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TechNN Archive: Saturday, May 12, 2018
 

 

Computer Industry
  • "Google's flashy A.I. demo overshadowed Microsoft's focus on work: The chief scientist of Salesforce said he was impressed with how Google squeezed many AI technologies into the demonstration of the Duplex robot calling technology." CNBC 8:40 AM
  • "Google Project Zero targets Microsoft Edge Arbitrary Code Guard feature" MSPoweruser 8:41 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Flickering Screen Issue Solved: Free Replacements Will End 'Flickergate'" Tech Times 8:41 AM
  • "This is What Microsoft Said About PWAs at Build 2018" Thurrott 5:33 PM
  • "Hands-On with Redstone 5: The Early Days" Thurrott 6:23 PM
  • "Microsoft Windows 10 Your Phone Feature Will Mirror Any Smartphone On Your PC" HotHardware 5:54 PM
  • "Some Intel SSDs may crash when updating to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update" OnMSFT 8:41 AM
  • "Why it's a good thing Microsoft has given up on its own mobile OS" Pocketnow 8:41 AM
  • "Windows 10 April 2018 Update hits show-stopping bug with some Intel SSDs" TechRadar UK 5/11
  • "Microsoft's Windows 10 April Update is borking machines with Intel SSDs: Microsoft is blocking the update while it fixes the issue" The Inquirer 5/11
  • "Latest Windows 10 Version Incompatible With Intel SSD 600p" AnandTech 5/11
  • "Microsoft zeros-in on Win 10 April Update Intel SSD crash cause" Hexus 5/11
  • "Microsoft can't fix 'flickergate' Surface Pro 4s with software, so it's replacing them" Ars Technica 5/11
  • "Microsoft Unveils a Surface Pro 4 Replacement Program" Thurrott 5/11
  • "Microsoft to replace for free Surface Pro 4s with screen-flicker problems" ZDNet 5/11
  • "Surface Laptop Also Updated for Windows 10 Version 1803" Thurrott 5/11
  • "Surface Laptop gets Windows 10 April Update Firmware and Drivers update" Neowin 5/11
  • "Windows 10 security: Google Project Zero shreds Microsoft's unique Edge defense" ZDNet 5/11
  • "Microsoft isn't giving up on VR and AR yet: It's playing the long game on Mixed Reality." Engadget 5/11
  • "What is Microsoft 365? Microsoft's most important subscription bundle, explained" ZDNet 5/11
  • "Microsoft and Amazon show Cortana and Alexa can talk to each other, at least on stage at Build conference" PhysOrg 5/11
  • "Intel tipped to launch discrete GPU at next year's CES: Rumours suggest the firm has been busy working on an in-house GPU for two years" The Inquirer 5/11
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Review" bit-tech 5/11
  • "Chipmaker Nvidia sees fewer crypto miners, more gamers in future" Reuters 5/11
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Streamr Partner on Blockchain-Based Car Data System" Thirty K 5/11
  • "Vyriad signs a contract with IBM to build an oncolytic virus anti-cancer vaccines manufacturing facility" Bio Spectrum Asia 5/11
  • "IBM Thinks Blockchain Will Solve Facebook's Data Problems" Fortune 5/11
  • "IBM's cloud chief on closing in on the competition" CNBC Videos 5/11
  • "IBM Employees Banned From Using All Removable Storage" ExtremeTech 5/11
  • "IBM workers banned from using USB sticks" GBC Ghana 5/11
  • "Cisco pulls all online ads from YouTube" Reuters 5/11
  • "Cisco Removes Ads From YouTube: The move follows a recent CNN investigation, which found that ads from more than 300 companies, including Cisco, ran on extremist YouTube channels." PC Magazine 5/11
  • "Cisco Pulls Ads From YouTube Over Inappropriate Content; Will Others Follow?" TheStreet 5/11
  • "ASUS Announces New ZenBook Pro 15 (UX550G)" Guru3D 5/11
General Interest
  • "Adobe CTO leads company's broad AI bet" TechCrunch 6:00 PM
  • "Cryptocurrency has been great for GPU makers—that might change soon: The cryptocurrency boom helped GPU makers score another quarter of huge profits." Ars Technica 1:59 PM
  • "Firm Lets Police Look Up Phone Location Data Without a Warrant: A Securus Technologies web portal lets cops plug in a phone number and pull up real-time location data, but no one's really monitoring their activity. Sen. Ron Wyden wants answers." PC Magazine 5/11
