Apple infringed three Qualcomm patents, jury finds

The Business Times | Mar 16, 2019 at 12:00 AM
  • Apple has sought to dismantle what it calls Qualcomm’s illegal business model of both licensing patents and selling chips to phone makers.
  • In other cases against Apple, Qualcomm has won sales bans on iPhones in Germany and China, though the Chinese ban has not been enforced and Apple has taken moves it believes allow it to resume sales in Germany.
  • The San Diego jury valued just three of Qualcomm’s patents in the company’s portfolio at US$1.41, a figure that the chip supplier believes bolsters its contention that its licensing practices are fair.


Stand up and be counted for maths, say rectors

Flanders Today | Mar 16, 2019 at 12:00 AM
  • Flemish universities have issued a plea for more effort to go into mathematics, from pupil education to research.
  • The hope is that it will aid communication about the importance of mathematics, work on improving maths education and attract more students to study mathematics (especially girls and young women).
  • Individual academics, teachers and students have also put their names to the platform declaration, along with personalities such as astronaut Frank De Winne and singer Charissa Parassiadis (aka Slongs Dievanongs).


Google’s AI struggles to keep mosque shooting video off Youtube

The Business Times | Mar 16, 2019 at 12:00 AM
  • YouTube has tried to keep violent and hateful videos off its service for years.
  • On Thursday, that was no match for a gunman, who used social media to broadcast his killing spree in a New Zealand mosque, and legions of online posters tricking YouTube’s software to spread the attacker’s video.
  • In early 2017, 8 per cent of videos flagged and removed for violent extremism were taken down with fewer than 10 views.


Facebook employs AI technology to remove “revenge porn” content

Xinhua News Agency | Mar 15, 2019 at 11:49 PM
  • Facebook said Friday it is using technologies of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to detect and remove non-consensual intimate images, also known as “revenge porn,” from its platform.
  • In order to help people who have been the targets of such destructive exploitation, Facebook also launched a victim-support hub called “Not Without My Consent,” where victims can seek support and assistance including measures to have those unauthorized content removed and blocked from further spreading.

United States

Donald Trump’s week of the veto

CNN | Mar 15, 2019 at 11:33 PM
  • Resident Donald Trump has notched something historic in his presidency: This afternoon, he vetoed his first piece of legislation.
  • The decision to nix Boeing’s 737 Max planes from the nation’s skies — for now.
  • Even after the Senate vote Thursday, Trump left no mystery as to what he planned to do next, tweeting: “VETO!”

United States

Amazon’s Alexa wins an iHeartRadio Music Award and gives shout out to Wi-Fi in acceptance speech

GeekWire | Mar 15, 2019 at 10:50 PM
  • Artificial intelligence is already changing the way we listen to music, and now technology is making a grab for the awards.
  • Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa notched another first Thursday night, taking the iHeartRadio Game Changer Tech Award, presented in honor of the most innovative use of technology to bring fans closer to music they love.
  • The award was presented by radio personality Bobby Bones and country music legend Garth Brooks during the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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Livestreaming on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube needs radical change

CNET | Mar 15, 2019 at 10:20 PM
  • The latest evidence that live video needs to change came Friday when, before entering a mosque and committing one of the deadliest mass murders in New Zealand history, the accused gunman began a stream on Facebook Live.
  • It was a shocking reminder that the magical devices tech companies create to give us access to nearly all human knowledge and easy ways to take photos and connect with friends, have a darker, more grisly side.
  • Once again, Facebook didn’t stop the live video of the horrific shootings in New Zealand that left 49 people dead and at least 20 wounded.


Prof Quraishy underscores prevention to rein in kidney diseases

The Nation | Mar 15, 2019 at 9:54 PM
  • Vice Chancellor Dow University of Health Sciences, Prof Mohammed Saeed Quraishy said that the rate of kidney diseases is on the rise, fearing that if preventive methods are not adopted on war footing, it could increase death rate in the country.
  • The treatment of kidney problems is painful while the prevention is easier.
  • The seminar was also addressed by Prof. Rashid Bin Hamid, Dr. Mohammad Tasadduq Khan, Dr. Hamid Mithani and Dietician Hina Badar.