Monday 23 December 2019

UK's Virgin Media celebrates the end of 2019 with a good, old fashioned TITSUP*

Connectivity Cluedo: It was the hi-vis, in the building site, with the digger

Some Virgin Media broadband customers remain free from the shackles of connectivity today following some over-enthusiastic digging last Thursday.…

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HPE goes on the warpath, seeks to scalp AWS over vendor lock-in

El Reg pulls up a chair next to the fire and chats to box giant's CEO Antonio Neri

Interview  Migrating your data to the machine that is Amazon Web Services is a little like booking into the Hotel California, the title track from The Eagles late 1970's album of the same name, the rub being that customers, like guests at the hotel, can check out anytime they like but never truly leave.…

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Thursday 19 December 2019

London's Westminster Council wins appeal against phonebooth-cum-massive-digital-advert

Two less lovely phone booths in the world, and it's going to be fine

Who knew payphones could be so controversial? The central London council of Westminster has won a court battle against New World Payphones, preventing it from deploying two billboard-cum-payphones in the heart of London's Marylebone Road.…

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Missed AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas? Worry not: The mega-conference will be recapped in London next month

Catch up with public sector developments and more

Promo  If you missed this year's re:Invent – the annual Amazon Web Services cloud-computing mega-conference held in Las Vegas at the beginning of December – you can catch up with some of the highlights in London, England, on 22 January.…

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No merry Christmas for SwiftStack staff: Enterprise cloud storage biz axes workers amid strategy shift

Sales team trimmed in time for the holidays

Exclusive  Enterprise cloud storage biz SwiftStack got smaller on Wednesday when it laid off an unspecified number of people.…

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Wednesday 18 December 2019

FCC proudly wastes $90m getting data-capped, pricey satellite internet to tiny percentage of US population

On the plus side, this saves cable companies the hassle of laying down fiber

America's communications watchdog, the FCC, has unveiled another piece of its rural broadband master plan – and it comprises blowing $89m on getting a tiny number of people very expensive, data-capped internet.…

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InLink Limited limited: Firm that puts up UK's ad-supported phone booths enters administration

Once a hit with drug entrepreneurs, though its algos had been weeding them out

When Intersection first announced it was bringing LinkNYC's smart billboard technology to the UK in 2016, it promised to drag the humble telephone booth into the 21st century.…

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Amazon slams media for not saying nice things about AWS, denies it strip-mines open-source code for huge profits

Turns out even with the luxury and protection of billions of dollars, you still can't take any criticism

Stung by an article mulling Amazon Web Services' market dominance on Monday, AWS VP Andi Gutmans fired back, complaining the reporter ignored flattering comments from AWS partners – and that "AWS is 'strip-mining' open source is silly and off-base."…

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IT isn't supposed to stand for Insider Trading... Palo Alto Networks sysadmin and pals accused of $7m shares caper

Techie allegedly fed secret financial info to buddies ahead of public release

A now-former Palo Alto Networks IT administrator broke insider trading laws and illegally profited by peeking at his employer's confidential financial figures, it is claimed.…

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Hey, ICANN, if you need good reasons to halt the .org super-sell-off, here are two: Higher fees, more website downtime

You need stability concerns? Here’s some stability concerns, say DNS gurus at Packet Clearing House

The sale of the .org registry to a for-profit private equity firm would have “a disastrous effect on stability,” a DNS specialist has warned.…

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Tuesday 17 December 2019

Google tightens the screw on 'less secure apps', will block most access from June 2020

Anything less than the latest version of Outlook to be blocked soon

The clock is ticking for businesses using what Google defines as a "less secure app" (LSA) to access services like its G Suite mail, calendar and contacts. New accounts will be blocked from using LSAs from June 15 2020, and all access will be disabled on February 15 2021.…

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Poor, poor mobile networks. UK's comms watchdog plans to stop 'em selling locked-down handsets

First OTT apps nick their SMS revenue, now this...

In 2019, few handsets come with the same level of network lock-ins that were endemic in the 2000s and earlier. Despite that, many networks — including BT and Vodafone — persist in this practice, limiting consumer choice and freedom.…

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Stop us if you've heard it before but... Africa's internet management body mired again by corruption allegations

And you thought it was just ICANN and the Internet Society having a bad month

Comment  The organization responsible for allocating internet addresses across Africa has yet again become embroiled in scandal, this time over long-standing claims of corruption.…

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Monday 16 December 2019

Canada's .ca supremo in hot water after cyber-smut stash allegedly found on his work Mac ‒ and three IT bods fired

Board 'profoundly upset', eh, amid claims PFYs sacked after discovery

The head of Canada’s .ca internet registry is under fire following allegations multiple IT staffers were axed after a porn stash was apparently discovered on his iMac and reported to HR.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Missed AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas? Worry not: The mega-conference will be recapped in London next month

Catch up with public sector developments and more

Promo  If you missed this year's re:Invent – the annual Amazon Web Services cloud-computing mega-conference held in Las Vegas at the beginning of December – you can catch up with some of the highlights in London, England, on 22 January.…

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Friday 13 December 2019

Creative cloudy types still making it rain cash for Adobe

Maker of cloudy PDF and services software ... yes, that's Perpetually Dosh Forming

It was ho-ho-ho and a kerching for reassuringly expensive graphic design software maker Adobe last night as it danced all the way to the bank, reporting double digit spike in Q4 revenues (PDF) and an upward swing in profit.…

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Larry Ellison sets the Catz among the pigeons: Safra officially sole Oracle CEO

Think of a number, triple it, add seven, multiply by zero, and that's pretty much this tech giant's Q2 revenue growth

Oracle's financial figures were more or less flat in its latest financial quarter compared to a year ago.…

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Wednesday 11 December 2019

Cisco slips on a Tolkien ring: One chip design to rule them all, one design to find them. One design to bring them all...

