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TechNN Archive: Tuesday, January 7, 2020
 

 

Computer Industry
  • "Oracle alleges that Google built Android on 'stolen' technology, as their 10-year legal battle officially goes to the US Supreme Court" [BI Prime] Business Insider 3:10 PM
  • "HP awarded millions in price-fixing case: From the seven companies that made up the case, six settled outside court." ITProPortal 7:24 AM
  • "Intel's Horseshoe Bend prototype is the biggest foldable tablet yet" Engadget 3:32 PM
  • "Inside Intel's Ghost Canyon NUC, the incredibly small modular desktop PC" The Verge 11:45 AM
  • "Intel's Mobileye demos autonomous car that navigates using cameras alone" VentureBeat 6:54 AM
  • "Intel Teases Thunderbolt 4, Light On Details" AnandTech 1:21 PM
  • "AMD unveils Ryzen 4000 Series mobile processors" BetaNews 6:50 AM
  • "AMD officially unveils Ryzen Threadripper 3990X" bit-tech 6:53 AM
  • "AMD rips covers off 64-core Threadripper desktop monster, plus laptop chips, leaving Intel gesturing vaguely at 2021" The Register 3:33 PM
  • "AMD cops to using a phony render of the Xbox Series X in its CES keynote" The Next Web 1:10 PM
  • "Radeon RX 5600 XT will launch January 21st" bit-tech 7:40 AM
  • "CES 2020: New Dell Linux developer XPS 13 laptop is on its way" ZDNet 10:39 AM
  • "Dell's G5 15 SE, a Ryzen 4000 showcase, will ship this April" PCWorld 8:47 PM
  • "Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Fold is 'the world's first foldable PC' with a hefty price tag" BetaNews 6:50 AM
  • "It's 2020: How many PCs are still running Windows 7? A hundred million here, a half-billion there: Calculating the installed base of PCs, including those still running Windows 7, is a tricky task, filled with uncertainty. After clearing away the noise, I think I've got a reliable estimate." ZDNet 11:36 AM
  • "What Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) gets from Wake County in exchange 500-job expansion in Morrisville" Triangle Business Journal 7:25 AM
  • "CES 2020: IBM and Daimler teamed up to make a quantum leap in battery tech" CNET 6:57 AM
  • "Rabobank collaborates on blockchain-based app for coffee drinkers with IBM" Finextra 7:21 AM
  • "Cisco Patches 12 DCNM Vulnerabilities Including 3 Critical Ones" Ciso Mag 7:24 AM
General Interest
  • "Alibaba undercuts Amazon in Europe to woo wary brands" Reuters 9:06 PM
  • "Ivanka Trump just spoke for nearly an hour at the biggest tech show in the world, and nobody booed — here are the highlights" Business Insider 8:52 PM
  • "ICANN's founding chairman joins the battle to keep .org out of private hands" The Verge 8:48 PM
  • "Streaming wars will force media companies to choose between pricey subscriptions and ads: According to a survey, 59% of Americans aren't willing to pay more than $20 a month for streaming services, while 75% say they won't pay more than $30." CNBC 8:48 PM
  • "Samsung Electronics flags smaller-than-expected profit fall as chip market bottoms out" Reuters 8:46 PM
  • "CES 2020: Bluetooth SIG Announces LE Audio Standard: New Baseline For Next Decade" AnandTech 4:21 PM
  • "Plex's secret weapon: cross-media integrations" TechCrunch [Subscription Required for Full Article] 3:26 PM
  • "Facebook to remove deepfake videos in run-up to 2020 U.S. election" Reuters 4:37 PM
  • "Facebook's deepfake ban isn't winning over critics: The new rules aren't appeasing the lawmakers who are affected by them" The Verge 3:33 PM
  • "Facebook exec says the company should stay the course for elections: The memo has reportedly sparked internal debate within Facebook." Engadget 3:15 PM
  • "A Facebook Executive Says The Platform Is Responsible For Trump's Election: 'So was Facebook responsible for Donald Trump getting elected? I think the answer is yes.'" BuzzFeed News 2:46 PM
  • "Google previews 'read this page' Assistant TTS for phones" 9to5Google 1:21 PM
