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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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IBM Thailand Promotes AI, Blockchain in Order to Create Regional Sales Hub

“As Cointelegraph previously reported, IBM is also actively promoting blockchain technology, elaborating decentralized solutions for different areas in numerous patents” writes Ana Berman for cointelegraph.com. And later in November, the local Revenue Department announced its plans to track tax payments using blockchain and maсhine learning.According to the article, IBM is going to promote blockchain in collaboration with the country’s central bank, Bank of Thailand.Thai officials have recently started applying blockchain in different areas.A recent survey by IDC-IBM shows that global spending on blockchain will reach $9.7 billion by 2021. Source: cointelegraph.com…

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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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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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Microsoft makes 60,000 patents open source in a bid to help protect Linux

“What this essentially means is that Microsoft has just made 60,000 of its patents open source” reports firstpost.com. It is no secret that there has been friction in the past between Microsoft and the open source community over the issue of patents.”. This means developers get royalty-free access to both OIN-owned patents as well as cross-licenses between OIN licensees. Source: firstpost.com Share This:

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Mastercard Wins Blockchain Patent, Hiring Blockchain Specialists

“Mastercard, an American multinational financial corporation, has won its third patent for a slightly altered version of a blockchain system” reports financemagnates.com. The company’s first blockchain patent was approved in November 2017.This patent suggests that a Mastercard is working on a blockchain.The patent describes the operation of a blockchain capable of “storing multiple transaction formats”.It is titled “Method and system for partitioned blockchains and enhanced privacy for permissioned blockchains”. Source: financemagnates.com Share This:

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Waymo has one of its lidar patents gutted, thanks to a random engineer

“He’s just a lone engineer who saw Waymo’s lidar patent, called BS, and forked over around $6,000 of his own money to issue a challenge to the US Patent Office, which agreed with him, voiding all but three of Waymo’s patent claims” reports cnet.com. It turns out now that one of Waymo’s lidar patents wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, and it was all discovered by one random guy, according to Ars Technica.Add the fact that in some of Waymo’s patent claims, electrical current is shown to be traveling both…

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U.S. trade judge declines to block iPhone imports

“(Reuters) – A U.S. trade judge on Friday declined to block the importation of Apple Inc iPhones with chips from Intel Corp , handing a major defeat to Qualcomm Inc in its high-stakes legal dispute with the iPhone maker” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Thomas Pender, an administrative law judge at the ITC, said that “public interest factors” weighed against granting Qualcomm’s request for a ban.Apple and Qualcomm are locked in a wide-ranging legal dispute in which Apple has accused Qualcomm of unfair patent licensing practices.Qualcomm did not allege…

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