This Week In Tech And Telco: Tacos and Tesla

Hello there folks. Friday the 13th doesn't have to be unlucky! The Radial Path team are awaiting a taco delivery for lunch, and while we wait, I'll deliver the latest news in tech and telecoms to you.

Tech tacos?
This is obviously a stock image... Shouldn't tech and tacos be a meetup?

Huawei ban: US gives back seized tech after legal threat

Are things easing up between Huawei and the US? The US government has returned seized equipment to the Chinese telecoms maker that it’s had for two years.

The telecoms equipment was confiscated en route to a commercial testing facility in California following concerns Huawei was “breaking export violations” – a vague claim.

In return, Huawei has dropped a lawsuit that it filed in June.

Microsoft has also asked for evidence of Huawei’s security threat from the government. Here’s a full timeline of the saga.

Has the US got its tail between its legs?

Has Tesla created a battery that lasts one million miles?

An academic group attached to Tesla has published research detailing tests of a new kind of battery that could drive more than a million miles and lose relatively little of its capacity.

“We conclude that cells of this type should be able to power an electric vehicle for over 1.6 million kilometers (1 million miles) and last at least two decades in grid energy storage,” the paper states.

Long-lasting batteries would be particularly useful for vehicles that travel much more than the average car – such as lorries and taxis – as well as feeding energy from car batteries back to the grid so electric vehicles, in effect, become mobile forms of energy storage, Matt Reynolds writes in WIRED.

Will longer battery life make cars more accessible?

50 US attorneys general launch Google antitrust probe

50 attorneys general from US states and territories have, together, launched an investigation into Google’s advertising and search practices to establish whether or not the company uses its dominance to stifle competition.

The review comes on top of moves by federal regulators to put tech firms under an antitrust microscope: the US Department of Justice (DoJ) has launched a wide-ranging review of the “GAFA” four—Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple.

Google is just one piece of the puzzle

US and Chinese scientists develop AI for submarines

Scientists from the US and China have developed a new AI system that will help detect submarines in uncharted waters.

The new technology should identify and locate any sound-emitting source, be it a nuclear submarine, whale, an emergency beeper from a chase aircraft, or simply a device on a buoy.

Telecommunications companies could leverage this technology and mount subsea cables with sound-emitting technologies, to help prevent cable cutting incidents.

That's not quite what I meant when I looked for a submarine gif...

CenturyLink expands into video by buying French CDN start-up

CenturyLink has bought video delivery company Streamroot for an undisclosed price – along with the team of mathematicians and engineers who set it up in Paris six years ago.

The acquisition represents another step in CenturyLink’s “commitment to innovation as a leader in content delivery network (CDN) and edge computing services”.

The technology giant said it “believes its customers will be able to achieve performance otherwise not feasible with conventional CDN delivery methods. This hybrid delivery approach for over-the-top (OTT) video streaming is anticipated to allow content consumers to enjoy a higher quality user experience”.

Video streaming will be a key service for modern telcos, so take note.

Gaming is another game-changer demanding high connectivity

What else we’re reading:

  • McDonald’s has bought an AI startup focused on voice recognition and intends to use it for its drive-thrus. (McDonald’s)
  • “As an American company, why won’t you agree to help the US government spy on people in other countries?” – A Trump adviser challenged Microsoft President Brad Smith with that question on a trip to Washington, DC. (GeekWire)
  • Researchers at Oxford have developed a new deep-learning algorithm for chimpanzee face recognition and gender classification of animals, helping them to track behaviors of the animals they study over time. (Science Advances)
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