And in the darkness bind them – to next year's IT budgets

Cisco has launched a single chip architecture that it claims will work well in network routing and switching gear, and manage data better than existing processors in both categories.…

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Huawei 5G kit in Faroe Islands: Chinese ambassador 'linked Huawei contract to ... trade deal' – report

Hot mic snafu reportedly caught by TV station

China's ambassador to Denmark has reportedly threatened to kill off a proposed free trade deal unless the semiautonomous Faroe Islands sign a deal with Huawei for 5G mobile network equipment.…

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Another senior Gov.UK bod makes a dash from public sector, falls into AWS's arms

AWS tech academy, aka Her Maj's Government, trains next gen of Amazonians

Amazon Web Services has once more dipped into its public sector employee tech training academy – also known as Her Majesty's government – and made off with another senior head to bulk out its division.…

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ICANN demands transparency from others over .org deal. As for itself… well, not so much

Do as we say not as we do, DNS overseer sternly tells Internet Society

Three weeks after the Internet Society announced the controversial sale of the .org internet registry to an unknown private equity firm, the organization that has to sign off on the deal has finally spoken publicly.…

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It’s been two years since net neutrality was killed in the US. Let’s celebrate by having another fight over it

Senate Democrats push for another vote; get rejected again

Comment  Making it clear that the issue of net neutrality has become an entrenched partisan battle, Democratic Senators used the two-year anniversary of its death on Tuesday to push for a vote that would reverse the decision.…

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Tuesday 10 December 2019

Microsoft plays 'Spot the Azure VM that can disappear any time'

Then mercilessly evict it: Out, darned Spot

Microsoft has teased Azure Spot Virtual Machines, discounted VMs that can be "evicted any time if Azure needs capacity".…

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Co-op Bank online and mobile banking goes TITSUP*

*Total Inability To Shuffle money Using Phone

The Co-op Bank's app and online services are enjoying an extended lie-in today with multiple customers complaining they're locked out.…

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Managing the Linux kernel at AWS: 'A large team of security experts' dealing with fallout from Spectre, Meltdown flaws

OS director on staying safe and advantages of Amazon's Nitro hypervisor

Interview  At the AWS re:Invent conference last week, The Register asked Chris Schlaeger, director of kernel and operating systems, how the cloud giant protects itself and its customers from speculative execution bugs in Intel CPUs.…

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With IPv4 space running dry, why are so many organisations still not ready for IPv6?

Organisations must have a proper IPv6 strategy for transition

Sponsored  We seem to have been talking about IPv6 forever. It was officially launched in 2012 but had already been in existence for a number of years and had been implemented on all major operating systems used by businesses and consumers by 2011. Even before that date, it had been widely acknowledged that we were running out of IPv4 addresses.…

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Monday 9 December 2019

Amazon: Trump photon-torpedoed our $10bn JEDI dream because he hates CEO Jeff Bezos

'Blatant and sustained effort' to deny AWS Pentagon IT mega-contract, cloud giant claims

Amazon has officially accused President Donald Trump of pressuring the Pentagon not to award it a $10bn cloud contract because he hates its CEO Jeff Bezos.…

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Ericsson throws $1bn at US authorities to make bribery probe go away

Swedish comms flinger enters agreement with DoJ and SEC

Swedish telco slinger Ericsson has paid $1bn to end a double probe into bribery allegations by the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).…

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Outposts, Local Zone, Wavelength: It's a new era of distributed cloud, says AWS architect

Adrian Cockcroft talks to El Reg about cloud architecture – and why we need more chaos in our systems

re:Invent  The advent of Outposts, Local Zone and Wavelength - released at AWS' Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas - amounts to a "new platform" that is now distributed rather than centralised, a company veep has told The Reg.…

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Friday 6 December 2019

Still in preview, but look! You can now develop Azure Sphere apps in Linux – if you dare

19.11 brings penguin support and a Visual Studio Code extension

Microsoft's forever-in-preview Azure Sphere received an important update this week, bringing a Linux SDK (also in preview form) and Visual Studio Code support.…

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Project Jedi decision 'risky for the country and for democracy,' says AWS CEO

Presidential 'disdain' may have been a factor

re:Invernt  AWS CEO Andy Jassy faced the press yesterday at Amazon's re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, and there was one thing above all else that the press wanted to discuss. Why was Amazon heading to court to challenge the US Department of Defense's decision to award its $10bn "Project Jedi" IT project to Microsoft rather than to, well, AWS?…

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Thursday 5 December 2019

Huawei with your rural subsidies ban: Chinese comms bogeyman fires sueball at US regulator

Claims it's unconstitutional

Huawei Technologies today filed a fresh lawsuit against the US Federal Communications Commission over its decision to ban rural carriers from buying the company's mobile hardware with Universal Service Fund (USF) cash.…

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Just in case you were expecting 10Gbps, Wi-Fi 6 hits 700Mbps in real-world download tests

Pretty fly for a Wi-Fi...

The long-awaited future of super-fast wireless is here, with the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) claiming speeds of 700Mbps in a real-world environment using the Wi-Fi 6 standard.…

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Tune in and watch online today: How to build a content management platform fit for the future

Advice based on feedback from Register readers and insights from Box

Webcast  Financial institutions across the board are wrestling with how to engage more closely with customers and work better across internal teams. Too often, the cause is ill-fitting content and document management systems, designed for another time. Meanwhile, cloud-based platforms can both help and hinder, delivering short-term benefit but adding complexity and fragmentation.…

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123-Reg is at it again: Registrar charges chap for domains he didn’t order – and didn't want

The great .uk foist is still rumbling along

Two months after promising customers that its past practices of automatically registering, and charging, customers for .uk domains was all a big misunderstanding, pushy registrar 123-Reg is at it again, charging at least one punter for .uk domains they never ordered and don’t want.…

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Kubernetes? 'I don't believe in one tool to rule the world,' says AWS' Sassy Jassy

Collaborating with other companies is such a drag

re:Invent  AWS CEO Andy Jassy, asked about the future role of Kubernetes (K8s) in cloud infrastructure, told The Register that "I don’t believe in one tool to rule the world."…

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Wednesday 4 December 2019

Former Oracle product manager says he was forced out for refusing to deceive customers

Database biz insists that just isn't so, will fight lawsuit

A former Oracle employee filed a lawsuit against the database giant on Tuesday claiming that he was forced out for refusing to lie about the functionality of the company's software.…

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Bandwidth weirdness at TalkTalk has customers fuming at being denied on-demand I'm A Celeb

Distinctly odd

TalkTalk-using readers have contacted The Reg to say they are suffering decidedly odd bandwidth issues shutting off, or severely slowing, access to certain sites while leaving others working as normal.…

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EU gets a bit STRESSED out about 5G: With great economic benefits come great security risks

Yes, in all-caps

The Council of the European Union has warned member states that the introduction of 5G networks poses increased security risks while also bringing economic and infrastructure benefits.…

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Tuesday 3 December 2019

Larry leaves, Sergey splits: Google boys hand over the reins of Alphabet to Sundar

Sergey leaves his first love… again

The co-founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, have announced they are stepping down from their respective CEO and president roles of parent company Alphabet and handing over to Google's current CEO Sundar Pichai.…

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HPE planning to turn balancing on-premises and cloud environments into point-and-click adventures

Firm touts self-service portal GreenLake Central in Munich

The cost and plate-spinning skills of managing multi-vendor public cloud services and an on-premises environment are enough to test the nerves of any IT manager. HPE reckons it has hit upon a solution – though it has some obvious limitations.…

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Internet Society says opportunity to sell .org to private equity biz for $1.14bn came out of the blue. Wow, really?

