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The richest real estate developer in the US wrote a desperate letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos offering to pay for the insanely sought-after HQ2

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  • Proposals are due on Thursday from all cities vying to become the future site of Amazon HQ2.
  • Donald Bren, the richest real estate developer in the US, wrote a letter on behalf of his company to Jeff Bezos, offering to finance the entire $5 billion project.
  • Irvine, California is already home to hundreds of other top tech companies, as well as a 1,200-person Amazon outpost.


The fight for Amazon’s HQ2 has reached a fever pitch.

Proposals are due on Thursday from cities across the US and Canada interested in becoming the future site of Amazon’s second headquarters, and one Southern California city is taking desperate measures to clinch Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ attention.

Donald Bren, the multi-billionaire owner of the Irvine Company, wrote a letter to Bezos on behalf of his company and in companion with the city of Irvine.

In it, he offers to finance the entirety of HQ2 — which Amazon projects will cost about $5 billion — if the e-commerce giant chooses Irvine. The offer is billed by Bren as “a one-click shopping opportunity” for Amazon.

Bren writes:

“With the Irvine Company proposal, Amazon will not be required to invest capital for land acquisition, buildings, or entitlements to build your new business campus. Our company has the long-term real estate assets, capital resources, and flexibility to deliver all your required workspace with lease durations of Amazon’s choosing.

“In essence, you would have a one-click shopping opportunity and be able to capitalize on our inplace property development rights, thus avoiding potential delays, because Irvine Company has invested more than 60 years master planning 93,000 acres of land, and designing and overseeing the creation of the largest new city in America…Irvine, California.”

Over 250,000 people live in Irvine and it’s often regarded as the epicenter of Orange County, an affluent coastal community sandwiched between San Diego to the South and Los Angeles to the North.

Amazon says its new HQ2 will eventually house 50,000 mostly white-collar workers making an average of over $100,000 a year. That’s currently about the average income for workers in Irvine.

Bren — who’s worth a cool $17 billion — is the chairman of the Irvine Co., which owns about one-fifth of the land in Orange County spread across office, retail, and apartment space, as well as golf courses and hotel resorts.

In the letter, Bren positions Irvine as the ideal candidate for Amazon because “Irvine is ranked by various sources as America’s fastest growing, most desirable, best educated, safest, and healthiest large city,” he writes.

More than 900 tech companies, such as Google, Broadcom, Blizzard Entertainment, UBS, and Verizon have offices in Irvine, and Amazon already has a 1,200-person outpost in the city.

Southern California is home to the biggest pool of STEM workers in the US, according to the Irvine Company proposal. The University of California, Irvine, a top-ranked public university located in Orange County, awards 42% of its undergraduate students with STEM degrees annually.

At the end of the letter, Bren makes one final plea to his fellow billionaire: “It’s 74 degrees on this beautiful October day, the sun is out and the surf’s up at our spectacular beaches. Please come join us! The water, like the place, is the perfect temperature.”

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This Week on Windows: The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Surface Book 2 and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows, where we’re talking about the new Surface Book 2 and everything in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update! Head over here to read more about this week’s news, check out the Surface Book 2, or, find out what’s new in the Fall Creators Update.

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 Happy Hallowdays

 Happy Hallowdays

Spook up your Halloween with this Collection of terrifying games, chilling entertainment, and haunting apps – on sale now through Oct. 31, 2017.

The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower

The fate of worlds lies with the last Gunslinger (Idris Elba), the only one who can defend the Dark Tower – which holds the universe together – from the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). Watch good and evil collide in The Dark Tower ($14.99 HD/SD), based on the best-selling book series by Stephen King. Get it now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store, two full weeks before it comes to Blu-ray!



For a shattering combo of racing and rhythm games, Thumper ($19.99) sets a new bar, with classic rhythm action, blistering speed and brutal physicality. You are a space beetle, screaming down an endless track and crashing through punishing obstacles with simple, airtight controls.

Have a great weekend!

