Two buildings at the site between Ravenswood and Oak Grove avenues will be demolished, and former tenants Iberia restaurant, Los Salonez and Cindy's Nail Spa 2 have already relocated or shuttered their businesses.According to Pike & Co., the 25,000-square-foot building will be built to a LEED Platinum rating, the highest standard issued for energy-efficiency by the U.S. Green Building Council.AdvertisementThe Schmidts are known for their work on sustainability and climate change issues through their Family Foundation and the 11th Hour Project.Pike & Co., as well as Lane Partners and Hillspire, declined to divulge details about the acquisition, referring to a news release."Maybe looking at opportunities where we can perhaps provide facilities for them to reach into the community."Following the Schmidts' purchase, Sares Regis Group of Northern California was made the project's development manager.The project includes a secure bicycle storage room with showers in the first level of a two-story underground garage; two public electric vehicle charging stations on a public right of way; three public bike racks along Alma; and an indoor-outdoor conference room separated by a large, operable glass wall.
At 12:04 p.m., Menlo Park Fire Protection District firefighters were called to the west lobby of Building 20, which contains the main offices of Facebook's Frank Gehry-designed west campus, according to a news release.File photo: Pedestrian traffic fills the "Main Street" of Facebook's spacious campus.Karl Mondon/staff archives Karl Mondon "The people in the elevator were getting a little anxious because of the situation which was amplified by an audible alarm, so we used the Jaws of Life to force the elevator door open which pretty much destroyed the door," Battalion Chief Ben Marra said in the release."The buildings at Facebook are up to code and we maintain active permits registered with the state of California."We would usually do an elevator rescue in older buildings with antiquated ... elevators," Schapelhouman told The Daily News."The tool we used to break people out was purchased with Facebook money," he said, adding that the equipment was purchased through Facebook development impact fees.
Former veterans from the largest physician-patient platform in the U.S. launch new company focused on a life-saving Wearable-as-a-Service SAN FRANCISCO– BUSINESS WIRE –May 24, 2016–Ryan Howard, founder and former CEO of Practice Fusion, today announced the launch of a new company, iBeat – a wearable technology company empowering people to live longer lives.Started by a team of Practice Fusion veterans, including Howard, iBeat s mission is to empower people with the freedom to be fearless, explore, and live longer, fuller lives.This Smart News Release features multimedia.View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160524005669/en/iBeat – The smart watch that can save your life.Photo: Business Wire The idea to start iBeat stemmed from a close friend of Howard s passing.She brings more than seven years experience in communications, having worked with several early-stage and late-stage startups including MySpace, backup software provider NovaStor, digital advertising agency SteelHouse, and secure healthcare texting app TigerText.The iBeat team plans to double its staff by the end of this year, hiring in engineering, design, growth marketing, and operations.View source version on businesswire.com: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160524005669/en/iBeatKristin Tinsley, 661-904-2408Marketing & Communications [email protected]
Facebook and Microsoft are building a massive underwater cable across the Atlantic Ocean to deliver faster cloud and online services as data consumption rises, the tech firms said Thursday.The cable, called  MAREA, spans more than 4,101 miles and will connect data hubs from Northern Virginia to Bilbo, Spain, and then to network hubs in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.With a bandwidth of up to 160 terabytes per second, the cable is the highest-capacity subsea cable to ever cross the Atlantic and will be the first to connect the United States to southern Europe, the companies said in a news release.Construction of the cable will begin in August and is scheduled to be completed in October 2017, according to a news release from both companies.Telxius, which is part of telecommunications company Telefónica, is managing the cable system.Facebook wants to make it possible for people to have deep connections and shared experiences with the people who matter to them most — anywhere in the world, and at any time, Najam Ahmad, Vice President of Network Engineering at Facebook said in a statement.We re always evaluating new technologies and systems in order to provide the best connectivity possible.The tech firms aren t the first to build a larger underwater cable system to deliver faster Internet.In 2010, Google and five other companies completed a trans-Pacific cable system that connected the west coast of the United States to Japan.Photo Credit: AFP/Karen Bleier/Getty Images Tags: facebook, Microsoft
ZTE s just announced the Axon 7 smartphone, and so far it looks like a flagship-killer — but the company is also jumping on the virtual reality bandwagon.The Axon 7 attaches to the front of this VR headset, which sports gold tones to match the color of the smartphone.A global roll-out soon after will bring these devices to other markets.A ZTE representative has confirmed that the ZTE VR does not follow Google s reference guide for a Daydream-ready headset.Z-Community will have forums dedicated to acting as support, should its consumers have questions about devices.As the fourth largest mobile phone supplier in the U.S., it makes sense to have world-class support for our fan base so feel free to submit a question, search for answers, or simply converse with fans and ZTE staff, the company writes in a news release.
