Sunday 31 May 2015

Welp, PEAK GIF is upon us! Facebook now supports animated images

Yay, be even more annoying with your pals

Who knew Marissa Mayer could be so far ahead of the curve? Her company Yahoo! bought Tumblr back in 2013 when the Purple Palace seemingly recognised that it was crucial to back the animated .gif rebirth.…

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Apple Watch: Relax, fanbois! We never meant to read your heart rate during wild wrist action

Be still, my beating ...

Apple – having tweaked how its Watch monitors a user's heart rate – has been forced to explain the change, after fitness freaks freaked out about the gizmo's irregular tracking function.…

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Fedora 22: Don't be glum about the demise of Yum – this is a welcome update

Retreat from the dark side

Review  The big news with Fedora 22, just delivered, is the Fedora project actually managed to stick pretty close to its proposed schedule.…

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Saturday 30 May 2015

Unmasking hidden Tor service users is too easy, say infosec bods

Better to be more open on .onion, apparently

Security researchers speaking at the Hack in the Box conference in Amsterdam this week have demonstrated that users of hidden services on Tor are putting themselves at risk of being identified – if an attacker is willing to put in the time and resources.…

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Tossed all your snaps into the new Google Photos? You read the terms, right? ... RIGHT?

Ad giant turns everyone into ads – a friendly reminder

Netizens who have been scrambling to upload their photo libraries into Google's new cloud-hosted Photos service could find themselves sharing more than they wanted to with the Mountain View advertising giant.…

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Friday 29 May 2015

AWS CodeDeploy Supports Environment Variables

AWS CodeDeploy now supports deployment-specific environment variables.

CodeDeploy environment variables can be accessed by deployment scripts and provide contextual information associated with the deployment such as application name, deployment group name, lifecycle event name, and deployment ID. Common use cases for environment variables include varying the application server port or the logging level based on whether the script is running in the “Staging” or “Production” deployment group. Read our blog for a walkthrough on using environment variables.

To learn more about CodeDeploy, see the AWS CodeDeploy product page.

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Siri, please, please save my iPhone from the TEXTS OF DEATH

Apple publishes a workaround – but no real fix for iMessage bomb bug

Apple has come up with a temporary workaround for iPhones plagued by incoming text messages that cause the gadgets to crash and restart – and it involves asking Siri for help.…

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'Free' VPN Hola is LITERALLY flogging access to users' devices

Selling something to you, or selling you to something?

The VPN service Hola, which claims to have more than 9.7 million users, is now selling its access to users' machines as exit-nodes under the Luminati brand.…

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Google launches native Android Smart Lock password manager

Look out LastPass: Devs can shunt creds into OS vault

Google I/O  Android users will be able to store passwords in Google's native Smart Lock manager, in a security boon for the masses.…

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Google spins up free 'unlimited' photo albums in the cloud four years before it shuts it down

Prove us wrong, nerds, prove us wrong

Google I/O  Google has unveiled a new Photos application that, it hopes, will mean that images from your past can be organized by computers so you don't have to.…

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Thar she blows! Actual DEV TOOLS spotted at Google's dev event

A C++ IDE, cloud-based app testing, Polymer 1.0, and more

Google I/O  For a developer event, this year's Google I/O conference in San Francisco sure spent a lot of time focusing on such consumer-oriented toys as personal assistants, photo apps, and budget VR. But there were actually a few legitimate developer tools on display, too.…

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And then the Google guy said: Sure, you can use Android Wear without a phone. Take that, Apple!

Oh yeah, now they'll fly off the shelves

Google I/O  Apple is winning the PR war with its Watch, but Google thinks an open platform, and some nifty Android Wear software, can give it the edge in the smartwatch world.…

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Google's Cardboard virtual reality device is a triumph for humanity, said no one sane, ever

Yet the ad giant is taking it very seriously

Google I/O  To many, Google's Cardboard VR headset is just a novel paper-and-plastic toy, but the Chocolate Factory is taking it seriously enough that it has given it a revamp and is pushing to have it more widely adopted.…

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Thursday 28 May 2015

AWS Lambda Supports Uploading Code from S3

You can now deploy AWS Lambda function code by specifying the Amazon S3 bucket where your code is located. Previously, you needed to upload your function code as a ZIP through the AWS CLI, AWS SDKs, or AWS Lambda console. Now, you can also provide a S3 object location for Lambda to download your code when creating or updating your function.

Please visit our product page for more information about AWS Lambda. Visit our console to get started now.

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AWS SDK for Unity Now Supports Amazon SNS

Amazon SNS makes it easy and cost effective to send push notifications to Apple, Google, Fire OS, and Windows devices, as well as to Android devices in China with Baidu Cloud Push. With the support of Amazon SNS in the AWS SDK for Unity, you can now send push notifications directly to your games that are built on Unity.

To download the AWS SDK for Unity, visit our webpage.

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Android M's Now on Tap cyber-secretary is like Clippy on hard drugs

Plus: Android Pay, fingerprint tech ... by for now, only if you're a developer

Google I/O  Google today showed off the latest build of Android, version M, at its annual developer conference Google I/O in San Francisco.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud Clean your streams of titillating titty titles off our screens

But softcore is fine, so long as the ESRB approves

Gameplay broadcaster Twitch has banned users from streaming racy live video from "adult only" games.…

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FCC boss sketches out cheap broadband for penniless Americans

Because being poor is no excuse to have crappy dialup

Tom Wheeler, chairman of US internet watchdog the FCC, has asked the regulator's commissioners to offer broadband to poor Americans via the Lifeline program.…

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Insurer tells hospitals: You let hackers in, we're not bailing you out

IT departments better pick up their game if insurance biz is to pick up the bills

When hackers swiped 32,500 patient records from Cottage Healthcare System, it was sued by its own customers for $4.1m – a bill that was settled by its insurance company.…

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Amazon DynamoDB supports AWS CloudTrail

Amazon DynamoDB is enhancing security and visibility of Amazon DynamoDB API calls by adding support for AWS CloudTrail. AWS CloudTrail is a service that delivers log files containing records of your AWS API calls. You can use these logs for security analysis, auditing and resource tracking. Starting today, you can receive logs for Amazon DynamoDB API calls, when you turn on AWS CloudTrail for AWS services from the AWS CloudTrail console. You can learn more about AWS CloudTrail from the AWS CloudTrail details page and our documentation page. If you have any questions or feedback, email us.

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Hey biz types: You don't grok Big Data. But you can use Salesforce, right?

Wave to provide salesmonkey-friendly front end for Hadoop

Having sidled into the cash-rich analytics party seven months back, Salesforce is now out and proud on the hype-heavy big data field.…

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Zuck-Up as Facebook Messenger app tracks you everywhere forever

Lower your shields and surrender your privacy. We will add your data to our own

The ZuckerBorg collects so much data on its users that even visiting the site tags your ineffable soul for eternal tracking. But now a Harvard student's browser extension can now exploit the default location sharing setting to literally plot Facebook Messenger app users' movements on a map.…

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It's the Internet of Feet: Lenovo shows smart shoes, projector keyboard phone

Also bizarre peepshow watch

Chinese tech giant Lenovo has been showing things it’s making and things it wants to make at Lenovo Tech World in Beijing.…

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What scares you most about ‘the cloud’?

Or more to the point, what people do with it

Tech Panel  Cloud computing has gone mainstream. While a hard-core of naysayers still exists, the black-and-white negative viewpoint is a lot less common today than it was a year or two ago. Our research at Freeform Dynamics, including via The Register, says it’s now less about ‘whether’ to use cloud, and more a question of where to adopt it and how.…

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FORTRESS I/O: Google locks down sold-out developer conference

Guards, metal detectors, badges, wristbands, QR codes, photo IDs ... whaa?

