A look at the debate surrounding the economics of popular open source software like OpenSSL, as …

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Daniel Oberhaus / Motherboard:

A look at the debate surrounding the economics of popular open source software like OpenSSL, as an ever-increasing workload on maintainers risks causing burnout  —  A look at the complicated business of funding open source software development.  —  It was just before midnight on New Years Eve …

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Elroy Air, a maker of delivery drones that can carry up to 500 lbs, raises $9. …

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Elroy Air, a maker of delivery drones that can carry up to 500 lbs, raises $9.2M in seed funding from new and existing investors Catapult, Precursor, and others  —  The dozens of companies vying for a foothold in the $11.2 billion drone industry — and by extension the $400 million same …

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Vicarious Surgical, which is building minimally invasive surgical tech that combines VR with …

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Vicarious Surgical, which is building minimally invasive surgical tech that combines VR with miniature robots, has closed $10M round led by Gates Frontiers Fund  —  In an operating room in rural Idaho, doctors prep a patient for surgery.  They make a tiny, thumb-sized incision into the patient …

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Relative’s DNA Solves A 1993 Murder Cold Case

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A 44-year-old living in Maine has just been arrested and charged with committing a murder when he was 18, the Washington Post reports:
The April 1993 slaying of Sophie Sergie, an Alaska Native, was one of the state’s most notorious cold cases until Friday, when authorities announced that DNA genealogical mapping helped triangulate a genetic match… Police recovered the suspect’s DNA from Sergie’s body. At the time, the district court filing said, DNA processing technology had not been introduced in Alaska. A DNA profile confirming the suspect as male was uploaded in 2000, but it did not match anyone in the FBI’s database. The case went dormant for years…

Then the alleged “Golden State Killer” was captured [after searching commercial online genealogy databases for relatives who matched DNA found at a crime scene]. The publicity of the feat, state troopers said, sparked the idea for investigators in the Sergie case. Why not try the same? A forensic genealogist prepared a report on Dec. 18, comparing the suspect’s genetic material from the crime scene to likely relatives. A woman’s DNA profile emerged in the search. Investigators found their link: She was an aunt of Downs’s.
Downs had been a student at the college where the murder took place. He’s also been charged with sexual assault — and with being a fugitive from justice for the last 25 years.


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Seattle startup Xnor unveils a 100% solar-powered prototype AI camera with 320×320 resolution, …

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James Vincent / The Verge:

Seattle startup Xnor unveils a 100% solar-powered prototype AI camera with 320×320 resolution, an FPGA chip, and an object recognition algorithm loaded on board  —  Stick it in sunlight and it can transmit data pretty much indefinitely  —  A big trend in AI is the transition from cloud to edge computing.

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