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From The Register on Oct. 23, 2020, 6:15 a.m. (unread)

Facebook is leaky, spooky, and trashy. Now it wants to host some of your customer data

Reveals hosting service for WhatsApp Business API and gives its partners reasons to be fearful

Facebook wants to host some of your customer data, but the offer will hurt its own partner community.…

From The Register on Oct. 23, 2020, 5:27 a.m. (unread)

China reveals audit of 320,000 local apps, with 34 booted from app stores and hundreds of devs warned they could suffer same fate

Privacy crackdown in the land of ubiquitous surveillance, where 5G now blankets all cities

Through most of 2020 bans on Chinese apps have meant geopolitical strife, but China yesterday revealed it has started banning some of its own apps.…

From Ten Very Big Books - A Malazan Readthrough Podcast on Oct. 23, 2020, 5:01 a.m. (unread)

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From The Register on Oct. 23, 2020, 3:58 a.m. (unread)

After first floating $20 billion penalty, DoJ suggests $60m fine for UMC's theft of Micron’s DRAM secrets

Taiwanese chipmaker promises ‘substantial assistance’ in ongoing China IP theft action

Taiwanese chip-maker United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) will plead guilty to theft of trade secrets from Micron Technologies and pay a $60m fine to the USA.…

From The Register on Oct. 23, 2020, 2:35 a.m. (unread)

Down the Swanny: '2020 has been the most challenging year in my career' says Intel CEO as profit plunges 30%

Enterprise and govt data-center sales halve, Xeon processors delayed

Intel shares dived today after it revealed a steep slump in enterprise and government sales of its server chips – and delays to its latest Xeons.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 23, 2020, 12:52 a.m. (unread)

Brexit: Why is fishing a stumbling block in the trade talks?

Fishing is one of the key stumbling blocks preventing a trade deal between the UK and EU.

From The Register on Oct. 23, 2020, 12:39 a.m. (unread)

Is it Iran or Russia's hackers we need to worry about? The Russians, definitely the Russians, says US intelligence

Energetic Bear team caught breaking into govt, aviation systems, no harm done to Nov 3 elections

The FBI and the US government's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on Thursday issued a joint warning that a Kremlin hacking crew is probing or breaking into systems belonging to the US government and aviation industry.…

From Newscast on Oct. 22, 2020, 9:41 p.m. (unread)

George Osborne (p08w2n49.mp3)

The former Chancellor tells us that Boris Johnson should be more "realistic" about the pandemic and that the government is guilty of "optimism bias". Also, former doctor, bestselling author and comedian, Adam Kay, talks to Adam, Laura and Chris about his new West End show. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz Editor: Dino Sofos

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Oct. 22, 2020, 9:11 p.m. (unread)

AT&T loses another 600,000 TV customers as it seeks buyer for DirecTV

TV-subscriber losses decline in Q3, but AT&T is running out of customers to lose.

From The Bottom Line on Oct. 22, 2020, 8:30 p.m.

COVID-19 and the gig economy (p08w1vgr.mp3)

Is the pandemic a spur to a world of temps and zero hour contracts? Hundreds of thousands of people have been losing their jobs during the crisis. Many are turning to the gig economy to boost their income. Should we welcome the acceleration of the move away from conventional employment? Evan Davis and guests discuss the pros and cons of the expanding gig economy. Guests Xenios Thrasyvoulou, CEO of People Per Hour Lorna Davidson, CEO of Red Wigwam Matthew Taylor, CEO of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and Ed Cross, self-employed courier for Hermes

From The Briefing Room on Oct. 22, 2020, 8:30 p.m.

Education: a testing issue (p08w1n2l.mp3)

Scotland has cancelled its National 5 school exams next summer. David Aaronovitch asks if other exams, across the UK, should go ahead. Can governments ensure assessments are fair? The Briefing Room talks to BBC education editor, Branwen Jeffreys; Anna Vignoles, professor of education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge; Laura McInerney, former editor of Schools Week; Natalie Perera, executive director at the Education Policy Institute and Lindsay Paterson, professor of educational policy at the University of Edinburgh. Producers: Kirsteen Knight, Bob Howard and Rosamund Jones Editor: Jasper Corbett

From The Register on Oct. 22, 2020, 8:28 p.m.

