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The A in AMD stands for ‘Aaaaannnyway…’ Q2 is gonna be good, chip biz vows, after dismal Q1

Chip second-fiddle AMD, a day away from its 50th anniversary, delivered better-than-expected Q1 2019 earnings on Tuesday, lifting its share price about four per cent in after-hours trading to $28.66 apiece. And that’s better-than-expected in the same way that falling into a quagmire and keeping your head about the mud is better than going completely under as expected. The Santa Clara-based processor designer reported revenues of $1.27bn, down 23…

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Don’t be Russian to judgement but… Bloke accused of $1.5m+ tax filing biz hack, fraud

A Russian citizen has been charged with defrauding US taxpayers out of at least $1.5m through a series of tax-return hacks. Anton Bogdanov, 33, was formally charged this week with wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft and computer intrusion this week at federal court in Brooklyn, having been arrested in Thailand in November and extradited to America last month. Bogdanov, and his unnamed co-conspirators, are accused of obtaining stolen…

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Microsoft promises to boil down its lengthy and confusing privacy controls… in 1,500-word announcement

Microsoft has vowed to put an end to lengthy and confusing privacy controls and “give customers increased transparency and control over their data.” But in a sign that bad habits have not been fully unlearnt, the changes were announced in a 1,360-word blog post that is very long on explanation and dangerously short on detail. “As we listened to the feedback, we came to appreciate that we could do…

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Docker made itself popular with devs. Now it has to make itself essential for biz. But how? Ah ha! Pay-as-you-go enterprise features

Container popularizer Docker on Tuesday opened its DockerCon 19 conference in San Francisco with an amiable video of Docker employees stumbling over obtuse platform lingo. “I just gave up trying to explain it to my parents,” quipped one Docker software engineer. Yet when CEO Steve Singh arrived on stage, he talked about how Docker is helping usher in a new era in which software becomes the heart of every…

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Extortionist hacks IT provider used by the stars of tech and big biz, leaks customer info after ransom goes unpaid

A service provider hired by the likes of Oracle, SAP, BT, and many others, to manage their IT systems has been hacked – and its client data held to ransom. At the turn of this month, Germany-based CityComp was broken into by a miscreant, who pinched troves of private information from its customer database and threatened to publicly reveal all that stolen data unless a ransom was coughed up….

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Google Cloud grabs serving spoon, ladles instances loaded with Nvidia’s Tesla T4 GPUs

Google has become the first bringer of clouds to sell server instances equipped with Nvidia’s Tesla T4 GPUs in general availability. The new instances are aimed at organisations that work with machine learning, analytics and rendering, but don’t require the power of Nvidia’s beefier and considerably more expensive Tesla Volta V100. Nvidia’s T4 GPUs feature 320 Turing Tensor cores for faster AI training, 2,560 CUDA cores, and 16 GB…

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Meeeemmory … prices tanned Samsung’s behind: Profits tumble 60% as semiconductor demand in freefall

The roller-coaster nature of semiconductor demand caught Samsung napping in calendar Q1 (PDF) resulting in a 60 per cent dive in profits, the lowest haul since the fiery Galaxy Note 7 debacle of 2017. “First quarter earnings were weighed down by the weakness in memory chips and displays, although the newly launched Galaxy S10 smartphone logged solid sales,” said Sammy in a glass-half-full statement. For the quarter ended 31…

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Oh dear. Secret Huawei enterprise router snoop ‘backdoor’ was Telnet service, sighs Vodafone

A claimed deliberate spying “backdoor” in Huawei routers used in the core of Vodafone Italy’s 3G network was, in fact, a Telnet-based remote debug interface. The Bloomberg financial newswire reported this morning that Vodafone had found “vulnerabilities going back years with equipment supplied by Shenzhen-based Huawei for the carrier’s Italian business”. “Europe’s biggest phone company identified hidden backdoors in the software that could have given Huawei unauthorized access to…

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Take a hike: Grab a flask of tea – South Korea is opening hiking trails in the DMZ

It’s all perfectly safe This is fine. Pic: Robert Paul van Beets/Shutterstock Has your hiking holiday in Kazakhstan fallen through? Not to worry. The UN has greenlit the opening of trails along the heavily, heavily fortified border that divides South and North Korea. How heavily fortified, you ask? Well the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the countries was once described as “military border fortification gone wild with almost 2 million…

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Come friendly bit barns and fall on Slough: Equinix opens £90m data centre in London rust belt

Equinix has opened a £90m colocation facility in godforsaken Slough – its ninth around Greater London and 12th in the UK. The flagship bit barn, codenamed LD7, offers space for 1,750 server cabinets immediately, and will be expanded to 2,625 cabinets at some point in the future, the company said. The data centre is located in an industrial suburb of Slough – the unofficial bit barn capital of the…

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