Wednesday, 31 August 2016

AWS Config adds support for Application Load Balancers

AWS Config now records configuration changes to Application Load Balancers from the Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) service.

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US appeals court slaps down FTC, AT&T walks free, cats and dog living together, mass hysteria

We're now reliant on the FCC, God help us

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has thrown the issue of who can protect US consumers into confusion with a decision for AT&T and against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).…

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AT&T trash talks Google over Fiber fiasco: Leave ISP stuff to the experts

Telco takes a victory lap as ad giant's broadband plans collapse

With Google deciding to cut back on its Fiber workforce and reconsidering its plan to deliver broadband service, competing ISPs are cackling with glee at the Chocolate Factory's misfortunes.…

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New Amazon CloudWatch metric for Amazon SQS monitors the age of the oldest message

Today, Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) has released a new Amazon CloudWatch metric that lets you monitor the age of the oldest non-deleted message in a queue.

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We’ve redesigned the AWS Storage Gateway console

We’ve redesigned the AWS Storage Gateway console making it easier to configure, manage, and monitor all your gateways, volumes, and virtual tapes. The simplified interface provides filterable views, and direct links to integrated services such as Amazon CloudWatch and Amazon EBS. The new console enables you to do tasks faster and with fewer clicks.

The redesigned console is available to all customers and no action is required on your part. Please see our Getting Started User Guide or try it now!

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Cloudy biz Vesk suffers 2-day outage – then boasts of 100% uptime

HDD failure led to 'split brain event' – for systems and techies alike

A failed storage controller caused a protracted outage at hosted desktop and cloud slinger Vesk - not that this factoid has made its way onto the company’s website, where it boasts of 100 per cent uptime for the past 1,583 days.…

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Behold: Huawei evokes always-wise God Cloud – with Terminator users

Start prayin'

Huawei Connect  Tech metaphors are getting ever more explicitly spiritual. Take Huawei, for example. Today Huawei waxed ontological as one of its time-sharing CEOs described a “digital brain… always wise, never aging ... evolving in real-time.” That sounds like a God-cloud.…

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Net neutrality activists claim victory in Europe

BEREC final guidelines land on the side of civil society

Net neutrality activists are claiming victory following the publication of final guidelines by European regulators.…

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Get ready for Cloud 3.0, the age of Platform-as-a-Service

Because who really wants to manage servers?

Promo  Cloud computing is evolving rapidly, and new ideas about “Cloud 3.0” will be featured this week at Huawei Connect 2016, the company's flagship conference in Shanghai.…

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Announcing Query String Whitelisting for Amazon CloudFront

We are pleased to announce that you can now configure Amazon CloudFront to use only a specific set of HTTP query parameters to be used as the cache key, while still forwarding all the parameters to the origin through a feature called Query String Whitelisting.

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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Amazon Route 53 Announces NAPTR Record Support and DNS Query Test Tool

Today we are announcing two new enhancements to Amazon Route 53’s DNS service.

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Labour's Jeremy Corbyn wants high speed broadband for all. Wow, original idea there

And could he be hinting at a new national ID card scheme?

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the party will not win elections using strategies from the past, as he promised to "democratise the internet" in his Digital Manifesto today…

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NZ-funded Hawaiki cable signs DRFortress for landing station

Next stop, Hawaii

Australia and New Zealand got a small step closer to a third Pacific crossing, with submarine cable upstart Hawaiki signing DRFortress in Hawaii to operate its landing station.…

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Amazon API Gateway Available in Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

Amazon API Gateway is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) AWS region.

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AWS Lambda Available in Asia Pacific (Seoul)

AWS Lambda is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) region. 

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Microsoft redecoration delay rumors: THE TRUTH

Email updates stalled to 2017 – oh no no, everything's fine, says Redmond

Microsoft says its renovation work on the cloud email service is almost complete – and its rollout will not be delayed until 2017 as has been speculated.…

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Shock: AT&T totally not OK with FCC saying it ripped off US schools

They didn't get E-rate price because they didn't want an E‑rate plan, apparently

AT&T has issued a rebuttal to the FCC's July complaint that it overcharged schools and libraries in Florida for internet service.…

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Monday, 29 August 2016

Amazon CloudWatch improves the usability of CloudWatch Logs Console

Amazon CloudWatch announces usability improvements to the CloudWatch Logs Console. The Logs Console now gives customers the ability to share the state of their log sessions with their teams to facilitate collaboration when troubleshooting issues. Sharing is done via human readable URLs that include timestamp and search parameters. In addition, customers can narrow down their log search to specific time frames with just one click. The Logs Console now supports infinite scrolling, allowing customers to navigate large volumes of log data without pagination. It also improves readability of log data through additional display formatting options.

