“Concentration writ large” Big Tech’s dealmaking push comes in spite of growing concerns in Washington about its monopolistic power. The Federal Trade Commission has begun a review of small acquisitions made by the five tech giants dating back to 2010, while the Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Elizabeth Warren have proposed a ban on “predatory” crisis-era purchases by companies with more than $100 million in revenues. … [Read more...] about Big Tech goes on pandemic M&A spree despite political backlash
Countless maternal deprivation studies have been performed in various species since then, and whatever human benefits came from these experiments was at far too high of a cost in animal suffering. Anxiety disorders and depression are serious conditions that need to be studied and should not be left untreated. However, I am extremely skeptical about the scientific value of maternal deprivation experiments for the development of new therapies. [Animal Data Is Not Reliable for Human Health Research (Op-Ed)] … [Read more...] about Lab-On-A-Chip Tech is Revolutionary, Yet Universities Cling to ‘Dark Ages’ Animal Models (Op-Ed)
Ultimately though, is all this brouhaha over India's contact tracing app more noise than substance since it ended up being open source and optional? Maybe. But consider these facts. Narendra Modi was Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat when over 2,100 Muslims were slaughtered in an orchestrated pogrom. For someone like Modi who has tight control over practically every organ of his administration, it would have been laughably impossible for him -- and his police force -- to not be aware of the bloodletting that took place over a span of many days all across the state. … [Read more...] about India’s contact tracing app made open source, but will this thwart a surveillance state?
The feature allows viewers to message each other in a shared group chat that appears beside the video they’re watching. Users can individually control their playback if they need to pause, and a “click to catch up” button will let them snap back to where the group is if they want to sync up again. … [Read more...] about Hulu is launching an official Watch Party feature
Production pressures: There was tremendous financial pressure on Boeing and the 737 Max program to compete with Airbus' A320neo aircraft.Faulty assumptions: Boeing made fundamentally faulty assumptions about critical technologies on the 737 Max, most notably with MCAS.Culture of concealment: In several critical instances, Boeing withheld crucial information from the FAA, its customers and 737 Max pilots.Conflicted representation: The FAA's current oversight structure regarding Boeing creates inherent conflicts of interest that have jeopardized the safety of the flying public. Boeing's influence over the FAA's oversight: Multiple career FAA officials documented examples of FAA management overruling the determination of the agency's own technical experts at the behest of Boeing.What has to happen before the Max can fly again?Aviation safety agencies around the world need to approve Boeing's fixes as safe, and airlines would need to implement them. Even with the … [Read more...] about Boeing 737 Max could stay grounded until late 2020