Month: November 2020

Amazon launches EC2 Mac instances bringing the Intel-based Mac mini to its cloud for $1.083 per hour billed by the second (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Amazon launches EC2 Mac instances bringing the Intel-based Mac mini to its cloud for $1.083 per hour billed by the second  —  AWS today opened its re:Invent conference with a surprise announcement: the company is bringing the Mac mini to its cloud.  These new EC2 Mac instances, as AWS calls them,

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Totum Labs, which is developing low earth orbit nanosatellites for global IoT connectivity, raises $13M Series A led by Heroic Ventures and Space Capital (Nickie Louise/TechStartups.com)

Nickie Louise / TechStartups.com: Totum Labs, which is developing low earth orbit nanosatellites for global IoT connectivity, raises $13M Series A led by Heroic Ventures and Space Capital  —  Totum Labs, a San Diego, CA-based tech startup that is revolutionalizing wireless technology by enabling low-cost, global … Totum Labs, which is developing low earth orbit

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Recovering Metal From Waste

Refining precious metals is not as simple as polishing rocks that have been dug out of the ground. Often, complex chemical processes are needed to process the materials properly or in high quantities, but these processes leave behind considerable waste. Often, there are valuable metals left over in these wastes, and [NerdRage] has gathered his

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Mursion, which offers VR training to practice human skills, such as emotional intelligence, in the workplace, announces $20M Series B led by Leeds Illuminate (Lee Clifford/Fortune)

Lee Clifford / Fortune: Mursion, which offers VR training to practice human skills, such as emotional intelligence, in the workplace, announces $20M Series B led by Leeds Illuminate  —  Hugo is furious.  —  He’s sitting across from me, arms crossed, face scowling, exuding bad energy.  Sitting next to him is Maia. Mursion, which offers VR

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S&P Global has agreed to acquire IHS Markit for about $44B in an all-stock deal, which would merge two of the largest providers of financial data and analysis (Wall Street Journal)

Wall Street Journal: S&P Global has agreed to acquire IHS Markit for about $44B in an all-stock deal, which would merge two of the largest providers of financial data and analysis  —  Landmark deal would combine two of the largest providers of data to Wall Street  —  S&P Global Inc. agreed to acquire IHS Markit

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Sources: GitLab is letting employees sell equity in a secondary share sale that values the company over $6B, up from a valuation of $2.7B in September 2019 (Ari Levy/CNBC)

Ari Levy / CNBC: Sources: GitLab is letting employees sell equity in a secondary share sale that values the company over $6B, up from a valuation of $2.7B in September 2019  —  – GitLab competes with GitHub, which Microsoft acquired in 2018 for $7.5 billion.  — The company had originally aimed to go public …

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Facebook to launch Facebook News in the UK in Jan. 2021, says it will pay publishers for news not already on its platform; most big UK publishers have signed up (Jim Waterson/The Guardian)

Jim Waterson / The Guardian: Facebook to launch Facebook News in the UK in Jan. 2021, says it will pay publishers for news not already on its platform; most big UK publishers have signed up  —  Facebook is to pay mainstream UK news outlets millions of pounds a year to license their articles, as the

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Gathering Eclipse Data Via Ham Radio

A solar eclipse is coming up in just a few weeks, and although with its path of totality near the southern tip of South America means that not many people will be able to see it first-hand, there is an opportunity to get involved with it even at an extreme distance. PhD candidate [Kristina] and

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Enterprising developers are emulating PS2 games on the Xbox Series S and X

Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge Developers have now made it possible to emulate PS2 games on the Xbox Series X and S using the RetroArch emulator — something that the PlayStation 5, a successor to the PS2, can’t. Thanks to the Xbox Series X / S consoles’ “Developer Mode,” the emulation software can

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Component failure in NASA’s deep-space crew capsule could take months to fix

Engineers are racing to fix a failed piece of equipment on NASA’s future deep-space crew capsule Orion ahead of its first flight to space. It may require months of work to replace and fix. Right now, engineers at NASA and Orion’s primary contractor, Lockheed Martin, are trying to figure out the best way to fix

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SCOTUS worries about CFAA's sweeping nature, with Justice Gorsuch saying that the US government's view of the law risks "making a federal criminal of us all" (Eric Geller/Politico)

Eric Geller / Politico: SCOTUS worries about CFAA’s sweeping nature, with Justice Gorsuch saying that the US government’s view of the law risks “making a federal criminal of us all”  —  The Supreme Court on Monday indicated serious reservations about the ambiguity and scope of the nation’s only major cybercrime law … SCOTUS worries about

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