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For all the criticism that Amazon Web Services has received for allegedly stripmining open source software for corporate gain, the company that should perhaps scream loudest is no defenseless startup.At a recent AWS Summit, Amazon Vice President Sandy Carter told the audience that “85 percent of TensorFlow workloads run on AWS.” Couple that with the 51 percent of Kubernetes workloads that run on AWS, according to CNCF data, and it becomes clear that while Google is releasing some of the industry’s most important open source code, it’s AWS that is profiting most from it.Is this a bad thing?[ Discover the Bossie Award winners: 2018’s best open source software for enterprise for software development, machine learning, cloud computing, and data storage and analytics. ]Google: I give and I give and I giveGoogle is arguably the world’s most important open source contributor, given the projects that emerge from it on an increasingly routine basis.
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甲骨文确认中国区首批裁员900余人:眼看到手的股票期权飞了 – 21st Century Business HeraldWhat happened: US tech giant Oracle will lay off about 1,000 Chinese employees.A human resources representative announced the decision Tuesday in an internal meeting, according to Chinese media citing some company sources.Specifically, there’s speculation that Oracle’s China Research and Development Center would be closed soon.The Beijing branch of the center accounts for at least half of the cuts and further job reductions are expected in July, the media reports added.The center also has facilities in Shenzhen, Nanjing and Dalian.
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The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced it’s setting aside $600 million to build the world’s fastest supercomputer called Frontier.It will be jointly developed by AMD and Seattle-based supercomputer specialist Cray.The Frontier supercomputer will be capable of completing more than 1.5 quintillion calculations per second, and will join Aurora to become the second of the two exascale systems planned by US DoE for 2021.To give a sense of scale, a quintillion is a billion billion, or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000.The machine, upon completion in Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), will be about 10 times faster than the current fastest supercomputer, dubbed Summit, and is expected to be used for performing advanced tasks in areas like artificial intelligence, cancer treatment research, nuclear physics, and climate modeling.“The combination of Cray and AMD technology in the Frontier system will dramatically enhance performance at scale for AI, analytics, and simulation, enabling DoE to further push the boundaries of scientific discovery,” said Steve Scott, senior vice president and CTO at Cray, in a press release.
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3 key secrets to building extraordinary teamsDavid Cancel, the CEO and founder of Drift, wrote a deep dive on how to think about finding and recruiting the kinds of people who build incredible startups.Among the factors he looks at:The four most telling words a new hire can say: “I’ll figure it out.” If you find someone who says that (and can follow through on it), you know you’ve found someone with drive — someone who will plunge headfirst into any challenge and help move the company forward.But to clarify, the type of drive I look for in new hires is different from traditional ambition.Because traditionally ambitious people, while hard workers, tend to obsess over their own personal rise up the corporate ladder.
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The Federal Communications Commission said a revised draft of its 2019 Broadband Deployment Report still shows that the digital divide is closing.Originally released in February, the report was touted by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who pointed to its findings that more Americans were getting access to high speed internet service.Pai said the report was evidence that his policies of "removing regulatory barriers," such as the repeal of the 2015 net neutrality regulations, were working.But the public interest group Free Press discovered the numbers were inflated, based on the fact that one company had grossly overstated deployment data.Barrier Communications mistakenly reported that its service reached nearly 1.5 million homes and businesses in several census blocks with fiber-to-the-home and fixed wireless service.The company had simply submitted its coverage area for each census block in eight states where it offers service, essentially reporting that it served every home and business possible in that census block.
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There’s less than a week left until Microsoft kicks off its developer feat, otherwise known as the Build conference, slated to begin May 6 in Seattle.If you’re not lucky enough to score tickets to this event, or just want to catch up on what’s happening in the Microsoft world, we’ll show you how to watch the keynote and give you some ideas on what to expect from the show this year.Like previous years, Microsoft is expected to deliver a livestream of this year’s keynote sessions.There are several keynotes for the conference, all scheduled on the first day of the conference.Starting at 8:30 a.m. PT on Monday, May 6, Microsoft will deliver its Vision keynote, which will give users insights into the future of Windows.The technical keynotes will show developers how to leverage Microsoft’s latest technologies in their products.
