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From The Register at 2023-01-28 12:04:10

Apple sued for promising privacy, failing at it

What's allowed for Cupertino is verboten for everyone else

Apple has again been sued for promising privacy and allegedly failing to provide it.…

From The Register at 2023-01-28 08:50:07

Mon Dieu! Suspected French ShinyHunters gang member in the dock

Man seized in Morocco is now presumably sleepless in Seattle

A French citizen was scheduled to appear before a US court on Friday on a nine-count indictment related to his alleged involvement in the ShinyHunters cybercrime gang that trafficked in identity and corporate data theft and sometimes extortion.…

From The Register at 2023-01-28 03:04:13

Microsoft squashes Windows 11, Server 2022 bugs with preview patches

Remote Desktop, domain controllers giving you gyp? Gamble on these fixes

Microsoft has fixed a problem caused by the Windows 11 version 22H2 update that crashed the Remote Desktop application on some systems.…

From The Register at 2023-01-28 01:58:14

California toys with digital vehicle titles on private DMV blockchain

Because this is necessary, definitely can't go wrong

The California Department of Motor Vehicles doesn't want anyone to think it's a technological dinosaur - that's why it's announcing its own cutting-edge NFT project to digitize vehicle titles. …

From The Register at 2023-01-28 01:03:06

Microsoft to enterprises: Patch your Exchange servers

If you want to keep the miscreants out, put the updates in, Redmond says

Microsoft is urging organizations to protect their Exchange servers from cyberattacks by keeping them updated and hardened, since online criminals are still going after valuable data in the email system.…

From The Register at 2023-01-27 23:59:06

Uncle Sam slaps $10m bounty on Hive while Russia ban-hammers FBI, CIA

New meaning to sweetening the pot

Uncle Sam has put up a $10 million reward for intel on Hive ransomware criminals' identities and whereabouts, while Russia has blocked the FBI and CIA websites, along with the Rewards for Justice site offering the bounty.…

From The Register at 2023-01-27 22:10:09

You there, boffins and tech giants, take this $50m and figure out better chips

Yes, the Chinese will never think of doing something like this, muhaha

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has enlisted a group of technology companies to help research the next generation of semiconductors.…

From The Register at 2023-01-27 20:28:11

AI cannot be credited as authors in papers, top academic journals rule

Work isn't original if it was taken from a plagiarism engine like ChatGPT

Science and Springer Nature, two leading academic journal publishers, introduced new rules addressing the use of generative AI tools to write papers in their editorial policies on Thursday.…

From The Register at 2023-01-27 19:00:11

Three seconds of audio could end up costing Fox $500,000

And that, kids, is why we don't play the Emergency Alert System tone on TV

Despite being a well-known illegal sound that many film and television productions have been fined over, US media titan Fox stands accused of playing the Emergency Alert System attention tone to promote an NFL show on dozens of TV channels.…

From The Register at 2023-01-27 17:32:06

Scientists conclude cats only have three personalities after YouTube clip binge

Insight could lead to better conflict resolution between our feline overlords

Seeking insights into cat behavior, scientists turned to the internet and discovered that domesticated felines exhibit either "playful", "agonistic" or "intermediate" behavior.…

From The Register at 2023-01-27 16:00:08

Home Depot sent my email, details of stuff I bought to Meta, customer complains

DIY store didn't get 'valid consent,' says Canada's regulator

Canada's Home Depot has stopped using Meta's "Offline Conversions" tool, it confirmed to a regulator dealing with a man's complaint after he discovered his visits to the home improvement shop had been recorded.…

From The Register at 2023-01-27 14:30:14

US in talks with critical chip tech countries Netherlands, Japan. Topic? China sanctions

Both countries have a lithography industry critical to production nodes

The Netherlands and Japan may be about to introduce tougher restrictions aimed at curbing China's ability to produce advanced semiconductors, egged on by pressure from the US.…

From The Register at 2023-01-27 13:02:36

AWS, Microsoft, Google among businesses owed money after FTX collapse

Join the queue, eh?

