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Google ad platform outage leaves web ad free for hours

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about two weeks ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "Millions of website were ad free for over an hour on Wednesday after a system outage on Google's DoubleClick for Publishers platform. The outage meant sections of websites that usually display adverts depending on a users' browsing history instead just displayed white space. The incident affected websites worldwide and could have cost companies — and Google — millions in lost advertising revenue. The issue was blamed on a 'software bug', but the specifics of the incident remain unclear."
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Cern to generate 400PB a year from Large Hadron Collider experiments

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about three weeks ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "Cern has said it expects its experiments with the Large Hadron Collider to generate as much as 400PB of information per year by 2023 as the scope of its work continues to expand. Currently LHC experiments have generated an archive of 100PB and this is growing at 27PB per year. Cern infrastructure manager Tim Bell, speaking at the OpenStack Summit in Paris, said the organisation is using OpenStack to underpin this huge data growth, as it ensure it can handle such vast reams of potentially universe-altering information."
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White House systems infiltrated by Russian hackers

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about three weeks ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "Hackers from Russia have hacked into the White House computers, although no critical data was stolen, according to sources who revealed the information to the Washington Post."
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Mother Russia sponsors cyber spying of rival nations

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about a month ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "The Russian government has been tacitly backing hacker groups that infiltrate the networks of other nations and groups such as NATO, according to security firm FireEye. The security firm has dubbed the group APT28, and believes its aim is to "collect intelligence that would be most useful to a government"."
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Julian Assange: Google has the US government in its pocket

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about a month ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "In an extract from a forthcoming book, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has hit out at Google, claiming it has a very cosy relationship with some of the top power brokers in US politics. "Nobody wants to acknowledge that Google has grown big and bad. But it has. Schmidt's tenure as CEO saw Google integrate with the shadiest of US power structures as it expanded into a geographically invasive mega-corporation," he writes."
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Ex-NSA director defends PRISM and suggests not talking to terrorists

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "The former head of the NSA, General Keith Alexander, has issued a sweeping defence of the PRISM surveillance campaign he oversaw, claiming that everything was above-board and legal. He said that only those conversing with terrorists had anything to fear and the concerns around PRISM were distracting people from the real threats they face, such as state-sponsored hackers in China"
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Unique UK broadband deployment to change remote island life forever

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 4 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "A unique broadband rollout in the UK has taken place this week, with operator BT bringing a previously disused international undersea cable ashore in the tiny island community of the Isles of Scilly. This will bring speeds of 60-80Mbs to the islands, making it one of the best connected communities in the world."
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Microsoft CEO to slash 18,000 jobs, 12,500 from Nokia to go

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 4 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "Satya Nadella has taken an axe to Microsoft's 127,000-strong workforce by announcing a whopping 18,000 job cuts, including 12,500 from the recently integrated Nokia division. At least 13,000 jobs will go within the next six months."
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Bank of England warns UK firms on US cloud use over FBI and CIA data snooping

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 5 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes ""The CIO of the Bank of England, John Finch, has told UK businesses to be wary of using US cloud firms due to concerns that the FBI, CIA or other agencies could access their data whenever they want, as concerns caused by the PRISM revelations of 2013 continue to plague the tech sector"
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MIT gives 4,500 students $100 in Bitcoins

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 7 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "Two students seeking to make friends at the renowned MIT university have given over 4,500 fellow scholars $100 in Bitcoins, just to see what they do with them. They hope to understand more about the use of the digital currency and whether merchants on campus show any inclination to accept the new cash."
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US judge rules cloud firms must hand over data, even if stored overseas

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 7 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "Cloud computing uptake could suffer after a US judge in New York ruled that vendors in the US must turn over data to the authorities under warrant, even if the data is stored in other nations. The ruling was handed down during a case brought by Microsoft as it tries to avoid having to hand over data on an customer in Ireland, where the data is stored. However, the magistrate judge said that search warrants should apply to all data gathered by a US firm, regardless of any local laws. Microsoft has already said it will appeal."
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Apple iTunes users slate Microsoft Word for iPad app with 500 one star reviews

