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Converge! Network Digest covers the convergence of broadband telecommunications networking through daily and weekly e-mail newsletters and our Web site.
Converge! Network Digest covers the convergence of broadband telecommunications networking through daily and weekly e-mail newsletters and our Web site.

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60% of electrical power for Santiago's subway will come from solar and wind thanks to a 100 MW solar power (42% solar, 18% wind) plant by SunPower - probably a world first for a city's subway :). Perhaps there are subways in Brazil and other nations with 90-100% renewables that were first in renewables powering of subways, but i doubt anyone uses 42% solar for subways. Most countries with 90-100% renewables are geothermal or hydro renewable poweredBrazil 90% (hydro), Iceland 100% (hydro+geothermal), Ghana 75% (hydro), New Zealand 80% (hydro+geoth+wind), Paraguay & Norway & Lesotho & Bhutan 100% (hydro).
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Whether it’s three clusters or 300, we think managing #Hadoop and #Spark should be easier. And faster. And cheaper, too. Meet the new Cloud Dataproc, now in beta: http://goo.gl/6p1SIH
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Hardware Initiative at Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab

Posted by Hartmut Neven, Director of Engineering

The Quantum Artificial Intelligence team at Google is launching a hardware initiative to design and build new quantum information processors based on superconducting electronics. We are pleased to announce that John Martinis and his team at UC Santa Barbara will join Google in this initiative. John and his group have made great strides in building superconducting quantum electronic components of very high fidelity. He recently was awarded the London Prize recognizing him for his pioneering advances in quantum control and quantum information processing. With an integrated hardware group the Quantum AI team will now be able to implement and test new designs for quantum optimization and inference processors based on recent theoretical insights as well as our learnings from the D-Wave quantum annealing architecture. We will continue to collaborate with D-Wave scientists and to experiment with the “Vesuvius” machine at NASA Ames which will be upgraded to a 1000 qubit “Washington” processor.
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Today marks the 52nd anniversary of the Telstar 1 satellite launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Telstar represents a lot of technology 'firsts': This was the world's first active communications satellite and the first commercial payload in space, not to mention the first privately sponsored space-faring mission. On July 12, 1962, Telstar relayed the world's first transatlantic television signal, from Andover Earth Station, Maine, to the Pleumeur-Bodou Telecom Center, Brittany, France. More: go.nasa.gov/1q208yW 
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"When you buy Internet access, you expect access to the whole Internet." Our vision for the continuation of a free and open #Internet. http://lvlt.co/1zkbkIO #netneutrality
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We've got 2 launches: HTTP Load Balancing & SSD PD. High performance. Low price: http://goo.gl/aygMTN
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