To learn more about these usability improvements click here. To know more about CloudWatch Logs, visit the CloudWatch Logs product page.

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Ireland looks like it's outpacing Britain in the superfast broadband rollout stakes

A national fibre plan, what's that?

Comment  How do Blighty’s future broadband plans compare to its Irish neighbour, which arguably has its sights on a much more ambitious target than BT?…

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Friday, 26 August 2016

Amazon Inspector Announces General Availability for Windows

Amazon Inspector now supports security assessments for Windows Server within Amazon EC2. Amazon Inspector now provides assessments for Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVE), CIS Operating System Security Configuration Benchmarks, and Runtime Behavior Analysis for Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, and 2012 R2.

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Google breaks heart, White Knight falls off horse

Now. About that Venezuelan option...

Analysis  Google Fiber was supposed to be the White Knight of US broadband, riding to its rescue. But this horse has bolted. In the opposite direction.…

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If you haven't changed your Dropbox password for 4 years, do so now

Firm says mandatory reset is linked to 2012 LinkedIn mega-breach

Dropbox is forcing users to reset passwords that haven’t been changed since mid-2012, when LinkedIn suffered a mega-breach.…

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EE looks at its call charges, hikes the lot, walks off giggling

Want to make a call abroad? Use someone else

EE customers using services outside their price plans are to be hit with a significant hike in fees next month, with international calls increasing as much as 60 per cent.…

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Sprint learns that a 'rebate' includes paying people money

Telco settles allegations it pocketed cash promised to customers

US wireless carrier Sprint will pay $2.3m to settle allegations it withheld rebates from customers.…

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

MIT brainiacs triple the speed, double the range of Wi-Fi

MegaMIMO gives data a smooth ride

Video  Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) think they have perfected a system that dramatically improves Wi-Fi connections by eliminating signal interference.…

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New AWS Public Data Set - Spacenet on AWS

As of today, high-resolution satellite imagery from the SpaceNet corpus is available as an AWS Public Data Set. The SpaceNet corpus includes approximately 1,900 square kilometers full-resolution 50cm imagery collected from DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 commercial satellite and includes 8-band multispectral data. The dataset also includes 220,594 building footprints derived from this imagery which can be used as training data for machine learning. The first Area of Interest (AOI) to released is of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and more AOIs will be made available in the future.

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Biz phones 'n' broadband bods Gamma suffer a network TITSUP

Channel partners and customers left in dark since 8am service blackout

Business broadband comms outfit Gamma is experiencing a service outage.…

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Nginx Proxy Server with Tomcat

You can now run Tomcat applications with an Nginx proxy server in your AWS Elastic Beanstalk environments. Previously, you could only run an Apache proxy server with Tomcat.  

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Just a little FYI: Small town ISPs want out of FCC privacy rules

C'mon Marlene, we don't need opt-in consent, we're locals!

An advocate group for rural broadband providers is asking the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to omit small ISPs from its planned privacy rules.…

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Unlimited mobile data in America – where's the catch? There's always a catch

All you can eat is never quite all you can eat

Analysis  Sprint and T-Mobile US are introducing "all you can eat" internet plans, and as you might expect, someone at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco is horrified. Somebody always is.…

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Nuclear fallout shelter becomes cloud storage bunker

Cold war relic beneath Paris now houses cold storage at €0.002/GB/Month

French hosting company has revealed its new data centre resides in a former nuclear fallout shelter.…

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Breaker, breaker: LTE is coming to America's CB radio frequencies

Big names launch CBRS Alliance. Think of it as truckers-versus-tech

Another industry alliance is gearing up to pitch mobile phone spectrum access to spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band – this time using frequencies formerly devoted to Citizens Band (CB) radio users.…

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Google broke its own cloud by doing two updates at once

Right hand, meet left hand. Then both do a facepalm

Google has explained an August 11th brownout on its cloud as, yet again, a self-inflicted wound.…

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports ASP.NET Core and Multi-App .NET Support

AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports ASP.NET Core. You can now deploy applications using ASP.NET Core on Elastic Beanstalk with the AWS Management Console, the EB CLI, and the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio. You use a deployment manifest to configure deployments for .NET Core applications to Elastic Beanstalk.

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Application Load Balancer

AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Application Load Balancer for the Elastic Load Balancing service. You can now choose between Application Load Balancer and Classic Load Balancer when creating environments in Elastic Beanstalk. Use Application Load Balancer to deploy applications to Elastic Beanstalk that use the WebSocket protocol or HTTP/2.