AWS, Google and Microsoft are among creditors owed money after the FTX crypto exchange filed for bankruptcy in November.…

From The Register at 2023-01-27 11:33:13

Experts warn of steep increase in Java costs under changes to Oracle license regime

As per employee model replaces old subscription, user bills could soar

Oracle stands accused of "predatory" licensing tactics after making changes to the Oracle Java SE subscription model that could force businesses to pay tens of thousands of dollars more each month for running the same software.…

From The Register at 2023-01-27 10:34:53

What is Google doing with its open source teams?

Nothing good – the recent layoffs hit its best and brightest leaders hard

Opinion  Remember when Google's motto was "Don't be Evil"? I do. Even though Google dumped that phrase from its code of conduct in 2018, many of us still thought Google was a bit better than other companies.…

From The Register at 2023-01-27 08:30:10

User was told three times ‘Do Not Reboot This PC’ - then unplugged it anyway

Even with instructions staring them in the face, this genius couldn't get it right

In last week’s edition of On-Call, The Register’s weekly column dedicated to readers’ days being damaged by demands to deflect needless disaster, we wondered if the inevitabilities of death and taxes should be joined by meaningless managerial interventions. This week, we have a new candidate to join lists of iconic inevitabilities: users ignoring instructions and then complaining when their own actions create complications.…

From The Register at 2023-01-27 07:28:12

Truck-size asteroid makes one of the tightest fly-bys of Earth ever recorded

What a tease

A box-truck-sized asteroid has made one of the closest approaches by a near-Earth object ever recorded, brushing past our home world at a distance of a couple of thousand miles on Thursday. …

From The Register at 2023-01-27 06:28:12

Poor Meta. Technical debt and user training made its exabyte-scale data migration tricky

Welcome to the real world, kids. And for the rest of us, a future at which Meta is gulp! – better at large-scale analytics

Here’s one from the “welcome to the real world, kids, we have no sympathy for your plight” files: social media giant Meta’s engineering team has bemoaned the complexity of migrating from legacy technology.…

From The Register at 2023-01-27 05:32:10

UK Cyber Security Centre's scary new story: One phish, two phish, Russia phish, Iran phish

Nice people on LinkedIn want to harvest logins from politicians, boffins, and defense types

The UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NSCS) has warned of two similar spear-phishing campaigns, one originating from Russia, the other from Iran.…

From The Register at 2023-01-27 04:29:09

Intel inside a world of pain as revenue plunges by a third

U OK Pat? Asking cos client sales are down, server sales are down, and your forecasts are grim

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger has expressed confidence in the company's trajectory despite posting a $700 million net loss on revenues that plunged 32 percent during the fourth quarter of FY 2022, to a measly $14 billion.…

From The Register at 2023-01-27 02:58:10

Google slays thousands of fake news vids posted by pro-China group Dragonbridge

If you yell 'death to America' and no one watches the video, does it make a sound?

Google's Threat Analysis Group (TAG) has burned more than 50,000 spammy fake news stories and other content posted by the pro-China 'Dragonbridge' gang.…

From The Register at 2023-01-27 01:01:09

We've reached another climate tipping point on energy investment: Green power is in

2022 is the first year on record that global low-carbon investments matched fossil fuel funding, says BloombergNEF

The world has reached a major tipping point in the transition from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy: 2022 was the first year global investments in low-carbon technologies matched spending on the fossil fuel industry.…

From The Register at 2023-01-27 00:54:06

US ban on China chip exports rebounds, causes 2,700 American job losses

California-based chipmaking kit-maker Lam hit by DRAM decline, inability to export to Middle Kingdom

The Biden administration's policy of restricting Chinese chip makers from accessing vital manufacturing equipment has caused damage at home, with California-based wafer fabrication equipment supplier Lam Research announcing it would layoff 1,300 employees, or about seven percent of its global workforce, as the company prepares for billions in lost revenues during the 2023 fiscal year.…

