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Bumble bees bearing high-tech backpacks act as a living data collection platform – TechCrunch

Bumble bees bearing high-tech backpacks act as a living data collection platform – TechCrunch There’s lots of research going into tiny drones, but one of the many hard parts is keeping them in the air for any real amount of time. Why not hitch a ride on something that already …

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How cities can fix tourism hell – TechCrunch

How cities can fix tourism hell – TechCrunch A steep and rapid rise in tourism has left behind a wake of economic and environmental damage in cities around the globe. In response, governments have been responding with policies that attempt to limit the number of visitors who come in. We’ve …

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Twilio launches a new SIM card and narrowband dev kit for IoT developers – TechCrunch

Twilio launches a new SIM card and narrowband dev kit for IoT developers – TechCrunch Twilio is hosting its Signal developer conference in San Francisco this week. Yesterday was all about bots and taking payments over the phone; today is all about IoT. The company is launching two new (but …

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Bitcoin’s Proof-of-Work Can Be Made More Efficient, IBM Research Claims

Bitcoin’s Proof-of-Work Can Be Made More Efficient, IBM Research Claims Proof-of-work (PoW), the consensus mechanism that secures bitcoin and numerous other cryptocurrency blockchains, has given the technology a reputation for hogging energy. Indeed, a commonly advanced argument is that an army of specialized computers all racing to solve some arbitrary math …

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Microsoft Azure bets big on IoT – TechCrunch

Microsoft Azure bets big on IoT – TechCrunch At its Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida, Microsoft today announced a plethora of new Internet of Things-focused updates to its Azure cloud computing platform. It’s no secret that the amount of data generated by IoT devices is a boon to cloud computing …

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Munich Re buys IoT middleware startup, relayr, in deal worth $300M – TechCrunch

Munich Re buys IoT middleware startup, relayr, in deal worth $300M – TechCrunch Berlin based Internet of Things (IoT) startup relayr, whose middleware platform is geared towards helping industrial companies unlock data insights from their existing machinery and production line kit, has been acquired by insurance group Munich Re in …

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Arm acquires data management service Treasure Data to bolster its IoT platform – TechCrunch

Arm acquires data management service Treasure Data to bolster its IoT platform – TechCrunch Arm, the semiconductor firm you probably still remember as ARM, today announced that it has acquired Treasure Data, a data management platform for large enterprise customers. The companies didn’t announce the financial details of the transaction, …

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Siemens acquires low-code platform Mendix for $700M – TechCrunch

Siemens acquires low-code platform Mendix for $700M – TechCrunch Siemens, the giant German technology company, today announced that it has acquired Mendix, the popular low-code application development platform, for €0.6 billion (or about $700 million). Mendix, which was founded in the Netherlands but now has its headquarters in Boston, will …

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