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TechNN Archive: Sunday, May 14, 2017


Computer Industry
  • "Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call, Microsoft warns" BBC 6:03 PM
  • "Old Windows PCs can stop WannaCry ransomware with new Microsoft patch: In a rare step, Microsoft published a patch for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 8" Computerworld New Zealand 5:55 AM
  • "Microsoft Desperately Needs to Figure Out How to Be Cool" Gizmodo UK 6:15 AM
  • "Microsoft blasts spy agencies for hoarding security exploits: It likens 'WannaCry' to someone stealing Tomahawk missiles." Engadget 8:34 PM
  • "This is What Microsoft Said About Progressive Web Apps at Build" Thurrott 6:22 PM
  • "Microsoft announces results of its Windows Developer Awards" Neowin 5:52 PM
  • "Leaked internal documents highlight interesting facts about Xbox One owners in the US" Neowin 5:04 PM
  • "Intel ends its dreams of replacing the x86 chip in your PC: It's shipping its last Itanium chip as it moves into the 'post-PC' world." Engadget 6:20 AM
  • "AMD 16-Core ThreadRipper Enthusiast CPUs To Reportedly Utilize 4094 Pin Socket" HotHardware 4:47 PM
  • "Acer Australia reports AU$3.2m profit for 2016" ZDNet 9:02 PM
  • "Microsoft patches Windows XP to fight 'WannaCrypt' attacks: Support for the OS ended three years ago but yesterday's infection spurred the 'unusual' step." Engadget 5/13
  • "Microsoft sends out a Windows XP patch to block new ransomware" TechRadar UK 5/13
  • "Microsoft: Ransomware Targets Out-of-Date PCs Only" Thurrott 5/13
  • "Microsoft patches Windows 8, XP, and Server 2003 to combat 'WannaCry' ransomware attack" Neowin 5/13
  • "Microsoft issues 'highly unusual' Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack" The Verge 5/13
  • "Microsoft Build 2017: Hands on with Kodisoft's interactive table running Windows 10 IoT Core" Neowin 5/13
  • "The Latest: Microsoft Shifts Policy, Now Makes Fixes Free" Associated Press 5/13
  • "How Microsoft's Story Remix does what Clippy couldn't: Deep learning makes all the difference." Engadget 5/13
  • "Microsoft's Apps Problem Has Never Been More Dire" Gizmodo 5/13
  • "Microsoft's Fluent Design System is coming to Windows 10 Mobile too" Windows Central 5/13
  • "Upcoming generation of Intel processors to allegedly include a Core i9" Neowin 5/13
General Interest
  • "NHS cyber-attack: More ransomware cases 'likely on Monday'" BBC 5:29 PM
  • "Cyber-attack: Firms 'must patch before Monday morning'" BBC 1:28 PM
  • "Toyota 'backs flying car project' in Japan" BBC 9:15 AM
  • "Google launches Project Treble to shorten Android update release time; will it be faster like Apple iOS roll-out?" International Business Times 6:16 AM
  • "Next cyber-attack could be imminent, warn experts" BBC 5:55 AM
  • "Singapore university breaches reveal wider attack surface to safeguard" ZDNet 5/13
  • "Android O To Make Software Updates Easier And Faster For OEMs" HotHardware 5/13
  • "With New Digital Tools, Even Nonexperts Can Wage Cyberattacks" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5/13
  • "Global cyber-attack: Security blogger halts ransomware 'by accident'" BBC 5/13
  • "Amazon Echo Major Privacy Flaw – It Won't Allow You To Block People" Social Barrel 5/13
  • "Project Treble could help streamline the development and release of future Android updates" Neowin 5/13
  • "More leaks show the OnePlus 5 will have one crucial feature" BGR 5/13
  • "Las Vegas taps AI for cybersecurity help" TechCrunch 5/12
  • "Extortionists Mount Global Cyber Attack With 'Ransomware'" Bloomberg Video 5/12
  • "Hackers exploit stolen U.S. spy agency tool to launch global cyberattack" Reuters 5/12
