Friday 30 September 2016

Google, Facebook etc rush to defend US govt in last-minute ICANN internet takeover lawsuit

Mad dash on eve of critical IANA transition

A slew of internet organizations have come to the support of the US government in a last-minute lawsuit designed to prevent the handover of critical internet functions at midnight on Friday.…

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

Amazon Elastic Transcoder lets you convert source media files into formats that will playback on devices like smartphones, tablets and PCs. It manages all aspects of the media transcoding process for you transparently and automatically. There’s no need to administer software, scale hardware, tune performance, or otherwise manage transcoding infrastructure. You simply create a transcoding “job” specifying the location of your source media file and how you want it transcoded. Amazon Elastic Transcoder also provides transcoding presets for popular output formats, which means that you don’t need to guess about which settings work best on particular devices. All these features are available via service API, AWS SDKs and the AWS Management Console

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Amazon Game Studios Announce Breakaway

Amazon Game Studios announced their new game, Breakaway, at TwitchCon this year. Breakaway is a mythological sport brawler built for fast action, teamwork, and live streaming. AGS also announced new upcoming features that are built for Twitch: Stream+, Twitch Metastream, Broadcaster Match Builder and Broadcaster Spotlight.

To learn about Breakaway and more, visit and follow @PlayBreakaway on Twitter.

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Amazon Redshift introduces new data type to support time zones in time stamps

You can now use time zones as part of time stamps in Amazon Redshift. The new TIMESTAMPTZ data type allows you to input timestamp values that include a time zone. Amazon Redshift automatically converts timestamps to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and stores the UTC values. Also, the COPY command now recognizes timestamp values with time zones in the source data and automatically converts them to UTC.  You can retrieve and display timestamps in Amazon Redshift by setting your preferred time zone at the session level, user level or client connection level.  

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Telcos hit out against plans to hike their broadband rates

BT alone expects its rates to more than quadruple

Broadband providers have rallied against draft plans to hike up the cost of business rates, which will result in a "steep" increase for broadband providers laying infrastructure.…

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Business to be given more scope to quit crap broadband contracts

Providing ISPs have signed 'up to' the voluntary code, that is

UK businesses are to receive more accurate data on broadband speeds before signing up to a contract, under a voluntary code coming into force from Ofcom today.…

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Google finds its G Suite spot: Renames apps, talks up AI and BigQuery

'We really are serious about the enterprise,' insists enterprise head Greene

Analysis  The invitation for Google's latest cloud sales pitch, dubbed "Horizon" because the company has already had its way with "Atmosphere", on Thursday directed attendees to The Mint.…

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Introducing Amazon EC2 P2 Instances, the largest GPU-Powered virtual machine in the cloud

We are excited to announce the availability of P2 instances, a new instance type designed for compute-intensive applications that require high-performance GPU coprocessors and massive parallel floating point performance. P2 instances are ideal for deep learning, computational fluid dynamics, computational finance, seismic analysis, molecular modeling, genomics, and rendering workloads. For graphics workloads requiring DirectX and OpenGL, you can continue to use G2 instances

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Google announces eight new cloud regions, new support model

I'm too SaaSy for Mumbai, too SaaSy for Sydney, São Paulo and Finland (and more)

Google has announced a big expansion of its cloud, with new regions planned for Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, Northern Virginia, São Paulo, London, Finland and Frankfurt … and those are just the ones it plans to turn on during 2017. The company's also planning to announce more regions in the future.…

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Thursday 29 September 2016

Amazon EC2 Convertible Reserved Instances and the Reserved Instance Regional Benefit

Standard Reserved Instances (“RIs”) have been available for 8 years, and provide customers the option to commit to use a specific instance size in an instance family in an availability zone (“AZ”) for either one or three years in exchange for our largest discount off On-Demand prices (~40-60% on average). 

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Amazon Cognito available in Asia Pacific (Seoul) and EU (Frankfurt) regions

Amazon Cognito is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) and EU (Frankfurt) regions. 

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Four US states demand restraining order to stop internet power handover to ICANN

Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada sue Uncle Sam

Four states' attorneys general have filed suit to prevent the transition of critical internet functions from the US government to non-profit ICANN this Friday.…

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Verizon techie sold people's call logs at $75 a head to private dick

Prison looms for telco insider who flogged subscriber records to dodgy investigator

A former Verizon Wireless employee is facing time behind bars after he pled guilty to selling customer records.…

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Microsoft's chums Dell, HPE and Lenovo give Azure Stack a shout-out

Mover over, devs, and bring me a chequebook

Cloud isn’t what it used to be. Amazon’s AWS began life like open source, with the same net result: a developer secret that became an infrastructure fact.…

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Oracle's Coach Larry needs Microsoft plays to beat Amazon

Best locker-room strategy: Avoid emulating AWS directly

Analysis  SAP. Crack! IBM. Snap! Salesforce. Bang! Workday, I can see you - come over here...…

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Optus' HFC problems were never a secret, so why did nbn™ need the network?

