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TechNN Archive: Thursday, August 8, 2019
 

 

Computer Industry
  • "Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft and Samsung's Latest Partnership" Thurrott 6:29 AM
  • "Samsung and Microsoft are teaming up to take on Apple: Major software-sharing agreement revealed at Galaxy Note 10 launch" TechRadar UK 6:57 AM
  • "Microsoft contractors hear phone sex and more while reviewing Cortana, Skype audio: More than just Microsoft's voice assistant is being reviewed by contract workers." Ars Technica 5:34 PM
  • "Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo agree to show loot box odds: Could give s**t loot the boot" The Inquirer 8:26 AM
  • "Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony to Force Games to Disclose Loot Box Odds: Top console makers will implement the new policy some time in 2020, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) says." PC Magazine 6:37 AM
  • "Windows 10 security: Microsoft dismissed RDP flaw until it saw Hyper V was affected/Microsoft details a nasty and apparently completely unexpected side-effect of using RDP in its Hyper-V virtualization software." ZDNet 8:26 AM
  • "Microsoft has a new idea to improve laptop battery life with Chromium-based Edge (and Chrome)" TechRadar UK 6:57 AM
  • "Microsoft contractors listen to Skype Translator recordings" IT PRO (UK) 6:57 AM
  • "Recent Chromium contribution from Microsoft aims to make Edge and Chrome more battery efficient" OnMSFT 11:53 AM
  • "AMD slings 64 cores at its 7nm Epyc Rome Zen 2 processors: Rome might have been built in a day with these chips" The Inquirer 6:28 AM
  • "Epic Win: AMD's 64-core 7nm Epyc CPUs Leave Xeon Lying in the Dirt" ExtremeTech 6:51 AM
  • "AMD unveils second-generation Epyc chips" bit-tech 6:51 AM
  • "AMD Says New Epyc Server Chip Is Faster Than Intel's Pricier Offering" CDR Info 6:52 AM
  • "Google and Twitter are using AMD's new EPYC Rome processors in their datacenters" TechCrunch 6:28 AM
  • "AMD (AMD) Says 2nd Gen AMD EPYC Processors Set New Standard for Modern Datacenter" StreetInsider 6:51 AM
  • "IBM delivers lowdown on parcel-based 'warshipping' hacking technique: The best hacks come in small packages" The Inquirer 6:27 AM
  • "Creepy IBM warning: Hackers could put tiny spying tools in packages shipped to your house" Fast Company 6:55 AM
  • "IBM Research launches explainable AI toolkit" VentureBeat 8:00 AM
  • "Black Hat USA 2019: IBM X-Force Red Reveals New 'Warshipping' Hack To Infiltrate Corporate Networks" Forbes 8:35 PM
  • "You can finally buy a 10th gen laptop: Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1 hits the shelves/Dell's 10th-gen XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 promises a 2.5X performance increase." PCWorld 6:56 AM
  • "Update: Oracle Romania CEO, reportedly targeted by corruption investigation" Romania-Insider 6:56 AM
  • "VAIO's port-loaded 12-inch laptop goes on sale in the US: It's got a LOT of connectivity options." Engadget 8:27 AM
General Interest
  • "Turns out your office printer is a huge cybersecurity risk" Mashable 6:55 PM
  • "Dropbox Q2 above estimates, losses widen: The company said paying users now sit at 13.6 million, as compared to 11.9 million for the same period last year." ZDNet 4:59 PM
  • "International Cat Day is taking over Twitter right meow: And you thought there were a lot of cats on the internet already." CNET 11:46 AM
  • "WordPress team working on daring plan to forcibly update old websites: WordPress team wants to forcibly auto-update older WordPress versions to newer releases." ZDNet 11:37 AM
  • "Chap uncovers privilege escalation vuln in Steam only to be told by Valve that bug is 'not applicable'" The Register 11:17 AM
  • "Kubernetes reports the results of its open-source security audit: All programs need security audits, but the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) took a new open-source approach and revealed all to its users." ZDNet 10:28 AM
  • "Twitter admits it accidentally shared user data with ad firms, again: But before you panic, don't." The Inquirer 9:15 AM
  • "Google not able to index new content, again: Google is having issues indexing new content again and the URL Inspection tool is also having issues." Search Engine Land 8:26 AM
  • "Ransomware attacks are getting more ambitious as crooks target shared files: Cybercriminals have learned they can get bigger pay days by going after bigger targets." ZDNet 7:40 AM
  • "Trojan targets news website with watering hole attack to backdoor your PC: Hackers are experimenting with ways to use legitimate websites to infect user systems." ZDNet 7:43 AM
  • "Google Pixel 4 will reportedly jump on the 90Hz display bandwagon: Google would actually be head of a hardware trend for once." Ars Technica 6:50 AM
  • "Google Tries to Make up for the Death of Google Trips" Thurrott 6:28 AM
  • "Google Travel adds flight price notifications and a limited time flight price guarantee" TechCrunch 7:07 AM
  • "Google Maps' AR-powered Live View feature is now available" Neowin 7:30 AM
  • "What you get in Google's Android Auto big update" ZDNet 7:43 AM
  • "You might've missed it, but Samsung just announced a sleek new laptop with always-on internet" BGR 6:37 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Note 10+, Note 10+ 5G pricing in Australia: Australian pricing for the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series range from AU$76.63 per month on Vodafone to AU$1,999 outright from JB Hi-Fi." ZDNet 6:27 AM
  • "Galaxy Note10 won't be compatible with Samsung's Gear VR headset" Neowin 6:28 AM
