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EV startups Alta, Energica, and Zero could reboot the motorcycle industry

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa . More posts by this contributor MallforAfrica and DHL launch MarketPlace Africa global e-commerce site Nigerian logistics startup Kobo360 accepted into YC, raises $1.2 million Three e-mobility startups are accelerating into the U.S. motorcycle market. Italy’s  Energica  and California based  Alta Motors  and  Zero Motorcycles  have revved up promotion, distribution, and sales. You may see their machines zip by on American roads before the big two-wheel gas powered companies get EVs to showroom floors. These startups could reboot U.S. motorcycle sales while shifting the global motorcycle industry toward electric. The market Since the recession, America’s motorcycle sector has been in the doldrums. New bike sales have dropped roughly 50 percent since 2008—with sharp declines in ownership by everyone under 40.  Chart: MOTOSALES  Most of the market is now aging baby-boomers, whose  “Live to Ride”  days are winding down.

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Apple MacBook Pro Updated with 8th-generation Intel Core Processors

Apple today updated the MacBook Pro with faster performance and new pro features, making it the most advanced Mac notebook ever.The new MacBook Pro models feature 8th-generation Intel Core processors, with 6-core on the 15-inch model for up to 70 percent faster performance and quad-core on the 13-inch model for up to two times faster performance. Additional updates include support for up to 32GB of memory, a True Tone display and an improved third-generation keyboard for quieter typing.

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Tesla Will Start Manufacturing Cars In China – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Tesla Will Start Manufacturing Cars In China Ubergizmo Tesla has a lone assembly plant in the United States where all of its cars are built. It was expected that the company's first overseas production factory might be in China and Tesla has now confirmed that it has signed a preliminary agreement with the ... and more »

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Crypto and venture’s biggest names are backing a new distributed ledger project called Oasis Labs

A team of top security researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and MIT have come together to launch a new cryptographic project that combines secure software and hardware to enable privacy-preserving smart contracts under the banner of Oasis Labs . That vision, which is being marketed as the baby of a union between Ethereum and Amazon Web Services, has managed to attract $45 million in pre-sale financing from some of the biggest names in venture capital and cryptocurrency investing. The chief architect of the project (and chief executive of Oasis Labs) is University of Berkeley Professor Dawn Song, a security expert who first came to prominence in 2009 when she was named one of as one of MIT Technology Review’s Innovators under 35.  Song’s rise in the security world was capped with both a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim Award for her work on security technologies. But it’s the more recent work that she’s been doing around hardware and software development in conjunction with other Berkeley researchers like her postdoctoral associate, Raymond Cheng , that grabbed investors attention. Through the Keystone enclave hardware project , Song and Cheng worked with MIT researchers and professors like Srini Devadas and Ilia Lebedev on technology to secure sensitive data on the platform. “We use a combination of trusted hardware and cryptographic techniques (such as secure multiparty computation) to enable smart contracts to compute over this encrypted data, without revealing anything about the underlying data. This is like doing computation inside a black box, which only outputs the computation result without showing what’s inside the black box,” Song wrote to me in an email. “In addition to supporting existing trusted hardware implementations, we are also working on a fully open source trusted hardware enclave implementation; a project we call Keystone.  We also have years of experience building differential privacy tools, which are now being used in production at Uber for their data privacy initiatives. We plan to incorporate such techniques into our smart contract platform to further provide privacy and protect the computation output from leaking sensitive information about inputs.” Song says that her project has solved the scaling problem by separating execution from consensus. “ For each smart contract execution, we randomly select a subset of the computation nodes to form a computation committee, using a proof of stake mechanism. The computation committee executes the smart contract transaction,” Song wrote in an email exchange with TechCrunch. “The consensus committee then verifies the correctness of the computation results from the computation committee

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Elon Musk says SpaceX is working on a kid-size submarine to extract those boys in Thailand

Over the last couple of days, serial entrepreneur Elon Musk has been tweeting about how to potentially help the 12 young soccer players and their coach who’ve been trapped in a cave in Thailand since entering it June 23rd, after which they became trapped by rising floodwaters. Now, suggests Musk, working with cave experts in Thailand, Musk and engineers from his rocket company, SpaceX , have decided on the “primary path” to attempt to freeing the group: a “tiny, kid-size submarine” that uses the “liquid oxygen transfer tube” of SpaceX’s Falcon rocket as hull. It’s “light enough to be carried by two divers, small enough to get through narrow gaps. Extremely robust,” Musk tweeted a couple of hours ago, adding that construction on the vehicle will be “complete in about 8 hours” after which it will be sent on a 17-hour flight to Thailand. (SpaceX is based in Hawthorne, California, outside of L.A.) Whether the creation is made and shipped out remains to be seen, but Musk suggested on Twitter that it would be “fitted for a kid or small adult to minimize open air” with “segmented compartments to place rocks or dive weights” and “adjust buoyancy.” Musk had tweeted last night that both SpaceX and his much newer, tunnel boring company, Boring Company , would be sending engineers to Thailand today to see how they could help. Today, somewhat strangely, Musk took a break from sharing his thoughts about how to engineer a rescue to  promote a contest wherein one winner will receive a customized Tesla 3 car as the grand prize. Still, if SpaceX is able to create an escape pod that works, Musk — who enjoys a kind of cult status in the business world for building superior products in challenging, capital-intensive industries — will only further burnish his reputation as a kind of Tony Stark figure. Indeed, his Twitter feed is currently filled with adoring comments  relating to his interest in rescuing the soccer team. It’s a daunting challenge. As reported in the New York Times, the cave complex has never been fully mapped and it features  different waterways that don’t appear to be directly linked. Rescue attempts have already led to one fatality , that of former Thai Navy SEAL diver Saman Gunan, who brought tanks of air to the boys and their coach, then lost consciousness in one of its passageways on his swim out of the complex. Some good feedback from cave experts in Thailand. Iterating with them on an escape pod design that might be safe enough to try. Also building an inflatable tube with airlocks. Less likely to work, given tricky contours, but great if it does. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2018 Got more great feedback from Thailand

