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Europe’s Copyright Rules Will Stifle Free Expression 1
Posted Monday, Nov 12, 2018 by Jeff Safire

On May 25, 2018, those who follow internet policy in Europe had one overriding area of interest: the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a game-changing set of privacy rules that served as the perfect cover for another, far more drastic and controversial change in European law.

How a central control system could keep AV traffic flowing smoothly 2
Posted Thursday, Nov 1, 2018 by Jeff Safire

By Raphael Gindrat Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios For the most part, the hype surrounding AVs has focused on the cars: how safe they are, when they’ll arrive, whether they’ll work. But less attention has been paid to how these vehicles will work together as fleets — often shared along the model of ride-hailing services —…

Self-driving cars will have to decide who should live and who should die 3
Posted Friday, Oct 26, 2018 by Jeff Safire

Here’s who humans would kill By Carolyn Y. Johnson October 24, 2018 A massive experiment asked users who a self-driving car should save — or not — in various ethical dilemmas. (Moral Machine/MIT) Imagine this scenario: the brakes fail on a self-driving car as it hurtles toward a busy crosswalk. A homeless person and…

PTAB changing claim construction standard for interpreting claims in IPR proceedings 4
Posted Friday, Oct 19, 2018 by Jonathan Wells

Last week, the United Sates Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced they will be replacing the claim construction standard applied during inter partes review (IPR) and other proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).  Up until now, in a PTAB proceeding, claims of an unexpired patent have been given their “broadest reasonable…

Wireless Controls Keep Expanding the Smart Home’s Boundaries 5
Posted Tuesday, Oct 9, 2018 by Jeff Safire

As the intelligence quotient of homes pushes higher, demand soars for related products. To keep pace, designers need low-cost simple solutions for their designs, such as MCU/radio combo chips.

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