Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Edvard Pettersson and Bill Callahan: Qualcomm Wins First U.S. Jury Trial Against Apple (Source: Yahoo Finance) Manas Mishra and James Emmanuel: U.S. Court Rejects Alvogen’s Patent Challenge for Celgene’s Cancer Drug (Source: Yahoo Finance) Megan Rose Dickey: BlackBerry Sues Twitter for Patent Infringement (Source: Tech Crunch) Richard Borsuk, Christopher Cushing and Jonathan Oatis: Foxconn Rejects Microsoft Patent Lawsuit, Says Never Had to Pay Royalties (So...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Law, Wipo, Patent, Foxconn, Megan Rose Dickey, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Celgene, Jonathan Oatis, Yahoo Finance, U S Court, Bill Callahan, Alvogen, Edvard Pettersson, Bits and Bytes

5 Skills All Successful Content Writers Have Mastered

What separates a successful content writer from the rest? A successful content writer produces content that engages and informs readers, and at the end of the day, generates conversions. Those conversions could be sales and clicks, affiliate sales, email signups, and video views. These results are achieved not by luck, but through the hard work of mastering certain skills. Here are five skills that distinguish successful content writers: 1. Mastery over conversational grammar There ar...
Tags: Google, News, Youtube, Advertising, Content Writers, Content Writing Skills, Conversational Tones, Right Grammar

Lyft’s imminent IPO could value the company at $23B

Ridehailing firm Lyft will make its Nasdaq debut as early as next week at a valuation of up to $23 billion, The Wall Street Journal . The business will reportedly price its shares at between $62 and $68 a piece, raising roughly $2 billion in the process. With a $600 million financing, Lyft was valued at $15.1 billion in June. Lyft filed paperwork for an initial public offering in December, mere hours before its competitor Uber did the same. The car-sharing behemoths have been in a race to th...
Tags: TC, Lyft, Uber, Ipo, San Francisco, Tech, General-motors, Companies, Transport, Fidelity, The Wall Street Journal, Andreessen Horowitz, Rakuten, Initial Public Offering, Online Marketplaces, Alphabet

Christchurch mosque shootings: Major Kiwi companies set to pull ads from Facebook and Google

A collective of some of New Zealand's biggest brands is set to pull ads from Facebook and Google after a gunman live-streamed his massacre of 50 people at two Christchurch mosques. The Herald understands that ASB, Lotto NZ, Burger... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Google, Facebook, Business, New Zealand, Herald, Christchurch, Major Kiwi, ASB Lotto NZ Burger

Major Kiwi companies set to pull ads from Facebook and Google

A collective of some of New Zealand's biggest brands is set to pull ads from Facebook and Google after a gunman live-streamed his massacre of 50 people at two Christchurch mosques. The Herald understands that ASB, Kiwibank Lotto... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Google, Facebook, Business, New Zealand, Herald, Christchurch, Kiwi, ASB Kiwibank Lotto

Apps for Seniors

Friend and news anchor Diane Ako produces a series called “Aging Well” on KITV4, covering stories of interest to seniors. A few weeks ago, she asked if I knew anyone who could talk about apps for people over 55. I asked my dad who, in turn, provided a couple of likely subject matter experts at Honolulu senior living complexes. “Would you be able to come on KITV and talk about apps?” Diane asked. “What’s an app?” came the reply. And that’s how I ended up the primary source on a story abo...
Tags: Travel, Health, Facebook, Technology, Pew Research Center, Honolulu, Diane, KITV, Diane Ako

Teens using Google Docs as the modern version of passing notes in class

Google Docs is reportedly being used by teens as a secret communications app. Instead of passing notes, students are now using the software's live chat function or comment boxes to talk with their friends while in the middle of classes. The post Teens using Google Docs as the modern version of passing notes in class appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, News, Trends, Computing, Google Docs, Chat Apps

Vaccines Can Help Fight the Rise of Drug-Resistant Microbes

An anonymous reader quotes the Harvard School of Public Health: Drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea, salmonella, Escherichia coli (E. coli) and many other disease-causing agents are flourishing around the world, and the consequences are disastrous -- at least 700,000 people die globally as a result of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) annually, according to a 2016 review on antimicrobial resistance commissioned by former UK Prime Minister David Cameron. It's a perilous situation, but several new st...
Tags: UK, Tech, David Cameron, National Academy of Sciences, AMR, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health

BBC Visits 'Hated and Hunted' Ransomware Expert

In "Hated and hunted," a BBC reporter describes visiting a ransomware expert "who has devoted himself, at huge personal cost, to helping victims of ransomware around the world." They hate him so much that they leave him angry threats buried deep inside the code of their own viruses... "I was shocked but I also felt a real sense of pride," says Fabian. "Almost like, a little bit cocky. I'm not going to lie, yeah, it was nice...." He works remotely for a cyber security company, often sitting for ...
Tags: Tech, Bbc, Fabian, Emsisoft

College Bribery, DoorDash Pay, and Captain Marvel: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

