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Virgin Media CEO says Brit broadband biz 'performed well' in Q2, which is a weird way to say losses almost tripled

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-08-04 15:00
More customers, more coverage, but profit proves elusive

It was up, up and up some more for Virgin Media in its latest full quarterly numbers: UK internet customers increased, network coverage swelled and losses almost tripled.…

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Gamers Will Be Able To Stream Microsoft's Xbox Games Pass Titles Starting Sept. 15

Slashdot - Tue, 2020-08-04 14:42
Microsoft plans to make its Project xCloud streaming service for its Xbox Games Pass subscription service available to the public starting Sept. 15, following nearly a year of public testing. From a report: The company said the service, which allows people to play games over the internet in a similar way we stream Netflix movies today, will be included in its $14.99 per month Xbox Games Pass Ultimate service. That subscription, which launched last year, gives players access to more than 100 games on the Xbox and PC, as well as access to Microsoft's Xbox Live social network. Microsoft plans to offer the accompanying app for its service for tablets and phones powered by Google's Android software, using a Wi-Fi or cellular connection. The company also teased a partnership with Samsung, which will likely be announced at that tech giant's big Unpacked event on Aug. 5. The company declined to say when a version of its app will be made available for Apple iPhones and iPads powered by that company's iOS software. "It's our ambition to scale cloud gaming through Xbox Game Pass available on all devices," a Microsoft spokesman added.

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Uncle Sam blames best pal China as Taidoor crew's dirty RAT takes aim at Western orgs, but others are less sure

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-08-04 14:06
Hello, 2009 called, they said they've got an email for you

A Chinese state-backed hacking crew named Taidoor is deploying a custom remote access trojan (RAT) against Western organisations, according to US authorities.…

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Windows 10: HOSTS File Blocking Telemetry Is Now Flagged As a Risk

Slashdot - Tue, 2020-08-04 14:03
AmiMoJo writes: Starting at the end of July, Microsoft has begun detecting HOSTS files that block Windows 10 telemetry servers as a 'Severe' security risk. Windows 10 users are reporting that Windows Defender had started detectingmodified HOSTS files as a 'SettingsModifier:Win32/HostsFileHijack' threat. So it seems that Microsoft had recently updated their Microsoft Defender definitions to detect when their servers were added to the HOSTS file. Users who utilize HOSTS files to block Windows 10 telemetry suddenly caused them to see the HOSTS file hijack detection. Users who intentionally modify their HOSTS file can allow this 'threat,' but it may enable all HOSTS modifications, even malicious ones, going forward.

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You think the UK coronavirus outbreak was bad? Just wait till winter: Study shows test-and-trace system is failing

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-08-04 13:00
Modelling suggests massive second wave without major improvements

Data modelling from UK universities shows that the nation could be heading for a massive second wave of COVID-19 cases unless the government ramps up its controversial test-and-trace system.…

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Blizzard Workers Share Salaries In Revolt Over Wage Disparities

Slashdot - Tue, 2020-08-04 13:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Employees at Blizzard Entertainment, a division of Activision Blizzard Inc., began circulating a spreadsheet on Friday to anonymously share salaries and recent pay increases, the latest example of rising tension in the video game industry over wage disparities and executive compensation. Blizzard, based in Irvine, California, makes popular games including Diablo and World of Warcraft. In 2019, after an internal survey revealed that more than half of Blizzard workers were unhappy with their compensation, the company told staff it would perform a study to ensure fair pay, according to people familiar with the situation. Blizzard implemented the results of that study last month, which led to an outcry on the company's internal Slack messaging boards. One employee then created a spreadsheet and encouraged staff to share their compensation information. The anonymous document, reviewed by Bloomberg News, contains dozens of purported Blizzard salaries and pay bumps. Most of the raises are below 10%, significantly less than Blizzard employees said they expected following the study. "Our goal has always been to ensure we compensate our employees fairly and competitively," Activision Blizzard spokeswoman Jessica Taylor said. "We are constantly reviewing compensation philosophies to better recognize the talent of our highest performers and keep us competitive in the industry, all with the aim of rewarding and investing more in top employees." This year, Blizzard top performers received a salary increase that was 20% more than in prior years, and more people got promotions, Taylor added. "Our overall salary investment is consistent with prior years," she also said.

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas: Fondleslab sales shoot up to festive season levels as folk work from home

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-08-04 12:17
Sorry, it's a bit early for Crimbo singalongs, isn't it?

All of the tablet vendors' Christmases have come at once: sales into the channel went through the roof in Q2 at levels only typically seen during the winter holiday quarter amid a coronavirus-induced buying frenzy.…

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University of Cambridge to decommission its homegrown email service Hermes in favour of Microsoft Exchange Online

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-08-04 11:48
Institute says the knowledge needed to run it is fading, but the move wasn't without opposition

The University of Cambridge has said that it will decommission its on-premises Hermes email service in favour of Microsoft's Exchange Online. Currently both systems are in use.…

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Workplace Technology latest division to be jettisoned from Capita – back into the hands of its original owner

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-08-04 11:19
Outsourcing giant's boss Jon Lewis continues to swing the axe

Capita has hit the eject button on its managed print services (MPS) wing – the loss-making Workplace Technology division is back in the hands of its original founder, Paul Gillett.…

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Prosecutors Are Investigating Amazon's Treatment of Third-Party Sellers

