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Apple: We’re defending your privacy by nixing 16 browser APIs. Rivals: You mean defending your bottom line

Apple has said it has decided not to implement 16 web APIs in its Safari browser’s WebKit engine in part because they pose a privacy threat. Critics of the iGiant, including competitors like Google, see Apple’s stance as a defense against a competitive threat. These APIs, developed in recent years to allow web developers to have access to capabilities available to native mobile platform coders, have the potential to…

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Google Cloud partially evaporates for hours amid power supply failure: Two US East Coast zones rattled

Google Cloud is having a wobbly Monday. Its Kubernetes platform and networking services were partially unavailable for hours today, and its virtual-machine hosting and in-memory storage systems had a limited outage. The web giant’s Cloud Networking service fell over around 0800 PT (1500 UTC) today due to a power supply failure. Connections to virtual machines in Google’s us-east1-c and us-east1-d zones started failing, and the breakdown spread to other…

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Oracle opens second Indian cloud region in bid to keep pace in make-or-break market

Oracle is opening its second cloud data centre in India due to “increasing demand for secure and stable” cloud services in the world’s largest democracy. Having launched its Mumbai Cloud region in 2019, Oracle is opening a second centre in Hyderabad, central India. According to IDC, 64 per cent of organisations in India are expected to increase demand for cloud computing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. $31bn…

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Poetry in lockdown: hiQ to Supremes / Please leave LinkedIn scrape ruling / well enough alone

Data science startup hiQ Labs has responded to a Supreme Court petition from LinkedIn, urging justices to avoid revisiting the earlier Ninth Circuit appeal court ruling that stated web scraping doesn’t contravene federal hacking legislation. Founded in 2012, hiQ Labs describes itself as a “data science company, informed by public data sources, applied to human capital.” It offers two products: Keeper, which aims to limit employee turnover, and…

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University of California San Francisco pays ransomware gang $1.14m as BBC publishes ‘dark web negotiations’

A California university which is dedicated solely to public health research has paid a $1.14m ransom to a criminal gang in the hopes of regaining access to its data. The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) paid out in the apparently successful hope that the Netwalker group would send it a decryption utility for its illicitly encrypted files, which it referred to as “data … important to some of…

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Spare some change, guv? UK’s CCTV regulator pitches for £100k budget increase

“A consistent refrain I recite at the many conference speeches, media interviews and workshops I attend is the importance of transparency and openness in the use of public space surveillance,” said Surveillance Camera Commissioner (SCC) Tony Porter in his most recent annual report. Published late last week some 18 months after the previous edition, the report for 2018-2019 revealed that some surveillance camera operators had described Porter’s office as…

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Come glide with me: Virgin Galactic gives Unity some fresh air, looks forward to rocket-powered flight

In brief Spaceport America took another tentative step toward actually being a spaceport last week as Virgin Galactic took its SpaceShipTwo for another glide back to the runway. “Unity” was flown by Mark “Forger” Stucky and Michael “Sooch” Masucci and hit a glide speed of Mach 0.85 after being dropped from VMS Eve at 51,000ft. It was the second flight of the vehicle from the company’s base in New…

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Microsoft has a cure for data nuked by fat fingers if you’re not afraid of the command line

In brief While not able to undelete Microsoft’s shuttered stores, accidentally borked files stand a chance at redemption thanks to the Windows File Recovery tool. Undelete has been a thing in the Windows world for many a year, although Windows File Recovery (first spotted by WalkingCat) takes things a little further with support for the NTFS, FAT, exFAT and ReFS file systems as well HDD, SSD, USB and memory…

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Apple said to be removing charger, headphones from upcoming iPhone 12 series

There’s no such thing as a free lunch or, indeed, a free power adapter if the latest reports from famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo are correct. A recent investment note from Ming-Chi, who is widely regarded as the most accurate soothsayer of Cupertino’s movements, says Apple is expected to remove the bundled headphones and charger from the upcoming iPhone 12 series. Ming-Chi’s report lines up with earlier comments from…

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Yes, Prime Minister, rewrite the Computer Misuse Act: Brit infosec outfits urge reform

British infosec businesses are celebrating the 30th birthday of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 by writing to Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging reform of the elderly cybercrime law. The Computer Misuse Act (CMA) received Royal Assent on 29 June 1990, before “the concept of cyber security and threat intelligence research,” the CyberUp campaign group said in its letter . “Now, 30 years on, the CMA is the central regime…

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