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Monday, 22 August 2016

LTE-U’s window is closing and bigger 5G disputes may be coming

Verizon and Qualcomm slam Wi-Fi Alliance’s proposed test framework

One of the presumed outcomes of the 5G process is full convergence of licensed and unlicensed spectrum, with one or more air interface standards which can span both, using frequencies entirely flexibly according to requirement. This is a very long way off, if the current quarrels over extending LTE into licence-exempt bands are anything to go by.…

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Friday, 19 August 2016

Netflix OSS Spinnaker on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployment

This new Quick Start from AWS automates the deployment of Spinnaker, which is a continuous deployment tool from Netflix Open Source Software (OSS), on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. 

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Amazon now renting cloudy desktops for $0.22 an hour

Workspaces can now be scheduled to shut down and are cheap for half-time workers

Amazon Web Services' “Workspaces” desktop-as-a-service offering can now be paid for by the hour.…

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Google adds SQL Server to its cloudy database collection

Nearline storage mystery deepens as Cloud SQL, Datastore and Bigtable go live

Google's cloud has grown more database options.…

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Amazon WorkSpaces now offers hourly pricing for all Amazon WorkSpaces bundles

Today, we are excited to announce hourly pricing for Amazon WorkSpaces, providing you the flexibility to pay for your desktops either monthly or hourly. Hourly pricing can help you save money on your AWS bill when your users only need part-time access to their Amazon WorkSpaces. With hourly billing you pay a small fixed monthly fee per Amazon WorkSpace to cover infrastructure costs and storage, and a low hourly rate for each hour your Amazon WorkSpaces are running and available for use, or undergoing maintenance. When your Amazon WorkSpaces are not being used, they automatically stop after a specified period of inactivity, and hourly charges are suspended.

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AWS Cost and Usage Report Data is Now Easy to Upload Directly into Amazon Redshift and Amazon QuickSight

AWS Cost and Usage Report data is now available for easy and quick upload directly into Amazon Redshift and Amazon Quicksight. 

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

AWS Trusted Advisor adds three new checks to verify connection redundancy for Direct Connect

Three new checks have been added to Trusted Advisor that will identify and provide recommendations on your Direct Connect settings that can help you ensure redundancy in the event of device or location loss of connectivity. 

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AWS Config Rules is now available in Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Asia Pacific (Sydney)

AWS Config Rules enables you to define guidelines for provisioning and configuring AWS resources and then continuously monitor the configuration of resources recorded by AWS Config. You receive notifications when resources do not comply with these guidelines and get access to a dashboard of rules. You can use the dashboard to track overall compliance status of your AWS account and to navigate specific resource configuration changes that led to noncompliance.

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Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts Reservations are available in the AWS Management Console and AWS CLI

You can save up to 70% compared to the cost of using Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts On-Demand by purchasing Dedicated Host Reservations, and now you can purchase Dedicated Host Reservations within the AWS Management console or using the AWS CLI.

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Free Auto Scaling Group Metrics with Graphs

Auto Scaling now features an enhanced console experience with new graphs that plot the behavior of group metrics. In addition, these metrics are now free of charge, and no longer require detailed Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) detailed instance monitoring to be enabled. 

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Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts is available in the AWS Management Console and AWS CLI

You can save up to 70% compared to the cost of using Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts On-Demand by purchasing Dedicated Host Reservations, and now you can purchase Dedicated Host Reservations within the AWS Management console or using the AWS CLI. 

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BT and Nokia slink off together, muttering about 5G tech

Operators join hands for laboratory love-in

BT and Nokia have signed a research collaboration agreement on 5G at the BT Labs at Adastral Park, Suffolk.…

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BT best provider for 10Mbps USO, says former digi minister Ed Vaizey

Any regrets on the pro-BT stance? Nah

BT's Openreach is the internet provider best placed to deliver the government's plan for a Universal Service Obligation (USO) of 10Mbps by the end of the decade, former digital minister Ed Vaizey has said.…

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Australia's Telstra and Optus outed as two of the world's six most expensive ISPs

Cloudflare says they just won't peer so it has to pay 17 times European data prices in Oz

Content delivery network Cloudflare has outed Australia's Optus as one of the six most expensive internet service providers in the world, and says the other major local player Telstra is rubbish too.…

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Verizon named in Android bloatware scheme

Report says carrier offered to pre-install apps for cash

Verizon has reportedly approached app developers about pre-installing their software on customer handsets.…

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Backup and archive to AWS Storage Gateway VTL with Veeam Backup & Replication v9

Today, we are adding Veeam Backup & Replication v9 to the AWS Storage Gateway-Virtual Tape Library (VTL) compatibility list. Backup and archive directly to scalable, cost-effective, secure Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier using gateway-VTL with the latest version of Veeam Backup & Replication.  

