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  • 1/27   News Photos Slideshows
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

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  • 2/27   Press Review #vr #audio
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    

 - Facebook wants its AR glasses to give wearers superhearing - The Verge   More Information - Facebook leaks its Oculus Quest 2 standalone VR headset - Engadget   More Information - Crowdfunded VR Ears Headset Audio Project Likely Delayed - UploadVR   More Information - iQIYI Original Interactive VR Film 'Killing a Superstar' Becomes China Mainland's First VR Production to Win Award at Venice Film Festival - PRNewswire   More Information - VR Ears off-ear VR headset audio solution possibly delayed until 2021 - Geeky Gadgets   More Information - DSpatial debuts Reality 2.0 immersive audio software suite – Audio Media International - Audio Media International   More Information - Lighthouse Guild Launches New Podcast Series 'On Tech & Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts' - PRNewswire   More Information - Facebook is working on AR glasses that could change the way we hear - Popular Science   More Information - What Android users need to know about spatial audio - Android Central   More Information - Apple developing new 3D spatial audio format for 'Apple Glass' and other AR uses - AppleInsider   More Information - Facebook Wants to Build an AR Headset to Supercharge Your Hearing, Create a Custom HRTF from a Photograph - Road to VR   More Information - Apple's latest Binaural Audio Patent describes a Turn-by-Turn-like System for Pedestrians in a Mall, Park Path & Beyond - Patently Apple   More Information - Exceptional audio will be the bedrock upon which the classroom of tomorrow is built - ITP.net   More Information - You Can Now Feel Sound Through Your Feet With DROPLABS' Audio-Enabled Footwear - BLABBERMOUTH.NET   More Information - Music Week - Music Week   More Information - From campfire night talk to the brain in the VAT, where is the immersive experience going? - Gamasutra   More Information - Global Virtual Reality in Gaming and Entertainment Market Size, Global Trends, Latest Techniques, Key Segm ... - Fresno Observer   More Information - Feel Sound Through Your Feet With DropLabs EP 01 Audio Enabled Footwear, New 'Must Have' for Gaming, Music and Movies - PRNewswire   More Information - Accelerate supports the development of safer VR experiences in Healthcare - News from Wales   More Information - Facebook Working on Enhanced Hearing in AR Glasses - Edgy Labs   More Information


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    - Facebook wants its AR glasses to give wearers superhearing - The Verge
       More Information

    - Facebook leaks its Oculus Quest 2 standalone VR headset - Engadget
       More Information

    - Crowdfunded VR Ears Headset Audio Project Likely Delayed - UploadVR
       More Information

    - iQIYI Original Interactive VR Film 'Killing a Superstar' Becomes China Mainland's First VR Production to Win Award at Venice Film Festival - PRNewswire
       More Information

    - VR Ears off-ear VR headset audio solution possibly delayed until 2021 - Geeky Gadgets
       More Information

    - DSpatial debuts Reality 2.0 immersive audio software suite – Audio Media International - Audio Media International
       More Information

    - Lighthouse Guild Launches New Podcast Series 'On Tech & Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts' - PRNewswire
       More Information

    - Facebook is working on AR glasses that could change the way we hear - Popular Science
       More Information

    - What Android users need to know about spatial audio - Android Central
       More Information

    - Apple developing new 3D spatial audio format for 'Apple Glass' and other AR uses - AppleInsider
       More Information

    - Facebook Wants to Build an AR Headset to Supercharge Your Hearing, Create a Custom HRTF from a Photograph - Road to VR
       More Information

    - Apple's latest Binaural Audio Patent describes a Turn-by-Turn-like System for Pedestrians in a Mall, Park Path & Beyond - Patently Apple
       More Information

    - Exceptional audio will be the bedrock upon which the classroom of tomorrow is built - ITP.net
       More Information

    - You Can Now Feel Sound Through Your Feet With DROPLABS' Audio-Enabled Footwear - BLABBERMOUTH.NET
       More Information

    - Music Week - Music Week
       More Information

    - From campfire night talk to the brain in the VAT, where is the immersive experience going? - Gamasutra
       More Information

    - Global Virtual Reality in Gaming and Entertainment Market Size, Global Trends, Latest Techniques, Key Segm ... - Fresno Observer
       More Information

    - Feel Sound Through Your Feet With DropLabs EP 01 Audio Enabled Footwear, New 'Must Have' for Gaming, Music and Movies - PRNewswire
       More Information

    - Accelerate supports the development of safer VR experiences in Healthcare - News from Wales
       More Information

    - Facebook Working on Enhanced Hearing in AR Glasses - Edgy Labs
       More Information


    Did you see the #crowdfunding campaign that @whmsoft will start? #tailored #3d #vr #audio. Please share and comment. Campaign link:

    WhmSoft

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  • 3/27   PHOTOS: Fluorescent turtle embryo wins forty-fifth annual Nikon Small World Competition

    The winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.

    The winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.


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  • 4/27   7 tax scams to watch out for this year

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.


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  • 5/27   Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.


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  • 6/27   What the CIA thinks of your anti-virus program

    PARIS (AP) — Peppering the 8,000 pages of purported Central Intelligence Agency hacking data released Tuesday by WikiLeaks are reviews of some of the world's most popular anti-virus products.

    PARIS (AP) — Peppering the 8,000 pages of purported Central Intelligence Agency hacking data released Tuesday by WikiLeaks are reviews of some of the world's most popular anti-virus products.


