Friday 29 April 2016

Amazon Lumberyard Beta 1.2 Now Available

We are excited to announce the release of Amazon Lumberyard Beta 1.2, which includes 218 new improvements, fixes, and features to Amazon’s free, cross-platform, 3D engine that enables developers to create the highest-quality games, connect their games to the AWS Cloud, and engage fans on Twitch. Lumberyard Beta 1.2 introduces improvements to 20 of Lumberyard’s technology components, including the particle editor, networking, FBX importer, Cloud Canvas Resource Manager, and more. Read about the update in the Lumberyard blog or for more detail check the full Lumberyard Beta 1.2 release notes.

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Amazon Redshift announces Enhancements to Data Loading, Security, and SAS Integration

BACKUP NO option when creating tables: You can now use the BACKUP NO option with the CREATE TABLE command, and improve data loading and cluster performance. For tables, such as staging tables, which contain only transient and pre-processed data, specify BACKUP NO to save processing time when creating snapshots and restoring from snapshots. This option also reduces storage space used by snapshots.

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FCC floats new rules for data lines that bind America's networks

Not everyone pleased with proposed access rules

The FCC has put forward a new set of rules governing the data network connections that glue our modern lives together.…

via The Register - Networks

Microsoft joins the 1c/GB/month cloud storage caper

'Cool Blobs' restore ASAP, 99 per cent of the time

Microsoft's joined the market for cold storage at a cent a gigabyte a month, with something called “Azure Cool Blobs”.…

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NBN launches satellite broadband services

Sky Muster 1 gets ministerial button press for symmetrical 25Mbps services

Australia's national broadband network (NBN) has turned on its 25Mbps satellite service.…

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Comcast Com-templates Com-trashing Com-crap Com-pact Com-caps

Cable giant thinks 1TB a month ought to be enough for anyone

Comcast has decided that rather than slap a 300GB-a-month download cap on some of its broadband customers, it will instead give them a 1TB limit.…

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Thursday 28 April 2016

Amazon's AWS cash machine embiggens, breezes past $2bn-a-quarter mark

Bezos' biz bolstered by billowing clouds

Amazon has reported bumper first quarter results, with profits of $513m and sales increasing 28 per cent.…

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Longer Format for EBS and Storage Gateway IDs

In January, Amazon Web Services announced that longer IDs for EBS volumes and snapshots would be available in April. Starting today, you can opt in to using longer volume and snapshot IDs for EBS and Storage Gateway using APIs or the AWS Management Console.

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AWS WAF now Integrated with AWS CloudTrail

You can now log all your API calls to AWS WAF through AWS CloudTrail, the AWS service that records API calls for your account and delivers log files to your Amazon S3 bucket. CloudTrail logs can be used to enable security analysis, track changes to your AWS resources, and aid in compliance auditing. Integrating AWS WAF and CloudTrail lets you determine which requests were made to the AWS WAF API, the source IP address from which each request was made, who made the request, when it was made, and more.

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Announcing 2 new AWS Direct Connect locations

We are thrilled to announce 2 new AWS Direct Connect locations. The new locations are at EdgeConneX in Portland Oregon (supporting our Oregon region), and Global Switch in Singapore (supporting our Singapore region). This brings our total location count up to 26.

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Quick, download your stuff! SurDoc shutters consumer-grade secure cloudy storage

Get it off before the end of May

Cloud-based secure storage outfit SurDoc has announced plans to discontinue its consumer service in order to concentrate exclusively on enterprise sales.…

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Is the world (yet) ready for hybrid cloud?

Where to start, what to look for

On 26 May 2016 at 15:00 BST / 07:00 PDT we’ve got a studio packed full of experts and tasked with exploring the question: if hybrid is the answer, how well are organisations achieving it and what challenges are preventing them from progressing further?…

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VMware cloud gros fromage packs his bags and takes a hike

Exec departure flight gains yet another passenger

At some point you have to say this is starting to look like a rout. VMware EVP Bill Fathers is taking a hike, no longer content to be general manager of the cloud services business unit.…

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UK's 'superfast' broadband is still complete dog toffee, even in London

Oh, and Hull is the worst city in the UK for take-up

The government may claim that 90 per cent of the UK has superfast broadband, but in reality an analysis of customers' speeds in 20 major cities, including London, found most folk aren't even getting 24Mbps speeds.…

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MariaDB audit plug-in now available for RDS MySQL and MariaDB

The MariaDB audit plug-in is now available for RDS MySQL (5.6.29 and 5.7.11) and RDS MariaDB 10.0.24 instances. The MariaDB audit plug-in provides event logging for database activity to help customers meet corporate compliance requirements and troubleshoot application issues. Some of the key details for implementing the plugin are:

  • Enabling and disabling the audit plug-in – Users can enable audit plug-in by creating an option group, adding MARIADB_AUDIT_PLUGIN option to the group, and attaching the option group to the RDS instance. Audit logging can be disabled by simply removing the option group from the instance.
  • SERVER_AUDIT_EVENTS variables – These variables allow users to specify the events they want to include in the logs (CONNECTION: users connecting and disconnecting, QUERY: queries and their result, and TABLE: which tables are affected by the queries).
  • SERVER_AUDIT_EXCL_USERS and SERVER_AUDIT_INCL_USERS variables – These variables specify which users' activity should be excluded from or included in the audit. SERVER_AUDIT_INCL_USERS has the higher priority and all users' activity is recorded by default.

The MariaDB audit plug-in for RDS MySQL and MariaDB is available in all supported RDS regions.

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Wednesday 27 April 2016

Sure, let's build the NBN with technology that's not proven at scale

What could possibly go wrong if we adopt fibre-to-the-distribution point? Plenty

Internet Australia's new National Broadband Network (NBN) policy advocates using a technology yet to be proven to work at scale.…

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Samsung's little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek!

Insurance companies happy – but why should motor owners bother?

