Sergey Brin: Don't Come To Silicon Valley To Start a Business

Slashdot - 38 min 10 sec ago
An anonymous reader shares a Business Insider report:If you're itching to start a company out of a garage, then you shouldn't pick up and move to Silicon Valley, according to Google cofounder Sergey Brin. It's easier to start a company outside the Valley than in it, he said onstage at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. "I know that sort of contradicts what everyone here has been saying," he said with a laugh. "During the boom cycles, the expectations around the costs -- real estate, salaries -- the expectations people and employees have ... it can be hard to make a scrappy initial business that's self-sustaining," he said. "Whereas in other parts of the world you might have an easier time for that."But he adds that Silicon Valley is good for scaling that opportunity.

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Google To Step Up Smartphone Wars With Release Of Own Handset

Slashdot - 1 hour 15 min ago
According to a report by The Telegraph, Google is working on its first Google-branded smartphone, and plans to release it by the end of 2016. Unlike the Nexus program, in which Google mandates the design and specifications of the phone, but leaves the manufacturing aspect to its handpicked OEM, the new supposed phone will be built from the scratch by Google. From the report:The technology giant is in discussions with mobile operators about releasing a Google-branded phone that will extend the company's move into hardware, sources familiar with the discussions told The Telegraph. [...] The new device, which will be released by the end of the year according to a senior source, will see Google take more control over design, manufacturing and software.NYMag questions company's reported move:It's an unsurprising rumor to hear: Google CEO Sundar Pichai has publicly commented on the company's emphasis on phones, and Motorola's Rick Osterloh was hired earlier this year to head up a new hardware division. And there's also the much discussed Google Ara, a modular phone which lets you swap out pieces like a camera or speakers and is slated for release in 2017. But Google is already working with hardware companies like LG and Huawei on the Nexus line of phones, which are made to the company's exact design specifications but are manufactured by third parties. It's hard to see how Google could take more control over design or software than it already does with Nexus, and while the company is likely eager to move into the manufacturing space, the timeline for Ara hasn't changed, and it seems unlikely that this new mystery Google phone is going to jump in front and actually become available to the public by year's end.

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Star Passes Close To Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole - Artist Impression Video

Space.com - 1 hour 49 min ago
A star called S2 will be pass by the black hole at the center of our galaxy in 2018. The orbit of the star is highlighted in red.
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Amazon Unveils Inspire Online Education Service For Teachers and Schools

Slashdot - 1 hour 58 min ago
Amazon on Monday launched a new site called Amazon Inspire where K-12 teachers and schools can upload and access unlimited education and classroom resources such as videos, tests, projects, games, lesson plans with their peers across the country for free of charge. In a statement, the company said, "Our ultimate goal is for every teacher in every single subject to benefit from Amazon Inspire. When they walk into a classroom, we want every teacher to benefit from the collective knowledge, the collective insights and the experience of every single one of their peers." GeekWire reports:It's the latest in a series of moves by Amazon in the education technology market. The company acquired the TenMarks online math startup in 2014, and separately markets e-books and tablets for teachers and school districts. The company describes the project as an outgrowth of its involvement in the U.S. Department of Education's GoOpen initiative. Amazon also provides technical resources and support for the department's Learning Registry open database.

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Mercedes’s New E-Class Kinda Drives Itself—And It’s Kinda Confusing

Wired News - 2 hours 37 min ago
The 2017 E-Class does many things well, but its new interface doesn't match up to its autonomous capabilities. The post Mercedes's New E-Class Kinda Drives Itself—And It’s Kinda Confusing appeared first on WIRED.
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Twitter’s New Stickers Are Snapchat Filters, But for Tweets

Wired News - 2 hours 37 min ago
Making your tweets more fun one Deal With It pair of sunglasses at a time. The post Twitter's New Stickers Are Snapchat Filters, But for Tweets appeared first on WIRED.
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Google Ponders About a Chromebook Pro

Slashdot - 2 hours 38 min ago
Google is currently surveying people about what a Chromebook Pro should be like. VentureBeat's report cites two people who recently shared the development on a forum. One user was asked the question, "How would you think a Chromebook Pro is different than a Chromebook?" whereas the other user was asked, "what a Chromebook Pro should be like in [his/her] opinion and what type of people would want to use it." From the report:The word "Pro" would imply a high-end laptop running Chrome OS, just like, say, the MacBook Pro or the Surface Pro 4. But there are many other companies -- Asus, Dell, HP, and Samsung, among others -- that make Chromebooks, along with Google. It isn't clear from these survey questions if Google is thinking about making a Chromebook Pro itself, just as it has made high-end Chromebook Pixel laptops, or if Google is just wondering how consumers would perceive a Chromebook Pro made by a third party. Meanwhile, Google last month published a job posting entitled "Quality Engineer, Chromebook Pixel," suggesting that a third generation of that device could be on the way.Chromebooks are becoming increasingly popular. They outsold Mac for the first time in the United States earlier this year. The majority of the Chromebooks available today, however, pack in entry-level specifications, giving users very limited choice. Though we have seen devices like Chromebook Pixel, a range of high-end Chromebooks could entice even more customers.

