Friday 30 October 2015

Net neutrality debate: If startups want to rival Google, they must show some green to telcos

So says the CEO of Deutsche Telekom, a, er, telco giant

Just a few days after new net neutrality rules were passed by the European Parliament, the CEO of Deutsche Telekom has revived fears over how "loopholes" will lead to an unequal internet.…

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Microsoft scares the bejesus out of Skype users with x12 price hike

Don't panic, it's just a Redmond screwup

Several Reg readers were stunned by an email from Skype on Friday, which told them they were going to be paying a lot, lot more for their paid-for VoIP subscriptions.…

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The story of .Gay: This bid is too gay! This bid is not gay enough! This bid is just right?

ICANN community process under fire after baffling rulings

Dot Gay LLC has once again appealed the decision that it does not represent the gay community in its bid to run the .gay top-level domain.…

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AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Policy Simulator Now Helps You Test Resource-Level Permissions.

Today, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) updated the IAM policy simulator to help you to test, verify, and understand resource-level permissions in your account. The policy simulator is a tool that lets you examine and validate the permissions your policies set. Now, the policy simulator will automatically provide a list of resources that must be set in order to simulate the action accurately. For example, when you simulate a call to EC2 runInstances in the policy simulator, now you will be prompted for the six resources (e.g. instance, security group, volume, subnet, image, and network interface) required in order for users to successfully perform this action. These enhancements to the simulator can help you verify that your policies work as expected. Using the IAM policy simulator console or APIs you can now simulate the exact scenario in which your users or applications call an AWS action.

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Dead as a Dido? Well, not yet, as she won't bow to resignation pressure

TalkTalk boss has 'full support of the board'

TalkTalk boss Dido Harding has refused to bow to pressure to step down from her role, as the fall out from its cyber attack debacle continues.…

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When DevOps met hybrid-cloud: The key to successful IT delivery

Join our experts live on 18 November 11.00 GMT to 12.00 GMT

Regcast  Some of the most important developments in IT are taking place around DevOps and hybrid-cloud. So what do these two topics have to do with each other?…

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TalkTalk downplays extent of breach damage, gives extra details

Credit cards 'cannot be used for financial transactions'

TalkTalk has finally provided some information on the amount and type of information breached in last week's cyber attack, downplaying the size of the incident.…

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Chrome OS is not dead, insists Google veep in charge of Chrome OS

Merger of Android and Googly platform is probably still a goer

The Google exec running both Android and Chrome has tried to pour cold water on the story that Mountain View is merging its mobile platforms.…

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Indian net neutrality fans tell Facebook to Zuck off labelled land-grab while real problem of connectivity remains

Online activists in India have published a stinging attack on Facebook and its efforts to provide online services in the nation.…

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Thursday 29 October 2015

Amazon RDS now supports sharing database snapshots across accounts

Starting today, you can share your RDS database snapshots with another AWS account, or make your snapshots publicly available. You may choose to share your database snapshots with up to 20 AWS accounts by selecting the "Share Snapshots" option on the RDS console and choosing the "Private" option. You may also choose to make your data available to all AWS users by selecting the "Public" option. You can revoke access to privately or publicly shared snapshots at any time. If you are the recipient of a shared snapshot, you can copy it to your own account, or restore a database instance directly from a shared snapshot. Sharing is currently limited to unencrypted manual snapshots only. We added this feature so you can easily transfer data between different accounts used for different purposes or with different requirements, as well as to let you publish your data set publicly. Learn more about sharing your database snapshots:

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BT Openreach boss says UK telcos need 'predictable regulation'

Translation: Leave us alone, Ofcom!

Parliament & Internet Conf '15  BT's Openreach chief Joe Garner lobbied once again today for the one-time state monopoly to remain in one piece, even as most of its rivals continue to push for a break up of its infrastructure wing from the firm's mothership.…

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Hands On with Windows 10 Mobile build 10572

A tad buggy but plenty to like. Shame about the lack of market

Microsoft released build 10572 of Windows 10 Mobile last week, hot on the heels of build 10549, as the release date nears for the first Windows 10 smartphones, the Lumia 950 and 950XL, expected in November.…

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Smartphone boutique OnePlus reveals another model you can’t get

Ceramic version has traces of Unobtanium, probably

So long as Shenzhen smartphone upstart OnePlus insists on rationing the distribution of its products, it’s going to remain a boutique player.…

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RoboVM: Open source? Sorry, it's not working for us

'Almost no meaningful contributions' as code goes proprietary

The team behind RoboVM, an iOS compiler of tools for mobile Java applications, says that making its core product open source has not worked and that current and future versions will be proprietary.…

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Empires of the mind: Oracle digs deep on cloud

Back-pedalling fast, but where's the difference?

Larry Ellison laughed off the cloud seven years ago. If anything, cloud meant nothing more than taking out a new full-page ad on the back of The Economist.…

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Alphabet spells 'Loon' for Indonesia

Broadband balloons secure local operators for 2016 test

Project Loon, the once-Google-now-Alphabet broadband balloon project, is to be trialled in Indonesia next year.…

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Wednesday 28 October 2015

It's official: Tor's .onion domains will be kept off the public internet

IETF publishes RFC 7686 and makes edible bulb a reserved name

Software is forbidden from using Tor URLs ending in .onion on the public internet following the publication of RFC 7686, which makes the top-level domain a "special use" case.…

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EC2 VPC VPN Update – NAT Traversal, Additional Encryption Options, and More

We have released four new features for our VPC VPN product. Starting today the VPN product now supports AES 256, SHA-2, additional Diffie Hellman groups, and NAT Traversal. In addition to those new features, you can also re-use your Customer Gateway (CGW ) IP address. You no longer need a unique IP address for each connection you create.

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AWS VPC Flow Logs now available in the GovCloud (US) region

We are happy to announce the immediate availability of Amazon VPC Flow Logs and Amazon CloudWatch Logs in the AWS GovCloud (US) region.

