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China slams ‘dirty’ USA’s ‘clean network’ plan and reminds world of USA's ECHELON snoop-fest exposed by Edward Snowden

18 hours 18 min ago
‘Everyone can see that the US goal is to keep its monopoly in science and technology’ says Chinese foreign minister

China has ridiculed the USA’s plan to build a clean network and a coalition of nations who follow it by expunging all Chinese tech and businesses from local telecoms infrastructure.…

Capital One fined $80m for shoddy public cloud security. Yeah, same bank in that 106m customer-record hack

19 hours 36 min ago
All that money must be wired to the US Treasury immediately

Capital One must pay a $80m fine for its shoddy public cloud security – yes, the US banking giant that was hacked last year by a miscreant who stole personal information on 106 million credit-card applicants in America and Canada.…

Foreshadow returns to the foreground: Secrets-spilling speculative-execution Intel flaw lives on, say boffins

20 hours 58 min ago
A misunderstanding about the vulnerability means defenses fall short

Some of the boffins who in 2018 disclosed the data-leaking speculative-execution flaws known as Spectre and Meltdown today contend that attempts to extinguish the Foreshadow variant have missed the mark.…

Geneticists throw hands in the air, change gene naming rules to finally stop Microsoft Excel eating crucial data

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 23:58
Spreadsheet woes spanning 16+ years force official update

Geneticists have issued new guidelines in naming human genes – after spending years wrestling with Microsoft Excel and similar software that automatically converts the names of genes to dates.…

When it comes to hacking societies, Russia remains the master at sowing discord and disinformation online

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 22:49
China can't hold a candle to GRU's shenanigans, says expert

Black Hat  While China is the bête noire du jour of the US government, Russia is the master of spreading disinformation, fostering conflict, and derailing discourse online, the Black Hat security conference was told today.…

Intel NDA blueprints – 20GB of source code, schematics, specs, docs – spill onto web, Chipzilla denies hack

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 20:31
Leaker only 'a bit concerned' about getting sued

Updated  Swiss IT consultant Tillie Kottmann on Thursday published a trove of purportedly confidential Intel technical material, code, and documents related to various processors and chipsets.…

OnePlus Nord is surprisingly fixable compared to earlier stablemates, but common repairs require disassembly

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 17:00
Drop the heat gun, pal: minimal glue means there's hope for brave butterfingers among you

The OnePlus Nord is one of the most heavily hyped phones of 2020. In addition to being OnePlus's first real stab at the mid-range in several years, it also has the distinction of being reasonably easy to repair, according to iFixit.…

Frosty the plaintiff: Yeti Data flings surprise trademark sueball at Snowflake

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 16:15
Blizzard of litigation ahead of purported $20bn IPO

Snowflake, the much-touted cloud-native data warehouse company, has been hit with a lawsuit over its name just as it is reportedly set to launch a stock market IPO.…

Well, that was quick: Google brutally culls Pixel 4 and 4 XL before successor hits market

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 15:35
They didn't even make it a year

Just days after unveiling its latest Pixel 5 flagship, Google has retired the last-gen Pixel 4 and 4 XL smartphones.…

Think carefully about cyber insurance, says NCSC. But don't worry about buying off ransomware crooks

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 15:00
Should your policy cover that? Well that's up to you

The National Cyber Security Centre has urged British businesses to think carefully when picking a cyber insurance policy – but won’t say whether insurance that covers ransomware payoffs is a bad thing or not.…

Work-from-home shift trickles down to Western Digital as cloud builders stuff storage in bit barns to meet demand

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 14:25
How to survive a pandemic

Western Digital ended the year on a relative high as the work-from-home trend across much of the world led to a buying frenzy from cloud builders expanding their data centres to feed demand.…

CSI GitHub: That big outage last month? It's always DNS. Or it was Kubernetes. Maybe it was a heady blend of both

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 13:50
'Impact was increased when a redeploy was triggered in an attempt to mitigate'

GitHub has reported on the reasons behind a severe four-and-a-half-hour outage on 13 July.…

Greatest crossover of all time: Microsoft and Samsung preview Android apps on Windows via Your Phone app

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 13:15
Continuum reborn? Not quite, and some features are Sammy-only for now

Microsoft and Samsung have previewed Android apps running on Windows – or appearing to, since the apps actually run on a connected smartphone, but are viewed and controlled from the PC, a technique called app streaming.…

Call of duty, modem warfare: Taiwanese Qualcomm rival MediaTek teams up with Intel for firm's first stab at 5G laptop modem

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 12:47
Reminding Chipzilla of days gone by...

Taiwanese fabless semiconductor biz Mediatek has made its first forray into the PC-based 5G connectivity market, bringing welcome competition to a an area dominated by Qualcomm.…

EY to outsource compute function, sending 800 staff into the loving arms of... IBM

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 12:15
Global Service Delivery Centres in Poland, Argentina, India, China and the Philippines all impacted, as are staff in UK and US

Exclusive  The artist formerly known as Ernst & Young is preparing to transfer the majority of its in-house compute function to IBM, with 800 people in various corners of the world set to make the move from October onwards.…

Data warehouse firm hopes more will follow Yellowbrick road for real-time analytics, speedy cloud data transfer

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 11:38
But the competition is fierce

Yellowbrick, purveyors of an analytical data warehouse built on flash memory, has launched feature updates aimed at real-time analysis and cloud-to-on-prem data movement.…

Oppo Find X2 Neo: We're not getting any slimmer through lockdown, but phones are

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 10:54
Lovely-to-hold blower sadly missing some features for the price

Review  The first thing you notice about the Oppo Find X2 Neo is how incredibly thin it is.…

National Crime Agency says Brit teen accused of Twitter hack has not been arrested

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 10:10
Bognor Regis man still faces 20 years in clink, though

The British teenager accused of being part of the gang that hacked Twitter and posted a cryptocurrency scam from various US celebrities' accounts has not yet been arrested.…

UK insurance biz Direct Line drops 'misrepresentation' claims against IBM in £36m database platform lawsuit

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 09:30
Case continues over failed Project Emerald

Direct Line has dropped its claims that IBM negligently misrepresented its ability to develop an insurance platform – though the UK insurer is continuing its £36m legal battle against the US tech giant for allegedly having "seriously underestimated the complexity" of a 2014 contract.…

Arm and Vodafone flex their muscles to show Cisco they’re fighting fit on the edge

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 08:58
Telcos won't give up on the dream of becoming enterprise app stores instead of dumb data pipes

Arm and Vodafone Group have flexed their muscles in a way designed to menace Cisco and other networking vendors, while keeping alive telcos’ dreams of offering enterprise app stores.…