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TechNN Archive: Sunday, August 19, 2012
 

 

Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft once ruled the world. So what went wrong?" The Observer 7:58 AM
  • "Microsoft Succumbs To Worstall's Law" Forbes 9:07 AM
  • "Microsoft Office a big draw for Windows tablets?" CNET News 7:47 PM
  • "Pricing for Microsoft's Consumer Tablet Revealed: Microsoft's Surface RT is expected to release in October, taking on the iPad and Kindle Fire" International Business Times 7:49 AM
  • "Microsoft Office a big draw for Windows tablets? Microsoft Office has been an essential tool for PCs. But how important is it for tablets?" CNET News 9:40 PM
  • "Why Windows 8 still isn't my idea" Neowin 7:58 AM
  • "HP to pursue consumer tablets after all with new Mobility division" ZDNet 6:19 PM
  • "HP's Mobility Global Business Unit to focus on consumer tablets" Mobot 7:55 AM
  • "Google and Oracle Disclose Few Paid Relationships for Trial" PC Magazine 5:05 PM
  • "Google To Enhance Travel Searches With Frommer's Acquisition" Seeking Alpha 7:34 AM
  • "Marissa Mayer snags another ex-Googler for Yahoo: Web pioneer's new chief has hired at least two former co-workers from her former co-workers since being named CEO last month." CNET News 5:04 PM
  • "Marissa Mayer Grabs Another Googler And Makes Andrew Schulte Chief Of Staff At Yahoo" Business Insider 5:05 PM
  • "Google says it didn't pay bloggers to cover Oracle lawsuit" Bloomberg 8/18
  • "Oracle agrees to pay $2 million to settle allegations in India" Moneylife 8/18
  • "Oracle Makes More Moves To Kill Open Source MySQL" TechCrunch 8/18
  • "Microsoft once ruled the world. So what went wrong? Microsoft is suffering a slow death by committee as bureaucracy stifles the company's core creativity" The Guardian 8/18
  • "Microsoft eyes the iPad: Microsoft's Surface RT will be priced to compete with the iPad. $199 Android rivals notwithstanding." CNET News 8/18
  • "Microsoft Backtracks Plan to Reject Apps with Metro in Title" Tom's Hardware 8/18
  • "Microsoft Surface tablet - 3 million to be built" T3 8/18
  • "Goodbye, Growth. Hello, Dividends. Cisco Hikes Payout 75%." Barron's 8/18
  • "How IBM manages to pay just 7 per cent tax despite billion pound profits from government deals" Daily Mail (UK) 8/18
  • "IBM plans to make more storage purchases after Texas Memory" Bloomberg 8/18
  • "Kenya seals deal to host IBM's pioneer research hub in Africa" The Citizen 8/18
  • "Intel, Motorola, HP and Apple Praised for Clean Mineral Efforts" Associated Press 8/18
  • "Ultrabooks top every student's 'must-have' list: A buying guide to the latest models that offer the biggest bang for your back-to-school buck" Vancouver Sun 8/18
General Interest
  • "Hulu's CEO Jason Kilar could be giving up the ship" CNET News 9:41 PM
  • "OLED: What we know/Organic Light Emitting Diode HDTVs are coming. We take a look at the what, where, who, why, and whatchamacallit of OLED." CNET Reviews 9:41 PM
  • "Early chip engineer Victor Poor dies at 79" CNET News 7:46 PM
  • "Antivirus Suites Struggle to Block Exploit-based Attacks" Techworld 2:33 PM
  • "Much Ado about Digital Theatre's streaming of Shakespeare" GigaOM 7:39 AM
  • "UK's internet video regulator is here to stay" paidContent 7:39 AM
  • "Stealth SMS payment malware identified in Chinese Android app stores, 500,000 devices infected" The Next Web 7:39 AM
  • "New Wave of Deft Robots Is Changing Global Industry" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8/18
  • "Developers slam Twitter's new restrictions on access" CNET News 8/18
  • "Hashtag hijacks: When Twitter bites back" The Next Web 8/18
  • "Data Loss Prevention Is Better -- And Cheaper -- Than The Cure" Forbes 8/18
  • "Merchants and Shoppers Sour on Daily Deal Sites" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8/17
