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How Waze's crowd-sourced data helped FEMA deliver the gas after Sandy

How Waze's crowd-sourced data helped FEMA deliver the gas after Sandy | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
With gas shortages rampant following Hurricane Sandy, FEMA and the White House turned to crowd-sourced navigation app Waze to gather data on where to send gasoline fueling trucks.
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Open Compute Keynote de Philippe Dewost a USI 2015 Unexpected Sources of Inspiration - Philippe Dewost's light sources

Open Compute Keynote de Philippe Dewost a USI 2015 Unexpected Sources of Inspiration - Philippe Dewost's light sources | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

L'édition 2015 de la Conference USI (Unexpected Sources of Inspiration) s'est tenue début Juillet au Carrousel du Louvre et a confirmé son statut de meilleure Conference Tech sur Paris, combinant un site exceptionnel, une audience de plus de 1200 participants très diverse et de très bon niveau, et une palette de speakers dans plusieurs disciplines délivrant une quarantaine d'interventions sur les deux jours. La Caisse des Dépôts était de nouveau partenaire de cette édition avec plus d'une cinquantaine de participants dans le cadre de son programme de transformation digitale.

François Hisquin, CEO d'Octo et Curateur de la conférence, m'avait demandé d'intervenir sur la thématique d'Open Compute, dont la contribution aux enjeux de la transition énergétique n'est toujours pas correctement appréciée en Europe alors même que nous hébergeons des entreprises extrêmement talentueuses dans ce domaine.

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Keynote en video et slideshare pour ceux qui n'ont pas le son

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CHECy's curator insight, November 25, 2015 12:15 PM

Intervention de Philippe Dewost, Président d'honneur du CHECy, lors de la conférence USI 2015.

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Blockstream Raises $55 Million to Build Out Bitcoin’s Blockchain

Blockstream Raises $55 Million to Build Out Bitcoin’s Blockchain | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Blockstream has raised $55m in Series A funding to continue its work expanding the bitcoin code base for commercial use.

With the news, Blockstream's total funding rises to $76m over two investment rounds. To date, the company's signature technology has been its sidechains offering, currently in testing, which enables the creation of blockchains that can validate data from, and transfer assets to, other blockchains.

Blockstream’s round was led by venture capital firms AXA Strategic Ventures, the venture capital arm of French multinational insurance firm AXA Group; Digital Garage, the Tokyo-based online payments firm co-founded by Joi Ito; and Hong Kong venture capital firm Horizons Ventures.

AME Cloud Ventures, Blockchain Capital and Future\Perfect Ventures were among other investment firms that participated in the deal.

Given the recent interest in private and permissioned blockchains, Blockstream sought to underscore the versatility of its technology as well as its early efforts to bring added functionality to the bitcoin network through interoperable blockchains.

Blockstream CEO Austin Hill told CoinDesk:

"We were one of the first companies that painted a vision for interoperable blockchains, that there wasn’t going to be one blockchain, but many of them, all building off the bitcoin codebase to deliver the technology."

Still, Hill said the company remains dedicated to developing technology for the open-source bitcoin blockchain, which it called the "most mature, well-tested and secure" infrastructure for blockchain services.

"What we would hate to see happen is the most robust and secure blockchain protocol getting left by the wayside if people moved on to different protocols and tech stacks that bitcoin isn’t designed for," Hill continued, adding:

"We believe there is a benefit to society to have all these blockchains be interoperable."
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Interesting as :

1/ Money continues to flow towards decentralized consensus companies (disclosure : AXA is one of CDC Blockchain Initiative member)

2/ Corporates intensify their presence in either projects or investments

3/ The debate between the Bitcoin Blockchain and other Blockchains is far for being closed despite what consultants or half journalist try to explain

So in-between, let's experiment further ! And together.