Google I/O  This year's Google I/O conference hasn't even formally kicked off, but attendees who arrived early to pick up their badges on Wednesday got their first look at the peculiarly formidable security at this year's event.…

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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

Dubious bloggers like DeSmogBlog refuse to accept consensus

Trick-cyclists in America have come out with research which could explain why the debate on climate change continues to rumble on, even though there is a solid consensus on the facts of the matter.…

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Property developers face NBN build sting

Non-NBN fibre providers get competition leg-up in new housing

The federal government has moved to mollify the fibre operators left out in the cold by previous national broadband network (NBN) policy, re-writing the rules that apply to new property developments.…

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Redmond whips sheet off first SQL Server 2016 public preview

Even Microsoft's betas now get the cloudy updates-all-the-time treatment

Microsoft's given itself a busy day, releasing the first technology preview of SQL Server 2016 and also letting us all know about updates to its StorSimple NAS boxen and Azure Media services.…

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Microsoft to TAKE OUT THE TRASH in the Windows Store

Crap apps zapped, devs slapped

Ahead of the Windows 10 launch this summer, Microsoft has decided it's time for a little spring cleaning in the Windows Store, and it's tightening up its submission policies to make sure its store doesn't get into the same sorry state again.…

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FCC to crackdown on robocall spammers' beloved loophole

Once a do-not-spam, always a do-not-spam

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has put forward rules to close a loophole used by robocallers and text-message spammers.…

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WTF is going on with the zombie NSA-friendly Patriot Act? Let us help

Just as Prez Obama tells senators to sort out USA Freedom Act

President Obama has told the US Senate to get its act together over the spy-friendly Patriot Act, key provisions of which are due to expire at midnight on Sunday.…

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Wednesday 27 May 2015

Optus plans to skim the cream off the cloud

New strategy rests on networks and services, the cloud bits that sell for more than cents

Margins in the cloud are rubbish: when you're selling servers for cents, there's precious little left for the bottom line.…

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AWS Console Mobile App Adds Support for S3 Object Download

The AWS Console mobile app now supports S3 object download. In addition, now EC2 volumes, EC2 security groups, and VPCs are on the app’s dashboard for easier access. Download the app from Amazon Appstore, Google Play, and iTunes to view and manage your resources on the go.

Amazon S3 customers can now use the app to generate and open a pre-signed URL for an S3 object. When viewing an object, tap “View in browser” to open a time-limited pre-signed URL. Your device’s browser will determine supported actions for the object based on the object’s content type and your device configuration.

EC2 volumes, EC2 security groups, and VPCs are now on the dashboard for easier access. Previously, these resource types were only accessible from an attached EC2 instance’s detail page. The app lets you create a snapshot of an EBS volume and modify EC2 security group rules.

The app features support for EC2, S3, Route 53, ELB, RDS, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, CloudFormation, DynamoDB, Auto Scaling, AWS OpsWorks, CloudWatch, and the Service Health Dashboard. The app lets you authenticate several identities, so you can easily switch between multiple accounts.

Let us know how you use the AWS Console app and tell us what features you’d like to see by using the feedback link in the app’s menu.

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AWS SDK for PHP Version 3 is now generally available

Version 3 of the AWS SDK for PHP is now generally available. Since launching the developer preview in October, we have added new features and architecture improvements, while maintaining much of the coding pattern with which users of the Version 2 are already familiar. Key features of the new version include:

As always, you can find us on GitHub, and we would love to hear your feedback and answer questions on the Issues page.

To find out more,

Visit the AWS PHP Development Blog
Read the Developer Guide
Check out the API reference

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Yahoo! must! face! class-action! suit! over! email! snooping! – judge

'But it will set back email by DECADES,' cries Purple Palace

A US judge has given the green light to a class-action lawsuit that accuses Yahoo! of illegally violating email users' privacy by scanning the contents of their messages to deliver targeted advertising.…

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CBS boss says he'll show off his crown jewels on Apple TV – for a large enough check

Only a matter of time before network succumbs to Cupertino

The head of US TV giant CBS said he is open to a deal that would put the network's programming on Apple's TV boxes – if the price is right.…

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Behind the bug: How a 75-byte text message will CRASH your iPhone

Character assassination explained

Analysis  Miscreants can crash iPhones and iPads, or apps on Macs, from afar by sending them specially crafted text messages, thanks to a bug in iOS and OS X.…

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Microsoft tosses Office, Skype portball to 20 Android makers

Redmond fanbois wail as Cortana gets to go on foreign exchange, too

LG and Sony have joined 18 other device makers in the latest phase of Microsoft’s strategy to get Office and Skype as portable as possible.…

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ID-stealing scammers had a bumper start to the year, reveals report

25 per cent rise in identity fraud in first 3 months of 2015

Incidences of identity fraud in the UK rose by more than 25 per cent in the first quarter of 2015, a new report has revealed.…

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Mozilla: We don't give a damn about cheap smartphones

Get ready for ‘Ignite’, whatever that is

Browser-turned-OS-institution Mozilla has acknowledged that its $25 phone has failed.…

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Stranded Brussels airport passengers told to check Facebook

Power surge nixes Belgian air traffic control, grounds 20,000 travellers

An “electrical fault” wiped out Belgium's air traffic control systems nationwide this morning, according to Belgocontrol, which is responsible for air navigation above Belgium and Luxembourg.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Shuttleworth delivers death blow in Umbongoland dispute

Kubuntu chief’s head placed on cloud-based, open source spike

A storm of accusations, claims, and furious counterclaims has hit the Ubuntu penguins, with a community cleaved of its head following allegations of unsavory behavior.…

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Mergers scuttle strategy as Ofcom reneges on spectrum promise

It's all about the spectrum imbalance (maybe)

Ofcom wants to hold onto the 60MHz of the 190MHz of spectrum it had announced would be for sale, and is floating the idea of scaling things back, citing a change in market conditions for the sale, slated for the end of this year or the beginning of next.…

via The Register - Networks

Oculus adds Surreal Vision to its virty portfolio

British devs are quids in with purchase

Oculus Rift, the big dog in virtual reality headsets, has snapped up British startup Surreal Vision for an undisclosed sum.…

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nbn has made ZERO fibre-to-the-node and cable connections

Revenue and connection rates up, but we're yet to see any 'multi' in the technology mix

Australia's national broadband network continues apace* with nbnTM announcing that it's adding more than 12,000 premises per week to its serviceable footprint.…

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AT&T, Verizon and pals eat own head in effort to kill off net neutrality

Files petition arguing opposite of last petition

Lobbying group USTelecom – AT&T, Verizon etc – has filed a petition against itself in an effort to prevent new net neutrality rules from taking effect.…

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First production car powered by Android Auto rolls out – and it's a Hyundai

Tesla unlikely to be quaking in its boots

Nearly a year after Google announced it was adapting Android to act as a car operating system, the first vehicle using the software has gone on sale from South Korean carmaker Hyundai.…

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Tuesday 26 May 2015

THE TRUTH: IRS 'cyber-hack' exposes 100,000 people whose identities were already stolen

If you knew this much about them, you could break in, too

The US Internal Revenue Service said on Tuesday that info including tax returns and income forms for some 100,000 people were illegally accessed this year.…

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Record labels back indie muso's bid to snatch .music from web giants

Underdog may win rights to coveted internet extension

In what could prove to be an extraordinary David versus Goliath story, an independent musician may walk away with the highly coveted .music top-level domain, beating off competition from Google, Amazon, and the music industry itself.…

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Microsoft: Swinging Cortana won't be exclusive to Windows

Digital assistant to pal around with Android and iOS, too

Cortana, Microsoft's personal digital assistant that will be built into Windows 10, will also be available on Android and iOS devices, the software giant announced on Tuesday, confirming rumors that have been swirling around since March.…

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Skype hauled into court after refusing to hand call records to cops

Comply with us voluntarily, citizen - or we'll force you

Skype has been called to appear before a court in Belgium after refusing to hand over customer data following a request for assistance in a criminal investigation.…

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Wi-Fi was MEANT to be this way: Antennas and standards, 802.11 style

Plus: Why your phone's (sometimes) crap at wireless

Forged nearly 20 years ago, the 802.11 wireless networking standard was responsible for cutting the cord and letting us roam. During that time, 802.11 has evolved as devices using it have both proliferated and got smaller – while the data they swallow has grown in quantity and in size.…

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Charter Comms to wed Time Warner Cable in monster merger

Proposes $78.7 BEELLION cash'n'shares deal

Charter Communications has confirmed plans to merge with Time Warner Cable in a cash and shares deal worth $78.7bn.…

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Cheesy video shows ex-Gooners pronouncing 'Huawei'

Good job they don't need to know this stuff for work

John Hartson, Ray Parlour and Nigel Winterburn – a veritable array of ex-Arsenal players – have learned how to say 'Huawei'.…

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O2 craps itself on national Blighty holiday as cabinet minister moans: 'Oi, sort it out!'

