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    SpaceX’s Starship Mk1 prototype rocket blows its top at Texas test launch site

    <img width="804" height="468" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="@LabPadre view of Starship"><br>SpaceX’s prototype for a Starship meant for trips to the moon and Mars suffered an eruption today on its South Texas launch pad, putting a dent in SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s ambitious schedule for flight tests. Clouds of vapor issued explosively from the 165-foot-tall rocket’s top during a pressurization test, apparently because of a rupture in one of the craft’s cryogenic propellant tanks. The Starship Mk1’s top bulkhead was blown away by the blast. RIP Starship Mk1. @LabPadre stream: — Chris B – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) November 20, 2019 The Starship Mk1 was being prepared at SpaceX’s Boca Chica launch… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Spotify opens its free tier to Amazon Alexa devices, as Sonos acquires voice assistant startup Snips

    <img width="1260" height="709" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Tech companies are accelerating the convergence of digital music, smart speakers and voice assistants with a series of moves this week. Digital music service Spotify announced Wednesday that users of its free tier will now be able to hear their Spotify music and playlists on Amazon Alexa devices. The capability previously required a paid Spotify subscription. The capability will also be rolled out to Sonos speakers and Bose smart speakers, the company said. The announcement came after Amazon expanded the free, ad-supported version of Amazon Music to the iPhone, Android devices, and Fire TV. The Amazon Music app was previously… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Study suggests AI’s disruptive effect on jobs will hit higher on economic and education scales

    <img width="1113" height="677" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Average standardized AI exposure"><br>When experts talk about the disruptive effects of artificial intelligence, they tend to focus on low-paid laborers — but a newly published study suggests higher-paid, more highly educated workers will be increasingly exposed to job challenges. The study puts Seattle toward the top of the list for AI-related job disruption. The analysis, which draws on work by researchers at Stanford University and the Brookings Institution, makes use of a novel technique that connects AI-related patents with the job descriptions for different professions. Stanford researcher Michael Webb extracted entries from the tens of millions of patents in a Google database, as… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Amazon defends Ring’s relationship with police as U.S. senator resurfaces privacy concerns

    <img width="1260" height="840" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Amazon is attempting to set the record straight on Ring, the security camera company that the tech giant acquired in 2018. Ring has been making headlines over the past few months because of its relationship with local law enforcement agencies. Privacy advocates and government officials are concerned that the company has become too cozy with law enforcement, reportedly working with local police to market Ring products. Amazon is also fielding criticism for its lack of transparency around partnerships with local police departments. Ring is attempting to shed some light on the situation. The company defended itself in a letter to… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Seattle-area startup Quantivate raises cash for risk and compliance platform

    <img width="1136" height="571" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>New funding: Woodinville, Wash.-based Quantivate, which sells software for risk management and compliance, raised an undisclosed amount of money. Lead investor: San Francisco-based private equity firm Luminate Capital Partners was the sole investor. Luminate’s Hollie Haynes, Scott Kingsfield and Dave Ulrich are joining the Quantivate board of directors. Company background: Quantivate sells software to companies in regulated industries such as banking and offers a suite of products that include risk management, regulatory compliance and auditing. The startup was founded in 2005 by CEO Andy Vanderhoff, who previously helped companies prepare for disaster scenarios at Washington Mutual. Paul Rorberg is the… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    From fiber-optic lines to 5G, it’s turbulent times for data connectivity in the Pacific Northwest

    <img width="1260" height="945" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Bureaucratic snags slow new fiber-optic “highway” connecting Vancouver and Seattle. 5G implementation faces hurdles across Pacific Northwest. Industry experts say the rocky road for these data connectivity technologies could threaten the region’s competitiveness. From small cities rebelling against the introduction of 5G small cells to an aging fiber optic network, the Pacific Northwest has few bright spots amid serious challenges for enhancing both its wired and wireless data connectivity at a time of growing population and economic integration. Those were some of the takeaways at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER)’s Economic Leadership Forum in Seattle on Monday. PNWER is… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    NASA says much-anticipated meteor outburst could be a bust for the West Coast

    <img width="1260" height="770" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Skywatchers say parts of the world could see a brief, brilliant meteor outburst known as the Alpha Monocerotids on Thursday night, but NASA notes that it’ll be at the wrong time for the U.S. West Coast. Why it’s a big deal: The meteor shower — which takes its name from the brightest star in the constellation Monoceros, the Unicorn — is a rare beast. It yields significant shooting stars only when Earth’s orbit runs through a particular patch of space, as it did in 1985 and 1995. This time around, meteor scientists Peter Jenniskens and Esko Lyytinen say the best-placed… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Seattle’s socialist City Council member Kshama Sawant wants to make an example out of Amazon

    <img width="1260" height="969" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>“Seattle was like a test lab. If we allowed them to get away with it here, then we can be sure they’re going to go after other cities as well.” So said Seattle’s socialist City Council member Kshama Sawant, speaking about Amazon’s unprecedented political donations in an interview with GeekWire on Tuesday afternoon, just a few days after winning re-election despite a massive financial push by the tech giant to unseat her. It’s true that Amazon has used its hometown as a testing ground for many of its boldest ideas. The cashier-less grocery store, Amazon Go, was born in Seattle.… <a href="">Read More</a>
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  • Army Corps of Engineers adding sand to Grays Harbor jetty

