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Trump impeachment: President's lawyers demand immediate acquittal
The president's legal team calls his impeachment "a dangerous perversion" of the US constitution.
Harry and Meghan: No other option but to step back, says duke
The prince says he and Meghan wanted to continue serving the Queen, but "that wasn't possible".
Brexit: Government loses first parliamentary votes since election
Ministers are defeated three times over Brexit legislation - on citizens' rights and court rulings.
Immune discovery 'may treat all cancer'
Research is at an early stage but scientists said it had huge potential for destroying cancers.
Virginia gun rally: US gun-rights activists rally in their thousands
After new gun laws were proposed in the state of Virginia, protesters had their firearms on open display.
Terrorism laws to get tougher within weeks, government vows
Offenders will face more time in jail as "hard truths" are faced after attacks, the Home Office says.
Sperm donations from dead men should be allowed, study says
Research suggests the method could help curb a growing shortage of UK donations.
Young offenders in 'harmful solitary confinement' in England and Wales
The prisons inspectorate finds "flaws" in policy of separating young offenders in England and Wales.
Lord Hall to step down as BBC's director general
After leading the corporation for seven years, Tony Hall is to become chair of the National Gallery.
Eminem 'crossed a line', says Courteeners singer
Chart rival Liam Fray "feels sorry" for the rapper over his Ariana Grande-Manchester bomb lyrics.
Workplace bullying: 'Fear is the biggest factor'
A quarter of employees think their firm turns a blind eye to workplace harassment, says a report.
Call to tax 'hidden' sugar in pre-mixed alcoholic drinks
Some cans of spirits and cocktails sold in shops and supermarkets contain eight teaspoons of sugar.
Newspaper headlines: Harry 'flies to Canada' and Lord Hall steps down
Tuesday's front pages carry a mix of stories, including on the royals and the BBC's director general.
Trump impeachment trial: Five possible twists ahead
Many believe President Trump will be acquitted in the end. But could it yet diverge from the script?
Paternity leave: Why taking Japan is talking about Shinjiro Koizumi
This politician is going on leave to take care of his newborn son, and it's pretty controversial.
Portishead's Hedgehog Lady on the hunt for volunteers
Beryl Casey has been rescuing hedgehogs for 25 years and wants someone to carry on as she gets older.
Sittingbourne widower learns ballet and passes exam
Bernard Bibby took up the ballet classes four years ago following the death of his wife of 55 years.
Plankton phenomenon lights up bay
Bioluminescent algae in Jervis Bay, Australia, glows in a captivating night time display.
Seven things we learnt at the Screen Actors Guild awards
Brad and Jen were trending, Phoebe Waller-Bridge was accepting and the cast of The Crown were abdicating.
Cleeve Hill proposal pair tracked down from photo
The couple made contact with the photographer after their image was shared 17,000 times on Facebook.
Dad builds Nintendo games controller for disabled daughter
A video of Rory Steel's nine-year-old daughter Ava using the device has had more than 800,000 views.
Middlesbrough football match interrupted by duck
Fans watched as players attempted to herd the duck off the pitch.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari 'floors' Anthony Joshua
Photos of the boxer prostrating before the Nigerian leader have had a mixed response online.
Men make 'Earth sandwich', nearly 12,500 miles apart
To make an Earth sandwich, you need two people at precise points on opposite sides of the globe.
In pictures: Clouds create perfect conditions for stunning sunset
High cloud and exceptionally clear air created the perfect conditions for an incredible sunset on Sunday.
Dancing On Ice: Caprice and Hamish 'part ways'
The skating couple have separated - and fans want to know why.
Stars of stage and screen gather for awards
Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger and Phoebe Waller-Bridge were among the winning attendees.
The hotel where an elephant is a regular guest
Natta Kota, a fully grown Asian bull elephant, can often be found roaming around a Sri Lankan hotel.
The Solway Firth haaf netters fighting to save a fishing tradition
The tradition dates back more than 1,000 years - but fishermen fear it could die out within a generation.
The battle over which flag to fly in America's Chinatowns
Chinatowns across the US are switching to the flag of mainland China, but not without protest.
Emiliano Sala: A year on from plane crash, his family speak of 'pain that will never go away'
One year has passed since Emiliano Sala's death in a plane crash. His family in the small rural town of Progreso, Argentina, are still suffering.
