BlackBerry sues Twitter for allegedly infringing six messaging patents; BlackBerry sued Facebook and Snap in 2018, also alleging messaging patent infringement (Jonathan Stempel/Reuters)

BlackBerry sues Twitter for allegedly infringing six messaging patents; BlackBerry sued Facebook and Snap in 2018, also alleging messaging patent infringement (Jonathan Stempel/Reuters)


Jonathan Stempel /
Reuters:

BlackBerry sues Twitter for allegedly infringing six messaging
patents; BlackBerry sued Facebook and Snap in 2018, also alleging
messaging patent infringement
  —  (Reuters) –
BlackBerry Ltd on Wednesday filed a patent infringement lawsuit
accusing Twitter Inc of illegally using technology …

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Google and DeepMind are using AI to predict the power output of wind farms 36 hours ahead of actual generation, boosting economic value of wind energy by ~20% (The Keyword)

Google and DeepMind are using AI to predict the power output of wind farms 36 hours ahead of actual generation, boosting economic value of wind energy by ~20% (The Keyword)


The Keyword:

Google and DeepMind are using AI to predict the power output of
wind farms 36 hours ahead of actual generation, boosting economic
value of wind energy by ~20%
  —  Carbon-free
technologies like renewable energy help combat climate change, but
many of them have not reached their full potential.

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FTC Announced Creation of Technology Task Force

FTC Announced Creation of Technology Task Force

The Federal Trade
Commission’s Bureau of Competition
announced
the creation of a Technology Task Force. It is
dedicated to monitoring competition in the U.S. technology markets,
investigating any potential anticompetitive conduct in those
markets, and taking enforcement actions when warranted.

The creation of this task force is modeled on the FTC’s Merger
Litigation Task Force which reinvigorated the Bureau of
Competition’s hospital merger review program, and also sharpened
the agency’s focus on merger enforcement in retail industries,
particularly regarding matters involving food, beverages, and
supermarkets.

“The role of technology in the economy and in our lives grows
more important every day,” said FTC Chairman Joe Simons. “As
I’ve noted in the past, it makes sense for us to closely examine
technology markets to ensure consumers benefit from free and fair
competition.”

The Technology Task Force will have about 17 staff attorneys. It
will include attorneys with unique expertise in complex product and
service markets and ecosystems, including markets for online
advertising, social networking, mobile operating systems and apps,
and platform businesses.

“Technology markets, which are rapidly evolving and touch so
many other sectors of the economy, raise distinct challenges for
antitrust enforcement,” said Bureau Director Bruce Hoffman. “By
centralizing our expertise and attention, the new task force will
be able to focus on these markets exclusively – ensuring they are
operating pursuant to the antitrust laws, and taking action where
they are not.”

Personally, I think the existence of the Technology Task Force
should worry companies like Facebook, Google, and Twitter. Each one
will have to consider antitrust laws before gobbling up smaller
companies. I wonder if the Technology Task Force will look at the
companies who make video games, who buy up smaller competitors, and
then do massive layoffs a little while later.

I’m hoping that the consumer protection aspect of the
Technology Task Force will put in place restrictions on how social
media companies can use people’s data – especially in
situations where that data is being used to make money for those
companies. It will be interesting to see what, exactly, the
Technology Task Force does.

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FTC announces a new task force to monitor competition in "technology-related sectors" and says that it will look into previous mergers (Makena Kelly/The Verge)

FTC announces a new task force to monitor competition in "technology-related sectors" and says that it will look into previous mergers (Makena Kelly/The Verge)


Makena Kelly / The Verge:

FTC announces a new task force to monitor competition in
“technology-related sectors” and says that it will look into
previous mergers
  —  And they’re going to look at
previous mergers  —  The Federal Trade Commission will be
launching a task force to monitor competition …

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Researchers find that weaknesses in Supermicro hardware would let an attacker leave a persistent and hidden backdoor on IBM’s cloud "bare-metal" servers (Dan Goodin/Ars Technica)

Researchers find that weaknesses in Supermicro hardware would let an attacker leave a persistent and hidden backdoor on IBM’s cloud "bare-metal" servers (Dan Goodin/Ars Technica)


Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:

Researchers find that weaknesses in Supermicro hardware would let
an attacker leave a persistent and hidden backdoor on IBM’s cloud
“bare-metal” servers
  —  Other providers of
bare-metal cloud computing might also be vulnerable to BMC hack. 
—  More than five years …

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Facebook Moderator Trauma #1349

Facebook Moderator Trauma #1349


Facebook Moderators face
unprecedented trauma on a daily basis by being exposed to the
absolute worst that humanity can throw at them. I was barely able
to complete the expose by The Verge and could really resonate with
what they had to put up with. We have been talking about Facebook a
lot in the past number of weeks and I think we all need to continue
to limit our exposure to the content and negativity that is really
impacting us as a society. I really think we will have a lot of
trouble ahead if we do not start putting the brakes on and make
sure we are getting exposure to content that is helping us.

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Microsoft Introduced the HoloLens 2

Microsoft Introduced the HoloLens 2

Microsoft
introduced
the HoloLens 2 at MWC Barcelona. It is an improved
version of the original Microsoft HoloLens. Here are some details
about the improvements.

Immersion is greatly enhanced by advancements
across the board, including the visual display system, making
holograms even more vibrant and realistic. Microsoft more than
doubled the field of view in HoloLens 2, while maintaining the
industry-leading holographic density of 47 pixels per degree of
sight. HoloLens 2 contains a new display system that enables
Microsoft to achieve these significant advances at low power.

HoloLens 2 enables direct manipulation of holograms with the
same instinctual interactions you’d use with physical objects in
the real world. In addition to the improvements in the display
engine and direct manipulation of holograms, HoloLens 2 contains
eye-tracking sensors that make interacting with holograms even more
natural.

Comfort is enhanced by a more balanced center
of gravity, the use of light carbon-fiber material and a new
mechanism for donning the device without readjusting. Microsoft
improved the thermal management with new vapor chamber technology
and accounted for wide physiological variability in the size and
shape of human heads by designing HoloLens 2 to comfortably adjust
and fit almost anyone.

The new dial-in system makes it comfortable to wear for hours on
end, and you can keep your glasses on because HoloLens 2 adapts to
you by sliding right over them. When it’s time to step out of
mixed reality, flip the visor up and switch tasks in seconds.

Time-to-value is accelerated by Microsoft mixed
reality applications like Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, Dynamics 365
Layout and the new Dynamics 365 Guides applications.

Personally, I have a few concerns about HoloLens 2. One is the
price.
The Verge
says it costs $3,500. Another concern is whether or
not the HoloLens 2 would scratch the lenses of my glasses. I hope
Microsoft tested for that!

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