San Jose site where huge industrial center is planned is bought

SAN JOSE — A San Jose site slated for a huge industrial development that could be suitable for a logistics or e-commerce company has been bought by a veteran real estate firm whose notable tenants include Amazon.

Once developed and completed, the modern industrial complex in south San Jose could attract tech, research, or manufacturing firms — or Amazon.

Duke Realty is the buyer of the property, according to Santa Clara County public documents filed on Dec. 2. The real estate firm also has submitted a proposal to San Jose planners for a complete redevelopment of the site.

The south San Jose property has addresses of 5853 and 5863 Rue Ferrari and at present contains two buildings totaling 286,300 square feet.

The new industrial complex would total 303,100 square feet, preliminary plans on file with the city show.

Acting through affiliate Duke Realty Rue Ferrari, Duke Realty paid $40.6 million

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Sidewalk chosen to host Sundance Film Festival as a satelite site

Sidewalk welcomes Sundance Film Festival
Sidewalk Cinema at the Pizitz. Photo by Matthew Niblett

This is a match made in heaven and a big coup for the Magic City.

Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema and the Sidewalk Film Festival announced yesterday that they have been selected to host the 2021 Sundance Film Festival as a satelite location. Birmingham will be one of only thirty locations nationwide partnering with the prestigious  festival. 

Sundance to Sidewalk

Birmingham, Sidewalk Film Festival
Don’t worry, concessions will still be available for your movie snack. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Here is Sidewalk’s statement about the partnership and what to expect in 2021.

“Sidewalk is thrilled to have been selected as one of only 30 sites across the country to partner with Sundance, a leader in the independent film industry for over 40 years, for their unique 2021 Festival. Our organization has a

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Apple redesigns accessibility site to showcase tips for vision, hearing and other areas

Apple wants to make it easier for people to learn about the company’s accessibility features and figure out how to customize their iPhones , Macs and other devices to better suit their needs. The gadget maker on Wednesday launched a redesign of its accessibility website,, to highlight its various offerings.

a hand holding a cellphone: Apple's People Detection feature on the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max can notify a user who's low vision about people who are approaching. James Martin/CNET

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Apple’s People Detection feature on the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max can notify a user who’s low vision about people who are approaching. James Martin/CNET

The new site is organized around four areas: vision, mobility, hearing and cognition, and it gives tips about dozens of features Apple has built for its various devices. Along with the revamped site, Apple Support is releasing a new collection of videos on its YouTube channel that show how to use some of the company’s latest accessibility features. 

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Waymo opening new autonomous vehicle testing site in Ohio

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Waymo plans to open a new testing site in Ohio for its driverless autonomous vehicles that will focus on dense, urban areas, the company said Tuesday.

The new site being built at the Transportation Research Center near Columbus will allow the company to work on motion control testing, heavy-duty truck testing and testing in varying weather conditions, the company said.

Waymo’s main testing facility is near Merced, California. While it has conducted testing in several other states, this will be its first permanent location at a third-party test site.

It plans to open the new center in Ohio sometime in the middle of next year.

Waymo, a unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc., is seen by many as the leader in autonomous vehicle technology. In October, it expanded its ride hailing service in Phoenix to use more vehicles that have no back-up drivers behind the wheel.

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FBI: Fake versions of our site could be used for cyberattacks, so watch out

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning the public to avoid internet domains designed to look similar to its own main official website 

The warning concerns dozens of websites that could be used to target people seeking information about the FBI’s activities or news announcements. 

“The FBI observed unattributed cyber actors registering numerous domains spoofing legitimate FBI websites, indicating the potential for future operational activity,” it said in the public service announcement (PSA) on Monday.   

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The FBI is concerned that the spoofed FBI-related domains could be used as part of future attacks aimed at stealing credentials or spreading disinformation to the public. 

It urged the public to “critically evaluate the websites they visit, and the messages sent to their personal and business email accounts, to seek out reliable and verifiable FBI information.” 

Hackers and criminals can use spoofed domains and email accounts

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Students, SRS experts engage in ‘STEMulating’ conversations | Savannah River Site

Students are becoming pen pals with Savannah River Site employees whose degrees and careers involve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a new program called “STEMulating Conversations with SRS Experts.”

