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Cloud washes Dell off perch atop storage market

The Register - 53 min 4 sec ago
Backup appliance sales go off a cliff, traditional array vendors just aren't growing

Sales of purpose-built backup appliances have dropped markedly, with year-on-year dips of 16.2 per cent by revenue and 14.9 per cent by capacity according to analyst firm IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker for 2017's second quarter.…

NASA, wait, wait lemme put my drink down... NASA, you need to be searching for vanadium

The Register - 1 hour 17 min ago
Bio-boffins urge Red Planet life search to hunt for weird metal

Scientists hoping to discover evidence of life on Mars should search for vanadium, a metallic element, according to a paper published in Astrobiology this month.…

Google's $1 billion HTC deal is too much for my emotions - CNET - News - 1 hour 25 min ago
I’ve spent years hoping HTC would bounce back. Its deal with Google makes me nervous.

iPhone 8, 8 Plus draw Apple fans at launch despite X holdouts - CNET - News - 2 hours 11 min ago
A decade on, fans still queue up for Apple's latest phones. But lines aren't as long as they've been in the past because many are waiting for iPhone X.

Weekend Streaming: 'Ghosted' hits Twitter before official premiere - CNET - News - 2 hours 19 min ago
A new Fox comedy is streaming on Twitter for a limited time before it makes its television debut in October.

Java SE 9 and Java EE 8 arrive, 364 days later than first planned

The Register - 2 hours 22 min ago
Now that all the unpleasantness is behind us, let us code

Java SE 9 and Java EE 8 have arrived.…

iPhone 8, 8 Plus go on sale around the world - CNET - News - 2 hours 43 min ago
The queues might not be what they were 10 years ago, but Apple fans still turned out to buy the latest and greatest (before the iPhone X gets here that is).

Cisco puts UCS director on death row, to be replaced by cloudy 'Intersight'

The Register - 3 hours 45 min ago
The Borg assimilates the infrastructure-as-code message

Cisco has announced that UCS Director will ascend into the cloud as part of a new infrastructure management service named “Intersight”.…

Researchers: CCleaner attack aimed at major tech companies - CNET - News - 5 hours 40 min ago
Hackers set their sights on companies like Google, Microsoft and Samsung, infecting potentially hundreds of computers with malicious software.

IT plonker stuffed 'destructive' logic bomb into US Army servers in contract revenge attack

The Register - 5 hours 45 min ago
He's now facing 10 years in prison for act of spite

An IT contractor is facing a possible decade behind bars in America for planting a ticking "destructive" time bomb in US military systems.…

Verizon kicking people off network for using just a few gigabytes a month

Ars Technica - 6 hours 46 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Spencer Platt)

When Verizon Wireless started disconnecting rural customers for using too much data, the nation's largest wireless carrier described them as extremely heavy data users who were costing the company money. When the disconnections began in June, Verizon told Ars the customers "are using vast amounts of data—some as much as a terabyte or more a month—outside of our network footprint."

But it's now become clear that Verizon's disconnection notices also went to people using just a few gigabytes a month. As we've previously reported, the affected customers are supported by Verizon’s LTE in Rural America (LRA) program, which relies on a partnership between Verizon and small rural carriers who lease Verizon spectrum in order to build their own networks.

Verizon customers in these network areas may not see a "roaming" indicator on their phone, but they're technically on another network and Verizon has to pay roaming charges to the local network operator. When Verizon acknowledged last week that it is disconnecting another 8,500 customers, the company said that "the roaming costs generated by these lines exceed what these consumers pay us each month."

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Crap cracked fat-attack Pact app chaps slapped in pact backtrack infract

The Register - 6 hours 49 min ago
US watchdog raps breach-of-contract brats for retracted transacts

Defunct mobile app company Pact broke its pact with customers to pay them promised cash incentives, US trade watchdog the FTC said on Thursday.…

Cloudflare coughs up a few grand for prior-art torpedoes to sink troll

The Register - 7 hours 5 min ago
DDoS blocker well on its way to nuking Blackbird Tech in patent showdown

Cloudflare says its efforts to wipe out a patent troll using prior art have already yielded more than a dozen examples.…

Appeals court: East Texas can’t keep patent case because of one local salesman

Ars Technica - 7 hours 11 min ago

The federal courthouse in Marshall, Texas. (credit: Nicolas Henderson / flickr)

Earlier this year, the US Supreme Court sharply limited where patent cases can be filed. For many tech companies that are regularly sued by the type of patent-licensing shops known as "patent trolls," the TC Heartland decision was welcome news. By limiting venue to places where defendants are incorporated or do business, TC Heartland was seen as an opportunity to shut down many lawsuits being brought in the Eastern District of Texas, a venue that has been historically attractive to so-called trolls and has a huge concentration of patent lawsuits.

Not long after TC Heartland, though, the East Texas judge who hears more patent cases than any other turned down a motion to transfer by supercomputer maker Cray Inc., which was sued for patent infringement by Raytheon in 2015. Lawyers for Cray argued that, under the provisions of TC Heartland, their client was entitled to have its case in a home venue. But US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap disagreed and said that Cray's ties to the district—a single salesperson, working out of his home—was enough to keep the case in the Eastern District.

Today, Gilstrap's decision was reversed by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which hears all patent appeals. In a 20-page decision (PDF), the three-judge panel directed the case against the Seattle-based tech company to be transferred.

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How business is driving the new space race

BBC Technology News - 7 hours 15 min ago
Why firms are spending millions to beat each other into orbit

Invisible threat

BBC Technology News - 7 hours 19 min ago
Many firms have no idea how many devices are connected to their networks - a major cyber-security risk.

Verizon is giving away free iPhone 8s, if you can find them - CNET - News - 7 hours 36 min ago
Through Friday, Sept. 22, Verizon's iPhone 8 promotion will lead you on an AR scavenger hunt across the city.

Facebook will hand over 3,000 Russia-linked ads to Congress - CNET - News - 7 hours 39 min ago
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also vows to protect "election integrity," promising more transparency around political ads.

Police need warrant to track cell phones, appeals court says - CNET - News - 7 hours 56 min ago
A judge must sign off when police use "Stingrays" to record all the cell phone numbers nearby. The devices trick cell phones by acting like cell towers.

After murder conviction and suicide, Aaron Hernandez found to have severe CTE

Ars Technica - 7 hours 58 min ago

Enlarge / New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in January 2013. (credit: Getty | Boston Globe)

Former New England Patriots' tight end Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease associated with repeated head trauma. The finding was announced today in a press conference held by his lawyer, according to the New York Times.

CTE leads to progressive cognitive impairment and behavioral regulation problems—and it has notably been linked to depression, suicide, and impulsive and violent behavior.

Hernandez committed suicide in April while serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of his friend. He was 27.

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