Be less dog poop

O2 customers up and down the UK were left without access to the carrier's mobile service on Bank Holiday Monday, after its network buckled for five hours yesterday evening.…

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BT boss to Oz: we're wonderful and so is copper

Excuse me while I hug myself

BT's boss has taken the opportunity during a visit to Australia to heap praise on his company's domestic broadband rollout, and antipodeans are lapping it up, with the local network builder promising to share information about how to build “superfast broadband”.…

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Charter Comms to acquire Time Warner for US$55bn: lotsa reports

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again

Comcast may have given up trying to acquire Time Warner Cable, but junior US telco Charter now looks set to swoop with a deal of its own.…

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Monday 25 May 2015

Nominet new CEO opens giant can of worms, sticks head in

Meanwhile registry's charitable trust is propped up with exiting Board members

Despite having claimed the scalp of his predecessor and a former chair – and almost forced a government takeover of the company – the new CEO of .UK registry Nominet, Russell Haworth, will look into how his organization is structured.…

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Death of a middleman: Cloud storage gateways – and their evolution

Fading glory for Google, Microsoft and Amazon go-betweens?

For decades, we’ve survived quite nicely using on-premise storage. According to industry research, though, that may be changing as cloud-based storage emerges. A Tata Communications survey last year found that within ten years enterprises will store 58 per cent of their data in the cloud, compared with 28 per cent today.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Openreach to trial in Swansea

100 lucky premises to test standard BT says might hit 500Mbps

Businesses and researchers around Swansea are going to get the chance to fool around with what will probably be copper's last hurrah, the VDSL-successor…

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Australia plans spectrum management revamp

Review sets 2016 target for faster, simpler spectrum handling regime

Australia's government is moving ahead with its planned revamp of spectrum management, in the hope of replacing today's fragmented management of the RF spectrum with a single regime.…

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Saturday 23 May 2015

NSA bulk phone records slurp to end when law lapses next month – report

'White House DIDN'T ask secret court for 90-day extension'

Edward Snowden supporters were claiming victory for the privacy of millions of US citizens today, after the Obama administration seemingly decided not to seek a 90-day extension to allow g-men to collect bulk phone records.…

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Friday 22 May 2015

Salesforce snubbed Microsoft's $55bn biz gobble offer – report

Benioff doesn't get out of bed for less than $70bn

Microsoft wanted to buy cloud giant for $55bn, it is reported.…

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Boring old Brocade just sits there making money. Damn them

Irritatingly stable firm just trundles along like a vintage Volvo

Brocade's second quarter fiscal 2015 revenue was $547m, up two per cent year-on-year and down five per cent sequentially, as is Brocade's seasonal pattern. Net income was $77m, monstrously better than the $14m loss it announced a year ago.…

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GDS to handle Govt payments? What could possibly go wrong?

New Cabinet Office Minister lavishes fulsome praise on Maude’s fiasco

Be afraid. The previous government’s “elite digital team” which so brilliantly borked most of Whitehall’s websites, and that failed to meet its own targets, may be put in charge of handling real money: your money.…

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Zero rating? Zero chance says Vodafone India

Concerns about the threat to net neutrality and choice lead to investigation

Vodafone India, country’s second-biggest mobile operator, has announced it will hold off offering zero-rated services amid a fierce political argument about the practice.…

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VMware beta testing database-as-a-service based on SQL Server

'vCloud Air SQL' will bring disaster recovery for your DB coming to Virtzilla's vCloud Air

VMware is beta testing a database-as-a-service offering running SQL Server 2008 R2 & 2012.…

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Singapore to trial 10Gbps home broadband

Take that Google cable, and weep Australia

Singapore's dominant telco, Singtel, has announced a pilot deployment of 10Gbps broadband to a select group next quarter, and says that it expects the blistering fast Internet service to be generally available by the later part of this year.…

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Thursday 21 May 2015

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Now Supports Roles in the Policy Simulator

Today, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) added support for roles in the policy simulator, enabling you to test the effects of your roles’ access control policies. You can now use the policy simulator to troubleshoot permissions and verify access for managed or inline policies attached to a role in your account. Additionally, you can use the policy simulator as a “playground” to help you author least privilege policies for your roles. The policy simulator helps you to author and validate your policies by enabling you to simulate a single policy or a combination of policies.

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Amazon CloudFront Makes it Easier to Invalidate Multiple Objects

Amazon CloudFront’s invalidation feature, which allows you to remove an object from the CloudFront cache before it expires, now supports the * wildcard character. You can add a * wildcard character at the end of an invalidation path to remove all objects that match this path. In the past, when you wanted to invalidate multiple objects, you had to list every object path separately. Now, you can easily invalidate multiple objects using the * wildcard character.

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404 Boss not found, ICANN CEO suddenly quits

Surprise decision will likely see Fadi Chehade leave before critical transition

ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade has surprised the internet community by announcing he will step down from the job after just three years in the post.…

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Belgian telco prepares to tear out last of nation's phone boxes

Shares in public toilet firms reportedly on the rise

Proximus, the Belgian mobile operator, is about to complete the process of removing its last 300 phone boxes. The last will be ceremonially felled on June 1 in Antwerp.…

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Choose Deutsche Telekom for all your bargain spying needs

Cable company helped NSA spy on Vienna for a decade, says Austrian MP

An Austrian newspaper has published what it claims is evidence that Deutsche Telekom spied on Vienna for German spooks for the miserly sum of just €6,500 a year.…

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Mobiles at school could be MAKING YOUR KID MORE DUMBER

Instant messaging and Candy Crush Saga in class creates learning not-spots

Restricting smart watch and mobile phone use can be a low-cost policy to reduce educational inequalities. This is the conclusion of a report by Louis-Philippe Beland and Richard Murphy working at the London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance (pdf) and Louisiana State University.…

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Wednesday 20 May 2015

Google wraps its arms around Twitter and adds it to search

But what changes did Twitter have to make to get there?

Google will start displaying real-time tweets on its search pages after a deal was struck with Twitter.…

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Amazon Elastic Transcoder Adds Support for XDCAM and FLAC

You can now generate XDCAM-compatible video and FLAC audio using Amazon Elastic Transcoder. XDCAM is popularly used both as a mezzanine format and as a format for archival purposes in professional video production workflows. FLAC is a lossless compression format typically used as an intermediate step in an audio processing workflow. You can try out these formats by using the newly available system presets.

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Altice to buy controlling stake in Suddenlink for NINE BEEELION dollars

Barely takes time to sleep it off before it starts sizing up Time Warner Cable

Patrick Drahi's telecommunications firm Altice is set to make its first foray into the American telecommunications market after acquiring a controlling stake in Suddenlink for over $9bn.…

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China megacorp Tencent parrots Communists' 'Internet Plus' edict

'Software-defined networking is key architectural strategy' says party. Sorry, veep

Chinese megacorp Tencent is pushing ahead with an edict from China's Communist Party to improve the country's internet connections by upping its investment in software-defined networking.…

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Speaking in Tech: How come everyone's stopped doing private cloud on OpenStack?

Plus: 'We always build cloud better when we're...'

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BT's taxpayer-funded broadband monopoly may lock out rivals, says independent report

Does 'incumbency advantage' hurt competition in UK?

BT’s monopoly in supplying Blighty’s national broadband scheme may have permanently locked out future competition – according to an independent report card on the £780m public purse project.…

via The Register - Networks

China decrees local internet must go faster to stimulate growth

Speed up by 40 per cent and drop your prices, premier Li Keqiang tells local carriers

China's premier Li Keqiang has decided the nation's internet connections need to get faster and cheaper.…

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Telstra offers six explanations for its dud Netflix rating

We've got SO MUCH COPPER it hurts, says Big T

Telstra has come up with six reasons for Netflix's rating of it as the worst-performing broadband network in Australia.…

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Cloud Security Temperature Check

What keeps Reg readers up at night?

