Saturday 30 January 2016

Trend Micro Deep Security on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Update

This new version of the Quick Start makes it easier than ever to get up and running with Trend Micro Deep Security on the AWS cloud. Trend Micro Deep Security is a host-based security product that provides Anti-Malware, Host Firewall, Intrusion Prevention, File Integrity Monitoring, Log Inspection, Web Application Firewalling, and Content Filtering modules in a single agent running in the guest operating system.

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Friday 29 January 2016

Loons in balloons: Google asks FCC to approve Net plan

Microwaves in the sky

Large balloons firing data are nothing to worry about, Google has told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in its latest license application.…

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T-Mobile’s BingeOn is a smash hit. So what now?

Popular video thing may be 'illegal'. And looks like a witch.

Analysis  T-Mobil'e BingeOn gamble of removing video consumption from its subscribers data bundles, appears to be defying its critics, with large increases in mobile video viewing.…

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BT scoops £100m network provision deal from the BBC

State broadcaster opts for former state monopoly

The BBC has picked BT to provide its internal network, in a £100m deal that will run for the next seven years.…

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'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

Reg columnist snorts suspicious powder

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  Whirr whirr click. Oh come on, print, dammit. Bzzzzt. Whirr click [silence] brrrrrrrrrrr [silence].…

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'Blue light services will get 4G on London Tube!' Cool, how? 'Errrrm...'

Emergency Services Network deal mired in confusion as Airwave flings sueball

The government's contentious Emergency Services Network deal, intended to provide 4G coverage and devices for all blue light services, will be able to run on the London Underground, the man in charge of the scheme has insisted.…

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Oracle kicks Amazon after Glacier download bill shock

One thing cloud doesn't improve is readability of fine print

Last week, a chap named Mario Karpinnen took to Medium with a tale of how downloading 60GB of data from Amazon Web Services' archive-grade Glacier service cost him a whopping US$158.…

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Amazon Elasticsearch Service and Amazon CloudSearch Available in Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES) and Amazon CloudSearch are now available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region. 

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Amazon WorkSpaces supports Audio-in, High DPI Devices, and Saved Registrations

We are excited to launch three new features to enhance the WorkSpaces user experience. Amazon WorkSpaces has added support for voice communication with headsets, high DPI screens, and saved registrations.

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Indonesia's dominant telco blocks Netflix

Too sexy, no licence and nobody bothered rating the movies

Telkom Indonesia, the nation's dominant telco thanks to its nearly 130 million subscribers, has decided to block Netflix.…

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Research: By 2017, a third of home Wi-Fi routers will power passers-by

Telcos pimp out your bandwidth and profit

Companies are going to be selling a lot more public Wi-Fi plans over the next few years and it's going to be home Wi-Fi users who'll be the backbone of the network, according to analysts from Juniper Research.…

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AWS IoT Now Supports WebSockets, Custom Keepalive Intervals, and Enhanced Console

We are pleased to announce support for MQTT over WebSockets and additional new features for AWS IoT.  

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Thursday 28 January 2016

US still lagging on broadband but FCC promises change is coming

Latest vote inches faster speeds and more competition closer

The United States is still lagging the world in the rollout of broadband, but things are looking up as federal telecom regulator the FCC formally gave itself the power to act Thursday.…

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Scheduled Auto Scaling Now Available in the AWS Management Console

You can now configure Auto Scaling to operate on a schedule using the AWS management console. Previously, this functionality was only available through the AWS Application Programming Interface (API), Command Line Interface (CLI), and AWS CloudFormation.

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Introducing Amazon VPC NAT Gateway in EU (Frankfurt) Region

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

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Can't upgrade, won't upgrade: Windows Mobile's user problem

Darn customers and their 'I-just-wanna-use-a-working-phone' desires

Microsoft’s dream of a smooth transition to Windows 10 Mobile needs a reality check. Figures from AdDuplex, which samples devices actually in use, finds that much of today’s active Windows Phone user base won’t be able to make the update.…

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TalkTalk CuffCuffs ScamScam CrimCrims

Indian call center workers accused of harvesting data

UK ISP TalkTalk is considering cutting ties with its Indian call center provider after three employees at the site were arrested for allegedly scamming customers.…

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CableLabs certifies first gigabit-class cable modems

The HFC cables that deliver pay TV are getting closer to being broadband blasters

Broadcom's grinning like the Cheshire Cat, with its OEMs apparently dominating the first round of DOCSIS 3.1 device certification. DOCSIS 3.1 is a standard allowing for gigabit-and-above data transmission rates over existing hybrid fibre-coax cables widely deployed around the world for cable television delivery.…

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Map of Tasmania to be shorn of electrical, data links to outside world

Basslink comms fibre will be cut on purpose during power cable fix

Internet service providers in the Australian state of Tasmanian are bracing for a temporary loss of connectivity, as the owner of the Basslink cable connecting the island state to the mainland scrambles to fix a break in its electricity transmission system.…

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Aereo TV boss is back ... pitching gigabit internet and a $350 Wi-Fi router

