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Updated: 09:05 Sun, May 19 2024. (fresh!)

An attorney says she saw her library reading habits reflected in mobile ads. That's not supposed to happen - (pubDate>Sat, 18 May 2024 17:04:10 GMT)

Follow us down this deep rabbit hole of privacy policy after privacy policy

Feature In April, attorney Christine Dudley was listening to a book on her iPhone while playing a game on her Android tablet when she started to see in-game ads that reflected the audiobooks she recently checked out of the San Francisco Public Library.…


Gawd, after that week, we wonder what's next for China and the Western world - (pubDate>Sat, 18 May 2024 12:35:12 GMT)

For starters: Crypto, import tariffs, and Microsoft shipping out staff

Kettle It's been a fairly troubling week in terms of the relationship between China and the Western world.…


Gentoo and NetBSD ban 'AI' code, but Debian doesn't – yet - (pubDate>Sat, 18 May 2024 08:34:13 GMT)

The problem isn't just that LLM-bot generated code is bad – it's where it came from

Comment The Debian project has decided against joining Gentoo Linux and NetBSD in rejecting program code generated with the assistance of LLM tools, such as Github's Copilot.…


How two brothers allegedly swiped $25M in a 12-second Ethereum heist - (pubDate>Sat, 18 May 2024 06:29:07 GMT)

Feds scoff at blockchain integrity while software bug said to have been at heart of the matter

The US Department of Justice has booked two brothers on allegations that they exploited open source software used in the Ethereum blockchain world to bag $25 million (£20 million).…


Aussie cops probe MediSecure's 'large-scale ransomware data breach' - (pubDate>Fri, 17 May 2024 23:31:14 GMT)

Throw another healthcare biz on the barby, mate

Australian prescriptions provider MediSecure is the latest healthcare org to fall victim to a ransomware attack, with crooks apparently stealing patients' personal and health data.…


Leasing North American datacenters before they're finished is so hot right now - (pubDate>Fri, 17 May 2024 21:50:45 GMT)

Yup, demand's that strong

Since 2023, the leasing rate for datacenters in North America that haven't even been fully built yet has shot up and now stands at 84 percent for the first quarter of this year.…


Reddit goes AI agnostic, signs data training deal with OpenAI - (pubDate>Fri, 17 May 2024 20:42:10 GMT)

Now Google and OpenAI can slurp up your precious memes and priceless comments

Still upset that Reddit decided to sell all its content to Google for training its AI? Well, bad news: Now OpenAI has jumped into the mix as well.…


Graph database shows Biden outspends Trump in social media ad war - (pubDate>Fri, 17 May 2024 19:29:08 GMT)

But incumbent is mentioned a lot more in attack material

Although Joe Biden spends more on Facebook and Instagram ads than Donald Trump, ads attacking the US president outnumber those attacking his likely rival in this year's presidential election, according to data analysis.…


Three cuffed for 'helping North Koreans' secure remote IT jobs in America - (pubDate>Fri, 17 May 2024 18:34:11 GMT)

Your local nail tech could be a secret agent for Kim’s cunning plan

Three individuals accused of helping North Korea fund its weapons programs using US money are now in handcuffs.…


CoreWeave debt deal with investment firms raises $7.5B for AI datacenter startup - (pubDate>Fri, 17 May 2024 17:34:05 GMT)

Funds to be used for purchasing servers and networking kit

AI server startup CoreWeave has raised $7.5 billion in a debt deal from private equity companies Blackstone, BlackRock, and others.…


Rosalind Franklin rover gets another shot at Mars after string of bad luck - (pubDate>Fri, 17 May 2024 16:33:05 GMT)

Could 2030 bring touchdown at last?

NASA and ESA have signed an agreement to finally send the long-delayed ExoMars Rosalind Franklin rover to the Red Planet.…


Hugging Face to make $10M worth of old Nvidia GPUs freely available to AI devs - (pubDate>Fri, 17 May 2024 15:41:06 GMT)

You get a GPU, you get a GPU, everyone gets a ZeroGPU!

