Monday, 30 November 2015

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

Top tips from economics experts

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


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

Yipeeeee!?

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



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

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

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


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

'No issues with state aid compliance', huffs DCMS

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


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

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

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


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

Sysadmins, fat thumbs, and BGP black-holes conspire

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



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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Broadband's frequency hunters denied Freeview patch – for now

Of COM8 and CBeebies: multiplex snare

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


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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Nominet to hike price of UK web domains by 50%

Costs risen considerably, says CEO. Members not persuaded

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


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

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

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



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Eclipse staggers to feet, gets smacked by second DDoS

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

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


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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Sitecore on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployment

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



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A font farewell to Fontdeck as website service closes

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

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


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WordPress.com ditches PHP for Calypso JavaScript beat

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

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


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Video still causing mobile data traffic to shoot through the roof

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

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


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

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

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



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Amazon now renting physical servers you can cuddle and love

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

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



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AWS Elastic Beanstalk Adds Support for Environment Links

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



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Monday, 23 November 2015

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

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



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

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



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

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



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TalkTalk Business email servers titsup for days after DNS config snafu

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

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


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EE plans to block annoying ads on mobile network

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

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


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Friday, 20 November 2015

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

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

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

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



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

Backbone carrier looks to be grappling with cut cable headaches

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


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

Survey finds strong parental support for smut-blockers

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


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

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



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

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



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

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

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



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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Try Real-time Predictions from the Amazon Machine Learning Console

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

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



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AWS SDK for Go - General Availability

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

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

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

For more information, please see:

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Developer Guide: http://ift.tt/1Jlx79Y



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

Under pressure, DNS supremo publishing political expenses

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


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

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



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

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



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

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

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


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

Bezos cloud flinger challenges Ellison deal factor

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



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Car radars gain sharper vision after ITU assigns special spectrum slice

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

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


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Custom virtual machines come to Google's Compute Engine

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

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



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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Bangladesh shuts down its internet during war crimes trial

Government claims online blockade was a misunderstanding

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


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Introducing Amazon VPC Endpoints for Amazon S3 in US GovCloud Region

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

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

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

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New Genomics Resources on AWS – TCGA and ICGC Data Sets

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

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

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

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

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EMC enables data movement from the white fluffy stuff

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

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



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Behold, the fantasy of infinite cloud compute elasticity

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

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



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

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

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


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CloudFlare CEO blasts Anonymous claims of ISIS terrorist support

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

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



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AWS IAM Launches Preview of SMS MFA for IAM Users

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



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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

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

S is for security, but what about privacy?

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



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

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

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


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

Top folk want to run public firms

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


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

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

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


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Small Euro telco lobby group births small Euro telco lobby group

Big beef with big telcos, naturally enough

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


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Virgin Media daddy Liberty Global swoops on Cable & Wireless Communications

Rawhide!

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


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Fujitsu: We started the cloud party, honest

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

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



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FCA paves way for cloud computing in UK financial services

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

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



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

Continuous delivery across AWS, Google Cloud and CloudFoundry

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



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NBN boss unleashes Australian Net Neutrality debate

Grab some popcorn and watch Netflix justify its data deluge

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


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Monday, 16 November 2015

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

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

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



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Openreach boss quits BT in midst of split uncertainty

Joe Garner returning to banking sector. Search begins for replacement

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


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Queensland council plans own optical fibre network

Here we go again

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


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Friday, 13 November 2015

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

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

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



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UN fight for internet control lined up in Brazil

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

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


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Amazon ElastiCache now support Redis version 2.8.23

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



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

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

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


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BT reveals vanishingly small detail about its fibre broadband network

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

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


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The Internet Association backs FCC's muni broadband push

Shocker: internet companies want more people on the internet

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


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Thursday, 12 November 2015

Telstra, nbnTM deny Brisbane build battle

Negotiations on hold until next year: report

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


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DynamoDB Console Redesign

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



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

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

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



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Net neutrality protestors bundled out of UN conference

Efforts to protest Internet.org in Brazil falter

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


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Microsoft capitulates, announces German data centres

