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Russia considers $12 billion Hyperloop project to link Moscow and St. Petersburg

“Russia is technologically ready to launch such large-scale projects as Elon Musk’s Hyperloop,” Russian minister of transport Maxim Sokolov said in mid-May at a press briefing in the southern Russian city of Sochi.

Qualcomm’s GigaDSL and new Wi-Fi chips aim to push broadband network capacity

Qualcomm is launching a couple of chips that are aimed at expanding broadband communications network capacity for connected land lines as well as for wireless Wi-Fi networks.

Qualcomm launches new Snapdragon Wear chips for targeted wearable devices

Qualcomm is launching a new set of Snapdragon Wear chips for targeted wearable devices. The company made the announcement at the Computex trade show in Taiwan today.

How Wargaming’s historians helped bring World of Warships to life

FEATURE: The battleship is a relic. Obsolete even in World War II decades ago, these great warships continue to fascinate people around the globe.

Unit4’s Wanda wants to be the bot for all business needs

At the official rollout of bot platforms for Facebook and Microsoft last month, much was made of bots with the ability to get consumers pizza or flowers, but enterprise software maker Unit4 is running in a different direction.

Despite cutbacks, Intel is doubling down on Internet of Things

Intel is laying off 12,000 employees and cutting back on unnecessary businesses. But it’s still investing in the Internet of Things, or making everyday objects smart and connected.

How the Bill & Melinda Gates and Wellcome charities profit from helping biotech

(Reuters) — The Wellcome Trust medical charity is to profit from U.S. approval of a new diagnostic cancer test, the first commercial product funded by the organization since the sale of its pharmaceuticals business to Glaxo in 1995.

Berlin-based smart heating startup Thermondo raises $26.2 million

( – Berlin-based tech-enabled heating systems installer Thermondo has scored more than €23 million (about $26.2 million) in Series C funding, reports Gründerszene.

Microsoft Games pioneer Ed Fries spends 3 months fixing Gotcha, the first color arcade game

Ed Fries was one of the pioneers of video games at Microsoft. He took over Microsoft’s game business in 1995 and moved it into the big leagues with titles like Age of Empires and Halo.

Australia is auctioning $11.5 million in confiscated bitcoins next month

(Reuters) – Around A$16 million ($11.49 million) worth of confiscated bitcoins will be auctioned in Sydney next month, the first such auction outside the United States, as demand for the digital currency surged to its highest in nearly two years.

Tesla is opening the doors to its ‘gigafactory’ on July 29

Tesla will open the doors to its massive battery “gigafactory” to the general public on July 29. The company will host a grand opening event attended by, among others, owners who won tickets by participating in its most recent referral program. Those owners are also helping spread the word in the absence of an official public announcement from Tesla.

The data France seized from Google in Paris tax raid could take years to analyze

(Reuters) – Analysis of data seized by investigators in last week’s raid of Google’s Paris headquarters could possibly take years, French financial prosecutor Eliane Houlette said on Sunday.

A complete guide for launching successful Slack bots

GUEST: While working on the beta version of Sprinterbot, we faced many challenges in attracting early adopters.

Nvidia: Our software is about building a ‘platform’

The new GeForce GTX 1080 cards start reaching customers this weekend, but this powerful new video card is only a piece of Nvidia’s strategy to dominate gaming.

After a tumultuous year of consolidation, what comes next for the semiconductor industry?

Semiconductors have been the foundation of Silicon Valley for decades. The industry has grown to more than $335 billion in revenue, but growth has slowed.

Playing by ‘startup rules’ almost killed my digital health startup

GUEST: In the digital world, the three startup growth mantras we hear are, “move fast and break things,” “release products early and often,” and “sales overcome all problems.” They’ve become accepted truths.

Twitter investors were sharply divided over Jack Dorsey’s stock plan

While Twitter’s shareholders approved CEO Jack Dorsey’s plan to give his stock to employees last week, an unusually large number of investors voted against the plan hinting at the continued divisions over the company’s leadership.

Full metal scrubs: IT security for surgical robots could save your life

GUEST: Big news this month on the medical front when a surgical robot called STAR — Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot — succeeded, in both a lab setting and using live animal tissue, to stitch together pieces of pig intestinal tubing with very little guidance from humans.

Self-driving cars will seriously disrupt advertising — here’s how

GUEST: The self-driving car is on a roll. Some estimate that in just four years, there will be 10 million self-driving cars on the road, and at Ford, word is self-driving cars are just five years away from changing the world.

Let’s be clear: Tesla’s Autopilot is not a ‘self-driving car’

Tesla’s “Autopilot” system can do some impressive things. It can steer a car through traffic, and execute passing maneuvers with no involvement from the driver other than a flick of a turn-signal stalk. But while it does enable some autonomous driving, Autopilot does not turn a Tesla Model S or Model X into a self-driving car.