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TechNN Archive: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
 

 

Computer Industry
  • "Chromebooks and Office 365 together will challenge Windows laptops: With Microsoft porting Office 365 to Chromebooks, a big reason to stick with Windows has gone out the door." ["The bottom line is that Microsoft has got rid of the single biggest reason why people are still with Windows: MS Office."] ZDNet 2:49 PM
  • "Microsoft adds more AI smarts to Office 365: New features in Word, Excel and Outlook aim to help streamline important daily tasks." Engadget 6:02 PM
  • "Windows on ARM Is Back, and It Makes Sense This Time" The Motley Fool 8:00 AM
  • "Microsoft Ventures invests in SaaS 'Active Strategy Management' startup Workboard" GeekWire 8:49 AM
  • "Microsoft Edge is an Outright Disaster (Premium)" Thurrott 10:32 AM
  • "Patch Tuesday: No critical fixes for Windows, but IE and Edge still riddled with security flaws" V3 10:40 AM
  • "Microsoft Cloud May Best AWS in Profits: Bernstein" Investopedia 10:40 AM
  • "Microsoft unveils improved AI-powered search features for Bing: It also announced a partnership with Reddit." Engadget 6:01 PM
  • "Microsoft adds Reddit data to Bing search results, Power BI analytics tool: Reddit posts will appear in Bing's search results, and its data will be piped into Power BI for marketers to track brand-related comments." Search Engine Land 6:01 PM
  • "Microsoft looks to make Bing results smarter with new AI-powered features and Reddit partnership" TechCrunch 6:01 PM
  • "HP releases security patch to stop keyboard-tracking bug" IANS [Free Registration Required] 9:11 AM
  • "Your HP laptop may be harboring a secret keylogger in Synaptics touchpad drivers" BetaNews 10:40 AM
  • "Hundreds of HP laptops were found to be recording what people type" MoneyControl 9:11 AM
  • "HP Created 2 Delightful Holiday Films, Reminding the World to Come Together" AdWeek 9:10 AM
  • "Analysts expect AMD to go EPYC" Fudzilla 9:14 AM
  • "AMD set to roll out Ryzen 2 in Q1 2018" KitGuru 9:13 AM
  • "Huge AMD 'Fenghuang APU' with 15FF Graphics Spotted – The Ryzen APU For Desktop" WCCFTech 9:13 AM
  • "AMD launches Radeon Software Adrenaline Edition with latency improvements" KitGuru 9:14 AM
  • "AMD Wins Another: Baidu to Deploy EPYC on Single Socket Servers" HPCwire 9:13 AM
  • "AMD stock price continues to fall, despite high-profile partnerships with Baidu, Intel" Austin Business Journal 3:38 PM
  • "Nvidia's Titan V is a massively powerful GPU for cryptocurrency mining" TechRadar UK 9:14 AM
  • "Intel's VR chief expects virtual reality to divide into multiple gadgets and markets" VentureBeat 11:11 AM
  • "Intel Might Be Trying to Make Up for Lost Time" The Motley Fool 1:40 PM
  • "Intel CPUs To Become More Expensive, Intel Will No Longer Use 'Intel Inside' Marketing Strategy" SegmentNext 9:17 AM
  • "Intel Adding 'Hardware Lock' To Prevent ME Chip Hacking In Future" Fossbytes 9:16 AM
  • "All You Need To Know About Intel Pentium Silver And Celeron Chips: Gemini Lake Is Here" Fossbytes 9:17 AM
  • "Intel releases low-power Pentium 'Silver' and Celeron successors" Fudzilla 9:16 AM
  • "ForeScout integrates with IBM to protect IoT devices" BetaNews 8:44 AM
  • "IBM reminds staff not to break customers in pre-Xmas fix-this-now rush: Australian tentacle has mucked things up at bank and border security agency" The Register 1:29 PM
  • "Dell Launches World's First Ocean Plastics Supply Chain" TriplePundit 9:09 AM
  • "Oracle launches innovation lab in Brazil: The facility moves to a coworking space and will focus on projects related to emerging technologies in partnership with startups and customers." ZDNet 10:45 AM
  • "How Oracle and Peers Contributed to the S&P 500's Performance in 2017" Market Realist 1:56 PM
