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Nvidia’s Zoom-Killer, “Maxine”

Nvidia this morning announced Maxine, a set of GPU accelerated AI conferencing tools that improve video quality. In other words, they think their AI can fix all the problems we’re having with video chat, and they’ll letting people in for early access as early as next week.

More: VentureBeat, The Verge

A document from Facebook's law firm shows how the company might fight an antitrust lawsuit and any attempts to force a divestiture of WhatsApp or Instagram

We’ve been talking about Facebook unifying its apps across several different segments recently, and, at least obliquely, I suggested that part of this is an attempt to make Facebook unbreakup-able. We can’t divest ourselves of Instagram, cause it’s so core to and would up in our overall system. Well, over the Wall Street Journal got a look at a document from Facebook’s law firm that shows how the company might fight an antitrust lawsuit, and specifically, any attempts to force a divestiture of WhatsApp or Instagram.

More: Wall Street Journal

After pushback from Indian developers, Google says it will delay the enforcement of its 30% cut on IAPs from Play Store in India from Sept. 2021 to April 2022

Not sure what this means for the app store controversies other than that India is a hella important market for Google, or that really, app stores might have to end up being a case by case basis, but after pushback from Indian developers, Google says it will delay the enforcement of its 30% cut on in app purchases on the Play Store, in India, until April of 2022. The enforcement was supposed to begin September 2021.

More: Economic Times of India, TechCrunch

DappRadar: Ethereum's transaction volume skyrocketed to $119.5B in Q3 2020, growing nearly 1,200% from Q2, while DeFi apps accounted for 99% of that volume

This is an example of a story that we haven’t been covering that I need to catch you up on. Here’s the headline: according to DappRadar, Ethereum’s transaction volume skyrocketed to $119.5 billion in Q3 2020, growing nearly 1,200% from Q2. Notice that we’re talking about transaction volume, not price. People are actually using Ethereum more. 1200 percent more. Why? Well that’s what I need to catch you up on. It’s because of the boom in DeFi apps.

More: Decrypt, Coindesk

Ten US states, including NY and NJ, that account for ~21% of the US population have released a COVID-19 contact tracing app based on Apple and Google's API

Let’s end with a couple of covid related tech stories. Remember contact tracing apps using Apple and Google’s jointly developed API? Whatever happened to that. Well, it turns out ten US states, including New York and New Jersey, which collectively account for around 21% of the US population, have released Covid-19 tracing apps based on that API.

More: CNBC

Ransomware attacks on ERT, IQVIA, and others involved in hundreds of clinical trials and work on a COVID-19 vaccine, has slowed some trials according to clients

And if that’s good, this is bad. The New York Times reported yesterday about Ransomware attacks on clinical trials and other projects working on a Covid-19 vaccine, that has reportedly slowed some vaccine trials.

More: New York Times