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Ivan Castilho de Almeida
52 Issues

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2 min
russian-us crew welcomed aboard the space station

A trio of space travelers blasted off to the International Space Station on Wednesday, using for the first time a fast-track maneuver that allowed them to reach the orbiting outpost in just a little over three hours. NASA’s Kate Rubins along with Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos lifted off as scheduled Wednesday morning from the Russia-leased Baikonur space launch facility in Kazakhstan for a six-month stint on the station. For the first time, they tried a two-orbit approach and docked with the space station in just a little over three hours after lift-off. Previously it took twice as long for crews to reach the station. Aboard the station, they were welcomed by the station’s NASA commander, Chris Cassidy, and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner,…

1 min
ibm to spin off $19b business to focus on cloud computing

IBM says it is breaking off a $19 billion chunk of its business to focus on cloud computing. The 109-year-old tech company said it is spinning off its managed infrastructure services unit into a new public company, temporarily named NewCo. The separation is expected to take effect by late 2021. IBM CEO Arvind Krishna said the split will help IBM focus on its cloud platform and artificial intelligence, while the newly formed company will provide services to manage the infrastructure of businesses and other organizations. IBM’s annual revenue was $77.1 billion last year. Krishna said in April at his first quarterly earnings call as CEO that the company will continue to eliminate software and services that don’t align with IBM’s top two focus areas for growth: cloud computing and artificial intelligence. Once a household…

3 min
la’s newest firefighter, a robot, can go where humans can’t

The Los Angeles Fire Department introduced its newest firefighter, a chunky, low-slung little gadget on wheels that despite its humble appearance can blast out 2,500 gallons of water a minute, go where it’s not safe for humans to tread and, in a pinch, even rescue a horse. The bright yellow machine, which evokes some images of a “Star Wars” droid but without the beeps and burps, is nicknamed RS3. That’s short for Robot Solution 3. “The Los Angeles Fire Department is the first in our country to acquire this amazing piece of new equipment,” Chief Ralph Terrazas told onlookers before before turning RS3 loose in a sprawling parking lot adjacent to the department’s downtown training center. The chief said he became aware of the value of firefighting robots when he saw one nicknamed…

1 min
twilio buys segment for $3.2b as demand for cloud tech booms

Twilio is buying customer data start-up Segment in a stock deal valued at about $3.2 billion as demand for cloud technology surges during the pandemic. Both companies are based in San Francisco and Segment will become part of the cloud computing company. “By joining forces and applying our customer data platform to Twilio’s engagement cloud, we’ll be able to make the entire customer experience seamless from end-to-end,” Segment co-founder and CEO Peter Reinhardt said in a prepared statement Monday. The boards of both companies have approved the deal, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter. Twilio Inc. has grown explosively this year with demand for cloud technology growing as millions work from home with COVID-19 infections unchecked in the U.S.…

3 min
walmart to spread out deals to avoid black friday crowds

Walmart says it will spread out its traditional one-day Black Friday deals over three weekends in November in an effort to reduce crowds in its stores during a pandemic. The nation’s largest retailer said that more of its doorbuster deals will be reserved for online, as a way to steer more shoppers away from its stores. The discounter, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, will kick off the deals online Nov. 4, with new deals in stores on Nov. 7. The second event will begin online Nov. 11, followed by a similar sales event in stores Nov. 14. It will wrap up its discounts online Nov. 25 with new discounts in stores Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving and the traditional Black Friday. Walmart said it will go back to limiting the number of customers…

3 min
microsoft attempts takedown of global criminal botnet

Microsoft announced legal action seeking to disrupt a major cybercrime digital network that uses more than 1 million zombie computers to loot bank accounts and spread ransomware, which experts consider a major threat to the U.S. presidential election. The operation to knock offline command-and-control servers for a global botnet that uses an infrastructure known as Trickbot to infect computers with malware was initiated with an order that Microsoft obtained in Virginia federal court on Oct. 6. Microsoft argued that the crime network is abusing its trademark. “It is very hard to tell how effective it will be but we are confident it will have a very long-lasting effect,” said Jean-Ian Boutin, head of threat research at ESET, one of several cybersecurity firms that partnered with Microsoft to map the command-and-control servers. “We’re…