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With a five year mandate to improve the quality of research at the 233 year old institute, Annapurni is on a quest to secure more funds for research even as she sets about executing several high profile projects in the pipeline intended to elevate Indian astrophysics prowess to the pantheon of international status.Already, IIA has involved itself in a $1.4 billion international mega science project to build a 30 metre telescope in Hawaii, in collaboration with the US, Canada, Japan, and China. India s contribution amounts to 10% or the pay in kind variety (in this case, hardware and software of various systems). In return, India is in a position to benefit significantly in industrial capability and scientific expertise, Annapurni explained.
One of the World;s Largest Online Retailers of Home Goods Uses Google Cloud for Its Hybrid Cloud StrategyGoogle Cloud announced that Wayfair one of the world ''s largest online destinations for the home, is using Google Cloud as the foundation for its new hybrid cloud strategy. Wayfair ''s move to the cloud will help the $8 billion global retailer scale its operations, while providing a richer experience for its 19 million active customers, 16,000 employees, and 11,000 suppliers.
TOKYO As 2019 drew to a close, Microsoft co founder and billionaire Bill Gates published a blog post that took many readers by surprise. "I think the rich should pay more than they currently do, and that includes Melinda and me," he wrote, referring to his wife.Gates noted that the U.S. government depends "overwhelmingly" on taxing income from labor wages and salaries. Instead, he argued it should raise the capital gains tax to draw more revenue from stock investments and real estate. The system "isn''t fair," he wrote. "I don''t see any reason to favor wealth over work the way we do today."
In 2017, it emerged Gates was donating 64 million Microsoft shares, worth about $4.6 billion, which reduced his stake to just over 1 percent. Since its launch, the 64 year old has poured money into the philanthropic charity he runs with his wife, the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, which helps to eradicate disease and improve healthcare in developing nations.On the rich list, he is second only to Amazon''s Jeff Bezos. So, after distilling his Microsoft stake and donating billions to charity, it begs the question: how on earth is Gates maintaining that vast fortune?
Through ad revenue, brand deals and sponsorships, influencing has established itself beyond Gen Z speak, garnering attention as a legitimate and highly lucrative career. These revenue streams exist not only on YouTube, Instagram and other social media giants but in adult entertainment as well. Being an influencer is equal to being a modern day entrepreneur. Undeniably, one of the titans in the new wave of mainstream pornography is Pornhub. Conservative estimates value the the porn industry at around $2 billion, due in part to porn s stigma and the secretiveness surrounding the industry. Less conservative estimates stipulate that porn generates more annual revenue than both the NFL and Netflix. With these monster profits, the porn industry directs the spotlight toward pornography s creators, who are no longer puppeted by major corporations and studios. Instead, business is created and managed by the film stars themselves. This shift in the porn business model has enabled anyone to become an adult film star overnight. Welcome to the world of amateur pornography.
New Delhi: Taking another step towards monetising and making all its apps WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram into one unified experience for billions of users, the social networking giant has added 'WhatsApp from Facebook' for new users on its instant messaging platform in the New Year.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed his plans last year to integrate its chat services WhatsApp, Messenger and photo sharing app Instagram to let their users message each other across platforms.
On March 1, veteran producer Michael De Luca will take the reins of MGM #39;s motion picture group as the studio attempts to define its future at a time when mid budget films have largely fallen by the wayside and merger mania reigns in Hollywood.For the past two years, MGM has been the subject of acquisition rumors thanks to a rich library that includes the James Bond films, Tomb Raider and Legally Blonde. (The Bond films alone would be enough to attract the interest of major studios.) Nine years removed from its emergence from bankruptcy, MGM stakeholders believe the company could command up to $10 billion, but it appears that leadership hopes to burnish the asset before undertaking a sale.
WhatsApp is saying goodbye to the Windows Phone world by officially ending support for the mobile platform managed by Microsoft. The Facebook owned company has decided to withdraw support from all Windows Phone versions from today. This means no matter which Windows Phone iteration your device has, it won''t get official support for WhatsApp starting tomorrow. The instant messaging app that has over 1.5 billion users across the globe and more than 400 million users in India alone is also set to leave its support for the devices running Android version 2.3.7 and older alongside the iPhone models running iOS 8 and older from February 1, 2020.Despite ending support, WhatsApp will continue to work on your Windows Phone device. It is, however, important to note that you won''t receive any future updates or security fixes.
Discovered by Scottish astronomer James Dunlop in 1826, NGC 986 is a spectacular face on spiral galaxy in the constellation Fornax that is often overlooked thanks to its proximity to the famously rich Fornax galaxy cluster. Located about 56 million light years from Earth, NGC 986 features a central bar like structure similar to one sported by the Milky Way and about two thirds of all spiral galaxies. Bars are thought to play a role in star formation, helping funnel gas inward from a galaxy;s spiral arms, and may be a temporary phenomena. This image was captured by the European Southern Observatory;s Very Large Telescope and the FORS instrument, or FOcal Reducer and low dispersion Spectrograph.A new study reveals similarities and relationships between certain types of chemicals found on 30 different comets, which vary widely in their overall composition compared to one another. The research is part of ongoing investigations into these primordial bodies, which contain material largely unchanged from the solar system ''s birth some 4.6 billion years ago.
