Leaked email: Amazon’s AWS Pro-Rata pilot program helps private investors invest in startups using AWS via venture funds participating in financing rounds (Ari Levy/CNBC)

March 15, 2019

Ari Levy / CNBC: Leaked email: Amazon’s AWS Pro-Rata pilot program helps private investors invest in startups using AWS via venture funds participating in financing rounds  —  – Companies listed as opportunities include Boom, which manufactures supersonic jets, and Roman, a maker of men’s health products. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Apple Dealt Legal Blow as Jury Awards Qualcomm $31 Million

Apple violated three Qualcomm patents and should pay the chipmaker $31 million for infringing on its technology, a jury decided Thursday, giving Qualcomm momentum as it heads into another legal skirmish with the iPhone maker next month. From a report: Qualcomm, which filed the suit in July 2017, alleged Apple had used its technology without permission in some versions of its popular iPhone. The jury awarded Qualcomm the full amount…

March 15, 2019
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Scientists Measure 1.3-Billion-Volt Thunderstorm, the Strongest on Record

An anonymous reader shares a report: Scientists in India observed the highest-voltage thunderstorm ever documented with the help of a subatomic particle you might not hear much about: the muon. The researchers operate the GRAPES-3 telescope, which measures muons, particles that are similar to electrons but heavier. Specifically, the Gamma Ray Astronomy at PeV EnergieS Phase-3 (GRAPES-3) muon telescope measures high-energy particles from outer space called cosmic rays. It typically…

March 15, 2019
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I Was Cited in a Court Decision

An article I co-wrote — my first law journal article — was cited by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court — the state supreme court — in a case on compelled decryption. Here’s the first, in footnote 1: We understand the word “password” to be synonymous with other terms that cell phone users may be familiar with, such as Personal Identification Number or “passcode.” Each term refers to the personalized combination…

March 15, 2019
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Android Q Will Kill Clipboard Manager Apps in the Name of Privacy

Bolstering privacy is one of the primary focuses for Google in Android Q, the latest version of its mobile operating system, and that may spell trouble for some of your favorite apps. From a report: In Android Q, Google has restricted access to clipboard data as previously rumored, which means most apps that currently aim to manage that data won’t work anymore. Having an app that sits in the background…

March 15, 2019
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Amazon Gets an Edge With Its Secret Squad of PhD Economists

An anonymous reader shares a report: With help from outside researchers, Amazon’s economists are working on a way to measure inflation using thousands of transactions across its own platform. Automatically analyzing product descriptions allows them to better assess the quality of a dress or a juicer or a bathmat, theoretically creating a more accurate, up-to-date index of how much things cost. That’s just one way Amazon is using the squad…

March 15, 2019
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Changes to MIT’s email service

IS&T is making changes to MIT’s email infrastructure to improve community members’ experience with two features of MIT’s email services: automatic forwarding and spam filtering. Image:  Source: http://ist.mit.edu

March 15, 2019
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