Clouds in Europe won't rain data onto US spies

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



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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Nextgen, Vocus revive Perth-Singapore cable project

Upstart buys into 50-50 J/V

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


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EMC Isilon extends its software out to ROBO edge and cloud

Firm embraces Data Fabric-like idea

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



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

Recent technology demo proves a big point

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


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Virgin Media hikes broadband, phone prices by five per cent

Cable company's bundle customers face bigger bills from early next year

Virgin Media will jack up the price tag on its broadband and phone service bundles by up to £3.99 from early next year.…


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Former parking ticket bloke turns out to be cybersecurity genius

Newcastle man posts impressively high score on infosec guru course

Ross Bradley, who spent the last 15 years processing car parking fines for Newcastle City Council, is set to become one of the UK's top cyber professionals after achieving one of the highest ever scores in the internationally recognised GIAC cyber security qualifications.…


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Ex-GCHQ chief: Bulk access to internet comms not same as mass surveillance

'I'd have gone further and demanded weblogs'

IPB  A specially convened, one-off chinwag about the so-called "tech issues" in the UK government's latest draft super-snoop bill failed to get to the nitty-gritty on Tuesday afternoon.…


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Boffins teach Wi-Fi routers to dance to the same tune

'Wi-FM' listens to FM signals to sync access points

Research presented to this week's IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols suggests a fairly simple enhancement to Wi-Fi could help deal with the chronic congestion caused by its popularity.…


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CAIDA publishes latest 'net topology kit

What the Internet 'looks like' today

CAIDA's expanding network of Archipelago monitors has delivered the organisation's latest Internet maps.…


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Amazon RDS for MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Oracle and SQL Server now support m4 instance types in 8 commercial regions

You can now launch M4 instances when using Amazon RDS for MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Oracle and SQL Server. M4 Instances have a good balance of compute, memory and network resources and are EBS-optimized by default. M4 instances comes in 5 sizes ranging from 2 to 40 vCPUs and 8 GB to 160 GB of memory, and have superior performance and lower prices than RDS M3 instances. M4 instances feature a custom Intel Xeon E5-2676 v3 Haswell processor optimized specifically for AWS. They run at a base clock rate of 2.4 GHz and can go as high as 3.0 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost. To learn more about the benefits of the M4 instance families on Amazon RDS, visit the DB Instance Classes page.



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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Cops gain access to phone location data

Supreme Court rejects robber appeal and adds to already confusing situation

Police in some states can now access your phone location data without a warrant, following a Supreme Court decision not to hear the appeal of an armed robber.…


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Anything AWS can do: Microsoft announces UK data centre region for Azure cloud

Plus: MoD takes up private Office 365 offer

Microsoft's CEO has announced it will build a UK data centre for its Azure cloud - just days after a similar announcement from AWS CTO Werner Vogels.…



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Rackspace beats The Street with strong Q3

No sign of AWS squeeze in financials

Rackspace topped analyst expectations for Q3, pulling in $509m revenue, up 10.7 on same time last year and net income of $37m or 26c a share.…



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Monday, 9 November 2015

NBN mulls capacity charge revamp

Morrow announces tariff review

Along with its quarterly results announcement yesterday, nbnTM has hinted to the industry that its CVC charges could fall again.…


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AWS Device Farm now supports testing your apps written in Swift

It's now possible to test your iOS apps with tests you've written in Swift, a new language that can replace or augment your Objective-C code, on AWS Device Farm. To get started, simply choose XCTest when creating a new run and upload your Swift scripts using the steps outlined in the documentation. No configuration or modification to your app or scripts is necessary. If you have any questions, please let us know in the forums.