Samsung is developing a small black box device that will plug into your car under the dashboard and instantly turn it into a smart, connected car.…

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Cloud! IoT! APIs! Collect all the data! Samsung wins today's tech bingo

Open Artik platform for making sense of the internet of things launches

Samsung has launched a new cloud service, aimed at the internet of things (IoT), that lets companies collect, store and act on data from any device.…

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Speaking in Tech: Analysts suddenly realise OpenStack exists

You can't ignore a trend forever. Right? Right? *cough* DevOps *cough*

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Microsoft gifts free support to Azure big spenders

Enterprise agreement holders to receive free advisory services that will help Microsoft too

Whenever a big tech company offers something for free, you've got to ask what's in it for them.…

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AT&T credits DirecTV gobble for $41bn quarter

2.3 million new mobile subscribers didn't hurt either

AT&T says its recent purchase of satellite provider DirecTV helped drive a 24 per cent jump in revenues.…

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Tuesday 26 April 2016

Amazon RDS MySQL now supports point-and-click upgrade from MySQL 5.6 to 5.7

Starting today, customers can upgrade their existing Amazon RDS for MySQL database instances from any supported minor version of MySQL 5.6 to 5.7.11 using either the console or API.

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T-Mobile US gobbles up another 2.2m customers. Its secret? Just don't be like Verizon or AT&T

Top tip: Don't be evil

For yet another quarter, "uncarrier" T‑Mobile US has shown that there is money to be made in giving customers what they want.…

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Announcing Support for ClassicLink over VPC Peering

We are excited to announce ClassicLink support for Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) peering connections. This feature enables communication between linked EC2-Classic instances and resources in a peered VPC over private IP address space. The EC2-Classic instance and the peered VPC can be in different accounts. ClassicLink support for VPC peering simplifies communication between an EC2-Classic instance and a peered VPC.

For more information see ‘Configurations with ClassicLink’. You can learn more about ClassicLink, here.

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AWS Marketplace for Desktop Apps is now available in the EU (Ireland) AWS region

Starting today, customers running Amazon WorkSpaces in the EU (Ireland) AWS region can use AWS Marketplace for Desktop Apps to purchase pre-packaged applications on a monthly subscription basis.

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Alcatel-Lucent embarks on cloudy board shake-up

Post-buyout biz searches for new revenue models

Nokia-owned networking biz Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise is replacing its chief exec Jeff Ma with Jack Chen, as the outfit vows to make itself all about the cloud.…

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Google discovers you assume clouds just work

Curtails warnings of live cloud VM migrations, which you mostly found confusing

Google's proved to itself that when users take workloads to the cloud they just assume cloud operators will be takin' care of business.…

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Monday 25 April 2016

AWS IoT Available in Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region

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

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Charter can gobble TWC for $78.7bn ... if it bins monthly download caps

There's always a catch

FCC boss Tom Wheeler has put out the terms for his watchdog's approval of Charter Communications' $78bn acquisition of Time Warner Cable.…

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AWS CloudFormation Updates Amazon EC2, Amazon ECS, AWS Lambda, and Amazon GameLift Resource Support

AWS CloudFormation has updated support for four services. You can now use the following features with CloudFormation:

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Time to quadruple our cloud gateway capacity, CTERA etc etc

Strips off hardware and goes naked into the virtual world as well

CTERA has upped the capacity of its storage appliance fourfold, stripped off the hardware to provide a bare-bones virtual edition, and re-engineered its central software to be more cloud-centric.…

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Amazon tips spinning rust into its Elastic Block Store offering

Disks still rule outside the IOPS-centric world in EBS-land

Cloud king Amazon has added two disk-drive-based storage options to its EBS (Elastic Block Store).…

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Cloud gear biz Outsourcery is running out of cash. Again

We've heard this one before. Get the begging bowls out

Misfiring AIM-listed cloud provider Outsourcery appears to be running out of runway. Sales still haven’t matched the predicted highs, cash flow is drying up again and a crash seems possible.…

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EE grows network by one-third, promises to build 750 new sites

Also brings 600 call centre jobs back to UK

EE has is expanding its 4G network by one-third to cover 95 per cent of the UK by 2020 – following its mega contract with the Home Office to provide emergency services coverage across the country.…

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Google Loon balloon crash lands in Chile

Police cordon off net-disseminating remains in farmer's field

The Chilean authorities are investigating a Google Project Loon balloon flight which ended on Saturday morning in a pile of crumpled kit in a farmer's field.…

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SAP HANA enterprise cloud might even turn a profit in 2017

Rolling, two-year expansion planned for HEC

SAP’s private cloud business, HANA Enterprise Cloud, will roll out of start-up mode – and stop being a loss-maker – this year.…

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Saturday 23 April 2016

Will Comcast's set-box killer murder your data caps? The truth revealed

Is it a net neutrality issue? That's a bit complicated

Earlier this week, Comcast announced the Xfinity Partner Program, a service that will pipe TV directly into a subscriber's smart TV or streaming box without the need for a cable set-top box.…

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Deploy Ansible Tower on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

This new Quick Start automates the deployment of Ansible Tower on the AWS cloud. Ansible is an IT DevOps tool that handles cloud provisioning, configuration management, application deployment, intra-service orchestration, continuous delivery, and many other IT processes. Ansible Tower is a web-based user interface for Ansible. 

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AWS Mobile Hub adds NoSQL database service

You can now use AWS Mobile Hub to add a fully managed cloud database service to your mobile app. This feature is powered by Amazon DynamoDB which provides a fast (single-digit millisecond latency) service at any scale. 

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Friday 22 April 2016

The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

BFG? More like BFHTTP, amiright?

The average web page is now roughly the same size as the full install image for the classic DOS game Doom, apparently.…

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Enhanced Monitoring is now available for Amazon RDS for SQL Server

Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports Enhanced Monitoring which gives you near-real time access to a set of 26 system metrics and per process metrics for your instance.

