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TechNN Archive: Sunday, July 14, 2013
 

 

Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Reorg: The Missing Answer" Monday Note 5:31 PM
  • "Clippy hits the road as Office 365 expands to 38 new countries" Engadget 7:24 AM
  • "Ballmer pushes 'family of devices' as Microsoft's new mantra: Windows now simply a 'shell,' says CEO" Computerworld New Zealand 7:16 PM
  • "Memo To Microsoft: Walk Away From Nokia" Seeking Alpha 9:06 PM
  • "Microsoft Sues US Customs For Allowing Motorola Phones Into America" redOrbit 7:49 AM
  • "Can Microsoft Reorganize Itself To Success?" Seeking Alpha 7:10 AM
  • "Microsoft Should Turn In Another Good Quarter On July 18th" Seeking Alpha 11:08 AM
  • "Microsoft Cuts Price of Surface RT Tablet by Up to 30%" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 9:36 PM
  • "Microsoft cuts price on Surface RT tablets by up to 30 percent: Tech titan reduces the prices to two of its in-house tablets by $150 in apparent attempt to drum up sales." CNET News 5:07 PM
  • "Microsoft chops Surface RT price to $349: One Microsoft bull urges consumers to take a pass, even at that price" Computerworld 8:31 PM
  • "In Dell Battle, a Founder Hopes to Reclaim His Legacy" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:37 PM
  • "Carl Icahn improves Dell counter-offer: Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has improved his bid to thwart proposals to take computer maker Dell private." BBC 7:45 AM
  • "Talk Business: Hewlett-Packard To Lay Off 500 In Conway; Metropolitan Bank Acquired" The Times Record 7:46 AM
  • "Intel's Haswell-X Xeon EP Processor Surfaces in Malaysia" Tom's Hardware 7:48 AM
  • "Specifications of upcoming Celeron and Core i5 Ivy Bridge CPUs" CPU World 7:48 AM
  • "Intel Is Likely To Report A Miss July 17, But Fear Not - It Should Not Matter" Seeking Alpha 7:11 AM
  • "Meet The Woman Charged With Transforming Oracle's Sales Force" Business Insider 7:51 AM
  • "Dell committee has 'substantial reservations' about Carl Icahn's latest offer" The Next Web 7/13
  • "Icahn raises bid in last-ditch effort to thwart Michael Dell news" domain-b 7/13
  • "Google-paid German patent appeals judge testified on Huawei-ZTE case pending in his own circuit" Foss Patents 7/13
  • "Google drops one counterclaim and three affirmative defenses ahead of Microsoft FRAND trial" Foss Patents 7/13
  • "Intel may launch internet TV service using OnCue name" Engadget 7/13
  • "Intel to Launch Internet TV Service called OnCue" I4U News 7/13
  • "Internet-Based Intel TV Service Will Be Called OnCue" Softpedia 7/13
  • "Intel Atom Z2580 AnTuTu benchmark falls 20% following revision" SlashGear 7/13
  • "Cisco Taps Sage for Americas Distribution VP Post" The VAR Guy 7/13
  • "The PC Market Isn't Dead Yet, but It's Barely Breathing" Barron's 7/13
General Interest
  • "Attention Shopper: Stores Are Tracking Your Cell" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:54 PM
  • "In Kuwait, Instagram is big business for sellers" The Verge 5:53 PM
  • "Inside the solar-powered plane that crossed the US" Ars Technica 1:47 PM
  • "YouTube's massive Los Angeles studio helps creators make better videos, for free" The Verge 12:51 PM
  • "Moto X will sport always-on voice commands, leaked video shows: New voice command feature will allow users to initiate commands without touching a button, according to a new purported demonstration video." CNET News 12:14 PM
  • "Dual-SIM HTC Butterfly S certified for China, comes with removable back cover" Engadget 9:44 AM
  • "Iowa banking on data storage demand: Facebook, Microsoft and Google data centers expanding, moving to Iowa" Cedar Rapids Gazette 7:50 AM
  • "Google Patent Points to Google Glass Retail Kits Designed for Prescription Glasses Market" Patent Bolt 8:57 AM
  • "Hello, tomorrow: Smart tech and accidental espionage/From Google Glass to Kinect to the Goji smart lock, good luck avoiding a new generation of tech products that capture you on the go and at home." CNET News 7:34 AM
  • "Benchmarks suggest possible seven-inch Toshiba tablet in works" Electronista 7:21 AM
  • "Skype says it will kill its Desktop API by end of 2013" GigaOM 7/13
  • "WhatsApp update for WP8 brings in-app dialing, background agent support" Engadget 7/13
  • "Meet the Moto X face-to-face in new leak: Photo reveals soft buttons and perhaps a new version of Android." CNET News 7/13
  • "Google tackles Rubik's Cube with museum partnership: The Internet giant will help bring 'Beyond Rubik's Cube' online as lead creative partner for the Liberty Science Center's 2014 exhibit focusing on the famous puzzle." CNET News 7/13
  • "Detroit takes on Tesla Motors with an electric Cadillac" Quartz 7/13