Survey Results  It is increasingly common for users and business groups to drive their own adoption of cloud services. But even where IT is involved, as organisations ramp up their use of cloud, activity is often uncoordinated. Pulling the threads together across service silos to manage risks effectively can be a challenge. The right strategy and governance processes, a well-thought-out hybrid cloud architecture, appropriate monitoring and management tooling and suitable operational procedures are all important to success.…

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100s of Virgin Media customers hit by handset repair glitch, telco admits

Clusterf*ck? Pissed-off punters left without phones for weeks

Virgin Media has admitted to The Register that hundreds of its mobile customers were left without their handsets for weeks due to a "glitch" with its repair service.…

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Brexit-fearing Vodafone: Of course we’ll make money from 4G

Revenues up 10%, data volumes grow thanks to video

Vodafone has announced steady-as-she-goes results for the year to 31 March 2015, with group revenue up 10.1 per cent to £42.2bn, and the first increase in service revenue for ten quarters (albeit only 0.1 per cent) — all pretty much in line with what the company had forecast.…

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Orange squeezed over Jazztel buy: Sell your Spanish FTTH network or else

Zesty Vestager gets tough as market concentrates

Europe’s competition chief has OKed Orange’s plans to take over Jazztel in Spain, but only subject to a shitload large number of conditions.…

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VMware: Our DaaS is is so large it now covers Japan, Australia

Horizon Air fluffs up its cloudy footprint and features

VMware has announced that its Horizon Air desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) and application-delivery-as-a-service (AdaaS) offerings will shortly become available from its Japanese and Australian bit barns.…

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I say Zuck off, YOU say Zuck off, we ALL say Zuck off

More activists weigh into row

Mark Zuckerberg's Internet-for-all-via-Facebook,, has attracted yet more unwanted attention, with 67 digital rights groups signing an open letter accusing the outfit of violating 'net neutrality.…

via The Register - Networks

Verizon: fibre is MUCH cheaper than copper, we're going all-FTTP

US telco says all-fibre diet cuts maintenance costs, increases revenue-per-user

Verizon has put the latest numbers on its fibre-versus-copper experience, and found that glass beats metal on all counts.…

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Australia forces UberX drivers to become tax collectors

August 1 deadline for 'ride-sourcers' to get their affairs in order

Australia's Taxation Office has issued a guidance note titled “Providing taxi travel services through ride-sourcing and your tax obligations” that makes it clear Uber drivers need to register for, collect and pay the nation's goods and services tax (GST).…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Tuesday 19 May 2015

AWS CloudFormation Supports Additional Parameter Types and Enhanced Parameter UI

AWS CloudFormation has expanded the set of supported AWS parameter types. Parameters allow you to create templates that are customized each time you create a stack. You can now use Availability Zone, EC2 Instance Id, Image Id, Security Group Name, Volume Id, and Route 53 Hosted Zone Id as parameter types in addition to the parameter types already supported. Read more here.

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AWS CloudTrail integration with Amazon CloudWatch Logs now available in Northern California region

AWS CloudTrail integration with Amazon CloudWatch Logs is now available in Northern California region. With this integration, you can monitor for specific API activity and receive email notifications when those specific API calls are made.

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AWS CloudFormation Supports Additional Parameter Types and Enhanced Parameter UI

AWS CloudFormation has expanded the set of supported AWS parameter types. Parameters allow you to create templates that are customized each time you create a stack. You can now use Availability Zone, EC2 Instance Id, Image Id, Security Group Name, Volume Id, and Route 53 Hosted Zone Id as parameter types in addition to the parameter types already supported. Read more here.

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Amazon Kinesis Consumer Position Metric

Amazon Kinesis is a fully managed service for real-time processing of streaming data at massive scale. Amazon Kinesis can continuously capture and store terabytes of data per hour from hundreds of thousands of sources. 

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Public cloud? Two vendors float on high, says Gartner

AWS leads, but Microsoft still a clear second

Gartner’s latest report on Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) places just two vendors in the coveted top right “Leaders” segment of its “Magic Quadrant” chart.…

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Zuck can EFF off: is SO NOT the INTERNET

'Facebook ghetto for poor people'

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has joined criticism of Facebook's project, saying it runs "a real risk" of turning the few websites that Zuck & Co. select, "including, of course, Facebook itself", into a "ghetto" for poor internet users – instead of being a stepping stone to the full WWW.…

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Amazon cloud to BEND TIME, exist in own time zone for 24 hours

Consumer giant plans to SLICE UP innocent second and leave pieces all over the day

Amazon’s mighty cloud will exist in its own time zone for a 24-hour period next month.…

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The AWS Pop-up Loft Comes to New York

We’re excited to announce the AWS Pop-up Loft is coming to New York City! Located on 350 W. Broadway, our space in SoHo is a great place to grab a coffee, learn about AWS, or just get some work done.  

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Psst. Want a cheap cloud, VM? Google has one. But there's a catch

New pre-empitble VMs cost 70% less, but are unreliable by design

Google has announced what it calls "a new class of compute": virtual machines (VM) that are predictable in price but not in operation.…

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BT boss in shock 'bigger is better' claim as £12.5bn EE bid heats up

Pleads with watchdog not to delay planned buyout

BT claimed on Monday that its planned gobble of EE was a good thing for competition in the UK – despite the fact that such market consolidation would make the former state monopoly more powerful.…

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Blocking mobile adverts just became that little bit easier

Networks could drop 'The Bomb' and block ads by default

For those mobile operators wanting to block adverts and prevent them reaching subscribers' screens (all in the name of reducing bandwidth usage and saving customers’ money of course) Israeli tech company Shine can make that happen.…

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Simplify Fleet Management for Spot Instances

You can now simplify the task of running a cost effective fleet of Amazon EC2 Spot Instances by targeting multiple instance types in a single Spot fleet request. Starting today, you can include up to 20 launch specifications using the new RequestSpotFleet action. Previously, each Spot Instance request could accept only one instance type with a single launch specification.

Including multiple instance types in your fleet request can help lower your operational costs and improve your application availability. For example, if your application typically runs on c4.xlarge compute-optimized instances, but also performs effectively on c3.2xlarge, m3.2xlarge, and c4.2xlarge instances, you can target a broader set of instance types to launch your fleet in the lowest-priced pools.

You can request a fleet of Spot Instances into EC2-Classic, your default VPC, or an individual VPC subnet, in all regions except the AWS GovCloud (US) region and on all instance types available as Spot Instances today. To get started, request a fleet using the AWS SDKs or Command-Line Tools.

To learn more, read our blog post and Getting Started with Spot Fleet in the Amazon EC2 User Guide.

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Arianespace: NBN sats will orbit this year – PROMISE*

*If nothing else goes wrong

The delayed national broadband network (NBN) satellite launch will happen in 2015, Airanespace reckons.…

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Google Google GOOGLE! Cloud cloud CLOUD! These prices are INNNSAAAANE!

Act now to get your cheap computing fix at the Chocolate Factory

Google is cutting prices on its Cloud hosted computing service.…

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Google sells .car, walks away from generic domain names

Auto-bundle emerges and search giant focuses on brands

Google has sold its rights to all internet addresses ending in ".car" to a joint partnership of two other registry operators.…

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Monday 18 May 2015

Introducing AWS OpsWorks for Windows Server

You can now use AWS OpsWorks with Amazon EC2 instances running Windows Server (2012 R2). OpsWorks is a service that helps you automate operational tasks like software installation and configuration, code deployment, and service discovery using Chef. OpsWorks gives you the flexibility to define your application architecture and resource configuration and handles the provisioning and management of your AWS resources for you. Click here to learn more about OpsWorks.

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Reach for the popcorn: Obama opens personal presidential Twitter account

140-character insights will come direct from @POTUS

Hold on to your hats, Barack Obama has arrived on Twitter in his formal position of President of the United States.…

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Europe targetted as Alibaba's cloudy world domination plans take shape

Chinese giant tools up to take on AWS

Expansion-hungry Alibaba is set to increase the global reach of its cloudy biz Aliyun by opening a data centre in Europe, a senior hand has told El Reg.…

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EEeeeeek, complaints! Ofcom roasts BT-wannabe-spouse

Gripes about operator's landline and broadband services pile up

EE was the most moaned-about ISP for the final nine months of 2014, Blighty's communications watchdog Ofcom said this morning.…

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Can Barracuda become the big fish in a small cloud?

