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TechNN Archive: Sunday, June 9, 2019


Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft warns about email spam campaign abusing Office vulnerability: Dangerous spam campaign targets European users with backdoor trojan." ZDNet 11:43 AM
  • "Microsoft is now worth over $1 trillion, a stunning run since Satya Nadella's ascent" Quartz 4:52 PM
  • "Microsoft reveals first details on 'Project Scarlett' game console for 2020: Faster load times, real-time ray-tracing capabilities, and backward compatibility." Ars Technica 6:51 PM
  • "Microsoft's 'Project Scarlett' Xbox arrives holiday 2020: Expect 8K support and super-fast storage." Engadget 6:52 PM
  • "Xbox E3 2019: The 16 biggest announcements and trailers from the press conference" BGR 6:51 PM
  • "Here's how to watch the Xbox E3 Briefing later today" Neowin 3:00 PM
  • "Xbox's biggest competitor isn't PlayStation: It's Google." Engadget 3:32 PM
  • "Microsoft teases next-gen Xbox news at E3 event: Just how much it will reveal is another story." Engadget 9:07 AM
  • "Xbox Game Pass for PC pricing revealed ahead of Xbox Briefing" Neowin 6:51 AM
  • "Xbox Game Pass for PC Pricing Leaks" Thurrott 9:50 AM
  • "Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Goes Live" Thurrott 3:00 PM
  • "New Xbox app for PC surfaces, combines Xbox Game Pass, store, and social features" Neowin 6:51 AM
  • "Microsoft is teasing the next-gen Xbox in its E3 promos" Neowin 6:52 AM
  • "Microsoft Purges Massive Facial Recognition Database As Privacy Concerns Mount" HotHardware 6/8
  • "Microsoft deletes massive facial recognition data set: The 'MS Celeb' data set had over 10 million images" TechSpot 6/8
  • "Microsoft Deleted Their Entire Facial Recognition Database For Some Reason" Hot Air 6/8
  • "Inside the farm of the future: Microsoft shows us how emerging technologies like the cloud, IoT and artificial intelligence will transform agriculture, helping farms grow more produce and consume fewer resources." CNET 6/8
  • "Preview: When And Where To Watch Microsoft's Big Xbox Press Conference And What To Expect" Forbes 6/8
  • "Microsoft adds new calendar-related feature to Outlook for Android" phoneArena 6/8
  • "AMD — 'We Need to Start Talking About Ray Tracing'" eTeknix 6/8
General Interest
  • "Major HSM vulnerabilities impact banks, cloud providers, governments: Researchers disclose major vulnerabilities in HSMs (Hardware Security Modules)." ZDNet 9:03 PM
  • "Google Stadia will have a lot to prove to gamers: Google delivered pricing, availability, speed requirements and launch games for its upcoming gaming platform before E3 2019, but the capabilities needed to make it stand out from current options went unmentioned." CNET 6:50 AM
  • "Opera, Brave, Vivaldi to ignore Chrome's anti-ad-blocker changes, despite shared codebase: Other browser makers don't seem to be on board with Google's decision to neuter its extensions API, and essentially, ad blockers." ZDNet 6:50 AM
  • "Google Confirms Android Smartphone Security Backdoor" Forbes 6/8
  • "Diebold Nixdorf warns customers of RCE bug in older ATMs: ATM vendor rolls out software update, says no attacks detected in the wild, low chance of exploitation." ZDNet 6/8
  • "Ancient ICEFOG APT malware spotted again in new wave of attacks" ZDNet 6/7
  • "Russian Jesus gives up food to meditate on how he can improve crypto messenger Telegram" The Register 6/7
  • "Facebook is the latest company to dramatically sever ties with Huawei" Business Insider 6/7
  • "Exclusive: Facebook suspends app pre-installs on Huawei phones" Reuters 6/7
  • "Russian disinformation on YouTube draws ads, lacks warning labels: researchers" Reuters 6/7
  • "Google's LGBTQ employees are furious about YouTube's policy disasters" The Verge 6/7
  • "Google walkout organizer walks away" VentureBeat 6/7
  • "Google walkout organizer quits company after alleged retaliation" The Verge 6/7
  • "Google Search won't show more than two top results from the same site" Engadget 6/7
  • "Google is fighting to maintain ties with Huawei, saying blacklisting the Chinese firm could jeopardize national security" Business Insider 6/7