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iiNet founder Michael Malone takes nbn chair

Fibre-to-the-node backer replaces fibre-to-the-premises enthusiast Simon Hackett

nbn, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network, has announced a new board member.…

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Azure Australia turns on physical data import/export service

For when 'uploading over the network is expensive or not feasible' - cough - NBN - cough

Microsoft's flicked the switch on its Azure physical data import service for Australia and Japan.…

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Verizon is big on IoT 'cos its wireline biz is dying on the vine

Telco keeps revenues up with strong hardware sales

Verizon says that it will focus on "developing new markets," as the telco giant was just able to keep revenues on the uptick.…

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Stalled cloud growth software flatlining hated Lumias unsold... It's all fine says Microsoft CEO

In Soviet Redmond, phones rain on cloud

Microsoft is putting a brave face on disappointing third-quarter earnings that saw profits fall 25 per cent year-on-year and cloud revenues failing to rise fast enough to offset losses in other areas.…

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Thursday 21 April 2016

Amazon CloudWatch Events now supported in AWS CloudFormation templates

Amazon CloudWatch Events is now supported in AWS CloudFormation templates

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AWS Support API now integrated with CloudTrail

AWS CloudTrail, a service that captures specific API calls and delivers log files to an Amazon S3 bucket, now includes logging for the AWS Support API. This allows you to track API calls made from the AWS Support console or from your code to the AWS Support APIs. Log information includes the API action, the date and time of the request, and the IP address and user name of the requester. For more information, see Logging AWS Support API Calls with AWS CloudTrail.

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Big Cable threatens to sue FCC: You can't stop us ripping off customers

Common standards for set-top boxes? Ha ha ha

The US National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has threatened to sue the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) if it pushes ahead with plans to open up cable boxes.…

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Amazon CloudWatch Events Available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region

The Amazon CloudWatch Events service is now available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS region.

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Apache HBase 1.2 Now Available on Amazon EMR for Realtime Access for Massive Datasets

You can now use Apache HBase 1.2 on Amazon EMR release 4.6.0. Apache HBase is a massively scalable, distributed big data store in the Apache Hadoop ecosystem. It is an open-source, non-relational, versioned database which runs on top of the Hadoop Distributed Filesystem (HDFS), and it is built for random, strictly consistent realtime access for tables with billions of rows and millions of columns. It has tight integration with Apache Hadoop, Apache Hive, and Apache Pig, so you can easily combine massively parallel analytics with fast data access. Apache HBase's data model, throughput, and fault tolerance are a good match for workloads in ad tech, web analytics, financial services, applications using time-series data, and many more.

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Announcing Amazon VPC Flow Logs Support in Sao Paulo Region

Amazon VPC Flow Logs is now available in the Sao Paulo region. VPC Flow Logs is a feature that enables you to capture information about the IP traffic going to and from your VPC. Once enabled for a particular VPC, VPC subnet or Elastic Network Interface (ENI), relevant network traffic will be logged to CloudWatch Logs for storage and analysis by your own applications or third-party tools. Additionally, metrics can be created to identify trends and patterns. 

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Embattled 123-reg flings six months' free hosting at angry customers

Take this free thing and please stop slagging us off

Customers still unable to access their websites following a mega cock-up at hosting site 123-reg over the weekend have been offered six months' free VPS and backup recovery services as a sweetener.…

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'Technology enablers' will help Ofcom determine if spectrum can be shared

We're talking tools, not people. Quiet in the back!

Ofcom will decide whether spectrum should be shared based in part on whether the technology is available to enable it to happen, it has said.…

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Google teams with Iron Mountain for LTO-to-cloud migration

Tape still not dead: it will die in the year N where N is this year plus 1

Google and Iron Mountain are trying to hasten the never-quite-imminent death of tape as a storage medium with an LTO-to-cloud migration collaboration.…

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Stop laughing: Azure can analyse your mood in a crowd

Microsoft's cloudy new media services aim to automate video and voice analysis

Microsoft has taken the wraps off Azure Media Face Detector, a cloud service that can recognise people and determine their moods.…

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Wednesday 20 April 2016

Microsoft lures IT pros with breadcrumb trail of candy to its cloud

We didn't build all this for you to goof off on AWS

Microsoft has offered up a grab bag of goodies for IT administrators looking to add cloud skills to their resume, including free trials of Azure and Office 365, plus support and training credits, along with some career advice.…

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Amazon Elastic Transcoder adds support for VP9

You can now use Amazon Elastic Transcoder to create WebM outputs using the VP9 codec. VP9 is primarily used for web video and achieves lower bitrates without sacrificing quality. You can try out this format by using the newly available system presets. 

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AWS updates: Larger snowballs mobile Cognito and more

Amazon improves its cloud while competitors talk up 'customer choice'

Amazon has announced numerous updates to its cloud platform at its AWS (Amazon Web Services) summit in Chicago on April 18 and 19.…

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Tuesday 19 April 2016

UK telco BT funnels everyone's sent email into one bloke's inbox

Telco says testing mishap to blame for flooding poor Steve Webb's mailbox

The UK's biggest broadband provider BT redirected its customers' outgoing emails to a single account for three hours on Tuesday.…

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Peak Cable looms: One in five US homes now mobile-only for internet

Cord-cutting has doubled since 2013

The number of American households relying solely on mobile networks for internet access has doubled over the past two years.…

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Mesosphere flings Data Center OS code at open sourcers to fill in gaps

Build your own Airbnb infrastrucutre, or complete ours

Software upstart Mesosphere has open-sourced its commercial Datacenter Operating System – DC/OS – with the backing of 60 big names in tech.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

AWS Application Discovery Service

AWS Application Discovery Service helps Systems Integrators quickly and reliably plan application migration projects by automatically identifying applications running in on-premises data centers, their associated dependencies, and their performance profile. Planning data center migrations can involve thousands of workloads that are often deeply interdependent. Application discovery and dependency mapping are important early first steps in the migration process, but difficult to perform at scale due to the lack of automated tools. AWS Application Discovery Service automatically collects configuration and usage data from servers, storage and networking equipment to develop a list of applications, how they perform, and how they are interdependent. This information is securely retained in an AWS Application Discovery Service database which you can export as a CSV or XML file into your preferred visualization tool or cloud migration solution to help reduce the complexity and time in planning your cloud migration.