Love Minecraft: Java? You'll have to learn to love your Microsoft account as well – it will be required next year

Mojang bows to the inevita... oh, look – a free cape!

With the inevitability of death and taxes, Microsoft-owned Mojang is to require players have a Microsoft account for all its games, including the Java Edition of Minecraft.…

From The Register on Oct. 22, 2020, 7:09 p.m.

Boeing puts Loyal Wingman robot fighter jet through its paces... on the ground

I feel the need, the need for 16mph taxing in safety

Rise of the Machines  Boeing has successfully taxied its Loyal Wingman robot fighter jet around an airfield, a key milestone for the aircraft to operate fully autonomously.…

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Oct. 22, 2020, 6:59 p.m.

Hacker says he correctly guessed Trump’s Twitter password—it was “maga2020!”

Security researcher alerted Trump team to weak password and lack of 2FA.

From The Register on Oct. 22, 2020, 6:01 p.m.

Slow and steady progress in Microsoft's latest diversity report, though most execs still pale and male

US lawmakers can look away now. Actually, don't

Amid grumbling from lawmakers, Microsoft has pushed out a fresh diversity report, sprinkling the odd "must try harder" among the corporate back slappery.…

From The Register on Oct. 22, 2020, 5:23 p.m.

Out to launch: Huawei rolls out speedy charging Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro flagships

Mate 40 family could be the company’s ‘last hurrah’ in smartphones outside China - analyst

Beleaguered mobile biz Huawei’s Consumer Business Group has rolled out its newest flagship devices: the Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 22, 2020, 5:17 p.m.

Sir Patrick Vallance: 'Room for improvement' in test and trace

Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance says there is 'room for improvement' in test and trace.

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 22, 2020, 5:10 p.m.

Covid: NHS Test and Trace needs to improve, PM concedes

Boris Johnson says he shares people's frustrations at the turnaround times for results in England.

From Coffee With Scott Adams on Oct. 22, 2020, 4:45 p.m.

Episode 1162 Scott Adams: Biden’s Business Partner Speaks, Borat Attacks Rudy, Debate Prep, Iran Interference, Climate Change Solved (Episode-1162-Scott-Adams-Biden-Business-Partner-Speaks-Borat-Attacks-Rudy-Iran-Interference.mp3)

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From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 22, 2020, 4:35 p.m.

Tom Watson on giving free holiday meals to children

The former Labour deputy leader thinks the government “might have to concede” on free meals for children in school holidays.

From The Register on Oct. 22, 2020, 4:19 p.m.

Like a good defragging? The latest Dev Channel Windows 10 might be for you

For everyone else there are splash screens, fixes and iffy anti-malware

Fresh from nudging the October 2020 Update out of the door, Microsoft has emitted an update to next year's Windows 10 in the form of a fresh Insider Dev Channel build.…

From The Register on Oct. 22, 2020, 3:37 p.m.

French IT outsourcer Sopra Steria hit by 'cyberattack', Ryuk ransomware suspected

You know, the firm that runs half of NHS Business Services

French-headquartered IT outsourcer Sopra Steria has been struck by a “cyberattack,” reportedly linked to the Ryuk ransomware gang.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 22, 2020, 3:07 p.m.

Covid: Community scheme launches to help at risk groups

The plan is part of a government report into the disproportionate effect of Covid on ethnic minorities.

From The Register on Oct. 22, 2020, 2:55 p.m.

Ever wondered what exactly is going on in those containers? OpenTelemetry edges toward GA, emits tracing specification release candidate

Open source observability for debugging and tracing

The OpenTelemetry community has taken another step toward General Availability with the first release candidate of the tracing specification.…

From The Register on Oct. 22, 2020, 2:13 p.m.