  • "Google will require some Android phone makers to roll out 'regular' security patches" The Verge 5/11
  • "Can Google Conquer the $53 Billion Smart Home Market?" Market Realist 5/11
  • "Google Clips gets better at capturing candids of hugs and kisses (which is not creepy, right?)" TechCrunch 5/11
  • "Google Updates: What we know about Google's 2018 Pixel hardware/Don't regret I/O being over. Rejoice because there'll be new toys in autumn" The Inquirer 5/11
  • "Google updates privacy policy so you can actually understand it: It's to comply with Europe's GDPR privacy law, not to be nice." Engadget 5/11
  • "Google's 'deceitful' AI assistant to identify itself as a robot during calls: Google Duplex, which simulates human speech with lifelike inflections, criticised as unethical" The Guardian 5/11
  • "Google to warn when humans chat with convincing bots" BBC 5/11
  • "Google will tell you when you're talking to its creepy human-like robots" BGR 5/11
  • "Google: Duplex phone calling AI will identify itself/You'll know if you're talking to AI: we think." Engadget 5/11
  • "Google is rumored to be working on a Pixel smartwatch: It would likely pack Qualcomm's new dedicated smartwatch chip." Engadget 5/11
  • "Google reportedly working on three smartwatches to be unveiled with Pixel 3 this fall" Neowin 5/11
  • "Google I/O 2018: Key takeaways on Duplex, AI, privacy, Android" ZDNet 5/11
  • "Galaxy Note 9 specs just leaked — and they're exactly what you expected" BGR 5/11
  • "Xiaomi is bringing its smart home devices to the US — but still no phones yet" TechCrunch 5/11
  • "OnePlus 6 release date, specs and price: CAD renders 'confirm' iPhone X notch, vertical dual cameras/Leak gives us our closest look at the OnePlus flagship so far" The Inquirer 5/11
Press Releases
  • "Global Revenue Management System for Travel Market 2018: Key Players — Microsoft, Ericsson, Redknee, Openet,¬†Hewlett-Packard" PR 5/11
  • "Oracle Names Charles W. Moorman Iv And William G. Parrett To The Board Of Directors" PRNewswire 5/11
Microsoft
  • "Everything we know (and don't know) about Apple's rumored iPhone SE 2" 9to5Mac 2:38 PM
  • "Harvard Endowment Goes All-In on Apple, Microsoft and Google" Bloomberg 5/11
  • "Microsoft Releases Security Update" US-CERT 5/11
  • "Microsoft's folding phone/tablet concept has three screens -- one in the hinge" CNET 5/11
  • "Microsoft's obsession with Windows is ending, and I couldn't be happier/Commentary: It's all about AI and the web now." CNET 5/11
  • "Microsoft: web media standards will let broadcast industry 're-imagine TV'" Digital TV Europe 5/11
  • "Microsoft's Windows 10 April Update is borking machines with Intel SSDs: Microsoft is blocking the update while it fixes the issue" The Inquirer 5/11
  • "You can now gift games on the Microsoft Store" PCGamesN 5/11
  • "All Xbox One games and Windows Store PC games can now be digitally gifted" VG 24/7 5/11
  • "Full SteamVR support doesn't fix Windows Mixed Reality's proof-of-concept feel: Windows Mixed Reality headsets are easy to set up, but frustrating to use." PCWorld 5/11
  • "Microsoft Windows team wants iMessage on Windows devices" AppleInsider 5/11
  • "Microsoft really wishes Apple would bring iMessage to Windows 10" BGR 5/11
Government/Law/Politics
  • "Google offers an unusually clear view of how it manages user data ahead of GDPR: The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation is set to go into effect on May 25th" The Verge 5/11
  • "Man Charged With Hacking Into and Defacing Military and Government Websites" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5/11
  • "Record $120m fine for nuisance robocalls" BBC 5/11
Analysis/Editorial/Help/Opinion
  • ": Starting a robotics company out of school? Not so fast, suggest investors" TechCrunch 9:17 PM
  • "Time to break open AI's black box, and keep it open" ZDNet 6:50 PM
  • "Recommended Reading: Google Assistant's new bag of tricks/The best long-form writing on technology and more on the web." Engadget 10:47 AM