Forgive us if we're skeptical, Chet, but that last venture didn't go so well

The man who started the ill-fated Aereo TV service is back, and this time he wants to start an ISP.…

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Wednesday 27 January 2016

Microsoft: We think your Office files should see other people

Documents can now be stashed in Box, Dropbox, etc

Users of Microsoft Office now have more choice where they keep and work on their documents, and with whom they co-create them.…

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Death to clunky, creaky rip-off cable boxes – here's how it will happen

FCC proposes blowing open the market to competition

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is trying to kill off one of life's most frustrating rip-offs: the clunky, outdated cable box that you are pressured to "rent" from your cable provider.…

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AWS WAF Now Inspects HTTP Request Body and Adds Size Constraint Condition

You can now configure AWS WAF to block, allow, or monitor (count) requests based on the content in HTTP request bodies. This is the part of a request that contains any additional data that you want to send to your web server as the HTTP request body, such as data from an HTML form.

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AWS WAF Now Inspects HTTP body POST/PUTs

You can now configure AWS WAF to block, allow, or monitor (count) requests based on the content in HTTP request bodies. This is the part of a request that contains any additional data that you want to send to your web server as the HTTP request body, such as data from an HTML form.

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Apache Hadoop 2.7.1, Spark 1.6.0, Presto 0.130, and Ganglia 3.7.2 now available on Amazon EMR

Amazon EMR release 4.3.0 now offers upgraded versions of Apache Hadoop (2.7.1), Apache Spark (1.6.0), Ganglia (3.7.2), and an upgraded sandbox release of Presto (0.130). Hadoop 2.7.1 is a minor version upgrade with various bug fixes and performance enhancements. Spark 1.6.0 includes several new features, such as the compile-time type safety using the Dataset API, machine learning pipeline persistence using the Spark ML Pipeline API, a variety of new machine learning algorithms in Spark ML, and automatic memory management between execution and cache memory in executors. Presto 0.130 now supports S3 server-side encryption and client-side encryption using the PrestoS3Filesystem. 

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AT&T and Big Telco pals join Facebook OCP club

El Reg talks open with Equinix

Facebook's Open Compute Project has staked out its next battlefield: the conservative world of the telco. The OCP Telco Project whichjust launched counts AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, EE, SK Telecom, Verizon, Nexius, Nokia Networks and Equinix as its foundation members.…

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Tuesday 26 January 2016

Amazon CloudFront Integrates with AWS Certificate Manager

You can now provision SSL/TLS certificates and associate them with CloudFront distributions within minutes. Simply provision a certificate using the new AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) and deploy it to your CloudFront distribution with a couple of clicks, and let ACM manage certificate renewals for you. ACM allows you to provision, deploy, and manage the certificate with no additional charges. 

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Microsoft unbuttons shirt, teases glimpse of Azure-in-a-box Stack

Tech preview due out this month

It's a bit late, but Microsoft will be releasing the first technical preview of Azure Stack – its cloud-in-a-box for those who prefer their data on-premises.…

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Google+ Sign-in Support in AWS Mobile Hub

You can now integrate Google+ Sign-in to provide federated authentication for your Mobile Hub generated applications. With this addition, Mobile Hub now fully integrates with two external identity providers: Facebook and Google+.

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Broadband-pushers expand user piggyback rides on private Wi-Fi

Universal public coverage, one home router at a time

The number of public Wi-Fi hotspots piggybacking on private routers in the UK is set to increase "significantly" by next year, according to research.…

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Retailers urged to create 'CCTV-like' symbol to inform customers of mobile tracking

You're being followed... on your mobile... in the mall

Retailers have been urged to create a standard symbol, similar to the one used to denote the use of CCTV, to inform customers that their location within shopping areas is being tracked through their mobile device.…

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Monday 25 January 2016

Kentucky to build 3,400-mile state-owned broadband network – and a fight is brewing

Bonkers bluegrass broadband backbone battle brings bundled bluster, boisterous bickering

Yet another US state is weighing up the idea of laying thousands of miles of cable to create its own broadband network.…

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AWS CloudFormation Adds Override for Failed Update Rollbacks

You can now instruct AWS CloudFormation to continue rolling back an update to your stack even after the rollback has failed. Previously, you would not be able to reinitiate a rollback of your stack after it had originally failed, requiring you to contact customer support.  