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  • 7/27   Google Patents Sticky Car Hood to Trap Pedestrians in a Collision

    The patent calls for a giant sticker to be placed on the front end of a vehicle, with a special coating over the layer that is only broken when something collides with the vehicle, exposing the adhesive and helping the colliding object to remain on the vehicle.  The idea is to prevent a pedestrian from being thrown after the impact and potentially sustaining even more injuries.

    The patent calls for a giant sticker to be placed on the front end of a vehicle, with a special coating over the layer that is only broken when something collides with the vehicle, exposing the adhesive and helping the colliding object to remain on the vehicle. The idea is to prevent a pedestrian from being thrown after the impact and potentially sustaining even more injuries.


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  • 8/27   Relax, Your Instagram Feed Likely Won't Change Tomorrow

    Relax, your Instagram feed likely isn't changing tomorrow.The great "Insta-freakout" of 2016 was unleashed this morning by a slew of celebrities, bloggers and social media aficionados after they alerted followers to turn on post notifications for future access to their photos, videos and messages. ...

    Relax, your Instagram feed likely isn't changing tomorrow.The great "Insta-freakout" of 2016 was unleashed this morning by a slew of celebrities, bloggers and social media aficionados after they alerted followers to turn on post notifications for future access to their photos, videos and messages. ...


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  • 9/27   'Hack the Pentagon' and get paid legally in new program

    Attention hackers: Time to re-watch “WarGames” and crack your knuckles, the Pentagon is about to pay you to break into some government systems.

    Attention hackers: Time to re-watch “WarGames” and crack your knuckles, the Pentagon is about to pay you to break into some government systems.


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  • 10/27   Elon Musk's Hyperloop Vision Could Be Ready for Passengers by 2018

    The Hyperloop, Elon Musk's vision of launching humans through pods inside a high-speed transportation system, could be ready for passengers by 2018, according to a company building a transportation track in California.  One company working to make Musk's vision a reality, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said it has filed for construction permits in Quay Valley, California, for a 5-mile track.  'We are announcing the filing of the first building permit to Kings County to the building of the first full-scale hyperloop, not a test track,' Bibop Gresta, the chief operating officer of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, during a CNBC/TradeShift event.

    The Hyperloop, Elon Musk's vision of launching humans through pods inside a high-speed transportation system, could be ready for passengers by 2018, according to a company building a transportation track in California. One company working to make Musk's vision a reality, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said it has filed for construction permits in Quay Valley, California, for a 5-mile track. 'We are announcing the filing of the first building permit to Kings County to the building of the first full-scale hyperloop, not a test track,' Bibop Gresta, the chief operating officer of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, during a CNBC/TradeShift event.


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  • 11/27   Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”


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  • 12/27   Man Proposes by Text Message While Stranded at Chicago's O’Hare Airport

    An Arizona man waiting to fly home to propose to his girlfriend was forced to propose to her via text message after spending 50 hours stranded at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.  Danny Roderique, of Phoenix, had the diamond engagement ring in his pocket but the delay got in the way of the proposal he’d planned.  “I’ve been stranded now in the airport for 50 hours,” Roderique told a reporter from ABC affiliate WLS-TV while still waiting at O’Hare on Monday.

    An Arizona man waiting to fly home to propose to his girlfriend was forced to propose to her via text message after spending 50 hours stranded at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Danny Roderique, of Phoenix, had the diamond engagement ring in his pocket but the delay got in the way of the proposal he’d planned. “I’ve been stranded now in the airport for 50 hours,” Roderique told a reporter from ABC affiliate WLS-TV while still waiting at O’Hare on Monday.


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  • 13/27   Twitter Warns Some Users Over Possible Government Hacking

    It's unclear how many people received a letter from Twitter.  In October, Facebook said it would begin issuing alerts to users who the social network believes are being targeted by state-sponsored hackers, according to a message posted by Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief security officer.

    It's unclear how many people received a letter from Twitter. In October, Facebook said it would begin issuing alerts to users who the social network believes are being targeted by state-sponsored hackers, according to a message posted by Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief security officer.


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  • 14/27   Facebook Notifications Get Even More Personal

    Facebook notifications may now be your first stop in the morning to catch up on everything from friends' news to weather, sports scores and what to expect later in the day.  The social network announced this week it will be rolling out expanded, personalized notifications in the Facebook across iOS and Android devices for users in the United States.  The mobile update is bringing a set of new card-like notifications that will include information such as sports scores for teams you have liked, TV shows, weather information and friends' life events, among other updates.

    Facebook notifications may now be your first stop in the morning to catch up on everything from friends' news to weather, sports scores and what to expect later in the day. The social network announced this week it will be rolling out expanded, personalized notifications in the Facebook across iOS and Android devices for users in the United States. The mobile update is bringing a set of new card-like notifications that will include information such as sports scores for teams you have liked, TV shows, weather information and friends' life events, among other updates.


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  • 15/27   How to Tell Which Apps Are Draining Your iPhone Battery

    Some iOS 9 users have complained Facebook's app has been excessively eating away at their battery life, even when the background app refresh setting is disabled.  It's unclear what possible issue may be causing the battery drain.  Tapping the list will show how much of the battery drain was spent when the app was running in the background.

