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Parents of Georgia Tech student shot by police file lawsuit

Parents of Georgia Tech student shot by police file lawsuitThe parents of a Georgia Tech student killed by a campus police officer two years ago have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the school, the university system and the officer. Authorities have said university police officer Tyler Beck fatally shot 21-year-old Scott “Scout” Schultz on Sept. 16, 2017. The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday by William and Lynne Schultz names Georgia Tech, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and Beck as defendants.



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All the Best Amazon Prime Day Tech Deals to Shop (So Far)

All the Best Amazon Prime Day Tech Deals to Shop (So Far)



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Is the United States Ready for a Tech War?

Is the United States Ready for a Tech War?A global “technology war” that will likely shape U.S. economic and national security well into the twenty-first century is emerging. Many technologies have become the focus of this war, with winners and losers are already beginning to emerge. At this point, the United States finds itself at a distinct disadvantage.Ironically, the seeds of this emerging conflict were inadvertently sown by the United States. The world has seen the impact of technology—how it has led to the buildup of significant wealth and overwhelming military capacity with global reach. With approximately one-quarter of the global gross domestic product and military spending that exceeds the spending of the next seven nations combined, the United States became what some have labelled the world’s “hyperpower.” And others want in, which has meant growing competition and now an emerging tech war.Today, important technology development changes are underway that could dramatically affect world order. The continued shift in global research and development spending highlights how far U.S. dominance has eroded. In 1960, when considering federal, industry and academia, the United States accounted for 69 percent of the global R&D.; By 2016, the United States accounted for only 28 percent of the global R&D.; With such a shift, it is no wonder that U.S. technology leadership and superiority can no longer be assured.



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Trump says 'something must be done' about big tech alleged anti-conservative bias – while spending $3.5m in Facebook political ads

Trump says 'something must be done' about big tech alleged anti-conservative bias - while spending $  3.5m in Facebook political adsDonald Trump has accused major technology firms such as Facebook and Google of “radical left” bias – even as he is spending millions of dollars in political adverts on the platforms. In a post on Twitter – which he also included in his accusation – the president repeated a claim he and many on the right have made before, namely that big tech companies reduce or minimise access to conservative content. “Facebook, Google and Twitter, not to mention the Corrupt Media, are sooo on the side of the Radical Left Democrats.



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Don’t Break Up Big Tech

Don’t Break Up Big TechThe worst ideas in Washington are often bipartisan. Big Tech is about to learn this lesson, if it hasn’t already.Elizabeth Warren is out with a headline-grabbing proposal to break up Big Tech companies, the sort of overly ambitious government plan that once would have engendered knee-jerk Republican opposition. Not anymore. Who says we all can’t get along?When the senator tweeted her (understandable) objection that Facebook had taken down her ads attacking Facebook and other tech companies, Ted Cruz agreed that the companies have too much power.Tech is caught in a right–left pincer. Conservatives don’t like these companies because they are owned and operated by sanctimonious Silicon Valley liberals subject to the worst sort of groupthink. Progressives don’t like them because they are colossal profit-making enterprises.That’s why there is some chance Washington might get together and, along the lines Warren proposes, effectively outlaw the business models of some of the most successful and iconic American companies.Warren’s idea to cleave off the platforms of the tech companies and have them run as “platform utilities” separate from the rest of their business is unworkable and is justified by a series of errors and misjudgments.It’s not true, as Warren asserts, that the antitrust suit against Microsoft in the 1990s opened up the space for Google and Facebook to thrive. Microsoft never got the Internet and left the space open for Google and Facebook all by itself, as often happens with a large incumbent wedded to its business model.She charges that the tech companies use mergers to limit competition and cites Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. It’s hard to discern the harm here. When the social network bought it, WhatsApp was available for a fee. Now it’s free, and more people use it than ever. What’s the problem?She calls out Google for allegedly killing off its competitors by burying them in its searches. It’s not obvious that Google actually does this, although its search business inherently involves constantly making choices to try to best serve what people want to see. No government regulator is going to improve Google’s searches, or is qualified to even try.Warren’s proposal is obviously formulated without taking any account of the interests of consumers, who are the ones who made the tech companies so large.Why does Google provide for free a tool without which it’s impossible to imagine contemporary life? Because it can monetize it with advertising. Without the advertising, which Warren insists should be a separate business, Google has no incentive to devote engineers to improving its search engine.By the same token, no one will welcome iPhones that no longer come with or sell Apple apps. And would people really appreciate having to go to two different Amazons, one just a platform, one selling Amazon products?This is all silly, as are the mergers that Warren pledges to reverse, including Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods. Amazon doesn’t have anything close to a monopoly in food retail. Rather than taking over the sector, it’s spurring investment and innovation. The nation’s largest supermarket chain, Kroger, was slated to increase its spending on investment 200 percent in 2018.The tech giants aren’t stand-pat companies. Amazon alone spent more than $ 22 billion on investment in 2017. The development of autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, and voice recognition wouldn’t be nearly as advanced if it weren’t for the research of the tech companies. The behemoth of yesteryear, General Electric, isn’t making these investments.None of this is to deny genuine concerns about tech companies. They need rules for content that honor the spirit of the First Amendment, and perhaps there should be tighter regulations around privacy. But any real offenses should be addressed with fixes directed at specific conduct, rather than with a massive politically imposed reorganization.That’s a very bad idea, and if you had any doubt, watch it get a respectful hearing from both sides in Washington.© 2019 by King Features Syndicate



