Facebook working on software that secretly forces phone to record audio

Submitted by naomi on Thu, 06/28/2018 - 13:26
Facebook is working on software that orders users’ smartphones to record audio when triggered by an inaudible sound hidden in TV ads. In a patent application published on June 14, Facebook’s research division revealed a system which lets it secretly tell people’s mobile phones to capture “ambient audio.”

Google tries to patent technique inventor made public

Submitted by idafe on Thu, 06/28/2018 - 13:16
Google is accused of trying to patent a compression technique that the inventor intentionally released into the public domain. Polish academic, Jarek Duda created asymmetric numeral systems (ANS) between 2006 and 2013. The lossless data compression system is three to 30 times faster than classic Huffman and arithmetic coding so an ANS-related patent could mean big royalty bucks. However, Duda chose to dedicate it to the public domain.