Open source AI champion Hugging Face is making $10 million in GPU compute available to the public in a bid to ease the financial burden of model development faced by smaller dev teams.…


UK competition cops say Microsoft's stake in Mistral is not a merger - (pubDate>Fri, 17 May 2024 14:26:09 GMT)

Watchdog drops official probe but IT giant's deal with Inflection AI and Amazon's with Anthropic still in play

Britain's competition watchdog does not think Microsoft's investment in Mistral AI constitutes a merger situation – just weeks after calling for industry views on the agreement.…


Underwater datacenters could sink to sound wave sabotage - (pubDate>Fri, 17 May 2024 13:32:07 GMT)

Ensure there are no sperm whales in the area

Underwater datacenters have yet to take off in any meaningful way, but it seems they could prove vulnerable to attack using sound waves, according to researchers.…


Apple geofences third-party browser engine work for EU devices - (pubDate>Fri, 17 May 2024 12:17:10 GMT)

Rival coders must have Europe-based staff to build and test non-WebKit surfing

Exclusive Apple's grudging accommodation of European law – allowing third-party browser engines on its mobile devices – apparently comes with a restriction that makes it difficult to develop and support third-party browser engines for the region.…


First LockBit, now BreachForums: Are cops winning the war or just a few battles? - (pubDate>Fri, 17 May 2024 11:37:11 GMT)

TLDR: Peace in our time is really really hard

Interview On Wednesday the FBI and international cops celebrated yet another cybercrime takedown – of ransomware brokerage site BreachForums – just a week after doxing and imposing sanctions on the LockBit ransomware crew's kingpin, and two months after compromising the gang's website.…


AWS to pump billions into sovereign cloud for Germany - (pubDate>Fri, 17 May 2024 10:26:09 GMT)

It'll own the datacenters, but keep data and employees local

AWS is to invest €7.8 billion in the AWS European Sovereign Cloud in Germany and make the first AWS Region in the State of Brandenburg available to all customers by the end of 2025.…


Toshiba to shed 4,000 jobs as part of revitalization plan - (pubDate>Fri, 17 May 2024 09:32:15 GMT)

Over-50s to get early retirement offer

Toshiba says it will cut up to 4,000 jobs within Japan, a number that accounts for six percent of the company's national workforce, by offering early retirement packages.…


Lords of May-hem: Seven signs it is Oracle's year end - (pubDate>Fri, 17 May 2024 08:30:13 GMT)

How to handle sales pressure and licensing 'negotiations' to make sure it plays to your advantage

Feature You might be able to tell what time of year it is by the blossom on the trees or bluebells in the woods. But for Oracle customers stuck in an office somewhere, there is another way of knowing that it's May without consulting a calendar.…


Computer sprinkled with exotic chemicals produced super-problems, not super-powers - (pubDate>Fri, 17 May 2024 07:30:07 GMT)

The machine was so dead, hospital staff treated it like a corpse

On Call The Register knows that tech support people are heroes. That's why each Friday we offer a new installment of On Call, our weekly reader-contributed column featuring your stories of dutifully and selflessly taking on the endless and thankless challenge that is tech support.…


Microsoft offers China-based engineers an option to relocate - (pubDate>Fri, 17 May 2024 03:00:07 GMT)

Office could be decimated with around 800 offers reportedly made

Microsoft is said to have offered up to 800 China-based employees the chance to relocate to the US, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland.…


China sets goal for local carmakers to get a quarter of their chips domestically by 2025 - (pubDate>Fri, 17 May 2024 02:30:14 GMT)

Yet another technological self-sufficiency target for China

The Chinese government says the country's car manufacturers should aim for a quarter of their chips to be sourced from China-based foundries by 2025.…


Baidu's robotaxi division to wheel into profit next year - (pubDate>Fri, 17 May 2024 01:27:10 GMT)

Expansion set for Wuhan. Chances this will go smoothly?

