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Google tells court: Our rivals gave US govt confidential dirt on us to fuel antitrust case. Now we want to see it

Tue, 2020-11-17 00:23
Dept of Justice lawyers: No way

Google has insisted it needs to see the confidential information that its competitors provided to the US Department of Justice in support of an antitrust case against the tech giant.…

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AMD unveils its MI100 GPU, said to be its most powerful silicon for supercomputers, high-end AI processing

Mon, 2020-11-16 22:02
Chip takes aim at Nvidia's A100

AMD announced on Monday its Instinct MI100 accelerator, a GPU aimed at speeding up AI and other vector-heavy work done by supercomputers and high-end servers.…

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GitHub restores DMCA-hit youtube-dl code repo after source patched to counter RIAA's takedown demand

Mon, 2020-11-16 20:07
Software warehouse also pledges to review claims better, $1m defense fund for open-source coders

Microsoft's GitHub on Monday restored access to youtube-dl, software for streaming and downloading YouTube videos, after removing the repository and forked versions last month in response to a controversial DMCA complaint from the RIAA, the US music industry trade group.…

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As nearly everyone stays home for the pandemic, plunge in overseas charges dents Vodafone's revenues

Mon, 2020-11-16 19:33
Dare we say... telco fiddled while roam burned?

Vodafone was today left counting the cost of reduced international travel among its customer base due to the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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Qualcomm gets hall pass from Uncle Sam to supply Huawei with mobile chipsets. There's just one catch: It's for 4G only

Mon, 2020-11-16 17:22
Which is hardly a reprieve for Chinese company's throttled handset biz

In a rare bit of good news for Huawei's mobile business, Qualcomm has won a licence from the US Department of Commerce to provide the business with selected 4G chipsets.…

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Pass us a tissue: Capita CFO calls it quits, talks of 'privilege' to work at 'centre' of biz that 'touches the lives of millions'

Mon, 2020-11-16 16:30
New interim human calculator hired, permanent replacement being hunted

Capita's most senior counter of beans, CFO Patrick Butcher, is standing down from the board with immediate effect and will – according to the business – "assist" his chosen replacement as he hands over the corporate calculator.…

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Wondering how AI and 5G are set to change your world?

Mon, 2020-11-16 16:00
Join this Intel webinar and learn how to unleash your data

Promo  All the data in the world means nothing if you’re not getting it to the right place at the right time and drawing insights out.…

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<i>Street Fighter</i> maker says soz after ransomware hadoukens servers leaving 350,000 folks' data at risk of compromise

Mon, 2020-11-16 15:30
Capcom KO'd by 'criminal organisation that calls itself Ragnar Locker'

Japanese games giant Capcom, the company behind the 33-year-old Street Fighter franchise, has issued "deepest apologies" to customers and other stakeholders whose details were exposed in a ransomware attack.…

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Facebook's Giphy slurp remains on hold after UK competition regulator demands more info

Mon, 2020-11-16 14:45
Tribunal ruling prevents the Zuckerborg from swallowing GIF peddler until further notice

Facebook remains barred from integrating social media GIF engine Giphy into its wider corporate operations following a failed legal bid.…

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Honey, I shrunk the iPhone 12: Mini teardown reveals same components, only smaller

Mon, 2020-11-16 13:59
And with better repairability than its big brother too

Though the iPhone 12 Mini is the smallest device in Apple's newest lineup, it is largely feature-complete when compared with its stablemates.…

Categories: Technology's centralised buying agency wafts £1.2bn of taxpayer cash in return for a bevy of back-office software

Mon, 2020-11-16 13:00
Software subscriptions and licence support a must for bidding businesses

The UK government's Crown Commercial Services (CCS) has issued a contract for back-office software with an estimated street value of £1.2bn.…

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Images of women coerced by adult companies poison dataset popularised by deepfake smut creators

Mon, 2020-11-16 12:15
Plus: Uber to sell off its self-driving unit, and pay $200 to spy on anyone you'd like in Russia

In brief  Thousands of nude images from a popular dataset designed to train machine learning models to create AI-generated adult content are often taken from porn production companies accused of sexual abuse.…

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UK West Midlands town finds five-year HR system deal is only offer on the table in pandemic-stricken procurement

Mon, 2020-11-16 11:25
Five more years, five more years... or nothing!

A West Midlands town has found out the hard way exactly how much sympathy IT suppliers have for public sector bodies disrupted by the unprecedented circumstances of the current COVID-19 pandemic.…

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Not on your Zoom, not on Teams, not Google Meet, not BlueJeans. WebEx, Skype and Houseparty make us itch. No, not FaceTime, not even Twitch

Mon, 2020-11-16 10:29
Time to call time on video. Just NO. No interoperability, no

Column  As we struggle wearily towards the beginning of the end of the pandemic, we can take stock of what we as a species and as a society have learned.…

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KDE maintainers speak on why it is worth looking beyond GNOME

Mon, 2020-11-16 09:30
The Qt advantage? 'We're a weird by-product of coffee machines and cars'

Interview  KDE Plasma is a Linux desktop which has just been updated to 5.20 - but why should users consider it instead of GNOME, the default for Ubuntu and Red Hat, or the lightweight Xfce? We spoke to Plasma maintainers David Edmundson and Jonathan Riddell.…

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Panic in the mailroom: The perils of an operating system too smart for its own good

Mon, 2020-11-16 08:15
That other 1973 hit: The Dark Side of the Mainframe

Who, Me?  Modern life is rubbish, so take a trip back to the 1970s with a Who, Me? all about the Master Control Program (MCP).…

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International infosec rules delivered to make nations and non-state actors behave themselves online

Mon, 2020-11-16 07:42
Don’t hack, don’t backdoor, don’t hurt the internet … and don’t expect rapid adoption because there’s still a lot of multilateral work to be done

The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC), a group that works to develop policy the world can follow to keep the internet stable and secure, late last week delivered a final report that outlines its vision for how the nations of the world should behave online.…

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The revolution will not be televised because my television has been radicalised

Mon, 2020-11-16 07:03
When recommendation engines promote misinformation during a pandemic, it's a matter of life and death

My television is trying to radicalise me with an endless stream of recommendations to watch videos from a mainstream media outlet that deliberately inhabits a place on outer reaches of the political spectrum.…

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This year’s biggest innovators? Hackers and cybercriminals. Again

Mon, 2020-11-16 06:00
Learn to think like an attacker so you can start fighting back

Webcast  This year has turned corporate IT upside down, scuppering digital transformation plans as tech teams struggle to keep the lights on and support a suddenly remote workforce.…

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They’ve only gone and bloody done it – yawn – again! NASA, SpaceX send four to ISS

Mon, 2020-11-16 05:15
First certified commercial crewed spaceflight flies, but fuel heaters are acting up

NASA and SpaceX are celebrating the successful launch of the first non-experimental commercial crewed launch.…

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