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Microsoft Catches Blockchain Fever Along With Banks

Microsoft Catches Blockchain Fever Along With Banks | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
As for Microsoft, there are several interesting blockchain-related initiatives the tech mammoth is involved in. Microsoft recently presented the public cloud platform offering Ethereum Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) through Microsoft Azure.As the company explained, the Ethereum Blockchain-as-a-Service provided by Microsoft Azure and ConsenSys allows financial services customers and partners to play, learn and fail fast at a low-cost in a ready-made dev/test/production environment. It will allow them to create private, public and consortium-based blockchain environments using industry-leading frameworks very quickly, distributing their blockchain products with Azure’s worldwide distributed (private) platform.One would be surprised how active Microsoft is with blockchain and with partnerships. According to the official website, there are six FinTech companies in partnership with Microsoft to work on blockchain technology.Just couple days ago, the list was updated as Microsoft shared the information of the role each company plays in these multiway partnerships.
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Very interesting and insightful research detailing Microsoft's serious involvement in #Blockchain technologies and infrastructure. You'll learn about the 6 companies they are teaming up in the domain, about the #Ethereum Blockchain as a Service (BAAS) platform they have deployed on top of their Azure Cloud platform, as well as their involvement in the R3CEV consortium that also seems to be running on Ethereum.
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Microsoft Confirms SwiftKey Acquisition (For $250M In Cash)

Microsoft Confirms SwiftKey Acquisition (For $250M In Cash) | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Microsoft today confirmed that it has acquired SwiftKey — a startup based out of London that makes keyboard apps for Android and iOS devices and is already installed and used on some 300 million devices. The terms of the deal are not being disclosed but sources close to the deal tell us it’s $250 million in cash after Microsoft beat out other interested buyers, which we’ve heard also included Apple.The deal will see Microsoft make further inroads into mobile productivity services — an area where it’s already made other acquisitions to gain ground, such as Wunderlist and Acompli.But from what we understand, SwiftKey may also become part of another Microsoft ambition. Microsoft wants to grow use of its Cortana digital assistant on Android, and by integrating Cortana into SwiftKey, some believe that it could be the gateway ramping up Cortana use without having to install a standalone app. (Cortana, incidentally, is being integrated elsewhere, too.)
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Another #UI deal in a row announced today. Microsoft seems to be playing go with the smartphone platform vendors and Swiftkey is a nice move in such game as it paves the way for Cortana and the #AI behind it...
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A Subratty's curator insight, February 3, 3:10 PM

Its high time for Microsoft to get in the game, may be some other time for Apple. 

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Happy 15th Birthday to VLC/VideoLan !

Happy 15th Birthday to VLC/VideoLan ! | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Technically, today is the 15th anniversary of the relicensing of all the VideoLAN software to the GPL license, as agreed by the École Centrale Paris, on February 1st, 2001.

If you've been to one of my talks, (if you haven't, you should come to one), you know that the project that became VideoLAN and VLC, is almost 5 years older than that, and was called Network 2000.

Moreover, the first commit on the VideoLAN Client project is from August 8th 1999, by Michel Kaempf had 21275 lines of code already, so the VLC software was started earlier in 1999.

However, the most important date for the birth of VLC is when it was allowed to be used outside of the school, and therefore when the project was GPL-ized: February 1st, 2001.

Facts and numbersSince then, only on VLC, we've had around

  • 700 contributors,
  • 70000 commits,
  • at least 2 billion downloads,
  • hundreds of millions users!

 

And all that, mostly with volunteers and without turning into a business!

 

We have now ports for Windows, GNU/Linux, BSD, OS X, iPhone and iPad, Android, Solaris, Windows Phones, BeOS, OS/2, Android TV, Apple TV, Tizen and ChromeOS.

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Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, February 2, 9:41 AM

Amazing achievement by Jean-Baptiste Kempf & l'équipe de @videolan !

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FCA's Makoto Seta: 'Blockchains will transform the way regulators work'

FCA's Makoto Seta: 'Blockchains will transform the way regulators work' | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Blockchain technology will transform the way regulators work, according to a member of the wholesale markets team at the Financial Conduct Authority, which is known to support the idea of "RegTech".

Makoto Seta, a senior associate from the trading conduct and settlement policy division at the FCA, was part of a panel hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright at its Unlocking the Blockchain session.


Seta said: "Might the blockchain transform the way the regulators work? I absolutely agree with that. I think there are a lot of benefits to be harnessed from distributed ledger, in terms of traceability and tracking, that makes it easier for us.

"I think regulators do now perceive this to be important; the degree of importance will probably differ between regulators. We look very seriously at it and have been doing that for some time now, looking at the technology and how it's been used. I think the issue that we have is, trying to sort of marry up the technical codes and how that interacts with the legal codes."