Chinese tech giant Baidu expects its robotaxi wing, Apollo Go, to be profitable next year.…


Crims abusing Microsoft Quick Assist to deploy Black Basta ransomware - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 23:30:05 GMT)

Spoiler alert: it's not really IT support controlling your device

A cybercrime gang has been abusing Microsoft's Quick Assist application in social engineering attacks that ultimately allow the crew to infect victims with Black Basta ransomware.…


AT&T formalizes deal for space-based cellular service on unmodified mobiles - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 22:15:15 GMT)

AST still only has a single test satellite in orbit, so don't hold your breath

Not to be outdone by Starlink and T-Mobile, AT&T and AST SpaceMobile have finalized a deal to eventually bring a space-based connectivity option to AT&T, too. …


Oklahoma saddles up bill of rights for crypto wranglers and miners - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 21:45:09 GMT)

Bitcoin cowboys now have guaranteed freedoms

Oklahoma's governor has signed a bill into law defining legal rights for one of the most marginalized groups in the US – cryptocurrency holders.…


Datacenters looking to renewables, nuclear, and gas, in quest for more power - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 21:01:07 GMT)

Bit barns might end up adding to the grid's capacity

Even before the AI revolution (or bubble) took off in 2023, datacenters already used a decent amount of electricity. And the industry's increasing appetite for machine learning will require even more power.…


Google gives in to Hong Kong, blocks fake national anthem on YouTube - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 20:15:06 GMT)

'Disappointed' by court’s decision, US giant complying in HK, considering appeal

Google has complied with a May 8 order from a Hong Kong court to ban the pro-democracy protest song often mistaken for a national anthem, "Glory to Hong Kong," by blocking 32 videos on YouTube in the mega-city.…


Tesla self-driving claims parked in court - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 19:30:06 GMT)

Judge gives green light to lawsuit over autonomous ambitions

Tesla is facing a lawsuit over claims made about its self-driving technology after a US judge rejected the company's motion to dismiss the case.…


Opera sings sweetly with native version for Windows on Arm - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 18:45:10 GMT)

Browser ditches x64 blues for a snappier tune

Opera has become the latest Chromium browser for Windows on Arm, fueling industry talk about Microsoft's plans for the neglected operating system.…


Dell latest to enjoy speculative soar as AI bubble builds - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 18:00:10 GMT)

Now that traders are drinking the Kool-AI-d, companies can either fuel the hype or face the consequences

Comment Dell's share price surged sharply on Wednesday as market analysts telegraphed their confidence in the OEM's ability to capitalize on the AI market.…


Wiley shuts 19 scholarly journals amid AI paper mill problems - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 17:13:13 GMT)

Fake science challenges academic publishing

US publishing house Wiley this week discontinued 19 scientific journals overseen by its Hindawi subsidiary, the center of a long-running scholarly publishing scandal.…


Amazon's latest 'flex' VMs promise savings for your burstiest apps - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 16:31:05 GMT)

Sustained workloads need not apply

Updated Amazon Web Services added another set of cost-optimized instances to its EC2 lineup on Tuesday, aimed at customers whose workloads aren't pegging the CPU 100 percent of the time.…


EU probes Meta over its provisions for protecting children - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 15:45:12 GMT)

Has social media biz done enough to comply with Digital Services Act? Maybe not

The European Commission has opened formal proceedings to assess whether Meta, the provider of Facebook and Instagram, may have breached the Digital Services Act (DSA) in areas linked to the protection of minors.…


Microsoft PC Manager app bizarrely suggests Bing as a Windows fix-all - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 15:15:14 GMT)

Bug or feature?

Users looking for Windows repair tips via the Microsoft PC Manager app may be recommended to switch Edge's default search engine back to Bing.…


Stifling Beijing in cyberspace is now British intelligence’s number-one mission - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 14:45:07 GMT)

Annual conference of cyber intel unit shows UK's alarm over China blaring louder than ever

CyberUK Regular attendees of CYBERUK, the annual conference hosted by British intelligence unit the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), will know that in addition to the expected conference panels, there is usually an interwoven theme to proceedings.…


Open Source Initiative tries to define Open Source AI - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 14:15:15 GMT)

Meanwhile, the creator of Open Source Definition argues the real problem is unauthorized copying

The Open Source Initiative – the non-profit overseeing the Open Source Definition, which lays out the requirements for software licenses – is taking its effort to define Open Source AI to the wisdom of the crowds.…