Malcolm Turnbull, you will never be a network engineer

Someone check in on former senator Stephen Conroy, would they, and make sure he hasn't laughed himself to death?…

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Google deleted some cloudy middleware accounts

They're back and the 15-hour SNAFU is mostly over, but this is no way to run a cloud

Google's Cloud has experienced a fifteen-hour hiccup, after some subscriptions to its “Cloud Pub/Sub … were deleted unexpectedly approximately from Tuesday.”…

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Source: nbn™'s fibre-to-the-kerb will be VDSL at 100/40Mbps

But Optus still gets its $800m payday, even though its network was too expensive to upgrade

The Register has learned that the fibre-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp) technology to be used in Australia's national broadband network (NBN) will use VDSL and be capable of 100/40Mbps speeds.…

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After AT&T's crushing blow, FTC tells Senate it wants its balls back

US watchdog still feeling sore after being stripped of powers to punish telcos

US trade watchdog the FTC says it will appeal the August decision stripping its ability to fine AT&T.…

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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Revealed: The true horror of being a big CEO

Pity the poor reporter who had to shadow Mark Hurd

Our attention has been drawn to the work of a plucky reporter Julie Bort from Business Insider who spent a day shadowing Oracle CEO at its OpenWorld jamboree in San Francisco. Finally a chance to see the real glamour behind the scenes with a top flight chief exec.…

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BT tops Ofcom's broadband whinge list

Virgin and Sky rated least moaned about

BT has topped Ofcom's quarterly whinge list for the most moaned about fixed line broadband provider.…

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Ofcom punts network-sniffing Android app

Help find not-spots

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has written a network tracking Android app so the great British public can help it sniff out not-spots.…

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nbn™ dumps Optus HFC, will use fibre to the kerb for 700k sites

So what exactly did AU$800m buy? An option for bits of Optus network, says nbn™

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN) has announced it will overbuild part of the hybrid fibre-coax network it acquired from Optus.…

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Microsoft hails pointless Privacy Shield status for its cloud services

Yeah, it's self-certification. Give yourself a pat on your own back, Redmond

Microsoft has issued a missive congratulating itself as the first global cloud service provider to get with the new EU Privacy Shield Framework agreed with the US, which must mean your data is safe in its hands, right?…

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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Introducing new M4 instance size, m4.16xlarge, and new region availability of M4 instances

We are excited to announce the availability of the m4.16xlarge, the largest instance size in the latest generation of EC2 General Purpose instances, featuring 64 vCPUs and 256 GiB of memory. The m4.16xlarge offers a balance of compute, memory, and network resources, and is a good choice for many applications including databases, data processing tasks, cluster computing, and web servers that require high computational horsepower or memory size.

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Did last night's US presidential debate Wi-Fi rip-off break the law?

It's gonna spell bad news for all of us

The host of the first presidential debate on Monday night, Hofstra University in New York, may have broken the law and could be in line for a huge fine.…

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US govt pleads: What's it gonna take to get you people using IPv6?

Eye-pee-vee-what? Rest of world responds

The US government is entering the next stage of grief and loss over IPv6, asking companies to explain why they won't just move over to the new protocol.…

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Microsoft's Azure-in-a-box preview runs on your own hardware

Shame the actual product still doesn't, though

Microsoft is dangling a new Technical Preview of its Azure Stack in front of enterprise customers who want to run an applications and services platform across their on-premise private cloud and Redmond's globe-spanning Azure public cloud.…

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Metalogix punts out cloudy collab coliseum for canny IT craftsmen

One to rule them all

Metalogix has launched a content management platform for cloud work and collaboration.…

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Ofcom blesses Linux-powered, open source DIY radio ‘revolution’

It came from the shed

Small scale DAB radio was (quite literally) conceived in an Ofcom engineer’s garden shed in Brighton, on a Raspberry Pi, running a full open source stack, in his spare time. Four years later, Ofcom has given the thumbs up to small scale DAB after concluding that trials in 10 UK cities were judged to be a hit.…

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Hapless VESK hit by second major two-day outage

Just as well it removed the 100 per cent uptime claim, then...

Hosted desktop and cloud provider VESK has been hit by a major two-day login outage - the second such incident to occur at the London-based company in the last month.…

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Monday 26 September 2016

Microsoft releases Server 2016, complete with commercial Docker engine

Containers, containers, containers, containers, says Azure CTO (well, sort of)

IGNITE  Microsoft announced the release of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 at its Ignite event in Atlanta. The commercially supported edition of the Docker engine is included at no extra cost.…

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Microsoft inserts 'new kind of computer ... into our cloud' for speedier Azure services

Turns to Intel Altera FPGAs

IGNITE  Microsoft is using Intel Altera Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) chips to speed up Azure services, according to an announcement at the Ignite event under way in Atlanta.…

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Adobe and Microsoft cosy up with cloud partnership

Integration with Dynamics CRM and Azure the 'preferred cloud'

IGNITE  Microsoft and Adobe announced a new cloud partnership at the Ignite event this week in Atlanta.…

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Watch out, Openreach: CityFibre swallows Redcentric's network for £5m

Upstart reckons it's positioned to take on BT

Plucky Openreach challenger CityFibre has gobbled £5m worth of service provider Redcentric’s network - adding 137km of fibre to the upstart’s network.…

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#Vodafail is BACK, with seven hours of 'try again later'

Must do better: still lagging Telstra in the TITSUP stakes

Vodafone has moved to reassert its once-dominant position in the Australian network outage stakes, suffering a seven-hour TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance) on Sunday evening, 25 September.…

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Saturday 24 September 2016

Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardishians. Virgin Media staff grill top brass

'New 'soft closers' good, but the acrylic panels make the bogs look like a CDT project

Smelly toilets, smoking outside and questions as to who is the best Kardashian: these were just some of the issues Virgin Media top brass were grilled on in Q&A with staff seen by The Register.…

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Friday 23 September 2016

Announcing Two New Edge Locations in Frankfurt, Germany for Amazon CloudFront

We are excited to announce two new edge locations in Frankfurt, Germany for Amazon CloudFront. Frankfurt city now have five edge locations which brings the total number of worldwide edge locations to 63.  

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The Amazon EMR-DynamoDB Connector for Apache Hive and Apache Spark is now open-source

Amazon Web Services has open-sourced the emr-dynamodb-connector, which enables Apache Hive and Apache Spark on Amazon EMR to access data in Amazon DynamoDB. You can process data directly in Amazon DynamoDB using these applications, or join tables in Amazon DynamoDB with external tables in Amazon S3, Amazon RDS, or other data stores that can be accessed by Amazon EMR. The connector is still included for use on each node in your Amazon EMR cluster. To learn more or contribute to the project, visit the emr-dynamodb-connector GitHub page.

