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TechNN Archive: Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Computer Industry
  • "Can Microsoft Rebound From Surface Flop? Clearly, Microsoft's Surface tablets have bombed. Now what will the company do about it, and what does it mean for customers?" InformationWeek 12:01 PM
  • "Surface's failure casts yet more doubt on Microsoft's Windows 8 vision" BetaNews 8:24 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface and the multibillion-dollar boondoggle: The first financial results for Microsoft's Surface tablet are in, and they aren't pretty" InfoWorld 8:18 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface sales a paltry $853m despite huge marketing push" V3 7:45 AM
  • "Microsoft reveals Surface tablet sales figures: Microsoft has revealed that sales of its Surface tablets totalled $853m (£562m) in their first eight months on sale." BBC 6:21 PM
  • "Microsoft Surface a Flop? Advertising Outpaces Revenue" LAPTOP Magazine 8:09 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface revenue awful on paper and in the pocketbook" PCWorld 8:18 AM
  • "Microsoft barely scratching the Surface on tablets" MarketWatch 8:05 AM
  • "Microsoft Struggling to Move Surface Tablets" PC Magazine 9:54 AM
  • "Microsoft Has Sold Only 1.7 Million Surface RT Tablets In 8 Months Since Launch" Redmond Pie 3:07 PM
  • "Windows RT: And Asus makes none/Asus says it won't make any more Windows RT machines, leaving Microsoft's Surface RT as the sole model for sale" InfoWorld 8:18 AM
  • "Microsoft sees big jump in support and consulting jobs, coinciding with Windows 8" GeekWire 11:55 AM
  • "Microsoft forced to rename SkyDrive following trademark case with broadcaster" The Verge 10:36 AM
  • "Microsoft relinquishes SkyDrive brand: The software giant is going to rebrand its cloud storage service, following a settlement with British Sky Broadcasting Group over rights to the 'Sky' name." CNET News 11:55 AM
  • "Microsoft Will Rebrand SkyDrive After It Settles Trademark Case With Sky Broadcasting" TechCrunch 12:06 PM
  • "Microsoft forced to rename its SkyDrive service (but not yet) after losing tussle with BSkyB" The Next Web 12:08 PM
  • "Microsoft must rename SkyDrive following court settlement" Seattle Times 11:54 AM
  • "SkyDrive follows Metro into oblivion as Microsoft abandons trademark case" Ars Technica 11:57 AM
  • "Dell's Board Deals Blow To CEO's $24.4B Buyout Bid" Associated Press 4:25 PM
  • "Dell's buyout teeters as it rejects voting change" Reuters 4:25 PM
  • "Dell buyout consortium sees deal collapsing: source" Reuters 8:52 AM
  • "Microsoft to drop SkyDrive name for its cloud-storage service" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 2:24 PM
  • "Dell Rejects Buyout Group's Proposal to Change Voting Rules: Special Committee Instead Suggests Change in Record Date, Which Could Increase Turnout" [Paid Membership Required] 9:55 AM
  • "Dell rejects change to voting rules" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 9:53 AM
  • "Dell rejects revised bid, but with a giant escape clause" Fortune 8:52 AM
  • "Michael Dell's Offer To Raise Buyout Price Rebuffed By Board" Forbes 8:39 AM
  • "Michael Dell, Silver Lake Deal Looks Dead" 24/7 Wall St. 9:36 AM
  • "SEC Examines IBM's Cloud-Computing Sales" [Paid Membership Required] 9:48 AM
  • "IBM Says SEC Investigating Cloud-Computing Revenue Figures" Bloomberg 8:06 AM
  • "IBM's cloud business under SEC investigation" Bloomberg News 9:48 AM
