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|This is the Daily Tech News for Tuesday April 25th, 2017 I'm Tom Merritt|
|Let's start with a few tech things you should know about ...|
|t||Antivirus provider Webroot accidentally began identifying files used by Windows Insider Preview and some business apps as malicious for 13 minutes on Monday. Webroot is in the process of creating a fix for affected users and has posted workaround instructions to its Webroot Community.||https://arstechnica.com/security/2017/04/av-provider-webroot-melts-down-as-update-nukes-hundreds-of-legit-files/|
|p||An unnamed multinational telecommunications company has outbid AT&T for Straight Path Communications, holders of valuable spectrum for use in 5G networks.|
AT&T has five days to match or exceed the new offer.
|t||AMD announced a new version of the Radeon Pro Duo that combines two 14nm Polaris GPUs with 16GB of RAM apiece. It does fewer teraflops than the older Radeon Pro (11.45 vs. 16) but it’s cheaper, cooler and more power efficient, launching at the end of May for $999.||https://arstechnica.com/?p=1083409|
|p||AT&T announced it will launch a combination of tech from LTE-Advanced and LTE-Advanced Pro in 20 cities by the end of this year.|
AT&T however has decided to start calling this LTE service, 5G-Evolution.
|Now here are some more top stories|
|t||As of Tuesday, residents of Phoenix, Arizona can sign up for rides in Waymo’s self-driving minivan for free. The “early rider program” will gather data on how people want to use autonomous cars. You can apply at waymo.com/apply and applicants will be selected based on how they want to use the service. A human will be behind the wheel but the cars will operate as autonomously as possible.||https://www.theverge.com/2017/4/25/15415840/waymo-self-driving-minivan-early-rider-phoenix|
|Meanwhile, Amber Mobility announced it will provide autonomous vehicles for use by customers of its business-to-business car sharing service in Eindhoven, Netherlands by mid-2018. Helmond, will get it next and the rest of Europe to follow. Amber is partnering with TomTom for mapping, Nvidia for image and sensor data, Microsoft for cloud and AI and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research for autonomous vehicle software.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/25/amber-mobility-to-launch-self-driving-service-in-the-netherlands-by-2018/?ncid=rss|
|p||European Parliament members voted Tuesday to ban online retailers from blocking EU citizens from accessing content based on where they live, and expanded the proposed law to include copyright-protected content such as music, games, software and e-books from companies like Spotify and Apple.||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-geoblocking-idUSKBN17R22U|
|t||Everybody’s got announcements about improving news today. Google announced Project Owl which takes into account ratings by human reviewers in search results and also gives you ways to report problems with Autocomplete and Featured Snippets. Facebook is testing showing related articles, and links to fact-checkers, before you read a topic. And the third of the news efforts is led by Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales. Wikitribune will allow anyone to participate but a paid staff of journalists will edit contributions and decide what gets published. Staff will also write original articles and take into account the wishes of crowdfunders on what to cover. The site will not take advertising. Advisers to WikiTribune include Guy Kawasaki, Lawrence Lessig, Jeff Jarvis and Lily Cole.||http://searchengineland.com/googles-project-owl-attack-fake-news-273700|
|p||Apple has told its affiliates that it will cut commissions for referring people to buy apps and in-app purchases from 7 percent to 2.5 percent.|
The change does not affect iTunes and iBooks content.
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|Is Google the new Microsoft?|
|Microsoft's main business has (had) long been the Windows OS.|
|Google main - and possibly only - business is search & advertising.|
Websearch of course, but even YouTube or Android.
|Both companies have tried other things, and have had some successes.|
For Microsoft, Office of course, but also the XBox and Surface.
For Google, the office suite, Chromebooks, Photos and others.
|But ultimately, the main we didn't see a lot of diversity in the core businesses.|
Microsoft has launched and folded many operations (hardware like the Kin and Windows Phone -which is still breathing, barely- were spectacular failures)
At Google, the moonshots are being reigned in, and so many products were released with no follow throught that people are now wary of new Google products in general.
