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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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'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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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'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.…

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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".…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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?…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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