From The Register at 2023-01-27 00:54:06

US ban on China chip exports rebounds, causes 2,700 job losses

California-based chipmaking kit-maker Lam hit by DRAM decline, inability to export to Middle Kingdom

The Biden administration's policy of restricting Chinese chip makers from accessing vital manufacturing equipment has caused damage at home, with California-based wafer fabrication equipment supplier Lam Research announcing it would layoff 1,300 employees, or about seven percent of its global workforce, as the company prepares for billions in lost revenues during the 2023 fiscal year.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 23:58:06

Disaster recovery blunder broke New York Stock Exchange this week

The irony, it burns

On Tuesday, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) failed to open properly, disrupting and invalidating auction trading for more than 250 securities.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 23:01:13

Musk: Tesla's doing great. I mean, have you seen my Twitter follower count?

Elon conflates 'popularity' on unrelated platform with successful year for EV maker

Never mind the headlines. 2022 was Tesla's best year ever, Elon Musk claimed in the automaker's Q4 2022 earnings call this week.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 21:59:23

How to shave years off the journey from military lab to real-world use

DARPA's Blake Bextine talks us through taking inventions commercial

Interview  You've heard of some of the world-altering technologies that have come out of the US Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, because you might not be reading this otherwise.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 21:27:12

Smart ovens do really dumb stuff to check for Wi-Fi

Pinging search services in the US, China, Russia perhaps not ideal for privacy

This just in: smart appliances are still not a bright idea for those who care about privacy.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 20:30:10

FBI smokes ransomware Hive after secretly buzzing around gang's network for months

Uncle Sam doles out decryption keys to 300+ victims amid sting op

The FBI said it has shut down the Hive's ransomware network, seizing control of the notorious gang's servers and websites, and thwarting the pesky criminals' ability to sting future victims.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 19:11:01

VMwhat? Dell snaps up Cloudify for multi-cloud orchestration

Intriguing move – just look at the software companies it has ditched...

Dell is reportedly buying cloud orchestration company Cloudify for an estimated $100 million to give its own cloud services biz a shot in the arm and appeal more to organizations investing in DevOps.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 18:04:09

Aviation overhaul bill passes US House... for the third time

Maybe it'll be different this year as clamors of 'I told you so' accompany the proposal

The US House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to advance a bill that would create a task force to improve the Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system that was at the heart of the nationwide flight grounding earlier this month.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 17:02:14

Automotive industry is driving revenue for at least one chip company: STMicroelectronics

Look, a semiconductor manufacturer that isn't whining about weak demand

Chipmaker STMicroelectronics appears to be bucking the industry trend by beating analyst expectations and delivering revenues towards the upper end of guidance, driven by demand from the automotive and industrial segments, the company said.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 16:15:14

Broadcom's $61b VMWare merger faces another hurdle: UK's competition watchdog

Nobody expects the British Inquisition. (This is a joke. Everybody expected it)

A month after the EU decided to stick a probe into semiconductor manufacturer Broadcom's proposed buy of virtualization juggernaut VMware, the UK has said it will do the same.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 15:01:05

Memory safety is the new black, fashionable and fit for any occasion

Calls to avoid C/C++ and embrace Rust grow louder

Memory safety, a longstanding concern among serious software developers, has finally met with mainstream stardom.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 14:30:08

Google gives in to India Android antitrust verdict, kinda

Tech behemoth says it will appeal 'certain aspects' of the decision

Google appears to be ready to abide by an Indian court's antitrust verdict that it was exploiting its dominant position on Android, and will allow OEMs to license individual apps for pre-installation on devices and let users select their own default search engine.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 13:32:05

SAP is culling 3,000 jobs from CRM business and its results weren't even that bad

'Targeted restructuring' could have been worse, analyst points out

SAP is targeting its CRM business with 3,000 job cuts despite full year 2022 revenue of €30.9 billion, up 11 percent.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 12:27:14

