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EU gets a bit STRESSED out about 5G: With great economic benefits come great security risks

Wed, 2019-12-04 10:54
Yes, in all-caps

The Council of the European Union has warned member states that the introduction of 5G networks poses increased security risks while also bringing economic and infrastructure benefits.…

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Mozilla locks nosy Avast, AVG extensions out of Firefox store amid row over web privacy

Wed, 2019-12-04 09:58
Add-ons accused of slurping every URL netizens visit

The Firefox extensions built by Avast have been pulled from the open-source browser's online add-on store over privacy fears.…

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Amazon sticks AI inference chip up for rent in the cloud for machine-learning geeks

Wed, 2019-12-04 09:01
AWS subscribers, you can forget GPUs (unless you need to train your models)

re:Invent Amazon Web Services has made Inf1, its cloud instance for running machine-learning software on its custom-designed AI chip Inferentia, available to all.…

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Silicon Valley Scrooges sidestep debt to society through tax avoidance to the tune of $100bn

Wed, 2019-12-04 07:54
Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Netflix accused of ducking dues

Fair Tax Mark, a UK-based civic advocacy group, has accused Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Netflix of depriving public coffers of more than $100bn in taxes since 2010 through aggressive tax avoidance schemes.…

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Newly born Firefox 71 emerges from its den, along with its own VPN and some privacy tricks

Wed, 2019-12-04 06:01
Browser biz continues exploring privacy as a source of revenue

Patting itself on the back for blocking more than one trillion web tracking requests through its Enhanced Tracking Protection tech, Mozilla on Tuesday continued its privacy push with a further test of its Firefox Private Network service, an update to Firefox Preview Beta for Android, and the debut of its latest desktop browser, Firefox 71.…

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Is your computer doctor secretly a racist? Two US senators want to find out the truth

Wed, 2019-12-04 02:45
Garbage in, garbage out

US Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) are examining how federal agencies and healthcare companies are tackling algorithmic biases, after a recent study found that black patients were less likely to be referred to care programs by AI systems than white patients, despite being sicker.…

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Google ex-employees demand retribution for Thanksgiving massacre

Wed, 2019-12-04 02:06
Fired four threaten to file complaint with National Labor Relations Board

The four engineers fired by Google just before Thanksgiving for allegedly e-stalking co-workers have said they will file a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board claiming they were subject to an illegal intimidation campaign.…

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Closing Windows, opening ML and AI-powered coding: Orgy of announcements in marathon AWS keynote

Wed, 2019-12-04 00:19
We sat through a three-hour AWS lecture so that you didn't have to

re:Invent In a three-hour keynote at the re:Invent conference under way in Las Vegas, AWS CEO Andy Jassy took pops at competitors (especially Microsoft) and announced a wide range of new services, spanning compute, database, storage and machine learning.…

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Larry leaves, Sergey splits: Google boys hand over the reins of Alphabet to Sundar

Tue, 2019-12-03 22:18
Sergey leaves his first love… again

The co-founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, have announced they are stepping down from their respective CEO and president roles of parent company Alphabet and handing over to Google's current CEO Sundar Pichai.…

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Mayday in Moscow as devs will be Russian to Putin mandatory apps on phones, laptops, TVs

Tue, 2019-12-03 22:04
Don't be Stalin, you only have until July, thanks to new law

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed off on the law requiring most electronics sold in the country to be pre-bundled with domestically produced software.…

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We took a shot every time Qualcomm said 5G, AI or mobile gaming in its Snapdragon 865, 765 system-on-chip launch...

Tue, 2019-12-03 21:56
...nd its nt evevn lunchteim yt

On Tuesday Qualcomm teased three upcoming Snapdragon system-on-chips at its aptly named Snapdragon Tech Summit in Hawaii.…

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Trump Administration fast-tracks compulsory border facial recognition scans for all US citizens

Tue, 2019-12-03 21:26
Homeland Security also clamping down on H1-B visas

The Trump Administration is planning to fast-track a new policy of compulsory facial recognition at the border, and including US citizens and permanent residents in its plans for the first time.…

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Gravitons reign, yo: A screaming comes across the sky and all across the Neoverse

Tue, 2019-12-03 20:55
AWS gets faster ARM-based EC2 instances

re:Invent In conjunction with its re:Invent show in Las Vegas this week, Amazon Web Services offered a preview of the next iteration of its Arm-based EC2 instances, based on its Graviton2 processor.…

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Pablo Escobar's brother is Medellín in the foldable phone biz, sniffing out new markets

Tue, 2019-12-03 19:56
Got a phone for The Reg to stroke a claw across, Roberto?

Escobar Inc, the company founded by the brother of late Colombian pharmaceutical executive, Pablo Escobar, has announced it’s getting into the handset business. Welcome to 2019, where that’s a completely normal and factual sentence.…

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EU wouldn't! Uncle Sam brandishes 'up to 100%' tariffs over France's Digital Services Tax

Tue, 2019-12-03 17:16
China is so last year. America (tech giants) first

The spectre of warehouses full of cheese, champagne and handbags looms over whomever wins the UK's December General Election as the UK's Digital Services Tax comes into force against US digital giants in April 2020.…

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HPE planning to turn balancing on-premises and cloud environments into point-and-click adventures

Tue, 2019-12-03 16:26
Firm touts self-service portal GreenLake Central in Munich

The cost and plate-spinning skills of managing multi-vendor public cloud services and an on-premises environment are enough to test the nerves of any IT manager. HPE reckons it has hit upon a solution – though it has some obvious limitations.…

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Den Automation raised millions to 'reinvent' the light switch. Now it's lights out for startup

Tue, 2019-12-03 14:37
From 'boy genius' to 'oh boy'

Exclusive Den Automation, the once-promising UK smart home startup that raised nearly £4.5m via equity crowdfunding and boasted former Amstrad chief Bob Watkins as CEO, has agreed to go into liquidation, The Register can report.…

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AWS has new tool for those leaky S3 buckets so, yeah, you might need to reconfigure a few things

Tue, 2019-12-03 12:44
Security a popular topic at Las Vegas event

re:Invent At its re:Invent event under way in Las Vegas, Amazon Web Services (AWS) dropped the veil on a new tool to help customers to avoid spewing data stored on its S3 (Simple Storage) service to world+dog.…

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It's Hipp to be square: What happened when SQLite creator met GitHub

Tue, 2019-12-03 12:13
The 'Hub is not really about Git any more, says Fossil architect

The mind behind the SQLite open-source database and Fossil SCM bug-tracking system had a lot to say about his recent meeting with the GitHub team.…

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Register Lecture: Can portable atomic clocks end UK dependence on GPS?

Tue, 2019-12-03 11:04
New decade, independent geo-time keeping

The US-based GPS, a network of more than 30 satellites, is used by millions of phones, handsets and other devices in this country, for satellite mapping, navigation and communications technology.…

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