    Some iOS 9 users have complained Facebook's app has been excessively eating away at their battery life, even when the background app refresh setting is disabled. It's unclear what possible issue may be causing the battery drain. Tapping the list will show how much of the battery drain was spent when the app was running in the background.


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  • 16/27   Armed Robbery Suspect Tries Using Uber as Getaway Car, Police Say

    A 23-year-old man suspected of armed robbery tried to take an Uber car to help him get away after he held up a store outside Baltimore, police said.  The suspect, Dashawn Terrell Cochran, was at a store in Parkville, Maryland, early Wednesday morning when he allegedly took a bottle of Tylenol cold medicine to the register, the Baltimore County Police Department said.  Cochran was seen getting into the back of a silver Lexus, and when officers pulled the car over, the driver said he was an Uber driver, police said.

    A 23-year-old man suspected of armed robbery tried to take an Uber car to help him get away after he held up a store outside Baltimore, police said. The suspect, Dashawn Terrell Cochran, was at a store in Parkville, Maryland, early Wednesday morning when he allegedly took a bottle of Tylenol cold medicine to the register, the Baltimore County Police Department said. Cochran was seen getting into the back of a silver Lexus, and when officers pulled the car over, the driver said he was an Uber driver, police said.


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  • 17/27   Drone Popularity Draws Concern From Pilots, Federal Officials

    Roughly 700,000 drones are expected to be sold in the United States this year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.  The Federal Aviation Administration plans to meet with Walmart, which has 19 different kinds of drones for sale on its website, to teach salespeople about what it should tell its customers about safe drone operation.  The Consumer Electronics Association projects the U.S. drone market to climb above $100 million in revenue this year, an increase of more than 50 percent from last year’s total.

    Roughly 700,000 drones are expected to be sold in the United States this year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. The Federal Aviation Administration plans to meet with Walmart, which has 19 different kinds of drones for sale on its website, to teach salespeople about what it should tell its customers about safe drone operation. The Consumer Electronics Association projects the U.S. drone market to climb above $100 million in revenue this year, an increase of more than 50 percent from last year’s total.


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  • 18/27   Carly Fiorina: Why She Wants Everyone to Throw Out Their Flip Phones

    Carly Fiorina is putting flip phone users on notice: You’re going to have to upgrade under a President Fiorina.  “How many of you have a flip phone?” Fiorina recently asked a town hall in South Carolina.  It’s all part of a vision the Republican presidential candidate has to give citizens a direct line of communication – literally – to the president.

    Carly Fiorina is putting flip phone users on notice: You’re going to have to upgrade under a President Fiorina. “How many of you have a flip phone?” Fiorina recently asked a town hall in South Carolina. It’s all part of a vision the Republican presidential candidate has to give citizens a direct line of communication – literally – to the president.


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  • 19/27   How a 'Programming Error' Led to an Oregon Couple's $2 Million Cell Phone Bill

    A couple in Oregon say they spent 10 months trying to clear up a whopping $2 million phone bill, which they say has prevented them from buying the home of their dreams.  Ken Slusher and his girlfriend, of Damascus, Oregon, have a balance of $2,156,593.64 on a Verizon Wireless bill that was for a wireless account that they opened in November.  'Yeah, it's been very stressful to say the least,' Slusher told KPTV.com.

    A couple in Oregon say they spent 10 months trying to clear up a whopping $2 million phone bill, which they say has prevented them from buying the home of their dreams. Ken Slusher and his girlfriend, of Damascus, Oregon, have a balance of $2,156,593.64 on a Verizon Wireless bill that was for a wireless account that they opened in November. 'Yeah, it's been very stressful to say the least,' Slusher told KPTV.com.


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  • 20/27   Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United States

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday.  As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit.  Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday. As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit. Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.


