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Thrown Huawei: Chinese leviathan's subsea cable biz to be flogged off

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-06-03 17:02
To a fellow China-based firm, mind you

Huawei is reportedly flogging off part of its undersea telecoms cable business, barely six weeks after Australia blocked its attempts to win a major cable contract.…

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FTC Gets Jurisdiction for Possible Facebook Antitrust Probe

Slashdot - Mon, 2019-06-03 16:50
The Federal Trade Commission will lead any antitrust investigation into Facebook under an arrangement that gives the Justice Department chief oversight of Alphabet's Google, as the U.S. government gears up for scrutiny of the country's major tech companies over competition concerns. From a report: The FTC secured the rights to begin a potential investigation of Facebook and whether it has engaged in unlawful monopolistic practices as part of an agreement that allowed the Justice Department to take the reins in a Google probe, according to people familiar with the matter. The FTC and Justice Department share authority in enforcing U.S. antitrust law and at times must work out turf arrangements regarding which agency will handle what issues. FTC already has spent more than a year investigating Facebook on privacy issues related to how it handles users' data. That probe, however, doesn't focus on antitrust questions on whether Facebook is stifling competition in the digital realm. The fact that the commission formally secured jurisdiction on those issues suggests it is considering even more rigorous scrutiny of the social media giant.

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Swedish court declines to detain Belmarsh prison resident Julian Assange

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-06-03 16:39
In abstentia ruling would have been first step to extradition

A Swedish court has ruled against detaining WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange or seeking his extradition over an allegation of rape.…

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Google shares take a dive with reports of US DoJ 'competition' probe

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-06-03 16:17
Another regulator lines up to have a kick

Google shares took more than a 6 per cent tumble this morning as twitchy investors heard reports the US Department of Justice was about to launch a major investigation into the ad giant's business practices.…

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Tesla Pickup Truck To Cost Less Than $50,000, 'Be Better Than F150', Says Elon Musk

Slashdot - Mon, 2019-06-03 16:00
Elon Musk has made some interesting new comments about the upcoming Tesla Pickup truck, including a first hint at the starting price, which he aims to keep under $50,000, and some of the functionality. From a report: During an appearance on Ride the Lighting podcast this weekend, Musk made some new comments about the upcoming electric pickup truck. He confirmed that Tesla is aiming to keep the starting price under $50,000: "We don't want it to be really expensive. I think it got to start at less than $50,000 -- it's got to be like $49,000 starting price max. Ideally less. It just can't be unaffordable. It's got to be something that's affordable. There will be versions of the truck that will be more expensive, but you've got to be able to get a really great truck for $49,000 or less." As for the capabilities of the Tesla pickup truck, the CEO is aiming for high standards: "It's going to be a truck that is more capable than other trucks. The goal is to be a better truck than a [Ford] F-150 in terms of truck-like functionality and be a better sports car than a standard [Porsche] 911. That's the aspiration."

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Cloudflare goes big on serverless with new command line, lures devs with free account tier

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-06-03 15:33
Major content wrangler adopts Wrangler as the official CLI

Ever-present content delivery network operator Cloudflare has rolled out a bunch of goodies for developers working with its serverless platform.…

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Samsung and AMD Announce Multi-Year Strategic Graphics IP Licensing Deal For SLSI Mobile GPUs

Slashdot - Mon, 2019-06-03 15:18
Samsung and AMD announced today a new multi-year strategic partnership between the two companies, where Samsung SLSI will license graphics IP from AMD for use in mobile GPUs. From a report: The announcement is a major disruptive move for the mobile graphics landscape as it signifies that Samsung is going forward with the productization of their own in-house GPU architecture in future Exynos chipsets. Samsung is said to have started work on their own "S-GPU" at its research division back around in 2012, with the company handing over the new IP to a new division called "ACL," or Advanced Computing Lab in San Jose, which has a joint charter with SARC (Samsung Austin R&D Center, where Samsung currently designs its custom mobile CPU & memory controller IP). With today's announced partnership, Samsung will license "custom graphics IP" from AMD. What this IP means is a bit unclear from the press release, but we have some strong pointers on what it might be. Samsung's own GPU architecture is already quite far along, having seen 7 years of development, and already being integrated in test silicon chipsets. Unless the deal was signed years ago and only publicly announced today, it would signify that the IP being talked about now is a patent-deal, rather than new architectural IP from AMD that Samsung would integrate in their own designs. Samsung's new GPU IP is the first from-scratch design in over a decade, in an industry with very old incumbents with massive patent-pools. Thus what today's announcement likely means is likely that Samsung is buying a patent-chest from AMD in order to protect themselves from possible litigation from other industry players.

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It's a Hull of lot more: Macquarie offers £563m for fibre network flinger KCOM

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-06-03 15:00
6 weeks after board approves pension fund offer, private equity biz trumps bid

Hull-based fibre flinger KCOM has thrown its lot behind a £563m bid from private equity investor Macquarie, dropping the previously accepted £504m offer from one of the UK's largest pension funds.…

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Swedish Startup To Bring Pogo Sticks To San Francisco as E-Scooter Alternative

Slashdot - Mon, 2019-06-03 14:45
San Franciscans may soon be able to bounce their way around town, if a Swedish-based mobility company has its way. From a report: Last month, start-up company Cangoroo announced plans to deploy hundreds of pogo sticks in select cities to directly compete with electric scooters as a transportation option. Cangoroo officials said they plan to first launch their pogo sticks in the Swedish cities of Malmo and Stockholm sometime this summer. After that, they would deploy the sticks in both London and San Francisco. On Friday, Cangoroo CEO and co-founder Adam Mikkelsen said his company chose San Francisco as one of its launch cities because of its reputation as place of innovation. He added that Cangoroo could start deploying anywhere between 100 and 200 pogo sticks in San Francisco as early as late summer or possibly in the fall. [...] The launch of hundreds of e-scooters last year in the city by a handful of companies quickly drew the ire of residents who complained the dockless scooters were being thrown on sidewalks and blocking walkways.

