Monday 12 October 2020

Amazon-like megacorps dominating various online sectors could become norm for pandemic-stricken planet

Certain business models work better than others when most people avoid human contact

Shifts in consumer behaviour could see a handful of companies come to dominate the online food, education and leisure industries, as Amazon has in e-commerce, according to research.…

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Comms API merchant Twilio spanks $3.2bn in stock to gobble data slurper Segment

Spending spree continues in the 'customer engagement' space as online sales segment grows and grows

Cloud communications outfit Twilio has found a way to spend some of its lockdown money, snapping up "customer data" specialist Segment in a cash-free deal worth approximately $3.2bn.…

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AWS makes its own Arm CPUs the default for ElastiCache in-memory data store service

Bills home-brewed silicon as the upgrade path to better Redis or memcached

Amazon Web Services has made its home-brewed Arm-powered Graviton2 CPUs the default for its ElastiCache service.…

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Friday 9 October 2020

Google contractor HCL America accused of retaliating against unionized techies by shifting US jobs to Poland

Pittsburgh workforce erosion, punitive policies cited in labor complaint

The US National Labor Relations Board has bundled a series of complaints alleging labor law violations against IT services firm HCL America (HCL Technologies), which supplies contract workers like data analysts to a Google office in Pittsburgh, into a case to be heard in February.…

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How’s everyone else managing their data amid all this upheaval? Find out here…

Stay home, log into Druva’s DxP virtual summit – and still get the t-shirt

Promo  A lot has changed over the past six months, but one thing hasn’t: your company’s data is still its most important asset, and protecting it is crucial.…

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Alibaba and pals grab £35m in Jisc contracts to give overseas students access to UK courses during pandemic

Bulk of deal focuses on secure, high-performance connectivity to China

IT services nonprofit Jisc, which runs the UK's academic network Janet, has awarded framework contracts worth up to £35m to provide remote access to British research and courses, including from China.…

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Thursday 8 October 2020

UK ISP TalkTalk confirms it will MullMull go-private takeover offer valuing it at £1.1bn

Nobody expects the Telco Consolidation

UK ISP TalkTalk has confirmed it is considering a takeover offer from Toscafund Asset Management that values the broadband and TV provider at £1.1bn.…

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Britain should have binned Huawei 5G kit years ago to cuddle up with Trump, says Parliamentary committee

Plus: MPs call for more OpenRAN-based work in UK

The British government should rip out Huawei's 5G mobile network equipment regardless of the facts because doing so would curry favour with Donald Trump's US, Parliament's Defence Committee has said in an extraordinary new report.…

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Tableau continues to pursue monogamish marriage a year after Salesforce nuptials

Sure, Salesforce is our main squeeze but we're open to suggestions

Analysis  Entering a marriage, it might be tough to keep old flames alive but that's what Tableau is trying to do as it gets closer to Salesforce, the enterprise application company which announced a $15.7m merger in June last year.…

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ICANN begs Europe: Please fill in the blanks on this half-assed GDPR-compliant Whois we came up with

We can’t get our community to agree, perhaps you’ll do our job for us?

After two years of failed policy work, ICANN has returned to Europe, dropped to its knees, and begged the continent to finish the rest of the DNS overseer's half-done Whois domain-name database so that it doesn't fall foul of GDPR.…

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Wednesday 7 October 2020

Yes, it's down again: Microsoft's Office 365 takes yet another mid-week tumble off the edge of the internet

Come back, Word 97, all is forgiven

Microsoft says it is working on figuring out why its cloud-based unproductivity suite Office 365 is down yet again for unlucky subscribers.…

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A freshly formed English council waves £18m at UK tech industry, asks: Can somebody design and run pretty much everything for us?

The IT services wish list is about what you'd expect from an 18-month-old

Barely 18 months old, newly formed Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council has offered £18m to private sector IT and consultancy firms, asking if they can take on, well, almost everything.…

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DigitalOcean decides to head rivals off at the PaaS, floats App Platform to deploy, run code without juggling servers

If you fear you'll drown in AWS, GCP, Azure, etc, maybe this is a wave you'd like to catch

Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider DigitalOcean dipped its toes into the Platform-as-a-Service waters on Tuesday with the launch of App Platform.…

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Big Tech faces its Ma Bell moment: US House Dems' report demands break-up of internet 'monopolists'

'These once scrappy, underdog startups have become the kinds of monopolies we last saw in the era of oil barons and railroad tycoons'

A long-awaited congressional report into Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google has been published – and it concludes the online giants are monopolists that need to be broken up.…

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Tuesday 6 October 2020

The WAN of opportunity: Funnily enough, home Wi-Fi sales see 'sudden spike' amid pandemic, not so much for biz

Analyst predict five good years as homeworking and refresh cycles meld

The COVID-19 pandemic has proven fruitful for the consumer Wi-Fi sector, according to analyst house ABI Research, with shipments this year set to increase and long-term growth forecast.…

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New Workspace for your WFH office? Nah, it's just Google shooting G Suite with the rebrandogun

Microsoft isn't the only company to fiddle with its iconography

Google has fired a rebrandogun loaded with fresh icons at its G Suite platform. Prepare to relinquish the suite life and put nose to the grindstone in Google's "Workspace".…

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Yorkshire authority seeks £3m 'modern, cloud-based, future-proof ERP solution' in as few products as possible

No pressure

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) is on the hunt for a new £3m ERP system amid an IT services revamp.…

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Nominet refuses to consider complaint about its own behaviour, claims CEO didn’t mean what he said on camera

Dot-UK overlord descends into farce

The operator of the .uk registry has descended into a farce after refusing to accept a complaint from one of its members – and claiming its CEO didn’t mean what he is recorded on camera saying.…

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Cisco ordered to cough up $2bn – yes, two billion dollars – plus royalties after ripping off biz's cybersecurity patents

Centripetal Networks uses lawsuit against Switchzilla. It's super effective

Cisco has been hit with a massive $1.9bn patent-infringement bill for copying cybersecurity tech from Centripetal Networks and pushing the company out of lucrative government contracts.…

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Monday 5 October 2020

Fujitsu gets ready to eat its own dogfood as company-wide digital transformation project kicks off

Project 'Fujitra' includes One ERP project to rule 'em all: What could go wrong?

Japanese computing veteran Fujitsu is embarking on a company-wide digital transformation, including a particularly complex-sounding piece of work to standardise operations using a single system for business processes, data, and IT.…

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TalkTalk marches OneTel users into a brave new email world

You will be upgraded, whether you want to be or not

The UK's favourite* telecoms outfit, TalkTalk, has continued its impressive track record of delighting customers with a forced upgrade of legacy users to the shiny new TalkTalk Mail.…

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IBM manager had to make one person redundant from choice of two, still bungled it and got firm done for unfair dismissal

You can't make this stuff up

An IBM manager unfairly sacked a third-line IT support engineer despite having a pool of just two people to make redundancies from, a UK employment tribunal has ruled.…

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Friday 2 October 2020

Microsoft says bug, sorry, 'a latent defect' in Safe Deployment Process system downed Azure Active Directory

We're taking steps to prevent this from happening again, says Redmond

Microsoft has blamed a software bug for the service disruption on Monday and Tuesday that affected customers using Azure Active Directory-dependent applications.…

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Thursday 1 October 2020

Think tank warns that any further delay to 5G rollout will cost the UK multiple billions – but hey, at least Huawei is out

This is what you wanted, right?

