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On his way out, Trump emits exec order suggesting US cloud giants must verify ID of all foreign customers

Wed, 2021-01-20 21:58
Know-your-client demand may just be ignored by incoming Biden admin

On Tuesday, during his last full day as US President, Donald Trump issued an executive order seeking to curtail cyber attacks by directing the government to come up with rules requiring cloud service providers to better identify foreign customers.…

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Leaked memo suggests LG is thinking about quitting the smartphone biz in 2021

Wed, 2021-01-20 21:09
'The employment will be maintained, so there is no need to worry,' says CEO

LG Electronics is reportedly considering leaving the smartphone business this year, according to a leaked internal memo issued by CEO Kwon Bong-seok.…

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To plug gap left by CentOS, Red Hat amends RHEL dev subscription to allow up to 16 systems in production

Wed, 2021-01-20 20:04
'First of many new programs,' says biz, but it is no substitute for free CentOS

Red Hat, which is killing CentOS Linux in favour of CentOS Stream, will extend its developer subscription to allow free production use of RHEL for up to 16 systems.…

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US comms regulator slaps down petition to block Ligado's nationwide L-band 5G network by 3 to 2

Wed, 2021-01-20 19:17
We must put long-underused spectrum to its best use, says outgoing chairman

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has rejected a petition seeking to block Ligado Networks from deploying its LightSquared nationwide 5G network.…

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Engineer who stole trade secrets from Google's self-driving division pardoned on Trump's last day as president

Wed, 2021-01-20 18:30
As recommended by Peter Thiel

On his last day in office, US president Donald Trump has issued 143 pardons – including one for Anthony Levandowski who admitted stealing trade secrets from Waymo while a self-driving car researcher.…

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SpaceX powers through bad case of wind to nail Falcon 9's eighth droneship landing

Wed, 2021-01-20 17:46
Rapid reuse in sight, as are yet another batch of Starlink satellites

SpaceX has landed an individual Falcon 9 booster for a record eighth time after pushing the envelope on winds above the waiting drone ship.…

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Wherever your apps, users and data are heading, is your backup keeping up?

Wed, 2021-01-20 17:00
Let’s think about what data management should look like in the future – tune in here next week

Webcast  What’s your tech infrastructure going to look like in the next few months or years? You know, once we get past the current situation and find time to start innovating again. All of which may come sooner than you think.…

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OVH rises to Europe data sovereignty challenge (and AWS) with tape-as-a-service

Wed, 2021-01-20 16:17
Storage cost saver combines IBM tape, Atempo software and OVH data centres

OVHcloud has introduced tape-storage-as-a-service, based on IBM technology, in response to European data sovereignty and localisation requirements.…

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London calling: 5G coverage in English capital grew during second half of last year with fastest speeds on Vodafone

Wed, 2021-01-20 15:27
O2 regained lost ground, while EE continued to assert its dominance

The second half of 2020 brought improved 5G availability in the UK with London seeing some of the biggest gains, according to research by RootMetrics.…

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Malwarebytes says its Office 365, Azure tenancies have been breached, insists its tools are still safe to use

Wed, 2021-01-20 14:44
Points finger at privilege escalation via application rights in Azure AD, which Microsoft says is as designed

Security company Malwarebytes suspects a breach of its Office 365 and Azure tenancies is by the same attacker behind the SolarWinds hack, but reckons flaws in Azure Active Directory security are also to blame.…

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One minute you're a peripheral maker chugging along nicely, the next the world can't seem to get enough of Logitech's kit

Wed, 2021-01-20 14:01
Nearly every division enjoyed double or triple-digit growth for Q3 '21

The pandemic has been kind to Logitech, whose profits have almost quadrupled from what they were a year ago.…

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Virgin Orbit finally lives up to its name after second attempt with LauncherOne rocket

Wed, 2021-01-20 13:15
Also: Qualifying Starliner and Blue Origin gets ready for humans

In brief  After an initial failure in 2020, the Virgin Galactic spinout reached orbit on its second try, with the LauncherOne rocket deploying its payloads to a 500km orbit.…

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Slack has entered the Matrix: Element builds a bridge to realm of encrypted, decentralised comms

Wed, 2021-01-20 12:29
Element Matrix Services adds to the messaging interoperability toolbox

Element Matrix Services is adding a bridge between hipster chat platform Slack and the open-source world of Matrix messaging.…

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Former NCSC chief says US sanctions made Britain strip Huawei from mobe networks

Wed, 2021-01-20 11:47
Scrutiny system worked OK until firm was forced off western chip tech

US sanctions on Huawei got the Chinese firm kicked out of Britain, the former head of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has told Parliament – adding that he didn't feel under pressure to change the body's own verdict on keeping Huawei in UK mobile networks.…

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Windows Product Activation – or just how many numbers we could get a user to tell us down the telephone

Wed, 2021-01-20 11:02
A confession from ex-Microsoft engineer Dave Plummer. Also: WPA fun in the Registry

The product activation inflicted on Windows by Microsoft has few fans, but one of its creators stepped up over the weekend to explain and defend the maligned technology.…

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Google's cloud pulls out in front for best performance overall, while AWS remains most cost-efficient – report

Wed, 2021-01-20 10:15
Azure wins on Ultra Disk storage but it's expensive, says Cockroach Labs

Distributed SQL database biz Cockroach Labs has analysed public cloud performance and concluded that Google Cloud Platform wins on throughput, although AWS is ahead on CPU performance and network latency.…

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Screw you, gadget-menders! No really, you'll need loads of screwdrivers to fix Apple's AirPods Max headphones

Wed, 2021-01-20 09:30
Surprisingly fixable... with a bulging toolbox

AirPods are as close as you can get to a swearword in the repair world, known for being almost impossible to service thanks to their densely packed circuitry and closed design. Mercifully, that isn't the case when it comes to Apple's hugely expensive AirPods Max headphones.…

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MediaTek's latest Dimensity phone chippery is 25 per cent faster than its predecessor, supports 200MP cameras

Wed, 2021-01-20 07:20
But remember – more pixels doesn't automatically mean better pictures

Taiwanese chip flinger MediaTek has introduced two new additions to its Dimensity SoC lineup, both targeting higher-end smartphones.…

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You look for the largest objects in the universe and two come along at once: Astroboffins spot mega radio galaxies dwarfing Milky Way

Wed, 2021-01-20 06:32
These things could be more common than first thought

Astronomers have discovered the two largest-known radio galaxies to date. At a whopping 62 times the size of our own Milky Way, they are believed to be the largest single objects yet found in the universe.…

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Qualcomm crosses '865 Plus' from its Snapdragon chips, scribbles on '870', pushes in a few more MHz

Wed, 2021-01-20 05:20
Expect it in handsets from Motorola, iQOO, OnePlus, OPPO, Xiaomi

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 870, a 5G-capable system-on-chip designed for high-ish-end Android smartphones coming out at the end by March.…

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