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Folk shun's 'expensive' subsidised satellite broadband

Just 24 people signed up to poorly advertised scheme

Poor advertising and expensiveness have been blamed for the woeful uptake of the government's subsided satellite broadband scheme, with just 24 people having so far signed up.…

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BT dismisses MPs' calls to snap off Openreach as 'wrong-headed'

Biz slurps £1.7bn, leaves 5.7 million without proper broadband - report

BT has dismissed calls by more than 100 MPs to separate broadband arm Openreach as "wrong-headed", in response to a damning report that found that despite the telco having received £1.7bn in subsidies to get Britain online, 5.7 million people still cannot access the internet.…

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Friday 22 January 2016

West Virginia mulls mother of all muni networks – effectively a state-wide, state-run ISP

Cable companies react exactly how you would expect them too

The US state of West Virginia is debating whether it should get into the ISP business, thanks to a new bill calling for a state-run fiber broadband network.…

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dotCloud dotGone: Ex-Docker PaaS passes away amid bankruptcy

CEO confirms app hosting service will shut down at end of February

dotCloud, a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) upstart, will shut down next month as its parent company Cloud Control has filed for bankruptcy.…

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Net neutrality-lovin' Sweden mulls law to censor the internet

Huge policy U-turn has ISP up in arms

The Swedish government is considering overturning its long-held opposition to internet filtering – so says one of the country's most high-profile ISPs.…

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Squeeze the banana to log into this office Wi-Fi

Ping ping ping ping ping ping ping – banana node

In some offices, you have to ask around for the Wi-Fi password, or find it written down on a bit of paper. In others, you do it by poking a banana.…

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Thursday 21 January 2016

AWS CodePipeline Adds Support for Triggering AWS Lambda Functions

You can now invoke AWS Lambda functions in your software release pipelines modeled in AWS CodePipeline. This lets you specify actions in your pipeline’s stages that can trigger custom functions defined by your code, allowing you to customize your software release pipeline. 

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Google and Red Hat hook up for OpenShift container cuddles

Greene light for cloud plans

The Chocolate Factory and Red Hat have announced a partnership to run the Linux firm's OpenShift Dedicated container platform on the Google Cloud Platform in the next few months.…

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Public cloud storage spend to double in two years – reliable sources

It’s a pain! Data and storage capacity growth

Research house 451 reckons public cloud storage spend will double in two years, with on-premises storage spend falling 17 per cent.…

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IBM, Ustream-BM, we can't believe Ustream is now owned by IBM

Big Blue's bucks buy business to build better broadcast bundles

IBM has acquired internet telly station Ustream in hopes of boosting its cloud lineup.…

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Elastic Load Balancing: Support for AWS Certificate Manager

We are pleased to announce that Elastic Load Balancing is integrated with AWS Certificate Manager to provision, manage, and deploy Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) certificates.

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Introducing AWS Certificate Manager

AWS Certificate Manager is a new service that lets you easily provision, manage, and deploy Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) certificates for use with AWS services. SSL/TLS certificates are used to secure network communications and establish the identity of websites over the Internet. AWS Certificate Manager removes the time-consuming manual process of purchasing, uploading, and renewing SSL/TLS certificates. With AWS Certificate Manager, you can quickly request a certificate, deploy it on AWS resources such as Elastic Load Balancers or Amazon CloudFront distributions, and let AWS Certificate Manager handle certificate renewals. SSL/TLS certificates provisioned through AWS Certificate Manager are free. You pay only for the AWS resources you create to run your application.

To learn more, visit the AWS Certificate Manager website.

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Does anyone know what their broadband costs? The ASA hopes to change that

Ad watchdog to clamp down on 'misleading' price claims

Blighty's advertising regulator has vowed to clamp down on "misleading" broadband advertising prices, following its findings that three in four people are unable to work out true cost of broadband deals.…

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Thousands fled TalkTalk after gigantic hack, confirm researchers

Troubled telco's 2015 TITSUP tore into subscriber base

Around 250,000 broadband customers left TalkTalk following its major hack in October, according to research.…

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India just about accuses Facebook of faking Free Basics fandom

Regulator minded to ignore 'crudely majoritarian and orchestrated opinion poll'

India's argument with Facebook rages on, with the nation's Telecoms Regulatory Authority (TRAI) sending The Social NetworkTM a stinging letter in which it accuses the company of astro-turfing* a campaign in support of its Free Basics service.…

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Indonesian government cracking the whip on lazy telcos

Build networks or I'll cancel your license, says minister

Indonesia's crowded mobile carrier market is set for a consolidation one way or the other, with the country's communications minister warning minnows they could lose their operating licenses.…

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Wednesday 20 January 2016

AWS CodeDeploy Available in US West (N. California) Region

AWS CodeDeploy is now available in the US West (N. California) AWS region. 

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Privacy warriors plead with FCC to wield sword of net neutrality against snooping ISPs

Wheeler lobbied on new rules for broadband customer info

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been urged to put in place stronger protections for broadband subscribers' privacy.…

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EC2 Run Command Expansion

We are pleased to announce that Run Command has been expanded to the following 6 regions: US West (N. California), EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney) and South America (Sao Paulo). This is in addition to existing support for US East (N. Virgina), US West (Oregon), and Europe (Ireland). Run Command provides a simple way to securely manage the configuration of your AWS EC2 instances and lets you automate simple tasks like executing Shell scripts on Linux, running PowerShell commands on Windows, installing software or patches, and more.

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It's not just you: Massive Comcast outage blows Bay Area offline

Cable giant mum on reason for disruption

Comcast subscribers across the San Francisco Bay Area reported problems with their broadband connections Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.…

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Amazon ElastiCache now supports Redis version 2.8.24

Amazon ElastiCache now supports Redis version 2.8.24 with enhanced capabilities. Customers can launch new clusters with Redis 2.8.24, as well as upgrade existing ones to the new engine version. 