  • "IBM says SEC is investigating how it reports cloud revenues" IDG News Service 4:18 PM
  • "IBM cooperating with SEC on investigation of cloud revenue" Reuters 8:02 AM
  • "HP's Whitman Keynotes Nth Symposium, Says HP Returning To Customer- And Partner-Centric DNA" CRN 9:43 AM
  • "HP Predicted to Retake Notebook Lead From Lenovo" WebProNews 9:43 AM
  • "Hewlett-Packard Says Ex-SEC Counsel Advising on Autonomy Law" Bloomberg Law 9:43 AM
  • "How Intel Can Thrive As PC Sector Lags" TheStreet 8:04 AM
  • "AMD Launches New SOC Platform" CRN 9:47 AM
  • "AMD Intros Dual-Core 6W SoC for Fanless Devices" Tom's Hardware 9:46 AM
  • "AMD intros new APU, lowers G-Series energy consumption" CIOL 9:47 AM
  • "Oracle's next 'engineered system' to involve virtualization: Details will be revealed during a webcast event next month" IDG News Service 2:26 PM
  • "SAP's cloud sets on-premise bods free from licence fees... Oh, hang on" The Register 9:36 AM
  • "Salesforce Is Making Its Play For The Mobile Enterprise Developer" ReadWrite 2:28 PM
General Interest
  • "Pinterest adds to mobile experience with contextual menus; no API just yet" GigaOM 8:44 PM
  • "Ahead of tomorrow's big reveal, here's everything we know about the Moto X: What will be new and different about the first true Motorola and Google phone?" Ars Technica 7:32 PM
  • "Yelp inches slowly toward profitability, losing just $878,000 in one quarter" Ars Technica 6:54 PM
  • "Facebook migrates everyone to https connection: The social network attempts to protect members en masse by establishing a more secure connection between their browser and Facebook's servers." CNET News 6:44 PM
  • "Dolly the Sheep cloner considers re-creating woolly mammoth: Sir Ian Wilmut, who created the famous cloned sheep, examines in a new article how he might take bone marrow from a woolly mammoth and re-create the species." CNET News 6:36 PM
  • "36 percent admit to cursing, punching their computers: A survey reveals that more than a third of Americans assault their computers, in one way or another, because the machines frustrate them." CNET News 4:25 PM
  • "Email: The Guy Who Turned Off Cookies In Firefox Just Quit The 'Do Not Track' Negotiations" Business Insider 9:53 AM
  • "Amazon adds 5,000 warehouse workers in the US" The Register 8:41 AM
  • "Google's next big project: Making local news relevant again" BGR 9:36 PM
  • "Google ousts AT&T, will provide Wi-Fi to 7,000 Starbucks stores" BGR 6:22 PM
  • "Google Briefly Lets Glass Users Invite Friends to Explorer Program" PC Magazine 9:54 AM
  • "Google steps back from net neutrality, claims banning servers is 'industry standard'" The Verge 8:35 AM
  • "NSS Labs unveils new threat modeling and forecasting services" BetaNews 8:23 AM
  • "NSA Chief to Talk at Hackers' Conference in Las Vegas" Associated Press 8:19 AM
  • "Hackers hijacking Twitter, Facebook and Google+ accounts with Chrome and Firefox add-ons" V3 8:10 AM
  • "Box co-founder: We'll be profitable by 2018" CNBC 8:04 AM
  • "Nintendo Benefits as Weaker Yen Masks Slumping Hardware Sales" Bloomberg 8:04 AM
  • "Nintendo keeps 2013/14 Wii U sales forecast unchanged at 9 million" Reuters 8:03 AM
  • "Mozilla teams up with BlackBerry to fight browser bugs" V3 7:44 AM
Press Releases
  • "Dell Special Committee Responds to Revised Proposal from Michael Dell and Silver Lake" Business Wire 8:06 AM
  • "Wroclaw University Library Turns to IBM Big Data Solution to Preserve European Heritage, Open Digital Archives to the World" PRNewswire 8:06 AM
  • "Oracle Delivers Modern Employee Experience With New and Expanded Oracle HCM and Talent Management Cloud Services" Marketwired 8:07 AM
