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TechNN Archive: Tuesday, July 9, 2019
 

 

Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Says It's Not Moving Its Hardware Production From China" Thurrott 7:41 AM
  • "Microsoft's Azure Data Box Heavy solution is now generally available" Neowin 7:33 AM
  • "Microsoft is sneaking adverts for its products into Android apps: In context menus, no-one can hear you seethe" The Inquirer 7:34 AM
  • "Microsoft set to join private Linux security mailing list" Neowin 7:33 AM
  • "Microsoft sounds the alarms over hard-to-detect Astaroth malware: Fileless attack uses 'living off the land techniques' to spread" The Inquirer 7:34 AM
  • "Coles partners with Microsoft to transform its business for the future: Under the partnership, Coles is building an enterprise data platform in Azure to bolster its analytics capabilities and enable the use of artificial intelligence to drive innovation through its supply chain and physical stores." ZDNet 8:04 AM
  • "Amazon's bid for $10B Pentagon cloud deal faces friction as it battles with Microsoft" GeekWire 2:09 PM
  • "Intel takes the chiplet concept to the next level with co-EMIB, ODI connections" PCWorld 7:33 PM
  • "The AMD X570 Motherboard Overview: Over 35+ Motherboards Analyzed" AnandTech 7:56 AM
  • "IBM's Biggest Purchase Ever Has High Stakes for Rometty: Big Blue closes its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat as it looks to grow its cloud-computing business" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7:59 AM
  • "IBM closes its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat" CNBC 8:00 AM
  • "IBM closes $34 billion Red Hat acquisition: Now it's time to deliver/Red Hat is now part of IBM and the two companies made sure customers, developers and partners all knew about the commitment to open source, developer programs and multi-cloud deployments." ZDNet 9:09 AM
  • "IBM Bets $34 Billion That It Can Catch Up to Amazon and Microsoft" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:09 PM
  • "IBM's $34 billion Red Hat purchase just closed, and its cloud boss says it gives Big Blue an advantage in the 'trillion dollar' hybrid cloud market" [BI Prime] Business Insider 12:23 PM
  • "Where do IBM and Red Hat go from here?" ZDNet 4:21 PM
  • "IBM Will Help Red Hat Extend Reach in $34 Billion Deal" Bloomberg TV 1:57 PM
  • "IBM patents a watch with a foldable, tablet-sized display: Looks like Big Blue's boffins have been eating cheese before bed" The Inquirer 7:34 AM
  • "Cisco to buy Acacia Communications for $2.8 billion" Reuters 7:47 AM
  • "Cisco acquires Acacia Communications for $2.6 billion: Cisco buys one of its suppliers for its optical interconnect technology." ZDNet 10:41 AM
  • "Why Cisco's $2.6 billion acquisition of Acacia Communications is a brilliant strategic move" [BI Prime] Business Insider 5:06 PM
  • "How AI will transform the next wave of computing software and hardware" ZDNet 11:55 AM
General Interest
  • "Raspberry Pi admits to faulty USB-C design on the Pi 4: 'I expect this will be fixed in a future board revision,' says co-creator." Ars Technica 12:00 PM
  • "Facebook will start taking a cut of fan subscriptions in 2020" TechCrunch 8:26 AM
  • "Dropbox Transfer lets you send up to 100GB of files at once: You can sign up to try the private beta today." Engadget 8:19 AM
  • "Amazon warehouse workers in Minnesota plan to strike on Prime Day over labor practices" TechCrunch 7:42 AM
  • "Amazon staffers in the US plan Prime Day walkout: Employees will demand safer working conditions and secure jobs" The Inquirer 7:34 AM
  • "Amazon Prime Video finally works with Chromecast and Android TV" Engadget 8:19 AM
  • "Spotify Launches New Lite App for Developing Countries" Thurrott 7:41 AM
  • "Google reveals multiplayer support and other new Stadia details: The company promises you won't lose access to your games, even if their publishers exit the platform." Engadget 7:27 AM
  • "Logitech wireless USB dongles vulnerable to new hijacking flaws: Vulnerabilities found in Logitech's proprietary Unifying USB dongle technology." ZDNet 7:33 AM
  • "Over 1,000 Android apps are sharing your data even if you've told them not to: Backdoor shenanigans from apps that should know better" The Inquirer 7:34 AM
  • "Galaxy Note 10's signature feature prevents it from being a much better phone, insider claims" BGR 7:28 AM
  • "Galaxy Note 10 release date, price and specs: Samsung teases Note 10's biz credentials/It can work as a smartphone, laptop and desktop PC, apparently" The Inquirer 7:34 AM