Space mining startup prepping to launch 'demo' refinery... this April

Last (failed) attempts at such an endeavor happened a decade ago, but AstroForge thinks it can do better

Cast your mind back to the year 2012 and you might stumble upon a very similar story, but this isn't a flashback: There's a new startup in town that wants to mine asteroids, and this one claims to be ahead of the game.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 11:33:05

UK govt Matrix has unenviable task of consolidating several different ERP systems

Software to support 46,000 users as group part of £900m program to simplify central government back end

The UK government has kicked off procurement of an ERP system for eight Whitehall departments which consolidates nine different software systems – a project potentially more complex than a snake's wedding.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 10:56:41

Tech job bloodbath comes to IBM, CFO links layoffs to Kyndryl, Watson Health

Human Capital leaves the building

IBM is the latest tech company to jump on the layoff bandwagon, with news it would reduce its workforce by around 3,900.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 09:30:06

Techies ask PM to 'prepare UK chip strategy as a matter of urgency'

Yeah, and make it something better than just asking Arm to dual-list in London...

Tech industry luminaries have politely asked the UK Prime Minister to pull his finger out when it comes to delivering a strategy for the future of the UK semiconductor sector, or it may not have one at all.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 08:27:09

Lockheed Martin demos 50kW anti-aircraft frickin' laser beam

Looks like a reboot of SWIV

Lockheed Martin this week showed that a 50kW laser being developed for air defense scenarios can be turned on to create a coherent beam, a milestone the defense giant calls "first light."…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 07:34:14

Bloke allegedly stole, sold private info belonging to 'tens of millions' globally

If true, was it worth the $500k and prison jumpsuit?

A man suspected of stealing personal data belonging to tens of millions of people worldwide and selling that info on cybercrime forums has been arrested by Dutch police.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 06:25:05

Microsoft shells out for 2.5GW of solar. Not that it'll make a big dent in its emissions

Unless it's hooking up all those panels to your PCs and servers

With just seven years left to achieve its 100 percent renewable energy goals, Microsoft said it would add as much as 2.5 gigawatts of solar power to its operations under a partnership with South Korea's Hanwha Qcells.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 05:06:08

James Webb Space Telescope suffers another hitch: Instrument down

Second system to be knocked offline

The Near Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph (NIRISS) on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is currently offline, and all science observations using the instrument will have to be rescheduled as engineers try to repair the thing.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 03:01:06

NIST dreams of cellular networks free from 5G vendor lock in, supply chain pain

Nokia radio units working with Ericsson distribute units? What's next? Dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) wants to prevent supply chain challenges and vendor lock-in that might get in the way of US carrier's 5G rollouts.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 02:07:08

Months after NSA disclosed Microsoft cert bug, datacenters remain unpatched

You know when we all said quit using MD5? We really meant it

Most Windows-powered datacenter systems and applications remain vulnerable to a spoofing bug in CryptoAPI that was disclosed by the NSA and the UK National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) and patched by Microsoft last year, according to Akamai's researchers.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 01:05:07

Watch Rocket Lab lift off from US for first time, put radio-sniffing sats into orbit

Nice of someone to give SpaceX a little competition

Video  Rocket Lab this week successfully launched its first Electron rocket from American soil, and put three satellites into low Earth orbit.…

From The Register at 2023-01-26 00:02:15

If you're suffering Start menu and app gremlins on Windows, Microsoft has a suggestion

No, it's not install Fedora Linux

Microsoft has offered a workaround of sorts for Windows 10 and 11 users who've noticed their Start menu is suddenly unresponsive and that some applications won't open or work correctly.…

From The Register at 2023-01-25 23:01:10

Tesla's Autopilot is losing out to Ford, GM in self-driving tech

Life in the fast lane, surely make you lose your mind

Tesla's Autopilot "self driving" technology has slipped to the middle of the active driver assist (ADA) software pack, says the nonprofit Consumer Reports, as companies like Ford and General Motors have overtaken the Musketeers in the automotive code lane.…

