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Calling all financial services gurus: Help us understand your world… Tell us how you tackle unstructured data

Reader survey Do you work in financial services? Are you plugged into conversations about all of the extra unstructured content flying around your organization as a result of everything “going digital?” If so, we have a reader survey that’s right up your street. It covers a bit about trends, more about silo-busting, and finishes off by looking at platform requirements for cleaning up some of the historical mess that…

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Up in the heir: Inheritors enduring huge delays after botched migration at UK probate service

An IT glitch has contributed to a backlog in the number of UK probate applications, with users still reporting huge delays in the processing of their wills and probate grants. The long-running issue can be traced back to April, when Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) transitioned to a new IT system, creating a backlog. In May, the Ministry of Justice admitted to delays “of up to four…

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Trello starts waving AI around as collab outfit hits 50 million registrations

Atlassian-owned list-maker Trello is in celebratory mood as it trumpets the 50 millionth user registration as well as the advent of more templates, automation and the dead hand of AI. It’s quite a jump from the 19 million registered users a spokesperson told us the platform had at the time of its 2017 purcahse by Atlassian. Trello’s head of product management, Justin Gallagher, told The Register the goal is…

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Linux kernel is getting more reliable, says Linus Torvalds. Plus: What do you need to do to be him?

Linux inventor (and chief maintainer) Linus Torvalds says that the kernel is getting more reliable, and he is not anxious about it being used in safety-critical systems. Torvalds, being interviewed on stage at the Open Source Summit in Lyon yesterday, told onlookers: “I don’t do speeches any more.” The Finnish-American engineer is responsible for creating two of the most significant software projects of the last 30 years, one being…

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Digital Realty chucks $8.4bn at Interxion for colocation mega-merger

US data centre biz Digital Realty is proposing a takeover of Dutch colocation flogger Interxion for an eye-popping $8.4bn. The move comes 22 months after Digital Realty’s $7.6bn all-stock deal to snaffle DuPont Fabros in late 2017 – one of the fattest data centre buys that year – and around 11 months since the slurp of Brazil-based bit barn biz Ascenty for $2.25bn. The latest proposal will be a…

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Cringe as you read Horrible Histories: UK Banking Sector, sigh as MPs finger cloudy Big 3 as future risk

The Treasury Committee has told UK bank regulators they must do more to force banks to improve their woeful record on IT. Recommendations include increasing the levy paid by the banks so regulators can afford to hire better staff. But the committee also believes there is a strong case to start regulating cloud providers to reduce risks associated with the concentration of banking infrastructure on the big three platforms…

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Rekognition still racist, politicians desperate over deepfakes, and a good reason to go to (some) music festivals

Roundup Here’s our latest summary of AI news beyond what we’ve already covered. It’s all about two favourite topics in machine learning today: facial recognition and deepfakes. Over 40 festivals pledge to not use facial recognition: A campaign against facial recognition led by the nonprofit Fight for the Future has led to over 40 music festivals publicly committing that they would not use the technology. Evan Greer, deputy director,…

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Oracle’s cloud to net sweet customers as NetSuite sinks ever deeper into the fold

Oracle-owned NetSuite has plugged cookie-cutter SuiteSuccess tooling at its London SuiteConnect shindig as customers face up to a migration to Big Red’s cloud. Getting NetSuite up and running for a business has traditionally required an army of consultants plus a chunky upfront fee. When we put it to CEO Evan Goldberg that businesses might find the cost daunting, he laughed and said: “That’s true.” Microsoft and its Dynamics 365…

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Remember that competition for non-hoodie hacker pics? Here’s their best entries

And we invite you to grab your easel and brush A graphic designer, pictured wondering what the hell to create for this brief A competition to produce stock pictures of infosec that does not involve hoodies or waterfalls of 0s and 1s has yielded a mixed bag of images to illustrate the industry’s digital doings for the world’s consumption. Open Ideo, an American graphic design biz, ran an event…

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Who’s the leakiest of them all? It’s the UK’s public sector, breach fine analysis reveals

Despite the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recently slapping record megafines on British Airways and Marriott for data leakage, it’s actually the UK’s public sector that racked up the biggest volume of breaches in the last eight years. Since 2010, the ICO has handed out 216 fines totalling £23.5m (excluding the BA and Marriott), according to data crunched by SMS API company The SMS Works. Of those, 110 penalties were…

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