Day: September 14, 2020

ARPA-type funding gives green technology an ‘innovation advantage’, study finds

A new analysis of the successes and failures of green energy companies in the US has found that those with ARPA funding filed for far more patents in the years after launching than other “cleantech” startups from the same time.

The “innovation advantage” bestowed by ARPA-E – an energy version of the legendary DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) – was not shared by startups funded via other US government initiatives.

ARPA-type agencies were developed in the US to fund “high risk, high reward” research with the aim of fostering major breakthroughs, often by providing greater freedom to take on highly ambitious technical challenges.

The new findings offer encouragement to a UK government considering its own British ARPA (or ‘BARPA’), but any agency adopting this model requires a focus in order to flourish – and BARPA’s should be climate, argues Professor Laura Diaz Anadon from the University of Cambridge.


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Dow jumps 328 points as Oracle and Nvidia deals boost tech sector

US equities gained on Monday as a spate of deals fueled a tech-stock rally from recent lows. Apple, Facebook, and Tesla all climbed as investors turned back to mega-cap companies that have been slammed in recent weeks.

Oracle surged after the company confirmed that its partnership bid for TikTok’s US operations was selected by ByteDance. The firm is expected to take a sizeable stake in the platform. News of the partnership came days before the White House’s deadline for a deal.

Microsoft underperformed the tech sector after its offer to partner with TikTok was denied.

Here’s where US indexes sat at the 4 p.m. ET market close on Monday:

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What do local farmers think about SC Agriculture Tech Campus

A recently announced 1,000-plus acre agriculture development in Hampton County has thrilled local and state officials because of the infusion of many new jobs and the boost to the local economy.

But how, and whether, the project affects smaller agricultural businesses in the area, like family-owned farms, may be unclear for some time.

On Sept. 2, top state and local officials and the U.S. secretary of agriculture announced a history-making project planned to create 1,500 jobs in Hampton County. The Agricultural Technology Campus is a $314 million investment in an opportunity zone — touted as the largest in the country.

Opportunity Zones are low-income geographic areas recognized by their states as key locations for economic development. Hampton County fits the bill as a predominately rural area with a population of about 19,200 people, according to 2019 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The data also indicate roughly one in four residents in

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Chinese firm Zhenhua harvests social media posts, data of prominent Americans and military

The cache, called the Overseas Key Information Database, or OKIDB, purports to offer insights into foreign political, military and business figures, details about countries’ infrastructure and military deployments, and public opinion analysis. The database contains information on more than 2 million people, including at least 50,000 Americans and tens of thousands of people who hold prominent public positions, according to Zhenhua’s marketing documents and a review of a portion of the database.

Although there is no evidence showing that the OKIDB software is currently being used by the Chinese government, Zhenhua’s marketing and recruiting documents characterize the company as a patriotic firm, with the military as its primary target customer.

U.S. experts who have reviewed the database offer conflicting assessments of its value. Swaths of the database appear to be raw information copied wholesale from U.S. providers such as Factiva, LexisNexis and LinkedIn and contain little human analysis or finished

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US Customs Doubles Down After Seizing Apple AirPod “Fakes,” Which Are Just OnePlus Earbuds

In what appeared to be a mistaken attempt to prevent counterfeit good entering the country, the US Customs and Border Protection has accidentally confiscated a large shipment of what it believes to be fake Apple AirPods. Turns out they aren’t fake at all.

The shipment, mistaken for knock off Apple AirPods, is in fact a legitimate product from Chinese smartphone and electronics maker OnePlus. The OnePlus Buds were announced earlier this year and retail for $79, which brings the total shipment cost of the 2000 pairs confiscated to $158,000. That’s far less than the estimated $398,00 in fakes that the customs officials stated they had discovered.

After the “stash” was shown off on Twitter, OnePlus US had this cheeky reply on hand for their confiscated stock.

