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TechNN Archive: Thursday, March 7, 2019
 

 

Computer Industry
  • "Amazon, Samsung, Microsoft top the tech world for reputation, but who do you trust? Facebook's reputation among the US public takes a beating that shows up as a fall of 43 places in the trust ratings." ZDNet 7:47 AM
  • "From 'evil empire' to model citizen? How Microsoft's good deeds work to its competitive advantage" GeekWire 9:07 AM
  • "Microsoft says Windows 10 is now on more than 800 million devices: In September 2018, Microsoft officials said Windows 10 was installed on more than 700 million devices. Now that number is 800 million, company officials say." ZDNet 12:13 PM
  • "Windows 10 update is freezing games: Microsoft's fix? Uninstall it for now/Microsoft's latest update for Windows 10 users has been causing 'massive lag spikes' in some games." ZDNet 7:35 AM
  • "Microsoft cuts roughly 200 positions in its commercial sales business: The latest Microsoft layoffs follow a January reorganization in its Worldwide Commercial Business that was meant to further accelerate cloud growth and simplify the group's structure." ZDNet 12:16 PM
  • "Windows 10 version 1903: Act fast to delay this big upgrade/Each time Microsoft rolls out a major upgrade to Windows 10, you have the option to wait a few months before you install it on PCs running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise. But you have to act quickly." ZDNet 11:56 AM
  • "Microsoft's cheapest Surface Book 2 could get a quad-core CPU soon: Expected imminently" The Verge 9:17 AM
  • "Microsoft beats Amazon to open the first cloud data center in Africa: Good news for South African gamers." Engadget 7:27 AM
  • "Microsoft plotting quad-core upgrade for entry-level Surface Book 2: And it'll cost the same as middling dual-core model" The Inquirer 7:27 AM
  • "Microsoft's Chromium-powered Edge previews will only support 64-bit Windows 10 at first" Neowin 7:29 AM
  • "Microsoft Poised to Release First Edge Insider Preview" Thurrott 8:50 AM
  • "AMD to release 3rd Gen Threadripper processors this year already" Guru3D 7:51 AM
  • "AMD confirms 3rd-gen Ryzen processors will arrive in mid-2019: Threadripper 3 CPUs are also expected at some point in the year" The Inquirer 8:51 AM
  • "3rd-Generation AMD Threadripper Confirmed For Late 2019" eTeknix 7:51 AM
  • "Intel: Cloud tech will expand what games can be made and how many people are playing them" PC Games Insider 7:54 AM
  • "Intel's CEO Bob Swan Plays the 'Long-Term Viability' Card in Defending the Company's involvement in Cellular —Modem Technologies and 'Optane.'" Tech Stock Observer 7:54 AM
  • "Intel Introduces 'Throughput Mode' in the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO Toolkit" CDR Info 7:52 AM
  • "Intel unveils first 58Gbps FPGA transceiver enabling 400G Ethernet deployment" New Electronics 7:52 AM
  • "IBM collaborates with Others for introducing Blockchain Pilot Program" Name Coin News 7:53 AM
  • "Technology giant IBM joins ABI: Industry body's largest associate member" Cover 7:53 AM
  • "HP expands PageWide Web Press capabilities" PrintWeek 7:50 AM
  • "'Java 9, it did break some things,' Oracle bod admits to devs still clinging to version 8: 'I want to explain why it was necessary'" The Register 7:56 AM
  • "Cisco to invest $20m in new Sydney Webex Data Center: With Australia one of the biggest global users of Webex, Cisco is building a new Sydney-based data centre." ZDNet 7:29 AM
General Interest
  • "Google's TensorFlow Privacy wants to stop AI sucking up personal data: All thanks to the power of maths... pity they didn't tech that at school" The Inquirer 11:33 AM
  • "Voicebot: Smart speakers hit 133 million global installed base" VentureBeat 9:30 AM
  • "Amazon to Close US Pop-Up Stores: The reason is thought to be one of scope, that and the continued expansion of Amazon's other retail locations including Amazon Books and 4-Star stores." PC Magazine 7:44 AM
  • "Banking Trojans flood the enterprise, Android attacks surge: Kaspersky Labs detected 900,000 attacks against users in 2018 alone." ZDNet 7:35 AM
