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TechNN Archive: Sunday, July 21, 2013


Computer Industry
  • "This Is Exactly How Fast the Windows Monopoly Is Being Destroyed" Business Insider 8:09 AM
  • "More bad news for Microsoft cranks up pressure on Steve Ballmer" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:00 AM
  • "How Microsoft spent a decade 'sleeping on the job'" The Observer 8:09 AM
  • "What can we learn from the Surface RT disaster?" TabTimes 8:10 AM
  • "Touch: Where Microsoft Went Wrong" TechCrunch 8:41 PM
  • "Should Microsoft keep bashing Apple, Google? Despite financial disappointments, Microsoft has offered a new, more aggressive stance toward competitors. Instead of telling people that Apple is bad, should Microsoft start telling people why it's good? Or is that too hard?" CNET News 11:50 AM
  • "Microsoft's Xbox 360 Stands Tall in the U.S., Outsells PS3 and Wii for 30 Straight Months" HotHardware 8:09 AM
  • "Microsoft Internet Explorer Pushes Beyond Second Screen To Companion Web" Forbes 2:04 PM
  • "Can Hewlett-Packard Continue Its Good Run?" Seeking Alpha 8:05 AM
  • "Amazon vs. IBM: Big Blue meets match in battle for the cloud" Reuters 7:56 AM
  • "IBM high-fives Netflix open-source tools" GigaOM 10:14 AM
  • "What's IBM Doing at a #Mobile Conference, Anyway?" Technorati 8:12 AM
  • "Regeneron in final talks to take over Dell's Irish facility" Irish Independent 8:15 AM
  • "Intel looks to catch up with appetite for mobile devices" Arizona Republic 8:14 AM
  • "American Bill McDermott to Be Sole SAP CEO" [Paid Membership Required] 7:41 PM
  • "SAP to drop dual chief executive set-up" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 5:21 PM
  • "Facebook's Open Compute network is limited, Cisco says" Network World 2:03 PM
  • "U.N. warns on mobile cybersecurity bugs in bid to prevent attacks" Reuters 8:06 AM
  • "Microsoft shares hit by biggest sell-off since 2000" Reuters 7/20
  • "Microsoft loses $34 billion market value" Reuters 7/20
  • "Microsoft's Bad Quarter: Sign of Worse to Come?" Barron's 7/20
  • "Google appeals Motorola's loss to Microsoft in ITC patent case, still seeking Xbox import ban" Foss Patents 7/20
  • "Microsoft strategy should take hint from Apple, analyst says" Computerworld 7/20
  • "If the iPad was late, ran Windows 8, it would fail too: To say that the $900 million write-down on the Surface RT tablet is a red flag may be putting it too charitably. No product that ran the RT version of Windows 8 and came out about three years after the first tablets appeared would succeed." CNET News 7/20
  • "Exclusive: Microsoft in talks with ValueAct over board seat" Reuters 7/20
  • "Microsoft getting ready to slash price of Surface RT tablets" TechnoBloom 7/20
  • "Why Michael Dell's Buyout Deserves to Die: Dell bought time with a vote postponement, but the deal still faces some difficult shareholder math. And, unless Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer can come up with a clear turnaround plan and execute it, upside is limited from here." Barron's 7/20
  • "IBM layoffs a sign of flux: Job cuts don't dampen rumors that firm may sell some factories" Albany Times Union 7/20
General Interest
  • "Hack exposes e-mail addresses, password data for 2 million Ubuntu Forum users" Ars Technica 5:19 PM
  • "Twitter Co-Founder: Facebook Should Charge Users For Ad-Free Version" Mashable 10:13 AM
  • "SIM card flaw said to allow hijacking of millions of phones" CNET News 2:03 PM
  • "SIM Cards Have Finally Been Hacked, And The Flaw Could Affect Millions Of Phones" Forbes 8:52 AM
  • "Google Glass-Like Products Can Launch For As Low As $400" Forbes 5:21 PM
  • "Google face pressure to slow down rollout of driverless car technology" T3 7:59 AM
  • "Video: Disney Research Blasts You With Air Vortices... for Fun!" PC Magazine 5:19 PM
