Microsoft declares its underwater data center test was a success

<img src="https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/project-natick-recovery-800×413.png" alt="The Northern Isles, a 12-rack / 864-server underwater data center pod, is winched off the seafloor in this picture after its two-year trial deployment.”> Enlarge / The Northern Isles, a 12-rack / 864-server underwater data center pod, is winched off the seafloor in this picture after its two-year Read more…

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Smart stimulus: Cash as code

Over the past six months, central banks and governments have unlocked financial floodgates to deal with the economic fallout of covid-19. As early as April, 106 countries had introduced or adapted social protection programs, mostly cash transfers, to help those affected by the pandemic. A McKinsey analysis of 54 countries estimates that Read more…

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Apple and Google are building coronavirus tracking into iOS and Android

You can read our most essential coverage of the coronavirus/covid-19 outbreak for free, and also sign up for our coronavirus newsletter. But please consider subscribing to support our nonprofit journalism. To build the voluntary contact tracing network, the new tech will rely on Bluetooth, typically used for short-distance communication between devices. When you test positive Read more…

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The exFAT filesystem is coming to Linux—Paragon software’s not happy about it

Enlarge / Proprietary filesystem vendor Paragon Software seems to feel threatened by the pending inclusion of a Microsoft-sanctioned exFAT in the Linux 5.7 kernel. reader comments 75 with 56 posters participating, including story author Share this story When software and operating system giant Microsoft announced its support for inclusion of the Read more…

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