COVID-struck holiday rentals firm Airbnb shacks up with ex Apple design honcho Jony Ive in multi-year deal

No, he's not dragging his cool vintage steamer-style suitcase onto an IKEA armchair in a host villa ... it's a 'special' design relationship

Jony Ive’s design firm LoveFrom has inked a deal with the app-that-takes-a-cut-of-users'-holiday-rentals Airbnb in a multi-year “special relationship,” the short-term gig economy rental platform said today.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 22, 2020, 1:53 p.m.

Andy Burnham's profile shows success of new mayors, says George Osborne

But the Greater Manchester mayor says England has "devolution in name but not in reality".

From The Register on Oct. 22, 2020, 1:53 p.m.

Today's tech giants won't be as naive as I was in DoJ dealings, says former Microsoft chief Bill Gates

'I didn’t realise that our success would lead to government attention'

Microsoft co-founder and long-serving ex-CEO Bill Gates has admitted naivety in his dealings with Washington around the software giant’s fabled antitrust case with the US Department of Justice (DoJ).…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 22, 2020, 1:46 p.m.

Coronavirus: Labour challenges chancellor to apologise for lost jobs

Labour's shadow chancellor asks Rishi Sunak why he didn't act earlier in supporting tier two regions.

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 22, 2020, 12:50 p.m.

Coronavirus: Chancellor Sunak announces more support for jobs

Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveils more support for jobs and workers affected by Covid restrictions.

From The Register on Oct. 22, 2020, 12:44 p.m.

Samsung to introduce automatic call blocking on Android 11-capable flagships

Yeah I've heard you were in a car accident that wasn't your fault. Is that right? *Click*

Samsung phones will soon come with automatic spam call blocking. The feature, which is part of Samsung Smart Call, will debut on the Galaxy Note20 and will roll out to all new devices released after 2020.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 22, 2020, 12:25 p.m.

Tory MP blames Angela Rayner for abuse of mother and staff

Shaun Bailey told MPs his mother had been verbally abused after Angela Rayner's "scum" comment.

From The Register on Oct. 22, 2020, 11:55 a.m.

ISS air leakage fixed in time for crew handover, thanks to floating teabag

Also: Starlinks soar but GPS stays grounded, NASA names first Virgin Galactic flier

In Brief  There was good news for International Space Station (ISS) residents this week as the crew managed to plug a leak in the orbiting laboratory. While never an immediate threat to the crew's safety, nobody likes knowing that air is escaping overboard.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 22, 2020, 11:54 a.m.

New government Covid scheme to pay up to half of wages

Chancellor Rishi Sunak increases support for firms and workers as lockdown restrictions spread.

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 22, 2020, 11:45 a.m.

Labour MP must apologise for letter to constituents

Dr Rosina Allin-Khan was found to have broken the rules over the use of Commons stationery.

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 22, 2020, 11:33 a.m.

Covid rules: People should 'inform themselves', says minister

The policing minister says residents in England have a "duty" to look up the rules in their area.

From The Register on Oct. 22, 2020, 11:10 a.m.

NHS awards £500m everything-and-the-kitchen-sink framework to a long list of resellers

Backup, servers, storage, LAN, WAN and SAN, and software galore

NHS Shared Business Services, the joint venture between the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care and French outsourcing firm Sopra Steria, has awarded a £500m framework to an army of resellers and technology firms.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 22, 2020, 10:58 a.m.

Brexit: Michel Barnier heads to UK as trade talks restart

The UK invited the EU chief negotiator back to the table after he said compromises were needed to get a deal.

From The Register on Oct. 22, 2020, 10:25 a.m.

Dulux feel lucky, punk? Samsung wades into paint world with interior emulsions designed to 'complement' your, er, TV

Yes your TV has a 'lifestyle'. Yes we have all been indoors for much, much too long

You’ve got the TV. You splashed out on the sound system. But do you have the paint? That’s the question posed by Samsung, which just introduced LivingColour — a range of paint designed to cover the wall behind your pricey flat-screen idiot box.…

From In Our Time on Oct. 22, 2020, 10:15 a.m.

