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TechNN Archive: Sunday, September 23, 2018
 

 

Computer Industry
  • "Dell to interview banks for IPO instead of acquisition: WSJ" ["The move to interview banks for an IPO shows there are increasing tensions between Dell and investors who have said the deal undervalues some of its stock, the Journal reported."] Reuters 4:57 PM
  • "Dell revisits IPO option amid tracking stock deal pushback -sources" Reuters 6:21 PM
  • "Michael Dell delays investor roadshow for Wall St comeback" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 6:56 PM
  • "Microsoft Windows 10 October 2018 update won't alert you to check storage space ahead of installation" Canadian Reviewer 6:56 AM
  • "Microsoft purchases 332 acres of land in Loudoun County for $73 million" Neowin 7:15 AM
  • "Installing Windows 10's October Update Could Result In A Nightmare, Here's How To Avoid It" Forbes 12:37 PM
  • "Microsoft, Amazon, Google join fight to prevent famine" AFP 2:32 PM
  • "Hacker's Delight: This Windows File Is Harvesting Your Email Conversations And Passwords" HotHardware 4:27 PM
  • "Prices Intel Coffee Lake Procs Are Skyrocketing due to 14nm shortages" Guru3D 7:16 AM
  • "Intel Tackles Voracious 14nm CPU Demand With New Vietnam Copy Exactly Fab" HotHardware 4:26 PM
  • "New Microsoft/Intel microcode update KB4100347 breaks Haswell-E and Broadwell-E overclocks" Guru3D 7:16 AM
  • "The White House is considering an antitrust investigation into 'online platform bias' at Google and Facebook — read the leaked document here" Business Insider 9/22
  • "White House Drafts Order To Look Into Google, Facebook Practices" Bloomberg Quint 9/22
  • "White House downplays talk of executive order targeting internet bias" Engadget 9/22
  • "What Investors Should Know as Dell Gets Set to Go Public" RealMoney 9/22
  • "IBM Scores Security Related Drone Blockchain Patent" BTCNN 9/22
  • "Class-action status for gender discrimination lawsuit versus Microsoft could be reconsidered" Neowin 9/22
  • "Microsoft Surface Go review: The ultraportable laptop alternative" Pocket-lint 9/22
  • "AMD Could Triple Market Share Amid Crippling Intel CPU Shortages" HotHardware 9/22
  • "Why everyone is talking about everything talking: Suddenly, we're looking at voice-first everything — including the voice-first workplace." Computerworld 9/22
  • "Amazon wants Alexa everywhere" CNNMoney 9/22
General Interest
  • "News Site to Investigate Big Tech, Helped by Craigslist Founder: The Markup, dedicated to investigating technology and its effect on society, will be led by two former ProPublica journalists. Craig Newmark gave $20 million to help fund the operation." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:04 PM
  • "Firefox bug crashes your browser and sometimes your PC: Bug affects Firefox on Mac, Linux, and Windows, but not Android." ZDNet 5:53 PM
  • "Want to See What's Up Amazon's Sleeve? Take a Tour of Seattle" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4:58 PM
  • "Toyota Might Finally Support Android Auto" UberGizmo 12:49 PM
  • "I tried to buy a sweater on H&M's site, Firefox told me to stop: You think all your favorite retail sites are secure? It appears they might not be." Morningstar 7:10 AM
  • "Happy anniversary, Android" TechCrunch 2:43 PM
  • "Google Pixelbook Chrome OS tablet, aka Nocturne, likely coming in October" ZDNet 12:35 PM
  • "Google and uBreakiFix provide free Pixel repairs to hurricane victims" Engadget 6:59 AM
  • "Facebook-made smart display will reportedly be announced this week" Android Police 9/22
  • "Google Drive 'Priority' AI monitors your team to surface the right files" Engadget 9/22
  • "Google hushing employees on Chinese search engine" Axios 9/22
  • "For Hackers, Anonymity Was Once Critical. That's Changing." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9/22