Brexit: What is a level playing field?
What are people talking about when they refer to a level playing field and what has it to do with Brexit?
How Nigeria's cricket team 'shocked the world'
Nigeria's Under-19 side are world cup debutants but cricket remains a minority sport at home.
Robot tanks: On patrol but not allowed to shoot
Sophisticated unmanned mini-tanks patrol alongside soldiers, but humans still decide when to shoot.
‘I turned down 50,000 francs to rent my shop during Davos’
Shop owner Catherine Kull Bineschedler says the annual corporate "invasion" is tough for locals.
HPV puts 'strain' on sex and dating
Changes to smear tests will mean more HPV diagnoses but there is concern over myths about the virus.
Prince Harry and Meghan: How could the couple make money?
From book deals to public speaking, there are a number of avenues the couple could explore.
Influencers 'being offered thousands for sex'
One influencer said social media had become "a catalogue" for men to select their next conquest.
Can one mile take 10 years off your life?
Is Sir Keir Starmer right that Somers Town in London has life expectancy 10 years below somewhere a mile away?
UK-Africa summit: Wooing Africa after Brexit
Heads of state are meeting in London for a UK-Africa summit ahead of the UK's departure from the EU.
Studio Ghibli: Netflix buys rights to iconic animated films
From February, 21 of the studio's iconic films will be available on Netflix.
Australia fires: Your questions about arson, travel and recovery
Your questions about the Australia bushfires.
Australian Open: Johanna Konta loses to Ons Jabeur in first round
British number one Johanna Konta makes her earliest exit from the Australian Open by losing to Tunisia's Ons Jabeur in the first round.
'He thought about himself before the player' - Wright criticises Solskjaer for Rashford injury
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer "has to take some blame" for Marcus Rashford's back injury, says ex-England striker Ian Wright.
'We'll get it all on the table and sort it out' - Jones encourages England players to talk about Saracens
England will hold talks during their training camp to resolve any anger among Eddie Jones' squad resulting from Saracens' salary cap scandal.
Stoke stun out-of-form Championship leaders West Brom
Championship leaders West Brom's poor run of form continues as Tyrese Campbell's early goal condemns them to defeat by Stoke.
Stuart Bingham: Masters champion 'will always have haters' despite victory
Stuart Bingham says he "will always have haters" after becoming the oldest winner of the Masters and claiming his second Triple Crown event title.
BBC Briefing on Immigration: How do I use it?
Your downloadable guide to immigration in the UK and how it shapes our culture and way of life.
Five times immigration changed the UK
Over the past century many groups have left and entered the country, changing the shape of the nation.
Are migrants who cross the Channel sent back?
Home Office figures suggest many migrants crossing the Channel in boats are granted asylum.
How has immigration changed in your area?
Four maps on how immigration has changed Britain.
'I was sexually abused by a shaman at an ayahuasca retreat'
Ayahuasca's psychedelic powers are attracting more and more tourists. But the scene appears to have a dark side.
Australian Open 2020: Margaret Court to be 'recognised' - why is she such a divisive figure?
Margaret Court was a quiet champion, unrivalled in sport but shy in public. Now she is at the centre of a polemic set to play out its latest chapter.
Night rider: 21 years sleeping on a London bus
When Sunny's asylum application was refused, he took refuge overnight on London's buses - for two decades.
