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TechNN Archive: Sunday, August 18, 2019
 

 

Computer Industry
  • "Windows or Chromebook? A Best Buy salesman told me it isn't even close: After Google hires Bill Nye to explain that people are just scared to leave their decrepit Windows laptops for Chromebooks, I thought I'd get another opinion. It was harsh." ZDNet 7:30 AM
  • "Microsoft releases Windows 10 builds 17763.720, 16299.1365 - here's what's new" Neowin 9:33 AM
  • "Intel's 18 Core and 10 Core Cascade Lake-X HEDT CPUs For X299 Platform Benchmarked — 10 Core With Up To 4.6 GHz Clock Speeds" WCCFTech 9:34 AM
  • "The Ryzen 5 3550U outscores the Ryzen 7 3700U and Ryzen 7 3750H in Geekbench, but lives in Intel's shadow" Notebook Check 9:34 AM
  • "China top internet firms pump 45% more into R&D: Led by Alibaba, China's top 100 internet companies invested 153.87 billion yuan (US$21.85 billion) in research and development last year, up 45% year-on-year and accounting for 10% of their overall revenue." ZDNet 7:31 AM
  • "Silicon Valley Looks North as Tech Giants Expand in Toronto: Big U.S. firms are setting up new operations in the city, but not all Canadians are thrilled" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 9:34 AM
  • "Singapore to feel impact of China-US trade dispute if prolonged: Tensions between the two economic powerhouses will lead to fragmented technology markets and, if prolonged, drag down Singapore's economy, says its prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, who urges both countries to find ways to establish mutual trust." ZDNet 6:13 PM
  • "Exclusive: U.S. set to give Huawei another 90 days to buy from American suppliers - sources" Reuters 8/17
  • "Microsoft Confirms New Windows 10 Upgrade Warning" Forbes 8/17
  • "Microsoft Has First Major Impact on Chrome" Thurrott 8/17
  • "Microsoft Working On A Fix For Major Google Chrome Browser Battery Drain" HotHardware 8/17
  • "Microsoft has finally enabled global media controls for the latest Edge Canary build" Neowin 8/17
  • "Microsoft updates the Feedback Hub with new design" Neowin 8/17
  • "Microsoft makes Notepad a separate Store app starting with new Windows 10 20H1 test build: Microsoft is continuing to make incremental improvements to Windows 10 20H1, due out next year, with test build 18963." ZDNet 8/17
  • "Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with Task Manager, virtual desktop, and mouse cursor improvements" VentureBeat 8/17
  • "Microsoft Confirms Update Warning For Windows 10, Windows 8.1 And Windows 7 Users" Forbes 8/17
  • "Windows 10 preview refines search and adds GPU temps reading to Task Manager" TechRadar UK 8/17
  • "Microsoft aware of severe throttling issue affecting Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 that leaves devices locked at just 400 MHz" Notebook Check 8/17
  • "PlayStation 5 To Boast An Extremely Potent GPU" NewsLair 8/17
General Interest
  • "Hy-Vee issues warning to customers after discovering point-of-sale breach: Company doesn't know what locations were impacted, but it's warning customers early so they can keep an eye out for suspicious transactions." ZDNet 4:39 PM
  • "Sonos' first portable Bluetooth speaker leaks in more detail: The 'Sonos Move' could arrive this month" The Verge 9:35 AM
  • "Nintendo says there is no Switch exchange program: If you bought an old model, you might be stuck with it." Engadget 8/17
  • "Serious Bluetooth Security Vulnerability Could Leave Millions Of Devices Open To Attacks" HotHardware 8/17
  • "Google wants to reduce lifespan for HTTPS certificates to one year: A Google proposal would cut lifespan of SSL certificates from 825 days to 397 days." ZDNet 8/17
  • "Huawei Mate 30 Pro to be unveiled just before the iPhone 11 hits stores" BGR 8/16
  • "The OPPO Reno 2 packs four cameras and supports 20x zoom" The Next Web 8/16
  • "YouTube is testing paid online hangs with influencers: The crowdfunding service, called Fundo, was created as part of Area 120." Engadget 8/16
