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The curious sudden rise of free US election 'net security guardians

The Register - 6 hours 46 min ago
There is no such thing as a gratis lunch, after all

Analysis Nothing super-fuels a security sales pitch like the sort of threat it’s hard to ignore.…

Virus screener goes down, Intel patches more chips, Pegasus government spying code spreads across globe

The Register - 9 hours 39 min ago
Plus: Gov pay sites take a dive, and more

Roundup When we weren't dealing with malware bricked-breweries, poorly-wiped servers or litigious vendors, we had a number of other security headaches to keep busy with.…

US cities react in fury to FCC's $2bn break for 5G telcos: We'll be picking up the tab, say officials

The Register - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 20:11
Federal price cap will undercut existing agreements, says just about every big city in America

A plan to impose a federal price cap and one-size-fits-all model for the rollout of next-generation mobile networks has been met with fury by US cities.…

Fat chance: Cholesterol leads boffins to discover world's oldest animal fossil – 558m years old

The Register - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 19:06
We've all got a little, er, Richardinsonia in our animal family tree, it appears

Video A fossil of the earliest known animal on Earth has been discovered in cliffs along the White Sea on the northwest coast of Russia.…

Twitter: Don't panic, but we may have leaked your DMs to rando devs

The Register - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 17:45
Internet outrage mobile insists year-long API bug would have been super-hard to exploit

Twitter is in full damage control mode after disclosing that it may have inappropriately exposed some unlucky twits' private tweets and direct messages to strangers.…

Couldn't give a fsck about patching? Well, that's your WordPress website pwned, then

The Register - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 16:50
Fiends use vulns to lure victims into tech support scams

Website admins are urged to update their WordPress installations as soon as possible to the latest version following a rash of attacks exploiting known vulnerabilities in the web publishing software.…

Buried in the hype, one little detail: Amazon's Alexa-on-a-chip could steal smart home market

The Register - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 15:37
But then again, it doesn't actually exist, so...

Analysis Amid the enormous bundle of digital-assistant devices Amazon super-hyped this week, one particular component has the potential to change the future of the smart home market.…

Windows Admin Center gets an update, just in time for Server 2019

The Register - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 15:02
Who wouldn't like a Honolulu holiday? Legacy Windows admins, that's who

Microsoft has released Windows Admin Center 1809 and its SDK, with a variety of tweaks and enhancements to Redmond’s latest take on managing a Windows environment.…

HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit

The Register - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:30
Stung punters seek compo for 'security feature' update

HP Inc customers in the US have asked a California court to sign off on a $1.5m settlement over a firmware update that bricked printers using third-party ink cartridges.…

iFixit engineers have an L of a time pulling apart Apple's iPhone XS

The Register - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:31
Battery has a weird shape, power is down but hey, it has a hidden Notch!

The screwdriver fiddlers at iFixit have inflicted their usual brand of affection upon Apple’s pricey new phones and found a battery of a most unusual shape.…

HPE UK shunts cloud biz into London hipster shack amid rebrand

The Register - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 11:36
Slices, dices and merges people, ops into Shoreditch enclave

Hewlett Packard Enterprise UK is grouping its disparate cloud businesses, scrapping the brands of services outfits it has bought and moving the whole thing to a hipster village in East London.…

Enigma message crack honours pioneering Polish codebreakers

The Register - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:58
Plus: The Reg chats to wartime Bombe operator Ruth Bourne

The Bombe team at The National Museum Of Computing has succeeded in breaking an Enigma-encrypted message in a live Poland-to-England demo.…

Scottish brewery recovers from ransomware attack

The Register - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 09:50
Trouble ferments after hackers lock system and Arran with it

Staff at Arran Brewery were locked out of its computer systems this week following a ransomware attack.…

Still using Skype? Good news! After HOURS of meetings, Microsoft reckons it knows when you're Not Active

The Register - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 09:20
Plus: New passive aggressive 'Quiet Mode'

Microsoft has tweaked the presence model of its chat platform, Skype, in an effort to calm users still shrieking about lost features in the version 8 "upgrade".…

UKIP latex love gloves: Because Brexit means Brexit

The Register - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 08:52
Safety first, folks

The UK Independence Party is flogging multi-packs of rubber johnnies bearing the mug of former leader Nigel Farage. It is also unloading single packs for those more realistic about their chances of bedding someone this weekend or beyond.…

Adobe forks out $4.75bn for Marketo in massive marketing mashup move

The Register - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 08:24
Deal puts pressure on competitors

Adobe has forked out $4.75bn for cloudy software-as-a-service biz Marketo, in one of the largest marketing tech buys to date.…

You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

The Register - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 07:48
Worst Crystal Maze Challenge ever

Imagine you’ve just returned to work from a lengthy sabbatical and found, among the thousands of increasingly shrill and unanswered emails in your mailbox, one telling you that you are now the proud product owner of a bunch of Windows OS apps. What would you do?…

UK cops run machine learning trials on live police operations. Unregulated. What could go wrong? – report

The Register - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 07:18
RUSI: How about some codes of practice, transparency, for starters?

The use of machine learning algorithms by UK police forces is unregulated, with little research or evidence that new systems work, a report has said.…

I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

The Register - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 06:44
Mindlessly self-indulgent app developers have a laugh at our expense

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I can't get it up. Give me a few moments and I'll try again. Yes, I have tried rubbing it but thanks for the suggestion. What's that? I'm grasping it too firmly? Or I'm flashing in the wrong direction? Tell you what, I'll keep fiddling with it while you satisfy one of your other customers.…

Curiosity's computer silent on science, baffling boffins

The Register - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 06:03
Robot is 'responsive' but for some reason it can't transmit science data

Since last weekend, an as-yet-undiagnosed glitch in the Mars Curiosity Rover has baffled boffins at NASA.…

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