Daily Tech Headlines – July 4, 2018

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Daily Tech Headlines – July 4, 2018
Number 538
Broadcast Date JULY 4, 2018
Episode Length 4:24
Hosts Rich Stroffolino

ZTE resumes US Business, Uber is in talks to merge with Uber and Careem Networks, and Micron faces Chinese injunction.


Wikipedia blocked Italian readers Tuesday in protest of proposed copyright directives in the EU. Italian visitors received a page claiming Wikipedia would be at risk of closing because of Articles 11 and 13 of the copyright directives. Article 11 would extend copyright protection in full to publishers of press publications with the intent to stop products like Google News from scraping text from articles without paying a fee. Article 13 would require "Information society service providers that store and provide to the public access to large amounts of works or other subject-matter uploaded by their users" to "prevent the availability on their services of works or other subject-matter identified by rightholders." The directive mentions "the use of effective content recognition technologies" as an example.
Bloomberg acquired documents showing the US Commerce department is authorizing ZTE to resume limited business activity in the US ahead of lifting an imposed 7 year ban. The authorization allows ZTE to support equipment contracted by April 15, for a limited window, from July 2nd through August 1st. Bloomberg's sources say ZTE is expected to be in full compliance with Commerce department requirents to fully lift the ban prior to August 1st.
Amazon has confirmed a GeekWire report that it's opening its checkout-free Amazon Go retail store with a new location in Seattle set to open in Fall 2018. According to Seattle permits, the store is larger than the original version, approximately 3,000 square feet, versus 1,800 square feet of the original.
Bloomberg reports that Uber and Careem Networks are in talks to combine their ride hailing service in the Middle East. According to sources, Uber wants to own more than 50% of the combined venture. Careem is currently in talks to raise a $500 million funding round, which would value the company at $1.5 billion, and could potentially IPO itself in January. The proposed merger comes after selling off its businesses in Southeast Asia, Russia and China in order to improve their financials ahead of their own IPO.
CNBC reports that prior to Lyft's announced acquisition of Motivate, Uber passed on acquiring the company due to concerns over unionized workforce and municiple contracts. Motivate's contacts to operate in some cities include a clause that allow them to terminate the relationship if Motivate is acquired. In April, Uber announced plans to acquire Motivate competitor Jump Bikes.
The Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court issued a temporary injunction preventing Micron from selling 26 DRAM and Flash memory chips in China over claims of patent infringement. The infringement case was initially brought by Taiwan’s United Microelectronics Corp in January. In December 2017, Micron filed a civil lawsuit in California accusing UMC of infringement on DRAM intellectual property.
Scientists from Duke University, MIT and Nanyang Technological University published a paper in the journal Small describing the use of sound waves to detect cancer. Sound is directed at an angle to blood flow pushes circulating tumor cells or CTCs into a separate channel of the blood flow where they can be collected in a blood sample. Duke professors Tony Jun Huang says the method can "find out, in a non-invasive manner, whether the patient has cancer, where the cancer is located, what stage it’s in, and what drugs would work best." The approach itself is three years old but what's new is that it can function in a clinical setting with 86% efficiency in an hour. The scientists think they can get faster and more efficient still and make it available in a cheap disposable chip.


Preceded by:
"Daily Tech Headlines – July 3, 2018"
Daily Tech Headlines – July 4, 2018
Followed by:
"European Parliament votes against copyright reform"