Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them? 1 — Google+ to shut down after a cover-up of a data-exposing bug. A security bug that allowed third-party developers to access the user profile data of Google+, the search engine giant’s intended Facebook-killing-social network, was discovered and patched in March, but the company never told anyone. It turns out that 496,951 users’ full names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation and relationship status were potentially exposed, but Google claims it has no evidence the data was misused by the 438 apps that could have accessed it. The end result is that Google+ has become too much of a liability and the company will be shutti
Patent Office gets search help from tech industry heavyweights By Susan MillerOct 08, 2018 A key bottleneck in U.S. innovation is the patent process, which requires the thorough research of prior art, or any information that has bearing on a patent's claim to novelty. Before filing for a patent, applicants search through previously patented innovations and other documentation to be sure their proposal is truly new. Patent examiners likewise research prior art to ensure there is no duplication. When there's no good system for researching prior art that can be scattered across user manuals, conference presentations, websites, pay-walled peer-reviewed journals or temporarily public marketing materia...
By Malathi Nayak (Bloomberg Law)Big patent holding company Intellectual Ventures is selling part of its patent trove following some litigation setbacks and patent law changes. The move has put corporations such as Facebook Inc. and AT&T Inc. into new legal crosshairs. IV, founded in 2000 by former Microsoft Corp. Chief Technology Officer Nathan Myhrvold to buy patents and offer licenses to companies seeking patent protection, has turned to selling its patents to smaller companies with more of an appetite to sue. The array of smaller, litigation-prone plaintiffs leaves potential defendants with a tough choice: strike a licensing deal with Intellectual Ventures or risk that it sells the patent to a new, lesser-known holding company that’s ready to go to court. It can
With the exception–perhaps–of your therapist or significant other, no one has more power to learn your secrets than your internet service provider. An ISP can see every website that you choose to access. And with the scrapping of Obama-era privacy regulations last year, the U.S. federal government has no rules against ISPs collecting and selling your information to marketers. But new tech fixes are plugging the privacy holes that the government won’t.The effort began in April, when Firefox browser maker Mozilla and content delivery network Cloudflare rolled out measures to block one of the easiest ways for ISPs to snoop. They started encrypting the browser’s “DNS lookup” of a web site’s numerical IP address–converting Google.com to 188.8.131.52, for instance. (See our instructions for
You may have already heard that Amazon Alexa can now be a part of every aspect of your life — including a wall clock. But here are some other stories from the week to catch up on.Catch up quick: Amazon announced a flood of new Alexa-powered appliances; Lime and Bird pass the 10 million ride mark; Instagram's IGTV algorithm recommended videos of disturbing and graphic content; Facebook is pulling back site support for Donald Trump's 2020 campaign; and Google staff discussed search-related tweaks after 2017 travel ban.Read more toggleShow lessGo deeper372 WordsAmazon announced a flood of new Alexa-powered home and car appliancesWhy it matters: Journalists soaked up the 80 minutes an Amazon executive gave to announce voice-assistant powered products from microwaves to Alexa in cars. But, R
The next generation of mobile networks will make or break the big tech ideas of the future, allowing each one to be field-tested at scale and checked off as a revolution or a dud.Why it matters: Autonomous vehicles, smart homes, smart cities, "Internet of Things" devices, virtual and augmented reality — 5G will carry this raft of new technologies out of the labs and into our streets and homes, weaving the internet into the fabric of daily life.Read more toggleShow lessGo deeper326 WordsBetween the lines: Yes, 5G will mean faster data on phones. But it will also pave the way for billions of connected devices — everything from sensors that can measure water levels to surgery done remotely over the internet.5G offers three upgrades to its predecessor, today's 4G (or LTE) networks:Minimal d
SAN JOSE — San Jose officials intend to orchestrate multiple property deals that the city hopes will bring more tech companies to north San Jose, create a more enjoyable experience at Avaya Stadium, and pave a smoother path for the development of a Google transit village downtown. The city wants to sell land near the Coleman Highline complex across from San Jose International Airport in a deal officials hope will trigger major new leases at the office, hotel and retail project, increase parking for soccer games and other events at Avaya Stadium as well as for tech tenants at the development; and sweep away some potential impediments to land needed for the Google complex in downtown San Jose. “We are helping out with economic development at Coleman Highline with this property sale,” Nanc
BIG TECH COMPANIES 1. Baidu in Hot Water After Hospital Mix-Up What: Baidu issued an apology on Sunday after it was revealed that searches for public hospitals affiliated with Shanghai’s prestigious Fudan University returned results for a private hospital instead. An expose by the state-owned broadcaster CCTV showed that several people went to the more expensive and less competent “Shanghai Fuda Hospital” instead of those affiliated with Fudan. Why it’s important: Baidu is the search engine that most people rely on in China, where Google has been blocked since 2010. Baidu has a market share of nearly 70%, according to web traffic tracker StatCounter. Big picture: Baidu has been fiercely criticized over the past two years for its weak vetting of health care advertisers, which are
Google has placed restrictions on tech support ads after admitting it's increasingly hard to tell promos for legit services from deceptions. Tech support scams come via either cold calls to unsuspecting users or bogus web pages showing made-up, fake alert messages usually about dummy virus infections. Cold-callers posing as techies from Microsoft attempt to trick targets into thinking they have a problem with their PC. Both efforts are geared towards getting marks to subscribe to high-priced subscription services they don't need or worse. The potential returns are rich enough for scammers to invest in ads, which evidently pass muster. In response, Google has introduced restrictions on ads in the tech suppo...
Google announced that it'll be restricting tech support ads.Image: Getty Images/fStop By Johnny Lieu2018-09-03 07:39:13 UTC Tech support scams are a problem on the internet, and Google is trying to stop people from getting tangled in them through their ads. It's decided to restrict ads by third-party technical support providers, as well as making these businesses verify themselves. "As the fraudulent activity takes place off our platform, itâs increasingly difficult to separate the bad actors from the legitimate providers," reads a post by Google's director of global product policy, David Graff, on Friday. "That's why in the coming months, we will roll out a verification program to ensure that only legitimate providers of third-party tech support can use our platform to