Submission + - Newspapers To Bid For Antitrust Exemption To Tackle Google and Facebook (cnbc.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The news industry is to band together to seek a limited antitrust exemption from Congress in an effort to fend off growing competition from Facebook and Google. Traditional competitors including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, as well as a host of smaller print and online publications, will temporarily set aside their differences this week and appeal to federal lawmakers to let them negotiate collectively with the technology giants to safeguard the industry. Antitrust laws traditionally prevent companies from forming such an alliance which could see them becoming over-dominant in a particular sector. However, the media companies will be hoping that Congress will look favorably on a temporary exemption, particularly giving the recent clampdown on the technology industry which saw Google slapped with a $2.7 billion antitrust fine. The campaign is led by newspaper industry trade group News Media Alliance and it is intended to help the industry collaborate in order to regain market share from Facebook and Google, which have been swooping in on newspapers' distribution and advertising revenues. The two companies currently command 70 percent of the $73 billion digital advertising industry in the U.S., according to new research from the Pew Research Centre. Meanwhile, U.S. newspaper ad revenue in 2016 was $18 billion from $50 billion a decade ago.

Submission + - MIT Commercializes autonomous vehicle lane-keeping technology for snow and fog

OutaControl writes: MIT Lincoln Laboratory announced this morning that it had licensed and is making commercially available its technology that allows self driving cars to accurately lane-keep in snow and fog using underground maps. The Ground Penetrating Radar based approach, which "can be mass produced for under $300", doesn't have the weaknesses of lidar and camera based lane-keeping approaches .

    The commercial availability of this technology will be interesting to watch as it also promises that it "could add several orders of magnitude to the reliability of current autonomous lane keeping systems magnitude."

This week at AVS 2017, MIT is scheduled to show that in some cases, the underground maps may last for decades. They have shown centimeter level localization at highway speeds at night in a snowstorm and have even automated military vehicles in Afghanistan using this technology.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Is There A Way To Experience The Chinese Internet From Outside? (fffff.at)

dryriver writes: In 2008 a bunch of crafty developers created a Firefox plugin called China Channel (http://chinachannel.fffff.at/). It apparently allowed you to connect to a proxy server in China, and experience the — heavily censored and filtered — Internet as Chinese citizens experienced it back then. The nearly decade old plugin doesn't seem to work anymore. My modern Firefox browser couldn't install it. So the question: is there a way to surf the Internet as if you were inside China, and experience for yourself how much of the experience is censored or filtered? It would be interesting to experience firsthand what the Great Firewall of China lets you see of the free world and internet as we know it in 2017, and what it does not.

Submission + - Kernel CEO Bryan Johnson Thinks Neural Implants Could Go Mainstream in a Decade (wired.com)

mirandakatz writes: Neural implants—or neuralprostheses, as those in the know call them—still sound like the stuff of science fiction. But brain-machine interfaces are all the rage lately, with everyone from Facebook to Elon Musk getting in the race. One company in particular, Kernel, is making progress when it comes to building and implanting chips into the skulls of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer's patients to reprogram their neural networks and restore some of their lost abilities. But the ambitions of Kernel's CEO, Bryan Johnson, are bigger than that: He thinks chips will go mainstream among healthy people within a decade, and he can't wait to chip himself. At Backchannel, Steven Levy sat down with Johnson to discuss the future of brain-machine interfaces, and why even people most opposed to "chipping" themselves might wind up drinking the Kool-Aid.

Submission + - Linux finally starting to see the problem with certain init systems? (lkml.org)

jawtheshark writes: In a latest Linux Kernel Mailing List post, Linux Torvalds, finishes his mail with a little poke towards a certain init system. It is a very faint criticism, compared to his usual style. While Linus has no direct influence on the "choices" of distro maintainers, his opinion is usually valued.

Submission + - PC Building Recommendations in the Ryzen Era

jjslash writes: While timing couldn't be any worse for getting a new graphics card thanks to the mining craze, if you're looking to upgrade or build a new PC from scratch, TechSpot has updated their renowned PC Buying Guide spanning five budgets that start for as little as $400. The most interesting builds sit right in the middle, where most enthusiasts would look to get the best bang for their buck, and that's where Ryzen shines the most getting all three recommendations.

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