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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 (Checked 8:00 AM CST; no changes since Friday)
  • "Artificial Intuition Takes Pattern Recognition to a New Level"
  • "Moving AI Forward: Why You Need to Slow Down Now to Scale Later"
New York Times (Checked 8:00 AM CST; no changes since Friday)
  • "Cellphone Carriers Face $200 Million Fine for Not Protecting Location Data"
  • "The Capital That Ate Wellness Is Going to Eat Your Mushrooms"
PC Magazine (Checked 8:00 AM CST; no changes since Saturday)
  • "Resident Evil 3: The System Requirements Needed to Contain the Zombie Outbreak"
  • "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Targeted by Activist Investor"
  • "YouTube TV Temporarily Restores Sinclair's Regional Sports Networks"
  • "Lady Gaga Shot 'Stupid Love' Music Video on iPhone 11 Pro"
  • "Surface Duo Release Might Happen Sooner Than You Think"
Reuters (Checked 8:00 AM CST; no changes since Saturday)
  • "South Korea's Samsung Electronics closes mobile device plant after coronavirus case confirmed: Yonhap"
  • "Toyota plans new $1.2 billion EV plant in Tianjin with FAW: document"
  • "Elliott targets Twitter, seeking CEO Dorsey's removal: sources"
ZDNet (Updated 8:00 AM CST)
  • "Verizon says it hates extra fees. Then I looked at a phone bill"

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