  • "Leaked NSA Malware Is Helping Hijack Computers Around The World" The Intercept 5/12
  • "Don't fall for this computer virus scam! The U.S. government is cracking down on scammers that lure people: particularly elderly people: into spending hundreds of dollars on virus protection software they don't need." CNNMoney 5/12
  • "NSA tools at center of ransomware attacks hitting UK hospitals: report" Mashable 5/12
  • "How to make and send selfie stickers in Google Allo" PCWorld 5/12
  • "Google Maps now uses Street View to show you exactly where to make turns" The Verge 5/12
  • "Google will create custom emoji from your selfies in Allo" BetaNews 5/12
  • "Google is using neural networks to turn your selfies into cartoon stickers" ZDNet 5/12
  • "Facebook cleans up News Feeds by reducing links to 'low quality', clickbait content" BetaNews 5/12
  • "Facebook kicks off Mother's Day weekend with flower reactions, cards, stickers, masks and more" TechCrunch 5/12
  • "Twitch promotes unity and diversity among its broadcasters" VentureBeat 5/12
  • "Samsung returns to Tizen for the Z4, only its fourth smartphone to use the OS" VentureBeat 5/12
  • "Samsung Electronics creates new contract chip manufacturing division" Reuters 5/12
  • "Twitter CFO thinks WH press briefings via Twitter are a great idea!" TechCrunch 5/12
  • "Sprint, SoftBank start early deal talks over T-Mobile: BBG" Reuters 5/12
  • "Elon Musk's underground traffic tunnel looks like hyperspace" Engadget 5/12
  • "Judge Denies Uber's Motion for Private Arbitration" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5/12
  • "U.S. judge calls for criminal probe into trade secrets theft raised in Uber case" Reuters 5/12
  • "Waymo lawsuit against Uber over trade secrets theft referred to criminal prosecutors" ZDNet 5/12
  • "Waymo's claims of trade secret theft could result in criminal case" TechCrunch 5/12
Press Releases
  • "IBM Hiring Managers Share Advice for New Collar Job Seekers" PRNewswire 5/12
  • "IBM Blockchain Experts to speak at K(NO)W Identity Conference" PRNewswire 5/12
  • "Customers Rapidly Adopting Oracle's New Security Cloud Services" PRNewswire 5/12
  • "Hands On with Story Remix Preview" Thurrott 6:20 AM
  • "I finally believe in Microsoft's mixed reality vision: Using HoloLens and Acer headsets in a shared environment is fascinating." Engadget 5/12
  • "Gadget Lab Podcast: Surface Noise" Wired 5/12
  • "Thinking About the Fluent Design System" Thurrott 5/12
  • "Build 2017: Microsoft promises a turnkey globally distributed database service, Azure Cosmos DB" TechRepublic 5/12
  • "Microsoft Touts Features of Windows 10 Fall Update at Build Conference" CIO Today 5/12
  • "Microsoft's Outlook Mail app will soon get the Fluent Design treatment" OnMSFT 5/12
  • "Want to know more about Microsoft's Fluent Design System? This Dev Center site will get you started" OnMSFT 5/12
  • "Microsoft says Xbox is growing in profitability and monetizes far more than other gaming networks" MSPoweruser 5/12
  • "Halo Studio Head Leaves To Work On Microsoft's Mixed Reality" Upload VR 5/12
  • "Microsoft's new VR controllers will be great—until SteamVR 'Knuckles' arrive" Ars Technica UK 5/12
  • "Replacing VR and AR with 'mixed reality' is good for Microsoft and bad for the rest of us" The Verge 5/12
  • "Here's what your PC needs to run Windows 10's Mixed Reality VR" PCWorld 5/12
  • "The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update's best new features" PCWorld 5/12
  • "Microsoft Not Planning the Browser Feature That'd Make Edge a Chrome Killer" Softpedia 5/12
  • "Windows Subsystem for Linux welcomes Suse and Fedora options" InfoWorld 5/12
