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TechNN Archive: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
 

 

Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft may cancel Build 2020 conference as Seattle-area confirms first U.S. death from Coronavirus" MSPoweruser 3/1
  • "The dual-screen Microsoft Surface Duo could be launching earlier than expected" TechRadar UK 3/1
  • "Surface Duo Release Might Happen Sooner Than You Think" PC Magazine 2/29
  • "Everything we know about Xbox Series X: Launch titles, specs, design, price, and more/Here's everything you need to know about the next-generation Xbox console from Microsoft: Xbox Series X." Windows Central 2/29
  • "Your Phone will soon allow you to drag and drop files" MSPoweruser 2/29
  • "Microsoft is making Cortana much less useful for most people in a business-focused pivot" BetaNews 2/29
  • "Microsoft rolls out new system icons to all Windows 10 users" MSPoweruser 2/29
  • "Microsoft's new Office Build 12619.20002 for Windows brings new features to Outlook and PowerPoint" MSPoweruser 2/29
  • "Microsoft releases Office Insider Build 16.0.12624.20052 for Insiders on Android, here is what's new" MSPoweruser 2/29
  • "Bill Gates reveals how to respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak" MSPoweruser 2/29
  • "HP Is Alive: Estimate Reveals Staggering 176% Undervaluation Based On Extreme Optimism" WCCFTech 2/29
General Interest
  • "Walgreens says mobile app leaked users' personal data: US pharmacy store says mobile app exposed names, prescription details, and shipping addresses." ZDNet 3/1
  • "Samsung starts shipping out Galaxy S20 to customers" MSPoweruser 3/1
  • "YouTube TV Temporarily Restores Sinclair's Regional Sports Networks: Regional sports networks, including FOX Sports Regional Networks and YES Network, returned to YouTube TV as Google and Sinclair Broadcast Group continue negotiating a long-term agreement to distribute the channels." PC Magazine 2/29
  • "Google survey hints at big plans for Wear OS health tracking: It might catch up to Apple, Samsung and Fitbit." Engadget 2/29
  • "Facebook can now convert any 2D photo into a 3D photo" MSPoweruser 2/29
  • "LG refreshes slim Gram laptop lineup: The four new models each weigh under three pounds and come with 10th-generation Intel Core processors and bigger batteries than their predecessors, but retain their premium price tags." ZDNet 2/29
  • "Google Play Store gets dark theme toggle" MSPoweruser 2/29
  • "Meet the white-hat group fighting Emotet, the world's most dangerous malware: A private group of 20+ security researchers and system administrators have been waging a silent war against Emotet, today's most dangerous malware operation." ZDNet 2/29
  • "Amazon defers 'non-essential' moves even in U.S. as corporate travel bans spread" Reuters 2/28
  • "Amazon is the latest to ditch GDC this year" TechCrunch 2/28
  • "YouTube rarely reinstates removed videos — even when creators appeal: Of 109,000 removals appealed, YouTube reinstated 23,000" The Verge 2/28
  • "Wi-Fi vulnerability affecting WPA2 encryption makes older Android phones insecure" Android Police 2/28
  • "Google Cancels Internal Conference Over Coronavirus Concerns" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2/28
  • "Google moved the privacy protections of its UK users to its US entity -- this is a change that affects you" ZDNet 2/28
  • "Google may add free trials and YouTube streaming to Stadia soon" Engadget 2/28
  • "Google Confirms New AI Tool Scans 300 Billion Gmail Attachments Every Week" Forbes 2/28
  • "Samsung's New OLED Display Emits Less Blue Light, Uses Less Power" PC Magazine 2/28
Press Releases
  • "Dell Technologies Reports Fiscal Year 2020 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results" Dell Technologies 2/28
  • "HP Appoints Richard Clemmer to Board of Directors" HP 2/28
  • "IBM Survey: Only 38% of State and Local Government Employees Trained on Ransomware Prevention" PRNewswire 2/28
  • "Hotels Worldwide Check Into Cloud with Oracle: Global hotel brands embrace Oracle Cloud Hospitality Solutions to modernize operations" Oracle 2/28
Microsoft
  • "Microsoft is retiring its MCSA, MCSD and MCSE certifications in June 2020" ZDNet 2/28
  • "Updated Microsoft Edge will protect you from malware, crypto miners and more" BetaNews 2/28
  • "Microsoft's new Cortana app doesn't know the answer to 2+2" PCWorld 2/28
  • "Microsoft's Cortana drops consumer skills as it refocuses on business users" TechCrunch 2/28
  • "Google says Microsoft Edge isn't secure. I asked Google why: Is Google a touch upset about Microsoft's new browser? Then again, why does Microsoft insist apps from the Google Chrome web store mess up Edge? I asked both companies." ZDNet 2/28
  • "Microsoft Is Confident With Xbox Series X, Can Sony And PS5 Steal The Spotlight?" Forbes 2/28
  • "New Windows 10 update: Microsoft tries again to fix Search bugs" ZDNet 2/28
  • "Windows 10 Slow Ring update strides confidently into 2020" The Register 2/28