Maria Theresa (p08vx1qh.mp3)

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Maria Theresa (1717-1780) who inherited the Austrian throne in 1740 at the age of 23. Her neighbours circled like wolves and, within two months, Frederick the Great had seized one of her most prized lands, Silesia, exploiting her vulnerability. Yet over the next forty years through political reforms, alliances and marriages, she built Austria up into a formidable power, and she would do whatever it took to save the souls of her Catholic subjects, with a rigidity and intolerance that Joseph II, her son and heir, could not wait to challenge. With Catriona Seth Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature at the University of Oxford Martyn Rady Professor of Central European History at University College London And Thomas Biskup Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Hull Producer: Simon Tillotson

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 22, 2020, 9:56 a.m.

Conservative MP quits government job over free school meals

Caroline Ansell has resigned after voting for a Labour plan to offer free school meals in the holidays.

From The Register on Oct. 22, 2020, 9:39 a.m.

Bitcoin value jumps as PayPal says it will accept cryptocurrencies... once it has the kinks worked out

Online payment goliath wants to encourage global use of virtual dosh

The value of Bitcoin spiked on Wednesday after PayPal said it would soon start accepting cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin, through its online payment system.…

From The Register on Oct. 22, 2020, 8:48 a.m.

We know there are a lot of, er, distractions right now but NASA's got some sweet video of its asteroid rubble raiser

Incredible scoop, read all about it , read all about it

Video  NASA on Wednesday released images and video footage of the moment this week when its OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft scooped some dirt from the asteroid Bennu, some 200 million miles away. The plan is to send the sample back to Earth for boffins to study.…

From The Register on Oct. 22, 2020, 8:04 a.m.

HPE bags $160m to build 550-PFLOPS super for Europe out of tomorrow's AMD Epyc processors, graphics chips

Finns are going Cray cray

HPE will build a Cray EX supercomputer for scientific and AI research in Europe, using AMD Epyc processors and GPUs, it announced on Wednesday.…

From The Register on Oct. 22, 2020, 7:27 a.m.

OpenStack at 10 years old: A failure on its own terms, a success in its own niche

And with China’s web giants showing it is capable of enormous scale, there’s still plenty of potential

Analysis  When OpenStack announced itself on July 19, 2010, it gave itself a mission “to produce the ubiquitous OpenSource Cloud Computing platform that will meet the needs of public and private clouds regardless of size, by being simple to implement and massively scalable.”…

From The Register on Oct. 22, 2020, 5:16 a.m.

The hills are alive with the sound of Azure as Microsoft pledges Austrian bit barns

You are six nines, I am seven nines, will these reliability stats sink?

Microsoft has announced yet another cloud region, this time in Austria.…

From The Register on Oct. 22, 2020, 3:03 a.m.

Iran sent threatening pro-Trump emails to American Democrats, Russia close behind, says US intelligence

No, say it ain't so,

Menacing emails to Democrat voters, telling them to vote for Donald Trump in the upcoming US elections or else, were sent by Iran, US intelligence claimed on Wednesday night.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 22, 2020, 2:25 a.m.

Brexit: UK to ban more EU citizens with criminal records

From January, EU citizens sentenced to more than a year in prison will be barred.

From The Register on Oct. 22, 2020, 1:22 a.m.

Congrats, Meg Whitman, another multi-billion-dollar write-off for the CV: Her web vid upstart Quibi implodes

$2bn Alt-Netflix for those with short attention spans closes after short lifespan

Video-streaming upstart Quibi, which tried to differentiate itself from the likes of Netflix by offering episodes that only that ran for ten minutes max, will close its doors.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 22, 2020, 1:12 a.m.

