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TechNN Archive: Sunday, November 24, 2019
 

 

Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft gets US license to resume selling software to Huawei: How this affects Huawei's PCs isn't clear." Engadget 8:56 PM
  • "Microsoft's Project xCloud is already crushing Google Stadia" Business Insider 11:17 AM
  • "Xbox Project Scarlett | Games, Price, Release Date, and More" Digital Trends 1:13 PM
  • "Microsoft is blocking Windows 10 updates for some Avast and AVG Antivirus users" BetaNews 11:17 AM
  • "HP to Xerox: We don't need you, you're a mess/HP says Xerox has 'visible and substantial declines' that would mean any combination would be hamstrung. HP in a letter to Xerox said that the latter party has too many issues to merge." ZDNet 7:07 PM
  • "Why Silicon Valley Needs to Dump Unicorns for Zebras: 'VC isn't morally wrong, but it can and has lead to morally questionable behaviors,' says Dr. Astrid Scholz, co-founder of Zebras Unite, an organization focused on lifting up businesses that aren't obsessed with the win-at-all-costs Silicon Valley 'unicorn' ethos." PC Magazine 8:56 PM
  • "Amazon sues to challenge Microsoft's $10 billion JEDI contract win: Much of the lawsuit is a closely-guarded secret, however." Engadget 11/23
  • "Microsoft Surface Pro X review: It's the perfect portable PC...for me" Neowin 11/23
  • "Xerox Threatens to Go Hostile With HP Takeover Bid: HP rejected Xerox's acquisition offer as too low and not in the best interests of its shareholders" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 11/22
  • "Xerox to HP: Accept buyout offer or face proxy fight" SiliconANGLE 11/22
  • "Xerox Threatens HP With Hostile Takeover Bid" Benzinga 11/22
  • "Amazon files suit, challenging Pentagon's $10 billion cloud contract to Microsoft: Amazon filed suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, a week after it indicated it would formally protest the government's decision." MarketWatch 11/22
  • "Amazon files lawsuit contesting Pentagon's $10 billion cloud contract to Microsoft" Reuters 11/22
  • "Amazon Sues Over Loss of Pentagon Cloud Deal to Microsoft" Bloomberg 11/22
  • "Microsoft Granted U.S. License to Export Software to Huawei" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11/22
  • "Microsoft allowed to sell software to Huawei once again: US grants Microsoft a license to export 'mass market' software to Huawei" The Verge 11/22
  • "Microsoft Is Granted a License to Do Business With China's Huawei" TheStreet 11/22
  • "Microsoft cleared to sell 'mass market' software to Huawei following reprieve from Trump admin" GeekWire 11/22
  • "Microsoft Gets License to Resume Software Sales to Huawei" PC Magazine 11/22
  • "Senators want Trump to halt licenses that let US companies sell to Huawei: Commerce Department recently extended a temporary license to allow American companies to do business with Huawei." CNET 11/22
  • "Slack: Microsoft Teams not only copies our product but our ads too" ZDNet 11/22
  • "IBM Showcases A.I. That Can Parse Arguments In Cambridge Union Debate" Fortune 11/22
  • "In a first, IBM's computer debater faces off against itself" Associated Press 11/22
  • "IBM paid $34B for this: Where Red Hat is taking OpenShift" ZDNet 11/22
  • "IBM and ESPN take fantasy football to the next level with Watson AI" TechRepublic 11/22
  • "IBM and VetBloom form veterinary learning credential blockchain" Enterprise Times 11/22
  • "Intel Tiger Lake-Y 10nm CPU Makes Early Benchmark Debut With Gen12 Xe Graphics" HotHardware 11/22
  • "The Intel-AMD Showdown" Zacks 11/22
  • "AMD Radeon RX 5500 could crush Nvidia in the budget GPU market" TechRadar UK 11/22
  • "AMD releases amazing value Athlon 3000G" Fudzilla 11/22
  • "Nvidia's $160 GeForce GTX 1650 Super launches with GDDR6 and little fanfare" PCWorld 11/22
  • "How Dell Technologies is Balancing Achievements, Goals" eWeek 11/22
  • "Oracle's Largely White Board Draws Congressional Scrutiny" Bloomberg Law 11/22
  • "Oracle EBS flaws leave customers open to ERP system hacks" iTWire 11/22
  • "Oracle India crosses INR 100 billion in revenues, financial services growing" IBSintelligence 11/22
  • "What Cisco's Latest Reorg Means to Partners: After disappointing earnings, Cisco announced its merging two of its biggest business units and renaming its cloud division" Channelnomics 11/22
  • "Cisco Restructures Company To Address Evolving Cloud And Data Centre Market" Data Economy 11/22
  • "Cisco inferno: internal email reveals rapid restructure" CRN 11/22
  • "Exclusive: New Cisco Catalyst Access Point, Embedded Wireless Controller Join Wi-Fi 6 Lineup" CRN 11/22
