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TechNN Archive: Sunday, October 27, 2019
 

 

Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft beats Amazon for Pentagon's $10 billion cloud computing contract: The JEDI contract is part of a broader digital modernization of the Pentagon meant to make it more technologically agile" Reuters 6:38 PM
  • "Microsoft breaks silence over winning JEDI contract" MSPoweruser 8:44 AM
  • "Microsoft: 'We are proud that we are an integral partner' of DoD after winning $10B JEDI contract" GeekWire 8:43 AM
  • "Upcoming Microsoft Surface Duo touted to feature killer cameras" Notebook Check 8:44 AM
  • "New Details on Microsoft's Dual-Screen Windows OS Leak" Gizmodo 8:44 AM
  • "Microsoft and Jackson Lab tackle cancer genetics with 'human-computer symbiosis'" GeekWire 9:29 PM
  • "The WinForms Notepad Project: A Little Refactoring (Premium)" Thurrott 8:37 AM
  • "Intel Xe DG1 Discrete GPU Silicon Is Alive And Being Validated In Intel's Labs" Forbes 8:30 AM
  • "TSMC Pours $19.5B Into Next-Gen 3nm Fabs, Intel Vows To Regain Process Leadership" HotHardware 5:42 PM
  • "Samsung SpaceSelfie Satellite Crashes In Michigan Family's Backyard" HotHardware 5:42 PM
  • "Microsoft pips Amazon for $10bn AI 'Jedi' contract" BBC 10/26
  • "Microsoft wins JEDI contract from the U.S. Dept. of Defense" Neowin 10/26
  • "Microsoft Wins $10 Billion Pentagon Contract" Thurrott 10/26
  • "Microsoft wins $10 billion U.S. Department of Defense JEDI cloud contract: Microsoft has emerged as the winner of the estimated $10 billion DoD JEDI contract, besting favorite Amazon." ZDNet 10/26
  • "Windows 10X Details Leak, Confirm Laptop Support" Thurrott 10/26
  • "AMD's Latest Ryzen 3000 Microcode Update Could Cut Boot Times By 20%" HotHardware 10/26
General Interest
  • "Why do gay apps struggle to stop catfish?" BBC 8:07 PM
  • "The European SpaceTech industry is firing up its booster rockets" TechCrunch 8:38 AM
  • "Facebook AI can 'hide' people from facial recognition: It could help fight deepfakes and other privacy issues." Engadget 10/26
  • "HBO Max to Include Ad-Supported Tier, Live TV in 2021: It'll launch with on-demand content from new and existing properties, but HBO Max's future should include advertisements and live programming." PC Magazine 10/26
  • "Adobe left 7.5 million Creative Cloud user records exposed online: Exposed data primarily includes emails, but not passwords or financial information." ZDNet 10/26
  • "Nasty PHP7 remote code execution bug exploited in the wild: New PHP7 bug CVE-2019-11043 can allow even non-technical attackers to take over servers." ZDNet 10/26
  • "Who's Stalking Mobile App Users? Finding and controlling the third-party code (3PC) app publishers don't know about" The Media Trust 10/25
  • "TCL's zigzag concertina-style folding smartphone has 1 screen and 2 hinges" Digital Trends 10/25
  • "Goodbye, SMS, There's a New Messaging Sheriff in Town: A more flexible and media-rich messaging system is coming to American wireless networks in 2020." Motley Fool 10/25
  • "AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile have finally agreed to replace SMS with a new RCS standard" The Verge 10/25
  • "Crucial Launches X8 Portable SSD" PC Magazine 10/25
  • "Google's own code may explain why the Pixel 4's Smooth Display isn't always as smooth as you'd like: Google has put limitations on the 90Hz mode" The Verge 10/25
  • "Google's Chrome Web Store under fire for shoddy service and cryptic policies" The Register 10/25
  • "Google To Issue Replacements For Firmware Bricked Google Home Speakers" HotHardware 10/25
  • "Google is improving 10 percent of searches by understanding language context" The Verge 10/25
  • "Google promises to replace Home devices bricked by flawed firmware update" ZDNet 10/25
  • "Amazon sales forecast, slower cloud growth disappoint investors" Reuters 10/25
  • "Amazon profits hit by rising shipping costs" BBC 10/25
