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We’ve heard of littering but this is ridiculous: Asteroid dumps up to 50 quadrillion kg of space dirt on Earth, Moon

A massive asteroid broke apart within the inner Solar System and showered the Earth and Moon with up to fifty quadrillion kilograms of meteoroids, say a trio of Japanese scientists. That’s approximately 30 to 60 times more cosmic material than the Chicxulub prang that thoroughly ruined the dinosaurs’ day. The academics analyzed data from Japan’s JAXA Moon orbiter Kaguya, and lunar regolith collected by NASA’s Apollo missions, and found…

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Microsoft quietly extends Azure reserved instances to five-year term

Microsoft has quietly added a five-year term to Azure reserved instances, the commit-for-years-and-score-deep-discounts option in its cloud. Reserved instances are the cheapest way to consume Azure resources – even cheaper than spot instances. They allow use of the Azure Hybrid Benefit which means Windows licences bought for on-prem use can instead be consumed in the cloud and the dark arts of licensing calculations again see reserved instances emerge as…

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The W3C steers the way the World Wide Web works. Yet it is reluctant to record crucial meetings – and its minutes are incomplete

Since October 2019, people participating in discussions about the way the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) builds web standards have been unable to decide whether meetings held by the standard’s body’s various groups should be recorded or not. The chair of the W3C Process Community Group, Apple software standards manager David Singer, has backed concerns raised by others that recordings inhibit participation, arguing in a GitHub Issues thread for…

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When those new servers you ordered aren’t delivered, you probably won’t order any more servers – and that’s why India’s market has shriveled

India’s server market is shriveling, says analyst firm IDC. The firm has broken out data from its June 2020 Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker to report that revenue from x86 server sales in India declined 22.1 percent when measured by revenue in Q1 2020, at $232.1 million compared to $298.0 for the same period in 2019. But there was a bright spot in the non-x86 market which managed to grow…

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Pakistan bans one Chinese app and gives TikTok a final warning to clean up its act

Pakistan’s Telecommunications Authority has banned one Chinese-owned social video-streaming app Bigo and given TikTok a final warning that it needs to get its house in order or also face expulsion. The Authority’s (PTA’s) beef with the apps is not security-related, despite the TikTok mobile appstwice being observed reading from mobile devices’ clipboards. Pakistan’s problem is that both apps are sources of salacious content. Or as the PTA put it:…

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SEC drags Silicon Valley AI upstart to court over claims of made-up revenues, investors swindled out of $11m

America’s financial watchdog has taken a Silicon Valley AI startup and its CEO to court for allegedly swindling $11m from investors by forging fake bank statements to lie about its revenues. YouPlus, based in Mountain View, California, bragged it had developed machine-learning software that could analyze videos to automatically glean data for marketing and retail companies. Founded in 2013 by CEO Shaukat Shamim, the upstart reportedly raised a total…

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Twilio: Someone broke into our unsecured AWS S3 silo, added ‘non-malicious’ code to our JavaScript SDK

Exclusive Twilio today confirmed one or more miscreants sneaked into its unsecured cloud storage systems and modified a copy of the JavaScript SDK used by its customers. The cloud communications giant detailed the intrusion to The Register after we were tipped off to the security blunder by a source who wished to remain anonymous. In short, someone was able to get into Twilio’s Amazon Web Services S3 bucket, which…

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Don’t strain yourself, Zuck, only democracy at stake… Facebook makes half-hearted effort to flag election lies by President Trump

+Comment Faced with an obvious falsehood pushed on its platform by a politician seeking re-election, Facebook has finally taken action… in the most grudging, useless way imaginable. On Tuesday, Donald Trump, for it was him, again, posted the message, “Mail-In Voting, unless changed by the courts, will lead to the most CORRUPT ELECTION in our Nation’s History! #RIGGEDELECTION,” on the antisocial network. The last time Trump made a false…

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Ex-boss of ICANN shifts from ‘advisor’ to co-CEO of private equity biz that tried to buy .org for $1bn+

Analysis The former head of DNS regulator ICANN has been named as co-CEO of a company that launched a controversial attempt to purchase the .org internet registry earlier this year. The news has again raised concerns over the revolving doors between regulators and those who need regulation. In the past week, the website of Ethos Capital, the private equity firm that offered $1.13bn to take control of the popular…

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It’s July 2020, and your PC or Mac can be pwned by a dodgy Photoshop file – Adobe emits critical patch batch

A week after July’s Patch Tuesday, Adobe has released out-of-band security updates for vulnerabilities in four of its products – and most of them are considered to be critical in severity. Users and admins will want to want to get the patches in place as soon as possible as all but one allow for arbitrary code execution at the level of the current user. Fortunately, Adobe says it has…

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