Kenneth White

Kenneth White

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has run into trouble with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) twice in the past year after he tweeted in August that he had lined up a deal to take Tesla private.In February, Musk tweeted a projection about vehicle production that the SEC says violated the terms of their settlement.Sign up for our best stories delivered to your inboxBy clicking Sign Up, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider Inc. and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.The SEC sued Musk over that tweet, arguing that Musk was not as close to acquiring funding for the deal as he indicated.Read more: Tesla is having another chaotic year — these are the biggest challenges Tesla has faced so far in 2019
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Uber's subscription service is coming to more US cities.The ride-sharing company is expanding Ride Pass, which starts at $15 and limits the cost of fares, it said in a blog post Tuesday.The new locations include New York City, Dallas, San Diego, Seattle, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Orange County, Baltimore-Maryland, New Orleans, Nashville, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, St. Louis, Jacksonville and Memphis.When Ride Pass was introduced back in October, it was only available in Los Angeles, Austin, Orlando, Miami and Denver.Your subscription won't cover fares, but ensures you won't have to pay surge pricing at peak times or in bad weather.It applies to UberX and UberPool trips.
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North Korean crypto-revolutionary crew Civil Cheollioma Defense (CCD) has issued its 100th “post-liberation blockchain visa” via the Ethereum ETH blockchain.The group says it has been selling its tokenized visas (G-Visas) since Monday morning, after it claimed it necessary to delay sale for roughly 12 hours due to high demand.At pixel time, 106 G-Visas exist on Ethereum‘s blockchain in the form of ERC-721 tokens, but again, speculators are attempting to re-sell an overwhelming majority of those already bought, some with a considerable mark-up.CCD says it will sell the first 1,000 of its 200,000 G-Visas for 1 ETH ($135) each, which would mean it has raised around $14,000 worth of Ethereum in just a few days.A statement posted to CCD’s site late yesterday also confirmed its role in February’s raid on a Pyongyang embassy in Madrid.It had previously been noted as suspects by CNN, who had cited government sources.
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We have all had to clean up a bunch of small items at some point that we didn’t take the time to place into the correct bin and simply tossed the items into the bin from afar.Google is giving details on a new robot that it has developed that uses physics and deep learning to place items into appropriate containers.Google’s bot took first place in the stowing task at the Amazon Robotics Challenge.It’s easy to see robots of this sort replacing humans at Amazon facilities in the future for picking items and packing them for shipment to buyers.Google built the robot with features that kinematically prevent it from dropping objects due to unforeseen dynamics.It uses steady and deliberate movements to keep an object from slipping.
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A Southwest Airlines jet of the Boeing 737 Max line grounded after two catastrophic crashes was forced to make an emergency landing shortly after takeoff at Florida’s Orlando International Airport on Tuesday en route to a facility in California, where it was scheduled to be stored in the western Mojave Desert, the Wall Street Journal reported.Just two people were on board.A Southwest spokeswoman told the paper that the issue was due to an engine problem and was not related to issues with a computer system believed to have played a role in the crashes.The 737 Max line’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) has an anti-stalling system which is currently believed to have sent two prior flights – a Lion Air flight that crashed in October 2018, killing 189, and an Ethopian Airlines crash this month that killed 157) – into nose dives.Boeing recently promised to update MCAS to prevent it from overriding other cockpit commands or misfire based on faulty readings, as well as issue training revisions informing pilots on how to deactivate MCAS in the event of an error.According to CNN, Southwest described the problem with the 737 Max that landed in Orlando on Tuesday as “a performance issue with one of the engines shortly after takeoff,” adding the crew was able to land the plane safely using standard procedures.
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Reddit may make $119 million in ad revenue in 2019.The popular online social platform is on its way to more than double its ad revenues by 2021, according to market analysis firm eMarketer's forecasts.Reddit's ad business will pass the $100 million mark this year."As a mix of forum and trending news site with a bit of social network, reddit has operated on an 'open internet' ethos," Monica Peart, director of eMarketer forecasting, said in a release."Reddit's users are tech savvy and highly engaged, making them attractive to advertisers."Reddit has recently attempted to shake things up to increase user engagement on the site.