AWS Application Discovery Service will be available soon. To learn more and request access to use the AWS Application Discovery Service visit

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Announcing the New Larger Capacity 80 TB Snowball Appliance

We are pleased to announce the 80 TB Snowball appliance, a larger capacity Snowball that enables more data to be securely moved in or out of AWS with fewer jobs. Since first launching Snowball at Re:Invent 2015, customers have successfully migrated petabytes of data to AWS using the 50TB Snowball and avoided challenges typically associated with large-scale data transfers such as high network costs, long transfer times, and security concerns. With the new 80 TB Snowball, customers can move 60% more data with a single job, thereby requiring fewer jobs to move large amounts of data, reducing per-job fees and shipping costs, and enabling faster migration of data. 

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Amazon Inspector Security Vulnerability Assessment Service Now Generally Available

Today we’re excited to announce that Amazon Inspector has exited preview and is now generally available to all customers. Amazon Inspector is a security vulnerability assessment service that helps improve the security and compliance of applications deployed on Amazon EC2. Amazon Inspector automatically assesses applications for vulnerabilities or deviations from best practices, and then produces a detailed list of security findings prioritized by level of severity. Amazon Inspector includes a knowledge base of hundreds of rules mapped to common security standards and vulnerability definitions that are regularly updated by AWS security researchers.

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Introducing AWS Device Farm Remote Access (beta)

You can now use AWS Device Farm for manual tasks like debugging new functionality, running manual tests, and reproducing customer issues. Simply choose an Android device and swipe, gesture, and interact with it from your web browser. 

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Now Available: Add user sign-up and sign-in with Cognito Identity

You can now use Cognito Identity to easily and securely add user sign-up and sign-in to your mobile and web apps. Cognito Identity can scale to support hundreds of millions of users, and is fully managed so you don’t have to worry about building, securing, and scaling a solution to handle user management and authentication.

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Transfer files into Amazon S3 up to 300% faster

We're pleased to announce Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration, a faster way to move data into your Amazon S3 bucket over the internet. Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration is designed to maximize transfer speeds when you need to move data over long distances, for instance across countries or continents to your Amazon S3 bucket. It works by carrying HTTP and HTTPS traffic over a highly optimized network bridge that runs between the AWS Edge Location nearest to your clients and your Amazon S3 bucket. There are no gateway servers to manage, no firewalls to open, no special protocols or clients to integrate with, or upfront fees to pay. You simply change the S3 endpoint that your application uses to transfer data, and acceleration is automatically applied. When moving GBs or TBs of data over long distances, it can save hours (or even days) in transfer time. You can try the Transfer Acceleration speed comparison tool to get a preview of the performance benefits.

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Amazon Kinesis Firehose adds Amazon Elasticsearch Data Ingestion and Enhanced Monitoring Features

Amazon Kinesis Firehose, the easiest way to load streaming data into AWS, now supports Amazon Elasticsearch Service as a data delivery destination. You can now use Amazon Kinesis Firehose to stream data to your Amazon Elasticsearch domains continuously and in near real time. Amazon Kinesis Firehose automatically scales to match the throughput of your data and handles all the underlying stream management. For more information, see the Amazon Kinesis Firehose website and developer guide.

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Amazon Kinesis Streams Introduces Time-based Shard Iterators and Shard-level Metrics

Amazon Kinesis Streams enables you to build custom applications that process or analyze streaming data for specialized needs. Today we are adding two new features, time-based shard iterators and shard-level metrics, to make it easy to replay and manage your Amazon Kinesis streams. 

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk Introduces Managed Platform Updates

You can now choose to have your AWS Elastic Beanstalk environments automatically update to the latest version of the underlying platform running your application during a specified maintenance window. Elastic Beanstalk regularly releases new versions of supported platforms (i.e., Java, PHP, Ruby, Node.js, Python, .NET, Go, and Docker) with operating system, web & application server, and language & framework updates. Previously, you had to manually initiate updates to your Elastic Beanstalk environments using the Elastic Beanstalk console, command line interface (CLI), or API. Now, you can simply select a weekly maintenance window and have Elastic Beanstalk automatically update the platform version of your environment during that window.

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EBS introduces two new low-cost high-throughput HDD volume types

Starting today, you can save up to 50% on Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) by launching Amazon EC2 instances and Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) clusters with two new EBS volumes, Throughput Optimized HDD (st1) and Cold HDD (sc1). These new volume types offer better price performance, improved performance consistency, and higher throughput compared to our existing EBS Magnetic offering. Both are designed for throughput-intensive and big data workloads, which are characterized by having large data sets, large I/O sizes, and sequential I/O patterns. Examples of these workloads include MapReduce, Kafka, log processing, data warehouse, and ETL.

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Sail on SpectraLogic's BlackPearl right up into the cloudy glory

Replication and cloud backends extend disk'n'tape combo for off-premises use

SpectraLogic has added replication and a cloud gateway to its BlackPearl disk and tape storage combo.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

EU: We're splashing out 6.7bn on a giant scientific cloud

Small change from the $80bn Horizon 'innovation' fund

The EU is launching a €6.7bn (£5.3bn) mega “science cloud”, intended to better exploit the continent's academic research via big data.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

US congresscritter's iPhone hacked (with er the cell networks' help)

Panic over SS7 flaw resurfaces on 60 Minutes telly news probe

America's flagship news program 60 Minutes has demonstrated how to "hack" a US congressman's smartphone. One little thing to bear in mind about this incredible scoop: the vulnerability has been in circulation since 2014 ... and it requires high-level access to global phone networks.…

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Monday 18 April 2016

AWS CloudFormation Adds Support for Amazon API Gateway and Updated Resource Support

You can now provision Amazon API Gateway using AWS CloudFormation. API Gateway is a fully managed service that makes it easy for developers to create, publish, maintain, monitor, and secure APIs at any scale. Learn more here

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AWS CodePipeline Adds Integration with AWS CodeCommit

You can now choose AWS CodeCommit as a source provider in your software release pipelines modeled in AWS CodePipeline. This lets you select CodeCommit repositories and branches in the source stage of your pipelines.

