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TechNN Archive: Wednesday, June 6, 2018


Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Puts a Data Center on the Sea Floor: Microsoft realizes you can use the sea as a giant heatsink and save a small fortune in cooling costs." PC Magazine 7:05 AM
  • "Microsoft drops data center into the sea: 'It will keep working for five years'/Microsoft's undersea data-center project to bring cloud servers closer to people has entered new phase." ZDNet 7:03 AM
  • "Microsoft's underwater data centre" [Video Report] BBC 7:38 AM
  • "Microsoft sinks a data center off the Scottish coast" The Verge 7:17 AM
  • "Photos show how Microsoft took a big step forward in its crazy plan to power the internet from the sea" Business Insider 7:28 AM
  • "GitHub Is Microsoft's $7.5 Billion Undo Button: Steve Ballmer spent years hating on open source software. Satya Nadella recognized that the service has become indispensable to programmers." Bloomberg 7:21 AM
  • "Microsoft starts outlining its Visual Studio 2019 plans" ZDNet 4:49 PM
  • "Microsoft Announces Visual Studio 2019" Thurrott 4:50 PM
  • "Microsoft adds decade-long Windows support and other services for IoT device makers" GeekWire 7:58 AM
  • "Why this former Microsoft distinguished engineer decided to build weed-zapping laser-armed robots" GeekWire 6:04 PM
  • "Intel teases dual-screen concept PCs as rumors of ARM versions heat up" The Verge 7:17 AM
  • "Intel's Prototypes Show Your Dual-Screen Laptop Future" LAPTOP Magazine 8:15 AM
  • "Intel's new tech paves way for 28-hour laptop battery life" Mashable 7:31 AM
  • "Intel is giving away 8,000 retro-inspired Core i7-8086 chips" CNET 7:24 AM
  • "Intel and AMD announced new processors with an insane amount of cores — but they'll likely cost thousands of dollars" Business Insider 3:07 PM
  • "AMD Demos Beastly 32-Core 2nd Gen Threadripper, 7nm Vega With 32GB HBM2" HotHardware 7:20 AM
  • "AMD's new 32-core second-gen Ryzen chips set to debut in Q3 2018" CNET 7:24 AM
  • "AMD Demos 7nm Vega GPU: Betting Big on Machine Learning for Radeon Instinct; Shipping This Year" AnandTech 7:39 AM
  • "AMD just unveiled the world's most exciting GPU, but you're not going to be playing 'Fortnite' on it" BGR 6:25 PM
  • "AMD Announces Incredible 32-Core 2nd Gen Threadripper Processor: Looks Set To Beat Intel" Forbes 7:21 AM
  • "AMD unveils Threadripper 2: Up to 32 cores, 64 threads, for an enthusiast chip" Ars Technica 3:00 PM
  • "AMD Zen 2 Update: 7nm EPYC in Labs Now, Launching in 2019" AnandTech 7:39 AM
  • "AMD unveils product plans at Computex 2018" DigiTimes 7:58 AM
  • "AMD's new graphics engineer, David Wang, pledges yearly GPU releases" PCWorld 8:48 AM
  • "Nvidia CEO: next GeForce GPU announcement won't be for 'a long time'" The Verge 7:18 AM
  • "HP launches $600 convertible ProBook laptop for businesses" VentureBeat 7:31 AM
  • "HP Announces ProBook x360 440 G1 Notebook: Slim and Secure Convertible" AnandTech 7:38 AM
  • "Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5676 packs AMD CPUs and graphics cards" Digital Trends 10:31 AM
  • "The future of computing is at the edge" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:22 AM
General Interest
  • "VPNFilter malware now targeting Asus, D-Link, Huawei, ZTE devices" ZDNet 9:25 PM
  • "Alphabet faces pressure over diversity at shareholder meeting" Telegraph 7:17 PM
  • "Google employee confronts execs over diversity: Many of us feel 'unsafe'" CNNMoney 3:01 PM
  • "Google will force you to switch to the new Gmail whether you want it or not — here's when you'll get it" Business Insider 2:59 PM
  • "Android P Beta 2 brings updated system images and 157 new emojis" TechCrunch 1:33 PM
  • "Google Releases Android P Beta 2" Thurrott 12:38 PM
  • "A new version of the 'flying car' backed by Google cofounder Larry Page is here — see how it works" Business Insider 11:53 AM
  • "Five years on, Snowden inspired tech giants to change, even if governments wouldn't: Where lawmakers failed to reform, the tech industry stepped up." ZDNet 10:32 AM
  • "Alienware's Elite Gaming Mouse returns with a new shape, but the same high price tag" PCWorld 10:28 AM
