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Google Urges Biden To Work With EU on Tech and Trade

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-04-09 16:04
Google is signaling to the White House that a lack of coordination on tech and trade policy across the Atlantic is hurting business. From a report: Google's head of global policy and government affairs, Karan Bhatia, is urging the Biden administration to accept an invitation from the European Commission to form an EU-U.S. Trade and Technology Council, according to a post shared exclusively with Axios. Around the world, different countries are proposing and enacting trade, tax, privacy and moderation rules impacting U.S. tech companies. On Thursday, the Biden administration proposed a tax agreement for very large multinational companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, the Wall Street Journal reports. Today's global regulatory patchquilt is a legacy of trade wars launched intermittently during the Trump administration plus aggressive moves aimed at U.S. tech companies from overseas. "Trans-Atlantic coordination has largely become an afterthought, if itâ(TM)s thought of at all," Bhatia wrote in a blog post. "These policy trends hurt both the U.S. and European economies, risking the 16 million jobs on both sides of the Atlantic linked to transatlantic trade and investment," he wrote. "They also make it harder for the U.S. and the EU to address new global technology challenges and partner with emerging economies in Asia." Bhatia says the Biden administration should opt to participate in the proposed Trade and Technology Council to avoid "unilateral approaches" on data flows between the U.S. and Europe and regulation of digital platforms.

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UK's National Cyber Security Centre recommends password generation idea suggested by El Reg commenter

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-04-09 15:58
Who says everything below the line is a cesspit of useless filth?

Nearly a third of Britons use the name of their pet or a family member as a password, the National Cyber Security Centre has said as it advised folk to adopt what looks very much like a Register forum user's suggestion for secure password generation.…

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Amazon Workers Vote Down Alabama Union Campaign

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-04-09 15:21
Amazon employees at a Bessemer, Alabama warehouse have voted against unionizing the facility's roughly 5,800-person workforce. From a report: The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has tallied 1,700 "no" votes on the measure, more than half of the 3,215 ballots cast by employees at the BHM1 fulfillment center. Roughly 700 votes that have been counted voted in favor of the union, and approximately 500 of the total ballots were contested, mostly by Amazon. Workers voted in February and March by mail over whether to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), a possibility Amazon fought with anti-union meetings and other aggressive measures. BHM1 is only the second US Amazon facility to hold a union vote, following a far smaller group of warehouse technicians in Delaware. If workers had approved the union, it would have become the largest group to gain representation in a single NLRB election since 1991. Amazon workers outside BHM1 have carried out more informal activism, including during the coronavirus pandemic, when employees claimed that Amazon had failed to reveal COVID-19 cases and provide adequate protective measures. In complaints obtained by news outlets, the NLRB determined that Amazon illegally retaliated against some of these workers. The NLRB also found that Amazon acted illegally in firing two workers who pushed it to address its climate impact. Amazon has long resisted unionization and waged an aggressive campaign in Bessemer. The company brought in expensive anti-union consultants and held so-called "captive audience" meetings, which are mandatory workplace lectures where unions are presented in a negative light.

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KPMG wins Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council's £18m everything-and-the-kitchen-sink IT deal

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-04-09 15:00
From org design to developing operations, consulting-outsourcing giant carries the can

Consultancy and outsourcing firm KPMG has been awarded an £18m contract to, for all intents and purposes, create the entire back-end operations, processes and technology system for the recently formed Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.…

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SEC Accuses Actor of $690 Million Fraud Based on Fake Netflix Deal

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-04-09 14:40
Zachary Horwitz never made it big on the Sunset Strip -- there was the uncredited part in Brad Pitt's "Fury" and a host of roles in low-budget thrillers and horror flicks. But federal charges suggest he had acting talent, duping several financial firms out of hundreds of millions of dollars and enabling him to live the Hollywood dream after all. From a report: That meant chartered flights and a $6 million mansion -- replete with wine cellar and home gym. Horwitz even included a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, which retails for more than $200, as a gift to investors along with his company's "annual report." The claims are outlined in legal documents that U.S. prosecutors and the Securities and Exchange Commission released this week alleging Horwitz, 34, was running a massive Ponzi scheme. His scam: a made-up story that he had exclusive deals to sell films to Netflix and HBO. Dating back to 2014, the SEC said he raised a shocking $690 million in fraudulent funds. On Tuesday, Horwitz was arrested. Horwitz, who went by the screen name "Zach Avery," used fabricated contracts and fake emails to swindle at least five firms, according to the government. Investors were issued promissory notes through his firm 1inMM Capital to acquire the rights to movies that would be sold to Netflix and HBO for distribution in Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and other locations.

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Microsoft drops 64-bit OneDrive into the pool: Windows on ARM fans need not apply. As usual

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-04-09 14:10
Up to 18.4 million petabytes... which should be useful to someone

Microsoft has released a 64-bit preview of its OneDrive sync client for Windows, citing "large files" and "a lot of files" as a driver for the update.…

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Apple Says iMessage on Android 'Will Hurt Us More Than Help Us'

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-04-09 14:00
Apple knows that iMessage's blue bubbles are a big barrier to people switching to Android, which is why the service has never appeared on Google's mobile operating system. From a report: That's according to depositions and emails from Apple employees, including some high-ranking executives, revealed in a court filing from Epic Games as part of its legal dispute with the iPhone manufacturer. Epic argues that Apple consciously tries to lock customers into its ecosystem of devices, and that iMessage is one of the key services helping it to do so. It cites comments made by Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddie Cue, senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi, and Apple Fellow Phil Schiller to support its argument. "The #1 most difficult [reason] to leave the Apple universe app is iMessage ... iMessage amounts to serious lock-in," was how one unnamed former Apple employee put it in an email in 2016, prompting Schiller to respond that, "moving iMessage to Android will hurt us more than help us, this email illustrates why." "iMessage on Android would simply serve to remove [an] obstacle to iPhone families giving their kids Android phones," was Federighi's concern according to the Epic filing. Although workarounds to using iMessage on Android have emerged over the years, none have been particularly convenient or reliable.