The UK will take a multibillion-pound blow to productivity and economic prosperity should the 5G rollout be held up further, a new report from the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) claims.…

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O2 cuts ribbon on UK's first commercial driverless car lab where it'll blend satellite and 5G signal to stay on the road

Better improve its coverage then

Mobile network O2, notable for its occasional outages, has opened the UK's first commercial lab for connected, driverless cars.…

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Where are we now? Microsoft 363? 362? We've lost count because Exchange Online isn't playing nicely this morning

That's the second Redmondian outage this week

Microsoft's Exchange Online service fell over in the early hours of this morning.…

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US comms watchdog calls for more scrutiny of submarine cables that land in 'adversary countries'

And then mentions China 18 times and calls for dedicated agency to regulate international data links

One of the four commissioners of America's communications regulator has called for more scrutiny of submarine cables between the Land of the Free and “adversary countries.”…

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Wednesday 30 September 2020

Not one to be outdone by Microsoft, Apple's cloud fell over too. Unlike Microsoft, it hasn't said what happened

Apple TV, iCloud Mail, iWork for iCloud, App Store and more go TITSUP*

The rivalry between Apple and Microsoft continued last night as the fruity firm's cloud services took a tumble a mere day after Azure crapped itself.…

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Trello co-founder Michael Pryor on pandering to power users, skyrocketing numbers, and the spectre of Microsoft

Get to 100 million customers, 1% pays $100 a year, and bam! $100m business

Microsoft unveiled its latest crack at getting customers organised last month with Project Moca, but Redmond's scattergun approach to planning tools has left many a little confused. The Register spoke to Trello co-founder Michael Pryor about keeping things simple.…

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Tuesday 29 September 2020

NATO's at risk if you go your own Huawei on 5G, US government warns Germany

Undersecretary pays a visit to Berlin, Merkel’s not moving despite pressure

The US government is continuing its crusade against Huawei, with economic undersecretary Keith Krach visiting Berlin to pressure the German government to reconsider banning the company’s kit from its 5G network.…

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With so many cloud services dependent on it, Azure Active Directory has become a single point of failure for Microsoft

Does Redmond have a reliability problem?

Comment  Microsoft has fixed an issue with its OneDrive and SharePoint services where users were unable to sign in, caused by a faulty remediation for the earlier Azure Active Directory outage.…

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UK mobile network EE plumps for Nokia to provide that all-important 5G RAN equipment

Is that a £500m Huawei-shaped hole you're looking to plug? The big rip 'n' replace begins

BT's EE has selected Nokia to fill the Huawei-shaped hole in its 5G network. The deal will involve Nokia providing crucial 5G RAN equipment, and make the Finnish giant BT's largest external vendor.…

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Wanna get all those PST files off your network and into the cloud? We can help

Join us and Quadrotech on September 30 and learn how to finally escape the 1990s

Webcast  Aging file formats are always a pain, but how often do you consider the implications of the seemingly innocuous PST files that may be spread around your organization.…

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Amazon bean-counter, her husband, father-in-law cough up $2.6m after SEC collars them on insider-trading rap

Criminal charges to follow

An Amazon finance manager has been accused of insider trading, along with her husband and father-in-law who collectively bought and sold Amazon shares based on non-public financial details it is said she leaked to her spouse.…

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Microsoft? More like: My software goes off... Azure portals, Outlook,, Teams, Authenticator, etc fall over for unlucky customers

365... 364.75... 364.5... 364.25...

Microsoft's online authentication systems are inaccessible for at least some customers on Monday – locking those subscribers out of tons of Redmond-hosted services, and prompting predictable dissatisfaction among those unable to login to associated services.…

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Monday 28 September 2020

No one likes a heart-stopping AWS bill shock so now there's a machine learning tool to help detect cost anomalies

Unexpected item in bagging area?

AWS has introduced Cost Anomaly Detection, a new feature now in beta driven by machine learning that pledges to notify admins of "unexpected or unusual spend".…

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Friday 25 September 2020

Scre-EE-m if you wanna go faster: BT's mobile network reigns supreme in UK-wide speed and latency tests

But Vodafone's not far behind

EE is the UK's fastest mobile network, according to a new report [PDF] from Tutela Technologies which examines more than 180 million speed and latency tests performed between 1 March and 31 August.…

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Thursday 24 September 2020

Join us in the cloud, breathes Microsoft as it gifts Azure SQL Managed Instance customers a surprise horsepower boost

And if you don't like it, managed instances maybe aren't for you

Ignite  Microsoft has unveiled a raft of tweaks to its Azure SQL Managed Instance product in an effort to lure more customers from their on-premises happy place.…

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Won't duke, duke, duke the URLs: AWS backtracks on plans to block old-style S3 paths

As I walk through this world... born-in-the-cloud companies have legacy problems too

Amazon Web Services has changed its mind about ending support for the URLs originally used by S3 (Simple Storage Service), though it is delaying rather than ending its deprecation plans.…

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BT cutting contractors' rates by a fifth and halving notice period because 'coronavirus'

Telco tells freelancers it 'isn't immune to the economic volatility and uncertainty' caused by pandemic

Exclusive  BT is slashing day rates for contractors and reducing their notice period by 50 per cent due to the unpredictable nature of the economy caused by the coronavirus.…

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Former BT CEO to lead task force that will advise on diversifying the nation's telecoms supply chain

Experts from industry and academia tapped to help increase competition

The Ministry of Fun* has assembled a new task force of senior mobile industry bods to help diversify the UK's telecoms supply chain and reduce the exposure to so-called "high-risk vendors" such as Huawei.…

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Oracle rejoices as US government's $400m wage discrimination claim gets piped into /dev/null

Winner winner, lawsuit-binner

An administrative law judge this week dismissed the US government's claim that Oracle unfairly underpaid its female and minority workers by hundreds of millions of dollars.…

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Wednesday 23 September 2020

ServiceNow founder Fred Luddy sells $13.2m stake in 'defining enterprise software company of the 21st century'

He either missed the memo or doesn't believe it

ServiceNow's unstoppable showman CEO, Bill McDermott, has been telling anyone who will listen that the business's "destiny" is "to become the defining enterprise software company of the 21st century".…

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.uk registry operator Nominet responds to renewed criticism – by silencing its critics

It’s always important for us to understand your views. That's why we’re shutting them down

In an extraordinary display of raw political power, the organisation in charge of the .uk internet registry has responded to growing criticism of its actions by silencing critics.…

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Psst... Is that the sound of your Outlook backups leaking?