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Spare a reserved cloud instance, gov? Microsoft's $1bn, 70k charity sales pitch

Tech philanthropy's problem with giving

Microsoft is donating $1bn worth of its cloud services over three years to charities and non profits.…

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PWC devours cloud consultancy Outbox Group

You want Oracle? Microsoft? Saleforce? Boxes ticked

PwC is the latest big consultancy to grab a piece of the cloud action by hoovering up integrator Outbox Group, a European firm that specialises in CRM, marketing automation and IT maintenance.…

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Speaking in Tech: 'Software will become more integrated into the IBM story'

Plus: A flashback to late-'80s Compuserve

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Facebook Messenger: All your numbers are belong to us

The (social) world is not enough, for Zuckerberg

Facebook started 2016 with the bold claim that it intends to eradicate phone numbers and replace web browsing, but the Social Network has a mountain to climb before Facebook Messenger becomes the centre of our online world.…

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk Adds Support for Amazon Route 53 Aliasing

You can now use Amazon Route 53 alias records to map custom domain names (e.g. to AWS Elastic Beanstalk environments (e.g. without incurring additional Route 53 query charges.

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ETSI, CableLabs ask telco SDOs to help unscramble the NFV egg

Entropy, it's still a thing

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and CableLabs are worried that network function virtualisation (NFV) could fracture, and have hosted a confab in Louisville, Colorado this week designed to keep everybody marching more or less in step.…

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Juniper nets US Air Force network upgrade

A BITI of good news

Juniper Networks has snagged a share of US$24m being spent to upgrade the US Air Force's networks.…

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Tuesday 19 January 2016

Run your Appium tests written in Python with AWS Device Farm

Run your Appium tests written in Python with AWS Device Farm

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GxP Compliance on AWS

As our healthcare and life sciences customers use AWS products to deliver the next generation of medical, health, and wellness solutions, we're happy to announce that AWS customers are now successfully developing, validating and operating all or part of their GxP systems using AWS products. To help speed adoption, and in cooperation with Lachman Consultants, a multidisciplinary team of highly experienced FDA and pharmaceutical industry experts, we’ve developed and published a new whitepaper, “Considerations for Using AWS Products in GxP Systems”. GxP requirements apply to organizations that make regulated food and medical products such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and mobile medical applications – contact AWS Sales to determine if these GxP enablers are the right option for you!

To learn more about GxP compliance on AWS, customers can visit our GxP FAQ Page.

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NASA rockets datasets into Amazon’s cloud with Avere

As endorsements go, this is pretty neat

NASA’s Ames Research Centre is moving many files into Amazon’s S3 cloud using Avere’s gateway tech.…

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Amazon cloud increasingly powered by hot air

150 megawatt wind farm comes online in Indiana

Amazon Web Services' aspiration to power its clouds with not much more than hot air are closer to fruition, after the company flicked the switch on its first wind farm.…

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Monday 18 January 2016

America to ITU: Sort out your spectrum policy

WRC 2015 failed, says FCC's O'Reilly

America is threatening to “go it alone” on spectrum policy, again.…

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Facebook is no charity, and the ‘free’ in Free Basics comes at a price

Why would India reject it? Here's why...

Comment  Who could possibly be against free internet access? This is the question Mark Zuckerberg asks in a piece for the Times of India in which he claims Facebook’s Free Basics service “protects net neutrality”.…

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Vendors reporting their cloud revenue with funny money

Investors want to know vendors are cloudy but fine, so bean-counters paint a pretty picture

There's no way to tell just how successful your suppliers are in the cloud, because nobody's counting cloud cash consistently.…

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IBM introduces fleecing-you-as-a-service for retailers

And the price is … whatever the cloud says you'll pay. And maybe more

IBM has introduced a new cloud service it calls “dynamic pricing” that says a lot about where online retailing, IBM and its relationship with partners is going.…

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Saturday 16 January 2016

Happy 30th birthday, IETF: The engineers who made the 'net happen

We speak to key techies, men and women, who shaped our online world

Special report  Thirty years ago today, 16 January 1986, the Internet Engineering Task Force – IETF – was born at a meeting in San Diego.…

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Friday 15 January 2016

IDC's abacus fiddlers say a third of all IT spend goes on cloud

Number crunching exercise shows what we all suspected

IDC abacus acrobats have worked out that a third of IT infrastructure spend is going to the cloud, up from just under a quarter a year ago.…

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Att: Windows Phone owners: Win 10 Mobile has been spotted and it wants your phone

There's no going back...