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A microservices architecture fosters the building of software applications as a suite of independent, fine-grained, and autonomous services.Therefore, when we build a real-world business use case, the microservices that comprise the application have to communicate with each other.With the proliferation of fine-grained services, integrating microservices and building inter-service communication has become one of the most challenging tasks in the realization of microservices architectures.To understand the challenges of a microservices architecture, let’s first look at the very near past.In the pre-microservices era of service-oriented architecture (SOA) and web services, we would use a central enterprise service bus (ESB) architecture, where all of the service composition and integrations were implemented.[ InfoWorld explains: What is cloud-native?
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ASUS downplays major compromise of its serversTaiwanese computer maker ASUS has admitted its Live Update servers were breached by an as-yet unknown adversary and used to push a backdoor onto what Kaspersky Lab says may have been over a million devices.In a belated response to the revelation, the company pointed late Tuesday to “national-level attack[s] usually initiated by a couple of specific countries” and released a a fix in the latest version of its Live Update software.Only the version of Live Update used for notebooks was hijacked, it said, downplaying the incident and declining to mention or thank Kaspersky Lab for identifying the sophisticated attack: “Only a very small number of specific user group were found to have been targeted by this attack” the company said.ASUS said: “We have introduced multiple security verification mechanisms to prevent any malicious manipulation in the form of software updates or other means, and implemented an enhanced end-to-end encryption mechanism.At the same time, we have also updated and strengthened our server-to-end-user software architecture to prevent similar attacks from happening in the future.”
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The European Parliament approved a massive, sweeping overhaul of online copyright rules on Tuesday, leaving the extremely controversial Articles 11 and 13 untouched on as the EU Copyright Directive cruised through the legislative body.Article 11, sometimes called the “link tax” by detractors, requires web platforms to obtain a license to link to or pull quotes from news articles.It is ostensibly intended to ensure that publications get a slice of the revenue that big services like Google News pull in, but critics say it could undermine the ability of users to share content across the web.Article 13 requires platforms make their “best efforts” to obtain licenses to copyrighted material before it is ever uploaded to their servers, changing the current standard in which they respond to copyright takedown request from rights holders.The fear is that platforms will turn to oppressive filters that prevent users from uploading anything that could potentially violate copyrights, or – considering the sorry state of existing content filters – arbitrarily block user-generated content that filters mistakenly is in violation of one copyright or another.As TechDirt’s Mike Masnick noted, the key vote on Tuesday was not on the entire Copyright Directive, which was broadly supported other than those two articles.
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Just a year ago, scientists presented results that seemed almost too good to be true: Carbon sheets only a single atom thick, called graphene, took on a pair of important physical properties when they were twisted at just the right “magic” angle relative to one another.If the atmosphere this month at the world’s largest physics conference was any indication, twisted graphene has now spawned an entirely new field of physics research.Despite frigid Boston temperatures and a late-winter snowstorm, physicists swarmed rooms at the March meeting of the American Physical Society, many standing out in the hallway looking in, hoping to hear the latest results about this magic-angle graphene.“Fields that were relatively connected before are now joined studying this one type of material,” Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, MIT professor of physics and principal investigator behind last year’s twisted graphene papers, told Gizmodo.“It has created an enormous amount of exciting interactions.”Back in 2004, scientists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov first isolated graphene by peeling the single-atom laters off of graphite (also known as pencil lead) using adhesive tape, creating a two-dimensional material.
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After dishing out over US$2 billion in loans to small businesses over the past three years, startup lender Qupital has raised by far its largest ever investment – US$15 million – to help it expand from Hong Kong to mainland China.Focusing on supply chain financing, the service connects firms with professional investors.Qupital says it’s filling a US$200 billion void for Asia’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) between unpaid invoices and cash in hand.New Zealander Andy Chan started the business in Hong Kong after seeing no major players doing the same thing in the city.As he explained back in 2017 on The Jay Kim Show podcast:I started doing research on these different receivables market places around the world and saw that there were some in the UK, Spain, and the US, so that’s when I really thought that there was an underserved market in Hong Kong for SMEs.