We're sticking to the profitable territory, says CEO

Interview  It was a rare surprise when Brian (BJ) Jenkins left his position as boss of EMC's Backup Recovery Systems division to become CEO of Barracuda. Barracuda?…

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MS Azure Stack. It's like Azure Pack but with even more cloudiness

System Center sidelined in Microsoft's latest offering

Microsoft announced the Azure Stack at its Ignite event earlier this month, for running something like Azure on-premises, but how does it differ from the existing Azure Pack, which kind-of does the same thing?…

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Ofcom: Oi, BT! Don't be greedy – feed dark fibre to your rivals

TalkTalk, Sky and chums are hungry for speedier broadband networks

Britain's communications watchdog wants BT to open up its fibre broadband network to rival telcos.…

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OpenStack private clouds are SCIENCE PROJECTS says Gartner

Don't Try This At Home and watch out for the lock-in from hired help

OpenStack can run a fine private cloud, if you have lots of people to throw at the project and are willing to do lots of coding, according to Alan Waite, a research director at Gartner.…

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Google App Engine Java sandbox is leaking, say researchers

Happy hackers out ad giant after it stops replying to email about flaws

Security Explorations hacker Adam Gowdiak says three partial Java sandbox security holes still exist in Google App Engine.…

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Friday 15 May 2015

Pandora ordered to pay up extra royalties in BMI row

Streamers will have to fork over more cash to publishers

Pandora has lost a legal decision that will see the company fork out more money to publishing house BMI to pay for its content.…

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Turkey president: Nuts to 4G networks, we're cutting straight to 5G

It’s not just the Chinese who think 4 is a bad number

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that as Turkey doesn’t have 4G yet, the country might as well wait a couple of years and go straight to 5G.…

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Symantec: Look at our Q4 numbers ... no, not those ones

Security fails, storage grows

The road to separation continues to be anything but smooth for Symantec’s security operation, particularly on the consumer front, as it again suffered from sales shrinkage, unlike the breakaway storage biz.…

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Registration for the next DevOps Exchange meetup is open!

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CommVault cloudifies its offering with expanded product range

Consider the back-up sector applecart duly upset

Cloud is upsetting the back-up apple cart and CommVault, already suffering from this, aims to move its software faster to the cloud. Four product announcements are the start of this.…

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Blocking pirate sites doesn't weaken pirates say Euroboffins

Closure of German site saw small uptick in proper purchases, but splintered the market and didn't cover costs

In June 2011, authorities in Germany, Spain, France and the Netherlands raided premises suspected of having something to do with, a site that offered links to a Megaupload-style file lockers containing unlicensed copies of movies, music and TV shows.…

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Google to extend Hyderabad office into first non-US campus

Dress code for 13,000 Googlers is 'wear something'

Google looks to have signed a deal with the Indian State of Telangana that will see the company splash down a colossal campus in Hyderabad.…

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Time-based Scaling

You can now scale AWS Elastic Beanstalk environments on a defined schedule. Previously, you could scale your Amazon EC2 instances managed by Elastic Beanstalk based on user-defined triggers such as CPU utilization or bandwidth usage. Now, you can also scale your Amazon EC2 instances based on user-defined times. Time-based scaling helps you more efficiently and easily plan for predictable load changes based on your traffic patterns. You can proactively scale your application in advance of expected traffic through time-based scaling instead of waiting for your scaling action to be triggered by metrics. This improves your customers’ experience and helps you optimize cost.

Please see our documentation for more information on this feature.

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Introducing APIs and CloudTrail Support for AWS Directory Service

APIs are now supported for the Simple AD and AD Connector directories in AWS Directory Service, enabling you to programmatically create and configure these directories via the AWS CLI and SDKs. API actions performed via the AWS SDK and CLI or the AWS Directory Service Console can be recorded via AWS CloudTrail, and permissions for performing these actions can be controlled via an AWS IAM policy. The APIs can be used in all AWS regions in which AWS Directory Service is available.

To get started, download the latest AWS SDK or CLI or learn more about the new APIs in our developer guide.

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AWS SDK for Unity is Now Generally Available

We are concluding the Developer Preview for the AWS Mobile SDK for Unity and making it Generally Available. The AWS Mobile SDK for Unity makes it easier for you to take advantage of AWS services for your games built in Unity. Specifically, the AWS Mobile SDK for Unity supports Amazon DynamoDB for NoSQL database, Amazon S3 for storage, Amazon Cognito for user identity management and data synchronization, and Amazon Mobile Analytics for tracking user and device based analytics. The AWS Mobile SDK for Unity is compatible with Unity 4.0 and onwards, and supports both the Free and Unity Pro versions.

To download the AWS SDK for Unity, visit our webpage. For more information, read our blog.

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Thursday 14 May 2015

Seamlessly Join Your Amazon EC2 for Microsoft Windows Server Instances to a Domain in additional regions

You can now easily join your Amazon EC2 for Windows instances to a domain that you have configured with AWS Directory Service in two additional regions, including EU (Ireland) and US West (Oregon). You can join an instance to an existing, on-premises Active Directory, using AD Connector, or a stand-alone, Simple AD directory running in the AWS Cloud. Once you configure this new feature using the AWS Management Console or the EC2 API, you can choose which domain a new instance will join when it launches. For existing instances, you can use the EC2 API to seamlessly join them to a domain.

AWS Directory Service is a managed service that allows you to connect your AWS resources with an existing on-premises Microsoft Active Directory or to set up a new, stand-alone directory in the AWS Cloud. Connecting to an on-premises directory is easy and once this connection is established, all users can access AWS resources and applications with their existing corporate credentials. You can also launch managed, Samba-based directories in a matter of minutes.

To get started, please see our blog, or learn more about AWS Directory Service by visiting our website.

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Azure gives AWS the blues again in Nasuni cloud storage poll

Storage bits express preference for Redmond's cloud in latest biennial report

Storage bits still prefer Microsoft over Amazon's cloud. So says a report by storage gateway start-up Nasuni.…

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TalkTalk unveils best results ever - and its share price dips

Exciting fourplay fails to stimulate outage-hit customers

TalkTalk's share price dropped two per cent after it delivered its best ever quarterly financial results, for the end of 2014.…

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Alibaba: Soon the (e-commerce) world will be ours. And the cloud

Modest aims include trillion dollars in transactions, living to be 100

Global e-commerce company Alibaba has set its sights on world domination, with its new chief executive outlining global expansion as the company's top priority.…

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It’s Adobe’s Creative Cloud TITSUP birthday. Ease the pain with its RGB-wrangling rivals

Alternatives to pixel-poking behemoth Photoshop

Feature  Exactly a year ago today Adobe’s Creative Cloud servers went dark for a whole day, leaving some users unable to open their apps. Deadlines were missed, clients were let down, digital editions failed to appear and a generally crap time was had by all.…

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You have the right to be forgotten 41.3 per cent of the time says Google

Transparency report details erasure efforts a year after EU forget-me-yes edict

Google has published some details of its efforts to comply with the Court of Justice of the European Union's “right to be forgotten” decision that compelled search engines to remove links if citizens ask them to do so.…

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AWS Educate: Students and Educators Can Access AWS Technology, Cloud Courses, Training and Collaboration Tools

The AWS WW Public Sector team just launched the AWS Educate program on May 14th. With the dramatically increasing demand for cloud employees and individuals entering the workforce with relevant experience, AWS Educate provides an academic gateway for that next generation of IT and Cloud professionals. AWS Educate is Amazon's global initiative to provide students and educators with the resources needed to greatly accelerate cloud-related learning endeavors and to help power the entrepreneurs, workforce, and researchers of tomorrow. There is no cost to join and AWS Educate provides hands-on access to AWS technology, training resources, course content and collaboration forums.

Students and educators apply online at in order to access:

  • Grants for free usage of AWS services
  • Labs, tutorials and training on AWS products
  • Open source course content provided by top professors and AWS
  • Collaboration tools and a community of cloud experts

For more information, please contact us. Don't forget to refer your network and school to AWS Educate #awseducate.

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Google to extend rogue Chrome add-on ban to OS X

Better get those extensions into the Company Store, pronto

If you use Windows, you can forget about installing Chrome extensions from sites other than Google's store, effective immediately – even if you're a web developer. And the same will soon be true for Mac users, too.…

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Wednesday 13 May 2015

Don't look now: Fujitsu ships new mobe with EYEBALL-scanning security

Because passwords are just so passé

Fujitsu has released a smartphone that it claims is the first in the world to use iris scanning to replace passwords or fingerprint readers.…

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FCC leaning towards approving AT&T/DirecTV gobble – report

Regulators said to be OK with $49bn merger, though restrictions may apply

The Federal Communications Commission is reportedly ready to approve US telecom giant AT&T's proposed $49bn acquisition of DirecTV, despite concerns voiced by Netflix and other online media outfits.…

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Mobe network Three is the magic number for FreedomPop

We're golden, say techies targeted in UK beta launch

The MVNO beloved by Californians, FreedomPop, is courting beta testers in the UK. The service will offer 200MBs of data, 200 voice minutes, and 200 texts completely free each month via the FreedomPop app, or new international SIM.…

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Speaking in Tech: The post-SSD world – we’re talking about memories

Netflix is the hammer and every data centre is a nail

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Foxconn joins the Cyanogen investment party

Chinese iPhone manufactory hedges OS bets with poorly concealed $30m buy-in

Chinese iPhone manufacturer Foxconn has joined Twitter, Qualcomm, Telefónica and others to swell Cyanogen’s round C funding to $110m.…