In a news release talking about how it plans to tackle the problem of ageing computer systems, the US government auditor has struck terror into the world in a new and exciting way -- by revealing its nuclear weapons are controlled by 1970s IBM computers that boot code from 8-inch floppy disks.The Department of Defense Strategic Automated Command and Control System is the thing that does the work, as it's this that the paper says "coordinates the operational functions of the United States' nuclear forces," including the intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers and tanker support planes that keep the world permanently minutes away from being wiped out thousands of times over in endless white fires that smell of melted hair and skin."...the Department of Defense uses 8-inch floppy disks in a legacy system that coordinates the operational functions of the nation s nuclear forces," the report coldly notes, explaining that it's an IBM Series/1 computer -- almost certainly a lovely stained yellow by now -- that's looking after the nukes.At least that means it be used to go on the internet, which is probably a good thing.As well as the military's outdated hardware, the report PDF says critical US Treasury machines operate on an IBM mainframe that runs assembly language code and is literally 56 years old.Make sure to check out our @GizmodoUK Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.
In a news release talking about how it plans to tackle the problem of ageing computer systems, the US government auditor has struck terror into the world in a new and exciting way -- by revealing its nuclear weapons are controlled by 1970s IBM computers that boot code from 8-inch floppy disks.The Department of Defense Strategic Automated Command and Control System is the thing that does the work, as it's this that the paper says "coordinates the operational functions of the United States' nuclear forces," including the intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers and tanker support planes that keep the world permanently minutes away from being wiped out thousands of times over in endless white fires that smell of melted hair and skin."...the Department of Defense uses 8-inch floppy disks in a legacy system that coordinates the operational functions of the nation s nuclear forces," the report coldly notes, explaining that it's an IBM Series/1 computer -- almost certainly a lovely stained yellow by now -- that's looking after the nukes.At least that means it be used to go on the internet, which is probably a good thing.As well as the military's outdated hardware, the report PDF says critical US Treasury machines operate on an IBM mainframe that runs assembly language code and is literally 56 years old.Make sure to check out our @GizmodoUK Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.