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  • 21/27   A Secret Recording Reveals Oil Executives' Private Views on Climate Change
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Last summer, oil and gas-industry groups were lobbying to overturn federal rules on leaks of natural gas, a major contributor to climate change. Their message: The companies had emissions under control.In private, the lobbyists were saying something very different.At a discussion convened last year by the Independent Petroleum Association of America, a group that represents energy companies, participants worried that producers were intentionally flaring, or burning off, far too much natural gas, threatening the industry's image, according to a recording of the meeting reviewed by The New York Times."We're just flaring a tremendous amount of gas," Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, said at the June 2019 gathering, held in Colorado Springs. "This pesky natural gas. The value of it is very minimal," he said, particularly to companies drilling mainly for oil.A well can produce both oil and natural gas, but oil commands far higher prices. Flaring it is an inexpensive way of getting rid of the gas.Yet the practice of burning it off, producing dramatic flares and attracting criticism, represented a "huge, huge threat" to the industry's efforts to portray natural gas as a cleaner and more climate-friendly energy source, he said, and that was damaging the industry's image, particularly among younger generations."What's our message going forward?" Ness said. "What's going to stick with those young people and make them support oil and gas?"The recording runs 1 hour, 22 minutes, opening with a moderator's remarks and concluding with a panel discussion that covered a wide range of issues including job creation, the threats posed by solar and wind energy, and the federal leasing of oil and gas rights. The audio was provided by an organization dedicated to tracking climate policy that said the recording had been made by an industry official who attended the meeting.Neither the organization nor the official was willing to be identified, out of concerns for industry retaliation, but three people heard in the recording, including the event's moderator, Ryan Ullman of the Independent Petroleum Association, said that it reflected their comments. Jennifer Pett Marsteller, an association spokeswoman, confirmed the meeting's date, location and speakers' list, which matched the recording. She declined to comment on the speakers' remarks, saying there was no official recording.A spokeswoman for Ness, Kristen Hamman, declined to confirm his remarks, saying that the Independent Petroleum Association had not produced an official transcript of the meeting that would allow her to do a comparison. Ness has publicly spoken against the need to strengthen regulation of methane, a major component in natural gas, calling stronger rules "an unnecessary burden" and saying the industry already produced "valuable energy resources in a responsible manner."The remarks reflect the concerns of an industry that has presented itself as part of the solution to climate change, and natural gas as an important "bridge fuel" that can help the world shift away from coal, the dirtiest-burning energy source, toward renewable energy.Natural gas, when burned (whether in a flare, or to fuel a household oven), typically emits just half the planet-warming greenhouse gases that coal does. But by flaring off natural gas, rather than capturing it for use, companies are creating pollution without creating usable energy.Many companies do directly drill for and capture natural gas for use. But researchers have warned that drilling for the gas also causes sizable leaks of methane directly into the atmosphere, which is even more damaging for the climate than flaring the gas. Methane can also escape faulty flares, and companies sometimes also deliberately release the gas from wells and pipelines in a practice known as venting.Methane can trap more than 80 times more heat in the earth's atmosphere than carbon dioxide, over the shorter term. Research has shown that methane emissions from oil and gas production are far larger than previously estimated.To address the issue, the Obama administration had proposed new regulations that would have required, among other measures, that oil and gas companies install technology to detect and fix methane leaks from their wells, pipelines and storage facilities.But a coalition of oil and gas companies pushed the Trump administration to abandon those rules. It said the industry was already regulated by state laws and was already equipped to plug leaks on its own without federal rules. Lobbyists argued that the companies were already incentivized to rein in methane emissions, given that gas is a valuable resource."The oil and natural gas industry has a pure economic incentive to prevent every molecule of 'pollutant' from escaping to the atmosphere," James D. Elliott, a lawyer representing a coalition of oil and gas groups led by the Independent Petroleum Association, including the North Dakota Petroleum Council, wrote in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency on Nov. 25.But speaking a few months earlier, at the June 2019 meeting, Ness appeared to contradict that argument. There is such a glut of natural gas, he said, that some producers that drill primarily for oil have little use for the gas that comes up with it. Yet "you've got to manage your gas to produce your oil."The pushback against more stringent methane rules has been led by smaller, independent producers who argued the rules were unfairly burdensome for smaller drillers, because they could not afford to invest in costly leak-detection and capture technology.Oil giants like BP, on the other hand, urged the federal government to keep methane regulations in place, saying it was "the right thing to do."But ceding to the smaller operators' demands, the Trump administration has proposed to eliminate federal methane rules in a move that would also reopen the question of whether the EPA has the legal authority to regulate methane as a pollutant. The weakening of the methane standard is the latest in a long list of environmental-policy rollbacks under President Donald Trump, who has vowed to loosen regulations on industry.At the Colorado meeting, executives also worried about a potential backlash against the industry, particularly among younger voters. Recent surveys have shown a sharp rise in the number of Americans who feel passionately about climate change, and the issue appears likely to play a more prominent role in this year's presidential election than in previous ones."Young voters, female voters, Hispanic voters, really every sector except for older conservative male voters," Ryan Flynn of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association said in the recording of the meeting, "their No. 1 issue when it comes to our industry is always going to be environmental stewardship, and concerns about what we're doing with the environment."Dan Haley, president of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, laid out the stakes."Hippies were going to change the world, until they wanted to get a job and buy a BMW," Haley said in the meeting. "In Colorado, we've been kind of playing a game of whack-a-mole. We went from where fracking was the dirty word, and contaminated your water. And we inundated them with information about that and blitzed the TV airwaves. Then slowly that changed into a health and safety messaging. And so we're ramping up our health and safety messaging."Climate change was "the prism through which everything is being viewed," Haley added. "We have to be comfortable talking about it, talking about how we are part of the solution through natural gas. And again, hitting people with emotions hitting them where they're where their heart is.""The activists are doing this when they talk about banning fracking in Colorado. They don't show explosions. They don't show rigs. They show women and children," he said. "We have got to begin playing at that same emotional level or we will not win these battles."Scott Prestidge, a spokesman for Haley, said it was difficult to confirm the accuracy of a transcript from 2019 but said it was pretty clear that the remarks about the hippies were "said tongue-in-cheek."He added: "In Colorado, the men and women of this industry live and work within the communities where oil and natural gas are being developed. They care about clean air, clean water, and in protecting their family's safety and their community."In an interview, Flynn said that he had merely been expressing what he described as widely held concerns about oil and gas's effects on the environment that he thought the industry needed to better address.And he said attitudes toward regulations were changing, even among smaller oil and gas producers. For instance, during the Obama administration his organization opposed stronger federal methane regulations. However, it did not back the more recent efforts to repeal those rules."We absolutely need to address young people's, all people's, concerns about climate change," Flynn said. "We've taken criticism at times from our peers that we are engaging on these issues. But it's critical for the future of our industry."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company