|What's left? The core businesses, which are impossible to get out of. Are they one trick ponies? Microsoft is expanding its reach since Satya Nadella's tenure started, but Google, after a very enthusiastic begining and an explosion of research, is folding back on its search strengths it seeems.|
|The Evolution of the Comparison of Google and Microsoft|
|SEARCH AND DESTROY - May 2, 2005||http://archive.fortune.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2005/05/02/8258478/index.htm|
|Is Google the new Microsoft? | The Economist||http://www.economist.com/node/6916021|
|Is Google at Risk of Becoming the Next Microsoft? | TechCrunch||https://techcrunch.com/2010/07/17/google-next-microsoft/|
|10 Ways Google Is the New Microsoft | PCWorld||http://www.pcworld.com/article/219384/10_Ways_Google_is_the_New_Microsoft.html|
|Google Is the New Microsoft. Uh-Oh. - Bloomberg View||https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2015-01-12/google-is-the-new-microsoft-and-that-should-freak-it-out|
|10 reasons why Google is becoming the new Microsoft | TechRadar||http://www.techradar.com/news/world-of-tech/10-reasons-why-google-is-becoming-the-new-microsoft-1305858|
|May 2, 2005 - Fortune|
Bill Gates quoted: "they are more like us than anyone else we have ever competed with." because they are a software company
May 11, 2006 - The Economist
- Casts Google as the heir to Microsoft and IBM in defining the computing environment but also that Google is “too powerful for its own good”
- Suggested Google cannot maintain dominance because of the open standards of the Internet and inability to create “lock-in”
July 17, 2010 - Guest TechCrunch Column Peter Sims
- Google losing its innovative talent
- Facing the “tyranny of large numbers” and needing big bets and mobile growth is too slow
- Too much engineering-led decision making leading deep cultureal problem like Microsoft had.
Feb. 10, 2011 - PC World
- Google dominates search the way Microsoft dominated the desktop and is the focus of antitrustconcerns, competing with Apple
Jan. 12, 2015 - Katie Benner, Bloomberg
Google now like Microsoft in early 2000s. “ a hugely profitable company that is having a hard time innovating around its core product.“
- Search, YouTube and GSuite stagnant
- can Google ever catch up in image search, storage and messaging?
Oct. 3, 2015 - Techradar
- Smartphone market looking like PC market. Hard to make profits
- Market dominance of Search and Android similar to Windows and Office
- Aggressive bundling of own products in OS
- Hardware is tricky as it upsets OEM partners
- Antiturst not just for search but also Android now
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|Messages of the day (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Hi, Tom! I know I’m a few days late to this, but I had a thought on Chrome’s proposed ad blocking that I haven’t heard considered in the conversation.|
Right now, Chrome (and most browsers) already do a form of ad blocking (and have for years!). Most modern browsers block popup and pop-under ads, because they were intrusive and unacceptable to users.
The proposed ad standards are definitely moving the goal post of what’s ‘acceptable’ for ads, but the overall concept of “block ads intrusive to users” isn’t entirely new. I don’t remember anyone getting upset when Chrome debuted with popup ad blocking many years ago.
Anyway, just a thought that I hadn’t heard considered so far in the chrome-ad-blocking conversation. Thanks for the great show!
Brendan Lee, Columbia, SC
|Hey Tom, Roger and Patrick |
While listening to your conversation yesterday about voice manipulation tech,
Tom mentioned that it might be harder to manipulate video and mislead people, well, you might have to think about that again, I read this article about a video manipulation tech a while ago, where a team of researchers created a system that can use an "actor's" facial expressions to manipulate a "target's" facial expressions in real time, combined with the voice one, it can make this even more concerning, I agree with Tom though, these types of problems can be overblown sometimes, we'll have to wait and see if this tech get advanced enough to fool people.
there's a video in the article as well, it looks pretty convinceing imo:
love the show.. Anas from Syria\
|In thinking on customizable wake words for voice assistants Dave Sothard in Madison began wondering if that would lead to a SQL-injection like attack|
Being able to use whatever input you want, made me immediately think of SQL injection where you give some good information and then a SQL statement to execute and elevate my access. If the activation phrase were an unconstrained phrase, it might lead to some weird escalation of priveleges such as with SQL injection. However, if I have a known waveform to check against, e.g. "OK, Google", "Alexa", "Hey, Siri", then I have a baseline waveform that my phrase should somewhat resemble and I know to throw out anything that isn't close.
To be honest, I'm not sure how one would perform this feat but it does at least make me think of this as a vector to hacking your device and perhaps your account(s). I know from my point of view it's definitely one that I want to constrained.
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