Space balloon company plans stratospheric mission in early 2021

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying four astronauts is pictured approaching the International Space Station for docking on November 16, 2020. The trip from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida took 27 and a half hours. Photo courtesy of NASA | License Photo

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Two former Google employees say the US labor board will charge the company with unlawfully spying on, then firing, workers involved in protests

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  • The National Labor Relations Board will file a complaint accusing Google of violating several labor laws during a crackdown of worker activism last year, according to two of the employees who were terminated.
  • The complaint will state that Google unlawfully terminated two employees involved in worker activism.
  • It will also state that Google violated US labor laws by monitoring and interrogating workers involved in the protests.
  • Five employees were fired late last year for their involvement in protests at the company. Two of those employees are mentioned in the complaint.
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The National Labor Relations Board will issue a complaint accusing Google of violating several labor

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HP, the company that literally started Silicon Valley is moving to Texas

Hewlett-Packard traces its origins to 1938, when Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard rented a garage in Palo Alto, California. Now, HP Enterprises, a descendant of the pioneering company, is moving to Texas.

a person standing in front of a building: A pedestrian walks past Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Inc. headquarters in Palo Alto, California, U.S., on Monday, May 22, 2016. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Inc. is scheduled to release earnings figures on after market on May 24. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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A pedestrian walks past Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Inc. headquarters in Palo Alto, California, U.S., on Monday, May 22, 2016. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Inc. is scheduled to release earnings figures on after market on May 24. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The company announced its move Tuesday. Houston is currently Hewlett-Packard Enterprises’ largest US employment hub, and the company is constructing a new campus in the city. HPE will also consolidate a number of its Bay Area sites to its San Jose campus. The move won’t result in any layoffs.

HPE’s move to Texas is hardly a new concept in the tech world. It’s the largest — but just the latest — tech

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This Company Uses AI to Outwit Malicious AI

In September 2019, the National Institute of Standards and Technology issued its first-ever warning for an attack on a commercial artificial intelligence algorithm.

Security researchers had devised a way to attack a Proofpoint product that uses machine learning to identify spam emails. The system produced email headers that included a “score” of how likely a message was to be spam. But analyzing these scores, along with the contents of messages, made it possible to build a clone of the machine-learning model and craft spam messages that evaded detection.

The vulnerability notice may be the first of many. As AI is used more widely, new opportunities for exploiting weak spots in the technology also are emerging. That’s given rise to companies that probe AI systems for vulnerabilities, with the goal of catching malicious input before it can wreak havoc.

Startup Robust Intelligence is one such company. Over Zoom, Yaron Singer, its

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Why Facebook Is Spending $1 Billion on a Company You’ve Never Heard Of

Facebook wants to be where you run your business online. To be fair, it’s already pretty good at it. Regardless of what you think of Facebook’s many issues–like privacy, fake news, or content moderation–when it comes to providing businesses a platform to reach customers, it’s hard to argue there are many more effective options.

Still, it’s trying to get better. Or, at least, stickier. We’ll get back to that part in a minute.

Facebook announced on Monday that it would spend $1 billion to acquire Kustomer, a CRM that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help businesses manage customer support. Mostly that means it gathers customer communications across various channels such as social media, email, chat messages, and website chatbots. That way, no matter how a customer communicates with your business, you can keep all of the conversations managed in one place. 

In a blog post about the acquisition, Facebook says

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Show-Stopping New Apartment Residences By M. Shapiro Development Company & MJC Companies Set The New Standard

Show-Stopping New Apartment Residences By M. Shapiro Development Company & MJC Companies Set The New Standard

Show-Stopping New Apartment Residences By M. Shapiro Development Company & MJC Companies Set The New Standard

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COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich., Nov. 30, 2020

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich., Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Barrington Apartment Homes, Michigan’s most stylish new apartment community was thoughtfully designed and flawlessly executed at Pontiac Trail and M-5, Commerce Township in the heart of western Oakland County’s Lake District. Barrington was created by Michigan-based developers M. Shapiro Development Company and MJC Companies, both nationally recognized for their financial strength and visionary design approach to sophisticated modern living. Nothing was compromised during the design and construction of this $75 million luxury community.

MJC Companies’ Principal, Michael A. Chirco commented, “Barrington is our response to the growing market of upscale singles, couples and families that are seeking apartments with premium features and

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Facebook Nears $1B Purchase of Chatbot Company Kustomer

Facebook (FB) – Get Report is close to sealing a deal to buy Kustomer, a startup specializing n chatbots and customer-service platforms, for more than $1 billion, according to media reports.

The deal could be completed Monday, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

New York-based Kustomer is already working with Facebook to help companies respond to customer inquiries that come through Facebook Messenger. Kustomer began integrating with Facebook’s Instagram messaging in October.

The deal could push forward Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to promote “social commerce” on the social-media platform, according to the Journal. 

In efforts to further this plan, the Menlo Park, Calif., social media giant launched Facebook shops in May, enabling companies to create online stores through Facebook and Instagram.

Facebook and Google May Face 4 New Antitrust Lawsuits

The purchase of Kustomer would be one of more than 100 Facebook

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US Hits Chinese Company Over Venezuela Internet Curbs

The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on a major Chinese electronics and engineering company for assisting Venezuela in curbing dissent on the internet.

The US said it was restricting transactions with the China National Electronics Import and Export Corporation (CEIEC) and blocking assets of any firm in which the state-owned company holds 50 percent stake or higher.

The Treasury Department said CEIEC provides expertise to Venezuela’s state-owned telecom company, which has blocked independent media as well as livestreams by opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is recognized as interim president by most Western and Latin American nations.

“The United States will not hesitate to target anyone helping to suppress the democratic will of the Venezuelan people and others around the world,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

The Treasury Department described CEIEC as offering a “commercialized version of Beijing’s ‘Great Firewall,'” the communist power’s sweeping filter that scrubs

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Alibaba Health: Leading Internet Healthcare Company In China (OTCMKTS:ALBHF)

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I assign a Neutral rating to Chinese internet healthcare company Alibaba Health Information Technology Limited (OTCPK:ALBHF, 241:HK).

The support and backing of its parent and controlling shareholder Alibaba Group (BABA) is Alibaba Health’s key competitive advantage. Alibaba Health benefits from a strong brand equity and low customer acquisition costs due to its association with Alibaba Group and the “Alibaba” brand. Looking ahead, Alibaba Health’s key growth opportunities are in prescription drugs and medical & healthcare services.

But there are hurdles that need to be overcome for Alibaba Health to realize the growth opportunities in prescription drugs and medical & healthcare services. It might take a while for most or all the provinces in China to implement the changes relating to reimbursements for online medical services and products to on a nation-wide basis in the country; and the conversion rate for paid medical consultation services could be potentially lower

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Huawei founder says American politicians wants to kill the company

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  • Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei addressed Honor employees in a written speech on Thursday.
  • He said that some American politicians want to kill the company.
  • He also encouraged Honor to become Huawei’s competitor after the two companies split.

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei reportedly posted an emotionally-charged farewell speech for departing Honor employees on Thursday.

According to Reuters, Zhengfei addressed the sub-brand on the company’s employee forum and blamed its recent sale on the spate of US sanctions. His comments line up with Huawei’s recent statement where it said that it’s under “tremendous pressure” from the US government.

“Wave after wave of severe US sanctions against Huawei has led us to finally understand, certain American politicians want to kill us, not just correct us,” Zhengfei said in his speech.

While Huawei could deal with the difficulties, it didn’t want to risk the livelihood of

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