  • "1.2 Billion Records Found Exposed Online in a Single Server: Here's the next jumbo data leak, complete with Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn profiles." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11/22
General Interest
  • "Facebook built a facial recognition app that identified employees" Engadget 3:47 PM
  • "Samsung's smaller Galaxy S11e might pack more cameras, too | Engadget" Engadget 11/23
  • "Private equity firm buys .org domain months after ICANN lifted price caps: ICANN eliminated price protections for .org domain owners earlier this year." Ars Technica 11/23
  • "OnePlus security breach exposes phone numbers, emails and shipping addresses" Neowin 11/23
  • "Extensive hacking operation discovered in Kazakhstan: Researchers say an advanced hacking group has been using custom-developed hacking tools, expensive surveillance kits, mobile malware, and radio communications interception hardware to spy on Kazakhstan targets." ZDNet 11/23
  • "T-Mobile confirms customers' personal data accessed in hack" Engadget 11/22
  • "Here are AT&T's first real consumer 5G coverage maps" The Verge 11/22
  • "OnePlus discloses data breach, less than two years after the last one" The Verge 11/22
  • "Mysterious User Hoarded Records on 1.2B People Via Leaky Database" PC Magazine 11/22
  • "AI makes humans better at spotting cyber risks" BetaNews 11/22
  • "Over 28,000 web domains suspended for criminal activity" ZDNet 11/22
  • "Scammers try a new way to steal online shoppers' payment-card data: Skimmers host fraudulent third-party processor that looks just like the real thing." Ars Technica 11/22
  • "Women are more likely than men to say 'please' to their smart speaker" The Verge 11/22
  • "Facebook built a facial-recognition app that let employees identify people by pointing a phone at them" [BI Prime] Business Insider 11/22
  • "Elizabeth Warren called out Trump's private dinner with Mark Zuckerberg as 'corruption, plain and simple'" Business Insider 11/22
  • "Sacha Baron Cohen gave the greatest speech on why social networks need to be put in check: Actor says six US billionaires more focused on their share prices should be allowed to dictate what it's acceptable online." ZDNet 11/22
  • "Sacha Baron Cohen tore into Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook over hate speech, violence, and political lies" Business Insider 11/22
  • "Algorithms judge us so know their rules" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11/22
  • "Google Employees Protest to Fight for the 'Future of Tech': A group of 200 Googlers gathered outside the company's San Francisco office Friday as tensions between management and employee activists show no sign of letting up." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11/22
  • "Google Pay adds 38 more banks and credit unions to its long list of US partners" Android Police 11/22
  • "Google is shutting down its Cloud Print feature in 2020" The Verge 11/22
  • "Google is killing Google Cloud Print: After a decade of making printing easy, Google just isn't interested anymore." Ars Technica 11/22
  • "Google employees protest suspension of two activist colleagues" The Next Web 11/22
  • "Google offers $1.5m 'prize' for spotting Pixel phone bugs" BBC 11/22
  • "Why Rush Google's Cloud Gaming Service? Holiday Shopping Sales" PC Magazine 11/22
  • "The Most Iconic Tech Innovations of the 2010s" PC Magazine 11/22
Press Releases
  • "TV reporter's sick-call email sparks glorious reply-all chaos | Engadget" Engadget 11/23
Microsoft
  • "Backed by Bill Gates, TerraPower branches out into radioisotopes for cancer treatment" GeekWire 11/23
  • "How to block network access for an app on Windows 10" AddictiveTips 11/22
  • "How to add grouping and sorting options in File Explorer on Windows 10" AddictiveTips 11/22
  • "Microsoft adds Māori to translator as New Zealand pushes to revitalize the language" TechCrunch 11/22
  • "New bypass disclosed in Microsoft PatchGuard (KPP)" ZDNet 11/22
  • "The Sams Report: Teams Up, Stadia Sideways" Thurrott 11/22
  • "Microsoft goes very small for Windows 10 1909's 'On' switch" Computerworld 11/22
  • "Microsoft just delayed its Surface Earbuds until Spring 2020" ZDNet 11/22
Government/Law/Politics
  • "France's 5G spectrum to be sold at floor price of 2.17 billion euros: minister" Reuters 8:38 PM
  • "Canada's use of Huawei 5G would hamper its access to US intelligence: U.S. official/Intelligence sharing 'would be impacted if our close allies let the Trojan horse into the city,' national security adviser Robert O'Brien told reporters at a security conference in Halifax" Reuters 7:05 PM