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Let’s check in on the .org sale fiasco: Senators say No, internet grandees say Yes – and ICANN pretends there's absolutely nothing to see here
<h4>'Ethos Capital, ISOC, and PIR have failed to provide clear and transparent information'</h4> <p><strong>Analysis</strong> A quick hypothetical for you: if your organization received a letter from six senior politicians urging you not to move forward with a controversial decision, and you looked out your windows to see dozens of protesters insisting on the same, would you……</p>
Wave goodbye: DigitalOcean decimates workforce as co-founder reveals lack of profitability, leadership turmoil
<h4>Literally: As much as 10% of employees at server-hosting biz laid off in 'non-cost-cutting' move</h4> <p>DigitalOcean last week axed an undisclosed number of employees.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Whoa, whoa... Tesla slams brakes on allegations of 'unintended acceleration' bug: 'Completely false and was brought by a short-seller'
<h4>Grimes' boyfriend's biz says it's under financial attack</h4> <p>Tesla is rubbishing complaints of a possible software-related gremlin causing its line of electric cars to suddenly speed up.…</p>
Leaving your admin interface's TLS cert and private key in your router firmware in 2020? Just Netgear things
<h4>Finding sparks debate over bug disclosure – and how do you secure a local gateway's web control panel</h4> <p>Netgear left in its router firmware key ingredients needed to intercept and tamper with secure connections to its equipment's web-based admin interfaces.…</p>
As miscreants prey on thousands of vulnerable boxes, Citrix finally emits patches to fill in hijacking holes in Gateway and ADC
<h4>SD-WAN WANOP will have to wait a few days, though</h4> <p>Citrix has rushed out official fixes for the well-publicised vuln in some of its server products after miscreants were seen deploying their own custom patches that left a backdoor open for later exploitation.…</p>
Over a thousand electronic gizmos went missing from London councils last year
<h4>Mobile phone for sale. One careless owner</h4> <p>Butterfingered London councils have managed to lose nearly 1,300 laptops, mobiles and tablets, according to figures obtained by Freedom of Information requests.…</p>
Ubisoft sues handful of gamers for DDoSing Rainbow Six: Siege
<h4>Two Germans, a Nigerian, and a Dutchman walk into a bar. What happens next? A lawsuit, of course</h4> <p>Game developer Ubisoft has lodged a claim against the owners of a website that allegedly sells DDoS attacks against the servers of its best-selling game, <i>Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege</i> (R6S).…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Photobox ditches Amazon's Redshift, cuddles up to Snowflake
<h4>AWS and Google data warehousing stuff considered, then ignored</h4> <p>Online photo print and gift service Photobox is quitting Amazon's Redshift data warehouse to hitch its wagon to competing cloud-native systems from Snowflake.…</p>
It's update time - yes, again - for Insiders as the Windows 10 Slow Ring meanders towards release
<h4>Also: pitching Windows gear at students, while Windows Terminal and TypeScript ring in the new</h4> <p><strong>Round Up</strong> It was out with the old and in with the new for Microsoft last week - as it hammered another nail into Windows 7's coffin, the Redmond gnomes were busy toiling on things they hope won't die anytime soon.…</p>
LastPass stores passwords so securely, not even its users can access them
<h4>Login management service sulks in days-long TITSUP* for some</h4> <p><strong>Updated</strong> Password manager LastPass appears to have had a big night out on Friday, to the point where the service needed a lengthy lie down over the weekend. In fact, for some users it is still horizontal.…</p>
EU've been naughty: GDPR has netted bloc €114m in fines since 2018
<h4>France, Germany and Austria house the most offenders – survey</h4> <p>EU regulators have slapped businesses with an estimated €114m (£97.29m) in fines for data leakage or crappy practices since GDPR was introduced in <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/05/25/gdprmageddon_do_you_think_its_all_over_its_not/">May 2018</a>, although bigger numbers are expected in future penalties.…</p>
Hospital hacker spared prison after plod find almost 9,000 cardiac images at his home
<h4>NHS working with cops and ICO to determine if patients must be told</h4> <p>A Stoke-on-Trent hospital administrator has avoided prison after hacking his NHS trust and helping himself to almost 9,000 heart scan images.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Big Falcon explosion as SpaceX successfully demos Crew Dragon abort systems
<h4>Mere months until 'nauts get a ticket to ride?</h4> <p>SpaceX looks set to shove a pair of astronauts into its Crew Dragon capsule following a <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-spacex-complete-final-major-flight-test-of-crew-spacecraft">successful demonstration</a> of abort systems over the weekend.…</p>
Intel server chip shortages continue to bite: HPE warns of Xeon processor supply drought for the whole of 2020
<h4>Traditional IT titans take backseat behind cloud giants</h4> <p><strong>Exclusive</strong> Hewlett Packard Enterprise has warned the industry-wide 18-month-plus shortage of certain Intel Xeon server-class processors may continue all the way through 2020.…</p>
The delights of on-site working – sun, sea and... WordPad wrangling?
