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New Facebook video ads, IBM wins 2016 patent raceToday's biggest tech stories include Facebook's testing of mid-roll video ads and IBM's impressive 2016 patent awards. Plus Uber's plan to release a trove of traffic and pattern data.
This is CNET and here are the stories that matter right now. Facebook will start testing mid roll video ads, according to [UNKNOWN]. Ads will only run if a viewer has watched 20 seconds worth of a video that's at least 90 seconds long total. The move will also give publishers a cut of the revenue, which will be about 55% of the sales. IBM was awarded over 8,000 patents in 2016, placing the company at the top of the list According to the US Patent and Trademark Office, among IBM's thousands of tens, 2700 stem from the field of artificial intelligence in cognitive computing. Coming in behind IBM was Samsung with around 5500 patents followed by Canon with over 3600. And finally, Uber is planning to release a heap of traffic and transit data it's collected from the billions of trips it's logged. Via its ride sharing service. The information will be released via a site called Movement which will only be available initially to urban planners, city officials and research groups. Uber says the information will eventually become public. You can stay up to date by downloading the CNET tech today app in the Apple app store.