  • "10 Things The Tech Industry Should Fix Before Anyone Takes A Vacation" ReadWrite 7/12
  • "Elon Musk's Planned 'Hyperloop' Transport System Will Travel from LA to SF in 30 Minutes" DailyTech 7/12
  • "Grim News for PC Makers as Global Shipments Decline Again" PC Magazine 7/12
  • "Data Scientists Reveal What It Looks Like When A Facebook Photo Goes Viral" Business Insider 7/12
  • "People Are Getting Plastic Surgery To Look Better On Facebook" Business Insider 7/12
  • "Eric Schmidt Talks Motorola, Microsoft Immigration and NSA" CNBC 7/12
  • "Google Finance now displays stock exchange data for Brazil, Turkey, Thailand, Austria, and Switzerland" The Next Web 7/12
  • "The Technical Leader Of Google Glass Is Developing Technology That Would Allow A Dog To Talk To A Human" Business Insider 7/12
  • "Haswell-powered mObi robot with Microsoft Kinect will help restock supermarket shelves [Video] The Inquirer 7/12
  • "How Locu Became Every Local Business's Personal Publisher" AllThingsD 7/12
  • "Pebble Passes 275K Orders, 1M App Downloads" PC Magazine 7/12
  • "'Portable' computer from 1979 wins CNET's old tech contest" CNET News 7/12
  • "Raspberry Pi and Spotify are powering Volvo's Twitter Jukebox" The Inquirer 7/12
  • "Samsung Concept Video Envisions Future of Wearables, Smartphones" PC Magazine 7/12
  • "These Synthesia Glasses Help Blind People 'See' Via Sonar" Gizmodo 7/12
  • "The World's Smartest News Reader: It's called Prismatic, and it may have solved one of the Internet's oldest problems." Slate 7/12
Press Releases
Microsoft
  • "Why Microsoft's reorganization closes the books on an era of computing" GigaOM 4:51 PM
  • "Microsoft and key retailers chop Surface RT prices by $150/Summary: Microsoft has slashed Surface RT prices by $150 in its latest move to clear the channel of its first-generation ARM-based tablet/PC hybrids." ZDNet 4:59 PM
  • "Microsoft: There's work to do with Xbox One message" Destructoid 7/13
  • "Watch Steve Ballmer Talking About the One and Only Microsoft" Softpedia 7/13
Government/Law/Politics
  • "German Chancellor Merkel urges better data protection rules" BBC 5:32 PM
  • "Has Patent, Will Sue: An Alert to Corporate America" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7/13
  • "Court tosses some of Nokia, Huawei and ZTE's FRAND counterclaims against InterDigital" Foss Patents 7/13
  • "Estonia publishes its e-voting source code on GitHub" Ars Technica 7/13
  • "Russia Has Received No Asylum Request From Snowden, Officials Say" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7/13
  • "Russia 'has not received' Snowden asylum bid" BBC 7/13
Analysis/Editorial/Help/Opinion
  • "Revolv Shows What Home Automation Powered By Google Glass Could Look Like [Video] Redmond Pie 8:08 PM
  • "Switched On: Nook tablet, an epilogue" Engadget 5:07 PM
  • "Mac pros: Is it time to consider a hackintosh?" Digital Trends 4:57 PM
  • "Why Behavior Change Apps Fail To Change Behavior" TechCrunch 7:30 AM
  • "How to Become a Social Media Ninja in 6 Easy Steps" Social Barrel 7:30 AM
  • "How software can help you tell your boss where to stick his job: PlanetSoho believes that all you have to do to leave corporate life and start your business is to get your hands on one of its toolkits. Can it really be so easy? CNET's Chris Matyszczyk wonders." CNET News 7/13
  • "Oculus explains the battles against latency and motion sickness in VR" Engadget 7/13
  • "A bigger bang: Emotiva Airmotiv 5 speaker/Emotiva self-powered speakers have long been Audiophiliac favorites, but he's just now getting acquainted with the midsize Airmotiv 5s." CNET News 7/13
  • "Social Media Sites Good For Employers, Bad For Employees" redOrbit 7/13
  • "How Social Media Influence Businesses [Infographic] Social Barrel 7/13
  • "Should I ditch Android for Nokia's Lumia 1020?" CNET News 7/13
  • "NSA and law enforcement should buy the data they need" ZDNet 7/12
  • "First there was BYOD, but what about bringing your own internet of things?" GigaOM 7/12
  • "Big Data's Dehumanizing Impact On Public Policy" ReadWrite 7/12
  • "Big data: not just a buzzword but a fact of life" Memeburn 7/12
  • "Don't Mess With Defaults!" Rixstep 7/12
  • "The promise and perils of replacing your hard drive with Dropbox" PCWorld 7/12
  • "How An Engineering Toy For Girls Went From Kickstarter To Bestseller" ReadWrite 7/12
  • "5 Unexpected Benefits Of A 30-Day Exile From Facebook" Business Insider 7/12
  • "How Facebook turned your identity into a commodity" Engadget 7/12
  • "Is Facebook Inc's Graph Search Worth Its Salt?" Minyanville 7/12
  • "HTML5 vs. Apps: Where The Debate Stands Now, And Why It Matters" Business Insider 7/12
