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Tech Entrepreneur Priya Haji, Founder And CEO Of SaveUp, Has Passed Away At 44
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 Priya Haji, a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur known for her focus on socially-minded ventures in both the for-profit and non-profit spaces, most recently as CEO and co-founder of personal financial savings app SaveUp, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on July 14th at the age of 44. SaveUp co-founder and CFO Sammy Shreibati confirmed the […]

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SRI/Cambridge Opens CHERI Secure Processor Design
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An anonymous reader writes with some exciting news from the world of processor design: Robert Watson at Cambridge (author of Capsicum) has written a blog post on SRI/Cambridge’s recent open sourcing of the hardware and software for the DARPA-sponsored CHERI processor — including laser cutting directions for an FPGA-based tablet! Described in their paper The […]

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Public to get to vote on names for exoplanets
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NASA Astronomers may be the world champions at giving fantastically dull names to spectacular objects. Over the years, catchy monickers like GRB 130606A and SDSS J150243.09+111557.3 have graced our pages. That trend has carried over into the naming of exoplanets, which picked up names like KOI 784.02 (where KOI is just short for “Kepler object […]

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In honor of their maybe-possible return, 10 essential Strong Bad e-mails
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Surprise! Strong Bad, it’s me! Homestar Runner! From school! homestarrunner.com Homestar Runner co-creator Matt Chapman made a bunch of 20- and 30-somethings happy when he said earlier this week that the cartoon could be making a comeback later this year following a successful experiment on April Fools’ Day. If you watched the cartoons during their heyday, […]

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France bans online book retailers from free delivery—Amazon now charges a penny
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Last month, the French parliament took a strong stand in favor of small book retailers. The governing body voted in favor of a proposed law to ban major online book retailers—including Amazon and the French retailer FNAC—from offering free delivery on book orders. The logic here is evident: hit consumers in the pocketbook, and they’ll be more inclined to […]

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GameStop promises it won't interfere with game development
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It’s understandable if the news of retail giant GameStop getting in on game development made you nervous. The potential of a store with vested interest in exclusive content dictating what goes into a game from its inception is more than a little…

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Found: Forgotten Vials of Smallpox
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Headline-making news today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Workers clearing out an old storage room on the Bethesda, Md. campus of the National Institutes of Health have found a forgotten box of vials that contain smallpox. Yes, smallpox. The “most terrible of all the ministers of death,” as Thomas Babington Macaulay called […]

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Plug Your Phone Into This Solar Powered Donkey
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 Turkish herdsmen are keeping up with the latest news and entertainment via donkey power these days. They strap solar panels to the backs of their donkeys and use them as mobile charging stations wherever they go. According to a BBC report earlier this week, the sheepherders can read email, look up the weather and search […]

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Government Leadership on Antibiotic Resistance — in Europe
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A few pieces of news relative to antibiotic resistance caught my eye over the past few days. What they all had in common: Highly placed politicians stating unambiguously that antibiotic resistance should be a national and international priority. This is superb, with just one catch: The politicians were in Europe. The politicians speaking out were […]

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