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New Jersey beats New York – and then the rest of America – on broadband access. How does your state fare?

New Jersey has bested New York when it comes to broadband, according to a survey of all 2,000 ISPs across the US – and both beat the rest of the country. The survey by Broadband Now, which offers an ISP comparison service for Americans, has listed each state from best to worst, and decided on the ranking by comparing a number of factors from availability to cost and speed….

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Let’s Encrypt? Let’s revoke 3 million HTTPS certificates on Wednesday, more like: Check code loop blunder strikes

On Wednesday, March 4, Let’s Encrypt – the free, automated digital certificate authority – will briefly become Let’s Revoke, to undo the issuance of more than three million flawed HTTPS certs. In a post to the service’s online forum on Saturday, Jacob Hoffman-Andrews, senior staff technologist at the EFF, said a bug had been found in the code for Boulder, Let’s Encrypt’s automated certificate management environment. Boulder checks Certificate…

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AWS to double sales droids as Google, Microsoft’s growing clouds threaten to gobble larger slices of Bezos’ pie

Amazon Web Services plans to double its sales staffing numbers this year in the face of mounting competition and slowing growth. The hiring spree, reportedly announced in a sales meeting in Chicago in January, will bring in security, AI, and data analytics specialists to help AWS’s sales staff answer technical questions from customers and sell more services. The exact size of AWS’s sales team is a closely guarded secret,…

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Coronavirus conference cancellations continue: Google and Microsoft axe WSL and Cloud Next

Updated Google and Microsoft have both axed major conferences due to take place this month – the latest casualties of the novel coronavirus amid a clampdown across the tech industry on attending all such events. Microsoft axed its WSL Conference, which was set to take place next week in Washington, earlier today. “We will be converting our existing live streaming setup into a fully remote, interactive experience,” the organisers…

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What a mesh: Snowflake punts edge tech tie-up at SecOps teams

Cloud-native data warehouse vendor Snowflake and Edge Delta have spun up a new SecOps architecture they claim will broaden the application of analytics in a security information and event management (SIEM) product. SecOps teams are generally wise to the appeal of computing at the edge – where logs of events on networks or servers may trigger warnings of malicious activity according to some pre-programmed criteria. Edge Delta is applying…

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Bloodhound gang handles the pan again to get back to Hakskeenpan

The Bloodhound Land Speed Record chaps have thrust out the begging bowl to raise funds for a bid to break the 1,000mph (1,609kph) barrier next year. The car hit 638 miles per hour, or 1,010 kilometres per hour in new money, last summer pushed by an adapted Eurofighter jet engine. The team hopes to get back to South Africa and onto the Hakskeenpan track they built in the Kalahari…

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GCHQ’s infosec arm has 3 simple tips to secure those insecure smart home gadgets

Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) wants owners of baby monitors and smart CCTV cameras to take some basic security precautions. The GCHQ-owned infosec arm of government today published what it hopes is simple guidance that can be followed by ordinary people who haven’t got time to immerse themselves in the technobabble-laden doom and gloom of the cybersecurity world. Dr Ian Levy, the NCSC’s technical director, said in a…

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Microsoft’s latest cloud innovation: Printing

Universal Print, a new Microsoft Azure service now in private preview, allows printers to be registered with Azure Active Directory so users can print to them via the cloud. “Universal print moves key Windows Server print functionality to the Microsoft 365 cloud so organizations no longer need on-premises print servers and do not need to install printer drivers on devices,” the company said. The service ties in with the…

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Broadband providers can now flog Openreach’s new IP voice network in bid to ditch UK’s copper phone lines by 2025

BT’s Openreach today launched an IP-based network that aims to ultimately replace the UK’s public switched telephone network (PSTN), which carries analogue voice communications. The service, SOGEA (Single Order Generic Ethernet Access), will allow retailers to offer standalone broadband products without necessarily bundling a landline service, which can add extra cost to consumers. Retailers will also be able to offer VoIP-based landline products to customers who still want a…

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Is that a typo? Oh, it’s not a typo. Ampere really is touting an 80-core 64-bit 7nm Arm server processor dubbed Altra

Ampere will today tear the covers off Altra, its 80-core 64-bit Arm N1 processor for cloud and hyperscaler servers. Meanwhile, Marvell announced additions to its Octeon TX2 family of Arm microprocessors, including a 36-core 64-bit Arm part, and Xilinx will tout its Alveo U25 network card. These announcements were timed for the start of the Open Compute Project Global Summit, due to be held in Silicon Valley this week…

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