Tag: infrastructure

Rising Fuel Prices Have Upended the Economy

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MIT ID cards go digital

MIT community members have a new and easier way to navigate campus life at the Institute: the MIT Mobile ID, a digital version of the MIT ID card for iOS and Android devices. Developed prior to the pandemic and released by Information Systems and Technology (IS&T), the MIT Mobile ID can be used just like […]

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Report: Biden Admin May Link Semiconductor Subsidies to Unions

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Nonprofit Organizations Are About to Get Hit With a Big Bill to Help Pay for the Nation’s Infrastructure

President Joe Biden has notched two legislative victories in November, with the House last week passing the Build Back Better Act, his massive social spending, tax and climate bill, and approving a bipartisan bill aimed at revamping the nation’s crumbling infrastructure earlier this month. Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, or IIJA, in […]

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Democrats Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Tell Voters What the Build Back Better Act Is All About

“Let’s see, what else…There’s a lot of money in there for the states—not the federal government, the states—to build and stand up pre-kindergarten programs and childcare centers. The bill ensures that a family of four with incomes up to $300,000, which is about 98 percent of the population, will pay no more than 7 percent […]

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Ditto raises $9M to connect devices peer-to-peer

Join gaming leaders, alongside GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming, for their 2nd Annual GamesBeat & Facebook Gaming Summit | GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2 this upcoming January 25-27, 2022. Learn more about the event.  Ditto, a platform that automatically syncs data across smartphones, internet of things (IoT) devices, and servers peer-to-peer, today announced that it secured […]

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Nexar, which sells analytics services on top of dash cam footage, raises $53M

Join gaming leaders, alongside GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming, for their 2nd Annual GamesBeat & Facebook Gaming Summit | GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2 this upcoming January 25-27, 2022. Learn more about the event.  Nexar, a startup developing an analytics service on top of car dash cam footage, today announced that it raised $53 million in […]

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A Disappointing CBO Score Might Not Doom the Build Back Better Act

Some Democrats have raised concerns about the CBO in the past. Although the agency is nonpartisan and has committed itself to objectivity, critics have noted that Swagel worked in the Treasury Department during the Bush administration, and held roles in conservative think tanks. The CBO drew the ire of some Democrats in February when it […]

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What Can Democrats Learn From the 2010 Midterms? A Conversation With Indivisible’s Leah Greenberg

Until we have clarity on what is going to be in the final package, there are going to be ongoing debates about what’s in and what’s out. What the public hears is, every week, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema declaring that another enormously popular thing is out of the package—which is not the greatest overall […]

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Warns That Harassing Calls To Colleagues ‘Will Continue’ From Her Supporters

Last week, Joe Biden finally saw an ambitious piece of legislation passed. The House and Senate both voted (narrowly, of course) for the president’s infrastructure bill, which only saw support from 19 GOP senators and 13 GOP representatives. Those few who voted against party lines were not left so merry: They were angrily singled out […]

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Here’s How the Build Back Better Act Will Get Enacted

Throughout several months of intense negotiations, progressive Democrats have insisted on bringing the Build Back Better Act, or BBB, to a vote before the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Their strategy has rested on the not-implausible belief that conservative Democrats might withhold support for President Biden’s social provision bill if infrastructure got enacted first. Much like the […]

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Piloting Big Technologies On a Tiny Scottish Island

Ferries tied up in Kirkwall (Credit: Community Energy Scotland) The Orkney Islands, just above mainland Scotland, may seem like the end of the earth, but hydrogen power projects launched there could help usher in a new era for marine transportation. A consortium of government, business, and community organizations is developing programs to test hydrogen as […]

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Launched Into A Kooky Rant Against The 13 Republican ‘Traitors’ Who Voted For The Biden Infrastructure Bill

Late Friday night, after months of back-and-forth (and squabbling with, of all people, stubborn Democrats), the House passed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill. Among its targets were the nation’s aging public works system, more access to high-speed internet, and the fight against climate change. It was a big deal for President Joe Biden, although other […]

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The Democrats Finally Get Their Act Together on Infrastructure

“The president is speaking with House leadership, progressives, and moderates in an effort to come to a solution. And he has been urging a vote tonight,” a White House official said in a statement to The New Republic. Biden later released a statement at around 9 o’clock in the evening, “urging all members to vote […]

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Michael Hudson: Is This the End of the Unreformable Democratic Party?

Yves here. Some readers have taken to comparing the Democratic Party to the Whigs, which collapsed in the mid 1850s. One of the reasons for the implosion, according to Wikipedia, is “The party failed to develop an effective platform on which to campaign.” voters are wising up on the Democratic Party failing to deliver on […]

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COP26: Can a Singing, Dancing Rebellion Save the World?

