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12/9/2019

Smart environments, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality could transform the modern shopping center, writes Peter Diamandis. A combination of entertainment, learning, personalized product-matching and offerings aligned with the emerging "experience economy" is expected to change the face of retail.

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Singularity Hub
12/9/2019

The Federal Trade Commission has found Cambridge Analytica guilty of illegally culling personal information of millions of Facebook users through Global Science Research's personality quiz app. The FTC ordered the now-defunct firm to delete the data and related material, which could include information on as many as 87 million individuals.

12/9/2019

Reddit says posts containing links to leaked documents on US-UK trade policies are part of a Russian political influence operation targeting the UK election. The site is banning one subreddit and 61 accounts, saying they share a similar pattern of activity as the Russian interference operation on Facebook dubbed Secondary Infektion, which was exposed this year.

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Reddit
12/9/2019

IBM's Erin O'Connor says asserts electronic design engineers have to not only take into account hardware, software, and connectivity as they design systems, but they "also have to design for data." She adds, "Although the world will not slow down as consumers continue to demand and buy connected products, it offers a gateway to smart devices, and the ability for engineers to leverage resources on a global scale--allowing them to focus on design and produce incredible products that are yet to be imagined."

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Electronic Design
12/9/2019

Low-temperature co-fired ceramics stand to succeed liquid crystal polymers as the preferred material for packaging 5G millimeter-wave transmission modules, industry sources say. LCP has been the organic material of choice up to now, yet LTCC is expected to mature as a material for volume production in 2020, those sources note.

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DigiTimes
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LTCC
12/9/2019

Seven European nations will conduct research into battery technology under a $3.53 billion program funded by the European Commission. The decade-long program is expected to attract about $5.5 billion in private investment.

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Reuters
12/9/2019

Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working on ways to repurpose lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles as residential power sources. Imre Gyuk of the US Department of Energy says, "This project also supports a circular economy by reusing a valuable commodity, minimizing waste, and ensuring reliable, secure delivery of electricity for a robust economy."

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CleanTechnica
12/9/2019

Molybdenum disulfide is proving to be a suitable 2D semiconductor material for scaled transistors, imec reports. "Although still an order of magnitude away from Si transistors, we have brought our MOSFET devices into a realm where they show promising performance for future logic and memory applications," imec's Iuliana Radu says.

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New Electronics
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Si transistors
12/9/2019

UltraSoC is contributing an open-source implementation of its RISC-V trace encoder through the OpenHW Group to support the development of an open, commercial-grade ecosystem for open-source processors. UltraSoC CEO Rupert Baines says, "We fully believe in industry standards and the importance of open source; by donating this encoder, we can help industry adoption of RISC-V, strengthen the ecosystem and support compatibility and consistency."

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EE Times
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UltraSOC
12/9/2019

Google's latest security bulletin warns users of Android 8.0, 8.1, 9 and 10 devices that one of three critical vulnerabilities could allow for a permanent denial of service attack. Timing of the software update that includes fixes for the vulnerabilities differs by manufacturer.

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Forbes