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5G is looming, but network innovations are needed far more urgently

The path to 5G

In all the excitement about 5G, it is easy to forget that the most intensive innovations of 2016-2020 will go on in "4.5G" – in Release 13 and 14, of course, but more importantly in the way the carriers and their vendors reinvent their cellular networks with new approaches like virtualization and HetNet, in the desperate bid to keep up with capacity, coverage and efficiency demands.…

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Oracle plans Exadata-as-a-service, in cloud or on-prem

7th version of database appliance lands with 22-core Xeons and 8TB drive support Oracle is preparing an on-premises version of its new Exadata cloud service.…

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Tassie broadband users get June reboot date

Basslink hopes 90 TONNE cable patch can be finished if the seas stay calm

The end is in sight for Tasmania's long-running submarine cable saga, with Basslink announcing its cables should return to service in June.…

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Telstra's CRM system breached competition undertaking: ACCC

Overall, SSU compliance is improving

IT integration isn't easy. Just ask Australia's dominant carrier Telstra, whose customer information system accidentally provided a ladder over the “Chinese walls” supposed to keep wholesale information out of the hands of its retail business.…

via The Register - Networks

Friday 15 April 2016

House passes broadband bill despite promise of White House veto

Congress continues to do America proud

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that it claims will prevent federal regulators from setting broadband prices, but critics say it's little more than an effort to undermine net neutrality regulations.…

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Facebook's big trouble in its little world domination plan: China

Zuck ducks difficult questions on internet expansion

Analysis  One of the central themes of Facebook's F8 developer conference in San Francisco this week has been Mark Zuckerberg's plans to wire up the world with Facebook internet access.…

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Web backup biz Monster Cloud monstered after monster price hike

Fuming punters hit El Reg's inbox

London-based online backup biz Monster Cloud is under fire from customers after hiking its prices and switching up its subscription plans.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Microsoft explains which cloud security problems are your problem

And reveals that for really bad problems, Microsoft will break Azure to fix it

Microsoft has issued guidelines about Azure security that spell out when a problem is your problem and when a problem is Microsoft's problem.…

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Open Container Initiative plans open container format

Let's hope it's more successful than the open virtualisation format

The Open Container Initiative (OCI) has started work on open container Image Format spec.…

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Thursday 14 April 2016

Microsoft sues US DoJ for right to squeal when Feds slurp your data

Mad Nad and bad-ass Brad slam Sam in court thwart

Microsoft has sued the US Department of Justice (DoJ) over the software giant's right to alert users when their personal data has been accessed by cops and Feds.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

TalkTalk broadband customers continue to flee

But overall TalkTalk entices more customers across its mobe and TV offerings

Broadband customers at TalkTalk continued to flee the operator during the first three months of this year, with 126,000 customers switching away from the provider.…

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Misco: We're moving to the cloud after yesterday's bit barn meltdown

Good old reliable cloud

Reseller giant Misco has confirmed it will embark on a crash migration program to shift its infrastructure into the cloud - a day after a datacentre meltdown that froze its e-commerce front-end for six hours.…

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Vaizey: Legal right to internet access, sure. But I'm NOT gonna die on the 10Mbps hill

And Culture Sec still not a fan of splitting BT and Openreach

Digital minister Ed Vaizey has shied away from guaranteeing a legal right to a universal service obligation of 10Mbps by 2020.…

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Google broke its own cloud AGAIN, with TWO software bugs

'VP of 24x7' apologises in person for latest TITSUP

A couple of days ago Google's cloud went offline, just about everywhere, for 18 minutes. Now the Alphabet subsidiary has explained why and issued a personal apology penned by “Veep for 24x7” Benjamin Treynor Sloss.…

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Intel bins ESXi in in-house private cloud revamp

Chipzilla goes all—in with OpenStack, but multi-hypervisor plan no longer includes Virtzilla

Intel's decided it can do without VMware's ESXi hypervisor as part of a big upgrade of its private cloud.…

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Redmond turns to Linux AGAIN for Azure data science primer

CentOS-powered big data playground aims to rescue devs from dependency hell

Microsoft has taken a data science bundle it crafted last November and put it onto an Azure-hosted Linux VM.…

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Facebook open-sources city-wide WiGig internet comms, phone masts

Aries and Terradata blueprints published in hope of getting more people on Facebook

Facebook's quest to connect the remaining four billion people on the planet without internet access up to Facebook the web is a huge task.…

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I bless the reins down on .africa ... Dot-word injunction hits ICANN

Court orders DNS overseer to halt delegation of new gTLD for a second time

DNS overseer ICANN has been hit with a preliminary injunction ordering it to halt the delegation of the .africa internet space for a second time.…

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Wednesday 13 April 2016

Can you hear me now – over the picket line? Verizon workers strike

Telco says service will continue as wireline techs walk off job

The workers who handle Verizon's wireline services in the Eastern US have gone on strike.…

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Web wobbles at Misco: Might be back up today, or tomorrow

Firm apologises for 20th century service after 'server outage'

Not wanting to be totally outdone by the recent outage at arch rival Insight Enterprises, online reselling rival Systems Europe - trading as Misco - has battled its own web demons for the best part of this morning.…

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Ruckus: A strong buy for Brocade, but leaves Juniper isolated again

Comment  Pity poor Juniper. The networking company’s alliance with Ruckus Wireless last summer raised hopes that it would strike it third time lucky in the Wi-Fi market, filling the gaping wireless gap in its platform. Now Brocade has snatched carrier Wi-Fi leader Ruckus from under its rival’s nose with a $1.2bn acquisition.…

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VMware and SoftLayer teleport workloads across oceans

Why not follow the moon and send VMs to where the electricity and compute is cheap

The Register's virtualisation desk has sometimes heard talk of a concept called “follow-the-moon” computing that aims to reduce the cost of running apps by placing them in spots where electricity is cheap.…

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Half of Facebook's Free Basics users ditch the freebie web-lite service for the paid-for real deal

Zuck clings to 24 million BBC News, ESPN readers aka Free Basics – Facebook's slice of the web for the developing world – has been controversial, but that isn't stopping the social network.…

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Tuesday 12 April 2016

IP address clerks RIPE: Feds, come back with a warrant, er, web browser

Internet registry tells g-men where to go … to find publicly accessible information

One of the five regional internet registries (RIRs), RIPE, has published its 2015 transparency report reviewing requests from law enforcement for information.…

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Ofcom promises to have details on duct and pole access by summer

Just waiting on European directive, assuming no Brexit

The communications regulator Ofcom has promised to release more details on how it intends to give BT's competitors greater access to Openreach's poles and ducts by the summer.…

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Ofcom wants you to thank it for resurrecting the spectre of BT's 1980s monopoly

Top Eurocrat could become Brexit poster girl after UK begging letter

Comment  Years ago, we used to mock Ofcom for its Ofcom-branded bottled water, and its tediously technocratic “evidence based” approach, something which is actually enshrined in the 2002 Act that created it.…

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AWS IoT Now Supports Integration with Amazon Machine Learning and AWS CloudTrail

You can now configure AWS IoT Rules to route device-generated data directly to Amazon Machine Learning, enabling you to create machine learning (ML) models without having to learn complex ML algorithms and technology. With Amazon Machine Learning integration, you will be able to generate billions of predictions daily, and serve those predictions in real-time and at high throughput. 