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Snaps raises $6M to expand its marketing platform for messaging apps

 Snaps has raised $6 million in Series A funding for what it calls its Conversational Marketing Cloud.
By that, it’s referring to a suite of tools that allows businesses to promote themselves through messaging. CEO Christian Brucculeri said Snaps is differentiated by its “write once and deploy everywhere approach,” allowing marketers to build things like chatbots and emoji… Read More

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Facebook's top lawyer — not Zuck — will testify before Congress on Russia-linked ads (FB)

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  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg will not publicly testify before Congress about Russia’s use of social media to influence US elections.
  • The company is instead sending its top lawyer, Colin Stretch to testify on November 1.
  • Facebook reports its quarterly earnings the same day as the hearing.

Facebook’s general counsel will testify on November 1 before a US House of Representatives panel investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, the company said on Thursday.

Executives from Twitter and Alphabet’s Google also were expected to appear at a public hearing before the House intelligence committee, but have not yet said who will represent them.

General counsel Colin Stretch will be the Facebook representative to testify, company spokesman Andy Stone said. The company’s high-profile Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg will not appear. The hearing will take place the same day Facebook reports its quarterly earnings.

Some US lawmakers, increasingly alarmed over evidence that hackers used the internet to spread fake news and otherwise influence last year’s election, have been pushing for more information about social networks.

In the US Senate, Republican John McCain and Democrats Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner planned to introduce legislation on Thursday that would impose new disclosure requirements on political ads that run on Facebook and other websites.

The Senate and House intelligence committees are two of the main congressional panels probing allegations that Russia sought to interfere in the US election to boost Republican President Donald Trump’s chances of winning, and possible collusion between Trump associates and Russia.

Moscow has denied the allegations, and Trump has repeatedly dismissed any accusations of collusion.

SEE ALSO: Facebook has Wall Street under its love spell, and a Russian scandal isn’t changing that

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An ex-Facebook executive gave clues about a new device she's creating to let us peak inside our own brains

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  • Former Facebook executive Mary Lou Jepsen said a near-death experience inspired her latest project, a device that she said would let us “look inside any part of the body.”
  • Jepsen has been vague about the technology but said it would be affordable and wearable with MRI-like capabilities.
  • She claims the device could have a broad range of applications, including learning more about a range of mental illnesses as well as heart disease and certain types of cancer, but has yet to release further details.

A brush with death inspired ex-Facebook executive Mary Lou Jepsen’s latest venture — a technology that she claims will enable us to peak inside our bodies and brains.

“Why let people suffer if we can find out what’s really going on?” Jepsen said at the Rock Health Summit in San Francisco on Tuesday. Her new technology, she explained, “can look inside your body — at any part of the body — in high resolution.”

She was first inspired to delve into the project after learning she had a brain tumor as a graduate student in her 20s. For months, Jepsen struggled with debilitating headaches, but she had no idea what was wrong until she finally got an MRI — a costly scan of her brain that can only be done in specially-equipped hospitals. Even today, 20 years after Jepsen had her test, the procedure remains a scary ordeal for many people — particularly those with an existing fear of small spaces. Climbing inside a tiny, human-sized enclave where you’ll be unable to move and subjected to loud, pulsating sounds that clamor around your body for up to 30 minutes is no walk in the park. The bigger problem, though, is that many diseases that can only be diagnosed with an MRI give very few clues that suggest the procedure is necessary. Jepsen went months with no idea what was going on inside her brain.

“I nearly died because I didn’t know I needed an MRI,” Jepsen said.

Now Jepsen is working on something that would replace the machine — which costs hospitals roughly $3 million to buy and costs consumers about $2,600 per test — with something people could wear potentially all the time.

Dozens of unanswered questions about Jepsen’s mysterious device remain. In August, Jepsen announced she was leaving her one-year stint at Facebook — where she had served as the company’s executive director of engineering and the head of display technologies at its virtual reality arm Oculus — to work on the project, which she described then as a “new imaging technology” that would help “cure diseases.” Jepsen added that the device would shrink down the capabilities of an MRI into something affordable that people could wear, like a hat.