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Zynga reported big revenue growth of 27% and bookings growth of 64% for the first quarter of 2019 thanks to games such as Empires & Puzzles, Merge Dragons, Words With Friends, and CSR2.Mobile revenue was $246 million, up 35%, and mobile bookings were $341 million, up 77%.Zynga blew past the revenue and bookings numbers.But the company had to pay a big bonus to the acquired companies, Gram Games and Small Giant Games, that pushed it into a deeper loss than previously expected.In after-hours trading, Wall Street shrugged off the loss.Adjust earnings before income tax, depreciation, and amortization was a loss of $19 million, better than the predicted loss of $29 million, and a decrease of $45 million from a year ago.
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ITHACA, N.Y. - Blockchains have been hailed as fair and open, constructed so a single user can't falsify or alter records because they're all part of a transparent network.The reality is not so simple, according to new Cornell Tech research.Like high-frequency traders on Wall Street, a growing army of bots exploit inefficiencies in decentralized exchanges, which are places where users buy, sell or trade cryptocurrency independent of a central authority, the study found.These practices allow predatory users to anticipate and profit from everyday trades, siphoning millions or possibly billions of dollars a year in cryptocurrency."In a traditional system you have a broker or someone you're trading through, and you trust them, or they're legally required to do the right thing," said Philip Daian, Cornell Tech doctoral student in computer science and first author of "Flash Boys 2.0: Frontrunning, Transaction Reordering and Consensus Instability in Decentralized Exchanges," which was presented at the Cornell Blockchain Conference April 13 at Cornell Tech.To conduct the study, an eight-person team led by Ari Juels, professor of computer science at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech and senior author of the paper, spent 18 months tracking trades on six decentralized exchanges.
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General Motors looks set to follow Ford, Tesla, Rivian and others by launching an electric pickup truck, the automaker has indicated today.Speaking as part of GM’s Q1 2019 financial results call, CEO Mary Barra touched upon the automaker’s plans to expand its electric footprint.GM reported income of $2.1 billion for the quarter, on revenues of $34.9 billion.Its full-sized truck launch for 2019 – which includes the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra – is ahead of schedule, the automaker said.It had prioritized crew cab versions first, correctly figuring that high-margin trucks would sell well initially.Sure enough, average transaction prices for the new pickups have been up $5,800 on average over the outgoing models.
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SoftBank's Vision Fund is known for infusing massive amounts of cash into startups like Uber and WeWork to help excellerate growth.But the investment fund has growth plans of its own, according to one executive's remarks during the Milken Institue Global Conference on Monday.Rajeev Misra, the CEO behind the SoftBank Vision Fund, said the investment unit plans to double in size from 400 people to 800 people in the next 18 months.Read more stories like this on the Business Insider homepage.BEVERLY HILLS— SoftBank's Vision Fund is known for injecting millions (or billions) of dollars in capital into startups to help them supercharge growth.It turns out, the fund has plans for some mega-growth of its own.
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Even with a shark fin pop-up selfie camera, three rear cameras, and an in-display fingerprint sensor, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition is the latest eye-catching smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer.The phone is also much more than meets the eye, so let’s take a quick look at its specifications.Before we dive in, note that the 10x Zoom Edition doesn’t have a 10x optical sensor.Instead, the third camera from the top is a 5x optical sensor that is also capable of 6x and 10x hybrid zoom.Huawei pulls off a similar trick with the P30 Pro, but we don’t know yet whether Oppo’s implementation stands up to Huawei’s.Also, there is a regular version of the Reno that steps down to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, a slightly smaller 6.4-inch display, and a smaller 3,765mAh battery.
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You southern softies in your plimsolls reading this in your 5G testbeds while a man on a moped brings you a £15 cup of tea in a disposable bamboo flask may not be aware of the transport intricacies involved in getting to Glasgow Airport, but honestly, it's nightmare.In a nutshell, Glasgow Airport is not very near the Glasgow bit of Glasgow and the nearest small, local, poorly-serviced train station is a mile away from it.A bus is therefore usually involved, unless you have a car, and even then you have to approach it from a very precise angle or you end up somewhere your phone map doesn't even know about, on a motorway, going the wrong way, over a bridge.The holiday hasn't even started and you're fantasizing about death.Hence whenever some transport-thinker-abouters put forward their new ideas about Glasgow infrastructure, the first thing to go on the list is always:Make the trains go all the way to the airport.