<h4>Things can only get better, unless someone misplaces the source</h4> <p><strong>Who, Me?</strong> Welcome to <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/Tag/who-me">Who, Me?</a> <i>The Register's</i> open-all-hours confessional for readers who really need to get that one dastardly deed off their chest.…</p>
Image-rec startup for cops, Feds can probably identify you from 3 billion pics it's scraped from Facebook, YouTube etc
<h4>Plus other 'fun' news from the world of AI</h4> <p><strong>Roundup</strong> Here's a roundup of news beyond what we've covered already in the world of machine-learning.…</p>
To catch a thief, go to Google with a geofence warrant – and it will give you all the details
<h4>Investigators ask Chocolate Factory to help them connect the geographic dots</h4> <p>At 1030 on April 27, 2019, four unidentified individuals attempted to rob a Brinks armored truck parked outside of Michaels, an art supply and home decor store at the Point Loomis Shopping Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. To find out who they are, local authorities plan to ask Google.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
It's Friday, the weekend has landed... and Microsoft warns of an Internet Explorer zero day exploited in the wild
<h4>Plus, WeLeakInfo? Not anymore!</h4> <p><strong>Roundup</strong> Welcome to another <i>Reg</i> roundup of security news.…</p>
You're not Boeing to believe this: Yet another show-stopping software bug found in ill-fated 737 Max airplanes
<h4>Jetliner's return to the skies likely to be delayed by more tech glitches</h4> <p>Boeing today said another software flaw has been spotted in its star-crossed 737 Max.…</p>
Europe mulls five year ban on facial recognition in public... with loopholes for security and research
<h4>Euro Commission also wants to loosen purse strings for AI investment while tightening reins</h4> <p>The European Commission is weighing whether to ban facial recognition systems in public areas for up to five years, according to a draft report on artificial intelligence policy in the European Union.…</p>
'Friendly' hackers are seemingly fixing the Citrix server hole – and leaving a nasty present behind
<h4>Congratulations, you've won a secret backdoor</h4> <p>Hackers exploiting the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/12/23/patch_now_published_citrix_applications_leave_network_vulnerable_to_unauthorised_access/">high-profile</a> Citrix CVE-2019-19781 flaw to compromise VPN gateways are now patching the servers to keep others out.…</p>
Who says HMRC hasn't got a sense of humour? Er, 65 million Brits
<h4>I missed my Self Assessment filing deadline because.... a rundown of the worst excuses</h4> <p>Brits’ favourite government department, Her Majesty’s Revenues &amp; Customs, has released a listicle of the most bizarre excuses people have given for missing the Self Assessment tax returns deadline, along with the weirdest biz expense claims…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
EU declares it'll Make USB-C Great Again™. You hear that, Apple?
<h4>Bloc to make not-quite-universal connector universal within its bounds</h4> <p>The EU plans to force manufacturers to use a common connector – the happily symmetrical USB-C – for all mobes, fondleslabs, e-readers and similar electronic tat.…</p>
Stolen creds site WeLeakInfo busted by multinational cop op for data reselling
<h4>One Irishman and one Dutchman both nicked</h4> <p>Two men have been arrested after Britain’s National Crime Agency and its international pals claimed the takedown of breached credentials-reselling website WeLeakInfo.…</p>
Time to burst out graphing: Get the Windows Insider experience... by taping a calculator to your monitor
<h4>Microsoft releases a Windows 10 Fast Ring refresh and previews new calc toys</h4> <p>While 45 years of carbon emissions from Microsoft <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/01/17/microsoft_carbon_removal/">were being scrutinised by execs last night</a>, the Windows Insider team made an emission of its own, in the form of a fresh Windows 10 build.…</p>
Autonomous Logistics Information System gets shoved off the F-35 gravy train in favour of ODIN
<h4>Snafu-ridden maintenance software behemoth to be replaced</h4> <p>The US military is dumping its Autonomous Logistics Information System (ALIS) in favour of ODIN as it tries to break with the complex past of its ailing F-35 fighter jet maintenance IT suite.…</p>
Microsoft picks a side, aims to make the business 'carbon-negative' by 2030
<h4>Plans to cancel out emissions from power consumption since 1975. No word on warming through excessive corporate hot air though</h4> <p>Microsoft has set itself the goal of being "carbon-negative" by 2030, nailing its colours to a so-called "moonshot" for worldwide removal and reduction of carbon.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Help! I'm trapped on Schrodinger's runaway train! Or am I..?