  • "Google's former CIO reveals why his biggest regret from his time at the company was failing to conquer China" [BI Prime] Business Insider 6/7
  • "Google flags U.S. national security risks from Huawei ban: FT" Reuters 6/7
  • "Google Maps gets a speedometer: Another reason to look at your phone when driving?" ZDNet 6/7
Press Releases
  • "Global Coprocessor Market Analysis Report 2019-2024: AMD, NVIDIA, Apple, Intel, ARM, Imagination Technologies, Qualcomm, NXP" Accent Planet 6/8
  • "Cisco Live 2019 to Kick Off in San Diego Next Week" Cisco 6/7
  • "Spain's Cerealto Siro develops new foods inspired by IBM Watson Artificial Intelligence" PRNewswire 6/7
  • "Oracle Advances Safer, More Transparent Retail Supply Chain" PRNewswire 6/7
  • "Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition' arrives this fall/It includes a new campaign, 4K support and remastered audio." Engadget 6:53 PM
  • "Minecraft Dungeons nets a gameplay trailer, release set for Spring 2020" Neowin 8:01 PM
  • "Programming Windows: A Timeline (Premium)" Thurrott 11:19 AM
  • "Microsoft Weekly: A build for the Fast ring, some games, and Edge Dev on macOS" Neowin 6:52 AM
  • "Microsoft launches first AI hub to reverse talent flow to the coasts and bring non-PhDs into AI jobs" CNET 6/7
  • "How to rollback and uninstall the Windows 10 May 2019 Update" BetaNews 6/7
  • "Microsoft Wants More Security Researchers to Hack Into Its Cloud" ITPro Today 6/7
  • "Like using the latest version of Microsoft Office? Love Offline Files? Not for long!" The Register 6/7
  • "Xbox One E3 leak: Bleeding Edge is Ninja Theory's first Microsoft Games Studio title" Daily Star (UK) 6/7
  • "3 Ways Xbox Can Win Over PC Gamers at E3 2019" PC Magazine 6/7
  • "Xbox E3 2019 Press conference: Everything we expect to see from the Microsoft Briefing" TrustedReviews 6/7
  • "Comcast to pay $9.1 million for adding service plans without consent: It reportedly violated Washington state law over 445,000 times." Engadget 6:52 AM
  • "G20 agrees to push ahead with digital tax: communique" Reuters 6/8
  • "For two hours, a large chunk of European mobile traffic was rerouted through China" ZDNet 6/7
  • "Google must face lawsuit alleging hiring bias against conservatives, judge rules" The Verge 6/7
  • "Comcast broke law 445,000 times in scheme to inflate bills, judge finds: Comcast deception leads to refunds and $9M fine, a fraction of the amount sought." Ars Technica 6/7
  • "Congress is taking on YouTube's pedophilia problem" The Verge 6/7
  • "Give up your password or go to jail: Police push legal boundaries to get into cellphones" NBC News 6/7
  • "Congress Is Killing That Sketchy Provision That Banned the Government from Offering Free Tax Filing Software" Gizmodo 6/7
  • "Europe's 5G to cost $62 billion more if Chinese vendors banned: industry" Reuters 6/7
  • "Which ISPs Spend the Most Money on Lobbying?" PC Magazine 6/7
  • "FCC passes measure urging carriers to block robocalls by default" TechCrunch 6/7
  • "Robocalls: FCC wants them blocked by default but you may pay extra" ZDNet 6/7
  • "Our current technology success metrics are broken: a call for healthier design habits/Leading UX thinkers publish a manifesto of sorts, urging less clutter and a more minimalist approach to technology. 'Discussions around our unhealthy relationship with technology are becoming mainstream.'" ZDNet 6/8
  • "The Catch-22 that broke the Internet: Google's big outage also blocked access to the tools Google needed to fix it." Ars Technica 6/8
  • "OnePlus 7 Pro review: I'm spoiled for all other screens" Neowin 6/8
  • "Why Facebook Can't Have It Both Ways" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 6/7
  • "The growing chaos at YouTube: A bonus Vergecast episode" The Verge 6/7
  • "Is your internet good enough for Google Stadia? It's complicated" Android Authority 6/7
  • "The Future of Television: How is a television like a fax machine? They are both obsolete." I, Cringely 6/7
  • "Break Up Big Tech? Some Say Not So Fast" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6/7