    Last summer, oil and gas-industry groups were lobbying to overturn federal rules on leaks of natural gas, a major contributor to climate change. Their message: The companies had emissions under control.In private, the lobbyists were saying something very different.At a discussion convened last year by the Independent Petroleum Association of America, a group that represents energy companies, participants worried that producers were intentionally flaring, or burning off, far too much natural gas, threatening the industry's image, according to a recording of the meeting reviewed by The New York Times."We're just flaring a tremendous amount of gas," Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, said at the June 2019 gathering, held in Colorado Springs. "This pesky natural gas. The value of it is very minimal," he said, particularly to companies drilling mainly for oil.A well can produce both oil and natural gas, but oil commands far higher prices. Flaring it is an inexpensive way of getting rid of the gas.Yet the practice of burning it off, producing dramatic flares and attracting criticism, represented a "huge, huge threat" to the industry's efforts to portray natural gas as a cleaner and more climate-friendly energy source, he said, and that was damaging the industry's image, particularly among younger generations."What's our message going forward?" Ness said. "What's going to stick with those young people and make them support oil and gas?"The recording runs 1 hour, 22 minutes, opening with a moderator's remarks and concluding with a panel discussion that covered a wide range of issues including job creation, the threats posed by solar and wind energy, and the federal leasing of oil and gas rights. The audio was provided by an organization dedicated to tracking climate policy that said the recording had been made by an industry official who attended the meeting.Neither the organization nor the official was willing to be identified, out of concerns for industry retaliation, but three people heard in the recording, including the event's moderator, Ryan Ullman of the Independent Petroleum Association, said that it reflected their comments. Jennifer Pett Marsteller, an association spokeswoman, confirmed the meeting's date, location and speakers' list, which matched the recording. She declined to comment on the speakers' remarks, saying there was no official recording.A spokeswoman for Ness, Kristen Hamman, declined to confirm his remarks, saying that the Independent Petroleum Association had not produced an official transcript of the meeting that would allow her to do a comparison. Ness has publicly spoken against the need to strengthen regulation of methane, a major component in natural gas, calling stronger rules "an unnecessary burden" and saying the industry already produced "valuable energy resources in a responsible manner."The remarks reflect the concerns of an industry that has presented itself as part of the solution to climate change, and natural gas as an important "bridge fuel" that can help the world shift away from coal, the dirtiest-burning energy source, toward renewable energy.Natural gas, when burned (whether in a flare, or to fuel a household oven), typically emits just half the planet-warming greenhouse gases that coal does. But by flaring off natural gas, rather than capturing it for use, companies are creating pollution without creating usable energy.Many companies do directly drill for and capture natural gas for use. But researchers have warned that drilling for the gas also causes sizable leaks of methane directly into the atmosphere, which is even more damaging for the climate than flaring the gas. Methane can also escape faulty flares, and companies sometimes also deliberately release the gas from wells and pipelines in a practice known as venting.Methane can trap more than 80 times more heat in the earth's atmosphere than carbon dioxide, over the shorter term. Research has shown that methane emissions from oil and gas production are far larger than previously estimated.To address the issue, the Obama administration had proposed new regulations that would have required, among other measures, that oil and gas companies install technology to detect and fix methane leaks from their wells, pipelines and storage facilities.But a coalition of oil and gas companies pushed the Trump administration to abandon those rules. It said the industry was already regulated by state laws and was already equipped to plug leaks on its own without federal rules. Lobbyists argued that the companies were already incentivized to rein in methane emissions, given that gas is a valuable resource."The oil and natural gas industry has a pure economic incentive to prevent every molecule of 'pollutant' from escaping to the atmosphere," James D. Elliott, a lawyer representing a coalition of oil and gas groups led by the Independent Petroleum Association, including the North Dakota Petroleum Council, wrote in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency on Nov. 25.But speaking a few months earlier, at the June 2019 meeting, Ness appeared to contradict that argument. There is such a glut of natural gas, he said, that some producers that drill primarily for oil have little use for the gas that comes up with it. Yet "you've got to manage your gas to produce your oil."The pushback against more stringent methane rules has been led by smaller, independent producers who argued the rules were unfairly burdensome for smaller drillers, because they could not afford to invest in costly leak-detection and capture technology.Oil giants like BP, on the other hand, urged the federal government to keep methane regulations in place, saying it was "the right thing to do."But ceding to the smaller operators' demands, the Trump administration has proposed to eliminate federal methane rules in a move that would also reopen the question of whether the EPA has the legal authority to regulate methane as a pollutant. The weakening of the methane standard is the latest in a long list of environmental-policy rollbacks under President Donald Trump, who has vowed to loosen regulations on industry.At the Colorado meeting, executives also worried about a potential backlash against the industry, particularly among younger voters. Recent surveys have shown a sharp rise in the number of Americans who feel passionately about climate change, and the issue appears likely to play a more prominent role in this year's presidential election than in previous ones."Young voters, female voters, Hispanic voters, really every sector except for older conservative male voters," Ryan Flynn of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association said in the recording of the meeting, "their No. 1 issue when it comes to our industry is always going to be environmental stewardship, and concerns about what we're doing with the environment."Dan Haley, president of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, laid out the stakes."Hippies were going to change the world, until they wanted to get a job and buy a BMW," Haley said in the meeting. "In Colorado, we've been kind of playing a game of whack-a-mole. We went from where fracking was the dirty word, and contaminated your water. And we inundated them with information about that and blitzed the TV airwaves. Then slowly that changed into a health and safety messaging. And so we're ramping up our health and safety messaging."Climate change was "the prism through which everything is being viewed," Haley added. "We have to be comfortable talking about it, talking about how we are part of the solution through natural gas. And again, hitting people with emotions hitting them where they're where their heart is.""The activists are doing this when they talk about banning fracking in Colorado. They don't show explosions. They don't show rigs. They show women and children," he said. "We have got to begin playing at that same emotional level or we will not win these battles."Scott Prestidge, a spokesman for Haley, said it was difficult to confirm the accuracy of a transcript from 2019 but said it was pretty clear that the remarks about the hippies were "said tongue-in-cheek."He added: "In Colorado, the men and women of this industry live and work within the communities where oil and natural gas are being developed. They care about clean air, clean water, and in protecting their family's safety and their community."In an interview, Flynn said that he had merely been expressing what he described as widely held concerns about oil and gas's effects on the environment that he thought the industry needed to better address.And he said attitudes toward regulations were changing, even among smaller oil and gas producers. For instance, during the Obama administration his organization opposed stronger federal methane regulations. However, it did not back the more recent efforts to repeal those rules."We absolutely need to address young people's, all people's, concerns about climate change," Flynn said. "We've taken criticism at times from our peers that we are engaging on these issues. But it's critical for the future of our industry."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company


