China

German court gives greenlight to 5G frequency auction rules

Xinhua News Agency | Mar 15, 2019 at 6:26 PM
  • The administrative court in the German city of Cologne has rejected injunctions filed by several network operators regarding the 5G frequency auction regulations on Friday.
  • The responsible administrative court in Cologne ruled that the auction rules as set up by the German Federal Network Agency(Bundesnetzagentur) would be legitimate.
  • Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefonica as well as telecom company Freenet had recently filed injunctions against the auction regulations.

United States

US police embrace AI, cloud computing to boost public safety efforts

Fox Business | Mar 15, 2019 at 6:25 PM
  • Police departments around the United States are turning to artificial intelligence, cloud computing and other technological revolutions to streamline everything from aging data entry systems to treatment of workplace stress.
  • When implementing technology, police officials also have to address the ethics of new developments such as drones and facial recognition software.
  • Fitzgerald noted that Boston police have yet to implement drones – despite their potential investigatory benefits – due to the potential impact on community relations.

United States

Apple dealt legal blow as jury awards Qualcomm $31 million

CNET | Mar 15, 2019 at 6:21 PM
  • Apple violated three Qualcomm patents and should pay the chipmaker $31 million for infringing on its technology, a jury decided Friday, giving Qualcomm momentum as it heads into another legal skirmish with the iPhone maker next month.
  • One disputed Qualcomm patent covers technology that lets a smartphone quickly connect to the internet once the device is turned on.
  • The dispute, over Qualcomm’s patent royalties with Apple, involves billions of dollars and will be a crescendo in the tech giants’ wide-ranging legal saga.

United Kingdom

Beto O’Rourke was a teenage member of hacking group Cult of the Dead Cow

The Guardian | Mar 15, 2019 at 6:10 PM
  • Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic presidential candidate, belonged as a teenager to the oldest group of computer hackers in US history, he has revealed in an interview.
  • The Cult of the Dead Cow was notorious for releasing tools that allowed ordinary people to hack computers running Microsoft’s Windows program.
  • Wheeler and a friend named the Cult of the Dead Cow after an eerie hangout, a shut-down Lubbock slaughterhouse.

United States

How the Christchurch Shooter Played the World’s Media

Foreign Policy | Mar 15, 2019 at 6:06 PM
  • In the days and hours ahead of his deadly killing spree at a New Zealand mosque on Friday, the alleged shooter left a trail of digital evidence that demonstrated one clear purpose: His terrorist attack was conceived with the internet in mind.
  • Along with a link to his Facebook page, the shooter posted links to his 74-page manifesto spread across multiple sites so that other users of 8chan could grab a copy before the document was taken down.
  • The manifesto is replete with references to online memes, the images and texts that make up the shared language of internet users.

India

Rising CKD burden weighting State down

The Hindu | Mar 15, 2019 at 5:58 PM
  • There is an urgent need to develop epidemiological surveillance systems for chronic kidney diseases (CKD) to pick people up in the early stages of their disease and to enrol them in a proper treatment programme so that the economic burden and mortality of CKD could be checked.
  • The ageing population, the high prevalence of diabetes and hypertension on the one side and the poor control of these conditions was primarily contributing to the rising burden of CKD, Mr. Ramankutty.
  • Such initiatives are necessary to establish the prevention and treatment of CKD as an important public health issue.

United Arab Emirates

UAE reiterates call for concerted international action to boost sustainable development

Emirates News Agency | Mar 15, 2019 at 5:48 PM
  • The nanosatellite will collect and analyze environmental data to inform sustainable solutions to climate and environmental challenges.
  • Concluding today, the five-day UNEA-4 addressed environmental challenges related to poverty and natural resources management, life-cycle approaches to resource efficiency, energy, chemicals and waste management, and innovative sustainable business development at a time of rapid technological change.

United States

Facebook Is Launching a New Machine Learning Algorithm to Combat Revenge Porn

Motherboard | Mar 15, 2019 at 5:42 PM
  • Facebook announced on Friday that it will roll out new technology for detecting intimate, non-consensually shared images known as revenge porn.
  • Alongside algorithmic detection technology, Facebook is launching a section within its Safety Center to help revenge porn victims access resources after they’ve been affected, as well as tools for reporting and prevention.
  • On the resource hub page, a section called NCII Pilot outlines how Facebook is partnering with prevention and harm reduction organizations to report and hash those shared images, so that they’re not sharable again.