  • "Disney Research's AIREAL creates haptic feedback out of thin air" Engadget 7:57 AM
  • "Utah ISP owner describes the NSA 'black box' that spied on his customers" The Verge 7:57 AM
  • "Mozilla unveils 'aggressive' Firefox OS schedule: Quarterly feature releases, security updates every six weeks" The Next Web 7/20
  • "Code-breaker Alan Turing to be pardoned (finally): Vilified by the British government for his homosexuality: a fact that many say led to his suicide: the famous mathematician and Enigma code-breaker is now likely to receive a posthumous pardon." CNET News 7/20
  • "Tumblr Clarifies NSFW Policy, Adds Naughty Blogs Back to Search" PC Magazine 7/20
  • "Tumblr and Critics Tussle Over Porn Treatment" AllThingsD 7/20
  • "Official Press Shots Leak for Google's Moto X" PC Magazine 7/20
  • "Google Maps Updated: 10 Cool Features/Tour the latest version of Google Maps, now available on the iPad and the iPhone, boasting better navigation and search tools, including Google Earth's bird's-eye view." [Slideshow] InformationWeek 7/20
  • "Yahoo nears Microsoft's 2008 buyout bid price" USA Today 7/20
  • "Daily Android activations grow to 1.5 million, Google Play surpasses 50 billion downloads" BGR 7/20
  • "Motorola building a 'world-class wearables design group,' according to job posting" The Verge 7/20
Press Releases
  • "Oracle Delivers Transformational Capabilities With New In-Memory Applications for Oracle Value Chain Planning" Marketwired 7/19
  • "Microsoft Kinect used to live-translate Chinese sign language into text" Ars Technica 2:04 PM
  • "'Spartan Assault' is a great new Halo, but Microsoft is playing a risky game with Windows Phone users" GeekWire 7:57 AM
  • "After Apple deal, HopStop yanked from Windows Phone" GeekWire 7/20
  • "Surface RT: A plan worthy of the South Park Underpants Gnomes" The Register 7/20
  • "As Detroit Wobbles, So Does Microsoft" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7/19
  • "Why the Surface RT Failed and the iPad Did Not" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7/19
  • "ValueAct negotiating for seat on Microsoft board: Report/Summary: Reuters is reporting that ValueAct Capital is trying to secure a seat on the Microsoft board, a day after the company issued a weak Q4 earnings report." ZDNet 7/19
  • "Exclusive: Microsoft in talks with ValueAct over board seat - sources" Reuters 7/19
  • "Surface RT takes on the iPad and wins!" BetaNews 7/19
  • "What Should Microsoft Do With its Surface Surplus? Around six million Surface tablets are wasting away in a warehouse somewhere and I have a few ideas on how Microsoft should move them." PC Magazine 7/19
  • "Microsoft Doesn't Fear The Post-PC World: Bank On $77B In Cash And Ballmer's Shift To Devices And Cloud" Forbes 7/19
  • "Microsoft Starts To Feel the Pain" Zacks 7/19
  • "The good news for Microsoft: Its enterprise business is humming along" BGR News 7/19
  • "Microsoft - Despite Earnings Miss The Enterprise Business Remains Grossly Undervalued" Seeking Alpha 7/19
  • "Microsoft Corporation's Results Aren't That Bad" Seeking Alpha 7/19
  • "Microsoft Reports Decent Quarter, Elaborates on Big Restructuring Effort" PC Magazine 7/19
  • "Surface RT tanked, but expect Microsoft's numbers to come out rosy" InfoWorld 7/19
  • "Microsoft profits rise despite stalled Windows sales: Server and entertainment divisions take up the slack" The Inquirer 7/19
  • "Office revenue smells sweet even as PC sales stink it up" Computerworld 7/19
  • "Beating The Dead Horse That Is Microsoft Windows (Part 1)" Tech.pinions 7/19
  • "Windows 8.1 Start Screen Concept Makes Live Tiles Much More Useful" Softpedia 7/19
  • "Microsoft Xbox 360 hits 30 months as top selling games console" The Inquirer 7/19
  • "Microsoft Offering Free Xbox One Consoles to San Diego Comic-Con Attendees" Softpedia 7/19