  • "Internet pioneer Vint Cerf talks online privacy, Google Glass and the future of libraries" The Next Web 7/12
  • "The Internet's destroying work — and turning the old middle-class into the new proletariat" Salon 7/12
  • "Your grammar is irrelevant — how technology is influencing language" Memeburn 7/12
  • "Microsoft must change its corporate culture not just structure: Analysis Deep changes are needed" The Inquirer 7/12
  • "Hey, Maybe the PC Isn't Dying: But it's about to get harder to categorize." Techland 7/12
  • "The PC Market Will Survive, but the Old Gods Could Die" The Motley Fool 7/12
  • "There's a Silver Lining to the Latest PC Disaster" The Motley Fool 7/12
Acquisitions/Deals/Investments/Mergers
  • "Lyft's sale of Zimride shows how ride sharing hasn't caught on in the U.S. yet" GigaOM 7/13
  • "Owners Call Off Hulu Sale: Plan Calls for $750 Million Investment to Boost Growth" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7/12
  • "AT&T picks up more spectrum with Leap Wireless acquisition" ZDNet 7/12
  • "AT&T to Buy Leap Wireless for $1.2 Billion" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7/12
  • "AT&T to pay hefty $1.2 billion for Leap in latest telco deal" Reuters 7/12
  • "AT&T to acquire Leap Wireless in $1.2 billion deal: The carrier has reached an agreement to buy the prepaid wireless provider, which operates the Cricket brand, for $15 a share in cash." CNET News 7/12
  • "AT&T to buy Leap Wireless for $1.1B; Cricket brand will survive" VentureBeat 7/12
  • "AT&T to Acquire Leap Wireless for $1.19 Billion in Cash" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7/12
  • "AT&T to Acquire Leap Wireless, Cricket Brand" PC Magazine 7/12
  • "Is Bitcoin Crashing As Of Early July 2013?" Forbes 7/12
  • "Coinbase makes Bitcoin buying more accessible with 'instant purchases'" VentureBeat 7/12
  • "Where will those expected tech profits come from?Commentary: Estimates looking good for second-half rebound" MarketWatch 7/12
  • "WebMD Prescribes Higher Revenue and Profits" 24/7 Wall St. 7/12
Tech Stocks
  • "Tech Stocks: Microsoft, Dell slip; Yelp, Netflix jump/Carl Icahn's plan to keep PC maker public stirs up more debate" MarketWatch 7/12
  • "Stocks close at records, Boeing sinks" CNNMoney 7/12
  • "Stocks Gain as S&P Books Record High" TheStreet 7/12
  • "Stock Futures Falter as Traders Parse Corporate News" FOXBusiness 7/12
  • "Stocks Inch Up to New Records" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7/12
  • "Asia Markets: China stocks retreat; Japan, Australia end up/Major markets all finish the week up, led by Australia and Taiwan" MarketWatch 7/12
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks bruised by Spain, Portugal" MarketWatch 7/12
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at 1 p.m." Associated Press 7/12
  • "Midday Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares down at 1 p.m." Associated Press 7/12



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InformationWeek (Checked 8:00 AM CDT; no changes since Friday)
  • "AI and IoT: Tech's New BFFs"
New York Times (Checked 8:00 AM CDT; no changes since Friday)
  • "James Gips, Who Extended Computer Use to the Disabled, Dies at 72"
  • "Want to Feel Happier? Your Phone Can Help. (Maybe.)"
PC Magazine (Checked 8:00 AM CDT; no changes since Friday)
  • "Apple Finally Addresses MacBook Keyboard Issue With Free Repairs"
  • "Addicted to Facebook? You'll Soon Find Out"
  • "Tinder 'Picks' Highlights Your Most Promising Possible Matches"
  • "Report: Uber Driver Was Streaming 'The Voice' Before Fatal AV Crash"
  • "The Best Smart Coffee Makers"
  • "Vivitar: Not What it Used to Be"
  • "Amazon Workers: Don't Give Feds Our Facial-Recognition Tech"
  • "Deals: $199 Xbox One S Bundle, $160 Ecovacs Robot Vacuum"
  • "The AirSelfie 2 Wants to Be Your Personal Paparazzo"
  • "US Air Force Picks SpaceX for 2020 Satellite Launch" ...
Reuters (Updated 8:00 AM CDT)
  • "Xiaomi puts indefinite delay on CDRs in blow to China's plans for tech listings"
ZDNet (Checked 8:00 AM CDT; no changes since Friday)
  • "Tumblr agrees to cooperate with South Korea in their fight against online pornography"
  • "Apple to replace some MacBook, MacBook Pro keyboards due to problems"
  • "Lost your car keys? Soon, your smartphone will unlock your vehicle"
  • "A hacker figured out how to brute force iPhone passcodes"
  • "4G provision in Brazil sees mixed results"
  • "Microsoft employees ask the company to stop working with ICE"
  • "No coding skills? An AI low-code platform will guide you through the app creation process"
  • "Need to keep tabs on employees' phone activites? Save 20 percent on FoneMonitor"


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