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Cloud Direct stung for £80k in constructive dismissal lawsuit after director's 'insincere' evidence to tribunal

Mon, 2021-02-22 10:28
'Shambolic', 'unfair', 'wholly incorrect'... all because they wanted rid of their sales manager

A UK cloud reseller that tried to fend off an unfair dismissal lawsuit by giving “knowingly untruthful” evidence to a judge has been ordered to pay more than £80,000 by the Employment Tribunal.…

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The iPhone 12 captured our attention and wallets, says new report from Gartner

Mon, 2021-02-22 09:30
Latest and greatest put Samsung in second, while Huawei risks irrelevancy

The launch of the iPhone 12 massively distorted the smartphone market in Q4 2020 with the new 5G-capable mobes sucking oxygen from rival Samsung.…

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Forget GameStop: Keyboard warriors and electronic trading have never mixed well

Mon, 2021-02-22 08:15
Big Bang? More like Big Bork thanks to a warning shouted too late

Who, Me?  This week's Who, Me? is dedicated to that moment when you realise you're about to do something silly but are unable to stop yourself.…

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Brave browser leaks visited Tor .onion addresses in DNS traffic, fix released after bug hunter raises alarm

Mon, 2021-02-22 07:14
Plus: IBM's lawyers hacked, Kia denies ransomware hit, France declares war on hackers, and more

In brief  Brave has patched up its privacy-focused web browser after it was spotted leaking its Tor users' dark-web habits.…

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China sets new rules for Ant Group to play by if it wants to think again about a float

Mon, 2021-02-22 06:33
Banks given limits to their involvement with web giants’ online lending operations

China has set out new rules for lenders that operate online, and they’ll probably make life harder for Alibaba’s financial services limb, the Ant Group, should it consider another attempt at a stock market listing.…

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China's semiconductor self-sufficiency drive slid backwards in 2020

Mon, 2021-02-22 04:58
5.9 percent of silicon made at home now, goal is 70 percent in 2025 and the USA's sanctions seem to be biting

China-owned silicon manufacturers' domestic market share has slipped below six percent, according to analyst firm IC Insights, suggesting the nation's goal of silicon semi-self-sufficiency in just four years time is in strife.…

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Australian government fights Facebook news ban by threatening 0.01% of Zuck's ad revenue

Mon, 2021-02-22 03:53
Talks continue but pay-for-news law won’t be amended

Australia’s finance minister says it is his “expectation” that the nation “will pull back from advertising on Facebook” while The Social Network continues to prevent the sharing of links to news stories in the nation.…

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Malware monsters target Apple’s M1 silicon with ‘Silver Sparrow’

Mon, 2021-02-22 00:00
Behaves like a legit software installer and phones home for instructions, but lacks a payload

US security consultancy Red Canary says it’s found MacOS malware written specifically for the shiny new M1 silicon that Apple created to power its post-Intel Macs.…

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Happy birthday, Python, you're 30 years old today: Easy to learn, and the right tool at the right time

Sat, 2021-02-20 13:10
Popular programming language, at the top of its game, still struggles to please everyone

Feature  February 20, 2021, the 30th anniversary of Python, finds the programming language at the top of its game but not without challenges.…

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UK Supreme Court declares Uber drivers are workers, not self-employed: Ride biz's legal battle ends in a crash

Sat, 2021-02-20 06:34
Brits score vital win against US giant's gig economy model

The UK Supreme Court yesterday ruled that Uber’s drivers in Blighty are workers for the app-based taxi service, rather than self-employed contractors, potentially paving the way for more than 40,000 drivers to claim minimum wage and paid time off.…

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Dangerous flying car drone zoomed into UK's Gatwick Airport airspace after killswitch failed

Fri, 2021-02-19 23:28
Goodwood Festival of Speed took a nasty turn in 2019, finds AAIB

A “flying car” drone being shown off at Goodwood Aerodrome in England was using unlicensed spectrum for safety-critical radio commands – and when its operators lost control the craft climbed into airspace reserved for Gatwick Airport, an accident report has revealed.…

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House Republicans introduce legislation for outright ban on municipal broadband in the US

Fri, 2021-02-19 22:57
Doomed bill seems to forget municipal broadband exists due to failures of private sector

House Republicans this week proposed legislation that would ban the creation of municipal broadband networks at a federal level, and shutter networks in areas where some private competition exists – purportedly to improve internet access across the US.…

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Ghost of Microsoft's Legacy Edge browser will linger as the default on Surface Hubs after April execution for desktops

Fri, 2021-02-19 22:00
Consistency is key

Microsoft is almost as keen to kill off Legacy Edge, Windows 10's original great browser hope, as it is to stomp on the ancient Internet Explorer – because it looks like it'll be sticking around on the Surface Hub.…

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Ex-American football player attempts to breathe life into failed lawsuit claiming <i>Gears of War</i> used his likeness

Fri, 2021-02-19 21:09
First Amendment under the microscope

Former NFL player and pro-wrestler Lenwood Hamilton has asked the Supreme Court to revive his suit accusing Microsoft and Epic Games of using his likeness in the Gears of War game franchise.…

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What's that, Lassie? Dogs show signs of self-awareness according to peer-reviewed academic study?

Fri, 2021-02-19 19:59
Canine friends may not be as dumb as they sometimes like to appear

Canine stars of internet videos the world over have another feather in their cap as a scientific study claims they show signs of self-awareness and understanding the consequences of their actions.…

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Axe-happy Microsoft halves support for Windows 10 Long Term Servicing Channel

Fri, 2021-02-19 19:01
Who wants to live forever?

Rationalisation of the Long Term Servicing Channels at Microsoft has led to the firm chopping the support lifecycle of the next LTSC of Windows 10 in half: from 10 to five years.…

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Healthy 32-year-old offered COVID-19 vaccine because doctors had him down as 6.2cm tall with BMI of 28,000

Fri, 2021-02-19 17:16
Bloke was placed into vulnerable category because of his weight

The conflict between imperial and metric reached new heights this week as a man believed by his GP surgery to be 6.2cm tall was invited to be vaccinated against COVID-19.…

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€121,000 YOGA Book Android is 'priced right' says Lenovo

Fri, 2021-02-19 16:25
Gouging in a pandemic? They should be ashamed of themselves!

Laptops aren't quite as rare as hen's teeth or rocking horse shit but massive demand means inventories for all vendors are low, and clearly the laws of supply and demand are leading some to raise prices.…

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British govt emits fuzzy vision for UK version of American boffin special forces group Darpa

Fri, 2021-02-19 15:30
Aria. Doesn't have quite the same ring to it, does it?

Speaking to the UK’s House of Commons Science and Technology Committee last autumn, Dr Peter Highnam, US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) deputy director, said: “Having national security as the mission frames everything. It is not wide open; there is always context and use cases.”…

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The chips are down. We need your support, semiconductor industry tells US president Biden

Fri, 2021-02-19 14:37
How about some investment... or at least a tax break?

The US semiconductor industry has sent an open letter to President Biden [PDF] asking for support in domestic semiconductor research and manufacturing, arguing the sector's importance to national security and the country's tech dominance demand it.…

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