Ethnic minority Covid risk 'not explained by racism'

A government adviser says factors like deprivation, rather than ethnicity, should be used to judge risk.

From The Register on Oct. 22, 2020, 12:34 a.m.

Thought the FBI were the only ones able to unlock encrypted phones? Pretty much every US cop can get the job done

Massive public records request reveals scale of warrantless surveillance

Never mind the Feds. American police forces routinely "circumvent most security features" in smartphones to extract mountains of personal information, according to a report that details the massive, ubiquitous cracking of devices by cops.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 21, 2020, 11:07 p.m.

Chancellor expected to increase tier 2 jobs support

The chancellor is expected to give more help to workers in areas under tier two rules.

From The Register on Oct. 21, 2020, 10:53 p.m.

Big Telco freaks out as unknown operator with great political connections vies for valuable 5G space in America

The swamp is full to the brim as usual in Washington DC, it seems

Analysis  The powerful US telco lobby has come out fighting against an outsider and its efforts to snaffle tens of billions of dollars worth of much-needed 5G spectrum.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 21, 2020, 10:12 p.m.

Transport for Wales Rail services 'set to be nationalised'

Opposition politicians demand answers over the future of rail services in Wales.

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 21, 2020, 10:01 p.m.

Health Minister isolating after Covid app alert

Robin Swann has no symptoms and will only require a test if he develops coronavirus symptoms.

From The Register on Oct. 21, 2020, 9:25 p.m.

Coronavirus outbreak triggered a rush of online attacks against retail loyalty schemes, Akamai reckons

Digital souks are sitting ducks for identity fraudsters

Hackers are breaking into online loyalty card accounts using stolen credentials or easily obtainable information, and then not only ransacking the profiles' balances but also harvesting victims' personal data for subsequent identity theft, Akamai has warned.…

From Newscast on Oct. 21, 2020, 8:44 p.m.

Sodcast (p08vz3rd.mp3)

Adam is joined by the BBC's James Vincent to discuss the reaction in South Yorkshire on the day that tier three restrictions are announced. And Laura helps translate her interview with Lord Mark Sedwill, the ex-head of the civil service. How surprised should we be with what he said? Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Frankie Tobi Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos Get in touch:

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 21, 2020, 8:37 p.m.

Angela Rayner apologises after 'scum' remark in Commons

Labour's deputy leader made the comment while Tory MP Chris Clarkson spoke on coronavirus restrictions.

From Americast on Oct. 21, 2020, 8 p.m.

Hunter Biden's Laptop (p08vywst.mp3)

Donald Trump thinks the media should be talking about the content of Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s old laptop; we explain why they’re not. Plus with polls favouring Joe Biden, Emily, Jon and Anthony look at how Trump could beat the odds to a second term in the White House. And as the Democrats try to flip the Senate, we find out how sexting and the price of soybeans could shape the race. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble and Natalie Ktena Editor: Dino Sofos

From The Register on Oct. 21, 2020, 7:32 p.m.

How much does Oracle love you? Thiiiis much: Latest patch bundle has 402 fixes

How many times do you want to read the CVSS rating 9.8 today?

Oracle has released its final quarterly batch of patches for the year for security flaws in its products. The total this time? 402 fixes, the bulk of which are rated critical in terms of severity.…

From The Register on Oct. 21, 2020, 6:24 p.m.

Developer survey: C# losing ground to JavaScript, PHP and Java for cloud apps, still big in gaming

Plus: What puts off developers from adopting cloud? Price

A new developer survey has shown the popularity of C#, the primary language of Microsoft's .NET platform, slipping from third to sixth place in three years, though usage is still growing in absolute terms and it is particularly popular in game development.…

From The Media Show on Oct. 21, 2020, 5:41 p.m.

