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Google to ban emoji, deceptive marketing, and ALL CAPS from Play Store metadata later this year

The Register - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 13:43
The spotty 13-year old app shack finally growing up? Better late than never

Google is warning developers it won’t allow misleading or hyperbolic app descriptions by year-end, in an attempt to make the world’s biggest app bazaar feel less like the feedback section of an eBay profile.…

Palantir co-founder, CEO Alexander Karp gets $1.1bn bumper payday in IPO year

The Register - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 12:41
Sometimes the love of ICE and UK.gov is not enough

CEO and co-founder of controversial AI and data analytics firm Palantir Alexander Karp raked in a total of $1.10bn following the company’s September IPO, filings have revealed.…

Infrastructure cloud market $11bn higher than a year ago as AWS and Microsoft get fatter and fatter

The Register - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 11:46
Two words: Digital transformation. Stop gagging. It's about how we learned to love the cloud

Customers' infrastructure cloud spending splurge smashed through the $40bn barrier globally for Q1 as business continue to digitise processes and workflows - with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google the major recipients of the cash.…

Bill to protect UK against harmful foreign investment becomes law

The Register - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 10:52
Act gives government powers to scrutinise, alter, and block transactions where there is a risk to national security

In a move akin to calling the fire brigade after your house has burned down, the UK government today announced the passage of a bill that would afford it powers to intervene in potentially hostile direct investment.…

UK watchdog would cease to enforce data protection law if Supreme Court sided with Google, its lawyer tells judges

The Register - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 09:55
Plus: Anti-Chocolate Factory campaign says it'll collect all the class-action damages, thank you

A barrister for the Information Commissioner's Office hinted the regulator would stop enforcing the law on data breaches if the Supreme Court sides with Google in a case about class-action lawsuits.…

Happy Friday? Darktrace gets 40 per cent boost on London IPO debut

The Register - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 09:10
AI infosec start-up avoids same opening day peril as Deliveroo

British AI-powered security startup Darktrace has enjoyed a bumper IPO Friday as its shares climbed 40 per cent on its London Stock Exchange debut.…

Streaming mad: EC charges Apple with abuse of dominance, distorting competition in Spotify case

The Register - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 08:20
If found guilty, Cupertino could have to cough over $27bn

The European Commission today said it believes Apple has abused its absolute control of app distribution on iOS, resulting in the disadvantage of third-party streaming services that compete with Apple Music.…

Looking for a new IT job? This week's list includes roles ranging from infosec analyst to working on embedded software for set-top boxes

The Register - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 07:35
Send jobs in - based anywhere in the world - and we'll publish them for free

Job Alert  The Register is publishing free job ads to help keep tech professionals in gainful employment during Global Pandemic V3.0.…

Former Senator and one-time astronaut Bill Nelson named as NASA's new administrator

The Register - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 06:50
Confirmation happened at pace. Shame the same can't be said for Artemis

Former US Senator Bill Nelson has been confirmed as NASA administrator with breath-taking speed (compared to his predecessor).…

SAP to pay $8m in non-prosecution agreement with US authorities over Iran sanction violations

The Register - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 06:05
'We accept full responsibility for past conduct,' says German software giant

SAP has agreed to pay penalties of $8m for providing Iranian users with access to software upgrades, patches and cloud services in breach of US sanctions laws.…

Feel like you've been sucked through your vendors' pipes? ServiceNow's marketing has you in mind

The Register - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 05:20
Violet, you're turning ... to our digital workflows!

Trust enterprise software CEO Bill McDermott to pick the right man to lead his marketing. Megalomaniac, eccentric, prone to linguistic sleight of hand and always promising the impossible, Willy Wonka has been selected by ServiceNow as the figurehead of its latest campaign.…

Not only were half of an AI text adventure generator's sessions NSFW but some involved depictions of sex with children

The Register - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 04:35
And it was poorly secured, allowing someone to analyze players' private fantasies

AI Dungeon, which uses OpenAI’s GPT-3 to create online text adventures with players, has a habit of acting out sexual encounters with not just fictional adults but also children, prompting the developer to add a content filter.…

Börk returns to its spiritual home of Sweden as duff disks take down Stockholm signage

The Register - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 03:50
Think we already made a Stockholm syndrome joke the other day so...

Bork!Bork!Bork!  Scandi noir may have been all the rage in recent years, but what of Swedish signage? It is time for... Scandi Bork.…

So what if I pay peanuts for my home broadband? I demand you fix it NOW!

The Register - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 03:06
The Zoom meeting I’m missing is already miles away

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  "Do you know who I am?"…

Known software issue grounds Ingenuity Mars copter as it attempted fourth flight

The Register - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 02:15
NASA chose not to re-install OS and live with a 15 percent failure rate

Software issues prevented the fourth scheduled flight of NASA's Mars Ingenuity helicopter.…

Can't get that printer to work? It's not you. It's that sodding cablin.... oh beautiful job with that cabling, boss

The Register - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 01:30
Goodbye, Mr Chips

On Call  There are few things worse than when someone nicks your chips, be they of the potato or silicon variety as our latest delve into the annals of On Call reveals.…

IBM has another crack at HCI, analysts say container-centric software-defined storage approach could shake things up

The Register - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 00:58
Big Blue also slurps Turbonomic to give hybrid clouds an injection of AI automation

IBM has made some interesting container-and-hybrid-cloud-centric moves.…

Facebook, it's cool to see you using Rust internally, and joining the foundation, but please don't Zuck it up

The Register - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 00:23
Vows to make safe C++-alike 'a mainstream language of choice' as hundreds of devs wield it

Video  Facebook is joining the Rust Foundation at its highest member level – and vowed to help make Rust "a mainstream language of choice for systems programming and beyond.”…

AWS on track to be bigger than IBM by Christmas, once Kyndryl is spun out

The Register - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 23:57
Cloud revenues growing by over 30 per cent, bring in 13 per cent of all Bezos bucks

Amazon.com has posted $108.5bn of sales for the first quarter of its 2021 financial year, $13.5bn of which came from its Amazon Web Services (AWS) operation.…

Samsung to soothe semiconductor drought with new Pyeongtaek production line

The Register - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 22:59
Chaebol's Q1 revenue reaches new all-time high of US$59bn

Samsung has vowed to maximize its silicon production by starting mass production of 5nm and 7nm products at its Pyeongtaek production line in the second half of 2021.…

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