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Announcing Amazon VPC Flow Logs and Amazon CloudWatch Logs in AWS GovCloud (US) Region

We are happy to announce the immediate availability of Amazon VPC Flow Logs and Amazon CloudWatch Logs in the AWS GovCloud (US) region.

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Announcing Amazon VPC Flow Logs and Amazon CloudWatch Logs in AWS GovCloud (US) Region

We are happy to announce the immediate availability of Amazon VPC Flow Logs and Amazon CloudWatch Logs in the AWS GovCloud (US) region.

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Oracle cloud billows into six Equinix bit barns

Big Red finds more ways to satisfy hybrid hopefuls

Oracle and Equinix have thrown the switch on the latter's Cloud Exchange in six new cities: Amsterdam, Chicago, London, Singapore, Sydney, and Washington, D.C.…

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Cisco: The day of PCs is passing, cloud storage will dominate by 2019

16 million years worth of music streamed to your mobe annually

Those fumbling with PCs may want to think about updating their skills portfolio, according to a new Cisco forecast that predicts the majority of data will no longer be stored on client devices by 2019.…

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PM Cameron hardens against pr0n to 'protect' kids

Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed today that the Tory government planned to legislate on smut filters, following yesterday's net neutrality ruling in the European Union.…

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IBM splashing $2bn on Weather Company – reports

Big Blue throwing yet more cash at Watson in bid to turn around the oil tanker

Big Blue is reported to be further beefing up its Watson division by splashing $2bn (£1.3bn) snapping up the digital arm of the Weather Company, a US-based organisation that runs the Weather Channel and a digital company providing mobile apps.…

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Speaking in Tech: Podcasting from a Pub Down Under

Guests include Reg APAC editor and all-star panel of enterprise CTOs

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UK competition watchdog provisionally clears BT's £12.5bn EE gobble

Briskly waves through telco takeover bid

BT's planned £12.5bn merger with EE has provisionally been given the greenlight by Blighty's Competitions and Markets Authority.…

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Oracle: Fight for the right to be third to Amazon's AWS

Why Larry + ? won't own all the pies come 2025

Mark Hurd reckons Oracle and one “other” will own all the cloud pies in 10 years.…

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Oracle cloud billows into six Equinix bit barns

Big Red finds more ways to satisfy hybrid hopefuls

Oracle and Equinix have thrown the switch on the latter's Cloud Exchange in six new cities: Amsterdam, Chicago, London, Singapore, Sydney, and Washington, D.C.…

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China tells local cloud storage vaults to name suspected pirates

Middle Kingdom set to bin one-child policy in new five year plan spruiked by weird video

China's has issued strong advice to local cloud storage operators that they need to stop hosting copyrighted material.…

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Tuesday 27 October 2015

On Planet Oracle, Big Red wasn't a decade late to cloud ... Amazon was just years too early

Elastic VMs, containers, storage unveiled

OpenWorld  Earlier this month, Amazon tweaked Oracle's nose at its re:Invent conference. On Tuesday this week, Oracle fired back with a raft of cloud announcements.…

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Verisign warns new dot-word domains could make internet unstable

The latest loss of love from new gTLDs

Verisign, operator of the .com and .gov registries as well as two of the internet's 13 root servers, has warned that the "unprecedented" introduction of hundreds of new dot-word domains may make the internet unstable.…

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Europe fails to ban web 'fast lanes' – what now for Euro net neutrality?

Expect a decade of fights

Analysis  Efforts to pass a range of amendments that would have strengthened net neutrality legislation failed on Tuesday in the European Parliament, leading to the question: what now for Europe?…

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Now Send Payloads up to 2GB with Amazon SQS

Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) now has an Extended Client Library that enables you to send and receive messages with payloads up to 2GB. Previously, message payloads were limited to 256KB. Using the Extended Client Library, message payloads larger than 256KB are stored in an Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) bucket, using SQS to send and receive a reference to the payload location.

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New AWS Public Data Set - NEXRAD on AWS

You can now access real-time and archival weather radar data as an AWS Public Data Set. The Next Generation Weather Radar (NEXRAD) is a network of 160 high-resolution Doppler radar sites that detects precipitation and atmospheric movement and disseminates data in approximately 5 minute intervals from each site. NEXRAD enables severe storm prediction and is used by researchers and commercial enterprises to study and address the impact of weather across multiple sectors.

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FCC under fire over TV and mobile broadband signal interference

Shouldn't that have been considered before you set up the auction?

Staff at the FCC, America's communications watchdog, have been accused of not doing enough to prevent TV broadcasts from interfering with mobile broadband signals.…

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OpenStack bandwagon rolls into Japan. We cross live to our Tokyo correspondent – Chris?

Who's hot and who's not in the Land of the Rising Sun

The OpenStack roadshow landed in Tokyo this week, hoping to show that it too is bathed in the rays of a rising sun.…

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Huawei Q3 shipments soar, expects to shift 100 million mobes abroad this year

Not just number 1 in China any more

Huawei saw year-on-year smartphone shipments spike 63 per cent in its third quarter.…

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Alibaba’s bet on the fluffy white stuff paying off, revenue up 138%

Company ‘positive about the cloud computing business’

Alibaba's cloud ambitions and investments began to pay off during the Chinese tat purveyor's third quarter, with revenue attributed to the fluffy white stuff up 138 per cent, to $102m (£67m).…

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European Parliament rejects amendments to net neut rules, waves through law

New legislation kicks in from April next year

MEPs voted against changes to net neutrality rules in the European Union on Tuesday lunchtime.…

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Teenage boy bailed until November over TalkTalk incident

No clarification on charges, as of yet

The 15-year-old boy arrested in connection with the investigation into the alleged data theft from the TalkTalk website has been bailed until a date in November.…

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TalkTalk attack: UK digi minister recommends security badges for websites