  • "An Overview Of Cisco's 2017 Performance" Trefis 9:06 AM
  • "Kenya: Nairobi County partners Cisco for deployment of Digital Business Roadmap" IT News Africa 9:05 AM
  • "Cisco gains sixth Global Gold partner: After launching Global Gold tier in May, Cisco rewards status to another partner" Channelnomics 9:06 AM
  • "How 2017 Became a Turning Point for Tech Giants" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:19 AM
  • "TSMC still upbeat about HPC chips, says chairman" DigiTimes 8:35 AM
General Interest
  • "LG will introduce new gram laptops at CES 2018" Neowin 8:36 PM
  • "'Suspicious' event routes traffic for big-name sites through Russia: Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft all affected by 'intentional' BGP mishap." Ars Technica 6:02 PM
  • "The Mirai Botnet Was Part of a College Student Minecraft Scheme" Wired 3:16 PM
  • "Global internet speeds got 30 percent faster in 2017" Recode 1:44 PM
  • "3D-printed objects can connect to Wi-Fi without electronics" Digital Trends 1:43 PM
  • "Samsung's latest patent shows a phone with wraparound display" The Verge 10:36 AM
  • "Synaptics Starts Mass-Producing In-Display Fingerprint Sensors" PC Magazine 8:49 AM
  • "Scope AR brings remote video tech support calls to HoloLens" VentureBeat 8:41 AM
  • "Firefox Quantum: 170 million installs so far, as more Chrome users jump ship" ZDNet 8:37 AM
  • "Building the future of the smartphone, one mod at a time: Now you can make your own phone add-ons with Motorola's Moto Mods developer kit." ZDNet 8:37 AM
  • "Half of Amazon app users have been switched to a new, swipe-based 1-Click checkout" TechCrunch 3:57 PM
  • "Amazon's Alexa Wants You to Talk to Your Ads" Wired 8:22 AM
  • "2017 is the year people asked Google 'how?'" The Verge 8:41 AM
  • "Google to open artificial intelligence centre in China" BBC 8:21 AM
  • "Google is opening an artificial intelligence center in China" CNNMoney 8:20 AM
  • "Google, Looking to Tiptoe Back into China, Announces A.I. Center" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:19 AM
  • "Here's what people were Googling in 2017" TechCrunch 7:50 AM
Press Releases
  • "Baidu Deploys AMD EPYC Single Socket Platforms to Power its 'ABC' Datacenters" GlobeNewswire 8:00 AM
  • "IBM and Blue Prism Deliver Digital Workforce Capabilities" IBM 9:06 AM
  • "IBM and Blue Prism Deliver Digital Workforce Capabilities" PRNewswire 8:00 AM
Microsoft
  • "Microsoft is bringing more AI smarts to Office 365 and Cortana" Windows Central 10:03 PM
  • "Head of Microsoft's One Commercial Partner group is out: Report" ZDNet 10:45 AM
  • "Microsoft announces availability of Azure Regions in France" MSPoweruser 9:03 AM
  • "Microsoft partners with Cheetah Mobile to bring Cortana to more Android devices" MSPoweruser 9:03 AM
  • "Gates Foundation gives $15M to complete funding for new Univ. of Washington computer science building" GeekWire 8:48 AM
Government/Law/Politics
  • "White House details IT modernization set for 2018" ZDNet 3:52 PM
  • "Trump administration calls for government IT to adopt cloud services" Reuters 1:32 PM
  • "Washington state leaders announce first-of-its-kind plan to defend net neutrality for constituents" GeekWire 3:14 PM
  • "A Republican lawmaker urges FCC to delay net neutrality repeal vote: FCC should wait for Congress to create net neutrality law, Republican says." Ars Technica 10:41 AM
  • "Facebook's Brexit probe unearths three Russian-bought 'immigration' ads" TechCrunch 10:22 AM
  • "Computer science student pleads guilty to creating Mirai botnet" Ars Technica 10:43 AM
  • "Russia-linked accounts were active on Facebook ahead of Brexit" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 10:17 AM
  • "Crypto market now worth over $500 billion" BetaNews 10:39 AM
