Big Oil Faded. Will Big Tech?

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Less than a decade ago, Exxon Mobil was the most valuable company in the world. On Monday, it’s being kicked out of the Dow Jones industrial average after nearly a century of inclusion in the stock index.

I’m mentioning an energy company in a technology newsletter for two reasons: First, as wild as it feels to have a handful of American technology superpowers rule the economy and the stock market and influence world events, oil superpowers like Exxon were in a similar position not very long ago.

And second, while it’s hard to imagine Big Tech losing relevance, most people didn’t predict that demand for fossil fuels would start to wane, until it did. That’s part of the sweeping changes that ushered out the era of Big Oil and started the Big

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ByteDance, U.S. government talking about avoiding full sale of TikTok

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TikTok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019.

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ByteDance is speaking with the U.S. government about possible solutions that may allow it to retain some ownership of the U.S. operations of TikTok, while satisfying regulators in both China and the U.S. Those possibilities include handing over operational control of TikTok data to a U.S. tech company, while potentially still holding on to some ownership of assets, a person familiar with the process told CNBC.

The Wall Street Journal previously reported Wednesday that ByteDance was working with the U.S. government on ways to avoid a full sale.  The discussions have been taking place for months, the Journal reported, and the situation remains remains fluid. It’s still unclear if the Trump administration will be willing to go along with such a solution.

The White House previously

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Computer design of synthetic proteins is creating potent, stable antivirals that block infection at least as well as monoclonal antibodies — ScienceDaily

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Computer-designed small proteins have now been shown to protect lab-grown human cells from SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The findings are reported today, Sept. 9, in Science

In the experiments, the lead antiviral candidate, named LCB1, rivaled the best-known SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies in its protective actions. LCB1 is currently being evaluated in rodents.

Coronaviruses are studded with so-called Spike proteins. These latch onto human cells to enable the virus to break in and infect them. The development of drugs that interfere with this entry mechanism could lead to treatment of or even prevention of infection.

Institute for Protein Design researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine used computers to originate new proteins that bind tightly to SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein and obstruct it from infecting cells.

Beginning in January, more than two million candidate Spike-binding proteins were designed on the computer. Over 118,000 were then produced and tested

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UC San Diego to use smartphone pilot program for COVID-19 exposure alerts

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Meanwhile, more than 600 students and faculty sent an open letter to UCSD calling to stop the Return to Learn plan.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — University of California Health announced Monday UC San Diego will be one of two campuses to pilot a smartphone technology that notifies users if they have had a high-risk COVID-19 exposure.

The limited pilot program will roll out incrementally at UCSD later this month. UC San Francisco will start using the technology a few weeks later for students, faculty and staff participating in onsite activities at select locations.

According to the university system, the technology does not collect location data from any device and will never share user identities.

“If the pilot is successful, it will set the foundation for the state to offer voluntary exposure notifications to all Californians using this free smartphone-based technology,” said Christopher Longhurst, chief information officer for UC San

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Infor CTO Defines Key Cornerstones Driving The Future Of Software

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Technologists love to talk about the future. Some of them even self-style themselves as ‘futurists’. These are the kind of guys (all genders) that like to tell you that their grandchildren will probably live to 150-years of age due to the ever-advancing envelope of medical science.  

Software industry visionaries and luminaries are arguably somewhat more pragmatic, but no less prescient in their ability to be able to think about the next-big-thing and talk about likely platform-level shifts that will impact the way we use devices in the near future. 

The next big thing? Always, about 5-10 years away

When will the next Twitter, Instagram, iPad or Internet of Something (IoS) happen? Nobody really knows, so that’s why software visionaries usually say, “Oh, between five and ten years from now.” It’s a safe bet and they’re probably right.

Too humble

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How is Technology Revolutionizing the Casino World?

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With the rise in technology, the casino world has witnessed significant changes over the past years.

FREMONT, CA: The technological revolution led to the casinos adopting different bots, automated programming, and random figure generators. The gamers can notice these changes for numerous angles in the gambling world. These days the gamblers can play live blackjack, which at present comes with real-time automated procedures that allow players to play at home. Minimal changes like robot-like arms to make a drink to slot mechanisms to prevent theft are amazing to witness.

The Impact of Tech in the Casino World

Online casinos witness the largest transformation in the gambling industry. Even though online and internet gaming has been prevailing for many years, the wave of online casinos has been augmented in the last few years for several reasons. The main one is that players can seamlessly access online casino titles from the comfort

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The best broadband deals in September 2020

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Ah, the search for broadband deals. If your internet plan has finally reached its end, you’ll be thinking of diving back into the slightly confusing pile of offers, prices, discounts and promotions. 

However, there is no need to worry – we’re going to guide you through it. We’ll bring you the best and cheapest broadband deals, inform you on the kind of speeds you need and help you find your perfect plan.

Of course, if you’re one step ahead of the game and already know the kind of package you’re looking for, this will be easy. Simply use the table below to compare broadband plans, with affordable ADSL, super fast fibre, and TV add-ons from all of the big names.

For those a little more unfamiliar with the world of internet deals, we’ve done the research for you and answered all of the key questions you may have further down

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Google conducts largest chemical simulation on a quantum computer to date

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Google conducts largest chemical simulation on a quantum computer to date
Google’s Sycamore processor mounted in a cryostat, recently used to demonstrate quantum supremacy and the largest quantum chemistry simulation on a quantum computer. Credit: Rocco Ceselin

A team of researchers with Google’s AI Quantum team (working with unspecified collaborators) has conducted the largest chemical simulation on a quantum computer to date. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their work and why they believe it was a step forward in quantum computing. Xiao Yuan of Stanford University has written a Perspective piece outlining the potential benefits of quantum computer use to conduct chemical simulations and the work by the team at AI Quantum, published in the same journal issue.


Developing an ability to predict chemical processes by simulating them on computers would be of great benefit to chemists—currently, they do most of it through trial and error. Prediction would open up the door to the

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UCSD To Roll Out Smartphone Pilot Program For COVID-19 Exposure Alerts (KPBS Midday Edition Segments)

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The limited pilot program will roll out incrementally at UCSD later this month. UC San Francisco will start using the technology a few weeks later for students, faculty and staff participating in onsite activities at select locations.

Speaker 1: 00:00 There are lessons to be learned from the health crisis that developed when students returned to campus this month at San Diego state university, they’re at least 640 of them contracted COVID-19 and leaders at UC San Diego. We’ll have a new tool in their kit to minimize spread of the virus. And when classes begin on the LA Jolla campus now scheduled for September 28th, it has to do with tracing via smartphones. And joining me to explain as dr. Christopher Long Hearst, the chief information officer and associate chief medical officer at UC San Diego health. Welcome to the program.

Speaker 2: 00:33 Thank you very much for

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Taking A Closer Look At Offshore Software Outsourcing In A Pandemic

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As VP of Operations at BairesDev, Damián is responsible for the entire customer relations life-cycle, safeguarding the company’s operations.  

The pandemic has put business operations in the spotlight. With the seemingly infinite number of challenges the world is facing right now, it’s more clear than ever that embracing technology is the only way forward. However, not all businesses have the necessary expertise, resources and talent to carry out such a transition successfully.

This has pushed many companies toward various nearshore and offshore software outsourcing practices. On paper, outsourcing is designed to provide high-quality solutions faster and more cost-efficiently than in-house operations. For many, this is exactly what happened. But others didn’t have as much luck.

Why is this? Is offshore software outsourcing actually worth it in a pandemic? What’s the best way to minimize risk in times as uncertain as these? As the vice president of operations at

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