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Even with Turnbull's NBN, Australian ISPs are getting faster

New Netflix speed index has good news all 'round, but Foxtel-owner Telstra is still last

Netflix's Australian ISP Speed Index has updated gain to reflect October performance and the good news is there's good news no matter which ISP you use.…


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Cisco, Ericsson prefer shacking up to sloow marriage process

13 months of talks led to 'partnership of choice'

Cisco and Ericsson decided on their sweeping new partnership because other transactions would have slowed down a joint approach to market, the companies' CEOs said today on a call explaining the co-opetition pact announced earlier today.…


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UK.gov finally promises legally binding broadband service obligation – by 2020

Is 10Mbps pledge only on downstream? Wait and see

It has been three years since countryside lobbyists demanded a legally binding promise from the UK government on broadband speeds – but the wheels are only now starting to turn.…


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Ericsson and Cisco ink deal for networks of the future

Borg and Swedish wireless giant make big IoT and 5G play

Cisco and Ericsson have formalised a decade-long, strategic partnership to allow the two firms to work together on cloud, 5G, IP and the Internet of Things tech.…


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Cloud will kill tech sales jobs

Feeding the beast that will kill your job

Comment  On-premises IT brings tech sales jobs in its wake. Cloud IT kills them.…



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Gods' own broadband: Loon option for DEITY

Alphabet eyes another billion

Alphabet has its eye on its next billion, reportedly holding meetings in India to get Project Loon off the ground.…


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NBN shows strong ARPU growth as users connect

HFC trials announced ahead of 2016 launch

Fibre-to-the-home revenue on Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) more than double between the first quarter 2015 and the quarter just completed, the company's latest results announcement shows.…


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Friday, 6 November 2015

Amazon API Gateway Supports Stage Variables

You can now define stage variables to configure the different deployment stages (e.g., alpha, beta, production) of your API. Stage variables are name-value pairs associated with a specific API deployment stage and act like environment variables for use in your API setup and mapping templates. For example, you can configure an API method in each stage to connect to a different backend endpoint by setting different endpoint values in your stage variables. Learn more about stage variables in our documentation



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Amazon's chomping at the Brits: UK to get AWS data center region

Bezos' cloud invades Blighty

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is to build a UK region, alongside existing regions in Dublin and Frankfurt.…



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Cell networks' LTE-U will kill your Wi-Fi, say digital rights bods

Telcos: No, sigh, it won't ruin your home network

Wireless carriers are once again looking to reassure the American people after more objections were raised against the planned LTE-U broadband network.…


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GSMA offers a share and share alike approach to the C-Band

Can't we all just get along? Yeah, probably

The trade association for mobile operators, the GSMA, has taken up arms in support of its members' campaign for three areas of spectrum at the World Radiocommunication Conference, currently being held in Geneva.…


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TalkTalk claims 157,000 customers were victims of security breach

Cheapo telco revises down attack figure, shares climb 4%

TalkTalk has once again attempted to downplay the seriousness of the attack on its systems by claiming on Friday morning that only four per cent of its customers – nearly 157,000 people – were affected by the security breach.…


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UK's internet spy law: How £250m costs could balloon to £2 BILLION

Just look at IMP. Or CDB

Analysis  The Home Office has revealed some of the costs associated with its proposed Investigatory Powers law – but the final price tag could arguably run into billions of pounds.…


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Fake IT admin tricked Cox rep into handing over customer database – cableco fined $600k

Shocked outfoxed Cox docked

US broadband watchdog the FCC has fined Cox Communications $595,000 (£391,000, AU$832,000) after a Lizard Squad hacker swiped its customer records.…


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Thursday, 5 November 2015

Colorado unshackles cities, lifts ban on govt-owned muni broadband

Centennial state could soon be blazing in more ways than one

Voters in Colorado have abolished laws that had prohibited local governments from offering their own broadband internet services.…


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Facebook's laser-powered internet drone preps for take off

10Gbit/s connectivity – now that's what I call inflight Wi-Fi

The prototype craft for Facebook’s laser internet-in-the-sky is close to take off. A solar-powered, carbon fiber flying V-shaped wing, that’ll pump out 10Gbit/s connectivity using a laser, will begin test flights “soon”, the firm said Thursday.…


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Slow connections can’t come fast enough as industry eyes low bandwidth

