly available pair of domain controllers connected to your virtual private cloud (VPC). The domain controllers run in different Availability Zones in a region of your choice. Host monitoring and recovery, data replication, snapshots, and software updates are automatically configured and managed for you.

Microsoft AD enables you to run directory-aware workloads in the AWS cloud, including Microsoft SharePoint, custom .NET and SQL Server-based applications. You can also configure a trust relationship between Microsoft AD in the AWS cloud, and your existing on-premises Microsoft Active Directory, providing users and groups with access to resources in either domain, using single sign-on (SSO).



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Verizon, the final Frontier: Landlines, TV, ISP biz to explore strange new worlds

$10.5bn buyout in three US states clears final hurdle

US telco Frontier Communications has cleared its final hurdle towards a $10.54bn deal that will see it take over Verizon's landline phone, TV, and ISP business in California, Texas, and Florida.…


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Random Data Splitting and Cross-validation with Amazon Machine Learning

You can now set up your Amazon Machine Learning (Amazon ML) model evaluations to be more accurate through a random splitting strategy, enabling you to train and evaluate ML models based on random subsets of input data records. Random splitting may be the best strategy to establish that your evaluation data is representative of your training data, ensuring that your model evaluation is correct. You can choose your splitting strategy through the Amazon ML console or API, and receive alerts when the training and evaluation data are not similar, enabling you to select a different data splitting strategy for the next model iteration.



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Thursday, 3 December 2015

Announcing Amazon Route 53 Traffic Flow, Global Traffic Management in the Cloud

We are excited to announce the release of Amazon Route 53 Traffic Flow, an easy-to-use and cost-effective traffic management service that lets you manage how your end-users are routed to your application’s endpoints—whether in a single AWS region or distributed around the globe. End user routing is managed via simple policies you can build like a flowchart in the Amazon Route 53 console, and then import or export via the Amazon Route 53 API in JSON format.



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AWS CloudFormation Adds Support for AWS CodePipeline, AWS Config and more

AWS CloudFormation has added support for four additional AWS services and several new features.



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Is Kazakhstan about to man-in-the-middle diddle all of its internet traffic with dodgy root certs?

Come on, guys. Don't go giving the Russians any ideas

Kazakhstan may be about to intercept and decrypt its citizens' internet traffic – by ordering them to install rogue security certificates.…


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Microsoft's full-fat E5 Office 365 plan with phone extras goes live

More features, more security, more expensive

Microsoft's new high-end Office 365 plan, E5, has gone live with pricing around 50 per cent higher than the existing E3 plan, which remains available. E3 costs $20 (£14.70) per user per month, whereas E5 is $35.00 (£21.80), a bigger price differential for US users.…



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AWS OpsWorks Supports Chef 12 for Linux

You can now use Chef 12 to configure and manage Linux on your Amazon EC2 and on-premises instances. This is in addition to existing Chef 12 support in AWS OpsWorks for Windows. OpsWorks is a service that helps you automate operational tasks like code deployment, software configurations, package installations, database setups, and server scaling using Chef.



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CloudFlare intros HTTP/2, so we can ‘spend holiday time with our family’

So … erm, that’s a good thing, probably

CloudFlare is introducing HTTP/2 support for all of its users, to be available on all SSL/TLS connections – while still supporting SPDY – so netizens can spend more time with their families instead of waiting for pages to load this Christmas.…



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Flexible friend: Data's Big digital journey online

The analogue shift disguised its original purpose

Big Data and All That  The media appear to suffer from a congenital compulsion to simplify everything down to a level they can grasp. Big data is one of those simplifications: something that can be shoved down a Fat Pipe. Enid Blyton passed away before the IT explosion and only got as far as Big Ears.…


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Part of the world's IT brought down by Azure Active Directory issue

Microsoft speaks. As do office workers now … to each other!

Alas, poor Redmond has acknowledged the Azure Active Directory is "having issues" alongside the disappearance of its Office 365 service in the UK and Europe.…



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Microsoft Office 365, Azure portals offline for many users in Europe

Status page says all systems go, users cannot log in

Microsoft's Office 365 service has gone offline for many users in the UK and Europe, though the cause and extent of the outage is not yet known.…



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PaaS the SLAs: HPC is like one great big cloud ... right? Guys?

