A senior director at Apple tried to convince people in Ireland this week to support a gigantic server farm that it wants to build in the middle of an Irish forest.Robert Sharpe, senior director of global data centre services at Apple, provided evidence to an oral hearing that is taking place in Galway County this week, according to a document obtained by Business Insider.Local reports suggest that over 100 people have attended the hearing, which began on Tuesday.In his "opening statement" which can be read in full at the end of this article , Sharpe explains that the €850 million £649 million data centre is vital to Apple's future expansion plans across Europe.Sharpe opens his statement with the following:Around the world, use of the internet continues to grow rapidly; annual global internet traffic is expected to treble over the next three years and more than quadruple over the next five years.Apple is experiencing huge demand for our hugely popular services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud; every day our data centres handle tens of billions of messages, more than a billion photos, and tens of millions of FaceTime video calls.Our customers expect to be able to stream their videos and listen to their music wherever they happen to be and they have the highest expectations in terms of speed, responsiveness, reliability and quality.We currently have a number of active devices in use and this number continues to grow.Apple needs to add data centre capacity on a phased basis to provide the necessary processing and storage resources needed to meet this growing number of devices as well as the increased use of current and future devices.The facility would be built in phases over the next 10-15 years."Derrydonnell forest, the site of the proposed development, offers a combination of factors that make it uniquely attractive for a data centre," Sharpe said."It is a large site, currently used for commercial forestry, which sits extremely close to two major high voltage power transmission lines in an area rich in renewable energy resources."The site presents us with an ideal opportunity to develop a very large, sustainable data centre, which meets our projected needs over the next 10 to 15 years."The oral hearing comes after Irish planning body An Bord Pleanála received a number of objections from individuals and organisations in relation to the proposed development.Objections range from the impact the data centre will have on local populations of bats and badgers to flooding impact on a neighbouring golf course.It would have to reapply each time it wants to build another data hall.Business Insider visited the proposed site in February and found the majority of local residents were in favour of the proposed development.Here's the full document:SEE ALSO: Apple's new data centre could become Ireland's biggest energy consumerNOW WATCH: This 14-year-old makes up to $1,500 a night eating dinner in front of a webcam in South KoreaLoading video...
Today s computers are so amazing that we fail to notice how terrible they really are, Meta CEO Meron Gribetz said as he kicked off the TEDx talk he gave in February.It was a fittingly grandiose opening statement, but one for which the Israeli-born entrepreneur feels he has a solution: neuroscience.That s not coincidentally what Gribetz was studying at Columbia University when he first set out on the path that would lead to Meta, and the science plays a large role in the creation of the augmented reality hardware his company produces.The company started shipping the Meta 2 developer kit a month after the CEO gave his speech.The hardware offers a promising peek into the future of AR, which, until fairly recently, has largely taken a backseat to the recent rise of virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.Meta s vision is a world of computing dominated by holographic AR overlays, in which using our devices is simultaneously immersive and non-invasive – and the company has both solid hardware and some key venture capital to back up its dreams.
And the ai – is it safe?this Appropriation is dramatically when the year Gartnerkonferens in Barcelona kicks off.But soon leaves to Gartner head of research Peter Sondergaard the dystopian and, instead, highlight the cio's role in the future development. " It's time to explore the new digital platform.Where, cio must:n take the lead and make sure to contribute to the deal.Cio:erna has become the master builder again, " he says during his opening statement.
Enlarge / Barry Bowser had parked his motorhome under this awning.Erin Snider, a federal public defender, delivered her own opening statement to the jury moments later:You are also not going to hear any evidence that Barry continued to use the laser pointer after the helicopter started to respond.Now, the government bears the burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Barry is guilty of this offense, and that s to say that the government has to present evidence that firmly convinces you that Barry knowingly aimed the laser pointer at the aircraft.And it is going to be up to you to decide whether the government has satisfied its burden in this case.So it is going to be up to you to decide whether in fact Barry knowingly aimed the laser pointer at the aircraft.
home products company Fiskars was able almost to double its ebit in October-December.the stock price going in the range of approximately eight percent surge in the stock market's opening statement.Fiskars released earnings report on Wednesday morning.the Company's share was 7.5 per cent rise in up 19.51 eur at 10.03 on the Helsinki stock exchange.net sales for the report was in line with market forecasts and operating profit for the report was better than expected.the Company also released a new long-term financial goals relating to growth, profitability, capital structure and dividend Inderes analyst Petri Kajaani notes overview.
