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Greenland's elections just bolstered China's tech world domination plan

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 07:16
Wait... what? Strap in for the story of an Australian rare earth miner, partly owned by China, and worries about uranium dust

The future of a China-backed rare-earth mining operation in southern Greenland has become uncertain following an election in which one of the winning party's key policies was opposition to an Australian mining company.…

Indian defense chief admits China’s cyber-weapons would ‘disrupt large number of systems’ whenever Beijing presses the button

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 05:14
Working to improve 'cyberwalls', but for now swift recovery is main strategy

Video  The highest-ranked officer in India’s armed forces has admitted that China has cyber-war capabilities that can overwhelm his nation’s defenses and suggested that only cross-forces collaboration will get India to parity with its giant neighbor.…

Toshiba launches cloudy managed IoT database service running its own GridDB

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 03:45
And ponders whether to let itself be bought by private equiteer CVC for $20bn

Toshiba has received an offer to go private.…

Remember AMD, Xilinx were merging? Shareholders give thumbs up to $35bn deal

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 02:15
Let's see what the regulators say

Shareholders in AMD and Xilinx on Wednesday approved their massive proposed merger.…

DoorDash delivery drivers try to manipulate the food biz's payment algorithm to earn a living wage in gig economy

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 00:44
The trick is to get buddies to decline low-paying jobs and check old code

DoorDash drivers are encouraging one another to turn down food delivery jobs below a minimum threshold of $7 in an attempt to game the company’s in-app payment algorithm.…

Another supply-chain attack? Android maker Gigaset injects malware into victims' phones via poisoned update

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 21:11
Software nasty also 'persists after a factory reset'

Android smartphones from Gigaset have been infected by malware direct from the manufacturer in what appears to be a supply-chain attack.…

AWS straps Python support to its automated CodeGuru tool, slashes prices – just don't go over 100,000 lines

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 20:06
Or the cost triples, which is one way to encourage concise programming

AWS has declared Python support in its automated code review system CodeGuru production ready, as well as reducing the price by "up to 90 per cent."…

Software in space race heats up: Microsoft eyes satellite image processing with Thales Alenia Space's digital image analyst

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 19:11
DeeperVision software coming to Azure Marketplace

Microsoft has buddied up with Thales Alenia Space as it continues to set up ground stations in its data centres as part of its Azure Orbital push.…

US national parks to be smothered under blanket of liquid-hot Magma. Yes, the open-source 5G software

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 18:21
Now sulky teens can TikTok while you marvel at boring nature stuff

AccessParks, broadband provider to the US National Park Service, has signed up FreedomFi to deploy 5G networking over hundreds of sites using Magma open source 5G software.…

'Our hosted pools are under attack by abusers': Azure DevOps enjoys a midweek TITSUP*

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 17:33
Crypto-mining jerks at least partly to blame

Engineers around the world have been given a few hours off today, assuming they are using Microsoft's Azure DevOps Hosted Pools, as the platform buckled under a second wave of attacks.…

Redis Labs doubles value to $2bn in 9 months with $110m Series G funding round

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 17:27
SoftBank's Vision Fund 2 steps up to boost the coffers of NoSQL database biz

Redis Labs, a commercial backer of the open-source key-value store database Redis, has secured $110m in funding, with backers including Softbank Vision Fund 2.…

UK government launches new tech watchdog – because the digital sales tax went so well

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 16:42
Digital Markets Unit takes aim at giants' conduct with users and advertisers

The UK's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) today launched its Digital Markets Unit (DMU) watchdog, which aims to regulate large online platforms like Google and Facebook, and create rules governing their conduct with users and advertisers.…

Any old iron slowing down your cloud migration? Here’s what to do

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 16:00
Emulation could save you from a complete meltdown

Webcast  No-one likes to have a silo of specialized but aging kit that requires special care and attention embedded in the heart of their computing infrastructure.…

Update on PHP source code compromise: User database leak suspected

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 15:38
Possible culprit: Ancient code running in production. A vuln 'would not be terribly surprising' says maintainer

PHP maintainer Nikita Popov has posted an update concerning how the source code was compromised and malicious code inserted – blaming a user database leak rather than a problem with the server itself.…

Cybercrooks targeting UK organisations started 2020 strong only for attacks to whither away by Christmas

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 14:58
Aww, did the big bad criminals get a little lockdown burnout too?

Compromising every web-connected server and service you can find gets tiring after a while – and by the end of 2021 internet criminals targeting British companies were as fatigued as the rest of us, according to Bitdefender.…

A swarm in May is worth a load of hay, is it? JetBrains Code With Me collaborative programming tool released

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 14:00
Swarm programming with audio, video, and everyone editing at once – what could go wrong?

JetBrains today pushed out Code With Me, formerly in preview, a plugin to support remote collaborative coding, as well as updates to its Java and Ruby IDEs.…

Google putting its trust in Rust to weed out memory bugs in Android development

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 13:38
Not rewriting the whole OS, of course, but using the language going forward

Google has signalled support for the Rust programming language in low-level system code to limit the prevalence of memory-based security vulnerabilities.…

Privacy activist Max Schrems claims Google Advertising ID on Android is unlawful, files complaint in France

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 12:13
Tracking ID placed on mobile device without informed consent, says campaign group

Privacy group noyb, founded by rights advocate Max Schrems, has instigated a new complaint about Google's use of the Android Advertising ID (AAID) to track users.…

Post Office awards Fujitsu a £42.5m contract extension for the IT system behind wrongful subpostmaster prosecutions

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 11:25
Yes, that Horizon branch office management IT system

The UK Post Office has awarded Fujitsu a £42.5m contract extension to run the Horizon IT system, faults in which led to dozens of subpostmasters being wrongly prosecuted.…

Nestled between donuts and gingerbread creations lurks the Windows 7 EOS fairy

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 10:29
Windows whinging? Take your mind off it with a sausage roll

Bork!Bork!Bork!  The Easter Bunny has been and left us with a basket of bork in the form of Microsoft's Windows 7 End of Support (EOS) fairy.…