Weekly Update: 2020-01-26 to 2020-02-01

Apple Posts Record Revenue As iPhone Sales Smash Expectations

According to CNBC, "Apple’s revenue was up 9% to $91.8 billion," thanks in large part to iPhone revenue, "which was up 8% on the strength of new iPhone models." The report also that Apple’s "Other Products" did $10 billion in sales during the quarter, and that Apple Watch, AirPods, and Beats headphones alone would be a "Fortune 150" company. Here’s how Apple did compared to Refinitiv consensus estimates:

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Sale of .Org Domain Registry Delayed By California Attorney General

YES. I never thought I’d be on the opposite side of Vint Cerf, but let’s just say I’m not convinced yet this is good for the internet, even though it might be good for PIR.

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Brexit Happens

On one hand this certainly makes for a weaker EU, which considering the rise of China and Russia is concerning, it is hard to argue that I’d be willing to have the US governed in the same way the UK was by the EU. On balance, I’m really saddened. I don’t know if a vote today would be a vote again for Brexit.

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A New Bill Could Punish Web Platforms For Using End-To-End Encryption

Regardless of your political affiliation, this is deeply concerning.

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Huawei Outsells Apple In 2019, Becomes No. 2 Global Smartphone Vendor

Although there was a significant drop in Q4 from the US export ban, it was apparently less than had been expected.

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Iowa Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Men Hired to Test Their Security

A sudden outbreak of common sense. It should have never gone on as long as it did, but I am very relieved to see that it was resolved succeessfully.

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Caltech Wins $1.1 Billion in Patent Suit Against Apple & Broadcom

The patents in question cover Irregular Repeat Accumulate (IRA) codes, an error-correcting code (ECC) technology that allows data to be reconstructed if some bits are scrambled during transmission.

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8-Core x86 CPU From China Goes Up for Sale

Based on the VIA x86 licenses. Which I believed at one time Intel threatened licensees with lawsuits over: sharing with third parties. For reference, these are comparable to the Core 2 Duo E7400, released in 2008. The question now of course is how quickly can they bridge the gap.

Severe ‘Perfect 10.0’ Microsoft Flaw Confirmed: ‘This Is A Cloud Security Nightmare’

Terrifying. Nothing you can do except wait for the provider to patch their infrastructure.

IBM Names Arvind Krishna CEO, Replacing Ginni Rometty

Since the Red Hat aquisition, for the first time in a long time, I feel like IBM might actually have a bright future.

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Tesla Posts Its First Annual Profit

And funny enough, today I’ll be test driving a Model 3 Performance.

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Facebook Stock Plummets 6 Percent After It Reported Fourth-Quarter Earnings, Wiping Out $30 Billion In Market Value

I genuinely hope their horrible practices are finally catching up to them.

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Huawei Won’t Use Google Services Again Even if Trade Ban Is Lifted

The US should have done this 5+ years ago. At this point Huawei doesn’t need Google Services anymore.

Avast Closes Jumpshot Over Data Privacy Backlash

It is really hard to overstate how critical it is that the US passes some data privacy laws.

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I cannot wait for Starlink.

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Leaked Report Shows United Nations Suffered Hack

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Germany Has Proof That Huawei Worked With Chinese Intelligence: Handelsblatt

Hard to pretend this is surprising. I feel pretty confident that the US has very clear intelligence, probably via the NSA (probably TAO) that directly connects Huawei and the Chinese government.

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Intel Makes Public Two More Data Leakage Disclosures

Is there any end to these? Seems like a new one every other week.

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More Americans Went To the Library Than To the Movies Last Year

I just assume this means movies have gotten too expensive. I hope I’m wrong.

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Linux 5.5 Released

Thanks for all your hard work!

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DEF CON China Conference Put on Hold Due To Coronavirus Outbreak

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