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Plusnet outage leaves customers unable to stream Netflix. Horrors!

Repeatedly outage-hit firm mumbles usual apologies

Ongoing technical problems at gaffe-prone Plusnet are leaving customers unable to stream videos or play games.…

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Cisco preps the P45s for 500 unlucky UK staffers

Latest wave of software-inspired bloodletting

Cisco's UK staffers are beginning to feel the cold, sharp edge of the networking borg's axe, with up to 500 souls put at risk of redundancy across its entire local operation, multiple sources have confirmed to The Register.…

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Microsoft: We're hugging trees to save the 'world'

Wouldn't be about cutting energy costs for your 100+ bit barns, then?

Microsoft is turning over a new leaf and going green. At least, that's what the firm’s chief environmental strategist has claimed as he sketched plans to make its data centres more sustainable and efficient.…

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'Faceless' Liberty Global has 'sucked the very soul' out of Virgin Media

'This is not the ISP of Richard Branson' insiders complain to El Reg

Exclusive  Virgin Media staff have voiced widespread discontent over its gobble by Liberty Global, with one describing their new corporate daddy as "faceless change drivers with no concern for the Virgin values," according to a Q&A with senior management this week seen by The Register.…

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Digital Realty gets into the cloud interconnect caper

Collaborates with Australia's Megaport on software-defined links between big bit barns

Bit barn baron Digital Realty has decided it needs to be a player in the cloud connection caper. The company's therefore cooked up something called “Service Exchange” that offers software-defined links between its data centres and those operated by the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, IBM SoftLayer and Microsoft's Azure, plus a host of niche players.…

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Thursday 22 September 2016

Amazon Lumberyard Beta 1.5 now available, adds Asset Builder SDK, OSVR support, new components, and more

We are excited to announce the release of Amazon Lumberyard Beta 1.5, which includes 210 new improvements, fixes and features to Amazon’s free, AAA game engine deeply integrated with AWS and Twitch. Lumberyard Beta 1.5 introduces an Asset Builder SDK, so game developers can track, reload, automatically rebuild, and process any asset formats their game requires. Additionally, Lumberyard Beta 1.5 adds support for OSVR virtual reality devices, new component entities so developers can build gameplay with less engineering support, distance-based particle effects optimization, and more. Read about the update in the GameDev Blog and the Lumberyard Beta 1.5 release notes.

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AWS Well-Architected Reviews now available with the Enterprise Support Plan

Enterprise Support customers now have access to a Well-Architected Review for business critical workloads. This review, delivered by an AWS Solutions Architect, provides guidance and best practices to help you design reliable, secure, efficient, and cost-effective systems in the cloud.

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Big biz happy to whip out credit cards for pay-as-you-go – Red Hat

Not so interested in lengthy subscription contracts

Analysis  Linux and open-source cloud supremo Red Hat is looking at adapting its licensing to please enterprise customers who want greater flexibility in the way they pay for software and services, including a possible pay-as-you-go model.…

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Not enough personality: Google Now becomes Google Not Anymore

Screenscraper rebranded

Google is rebranding its screen-scraping data guzzler Now On Tap, as it buries the entire Now initiative under the onslaught of its multiplatform chatty “Assistant” project.…

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BT Openreach boss wants you to know that deep down, they care

Here's a webpage of infographics. Now stop whinging, peons

BT's Openreach is today releasing a service dashboard for customers in an attempt to be more transparent about its “performance issues” over areas such as missed appointments.…

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Despite IANA storm, ICANN shows just why it shouldn't be allowed to take over internet's critical functions

Self-serving organization simply incapable of admitting fault

Internet overseer ICANN has responded to allegations of mismanagement, opaque decision-making, and an institutional lack of accountability by launching a review.…

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EU U-turns on mobile roaming fees: No 90-day cap after all

Who didn't see that one coming?

The European Commission has U-turned again on its plans to tear of roaming fees for customers abroad, going back to its original proposal that all charges should be abolished.…

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Oracle's cloud strategy is simple – woo and win the latecomers

Hybrid cloud for those who dithered, like Big Red

OpenWorld  Throughout this year's Oracle OpenWorld conference, the company's message has been fairly simple – the database firm is moving to cloud but can offer buyers either on-prem kit, full public cloud, or anything in-between.…

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Wi-Fi Alliance publishes LTE/WiFi coexistence test plan

Would-be LTE-U carriers told to take these tests, or just leave off

The Wi-Fi Alliance's long-awaited – and controversial – LTE-U Coexistence Test plan has landed.…

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Intel taps baton, tells the IoT orchestra to tune up

Chipzilla updates dev environment for Thing connectivity

Intel has quietly released Version 2.0 of its IoT Services Orchestration Layer toolkit on the world.…

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CAIDA adds geo-tags to its Internet AS dataset

310,000 network links: that's how big your Interwebs grew. Mapping them is very useful

We know what you're thinking, “when did a label on a diagram rate a news story?” but bear with us: the 'net-boffins at CAIDA have added labels to the vast dataset that maps AS-AS links worldwide.…

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'Strategic' submarine cable to connect islands where locals just emerged from stone age

India's decided the Andaman Islands need proper internet

India's government has decided to build a submarine cable between the city of Chennai and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.…

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Wednesday 21 September 2016

TRUMP: ICANN'T EVEN! America won't hand over internet control to Russia on my watch

World collectively bangs its head against wall

Just when you thought discussion over the transition of the internet's technical functions couldn't get any more ridiculous, here comes Donald Trump.…

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Linux Bastion Hosts on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployment

This automated deployment was created by AWS solutions architects from the Quick Start reference team to help you add Linux bastion functionality to your AWS Cloud environment swiftly and easily, in about 5 minutes.

