May 19, 2020

Winklevosses end Facebook lawsuit

Facebook
supreme court
Mark Zuckerberg
Divya Narendra
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Winklevosses end Facebook lawsuit

 

The infamous Winklevoss twins have decided not to appeal to the Supreme Court a ruling to uphold their $65 million settlement with Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg, foreshadowing that this could be the end of the Oscar-winning dispute. Back in 2008, the original filing was intended to finally resolve the social media feud as to whether or not Zuckerberg stole the idea from the twins for Facebook. If you’re not caught up on the dramatic saga, you may want to pop in the 2010 film, “The Social Network,” to get back into the loop.

Brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss wanted to undo the original agreement to the cash and stock settlement so that they could get more money. The twins were under the belief that Zuckerberg committed fraud because he hid information from them about Facebook’s actual worth. Who knew that in the same year that they sued Zuckerberg, the twins still had time to train for and compete in the 2008 Beijing Olympics?

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In a filing on Wednesday with the federal appeals court in San Francisco, the Winklevosses said that after careful consideration, they would not seek the Supreme Court for review of their initial filing. The twins have yet to announce a reason for the decision. The case had been brought by ConnectU Inc., according to Reuters, which is the social networking website launched by the twins and mutual friend Divya Narendra.

Facebook has said in a statement that they’ve “considered this case closed for a long time, and we’re pleased to see the other party now agrees.”

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Jun 21, 2021

How AWS helps NASCAR delight its fans

AWS
NASCAR
3 min
Customer obsession and working backwards from the customer is a mantra of Amazon Web Services (AWS), epitomizing its partnership with NASCAR

AWS needs no introduction to readers of Technology Magazine but we rarely get an opportunity to look closely at how it serves the sports sector. All major sports draw in a huge supporter base that they want to nurture and support. Technology is the key to every major sports organization and enabling this is the driving force for AWS, says Matt Hurst, Head of Global Sports Marketing and Communications for AWS. “In sports, as in every industry, machine learning and artificial intelligence and high performance computing are helping to usher in the next wave of technical sports innovation.”

AWS approaches sports in three principal areas. “The first is unlocking data’s potential: leagues and teams hold vast amounts of data and AWS is enabling them to analyze that data at scale and make better, more informed decisions. The second is engaging and delighting fans: with AWS fans are getting deeper insights through visually compelling on-screen graphics and interactive Second Screen experiences. And the third is rapidly improving sports performance: leagues and teams are using AWS to innovate like never before.”

Among the many global brands that partner with AWS are Germany's Bundesliga, the NFL, F1, the NHL, the PGA Tour and of course NASCAR. NASCAR has worked with AWS on its digital transformation (migrating it's 18 petabyte video archive containing 70 years of historical footage to AWS), to optimize its cloud data center operations and to enable its global brand expansion. AWS Media Services powers the NASCAR Drive mobile app, delivering broadcast-quality content for more than 80 million fans worldwide. The platform, including AWS Elemental MediaLive and AWS Elemental MediaStore, helps NASCAR provide fans instant access to the driver’s view of the race track during races, augmented by audio and a continually updated leaderboard. “And NASCAR will use our flagship machine learning service Amazon SageMaker to train deep learning models to enhance metadata and video analytics.”

Using AWS artificial intelligence and machine learning, NASCAR aims to deliver even more fan experiences that they'd never have anticipated. “Just imagine a race between Dale Earnhardt Sr and Dale Jr at Talladega! There's a bright future, and we're looking forward to working with NASCAR, helping them tap into AWS technology to continue to digitally transform, innovate and create even more fan experiences.”

Just as AWS is helping NASCAR bridge that historical gap between the legacy architecture and new technology, more customers are using AWS for machine learning than any other provider. As an example, who would have thought five years ago that NFL would be using  ML to predict and prevent injury to its players? Since 2017, the league has utilized AWS as its official cloud and ML provider for the NFL Next Gen Stats (NGS) platform, which provides real-time location data, speed, and acceleration for every player during every play on every inch of the field. “One of the most potentially revolutionary components of the NFL-AWS partnership,” says Matt Hurst, “is the development of the 'Digital Athlete,' a computer simulation model that can be used to replicate infinite scenarios within the game environment—including variations by position and environmental factors, emphasizing the league's commitment to player safety.”

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