From The Register at 2023-01-25 21:59:06

Microsoft closes another door to attackers by blocking Excel XLL files from the internet

More of them used by baddies since Redmond blocked VBA macros

Microsoft in March will start blocking Excel XLL add-ins from the internet to shut down an increasingly popular attack vector for miscreants.…

From The Register at 2023-01-25 21:02:13

Walmart runs creepy 'advergame' on Roblox, where kids can make toy wish lists

Toys that can then be purchased at... you guessed it, say critics in letter to watchdog

Rights organizations have asked a US children's ad watchdog to audit an app from Walmart, claiming it is "deceptively marketing" to young children who play Roblox by way of an "advergame" called Walmart Universe of Play.…

From The Register at 2023-01-25 20:22:06

Oracle engineering exec quits after tryst with health division

Reports suggest Don Johnson left after 6 months in charge of strategic unit

The head of Oracle Health engineering has abruptly left the business, according to reports.…

From The Register at 2023-01-25 19:32:06

Tesla planning new Semi electric truck plant, battery factory in Nevada

Two new facilities to cost $3.6b, while some truckers unimpressed with the machines

Tesla's original gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada is getting a $3.6 billion makeover that will add two fresh facilities and thousands of additional jobs, the electric automaker has confirmed.…

From The Register at 2023-01-25 18:14:05

Developers: What if someone said you’d never have to meet with marketing again?

Atlassian thinks it’s made that possible by extending automation from Jira to Confluence

Atlassian has extended the automation it acquired from Code Barrel in 2019, and has run in Jira for most of the time since, to its Confluence collaboration environment.…

From The Register at 2023-01-25 17:14:15

ASML forecasts growth this year, but chipmakers expect pain

Netherlands still facing pressure from US to ban exports to China

Dutch producer of chipmaking equipment ASML beat financial analysts' estimates for Q4 of 2022, and expects continued momentum for the year ahead, despite the likelihood of further export restrictions increasing.…

From The Register at 2023-01-25 16:01:13

Software glitch revokes copyright protection for AI-generated comic book

So is AI artwork copyrightable? Not quite as case remains up in the air

A glitch in the record-keeping software being piloted by the US Copyright Office (USCO) accidentally revoked the copyright registration of an AI-generated graphic novel.…

From The Register at 2023-01-25 15:00:07

Flutter now has less stutter and plays nicer with the web

Version 3.7 shows Google's cross-platform, Dart-based UI framework maturing

Flutter developers gathered on Wednesday in Nairobi, Kenya, and at stream-fed screens elsewhere in the world to learn about the alpha release of Dart 3 and Flutter 3.7, the next iteration of Google's open source Dart-based UI toolkit.…

From The Register at 2023-01-25 14:15:14

Amazon warehouse workers 'make history' with first official UK strike

GMB union demands 45% pay rise as members struggle with cost of living

Brits have never been afraid to strike, and the wave of industrial action hitting various sectors over the crushing cost of living has found its way over to Amazon for the first time in the UK.…

From The Register at 2023-01-25 13:29:09

Google institutional investor calls for wider cuts: 30k jobs

TCI Fund run by billionaire John Hohn also wants ad biz to slash salaries

The billionaire hedge fund manager that runs a major Google investor isn't satisfied with the record 12,000 redundancies the US tech giant is making, and wants to see thousands more forced out of the organization.…

From The Register at 2023-01-25 12:25:13

NASA and DARPA team up to go nuclear in hopes of putting boots on Mars

Fission reactor rocket should get them going quite fast

US research agencies NASA and DARPA are teaming up to create a nuclear thermal rocket engine in hopes the tech will one day carry crewed missions to Mars.…

From The Register at 2023-01-25 11:30:34

Global network outage hits Microsoft: Azure, Teams, Outlook all down

Redmond rolls back network change after cloud services dip in sympathy with profits

Microsoft is currently rolling back a network change across its wide area network that it believes toppled over a raft of its cloud services this morning, perhaps in solidarity with the company's tumbling profits.…