  • "Mark Zuckerberg makes the case for Facebook News" TechCrunch 10/25
  • "Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook News won't provide data to advertisers" VentureBeat 10/25
  • "Zuckerberg's news pitch" Axios 10/25
  • "Facebook starts testing News, its new section for journalism" TechCrunch 10/25
  • "A Former Facebook Insider on Why It's So Hard for the Tech Giant to Get Elections Right" Slate 10/25
  • "Facebook's counter-terrorist training: The Metropolitan Police is working with Facebook to try and stop terrorists livestreaming their attacks on social media." [Video Report] BBC 10/25
  • "YouTube Creators Want More From YouTube: Independent video creators are seeking to unionize in a play for more transparency from YouTube. Emma Grey Ellis has the story on this week's Gadget Lab." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10/25
  • "Smart home tech can help evict renters, surveillance company tells landlords" CNET 10/25
Press Releases
  • "Cisco Research Shows IT Eager to Adopt Artificial Intelligence, Intent-based Networking" Cisco 10/25
  • "Sustainable Impact takes center stage at annual HP Americas Innovation Summit" HP 10/25
  • "HP Tango Terra is the World's Most Sustainable Home Printing System" HP 10/25
  • "IBM is Recognized as a 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers' Choice for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide." PRNewswire 10/25
  • "IBM Services Takes Digital Banking to the Next Level with Shared Resources Across Banks - Oct 24, 2019" PRNewswire 10/25
  • "Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Speeds Up Decision Making at Telecom Fiji" Oracle 10/25
  • "Oracle Named a Leader in Translytical Data Platforms by Major Research Firm" Oracle 10/25
Microsoft
  • "Microsoft Weekly: Q1 FY2020 results, new builds, and gaming platforms" Neowin 8:55 AM
  • "Windows 10X leak: Modern File Explorer and clamshell laptop plans" The Verge 10/25
  • "The Sams Report: Earning the Games" Thurrott 10/25
  • "Microsoft executive: Surface Duo will have a 'world-class' camera" Pocketnow 10/25
  • "New Microsoft Store layout is rolling out" BetaNews 10/25
  • "Microsoft releases KB4522355 update for Windows 10, fixing Start menu problems and more" BetaNews 10/25
  • "Microsoft is hawking controller clips for phones ahed of Project xCloud" The Next Web 10/25
  • "Windows 10 version 1903: This new update brings Start menu fixes" ZDNet 10/25
Government/Law/Politics
  • "Trump administration may blacklist Chinese firms that routinely copy tech: But will this give the government too much control over patents?" Engadget 10/26
  • "Trolls and Qualcomm invite UK Supreme Court to render Non-Discrimination part of FRAND meaningless: Unwired Planet v. Huawei" Foss Patents 10/26
  • "The FTC fosters fake reviews, its own commissioners say: 'Dishonest firms may come to conclude that posting fake reviews is a viable strategy.'" Ars Technica 10/26
  • "Tech consultations on parts of U.S. trade deal completed: China's Commerce Ministry" Reuters 10/26
  • "TikTok, Under Scrutiny, Distances Itself From China: Three senators have called for an investigation into the social media app, which is owned by the Chinese tech giant ByteDance." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10/25
  • "Judicial imperialist Birss called 'madness' what is just a hypothetical consequence of patent holder's rent-seeking: Unwired Planet v. HuaweiFoss Patents 10/25
  • "Leveraged patent engineering meets leveraged financial engineering: Unwired Planet v. Huawei (UK Supreme Court hearing)" Foss Patents 10/25
  • "Lawmaker Kills Repair Bill Because 'Cellphones Are Throwaways': A New Hampshire lawmaker suggested that we shouldn't fix the $1,000 devices we buy and instead we will 'just get a new one.'" Vice 10/25