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

FCC airwaves auction opens bidding

Telcos to begin bidding on space to expand networks

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has formally opened the bidding process on a spectrum auction that looks to raise billions in revenues and expand the coverage and quality of wireless broadband networks.…

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Colour us shocked: ISPs not that keen to sign up for Universal Service Obligation

'Either the government pays for it, or consumers do'

Telco regulator Ofcom has admitted that internet service providers are not particularly eager to sign up to the government's Universal Service Obligation.…

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Asia’s top cloud security conference lands in London

Explore digital transformation and security at CLOUDSEC 2016

PROMO  Working in cyber-security? Come and join the experts at CLOUDSEC 2016 in London on September 6 and explore the key security issues du jour.…

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Vodafone: Dear customers. We're sorry we killed your Demon

It's part of our £2bn customer service systems overhaul

Vodafone is withdrawing its free legacy Demon email service and is giving customers the choice of either moving their addresses to another, paid-for service or losing them altogether.…

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Microsoft bins Azure RemoteApp, says go with Citrix instead

Small problem: Citrix's software isn't built yet and RemoteApp closes on August 31st, 2017

Citrix has had a big win in the cloud: Microsoft has decided to discontinue its own application publishing service in favour of a forthcoming Citrix product called “XenApp express.”…

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NBN delivers boring, solid result for 2015/2016

Where's the money coming from after the gummint's last billions? Don't know yet

nbnTM, the entity building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network, has delivered a pretty dull set of annual results.…

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Google+ subtracts live videoconf service 'Hangouts On Air'

Another triumph for Google's social network as identical YouTube service takes over

Google has slipped a death notice for Google+ Hangouts On Air into its support stream.…

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AWS OpsWorks Adds Nine Regional Endpoints and Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region Support

AWS OpsWorks is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) region. Additionally, you can now access OpsWorks using new regional endpoints in the following regions: EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), South America (São Paolo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo). 

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Monday, 15 August 2016

Amazon EC2 Container Registry Region Expansion

Amazon EC2 Container Registry (ECR) is now available is now available in five additional regions: US West (N. California), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and EU (Frankfurt). 

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aws-record General Availability

We're pleased to announce the general availability release of the aws-record Ruby Gem. aws-record is a data mapping abstraction for Amazon DynamoDB, built on top of the AWS SDK for Ruby version 2. It provides helpful features for developing Ruby applications using DynamoDB, including: 

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EFF vows to take up muni broadband cause after FCC denied

Digital crusaders warm up efforts to build city-owned networks

With a US court having recently overturned the FCC's attempts to push for municipal broadband networks, online activists are readying their own campaign.…

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Amazon EC2 Container Service Now Supports Networking Modes and Memory Reservation

Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) now supports two additional Docker features: networking modes and memory reservation. 

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Amazon balances AWS application loads

Docker and pals, we've heard of them – AWS

Amazon has injected AWS with application-level load balancing, giving devs greater control over container-based apps and services.…

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Labor's new comms spokesperson Michelle Rowland gets off to a bad start

Netflix speeds are not a good indicator of the NBN's progress

The new communications spokesperson of Australia's opposition Labor has made a mess of her first foray into the portfolio.…

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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Announcing Application Load Balancer for Elastic Load Balancing

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Application Load Balancer for the Elastic Load Balancing service designed to improve flexibility and performance of real-time applications, microservices, container-based architectures, and streaming applications. This new load balancer, which also supports the WebSocket protocol and HTTP/2, operates at the application layer and provides content-based routing support. This allows the Application Load Balancer to route requests across multiple services or containers running on one or more Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances, helping to reduce costs and simplify service discovery.

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Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) support for Amazon S3

Amazon S3 now supports the IPv6 protocol, so applications can connect to Amazon S3 for object storage over IPv6. You can meet IPv6 compliance requirements, more easily integrate with existing IPv6-based on-premises applications, and remove the need for expensive networking equipment to handle the address translation between IPv4 and IPv6. You can also now utilize the existing source address filtering features in IAM policies and bucket policies with IPv6 addresses, expanding your options to secure applications interacting with Amazon S3.

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Announcing Two New Ways to Streamline Data Management with the AWS Snowball

We are pleased to announce two new features that help customers and partners integrate the Snowball with existing data management applications and workflows.

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Amazon EBS Delivers Improved Performance and Price Reduction

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Introducing Amazon Kinesis Analytics

We are excited to announce general availability of Amazon Kinesis Analytics, a fully managed service for continuously querying streaming data using standard SQL. With Kinesis Analytics, you can write standard SQL queries on streaming data and gain actionable insights in real-time, without having to learn any new programming skills.

