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|This is the Daily Tech News for Thursday, May 25th, 2017 I'm Tom Merritt|
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|Let's start with a few tech things you should know about...|
|t||Gogoro has a faster and longer-range version of its electric scooter that has a more efficient motor, with a more classic scooter look. The Gogoro 2 will go on sale this summer in Taiwan for NT$38,800 ($1,295 USD).||https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/24/15685562/gogoro-2-price-range-availability-taiwan-batteries|
|j||Starting May 31, T-Mobile USA will let customers assign one phone number to up to five phones or other portable devices. Customers can also assign up to five phone numbers to a single device and purchase temporary numbers for use in things like Craigslist postings.||http://fortune.com/2017/05/25/t-mobile-phone-number-digits/|
|t||Eugene Kaspersky offered to testify let US authorities examine his source code after some stopped using Kaspersky software because it is a Russian company.||http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/eugene-kaspersky-hits-back-at-us-cyber-espionage-claims/news-story/35354e313eab7fc62b0a8ada1fc04991|
|j||Deep Mind’s Alpha Go beat Chinese Go Master Ke Jie for the second time Thursday, clinching a win in the best of three series. After the game, Ke said, "Last year, I think the way AlphaGo played was pretty close to human beings, but today I think he plays like the God of Go.”||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-intelligence-go-idUSKBN18L0LH?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
|Now here are some more top stories|
|t||Sources tell Reuters Facebook has signed deals with Vox Media, BuzzFeed, ATTN, Group Nine Media and others to make original video shows. A new video service from Facebook would have long and short-form content with ad breaks. Scripted shows would run 20-30 minutes and unscripted shows range 5- 10 minutes long. Facebook is supposedly paying up to $250,000 for the longer shows and between $10,000 and $35,000 for the shorter episodes. Shows will premiere exclusively on Facebook but run on creators sites after a period of time.||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-tv-idUSKBN18K2U0|
|j||Politico reports Apple has named New York Magazine’s Lauren Kern as Editor-in-Chief of Apple News. MacRumors points out Eddy Cue has previously said that Apple wants to vet news sources to make sure they are legitimate. Apple News is a curated service pulling from leading news sources.||https://www.macrumors.com/2017/05/25/nymag-lauren-kern-editor-in-chief-apple-news/|
|t||Microsoft is changing the name of its live-streaming service from Beam to Mixer. Mixer is also adding features like co-streaming for up to four streamers, broadcasting apps for iOS and Android in beta that can stream gameplay, and a new guide for viewers called Channel One.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/25/microsofts-game-streaming-service-beam-rebrands-as-mixer-adds-co-streaming-a-guide-mobile-broadcasting/?ncid=rss|
|j||The American Customer Satisfaction Index released results of its surveys on smartphone brands. The iPhone SE topped the list followed by a tie between the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and iPhone 7 plus. Motorola was the top non-Samsung or Apple phone on the list at number 21 with the Moto G.||https://www.macrumors.com/2017/05/23/iphone-se-tops-customer-satisfaction-survey-despite-shift-towards-larger-screens/|
|t||Lenovo returned to profitability, earning $0.97 per share in Q4 on revenue of $9.58 billion. Analysts had expected alittle more revenue at $9.6 billion. PC shipments, which represent 70% of Lenovo's revenue, declined 1%, slower than the total PC market's 2.4%. Lenovo increased its overall PC marketshare to 21.4% in the quarter. Lenovo saw overall losses in it's datacenter and mobility divisions, losing $566 million and $343 million, respectively.||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lenovo-group-results-idUSKBN18L0DT?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
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|t||Companies that sell 95% of their products offline have no way to know if digital advertising is effective.|
One way to get around that is to A/B test by targeting a particular demo and exclusing another and watch purchase behaviors to look for an effect.
A grateful patron writes: “Attribution modeling is a bit different, it tries to capture a history of as many variables as possible and correlates it to historical observed purchases. Problem is, you can never capture all relevant variables, and even if you did, say in a minority report kind of world, nothing guarantees that an attribution model, as sophisticated as Google's is, will be able to disentangle correlation from causation.
My big question is: why doesn't Google and the other digital platforms (GAFAM) put in place transparent A/B testing platforms instead of complex and untrustworthy albeit sophisticated attribution black boxes? Maybe it is because every single randomized experiment we have been able to run have extremely low impact on offline sales, or maybe there are other reasons that still elude the advertiser community…”
|j||Hi Tom, Roger, and Justin Robert Young,|
On show 3037 Rich from Lovely Cleveland, shared the news about Blockstack’s peer-to-peer internet. Of course there are others out there. One worth adding to the list is Zeronet.io.
