Microsoft Ignite 2020: All the news from this week’s Redmond’s IT Pro conference

Watch this: ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley and Larry Dignan discuss everything you need to know about the news out of Microsoft’s Ignite conference. 

The promise of Azure Arc is providing the simplicity of the cloud control plane inside the data center. A year after announcement with the core platform now going GA, we thought it would be a good time for a deeper dive to see how Azure Arc actually works.

Microsoft is rebuilding its Microsoft Stream video service over the next several months and will be moving it to use SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business for storing and managing videos across Microsoft 365.

Microsoft is working on a new sync technology codenamed ‘Project Nucleus’ that officials think could go beyond Progressive Web Apps for certain scenarios, including offline content sync.

Project Holographic Storage Device works on new holographic storage device for ‘warm’ data in the cloud.

New perpetual

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KuCoin cryptocurrency exchange hacked for $150 million

Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange KuCoin disclosed today a mega hack. In a statement posted on its website, the company confirmed that a threat actor breached its systems and emptied its hot wallets of all funds.

Hot wallets are cryptocurrency management apps that are connected to the internet. Cold wallets are stored offline.

Cryptocurrency exchanges like KuCoin use hot wallets as their temporary storage systems for assets that are currently being exchanged on the platform, and they are used to power conversion operations and funds transfers.

KuCoin said it detected the hack after observing “some large withdrawals” from its hot wallets on September 26.

The company said it started a security audit and discovered the missing funds. KuCoin said the hacker managed to steal Bitcoin assets, ERC-20-based tokens, along with other types of tokens.

Currently, the loss is estimated at a minimal $150 million, based on an Etherium address where users tracked

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The new normal for collaboration in the new football season

Over the course of the past few years, a consistent refrain from those objecting to changes made in football, at all levels, has been that the game has gone. Since the Covid-19 outbreak, the game has indeed gone.

As the major leagues in Europe kick off the new season, nothing is as it was. After a three-month hiatus from mid-March to mid-June, the 2019/20 Premier League season ended on 26 July. Then, with an unprecedentedly short gap, the 2020/21 season began on 12 September.

For Manchester City, which stayed in the Champions League until 15 August, the season started a week later. While the playing staff can appreciate the week’s grace, it means the club is playing catch-up from the kick-off.

But off the pitch, long before the old season recommenced in June, indeed as the ramifications of Covid-19 were beginning to become apparent across all industries, Manchester City the

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A look at how Iranians are using satellite file-casting app Toosheh to bypass state internet blackouts as the country pushes its national intranet (Mehr Nadeem/Rest of World)


Mehr Nadeem / Rest of World:

A look at how Iranians are using satellite file-casting app Toosheh to bypass state internet blackouts as the country pushes its national intranet  —  With the threat of another big internet blackout looming, companies are creating workarounds for Iranians using satellite dishes.  —  • LAHORE, PAKISTAN… Read More

A closer look at Microsoft Azure Arc


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As Mary Jo Foley reported this week, hybrid cloud drew a cluster of announcements at Microsoft Ignite last week. Among them were announcements for general availability of Azure Arc enabled server that enables connecting any server to Azure where it can be managed on a single pane of glass , and the public preview of Azure Arc enabled data services, which include a choice of SQL Server Managed Instance and PostgreSQL Hyperscale.

A year after Azure Arc’s announcement, over a thousand preview customers have given the software-defined hybrid platform the stress test and the core platform is now entering general release. Given that hybrid cloud computing can mean many different things – are we talking appliance or software, vendor- or enterprise-control, Kubernetes or not — we thought it would be a good time to look more closely at what the hybrid cloud experience will mean

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Windows XP source code leaked online, on 4chan, out of all places

The source code for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and other Microsoft operating systems have been published online this week.

The OS sources were leaked online as a 42.9 GB torrent file on 4chan, an online message board often frequented by trolls and extremist groups. 

The content of this torrent file includes source code for several of Microsoft’s older operating systems, such as Windows 2000, Embedded (CE 3, CE 4, CE 5, CE, 7), Windows NT (3.5 and 4), XP, and Server 2003.

The files also contained the source code of the first Xbox operating system, MS-DOS (3.30 and 6), and the source code for various Windows 10 components.

While Microsoft hasn’t confirmed the leak yet, several Windows experts who analyzed the files said they appeared to be legitimate, but also played down the importance of the leak.

Many of the files leaked this week have actually leaked years before,

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