  • "Microsoft launches Free Xbox Live Gold deal to tempt new Office 365 customers" Expert Reviews 7/19
  • "Free Xbox Live for a year when you buy Microsoft Office 365" Crave @ CNET 7/19
  • "Microsoft: Xbox One Pre-Orders Outpacing Xbox 360" PC Magazine 7/19
  • "Xbox One scores high number of preorders" CNET News 7/19
  • "Perficient snags Microsoft partner awards for cloud services" ZDNet 7/19
  • "Windows To Go: The Forgotten Version of Windows 8" Computerworld 7/19
  • "Microsoft launches SharePoint Newsfeed app" TechRadar UK 7/19
  • "Microsoft CFO: Reorganization Puts Us On The Right Track" CRN 7/19
  • "End-of-Support Won't Move Users Off Windows XP, Says Fujitsu" Softpedia 7/19
  • "Amazon Wins $600 Million Contract With The U.S Central Intelligence Agency" RazorianFly 5:31 PM
  • "Korea's Internet Explorer dependency blamed for hacking of over 100m user records since 2008" The Next Web 2:04 PM
  • "Huawei's Headaches Keep Growing: U.K. to Conduct Cybersecurity Probe" [Paid Membership Required] 11:54 AM
  • "F.C.C. Backs Plan to Update a Fund That Helps Connect Schools to the Internet" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7/20
  • "FISA court renews authority to collect phone records/U.S. intelligence officials decide to publicize the renewal of the government's surveillance program. In other words: Let the NSA spying keep on rolling." CNET News 7/19
  • "EU privacy watchdog criticizes 'Big Brother' database" PCWorld 7/19
  • "Snowden be damned: Government renews US call record order/Again, feds argue there's no 'legitimate expectation of privacy' over metadata." Ars Technica 7/19
  • "Ex-NSA chief: Huawei spies for China, Snowden security leak 'most destructive' in U.S. history" InfoWorld 7/19
  • "Huawei's Headaches Keep Growing: Company Denies Spying Claims; U.K. to Conduct Cybersecurity Probe" [Paid Membership Required] 7/19
  • "Huawei Spies For China, Says Former NSA And CIA Chief Michael Hayden" Business Insider 7/19
  • "Former CIA and NSA head says Huawei spies for China: Only chap to head both spook agencies rates company 'unambiguous national security threat'" The Register 7/19
  • "UK discovers Huawei UK staff is auditing Huawei kit, orders probe" The Register 7/19
  • "UK government to scrutinise Huawei cybersecurity centre" Telegraph 7/19
  • "U.K. to Probe Huawei Cyber-Security Center" PC Magazine 7/19
  • "UK to probe Huawei's cybersecurity evaluation center" PCWorld 7/19
  • "UK government investigates Huawei's cyber security centre" The Inquirer 7/19
  • "U.K. to probe Huawei's cybersecurity evaluation center" InfoWorld 7/19
  • "Huawei vice president orders spying critics to 'put up or shut up'" Electronista 7/19
  • "Huawei denies spying allegations by former CIA chief" BBC 7/19
  • "Huawei on government allegations it aids Chinese espionage: 'That's Racist!'" 9 to 5 Google 7/19
  • "'Huawei hits back over spying fears: 'Defamatory remarks' are distractions from real-world espionage'/"  7/19
  • "NSA chief supports tech firms disclosing more on PRISM requests" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 7/19
  • "U.K. gov't data snooping demands spike by 16 percent" ZDNet 7/19
  • "UK communications data surveillance demands rise" The Inquirer 7/19
  • "UK police and spy agencies place 570,000 requests for phone and web data in 2012" V3 7/19
  • "Samsung close to sealing deal with FBI, Navy on device supply" ZDNet 7/19
  • "Special purpose micro-datacenter deployed for emergencies" ZDNet 7/19
  • "White House Previews Overhauled" PC Magazine 7/19
  • "When Zuckerberg Thought His Sales Guy Was 50 Cent" TechCrunch 9:36 PM
  • "Aereo could win big in fee dispute between CBS and Time Warner Cable" The Verge 8:41 PM
  • "5 Benefits of Cloud Computing You Aren't Likely To See In A Sales Brochure" Forbes 8:28 PM
  • "App keeps NSA abreast of your phone activity" CNET News 5:33 PM