Anger rises over ten-figure sale of registry

Analysis  The price tag for one of the internet’s largest and most important domain-name registries has finally been revealed: $1.135bn.…

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Monday 2 December 2019

AWS re:Invent re:turns with re:vised robo-car and Windows Server 2008 re:vitalization plan

Rent-a-server biz readies week-long fanboi rally

re:Invent  In advance of its Las Vegas-based re:Invent confab this week, Amazon Web Services announced a handful of additions to a product menu that at last count included more than 165 distinctive ways to be billed.…

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Friday 29 November 2019

Sage to have its CakeHR and eat it: Scoffs cloudy automated personnel-botherer

Beancounter continues biz services shopping spree

Geordie accounting software provider Sage is continuing its shift to general cloud-based business services by scoffing human resources software company CakeHR.…

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Thursday 28 November 2019

Move over, Alien vs. Predator: Signing into AWS with an Office 365 login is a real crossover

AWS SSO? AWS IAM? AWS Cognito? All is explained

Just ahead of its big Las Vegas re:Invent knees-up, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has extended its Single Sign-on service to support Azure Active Directory – as used by Microsoft's Office 365.…

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Watch online next week: How to build a content management platform for the future – with the help of Register readers

Tune in to hear advice from Box and Freeform Dynamics

Webcast  Let’s be realistic: nobody sets out to create computer systems that get in the way of good business.…

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Wednesday 27 November 2019

Uni of London loses attempt to block mobe mast surveyors from Paddington rooftop

But it will earn £50 from it, so that's nice

The University of London has lost a Court of Appeal attempt to block a new mobile phone mast that would have served Vodafone's London HQ.…

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Who is your daddy and what does he actually do? Vint 'father of the internet' Cerf dodges question about .org

Is the Internet Society 'severely harming' its reputation or ushering in a bold new future?

At this year's Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin, the opening ceremony, featuring German Chancellor Angela Merkel, was immediately followed by an hour-long session on the “future of internet governance.”…

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Googlers fired after tracking colleagues working on US border cop projects. Now, if they had monetized that stalking...

Tech giant shocked at non-profitable abuse of info

Comment  Google is under fire for sacking four staffers it says electronically stalked colleagues working on technology for the US Customs and Border Protection.…

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Tuesday 26 November 2019

If tsoHost is lecturing us on sleep hygiene, Brit outfit really does have hosting back to front

Back in blacklist: Microsoft not keen on firm's IP addresses

UK hosting outfit tsoHost (the artist formerly known as TSO Host) continues to suffer the blacklist blues as email woes have continued to beset the company.…

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Not to Nokia, but someone's seeking a third Huawei: Openreach hunts supplier number 3 for UK's FTTP network

Did somebody say strategic diversification?

BT's pipe-laying division Openreach is looking to further dilute its reliance on Huawei by issuing a tender seeking an additional infrastructure supplier to help build an FTTP broadband network.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

As pressure builds over .org sell-off, internet governance orgs fall back into familiar pattern: Silence

Protests kick off, Vint Cerf tells folks everything's fine

One week after the news the non-profit .org internet registry was to be sold to a private equity firm, the board of the organization that has to approve the purchase met in private to discuss the situation.…

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Talk about Teams-work... Get Microsoft's collab-ware set up correctly, right from the start

Quadrotech highlights tips and pitfalls with Office-365-bundled software

Sponsored  It seems hard to believe Microsoft Teams hasn’t been around forever. Less than three years old, Teams is finding growing ubiquity – helped, in part, by the fact Microsoft offers its collaborationware as part of various Office 365 bundles and with Office 365 integration.…

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Monday 25 November 2019

We are absolutely, definitively, completely and utterly out of IPv4 addresses, warns RIPE

So will you all please move to IPv6? World: Nope.

Analysis  It happened four years ago. And again two years ago. And last year. But this time, on November 25, 2019, we have finally, finally, finally run out of IPv4 addresses.…

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Intel's back. Can't keep it down. Back with 5G. Back in the game, back with modems... that have 'MediaTek' written on them for some reason

Plus: AMD teases third-gen Threadripper and more

Intel today tapped up MediaTek to integrate 5G modems into next-generation PCs, due to hit the shelves in early 2021.…

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After five losses, Apple finally win a round in $600m VirnetX FaceTime patent mega-battle

Keeping score? So far it’s Apple 3 VirnetX 8 with more to come

Apple has won the latest round in its nine-year patent mega-battle with VirnetX – with a US appeals court rejecting a $600m jury decision and sending it back down to the district court to redecide.…

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Time to break up with your cloud provider? Learn how a multi-cloud strategy can benefit your biz at ONUG Europe

Learn from top-tier execs about when it comes to digital transformation, monogamy doesn’t pay

Promo  There’s some truth in the old adage “don’t put your eggs in one basket.” For years, cloud vendors have bombarded corporate decision makers with heavy-handed marketing tactics, insisting businesses should use their cloud platforms — and their platforms alone. Those who heeded their words often lived to regret it.…

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Friday 22 November 2019

You'll never get Huawei with this, FCC tells US telcos: Buy Chinese kit and you won't see another dime from us

Regulator will cut providers from Universal Service Fund dollars

America's broadband watchdog has told telcos that if they purchase any more Huawei or ZTE equipment, they will not receive another penny in subsidies from Uncle Sam.…

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Halfords invents radio signals that don't travel at the speed of light

Or their marketing dept is talking utter hoop

Halfords is telling potential DAB radio buyers that the digital radio tech is "super-fast" compared to analogue AM radio, which might come as a surprise to the laws of physics.…

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You ever feel like today's software and services are actually slowing your teams down?

