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Taikonauts complete 7-hour spacewalk, the first for China since 2008

The Register - Mon, 05/07/2021 - 17:01
Crew do some DIY, move a camera, you know, the usual…but in zero gravity

The China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) has announced that two taikonauts successfully exited the Tianhe space station yesterday for China’s second ever spacewalk.…

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What's this about a lawyer looking for an heir? City of London Police seek IT crew to help crack down on fraud

The Register - Mon, 05/07/2021 - 16:13
Contract worth £75m over seven years

City of London Police is looking to crack down on cybercrime with the purchase of "next-generation IT services" in the hopes it will beef up the systems supporting Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB).…

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Swedish Watchdog To Investigate Klarna for Bank Secrecy Breach

Slashdot - Mon, 05/07/2021 - 16:12
Sweden's financial watchdog said on Monday it was investigating payments firm Klarna over a potential breach of banking secrecy laws in connection with an IT incident at the firm in May. From a report: For a 30 minute period on May 27, Klarna customers were shown other users' data - a digital mishap which the firm, in a statement on June 4, blamed on human error. "(We) will investigate whether Klarna has violated bank secrecy in connection with an IT incident in May where the bank's customers were able to access information about each other for a limited time," Sweden's Finansinspektionen said in a statement. A spokesperson for Klarna told Reuters that the probe, "was very much expected as part of our regular dialogue with the Swedish FSA and as always we approach this with full cooperation and transparency."

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Why stick with one legacy database when you could have 15 in the cloud?

The Register - Mon, 05/07/2021 - 15:30
Learn how to swap tedium for transformation with this Regcast

Webcast  Does your tech strategy involve analytics, e-commerce, machine learning or even AI? Great, you’re probably going to need all of those in the future.…

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Why Email Providers Scan Your Emails

Slashdot - Mon, 05/07/2021 - 15:05
An anonymous reader shares a report: If you receive emails flagged as spam or see a warning that a message might be a phishing attempt, it's a sign that your email provider is scanning your emails. The company may do that just to protect you from danger, but in some situations it can delve into your communications for other purposes, as well. Google announced that it would stop scanning Gmail users' email messages for ad targeting in 2017 -- but that doesn't mean it stopped scanning them altogether. Verizon didn't respond to requests for comments about Yahoo and AOL's current practices, but in 2018 the Wall Street Journal reported that both email providers were scanning emails for advertising. And Microsoft scans its Outlook users' emails for malicious content. Here's what major email providers say about why they currently scan users' messages. Email providers can scan for spam and malicious links and attachments, often looking for patterns. [...] You may see lots of ads in your email inbox, but that doesn't necessarily mean your email provider is using the content of your messages to target you with marketing messages. For instance, like Google, Microsoft says that it refrains from using your email content for ad targeting. But it does target ads to consumers in Outlook, along with MSN, and other websites and apps. The data to do that come from partnering with third-party providers, plus your browsing activity and search history on Bing and Microsoft Edge, as well as information you've given the company, such as your gender, country, and date of birth. [...] If you're using an email account provided by your employer, an administrator with qualifying credentials can typically access all your incoming and outgoing emails on that account, as well as any documents you create using your work account or that you receive in your work account. This allows companies to review emails as part of internal investigations and access their materials after an employee leaves the company. [...] Law enforcement can request access to emails, though warrants, court orders, or subpoenas may be required. Email providers may reject requests that don't satisfy applicable laws, and may narrow requests that ask for too much information. They may also object to producing information altogether.

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Now everyone can take in the sights and smells of a London tram station shut for 70 years

The Register - Mon, 05/07/2021 - 14:45
Mmm, musty

One of London's tram stations – mothballed in 1952 to make way for diesel buses – is to be opened to the public.…

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Not for children: Audacity fans drop the f-bomb after privacy agreement changes

The Register - Mon, 05/07/2021 - 14:00
'Fork.' What did you think we meant?

A few more litres of accelerant were poured onto Audacity critics' fire late last week as an update to the sound editor's privacy agreement seeped out to the consternation of users.…

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PPE, Part II: UK health department takes second stab at e-commerce system for personal protective equipment

The Register - Mon, 05/07/2021 - 13:15
Let's hope this time a shortage can be averted

The UK government has awarded a £5m contract to build the second generation of its e-commerce portal to help health providers get hold of personal protection equipment (PPE) during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.…

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