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TechNN Archive: Sunday, October 20, 2019
 

 

Computer Industry
  • "Computers have an unlikely origin story: the 1890 census/The inventor of punched cards, which led to the first computers and companies like IBM, was aiming to solve a gnarly problem at the time: data collection for the census." Fast Company 8:23 AM
  • "Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd dies at 62: Unexpected development raises pressure on software maker's transition to cloud computing." iTNews Australia 8:22 AM
  • "Oracle must decide quickly if Safra Catz really needs an exec to step up as her new co-CEO" [BI Prime] Business Insider 10:09 AM
  • "Whither Oracle? Ruminations on the Future of an Icon" Medium 7:56 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 9 3950X easily beats Intel's mighty Core i9-10980XE in leaked benchmark" TechRadar UK 8:28 AM
  • "Most OEMs treat AMD CPUs like second-class citizens when it comes to laptops. Now is the time for change" NotebookCheck 8:31 AM
  • "Here's Gigabyte's Aorus TRX40 3rd Gen AMD Threadripper Motherboard" HotHardware 5:02 PM
  • "First gaming benchmarks surface for Intel Core i9-9900KS" DSOGaming 8:30 AM
  • "Windows 10 1809 October 15 Update Breaks Defender ATP, Says Microsoft" Tech Times 8:32 AM
  • "Microsoft creates a special Xbox One X with Taco Bell" Gamereactor UK 8:32 AM
  • "How Arm wants to bring machine learning to ordinary computing devices" VentureBeat 3:09 PM
  • "Microsoft Reports Earnings on Wednesday: 8 Important Things to Watch/Azure growth, Windows sales trends and stock buybacks are among the things to keep an eye on as the software giant reports." TheStreet 10/19
  • "Sure, AMD is doing amazing right now – but don't count out Intel just yet" TechRadar UK 10/19
  • "AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 16 Core Crushes The Intel Core i9-10980XE 18 Core CPU in 3DMark Firestrike – Up To 24% Faster Than Intel's Flagship HEDT" WCCFTech 10/19
  • "AMD May Be Preparing a Ryzen 7 3750X Processor Release" eTeknix 10/19
  • "Next-gen Threadripper rumored to arrive on November 19" TechSpot 10/19
  • "Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd dies" CIO 10/19
  • "Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd passes away" IANS 10/19
  • "Regulation Talk Hits Silicon Valley" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10/19
General Interest
  • "Google to update Pixel 4 face unlock with eye detection 'in the coming months'" The Verge 8:37 PM
  • "Rare Atari Schematics Have Been Discovered And Released To The Wild" HotHardware 5:02 PM
  • "YouTube Music relaxes its draconian restrictions when traveling to an unsupported country" Android Police 12:39 PM
  • "Computers Are Learning to Read—But They're Still Not So Smart" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:10 AM
  • "Amazon sellers are shipping long-expired food" Engadget 6:42 PM
  • "Google VP says guests should be informed if you have smart devices in the home" Digital Trends 10/19
  • "AT&T hikes TV Now prices by as much as $15 per month" Engadget 10/19
  • "HTC releases a cheaper blockchain phone" TechCrunch 10/19
  • "Zuckerberg doubles down on free speech—the Facebook way" Ars Technica 10/19
  • "Santander to offer hundreds of coding scholarships in Brazil: The bank is accelerating its plan to boost its tech workforce and address the local skills gap" ZDNet 10/18
  • "New sensor tech makes almost any surface a touch surface: User interface company Sentons has released a developer smartphone that shows how its pressure-sensitive ultrasound-based touch technology can trigger a range of actions." ZDNet 10/18
  • "Researcher Warns That 5G Might Actually Cause Cancer After All: 'Meanwhile, We Are Seeing Increases In Certain Types Of Head And Neck Tumors.'" NeoScope 10/18
  • "Most Americans Fail in Digital Literacy: A Pew survey found that most US respondents could answer fewer than half the questions when quizzed on technology issues. Most challenging were questions on privacy and cybersecurity." PC Magazine 10/18