  • "LG's Q Stylus phone is a budget Galaxy Note rival: You also get camera and audio quality rivaling the flagship G series." Engadget 8:17 AM
  • "My Line lets Colombians call Google Assistant" VentureBeat 8:16 AM
  • "Leap Motion open-sources North Star AR headset design and guide" VentureBeat 8:16 AM
  • "Amazon Echo Look comes out of trial mode to judge everyone's outfits: Amazon has expanded the availability of its Alexa-powered, internet-connected, $200 camera that gives out fashion advice." CNET 10:28 AM
  • "Amazon Makes it Even Easier for PC Makers to Adopt Alexa" Thurrott 7:59 AM
  • "Leaked BlackBerry Key2 specs hint at serious battery endurance" The Next Web 7:27 AM
  • "Girls are at higher risk of becoming phone addicts, report says: Specifically, girls who drink are nearly twice as likely to develop an addiction to their phones, according to South Korean researchers." CNET 7:24 AM
  • "Israeli autonomous technology developer Innoviz is entering China's car market" TechCrunch 7:20 AM
  • "This tiny ruggedized 4G smartphone has a fingerprint scanner and works underwater" The Verge 7:17 AM
  • "Exclusive: China's ZTE signed preliminary agreement to lift U.S. ban: sources" Reuters 7:05 AM
  • "Facebook enlists anchors from CNN, Fox News, Univision for news shows" Reuters 10:49 AM
  • "How Facebook scales AI: Facebook's products and services are powered by machine learning. Powerful GPUs have been one of the key enablers, but it takes a lot more hardware and software to serve billions of users." ZDNet 4:16 PM
  • "British firm denies moving Facebook data to Mississippi" Associated Press 7:30 AM
  • "Facebook confirms data sharing with Chinese companies" Reuters 7:05 AM
  • "Open-source security: Zip Slip critical flaw hits thousands of projects. Update now" ZDNet 7:03 AM
  • "Project Maven: Google backs off Pentagon drone AI project - Video" ZDNet 7:02 AM
  • "Do helium-filled hard drives have a lower failure rate?" ZDNet 7:02 AM
Press Releases
  • "Oracle Sets the Date for its Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Earnings Announcement" PRNewswire 7:21 AM
  • "Microsoft may be looking to buy Playground Games, the studio behind the Forza Horizon series" Neowin 9:32 PM
  • "Microsoft To-Do Picks Up List Sharing and Steps" Thurrott 6:27 PM
  • "Microsoft Ships Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17686" Thurrott 12:38 PM
  • "Microsoft partners to fling out collabo-visual Ginormonitors this year" The Register 7:38 AM
  • "Microsoft Reveals Windows Collaboration Displays, IoT Core Services And Partner Community" Forbes 4:21 PM
  • "Microsoft program provides a decade of updates for Windows IoT devices" TechCrunch 7:19 AM
  • "Microsoft announces the Windows Collaboration Display platform for offices" TechCrunch 7:19 AM
  • "Microsoft launches new Windows Collaboration Displays to make meeting rooms smarter" The Verge 7:18 AM
  • "Microsoft brings intelligent cloud, intelligent edge vision to life at Computex Taipei" PRNewswire 7:22 AM
  • "U.S. says internet use rises as more low income people go online" Reuters 4:17 PM
  • "U.S. lawmakers press Facebook over Chinese data sharing" Reuters 4:17 PM
  • "Europe announces retaliatory tariffs on $3.4 billion of U.S. goods" Axios 7:41 AM
  • "Cambridge Analytica chief accused of swiping $8M from the company" CNET 7:24 AM
  • "EU lawmakers agree to cap intra-member state call prices" CNET 7:24 AM
  • "Europe to cap intra-EU call fees as part of overhaul to telecoms rules" TechCrunch 7:19 AM
  • "Testing the CTRL-Labs wristband that lets you control computers with your mind" The Verge 12:58 PM
  • "Too Many Intelligent Edges (Premium)" Thurrott 7:59 AM
  • "Will Verizon join media merger mania?" CNNMoney 7:42 AM
  • "Of course Facebook shared data with Chinese smartphone makers, but it probably means nothing" BGR 7:41 AM
  • "An infrared body scanner told me some hard truths" Engadget 7:41 AM
  • "Why You Need To Understand Your Software Supply Chain" Forbes 7:34 AM
  • "The game-changing potential of smartphones that can smell" Computerworld 7:31 AM
  • "Google's Mark Risher: why everything we know about passwords is wrong" The Verge 7:17 AM
