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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has warned against Chinese-made DJI drones since 2017, insisting that the company may be handing off sensitive information to the Chinese government
-- Matt Novak, Gizmodo

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Leadcore is based in China and specializes in SoCs for smartphones—the ultimate platform for functionality - and Intel bought Movidius for its advanced neural network-based image classification capability that was, and remains, much desired for autonomous vehicles. In the Spark drone, it is used to map the environment.
-- Patrick Mannion, EDN Network

FedEX scam text

Like me, you might get emails from FedEX but you probably don't get text messages. Along with that fact, this is obviously not a FedEX tracking number, which are typically 12 numerical digits with no spaces or dashes. Anyway, if I start getting spam texts like I get spam calls, I'm going to be seriously pissed.

-- Scrib

If we're going to build a new web, and a new internet, that respects our privacy and security, that doesn't amplify abuse and harassment and misinformation, we're going to need to imagine models of experiences and communities that could provide a better alternative. There's not going to be a "Facebook killer". But there could simply be lots of other sites, that focus on a different, more constructive and generative, set of goals.
-- Anil Dash, The People's Web

The Internet (and cryptocurrencies) were born of decentralization. Big tech has chipped-away at decentralization with business models based on proprietary ecosystems, to capture eyeballs. They even invented metrics to measure their success; Average Revenue Per User, Monetizable Daily Active Users, etc.

Centralization is the antithesis of the Internet, and it is a distortion that cannot survive. There is too much power, intelligence and value in decentralization for these big-tech ecosystems to survive (in their current states). Bring on 2020!

-- Scrib

Apple's work on communications satellites and next-generation wireless technology means the aim is likely to beam data to a user’s device, potentially mitigating the dependence on wireless carriers, or for linking devices together without a traditional network.
-- Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Remember when Apple was the most secretive company in Silicon Valley? The pending transition to 5G is the perfect time to disrupt the telco's stranglehold on mobile connectivity, but can it be done with satellites? And can it be done quickly enough to offer a compelling alternative to 5G? One interesting facet of a satellite-based system is that oppressive governments will lose control of their regional Internet. If that happens, it will be the biggest technological revolution of the 21st century.

-- Scrib