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Development of eSIM standard halted after allegations arise that AT&T and Verizon colluded to sabotage it

“The main benefit of eSIM technology is consumer freedom, which is exactly why certain telecommunication carriers have allegedly sought to block its adoption” reports xda-developers.com. If the allegations against the two largest mobile carriers in the U.S. are true, then the future of eSIM technology may be in jeopardy.The GSMA has issued a statement in response to the story which announced that the organization has halted development of the eSIM standard until the ongoing investigation is completed. Source: xda-developers.com Share This:

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AT&T and Verizon are again being investigated for collusion. Here’s what happened the first time.

“The Justice Department is currently investigating whether AT&T and Verizon may have colluded to thwart a technology that could allow wireless customers to switch network providers more easily” writes Tony Romm Is for washingtonpost.com. Key elements of the proposal had already been approved by GSMA when the Justice Department intervened with its investigation in the summer and fall of 2016.The government’s inquiry ended up delaying the proposal’s advance, though it ultimately moved forward again after Justice suspended its investigation. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Bring on museum companion apps — but only if they’re absolutely awesome

“A seamless and functional museum companion app could enrich the museum-going experience through transportive AR experiences, un-Google-able supplemental information, or other multimedia” writes Rachel Kraus for mashable.com. Museum companion apps could actually combat that restlessness by engaging us in a way that static art, linear time, can’t.If an app doesn’t scan, freezes, or dies, it becomes an impediment to the museum experience. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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Incoming NY Fed chief: Bitcoin ‘doesn’t make sense’ as a currency

“Rather, they hope that a system of competing, private cryptocurrencies government-issued currencies, with or without the approval of the government” writes Ap Photo Kin for washingtonexaminer.com. A currency should have stable value and facilitate transactions, he noted.He also compared bitcoin to the gold standard, saying that an inelastic currency is inferior to an elastic currency that can “evolve” in line with the economy. “I feel that this whole cryptocurrency as a currency just doesn’t pass a basic test of what a currency should be or what a supply of an…

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China: Forced Technology Transfer and Theft?

“The increasingly accepted narrative in the West, especially in the United States, is that China acquires technology mostly through forced technology transfer from multinational companies investing in China and through outright theft” reports piie.com. Overlooked are the data that suggest the popular narrative exaggerates the magnitude of China’s forced technology transfer and theft and does not allow for the possibility that China’s protection of intellectual property is improving rather than worsening. Since the subsidiaries of these holding companies using the licensed foreign technology are located in other jurisdictions worldwide, China…

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U.S. Said to Investigate AT&T and Verizon Over Wireless Collusion Claim

“The eSIM technology is supported by gadget makers including Apple, Google and Microsoft, as well as several wireless carriers globally and in the United States” writes Cecilia Kang for nytimes.com. The eSIM technology, which was introduced in early 2016, is embedded in mobile phones and other devices so that people do not need SIM cards anymore. Source: nytimes.com Share This:

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Department of Justice reportedly investigating AT&T and Verizon over collusion against eSIM technology

“An unnamed device maker and mystery wireless carrier complained to the Justice Department, which led to the investigation” writes Apr Edt for theverge.com. AT&T and Verizon are accused of working with GSMA to develop standards that would allow them to keep devices locked to their networks, even if it used eSIM technology.The Department of Justice would not comment on the existence or nonexistence of this investigation to The Verge. Source: theverge.com Share This:

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Alibaba is making its own neural network chip

“Alibaba is developing its own neural network chip, the Ali-NPU, which will be used in AI applications, such as image video analysis, machine learning, and other scenarios, Yicai is reporting” writes Masha Borak for technode.com. AI chips are one of the main targets of China’s push for AI development.To shoulder the future responsibility, we will build Alibaba’s own ‘NASA,’” Alibaba’s executive chairman Jack Ma said during the event. Source: technode.com Share This:

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Google will be stopping all investments in messaging app Allo, as it focusses all energies on the upcoming ‘Chat’ app

“Google is reportedly “pausing investments” in its Allo mobile messaging app that was launched with much fanfare in 2016″ reports firstpost.com. Google, however, is bullish on its video mobile app Duo.Launched in September 2016, Allo is an instant messaging mobile app for the Android and iOS mobile Operating Systems (OS), with a web client available on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera browsers. Source: firstpost.com Share This:

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Rage and wonder in 1968: The year war came through the TV and I felt pieces of childhood ending

“The new generation believed in technology more than any before it, but the generation also believed in LSD, in witches, in tribal knowledge, in orgy, and revolution” writes Romeo Juliet for latimes.com. Their radicalism was in their hate for authority — the authority was the manifest evil of this generation.”.  Source: latimes.com Share This:

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