Join us this month to learn how to squeeze 25 years of local backups into the cloud

Webcast  One of the great things about moving to the cloud is not having to worrying about PST files any more, isn’t it?…

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Whether it's your Arc nemesis or Arc angel, Microsoft tweaks hybrid cloud wrangler – and links AKS to HCI offering

The K is short for K8s

Ignite  Microsoft has flicked the switch on its Azure Arc hybrid infrastructure manager and unveiled some upgrades to its Azure Stack HCI and Hub hybrid cloud offerings.…

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Tuesday 22 September 2020

Cisco bets on real-world events with overseas audiences resuming in late 2021

Branded tat and disrupto-talks to return nine months later than usual in Oz plague capital

Cisco has scheduled a regional mass-attendance event for December 2021.…

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India orders 180-day sprint to wire 46,000 villages

At least one WiFi access point and five FTTP connections in each

India’s government has ordered a broadband building blitz that will see all 45,945 villages in the State of Bihar connected by optic fibre before March 31st, 2020.…

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She was praised by the CEO and promoted. After her brother and mom died, she returned from compassionate leave. IBM laid her off

Nancy is among 15 former Big Blue workers now suing the mega-corp for age discrimination

IBM has once again been sued for alleged age discrimination, this time in Texas on behalf of 15 former employees.…

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Monday 21 September 2020

Have no idea WTF is going on with the Oracle-Walmart TikTok deal? Don’t sweat it, here’s our latest rundown

TL;DR: Trump is confusing everything to stay in the spotlight

Analysis  Each day for the past six days, the sale of the US wing of the video-sharing app TikTok has been alternatively approved and not approved, each time with a wave of announcements, tweets, press releases and 24-hour news coverage.…

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Before you buy that managed Netgear switch, be aware you may need to create a cloud account to use its full UI

You will be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, and numbered

Netgear has decided that users of some of its managed network switches don’t need access to the equipment's full user interface – unless they register their details with Netgear first.…

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Remember those Salesforce layoffs after that bumper Q2? Yeah, forget that, SaaS player set to hire 12,000 staff

What goes up must come down. Or is it the other way round?

Just weeks after Salesforce reported huge Q2 profits only to lighten the company payroll by more than 1,000 staff, the badass of CRM software has now said it plans to hire 12,000 or more people over the next year.…

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Friday 18 September 2020

Did this airliner land in the North Sea? No. So what happened? El Reg probes flight tracker site oddity

All is well. Unless you trust everything you see on the internet

An airliner that appeared to crash into the North Sea earlier this week in fact landed safely. Yet multiple flight tracker websites showed it spiralling into the ocean. Experts have explained to The Register what really happened.…

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This is how ends, not with a bang but a cock-up: Randomer swipes decommissioning domain

Namesco says soz, Brit data watchdog investigating

The last vestige of ye olde UK ISP Demon Internet, in the form of the subdomain, was given its marching orders this year as internet services outfit Namesco told customers to change email address by 29 May or lose it.…

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Amazon gets its tax excuses in early amid rising UK profits – but leaves El Reg off the press list. Can't think why

A charm offensive, or just plain offensive?

Amazon tried to head off negative column inches about its tax-efficient operations in Britain by cherry-picking journalists to brief on its latest financial results days before they hit Companies House.…

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Alibaba wants to get you off the PC upgrade treadmill and into its cloud

Pitches tiny 'cloud computer' that streams apps and OSes over WiFi and hooks up to USB-C displays

Alibaba has teased a tiny PC replacement that will stream apps from its cloud.…

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Thursday 17 September 2020

Internet Archive's way cool Wayback Machine gets way more websites in Cloudflare fail-over deal

And Cloudflare customers get way better availability

The Internet Archive, repository for some 468bn webpages, has become a fail-over service for Cloudflare customers, which could improve website availability for everyone.…

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New strategy, Cloudera? Hadoop flinger launches NoSQL database, visualisation tools in head-scratching flurry

Another facet of its data platform vision thing

Analysis  For a data company, Cloudera appears to be short on answers. Amid a raft of technology releases, it seems to be trying to insert its muzzle into two well-established markets while questions still remain over its Enterprise Data Cloud, announced more than a year ago.…

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AWS hoping to pick up stream with Cloud Digital Interface: Low latency cloud network for uncompressed video

Cloud connection with the performance of 12G-SDI - as long as VMs are physically close together

Amazon Web Services has said its new Cloud Digital Interface (CDI) will enable cloud-based video production across multiple virtual machines for the first time.…

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.UK overlord Nominet tells everyone not to worry about 'distorted' vote allocations in its board elections

Errors had no material effect on the outcome, promises the, er, board chairman

Nominet has been forced to admit it wrongly calculated election results for its board of directors in 2018 and 2019.…

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Cisco’s ‘intuitive security’ tool can’t handle MAC address randomization out-of-the-box

iOS 14's new MAC-handling could stop upgraded devices from connecting, Android 10 also a mess

Cisco promotes its Identity Services Engine (ISE) as “Intuitive network security for the digital age”. But the company has just explained that it’s not very good at handling the common practice of MAC address randomization by mobile devices.…

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What the hell is going on with .uk? Dozens of domain names sold in error, then reversed, but we'll say no more about it, says oversight org

Fasthosts made a mistake, this exhibit is closed

The perilous state of the UK's internet space has been exposed once again, as the second largest seller of .uk domain names admitted last night it wrongly sold dozens of valuable internet addresses.…

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Oracle hosting TikTok US data. '25,000' moderators hired. Code reviews. Trump getting his cut... It's the season finale

Reality TV has now come to international business deals

Comment  In a business dance oddly reminiscent of reality TV twists and turns, it appears an offer by Oracle to handle TikTok in the US may have tipped the scales and tentatively gained White House approval.…

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Wednesday 16 September 2020

AWS Aurora PostgreSQL versions vanish from the mega-cloud for days, leaving customers in the dark

Disappeared databases since returned with no memory of what happened, speculation of bug abounds

Several versions of Amazon Web Services' Aurora PostgreSQL went missing earlier this week, prompting concern among AWS customers.…

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AWS Aurora PostgreSQL versions vanish from the mega-cloud for days, leaving customers in the dark

Disappeared databases since returned with no memory of what happened, speculation of bug abounds

Several versions of Amazon Web Services' Aurora PostgreSQL went missing earlier this week, prompting concern among AWS customers.…

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With no viable alternatives, big names flock to Adobe's cloudy wares amid global pandemic

The new normal is all right for some

Disruptions caused by COVID-19 continue to play into Adobe's hands with company execs last night toasting doubles all round as sales went up 14 per cent to $3.23bn year-on-year and pre-tax profit leaped 26.5 per cent to $1.06bn.…

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Workday targets 'procurement software' market after bumper Q2, but boss man is big on ambition, thin on detail

Customers clearly looking to simplify buying into supply chains - but the market is tougher than it looks

Workday's boss got a chance to flex his jaw muscles this week at Deutsche Bank's 2020 Global Technology Conference, using that platform to talk up his interest in the market for procurement software.…

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Tuesday 15 September 2020

VMware admits most vSphere users won't build a mini-cloud to run K8s, fixes it with new add-on

Update to vSphere 7 brings container fun without VSAN, NSX or vRealize, but still needs some SDN nous

VMware has pushed out the first update to vSphere 7, and it offers the chance to run containers and Kubernetes alongside VMs on modest collections of servers.…

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'Mindset reset' contributes to £1bn extra costs and another delay – 2 years this time – for Emergency Services Network

A year's delay costs £550m... so, er, no rush, eh?