Our man goes to the Supercomputing Summit and likes what he sees

Comment  Here I am on day 3 at the Supercomputing Summit.. I think I’ve been waiting for more than 15 or 20 years to re-live this kind of experience, which is very similar to what it was like going to conferences back in the 1990s.…



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And on Thor's Day, Ingram confirmed Odin's absorption

Plesk and Virtuozzo to live ordinary, mortal, independent companies

You read it here first, folks, Ingram Micro has indeed acquired service-provider-centric virtualiser Odin from Parallels.…



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NBN: blowout or not, leaks are an irritant for government

But they're also a two-edged sword for the ALP

Australia's shadow communications minister ALP's Jason Clare is pimping a leak of a March 2015 internal document penned by nbnTM , the entity building Australia's national broadband network (NBN) to prove another cost blowout in the rollout. But his arguments may not add up to much.…


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Iran – yup, Iran – to the rescue to tackle Internet of Things security woes

Unfortunately also want controls over 5G and things like VoIP

It's no secret that people are getting increasingly jumpy about poor security within the Internet of Things.…


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Wow, what took you so long? Comcast bends net neutrality rules

It's not the internet, stupid! It's our managed network

Comcast has started bending the intent behind net neutrality rules with a new service, just as those rules are heading to a DC court this week.…


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Amazon EC2 Container Service Available in Asia Pacific (Singapore)

Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) is now available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) region.



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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Vote for me, Hotspot Hillary – I'm your $250bn broadband builder-in-chief

Other presidential candidates seem to think the internet is just for raising money

Analysis  Hillary Clinton has announced a $250bn plan to build out the United States' broadband infrastructure and ensure that everyone has fast internet access at an affordable price by 2020.…


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Brit hardware hacker turns Raspberry Pi Zeros into selfie slayers

Internet of Wrongs too lame for Wassenaar

Kiwicon  Hipsters and selfie addicts beware: infosec man Steve Lord has crafted a tool designed to sever your line of addiction to Instagram by quietly blocking it over public Wi-Fi.…


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Chef Server on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployment

Quick Starts are automated reference deployments for key workloads on the AWS cloud. Each Quick Start launches, configures, and runs the AWS compute, network, storage, and other services required to deploy a specific workload on AWS, using AWS best practices for security and availability.



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Announcing New Edge Location in Chicago, Illinois for Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53

We are pleased to announce that we’ve added a new edge location in Chicago, Illinois for Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53. The new edge location helps improve performance and availability for end users of your application and supports all Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53 features at no additional cost. With the addition of the Chicago edge location, there are now a total of 21 edge locations in the US and 54 worldwide.



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HPE: If we don't give Deutsche Bank right contracted outcome, we'll lose money

Risk, reward baked into 10-year Helion private cloud deal

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has a risk and reward element hard wired into the 10-year cloudy infrastructure deal with Deutsche Bank and will lose money if things don’t go as planned, an exec has confirmed.…



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BlackBerry cancels BBM Meetings

subhead

BlackBerry is dumping one of the more attractive features of its enterprise software comeback plan only a year after launching it.…


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MSFT boffins bust mobile data bottlenecks with iOS app

Base stations are only part of the problem, researchers find

Microsoft Research boffins in Singapore and India have put up a novel idea: an app designed to identify where a smartphone's downloads are suffering and route around the problem without bothering the network operator.…


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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

NSW government mulls unified public safety comms

Roll it up into one contract and watch the telcos feed

The government of the Australian state of New South Wales has completed a review of emergency services telecommunications, and has decided it wants a single statewide network.…


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RDS Postgres now supports three additional extensions (ip4r, pg_buffercache, pgstattuple), and three new parameters to add more functionality

Starting today, RDS PostgreSQL has added support for three popular PostgreSQL extensions:



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Ofcom spins out Wi-Fi checker app just in time for Christmas

*Insert snark here about fairy lights and microwaved turkey dinners*

The UK's communications watchdog has released a Wi-Fi checker app to help broadband customers with wireless set-up in their homes and offices.…


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Mobile bank upstart Tandem scores regulatory thumbs-up

Finance as a service, hosted on private cloud

Banking startup Tandem has been cleared to offer digital financial services in the UK.…



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Blighty competition watchdog pokes pointy finger into cloud storage

CMA probing whether price and service changes breach consumer law

Price hikes and last-minute service tweaks to cloud storage offerings have caught unwanted attention from the UK's Competition and Markets Authority.…



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Microsoft wants to be your phone company, at least for voice

Skype for Business adds a cloudy PBX and calling plans to and from the PSTN

Microsoft wants to become your phone company, at least for for voice.…


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Belkin's N150 router is perfect for learning hacking skills – wait, what, it's in production?