  • "Leaked Galaxy Tab S6 features dual cameras and a powerful processor" BGR 10:13 AM
  • "Qualcomm reportedly tests faster, smaller Wear OS-ready Snapdragon CPUs" VentureBeat 2:07 PM
  • "Qualcomm's Snapdragon 215 CPU brings modern features to budget phones: Think taller displays and dual cameras." Engadget 7:27 AM
  • "Debian 10 'Buster' Linux arrives: Over two years in the making, the latest version of Debian Linux arrives." ZDNet 7:33 AM
  • "Linux 5.2 rolls out with Sound Open Firmware and Comet Lake support: And our favourite miltary feline is feeling quite calm, despite the weather" The Inquirer 7:33 AM
  • "Canon's G7 X III can shoot vertical video for your Instagram: It also features a pop-up screen and uncropped 4K for vloggers." Engadget 7:27 AM
  • "Elon Musk puts kibosh on hopes of refreshed Model S and X vehicles: Will this news halt the slump in sales for these two models, or accelerate it?" Ars Technica 8:19 AM
Press Releases
  • "Cisco Intends to Acquire Acacia Communications" Cisco 12:34 PM
  • "IBM Closes Landmark Acquisition of Red Hat for $34 Billion; Defines Open, Hybrid Cloud Future" PRNewswire 12:34 PM
  • "IBM Earns Acclaim from Frost & Sullivan for Its Comprehensive Private Cloud Offering, IBM Cloud Private" CNW Group 8:00 AM
  • "Microsoft and ServiceNow announce strategic partnership" Microsoft 12:34 PM
  • "Watch Communications and Microsoft announce partnership to bring broadband internet to Indiana, Ohio and Illinois" Microsoft 12:34 PM
  • "Pepkor Europe Selects Oracle Cloud as a Platform for Growth" Oracle 12:33 PM
  • "WISeCoin AG becomes one of the first external trusted identity providers on Oracle" Globe Newswire 8:04 AM
Microsoft
  • "Programming Windows: Microsoft OS/2 (Premium)" Thurrott 4:21 PM
  • "Microsoft's Windows 1.11 app is the perfect tie-in for 'Stranger Things 3'" BGR 7:27 AM
  • "Microsoft's Latest Surface Collaboration Comes With Some Really Pretty Skins" Thurrott 7:50 AM
  • "Microsoft's prototype Xbox controllers for phones look ideal for xCloud" The Verge 12:23 PM
  • "Microsoft Research has prototyped Xbox controllers for phones and tablets (Update): With Microsoft looking to bring 'console quality' streaming to mobile devices, how will the company achieve that when touch controls are still pretty bad?" Windows Central 8:05 AM
  • "Internet Games on Windows XP, ME, and 7 to lose support over the next six months: Many classic Internet Games will stop working as soon as July 31, 2019." Windows Central 8:05 AM
  • "Microsoft is retiring these 6 classic Windows XP, ME, and 7 video games soon OnMSFT.com" OnMSFT 8:05 AM
  • "Here's all the big changes coming in Xbox One's July update" TrustedReviews 8:05 AM
  • "Xbox Game Pass now lets you add titles to a 'play later' list: Alexa voice control is now also available to players in more countries." Engadget 9:16 AM
Government/Law/Politics
  • "U.S. to approve sales it deems safe to blacklisted Huawei" Reuters 8:34 PM
  • "Hackers breached Greece's top-level domain registrar" ZDNet 7:34 PM
  • "Net neutrality was repealed a year ago. What's happened since? Three things the FCC's done since net neutrality was repealed" The Verge 5:05 PM
  • "Wanna sue us for selling your location? Think again: You should read your contract's fine print, says T-Mobile US/Under-fire carrier insists on forcing privacy-trashed punters into out-of-court arbitration" The Register 4:37 PM
  • "T-Mobile says it can't be sued by users because of forced-arbitration clause" Ars Technica 1:58 PM
  • "Appeals Court Confirms That Trump Can't Block Critics on Twitter" Slate 2:08 PM
  • "Court rules Trump can't block Twitter followers" Axios 12:28 PM
  • "U.S. to provide licenses for sales to Huawei if national security protected" Reuters 11:56 AM
  • "Marriott faces $123 million GDPR fine in the UK for last year's data breach: The intent to fine Marriott comes a day after the ICO announced a $230 million GDPR fine against British Airways." ZDNet 9:17 AM
  • "FCC chief Ajit Pai: Let's ban caller ID spoofing in SMS and foreign robocalls/FCC could gain new enforcement powers to go after foreign call centers caught spoofing US numbers." ZDNet 7:46 AM
  • "5G and Huawei: Mobile networks race ahead as government delays/While the race for Number 10 continues, the UK's mobile networks are gambling that the new Prime Minister will let them use Huawei equipment in their 5G networks." ZDNet 7:33 AM
Analysis/Editorial/Help/Opinion
  • "How to fix a corrupted home partition on Linux" AddictiveTips 12:27 PM
