Happy Hump Day, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories worth checking out this morning:
Fake news or fake 5G?
Tuesday should have been a great day for AT&T in Austin: the telecom company announced “5G Evolution” enhanced speeds in some parts of Austin were active for those who have a new Samsung S8 or S8+ smart phone. It plans to roll that out to 20 cities this year. But soon tech blogs were dragging AT&T over calling it “5G” (as The Verge points out, these are nowhere near what 5G network speeds are expected to be once that standard is finalized), going so far as to call it a “fake 5G network.” Some also pointed out that these are enhancement that T-Mobile already made to its network last year. Not one to stay silent when its reputation is on the line, AT&T responded this morning, telling FierceWireless, “AT&T’s 5G Evolution lays the foundation for 5G while the standards are being finalized... We’re continuing to invest in our wireless network by adding small cells and using advanced 5G Evolution achieved through upgrades like carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO, 256 QAM and more.”
Twitter’s bottom line not all doom and gloom
Despite what you might have heard about Twitter’s faltering fortunes, the social network company actually outperformed estimates in its first quarter earnings announced Wednesday, saying it added nine million new users. Revenue was still down, but not as much as analysts predicted and the company’s shares were up more than 8 percent as of this writing.
Horrible crimes for all to see on Facebook
Facebook has a major international crisis on its hands and this time it has nothing to do with fake news and privacy issues. A 20-year-old man in Thailand posted clips on Facebook in which he killed his 11-month-old daughter. He then apparently killed himself. The videos were accessible on Facebook for 24 hours before they were taken down, by which time they’d been viewed hundreds of thousands of times and reposted on YouTube (YouTube was said to have removed them within 15 minutes). It’s only the latest horrific incident viewable on Facebook, from a gang rape in Chicago that took place in March to a Cleveland murder this month that made headlines. Facebook is under pressure for not responding more quickly after these incidents occurred to remove video or archived livestreaming content from its service.
And now an artificial womb for sheep
The Verge has video of a somewhat disturbing scientific advancement: an artificial womb said to be able to grow sheep called a “Biobag.” It’s not cloning, if that’s what you’re thinking; instead, it’s meant to help with premature births. Nevertheless, it still looks like a sheep fetus in a Ziploc bag. Enjoy!
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