From The Register at 2023-01-25 10:21:14

IPv6 for Dummies: NSA pushes security manual on DoD admins

There's good advice here for any IT pro dealing with the transition

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has published a guidance document for system administrators to help them mitigate potential security issues as their organizations transition to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).…

From The Register at 2023-01-25 09:30:12

Defra 'confident' it has 'handle' on risk for 30% of apps out of support

UK government applies 'hypercare' to applications to try to avoid security and stability risks

The UK's department for farming and agriculture has said it is "confident" it is managing the risk related to a whopping 30 percent of its applications being out of vendor support.…

From The Register at 2023-01-25 08:28:08

Go to security school, GoTo – theft of encryption keys shows you need it

Ongoing investigation into cloud storage attack finds customer data exfiltrated

Remote access outfit GoTo has admitted that a threat actor exfiltrated an encryption key that allowed access to "a portion" of encrypted backup files.…

From The Register at 2023-01-25 07:33:13

Microsoft: You're not out of love with cloud, you're just 'optimizing' it for a bit

Q2 results include modest revenue increase, steep consumer and net income decrease

Microsoft has posted modest growth for the quarter ended December 31, 2022, with its consumer-centric products recording marked revenue dips.…

From The Register at 2023-01-25 06:30:11

Space dust reveals Earth-killer asteroids would be tough to destroy

Good luck blowing up a pile of rubble. Boffins suggest we'll need to create a diversion instead

An asteroid named Itokawa that's been identified as potentially hazardous to Earth would be difficult to destroy, according to new research analyzing dust particles collected from the ancient rock.…

From The Register at 2023-01-25 05:32:26

SK hynix debuts 'world's fastest mobile DRAM', predicts it will move to power AI/ML and AR/VR

Something to keep manufacturers happy while they wait for the joy of LPDDR6

South Korean memory maker SK hynix announced today it has delivered samples of what it claims is the world's fastest mobile DRAM, and expressed its belief it will eventually be used in more applications.…

From The Register at 2023-01-25 04:30:12

Well that escalated quickly: India demos homebrew mobile OS

BharOS is based on the Linux kernel and is apparently incapable of running malware. Right

A mere week after an Indian government official teased the possibility the nation could create its own mobile OS to challenge the dominance of Google and Apple, minister for education and minister of skill development & entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan has demonstrated just such an OS at work and endorsed it as the sort of the India should be doing.…

From The Register at 2023-01-25 02:45:12

Logfile management is no fun. Now it's a nightmare thanks to critical-rated VMware flaws

You know the drill: patch before criminals uses these bugs in vRealize to sniff your systems

VMware has issued fixes for four vulnerabilities, including two critical 9.8-rated remote code execution bugs, in its vRealize Log Insight software. …

From The Register at 2023-01-25 01:45:05

FBI catches up with infosec and crypto communities, blames Lazarus Group for $100 million heist

Well played, feds. What's next? Ransomware is rampant? Strong passwords are important?

The FBI has confirmed what cybersecurity researchers have been saying for months: the North Korean-sponsored Lazarus Group was behind the theft last year of $100 million in crypto assets from blockchain startup Harmony.…

From The Register at 2023-01-25 00:45:07

CISA sends schools back to the classroom on security

Oy, teacher, protect those kids online

A report by the US government's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on security shortcomings at America's K-12 schools isn't good news. …

From The Register at 2023-01-24 23:45:12

Intel chairman exits just ahead of next financial report

And within days of scrapping about a billion dollars in projects

Comment  The chairman of Intel’s board of directors, Omar Ishrak, is stepping down just days before the chipmaker is due to report its Q4 earnings and after a series of high-profile cutbacks.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 22:45:06

Uncle Sam greenlights first commercial nuclear small modular reactor design

NuScale plants could begin construction as soon as February 21, when new rule goes into effect

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has finalized rules allowing construction of nuclear small modular reactors (SMRs) – the first time a design has been certified for commercialization.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 21:45:10