    WESTPORT, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will place about 55,000 cubic yards of sand at the Grays Harbor south jetty breach fill near Westport, Washington. The sand is intended to protect against continuing erosion and the risk of a breach forming which could threaten the stability of the south jetty and […]
  • NBA teams enhancing fan experience with high-tech replays

    ATLANTA (AP) — NBA fans will soon be able to look up at the big videoboard above the court and get a different look at that deep Trae Young 3-pointer early in the first quarter. Or see a different perspective of that monstrous Giannis Antetokounmpo dunk. In a reversal of roles, NBA teams are bringing […]
  • Bloomberg pouring $100M in anti-Trump ad campaign

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who is deciding whether to launch a Democratic presidential bid, is pouring $100 million into an online advertising campaign attacking President Donald Trump. The campaign, which targets voters in four general election battleground states — Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — begins running on Friday, according […]
  • Free broadband? UK Labour Party promises nationalization

    LONDON (AP) — The British Labour Party’s latest plan for public ownership of big industries sent shivers through the telecoms sector Friday with an electoral promise to nationalize part of the former phone monopoly BT to provide free fiber optic broadband. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who outlined the plan during a speech ahead of next […]
  • Astronauts start spacewalk series to fix cosmic ray detector

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts launched an extraordinarily complicated series of spacewalks Friday to fix a cosmic ray detector at the International Space Station. Armed with dozens of dissecting tools, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano removed two protective covers to gain access to the inside of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. He handed them to his […]
  • The Latest: Police warn political candidates to take care

    LONDON (AP) — The Latest on campaigning for Britain’s general election (all times local): 10:45 a.m. British police are urging candidates in the Dec. 12 general election to use caution in a campaign that has already been marked by a high level of hostility. The National Police Chiefs’ Council said Friday it is urging candidates […]
  • Huawei sells folding smartphone with no Google after US ban

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei is selling its first folding smartphone without Google apps or U.S.-made processor chips following sanctions imposed by Washington. The Mate X, which unfolds to 14.6 centimeters (5.8 inches) wide, went on sale Friday on Huawei’s online store in China priced at 16,999 yuan ($2,422). It competes with Samsung’s […]
  • Esper defends as fair Pentagon contract disputed by Amazon

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday he was certain that the awarding of a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft instead of Amazon was done fairly. The Pentagon awarded the contract to Microsoft in late October, and Amazon said there was “unmistakable bias” on the government’s part and it […]
  • In DC, face scans peg a lawmaker – and a long-dead singer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Privacy advocates who strapped cameras to their heads and walked around Capitol Hill Thursday say Amazon’s facial recognition technology successfully recognized a congressman – but also claimed to spot singer Roy Orbison, who died in 1988. The activists scanned thousands of faces Thursday inside and outside the U.S. Capitol to highlight the […]
  • Amazon appeals $10B Pentagon contract won by Microsoft

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amazon is protesting the Pentagon’s decision to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft, citing “unmistakable bias” in the process. Amazon’s competitive bid for the “war cloud” project drew criticism from President Donald Trump and its business rivals. The project, formally called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, pitted […]
  • NASA warned of safety risks in delayed private crew launches

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA auditors warned Thursday the space agency faces “significant safety and technical challenges” that need to be solved before astronauts fly in private capsules. In its report, NASA’s inspector general office noted Boeing and SpaceX are several years late in transporting crews to the International Space Station. The private capsules […]
  • New Jersey seeks $640M from Uber for misclassifying workers

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is seeking more than $640 million from Uber in taxes and penalties, saying the ride-hailing company misclassified its drivers as independent contractors. The decision is the latest setback for Uber and other companies in the so-called “gig economy” that rely heavily on contract labor to deliver the services at […]
  • Disney Plus adds disclaimer about racist movie stereotypes

    NEW YORK (AP) — Disney’s new streaming service has added a disclaimer to “Dumbo,” “Peter Pan” and other classics because they depict racist stereotypes, underscoring a challenge media companies face when they resurrect older movies in modern times. The move comes as Disney Plus seems to be an instant hit. It attracted 10 million subscribers […]
  • Consumer Reports finds vehicle redesigns come with glitches

    DETROIT (AP) — When it comes to buying a new car, the latest and greatest may not be the most dependable. In its annual auto reliability survey this year, Consumer Reports found that while newly redesigned models have the latest infotainment, safety and fuel-economy technology, they also come with glitches that frustrate owners. Problem-prone new […]
  • Plan would protect 21 coral hot spots in Gulf of Mexico

    A plan to protect corals in the Gulf of Mexico is close to becoming a law, drawing cheers from environmental groups who believe leaving the corals alone would help vulnerable ocean ecosystems to grow. The plan would create 21 protected areas off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. Thirteen of the areas […]