Thermal imaging on drones, Prius communication, Yahoo's reverse spin - The Wrap

IDG News Service | Dec 11, 2015

DJI adds thermal imaging to its drones, Toyota's new Prius cars can communicate with each other and Yahoo announces a reverse spinoff.

The new Prius can talk to others and drones get thermal imaging.

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The European Commission wants to give streaming content the same rights as people; letting them move from country to country with limited restrictions. Geoblocking of content is common in Europe, for example music is licensed on country-by-country basis meaning that you might not be able to listen to music in one country when paid for in another. Beyond the content portability project the Commission is considering a host of other initiatives to make it easier to license and distribute works across Europe.

Drone maker DJI will add thermal imagine cameras from FLIR systems, making the small crafts more useful for firefighters, police and others. FLIR will use a version of its Tau 2 camera and the drone will be available in 2016, but pricing wasn't announced. For example, firefighters could see where a fire has spread and in this case whether the roof a building has been compromised.

The next generation of Toyota's Prius will come with technology that lets it talk to other vehicles and objects like traffic lights. It will only be available in Japan to start and that's because the country has a special frequency for so-called Intelligent Transportation Systems. At intersections for example, traffic lights and cars will talk so if a driver doesn't notice a red light the car can automatically apply the brake.

In Focus this week we take a look at Yahoo, the companies that brought millions to a nascent online resource, but now it's struggling to remain relevant. That's the result of several missteps from the company over the years. Jerry Yang and David Filo created what was called Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web in 1994 while studying at Stamford. In 1995 Yahoo launch with the aim of categorizing the web. This was possible because there only a handful of sites, not millions yet. Yahoo tried to hold onto this web portal model, but that began to break down in the 2000s as it was replaced by search. After a line of CEO's including the return of Jerry Yang, Google exec Marissa Mayer took over in 2012. She hired big name stars like Katie Couric to produce original content, she took quarterly earnings calls online, relaunched Flikr and bought Tumblr for more than a billion dollars. Despite all of the change the company is still struggling. This week it decided against spinning off Alibaba in favor of spinning off everything else. That means Yahoo's core business will be pushed off to a new company. Yahoo's chairman said the company isn't looking to sell off anything, but that won't stop the rumors. Mayer said she still thinks Yahoo is on the right path, but will that keep her in the CEO seat? I'm Nick Barber and that's a wrap.