  • "How to protect your privacy on Facebook: Some tips on how to keep your stuff safe" The Verge 6/7
  • "E3 2019 tips: How to survive the mayhem of gaming's big trade show" VentureBeat 6/7
  • "Dodging Facebook's 'Like' Trap for Small Businesses" TechNewsWorld 6/7
  • "The HP Spectre Folio Review: Luxurious Leather Laptop" AnandTech 6/7
  • "Xbox One And PS4 Don't Need To Fear Google Stadia, Which Is Mired In Contradictions" Forbes 6/7
  • "Maker Faire ceases operations amid financial trouble: It might not be the end, but it's dark times for homebrew tech." Engadget 6/8
  • "FedEx to end Amazon contract for FedEx Express plane service" Reuters 6/7
  • "FedEx ends express delivery contract with Amazon" TechCrunch 6/7
  • "Swiftly raises $10 million Series A to power real-time transit data in your city" TechCrunch 6/7
Tech Stocks
  • "Dow closes up 263 points, stocks notch best week of the year as jobs report fuels hopes of a Fed rate cut: U.S. economy added just 75,000 new jobs in May" MarketWatch 6/7
  • "Stocks End Higher as Weak Jobs Report Drives Hopes for Fed Rate Cut: Stocks rose Friday as a weak jobs report gave Wall Street hopes the Federal Reserve will trim interest rates." TheStreet 6/7
  • "Dow tops 26,000 on Chinese tariff delay, rate cut hopes" FOXBusiness 6/7
  • "Stocks Rally After Jobs Data, Closing Strong Week: Dow rises more than 250 as lackluster jobs report raises expectations for an interest-rate cut" [Paid Membership Required] 6/7
  • "Europe stocks rise as investors digest ECB announcement" MarketWatch 6/7

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InformationWeek (Checked 3:50 PM; no changes since 10:40 AM CST)
  • "10 Analytics and AI Startups You Should Know About"
  • "Harnessing Big Data: Can Our Laws and Policies Keep Up?"
New York Times (Updated 3:50 PM CST)
  • "Aircraft, Big and Small, Are Changing Our Relationship With Flight"
  • "Court Rejects Huawei's Challenge to U.S. Limits"
PC Magazine (Updated 3:50 PM CST)
  • "Sling TV Loses Subscribers for First Time Amid Streaming Wars"
  • "Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Is America's First Unlocked All-Carrier 5G Phone"
  • "Sony Pulls Out of PAX East Gaming Show, Citing Coronavirus"
  • "Save Up to 70 Percent on QuickBooks Online"
  • "Microsoft's All-In-One Office Mobile App Now Available for Everyone"
  • "GTA IV Is Returning to Steam Without Multiplayer"
  • "Are You Addicted to Your Phone?"
  • "As Photoshop Turns 30, Adobe Rolls Out Some Feature Tweaks"
  • "Kingston IronKey D300 Flash Drive Is Secure Enough for NATO"
  • "Gigabyte Updates Its Ultra-Compact Brix PC With 10th-Gen Intel Chips" ...
Reuters (Updated 3:50 PM CST)
  • "Exclusive: Google users in UK to lose EU data protection - sources"
  • "Should Facebook, Google be liable for user posts? asks U.S. Attorney General Barr"
  • "Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru to eliminate roaming charges"
  • "EU bets on industrial data, new rules to catch up in global tech"
  • "Dish tops forecasts with fewer pay TV subscribers lost"
  • "T-Mobile owner sets sights on becoming U.S. number one"
  • "We can live with German, EU ideas on vendor regulation: Deutsche Telekom"
  • "Lyft resumes shared electric bike rentals in NYC"
  • "Regulators need to get up to speed on digital currencies"
  • "Malaysian firm offers AI-based profiling of Chinese visitors for virus"
ZDNet (Updated 3:50 PM CST)
  • "AFP vows to damage tech giant reputations if found obstructing law enforcement"
  • "Google's AI chief explains machine learning for chip design"
  • "Macquarie Telecom to offer cloud services out of Microsoft Azure"
  • "The life-changing feature that makes the iPhone 11 Pro Max stand out"
  • "Google releases first Android 11 developer preview"
  • "Google acquires Cornerstone Technology for mainframe migration"
  • "WordPress botnet deploys anti-adblocker script to make sure its spammy ads are profitable"
  • "You can win a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra*"

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