  • "Cheat sheet: The must-know Excel 2016 features" InfoWorld 5/12
  • "Hands on with Microsoft's Story Remix, the new tool to make your photos pop" PCWorld 5/12
  • "How to customize Game Bar keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10" PCWorld 5/12
  • "Windows 10 on ARM Runs All Win32 Apps Unmodified" PC Magazine 5/12
  • "Cortana Turned Into a Holographic Assistant" PC Magazine 5/12
  • "Windows 10: Microsoft reveals new look for its flagship OS" ZDNet 5/12
  • ": FCC Chairman Is Laughing at Americans Who Don't Want to Kill the Open Internet" Gizmodo 5/13
  • "Cyber-attack: Europol says it was unprecedented in scale" BBC 5/13
  • "Waymo's Case Against Uber and Anthony Levandowski Takes a Criminal Turn" Wired 5/12
  • "Samsung joins the fray, supports FTC against Qualcomm: 'directly harmed' in two capacities" Foss Patents 5/12
  • "Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to attend next week's Microsoft CEO Summit" OnMSFT 5/12
  • "UK hospitals hit with massive ransomware attack" The Verge 5/12
  • "UK health service hit by ransomware, amid possible global attack on systems" TechCrunch 5/12
  • "US government is reviewing whether to use Kaspersky software, because Russia" BetaNews 5/12
  • "Intelligence Officials Warn of Continued Russia Cyberthreats" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5/12
  • "A Robot Revolution, This Time in China" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5/12
  • "Foreign business groups push for delay in controversial China cyber law" Reuters 5/12
  • "Thailand gives Facebook until Tuesday to remove 'illegal' content" Reuters 5/12
  • "Germany adopts self-driving vehicles law" Reuters 5/12
  • "The rise of the tweenage vlogger" BBC 5/13
  • "Sleep it off: What you can and can't learn from sleep tracking wearables/Most wearables can track sleep, but will you learn anything useful from them?" Ars Technica 5/13
  • "How to Protect Yourself as Ransomware Attack Spreads Around the Globe" Consumer Reports 5/12
  • "Snap earnings 'miss' shows misreading of analyst 'expectations'" Reuters 5/12
  • "Snap: Forget Google and Twitter. Maybe It's More Like Apple/Following Snap's less than stellar earnings report, one analyst says: 'Snap reminds us of Apple in its younger days.'" Barron's 5/12
  • "I, Cringely Trump's 2016 Big Data political arms race" I, Cringely 5/12
  • "Belgian scientists turn polluted air into hydrogen fuel" Engadget 5/12
  • "Self-driving cars could soon be cheaper and easier to build" Engadget 5/12
  • "Robotic exo-shorts safely twist old folks out of falls" Engadget 5/12
  • "The nasty new Jaff ransomware demands $3,700 payments" PCWorld 5/12
  • "Here's how the laptop ban works on flights to the US" TechCrunch 5/12
  • "Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet (Broadwell) Laptop Review" TweakTown 5/12
  • "D-Link would like you to forget about its lax security" Engadget 5/12
  • "Is multi-cloud architecture just a fad? [Q&A] BetaNews 5/12
  • "SpotCam Sense Pro HD review: expanding the idea of home monitoring" PCWorld 5/12
  • "Password managers: The good, the bad, and the ugly" PCWorld 5/12
  • "How Avis Budget Group approaches innovation, business, IoT, smart cities" ZDNet 5/12
  • "Bloomberg: Sprint and T-Mobile are talking about a merger again/Sprint says it has no problem letting T-Mobile run their joint efforts." Engadget 5/13
  • "Google Acquires Owlchemy Labs For VR Content" Seeking Alpha 5/12
  • "Magic Leap Could Be Looking at an $8 Billion Valuation: Despite its critics, the secretive startup is raising more cash in its quest to be the Apple of augmented reality." Backchannel 5/12