  • "Here's Why Amazon Can't Fix Review Spam" Lifehacker 5/11
  • "Parody of Google Duplex phone call shows the true, terrifying future of AI" Mashable 5/11
  • "I hope Google won't nag me about my digital wellbeing" Engadget 5/11
  • "WD Black NVMe SSD Review: Affordable With Great Write Speeds" HotHardware 5/11
  • "The best portable power strips and surge protectors with USB charging: You'll be glad to have one when you find yourself at an airport with few wall chargers." Engadget 5/11
  • "Here's what Elon Musk's 2.7-mile tunnel in LA looks like: There are a lot of unanswered questions about the ambitious project." Ars Technica 5/11
  • "Remediating Fukushima—'When everything goes to hell, you go back to basics': It may take 40 years for the site to appear like 'a normal reactor at the end of its life." Ars Technica 5/11
  • "Google's robo-calling feature will lead to a global apocalypse in eight years: Says a time-traveller who doesn't want any Kia Ora" The Inquirer 5/11
  • "Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri can be fooled by 'silent' commands: AI assistants could be tricked into wiring money or manipulating IoT devices" The Inquirer 5/11
Acquisitions/Deals/Investments/Mergers
  • "CNBC: Alphabet considering Flipkart investment" CNBC 5/11
  • "Silver Lake makes a $3B offer to buy property portal Zoopla, the Zillow of the UK" TechCrunch 5/11
Tech Stocks
  • "Dow marks longest win streak in 6 months as stock gauges log sharp weekly gains: Nvidia falls after results" MarketWatch 5/11
  • "Dow Jumps 91 Points, Finishes Higher for Seventh Consecutive Session: The S&P 500 also rose on Friday, while the Nasdaq declined." TheStreet 5/11
  • "S&P 500 index has its best weekly gain since early March" Associated Press 5/11
  • "U.S. Stocks Post Biggest One-Week Gain Since March: Fears fade that inflation will prompt higher interest rates" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 5/11
  • "Asian stock markets mostly rise as cooler U.S. inflation reading inspires 'risk-on' buying" MarketWatch 5/11
  • "U.K., Italian stocks secure higher close for Stoxx Europe 600: Trump to talk drug prices on Friday" MarketWatch 5/11



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InformationWeek (Checked 9:15 PM CDT; no changes since Friday)
  • "9 Traits of Emerging Disruptors"
  • "GDPR and the End of the World"
New York Times (Updated 9:15 PM CDT)
  • "The Next Privacy Battle in Europe Is Over This New Law"
  • "F.B.I.'s Urgent Request: Reboot Your Router to Stop Russia-Linked Malware"
PC Magazine (Checked 9:15 PM CDT; no changes since Friday)
  • "Battlefield V Faces Controversy Over Including Women Soldiers"
  • "Overwatch is Free to Play This Weekend"
  • "Low-Cost Android Devices Found Secretly Installing Adware"
  • "With ZTE in Trouble, Coolpad Sees an Opportunity"
  • "It's Hard to Escape Google"
  • "With Volkswagen Deal, Apple's Self-Driving Car Dreams Shrink"
  • "StumbleUpon Shutting Down After 16 Years"
  • "How to Silence Notifications With Windows 10's Focus Assist"
  • "Report: Apple Knew iPhone 6 Would Bend Before Launch"
  • "Apple Won't Allow Steam Link on the App Store" ...
(Updated 9:15 PM CDT)
  • "France, Germany push for EU funding for technology start-ups"
  • "Qualcomm to meet China regulators in push to clear $44 billion NXP deal: sources"
  • "Tencent chairman pledges to advance China chip industry after ZTE 'wake-up' call: reports"
ZDNet (Updated 9:15 PM CDT)
  • "NBN to overhaul fixed-wireless pricing"
  • "Bitcoin Gold hit by double spend attack"
  • "Big bank-backed Beem It launches Aussie payments app"
  • "n 2018, Windows died at home and nobody cared"
  • "NAB and CommBank plagued by weekend banking outages"
  • "How Verizon is using AR to up the ante on FiOS technician training"
  • "How Verizon uses AR to train FiOS technicians in NYC"
  • "HTC U12 Plus, Tab Active2, and new Chromebooks (MobileTechRoundup show #434)"


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