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Tesco tries to talk Tesco Mobile up from 'Value' to 'Finest' ahead of sale

Embattled grocer's network needs one of those yellow 'reduced' stickers

Analysis  Tesco is rumoured to be selling off Tesco Mobile, its mobile phone network. The move comes as no surprise, with the company hauling back to its core businesses after dismal results, recently writing down assets to post a loss of £6.4m.…

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Dehydrated, instant articles – now all your readers belong to Zuck

Facebook has inked news-hosting deals with nine media outfits including the BBC and Buzzfeed, in a move to slurp ad revenue from publishers and keep netizens locked into its site for even longer.…

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More oompa loompas needed to push Google's EU agenda

Social networkers also required to do battle in Brussels

Google and Facebook are throwing people and money at the EU in an effort to ensure more laws go their way.…

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

Pedallers safer in a left-hand-turn-free world

A route-planning app that will enable lorries to avoid left-hand turns – manoeuvres responsible for the majority of road deaths among cyclists – is being piloted in a scheme funded by the government's Transport Systems Catapult.…

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Amazon EC2 G2 Instances Now Available in the EU (Frankfurt) AWS Region

G2 Instances are now available in our EU (Frankfurt) region. G2 instances feature two sizes, the g2.2xlarge and g2.8xlarge. The g2.2xlarge is backed by a single high-performance NVIDIA GRID GPU, making it well suited for 3D visualizations or streaming graphics-intensive applications. The g2.8xlarge instance is backed by four high-performance NVIDIA GPUs, making it well suited for GPU compute workloads including large scale rendering, machine learning, transcoding, and other server-side workloads that require massive parallel processing power. With G2 instances, you can build high-performance DirectX, OpenGL, CUDA, and OpenCL applications and services without making expensive up-front capital investments.

G2 instances are also available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS regions. Customers can launch G2 instances using the AWS console, Amazon EC2 command line interface, AWS SDKs and third party libraries. To learn more about G2 instances, visit To get started immediately, visit the AWS Marketplace for GPU machine images from NVIDIA and other Marketplace sellers.

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Samsung offers $90,000 if you can fix California's epic drought with tech

But there's a catch: you have to use Samsung's Artik kit to win

IoT World 2015  Samsung is offering prizes of up to US$90,000 to device devs who come up with good ways to tackle the record-setting drought in California – and who are willing to use the its brand-new Artik Internet of Things (IoT) platform to do so.…

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Citrix reveals is Workspace Cloud ADaaS play

That's application delivery as-a-service in case you don't know your aas from your elbow

Citrix has kicked off its Synergy shindig with a preview of its new Citrix Workspace Cloud, an application and desktop delivery tool it's billing as “a new control plane that merges the worlds of on-premises and cloud, allowing IT managers to create secure, mobile workspaces that include desktops, applications and data from whatever infrastructure source best meets their specific needs.”…

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Australian government sun to set on NBN funding

We'll have our multi technology fully mixed by then

BUDGET 2015  The 2015 Federal Budget has set the date at which the government will drive the national broadband network (NBN not nbnTM) to a quiet country road, open the door, and drive off.…

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Samsung debuts Artik, its new software n' chips for the Internet of Stuff

Three models aimed at powering the guts of robots, drones, and devices

Samsung has used the occasion of the Internet of Things World conference in San Francisco on Tuesday to unveil Artik, a new set of "building blocks" optimized for wearables and other connected devices.…

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Tuesday 12 May 2015

AWS OpsWorks Supports Custom Auto Scaling and Custom EBS Block Device Settings

You can now scale Amazon EC2 instances managed by AWS OpsWorks using custom CloudWatch alarms, and you can now choose EBS block device settings for your instances.

You can already scale your load-based instances based on CPU utilization, memory utilization, or load. You can now set custom CloudWatch alarms as thresholds for scaling. For example, you can use ‘Disk Reads’ or ‘Network In’ as metrics to scale up or down your load-based instances. See the documentation for more details.

You can now set the EBS block device settings for instances managed by OpsWorks. You can change the size and type of your EBS root volume (e.g., General Purpose (SSD)) as well as attach available ephemeral volumes. See the documentation for more details.

For more information on AWS OpsWorks:

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Enjoying the Spring? Microsoft has 13 ways to fix that

May brings baker's dozen of patches from Redmond

Microsoft has put out 13 bulletins to address a total of 48 CVE-listen vulnerabilities in various products.…

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Time to get your babble on: Microsoft opens Skype Translator Preview to all comers

Chat to your mates in Klingon

Microsoft's Skype Translator, which automatically converts some voice calls and IMs between languages, has been available to beta testers for some time, but Redmond has now opened it up as a Preview to the general public – provided they have the right operating system.…

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CSC to sue ServiceMesh man Eric Pulier over Australian bribe scandal

Seeks repayment of all payments under acquisition agreement

Exclusive  CSC has initiated legal action against Eric Pulier, formerly head of strategy for the company's Emerging Business group, over his actions as head of service.…

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FCC to extract $158m from Sprint, Verizon over 'cramming' charges

Carriers to join AT&T, T-Mobile in paybacks for bogus billing

US mobile operators Sprint and Verizon will pay a combined $158m in fees to settle charges that they allowed advertisers to tack unwanted premium charges onto customers' bills.…

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That DRM support in Firefox you never asked for? It's here

HTML5-based Adobe rights system now in Firefox 38 for Windows

Mozilla has released the first version of its Firefox browser to include support for Encrypted Media Extensions, a controversial World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) spec that brings digital rights management (DRM) to HTML5's video tag.…

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Rackspace's 'fanatical' army drops in on rival clouds

Listen up - there might be a new hope in this dreary post-OpenStack world

Rackspace is growing – just not fast enough for the Wall Street pack. Looks like it’s time to roll out the service troops to support rivals' clouds.…

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Elon Musk: I'm neither a samurai nor a bastard

Billionaire disputes claims made in new biography

Elon Musk has come out fighting online to defend his reputation after quotes in a new book about the space and electric car enthusiast made him look like a bit of a git.…

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Backwaters in rural England getting non-BT gigabit broadband


Rural English villages that almost nobody has heard of are set to receive broadband connections that are nearly fifty times faster than the national average.…

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Sell Openreach and broadband rollouts may stop, shrieks BT CEO

Infra biz flogoff would upset Gavin Patterson's applecart

BT's plans to develop improved broadband infrastructure would be put at risk if Ofcom decided to force it to sell off its Openreach division, the company's chief executive has said.…

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Microsoft's run Azure on Nano server since late 2013

Redmond discovers the limits of cloud-first

Microsoft's only just announced its new Nano server, but has been using it in production on Azure since late 2013.…

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Rackspace shares tumble on lowered forecast, revenue miss

Cloudy growth not coming fast enough for testy shareholders

Shares of cloud hosting provider Rackspace were battered on Monday after the firm reported a lackluster forecast for the second quarter of its fiscal 2015.…

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Amazon RDS and Amazon Redshift Now Support Encryption via AWS Key Management Service in the AWS GovCloud (US) region

Amazon RDS and Amazon Redshift now allow you to encrypt your data using keys you manage through AWS Key Management Service (KMS) in the AWS GovCloud (US) region.

On a database instance running with Amazon RDS encryption, data stored at rest in the underlying storage is encrypted, as are its automated backups, read replicas, and snapshots. Encryption and decryption are handled transparently so you don’t have to modify your application to access your data. For more information about the use of AWS Key Management Service with Amazon RDS, see the Amazon RDS User's Guide. To learn more about AWS KMS, visit the AWS KMS overview page.

You can use KMS keys to encrypt Amazon Redshift clusters. For more information about the use of AWS Key Management Service with Amazon Redshift, go to Amazon Redshift Database Encryption.

AWS GovCloud (US) is an AWS region designed to allow U.S. government agencies at the federal, state and local level, along with contractors, educational institutions, enterprises and other U.S. customers to run regulated workloads in the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements. Beyond the assurance programs applicable to all AWS regions, the AWS GovCloud (US) region allows you to adhere to U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) regulations, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMPSM) requirements and the Department of Defense (DoD) Cloud Security Model (CSM) Levels 3-5.

To get started in the AWS GovCloud (US) region, contact us today!

