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Extreme Networks to splash $55m on Brocade's data centre biz

1 hour 2 min ago
Further beefs up to take on the might of Cisco

Extreme Networks is to acquire Brocade Communications Systems' data centre, switching, routing, and analytics business for $55m (£44m) - part of a bid to beef up its portfolio and take on Switchzilla – aka Cisco.…

Robo-AI jobs doomsday may, er... not actually happen, say boffins

1 hour 21 min ago
Damn. Can we have our technopanic back, please?

Special Report  Today's technopanic about robots and AI, largely created by the media, may be overstated.…

Thank Souq for that! Jeff Bezos now world's second richest

1 hour 43 min ago
Close, but no BIll Gates

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos has surpassed clothing tycoon Amancio Ortega and Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett to become the world's second-richest person.…

More fun in the sandbox: Experts praise security improvements to Edge

2 hours 13 min ago
Time will tell if Microsoft's browser is less ez2pwn

Security watchers have reacted positively to recently announced improvements to Microsoft's Edge browser, which had earned an unenviable reputation for easy pwnage.…

Ten bidders sniffing around Toshiba's memory biz – reports

2 hours 41 min ago
Tenuous but critical deal to save corporation takes its first steps

Accordng to the Nikkei Asian Review, there are ten bidders for Toshiba's memory business.…

Is Jassy just jazzing on AWS database migration numbers? Smells fishy...

3 hours 10 min ago
We're not saying Larry Ellison has a point, but...

Analysis  Amazon Web Services chief Andy Jassy doesn't often tweet, but when he does it's usually to applaud the popularity of AWS's database migration service.…

BIG open-source love Microsoft and Google? You <i>still</i> won't catch AWS

3 hours 43 min ago
Code alone won't win the day

Open source wasn’t supposed to matter in the cloud. After the Free Software Foundation’s failed attempt to rein in network-delivered software services, some wrung their hands and waited for the open source apocalypse. Instead of imploding, however, open source adoption has exploded, with ever more permissive licenses rising to largely eliminate the need to contribute anything back.…

Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

4 hours 13 min ago
Looking at all the new features and highlighting the best of 'em

HANDS-ON  Windows 10 was launched on July 29, 2015, just over 18 months ago, consigning the Windows 8 experiment to history and introducing the idea of "Windows as a service" – or in other words an operating system that (with a few exceptions) updates itself whether you like it or not.…

Brocade baits its switch: Entry level kit to ID abnormal VM activity

4 hours 42 min ago
Pops out second Gen 6 FC switch a year after its first

Fibre Channel switcher Brocade has introduced its second 32Gbps (Gen 6) switch called the G610.…

UKFast opens trapdoor under prices, thumbs nose at AWS

5 hours 15 min ago
See that? That's cheaper exit bandwidth, that is

Cloudy British hosting biz UKFast has dropped its prices for cloudy Openstack hosting, it says, taking a pop at AWS as it does so.…

Is that a Veeam in HPE's eye? IT giant may gobble backup biz

5 hours 43 min ago
Veeaming Megsco could be about to do a Data Domain and buy big

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is interested in buying Veeam, sources tell us.…

Encryp-xit: Europe will go all in for crypto backdoors in June

6 hours 13 min ago
App-makers get a choice: Open up voluntarily or we'll pass laws forcing you to

The European Commission will in June push for backdoor access to encryption used by apps, according to EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová.…

How about a nice game of ... Tetris? Oxford eggheads slow PTSD onset with classic game

6 hours 44 min ago
Russian puzzler soothes brain after traumatic events

Playing a game of Tetris in the aftermath of a traumatic event can help alleviate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.…

How to leak data from an air-gapped PC – using, er, a humble scanner

Thu, 30/03/2017 - 5:30am
Security researchers propose old-school gear as a covert command & control conduit

Cybercriminals managed to infect a PC in the design department of Contoso Ltd through a cleverly crafted spear-phishing campaign. Now they need a way to communicate with the compromised machine in secret.…

Samizdat no more: Old Unix source code opened for study

Thu, 30/03/2017 - 5:02am
Nokia Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent pack away the sueball gun

After years of lobbying by computer science luminaries, Bell Labs and Alcatel-Lucent (both owned by Nokia) have relented and will allow non-commercial study of the source code for Unix Research Editions 8, 9, and 10.…

Web-app devs note: Google wants to banish JavaScript dialogues

Thu, 30/03/2017 - 4:33am
Do you really want to leave this malware-serving page? No/No

Annoying sites that open hard-to-eradicate “Do you want to leave this site? Are you sure?” dialogues are in Chrome's cross-hairs: the Chrome team has decided JavaScript dialogues offer too much scope for abuse, and is laying out a roadmap to get rid of them.…

Kremlin-backed APT28 doesn't even bother hiding its attacks, says Finnish secret police

Thu, 30/03/2017 - 4:02am
Supo: Espionage rising, attacks on infrastructure falling

The Finnish Security Intelligence Service Supo is complaining that nation-state-level attackers aren’t even bothering to hide themselves from prying eyes.…

Hey FCC, when you're not busy screwing our privacy, how about those SS7 cell network security flaws, huh?

Thu, 30/03/2017 - 3:25am
No one else seems to care, sniff politicians

US Democrats have written to America's communications watchdog the FCC complaining the mobile industry needs a kick up the backside to fix serious flaws in its networks.…

Russian mega-telco exec: 'No business case' for 5G

Thu, 30/03/2017 - 2:56am
It's all just for attention at MWC. Buuuuuuurrrrrnnnnnn

While the 5G enthusiasts often hit the headlines with visions of AI-driven robots and virtual reality, many operators remain sceptical of the new business models 5G will drive, at least in the short term. Vasyl Latsanych, CMO at Russia's largest telco, MTS, echoed the sentiments Wireless Watch hears from many of its MNO research contacts – that 5G, for now, remains a series of what-ifs, with no clear answers.…

Recruiters considered really harmful: Devs on GitHub hit with booby-trapped fake job emails

Thu, 30/03/2017 - 2:19am
All the more reason to reject new_position_offer.docx

Recruiters are known to be a bit of a pain in the ASCII in the tech world – but how about these ones: bogus headhunters attempting to infect GitHub-using software developers.…