Foolishly suggests kitemark to, er, reassure customers

The UK's digital minister Ed Vaizey has floated the idea of adding kitemarks to websites that have strong security measures in place, following the attack on TalkTalk's business last week.…

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TalkTalk incident management: A timeline

Let's waft away the spin and take a hard look

Timeline  Contradictory statements issued by TalkTalk regarding the third data breach the company has experienced this year have provided inadequate information to the telco's customers about their data, while effectively insulating the company from questions regarding its security practices with insubstantive, and at times incoherent, PR emissions.…

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Google and cable pals oppose LTE-U's spectrum grab plan

Signals should not roam across Spectrum, says Google. That's where our Loon balloons go

America's National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has recruited a bunch of high-profile supporters in its attempt to fend off the Federal Communications Commision's interest in LTE-U.…

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Broadcom lowers cone of silence over results

Yes, we made money. No, you can't know why

Broadcom has pleased investors, turning in Q3 financials that saw its profit rise in the face of falling revenue.…

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Monday 26 October 2015

Announcing Amazon EC2 Run Command

We are excited to announce the launch of Amazon EC2 Run Command, a feature that enables you to securely manage the configuration of your Amazon EC2 Windows instances. Run Command provides a simple way of automating common administrative tasks like executing scripts, running PowerShell commands, installing software or patches, and more. Run Command allows you to deploy these commands across multiple instances and provides visibility into the results, making it easy to manage configuration change across fleets of instances. Through integration with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), you can control the actions users can perform against a set of instances. AWS CloudTrail records all actions taken with Run Command, so you can seamlessly audit change throughout your environment.

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Web giants, Sir Tim slam Europe's net neutrality rules on eve of vote

Four loopholes spark alarm

Netflix, Reddit, Tumblr, Kickstarter and other tech companies, as well as the creator of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, are urging European politicians not to vote in favor of net neutrality regulations on Tuesday.…

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It's almost time for Australia's fibre fetishists to give up

1.8Gbps over copper trials show Turnbull's multi-technology-mix is sensible

Last week, BT and Alcatel Lucent let it be know that their experimental broadband-over-copper technology had achieved 1.8 gigabits per second over a 100m copper strand.…

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Oracle's Hurd mentality: We (and one other) will own all of cloud by 2025

Long-range weather report cloudy for enterprise

Two companies will own 80 per cent of the software-as-a-service market by 2025 and one of them will be Oracle, the firm's co-CEO Mark Hurd has predicted.…

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Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express, Web and Standard Editions

You can now launch Amazon RDS for SQL Server 2014 Express, Web and Standard Editions across all commercial AWS regions. You can also easily upgrade your existing Amazon RDS for SQL Server 2008 and 2012 instances to Amazon RDS for SQL Server 2014 with the click of a button in the AWS Management Console.

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Standard Edition now supports up to 128GB of RAM. This means that you can create Amazon RDS for SQL Server 2014 Standard Edition on larger instances such as the R3.4xlarge to take advantage of the larger memory size to improve your database performance. Coupled with database storage sizes of up to 4TB, and storage performance with up to 20,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS), Amazon RDS for SQL Server helps meeting the most demanding database needs. In US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon) and EU (Ireland) AWS regions, Amazon RDS for SQL Server 2014 Standard Edition also offers High Availability using Multi-AZ.

Amazon RDS for SQL Server 2014 Express and Web Editions are available as a License Included offering while the Standard Edition is available in both the Bring Your Own License as well as License Included offerings. To create a new Amazon RDS for SQL Server 2014 instance with just a few clicks, use the "Launch DB Instance" wizard in the AWS Management Console, choose SQL Server and select “12.00.4422.0.v1” in the DB Engine Version option. Learn more by visiting the Amazon RDS for SQL Server page.

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'iOS 9 ate my mobile broadband plan'

Default-on Wi-Fi Assist accused of burning through people's monthly download limits

Apple is being sued over an iOS 9 feature that allegedly gobbled its way through people's monthly mobile data plans.…

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IBM stamps its pedal to the metal: Spark flies onto Big Blue's Bluemix

Citizen analysts and Excel junkies please take note

IBM has made its planned Apache Spark service available on its Bluemix cloud platform.…

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Ofcom won’t hold back in latest mobile spectrum auction

Aggressive pricing masks consolidation of UK airwaves

Comment  Ofcom has announced its plans for the promised auction of 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz spectrum. And it’s “steady as she goes”.…

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US broadband giants face 'deceptive speed' probe in New York

'Many of us may be paying for one thing, and getting another,' says Big Apple's AG

An investigation has been launched by New York's attorney general to determine whether giant ISPs Time Warner Cable, Verizon and Cablevision have misled customers on broadband speeds.…

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Sucking primary data into the cloud: The dawn of a new age

Solutions remain immature, but well worth a look

We usually think about primary storage as something close to compute resources (no matter if they're on-premises or on the cloud) while cloud storage is something that we can access, more or less, from everywhere ... but things are becoming a little fuzzy.…

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Would Dutch T-mobile sale open door for Deutsche to buy KPN?

Meanwhile things heat up between Vodafone and Virgin Media UK daddy

A simple statement this week leaked to Bloomberg that T-Mobile Netherlands is about to be put up for sale, uncovers a wealth of potential intent from all quarters. Immediately everyone is guessing who might buy it; our question is what does this allow to happen after that sale has gone through?…

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Google cloud brownout fix forgets some servers

We fixed all those cloudy containers, says Google, twice!

