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Musk v Bezos - Space Fight!

pacopico pacopico writes  |  4 days ago

pacopico (802691) writes "Things have gotten downright nasty between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. Blue Origin, Bezos's rocket company, has partnered with United Launch Alliance to make engines for future rockets. The deal, as combines the two mortal enemies of SpaceX and heats up the race to build reusable rockets. NBC has a story in which Musk welcomes the coming battle while talking to the author of his upcoming biography. "Competitors ganging up against you is the sincerest form of flattery," Musk said."
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The ARM Server Onslaught Has Begun

pacopico pacopico writes  |  4 days ago

pacopico (802691) writes "What appears to be the first production ARM server in the wild has come from an unexpected place. According to Businessweek, a start-up called Cynny has built its own ARM-based server from scratch using a chip from Marvell. The server is smaller than a credit card, and Cynny is using the hardware to run its own file-sharing service. Cynny has filled three data centers in the U.S. and Europe with its systems but does not seem to be selling the hardware on its own."
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A Patent Troll Repents?

pacopico pacopico writes  |  about three weeks ago

pacopico (802691) writes "Intellectual Ventures, the world's most infamous patent troll, has changed its tune — maybe. According to a story in Businessweek, the company has started turning a number of its ideas into products, ranging from hydration sensors to waterless washing machines and self-healing concrete. The story reveals some new tidbits about IV, including that it pays inventors $17,000 per idea, has a new start-up fund and that one of its cofounders got tossed out of school for hacking. IV is obvisouly trying to improve its reputation, but plenty of skeptics remain who think this is just a ruse meant to draw attention away from its patent lawsuits."
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Is Andreessen Horowitz Losing Its Mojo?

pacopico pacopico writes  |  about 3 months ago

pacopico (802691) writes "Founded in 2009, Andreessen Horowitz has ended up as the most well regarded venture captial firm in all the land in record time. Its founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz took start-up marketing and engineering and sales help to a new level. The other big VC shops have since moved to copy it. But, as Businessweek reports, the firm is facing a backlash for the first time based largely on the tweetstorms of Andreessen. Slate, Valleyway, the Awl and others have been critical of Andreessen's technology cheerleading at a time when Silicon Valley is rubbing people in San Francisco and elsewhere the wrong way. In the story, Andreessen makes no apologies and says his message continues to resonate with the true believers."
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HP Just Unveiled The Machine - A New Type of Computer

pacopico pacopico writes  |  about 3 months ago

pacopico (802691) writes "HP Labs is trying to make a comeback. According to Businessweek, HP is building something called The Machine. It's a type of server that will use memristors for memory and silicon photonics for interconnects and ship possibly by 2017 (good luck). As for The Machine's software, HP plans to build three open source operating systems, including a new one from scratch and its own versions of Linux and Android. The new computer is meant to solve a coming crisis due to limitations around DRAM and Flash. About three-quarters of HP Labs personnel are working on this project."
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We're About To Find Out What Happens When A Social Network Meets Drones and Bots

pacopico pacopico writes  |  about 3 months ago

pacopico (802691) writes "The start-up Fatdoor launched this week with a remarkably ambitious mission. As Businessweek reports, it's combining a social network for neighborhoods with a smartphone app, a quadcopter drone and an autonomous food delivery bot. It's like all of Silicon Valley's favored things rolled up into one. The story questions whether the company has any real chance of creating unifying ties between all these products, but it should be fun watching it try."
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Elon Musk Is Building A World Projector in the SpaceX Lobby

pacopico pacopico writes  |  about 3 months ago

pacopico (802691) writes "Russ Rive owns a company called SuperUber that builds all manner of crazy tech installations. As it happens, he's Elon Musk's cousin, and Musk has commissioned Rive to build a type of world projector at SpaceX that will reside in the company's lobby. According to a story in Businessweek, there will be a real-time projection of the Earth complete with live weather patterns and satellites going around it. Visitors will also be able to call up rocket launches and watch the rockets' flight path into space."
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The Man Making Bank Off Tesla and SpaceX

pacopico pacopico writes  |  about 6 months ago

pacopico (802691) writes "Silicon Valley venture capitalists have not always been the first to back Elon Musk's super risky ideas. In fact, as Businessweek reports, a firm in Chicago called Valor Equity run by Antonio Gracias has been the quiet, major investor behind Tesla, SpaceX and SolarCity. With Tesla and SolarCity's shares soaring, Valor is doing very well and has capitalized big time on Musk's success. Oddly, its next major move has nothing to do with technology but will be instead to take Dunkin' Donuts and Little Caesars to Mexico and China. The firm is looking to become the Auto Nation of food."
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The Food And, Er, Rocket King of Chicago

pacopico pacopico writes  |  about 7 months ago

pacopico (802691) writes "Tesla's stock is up about 600 percent over the past year, and there's one guy in Chicago who is making a killing on the bull run. His name is Antonio Gracias, and he runs a private equity firm called Valor. It put some of the first money into Tesla and then SpaceX and was more willing than Silicon Valley venture capitalists to back Elon Musk's risky companies. Now, Valor has gotten deep into restaurants and is buying a ton of Dunkin' Donuts in California, Mexico and China. It's your typical rockets to donuts tale."
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Start-up Claims To Have Developed The Most Secure Browser

pacopico pacopico writes  |  about 7 months ago

pacopico (802691) writes "Spikes Security has just come out with something it's calling the AirGap browser. According a report in Businessweek, it's basically a browser that runs in the data center with people getting compressed video streams of their activity sent to their computers. Click on something nasty, and nothing happens to your machine. The guy who started the company was Elon Musk's personal tech guru for about a decade and ran SpaceX's network."
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The Ever So Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came To Rule the World

