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Geomagnetic storm watch in effect this Halloween following intense solar flare

[ad_1] On Thursday, the sun released a significant solar flare toward Earth, peaking at 11:35 a.m. EDT, scientists say.Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation and, although harmful radiation from flares cannot pass through the Earth's atmosphere to physically impact humans, when intense enough they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.NASA SCIENTISTS CALL FOR NEW FRAMEWORK IN SEARCH FOR ALIEN LIFEThe flare was
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We’re sold out of semiconductor chip capacity through 2023

[ad_1] Semiconductor manufacturer GlobalFoundries debuted on the Nasdaq this week, valued at over $25 billion, as it became increasingly evident that a global chip shortage could persist through 2023 or later.Now GlobalFoundries needs to convince public market investors that the company is riding a wave of increased demand for all sorts of microchips, that won't fizzle out after pandemic-related supply issues abate, and that it can increase profitability even as
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Facebook’s Meta mission was laid out in a 2018 paper on The Metaverse

[ad_1] Small toy figures are seen in front of displayed Facebook's new rebrand logo Meta in this illustration taken, October 28, 2021.Dado Ruvic | ReutersIn June 2018, Oculus executive Jason Rubin sent an email to Facebook board member Marc Andreessen with the subject line "The Metaverse.""We believe that the right way to break through consumer indifference to VR is to deliver what they expect and want from the medium: THE
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Apple says it competes with PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo

[ad_1] Apple's products compete as gaming platforms with Sony Playstation, Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo, the company said on Friday in a regulatory filing.Previously, Apple only said it competed against Google's Android in smartphones and Microsoft Windows in PCs for the attention of software developers.Apple's competitors were an important topic in a high-profile antitrust trial with Epic Games earlier this year in which Apple argued that it didn't have a monopoly
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NASA scientists call for new framework in search for alien life

[ad_1] NASA scientists are calling for new framework in the search for alien life.The agency on Wednesday recapped the contents of a new article published in Nature. The article was led by NASA's chief scientist Jim Green.NASA TARGETING FEBRUARY FOR LAUNCH OF FIRST MOON ROCKET SINCE APOLLO MISSIONThe group said that creating a scale for evaluating and combining different lines of evidence would help to provide context for findings related
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Zendesk slides as it announces plan to acquire Momentive

[ad_1] Zendesk co-founder and CEO Mikkel SvaneEric Piermont | AFP | Getty ImagesZendesk shares plummeted as much as 23% on Friday after the developer of customer-service software agreed to spend almost one-third of its market cap on the purchase of Momentive Global, formerly known as SurveyMonkey. Momentive shares fell 9%.Analysts slashed their ratings and price targets on Zendesk because of the hefty dilution and the risk of spending so much
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Amazon reveals 20% stake in electric vehicle maker Rivian

[ad_1] An electric Amazon delivery van from Rivian cruises down the street with the Hollywood sign in the background.AmazonAmazon on Friday announced a sizable stake in Rivian Automotive, a start-up developing electric vehicles, including the retail giant's commercial delivery vans.As of Sept. 30, 2021, Amazon held equity investments, "including preferred stock of Rivian Automotive, Inc. representing an approximately 20% ownership interest," which had a carrying value of $3.8 billion, up
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Meta moves company away from Facebook ‘brand tax’

[ad_1] A pedestrian walks in front of a new logo and the name 'Meta' on the sign in front of Facebook headquarters on October 28, 2021 in Menlo Park, California.Justin Sullivan | Getty ImagesWith its name change to Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook is trying to eliminate what some employees have called a "brand tax" on apps like Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp.Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the rebranding
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Microsoft passes Apple to become the world’s most valuable company

[ad_1] Microsoft passed Apple in market cap on Friday, making it the world's most valuable publicly-traded company, after Apple missed earnings expectations on Thursday.As of 10:30 a.m. ET Microsoft had a market cap of $2.45 trillion while Apple's stood at about $2.41 trillion.Apple reported revenue that fell short of Wall Street expectations during the company's fiscal fourth-quarter on Thursday, a result of supply chain constraints. CEO Tim Cook told CNBC's