Windows Phone users beware: Microsoft has quietly begun rolling out the Windows 10 system update in various territories. Until such a time as the new software platform reaches maturity, users may experience a loss of features, diminished battery life and unexpected bugs.…

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Watchdog says yes to BT's EE takeover deal. Shrugs. No 'significant' harm in it

Just as expected

The UK's competition watchdog has today cleared the £12.5bn takeover of EE by BT, finding that the merger will "not cause significant harm to competition or the interests of consumers."…

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Microsoft calls out Amazon's humble hybrid cloud

Azure price cuts set up a new sales scramble

Microsoft's cut Azure prices again, while also making it plain that it thinks Amazon Web Services (AWS) is weak in the hybrid cloud.…

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AWS Schema Conversion Tool now supports PostgreSQL as conversion target

You can now download version 1.0.200 of the AWS Schema Conversion Tool. This version adds support for PostgreSQL as a conversion target, in addition to MySQL/MariaDB/Aurora conversion targets available previously. Further improvements include:

  • Ability to save converted schema as SQL scripts in local files to simplify manual adjustments, before the schema scripts are applied to the target database.
  • Updated database migration assessment report with new categories for manual conversion time estimates. For more information, see Creating and Using the Assessment Report.
  • Improved handling of encrypted objects with better user notifications.
  • Schema items that could not be automatically converted to the target DB instance are now highlighted in the tool with an exclamation point icon.
  • The Oracle TRUNC function is now converted to the MySQL TRUNCATE function for MySQL and Amazon Aurora target DB instances.
  • The SQL Server PARSENAME, ISNUMERIC, CAST, and DATEADD (with millisecond date part) functions are now supported for conversion.

To learn more, review the 1.0.200 Release Notes, download the latest version of the AWS Schema Conversion Tool for the development platform of your choice (Windows, Mac, Fedora (rpm), Ubuntu (deb)) and follow the AWS SCT Installation Guide.

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Thursday 14 January 2016

Introducing CloudWatch Events - Monitor and rapidly react to changes in your Amazon Web Services resources

Amazon CloudWatch now provides a stream of events describing changes to your AWS resources, such as an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance coming into service or failing a system health check, the Auto Scaling service adding instances to a deployment, or suspicious API call patterns being logged in AWS CloudTrail.

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World Bank: What do the poor need – clean water, or email ... take a guess

Amid push to bring internet to everyone, digital divide widens for developing countries

Efforts to expand IT and internet connectivity in developing countries are producing results that are "far less than expected," according to the World Bank.…

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Exec walks the dog, swaps Google work day for Workday workday

Pete Lorant, EMEA director calls it a day at the choclate factory

Workday has hired Google veteran Peter Lorant to run its alliances business in Europe.…

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Automated Sign-Up Now Available for AWS GovCloud (US)

AWS is pleased to announce the immediate availability of a new automated sign-up capability for AWS GovCloud (US). The new self-service capability greatly reduces the time it takes for qualified customers to gain access to AWS GovCloud (US). To get started, log in with root credentials for your standard AWS account to enable use of AWS GovCloud (US), navigate to the My Account page from the AWS Management Console, and select the “Sign Up for AWS GovCloud (US)” button. Note that automated sign-up is only available to direct AWS customers in the United States.

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Wanted: 1,400 sales jockeys to flog Oracle Cloud

Massive EMEA recruitment drive

Oracle today unveiled a massive EMEA recruitment drive for its “cloud sales work force”.…

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TalkTalk outage: Dial M for Major cockup

Dial tone dearth not necessarily a problem, says operator

Hapless mobile operator TalkTalk's phone network has been hit by an outage, leaving customers without dial tones – and without service – on landlines.…

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Smallish telco Gigaclear gets €25m loan for rural broadband roll-out

Biz plans to bring fibre to just 40,00 new homes

British telco minnow Gigaclear has topped up its coffers with a €25m (£19m) loan from the European Investment Bank, a move it reckons will help treble its rural broadband network in the UK this year.…

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Cisco decides that to save the cloud, it must hunt it with prejudice

SaaS-y shadow IT sniffer addresses old problem with new jargon

Cisco has launched a software-as-a-service-based attack on shadow IT.…

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Same time, same server, next Tuesday? AWS can do that now

Who wins with the new Scheduled Reserved Instances: you or Amazon?

Amazon Web Services has just done something rather interesting, in the form of making it possible to reserve servers in advance for short bursts of computing.…

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Longer Format for EC2 Resource IDs

In November, we announced that EC2 and EBS will have longer identifiers for instances, volumes, reservations, and snapshots to support the ongoing growth of Amazon Web Services. Starting today, you can opt in to using longer EC2 instance and reservation IDs using APIs or the AWS Management Console. Note: Longer EBS volume and snapshot IDs will be available in April 2016.

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Investor to AT&T – give us a peek at your NSA data dealings

Telco pushed by Arjuna for more details on government requests

An activist investor is pressing AT&T for more details about how it handles government data requests.…

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A granny and a marriage celebrant show Turnbull's 4ked the NBN

Immersive cameras are mainstream, but our networks aren't built to deliver the content

At the end of my holidays, as I waited for a for a flight to Sydney, I ran to a bloke I know who has a very healthy business as a marriage celebrant. Two hundred couples a year say their vows under his auspices, and he’s always looking for ways to keep his business fresh, to keep those engagements coming.…

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Telstra dominates NBN retail, but less than you might think

Incumbent's NBN conversion rate only so-so, but will accelerate

Telstra's been accused of putting a stranglehold on National Broadband Network (NBN) connections. Our take: not quite yet.…

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Amazon CloudFront Adds New Origin Security Features

We are excited to announce three new security features that help further protect communication between Amazon CloudFront and your origin server.