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Monday 11 April 2016

Easily Create New Amazon Redshift Datasources in Amazon ML by Copying Existing Datasource Settings

You now have the ability to quickly and easily create new Amazon Redshift datasources in Amazon Machine Learning (Amazon ML) by copying settings from an existing Amazon Redshift datasource. A new option on the Amazon ML console allows you to select an existing Redshift datasource to copy the Redshift cluster name, database name, IAM role, SQL query and staging data location, to automatically populate these fields in the Create Datasource wizard. You can modify the settings before the new datasource is created, for example, to change the SQL query, or to specify a different IAM role to access the cluster.

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AWS Schema Conversion Tool Now Supports Conversions between MySQL and PostgreSQL

We are pleased to announce that the AWS Schema Conversion Tool now supports conversions between two popular open source engines: MySQL and PostgreSQL. Conversions can be run in either direction and using any MySQL compatible engine including Amazon’s next generation cloud database, Aurora. This release builds upon existing support for conversions from Oracle and SQL Server to PostgreSQL and MySQL. SCT now includes further improvements in conversion rules between all engines and a revised assessment report. 

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We're not in Kansas City anymore, Toto ... Google axes free fiber internet

Ad giant touts new $50 100Mbps, $70 1Gbps plans instead

Google says it will no longer offer free Google Fiber internet in Kansas City, Missouri.…

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AWS IoT Now Supports Using your Own Certificates

AWS IoT now offers APIs to register and use security certificates signed by your Certificate Authority (CA) as an alternative to using certificates that were generated by AWS IoT. This allows your connected devices with existing or new certificates signed by your signing certificate seamless access to AWS IoT.

To learn more about the service, visit the AWS IoT documentation.

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Amazon Kinesis Agent Now Supports Data Preprocessing Features

Amazon Kinesis Agent is a pre-built Java application that offers an easy way to collect and send data to Amazon Kinesis Streams and Amazon Kinesis Firehose. The agent monitors a set of files for new data and continuously sends it to Amazon Kinesis Streams or Amazon Kinesis Firehose.

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AWS Support introduces operations reviews, recommendations, and reporting available through Enterprise support plan

A new set of of review, guidance and reporting activities have been formalized to help customers prepare, manage, and optimize their cloud operations. Included with the Enterprise support plan, Operations Support enables customers to work with their Technical Account Manager to gain:

  • Operational insight: Operations assessments and analysis to identify gaps across the operations lifecycle, as well as recommendations based on best practices.
  • Event Reporting: Detailed reporting on customer-impacting events, including AWS remediation steps and recommended customer actions to help mitigate future risk.

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UK competition watchdog petitions Brussels against Three/02 merger

If we can't have four operators, they can't have their deal

Britain's competition regulator has written to Brussels to put the brakes on the proposed £10.25bn merger between Three and O2 unless a fourth mobile operator is proposed.…

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Dell/EMC will rule the cloud, for a while

We've grabbed hold of IDC's abacus and looked into the future

Once Dell gobbles EMC for good, the combined company will rule the cloud.…

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135 MEEELLION cable modems have remote reboot/reset flaw

ISPs told to brace for help desk melt-down as mass disconnections feared

Security defence man David Longenecker says millions of users could have their internet connections severed thanks to a flaw in Surfboard SB6141 modems.…

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Rackspace invites itself into your data centre

Offers OpenStack-in-a-box coming in the bit barn of your choice

Rackspace will bring its cloud to you: the company has revealed a new offering whereby it will pour OpenStack into a box and run it from its own data centres, a third party's bit barn or your own premises.…

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Telstra being paid to fix Telstra's network for NBN – AGAIN

Another AU$1.6b heading back to the Big T to work on a network it sold to nbn

Telstra has once again won work with nbn, the entity building Australia's national broadband network (NBN), announcing it's secured a contract worth AU$1.6 billion to work on the hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) cable broadband network to sold to nbn.…

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Sunday 10 April 2016

NBN shenanigans: someone wants broadband speeds hidden

'Organisation' asked Bureau of Statistics to abstract advertised broadband speed data

Last week The Register brought you news that the Australian Bureau of Statistics' most recent Internet Activity data combined data for broadband services advertised as “8Mbps to less than 24Mbps” and “24Mbps or greater” into a single category titled “8Mbps or greater.”…

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Friday 8 April 2016

ICANN shoots down incoming Cruz missiles

White House wannabe's letter not coterminous with honesty from under-fire DNS overseer

DNS overlord ICANN has responded to an angry letter from three US Congressmen accusing it of failing to answer questions ... by sending a letter that fails to answer their questions.…

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Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL now supports PostgreSQL 9.5 with version 9.5.2, as well as minor versions 9.4.7 and 9.3.12

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL now supports major version 9.5, which contains several new features including UPSERT capability, Row Level Security (RLS) and several Big Data capabilities. In addition to supporting the new major version of PostgreSQL, 9.5, RDS for PostgreSQL also supports new minor versions 9.4.7 and 9.3.12, which contain several enhancements and fixes. All three versions are available to use starting today.

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CloudWatch Events Now Supports Lambda Function Versions and Aliases

Amazon CloudWatch Events now supports AWS Lambda function versions and aliases

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OpenStack 'Mitaka' materialises

Lucky 13th version of open cloud now offers one client for all OpenStack projects

The next version of OpenStack, Mitaka, has materialised.…

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Google to admins: We'll tell you when your network is pwned

Safe Browsing Alerts expands.