Your cheat sheet is below.James Comey Knows How to Make an EntranceWhat Happened: Ahead of last Thursday's public testimony, former FBI director James Comey released an eye-opening statement about his relationship with President Donald Trump.What Really Happened: If it wasn't the UK general election—we'll get there eventually—then the biggest news story of the last seven days was probably fired FBI director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which covered his relationship with President Trump, the investigation into Russian influence on last year's presidential election, and, of course, Hillary Clinton's emails.As one might expect, this was a big deal that got a lot of media attention.Meanwhile, Twitter couldn't help but get excited as well, for a number of reasons.
It's an intensive, deep dive into one tiny slice of the new breed of apps that make up the gig economy.Scheduling in a “mad scramble”In her opening statement, Liss-Riordan carefully portrayed the present battle as a narrow one.Lawson is an aspiring actor in his mid-30s who has worked a series of day jobs to make ends meet since graduating from college in New York.After several years working as a security guard in New York, he moved to Los Angeles in 2012, enrolling in an MFA program at Loyola Marymount.If a driver didn't hit an acceptance rate of 75 percent, later increased to 85 percent, they wouldn't make the guaranteed wage rate that GrubHub promised and would ultimately risk termination.
WASHINGTON—A key Senate committee chairman Tuesday urged internet companies to reach a deal on legislation to combat online sex trafficking, pressuring the technology industry to help forge a consensus on a bill it has largely opposed.Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R., S.D.)“I believe that these companies—like the rest of us—have an obligation to do more,” Mr. Thune said in his opening statement at a congressional hearing Tuesday on the issue.At the end of the hearing, he said to an internet trade association representative who appeared as a witness: “I would encourage you and the companies that you represent…to figure out if there’s a way” to agree on legislation.The legislation stems from concern that current federal law—adopted in the 1990s to help the fledgling internet grow—has led to an epidemic of online sex trafficking in recent years, mainly through classified-ad sites such as backpage.com.Escort ads on such sites often have served as thinly disguised solicitations for prostitution, and sometimes involve underage victims, according to anti-trafficking advocates.
At times, the results can be wild.Huggins had his first encounter at eight years old when a little hairy guy with yellow eyes kept calling out “David, behind you” in the backyard.By age 18, his encounter total eclipsed 20, including meeting Crescent, the alien woman he’d have a prolonged relationship with (regarding that opening statement, Huggins later says: “I figured, if anything, I’d be losing it in the backseat of a Ford, but it didn’t work out that way at all”).Huggins eventually got prodded inside a vacuum cleaner-like spacecraft, and he fathered a lot of possible interspecies children.At that point, they finally allowed Huggins to share his stories so he would have a way of dealing with his complex emotions.Abrahams makes a number of smart decisions throughout the film that allow Huggins’ humanity—his sincerity, his matter-of-fact acceptance of this strange life—to shine through.
In an opening statement during a conference call with analysts, Mr. Lutke said that the shifting retail industry has created a new standard that Shopify has embraced.The new standard enables smaller companies to easily tap online sales without a traditional business model.“Not everyone can wrap their heads around this new retail and distribution model,” Mr. Lutke said.“They think, for some reason, there’s something wrong with not holding any inventory and building a drop shipping business, or with not having a brick-and-mortar store, at a time when physical stores are closing in record numbers, or that not having tens of millions of dollars in sales means you don’t exist.Mr. Lutke also refuted several of Citron’s claims, such as that the company doesn’t abide by U.S. Federal Trade Commission rules about overpromising success to its customers and that the company’s share price was significantly overvalued.“I honestly believe that the best companies do not engage in short-term stock price, sort of ’management’, if you will, and neither do we,” Mr. Lutke said.
