Weekly Tech Roundup: Google-Verizon Deal, Marissa Mayer and RFID-Blocking Apparels

19 Dec. 2014 Enterprise Tech News

As we gear up towards the holidays and the end of 2014 here’s a recap on a week with many agreements and innovations. Starting with the latest deal between Google and Verizon to reduce the patent troll issue and Marissa Mayer’s stumbling with reinventing Yahoo!. Also mentioned is news on San Francisco-based clothing company Betabrand and anti-virus group Norton creating an RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans to stop wireless identity theft and furthermore Australia’s move towards new restrictions on technology export and publication.

Google & Verizon Strike A Deal For Reducing Patent Troll Suits

To reduce the risk of future patent lawsuits, Google Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. struck a long-term patent cross-license agreement two days back. This is one of the deals that signal a slowdown after years of aggressive patent wars. This agreement is signed for a tenure of 5 years, where it bars Google and Verizon from suing each other over any of the thousands of patents they currently own or acquire.

It also protects them if they sell a patent to another company and that company attempts a lawsuit. ” Our focus of signing this agreement is to deliver great products and services to consumers globally” said Kirk Dailey, Google’s head of patent transactions.

Marissa Mayer’s Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer Speaking in a Yahoo Event

On July 21 2014, almost exactly two years since Mayer took charge of Yahoo, she announced the lowest quarterly earnings of Yahoo in a decade. In her tenure in Yahoo, she eliminated a dozens of products and rebooted others, acquired 41 start-ups and even hired Katie Couric. Some investors are not happy with sudden drop in earnings and want Mayer to change her product focus (to the point of micromanaging).

They want her to focus on the unglamorous core business. The New York Times Magazine has published an article giving an in-depth profile of Marissa Mayer’s time at the helm of Yahoo!. It explains Mayer’s bold plans to reinvent the organization and build great new products serving Yahoo’s global users.

RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

The popular anti-virus group – Norton has collaborated with a San Francisco-based clothing company Betabrand to develop a pair of trousers and blazer that are able to prevent identity theft by blocking wireless signals. By 2015, more than 10 million identities are going to be digitally pick pocketed every year and 70% of all credit cards are vulnerable to such digital attacks.

To prevent such hacks, a blocking fabric has been designed which stops the radio frequency identification (RFID) signals emitted from e-passports and contactless payment card chips. Pen Test Partners founder and hacker – Ken Munro has shared that we need to innovate our technology by explicitly blocking RFID signals, and if we don’t then there are a lot of things that can happen, right from stealing contactless payment card details to more life-threatening issues. Watch this video to know more about the unison of technology and clothing for innovating our lives.

New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication By Australia


New Legislation to Restrict Publication and Export of Technology in Australia

To restrict the publication and export of technology due to security grounds, Australia is planning to start a public consultation process for the new legislation. The Defence Trade Controls Amendment Bill 2015 is about the Treaty between the Government of Australia and the Government of the United States of America concerning defense trade cooperation.

The act introduced new export controls on the intangible supply of Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL) controlled technologies, the prohibition of the publication of controlled technology, and the regulation of brokering activities. For more information, have a look at this document, and also check the consultation web site www.defence.gov.au/DECO/Consultation.asp.

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