You download and run a small program in the background and then you can use your normal browser to surf the net and Zeronet.io’s network. It’s a very cool idea.
TorrentFreak’s podcast - Steal This Show s02e01 - has a great interview with the developer and founder, Tamas Kocsis.
A Loyal Supporter,
Apostle of Broadband Jesus
|t||Hi Tom, Roger and guest,|
I just listened to episode 3033 where you talked about the Egyptian proposed bill that if passed would force social media users to register their account with the authorities. You asked if any listeners who speak Egyptian could send you a translation of the bill. So here I am, your Egyptian reporter, reporting for duty.
Here's a summary of the bill:
A social network can be any communication medium from Facebook to WhatsApp.
The law in theory applies to any person within Egypt, Egyptians and foreigners alike.
Punishments range from suspension of internet service to six months imprisonment.
Since the bill was proposed it has been sent to the communications committee of the House of Representatives (lower house of the parliament) to discuss its technical feasibility.
Below is my modest attempt to translate the bill found here with some of my own comments in parenthesis http://m.youm7.com/story/2017/4/26/%D9%86%D9%86%D8%B4%D8%B1-%D9%86%D8%B5-%D9%85%D8%B4%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B9-%D9%82%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%88%D9%86-%D8%AD%D8%A8%D8%B3-%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%AE%D8%AF%D9%85%D9%89-%D9%81%D9%8A%D8%B3-%D8%A8%D9%88%D9%83-%D8%AF%D9%88%D9%86-%D8%AA%D8%B5%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%AD/3207466
Article I: Social Network in this law means any communication software application that is powered by the Internet and can be utilized for communication between people, whether audio or video messages or written messages, whatever its name and whatever type of device used to run the application.
Article II: The Communication Commission (Egyptian equivalent of FCC) or Telecom Egypt (think British Telecom) to establish a department that would be responsible for the following:
A) Granting of social network registration licenses.
B) The CC or TE, shall create a website for said department which hosts an application form. Any applicant can log in and and fill out the form which at minimum should record the full legal name, national ID number, e-mail address which they wish to register with, the username whether it's real name, a "known-as" name (think Bill for a William) or fictitious name, and the name of the application or applications that the applicant wishes to obtain a license for.
C) The CC or TE, as the case may be, verifies the data submitted by the applicant and if the applicant's data is validated to be true, the department is accepts by checking the approval box on the form.
D) There will be no fees to obtain a license.
Article III: All existing social media users have a deadline of six months from the date this bill becomes a law, to register their existing accounts and comply with this law.
Article IV: After the aforementioned deadline the CC or TE, as the case may be, must suspend internet service for each individual who fails to comply with the law.
Article V: Each person within Egypt who is using a form of social network without obtaining a license from the
designated authority in accordance with the regulations of this act or the subsequent regulations issued by the regulating body, the Ministry of Interior will bring charges against such individual and the prosecutor shall present the charges to an urgent trial.
Article VI: Without prejudice to any more severe penalty in any other law, any person who violates the provisions of this law is punishable by imprisonment for a period of six months and a fine not exceeding five thousand pounds or either.
Shady from rainy Calgary
|Egypt has blocked several Qatar-linked online publications such as Al-Jazeera, The Huffington Post Arabic, Qatari News Agency and more. The reason given by the country's government is that the publications "fabricate news" and also incite terrorism.||https://www.iafrikan.com/2017/05/25/egypts-government-has-blocked-21-online-publications-citing-they-incite-terrorism/|
|j||Hello Tom and guests,|
I was listening to the pre-show for episode 3037 where you all were speculating about synthetic marijuana. Being a cop I figured I'd give you a little information about it. Here in my area it goes by the street names K2 or spice. It is popular among transient/homeless populations because it is pretty inexpensive. When it first came to market it was quasi-legal which made buying it in shady corner stores very easy. Usually once package could be split up into a couple different servings and then re-sold. A couple months ago we had a little mini-epidemic of people using it and literally passing out where ever they smoked. Often along sidewalks, parking lots, or other public places. Concerned citizens would call for medical, which strained our fire department which ended up transporting people to the hospital all day long. The synthetic nature and low quality control during production makes this stuff extra dangerous as you can never really be sure what it is you're smoking.
Please pass along to the gang if they're still curious.
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