A "mindset reset" in the UK's Emergency Services Network (ESN) project is behind £1bn in additional costs and a further delay of two years, according to Home Office boss Matthew Rycroft.…

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AWS is bursting with pride for its Arm CPU cores – so much it’s put them behind a burstable instance type

If Nvidia wants a proof-of-concept of A64 in a compute cloud, here's one

Amazon Web Services has found another use for its home-brewed Graviton2 Arm processors: powering an instance type designed for burstable performance.…

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Wow, you guys have so much in common: Oracle hotly tipped to power TikTok’s US operations as Microsoft deal rejected

A strange pairing indeed

Updated  Oracle is reportedly set to provide technology to the US wing of TikTok – the astronomically popular China-based social network – in what could be the century’s strangest corporate match-up.…

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Ready, set, go lean and agile: Businesses find priorities and quick assurance in the cloud

Cloud-managed networking gives IT managers visibility, control

Sponsored  The impact of COVID-19 has exposed the limitations of managing existing enterprise networks. Wi-Fi data traffic and Wi-Fi calling have increased as cable broadband networks continue to support the offload of mobile data traffic.…

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Monday 14 September 2020

Microsoft wants to link satellites to Azure – but it should probably fix its cloud first: Cooling outage hits UK COVID-19 portal

Equipment failure shuts down servers, networking, storage

Microsoft is said to be eyeing up linking people to Azure via satellite – just as its cloud platform partially tripped over in the UK, derailing the country's coronavirus statistics page.…

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Brit mobile network EE follows O2 by ending trading relations with retailer Dixons Carphone

'It’s hard to see how Carphone can turn around its mobile business'

BT is ditching a two-decade trading agreement with Dixons Carphone in preference of selling services via its own network of high street stores, months after O2 called time on its contract with the retailer.…

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Google's solution for Business Application Platform: More Anthos

Cloud giant's Kubernetes-based brand presented as open source and multi-cloud – but it is not so simple

Google Cloud's Next OnAir – a 63-day video epic – is drawing to a close with its Business Application Platform week, but the main keynote was on the exact same topic as that from a fortnight ago: Application Modernization, specifically Anthos.…

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Saturday 12 September 2020

Oracle customers caught in the cross-hairs of Larry’s 'interesting dynamic'

But playboy CTO and Big Red plays to Wall Street types with slick sales patter

The first rule of presenting club is, know your audience. Larry Ellison certainly knows his.…

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Friday 11 September 2020

Stop asking for Amazon, Google and Microsoft cloud with 'no justification': US Library of Congress told to drop its 'brand-name'-tastic RFP

Oracle wins protest after agency failed to get it kicked out for not being a reseller

In a decision [PDF] issued yesterday, a US public watchdog said the Library of Congress needs to stop asking contractors to supply brand-name-only commercial stuff for a five-year $150m cloud hosting contract.…

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China makes treatment of its 5G vendors an issue to rank with climate change or disarmament

'No government should politicize 5G' says position paper published to mark United Nations’ 75th birthday

China has made treatment of its 5G vendors an issue of the same rank as its aspirations on issues like climate change and trade liberalisation.…

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Thursday 10 September 2020

Microsoft reveals slow, staccato, disruptive auto-patching service for some Windows VMs on Azure

Not for all patches, not ASAP, not all at once, not for production workloads and maybe not worth it yet?

Microsoft has started a preview of automatic guest VM patching on Azure.…

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Wednesday 9 September 2020

When Huawei leaves, the UK doesn't lead in 5G, says new report commissioned by... er... Huawei

Telcos wary of new tech spend anyway, say analysts

New research from analyst house Assembly suggests the UK faces a £18.2bn hit to its economy as a result of the decision to ban Huawei from the nation’s network. It’s a stark figure, vastly surpassing the one provided by the British govenrment, which estimated the cost to carriers at the £2bn mark.…

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Gartner on cloud contenders: AWS fails to lower its prices, Microsoft 'cannot guarantee capacity', Google has 'devastating' network outages

Take your pick, folks! Latest Magic Birfurcation has some strong caveats, but little is likely to change

There's some interesting criticism in Gartner's latest "Magic Quadrant" report on Cloud Infrastructure and Platform services, which covers just seven providers, the only vendors which it considers qualify for the description "hyperscale cloud providers."…

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Even with a 49% uplift in sales and a 46% drop in expenses, Slack still can't turn a profit

Where's our Zoom miracle, cry investors. Growth for hipster chat platform expected to slow as 2020 grinds on

Slack reported 49 per cent revenue growth for its Q2 ended July 31, but its stock nonetheless suffered a pounding in after-hours trading.…

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Fasthosts finally promises to stop pushing unwanted .uk domains onto irritated customers

Six years of No gets heard - but only because of legal jeopardy

UK domain registrar Fasthosts has finally promised to stop pushing unwanted .uk domains onto its customers, six years after the scheme was first launched.…

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Don’t lump us in with Facebook, internet infrastructure companies warn European Union

IP addresses and domain names must be kept out of content battles, says RIPE and CENTR

Europe’s two largest internet network infrastructure organizations have warned lawmakers not to lump the core network in with online platforms and apps when it comes to content regulations.…

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IBM’s Cloud just ruined a perfectly good lunchtime by losing power to a few racks in Australia

Reminder: Top-tier clouds promise they’re really good at keeping power on all the time

IBM’s Sydney cloud data centre lost power in “multiple racks” today.…

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Hey, want to make a few bucks? Let Google sell your store's Wi-Fi network capacity

Orion WiFi tries to make a market for under-utilized bandwidth

Google on Tuesday announced a service called Orion Wi-Fi to allow businesses to sell spare wireless network capacity to cellular service providers.…

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America’s 5G efforts get shot in the arm with mid-band spectrum free-up

FCC rushes auction process through following Defense Department’s agreement

The deployment of next-gen 5G mobile network in the US has just got a shot in the arm, with the FCC announcement that at the end of the month it will approve use of a big chunk of mid-band spectrum solely for 5G.…

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Tuesday 8 September 2020

What a cluster-buck! Nutanix and Microsoft to swap licence credits under new Azure deal

Hyperconverged pioneer bids to manage all the things

Nutanix will kick off its annual gabfest today with news that it’s completed the set of top-tier cloud alliances by striking a deal with Microsoft.…

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Huawei set to exit server, storage and networking business in the UK

Company confirms redundancies as Enterprise division slashes portfolio

Exclusive  Huawei is yanking a bunch of Enterprise product lines from the UK in the wake of a business review, admitting that the campaign waged by US President Donald Trump hasn’t helped its plight on this side of the pond.…

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Angry 123-Reg customers in the UK wake up to another day where hosted mail doesn't get through to users on Microsoft email accounts

Our own customers think we're ignoring them, say irate business owners

Users of UK web hosting firm 123-Reg’s email service told The Reg this morning that 96 hours after clocking the issue, they are still having trouble sending emails to users with Microsoft's Live, Outlook or Hotmail accounts.…

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Monday 7 September 2020

The Wrath of Amazon: JEDI wars rage on after US Department of Defense affirms Microsoft contract

AWS claims 'blatant political interference'

AWS has come out with guns blazing after the US Department of Defense's (DoD) reaffirmed Microsoft's JEDI contract win on Friday, with the cloud vendor alleging the award was a “flawed, biased, and politically corrupted decision,” that had been directly and improperly influenced by US President Donald Trump.…

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Samsung scores $6.6bn for 5G at Verizon

Remember how established carrier vendors were going to clean up after Huawei bans? Not so much, maybe ...