MRI singing manMRIs use radio waves and strong magnets to create pictures of organs and structures inside the body. In Jepsen’s case, the test was used to spot a tumor in her brain.

Jepsen’s new tool would do the same thing, but instead of using strong magnets, it would use near-infrared light — a type of light that can penetrate cells and approximate blood flow by distinguishing between blood that has been oxygenated and is flowing away from the heart and blood that has not been oxygenated and is flowing towards it, she said on Tuesday. “Oxygenated blood and deoxygenated blood are different colors,” Jepsen said.

A preliminary version of the device, she said, has allowed her to get a more accurate and defined picture of the inner-workings of the brain and body than the fuzzy, pixelated images generated by existing MRI machines. “We got a billion times higher resolution than an MRI,” Jepsen said.

It’s still unclear exactly what the new device will be called and how far along in development it is, but Jepsen said she could see it being used for a variety of applications, from peaking inside the brain — where it could potentially improve our understanding of mental illnesses like depression — to glimpsing the inner-workings of the heart or tumors — where it could help treat diseases like cancer and heart disease.

“You can buy a blood pressure cuff,” Jepsen said. “How come you can’t look inside your body?”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about playing his most outlandish character yet in 'Killing Gunther,' and which of his movies he'll stop to watch

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger talked about coming up with one of his most outlandish characters yet in the movie, “Killing Gunther.”
  • Schwarzenegger explained why he still makes “Terminator” movies.
  • He also shared the movie he’s made in the past that he’ll still watch, though it’s “just so stupid.”


Arnold Schwarzenegger has built a legendary career through iconic action movie roles that will be watched by generations of audiences. So who better to be at the center of a comedy that spoofs the genre?

For “Killing Gunther” (currently streaming, in theaters on Friday), the directorial debut of “Saturday Night Live” alum Taran Killam, Schwarzenegger plays Gunther, the world’s most famous hitman, who is being chased by a group of bumbling assassins (Killam and Bobby Moynihan among them) trying to take him out. Sporting a stylish haircut, red sunglasses, outlandish outfits, and at one point even singing an country music song, Schwarzenegger delivers his most outlandish performance of his career.

Business Insider spoke with Schwarzenegger over the phone about coming up with the character, why he wants to keep making “Terminator” movies, his theory why “Last Action Hero” was his biggest bomb of the ’90s, and the movie he’s sat back and watched with his kids because it’s “just so stupid.”

Jason Guerrasio: What was it that made you say yes to a movie like “Killing Gunther?”

Arnold Schwarzenegger: I was a fan of Taran Killam. I saw him on “Saturday Night Live.” He came to me with the script, I read it, I had a conversation with him, it was his first time directing but he seemed very organized. He had a clear vision of how the movie should be done. I felt the script was hilarious, I thought the whole concept of taking the kind of movies that I’ve have done many times, of playing a killer of some sort, and that this guy was the ultimate number one assassin, I thought that was funny. I had a blast doing the movie. And my character was written exactly for me. It was heaven. It was just so over the top. 

Guerrasio: The thing that stands out at first, and you see it in the trailer and the marketing, is your outlandish haircut and clothes for the movie, is that something you and Taran fleshed out together?

Schwarzenegger: No. We didn’t even talk about that. He had it all planned out. I remember coming to the set and the hairdresser started cutting my hair and I was like, “Wow, it’s kind of short on the sides,” and they said, “Yeah, we want to make you really cutting edge,” and I was like ok, for a 70-year-old guy to look cutting edge, not bad. [Laughs.] The flamboyant wardrobe and behavior, it all fit together perfectly. 

Guerrasio: So you didn’t pick out the sunglasses or any of the outfits?

Schwarzenegger: We had some decisions, but I made it clear to him that I would rather go with his vision, which made him feel really happy that I wasn’t one of those actors that was second-guessing everything. But you second-guess everything when you have a s—-y director or someone who doesn’t have a clear vision. With him I didn’t feel that way. When he explained to me my character I thought that he had thought through the whole thing so much, all I cared about was that everything fit. I just wanted to make sure there were enough fittings. I think I picked out the sunglasses.