  • "Verizon and T-Mobile aren't supporting RCS on the Pixel 4 at launch" Engadget 10/18
  • "The outcry over deaths on Amazon's warehouse floor" The Guardian 10/18
  • "LG G8 ThinQ gets Android 10 beta program as company tries to 'recover trust'" 9to5Google 10/18
  • "SAP prepares for its next big challenge" ZDNet 10/18
  • "Zuckerberg Hearing May Be the Start of Next Phase of Tech Battle" Bloomberg 10/18
  • "Zuckerberg defends Facebook's approach to free speech, draws line on China" Reuters 10/18
  • "Google Celebrates 15 Years of Google Books" Thurrott 10/18
  • "Google defends its use of Wi-Fi 5 in Nest Wifi" Ars Technica 10/18
  • "Google slings websites into Chrome's solitary confinement on Android to thwart Spectre-style data snooping" The Register 10/18
  • "Samsung says fix for Galaxy 10 fingerprint flaw is coming 'next week'" Engadget 10/18
  • "Samsung admits fingerprint reader flaw, promises software fix" ZDNet 10/18
  • "Samsung faces reputational blow from phones' fingerprint flaw" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 10/18
  • "OnePlus 8 Pro will swap the pop-up camera for a hole-punch, leak claims" The Verge 10/18
  • "Motorola event next month, could be foldable phone launch" Android Authority 10/18
  • "TSMC raises forecast for 5G phone penetration for 2020" DigiTimes [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10/18
Press Releases
Microsoft
  • "New Surface Leak Reveals Powerful Predictive Feature" Forbes 8:57 PM
  • "Microsoft Azure And Office 365 Authentication Bug Slams US, Users Unable To Log In" HotHardware 10/18
  • "Meet The Linux Desktop That Will Embarrass Windows 10 And macOS in 2020" Forbes 10/18
  • "Windows 10 Version 1909 Review" Thurrott 10/18
  • "Windows users can now protect their accounts with Yubico security keys" BetaNews 10/18
  • "Windows users can now log in using Yubico security keys" Engadget 10/18
  • "Microsoft starts nagging Windows 7 Pro users about end of support" Computerworld 10/18
  • "Microsoft posts workaround for shutdown bug in Windows 10 build 18999 and later" Neowin 10/18
  • "KB4517389 is causing even more problems with Windows 10 than first thought" BetaNews 10/18
  • "Microsoft Lets in More People Into the xCloud Preview" Thurrott 10/18
  • "Microsoft Surface Pro X: Windows on Arm usable at long last – but, boy, are you gonna pay for it" The Register 10/18
Government/Law/Politics
  • "Facebook open to currency-pegged stablecoins for Libra project" Reuters 8:55 PM
  • "Huawei admits that US sanctions are hurting" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11:46 AM
  • "Judicial imperialist Birss rewound 3,000 years to crown himself King Solomon of FRANDland--dethronement is nigh: Unwired Planet v. HuaweiFoss Patents 8:09 AM
  • "Lawmakers express 'deep concern' over Blizzard's Hong Kong protest response: A rare bipartisan issue that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Rubio can agree on." Ars Technica 10/19
  • "Exclusive: Huawei in early talks with U.S. firms to license 5G platform - Huawei executive" Reuters 10/19
  • "House antitrust probe report likely by 'first part' of 2020" Reuters 10/18
  • "Frontier gets away with 'paltry' settlement after breaking 35 laws and rules" Ars Technica 10/18
  • "US stopped using floppy disks to manage nuclear weapons arsenal: US Air Force switches to secure solid-state-based solution to replace antiquated floppy disks in SACCS nuclear weapons management system." ZDNet 10/18
  • "US military will no longer use floppy disks to coordinate nuke launches: It now has a 'highly-secure solid state digital storage solution.'" Engadget 10/18
  • "Zappos data breach settlement: users get 10% store discount, lawyers get $1.6m" ZDNet 10/18
  • "G7 countries caution against Facebook's 'risky' Libra" The Next Web 10/18
Analysis/Editorial/Help/Opinion
  • "Amazon: The Grand Food Fight Strategy" Monday Note 1:09 PM
  • "Facebook isn't free speech, it's algorithmic amplification optimized for outrage" TechCrunch 9:27 AM
  • "Jaybird Vista true wireless earbuds review: Ready to tweak" Digital Trends 8:40 AM