Practice your CSRF and DNS meddling exploits here

Belkin's home routers can be commandeered by hackers, thanks to a cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability and other bugs, we're told.…


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Monday, 30 November 2015

Hate your broadband ISP? Get your city to build one – that'll get the big telcos' attention

Top tips from economics experts

The answer to getting affordable broadband access to all citizens may lie in more municipal networks funded by local government, according to the OECD.…


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Microsoft whips out PowerApps – now your Pointy Haired Boss can write software, too!

Yipeeeee!?

Microsoft has announced PowerApps, a new way to create and host applications for its Azure cloud service.…



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BT inks deal with HP Enterprise – beams cloud to biz customers

Mmmm, how many acronyms does this involve? Answer: BT IP VPN HPE

In brief  Blighty telecoms giant BT has struck a cloudy deal with HP Enterprise for an undisclosed sum.…


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UK.gov pooh-poohs Virgin Media's whinge to Brussels over beefy broadband pot

'No issues with state aid compliance', huffs DCMS

Virgin Media has whined about the UK government's broadband rollout scheme, claiming that the £680m taxpayer-funded pot of cash doesn't represent "value for money".…


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Is it a Loon or is it a drone? Google seeks experimental radio license in US

[REDACTED] wants millimetre-wave experimental license because [REDACTED]

Google's asked the United States' Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to let it play with millimetre-wave technology America-wide for two years.…


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Google cloud outage caused by failure that saw admins run it manually ... and fail

Sysadmins, fat thumbs, and BGP black-holes conspire

A mistaken peering advertisement from a European network took Google Cloud's europe-west1 region offline last week for around 70 minutes.…



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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Broadband's frequency hunters denied Freeview patch – for now

Of COM8 and CBeebies: multiplex snare

Freeview is safe. For now. Mobile operators with broadband services were denied the 470-694MHz frequency used by the terrestrial TV service.…


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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Nominet to hike price of UK web domains by 50%

Costs risen considerably, says CEO. Members not persuaded

UK registry operator Nominet is planning to increase the cost of .uk domains by 50 per cent starting 1 March 2016, raising questions over its historic nonprofit status.…


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HP Enterprise and Azure sitting in a tree, p-a-r-t-n-e-r-i-n-g

The company that's definitely not HP Inc makes Microsoft its 'preferred public cloud' supplier

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is buddying up to Microsoft on public cloud, chief executive Meg Whitman has confirmed.…



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Eclipse staggers to feet, gets smacked by second DDoS

Internet service provider tells us: 'Internet based services' hit

Internet provider Eclipse has been hit by a DDoS attack, the second wave of an attack which began on Monday.…


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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Sitecore on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployment

Quick Starts are automated reference deployments for key workloads on the AWS cloud. Each Quick Start launches, configures, and runs the AWS compute, network, storage, and other services required to deploy a specific workload on AWS, using AWS best practices for security and availability.



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A font farewell to Fontdeck as website service closes

It’s that, or ‘stagnate as competition improves’

Fontdeck, a service which provided fonts to websites, is to close. Fonts can no longer be purchased, and existing fonts will no longer be served after 1 December 2016.…


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WordPress.com ditches PHP for Calypso JavaScript beat

Nice little open source reboot for a quarter of the web's sites

Blog web hosting service provider WordPress.com is embracing JavaScript and open-sourcing its code base, in what the platform’s chief reckons is a big, risky and controversial bet.…


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Video still causing mobile data traffic to shoot through the roof

Add some M2M into the mix... and trouble's coming

Currently, there are as many mobile subscriptions as people in the world, and every second, 20 new mobile broadband subscriptions are activated. This, and the increased video consumption on mobile devices, is pushing data consumption to new heights - mobile data traffic in Q3 2015 was 65 per cent higher than the previous year, according to Ericsson’s latest version of its bi-annual Mobility Report.…


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Dum dum dum - another cloud bites the dust (Adobe's photo cloud)

And Adobe's cloud's gone, and Seagate's cloud's gone, another one bites the dust

Adobe's announced it will close Revel, its Flickr-like cloudy photo storage service.…



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Amazon now renting physical servers you can cuddle and love

Long term discount deals coming to make AWS different from hosting how exactly?