Guerrasio: How about your performance. 

Schwarzenegger: I was rehearsing it for months before I got to the set. Doing it my way, the way I interpreted it. And when we did rehearsals a week before we started shooting, Taran liked what I came up with. During shooting he did little tweaks, as he should. But he was wonderful. I said to him, any script that you have where I fit in I would love to work with you again. 

Guerrasio: So if he did a sequel to this you would be into playing this character again?

Schwarzenegger: That would be funny. 

Guerrasio: I would love to see you do this character again, but I will say it’s a bummer that we have to wait 45 minutes or so into the movie before you show up.

Schwarzenegger: That will be the tagline of the sequel — “Gunther will be in sooner.”

Guerrasio: [Laughs.]

Schwarzenegger: But the way Taran did it, reading the script, it was perfect. But seeing the movie, yeah, it’s too bad we don’t have a scene or two where I could come in sooner. 

Guerrasio: You’ve done comedies in the past, but this was more outlandish than anything we’ve ever seen you do before. Were you nervous if you could pull it off?

Schwarzenegger: No, because you have to see some of the commercials I have done for the Japanese.

Guerrasio: Very true. Good point.

Schwarzenegger: They are more outrageous than “Finding Gunther.” There is nothing, for me, that is too outrageous. I mean I can go all the way out there or I can be as subtle as in “Maggie” or “Aftermath.”

Guerrasio: Well, what about doing the country music song? Some nervousness doing that?

Schwarzenegger: Yes. I have to admit that I did really freak out over that. I don’t mind looking foolish but it’s just that I’m so bad in singing. The only time people ask me to sing is if they want the party to stop. If they want everyone to go home. Immediately. So I was worried that if I sang everyone was going to run out the theater. I just don’t have an ear for music. That’s why for “Twins” Ivan Reitman made me sing so people would laugh. So, I get it. It’s embarrassing. 

Guerrasio: But you owned it. And Taran putting you singing the song in the end credits, either you’re hypnotized by it that you can’t leave or you run out of the theater. 

Schwarzenegger: Right. Exactly. As soon as I heard it I ran out. 

Guerrasio: Is there a character you’ve played in your career that it still bugs you audiences didn’t get what you tried to do?

Schwarzenegger: There could be 10 of those characters around. [Laughs.] That’s not my style to really dwell on it, and drive around during the day on my bicycle, or working out in the gym, and to worry about what character people didn’t understand. I think that’s just me. And I’m not a person that thinks back in the first place. I think forward. And it’s always been less that people didn’t get the character, but more people being mad that the movie fell short. Or people would say they are glad the movie went in the toilet. And I totally agree with them. I think there are some movies I made that it was a good thing they went into the toilet, because they weren’t good enough. The director f—ed up, or the production was too small, or I screwed up, whatever the reasons are. I’m lucky I’ve made more movies that went through the roof and people liked internationally than movies that didn’t do well. 

Last Action Hero Columbia PicturesGuerrasio: For me I still love the Jack Slater character in “Last Action Hero.” I don’t have to tell you, that movie didn’t do well when it opened in 1993, but if I show someone younger than me that movie now they get sucked in. 

Schwarzenegger: And don’t forget that the year that movie came out it was the year to beat up on Arnold. There was nothing I could do. It was one of those things where President Clinton was elected and the press somehow made the whole thing kind of political where they thought, “Okay, the ’80s action guys are gone here’s a perfect example,” and they wrote this narrative before anyone saw the movie. And I could see before the movie even came out there were stories coming out about how the movie was still shooting and it’s supposed to come out in two months so why are they still shooting. The action hero era is over, Bill Clinton is in, the highbrow movies are the in thing now, I couldn’t recuperate. It was treated like the biggest failure and when other movies came out that year that did less money they didn’t say that. So yes, I think more people would have seen it if the press treated it differently, but now the good thing is that with streaming, people can go and watch it and many people say exactly what you’re saying. They enjoy it.  

