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First NASA astronaut flight to use a recycle SpaceX rocket 4/19/2021
This will be the first crew flight using a recycled Falcon and Dragon. Both were designed for reuse.
General Motors to build EV batteries at Spring Hill plant 4/19/2021
The companies are expected to announce that a joint venture between GM and LG Energy will build the plant at GM's Spring Hill manufacturing complex. GM has designated Spring Hill as one of three U.S. factories that will build electric vehicles.
Oracle to build new hub in Nashville 4/19/2021
According to documents provided by Cooper's office, the project would create 2,500 jobs in Nashville by the end of 2027, reaching the full 8,500 by the end of 2031, with an average salary of $110,000
Apple reportly has a new EV manufacturing partner line up 4/19/2021
A report in the Korea Times said Apple is planning to work with Korean electronics and appliance giant LG and Canadian auto supplier Magna. Under the partnership, LG would supply an electric powertrain designed in cooperation with Magna, while Magna will produce the actual vehicle.
Walmart joined the latest investment in GM's Cruise autonomous vehicle subsidiary 4/16/2021
“The investment will aid our work towards developing a last mile delivery ecosystem that’s fast, low-cost and scalable,” Walmart CEO John Furner said in a statement.
Walmart is moving part time emplyees into full time 4/16/2021
The company said Wednesday it plans to have two-thirds of its U.S. store hourly jobs be full time with more consistent work schedules by Jan. 31, the end of its current fiscal year. That’s up from 53% five years ago, the company said.
Blue Origin astronauts practice boarding with fueled up rocketship 4/16/2021
Blue Origin wanted to see how well a crew could get in and out of the capsule. The pretend astronauts also tested seatbelts and radio links before the 10-minute flight, and went back to the capsule following touchdown to climb aboard for recovery practice.
U.S. industrial output rebounded in March 4/16/2021
Industrial production — including output at factories, mines and utilities — rose 1.4% in March, reversing a 2.6% drop in February, the Federal Reserve reported Thursday. The increase was about half the surge economists had expected as federal aid flows into the economy and the rollout of vaccines encourages a return to normal business activity.
President of Toshiba Corp. stepped down while $20 billion take over is negotiated 4/15/2021
The CVC deal is estimated to be worth 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) and will turn Toshiba private. Toshiba had said it was giving it “careful consideration." Osamu Nagayama, a board member, told reporters the proposal lacked details and could not yet be evaluated.
EU Commission negotiate to buy more Pfizer vaccines 4/15/2021
EU will start negotiating to buy 1.8 billion doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine through 2023.
ERCOT appealing to customers to conserve electricity 4/15/2021
ERCOT expected a cool front that stalled across Central Texas to have instead continued its progress across the state, lowering temperatures as it did. The fact that the front stalled resulted in higher demand than expected.
Segway makes a motor cycle with hydrogen-electric powertrain 4/15/2021
Unveiled recently in China, it’s called the Apex H2 and this bike is designed to max out at 90 mph, supported by 80 horsepower from a hydrogen-electric powertrain. It reportedly goes 0 to 60 in four seconds. The electricity comes from hydrogen that’s stored in swappable, pressurized canisters
Microsoft to buy Nuance, a speech recognition company for $16 billion 4/14/2021
Microsoft will pay $56 per share cash. That's a 23% premium to Nuance's Friday closing price. The companies value the transaction including debt at $19.7 billion.
U.S. “pause” on J & J vaccine to investigate reports of potentially blood clots 4/14/2021
Unusual clots occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. The clots occurred in veins that drain blood from the brain and occurred together with low platelets. All six cases were in women between the ages of 18 and 48; there was one death and all remained under investigation.
New Mustang EV software problem keeps it from starting 4/14/2021
The Mach-E, which starts at more than $40,000, boasts a range of 300 miles per charge, but in order to get to those miles, the vehicle — like others, electric or not — needs a 12-volt lead-acid battery to get up and running. And a software issue in some vehicles, according to numerous owner complaints, is keeping that 12-volt from charging, essentially rendering the car useless.
Biden encourage big investment on computer chips 4/14/2021
He told the group of 19 executives from the technology, chip and automotive industries. “China and the rest of the world is not waiting and there’s no reason why Americans should wait.”
TSMC's US$100 billion capex plan greatly boosted confidence of its partners 4/13/2021
Along with the advancement of foundry processes, demand for advanced chip probing, final test and system-level tests for HPC chips has been gaining momentum, providing new growth opportunities for Taiwan's IC interface solutions providers including Chunghwa Precision Test Technology (CHPT), Keystone Microtech and WinWay Technology, the sources said, and they are all moving to expand capacity for high-end interface solutions to meet increasing demand from first-tier vendors of CPU, GPU and AP chips.
Stealing gasoline from government pipeline could have blown up Mexico City 4/13/2021
An inspection found that a gasoline pipeline that runs along the northern edge of the city had been riddled with at least eight illegal taps. The thieves had apparently left some of their taps open, allowing gasoline to soak into storm drains.
Hacking of small water utility system can cause big trouble 4/13/2021
The Florida city of Oldsmar, population 15,000, reported in February that a hacker attempted to poison its water supply by remotely accessing its system and changing chemical levels. An employee was able to quickly reverse the hacker's actions.
Verizon is recalling mobile hotspots that can cause fire 4/13/2021
The 4G hotspots were used by schools and sold by stores. They are called Ellipsis Jetpack mobile hotspots and were imported by Franklin Wireless in San Diego.
Globalfoundries to go public for $20 billion 4/12/2021
GloFo’s owner, the sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Investment Co of Abu Dhabi, is reported to be talking to potential advisers for the float.
"The economical recovered world will be different!" said Jerome Powell 4/12/2021
“There are a number of factors that are coming together to support a brighter outlook for the U.S. economy. Those factors are putting the nation “on track to allow a full reopening of the economy fairly soon.”
U.S. to put additional sanction on Chinese supercomputer builders 4/12/2021
The sanctions announced Thursday are the latest sign President Joe Biden is sticking to the tough line taken by his predecessor, Donald Trump, toward Chinese tech industries seen by Washington as potential threats.
Global auto chip shortage will likely affect dealer inventory 4/12/2021
Things have been getting even worse in recent weeks, particularly in the auto industry, where factories are shutting down because there aren’t enough chips to finish building vehicles that are starting to look like computers on wheels. The problem was recently compounded by a grounded container ship that blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week, choking off chips headed from Asia to Europe.
Global chip supply shortage finally hits Apple 4/9/2021
Chip shortages have caused delays in a key step in MacBook production, the report said, adding that some iPad assembly was postponed because of a shortage of displays and display components.
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