The Middle East’s Growing Space Ambitions

More than a thousand years ago, Islamic scholars and thinkers embarked on an exciting period of scientific study. They translated Greek and Sanskrit works on astronomy into Arabic and used them to develop their own methods for observing the mysterious heavenly bodies twinkling in the night sky. They recorded the movements of the sun and the moon. They calculated the diameters of the Earth and the planets they could see from the ground, and pondered their place in the universe. It’s this period, the Islamic “Golden Age,” which stretched from the eighth century until about the 14th century, that is often invoked in discussions of astronomy in the Middle East.… Read More

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Ad Lightning expands, now helps online publishers block certain ads

Ad Lightning CEO Scott Moore. (Photo via Ad Lightning) Ad Lightning already helps online publishers and advertising exchange platforms spot programmatic ads that slow down sites and disrupt engagement. Now it is helping customers automatically block those ads in the first place. The Seattle startup on Monday unveiled new ad blocking tools to help clients prevent potentially malicious, offensive or non-compliant ad units from loading on a publisher’s site. Ad Lightning first built an ad monitoring product, but customers wanted the ability to not only watch for bad ads but also stop them from appearing altogether. The new service is a wrapper that integrates with a publisher’s ad server. It… Read More

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Night launch: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sends SES-12 telecom satellite into orbit

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket sends the SES-12 satellite into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (SpaceX via YouTube) News Brief: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sent the SES-12 telecommunications satellite toward geostationary transfer orbit tonight in a no-drama night launch. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida came at 12:45 a.m. ET Monday (9:45 p.m. PT Sunday). The Airbus-built satellite, which relies on electric propulsion, will boost SES’ video and data services in the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East. This time around, SpaceX didn’t try recovering the first-stage booster or nose cone. …read more Source:: GeekWire       

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Why would Microsoft want GitHub? Developers, developers, developers ― and the cloud

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stops for a chat at the Microsoft Build developer conference in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy) Microsoft has long understood the power that comes from having a massive amount of developers on your side. In GitHub, the company would be adding a community of 27 million developers who use the repository as a critical part of their software factories ― the same developers who represent the key target market for Microsoft’s cloud technologies. The San Francisco-based company behind the popular coding platform and developer community has agreed to be acquired by Microsoft, according to a report Sunday by Bloomberg News, after Business Insider reported Friday… Read More

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Microsoft reportedly to acquire GitHub software development platform

Microsoft EVP Scott Guthrie and Jason Warner, senior vice president of technology at GitHub, at Microsoft Build 2018. (Microsoft Photo) Microsoft has reportedly agreed to acquire software development platform GitHub. Bloomberg reported Sunday that the acquisition could be announced as soon as Monday. GitHub, valued at $2 billion as of a 2015 funding round, is a popular code repository hosting service that has customers like Facebook, Airbnb, SAP, IBM, and others. Business Insider reported about the potential deal last week. GitHub been looking for a new CEO for the past nine months and is unprofitable, Bloomberg reported. Microsoft has focused heavily on cloud computing and increasingly embraced open source technologies… Read More

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The ‘outrage’ of Bitcoin and other quotable gems from Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman

Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman at the Tech Alliance luncheon Friday in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman has made waves in the tech community in recent weeks with a series of statements attempting to cut through contentious topics like housing and taxation. During a call with analysts to discuss Redfin’s quarterly financials, Kelman sounded off on the nation’s housing market. Then he emerged as an alternative voice during the tense debate over a tax on Seattle big businesses, urging the business and tech community to offer solutions rather than just opposing every new policy. Kelman’s civic streak continued during a wide-ranging talk at the Technology Alliance… Read More

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One trio comes home from the space station just as another gets set to launch

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft fires its retro rockets as it touches down in Kazakhstan, marking the return of three spacefliers from the International Space Station. (NASA Photo / Bill Ingalls) News Brief: The hatch to the International Space Station’s Rassvet module has a lot in common with a revolving door this week, due to today’s homecoming for three spacefliers and Wednesday’s launch of a fresh space trio. After spending more than five months in orbit, NASA’s Scott Tingle, Japan’s Norishige Kanai and Russia’s Anton Shkaplerov left the station on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and touched down safely in the steppes of Kazakhstan. “That was a good ride!” Tingle said. NASA’s… Read More

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Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of May 27, 2018

Get caught up on the latest technology and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of May 27, 2018. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on GeekWire Startup Spotlight: Inspired by mother’s cooking, ex-Amazon engineer creates Indian food delivery startup The unique workplace culture at Amazon provided Mitra Raman both the motivation to quit the technology giant and the engineering chops to launch her own endeavor. … Read More Microsoft passes Google parent Alphabet in market value, now trails just Apple and Amazon Microsoft… Read More

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Why Do People Sign Yearbooks?

In 1635, the first public school in what would become the United States opened for classes. The Boston Latin School admitted only boys and focused on a humanities curriculum. The first “yearbooks” and their signatures can be traced back to the East Coast schools of the late 17th century, where people would sign scrapbook-style books containing hair clippings, dried flowers, newspaper articles, and other mementos of the school year. Students would sign each other’s books with little musings or poems, or stories to reminisce about the time spent together. The practice had evolved from commonplace books, a Renaissance tradition of compiling important and memorable information into bound sheets of paper.… Read More

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