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Data security in the public cloud has been a concern since the computing medium emerged in the mid-2000s, but cloud providers are allaying fears of theft with a new concept: confidential computing.

Fewer than half of 5G users say they’ve experienced improvements in speed or reliability over 4G according to a new survey, but that is not going to stop some in telecoms pushing ahead with efforts to deliver an enhanced version branded 5.5G.

So we should all be concerned that Mark Cox, a Red Hat Distinguished Software Engineer and the Apache Software Foundation (ASF)’s VP of Security, this week tweeted, “OpenSSL 3.0.7 update to fix Critical CVE out next Tuesday 1300-1700UTC.”

These include multiple forms of wireless, artificial intelligence, and sustainability, according to Frances Karamouzis, distinguished vice president and analyst at Gartner, and external events are making IT pros’ decisions about them even more difficult.

As the priorities of IT are driven by the needs to support business goals, one of the increasingly important needs IT leaders must to pay attention to is attracting and retaining high-quality employees.

SBOMs are meant to be something like a nutrition label on the back of a grocery store item listing all of the ingredients that went into making the product.

US telco Verizon has highlighted that the higher a person climbs up the corporate ladder, the harder it is for them to see what’s happening down at the bottom.

According to Susquehanna, a company that researches markets to inform its complex equity trading strategies, semiconductor lead times were down four days on average last month. “September represents the first real signs of [lead time] capitulation in our data,” the analysts wrote in the firm’s latest SemiSIGnals report.

The business world thinks about post-pandemic flexibility as the ability to choose where we work. But being able to to choose when we work may be far more important.

Earlier this month, the European Union approved legislation aimed at regulating social media platforms: the Digital Services Act. The law will take effect in 2024, in time for the next U.S. presidential elections, and promises big shifts in how online speech is refereed not just in Europe, but also here at home.

Intel plans to lay off a “meaningful number” of employees and dump some products as part of a massive reduction in spending the chipmaker expects will reach up to $10 billion annually by 2025.

Mark Zuckerberg’s metaverse push is getting a bit sad. One only has to look at the ads pumped into Facebook by parent company Meta, forcing the concept down people’s throats.