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A very novative (and inspiring) approach by the FCA combining how regulation applies to #Blockchain tech AND how such decentralized consensus could also apply to making regulation more effective.

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Cầu nâng, máy năn khung càng AT09, máy súc rửa kim phun,  MÁY VỆ SINH BUỒNG ĐỐT

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Ethereum Now Second Biggest Cryptocurrency as Market Cap Reaches $200m

Ethereum Now Second Biggest Cryptocurrency as Market Cap Reaches $200m | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Ethereum Now Second Biggest Cryptocurrency as Market Cap Reaches $200m.The price of Ether jumped another 25% in the last 24 hours alone, overcoming Ripple as biggest cryptocurrency behind Bitcoin.It seems that investors are really buying the hype that Ethereum is cryptocurrency 2.0 and Bitcoin 3.0, quickly propelling Ether to the position of second biggest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, passing Ripple and now trailing only bitcoin itself.The total market cap of Ethereum’s cryptocurrency just about doubled over the past week, reaching $200 million for the first time after only crossing past $100 million last Monday. The price jumped about 25% in the last twenty-four hours alone to above 0.0066 BTC ($2.60). Fueling the rise of Ethereum’s price were large trading volumes, about $11.6 million in the last twenty-four hours – a fifth of bitcoin’s daily trading volume ($54.5m ADV).If you still don’t know Ethereum, its a decentralized smart contracts platform which proponents see as much more than just a cryptocurrency system as per the original idea of Satoshi Nakamoto. It is instead referred to as a better replacement to the internet or a “planetary scale computer” that can handle everything from secure communication and e-commerce, to digital governance, the internet of things and much much more.One possible reason for the increased trading volume and price of Ether is online rumors that a big Chinese cryptocurrency exchange is about to add it to its roster. Another factor which we wrote before as likely to have brought more investors’ attention is its recent integration with the mainstream financial system. Just last Wednesday, eleven of the world’s biggest banks completed an experiment which connected them on a managed private peer-to-peer distributed ledger, underpinned by Ethereum technology.http://www.financemagnates.com/cryptocurrency/trading/ethereum-now-second-biggest-cryptocurrency-as-market-cap-reaches-200m/
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#RIP Ripple ? While this confirms the high volatility of crypto currencies (seen as currencies), it evidences also the growing interest in decentralized consensus platforms and the potential of smart contracts.
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Airbus to team with Uber for helicopter ride service

Airbus to team with Uber for helicopter ride service | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Uber has found an unlikely partner for its on-demand services in Airbus, the company announced on Sunday, with the aerospace giant providing helicopters for a pilot project.

 

As part of a new Silicon Valley-based initiative, Airbus has established a partnership with Uber was part of an experiment that would allow Uber users to hail copters, as well as other forms of transportation.

The recently-formed Airbus Ventures will operate with $150 million commitment to "identify and invest in the most visionary entrepreneurs in the global aerospace ecosystem," Airbus said in a release.

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Airbus is going Übercopter

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Jean-Simon Venne's curator insight, January 22, 1:27 PM

Airbus + Uber = AirUber....

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An Open Source Telecom Tower Might Happen Faster Than Some Expect or Fear

An Open Source Telecom Tower Might Happen Faster Than Some Expect or Fear | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
RuggedPOD as being an outdoor micro datacenter can host various electronic equipment in extreme conditions including server motherboards, amplifiers or RF filters. One of the use case identified by the team is associated to Telecom market, where expansion of wireless network with 4G/LTE might be a significant step forward to lower the gap between low income countries and western country to get access to the internet.Telco is a traditionnal low innovation speed adoption market, with pure proprietary hardware which cost a huge amount of money. Associated to a POD we believe that an Open Tower, easy to install and deploy might accelerate Internet adoption and spread. We are working now on such development, and hope to get some early proto within the next couple of weeks. Stay tune, join the team if you wish to participate to such challenge.The fully assembled tower must be able to sustain the following conditions:- Temperature range: -40 C / + 50 C- Humidity level: 0 – 100% level with condensing- Altitude: 0 – 4000 m- Lighting/Thunder/hail protection- Max winds: 120 km/h- Sun exposure: Full- Winter conditions: Snow/icy rain. Ice and Snow weight shouldn’t jeopardize structural condition.- Wildlife protectionWe aim to release the full schematic, drawing and tooling needed to produce the tower under OCP license as to get as many suppliers willing to produce such piece of hardware.
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Most key ingredients are actually already available. And the needs for "the other 3 Billion" are substantial. The only limit is talent.
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The Plan to Unite Bitcoin With All Other Online Currencies

