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Huawei’s Yearslong Rise Is Littered With Accusations of Theft and Dubious Ethics - WSJ

Aruna Viswanatha writing for The Wall Street Journal

Mr. Barker had never heard of “user specific tilt,” which could multiply the number of signals from an antenna and tilt them to provide greater accuracy in communicating with mobile phones.

Mr. Barker had, however, heard of a conceptually identical technology, ”per user tilt." He coined it seven years earlier, according to a Quintel lawsuit alleging misappropriation of trade secrets by Huawei. Quintel said it had shared the technology with Huawei in September 2009 after Huawei proposed a business partnership.

The partnership never came through. Huawei filed papers to secure a patent for the concept a month after their first meeting, using a document still emblazoned with Quintel’s name and the words “commercial in confidence.”

Huawei has managed to get where it is through theft and a backing by the Chinese government.

 
 

The girls are trying to learn Spanish via Duolingo so they can have conversations that Lisa and I can't understand.

 
 
 

Beyond the Tablet: Seven Years of iPad as My Main Computer – MacStories

This is a great article. I've been using my iPad more and more as a computer to get things done, and it was great to read about all the details and tricks Federico has discovered over the years of dedicated iPad use.

The more I use the iPad, the more convinced I am that it is the future of computing.

 

So I tried to read this story from The Star today. I follow The Star's RSS feed, and this story showed up in Feedly. I clicked on it and was immediately presented with the "Subscribe to read more" screen.


I don't mind this, but what I do mind is the fact that I can read the entire article though Apple News, as well as the Google AMP version (though surprisingly not the Facebook version).


I understand why news organizations do this, but I don't think it's a good move. If someone subscribes to your RSS feed, that means you don't need to depend on the aggregators to drive that traffic, you should encourage that. All this does is encourage me to unsubscribe from the RSS feed and only read The Star through Apple News or Google AMP.

 

Checked into Landmark Cinemas 24 Whitby

Aladdin

Seeing Aladdin with the girls this morning 🎬

 
 
 

Checked into McDonald's

Dinner out tonight since riding was canceled and the girls are pretty disappointed.

 
 

Google pulls Huawei’s Android license - The Verge

T.C. Sottek writing for The Verge

Huawei is now restricted to using the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), cutting the company off from critical Google apps and services that consumers outside of China expect on Android devices. That also means Huawei will only be able to push security updates for Android once they’re made available in AOSP, assuming the company uses its own update system.

Is the AOSP even usable anymore? I mean Google has stripped so much out of it and moved it into Play Services in the name of streamlining updates that I have to wonder.

 
 
 
 

Rogers, Telus and Bell Need More Competition to Lower Pricing: Competition Bureau | iPhone in Canada Blog

Gary Ng writing for iPhone in Canada Blog

“It is clear that Canadians could benefit from more competition in the wireless marketplace,” explains the Bureau’s press release.

What a revelation.

 

Google Gmail tracks purchase history — how to delete it

Todd Haselton and Megan Graham writing for CNBC

A page called “Purchases ” shows an accurate list of many — though not all — of the things I’ve bought dating back to at least 2012. I made these purchases using online services or apps such as Amazon, DoorDash or Seamless, or in stores such as Macy’s, but never directly through Google.

But because the digital receipts went to my Gmail account, Google has a list of info about my buying habits.

I wonder how many Gmail users know Google is looking through their email and categorizing all their purchases like this. Apparently you can delete it, but only if you delete the original email.

I question Google's motivates here. I mean, this page shows details about all your purchases, meaning Google needs to know how to parse all these email receipts and pull out the details, no small feat. If Google isn't doing something with this information now, I suspect they will at some point.

 
 

The Daily Podcast is always great, but today's was particularly good to understand how anti-choice groups are challenging Roe https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/17/podcasts/the-daily/alabama-abortion-law-roe-wade.html