  • "Forget the Web, Start-Ups Get Real: Entrepreneurs Design Appliances, Guitars as Economics of Electronics Change" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8/17
  • "Steam introducing 'Big Picture' mode for PC gaming on TV" Yahoo! News 8/17
  • "Twitter Changes Incite Online Protests" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8/17
  • "PayPal could heat up mobile payments race if McDonald's test pays off" Reuters 8/17
  • "Samsung wins approval to develop $822 million R&D center in Korea" The Next Web 8/17
  • "Shamoon malware cripples Windows PCs to cover tracks: Targeted attacks end with erased files and unbootable computers" Computerworld 8/17
  • "Penelope Cruz dons mustache to play Super Mario in ad: Nintendo is appealing to those with refined artistic taste by featuring the Oscar-winning actress in a new ad." CNET News 8/17
  • "Sprint throws $400 at families who ditch Verizon and AT&T" BGR 8/17
  • "Fujitsu making laptops from unwanted CDs and DVDs" Engadget 8/17
  • "Google Invents 3D Video Conferencing for Notebooks & Beyond" Patent Bolt 8/17
  • "Def Con XX: twenty years of hacker evolution" The Verge 8/17
  • "Facebook Passed Yahoo To Become The Second Largest Video Site In The U.S. In July" TechCrunch 8/17
  • "GameStop's cloud streaming will spurn consoles, hang with PCs, tabs and TVs only" Engadget 8/17
  • "Shamoon virus targets energy sector infrastructure" BBC 8/17
  • "Layoffs sweep RIM's Halifax office, nearly 25% of staff let go" BGR 8/17
  • "Sony starts pushing Android 4.0 update to Xperia P owners, Xperia U and more coming soon" Engadget 8/17
  • "Twitter changes provokes anger from developers" BBC 8/17
  • "Facebook finally deletes the deleted: Facebook finds a fix for erasing the past, Google makes app updating easier, and Instagram maps out your photos." CNET News 8/17
  • "Facebook users care more about 'looking good than intelligent'" Metro UK 8/17
  • "Report: Nintendo not doing enough to rid products of conflict minerals" Wired UK 8/17
  • "Nintendo slammed for conflict mineral negligence" TG Daily 8/17
  • "Kickstarter projects generate millions of dollars" Yahoo! News 8/17
  • "Google adding panoramic views of Mayan ruins" Yahoo! News 8/17
  • "Google's anti-piracy move prompts file-sharers' reply: Two file-sharing websites claim the new way in which Google is organising its search results will drive more traffic directly to their home pages." BBC 8/17
  • "Google plots first tablet television campaign" Media Week 8/17
  • "Google Introduces Country-Specific Domain Registration Options for Apps Customers" Computerworld.in 8/17
  • "Discover gets friendly with Google Wallet" Gadgetell 8/17
  • "Google Wallet gets even more open, simpler" TG Daily 8/17
  • "Google Plus Introduces 'Studio Mode' for Music Lovers" Social Barrel 8/17
  • "Google Voice Search for Android supports 13 new languages: All the 13 languages Google added are European" Computerworld 8/17
  • "Rio Ferdinand fined for 'choc ice' tweet: Rio Ferdinand has been found guilty of improper conduct and fined £45,000 by the Football Association for comments on Twitter." BBC 8/17
Press Releases
  • "AMD PowerTune Boost to break out the GPU's limitation" TweakTown 8/17
Microsoft
  • "Why won't Microsoft let you store porn in the cloud?" VentureBeat 1:20 PM
  • "Out, Damned Stock! Web 2.0 IPOs Hope for an Amazon Ending." AllThingsD 1:19 PM
  • "Should I buy a computer now or wait until Windows 8 is released?" PCWorld Australia 7:51 AM
  • "Windows 8 setup shows 'Do Not Track' options: As promised by Microsoft's top privacy exec, Windows 8 tells users that the new privacy feature will be turned on" Computerworld 8/17
  • "IEEE admits its MS-DOS history revisionist is in Microsoft's pay: CP/M, QDOS diff man is Redmond 'expert witness'" The Register 8/17