Facebook, Google and Twitter are on the hot seat.Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch; Sean Edgett, Twitter's top lawyer; and Richard Salgado, Google's director of law enforcement and information security, appeared at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Tuesday to discuss how Russia used these companies to influence the 2016 presidential election through disinformation and fake news.Facebook said in its opening statement that 126 million people -- a third of the nation -- viewed Russian-backed content.The Russian trolling campaigns involved people posing as advocates on hot-button issues, like Black Lives Matter protesters, gun rights groups and LGBT issues.The most popular Russian-backed account was @TEN_GOP, which amassed more than 100,000 followers while claiming to represent the Tennessee Republican party.Google said Russian trolls "uploaded over a thousand videos to YouTube on 18 different channels."
Senators from both parties warned of the role of Russian misinformation on Wednesday in a hearing on the Kremlin’s meddling in the 2016 election.Questioning executives from Twitter, Google and Facebook, members of the Senate intelligence committee warned of the influence of “fake news” and bots on the campaign and how Russia “conducted an information operation intended to divide our society along issues like race, immigration and second amendment rights” in the words of the committee’s chair, Richard Burr of North Carolina.Burr attempted to minimize the influence of Russian-linked Facebook ads in determining the result of the 2016 election, while Mark Warner, the committee’s vice-chair, explicitly criticized the Trump administration’s approach to this issue.He said in his opening statement that, in addition to the 80,000 Russian-backed posts on Facebook that reached 126 million Americans during the 2016 campaign, there were potentially 120,000 similar posts on Instagram and that up to 15% of Twitter accounts are “fake or automated.An executive for Facebook conceded that starting from October 2016, just before the election, the Russian posts on Instagram reached an additional 16 million Americans.”Warner went on to attack the tech companies testifying, telling them that members of the committee “were frankly blown off by the leadership of your companies, and dismissed” when they initially raised concerns.
With Washington largely focussed on other issues—major tax legislation; Donald Trump versus “Chuck and Nancy”; sexual-harassment charges—Jerome Powell, the White House’s nominee to replace Janet Yellen as chair of the Federal Reserve, testified for more than two hours before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday morning.A former lawyer, investment banker, and Treasury official, Powell looks like Central Casting’s idea of a banker—sixty-four years old, with a lined forehead and carefully combed gray hair.“You are about to become the most important economic policymaker in the world,” Senator Dean Heller, the Republican from Nevada, said to him.In his opening statement, Powell said he would do everything he could to preserve the Fed’s “independent and nonpartisan status.” He also said that nothing in his conversations with “anyone in the Administration”—which presumably included Trump—had given him reason to be concerned about pressure from the White House.“Like all of us, I’m concerned about the sustainability of our fiscal path in the long run,” he told Menendez.“I’m very concerned about that.” Senator Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat, even managed to lead Powell to comment on some specific numbers from the Republican tax plan.
Representatives for Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter faced questions from lawmakers today about how terrorist content is detected and removed from the internet.“The companies that our witnesses represent have a very difficult task: preserving the environment of openness upon on which their platforms have thrived, while seeking to responsibly manage and thwart the actions of those who would use their services for evil,” Committee Chairman Sen. John Thune (R-SD) said in an opening statement.Much of the testimony focused on how the companies use artificial intelligence to detect and remove terrorist content.Facebook’s head of product policy and counterterrorism Monika Bickert said that the company is able to automatically remove 99 percent of ISIS and Al Qaeda content before it’s flagged, although she admitted that humans were still necessary to detect nuances in who shared the content.Still, the companies did not escape tough questions from some members of the committee.Thune asked YouTube about a how-to bomb-making video, which had reportedly been re-uploaded several times.
Publicly, both Boeing and SpaceX maintain that they will fly demonstration missions by the end of this year that carry astronauts to the International Space Station.This would put them on course to become certified for "operational" missions to the station in early 2019, to ensure NASA's access to the orbiting laboratory."We have high confidence in our plan," Boeing's commercial crew program manager, John Mulholland, said.SpaceX Vice President Hans Koenigsmann said his company would be ready, too.However their testimony before the US House Subcommittee on Space was undercut by the release of a report Wednesday by the US Government Accountability Office.The lead author of that report, Christina Chaplain, told Congress during the same hearing that she anticipated these certification dates would be much later.
US Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee, wants to make sure local authorities never send a mistaken missile alert again.He said Thursday that he's introducing legislation to make sure only federal officials are tasked with the responsibility of sending alerts in the event of a ballistic missile launch.The hearing was held in response to the January 13 alert that was sent to millions of residents and visitors on Hawaii telling them a ballistic missile was head toward them and that they should take shelter.The message sent people into a panic as they contacted loved ones and braced for the worst.The errant alert was caused by a local official from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, who mistakenly "pushed the wrong button" and sent the message live.The Federal Communications Commission, which oversees the technical standards behind the alerts, launched an investigation and stated the mistake was the result of the state having insufficient safeguards and process controls in place.
At the center of the lawsuit is an acquisition that Uber made in 2016 of a self-driving company called Otto, picking up that company’s brilliant but troubled chief executive, Anthony Levandowski.Formerly known as Ottomotive, Otto was created by Levandowski, a former Alphabet employee, who was one of the founding fathers of autonomous vehicle technologies.For years, Levandowski worked (in somewhat odd business arrangements) with Google — and later Alphabet — as part of the pre-spinout Waymo project team.For Waymo lawyers, the case seems to hinge on the ambitions of Uber’s ousted chief executive, Travis Kalanick, and his wooing of this wunderkind autonomous vehicle technology developer.In opening arguments, Waymo’s chief lawyer, Charles Verhoeven, painted a picture of Uber as a company whose chief executive realized that the race to develop autonomous vehicles would define the future prospects of the company — and that future was looking increasingly grim.“In their own words… in these documents… Mr. Kalanick said he wanted to use Levandowski to leapfrog Google.”
In his opening statement, Waymo attorney Charles Verhoeven pointed out multiple references in messages and public statements by former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to what he viewed as an all-out war to dominate the self-driving car market.Held in the US District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, the Waymo v. Uber trial follows a year of legal sparring between the two companies over Uber’s alleged theft of Waymo trade secrets.The trial, which was delayed after Waymo accused Uber of withholding evidence, is expected to finally answer whether Waymo’s technology was actually used in Uber’s vehicles.Although Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer who downloaded tens of thousands of files before joining Uber to work on its self-driving car team, has been at the centre of the legal battle, Verhoeven worked to shift attention to Kalanick’s behaviour.Referencing Uber’s early efforts to recruit from Carnegie Mellon for its self-driving car team, Verhoeven accused the company of abandoning “fair” tactics in an attempt to compete.“Playing fair wasn’t working,” he said.
The leaders of six of those agencies, including the CIA, the NSA and the FBI, are testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, during its annual "Worldwide Threats" hearing.That scope isn't just limited to political cyberattacks and hacking critical infrastructure.In his opening statement, Sen. Mark Warner, the committee's vice chairman, highlighted his concerns about Russians spreading propaganda through Facebook, Google and Twitter, an issue the Democrat from Virginia has pressed the Silicon Valley tech titans on before.Warner called out Russian bots and trolls spread across social media, and their potential to affect future elections."From US businesses to the federal government to state and local governments, the United States is threatened by cyberattacks every day," Coats said.In December, President Trump issued a national security strategy documenet that described cybersecurity as a top priority, citing threats including hackers from criminal enterprises and places like Russia, China and Iran.That document came at the end of a long year of incidents ranging from the WannaCry ransomware attack to revelations of Russian misinformation campaigns waged through the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Google.
There’s a lot of keen analytical hindsight on display in Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s written testimony to Congress ahead of his appearance at hearings on Wednesday, but nothing that indicates Facebook is ready to come to terms with the problems rotting the core of the social network.The bulk of Zuckerberg’s opening statement is an historical analysis of the events of the past two years that have bruised the company’s reputation and share price.Zuckerberg is defending his company on two fronts as he faces down the members of Congress that could regulate his company out of existence — user privacy and platform integrity.In the testimony, Zuckerberg highlights the initial steps that Facebook has taken to close down access for third parties and to do more to combat fake accounts and the spread of misinformation.Facebook has taken steps before the U.S. election to root out bad actors and will take even more steps now — since those initial efforts weren’t enough.Near the close of his written testimony, Zuckerberg writes: “I want to be clear about what our priority is: protecting our community is more important than maximizing our profits.”