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Glorious, glowing Jupiter awaits Juno’s arrival

Science Daily - 2 hours 38 min ago
Stunning new images and the highest-resolution maps to date of Jupiter at thermal infrared wavelengths give a glowing view of Juno's target, a week ahead of the NASA mission's arrival at the giant planet. The maps reveal the present-day temperatures, composition and cloud coverage within Jupiter's dynamic atmosphere, and show how giant storms, vortices and wave patterns shape the appearance of the giant planet.
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Opal discovered in Antarctic meteorite

Science Daily - 2 hours 38 min ago
Planetary scientists have discovered pieces of opal in a meteorite found in Antarctica, a result that demonstrates that meteorites delivered water ice to asteroids early in the history of the solar system.
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Scientists just made it cheaper to produce hydrogen from water

Science Daily - 2 hours 38 min ago
A hydrogen-fuel economy could finally become a reality with the recent discovery of a cheap, stable and efficient means of getting hydrogen from water.
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Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy under-appreciated cause of sudden cardiac death in male minority athletes

Science Daily - 2 hours 38 min ago
Key data from the U.S. National Registry of Sudden Death in Athletes reveal important insights, according to a new report.
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Whistling wormholes discovered in the Caribbean

Science Daily - 2 hours 38 min ago
Scientists have discovered the Caribbean Sea works like a whistle. This finding will enable scientists to predict some sea level changes many months in advance, and may be an important factor in regulating how the Gulf Stream varies. This research has found the Caribbean Current flow is unstable, which causes it to shed eddies, or swirling currents of water hundreds of kilometers in diameter. This is similar to the way in which a jet of air sheds eddies when it hits the lip of a whistle.
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Robots come to each other's aid when they get the signal

Science Daily - 2 hours 41 min ago
Sometimes all it takes to get help from someone is to wave at them, or point. Now the same is true for robots. Researchers have completed work on a project aimed at enabling robots to cooperate with one another on complex jobs, by using body language.
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Come for the New Star Trek Beyond Trailer, Stay For Rihanna

Wired News - 2 hours 42 min ago
This can be your "Sledgehammer." The post Come for the New Star Trek Beyond Trailer, Stay For Rihanna appeared first on WIRED.
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Prognostic factor indicates risk of cancer recurrence following radical prostatectomy

Science Daily - 2 hours 44 min ago
Slightly more than 10% of all patients who undergo successful surgery for prostate cancer have an elevated risk of tumor recurrence afterwards – especially as metastases. Under the microscope, it is possible to identify invasion of the tumor into the lymph and blood vessels, this being the tumor behavior responsible for the formation of metastases, so that it can be used as a prognostic factor, report researchers.
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Four newly-identified genes could improve rice

Science Daily - 2 hours 44 min ago
A research team has applied a method used in human genetic analysis to rice and rapidly discovered four new genes that are potentially significant for agriculture. These findings could influence crop breeding and help combat food shortages caused by a growing population.
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The Martian becomes reality: At least four crops grown on simulated Mars soil are edible

Science Daily - 2 hours 44 min ago
Scientists are working on growing crops on Mars and moon soil simulants. Just like the real Martian and moon soil these contain heavy metals in almost the same quantities. Four of the crops grown were tested for heavy metal content. No concentrations were detected that would be dangerous for human health. The four crops are therefore safe to eat and, for some heavy metals, the concentrations were even lower than in the crops grown in potting soil.
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Narcissistic superior can be a good leader

Science Daily - 2 hours 44 min ago
Narcissistic leaders seem to get good assessments from their subordinates, new research shows. However, it was noticed that the more narcissistic features the leader had the less time he/she had been in the position. The results also show that the narcissistic leaders don’t seem to suffer from burnout symptoms.
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Overweight or not, mannose levels may indicate diabetes risk

Science Daily - 2 hours 44 min ago
Even if you are not overweight, your mannose levels may indicate whether you're at risk for type 2 diabetes (T2D) or insulin resistance (IR), a new study shows.
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Researchers open new path of discovery in Parkinson's disease

Science Daily - 2 hours 47 min ago
Two genes associated with Parkinson's disease are key regulators of the immune system, providing direct evidence linking Parkinson's to autoimmune disease, a new study indicates.
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