U.S. House Antitrust Chairman Calls Unwinding Facebook’s Instagram Buy ‘The Right Answer’ | Technology News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Representative David Cicilline, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee, said on Wednesday he would be “comfortable with unwinding” Facebook Inc’s acquisition of Instagram.

The antitrust subcommittee on Tuesday released a report on Big Tech’s abuses of market power but stopped short of naming specific companies or acquisitions that must be broken up.

Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island, told Reuters in an interview that Facebook should not have been allowed to buy Instagram, a deal that the Federal Trade Commission approved in 2012.

“I would be comfortable with unwinding that. I think that’s the right answer,” he said.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It has said previously that Instagram was insignificant at the time it was purchased and that Facebook built it into the success it has become.

Any effort to unwind the deal would entail the government

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Tech Isn’t The Answer To Your Work-From-Home Culture

Ashish Kachru is Co-Founder and CEO of Altruista Health, developer of the industry’s leading care management and population health platform.

There’s a lot of buzz about what the workplace will look like once the pandemic is over. I believe we are in a great sifting process in the economy in which weak companies will fail and good companies have a chance to become great. It may surprise you that, even as the CEO of a technology company, I don’t think technology will drive the successes.

A recent McKinsey & Company study says we are headed for a future that mixes remote work arrangements with office-based work. However, the more I read and talk with employees at my company, the more convinced I am that employers are about to overlook one huge threat that comes with a heavily emerging work-from-home environment. Relying too much on technology in a work-from-home

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Tech Isn’t the Answer for Test Taking

Dear readers, please be extra careful online on Friday. The news that President Trump has tested positive for the coronavirus created the kind of fast-moving information environment in which we might be inclined to read and share false or emotionally manipulative material online. It’s happening already.

I found this from The Verge and this from The Washington Post to be helpful guides to avoid contributing to online confusion, unhelpful arguments and false information. A good rule of thumb: If you have a strong emotional reaction to something, step away from your screen.

Technology is not more fair or more capable than people. Sometimes we shouldn’t use it at all.

That’s the message from Meredith Broussard, a computer scientist, artificial intelligence researcher and professor in data journalism at New York University.

We discussed the recent explosion of schools relying on technology to monitor remote students taking tests. Broussard told

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Graphene’s answer to recycling tire rubber launches to market

SpaceMat: graphene’s answer to recycling tyre rubber launches to market
Credit: University of Manchester

A Greater Manchester start-up company has launched the first of a range of products aimed at reducing wastage from vehicle tires, supported by the Graphene Engineering Innovation Center’s (GEIC) ERDF Bridging the Gap program at The University of Manchester.

In conjunction with the GEIC, Dr. Vivek Koncherry developed SpaceMat—a flooring product that uses graphene to improve dramatically the performance of recycled tire rubber compared to previous efforts.

It’s estimated that 1.5 billion waste tires are generated globally every year and most end up in landfill or being burned. Numerous attempts have been made to produce high-quality recycled rubber from tires, but the shedding of microparticles from resultant products has raised concerns over environmental health.

Vivek’s company Space Blue has successfully developed graphene-enhanced recycled rubber products for mass-market applications that address this issue.

Graphene-enhanced performance

The SpaceMat product is constructed from 80% waste tire material and 20%

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What’s The Matter With The Universe? Scientists Have The Answer

A team of US astrophysicists has produced one of the most precise measurements ever made of the total amount of matter in the Universe, a longtime mystery of the cosmos.

The answer, published in The Astrophysical Journal on Monday, is that matter consists of 31.5 percent — give or take 1.3 percent — of the total amount of matter and energy that make up the Universe.

The remaining 68.5 percent is dark energy, a mysterious force that is causing the expansion of the Universe to accelerate over time, and was first inferred by observations of distant supernovae in the late 1990s.

Put another way, this means the total amount of matter in the observable Universe is equivalent to 66 billion trillion times the mass of our Sun, Mohamed Abdullah, a University of California, Riverside astrophysicist and the paper’s lead author told AFP.

Most of this matter — 80 percent —

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One Answer to Plastic Waste? Hungry, Hungry Enzymes

The world has a major problem when it comes to waste plastic. A reported 91% of plastic is not recycled, adding up to billions of tons over the past decades. Much of this winds up becoming trash. A hungry, plastic-munching “enzyme cocktail” could help.

Researchers at the U.K.’s University of Portsmouth and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, have developed an enzyme that’s capable of breaking down polyethylene terephthalate (PET) into its composite building blocks impressively quickly — like, days instead of hundreds of years. This means that plastics could be manufactured and reused endlessly. That, in turn, could have a significant impact on our reliance on fossil resources like oil and gas. In short, it could turn out to be a game-changer for recycling.

The international team of investigators behind the enzyme mix has been working on this problem for a while. They previously had some promising

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Can Texas Tech find an answer for Sam Ehlinger?

Here are five things to watch in Saturday’s local and regional games, according to SportsDay’s Chuck Carlton:

Can Texas Tech’s secondary find an answer for Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger? The Tech defense was torched by Houston Baptist’s Bailey Zappe for 567 yards and four touchdowns two weeks ago. Meanwhile, Ehlinger threw for 426 yards and five touchdowns in little more than a half against UTEP.

What about Texas A&M’s young receivers? As everyone in maroon pretty well knows, the Aggies lost their top four players at the position from last season thanks to NFL decisions and injuries. Which receiver will step up against Vanderbilt and stake a claim by developing game chemistry with Kellen Mond? Youth is a factor. Of the 10 receivers listed on the depth chart, only junior Hezekiah Jones is not a freshman or sophomore.

How different will Baylor look under Dave Aranda? It looks like the

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Apple sorry for ‘Siri, where are the terrorists?’ answer

Apple says it has made an adjustment to Siri after some users criticized how the voice assistant answered a question about terrorists.

As demonstrated in a number of Facebook posts, YouTube videos, and Reddit threads, Siri would produce a list of directions to local police departments when asked, “Siri, where are the terrorists?” The videos went viral, as videos do, prompting an array of discussions about whether the response was an example of anti-police sentiment or whether Siri was simply triggered by the keyword “terrorists.”

Apple says the latter, although it apologized anyway. “Siri directs users to the police when they make requests that indicate emergency situations,” the company said when reached for comment. “In this case, Siri misinterpreted the query as users wanting to report terrorist activity to police. The issue has been fixed, and we apologize for the error.”

It’s just the latest snafu over voice assistants and

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The Galaxy 20 FE is Samsung’s answer to the iPhone 11

Lately, it’s seemed like Samsung has seen its major new phones as luxury goods—and has priced them accordingly. This year’s Galaxy S line starts at $1,000 with the Galaxy S20 and goes way, way up to $1,400 with the Galaxy S20 Ultra. The Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra range between $1,000 and $1,450. You could also pay $1,380 for a Galaxy Z Flip or $2,000 for a Galaxy Z Fold2.  I’m not even going to mention the $3,300 Galaxy Z Fold2 Thom Browne limited edition (whoops, I just did!).

Now, it’s true that there are plenty of ways to get a deal on a theoretically pricey Samsung phone, especially if you’re trading in your old phone and are willing to sign a service contract. And the company does offer cheaper, less fancy models. But it’s lacked something roughly akin to Apple’s iPhone 11: A smartphone that doesn’t

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