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Amazon Foresees Future Delivery Drones Flying into Buildings

Amazon, which earlier patented a drone that would fragment in mid-air in event of malfunction to minimize potential damage to schoolkids and others, has just acknowledged in a new patent that delivery drones may fly into buildings. In a patent granted [last] week for an “Unmanned aerial vehicle protective frame configuration,” the Seattle e-commerce giant notes a risk that accompanies its effort to get its products to customers via drones, also known as UAVs. “For example, if the UAV is traveling horizontally and collides with a foreign object (e.g., wall, building), the impact between the UAV and the foreign object will be with the perimeter protective barrier, rather than a propeller,” the patent said. Whether the public will become accustomed to having goods-laden drones passing overhead and perhaps dropping parts or flying into large solid objects remains to be seen. But Amazon, keenly focused on automation and cheap, efficient product delivery, has obtained dozens of drone-related patents in recent years. The new patent for a drone with a protective frame also outlines possible other propulsion systems, beside propellers, for UAVs. Systems could include “fans, jets, turbojets, turbo fans, jet engines, internal combustion engines, and the like,” according to the patent. http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_id=107358 http://www.freenewsfeed.com/rss...

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Goodbye, Silicon Valley: Peter Thiel Is Moving to Los Angeles

Billionaire Peter Thiel, one of the most powerful men in Silicon Valley and its most prominent conservative, plans to move his home and personal investment firm to Los Angeles because he’s disaffected with what he sees as the left-leaning politics of the San Francisco Bay Area, a person familiar with his plans said Thursday. Thiel, 50, was a co-founder of PayPal Inc. and an early investor in Facebook Inc. — where he still sits on the board — and he has helped finance several other tech startups. He’s also a controversial figure in Silicon Valley because of his support of President Trump and other conservative causes. He made a $1.25-million donation to help elect Trump and spoke on Trump’s behalf during the Republican National Convention in 2016. His support of the president drew heavy criticism from his tech-industry peers, in particular within Facebook’s ranks. Thiel this year plans to permanently relocate his residence to his home in Hollywood, and he plans to move his Thiel Capital and Thiel Foundation organizations to a new headquarters in Los Angeles, according to a person familiar with his plans who was not authorized to publicly discuss them. Another of his firms, the venture capital firm Founders Fund, will remain in San Francisco, the person said. Thiel — whose net worth is $2.5 billion, according to Forbes — also has discussed with people close...

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Intel Expands Bug Bounty To Catch More Spectre-Like Flaws

Intel is hoping the spectre of more bounties might lead to fewer meltdowns in the area of semiconductor security. The chip giant said Thursday that it is opening up its bug bounty program to the public in the hopes that by casting a wider net, it will have better luck in catching security flaws in its chips such as the recently found Spectre and Meltdown bugs. Those flaws, which became public in January, are said to have had the potential to affect every PC and mobile device in the world. In a blog post, Rick Echevarria, Intel’s vice president and general manager of platform security, said the main changes in the bug bounty program include moving it from invitation only, to opening it to all security researchers, and offering a new program that runs until Dec. 31, 2018 that will pay up to $250,000 for the finding of “side channel vulnerabilities,” or the types of flaws similar to Spectre. Additionally, Intel is raising bounties across the board up to $100,000. “We believe these changes will enable us to more broadly engage the security research community, and provide better incentives for coordinated response and disclosure that help protect our customers and their data,” Echevarria said in his blog post. Echevarria added that the bounty program will “evolve” as it becomes necessary to make it more effective over time. The company...

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Despite Expert Advisers, Facebook Forges Ahead with Kids’ App

Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids, despite child experts who have pressed the company to shut it down and others who question Facebook’s financial support of some advisers who approved of the app. Messenger Kids lets kids under 13 chat with friends and family. It displays no ads and lets parents approve who their children message. But critics say it serves to lure kids into harmful social media use and to hook young people on Facebook as it tries to compete with Snapchat or its own Instagram app. They say kids shouldn’t be on such apps at all — although they often are. “It is disturbing that Facebook, in the face of widespread concern, is aggressively marketing Messenger Kids to even more children,” the Campaign For a Commercial-Free Childhood said in a statement this week. Messenger Kids launched on iOS to lukewarm reception in December. It arrived on Amazon devices in January and on Android Wednesday. Throughout, Facebook has touted a team of advisers, academics and families who helped shape the app in the year before it launched. But a Wired report this week pointed out that more than half of this safety advisory board had financial ties to the company. Facebook confirmed this and said it hasn’t hidden donations to these individuals and groups — although it hasn’t publicized them, either. Facebook’s donations to...

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Top Alternative Roaming Service Acquires Two Competitors

FEBRUARY 19, 2018 — TALLINN, ESTONIA — Top Connect, provider of the world’s leading alternative roaming service TravelSIM, with more than 5 million users worldwide, has announced acquisition of Telestial and GoSim, two competitors in the international mobile roaming market. “The purchase strengthens our market position in Western Europe and Australia, as well as in North America. To be closer to customers and better serve their needs, we have decided to franchise the Telestial brand to our North American distributor OneSimCard who has been our good partner for more than 10 years. The GoSim and Telestial brands have started to offer an equally extensive range of products as TravelSIM in over 200 countries and data packages with very attractive pricing,” says Max Rivshin, CEO of Top Connect Ltd. According to Rivshin, Top Connect continues to seek opportunities for further expansion through acquisitions, product development and larger distribution network. “Alternative international roaming is still growing business. As travelling increases, so does the need for corporate customers to seek alternative mobile roaming services,” he explains. Telestial and GoSim have been providing roaming services for more than 10 years all over the world and established a strong brand awareness and high customer retention. About Top Connect Top Connect (www.topconnect.com) is one of the biggest alternative mobile roaming providers with more than 20 years of history in telecommunications. Headquartered in Tallinn, the capital...

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