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Inside the test flight of Facebook’s first internet drone

Inside the test flight of Facebook’s first internet drone | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
At 2AM, in the dark morning hours of June 28th, Mark Zuckerberg woke up and got on a plane. He was traveling to an aviation testing facility in Yuma, AZ, where a small Facebook team had been working on a secret project. Their mission: to design, build, and launch a high-altitude solar-powered plane, in the hopes that one day a fleet of the aircraft would deliver internet access around the world.Zuckerberg arrived at the Yuma Proving Ground before dawn. “A lot of the team was really nervous about me coming,” Zuckerberg said in an interview with The Verge. A core group of roughly two dozen people work on the drone, named Aquila (uh-KEY-luh), in locations from Southern California to the United Kingdom. For months, they had been working in rotations in Yuma, a small desert city in southwestern Arizona known primarily for its brutal summer temperatures.On this day, Aquila would have its first functional test flight: the goal consisted of taking off safely, stabilizing in the air, and flying for at least 30 minutes before landing. “I just felt this is such an important milestone for the company, and for connecting the world, that I have to be there,” Zuckerberg says.
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141 Feet wingspan, 900kg, 2000 Watts, 2 years only : #hardwareisnotdead ...
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Grenoble Is the Powerful Tech Hub You Never Heard Of

Grenoble Is the Powerful Tech Hub You Never Heard Of | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Nestled in the French Alps, Grenoble may be hard to get to, but it has consistently made strong and established contributions to the tech industry.

 

In European terms, Grenoble is a pioneering cluster. Long before cities like London, Berlin, Moscow and even Paris aped the Silicon Valley model and defined themselves as centers for urban hipsters and entrepreneurs, the French government funded schemes to bring research, academia and industry together.

 

The city is also known for its expertise in micro- and nano-technology. Established companies and market leaders such as STMicroelectronics and NXP Semiconductors are based in the city.

The reason for the prevalence of these technologies is partly due to Inria, a government-funded public science and technology institution established in France in 1967. It has eight research centers located across France, a €264 million budget and the Grenoble and Lyon research Centre, established in 1992. The Inria Grenoble–Rhône-Alpes centre has 34 research teams and 250 PhD students, 45% of whom come from overseas.

Since 1998 it has created more than 20 startups in industries such as road traffic management, 3D cinema and communication infrastructure management. In recent times, brands like smart window company Hilabs and advice systems company SysFera have emerged from its Grenoble center.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Great Mashable feature, echoing http://cdcQNAbstract

France indeed has an impressive array of Tech Hubs that deserve to be made much more visible !

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Larry's comment, November 13, 2013 2:15 AM
Don't forget Kalray, the first 256 core cpu and massively parallel computing sdk working for 1/100th of energy
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When Women Stopped Coding

When Women Stopped Coding | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Modern computer science is dominated by men. But it hasn't always been this way.

A lot of computing pioneers — the people who programmed the first digital computers — were women. And for decades, the number of women studying computer science was growing faster than the number of men. But in 1984, something changed. The percentage of women in computer science flattened, and then plunged, even as the share of women in other technical and professional fields kept rising.

What happened?

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Unexpected and very interesting answer to why girls do not code (anymore). First time I see this parity issue covered backwards.

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Renaud Munier's curator insight, November 29, 2014 2:06 PM

Percentage of Women in Computer plunged after 1984 ! An interesting graph!

 

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The Best Annual Tech Startup Events In 2013

The Best Annual Tech Startup Events In  2013 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Mike Butcher at TechCrunch has done a remarkable work of spotting very well known as well as emerging and promising conferences with a focus on Europe, but also the unmissable suspects in SF Bay Area or Austin

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