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    The rise of the corporate accelerator: the new R&D?

    By Nitin Dahad | October 31, 2015

    Corporate accelerators have secured a foothold in the UK and Europe and appear destined to play a role in the future of the region’s research and development practices.

    Speaking at a recent accelerator event in London, Danny Bartlett, head of communications for Wayra UK, Telefónica’s startup accelerator, noted, “We believe corporate acceleration is a normal evolution within the ecosystem.

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      Oh, Susanna, now don’t you lie to me

      By David Benjamin | October 31, 2015

      Oh, Susanna, now don’t you lie to me

      Thanks to my wife, the hotshot high-tech journalist, I get to crash parties where I don’t belong. For me, “the turd in the punchbowl” isn’t just a grace note. It’s my red badge of impertinence.

      So, there I was — without a necktie, in sandals and jeans — in Bordeaux’s Grand Hotel, in a private dining room that overlooked the luminous neoclassical façade of the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux.

      Data Security

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        Automobile, medical device hackers get shield from copyright litigation

        By Richard Wallace | October 29, 2015

        Auto, medical device hackers get shield from copyright law

        One of the best ways to improve product reliability, data security, and consumer trust, is to allow the independent code analysis community – otherwise known as hackers – access to things like medical devices and automobile emissions software for testing purposes.

        But until now, companies that incorporate software into consumer products, like Volkswagen, have successfully barred independent security researchers from even looking at their under-the-hood code using the threat of copyright litigation.

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          NASA IP portfolio opened to crowdsourced development

          By Richard Wallace | October 25, 2015

          NASA opens its patent portfolio to crowdsourced technology

          Contrary to common belief, NASA did not invent Tang, Velcro or Teflon. But NASA tech spin-offs do include memory foam, insulin pumps, water filters, freeze-dried food, firefighting equipment, emergency space blankets, dustbusters, cochlear implants, and over 1,800 other spin-offs in the fields of computer technology, environment and agriculture, medicine, public safety, transportation, recreation, and industrial productivity.

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            4 Steps to a Healthier Relationship with Technology

            By Tom Mahon | October 25, 2015

            4 Steps to a Healthier Relationship with Technology

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            I’ve written about digital technology for 35+ years, most of the time in Silicon Valley. Over the decades our evolving devices, and what we can do with them, have dramatically transformed almost every facet of our lives — from how we bank, travel, and shop, to more abstract realms like how we derive a sense of self-worth, how we forge and sustain relationships, and how we choose to spend our attention.

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              Sakti3’s shift in fortune mirrors solid-state battery challenges

              By Richard Wallace | October 25, 2015

              Sakti3’s shift in fortune mirrors solid-state battery challenges

              President Obama thought the solid-state rechargeable lithium ion battery technology promising enough that he invited the Michigan innovator behind it, Sakti3’s Ann Marie Sastry, to the White House’s first Demo Day this summer.

              And legendary Silicon Valley VC Vinod Khosla was so impressed, his firm, Khosla Ventures, led the company’s series B funding round to the tune of $2 million.

              Smart Sensor Zone

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                The Scent of a Disease: electronic nose sniffs for cancer

                October 20, 2015

                The Scent of a Disease: electronic nose sniffs for cancer

                Nanotechnology sensors may lead to simple, inexpensive, portable, noninvasive diagnostic procedure for cancer.

                The well-known olfactory ability of dogs to detect, in urine or in human breath, very low concentrations of the alkanes and aromatic compounds generated by tumors has long hinted at the promise of sniffing out certain cancers as a viable screening process.

                Drones

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                  Unmanned aerial vehicles: registration poses questions

                  By Richard Wallace | October 19, 2015

                  Unmanned aerial vehicles: registration poses questions

                  Source: geekologie.com via Pinterest

                  Guns are such a booming business — and such a potential hazard to humans— that the Department of Justice plans to require operators to register them with the government.

                  OK, you can put your guns down Second Amendment defenders and assault weapon owners, I’m just kidding. It’s actually drones we’re talking about here, not firearms.