  • "FTC seeks to defend chip-level licensing part of Qualcomm antitrust ruling with right-for-the-wrong-reasons strategy" Foss Patents 11/23
  • "FCC Will Deny Funds to Carriers, ISPs That Use Huawei, ZTE Gear" PC Magazine 11/22
  • "An accused bank robber claims the police broke the law when they used Google location data to track him down. Privacy advocates agree." Business Insider 11/22
  • "FCC votes 5-0 to bar China's Huawei, ZTE from government subsidy program" Reuters 11/22
  • "The FCC votes to block Huawei from billions in federal aid" The Verge 11/22
  • "EU-based industry body outlines criteria for standard-essential patent pools to have positive impact on innovation" Foss Patents 11/22
  • "Amazon Suit Against Pentagon Cloud Contract Seen as Uphill Fight" Bloomberg 11/22
  • "Russia to pre-install its own apps on all phones, PCs, and TVs sold in the country" The Next Web 11/22
  • "Russia will reportedly ban devices without preinstalled Russian software" CNET 11/22
  • "Russia bans sale of gadgets without Russian-made software" BBC 11/22
  • "Campaigns Pressure Facebook to Stay Put on Political Ads: When Google said it would limit the ability of political advertisers to target voters, campaigns said they did not want Facebook to follow." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11/22
  • "Former Twitter worker accused of spying for Saudi Arabia can be released on bond" Reuters 11/22
  • "Did Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Cut a Secret Deal with Trump?" Market Realist 11/22
  • "Watch Sacha Baron Cohen skewer Zuckerberg's 'twisted logic' on hate speech and fakes" TechCrunch 11/22
  • "Facebook agrees to provide additional documents in California AG data privacy probe" Reuters 11/22
Analysis/Editorial/Help/Opinion
  • "Lenovo ThinkBook 14s review: The best of ThinkPad, without the ThinkPad" Neowin 7:06 PM
  • "Lenovo Yoga C940 15 unboxing and first impressions" Neowin 9:20 AM
  • "Cryptoqueen: How this woman scammed the world, then vanished" BBC 7:22 AM
  • "DevOps delivers, but requires new skills - and a whole new mindset" ZDNet 11/23
  • "nubia Z20 review: Two screens, one great phone" Neowin 11/23
  • "Gaming and PTSD: 'I'm more relaxed and happy online'" BBC 11/23
  • "Review: Microsoft Surface Laptop 3: AMD Ryzen 7 vs. Intel Core i7" Hexus 11/22
  • "Kodi facing a Windows development crisis" BetaNews 11/22
  • "T-Mobile / Sprint merger FAQ: Here's how it changes the wireless market and how it affects you" Android Central 11/22
  • "Google and the problem with microtargeting" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11/22
  • "(Unofficial) Samsung Galaxy S11 renders are here and boy, that camera bump looks huge" Mashable 11/22
  • "The Verge Guide to Amazon Alexa" The Verge 11/22
  • "Acer Chromebook 714 review: I wish Chromebooks were always this nice" CNET 11/22
  • "Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (13-inch, 2019) review: Third time, still a charm" CNET 11/22
  • "Google and the problem with microtargeting" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11/22
  • "DocuSign: How it plans to expand from e-signature to digital transformation engine, agreement cloud" ZDNet 11/22
Acquisitions/Deals/Investments/Mergers
  • "Softbank leads $140 million funding round for Brazil start-up VTEX" Reuters 11/22
  • "Google Stadia partnering w/ AbleGamers for accessibility" 9to5Google 11/22
  • "Varjo Partners with Lenovo, Expands its Industrial AR/VR Ambitions" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11/22
Tech Stocks
  • "Dow ends up over 100 points, but trade concerns pull stock market lower for the week: China's Xi emphasized he isn't 'afraid to fight back' in trade negotiations with the U.S." MarketWatch 11/22
  • "Stocks snap weekly winning streak even after Trump says US, China 'very close' to trade deal" FOXBusiness 11/22
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise as China Calls for Better Communication on Trade: President Xi Jinping says China has been 'working actively' to avoid a trade war" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 11/22
  • "European stocks rise modestly as manufacturing data surveys remain downbeat: ECB President Christine Lagarde calls for 'policy mix' to drive economy forward" MarketWatch 11/22



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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"
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  • "Bring more UX design into software developers' jobs, CTO urges"
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