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Canada’s OpenText buys SMB backerupper Carbonite for $1.42bn

After weeks of acquisition rumours, Canadian enterprise software pusher OpenText bit the bullet yesterday and swallowed cloud backup and storage service vendor Carbonite for a cool $1.42bn. Carbonite said in a statement that it had received a number of offers and the OpenText deal was “the best way to maximise shareholder value”. The price is $23/share, a 78 per cent premium on Carbonite’s stock price on 5 September, when…

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I’m still not that Gary, says US email mixup bloke who hasn’t even seen Dartford Crossing

Despite El Reg writing about the case of the Ryanair passenger earlier this year who was registered for a flight in error after somebody mistyped his email address, poor old “Not That Gary” has been struck by the same problem again – thanks to someone using a toll bridge in southeast England. Gary – no surname – was an early adopter of Gmail and picked an address in the…

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Without any apparent irony, Google marks Chrome’s ‘small’ role in web ecosystem

At the Chrome Developer Summit on Monday, Google finally settled the tabs vs. spaces debate and celebrated web community diversity, now at risk of becoming a monoculture thanks to Chrome’s market dominance. “Chrome is here today, and every day, to show up as one small member of this much, much bigger community,” said Anil Sabharwal, VP at Google during the keynote presentation. Sabharwal showed a slide with 21 different…

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Astroboffins capture video of Mercury passing across the Sun’s surface

Not gonna happen again before 2032 Still snapped from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory of Mercury’s shadow passing the Sun during its transit. Image Credit: Data courtesy of NASA/SDO, HMI, and AIA science teams. Mercury, the smallest planet in our Solar System, appeared as a tiny black dot on Monday as it crossed the Sun’s surface in between the Earth and its star. Images captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory…

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Microsoft embraces California data privacy law – don’t expect Google to follow suit

Microsoft has said that not only will it embrace a new data privacy law in California, due to come into force in the New Year, but will extend the same protections to everyone in the US. In a blog post by the software giant’s chief privacy officer, Julie Brill is enthusiastic about the new law which has been the subject to extensive lobbying by tech giants like Google and…

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Google brings its secret health data stockpiling systems to the US

Updated Google is at it again: storing and analyzing the health data of millions of patients without seeking their consent – and claiming it doesn’t need their consent either. Following a controversial data-sharing project within the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, the search engine giant has partnered with the second-largest health system in the United States, St Louis-based Ascension, to collect and analyze the health records of…

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Apple’s credit card probed over sexism claims after women getting stiffed on limits

Apple is being probed by New York’s State Department of Financial Services after angry customers accused the algorithms behind its new credit card, Apple Card, of being sexist against women. The drama unfolded on Twitter over the weekend as David Hansson, creator of Ruby on Rails, the popular framework for the Ruby programming language, berated Apple for giving his wife, Jamie, 20 times less credit than him, despite them…

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BlueKeep freakout had little to no impact on patching, say experts

The flurry of reports in recent weeks of in-the-wild exploits for the Windows RDP ‘BlueKeep’ security flaw had little impact among those responsible for patching, it seems. This according to researchers with the SANS Institute, who have been tracking the rate of patching for the high-profile vulnerability over the last several months and, via Shodan, monitoring the number of internet-facing machines that have the remote desktop flaw exposed. First…

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Uber CEO compares pedestrian death to murder of Saudi journalist, saying all should be forgiven

Opinion Two years ago, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi was brought in to help the company recover from a long series of ethical and moral lapses. But based on an interview this week, it seems the company’s culture may be rubbing off on him more than he is impacting it. Pressed on the issue of the Saudi Arabian government’s investment in the company and specifically Uber board member Yasir al-Rumayyan,…

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Back-2-school hacking: Kaspersky blames pesky script kiddies for rash of DDoS cyber hooliganism

Kasperksy researchers have blamed pesky schoolkids for the big September spike in denial-of-service attacks. They found that more than half of DDoS attacks in the third quarter happen in the month of September. Overall attacks were up just over 30 per cent compared to the second quarter and increased by a similar amount compared to the same period last year. But unlike other periods, the growth is mostly down…

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