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Infotech Headlines Today
[Mon-19-Aug-2019]

Updated: 6 hours ago

23 Texas local governments hit in what appears to be a coordinated ransomware attack (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet) - Techmeme

2K Games reveal first entry in WWE 2K20 Originals - Itnewsafrica

3 Ways to Benefit Your Business through Microsoft Azure - TechMoran

5 important things happening in South Africa today - BusinessTech

7-Eleven's cashier-free mobile checkouts are available in NYC - Engadget

A Fungus Could Wipe Out the Banana Forever - Wired

A Major Cyber Attack Could Be Just As Deadly As Nuclear Weapons - Slashdot

A New Idea For Fighting Rising Sea Levels: Iceberg-Making Submarines - Slashdot

Accenture: global investment in fintech firms in H1 2019 was $22B, down 29% YoY, as investments in China dropped 79% to $820M, from $17.7B in H1 2018 (Chad Bray/South China Morning Post) - Techmeme

After a tip from Twitter, Facebook removes 7 Pages, 3 Groups, 5 accounts originating in China "involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior" regarding Hong Kong (Facebook) - Techmeme

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After data incidents, Instagram expands its bug bounty - Techcrunch

After launching Chats in Facebook Groups in October of last year, Facebook says it is removing the feature and will archive existing chats on August 22 (Andrew Hutchinson/Social Media Today) - Techmeme

Agile innovation key to unlocking organisations' success ' Texem - Daily Trust

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise partners Aislelabs to enhance Wi-Fi offering - Itnewsafrica

Alexa, Siri, and Google Home Can Be Tricked Into Sending Callers To Scam Phone Numbers - Slashdot

Alienware Aurora R9 and G5 5090 are Dell's new bang-for-the-buck gaming PCs - The Verge

Alienware's Aurora desktop and gaming monitors get a huge redesign - Engadget

Alienware's new 55-inch OLED monitor is a step closer to the perfect gaming TV - The Verge

All that glitters is not gold: How healthtech startups can achieve true value - Techcrunch

Ally raises $8M Series A for its OKR solution - Techcrunch

Alt-Meat Trounces Animal Meat's Massive Inefficiencies - Wired

Always Audi' program gives new customers free Silvercar rental days - Engadget

An anonymous hentai porn site exposed over a million users' emails - Techcrunch

An Ode To Microsoft Encarta - Slashdot

Apple Arcade video game subscription service rumored to cost $4.99 per month - The Verge

Apple finally releases a trailer for 'The Morning Show - Engadget

Apple will release new colors of its excellent Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds on August 30th - The Verge

Apple's game subscription service will reportedly cost $5 per month - Engadget

Apple's Morning Show logo looks like the one for Elon Musk's Boring Company - The Verge

Aptech Preschool to tackle 'early years' learning crisis - Daily Trust

Beware the Epiphany-Industrial Complex - Wired

Big-data healthcare service launches in Ghana - Itnewsafrica

Binance launches Venus, which it calls an 'independent, regional version' of Facebook's Libra - Techcrunch

Binance says it plans to launch Venus, an "independent regional version of Libra", which will develop "localized" stablecoins pegged to fiat currencies (Yogita Khatri/The Block) - Techmeme

Blue Label delays annual results as it struggles with Cell C valuation - BusinessTech

Boeings Coding Summer School to hold in Nairobi this October - TechMoran

Breaking Into Startups': Torch CEO and Well Clinic founder Cameron Yarbrough on mental health & coaching - Techcrunch

California Supreme Court rules that online businesses like Square can be sued for discrimination in their TOS, even if a user never signed up for the service (Bryan Menegus/Gizmodo) - Techmeme

Capitec says it has prepared for new debt relief law - BusinessTech

Cerebras Systems unveils the world's biggest semiconductor chip with 400K cores, 1.2T transistors, and 18GB of SRAM memory, fit in the size of a silicon wafer (Tiernan Ray/Fortune) - Techmeme

Cloud-based file transfer company WeTransfer raises 35M in a secondary funding round led by European growth equity firm HPE Growth (Steve O'Hear/TechCrunch) - Techmeme

Colonies of Aggressive, Social Spiders Boom After a Hurricane - Wired

Comparing Nigeria's startup ecosystem to Tunisia's with Kyane Kassiri, VC at LoftyInc - Techpoint

Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to Google's Stadia cloud gaming service - The Verge

Cyberpunk 2077' and 'Mortal Kombat 11' are coming to Google Stadia - Engadget

Degrading Tor Network Performance Only Costs a Few Thousand Dollars Per Month - Slashdot

Developers accuse Apple of anti-competitive behavior with its privacy changes in iOS 13 - Techcrunch

Developers Accuse Apple of Anti-Competitive Behavior With Its Privacy Changes in iOS 13 - Slashdot

