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Dwaiter Weekly


May 13, 2021


Apple Boosts Its Corning Investment

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Apple has invested an additional $45 million in Corning Inc., the maker of Gorilla Glass, the companies announced this week. To date, Ars Technica reports, Corning has received $450 million from Apple's $5 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund, which played a role in the development of the ceramic shield, a new screen material that made the new iPhone 12 lineup more drop-resistant than prior iPhone models.


The New Tech Hubs for Young Talent

Young engineers and recent college graduates see Miami, Houston and Philadelphia—not San Francisco, New York or Seattle—as the hot new places to jumpstart a technology or creative economy career, Axios reports. Pandemic moves are redistributing coveted tech workers more evenly across the country after being so heavily concentrated in just a handful of cities for years.


How Did the Pipeline Hack Happen?

The hack on Colonial Pipeline is being seen as one of the most significant attacks on critical national infrastructure in history. The pipeline transports nearly half of the East Coast's fuel supplies. The attack was possible, the BBC reports, because the type of modern operation Colonial Pipeline runs is extremely digital.


Will Biden’s Cybersecurity Plan Do Enough?

The attack on Colonial Pipeline has prompted questions about whether a new executive order strengthening cybersecurity for federal agencies and contractors goes far enough, the New York Times reports. It is unclear whether the executive order, which is still pending, would apply to the privately held firms that oversee 85 percent of America’s critical infrastructure.



Yes, GPS Does Weaken Memory

Scientists say spatial navigation needs might have been the starting point for all memories. With GPS, we are surrendering this critical skill to our phones. Now, Scientific American reports, researchers are exploring ways to reduce the harmful effects of GPS navigation on memory short of giving up the technology.


N.Y. Eyes More Oversight of Broadband Industry 

Less than a month after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation mandating $15-a-month broadband service for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers, a pair of Democratic lawmakers are calling for the state Public Service Commission to have greater oversight over broadband providers, Government Technology reports. The legislation would give the PSC the ability to regulate broadband internet services.


Google Pay Rolls Out International Money Transfers

Google has launched international money transfer partnerships with remittances firms Wise and Western Union for users of its U.S. payments app, the companies said on Tuesday. Google Pay users in the U.S. can now transfer money to app customers in India and Singapore, with plans to expand to the 80 countries available via Wise, and 200 via Western Union by the end of the year, Reuters reports.


The Top New Tools for Designers

From dev to productivity, new tools for designers offer something for everyone. Web Designer Depot looks at the top picks for this month.


What Exactly Is Google FLoC?

Google FLoC, which stands for Federated Learning of Cohorts, is a set of technologies the company is adopting to replace the soon-to-be-retired third-party cookies. Some notable companies have announced that they oppose Google FLoC and will be blocking it, Android Authority reports. So, here's the question: What exactly is Google FLoC? 


Definition for Sale

The Merriam-Webster dictionary is auctioning off its definition of NFT, as an NFT, on OpenSea, Gizmodo reports. The proceeds will go to Teach for All, an international network for improving and expanding access to education. This morning, the highest bid stood at $26,345.

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