NASA is testing folding wings to make flying more efficient

In space, NASA is grappling with potential ISS funding issues, but on Earth, the agency is working hard to improve the efficiency of flight via wings that can fold while an aircraft is flying.

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Softbank Vision Fund Attracts $93B From Gulf States, Apple, Others


The Softbank Vision Fund has closed its first major funding round raising more than $93 billion in capital from the Gulf states, as well as tech stalwarts Apple, Qualcomm and others. Softbank, which last fall launched the fund with backing from the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, said it has received new commitments from the Mubadala Investment Fund from the United Arab Emirates. The Softbank Vision Fund, which has targeted a $100 billion close within six months, also received commitment pledges from Foxconn and Sharp.

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NASA to rely on commercial partners for deep-space exploration

Responding to mounting criticism over inadequate funding and technical planning for sending astronauts to Mars, NASA leaders say they are counting on commercial participation as one means toward a sustainable strategy to explore the solar system over the next two decades.

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Oculus founder Palmer Luckey confirmed as anonymous backer behind pro-Trump memes

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Oculus founder Luckey Palmer has admitted to funding a group dedicated to spreading pro-Trump, alt-right memes and self-described “shitposts.” This is not the kind of publicity Facebook is likely to want for its Oculus Rift VR platform.

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Navy funds study of underwater glue made using protein extracted from mussels

The Office of Naval Research is funding an investigation into the creation of underwater glue. And, to make things even more challenging, the glue would be designed to switch between adhesive and non-adhesive states.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/08/01/navy-funds-study-underwater-glue-made-using-protein-extracted-from-mussels.html

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NASA just gave $100K to a company that wants to steer asteroids toward Earth

NASA has awarded funding to California-based company Made in Space to develop technology that may see asteroids become self-propelled spacecraft

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Investors Bet $57M on Jana's Global Internet Access Strategy


Jana on Thursday announced it has raised $57 million in Series C funding, enabling it to continue its plans to connect developing countries to the Web. Verizon Ventures led the funding round, with backing from Spark Capital and Publicis Groupe. The backing will give Jana — which provides free, unrestricted Internet access to more than 30 million people in emerging markets — the boost it needs to connect its next billion users, according to company spokesperson Meagan Ward.

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This little black box could change the Internet in Africa

Kenyan start-up BRCK has secured $3 million in funding for an invention that hopes to change the face of internet connectivity across Africa.


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Year-End Intelligence


There’s always an aphorism about Santa, stockings and year-end funding news, but I am tired of them so I’ll let you imagine one. However, the funding news is so good from so many sources that I thought it worthwhile to mention a few items — there are patterns emerging. First, Salesforce bought MinHash, according to news reports. That’s not a funding event proper, but it does provide some modicum of cash to the founders, who henceforth will be Salesforce employees. They presumably will enjoy the holidays.

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You can now go on a Kenyan safari thanks to Street View

If you’ve ever fancied going on a safari in Africa but discovered that funding it would mean robbing a bank, then here’s the good news: Google has just rolled out Street View imagery for Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/09/16/can-now-go-on-kenyan-safari-thanks-to-street-view/

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Are Feds Losing the Cybersecurity Fight?


U.S. government agencies have invested time, effort and significant funding in the last several years to meet the challenges of cybersecurity threats. Unfortunately, the payoff has been disappointing, according to a report from the ISC2 Foundation, an affiliate of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium. As part of its seventh Global Information Security Workforce Study, the foundation included a section on the U.S. government that involved a survey of 1,800 federal IT professionals.

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Rumors swirl Pebble may be in financial trouble post-Apple Watch launch

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Reports suggest that Pebble may be in funding trouble, despite enormous Kickstarter success and a proven track record.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/206091-rumors-swirl-pebble-may-be-in-financial-trouble-post-apple-watch-launch

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Did VMware Flout Open Source License Terms?


The Software Freedom Conservancy earlier this month announced that it was funding a lawsuit filed by Linux kernel developer Christoph Hellwig against VMware in the district court of Hamburg in Germany. The conservancy entered a grant agreement with Hellwig for the legal action. Its funding of the legal action is part of the program activity of its GPL Compliance Project for Linux Developers. The suit alleges that VMware failed to comply with terms of the GNU General Public License version 2, or GPLv2.

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Investors Wise to Secret's Tantalizing Promise


Secret last week announced that a recent round of funding, to the tune of $25 million, would help it expand its reach in the social networking space. Since its launch about six months ago, Secret has provided a platform for users to post anonymous notes on topics ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime. Though its draw is anonymity, Secret adds interest by pointing users to posts by people in their circle of friends, though it doesn’t publish identifying information. It manages this by accessing users’ contacts.

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Oops: Samsung cheers "Galaxy 11" sponsored soccer star Landon Donovan who wasn't in the World Cup match

Despite sponsoring soccer teams–and funding a “Galaxy 11″ fantasy league designed to associate its products with alien-battling futbol stars–Samsung didn’t seem to be aware of the U.S. lineup of athletes playing in this weekend’s World Cup match when it sent out yet another embarrassing tweet.



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Coupang's on Fire in Korea's Hot M-Commerce Climate


Sequoia Capital recently led a US$100 million round of funding for South Korean retailer Coupang, suggesting that the rapidly growing Korean e-commerce market is the hot new scene for investors looking to capitalize on a country full of mobile shoppers. Founded and run by the Korean-born, Harvard-educated Bon Kim, the site has grown to become Korea’s leading online retailer. The recent round of funding gave it a $1 billion valuation. Kim launched the store when he realized there was a market itch in Korea that he could scratch.

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