The tech world found itself embroiled in another appalling controversy when a white supremacist gunman entered two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15 and opened fire, killing at least 50 people and wounding scores of others in an attack apparently calculated for maximum effect on social media and …Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Health, Google, Meat, Food, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Comics, Science, Technology, Movies, Medicine, Labor, Climate Change, College, Disney

Bacteria Discovered In Irish Soil Kills Four Drug-Resistant Superbugs

NBC News reports on how microbiologist Gerry Quinn "followed up on some folklore his family had passed on to him." Old timers insisted that the dirt in the vicinity of a nearly 1,500-year-old church in County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland, an area once occupied by the Druids, had almost miraculous curative powers.... "Here in the western fringes of Ireland there is still a tradition of having this folk cure," Quinn told NBC News. "We can look at it and see maybe it's just superstition -- or we c...
Tags: Nbc, Nbc News, Tech, Ireland, Northern Ireland, World Health Organization, Quinn, County Fermanagh, Streptomyces, Swansea University Medical School, Gerry Quinn, Wales Brazil Iraq, Vaughn Cooper, University of Pittsburgh s School of Medicine

Hands-on: What’s new in Android Q (ars technica)

Enlarge / The Android Q logo. It's also a "10," for "Android 10." The Android Q beta is now live, and after playing "spot the differences," we're here to report our findings. For this first preview release, Android Q is mostly a lot of small tweaks for users and new APIs for developers. A lot of things are half-implemented, inconsistent, or broken, but this is just a beta. Hopefully everything will get fixed in the future, but we'll still point out problems in this release. Compared to the le...
Tags: Google, News, Ron Amadeo

Amazon’s Alexa has 80,000 apps but no runaway hit

Alexa poses problems for developers, who encounter a steep learning curve in building voice apps. Even after creating an app, there's no guarantee people will find it.
Tags: Amazon, Business, Technology, News, Alexa

Tech mafia: In Silicon Valley’s tightknit club, success typically hinges on whom you know

Employees of tech startups frequently leave the companies once they have been enriched by their firms’ initial public offerings. Then networks of alumni from these companies — called mafias — support their peers’ new businesses with hiring, advice and money.
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Silicon Valley

Social media addiction should be seen as a disease, MPs say

Report suggests sites such as Facebook and Instagram could be harming mental healthSocial media addiction should be considered a disease, MPs have said, in a sign of the pressures facing technology companies and the growing concern over the impact social networks are having on users’ mental health.The politicians called for further research on the effects of social media but said a report suggested there was good reason to believe sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – which are constan...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Digital Media, Young People, Facebook Instagram

Transportation Weekly: Uber’s spending habits, Tesla Model Y, scooters and AVs in Austin

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. We love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up by reading the first edition here or check out , which offered the gamut of mobility news from Lyft and Bird to Waymo’s laser bears and cybersecurity. As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. An...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Washington, Softbank, Israel, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, E-commerce, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Austin, Automotive

5 Weird Things I Do To Earn Frequent Flyer Points (which you could easily incorporate into your life too)

There are literally thousands of ways to earn air miles or frequent flyer points. While I am not as crazy as the pudding guy (although he’s kind of a genius to have worked out how to earn over a million points through buying pudding!) and I don’t have too many super inventive stories, I do have some… quirks… when it comes to how I earn Qantas points. Some weirder than others. Most of these are things you too can do to earn more frequent flyer points without flying. I shop at my rival I’m so...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Asia, Australia, Paypal, Qantas, Estee Lauder, Melbourne, Batman, South Australia, Western Australia, Sephora, Deliveroo, David Jones, Townsville, Nicole

Before Google+ Shuts Down, The Internet Archive Will Preserve Its Posts

Google+ "was an Internet-based social network. It was almost 8 years old," reports, which bills itself as "The Google Graveyard: A list of dead products Google has killed and laid to rest in the Google Cemetery." But before Google+ closes for good in April, its posts are being preserved by Internet Archive and the ArchiveTeam, reports the Verge: In a post on Reddit, the sites announced that they had begun their efforts to archive the posts using scripts to capture and back up...
Tags: Google, Tech, Reddit, Linus Torvalds

Report: Ethiopian Transport Official Says 737 Max 8 Jet Crash Has 'Close Similarities' to 2018 Crash

Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges said that black box data shows the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 jet shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa on March 10, 2019, killing 157 people, bears close resemblances to the crash of another Boeing 737 Max 8 flying with Lion Air that was lost in…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Air Travel, Safety, Airplanes, Plane Crash, Airlines, Faa, Boeing, Federal Aviation Administration, Addis Ababa, Ntsb, Lion Air, Ethiopian Airlines Boeing, Boeing 737, Boeing 737 MAX

Apple’s Big Spending Plan to Challenge Netflix Takes Shape

The tech company, about to have a showcase event on its campus, is expected to reveal details about a dozen or more programs ready to go or almost done.
Tags: Apple, Television, News, Streaming, CUE, Spielberg, Apple Inc, Steven, Spencer, Netflix Inc, Jennifer, Abrams, J J, Eddy, Shyamalan, Aniston

Nevada Lawmakers Want Police To Scan Cellphones After Car Crashes

An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press: Most states ban texting behind the wheel, but a legislative proposal could make Nevada one of the first states to allow police to use a contentious technology to find out if a person was using a cellphone during a car crash... If the Nevada measure passes, it would allow police to use a device known as the "textalyzer," which connects to a cellphone and looks for user activity, such as opening a Facebook messenger call screen. It is made by Israel...
Tags: Facebook, Israel, Tech, Nevada, American Civil Liberties Union, Jay Stanley

Are We Getting Close To Flying Taxis?