  • "The Google Assistant will finally let you schedule actions for later: Google is adding a bunch of other new features, too" The Verge 1:20 PM
  • "T-Mobile adds another 1.9M customers in Q4, extending growth streak to nearly seven years" GeekWire 1:10 PM
  • "Firefox 72 improves site notifications tool, rolls out picture-in-picture video to Mac and Linux" BetaNews 11:28 AM
  • "Elon Musk busts out dazzlingly awkward dance moves at Tesla event" CNET 10:51 AM
  • "PGP keys, software security, and much more threatened by new SHA1 exploit" Ars Technica 10:34 AM
  • "Instagram, Oculus and WhatsApp are missing from Facebook's privacy booth at CES" CNET 7:49 AM
  • "TiVo cuts the cable TV cord with the $49 Stream 4K box: It's not a DVR, it's a streamer running Android TV and designed to be partnered the Sling TV service." CNET 7:49 AM
  • "CES 2020: Klaxoon Teamplayer turns any screen into a collaborative workspace" ZDNet 7:38 AM
  • "Western Digital shows off 8TB SanDisk portable SSD and 1TB Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB flash drive" BetaNews 6:59 AM
  • "Sony stuns CES with an electric show car, the Vision-S" Ars Technica 6:59 AM
  • "Wacom's $400 tablet is its most affordable yet, and adds Android compatibility" The Verge 6:56 AM
  • "Samsung subsidiary STAR Labs showcases Neon, an 'artificial human' project" VentureBeat 6:53 AM
  • "MSI's new gaming PC looks like a robot's head: Featuring a screen on the front that displays system info" The Verge 6:56 AM
  • "GuRu places mmWave wireless chargers in roving robots and room decor" VentureBeat 6:54 AM
  • "Here we go again: Software nasties slip into Google Play, exploit make-me-root Android flaw for maximum pwnage" The Register 6:49 AM
  • "Thought 5G marketing was bad? Cable industry sticks with ridiculous 10G branding as another year rolls around: What started as a joke slowly blends into potential fiber reality" The Register 6:50 AM
  • "GoPro has a fix to get Karma drones flying again: A firmware update is coming this week" The Verge 6:56 AM
Press Releases
  • "Cisco and Goldman Sachs to host ESG Conference Call/Webcast for the Financial Community on 1/14/2020" Cisco 3:12 PM
  • "IBM Launches Advertising Accelerator with Watson: First-to-Market Advertising Solution Leverages Artificial Intelligence to Predict Creative Elements and Classify Audiences to Help Drive Optimum Engagement for Clients" PRNewswire 7:21 AM
Microsoft
  • "Say Goodbye to Windows Server 2008 – and Hello to Azure?" ITPro Today 9:04 PM
  • "Microsoft engineer caught up in sudden spate of entirely coincidental grilling of Iranian-Americans at US borders" The Register 8:46 PM
  • "How to limit FPS for a game on Windows 10" AddictiveTips 4:39 PM
  • "Here's how you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade: Microsoft's much-hyped free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ended in 2016, right? Not exactly. The GWX tool may be gone, but all the other upgrade tools still work. The end result is an apparently valid digital license, and there's no evidence that the free upgrades will end any time soon." ZDNet 11:24 AM
  • "PS5 vs Xbox Series X: We're still a fair few months away from release date, but the comparisons between the PS5 and Xbox Series X have already begun. Here's our view based on everything we know so far." Tech Advisor 7:20 AM
  • "Microsoft To Do app updates on iOS and Android with new functionality and fixes ยป OnMSFT.com" OnMSFT 7:20 AM
Government/Law/Politics
  • "A massive telecom union just launched a new campaign to unionize game developers" The Verge 4:21 PM
  • "FTC chair aims to resolve Big Tech antitrust probes this year, ending investigations or taking action" GeekWire 3:32 PM
  • "Sonos sues Google for infringing patents" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 2:45 PM
  • "Sonos is suing Google over smart speaker technology" 9to5Google 1:20 PM