  • "Oracle Customer Experience Momentum Expands Worldwide" Marketwired 8:07 AM
  • "Microsoft dabbles in more Twitter research with AskyBot/Summary: Microsoft Research is collecting data about the usage of Twitter hashtags via a new bot." ZDNet 6:09 PM
  • "What Worries Me Most About Microsoft's Surface Woes: PC makers may have lost their incentive to make great Windows hybrids." Techland 4:28 PM
  • "One year on: Microsoft made over 600 changes to, based on 50 times more feedback than Hotmail" The Next Web 12:07 PM
  • " still missing IMAP support after a year and 600 feature improvements" The Verge 12:07 PM
  • "Seven Companies Microsoft Doesn't Want Former Windows Boss Steven Sinofsky to Work For" AllThingsD 8:04 AM
  • "Microsoft embraces Google -- releases Office for Android" BetaNews 11:58 AM
  • "Android gets Microsoft Office Mobile, but there's a catch (or two)" GigaOM 10:37 AM
  • "Microsoft Office Lands on Android Phones" PC Magazine 9:54 AM
  • "Microsoft Office comes to Android, but not tablets" Associated Press 8:04 AM
  • "Microsoft debuts Office Mobile app for Android smartphones" CNET News 8:03 AM
  • "Microsoft Releases Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview" InformationWeek 8:59 AM
  • "Microsoft Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview update brings BYOD and security tools" V3 7:44 AM
  • "Hackers to NSA chief: Read the Constitution" CNET News 6:43 PM
  • "Google Denies That Its Terms Of Service Violate Net Neutrality" Forbes 2:26 PM
  • "Exclusive: UK Government to outlaw Google Glass for drivers" Stuff Magazine 12:46 PM
  • "Twitter Has Received Over 1,000 Government Requests For User Data This Year" Business Insider 11:55 AM
  • "Zynga Files Lawsuit Against Casual Sex App Company 'Bang With Friends'" DailyTech 12:08 PM
  • "Police don't need a warrant to seize phone location data, US court rules" The Verge 8:37 AM
  • "Feds declassify more details on NSA's phone snooping" CNET News 12:06 PM
  • "U.S. Spy Program Lifts Veil in Court: Justice Department Says Prosecution in Terrorist Cases Must Tell Defendants When Surveillance Program Was Used" [Paid Membership Required] 8:37 AM
  • "Syrian president recruits Instagram in ongoing propaganda war" The Verge 8:33 AM
  • "ITC judge finds patent troll to be far more reasonable than Google's Motorola Mobility" Foss Patents 8:32 AM
  • "Why the world's governments are interested in creating hubs for open data" GigaOM 8:28 AM
  • "Cost, complexity and security concerns hold back mobile enterprise apps" BetaNews 8:56 AM
  • "Pick the best code control system for you - or you'll be crying into your source" The Register 8:41 AM
  • "Watch Facebook's Slow Creep Toward Total World Domination" Gizmodo 11:57 AM
  • "If Facebook Can Profit From Your Data, Why Can't You?" Mashable 8:37 AM
  • "Twitter's 'Report Abuse' Button Is a Good, But Small, First Step" The Atlantic Wire 8:32 AM
  • "Wedding Etiquette: 5 Tech Tips" Techland 8:19 AM
  • "Win the inbox war: Four utilities fight email onslaught" PCWorld 8:18 AM
  • "Say hello to Hi, a more thoughtful social network" TechHive 8:18 AM
  • "Google Fiber, net neutrality & the regulatory challenges in the age of gigabit broadband" GigaOM 10:38 AM
  • "Review: Chromecast is a worthy low-cost Internet TV option" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 9:35 AM
  • "Google Chromecast offers more questions than answers" CNNMoney 8:16 AM
  • "Nvidia Shield Tegra 4 Gaming Device Review" HotHardware 7:42 AM