Nvidia chief Huang given 60% pay increase amid AI hysteria - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 13:45:06 GMT)

After a smashing fiscal '24, we're surprised he didn't get more

Nvidia's chief Jenson Huang received a 60 percent pay bump in the corporation's fiscal 2024 on the back of a massive rally in the share price based on demand for AI, and triple digit growth percentages for revenue and operating profit.…


Aleph Alpha enlists Cerebras waferscale supers to train AI for German military - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 13:15:08 GMT)

Also demonstrates success accelerating molecular dynamics

Even as world leaders raise alarm bells about the impact of AI in war, waferscale startup Cerebras is joining forces with Aleph Alpha to develop sovereign models for the German armed forces.…


Microsoft's carbon emissions up nearly 30% thanks to AI - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 12:43:06 GMT)

Company will require certain suppliers to run on 100% carbon-free electricity ... by 2030

Microsoft has increased carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 30 percent since 2020, making its goal of becoming carbon-negative by 2030 even more difficult, and it looks like AI is to blame.…


Samsung takes bite out of Apple over its mega marketing misstep - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 12:15:09 GMT)

'We would never crush creativity,' says South Korea megacorp

If Apple thought it could forget about last week's marketing disaster — which saw the tech giant roundly slated for appearing to crush human creativity in the name of computing progress — it was wrong.…


BepiColombo power struggle could leave probe short of Mercury's orbit - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 11:45:13 GMT)

ESA/JAXA mission running on reduced thrust as engineers work to resolve the issue

Updated Thruster problems with BepiColombo, the joint ESA and JAXA mission to Mercury, could cause headaches for managers plotting the spacecraft's trajectory and insertion into Mercury's orbit.…


Put Rescuezilla 2.5 on a bootable key – before you need it - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 11:15:06 GMT)

Sort of a FOSS Norton Ghost, now updated to Ubuntu 24.04 base

A fresh release of Rescuezilla, a free Ubuntu-based rescue disk for imaging the drives of a sickly computer, is available.…


Tax helpline callers left on hold for nearly eight centuries - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 10:45:16 GMT)

HMRC forgot to tell Brits about its digital support channels

Appalling service levels at Britain's tax collector meant customers phoning in with inquiries were collectively left on hold for 798 years in fiscal 2023.…


Forget feet and inches, latest UK units of measurement are thinking bigger - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 10:15:11 GMT)

Testing wind turbine blades the size of three rusty angel wingspans

Reg Standards Bureau The UK has announced new units of measurement as part of pronouncements on wind turbines by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT).…


NCSC CTO: Broken market must be fixed to usher in new tech - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 09:33:06 GMT)

It may take ten years but vendors must be held accountable for the vulnerabilities they introduce

CYBERUK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) CTO Ollie Whitehouse kicked off day two of Britain's cyber watchdog's annual shindig, CYBERUK, with a tirade about the tech market, pulling it apart to demonstrate why he believes it's at fault for many of the security problems the industry is facing today. …


HR expert says biz leaders scared RTO mandates lead to staff attrition - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 08:30:11 GMT)

So why not drop the policy? Productivity bias or productivity paranoia perhaps

Evidence is mounting that tech companies' policies demanding staff return to the office are only serving to drive out the talent that became accustomed to remote work.…


Apple on track for quarter of all iPhones to be made in India by 2028 - (pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2024 01:31:13 GMT)

IT minister boasts of tech titan building network of local vendors

Apple is expected to have a quarter of all iPhones made in India by 2028, according to the country's IT minister.…


FBI takes down BreachForums ransomware website and Telegram channel - (pubDate>Wed, 15 May 2024 22:31:28 GMT)

No more illicit gains, for a while at least

The FBI, in combination with police around the world, have taken control of the website and Telegram channel of ransomware brokerage site BreachForums.…


Crook brags about US Army and $75B defense biz pwnage - (pubDate>Wed, 15 May 2024 22:30:13 GMT)

More government data allegedly stolen by prolific criminals

An extortionist claims to have stolen files from the US Army Aviation and Missile Command in August 2023, and now claims they are selling access to a $75 billion aerospace and defense company.…

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