Containers are so hot right now. So hot that they've just copped their very own cloud outage. And not just an outage but an imperfectly fixed outage.…

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Sunday 25 October 2015

TalkTalk attack: 'No legal obligation to encrypt customer bank details', says chief

ISP calls in BAE Systems to probe security breach

TalkTalk continued on its quest to be painted merely as a victim of crime today, while the budget ISP's website remained offline following a huge attack on its business earlier this week.…

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Saturday 24 October 2015

TalkTalk attackers stole 'incomplete' customer bank data, ISP confirms

Telco: 'Crims can't nick cash without full credit card details, y'know'

TalkTalk confirmed on Saturday afternoon that incomplete bank details were lifted by crims, even though its core systems were not targeted in the attack on its business earlier this week.…

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TalkTalk hush-hush on compo for up to 4 million customers after mega cyber attack

Harding jockeys for understanding and forgiveness

TalkTalk boss Dido Harding went from one Blighty news broadcaster to another on Friday, admitting that the budget telco had screwed up but declining to commit to compensating customers affected by the major criminal attack on its system.…

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Friday 23 October 2015

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Now Supports Resource-based Policies in the IAM Policy Simulator

Today, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) made it easier to verify permissions using the policy simulator by adding support for resource-based policies, such as Amazon S3 bucket policies. This new feature extends the capabilities of the policy simulator to help you understand, test, and validate how your resource-based policies and IAM policies work together to grant or deny access to your IAM entities (users, groups, and roles). Using the IAM policy simulator or APIs you can include resource-based policies for Amazon S3 buckets, Amazon Glacier vaults, Amazon SNS topics, and Amazon SQS queues in your simulations.

To get started navigate directly to the IAM Policy Simulator, choose the user, group, or role you wish to verify access to, and specify an Amazon Resource Name (ARN) in the ‘Simulations Settings’. To get started using the SimulatePrincipalPolicy or SimulateCustomPolicy API pass in the resource-based policy when invoking the API. You can learn more about resource-based policies in the IAM policy simulator by visiting the AWS security blog.

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American robocallers to be shamed in public lists

FCC vows to reveal latest names and numbers each week

US phone watchdog the FCC will publish a weekly updated list of annoying robocalling companies.…

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TalkTalk CEO admits security fail, says hacker emailed ransom demand

‘We’ve invested significantly in security’. Was it enough?

Dido Harding, the chief executive of TalkTalk, has confessed her company should have done more to protect its customers' data, and has confirmed a seemingly related blackmail attempt.…

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TalkTalk shares drop 10.7% despite research that breaches don't cause drops

Harvard brains claim investors don't care about big hacks

Shares in TalkTalk dropped by 10.7 per cent this morning after the company released a statement admitting that a "cyber attack" may have exposed the data of its four million customers.…

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Chaos at TalkTalk: Data was 'secure', not all encrypted, we took site down, were DDoSed

Well which is it?

Chaos reigns at TalkTalk as the telco appears to be claiming that a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack led to customer data being compromised – despite that being technically infeasible.…

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Intel Security sunsets SaaS email security products

The artist formerly known as McAfee wants you in a new and more modern cloud

Intel Security is decommissioning bits of its software-as-a-service armoury.…

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Want to slash your phone bill? Go to jail. Go directly to jail

Your lock-in problems are nothing compared to prisoners gouged for phone calls

The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has slashed phone call prices for prisoners.…

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Jeff Bezos' AWS cash machine finally catches up with Amazon's US, Canada e-shop sales

A 90-second guide to Amazon's latest financial quarter

Dictionary editors are crossing out their definitions for "cloud" and "money" and replacing it with "n. Amazon."…

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AWS CodePipeline Available in US West (Oregon) Region

AWS CodePipeline is now available in the US West (Oregon) AWS region.

CodePipeline is a continuous delivery service for fast and reliable application updates. CodePipeline builds, tests, and deploys your code every time there is a code change, based on the release process models you define. This enables you to rapidly and reliably deliver features and updates. You can easily build out an end-to-end solution by using our pre-built plugins for popular third-party services like GitHub or integrating your own custom plugins into any stage of your release process. With CodePipeline, you only pay for what you use. There are no upfront fees or long-term commitments.

CodePipeline is also available in the US East (N. Virginia) region.

For more information on CodePipeline:

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Thursday 22 October 2015

Talk Talk: Hackers may have nicked personal, banking info on 4m Brits

Names, addresses, DoBs, bank details, account info at risk, ISP confesses

Talk Talk is in the process of telling its four million subscribers that it has fallen victim to a “sustained cyberattack” – and it is possible that personal information including bank details have been pilfered.…

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Create Auto Scaling launch configurations that include encrypted EBS volumes

The Amazon Auto Scaling service now allows you to create launch configurations that include encrypted Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes.

When an EBS volume is encrypted, data stored at rest on the volume, disk I/O, snapshots created from the volume, and data in-transit between EBS and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) are all encrypted. Now, you can benefit from this level of data protection with EBS-backed EC2 instances managed through Auto Scaling.

This feature is free to use and available for all EC2 instance types that support EBS encryption. To get started, navigate to the Auto Scaling section of the EC2 console, create a new launch configuration, and add an encrypted EBS volume at step 4 (“Add Storage”). To learn more about this feature, review the Auto Scaling documentation.

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How to stop ICANN becoming FIFA of the internet – a plan forms

But organization succeeds in retaining absolute authority

The internet community has published the key details of its plan to improve accountability at the domain-name overseer ICANN when it takes control of the critical IANA contract next year.…

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TalkTalk STILL down on day two

Customers rant as woes continue

Internet provider Talk Talk is in the second day of its outage woes, with its website still on its knees and customers continuing to report connectivity issues.…

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Microsoft stays execution of early Azure storage APIs

Longer lock in or less forced upgrading?

Microsoft has extended the time it will support some of Azure's early cloud storage APIs.…

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Wednesday 21 October 2015

AWS Data Pipeline Now Supports Amazon EMR 4.x Software Releases

Recently, Amazon EMR introduced software releases referenced by their release label rather than the AMI version. AWS Data Pipeline now supports Amazon EMR 4.x software releases. You can specify the required release in the releaseLabel field on the EmrCluster object in your pipeline. Using the EmrConfiguration object, you can specify cluster configurations, such as choosing the applications to be installed at cluster creation, or setting the Apache Hadoop environment variables.

