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Tuesday, Jan 16th

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Foxconn in secret talks with Trump

Foxconn, including its grand pooh-bah Terry Gou, had secret talks with the White House presumably looking for sweeteners for a $7 billion plus US investment in a display making plant.

TVBS television showed Gou entering and leaving one of the entry gates of the White House with senior company executives including Tai Jeng-wu, Foxconn vice chairman and chief of Japan’s Sharp, in which Foxconn holds a two-thirds stake.… Read the rest

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Microsoft profit slumps a bit

Software King of the World Microsoft slightly missed Wall Street’s average revenue estimate for the latest quarter on Thursday.

The Tame Apple Press has rushed to blame Vole’s sales of its Surface tablets and laptops slump in the face of revamped competition in the personal computer market.… Read the rest

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Tech firms not worried about war with North Korea

Global electronics firms are not particularly concerned if Donald (Prince of Orange) Trump declares war on North Korea.

There is some concern among the Tame Apple Press that Apple will not be able to source key parts from South Korea if a war starts.… Read the rest

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Amazon’s cloud and retail booming

Amazon retail and cloud computing sales rose in the first quarter, better than what the cocaine nose jobs of Wall Street predicted.

The online bookseller said sales rose 23 percent to $35.7 billion, just beating analysts’ average estimate of $35.3 billion.… Read the rest

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Samsung makes a killing

Samsung had earnings which were stronger than a Sardinian cheese after posting a solid first quarter profit boosted by its memory chip business.

While the first quarter was miserable for Samsung as its boss Jay Y. Lee was swept up in a political corruption scandal, the world’s top maker of memory chips, smartphones and televisions still managed to book a profit that supports expectations for record earnings in 2017.… Read the rest

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Hackers exploited a Word hole for months

Hackers exploited a hole in Microsoft Word while Vole effectively tried to get more detail on the flaw.

The flaw, CVE-2017-0199, was dangerous but not difficult to fix but allowed a hacker to seize control of a personal computer with little trace.… Read the rest

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German hackers ask cash for their work

You have to admire the balls of a group of German hackers who dub themselves XMR Squad.

The outfit spent all last week launching DDoS attacks against German businesses and then contacting the same companies to inform them they had to pay $275 for ‘testing their DDoS protection systems.… Read the rest

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