An anonymous reader quotes a report from public news station KNPR about how close weare flying taxi services: The dream of flying cars is as at least as old as the automobile itself. Bell, which makes attack helicopters for the U.S. Navy, is working on this new project with another high-profile partner, Uber. The prototype, the Bell Nexus, was unveiled earlier this year. Boeing and Airbus also have prototypes of these flying cars in the works. Uber has become the face of the aerial mobility mov...
Tags: Elon Musk, San Francisco, Tech, Nasa, San Jose, Airbus, Boeing, Bell, U S Navy, Shin, Rolodex, KNPR, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, Bell Nexus, Mars Uber

Forget Fitbit: Huami Is a Better Wearables Stock

The maker of Xiaomi’s wearables is generating superior sales and earnings growth.
Tags: Finance, Article, Xiaomi, FBN, Motley Fool, Fbn/markets, Fox-business/markets, F3aad503-6304-5c48-b4d1-37fbab428794

Elon Musk: SpaceX hopes to launch 'Test Hopper' — a prototype for a giant Mars rocket ship — for the first time this week

SpaceX has built a stainless-steel rocket ship at its launch site near Boca Chica Beach, located at the southern tip of Texas. "Test Hopper" is the first yet partly-functional prototype of Starship: a launch system that SpaceX founder Elon Musk hopes to use to send people to Mars. A sheriff hand-delivered road closure notices to residents on Friday, according to a local resident. The document warned locals that SpaceX will "conduct testing" as soon as Monday, March 18. SpaceX previously said i...
Tags: Google, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Texas, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Federal Communications Commission, Mars, Jeff Bezos, Mount Everest, Musk, Hopper, Falcon Heavy, Falcon

Android Q to get a ton of new privacy features

Google's upcoming Android version, currently referred to only as Android Q, will arrive later this summer with a trove of privacy enhancements.
Tags: Google, Linux

These are the robots that help you get your Amazon packages on time

Months before the hard-fought battle for its second global headquarters in Queens, Amazon planted a massive, 855,000-square-foot flag in Staten Island. The $100 million JFK8 fulfillment center opened last fall, after an “on the spot” hiring spree, aimed at employing an eventual 2,250 people. The new factory smell still permeated the air when we visited the space in February. Things were shiny and new, but still humming. It’s a 24-hour process designed to meet the standards of rapid package d...
Tags: Amazon, Massachusetts, Tech, Robotics, Kiva, Staten Island, FANUC, Amazon Robotics, Queens Amazon, Robbinsville Township New Jersey, Scott Dresser Amazon Robotics, Software Systems and Solutions

Why Robo-Calls Can't Be Stopped

"When your phone rings, there's about a 50 percent chance it's a spam robo-call," reports the Washington Post. Now a computer science professor who's researched robo-call technologies reveals the economics behind automatically dialing phone numbers "either randomly, or from massive databases compiled from automated Web searches, leaked databases of personal information and marketing data." It doesn't matter whether you've signed up with the federal Do Not Call Registry, although companies that c...
Tags: Washington Post, Tech, United States, Federal Communications Commission, Don

To get big faster, younger unicorns start buying startups sooner

In the name of getting big quick, it seems like some of the most valuable private tech companies are turning to mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as a way to accelerate business growth. So-called “unicorns”—privately-held technology companies which achieve billion-dollar valuations sometime before (or as a direct result of) going public or exiting via M&A—are chomping at the bit to make their first acquisitions, suggesting a mounting pressure on companies to grow even quicker. Analysis of Crunchbas...
Tags: Startups, TC, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Valuation, Crunchbase

The Spotify Apple Issue

Many people who follow tech know that Spotify has filed a complaint with the European Commission regarding the challenges that Spotify has doing business in the iOS app store. I am very sympathetic to Spotify’s complaint. In my post last week on The Warren Breakup Plan, I wrote: The mobile app stores, in particular, have always seemed to me to be a constraint on innovation vs a contributor to it. Spotify has a huge user base and brings in billions of dollars of revenues every year but i...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Spotify, Music, Trends, Policy, European Commission, Warren, Albert, Albert Wenger

Texas Lawmakers Want To Stop Tesla From Fixing Its Own Cars

In Texas the local car dealer lobby has blocked Tesla from selling its cars directly to customers. They're using old laws meant to prevent car manufacturers from competing with their own local dealers -- but Tesla never had any local dealers! And according to Electrek, it gets worse... Despite this issue, Texans have bought thousands of Tesla vehicles, which the automaker delivers from other states to comply with the law. Tesla has been able to service those vehicles through its own service cen...
Tags: Texas, Tech, Tesla

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