To learn more, please refer to AWS Data Pipeline documentation.

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HP will put its Helion public cloud out of its misery in January 2016

We really mean it this time

Both of HP Helion public cloud customers have until January 31, 2016 to find another home for their off-site software and data.…

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Sub-GHz 802.11ah Wi-Fi will be dead on arrival, warn analysts

Don't bet the ranch on this long-distance, low-penetration standard

The new 802.11ah Wi-Fi standard has yet to hit the market in full, and some fear it never will.…

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Amazon Elastic Transcoder Adds Support for Closed Captioning Standard Typically Used by Digital Television

You can now use Amazon Elastic Transcoder to embed CEA-708 captions in the H.264 Supplemental Enhancement Information (SEI) user data in any MP4 or MPEG-TS output format. This allows you to deliver closed captions to televisions or to legacy iOS devices via HLS.

You can try this feature by choosing the “cea-708” option as the Caption Format when creating a transcoding job. For more information, see Captions in the Elastic Transcoder Developer Guide. There are no additional charges for using CEA-708 captions with your output formats.

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Dell traps Microsoft cloud in smaller box

Azure floats for the other 99%

Dell is putting Microsoft’s cloud in a smaller box for everybody outside the web-tier super league.…

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TalkTalk website hit by outage, broadband customers affected

Provider's website knocked offline. Again

Internet provider TalkTalk has once again been hit by an outage, which has brought its own website down and is reportedly affecting a number of broadband customers.…

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BT swarms into the global cloud world with Caringo

Object storage firm hooks up with big regional reseller

British Telecom is setting up a cloud storage service using Caringo's Swarm object storage technology.…

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Speaking in Tech: Stephen Hawking, you’re wrong. Tech IS good (generally)

All change at Dell as the dust settles

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Israel joins EU in spiking Safe Harbour

Silicon Valley is the world's privacy pariah

Menlo Park Road’s VCs at first sniffed at the consequences of the Schrems v Facebook case on Silicon Valley’s global ambitions, but they should seriously be looking at how their investments conduct business. The global Silicon Valley freeze-out continues to spread, with Israel’s data protection authority ILITA declaring transfers of personal data to the US as unsafe for its citizens.…

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Microsoft's top lawyer: I have a cunning plan ... to rescue sunk safe harbor agreement

Internet faces 'digital dark ages' if nothing is done, we're told

Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith has presented a new safe harbor pact to replace the agreement struck down earlier this month by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).…

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How to be productive in the Digital Workplace

Join us today to discuss turning the vision into reality

You’re familiar with the general idea of the Digital Workplace: extreme personal productivity, seamless and frictionless collaboration, and "anywhere, any network, any device" access to everything.…

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Amazon WorkSpaces Launches Connection Health Check Web Site

Today we are excited to announce the launch of the Amazon WorkSpaces Connection Health Check Website. Now, WorkSpaces users who want to know if their local network meets the requirements to use Amazon WorkSpaces can simply visit the website and find out. The website quickly checks if you can get to all of the required services to use WorkSpaces. In addition, it does a performance check to each AWS Region where WorkSpaces run, and lets users know which one will be fastest for them.

To try out the website please visit

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Tuesday 20 October 2015

NBN's good-to-go dates remain confidential

Patch-cables spark teacup-storm

Bill Morrow, CEO of nbnTM, the organisation building Australia's national broadband network (NBN) has sparked a political storm over patch cables.…

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AT&T, Verizon probed: 'No escape from biz broadband packages'

Rivals complain to FCC that customers are unfairly trapped

The FCC is probing AT&T and Verizon over claims the telcos are locking companies into expensive business broadband contracts.…

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Virgin Media boss urges UK watchdogs not to pick wrong BT battle

Meanwhile, biz wing of telco to offer SMBs a broadband boost

Broadband World Forum  Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge was – just like his peers in the ISP game – preoccupied with regulatory policy during a keynote speech at the Broadband World Forum on Tuesday.…

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Microsoft Azure now goes with Google's Go

It's already used in YouTube

Microsoft has added “experimental support” for the open-source Go programming language, developed by Google, on the Azure App Service, part of its cloud platform.…

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Accidental homicide: how VoLTE kills old style call accounting

It's all data, all the way down, so tracking voice sessions gets tedious, fast. And dangerous

Korean and US telco researchers have sounded what's probably the first death-knell of voice calls, demonstrating a variety of problems – some fundamental – with how Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) works.…

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Microsoft flicks switch for three Azure bit barns in India

Save money! Improve government services! Spark startups! Re-colonise!

Microsoft's Azure cloud services have a new region: India.…

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AWS CodeDeploy Available in EU (Frankfurt) Region

AWS CodeDeploy is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) AWS region.

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 application deployment, and handles the complexity of updating your applications. You can use AWS CodeDeploy to automate software 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 available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS regions.

For more information on AWS CodeDeploy:

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Monday 19 October 2015

SeaMeWe-3 cable connecting AU to Asia patched, new fault found

This is why your broadband will be slow until about October 30th

The SeaMeWe-3 cable break that's given Australian 'net users performance headaches has been fixed, but the cable's developed a second fault that won't be repaired until the end of the month.…

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BBC shuts off iPlayer to VPNs, cutting access to overseas fans

Terror as millions of expats suddenly silenced

The BBC is trying to block access to iPlayer from UK VPNs, crushing the spirits of those overseas hoping to get a fix of Doctor Who and other British TV.…

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Of OpenStack and Cloud Orchestrator

Untangle your infrastructure and service spaghetti

Tomorrow’s computing systems will extend from legacy hardware and applications inside the company, through to virtualized, API-friendly applications still on-premise in the data centre, and further out to cloud-based systems off-premise. These in turn will divide down still further into dedicated, single-tenant cloud-based services and multi-tenant public ones.…

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HP Cloud 28+ guru: 1,000 users in 6 months? Piece of cake

Single cloudy marketplace hits EU in December

HP is forecasting 1,000 mid-market and corporate enterprises in Europe will buy tech services under its Cloud28+ initiative in the six months after it goes live.…

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Dell-EMC deal could be a game-changer for mobile networks, too

Ericsson and Huawei better watch their backs

Dell/EMC deal  As carriers race towards virtualisation, software-defined networking and increasingly complex back office IT platforms, they will increasingly bump into suppliers from the data centre world.…

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India's mobile operators move to head off dropped-call refunds

What could go wrong with plan to fine carriers when punters call from a lead-lined hole?

