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Google leak-hunting team put under unwelcome spotlight

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 8:53pm
Lawsuit reveals ominous warnings from former government special agent

"If you're considering sharing confidential information to a reporter – or to anyone externally – for the love of all that's Googley, please reconsider! Not only could it cost you your job, but it also betrays the values that makes us a community."…

Gravitational waves permanently change spacetime, say astroboffins

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 7:59pm
'Orphan memory' could unlock more secrets hidden in our universe

A team of physicists has proposed a new idea about gravitational waves that will allow other researchers to find more exotic objects in space.…

New York Attorney General settles with Bluetooth lock maker over insecurity claims

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 7:19pm
One down, at least seven more to go

Computer-controlled locks are some of the more popular Internet of Things devices making it into the home, and in the first settlement of its kind, the New York Attorney General has reached an agreement with a manufacturer to make them more secure against hackers.…

Supreme Court closes court-shopping loophole for patent trolls

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 7:09pm
Things are about to get very quiet in Eastern Texas

The US Supreme Court has issued a ruling that could block patent-holding firms from seeking out friendly courts to hear their infringement claims.…

Scheming copyright scam lawyer John Steele disbarred in Illinois

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 6:33pm
Justice coming for Prenda Law

Notorious copyright troll and scammer John Steele of Prenda Law has been disbarred by the Illinois Supreme Court.…

SSD price premium over disk faaaalling

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 5:49pm
Updated IDC SSD forecast sees 44 per cent capacity CAGR 2016-2021

The general solid state drive price premium over disk should decline from 6.6x now to 2.2x in 2021, according to new IDC numbers.…

Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 4:03pm
He just smiled and gave me... er, a copy of the Ts and Cs

Vegemite is trying to hijack Australian airline Qantas's public competition to name its new airliners.…

IBM man goes deep on why they're all shiny OpenCAPI people

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 3:24pm
More details emerge at HPC powwow in Switzerland

HPC Blog  IBM gave the audience a deeper dive into the OpenCAPI initiative and hardware at the recently concluded HPC Advisory Council annual meeting in Lugano, Switzerland.…

7 NSA hack tool wielding follow-up worm oozes onto scene: Hello, no need for any phish!

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 3:01pm
Why can't you be like a cheerful HHGTTG dolphin overlord?

Miscreants have created a strain of malware that targets the same vulnerability as the infamous WannaCrypt worm.…

Pioneer Kodi plug-in unplugs

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 2:32pm
Too risky, too spammy, too smutty, say devs

Developers of the popular Kodi plug-in Navi-X have pulled the plug on further development, citing the "current legal climate" around its work.…

Quick, better lock down that CISO role. Salaries have apparently hit €1m

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 2:02pm
Thanks WannaCrypt... Hey, about our new security budget. Oh, you've cut it

Salaries for chief information security officers (CISOs) at leading European firms have hit €1m (£850,000) as the threat of data breaches grows, City AM reports.…

Ford to replace CEO with connected car division boss – reports

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 1:29pm
Share price slump sees a certain door opening early

Ford has reportedly invited its CEO to leave following a slump in share prices which some media reports pin on the US auto maker’s shift from focusing on cars to tech.…

Uncle Sam drags feet on govt data center cull

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 1:03pm
Not enough agencies tightening their belts, say auditors

US government agencies are falling behind on their plans to consolidate data center facilities to cut IT costs.…

SoftBank-Saudi fund raises world's biggest tech pot at $93bn

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 12:29pm
AI, robotics fund definitely won't trigger the singularity *twitch*

The world's biggest tech fund backed by Japan's SoftBank Group has raised $93bn (£71bn) which it intends to plough into AI and robotics.…

O2 will be carrying out UK IoT connectivity trials later this year

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 11:56am
Internet of Things arrives at British telco

Exclusive  British telco O2 is the first to publicly confirm that it will be trialling 3GPP-compliant Internet of Things connectivity tech in the UK later this year.…

Ding-ding-ding. Round 2 of Toshiba Memory biz bid fight. Where the heck is WDC?

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 11:30am
4 fighters in the ring... but Western Dig could still jump in

+Comment  There are four bidders for Toshiba’s Memory Business and WDC isn’t one of them.…

No nudity please, we're killing ourselves: Advice to Facebook mods leaks

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 10:54am
What's allowed and what isn't

A large quantity of Facebook's advice for its English-language content moderators* has been obtained and published by The Guardian newspaper, giving insight into how it handles material on the site.…

Project Gollum: Because NHS Caring means NHS Sharing

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 10:33am
How we will save the NHS from cyber-ransom

¡Bong!  Even over Skype, the weeping of the National Health Service's Chief Transformation Officer could be heard even over the sound of the breaking waves here on Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman.…

Rubrik CEO: It's a passion project, not a hobby and not a 'job'

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 10:02am
Bipul Sinha and the Indian ex-pat tech CEO's club

Profile  How did Bipul Sinha, a man with neither entrepreneurial nor operation executive-level tech business experience, become the CEO of a startup?…

GitHub throws open doors on 'app' souk

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 9:30am
Online store will try to make developer tools work better for businesses

Social code repository GitHub is making it easier for developers to fetch data and spend money.…