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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:12:41 GMT

Abused its market dominance as a search engine, says commission

Google has been hit with a record antitrust fine of €2.42bn (£2.1bn) from the European Union today for promoting its own shopping search service over those of smaller rivals.…

Software glitch led to London Ambulance Service outage – report

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:00:06 GMT

Update 18 months earlier meant recycle bin drained system resources, leading to crash

A software glitch in the London Ambulance Service’s 999 call handling system, which prevented the system’s recycle bin from being emptied, led to an outage at the New Year – according to an official report.…

UK's Ministry of Fun considers what to tell social media firms about online bullying

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:29:07 GMT

Govt to consult on code of practice as bits of Digital Economy Act go live

The UK government is to start talks with social media providers about a code of conduct that will guide their response to online bullying.…

European Commission chucks cash at UR – the universal language of mind your own biz

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:01:10 GMT

Funding for French privacy browser – and why not

Privacy-focused French browser developer UR* has scored a grant from the European Union it hopes will help turbo charge its nascent technology.…

Watchdog slaps NHS for failure to tackle correspondence backlog

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:01:09 GMT

Finds 1,788 cases of potential harm

The National Audit Office has slapped the NHS Shared Business Services for its failure to handle a backlog of misdirected clinical correspondence, which will cost £6.6m to work through.…

Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:26:12 GMT

Sonic boom reduced to 'soft thump' by well-designed shockwaves

NASA says the preliminary design review of its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) project suggests it is possible to create a supersonic aircraft that doesn't produce a sonic boom.…

Skynet? More like Night-sky-net. AI hunts for Milky Way's turbo stars

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:03:12 GMT

Code churns through millions of heavenly objects spotted by Euro Gaia spacecraft

An artificial neural network has detected rare super-fast stars zipping through the Milky Way – by crunching piles of data collected by the European Space Agency’s Gaia probe.…

India's Martian MOM clocks up 1,000 days circling the red planet

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:33:13 GMT

But she's down to just 13kg of fuel after seven-minute eclipse-avoidance burn

India's Mars Orbiter Mission – aka MOM – has celebrated its 1,000th Earth day in orbit around the red planet.…

No way to sugarcoat this: I'm afraid Uranus opens and closes to accept particle streams

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:06:11 GMT

It's official. Uranus clenches after taking in hot beams

Scientists digging through old readings from NASA’s Voyager 2 mission in 1986 have found that Uranus’ magnetic field swings open and shut like the aperture of a revolving door.…

Idea to encrypt Web traffic at rest hits the IETF's Standard Track

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:26:09 GMT

Mozilla engineer spots a gap in Web security, reaches for the patch kit

In spite of the rise of HTTPS, there are still spots where content originating on the Web can remain unencrypted, so a Mozilla engineer wants to close one of those gaps.…

Encrypted chat app Telegram warned by Russian regulator: 'comply or goodbye'

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:03:12 GMT

Moscow says it's about regulatory rules; Telegram says it's about encryption

Russia's communications regulator is threatening to lower the boom on popular encrypted messaging application Telegram.…

US Copyright Office suggests 'right to repair' laws a good idea

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:06:09 GMT

The DMCA wasn't meant to stop you fixing your car

Last week, to little fanfare, the US Copyright Office took its first baby steps towards stopping auto-makers wrapping their software in copyright rules.…

Cisco and McAfee decide users just can't be trusted not to click on dodgy attachments

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 02:58:07 GMT

So they've welded Advanced Threat Defense to Email Security Appliances

Cisco's adding McAfee's Advanced Threat Defense to platforms supported by its Email Security Appliance platform.…

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube create anti-terror group

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 01:58:11 GMT

'Avengers' and 'Justice League' are taken. 'Suicide Squad' won't fly. So meet 'The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism'

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube have created a super-team to tackle terrorism.…

Researchers blind autonomous cars by tricking LIDAR

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 01:14:28 GMT

As I was on the motorway, I saw a man who wasn't there. Then things went pear-shaped

If you've ever been dazzled by some idiot's high-beam driving towards you at night, you'd probably welcome a self-driving car – except one of the key “eyes”, LIDAR, can also be blinded, or tricked into reacting to objects that aren't there.…

US engineer in the clink for wrecking ex-bosses' smart meter radio masts with Pink Floyd lyrics

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:42:38 GMT

Why does anyone do anything? I don't know, I was really drunk at the time

Fueled by beer and bitterness, a US techie logged into his ex-employer's radio towers to sabotage them – and is now behind bars as a result.…

Queensland Police want access to locked devices

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:24:06 GMT

Protecting from terrorists, naturally

The Australian State of Queensland wants the power to force citizens to unlock their devices during a declared terrorist emergency.…

We'll drag Microsoft in front of Supremes over Irish email spat – DoJ

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:55:20 GMT

US prosecutors ask top court to mull overseas data slurping

The US Department of Justice has formally asked the Supreme Court to hear its appeal in Microsoft's Ireland warrant legal row.…

Robocall spammers, you have one new voicemail message: CUT IT OUT!