  • "Twitter Bug That 'May Have' Exposed Direct Messages Probably Didn't Expose Anything" Gizmodo 9/21
  • "Twitter notifies users about API bug that shared DMs with wrong devs" ZDNet 9/21
  • "Twitter bug may have sent users' direct messages to external developers" The Verge 9/21
  • "Artificial intelligence hates the poor and disenfranchised" The Next Web 9/21
  • "Latest Pixel 3 XL leak focusses on dual front-facing cameras, new Google Assistant UI" 9to5Google 9/21
  • "Google is bringing support for all Android apps to Daydream VR" VentureBeat 9/21
  • "Google Pixelbook 2, aka Nocturne or Atlas: Rumored specs, features, leaks, price, release date" CNET 9/21
  • "Google to lawmakers: Yep, Gmail data is still open to app developers" ZDNet 9/21
  • "Android users share location automatically in an emergency" ZDNet 9/21
  • "ProBeat: Amazon is throwing Alexa at the wall to see what sticks" VentureBeat 9/21
  • "Amazon reveals redesigned 2018 Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and Echo Show" VentureBeat 9/21
  • "Skype chats are coming to Alexa devices" Engadget 9/21
  • "It's Amazon's home, and we're just living in it" The Verge 9/21
  • "Amazon makes offline retail push in India" TechCrunch 9/21
  • "Facebook could launch its video chat devices this month" Engadget 9/21
  • "How Facebook and 500 other companies will bring 3.8 billion more people online" VentureBeat 9/21
  • "Facebook will stop on-site support for political campaigns" VentureBeat 9/21
  • "Facebook's Echo Show rival could be announced next week" The Verge 9/21
  • "T-Mobile details 5G home broadband plan to undercut Charter and Comcast" VentureBeat 9/21
  • "Vodafone UK plans 5G launch in 2019, but says early phones are too big" VentureBeat 9/21
  • "Spotify taps DJ Semtex for hip-hop culture podcast" Engadget 9/21
  • "SeaWorld yanks VR from roller coaster because of wait times" VentureBeat 9/21
  • "Samsung could offer a Galaxy S10 model without a curved display" Neowin 9/21
  • "Samsung gives Note 9 users an option to reduce accidental Bixby activations" The Verge 9/21
  • "The Best Bluetooth Speaker To Buy Right Now" The Verge 9/21
  • "Q Acoustics 3020i bookshelf speaker review: A definite contender for best-in-class status" TechHive 9/21
  • "Razer's Ifrit headset is more concerned with streaming than gaming" The Verge 9/21
  • "California Cup will create Overwatch esports rivalry between Northern and Southern California" VentureBeat 9/21
Press Releases
  • "Software Reviews Names Jamf Pro, Cisco Meraki, Trend Micro and Microsoft Among its' Enterprise Mobile Management Data Quadrant Gold Medalists" PRWeb 9/21
Microsoft
  • "How to back up your desktop, documents, and pictures with Microsoft OneDrive" TechRepublic 8:58 PM
  • "Tip: Task Manager will show power usage in the Windows 10 October 2018 update" MSPoweruser 7:15 AM
  • "Apple's new iPhones suggest the time is right for 'Surface Andromeda'" Windows Central 9/22
  • "Microsoft explains Windows 7 update error 0x8000FFFF" gHacks 9/22
  • "Windows Admin Center gets an update, just in time for Server 2019" The Register 9/21
  • "How To Back Up A User Profile On Windows 10" AddictiveTips 9/21
  • "Best Windows 10 apps this week" BetaNews 9/21
  • "You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?" The Register 9/21
  • "Microsoft Wants You to Help Improve Notepad in Windows 10" Softpedia 9/21
  • "Microsoft Announces Skype Support for Alexa Devices: Search..." Softpedia 9/21
  • "Bing implements Google's fast-loading AMP tech" Engadget 9/21
  • "Microsoft is bringing Skype to Alexa devices" BetaNews 9/21
  • "What's New in Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB4457136: Search..." Softpedia 9/21
  • "Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Version 1803 Cumulative Update KB4458469: Search..." Softpedia 9/21
  • "Windows 10 1803 login problems? Microsoft has finally fixed them" ZDNet 9/21