<h4>There's an app for that, and it's utter pants</h4> <p><strong>Something for the Weekend, Sir?</strong> Sitting in my tin can far away from home, I marvel that I got here at all.…</p>
WebAssembly: Key to a high-performance web, or ideal for malware? Reg speaks to co-designer Andreas Rossberg
<h4>State of Wasm: 'Better support for high-level languages', plus interesting cross-platform news</h4> <p><strong>Interview</strong> WebAssembly will not magically speed up your web application and may be as significant running in environments other than web browsers as it is within them, a co-designer of the language told <i>The Register</i>.…</p>
Unlocking news: We decrypt those cryptic headlines about Scottish cops bypassing smartphone encryption
<h4>New perspective on FBI, Interpol demands for backdoors</h4> <p><strong>Vid</strong> Police Scotland to roll out encryption bypass technology, as one publication reported this week, causing some <i>Register</i> readers to silently mouth: what the hell?…</p>
The time that Sales braved the white hot heat of the data centre to save the day
<h4>It's getting hot in here, so open all your doors</h4> <p><strong>On Call</strong> Welcome to <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/Tag/on-call">On Call</a>, <i>The Register</i>'s regular foray into the increasingly unreliable memories of those who have to pick up the phone when everything is on fire.…</p>
Nowhere to run to, nowhere to hide, muaha... Boffins build laser-eyed intelligent cam that sorta sees around corners
<h4>Guess we can't escape our future Terminator overlords</h4> <p>Artificial intelligence with frickin' lasers beams attached can see objects hidden around corners, according to a study published in the journal Optica on Thursday.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Copy-left behind: Permissive MIT, Apache open-source licenses on the up as developers snub GNU's GPL
<h4>Share all our code modifications with others? Think again, hippie</h4> <p>Permissive open-source software licenses continue to gain popularity at the expense of copyleft licenses, according to a forthcoming report from WhiteSource, a biz that makes software licensing management tools.…</p>
Google Cloud rolls out of bed, slips on suit, draws up premium support, vows to take it SLO to lure enterprises
<h4>Meanwhile, AMD snags Intel exec as server chip boss</h4> <p>Google is hoping to improve the appeal of its mid-tier Cloud platform to enterprises with a new set of support and response options.…</p>
Bad news: Windows security cert SNAFU exploits are all over the web now. Also bad: Citrix gateway hole mitigations don't work for older kit
<h4>Good news: There is none. Well, apart from you can at least fully patch the Microsoft blunder</h4> <p><strong>Vid</strong> Easy-to-use exploits have emerged online for two high-profile security vulnerabilities, namely the Windows certificate spoofing bug and the Citrix VPN gateway hole. If you haven't taken mitigation steps by now, you're about to have a bad time.…</p>
Remember when Netscout got so upset at 'challenger' label in Gartner Magic Quadrant, it sued? Well, top court just ended all those shenanigans
<h4>Connecticut Supremes affirm trial judge's decision to toss 'pay to play' claim</h4> <p>Gartner did not defame network app biz Netscout by placing it in the "challenger" section of its Magic Quadrant instead of the "leaders" section, the Supreme Court of the US state of Connecticut has ruled.…</p>
Azure consultant's Google image search results hotlinking sueball booted off the pitch by High Court
<h4>British copyright law probably wasn't right way to do this one</h4> <p>An Azure consultant has lost his bid to sue Google for copyright infringement over search results that sent web users to a website run by a hotlinker who was displaying one of his photos.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
The Curse of macOS Catalina strikes again as AccountEdge stays 32-bit
<h4>Apple: 'The apps you use every day.' Except that one. And that one. And those are right out</h4> <p>The macOS Catalina bad news train kept on rolling this week as AccountEdge, friend of the Apple-using beancounters, threw in the towel over the forced migration of Macs to a 64-bit world.…</p>
The $4.3bn trial of the century is over! Now we wait for judgment
<h4>'A very long haul' says judge as HPE v Lynch and Hussain reaches its end</h4> <p><strong>Autonomy Trial</strong> After 93 days in the courtroom, the $5bn Autonomy Trial has reached its end, with Mike Lynch's lawyers urging the judge to dismiss all of HPE's claims against the British software firm's former CEO.…</p>
Load of Big Green for Microsoft: Lloyds Banking Group inks company-wide Managed Desktop deal
<h4>Bankers ring in 2020 by thwacking employees with the Windows stick</h4> <p>Microsoft and UK finance behemoth Lloyds Banking Group have signed a deal that will see the Windows giant manage the group's desktops and mobile devices.…</p>
