The commentary around IIS Fraunhofer and Technicolor terminating their MP3 licensing program for certain MP3 related patents and software has been amusing. While some are interpreting this development as the demise of the MP3 format, others are cheering about MP3s finally being free. Developer and commentator Marco Arment tries to prevail sense:MP3 is no less alive now than it was last month or will be next year — the last known MP3 patents have simply expired. So while there’s a debate to be had — in a moment — about whether MP3 should still be used today, Fraunhofer’s announcement has nothing to do with that, and is simply the ending of its patent-licensing program (because the patents have all expired) and a suggestion that we move to a newer, still-patented format. MP3 is supported by everything, everywhere, and is now patent-free. There has never been another audio format as widely supported as MP3, it’s good enough for almost anything, and now, over twenty years since it took the world by storm, it’s finally free.
A U.S. judge granted a partial injunction against Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] in a high-profile trade secrets case with Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Waymo self-driving car unit, ordering Uber to promptly return any Waymo files downloaded by a former Waymo engineer.The ruling from U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco, made public on Monday, said Uber “likely knew” or should have known that the engineer, who now works at Uber, took Waymo materials while Uber was contemplating buying the engineer’s company. However, the judge also said few of Waymo’s alleged trade secrets have been traced to Uber’s self-driving car technology, and that Waymo’s patent claims against Uber have proved “meritless.”
Svenska institutets egna twitterkonto Sweden har varje vecka en ny curator, alltså någon som twittrar åt dem för att spegla Sverige ur flera olika perspektiv. Förra veckans curator blockade 14.000 twitteranvändare, vilket har väckt starka reaktioner på vissa delar av Twitter. Vi kommer att ta bort blocklistan, säger Jenny Ljung, chef för enheten för Sverigekommunikation.Kontot Sweden har över 172.000 följare från stora delar av världen. Det är Svenska institutet som står bakom kontot, vilket gör kontot till Sveriges ansikte utåt på Twitter. Men det är inte myndigheten själv som twittrar, utan varje vecka lånas kontot ut till någon svensk. SI vill genom detta visa på Sveriges mångfald.Förra veckans curator använde sig av sin så kallade blocklista vilket har resulterat i att tusentals personer, även konton som aldrig tidigare har varit i kontakt med Sweden-kontot blivit blockade.
Would you jump? Or would you chicken out?
Our objective in making this film was something of a psychology experiment: We sought to capture people facing a difficult situation, to make a portrait of humans in doubt. Weve all seen actors playing doubt in fiction films, but we have few true images of the feeling in documentaries. To make them, we decided to put people in a situation powerful enough not to need any classic narrative framework. A high dive seemed like the perfect scenario.
Through an online advertisement, we found 67 people who had never been on a 10-meter (about 33 feet) diving tower before, and had never jumped from that high. We paid each of them the equivalent of about $30 to participate which meant climbing up to the diving board and walking to its edge. We were as interested in the people who decided to climb back down as the ones jumping.
We filmed it all with six cameras and several microphones. It was important for us not to conceal the fact that this was an arranged situation, and thus we chose to show the microphones within the frame. Ultimately, about 70 percent of those who climbed did jump. We noticed that the presence of the camera as well as the social pressure (from those awaiting their turn beside the pool) pushed some of the participants to jump, which made their behavior even more interesting.
In our films, which we often call studies, we want to portray human behavior, rather than tell our own stories about it. We hope the result is a series of meaningful references, in the form of moving images. Ten Meter Tower may take place in Sweden, but we think it elucidates something essentially human, that transcends culture and origins. Overcoming our most cautious impulses with bravery unites all humankind. Its something that has shaped us through the ages.
Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson are documentary filmmakers based in Gothenburg, Sweden, who have worked together since 2013.
Twitter Inc co-founder Biz Stone said on Tuesday he would be returning full time to the microblogging service in an unspecified role.”My top focus will be to guide the company culture, that energy, that feeling,” Stone said in a blog post, adding he would not be replacing anyone at Twitter when he joins the company in a couple of weeks.Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey had asked him to come back to work at the company, Stone said in the post.”Excited to have Biz’s energy and heart back at Twitter! #BizIsBack,” Dorsey tweeted on Tuesday.Stone returns to Twitter at a time when the company is doubling down in its efforts to boost user growth.