Newly formed and lavishly funded Toyota Research Institute is poised to buy Google s scary-robots factory, a report has claimed.Google in 2013 bought Boston Dynamics, whose unsettling robots have become creep-factor YouTube stars.The company had received tens of millions of dollars in military funding until Google bought it.Google, which now falls under parent firm Alphabet, has been trying to unload the robot unit, according to a March article in Bloomberg, reportedly over its low potential to produce commercial products within a few years, along with lack of cooperation between the unit s executives and Google engineers, and concerns from Google s public relations team.Now, the ink is nearly dry on a deal to sell Boston Dynamics to Toyota s artificial intelligence and robotics group, the Toyota Research Institute, according to Tech Insider, which based its report on an unnamed source.Officially launched in November, Toyota s institute received initial funding of $1 billion, according to a January news release from Toyota.The push within Google to rid itself of its relatively new acquisition began in earnest in February, according to Bloomberg, when a video of hulking, bipedal robot Alex refusing to be cowed by a bullying human raised fears about what the public might think.After the division s latest robot video was posted to YouTube, in February, Google s public-relations team expressed discomfort that Alphabet would be associated with a push into humanoid robotics, the article said.Not that the public hadn t already been creeped out by Boston Dynamics machines – last year, the world was introduced to Spot, a dog-like quadruped that looked like it could lay waste to a pack of Rottweilers in a matter of moments.Then there was Cheetah from 2012, another four-legged robot, which had a top speed slightly higher than that of Usain Bolt, the world s fastest man.Tech Insider said Google and Toyota didn t respond to requests for comment on the reportedly imminent sale.Photo: Screenshot from Boston Dynamics video of Atlas, its humanoid robotTags: Boston Dynamics, Google, Pentagon, robots, youtube
View photosMoreThe Deloitte Company logo is seen on a commercial tower at Gurgaon, on the outskirts of New Delhi August 9, 2012.REUTERS/Parivartan SharmaWASHINGTON Reuters - Deloitte Consulting LLP has agreed to pay $11.38 million to resolve allegations it submitted false claims under a U.S. government contract, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.Deloitte, a New York-based consulting company, allegedly failed to comply with a price reductions clause in a contract awarded in 2000 by the General Services Administration for information technology services, the department said in a news release.
Uber plans to use the money to continue its international expansion in the region and elsewhere.Partnering with the Saudi government has long produced complicated relationships for American firms.Despite some recent reforms, the country continues to be accused of mistreating dissidents, discriminating against women and an unfair criminal justice system, according to Human Rights watch.In a news release, Uber and the government sought to show that the technology startup could help bring some reforms to the country.As Uber has told reporters repeatedly in recent years, this could help more women get to work and school.The country s government has said it wants to double the percentage of women in the workforce by 2030, which would bring it to 30%.
MyDx wants its customers to know exactly what s in the food they eat, the water they drink — and the cannabis they smoke.The San Diego company launched an upgraded smartphone app this week, dubbed CannaDx, that lets users test the chemical components of marijuana.According to the company, the app analyzes the levels of THC — the ingredient in marijuana responsible for the high — as well as about 20 other compounds found in the drug.Users also have access to a database that catalogs anonymous data reported by other users.And, of course, CannaDx users can share their results with friends on Facebook and Instagram.The latest app builds on cannabis-testing technology already in use by MyDx, but adds new features such an algorithm that predicts how certain compounds will make a user feel, and expanded social sharing tools.This major upgrade to the CannaDx Smartphone App will simplify the ability for users to enter or download just the desired amount of information and data, more quickly than ever, Daniel Yazbeck, Chairman and CEO of MyDx, wrote in a news release.Further, it also provides users with the tools for uploading or downloading more robust data, or generating a more sophisticated analysis of personal or aggregated MyDx community data quickly and conveniently in a user-friendly interface.MyDx now turns its attention to developing sensors that will detect pesticides in food, chemicals in water and toxins in the air, according to Yazbeck.Photo: Marijuana matures at the Medicine Man dispensary and grow operation in northeast Denver in 2013.
More and more studies show that the brain and cognitive development is affected by the fumes. Children and young people who live in areas with higher concentrations of air pollutants at higher risk of medication for psychiatric diagnoses. The risk of having at least one drug withdrawals increased by nine percent for every 10 micrograms per cubic meter higher content of nitrogen dioxide in the air for these people, the study shows that is made at Umeå University and published in the journal BMJ Open. The researchers compared data from the Drug Register of numbers of air pollution concentrations. The entire population under 18 in Stockholm, Västra Götaland, Skåne and Västerbotten counties were included in the study. "The results could mean a decrease in concentration of air pollutants, mainly car exhaust, could reduce mental illness in children and young people, said study leader Anna at Oudin University's unit for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, in a news release.
