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New in last 15 minutes Shields up! Scientists tweak Alpha Centauri nano-probe design to minimize damage GeekWire (Today) - The scientists behind the Breakthrough Starshot mission are already fine-tuning the design for their nano-probes to increase the odds they’ll survive the trip to Proxima Centauri b. In a paper... In the last 2 hours Tracking The Megatrend of Cybersecurity CTOvision (Today) - Bob GourleyThere are seven key megatrends driving the future of enterprise IT. You can remember them all with the helpful mnemonic acronym CAMBRIC, which stands for Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Mobility, Big Data, Robotics, Internet of... Older News Why Jonathan Coulton left a comfortable tech job to launch a music career — and his own cruise GeekWire (Today) - With all the emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math, better known as STEM, many people would be satisfied with a high-paying career in software development, with rising opportunity and good benefits. But Jonathan... Should environmentalists worry about Hillary Clinton's transition team chief? - Salon Google Fed Tech News (Today) - SalonShould environmentalists worry about Hillary Clinton's transition team chief?SalonIn the Senate, Salazar voted against making global warming one of the factors the federal government would consider in approving projects. A... The Auto And Tech Industries Are Fighting Over Air Space For Talking Cars - Popular Mechanics Google Fed Tech News (Today) - Popular MechanicsThe Auto And Tech Industries Are Fighting Over Air Space For Talking CarsPopular MechanicsThe fight pits two government agencies against each other: the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates spectrum... They have the money and the political power: Wealthy whites are more represented than people of color at every level ... - Salon Google Fed Tech News (Today) - SalonThey have the money and the political power: Wealthy whites are more represented than people of color at every level ...SalonThough much political science research and news coverage focuses on... Innovation Needs To Shift From Disrupting Markets To Tackling Grand Challenges - Forbes Google Fed Tech News (Yesterday) - ForbesInnovation Needs To Shift From Disrupting Markets To Tackling Grand ChallengesForbesYet even with advances that have been made and others that are already underway, we still have some profound challenges.... US wants to add speed-limiting technology to trucks, buses - WABC-TV Google Fed Tech News (Yesterday) - WABC-TVUS wants to add speed-limiting technology to trucks, busesWABC-TVThe proposal, which comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, does not force older heavy... ‘Migrations in Motion’: Visualization shows where climate change will push species GeekWire (Yesterday) - A University of Washington professor’s research into climate-caused migrations has been transformed into a hypnotic map of the Americas that gets the message across. The animated map, titled “Migrations in Motion,”... Why tech’s diversity problem is a lot more complicated than it should be GeekWire (Yesterday) - Tech’s diversity gap — and particularly the gender gap — is starting to feel like a well-trodden subject. But despite increased efforts from large tech employers, minorities and women are still drastically underrepresented in... UO unveils new high-tech sports facility with sleep pods, concussion center, and more GeekWire (Yesterday) - The University of Oregon is now home to one of the most high-tech sports facilities in college football. The Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center (MMSPC) just opened in Eugene and the UO this... Report: DOD must embrace open-source software - FCW.com FCW (Yesterday) - FCW.comReport: DOD must embrace open-source softwareFCW.comSean Carberry is an FCW staff writer covering defense, cybersecurity and intelligence. Prior to joining FCW, he was Kabul Correspondent for NPR, and also served... Going Deep with Machine Learning Invincea (Yesterday) - “I am completely operational, and all my circuits are functioning perfectly.” – Hal 9000 Today VirusTotal announced it has fully integrated Invincea’s Deep Learning engine into its site for security... Facebook automates Trending Topics after bias claims, and it looks a lot like Twitter GeekWire (Yesterday) - Facebook said Friday it has made a change to its Trending Topics section, following allegations that staff members suppressed stories with a conservative viewpoint. Facebook decided to automate more of... US wants to force lower speeds on truck and bus drivers - Press of Atlantic City Google Fed Tech News (Yesterday) - Press of Atlantic CityUS wants to force lower speeds on truck and bus driversPress of Atlantic CityThe proposal, which comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor... Something is missing from this new list of the 25 hottest startup cities — Seattle GeekWire (Yesterday) - Popular thinking would have you believe that the Seattle region is a sure bet to make any list of the hottest places in the country for entrepreneurs and startups. But in a new... ‘Mr. Robot’ Rewind: Analyzing Fsociety’s hacking rampage in Episode 8 GeekWire (Yesterday) - [Spoiler Alert] This article discusses plot points and hidden secrets of Mr. Robot, Season 2, Episode 8, eps2.6_succ3ss0r.p12. If you haven’t watched it yet, check it out on USA Network,... Concrete poured for Blue Origin’s orbital space complex in Florida GeekWire (Yesterday) - Work is progressing on the facility in Florida where Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture plans to build its orbital spaceships. Bezos called attention to the groundbreaking milestone for the 750,000-square-foot... Derived credentials for mobile on the horizon? - GCN.com (blog) GCN (Yesterday) - GCN.com (blog)Derived credentials for mobile on the horizon?GCN.com (blog)All government employees are familiar with using a smart card to access buildings, their desktop computers or just about anything that requires... Apartment hunters: Here’s what $1,500/month will get you in Seattle, SF, NYC and other cities GeekWire (Yesterday) - As Seattle grapples with a tech boom, low housing inventory, and soaring rents, many longtime residents worry the city could go the way of San Francisco or New York. The... Auto, technology industries clash over talking cars - MyStatesman.com Google Fed Tech News (Yesterday) - Auto, technology industries clash over talking carsMyStatesman.comThe fight pits two government agencies against each other: the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates spectrum and sympathizes with wireless proponents, and NHTSA, which... Obama creating ‘startup visas’ to encourage foreign entrepreneurs to start companies in the U.S. GeekWire (Yesterday) - The Obama administration is making it easier for entrepreneurs worldwide to launch startups in the U.S. Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is publishing the White House’s International Entrepreneur... ‘Siri, you’re wrong!’ Jimmy Fallon puts Streisand pronunciation to the test on ‘Tonight Show’ GeekWire (Yesterday) - Turn down the “Yentl” soundtrack, we’ve got fresh Barbra Streisand news you need to hear. On a promotional swing for her new album “Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway,” Streisand made a... Revitalizing Appalachian towns with broadband - GCN.com GCN (Yesterday) - GCN.comRevitalizing Appalachian towns with broadbandGCN.comAmanda Ziadeh is a Reporter/Producer for GCN. Prior to joining 1105 Media, Ziadeh was a contributing journalist for USA Today Travel's Experience Food and Wine site.... Navy turns to small business for extra brian power Washington Technology (Yesterday) - A San Diego small business has been tapped by the Navy to provide subject matter experts to help it manage the repair process for certain vessels.... Uber Just Scored a Major Win in New York Over Surge Pricing - Fortune Google Fed Tech News (Yesterday) - FortuneUber Just Scored a Major Win in New York Over Surge PricingFortuneA federal judge on Friday granted a request by Uber Technologies and its chief executive officer to put a... Lockheed awarded $126.3M contract extension for high-tech periscopes Washington Technology (Yesterday) - Lockheed Martin Corp. will help the Navy develop and install new high-tech periscopes under a $126.3 million contract extension.... Here’s the tech platform NBA star Steph Curry is using to grow his brand in China GeekWire (Yesterday) - Steph Curry wants to reach millions of Chinese basketball fans, and he’s getting help from a San Francisco-based startup. The NBA star this week announced a partnership with PressPlay, a... Booz Allen nets $379.6M IED task order Washington Technology (Yesterday) - Booz Allen Hamilton has been picked $379.6 million contract to help the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency with a variety of tasks related to its mission.... White House social media accounts will reset in January - GCN.com GCN (Yesterday) - GCN.comWhite House social media accounts will reset in JanuaryGCN.comAs the Obamas pack up to leave the White House, archivists are preparing to move an unprecedented number of artifacts into storage.... IBM Awards Grants for Five Healthcare Projects; Jen Crozier Comments Gov Con Executive (Yesterday) - IBM has selected five domestic and international organizations to receive public health-related pro bono consulting services worth a total of $2.5 million under the company’s Health Corps program. The winning projects aim to provide... Sprint fires back at rival T-Mobile with $20 HD video add-on to unlimited data plan GeekWire (Yesterday) - Sprint has upped the ante in its competition with T-Mobile, announcing an option to add HD video, music and gaming to its unlimited data plan for $20 a month — $5... GeekWire Radio: Uber tests flat rates, Microsoft’s Xbox Onesie, and inside the tech talent wars GeekWire (Yesterday) - This week on the GeekWire radio show and podcast: Uber announced a beta test of a new flat rate program this week, designed to court “super users” in Seattle and other cities around... DHS Investigates Leslie Jones Hack - Nextgov NextGov (Yesterday) - DHS Investigates Leslie Jones HackNextgovActress Leslie Jones arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Ghostbusters." // Jordan Strauss/AP File Photo. By Heather Kuldell 10:39 AM ET. NEXTGOV NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBE. related... Clarkstown wants police chief's lawsuit in federal court - The Journal News | LoHud.com Google Fed Tech News (Yesterday) - The Journal News | LoHud.comClarkstown wants police chief's lawsuit in federal courtThe Journal News | LoHud.comClarkstown wants a federal judge to hear suspended Police Chief Michael Sullivan's legal action seeking... SpaceX Dragon capsule splashes down, bringing mice and more from space station GeekWire (Yesterday) - SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean today, carrying more than 3,000 pounds of cargo and science samples back down to Earth from the International Space... The Jedi of Washington teachers schools Bill Gates on Star Wars and how it can connect to civil rights GeekWire (Yesterday) - Self-professed “big Star Wars fan” Bill Gates got a lesson in how the iconic sci-fi series can be used to help explain civil rights in the United States when he met... Amazon to open bookstore in Chicago, expanding brick-and-mortar footprint GeekWire (Yesterday) - Amazon is opening another bookstore. The company’s latest brick-and-mortar location will be in Chicago, reported The Chicago Tribune. The Southport store will be Amazon’s fourth physical bookstore in the U.S. Last fall, the company opened... Fulcrum Chosen for Inc. Magazine 5000 List; Jeff Handy Comments Gov Con Executive (Yesterday) - Fulcrum has been included in Inc. magazine’s 35th annual Inc. 5000 list that compiles a list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The 2016 Inc. 5000 list features companies that gained a... SpaceX Dragon Splashes Down with Crucial NASA Research Samples NASA (Yesterday) - SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 11:47 a.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 26, southwest of Baja California with more than 3,000 pounds of NASA cargo, science...