This is different from hosting how exactly? Amazon Web Services has flicked the switch on “EC2 Dedicated Hosts” - a new cloud service that offers “physical servers fully dedicated for your use.”…



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AWS Elastic Beanstalk Adds Support for Environment Links

You can now create and model links between different application components (for example: frontend and worker, or frontend and API) when developing microservices-based applications in AWS Elastic Beanstalk. Previously, you had to manually hardcode links between components, making it difficult to manage and update multi-component applications. Now, you can easily model dynamic links between application components and then the components of your application can be updated as a group, or individually, using a configuration template and a single command. Links between application components are modeled using the AWS Management Console, CLI, or SDK.



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Monday, 23 November 2015

Use AWS Config to track EC2 Instances on Dedicated Hosts and assess license compliance

You can now use AWS Config to assess license compliance on Dedicated Hosts by turning on recording for instances and hosts. AWS Config records when instances are launched, stopped, or terminated on a Dedicated Host, and pairs this information with host and instance level information relevant to software licensing, such as Host ID, Amazon Machine Image (AMI) IDs, number of sockets and physical cores. This enables you to use AWS Config as a data source for license reporting.



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Now Available: Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts, and the ability to use existing server-bound licenses

You can now provision Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts, physical servers with EC2 instance capacity fully dedicated for your use. Dedicated Hosts can help you reduce costs by allowing you to use your existing server-bound software licenses, including Windows Server, SQL Server, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (subject to your license terms), and can also help you meet compliance requirements.



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AWS CloudTrail Integration with Amazon CloudWatch Logs is now available in AWS GovCloud

AWS CloudTrail integration with Amazon CloudWatch Logs is now available in AWS GovCloud (US). With this feature, you can monitor for specific API activity and receive email notifications when those specific API calls are made.



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TalkTalk Business email servers titsup for days after DNS config snafu

'Handful of customers' told to wait until Tuesday for a fix

An unknown number of TalkTalk Business customers have been unable to access their email messages for days, after the budget telco's servers went down on Friday.…


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EE plans to block annoying ads on mobile network

Operator mulls controls for 27m subscribers, chief says it's not about blocking

EE may have a pretty pathetic customer service record, but the company is hoping to cheer up its 27-million-strong subscriber base by potentially allowing them to block ads on their mobile phones.…


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Friday, 20 November 2015

Amazon Redshift now supports modifying cluster accessibility and specifying sort order for NULL values

We are pleased to announce two new features for Amazon Redshift, making it easier for you to control access to your clusters and expanding query capabilities.

  • Ability to modify cluster accessibility setting. You can now modify your Amazon Redshift cluster at any time, to be accessible from the public Internet or from only within your private VPC. Simply select Modify within the cluster detail page, and select Yes or No for the Publicly Accessible configuration setting. Yes means that the cluster will have a public IP address that can be accessed from the Internet. No means that the cluster will have a private IP address that can only be accessed from within your VPC. Either change will require a cluster reboot. For more details please see our documentation.
  • Sort order for NULL values. You can now specify whether NULL values should be ordered first, before non-NULL values, or last, after non-NULL values in your queries. To learn more, see the ORDER BY Clause section of the Amazon Redshift Developer Guide.

Amazon Redshift makes it easy to launch a fast, petabyte-scale data warehouse for less than $1000/TB/year. Get started with a free 2-month trial.



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Network problems? It's not just you. Level3 outages reported in the US

Backbone carrier looks to be grappling with cut cable headaches

Network carrier Level3 says a severed cable is to blame for an outage that hit portions of the US Friday morning.…


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Ofcom asks: Do kids believe anything they read on the internet?

Survey finds strong parental support for smut-blockers

Ofcom’s annual survey of digital literacy amongst children reveals strong support from parents for tools to limit or block net access - and some gullibility amongst children.…


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Apache Spark 1.5.2 and new versions of Ganglia monitoring, Presto, Zeppelin, and Oozie now available in Amazon EMR

You can now deploy new applications on your Amazon EMR cluster. Amazon EMR release 4.2.0 now offers Ganglia 3.6, an upgraded version of Apache Spark (1.5.2), and upgraded sandbox releases of Apache Oozie (4.2.0), Presto (0.125), and Apache Zeppelin (0.5.5). Ganglia provides resource utilization monitoring for Hadoop and Spark. Oozie 4.2.0 includes several new features, such as adding Spark actions and HiveServer2 actions in your Oozie workflows. Spark 1.5.2, Presto 0.125, and Zeppelin 0.5.5 are maintenance releases, and contain bug fixes and other optimizations.



