TSMC Blames WannaCry for Manufacturing Disruption

From PC Mag: Chipmaker TSMC is blaming a recent manufacturing shutdown on a run-in with the notorious WannaCry ransomware strain.

The infection occurred when a computer carrying a live WannaCry infection was hooked up to TSMC's internal network, CEO C.C. Wei said at a press conference on Monday. The malicious code then spread to unpatched Windows 7 systems across the company's corporate networks, forcing the semiconductor manufacturer to temporarily halt production over the weekend.

‘Classic’ Skype gets a stay of execution from Microsoft after users protest

From PC World: It’s fair to say that not everyone prefers the new Skype desktop experience, a rather dramatic revamp of the Skype UI that is heavily influenced by other social media platforms. And if you’re part of that camp, good news: Microsoft says it will leave the older, “classic” Skype in place for now.

Facebook's Messenger Games are about to make video chat super competitive

From CNET: Ever wish you could spice up a video chat with flying asteroids?

After announcing big plans for augmented reality features on its apps back in May, Facebook is making good on that AR promise with the launch of Messenger Games -- games that use your camera to animate your face in real-time during a Messenger video chat.

Cooler Master Introduces the MasterBox MB530P

From Cooler Master PR: Cooler Master today launched the MasterBox MB530P. The MB530P comes equipped with three tempered glass panels on the front and both sides of the case for a clear view of components and cable management. A honeycomb pattern decorates the bottom of the rear side panel offering users a stylish solution to cover the open side of the power supply and hide any unsightly cables.

Samsung Starts Mass Producing Cheaper 4TB SSDs

From PC Mag: If you want to go out and purchase a 4TB SSD today, Samsung will happily take your money in return for an 4TB 860 Evo. The problem is, you'll be paying over $1,000 for one. Even halving the capacity to 2TB still means spending $500. Cheap SSDs mean settling for much lower capacities. However, those prices are set to tumble as Samsung just started mass producing 4TB QLC drives.

Firefox Advance tries leading you to new places you'll like on the web

From CNET: Mozilla began testing a Firefox extension Tuesday that shows you its best guesses for what you want to see on the web.

So far it's an experiment distributed through Mozilla's Test Pilot program to let interested people try new features and help Mozilla refine them before release. But Advance is a serious part of how Mozilla hopes to make Firefox more competitive again -- in this case by using it to keep you informed, diverted, educated and entertained.

Asus brings a $110 Android Go phone to the US

From The Verge: Asus has brought the ZenFone Live L1, its first Android Go phone, to the US. The phone has budget specs, but it could stand out at $110 thanks to a couple of features uncommon for its price range: an 18:9 display and a face unlock feature.

New AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs Unveiled: 32-Core Chip Is $1,800

From PC Mag: Almost exactly a year after its first Ryzen Threadripper processors burst into the somewhat stagnant market for high-performance desktop (HEDT) consumer CPUs, AMD is poised to give gamers, multimedia pros, and other bleeding edge-dwellers four new Threadripper chips with even better potential performance—and higher price tags on the peak models.

MoviePass will limit users to just three movies a month starting on August 15th

From The Verge: MoviePass has announced that users will soon be limited to seeing just three movies a month. It’s a major change from the current policy that allows users to see a movie once a day with their subscriptions, via The Wall Street Journal. It’s the latest change to the unlimited moviegoing service as the company desperately tries to stay afloat in the wake of problems like entirely running out of money at the end of July.

Alex Jones' Infowars removed from LinkedIn, still up on Instagram and Twitter

From CNET: Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is quickly disappearing from the internet, though some accesses to his site Infowars is still available on the web.

After we inquired this afternoon about the Infowars company page, LinkedIn responded that it has removed the page from its platform.

"We have removed the InfoWars company page for violating our terms of service. We value the professional community on LinkedIn and strive to create a platform where the exchange of ideas by professionals can happen without harmful misinformation, bullying, harassment or hate.


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