  • "Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti vs. RTX 2080 Ti: Should you upgrade?" PCWorld 9/21
  • "The best graphics cards for PC gaming" PCWorld 9/21
Government/Law/Politics
  • "Key companies to attend White House quantum computing meeting" Reuters 9:04 PM
  • "Google staff discussed ways to fight Trump travel ban: WSJ" AFP 9/22
  • "PayPal bans Infowars for spreading hate speech" BetaNews 9/22
  • "Chinese police arrest 21 over data theft at Alibaba's delivery arm: Xinhua" Reuters 9/22
  • "Hacker gets a whopping 14 years in prison for running Scan4You service: Ruslan Bondars run a 'VirusTotal-for-crooks' operation from 2009 to 2017." ZDNet 9/22
  • "PayPal Bans Infowars Over Hate Speech: InfoWars says PayPal gave it 10 days to find an alternate payment provider before terminating the service. The company joins Twitter, Facebook and YouTube in banning the site." PC Magazine 9/21
  • "PayPal Cuts Off Infowars, Joining Other Tech Giants" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9/21
  • "PayPal bans Infowars for promoting hate" The Verge 9/21
  • "ATO extends Windows Server 2003 support to 2019" ZDNet 9/21
  • "NYT sues FCC, says it hid evidence of Russia meddling in net neutrality repeal" Ars Technica 9/21
  • "FCC angers cities and towns with $2 billion giveaway to wireless carriers: Cities will get less revenue, and carriers won't face any new requirements." Ars Technica 9/21
  • "China's Chilling 'Social Credit System' Is Straight Out of Dystopian Sci-Fi, And It's Already Switched On: Like Black Mirror. Totally like Black Mirror." ["That's because the massive project, which has been slowly coming together for over a decade, is about assigning an individual trust score to each and every citizen, and to businesses too. According to China's Communist Party, the system will 'allow the trustworthy to roam freely under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step'."]Science Alert 9/21
Analysis/Editorial/Help/Opinion
  • "The race to ruin the internet is upon us/Australia versus China versus Europe: It's a potent combination of ineptness and maliciousness, and the internet is about to change." ZDNet 5:53 PM
  • "Opinion: Google's 30% cut of Play Store app sales is nothing short of highway robbery" Android Police 5:42 PM
  • "New Asus Zenbook Pro 15 Adds Second Screen To Powerful, Thin And Light Ultrabook" Forbes 4:58 PM
  • "YouTube Music feature checklist: what's missing, what's coming, and what's here" Android Central 4:57 PM
  • "There is no one role for AI or data science: this is a team effort" ZDNet 12:35 PM
  • "Will Microsoft and Tencent Blur the Line Between PC and Mobile Games?" The Motley Fool 12:01 PM
  • "Microsoft Surface family: Rumored specs, features, leaks, price, release date" CNET 12:00 PM
  • "In Defense of Amazon's Alexa Microwave" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:10 AM
  • "6 ways the first Android phone changed absolutely everything: 10 years after Google's T-Mobile G1 (aka HTC Dream) launched, it's clear how Android challenged the iPhone from the very beginning." CNET 6:57 AM
  • "Artificial Intelligence Has a Strange New Muse: Our Sense of Smell" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:57 AM
  • "Review: JBL Link View" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:57 AM
  • "How To Run SpeedTest From The Linux Terminal" AddictiveTips 6:57 AM
  • "Go deeper: The details of Facebook's launch into the datingsphere" Axios 9/22
  • "Just Don't Call It Privacy: Amazon, Google and Twitter executives are heading to Congress. Should legislators give consumers control over the data companies have on them?" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9/22
  • "Don't fall for this clever Netflix phishing email scam" BGR 9/22
  • "Podcast: Amazon 2018 Product Launch Event" Tech.pinions 9/22
