Iain Thomson
Iain Thomson
British journo in SF @TheRegister. Security and space geek, F1 fan, Marmite lover, sailor. Not an emoji enthusiast. All views my own. On Signal, DMs open.Source
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Facebook to change name to Meta and build VR fantasy world

Facebook to change name to Meta and build VR fantasy world

Facebook the company is being renamed to Meta, and the social network will be a brand within that entity, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday. You may think that this is just a cheap and cynical rebranding exercise to mitigate the ongoing controversies in which Facebook is mired. But this move goes way beyond that. We're well beyond an organization renaming itself to simply signal a change in direction or attitude. We're beyond a company trying to shed its toxic image. This isn't an antidote to the poison. Mark Zuckerberg has gone off the deep end. The name change heralds the...

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Computer security world in mourning over death of Dan Kaminsky, aged 42

Computer security world in mourning over death of Dan Kaminsky, aged 42

Celebrated information security researcher Dan Kaminsky, known not just for his technical ability but also for his compassion and support for those in his industry, has died. He was 42.Though Kaminsky rose to fame in 2008 for identifying a critical design weakness in the internet's infrastructure – and worked in secret with software developers to mitigate the issue before it could be easily exploited – he had worked behind the scenes in the infosec world for at least the past two decades.Dan Kaminsky ... Credit: Dave Bullock /Not that Dan was the celebrity type. When he disclosed the at 's...

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Remember AMD, Xilinx were merging? Shareholders give thumbs up to $35bn deal

Remember AMD, Xilinx were merging? Shareholders give thumbs up to $35bn deal

Shareholders in AMD and Xilinx on Wednesday approved their massive proposed merger.“The Xilinx team is one of the strongest in the industry and we are thrilled to be joining AMD,” Xilinx CEO Victor Peng. “Our shared cultures of innovation, excellence and collaboration will enable us to accelerate growth in the data center and pursue a broader customer base across more markets as a combined company.”Following last year, in October AMD its $35bn all-stock plan to acquire Xilinx, a captain of the FPGA market. Xilinx's chief rival is Altera, which Intel in 2015.Xilinx and AMD are an interesting...

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Days before the US election, phishers net $2.3m from Wisconsin Republicans

Days before the US election, phishers net $2.3m from Wisconsin Republicans

CopyAs America counts down to the November 3 elections, things are tense for political campaigns. There's a lot of money flying around and the online criminals have sensed blood in the water.The Republican Party of Wisconsin, a key battleground state which President Trump won in 2016 by less than 1 per cent, that it lost $2.3m earlier this month to business email deception - where phishing emails harvest credentials and use these to submit fake or altered invoices for services (not) rendered.The issue was first spotted on the evening of October 23, the state GOP said, and the FBI were...

October 29, 2020
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