Slashdot - Tue, 2020-08-04 10:00
According to Bloomberg, attorneys general from New York and California are partnering with the FTC to investigate Amazon's online marketplace, in what may be the beginnings of a formal antitrust enforcement action. From a report: The agencies are going to interview witnesses jointly on conference calls over the next few weeks. The news comes after intense questioning over Amazon's Marketplace practices during [last week's landmark Big Tech antitrust hearing]. Rep. Lucy McBath (D-GA) asked CEO Jeff Bezos whether its actions toward Marketplace sellers was a pattern of behavior. She played testimony from a third-party bookseller who believed Amazon had blocked their store, without providing an explanation why, effectively destroying her business. Bezos responded that "third-party sellers in aggregate are doing extremely well on Amazon." The Marketplace platform allows third-party sellers to peddle their wares to Amazon's massive online customer base, accounting for more than half of all of the company's e-commerce sales. Marketplace products are often less expensive -- and sometimes of lower quality -- than other products sold on Amazon. But consumers don't always understand the difference between buying something from a third-party seller versus buying directly from Amazon or one of the company's private-label brands. Amazon's Marketplace has been in the spotlight over the past few months, following a bombshell report in The Wall Street Journal exposing how the e-commerce giant secretly used data it gathered from third-party sellers to launch its own branded products, a practice Amazon executives have denied in the past. At the hearing, Bezos said the company maintains a policy against using seller-specific data but said he could not guarantee that the policy had never been broken.

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Maker of SonarQube defends DevOps product's security after source code leaks blamed on bad configurations

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-08-04 09:26
'Most companies' want to make code 'completely transparent' SonarSource claims – but not outside the firewall

SonarQube, an open-source product by SonarSource that claims to be "your teammate for Code Quality and Security", was the focus of adverse publicity recently when a computer consultant chose to publish proprietary source code from well-known companies on the internet – alleging it was largely obtained via badly configured SonarQube installations.…

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Bored binge-watchers bork beleaguered broadband by blasting bandwidth: Global average speeds down 6.31%

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-08-04 08:30
You can guess why – but in some places internet actually got faster

Video-streaming binges as a result of the coronavirus lockdown have flooded broadband networks and led to a reduction in connection speeds.…

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Aviation regulator outlines fixes that will get the 737 MAX flying again

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-08-04 07:56
Software upgrade to deliver less lethally-stubborn automation

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has revealed the conditions under which it will permit Boeing’s beleaguered 737 MAX to resume commercial flights.…

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China requires gamers to reveal real names and map them to frag-tastic IDs

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-08-04 07:32
Gotta catch 'em all

China will force gamers to use their real names when playing online in an ongoing effort to make gaming in the country more "tasteful".…

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Doctor, doctor, got some sad news, there's been a bad case of hacking you: UK govt investigates email fail

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-08-04 07:01
Former trade minister Dr. Liam Fox named as source of leaked trade docs

Former UK trade minister and current Conservative MP Dr. Liam Fox has been named as the source of hacked trade documents released during last year's British elections.…

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Astronauts Made Prank Calls From SpaceX Crew Dragon

Slashdot - Tue, 2020-08-04 07:00
PolygamousRanchKid shares a report from CNET: NASA's Doug Hurley and his crewmate Bob Behnken had a satellite phone at their disposal after splashdown on Sunday. At a press conference later that day, Hurley filled us in on what they did with their spare time as they floated around. "Five hours ago we were in a spaceship bobbing around making prank satellite phone calls to whoever we could get ahold of," Hurley said. "Which was kind of fun, by the way." Hurley suggested the satellite phone bill should go to SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who was sitting nearby. Hurley and Behnken didn't elaborate on the content of the prank calls, but here's hoping they tried to order a pizza for delivery to GO Navigator, the SpaceX recovery ship that fished them out of the water.

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Is securing Office 365 still a future project for your business? Better act now – the future is already here

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-08-04 06:00
No excuses left – we'll help you on the fast road to compliance

Webcast "Things are never going to be the same." That’s the kind of phrase still being thrown around as we rub our eyes and try to wake from the rather bad dream we’ve been sharing for the past few months.…

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Google reveals washable phone case, plus the new midrange Pixel 4a that goes inside it

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-08-04 05:04
Also teases 5G handsets, but says they won't reach India or Singapore

Google has revealed its new mid-range smartphone - the Pixel 4a – and an on-sale date of sometime in October.…

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Singapore to give all incoming travelers wearable tracking device

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-08-04 03:57
Bluetooth and GPS widget will be used to enforce home COVID quarantine

Singapore will fit all incoming travelers with a wearable tracking device to prevent them from breaching their mandatory quarantine.…

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In Wake of Apple Acquisition, Dark Sky Ends Android Support

Slashdot - Tue, 2020-08-04 03:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: As promised, popular weather app Dark Sky ended support for Android and Wear OS over the weekend. Android Dark Sky users report that the app is no longer working and that it presents the user with a message saying that the "app has shut down." The impending shutdown was first announced when Apple acquired the company in March of this year. Despite the end of support for the world's most popular mobile operating system, Dark Sky's developers wrote in a blog post announcing the acquisition that joining Apple means they could "reach far more people, with far more impact, than we ever could alone." The Dark Sky Android app is not the only popular service on the chopping block as a result of the acquisition. Several app developers on both iOS and Android have used Dark Sky's API for weather data for a while now, but like Android support, that's going away. There's a little more time in that case, though: developers have until the end of next year to find and implement alternative data sources. When the acquisition was first announced, Dark Sky was slated to stop working on Android on July 1. That deadline was extended by one month, but it went into effect as planned on August 1. The Web version of Dark Sky was scheduled to end today, but Apple has extended that deadline, though embeds have been disabled. A new date for the Web shutdown has not been specified. That version will remain an option for Android users for now until it, too, stops working.

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