You're not alone. Head to Google Cloud's Global Cloud Digital Conference and find out how to ramp up productivity

Promo  Is the way your business works actually working? Are the members of your organization collaborating together to achieve goals? Are the tools intended to improve security actually being used?…

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Whoa! Google to power Amazon's internet. Wait, oh, not that Amazon. The other one. The rainforest

While there's still a rainforest left, that is

Loon, an Alphabet-owned subsidiary, is collaborating with an internet service provider in Peru to set up wireless broadband internet over the Amazon rainforest using the Chocolate Factory's balloon fleet.…

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After 10 years, Google Cloud Print will finally be out of beta... straight into ad giant's graveyard

Not so much 'going gold' as 'growing cold'

Google has announced plans to close down its Cloud Print service over the coming year.…

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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Internet world despairs as non-profit .org sold for $$$$ to private equity firm, price caps axed

Sale comes within months of DNS overseer pushing through controversial contract change

Special report  The sale of one of the internet’s most popular registries to a private equity firm has revived concerns over how the domain name system is governed.…

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Cloud nine to cloud nein: Google beefs up punters' data encryption to fend off cyber-thieves

Just don't forget where you put your keys and you'll be fine

Google is taking new steps to ensure the volumes of data it stores for businesses are properly protected.…

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Sage still waiting for cloudy investments to make it rain as operating profit tumbles 10.5%

Revenue growth lags as biz makes subscription transition

Operating profit at accountancy software biz Sage dropped 10.5 per cent year-on-year to £382m for the company's 2018/19 results ended 30 September due to an increased investment in its cloudy products.…

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London cops seeking £600m mega IT contract to knock 'towers' sprawl into 'one throat to choke'


London's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has published its first procurement notice to consolidate its IT "towers" in a contract worth £600m over five years.…

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Satellite operators’ shares plummet as FCC plumbs for public 5G spectrum auctions

You win some, you lose… 75 per cent of your share value

The shares of satellite operators continued to plummet today after it became clear that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was going to seize valuable spectrum off them and resell it to mobile phone companies.…

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Tuesday 19 November 2019

London has decent 5G availability but speeds lag behind Birmingham and Cardiff – research

Over 60% access better than anything found in US and SK

5G in London is so far lagging behind Birmingham and Cardiff, according to research into the tech's early deployment.…

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DXC is 'fixable', new boss says, unveiling plans to up headcount and tackle red accounts

CEO insists firm can compete with big rivals on cloud

DXC is broken but fixable, the beleaguered outsourcing provider's new chief exec has assured the 130,000 employees still on its payroll.…

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Microsoft joins Google and Mozilla in adopting DNS over HTTPS data security protocol

Some concerned it hands too much power to too few

Microsoft has put its weight behind the DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) security protocol, greatly increasing the likelihood of it becoming a default internet standard.…

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Iran kills the internet for its people’s own good as riots grip the Middle Eastern nation

Country offline for third day in response to protests

Iran is offline and has been for three days after the government responded to widespread protests by killing the internet.…

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Monday 18 November 2019

You're about to gouda major change in Microsoft cloud security after Redmond agrees to go Dutch on data

Will take the GDPR hit for all cloud biz so you don't have to

Microsoft says it will be making a data protection deal it struck with the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security into a global policy for its cloud services.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Saturday 16 November 2019

5G SIM-swap attacks could be even worse for industrial IoT than now

Trust your hardware? Pah, you oughta trust nobody

Claims that 5G offers “better security” for IoT may not ring true – with the technology remaining vulnerable to SIM-jacking attacks within private Industry 4.0-style deployments, according to infosec biz Trend Micro.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Friday 15 November 2019

TalkTalk says it's yet to close deal on FibreNation as UK telecoms industry reels over Labour's nationalisation plans

'The news overnight ... making everybody in the sector pause and consider'

TalkTalk has yet to find a buyer for its infrastructure investment vehicle Fibre Nation, the business revealed in its results for the half year to 30 September.…

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Use the courts, Jeff: Amazon to contest Microsoft scooping $10bn JEDI contract

Bezos' empire strikes back claiming 'unmistakable bias', self-recused defense chief denies it

Amazon is headed for court to contest the surprise decision to hand Microsoft the $10bn US Department of Defense IT supply contract.…

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Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election

The 1980s called and wants its state-owned telco-provider back

Labour will today pledge to give the good folk of Britain free broadband by 2030 by part-nationalising BT - if the political party gets elected.…

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Thursday 14 November 2019

Google emits Network Intelligence Center to help untangle misconfigured cloud networks

Connectivity tests check config but do *not* actually test connectivity

Google has pulled the dustcovers off a new tool that will monitor and optimise the network performance of VMs and applications deployed to its cloud.…

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That chill in the air isn't just autumn, it's Cisco's cooling finances: CEO warns of slipping sales

Switchzilla gives gloomy outlook, tells of dark financial days for the coming fiscal year

Cisco is the latest biz to warn of a looming slowdown in spending as the network giant on Wednesday gave worse-than-expected guidance for the coming financial quarter.…

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Wednesday 13 November 2019

TalkTalk keeps results under wraps citing 'advanced negotiations' over FibreNation biz

Has it found an investor in £1.5bn venture to build 3 million FTTP connections?

TalkTalk has today delayed its financial results due to "advanced negotiations with interested parties regarding its FibreNation business".…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Replay on-demand online: Can you boost productivity with infrastructure as code?

Set your developers free to innovate

Webcast  Skilled developers are a valuable asset – so how do you make the most of their time as constant requests and projects compete for their attention?…

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Tuesday 12 November 2019

Vodafone takes €1.9bn punch to wallet thanks to India's decision on airwave licence fees

UK profits also down due to opex shift to IBM's cloud

Vodafone reported a loss of €1.9bn (£1.6bn) in its latest half-year results ended 30 September, chalked up mainly to India's decision to change the way it charges telcos for using airwaves.…

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Monday 11 November 2019

Double downtime: Azure DevOps, Google cloud users put the kettle on

Put it all on the cloud, they said…

Microsoft's Azure DevOps is suffering what it describes as "availability degradation" in the UK and Europe and parts of Google's cloud platform are also broken.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Vodafone UK links arms with Openreach to build out its full-fibre network

Budge up, CityFibre

Vodafone has inked a deal with BT's Openreach to expand its gigabit broadband network by 500,000 premises – on top of its existing deal with alternative network provider CityFibre for 5 million premises.…

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Friday 8 November 2019

BT launches all-singing converged 5G product for... oof... £58 a month

Home broadband, mobile data package part of IP-only move

BT has launched a new 5G mobile and fixed-line home broadband service, dubbed Halo, in a bid to muscle into the converged market.…

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Thursday 7 November 2019

Sure, we made your Wi-Fi routers phone home with telemetry, says Ubiquiti. What of it?

You didn't ask for it, we didn't tell you about it, but hey, it clears GDPR so what you gonna do?