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  • 22/27   Nvidia Buys SoftBank’s Arm in Record $40 Billion Chip Deal
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    (Bloomberg) -- Nvidia Corp. agreed to buy SoftBank Group Corp.’s chip division Arm Ltd. for $40 billion, taking control of some of the most widely used electronics technology in the semiconductor industry’s largest-ever deal.Nvidia will pay $21.5 billion in stock and $12 billion in cash for the U.K.-based chip designer, including a $2 billion payment at signing. SoftBank may receive an additional $5 billion in cash or stock if Arm’s performance meets certain targets, the companies said Sunday in a statement. An additional $1.5 billion will be paid to Arm employees in Nvidia stock.SoftBank shares surged about 9% on Monday on news of the deal and renewed talks for the company going private. Shares of Nvidia were up 5% at 2:39 p.m. in New York.Read more: SoftBank Soars After Arm Deal, Renewed Talks to Go PrivateArm’s importance far outweighs its revenue, which comes from licensing chip fundamentals and selling processor designs. Its technology is at the heart of the more than 1 billion smartphones sold annually. Chips that use its code and its layouts are in everything from factory equipment to home electronics.“It’s a company with reach that’s just unlike any company in the history of technology,” Nvidia Chief Executive Officer Jensen Huang said in an interview. “We’re uniting Nvidia’s leading AI computing with Arm’s vast ecosystem.”The acquisition is fueled by the drive to bring artificial intelligence to everything that has an on-switch, the CEO said. Having succeeded in selling Nvidia’s graphics chips to owners of data centers to speed up image recognition and language processing, Huang is looking to make sure his technology helps spread that to everything from self-driving vehicles to smart meters.??The initial payment from Nvidia marks a small premium over the $31.4 billion that SoftBank paid to acquire Arm in 2016, previously the semiconductor industry’s biggest deal. The Japanese company is expected to own less than 10% of Nvidia following the transaction, according to the statement.Regulatory approvals may well prove challenging. The companies said sign-offs are needed from China, U.K., European Union and U.S. authorities and may take as long as 18 months. China’s approval may be particularly difficult given rising tensions with the U.S.?“Now Arm will become a U.S. firm, and the conflict over semiconductors between the U.S. and China is becoming fierce as China still controls Arm China,” said Koji Hirai, head of M&A advisory firm Kachitas Corp. in Tokyo.In comments after the deal announcement, Huang said his team “fully expect to spend time with the regulatory bodies in China,” but have every confidence in getting approval for the takeover.Another major concern is whether the acquisition will upset Arm’s relationships with customers like Apple Inc. and Intel Corp. The chip designer has been able to work with a broad range of partners in part because it didn’t compete with them.“We would imagine the bulk of Arm’s current licensees will be (no pun intended) up in arms,” Sanford C. Bernstein analysts including Stacy Rasgon wrote in reaction to the news.Huang said he will preserve Arm’s neutrality and wants to expand its client list. He argued Nvidia is spending a lot of money for the acquisition and has no incentive to do anything that would cause clients to walk away.Nvidia said the U.K. company will “continue to operate its open-licensing model while maintaining the global customer neutrality that has been foundational to its success.” Nvidia will add its technology to the offerings licensed by Arm, the Santa Clara, California-based company said.Arm CEO Simon Segars told reporters on a call early Monday that he’d “had dialog with many of our customers as the various rumors swirled around.” He said it was important that ARM is able to maintain its current business model “to continue to serve the licensees who’ve been so loyal to us over the years.”Under Huang, Nvidia has risen rapidly up the ranks of technology companies in market value and influence. Already the dominant force in graphics chips that make video games more realistic, Nvidia has carved out a slice of the market for data center chips and is moving into self-driving vehicles.Cambridge, U.K.-based Arm has created a successful niche for itself by being independent. Fierce rivals such as Apple, Intel, Samsung Electronics Co., Qualcomm Inc., Broadcom Inc. and Huawei Technologies Co. are all licensees. They either use Arm’s designs as the basis of their own chips or license its instruction set, the fundamental code used by processors to communicate with software, for proprietary efforts.Read more: Nvidia-Arm $40 Billion Deal Will Upend Chip Industry: Tae KimThe acquisition by Nvidia, also a licensee, is a challenge to that neutrality. SoftBank’s purchase four years ago went ahead largely uncontested because the Japanese company wasn’t a competitor to any of Arm’s customers.One client that will be directly challenged is Intel. Huang said a priority will be investing in Arm’s efforts to design chips for data-center computing. While he’s carved out a $3 billion niche in the business of supplying Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. with graphics processors that help with their artificial intelligence workloads, Huang said he wants to speed up the adoption of Arm-based central processors, or CPUs. That’s a lucrative market dominated by Intel, which has about 90% share.Nvidia announced it will keep Arm’s headquarters in the U.K. and will invest in a new facility there to push forward AI research, educate customers and provide a place for experimentation in robotics and automation. Huang said that commitment demonstrates how the acquisition will add to the U.K.’s technology footprint rather than detracting from it.SoftBank’s sale of Arm unwinds another strategic investment in favor of boosting liquidity and enabling founder Masayoshi Son to focus on the more tactical investing he has said he wants to pursue.Nvidia’s Huang runs a company that’s captured the attention of investors like few others in the past decade. Like Son, he’s a charismatic leader espousing a long-term vision of where technology is headed. The Taiwan-born entrepreneur is more engineering-focused than his Japanese counterpart, though, and often publicly delves into the minutiae of semiconductor and computer science.His latest successful recasting of Nvidia’s technology involves the processing of AI work done in data centers. The company’s chips are among the best at breaking up the manipulation of data into small pieces and then executing that in parallel at high speed.Huang will also get a large footprint in the mobile industry and smartphones. A previous attempt by Nvidia to break Qualcomm’s dominance of that business failed. The biggest rival to Qualcomm in smartphone processors is Apple’s internal effort. Those two companies are among Arm’s biggest customers.Even without a presence in mobile, Nvidia’s value has soared in the past decade. It has a market value of just over $300 billion, almost $100 billion more than Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker with seven times the revenue of Nvidia.A spokesperson for SoftBank said the company was advised by Zaoui & Co., Raine Group and Morrison & Foerster. Morgan Stanley and Latham & Watkins advised Nvidia, a filing showed.