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Introducing Amazon API Gateway Usage Plans

Amazon API Gateway now supports API usage plans. You can now easily define plans for third-party developers by associating them with individual API keys. This allows you to configure which APIs the caller can access as well as define throttling and request quota limits. You can also extract utilization data on a per API key basis to analyze API usage and generate billing documents. Usage plans allows you to easily manage and monetize your APIs for your API-based business. Read our documentation to learn more.

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Bring Your Own Keys to AWS Key Management Service Using the KMS Import Key Feature

AWS Key Management Service (KMS) is a managed service that makes it easy for you to create and control the encryption keys used to encrypt your data. Starting today, you can import keys from your key management infrastructure into KMS, and use your imported keys in all KMS-integrated AWS services and custom applications. This feature gives you greater control over the generation, lifecycle management, and durability of your keys. Import Key could also help you meet your compliance requirements to generate and store copies of keys outside of your cloud provider.

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Amazon EC2 Container Service Now Integrated with Application Load Balancer to Support Dynamic Ports and Path-based Routing

Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) now supports the Application Load Balancer for the Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) service.

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IBM makes meek apology for Oz #CensusFail, offers no fail detail

Australian PM and sources say Big Blue skipped on DoS protection

IBM has finally broken its silence about the failure of Australia's online census, but only with meaningless PR blather that leaves the cause of the mess a mystery.…

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Public cloud spend will rise by $100 BEEELION in five years

SaaS will be half the business software market by 2020 says IDC

Spending on cloud computing will more than double by 2020, say abacus-shufflers IDC.…

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Cisco gives cable industry tech for 10Gbps uploads on DOC

Full Duplex project gets reference silicon for free to make broadband symmetrical

Cisco has dropped an open reference design for DOCSIS silicon into the CableLabs standards body.…

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Judges put FCC back in its box: No, you can't override state laws, not even for city broadband

Funnily enough, US regulator can't just do whatever it wants

A US circuit court has torpedoed the FCC and its efforts to champion city-owned broadband networks.…

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UK local govt body blasts misleading broadband speed ads

Won't someone please think of the farmers

The representative body for 370 councils in Blighty has hit out at Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for advertising misleading broadband speeds, particularly in rural areas.…

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Your mission, should you accept it, is to use cheap VMs before they self-destruct

Google finds a new way to drop cloud computing costs, but is still breaking itself

Google has taken another step in the never-ending cloud price-cutting dance, shimmying to make the cost of VMs as little as a cent an hour.…

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ISP roundup: Google mulls fiber-less Fiber, America goes Wow, Comcast still terrible

Wire cuts, ad complaints, and big promises around the States

A flurry of news from internet service providers (ISPs) in the US has picked up what is normally a slow summer season.…

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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Announcing Cost Allocation Tagging for Amazon CloudFront

We are pleased to announce that you can now add cost allocation tags to your Amazon CloudFront distributions. Tags make it easier for you to allocate costs and optimize spending by categorizing and grouping AWS resources. For example, you can use tags to group resources by administrator, application name, cost center, or a specific project. 

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In 2014 Malcolm Turnbull said 'Nobody likes outages' in the cloud

Redundancy is important, said Australian PM. So what does he think of Australia's cloud-hosted census failing?

In late 2014, Australia's then-communications-minister and now prime minister Malcolm Turnbull flicked the On switch for Dimension Data's dedicated government cloud.…

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Amazon Elastic Transcoder Available In The Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region

Amazon Elastic Transcoder is now available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) region.

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AWS Marketplace for Desktop Apps is Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) AWS Region.

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

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AWS CloudFormation Adds Support for AWS Certificate Manager, Amazon ECS Service Auto Scaling, and Additional Updates

You can now provision the following AWS resources using CloudFormation.

  • AWS Certificate Manager: AWS Certificate Manager is a service that lets you easily provision, manage, and deploy Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) certificates for use with AWS services. Visit our documentation to learn more
  • Application Auto Scaling: Application Auto Scaling is a general purpose Auto Scaling service for supported elastic AWS resources. Use it to enable Service Auto Scaling in Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS).
    • You can now set Service Auto Scaling policies in ECS and determine the target service you want to scale using CloudFormation

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Rackspace CEO: Yes, Brexit has hit us, yes we sold our Cloud Sites biz

As for that tale about us selling entire org... no comment

Rackspace execs confirmed the sale of its Cloud Sites hosting sub to Liquid Web but ignored the white elephant in the room that Apollo Global is reportedly in talks to slurp the entire organisation.…

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Vodafone bins line rental charges as it moves onto TalkTalk's turf

Ofcom will soon require operators to advertise services in one monthly fee

Vodafone has scrapped line rental charges as it tries to muscle into TalkTalk's lower-end market – and comply with imminent regulatory changes for an all-in-one price for broadband and phone services.…

