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TechNN Archive: Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft wants its Azure servers to be as durable as tardigrades: Microsoft is working to improve the reliability of its Azure infrastructure on multiple fronts, including via 'Project Tardigrade,' its effort to enable a cloud app to survive platform failure." ZDNet 12:39 PM
  • "Microsoft Wants To Protect Your Identity With Bitcoin" Wired 6:53 AM
  • "Microsoft to spend $100 million on Kenya, Nigeria tech development hub" Reuters 8:44 AM
  • "Microsoft explains its big bet on serverless computing, the next major way that developers are going to write cloud software" [BI Prime] Business Insider 6:52 PM
  • "Microsoft: Patch Old Windows Systems or Risk Computer Worm" PC Magazine 9:23 PM
  • "Windows 10 gets Arch Linux, one of the trickiest distros around" TechRadar UK 8:45 AM
  • "HP's new OMEN X 2S 15 has two screens, RTX graphics, and more" Neowin 6:39 AM
  • "HP's Omen X 2S Gaming Laptop Has Customizable Second Screen to Help Up Your Game" Gizmodo 6:40 AM
  • "HP's Omen X 2s is a dual-screen gaming laptop: Browse messages, monitor performance and watch streaming videos." Engadget 6:40 AM
  • "HP Omen 15 and 17 updated with 9th Gen Intel chips, GeForce RTX graphics: Say hello to more power in a thinner package." Windows Central 6:51 AM
  • "HP Pavilion Gaming 15 laptop continues to blend work and play: And it's bringing a 17-inch model and a gaming mouse and mousepad along for the ride, too." CNET 6:50 AM
  • "Intel CPUs impacted by new Zombieload side-channel attack: Researchers, academics detail new Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) attacks." ZDNet 12:39 PM
  • "New speculative execution bug leaks data from Intel chips' internal buffers: Intel-specific vulnerability was found by researchers both inside and outside the company." Ars Technica 1:16 PM
  • "Intel May Move Optane Production to China, No Plans to Boost NAND" ExtremeTech 6:53 AM
  • "Intel puts customers first as chip supply tightens: It's hard to find the logic behind Bob Swan's plan to improve supply lines, says Billy MacInnes" Tech Central 6:51 AM
  • "Intel Xeon trumps Nvidia's Tesla with new AI image classification record: Such a step could lead to smarter tech for us plebs" The Inquirer 7:59 AM
  • "AMD rebrand incoming: Radeon RX550X becomes Radeon RX 640/Radeon rebrands incoming" TechSpot 6:51 AM
  • "IBM's AI performs state-of-the-art broadcast news captioning" VentureBeat 12:57 PM
  • "Lenovo has made a foldable ThinkPad PC because, er, reasons: The folding screen looks good but we're not sure who'll buy it yet" The Inquirer 6:40 AM
  • "Lenovo's intros biz-focused ThinkBooks and Core i9 ThinkPad X1 Extreme: Sorry cam girls and boys, these aren't the laptops for you" The Inquirer 6:40 AM
  • "With ThinkBook laptops, Lenovo hopes to catch eye of millennial workforce: The kid siblings of buttoned-down ThinkPads, the new notebooks emphasize style to attract younger workers in small- and medium-sized business." ZDNet 6:29 AM
  • "Oracle claims that Amazon tried to woo Pentagon officials with 'undisclosed employment and bonus offers' to win a $10 billion cloud contract, but Amazon says it's a 'desperate attempt to smear the company'" [BI Prime] Business Insider 2:30 PM
General Interest
  • "Chrome OS 74 protects Chromebooks against 'ZombieLoad' Intel vulnerability" 9to5Google 8:40 PM
  • "Google to show ads on homepage of app" Reuters 3:28 PM
  • "Google is threatening to fire employees in a crackdown on leaks about 'need to know' projects" [BI Prime] Business Insider 3:27 PM
  • "Facebook reenables 'View as Public' feature following 2018 security issue: No word on the 'View as Specific Person' function, though" The Verge 12:58 PM