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In the early 20th century, your problem was straight hair; your fix was sitting motionless for roughly ten hours under 60 pounds of scalding brass irons hanging half an inch from your scalp.First, the hair was treated with sodium hydroxide (a lye used today in relaxers and drain cleaner to dissolve, among other things, hair), making it softer (or weaker) then heated with two-pound brass rollers, which were suspended with a set of counter-weights to avoid searing the client (with mixed results).“Almost all of them got burned slightly.”The madness of crowds finally swept up middle-class women and under the cranial frying pan when Nestle managed to demonstrate publicly that he could perm a volunteer without seriously injuring her.In 1915, he opened a wildly successful salon chain across America and tweaked the device with safer affordable versions, albeit with the occasional burn victim, and by 1928 he was said to have had amassed a $3 million fortune ($44 million/£33 million today).A 1946 San Francisco Examiner piece titled “Swindler’s Harvest: Danger at the Doorbell” reported that “[i]n one community alone, a squad of salesmen took in $8,000 [over $100,000/£75,740 today] before they were chased out.” Whether or not that’s true, Weird Universe’s Alex Boese hunted down the contraption’s fate: a 1947 national exhibition of quack devices assembled by the American Medical Association, which even cited doctors’ claims that the dimple-maker may cause cancer.
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ZTE steps up 5G investments as it seeks comeback after near-death experience – South China Morning PostWhat happened: Shenzhen-based telecommunications equipment maker ZTE is expected to build three cybersecurity evaluation centers in China, Belgium, and Italy this year, similar to the one that Huawei operates under the supervision of the UK government.ZTE aims to reassure government agencies and telecoms network operators about the integrity and security of its 5G equipment.The company already secured six commercial 5G contracts in addition to its vast supply deals with China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom, the three major telecoms network operators in China.The company will soon release a white paper about its 5G cybersecurity efforts.Why it’s important: ZTE has kept a low profile since last March when the company was brought to the brink of collapse after Washington DC banned American companies from selling components to the Chinese company for violating US sanctions against Iran.
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For the full episode, go here.There is plenty of risk capital in Japan and, by all measures, the amount is increasing.Japanese venture firms raised more than US$2.5 billion in 2017, which is more than a 400 percent increase from 2012.The biggest effect of this increased funding is that it has made founders a lot more confident and aggressive – and a lot less stressed.You are far more likely to grow a billion-dollar company with this attitude.From dozens of newly minted founders who are explaining how they are going to disrupt their industry to the likes of iSpace, which raised over US$90 million to commercialize the moon, Japan’s startups are finally dreaming big.
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In January, the CEO of Huawei's consumer business, Richard Yu, said the company plans to snatch Samsung's coveted title as world's largest smartphone brand by the end of 2020, or "this year at the soonest."Keep in mind that while the entire Galaxy S10 family has been tested and reviewed (including the S10 Plus and Galaxy S10E), we've only had limited time with the P30 Pro, so we'll be limited to educated guesswork until we can truly compare the two side by side.In addition to the P30 Pro, Huawei also introduced the Huawei P30, which is a little smaller and has fewer frills.If you're one who would, then Samsung has the advantage here, in theory at least.Qualcomm says that method is slower and less secure, but I haven't had a lot of luck accurately unlocking the S10 or S10 Plus on the first try.That said, other optical in-screen fingerprint scanners have also been touch and go, so it's uncertain if the P30 Pro's technique is faster.