As America decides, Big Tech weighs in (p08vy9fj.mp3)

Facebook and Twitter have been accused of censorship after they suppressed a story by the New York Post about Joe Biden's son, Hunter. The social media companies said the story breached their policy on misinformation and questioned the source of the allegations. Amol Rajan asks what the incident says about the power of the tech platforms, journalism ethics, and election strategy in the US. Guests: Brian Stelter, CNN anchor and author of Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth; Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner chief congressional correspondent; Sara Fischer, Axios media reporter; and Toni Cowan-Brown, podcaster and author Producer: Natalia Fernandez Studio engineer: Giles Aspen

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 21, 2020, 5:28 p.m.

Sadiq Khan on Boris Johnson's Tfl 'bankrupt' claim

The Mayor of London is “not willing to accept” extending the capital’s congestion change, “regressive” council tax hikes and fare rises above inflation.

From The Register on Oct. 21, 2020, 5:27 p.m.

State of Iowa told no, you can’t use $21m coronavirus federal aid to help fund your $52m Workday roll-out

...even if your 18-year-old mainframe keeps getting flooded and falling over

In a warning to all those inclined towards budgetary imagination when finding funds for their next IT project, heed the lessons that are currently being learnt in a certain corner of the midwestern US.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 21, 2020, 5:11 p.m.

Brexit: UK 'ready to welcome EU' to continue trade talks

The two chief negotiators for a post-Brexit trade deal spoke on the phone earlier on Wednesday.

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 21, 2020, 4:47 p.m.

Coronavirus: 'Social media was a positive in lockdown'

Tatyana tells a committee how being online in quarantine helped her share her body image message.

From Coffee With Scott Adams on Oct. 21, 2020, 4:45 p.m.

Episode 1161 Scott Adams: How Trump Wins the Next Debate, Stimulus Bill Solutions, Investing Advice, Hunter the Gatherer (Episode-1161-Scott-Adams-How-Trump-Wins-Debate-Stimulus-Bill-Investing-Hunter.mp3)

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From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 21, 2020, 4:37 p.m.

David Starkey: Police end investigation into interview with Darren Grimes

Historian Dr David Starkey gave a controversial YouTube interview about slavery to Darren Grimes.

From The Register on Oct. 21, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

SiFive reminds everyone you don't always need to offload vector math: Here's a RISC-V CPU that can process it, too

VIU7 core is 64-bit, runs Linux, supports RV vector extension

SiFive, in its ongoing march to help make RISC-V a mainstream processor architecture, will today launch its VIU7 CPU core capable of accelerating vector math.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 21, 2020, 4:07 p.m.

Covid: Do all Tier 3 area workers get 80% of their wages?

The prime minister claims workers will get 80% of their wages. Will they?

From The Register on Oct. 21, 2020, 3:45 p.m.

UK state of the Internet report: Virgin Media 'fast', BT's PlusNet last

Plus: Crowd-sourced data sniffer Ookla hits out at rivals' methodologies

Crowd-sourced speed data wrangler Ookla has published its Q3 State of the Internet report, which highlights how UK fixed-line and cellular providers have fared in the months July to September.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 21, 2020, 3:28 p.m.

Clarkson, Rayner and Laing on 'scum' comment in Commons

Labour’s deputy leader is rebuked by the deputy Speaker after the word “scum” is heard in the Commons.

From Schneier on Security on Oct. 21, 2020, 3:21 p.m.

NSA Advisory on Chinese Government Hacking

The NSA released an advisory listing the top twenty-five known vulnerabilities currently being exploited by Chinese nation-state attackers.

This advisory provides Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) known to be recently leveraged, or scanned-for, by Chinese state-sponsored cyber actors to enable successful hacking operations against a multitude of victim networks. Most of the vulnerabilities listed below can be exploited to gain initial access to victim networks using products that are directly accessible from the Internet and act as gateways to internal networks. The majority of the products are either for remote access (T1133) or for external web services (T1190), and should be prioritized for immediate patching...

From The Register on Oct. 21, 2020, 2:57 p.m.

Run Windows on a Chromebook: All the details. Not so fast, home user...

Parallel's Windows on Chrome OS solution is Enterprise-only, but why?