India's mobile operators are doing battle against the country's telecommunications regulator over plans to refund customers for dropped calls.…

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Saturday 17 October 2015

Sprint sprints away from no-throttle policy – punishes 'unlimited' network hoggers

There's no limit. Except when there is a limit. 23GB, actually

Sprint has confirmed plans to once again throttle data usage of customers who go over a 23GB limit each month.…

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Friday 16 October 2015

How to get 10Gbit/s home broadband in the US: Step 1. Move to Chattanooga, TN

Step 2. Laugh at Comcast

Chattanooga, Tennessee: a Bible Belt city with a population of 170,00, ish. Winner of the All-America City Award in 1962. The birthplace of the tow truck and Moon Pies (that's Wagon Wheels to Brits). The Glenn Miller Orchestra even made a record named after the place.…

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Think your mobile calls and texts are private? It ain't necessarily so

SS7 vulns expose us all - even location can be tracked

Mobile networks around the world have been penetrated by criminals and governments via bugs in signalling code.…

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Windows Mobile 10 nears point of no return

New Build, new bugs

A fresh version of Windows Mobile 10 has wobbled off Redmond's servers, and landed on devices enrolled in the Windows Insider programme.…

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HMRC U-turns on VAT rules for cloud

Good news for SMEs and cloudy buyers

HMRC has U-turned on its proposals to hand out VAT refunds just for large system integrators, while forcing public sector bodies purchasing off-the-shelf "cloud" services to pay the full whack.…

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Virgin Media filters are still eating our email – Ntlworlders

Emails, more like ‘ewails’, amirite?

The woes of Virgin Media account-holders are no closer to being resolved, with continued reports of customers unable to access their email.…

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Cheer up: UK mobile networks are perkier than Germany's

Better latency than never

The UK's mobile infrastructure is notorious for its hotspots and poor coverage, and we got LTE later than almost everyone else in Europe. But when it works, it actually works better than the Germans'.…

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All in the name of Liberty: OpenStack 12 set free!

It scales! It virtualises! It helps you containerise yourself! Is it also still too weird?

The 12th version of OpenStack, Liberty, is on the streets.…

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Après le Dell-uge, VMware is still partnership material

IBM's SoftLayer signs up as NSX-powered vSphere hybrid helper

One of the selling points of the Dell/EMC deal, aka “Le Dell-uge”, was that all the component companies controlled by Dell the man will be able to cross-sell each other's stuff and cash in.…

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New NBN build plan full of linguistic holes that will explain away delays

New list estimates where connection work is expected to commence by Sept 2018. Or H2 2018. For 9m connections

nbnTM, the organisation building Australia's national broadband network (NBN) has revealed a glorious three year construction plan it says will see “9.5 million homes and businesses” on the network “by September 2018.”…

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Thursday 15 October 2015

AWS Service Catalog is now available in the EU West (Ireland) 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.

AWS Service Catalog is currently available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon) and EU (Ireland) regions. For more information, please visit our webpage.

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AWS Key Management Service now supports deletion of keys

AWS Key Management Service (KMS) is a managed service that makes it easy for you to create and control the encryption keys used to encrypt your data. You can create, enable, disable, rotate and, starting today, delete your keys in KMS giving you even greater control over the lifecycle of your keys.

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EU’s digi VP: More telco consolidation! What about competition?

Telcos: Or ... you relax the merger rules

After just one year in the job, Europe’s Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, has already made a name for herself as being tough on telecoms mergers. Now her colleague, veep Andrus Ansip, has publicly backed her, telling industry representatives in Brussels this week that competition, not M&As, is the future.…

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Vodafone exceeds own upper broadband speed limit to hit 80Mbps

Reg reader amazed at breathtaking velocity

El Reg reader Jerry Vernon has been in touch to express his amazement that Vodafone can supply broadband to his Birmingham address at a 80Mbps, noticeably faster even than its 76Mbps Ultrafast Fibre package.…

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How do you create an SLA and status page for the whole internet? Meet IANA: Keepers of DNS

Running the web without the US at the helm – and in Java

When control of the internet's naming and numbering systems is handed over by the US government to domain system overseer ICANN, there will be one big change: it will be subject to a service level agreement drawn up by the internet community.…

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Walmart to open-source its cloud-hopping code

Retail giant offers skeleton key to escape cloud lock-in from … oh, no cloud in particular

Retail colossus Walmart has open-sourced its own cloud operations code.…

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Internet daddy Vint Cerf blasts FCC's plan to ban Wi-Fi router code mods

You should be able to run any software you like on your Wi-Fi box, cry petition backers

Vinton Cerf has added his name to a campaign begging the FCC to scrap plans to ban custom firmware on Wi-Fi routers and other wireless devices.…

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Wednesday 14 October 2015

AT&T and Dish have problems with Charter-TWC merger – surprised?

Spending billions to absorb the competition is our job!