Guerrasio: Why continue playing The Terminator? What is it about this character that makes you want to keep playing it?

Schwarzenegger: I love the character. I think the T-800 model is a really interesting character that was developed with a tremendous ability. He’s a machine, can be destructive, can do things human being can’t do, but at the same time when newer technology comes along the character suddenly is vulnerable and that makes him even more interesting. That’s why it plays well in the past movies. I think [James] Cameron and [upcoming Terminator movie director] Tim [Miller] came up with a concept where they can continue on with the T-800, but make the movie a whole new movie. I think the character was stuck in the future and was more like an ordinary guy who suddenly gets activated again. 

terminator genisys arnold schwarzeneggerGuerrasio: What went wrong with “Terminator Genisys?” Too much of the story getting in the weeds about the future and the past?

Schwarzenegger: Remember, all movies, except the one when I was governor so I wasn’t in it, “Terminator” 3 and 5 made over $400 million worldwide, so those are huge grosses. We wish we had made $700 million or $800 million, but I think the key thing now is not to get stuck with the same timeline. I think what they are doing now with this one is basically to just take a few very basic characters, like Linda Hamilton’s character and my character, and dismiss everything else. Just move away from all these rules of the timeline and the other characters. It’s hard to come up with new ideas when you stay within that framework. And I think this time they are going to take the freedom of opening up and not tying themselves down to the timelines and the other characters. 

Guerrasio: You’ve been teasing “Triplets,” the sequel to “Twins,” for so long, what’s the latest on that project? 

Schwarzenegger: I had a conversation yesterday with my agent and he said that the script will be finished in 14 days. Ivan Reitman is extremely happy with what he’s seen so far, he just wants to make a few tweaks. So that’s music to my ears. I think sometime beginning of next year we can shoot the film. 

Guerrasio: Is Eddie Murphy still involved?

Schwarzenegger: Absolutely. 

Guerrasio: Have you and Danny DeVito and Eddie talked, exchanged messages?

Schwarzenegger: We are in touch with each other all the time. We support each other. Everyone is happy to do this movie. 

Guerrasio: What movie of yours will you stop and watch if it’s on TV or someone tells you it’s on?

Schwarzenegger: I’ll tell you, I remember when my kids started understanding that I was in movies and they would be watching television and one of my movies would come on, they’d say “Daddy, this is you!” I would see the scene, I would stop and just watch it with them. One scene or two. Even a movie like “Hercules in New York,” which I always make fun of because it’s so outrageous, and it was my first movie, and they had to dub my voice. My name was “Arnold Strong” in the movie. I was really stupid. But I had to stop and watch it when my kids watched it because it was just so stupid. In one scene it’s me wrestling a bear and you could tell the bear in Central Park was not a bear, it was a guy with this coat thrown over him. But it was done so cheap. The budget on that movie was $300,000. We shot the movie in 1969, everything was so cheap. I hadn’t seen it in so long and my kids got it and put it on, and they saw me wrestling a bear, and I had to stop and watch this entire fight scene with that bear. Just to watch how ludicrous it was. 

And now, enjoy Arnold wrestling a bear in “Hercules in New York”:

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RacerD detects hard-to-find race conditions in Java code

Facebook has begun offeingr broad access to RacerD, a tool intended to tackle the longstanding problem of race conditions in software.

RacerD had been available as a prototype, accessible in Facebook’s open source code base only through a series of backdoor options, said codeveloper Sam Blackshear, a Facebook research scientist. Now, the tool will run by default in Facebook’s open source Infer static analysis tool for bug detection. Initially, RacerD is available only for Java code. But plans call for expanding coverage to other languages, including C++.

With race conditions, overlapping processes trying to access the same data concurrently can cause conflicts in programs. These concurrency errors can be difficult to debug or even reproduce. “This has really been a hard problem” in computing for about 50 years, said Peter O’Hearn, a research scientist on the Infer team and co-author of RacerD.

