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Microsoft paid me $650 to scrub Windows 10 from my grandpa's PC, says man

El Reg - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 2:16pm
Dodges small court claim over GWX nagware

Microsoft has paid the relative of an Alzheimer’s patient for having to scrub his PC clean of Windows 10.…

Facebook Told To Stop Taking Data From German WhatsApp Users

Slashdot - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 2:10pm
An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: Facebook, already under scrutiny in the U.S. and the European Union for revisions to privacy policies for its WhatsApp messaging service, was ordered by Hamburg's privacy watchdog to stop processing data of German users of the chat service. In a renewed clash with the social-network operator, Johannes Caspar, one of Germany's most outspoken data protection commissioners, ordered Facebook to delete any data it already has. The news comes as EU privacy regulators, who previously expressed concerns about the policy shift, meet in Brussels to discuss their position. There's no legal basis for Facebook to use information of WhatsApp customers, Caspar said Tuesday. "This order protects the data of about 35 million WhatsApp users in Germany," Caspar said. "It has to be their decision as to whether they want to connect their account with Facebook. Therefore, Facebook has to ask for their permission in advance. This has not happened."

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Hapless VESK hit by second major two-day outage

El Reg - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 2:06pm
Just as well it removed the 100 per cent uptime claim, then...

Hosted desktop and cloud provider VESK has been hit by a major two-day login outage - the second such incident to occur at the London-based company in the last month.…

IBM, WanDisco, DataTorrent and pals sign Hadoop interoperability pact

El Reg - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 2:00pm
ODPi boasts of big enterprise names joining scheme

The initiative created to standardise Apache Hadoop applications has netted a handful of large enterprise vendors that have committed to its interoperability programme.…

No wonder we're being hit by Internet of Things botnets. Ever tried patching a Thing?

El Reg - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 1:46pm
Akamai CSO laments pisspoor security design practices

Internet of Things devices are starting to pose a real threat to security for the sensible part of the web, Akamai's chief security officer Andy Ellis has told The Register.…

Baidu Research grills AI models on deep learning

El Reg - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 1:32pm
Tool aims to reduce machine-training time

Baidu Research has launched DeepBench, a new tool for AI researchers interested in assessing deep learning operations across hardware platforms.…

Ordinary punters will get squat from smart meters, reckons report

El Reg - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 1:18pm
Small savings for us, big moolah for gas 'n' 'leccy suppliers

Smart meters will benefit suppliers nearly twice as much as consumers in terms of cost savings, according to an assessment by the late Department for Energy and Climate Change.…

More Lenovo staffers to be buried in the redundancy pit

El Reg - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 1:01pm
Over 1,000 roles will go as peak smartphone approaches

Lenovo has told around 1,100 staff they are surplus to requirements as it battens down the hatches following continued weakness in smartphone demand.…

YouTube-MP3 Ripping Site Sued By IFPI, RIAA and BPI

Slashdot - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 1:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Two weeks ago, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry published research which claimed that half of 16 to 24-year-olds use stream-ripping tools to copy music from sites like YouTube. The industry group said that the problem of stream-ripping has become so serious that in volume terms it had overtaken downloading from 'pirate' sites. Given today's breaking news, the timing of the report was no coincidence. Earlier today in a California District Court, a huge coalition of recording labels sued the world's largest YouTube ripping site. UMG Recordings, Capitol Records, Warner Bros, Sony Music, Arista Records, Atlantic Records and several others claim that YouTube-MP3 (YTMP3), owner Philip Matesanz, and Does 1-10 have infringed their rights. The labels allege that YouTube-MP3 is one of the most popular sites in the entire world and as a result its owner, German-based company PMD Technologies UG, is profiting handsomely from their intellectual property. YouTube-MP3 is being sued for direct, contributory, vicarious and inducement of copyright infringement, plus circumvention of technological measures. Among other things, the labels are also demanding a preliminary and permanent injunction forbidding the Defendants from further infringing their rights. They also want YouTube-MP3's domain name to be surrendered. "YTMP3 rapidly and seamlessly removes the audio tracks contained in videos streamed from YouTube that YTMP3's users access, converts those audio tracks to an MP3 format, copies and stores them on YTMP3's servers, and then distributes copies of the MP3 audio files from its servers to its users in the United States, enabling its users to download those MP3 files to their computers, tablets, or smartphones," the complaint reads. "Defendants are depriving Plaintiffs and their recording artists of the fruits of their labor, Defendants are profiting from the operation of the YTMP3 website. Through the promise of illicit delivery of free music, Defendants have attracted millions of users to the YTMP3 website, which in turn generates advertising revenues for Defendants," the labels add.

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Fujitsu UK sales director: I'm off

El Reg - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 12:44pm
Shifting deals 'like trying to push water uphill' quips reseller

It is all change at the top of Fujitsu’s product business with UK sales director Kevin Matthews quitting after he struggled to get the revenue dial moving in the right direction, sources have told us.…

Disney rollercoaster helps pop out kidney stones

El Reg - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 12:38pm
We're not even taking the piss

A study from Michigan State University has found that a ride on a rollercoaster is just the ticket for those needing help in passing a kidney stone.…

Boot 2 Gecko Being Stripped From Mozilla's Codebase

Phoronix - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 12:37pm
At the end of 2015 Mozilla effectively put an end to Firefox OS / Boot 2 Gecko by concluding things weren't working out for Mozilla Corp and their commercial partners to ship Firefox OS smartphones. All commercial development around it has since stopped and they are now preparing to strip B2G from the mozilla-central code-base...

Official: Windows 10 has hit the 400 million device mark

El Reg - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 12:18pm
Pro version accounts for growing share of business PC sales

Microsoft’s self-installing Windows 10 operating system has reached the 400 million mark, the firm announced at its Ignite conference in Atlanta this week, up from the previous high of 350 million in August.…

Nutanix's 'expected' IPO date is 30 September

El Reg - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 12:02pm
Nasdaq spews stock-market launch date

Nutanix is letting the Nasdaq do the talking regarding when the tech upstart will launch its stock-market debut: the New York exchange says it's expected to be September 30.…

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El Reg - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 11:48am
More bad news for the Purple Palace

A US Senator is calling on the Securities and Exchange Commission to join the queue to administer a kicking to Yahoo!.…

That's cold: This is how our boss told us our jobs are at risk, staffers claim

El Reg - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 11:30am
Blue you're in, purple you'll change. No colour? Update CV

Shrinking Cisco Gold reseller Intrinsic Technology has put a bunch of staff across various departments at risk of redundancy amid an organisational restructure.…

KDE Kirigami 1.1 UI Framework Released

Phoronix - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 11:25am
One month after Kirigami's first public release, KDE Kirigami 1.1 is now available as the newest stable of this user-interface framework designed for mobile and convergent applications in Qt...

Oh Snap! How intelligent people make themselves stupid for Snapchat

El Reg - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 11:14am
The very finest of new tech babbling

Comment  Perv-magnet app Snapchat is no more. It has renamed itself Snap! as it wants to be a respectable media tech company. Specifically, it says “a camera company”.…

Fedora 25 Goes Into Beta Freeze Today, New Features Need To Be Completed

Phoronix - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 11:07am
Today is a big day along the Fedora 25 schedule and stepping towards its official debut in November...

Hyperconvergence: Where is the technology, and the CIO, going?

El Reg - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 11:01am
Going fast is great, but only if you have direction

Hyperconvergenced computing offers some advantages for CIOs, but the advantages don’t exist in a vacuum. Companies have to predict what kind of environment their appliances will be running in, four or five years from now, and how they can prepare for it.…