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Executive interview: AWS’s GenAI innovation opportunity

Amazon has been building artificial intelligence (AI) systems and using machine learning for well over 20 years. Personalisation and recommendations were among the early innovations introduced on the ecommerce site, and these and other technology concepts, such as the Alexa voice assistant, help to drive forward AI innovation in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public…

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Lords debate amendment to law on use of computer evidence in light of Post Office scandal

Peers will today debate a change to the law on the use computer evidence, which was used by the Post Office to wrongly prosecute subpostmasters without reliable evidence. The House of Lords will today see a debate on what is known as the Mr Bates amendment, named after the campaigning subpostmaster Alan Bates. The amendment…

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ITV News tech failures nearly caused ‘holes’ in live broadcasts

Software problems at ITV News have led to “very narrow escapes” after technology failures came close to leaving gaps in programmes during live broadcasts. Computer Weekly has learned that issues following an upgrade last year to Avid picture editing software, which was purchased by ITN for its ITV News team for use in creating bulletins…

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SuiteConnect London 2024: GenAI everywhere the refrain

Two of Oracle’s leading executives put forward GenAI ubiquity as a guiding theme of the supplier’s business applications offer in recent customer conference visits to London. Most recently, Evan Goldberg, executive vice-president of Oracle NetSuite, said that we are still at the dawn of the AI age, “nowhere near noon”. In an interview with me…

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More evidence emerges that Post Office executive misled High Court judge

Post Office executive Angela van den Bogerd was part of the subterfuge adopted by the company to hide problems with its IT system, which included misleading the courts, the Post Office Horizon scandal public inquiry has been told. The latest hearing revealed more evidence that Van den Bogerd misled High Court judge Peter Fraser in…

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Post Office ‘lied’ to subpostmasters when forced to meet them, says former federation representative

A former subpostmaster forced senior Post Office executives to meet him to discuss his unexplained shortfall, but they then “lied” to him about the ability to remotely access and manipulate branch accounts, says former subpostmaster representative. During questioning of former Post Office senior executive Angela van den Bogerd over her knowledge of remote access, the…

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Post Office scheme was a ‘charade’ that never intended for large compensation pay-outs

The Post Office never intended to pay large sums of money as financial redress to former subpostmasters blighted by problems with its accounting software. During the latest Post Office scandal public inquiry hearing, featuring evidence from former senior Post Office executive Angela van den Bogerd, it was revealed that former CEO Paula Vennells expected subpostmaster…

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AWS cuts several hundred jobs to tackle ‘inefficiency’ as customer cloud cost-cutting continues

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has made another round of job cuts, with several hundred tech and sales staff understood to be affected, according to media reports. A report on the GeekWire news site said employees were informed of the decision via email on 3 April by AWS senior vice-president Matt Garman, with individuals working in…

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Changes needed for SOCs and CSIRTs, claims Dutch research institute

Extensive automation of cyber security operations could become a game-changer, and the concept of playbook-driven security automation is advancing rapidly.   Cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated, and their disruptive effects on business and society are increasing spectacularly. Many organisations are therefore seeking to enhance their security monitoring and incident response capabilities. These are often established…

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Environment Agency dumps Fujitsu as Post Office scandal takes its toll

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has ended Fujitsu’s role in providing a flood warning system to the UK, two months after signing an extension of up to 12 months.  The move comes with Fujitsu under high levels of scrutiny in the UK, due to its role in the Post Office Horizon…

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