It’s Qualcomm 1, Apple 1 in the latest instalment of the pair’s bitter patent bust-up — the litigious IP infringement claim saga that also combines a billion dollar royalties suit filed by Cupertino alleging that the mobile chipmaker’s licensing terms are unfair. The iPhone maker filed against Qualcomm on the latter front two years ago […]View More It’s a draw in latest Qualcomm v Apple patent scores
The Oxford Internet Institute has published what it bills as the world’s first rating system for working conditions on gig economy platforms. The Fairwork academic research project is a collaboration with the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore, the University of Cape Town, the University of Manchester, and the University of the Western Cape. As […]View More Flipkart ranked highly for ‘fairness’ of working conditions in India gig platform study
The European Parliament has voted to pass a controversial reform of online copyright rules that critics contend will result in big tech platforms pre-filtering user generated content uploads. The results of the final vote in the EU parliament were 348 in favor vs 274 against. An amendment that would have thrown out the most controversial […]View More European parliament votes for controversial copyright reform (yes, again)
European governments have been bringing the hammer down on tech in recent months, slapping record fines and stiff regulations on the largest imports out of Silicon Valley. Despite pleas from the world’s leading companies and Europe’s eroding trust in government, European citizens’ staunch support for regulation of new technologies points to an operating environment that […]View More Tech regulation in Europe will only get tougher
A study of tracking cookies running on government and public sector health websites in the European Union has found commercial adtech to be operating pervasively even in what should be core not-for-profit corners of the Internet. The researchers used searches including queries related to HIV, mental health, pregnancy, alcoholism and cancer to examine how frequently […]View More EU gov’t and public health sites lousy with adtech, study finds
In an update to the chromium engine, which underpins Google’s popular Chrome browser, the search giant has quietly updated the lists of default search engines it offers per market — expanding the choice of search product users can pick from in markets around the world. Most notably it’s expanded search engine lists to include pro-privacy […]View More Google has quietly added DuckDuckGo as a search engine option for Chrome users in ~60 markets
The U.S. government is threatening to reduce the amount of intelligence it shares with Germany if Huawei wins a contract to build the country’s next-generation 5G network. That’s the takeaway from a letter sent by the U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, to Germany’s economics minister, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. Grenell, appointed […]View More US threatens to reduce intelligence sharing if Germany doesn’t ban Huawei
Volkswagen has added another member to its ever-expanding I.D. line of concept electric vehicles that’s meant to showcase the automaker’s electric future. This time it’s the I.D. Buggy, an all-electric dune buggy with some 1960s California subculture flair. The I.D. Buggy, which made its global debut Monday at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show, is […]View More VW’s futuristic all-electric dune buggy embraces its 1960s’ roots
Amazon has confirmed it’s retired physical stick-on Dash buttons from sale — in favor of virtual alternatives that let Prime Members tap a digital button to reorder a staple product. It also points to its Dash Replenishment service — which offers an API for device makers wanting to build Internet connected appliances that can automatically […]View More Amazon stops selling stick-on Dash buttons
SoftBank chairman Masayoshi Son has repeatedly described the Vision Fund as a club for the world’s most exciting startups and, while even the fund’s own LP seem to disagree with some of its investment thesis, its portfolio companies do frequently come together. The latest Vision Fund partnership pairs two e-commerce firms in opposite corners of […]View More Vision Fund startups Fanatics and Coupang unite to sell US sports merch in Korea
A group of firefighters in Germany banded together to rescue a very cute fat rat that got itself stuck in a manhole cover.
The incident happened on Sunday in the town of Bensheim where volunteer firefighters responded to the stuck rat after a young girl alerted them. At least one animal rescuer and eight firefighters can be counted in the above video.
Thankfully, all that manpower resulted in a safe extraction of the chubby, almost cuddly, little critter. Animal rescuer Michael Sehr told local outlets, according to the BBC, “She had a lot of winter flab and was stuck fast at her hip — there was no going forward or back.” As to why to rescue a rat, Sehr said, “Even animals that are hated by many deserve respect.” Read more…View More It took 9 people to rescue 1 very cute fat rat that got stuck in a manhole cover
The European Commission’s digital commissioner has warned the mobile industry to expect it to act over security concerns attached to Chinese network equipment makers. The Commission is considering a defacto ban on kit made by Chinese companies including Huawei in the face of security and espionage concerns, per Reuters. Appearing on stage at the Mobile […]View More Europe is prepared to rule over 5G cybersecurity