Apple's threat to quit Britain over £5bn patent row | This is Money -

Optis is suing Apple for patent infringement after the iPhone maker refused to pay licence fees worth a possible $7billion for using 'standardised' smartphone technology in its products. 

A High Court judge ruled last month that Apple had infringed two Optis patents, which help iPhones connect to the 3G and 4G networks. 

Microsoft Teams is bringing back Clippy and all your old favorites | TechRadar -

The subjects of the new Teams backgrounds include the infamous Clippy, Microsoft Solitaire and Paint. The company has also unvaulted the Windows XP meadow, arguably the most iconic PC wallpaper ever.

Latest iOS 14.7 beta fixes bug that caused certain network names to disable your iPhone's Wi-Fi - 9to5Mac -

iOS 14.7 is available to developers and public beta testers now, but there is still no word on a public release date.

New York City Opens Cyberattack Defense Center - WSJ -

Set in a lower Manhattan skyscraper, the center is staffed by a coalition of government agencies and private businesses, with 282 partners overall sharing intelligence on potential cyber threats. Its members range from the New York Police Department to Inc. and International Business Machines Corp. to the Federal Reserve Bank and several New York healthcare systems.

Rupert Murdoch’s answer to Google News is dead after only 18 months | Ars Technica -

In August of 2019, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp announced that it was developing Knwez, its own "conservative friendly" alternative to Google News. Knewz went live without much fanfare in January of 2020, and officially died today, less than eighteen months later.

Taiwan's Foxconn discussing electric vehicle plant in Wisconsin | Autoblog -

Foxconn and electric car manufacturer Fisker Inc said in May that they had finalized a vehicle-assembly deal. They did not identify a location, but Fisker's CEO said Foxconn's Wisconsin site was a possibility.

In a statement, Foxconn said it had begun discussions with Wisconsin.

Sealed copy of The Legend of Zelda sells for nearly a million dollars - The Verge -

A sealed copy of The Legend of Zelda for the NES just sold for $870,000 at Heritage Auctions, breaking the previous record for the most expensive game ever sold (as far as I am aware, at least). That record was just raised quite a bit in April when a copy of Super Mario Bros. was auctioned for $660,000, a price that more than quadrupled the previous known record.

AI Text-to-Speech models have accents too -

While playing around with the Web Speech API I discovered something interesting: if you let the Dutch voice speak English text, it sounds remarkably like the typical "Dungrish" accent (Dutch person speaking English).

NASA Is Quietly Funding a Hunt for Alien Megastructures -

Since the end of 2019, NASA has awarded four grants to fund searching for technosignatures. In November 2020, NASA awarded a grant to Ann Marie Cody of the NASA Ames Research Center and Croft to survey the whole sky for anomalous objects that transit across stars. It is possible, however uncertain, that they and their collaborators will find artificial alien megastructures.

Trump sues Facebook, Google, Twitter, Dorsey, Zuckerberg, Pichai -

The suits want the court to order the media companies to let Trump back on their platforms. They also want the court to declare that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a piece of legislation that stops tech companies from being held liable for what users post on their platforms, is unconstitutional.

GETTR: Trump Ally Accounts Hacked on July 4 Launch Day -

When asked why he decided to target the social media platform, he said it was "just for fun" and that it had been "easy" from a technical standpoint — roughly 20 minutes of work.

The Yahoo! Brand Is Still Worth $1.6 Billion to Masayoshi Son - Bloomberg -

Z Holdings Inc., a unit of Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank Group Corp., agreed to buy the rights to the Yahoo name in Japan for 178.5 billion yen to replace an existing licensing agreement. The deal follows the sale of Verizon Communications Inc.’s media division, the bulk of which is the original U.S. version of the Yahoo web portal, to private equity firm Apollo Global Management Inc. for $5 billion.

Google Seems to Be Closing the Borders on Its Play Store -

This week, the company announced that beginning in August, developers will have to publish apps as a proprietary Android App Bundle rather than the standard APK publishing format.

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Leo's MBW Pick for 7/6/21 - a free alternative to Audacity

Pokémon GO Catches $5 Billion in Lifetime Revenue in Five Years -

Pokémon GO generated record revenue from player spending in 2020, picking up $1.3 billion globally, a rise of 41 percent year-over-year. As we head into the second half of 2021, the title has accumulated approximately half of its total 2020 revenue.

Federal Watchdog Finds Lots Of Facial Recognition Use By Gov't Agencies, Very Little Internal Oversight | Techdirt -

For instance, while we expect law enforcement agencies like the FBI, DEA, ATF, and TSA to use facial recognition tech, the report notes that a total of 20 agencies own or use the tech. That list also includes some unexpected agencies, like the IRS, US Postal Service, the FDA, and NASA.

From K-Pop stan to keyboard warrior: Meet the activists battling Myanmar’s military junta - Rest of World -

These so-called “keyboard fighters” have taken it upon themselves to draw global attention to the ways the people of Myanmar are suffering under the military junta. Congregating on Facebook groups and Telegram channels, they have built a dynamic citizen movement to counter the regime’s misinformation operations and propaganda. 

Judge blocks Florida law aimed at punishing social media - ABC News -

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle granted a preliminary injunction stopping the new law from being enforced. The law — which was supposed to take effect on Thursday — enabled the state to fine large social media companies $250,000 a day if they remove an account of a statewide political candidate, and $25,000 a day if they remove an account of someone running for a local office.

Meat Grown in Israeli Bioreactors Is Coming to American Diners -

Future Meat Technologies Ltd. is in talks with U.S. regulators to start offering its products in restaurants by the end of next year. The company has just opened what it calls the world’s first industrial cellular meat facility, which will be able to produce 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds) a day.

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