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Campaigners cry foul play as Oracle funds conservative lobby group supporting its court case against Google

Campaigners have reacted angrily to Oracle’s decision to fund the Internet Accountability Project (IAP), a lobby group which has – surprisingly enough – supported Oracle’s claim against Google in the US Supreme Court. The IAP, among others, has filed amicus brief supporting Oracle’s position in the case. IAP said it wants to “ensure that Google respects the copyrights of Oracle and other innovators”. Since then it has come to…

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Review of IR35 is in: Quelle surprise, UK.gov will forge ahead with controversial tax reforms in the private sector

In a move that will surprise absolutely no one, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will push ahead with controversial IR35 tax reforms to the disappointment of contractors that hoped the regulation would be halted. The government’s eagerly awaited review, published this morning (PDF), admitted the regulation had not been “fully effective”, but would nonetheless be implemented despite heavy criticism from contract workers. “While there remains some opposition to…

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Total Inability To Service User Pulls: GitHub wobbles with a good old Thursday TITSUP

Source shack GitHub has taken a tumble today with many users finding pretty much all of its services either degraded or borked beyond belief. Problems appeared to start at around 1400 UTC, judging by the shrieking on social media, with GitHub admitting that, yup, something was amiss with the API and webhooks (required for integration with the likes of CI/CD systems) at 1431 UTC. By 1457 UTC the repo…

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Cyber-wrath of Iran for top general’s assassination hasn’t progressed beyond snooping and nicking logins… yet

The Iranian cybercrime group that was expected to spearhead the rogue Middle East nation’s revenge for the US assassination of General Qasem Soleimani has quite the arsenal at its digital fingertips. Infosec researchers from Secureworks said the state-sponsored phacker crew – dubbed Cobalt Ulster – has “destructive and disruptive cyber capabilities” at its disposal which it targets against Turkey, Jordan and Iraq. Yet after Soleimani was killed in an…

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Northrop Grumman’s space zombie slayer grants Intelsat 901 five more years in orbit

Northrop Grumman’s zombie satellite-slaying Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) has docked to the Intelsat 901 satellite, potentially affording the latter a life extension. It is the first time two commercial spacecraft have docked in orbit as well as the first time a geosynchronous satellite has had its mission extended in this way. Launched back in October atop a Proton rocket and accompanied by a Eutelsat satellite, the goal of MEV-1…

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Nokia said to be considering sale or merger as profits tank

Nokia is reportedly exploring the possibility of a merger or acquisition in the face of intense pressures on profitability. Loquacious sources told Bloomberg the Finnish comms outfit has hired advisors to review its options – which could include selling parts of the business or merging with a rival. Other possibilities include moving investments and making balance sheet adjustments. The news comes during a period of relative turmoil for Nokia,…

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WSUSper it with us, Insiders: Windows 10 2004 is getting closer

There was good news and bad news for Windows Insiders last night. The good? IT admins can now distribute 20H1 via Microsoft’s Windows Server Update Services. The bad? No build for Fast Ringers. Insider supremo (or one of them), Brandon LeBlanc unleashed the good news overnight with a post confirming the emission of build 19041.84 (aka Windows 10 version 2004, aka 20H1) for admins to pop onto their servers…

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Pope tells his followers to log off for Lent

Pope Francis is calling on the faithful to log off for Lent – eschewing mobile phones and idle chit-chat for a nice quiet commune with God. The Holy Father told pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square yesterday: “Lent is a time to disconnect from cell phones and connect to the Gospel… “It is the time to give up useless words, chatter, rumours, gossip, and talk and to speak directly…

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Spider-eyed Lite version of Huawei flagship flies out before actual P40 launch event

There are still several weeks until Huawei formally announces its upcoming P40 and P40 Pro flagship smartphones. As a taste of what’s to come, the embattled Chinese tech giant has quietly revealed the first device in the lineup: the P40 Lite. As the name implies, the P40 Lite (as was the case with the P30 Lite, and so on) is a cheaper, less potent version of the big daddy….

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Is that Bullet for Me? Redundo clock is ticking for UK staff at both divisions of IBM’s Services arm

IBMers carving out a living in its Services arm are again preparing to enter a 45-day consultation process – meaning at least 100 UK heads will roll at Global Technology Services and a minimum of 100 will leave Global Business Services. The latest nod in the multi-year reshaping of GTS came late last week, with Infrastructure Services (IS) and T&T Delivery staff asked to submit nominations for a chairperson,…

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