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User locked out of Microsoft account by MFA bug, complains of customer-hostile support

Tue, 2021-10-12 19:59
'So sorry' says Microsoft Identity VP – but its unhelpful support systems will be hard to fix

Interview Konstantin Gizdov, an IT professional, was locked out of his Microsoft account by a bug in the company's Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), but says support refused to acknowledge the bug or recover his account.…

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Megachips or decoupled approach? AI chip design companies accounting for operating costs

Tue, 2021-10-12 18:10
Chip crunch pulls focus

AI chip startups are thinking more about bang-for-the-buck on their processors amid a historic semiconductor shortage and rising prices of silicon.…

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Twitch increases bug bounty payouts after source code leak by... wait, is that it?

Tue, 2021-10-12 17:01
Reg reader sighs at 'Orwellian gig economy' sums

Amazon-owned streaming platform Twitch has responded to last week's breach of its source code by increasing bug bounty pay-outs from $3,000 to $5,000, sources have told The Register.…

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Apple patches 'actively exploited' iPhone zero-day with iOS 15.0.2 update

Tue, 2021-10-12 16:02
Tech breakdown and proof-of-concept code is already out there

If you're using an iPhone, install the iOS 15.0.2 update immediately: Apple has warned that the latest OS upgrade patches an "actively exploited" zero-day.…

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Booting up: Footballers kick off GDPR case for 'misuse' of their performance data

Tue, 2021-10-12 15:18
Legal action aims to give players a say in how data about them is traded

A group of footballers – soccer players for US readers – are set to launch legal action over what they consider to be the unauthorised use of their personal and performance data.…

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Amazon CEO: Directors and team leaders will determine return to work policy for white collar workers

Tue, 2021-10-12 14:32
And warehouse staff, data centre engineers, retail staffers? 'Thanks for your dedication' but no flexible work for you

Amazon says team leaders will determine when white collar workers return to the office and how many days they’ll be expected to be in.…

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Emerson merges software units with AspenTech in $11bn deal

Tue, 2021-10-12 13:46
Currently awaiting new trial over Facebook data centre trade secrets spat

Mega conglomerate Emerson will buy a majority stake in asset optimisation software biz AspenTech and merge its software units with the firm in an $11bn deal.…

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Brit MPs blast Baroness Dido Harding's performance as head of NHS Test and Trace

Tue, 2021-10-12 13:02
Programme lacked transparency at critical stage in pandemic, report says

Baroness Dido Harding's tenure as head of NHS Test and Trace – a vital plank of the UK's COVID-19 pandemic response – has been given a damning verdict by a committee of MPs.…

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Google Cloud will let you know how your workloads are damaging the environment

Tue, 2021-10-12 12:14
Google Cloud Next '21 brings Distributed Edge, emissions metrics, and a Cybersecurity Action Team

Google is taking its cloud platform to the network's edge while aiming to arm customers with data about the damage their compute workloads are doing to the Earth's atmosphere.…

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Instagram is testing feature that tells panicking users the service is broken again

Tue, 2021-10-12 11:30
Have you tried reading books?

Facebook-owned Instagram is to start testing a new feature which informs users they may not be able to post or view snaps of dinner, memes, selfies, or whatever it is people are interested in showing off to others because the service is broken.…

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Patients must know how their health records are used – and approve any sharing for research

Tue, 2021-10-12 10:45
Who really benefits from 'secondary use' of your medical data?

Register debate Welcome to the latest Register Debate in which writers and experts go head to head on 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.

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Meatballs, Abba, and bork: 3 things Sweden is famous for

Tue, 2021-10-12 10:01
It's what The Chef would want

Bork!Bork!Bork! Bork is taking a trip back to its spiritual home with yet another warning for administrators who fail to attend to their flock of Windows PCs.…

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Schools email marketing company told us to go away when we told them of exposed database creds, say infoseccers

Tue, 2021-10-12 09:15
Usernames and passwords could be read (and abused) by anyone in since fixed flaw

An email marketing company claiming to hold details on a million UK teachers and school admin personnel was potentially exposing those to the public internet thanks to a misconfigured error page on its website.…

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Housing consortium's £500m software deal expects winners to adapt to legislation brought in to avoid another Grenfell

Tue, 2021-10-12 08:30
Outsourcing giant Wipro secures a spot among others

Wipro is among the tech suppliers on a £500m housing association framework agreement which is expected to flex to meet the needs of legislation resulting from the tragic Grenfell Tower fire that killed 72 people in a high rise London block.…

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Every Little Helps: Former Tesco boss Dave Lewis to advise UK govt on supply chains

Tue, 2021-10-12 07:45
Turkeys on tables, petrol in cars, chips in 'puters, etc... or that's the idea, anyway

The UK has appointed Sir David Lewis, formerly the CEO of Tesco, as the government's supply chain adviser.…

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Microsoft turns Windows Subsystem for Linux into an app for Windows

Tue, 2021-10-12 07:15
WSL will still be baked in if you want it – but Redmond wants you to get it from the Store

Microsoft has revealed a new version of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) – in the form of an app you acquire from the Microsoft Store. And the software giant will steer WSL users to this new version in future.…

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Chinese buyers spending up big on security, servers, and storage, says IDC

Tue, 2021-10-12 06:46
Policies pushing local vendors help, as does huge investment in AI

Chines buyers are spending up big on storage, servers, and security, according to reports by International Data Corporation (IDC) released this week.…

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Beijing appears to block Lenovo's debut on Shanghai bourse

Tue, 2021-10-12 04:58
PC-and-server-slinger planned to invest in R&D and bolster capital, says everything's fine without that boost

The Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) has withdrawn approval for Lenovo's listing on the bourse.…

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Australian PM and Deputy threaten Facebook and Twitter with defamation liability for users' posts

Tue, 2021-10-12 04:01
Big Tech's Australian lobby responds with more governance for its disinformation suppression code

Big Tech's Australian lobby has "bolstered the governance" of The Australian Code of Practice on Disinformation and Misinformation, after the nation's Prime Minister and Deputy PM both lashed Facebook and Twitter for doing too little to prevent anonymous trolls.…

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Astroboffins reckon they've detected four hidden exoplanets by probing distant radio waves

Tue, 2021-10-12 01:30
It could help us find more exoplanets far out in the universe

Astronomers may have stumbled upon four exoplanets when surveying distant red dwarf stars using only low-frequency radio waves.…

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