Break up Google now, says US govt in ad monopoly lawsuit

I'm feeling yucky

The US Justice Department and eight states sued Alphabet's Google subsidiary on Tuesday claiming that the web giant has unfairly monopolized the buying and selling of digital advertising.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 21:45:10

Break up Google now, says US govt in ad monopoly lawsuit

I'm feeling yucky

The US Justice Department and eight states sued Alphabet's Google subsidiary on Tuesday claiming the web giant has unfairly monopolized the buying and selling of digital advertising.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 20:45:10

Apple emits emergency patch for older iPhones after snoops pounce on WebKit hole

Also: Yay for Data Privacy Day!

Apple has issued an emergency patch for older kit to fix a WebKit security flaw that Cupertino warns is under active attack.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 19:47:11

Fujitsu: Quantum computers no threat to encryption just yet

Heavily hyped tech bound for big time by decade end

Research conducted by Fujitsu suggests there is no need to panic about quantum computers being able to decode encrypted data – this is unlikely to happen in the near future, it claims.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 18:44:11

World of Warcraft Classic lead dev resigns to protest 'stack ranking'

Brian Birmingham claims he walked after refusing to give team member a 'low' rating

Former Blizzard World of Warcraft co-lead dev Brian Birmingham took to Twitter this morning to confirm that when given a choice between stack ranking his employees – obeying a mandate to give a poor "developing" rank to an employee – or leaving the company, he decided to walk.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 17:59:25

US Cyber Command, DARPA ink cyberwar R&D pact

Out of the valley of death and into operational use, ideally

Interview  An agreement between US Cyber Command and DAPRA aims to move innovative technologies out of the "valley of death" and into the hands of warfighters.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 17:38:08

German market watchdog investigates PayPal over cartel claims

Bundeskartellamt already had a bite at FAANG firms, now former Musk co is starting to look appetizing

German antitrust enforcers known for leveling charges against high-profile tech companies have a new target for accusations of dominant market position abuse: PayPal.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 17:20:12

There are plenty of reasons why government tech is stuck in the Stone Age

We unpack a few and look at which nations have it together with IDC research boss

Interview  It's Government Tech Week on The Register and to get a handle on the challenges facing the public sector we sat down with Massimiliano "Max" Claps, research director of the European IDC Government Insights team.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 16:32:12

British monarchy goes after Twitter, alleges rent not paid for UK base

One appears to not have been remunerated, Crown Estate tells High Court

More landlords are piling on Elon Musk's Twitter alleging unpaid rent – including, funnily enough, the British monarchy.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 15:26:07

Google's Sundar Pichai tells underlings that exec bonuses will be clipped

Staff in Q&A session yesterday to discuss 12,000 job cuts

Google's top brass told employees at a town hall meeting that executive bonuses will be cut this year as upper management addressed wide-ranging questions from staff following confirmation of extensive job cuts.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 14:23:11

WFH can get you 40% salary boost in UK and US tech jobs

Web developer is the most likely role to be offered the arrangement

A web developer is the tech role most likely to be offered to work from home and also gets 39 percent more pay for the arrangement than other jobs, according to research.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 13:20:05

The world is 'clearly' not prepared for cyberwarfare

6,000 netizens can't be wrong

One-third of IT and security professionals globally say they are either indifferent or unconcerned about the impact of cyberwarfare on their organizations as a whole, according to a survey of more than 6,000 across 14 countries.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 12:35:12

Lucy asteroid probe forced to limp on without full solar array

Attempts to fix glitch ditched – but never give up, never surrender

NASA's Lucy spacecraft will have to soldier on to reach eight asteroids within Jupiter's orbit – a journey expected to last 12 years – with a glitch in one of its solar arrays for now.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 11:47:40

EU infrastructure risk project to address potential climate, 'resource' shortage catastrophes

Atos-led group to protect European infrastructure from impact of future pandemics – using Horizon cash

