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EU steps (marginally, tentatively) towards new data protection law

El Reg - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 9:58am
Several fat ladies still to sing

European ministers are expected to reach some sort of agreement on new data protection laws later today, according to reports and sources, although discussions before a final decision are set to continue for months yet.…

Glen Greenwald: Don't Trust Anonymous Anti-Snowden Claims

Slashdot - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 9:41am
Glen Greenwald casts a scathing look at the claims (such as by the Sunday Times) that Edward Snowden's leaked information had been cracked by Russian and Chinese spy agencies. Greenwald compares Snowden to some other public figures against whom underhanded tactics were employed by the U.S. government. A slice: There’s an anonymously made claim that Russia and China “cracked the top-secret cache of files” from Snowden’s, but there is literally zero evidence for that claim. These hidden officials also claim that American and British agents were unmasked and had to be rescued, but not a single one is identified. There is speculation that Russia and China learned things from obtaining the Snowden files, but how could these officials possibly know that, particularly since other government officials are constantly accusing both countries of successfully hacking sensitive government databases?

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What you missed in tech last week: Snoop Dogg, Swift and surveillance

L'Inq - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 9:38am

The biggest stories from the past seven days

Veeam-ing all the way to the bank: No IPO for these VM replicants

El Reg - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 9:27am
Firm also claims 4,000 new customers a month

Comment  At a UK temple to old tech, the London Science Museum, storage firm Veeam introduced its new tech, promising replication of VM images to the cloud – and El Reg quizzed two top Veeamers about the company.…

Amazon caves in to pressure and releases its first transparency report

L'Inq - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 9:12am

Follows in the footsteps of Facebook, Google and Microsoft

Intel inside: Six of the best affordable PC laptops

El Reg - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 9:03am
Budget machines to leave you quids in and spoilt for choice

Product Roundup  The continued stagnation of the PC market is bad news for manufacturers, but good news for anyone who needs an affordable new laptop. Manufacturers are having to offer great value in order to attract buyers, and this means that you can now get some really attractive laptops that'll do the business for a good few years in the £500-600 bracket.…

'Right to be forgotten' applies WORLDWIDE, thunders Parisian court

El Reg - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 8:28am
You've got two weeks to appease le beak, say French legal eagles

France’s data protection watchdog has ordered Google to de-link outdated and irrelevant information from its Google.com domain within two weeks or face a fine, as the “right to be forgotten” issue once again comes to the fore.…

Huawei humps up its DS8000 heavyweight array range

El Reg - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 8:03am
Doubles performance, nearly quadruples capacity

Chinese IT conglomerate Huawei has added a third generation to its VMAX/DS8000-class 18000 series arrays.…

Linus Torvalds asks kernel devs to take a break so he can too

El Reg - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 7:29am
Linux 4.1 delayed by driver dramas and Linus' holiday

In May, Linux overlord Linus Torvalds warned that his holiday might delay the release of Linux 4.1.…

Stratosphere protects WASP's hot body, say boffins

El Reg - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 6:57am
Space 'scope spots an exo-stratosphere for the first time, warns of Titanium rain

The venerable Hubble Space Telescope has helped identify an exoplanet's stratosphere for the first time.…

North Korea Blocks Data Access For Foreigners

Slashdot - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 6:51am
According to Reuters, foreigners in North Korea who formerly had online access via the country's 3G network have now been blocked from using it, in the wake of a fire at Pyongyang's Koryo Hotel, though it was not immediately clear whether the two events are related. Vox.com has an interesting look into what internet access is like for North Koreans, but as the linked Reuters report explains, access is in general much freer for residents as well as visiting foreigners.

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Uber petitions page p0wned, thanks to textbook code

El Reg - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 6:30am
Lyft-loving Loki says taxi terrors used n00b-grade code from online tutorial to build its polls

Uber has pulled its petition sites offline after a hacker exploited web vulnerabilities lodging 100,000 fake votes and redirecting visitors to rival Lyft.…

Australia's comms regs broken says Vodafone (as it would)

El Reg - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 6:14am
'BT doesn't overcharge for mobiles' – what's wrong with this picture?

Telstra's continuing incumbency is an expensive luxury, according to the carrier's competitors, that sucks more than AU$3 billion into the carrier's maw each year.…

Cortana threatens to blow away ESC key

El Reg - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 5:58am
Toshiba's Windows 10 PCs machines to get top-left key for digital assistant

Toshiba USA has revealed that it will add a key dedicated to summoning Cortana, Windows 10's digital assistant.…

Hypercovergence isn't about hardware: it's server-makers becoming software companies

El Reg - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 4:55am
Clouds sell compute by the glass. On-premises kitmakers want to sell wine-as-a-service

Public cloud is supposed to be a mortal threat to enterprise hardware vendors, whose wares look clunky and costly compared to a servers-for-an-hour-for-cents cloud and the threat looks scary … until you actually use a public cloud for a while.…

A First: CubeSat-Style Probes To Accompany InSight Mars Lander

Slashdot - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 4:10am
Hundreds of CubeSats have been launched to Earth orbit since 2003. Now, though, two of the small-form-factor craft are set for a deeper space mission. According to Spaceflight Now, The twin CubeSat mission, known as Mars Cube One, will launch on an Atlas 5 rocket in March 2016 with NASA’s InSight lander. The CubeSats will relay status signals from InSight as the landing probe descends through the atmosphere, eliminating potential delays in verifying the success of the mission. ... Each Mars Cube One, or MarCO, CubeSat spacecraft measures 14.4 inches (36.6 centimeters) by 9.5 inches (24.3 centimeters) by 4.6 inches (11.8 centimeters) when closed up for launch, according to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which announced details of the mission Friday. The standardized and small CubeSat has made satellite design and launching accessible to schools and others; going to Mars costs a lot more (in this case it's a "$13 million secondary mission"), but it could conceivably put interplanetary probes possible for deep-pocketed universities or corporations.

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Taiwan incumbent adds G.fast to tech mix

El Reg - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 3:55am
Could launch as soon as September

Under pressure to accelerate Taiwan's broadband deployment, Chunghwa Telecom has announced it will start rolling out G.fast.…