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According to Netflix, Australia's slowest ISP owns half of Foxtel

Telstra ranked last in video-streamer's speed table

Australia's dominant carrier, Telstra, offers Netflix customers the slowest download speeds, the video-streamer says.…

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Apple storms to top spot in stagnant Chinese phones market

Samsung, Toshiba take a dive in latest estimates

Apple is now the top smartphone seller in China, topping foreign and domestic competitors alike in the Middle Kingdom, but overall Chinese handset sales fell for the first time in six years.…

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Monday 11 May 2015

Quickly Filter Data in Amazon Redshift using Interleaved Sorting

You can now use Interleaved Sort Keys to quickly filter data without the need for indices or projections in Amazon Redshift. A table with interleaved keys arranges your data so each sort key column has equal importance. While Compound Sort Keys are more performant if you filter on the leading sort key columns, interleaved sort keys provide fast filtering no matter which sort key columns you specify in your WHERE clause. To create an interleaved sort, simply define your sort keys as INTERLEAVED in your CREATE TABLE statement.

The performance benefit of interleaved sorting increases with table size, and is most effective with highly selective queries that filter on multiple columns. For example, assume your table contains 1,000,000 blocks (1 TB per column) with an interleaved sort key of both customer ID and product ID. You will scan 1,000 blocks when you filter on a specific customer or a specific product, a 1000x increase in query speed compared to the unsorted case. If you filter on both customer and product, you will only need to scan a single block.

For more information, please see our AWS Blog Post on Interleaved Sorting and review our documentation on Best Practices for Designing Tables.

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Introducing Amazon VPC Endpoints for Amazon S3

You can now access Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) from your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) using VPC endpoints. 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 provide 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), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) regions.

To learn more about Amazon VPC endpoints for S3, visit Using VPC Endpoints.

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Google kills off Maps editing because users were taking the piss

Choc Factory calls for a rethink after digital vandals run wild

From Tuesday, Google is cutting user-submitted edits from its Maps feature after admitting that it can't prevent online tricksters from abusing the system.…

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FCC: thanks for the concern, telcos, but we're not delaying Open Internet rules

FCC decides FCC was right in earlier FCC ruling

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says it will implement its net neutrality provisions despite objections from telcos.…

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays - for now

Ministry of Fun’s Whittingdale argues payment must reflect demand, eventually

Analysis  The appointment of backbench Tory heavyweight John Whittingdale MP to head the Ministry of Fun will throw the BBC’s senior management into a state of high anxiety, and have the Beeb's opponents grabbing their crotches in excitement.…

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Mildly successful flying car crashes - in mildly successful test flight

Brilliance of the AeroMobil prototype's parachute demonstrated

Czech company AeroMobil, which claims to have spotted a gap in the market for flying cars, managed to take its experimental prototype to an altitude of 300 metres before test pilot and inventor, Stefan Klein, "encountered an unexpected situation" and opened the vehicle's parachute.…

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Druva Phoenix is heading ROBO-wards via the public cloud

From end-points to remote offices

Comment  It's not the end after all. End-point backup 'n' sharing biz Druva believes it can extend its end-point expertise to remote offices.…

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Boffins set to reveal state of play on fully duplex comms - on the same FREQ

One of the things we might get in 5G, so worth a think

A conference at Bristol university is set to reveal the current state of the art on Full Duplex technology, which allows for transmitting and receiving signals on the same frequency at the same time.…

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OECD nations gang up on internet retailers, tax dodgers

Australia to fine tech tax-dodgers 100% of their avoided tax, plus profits

Australia's treasurer* Joe Hockey has revealed that he and other money ministers from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have shared plans to have online retailers charging the appropriate consumption tax on intangibles and goods bought online, at the rate of the buyer's home nations.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Turnbull moves on NBN subsidy arrangements

Here comes the new levy, same as the old

Australia's government has slapped the defibrillator on the Vertigan review of the National Broadband Network (NBN), and is asking for submissions about how subsidies for unprofitable services in remote areas should operate.…

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1998 asks to speak to Turnbull about local calls

Government mulls saving Telstra nearly nothing at all

In its relentless search for regulations that impose unnecessary compliance costs on industry, the federal government is considering scrapping untimed local telephone calls in Australia, again.…

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Google cloud: rubbish at updates, world-class at rapid rollbacks

Another borked software upgrade gives Google's cloud hiccups

Google's revealed that it has once again borked its own cloud with an update.…

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Saturday 9 May 2015

Two men cuffed, indicted over alleged Photobucket password-protected pic plunder

'Photofucket' suspects face conspiracy and fraud charges

Two men, who were indicted and arrested Stateside on Friday for allegedly breaching pic-hosting website, face conspiracy and fraud charges.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

The next Nest? We talk to Ring, the doorbell-come-security system

CEO Jamie Siminoff welcomes The Reg to his Santa Monica HQ

"You've come here at the absolute worst time," Jamie Siminoff tells us as we enter Ring's headquarters in Santa Monica.…

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Friday 8 May 2015

Theresa May: Right, THIS time we're getting the Snooper's Charter in

Gordon Brown's vision to be realised at last?

The long-delayed "Snooper's Charter" allowing increased interception of communications by the security services and the police is set to be introduced at last, Home Secretary Theresa May has suggested.…

via The Register - Networks

Roar of the Dragon: Revenue up by nearly half at Alibaba as it expands into Silicon Valley

Firm names new chief

Revenue soared by 45 per cent at Chinese e-commerce and tat bazaar giant Alibaba to 17.43bn yuan (£1.8bn) for its first quarter, compared with the same period last year.…

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NetSuite's leaps over to Azure cloud - a shot to the pills for AWS?

The Microsoft love that dared to speak its name

NetSuite, the ERP-as-a-service firm, is shifting its entire business – and therefore that of its customers - off Amazon’s Web Services (AWS) and onto Microsoft’s Azure.…

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Facebook echo chamber: Or, the British media and the election

It's not the Daily Mail's fault that Daily Mail readers exist - it's the other way round

Given that the election results are nearly all in it's going to be some few femtoseconds before Polly Toynbee starts claiming that it's the right wing media that woefully misinformed the British public and that's why the forces of all that's good and proper didn't win.…

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Facebook 'fesses up to running an ideological echo chamber

You live in a bubble you make, says Zuck Squad research

Science has published research conducted by two Facebook staff and one academic from the University of Michigan on “Exposure to ideologically diverse news and opinion on Facebook.”…

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Tough admin forces hacker to STRIP to PANTS, LEAP to his DEATH

Strictly no-nonsense justice meted out in MMORPG

A hacker who had spent weeks pwning fellow Guild Wars 2 players got some stylised justice when the game creators made a spectacle of his banning and character destruction.…

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Oracle scoops staff from failed OpenStack startup

The Nebula crew move to Big Red's infrastructure-as-a-service team

Oracle's senior veep for cloud Peter Magnusson says the company has hired about 40 engineers from failed OpenStack startup Nebula.…

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Uber, auto-makers in rival bids for Nokia's 'HERE' maps: report

Who needs Google when you own your own maps?

Transport's enfant terrible, Uber, has reportedly put in a bid to acquire Nokia's HERE mapping unit.…

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NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

Mitchell McConnell and pals push to re-authorize mass surveillance

Now that a US federal court has ruled that the NSA's mass wiretapping program exceeded its legal authority, leaders of the US Republican party are pushing to make it legal.…

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AWS CodeDeploy Available in EU (Ireland) and Asia Pacific (Sydney)

AWS CodeDeploy is now available in the EU (Ireland) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS regions.

AWS CodeDeploy is a service that automates code deployments to any instance, including Amazon EC2 instances and instances running on-premises. AWS CodeDeploy makes it easier for you to rapidly release new features, helps you avoid downtime during deployment, and handles the complexity of updating your applications. You can use AWS CodeDeploy to automate deployments, eliminating the need for error-prone manual operations, and the service scales with your infrastructure so you can easily deploy to one instance or thousands.

AWS CodeDeploy is also currently available in the US East (N. Virginia) and US West (Oregon) AWS regions. Please visit our product page for more information.

from What's New from Amazon Web Services

With FTC suit looming, AT&T backs off on throttling 'unlimited' data plans

Because it wants to, of course. Not because they told it to

AT&T has apparently had a rethink regarding its policy of limiting data transfer speeds for heavy users who subscribe to its so-called unlimited data plans.…

via The Register - Networks

Thursday 7 May 2015

Microsoft's secret weapon in browser wars: Mozilla's supercharged Asm.js

Native-speed JavaScript available now in Windows 10's Edge browser

Microsoft has included a surprise feature in its new Edge web browser for Windows 10, in the form of support for the ultra-optimizable Asm.js JavaScript dialect.…

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AWS Key Management Service now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region

The AWS Key Management Service (KMS) is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region. KMS is a service that makes it easy for you to create and control the encryption keys used to encrypt your data and uses Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) to protect the security of your keys. This capability is a critical requirement for running regulated workloads in the cloud.