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Ted Cruz still desperately trying to defund US government with internet crusade

IANA transition threatens to become focus of dysfunctional Congress

The transition of the internet's critical technical functions from the US government to non-profit organization ICANN, planned for next week, remains under threat thanks to an ongoing crusade by Senator Ted Cruz.…

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Amazon EMR now supports data encryption for Apache Spark, Tez, and Hadoop MapReduce

You can now easily enable encryption for data at-rest and in-transit for Apache Spark, Apache Tez, and Apache Hadoop MapReduce on Amazon EMR. For encryption at-rest, you can encrypt data stored in Amazon S3 with the EMR File System (EMRFS) and data stored on your Amazon EMR cluster in the local file system on each node and the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). For encryption in-transit, Amazon EMR will enable the open-source encryption features for Apache Spark, Apache Tez, and Apache Hadoop MapReduce.

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Speaking in Tech: Public cloud 'explodes'. Oh yeah? Show your sources

Plus: My public radio name is Bianca Hughes-Pavlov

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Are you sure you want to outsource IT? Yes/No. Check this box to accept Ts&Cs

Er, and you might wish to READ them too

Migrating to an outsourced IT service including cloud is a great opportunity to outsource responsibility for IT and employees while simultaneously increasing efficiency and decreasing cost. At least, that’s the theory. The reality can be a lot more sobering.…

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EU chief promises modernised spectrum policy to avoid mistakes of LTE

How best to resolve the spectrum gridlock?

The European Union announced its 5G Action Plan last week, and president Jean-Claude Juncker set out some ambitious connectivity goals in his State of the Union address. These include promises to enable free Wi-Fi in public spaces in every town and village in the EU states, and to achieve “full deployment” of 5G by 2025 (including railways). As an interim goal, it repeated the goal of having commercial 5G in at least one town or city per EU country by 2020.…

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Oracle's new cloud rated 'minimal viable product' ... for now

Oh and Larry's cut-price claim ignores that most people buy cloud as reserved instances

Oracle's gone in hard on cloud this week, promising a stellar, cheap cloud that has already erased Amazon Web Services' lead.…

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Nork server blunder leaks Kim Jong Un's entire DNS – all, er, 28 .kp domains

It looks a lot like 1996

North Korea's zone file has leaked online, providing another insight into the hermit kingdom's internet.…

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Azure Sydney wobbled thanks to 'networking issue'

Your disaster recovery may be delayed by Microsoft's disaster recovery – and odd timekeeping

Azure's Australia East region, located in Sydney, experienced nearly eight hours of degraded performance thanks to what Microsoft is calling “an ongoing Networking issue.”…

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Larry Ellison today said really nice things about rival Amazon's cloud

Haha, of course he didn't – he trash-talked AWS databases for an hour

OpenWorld  Oracle’s founder and CTO Larry Ellison took to the stage for his second OpenWorld keynote today, and spent the bulk of his presentation pointing out flaws in his chief cloud rival Amazon.…

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AT&T tries broadband over power lines again

'Project AirGig' shows the classics never die, but radio hams might feel homicidal

AT&T has charged up the paddles, yelled “clear!”, and fired the defibrillator into one of telecommunications' worst ideas: broadband over power lines (BPL).…

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A-dough-be: Photoshop flinger pumps profits 50 per cent

Revenues rise as cloud lineup brings big bucks

Adobe is crediting the success of its cloud and digital media groups in reporting record quarterly revenues.…

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Oracle UTL_Mail and July 2016 PSU Patches are now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle

You can now send email directly from your RDS for Oracle databases by using the UTL_MAIL package. To enable UTL_Mail for your DB instance, you need to create a new option group, or copy or modify an existing option group and add the option Oracle UTL_MAIL to it. You then need to associate this option group to your DB instance either by selecting the option while creating a new instance or while modifying an existing instance. Right now, we only support single attachments up to 32KB in size and only ASCII and EBCDIC character encodings. Amazon RDS supports UTL_MAIL for the Oracle version and later, and later and and later. These versions include the July 2016 Oracle Patch Set Updates (PSU).  

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Tuesday 20 September 2016

What the world really needs right now is more Comcast: US cable giant mulls wireless service

Network tie-up will make Verizon the ultimate frenemy

Cable giant Comcast is ready to float its entry into the wireless market with its own service.…

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AWS Lambda Simplifies Amazon API Gateway Integration

You can now easily setup your AWS Lambda Lambda function with catch-all endpoints, which can respond to any method or resource using the catch-all methods/resources and pass-through mappings from Amazon API Gateway. Learn more here.  

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Amazon API Gateway introduces 3 new features to simplify API configuration

Amazon API Gateway now supports three new features that make it easy to integrate APIs with AWS Lambda and HTTP endpoints. Previously, you needed to define each method and its integration behavior in API Gateway in order to integrate with backend endpoints. Now, you can route all traffic to a specific backend endpoint without having to apply any request or response mappings and transformations.

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Amazon Elastic Transcoder Now Publishes Operational Metrics to Amazon CloudWatch

You can now monitor, alarm and receive notifications on the operational performance and usage of Amazon Elastic Transcoder using Amazon CloudWatch. Amazon CloudWatch is a monitoring service for AWS cloud resources and the applications you run on AWS. Amazon Elastic Transcoder now automatically publishes nine operational metrics into Amazon CloudWatch, giving you more visibility into the overall health of your transcoding workflow and the ability to invoke an action if the metric you are tracking crosses a certain threshold for a defined period of time. You can monitor metrics such as jobs completed, jobs that errored out, output minutes generated, standby time, and errors and throttles on various API calls. 

