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#161 – January 24, 2023

Gravity batteries in abandoned mines could power the whole planet

Gravity batteries are a potential candidate for storing excess renewable energy, but finding places to install them is a challenge. Researchers have proposed that abandoned mines across the globe could be a cost-effective solution that may also provide jobs.

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Netflix’s New Chapter

The simplified story of Netflix’s founding starts with Reed Hastings grumbling over a $40 late charge from Blockbuster, and ends with the brick-and-mortar giant going bankrupt as customers came to prefer online rentals from Netflix, with streaming providing the final coup de grâce.

OpenAI and Microsoft Extend Partnership

This multi-year, multi-billion dollar investment from Microsoft follows their previous investments in 2019 and 2021, and will allow us to continue our independent research and develop AI that is increasingly safe, useful, and powerful.

How NASA Solved a $100 Million Problem for Five Bucks

A few years ago, back when the Constellation Program was still alive, NASA engineers discovered that the Ares I rocket had a crucial flaw, one that could have jeopardized the entire project. They panicked. They plotted.

And it's a bit grim start of the week as we have a few layoffs from some big tech companies.

Microsoft has laid off entire teams behind Virtual, Mixed Reality, and HoloLens

HoloLens, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality are all but dead at Microsoft.

Capital One scraps 1,100 tech positions

Consumer lending firm Capital One Financial Corp has cut 1,100 positions in its technology segment, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday, a move that comes as its digital transformation matures.

A difficult decision to set us up for the future

In the first round of layoffs Google cuts 12,000 jobs.

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