  • "Sonos, Squeezed by the Tech Giants, Sues Google: The maker of home speakers said Google and Amazon stole its technology and abused their power, but it could only risk suing one." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:10 PM
  • "White House encourages hands-off approach to AI regulation" The Verge 10:48 AM
  • "White House urges federal agencies and European allies to avoid overregulation of AI" VentureBeat 6:53 AM
  • "ICANN extracts $20m signing fee for $1bn dot-com price increases – and guess who's going to pay for it?" The Register 6:49 AM
  • "Facebook will remove certain deepfake videos ahead of the 2020 U.S. election" VentureBeat 6:53 AM
Analysis/Editorial/Help/Opinion
  • "Hands-on with NVIDIA's first 360Hz esports display" Engadget 9:00 PM
  • "HP Envy 32 All-in-One tackles the iMac with big sound, big screen at CES 2020" [Video] CNET 8:46 PM
  • "Alienware Concept UFO shows why portable games are better than streaming (for now)/Commentary: The Switch Lite is cool, but have you ever tried a Switch Thicc?" CNET 8:46 PM
  • "Facebook's Deepfake Ban Is a Solution to a Distant Problem" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:42 PM
  • "IoT OS Wars. No Clear Winner Yet" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:15 PM
  • "7 Android trends to watch in 2020: Empty predictions are a dime a dozen — but with mobile tech in particular, long-term trends can tell us a lot about what the future may hold." Computerworld 1:20 PM
  • "How to clear your Google Play cache on an Android to make the app run more efficiently" Business Insider 1:20 PM
  • "Four surprising things we learned in 2019 about startups and sexual offenses" BetaNews 7:56 AM
  • "Artificial humans? Samsung Labs' new project has a lot of hype to live up to" ZDNet 7:39 AM
  • "First Look: Lenovo Ducati 5, a Striped Speed Racer Among Power Laptops/For hardcore racing fans out there, this slick and versatile Ducati-themed laptop may prove too tempting to resist." PC Magazine 7:06 AM
  • "The Superpowers of Super-Thin Materials: In materials science, 2-D is the new 3-D." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:07 AM
  • "Programming language of 2019? Python beaten by trusty old C" ZDNet 7:06 AM
  • "In 2020, CX will double revenue and disrupt entire industries" VentureBeat 6:44 AM
Acquisitions/Deals/Investments/Mergers
  • "Vecna Robotics raises $50 million to automate warehouse tasks with AI" VentureBeat 10:14 AM
  • "BlackBerry pairs Cylance with QNX for AI-powered security in connected cars" VentureBeat 7:40 AM
  • "Insight Partners acquires enterprise security firm Armis in $1.1 billion deal" ZDNet 7:06 AM
  • "TikTok may be edging closer to a sale: With American regulators closing in, ByteDance's options could be limited" The Verge 6:57 AM
Tech Stocks
  • "U.S. stocks close lower as Middle East tensions overshadow optimistic economic data: Investors keep eye on Middle East tensions" MarketWatch 4:38 PM
  • "Stocks Finish Lower; Tesla Hits All-Time High; Oil Slips: Stocks ended lower Tuesday as investors weighed the risks of further escalation of tensions between the U.S. and Iran." TheStreet 4:38 PM
  • "Stocks slip as traders eye Middle East tensions: Stocks remain within striking distance of all-time highs" FOXBusiness 4:38 PM
  • "Dow Industrials Drop, Oil Prices Fall: Brent crude sinks 0.9% as Iranian officials call for attacks on U.S. targets; European and Asian stock indexes gain" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:37 PM
  • "Asian markets rise amid lull in global tensions: Nikkei jumps, along with stocks in Hong Kong and mainland China" MarketWatch 7:16 AM
  • "European stocks rise for first time in three sessions: Aston Martin shares slump" MarketWatch 12:48 PM



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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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