  • "Adobe Buys Satellite For Tag Management Technology, Makes Deeper Move Into Marketing And Ad Tech" TechCrunch 6:26 PM
  • "Apigee raises $35M to wrestle with old-school APIs" GigaOM 12:06 PM
  • "RealNetworks Gets Serious About Social Casino Gaming With $15.6M Slingo Acquisition, New Sweepstakes" TechCrunch 11:56 AM
  • "Yahoo acquires ecommerce app platform startup Lexity, will maintain all its products and services" The Next Web 11:56 AM
  • "The 20 Startups Marissa Mayer Has Acquired at Yahoo" Mashable 11:54 AM
  • "Yelp's Recipe for Conquering Local Advertising: Partnerships With a Dash of M&A" AllThingsD 8:44 AM
  • "Samsung, Evernote partner for Smart Camera photo sync" CNET Reviews 8:41 AM
  • "Starbucks Is Partnering with Google to Give Its Wi-Fi a Serious Caffeine Boost" IDG Creative Lab 11:57 AM
  • "Starbucks Drops AT&T, Teams With Google for In-Store Wi-Fi" PC Magazine 11:51 AM
  • "At Starbucks, AT&T is out and Google is in for Wi-Fi" CNET News 8:41 AM
  • "Starbucks Partners With Google to Speed Up Wi-Fi in Stores" Mashable 8:37 AM
  • "Google To Supply Free Wi-Fi Hotspots For All 7,000 U.S. Starbucks Locations" TechCrunch 8:31 AM
  • "Peter Thiel Leads $20M Round for ZestFinance's Big Data Underwriting" AllThingsD 8:44 AM
  • "Peter Thiel leads $20M round in big-data-meets-lending startup ZestFinance" GigaOM 8:28 AM
  • "Is Identity Management Software Maker Centrify Worth $500 Million?" Forbes 8:07 AM
  • "With $15M From Benchmark, Former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor's Quip Aims to Take Productivity Mobile" AllThingsD 8:04 AM
  • "Flywheel Gets $14.8 Million To Double Down On Bringing Tech To The World Of Taxi Drivers" TechCrunch 7:50 AM
  • "Internet Webcam service Dropcam nets $30M in funding" CNET News 8:03 AM
  • "Remote Video Startup Dropcam Raises $30M, Plans To Use The Funding To Better Compete – With Itself" TechCrunch 7:50 AM
  • "Multiscreen Video Store Platform Latto Raises Further $4 Million" TechCrunch 7:50 AM
Tech Stocks
  • "Tech Stocks: Facebook turns red as tech stocks close mixed/Social networker goes into red after earlier surpassing IPO price" MarketWatch 4:20 PM
  • "Stocks fly high in July" CNNMoney 4:20 PM
  • "Stocks Lose Steam After Fed Statement" TheStreet 4:20 PM
  • "Stocks Futures Slip as Data Top Views" FOXBusiness 7:58 AM
  • "Dow Industrials Finish in Red: Economic Data Fail to Buoy Shares" [Paid Membership Required] 4:21 PM
  • "Stocks: Patiently awaiting the Fed" CNNMoney 7:58 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Japan, Hong Kong stocks drop ahead of Fed meet/Most Asian stocks fell Wednesday as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's outlook on its bond purchases, with Japanese shares also pressured by a strengthened yen and some downbeat results." MarketWatch 7:59 AM
  • "Europe Markets: Europe stocks drop with German data, FOMC in view/European stock markets were mostly lower in choppy action on Wednesday, as investors stayed cautious ahead of the U.S. second-quarter GDP report and the latest policy decision from the Federal Reserve. Disappointing German retail-sales data further weighed on sentiment." MarketWatch 7:59 AM
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at 1 p.m." Associated Press 12:48 PM
  • "Final Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares mixed at the close of trading" Associated Press 8:36 PM

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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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