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2020 hurricane hunting evolves with new technology in light of COVID-19 safety concerns

When the hurricane hunter aircraft collected data for Hurricane Laura in August, most of the meteorologists analyzing it weren’t onboard. That’s something new for 2020. Now, they work thousands of miles away in their own homes interpreting the data thanks new software developed out of necessity in a COVID-19 driven world.



a large passenger jet flying through a cloudy sky: NOAA's hurricane hunters can generate strong wake turbulence


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NOAA’s hurricane hunters can generate strong wake turbulence

Systems on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s P-3 aircraft communicate with researchers, meteorologists and modelers on the ground in real-time to produce accurate forecast updates. Usually, about three or four researchers from NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division, keep track of those systems to make sure no errors occur, like a drop in satellite connection.

This year, meteorologists and researchers needed to rely on the technology without being onboard. So, the the research division and NOAA’s Aircraft Operation Center worked together to develop new

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Virginia-Virginia Tech football opener postponed amid coronavirus concerns

The postponement of the Commonwealth Clash marks the second time in less than three weeks the Hokies have had to reschedule an opener for health reasons. Their original opener Sept. 12 against North Carolina State was moved to Sept. 26 following an outbreak in the Wolfpack athletic department.

Virginia Tech, meanwhile, announced it would be suspending football practices for four days.

“My primary concern continues to be the well-being of the student-athletes on our football team,” Hokies Coach Justin Fuente said in a statement. “I hurt for them because I know how badly they want to compete.

“I also appreciate that these young men have been dealing with the same stress, uncertainty as their fellow Virginia Tech students over the past few months as their spring semester was dramatically altered.”

Fuente had indicated a spike in positive tests throughout the locker room since the general student population returned to campus,

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Virginia vs. Virginia Tech Postponed Due to COVID-19 Concerns | Bleacher Report

A Virginia Tech helmet is seen during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Purdue, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 in West Lafayette, Ind. Virginia Tech won the game 51-24. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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Virginia Tech announced Saturday its season-opening game against rival Virginia, originally scheduled for Sept. 19, has been postponed because of COVID-19 concerns.

The Commonwealth Cup will be rescheduled for a later date, and the Hokies are going to pause football activities for four days.

Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente released a statement about the decision:

“My primary concern continues to be the well-being of the student-athletes on our football team. I hurt for them because I know how badly they want to compete. I also appreciate that these young men have been dealing with the same stress, uncertainty and anxiety as their fellow Virginia Tech students over the past few months as their spring semester was dramatically altered. Then they were forced to find a way to train on their own, and to their credit, they found a way to get it done.

“So many individuals

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Texas Tech, Wells deal with more than usual opener concerns

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Published 3:45 p.m. ET Sept. 10, 2020

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech coach Matt Wells admittedly has all of the normal “first-week concerns” he has every season going into an opening game.

There is also that new variable that no coach can control, something the Red Raiders have already experienced while getting ready for the season that starts Saturday night at home against FCS team Houston Baptist.

“Coronavirus and the testing will be anxiety that coaches have the entire year, not just week one, because there are so many variables,” Wells said. “You could have major personnel challenges, and hurdles to overcome. Or you could have minimal (impact), in terms of either the numbers or maybe, somebody is positive that is not ready to play yet and wasn’t in the major part of the game plan.”

An outbreak during camp forced Wells to scrap a planned scrimmage three

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Privacy concerns prompt Irish regulators to ask Facebook to stop sending EU user data to the US

Facebook says that Irish regulators believe current user data exchange methods between the US and EU “cannot in practice be used,” leading to an inquiry into the data transfer practices employed by the company. 

The Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC) is referring to Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs), mechanisms designed to facilitate data transfers between the EU and non-EU countries. 

In Facebook’s case, SCCs are used to maintain transatlantic data flows including the exchange of EU user data. 

The Wall Street Journal reports that the IDPC sent a preliminary order to the social media giant last month to suspend the transfer of EU user data to the US.

See also: European court strikes down EU-US Privacy Shield user data exchange agreement as invalid

In a blog post penned by Nick Clegg, Facebook’s VP of Global Affairs and Communications on September 9, Clegg said that the IDPC has launched an inquiry into

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Microsoft Edges Lower Amid TikTok Sale Deadline Concerns

Microsoft Corp  (MSFT) – Get Report and Walmart Inc.  (WMT) – Get Report shares edged higher Thursday amid reports that TikTok, the China-based video sharing app, may not meet a deadline put in place by the Trump administration to sell its U.S. assets.

President Donald Trump ordered last month that TikTok sell its U.S. operations, which could be valued anywhere between $30 billion and $50 billion, amid concerns that its China-based owner ByteDance, as well as its data collection methods, posed a risk to national security.

Walmart and Microsoft were considered front-runners for the TikTok franchise, after the world’s largest retailer joined the tech giant’s pursuit in late August, just days after software group Oracle Corp.  (ORCL) – Get Report indicated it was also interested in the valuable American operations. 

The Wall Street Journal, however, reported late Wednesday that ByteDance is negotiating a series

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SoftBank loses $12 billion in value on concerns over its big U.S. tech bets

  • Shares of SoftBank fell another 3% by Wednesday’s close, extending losses from earlier in the week.
  • The company reportedly bought billions of dollars in call options in major tech names like Tesla and Amazon.
  • SoftBank’s big U.S. tech bets came as a surprise to investors, highlighting a shift in strategy similar to a hedge fund.



Masayoshi Son wearing a suit and tie: SoftBank Group Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son speaks during a press conference on November 6, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.


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SoftBank Group Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son speaks during a press conference on November 6, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

LONDON — SoftBank shares extended their losses on Wednesday, wiping out over $12 billion in market value this week, amid jitters over the Japanese conglomerate’s latest tech investing strategy.

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Shares of the company fell another 3% by Wednesday’s close, leaving SoftBank with a market cap of 11.9 trillion yen ($112.1 billion). That was down sharply from the roughly 13.2 trillion yen ($124.4 billion) SoftBank was worth just

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Equities tumble as Nasdaq, Brexit concerns mount; bonds rally

By David Randall

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Global equity markets and oil prices tumbled Tuesday as a sharp sell-off in technology stocks and rising concerns over the U.K. leaving the European Union without a trade agreement threatened to stall a rally that had pushed world shares near record highs despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Fresh tensions between Washington and Beijing after U.S. President Donald Trump again raised the idea of decoupling the U.S. and Chinese economies also came into focus but appeared to have little impact.

“I think the market will shrug this off as electioneering but may find the lining up of technology stock sellers harder to process as the U.S. market returns from a holiday yesterday,” said Chris Bailey, European Strategist at Raymond James.

MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe <.MIWD00000PUS> shed 1.55% following broad declines in Europe and modest gains in Asian markets.

In morning trading on Wall

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TikTok adds to Ireland’s data storage boom amid energy concerns

An illuminated raised walkway connects buildings of the Google Inc. European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016.

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With another tech giant planning to bring a data center to Ireland, experts weigh up the challenges that this burgeoning industry is bringing to the country.

Last month, TikTok announced that it was investing up to $500 million in a center in Ireland, its first in Europe. The news from the popular app, currently at the center of tension between Washington and Beijing, meant it was joining the ranks of several other major companies that have based data centers in the Republic of Ireland.

Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Amazon are among the names that have broken ground in the country to construct massive server halls to handle their waves of data.

Amazon Web Services operates several facilities in Ireland and has been expanding. It

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