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:10:05 GMT

Senator Schumer asks Ajit Pai to protect Americans. Good luck with that

A US Senator is looking to turn up the heat on a particularly annoying new robocall practice.…

Tremble in fear, America, as Daesh-bags scrawl cyber-graffiti on .gov webpages no one visits

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:53:40 GMT

Oh no, not Ohio's Dept of Rehabilitation and Corrections

A crew of useful idiots called Team System Dz defaced US government and business websites over the weekend in the name of medieval terror bastards Daesh (aka the Islamic State).…

Coraid's Coile resurrects storage biz, swears off VCs' filthy Valley lucre

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:23:36 GMT

Never again, he tells El Reg

Analysis Here's a resurrected startup that isn't a startup anymore and wants nothing to do with VCs, ever – Coraid.…

Braking news: AA password reset email cockup crashes servers

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:14:36 GMT

Motoring monolith stalls as punters slam into website

UK car insurance giant the AA caused all sorts of confusion on Monday after accidentally sending out a "password update" email to people.…

Northern Ireland bags £150m for broadband pipes in £1bn Tory bribe

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:02:12 GMT

Theresa showers DUP with gold to prop up minority government

The Democratic Unionist Party is to receive an extra £1bn in funding from Brit taxpayers, including £150m to spend on broadband infrastructure, after it agreed to prop up Theresa May's minority government.…

Games rights-holders tell ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Pay or we pull titles

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:27:05 GMT

So, about that '1,000 games bundled with Vega+' boast, Retro Computers...

The owners of the rights to about 200 games to be bundled with the ZX Spectrum Vega+ is withdrawing permission for them to be included with the consoles unless its maker pays royalties for games on a previous device, The Register has learned.…

JFrog leaps, wolfs down CloudMunch

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:00:10 GMT

DevOps vendor acquires intelligence platform

After a $50m investment January 2016, Israel-based software delivery automation vendor JFrog is in acquisition mode – specifically, it's eating some analytics brains.…

Dell drops optical drive price-fixing lawsuit against Hitachi

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:38:06 GMT

Let off the hook

Dell has agreed to drop its suits against Hitachi and Hitachi LG Data Storage after previously alleging it had been part of a conspiracy to fix prices for optical disk drives. There has been no mention of any settlement.…

UK Parliament hack: Really, a brute-force attack? Really?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:25:05 GMT

Two words: Sweet 2FA

Comment Just under 90 Parliamentary email accounts were compromised by a brute force attack on the parliamentary network over the weekend. And there is a long-established technology which can normally see off this kind of attack.…

Catch up with fast-moving automotive developments at FISITA PLUS

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:42:09 GMT

Mobility conference maps the future

Promo Are you a senior technologist, engineer, communicator, strategist or academic interested in the automotive industry? An all-day conference staged by FISITA, the international membership organisation for the automotive mobility engineering profession, will provide the answers you seek.…

Solving the NVMeF-JBOF-is-not-a-SAN conundrum

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:28:07 GMT

Sharing is caring, SAN-shine

Interview An NVME over fabrics controller-less array is not a SAN because it can’t share data. That was the essence of Datrium CTO Hugo Patterson’s view.…

Snoop Dogg swerves Glasto, plays Pure Storage gig #keepitreal

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:06:58 GMT

'Where all the sexy ladies at?' Snoop asks hall of middle-aged suits

The great and good of the music industry - and Jeremy Corbyn - descended on UK’s lively Glastonbury music festival this weekend, while in another part of the world a hip hop old-timer went on stage to die.…

Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:27:09 GMT

2-day meeting will focus on getting firms to open back doors

The Australian government looks set to take a hard line on encryption at this week’s Five Eyes meeting, and encourage the other nations in the network to jump on the back-door band wagon.…

Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:56:34 GMT

HMS Queen Elizabeth prepares to sail for the first time

Britain’s largest ever warship, aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, is due to sail from her Rosyth dockyard on her maiden voyage today.…

Hyperconverged leapfrog: Dell EMC borg overtakes Nutanix

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:30:16 GMT

Takes hyper-converged infrastructure appliance lead – analyst

Dell EMC overtook Nutanix to become the leading hyper-converged infrastructure appliance shipper in 2017’s first quarter.…

Researchers solve screen glare nightmare with 'moth-eye' antireflective film

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:32:06 GMT

£$% ambient... light! Can't see.. darn.. phone... screen

A new anti-glare film could help us see our phones a little bit better on a bright day.…

The good kind of data sharing: Reg empties its storage news warehouse

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:03:12 GMT

Products, hookups, support, click relief and more

Here's a storage news item garage sale. Come on in and check out our array of goodies; there's something for everyone.…

Men charged with theft of free newspapers

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:37:06 GMT

Bundles of future chip wrappers allegedly nabbed from London rail station

Two men have been charged with theft for allegedly helping themselves to bundles of free newspapers from London Bridge railway station.…

Despite high-profile hires, Apple's TV plans are doomed

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:01:12 GMT

It's 'Amazon' how far behind it is...