Yves here. I know that Medea Benjamin and Nicholas Davies and the various climate change activists they recognize in the post below mean well. So I hate to make an unflattering but accurate comparison: their grasp on the magnitude of change needed to prevent the worst climate outcomes is as least as poor as Pete […]

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Rubrik and Microsoft team up to secure hybrid clouds in a zero trust world

The increasingly pervasive ransomware epidemic has exposed the grim reality that many organizations aren’t securing their hybrid cloud infrastructures from bad actors who traverse from one cloud platform to the next looking for backed-up data. Unprotected hybrid cloud infrastructures leave valuable data and applications, including Microsoft 365, vulnerable to ransomware and a wide range of […]

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Azure adds new infrastructure, storage, and networking products

Microsoft’s Ignite 2021 conference heralds the launch of a host of new Azure services, some of which touch on infrastructure, storage, and networking. New features in Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets let companies more easily manage virtual machines in high-volume environments, while Azure Virtual Network Manager allows developers to manage their virtual networks across subscriptions […]

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‘Manchin Is a F**king Snake’: Progressives Urged to Keep Pushing for Both Bills

Yves here. As I said to Lambert some time back regarding Biden’s big spending bills, the longer it takes to push a deal over the finishing line, the more it acquires an aura of failure. Pelosi declared that she’d have a vote (by implication at least on the infrastructure bill) by October 31. Then the […]

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With Manchin Wavering, House Democrats Put Their Trust in Biden

Other members were more quick to condemn Manchin. In a statement, Representative Cori Bush—one of the key progressives needed to support both bills—called on the West Virginia Democrat to support the Build Back Better Act, saying his opposition is “is anti-Black, anti-child, anti-woman, and anti-immigrant.” Some of Manchin’s complaints have also been addressed in the […]

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Biden Never Campaigned to Be FDR

It was always folly to believe that Biden and the Democrats could top the New Deal and LBJ’s Great Society with a 50-50 Senate and just three votes to spare in the House. The White House deserves some of the blame for encouraging unrealistic expectations about what was ever possible in a Congress poised on […]

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Here’s What Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema Think About at 3 A.M.

The same is true for Sinema, except for the houseboat part. Her calculations are (as ever) harder to figure, because Biden won her state, however narrowly. Nevertheless, she obviously thinks her path to victory, also in 2024, is to assemble a coalition that’s different from the one that elected Biden in Arizona. She’s decided that […]

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Biden and the Democrats Agree to Keep Trying to Agree

The bulk of the framework is focused on child care and climate provisions, with some funding sprinkled hither and yon for health care and other Democratic priorities. It includes $400 billion for child care, universal pre-kindergarten, and $200 billion for extending the expanded child tax credit and the earned income tax credit by one year. […]

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Report: Confidential computing market could grow to $54B by 2026

Research firm Everest Group recently published a report that projects the trajectory of the confidential computing market could grow to $54 billion by 2026. This exponential growth is being fueled by enterprise cloud and security initiatives, expanding regulations, especially in privacy-sensitive industries such as health care and financial services. All segments of confidential computing are […]

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Another Day, Another Delay: Democrats Come Up Empty Again

In the same interview, though, Kaine backtracked and issued a caveat about how on track everything is. “I would say there’s nothing guaranteed about this thing until you and I see a final package,” Kaine said, before praising New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for her work on paid family leave proposals. He said that Gillibrand’s […]

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Intent-based networking startup Gluware secures $43M to automate repetitive tasks

Gluware, a company developing network automation tools for cloud environments, today announced that it raised $43 million in funding led by Bain Capital with participation from Acadia Woods Partners and existing investors. The mix of debt and equity — which values the company “well into the nine figures,” according to a source — will go […]

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“Want to See a Modern Country Commit Suicide? Take a Hard Look at Britain”

The title above comes from a post by the consultant and writer Umair Haque, on post-Brexit Britain as a failing state. And as an aside, I miss the days of the old econoblogopshere, where a piece substantially about another writer’s post would often elicit friendly back-and-forth with the author and other interested bloggers, as well […]

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Infrastructure and data issues hamper companies adopting AI, study finds

More than three-quarters of companies say that they have AI models that never come into use. For 20% of companies, the numbers look even worse, with only 10% of their models making it into production. That’s according to a new survey commissioned by Run:AI, which found that infrastructure challenges are causing resources to sit idle […]

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Network automation provider BackBox will scale SaaS offerings with newly raised $32M

BackBox, a network automation, security, and management service provider, today announced that it raised $32 million in a series A round led by venture firm Elsewhere Partners. The company says that it’ll put the capital toward increasing its market reach across Europe, the U.S., and Asia via strategic channel programs, as well as building out […]

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Coupling power and hydrogen sector pathways to benefit decarbonization

Governments and companies worldwide are increasing their investments in hydrogen research and development, indicating a growing recognition that hydrogen could play a significant role in meeting global energy system decarbonization goals. Since hydrogen is light, energy-dense, storable, and produces no direct carbon dioxide emissions at the point of use, this versatile energy carrier has the […]

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