2013/07/20 Weekly Tech Headlines

Technology changes very quickly and the industry changes right alongside it. There is more written about new products, security concerns, coming-soon hardware, and other technology news than can be covered sufficiently and in-depth. These technology news wrap ups hope to provide a one-stop resource to make sure you did not miss any of the big stories in the past week. They will be published each Saturday, drawing from a wide variety of sources to give the best coverage.


Technology news 2013/07/14 – 2013/07/20:

Industry News

Telligent has acquired Zimbra from VMware. Everybody has their perspective on the acquisition: Zimbra, Telligent, VMware.

Verizon announced its Edge program while AT&T announced Next to compete with T-Mobile’s JUMP!, all plans to offer more frequent phone upgrades than waiting two years.

AT&T will acquire Leap Wireless, a prepaid wireless provider, for $15 per share in cash.

The owners of Hulu, 21st Century Fox, Disney, and NBCUniversal, have cancelled the attempted sale of the website.

The StopWatching.Us campaign submitted a new letter requesting the ability to share statistics regarding requests for user data.

Microsoft rebuffed statements that it complied with the government to have open access to its data and similarly requested the ability to share information about government requests.


Apple launched Logic Pro X, the popular tool for musicians, with Logic Remote, a way to control Logic Pro X from an iPad. MainStage 3 was also announced in the press release. Both are available in the Mac App Store.

Microsoft confirmed a problem stemming from Windows 7 update MS13-057 which causes WMV and some other videos to not render correctly.

Security and Privacy

On Thursday, SIFMA led Quantum Dawn 2, a cyber-security exercise for the financial sector and related member firms.

Tom Ritter and Doug DePerry will demo at security conferences how they were able to eavesdrop on all communications passed through a Verizon femtocell. Verizon has since patched the exploit.

ICE charged a Massachusetts man with selling counterfeit semiconductors imported from China which would have been used on US nuclear submarines.

Around the Web

In a tweet, Mark Russinovich posted that he has sold the movie rights to Zero DayTrojan Horse, and Rogue Code with work on the movie starting immediately.

A trailer for The Fifth Estate, a movie based on WikiLeaks, came out this week:

Wingstop vice president of technology was interviewed about the company’s new website and building better restaurant websites.


HTC reduced the size of their flagship phone the HTC One and introduced the HTC One mini packing the same features into a 4.3″ display form factor.

Samsung announced new enterprise SSD storage options. The NVMe (non-volatile memory express) solid state drive can reach a sequential read speed of 3,000 MB/s with capacities of 400GB, 800GB, and 1.6TB. Their only limitation: they require being plugged into a PCI-Express slot.

On the non-enterprise front, Samsung also announced the Samsung SSD 840 EVO, with a tagline of ‘SSDs for Everyone’. The company also announced the industry’s first PCI-Express SSD for ultra-slim notebooks with the Samsung XP941.

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