Virtualisation software folk at Parallels have released details of a solution for running Windows on Google's ChromeOS.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 21, 2020, 2:20 p.m.

PMQs: Johnson and Starmer on coronavirus restrictions

Tier three restrictions are a “gateway to weeks and weeks, more likely months and months of agony” says the Labour leader.

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 21, 2020, 2:14 p.m.

PMQs: Johnson on Khan and TFL finances and congestion charge

Boris Johnson says any measures needed to rescue the finances of Transport for London (TfL) are “entirely down” to the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

From The Register on Oct. 21, 2020, 2 p.m.

Another Chromium browser for Linux? Microsoft Edge arrives in preview form - but no love for Arm yet

One question: Why Redmond, why? Ah, you need to meet developers wherever they are...

Microsoft has delivered on its threat to inflict Chromium Edge on Linux. Completist tendencies aside, one would be forgiven for wondering, "Why?"…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 21, 2020, 1:47 p.m.

PMQs: Starmer and Johnson on Manchester Covid payments

Sir Keir Stammer says the PM has "crossed the Rubicon" with the "miserly" way he has treated Greater Manchester.

From The Register on Oct. 21, 2020, 1:15 p.m.

Who knew? Hadoop is over, says former Hortonworks guru Scott Gnau

Teredata veteran talks up his new home at InterSystems as best of both worlds

Interview  Tech history comes in waves. One minute you’re riding a crest, the next you’re wiped out. Just ask Scott Gnau, former CTO of Hortonworks, the company once seen as the figurehead of the big data boom.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 21, 2020, 1:10 p.m.

Covid: Greater Manchester given £60m support package

Local leaders requested £90m but lowered their demand to £65m during talks to move into tier three.

From The Register on Oct. 21, 2020, 12:30 p.m.

Windows 10 October 2020 Update arrives: Nothing that will drop your jaw, but we've had enough of 2020's fun surprises anyway

Steady as she goes for Microsoft as Edge turns up and Start gets a buffing

Good news for Windows fans, the October 2020 Update is here, for some people at least, and the known issues list isn't as bad as the last one.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 21, 2020, 12:01 p.m.

Spending review dropped amid Covid uncertainty

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will instead outline government plans for just one year.

From The Register on Oct. 21, 2020, 11:52 a.m.

Logitech breezes past $1bn sales barrier in its Q2. That's a hell of a lot of mice, keyboards and web cams

Pandemic? Only in that not enough webcams are being made. CEO talks WFH trend, video calls and eSports

The pandemic has been kind to some parts of the tech industry and desperately cruel to others. For peripherals-maker Logitech, life has never been so good, with quarterly sales cruising past $1bn for the first time.…

From The Register on Oct. 21, 2020, 11:01 a.m.

AWS open sources porting assistant for .NET: Early days for 'a broad problem'

Microsoft says no need to move but gap between .NET Framework and .NET Core is growing

AWS has published its Porting Assistant for .NET - which is suposed to help those wishing to convert .NET Framework projects to .NET Core - as open source on GitHub.…

From The Register on Oct. 21, 2020, 10:15 a.m.

Vivo Las Blowers: Chinese smartphone brand hops into Europe's crowded mobe market

Well, there's a Huawei-shaped opening thanks to Mr Trump and co

Another month, and another Chinese mobile behemoth is trying its hand at the European smartphone sector. This time, it's the turn of Vivo, which just released a slew of devices, including its X50 5G flagship.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 21, 2020, 9:48 a.m.

Covid: Labour urges 'one nation deal' for most restricted areas

Ministers must end "divide and rule" and base Covid support on "clear and fair" criteria, Labour says.

From The Register on Oct. 21, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Got an irritating itch you just can't scratch? That'll be Windows wanting an update

No, we're a chemist. We don't sell that sort of patch.

Bork!Bork!Bork!  Welcome to another in The Register's series of computers (largely Windows-based) doing the most annoying of things in public places.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 21, 2020, 9:13 a.m.