Samsung Electronics has won a $6.6bn contract to supply 5G infrastructure to Verizon in the US, beating out more established and traditional telco suppliers Nokia and Ericsson.…

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Your company got through the pandemic by leaping into the cloud – but did you leave data security behind?

We'll help you retrain data protection teams for IaaS and SaaS life

Webcast  Remote working really does look like it’s going to be the new normal, either by the average worker continuing to stay away from the office in the mid-term or, perhaps more interestingly, because many organisations have now switched to understanding the benefits of dispersed and remote workers as a viable option for the corporate toolset.…

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Friday 4 September 2020

5G router, anyone? MediaTek lobs cheaper chipset at telco carrier pigeons

Everyone's looking to cash in on the race to next-gen network

With 5G increasingly touted as an alternative to existing fixed-line broadband connections, Taiwanese semiconductor biz MediaTek has pushed out its latest chipset for next-generation routers.…

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Cisco mostly silent on when and what it knew about malicious WebEx wipeout

Anyone can make infosec mistakes, but Cisco isn't anyone

COMMENT  Cisco this week launched a version of WebEx Classrooms, a version of its online collaboration suite tweaked for educational purposes and promised to enable “secure hybrid learning”.…

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Thursday 3 September 2020

Why cloud costs get out of control: Too much lift and shift, and pricing that is 'screwy and broken'

The Reg talks to the experts about how to manage spend

Feature  Spinning up services on public clouds is dead easy, but what about staying in control of the bill?…

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Anyone else noticed that the top countries for broadband speeds are well-known tax havens? No? Just us then?

Meanwhile, UK languishes in 47th according to rankings

The UK has slipped down the global broadband speed rankings and now sits at 47th place, according to a new report from…

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With a million unwanted .uk domains expiring this week, Nominet again sends punters pushy emails to pay up

No one wants them – including all of Britain’s top brands

Nominet is at it again: the .uk registry operator has emailed owners of domain names to panic them into renewing .uk domains they never wanted in the first place.…

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Hold on to your hats, Net Neutrality version 2 is on its way courtesy of Trump and the FCC's moves on Section 230

Astroturfing, political posturing, invective. Exactly what internet policy needs

Comment  A flawed consultation into Section 230 – America's safety blanket that shields online platforms like Google and Facebook – has already devolved into a mess dangerously reminiscent of the net neutrality debate.…

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Wednesday 2 September 2020

There's gall – and then there's the security director who stole and resold 41 government-owned networking switches

South Carolina crook jailed for 2 years after flogging $340k of purloined Cisco kit

A former IT security director was yesterday given a two-year prison sentence after he admitted to stealing and reselling dozens of networking switches from a county government.…

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Makes sense, this does, says US appeals court as it swats away Oracle's protests in $10bn JEDI contract spat

Seems the only things being generated by Pentagon deal are legal arguments

The ongoing JEDI pantomime took another turn today [PDF] as Oracle's challenges to the handling of the winner-takes-all $10bn cloud contract were rejected by a US appeals court.…

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Tuesday 1 September 2020

What rhymes with 'boom' and is veritably raking it in thanks to the coronavirus pandemic?

Do people even know alternative videoconferencing software exists?

The coronavirus pandemic has been kind to videoconferencing service Zoom, which has seen Q2 2021 revenues soar by 355 per cent year-on-year on the back of widespread adoption by business and personal users alike.…

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Nominet backtracks on .uk domain expiration money grab, critics still fear sweetheart deal to come

At registry operator, money talks and everyone else is ignored

Analysis  Nominet has backtracked on a plan to give itself control of .uk's multi-million-pound domain-name-expiration market following an outcry by its members.…

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Monday 31 August 2020

Cisco warns miscreants are crippling IOS XR network gear over the internet with memory black-holes. No patch yet

Plus: Time to dump that old backdoored ZTE mobile hotspot

In brief  Cisco has warned hackers are crashing or crippling its networking kit out in the field by black-holing all available memory via specially crafted IGMP packets.…

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Google and Facebook abandon Hong Kong landing of new submarine cable

There be dragons, say US authorities, so first planned US-HK cable darkens its last leg

Google and Facebook have dumped plans to build an undersea cable between the US and Hong Kong after after US security agencies warned that Beijing could use the link to infiltrate American networks.…

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CenturyLink L3 outage knocks out web giants and 3.5 percent of all internet traffic

Cloudflare fingers intertwined BGP and Flowspec SNAFUs

Internet backbone operator CenturyLink has experienced an outage that degraded performance of major web companies around the world.…

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Friday 28 August 2020

Running IT from the edge – it’s time to go go with your ROBO

We're apart but never more together – tune in to make your remote infrastructure sing

Webcast  As remote and dispersed working continues – and is likely to continue to do so until a COVID-19 virus vaccine is fully deployed, and then some – the IT industry is responding with a number of viable ways of keep business as usual.…

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What does Workday think gives it the edge in COVID crisis? 'We're not an ERP vendor,' says CEO Bhusri

Firm not the only SaaS-y outfit to enjoy bumper results during pandemic

In what has been a bumper week for SaaS slingers, cloudy HR and finance application specialist Workday has shovelled 20 per cent more sales onto its top line and slashed losses.…

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What a time for a TITSUP*: Santander down and out on pre-Bank Holiday payday

What happened? No info. *Total Inability To Support Users with the Particulars

It's Friday at month's end just before a Bank Holiday – Pay and Bills Day – and users of Santander's UK arm have been unable to use online banking and apps since 9:49 AM BST. Thousands of companies use the bank to process UK payroll.…

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Google Firebase Cloud Messaging offers spam tier for some – no account required, just knowledge of bad security

All that's necessary is willingness to abuse server keys exposed in apps and some technical know-how

Ten days ago, Abhishek Dharani, a Bengaluru, India-based bug hunter who goes by the name Abss online, recounted how he received a reward from Google for reporting a vulnerability in Google's Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM) service.…

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Thursday 27 August 2020

Things that go Splunk in the night: We're 2 years ahead of cloud mix sales forecasts thanks to pandemic, yells data cruncher

But all that glitters is not cloud as losses widen

The pandemic has sped up Splunk's forecast cloud biz mix by two years, with subscription sales now accounting for half of total software bookings. Sadly – for management – the big data cruncher's losses are widening.…

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What would you prefer: Satellite-streamed cat GIFs – or a decent early warning of an asteroid apocalypse?

