TikTok Releases Its First Transparency Report

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TikTok Releases Its First Transparency Report
Number 1037
Broadcast Date JANUARY 2, 2020
Episode Length 4:14
Hosts Rich Stroffolino

TikTok released its first transparency report, Apple enters into a license agreement with Imagination Technologies, and Bosch is making LiDAR sensors for autonomous cars.


TikTok released its first transparency report, reporting which countries submitted requests for user data and to remove content. The report shows that India and the US had the most takedown requests, with 11 and 6 government requests respectively. China was not listed in the report, but the scope was limited to TikTok and did not include data from other ByteDance-owned apps like the Chinese version of TikTok, Douyin.
Imagination Technologies announced a new multi-year license agreement with Apple, providing the company with "access to a wider range of Imagination’s intellectual property." Imagination previously designed the GPUs used in Apple's iPhones and iPads, but Apple cut ties with the company in 2017 when it moved the designs in-house. The move was largely responsible for Imagination being bought by Canyon Bridge Capital that same year, and subsequently going private. It is unclear what intellectual property Apple will use from the licensing agreement.
Bosch announced it developed production ready LiDAR sensors for use in vehicles. The company is producing the sensors at scale to help keep cost down and spur wide spread adoption, and says the sensors are suitable for all autonomous driving use cases. No specific pricing details were announced. For context, the sensor company Luminar announced a sub-$1000 LiDAR system for production cars, and Waymo plans to sell its LiDAR system, reportedly around $5,000.
Security researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the US, the University of Lubeck in Germany, and Intel published a report showing that FPGA cards can be used to launch faster Rowhammer attacks. Rowhammer attacks use repeated reads on data stored on a single row of memory to build up an electric charge to corrupt or flip bits stored in adjacent memory rows. Usually these attacks are done with code processed by the CPU. The researchers showed an attack called Jackhammer, using FPGAs resulted in attacks that were twice as fast, flipped four times as many bits, and were much harder to detect. This performance increase is because FPGAs connect directly to a processor's bus, with direct access to CPU cache and system memory without having to interact with software layers.
Samsung announced the Galaxy Book Flex Alpha ahead of CES. The 2-in-1 aluminum laptop features a 13.3-inch 1080p QLED display, and will offer 10th generation Intel processors, 8 or 12GB or RAM, 256GB or 512GB of storage, with a claimed 17.5 hours of battery life and USB-C fast charging. Pricing starts at $829.99, available the first half of 2020.
GE announced new additions to its connected home line C for GE, the Hubless Three-Wire Smart Switch and Hubless dimmer. As the name implies, both devices can integrate with Amazon Voice services and Google Home over WiFi without the use of a separate hub. Both are also designed to integrate smart lighting into older homes and don't require a neutral wire for installation. GE also announced a line of “wire-free” switches, which attach to walls with adhesive, operate on a coin-battery with a two year battery life, and connect to AVS and Google Home devices over Bluetooth. The three-wire and wire free switches will arrive in the first quarter, starting at $39.99, the dimmers are due in the second quarter starting at $49.99.
Researchers from the University of Rochester, New York, published a paper in the journal Small demonstrating a biocomputer made from 32 strands of DNA designed to calculate square roots. The researchers developed a 10-bit logic circuit using chains of DNA linked together in double strands, with input signals colored using fluorescence. Every square root from 1 to 900 was assigned a color value, allowing the researchers were analyze values after passing through the logic gate.


Preceded by:
"Tax Prep Companies Can No Longer Hide Free File Offerings From Search"
TikTok Releases Its First Transparency Report
Followed by:
"Firefox Adds The Ability to Delete User Telemetry Data for CCPA Compliance"