North Korea to the US: We aren't responsible for WannaCry

From CNET: A spokesperson for North Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday reportedly responded to the Trump administration's accusations that it was responsible for the WannaCry cyberattacks, via the state-owned Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), calling them "absurd."

"As we have clearly stated on several occasions, we have nothing to do with cyberattack and we do not feel a need to respond, on a case-by-case basis, to such absurd allegations of the US," the spokesperson said, according to KCNA.

Uber has hired former Orbitz CEO Barney Harford as its first-ever COO

From Recode: Uber is filling another key role in its executive ranks just as the year turns. The ride-hail company has hired former Orbitz CEO Barney Harford to be its first-ever chief operating officer.

Harford, who has been learning the ropes at Uber as an adviser since October, worked closely with Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi at Expedia. Before becoming CEO of Orbitz — which Expedia later acquired — Harford led Expedia’s push into Asia while Khosrowshahi was CEO. He begin his official work as COO on Jan. 2.

Samsung Starts Production of 8 Gb DDR4-3600 ICs Using 2nd Gen 10nm-Class Tech

From AnandTech: Samsung late on Wednesday said that it had initiated mass production of DDR4 memory chips using its second generation '10 nm-class' fabrication process. The new manufacturing technology shrinks die size of the new DRAM chips and improves their performance as well as energy efficiency. To do that, the process uses new circuit designs featuring air spacers (for the first time in DRAM industry).

Facebook found a better way to fight fake news

From The Verge: Facebook has announced it will no longer use Disputed Flags to identify false news. Starting from today, the company will use its Related Articles tool instead to combat misinformation in the News Feed, which it says gives people more context about the story, with the added benefit of reducing the frequency a hoax article is shared.

Walmart Plans Personal Shopper for 'Busy NYC Moms,' Cashier-Free Stores

From PC Mag: Walmart has setup a new subsidiary called Code Eight, and the two services it is currently testing show the retail giant is keen to expand the customer base it appeals to. In particular, to consumers who have more money to spend, so-called "high net worth urban consumers."

Netflix updated to support HDR on Windows 10

From The Verge: Netflix is adding High Dynamic Range (HDR) support to both its Windows 10 app and the Microsoft Edge browser. Netflix’s hardware requirements for HDR on PC mean you’ll need Intel’s 7th-generation or higher processors to support the HDR10 encoded content, and Intel’s integrated GPU or an Nvidia 1050 or higher. AMD GPUs or even CPUs are currently unsupported.

Intel Lists Knights Mill Xeon Phi on ARK: Up to 72 cores at 320W with QFMA and VNNI

From AnandTech: Today it was noticed, without any fanfare from Intel, that Knights Mill information has been uploaded to Intel’s specification database ARK. There are three known SKUs so far, with up to 72 cores and a 320W TDP. The Xeon Phi 'Knights Mill' products are a new iteration on the older 'Knights Landing' family, with a silicon change for additional AVX-512 instructions. As far as we can tell, these parts will only be available as socketable hosts and not as PCIe add-in cards.

Apple might combine iOS and Mac apps next year

From The Verge: Apple might start to converge iOS and macOS in a big way next year by letting developers create a single app that runs across both platforms. Bloomberg reports that Apple is planning to let developers create apps that will adjust to whichever platform they’re running on, so that they’ll support touch input on an iPhone or an iPad and mouse and trackpad input on a Mac.

AMD’s Next-Generation Navi GPU Could Ship by Late 2018

From ExtremeTech: AMD’s Navi has been of interest to AMD fans since it first popped up on roadmaps, with hints of a next-generation memory subsystem and a “scalability” option that might be similar to the modular GPU designs that Nvidia is supposedly considering for its own products. First, the hints. As Hot Hardware reports, some driver notes for a Linux driver update back in July that were recently discovered reported:

Cable companies are looking for ways to limit password sharing

From The Verge: Cable companies are over people sharing logins with all their friends and family. As first spotted by Bloomberg, Charter CEO Tom Rutledge said at the annual UBS conference this month: “There’s lots of extra streams, there’s lots of extra passwords, there’s lots of people who could get free service."

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