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Google accused of stealing balloon network tech behind Project Loon

Google’s new parent company Alphabet has found itself faced with a lawsuit this week, which claims that the tech giant stole the idea behind its Wi-Fi-emitting balloon network, Project Loon. The Space Data Corporation of Chandler, Arizona, filed the suit [PDF] earlier this week and is arguing that it currently holds patents for a balloon-based system… Read More


Facebook developing radio wave mesh to connect offline areas

As part of its wider Internet.org initiative to deliver connectivity to poor and rural communities, Facebook is actively developing a new network technology which uses millimetre wave bands to transmit data. The project is similar to, and has potential to conflict with, that of Chaitanya Kanojia, former CEO of Aereo, whose new company Starry is… Read More


Jaguar Land Rover to test autonomous cars in ‘living lab’

British automaker Jaguar Land Rover has announced its £5.5 million investment in a ‘living lab’ for the testing and development of connected and self-driving car technologies. The UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment (CITE) will span 41-miles of public roads around Coventry and Solihull, and will be used to test new connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV)… Read More


Google testing Project Loon: Concerns are without factual basis

In a filing submitted to the FCC on Tuesday, Google stated that while concerns for health and environmental risks posed by Project Loon testing were ‘genuinely held,’ ‘there is no factual basis for them.’ Google approached the Federal Communications Commission seeking permission to test airborne and terrestrial transmitters throughout the US. This likely refers to… Read More


Civil construction wipes out internet connectivity across Africa

Submarine cable operator Seacom has today announced that civil construction activity in Egypt was the cause of widespread outages which left large parts of Africa without internet connectivity yesterday. According to the firm, its Northern Trans-Egypt cable was damaged between Cairo and Alexandria, and the Southern Trans-Egypt route was also disrupted outside of Cairo. The… Read More



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