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|This is the Daily Tech News for Friday March 8th, 2019. In LA, I'm Tom Merritt|
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|:31||TM||Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
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|sl||Airbnb announced it has signed a deal to acquire HotelTonight, which curates bookings for boutique and independent hotels. The companies will operate as separate brands but over time Airbnb plans to integrate HotelTonight listings into the Airbnb platform.||https://qz.com/1567574/airbnb-is-buying-hoteltonight/|
|tm||Google advises Windows users to make sure they have the latest updates fro Windows 10 and Chrome in order to protect themselves against a serious unpatched vulnerability being exploited in the wild. Google patched Chrome against it last Friday but you'll need to restart the browser to apply the patch. Windows may still be vulnerable to it though the vulnerability has only been observed being used against Windows 7 32-bit systems.||https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/03/attackers-are-actively-exploiting-a-serious-windows-zeroday-in-the-wild/|
|sl||Microsoft began rolling out updates to the Skype web client. Users running Chrome or Edge browsers on Windows 10 or MacOS 10.12 Sierra or later will be able to use HD calling, use call recording, view a revamped notification panel, and access an advanced media gallery.||http://venturebeat.com/2019/03/07/microsoft-rolls-out-new-skype-for-web-with-hd-video-calling-redesigned-notifications-and-more/|
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|:33||tm||A new report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple will begin mass producing a new augmented reality glasses product as early as Q4. The product would be marketed as an iPhone accessory, serving as a display while offloading compute and networking wirelessly. Previous reporting from Bloomberg stated Apple's AR device would run a custom OS based on iOS called "rOS" for "reality operating system."||https://9to5mac.com/2019/03/08/kuo-ar-headset-later-this-year/|
|:35||sl||DoorDash changed its payment policy in 2017 in a way that appears to keep back tips from drivers. DoorDash used to pay drivers a flat fee no matter what the distance or complexity was. Under the new policy, DoorDash guarantees an amount for the driver based on the distance and complexity. However, a customer tip may not raise that amount, since DoorDash can decide to include all or part of the tip in the guaranteed amount it pays the driver. DoorDash says it never reduces the amount a driver gets because of a tip, only raises it. However some drivers filed a class action lawsuit claiming the company is redirecting tips into the company's share.||https://www.recode.net/2019/3/8/18253378/doordash-tipping-food-delivery-gig-economy-worker-rights|
|:38||tm||Bloomberg reports that Amazon has stopped regular orders of product from thousands of wholesalers, soemtimes with no notice or explanation. Instead Amazon is encouraging wholesalers to list items on Amazon's marketplace, shifting the costs of storing and shipping products, while allowing Amazon to take a commission on sales. In an emailed statement, Amazon said "“We regularly review our selling partner relationships and may make changes when we see an opportunity to provide customers with improved selection, value and convenience.”||http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-07/amazon-purges-suppliers-in-push-to-boost-e-commerce-profits|
|:41||sl||The city of Philadelphia has passed a law requiring almost all businesses to accept cash payments. Exception to the cash rule include parking lots, online and phone transactions, retailers with a membership model and companies that require a credit card deposit, like hotels and rental cars. Businesses who violate the law after it comes into force on July 1 could face a fine of up to $2,000. Amazon believes Amazon Go stores would be affected because you do not need to be a Prime member to shop there. A similar New Jersey state bill is waiting on the governor's signature. Massachusetts has required cash acceptance for awhile.||https://www.engadget.com/2019/03/08/philadelphia-cashless-store-ban/|
|:44||tm||The BBC has a report on a project called Gravity Pioneer that is developing quantum gravity sensors or gravimeters that will be twice as sensitive and 10 times as fast as current sensors. It works by cooling rubidium atoms with lasers to just above absolute zero. The atoms are then propelled upward in a vacuum and measured as gravity pulls them back down. The gravimeters can be made on silicon wafers that are 10 times cheaper than current non-quantum gravimeter models. Tiny fluctuations in gravity, such as an empty mineshaft, can be detected. It would be able to detect things like hidden mine shafts whose openings are five meters below ground, the kind of thing needed for construction projects. It could also detect magma chambers filling up below ground to give advance warning about volcanoes. It can also be used in military applications for things like detecting submarines.||https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47294704|