  • "South Korea considers cryptocurrency tax as regulators grapple with 'speculative mania'" Reuters 8:53 AM
  • "U.S. says hacker to plead guilty for role in 2016 cyber attacks" Reuters 8:53 AM
  • "Mirai botnet attacker pleads guilty for role in 2016 internet cyberattack" ZDNet 8:52 AM
  • "Toshiba/Western Digital: another byte" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:28 AM
  • "Toshiba Settles Fight With Western Digital That Imperiled a Major Deal" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:19 AM
Analysis/Editorial/Help/Opinion
  • "What do you know about net neutrality?" BBC 10:01 PM
  • "Why AI may save your life: The rise of machine intelligence is often associated with the downfall of humanity, but analysis of clinical data is improving outcomes. That's making doctors more informed, not more redundant, for now." ZDNet 2:49 PM
  • "Mingis on Tech: Blockchain explained/One of the buzziest topics in IT right now involves blockchain, the distributed ledger tech that underpins Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. But it can – and likely will – do much more than that." Computerworld 12:48 PM
  • "2017"s Best Technology Tips and Tricks: You Asked, We Answered" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:17 AM
  • "Tech Gear That Worked For Me In 2017 (Instead Of Against Me)" Forbes 9:09 AM
  • "France's bonkers phone ban for students actually makes sense" The Next Web 8:42 AM
  • "Total ban on smartphones in schools: Should others follow France's lead?" ZDNet 8:38 AM
  • "Why AT&T Believes the Time Warner Transaction Will Close" Market Realist 8:32 AM
  • "Streaming Can't Save NFL From Declining Audience" Forbes 8:32 AM
  • "Ajit Pai Nears His Biggest Win With Net Neutrality Repeal" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:52 PM
  • "What's Next for Net Neutrality? The man who coined the phrase reflects on the vote to kill it—and how it could yet be revived." Slate 3:14 PM
  • "The FCC plans to repeal net neutrality this week — here's how it would change how much you pay for internet" Business Insider 1:40 PM
  • "FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn on just what's at stake with net neutrality" Mashable 12:24 PM
  • "New York Public Libraries: the proposal to kill net neutrality is 'appalling'/An open letter from the presidents of the New York, Brooklyn, and Queens public libraries" The Verge 10:44 AM
  • "Let's calm down. No matter what happens with net neutrality, an open internet isn't going anywhere.: The biggest threat to Silicon Valley innovation and improving consumer experiences isn't net neutrality, it's an internet that stalls and doesn't get better." Recode 8:56 AM
  • "Welcome back, sneakernet: Why net neutrality repeal will drive us to the edge" ZDNet 8:52 AM
  • "Why I don't care about net neutrality, or our country's future" The Next Web 8:43 AM
  • "Bots and Form Letters Make It Nearly Impossible to Find Real FCC Net Neutrality Comments" Wired 8:23 AM
  • "Nintendo: the big switch" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:21 AM
  • "Logitech MX Sound 2.0 Bluetooth Speakers review: premium PC speakers burdened by average audio" PCWorld 8:19 AM
  • "Dell Latitude 7389 2-in-1 review: An all-business PC with a bit of style" Windows Central 9:08 AM
  • "Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop review: The discrete GPU is the star of the show" PCWorld 8:19 AM
Acquisitions/Deals/Investments/Mergers
  • "Target buys Shipt for $550 million, will offer same-day deliver in most stores by holiday 2018" ZDNet 12:12 PM
  • "Target is buying Alabama-based same-day delivery service Shipt for $550 million" TechCrunch 10:23 AM
  • "Skillz raises $25 million for mobile esports platform" VentureBeat 8:41 AM
  • "Bizzabo raises $15 million to grow its platform for event organizers" VentureBeat 8:41 AM