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Wednesday 13 January 2016

Facebook tries to defend its troubling masterplan to own India's internet

Letter to Indian says Free Basics spurs web adoption without market distortion

Facebook has provided a passionate defense of its controversial Free Basics program and its approach of "zero rating."…

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Announcing Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances for Recurring Schedules

You can now purchase Amazon EC2 Scheduled Reserved Instances for applications that run on a part-time basis. Reserved Instances provide a capacity reservation so that you can have confidence in your ability to launch the number of instances you have reserved when you need them.

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Probe launched after mischiefmaker invades US spyboss's Verizon broadband account

Wife's Yahoo! webmail inbox also penetrated

An investigation is underway after someone managed to infiltrate webmail and home broadband accounts belonging to the family of US spymaster James Clapper.…

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Amazon EC2 Container Service Supports Docker 1.9

You can now use Docker 1.9 on your Amazon ECS container instances. Read our documentation to learn how to use the latest Amazon ECS-optimized AMI.

Please visit our product page for more information about Amazon EC2 Container Service.

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Petit a petit, l’oiseau fait son nid: AWS to open data center in Montreal

Vous ne pouvez pas nous toucher NS... eh?

Amazon Web Services will open its first data center in Canada later this year, allowing folks to use AWS's cloud services in North America but not necessarily in the US.…

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NIST 800-53 Standardized Architecture on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployment

This Quick Start deploys a standardized environment that helps support National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 800-53 / Risk Management Framework (RMF) certifications, accreditations, and compliance processes. The Quick Start includes a deployment guide, which provides step-by-step instructions for deploying and configuring the environment. The deployment guide also includes links for viewing and launching AWS CloudFormation templates that automate the deployment.

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The IAM Console Now Helps You Avoid Accidentally Deleting Resources In Use

The AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) console shows service last accessed data as part of the process of deleting an IAM user or role. Now you have additional data that shows you when a resource was last active so that you can make a more informed decision about whether or not to delete it.

To learn more, visit the AWS Security Blog.

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Council of Europe gets tough on net neutrality

No blocking, slowing down, degrading or discriminating of Internet traffic

The Council of Europe has approved and published strong net neutrality guidelines following a meeting in Strasbourg Wednesday.…

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It’s alive! BlackBerry 10 users lobbed fresh 'Hotfix' update

Just don't expect any new BB10 phones, though

BlackBerry users worldwide received an OTA (over the air) “HotFix” update yesterday, regardless of where they bought the device. And that's significant.…

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Competition watchdog to rubberstamp BT gobble of EE

Regulator dots Is and crosses Ts – meanwhile staff wait for 'synergies'

Blighty's competition watchdog is today expected to wave through the £12.5bn acquisition of EE by BT – in its final piece of paperwork before the two become one in March.…

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Tuesday 12 January 2016

Europe, China line up their best bureaucrats for epic 5G battle

The world's lamest Tough Mudder course

European and Chinese telco bureaucrats are stripped and ripped and ready for four years of obstacle-course-racing to make sure their 5G is the 5G for the whole world.…

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Telstra costed fibre to the premises before it was Telstra

Cabinet documents reveal a history of might-have beens for Australia's internet

Australia had a shot at building a national fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network in the 1990s, but decided not to press the go button.…

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T-Mobile US CEO Legere apologizes/refuses to apologize for BingeOn

A change of tune? More a learning experience

Analysis  T-Mobile US's excitable CEO John Legere has apologized while refusing to apologize over the aggressive stance he took in response to criticism of his network's BingeOn service.…

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Comcast customer cries foul over pestering update pop-ups

No, I'm quite happy with my old, slow modem, says punter

Comcast internet subscribers are complaining that the carrier has been bombarding them with requests to update their cable modems.…

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Southend-on-Sea splashes £1.5m on hybrid cloud data centre

Deal will create 'agile' services, apparently. Erm, ever heard of G-Cloud?