  • "YouTube is hiring managers to work with political creators: An effort to more effectively handle issues and concerns" The Verge 8/16
  • "Runkeeper will stop supporting Wear OS 'in a few weeks'" The Verge 8/16
  • "A.I. Is Learning From Humans. Many Humans. Artificial intelligence is being taught by thousands of office workers around the world. It is not exactly futuristic work." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8/16
  • "Implanting AI chips in your mind could cause you to lose yourself, says scientist" The Next Web 8/16
  • "Nintendo Is Taking Down YouTube Archives of Its Music" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8/16
  • "Serious Bluetooth flaw leaves devices open to attack" Engadget 8/16
  • "Huawei Mate X Foldable Phone Release Delayed Once Again" Redmond Pie 8/16
  • "Kaspersky AV injected unique ID that allowed sites to track users, even in incognito mode: Feature Kaspersky added in 2015 also made it possible to be ID'd across different browsers." Ars Technica 8/16
  • "Forget the Note 10: The Google Pixel 3A is 2019's most important phone" CNET 8/16
  • "Amazon's army of tweeting warehouse workers backfired spectacularly this week after a thread about working conditions went viral" Business Insider 8/16
  • "US tech groups in the dark about renewal of Huawei sales licence" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8/16
  • "85 Sneaky Adware Apps Racked Up 8 Million Cumulative Downloads From Google Play" HotHardware 8/16
  • "Google brings AI to studying with Socratic: Ahead of the new school year, Google is re-launching a mobile learning app it acquired last year." ZDNet 8/16
  • "Google no longer lets you turn off status lights on Nest cameras" BetaNews 8/16
  • "Google Employee Protests Stop Company Contracts" Market Realist 8/16
  • "Google Drive will introduce long-asked-for file shortcuts feature: It's coming to G Suite in beta first, but may reach more users at a later date." Ars Technica 8/16
  • "Google Drive will soon support file shortcuts" Android Police 8/16
  • "A new Google Assistant feature tracks the location of your loved ones and sends them reminders like picking up the groceries" Business Insider 8/16
  • "Google Books adds new experimental features that you can test right now: 2" The Verge 8/16
  • "Google: You're sticking with passwords that have already been hacked" ZDNet 8/16
Press Releases
  • "Organization of American States and Cisco to Launch Cybersecurity Innovation Councils in Latin America" Cisco 8/16
Microsoft
  • "Your reaction to my hellish SSD upgrade proves that Windows 10 has a serious storage upgrade problem" BGR 8/17
  • "Why You Should Use Windows Defender's Ransomware Prevention" Lifehacker 8/16
  • "Microsoft releases action-packed Windows 10 20H1 Build 18963" BetaNews 8/16
  • "Microsoft Surface users baffled after investing in kit that throttles itself to the point of passing out" The Register 8/16
  • "Microsoft Downplays Rumors Of Streaming-Only Xbox Project Scarlett Gaming Console" HotHardware 8/16
  • "Xbox Chief Says a Streaming-Only Console Isn't in the Works" Thurrott 8/16
  • "To patch Windows or not: Do you want BlueKeep bug or broken Visual Basic apps? This week's Windows updates fix critical 'wormable' flaws but may also break Visual Basic apps, macros, and scripts. What should you do?" ZDNet 8/16
Government/Law/Politics
  • "Ransomware attack in Texas targets local government agencies" Engadget 2:14 PM
  • "YouTube shuts down music companies' use of manual copyright claims to steal creator revenue" TechCrunch 8/16
  • "Google Play app store accused of anti-gay bias" BBC 8/16
  • "'Deeply concerned' UK privacy watchdog thrusts probe into King's Cross face-recognizing snoop cam brouhaha" The Register 8/16
  • "Irish regulator nears end of first privacy probe, ruling to take months" Reuters 8/16
  • "Facebook failed to warn users of known risks before 2018 breach: court filing" Reuters 8/16
Analysis/Editorial/Help/Opinion
