Golden raises $14.5M to build a wiki-style database of tech knowledge

Golden is announcing that it has raised $14.5 million in Series A funding. The round was led by previous investor Andreessen Horowitz, with the firm’s co-founder Marc Andreessen joining the startup’s board of directors.

When Golden launched last year, founder and CEO Jude Gomila told me that his goal was to create a knowledge base focused on areas where Wikipedia’s coverage is often spotty, particularly emerging technology and startups.

Gomila told me this week that “companies, technologies and the people involved in them” remain Golden’s strength. In that sense, you could see it as a competitor to Crunchbase, but with a much bigger emphasis on explaining and “clustering” information on big topics like quantum computing and COVID-19, rather than just aggregating key data about companies and people. (By the way, both TechCrunch and the author of this post have their own profile pages, though the latter is woefully empty.)

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Build a money-generating machine that pays all your bills, become 1st Generation Rich and have fun doing it

Mark J. Migliaccio announces the release of ‘1st Generation Rich’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Sept. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mark J. Migliaccio wanted to open the eyes of anyone who always wanted to start a business or invest in real estate but never knew how to get started. He wants to show that there are many more options to the daily grind and “working in a job you dislike with people you would never invite to one of your barbecues.” It is for these reasons that he writes “1st Generation Rich” (published by Archway Publishing), a book about how to build a money-generating machine that pays all your bills, become 1st Generation Rich while having fun doing it.

 

In this guide to building wealth, Migliaccio explores how to build a business that puts one in control of his/her valuable time, master the art of making money by investing in real estate

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VMware Empowers Customers to Build their Multi-Cloud Future

VMware’s Multi-Cloud Strategy Unlocks the Value From Any Cloud While Delivering Better Security and Simplified Operations

VMware Announces Intent to Acquire SaltStack to Bolster Cloud Automation Portfolio

VMworld 2020 — This week at VMworld 2020, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) announced new innovations to help customers build, run, manage, connect, and protect any app on any cloud. Today, more than 15 million enterprise workloads run on VMware in the cloud, and more than 4,300 partners offer VMware-based cloud services. This includes all major public cloud providers. With these new and updated offerings, customers and partners can unlock multi-cloud’s full potential value by providing more developer freedom while providing IT with consistent and efficient security and operations.

The company also announced its intent to acquire SaltStack, a pioneer in building intelligent, event-driven automation software. Following close, SaltStack will enable VMware to significantly broaden its software configuration management and infrastructure and network automation

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Asian stocks struggle to build on Wall Street gains, dollar rises

SINGAPORE/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Asia’s stock markets struggled to emulate Wall Street’s rebound on Wednesday as persistent worries about the global economic recovery kept investors cautious, while ebbing inflation expectations helped the U.S. dollar to a two-month high.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was steady after two days of declines, but the mood was hardly bullish.

Japan’s Nikkei .N225 returned from a two-day holiday to drop 0.6%. Markets in Shanghai .SSEC and Hong Kong .HSI opened flat, the ASX 200 <.AXJO rose 1.6% and South Korea’s Kospi .KS11 fell 0.8% on a jump in coronavirus infections.

“I think that reflects a lingering caution. The pandemic is still a concern…non-tech stocks are still weighed down by COVID-19,” said Bank of Singapore analyst Moh Siong Sim.

Foreign exchange markets best reflected those worries and a strong dollar kept Asia’s currencies on the back

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Chitin could be used to build tools and habitats on Mars, study finds

A figurine of an astronaut stands next to a block.
Enlarge / Scientists mixed chitin—an organic polymer found in abundance in arthropods, as well as fish scales—with a mineral that mimics the properties of Martian soil to create a viable new material for building tools and shelters on Mars.

Space aficionados who dream of one day colonizing Mars must grapple with the stark reality of the planet’s limited natural resources, particularly when it comes to building materials. A team of scientists from the Singapore University of Technology and Design discovered that, using simple chemistry, the organic polymer chitin—contained in the exoskeletons of insects and crustaceans—can easily be transformed into a viable building material for basic tools and habitats. This would require minimal energy and no need for transporting specialized equipment. The scientists described their experiments in a recent paper published in the journal PLOS ONE.

“The technology was originally developed to create circular ecosystems in urban environments,” said co-author Javier

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Samsung’s fast, PCIe 4.0-ready 980 Pro SSD can future-proof your PC build

Samsung has unveiled its next high-performance NVMe 2280-sized M.2 drive, the 980 Pro. So far, it comes in three capacities shipping this month: 250GB for $89.99, 500GB for $149.99, and 1TB for $229.99. A 2TB model will arrive later this year, but Samsung didn’t share a price.

The standout feature of this drive is its compatibility with M.2 slots over the PCIe 4.0 interface. If you have a compatible motherboard, Samsung says the 980 Pro can go on a tear with sequential read / write speeds of up to 7,000MB/s and 5,000MB/s, respectively. It claims that this is two times faster performance than PCIe 3.0 SSDs and nearly 13 times faster than the more affordable but slower SATA SSDs.

Samsung 980 Pro

Here’s a closer look at the SSD. It looks exactly like the previous generation.
Image: Samsung

Of course, to get the best speeds out of this Samsung M.2 drive, you’ll need

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