pacopico pacopico writes  |  about 7 months ago

pacopico (802691) writes "About 24 years ago, a tiny chip company came to life in a Cambridge, England barn. It was called ARM, and it looked quite unlike any other chip company that had come before it. Businessweek has just published something of an oral history on the weird things that took place to let ARM end up dominating the mobile revolution and rivaling Coke and McDonald's as the most prolific consumer product company on the planet. The story also looks at what ARM's new CEO needs to do not to mess things up."
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The $1,000 Genome Is Finally Here

pacopico pacopico writes  |  about 8 months ago

pacopico (802691) writes "Since about 2006 or so, scientists have been talking up the idea of a $1,000 human genome. It was thought that would be the price that could make gene sequencing truly mainstream. Companies have tried and failed to hit this milestone in the past. But now Illumina says it has the equivalent of a DNA supercomputer that can pump out tens of thousands of $1,000 genomes per year. The company just unveiled the machine called the HiSeq X."
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Stealing Silicon Valley

pacopico pacopico writes  |  about a year ago

pacopico (802691) writes "A series of robberies in Silicon Valley have start-ups feeling nervous. According to this report in Businessweek, a couple of networking companies were burgled recently with attempts made to steal their source code. The fear is that virtual attacks have now turned physical and that espionage in the area is on the rise. As a result, companies are now doing more physical penetration testing, including one case in which a guy was mailed in a FedEx box in a bid to try and break into a start-up."
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Facebook's Arctic Data Center Threatens The Hardware Biz

pacopico pacopico writes  |  about a year ago

pacopico (802691) writes "With a new PUE score of 1.04, Facebook's Swedish data center has officially become the world's most efficient computing center. As Businessweek reports, the iron inside is made up of all Open Compute designs — including servers, storage and top of rack switches — that come from Asian ODMs. According to the venture capitalist Peter Levine hundreds of billions of dollars in data center purchases could swing toward the Facebook-style designs and put a world of hurt on companies like IBM, Dell, HP and Cisco — all of which are fighting back to varying degrees."
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A Beautiful Mind and Broken Body for Silicon Valley

pacopico pacopico writes  |  about a year ago

pacopico (802691) writes "About 30 years ago, a young Marine and math savant named Ramona Pierson was out for a run when she got hit by a drunk driver and had her body shattered. As Businessweek reports, Pierson ended up in coma for 18 months, came out blind and emaciated and was sent to live in an old folks home. Her remarkable story takes off from there to include bike racing through Russia, a PhD in neuroscience, a stint fixing Seattle's public schools and now Declara, a social network run by Pierson and funded by billioniare Peter Thiel, who put the original money into Facebook. One of the more original start-up tales to have ever come out of Silicon Valley or really anywhere."
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Tesla Motors May Be Having An iPhone Moment

pacopico pacopico writes  |  about a year ago

pacopico (802691) writes "Telsa Motors has started churning out 500 of its all electric Model S sedans per week. Bloomberg Businessweek just did a cover story about the company, suggesting that Tesla is becoming more than just a fad of rich folks in California. According to the story, 75 percent of Tesla's sales now come from outside of California, and the company appears poised to raise its sales forecasts for the year. There's a lot of talk about Tesla's history and why it survived when Fisker and Better Place failed too."
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Better Factories Through Crazy Role Playing

pacopico pacopico writes  |  about a year ago

pacopico (802691) writes "A former Ford executive has taken his unique brand of factory training to the public. According to Businessweek, Hossein Nivi has set up a new company called Pendaran that forces people to endure a week-long, manic training simulation that's meant to produce safer, better workers. The participants — lots of people from the tech and military fields — get yelled at by actors while they try to assemble things like golf carts and airplanes in a simulation that mixes virtual tasks on computers with real world tasks. After their spirits get broken, the workers actually start functioning as a well-oiled team. It sounds both awesome and bizarre."
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How Netfflix Eats The Internet

pacopico pacopico writes  |  about a year ago

pacopico (802691) writes "Every night, Netflix accounts for about one-third of the downstream Internet traffic in North America, dwarfing all of its major rivals combined. Bloomberg Businessweek has a story detailing the computer science behind the streaming site. It digs into Netflix's heavy use of AWS and its open-source tools like Chaos Kong and Asgard, which the Obama administration apparently used during the campaign. Story seems to suggest that the TV networks will have an awful time mimicking what Netflix has done."
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How LinkedIn's Project Inversion Saved The Company

pacopico pacopico writes  |  about a year ago

pacopico (802691) writes "Shortly after its 2011 IPO, LinkedIn's infrastructure almost collapsed. The company had been running on decade's old technology and needed a major overhaul to keep up with other social sites. As Businessweek reports, LinkedIn initiated something called Project Inversion to fix its issues and has since evolved into one of the poster children for continuous development and creating open source infrastructure tools. But the story also notes that LinkedIn's technology revival has come with some costs, including constant changes that have bothered some users."
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Top Coders Now Hiring Agents

pacopico pacopico writes  |  about a year and a half ago

pacopico (802691) writes "In what was only a matter of time, software developers have started hiring agents to represent them in contract negotiations. Businessweek found a firm called 10X Management that has former music managers handling the careers of about three dozen programmers. The claim is that the coders are getting much higher rates — $200 to $300 per hour — through the arrangement, while the agents take a 15 percent cut for striking business deals and managing their careers."
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