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macOS? More like mac-woe-ess: Google Chrome slip-up trips up SIP-less Apple Macs

On Tuesday, Google halted deployment of a Chrome update that damaged the file system on some macOS computers and rendered them unable to boot up as normal. The issue affected enough Mac Pro workstations to warrant attention from Avid, a maker of professional audio and video applications. The company on Tuesday reassured customers that it was looking into the problem, and then said Google had accepted responsibility. Alerted to…

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Dropbox reinvents itself as a collaborative workspace – no, not the WeWork kind (phew)

File storage company launches new Spaces service Dropbox CEO Houston: Offering a “more humanistic approach” Dropbox now longer wants to be just a cloud storage service but the provider of “a calmer and more focused working environment” its CEO announced this morning. The cloud biz has formally launched what it calls “Dropbox Spaces,” an “evolution of the shared folder” which basically pulls a range of workspace services – messaging…

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Confused why Trump fingered CrowdStrike in that Ukraine call? You’re not the only one…

A garbled remark by President Donald Trump in a just-released phone-call transcript with the Ukrainian head of state has focused attention on cloudy security shop CrowdStrike. America’s conspiracy-theorist-in-chief name-dropped Silicon Valley’s CrowdStrike during a July chat with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which was ostensibly to discuss bilateral relations. The call has become a focal point of a whistleblower scandal that has now triggered a House of Representatives impeachment investigation…

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Fairytale for 2019: GNOME to battle a patent troll in court

The GNOME Foundation, maker of the eponymous Linux desktop, has been hit with a sueball over how its Shotwell photo manager, er, manages photos. The plaintiff, Rothschild Patent Imaging LLC, has alleged in a complaint filed at the United States District Court Northern California that defendant, GNOME Foundation, has infringed its patent for a “Wireless image distribution system and method”. The patent, 9,936,086, filed at the US Patent and…

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US govt watchdog barks at FAA over 737 Max inspectors’ lack of qualifications

A whistleblower has claimed America’s Federal Aviation Administration misled investigators checking whether FAA personnel were fully qualified to sign off Boeing 737 Max training standards. A letter published by the US Office of the Special Counsel (OSC) claims that the FAA had contradicted itself in statements it made about air safety inspectors’ (ASIs’) qualifications and their competence to sign off crucial Boeing 737 Max training standards and materials. Potentially,…

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Loathed Aussie mining magnate Clive Palmer punts libel sueball at YouTube comedian

A four-month-old video has been dredged up and given a massive publicity boost thanks to legal threats sent by Australian would-be politician Clive Palmer to YouTube comedian Jordan Shanks. The video (which we’d link to if it didn’t look like YouTube has bottled it) was posted back in May when Palmer was throwing vast amounts of money at trying to win a seat in Parliament Down Under. Palmer spent…

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Bug fixes abound in Microsoft’s freshly Cascadia fonted Windows Terminal

Those brave souls previewing Microsoft’s new Windows Terminal were given a treat last night, as the team emitted an update to its latest take on command line shenanigans. The release comes hot on the heels of the eyeball-friendly monospaced Cascadia Code font, issued earlier this week after a lengthy gestation. The gang has continued to add features to the tabbed command shell preview which, although they’re not in the…

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Good news: Microsoft is doubling your OneDrive storage for more than double your money

Microsoft has finally begun rolling out the updates it promised OneDrive users back in June in the form of the Personal Vault and desperately needed additional storage. The company trumpeted the imminent arrival of extra capacity earlier in the summer, finally responding to years of user pleading for a little more space by promising a doubling of the existing 1TB limit. In June, Microsoft reckoned that the additional cloudy…

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Hacker House shoved under UK Parliament’s spotlight following Boris Johnson funding allegs

Half of government grant to infosec training biz suspended as MPs demand probe Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport minister Matt Warman Infosec training biz Hacker House has been catapulted to Parliamentary prominence after reports that co-founder Jennifer Arcuri secured UK government funding because of her personal relationship with now-Prime Minister Boris Johnson. At today’s first Parliamentary sitting since the Supreme Court overruled prorogation yesterday, Department for Digital,…

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HMRC slaps Getronics with winding-up petition: It’ll be sorted out today, blurts tech services firm

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the UK tax collector, has issued a winding-up order against tech services outfit Getronics over unpaid VAT, an issue the company said will be “resolved today”. The petition to wind up the company was filed by “creditor” HMRC on 2 September, and made public on 20 September in government journal The London Gazette. The case is to be “heard at the High Court”…

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