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AT4 labs to put LTE-U to the test in Wi-Fi Alliance tie-up

Pushing ahead with 'coexistence' plan, while industry squabbles

The row over Wi-Fi spectrum access is continuing, but the Wi-Fi Alliance is pressing ahead with coexistence tests to be conducted by US test laboratory AT4 Wireless.…

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The next time Salesforce goes down, you'll get six reasons why

SaaS-o-saurus Rex preparing more granular status service for September debut has slipped out a beta of a more granular status service.…

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports PHP 7.0

AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports PHP 7.0. You can now deploy applications using PHP 7.0 on Elastic Beanstalk with the AWS Management Console or the EB CLI.

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Monday, 8 August 2016

Announcing regional expansion of Amazon EC2 instances

Amazon EC2 instances are now available in more regions:

  • C4 in South America (Sao Paulo)
  • C4 in AWS GovCloud (US)
  • D2 in US West (N. California)

To learn more about these instance types, visit the Amazon EC2 Instance Types page, the Amazon EC2 User Guide's section on Instance Types, or the Amazon EC2 Pricing page.

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Amazon CloudFront adds new edge locations in Montreal and Toronto, our first in Canada

We are pleased to announce the launch of our newest edge locations in Toronto and Montreal, our first edge locations in Canada. Adding locations in Canada has been frequently requested by our customers so we are excited to add these two locations to our global network.  If you’re already using Amazon CloudFront, you don't need to do anything to your applications as requests are automatically routed to these locations when appropriate.

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Amazon Lumberyard Beta 1.4 now available, adds Lua editor, network profiler, and more

We are excited to announce the release of Amazon Lumberyard Beta 1.4, which includes 230 new improvements, fixes and features. Lumberyard Beta 1.4 introduces an integrated Lua editor and debugger, network encryption and profiling for more control when building multiplayer games. Read about the update in the GameDev Blog and the Lumberyard Beta 1.4 release notes.

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AT&T dinged for $7.75m after letting scammers gouge customers (again)

DEA agents stumble onto billing scheme during bust

US telco giant AT&T has been fined $7.75m after scammers were found sneaking bogus charges onto customer bills.…

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Ofcom cans Virgin Media's Premier League live footy match probe

Punters are now getting more matches so we've got better things to do, says regulator

Communications regulator Ofcom has dropped its probe into how the Premier League sells live UK audio-visual media rights for football matches.…

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Facebook trying to bring cheap internet access to India again

This time with WiFi, a state-owned telco on board and maybe the return of Free Basics

Facebook's trying to bring affordable internet access to rural India again.…

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Friday, 5 August 2016

Canadian govt to cloud providers: Want our business? Stay local, eh

If only they were this protective of their hockey teams

The government of Canada has laid out a cloud computing strategy that could bring more data center facilities to the Great White North.…

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Amazon RDS for Oracle introduces a License Included offering for Oracle Standard Edition Two (SE2)

You can now run Oracle Standard Edition Two as a License Included offering on Amazon RDS and can also upgrade existing Standard Edition (SE) and Standard Edition One (SE1) instances in database version to Standard Edition Two (SE2) using either the AWS Management Console or API. 

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Virgin signs up record ultrafast broadband subs

Revenue up in Blighty, but still playing catch up with BT on triple play

Sales at Virgin Media rose 3.2 per cent to £1.2bn for the broadband provider's second quarter compared with the previous year - as it signed up record ultrafast broadband subscribers.…

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Azure courts DaaS with embiggened GPU-powered instances

Redmond's hostility to cloud desktops eases a little, at least for graphics-heavy apps

Microsoft's taken the wraps of some new, GPU-infused, Azure compute instances that it's aiming at heavy compute users and the emerging desktop-as-a-service market.…

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Google racks up its first contributions to Open Compute Project

Describes high-efficiency 48v racks it offers as Open Rack 2.0 standard

Google has for the first time shared some of its data centre designs with the OpenCompute Project (OCP).…

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GameLift Adds Game Session Search

Amazon GameLift is a fully managed service that makes it simple and cost-effective to deploy, operate, and scale session-based multi-player game servers in the cloud. GameLift has added two new features and made several improvements to the service. Game developers can now use the new game session search & sort feature to populate session browsers with active game sessions that better match player preferences. Developers building game servers can now implement custom health checks for game server processes and report health status, which GameLift uses to track and maintain overall health for a fleet. In addition, with the release of the new Server SDK, GameLift now fully supports the ability to run multiple server processes concurrently on each instance in a fleet, giving you greater control over how efficiently you use GameLift resources and potentially reducing overall costs for hosting your game.

