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Apple depicts Qualcomm as a shady monopolist in $1B lawsuit

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:58:10 UT

Apple launched its legal attack three days after the Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit alleging Qualcomm has been imposing unfair licensing terms on manufacturers. Besides cooperating with the FTC's investigation, Apple says it has been providing information about its dealings with Qualcomm to regulators in Europe, South Korea and Taiwan.



Report: 'Net neutrality' foe Ajit Pai is new FCC head

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:58:24 UT

The Republicans' FCC majority would help them roll back pro-consumer policies that upset many phone and cable industry groups, including net neutrality rules that bar internet service providers from favoring some websites and apps over others. Consumer advocates have been concerned that a deregulation-minded FCC could potentially allow more huge mergers, overturn new protections for internet users and lead to higher costs for media and technology companies that rely on the internet to reach consumers. Pai opposed online privacy regulations that force broadband providers to ask consumers for permission before using their data, saying they are more onerous than the requirements for internet companies like Google and Facebook. The report, issued in the last days of the Obama administration, took issue with the way companies like AT&T and Verizon exempted their own video services from wireless data caps, effectively making them cheaper to stream on phones and tablets than rival services such as Netflix.



Trump gets Obama's house, title — even his Twitter handle

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:58:18 UT

The technological transition came just as Trump took the oath of office Friday, giving him a clean digital slate while preserving hundreds of tweets and posts made during President Barack Obama's time in office. Trump sent his first tweets as president from @realDonaldTrump, the personal account where his thousands of candid on everything from immigration to golf course conditions helped propel him into a political force. Turning over social media accounts is a modern twist on the complex presidential transition — the 21st century version of handing over nuclear codes and the keys to the Oval Office. The White House's digital transition plans, announced a week before the election, stressed that the National Archives would preserve social media content in a similar fashion as paper records.



Unicode group to meet in Cupertino to consider new redhead emoji

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:06:13 UT

Redheaded emoji could be on the horizon for smartphone users.




How to watch inauguration events, with or without TV

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:11:05 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — The lack of a TV set shouldn't prevent you from following Friday's presidential inauguration ceremony, the pomp and circumstance surrounding it, and the many protests and marches planned around the country. Television channels carrying the inauguration live include ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS, C-SPAN and Fox News, as well as Telemundo in Spanish. Without a TV, you can check their websites, apps or YouTube channels to watch the events and commentary. The Post also plans live coverage of Friday evening's balls with its fashion critic Robin Givhan, style writers and others. Digital media darling BuzzFeed will host a Facebook Live event called BuzzFeed News Live At Trump's Inauguration: USA Today is offering virtual reality and 360-degree coverage of the events, with cameras at the Capitol, the National Mall and along the inaugural parade route. If you have friends attending the inauguration, the marches, or both, look for their live video streams on Facebook or Twitter, or Instagram Stories on the photo-sharing app. — C-SPAN: 7 a.m. to conclusion, live coverage of oath of office, parade and inaugural balls.



Samsung to announce cause of Galaxy Note 7 fire on Jan. 23

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:14:54 UT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics said Friday it will announce on Jan. 23 the reason why its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones overheated and caught fire. The announcement comes after a South Korean court dismissed on Thursday a request by prosecutors to arrest Samsung Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong heir. Lee, the conglomerate's heir and de facto head, is under investigation for alleged bribery in connection with an influence-peddling scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye.



Uber pays $20 million to settle claims of driver deception

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:06:14 UT

"Many consumers sign up to drive for Uber, but they shouldn't be taken for a ride about their earnings potential or the cost of financing a car through Uber," said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. To ensure cars are widely available, Uber has persuaded hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. to become drivers by dangling the lure of making money at any time that's convenient for them. The drivers are treated as independent contractors, another contentious issue because the classification excludes them from many of the benefits and protections given to full-time employees. [...] in a statement published on Uber's website from May 2015 through August 2015, CEO Travis Kalanick boasted that the mid-range annual incomes of the service's New York city drivers exceeded $90,000 and the mid-range annual earnings of its San Francisco drivers topped $74,000, according to the FTC.



How to watch inauguration events, with or without TV

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:37:01 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — The lack of a TV set shouldn't prevent you from following Friday's presidential inauguration ceremony, the pomp and circumstance surrounding it, and the many protests and marches planned around the country. Television channels carrying the inauguration live include ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS, C-SPAN and Fox News, as well as Telemundo in Spanish. Without a TV, you can check their websites, apps or YouTube channels to watch the events and commentary. The Post also plans live coverage of Friday evening's balls with its fashion critic Robin Givhan, style writers and others. Digital media darling BuzzFeed will host a Facebook Live event called BuzzFeed News Live At Trump's Inauguration: USA Today is offering virtual reality and 360-degree coverage of the events, with cameras at the Capitol, the National Mall and along the inaugural parade route. If you have friends attending the inauguration, the marches, or both, look for their live video streams on Facebook or Twitter, or Instagram Stories on the photo-sharing app. — C-SPAN: 7 a.m. to conclusion, live coverage of oath of office, parade and inaugural balls.