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is the latest local authority to build its own dedicated data centre, with the council ready to splash up to £1.5m housing its own "hybrid cloud" services.…

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EU lawmaker committees call for single EU telco regulator

And we need a 'harmonised framework' for spectrum allocation as well

The EU's telecoms market should be regulated by a single authority, two committees at the European Parliament have said.…

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Microsoft kicks VMware right in its weakest, cloudiest, spot

Improved VMware-to-Azure backup service shows, again, the weakness of vCloud Air

Microsoft has flicked the switch on an enhanced version of its Azure Site Recovery (ASR) for VMware customers.…

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Citrix buys System Center control freak, sells CloudPlatform

And for good measure gives XenDesktop and XenMobile a tweak or three

Citrix has offloaded its CloudPlatform products to Accelerite, bought Comtrade's System Center Operations Manager management packs and tweaked some of its software.…

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FRITZ!Box home broadband routers' security FRITZed

SOHOpeless vuln gives attackers free VoIP calls

The FRITZ!Box range of home broadband routers, popular in Germany and Australia, needs patching against a variety of remote code execution bugs.…

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk Adds Support for t2.nano Instances and Amazon EC2 Container Registry

You can now use t2.nano Amazon EC2 instances when running applications on AWS Elastic Beanstalk. The t2.nano is recommended for low-traffic website hosting, microservices and developer environments which have low memory needs and don’t need consistently high levels of CPU on average, but benefit significantly from having full access to very fast CPUs when they need them. Starting at only $4.75 per month ($0.0065 per hour), it is the lowest priced EC2 instance.

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Monday 11 January 2016

Announcing ClassicLink DNS Support

We are pleased to announce ClassicLink DNS Support for Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). This feature enables support for DNS resolution of public hostnames to private IP addresses when queried over ClassicLink. A public DNS hostname of an instance in a VPC will resolve to private IP address when queried from a linked EC2-Classic instance. Similarly, a public DNS hostname of a linked EC2-Classic instance will resolve to private IP address when queried from an instance in the VPC. Additionally, you can now access private hosted zones associated with your VPC from a linked EC2-Classic instance. ClassicLink DNS support makes it easier for EC2-Classic instances to communicate with VPC resources using public DNS hostnames.

For more information see ‘Enable ClassicLink DNS Support’. You can learn more about ClassicLink, here.

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NY to Charter: Sure, we'll approve that TWC merger, if you boost our broadband speeds

It's not called a bribe when the government does it

The state of New York has given its blessing to the proposed merger of Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications, winning itself a nice boost in network speeds in the process.…

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EE, O2 and Giffgaff customers cut off as mobile networks fail

BT cockup believed to be at heart of TITSUP communication

Brits using mobile networks EE, O2 and GiffGaff are unable to make calls this evening, UK time, amid an ongoing network breakdown.…

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Google head in the cloud: Cut, cut as fast as you can. You can't match us with AWS plan

Miles Ward trashes Amazon's pricing as 'unpleasant surprise'

Not to be outbid by AWS's latest price cut, Google has announced that it too is slashing the costs of its cloudy services.…

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Friday 8 January 2016

American ISPs go totally bananas after FCC slams broadband rollout

Cynical exercise or uncomfortable truths?

A big fight has broken out between ISPs and their regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in the US.…

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Amazon Redshift supports automatic queue hopping for timed-out queries

You can now configure Amazon Redshift Work Load Management (WLM) settings to move timed-out queries automatically to the next matching queue and restart them. The matching queue has the same Query Group or User Group as the original queue. Please see the WLM Queue Hopping section of our documentation for more detail.

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BT and Openreach: Splitsville or not? We'll not find out till Feb – at the earliest

Fate of infraco might not be decided until 2017 says Ofcom

UK comms regulator Ofcom's much-awaited digital communications review, which will determine whether to break BT's broadband monopoly by forcing a spin-off of Openreach, will not be released until late February at the earliest.…

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Microsoft offers pay-as-you-go data SIM for Windows 10 devices

3G/LTE connectivity via partnership with French MVNO

Microsoft will include its own SIM card in some Windows 10 devices, thanks to a partnership with French mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Transatel.…

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Who's laughing now, doubters? Cloud makers rake in £75bn in sales

Growing like Topsy

Global cloud revenues jumped 28 per cent year-on-year to reach $110bn (£75bn) in the 12 months to September 2015.…

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Half of AT&T's networks are controlled by open-source SDN code

Fun fact of the day, we'll think you'll find

AT&T says it has replaced nearly half of the software in its vast operations with open-source software-defined networking (SDN) code.…

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Half of AT&T's networks are controlled by open-source SDN code

Fun fact of the day, we'll think you'll find

AT&T says it has replaced nearly half of the software in its vast operations with open-source software-defined networking (SDN) code.…

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Thursday 7 January 2016

T-Mobile US boss John Legere calls bulls*** on video throttling claims

Unfortunately, pink-tracksuit-wearing potty mouth also wrong

T-Mobile US CEO John Legere has called BS – literally – on claims that his company's video service is throttling streaming speeds and hence quality.…

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CMA to review BT whinge over superfast broadband price setting

TalkTalk has also moaned that the rules don't go far enough

Blighty's competition watchdog is to review an appeal by BT against new rules designed to prevent the telco from setting unfair wholesale fibre prices for its rivals.…

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Wi-Fi standard could make Internet of Things things even easier ... for hackers

HaLow somewhat less than saintly

CES  A new standard for Wi-Fi for IoT devices may create yet more ways to attack vulnerable kit, according to a security consultancy with a storied history of hacking into internet-connected gizmos.…

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Amazon scurries into Seoul bunker day after Nork 'H-bomb' nuke test

Er, time for a Korea change, Bezos?

