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TechNN Archive: Thursday, October 31, 2019
 

 

Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft unveils expanded capabilities and improved support for Robot Operating System" Neowin 6:18 AM
  • "Microsoft Announces Expanded Support for Robotics Development in Windows" Thurrott 6:24 AM
  • "Microsoft Wrests Pentagon Contract from Amazon" Zacks 3:20 PM
  • "Trump's beef with Jeff Bezos could give Amazon all the opening it needs to fight Microsoft on the $10 billion JEDI cloud deal" [BI Prime] Business Insider 2:23 PM
  • "Microsoft relents on planned Power Platform self-service purchasing changes" ZDNet 4:22 PM
  • "'No more room for wars in the new world'? Who are you and what have you done with Microsoft? Software giant joins OpenJDK for the second time" The Register 7:57 AM
  • "Intel hits 10nm goals and signals a shift away from traditional CPUs: Intel's 10nm fumble might be over—but its newer ventures are more interesting." Ars Technica 6:14 AM
  • "Intel posts record revenue of $19.2B driven by data-centric business" Converge! 6:52 AM
  • "Intel and AMD are in an all-out, core-count war" Digital Trends 1:59 PM
  • "How many cores does Sapphire Rapids have?" SemiAccurate 6:35 AM
  • "Intel Makes Available New Graphics Driver - Get Version 26.20.100.7372" Softpedia 6:50 AM
  • "NTT, Intel and Sony Establish New Global Forum to Advance Communication Infrastructure" CDR Info 6:50 AM
  • "IBM picked a fight with Google over its claims of 'quantum supremacy.' Here's why experts say the feud could shake up the tech industry's balance of powers." Business Insider 12:21 PM
  • "IBM updates AI tools to sell a better story of itself" Verdict 8:05 AM
  • "Python programming language creator retires, saying: 'It's been an amazing ride'/The creator of the world's most popular programming language goes into retirement." ZDNet 7:57 AM
  • "At least 13 managed service providers were used to push ransomware this year: Once hackers compromise an MSP's network, they can use its remote access tools to deploy ransomware to hundreds of companies and thousands of computers." Zero Day 7:57 AM
  • "Smartphone Market Returned to Growth After Two years" CDR Info 9:30 AM
General Interest
  • "Mozilla to stop supporting sideloaded extensions in Firefox" ZDNet 8:36 PM
  • "YouTubers raise $10 million for tree charity — and bring in tens of millions of views: Crossing the fundraiser's halfway point in under a week" The Verge 11:58 AM
  • "Motorola's foldable Razr looks clamshell as hell in leaks (Update: More images)" Android Police 3:00 PM
  • "Moto Razr reboot images leak, and they seem kind of suspicious" Ars Technica 2:07 PM
  • "Motorola RAZR foldable phone leaks and now we really want one" SlashGear 11:48 AM
  • "Devilish hackers breach domain name outfit Web.com: Registraaaargh" The Inquirer 8:30 AM
  • "Researchers unearth malware that siphoned SMS texts out of telco's network: Messagetap monitored telco's network for messages sent between high-value targets." Ars Technica 8:20 AM
  • "Smartphone sales are growing for the first time in two years: People really liked the new iPhones this year." Engadget 7:58 AM
  • "Instagram is shutting down a creepy app that lets you stalk loved ones: Like Patrol bills itself as a way to keep tabs on your partner's likes on Instagram. But the social network has sent a cease-and-desist order" CNET 7:57 AM
  • "Google tests redesigned, reorganized Assistant updates tab" Android Police 6:38 AM
  • "PS5 might have one huge advantage over the Xbox and even gaming PCs" BGR 6:36 AM
  • "Most Singapore firms still can't keep up with security patches: Businesses in the city-state saw an 18% increase in cyber attacks over the past year, with 58% of breaches associated with a vulnerability where a patch was available but not applied." ZDNet 6:21 AM
  • "Huawei Mate 30 Pro rumored to launch in mid-November in major European markets" BGR 6:21 AM
  • "Nintendo Switch sales should pass the SNES next quarter: Nintendo needs another 7.43 million sales to eclipse the 16-bit system." Engadget 6:13 AM
  • "Samsung flags smartphone profit fall, upbeat on chips" Reuters 6:08 AM
  • "Galaxy S11 set to bury fingerprint woes with shift to Face Unlock: 'FaceService' dug up in One UI beta" The Inquirer 6:35 AM
Press Releases
  • "Hollywood Park Partners With Cisco To Create World-Class Technology Showcase" Cisco 2:14 PM
  • "Use of Blockchain Helps Speed Global Shipping Transactions" Oracle 2:13 PM
Microsoft
  • "How to fix a slow context menu on Windows 10" AddictiveTips 6:16 PM
  • "Samsung Cloud switches gears from irrelevancy to extinction with some help from Microsoft OneDrive" Android Police 3:00 PM
  • "Outlook on iPad gets split view and dark mode: Microsoft is rolling out several new features for its Outlook for iOS 13 and the new iPadOS." ZDNet 11:57 AM
  • "Microsoft's new ray tracing improvements could help boost frame rates: New DXR capabilities promise better performance and efficiency" TechRadar UK 8:05 AM
  • "Driving license tests just got smarter in India with Microsoft's AI project" TechCrunch 6:35 AM
Government/Law/Politics
  • "Texas court upholds 'do it on a computer' check-cashing patent: USAA claims it invented a key feature of mobile check cashing." Ars Technica 12:39 PM
  • "A Tech Group Suggests Limits for the Pentagon's Use of AI: The Defense Innovation Board, with members from Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, praises the power of military AI but warns of unintended harms or conflict." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:21 PM
  • "Exclusive: WhatsApp hacked to spy on top government officials at U.S. allies - sources" Reuters 11:57 AM
  • "India asks WhatsApp to explain privacy breach" Reuters 11:57 AM
  • "Uber and LinkedIn attackers plead guilty to hacking and extortion: They demanded payment from the companies to delete the data they stole." Engadget 6:14 AM
  • "Twitter curses the horrors of political ads into Satan's fiery pit of doom: Move could hasten Facebook's doom" The Inquirer 6:13 AM
  • "Facebook under pressure on political ads" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 2:04 PM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg attacks Twitter over ban on political adverts" Telegraph 6:24 AM
  • "Twitter bans political ads; Facebook's Zuckerberg defends them" Reuters 6:11 AM
  • "China's state telecoms to launch 5G services on Friday" Reuters 6:08 AM
Analysis/Editorial/Help/Opinion
  • "Dell XPS 13 (2019) Slays Benchmarks With 6-Core 10th Gen Intel Comet Lake" HotHardware 3:57 PM
  • "Google Pixel 4 Review: Truly stellar Android experience" 9to5Google 3:14 PM
  • "Google Pixel 4 XL Review: Google's best phone still isn't ready for everyone [Video] 9to5Google 3:14 PM
  • "Happy Podoween! Let's compare the specs of 2019's wireless earbuds: Suddenly, there are a lot of wireless earbuds to choose from." ZDNet 11:57 AM
  • "Kobo Libra H2O, hands on: An affordable but capable alternative to flagship e-readers" ZDNet 10:32 AM
  • "This is how malicious Android apps avoid Google's security vetting: Cyberattackers are using a variety of tactics to stop Google spotting suspicious app behavior." ZDNet 6:44 AM
  • "California's raging wildfires look insane from space" BGR 6:21 AM
Acquisitions/Deals/Investments/Mergers
  • "Walmart is reportedly looking to sell its Vudu streaming service: A potential end to nine years of ownership" The Verge 8:20 AM
  • "Namogoo raises $40M to stop unauthorized ad injections and 'customer journey hijacking'" TechCrunch 6:26 AM
  • "Femtech startup Inne takes the wraps off a hormone tracker and $8.8M in funding" TechCrunch 6:27 AM
  • "Freetrade, the UK challenger stockbroker, completes $15M Series A" TechCrunch 6:27 AM
  • "Bosun Tijani talks strategy as CEO of Africa's new largest tech hub" TechCrunch 6:27 AM
  • "Bosun Tijani talks strategy as CEO of Africa's new largest tech hub" TechCrunch 6:29 AM
Tech Stocks
  • "Dow drops on weak economic data, renewed trade worries, mixed earnings: Apple, Facebook shares higher after third-quarter results" MarketWatch 3:59 PM
  • "Stocks End Lower on Doubts About U.S.-China Trade Pact; Caterpillar Tumbles: Investors were spooked Thursday by a report suggesting China is doubtful it can reach a near-term trade agreement with the U.S., and by disappointing Chicago PMI data." TheStreet 3:59 PM
  • "Dow Jones Industrials, Small Caps Lead Stock Losses: The stock market indexes closed off session lows Thursday but still lower, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and small caps showed the weakest action." Investor's Business Daily 3:59 PM
  • "Investors focus on economy, trade jitters over impeachment" FOXBusiness 3:58 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Close Lower Amid Trade-Deal Uncertainty: Markets also take stock of Fed's decision to signal a pause in interest-rate cuts" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
  • "Asian markets mixed after Fed cuts rates, China posts disappointing data: Nikkei, Hang Seng rise, while stocks dip in mainland China" MarketWatch 7:10 AM



