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TechNN Archive: Saturday, August 10, 2019


Computer Industry
  • "How a giant Pentagon contract became a political test" ["It initially involved four bidders: Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, and Oracle; the Pentagon winnowed the field to Amazon and Microsoft. However, 'White House officials in recent weeks have shown Trump a document that alleges a large conspiracy' to award the contract to Amazon that caught Trump's attention. The document 'is identical to one created by Oracle's top Washington lobbyist' and 'provides a visual representation of a narrative that Oracle has been pushing for months — that a web of individuals inside and outside the Defense Department were greasing the wheels.'"] The Week 7:52 AM
  • "Microsoft has finally found its smartphone: Why the Samsung Galaxy partnership is so promising" GeekWire 12:55 PM
  • "AMD Rumoured To Be Working on a Gen-2 Navi 'Nvidia Killer'" eTeknix 8:05 AM
  • "AMD Dismiss 'End-of-Life' 5700 & XT Rumours" eTeknix 8:05 AM
  • "Relentless AMD Completes Zen 3 Design To Take On Intel In 2020, Zen 4 Is Next" HotHardware 4:11 PM
  • "AMD ending sales of its Radeon RX 5700, RX 5700 XT already?!" TweakTown 8:06 AM
  • "IBM offers explainable AI toolkit, but it's open to interpretation" ZDNet 8:58 AM
  • "IBM-Ponemon Study Highlights Rising Cost of a Data Breach" CPO Magazine 7:55 AM
  • "IBM IP Ruling Changed Nothing, Priceline Tells Fed. Circ." Law360 [Paid Membership Required] 7:55 AM
  • "Ex-Autonomy CFO Must Post $20M Bond During HP Appeal" Law360 [Paid Membership Required] 7:55 AM
  • "Comcast, Dell team up to help bridge Houston's digital divide" Houston Chronicle 7:53 AM
  • "Cisco's $8.6M Deal Shows Cost Of Ignoring Cyber Flaws" Law360 [Paid Membership Required] 7:50 AM
  • "Microsoft is at it too: workers are listening to your Skype and Cortana conversations" BetaNews 8/9
  • "Whistleblowers: James Glenn's battle with Cisco opens new front on cyber security" ComputerWeekly 8/9
  • "Cisco Is Making It More Difficult to Use Pre-Owned Hardware" iFixit 8/9
  • "Intel to Offer 8-Core Xeon NUC: Intel's tiny desktop PC solution is getting bigger to accomodate graphics cards, but also to help cool a Xeon E or Core i7 vPro chip." PC Magazine 8/9
  • "Intel Invests $6.5M in Enterprise Linux Security Startup Capsule8" ITPro Today 8/9
  • "AMD CEO Lisa Su discusses her company's resurgence" Axios 8/9
  • "For AMD Stock, the Dr. Lisa Su Departure Rumor Carries Weight" InvestorPlace 8/9
  • "A detailed look at AMD's new Epyc 'Rome' 7nm server CPUs: Epyc 'Rome' continues its little sibling the Ryzen 3000's mad dash forward." Ars Technica 8/9
  • "AMD's EPYC 2 Starts Epic Battle With Intel" Zacks 8/9
  • "At the AMD Epyc 2 launch, I saw the future of the PC: The Epyc/Ryzen-powered Microsoft Virtual PC solution demo was the first time I saw the Microsoft Virtual PC functioning – and it was awesome. Cloud-based virtual PC instances are the future of the PC, and apparently, it's coming faster than most of us think." Computerworld 8/9
  • "AMD Gains Google's Data Center Business in Another Blow to Intel: All the data center operations for major public companies now use AMD's chips alongside Intel's." Motley Fool 8/9
  • "AMD's EPYC 2 Starts Epic Battle With Intel" Zacks 8/9
  • "AMD to enjoy rising share in server market with new generation EPYC platform" DigiTimes [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8/9
  • "AMD launches second-generation EPYC platform" DigiTimes 8/9
  • "AMD Stock Rose Due to Earnings and EPYC Processor Boost" Market Realist 8/9
  • "The bar for Nvidia's data-center sales may not be low enough: Impressive growth slows considerably at chip maker's second-largest business" MarketWatch 8/9
  • "Oracle Romania CEO officially investigated for bribe taking" Romanian Insider 8/9
  • "Oracle ANZ public sector head Surend Dayal joins Perth-based Magia Solutions as CEO" CRN 8/9
  • "Warning As Dangerous Cybersecurity Risks Found In Mainstream Office Printers: Report" Forbes 8/9
General Interest
  • "Teen Hacker Discovers Bugs In Education Software Exposing Millions Of Student Records" HotHardware 4:12 PM
  • "Lenovo Smart Tabs can place Alexa video calls with latest update" Android Police 11:24 AM
  • "12 former Facebook insiders who ditched the company and are now outspoken critics" Business Insider 8:57 AM
  • "The Galaxy Note 10 gets rid of the Bixby Key button, finally: Accidental presses be gone!" CNET 7:48 AM
  • "Facebook is replacing some of Instagram's tech to improve privacy. Here's why it will also super-size the app's money-making potential." Business Insider 7:44 AM
  • "To prevent disasters like the Capital One hack from happening again, experts say Amazon Web Services could do more to protect customers from themselves" Business Insider 7:44 AM
