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Pension cold-calling financial services biz cops largest ever fine from UK data watchdog

Wed, 2021-12-01 13:50
EB Associates facing £140k penalty for 107,000 illegal calls

EB Associates, a London-based financial advisory business, is facing a £140,000 fine from the UK's data watchdog after it instigated 107,000 illegal cold calls to people about their pensions.…

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Microsoft shareholders vote for a report into harassment within the company

Wed, 2021-12-01 13:08
Median pay gap reporting found less favour

Microsoft shareholders have voted for a report into the effectiveness of the company's sexual harassment policies while rejecting another on median pay gaps across race and gender.…

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Could we use an LLVM-based cross-compiler to build apps for quantum computers? This alliance says yes

Wed, 2021-12-01 12:16
Microsoft, Linux Foundation-backed QIR has a chance to make QC source code portable across different systems

The Linux Foundation has launched a group called the QIR Alliance to make quantum computing applications more portable across hardware architectures and simulators.…

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Brit RPA upstart Blue Prism falls into arms of US tech holdings biz SS&C for £1.24bn

Wed, 2021-12-01 12:02
Software automation specialist escaping London Stock Exchange

The board of Brit robotic process automation specialist Blue Prism is recommending a £1.243bn cash bid by Bolt Bidco, the subsidiary of tech holdings SS&C that trumped a £1.1bn offer from Vista Equity Partners (VEP).…

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Big challenge with hardware subscriptions? Getting what we need, not what someone else wants us to have

Wed, 2021-12-01 10:45
Reject the one-size-fits-all approach offered by the cloud giants

Register Debate Welcome to the latest Register Debate in which writers discuss technology topics, and you the reader choose the winning argument. The format is simple: we propose a motion, the arguments for the motion will run this Monday and Wednesday, and the arguments against on Tuesday and Thursday. During the week you can cast your vote on which side you support using the poll embedded below, choosing whether you're in favour or against the motion. The final score will be announced on Friday, revealing whether the for or against argument was most popular.

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ESA's Solar Orbiter sails safely past Earth despite orbiting debris concerns

Wed, 2021-12-01 09:59
See if you can guess when the spacecraft thrusters took over

ESA's Solar Orbiter has completed its flyby of Earth, collecting science data as it did so, and appears to be headed back into deep space without any close encounters with orbiting debris.…

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On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... a coding puzzle and it's a doozy

Wed, 2021-12-01 09:15
2021 Advent of Code prepares for launch

It's that time of year again, when all good little developers count down to the festive season with the Advent of Code.…

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Last chance: Get hands-on ML experience in Prof Mark Whitehorn’s introductory web workshop

Wed, 2021-12-01 08:30
December 3 is the final day to buy tickets – book now or miss out

Event On December 9, at 0900 GMT, Register regular Mark Whitehorn and the people behind our machine-learning conference MCubed will bring an online workshop about the foundations of AI straight to your desk.…

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Samsung wheels out new silicon that turns cars into 5G-fuelled entertainment hubs

Wed, 2021-12-01 07:56
Nice wheels! Thanks, it's got eight Cortex-A76 cores, a 5G modem and 32GB of RAM

Samsung has wheeled out three new slabs of silicon for automotive applications.…

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UK watchdog's punishment for Blackbaud, Easyjet, other big privacy lawbreakers was slap on the wrist in private

Wed, 2021-12-01 07:28
Is this what they call light-touch regulation?

Blackbaud was given a private slap on the wrist by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) after paying off criminals who stole users' financial data from the cloud CRM biz's servers.…

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Beijing wants to level up China's software industry, with an emphasis on FOSS

Wed, 2021-12-01 06:57
Plans to build 'two or three open source communities with international influence' in the next five years

China's software industry is underperforming internationally and needs to lean into open source technology to improve, the nation's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on Tuesday.…

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We've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Mega-comets lurking in solar systems, spewing carbon monoxide

Wed, 2021-12-01 06:32
Comet BB is not only largest of its type that we know of, it was likely active billions of miles from the Sun

Not only is comet Bernardinelli-Bernstein the largest of its kind known, it’s also one of the most active, distant comets, likely spewing plumes of gas further out from the Sun than expected.…

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Need a new CEO, Salesforce? Have two – Bret Taylor and Marc Beioff to share the job

Wed, 2021-12-01 05:58
Restores twin CEO structure that ended in 2020, no indication this has deeper meaning

SaaS sultan Salesforce has announced a new CEO: Bret Taylor, previously the company's president and chief operating officer.…

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Qualcomm takes a swipe at Apple's build-not-buy culture (because it wants to sell stuff to Apple)

Wed, 2021-12-01 04:59
Suggests collaboration with OS suppliers is the best way to innovate, ignoring that Google just designed its own silicon for Pixel 6

Qualcomm has distanced itself from Apple, and took a veiled shot at its rival as it tried to clear the air on its relationship with Google.…

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UK intel chief says MI6 must outsource innovation – and James Bond's in-house 'Q' is nonsense

Wed, 2021-12-01 03:56
China is on the march, Russia loves to destabilise, no intelligence agency can stop 'em without help

The head of the UK's secretive Military Intelligence Section 6 agency – popularly known as MI6 – has delivered a rare speech in which he has warned that China, Iran, and Russia use information technology to destabilise rivals, and that the agency he leads can no longer rely on in-house innovation to develop the technologies the UK needs to defend itself.…

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Cisco tells UCS owners they may have a screw loose – in the server chassis

Wed, 2021-12-01 01:03
Power supplies are screwed up because they're not all screwed in

Cisco has warned owners of its UCS servers that they may have a screw loose. In the UCS X9508 chassis that houses their servers, that is.…

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AWS unveils Graviton3 Arm chips and more. But the real story is the slide from IaaS to packaged solutions

Wed, 2021-12-01 00:09
CEO Adam Selipsky takes the stage in Vegas – and may be on a collision course with customers

Re:Invent Adam Selipsky gave his first Re:Invent keynote as AWS CEO on Tuesday, introducing a range of services, and hinting that the cloud giant may move toward more packaged solutions rather than primarily offering infrastructure-as-a-service.…

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Qualcomm crams more smarts into flagship mobile chip: It's the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Tue, 2021-11-30 23:00
Do you want a smartphone to know you that well?

Qualcomm today will unveil its latest flagship chip, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, a greatest-hits compilation of the US giant's fastest CPU, GPU, camera, and modem technology.…

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Amazon warehouse staff granted second chance to vote for unionization

Tue, 2021-11-30 21:17
US labor watchdog tosses previous failed result in the trash

America's labor watchdog has given workers at Amazon’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, another crack at voting for unionization after their first attempt failed earlier this year.…

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It's the flu season – FluBot, that is: Surge of info-stealing Android malware detected

Tue, 2021-11-30 20:11
And a bunch of bank-account-raiding trojans also identified

FluBot, a family of Android malware, is circulating again via SMS messaging, according to authorities in Finland.…

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