Get hands on with Kubernetes, service meshes – and more – at our fantastic Continuous Lifecycle London conference
<h4>Dive into an all-day workshop – now at early-bird prices – for practical advice from experts in the field</h4> <p><strong>Event</strong> If you want to get deep into continuous delivery, or get your hands dirty with Kubernetes or Lambda, our Continuous Lifecycle London conference has a workshop for you.…</p>
This is also a system for GPs, right? UK doctors seek clarity over Health dept's £40m single sign-on funding
<h4>Docs keen to hear how, as promised, project will make their own logins less of a Hancockup</h4> <p>UK doctors' union the British Medical Association (BMA) is seeking clarification on how GPs will access the £40m funding for single sign-on to health systems recently promised by health and social care secretary Matt Hancock.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Shhhhhh: Fujitsu bags another £12m from Libraries NI as bosses fail to bookmark replacement
<h4>Software licensing issues made it harder to turn the page</h4> <p>Libraries Northern Ireland - the public sector organ which, erm, runs libraries in Northern Ireland - has renewed an IT services contract with Fujitsu worth £12m after running out of time to run a tender process.…</p>
Google reveals new schedule for 'phasing out support for Chrome Apps across all operating systems'
<h4>June 2020 is the end for users on Windows, Linux and Mac</h4> <p>Google has rolled out a new schedule for ending support for Chrome Apps – packaged desktop applications built with HTML, CSS and JavaScript – in favour of Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) and other browser-based approaches such as Chrome Extensions.…</p>
The dream of a single European patent may die next month – and everyone is in denial about it
<h4>German Constitutional Court is much more dangerous than people think</h4> <p><strong>Updated</strong> It has been years in the making and Europe’s largest law firms are smacking their lips in anticipation but the long-held dream of a single European patent system may die next month – and everyone appears to be in denial.…</p>
Spanking the pirates of corporate security? Try a Plimsoll
<h4>Execs don't care to keep things shipshape if they don't see a return.... so let's MAKE them</h4> <p><strong>Column</strong> On New Year's Eve 2019, the good ship Travelex struck the iceberg of ransomware. That's not a good metaphor, to be honest: when the SS Titanic hit its frozen nemesis, it had the good taste to unambiguously sink in two hours and 40 minutes. Not so Travelex.…</p>
Peek inside this fascinating effort to map Britain's subterranean tubes – a deep sprawl of unrecorded infrastructure beneath our feet
<h4>Join the Ordnance Survey in a cosy pub for the Reg's February lecture</h4> <p><strong>Register Lecture</strong> <b>This event has now sold out - but wait, there's more. <i>The Reg</i>'s Lectures team is working on new date for a second run. More details soon!</b>…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Attention security startup founders: Give your fledgling Brit biz a boost with Tech Nation’s free Cyber 2.0 school
<h4>Sign up now: The UK government's scheme to help new companies grow and scale is back</h4> <p><strong>Promo</strong> If you need your new security company to get noticed, Tech Nation’s <a target="_blank" href="https://go.theregister.co.uk/k/Tech_Nation_Cyber">Cyber programme</a> is back, opening its doors for another cohort of infosec companies looking to scale at speed.…</p>
The mysterious giant blobs of gas around our galaxy's black hole are actually massive merger stars being shredded
<h4>Yum, long noodle-like stars</h4> <p>Astronomers have finally figured out what the peculiar object known as “G2” orbiting the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way is: a behemoth star created from the merger of two binary stars being stretched by the extreme tidal forces around the black hole.…</p>
Top Euro court advised: Cops, spies yelling 'national security' isn’t enough to force ISPs to hand over massive piles of people's private data
<h4>Opinion is preliminary, though a good start</h4> <p><strong>Analysis</strong> In a massive win for privacy rights, the advocate general advising the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said that national security concerns should not override citizens’ data privacy. Thus, ISPs should not be forced to hand over personal information without clear justification.…</p>

Wired News

Pop Culture May Evolve at the Same Rate as Birds and Bugs
How quickly do music and literature change? Evolutionary biology could give us a hint.
A Surge of New Plastic Is About to Hit the Planet
A world awash in plastic will soon get slammed by more, as major oil companies ramp up their production.