(Updates shares starting in the third paragraph, add advisers starting in the final paragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Nvidia Corp. agreed to buy SoftBank Group Corp.’s chip division Arm Ltd. for $40 billion, taking control of some of the most widely used electronics technology in the semiconductor industry’s largest-ever deal.Nvidia will pay $21.5 billion in stock and $12 billion in cash for the U.K.-based chip designer, including a $2 billion payment at signing. SoftBank may receive an additional $5 billion in cash or stock if Arm’s performance meets certain targets, the companies said Sunday in a statement. An additional $1.5 billion will be paid to Arm employees in Nvidia stock.SoftBank shares surged about 9% on Monday on news of the deal and renewed talks for the company going private. Shares of Nvidia were up 5% at 2:39 p.m. in New York.Read more: SoftBank Soars After Arm Deal, Renewed Talks to Go PrivateArm’s importance far outweighs its revenue, which comes from licensing chip fundamentals and selling processor designs. Its technology is at the heart of the more than 1 billion smartphones sold annually. Chips that use its code and its layouts are in everything from factory equipment to home electronics.“It’s a company with reach that’s just unlike any company in the history of technology,” Nvidia Chief Executive Officer Jensen Huang said in an interview. “We’re uniting Nvidia’s leading AI computing with Arm’s vast ecosystem.”The acquisition is fueled by the drive to bring artificial intelligence to everything that has an on-switch, the CEO said. Having succeeded in selling Nvidia’s graphics chips to owners of data centers to speed up image recognition and language processing, Huang is looking to make sure his technology helps spread that to everything from self-driving vehicles to smart meters.??The initial payment from Nvidia marks a small premium over the $31.4 billion that SoftBank paid to acquire Arm in 2016, previously the semiconductor industry’s biggest deal. The Japanese company is expected to own less than 10% of Nvidia following the transaction, according to the statement.Regulatory approvals may well prove challenging. The companies said sign-offs are needed from China, U.K., European Union and U.S. authorities and may take as long as 18 months. China’s approval may be particularly difficult given rising tensions with the U.S.?“Now Arm will become a U.S. firm, and the conflict over semiconductors between the U.S. and China is becoming fierce as China still controls Arm China,” said Koji Hirai, head of M&A advisory firm Kachitas Corp. in Tokyo.In comments after the deal announcement, Huang said his team “fully expect to spend time with the regulatory bodies in China,” but have every confidence in getting approval for the takeover.Another major concern is whether the acquisition will upset Arm’s relationships with customers like Apple Inc. and Intel Corp. The chip designer has been able to work with a broad range of partners in part because it didn’t compete with them.“We would imagine the bulk of Arm’s current licensees will be (no pun intended) up in arms,” Sanford C. Bernstein analysts including Stacy Rasgon wrote in reaction to the news.Huang said he will preserve Arm’s neutrality and wants to expand its client list. He argued Nvidia is spending a lot of money for the acquisition and has no incentive to do anything that would cause clients to walk away.Nvidia said the U.K. company will “continue to operate its open-licensing model while maintaining the global customer neutrality that has been foundational to its success.” Nvidia will add its technology to the offerings licensed by Arm, the Santa Clara, California-based company said.Arm CEO Simon Segars told reporters on a call early Monday that he’d “had dialog with many of our customers as the various rumors swirled around.” He said it was important that ARM is able to maintain its current business model “to continue to serve the licensees who’ve been so loyal to us over the years.”Under Huang, Nvidia has risen rapidly up the ranks of technology companies in market value and influence. Already the dominant force in graphics chips that make video games more realistic, Nvidia has carved out a slice of the market for data center chips and is moving into self-driving vehicles.Cambridge, U.K.-based Arm has created a successful niche for itself by being independent. Fierce rivals such as Apple, Intel, Samsung Electronics Co., Qualcomm Inc., Broadcom Inc. and Huawei Technologies Co. are all licensees. They either use Arm’s designs as the basis of their own chips or license its instruction set, the fundamental code used by processors to communicate with software, for proprietary efforts.Read more: Nvidia-Arm $40 Billion Deal Will Upend Chip Industry: Tae KimThe acquisition by Nvidia, also a licensee, is a challenge to that neutrality. SoftBank’s purchase four years ago went ahead largely uncontested because the Japanese company wasn’t a competitor to any of Arm’s customers.One client that will be directly challenged is Intel. Huang said a priority will be investing in Arm’s efforts to design chips for data-center computing. While he’s carved out a $3 billion niche in the business of supplying Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. with graphics processors that help with their artificial intelligence workloads, Huang said he wants to speed up the adoption of Arm-based central processors, or CPUs. That’s a lucrative market dominated by Intel, which has about 90% share.Nvidia announced it will keep Arm’s headquarters in the U.K. and will invest in a new facility there to push forward AI research, educate customers and provide a place for experimentation in robotics and automation. Huang said that commitment demonstrates how the acquisition will add to the U.K.’s technology footprint rather than detracting from it.SoftBank’s sale of Arm unwinds another strategic investment in favor of boosting liquidity and enabling founder Masayoshi Son to focus on the more tactical investing he has said he wants to pursue.Nvidia’s Huang runs a company that’s captured the attention of investors like few others in the past decade. Like Son, he’s a charismatic leader espousing a long-term vision of where technology is headed. The Taiwan-born entrepreneur is more engineering-focused than his Japanese counterpart, though, and often publicly delves into the minutiae of semiconductor and computer science.His latest successful recasting of Nvidia’s technology involves the processing of AI work done in data centers. The company’s chips are among the best at breaking up the manipulation of data into small pieces and then executing that in parallel at high speed.Huang will also get a large footprint in the mobile industry and smartphones. A previous attempt by Nvidia to break Qualcomm’s dominance of that business failed. The biggest rival to Qualcomm in smartphone processors is Apple’s internal effort. Those two companies are among Arm’s biggest customers.Even without a presence in mobile, Nvidia’s value has soared in the past decade. It has a market value of just over $300 billion, almost $100 billion more than Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker with seven times the revenue of Nvidia.A spokesperson for SoftBank said the company was advised by Zaoui & Co., Raine Group and Morrison & Foerster. Morgan Stanley and Latham & Watkins advised Nvidia, a filing showed.(Updates shares starting in the third paragraph, add advisers starting in the final paragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 23/27   Is The Children's Place, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCE) Potentially Undervalued?
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    The Children's Place, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCE), is not the largest company out there, but it led the NASDAQGS gainers with a...