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Updated: Elon Musk says SpaceX is working on a kid-size submarine to extract those boys in Thailand

Over the last couple of days, serial entrepreneur Elon Musk has been tweeting about how to potentially help the 12 young soccer players and their coach who began exploring a cave in Thailand on June 23rd, quickly becoming trapped there by rising floodwaters. Now, suggests Musk, working with cave experts in Thailand, he and engineers from his rocket company, SpaceX , have decided on the “primary path” to attempt to freeing the group: a “tiny, kid-size submarine” that uses the “liquid oxygen transfer tube” of SpaceX’s Falcon rocket as the hull. It’s “light enough to be carried by two divers, small enough to get through narrow gaps. Extremely robust,” Musk tweeted a couple of hours ago, adding that construction on the vehicle will be “complete in about 8 hours” after which it will be sent on a 17-hour flight to Thailand. (SpaceX is based in Hawthorne, California, outside of L.A.) Whether the creation is made and shipped out remains to be seen, but Musk suggested on Twitter that it would be “fitted for a kid or small adult to minimize open air” with “segmented compartments to place rocks or dive weights” and “adjust buoyancy.” Musk had tweeted last night that both SpaceX and his much newer, tunnel boring company, Boring Company , would be sending engineers to Thailand today to see how they could help. If SpaceX is able to create an escape pod that works, Musk — who enjoys a kind of cult status in the business world for building superior products in challenging, capital-intensive industries — will only further burnish his reputation as a kind of Tony Stark figure. Indeed, his Twitter feed is currently filled with adoring comments  relating to his interest in rescuing the soccer team. It’s a daunting challenge. As reported in the New York Times, the cave complex has never been fully mapped and it features different waterways that don’t appear to be directly linked. Rescue attempts have already led to one fatality , that of former Thai Navy SEAL diver Saman Gunan, who brought tanks of air to the boys and their coach, then lost consciousness in one of its passageways on his swim out of the complex. Some good feedback from cave experts in Thailand. Iterating with them on an escape pod design that might be safe enough to try. Also building an inflatable tube with airlocks. Less likely to work, given tricky contours, but great if it does

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Interview with Mathilde Collin of Front, which makes tools for sharing inboxes with teammates, on company’s vision to build an asynchronous version of…

Casey Newton / The Verge : Interview with Mathilde Collin of Front, which makes tools for sharing inboxes with teammates, on company's vision to build an asynchronous version of Slack   —  Front's Mathitlde Collin on why email is making a comeback  —  It's been four years now since Slack arrived to kill email — and yet, email persists.

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How firms like GMobi and MoMagic are using pre-loaded apps on cheap smartphones in developing countries to harvest user data by offering free firmware…

Newley Purnell / Wall Street Journal : How firms like GMobi and MoMagic are using pre-loaded apps on cheap smartphones in developing countries to harvest user data by offering free firmware updates   —  Tension between privacy and sharing of user data stokes a debate in West, but much less so in developing economies

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Singapore’s competition regulator says Grab-Uber merger would impede competition and proposes remedies that must be met to avoid fines or unwinding of…

Jon Russell / TechCrunch : Singapore's competition regulator says Grab-Uber merger would impede competition and proposes remedies that must be met to avoid fines or unwinding of the deal   —  Uber's exit from Southeast Asia may be done and dusted, but the deal — which saw Grab take over its local operations in exchange …

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Israeli indictment says an employee allegedly stole source code of NSO Group’s powerful smartphone hacking tools before attempting to sell it for $50M…

Joseph Cox / Motherboard : Israeli indictment says an employee allegedly stole source code of NSO Group's powerful smartphone hacking tools before attempting to sell it for $50M   —  NSO sells its potent iPhone malware to governments, including Mexico and the United Arabs Emirates.  But according to a newly released indictment …

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The BeOS file system, an OS geek retrospective

HD, so like... a high-definition floppy? It's the day after Independence Day in the US, and much of our staff is just returning to their preferred work machines. If this was 1997 instead of 2018, that would mean booting up BeOS for some. The future-of-operating-systems-that-never-was arrived just over 20 years ago, so in light of the holiday, we're resurfacing this geek's guide. The piece originally ran on June 2, 2010; it appears unchanged below. The Be operating system file system, known simply as BFS, is the file system for the Haiku, BeOS, and SkyOS operating systems. When it was created in the late '90s as part of the ill-fated BeOS project, BFS's ahead-of-its-time feature set immediately struck the fancy OS geeks. That feature set includes: A 64-bit address space Use of journaling Highly multithreaded reading Support of database-like extended file attributes Optimization for streaming file access A dozen years later, the legendary BFS still merits exploration—so we're diving in today, starting with some filesystem basics and moving on to a discussion of the above features. We also chatted with two people intimately familiar with the OS: the person who developed BFS for Be and the developer behind the open-source version of BFS. Read 99 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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