Patent Transactions, Puerto Rico Artworks, Antitrust Laws, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, November 8, 2019


BusinessWire: First Freely Available Patent Transactions Database Launched by Unified Patents and ROI (PRESS RELEASE). “Unified Patents, the organization dedicated to deterring NPE activity and improving transparency in the patent markets, today announced the launch of a new collaboration with Richardson Oliver Insights (ROI) to provide free access to patent transaction data on more than 25,000 patent families that are For Sale and Likely Sold via the Portal, Unified’s open IP analytics platform. Top companies transacting include Cisco, Nokia, RPX, Xiaomi, and Verizon.” I think in this case NPE is “non-practicing entity”.

New York Times: Google Digitizes Artworks in Puerto Rico for 1st Time. “‘Goyita’ is one of more than 350 paintings from Puerto Rico that Google Arts & Culture digitized for the first time with help from ‘Hamilton’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who unveiled late Thursday the online exhibition that features work from four Puerto Rico art institutions.”

University of Chicago: Comprehensive Database Offers New Tools for Examining Global Competition Laws and Policy. “Two leading scholars from the University of Chicago Law School and Columbia Law School have released the world’s most comprehensive collection of competition laws and enforcement practices to date, providing researchers, lawyers, journalists, and policymakers with new tools to assess the economic impact of these laws across borders.”


BetaNews: Malwarebytes 4.0 unveils the promise of better zero-day detection, 50 percent less CPU usage. “Malwarebytes has released a major new version of its eponymous anti-malware tool: Malwarebytes 4.0 is available now as a free and premium version for both Windows and Mac.”

NBC News: Facebook’s Zuckerberg holds line on political ads, but microtargeting could change. “Zuckerberg has said repeatedly that he does not think technology companies should be in the position of determining what is true and what is false in candidates’ ads. Facebook could find a middle ground in limiting how political campaigns use the company’s advertising platform, in particular limiting the ability to show ads to particular groups of people, a practice known as microtargeting.”

Neowin: YouTube is rolling out Super Stickers for eligible content creators. “YouTube has announced that it is rolling out Super Stickers to eligible content creators in 60 countries. Customers will be able to purchase different stickers to use during live streams and Premieres. The firm hopes that Super Stickers will build on Super Chat, which lets fans purchase messages that stand out within live chat and Premieres, ultimately boosting revenues for creators.”


Reuters: EU’s Vestager says Google’s antitrust proposal not helping shopping rivals . “Alphabet unit Google’s (GOOGL.O) proposal to create a level playing field for price comparison shopping rivals to stave off fresh fines has not led to more traffic for its competitors, Europe’s antitrust chief said on Thursday.”

Wall Street Journal (I do not have a subscription and this was not paywalled when I looked at it, but your mileage may vary): Travel Sites Fault Google for Revenue Slowdowns. “TripAdvisor Inc. …and Expedia…Group Inc. are struggling to navigate shifts in how Google delivers information to consumers who use its search engine to plan travel. Shares of both travel-focused companies fell sharply Thursday after executives at both companies cited how Google handles travel-related searches. TripAdvisor’s stock fell 20%, while shares of Expedia dropped 25%.”

Chicago Daily Herald: Board of Google parent investigating sexual misconduct cases. “In response to shareholder lawsuits, the board at Google parent Alphabet is investigating claims of sexual misconduct made against executives and how the company handled them. CNBC first reported Wednesday that the company has hired an outside firm to examine how its executives handled sexual misconduct allegations.”


ZDNet: This is how Google Analytics is abused by phishing scammers. “While legitimate users can implement Google Analytics to measure ROI, fraudsters will also use the service to track technical markers — including browsers, countries, and visitor operating systems — to tweak phishing campaigns and malicious domains to be more visible to a target market.”


Congressional Budget Office: CBO Releases an Interactive Tool and Related Computer Code for Analyzing the Effects of Federal Minimum-Wage Increases. “Today, CBO released an interactive tool that allows users to explore the effects of policies that would increase the federal minimum wage, including the Raise the Wage Act (as passed by the House of Representatives on July 18, 2019) and options CBO analyzed in The Effects on Employment and Family Income of Increasing the Federal Minimum Wage. Users can also create custom policy options to examine how different approaches to changing the minimum wage would affect earnings, employment, family income, and poverty.”

EurekAlert: NUS engineers invent smartphone device that detects harmful algae in 15 minutes. “A team of engineers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a highly sensitive system that uses a smartphone to rapidly detect the presence of toxin-producing algae in water within 15 minutes. This invention can generate test results on-site, and findings can be reported in real-time using the smartphone’s wireless communications capabilities.” Good morning, Internet…

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