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|This is the Daily Tech News for Thursday May 9th, 2019. In LA, I'm Tom Merritt|
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|sl||Samsung Co-CEO DJ Koh told the Korea Herald that the company has reviewed the defect to the Galaxy Fold and plans to confirm a new launch date by the end of the week. This will reportedly involve improving the durability of the exposed areas of the hinge and reducing the gap between the screen’s bezels and its protective layer.|
|jry||Germany is testing a system that uses overhead electrified cabling to deliver 670 volts of DC power to a truck’s “pantographs” or conductor rods. The Siemens-developed eHighway is designed to work with a custom Scania hybrid truck developed by VW if it's going less than 56 mph. The test is set to run until 2022 and if successful could be expanded more broadly.|
|tm||Nintendo announced it will stream its next Nintendo Direct on June 11 at 12 Eastern, at the open of E3. Nintendo says it will focus on its game lineup for 2019.|
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|:33||jry||Google announced it is launching "pending transactions", which will let Android users in emerging markets pay for apps and in-app purchases with cash, bank transfer and direct debit. When downloading an app, users can select an alternative payment at checkout. This will generate a payment code, which can be taken to nearby stores that accepts Google Pay to make payment. Users will receive their purchase within 10 minutes and a proof of payment email. Refunds will only be available with Play Store credit.|
|:36||sl||Samsung announced a new image sensor, the ISOCELL Bright GW1 that has a 64-megapixel sensor with the same-sized pixels as its 48-mpxl sensor. That means it will be bigger and also capture more light. It will generate 16-megapixel images by merging 4 pixels. The 48-mpxl sensors generate 12-mepapixel images the same way. The Bright GW1 will also be able to descramble the color filter for a full-res 64-megapixel shot if you have enough light for it. The part will go into mass production in the second half of the year so it might show up in phones in late 2019.|
|:38||tm||Nike is adding a feature to its app called Nike Fit that uses computer vision to scan your feet and some algorithms to recommend the right shoe size. In the listing for shoes in its app you'll have a new option to measure. You stand next to a wall and point your phone's camera at your feet. Two circles appear to get a level shot. Once its good, it scans your foot and recommends a size. You can save the scan to your profile to make future size choices. It's expected to arrive in the US app in July and in Europe in August.|
|:41||jry||On an investor call, Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman acknowledged the company started the Redfin Direct program in Boston over the last six week, allowing homebuyers to make an offer on a real estate listing without an agent. Potential homebuyers must complete a 55 question form to build a competitive offer, and pay Redfin 1% of the purchase price, replacing agent fees that can be up to 2.5%. In the initial trial, of the 122 listings with accepted offers, five were from Redfin Direct, with 12 rejecting a direct offer. Kelman stated the prgram will next expand to Virginia.|
|:44||sl||French company Popshow built an app on Snapchat's Snap Kit platform called Yolo that let users solicit anonymous questions. You use YoLo to send an "ask me Anything" invitation to selected contacts or to the public on Snapchat. Questions are sent through YoLo and your answers show up on Snapchat. One week later the company is as surprised as anyone that it is the number one most downloaded iPhone app in the US and UK. Yolo has a warning at launch that says it has “no tolerance for objectionable content or abusive users” and it contains flagging and blocking features. Child safety advocates are criticizing the app.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/08/download-yolo-app/|
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|:46||tm||In an op-ed in the New York Times, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes called on the US government to break up Facebook|
|Hughes gave the maximum allowable donation of $2,800 to Warren’s presidential campaign in February, months after he gave $10,400 to her joint fundraising committee. He also gave $2,700 to South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and $250 to entrepreneur Andrew Yang — both Democratic presidential candidates.|
|Chris Hughes (along with Eduardo Saverin Dustin Moskovitz, Andrew McCollum) helped Mark Zuckerberg get Facebook off the ground at Harvard in 2004.|
(He was played by Patrick Mapel in the movie The Social Network. Mapel also played PFC Dinkins in Mad Men)
He left Facebook in 2007 to volunteer for the Obama campaign.
- He was the publisher and editor-in-chief of The New Republic from 2012 to 2016. Hughes is now a co-chair of the Economic Security Project. In 2018
- He has sold all of his stock in Facebook in 2012.
- Thursday in an op-ed piece published int he New York Times, Hughes argued that the FTC and DoJ should force Facebook to spin off Instagram and WhatsApp and bar Facebook from acquisitions for several years.
“Mark is a good, kind person. But I’m angry that his focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks. And I’m worried that Mark has surrounded himself with a team that reinforces his beliefs instead of challenging them.”
“Mark alone can decide how to configure Facebook’s algorithms to determine what people see in their News Feeds, what privacy settings they can use and even which messages get delivered."
“When it hasn’t acquired its way to dominance, Facebook has used its monopoly position to shut out competing companies or has copied their technology.”
Hughes also called for a government agency to regulate privacy and create “guidelines for acceptable speech on social media.”
JUSTIN? You seem to have something to say?
Former Liberal Democrat party leader int he UK, one-time Deputy Prime Minister and now Facebook VP of Global Affairs " “Facebook accepts that with success comes accountability. But you don’t enforce accountability by calling for the breakup of a successful American company. Accountability of tech companies can only be achieved through the painstaking introduction of new rules for the internet."
- US would have to take Facebook to court (Standard Oil, AT&T) arguing that Facebook's market power is hurting consumers (price increase or reduced product quality)
Facebook has huge global reach, with 1.56 billion users daily as of March. It had 37,700 full-time employees as of the end of March
Facebook spent $12.62 million on lobbying in 2018, according to their filings to U.S. Congress.
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On DTNS 3526 you were discussing the reduction in Google Assistant AI model size. You discussed the improvement in latency and commented that this could allow for greater security.
They did in fact address this during I/O. They discussed the use of Federated Learning to enhance security. An excerpt from a google blog post:
It works like this: your device downloads the current model, improves it by learning from data on your phone, and then summarizes the changes as a small focused update. Only this update to the model is sent to the cloud, using encrypted communication, where it is immediately averaged with other user updates to improve the shared model. All the training data remains on your device, and no individual updates are stored in the cloud.
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