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Nvidia agreed to buy ARM from Softbank Sunday night. It threw UK nationalist tech discourse into a tizzy and opened a path for restrictive corporate imperialism in chipmaking. Nvidia is an embattled chipmaker, and the embattlement is (probably) due to ARM's democratisation of chipmaking through its business selling designs and IP. There's a risk the sale means less competition in semiconductors.
Some stuff in the coverage worth looking at: There's a suggestion that UK regulators consort to buy ARM and IPO it as a UK company (from one of the founders), and implications that US parent-company ownership will damage its business in China (link).
Interesting data work is coming out of the chip and device hardware industries. ARM gave a talk last week at our Digital Symposium titled "Cloak of Invisibility to Chain of Custody to Personal Oracle."
The evolution Michael Lu spoke of in that talk covered a lot. The end of passwords and technology's move to hard authentication. Identity dissociation, and how it can be a result of the increased influence that comes with intimacy. The change in computing heralded by "direct manipulation" of devices without cogniscant intervention - things like biometric sign-on and purchase authentication, and identification via sensor.
Sound like a lot? It's a lot. There's context and more here.
A lawyer walks into a playground
British privacy advocate Duncan McCann is suing Google because minors use YouTube, and when they do Google captures their data without parental consent.
It's a class-action suit worth £2b, and may be the first brought against a tech firm on behalf of minors.
Google would say only that they don't comment on pending litigation and that YouTube is not for use by under-13s. The case won't be heard till next Autumn.
And finally, a correction
Our newsletter yesterday indicated Oracle had won a bid to buy US Twitter. Unless I'm inexplicably prescient, I actually meant TikTok.
Around the world in privacy legislation
66% of countries have some kind of privacy or data protection laws in place, 10% have drafts that should be ready in the next couple of years, and 19% have no prospect of updating their laws soon.
The adoption of these regulations is consequential to citizens, companies, and governments as they manage online personal data transactions and privacy within the country. The source is the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) survey on cyber laws adoption.
Here are the rest of your headlines
Nvidia has agreed to purchase ARM from Softbank for USD $40b.
It's unknown whether regulators will go along, and there will be many implications for the chipmaking industry and the global business landscape. (read more)
Google will be sued for accessing children's data through YouTube
by UK privacy advocate Duncan McCann. The £2b class-action lawsuit will be the first in Europe against a tech company on behalf of minors. (read more)
The US is considering House legislation to nationalise and digitise IDs.
There will be implications on immigration, voting, and more. (read more)
A new UK, Japan trade deal includes Privacy Shield-esque free data exchange agreements
allowing companies in either jurisdiction to store user data without repatriating it. (read more)
And IBM has called on the US to restrict the export of Facial Recognition technology.
They signal that the identification of a single face for that person's use is valuable, but that mass identification of faces is very dangerous. That power should not be abused. (read more)