  • "Should You Buy a Dedicated MP3 Player? Yes, there are still portable music players in 2019, and we don't just mean the iPod touch. The question is whether you need one, and if so, which is the best MP3 player to buy?" PC Magazine 11:56 AM
  • "Sound Blaster AE-9 Review: Pristine High Def PC Gaming Audio" HotHardware 10:53 AM
  • "Dell G5 15 review: A slim gaming laptop that won't break you" CNET 7:56 AM
  • "Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 review: A nearly perfect combination of power and battery life/18 hours of battery life inside a compact, 2-in-1 PC powered by a leading-edge Whiskey Lake CPU? Boom." PCWorld 7:56 AM
  • "Logitech Zone Wireless Plus, hands on: A comfortable and functional headset for work and play" ZDNet 7:47 AM
Acquisitions/Deals/Investments/Mergers
  • "Google buys Elastifile to bolster GCP's file storage service: Elastifile lets enterprises elastically scale-out or scale-in storage capacity on-demand." ZDNet 10:40 AM
  • "Glitch is bringing remix culture back to the web with a $30 million Series A round" TechCrunch 9:09 AM
  • "The pointless Amazon and Google streaming feud officially ends today" BGR 8:19 AM
  • "YouTube Returns on Amazon Fire Devices" Thurrott 9:21 AM
  • "Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic will be the first publicly traded company for human spaceflight" TechCrunch 7:42 AM
  • "Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic to become world's first publicly-listed space tourism venture" Telegraph 7:42 AM
  • "Virgin Galactic is going public to fund its expensive tourist spaceflights: It'll keep the company running until commercial launches begin." Engadget 7:27 AM
  • "India's NiYO 'neo-bank' raises $35 million to help salaried employees access financial services" TechCrunch 7:42 AM
Tech Stocks
  • "Stocks end mostly higher as investors await more clarity on Fed rate-cut plans: Powell set to testify before lawmakers beginning Wednesday" MarketWatch 4:16 PM
  • "Stocks End Mixed Ahead of Testimony From Fed's Powell Wednesday: Stocks came back late in the session Tuesday, and ended mixed as investors looked ahead to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's upcoming testimony before Congress." TheStreet 4:16 PM
  • "Stocks Mixed as Tech Gains Balance With Trade Anxiety: Investors await fresh commentary from Fed Chairman Powell" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:16 PM
  • "Asian shares weaken ahead of Fed Chairman's report to Congress" MarketWatch 7:59 AM



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InformationWeek (Checked 11:40 AM; no changes since 7:30 AM CDT)
  • "Going Up? Otis Elevator Hits Digital Transformation Button"
  • "Robotic Process Automation: Is RPA Ready for Big Business?"
  • "Expect AI Flash Mobs of Fake News"
New York Times (Checked 11:40 AM CDT; no changes since Sunday)
  • "Start-Up Says It's Changing Eye Care for the Better. Others See It Differently."
PC Magazine (Updated 11:40 AM CDT)
  • "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"
  • "Pixel 4 Leak Suggests Soli Touchless Interactions"
  • "Netflix Subscriber Drop Marks the Beginning of a Rocky Road"
Reuters (Updated 11:40 AM CDT)
  • "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"
  • "Toyota fetches new way to use AI, self-drive tech in Tokyo Games"
  • "Trump is expected to drop in on White House tech meeting with Broadcom, Intel CEOs: sources"
  • "Equifax to pay $700 million over 2017 data breach, compensate consumers"
  • "Toshiba Memory sees 'good chance' of M&A in push for data center business"
  • "Microsoft to invest $1 billion in OpenAI"
  • "Frenzied debut of China's Nasdaq-style board adds $44 billion in market cap"
  • "China's ByteDance plans to set up data center in India"
  • "South Korea eases path for quality tests of chip suppliers amid Japan curbs: government"
ZDNet (Updated 11:40 AM CDT)
  • "How the latest gaming AI beat world champions of poker"
  • "Cloud-based virtual desktop provider hit by ransomware"
  • "Slack's desktop client gets major performance improvements after codebase rewrite"
  • "Equifax, regulators sign $700m deal to settle data breach lawsuits"
  • "SAP data and analytics: in with the new, don't squander the old"
  • "Visa: Payment industry will soon drop passwords for biometrics"
  • "Microsoft invests $1 billion in OpenAI, which is going all-in on Azure"
  • "Full 4G coverage coming to London Underground... by the mid-2020s"


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