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TikTok to splurge €420m on Ireland data centre to get Euro-data into Europe by 2022

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 08:24
Nothing but love for regulators, but nothing for hyperscalers despite previous Google Cloud entanglement

Controversial made-in-China social network TikTok has announced it intends to “establish a new data centre in Ireland, and our first data centre in Europe” and will spend “approximately €420million” on the project.…

Mozilla warns more Firefox website breakage to come because devs just aren't checking for SameSite snafus

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 08:03
UK govt portal among those borked

Mozilla on Wednesday warned that an ongoing change in the way Firefox handles browser cookies may interfere with websites – and urged web developers to test their code.…

China re-shapes its silicon industry to boost production

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 07:32
The smaller the manufacturing process, the bigger the subsidies

China has unveiled a slate of new and more focused initiatives aimed at helping local chipmakers boost production and accelerate product development.…

The results are in: Science says the Solar System's magnetic heliosphere looks like a deflated croissant

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 07:07
Or maybe a spleen? Stomach? Snot bubble? You decide

Pic  Not only does the good ol’ Sun provide us with light and warmth, its solar wind casts around the planetary system a protective magnetic bubble that’s probably shaped like a... deflated croissant.…

Google creates secure file locker for countries where people often share smartphones

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 06:09
Handy service for India and Nigeria, or feature creep that constricts competition?

Google has added a secure file locker to the “Files” app that it offers as a clean-up service for Android owners, and suggested it as ideal for users who share a smartphone.…

We Kana believe it! Raspberry Pi Foundation launches Japanese keyboard

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 05:15
Hiragana love this new peripheral after it created all sorts of firmware fun

The Raspberry Pi foundation has created its first made-for-Asia peripheral: a Japanese keyboard.…

USA decides to cleanse local networks of anything Chinese under new five-point national data security plan

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 04:31
‘Clean Network’ initiative bans use of Chinese clouds, names Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent as compromised

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has announced a “Clean Network plan” he says offers a “comprehensive approach to guarding our citizens’ privacy and our companies’ most sensitive information from aggressive intrusions by malign actors, such as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).”…

Canon not firing on all cylinders: Fledgling cloud loses people's pics'n'vids, then 'Maze ransomware' hits

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 03:18
'We are investigating the situation'

Canon has had a double shot of bad luck lately. First, its brand-new photo-and-video-hosting cloud started losing files. Now it's reportedly fallen victim to ransomware.…

US voting hardware maker's shock discovery: Security improves when you actually work with the community

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 02:09
ES&S takes the bold step of not ignoring vulnerability reports

Black Hat  Just hours after Professor Matt Blaze today discussed the state of election system security in America, one of the largest US voting machine makers stepped forward to say it's trying to improve its vulnerability research program.…

Ever wonder how a pentest turns into felony charges? Coalfire duo explain Iowa courthouse arrest debacle

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 00:08
Get. The. Terms. Of. The. Audit. In. Writing

Black Hat  The two penetration testers whose arrest and imprisonment made headlines last year are finally sharing their story, and it is a doozy.…

America was getting on top of its electronic voting machine security – then suddenly... A wild pandemic appears

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 22:06
'We need to prepare for a number of scenarios that may not come to fruition' says Prof Blaze

Black Hat  Just as America was getting a grip on improving the security of its electronic ballot boxes, the coronavirus pandemic hit, throwing a potential surge in remote voting unexpectedly into the mix, the Black Hat hacking conference was told today.…

Microsoft introduces Open Service Mesh for Kubernetes, plans quick donation to CNCF

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 21:03
'Customers are trying to use Istio and having a hard time, we see this from the support ticket volume'

Interview  Microsoft plans to donate a new open source project, the Open Service Mesh (OSM), described as a "lightweight and extensible service mesh that runs on Kubernetes," to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), and has kicked off the process to do so.…

Google reports 80% spike of Flutter-built apps in Play Store as 1.20 is released

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 18:12
Autofill arrives for mobile forms, plus new viewer widget, performance and tooling updates

Google has released version 1.20 of its Flutter cross-platform framework for mobile, web and desktop, and reports that the number of Flutter-built apps in the Play store has increased from 50,000 to 90,000 since April.…

Dogged by sickly supply chain, Arista cats warn of networking gear shortages until the end of 2020

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 16:51
CEO bemoans looming recession and 'trade wars', but hey, we're halfway through the week

Elongated lead times for Arista's hottest networking gear won't likely improve until at least the final quarter of 2020 at the earliest as the supply chain continues to recover from COVID-19.…

Intel and VMware get down and virty to collaborate on virtualized RAN platform

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:48
Helpful as Huawei is increasingly swept aside for 5G infrastructure

Intel has announced a new partnership with virtualization giant VMWare to collaborate on building a new software platform for 5G vRAN (virtualized radio access network) infrastructure.…

Clue's in the name: Samsung's next Galaxy Note line captures scrawls with responsive stylus then punts them over to a PC

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:01
It's good at taking notes. Plus: Tablet-sized foldable, ear beans, and more

Samsung has unveiled two new models of its Galaxy Note smartphone and made sure they're really good at helping you to take notes.…

Network sniffers find COVID-19 did not break the internet, but it was behind a massive jump in outages

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 14:20
Disruptions leapt 63% as lockdowns came into force after February

Global internet disruptions went up 63 per cent after February and remained elevated throughout the first half of 2020 compared to pre-pandemic levels, according to net and cloud researcher ThousandEyes.…

Rackspace IPO bags $704m, proceeds used to pay down debts to private equity backer

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:45
'Not the most glorious of returns to public market' says analyst

Twelve years after first going public, Rackspace has returned to the NASDAQ with more of a whimper than a bang. It has raised $704m, the vast majority of which will be used to pay down debts owed to its private equity backer.…

Google to pull plug on Play Music, its streaming service that couldn't beat Spotify, in favour of YouTube Music

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:15
Phased shutdown ends December, and subs will be shunted to other platform

Google will begin the process of shutting down its Play Music streaming service later this month, concluding in December when the tech giant nukes all user-uploaded tracks.…

UK data watchdog having a hard time making GDPR fines stick: Marriott scores another extension, BA prepares to pay 11% of original £183m penalty

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:25
COVID-battered businesses win reprieve from Information Commissioner's Office

Updated  British Airways expects the fine for its 2018 credit card data leak to be just 10.8 per cent of the original £183m proposed by the UK data watchdog – while US hotel chain Marriott has both halved and kicked its own data protection fine into the long grass once again, The Register can reveal.…