New Tech Expands Distributed Generation’s Role in Greening the Grid (Part 2)

In Part 1, we looked at how industrial-scale distributed generating plants (typically hundreds of kilowatts to tens of megawatts), powered by renewable energy, are playing an important role in creating a new generation of more resilient, more sustainable power grids. We also saw that, regardless whether they make power from the sun’s distant rays or a nearby city’s sewage sludge, they’re still subject to the same technical requirements for regulating, conditioning, and distributing their output through the power grid as their larger fossil-fueled counterparts.

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Source: Independent Electricity System Operators (IESO)

Here, we’ll take a closer look at how the equipment used in distributed generation systems must evolve to meet the industry’s changing requirements. While still undergoing some growing pains, distributed generation technologies are technically mature and well-defined enough whereby major utility operators, such as the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and CPS Energy, have developed extensive standards that define

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Veritone Licensing Expands Global News Library with Exclusive Agreement with the South China Morning Post

New agreement adds SCMP’s international news content dating back over 100 years to the Veritone content licensing portfolio

Veritone, Inc. (Nasdaq: VERI), the creator of the world’s first operating system for artificial intelligence, aiWARE™, and provider of digital content licensing services on behalf of the world’s premier sports entities, news organizations and user-generated networks, today announced a new agreement with South China Morning Post, a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century.

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Veritone Licensing signs exclusive agreement with the South China Morning Post to expands its global news library. (Graphic: Business Wire)

The agreement gives Veritone the exclusive rights to license SCMP’s archive and current video content to its clients in North America. The deal is a significant milestone in Veritone’s strategy to further expand the global reach of its

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Compass Offices Expands its Footprint Anticipating Market Recovery

Compass Offices, a leading flexible office space provider in Asia Pacific, increases its footprint in Hong Kong with an additional 22,500 square foot of flexible office space at Infinitus Plaza in Sheung Wan.

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Compass Offices, a leading flexible office space provider in Asia Pacific, increases its footprint in Hong Kong with an additional 22,500 square foot of flexible office space at Infinitus Plaza in Sheung Wan. (Photo: Business Wire)

Infinitus Plaza is the prime office location in the Sheung Wan district, with direct access to the MTR, the Macao ferry terminal and a 2 minutes’ walk via the footbridge to the IFC mall.

Compass is expanding its operation in the building from 2 to 4 floors, bringing its corporate and professional clientele private and secure flexible office space, meeting rooms, and a modern and fully fitted business lounge and

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Argentina Expands Tech Companies’ Incentives Amid Recovery Push

Argentina Bonds Fall With Tighter Foreign-Exchange Controls

Photographer: Erica Canepa/Bloomberg

Argentina is expanding benefits to its burgeoning tech sector in an effort to boost much-needed foreign investment and exports, supporting a resilient industry that’s grown amid a severe, three-year recession.

Both chambers of congress recently approved a technology bill that provides tax incentives for the next decade to start-ups and industry giants that train and hire workers. It’s one of very few bills with long-term economic scope to make it through Argentina’s deeply divided congress this year.

“There’s absolute agreement among all political parties about the relevance of this sector,” Production Minister Matias Kulfas told journalists Friday, estimating the bill over 10 years would nearly double employment and increase tech service exports by an additional $4 billion. “The pandemic is speeding up digital priorities, and we have to see it as an opportunity to strengthen foreign investment.”

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Argentina’s tech sector has

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Curaleaf Expands Product Line Featuring Fast Acting Nanoemulsion Technology with NANO Drops

Curaleaf NANO Drops Make National Debut in Florida

WAKEFIELD, Mass., Oct. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (CSE: CURA) (OTCQX: CURLF) (“Curaleaf” or the “Company”), a leading vertically integrated cannabis operator in the United States, today unveiled Curaleaf NANO Drops, a new addition to its lineup of products utilizing nanoemulsion technology. The Company, whose Select brand recently reached $1 million in sales in just one month in Florida, has launched a new precision-calibrated sublingual tincture which is infused with small, water-soluble cannabinoids, resulting in a faster, more efficient cannabinoid delivery system.