The Plan to Unite Bitcoin With All Other Online Currencies | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Bitcoin isn’t the only way of sending digital money across the Internet. There’s also Ripple. And Stellar. And Litecoin. And Ethereum. And so many others. Bitcoin is by far the most popular. But every so often, some developers or an entrepreneur or a company will decide we need something better. A coder named Jed McCaleb built Ripple as a better bitcoin. Then he built Stellar as a better Ripple. And he’s not the only one.Now, there’s a movement to create a technology that would let all these online ledgers talk to one another, that would let you send money between these systems. Dubbed the “interledger protocol,” the project began at the company that oversees Ripple. But in recent months, after the company publicly shared the idea, it has also won the support of several other notable names, including Microsoft and the World Wide Web consortium, the organization that sets the technical standards for the web. The idea is to create a single worldwide network that can not only unite all digital currencies, but all companies and individuals who use those currencies.“This will be something that sits on top of all the ledgers and abstracts the differences,” says Ripple chief technology officer Stefan Thomas. “We’re trying to create a global standard for payments.”
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This could be huge and needs to be explored...
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PINE A64, First $15 64-Bit Single Board Super Computer

PINE A64 is not only a computer, it is a super affordable 64-bit high performance expandable single board computer (SBC). Whether you are an IT professional, electronics hobbyist, student, teacher, hacker, inventor, or just someone who wants to have more flexibility to increase their productivity at work, the PINE A64 is a computer board made for everyone. Enjoy more fun and entertainment at home with endless possibilities.PINE A64 board is powered by the latest 64-bit quad core ARM A53 CPU running at 1.2 Ghz, and delivers up to 20-30% better performance than other 32 bit open source counterparts.The GPU on the PINE A64 is a dual-core MALI-400 MP2 and runs at 500MHz, capable of 1.1 Gpixel/s throughput. This means the graphics capabilities are slightly higher than the original X-Box's level of performance.
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Following the Raspberry Pi, here come 64bit "supercomputers" for the rest of us, starting at $15 ... #ARM #HardwareIsNotDead #TheOnlyLimitIsTalent
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Rent-seeking behaviour dies hard

Rent-seeking behaviour dies hard - Ursium Blog - Medium
Rent seeking models have been attempted on every single open technology. Email, the Web, Bittorrent, the whole of the Internet, and now ‘the blockchain’.If you’re not familiar with rent-seeking behaviour, the classical example by Robert Shiller is that of “a feudal lord installing a chain across a river flowing through his land, and then hiring a collector to charge passing boats a fee to lower the chain. There is nothing productive about the chain or the collector. The lord has made no improvements to the river and is helping nobody in any way, directly or indirectly, except himself. All he is doing is finding a way to make money from something that used to be free”.Thanks to the technological breakthrough of Ethereum and its turing complete blockchain going live, I often read that things are “like the Internet in the early 90s”. To a certain extent, this is true. But unfortunately it’s also attracted a crowd that is seemingly in an awful rush to “embrace, extends and extinguish” the technology before it disrupts them, permanently. My apologies to the wannabe Zuckerberg, but blockchains aren’t here to build Facebook 2.0, blockchain edition.
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Interesting and mindful post from Stephan Tual on the current attempts to "privatize" #Blockchains
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Why Blockchain must die in 2016

