Former Munich Mayor Explains How Microsoft Hates Linux

Christian Ude, Oberbürgermeister von München zwischen 1993 und 2014.

Christian Ude speaks in a new interview about what Microsoft did in Munich and elsewhere in Europe in order to undermine GNU/Linux and impose Microsoft Windows on everybody, together with all the spyware Microsoft provides for it (likely violation of privacy laws)

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Source: Former Mayor of Munich Explains How Microsoft Hates Linux | Techrights

How big is the cloud?

It sound’s odd and definitely wrong. At 43.000 participants in 2018 at a registration fee of $1.799, that’d be $77.357.000 of revenue, which is hard to believe Oracle and IBM together cannot top. Still, it’s s still a totally fascinating thought about size of cloud and how dominant AWS is in that business.

Iraq Internet outage

All too often, Governments use this to cut population off communication ahead of measures against civilians. Stay safe, Iraq people.

Facebook News Tab Aims to ‘Strengthen Democracy’ 

Facebook News Tab Aims to ‘Strengthen Democracy’ 

“What could go wrong?” is exactly the right question one would ask over the feature Facebook announced. Facebook has been facing criticism not only recently over enabling filter bubbles and fueling extremist echo chambers. “Strengthen Democracy” is a clear attempt to whitewash from accusations to actually hurt the same. Digital Trends has more details.

Facebook News Tab

Facebook is launching a dedicated news tab amid growing criticism for the social network. Facebook News uses articles from a list of publishers meeting a set of standards and includes a section curated by journalists. But is that enough for a platform criticized for fake news?

Source: Digital Trends

Teaching Rats To Drive Tiny Cars

Rats can relax better while driving tiny cars, Scientists Discover. It’d make a good tag line for a few car manufacturers.

Rats driving tiny cars
Rats driving tiny cars.

A bunch of rats have learned how to drive tiny vehicles around to pick up food. 

Source: Hacker News.

AWS hit by major DDoS attack

DDoS is an annoyance not even the biggest Cloud is safe from. Apparently AWS’s Route 53 was affected and failed to resolve multiple DNS names over several hours.

DDoS, Distributed of Denial Service
Distributed of Denial Service

Parts of AWS were taken offline for hours

Source: TechRadar. The newspage also has a reference of 2019’s best DDoS Protection.

Former SAP CEO Bill McDermott now ServiceNow CEO

That was quick.

Bill McDermott
Bill McDermott

When Bill McDermott announced he was stepping down as CEO at SAP a couple of weeks ago, it certainly felt like a curious move — but he landed on his feet pretty quickly. ServiceNow announced he would be taking over as CEO there. The transition will take place at year-end.

Source: TechCrunch

Gmail Free Storage Thing of Past

Nobody could see THAT coming!

Gmail
Gmail

When people hit those caps, they realize they have little choice but to start paying, or risk losing access to emails, photos and personal documents.

Source: Bloomberg

Alexa and Google spy on you

Only after the Google SVP let the public know ‘He’d let guests know about smart speakers‘, there is more bad news on these smart home devices. Researchers found approved apps that deliberately turn these devices to spy on their owner.

Alexa is listening
Alexa and Google Home evasedrop

Amazon- and Google-approved apps turned both voice-controlled devices into “smart spies.”

Source: Alexa and Google Home abused to eavesdrop and phish passwords

Alphabet’s first drone delivery.

Alphabet’s daughter company Wing makes it’s first automated drone delivery in Virginia, US, writes TechCrunch. The content of the package will be a “cough and cold pack”.