Friday round-up: A week in tech

Dominoes got hacked_blog.pngThe Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has become wary of this fancy new artificial intelligence (AI) stuff, and is calling on the prime minister to launch a commission to look into it.

With forecasts warning that 20% of UK jobs could be under threat from AI, the CBI wants the troubled Theresa May to start a commission next year – though as the PM can’t even utter anything coherent on the Brexit mess, it seems unlikely they’ll get much sense out of her on the subject of futuristic cognitive systems.

According to the lobby group, 50% of the country’s companies intend to port some of their systems over to AI in the future, so there’s probably plenty to be concerned about.

Proper report with lots of detail here.


This is an odd one: Amazon and Microsoft are being sued (not Siouxed) by a Native American tribe.

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe reacted in the wake of the two big tech firms allegedly infringing patents it holds on various data-processing systems.

Interesting: I didn’t know any Native American Tribes developed data-processing systems.

And it turns out, at least in this case, they don’t. The patents were actually assigned to the tribe by tech firm SRC Labs. So, what’s going on?

Apparently, ‘tribal sovereignty’ of a patent means that the patents in question can’t be scrutinized by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, for some reason.

US officials seem to be waking up to the bizarre scheme. A senator recently drafted a bill after pharmaceutical firm Allergan tried to transfer the patent for a dry-eye medication to the same tribe.

Senator McCaskill said: ‘Congress never imagined tribes would allow themselves to be used by pharmaceutical companies to avoid challenges to patents, and this bill will shut the practice down before others follow suit.’

I could probably make more sense of this with a quick look at Wiki, but, you know, that would be cheating.


Vendor of sloppy, low grade, fat-packed slices of “cheese” and various other bits of mush Domino’s has blamed a data breach it has suffered on someone else.

The firm’s Australian division claims that a former supplier somehow leaked a list of their customers’ names and email addresses to spammers.

Customers who started receiving ‘eerie’ personalised emails have slammed the pizza outfit for not informing them about the breach – the standard response by firms who are hacked these days (sssh, they’ll never find out).

Writing on Domino’s Facebook page, former fan Mitchell Dale raged: ‘The decision to try to keep me in the dark and not announce what had happened is why I will not be ordering Dominos again.’

Having turned his back on Domino’s, Mitchell now intends trying something called ‘food’.

Friday round-up: A week in tech

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