Amazon’s cloud unit taps own chips for new supercomputing offering

Dec 1 (Reuters) – Inc’s cloud unit on Tuesday offered a new supercomputing service based on its self-designed processors, a further sign of how chips based on Arm Ltd’s technology are encroaching on Intel Corp and Advanced Micro Devices Inc turf.

Amazon Web Services, or AWS, sells its computing services based on the customer’s choice of an underlying central processor chip. Software developers have traditionally chosen between Intel or AMD products, but since 2018 Amazon has also offered its own “Graviton” chips designed with technology from Arm, which is in the midst of a $40 billion takeover by Nvidia Corp.

Arm-based chips have long powered mobile phones because they can operate on very low power levels, but they are increasingly used in data centers where their power efficiency helps control costs. The world’s fastest computing system, the Fugaku supercomputer in Japan, is based on Arm chips.

Supercomputing helps with

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Qualcomm taps Samsung to make new flagship 5G smartphone chips

Dec 1 (Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday announced a new flagship smartphone chip that will feature enhanced gaming and photo abilities and will be manufactured by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s chipmaking division.

Called the Snapdragon 888, the 5G chip represents the top of Qualcomm’s lineup for mobile phone processors. Smartphones containing the chip are due to be launched in the first quarter of next year.

High-end Android phones from Xiaomi Corp and LG Electronics Inc are expected to sport the chip.

It is the first time Samsung, which competes fiercely with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), has made Qualcomm’s flagship chip on its new 5-nanometer process for smartphones. The South Korean firm won a contract for 5G chips from Qualcomm earlier this year.

Apple Inc’s iPhones also use a chip made with 5-nanometer technology but analysts believe the iPhone chips are made by TSMC.

This year’s chip focused on

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Danish Nuclear Startup Taps Billionaire for Asian Reactor

(Bloomberg) — A Danish company planning to manufacture small modular reactors raised about 20 million euros ($24 million) to bring a floating nuclear-power station to southeast Asia.

Seaborg Technology AS raised the funds to bring nuclear power at sea to parts of southeast Asia which rely on fossil fuels and where renewables aren’t yet an option. Floating reactors are as old as the nuclear age, with units powering submarines and icebreakers for some seven decades. Last year, Russia deployed new reactors on barges to light up remote Arctic coastlines.

Seaborg envisions building its molten fluoride salt reactors in South Korean shipyards after developing the technology in Denmark in a bid to keep costs down. Completed barges will then be towed to where they’re needed. The plan is to connect the first unit to a grid by 2025.

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Seaborg is planning three variations of its molten fluoride

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Biden taps Facebook executive for White House role as big tech infiltrates transition

President-elect Joe Biden is busy hiring staffers for his transition team and his administration, including some individuals with ties to the country’s largest technology companies.

Biden named Louisa Terrell the White House director of legislative affairs Friday. Terrell is a former member of the Obama administration, though she also served in a senior position at Facebook.

Biden last week announced members of the agency review teams, which include a number of individuals who worked for big technology companies ranging from Uber to Amazon.

Former Apple lobbyist Cynthia Hogan is working full-time for the administration, as is Jessica Hertz, who worked for Facebook.


Lawmakers, especially the more progressive members of the Democratic Party, have criticized the country’s largest technology companies throughout recent years, over concerns ranging from anticompetitive behaviors to censorship.

Progressives including Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,

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White House taps second controversial scientist to steer major U.S. climate change report

A second Trump political appointee who questions the seriousness of global warming has been assigned a key role in the program that oversees the federal government’s definitive report on climate change.

a fish swimming under water: This enhanced satellite image made available by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Florence, upper left, in the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 11, 2018. (NOAA via AP)

This enhanced satellite image made available by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Florence, upper left, in the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 11, 2018. (NOAA via AP)

Ryan Maue, the newly installed chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has been detailed to the White House where he will have an oversight role at the U.S. Global Change Research Program, which carries out the climate report.

Trump administration official who questions global warming will run key climate program

Maue’s move was confirmed by two NOAA officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Maue joins climate skeptic David Legates, a meteorologist who claims that excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is good for plants and

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NYC-based 2048 Ventures taps Seattle investor Minda Brusse to target Pacific Northwest startups

Minda Brusse.

