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Union warns Openreach that engineers are ready to vote for industrial action over new grading structure

Wed, 2021-01-13 09:30
BT-owned broadband plumbing biz says it's 'surprised and saddened'

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has told Openreach it is to ballot members on industrial action following what it claims is the company's decision to ignore consultation and instead hire engineers on a different grade and structure.…

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World’s largest dark-web marketplace shuttered after Euro cybercops cuff Aussie

Wed, 2021-01-13 08:26
20 DarkMarket servers siezed and probed in international raids

Europol cops have taken down dark-web souk DarkMarket, after arresting an Australian citizen living in Germany who they claim was operating the world's biggest online bazaar of its kind.…

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What's that you got there, AMD? More Ryzen chips? Yeah, OK, we could do with some of those

Wed, 2021-01-13 07:28
Assuming we can get our hands on these 7nm Zen 3 parts. Plus: Epyc and Nvidia teases

CES  AMD on Tuesday launched its Ryzen 5000 series of microprocessors at this year’s virtual CES trade show.…

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First Oracle said it powered Zoom. Then AWS claimed it. Now Zoom says it uses co-located kit

Wed, 2021-01-13 06:58
Plus a bit of Azure, and it all costs so much it’s selling $1.5bn more shares

Videoconferencing darling Zoom has issued a prospectus it hopes will raise $1.5bn, and which also reveals that it may be less dependent on the cloud than its suppliers have trumpeted. The document also reveals that it’s struggling to buy the servers it needs and that free Zoom sessions have – surprise! – cost the company plenty while eroding margins.…

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What’s that in CES heaven, is it a star? Or is it that damned elusive flying car?

Wed, 2021-01-13 06:36
For 20 years now, El Reg has been looking for proof – is this finally it?

CES  It was almost exactly 20 years ago – January 6, 2001 – that Reg reader Erik Trent wrote to us bemoaning the tendency of tech journalists to repeat futuristic nonsense.…

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Pandemic? Check. World in peril? Check. CES is on? Check. So of course Bluetooth Smart Masks are now a thing

Wed, 2021-01-13 05:58
What a time to be alive

CES  The world is in the grip of a lethal viral pandemic. The technology industry’s response?…

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Boeing confirms last 747 to roll off production line in 2022

Wed, 2021-01-13 04:24
Last four built will be freighters. And mighty freighters at that

Boeing has confirmed that production of its 747 aircraft will end in 2022.…

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China shows signs of brewing IPv6 eruption as Middle Kingdom gets serious about future connections

Wed, 2021-01-13 02:37
China Telecom, world’s largest carrier and Middle Kingdom's premier ISP, has the pedal to the metal

APNIC, the Asia-Pacific’s regional internet address registry, has noticed a sharp uptick in IPv6 use by China Telecom, the Middle Kingdom’s top provider of internet services.…

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Privacy pilfering project punished by FTC purge penalty: AI upstart told to delete data and algorithms

Wed, 2021-01-13 00:39
Face-recognition biz hammered after harvesting people's pics, videos without permission

A California-based facial recognition biz has been directed by the US Federal Trade Commission to delete the AI models and algorithms that it developed by harvesting people's photos and videos without permission, a remedy that suggests privacy violators may no longer be allowed to benefit from ill-gotten data.…

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Trump tries one more time to limit H-1B work visas with new minimum salary requirements

Tue, 2021-01-12 22:06
With just a week left of the administration, here we go again

The Trump Administration has tried yet again to change the fine print around H-1B work visas, with the Department of Labor issuing a new rule on Tuesday that it said would “help protect the wages and job opportunities of American workers.”…

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Microsoft emits 83 security fixes in first Patch Tuesday of 2021 – and miscreants are already exploiting one of them

Tue, 2021-01-12 21:11
Redmond keeps us hanging with on-premises Exchange flaw still to be fixed

Patch Tuesday  Microsoft on Tuesday released updates addressing 83 vulnerabilities in its software, which doesn't include the 13 flaws fixed in its Edge browser last week.…

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UK Space ponders going nuclear with Rolls Royce: Hopes are to slice the time it takes for space travel

Tue, 2021-01-12 20:25
Another year, another study

The UK Space Agency and Rolls Royce have kicked off a study into nuclear-powered space exploration.…

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SolarWinds malware was sneaked out of the firm's Orion build environment 6 months before anyone realised it was there – report

Tue, 2021-01-12 19:35
Crowdstrike tech analysts explain how they think it slipped under the radar

The malware that was utilised to hack SolarWinds checked to see whether software used to compile the firm's Orion product was running before deploying its payload, according to Crowdstrike.…

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Salesforce relieves Republican National Committee of its tools citing 'risk of politically incited violence' across the US

Tue, 2021-01-12 18:05
See that horse disappearing over the horizon? Time to close the stable door

Cloud CRM megacorp Salesforce is the latest tech player to join Amazon, Twitter and Facebook in deciding there is something off about organisations that hype up insurrection against a democratic mandate.…

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You might think your CI/CD efforts are delivering benefits, but can you prove it?

Tue, 2021-01-12 17:00
Tune in and learn how to benchmark your own success

Webcast  Good intentions are one thing, good data is quite another, and when it comes to implementing DevOps and Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery, it really helps to have both.…

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BT parachutes in former HSBC exec to run new Digital unit

Tue, 2021-01-12 16:30
Harmeen Mehta will handle telco's internal rewiring and tech product strategy

BT has hired former HSBC exec Harmeen Mehta to head up a newly created Digital unit, overseeing the internal shift to digital systems along with the incubation of tech platforms, products, and services.…

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Under that pile of spare keys and obsolete cables is an IoT device: Samsung pushes useful retirement project for older phones

Tue, 2021-01-12 16:03
Er, we mean 'distinguished', 'seasoned', 'battle-tested'

Smartphones have a finite usefulness before they’re stuffed in a drawer, or shipped to a recycling facility where they’re disassembled and melted down for raw materials. Hoping to extend that short lifespan is Samsung, which was pushing a program called “Galaxy Upcycling at Home” at CES 2021 earlier this week.…

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Cockroach Labs scuttles its way to $160m funding and $2bn valuation thanks to the database that doesn't die

Tue, 2021-01-12 15:15
Upstart hopes to do for transactional databases what Snowflake did for data warehousing

Even database companies you've never heard of might be worth a billion or two. Take Cockroach Labs, the firm behind the distributed RDMS CockroachDB, for example, which has hit gold in a $160m funding round.…

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Netherlands minnow Red Kubes releases open-source Community Edition of its Otomi Kubernetes wrangler

Tue, 2021-01-12 14:32
Easy to use with no big vendor lock-in? Nice idea but it's still early days

Red Kubes, a small company based in the Netherlands, has released a free Community Edition of its Otomi Container Platform with the goal of making Kubernetes both easier to use and more portable between cloud providers or on-premises.…

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Apologies for the wait, we're overwhelmed. Yes, this is the hospital. You need to what?! Do a software licence audit?

Tue, 2021-01-12 13:46
Vendors slammed for 'lack of proper judgement' during the pandemic

Software vendors have been targeting hospitals with licence audits while medical units find themselves overstretched with patients due to a surge in global coronavirus cases.…

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