Earth's crowded orbit may obscure vital readings from space, boffins warn

Swarms of small communications satellites saturating space may make it more difficult to observe and track potentially hazardous asteroids zooming toward Earth, astronomers have warned.…

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Taiwan and US make joint declaration to only use 'clean' 5G kit

It's all about transparency, yet China didn't rate a mention

Taiwan and the US have made a joint declaration that calls for “rigorous” checks on 5G kit to prevent interference from foreign governments.…

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Engineer admits he wiped 456 Cisco WebEx VMs from AWS after leaving the biz, derailed 16,000 Teams accounts

Wow. Just... wow. And his new employer doesn't want to fire him

A former Cisco employee pleaded guilty in a San Jose federal court on Wednesday to unlawfully accessing Switchzilla's Amazon Web Services infrastructure and damaging the networking giant's cloud computing resources.…

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Never mind record revenue and profit, the churn must go on: Salesforce trims workforce day after bumper results

Thanks for raising the share price 25% *checks HR playbook* now get lost

To remind everyone that big biz loves to shave a few per cent off the workforce each year or quarter, regardless of its fortunes, we today present you Salesforce.…

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Wednesday 26 August 2020

The answer is Anthos, cries Google's OnAir videogasm. But what is the question?

Chocolate Factory pitches 'App Modernization' tech at devs, though what added value it brings is foggy

It is week seven of Google's OnAir videogasm and that means - if anyone is still paying attention - "Application Modernization", which in Googleland is code for (you guessed it) running your stuff in containers, preferably via the bundle of services it calls Anthos.…

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Conflict of interest? We've heard of it. AWS on selection panel to choose's chief digi officer

'Highly inappropriate' comments senior civil servant

Again highlighting cosy relations between Amazon’s cloudy biz and, Alex Chisholm, permanent secretary for the Cabinet Office and head of the civil service, has confirmed that AWS UK’s head Doug Gurr will sit on a panel that chooses the next government chief digital officer (GCDO).…

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If you're having a hard time of it, we advise you to look away now: Salesforce is palpably chuffed about its Q2 figures

'Totally bummed out' that Dreamforce isn't happening, though

Cloudy CRM slinger Salesforce has filed a buoyant set of results for Q2 ended 31 July in the face of a global pandemic and related economic slump.…

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Supreme Court rules against Huawei in long-rolling Unwired Planet patent sueball: Take the licence terms we set or else

British courts can set global royalty rates for foreign firms

Huawei this morning lost a long-running patent lawsuit against Unwired Planet in a case that will determine global FRAND patent rules for years to come – and also sets London as the jurisdiction of choice for squabbling telecoms multinationals.…

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Huawei mobile mast installed next to secret MI5 data centre in London has 7 years to do whatever it is Huawei does

Which is, y'know, telecoms stuff

A Huawei phone mast is to be installed next to a secret MI5 data centre, despite government directives to strip the Chinese company's equipment from UK mobile networks in the next seven years.…

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Baidu cloud catches up by offloading cloudy networking and storage to SmartNICs

Also claims database breakthroughs with home-brewed MySQL-compatible code

Chinese web giant Baidu has followed other clouds by adopting SmartNICs to handle boring bits of cloud workloads and leave its Xeons free to do more heavy lifting.…

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Tuesday 25 August 2020

Intel, HP, Tesla, etc protest to US monopoly watchdog: Are you just gonna let Qualcomm patent-tax us to death?

You had teeth once, FTC – use them

Intel, HP, Tesla and a host of other tech giants have written to America's Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging it to appeal Qualcomm's legal win against the watchdog in a row over patent fees.…

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Mysterious metadata monster swamped Google’s blobs and crashed its cloud

Parts of the GCloud are more robust and survived, but the fix is not yet in for others

Google has explained how and why big chunks of its cloud crashed last week, and as is often the case the company broke itself.…

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Microsoft cooking Azure instance types just for chip designers

Ties up with TSMC on innovation lab and banks on elasticity speeding up design pipeline

Microsoft is cooking up specific Azure instance types optimised for Electronics Design Automation, as part of a new collaboration Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).…

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IT blunder permanently erases 145,000 users' personal chats in KPMG's Microsoft Teams deployment – memo

'Microsoft has confirmed the Teams chat data is not recoverable'

Exclusive  The personal chat histories of 145,000 Microsoft Teams users at KPMG were inadvertently and permanently deleted last week, thanks to an IT blunder.…

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Connectivity class acts make learning truly a treasure that follows its owner everywhere

Good Wi-Fi experience sets base for managing teaching and stimulating learning away from confines of classroom

Sponsored  The Covid-19 pandemic has directly impacted students at all levels – from early education to post-graduate – and in every part of the world as governments order nationwide closures of education institutions at the first wave of its spread.…

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Monday 24 August 2020

Oh dear, what a pity! It seems you can't join the directors at the Zoom meeting today

Mute your mic anyway, the foam is hissing as you open your beer

Zoom says it's fingered "the issue" preventing users from authenticating to the Zoom website, or starting and joining Zoom meetings and webinars, so if you thought you'd miss the 4pm "quick catch-up" with sales, your hopes are getting slimmer.…

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‘IT professionals increasingly define themselves by capabilities they excel at managing’ says Atlassian chap

Cloud magically means ‘Microsoft expert’ is less valuable than ‘sales tech expert’, apparently

“Historically, IT professionals defined themselves by the vendors whose technology they were good at managing,” says John Stame. “Technology consultants might have marketed themselves as experts in Dell systems, or might have advertised their deep expertise with Microsoft tools.”…

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Friday 21 August 2020

FYI: Chromium's network probing accounts for about half DNS root server traffic, says APNIC

Detecting ISP shenanigans has led to a constant deluge of packets

The Google Chromium team's effort to detect when ISPs are trying to hijack domain name typos has led to a lot of network load: the browser's query response testing routine now accounts for about half of all DNS root server traffic according to a new study.…

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TalkTalk, Three, and Virgin Media, come on down! You've all won a prize for... not being that great at something!

Brits speak their brains for comms regulator Ofcom's customer audit

What do TalkTalk, Three, and Virgin Media all have in common? They've each won a gong for sating the lowest proportion of customers in broadband, mobile, and landline services respectively.…

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Alibaba and its cloud are growing like a weed, but the cloud is losing money

‘Fluid situation’ with USA not overly worrying CEO, who says company will comply with any new rules

Alibaba has reported another rampaging quarter in which it recorded US$21.76bn revenue and net income of $5.59bn, a 34 percent and 28 percent jump respectively, but while its cloud unit also posted strong growth the company can’t yet say when it will turn a profit.…

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What legacy is IBM really shooting for? Cheating its own salespeople out of millions? Here we go again, allegedly

Big Blue insists commission 'adjustments' aren't caps

Yet another IBM salesperson has sued the venerable computing biz for allegedly capping their sales commissions after agreeing not to do that.…

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Thursday 20 August 2020

They're 'clean': SoftBank gets thumbs-up from Uncle Sam for keeping Chinese gear off its Japanese 5G network

Seal of approval handed out for supply chain security in various tech sectors

SoftBank's Japanese 5G network has been awarded "clean status" by the US government.…

