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DigitalOcean drowned my startup! ‘We lost everything, our servers, and one year of database backups’ says biz boss

Nicolas Beauvais, the CTO of a two-person AI startup called Raisup, raised a ruckus on Twitter on Friday to revive his company and it worked. Cloud hosting biz DigitalOcean, he declared, “just killed our company.” But with the help of the Squeaky Wheel support tier – by which we mean making a lot of noise on social media – it’s apparently up and running again. Two days ago, as…

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Wow, talk about a Maine-wave: US state says ISPs need permission to flog netizens’ personal data

Maine is about to become the latest US state to – and get this – mandate that ISPs obtain subscribers’ permission before selling their data to advertisers. The state’s senate this week unanimously passed SP 275, a law bill that forbids broadband service providers from peddling information on customers’ browsing habits unless they give their consent first. The bill covers a range of customer information, including contact details such…

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Microsoft doles out PowerShell 7 preview. It works. People like it. We can’t find a reason to be sarcastic about it

Microsoft on Thursday released a preview version of PowerShell 7, its command-line shell and scripting language for administrators. The software was once was limited to Windows but opened up to Linux (including arm64) and macOS three years ago. Steve Lee, principal software engineering manager, announced the software’s availability in conjunction with a roadmap of future features. He said the next preview release will follow in accordance with the established…

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Oh, the massive sky dong? Contrails from ‘standard’ F-35 training, US Air Force insists

Attempts by the US Air Force to keep up with its Navy pilot rivals in the fine art of contrail cock drawing is nothing of the sort, according to service flacks. This latest sky knob was the work of F-35 pilots flying from Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, and images quickly circulated online after it appeared on Tuesday. But a public affairs officer assured the Air Force Times…

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Be careful what you wish for: Nutanix wanted subscribers, just not that many all at once

Subscriptions is the nirvana that tech vendors are trying to journey towards since investors love predictability. For hyperconverged bigwig Nutanix, it has proved to be something of a challenge but for all the wrong reasons. Nutanix’s prior quarter results were a mixed bag, and its latest numbers are not great – as customers taking up subscriptions more quickly than expected punished the firm’s projections. Also suffering US sales execution…

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Former unicorn MapR desperately seeking cash as threat of closure looms

MapR Technologies, once a shining star of the emerging big data analytics set with a valuation of more than $1 billion, has two weeks to find an investor. Failure to do will see the software developer shutter its HQ and terminate 122 staff, including founder and CEO John Schroeder. The company says it is in discussions with several interested parties in an attempt to stave off the disaster. The…

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We are Google, we are proud, English football is moving to our cloud

RotM The Football Association – which governs competitive football in England – has fallen prey to the rise of the player analytics machines, having thrown its lot in with Google’s public cloud and associated tools. Besides adding G Suite and Hangouts to its game plan, the FA and its national centre St George’s Park said today they hoped to kick out a proprietary tool called the PPS – which…

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Dell’s reasons to be fearful (1,2,3): Intel chip supplies, trade tariffs and slowing server sales in sagging Chinese economy

Sagging server market demand, protracted chip shortages and the US’ tariff shenanigans with China are among the things Dell Tech is watching with interest after lowering fiscal ’20 revenue targets. Michael Dell’s plaything issued the guidance last night along with its financials for Q1 ended 3 May showing a 3 per cent rise in revenues to $21.9bn – short of analyst estimates of $22.5bn. The Infrastructure Solutions Group dropped…

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Marvell: So, looks like Chinese buyers were cautious about networking kit…

Storage and semiconductor maker Marvell Technology Group played down the impact of the effective ban on selling chips to Huawei as it filed losses of $21m for the quarter ended 4 May. Marvell’s chief executive, Matt Murphy, said that recent US government action “has further dampened demand in an already challenging macroeconomic environment”. But he said Huawei was a “mid-single digit” contributor to total revenue for the company, mainly…

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Facebook ordered to open internal docs for investors livid about losing cash following data slurp scandal

A court in Delaware has backed investors who want to see internal emails and other documents relating to how Facebook handed data on 50 million users to Cambridge Analytica. The ruling (PDF) said that shareholders provided enough evidence to support a claim that failures by senior management and board members at the social network may have allowed the illegal data slurp to happen. The judgement noted that at the…

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