Atos is leading the Sunrise project that aims to develop measures to protect vital European infrastructure against the impact of incidents with catastrophic consequences, including future pandemics, climate change or resource scarcity.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 10:29:48

Live Nation CFO on Taylor Swift ticket chaos: Don't blame me, bots made me crazy

Attack was three times the size of anything company had seen – they couldn't shake it off

Live Nation Entertainment's CFO is expected to testify that the breakdown of its Ticketmaster website at the release of Taylor Swift concert tickets last November was caused by a deluge of bots.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 09:30:13

Seattle: Home of grunge, Starbucks… and now, a quantum computer manufacturing plant

Unclear where IonQ’s funding for its $1 billion investment plans will come from

IonQ plans to open a quantum computer manufacturing plant - the first on US soil it claims - as part of broader plans to invest $1 billion into an expansion in the Pacific Northwest region over the next decade.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 08:25:09

Ukraine inches closer to NATO with cybersecurity collab

'Now Russia will have to play defense'

Ukraine has taken another step toward deepening its ties to NATO by signing an agreement to formalize its participation in the security alliance's Joint Center for Advanced Technologies in Cyber Defense (CCDCOE).  …

From The Register at 2023-01-24 07:25:12

India uses emergency powers to order takedown of BBC documentary

Is a critical account of PM's past actions a real emergency, a political emergency, or a free speech emergency?

India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting appears to have filed takedown requests to prevent access to a BBC documentary series titled India: The Modi Question that investigates prime minister Narendra Modi's policies and actions toward India's Muslim minority.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 06:30:10

8K? That’s cute. This display has 600 million pixels

My god, it's full of TVs

If you thought 8K was high res, then this supercomputer lab's newly revamped Stallion tiled display system invites you to think bigger — much bigger.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 05:33:14

Apple wants a quarter of its products manufactured in India, claims minister

Take that, China

India is responsible for five to seven percent of Apple’s manufacturing, and the iPhone-maker aims to grow that number to 25 percent, according to India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 04:31:10

Chinese mobe-makers playing a long game with homebrew chips says analyst

Modest, low-volume chips will pay off over time, apparently

Chinese supply chain analyst outfit Jiwei has suggested local smartphone makers are having limited success with their attempts to create homegrown silicon.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 03:29:14

Windows 10 paid downloads end but buyers need not fear ISO-lation

Microsoft pulls the plug as of January 31, alternatives are easy to find

Microsoft has named the day on which it will end paid downloads of Windows 10 Home and Pro from its website: January 31, 2023.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 02:10:15

ChatGPT talks its way through Wharton MBA, medical exams

This perhaps says more about the tests than the artificial intelligence on display

OpenAI's chat software ChatGPT, if let loose on the world, would score between a B and a B- on Wharton business school's Operations Management exam, and would approach or exceed the score needed to pass the US Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE).…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 01:15:13

We're just shouting into the void, says US watchdog offering cybersecurity advice

Federal depts ignore almost 60% of IT defense recommendations

Since coming into office two years ago, the Biden Administration has made the cyber defenses of US government agencies – as well as the private sector – a key focus.…

From The Register at 2023-01-24 00:12:12

Microsoft’s mixed reality dream meets harsh reality of job cuts

Just so, so much enthusiasm for Second Life 2.0 right now

Microsoft in March will shut down its AltspaceVR outfit as it shifts its virtual reality efforts from catering to ordinary folks to businesses.…

From The Register at 2023-01-23 23:14:12

DARPA wants to upgrade the way we make chips. How exactly will that work?

Dr Dev Palmer talks us through a JUMP in materials, algorithms, tools

Interview  Uncle Sam's research nerve center DARPA is known for championing all kinds of breakthrough technologies. Might semiconductors be part of that? You might be right.…

From The Register at 2023-01-23 22:28:05

Intel kills $700M liquid cooling lab amid chip slump

Someone's got no chill

A $700 million research and development facility in Hillsboro, Oregon, is the latest project on Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger's chopping block.…