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InformationWeek (Checked 7:55 AM CST; no changes since Friday)
  • "Equifax and FICO on Applying Machine Learning to Open Data"
  • "IT Ecosystems Have Come of Age: Has Your Organization?"
New York Times (Checked 7:55 AM CST; no changes since Friday)
  • "Supreme Court to Hear Google and Oracle Copyright Case"
  • "The Week in Tech: Algorithmic Bias Is Bad. Uncovering It Is Good."
  • "Can FaZe Clan Build a Billion-Dollar Business?"
PC Magazine (Checked 7:55 AM CST; no changes since Friday)
  • "iFixit: 16-Inch MacBook Pro Has Easy to Repair Keyboard"
  • "Want an Ad-Free Social Network? Wikipedia's Co-Founder Made One"
  • "Feds Arrest 2 for Stealing Crypto Via SIM-Swapping Scams"
  • "Walmart vs. Best Buy: The Best Black Friday 2019 Deals"
  • "Newegg Tips Black Friday Deals on Gaming Laptops, Desktops, More"
  • "After a Breach, Should You Still Trust Your VPN?"
  • "Google Stadia Bundle: What's in the Box and How to Get Started"
  • "Sam's Club Black Friday 2019: Save on TVs, Laptops, Gaming Gear"
  • "Google Silently Breaks Chrome Leaving IT Admins Very Angry"
  • "The Biggest Tech Product Flops of the 2010s" ...
Reuters (Updated 7:55 AM CST)
  • "Airbus-backed tournament unveils first electric racing aircraft"
ZDNet (Updated 7:55 AM CST)
  • "Apple finally admits iPad Pro won't replace your PC"


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