Covid: South Yorkshire to move into tier 3

The toughest Covid rules will start from Saturday, the mayor for the Sheffield City Region says.

From The Register on Oct. 21, 2020, 9:02 a.m.

Kick Google all you like, Mozilla tells US government, so long we keep getting our Google-bucks

In case you've forgotten: Google sends Mozilla about $400m a year

Mozilla has responded to news of the US government’s antitrust lawsuit against Google by saying it welcomes it … provided it doesn’t get hurt.…

From The Register on Oct. 21, 2020, 7:56 a.m.

Is Google fudging search rankings to benefit pages that embed YouTube vids? Or is this just another ‘bug’?

Websites featuring get super-fast rating despite slower reality

In yet another indication that Google uses its domination of the search engine market to benefit its own services, SEO experts have noticed an unusual in-built benefit involve its YouTube video giant.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 21, 2020, 6:49 a.m.

Lord Sedwill: Former civil service head on Trump, Covid and Cummings

The former civil service head speaks out for the first time since stepping down from his post.

From The Register on Oct. 21, 2020, 6:02 a.m.

India floats superior ship-management software as a route to regional relevance

If ever there was a job for Docker and containers, this is it

India has set itself a new challenge to develop locally-made software that manages shipping – of actual ships, not code - as a way to enhance its regional influence.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 21, 2020, 5:33 a.m.

'We didn't have exact measures' in place for Covid says ex-civil service head

Lord Sedwill, former civil service head, talks to the BBC about coronavirus, Dominic Cummings and Donald Trump.

From The Register on Oct. 21, 2020, 5:02 a.m.

Dell aims to become APEX creditor under new ITaaS plan

Promises one portal to drive cloud and on-prem workloads, with built-in kit-and-code-mart

Dell has announced a new IT as-a-service (ITaaS) experience called “Project APEX” that it says unifies and simplifies the process of paying-as-you-go for enterprise tech.…

From The Scholar's Stage on Oct. 21, 2020, 4:48 a.m.

We Were Builders Once, and Strong

Earlier this year I published a series of notes under the title "On Cultures That Build." The thesis of that piece (the most popular thing I have written for any publication this year) was that both innovation and institutional capacity are at least partially a product of social training and cultural experience. Americans were once accustomed to solving problems themselves—less as rugged

From The Register on Oct. 21, 2020, 3:58 a.m.

Qualcomm and India’s top telco strike 5G pact, hit 1Gbps in trials

This goes some way towards explaining the 5G network kit Jio suddenly announced it had built and would sell

Qualcomm and India’s top telco, Jio, have teamed on 5G networking kit.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 21, 2020, 3:49 a.m.

Covid: Hancock defends 'fair' tier 3 offer for Greater Manchester

The health secretary says the £60m offer "remains on the table", despite local leaders rejecting it.

From The Register on Oct. 21, 2020, 3:08 a.m.

OpenStack haven OpenDev yanks Gerrit code review tool after admin account compromised for two weeks

Source warehouse asks users to verify recent project commits to ensure they’re not malicious, which hosts the official OpenStack source code, on Tuesday tore down its Gerrit deployment after realizing it had been secretly hacked two weeks ago.…

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Oct. 21, 2020, 3 a.m.

Trickbot—the for-hire botnet Microsoft attacked—is scrambling to stay alive

It's still not dead, but thanks to an industrywide effort, it's currently dormant.

From The Register on Oct. 21, 2020, 2:10 a.m.

FYI: NASA appears to have scooped dirt from an asteroid 200 million miles away and plans to bring it back home

Would be nice if civilization could hold out for 2023 to see its return

A NASA probe has just now collected material from the surface of asteroid Bennu, some 200 million miles (322 million km) from Earth.…

From BBC News - UK Politics on Oct. 21, 2020, 1:21 a.m.

Feed 900,000 Covid hotspot children at half term, says Labour

Labour calls for free school meals scheme to be extended until Easter amid second wave of virus.