CerraCap Ventures and Exfinity Venture Partners join forces for New Growth

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COSTA MESA, Calif., Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — CerraCap Ventures and Exfinity Venture Partners are pleased to announce their global strategic partnership integrating CerraCap’s unique Sales & Scale™ model with Exfinity’s stated vision helping develop global enterprise startups leveraging the Indo-US corridor.

CerraCap and Exfinity together are poised to unleash the next wave of enterprise artificial intelligence and digital disruption. “With Exfinity’s understanding of complex digital product interactions, its deep engineering expertise and agile collaborative approach uniquely compliments how CerraCap operates. We believe this facilitates an extraordinary opportunity for expansion of right global investments for leading technology products and platform,” shared Saurabh Ranjan, CEO and Founder, CerraCap Ventures.

Given that CerraCap is domiciled in US and Exfinity in India, portfolio companies will benefit the Indo-US corridor for optimum capital and

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Remote control of heat nanosources motion and thermal-induced fluid flows by using light forces

Remote control of heat nanosources motion and thermal-induced fluid flows by using light forces
a, Multiple gold NPs (spheres of 200 nm radius) are confined by a ring-shaped laser trap (wavelength of 532 nm) and optically transported around it. These NPs rapidly assemble into a stable group of hot particles creating a confined heat source (G-NP) of temperature ~500 K. Free (not trapped) gold NPs acting as tracer particles are dragged toward the G-NP by the action of the thermal-induced water flow created around it (see Video S5 of the paper). The speed of the G-NP is controlled by the optical propulsion force which is proportional to the phase gradient strength tailored along the laser trap as displayed in b, corresponding to the transport state 1. This non-uniform propulsion force drives the G-NP reaching a maximum speed of 42 μm/s. b, Sketch of the switching of the phase gradient configuration (state 1 and 2) enabling a more sophisticated manipulation of the heat source: split
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Factory_OS Joins Forces with Technology and Finance Leaders to Solve the Housing Crisis

MARE ISLAND, Calif., Nov. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Factory_OS announced today that it has raised $55 million in Series B funding from six tech and finance industry giants—Autodesk Inc., Citi, Facebook, Google, Morgan Stanley and round leader Lafayette Square. The investment will help Factory_OS accelerate growth and further integrate digital technologies to build multifamily housing using a safer, more sustainable, less expensive and more efficient construction process.


Acting on the belief that housing should be built more like cars, Factory_OS takes an integrated, industrialized and tech-enabled approach to removing barriers throughout the housing development process. The San Francisco Bay Area–based company has an active research and development program and incorporates design, technology, construction and workforce innovations in pursuit of its vision: to change how we build housing. Factory_OS is committed to delivering high-quality, tech-ready, cost-effective multifamily housing that is more environmentally friendly and creates new living-wage jobs, resulting in

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Weather on Jupiter and Saturn may be driven by different forces than on Earth

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A trio of researchers, two with Harvard University, the other the University of Alberta, has found evidence that weather on Saturn and Jupiter may be driven by dramatically different forces than weather on Earth. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, Rakesh Kumar Yadav, Moritz Heimpel and Jeremy Bloxham describe computer simulations showing that major weather systems on Jupiter and Saturn might be driven by internal rather than external forces, resulting in outcomes such as the formation of large anticyclones like Jupiter’s famous red spot.


Weather on Earth is primarily driven by processes that take place in a thin layer of the atmosphere near the planet’s surface. For many years, it has been thought that similar processes drive weather on other planets, such as Jupiter and Saturn. In this new effort, the researchers demonstrate that such theories may be wrong.

The work involved creating

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EY joins forces with Zilker Technology to enhance eCommerce, enterprise integration and cloud engineering services

More than 360 new team members across four countries join EY

TORONTO, Nov. 18, 2020 /CNW/ – EY is excited to welcome team members from Zilker Technology to our Digital and Emerging Technologies group in the US, Canada, Serbia and India to elevate the firm’s global eCommerce, enterprise integration and cloud engineering capabilities. 

“Companies are under immense pressure to embrace new operating models and ways of working to transform for the future,” says Linda Williams, EY Canada Managing Partner, Consulting. “Zilker’s design, strategy and engineering experience will enhance how we deliver end-to-end digital transformations to help our clients unlock long-term value and thrive in the Transformative Age.”