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Prince Philip, inadvertent father of the Computer Misuse Act, dies aged 99

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-04-09 13:18
Queen's hubby left more than a passing impression on the UK tech world

Obit Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has died at the age of 99. The Queen's husband died at Windsor Castle this morning.…

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Facebook Hopes Tiny Labels On Posts Will Stop Users Confusing Satire With Reality

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-04-09 13:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Facebook is adding additional labels to posts from Pages that appear in users' News Feeds in a bid to reduce confusion about their origin. These labels will include "public official," "fan page," and "satire page." The company says it's already started testing the deployment of these labels in the US, and will gradually add them to more posts. Facebook hasn't offered any explanation as to why it's adding these labels, but identifying satire seems particularly important. Take a look at the social shares for any news articles written by well-known satirical sites like The Onion or The Babylon Bee and you'll find plenty of people taking these stories at face value. In such a context these posts are essentially a type of misinformation, even if their creators did not intend this. Even high profile figures like former president Donald Trump have mistaken these stories for real reports.

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Facebook job ads algorithm still discriminates on gender, LinkedIn not so much

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-04-09 12:00
Gender bias found in employment adverts despite antisocial network giant's past promises

Two years after Facebook settled five lawsuits claiming that its employment, housing, and credit ads illegally discriminate, researchers with the University of Southern California have found that the company still serves job ads unfairly, based on gender.…

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CyberBattleSim: Microsoft's open-source Holodeck in which autonomous attackers, defenders duke it out

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-04-09 11:06
Very 2021 to have AI bots fight in simulated networks for our entertainment (and science)

Microsoft has open-sourced software that pits machine-learning-powered network intruders against automated defenders inside virtual networks.…

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How do we stamp out the ransomware business model? Ban insurance payouts for one, says ex-GCHQ director

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-04-09 10:02
New laws needed to cut off incentive to crooks, argues Marcus Willett

Increasing numbers of senior ex-GCHQ people have called for laws preventing businesses using cyber insurance to buy off ransomware attackers – with the money merely perpetuating the criminals' business model.…

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Microsoft Is Finally Releasing a 64-Bit Version of OneDrive For Windows

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-04-09 10:00
Microsoft is finally releasing a 64-bit version of OneDrive, roughly 14 years after the first 64-bit version of Windows was released. Engadget reports: In an announcement spotted by Windows guru Paul Thurrott, the company says the new version of OneDrive will help those who need to transfer large files or many files at the same time since 64-bit systems can access more resources than their 32-bit counterparts. "We know this has been a long-awaited and highly requested feature, and we're thrilled to make it available for early access," the company said. "You can now download the 64-bit version for use with OneDrive work, school, and home accounts." One thing to note is the preview is currently only available on x64 installs of Windows. If you own a computer like the Surface Pro X -- and therefore have Windows 10 on ARM installed on your system -- you'll have to wait. Microsoft recommends you continue using the 32-bit version for the time being.

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How to ensure your tech predictions catch on in a flash? Do the mash

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-04-09 09:07
All inventions should be demonstrated by a puppet doing a Tommy Cooper impression

Something for the Weekend, Sir? If the future was a song, it would be a mashup.…

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Feature bloat: Psychology boffins find people tend to add elements to solve a problem rather than take things away

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-04-09 08:08
Duplo exercise provides vital insight into flawed human heuristic

Scientists working on the psychology of problem solving may have hit upon why things always seem to get more complicated.…

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Asahi Linux devs merge effort to run Linux on Apple M1 silicon into Kernel

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-04-09 07:30
Slated for inclusion in version 5.13, due about three months from now

The Asahi Linux project, an effort to bring the Linux kernel to Apple’s M1 silicon, has merged its work and is on track to have it accepted in version 5.13 of the kernel.…

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For blinkenlights sake.... RTFM! Yes. Read The Front of the Machine

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-04-09 07:05
Before smartphones and LCD displays there were... green lights and red lights

On Call There was a time before phones went wireless (and before Apple made sure we all carried a spare charge cable.) Take a trip back to those halcyon days with another entry in the pages of On Call.…

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Studies That Add Human Cells To Animal Brains Are Ethical, Panel Says

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-04-09 07:00
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Experiments that create tiny brainlike structures from human stem cells or transplant human cells into an animal's brain have made some scientists, ethicists, and religious leaders uneasy in recent years. And the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has restricted some of this research. Now, a U.S. scientific panel has weighed in with advice about how to oversee this controversial and fast-moving area of neuroscience. The panel finds little evidence that brain "organoids" or animals given human cells experience humanlike consciousness or pain, and concludes current rules are adequate for overseeing this work. But they caution that could change, particularly as experiments move into nonhuman primates. "The rationale for the report is to get out ahead of the curve," says Harvard University neuroscientist Joshua Sanes, co-chair of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee that released its report today.

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Cisco takes small steps towards IT-as-a-service, more software-defined networking

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-04-09 06:03
For compute and SD-WAN only, with plenty of details not yet in place

Cisco has taken steps towards IT-as-a-service with a new “Plus” offering launched last week at Cisco Live.…

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India uses controversial Aadhaar facial biometrics to identify COVID vaccination recipients

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-04-09 05:01
Safer than eyeballs or fingerprints, apparently

India’s National Health Authority has commenced a pilot of facial recognition software as a means of identifying people as they queue in the nation's COVID-19 vaccine centres.…

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