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|:47||Here’s how we can break up Big Tech||https://medium.com/@teamwarren/heres-how-we-can-break-up-big-tech-9ad9e0da324c|
|Elizabeth Warren wants to break up Google, Amazon and Facebook||https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/08/presidential-hopeful-elizabeth-warren-is-calling-for-the-breakup-of-big-tech/|
|U.S. presidential hopeful Warren wants breakup of Google, Facebook and Amazon||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-elizabethwarren-technology/democratic-senator-warren-calls-for-regulations-on-big-tech-companies-idUSKCN1QP1M0?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
|Facebook Continues to Beat Google in Sending Traffic to Top Publishers - 12/4/2015 - Parse.ly||https://blog.parse.ly/post/2855/facebook-continues-to-beat-google-in-sending-traffic-to-top-publishers/|
|- Microsoft was not split. It's unclear what effect the antitrust case in the US had. It may have made Microsoft more cautious, but it's also arguable that Google's rise as a search engine helped break the browser monopoly and the rise of phones lessened the importance of the Windows monopoly, neither of which seem to have anything to do with the Microsoft antitrust case.|
- "Aren’t we all glad that now we have the option of using Google instead of being stuck with Bing?"
Bing launched in 2009 . The Microsoft decision was 2001.
- Notes 70% of traffic goes through Google or Facebook and half of ecommerce through Amazon.
- Does not note 15% of world bandwidth consumed by Netflix.
- Not certain that reducing startups is because of big companies. Could also be economy. Could also be"Economists from MIT and the University of Chicago cite a lag between the launch of a new technology, such as artificial intelligence and its visibility in productivity numbers."
"We required a structural separation between the network and other businesses, and also demanded that the network offer fair and non-discriminatory service."
- Does not note the effects of tech mergers from ATT/Warner or Comcast/NBC or Verizon/Yahoo.
- Amazon stealing marketshare from sellers on their own platform (with Basics)
- ALLEGED Google demotion in search rankings (Europe, mostly travel sites)
$25 billion or more and that offer to the public an online marketplace, an exchange, or a platform for connecting third parties would be designated as “platform utilities.”
- prohibited from owning both the platform utility and any participants on that platform
- fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory dealing with users
- not be allowed to transfer or share data with third parties.
between $90 million and $25 billion would only have to meet the fair nondiscriminatory user treatment standard
Google Ad Exchange
ALSO "We must give people more control over how their personal information is collected, shared, and sold "
- Help content creators keep more of their value
- Prevent election meddling
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|Marc is a scientist studying Pluto and the outer solar system and has a great breakdown on our University of California and Elsevier |
story from last week:
There are two common pathways for publication. Elsevier is an example of the first pathway. Their practice is that
author pay no fees to get their work published. Once published,
Elsevier owns the published content and charges for access. Elsevier is in the business of making money from our research and they balance
profit against access. Over the past few decades the cost of access has
grown so much that many institutions are cutting back on subscriptions.
As subscriptions decline, the costs increase even more. Also, Elsevier
charges a lot more for the "back catalog" than for more recent work. I
used to publish in the Elsevier publication "Icarus" but after a while I
realized that my older work was not longer widely accessible by the
community and ceased sending my work there.
The other pathway is what I call "society based journals". An example
is the American Astronomical Society (AAS), who publish a set of
journals in astronomy. In this case, the publisher is not operated for
profit. Publishing costs are covered by page charges where the author
pays a fee to the journal upon publication. Distribution is covered via
subscriptions but anything older than three years is freely accessible.
The recent arguments are that since
scientific research is paid for from public funds, the results should
always be freely available. Note that the compromise with Elsevier that
UC should pay up front make them act much
more like the society based journals.
One final point is that the peer review system is fueled by volunteer
efforts. When I review a paper, I do not get paid by any journal to do
this work. This donation of time makes a lot of sense when talking
about an open-access, non-profit model but feels more like exploitation
for the for-profit case.
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