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Ready with the 'welcome neighbour' fruitbasket, retailers? Amazon opens Manchester pop-up shop

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-06-03 14:25
High street's online killer appears on actual high street, again

The British High Street has a very unlikely saviour in the shape of Amazon following news that physical retail outlets are set to er, pop-up across the UK this year.…

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Apple Still Has Problems With Stopping Synthetic Clicks

Slashdot - Mon, 2019-06-03 14:07
Synthetic events remain a big security hole for macOS in spite of Apple's recent efforts to prevent malicious applications from abusing this feature. From a report: Speaking at the second edition of the Objective by the Sea security conference that was held in Monaco over the weekend, Patrick Wardle, a well-known Apple security expert, has revealed a zero-day impacting Apple's macOS operating system, including the new version launched today. The zero-day is a bypass of the security protections that Apple has put in place to prevent unauthorized access to synthetic events. Synthetic events are a macOS mechanism that allows applications to automate mouse clicks and keyboard input. It was created for the sake of automation and can be used via either the Core Graphics framework or the AppleScript scripting language. [...] For almost two years now, Wardle has been looking at Apple's countermeasures aimed to prevent the abuse of synthetic events. He previously showed two methods[1, 2] of bypassing Apple's synthetic events protections, so much so that Apple decided last year to block access to synthetic events by default. But over the weekend, Wardle disclosed a new way of bypassing these latest protections, once again. "It's the gift that keeps giving," Wardle told ZDNet via email. "And actually gets more and more valuable as Apple adds more protections (privacy and security mechanisms) that can be 'allowed' by a single synthetic click." The new technique is possible because of the Transparency Consent and Control (TCC) system. Wardle says the TCC contains a compatibility database in the form of a file named AllowApplications.plist. This file lists apps and app versions that are allowed to access various privacy and security features, including synthetic events.

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IEEE says it may have gone about things the wrong Huawei, lifts ban after US govt clearance

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-06-03 13:50
Academic outfit U-turns on blacklisting Chinese bogeyman

The US-based Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has lifted its sanctions on Huawei-linked academic reviewers.…

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BT berries Juniper's SDN kit in network architecture refresh

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-06-03 13:15
Meet Network Cloud – Brit telco's latest infrastructure play

BT will be using software-defined networking (SDN) tools from Juniper Networks to breathe new life into its ageing infrastructure and prepare it for the deluge of data expected when 5G goes mainstream.…

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Microsoft: A new Windows 10 build arrives while another remains in hiding

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-06-03 12:42
Also: Excel gets OCR smarts and Win 10 Oct 2018 Update hits 30%

Roundup The Redmond gang enjoyed a busy week, emitting a new build, shovelling new toys into old apps and (temporarily) making insiders look elsewhere for kitten videos.…

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MCubed 2019: Speaker lineup shows how to put ML and AI to work

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-06-03 12:30
Agenda revealed, blind bird tickets about to take flight

Events We're pleased as punch to announce the first speakers for MCubed London 2019, our three-day dive into machine learning, AI and data science, and what they mean for real-world companies and organisations.…

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Legacy app whitelist can be abused to bypass latest macOS security features, expert warns

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-06-03 12:10
Three words to ruin an Apple engineer's day: 'Patrick Wardle disclosure'

Malware can bypass protections in macOS Mojave, and potentially access user data as well as the webcam and mic – by exploiting a hole in Apple's legacy app support.…

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One man went to mow a meadow, hoping Trump would spot giant grass snake under flightpath

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-06-03 11:45
Childish prank for childish visitor

Here's hoping Trump spotted the welcome willy at the Essex village of Hatfield Heath when he flew into London Stansted Airport this morning for his UK state visit.…

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Pharma-testing biz Eurofins Scientific says it fell victim to 'new version' of malware

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-06-03 11:15
No data nicked in weekend attack but systems and server pulled to contain infection

Bio-analytical testing biz Eurofins Scientific today admitted it was the subject of a ransomware attack at the weekend.…

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What Would Happen If All Encryption Could Be Broken?

Slashdot - Mon, 2019-06-03 10:34
"What would happen, or what should happen, if tomorrow a trivial method was discovered for Prime Factorization?" asks Slashdot reader medv4380: By trivial I mean an algorithm that runs in relatively constant time that could factor a number like 2737631357921793461914298938174501291 relatively instantly on most modern hardware today. And that even increasing the bit length wouldn't slow it down much. How much chaos would result if such a method were revealed tomorrow with little warning? Keeping it a secret only means that others may have long ago exploited the method at the expense of others. Should proof be presented without revealing the method, to reduce the impact, and who should be told first if at all? Slashdot reader Shikaku sees a real possibility of this actually happening when quantum computers are developed, adding that quantum-resistant encryption "is an ongoing experiment." But if development lags -- what would happen if all encryption could be broken?

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Apple iPrunes iTunes: Moldering platform's death expected to be announced at WWDC

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-06-03 10:24
Service will split into separate apps for music, TV, podcasts

Apple is expected to confirm the imminent death of its iTunes service to be replaced with separate apps for music, video and podcasts.…

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