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Intel’s Fundamentally New MESO Architecture Could Arrive in a Few Years

“Last year, Intel released a research paper detailing how its new MESO (Magneto-Electric Spin Orbit) architecture could reinvigorate performance and power scaling” writes Joel Hruska for extremetech.com. We covered MESO and the paper Intel released here, for those looking for more details on the technology.While promising — MESO could dramatically reduce switching voltage, switching energy, and allow for superior density scaling — Intel also stated that the technology could be as much as a decade away. Source: extremetech.com

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Morgan Stanley is bullish on Intel for the first time in 7 years

“Intel Corp. shares gained nearly 3% Friday morning after Morgan Stanley turned bullish on the stock for the first time in seven years” writes Emily Bary for marketwatch.com. Intel’s stock has gained 12% over the past three months, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average has risen 6.4%.Intel’s stock has gained 94% over the past seven years, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.69%  , which counts Intel as a component, has risen 101%.Read also: AMD stock gains after Intel CEO announcement suggests ‘an opening for AMD’ Despite the upgrade,…

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Exxon, Microsoft strike cloud computing agreement for U.S. shale

“Exxon has pledged to increase its Permian Basin production to 600,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) by 2025” reports businessinsider.com. But the partnership is the industry’s largest in cloud computing, Exxon said in a statement.The company’s fourth-quarter Permian production was 300,000 barrels of oil and gas per day, up 93 percent from a year ago. In January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Exxon announced an agreement with International Business Machines Corp to explore the potential for quantum computing in energy and manufacturing.The technology would allow…

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BIG DECISIONS: Marrying The Right Person Is More Important Than Your Career, Say Bill And Melinda Gates

“Bill and Melinda Gates may be a power couple in the world of technology and philanthropy, but career aspirations and academia are not top of their parenting priorities” writes Rachel Moss for huffingtonpost.com. She added that it’s “even more important than what career you have, where you go to college, where you go to high school”. Source: huffingtonpost.com

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Facebook allows advertisers to target users based on a perceived interest in Nazism

“A new report reveals that the social media giant is allowing advertisers to target users based on their perceived interest in Nazi ideologies” reports firstpost.com. An investigation by the Los Angeles Times found that Facebook lets advertisers buy ads targeting people with an interest in neo-Nazi terminology, musicians and Holocaust-deniers. Source: firstpost.com

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Portland marketing technology startup Lytics raises another $35 million

“Portland online marketing company Lytics said Thursday it has raised another $35 million, its biggest investment round to date” writes Mike Rogoway for oregonlive.com. That’s up from 61 employees at the time of its last, $14 million investment round in April.Thursday’s news is the latest in a string of investments in young Oregon technology companies. Last year was the strongest for Oregon startup investment since the dot-com era, with the state’s entrepreneurs raising more than $600 million.A California investment firm called JMI Equity led Thursday’s round, backed by prior Lytics…

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Commerzbank, Siemens and Continental Complete Blockchain Money Market Pilot

“German banking and financial services company Commerzbank and technology companies Continental and Siemens have jointly conducted a money market security transaction pilot using blockchain technology” writes Ana Alexandre for cointelegraph.com. The aforementioned parties “for the first time” conducted a blockchain-based money market security transaction worth 100,000 euro ($113,340) within a pilot project in January, where Continental acted as the issuer of the security, Commerzbank provided R3’s Corda-based blockchain platform, while Siemens subscribed to the money market security as an investor.Money market securities are short-terms assets that serve for financing companies…

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SoftBank is leading a $1 billion investment in logistics start-up Flexport

“The funding comes a day after SoftBank’s Vision Fund led a $200 million investment in physical storage start-up Clutter” writes Deirdre Bosa for cnbc.com. SoftBank’s Vision Fund just made one of its biggest start-ups investments yet, leading a $1 billion round in a company that’s moving freight across the globe.The $100 billion Vision Fund continues to write massive checks to fast-growing companies that are applying technology to old industries, whether it’s Uber in ride-hailing, DoorDash in food delivery or WeWork in real estate. Source: cnbc.com

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Mark Zuckerberg mulls blockchain-based Facebook log-in as a more secure option

“CEO Mark Zuckerberg is mulling the use of decentralized technology for his social media behemoth” writes Aaron Hankin for marketwatch.com. Bypassing an intermediatory is the cornerstone of blockchain technology.On Feb. 4, Cheddar reported that Facebook had acquired the team behind Chainspace, a London-based blockchain startup. Source: marketwatch.com

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