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AWS Elastic Beanstalk Adds Detailed Health Metrics to the AWS Management Console

AWS Elastic Beanstalk now lets you view detailed health metrics for your applications from the Elastic Beanstalk Management Console. You can now view health status, metrics, and causes for individual EC2 instances within your environments. Previously, this view was limited to the Elastic Beanstalk CLI.



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VMware cofounder and CEO Dianne Greene to run Google's cloud

She's already on the Board, but Google's slurping her latest startup anyway

VMware cofounder and CEO Dianne Greene is to head all of Google's cloud efforts.…



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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Try Real-time Predictions from the Amazon Machine Learning Console

You can now preview real-time predictions directly within the Amazon Machine Learning (Amazon ML) console, before creating your smart applications. With this new feature, no code is necessary to request individual predictions and immediately see the results. You simply provide the content of a data record within the Amazon ML console, push a button, and quickly review the response. There is no additional cost to try real-time predictions from the Amazon ML console.

Visit the documentation for more information on trying real-time predictions from the Amazon Machine Learning console.



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AWS SDK for Go - General Availability

The AWS SDK for Go is now generally available and recommended for production use. We have been working on a number of improvements since the Developer Preview announcement in June, including:

  • Session struct: share configuration and request handlers between service clients
  • JMESPATH support: manipulate and query complex API responses and other structures using simple expressions
  • Paginators: easily iterate over multiple pages of List* operations
  • Waiters: block code execution on asynchronous changes in resource states
  • Comprehensive developer guide

We will continue to add timely support for new AWS APIs and introduce additional features to the SDK. As always, please find us on GitHub and let us know how we can improve your developer experience.

For more information, please see:

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How much has ICANN spent on lobbying US govt this year? $2.5m

Under pressure, DNS supremo publishing political expenses

Domain name overseer ICANN has spent $2.5m in the past year lobbying the US government, putting the small non-profit on a par with multi-national corporations.…


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AWS Device Farm adds support for web applications – Test your iOS, Android, and web apps against real devices in the AWS Cloud

You can now test iOS, Android, and web apps against a large (and growing) collection of real phones and tablets without the complexity and expense of deploying and maintaining your own device labs and automation infrastructure. Simply select the tests that you want to run against your app, choose the devices from a fleet of unique device/OS combinations, and within minutes you receive detailed reports that pinpoint bugs and performance problems.
 
Your first 250 device minutes are free. Start testing today



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RDS PostgreSQL now supports point-and-click upgrade from PostgreSQL 9.3 to 9.4

Starting today, you can upgrade your RDS PostgreSQL database instance from major version 9.3 to 9.4 with just a few clicks on the AWS Management Console. PostgreSQL 9.4 offers several performance and feature benefits over PostgreSQL 9.3 for many customers. This includes support for the JSONB datatype, which allows you to manage schemas more flexibly. We encourage you to read about what's new in PostgreSQL 9.4 and test your application for compatibility before you upgrade your databases to version 9.4. To upgrade, simply select the "Modify" option on the AWS Management Console corresponding to the DB instance you want to upgrade, choose the version of PostgreSQL 9.4 you want to upgrade to, and proceed with the wizard. Some of the earlier versions may not be available for upgrade to avoid the possibility of upgrading to a version that was released by the community before your current version. The upgrade may be applied immediately (if you select the "Apply Immediately" option), or during your next maintenance window (by default). Please note that in either case, your database instance will have an availability impact for a few minutes as the upgrade completes, and your database instance is rebooted. Please review the AWS User Guide to learn more.