“Curaleaf NANO Drops are unique in their versatility and offer a great alternative for customers interested in a faster onset and more efficient dosing product,” said Joe Bayern, President of Curaleaf. “After the successful launch of Curaleaf Sublingual Tablets, we are excited to expand our portfolio of products utilizing this technology to bring customers

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Coty Expands Kylie Skin Brand to Europe and Australia

Coty Inc.  (COTY) – Get Report said on Thursday that it was expanding its division for Kylie Jenner’s skincare products, Kylie Skin, to France, Germany, the U.K. and Australia.

The direct-to-consumer Kylieskin.com websites will ensure faster delivery of products. They’ll also enable customers to shop using their local languages and currencies, avoiding additional customs fees and duties, the New York beauty-products company said in a statement.

At last check Coty shares jumped 8% to $3.60.

“The launch of the Kylie Skin international websites also reinforces Coty’s strategic commitment to strengthening the direct-to-consumer business model,” said Simona Cattaneo, president of luxury brands at Coty. “We continue to see collections sell out quickly.” 

“I always wanted to bring my skincare line to more consumers around the world and this will allow for an easier shopping experience and faster delivery,” Jenner, a fashion designer and entrepreneur with a big social-media following,

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Western Digital Expands WD_BLACK Gaming Portfolio

Today Western Digital expanding its gaming portfolio, WD_BLACK, with even more drives and a gaming dock. These new products include a PCIe Gen4 SSD, the WD_BLACK SN850, an AIC NVMe SSD, the WD_BLACK AN1500, and the aforementioned dock, the WD_BLACK D50 Game Dock. All the new devices leverage the NVMe interface and bring new speeds to gamers.

Today Western Digital expanding its gaming portfolio, WD_BLACK, with even more drives and a gaming dock. These new products include a PCIe Gen4 SSD, the WD_BLACK SN850, an AIC NVMe SSD, the WD_BLACK AN1500, and the aforementioned dock, the WD_BLACK D50 Game Dock. All the new devices leverage the NVMe interface and bring new speeds to gamers.

Gaming has moved beyond the niche to the mainstream, with professional eSports emerging. As the demographic of the gamer has changed, so has the equipment landscape. Games are getting more and more advanced and need the

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dLocal Expands Emerging Markets Payments Platform in the Caribbean, LATAM

Emerging market payments leader enables its merchants to accept and distribute local payments in Costa Rica, Panama, and the Dominican Republic.

dLocal, the leading cross-border payment platform connecting global merchants to emerging markets, today announced it has expanded its payments network to include three markets in Latin America and the Caribbean: Costa Rica, Panama, and the Dominican Republic.

Leveraging a proprietary and flexible API-based payments technology platform, dLocal now supports over 300 local payment methods in 23 emerging market countries, including the top five emerging markets in the world by population (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Mexico). Merchants integrate just once to dLocal’s API to accept payment in any of the 23 countries where dLocal operates across LATAM, APAC, Middle East and Africa and can do so without a physical presence. This expansion comes less than a month after dLocal secured $200 million in new funding to become one of

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CBP expands facial recognition program to international travelers at San Francisco and San Jose airports

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) this week announced the expansion of its Simplified Arrival program, which uses facial recognition to verify the identity of airline travelers arriving in the U.S. According to a press release, Simplified Arrival is now in use at San Francisco International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport following recent installations in Detroit and Houston.

As early as 2016, CBP began laying the groundwork for the program of which Simplified Arrival is a part: the $1 billion Biometric Entry-Exit Program. Through partnerships with airlines like Delta and JetBlue, CBP has access to manifests that it uses to build facial recognition databases incorporating photos from entry inspections, U.S. visas, and other U.S. Department of Homeland Security corpora. Camera kiosks at airports capture live photos and compare them with photos in the database, attempting to identify matches. When there’s no existing photo available for matching,

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Facebook Expands Its Ban on QAnon Conspiracy Theory Accounts

Facebook has announced a blanket ban on QAnon accounts in a bid to drastically cut down on content supporting the radical conspiracy theory group.

The strict measures follow less rigorous action taken by Facebook against QAnon in August 2020.

In a post on its site on Tuesday, October 6, Facebook said that from hereon in it will remove all Facebook pages, groups, and Instagram accounts tied to QAnon. It added that while the removal work starts now, the process will take time and could take weeks to have a noticeable effect.

“Our Dangerous Organizations Operations team will continue to enforce this policy and proactively detect content for removal instead of relying on user reports,” the company said in its post, adding, “These are specialists who study and respond to new evolutions in violating content from this movement and their internal detection has provided better leads in identifying new evolutions in

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