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Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Surface revenue comes in at $853 million: A regulatory filing shows the tech giant earned $853 in revenue from its Surface tablets. However, this is less than the $900 million write-down it had to pay." CNET News 6:20 PM
  • "Microsoft losing money on Surface tablets" Reuters 6:21 PM
  • "Microsoft reveals $853 million Surface revenue, less than its write-down and advertising costs" The Verge 6:23 PM
  • "Microsoft: The Surface Bust And Windows Slump" Seeking Alpha 8:45 AM
  • "Microsoft to link schools in South African 'white spaces' project: Pilot will show unused TV bands delivering wireless broadband to rural schools" Computerworld 8:31 AM
  • "Microsoft Invents Futuristic Notebook with Transparent Display, Projection System and Holographic Optics" Patent Bolt 8:16 AM
  • "Will Microsoft's Windows Strategy Benefit IT Managers?" InformationWeek 8:45 AM
  • "Is Microsoft the answer to the cloud quandary? The company could rediscover relevance because it understands that the companies using its cloud services require flexibility first and foremost" Computerworld 8:54 AM
  • "SkyDrive.com gets a slew of photo and sharing upgrades" Engadget 9:01 AM
  • "Microsoft's SkyDrive gets new photo, text editing features/Summary: Microsoft is continuing to add regular, incremental feature updates to its SkyDrive cloud-storage service, with new photo and text editing support in the latest batch." ZDNet 9:08 AM
  • "SkyDrive updated with animated GIF, high DPI, and new sharing support" The Verge 9:08 AM
  • "Will Microsoft's Windows Strategy Benefit IT Managers?" InformationWeek 12:18 PM
  • "Microsoft asks Google to remove half a million URLs every month" The Inquirer 9:08 AM
  • "Microsoft's wishful thinking/Summary: Microsoft's new strategy: be all things to all people - infrastructure, business, entertainment, services. Why would anyone think that would work?" ZDNet 9:14 AM
  • "Windows RT on ARM chips is 'not promising,' Asus exec says: Taiwan firm plans to focus instead on making devices running Intel chips, report says" Computerworld 11:25 AM
  • "Microsoft delivers to testers Windows 8.1 Enterprise preview/Summary: Microsoft has made the Enterprise version of its Windows 8.1 preview test build available for download." ZDNet 12:37 PM
  • "Icahn rips apart Dell's push for deal changes in open letter" CNBC 9:05 AM
  • "Dell's potential savior, a $100 Android computer the size of a USB stick, now shipping to testers" BGR 8:25 AM
  • "Launch schedule of Intel Xeon server processors" CPU World 9:11 AM
  • "Intel abandons intrusive facial recognition for your TV - for now: Intel inside... your living room" TechRadar UK 9:11 AM
  • "Intel Media won't be watching you, after all: TV service ditches controversial camera" GigaOM 12:49 PM
  • "Intel reportedly drops facial recognition from TV service" Digital TV Europe 9:10 AM
  • "AMD announces a dual-core 6W x86 chip for fanless applications" The Inquirer 9:09 AM
  • "AMD's newest chip: Another step toward" The Register 9:10 AM
  • "Don't adapt old IT security policies for BYOD: IBM" ZDNet 9:14 AM
  • "TechnologyOne picks up 21 WA agencies from Oracle/Summary: After a report forced Western Australian agencies to dump Oracle's shared services implementation in 2011, TechnologyOne has been able to move 21 agencies to its own platform." ZDNet 9:15 AM
  • "Oracle deploys lawyers against Solaris fix-it duo" The Register 9:13 AM
General Interest
  • "Google's Data-Trove Dance: Internal Debates Arise Over Using Collected Information and Protecting Privacy" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 9:12 PM
  • "Android tablets are poised to invade enterprise" CITEworld 12:49 PM
  • "Robot bartender takes up job in German bar" TG Daily 12:18 PM
  • "Adobe Configurator 4 for Photoshop, InDesign released" Adobe 12:20 PM
  • "Facebook Announces New Mobile Game Publishing Effort" TechCrunch 11:24 AM
  • "Facebook announces Mobile Games Publishing pilot program" Engadget 11:25 AM
  • "Former Mozilla CEO to head security-software maker AVG" CNET News 7:41 PM
  • "'Peach' from BlackBerry, Mozilla fights bugs: The smartphone giant and open-source software leader hope that a new open bug-hunting tool they've collaborated on will make the Web safer." CNET News 11:24 AM
  • "BlackBerry exec: 'BlackBerry is not in trouble'" BGR 11:25 AM
  • "Salesforce encourages an 'app renaissance' with updated tools" CITEworld 11:26 AM
