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The Next Data Mine Is Your Bedroom

“In the first patent, Google imagines devices that would scan and analyze the surroundings of your home, then offer you content based on what they detect” writes Sidney Fussell for theatlantic.com. The patent imagines smart home devices would make all types of inferences about users, sorting them into categories based on what it sees in their most personal spaces.With a fascinating pair of new patents for smart home technology, Google is hoping users will open their homes to its trademark eavesdropping. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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A Facebook patent would use your family photos to target ads

“Facebook has filed a patent that would make it easier to target whole families with ads by analyzing the photos they post” writes Nov Est for theverge.com. So while Facebook probably could use your Thanksgiving family photos to pitch more attractive Black Friday deals next week, this patent doesn’t tell us whether it actually will.This patent covers photos that are explicitly posted by users, not video or content from private messages, and companies frequently file patents they never act on. Source: theverge.com Share This:

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Incoming committee chairs launch probe into Whitaker’s involvement with patent company

“Whitaker, who became acting attorney general last week after the removal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, was on the advisory board for World Patent Marketing” writes Rebecca Morin for politico.com. The acting attorney general, who served as Session’s chief of staff, has also come under fire for past comments he made that were critical of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.A team of House Democrats who will assume high-profile committee chairmanships next year has opened an investigation into Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker’s involvement with a patent firm that allegedly defrauded…

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Xerox Wins Patent for Blockchain System That Tracks Revisions to Electronic Documents

“The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has awarded Xerox a patent for a blockchain-driven auditing system for electronic files, according to a patent filing published Nov. 13” writes Ana Berman for cointelegraph.com. Major tech and electronics companies have filed a slew of patent applications for various proprietary iterations and applications of blockchain technology.Explaining the technology behind the patent, Xerox describes a series of blockchain nodes that may approve or dismiss each amendment made.In 2016, Xerox filed a similar patent., aiming to create a blockchain-based timestamp protocol for data such…

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Amazon Wins Patents for Cryptography and Distributed Data Storage Solutions

“Beyond pursuing blockchain, cryptography and distributed data storage-related patents to expand its technological arsenal, Amazon has also filed for cryptocurrency-specific inventions” writes Marie Huillet for cointelegraph.com. E-commerce giant Amazon has won two patents related to methods for protecting the integrity of digital signatures and improving distributed data storage.Amazon’s second patent, released today and first filed mid-Dec. 2015, relates to issues pertaining to distributed data storage.Notably, several tech startups, such as Filecoin, Sia, Storj, and Swarm have all attempted to tackle similar issues with distributed data storage using blockchain technology, often…

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IBM Praises Blockchain in New Patent Application

“The blockchain system can form a blockchain representing a research project, wherein the blockchain comprises a first block of research data and a second block of analysis data representing a log of an analysis performed on the research data” writes Joshua Morris for livebitcoinnews.com. Summary blocks and correction blocks can also be added to the blockchain representing the post analysis of the research results. – Reads the Application.According to the patent application, the system can be comprised by a blockchain which represents the project in hand, wherein the research data…

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IBM Targets Scientific Research in Latest Blockchain Patent

“U.S. multinational IT company IBM plans to use blockchain to aid scientific research and provide a record of its results, a new patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office revealed Nov. 8” writes William Suberg for cointelegraph.com. IBM, originally filing the concept in December last year, says it foresees “integrating a blockchain and data collection and analysis for open scientific research.” The application is the latest in a steadily increasing pile of patents sought by the corporation in the blockchain sector, the most recent award coming last…

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Cochlear ordered to pay $268 million in U.S. patents lawsuit, plans to appeal

“(Reuters) – Australia’s Cochlear Ltd said on Monday a U.S. district court has awarded $268.1 million in damages against the company in a patent infringement lawsuit filed by the Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research and Advanced Bionics LLC. The hearing devices maker said it would appeal the decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals, adding that the infringement relates to a long expired patent and has no ongoing impact on the company’s business” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “We are surprised by the decision and do not…

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Qualcomm says Apple $7 billion behind in royalty payments

“(Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc said in a court hearing on Friday that Apple Inc is $7 billion behind in patent royalty payments to the mobile chip firm, which for years supplied parts for the iPhone” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Apple has argued that Qualcomm is forcing it to pay for the same patents twice, once when Apple uses Qualcomm’s chip in iPhones and then again through patent royalties.Qualcomm, the world’s largest mobile phone chip supplier, has in turn accused Apple of patent infringement.Apple has accused Qualcomm of unfair…

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Mastercard Patent Claims Cryptocurrency Can Benefit From Fractional Reserve Banking

“U.S. multinational financial services corporation Mastercard wants to apply principles of fractional reserve banking to cryptocurrency, a new patent application published Thursday, Oct. 25 reveals” reports cointelegraph.com. According to the document, published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), the payment processor has plans to allow merchants to interact with what it calls “blockchain currencies” via a new method of simultaneous crypto and fiat storage.Specifically, reference is made to “methods for managing fractional reserves of blockchain currency.” Mastercard has offered a mixed public stance on cryptocurrency in recent years,…

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