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AWS CloudHSM is now available in the US West (Northern California) AWS Region

AWS CloudHSM provides dedicated Hardware Security Module (HSM) appliances within the AWS cloud, helping you meet corporate, contractual and regulatory compliance requirements for data security. CloudHSM is designed to enable you to maintain complete control over the use of encryption keys stored on CloudHSM appliances.

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Vodafone UK blocks bulk nuisance calls. Hurrah!

Stamps out spammers with new barring technology

Vodafone blocked 425,000 nuisance and scam calls in a single day, while testing new call-barring technology for its UK mobile network.…

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Ofcom smacks Sky for breaching broadband switching rules

Could be in line for a multi-million pound fine

Communications regulator Ofcom has ruled that there are "reasonable grounds" to suspect Sky breached rules to allow consumers to easily switch broadband and landline providers, which could lead to a multi-million pound fine.…

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Monday 19 September 2016

AWS CloudTrail Now Records Amazon EC2 Spot Instance Launch and Termination Events

AWS CloudTrail now records launch and termination events for Amazon EC2 Spot Instances. If you already have AWS CloudTrail logging enabled, no further action is necessary. These events will now appear in your existing trails, so that you can perform security analysis, change tracking, and compliance auditing of your Spot instance usage.

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Target lock lost, Cruz missile misses: Ted's ICANN crusade is over

IANA transition from US govt hands looks likely as senators head home for election

An effort to disrupt the handover of critical internet technical tasks from the US government to DNS overseer ICANN appears to have petered out.…

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Lack of Hurd mentality at Oracle OpenWorld: Co-CEO's cloud claims fall flat live on stage

When polling in keynotes goes bad

OpenWorld  Once again, Oracle's co-CEO Mark Hurd was in a prognosticative mood during his OpenWorld keynote, but the crowd of attendees wasn't buying it.…

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Announcing Second Edge Location in Mumbai, India (Asia-Pacific) for Amazon CloudFront

We are excited to announce a new edge location in Mumbai, India (Asia-Pacific) for Amazon CloudFront. This is the second edge location for Mumbai and brings the total number of worldwide edge locations to 61.

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Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports Local Time Zone

Amazon RDS SQL Server now supports Local Time Zones. You can now set the time zone for your Amazon RDS for SQL Server instances to the local time zone for your application.  

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AWS CloudFormation Introduces YAML Template Support and Cross Stack References

You can now create YAML-formatted templates to describe your AWS resources and properties in AWS CloudFormation. Now, you have the option to use either YAML-formatted templates or JSON-formatted templates to model and describe your AWS infrastructure. YAML-formatted CloudFormation templates follow the same anatomy as existing JSON-formatted templates and support all the same features.

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AWS CloudFormation Updated Support for AWS KMS, Amazon EC2 Spot Instances, Amazon ECS, and Amazon Elasticsearch Service

You can now provision aliases in AWS Key Management Service (KMS). An alias creates a display name for a customer master key. Visit here to learn more.

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New Filtering Options for AWS Cost Explorer

AWS Cost Explorer is a tool that helps you to visualize, understand, and manage your AWS spending. You can view your spend by service or by linked account, with your choice of daily or monthly granularity. You can also create custom filters based on the accounts, time period, services, or tags that are of particular interest to you.

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Spoiler alert: What Oracle is going to announce today

It's clouds all the way down

OpenWorld  It's that time of the year again. Oracle's OpenWorld is in San Francisco. Supremo Larry Ellison has given his Sunday keynote. Here's a summary of what the database giant is going to reveal today in easily digestible chunks.…

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Oracle takes aim at AWS with cheap, fast public and hybrid cloud

Workday named Enemy No. 1 in SaaSLand as Larry Ellison jokes about his pay cut

Oracle chief technology officer has kicked off the company's OpenWorld event in San Francisco with news of a second-generation infrastructure-as-a-service offering he said out-performs Amazon Web Services (AWS), undercuts it on price and will also be sold as on-premises kit offered on subscription.…

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T-Mobile USA leaked free access to sites with '/speedtest' in the URL

High school slacker hacker gets LTE for free

American T-Mobile subscribers can score free internet access by running traffic through a proxy with "speedtest" in its URL.…

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Sunday 18 September 2016

Salesforce Einstein: Enterprise AI breakthrough, or CRM Clippy?

Cloud house sets lofty goals for deep learning layer

Salesforce has unveiled Einstein, a deep learning platform it hopes will form the foundation of all of its future SaaS offerings.…

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Friday 16 September 2016

ICANN latest: Will the internet be owned by Ted Cruz or Vladimir Putin in October?

Let's check in with the IANA madness

Analysis  The battle over the internet's critical IANA contract shows no sign of being resolved – with just two weeks to go until it is due to be handed over to internet oversight organization ICANN.…

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Brave telco giants kill threat of decent internet service in rural North Carolina

Citizens told they can't have broadband because something, something, competition

A rural community in North Carolina says it will have to pull the plug on its broadband service over fears it will no longer be protected by the FCC.…

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Amazon Kinesis announces IAM role support in Kinesis Agent

Amazon Kinesis Agent is a pre-built Java application that offers an easy way to collect and ingest data into Amazon Kinesis services. The agent monitors log files you specify and continuously sends new data to Amazon Kinesis Streams and Amazon Kinesis Firehose.