  • "Adobe Lightroom is getting in-app tutorials that show the photo-editing process: Plus a new texture slider" The Verge 8:16 AM
  • "Twitter bug accidentally shared location data with advertisers: Discreet tweets didn't pinpoint streets" The Inquirer 7:09 AM
  • "It took just five days for bitcoin to rise from $6,000 to $8,000: Most major cryptocurrencies are at or near 2019 highs." Ars Technica 6:44 AM
  • "It's 2019 and a WhatsApp call can hack a phone: Zero-day exploit infects mobes with spyware" The Register 2:24 PM
  • "WhatsApp vulnerability exploited to infect phones with Israeli spyware: Attacks used messenger's call function. Targets didn't have to answer to be infected." Ars Technica 6:29 AM
  • "WhatsApp call exploit let attackers slip spyware on to phones: A human rights lawyer was among the targets." Engadget 6:29 AM
  • "Alexa Guard is ready to turn your Echo into a home security device: It can also integrate with your existing security system." Engadget 6:44 AM
  • "Amazon rolls out Alexa Guard, to help protect your home while you're out" TechCrunch 6:46 AM
  • "Vodafone's 5G UK service to launch in July" BBC 6:44 AM
  • "OnePlus 7 & OnePlus 7 Pro: Here's Everything We Know So Far" Digital Trends 7:07 AM
Press Releases
  • "Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 now shipping with world's first PC proximity sensor" Notebook Check 6:49 AM
  • "How to fix Open File - Security Warning for all files on Windows 10" AddictiveTips 7:14 PM
  • "How much open source is too much when it's in Microsoft's clutches? Eclipse Foundation boss sounds a note of alarm: 'Wouldn't it be ironic if all paths used by open-source developers lead to Microsoft?'" The Register 6:54 AM
  • "New builds, new Edge and some old friends: Everything that wasn't Azure from Microsoft's week that was/Yep, PowerToys is back ... well, the open-sourcey reboot is, anyway" The Register 7:07 AM
  • "President Trump expected to sign executive order barring Huawei from the United States" The Next Web 7:56 PM
  • "Google opens hub for privacy engineering in Germany" ZDNet 7:14 PM
  • "Tribes across country push for better internet access" Associated Press 3:28 PM
  • "San Francisco becomes the first US city to ban facial recognition by government agencies" The Verge 6:51 PM
  • "San Francisco About To Ban Facial Recognition" Forbes 3:27 PM
  • "FCC to take 'fresh look' at opening key 5.9 GHz spectrum band" Reuters 1:12 PM
  • "Facebook's FTC settlement could include 20 years of privacy oversight: And that's on top of the expected $5bn fine" The Inquirer 9:41 AM
  • "Google Agrees to Pixel Class Action Settlement" Thurrott 3:28 PM
  • "Eric Schmidt is 'comfortable' with Google's tax avoidance practices" Neowin 6:44 AM
  • "Adobe warns Creative Cloud users with older apps of legal problems: It's apparently due to 'potential claims of infringement by third parties.'" Engadget 6:44 AM
  • "How to manage monitor resolutions on Linux" AddictiveTips 1:13 PM
  • "OnePlus 7 Pro review: Not a flagship killer, but a killer flagship" The Inquirer 11:19 AM
  • "Most Americans Neglect Cyber Security Basics (Especially Mississippians): On average, Americans scored 60 percent, or a D rating, on Webroot's 'cyber hygiene' test. Those from Mississippi, Louisiana, and California scored the lowest." PC Magazine 7:13 AM
  • "Vaio SX14 review: Under new management, Vaio laptops live again" ZDNet 6:40 AM
  • "NYT: Conspiracy theories that 5G phones cause cancer originate from Russia" BGR 6:45 AM
  • "Innowatts raises $18 million for its energy monitoring toolkit for utilities" TechCrunch 3:28 PM
  • "AT&T promised 7,000 new jobs to get tax break—it cut 23,000 jobs instead: AT&T also cut capital spending despite promising $1 billion capital boost." Ars Technica 12:57 PM
