Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Facebook Portal TV review: big screen video chatting feels futuristic and, with Alexa built in, the device is compelling enough at $149 but unlikely to be a hit — Facebook´s new Portal TV video chat device won´t do much to take away share from Apple Inc., Roku Inc. or Amazon in the TV space.
Jennifer Langston / Microsoft:
Microsoft teams up with Warner Bros, stores and retrieves the 1978 movie Superman on a piece of glass as a proof of concept test for Project Silica research — Microsoft and Warner Bros. have collaborated to successfully store and retrieve the entire 1978 iconic “Superman” …
Kate Clark / TechCrunch:
A look at startups such as Cameo and Karat that are building services for creators and influencers as VCs bet on a now established part of the digital economy — Why 2020 will be a ‘watershed year’ for the creator economy — Danielle Bernstein is just 27 years old, but she´s been running her own business for 10 years.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Microsoft Surface Pro X review: beautiful design and good screen but expensive, slow for the price, and has an unimpressive battery and app compatibility issues — Better than expected isn´t enough — The Surface Pro X is the computer Microsoft has tried to make for at least seven years.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Microsoft unveils Azure Synapse Analytics, a service that leverages big data analytics with tools to manage various data sources in a unified workspace — Workflow automation was a predictable focus as Microsoft Ignite kicked off in Orlando, Florida this morning.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Play Points, which rewards Android users with store credit or discounts for buying content like apps and movies, expands to the US from Japan and S.Korea — Google Play is launching a new rewards program, Googe Play Points, that will allow you to earn points for everything …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers show that they can use lasers to inject commands to smart speakers, tablets, and phones via Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant from far away — By pointing lasers tuned to a precise frequency at a smart assistant, researchers could force it to unlock cars, open garage doors, and more.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft announces “Project Cortex,” a knowledge-management service, the first major new Office 365 cloud service that it has introduced since Teams in 2017 — Microsoft is adding a new, Microsoft-Graph-powered knowledge-management service to Office 365. Here´s what ‘Project Cortex’ is and how it will work.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Interview with Micron Technology VP Steve Pawlowski about the recent acquisition of AI startup FWDNXT and why the memory chip maker is moving into AI processing — I did a double-take last week when Micron Technology, one of the world´s largest memory chip makers, acquired artificial intelligence hardware and software startup Fwdnxt.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Unprotected database for popular “camgirl” sites run by Spain-based VTS Media exposed months worth of user activity logs and chats, details about sex workers — A number of popular “camgirl” sites have exposed millions of sex workers and users after the company running the sites left the back-end database unprotected.