Ubiquiti Networks is fending off customer complaints after emitting a firmware update that caused its UniFi wireless routers to quietly phone HQ with telemetry.…

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Giving your on-prem tech the boot? This webcast will give you the grounding you need

From legacy migrations to data management, the cloud has its perks and pitfalls

Webcast  You’re counting down the days until you can finally pull the plug on your expensive and inelegant on-premises servers. Like countless businesses before you, you’re embracing the flexibility and cost savings of the cloud.…

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Europe to straggle Japan, China, US and Korea in 5G adoption stakes

Only 18% of mobile users across world will have access to 5G in next 5 years

China will dominate the global 5G market by 2025, along with the US, Japan and Korea, leaving Europe to lag behind, according to a study by global mobile operator data-wranglers at GSMA's Intelligence branch.…

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Have you been naughty, or have you been really naughty? Microsoft 365 users to get their very own Compliance Score

AI, AI! You can't go looking at that!

Ignite  Got governance? Microsoft reckons there is room for improvement – it should know – and has used its Ignite Florida knees-up to batter compliance with its overused AI stick.…

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Wednesday 6 November 2019

Virgin Media dumps BT's mobile network to hop into bed with Vodafone

Latest in the great will-they-won't-they corporate love story

Broadband and cable business Virgin Media has inked a five-year deal with Vodafone UK to provide its network to more than three million customers.…

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Tuesday 5 November 2019

Imagine OLE reinvented for the web and that's 90% of Microsoft's Fluid Framework: We dig into O365 collaborative tech

'We want to break down barriers, move ideas seamlessly across applications, across people, across devices'

Ignite  Microsoft is previewing its Fluid Framework, first announced at its Build developer event in May, and presenting it as a key technology for content-based collaboration.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Watch online today: Boost innovation within your biz using magic of infrastructure-as-code

Transform your IT to lighten the load on developers

Webcast  Skilled developers are a precious asset, so organisations are understandably anxious to make the most of their valuable time in the face of competing requests and projects.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Azure Arc: Redmond's tool to wrangle services wherever they are – on-premises, cloud, your basement, in the pub...

Plus summary of everything else announced at Windows titan's Florida shindig

Ignite  Microsoft has announced Azure Arc, which extends the Azure management portal to embrace services running on-premises or on other clouds.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Monday 4 November 2019

Comcast-owned Brit telco Sky to hire 1,000 new staffers, half of them engineers

Bumps up engineer total for UK & Ireland to 4k - but is that enough?

Sky's broadband and TV arm will hire 1,000 new staff members, half of whom will be engineers.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Friday 1 November 2019

Top American watchdog refuses to release infamous 2012 dossier into Google’s anti-competitive behavior

FTC tells Senator staff reports are confidential

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has refused to release an infamous report into Google’s anti-competitive behavior, claiming that staff reports are exempt from America's Freedom of Information Act.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Market flips switch on Arista share value after 'cloud titan' turns on heel

Stock crashes by 25%+ on weaker sales outlook

The share price for Arista Networks has crashed after the network switch maker warned of a sudden softening to its turnover due to a "cloud titan" customer cutting back on its spending plans.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

£1bn UK court digitisation scheme would be great ... if Wi-Fi situation wasn't 'wholly inadequate'

Unfortunately, these things need internet to work

The tech behind the £1bn justice system modernisation programme, intended to digitise the process against a backdrop of court closures, has been slammed by Brit MPs.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Police confirm interview with UKFast boss Lawrence Jones

Sexual assault reports under investigation

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they are investigating two allegations of sexual assault against Lawrence Jones, who stepped down as boss of UKFast yesterday.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Microsoft sees sense, will give Office 365 admins veto rights on self-service Power tools

Power to the people... in charge of IT – phew!

Microsoft has done an about-face on its plan to let folks bypass their Office 365 administrators and purchase Power Platform tools willy-nilly for work.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Thursday 31 October 2019

Watch online: There's no harm in choosing hybrid or multi-cloud – we'll even walk you through tools, costs, and more

Join El Reg and experts from Google Cloud and Trax for top advice and info

Webcast  It’s hard to find an IT decision maker or strategist who doesn’t dream of being able to deploy and manage applications without obliging the company’s administrators and developers to learn different environments and APIs.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Profits dip at BT while troubled biz steams ahead with restructuring

All divisions flat or down as firm tries to up its fibre plans

Higher spectrum fees and content costs were blamed by BT for a wobbly bottom line at the half-way stage of its financial year.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

UKFast boss steps downs amid internal probe into sexual misconduct allegs

Wife takes the reins pending investigation

Lawrence Jones, founder and boss of Manchester hosting provider UKFast, has stepped down while an internal investigation probes allegations of sexual assault, harassment and bullying made against him.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Wednesday 30 October 2019

America's 5G auctions are going to make someone a fortune – but whom, and who pays?

Lawmakers, ISPs and cable companies all vying to get a piece of the action

Analysis  It’s amazing how a couple of billion dollars focuses the mind.…

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Tuesday 29 October 2019

Watch online: How data architecture drives cloud transformation in the enterprise

Join us and Qumulo next month to explore and discuss digital strategy to data practicality

Webcast  Let’s keep this simple. You’re looking to move to the cloud because you know just how powerful the model can be. You’ve seen what's possible when you harness the wealth of data now available to your applications. You’re looking to deliver on your digital transformation goals, respond to new business opportunities, and disrupt your entire market.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Mobile operators to be stung for 10% of annual turnover if coverage falls short, digital sec warns

Meanwhile, Nicky Morgan hints at imminent decision on Huawei in UK's 5G infrastructure

UK mobile operators will be fined up to 10 per cent of their annual turnover if they fail to meet the coverage obligations of the £1bn Shared Rural Network plans, digital secretary Nicky Morgan has claimed.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Are you coming to the party dressed as an IMP? ARPANET @ 50

The first two letters sent that day were 'L' and 'O' – what should the third have been?

