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Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 20:03
We never meant to make that widely public which is why we made a public FAQ for it

Microsoft was, and maybe still is, considering injecting targeted adverts into the Windows 10 Mail app.…

We asked the US military for its 'do not buy' list of Russian, Chinese gear. Surprise: It doesn't exist

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 18:47
El Reg drills into banned technology with Freedom-of-Info request

The US Department of Defense's "do not buy" list of foreign software and equipment turns out to be about as long as the list of bug-free Windows releases or privacy-focused Facebook apps.…

Amazon tries to ruin infosec world's fastest-growing cottage industry: Finding data-spaffing S3 buckets

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 17:12
AWS comes up with blanket policies to smother public-facing cloud storage silos

Amazon Web Services is taking steps to halt the epidemic of data leaks caused by the S3 cloud buckets it hosts from being accidentally left wide open to the internet by customers.…

Pick three people you think will replace Google Cloud CEO Greene, then forget them – because it's Thomas Kurian

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 15:35
Ex-Oracle man gets top job as another experienced woman exec quits web ads titan

Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene has quit the online ads giant, and will be replaced by ex-Oracle executive Thomas Kurian.…

Microsoft slammed in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 15:17
You've broken the GDPR, baby, Dutch govt eggheads reckon

Microsoft carried out "large scale and covert" gathering of private data through its Office subscriptions.…

Visual Studio 2017 15.9 is here! Fire up your Windows on Arm laptops. All four of you

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 14:23
Final update of beloved development adding ARM64

Microsoft devs rejoice! A new version of Visual Studio 2017 has arrived replete with fixes, tweaks and ARM64 support.…

The week in networking? It's SD-WAN all the way down

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 14:00
Also: Huawei cloud lands in Africa, Nokia OpenStack, Cisco Nexus BIOS bugs

Riverbed made two announcements covering its SteelHead SD-WAN solution this week – a bunch of enhancements, and subscription pricing options.…

The Quantum of car lists: Storage firm drives into autonomous vehicle data logging

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 13:00
Sells 'intelligent' chassis, removable drive magazine, StorNext base station

Quantum has stepped sideways into the autonomous vehicle testing market with a data logging system integrated with its StorNext multi-tiered workflow file management product.…

Microsoft Surface kicks dust in face of Apple iPad Pro in Q3

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:00
Hold on Redmond, don't light those fireworks yet, the dominance will be shortlived

Microsoft's Surface line leapfrogged Apple's iPad Pro as the detachable tablet of choice for tech distributors in Western Europe but that top spot definitely won't be sustained, or so IDC says.…

Oracle snaffles up a chunk of SD-WAN market with Talari Networks buyout

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:00
As shareholders sign off on Big Red's big pay packet for first time in seven years

Oracle is to slurp up software-defined WAN provider Talari Networks for an undisclosed sum.…

Alphabet gives bipedal robots the Schaft 'cos no one wants to buy its creepy machine maker

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 09:58
Even Softbank balked at these tethered terrors

Google's parent company Alphabet has closed down its biped robot maker Schaft after failing to find a buyer.…

Court doc typo 'reveals' Julian Assange may have been charged in US

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 09:20
Routine file about accused crim suddenly mentions WikiLeaker's name

An apparent cut-and-paste error has revealed that American prosecutors may have already filed criminal charges against cupboard-dwelling WikiLeaks fugitive Julian Assange.…

BlackBerry absorbs Operation Cleaver beaver Cylance into threat detection unit

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 08:47
$1.4bn match made in heaven

BlackBerry has made its biggest acquisition ever, spending over half of its cash pile to bolster its threat detection unit.…

'Unjustifiably excessive': Not even London cops can follow law with their rubbish gang database

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 08:14
Gangs Matrix led to 'multiple and serious' breaches of data protection rules, says watchdog

London cops have broken data protection rules by using a controversial database that ranks people's likelihood of gang-related violence but fails to distinguish between victims and perps, and low and high-risk people.…

Dell melts in face of investor dissent, ups offer for Class V stock

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 07:35
Guess what happens? Stockholders thaw to idea of cashing in

Dell Technologies has upped the buy price for Class V stock to win support from shareholders that threatened to block the proposed transaction and hinder the company’s return to the US stock market.…

Bloke fined £460 after his drone screwed up police chopper search for missing woman

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 07:04
First UK conviction for reckless UAV flying

A Russian-speaking man from Cambridgeshire has become the first person in the UK to be convicted of illegally flying a drone beneath a police helicopter during a search operation.…

EE, Virgin Media hit with £13.3m fine: Squeezing users for fees for early contract termination not OK

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 06:20
EE: We're sorry, Ofcom. Virgin: Why, that's... unjustified and disproportionate!

The UK's comms watchdog claims to have slapped a £13.3m penalty on EE and Virgin Media for fleecing customers who wanted to exit their broadband or mobile phone contracts before they were due to expire.…

OnePlus 6T: Tasteful, powerful – and much cheaper than a flagship

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 05:50
Not the best at anything, but a solid, great value performer

Review What if Huawei used OnePlus's Oxygen UI, I found myself musing recently. Wouldn't it be the perfect package? Huawei's amazing RF performance, and bleeding-edge tech, with a UI that didn't actually suck?…

Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 05:20
Swipe – open toilet door – and swipe again

Something for the Weekend, Sir? "Work out loud," my prospective new employer tells me, adding that "we are a team, not a family". Sister Sledge need not apply.…

128-layer flash flood to come roaring down the Yangtze in 2020 – report

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 04:50
Chinese fabber YMTC has cunning tech catch-up plan

China's Yangtze Memory Technology (YMTC) aims to leapfrog 96-layer NAND and move straight to the production of 128-layer flash in 2020, according to a report.…