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Worldwide Google services – from GCP to G Suite – hit with the outage stick

Not all users affected, but it's not a great start. Oh and Slack's out too. Good morning everyone

Google cloud services across the world are having a nap, with multiple GCP products including App Engine, Cloud Storage, Cloud Logging and BigQuery down since 06:45 UTC (07:45 UK time).…

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Breaching China's Great Firewall is hard. Pushing packets faster than 1Mbps once through is the Boss Fight

Network boffin finds packets headed into China go AWOL yet packets coming out do just fine

79 percent of internet traffic flows into China struggle to flow faster than 1Mbps, but the Great Firewall is probably not to blame.…

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Nominet promises .uk owners it'll listen to feedback on plan to award itself millions... as long as it agrees with it

We haven’t made up our mind, registry claims, we just won’t accept changes

UK internet registry operator Nominet has responded to criticism of its plan to overhaul the distribution of expiring .uk domains by promising to listen to feedback… and then immediately refused to accept a petition calling for the plan to be scrapped.…

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Brocade's SDN spinout Lumina Networks to shut down in an orderly fashion

OpenDaylight-based vendor says proprietary networking is still winning and bemoans lack of VC support

Software-defined networking vendor Lumina Networks “has begun an orderly shut-down of business.”…

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Wednesday 19 August 2020

FCC: Remember that confidential paperwork you gave us, China Telecom? Yeah, well, we're handing it over to the Feds

Chinese telco's pleas to not be booted out of America will be passed to prosecutors

America's comms watchdog will hand over confidential info on China Telecom to US government officials probing the communications giant and its operations in the Land of the Free.…

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Cloud now bigger than Dell, HPE, Lenovo, Cisco COMBINED

$233 billion revenue in 2019, says IDC, with the top five creaming a third of it

Global spend on cloud services hit $233.4bn in 2019, says analyst firm IDC, and the biggest five players accounted for a third of it and grew faster than the chasing pack.…

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Tuesday 18 August 2020

X86 or Arm? AWS now lets you choose both at once for Kubernetes

Elastic Kubernetes Service clusters can mix and match architectures for production workloads

Amazon Web Services’ Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) now runs and is supported for production workloads on the cloud colossus’ Arm-powered servers.…

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Oh what a feeling: New Toyotas will upload data to AWS to help create custom insurance premiums based on driver behaviour

Connected car vision has been in first gear for years, cloudy scale could jump-start plans

Toyota has expanded its collaboration with Amazon Web Services in ways that will see many of its models upload performance data into the Amazonian cloud to expand the services the auto-maker offers to drivers and fleet owners.…

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CenturyLink caught trying to steal customers despite promising court it wouldn’t, promises it won't do it again

Two-faced ISP gets $250,000 tickle, will be watched by independent monitor

CenturyLink has been caught trying to steal rivals’ customers despite signing a court document promising it would do no such thing.…

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As the COVID-19 coronavirus took you into the cloud, did your data protection come along for the ride?

Brush up on your data security and protection skills in our upcoming show

Webcast  If ever there was a convenient push to move stragglers into the cloud, the COVID-19 coronavirus has provided that impetus.…

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Monday 17 August 2020

Whoa, no Huawei wares, Hua-wei, livin' on a prayer: US government says we've got to hold on to what we've got

Commerce Department doubles down on China chip sanctions

The US Commerce Department on Monday took further steps to deny Huawei access to US chipmaking technology with the announcement of more restrictions on the China-based telecom biz and its affiliates.…

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India to run optic fibre to 450,000 villages in 1,000 days and give 1.3bn a digital Health ID

Which may be why PM Narendra Modi has also announced a cyber security policy

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has marked the nation’s Independence Day by pledging to connect all of India’s villages to optic fibre within 1,000 days.…

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Do the ROBO, do the ROBO... Time to stop dancing around the subject of remote IT delivery and get stuck in

We'll help your organisation better run workloads out in the field

Webcast  We’re not going back to the office anytime soon. Sorry to keep banging on about this, but we’re experiencing one of the most seismic shifts in daily work culture since the invention of the telephone.…

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Donald Trump thought-bubbles an Alibaba ban as Chinese clouds clam up on prospect of ban

President says ‘other’ Chinese companies could feel the ban-hammer

US president Donald Trump has suggested the United States may ban Chinese tech giant Alibaba.…

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Saturday 15 August 2020

Where there's a .mil, there's Huawei: Pentagon allowed to keep using Chinese tech deemed too dangerous for everyone else – report

DoD said to get extension to avoid crackdown on Chinese comms kit

The crackdown on telecoms gear from Huawei and other Chinese companies in federal networks will not apply to US Department of Defense, at least for a few more weeks.…

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Friday 14 August 2020

Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced techie is indistinguishable from magic

And with a wave of his hand, the printer was fixed

On Call  Friday is here and while we cannot promise a break in the weather, we can bring forth another recollection from those brave souls staffing the helpdesk courtesy of The Register's On Call mailbag.…

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Thursday 13 August 2020

Sources: Oracle Commerce Cloud devs laid off as platform struggles to gain traction, move to modern architecture

Big Red: Everything's fine

A bunch of Oracle developers supporting its Commerce systems are being let go as Big Red seeks to downsize the struggling platform.…

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Tencent’s gaming surge trumps potential loss of the one or two percent of cash it makes in America

Files 'Please explain' memo to Washington as revenue jumps 29 percent and profit pops even higher

Chinese web giant Tencent has reported strong growth and brushed off the potential impact of the USA’s proposed ban on its WeChat service and cloud operation.…

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India to trial restoration of Internet access in Kashmir

But only to bits that aren’t conflict hot spots

India has taken a small step towards restoring meaningful internet access to the disputed states of Jammu and Kashmir, by ordering a trial restoration of 4G services in select areas.…

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Cisco to sell everything-as-a-service – even core networking hardware – and cut costs by a billion bucks

Q4 revenue took a nasty kick in the COVIDs, but profit bounced anyway

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins says the company is considering an as-a-service offering for its core networking hardware.…

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Wednesday 12 August 2020

Zoom-er or later, your past catches up with you: Vid chat service catches sueball over end-to-end encryption claim

US consumer nonprofit alleges it was false advertising

What's that barging into Zoom's socially distanced virtual family reunion? It's a lawsuit from US nonprofit Consumer Watchdog alleging the videoconferencing giant misled the public over its purported use of end-to-end encryption.…

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Texas jury: Apple on the hook for half a billion dollars after infringing 4G LTE patents

Famed IP holder pops champers as Cupertino plots appeal

A jury in Texas yesterday agreed that Apple should cough up $506.2m in FRAND royalties for including 4G LTE capability on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch without buying a licence from a group of IP holders.…

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Wi-Fi 6 isn't signed off yet, but boffins are already teasing us with specs for venerable wireless tech's next gen

Wi-Fi 7 had us on 'Extremely High Throughput,' the latency improvements sound nice, too

As the IEEE 802.11 project, forebearer of Wi-Fi, marks its 30th anniversary next month, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) gear is just beginning to appear in the market, even as the spec awaits final ratification later this year.…