  • "Ars Technica System Guide: July 2013/Cheaper, better, faster, stronger. (There was a new Daft Punk album this year.)" Ars Technica 5:21 PM
  • "9 ways that 3D printing is going to change business" The Next Web 8:51 AM
  • "Twitter Founder Says Facebook Can Make $12 Billion Selling Subscriptions -- He's Wrong" Forbes 8:05 AM
  • "How to back up your Android smartphone to your PC" Digital Trends 7:57 AM
  • "Does your IP address betray you to data-harvesters?" Network World 7/20
  • "After Mobile: Smarter TVs" Forbes 7/20
  • "Chrome OS beta update brings 'immersive' mode, smarter app search and UI tweaks" Engadget 7/20
  • "Google Maps Updated: 10 Cool Features" [Slideshow] InformationWeek 7/20
  • "How A 20-Year-Old College Dropout Raised $18 Million To Build The Perfect Virtual Reality Headset" Business Insider 7/20
  • "What can I use as a Google alternative?" Telegraph 7/20
  • "How can I play old games on my new computer?" Telegraph 7/20
  • "Building a 3D printer: 8 hours in 2 minutes" TechHive 7/20
  • "Scout adds crowdsourced incident reporting to nav apps: The latest update to this navigation app helps users find fun things to do, share those things with friends, and avoid traffic along the way." CNET Reviews 7/19
  • "3D Printing, Robotics and the Future of Manufacturing" E-Commerce Times 7/19
  • "Are 450mm Wafers the Future of Chip-Making?" PC Magazine 7/19
  • "The proof is in: Amazon fully controls the cloud" InfoWorld 7/19
  • "Will Amazon Self-Destruct? If Amazon puts bookstores out of business, it will destroy the main way readers learn about new books to buy" Salon 7/19
  • "The Death of Browsing; the Death of the Backlist; the Death of the Book Industry?" The IPKat 7/19
  • "How Doctors Can Use Technology To Make Better Decisions" Business Insider 7/19
  • "Google Just Proved That Those Price-Fixing Conspiracy Theorists — Like Adobe — Were All Wrong" Business Insider 7/19
  • "The Bright Side Of Google'S Huge Miss" BGR 7/19
  • "The Optimist's Take on Google's Shrinking Ad Price Problem" The Atlantic Wire 7/19
  • "Google's bet on YouTube is finally paying off/Commentary: Could flying-cat videos be enough to boost ad sales?" MarketWatch 7/19
  • "The Marketing Magic Of Klout Perks" Forbes 7/19
  • "Microsoft should yank Windows RT for Windows RT's own good" PCWorld 7/19
  • "How Microsoft Lost Its Way, as Understood Through The Wire" Slate 7/19
  • "Why Microsoft's Surface RT Failed" Mashable 7/19
  • "New Evidence About Why Windows Phone Is Doomed In America" Forbes 7/19
  • "Reputation 3.0: The Internet Is Your Resume" Forbes 7/19
  • "Why Support Tells You to Wait 10 Seconds Before Rebooting Your Router" Lifehacker 7/19
  • "Are Tablets Making Us Smarter?" BGR 7/19
  • "After Waze, What Else Can Mobile Crowdsourcing Do?" AllThingsD 7/19
  • "Dropbox buys mobile-app maker Endorse" CNET News 7/20
  • "Dropbox Acquires Shopping Loyalty Appmaker Endorse" AllThingsD 7/20
  • "Dropbox Acquires Mobile Coupon Startup Endorse A Month After Shutdown" TechCrunch 7/20
  • "Despite mixed trends in general VC funding, health tech continues to boom" GigaOM 7/19
  • "The coming IPO parade" Fortune 7/19
  • "Bitcoin company acquisitions begin: Gambling site SatoshiDice sells for $11.5m" CoinDesk 7/19
  • "First major Bitcoin acquisition sees gambling site SatoshiDice sold for $11.5 million" The Next Web 7/19
  • "Someone just sold a Bitcoin business for $11.4M! It's a first, but the buyer's anonymous" GigaOM 7/19
  • "Facebook Buys Bug-Zapping U.K. Firm Monoidics" PC Magazine 7/19
  • "Mobile Ad Weakness Deflates Google Shares" ReadWrite 7/19
  • "Google And Microsoft: The Case Of The Perfectly Priced Stock" Seeking Alpha 7/19
  • "Google Shares Drop as Shift to Mobile Cuts Average Ad Prices" Bloomberg 7/19
  • "Google shares plunge as heat wave impacts advertising revenue" V3 7/19