  • "Mozilla is bringing Tor's 'letterboxing' privacy technique to Firefox: Who gives a fox?" The Inquirer 7:27 AM
  • "Nintendo ventures into VR with latest Nintendo Labo kit" Neowin 7:26 AM
  • "Nintendo's first VR product in 24 years is coming to Nintendo Switch: Coming April 12; starts at $40, or pay $80 for a larger, accessory-filled 'VR Kit.'" Ars Technica 7:34 AM
  • "Galaxy S10 deals, price and specs: S10 pre-release demand 'much better than expected'/Kuo now expects Samsung to flog between 40 and 45 million unit this year" The Inquirer 7:26 AM
  • "Galaxy A90, A40, and A20e spotted on Samsung U.K.'s product pages" Neowin 7:34 AM
  • "Samsung Working On Two More Different Style Of Foldable Phones In Addition To Galaxy Fold" Redmond Pie 7:37 AM
  • "Samsung exec defends the controversial Galaxy Fold design no one else seems to like" BGR 7:37 AM
  • "Massive Attack album stored in a painting using DNA" BBC 7:26 AM
Press Releases
  • "IBM Study Reveals Advancing Women is Still Not a Priority for 79 percent of Global Organizations: Global Gender Gap in Leadership Could Persist until 2073 Unless Companies Prioritize Advancing Women" PRNewswire 12:37 PM
  • "EDP Renewables, Microsoft execute wind energy agreement in Ohio" Microsoft 12:37 PM
Microsoft
  • "A 'serious' Windows zeroday is being actively exploited in the wild" Ars Technica 8:51 PM
  • "Beneath a Surface Commentary: From Table to Tablet – Premium" Thurrott 12:35 PM
  • "Is Microsoft Edge on Chromium a No Brainer? (Premium)" Thurrott 9:09 AM
  • "Microsoft Store's New Revenue Model Finally in Effect" Thurrott 7:33 AM
  • "Microsoft confirms performance degradation in Windows 10 with KB4482887" Neowin 7:34 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Pro 6 vs. Apple MacBook Air (2018): Which should you buy?" Windows Central 7:55 AM
  • "Microsoft expands energy portfolio, partners with Invenergy, EDP Renewables" Neowin 12:16 PM
Government/Law/Politics
  • "FCC May Be Violating Federal Records Law, House Oversight Officials Say" Gizmodo 8:04 PM
  • "U.S. telecoms regulator stops clock on Sprint, T-Mobile merger review" Reuters 6:48 PM
  • "Russian mobile telecom company to pay $850 million for alleged bribery" Reuters 3:56 PM
  • "YouTube under pressure to ban UK Far Right activist after livestreamed intimidation" TechCrunch 8:51 AM
  • "UK says prison facial recognition tech, iris scanners deter smugglers: Guests at the door laden with drugs or mobile phones are less likely to turn up when biometric barriers are in play: apparently." ZDNet 7:34 AM
  • "U.S. State Department declines comment on Huawei suit" Reuters 3:52 PM
  • "Huawei Announces Lawsuit Against U.S. Government Over Ban on Use of Its Products" Gizmodo 7:35 AM
  • "Huawei Sues the U.S. Government" Thurrott 7:37 AM
  • "Huawei to sue US government to overturn its ban as unconstitutional: The Chinese telco equipment giant states that it was left with no choice but to sue." ZDNet 7:27 AM
  • "Cryptographers Fear Misguided Encryption Laws" EE Times Asia 7:04 AM
Analysis/Editorial/Help/Opinion
  • "Huawei Matebook X Pro review: A few cut corners diminish this otherwise great laptop's value" PCWorld 6:56 PM
  • "Here's Why AI is the Solution to eCommerce Business's Biggest Woes" ReadWrite 1:44 PM
  • "Thousands of New Millionaires Are About to Eat San Francisco Alive: As Uber, Lyft, Airbnb and Pinterest plan to go public, California's newly minted rich will be hungry for parties, houses, boats, bikes — and ice sculptures." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 12:13 PM
  • "USB4 is Going to Revolutionize the USB Standard All Over Again: What You Need to Know" Gizmodo 11:32 AM
  • "The best games for PC" Engadget 8:45 AM
  • "Internet of Things Devices Have a Serious Security Problem: Your household is full of internet-aware devices, and most of them are woefully insecure, to the point where a hacker could take over the entire network by reaching in through your baby cam." PC Magazine 7:46 AM