  • "Blow out your knee? Hope your surgeon's got a VR headset: VR gets much-needed validation as a surgical training tool." Ars Technica 7:44 AM
  • "Google Warning: Tens Of Millions Of Android Phones Come Preloaded With Dangerous Malware" Forbes 7:29 AM
  • "Foxconn Forces Students to Work Overtime to Build Amazon Devices" PC Magazine 8/9
  • "One of Google's biggest advertisers is pulling spending on the ad giant even as it quietly hired a Google exec to market one of its biggest brands" [BI Prime] Business Insider 8/9
  • "Dropbox plummets after reporting disappointing user growth" Business Insider 8/9
  • "YouTube lets biggest stars off the hook for breaking rules, moderators say: Moderators say YouTube overrode them when high-profile creators went too far." Ars Technica 8/9
  • "Robocall blocking apps caught sending your private data without permission" TechCrunch 8/9
  • "New Saefko Trojan focuses on stealing your credit card details, crypto wallets: The multi-tool malware is being sold on the Dark Web." ZDNet 8/9
  • "Walmart, ESPN pull violent game marketing following shootings" Ars Technica 8/9
  • "ESPN Delays Broadcast of Video Game Tournament After Mass Shootings" Time 8/9
  • "New DoS attack exploits algorithms to knock sites offline: The attack sends junk data to algorithms for processing." Engadget 8/9
  • "Group dating app found leaking basically everything about its users worldwide" The Verge 8/9
  • "Alexa, can you tell me how many Chinese kids were forced into working nights to build this unit? Your wondrous Amazon smart speaker may be tainted with the paw prints of child labour" The Register 8/9
  • "Here's why the internet is obsessed with 'number neighbors,' a viral trend where people text phone numbers one digit away from their own" Business Insider 8/9
  • "Astronauts playing video games could save lives in space: Simulation technology to teach complex procedures is one of the fastest growing (and least covered) tech trends." ZDNet 8/9
  • "How Huawei Is Trying to Trade War-Proof Its Software" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8/9
  • "Huawei Unveils Harmony, Its Answer to Android, in Survival Bid" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8/9
  • "Huawei unveils Harmony operating system, but won't ditch Android for smartphones" Reuters 8/9
  • "Huawei's new smartphone operating system is 'completely different from Android and iOS'" ZDNet 8/9
Press Releases
  • "HP Inc. to Announce Third Quarter Fiscal 2019 Earnings on August 22, 2019" HP 8/9
  • "Microsoft Weekly: An Insider ISO, cloud dynamics, and helpful AI" Neowin 8:27 PM
  • "Xbox Scarlett Release Update: Microsoft's Ninja deal is just what they need to combat PS5" Daily Star (UK) 8:27 PM
  • "Xbox Scarlett release update: Microsoft's Ninja deal is just what they need to combat PS5" Daily Star (UK) 8/9
  • "Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates" InsiderPro 8/9
  • "The Sams Report: The Surface Phone Home" Thurrott 8/9
  • "A month with Minecraft Earth: Is Microsoft's AR adventure the next Pokémon GO?" Windows Central 8/9
  • "Microsoft is at it too: workers are listening to your Skype and Cortana conversations" BetaNews 8/9
  • "Microsoft blacklisted TSO Host's email IPs from Hotmail, Outlook inboxes and no one seems to care" The Register 8/9
  • "Paul Allen's Petrel project wins spotlight in TV show about Pacific War shipwrecks" GeekWire 8/9
  • "Foxconn-owned Sharp is suing Daimler over five patents in two German courts: concerted action by contributors to Avanci pool?" Foss Patents 5:28 PM
  • "Ajit Pai loses another court case as judges overturn 5G deregulation" Ars Technica 8/9
  • "White House summons tech, social media firms after shootings" Reuters 8/9
  • "Amazon workers in Minnesota walk off the job over parking issues: Amazon has faced a series of walkouts and protests at Minnesota warehouses." Ars Technica 8/9
  • "Ring Partnerships With Police Are 'Troubling,' Home Security Lobbyists Say" Vice 8/9
  • "Reports say White House has drafted an order putting the FCC in charge of monitoring social media" TechCrunch 8/9
  • "Trump is drafting an order to regulate Facebook and Twitter for bias: 'They're treating conservatives very unfairly,' says Trump" The Verge 8/9
  • "The White House is drafting an executive order to take on 'conservative bias' on social media platforms" Business Insider 8/9
  • "Ivanka Trump's Jobs Effort Opens White House Doors for Companies" Bloomberg 8/9
  • "Elizabeth Warren Announces Plan to Promote Municipal Broadband Over Private Companies" Inside Sources 8/9
  • "The FBI wants to build a data dragnet on Facebook" The Verge 8/9