  • "The impact of machine learning on security: It's important to cut through the hype surrounding ML and AI" Computerworld 9:17 PM
  • "The mainstream media have still not learned the lessons of Gamergate" TechCrunch 1:01 PM
  • "Hands on with Huawei's foldable with a Kirin 990 and P30-equivalent cameras, the Mate X" Neowin 11:20 AM
  • "First impressions of the stunning Honor 20 Pro" Neowin 8/17
  • "Acer Predator Triton 500 Laptop Review: A Lot of Gaming Performance Despite the Slim Case" Notebook Check 8/17
  • "Cloud security is too important to leave to cloud providers: 11 cloud vulnerabilities that keep customers up at night." ZDNet 8/17
  • "Galaxy Note 10 Plus ongoing review: What's good and bad so far/Our take after a day with Samsung's 6.8-inch superphone." CNET 8/16
  • "Why Critics Want Public Review of T-Mobile–Sprint Merger" Market Realist 8/16
  • "Ask Paul: August 16 (Premium)" Thurrott 8/16
  • "Comment: Android's fragmentation also happens to be its core strength [Video] 9to5Google 8/16
  • "Tips and tricks for using Gmail" [Video] CNET 8/16
  • "I installed Verizon's free junk call blocker and it seems to kind of help" ZDNet 8/16
  • "How to turn off your Fitbit Ionic to conserve its battery when you're not using it" Business Insider 8/16
  • "How Google's Secrecy Led to Company Turmoil" [Podcast] Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8/16
  • "Amazon's Twitter ambassadors are blurring the line between fact and fiction: How is this dark-arts PR campaign supposed to build trust in the company?" The Verge 8/16
Acquisitions/Deals/Investments/Mergers
  • "Alibaba and the $15 billion question: Amid Hong Kong's protests, when to list?" Reuters 8/17
  • "Huawei to invest $800m in São Paulo" ZDNet 8/16
  • "Alibaba to buy Kaola ecommerce platform" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8/16
  • "Alibaba and the $15 billion question: Amid Hong Kong's protests, when to list?" Reuters 8/16
Tech Stocks
  • "Dow ends up 300 points after volatile week but stocks still end down for week: Deere earnings hit as trade war hits farm sector" MarketWatch 8/16
  • "Stock End Higher as Bond Easing Tempers Recession Fears: Stocks finished higher Friday as easing bond prices sent investors back to the markets in search of bargains to close out a wild week." TheStreet 8/16
  • "Stocks close wild week higher on rising bond yields, expected European stimulus" FOXBusiness 8/16
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise but Notch Modest Weekly Loss: Despite a two-day rally, the Dow industrials are off about 1.5% for the week" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8/16
  • "Asian markets mixed after conflicting trade messages from China: Nikkei, Hang Seng recover from morning losses" MarketWatch 8/16



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Reuters (Updated 8:00 AM CDT)
  • "Apple says $14 billion EU tax order 'defies reality and common sense'"
  • "ECB's Villeroy tells Facebook that Libra faces tough scrutiny"
  • "Apple awards iPhone supplier Corning $250 million from U.S. manufacturing fund"
  • "SAP's German users demand more help with digital shift"
  • "Self-driving truck startup TuSimple raises additional $120 millionetnam's social media crowd swells with new entrant to take on Facebook, Google"
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  • "Vivo's Nex 3 lands: Flagship 5G phone with waterfall display, 64-megapixel camera"
  • "Skidmap malware buries into the kernel to hide illicit cryptocurrency mining"
  • "Dremio releases Data Lake Engines for AWS and Azure"
  • "Company bringing AI-tech to builders gets big raise in Series A funding"
  • "Get ready for 30% faster internet as Wi-Fi 6 devices clear final hurdle"
  • "Self-driving vehicles could use a 3D semantic camera to detect skin"
  • "Financial asset firm PCI ordered to pay $1.5 million for poor cybersecurity practices
  • "Uh-oh: This camera watches while you work out"


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