Month: October 2018

UK COURT OF APPEAL UPHOLDS FRAND INJUNCTION

Last week, the UK Court of Appeal upheld the findings of the High Court in an important case regarding standard essential patents (SEPs). Of particular significance, the Court of Appeal upheld the finding that the defendant, an implementer of SEPs, could have the sale of its products enjoined in the UK unless it enters into…
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Researchers exploit Microsoft Word using embedded video feature

Major airline Cathay Pacific last week announced it had become the victim of a massive data breach, with up to 9.4m passengers’ data affected. The airline said the combination of leaked data varied from customer to customer, but may have included passport numbers and email addresses. Meanwhile, Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the stage…
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The truth about video-on-demand advertising

The current conversation in the advertising world could lead you to believe that although digital platforms have hit a speed bump, they are still kingpin when it comes to where people spend their leisure time. Nothing could be further from the truth. If we focus specifically on the medium of video, 90pc of brands’ advertising…
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Answer to curing greatest phobias could lie within our own heart

While there is no accurate metric of the number of people with phobias in the world, the fact that they range from the common (fear of spiders) to the extreme (fear of Velcro) indicates that a significant amount of people are affected by them. So, it should come as some relief that researchers are working…
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FoodCloud aims to double impact over three years following funding injection

FoodCloud has secured significant investment from AIB, with part-matched Government funding through Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI). Over the next three years, AIB has committed to investing €500,000 per annum in the company. This will be supplemented by supports, both financial and non-financial, to the value of €330,000 per annum from SIFI’s new Growth Fund,…
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Dún Laoghaire innovation hub plans scrapped over licensing issues

In November 2017, developer Philip Gannon announced plans to spend €20m on creating the Harbour Innovation Campus in the coastal Dublin town of Dún Laoghaire. The 75,000 sq ft space was set to host both local and international companies on site, with potential to hold up to 1,000 staff from an array of start-ups. Today…
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Even the perceived threat of a primary alters behavior in Congress

By Molly E Reynolds In 2018, only four House members lost primary elections, two Democrats and two Republicans. Successful primary challenges are rare events, yet members of Congress consistently articulate fears that they will lose their quest for re-nomination to fellow party members. In a new paper, entitled “Anticipating Trouble: Congressional Primaries and Incumbent Behavior,”…
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The Heartland is central to the midterms and the future of the US

By Robert Maxim, Mark Muro Last month the Metropolitan Policy Program partnered with the Walton Family Foundation (WFF) to release The State of the Heartland: Factbook 2018, a by-the-numbers look at economic and social conditions in the interior U.S. Using the WFF’s definition of the region, we looked at trends in 19 diverse Heartland states…
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Highlights from an event on police shootings of unarmed black males in America

By Fred Dews Unarmed black males continue to be disproportionately victimized by police violence in America. A sequence of recent high-profile shootings has sparked a national conversation on the treatment and perceived value of black males, as well as the legitimacy of lethal force by police. Many have questioned whether black males receive the same…
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Climate confusion: Content and strategies, not controversy, are the biggest challenges for science teachers

By David Devraj Kumar, Michael Hansen Earlier this month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a new report describing the new risks the world will likely face by 2040 if governments fail to make significant progress on climate change. Yet, the likelihood of dramatically cutting greenhouse emissions in the U.S. is stymied by political…
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