  • "Google Earnings: Profit Up but Search-Ad Prices Drop 6%" [Paid Membership Required] 7/19
  • "Investor disappointment in Google (GOOG) results misplaced, says Warwick Business School professor" 9 to 5 Google 7/19
  • "Microsoft's Miss Threatens the Dow's Record Rally" The Motley Fool 7/19
  • "Microsoft Earnings: Another Big Miss" [Paid Membership Required] 7/19
  • "Microsoft's fourth quarter earnings miss analysts' estimates" Seattle Times 7/19
  • "Microsoft Plunges: What Wall Street's Saying" TheStreet 7/19
  • "Ouya Returns to Kickstarter With $1M for Game Developers" PC Magazine 7/19
  • "US tech earnings weigh on markets" Boston Globe [Free Registration Required] 7/19
Tech Stocks
  • "Asia Markets: Japan stocks rise after election, with Asia higher/Asian stocks rose Monday after the Japanese government regained control of the parliament's upper house in weekend elections and China removed a floor on banks' lending rates, raising hopes for further reforms in both economies." MarketWatch 9:11 PM
  • "Tech Stocks: Microsoft, Google, AMD lead tech retreat/Shares slide as tech sector gets hit by disappointing earnings/Technology stocks paced a broad market retreat Friday, as disappointing results from Microsoft Corp., Advanced Micro Devices and Google Inc. sent those shares falling." MarketWatch 7/19
  • "Dow, S&P 500 end 4th winning week" CNNMoney 7/19
  • "Markets Show No Signs of Surrender as Stocks Cap Four-Week Advance" TheStreet 7/19
  • "Stock Futures Take a Breather; Earnings in Focus" FOXBusiness 7/19
  • "S&P 500 Climbs, but Tech Sector Weighs" [Paid Membership Required] 7/19
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks wobble around seven-week high" MarketWatch 7/19
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at 1 p.m." Associated Press 7/19
  • "Final Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares mixed at the close of trading" Associated Press 7/19
  • "Stock futures mixed after tech sector results disappoint" Reuters 7/19

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InformationWeek (Updated 7:30 AM CDT)
  • "5 Tips for Success: Mother to Daughter, Engineer to Engineer"
New York Times (Updated 7:30 AM CDT)
  • "Instagram's Co-Founders to Step Down From Company: Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, Instagram's co-founders, resigned from the photo app on Monday. Their exits add to the challenges facing Facebook, which owns the app."
  • "How Instagram Rose Into a Cultural Powerhouse
PC Magazine (Updated 7:30 AM CDT)
  • "Smart Devices Are a 'Prime Target' For Cybercriminals"
  • "Target's Game Pre-Order Discount Beats Amazon"
  • "Instagram's Co-Founders Resign"
  • "The Ricoh GR III Is Coming"
Reuters (Updated 7:30 AM CDT)
  • "Facebook not protecting content moderators from mental trauma: lawsuit"
  • "In latest change, Uber launches 24/7 phone support in Britain"
  • "Instagram co-founders resign in latest Facebook executive exit"
  • "Germany's Merkel says EU battery cell production 'extremely important'"
  • "A swipe is not enough: Tinder trials extra control for women"
  • "Tesla is making its own car carriers"
ZDNet (Updated 7:30 AM CDT)
  • "Google search revamp: Expect to see ton of new features on your phone"
  • "Salesforce launches Customer 360, aims to integrate all your data, applications"
  • "FinancialForce pumps Einstein Analytics into latest platform update"
  • "Indestructible EternalBlue: 300,000 computers still infected"
  • "Symantec accountancy audit uncovers customer transaction recorded as revenue"
  • "Man gets two years in prison for sabotaging US Army servers with 'logic bomb'"
  • "Vulnerable open source component adoption skyrockets in the enterprise"
  • "Watch: Wall-crawling robot artist turns building into art"

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