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Google, Facebook and Twitter execs on Thursday found themselves in front of policymakers again — this time from members of Britain’s House of Commons as its Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee continues its probe into fake news, David McCabe reports.
Two big takeaways:
Samsung's Olympic edition Galaxy Note 8 (Photo: Samsung)
The opening ceremonies won't air on primetime TV until tonight (8pm EST), but the competition at the Winter Games is already underway. As the Wall Street Journal points out, these are, in many ways, the Samsung Games.
Why it matters: For a country and a company that have been caught up in a long corruption scandal, the games provide an opportunity to shine.
Law professor and senior scholar at George Mason's Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Adam Mossoff, told Axios that the U.S. has "a serious, systemic problem in our patent system."
Why it matters: Just two years ago, the U.S. was ranked number one, and then fell to 10th place last year. Mossoff says this "shows a pattern that we are falling, and it can get worse...we will suffer more consequences in slower economic growth, less jobs, and worse quality of life overall."
"What we're talking about is...the legal system that made possible Thomas Edison and his invention of the lightbulb, and the Wright Brothers' invention of the airplane... all of the miracle technology we have today and the miracle medical treatments we have today were brought to us by the U.S. patent system."— Adam Mossoff
By the numbers: The Global Innovation Policy Center at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has Singapore ranked as number one, followed by France and Germany.
Chipmaker Nvidia crushed Wall Street estimates for revenue and profits as it continues to find itself at the center of nearly every big trend in tech, from self-driving cars to AI to Bitcoin.
Loup Ventures' Gene Munster called the earnings report "an intoxicating combination of faster, more profitable growth."
Its products are a foundational part of the future of technology, based on their use in data centers, autonomous vehicles, virtual and augmented reality platforms, cryptocurrency mining, and eSports.— Gene Munster
A Missouri woman says she came home to find her neighbor's dog riding her horse. (It could have been staged, but still, it’s a dog riding a horse.)