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Oracle launches its very own 'net threat map
Thursday, 14 June 2018 11:01

Eighteen months after acquiring Internet infrastructure outfit Dyn, Oracle has unveiled some of the smarts it bought in the form of an "Internet Intelligence Map".

Explaining the launch, Oracle's Director of Internet Analysis Doug Madory wrote “a self-serve capability for some of the insights we produce is a great way to move towards a healthier and more accountable Internet.”

The Internet Intelligence Map presents two points of view: country statistics, based on BGP route, traceroute responses, and incoming DNS queries to Oracle on a country-by-country basis.

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Oracle's country statistics - click to embiggen

Traffic Shifts is the second presentation, designed

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Thought the AT T Time-Warner tie-up was scary? Comcast says 'hold my beer'
Thursday, 14 June 2018 10:00

With the massive $85bn merger between AT&T and Time Warner set to finalize, a newly-emboldened Comcast is pushing for a media mega-deal of its own.

The US cable kingpin officially made its offer on Wednesday to acquire 21st Century Fox in an all-cash deal worth $65bn. The deal would give Comcast all outstanding shares in 21st Century Fox at a price of $35 each. That price tops a standing offer Fox already has on the table from Disney.

While Comcast has made no secret of its desire to buy up Fox from the Murdoch clan, the chances of any deal

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AT T gets clearance to devour Time Warner for $85 BEEEELION
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:57

A US District Court judge has given the all-clear for AT&T's $85bn acquisition of broadcast giant Time Warner.

In a ruling issued Tuesday afternoon, Judge Richard Leon said that the DOJ had failed to show how the combined tv and telco giants would substantially harm competition in the US market. In doing so, Leon also removed the last major hurdle for the deal to go through.

The DOJ filed suit against AT&T in November of last year, claiming that if the deal were allowed to go through, Time Warner's Turner television networks could be withheld from competing TV carriers or

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Men are officially the worst… top-level domain
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 06:22

The internet has a case of .men behaving badly, based on new data from international watchdog Spamhaus.

In a listing of the top ten worst top-level domains compiled by Spamhaus, .men has come top, followed somewhat bizarrely by .GQ, which is the country code for Equatorial Guinea but also happens to be the name of a famous men's magazine.

With the massive expansion of the number of top-level domains on the internet, it was perhaps inevitable that some would become beacons of bad behavior and so Spamhaus set out to discover who was either failing to limit, or turning a

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Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins preaches the cloud, but nothing new
Tuesday, 12 June 2018 16:01
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Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins at Cisco Live 2018

Cisco Live CEO keynotes at big vendors' annual gabfests are evangelical events, and Cisco's Chuck Robbins didn't disappoint on that score as he opened this year's Cisco Live. But if customers expected a big reveal of new products or strategies, they would have come away disappointed.

Sure, Robbins name-checked the stars of the Cisco portfolio – its cloud initiative with Google launched last October, its SD-WAN work, its Tetration cloud workload protection platform, its security initiatives, the successful introduction of its Catalyst 9000 platform, the DevNet program – but aside from promises

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Worst. Birthday. Ever. IPv6's party falls flat
Monday, 11 June 2018 08:01

Roundup Last week saw celebration in the IPv6 community this week – not because adoption is finally really taking off, but because, umm, look, something must have happened, right?

Well, yes, kind of: in spite of first being authored in 1999 , IPv6 lay fallow for more than a decade, even though we all knew the world would run out of IPv4 addresses. The “IPv6 Launch Day” that happened on June 6, 2012, was a cross between official switch-on by a bunch of US service providers, and promotional exercise.

The fifth anniversary brought Vint Cerf out to grouch that the

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