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Signal bugs, car hack antics, the Adobe flaw you may have missed, and much more

The Register - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 04:29
EFF wins another privacy battle, ICE chips off AI spy plan

Roundup Here's your guide to this week's infosec news beyond what we've already covered.…

How Google's Smart Compose for Gmail works – and did it fake its robo-caller demo?

The Register - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 20:08
Plus: Classifying frogs can be hopping mad

Roundup Hello, here's our weekly AI roundup. We have more information on how Google's sentence prediction in Smart Compose for Gmail works, as well as some questions about its Duplex robo-caller system. Also, decision trees to classify the mating calls of frogs and toads to study climate change.…

How Google's Smart Compose for Gmail works. Also did it fake its robo-caller demo?

The Register - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 20:08
Classifying frogs with AI could be hopping mad

AI roundup Hello, here's our weekly AI roundup. We have more information on how Google's sentence prediction in Smart Compose for Gmail works, as well as some questions about its Duplex robo-caller system. Also, decision trees to classify the mating calls of frogs and toads to study climate change.…

US Congress mulls extending copyright yet again – to 144 years

The Register - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 15:58
Literally the 12th time corporate revenue put ahead of society and culture

The US Congress is looking to extend copyright on some sound recordings to a staggering 144 years – making it the twelfth time copyright rules have been extended since the 1970s.…

Blood spilled from yet another US school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

The Register - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 15:44
Pundits quick to erect straw man

Comment Once again, a mass murderer has opened fire at a school in America – this one is Santa Fe High School in Texas – and video games are already being blamed. Rather than, oh, say, gun control, or the lack thereof.…

Facebook Android app caught seeking 'superuser' clearance

The Register - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 15:26
And what reason would you have not to trust Facebook with your personal data?

Social networking site and market-leading data broker Facebook is once again taking heat for playing fast and loose with its access to personal information.…

Domain name sellers rub ICANN's face in sticky mess of Europe's GDPR

The Register - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 14:57
Seeing as you love moratoriums on following the rules so much, how 'bout we get one, too?

Internet domain-name sellers have turned the tables on global DNS overseer ICANN by using its own tactics against the hapless organization.…

UK Supreme Court will review the British spy court's immunity from judicial review

The Register - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 13:06
Privacy International gets another shot at Investigatory Powers Tribunal

UK campaign group Privacy International's years-long challenge against government hacking is headed to the country's final court of appeal at the end of the year.…

Did you even sweat, tho? Plaintiffs told to amend claims in Apple headphones suit

The Register - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 10:51
But case will go ahead as judge rejects bid for dismissal

Apple has failed to get a class-action sueball over its allegedly "shoddy" headphones dismissed – but the plaintiffs have been told to amend their claims.…

What's up with that ZX Spectrum reboot? Still no console

The Register - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 10:19
Indiegogo debt collector deadline looms ever closer...

Flailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd has, once again, failed to meet yet another promised delivery deadline.…

Look how modern we are! UK network Three to kill off 3G-only phones

The Register - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 10:15
'An industry-leading approach'

The UK's first 3G network is to stop selling 3G-only devices, a move it says demonstrates how whizzy, modern and farsighted it is.…

You're toxic, I'm slippin' under: SCL, Cambridge Analytica file for US bankruptcy

The Register - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 09:45
Oops!... We did it again

The US branches of Cambridge Analytica and its parent firm SCL have filed for bankruptcy as execs inch closer to ridding themselves of the toxic brand.…

HMRC opens consultation to crack down on off-payroll working in private sector

The Register - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 08:50
UK Gov reckons it could lose up to £1.2bn due to IR35 non-compliance

The UK government has opened its long-awaited (and dreaded) consultation (PDF) on proposals to extend IR35 off-payroll working in the private sector, which could affect 2 million contractors.…

UK Home Office hands Sopra Steria £91m digital visa contract

The Register - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 07:34
French outsourcer to handle applications process

The Home Office has awarded Sopra Steria a £91m contract to develop a digital visa and immigration service in the UK.…

UK ISPs get their marker pens out: Speed advertising's about to change

The Register - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 06:56
Oh dear, fewer than half of punters get what they paid for

ISPs are scrambling to tweak advertised broadband speeds as the great unwashed continue to receive services that are on average 51 per cent slower than they were led to expect, according to a Which? report.…

Flamin' Nora! Brit firefighters tackle blazing fly-tipped boat

The Register - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 06:26
Councillor urges action against rubbish hotspot

Boatnotes The UK's battle with fly-tipped vessels reached new heights last night after a fishing boat was set ablaze in northern England.…

TalkTalk ups the (dis)satisfaction ante as UK folk wake up to borked email

The Register - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 05:41
New approach to dealing with complaints working wonders

TalkTalk's customers woke up this morning to find the UK broadband provider's email service was still fast asleep.…

Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

The Register - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 05:05
You can learn a lot about a biz from its bogs

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I like to hang out in company toilets.…

Open justice FTW! <i>El Reg</i> fought the law – and <i>El Reg</i> won

The Register - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 04:36
Vulture goes to tribunal and gets the law changed

The Register has won a legal battle against Midlands-based reseller Aria Technology that will help open up tribunals across England and Wales to greater public scrutiny.…

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