404: The City Left Behind by China's Nuclear Ambitions
An artist goes looking for his past in a Cold War ghost town.
HBO Probably Won’t Make a Second Season of *Watchmen*
Meanwhile, NBC finally offered up details about Peacock, its feathered contender in the streaming service arena.
A Practical Guide for Building Ethical Tech
Companies are hiring "chief ethics officers," hoping to regain public trust. The World Economic Forum's head of technology policy has a few words of advice.
How Aid Groups Map Refugee Camps That Officially Don't Exist
Workers from Switzerland-based Medair use clipboards, cell phones, and GIS software to locate informal settlements of Syrian refugees across Lebanon.
4 Best Handheld Vacuums (2020): Cordless, Pet Hair, Portable
From Dustbuster to Dyson, we tried a bunch of hand vacs, and were surprised by just how powerful they've become.
An Open Source Effort to Encrypt the Internet of Things
IoT is a security hellscape. One cryptography company has a plan to make it a little bit less so.
A Move to Make Auto-Safety Features Speak the Same Language
Super Cruise? Traffic Jam Assist? Autopilot? Translation for all of the above: Keep your eyes on the road\!
Today's Cartoon: Turing Tested
Check this box for an existential crisis.
These Photos Bend Time and Space. Literally
A special panoramic camera allows artist Jay Mark Johnson to distort reality.
Electric Delivery Vans, Tesla Stock, and Other Car News
Home delivery is where the action is for real estate developers and EV startups. 
Sanders and Warren's Big Debate Dust-Up Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup
Last week, news of the Democratic debate was all over social media.
How Long Do We Have Before Arctic Ice Melts Away?
With the frozen top of the world melting to liquid, an expedition set out to untangle the physics and help forecast its future.
Fujifilm X-Pro3 Review: A Nod to the Era of Film Cameras
Fujifilm's latest X-Pro leans into its eccentricities, bringing film-era aesthetics to the digital present.
Don't Ignore Chrome's New Password Checkup Feature
It could help save you when the next big breach hits.
He Wanted a Unicorn. He Got ... a Sustainable Business
Gumroad founder Sahil Lavingia finds a way to thrive outside Silicon Valley's cult of big riches. 
This Philosopher Dreams of Writing Low-Budget Sci-Fi
Philosophy professor Peter Boghossian would much rather be working on screenplays. 
At Last, Physicists Confirm the Fastest Way to Board a Plane
Turns out, letting slower passengers—like travelers with small children, or who need extra assistance—board first really is faster.
Space Photos of the Week: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse\!
We're not sure when this star will go supernova, but one thing is certain: It'll be spectacular.
FBI Takes Down Site With 12 Billion Stolen Records
Turkey gets Wikipedia back, Mayor Pete loses his cyberguy, and more of the week's top security news.
The 7 Best Portable Coffee Makers: Aeropress, Delter, And More
Whether it's Aeropress, French press, or faux espresso, we've found the best ways to make a great cup of Joe anywhere.
In Paris, Ecommerce Warehouses Get a Chic Makeover
Online ordering means more deliveries to more places. One Paris hub sports a data center, offices, sports facilities like tennis courts, and an urban farm. 
14 Best Tech Deals on WIRED's Favorite Gear (Jan. 2020)
Great deals on gear our team has tested, and loves—TVs, Android phones, camera bags, cold-brew coffee makers, and more.
Watch SpaceX Blow Up a Falcon 9 Rocket to Prove It's Safe for People
On Sunday, Elon Musk's space company will attempt its last big test before it can begin launching humans from US soil.
PopSockets, Sonos, and Tile Ask Congress to Rein in Big Tech
At a congressional hearing Friday, smaller companies including PopSockets, Tile, Sonos, and Basecamp criticized Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon for having power over them.
'Cyberpunk 2077' Is Being Delayed
Fans will have to wait a few more months for a videogame version of Keanu Reeves.
Real or Fake: New NBC Peacock Shows
Is the new streaming service literally going to offer a TV show about Twitter?
How Much Superpower Does It Take to Bash a Bullet in Midair?
In the upcoming movie 'Wonder Woman 1984,' our hero is able to knock a bullet off to the side with just her arm. Let's look at the physics.
The Best Gaming Mouse for Every Kind of Player (2020)
Whether you're into esports or casual fragging, these are the best corded and wireless gaming mice we've tested at a variety of price points.

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