  • "Gorilla Glass maker Corning gets $200 million from Apple's US manufacturing investment fund" TechCrunch 5/12
  • "UK startup Improbable raises $502 million to build huge virtual simulations" The Verge 5/12
  • "On-demand delivery startup Jinn locates $10M in further funding" TechCrunch 5/12
  • "SoftBank investing $5 billion in China ride hailing firm Didi Chuxing" Reuters 5/12
Tech Stocks
  • "S&P 500, Dow post first weekly loss in nearly a month: J.C. Penney, latest retailer to disappoint, tumbles after results" MarketWatch 5/12
  • "Wall Street Mixed as Rash of Weak Retail Earnings Continues" TheStreet 5/12
  • "Wall Street Falls, Department Stores Take a Drubbing" Reuters 5/12
  • "U.S. Stocks Fall as Economic Data Disappoints: Inflation, retail sales data also weigh on the dollar and Treasury yields" [Paid Membership Required] 5/12
  • "Asian markets pull back after weak earnings in U.S.: Stock markets across Asia closed broadly lower on Friday, tracking overnight weakness in Europe and the U.S. amid disappointing earnings reports." MarketWatch 5/12
  • "European stocks log small gain as Vivendi, AstraZenera rally: Europe's benchmark stock index managed to squeeze out a small gain after a choppy session on Friday, with an advance for French media company Vivendi SA and U.K. drug giant AstraZeneca PLC helping to push the benchmark higher for the week." MarketWatch 5/12

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InformationWeek (Checked 5:50 PM; no changes since 12:25 PM CDT)
  • "The Robots are Coming: Safeguard Your Job Commentary"
  • "Don't Be Afraid to Reboot Your Cloud Architecture"
New York Times (Updated 5:50 PM CDT)
  • "When Reporting on Defcon, Avoid Stereotypes and A.T.M.s"
  • "Charles Kao, Nobel Laureate Who Revolutionized Fiber Optics, Dies at 84"
  • "Get in Bed With Skynet"
  • "Why the Internet Wants Your Baby to Fail"
PC Magazine (Updated 5:50 PM CDT)
  • "The Best iPhone XS Cases"
  • "This Bug Can Crash Firefox by Forcing Repeated Downloads"
  • "Twitter Urges Users to #BeAVoter"
  • "The 10 Most Pirated Movies"
  • "How Data Science at Netflix Turned Hollywood on its Head"
  • "10 MacOS Mojave Features We Can't Wait to Try"
  • "CineStill TCS-1000 Brings Sous Vide Tech to Film Development"
  • "Autonomous Vehicles Won't Be Speed Demons at First"
  • "Lab Report Shows iPhone XS Max Screen Is Terrific"
  • "Want to Earn Cash in the Gig Economy? Try Airbnb, Not Uber" ...
Reuters (Updated 5:50 PM CDT)
  • "Avvo settles New York probe, to reform lawyer ratings"
  • "The night a Chinese billionaire was accused of rape in Minnesota"
  • "Tesla is making its own car carriers"
  • "Walmart, Sam's Club to put food products on blockchain"
  • "Snapchat ties up with Amazon for point-and-buy"
  • "UK watchdog considers fining Tesco Bank over cyberattack: Sky News"
  • "Facebook not protecting content moderators from mental trauma: lawsuit"
  • "Apple completes deal to buy Shazam"
  • "Ride-hailing firm Careem purchases Commut app"
  • "Uber's strongest growth comes in depressed Argentina -- minus commissions"
ZDNet (Updated 5:50 PM CDT)
  • "SHEIN fashion retailer announces breach affecting 6.42 million users"
  • "Expandable ads are hacker's new backdoor into commercial websites"
  • "Maker Faire New York 2018 shows the play's the thing"
  • "Walmart implements IBM's blockchain for food traceability"
  • "Enter to win* a fully-equipped hybrid for pros!"
  • "Microsoft to bring multi-user virtualization to Windows and Office with Windows Virtual Desktop service"
  • "US ISP RCN stores customer passwords in cleartext"
  • "Slack buys Astro, eyes tighter email integration on its platform"

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