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BT could lawyer up after Sky’s sport channels obligation removed

Ofcom decision comes one day after Sky Q set top box reveal

BT has attacked Ofcom's decision to lift a five-year-long obligation on Sky to offer its sports channels to competitors in the market.…


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Amazon: Just to let you know, Oracle's cloud is so 2011. That's all

Bezos cloud flinger challenges Ellison deal factor

Amazon has pressed the AWS new-service release stream to persuade enterprises against being tempted by tasty deals from cloud weakling Oracle.…



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Car radars gain sharper vision after ITU assigns special spectrum slice

Your roving eye will find prettier targets in the 79 GHz band

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has allocated the 79 GHz spectrum for use in motor vehicle applications.…


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Custom virtual machines come to Google's Compute Engine

Online configurator offers a sliding scale to let you scale cloudy servers

Google's just done something interesting with its cloud by adding a configurator that lets you roll your own servers.…



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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Bangladesh shuts down its internet during war crimes trial

Government claims online blockade was a misunderstanding

The government of Bangladesh shut down its internet for an hour earlier today in response to the announcement of the death penalty in a high-profile war crime trial.…


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Introducing Amazon VPC Endpoints for Amazon S3 in US GovCloud Region

Amazon VPC Endpoints for S3 is now available in US GovCloud Region. Amazon VPC endpoints are easy to configure and provide reliable connectivity to Amazon S3 without requiring an internet gateway or a Network Address Translation (NAT) instance. With VPC endpoints, the data between the VPC and S3 is transferred within the Amazon network, helping protect your instances from internet traffic.

Amazon VPC Endpoints for Amazon S3 provides two additional security controls to help limit access to S3 buckets. You can now require that requests to your S3 buckets originate from a VPC using a VPC endpoint. Additionally, you can control what buckets, requests, users, or groups are allowed through a specific VPC endpoint.

Amazon VPC Endpoints for Amazon S3 is available in the US Standard, US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and US GovCloud regions.

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New Genomics Resources on AWS – TCGA and ICGC Data Sets

Qualified researchers can now access two of the world’s largest collections of cancer genome data as AWS Public Data Sets.

The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) corpus of raw and processed genomic, transcriptomic, and epigenomic data from thousands of cancer patients is now freely available on Amazon S3 for registered users of the Cancer Genomics Cloud, one of the funded cancer cloud pilots of the National Cancer Institute.

Over 2,400 whole genomes from 1,100 unique donors from the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) PanCancer Analysis of Whole Genomes (PCAWG) data set is also freely available on Amazon S3 for credentialed researchers subject to the ICGC data sharing policies.

Access to the TCGA and ICGC data sets on AWS will be administered by third-party Trusted Partners who will also curate a set of cloud-based tools to accelerate use of the data. Making these data and tools available in the cloud to qualified researchers drastically lowers the barrier to entry in working with petabyte scale cancer genomic data, enhance collaboration across research groups, and potentially accelerate the development of new treatments for cancer patients.

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EMC enables data movement from the white fluffy stuff

Data centre forecast: Expect cloud-busting winds from the Amazon basin

Cumulo Hopkintus is forming new product shapes as cloud winds strengthen in the data centre. There’s no bending with these gales, and EMC is having to go with the flow, enabling data movement off its arrays and into the public cloud.…



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Behold, the fantasy of infinite cloud compute elasticity

Spinning up thousands of servers in minutes. Yeah, yeah, yeah

Comment  Cloud computing has elements of a fool’s paradise. We’re told it’s elastic, infinitely elastic even, with thousands of virtual servers spun up in minutes. But there's just one problem ... this is palpable nonsense, short-term excess capacity being mopped up by early entrants to a large resource.…



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'Shut down the parts of internet used by Islamic State masterminds'

Joe Barton is angry about Paris killings. Also has no idea what he's talking about

Analysis  US Congressmen have called on America's broadband regulator to figure out how to shut down websites and social media accounts used by the Islamic State.…


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CloudFlare CEO blasts Anonymous claims of ISIS terrorist support

Anons are our customers, and we don't censor them either, says Prince

Matthew Prince, CloudFlare's cofounder and CEO, has hit back at Anonymous, which claimed his firm backs ISIS by keeping terror websites up and running.…



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AWS IAM Launches Preview of SMS MFA for IAM Users

Today, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) launched the preview of the Short Message Service (SMS) multi-factor authentication (MFA) option for verifying IAM users when signing in to the AWS Management Console. MFA is a security best practice that adds an extra layer of protection in addition to users’ passwords. Until now, you could enable MFA for IAM users only with hardware or virtual MFA tokens, but this new feature enables you to use the text messaging functionality of a mobile phone to verify IAM users with MFA. After enabling SMS MFA, users are prompted for their password, as well as for an MFA security code that can only be received on their mobile phone via SMS. To sign up for the preview, register on the AWS MFA page.



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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Microsoft chief Satya drops an S bomb in Windows 10, cloud talk

S is for security, but what about privacy?