Turns out US Customs isn’t backing down though, stating that the confiscation was not an error. In a statement to The Verge, the CBP

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Joe Biden’s campaign app had a bug that made it too easy to access voter info

While someone could get some of that same information through other means, the Vote Joe app trivialized obtaining it (among other issues, the software also doesn’t require users to verify their email). Moreover, the App Analyst found Vote Joe pulls in more data than it displays through its user interface, including what seems like a guess on TargetSmart’s part whether a person voted for the Democratic or Republican presidential candidate in a particular election.  

The Biden campaign says it fixed the bug on Friday when it rolled out an update for the app. “We were made aware about how our third-party app developer was providing additional fields of information from commercially available data that was not needed,” a spokesperson for the campaign told TechCrunch. “We worked with our vendor quickly to fix the issue and remove the information. We are committed to protecting the privacy of our staff, volunteers

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Oracle’s TikTok win gives it a chance to prove it can take on Microsoft and Amazon

ORCL) proposed partnership with TikTok parent company ByteDance could give the software giant a big leg up in the hyper-competitive cloud space currently dominated by market leaders Amazon (AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT).” data-reactid=”16″Oracle’s (ORCL) proposed partnership with TikTok parent company ByteDance could give the software giant a big leg up in the hyper-competitive cloud space currently dominated by market leaders Amazon (AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT).

called for ByteDance to shutter its U.S. business over national security concerns related to China’s suspected ability to access Americans’ user data.” data-reactid=”17″The proposed partnership, which was announced Monday and will see Oracle serve as ByteDance’s “trusted technology provider,” could avert a shutdown of TikTok’s U.S. operations. The drama came as a result of two executive orders signed by President Donald Trump, who called for ByteDance to shutter its U.S. business over national security concerns related to China’s

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TikTok proposes to add new U.S. headquarters and 20,000 jobs to win over Trump

“I want to be careful what I say, but I will confirm we did get a proposal over the weekend that includes Oracle as the trusted technology partner, with Oracle making many representations for national security issues,” Mnuchin said. “There’s also a commitment to create TikTok Global as a U.S. headquartered company with 20,000 new jobs.”

While Mnuchin didn’t go into detail about the proposal, people familiar with the talks who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss them candidly told The Post that the proposed arrangement would allow its parent company, ByteDance, to retain ownership but outsource management of data to Oracle’s cloud-computing operations. If a deal along that structure wins administration approval, it would represent a significant step back from what the president demanded when he first threatened to ban the app in the United States in July. At the time, Trump pushed to force the sale

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Wildcard: Three Med-Tech Stocks to Watch

In this episode of Industry Focus: Wildcard, Emily Flippen is joined by Motley Fool analyst Brian Feroldi to discuss three great stocks in the med-tech space. These companies provide cutting-edge technology solutions to solve problems in the medical space in one form or another. They talk about the various solutions they provide to the medical industry, their business models, products, financials, competition, what makes them an attractive investment, and much more.

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This video was recorded on Sept. 9, 2020.

Emily Flippen: Hello and welcome to Industry Focus. It is Wednesday, September 9th, and for this Wildcard Wednesday, we’ll be talking about healthcare. I’m your host Emily Flippen, and I’m joined by’s prime

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Agora Data to Showcase Predictive Loan Technology at NIADA’s 2020 Conference

ARLINGTON, Texas – September 14, 2020 – ( )

​​​​​​​Agora Data, Inc., a finance solution provider of predictive loan technology, will exhibit its latest products in the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association 2020 Virtual Conference & Expo. The conference is an annual event for auto dealers throughout the U.S., featuring breakout education sessions and webinars with expert speakers discussing a variety of industry-related topics, as well as multi-day live virtual expo to visit sponsor booths.

“For almost 75 years, NIADA has been one of the most valuable resources for independent auto dealers across the nation. We are always pleased to be a part of this annual event and will be participating in this year’s virtual format,” said Steve Burke, CEO of Agora Data.  “Like many other businesses this year, auto dealers have had to adjust their business strategies. As a trusted resource and provider of auto finance solutions, we

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