  • "Comcast is giving Disney full control of Hulu: The last piece of the puzzle for Disney" The Verge 11:06 AM
  • "DigiLens raises $50 million to develop cheap AR display tech" VentureBeat 8:09 AM
  • "EV startup Rimac scores $90M investment from Hyundai and Kia" TechCrunch 6:46 AM
Tech Stocks
  • "Stocks close higher as market regains bullish form in wake of trade-sparked rout/Trump: 'When the time is right, we will make a deal with China'" MarketWatch 4:08 PM
  • "Stocks End Higher, Markets Stage Partial Rebound From Trade-War Selloff: Stocks shook off Monday's bruising U.S.-China trade war selloff to end in positive territory." TheStreet 4:08 PM
  • "US stocks higher after big sell-off: U.S. stocks rose Tuesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average surging more than 300 points, after major averages the day before plunged more than 2 percent in what was the worst start to May since 1970." FOXBusiness 4:07 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise as Investors Await Trade Progress: U.S. stocks rose Tuesday after President Trump further signaled that U.S. and Chinese officials could still strike a trade deal, alleviating some of the pressure that had knocked down major indexes in recent sessions." [Paid Membership Required] 4:07 PM
  • "Asia stocks sink at Tuesday's open but quickly bounce off lows as U.S.-China tiff unsettles markets" MarketWatch 7:06 AM

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InformationWeek (Updated 9:10 PM CDT)
  • "6 Actions That Made GDPR Real in 2019"
  • "Going Up? Otis Elevator Hits Digital Transformation Button"
New York Times (Updated 9:10 PM CDT)
  • "Two Police Officers Are Fired Over Facebook Post Saying Ocasio-Cortez 'Needs a Round'"
PC Magazine (Updated 9:10 PM CDT)
  • "Bug That Forced Apple to Disable Walkie-Talkie App is Now Fixed"
  • "Report: Huawei Allegedly Built North Korea's 3G Network9"
  • "Microsoft Invests $1 Billion to Create a World-Saving AI"
  • "Save Big on Dell Laptops, Desktops"
  • "Asus ROG II Smartphone Has Some Insanely High-End Specs"
  • "The 10 Most Pirated Movies"
  • "Hack Reveals Russian Plan to Deanonymize Tor Traffic"
  • "These Human-Like 'Synths' Will Make You Do a Double Take"
  • "Report: Apple Watch Switching to MicroLED in 2020"
  • "Nintendo Facing Joy-Con 'Drifting' Class Action Lawsuit" ...
Reuters (Updated 9:10 PM CDT)
  • "Trump meets with tech CEOs on Huawei"
  • "Trump agrees to prompt responses to license requests for Huawei sales"
  • "Facebook, Amazon and Alphabet take center stage on Wall Street"
  • "Britain delays decision on Huawei's role in 5G networks"
  • "FTC to announce $5 billion settlement with Facebook as early as this week: sources"
  • "Equifax to pay $700 million over 2017 data breach, compensate consumers"
  • "Factbox: Biggest U.S. data breach settlements before Equifax"
  • "Trump expected to drop in on White House tech meeting with Broadcom, Intel CEOs: sources"
  • "Huawei secretly helped North Korea build, maintain wireless network: Washington Post"
  • "Trump: 'We will have to find out' about Huawei's relationship with North Korea"
ZDNet (Updated 9:10 PM CDT)
  • "Megaport ramps up revenue for FY19 but outgoings continue to outstrip"
  • "Orlando scraps Amazon Rekognition pilot program"
  • "AFP wants a system to collect social and political info to aid police operations"
  • "IBM given AU$95.5m to deliver initial design for Defence ERP program"
  • "Brazil readies digital ID launch"
  • "Telco complaints drop partially, reverses first quarter increase"
  • "Square launches robotic Photo Studio service for online sellers"
  • "Microsoft to pay $25m to DOJ and SEC in Hungary bribery and kickback case"

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