Microsoft claims it really does care about privacy and securing the cloud and Windows 10, promising to build cybersecurity teams and investing in the area.…



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Today's Quiz Question: Are there more SIMs than people in the world?

Mobile calls cost more. Check operator's rates before calling

There are now more SIMs than people in the world, with the former surpassing the latter a little earlier this year, or so says mobile network supplier Ericsson, with that particular factoid – and many others – found in its annual Christmas Pudding of traffic stats and forecasts, the 2015 Mobility Report.…


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TalkTalk boss on Joe Garner exit, Virgin Media support for Openreach and THAT attack

Top folk want to run public firms

ECTA Regulatory Conf '15  TalkTalk boss Dido Harding has described the departure of BT Openreach’s chief Joe Garner as a big headache for the former state monopoly – which is in the midst of battling to retain the infrastructure wing of its business.…


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Yesterday: Openreach boss quits. Today: BT network goes TITSUP

Tripped on cable on way out? Yes, it'll take 3 days to fix

Less than 24 hours after BT Openreach chief Joe Garner quit the telco's troubled infrastructure division, BT customers all over the UK are saying they can't get online – with the apparent network outage possibly taking up to three days to fix.…


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Small Euro telco lobby group births small Euro telco lobby group

Big beef with big telcos, naturally enough

ECTA Regulatory Conf '15  "We’re not going to pilot the first generation of VR games because the infrastructure isn’t good enough," according to the European Commission's head of broadband, Anna Krzyzanowska, who added: "That might be one of the greatest opportunities lost in the current time."…


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Virgin Media daddy Liberty Global swoops on Cable & Wireless Communications

Rawhide!

Liberty Global – the owner of UK telco Virgin Media – has agreed to buy Caribbean-based operator Cable & Wireless Communications for £3.5bn ($5.3bn).…


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Fujitsu: We started the cloud party, honest

Acquisition of UShareSoft to be 'core' of cloud stuff ... get down

Fujitsu Forum 2015  Fujitsu has outlined a timetable for its hybrid IT digital platform after inking a deal to acquire French-based fluffy white services outfit UShareSoft.…



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FCA paves way for cloud computing in UK financial services

It’ll improve competition as it can 'facilitate entry and/or expansion'

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has paved the way for banks, insurers and other financial services companies to take advantage of cloud computing services, so long as "appropriate safeguards" are in place, said one commentator.…



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Netflix and skill: Web vid giant open sources Spinnaker cloud tool

Continuous delivery across AWS, Google Cloud and CloudFoundry

Netflix has released Spinnaker, an open-source tool for testing and rolling out software updates in the cloud.…



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NBN boss unleashes Australian Net Neutrality debate

Grab some popcorn and watch Netflix justify its data deluge

Network neutrality has never been the flame-bait topic in Australia that it is in America, but that could be about to change, courtesy of the “Netflix effect”.…


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Monday, 16 November 2015

Surprise! No wonder Oracle doesn't 'see' IBM or SAP in the cloud

Free gifts to customers don't count as deals, Larry

At Oracle’s recent OpenWorld conference, Larry Ellison asserted: “We never, ever see IBM” or SAP in the cloud.…



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Openreach boss quits BT in midst of split uncertainty

Joe Garner returning to banking sector. Search begins for replacement

BT's Openreach chief Joe Garner has quit the telecoms giant during a deeply unsettling time for the firm's infrastructure division.…


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Queensland council plans own optical fibre network

Here we go again

In a probably-inevitable outcome of the Australian government's mandated multi-technology model for the National Broadband Network, a Queensland city wants to go it alone and install its own fibre-to-the-premises network.…


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Friday, 13 November 2015

Amazon EC2 High I/O Instances now available as Spot Instances

Spot instances now support Amazon EC2’s storage-optimized, high I/O i2 instance types. These instances provide very fast SSD-backed instance storage that is optimized for very high random I/O performance at a low cost. With i2 Spot instances, you can add high-memory worker nodes to your Hadoop and Spark clusters, perform data-intensive social media and advertising analytics, and simulate production environments for your continuous integration and deployment applications.

You can launch i2 Spot instances using the AWS Management Console or the Amazon EC2 CLI/SDK tools using the RequestSpotFleet and RequestSpotInstances APIs. I2 Spot instances are available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS regions.



