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 Monday, 31-October-2016  15:23:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

We seem to be in a "mating giants" phase, with Qualcomm buying NXP, hot on the heels of the Softbank/ARM deal. Mobile technology and chip design company Qualcomm confirmed on Thursday that it planned to buy NXP Semiconductor for an enterprise value of £38 billion ($47 billion)—eclipsing SoftBank's recent mega bucks acquisition of British chip designer ARM Holdings. It told Wall Street that the combined company expected to report annual sales of £24 billion ($30 billion), with plans to bullishly elbow its way into "leadership positions across mobile, automotive, IoT, security, RF [radio frequency], and networking."

The FCC in the USA have passed new privacy rules to protect consumer data. Federal officials delivered a landmark ruling in favor of online privacy Thursday, limiting how Internet providers use and sell customer data, while asserting that customers have a right to control their personal information. Under the Federal Communications Commission’s new rules, consumers may forbid Internet providers from sharing sensitive personal information, such as app and browsing histories, mobile location data and other information generated while using the Internet.

On a related note, the Red Cross Blood Service just experienced Australia's biggest data breach. More info from the researcher involved here. Because of the coverage this incident will inevitably receive, I'm writing this piece in advance of them publicly disclosing it in order to answer as many of the inevitable questions which will arise as possible. I also want to make it abundantly clear up front that this should not discourage anyone from giving blood in the future because as important as this incident is, it pales in comparison to making a donation that could save lives. I'll come back to that later, let's just start with the facts.

Seagate have announced their last 15k enterprise HDDs, with SSDs replacing them in future. Seagate representatives indicated that the company is not working on future generations of 15K HDDs due to the proliferation of SSDs in the data center. The company will offer the Enterprise Performance 15K HDD v6 (otherwise known as the 15K.6) for an extended period of time to ensure that forward compatibility and replacements are on hand, as it does all of its data center HDDs, but it will offer SSDs as the go-to solution for high-performance workloads.

Apple revealed their new MacBook Pro recently. People seem to be focussed on its lack of escape key, and the fact it has a new little touch bar thing instead of a full touch screen. For me, I'd hope that when I'm doing everyday tasks on my MacBook, things like brightness and volume controls will just be there. Previous reports have rumored that the touch bar will present different controls and options based on the apps you've got open, which makes a ton of sense. The versatility of touchscreens was one of the things that Steve Jobs highlighted when introducing the original iPhone, remember. "Every application wants a slightly different user interface, a slightly optimized set of buttons just for it."

Today's timewaster would have to be Google's Halloween Doodle. Beat the ghosts and save the kitties!

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