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Facebook’s Real Name Policy Ruled Illegal In Germany

Back in 2015, the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (VZBV) kicked off a lawsuit against Facebook due to the default settings and terms of service it presented to anyone creating an account. VZBV claimed they were in breach of consumer law. This week, a German court decided that Facebook’s use of personal data is indeed […]

ARM Debuts Project Trillium – The Focus Is On Machine Learning and Object Recognition

ARM today announced Project Trillium, a suite of products meant to bring machine learning to mobile devices. While Project Trillium will first target smartphones, Arm says it will eventually scale to both less and more powerful devices as needed. The two central pieces of Project Trillium are the Arm Machine Learning core and the Arm Object […]

Qualcomm Announces Two Major Customers Will Leave If Broadcom Buys It

Qualcomm warned investors that two of its most important customers have threatened to take their business elsewhere should Qualcomm be acquired by Broadcom. Qualcomm didn’t name the customers, but said together they contribute a combined $1 billion in chip revenue. Qualcomm’s most important customers are Apple and Samsung, followed by Huawei, LG, Sony, Oppo, and […]

AT&T Closes Acquisition of FiberTower

AT&T has finalized its acquisition of FiberTower and in the process gained a foothold in the spectrum needed to deploy 5G. Specifically, AT&T now owns 375 MHz of 39 GHz spectrum (aKA mmWave) in the top 100 markets around the country. AT&T said it paid $207 million for FiberTower. The deal was approved by the FCC […]

Twitch Will Soon Ban Users Based ‘Hate’ on Other Platforms

Directing “hate or harassment” towards someone on Twitch using other services will be considered a policy violation. Conduct Twitch deems “hateful” on any platform will result in an “immediate indefinite suspension”. Sexual conduct rules have also been changed to consider the “context” of a stream. Moderators will pay attention to clothing, the title of a […]

Qualcomm Rejects Broadcom’s Latest Offer – Leaves Door Open

Qualcomm‘s board of directors today unanimously rejected Broadcom‘s revised bid to acquire the company for $121 billion. Qualcomm’s board continues to insist that Broadcom is undervaluing Qualcomm’s overall worth. Further, Broadcom has not explained how it will address the potential loss of shareholder value should the acquisition fail. However, Qualcomm said its board of directors […]

Uber Strikes a Deal with Waymo in Trade Secret Trial

Alphabet’s Waymo and Uber have agreed to bury the hatchet and settle a lawsuit revolving the latter’s self-driving vehicle aspirations. As a result, Uber will pay Alphabet a hefty sum (in the eyes of mere mortals): $244 million. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s still a relatively small figure for Uber, which has […]

AIRWAVES Act Would Order the FCC Auction Off 5G Spectrum

A new bipartisan act proposed by Congressman Leonard Lance of New Jersey and Congressman Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania aims to ensure the licensed and unlicensed spectrum needed for 5G is available. The Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum, or AIRWAVES Act, explicitly suggests the government free up high-band spectrum via auction in order […]

AT&T Makes Large Commitment To Use Renewable Energy

AT&T today said it has agreed to purchase wind power in order to help it reach renewable energy goals. AT&T will buy 220 megawatts of power from the Minco V Wind Farm in Oklahoma and 300 megawatts from the wind farm in Webb and Duval Counties in Texas. AT&T says the combined 520 megawatts is equivalent […]

Nest Once Again Is Part of Google’s Hardware Team

  Alphabet today said it is putting its Nest and Google hardware teams together under a single roof. Since August 2015, Nest and Google have existed as separate entities under the Alphabet parent company. Moving forward, Google believes the two will work best together and thus the Nest team is being returned to Google. “The goal is […]

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