    The Children's Place, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCE), is not the largest company out there, but it led the NASDAQGS gainers with a...


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  • 24/27   Orca Gold Revised Feasibility Study Demonstrates Improved Operating Costs and NPV at its Block 14 Gold Project in the Republic of the Sudan
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    VANCOUVER, BC, Sept. 14, 2020 /CNW/ - Orca Gold Inc.

    VANCOUVER, BC, Sept. 14, 2020 /CNW/ - Orca Gold Inc.


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  • 25/27   Commerce Department Announces Deal to Reduce Russian Uranium Imports Over Long-Term; Key Step in Helping to Revive the U.S. Uranium Industry
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    Establishing Strategic Uranium Reserve Now Will Help Ensure U. Uranium Miners Can Benefit from the Agreement's Long-Term RestrictionsLAKEWOOD, Colo.

    Establishing Strategic Uranium Reserve Now Will Help Ensure U. Uranium Miners Can Benefit from the Agreement's Long-Term RestrictionsLAKEWOOD, Colo.


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  • 26/27   US puts block on Chinese products from Uighur 'forced labor'
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    The US announced Monday it would block a range of Chinese products made by "forced labor" in the Xinjiang region, including from a "vocational" center that it branded a "concentration camp" for Uighur minorities.

    The US announced Monday it would block a range of Chinese products made by "forced labor" in the Xinjiang region, including from a "vocational" center that it branded a "concentration camp" for Uighur minorities.


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  • 27/27   Western Wildfires: Biden cites climate change, rips Trump; Oregon sheriff orders vigilantes to put guns away; the science of orange skies
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    Meteorologist Dan Borsum said strong southerly winds and low humidity Monday will result in elevated fire weather conditions across the region.

    Meteorologist Dan Borsum said strong southerly winds and low humidity Monday will result in elevated fire weather conditions across the region.


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