T-Mobile Fined Millions, Obama’s Six Tech Challenges, LeEco’s Tesla-Killer Car
T-Mobile fined millions for selling unlimited data plans that weren’t really unlimited
T-Mobile’s marketing of unlimited data plans has undergone Federal investigation due to complaints that the wireless carrier misled customers with “unlimited” data advertising. The federal investigations began last year and found that while the T-Mobile unlimited data plans do not charge overage fees when using the data, rather, the mobile data connections were degraded for its most data-hungry unlimited users. “According to consumers, this policy rendered data services ‘unusable’ for many hours each day and substantially limited their access to data,” the FCC said. T-Mobile has agreed to pay $7.5 million to the government and $35.5 million to compensate consumers with additional mobile data and discounts on phone accessories. The Federal Communications Commission added that T-Mobile did not fully disclose that its unlimited data plans had some limits.
Zuckerberg, Tim O’Reilly, Chris Dixon, Mary Barra, Satya Nudella and Yasman Green Talk World Improvements with Obama’s Six Tech Challenges
The President of the United States has come up with a pointed list of six world-wide concerns that perhaps only a few people living today have the potential to solve. In this article by Wired, topics such as inequality, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, how to stop terrorists, how to take clean energy mainstream and motivate citizens to participate in government.
1. How Can We Tackle Inequality?
“This all may sound obvious, but far too little of the tech industry operates this way today. We’ve gotten to a point where companies aren’t even trying to build a business that will produce profits; they are just trying to stay funded long enough for another company to acquire them. They are actively chasing the waste instead of the win. That misplaced focus isn’t just annoying, it contributes to global inequality, because it emphasizes capturing value instead of creating it. It reminds me of Wall Street in 2007 … In short, the best way for the tech industry to tackle inequality is for it to do what it’s supposed to do: innovate in ways that create actual gains in growth and productivity— that don’t just replace people but empower them to do what was previously impossible.” -Tim O’Reilly, O’Reilly Media
2. How Can We Keep Terrorists from Using Technology to Plot and Do Harm?
“One way to disrupt online radicalization is to redirect vulnerable audiences toward credible counter-messages just as they start looking into those questions. And that’s where online advertising comes in. We can use it to reach people who are interested in ISIS’s message but not yet fully committed. For example, when someone searches for religious rulings on holy war—fatwas on jihad—online ads targeted against these terms can redirect them to video testimonials from defectors, who can talk about what ISIS is really like. When we’ve tried this in experiments, targeted audiences clicked on our anti-ISIS search ads 70 percent more than comparable ads that use similar keywords.
This is a more fruitful approach than trying to erase dialog from the Internet altogether. We can all agree that material that incites violence doesn’t belong online. But when ISIS raises questions about the world, you can’t just wipe that from the Internet. Ideas need to be raised and confronted and disputed.” -Yasmin Green, head of R&D at Jigsaw (formerly Google Ideas)
LeEco Launches a $399 Smartphone in the United States to Compete with Google Plxel, Plus Four TV Models, an Android-Powered Bike and the Tesla-Killer LeSee Pro Production Car
The China-based LeEco had a one of a kind premiere in Silicon Valley with a debut claiming to take on Apple, Google, Tesla, Amazon, Netflix, Samsung and Uber. The company was founded in 2004 and first tackled streaming video, becoming “The Netflix of China.” In 2014, LeEco had shipped 3.9 million smartphones in 2014 with some current estimates as high as 25 million. As a jack-of-all-trades, LeEco also delivered a production car to the stage yesterday called the LeSee Pro which has a more slightly realistic front, new wheels, new side skirts, and a new rear bumper with a racy diffuser. The car will be a large four-door electric sedan with full autonomous capacity priced at 730,000 yuan or $112,000.
LeEco also announced its first smartphone in the United States called the LePro3. While the phone has been available internationally since September, this is the first it’s been brought to the United States. The LePro3 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 5.5-inch display, with a “Continual Lossless Audio” technology in place of the 3.5 mm headphone jack. Priced at $399, it will be a direct competitor to the newly released Pixel that has the same processor.