  • "Facebook faces legal fight over facial recognition" BBC 8/9
  • "Facebook might be fined billions after losing facial recognition lawsuit" The Next Web 8/9
  • "Trump announces that the US won't be doing business with Huawei" Business Insider 8/9
  • "Trump administration reportedly delays deciding whether to let US companies resume selling to Huawei" Business Insider 8/9
  • "5G is safe, just like 4G and 3G, says FCC: US communications regulator will maintain the same radio frequency limits as it did for 4G and 3G." ZDNet 8/9
  • "Laptop Review: Dell Latitude vs. Dell Inspiron" Forbes 5:24 PM
  • "Top 10 security extensions for Google Chrome" ZDNet 4:26 PM
  • "Why Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is Topline of Enterprise Client PCs" eWeek 7:53 AM
  • "Amazon Fire 7 vs. Walmart Onn Face-Off: What's the Best Supercheap Tablet?" LAPTOP Magazine 7:46 AM
  • "How the internet works" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:39 AM
  • "Why recent smartphone 'bad news' is really good news" Computerworld 7:39 AM
  • "3 ways Google Home can make the back-to-school routine easier for your kids: They'll still need to get in bed on time though (sorry, kids)." CNET 7:39 AM
  • "Cyber security 101: Protect your privacy from hackers, spies, and the government" ZDNet 8/9
  • "Gigabyte Aorus CV27F Monitor Review: 27" Of 165Hz Curved Gaming Bliss" HotHardware 8/9
  • "My 5G Explainer: There Will Be Five 'Flavors" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8/9
  • "Android 101: how to free up space on your phone/Make more room for your data" The Verge 8/9
  • "The hard truth about mass shootings and the internet" BetaNews 8/9
  • "Samsung is trying to build its ecosystem but lacks artificial intelligence initiatives" Business Insider 8/9
  • "Bixby, Galaxy Home, Android and VR were all missing from Samsung's big Unpacked event" GearBrain 8/9
  • "How to use Google to find podcast episodes on a specific topic" The Next Web 8/9
  • "Are We Ready To Get Emotional With AI?" Forbes 8/9
  • "Who will save us from deepfakes? Other AIs? Humans? What about vastly hyperintelligent pandimensional beings?" The Register 8/9
  • "Logitech G Pro X review: The best headset Logitech's made yet" PCWorld 8/9
  • "China's Huawei to invest $800 million in new Brazil factory" Reuters 8/9
  • "India's Lendingkart raises $30M to help small businesses access working capital" TechCrunch 8/9
  • "Facebook is courting publishers with multi-million dollar deals to launch its news tab this fall" The Next Web 8/9
Tech Stocks
  • "Dow ends Friday trade lower but indexes chipped away at ugly skid that kicked off a wild week: Trump not ready for trade deal with China" MarketWatch 8/9
  • "Stocks Finish Down in Volatile Session Over Trump's China Stance: Stocks finished down in a wild session as President Trump said the U.S. would cut ties with China's Huawei Technologies until the two countries reach a trade deal." TheStreet 8/9
  • "Stocks cut losses to end volatile week" FOXBusiness 8/9
  • "Stocks Cap a Turbulent Week With Declines: Markets swung amid trade tensions; Trump raises possibility that U.S.-China meeting might not happen" [Paid Membership Required] 8/9
  • "Asian markets mixed as Japan's GDP beats forecast, China's yuan remains stable: Nikkei gains, but Hang Seng gives up early gains" MarketWatch and Associated Press 8/9

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InformationWeek (Checked 8:30 PM CST; no changes since Friday)
  • "Amazon CTO Vogels: Going Beyond Monolithic Virtualization"
  • "PwC Exec Shares Insights on Digital Transformation Strategy"
  • "5 Reasons Why CDOs May Ride the Next Wave of Leadership"
New York Times (Updated 8:30 PM CST)
  • "How to Protect Your Children From Online Sexual Predators"
  • "When a DNA Test Says You're a Younger Man, Who Lives 5,000 Miles Away"
PC Magazine (Updated 8:30 PM CST)
  • "Amazon Prime Deliveries Can't Keep Up With Holiday Shopping"
  • "Apple: Software Update to Fix 16-Inch MacBook Pro 'Popping' Speakers"
  • "Elon Musk Not Liable in 'Pedo Guy' Defamation Lawsuit"
  • "The Biggest Tech Fails of 2019"
  • "What Drives the Tesla Superfans?"
Reuters (Updated 8:30 PM CST)
  • "Amazon CEO says wants to work more with Pentagon"
  • "Ericsson to pay over $1 billion to resolve U.S. corruption probes"
  • "Tesla boss Elon Musk wins defamation trial over his 'pedo guy' tweet"
ZDNet (Updated 8:30 PM CST)
  • "Interview with one of the world's best competitive bug hunters"
  • "Google, Intel, MIT, and more: a NeurIPS conference AI research tour"
  • "Bring more UX design into software developers' jobs, CTO urges"
  • "The PC was supposed to die a decade ago. Instead, this happened"
  • "Five tips for stress-free tech travel"

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