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Today β€” January 17th 2019The Register

Oracle exec: Open-source vendors locking down licences proves 'they were never really open'

'They used to be seen as the good guys, and Oracle was the bad guy'. So that means... everyone is the bad guy now?

Open-source vendors that haven't already switched to less permissive licences will do so this year as the move to the cloud threatens their business models, a senior Oracle exec has said.…

  • January 17th 2019 at 17:42

Campaigners get go-ahead to challenge exemption UK gave itself over immigrants' data

Sueball lobbed at Brit government over Data Protection Act

The High Court has agreed to hear a campaign group's case against the UK's Data Protection Act, which they say leaves immigrants with fewer rights over their data.…

  • January 17th 2019 at 16:40

Slack to fend off the collaboration competition with... a new logo

Hipsters choke on pumpkin spice latte as the beloved original is tipped into a dumpster

Hipster laptop lids are in for a scraping as messaging-for-millennials platform, Slack, has taken a beating with the rebranding stick.…

  • January 17th 2019 at 15:36

Oh snap: AWS has only gone and brought out its own Backup

Has it gotten backuppers' backs up? You bet it has

Amazon has rolled out its own backup service for AWS apps and data, a move that will inevitably hit independent suppliers of backup for the cloud computing service right in the wallet.…

  • January 17th 2019 at 15:06

Like, subscribe and comment: Sage takes a breath as cloud sales bounce

'Ecncouraging' numbers as it switches from licensing to subs push

Shape-shifting accounting software biz Sage issued a trading update this morning and the good news - for investors at least - is that it didn't contain any nasty surprises, but did highlight a bounce in cloud sales.…

  • January 17th 2019 at 14:11

Cortana and Search to innovate separately in an amicable Windows 10 Insider split

Microsoft introduces the Schrödinger Linux Subsystem. (It might work. It might not.)

Hot on the heels of a patch for the version of Windows 10 that Microsoft hopes will undo the woes of 2018 comes a fresh insider build to break stuff just a few days before the company's bug bash.…

  • January 17th 2019 at 13:32

Happy Thursday! 770 MEEELLLION email addresses and passwords found in yuge data breach

Now is a good time to get a password manager app

Infosec researcher Troy Hunt has revealed that more than 700 million email addresses have been floating around “a popular hacker forum” - along with a very large number of plain text passwords.…

  • January 17th 2019 at 12:50

Diplomat warns that tech industry has become a pawn as politicos fight dirty

They see AI, cybersecurity as 'battle fronts' - and rising populism will make it worse - former UN official

Oracle OpenWorld Technology and cyber security will be the "battle fronts" of global competition, and artificial intelligence will become crucial to the US-China trade war, a former UN official has said.…

  • January 17th 2019 at 12:08

Most munificent Apple killed itself with kindness. Oh. Really?

Why the battery story doesn't add up

Analysis Apple’s iPhone slump may be down to the company’s generosity and kindness - according to Apple-friendly blogger Jon Gruber.…

  • January 17th 2019 at 11:08

Having AI assistants ruling our future lives? That's so sad. Alexa play Despacito

It's Amazon how quickly these monopolies begin

Column At the annual spectacular of crap that we optimistically term the Consumer Electronics Show, I found myself locked into a room with Alexa.…

  • January 17th 2019 at 10:15

South Korea says mystery hackers cracked advanced weapons servers

No idea who could have been behind this one...

The South Korea Ministry of National Defense says 10 of its internal PCs have been compromised by North Korea unknown hackers .…

  • January 17th 2019 at 09:01

Three quarters of US Facebook users unaware their online behavior gets tracked

You mean they are collecting our opinions to sell ads? Who would have guessed it?

Most Facebook users have no idea that the ad biz compiles data profiles of their online activities and interests, according to research conducted by the non-profit Pew Research Center.…

  • January 17th 2019 at 03:08

Do you feel 'lucky', well, do you, punk? Google faces down magic button patent claim

Israeli company was 'feeling lucky' but lost out

Google has won a patent dispute over its famous "I'm feeling lucky" button that immediately connects a user to its top-raking search link with a single click.…

  • January 17th 2019 at 01:48

$24m in fun bux stolen from crypto-mogul. Now he fires off huge fraud charge. Like, RICO, say?

Lawsuit claims coin thief was part of a gang targeting crypto whales

The victim of a $24m cryptocurrency heist is suing his assailants in what is believed to be the first ever RICO claim involving digital currency.…

  • January 17th 2019 at 01:29

RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit

The poor cotton seedling froze to death as temperatures plunged during the lunar night

The budding cotton seed hailed as the first plant to ever grow on the Moon, has, erm, died.…

  • January 16th 2019 at 23:28

Extra life! Unity tries to undo disunity caused by Improbable cloud gaming toolkit ban

Community outcry over exile of cloud networking biz leads to terms of service revision

Game engine maker Unity Technologies has reversed its excommunication of cloud service provider Improbable with a revision of its Terms of Service that allows game developers to work with unapproved technology providers.…

  • January 16th 2019 at 22:52
Yesterday β€” January 16th 2019The Register

US comms watchdog's industry-friendly 5G rules challenged by fresh legislation

California Congresswoman claims FCC 'failed to listen to reasonable input'

America's comms watchdog – the FCC – has controversially forced local governments to charge a flat fee for 5G cell towers. It's a move opposed by everyone except the mobile operators, and has been challenged by new legislation.…

  • January 16th 2019 at 21:52

Lowjax city: Researchers crack open notorious Fancy Bear rootkit

UEFI malware has been in the wild for more than two years

The Fancy Bear hacking group's Lojax rootkit is far from a one-off tool, and may have been active in the wild for years before it was first reported.…

  • January 16th 2019 at 19:04

There's gold in them thar clouds as Infor guzzles $1.5bn from Koch and Golden Gate

IPO? Maybe 2019. Perhaps 2020. Depends, OK?

Enterprise cloud botherer Infor announced today that shareholders were tipping the best part of $1.5bn into its coffers ahead of a potential IPO.…

  • January 16th 2019 at 17:52

Huawei’s elusive Mr Ren: We’re just a 'sesame seed' in a superpower spat

Trump, communism and 5G - a rare glimpse into the founder's past and present

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei does not give interviews, so the two-hour audience the firm granted to US media on Monday was a landmark - and perhaps a recognition of the crisis enveloping the company. Huawei faces a rising tide of headlines about its trustworthiness as a corporate supplier.…

  • January 16th 2019 at 17:15
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