To date, 74 teachers and academic officials from local schools have enrolled in the pilot program in which K-12 grade students send letters via email to the SRS experts to learn about a range of STEM careers.

Managed by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, STEMulating Conversations offers students the opportunity to develop career aspirations and interests in STEM by communicating with scientists, engineers, IT, and other STEM professionals from SRS.

Through this program, they can ask SRS experts questions about STEM and their careers.

Students in the STEM Lab at Diamond Lakes Elementary in Hephzibah, Georgia, have been exchanging information with chemical engineer Joel Maul and electrical engineer Pamela Finklin at SRS. Their different engineering focuses give students a variety

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Robots invade the construction site

Theresa Arevalo was in high school when she first tried finishing drywall at her brother’s construction company. “It’s a fine art,” she says of mudding—applying and smoothing drywall. “Like frosting a cake, you have to give the illusion that the wall is flat.”

Fast-forward a few decades: Arevalo now works at Canvas, a company that’s built a robot using artificial intelligence that’s capable of drywalling with almost as much artistry as a skilled human worker.

The robot has been deployed, under Arevalo’s supervision, at several construction sites in recent months, including the new Harvey Milk Terminal at San Francisco International Airport and an office building connected to the Chase Center arena in San Francisco.

About the size of a kitchen stove, the four-wheeled robot navigates an unfinished building carrying laser scanners and a robotic arm fitted to a vertical platform. When placed in a room, the robot scans the unfinished

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Attackers Dupe GoDaddy Into Abetting Cryptocurrency Site Takedowns

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Photo: Issouf Sanogo (Getty Images)

Roughly one year after a data breach at GoDaddy compromised 28,000 customer accounts, the world’s largest internet domain registrar is once again at the center of a security scandal. Hackers brought down several cryptocurrency services using GoDaddy domains in recent weeks, and apparently the company’s own staff unwittingly helped in these attacks.

Hackers purportedly duped GoDaddy employees into handing over the reins to several cryptocurrency services’ web domains, and then used those permissions to make unauthorized changes and bring down the sites, per a report from the cyber-centric blog Krebs On Security on Saturday. While it remains unclear how many companies fell for this scam, the cryptocurrency trading platform Liquid and mining service NiceHash uncovered attacks within days of each other.

“On the 13th of November 2020, a domain hosting provider ‘GoDaddy’ that manages one of our core domain names

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Google keeps growing in Seattle area, agrees to buy nearly 10 acres at a car dealership site in Kirkland

A Google building in South Lake Union, Seattle. (GeekWire File Photo / James Thorne)

Google’s footprint in Seattle just keeps on growing.

The Alphabet-owned tech giant signed an agreement to purchase land at a car dealership site in Kirkland, Wash., a spokesperson confirmed Thursday.

Business Insider and Bloomberg reported the news last week. King County records obtained by GeekWire show a sale of nearly 10 acres of land at 11845 NE 85th St., home of Lee Johnson car dealerships. There is no purchase price available yet.

Google did not provide more details. “The site is intended to support Google’s future growth in the area,” a spokesperson said.

It’s the latest expansion for Google this year, even amid the ongoing pandemic that has forced some companies to pull back on physical office space with a shift to remote work.

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NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Takes New ‘Selfie’ At ‘Mary Anning’ Site


  • The “selfie” by Curiosity was taken last October
  • Curiosity has been at the site since July
  • The Perseverance rover is on its way to join Curiosity in exploring Mars

NASA’s Curiosity has a new selfie, and this time it was taken at a site called “Mary Anning,” named after a valued scientist. Soon, Curiosity won’t be the only one exploring the Red Planet. 

According to a NASA news release related to the new image, the location where the selfie was taken is named after the 19th Century paleontologist who is described as “the greatest fossilist the world ever knew” according to Cambridge University Press, but whose findings of marine-reptile fossils remained largely unknown simply “because of her gender and class.”

The site was named after her because of its potential to reveal new details about the planet’s ancient environment, NASA explained, perhaps much like how Anning made

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