Ibrahim Balic found that it was possible to upload entire lists of generated phone numbers through Twitter;s contacts upload feature. ;If you upload your phone number, it fetches user data in return,; he told TechCrunch.He said Twitter ''s contact upload feature doesn ''t accept lists of phone numbers in sequential format likely as a way to prevent this kind of matching. Instead, he generated more than two billion phone numbers, one after the other, then randomized the numbers, and uploaded them to Twitter through the Android app. (Balic said the bug did not exist in the web based upload feature.)
Sony Corp. is working around the clock to manufacture its in demand image sensors, but even a 24 hour operation hasn t been enough.For the second straight year, the Japanese company will run its chip factories constantly through the holidays to try and keep up with demand for sensors used in mobile phone cameras, according to Terushi Shimizu, the head of Sony s semiconductor unit. The electronics giant is more than doubling its capital spending on the business to 280 billion yen ($2.6 billion) this fiscal year and is also building a new plant in Nagasaki that will come online in April 2021.
Sony is working around the clock to manufacture its in demand image sensors, but even a 24 hour operation hasn''t been enough. For the second straight year, the Japanese company will run its chip factories constantly through the holidays to try and keep up with demand for sensors used in mobile phone cameras, according to Terushi Shimizu, the head of Sony''s semiconductor unit. The electronics giant is more than doubling its capital spending on the business to JPY 280 billion ($2.6 billion) this fiscal year and is also building a new plant in Nagasaki that will come online in April 2021.
Electric vehicle startup Rivian said on Monday it closed a $1.3 billion investment round, led by fund manager T. Rowe Price but also including existing investors online retailer Amazon.com Inc and No. 2 U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co. The investment round, which also included BlackRock Inc, is the fourth this year for Rivian and positions the Plymouth, Michigan based company as one of the better financed players in a crowded EV manufacturing market where Tesla Inc is the most established player."This investment demonstrates confidence in our team, products, technology and strategy," Rivian Chief Executive R.J. Scaringe said in a statement. Electric vehicles still make up only a small piece of the global automotive market. While Tesla is the best known maker, China and Europe are pushing automakers to roll out EVs, and Ford, General Motors Co and others have announced plans to spend billions of dollars developing the vehicles.
That;s a lot of money, but Rivian;s not your typical startup, as it;s aiming to bring fully electric vehicles to market, including the R1T pickup truck and the R1S sport utility vehicle. Both of those are consumer cars, which the company aims to bring to market starting at the end of next year #8212; and Rivian is also working with Amazon on all electric delivery vans, of which the commerce giant has ordered 100,000, with a target of starting deliveries of the first of those in 2021.Rivian ''s new monster round includes participation from Amazon and Ford Motor Company, along with funds advised by T. Rowe Price Associates and BlackRock, the company said in a release. It ''s not adding any new board seats attached to this funding, and it ''s not sharing any further details on the specific funds involved in the investment at this time.
According to sources familiar with the interactions, Obama has been talking up Warren in conversations with donors who are hesitant to support a candidate running a campaign that ''s critical of Wall Street and America ''s billionaire class. ”He obviously thinks she ''s very smart, ” one Democratic donor told The Hill. ”He thinks her policy ideas matter. And I think he sees her running the campaign with the most depth. ”
At some 13.5 billion years old, the Milky Way has every right to be an old scrooge. But even this codger of a galaxy knows how to get glitzy for the holidays. With a new image of the Milky Way, published last week, scientists have revealed a "candy cane " at the center of our galaxy. But in place of sugar and peppermint extract, the ingredient list for this cosmic confection contains high energy particles linked to the formation of stars, according to a statement from the University of California, Los Angeles.
This year has been a landmark one for mobile gaming, with more battle royale games like Free Fire and Call of Duty: Mobile coming to the small screen right in your palm. Free Fire was the most downloaded game of 2019, according to mobile market data and analytics firm App Annie. The top downloaded games of 2019 included the hyper casual title Fun Race 3D, as well as Subway Surfers which has also become the most downloaded game of the decade."This was the year for online gaming as it saw an accelerated growth with large audience participation. The exponential rise in online gaming was all because of smartphone adoption since smartphone users reached an all time high of 3.3 billion worldwide," said John Dong, Director, Tenda, a leading provider of networking devices.
T Mobile and Sprint are the third and fourth largest wireless carriers in the country. The deal is a $26 billion one and is being heard in federal court in New York, and could wrap up on Friday. The merger was approved in July by the Justice Department and in October by the FCC. The deal with the Justice Department was reached after the companies agreed to sell some assets to satellite provider Dish.Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have banded together to try and strike down the merger. The state attorneys rationale is that the merger would result in higher prices for customers, so they moved to strike down the deal.
Ford Motor Company (F) is planning to invest over $1.45 billion in its two North American facilities in Michigan. The investment will focus on building autonomous, electric, and big vehicles such as trucks and SUVs. According to the company s December 17 press release, the investment will create 3,000 jobs over the next three years.The larger portion of its planned investment will go toward its manufacturing facility in Wayne, Michigan. Ford says it will invest nearly $750 million in the facility and will add 2,700 jobs over the next three years. The investment will focus on installing new equipment to help build an all new Bronco SUV and Ranger small pickup truck.