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Puppet plays puppet master, gobbles up automation firm Distelli

7 min 28 sec ago
Twisting minds, smashing dreams

Puppet has rolled out the corporate playbook and turned puppet master for another automation company.…

UK data watchdog swots automated marketing call pest with £260k fine

47 min 30 sec ago
Easyleads applies to be struck off after investigation

The Information Commissioner's Office is claiming another big win after fining marketing firm Easyleads Ltd £260,000 for being a royal pain in the ass – or, more specifically, for making 16.7 million automated marketing calls.…

You lost your ballpoint pen, Slack? Why's your Linux version unsigned?

1 hour 39 min ago
No digital signature on hipster collab app means it's easy to make dangerous fakes

Slack is distributing open Linux-based versions of its technology that are not digitally signed, contrary to industry best practice.…

Chief digital officer and sales director leave O2 amid ongoing shake-up

2 hours 41 min ago
Roles yet to be filled

Two senior top brass at UK telecoms provider O2 have stepped down amid a period of major transition for the mobile operator.…

GNOME Foundation backs 'freedom-oriented' smartphone

3 hours 16 min ago
Librem 5 will run only open-source code, PureOS and feature radio kill switch

The GNOME Foundation has backed efforts to create a "freedom-oriented" smartphone that protects users' privacy and runs only open-source software.…

From the Dept of the Bleedin' Obvious... yes, drones hurt when they hit you in the head

3 hours 37 min ago
Research suggests maybe the heavy ones should spend less time over people

Being hit in the head by a drone won't necessarily end in decapitation. Thanks to aeronautical boffins, we know now that there is a range of possible outcomes.…

BlackBerry's QNX to run autonomous car software

4 hours 11 min ago
Parts-maker Delphi wants BlackBerry-mobiles on the road in 2019

As BlackBerry's handset business died an increasingly rapid death, execs told The Register that the company had a fabulous operating system and secure messaging to fall back on.…

Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

4 hours 41 min ago
Gives two-fingered salute to IBM designers for forcing us to use three-fingered salute

Bill Gates has said that if he had his time again, he would not have chosen CTRL-ALT-DEL as the keypress to interrupt a PC's operations.…

Toshiba sells memory biz for $18bn, becomes the Bain of Western Digital's existence

Thu, 21/09/2017 - 5:39am
Japanese company sells memory biz to private equity and WD flings sueballs to stop it

Toshiba has picked a Japanese-American consortium assembled by Bain Capital Private Equity as the buyer of its memory business. Jilted suitor Western Digital has immediately tried to stop the transaction happening.…

Ducks ding dongs in face of stiff competition

Thu, 21/09/2017 - 5:04am
Alternative title for this science paper: Seven-inch bullies humiliate unsuspecting birds

Waterfowl situation... Some alpha ducks bully smaller ducks so much when competing for mates that the beta birds' undercarriages barely take off, so to speak, a new study has found.…

CCleaner targeted top tech companies in attempt to lift IP

Thu, 21/09/2017 - 4:04am
Infected Avast tool's payload went after the likes of Microsoft, Intel and Cisco, hit 20 targets

Cisco's security limb Talos has probed the malware-laden CCleaner utility that Avast so kindly gave to the world and has concluded its purpose was to create secondary attacks that attempted to penetrate top technology companies. Talos also thinks the malware may have succeeded in delivering a payload to some of those firms targeted.…

Google hires HTC's Pixel people to make one big happy handset team

Thu, 21/09/2017 - 2:52am
HTC insists ad giant didn't scoop all its clever people and it can still make nice things

As rumoured since early September, Google has decided to hire the HTC team that designs and builds its Pixel phones.…

Top video game dev nerve-center Unity can now be used to train AI

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 10:58pm
Hot graphics and complex worlds provide a good testbed for algorithms

Unity, the most popular cross-platform game engine favored by video game developers, on Tuesday opened up its platform for machine learning researchers to test their algorithms.…

GitLab freezes GraphQL project amid looming Facebook patent fears

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 10:30pm
Promising query language garbled by legal lingo

Using GraphQL, an increasingly popular query language for grabbing data, may someday infringe upon pending Facebook patents, making the technology inherently problematic for corporate usage.…

Orland-whoa! Chap cops to masterminding $100m Microsoft piracy racket

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 10:02pm
Chinese national pleads guilty to running a massive counterfeiting ring

A Chinese national has admitted he coordinated a massive piracy ring that shifted more than $100m in bootleg Microsoft gear.…

You've been baffled by its smart thermostat. Now strap in for Nest's IoT doorbell, alarm gear

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 9:08pm
Our vulture gets his claws into new hardware

First fondle  Nest unveiled a new outdoor camera, doorbell and security system this morning in San Francisco.…

Mobe reception grief turns LTE Apple Watch 3 into – er, a dull watch

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 8:23pm
Plus: You can't switch off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on iOS 11

The new LTE-enabled Apple Watch 3 appears to suffer from a bug that can keep the touch-screen wearable from connecting to cellular data networks.…

FedEx: TNT NotPetya infection blew a $300m hole in our numbers

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 7:25pm
File-scrambling malware put a bomb under shipping giant's sales growth

FedEx has estimated this year's NotPetya ransomware outbreak cost it $300m in lost business and cleanup costs.…

Say Hello to my little friend: Nest blasts IoT world with doorbell, home security gear

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 6:40pm
Hope it doesn't freeze out folks like its thermostat

Smart home poster child Nest on Wednesday launched two new products: a video doorbell and a security system.…

IT fraudster facing four years' bird time for $10k blackmail

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 5:47pm
Blackmailed former employer, redirected company website for porn portal

An IT contractor who sabotaged a client's website and demanded $10,000 to restore it was this week convicted of wire fraud and sentenced to four years behind bars.…