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Earth on AWS Opens Access to Large Geospatial Datasets

Today, we are launching Earth on AWS, a new landing page that highlights large geospatial datasets made openly available in the cloud as AWS Public Datasets as well as resources to learn how to build planetary-scale applications in the cloud with open geospatial data. In addition to previously launched, Landsat, NEXRAD, and SpaceNet datasets, new datasets made up of high resolution aerial imagery, global event information, and global elevation data are now available. We are also opening a call for proposals from researchers to receive promotional Cloud Credits for Research to work with Earth observation data on AWS. Learn more at

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AWS CodeDeploy Introduces Deployment Monitoring with Amazon CloudWatch Alarms and Automatic Deployment Rollback

You can now monitor and automatically react to changes in your AWS CodeDeploy deployments using Amazon CloudWatch alarms. Amazon CloudWatch is a monitoring service for AWS cloud resources and the applications you run on AWS. Using CloudWatch with CodeDeploy, you can monitor metrics for Amazon EC2 instances or Auto Scaling groups being managed by CodeDeploy and then invoke an action if the metric you are tracking crosses a certain threshold for a defined period of time. You can monitor metrics such as instance CPU utilization. If the alarm is activated, CloudWatch initiates actions such as sending a notification to Amazon Simple Notification Service, stopping a CodeDeploy deployment, or changing the state of an instance (e.g. reboot, terminate, recover).

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Amazon Redshift now supports Enhanced VPC Routing

You can now use Amazon Redshift’s Enhanced VPC Routing to force all of your COPY and UNLOAD traffic to go through your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).  Enhanced VPC Routing supports the use of standard VPC features such as VPC Endpoints, security groups, network ACLs, managed NAT and internet gateways, enabling you to tightly manage the flow of data between your Amazon Redshift cluster and all of your data sources. In particular, when your Amazon Redshift cluster is on a private subnet and you enable Enhanced VPC Routing, all the COPY and UNLOAD traffic between your cluster and Amazon S3 will be restricted to your VPC. You can also add a policy to your VPC endpoint to restrict unloading data only to a specific S3 bucket in your account, and monitor all COPY and UNLOAD traffic using VPC flow logs. 

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Oracle's feeling pretty SaaS-tisfied with itself

Profit of $1.8bn almost enough to cover Larry's OpenWorld entertainment budget

Oracle has seen its revenues return to growth as the enterprise computing giant continues its migration away from on-premises systems.…

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Thursday 15 September 2016

AWS Service Catalog updated access policies now available

Starting today, you can set access-level policies on AWS Service Catalog post-launch actions. Previously, users would have access either to any provisioned product in the account or only to those which they themselves launched. Now, you can customize the access level for each action, with support for user, role, and account levels. This feature allows users to be granted access to view, update, terminate, and manage provisioned products created under their role or the account to which they are logged in. For more information about policies for these actions, see the AWS Service Catalog documentation including the example policies.

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Enterprise Support customers now receive credits toward self-paced training

Enterprise Support customers will now have access to self-paced training labs provided through an AWS training partner. These labs provide a hands-on learning environment based on real-world scenarios.

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Teenage noughties protocol BitTorrent reinvents itself again

First TV, now enterprise tech

Interview  In an age of on-demand Netflix content streaming, BitTorrent Inc – which developed and maintains the peer-to-peer protocol from the early 2000s – reminds many of us of its historic place in file-sharing rather than bringing to mind the modern software biz of the same name.…

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Azure is on fire, your DNS is terrified

Many services affected

Microsoft Azure is wobbling all around the world at the moment, especially Azure DNS.…

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Exploding public cloud just getting bigger, will be worth $200bn in 2016 – Gartner

Security questions persist, but world is hungry for more

The global public cloud services market is set to grow by more than 17 per cent in 2016.…

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Inherent risk to untried and untested 4G emergency services network

If the network goes down, people could die

Plans for a new 4G emergency services network (ESN) to be used in life and death situations by the blue light services have been dubbed as "high risk," in a report from the National Audit Office today.…

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Evernote dumps its own bit barn, boards Google's cloud

Machine learning and analytics as G-cloud's biggest lures

Smiles a-plenty down Google way today, after web scrapbook Evernote declared it was tired of running its own bit barns and decided to adopt the G-Cloud.…

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Did you know iOS 10, macOS Sierra has a problem with crappy VPNs? You do now

Don't blame Apple this time, it tried to warn you

With Apple's iOS 10 and macOS Sierra beta now out in the wild, one important non-feature of the OS is giving some network admins headaches.…

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Gmail suffers worldwide wobbly Wednesday

Chocolate Factory struggles to fix lingering outages

Google has spent most of its day today working to address ongoing problems around the world with its Gmail service.…

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Wednesday 14 September 2016

AWS IoT Available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

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

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AWS CodeCommit Introduces Commit Visualizer Graph View

You can now view visual representations of the commits made to your AWS CodeCommit repositories. The Commit Visualizer is a graphical view which helps you see the sequence of commits to a branch, the relationship between parent and child commits, and merges into the branch. You can filter by branch or re-render the graph by a specific commit. You can click each commit to view details such as commit ID, parent ID(s), date, committer name, and commit message.  

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HPE: Come on in, cool cloud kids, we won't compete with you – unlike *cough* Dell

Service providers lured in with promises

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is seeking a love-in with service providers that deliver cloudy stuff to customers. The IT giant reckons that unlike its arch rivals, there’ll be no competitive friction to turn things sour.…

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Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Enhancements: Support for new minor versions, Logical Replication, and Amazon RDS PostgreSQL as a source for AWS DMS

Starting today, you can take advantage of several new enhancements to Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL. These include new minor versions (9.3.14, 9.4.9 and 9.5.2), support for logical replication, event triggers, and the ability to use RDS for PostgreSQL as a source for AWS Database Migration Service.