  • "'Star Wars' fan event teases 'Episode VII,' 'Rebels' cartoon: We round up some of the more compelling news to come out of the 'Star Wars' Celebration Europe fan event that drew over 20,000 people to Essen, Germany." CNET News 11:11 AM
  • "From kindling to inferno: Full specs for next-gen Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablets/Amazon to combine powerhouse specs and affordable prices in bid to scorch the competition" BGR 11:11 AM
  • "Source: 'Chromecast Store' May Bundle Content From Streaming Partners Into One Package" Forbes 9:21 PM
  • "Chromecast Is Getting Vimeo and Redbox Instant, And Maybe Tons More" Gizmodo 9:35 AM
  • "UCLA researchers double efficiency of novel solar cell" TG Daily 9:20 AM
  • "The disunited state of Android" The Verge 9:19 AM
  • "Salesforce.com expands mobile app dev support: Developers can choose from four additional Salesforce.com-supported popular development frameworks" Computerworld 9:19 AM
  • "Netflix Subscribers Watch Just As Much Traditional Television" redOrbit 9:18 AM
  • "Meet Google's Crack Team Of Bad Code Killers: The Gophers" Business Insider 9:07 AM
  • "Yale grad's 'Prism' program turns text metadata into wavy art" Computerworld 8:53 AM
  • "Researchers Aim to Create Virtual Speech Therapist" Techland 8:50 AM
  • "AT&T updates Wireless Home Phone service with LTE internet in new bundle" Engadget 8:40 AM
  • "Flash breakthrough promises faster storage, terabytes of memory: Diablo Technologies plans to put flash in the memory channel for a fast route to server processors" Computerworld 8:31 AM
  • "Sprint achieves $7.2B in revenues, $1.6B loss in quarterly report" Electronista 8:36 AM
  • "Sprint posts massive $1.6 billion Q2 loss" BGR 8:25 AM
  • "Sprint reports 'highest-ever' revenue of $7.2 billion for Q2 2013, loses $1.6 billion on Nextel shutdown" Engadget 8:36 AM
  • "HTC posts small profit for Q2, forecasts loss for Q3 2013" Electronista 8:36 AM
  • "HTC's Q2 profit tumbles as company forecasts first-ever loss for Q3" BGR 8:26 AM
  • "HTC sees basic smartphones as way to regain market share: Smartphone maker has been struggling to lift its earnings because of increased competition" Computerworld 8:31 AM
  • "Looking at CPU/GPU Benchmark Optimizations in Galaxy S 4" AnandTech 6:23 PM
  • "Samsung caught being 'creative' on Galaxy S4 benchmarks" VentureBeat 12:21 PM
  • "Samsung & LG Design Patents Reveal New Smartphone, Desktop Display and Speaker Dock" Patent Bolt 10:10 AM
  • "Samsung, Apple retain lead in mobile handset market" EE Times Asia 8:18 AM
Press Releases
  • "Microsoft announces winners and finalists of 2013 Sales Achievement program: Partners recognized for achieving exceptional sales results and transforming their businesses." PRNewswire 9:13 AM
  • "AMD Extends Embedded SoC Leadership by Lowering G-Series Energy Consumption: Dual-Core x86 System-on-Chip APU Offers High Performance at Approximately 3-Watt Average Power for Exceptional Visual and Fanless Designs to Further Surround Computing" Marketwired 9:02 AM
  • "Cisco and NetApp Expand the FlexPod Portfolio With New Offerings Supporting Data Intensive Workloads" Marketwired 9:02 AM
  • "IBM to Help Geraldton Become Smarter, More Sustainable City with New Cloud Data Center" PR Newswire 9:12 AM
  • "IBM Unveils New PowerLinux System for Analytics and Cloud Computing" PR Newswire 9:02 AM
  • "HP Protect 2013 Keynote Speakers to Discuss How to Win the Security Cyberwar" WebWire 9:07 AM
Microsoft
  • "Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview Reflects the Growing Trend of Working Remotely" IDG Creative Lab 4:56 PM
  • "My Idiotic Reason For Preferring The Xbox One" Forbes 3:20 PM
  • "Xbox zings Comedy Central stand-up app directly to TV" CNET News 1:10 PM
  • "Xbox One can still win the next console war" GamesIndustry 10:40 AM
  • "Microsoft: Big data, meet big compute/Summary: Microsoft's high-performance computing team is now the 'Big Compute' team. Expect more Windows Azure deliverables from them in the future." ZDNet 9:34 AM
  • "Microsoft adds Visual-Studio-like text editor to SkyDrive" The Register 9:23 PM
  • "SkyDrive.com update aims to put you on easy street: Microsoft's SkyDrive.com site can now display higher-resolution photos and help you more easily share your files with other people." CNET News 8:44 AM
  • "Instagram snafu shows risk of relying on clone apps for Windows Phone" CITEworld 12:37 PM