It is 50 years today since the first message was sent on the ARPANET, a precursor of the internet as we know it today.…

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Monday 28 October 2019

Like the Death Star on Endor, JEDI created a ton of fallout and stormy weather in cloud market

Winners and loses speak out after $10bn contract award

Late on Friday, word broke that the US Department of Defense had decided to award the massive 10-year, $10bn Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative contract to Microsoft.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Amazon is saying nothing about the DDoS attack that took down AWS, but others are

Looks like some security staff were asleep at the switch

Amazon has still not provided any useful information or insights into the DDoS attack that took down swathes of websites last week, so let’s turn to others that were watching.…

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You're ARIN a laugh: Critical internet org accused of undercutting security over legal fears

America's regional internet registry slammed by critics, snubbed by ISPs

Analysis  A key internet infrastructure organization is undercutting efforts to make the internet more secure by insisting ISPs accept a legal agreement before using a security framework, critics charge.…

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Median speeds for UK 5G four times faster than 4G, but still way behind US and South Korea

In other words, you're waiting 26 seconds for that movie to download

A first and limited look into the UK rollout of 5G has revealed punters enjoying median speeds up to four times faster than standard 4G, with EE coming out on top and Vodafone managing to be just twice as fast.…

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Saturday 26 October 2019

Pentagon beams down $10bn JEDI contract to Microsoft: Windows giant beats off Bezos

Congratulations, America, the home of Clippy (and Azure) is now running the US military's IT

Microsoft has been awarded the $10bn decade-long US Department of Defense JEDI IT supply contract that will see the nation's military switch to the cloud.…

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Friday 25 October 2019

Amazon fails to stop ex-sales staffer winging it to Google Cloud

Verdict of two halves

Amazon has failed to stop high-flying salesman Philip Moyer, who once flogged its cloud services to the financial services industry, from moving to Google's cloud division, although its efforts were partly upheld by a Seattle court.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Mobile operators say they'll go halfsies with on £1bn network to bring 4G to rural folk

Coverage in the back of beyond

The UK's mobile operators have pledged to stump up half the cash for a £1bn "Shared Rural Network" (SRN) to tackle 4G notspots.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

You're flowing it wrong: Bad network route between Microsoft, Apple blamed for Azure, O365 MFA outage

Postmortem report emerges for last week's partial downtime

Microsoft says last week's multi-factor authentication (MFA) partial outage, which hit its cloud-based services, was due to a dodgy network route between its servers and Apple's backend.…

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Let’s talk about firewalls, SD-WAN, and zero trust, says Cisco: Networking giant to host its first Security Virtual Summit

Grab your favorite browser, tune in from the comfort of your desk, cafe, bar...

Promo  As the workforce becomes increasingly mobile, and business applications proliferate across devices and locations, the soaring volume of internet traffic puts pressure on organisations' security systems and policies – and introduces new risks.…

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Plan to strip post-Brexit Brits of .EU domains now on hold: Registry waves white flag amid political madness

But the damage is already done

Plans to prevent UK citizens from owning .eu domains are on ice following the latest Brexit madness from the British Parliament.…

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Remember when Bezos whined about having too much money? Amazon's Q3 will help out with that

Profit crunch looks to carry on into the holiday season

Amazon, a cloud giant with a supplementary online souk, saw a rare drop in profits in its latest financial results, published Thursday.…

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Thursday 24 October 2019

Senators Wyden and Warren sic trade lapdog on AWS over Capital One hack culpability

Amazon dismisses duo as opportunistic publicity hounds

On Thursday, US Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) asked the US Federal Trade Commission to examine whether Amazon Web Services may have broken the law by renting defective servers.…

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ServiceNow sops up SAP CEO as outgoing boss swaps the cloud for sneakers at Nike

Soft-shoe shuffle

Bill McDermott is joining cloud-wrangler ServiceNow as president and CEO in the new year following his handover period at SAP.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

'Big three' 5G kit maker Nokia downgrades profits as returns from next-gen networks fail to show up

Soz shareholders, no dividend for you

Nokia – one of the so-called "Big Three" 5G kitmakers – has downgraded profit forecasts for the year and cancelled dividends, saying investments in next-generation services have not yet yielded expected returns.…

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Microsoft's cloud keeps printing cash, Surface not so much as Windows giant pockets $119m profit a day

Nadella says 'accelerating our innovation', we say...

Microsoft on Wednesday reported $33.1bn in revenue for its fiscal 2020 Q1, representing a 14 per cent increase over the same period last year, and profits of $10.7bn, up 21 per cent.…

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Wednesday 23 October 2019

Haunted by Europe's GDPR, ICANN sharpens wooden stake to finally slay the Whois vampire

Whois to become Whoisn't

Like a bad horror movie in which the vampire keeps coming back from certain death, the Whois protocol – which provides information on who owns specific internet addresses – has endured far longer than anyone wanted or expected. But the final act is nigh and the wooden stake is being sharpened.…

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Using Teams and Azure DevOps? There's an app for that, says Microsoft

Cute, says rival Slack, polishing its library of 1,800 apps and an updated developer toolkit

Microsoft has released its Azure Repos app for Teams in a bid to entice developers to its collaboration platform a day after competitor Slack upgraded its app developer toolkit.…

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Luke, I am your father... which is why I must eject from JEDI decision, says US Defense Sec

Top brass beams aboard from $10bn IT brouhaha as it emerges son works for IBM

The US military’s controversial JEDI cloud contract has seen another strange twist: the US Secretary of Defense has stepped back from the project as it emerged his son works for one of the bidders for the $10bn winner-takes-all deal.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Bezos DDoS'd: Amazon Web Services' DNS systems knackered by hours-long 'cyber-attack'

Customers told distributed assault hampering connectivity for websites, apps

Parts of Amazon Web Services were effectively shoved off the internet today – at times breaking some customers' websites – after the cloud giant reportedly came under attack.…

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Tuesday 22 October 2019

Google: We've achieved quantum supremacy! IBM: Nope. And stop using that word please

Here's how to sim that with RAM and hard drive space

The esoteric world of quantum computing is all aquiver following a robust blog post from IBM essentially rubbishing claims from Google that it has achieved "quantum supremacy".…

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Hey Cortana... I mean Google: Microsoft's ex-digital assistant boss to take the reins at G Suite

Javier Soltero looks forward to making a 'profound impact' on people's lives

Former Cortana boss and Acompli co-founder Javier Soltero has popped up at Google to helm the G-Suite team, nearly a year after his departure from Microsoft.…

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Cloud file migration geek Mover packs boxes for Microsoft

Any cloud you like, so long as it rhymes with bee fix hive

On the eve of its FY20 Q1 earnings and with the Ignite shindig around the corner, Microsoft has announced the purchase of cloud migration outfit Mover.…

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Tune in online today: Find out how to smooth your path to a hybrid or multi-cloud environment

Join us this lunchtime with experts from Google Cloud and Trax to discuss costs, tools, and more

Webcast  Whether you run your business on-premises or in the cloud, you probably wish your developers and admins could deploy and manage applications without having to learn different environments and APIs every time.…