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Apple charges $329 for the 32GB model, of course, but vendors like Amazon, MassGenie and Walmart have frequently run sales for $249 and even $239.(Back in mid-December, it briefly dipped to $229, but I haven't seen it that low since.Maybe again on Prime Day?)For now, the iPad 9.7 (Wi-Fi, 32GB) is back to $249 shipped at Amazon.That's for the silver and space-gray colors; for whatever reason, gold is priced at $318.At this writing, Walmart also had the iPads for $249, including the gold option.
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The Impossible Whopper’s debut at Burger King as gone from a not-April-Fool’s-joke to a nationwide rollout by year-end.Originally launched on April 1st at 58 restaurants in St. Louis, the Impossible Burger will be on Burger King menus in additional markets soon and will be available at every Burger King by the end of the year, according to multiple reports.For Burger King, the roll out of the Impossible Burger enabled the company to snag new customers while not eating into its core business of selling Whoppers.It’s about optionality, and the ability to “give somebody who wants to eat a burger every day, but doesn’t necessarily want to eat beef everyday, permission to come into the restaurants more frequently,” Chris Finazzo, president of Burger King North America, told CNN Business when discussing the initial test.Burger King has sold vegetarian patties for a while (from Morningstar), but the addition of the Impossible Foods burger to its national lineup makes the company the largest national fast food chain to embrace alternative proteins (a growing consumer category).News of the Impossible Burger’s impossibly well received debut in St. Louis was a bright spot in what would otherwise be a fairly downbeat earnings call, for Burger King’s parent company, Restaurant Brands (its first quarter net income fell 9% to $135 million on weaker same-store sales growth), according to a report by the Associated Press.
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Binance, the company widely seen as the world’s largest crypto exchange, has officially set up shop in Singapore after it launched a service in the country.The new Singapore service, however, bears more of a resemblance to U.S. rival Coinbase than a classic Binance exchange.Binance’s rapid ascent is thanks to a service that lets users trade a range of crypto tokens with very little verification or individual data required.We checked in with Binance for more details, but the company is yet to respond.Binance has been testing a ‘beta’ version of its service in the country since late 2018 in communication with Singaporean regulator MAS.The company has prioritized creating fiat ramps — exchanges that allow customers to buy into crypto using currency — over the past six months as it seeks to gain increased legitimacy and play within regulated jurisdictions.
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We’re looking at you, early-stage startup founders.How would you like your startup to be a media and investor darling at Disrupt San Francisco 2019?If you think your startup has what it takes to make the cut, .Our TC Top Picks program is competitive and highly selective.TechCrunch editors are a notoriously picky bunch, and they’ll review every application thoroughly before choosing up to five top startups in each of these categories: AI/Machine Learning, Biotech/Healthtech, Blockchain, Fintech, Mobility, Privacy/Security, Retail/E-commerce, Robotics/IoT/Hardware, SaaS and Social Impact & Education.Every startup selected as a TC Top Pick receives a free Startup Alley Exhibition package, invitations to special events at Disrupt SF — like the investor reception — and prime real estate in the Startup Alley exhibition hall.
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Four reviewers of Samsung's Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone are complaining that the phone's display has broken after just two days of use.The issue seems related to taking off a plastic film cover from the Galaxy Fold's display that's not designed to be removed — but at least one reviewer said his Galaxy Fold's display still broke even after keeping the film on the display.Another reviewer said a bulge developed under their Galaxy Fold's display, eventually breaking it.Business Insider's Galaxy Fold review unit has not exhibited any issues so far.Four reviewers of Samsung's forthcoming foldable smartphone — the Galaxy Fold — have reported that the displays have broken after just two days of use.The company claimed the Galaxy Fold's display was durable enough for 200,000 folds and unfolds, but some units are barely lasting a couple days.
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The annual event, to be held on 17 May at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, convenes technology innovators, visionaries, and disruptors to share insights on emerging technologies and discuss their potential impact on humanity.An expert on diversity, she is likely to explain her efforts in creating a global movement for female technologists.Senior Member Kevin Curran says he will discuss the future security risks posed by the IoT.He’s a cybersecurity professor at Ulster University in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.He’s also executive co-director of the school’s Legal Innovation Center and leader of its Ambient Intelligence and Virtual Worlds research group.Howard is a professor and chair of the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech, and Miremadi is a partner with McKinsey and Co., based in Chicago.
