Amazon RDS Update – Console Update, RDS Recommendations, Performance Insights, M5 Instances, MySQL 8, MariaDB 10.3, and More

It is time for a quick Amazon RDS update. I’ve got lots of news to share:
Console Update – The RDS Console has a fresh, new look.
RDS Recommendations – You now get recommendations that will help you to configure your database instances per our best practices.
Performance Insights for MySQL – You can peer deep inside of MySQL and understand more about how your queries are processed.
M5 Instances – You can now use MySQL and MariaDB on M5 instances.
MySQL 8.0 – You can now use MySQL 8.0 in production form.
MariaDB 10.3 – You can now use MariaDB 10.3 in production form.
Let’s take a closer look…
Console Update The RDS Console took on a fresh, new look earlier this year. We made it available to you in preview form during development, and it is now the standard experience for all AWS users. You can see an


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Amazon’s Move Off Oracle Caused Prime Day Outage in One of its Biggest Warehouses, Internal Report Says

Amazon is learning how hard it can be to move off of Oracle’s database software. From a report: On Prime Day, while the e-retailer was dealing with a major website glitch that slowed sales, the company was also dealing with a technical problem in Ohio at one of its biggest warehouses, leading to thousands of delayed package deliveries, according to an internal report obtained by CNBC. The problem was in large part due to Amazon’s migration from Oracle’s database to its own technology, the documents show. The outage underscores the challenge Amazon faces as it looks to move completely off Oracle’s database by 2020, and how difficult it is to re-create that level of reliability. It also shows that Oracle’s database is more efficient in some aspects than Amazon’s rival software, a point that Oracle will likely emphasize during this week’s annual OpenWorld conference in San Francisco.

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Apps Installed On Millions Of Android Phones Tracked User Behavior To Execute A Multimillion Dollar Ad Fraud Scheme

A new investigation uncovers a sophisticated ad fraud scheme involving more than 125 Android apps and websites, some of which were targeted at kids. From a report: Last April, Steven Schoen received an email from someone named Natalie Andrea who said she worked for a company called We Purchase Apps. She wanted to buy his Android app, Emoji Switcher. But right away, something seemed off. “I did a little bit of digging because I was a little sketched out because I couldn’t really find even that the company existed,” Schoen told BuzzFeed News. The We Purchase Apps website listed a location in New York, but the address appeared to be a residence. “And their phone number was British. It was just all over the place,” Schoen said. It was all a bit weird, but nothing indicated he was about to see his app end up in the hands of an


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Microsoft releases Exchange 2019 – but there’s no way to deploy it

Microsoft on Monday released Exchange 2019, the newest version of its venerable email server. But with Windows Server 2019 still in software purgatory, customers were unable to deploy or even test the on-premises, perpetual-license software.”We’re pleased to announce the final build of Exchange Server 2019 is now available and can be downloaded from the Volume Licensing Service Center,” Microsoft announced in a blog post.To read this article in full, please click here


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Firefox 63 blocks tracking cookies, offers a VPN when you need one

Firefox 63, out today, includes the first iteration of what Mozilla is calling Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP), a feature to improve privacy and stop your activity across the Web from being tracked.
Tracking cookies store some kind of unique identifier that represents your browser. The cookie is tied to a third-party domain—the domain of the tracking company, rather than the site you’re visiting. Each site you visit that embeds the tracking cookie will allow the tracking company to see the sites you visit and, using that unique identifier, cross-reference different visits to different sites to build a picture of your online behavior.

The new option to block third-party tracking cookies but permit other third-party cookies. (credit: Mozilla)

Firefox has long had the ability to block all third-party cookies, but this is a crude solution, and many sites will break if all third-party cookies are prohibited. The new EPT option works as a more


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Federal appeals court rules Georgia laws are public domain

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Friday that annotations that were “made an inextricable part of Georgia’s laws” cannot be copyrighted by the state.
The court said that in general, laws cannot be copyrighted because they are “authored by the People.” After examining the identity of the authors, the authority of the annotations, and the process of writing the annotations, the court concluded “that the annotations in the [Official Code of Georgia Annotated] are sufficiently law-like so as to be properly regarded as a sovereign work,”that is, a work created by the people.”
The intellectual property suit was brought by Georgia against Public.Resource.Org after the organization had posted free copies of the annotated laws online. Previously, the annotations (as well as statutes and court opinions) were only available behind a pay-wall. Public.Resource.Org paid for the copies of the laws that it posted.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which had submitted an amicus brief, praised the decision. The organization said,


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YouTube Is Investing $20 Million In Educational Content, Creators

YouTube is creating a new Learning Fund program where it will invest $20 million toward education content. The announcement was made today by Malik Ducard, global head of learning. The Verge reports: Channels like TED-Ed, dedicated to educational Ted Talks, and Hank and John Green’s Crash Course have already secured additional funding, according to YouTube’s blog post. The company plans to invest in content from independent creators, like the Green brothers, as well as traditional news sources and educational organizations to broaden its content offering.

YouTube’s Learning Fund has a nice ring to it, but it isn’t a philanthropic charity. An FAQ about the program states that “successful applicants must enter into a written agreement with YouTube. This agreement will contain more details about required deliverables, payment timelines, and other terms and conditions.” Creators must maintain a minimum of 25,000 subscribers. Those applying to the program also don’t need to


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Parity founder demos Substrate, live launches a blockchain in minutes instead of days or weeks

While the blockchain world has seemingly blazed along in the last 18 months, much of the action has been in the currency world. The underlying technologies building this world are growing at an equally blistering rate, but until now few have threatened to ‘game the game’. Today at the Web3 Summit in Berlin, Parity Technologies founder Gavin Wood demoed launching a blockchain in under 60 minutes, a previously unheard-of feat. Although it was hard to ascertain the demeanor of the quiet, and often subdued crowd of hardcore, hoodie-wearing blockchain developers arraigned before him in the vaulted, wooden paneling of East Berlin’s old DDR-era symphony hall, the excited chatter in the hallway after the presentation was palpable.
In a grand gesture, Wood launched a new blockchain in about 15 minutes from a brand new Mac laptop, from which he dramatically tore off the shrink wrap, in order to demonstrate how little time


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