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Good luck squeezing saturated market, Euro mobe firms, say Orange, Telefonica

Based profits on roaming charges? Too bad! Only the IoT-ist will survive

Europe's saturated mobile market is forcing operators to eye new routes to revenue in order to survive, big cheeses at Orange and Telefonica have said.…

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Tuesday 13 September 2016

End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA

Ofcom ought to collect local data for local people

ISPs should release data on broadband speeds at a household level so residents can easily compare speeds and switch providers, the representative body for 370 local councils has said.…

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HP Inc dumps Salesforce, adopts Microsoft's cloudy CRM

There is no honour among clouds Microsoft's customer relationship management cloud is well-regarded, but most of the noise in the field is made by and about Salesforce and Oracle.…

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Monday 12 September 2016

Amazon EC2 Container Service Supports Container Logging to Amazon CloudWatch Logs

Amazon EC2 Container Service (Amazon ECS) now supports container logging to Amazon CloudWatch Logs. You can use Amazon CloudWatch to monitor and troubleshoot your applications that run in containers. You can send each container’s log output to CloudWatch Logs and monitor these logs in near real-time. 

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Announcing Second Edge Location in Atlanta, Georgia for Amazon CloudFront

We are excited to announce a new edge location in Atlanta, Georgia for Amazon CloudFront. This is the second edge location for Atlanta and brings the total number of worldwide edge locations to 60. 

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Just not cricket: Microsoft's big data Googly declared No Ball bowled by rain man

Redmond's Duckworth Lewis Method revamp rejected by the stats wonk who refines it

Microsoft's attempt to re-write one of cricket's oddest rules has been rejected by its statistical guardian.…

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Friday 9 September 2016

FCC outlines revised plans to kill cable-box rip-off

Guess what? The cable industry doesn't like it

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has published its revised plans to kill the multi-billion-dollar cable box rip-off.…

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Monitor and React to Deployment Changes in AWS CodeDeploy with Amazon CloudWatch Events

You can now monitor and automatically react to changes in your AWS CodeDeploy deployments using Amazon CloudWatch Events. This lets you detect changes in the state of an Amazon EC2 instance or deployment managed by CodeDeploy, and then invoke an action based on rules that you set. This is useful for building workflows and processes that are triggered by changes in your deployments. 

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Plusnet broadband outage: Customers fume as TITSUP* continues

Yup, that's a Total Inability To Support Usual Plusnet

Plusnet has been slammed by its customers for failing to acknowledge or explain the cause of a nationwide broadband service outage.…

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Chinese rivals: ZTE to take on Huawei... in the UK

Wants to make a play for smart cities and IoT

Chinese telco giant ZTE has set its sights on becoming as big in the UK as its rival Huawei, the company's chief information officer Jane Chen has said.…

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Microsoft baits backup blimps with Azure upgrade

Policy power-up makes us enterprise-strength, says Redmond

Backup and disaster recovery are brilliant applications for cloud and Microsoft now reckons it has made Azure an enterprise-grade contender, at least for workloads and data already in Azure.…

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Thursday 8 September 2016

Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports the Oracle Label Security (OLS) option

You can now use the Oracle Label Security (OLS) option to control access to individual table rows in your Amazon RDS DB instances running Oracle 12c. With the Oracle Label Security option, you can enforce regulatory compliance with a policy-based administration model, and ensure that an access to sensitive data is restricted to only users with the appropriate clearance level. 

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Reader end point for Amazon Aurora

You can now connect to all the read replicas on your Amazon Aurora cluster through a single reader end point. Until now, you could use the cluster end point to connect to the primary instance in the cluster or instance end points to direct queries to specific instances on your Aurora cluster.  

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View Information About Committed Code Changes in AWS CodePipeline

You can now view details and information about code changes flowing through your software release pipeline in AWS CodePipeline. This provides you more context about changes that have been committed to your source repository and are running through your pipeline. Viewing this information can be useful when reviewing manual approval actions or troubleshooting failures in your pipeline actions.

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AWS Mobile Hub simplifies backend feature integration into existing mobile apps

You can now more easily integrate cloud-based, mobile backend features (e.g. user identity, NoSQL database, push notifications, and mobile analytics) with your existing mobile apps in a few steps using AWS Mobile Hub. This makes it easier for you to start leveraging mobile backend features powered by AWS services in your existing mobile apps. 

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BT needs to ditch its legacy to be competitive, says chief architect

The dinosaurs that refused to die out

Interview  In a world of new “agile” network players offering over-the-top services, BT is something of a dinosaur, having been privatised as far back as 1984 after previously running as sate monopoly.…

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Really – 80% FTTP in UK by 2026? Woah, ambitious!

INCA people warn govt it's falling behind on fibre comms civilisation

The government must create an “ambitious strategy” for the majority of the UK to have access to a fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) connections in the next 10 years and near universal coverage by 2030, the representative body for small "alternative network" providers.…

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Wednesday 7 September 2016

Amazon CloudFront now supports HTTP/2

We are pleased to announce that you can now enable HTTP/2 for your Amazon CloudFront distributions to improve the performance of your web content delivered to clients that support the new HTTP/2 protocol. 

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Microsoft takes shot at Amazon as it wraps up UK cloud data centres

Office 365 and Azure go local

Microsoft has opened the doors on UK data centre facilities for local customers with a chip at Amazon.…

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SSP to PERMANENTLY shutter mega-outage bit barn

Sod this. Let's just start over

Insurance tech biz SSP Worldwide has decided to “permanently decommission” one of its data centres, following a huge outage that lasted for ten days.…

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Nokia's 4.9G races Ericsson's almost-5G, yet the finishing line is a mirage

4.5G 'Pro', 4.9G and 3.9G! Oh come on...