US telecom giants AT&T and Dish Network are asking the FCC to hold off on approving the $78.7bn merger of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable (TWC).…

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AWS SDK for Unity now supports AWS Lambda and Amazon Simple Email Service

The AWS SDK for Unity now supports AWS Lambda, so you can easily execute cloud functions from your games built on Unity, without the need to provision infrastructure. In addition, the AWS SDK for Unity now supports the Amazon Simple Email Service (SES), so you can send transactional emails directly from games built in Unity. The AWS Mobile SDK for Unity is compatible with Unity 4.0 and onwards, and supports both the Free and Unity Pro versions.

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AWS Config now integrated with Loggly to help analyze configuration changes

AWS Config and Loggly now offer an integrated solution that helps you analyze configuration changes recorded by AWS Config in real time. Using this solution, you can gain a high-level view of configuration changes or analyze potential issues without typing even a single search query. Furthermore, you can get a real-time, visual view of resources in your account, save frequently used searches and set up alerts on particular configuration changes.

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SAP's Orca leaps from the depths early, Needled by Amazon

Race to analytics-as-a-service

SAP announced its brand new cloud analytics service under pressure from mighty Amazon.…

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Speaking in Tech: Laugh it up, Dell/EMC cloud guys... while you can

It may not be two bricks tied together

Podcast  It's another episode of our weekly techcast, hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week it's a full house to talk about Dell and EMC, but there was also news from AWS re:Invent, Safe Harbor and Apple. Our special guests this week are Stu Miniman, senior analyst at Wikibon and Brian Gracely, Wikibon contributor.…

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How far will Microsoft go with Android?

'We'll go wherever our customers are' - exec

There is only one destination for companies that fail with their own mobile operating system, and it's called Android. Last month, BlackBerry acknowledged defeat by announcing PRIV, an Android device with a focus on security.…

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Rapid7 inhales cloudy machine data search firm Logentries

Metasploit maker goes deeper into compliance

Rapid7 has bought cloud-based machine data search and log company Logentries for $68m in cash and equity, allowing Rapid7 to add that functionality to its widely used penetration testing tool Metasploit.…

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Hurd clings to Oracle’s cloud growth as overall revenue declines

We’re still in the ‘early innings’ of this game

Mark Hurd, joint chief exec at Oracle, has come out as predictably bullish on the company's cloud prospects, stating in an interview that customers can't get enough of its fluffy white stuff.…

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On its way: A Google-free, NSA-free IT infrastructure for Europe

Take open source. Enlist Euro carriers. How hard was that?

Analysis  This really wasn’t in the script. All conquering, “disruptive” Silicon Valley companies were more powerful than any nation state, we were told, and governments and nations would submit to their norms. But now the dam that Max Schrems cracked last week has burst open as European companies seek to nail down local alternatives to Google, Dropbox and other Californian over-the-top players.…

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Australia’s opposition promises more fibre in national broadband diet

Overbuild of copper is inevitable and offensive says shadow comms minister

Australia's shadow communications minister Jason Clare has promised to deploy more fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) connections on Australia's national broadband network (NBN) should the opposition Labor party (ALP) of which he is a member win the nation's next election.…

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nbn™ loses chief operating officer Greg Adcock

So long and thanks for all the contracts, says nbn™ CEO Morrow

nbn™, the entity building Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has announced that chief operating officer Greg Adcock has departed the company.…

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Tuesday 13 October 2015

Is streaming pirate video legal? Europe's highest court will take a look

Raspberry Pi at the center of court case

Fresh from tearing up the safe harbor framework, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will take a look at the complex issue of online video streaming.…

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Salesforce slaps down $100m fund for cloudy European upstarts

Cloudy folk open wallet, shout 'reach in' to cloudy SMEs

Profitless software-as-a-service pusher Salesforce has opened a $100m (£66m) investment fund for European startups under its Salesforce Ventures vehicle.…

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BLABBERGEDDON BEGINS! Twitter lays off 8% of its workforce

Micro-blurting site to sinkhole up to $15m in restructuring costs

Twitter has confirmed that it will cut loose more than 300 employees as the profitless company attempts to claw back costs and push for user growth on the struggling site.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud suspends broadband connection voucher scheme

'Funds fully committed,' crows DCMS

The government has suspended its broadband connection voucher scheme, following last month's announcement that more than 40,000 SMEs had got their hands on the funds.…

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New cloud bookings are a thing for SAP in Q3

But trad business dominates strong quarter

It's all about the cloud for SAP in its Q3, 2015 results announcement today, with the company posting cloud subscription and support revenues of €600m, up 116 per cent on last year - and a slightly less heady 90 per cent at constant currencies.…

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NASA preps test of broadband-from-spaaaaace project

CubeSat trial hopes for 200 Mbps downloads

NASA is getting ready for the first test of a cubesat as a broadband-in-space platform, after receiving confirmation that last week's Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration (OCSD) satellite is in position and operational.…

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Google says Loony broadband balloons are 'nearly perfect'

Alphabet subsidiary courting African carriers and confronting comms biz realpolitik

Google is promising that its Project Loon balloon-broadband initiative is ready to go and wants to announce its first operator partners in Africa soon.…

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Monday 12 October 2015

Netflix in Australia slower than Mexico, Chile or New Zealand

Telstra improves but still comes in LAST in streaming speed ratings, Optus takes crown

Optus takes crown from TPG by the barest margin but Australia lags Mexico, Chile and New Zealand Telstra has improved its Netflix download speeds by .46 of a megabit per second, but is still the slowest of the Australian internet service providers the video streamer rates.…

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Android users left at risk... and it's not even THEIR FAULT this time!

You're LATE with those patches, mobe makers!