  • "IT strategy: Learning from experiments with emerging technologies/It can be tough to find the right fit for emerging technologies; that doesn't mean it's wrong to test out new ideas." ZDNet 7:34 AM
  • "Podcasts, smart speakers soar as social media stalls, based on new survey" TechCrunch 7:33 AM
Acquisitions/Deals/Investments/Mergers
  • "Okta to acquire integration platform Azuqua" ZDNet 7:01 PM
  • "Madrona leads $10M round for Knock, a CRM and communications service for apartment landlords" GeekWire 11:32 AM
  • "Transposit raises $12.2 million to manage your cluttered APIs" VentureBeat 10:05 AM
  • "Amazon invests in Seattle startup Jargon, a voice application content platform for developers" GeekWire 9:06 AM
  • "SoftBank launches $5 billion fund to invest in LatAm tech firms" Reuters 7:46 AM
  • "SoftBank launches the Innovation Fund, committing $2B to invest in Latin America" TechCrunch 7:37 AM
Tech Stocks
  • "Stocks close lower for 4th straight session as global growth concerns move to the fore: The ECB slashes growth forecast, pledges support for eurozone economy" MarketWatch 3:54 PM
  • "Dow Ends Lower as Investors Eye Details From Trade Talks, Oil Prices Tumble: The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the day lower as details over the trade talks between the U.S. and China are awaited and oil prices tumble." TheStreet 3:54 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: Wall Street sinks again, extending losses" Associated Press 7:23 PM
  • "Stocks slump again on Wall Street, extending weekly losses" Associated Press 7:23 PM
  • "Stocks fall as ECB slashes growth forecasts" FOXBusiness 7:22 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Continue to Slide: U.S. stocks fell for a third consecutive session Wednesday, closing at their lowest level in three weeks as analysts looked ahead to Friday's jobs report and sought an update on global trade policy." WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:53 PM
  • "Asian markets retreat as uncertainty over U.S.-China trade deal grows: Stocks in Tokyo, Hong Kong sink, following Wall Street's lead" MarketWatch 8:01 AM
  • "Banks drive losses for Europe after ECB says it will keep rates low, cuts growth view" MarketWatch 12:16 PM



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InformationWeek (Checked 10:10 AM; no changes since 7:35 AM CDT)
  • "Kaleido Brings Its Blockchain Market to Microsoft Azure"
New York Times (Checked 10:10 AM; no changes since 7:35 AM CDT)
  • "Is Apple Saying Goodbye to Fashion?"
PC Magazine (Updated 10:10 AM CDT)
  • "Telegram Enhances Privacy With 'Unsend Anything'"
  • "Business Choice Awards 2019: Smartphones, Carriers, and Mobile Operating Systems"
  • "How OpenAI's Fake News Warnings Triggered Actual Fake News"
  • "Report: Cheaper Nintendo Switch Launching This Summer"
  • "Mapping State-by-State Tech Trends: Most Popular Dating Apps"
Reuters (Updated 10:10 AM CDT)
  • "French Muslim group sues Facebook, YouTube over Christchurch footage"
  • "U.S. top court rejects shoe retailer Zappos appeal in data breach case"
  • "Uber could announce $3 billion deal with Careem early this week: sources"
  • "Study shows limited control over privacy breaches by pre-installed Android apps"
  • "Tencent shareholder Naspers plots Euronext e-commerce IPO"
  • "Apple invites Hollywood to Silicon Valley in TV push"
  • "JPMorgan awards research grants, deepening its AI push"
  • "China tech firms, seeking passion and energy, promote younger staff"
ZDNet (Updated 10:10 AM CDT)
  • "Apple's TV streaming event: How to watch and what to expect"
  • "The new Cloudera-Hortonworks Hadoop: 100 percent open source, 50 percent boring"
  • "Hijacked ASUS Live Update software installs backdoors on countless PCs worldwide"
  • "Oracle talks customer experience at Modern CX 2019"
  • "US tech students slaughter peers in Russia, China, India in coding test"
  • "Hi-res VR headsets reignite enterprise mixed reality battle"
  • "Garmin announces Approach S40 golf GPS smartwatch: AutoShot integration helps you excel on the course"
  • "Customer service is poised for an AI revolution"


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