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Everything we know about the mysterious SR-72 — Lockheed Martin's successor to the fastest plane ever

In 2013, Lockheed Martin announced development of the the successor to the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane. The SR-71 was capable of reaching speeds over three times the speed of sound, and the SR-72 is intended to have even more impressive specs. Following is a transcript of the video. 

The SR-72 is the successor to the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, which was the fastest plane to ever exist. Built by Lockheed Martin in the 1960s, the SR-71 could reach speeds exceeding Mach 3 (above 2,200 mph). That’s over 3x faster than the speed of sound. The recon jets went out of service in 1998.

Development of the SR-72 was announced in 2013. It will be headed by “Skunk Works,” Lockheed’s advanced development program. Lockheed calls the SR-72 a “game changer.” The jet will be an unmanned hypersonic aircraft.
Lockheed claims it will reach speeds topping Mach 6 (over 4,500 mph) and they also want the jet to do more than just recon missions, including the ability to strike targets. Experts say the jet could reach anywhere in the world within an hour.

Rumors of possible sightings have flooded the internet. Recently, an unmanned aircraft was seen at a Skunk Works facility. Reports say it could have been an early test for the SR-72. Lockheed confirmed plans to fly a research vehicle in the early 2020s. If all goes well, it may not be long before the fastest plane ever hits the skies

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Here is the key Boeing gives airlines when they buy a $270 million 787 Dreamliner (QAN, BA)

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  • Qantas took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on Tuesday.
  • Boeing presented Qantas with a ceremonial key to the plane.
  • The Dreamliner will allow Qantas to offer non-stop service between the Europe and Australia. 

On Tuesday, Qantas took delivery of its first 787-9 Dreamliner at Boeing’s Everett, Washington factory. After the paperwork had been signed and a substantial amount of money transferred into Boeing’s coffers, it was time for the Australian national airline to finally get its plane.

But first, Boeing vice chairman Ray Conner presented Qantas CEO Alan Joyce with a key to the Dreamliner. The polished key came complete with a Boeing 787 keychain and an accompanying jewelry box, fitting for an with airliner with a list price of $270.4 million.

Admittedly, the key is purely ceremonial and isn’t required to operate the aircraft. Boeing usually reserves the pomp and circumstance of a key presentation for special occasions.

For Qantas, this is certainly a special occasion. 

Qantas Boeing 787 DreamlinerThe new Boeing Dreamliner, one of eight destined to enter the Qantas fleet by the end of 2018, will play a major role in the airline’s future international expansion plans. Qantas will use four of the planes, including the one it acquired on Tuesday to launch its new non-stop between Perth, Western Australia, and London.

This will be the first non-stop scheduled passenger flight between Australia and Europe. (In 1989, Qantas did fly one of its Boeing 747-400 jumbos from London to Sydney. However, that was a one-off publicity stunt with no passengers on board.)

“One of the big advantages of the Dreamliner is that it gives us a range of destinations we couldn’t have done before,” Joyce told Business Insider in an interview. “It gives you better economics because it’s 20% more fuel efficient and with a lot lower maintenance cost given the new technology.  That means there are routes we could have done before with distance, but couldn’t do economically that now come onto the radar screen.”

“For Qantas, it also starts overcoming the tyranny of distance we have,” Joyce added.

Qantas CEO Alan JoyceAfter all, the 9,008 mile-long flight will be the third longest scheduled commercial flight in the world, right after Air India’s 9,400-mile flight from Delhi to San Francisco and Qatar Airways’ 9,032-mile flight from Doha to Auckland, New Zealand.

The Perth to London route will overtake the airline’s 8,531-mile non-stop flight between Sydney and Dallas, Texas. That flight is operated by Airbus A380 superjumbos.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce

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Hiya, a Whitepages spinout, nabs $18M to for its smart caller ID technology

 Hiya came to life a year ago when it was spun out by Whitepages to take on TrueCaller and others in the world of smart caller ID services. Using machine learning and a vast database of calling data (3.5 billion calls to date), Seattle-based Hiya’s mission has been to supercharge the humble phone call — by providing detailed information about who is calling you, whether it’s… Read More

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