Why Blockchain must die in 2016 - Block Chain - Medium
All the attention for blockchain technology recently has already spurred something of a new technology gold rush. And this has brought in a large number of gold-diggers. However, looking at the technology hype cycle, the outlook for blockchain technology on the short term is not very pretty. There will be a lot of pivots and (possibly epic) failures before we’ll see significant and sustainable successes.This is in large part due to a misunderstanding of what blockchain technology is and greatly hyped expectations on where, how and when it will add value. Though eventually its impact on society will likely be profound, blockchain technology is not the short term silver bullet that magically solves everything.Related to this is a lack of insight in the state of the technology and more intangible — but very real — aspects (like regulatory issues, incumbent’s fear of losing control, etc) that stand in the way of optimally leveraging all the technology’s benefits. Jumping on this have been more than a fair share of consultants that are very willing to offer their advice. However, just talking about blockchain or writing reports on it really does not get us any closer to where we need to go: the plateau of productivity. To get there, we actually need to start building blockchain enabled solutions, fixing real world problems one step at a time. Because only by doing that, we will be able to fail. And learn. And iterate. Until we get it right.So here’s my wish for 2016: let’s stop talking Blockchain and start building solutions. Because however interesting the subject matter may be from a philosophical, organizational technological or societal point of view, having yet another discussion on any of those topics will not bring us any closer to usable solutions. And ultimately, that is where the true value is.
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Agree with the author as "Just talking about blockchain or writing reports on it really does not get us any closer to where we need to go. We need to start building blockchain enabled solutions to fix real world problems."
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Ethereum studio ConsenSys launches 'Internet-of-People' with digital IDs and assets secured on Unbuntu phones

Ethereum studio ConsenSys launches 'Internet-of-People' with digital IDs and assets secured on Unbuntu phones | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

New York City's decentralised apps studio ConsenSys is beginning its "Internet-of-People" campaign with Ethereum-based identity on Ubuntu phones and tablets.

ConsenSys and BlockApps are collaborating with the Ubuntu project's commercial sponsor, Canonical, to deliver web wallet and identity system uPort Biometric Identity tools on Ubuntu devices.

The Nimbus/uPort/Ubuntu proof-of-concept will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress on 22 February, said ConsenSys in a statement.

Nimbus permits users secure interaction with the Ethereum blockchain through biometric protection of cryptographic keys. Through this feature, users will be able to access Ethereum to use decentralised applications (DApps) and develop Ethereum blockchain software.

uPort

uPort represents the next generation of identity systems: the first identity system to enable self-sovereign identity, allowing the user to be in complete control of their identity and personal information, said ConsenSys.

The uPort attestation system allows third-party authorities as well as peers to validate the user's information creating both a rich social fabric as well as powering solid KYC/AML systems in the financial sector. Through uPort's selective disclosure system the user has a total overview over which of their peers, business partners or counterparties can access their information.

Ubuntu

The Ubuntu phone allows total control over the information users distribute online including digital identity. Ubuntu phones and tablets are ideal prototyping tools for building the next generation of mobile blockchain apps as they offer a combined development environment and a testing tool for mobile apps.

As well as inheriting from Ubuntu's security and respect for user's confidentiality, these devices build on strong relation created on the server and cloud side between Ubuntu and Ethereum.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Another move in the Etherealm reminding us how intense the race in decentralized consensus has become, and how critical digital identity management will be to successful deployments.

By the way the social part in uPort is a brilliant ID...

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From @lessig "Code is Law" to Marc Dangeard's "Law is code"

From @lessig "Code is Law" to Marc Dangeard's "Law is code" | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
We can “open” legal documents just like we “opened” source code. And the gains in cost and efficiency will be tremendous, just like it was with Open Source.Several years ago, I met Jim Hazard and he explained to me that legal documents should be managed like software, and that we could get the same gains as what happened with Open Source if we started building contracts that way.I agreed then and I see it happening now!The CommonAccord team has recently reached a great milestone in building a system that would implement the concept and data model that Jim had in mind.They are using Github, so it is easy to get the code and install it on a local machine or on a server. And it comes with a whole set of documents already available.
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"Record format" is to process interoperability what IP has been for the Internet: fascinating and ambitious open source approach to Digital Contracts, that could combine with OAuth for access control and Blockchain for managing and tracing contracts.This might be a cornerstone for emerging "LawTech" sector, and I hope we will see emerge a "Center for Decentralized Law"...
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Mobile network coverage startup Sensorly acquired by Mosaik