Photo: Alamy Photograph: Alamy Children and young people who live in areas with higher concentrations of air pollutants at higher risk of medication for psychiatric diagnoses. The risk of having at least one drug withdrawals increased by nine percent for every 10 micrograms per cubic meter higher content of nitrogen dioxide in the air for these people, the study shows that is made at Umeå University and published in the journal BMJ Open. The researchers compared data from the Drug Register of numbers of air pollution concentrations. The entire population under 18 in Stockholm, Västra Götaland, Skåne and Västerbotten counties were included in the study. The results held true even when controlling for socioeconomic and demographic factors. - The results can lead to a decreased concentration of air pollutants, mainly car exhaust, could reduce mental illness in children and young people, said study leader Anna at Oudin University's unit for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, in a news release.
According to the terms of the new offer, the unidentified private-equity firm would pay $12.25 per share for Polycom.In premarket trading, Polycom shares rose 2.4% to $12.25, valuing the company at about $1.66 billion.Based on Tuesday s close, the deal values Polycom at $12 a share.The buyer had previously presented two plans: an $11-a-share cash dividend, or the choice to trade the dividend for a new convertible preferred stock; or a take private deal of $11.50-a-share in cash with a contingent of up to $3 a share.Polycom said its board still recommends the Mitel merger but would consider the new offer to see if it is a superior proposal.Elliott Management Corp., which holds stakes in Polycom and Mitel, had said Polycom s video and group conferencing technology would fit well with Mitel s phone and mobile products and laid out a plan under which the combined company would then try to buy ShoreTel Inc., SHOR 0.62 % another of its investments.
The study shows a supermassive black hole getting ready to dive into a clumpy, chaotic downpour of giant clouds of very cold molecular gas, the European Southern Observatory ESO says in a news release.These new findings look at the way black holes devour fuel and attract surrounding matter.Black holes usually sustain themselves by steadily gulping in hot gas, which spirals in slowly from a surrounding disc of cosmic material, according to a Yale news release.But, this study is the first direct evidence that cold, dense clouds can coalesce out of hot intergalactic gas and plunge into the heart of a galaxy to feed supermassive black holes sitting at the center, the ESO says.Although it has been a major theoretical prediction in recent years, this is one of the first unambiguous pieces of observational evidence for a chaotic, cold rain feeding a supermassive black hole, Yale astronomer Grant Tremblay, lead author of the study, said in a news release.This 'rainstorm' requires just the right cosmic weather conditions to form: Hot gas hanging out in the galaxy cools, condenses, and forms clumps of cold gas.The group of three cold gas clouds, which this greedy black hole is preparing to gobble up, travels more than 600,000 miles per hour towards it.Each cloud measures tens of light years across and contains as much material as a million suns.Cheat dayThe study results suggest that black holes have two dinner modes, said co-author Michael McDonald in an MIT news release.Most of the time the black hole survives on a modest diet of hot gas, but every now and then it has a cheat day and binges on cold clumpy gas.Astronomers believe that there could be thousands more cold gas clouds nearby, which could provide the black hole with many more meals to come.Since we don't know a lot about how these supermassive black holes interact with the rest of the galaxy, said co-author Louise Edwards in the Yale news release, this is a real step forward.The astronomers used data from a telescope in Chile to track the movement of the gas in a neighborhood of 50 galaxies one billion light years from Earth called the Abell 2597 Cluster.