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US tech giant Nvidia in biggest ever deal with $6.9bn takeover of Israel's Mellanox

US tech giant Nvidia in biggest ever deal with $  6.9bn takeover of Israel's MellanoxThe US computer giant Nvidia has made its biggest-ever acquisition with a $ 6.9bn (£5.3bn) takeover of Israel’s Mellanox. The deal represents a strategic shift towards cloud computing for Nvidia after a share crash at the end of last year triggered by the end of the cryptocurrency boom and slow sales of its computer game graphics chips. Nvidia is best known for graphical processors, which are used in video and game production but have also become surprisingly proficient at intensive computing tasks such as cryptocurrency mining and artificial intelligence. Its shares rose ten-fold between 2016 and last September amid booming interest in AI and the Bitcoin bubble, but lost half their value at the end of last year as cryptocurrency mining became unprofitable and sales of the graphics cards it sells to video gamers slowed, particularly in China. Mellanox’s networking technology is used within data centres, the remote stacks of powerful computers used by companies to store and process vast amounts of information. Its technology transfers data at high speeds within and between the data centres, which are increasingly in demand due to the rise of cloud computing services in which companies rent server space from Amazon, Microsoft and others. Jensen Huang, Nvidia’s chief executive, said: “The emergence of AI and data science, as well as billions of simultaneous computer users, is fueling skyrocketing demand on the world’s data centers.” The two companies have previously worked together on the world’s two most powerful supercomputers, the IBM-built systems used by the US government. Nvidia reportedly beat away competition from Intel for the acquisition. Intel has also been leaning more heavily on its data centre business as the market for personal computers shrinks. It is by far the company’s biggest acquisition to date, worth almost 20 times the $ 367m it paid for modem company Icera in 2011. Shares in Nvidia rose by more than 5pc on news of the deal.



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Get paid for your data? California governor wants tech companies to show you the money

Get paid for your data? California governor wants tech companies to show you the moneyGov. Gavin Newsom is considering a bill that would compensate users for their data, but critics warn it could be complicated.



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Tech Startup Investors Are Wary of Warren's Plan to Protect Them

Tech Startup Investors Are Wary of Warren's Plan to Protect Them“To reach consumers you have to pay Facebook and Google” for advertising and attention, said Garry Tan, co-founder and managing partner of Initialized Capital. Large companies “spend billions of dollars a year on Facebook and Google ads,” he said.



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Warren Says Breaking Up Tech Giants Will Keep Market Competitive

Warren Says Breaking Up Tech Giants Will Keep Market CompetitiveThe Massachusetts senator spoke Saturday at the annual South by Southwest cultural festival in Austin, Texas, a day after proposing to take steps to break up companies like Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Co.’s Google if she’s elected. On Friday she called for legislation that would designate large technology companies as “platform utilities,” and for the appointment of regulators who’d unwind technology mergers that undermine competition and harm innovation and small businesses.



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Elizabeth Warren Imagines Big Tech After the Breakup

Elizabeth Warren Imagines Big Tech After the BreakupWarren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, joins a growing chorus across the political spectrum voicing concern about the power of Silicon Valley and proposing some kind of government action. At the center of Warren’s is the argument that certain parts of the tech industry have become utilities. The services these companies provide are so ubiquitous and essential that they’re  now similar to electricity and water: basics for human existence that must have their supply and price regulated for the benefit of society.  This isn’t necessarily a new idea – Donald Trump’s former adviser Stephen Bannon suggested this.



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