  • "Instagram deleting and blocking photos uploaded from third-party Windows Phone app" The Verge 8:50 AM
  • "Instagram is very determined to keep Windows Phone users away" BGR 8:26 AM
Government/Law/Politics
  • "Warrantless Cellphone Tracking Is Upheld" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:41 PM
  • "FCC nominee Wheeler clears Senate Commerce panel vote" Reuters 7:40 PM
  • "EU regulator intensifies scrutiny of Google search results" Reuters 3:58 PM
  • "U.K. Losing Battle Against Cyber Crime: New report by Home Affairs Committee warns that U.K. is insufficiently prepared to protect the country against cyber attacks and other online threats." InformationWeek 3:58 PM
  • "Report Finds MIT Didn't Push Aaron Swartz Prosecution but Says It Failed to Lead" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 9:11 PM
  • "MIT review cites missed chances before death of Net activist" Reuters 7:40 PM
  • "MIT review says school didn't target Aaron Swartz" Associated Press 12:28 PM
  • "M.I.T. Releases Report on Its Role in the Case of Aaron Swartz" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:28 PM
  • "MIT asserts 'no wrongdoing' in Aaron Swartz case" GigaOM 12:28 PM
  • "MIT denies targeting Aaron Swartz, but admits 'neutral' stance gave FBI the upper hand: 'MIT didn't do anything wrong; but we didn't do ourselves proud.'" The Verge 12:28 PM
  • "FISA court judge: No company has ever challenged Patriot Act sharing" Ars Technica 12:49 PM
  • "Feds will declassify Yahoo PRISM decision by September" GigaOM 12:19 PM
  • "European Commission proposes framework for unified patent court" Engadget 10:54 AM
  • "Lenovo reportedly banned by MI6, CIA, and other spy agencies over fear of Chinese hacking" The Verge 9:08 AM
  • "Bid to deny Pandora an FM station reflects out-of-date music royalty system" GigaOM 9:01 AM
  • "A crack in the EU wall: Dutch bank regulators OK Amazon cloud use" GigaOM 8:59 AM
  • "NSA reportedly planning to declassify details on secret surveillance programs" The Verge 1:10 PM
  • "How NSA leaks are changing minds among the public—and in Congress" Ars Technica 8:25 AM
Analysis/Editorial/Help/Opinion
  • "A Future in Denial: What sci-fi isn't telling us about surveillance today or tomorrow." Slate 9:22 PM
  • "Google's New Nexus 7: The Budget Tablet to Beat" AllThingsD 6:24 PM
  • "Who needs Google? New service will let you sell your own data to companies" BGR 4:54 PM
  • "HP launches Android-based SlateBook 'PC'" CNET News 3:59 PM
  • "MIT report on Aaron Swartz's prosecution is out, and it's a 'whitewash'" Boing Boing 12:20 PM
  • "Here are the 11,868 devices—and counting—that every Android app has to work on" Quartz 12:18 PM
  • "3 Social Media Sites You Need to Be Active on Apart From Facebook or Twitter" Social Barrel 12:15 PM
  • "The Point-and-Shoot Camera Faces Its Existential Moment: As More Users Opt for Smartphones, Companies Wonder What's Next" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 11:22 AM
  • "Looking at CPU/GPU Benchmark Optimizations in Galaxy S 4" AnandTech 11:23 AM
  • "Rackspace blogger-in-chief Robert Scoble pooh-poohs need for Amazon API compatibility" GigaOM 11:10 AM
  • "HTC One mini review" Engadget 10:54 AM
  • "Predictive Search Is Neither Cool Nor All That Creepy — Yet" Atlantic Wire 10:14 AM
  • "Did Thailand really ban Bitcoin? Don't be so sure" GigaOM 9:17 AM
  • "Google: Links In A Press Release Should Be Nofollowed Like Advertisements" Search Engine Land 9:09 AM
  • "Should I upgrade my 8-year-old PC to Windows 8?" The Guardian 9:07 AM
  • "Getting around Google+: A guide to the basics/Part 1 of our three-part how-to series on Google+ covers everything you need to know to get started." Computerworld 8:59 AM
  • "Final Fantasy Isn't Dying. It's Already Dead" Wired 8:53 AM
  • "The 5 Best Sport Watches: Here are five great sport watches that have been put to the test. It's almost like having a personal trainer." Techland 8:50 AM
  • "Does Obama think Amazon fulfillment is the future of middle-class employment?" Quartz 8:48 AM
  • "Visualizing Vine Video Sharing [Infographic] Social Barrel 8:48 AM
  • "Chromecast has definite business potential, but it's no Apple TV" CITEworld 8:31 AM
  • "The great fitness band shootout: The Jawbone Up, Fitbit Flex, and NIke Fuelband—which is best?" Ars Technica 9:21 AM
Acquisitions/Deals/Investments/Mergers
  • "Facebook stock almost hits IPO price, 14 months after rocky debut" Reuters 7:40 PM
  • "Facebook reportedly asking $2.5M to put commercials in News Feed" CNET News 3:59 PM