Blue Coat is the market leader in the secure web gateway and an emerging player in cloud security areas.In May, after missing fourth-quarter sales targets, the company said it would cut 1,200 jobs and shutter a quarter of its offices to cut $400 million in costs.Blue Coat ended its last fiscal year in April with $755 million in revenue and 17 percent year-over-year growth, the news release announcing the sale said.With this transaction, we will have the scale, portfolio and resources necessary to usher in a new era of innovation designed to help protect large customers and individual consumers against insider threats and sophisticated cybercriminals.The size of the deal highlights the escalating priority companies of all sizes are putting on the security of their digital assets, said Ted Harrington, executive partner at cybersecurity firm Independent Security Evaluators.The sale is expected to close in the third calendar quarter.The integration of the two companies will be led by executives from both Symantec and Blue Coat, with integration planning to begin immediately, the news release said.Photo: Symantec headquarters in Mountain View courtesy Symantec  Tags: Blue Coat, cybersecurity, Dan Schulman, Greg Clark, Michael Brown, Security, Symantec, Ted Harrington
Theranos CEO and founder Elizabeth Holmes.After months of visible discomfort, Walgreens Co. officially ended its partnership with blood testing company Theranos.Walgreens will close all 40 Theranos Wellness Centers in its drug stores effective immediately.In light of the voiding of a number of test results, and as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services CMS has rejected Theranos plan of correction and considers sanctions, we have carefully considered our relationship with Theranos and believe it is in our customers best interests to terminate our partnership, Brad Fluegel, Walgreens' senior vice president, said in the news release.All the while, Walgreens became increasingly uncomfortable with its tie to Theranos and planned to get out of the deal.In a statement to the WSJ, Theranos spokesperson Brooke Buchanan said: We are disappointed that Walgreens has chosen to terminate our relationship and remain fully committed to our mission to provide patients access to affordable health information and look forward to continuing to serve customers in Arizona and California through our retail locations.
Chinese internet giant Baidu Inc. BIDU -0.44 % on Monday cut its quarterly revenue projection, citing lower medical advertising coupled with the impact of recent advertising changes in response to regulators concerns.Users have criticized Baidu s search results, saying sponsored ads weren t clearly labeled and misleading medical advertising often ranked higher.Like other search engines, Baidu, sometimes referred to as the Google of China, sells links that show up in search results.Generally, the more an advertiser pays, the higher the link is likely to rank in search results.On Monday, Baidu said it had changed its paid search practices to, among other things, reduce the number of sponsored links and improve user feedback.Although a significant portion of our revenue is sacrificed, the steps we have taken to further bolster a healthy, safe and trustworthy online and offline ecosystem will result in long term benefit and reward for Baidu, Chief Executive Borin Li said in a news release.
File photo: Symantec's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., JOHN GREEN/Staff archives "Symantec and Blue Coat products do not overtly compete with each other, but both meet needs that likely exist in each other's customer base," said Ted Harrington, executive partner at cybersecurity firm Independent Security Evaluators."Blue Coat ended its fiscal year in April with $755 million in revenue and 17 percent year-over-year growth, the news release Sunday announcing the sale said.The deal, expected to close between July and September, will see Blue Coat CEO Greg Clark take over as Symantec CEO.Symantec had announced in April that its CEO, Michael Brown, would be stepping down after 18 months.Blue Coat is the market leader in the secure web gateway and an emerging player in cloud security areas.But Ho expects job cuts at both firms among overlapping general and administrative staff, and possibly within sales and marketing teams and through consolidation of facilities and IT.And companies are planning to increase spending on what Symantec and Blue Coat sell, with 87 percent saying they would boost cybersecurity spending this year, according to a 2015 Cisco survey of more than 1,000 executives in 10 countries including the U.S."Security professionals are starting to finally get the message into the minds of executive leadership," said Harrington of Independent Security Evaluators.
A Chinese software developer has been charged with stealing source code from a U.S. company to help the Chinese government, federal authorities said Tuesday.Xu Jiaqiang, who was arrested in December on a related charge of stealing a trade secret, is accused of taking the underlying code used to develop a clustered file system, which companies sell to help manage data across large numbers of servers.The authorities didn t identify the company Mr. Xu worked for, beyond saying that he worked for the company in China.Those who steal America s trade secrets for the benefit of foreign nations pose a threat to our economic and national security interests, U.S. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin said in a news release.The Federal Bureau of Investigation received a tip in 2014 that a man in China was using the code in personal business ventures.Investigators arranged for Mr. Xu, who is 30 years old, to meet at a White Plains, N.Y., hotel over several months with two undercover agents, one posing as financial investor trying to start a data-storage technology company and the other as a project manager working for the would-be investor.
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