  • "Twitter to raise $1 billion in debt as stock price surge signals investor confidence" VentureBeat 8:16 AM
  • "Dinosaur Life Finds A Way Onto Your Phone With Ark: Survival Evolved Mobile, Available Worldwide For iOS And Android June 14" Reverb Games 8:10 AM
  • "Qumulo raises $93M to tackle hybrid cloud file storage, total funding now $230M" GeekWire 7:58 AM
  • "Qumulo raises another $93 million for scale-out storage for enterprises" VentureBeat 7:32 AM
  • "MoloFinance scores £3.7M seed funding to offer a fully digital mortgage" TechCrunch 7:19 AM
  • "SoftBank's ARM cedes control of China ops to consortium for $775 million" Reuters 7:05 AM
Tech Stocks
  • "Bank rally gives Dow its best day in nearly 2 months; Nasdaq closes at another record: Tesla jumps nearly 10% after Musk comments" MarketWatch 4:23 PM
  • "Dow Surges 346 Points; Nasdaq Jumps to New Record for Third Straight Day: Stocks rise on Wednesday, with the Nasdaq hitting another new high." TheStreet 4:23 PM
  • "US stocks on track for fourth gain in a row as banks jump" Associated Press 4:22 PM
  • "Dow surges 346 points as trade worries ease" FOXBusiness 4:22 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise as Investors Weigh Latest Trade Signals: The Dow industrials rally to their highest close in nearly three months; Nasdaq sets another record" [Paid Membership Required] 4:22 PM
  • "Nikkei makes up early losses to lead Asian stock markets mostly higher: Export-makers get lift in Japan; mining companies gain in Australia" MarketWatch 8:38 AM
  • "European stocks wobble as ECB officials signal QE's end is up for discussion: Italian stocks reverse gains" MarketWatch 8:37 AM

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InformationWeek (Checked 9:15 PM; no changes since 7:40 AM CDT)
  • "10 Ways Technology Is Reshaping Retail"
  • "What Can Agent Michael Brown Teach Us About Fake News?"
New York Times (Updated 9:10 PM CDT)
  • "Tesla Directors Do Damage Control After Elon Musk Tweets"
  • "How a Fake Group on Facebook Created Real Protests"
  • "$100 Million Was Once Big Money for a Start-Up. Now, It's Common."
  • "Uber Picks N.S.A. Veteran to Fix Troubled Security Team"
  • "The Unlikely Activists Who Took On Silicon Valley — and Won"
PC Magazine (Updated 9:10 PM CDT)
  • "New 'Foreshadow' Flaw Exploits Intel Chips To Steal Protected Data"
  • "How to Get Google to Quit Tracking You"
  • "Deals: Nintendo Labo, Bose Headphones, and Dell Inspiron"
  • "How to Install Fortnite on Android"
  • "iPhones, US Electronics Face Boycott in Turkey Amid Trade War"
  • "Sprint's First 5G Phone Won't Be Thick as a Brick"
  • "Owl Car Cam Adds Android Support, Enhances Security Features"
  • "17 Remarkable (and Scary) Things We Saw at Black Hat 2018"
  • "New Alexa Auto SDK Extends Amazon's Influence to the Dash"
  • "US Government Agencies Can't Buy Huawei or ZTE Products Anymore"
Reuters (Updated 9:10 PM CDT)
  • "Soros Fund Management adds popular tech names, BlackRock in second quarter"
  • "Musk bid for Tesla: no formal offer, no firm deals with advisers"
  • "A look at Tesla's nine-member board"
  • "Major Tesla shareholders trimmed stakes last quarter: filings"
  • "Berkshire boosts Goldman, Teva stakes; buys more Apple"
  • "Kroger partners with Alibaba in China grocery sales venture"
  • "Sprint partners with LG to launch 5G smartphone in 2019"
  • "'Fintechs' sound cautious note on offer of U.S. bank charter"
  • "Intel discloses three more chip flaws"
  • "Tinder founders sue parent IAC, saying it owes them billions"
ZDNet (Updated 9:10 PM CDT)
  • "Verizon bringing 5G to Indianapolis"
  • "Sprint and LG announce 5G phone for 2019"
  • "Microsoft quietly makes 'Your Phone' Android app available to mainstream Windows 10 users"
  • "Ten useful iPhone apps you didn't know you needed"
  • "CIOs: Transform your teams if you want to deliver winning IoT products"
  • "PTC courts security researchers to find IoT vulnerabilities"
  • "Beyond Spectre: Foreshadow, a new Intel security problem"
  • "Top 10 iPhone and Android accessories"

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