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Documents show how Google used shell companies to keep datacenter negotiations quiet

“In 2016, Facebook used a shell company called Greater Kudu LLC in negotiations for a datacenter in New Mexico” writes Anna Hensel for venturebeat.com. Apple and Microsoft, example, have also used codenames in the past when negotiating with local officials in municipalities they intend to build datacenters in. Source: venturebeat.com

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Reno rises on list of ‘best-performing cities’, thanks to job growth, surge in datacenters

“Provo has seen significant job growth, thanks to homegrown tech companies like Podium and Qualtrics, which was recently acquired for $8 billion” writes Anna Hensel for venturebeat.com. Reno scored first in job growth over the one-year period (2016-2017) and ninth in the five-year period (2012-2017).Among the largest 50 metro areas on the list, Reno experienced the highest job growth, as tech companies like Tesla, Google, and Apple are increasingly choosing the city for new manufacturing facilities or datacenters.Most of this growth came in the manufacturing and construction industries — but…

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Flex Logix unveils neural inferencing engine for AI in datacenters and on the edge

“Chip maker Flex Logix today introduced its new Nmax general purpose neural inferencing engine designed for AI deployment in a number of environments with popular machine learning frameworks like TensorFlow or Caffe” writes Khari Johnson for venturebeat.com. Flex Logix raised a $5 million funding round in May 2017 to explore ways to build more flexible chips. Flex Logix was founded in 2014 by Tate and cofounder Cheng Wang and is based in Mountain View, California.Nmax uses interconnect technology like the kind used in FPGA chips but is a general purpose…

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