Tardiness in providing security updates is leaving the vast majority of Android devices hopelessly insecure, according to researchers at the University of Cambridge.…

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Saturday 10 October 2015

Dot-gay bid fails again: This time because it is too gay

ICANN evaluation takes absurdity to new levels

This time last year, the applicants for the internet top-level domain .gay were stunned to find that their application to be recognized as a "community" was rejected because they weren't gay enough.…

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Friday 9 October 2015

Chinese dragon Alibaba ramps up cloud war with second US data center

China cloud unit pushes deeper into Silicon Valley

Chinese cloud purveyor Aliyun, a division of the Middle Kingdom's Amazon equivalent Alibaba, has opened its second data center in Silicon Valley.…

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What's not up, Docs? Google Docs goes titsup in time for Friday beers

Total Inability To Sustain Usual Productivity

It's not you – it's Google. The web giant's Docs cloud has fallen off the internet, leaving US office workers eyeing up the boozer early.…

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BT to shoot 'up to 330Mbps' into 2,000 Gosforth homes

Fast times in Newcastle

BT customers in Gosforth, Newcastle, are being given a chance to test copper's last hurrah,…

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Ofcom chief warns that carrier aggregation may be bad for consumers

But what should Ofcom do? Here’s a suggestion.

Analysis  The mergers of O2 and Three, and BT and EE, could drive prices up for consumers and be A Bad Thing.…

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Thursday 8 October 2015

AWS throws the lever on monster 2TB X1 for in-memory databases

IoT, mobile, and containers highlight day 2 at Vegas summit

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has unleashed a handful of new service options on the second day of its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas.…

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Announcing AWS IoT, now in beta

AWS IoT is a managed cloud platform that lets connected devices easily and securely interact with cloud applications and other devices. AWS IoT can support billions of devices and trillions of messages, and can process and route those messages to AWS endpoints and to other devices reliably and securely. With AWS IoT, your applications can keep track of and communicate with all your devices, all the time, even when they aren’t connected.

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Annoucing IoT Device SDK For C, JavaScript and Arduino Yún

Today we announced AWS IoT (Beta), managed cloud service that lets connected devices easily and securely interact with cloud applications and other devices. Using the AWS IoT Device SDK you can connect a variety of standard hardware devices, from basic to industrial, with AWS IoT platform. Our hardware partners have tested the IoT Device SDK against their boards and developed AWS IoT Starter kits to get you started with AWS IoT.

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Introducing CloudWatch Dashboards

Amazon CloudWatch Dashboards enable you to create re-usable graphs of AWS resources and custom metrics so you can quickly monitor operational status and identify issues at a glance. With CloudWatch Dashboards, you can monitor operational metrics with custom graphs of your AWS resources from a single pane of glass. You can create text-based or graphical widgets, add custom text annotations and links to graphs, change the time range, resize and reorganize widgets, and reuse and share dashboards. To get started, visit the Dashboards section in the CloudWatch Management Console.

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AWS Lambda Supports Python, Versioning, Scheduled Jobs, and 5 Minute Functions

You can now develop your AWS Lambda function code using Python. AWS Lambda lets you run code without provisioning and managing servers. You simply upload your Lambda Python code as a ZIP through the AWS CLI or AWS Lambda console and Lambda takes care of everything required to run and scale your code with high availability. Read our documentation for more details

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Amazon API Gateway now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS Region

Amazon API gateway is now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS region.  

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Introducing the Amazon EC2 Container Service CLI with Support for Docker Compose

You can now use the Amazon EC2 Container Service CLI (Amazon ECS CLI) to simplify your local development experience as well as easily set up an Amazon ECS cluster and its associated resources (e.g., EC2 instance). The Amazon ECS CLI supports Docker Compose, an open-source tool for defining and running multi-container applications. You can use the same Compose definition used to define a multi-container application on your development machine as well as in production. The Amazon ECS CLI is open source and available for download here. Read more about the CLI in our documentation.

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Introducing AWS Mobile Hub (beta): Build, test, and monitor usage of your mobile apps

With the new AWS Mobile Hub, you can add and configure features to your apps, including user authentication, data storage, backend logic, push notifications, content delivery, and analytics – all from a single, integrated console. AWS Mobile Hub then automatically provisions the AWS services required to power these features, and generates quickstart apps for iOS and Android that use your provisioned services. You can use the quickstart app as a foundation for your app, or cut and paste code snippets from it to your own app.

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New trailer for the 'Sherlock' Victorian Special reveals more clues

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Holmes and Watson, as the pair stumbles upon a murder shrouded in mystery and fog in Victorian London.

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See what it takes to get into a spacesuit in new NASA time-lapse

If you think getting dressed in the morning can be a challenge sometimes, wait till you see what astronaut Peggy Whitson has to go through to wiggle into her "single-person spaceship."

via CNET News

Steve Jobs' legacy 'hijacked,' says Apple's Jony Ive

Apple's chief design guru shares insight into what it was like to collaborate with Apple's co-founder.

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Microsoft starts backup of on-prem workloads and desktops to Azure

Repeat after us: 'Microsoft values its close partnerships with backup software vendors'

Microsoft has announced it will now offer backups of on-premises SQL Server, Hyper-V virtual machines, SharePoint Server, Microsoft Exchange and windows clients to Azure.…

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Twitter's next year will be about making site easier, adding functionality

Kevin Weil, senior vice president of product at the social media site, also says he's "super excited" that "Jack is back" as CEO and Twitter plans to stay independent.

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Twitter co-founder Ev Williams makes peace with new CEO Jack Dorsey

Despite past differences, Williams says his relationship with the new chief executive is stronger than it has been "in years."

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Disk boxes, security tools, etc: What Amazon announced at its AWS shindig on Wednesday

Bezos's gang keeps the cloudy mob happy with new shininess

Amazon Web Services (AWS) kicked off its annual re:Invent conference on Wednesday with the introduction of a handful of new additions to its cloud computing service.…

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Google CFO: Hiring women is good for business

Ruth Porat, the Wall Street hotshot Google hired in March, says enlisting more women isn't just good for society, it's good for a company's bottom line.

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Light's bizarre -- and a little bit brilliant -- take on camera tech

This will either be the camera of the future or another toy to send to the island of misfit cameras.

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