Opinion Apple has been promising to revolutionize TV for years but hasn't yet found the time to do so. Last week, Apple announced two new and likely expensive hires, former Sony Pictures Television presidents, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg – who are known for Breaking Bad, The Blacklist and other golden TV shows – to help it transform television.…

Verizon!-owned! Yahoo! bins! AT&T! IDs! for! Tumblr! logins!

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:32:06 GMT

Yahoo!,Tumblr users need to register new email addresses

Verizon has moved to unwind an old deal between Yahoo! and AT&T that allowed users to run merged AT&T and Yahoo! email accounts for login to some Yahoo! services.…

Linus Torvalds slams 'pure garbage' from 'clowns' at grsecurity

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:01:08 GMT

'I stopped trying to be polite about their BS', says Torvalds who plans Linux 4.12 next week

Linux lord Linus Torvalds thinks he'll be able to give the world version 4.12 of the Linux kernel next week.…

Humanity is doomed: We watch 45 BILLION hours of YouTube a month

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:34:05 GMT

And that's just the stuff Google can count on mobile devices

Google's revealed just how perilous humanity's future existence has become, by shedding a light on our YouTube viewing habits.…

UK parliamentary email compromised after 'sustained and determined cyber attack'

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:08:21 GMT

Brute force attack on weak passwords, cracked <90 email accounts

The Parliament of the United Kingdom has admitted it experienced a “sustained and determined cyber attack” over the weekend and says <90 email accounts have been compromised as a result.…

SpaceX nails two launches and barge landings in one weekend

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:02:08 GMT

Your bike ride/Glastonbury/hookup with a hottie looks a bit less epic now, eh?

No matter what you did over the weekend, you'll struggle to top Elon Musk's after his space trucking venture launched 11 satellites atop two rockets, both of which stuck perfect landings on barges.…

Tavis Ormandy to Microsoft: Have another Windows Defender vuln

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:02:09 GMT

Microsoft to Tavis: Here's the fix. Any chance we could have a day off?

Google Project Zero bug-hunter Tavis Ormandy has alerted the world to yet another way Microsoft's anti-virus tool Windows Defender could be attacked.…

No-mere-hype hyper-converged systems clock hyper-growth

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 01:58:07 GMT

IDC's tracker finds FlexPods flourishing, Vblocks/VxBlocks faltering

Analyst firm IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker shows overall converged systems revenue for 2017's first quarter increased year over year but only because of bonkers growth in hyper-converged systems.…

Microsoft recommends you ignore Microsoft-recommended update

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 01:11:17 GMT

Left hand quits trying to meet right hand, waves at customers saying 'don't break Skype'

Earlier this month, Microsoft gave the world .NET Framework 4.7 and urged users to install it for the usual reasons: more fun bits to play with and a security improvements.…

VMware's security product to emerge in Q3 as 'App Defence'

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:58:09 GMT

Project Goldilocks to whitelist VMs' expected behaviour and snuff 'em if they deviate

VMware's long-expected security product will emerge in Q3 under the name “App Defence”.…

Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs have nasty hyper-threading bug

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:22:23 GMT

Debian devs noticed errata to deep docs and now the fit's hitting the shan

During April and May, Intel started updating its processor documentation with a new errata note – and over the weekend we learned why: the Skylake and Kaby Lake silicon has a hyper-threading bug.…

WannaCrypt blamed for speed camera reboot frenzy in Australia

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:47:57 GMT

No ransom demands recorded and it's hit Linux, but Police say it's ransomware

A contractor in the Australian State of Victoria has managed to infect an unknown number of speed cameras with a virus, over sneakernet.…

Capita flogs Asset Services division for £888m

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:04:13 GMT

'The reduction in leverage is significant' – Parker

Everyone’s favourite people pimp Capita has permanently outsourced its Asset Services businesses to Link Administration for £888m – a fleeting injection of cash in the bank that will be used to reduce debts.…

Tech giants flash Russia their code blueprints in exchange for access

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:57:05 GMT

What could possibly go wrong?

Cisco, IBM, HP, McAfee and SAP are among plenty of western technology companies that have been showing their source code to Russian authorities in exchange for the right to sell their products in the country.…