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Eyal Waldman, co-founder and CEO of Israel-based Mellanox, who earlier this month sold his company to California-based chipmaker Nvidia for $6.9 billion, got no phone call from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, an ardent nationalist who is known to congratulate Israeli entrepreneurs who make a financial exit.“It’s a win-win situation—we need the talent and it helps the Palestinian economy,” said Waldman.Yet this is the least of Waldman’s worries: the more daunting challenge he faces is integrating the company he founded in 1999 with Nvidia and clearing regulatory hurdles—particularly in China.But not everyone is comfortable with the risk: New York-based activist investment fund Starboard decided to sell its entire holding in Mellanox in February, ahead of the deal’s announcement.With 24% of Mellanox’s $1.1 billion in 2018 revenue earned in China, Mellanox faces the idiosyncrasies of Chinese anti-monopoly regulators.By joining forces, Nvidia and Mellanox are betting that together they are better positioned to win over large corporate data centers, especially those working on AI and mega databases.
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Galaxy smartphone users, even Samsung’s most ardent fans, have bemoaned what was once a very locked down and almost useless Bixby key.With the latest One UI experience, Samsung has thrown users a bone by letting them remap one of two actions to something other than Bixby.Come August, however, Samsung might be taking its response to the extreme and actually remove not just the Bixby key but almost all physical keys and replace them with still unknown sensors and gestures.The report that comes from Korean media is so light on the details that it might be best to keep calm for now.According to the rumor, Samsung will be adopting a buttonless design.It doesn’t mention whether the same phone would have no holes, which would probably be impossible unless it ejected the S Pen that still defines the Galaxy Note line.
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If you’re looking for a smartphone that could replace your entry-level DSLR and have the money to splurge and don’t reside in the US, then the Huawei P30 Pro might be the one for you.At least that seems to be the conclusion DxOMark has reached in its review.Huawei has indeed outdone itself and bested even its own best but the question remains whether the costs will justify that extra zoom and multi-level bokeh.The Huawei P30 Pro puts the focus, no pun intended, on the new periscope lens system and time-of-flight sensor and that is exactly where the phone excels in DxOMark’s benchmarks.The new lens system, one that may be credited first to OPPO, allows the P30 Pro to reach 10x zoom while still containing more detail than others that have to rely on digital zoom and algorithms past the 3x mark.That said, the telephoto camera apparently takes a bit of time to lock on subjects with autofocus.
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The US Federal Trade Commission has asked seven American providers of mobile broadband service to provide details about how they deal with customer and device data.The trade watchdog issued an order [PDF] on Tuesday directing AT, AT Mobility, Comcast (Xfinity), Google Fiber, T-Mobile US, Verizon, and Cellco Partnership, aka Verizon Wireless, to detail their privacy policies, procedures, and practices.Recent revelations of cellular network giants selling subscriber location data to pretty anyone who vaguely looked like a cop or bounty hunter prompted 15 senators in January ask America's broadband overseer the Federal Communications Commission to investigate the practice, and it has grudgingly agreed to do so.Now the FTC, derided for years by critics as a regulatory lapdog, has stepped in, too, "in light of the evolution of telecommunications companies into vertically integrated platforms that also provide advertising-supported content."The agency suggests it will rely on its remit of going after unfair and deceptive trade practices to punish companies that say one thing then do another, perhaps unaware that industry behavior tends to be disclosed in the lengthy, ambiguous privacy policies that no one actually reads.This is the same agency the the Electronic Privacy Information Center slammed on Tuesday in a letter [PDF] to the the House Oversight Committee for a hearing on strengthening the oversight powers of consumer-focused agencies like the FTC and Consumer Protection Bureau.
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Delivery company UPS has teamed up with Matternet to launch drone-based medical sample deliveries in North Carolina, the companies have announced.The new unmanned drone delivery service involves the WakeMed flagship hospital and campus located in Raleigh, where drones will join existing courier cars in transporting medical specimens and samples.This marks the first time in the US that unmanned drones have received the FAA’s blessing for use in the routine transportation of a product.According to UPS, both the FAA and the North Carolina Department of Transportation will be overseeing the new delivery service, which offers same-day and on-demand medical sample deliveries.Unlike courier cars, these drones can’t get stuck in traffic or delayed by road construction and accidents.The service is said to be more efficient of a delivery option with lower costs and “potentially life-saving benefits.” The new service follows Matternet’s and NCDOT’s first-round test flights on the WakeMed campus back in August 2018.
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