At Mobile World Congress this year, Nokia emerged as the most aggressively "5G-ready" of the big vendors, while Huawei was still stressing "4.5G", a term it coined, but which has been widely adopted. This week saw Nokia going one better with "4.5G Pro" and even "4.9G", recalling the build-up to LTE, when some vendors and operators were still majoring on 3G extensions, and insisting on labelling HSPA+ "3.9G".…

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Qualcomm, AT&T get together to test mobe networks for delivery drone control

Can LTE cut it for real-time pizza delivery?

What drones need is 4G connectivity, Qualcomm reckons, and it's put together a deal with AT&T to prove it.…

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Tuesday 6 September 2016

NGINX Plus on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployment

This new Quick Start was created by AWS solutions architects in collaboration with NGINX, Inc. to help you deploy NGINX Plus on the AWS Cloud quickly and easily, in about 15 minutes. 

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AWS SDK for C++ now ready for production use

After almost a year of developer feedback and contributions, version 1.0 of the AWS SDK for C++ is now available and recommended for production use. New features include an improved S3 Transfer Manager, cross platform encryption, simplified build and configuration and NuGet support for Windows customers. 

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AWS Config console now displays API events associated with configuration changes

AWS Config continuously records configuration changes to resources in your AWS account and provides you a history of how your resources were configured in the past. On the Config timeline for resources recorded by AWS Config, you can now view associated API events tracked by AWS CloudTrail. The API events contain relevant details such as the name of the API, user identity of the caller, and the time at which the API call was made. You can use this information to correlate the API calls that may have resulted in the configuration changes recorded by AWS Config.

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IAM Service Last Accessed Data Now Available for the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) service last accessed data is now available for the newly launched Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region. Service last accessed data helps you identify overly permissive policies attached to an IAM entity (a user, group, or role). With this release, you can view the date when an IAM entity last accessed an AWS service in this region.

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UK's EE scores network reliability clean sweep, rival dwarves fume

O2 bumps along the bottom. Shoulda tried harder with LTE

EE has edged ahead of CK Hutchison’s Three as the most reliable UK mobile network, according to RootMetrics' biannual survey.…

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EU will force telcos to offer 90 days of 'roam like home' contracts

Max continuous use of 30 days, may not apply to UK

The European Union has published draft plans to force telcos across the EU to offer customers free roaming for at least 90 days a year.…

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Friday 2 September 2016

ABBA-solutely crapulous! Swedish router-maker won't patch gaping hole

Inteno says SOHOpeless security problem should be fixed by carriers

European customer-premises equipment (CPE) kit-maker Inteno has said it isn't going to patch a hole that has been sitting in some of its routers for the last nine months, saying it's not the firm's problem.…

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'Power equipment failure' borks EE's data services across England

PDP authentication failure? This is why

EE's 2G and 3G data services are struggling this afternoon after what seems like a power equipment failure caused problems at the telco's switch sites.…

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Ditch tape and fly into the public cloud with us, beams bullish Actifio

Deduping backup boxen are 'rarely usable'? Whatever

Comment  Actifio can store its virtualised copy data in the public cloud, calling its facility OnVault and saying it replaces tape and dedplicated disk data graveyards.…

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What do microservices do to data stores? Netflix is built on them and had no idea!

So it built a now-open-source benchmark tool for Cassandra and Elasticsearch

Microservices are the new black for developers, but even one of their world's biggest and most prominent users – Netflix – has said they're a bugger to manage.…

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Thursday 1 September 2016

Announcing Auto Scaling for Spot fleets

Starting today, you can automatically scale a fleet of Amazon EC2 Spot instances in order to manage application availability and costs during changes in demand based on conditions you define.

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Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports the Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) Cloud Control

You can now use the Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) Cloud Control to manage multiple Amazon RDS for Oracle database instances. The OEM Cloud Control offers a solution that allows you to monitor and manage the complete Oracle IT infrastructure from a single console. Amazon RDS for Oracle installs the Oracle Management Agent (OMA) which communicates with your Oracle Management Service (OMS) to provide monitoring information.

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Amazon Cognito Adds a User Import Tool and AWS CloudTrail Support for Your User Pools

Today, we added a tool for bulk importing your user identities into Your User Pools in Amazon Cognito. This tool makes it easy for developers to migrate their existing users from their existing identity provider to an Amazon Cognito user pool. User attribute values are imported with a .csv file, which can be uploaded through the console, our APIs, or CLI. When imported users first sign in, they confirm their account and create a new password with a code sent to their email address or phone. There is no additional cost for using the import tool. To learn more, see our import tool documentation.

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Hey, uh ICANN. US govt here. You know we said we'd give you the keys to the 'net? Yeaahhh...

Yeeahhh, I'm thinking we might be changing our minds

The US government has admitted its plan to move control of the internet's naming and numbering functions to a California non-profit next month may not move forward.…

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Atomic Weapons Establishment moves to public cloud

End well: Will this?

The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) is moving some of its IT to the public cloud, in a move to "embrace the opportunities that modern IT can bring".…

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This is why Huawei's cloud is not like Amazuregoo

Make Box Simple. Make Platform Open. White-boxing doesn't scare us...

The jargon changes, and the rhetoric can get ecstatic, but Huawei’s Cloud adventure is really just a highly elaborate way of saying “please upgrade your network”.…

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The Internet of Things can transform your business … once your networks are ready

Huawei's IoT vision will expand at this week's Huawei Connect 2016 Shanghai

Promo  The Internet of Things (IoT) creates possibilities to transform every industry, and some of those possibilities will emerge this week at Huawei Connect 2016, the company's flagship conference in Shanghai.…

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US spectrum auction falls short by, oh, you know, $66bn thanks to tightwad mobile giants

Back to the drawing board for TV airwave sell-off

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will have to change its plans for the 600MHz radio spectrum auction for mobile broadband – after the latest stage of bidding raised just $22.4bn of an $88bn goal.…

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