Tech News Today

Jul 7th 2017

Tech News Today 1805

Broken Jawbone

Waymo drops Uber patent disputes
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Guests: Sam Machkovech
Category: News

Alphabet has decided to drop 3 of 4 patent claims as part of its lawsuit against Uber, as the ride hailing company no longer uses the technology that those patents covered. Uber considers this a victory, saying it weakens Alphabet’s case, pointing out that Waymo is over-promising and can’t deliver on its claims.

The Information’s sources say that Jawbone is entering into liquidation proceedings, though the company has not yet commented. CEO Hosain Rahman and a number of Jawbone employees have reportedly jumped ship to form a new company, Jawbone Health Hub, which is expected to create health products and services.

Samsung says that its Q2 operating profit has hit new heights, rising around 72 percent from this point last year to around 14 trillion won, or $12.11bn. Samsung’s memory chip division is expected to be a boon for the company through the end of the year as the memory chip market is booming at the moment.

Plus, Xiaomi is bouncing back big time, Comma has a new dongle to track the sensors in your car, artists using ethereum blockchain for their releases, and Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica joins us to discuss the new Spiderman movie and why it's so darn good.

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