Mobile network coverage startup Sensorly acquired by Mosaik | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
French startup that crowdsources network coverage data about mobile operators, has been acquired by Mosaik, a Memphis, Tennessee-based company that provides network intelligence to telecom companies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Founded out of Paris in 2010, Sensorly’s mobile app for Android and iOS lets its users carry out speed tests and see coverage maps of 3G, 4G, or Wi-Fi networks based on data gathered en masse from Sensorly’s users around the world.
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Congratulations to @BorisLacroix for the acquisition of @Sensorly by @MosaikGlobal ! #FrenchTech
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Magic Leap Raises $794 Million And Announces "Mixed Reality Lightfield"

Magic Leap Raises $794 Million And Announces "Mixed Reality Lightfield" | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Magic Leap raised $794 million in new funding and CEO Rony Abovitz posted a blog suggesting the secretive company is moving closer toward a product, writing “we are setting up supply chain operations, manufacturing.”

Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba led the round and Joe Tsai, Alibaba’s Executive Vice Chairman, is getting a seat on the board. The announcement roughly confirms a December report suggesting the company was raising money in this ballpark.

The Series C round puts the Florida startup’s funding to date close to $1.4 billion.

 

Magic Leap also seems to have named its technology “Mixed Reality Lightfield” with subtle language in the blog post linked above that might be commentary about current VR technology, which isn’t able to perfectly reproduce what your eyes see in the real world.

“It comes to life by following the rules of the eye and the brain, by being gentle, and by working with us, not against us,” Abovitz wrote about the company’s technology. “By following as closely as possible the rules of nature and biology.”

Abovitz previously suggested Rift-like VR headsets have a history of “issues that near-eye stereoscopic 3d may cause” and that “we have done an internal hazard and risk analysis….on the spectrum of hazards that may occur to a wide array of users.”

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The staggering amount raised by MagicLeap is all but virtual and makes Oculus Rift acquisition price look almost "reasonable".#SelfReminder: need to update my "Brief History of Interfaces" slide deck

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Alphabet's Google reports rising profits in core Businesses

Alphabet's Google reports rising profits in core Businesses | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Google's parent company - has surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable company after its latest earnings report.
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With @Trooclick you can see a summary of what 45 speakers said about @Alphabet passing @Apple in market cap... for now.

My preferred comment is "Essentially, what they have now is a big advertising business and a venture capital business." by Forrester's Frank Gillett ; and yours ?

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Telecommunications industry leaders embrace OCP

Telecommunications industry leaders embrace OCP | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Since it was founded five years ago, OCP has brought new levels of openness to data center technology, and momentum is continuing to build around open source contributions for networking, servers, storage, and Open Rack. For example, we saw the acceptance of new OCP switches from Mellanox, Accton, and Inventec just in the past two months, along with an open TOR network switch from Facebook called Wedge.Based on the positive results of these previous efforts, we are creating a new OCP Telco Project as an open forum to advance the following objectives: 1) communicating telco technical requirements effectively to the OCP community; 2) strengthening the OCP ecosystem to address the deployment and operational needs of telcos; and 3) bringing OCP innovations to telco data center infrastructure for increased cost-savings and agility.We are optimistic about the potential of open hardware to bring large-scale gains to the telecommunications industry, and that starts with increased participation. Today, a number of leading telecommunications companies announced they are joining OCP to support the goal of openly working to drive more efficiency, flexibility, and customization in data center technologies. Specifically, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, EE, SK Telecom, and Verizon are joining OCP and demonstrating the demand for more innovation, vendor choice, and customization in their infrastructure designs.
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Open Compute, meet AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Verizon & other telcos as they finally realize how SDN will reshape their Datacenter needs #HardwareIsNotDead
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5 Must-Read Excerpts from the UK Government's Blockchain Report

5 Must-Read Excerpts from the UK Government's Blockchain Report | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
"The progress of mankind is marked by the rise of new technologies and the human ingenuity they unlock."That's the glowing foreword to a new report on blockchain and distributed ledger tech issued by the UK government's Chief Scientific Adviser this week.Taking a positive outlook on the emerging technology, the document recommends a broad government initiative to develop and demonstrate blockchain and distributed ledger technology, one that has caught the attention of the global media while emboldening the growing chorus of "blockchain" enthusiasts.Perhaps the most important takeaway from proposal is that the UK government was encouraged to pursue applications of the technology.Author Mark Walport wrote:"Distributed ledger technologies have the potential to help governments to collect taxes, deliver benefits, issue passports, record land registries, assure the supply chain of goods and generally ensure the integrity of government records and services."However, Walport goes on to make a series of additional recommendations that foretell how the UK government could move forward on his suggestions.
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Which of Sir Mark Walport's 5 proposals do you favor the most ?
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Judge By Yourself Why DLD Münich Is The Best European Tech Conference of the (First Half) Year