NY lawsuits blame social media in terror attacks

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:36:06 UT

[...] that isn't enough, say lawyers for the families of terror victims, including a brother and sister killed in last year's bomb attacks in Brussels and an American college student slaughtered in Paris. In a string of lawsuits filed in New York, they say they want Twitter and Facebook to pay damages for failing to stop violent extremists from using their platforms to recruit followers, intimidate enemies and raise money. Another lawsuit filed last year on behalf of five people killed or injured in terror attacks linked to Hamas blames Facebook Inc., saying it provides material support to Hamas. The plaintiffs include the families of Taylor Force, a Vanderbilt University student and Lubbock, Texas native stabbed to death in Tel Aviv last March, Yaakov Naftali Fraenkel, a 16-year-old dual Israeli-American citizen kidnapped and killed in Israel in 2014, and 3-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun, who was killed in 2014 when a Hamas operative drove his car into a crowd at a train station in Jerusalem. For legal support, Twitter cites a November ruling at a U.S. court in San Francisco brought by relatives of two U.S. government contractors shot and killed in 2015 at a law enforcement training center in Amman, Jordan.



It's getting harder for a plane to vanish and not be found

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:05:41 UT

[...] Atholl Buchan, director of flight operations at the International Air Transport Association, which represents most international carriers, said a repeat of MH370 is "highly unlikely" since many airlines have already increased their efforts to keep tabs on planes over open ocean where they are beyond the reach of land-based radar. [...] the requirement doesn't apply to existing planes. Since airliners often have a lifespan of 20 years or more, it could take decades before all airliners meet the new requirement. [...] the beacons are only helpful if searchers already know where to look. Because currents and water temperatures can weaken the signals, searchers usually have to be pretty close to pick them up. —ICAO approved a requirement that new aircraft designs certified after Jan. 1, 2021, have some means for retrieving a plane's flight data recorder, or the information contained in it, before the recorder sinks to the ocean floor.



German anti-trust case against Audible, Apple dropped

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:13:22 UT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's anti-trust agency says it's dropping its investigation of Amazon subsidiary Audible and Apple after the two companies agreed to end exclusivity deals for audiobook supply and distribution.



Facebook to build its 3rd data center outside US in Denmark

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:36:53 UT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Facebook will build a 56,500 square meter (608,161 square foot) data center in central Denmark, its third such center outside the United States. Facebook executive Niall McEntegart says the facility to be built west of Denmark's third-largest city, Odense, "will be one of the most advanced, energy-efficient data centers."



Hawaii bill aims for 100 percent renewable transportation

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:34:25 UT

The goal represents a steep climb for the auto industry in a state where there are about 5,000 electric vehicles, out of an estimated 1 million cars on the road. With 1 million cars on the roads, hundreds of auto dealerships and multiple counties with fleets of vehicles, it's unclear how the state could enforce a renewable fuels mandate, advocates said. The state recently created a new position in the Department of Transportation to work on renewable fuels in transportation, and it is planning to build infrastructure to increase electric vehicle charging stations at work locations in Honolulu's urban core using state funds, he said. Lawmakers also are introducing a bill to boost the required number of electric vehicle charging stations, which is currently 1 station per 100 spaces, so that commuters can charge electric vehicles during the day when more energy from the sun is pumping into the grid. Auto dealers in Hawaii support the transition to renewable energy, but they believe it will take a massive advertising campaign by the state to encourage people to buy vehicles powered by alternative fuels, said David Rolf, executive director of the Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association.



Netflix's shrinking DVD service faces uncertain future

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:50:06 UT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Originally cast in a starring role, Netflix's original DVD-by-mail service has been reduced to a bit player — one that may eventually get killed off as the company focuses on its booming video streaming service. Netflix's fourth-quarter earnings report released Wednesday provided the latest glimpse at the DVD service's descent into oblivion as the streaming service hogs the spotlight. [...] though, the DVD service operates mostly as an afterthought that caters to a shrinking audience of die-hards who prefer to watch movies and TV shows on discs instead of streaming or downloading them onto a mobile gadget. [...] Netflix's streaming service has been reshaping the world of entertainment, attracting converts to the convenience of streaming video at any time on any device with a high-speed internet connection. The company makes an operating profit of roughly 50 percent on DVD subscriptions, after covering the expense of buying discs and postage to and from its distribution centers. Eventually, though, most analysts believe it will no longer make sense to keep mailing out DVDs in Netflix's familiar red envelopes as more people conclude the service is no longer worth the money.



US sues Oracle, says it pays white men more than others

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:46:46 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Oracle, claiming that the technology giant has a "systemic practice" of paying white male workers more than their non-white and female counterparts with the same job titles. The suit also says that the company favors Asian workers in its recruiting and hiring practices for product development and other technical roles, which resulted in hiring discrimination against non-Asian applicants.