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|This is the Daily Tech News for Thursday May 10th, 2018. In LA I'm Tom Merritt|
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|JRY||Spotify said it will stop promoting the artist R. Kelly as a part of its editorial and algorithmic playlists. Spotify partnered with advocacy groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, GLAAD, Muslim Advocates, and the International Network Against Cyber Hate to help inform a monitoring tool called Spotfy AudioWatch to flag hate content.||https://venturebeat.com/2018/05/10/spotify-introduces-hate-content-policy-following-r-kelly-controversy/|
|TM||Apple announced it is canceling its project to build a data center in Athenry, Ireland due to delays in the approval process. A second data center in Denmark, begun at the same time, is nearly completed. Opposition centered around strain on the power grid, though Apple argued it would use renewables and not overbuild. Apple won a court case in the Irish High Court in October but uncertainty about appeals to the Supreme Court caused the company to cancel the plan entirely.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/10/apple-pulls-the-plug-on-its-e850m-data-center-project-in-ireland-over-planning-delays/|
|JRY||Korea Fair Trade Commission chief Kim Sang-jo told reporters that Samsung’s current ownership structure is not sustainable. Samsung Group uses circular shareholding to interlock Samsung C&T, Samsung Life Insurance, and Samsung Electronics. Kim urged Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee to make a decision concerning the ownership structure.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-antitrust-samsung-group/samsung-groups-ownership-structure-unsustainable-south-korea-antitrust-chief-idUSKBN1IB0B8?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
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|:33||tm||The US FCC said its repeal of the Open Internet Guidelines of 2015 will officially go into effect June 11. The order was published in the Federal Register on February 22, but did not go into effect until the Office of Management and Budget completed its Paperwork Reduction Act review. The US Senate is set to vote as early as next week on whether to reject the FCC repeal of the net neutrality rules. |
[[[[[On June 11, we will have a framework in place that encourages innovation and investment in our nation’s networks so that all Americans, no matter where they live, can have access to better, cheaper, and faster Internet access and the jobs, opportunities, and platform for free expression that it provides." ]]]]]
|:36||JRY||The US FAA approved 10 of 149 proposals for commercial drone projects there. Among the projects are one for medical deliveries by Zipline which has operated in Rwanda for years, a mosquito control plan in Florida, a partnership between the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma and CNN, and food delivery in North Carolina. Proposals from Amazon and DJI were not accepted. Data from these projects will form the basis of a regulatory framework for future commercial uses.||http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44068637|
|:40||tm||A report from Disrupt Africa, shows the agri-tech market in Africa grew 110% this past year with more than $19 million in investments in the sector. 82 agri-tech startups were in operation across Africa by the start of 2018, 52 per cent of them launched in the past two years. Kenya and Nigeria are tied as the top two agri-tech markets with Ghana in third. E-commerce makes up 1/3 of the startups followed by infosharing and fintech. One example is Livestock Wealth, which sells a “share” in cows in South Africa. Calling it “crowdfarming”||http://www.biztechafrica.com/article/african-agri-tech-ecosystem-grows-110-last-two-yea/13544/|
|:43||JRY||Researcher Amanda D. Hanford at Pennsylvania State University has created a device that can route sound waves around an object, making it invisible to techniques like sonar. Hanford and her team created a metamaterial whose unit cell is smaller than the acoustic wavelengths used to detect it. The metamaterial could deflect sound waves underwater which is more difficult.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/10/researchers-create-a-real-cloaking-device/|
|:45||tm||The content of 3,519 Facebook ads said to have been financed by Russia's Internet Research Agency, were released by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee Thursday. The ads dated from between 2015 and 2017 and seemed designed to attract people from all sides of emotional issues like gun control, immigration and gay rights. The files published Thursday show the text of each ad, number of impressions and number of clicks. Representative Adam Schiff said “The only way we can begin to inoculate ourselves against a future attack is to see first-hand the types of messages, themes and imagery the Russians used to divide us.”||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-10/trove-of-russian-backed-facebook-ads-show-2016-strategy-at-work|
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|:48||The Research Behind Google's New Tools for Digital Well-Being | WIRED||https://www.wired.com/story/the-research-behind-googles-new-tools-for-digital-well-being|
|Hard Questions: Is Spending Time on Social Media Bad for Us? | Facebook Newsroom||https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2017/12/hard-questions-is-spending-time-on-social-media-bad-for-us/|
|Does My Phone's Blue Light Dimmer Really Work? | WIRED||https://www.wired.com/2017/03/uncertain-science-behind-phones-blue-light-dimmer/|
|The Do Not Disturb Challenge (PDF Download Available)||https://www.researchgate.net/publication/300726116_The_Do_Not_Disturb_Challenge|
|APATMS2018 - OpenConf Peer Review & Conference Management System||https://www.openconf.org/APAScience2018TMS/modules/request.php?module=oc_program&action=summary.php&id=247|
|So. A LOT of tech companies attention is now focused on helping you control yourself in what you consume online and how long you spend using your devices.|
Facebook is branding political ads and trying to restrict who can buy the. Google flat out stopped running ads during Ireland's abortion referendum.
And at Google I/O Google talked a lot about Digital Well-being and tools like the Dashboard that helps you become aware of your usage
Robbie Gonzalez at Wired looked at what research we've actually done on "digital wellbeing" and what it says.
|HOW YOU ACT IS IMPORTANT NOT JUST TIME|
- Facebook internal research suggests that people who spend time passively consuming information feel worse afterward, while people who engage with other users experienced the opposite.
WARM TONES MAYBE GREYSCALE, WHO KNOWS?
- Google can turn apps grey to help you Wind Down. While A handful of studies suggest that warm tones interfere less with your sleep than cool ones— similar research is lacking on grayscale displays.
NOTIFICATIONS - THE WHERE AND HOW IS IMPORTANT
- computer scientist Luz Rello, of Carnegie Mellon's Human Computer Interaction Institute, found that disabling notifications left some test subjects feeling less stressed and more productive during working hours but anxious in their off-time
- American Psychology Association's conference of Technology, Mind, and Society found that test subjects who received their notifications in batches three times a day reported they felt significantly happier, more focused, and less stressed than those who received notifications as usual, or not at all.
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|Hey DTNS crew,|
Yesterday you were wondering how Walmart buying Flipkart going to benefit from it.
Ever since the release of Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) Flipkart was the poster child for it (https://developers.google.com/web/showcase/2016/flipkart),
if you think about it those two companies can really learn a lot from each other, Flipkart learning the backend side and Walmart the frontend and PWA side.
In my opinion, it's less of a business decision and more of an aqua-hire,
but that's just me.
-From your patron in the Philippines,
|Hello, DTNS team! I wanted to bring up another potential target for Valve's Steam Link apps: set top boxes! For a lot of people (myself included), our best screen is not necessarily connected to our desktop computer, and hauling it into the living room just to play video games is more than a little impractical. But if I could launch the Steam Link app on my Fire TV or Apple TV device and connect a couple of bluetooth controllers, I can play Fortnight on my home theater setup without having to plant a dedicated desktop in my living room! I can even attach a Fire TV Stick to a projector and have a game night in the back yard! For me, this is a much more exciting prospect than squeezing a desktop game onto a 5"-6" screen with touch controls.|
Thanks for all the great tech news!
- Dave from too-damn-sunny-not-enough-rainy Los Angeles
P.S. - To follow up on Sarah's question from my last email, my son's favorite game is Roblox (this was his birthday party theme last month), but he's also a big Minecraft fan!
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