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First Artemis mission is stacked on a rocket – now for five punishing sets of tests before liftoff NASA has set a date for the test of the technologies it hopes will see it return to the Moon and explore Mars: February 2022.…

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Plus: Explore the limits of language models in bizarre research experiment, and more In brief  A man was detained in Japan for selling uncensored pornographic content that he had, in a way, depixelated using machine-learning tools.…

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Golf enthusiast given 30 days to cough up code A Florida man has been accused of breaking the copyleft license of Mastodon by running an online instance of the software without providing its source code as required.…

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Amended Texas complaint alleges backroom efforts to maintain ad dominance Several years ago, to deal with the competitive threat of header bidding – a way for multiple ad exchanges to get a fair shot at winning an automated auction for ad space – Google allegedly hatched a plan called "Jedi" to ensure that its ad exchange always won.…

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Windows giant has a funny way of 'loving' Free software Microsoft has enraged the open-source .NET community by removing functionality from open-source .NET to bolster the appeal of Visual Studio, not least against its cross-platform cousin Visual Studio Code.…

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Watchdog finds dubious data gathering, illusory solicitations for consent The US Federal Trade Commission on Thursday said many internet service providers are sharing data about their customers, in defiance of expectations, and are failing to give subscribers adequate choices about whether or how their data is shared.…

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Component swaps still a thing – for now Apple's seventh-gen Watch has managed to maintain its iFixit repairability rating on a par with the last model – unlike its smartphone sibling.…

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Learn how to take the broad view by tuning into this webcast early next month Sponsored  We’re used to talking about the disruption AI will inevitably cause. But that disruption is predicated on AI moving into production, and that requires integration into the broader corporate infrastructure.…

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Only for one-to-one voice and video, mind Microsoft has finally kicked off the rollout of end-to-end-encryption (E2EE) in its Teams collaboration platform with a public preview of E2EE for one-to-one calls.…

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Researcher spots RSA tell-tale lurking in plain sight on VirusTotal Around 1,500 Cobalt Strike beacons uploaded to VirusTotal were reusing the same RSA keys from a cracked version of the software, according to a security researcher who pored through the malware repository.…

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More transparency and reporting needed, says Arunja Capital Accusations of harassment and concerns over pay gaps continue to dog Microsoft as shareholders were urged by investor Arunja Capital to vote for the software giant to release transparency reports.…

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15% tax minimum to hit tech firms The US government and administrations in Europe have come to an agreement that will drop the threat of tariffs in response to policies on digital services taxes (DSTs).…

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UK's anti Amazon and Google war gets a second front The UK might pass laws forcing smart speakers such as Amazon Echo and Google Home devices to broadcast UK DAB radio stations, over government fears that Brits aren't consuming enough of the unloved radio tech.…

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Exodus, movement of the people... to the Middle East or elsewhere More than a third (35 per cent) of contractors in the UK have become permanent employees, retired, shifted to work overseas or are "simply not working" since IR35 tax legislation was revised earlier this year.…

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'I can debug production from the IDE,' said CS boss Peter Pezaris Observability company New Relic has acquired CodeStream, specialists in developer collaboration, with the aim being to connect observability data with code in the development environment.…

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Remember the R Tape Loading Error? The glory days of audio-cassette loading are set to return in the coming weeks, with retro fans to be treated to a broadcast for them to hit Play and Record to.…

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The second vanishing of the cybergang... for now As we noted a few days back, notorious ransomware gang REvil "disappeared" again this week. Recent reports have now shed light on why that may be.…

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WebKit engine is well behind the competition Feature  The legacy of Internet Explorer 6 haunts web developer nightmares to this day. Microsoft's browser of yore made their lives miserable and it's only slightly hyperbolic to say it very nearly destroyed the entire internet. It really was that bad, kids. It made us walk to school in the snow. Uphill. Both ways. You wouldn't understand.…

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A message for you, (on your) rudie Something for the Weekend, Sir?  "You've got mail!" announces a voice on the tram.…

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Look what you found! Aren't you clever! On Call  Let us take a little trip back to the days before the PC, when terminals ruled supreme, to find that the more things change the more they stay the same. Welcome to On Call.…

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Chipzilla braces for a China-gaming-ban-shaped hole in future results, predicts more product delays Intel has blamed Apple's switch to its own M1 silicon in Macs for a dip in sales at its client computing group, and foreshadowed future unpleasantness caused by supply chain issues and China's recent internet crackdowns.…

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Unique fingerprints lurk in radio signals more often than not, it seems Over the past few years, mobile devices have become increasingly chatty over the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) protocol and this turns out to be a somewhat significant privacy risk.…

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Vid-slingers had been asking how this happened for years, even while their channels were spruiking dodgy crypto After years of complaints from YouTubers, Google has pinpointed the root cause of a series of account hijackings: software sponsorship deals that delivered malware.…

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Claims shared memory speed breakthrough in new server, plans to enter South Korea and Thailand, and more Announcements were coming thick and fast at Alibaba Cloud's annual APSARA conference, where the Middle Kingdom's biggest cloud unleashed an all-in-one client device, plenty of upgrades to its cloud services, and an uncanny weather predictor.…

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Names November as the month for Win 10 H2 update – then reveals major new feature won’t arrive on time Microsoft has released a build of Windows 11 that it claims addresses performance problems the new OS imposed on some systems.…

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