LTE-NB has been designed with much lower power use in mind

Huawei GMBF  There’s a general acceptance within the mobile industry that the more advanced forms of 4G and 5G will eventually conjure up connections of 1GB/s. But for many speakers at Huawei’s Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015, 10kb/s is every bit as exciting.…


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Condi Rice, ICANN, and millions paid to lobby the US government for total internet control

Your domain renewal dollars at work, people

Special report  Just minutes after the board of internet overseer ICANN applauded the results of a review into its accountability – announced at a public meeting in Dublin – the mood soured.…


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Huawei is the new Nokia: Asian mobe maker sets out its stall

From chips to base stations, 2020 will be like the Finns' year 2000

A little over a thousand CTOs, CIOs and decision makers from the world’s mobile phone networks attended Huawei's mobile broadband forum event this week. It gives us a view of not only how Huawei sees the world, but of how it sees itself.…


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TalkTalk offers customer £30.20 'final settlement' after crims nick £3,500

'Good will' gesture, but WON'T waive contract breakage fee

TalkTalk is trying and failing to mend its broken customer relationships following the recent mega breach, in one case offering an individual who had £3,500 stolen from his personal bank account just £30.20 as a “good will gesture [and] final settlement” by way of compensation.…


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TalkTalk may tell investors to tighten belts after cyber incident

Customer growth affected by customer care? Shurely not...

TalkTalk is likely to deliver bad news to investors next week, as analysts suggested it has managed to halve its customer growth forecast after spaffing the sensitive data of more than a million existing and former customers.…


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BlackBerry makes Android security patch promises

Attention: This vehicle is reversing

BlackBerry is touting security and privacy as the new Priv's key differentiators. But wait, isn't it an Android? And isn't that like putting an arsonist in charge of the Fire Brigade?…


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Optus to provide comms to Australia's offshore detention centres

Wins AU$115m contract with Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Singtel's Australian arm, Optus, has won a three-year, AU$115-million deal to provide “end-to-end telecommunications and managed IT services” to Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection.”…


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Seoul Man Jeff Bezos makes Korea-defining move

AWS promises new (South) Korean region for early 2016

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced it will create a (South) Korean region in 2016.…



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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Support for self-managed Oracle RAC on Amazon EC2

You can now deploy scalable Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) on Amazon EC2 using the recently-published tutorial and Amazon Machine Images (AMI) on AWS Marketplace. Oracle RAC is a shared-everything database cluster technology from Oracle that allows a single database (a set of data files) to be concurrently accessed and served by one or many database server instances.



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Interoute gets green light for £402m Easynet gobble

Blighty's competition regulator gives permission for major boot filling

Cloudy hosting company Interoute has Wednesday been given the green light by Blighty's competition watchdog to snap up networks outfit Easynet for £402m.…


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Microsoft and Red Hat announce cloud partnership, show .NET some love

Red Hat Linux to be reference operating system for .NET Core

Microsoft has announced a partnership with Red Hat to support Red Hat Linux in the Azure cloud.…



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RIPE rebrand whiffs slightly of joss-sticks

Net registry hums gentle whalesong , intersects with community

LOGOWATCH  The magnificent era of corporate rebranding excess have long passed - heady days in which brainstorming strategy boutiques would crank the whalesong up to 11 and give forth on the empowering effects of emotionally compelling and strategically grounded brand frontage paradigms.…


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Companies need answer to Safe Harbour worries, says minister

Swift conclusion on revised agreement needed

The move to strike down Safe Harbour has created worrying uncertainty for companies, the Conservative minister for intellectual property, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, has said.…



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Endpoint protectors spread wings, Druva flies into Microsoft cloud

Code42 and Druva hover near data centres

Endpoint data protector Druva is adding Microsoft's Azure to its public cloud target list, adding security and sharing features to its backup capabilities and trying to appeal more to enterprises – a link with Microsoft is good news in that department.…



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Former Dragon lures reseller exec into cloud cave

Outgoing Insight UK veep de Sousa to grab controls at Outsourcery on April Fool's Day

Manchester-based cloud-slinger Outsourcery has confirmed that outgoing Insight Enterprises UK boss Emma de Sousa will land as managing director in April.…



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Amazon CloudWatch Logs Support for Amazon Kinesis Firehose

We are happy to announce that you can now use an Amazon Kinesis Firehose to stream your log data from Amazon CloudWatch Logs. This new capability allows you to stream your log data to any destination that Firehose supports including Amazon S3 and Amazon Redshift. Amazon CloudWatch Logs also allows you to stream your log data to Amazon Kinesis Streams and AWS Lambda functions.