Google software engineer Nav Jagpal says it will start sharing URLs linked to social engineering, unwanted and malicious software, to help network administrators understand the threats they face.…

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk Adds Two New Deployment Policies and Amazon Linux AMI 2016.03 Update

You can now select from two additional deployment policies, immutable and rolling with additional batch, when deploying application code using AWS Elastic Beanstalk. This is in addition to the two existing deployment policies that Elastic Beanstalk currently supports (i.e. rolling, all at once). You can now select one of these four deployment policies when updating your applications. Elastic Beanstalk also lets you perform DNS-based blue/green updates in addition to the four deployment policies.

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Thursday 7 April 2016

Major Updates to AWS Technical Essentials and Architecting on AWS Courses

We continuously enhance our technical courses to stay current with the pace of AWS platform updates and incorporate student feedback. We have made substantial updates to our two foundational training courses to better provide students with actionable knowledge to get started creating solutions with AWS and a path to advanced learning.

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AWS IoT Available in EU (Frankfurt)

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

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AWS Lambda Supports Node.js 4.3

You can now develop your AWS Lambda functions using Node.js 4.3.2 in addition to Node.js 0.10.4. In addition to the leveraging new features in Node.js 4.3 such as ES6 support, Lambda functions written in Node.js 4.3 can now use standard Node.js callback conventions to specify error or return values for the function execution. Previously, returning values from a Lambda function required the use of methods specific to the Lambda programming model. See our documentation to learn more about implementing callbacks within Lambda functions.

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Cash-strapped Sprint to raise $2.2bn by flogging off its network hardware

Carrier inks sell-lease deal for hardware

Mobile carrier Sprint says it will raise $2.2bn by selling and then re-lease its own network hardware.…

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China's Great Firewall inventor forced to use VPN live on stage to dodge his own creation

Fang bitten

The architect of China's Great Firewall was forced to use a VPN to bypass his own creation in a lecture this week on internet safety.…

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Announcing Simplified Trust Configuration for AWS Directory Service

Today, we made it easier for you to configure trust relationships between your AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition)—also known as Microsoft AD—and your on-premises Microsoft Active Directory domains. Establishing trust relationships requires conditional forwarders, which resolve Domain Name System (DNS) queries between the domain names of the trusting directories. You now can more easily configure conditional forwarders using the Directory Service console, which eliminates the need to install DNS Manager on a Microsoft Windows Server instance in your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). 

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Verizon peeps gobbled by Frontier enter week two of crap internet

Services won't return until mid-month, ISP warns

The problems that have plagued the handover of broadband subscribers from Verizon to Frontier Communications are entering their second week – and Frontier says that some internet services will not be restored until mid-April.…

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Three to chop off £3bn of its network in bid to woo EU over O2 merger

Please, miss, is that competitive enough?

Three UK is making a last-ditch attempt to win EU approval of its £10.25bn O2 merger with a number of sweeteners, including £3bn in network deals with competitors, according to reports.…

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China drinks Uber, IoT and e-health Kool Aid

Middle Kingdom calls for 'cloud platform' at heart of new modernisation push, plans to stop cranking out crud

China's State Council has signed off on a plan to place the internet of things at the heart of new efforts to upgrade the nation's manufacturing capabilities.…

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Amazon Redshift is now available in China (Beijing) Region

We are excited to announce that Amazon Redshift is now available in the AWS China (Beijing) Region.

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Waled Aly's NBN comments were a profoundly unhelpful contribution to broadband debate

One second of buffering is entirely acceptable for almost anything

Australian political commentator Waleed Aly has made a spectacularly non-useful intervention into the debate about the technologies used to build Australia's national broadband network (NBN), setting the ridiculous expectation that streaming video must always load in under a second.…

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Wednesday 6 April 2016

Australia's broadband policy is a flimsy, cynical House of Cards

Prime Minister Turnbull is strangling our economy

On a recent trip to the shops, I priced a massive UHD OLED telly, with blacks so dark the panel looked like it actively sucked in light. Staring into the most beautiful television I’d ever seen, I had a moment of clarity: Gorgeous and expensive, but useless.…

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Amazon CloudWatch Logs Available in the AWS China (Beijing) Region

We are happy to announce the immediate availability of Amazon CloudWatch Logs in the AWS China (Beijing) region. 

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AWS Config Rules now available in 4 new regions: US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo)

AWS Config Rules allow you to create rules that continuously check the configuration of AWS resources recorded by AWS Config, and notifies when resources do not comply with these guidelines. Using the rules dashboard, you can track overall compliance status and troubleshoot specific resource configuration changes that led to noncompliance.

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Nest's bricking of Revolv serves as wake-up call to industry

Open source software and a DNS for the internet of things needed

The extraordinary decision of Nest to brick its $300 Revolv home automation hub has served as a wake-up call to the tech industry.…

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Angry Vodafone customers spark Ofcom probe after phone bill overcharge snafu

Possible partial outage also comes to light

Vodafone has once again come under fire for poor customer service, this time for its handling of a computer glitch that led to customers being overcharged.…

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AWS to crack $10bn annual sales this year says Jeff Bezos

Says all other tech companies care only about following competitors founder Jeff Bezos has penned a new letter to shareholders in which he points out that Amazon Web Services is bigger, and growing faster, than its parent company did at the same age.…

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VMware dumps vCloud Air from user group and lab software bundle

VMUG Advantage and EVALExperience users to be migrated somewhere, soon

VMware's written to members of its user group (VMUG) and subscribers to its EVALExperience program to advise they're being booted out of its cloud.…

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Australian Bureau of Statistics stops counting 24Mbps broadband services

Conspiracy-theorists, get out your tinfoil hats and wallow in the 1.71 Exabytes of data we download every 90 days

Australians downloaded 1,714,922 Terabytes in the 90 days to December 31st, 2015, according to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).…

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Tuesday 5 April 2016

Now improve your machine learning model quality with data shuffling in Amazon Machine Learning

You now have the ability to shuffle your training data with Amazon Machine Learning (Amazon ML) for improved ML model quality. Amazon ML creates better ML models when input rows are presented to the ML algorithm in a random order. With this new training parameter option, you can have Amazon ML shuffle the order of the rows of your training data. Data shuffling will be turned on by default in the Amazon ML console when you create an ML model. You can control this option through the console, or turn data shuffling on through the API and SDK.

