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What does the FTC’s new task force mean to data aggregators?

Should antitrust regulations govern how big tech companies collect large amounts of consumer data? That’s a question that’s been getting increased attention recently, with growing pressure from state regulators and legislators for antitrust action against big tech companies. While the U.S. still has a long debate ahead on this issue, European regulators have already been […]

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U.S. jury finds Apple infringed 3 Qualcomm patents

(Reuters) — Mobile phone chip supplier Qualcomm on Friday won a legal victory against iPhone maker Apple, with a jury in federal court in San Diego finding that Apple owes Qualcomm about $31 million for infringing three of its patents. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Qualcomm last year sued Apple alleging […]

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U.N. says the U.S. and China ahead of competition for artificial intelligence patents

(Reuters) — China and the United States are ahead of the global competition to dominate artificial intelligence (AI), according to a study by the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published on Thursday. The study found U.S. tech giant IBM had by far the biggest AI patent portfolio, with 8,920 patents, ahead of Microsoft with […]

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Michigan leans on manufacturing history in bid to become a hub for autonomous vehicles

This week, Waymo announced that it will turn an old factory in the Detroit, Michigan area into a retrofitting facility for level four autonomous vehicles. There’s plenty of unused factory space in the Midwest, but Waymo chose Michigan because of the state’s long history as the center of auto manufacturing. “In the U.S., the auto industry […]

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German court throws out Qualcomm’s latest patent case against Apple

FRANKFURT (Byby Douglas Busvine, Reuters) – A patent lawsuit filed by Qualcomm against Apple was thrown out by a German court on Tuesday, in a reversal for the U.S. chipmaker after it won a recent court ban on the sale of some iPhones in the country. The regional court in the city of Mannheim dismissed […]

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Facebook, Mozilla, and others take on India’s proposed new social media regulations

(Reuters) — Global social media and technology giants are gearing up to fight sweeping new rules proposed by the Indian government that would require them to actively regulate content in one of the world’s biggest Internet markets, sources close to the matter told Reuters. The rules, proposed by the Information Technology ministry on Christmas Eve, […]

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Shareholders sue Alphabet board over alleged sexual misconduct cover-up

(Reuters) — Two shareholder lawsuits filed this week accused the board of Google parent Alphabet Inc of playing a direct role in covering up sexual misconduct claims against two former executives over the last five years. The company declined to comment. Both of the lawsuits seek to force Google to change its governance and oversight […]

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Google can limit ‘right to be forgotten’ to EU countries

(Reuters) – Google can limit the “right to be forgotten” to internet searches made in the European Union, an adviser to the bloc’s top court said on Thursday, backing an appeal by the U.S. search giant against a French fine. European Court of Justice judges typically follow the advice of the advocate general, usually within […]

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Vietnam accuses Facebook of violating controversial new cybersecurity law

(Reuters) — Facebook has violated Vietnam’s new cybersecurity law by allowing users to post anti-government comments on the platform, state media said on Wednesday, days after the controversial legislation took effect in the communist-ruled country. Despite economic reforms and increasing openness to social change, Vietnam’s Communist Party retains tight media censorship and does not tolerate […]

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Guardian Optical Technologies creates ‘passenger aware’ car cabins

Guardian Optical Technologies has unveiled a new technology for detecting what drivers and passengers are doing inside the cabin of a moving automobile — all in the name of safety. The Tel Aviv startup made the announcement at CES 2019, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week. Guardian has created Optical Cabin […]

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Flir’s Automotive Development Kit taps thermal imaging to improve driverless cars

Lidar — sensors that measure the distance to objects by illuminating them with light and measuring the reflected pulses — are the cornerstone of autonomous car systems from Waymo, Uber, and dozens of others. But they’re susceptible to interference from inclement weather, darkness, fog, smoke, haze, and sun glare, which is why Wilsonville, Oregon-based firm Flir is advancing […]

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Long-awaited Qualcomm antitrust trial begins, probing key cellular patent practices

(Reuters) — The U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust case accusing Qualcomm of abusing a monopoly on mobile chip technology is expected to head to the courtroom on Friday for a trial whose outcome could have a major impact on the smartphone industry. If the government prevails in the non-jury trial before U.S. District Judge Lucy […]

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German court says Apple infringed Qualcomm patent, but holds ban pending appeal

(Reuters) — A German court ruled on Thursday that iPhone maker Apple infringed a hardware patent of Qualcomm and said the U.S. company could no longer sell some iPhone models in Germany which contain a particular component. The ruling will not go into immediate effect if Apple appeals, judge Matthias Zigann told the court. The German […]

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Intel claims its Mobileye driver assistance system cut bus accidents by 29% in London trial

Mobileye, the autonomous vehicle research startup acquired by Intel in 2017 for $15.3 billion, today announced the preliminary results of a trial involving its advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) with U.K. bus operator Abellio London. According to Mobileye, its technology has reduced avoidable collisions and injuries by 29 percent and 60 percent, respectively. That’s encouraging progress at […]

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How the new Supreme Court will affect our privacy rights

2018 has been a crucial year for information privacy. From the Facebook scandal to the opening of the door for re-thinking the Fourth Amendment, privacy rights in the United States are on the brink of change. The Supreme Court plays a key role in shaping this process. And with two new conservative justices appointed by […]

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Google praises London court’s decision to block iPhone data collection lawsuit

LONDON (Reuters) – Google welcomed a decision on Monday by London’s High Court to block an attempt to bring legal action over claims it had collected sensitive data from 4 million iPhone users in England and Wales. “The privacy and security of our users is extremely important to us. This claim is without merit, and […]

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PerceptIn’s self-driving vehicles go on sale in November for $40,000

Despite high-profile accidents, unresolved regulatory ambiguities, and looming debates about liability, the autonomous vehicle market has made real progress in the past decade. You needn’t look further for evidence than Google spinoff Waymo, which announced in August that its self-driving cars have racked up eight million real-world miles. But cost remains the elephant in the […]

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South Korea threatens iPhone and iPad ban over patent infringement

South Korea is threatening to ban a wide collection of Apple’s iPhones and iPads over infringement of a key chip patent — but it’s waiting on the results of a challenge to the same patent by another infringer, Samsung. The ban could affect models that include the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPad, and […]

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Google becomes the scapegoat as U.S. Senate questions Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey

When Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, it was the fourth such hearing held by the committee in the last year on how foreign actors are manipulating users on social platforms. But it wasn’t Facebook and Twitter who Senators were most angry […]

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Apple says one of its self-driving cars was rear-ended

(Reuters) — An Apple self-driving car was rear-ended while merging onto an expressway near the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters this month, the company said in an accident report posted on Friday that confirmed the iPhone maker is still in the race to build autonomous vehicles. Apple executives have never publicly spoken about the company’s self-driving […]

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