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Appeals judges toss out FTC win: What Qualcomm did to its rivals was 'hypercompetitive, not anticompetitive'

Chip designer ruled not a monopolistic strangler after all

An appeals court has reversed an earlier ruling that Qualcomm broke America's antitrust laws, dealing a blow to the FTC, which brought the case.…

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Tuesday 11 August 2020

Yes, you can spin up a hybrid multi-cloud in just one hour – and we’ll show you how

It’s the best way to lead your cloud migration. Watch our next RegCast to learn more

Webcast  As your staff continue to work from home, likely well into 2021, there’s never been a more pressing moment to consider the different ways you can make your business work better with a remote workforce.…

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Dreams feel real while we're in them, don't they Salesforce? 'Critical' virtual event Dreamforce faces the axe

'Obviously a critical brand' says CEO Benioff as he calls off online occasion

Salesforce's 170,000-attendee annual uber-conference that the world knows as Dreamforce looks set to be no more - not even in digital form - at least as far as the 2020 version is concerned.…

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UK Home Office dishes out contracts to 999 control room vendors after wasting cash on network tech it abandoned

Another chapter in the sorry Emergency Services Network saga

Capita's contract to hook up emergency services control rooms under the UK's troubled Emergency Services Network (ESN) is being renewed for £6.5m without competition.…

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India connects submarine cable to islands where some still live in the stone age

But others live on colossal military bases that extend the range of India’s armed forces

India has inaugurated a submarine cable between the mainland and the Andaman and Nicobar islands, an archipelago 1350km from the nation’s east coast.…

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Monday 10 August 2020

Overbudget and behind schedule, UK's Emergency Services Network reaches 500th base station milestone

4G connectivity in bonny Glencoe, but clock on project deadline is ticking

Britain's troubled Emergency Services Network (ESN) hit a major milestone today with the completion of its 500th base station.…

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Transport for London asks Capita to fling Congestion Charge system into the cloud

For that and other work, hard-pressed integrator cops 5-year £355m contract. What the worst that could happen?

Capita has scored a hefty contract with Transport for London that includes sending the body's on-prem IT systems for the Congestion Charge, and the Low and Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ), into the cloud.…

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With this Uber get-to-work-safe app, you are really spoiling us, ServiceNow

The. Defining. Enterprise. Software. Company. Of. The. 21st. Century

For those who can't operate a taxi app on their phone, ServiceNow has linked arms with Uber to bring the world a "Book Uber" feature via its Workplace Safety Management app to solve the "biggest problem businesses face".…

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Friday 7 August 2020

China slams ‘dirty’ USA’s ‘clean network’ plan and reminds world of USA's ECHELON snoop-fest exposed by Edward Snowden

‘Everyone can see that the US goal is to keep its monopoly in science and technology’ says Chinese foreign minister

China has ridiculed the USA’s plan to build a clean network and a coalition of nations who follow it by expunging all Chinese tech and businesses from local telecoms infrastructure.…

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Thursday 6 August 2020

CSI GitHub: That big outage last month? It's always DNS. Or it was Kubernetes. Maybe it was a heady blend of both

'Impact was increased when a redeploy was triggered in an attempt to mitigate'

GitHub has reported on the reasons behind a severe four-and-a-half-hour outage on 13 July.…

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Arm and Vodafone flex their muscles to show Cisco they’re fighting fit on the edge

Telcos won't give up on the dream of becoming enterprise app stores instead of dumb data pipes

Arm and Vodafone Group have flexed their muscles in a way designed to menace Cisco and other networking vendors, while keeping alive telcos’ dreams of offering enterprise app stores.…

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Wednesday 5 August 2020

Intel and VMware get down and virty to collaborate on virtualized RAN platform

Helpful as Huawei is increasingly swept aside for 5G infrastructure

Intel has announced a new partnership with virtualization giant VMWare to collaborate on building a new software platform for 5G vRAN (virtualized radio access network) infrastructure.…

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Network sniffers find COVID-19 did not break the internet, but it was responsible for a massive jump in outages

Disruptions leapt 63% as lockdowns came into force after February

Global internet disruptions went up 63 per cent after February and remained elevated throughout the first half of 2020 compared to pre-pandemic levels, according to net and cloud researcher ThousandEyes.…

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Google catches up to AWS and steals a march on Azure with introduction of cloudy Certificate Authority Service

Underdog gives Redmond something to think about

Google is introducing a Certificate Authority Service for customers of its cloud platform. AWS already has an equivalent, but Microsoft's Azure cloud does not.…

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TriggerMesh hooks up with AWS EventBridge to connect 'virtually any application' with cloudy service

Welcome to the SMOKEstack, we've got fun and games

TriggerMesh has introduced an integration with AWS EventBridge, now in preview, that enables virtually any application, on-premises or elsewhere, to fire events in the service for automated workflows.…

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There’s no going back. We have entered the age of digital-first. Now we need to secure it

Tune in and hear all about new research into the benefits of safe remote collaboration – auf Deutsch

Webcast  Many of us have started to become accustomed to the new normal of remote working and are doing the best we can in business as we try to navigate the waters of digital collaboration. It’s become generally accepted that this style of working is – on many levels – the future of work.…

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Alibaba Cloud reduces RAM, disk size and price of some cloud servers

Tiniest instance type gets price hike and spec shrinkage

Alibaba Cloud has quietly tweaked prices and specs for some of its cloud servers.…

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Tuesday 4 August 2020

Virgin Media CEO says Brit broadband biz 'performed well' in Q2, which is a weird way to say losses almost tripled

More customers, more coverage, but profit proves elusive

It was up, up and up some more for Virgin Media in its latest full quarterly numbers: UK internet customers increased, network coverage swelled and losses almost tripled.…

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University of Cambridge to decommission its homegrown email service Hermes in favour of Microsoft Exchange Online

Institute says the knowledge needed to run it is fading, but the move wasn't without opposition

The University of Cambridge has said that it will decommission its on-premises Hermes email service in favour of Microsoft's Exchange Online. Currently both systems are in use.…

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Bored binge-watchers bork beleaguered broadband by blasting bandwidth: Global average speeds down 6.31%

You can guess why – but in some places internet actually got faster

Video-streaming binges as a result of the coronavirus lockdown have flooded broadband networks and led to a reduction in connection speeds.…

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Is securing Office 365 still a future project for your business? Better act now – the future is already here

No excuses left – we'll help you on the fast road to compliance

Webcast  "Things are never going to be the same." That’s the kind of phrase still being thrown around as we rub our eyes and try to wake from the rather bad dream we’ve been sharing for the past few months.…

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Monday 3 August 2020

Psst, free advice: You need a hybrid multi-cloud – and here are three reasons why

We'll show you how to build that one platform to rule them all

Webcast  You’ll often hear arguments from IT pros over whether to embrace a hybrid cloud or multi-cloud for your next bold enterprise technology move. In case you’ve been living under a large rock formed of legacy server stacks and bundles upon bundles of Cat 5 cables for the last few years, yes, there’s a stark difference between hybrid cloud and multi-cloud.…

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