  • "Congress Is Pretty Peeved That Blizzard Suspended Blitzchung: The Hearthstone pro, also known as Chung Ng Wai, was blocked from competing after voicing support for protesters in Hong Kong." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10/25
  • "Pentagon Pushes Tech Industry to Help U.S. Retain Military Edge" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10/25
  • "U.S. senators call for intelligence probe into Chinese-owned app TikTok" Reuters 10/25
Analysis/Editorial/Help/Opinion
  • "Falcon Northwest Talon gaming PC review -- AMD is back in 20th anniversary edition" VentureBeat 2:39 PM
  • "Nomad Rugged Case for Google Pixel 4: Elegant Horween leather with 6 foot drop protection" ZDNet 8:10 AM
  • "Roundup: Three 'programming' board games that will tickle your pseudocode/Gamify your algorithms." Ars Technica 10/26
  • "Facebook pledged $1bn to help California's housing crisis. Can't they pay their taxes instead?" The Guardian 10/25
  • "How to force a dark mode for websites in Chrome" AddictiveTips 10/25
  • "Google and Partners Push Chromebooks Beyond the Education Market" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10/25
  • "Vergecast: reviewing the Pixel 4 and the calm before the streaming wars" The Verge 10/25
  • "The Engadget Podcast: Reviewing the Pixel 4, Surface Pro 7 and more!" Engadget 10/25
  • "Falcon Northwest Talon Review: A 12-Core Ryzen Powered Battle Station" HotHardware 10/25
  • "Review: Subtlety makes and breaks the Pixel 4's new Google Assistant" 9to5Google 10/25
  • "Pixel 4: What you need to know about Face Unlock and Motion Sense" CNET 10/25
  • "Aegis Fortress L3: A super-secure portable drive [Review] BetaNews 10/25
  • "Somehow, Android's messaging mess is about to get even worse: Google made this bed but we all have to lie in it" The Verge 10/25
  • "Why the Facebook News tab shouldn't be trusted" TechCrunch 10/25
  • "Can Facebook's News tab fix the problems News Feed created?" Mashable 10/25
  • "Facebook's Encryption Makes it Harder to Detect Child Abuse/Opinion: The social network needs to develop better ways to help stop the spread of millions of harmful images." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10/25
  • "Pixelbook Go review: A cheaper Pixelbook does not come without compromises/Keeping costs low means eliminating some features from Google's new $649 Chromebook." Ars Technica 10/25
  • "Google Pixelbook Go review: the price of simplicity" The Verge 10/25
  • "Pixelbook Go review: a Chromebook in search of meaning" TechCrunch 10/25
  • "Google Pixelbook Go review: A perfectly good Chromebook that elevates the category" PCWorld 10/25
  • "Behind AT&T's plan to take on Netflix, Apple and Disney with HBO Max" Reuters 10/25
Acquisitions/Deals/Investments/Mergers
  • "Nike bets on tech CEO Donahoe to accelerate digital transformation: Will it work? Nike names former ServiceNow and eBay CEO John Donahoe as CEO just as rival Under Armour, which has key digital assets of its own, names a leader with a more traditional background." ZDNet 8:45 PM
  • "All Four Major US Wireless Carriers Team To Transform Cross-Platform Messaging" HotHardware 10/25
  • "India's Reliance to create $15 billion digital unit to pare telecom debt" Reuters 10/25
  • "Workplace learning platform HowNow scores $3M funding" TechCrunch 10/25
Tech Stocks
  • "S&P 500, Dow end near record territory on trade, earnings optimism: Intel shares gain 8%, Amazon's shares shed 1% after earnings" MarketWatch 10/25
  • "S&P 500 just misses all-time high" FOXBusiness 10/25
  • "S&P 500 Flirts With Record Levels: as optimism on trade and a fresh batch of earnings results propelled the index to its third consecutive week of gains." WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 10/25
  • "European stocks edge back from 19-month peak: Ifo business climate in Germany stays near 7-year low" MarketWatch 10/25



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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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