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UK parcel-tosser Yodel plugs tracking app's random yaps about where on map to snap up strangers' tat

The Register - Tue, 2019-12-03 10:02
Shipped from expensive shop X? In the shed, you say? Researcher spots badness

Parcel wrangler Yodel has corked up a security hole in which random user data leaked to people using its Android app.…

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Astronauts brave razor sharp edges and fiddly pipes to bring joy to boffins

The Register - Tue, 2019-12-03 09:00
Fixing the unfixable – AMS-02 gets a new pump

The European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA astronauts have concluded the third, and arguably most challenging, of the four spacewalks required to replace the cooling system of the International Space Station's (ISS) Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS)…

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Internet Society says opportunity to sell .org to private equity biz for $1.14bn came out of the blue. Wow, really?

The Register - Tue, 2019-12-03 08:01
Anger rises over ten-figure sale of registry

Analysis The price tag for one of the internet’s largest and most important domain-name registries has finally been revealed: $1.135bn.…

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Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, so the EU is investigating Google to get some more money in its hat

The Register - Tue, 2019-12-03 07:01
Because eight billion euros just ain’t enough

The European Commission has confirmed it is carrying out yet another investigation into whether Google has abused its market position, this time digging into the search giant’s data collection around local search and ads.…

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Boffins believe it was volcanoes, not just life, that made Earth what it is today – oxygen rich

The Register - Tue, 2019-12-03 06:01
Photosynthesis alone ain't going to cut it as an explanation

The chemical reaction that produced the outburst of oxygen on Earth was sparked by volcanoes belching carbon dioxide after a major tectonic plate shifted about 2.5 billion years ago, according to the latest research.…

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EFF warns of 'one-way mirror' of web surveillance by tech giants - led by Google

The Register - Tue, 2019-12-03 02:15
Online tracking report explores persistent privacy problems

As the sacred shopping season gets underway, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has issued a report detailing the privacy cost of surveillance-based commerce.…

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A little product renaming here, a little RISC-V magic there, some extra performance, and voila – Imagination's 10th-gen PowerVR is born

The Register - Tue, 2019-12-03 01:09
Don't call it a comeback, I've been here for years

Imagination will today launch the tenth generation of its PowerVR family, with GPU cores aimed at rendering 3D graphics and other imagery for all sorts of stuff, from phones and cars to PCs and servers.…

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FBI confirms: FaceApp image-slurper poses a possible 'intelligence threat' from Russia

The Register - Tue, 2019-12-03 00:34
Feds tell Congress that Russian apps are a real security risk

Users who fire up FaceApp for fun might be unknowingly putting national security at risk, according to the US Feds.…

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Buy Amazon's tiny $99 keyboard so you can make terrible AI music for all your friends

The Register - Mon, 2019-12-02 23:28
DeepComposer is certainly no maestro

re:Invent Amazon is releasing DeepComposer, a software package to help machine learning enthusiasts automatically generate jingles using a mini keyboard.…

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Welcome back from the holiday, Americans! Here's who leaked data while you were away

The Register - Mon, 2019-12-02 22:29
TrueDialog, Mixcloud, Magento Marketplace expose accounts

Thanksgiving is an ideal time to either hack (IT admins need holidays too) or to drop news of hacks (because no one's reading much news) so here's your roundup of the weekend's shenanigans.…

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AWS re:Invent re:turns with re:vised robo-car and Windows Server 2008 re:vitalization plan

The Register - Mon, 2019-12-02 20:40
Rent-a-server biz readies week-long fanboi rally

re:Invent In advance of its Las Vegas-based re:Invent confab this week, Amazon Web Services announced a handful of additions to a product menu that at last count included more than 165 distinctive ways to be billed.…

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Europol wipes out 30,000+ piracy sites, three suspects cuffed to walk the legal plank

The Register - Mon, 2019-12-02 20:13
Aw man, I was still downl...err.. great work everyone!

Europol says its latest piracy takedown netted three arrests and more than 30,000 website takedowns.…

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Apple completes $1bn amputation of Intel's 5G smartphone modem biz, out of mobiles for good

The Register - Mon, 2019-12-02 19:25
Modem biz sale was made at 'at a multi-billion dollar loss,' complains Chipzilla

Apple's acquisition of the bulk of Intel's smartphone business, valued at $1bn, was completed today against the backdrop of of a complaint from Chipzilla that the deal was done "at a multi-billion dollar loss".…

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Bad news: A company wants to sell artificial shooting stars. Good news: Launch delayed

The Register - Mon, 2019-12-02 16:54
There's more than enough crap up there already

Roundup As ISS astronauts get cracking with the next AMS spacewalk, take a moment to look back at the week in rockets. Arianespace celebrated its 250th launch, Russia and India fired off some of their own, and Rocket Lab spared us all more space junk.…

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Tory chancellor pledges to review IR35 rollout in UK private sector – just like all the other parties

The Register - Mon, 2019-12-02 16:14
Hey contractor techies, the politicians really want your vote

The UK's would-be chancellor of the exchequer has promised to review the extension of IR35 to the private sector – if the Conservative Party wins the General Election on 12 December.…

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Judge to interview Assange over claims Spanish security firm snooped on him during Ecuador embassy stint

The Register - Mon, 2019-12-02 15:21
Video link request from September finally granted

Julian Assange will be interviewed via video link by a judge investigating claims that a Spanish company orchestrated a spying operation against him while he resided in the Ecuadorian embassy.…

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SAP bet the house on S/4HANA but most users aren't ready to move

The Register - Mon, 2019-12-02 14:26
More than half won't pull suitcase from the attic for at least two years

As the UK and Ireland SAP User Group conference opened in Birmingham today, customers of the enterprise software monolith gave their verdict on the cloud-and-AI platform S/4HANA.…

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US Embassy in London files extradition request for ex-Autonomy boss over HPE fraud charges

The Register - Mon, 2019-12-02 12:59
Mike Lynch currently in the UK facing HPE civil case

The United States Embassy in London has filed a request to extradite ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch to face charges of wire fraud.…

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Google fell for a real Looker, but now Brit competition watchdog's probing data biz slurp

The Register - Mon, 2019-12-02 12:37
Got a problem with $2.6bn deal? The CMA wants to hear from you

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering whether Google's takeover of Looker Data Sciences is likely to have a negative impact on the market.…

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I'll give you my Windows 7 installation when you pry it from my cold, dead hands (and other tales)

The Register - Mon, 2019-12-02 10:58
Plus: New Surface SDKs, Outlook as web app, Azure updates and more

Roundup It may be 2004 within the bowels of Redmond, but the eyes of Windows 7 users are nervously fixed on 2020 as the end of support nears.…

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