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 7 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "In the first month since Microsoft launched its Word for iPad app it has received 500 one-star reviews from users of the Apple iTunes library, just under half the total of 1,028 ratings left by users. Issues ranging from the price to the lack of printing functionality were cited by many as the reason for the low scores. However, over 300 users have provided five stars reviews, suggesting for some the firm can do no wrong."
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95 percent of Londoners use iPhones and Android devices

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 7 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "A staggering 95 percent of Londoners use iPhone or Android devices in the capital, according to WiFi data from Virgin Media. This means just five percent of remaining smartphone users are BlackBerry or Windows Phone users. With BlackBerry use doubling over the past year, this suggest Windows Phone is nowhere to be seen. Microsoft better get its act together and quickly."
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Microsoft open sources ancient DOS and Word for Windows tools

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 8 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "Microsoft has moved to make the source code for its ancient MS DOS operating system and Word for Windows tools available for use, via the Computer History Museum based in California. "Microsoft is making these historic systems from the early era of personal computing available to the community for historical and technical scholarship" said distinguished Microsoft engineer Roy Levin. The move marks a notable softening on the firm's otherwise hardline nature against open source software, which it has always seen as a threat to its business."
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Web at 25: Computer where web was invented on display in London

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 8 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "The NeXT terminal Sir Tim Berners-Lee used to write his proposal for the World Wide Web has gone on display at the Science Museum in London to mark the 25th anniversary of its creation. While perhaps not much to look compared to modern machine it is one of the most historic pieces of IT equipment in the world and has had more impact on the world than any other computer before or since."
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UK fines abortion charity £200,000 for convicted hacker stealing its data

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 9 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "A UK charity that provides help and guidance for women seeking abortions has been fined £200,000 after a hacker breached its website in 2012 and was able to gather data on 9,900 people that had requested help from the organisation. The hacker was given almost three years in jail for the attack. The charity's CEO has condemned the decision, arguing it rewards the hacker for his efforts. The data watchdog the Information Commissioner's Office said the poor IT security in place at the charity — the British Pregnancy Advice Service (BPAS) — warranted such a high fine. An appeal has already been lodged."
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London's Victorian sewers used for broadband in capital

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 9 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "An ISP in the UK has come up with an innovative way to deliver broadband around London: its Victorian sewer network. Geo Networks runs the cables along the roof of the sewers, avoiding any 'waste' issues and providing fast, low-latency, high-fibre services to business and other providers."
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Virus spreads over WiFi like a common cold, security researchers prove

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 9 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "A security team at the University of Liverpool has demonstrated how easily viruses can be spread over WiFi networks by passing from one access point to another in the same manner in which the common cold spreads through humans. The team created a new virus called Chameleon that was able to easily bypass all but the most stringent security measures and avoid most detection technologies as it moved through APs in simulated environments of the London and Belfast WiFi networks. The research underlines the perils of free, unsecured WiFi networks as they grow in ubiquity."
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Second World War code-cracking computing hero Colossus turns 70

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 10 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "The Colossus computer that helped the Allies crack messages sent by the Nazis during the Second World War has celebrated its 70th birthday. The machine was a pioneering feat of engineering, able to read 5,000 characters a second to help the team at Bletchley Park crack the German's Lorenz code in rapid time. This helped the Allies gather vital information on the Nazi's plans, and is credited with helping end the war effort early, saving millions of lives."
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EU threatens UK with legal action over Tempora cable spying

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 10 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes ""The UK could face legal action from the EU after warning that if its Tempora spying programme, which tapped international telecoms cables and siphoned off huge quantities of data, breached privacy laws it would take swift action. The threat comes as the EU pushes for new data protection laws and shows the body is aware it needs to tackle any accusations of hypocrisy within the region head-on.""
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