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Cabinet Office losing grip on UK government departments – report

Wed, 03/05/2017 - 10:02am
The centre cannot hold...

Despite attempts to force government departments in the UK to work together, the "age-old tension" between Whitehall and the Cabinet Office continues – and that's according to an annual report by Parliament's Public Accounts Committee.…

Speaking in Tech: Gather round children for some Fyre festival horror tales

Wed, 03/05/2017 - 9:26am
Plus: You call yourself an engineer?

Another AI assistant... It's getting crowded in here, isn't it, Siri?

Wed, 03/05/2017 - 9:02am
Amazon pushes Alexa into host of devices as teeming throng of AIs fills room

Analysis  Voice-activated speakers and digital assistants may just seem like the modern, more annoying version of the old Microsoft paperclip, continually offering help and reminders where they are not needed. But while Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana, Google Home/Now and Amazon Echo/Alexa may have a long way to go, we will look back on them as the advance guard in a crucial battle – to define and control the next generation of the mobile and web experience, on the long route to the Tactile Internet.…

Gang-briefed by IBM bosses in Hawaii? Nah, I'll take redundancy

Wed, 03/05/2017 - 8:29am
Sun, sea and solutions on the Pacific island for the Best of Big Bluers

The so-called Best of IBM will descend on Hawaii this week as a pat on the back for “delivering signature client experiences and results”. No, really. But it won’t all be sun, sea and slides - gang-briefings on “solutions” will feature heavily too.…

Desperate VCs are pretty much just throwing cash at Rubrik now

Wed, 03/05/2017 - 8:03am
Boss man sees unprecedented 'opportunity to double down'

Analysis  Cloud data management startup Rubrik has confirmed speculation about new funding with a massive $180m round, but has $61m from the last round in the bank. What gives?…

Unpaid tech contractor: 'I have to support my family. I have no money for medicines'

Wed, 03/05/2017 - 7:34am
Who'd be a contractor when a payroll company 'suspends' payments with no explanation?

Your correspondent's inbox has never seen anything quite like this: I've received more than 50 personal emails from tech contractors affected by the “suspension” of payments by Plutus Payroll, an Australian outfit that pays tech contractors.…

Microsoft, Oracle sued: Tech duo accused of trampling DB patents

Wed, 03/05/2017 - 7:01am
The University of Tennessee's royalty collection arm wants its pound of flesh

The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) and Saint Matthew Research (SMR) on Tuesday filed lawsuits against Microsoft and Oracle alleging the infringement of database patents.…

Big Blue to buy Verizon's cloud

Wed, 03/05/2017 - 6:30am
Just last year Verizon said it was investing for the long haul, now it will share with IBM

In February 2016 Verizon told The Register it “remains committed to delivering a range of cloud services for enterprise and government customers and is making significant investments in its cloud platform in 2016."…

Windows 10 S: Good, bad, and how this could get ugly for PC makers

Wed, 03/05/2017 - 6:02am
Surface team roped in for not-for-students laptop

Analysis  Tuesday’s launch of Windows 10 S, a cut-down version of the operating system designed for the education market, has raised some interesting questions about Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to hit Google and Apple where it hurts.…

Mozilla takes a turn slapping Symantec's certification SNAFU

Wed, 03/05/2017 - 5:27am
Take Google's advice and get out of CA infrastructure'

Mozilla has weighed in to the ongoing Symantec-Google certificate spat, telling Symantec it should follow the Alphabet subsidiary's advice on how to restore trust in its certificates.…

Apple blocks comms-snooping malware

Wed, 03/05/2017 - 5:00am
Leaked developer certificate revoked, protection updated

Apple has moved to thwart a malware attack that used a legitimate – probably hijacked – developer certificate, by revoking the cert.…

Oracle links to LinkedIn so its salesware can sniff you out

Wed, 03/05/2017 - 4:00am
Big Red wants One Profile To Rule Them All so marketers know what to sell you

Your LinkedIn profile just got a little bit more useful … for marketers, because Oracle has done a deal with Microsoft's social network.…

135 MEELLION Indian government payment card details leaked

Wed, 03/05/2017 - 2:58am
Legislation coming to beef up Aadhaar card privacy, security

If you're enthused about governments operating large-scale online identity projects, here's a cautionary tale: the Indian government's eight-year-old Aadhaar payment card project has leaked a stunning 130 million records.…

Cloud and DevOps getting you down? Here's how IT teams can join the party

Wed, 03/05/2017 - 2:20am
Learn how to add value to digital business at Gartner's IT Infrastructure, Operations & Data Center Summit

Promo  Infrastructure and operations teams are copping criticism from two sources these days: developers want on-premises IT to behave and scale like a public cloud; line of business people expect all software to deliver an any-device, 50-more-users-NOW SaaS experience.…

How would you pronounce 'Cyxtera'?

Wed, 03/05/2017 - 2:00am
We're asking because that's what CenturyLink's former data centres are called now

How would you pronounce 'Cyxtera'?…

Qubes kicks Xen while it's down after finding 'fatal, reliably exploitable' bug

Wed, 03/05/2017 - 1:00am
You left the stable door open? AGAIN? C'mon guys, keep those guests locked up

Qubes is once again regretting how long it's taken to abandon Xen's PV hypervisor, disclosing another three bugs including host escape vulnerabilities.…