  • "Microsoft releases KB4535996 update to fix Windows 10 search and printing problems" BetaNews 2/28
Government/Law/Politics
  • "FBI says ransomware victims paid over $140 million to attackers" MSPoweruser 3/1
  • "Police will use high-tech scanners to 'frisk' suspects without them knowing from up to 20 yards away | Daily Mail Online" Daily Mail (UK) 2/29
  • "FCC proposes fining U.S. wireless carriers more than $200 mln over consumer location data" Reuters 2/28
  • "FCC approves $9.7 billion payment to free up satellite spectrum for 5G" CNET 2/28
  • "FCC proposes token fines for carriers that sold phone location data" Engadget 2/28
  • "FCC proposes $200M in fines for wireless carriers that sold your location for years" TechCrunch 2/28
  • "FCC votes to propose fining U.S. wireless carriers more than $200 million over consumer location data" Reuters 2/28
  • "The FCC is proposing a $200 million fine on carriers for selling your location data" Android Central 2/28
  • "Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt says China could supplant Silicon Valley as the world's tech powerhouse unless the US government steps in" Business Insider 2/28
  • "Facebook, Google, Twitter spark mutiny over Pakistan censorship demands: The companies have joined forces in a threat to abandon the country entirely." ZDNet 2/28
  • "Bill to help small telecoms excise Huawei goes to Trump" Associated Press 2/28
Analysis/Editorial/Help/Opinion
  • "The 35 best battery life laptops for 2020: Our rankings of longest-lasting laptops has a few surprises." CNET 3/1
  • "Here's a peek at how reporter Rob Price got inside the ultra secretive world of Mark Zuckerberg's family office in Hawaii" Business Insider 2/28
  • "Tip: You can opt out your Wi-Fi network from Google's location services with an SSID tweak/Just add '_nomap' to your network's name" Android Police 2/28
  • "Imagine A World Without YouTube" The Verge 2/28
  • "Engadget Podcast: Reviewing Samsung's Galaxy S20 Ultra" Engadget 2/28
  • "HP Spectre x360 13 Australian review: Sleek and impressive but is it different from the competition?" 7News.com.au 2/28
  • "Dell XPS 13 7390 (2019) review" MusicRadar 2/28
  • "Why are the NBA and Walmart using Clearview AI? Clearview AI's data leak shows facial recognition is already at home in the private sector" The Next Web 2/28
  • "The Dark Art of Turning Mountains of Stolen Data Into Cash" TechNewsWorld 2/28
  • "Why we can't blame social networks for our polarized politics" The Verge 2/28
  • "What to look for in a cheap gaming laptop: Invest in the GPU, CPU, display or storage? The trick is knowing exactly what you want to get out of it." CNET 2/28
  • "Samsung Galaxy Z Flip review—I think I hate flip phones" Ars Technica 2/28
  • "Review: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra/Its large size, some camera snags, and an absurd price tag stand in the way of Samsung's phone from reaching magnificence." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2/28
  • "Forget Chess—the Real Challenge Is Teaching AI to Play D&D: Some artificial intelligence experts think role playing adventure games will help machines learn to be as clever as we are." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2/28
Acquisitions/Deals/Investments/Mergers
  • "End Game Interactive raises $3 million to build expand on ZombsRoyale.io" VentureBeat 2/28
  • "End Game, the startup behind Zombs Royale, raises $3M" TechCrunch 2/28
  • "Teen hit Yolo raises $8M to let you Snapchat anonymously" TechCrunch 2/28
Tech Stocks
  • "Dow, S&P 500 fall for 7th straight day; stocks suffer biggest weekly fall since 2008: Nasdaq ekes out Friday gain" MarketWatch 2/28
  • "Dow Loses 12% for Week on Coronavirus Panic; Fed Says It Will Act 'Appropriately': Stocks finish their worst week since the global financial crisis amid fears of a global coronavirus pandemic." TheStreet 2/28
  • "Dow Jones Suffers 3,583-Point Drop In Worst Week Since '08 Crisis On Coronavirus Fears: The Dow Jones Industrial Average capped an ugly week with further coronavirus-fueled losses, marking its biggest weekly loss since the 2008 financial crisis." Investor's Business Daily 2/28
  • "Dow slides over 3,500 points in worst week since financial crisis: Heavy selling has tipped the S&P 500 into the fastest correction in history" FOXBusiness 2/28
  • "Stocks Suffer Biggest Weekly Losses Since 2008: Dow industrials fall about 350 points amid investor unease about economic fallout from coronavirus" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 2/28
  • "Asian markets continue to slump, as Nikkei enters correction territory: Nikkei sinks 4%, with Hang Seng and Kospi down around 3%" MarketWatch 2/28
  • "European stocks face worst week since financial crisis as coronavirus fears shake investors: International Airlines Group led the declines" MarketWatch 2/28



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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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