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The Week in Review:
In the world of intellectual property, people and businesses have the right to protect what they create. A newly published report says the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted 300,678 new patents in 2014, an 8% rise over the previous year. Meanwhile, a patent-infringement case just launched by Jawbone against Fitbit promises to escalate. Yes, our ideas have value — but how far should we go to defend them?
As California’s Golden State Warriors professional basketball team moves its way through the NBA playoffs after finishing off a remarkable regular season, KWHS takes you behind the scenes with Daniel Brusilovsky, the team’s digital initiatives lead. Brusilovsky, a teen tech whiz who now, at 22, has landed a “dream” job with the Warriors, explains beacon technology and why it’s important to start learning and doing.
Shubham Banerjee, a 13-year-old with a creative mind, is now learning what it means to found a start-up technology business in California’s Silicon Valley. He is exploring his potential market, meeting with venture capitalists, planning the launch of his first product and still attending eighth grade at the Champion School in San Jose, Calif. And it all started with Lego Mindstorms EV3 and an interest in helping blind people have access to more affordable technology.
In August 2014, Michael Sayman was hired as Facebook’s youngest full-time software engineer. His journey to a job at one of the world’s most high-profile companies began with a simple love for coding that took him farther than he could have ever dreamed.
Even if you don’t speak the language of code and algorithms, finalists for the 2015 Intel Science Talent Search may have some useful insights for you. KWHS talks to several of the finalists about their projects and discovers a few common themes for anyone looking to embrace innovation and problem-solving — namely, the value of passion, persistence and people who offer support.
Jessamyn Moore, 23, is proof that your digital footprint does not have to be something that looms large and hideous over your life after high school. It can be a powerful tool that you leverage as you build your online persona in preparation for college and career.
Wherever you walk online, you are leaving a digital footprint, and building the size, scope and personality of your online presence. It’s important to manage your digital dirt — your future could depend on it.
Maybe you caught Taylor Swift’s live stream on Yahoo a few weeks back. Yes, that was the 24-year-old music sensation releasing her new album, debuting her new Shake It Off video simultaneously on Vevo and answering Instagram, Twitter and Facebook questions from fans. More importantly, Swift was showing off her mastery of online media as a means of self and music promotion. Social media has changed the music business, which as KWHS explores, is especially powerful for lesser-known artists and performers.