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Elon Musk has lost one of Tesla’s competitive weapons

Mass High Tech News - 5 hours 13 min ago
As Tesla’s share price sank below $200 this week, Elon Musk lost one of his most effective levers in keeping the electric-car company motoring.

Local tech leader named interim dean of Marymount's business school

Mass High Tech News - 5 hours 14 min ago
Tech expert and entrepreneur Jonathan Aberman is the new interim dean of Marymount University’s School of Business and Technology. Aberman replaces outgoing dean Marianne Ward-Peradoza and officially takes the reins of the school July 1. Ward-Peradoza is moving to Texas for family reasons, Aberman said. “The university is at a moment in time where it's got a great opportunity to expand what it already does well,” Aberman told me in an interview, adding that there is no official end date…

Mona Lisa 'brought to life' with deepfake AI

BBC Tech News - 5 hours 26 min ago
Samsung makes a moving Mona Lisa from a single photo using AI technology.

Carvana seeks big capital raise with stock, senior note offerings

Mass High Tech News - 5 hours 46 min ago
Carvana plans to use the proceeds from the new notes offering and the public stock offering for general corporate purposes.

Texting while crossing road may be banned, and other news

BBC Tech News - 6 hours 5 min ago
BBC Click's Paul Carter looks at some the week's best technology stories.

Lowe's considering Charlotte, Dallas for 2,000-person tech hub

Mass High Tech News - 6 hours 21 min ago
Could Lowe's build a 2,000-person technology hub in the Charlotte region? In Dallas? The home improvement retailer is considering the cities for its planned tech center, said company spokesman Dan Frahm. "Lowe’s previously shared that we will work to build a base of up to 2,000 software engineers, infrastructure engineers and data analysts, together in a technology center, to support our focus on improving technology capabilities and solutions across our business," Frahm said in an email. "Two…

Nationwide, Progressive adopt Columbus startup Bold Penguin's software, helping double sales

Mass High Tech News - 6 hours 21 min ago
Insurance giants Nationwide and Progressive are helping double sales for Columbus fin-tech startup Bold Penguin Inc. by using its software to help in-house agents sell business coverage.

VC firm focused on Ivy Leaguers gives $50K to support 20 undergrads

Mass High Tech News - 6 hours 27 min ago
As a new form of financial support, the inaugural grant program doesn’t stray much from AVG’s history of focus on elite universities, at least based on the results of the first iteration of the program.

Google thwarts Baltimore ransomware fightback

BBC Tech News - 6 hours 32 min ago
City set up GMail accounts to thwart hackers but Google suspended them, fearing spammers were at work.

Five things you need to know today, plus dots and dashes

Mass High Tech News - 6 hours 43 min ago
Good morning, everyone. Theresa May has given her notice, and here are the five most important things you need to know to kickstart your Friday and get you ready for the long weekend — plus some fun facts about the anniversary of Morse Code, named for the inventor of the telegraph, a native Bostonian. BGI kicks off review of $450M Seaport tower Catherine Carlock reports that Boston Global Investors has notified the city of its plans to develop an 18-story office tower and a separate two-story…

From the Editor-in-Chief: AI transforms the workplace

Mass High Tech News - 6 hours 47 min ago
Artificial intelligence is touted as the latest tech advancement with the potential to revolutionize that process.

Cover Story: Serial founders create cycle of investment

Mass High Tech News - 6 hours 51 min ago
An uptick in deals could catalyze the next cycle of multimillion-dollar and multibillion-dollar mergers in South Florida's technology sector.

Theresa May, Undone by Brexit, To Resign as UK Prime Minister

Slashdot - 7 hours 20 min ago
Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain surrendered to mounting pressure from her lawmakers on Friday and said she would step aside as leader, after almost three years of trying and failing to lead Britain out of the European Union. From a report: Mrs. May said she would stand aside as leader of the Conservative Party on June 7, but remain as prime minister until a successor was chosen. Though she still has a little more time in Downing Street, the announcement puts an end to one of the most turbulent -- and at times shambolic -- premierships in recent British history. Her departure is likely to set off a vicious contest to succeed her within the governing Conservative Party. In truth, Mrs. May's rivals have been jockeying for position for months as her authority ebbed and lawmakers, and ultimately cabinet ministers, mutinied. Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, Mrs. May acknowledged that she had been unable to persuade lawmakers to support her plan to pull Britain out of the European Union, despite her best efforts. "I believe I was right to persevere, even when the odds against success seemed high," she said. "But it is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country for a new prime minister to lead that effort." Her failure to reach a deal, she said, would remain a matter of "deep regret." Voice cracking, she noted at the end that she was "the second female prime minister, but certainly not the last."