Zilker offers the unique ability to integrate enterprise technology with customer-centric experiences, aligning the user experience at every customer touchpoint to improve targeting and brand identity — critical components to success in an increasingly competitive virtual environment according to 32%

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Atos joins forces with start-up Pasqal to accelerate High Performance Computing using quantum neutral atom technology

Paris, November 4, 2020 – Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, will collaborate with French start-up Pasqal to develop a quantum accelerator based on neutral atom technology for High-Performance Computing (HPC) systems. This technology would make it possible to strengthen the computing capacities of current computers and thereby develop hybrid quantum-HPC systems that can be used in the short term.

World leader in the manufacture of quantum processors, Pasqal has developed a promising technology based on neutral atoms, which today enables it to master more than 100 atoms, whereas superconducting circuits, the most advanced quantum method to date, are currently limited to about 50 qubits. For its part, Atos has been studying the acceleration opportunities offered by neutral atoms for more than two years and is contributing to advances in research by developing the software specific to this technology, which has led to several scientific publications and patent

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Pandemic Forces Companies to Confront Technology Ethics Questions

Matters of ethics eventually will be built into how tech products are conceived and built, said Paula Goldman, Salesforce.com chief ethical and humane use officer.



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Companies trying to reopen offices during the coronavirus pandemic face ethics and privacy questions about how they screen employees for potential health problems.

Some apps and data-collection systems probe for Covid-19 symptoms, such as fever or cough, and ask about an employee’s activities outside of work. But collecting and storing such detailed information can lead an organization to cross ethical boundaries, said Paula Goldman, chief ethical and humane use officer, at tech giant
Salesforce.com
Inc.

“Covid presents a very, very interesting challenge for technology,” Ms. Goldman said, speaking at the WSJ Pro Artificial Intelligence Executive Forum on Wednesday. “Technology can help businesses reopen safely,” she said. “But all of the sudden, employers need

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IAVI, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and Serum Institute of India Join Forces to Develop Monoclonal Antibodies for COVID-19 and Ensure Prompt and Equitable Global Access

PUNE, India & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, IAVI, a nonprofit scientific research organization dedicated to addressing urgent, unmet global health challenges, and Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of vaccines and biologics, announced an agreement with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, to develop SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) co-invented by IAVI and Scripps Research as innovative interventions to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agreement builds on the advanced antibody discovery and optimization expertise of IAVI and Scripps Research, gained from years of experience in HIV broadly neutralizing antibody research and development, and on Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany’s and Serum Institute’s significant capabilities in design and scale up of accelerated manufacturing processes for mAb production. The global development plan is being led by the three organizations in partnership.

The two companies have broad networks across complementary geographic areas that will be crucial

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IAVI, Merck, and Serum Institute of India Join Forces to Develop Monoclonal Antibodies for COVID-19 and Ensure Prompt and Equitable Global Access – Press Release

PUNE, India & NEW YORK–(Business Wire)–Today, IAVI, a nonprofit scientific research organization dedicated to addressing urgent, unmet global health challenges, and Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of vaccines and biologics, announced an agreement with Merck, a leading science and technology company, to develop SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) co-invented by IAVI and Scripps Research as innovative interventions to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agreement builds on the advanced antibody discovery and optimization expertise of IAVI and Scripps Research, gained from years of experience in HIV broadly neutralizing antibody research and development, and on Merck’s and Serum Institute’s significant capabilities in design and scale up of accelerated manufacturing processes for mAb production. The global development plan is being led by the three organizations in partnership.

The two companies have broad networks across complementary geographic areas that will be crucial to reach given the worldwide spread of COVID-19.

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Airbnb is joining forces with iconic ex-Apple design chief Jony Ive



Jonathan Ive, Tim Cook are posing for a picture: Jony Ive led Apple's design team from 1996 to 2019, playing a key role in product launches like the iMac, iPhone, and Apple Watch. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images


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Jony Ive led Apple’s design team from 1996 to 2019, playing a key role in product launches like the iMac, iPhone, and Apple Watch. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

  • Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said in a blog post Wednesday that the company is partnering with former Apple design chief Jony Ive.
  • “We have made the decision to work together through a multi-year relationship to design the next generation of Airbnb products and services,” Chesky said.
  • Ive led Apple through major product launches like the iMac and iPhone, and Apple Watch, leading its design team from 1996 until stepping down last year to start his own firm LoveFrom.
  • Airbnb was initially rocked by travel slowing down this spring, its valuation reportedly dropping by 40%, but experts say it could boom post-pandemic, and it filed its IPO paperwork in August.
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Airbnb is teaming

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