Amazon Web Services has opened new bit barns in Seoul, South Korea – a day after nearby psychotic hermit nation North Korea tested an underground nuclear bomb.…

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Announcing the AWS Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

AWS is excited to announce immediate availability of the new AWS Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region. Seoul joins Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, and Beijing as the fifth AWS Region in Asia Pacific and as the twelfth region worldwide, bringing the total number of AWS Availability Zones to 32 worldwide.

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MediaTek to spin out Ethernet biz – reports

Go, little business unit, be free like a startup

Fabless semiconductor design house MediaTek is continuing its "focus on the core business" strategy, with reports in Asia suggesting it plans to spin off its Ethernet chip operations this year.…

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Wednesday 6 January 2016

Amazon drafts blueprints for its own home router, IoT gateway ARM chips

Web bazaar's SoC design subsidiary expands networking

Amazon is readying its own ARM-compatible processors to power home routers, Wi-Fi hotspots, and network-attached storage boxes.…

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Oh, Zuck off: Facebook under attack for its attacks on net neutrality

Snippy open letter to US giant over Free Basics in India

A group of 30 non-profits and net neutrality advocates have posted a snippy open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg complaining about his "attacks" on Indian internet users.…

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BT and EE, O2 and Three: Are we in for a year of Euro telco mega-mergers?

Not if Brussels can help it

Analysis  So far 2016 looks to be the year of mega telecoms deals in Europe, with the soon-to-complete £12.5bn EE/BT deal in the UK set to have a major impact on the market.…

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Tuesday 5 January 2016

Cost Explorer adds EC2 Usage Data and New Filtering/Grouping Options

Today, we added several enhancements to Cost Explorer that will allow you to better understand and manage your AWS costs, especially those related to EC2.

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Announcing EC2 Price Reductions on C4, M4, and R3 Instances

We are reducing the On-Demand, Reserved Instance, and Dedicated Host pricing for C4 and M4 instances running Linux by 5% in the US East (Virginia), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) regions.

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Amazon: Hey pal, since you're shifting all your IT over to AWS, why not that email server, too?

What do you mean you forgot about WorkMail?

AWS has flipped the switch on its WorkMail calendar and email service to bring it into general availability.…

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Comcast's Xfinity home alarms can be disabled by radio jammers

And you thought its cable service was bad …

Comcast's wireless home alarm systems can be trivially jammed, rendering them useless and allowing burglars to slip in undetected.…

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Furious Easyspace customers moan about 'random' site outages

Problems present since Christmas, operator only coughs today

Websites hosted by Easyspace have been dropping since Christmas with no explanation given to customers, whose complaints were only confirmed by the company this morning.…

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HSBC COO ‘profoundly apologises’ for online outage

Bank reckons it's getting closer to solving the problem

HSBC has pushed forward its chief operating officer to "profoundly apologise" for the online outage that began on Monday morning and which is continuing to cause havoc for millions of internet banking customers.…

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Look what Gbps fiber brings: Competition, then new router chips

New ARM SoC for 5Gbps internet firehoses

It's not often that a couple of services create a market segment on their own, but that's what Google Fiber and Comcast's 2Gbps home broadband rivalry seem to have done.…

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Remember the Carrier iQ mobile snoopware? It's in AT&T's hands now

Phone giant picks through support company, finds some stuff worth keeping

The once-controversial Carrier iQ phone support software has been acquired by AT&T.…

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Monday 4 January 2016

New OpenDNSSEC doesn't want you to ... ride into the danger zone

(With apologies to pop sysadmin Kenny Log-ons)

A new version of OpenDNSSEC – an open-source implementation of DNSSEC – is hoping to plug a problem it is happy to have: increased use.…

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Amazon WorkMail is Now Generally Available

We are excited to announce that Amazon WorkMail is now available to all customers. Amazon WorkMail is a secure, managed business email and calendar service with support for existing desktop and mobile clients. Amazon WorkMail gives users the ability to seamlessly access their email, contacts, and calendars using Microsoft Outlook, Apple Mail, their web browser, or their native iOS and Android email applications.

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HaLow, is it me you're hacking for? Wi-Fi standard for IoT emitted

802.11ah could be too expensive and too late

The Wi-Fi Alliance has formally unveiled the 802.11ah Wi-Fi standard, dubbed HaLow, which has been designed for low-power, high-range uses by connected Internet of Things devices.…

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Missed our Christmas crackers? Top stories from the break were...

Not so quiet nights

Things might have slowed down for Christmas and New Year in your workplace but the news did not take a break.…

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Dust off those White Space devices: New rules finalised by Ofcom

New kit can't mess with digital TV though, warns regulator

New UK regulations are set to come into force at the end of this year to allow telecoms providers to use special devices to provide wireless data services via "white space" - licensed portions of radio spectrum which remain unused locally.…

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Linode: back at last after ten days of hell

Geo-blocks half the world to stop the DoS

Linode reckons its long outage has come to an end, although its most-current message says there may be “intermittent” issues for users, mostly of its Atlanta facility.…

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