Direct-to-consumer birth control app Nurx, available in 26 states, raises $32M Series C and $20M in debt funding; Pitchbook: Nurx is now valued at around $300M (Kate Clark/TechCrunch) - Techmeme




Infotech Headlines Yesterday
[Sun-18-Aug-2019]

3 Ways Marijuana Is Changing the Technology Industry - TechMoran

A Brief History of Vanity License Plates Gone Wrong - Wired

A Major Proof Shows How to Approximate Numbers Like Pi - Wired

After Math: Plead the fifth - Engadget

Amazon Says It Can Detect Fear on Your Face. You Scared - Wired

Apple's WebKit announces strict anti-tracking policy to prevent covert tracking and all cross-site tracking, credits Mozilla's policy for inspiring its approach (Natasha Lomas/TechCrunch) - Techmeme

ASUS South Africa to launch inaugural Republic of Gamers Invitational at rAge 2019 - Itnewsafrica

Being an African woman in tech as told by 3 Andela engineers - Techpoint

By not providing Siri users with clear control over how their data is used, Apple is at odds with the privacy doctrine that it preaches on billboards (John Gruber/Daring Fireball) - Techmeme

Can JPEG XL Become the Next Free and Open Image Format - Slashdot

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Disney hires former Sky CMO for the company's new streaming platform - Itnewsafrica

Drako's GTE electric supercar will be a four-motor, 1,200HP monster - Engadget

Elon Musk Begins Selling $25 'Nuke Mars' T-Shirts - Slashdot

Facebook has built a static analysis platform, dubbed Zoncolan, that can scan Facebook's 100M lines of code in under 30 minutes to help catch bugs (Lily Hay Newman/Wired) - Techmeme

Form Swim Goggles Review: Fitness Tracking at the Pool - Wired

Google Criticized For Vulnerability That Can Trick Its AI Into Deactivating Accounts - Slashdot

Google Open-Sources Live Transcribe's Speech Engine - Slashdot

Google Plans To Remove All FTP Support From Chrome - Slashdot

Google was so obsessed with beating Facebook that it missed an opportunity with Google+ to tackle the problems, like radicalization, plaguing social media now (Caroline McCarthy/Spectator USA) - Techmeme

Government is looking at harsher road rules after new traffic demerit system signed into law - BusinessTech

How cities like Katowice in Poland, Hangzhou in China, and Frisco, Texas are embracing esports tournaments in a bid to revive their economies (Luke Winkie/VentureBeat) - Techmeme

How Facebook, which had around 37,000 employees at the end of last year, thinks about its IT strategy and builds most of its IT tools in-house (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch) - Techmeme

How low-paid Microsoft contractors train Cortana by listening to you - The Verge

How many times South Africans visit the petrol station each month - BusinessTech

How Should Schools Grade Unexpected-But-Correct Answers On Coding Tests - Slashdot

I Want a Super-Smart Chair! - Slashdot

IKEA creates a business unit devoted to smart home tech - Engadget

Inside Samsung's incredible new London store and workshop space - Samsung KX - Pocket Lint

Intel Patches Three High-Severity Vulnerabilities - Slashdot

IRS sends out letters warning taxpayers that data it received from crypto exchanges shows they owe taxes related to trades over the past several years (Nikhilesh De/CoinDesk) - Techmeme

Nintendo says there is no Switch exchange program - Engadget

Original Content podcast: Netflix's 'Wu Assassins' is a punching, kicking delight - Techcrunch

Paint' and 'WordPad' Will Soon Become Optional Features In Windows 10 - Slashdot

Q&A with Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, who says the company is now working with 4,500 AI startups, compared to 2,000 in April, 2017 (Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat) - Techmeme

Ransomware attack in Texas targets local government agencies - Engadget

Researchers Find New State of Matter, Claim It Could Aid Quantum Computing and Data Storage - Slashdot

Robot Coffee Tastes Great, But at What Cost' (About $5) - Wired

Runkeeper drops its Wear OS app due to a 'buggy experience - Engadget

Should South African employees always get their jobs back after being unfairly dismissed - BusinessTech

Slack isn't becoming the "central nervous system" for all the workflows of its users because it's just filling cracks left by productivity apps, not fixing them (Kevin Kwok/kwokchain) - Techmeme

Slackware, the Longest Active Linux Distro, Finally Has a Patreon Page - Slashdot

Sonos' first portable Bluetooth speaker leaks in more detail - The Verge

South Africans are buying old homes to renovate ' these are the pitfalls to watch out for - BusinessTech

StarTimes ups entertainment offering with New Telenovela - TechMoran

Tech Companies Challenge 'Open Office' Trend With Pods - Slashdot

Tesla's relaunched solar power efforts include $50 panel rentals - Engadget

The best smart home sensors for Alexa - Engadget

The big problem with the new driving demerit system - BusinessTech

The mainstream media have still not learned the lessons of Gamergate - Techcrunch

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