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Amazon API Gateway Supports Swagger Definition Import

Amazon API Gateway now supports importing Swagger API definitions. Previously, you would use the Swagger importer tool to import Swagger definitions into API Gateway. Now, you can import your Swagger API definitions into API Gateway through the AWS Management Console, CLI, and SDK. This allows you to easily create and deploy new APIs as well as update existing APIs in Amazon API Gateway.

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Amazon Route 53 Announces Metric Based Health Checks, DNS Failover for Private Hosted Zones, and Configurable Health Check Locations

We are excited to announce the launch of three new health checking features for Amazon Route 53:

Metric Based Health Checks let you perform DNS failover based on any metric that is available within Amazon CloudWatch, including AWS-provided metrics and custom metrics from your own application. When you create a metric based health check within Amazon Route 53, the health check becomes unhealthy whenever its associated Amazon CloudWatch metric enters an alarm state.

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Mobe and Wi-Fi firms flog your location data to commercial firms, claim reports

That's why you're seeing loads of massage parlour ads

Two reports by privacy campaigners into mobile and Wi-Fi services' location tracking activities have revealed practices of questionable legality and security.…

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Broadband bods Gigaclear bag £24m for rural hi-speed internet

Minnow gears up to take on BT out in the sticks

Rural broadband provider Gigaclear has bagged an additional £24m in investment, part of its plans to serve 1.5 million homes currently without fibre-to-the-premises networks.…

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Cisco, Ericsson, Juniper hauled in to explain mutiple carrier TITSUPs

Australia's top telco, Telstra, wants suppliers to explain why its network keeps going down

Australia's dominant carrier Telstra has hauled three of its key vendors into the principal's office for a dressing down, following network outages that had the Australian incumbent giving mobile users “free data days” to stem the outrage.…

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Monday 4 April 2016

Apache Spark 1.6.1, new versions of Apache Hadoop and Presto, and support for Amazon S3 SSE-KMS now available on Amazon EMR

You can now use upgraded versions of Apache Spark (1.6.1), Apache Hadoop (2.7.2), and an upgraded sandbox release of Presto (0.140) on Amazon EMR release 4.5.0. Spark 1.6.1 was released in the community on March 9th, and it contains several bug fixes and updates to the Dataset API. Additionally, the EMR Filesystem (EMRFS) can now read objects from and write objects to Amazon S3 with S3 server-side encryption with AWS Key Management Service keys (SSE-KMS). Previously, EMRFS supported S3 server-side encryption with S3 managed keys (SSE-S3) and S3 client-side encryption with AWS KMS keys or custom keys.

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EC2 Run Command adds support for more predefined commands and announces open source agent

Today we are excited to announce two new predefined commands for EC2 Run Command for your Windows instances. To learn more about how to use these new commands, please visit the user guide.

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Eat your greens, FCC tells ISPs with new broadband "nutrition label"

But consumer knowledge comes with a price

The FCC has launched a "broadband label" that breaks down exactly what service your ISPs offers and all related fees to it.…

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Hue, not Three, could be Hutchison’s crown jewel as MNO model morphs

Will the EC stand in Chinese conglomerate's way?

The European Commission has two months to decide whether to allow the takeover of Telefonica’s O2 UK arm by CK Hutchison, owner of 3UK, and if it does, what conditions will be imposed.…

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Hawaiki cable to go ahead with US$300 million Au/NZ/US build

CallPlus founder's signature makes third route a reality

A long-awaited third crossing between Australia, New Zealand and the USA looks set to become a reality, with Kiwi cable Hawaiki announcing it's secured the funding needed to start construction.…

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Friday 1 April 2016

Microsoft lures top Linux exec from Oracle to Redmond

Wim Coekaerts' hire another sign of open source push

Larry Ellison will be throwing his boats out of the bathtub on the news that Wim Coekaerts, possibly Oracle's top Linux guy, has jumped ship to Microsoft.…

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Egypt unfriended Facebook for Free Basics snoop snub

Zuck told to Giza the heck out of here

Facebook reportedly had its Free Basics internet service banned in Egypt because it would not meet government demands that it open the service for surveillance.…

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Cluster view for Amazon Aurora in RDS console

You can now view Amazon Aurora clusters on the RDS console. Managing multiple clusters in your fleet is easier as the cluster view allows you to modify and delete clusters as well as manage the Aurora instances on them. For more information on the cluster view and APIs, read the Amazon Aurora User Guide. To know more about Amazon Aurora, visit our product page

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Amazon RDS now supports January PSU patches, improved custom Oracle directories and read privileges support

You can now launch new Oracle 12c and 11g database versions "", "" and "" that include the January 2016 Oracle Patch Set Updates (PSU). In new versions, we also increased the limit on number of custom Oracle directories to 10,000 and enabled re-granting of read privileges on Oracle dump directories. 

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Frontier rings in Verizon takeover by borking its network

Handover doesn't appear to be going particularly well in three US states

Frontier Communications says that problems related to its takeover of Verizon's internet service led to outages across the three most populous states in the country yesterday.…

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Bring on the goats! Apple's cloud failure demands further sacrifice

Devices are Apple's thing. Distributed systems are Google's

Apple at 40  In four decades, Apple has done more than most companies to seamlessly blend software and hardware, creating beautifully functional products. However, software (and hardware) no longer live exclusively on our devices, and the one thing that continues to frustrate Apple is the cloud.…

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Intel invokes the ghost of Andy Grove to standardize cloud market

OpenStack and Kubernetes all the way, says Chipzilla

It has been a busy day for Intel; first new processors, then solid state drives, and now it has announced plans to set global standards for data center deployments.…

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Critics hit out at 'black box' UN internet body

Who exactly decides who sits on the Internet Governance Forum's main body?

The United Nations body that reviews how the internet is governed is facing criticism from some of its biggest supporters over its "black box" decision making.…

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