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A Rocket Built By Students Reached Space For the First Time

Slashdot - 7 hours 51 min ago
In the early morning of April 21, 10 students from the University of Southern California's Rocket Propulsion Lab successfully launched a rocket above the Karman Line, the imaginary boundary that separates earth's atmosphere and space. As Wired reports, this is the first time a collegiate rocket has made it to space. The team may have successfully accomplished this feat last September with their Traveler III rocket, but the team "failed to activate the avionics payload, so none of its flight data got recorded." From the report: Like the Civilian Space Exploration Team, the USC lab focused on solid fuel rockets, which require far less complicated -- and dangerous -- motors than the liquid fuel rockets launched by SpaceX or Blue Origin. Some of the rockets being developed by the leaders of the collegiate space race have two stages, but the USC team opted for a single-stage rocket. If you're trying to get to orbit, which requires reaching speeds of more than 17,000 mph, a two-stage rocket is a must, so as to jettison the dead weight of empty propellant tanks. But for lower altitudes and speeds, a single-stage rocket can do the trick. In 2013, the USC rocket team attempted its first space shot with the Traveler I, which exploded just seconds after launch. A similar fate befell Traveler II, which was launched the following year. Clearly, it was time to make some changes. Following the failure of the first two Traveler rockets, the USC team began to develop the Fathom rocket and Graveler motor as testbeds for flight systems that would be used on subsequent space shots. The Fathom rocket was effectively a scaled-down version of the Traveler rocket that allowed the USC team to build multiple rockets in quick succession to see how the subsystems worked together. After extensive ground tests, the team's Fathom II rocket set a record when it reached an altitude of 144,000 feet in 2017. Other collegiate rocket teams had reached only about 100,000 feet. The time seemed ripe to attempt another spaceshot.

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Lift off for SpaceX rocket carrying 60 satellites

BBC Tech News - 9 hours 58 min ago
A Falcon-9 rocket launches from Florida, packed with 60 satellites capable of giving users on the ground high-speed connections to the internet.

SpaceX Launches 60 Starlink Satellites On Thrice-Flown Rocket, Sticks Landing

Slashdot - 11 hours 43 min ago
SpaceX's fifth Falcon 9 rocket of the year successfully launched from Cape Canaveral this evening, sending 60 internet-beaming satellites into space. Space.com reports: Following the successful launch, the rocket's first stage gently touched down on a floating platform at sea, marking the company's 40th booster recovery. It was the third flight for this particular booster, marking just the second time SpaceX has flown a Falcon 9 first stage more than twice. The third time was a charm for SpaceX as the Falcon 9 lifted off at 10:30 p.m. EDT (0230 GMT on May 24) from Space Launch Complex 40 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station here, following several delays: first a 24-hour delay due to high upper-level winds on May 15, and then a weeklong delay so SpaceX could give the onboard satellites a software software upgrade. Tucked inside the rocket's nose cone were 60 satellites -- the first batch of SpaceX's Starlink megaconstellation, which the company hopes will help provide affordable internet coverage to the world. Each of the Starlink satellites weighs 500 lbs. (227 kg). The 60-spacecraft haul is the heaviest payload that a Falcon 9 has yet hoisted to orbit, SpaceX representatives have said. The aerospace company plans to launch nearly 12,000 of these satellites in total, "which will park themselves in low-Earth orbit and beam internet coverage to the world below," the report says. "There will be two Starlink flocks: one constellation of 4,409 satellites and a second constellation of 7,518 satellites, according to an agreement with the FCC." The one caveat is that the FCC approvals require SpaceX to launch half of the planned satellites within the next six years.

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SpaceX puts up 60 internet satellites

BBC Tech News - 12 hours 7 min ago
The California firm launches the first spacecraft in its multi-billion-dollar broadband project.

Synthesizer Pioneer Bob Moog Gets His Own 'Moogseum'

Slashdot - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 11:30pm
harrymcc writes: In the 1960s, Bob Moog helped invent electronic music as we know it by popularizing the synthesizer. He died in 2005, but Moog synthesizers are still widely used by top musical acts. And now his life, work, and legacy are the subject of a new museum in Asheville, NC, his hometown. Over at Fast Company, Sean Captain took a look at the museum, Moog's accomplishments, and the history of music produced with his instruments -- from the classical blockbuster "Switched-On Bach" onwards.

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GitHub Launches Sponsors, Lets You Pay Your Favorite Open-Source Contributors

Slashdot - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 10:10pm
GitHub today launched Sponsors, a new tool that lets you give financial support to open-source developers through recurring monthly payments. Developers will be able to opt into having a "Sponsor me" button on their GitHub repositories and open-source projects will also be able to highlight their funding models, no matter whether that's individual contributions to developers or using Patreon, Tidelift, Ko-fi or Open Collective. TechCrunch reports: The mission here, GitHub says, is to "expand the opportunities to participate in and build on open source." That's likely to be a bit controversial among some open-source developers who don't want financial interests to influence what people will work on. And there may be some truth to that as this may drive open-source developers to focus on projects that are more likely to attract financial contributions over more esoteric projects that are interesting and challenging but aren't likely to find financial backers on GitHub. The program is only open to open-source developers. During the first year of a developer's participation, GitHub (and by extension, its corporate overlords at Microsoft) will also match up to $5,000 in contributions. For the next 12 months, GitHub won't charge any payment processing fees either (though it will do so after this time is over). GitHub tells me that developers will be able to set up multiple sponsorship tiers with benefits that can be set by the developer, too. In many ways, then, this isn't all that different from sponsoring a Twitch streamer, for example, with monthly payments and special benefits depending on how much you pay.

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