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Jet Airways is shutting down operations on Wednesday, the embattled Indian airline confirmed.Jet is the second-largest carrier in the country by passengers served, and has been racking up debt for months.The company said it could not pay for fuel or other critical services and that the last flight will land Wednesday.Embattled Indian airline Jet Airways will temporarily shut down on Wednesday, the company said, confirming prior reports from Reuters.The second-largest airline in India has about $1.2 billion in debt and has been working for weeks to secure another loan to continue operations.However, those discussions fell through, Reuters reported, when state-run banks rejected Jet's $58 million request.
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Just like on Earth, there is a robust population of bacteria and fungi on the International Space Station (ISS) — and a new study catalogs its exact composition.Most of the microbes are associated with humans, particularly the bacteria Staphylococcus (26 percent of total bacteria isolated), Pantoea (23 percent) and Bacillus (11 percent), according to a statement on the new work.Other organisms come from specific parts of humans, such as Staphylococcus aureus (10%), which is usually found in human nasal passages and skin.Another example is Enterobacter, whose percentage was not specified in the release, which is found in the human gastrointestinal tract.While it sounds like a gross combination, the scientists noted in the statement that similar bacteria are found in mundane Earth environments such as offices, gyms and hospitals, so the space station is similar to these other "built environments" frequented by humans.Related: Astronauts Identify Mystery Microbes in Space for the 1st Time
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Xiaomi’s flagship Mi series of smartphones is usually relatively unremarkable.Unlike the notch-busting Mi Mix line, the Mi phones don’t tend to have particularly interesting designs, and Xiaomi doesn’t push the prices as far down as it can with the Redmi range.The Mi phones are always just pretty good, pretty affordable phones.It doesn’t depart from the basic Mi formula of offering high-end specs in a mainstream design at a reasonable price.The Mi series has established its own design language at this point, and this continues with the Mi 9.(I would rather have it than a Bixby button.)
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Netflix said that 52 million households watched "Triple Frontier" in the first month, and is projecting 40 million households to watch "The Highwaymen" in the first month.Both movies received lackluster reviews from movie critics.The massive Netflix hit, "Bird Box," was viewed by 45 million accounts in the first week, and Netflix can't stop bragging about it, despite poor reviews.The streaming giant said in its 2019 Q1 earnings report on Tuesday that two of its most recent original movies, "Triple Frontier" and "The Highway Men," were two of the service's huge hits this quarter.Netflix said that the Ben Affleck-starring heist movie, "Triple Frontier," which debuted March 13, was watched by 52 million member households in its first four weeks of release.It's projecting "The Highwaymen," which dropped March 29 and stars Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson as lawmen after Bonnie and Clyde, to be watched by 40 million households in the first month (Netflix defines a view as an account that has watched at least 70% of a movie).
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As growth makes neighborhoods more crowded for humans, it's also concentrating carnivores like bobcats and coyotes into the remaining green spaces, leading them to interact with each other more frequently than they do in wild areas, according to research in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C.The citizen science study looks at how carnivores interact with each other when they're sharing space in small suburban forest patches.With the help of 557 volunteers and 1,260 remote cameras set up in suburban, exurban, rural and wild areas, the researchers documented 6,413 carnivores among nearly 43,000 images of wildlife.We think carnivores are trying to avoid people, so they are moving through the strips of remaining forest, where they are more likely to interact with each other," says lead author Arielle Parsons, researcher with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University."What we discovered was that preserving green space in our cities is important not only for humans but also for wildlife species.Some have theorized that smaller carnivores might stay closer to people, using them as "human shields" from larger predators.
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Amazon’s increasingly ubiquitous helper comes built into the device and is accessible via a large circular button at the top of the remote.The remote itself is small, light, and minimalist from a design perspective, emphasizing the newfound focus on voice commands.There’s a microphone and speaker built into the device, naturally, and the Alexa button glows its familiar shade of blue when activated.Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is like a Fire TV blended with an Echo DotIn some ways, the use of voice controls with the Harmony Express is similar to what Amazon has done with its Fire TV Cube streaming box.As with that device, you can use Alexa on the Harmony Express to tune to specific channels on a cable box; saying “go to ESPN,” for instance, will instruct the cable box to input the channel numbers associated with that channel on its own.