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Thursday, 4 August 2016

Specifying the VPC for your Amazon RDS DB Instance

You can now easily change the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) used by your Amazon RDS DB instance. You can specify a new VPC for an existing DB instance deployed in Single-AZ configuration by using the Amazon RDS Management Console, the Amazon RDS API, or the AWS Command Line Tools. In addition, if you are running your DB instance on the EC2-Classic environment, you can switch to the EC2-VPC environment by modifying your existing DB instance. If your AWS account was created before 2013-12-04, you are potentially running RDS on the EC2-Classic environment.

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AWS Database Migration Service Now Available in Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Mumbai) and South America (São Paulo)

AWS Database Migration Service is now available to customers in the AWS Asia Pacific Seoul and Mumbai regions, as well as the South America region in São Paulo. AWS Database Migration Service helps you migrate databases to AWS easily and securely. The source database remains fully operational during the migration, minimizing downtime to applications that rely on the database.

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'ICANN's general counsel should lose his job over this'

Dot Registry CEO reacts to extraordinary judgment against DNS overseer

Interview  It has been four years since Shaul Jolles, as CEO of Dot Registry, filed applications for five new internet extensions – .corp, .inc, .llc, .llp and .ltd – and wrote a check for just under $1m to have them considered by domain name system overseer ICANN.…

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UK telco market worth £37.5bn, Ofcom reports

Breaking Bad was the most-streamed series of 2015

Total UK telecoms revenues grew for the first time in five years – increasing by £0.2bn to £37.5bn between 2014 and 2015, according to research from communications regulator Ofcom.…

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Microsoft boosts PKI, ISO certs to harden Azure cloud

Your things can now talk to Azure without spilling secret things

Microsoft has bumped up security for its Azure cloud platform by adding support for X.509 certificates for device-level authentication, and bagging an ISO integrity ticket.…

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First Wi-Fi box ever chosen as Australia's best contribution to global history

History of the World in 100 Objects show gains 101st artefact

The National Museum of Australia (NMA) has chosen Wi-Fi hardware as Australia's greatest contribution to world history.…

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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Simply not credible: The extraordinary verdict against the body that hopes to run the internet

Independent review tears into ICANN board and staff

In an extraordinary judgment, the organization that hopes to take over running the top level of the internet later this year has been slammed by an independent review as at best incompetent and at worst deliberately mendacious.…

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AWS IoT Announces Support for Just-In-Time Registration of Device Certificates

AWS IoT now supports Just-in-time registration (JITR) of device certificates. This functionality expands on the "Use Your Own Certificate" feature launched earlier this year by simplifying the process of enrolling devices with AWS IoT. Prior to support for JITR, the device enrollment process required two steps: first, registering the Certificate Authority (CA) certificate to AWS IoT, then individually registering the device certificates that were signed by the CA. Now, with JITR you can complete the second step by auto-registering device certificates when devices connect to AWS IoT for the first time. This saves time spent on registering device certificates and allows devices to remain off-line during the manufacturing process.  

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Amazon ElastiCache now supports the M4 node family

Amazon ElastiCache now supports M4 node types. M4 nodes provide a balance of compute, memory, and network resources. They come in 5 sizes, ranging from 6.42 GB to 154.64 GB of memory, and have superior performance and lower prices than M3 node types. You can purchase M4 node types as On Demand or as Reserved Cache Nodes.

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Amazon Mobile Analytics Auto Export to Amazon S3 Enhancements

Amazon Mobile Analytics Auto Export to Amazon S3 accumulates and exports events sent to the Amazon Mobile Analytics service from your mobile and web applications into your own Amazon S3 bucket, typically in under one hour from when we receive the event. This allows you to access the full data being recorded by your application to perform additional detailed analysis in addition to the analytics automatically produced in the Amazon Mobile Analytics console, such as Daily Active Users (DAU), Monthly Active Users (MAU), Average Revenue per Daily Active User and other out-of-the-box and custom metrics. 

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Intel and pals toss coins at party in the cloud, business at the back startup

Making it rain while it thinks of X86?