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Monday 21 October 2019

SAP and Microsoft pucker up, prepare for public cloud love under Project Embrace

New three-year agreement to pull S/4HANA customers into Azure

SAP and Microsoft have linked arms as part of SAP's "Project Embrace", a collaboration with Azure, AWS and Google Cloud Platform aimed at migrating the German firm's customers to the public cloud.…

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Don't look too closely at what is seeping out of the big Dutch pipe

'I wonder what our users are surfing for… Oh'

Who, Me?  Welcome to Who, Me?, The Register's weekly confessional of sins, smut and surfing from the seemingly infinite pool of reader misdeeds.…

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Friday 18 October 2019

Good guy, Microsoft: Multi-factor auth outage gives Office, Azure users a three-day weekend

Sign-on so secure, nobody can get in

Microsoft says it is working to resolve an outage that has knackered its multi-factor authentication system, blocking people from logging into Microsoft 365 and Azure services.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Mark Hurd is dead

Oracle co-CEO, and ex-HP boss, dies aged 62 after stepping aside for health reasons

Obit  Long-time Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd died this morning. He was 62.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Yahoo! Groups' closure and a tale of Oftel: Die-hard users 'informally' included telcos

Ofcom: Ahem. Just check our website

The tossing away of user-generated content on Yahoo!'s long-running Groups site on Wednesday was not just bad news for all the hardcore users who are about to lose all their precious things stored there. Many were quick to point at telcos, who were using Yahoo! Groups to manage phone number assignments.…

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Orange you happy to be a customer? Spammy sextortion malware only targeted French ISP

Briefly had screen recording feature too

Sextortion is bad. Malware is bad. Spam is bad. Unhappily for a French ISP's users, online crooks combined all three in a hideous attempt to extort cash with custom malware that records their on-screen doings, according to infosec researchers.…

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Sod 3G, that can go, but don't rush to turn off 2G, UK still needs it – report

Used by the elderly in M2M connections and eCall services

In the dash to move everything to next-generation services, mobile operators mustn't be too hasty to switch off 2G, a report by industry bodies has warned.…

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Infrastructure as Code could be game-changing for your business: Learn more with Google Cloud

Tune in online, join us with a panel of experts

Webcast  Finding and retaining the best developers is always a tall order. It’s no surprise that smart organisations strive to make the most of their workers’ valuable time, as barrages of projects compete for their attention.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Thursday 17 October 2019

Are you a Dapr Dan? Microsoft teases runtime for Kubernetes to make microservices sparkle

Building blocks for devs. Because you can't be all Waity K8-y when Google's all-in

Ahead of Microsoft's Ignite conference next month, the company has announced Dapr, now available as an Alpha preview, a runtime to simplify developing microservices.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Three UK goes TITSUP*: Down and out for 10 hours and counting

First 123-Reg, now prominent Brit telco. Who's next?

Updated  Three UK has suffered a nine-hour outage and counting, affecting 3G and 4G calls across the entire British Isles.…

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Tune into El Reg and Avnet live online today: How equipment makers will bring clouds home

Build a full-stack solution that makes the best of all available resources

Webcast  As equipment manufacturers in industries from healthcare and transportation to security and communications well know, the future is going to be software-defined and maybe a little bit cloudy.…

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Wednesday 16 October 2019

Former TalkTalk security director rattles the tin to cover costs of equal pay dispute against UK ISP

Compo pledged to women's rights charities

A former TalkTalk programme director is crowdfunding the legal costs of an equal pay claim against the budget ISP.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Prepare your company IT infrastructure for the future: Learn how with Gartner next month

Catch up with the fast-moving digital world at the IT Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Strategies Conference

Promo  As the world gravitates towards cloud, edge computing, the internet of things, DevOps, and AIOps, the ground is shifting for infrastructure and operations teams. Their organisations must stay agile to keep up with the changing digital landscape.…

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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Conspiracy loons claim victory in Brighton and Hove as council rejects plans to build 5G masts

No next-gen mobile internet for you but, hey, no cancer either

Brighton and Hove has been claimed as the latest victory in the battleground against common sense, with the council agreeing to ban the erection of three 5G masts.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Monday 14 October 2019

Her Majesty opens UK Parliament with fantastic tales of gigabit-capable broadband for everyone

But without a majority, it's more likely to form basis of Tory manifesto than law

The UK government has promised to roll out new legislation to achieve nationwide "gigabit-capable broadband" among 26 bills set out in Parliament's State Opening today.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

'Technical error' threatens Vodafone customers with four-figure roaming fees

Bills as high as £9k, but don't worry – they're working on it

Vodafone has apologised for a "technical error" that left customers abroad facing thousands of pounds in roaming fees over the weekend.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

SUSE what, adoption's still growing, shrugs OpenStack Foundation

Attention has shifted away from VMs, however, COO tells El Reg

OpenStack chief operating officer Mark Collier told The Reg that while SUSE's decision to abandon its OpenStack Cloud product is "obviously disappointing", adoption is "strong and growing".…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Friday 11 October 2019

Openreach's cunning plan to 'turbocharge' the post-Brexit economy: Getting everyone on full-fibre broadband by 2025

£59bn boost – 'if we can get right conditions to invest'

BT's pipe laying subsidiary Openreach has published a list of proposals it claims will help Britain gain full fibre by the mid-2020s.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

I can't believe you've done this: asks visitors to explain to IT why they have broken the website

Switchzilla's online presence beset by mysterious outages

Cisco has suffered an odd series of outages that briefly KO'd its website and corporate blogs.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Peer into the future at Cisco’s Networking.Next Virtual Event

Be the first to see tech giant’s global trends report

Promo  Cisco is inviting the world’s IT leaders to join its Networking.Next Virtual Event on 24 October, offering up a panel of experts who will examine the diverse trends of today, that are shaping tomorrow’s network.…

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Thursday 10 October 2019

Don't be so Maduro: Adobe backs down (a little) on Venezuela sanctions blockade

Media giant says it can now pay back subscription fees

Adobe has reversed course on its decision to withhold refund payments from customers in Venezuela.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

See you in Hull: First UK city to be hooked up to full-fibre broadband

200,000 homes and biz have gigabit-capable connections

Step forward, Hull: first city in Blighty to claim the title of full-fibre connectivity.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Watch online today: How to leverage data to disrupt rivals – and overcome challenges