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The annual Theatrical Home Entertainment Market Environment (THEME)Report by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) confirmed the growing trend of viewers switching from physical media to streaming services.Global physical sales, which includes DVD, Blu-ray, and UltraHD Blu-ray, came in at $13.1 billion in 2018, according to the THEME report, which acquired the data from IHS Markit and the Digital Entertainment Group.The figure is down 48% since 2014, when sales were $25.2 billion.Despite the downward trend in physical media sales, global home entertainment consumer spending reached $55.7 billion, up 16% compared to $48.1 billion in 2017 and up 36% from $40.9 billion in 2014.The growth in global home entertainment sales was due to the continuous growth of streaming service subscriptions, which surpassed cable subscriptions for the first time in 2018.While cable subscriptions declined by 2% in 2018 to 556 million, subscriptions to services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime went up by 27% to 613.3 million.
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Maybe I didn’t exactly paste the word “feminist” on my forehead, but fundamentally I consider the designation correct.When it came to equality, I always thought: sure thing, of course.What are we still talking about?Then Fränzi Kühne, my colleague and co-founder at TLGG, became pregnant.Someone even blurted out, “Do you want to ruin us?” A reaction chock full of gender clichés and pigeonholing, typical of employers stuck in a Stone Age mentality — one that I hadn’t expected from us at all.And it prompted me to think: what role can I – as a male colleague, manager, and founder — assume if I wish to promote equality?
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Microsoft is planning to allow Skype users to share their mobile screens during calls.The software maker has started testing new Android and iOS Skype apps that enable the screen sharing feature, allowing anyone to share anything on their phone displays to friends, family, or coworkers.Microsoft suggests Skype users might use this for sharing PowerPoint presentations, “swipes on dating apps,” or for online shopping with friends.You’ll need to be a Skype Insider (beta tester) to get access to the mobile screen sharing feature, and you can sign up for beta access here.We tested the latest iOS beta, but weren’t able to get screen sharing working.Microsoft does make it clear this is coming to both Android and iOS in its community post announcing the feature, and even shows screenshots of it running on iOS.
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Photo By Andrew Liptak / The VergeAudible is making some changes to its membership program and how it issues credits, which are used to buy audiobooks through the subscription service.Now, any credits earned through Audible will last up to one year, whereas previously they lasted only six months.The change comes after a class-action lawsuit (and a couple of others) against the Amazon-owned audiobook publisher, which claimed that customers might not have realized that any membership credits they purchased, had been given as a gift, or that had hit a rollover limit would be lost.The suits also alleged that Audible wasn’t transparent about how it charged a customer’s card, by moving to a secondary card on file in the event that the primary one was declined.Audible sells audiobooks in a couple of ways.
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Back in mid-March of 2019, reports had indicated Google would be canceling future laptops and tablets as part of cuts to its hardware team.Though Google never officially commented on the matter, according to a new report from 9to5Google, the company has confirmed that its hardware division will, in fact, release new laptops and tablets soon.The news reportedly comes out from a “Google Hardware for Business” session held during Google’s Cloud Next 2019 conference.It is there that Google discussed both the Pixelbook and the Pixel Slate and also hinted at its future hardware plans.Steve Jacobs, the lead product manager for the Pixelbook Group, apparently discussed an upcoming device for workforces which can help them “be productive on the go.”Interestingly, he also specifically pointed out that the new Google device could possibly shape up to be much different from the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate.
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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe successfully completed its second close approach to the Sun, the space agency has announced.By the end of last week, the spacecraft was entering the outbound phase of its second orbit around the Sun, adding another milestone to the mission.The Parker Solar Probe tied its own ‘closest’ record by coming within 15 million miles of the Sun.NASA launched the Parker Solar Probe last year as part of its mission to study the Sun.The spacecraft already holds the record for closest solar approach, something it will repeatedly break in coming years as it orbits increasingly closer to the star.If everything goes as planned, the probe will approach within 9.86 solar radii from the Sun’s center by 2025.
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