  • "The Thing About Amazon (Premium)" Thurrott 9/22
  • "Alienware opening a new flagship store in China this weekend" Notebookcheck 9/22
  • "5 new Alexa security tricks to secure your smart home" CNET 9/22
  • "How To Back Up The LXQt Desktop Settings On Linux" AddictiveTips 9/22
  • "The first Android phone was an ugly thing, and I loved it: Looking back on my contrarian T-Mobile G1, the anti-iPhone, a decade later." CNET 9/22
Acquisitions/Deals/Investments/Mergers
  • "Walmart Buys 17K Oculus Go Headsets to Train Employees" PC Magazine 9/21
  • "Uber reportedly in talks to buy food delivery service Deliveroo" VentureBeat 9/21
  • "Eight Roads Ventures targets Southeast Asia deals" TechCrunch 9/21
  • "uBiome is jumping into therapeutics with a healthy $83 million in Series C financing" TechCrunch 9/21
Tech Stocks
  • "Dow set for best week since July as stocks push deeper into record territory: Dow, S&P 500 coming off records that was blue-chip index's first since January" MarketWatch 9/21
  • "Dow Hits Another Closing High to End Record Setting Week: Nasdaq ends lower, while S&P dips after setting intraday high earlier in session." TheStreet 9/21
  • "US economic boom drives Dow to new record" FOXBusiness 9/21
  • "Markets Right Now: Dow inches to another all-time high" Associated Press 9/21
  • "Dow Industrials Rise as Trade Worries Dampen: Blue-chip index is on track for its best weekly stretch since July 13" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 9/21
  • "Asian markets rally and Shanghai Composite logs best week in over 2 years: Asian stocks markets on Friday registered strong gains for the day and week, with the Shanghai Composite notching its best weekly run in more than two years, extending on a rally seen overnight in Europe and the U.S." MarketWatch 9/21
  • "Europe stocks score strongest weekly win since March, lifted by global rally: Buoyed by enthusiasm for global stocks, Europe's main bourse closed higher and registered its best weekly gain since March, adding another positive session on Friday with financials and major oil companies doing the heavy lifting." MarketWatch 9/21



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  • "Six Steps for Businesses to Earn AI Trust"
New York Times (Updated 8:20 AM CDT)
  • "M.I.T. Plans College for Artificial Intelligence, Backed by $1 Billion"
  • "How an Unlikely Family History Website Transformed Cold Case Investigations"
PC Magazine (Updated 8:20 AM CDT)
  • "Netflix and YouTube Make Up Over a Quarter of Global Internet Traffic"
  • "Hands On With the New, Tiny Palm Phone"
  • "China Is Getting a Pink Surface Laptop 2"
  • "Report: A Private Message Can Brick Your PS4"
  • "Police Told Not to Look at iPhone Screens"
Reuters (Updated 8:20 AM CDT)
  • "BMW teams up with Sweden's Northvolt, Umicore for electric car batteries"
  • "As companies embrace AI, it's a job-seeker's market"
  • "Germany says it is pushing for battery cell production in Germany"
  • "BMW, Northvolt and Umicore team up on battery sustainability"
  • "Italy resisting EU push to impose sanctions over cyberattacks"
  • "Alibaba's Jack Ma says in talks with Indonesia on tech training institute"
  • "Bahrain minister backs boycott of Uber over Khashoggi case"
ZDNet (Updated 8:20 AM CDT)
  • "Stephen Hawking's biggest fear: The rich"
  • "IoT security: Follow these rules to protect your users from hackers, gadget makers told"
  • "End nears for RSS? Firefox 64 to drop built-in support for RSS, Atom feeds, says Mozilla"
  • "Facebook appoints new LatAm head"
  • "Windows 10 audio problems? Intel issued buggy driver but we fixed it, says Microsoft"
  • "Thalmic Labs shutters sales of Myo gesture control armband"
  • "Sony explores the blockchain for DRM, intellectual property protection tech"
  • "Kali Linux for Vagrant: Hands-on"


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