Join us with Google Cloud for advice to the brave

Webcast  If your strategy depends on using data to disrupt the market, then unstoppable data growth, a change of business strategy, or a fast-moving competitive landscape, are likely to present challenges.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Europe publishes 5G risk assessment; America scrawls ‘Huawei’ on the side of a nuke and goes for a ride

There’s nothing like reasoned policy debate. This is nothing like reasoned policy debate

The European Union has published a risk assessment of next-generation 5G mobile networks and concluded that everyone needs to think differently about security, given fundamental changes in how the new networks will operate.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Wednesday 9 October 2019

China and Russia join to battle 'illegal internet content,' which means what you fear it does

Authoritarian regimes continue wrestling internet back into box

China and Russia will sign a joint treaty aimed to tackling “illegal internet content” later this month, the Russian telecoms regulator has announced.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Scrambling for cloud relevance, Oracle hires... 2,000? Yes, that sounds like a nice round number

Let's all pretend that we don't remember the layoffs in March

What Larry snatcheth away with one hand, he giveth with another. Oracle is hiring a couple of thousand infrastructure services sales bods and has promised to swing open its data centre doors to more cloud regions.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

SUSE tosses OpenStack Cloud to double down on application delivery

That means Kubernetes and DevOps for the Linux veteran

Linux veteran SUSE has decided to kill off development of its OpenStack Cloud product line and cease sales to focus on its investments in application delivery.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Through the winds of winter, Microsoft sees a dream of spring... Azure Spring Cloud, that is

Buddy Pivotal will operate managed framework on Azure Kubernetes Service

Microsoft and Pivotal have used the latter's SpringOne shindig in Austin, Texas, to show off Azure Spring Cloud, which is now available in private preview.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

TalkTalk bollocked after fibre marketing emails found to be full of sh!t

100% capacity doesn't mean 2/3 of the true figure, growls ad watchdog

TalkTalk has been slapped down by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after emailing lies to its customers as part of a hard-sell tactic for expensive fibre broadband.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Tuesday 8 October 2019

Plusnet is doing us proud again with early Christmas present for customers: Price hikes

That'll give them something else to moan about

BT's budget broadband pusher Plusnet is about to give customers something else to complain about, having just announced a price hike before Christmas.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Spain's Cellnex snags Arqiva's telecoms unit for £2bn to become the UK's 'largest' wireless infrastructure operator

Cash ploughed into paying off Brit firm's debt after IPO fail

Spanish towerco Cellnex Telecom is set to buy Arqiva's telecoms subdivision for £2bn in a deal it claims will make it the largest independent operator of wireless infrastructure in Blighty.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Tune in this month to find out how equipment makers will bring the cloud down to Earth

In-house and public – make the best of both worlds with the help of Avnet EMEA

Webcast  Public, private, hybrid, multi... how do you build a full-stack cloud solution that takes advantage of all available resources?…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Do you run on a cloud Down Under, where data's shared and governments plunder... Oz joins US, UK in info search-warrant law

Australia says it will exchange personal deets via CLOUD Act

Add Australia to the ranks of countries agreeing to honor US search warrants under America's CLOUD Act.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Monday 7 October 2019

OpenRAN fan Vodafone trials white box radio tech in UK

Wants to break its reliance on the Big 3

Vodafone is testing radio technology in Britain as it seeks to cut the cost of building 4G and 5G networks and at the same time dilute the dominance of Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Promise of £5bn for rural fibre prompts Openreach to reach for the trench-digging diamond cutter

Trials new tech to hit those difficult-to-reach areas

BT's duct-off broadband arm Openreach is trialling "a range of new tools and techniques" to deploy full-fibre in 13 rural locations - in what it says is a first response to £5bn of promised government funds.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Friday 4 October 2019

Who you gonna call? Avaya grabs $500m investment from RingCentral to cut whopping debts

Tie-up greenlit by both boards

Beleaguered telecoms maker Avaya has formed a partnership with relative minnow RingCentral whereby it will become the exclusive supplier of the latter's unified-comms-as-a-service (UCaaS) and get a chunk of investment.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Remember the millions of fake net neutrality comments? They weren't as kosher as the FCC made out.

Data was pulled from 2016 credentials hack

Comment  One of the key arguments behind the Federal Communications Commission's decision to repeal net neutrality was the number of supportive emails it had received for its proposals. But an investigation has shown that a huge number of these were faked by lobbyists.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Thursday 3 October 2019

Are your Office 365 biz accounts secure? Don't find out the hard way... There are tools to keep staff, customers safe

We'll help you through the minefield of policies and protections, says Quadrotech

Sponsored  What a transformation we’ve seen at Microsoft in the past five or so years. The king of corporate software has become a major cloud provider with Office 365. According to the most recent estimates, one in five corporate employees now use Office 365, making it one of the most widely used cloud services across the globe.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

After 72 hours of recurring outages, you'd be forgiven for wanting to slightly tweak the first syllable of Bitbucket

Groundhog Day comes to online source-code silo, with little in the way of explanation

Bitbucket, Atlassian's hosted software version control service, has been afflicted by a series of service disruptions over the past three days, to the predictable consternation of programmers.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Wednesday 2 October 2019

Make your multi-cloud dream come true: Find out how with experts from Google Cloud

Tune in this month to get the latest strategies for ease of use and efficiency

Webcast  Whether you are running your business in the cloud or on your own premises, you probably wish you could deploy and manage new applications without your administrators and developers having to learn different environments and APIs every time.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Google will not donate Knative framework 'to any foundation for the foreseeable future'

Community dismayed as key Kubernetes project to remain in Chocolate Factory hands

The Knative framework, which enables serverless applications to be deployed and auto-scaled on Kubernetes, will not be donated to any foundation such as the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Nominet continues milking .uk registry cash cow with 4 per cent price rise for... what exactly?

Increased costs of running the registry business? Or more money for failed expansion?

The business in charge of the UK’s internet registry has decided to raise the price of all .uk domains, sparking fury among domain owners who accuse the non-profit of milking the registry to fund executive pay rises and unrelated business expansions.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Friday 27 September 2019

Mayor of London wants mobile providers to stick more network kit across Big Smoke's rooftops

But are landlords going to care about a template agreement?

UK mobile networks could be able to shove their kit on more of the capital's rooftops following a draft agreement put together by the Mayor of London's office.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Cisco helps ease blight of tourism on Orkney's Wi-Fi hotspot network thanks to £4.3m grant

*grumble* Coming over here... hogging our internets *groan*

Cisco has begun live trials of its OpenRoaming technology on the Orkney islands off the north coast of Scotland, intended to allow people to move more easily between Wi-Fi hotspots.…

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