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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy

Users unhappy with chopped-down cloud storage

Comment  Microsoft's changes to its OneDrive personal cloud storage prices reflect badly on the company, and have left users angry and bewildered.…



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Enable CORS in Amazon API Gateway

You can now enable CORS (cross-origin resources sharing) with one click directly in the Amazon API Gateway console. CORS allows methods in API Gateway to request restricted resources from a different domain (e.g., a JavaScript client that calls an API deployed on a different domain). Please read the documentation to learn how to enable CORS.



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New Training for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional Exam

There’s a new full-day workshop to help you prepare for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional exam, which validates the advanced technical skills and experience needed to design and deploy cloud architecture on AWS.



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IBM bets on cloud broker with Gravitant buyout

Hybrid IT gamble will be rolled into Global Services

IBM has bought an 11-year old firm promising cloud brokerage services to sustain the move to hybrid IT.…



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Microsoft hits 'delete' key: OneDrive 'unlimited' no more

People used free storage to store lots of stuff for free. Who would have guessed?

A year ago, it probably looked like a brilliant idea: bait products like Office 365 with unlimited cloud storage: documents and PowerPoints and Excel don't take up that much space, do they?…



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Feds spank naughty Hilton, M.C. Dean in Wi-Fi jamming crackdown

Pair must cough up $750,000 in personal hotspots disruption probe

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has fined Hilton Hotels and M.C. Dean in two separate probes into Wi-Fi jamming.…


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Monday, 2 November 2015

Australian 'Ninefold' cloud gives up race against richer rivals

Users face Christmas migration sprint after cloud sends self TITSUP

Australian cloud outfit Ninefold has declared it has a total inability to support unlimited payments – TITSUP – and announced it is “sunsetting” itself.…



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Whitman's split: The end of Fiorina's HP grand expansion era

Let's start at the very beginning

Hewlett Packard became two companies on 1 November, splitting enterprise from consumer.…



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In-a-spin Home Sec: 'We won't be rifling through people's web history'

Theresa May claims draft bill will have robust oversight, judicial approval

IPB  The Tory government's draft Investigatory Powers Bill is expected to land in Parliament with a thud on Wednesday.…


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Endpoint protectors spread wings, Druva flies into Microsoft cloud

Code42 and Druva hover near data centres

Endpoint data protector Druva is adding Microsoft's Azure to its public cloud target list, adding security and sharing features to its backup capabilities and trying to appeal more to enterprises – a link with Microsoft is good news in that department.…



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G-Cloud sellers hit out against cap on scaling services

'We've not heard any sensible justification for this'

G-Cloud suppliers have hit out against new rules to be introduced in the next iteration of the cloudy framework this month. The new guidelines will slap a 20 per cap on how much buyers can scale their services.…



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European Commission prepares antitrust probe for O2/Hutchison deal

Regulatory listicle demands consideration before merger can pass Go

The European Commission has opened what it's calling “an in-depth investigation” to consider whether the proposed acquisition of Telef√≥nica UK and its O2 operation by Hutchison “would harm competition.”…


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Former nbn CEO Mike Quigley ends his silence, unloads on government

'You broke it, Mal, you bought it'

The former CEO of Australia's NBN Co, the entity responsible for building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), Mike Quigley, has hit back at two years of being blamed by two prime ministers for the troubles that beset the project's multi-technology mix model (MTM) mandated in 2013.…


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SeaMeWe-3 submarine cable spur borked until November 10th

What's happening down on the sea floor near Indonesia?

Rumbles are again reaching The Reg's ears about the state of the SeaMeWe-3 submarine cable.…


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