  • "How To enable touch pad gestures on Windows 8 laptops: The new Windows 8 RTM doesn't seem to support touch pad gestures out of the box, so you may need to download the drivers yourself." CNET News 8/17
  • "Microsoft reorganizes its Server and Tools unit/Summary: Now that Windows Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012 are starting to roll out to customers, Microsoft is making some org changes to the unit that built the products." ZDNet 8/17
  • "How corporate bickering hobbled better Web audio: Microsoft helped create new technology for improving online audio and speech. Now the company's fighting against it. How'd that happen?" CNET News 8/17
  • "Bill Gates kicks off search for toilet of the future" Yahoo! News 8/17
Government/Law/Politics
  • "Assange to speak from Ecuador embassy in diplomatic standoff" Reuters 7:33 AM
  • "Judge rejects Facebook's 'Sponsored Stories' settlement" CNET News 8/18
  • "In Embassy Drama, Eyes of Police (and Public) Focus on Assange" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8/18
  • "The Auto Insurance Case That Blew Up on the Internet" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8/17
  • "Judge rejects Facebook settlement over ad feature" Yahoo! News 8/17
  • "Drug Enforcement Administration only has 40 TB of electronic storage worldwide: Two terabytes of eVidence against a defendant is burdening DEA's servers." Ars Technica 8/17
  • "CFPB proposes no-point, no-fee mortgages" MarketWatch 8/17
  • "Riots: Anthony Gristock fails to appear for sentence: A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a man who created a Facebook page encouraging violence in Cardiff during last year's summer riots." BBC 8/17
  • "Megaupload boss wins right to see US evidence" AFP 8/17
  • "Australian accounts hacked in $25m splurge, says AFP" AFP 8/17
  • "Belfast judge orders Facebook to identify abusive account holders" BBC 8/17
  • "U.S. State Department cancels $16.5M Kindle contract: The U.S. Department of State had expected to buy the devices and systems from Amazon" Computerworld 8/17
Analysis/Editorial/Help/Opinion
  • "Why No One Has Tamed Email" TechCrunch 6:17 PM
  • "Switched On: the watch and the workhorse" Engadget 5:05 PM
  • "The Facebook IPO Proves The New Rule That Private Markets Trump Public Markets" Forbes 5:04 PM
  • "Why Does Google Hate Me? Analysis: In the latest snafu, Google Docs erased my files: but only when I tried to view them in Chrome. Really, Google?" PCWorld 5:04 PM
  • "A Printer Freezes Up, and the Maker Does, Too" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8/18
  • "Review: SaneBox a simple solution for your insane email problem" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 8/18
  • "Drought in FarmVille: Zynga's destructive downturn" The Next Web 8/18
  • "One Thing That Could Make Facebook's Stock Surge" 24/7 Wall St. 8/18
  • "How To Deal with Someone Unfriending You" Gizmodo 8/17
  • "Hey, Twitter — shouldn't it be about the users?" GigaOM 8/17
  • "An Impotent Facebook Army: Non-voters Favor Obama 2-1" TechCrunch 8/17
  • "Why the Google Play experience is about to rival iTunes" GigaOM 8/17
  • "New from Twitter: crowdsourced analytics" GigaOM 8/17
  • "New York artist fashions dead drop from dying hardware, mounts DVD burner in city wall" Engadget 8/17
  • "Friday Poll: What could Best Buy do to survive? Electronics retailing is a cutthroat world and Best Buy seems to be dropping to the bottom of the pile. What could the company do to revive itself?" CNET News 8/17
  • "Review: Nintendo's 3DS XL expands the system's screen, and its appeal/The larger system offers improved form factor without sacrificing portability" Ars Technica 8/17
  • "Nintendo 3DS Grows: Videogame Maker Updates Hand-Held With Larger Displays" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8/17
Acquisitions/Deals/Investments/Mergers
  • "The Facebook-Instagram deal is now worth just $738 million" The Next Web 8:53 PM
