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The Philippines’s Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has sought approval of a PHP46.6bn ($942m) budget for fiscal 2021 to help the country adapt to the “new normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic – a lazy 750 percent higher than the PHP6bn budget it’s working with this year. If approved, the upsized allocation will go
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Following Canada’s lead earlier this week, privacy watchdogs in Britain and Australia today launched a joint investigation into how Clearview AI harvests and uses billions of images it scraped from the internet to train its facial-recognition algorithms. The startup boasted it had collected a database packed with more than three billion photos downloaded from people’s
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Google has scrapped plans to offer cloud services in China. The project, called “Isolated Region”, began in early 2018 and aimed to address Chinese regulations that require foreign companies that provide data or networking services to form a joint venture with a Chinese partner. Those requirements see AWS’ Chinese presence operated by local company Sinnet,
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Microsoft has taken legal action to seize web domains being used to launch coronavirus-themed phishing attacks. The Windows giant obtained an order from US courts allowing it to seize domains being used for phishing, having first spotted the miscreants doing their thing in December 2019. “Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) first observed these criminals in
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Reader survey With anyone who can work from home actually doing so during the pandemic, networking – and therefore network security – has become more business-critical than it was before. Yet when Freeform Dynamics surveyed Register readers for their experiences with network security, it was frustrating to see so many say that the one sure
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Webcast It’s been a challenging decade in the financial services sector to say the least. From the global financial crisis to environmental, social, and governance regulation, with digital transformation on top. Now the COVID-19 virus outbreak has provided the impetus to accelerate those digital transformation plans. As offices emptied and market volatility made the next
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Science and tech leaders, and immigration lawyers, have reacted with alarm to a Trump administration diktat that foreign university students in the US must return to their home countries if their college course is online-only mid-pandemic. The new policy, announced on Monday by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), states that “students attending schools
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Arm today said it hopes to transfer its Internet-of-Things management cloud to its owner Softbank so that the chip designer can focus on its primarily function – designing chips. Specifically, Arm proposed spinning off its Pelion IoT Platform and Treasure Data businesses, part of its IoT Services Group, as separate entities owned by Softbank, taking
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Google, chipmaker Qualcomm and transportation tech firm OpenSynergy have teamed up to create a reference platform for virtualising Android Auto, Google’s in-dash info app that mirrors ‘droid devices. The platform uses OpenSynergy’s COQOS hypervisor and runs on Qualcomm’s SA8155 SoC. Although it’s traditionally associated with the mobile sector, Qualcomm is also active in the automotive
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Facebook has been formally accused of racial discrimination in a complaint from three Black plaintiffs, one a manager at the social network and two applicants who have repeatedly been rejected by the web giant. In a complaint filed with America’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Oscar Veneszee, Howard Winns and Jazsmin Smith all claim that
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An Instagram super-star with 2.3 million followers has been extradited to America accused of conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars obtained via cyber-crime. He faces up to 20 years behind bars if convicted. Nigerian-born Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, a 37-year-old known as Hushpuppi on Instagram and The Billionaire Gucci Master!!! on Snapchat, was charged
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An amended version of America’s controversial proposed EARN IT Act has been unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee – a key step in its journey to becoming law. This follows a series of changes and compromises that appear to address critics’ greatest concerns while introducing fresh problems. The draft legislation [PDF] is nominally supposed
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Baroness Dido Harding of Winscombe, who is currently leading the UK’s coronavirus track-and-trace efforts, has shed light on the nation’s human-driven contact-tracing efforts in a meeting of the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee. The tracing programme started on 28 May. Within the first month of the service’s operation, over 27,000 confirmed Covid-19 infected had
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After months of dilly dallying, the UK government has said it will finally decide this month whether Huawei should be booted out of Blighty’s nascent 5G network, according to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden. Speaking on London talk radio station LBC Radio this morning, Dowden raised the possibility that crippling US sanctions have undermined its reliability
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In Brief Exploit code for the pair of nasty vulnerabilities in F5 Networks’ BIG-IP application delivery controllers is now doing the rounds, so make sure you’re all patched up. Miscreants are scanning the internet for machines to attack, judging from reports by infosec bods running honeypots. Any vulnerable kit facing the ‘net is likely to
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