  • "$13,000 NES cartridge found at the bottom of a Safeway sack/Seattle shop brokers surprise sale: 'We could've gotten that for, like, 20 bucks.'" Ars Technica 6:38 AM
  • "Spanish brothel chain leaves internal database exposed online: 'Men's club' exposes data about escort girls, customer reviews, and club finances." ZDNet 7:31 AM
Press Releases
Microsoft
  • "Microsoft removes Office 2019 from its Home Use Program benefits" ZDNet 3:34 PM
  • "Microsoft handed Amazon and Google a new reason to go after Microsoft customers and they are doing so with gusto" [BI Prime] Business Insider 3:30 PM
  • "Microsoft spreads the Cortana love to more Insiders with new Windows 10 preview" The Register 3:30 PM
  • "Windows 7 vs Windows 10: Windows 8 was unloved and many people have stuck with Windows 7. We explain why it's time to upgrade to Windows 10." Tech Advisor 11:53 AM
  • "MSDN Magazine is shutting its pages after 33 years: It just got too difficult updating all those bits of paper" The Inquirer 6:27 AM
  • "Microsoft is closing its long-running MSDN developer magazine: It's the end of an era." Engadget 6:29 AM
Government/Law/Politics
  • "The FCC says 5G is safe, again" The Verge 4:41 PM
  • "Senator Wyden to AT&T and T-Mobile: You Don't Need to Store So Much Customer Data" Vice 3:35 PM
  • "Exclusive: Critical U.S. Election Systems Have Been Left Exposed Online Despite Official Denials" Vice 3:34 PM
  • "Facebook could pay billions after losing facial recognition privacy appeal" The Verge 3:12 PM
  • "NHS creates AI Lab to tackle health care challenges" VentureBeat 10:27 AM
  • "South Wales Police to use facial recognition app on phones" BBC 6:37 AM
  • "Amazon and Google continue to list gun accessories despite ban: Listings for rifle magazines and other banned wares surfaced on the platforms." Engadget 6:37 AM
Analysis/Editorial/Help/Opinion
  • "Laptop Review: Lenovo Yoga 910 vs. HP Spectre x360" Forbes 8:27 PM
  • "Fishing for truth in a time of Facebook" The Press 3:29 PM
  • "Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585 Laptop Review: An Excellent Alternative to Intel" Notebook Check 6:52 AM
  • "Hands-on: The Galaxy Note 10's new S Pen is a magic wand for your phone" The Next Web 3:34 PM
  • "Galaxy Note10 hands-on: Samsung falls behind the competition/Samsung's $1,000 phone doesn't offer anything over the cheaper, better competition." Ars Technica 8:27 AM
  • "Galaxy Note 10 Hands-on: minimalistic aesthetics with new note-taking features for loyalists/Samsung seemingly had little leeway for improvement with the Galaxy Note 10 amid a saturated smartphone market; but in terms of design: which duly deserves the 'bezel-less' title: and new note-taking features for brand loyalists, it has pulled it off." ZDNet 6:28 AM
Acquisitions/Deals/Investments/Mergers
  • "Glow raises $2.3M to help podcasters make money" TechCrunch 6:24 PM
  • "In strategy shift, Facebook seeks to pay millions to license news: Potential partners include Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post." Ars Technica 5:00 PM
  • "Salesforce to buy Israel's ClickSoftware for $1.35 billion" Reuters 11:38 AM
  • "WSC Sports raises $23 million to turn sports broadcasts into highlight reels with AI" VentureBeat 8:00 AM
  • "Experian buys MyHealthDirect, expands healthcare data footprint: Healthcare represents about 8% of Experian's customer base. Financial services and direct to consumer are the two largest customer bases." ZDNet 7:30 AM
Tech Stocks
  • "Dow closes 371 points higher; S&P 500 and Nasdaq end back in the black for the week: All 11 S&P 500 sectors finished in positive territory, led by a 2.9% surge in energy stocks, and a 2.4% rally in information tech" MarketWatch 4:22 PM
  • "Stocks Recoup Much of Week's Loss as Bond Yields Rebound, Yuan Firms: Stocks finished solidly higher on Thursday as investors returned to risk markets." TheStreet 4:22 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq snap back" FOXBusiness 3:14 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Finish Higher as China Signals a More Stable Yuan: Shares climb after a bout of market volatility; bond yields rose" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:14 PM
  • "Asian markets rise, unfazed by yuan's latest weakening" MarketWatch 7:50 AM
  • "European stocks climb as bond yields move off record lows and China boosts exports" MarketWatch 7:51 AM



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InformationWeek (Checked 9:20 PM CDT; no changes since Friday)
  • "Voice Assistants Bring AI to the Workplace"
  • "CIOs: Time to Reinvent Your Supply Chains"
New York Times (Checked 9:20 PM; no changes since 7:30 AM CDT)
  • "G.E. Is Accused of Major Fraud, and Stocks Take a Beating"
PC Magazine (Checked 9:20 PM CDT; no changes since Saturday)
  • "Software Vulnerability Disclosure Is a Real Mess"
Reuters (Updated 9:20 PM CDT)
  • "U.S. President Trump does not want to do business with China's Huawei"
  • "Apple CEO warns Trump about China tariffs, Samsung competition"
ZDNet (Updated 9:20 PM CDT)
  • "A Greater Bank experience with core banking in the cloud"
  • "Degrading Tor network performance only costs a few thousand dollars per month"
  • "Encryption has created an uncrackable puzzle for the real world"
  • "Hy-Vee issues warning to customers after discovering point-of-sale breach"
  • "Singapore to feel impact of China-US trade dispute if prolonged"
  • "Over 20 Texas local governments hit in 'coordinated ransomware attack'"


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