With the availability of KMS, you are now able to encrypt data in your own applications and within the following AWS services using keys under your control:

  • Amazon EBS volumes
  • Amazon S3 objects using Server Side Encryption (SSE-KMS) and client-side encryption using the S3 encryption client for the AWS SDKs
  • Output from your Amazon EMR cluster to Amazon S3 using the EMRFS client

In addition, AWS KMS is integrated with AWS CloudTrail to provide you with centralized logging of all key usage to help meet your regulatory and compliance needs.

AWS GovCloud (US) is an AWS region designed to allow U.S. government agencies at the federal, state and local level, along with contractors, educational institutions, enterprises and other U.S. customers to run regulated workloads in the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements. Beyond the assurance programs applicable to all AWS regions, the AWS GovCloud (US) region allows you to adhere to U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) regulations, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMPSM) requirements and the Department of Defense (DoD) Cloud Security Model (CSM) Levels 3-5.

To get started in the AWS GovCloud (US) region, contact us today!

from What's New from Amazon Web Services

T-Mobile prods at corpse of Blackberry, says 'me too!'

Why not strap ourselves to that hemorrhaging outfit?

T-Mobile has taken up the cause of BlackBerry, agreeing to offer the fading firm's products in its mobile lineup, nearly two years after it dropped the Canadian's hardware from retail stores.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Amazon SES is now integrated with CloudTrail

Amazon SES now supports CloudTrail logging. CloudTrail is a service that can capture a subset of the API calls that you make from the Amazon SES console or from the Amazon SES API and deliver the log files to an Amazon S3 bucket that you specify. All Amazon SES APIs except for the email-sending APIs (SendEmail and SendRawEmail) are supported. Using the information collected by CloudTrail, you can determine what request was made to Amazon SES, the source IP address from which the request was made, who made the request, when it was made, and so on.

To learn how to use CloudTrail to track Amazon SES API calls, go to the Amazon SES Developer Guide. For general information about CloudTrail, see the CloudTrail User Guide.

from What's New from Amazon Web Services

The United States' first official BitCoin exchange goes live

Charter granted to itBit by Department of Financial Services

The first government-approved BitCoin exchange in the US has gone live.…

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Google's 'stale pale males' to be replaced by crack black chick pack

Scraper in shock move to spend 0.002 of revenue on workforce diversity

Gigantic scraper ad platform Google has set aside $150m (£98m) of its annual $66bn (£43bn) turnover (that is zero point zero zero two of its money) to tackle the weighty issue of diversity within its workforce.…

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Wednesday 6 May 2015

Tencent stripped of antivirus rankings for cheating on tests

Another week, another Chinese firm accused of gaming system

Antivirus ratings firms AV‐Comparatives, AV-Test, and Virus Bulletin have stripped another company of its rankings for trying to game their tests.…

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Australian Labor Party toys with a return to fibre, sometime, somewhere

Opposition party looks under lounge, finds dusty piece of its geek cred

The Australian Labor Party is considering whether it might be able to revive some kind of fibre-to-the-premises policy to take to the 2016 election.…

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

No extensibility mechanism planned for initial release

You won't have to worry about dodgy toolbars, rogue ActiveX controls, or buggy plugins when you use Microsoft Edge (née Project Spartan), Redmond's new web browser for Windows 10. But you can also forget about extending the browser in any way, at least at first.…

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Running Google PageSpeed Service? Come August 3rd your site is knackered

Chocolate Factory taking performance tool out behind the barn

Google has announced the impending retirement of its PageSpeed Service web optimization tool, and potentially causing headaches for sites that don't account for the move.…

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Want to make millions from your cloud service?

We meet one man who wants to help you make it happen

It wasn't that long ago that when you wanted decent software you went to a retail store like Staples and bought a cardboard box with a CD inside.…

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Why don't you rent your electronic wireless doorlock, asks man selling doorlocks

Smart home technology adoption requires fresh thinking, says August's Jason Johnson

Collision 2015  We should rent our Nest thermostats, Sonos speakers and August smartlocks, according to Jason Johnson, the CEO of internet-of-doorlocks upstart August.…

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How Project Centennial brings potentially millions of desktop apps to the Windows 10 Store

No more installer vomit, but Store security somewhat broken

The Windows 10 Store will include traditional Windows desktop applications, thanks to Microsoft's Project Centennial (Project C).…

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Apple's HealthKit looking to become a DNA trafficker

Sir Jony wants your juices. For science, of course…

Apple is set to introduce DNA handling to iOS apps, allowing the data collected by sensors in Sir Jony's timepiece be fed to genetic researchers from willing subjects.…

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Why MakerBot failed but 3D printing is far from dead

Trying to be too clever for its own good?

3D printing posterchild MakerBot moved too fast with untested technology and that's why it was forced to cut 20 per cent of its staff, abolish three divisions and closed three shops.…

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EU geo-blocking: Ansip's crusade liable to disappear through 'unjustifiable' loophole

Robot in Distress - penny drops at Commish

Analysis  Europe’s digital single market proposals encapsulate many of the EU’s problems in one handy document. The intentions are noble, but the utopian “solutions” are clumsy and inept, leaving Eurocrats attempting to brute-force something that people don’t want onto a diverse and disparate collection of countries.…

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EMC dangles Puppet out of its Enterprise Hybrid Cloud

Automation lab gets to probe globe

Puppet Enterprise is getting a boost in its global sales footprint, with EMC deciding its customers need a bit of devops love and adding the automation suite to its hybrid clouds.…

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EC probe into murky cross border e-commerce kicks off

Why can't I get that lower price on the Amazon site in the country next door? Eh?

The EU’s executive arm has officially launched its probe into the e-commerce sector to find out why Europeans aren’t buying across national borders much.…

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Too much Apple WRISTJOBBERY could be BAD for your HealthKit data

Security bods warn of potential wristy fat-pipe abuse

Users of Apple's healthcare data app platform - intended to allow developers access to healthcare info collected via its wristy watch gizmo - could be left wide open to security exploits, infosec bods have warned.…

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Sage boosts profit but that means NOTHING without the CLOUD

Everyone very embarrassed and upset with stupid old money from software sales

Sales rose 6.5 per cent to £699m during accounts-ware biz Sage's half-year results, despite the company's poor cloudy progress.…

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EU Digital Single Market plan: We will compromise fast, and compromise early

Wild goose chase across level playing field begins

The European Commission has finally unveiled its big Digital Single Market Strategy (DSM). Despite leak after leak over recent weeks, Digi Commissioners Andrus “The Robot” Ansip and Gunther H-Dot Oettinger took to the podium together (for the first time) with due pomp and ceremony on Wednesday.…

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Google: Are you BIG? Be welcome at the Bigtable, chomp and scoff data

Get ready for the 'Age of the Internet of STUFF'

Google has opened up its Bigtable database – which, among other things powers the ad giant's search tech – to businesses handling vast amounts of data.…

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Nothing BEATS a good anti-trust investigation, eh, Apple?

FTC gets out microscope, ponders crawl up Cupertino's ass

The United States Federal Trade Commission is investigating Apple, again, following concerns that its to-be-relaunched Beats Music streaming service may gain an unfair advantage by exploiting the market dominance of Apple's iTunes store.…

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Digi content market set for vast embulgement, will be $154bn in 2019

Physical possessions? Pah! We'll all be sat at home in our pants playing games

Global digital content sales are on track to hit $154bn (£113bn) annually by 2019, up 60 per cent from 2014, according to recent analysis.…

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Snowden scandal latest: NSA, GCHQ lingo-spies replaced by unstoppable RHINEHART robots

If you lost your job to software, you can sympathize

The NSA has been using software to convert intercepted phone calls into transcripts stored in searchable databases, it is claimed. It is also entirely believable: Dragon Dictate isn't exactly top secret, is it?…

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Great, we all want 5G mobile broadband. Now just how are we gonna wire it all up?

Asking for a friend (the UN's standards bods at the ITU)

The UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has set up a new focus group to look at how today’s landline networks can be adapted to provide the backhaul for 5G. In other words, how to use today's cabling to link high-speed 5G phone masts to carrier networks and the wider internet.…

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