Judge By Yourself Why DLD Münich Is The Best European Tech Conference of the (First Half) Year | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Over 150 speakers and 1000 attendees did touch base at #DLD16. For the 12th time, "Europe's hottest conference on invitation" did bring together the brighest, most curious and open minds from all over the world. You will find most videos available here.

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#DLD16 videos available ! Which one did you prefer ?

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After Work IREST & Forum Atena "Le grand chambardement du numérique : c'est le client qui commande, ici et maintenant"

After Work IREST & Forum Atena "Le grand chambardement du numérique : c'est le client qui commande, ici et maintenant" | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

De Uber à AirBnB, de Google à Facebook, de Blablacar à Apple, le numérique explose ! En quoi est-il une rupture vis-à-vis de l’économie classique ?

Le Numérique est partout ! L’Internet nous connecte, interconnecte les objets, les choses. L’information se transmet, se diffuse, se propage avec un coût marginal nul. L’information est un bien immatériel : plus de vol, que des copies.

Les tâches répétitives s’automatisent, le travail se délocalise, le partage s’amplifie, L’Open Source devient une alternative, la transparence s’impose. Le numérique crée des opportunités exceptionnelles de business et bouleverse les relations professionnelles. Les plateformes d’intermédiation s’immiscent dans les relations B2B comme B2C, la relation client devient la valeur, l’intermédiation numérique devient la règle, l’effet réseau la clef, détruisant la valeur de business bien établis, redistribuant les cartes sur nombre de secteurs d’activité.

Quelles en sont les limites ? Identité et sécurité sont à réinventer. Quel impact sur l’économie de nos sociétés ? Comment agir, réagir, saisir les opportunités ?

Avec l’intervention de :
Vivek Badrinath – Directeur Général Adjoint Accor
Vincent Taupin  – Président du Directoire Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild Banque, Fondateur de Boursorama
Philippe Dewost  – Directeur Adjoint, Mission Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir, en charge de l’économie numérique et du financement des Entreprises à la Caisse des Dépots
Florent Steiner  – Co-fondateur Adopteunmec.com

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US is closing in on 50-state gigabit goal

US is closing in on 50-state gigabit goal | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

It’s been almost three years since former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski set a goal of having at least one gigabit network in every state by 2015. The year is now over and by Telecompetitor’s tally, we didn’t quite make it – but we’re close.

We combed through our archives and other online resources and, by our tally, at least one network operator has announced plans to offer gigabit service in every state. Not all of these networks are actually deployed or supporting service yet. But generally network operators don’t announce specific markets more than a year or two in advance of when they expect to deliver service. If, for example, a network operator simply said it would eventually upgrade its entire footprint beginning in 2016, as Cox Communications did, we didn’t count the company’s entire footprint, only the states it provided more details on.

We also didn’t count a deployment unless plans included residential users. Clearly Genachowski wasn’t talking about gigabit Ethernet service to commercial buildings when he set the gigabit goal.

Gigabit States Even heavily rural states – states such as Wyoming, West Virginia, or Maine – made the list, thanks to a wide range of small locally-focused telcos, utilities, municipal network operators, and others. Even though deployment costs tend to be higher in rural areas, entities with a local focus often manage to find a way to make gigabit happen – and in the telco arena, many companies already had fiber-to-the-home networks, making it relatively easy to upgrade to a gigabit.

Another thing that helped put all 50 states on the gigabit map was that tier one or tier two telco and cable operators that had not previously announced gigabit plans decided to get in on the trend.

On the cable side, Comcast in 2015 launched an FTTH-based 2 gigabit service dubbed Gigabit Pro in several states – albeit in limited parts of each market. Smaller cablecos such as Cable One, Suddenlink, Mediacom  and Troy Cable also made gigabit plans.

