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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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".…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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£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.…

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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.…

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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