Google Unveils Plans for Epic California Campus

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Google has filed a proposal with Sunnyvale, California city officials for a new campus that would house roughly 4,500 employees. Located in Moffett Park, the project, referred to as “Caribbean,” would call home to more than one million square feet of offices spread throughout two buildings.

As The Mercury News points out, the tech company acquired roughly 50 properties valued at more than $1 billion USD throughout 2017.

“Google has made a significant investment in Sunnyvale,” Mark Golan, chief operating officer of Google’s global real estate investments and development unit, revealed when speaking with Mercury News. “Our intent would be to develop that out over time,” Golan added in reference to the undeveloped properties the company has purchased.

One of the current Sunnyvale proposals is for a 505,000 square-foot five-story building, while the other is for a 538,000 square-foot space, both to be located on Caribbean Drive.

“Housing is part of our thought process in Moffett Park,” Golan continued. “A new mixed-use community where you have live-work capabilities, makes a lot of sense. Housing and transportation are two huge issues for the Valley overall, and they are huge issues for Google. One of the best ways to address this is by creating mixed-use communities that allow people to live close to where they work, which allows for a vibrant community and also helps the transportation.”

If all goes accordingly, the campus will be filled with Google employees by 2021 at the earliest.

It’s also worthy of note that this isn’t the first time Google has partnered with BIG on a project. The two, along with Heatherwick, submitted a proposal for Google’s new London campus back in June of 2017.

For more on Google and BIG’s Sunnyvale proposal, follow over to The Mercury News.

In related news, Nike has enlisted Stash, Claw Money, FAUST and more for NYC garage murals.

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Kia bringing electric concept car and new tech to CES

Kia will reveal the Niro EV at next week's CES 2018

Kia had one of the coolest concept cars of 2017, and it’s kicking off the new year with an all-electric Niro concept that looks like it might be equally impressive. Beyond just a battery-based powertrain, Kia promises an all-new human-machine interface and a “motion graphic” lighting system. Given its advanced tech suite, the car should feel right at home at CES 2018.

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Bill Gates Is the First Ever Guest Editor of ‘TIME’

For the first time in the 94-year history of the magazine, TIME has welcomed its very first guest editor, and it’s none other than billionaire, creative and philanthropist Bill Gates, who also happens to be an avid reader of TIME.

Having already graced the front cover 10 times, Gates’ first attempt at editing emphasizes a familiar subject that corresponds with every new year, optimism.

He writes, “On the whole, the world is getting better. This is not some naively optimistic view; it’s backed by data. Look at the number of children who die before their fifth birthday. Since 1990, that figure has been cut in half. That means 122 million children have been saved in a quarter- century, and countless families have been spared the heartbreak of losing a child.”

He continued, “I’m not trying to downplay the work that remains. Being an optimist doesn’t mean you ignore tragedy and injustice. It means you’re inspired to look for people making progress on those fronts, and to help spread that progress more widely. If you’re shocked by the idea of millions of children dying, you ask: Who is good at saving kids, and how can we help them do more? (This is essentially why Melinda and I started our foundation.)”

Gates’s choice on covering the subject corresponds to the featured front cover of TIME above, highlighting a 5-year-old Ethiopian boy named Mohamad Nasir, who Gates previously met in 2012.

For a further look and additional details, be sure to read the full story at TIME.

In related news, Bill Gates is investing $1.7 Billion in U.S. public schools.

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Apple Confirms ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ Vulnerabilities Impact All Macs and iOS Devices, Some Fixes Already Released

Apple today confirmed that it has addressed the recent “Meltdown” vulnerability in previously released iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 updates, with additional fixes coming to Safari in the near future to defend against the “Spectre” vulnerability.

Apple has also confirmed that the two vulnerabilities affect all Mac and iOS devices. The company’s full statement, available through a new support document covering Meltdown and Spectre, is below:

Security researchers have recently uncovered security issues known by two names, Meltdown and Spectre. These issues apply to all modern processors and affect nearly all computing devices and operating systems.

All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time. Since exploiting many of these issues requires a malicious app to be loaded on your Mac or iOS device, we recommend downloading software only from trusted sources such as the App Store.

Apple has already released mitigations in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 to help defend against Meltdown. Apple Watch is not affected by Meltdown. In the coming days we plan to release mitigations in Safari to help defend against Spectre. We continue to develop and test further mitigations for these issues and will release them in upcoming updates of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

Apple’s statement does not make it clear if these vulnerabilities have been addressed in older versions of iOS and Mac, but for Macs, there were security updates for older versions of macOS released alongside macOS 10.13.2, so it’s possible fixes are already available for Sierra and El Capitan.

News of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities first came to light this week, but Intel and major operating system vendors like Apple, Linux, and Microsoft have known about the issue for several months and worked to prepare a fix before the security flaws were publicly shared.

Spectre and Meltdown are serious vulnerabilities that take advantage of the speculative execution mechanism of a CPU. As these use hardware-based flaws, operating system manufacturers are required to implement software workarounds. These software workarounds can impact processor performance, but Intel has insisted every day users will not see serious slowdowns. Apple also says that no measurable impact has been detected in macOS and iOS.

Apple released mitigations for Meltdown in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2. watchOS did not require mitigation. Our testing with public benchmarks has shown that the changes in the December 2017 updates resulted in no measurable reduction in the performance of macOS and iOS as measured by the GeekBench 4 benchmark, or in common Web browsing benchmarks such as Speedometer, JetStream, and ARES-6.

The Meltdown vulnerability allows a malicious program to read kernel memory, accessing data like passwords, emails, documents, photos, and more. Meltdown can be exploited to read the entire physical memory of a target machine. The vulnerability is particularly problematic for cloud-based services.

Spectre, which covers two exploitation techniques, breaks the isolation between different applications. Apple says that while the Spectre vulnerability is difficult to exploit, it can be done using JavaScript in a web browser. Apple plans to release Safari updates for macOS and iOS to prevent Spectre-based exploits.

As with the Meltdown vulnerability, Apple says the upcoming Safari mitigations will have “no measurable impact” on Speedometer and ARES-6 tests, and an impat of less than 2.5% on the JetStream benchmark.

Apple says it will continue to test further mitigations for Spectre and will release them in future versions of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.
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