And we’re likely to see a lot more from the cable companies in 2016 as they begin to deploy DOCSIS 3.1, which supports gigabit speeds.

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Looks like serious catchup is on its way. Wondering how ambitious EU next plan will be...

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This Bluetooth router connects to 22 devices from 1,000 feet

This Bluetooth router connects to 22 devices from 1,000 feet | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Surprisingly enough, Bluetooth has become one of the best methods for connecting smart devices. Internet of Things standards like Zigbee and Z-Wave still have plenty of issues, and WiFi, while popular, draws too much power to be effective for managing several smart devices. Meanwhile, most devices support Bluetooth by this point, and it can also maintain connections without using too much battery life. But Bluetooth is still has issues: Its range is relatively short (around 30 feet) and many devices can only be paired with one other device.Enter the Cassia Hub, a $100 Bluetooth router — yes, router — that aims to solve those issues. The company claims it can extend the range of Bluetooth connections up to 1,000 feet (in open air), or pass through up to three walls without many issues. Similar to a WiFi router, it can also connect to 22 separate Bluetooth devices at once.
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Such Interesting approach could leverage Bluetooth ease of use and low consumption while mitigating some of it witnesses (think range in some cases) and solve the upcoming orchestration issue that any household will face when dealing with dozens of connected objects...
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James Smith's comment, January 8, 2:08 AM
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Nvidia announces ‘supercomputer’ for self-driving cars at CES 2016

Nvidia announces ‘supercomputer’ for self-driving cars at CES 2016 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
...Drive PX2... supposedly equivalent to 150 MacBook Pros, all sitting in a computer that's about the size of a lunchbox. It has 12 CPU cores that support a combined eight teraflops and 24 deep learning tera operations per second. It's also water-cooled...According to Nvidia, the PX2 can "process the inputs of 12 video cameras, plus lidar, radar and ultrasonic sensors."...Nvidia has created a reference platform called the "Nvidia Drivenet" and it is already testing its own self-driving cars. It has nine inception layers so that it can train itself to "perceive things out in the world." Huang says that it took just a few months for the network to recognize objects in real time. It's not new, but Nvidia says that it's made huge strides in recent months. In one impressive demo, Nvidia showed how it was able to detect cars even in very snowy conditions.Nvidia is also working with Audi to test its systems, to the point where its system was able to read German road signs "better than a human can." Daimler, BMW, and Ford are using the system to develop their self-driving cars, as well.
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#HardwareIsNotDead and "supercomputers" are spreading from $30 as in the Pine64 Kickstarter project to cars now ...
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Linux Foundation Unites Industry Leaders to Advance Blockchain Technology

Linux Foundation Unites Industry Leaders to Advance Blockchain Technology | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced a new collaborative effort to advance the popular blockchain technology. The project will develop an enterprise grade, open source distributed ledger framework and free developers to focus on building robust, industry-specific applications, platforms and hardware systems to support business transactions.

Early commitments to this work come from Accenture, ANZ Bank, Cisco, CLS, Credits, Deutsche Börse, Digital Asset Holdings, DTCC, Fujitsu Limited, IC3, IBM, Intel, J.P. Morgan, London Stock Exchange Group, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), R3, State Street, SWIFT, VMware and Wells Fargo.

Many of the founding members are already investing considerable research and development efforts exploring blockchain applications for industry. IBM intends to contribute tens of thousands of lines of its existing codebase and its corresponding intellectual property to this open source community. Digital Asset is contributing the Hyperledger mark, which will be used as the project name, as well as enterprise grade code and developer resources. R3 is contributing a new financial transaction architectural framework designed to specifically meet the requirements of its global bank members and other financial institutions. These technical contributions, among others from a variety of companies, will be reviewed in detail in the weeks ahead by the formation and Technical Steering Committees. 

Blockchain is a digital technology for recording and verifying transactions. The distributed ledger is a permanent, secure tool that makes it easier to create cost-efficient business networks without requiring a centralized point of control. With distributed ledgers, virtually anything of value can be tracked and traded. The application of this emerging technology is showing great promise in the enterprise. For example, it allows securities to be settled in minutes instead of days. It can be used to help companies manage the flow of goods and related payments or enable manufacturers to share production logs with OEMs and regulators to reduce product recalls.


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