  • "RIP: How to stop Google from stealing all your data after you die" The Next Web 8:38 AM
  • "Amazon Echo (2019) review: New Echo with Alexa is a smart middle child" CNET 8:14 AM
  • "How to download your Yahoo Groups data" BetaNews 8:10 AM
  • "AT&T left me speechless when I asked about the Samsung Galaxy Fold" ZDNet 7:54 AM
  • "The best alternatives to Microsoft Office: Tired of paying a monthly fee for Word? The best Microsoft Office alternatives" Digital Trends 10/19
  • "15 crossword solvers for Android, iOS, and the web that actually work!" Android Authority 10/19
  • "L.L. Bean, Microsoft, And Amazon Tell Happy Employees To 'Take a Hike!'" Forbes 10/19
  • "Sega Genesis Mini review: The retro console to beat" BGR 10/19
  • "Will Amazon's $1.45M bid to shake up Seattle politics backfire, or work exactly as planned?" GeekWire 10/19
  • "How to Use Right Inbox to Supercharge Your Gmail" ReadWrite 10/19
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 laptop buying guide" Digit 10/19
  • "Podcast: Made by Google Event, Poly and Zoomtopia, Sony 360 Reality Audio" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10/19
  • "Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon vs Dell XPS 15: Which Laptop Wins?" LAPTOP Magazine 10/19
Acquisitions/Deals/Investments/Mergers
  • "Canberra's AU$150m-plus annual hardware spend up for grabs" ZDNet 8:55 PM
  • "Lenovo Australia and New Zealand saw profit slide to AU$3 million for 2019" ZDNet 8:55 PM
  • "Canberra's AU$150m-plus annual hardware spend up for grabs" ZDNet 7:42 PM
  • "Tilt Five adds new partners for AR tabletop game project: Tabletopia and Monocle Socity" VentureBeat 10/19
  • "Facebook reaches a deal with News Corp. for headlines in upcoming news section" Neowin 10/18
  • "Report: T-Mobile partners with Jeffrey Katzenberg's mobile streaming service Quibi" TechCrunch 10/18
  • "Mobile game startup Madbox raises $16.5 million after 100 million downloads" TechCrunch 10/18
  • "Appier acquires Japan-based AI startup Emotion Intelligence" DigiTimes 10/18
Tech Stocks
  • "U.S. stock market falls on economic growth concerns despite good earnings: Johnson & Johnson, Boeing lead Dow's triple-digit point drop" MarketWatch 10/18
  • "Boeing, J&J whack Dow as stocks end week lower" FOXBusiness 10/18
  • "Stocks Drop on China Data: U.K. markets hover ahead of high-stakes parliamentary vote on the Brexit deal" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 10/18
  • "Asian markets mixed after decades-worst GDP growth by China: Nikkei gains, stocks in Hong Kong and mainland China dip" MarketWatch 10/18
  • "European stocks lower after Chinese growth slows and Renault warns" MarketWatch 10/18



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InformationWeek (Checked 8:00 AM CST; no changes since Friday)
  • "Artificial Intuition Takes Pattern Recognition to a New Level"
  • "Moving AI Forward: Why You Need to Slow Down Now to Scale Later"
New York Times (Checked 8:00 AM CST; no changes since Friday)
  • "Cellphone Carriers Face $200 Million Fine for Not Protecting Location Data"
  • "The Capital That Ate Wellness Is Going to Eat Your Mushrooms"
PC Magazine (Checked 8:00 AM CST; no changes since Saturday)
  • "Resident Evil 3: The System Requirements Needed to Contain the Zombie Outbreak"
  • "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Targeted by Activist Investor"
  • "YouTube TV Temporarily Restores Sinclair's Regional Sports Networks"
  • "Lady Gaga Shot 'Stupid Love' Music Video on iPhone 11 Pro"
  • "Surface Duo Release Might Happen Sooner Than You Think"
Reuters (Checked 8:00 AM CST; no changes since Saturday)
  • "South Korea's Samsung Electronics closes mobile device plant after coronavirus case confirmed: Yonhap"
  • "Toyota plans new $1.2 billion EV plant in Tianjin with FAW: document"
  • "Elliott targets Twitter, seeking CEO Dorsey's removal: sources"
ZDNet (Updated 8:00 AM CST)
  • "Verizon says it hates extra fees. Then I looked at a phone bill"


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