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UN fight for internet control lined up in Brazil

This weel's annual forum serves as appetizer for UN General Assembly in December

The end of this year will see yet one more effort by some governments to grab greater control of the internet when the United Nations General Assembly meets in New York.…


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Amazon ElastiCache now support Redis version 2.8.23

We are pleased to announce that Amazon ElastiCache now supports Redis version 2.8.23 with enhanced capabilities. Customers can launch new clusters with Redis 2.8.23, as well as upgrade existing ones to the new engine version.



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Ex-competition watchdog and TalkTalk adviser calls for Openreach split from BT

Says telecoms giant needs to 'wake up' and accept divorce

Another day, and another person steps forward to add their voice to the chorus of people demanding that BT breaks away from its Openreach division.…


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BT reveals vanishingly small detail about its fibre broadband network

Blighty data usage peaks during Downton Abbey, in case you wondered ...

BT's Openreach has released a tiny amount of information about data usage over the former state monopoly's fibre network.…


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The Internet Association backs FCC's muni broadband push

Shocker: internet companies want more people on the internet

Count the likes of eBay, Facebook, and Twitter among those who support the FCC's plan to allow municipal governments to become ISPs.…


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Thursday, 12 November 2015

Telstra, nbnTM deny Brisbane build battle

Negotiations on hold until next year: report

Telstra has moved to bury rumours that it's in a battle with nbnTM over the residents of South Brisbane.…


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DynamoDB Console Redesign

The Amazon DynamoDB console has been redesigned to make it easier to create and manage your tables. A simplified interface and clean look give you easy access to the main DynamoDB features. You’ll find tips and help options throughout the console to guide you through the process of creating and configuring your tables. It’s now easier than ever to add new items, scan, filter, and query your tables, and update and delete items right within the new interface.



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AWS Cost Explorer Now Allows You to Easily Save, Access, Modify, and Share Your Visual Cost Reports

Today, we updated Cost Explorer—AWS’s interactive visual cost reporting tool—to allow users to better manage their custom cost reports. As Cost Explorer’s reporting capabilities have expanded to include many options on which to filter and group costs (e.g., by Account, Service, Tag, Availability Zone, Purchase Option, and API Operation) and the ability to display budgeted and forecasted costs, the number and utility of Cost Explorer reports created by users has increased significantly. In order to help users better manage those reports, this new feature allows users to easily save, access, modify, and share those reports in Cost Explorer. To illustrate, a user could create a report displaying monthly costs grouped by service for all costs tagged with the key “Department” and value “Marketing” incurred during the 3rd quarter of this year, apply the title “Q3 2016 AWS Spend – Marketing Dept.,” and click the save button. All approved users within the organization could then easily access that report via Cost Explorer’s report title drop-down. If the user later needs to modify this report, they can do so with as few as two clicks in the “View/Manage All Reports” screen.

To get started, simply navigate to the Cost Explorer link under the Billing and Cost Management dashboard. To learn more about forecasting in Cost Explorer, please refer to the Cost Explorer User Guide.



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Net neutrality protestors bundled out of UN conference

Efforts to protest Internet.org in Brazil falter

Efforts to protest Facebook's Internet.org project at the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) being held in Brazil this week were shut down by United Nations security staff.…


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Microsoft capitulates, announces German data centres

Clouds in Europe won't rain data onto US spies

Call it “safe harbour” in action: Microsoft has announced it's going to go along with Germany's data privacy concerns and start hosting Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics CRM Online in that country.…



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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Nextgen, Vocus revive Perth-Singapore cable project

Upstart buys into 50-50 J/V

Nextgen Group's stalled plans to build a submarine cable from Perth to Singapore are moving again, with M2 takeover target Vocus signing a memorandum of understanding to take a half-share in the build.…


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EMC Isilon extends its software out to ROBO edge and cloud

Firm embraces Data Fabric-like idea

EMC has announced Gen 8 of its Isilon operating system, providing it in software-only form for small offices, and adding the ability to send less active data to the cloud with the Cloud Pool construct.…



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So is it 4.5G or LTE-Advanced Pro? Either way, it’s pretty damn quick

Recent technology demo proves a big point

Huawei's Mobile Broadband Forum  While BT and the UK government may think that 10Mbps is plenty of speed, nobody else does it seems, and the mobile world is now gearing up for 1Gbps. In fact, the so-called 4.5G even has an official name, LTE-Advanced Pro.…


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