  • "NSI Ventures hits first close on new $125M fund for Southeast Asia" TechCrunch 7:50 AM
  • "FreightHub, a European 'digital freight forwarder', scores $20M Series A" TechCrunch 7:50 AM
  • "European mobile payments company iZettle raises $47 million" VentureBeat 8:41 AM
  • "Commerce platform iZettle raises $47M at a $950M valuation" TechCrunch 7:50 AM
  • "Techstars is launching its first accelerator program in Asia in partnership with Rakuten" TechCrunch 7:50 AM
Tech Stocks
  • "Dow ends at record after Fed raises rates; financial stocks pressure S&P 500: Dow has risen for five straight sessions, and closed at a record four straight times" MarketWatch 3:54 PM
  • "Dow Jumps After Fed Rate Hike, Posts New Record for Fourth Straight Day: The Dow jumped 80 points on Wednesday, while the S&P 500 declined slightly." TheStreet 3:53 PM
  • "Wall Street ends higher as Fed hikes rates" FOXBusiness 3:53 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Mostly Higher After Fed Rate Increase: Improved outlook for economic growth sends Dow industrials to another new high" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:53 PM
  • "Japan's Nikkei falls as chip stocks decline, yen rises: Dollar gains vs. yen after Alabama Republican loses Senate bid" MarketWatch 8:54 AM
  • "European stocks step back from highest in 5 weeks, but retailers gain ground/Analyst: It's a typical low-volume lead up on a Fed-decision day" MarketWatch 8:54 AM



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  • "Continuous Processes Feed the Gig Economy"
  • "5 Tips for Success: Mother to Daughter, Engineer to Engineer"
New York Times (Updated 12:30 PM CDT)
  • "Why India Wants to Scan All Fingers, Eyes and Faces"
  • "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 12:30 PM CDT)
  • "Microsoft Wants to Use AI to Address Natural Disasters, Famine"
  • "Pre-Order Your Own Retro Arcade Cabinet for Just $299"
  • "World Maker Faire: The Evolution of Making"
  • "Fujifilm Instax Square SQ20 Adds Video Recording"
  • "Have You Been Pwned? Firefox Tool Will Tell You"
  • "AT&T and Harman Offer to Make Any Car Connected"
  • "Twitter 'Dehumanization Policy' Aims to Curb Hateful Speech"
  • "Hasselblad Launches First f/1.9 Lens for X1D"
  • "Leica, Panasonic, and Sigma Join Forces for Full-Frame Development"
  • "Fujifilm GFX 50R Lowers the Cost of Medium Format Photography"
Reuters (Updated 12:30 PM CDT)
  • "No class action for unhappy Uber drivers: U.S. appeals court"
  • "U.S. Justice Department meeting with state officials focused on data privacy"
  • "Google to allow certain cryptocurrency ads in U.S., Japan"
  • "Uber's strongest growth comes in depressed Argentina -- minus commissions"
  • "A swipe is not enough: Tinder trials extra control for women"
  • "China-backed Byton to work with Bosch on powertrains, brakes"
  • "U.S. seeks input on privacy rules to protect consumer data"
  • "Facebook shares slip after Instagram founders quit"
  • "Qualcomm accuses Apple of stealing its secrets to help Intel"
  • "Instagram co-founders resign in latest Facebook executive exit"
ZDNet (Updated 12:30 PM CDT)
  • "Google's changes to Chrome have users and experts up in arms"
  • "Pandora's Music Genome Project: A new music experience"
  • "Linus Torvalds and Linux Code of Conduct: 7 myths debunked"
  • "uBlock Origin gets option to block all JavaScript execution by default"
  • "LinkedIn launches Talent Insights for HR analytics, talent planning"
  • "These are the jobs AI is destroying and creating"
  • "New Apple connection problem? iPhone XS users report subpar cell and Wi-Fi reception"
  • "Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler becomes first to add Apple HomeKit support"


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