Startup Velostrata, which provides users with the ability to handle varying workloads on demand in the cloud while keeping data on premises in real time, has added data migration to the cloud, and gained additional funding cash from Xeon God Intel.…

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Speaking in Tech: Thousands audition, millions vote.... One wins. It's Podcast Idol

Why? It looks like someone is saying goodbye

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Telstra CIO Erez Yarkoni quits

Returning home to the USA with mission accomplished

Telstra's Chief Information Officer Erez Yarkoni has decided to leave the company.…

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Microsoft adds PSTN business Skyping in Australia

You'll need Office365 to take advantage of the local server

Microsoft's added Australia to the footprint of its Skype for Business PSTN conferencing feature.…

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Mobile banking for the poor has flopped in India

Nightmare UI and high prices blamed for low take-up of service hoped to replicate success of M-Pesa

India is trying to figure out why it has failed in efforts to replicate the success of mobile banking programs that have succeed in other countries.…

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Intel builds cloud orchestrator as if it had the chance to start OpenStack from scratch

In 'Ciao' VMs, containers and bare metal live together in perfect harmony

Interview  According to Arjan van de Ven, one of the things that's pretty common at Intel is looking at a technology and asking “what would we change if we were doing it from scratch?” One result of just such a question is Project Ciao, Intel's open source take on what an cloud orchestrator should look like.…

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Akamai and Limelight bury hatchet (not in each other) on patent spat

Networking foes settle war over 'induced infringement' with $54m deal

Internet backbone facilitators Akamai Technologies and Limelight Networks have agreed to end their long-running patent battle, and instead forge a $54m licensing agreement.…

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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Compute and Completion Time for Object Creation Now Available in the Amazon ML Console, API, and AWS SDKs

You can now access information on how long it took to create a datasource, model, evaluations, or batch predictions, in the Amazon Machine Learning (Amazon ML) console, the API, and in the AWS SDKs. Using this information, you can estimate how long it would take to create similar objects. Knowing the compute time, you can then estimate the cost of datasource creation, model training, or model evaluation based on similar objects created in the past. For regularly retrained models, you can use this information to detect problems in the retraining pipeline before they are deployed to production. This information is found on the summary page in the console for each object, or returned through the API or SDK as an additional value.

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Amazon EMR release 5.0 now available: Apache Spark 2.0, Hive 2.1, enhanced debugging, and more

Use the latest versions of all 16 supported open-source applications with Amazon EMR release 5.0, including upgrades such as Apache Spark 2.0, Apache Hive 2.1, Presto 0.150, Apache Zeppelin 0.6.1 (Snapshot), Pig 0.16, and Hue 3.10. Apache Tez, an optimized execution framework, has replaced Apache Hadoop MapReduce as the default execution engine for Hive and Pig, applications now utilize the Java Development Kit 8 (JDK 8) for their runtime environment, and Spark is now compiled with Scala 2.11. All previous sandbox applications on Amazon EMR release 4.x are now GA. Additionally, you can now use enhanced debugging functionality for EMR steps to quickly find errors in logs and highlight possible common root causes.

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Outsourcery burned through more than £20 MEEEELLION in cash before it crashed

Administrator's Statement of Affairs reveals the nitty gritty

Defunct cloud infrastructure and apps provider Outsourcery Plc attracted interest from 12 bidders before it was offloaded to GCI Telecom for £4m, in a pre-pack administration handled by EY.…

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123-reg suffering ongoing DDoS attack

Data centre target of attack of +30Gbps

Beleaguered internet biz 123-reg has suffered a "huge scale" distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack to its data centre, knocking the outfit's website offline and a number of users' services.…

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123-Reg goes TITSUP* again


It seems the wheels of 123-Reg's clown vehicle have fallen off once again, with its site currently out of action and customers reporting a lack of email access.…

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Sky fibre down at breakfast-time across the nation

Soz, engineers are looking into it...

Sky broadband customers have been hit by an outage this morning, which appears to be disrupting services nationwide.…

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HPE loses its cloud and storage heads: No Goel, Vrij packs up, Fink runs

Manish the man moves out with two other execs

What's going in HPE? It has lost a cloud boss, a storage boss and VP for Americas sales in one day, and set up a new cloud division in a focus-sharpening exercise.…

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TP-Link fined $200k, told to be nice to wireless router tinkers after throwing a hissy fit

Chinese biz told to pour water, baby back into bath tub

TP-Link will cough up a $200,000 fine to America's broadband regulator the FCC – and has agreed to let people tinker with the firmware in its 5GHz wireless routers.…

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And now we go live to Nashville for the latest on Google Fiber v AT&T and, yup, it's a mess

Web ads giant not helping its case by cutting gas lines

Nashville's Google Fiber rollout has hit a pair of snags: rival carriers are, and this may surprise you, stalling the installation of lines needed for Google's new broadband network.…

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US state sues Comcast for $100m in row over 'deceptive' repair plans

Unlimited free troubleshooting and repairs is a minefield of caveats, says Washington AG

Washington state is suing Comcast and demanding $100m in damages for allegedly misleading customers.…

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Monday, 1 August 2016

EE roaming outage hits Brits basking abroad

Operator asks: Have you tried switching it on and off again?

EE customers basking in the first days of their hols abroad have frustratingly been unable to access their phones due to a major outage across the network.…

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