WIN 8.1 RTMs -- ANDREESSEN-GELSINGER brawl at VMWORLD -- FTC investigating GOOGLE-Waze tie-up -- NSA hits corporate bottom line -- THE ONION's Miley Cyrus linkbait primer

 

August 27, 2013 06:00 PDT | 09:00 EDT | 13:00 UTC

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>> BREAKING: Windows 8.1 RTMs, by Antoine Leblond: "We have started releasing Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 to our hardware partners... we will continue to work closely with them as we put the finishing touches on Windows 8.1 to ensure a quality experience at general availability on October 18th. This is the date when Windows 8.1 will be broadly available for commercial customers with or without volume licensing agreements, our broad partner ecosystem, subscribers to MSDN and TechNet, as well as consumers." Developers, developers, developers, eh? Blogging Windows

>> VMWORLD LEADS THE DAY: Networking and storage take center stage, by Paul Ferrill: "VMware kicks off its annual user conference with unveilings of VMware NSX, Virtual SAN, and vSphere 5.5" InfoWorld

>>>> HP, Juniper to help VMware take on networks with NSX PC World

>>>> Red Hat unveils new offerings, cloud certification CIO

>>>> Are enterprises ready for network virtualization? NetworkWorld

>>>> Amazon and Microsoft beware -- VMware cloud is more ambitious than we thought Ars Technica

>>>> Marc Andreessen, Pat Gelsinger in verbal VMworld brawl The Register

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>> MERGERS & APPREHENSION: FTC investigating Google's ways with Waze, by Josh Kosman and Garett Sloane: "The Federal Trade Commission has opened an investigation into Google's $1 billion acquisition of Waze.... Regulators will examine Google's June 11 purchase of the Israel-based social mapping service, even though the deal 'closed' earlier this month." NYPost

>> LIBERTY & JUSTICE: The NSA leaks are starting to hit the bottom lines of tech companies, by Rob Lever: "The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, or ITIF, a Washington think tank, said US cloud providers stand to lose $22 billion to $35 billion over the next three years due to revelations about the so-called PRISM program." Agence France-Presse

>> THE GREAT RACE: Android may lose its competitiveness in the entry-level segment, by Eric Lin: "The Android platform's gradually increasing demand over hardware specifications is expected to endanger the platform's share in the entry-level segment as hardware prices are gradually dropping and it is becoming more difficult for players to create an Android-based product at a low price." DigiTimes

>> BIG PICTURE: Microsoft's massively misplaced incentives, by Matthew C. Klein: "Microsoft's decline from technology superpower to office utility has many causes, but none has received more focus than the management technique known inside the company as 'stack ranking.' The system encourages workers to undermine each other, to avoid taking risks and to spend more time sucking up to bosses than working. Even worse, it removes many of the incentives for collaboration." Bloomberg

>>>> SEE NO EVIL: Reporters "not invited" as Microsoft lays out its financial future, by Ina Fried: "The company has decided for the first time in recent memory to bar the press from attending the [financial analyst meeting on Sept. 19]. Instead, Redmond says that reporters, like the public, can watch via Webcast." AllThingsD
>>>> MAKING FRIENDS: Microsoft will craft XP patches after April '14 -- but not for you, by Gregg Keizer:
"Patches will come from a program called 'Custom Support,' an after-retirement contract designed for very large customers... costs about $200 per PC for the first year and more each succeeding year... participants receive patches for vulnerabilities rated 'critical' by Microsoft." InfoWorld

>> IN THE LAB: Intel developing 3D laptop cameras that can follow your glare and read your emotions, by Agam Shah: "Intel is developing a 'depth sensing' camera, which is an enhanced version of a 3D camera that can go deeper inside images to 'bridge the gap between the real and virtual world."' PCWorld

>> MONEY SHOT: ARM acquires Internet-of-things startup Sensinode to move beyond tablets and phones, by Ingrid Lunden: TechCrunch

>> HIGH INSECURITY: Turbo-charged cracking comes to long passwords, by Dan Goodin: "Cracking really long passwords just got a whole lot faster and easier." Ars Technica

>> WASHINGTON WIRE: Intellectual Ventures opens DC office to push $1M lobbying effort, by Joe Mullin: "World's biggest 'patent troll' has grown to 800 employees, 70,000 patents" Ars Technica

>> WIRED WASHINGTON: US regulators explore rules for Bitcoin, by Grant Gross: "A Bitcoin trade group met with representatives of several U.S government agencies Monday as regulators debate whether the online currency should comply with currency rules." InfoWorld

>> PRIVACY PRIMACY: Sept. 23 deadline looms for business compliance with HITECH Act on patient privacy, by Jaikumar Vijayan: "All covered entities, including online storage vendors and cloud service providers, will be subject to new breach notification standards and limitations on how they can use and disclose protected health information." Computerworld

>> BEST LINKBAIT PRIMER EVER: Let me explain why Miley Cyrus' VMA performance was [CNN's] top story this morning, by The Onion: "So, you may ask, why was this morning's top story, a spot usually given to the most important foreign or domestic news of the day, headlined 'Miley Cyrus Did What???' and accompanied by the subhead 'Twerks, stuns at VMAs'? It's a good question. And the answer is pretty simple. It was an attempt to get you to click on CNN.com so that we could drive up our web traffic, which in turn would allow us to increase our advertising revenue." The Onion

>> iWANT: Apple limiting access to iWork for iCloud beta due to overwhelming response, by Ben Lovejoy: 9to5 Mac

>> GEEK SIREN: A month after Google Reader vanishes, Feedly ranks as the top RSS traffic referrer , by Josh Ong: TheNextWeb

>> BABY STEPS: Google Glass to gain local apps, but not cellular connection, by Mark Hachman: TechHive
>>>> Google Glass for bespectacled coming in a 'few months' ITWorld

>> WALL STREET: Flash-storage pioneer Violin Memory quietly files for its IPO GigaOM

>> INTO THE WILD: Stripe -- which simplifies taking payments online -- begins beta in Germany via Hacker News

>> REBOOT: Gazelle wants to lock in a price on your old iPhone before September 10 TUAW

>> GET SMART FAST: 50 things a Geek should know Virtual Hosting

>> APPRECIATION: Red Burns, 'godmother of Silicon Alley,' dies at 88 NYTimes

>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "People who get to work at Google, Amazon, Apple, etc campuses are basically the Kobe beef of humans." @HarMarSuperstar

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