  • "Fab Lays Off 150 European Employees, But Its 'Chief European Officer' Had Already Resigned" TechCrunch 12:26 PM
  • "Fab lays off more than 100 people in Europe as part of shift away from flash sales model" GigaOM 12:16 PM
  • "Qualcomm, Alcatel-Lucent sign $132.8M deal for small mast R&D" Electronista 11:11 AM
  • "Social Tables Seating Arrangement Software Lands $1.6M Equity Round Led By Militello Capital" TechCrunch 9:34 AM
  • "Trov Raises $6.8M To Empower The Rich Itemize, Survey And Find Hidden Value In Their Heaps Of Stuff" TechCrunch 8:48 AM
  • "Samsung to Buy Germany's Novaled, Raising Bet on Next-Generation Screens" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:53 AM
  • "Samsung to acquire Novaled for OLED tech in $200m deal" Electronista 8:36 AM
Tech Stocks
  • "Tech Stocks: Facebook nearly claims IPO price as techs gain/Social networker launches platform for mobile-game development" MarketWatch 9:23 PM
  • "S&P in Holding Pattern as Apple Boosts Nasdaq" TheStreet 3:50 PM
  • "Stocks Turn Red in Afternoon Action" FOXBusiness 2:39 PM
  • "Blue Chips Edge Down: Stocks End Seesaw Session Little Changed" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:50 PM
  • "Asia Markets: Japan, Korea stocks fall; Australia climbs/Japanese stocks fell Wednesday, weighed by a firmer yen and caution ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy decision, while Australian shares gained amid expectations the nation's central bank may cut interest rates further." MarketWatch 9:07 PM
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks wobble after German data, earnings/European stock markets struggled for direction on Tuesday, as investors weighed a mixed bag of earnings against upbeat German consumer-confidence data." MarketWatch 8:56 AM
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at the close of trading" Associated Press 6:20 PM
  • "Final Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares mixed at the close of trading" Associated Press 6:20 PM
  • "Midday Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares up at 1 p.m." Associated Press 1:01 PM



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InformationWeek (Updated 8:30 PM CDT)
  • "The 'Opsec Fail' That Helped Unmask a North Korean State Hacker"
  • "Device-as-a-Service Will Power the Access Economy Commentary"
New York Times (Updated 8:30 PM CDT)
  • "PayPal Cuts Off Alex Jones's Infowars, Joining Other Tech Giants"
  • "Jeff Bezos Cites a Big Number, but Few Details, in Plan for Low-Income Montessori Preschools"
PC Magazine (Updated 8:30 PM CDT)
  • "Twitter Bug May Have Exposed Direct Messages"
  • "Data on Millions from Unwiped Servers Sold Over Craigslist"
  • "18 Apple Watch Accessories Worth Buying"
  • "PayPal Bans Infowars Over Hate Speech"
  • "Instagram's IGTV Recommended Exploitative Child Videos"
  • "Tap Demos Its Wearable Keyboard and Mouse"
  • "Hands On With Amazon's New Echo Dot, Plus, Input, and More"
  • "PS Now Subscribers Can Now Download Games"
  • "China Blocks Twitch"
  • "Canon vs. Nikon vs. the Rest: Choosing the Right Camera System" ...
Reuters (Updated 8:30 PM CDT)
  • "Google CEO Sundar Pichai denies efforts to tweak search results: Axios"
  • "The artist as an algorithm: robot-made Rembrandt for sale"
  • "FCC chairman ramps up defense of net neutrality repeal"
  • "As new iPhones go on sale, studies reveal chips from Intel and Toshiba"
  • "Dissected new iPhones reveal Intel, Micron, Toshiba parts"
  • "Farfetch tops price range in IPO in boon to luxury market"
  • "Comcast and Fox take $34 billion battle for Britain's Sky to the wire"
  • "Chinese police arrest 21 over data theft at Alibaba's delivery arm: Xinhua"
  • "Uber in talks to buy food delivery firm Deliveroo: Bloomberg"
  • "The artist as an algorithm: robot-made Rembrandt for sale"
ZDNet (Checked 8:30 PM; no changes since 3:45 PM CDT)
  • "Twitter notifies users about API bug that shared DMs with wrong devs"
  • "iPhone XS Max first impressions: It's big, but not too big"
  • "iOS 12: Haven't updated yet?"
  • "New Virobot ransomware will also log keystrokes, add PC to a spam botnet"
  • "iPhone XS and XS Max reveals some battery surprises"
  • "How advanced persistent threats are creating new vulnerabilities"
  • "Windows 10 Mobile's last gasp? Wileyfox revives its dead Windows 10 phone"
  • "Thousands of WordPress sites backdoored with malicious code"


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