  • "Banks get $100M for 'stabilizing' Facebook's IPO; uh, where was the stabilization?" VentureBeat 1:20 PM
  • "Reports: OnLive fires all staff, service's future unclear (updated)/Company may return in a new, leaner form." Ars Technica 8/17
  • "Hon Hai raises the stakes, wants 20 percent ownership of Sharp" The Verge 8/17
  • "Facebook, Zynga and Groupon unlock pain: Analysts say future IPOs may have to tangle with lock-up question" MarketWatch 8/17
  • "Kodak: Maybe We Won't Sell Our Digital Imaging Patents" AllThingsD 8/17
  • "Yahoo on the hunt for COO with business skills, Report says: The Report claims that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wants to free herself up to focus on products, and leave the daily business activities to the COO." CNET News 8/17
  • "Trulia Goes After Zillow's Real Estate, Files $75M IPO; Now Has 22M Monthly Users" TechCrunch 8/17
  • "Former Google Policy Chief And Tumblr VP Andrew McLaughlin Joins Betaworks As EIR" TechCrunch 8/17
Tech Stocks
  • "3 Fundamental Semiconductor Companies Worth Considering On A Pullback" Seeking Alpha 1:18 PM
  • "Apple and Cisco Lead the Market Higher: The summer rally has pushed stocks up 11% on low volume, but don't expect a lot for the rest of the month. The case for Deere and Pilgrim's Pride." Barron's [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8/18
  • "Cisco's Big Week Overshadows Apple's: Tech Recap" TheStreet 8/18
  • "U.S. stocks rise for sixth straight week" MarketWatch 8/17
  • "Groupon stock caps off a week of lows" Yahoo! News 8/17
  • "Evercore lowers Groupon rating to underweight" MarketWatch 8/17
  • "Midday Glance: Computer companies" CBS News 8/17
  • "Final Glance: Computer companies" CBS News 8/17
  • "A look at how some IPO stocks have fared" Yahoo! News 8/17
  • "5 IPOs that shook the tech industry" MarketWatch 8/17
  • "U.S. stocks edge up, head for 6th weekly gain" MarketWatch 8/17
  • "Facebook Shares: Still Too Pricey/Hough: Even at 50% off, the social-media stock is no bargain when compared with Google" SmartMoney 8/17
  • "Facebook dips to $19 before close" MarketWatch 8/17
  • "What the Facebook skeptics know/Commentary: Massive lockups, insider sales a signal to stay away" MarketWatch 8/17
  • "Facebook Second-Worst IPO Performer After Share Lock-Up" Bloomberg 8/17
  • "Facebook Investors Cash Out: Sales Ban Lifted on Early Backers; Zuckerberg Acknowledges 'Painful' Stock Drop" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8/17
  • "Zuckerberg: Facebook Stock Price Swoon Has Been 'Painful' to Watch [Report] Mashable 8/17
  • "Acer scrapes $14.5 million in profit as it becomes world's third biggest PC maker" Engadget 8/17
  • "Acer Misses Profit Estimates on One-Time Tax Charge" 24/7 Wall St. 8/17
  • "Acer Swings To Net Profit In 2Q; Slow Sales, Stiff Competition In 3Q" FOXBusiness 8/17



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New York Times (Updated 9:10 PM CDT)
  • "Tesla Directors Do Damage Control After Elon Musk Tweets"
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  • "New 'Foreshadow' Flaw Exploits Intel Chips To Steal Protected Data"
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Reuters (Updated 9:10 PM CDT)
  • "Soros Fund Management adds popular tech names, BlackRock in second quarter"
  • "Musk bid for Tesla: no formal offer, no firm deals with advisers"
  • "A look at Tesla's nine-member board"
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  • "Intel discloses three more chip flaws"
  • "Tinder founders sue parent IAC, saying it owes them billions"
ZDNet (Updated 9:10 PM CDT)
  • "Verizon bringing 5G to Indianapolis"
  • "Sprint and LG announce 5G phone for 2019"
  • "Microsoft quietly makes 'Your Phone' Android app available to mainstream Windows 10 users"
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