Hashtag Trending – Huawei wants patent fees; CAMH adds AI to research; AT&T cancels Galaxy Fold pre-orders

Huawei asks Verizon for patent fees, CAMH to use AI to improve mental health research, AT&T cancels Samsung Galaxy Fold pre-orders.

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That’s all the news that’s trending today. It’s Friday, June 14th, and I’m your host, Tom Li.


Trending on Google, Huawei is asking Verizon for $1 billion USD in patent fees on over 230 patents. The patents concern technology related to IoT and networking equipment. In an interview with the Washington Post in February, A Huawei spokesperson said that Verizon should pay to “solve the patent licensing issue”. The two companies met in New York last week to discuss a few of the patents involved, but the issue may be more politically driven than it is about money.


Trending on Google, CAMH will be using AI and machine learning to better understand mental health data. The newly opened Krembil Center for Neuroinformatics promises to gather more relevant data and use AI to analyze the relationship between genes, cells, and brain structure. Sean Hill, a Toronto researcher, says that mental health needs to transformed into a data-driven science. The Krembil Center is currently recruiting more AI scientists and research data coordinators.

AT&T cancels Samsung Galaxy Fold pre-orders

Lastly, trending on Google again, AT&T has decided to cancel all Samsung Galaxy Fold preorders. With no launch date in sight, AT&T says it’s unable to ship its customers their phones and will be refunding their order. Last month, Best Buy also canceled pre-orders for the Galaxy Fold. While Samsung has said it plans on announcing a new launch date in the coming weeks, there’s still no definitive date on exactly when its technical issues will be solved.

That’s all the tech news that’s trending right now. Hashtag Trending is a part of the ITWC Podcast network. Add us to your Alexa Flash Briefing or your Google Home daily briefing. I’m Tom Li, thanks for listening.

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