Another out-of-town firm has its eyes on the Seattle startup scene.

New York City-based 2048 Ventures has hired Minda Brusse as a venture partner. Brusse will help the firm find pre-seed investments in Seattle and Portland.

Brusse will continue in her role at First Row Partners, the Seattle-based venture capital firm she co-founded last year with Yoko Okano.

2048 Ventures launched last year with a $27 million fund. It has already backed 29 companies across 13 geographies. The firm invests across various industries including digital health, genomics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and more.

“2048 Ventures is the earliest stage, high conviction, lead investor,” Brusse said. “We aim to lead pre-seed and early seed rounds in companies that are differentiated through technology and data.”

Brusse said her new gig compliments the work she does at First Row Partners.

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Katonic Taps DXC Technology Veteran to head India Sales and Operations

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Nov 08, 2020 (IssueWire via COMTEX) —
Sydney, Nov 8, 2020 ( – Katonic today announced the appointment of Industry veteran Nitin Deshpande as Country Head of Sales and Operations, India.

A skilled business leader with 36 years’ experience, Nitin joins Katonic from DXC Technology where he was responsible for leading sales and account management for multiple large accounts. Prior to this appointment, Nitin held various leadership roles at Genpact, EDS and L&T, most recently as Vice President – IT Infrastructure Management Services leading a team of over 800 people.

Katonic Founder and CEO, Prem Naraindas, said “As a company helping enterprises adopt AI across the IT operations it is critical to have someone with a good understanding of IT Operations, its challenges and complexity. Our sales team drives deep insight of our customers into our business

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White House taps mainstream climate scientist Betsy Weatherhead to run key report

Weatherhead, who has decades of experience as a climate scientist in the academic and private sectors, accepts human-induced climate change is happening and is a serious physical, ecological and economic threat.

Her appointment stands in sharp contrast to two recent high-level political hires at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), David Legates and Ryan Maue, who are on the record challenging the seriousness of climate change. It also is in contrast to the climate change views of President Trump, who downplays humans’ role in causing global warming, despite the scientific consensus on the topic.

Weatherhead’s appointment was verified by one current and one former senior official at NOAA. Both spoke on the condition of anonymity, because they were not authorized to speak on the matter.

Unlike several past climate assessment directors, she has not previously held a position in the federal government but has worked extensively with scientists and

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MaineHealth taps Boston Children’s physician with strong information technology background to lead its IT department

Daniel J. Nigrin, MD, is a pediatric endocrinologist who was drawn to the important role that technology plays in delivering world-class health care.

PORTLAND — MaineHealth, northern New England’s largest integrated health system, has selected a physician-information technology leader from Boston Children’s Hospital to lead its IT team.

Daniel J. Nigrin, MD, who is currently the senior vice president and chief information officer at Boston Children’s Hospital, has been chosen as chief information officer of MaineHealth. He will replace Abdul Bengali, who came to MaineHealth this past January as interim CIO shortly before Marci Dunn, the health system’s previous CIO, passed away after a long illness.

“In Dan we get an experienced and knowledgeable physician-executive with strong credentials as an information technology leader,” said Richard Petersen, president of MaineHealth.

Nigrin has been with Boston Children’s since 1995, shortly after completing medical school and his residency at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University

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Coupa Taps Technology Veteran Stuart O’Neill for Key Appointment in APAC

SYDNEY, Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Coupa Software (NASDAQ: COUP) announced that twenty-year technology veteran Stuart O’Neill has joined the company as managing director for the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. In his role, O’Neill will lead regional go-to-market strategies and sales operations, helping APAC companies spend simpler, safer, and smarter with Business Spend Management (BSM).

“Stuart has decades of experience and deep industry knowledge in building out go-to-market strategies for cloud platforms and business technology,” said Steve Winter, chief revenue officer at Coupa. “His leadership approach and strong commitment to measurable customer success will help elevate the value of a comprehensive BSM platform to customers and prospects in the region.”

Building on the success in the region from a consistent flow of new customer wins including facility services provider Spotless Group, aged and dementia care provider HammondCare and mining equipment manufacturer Transmin, O’Neill will prioritise building a

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