A mysterious object temporarily orbiting Earth is a 54-year-old rocket, not an asteroid after all, astronomers confirmed Wednesday. Observations by a telescope in Hawaii clinched its identity, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The object was classified as an asteroid after its discovery in September.
A noontime boom that was heard and felt from southern Ontario to Virginia was likely caused by a disintegrating meteor, according to an organization in western New York that keeps track of such phenomena. Witnesses across the area reported hearing the boom or seeing a fireball in the sky shortly after noon on Wednesday, said Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society in Geneseo. Police agencies and fire departments around central New York received 911 calls reporting a boom that shook windows, but clouds prevented sightings in much of the area.
U.S. President Warren G. Harding's remains will stay right where they have lain since 1927 after a judge rejected a request to exhume them. The grandson of the nation's 29th president and his lover, Nan Britton, went to court in an effort to get the Republican’s remains dug up from his presidential memorial in Marion, the Ohio city near where Harding was born in 1865. James Blaesing said he was seeking Harding’s disinterment as a way “to establish with scientific certainty” that he is Harding's blood relation.
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Cloud computing giant Salesforce said it will acquire workplace messaging service Slack in a deal valued at $27.7 billion. Salesforce announced the deal on Tuesday, saying that under the terms of the agreement, Slack shareholders will receive $26.79 in cash and 0.0776 shares of Salesforce common stock for each Slack share. The deal is subject to shareholder approval and expected to close in the second quarter of Salesforce's fiscal year 2022.
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Salesforce has agreed to buy workplace messaging app Slack for just over $27 billion. It marks the biggest deal made by the cloud-computing giant and furthers its rivalry with Microsoft. By purchasing Slack, U.S. firm Salesforce has bet remote working will be here for a long while yet. The deal - one of the biggest tech mergers in recent years - allows Salesforce to provide a unified platform for businesses, Where employees, customers and partners can connect with each other and the apps they use. For Slack, the deal comes as it struggles to fully capitalize on the switch to remote working seen during the global health crisis. The app has proven popular with businesses over the last few years. It effectively changed workplace communications by focusing on real-time messaging that could be broken into conversations with groups. It proved a more versatile platform than email. But the messaging style that Slack helped build has become a highly competitive space. Microsoft has aggressively promoted its similar Teams product with integrated video and voice calling. It has also bundled Teams with many of its office software packages - a big attraction for companies that want to save costs.
The President of the European Commission today vowed to remove bureaucratic barriers so EU tech start-ups can "grow into giants" and take on rivals in Silicon Valley. Speaking at the annual Web Summit conference, which was being held virtually, Ursula Von Der Leyen said Europe had the potential to be a global leader in technology but the region was "still punching below its weight". She blamed infrastructure gaps, lower investment as well as regulatory complexity and bureaucratic barriers. Although Europe is attracting more capital for startups at seed stage than any other region in the world, she said, too many European start-ups were leaving the bloc to set up elsewhere. "I want Europe to be a place where innovators can thrive, a place where start-ups can grow into giants," she said. "For this, we will strive to invest in the right assets, we want to remove the obstacles that stand in the way of progress." Her speech comes just days before the EU is expected to release its Digital Services Act, a key piece of legislation which is expected to overhaul the bloc's relationship to the internet. Draft versions of the law suggest that dominant tech companies will be forced to share data with challengers and rivals. "We are setting some basic boundaries to the power of gatekeeper platforms," the President added today. "For example they shouldn't discriminate in favour of their own services and users should always be in control of their own data and be able to take it with them in a usable form". The plans have rattled American tech giants, which have suggested excessive regulation could prevent them from improving products and provide less choice to consumers. Von der Leyen's comments, however, suggest Europe remains focused on reigning in Silicon Valley while helping to create European rivals. She added the €150 billion pledged for digital investment as part of the Covid recovery package will be partly used to fund a new generation of European microprocessors and supercomputers. The President also said the Digital Services and Digital Markets Act will replace the bloc's patchwork of national regulations for tech companies with one core set of digital rules. "The European single market must also function in the digital world," she said. "We are creating a single baseline set of rules for all digital businesses from Lisbon to Lapland".
The age of the office is coming to an end with rows of individual desks set to be banished for good, British entrepreneur and Slack co-founder Cal Henderson has said. Mr Henderson, who is set to land a $750m (£554m) payout from the blockbuster sale of his workplace messaging app to Salesforce, said the way people work will change forever after Covid. Speaking at the Web Summit today, the 39-year-old Slack chief technology officer said that had the pandemic lasted a brief period then people would have “come back to normal”. But he added: “The longer that we’ve been through this state, the more it feels like this is the new normal, and that will permanently affect the way everybody works post-pandemic." Mr Henderson - a keen video gamer who was born in Birmingham - said the office will become similar to a social hub where employees can build relationships with fellow staff, whole working remotely for much of the time. His comments follow a report earlier in the year by advisory group McKinsey, which advocated for the switch from cubicles to more open planned collaborative settings. The group said that depending on the company as much as 80pc of office space could be given up for collaborative rooms. Alongside videoconferencing app Zoom, Slack is part of a vanguard of digital firms which have thrived during the pandemic as workers and families were forced to communicate online. Slack aims to replace the need for internal emails through channel-based messaging. The company was sold to Marc Benioff’s Salesforce in a $27.7bn cash plus stock mega-deal on Tuesday. The deal will rank as one of the largest-ever software acquisitions. The alliance unites the two internet companies against Microsoft, the world’s biggest software company, which stunted Slack’s rise by launching a rival service in 2017 that it has since pushed out to hundreds of millions of Office subscribers. Slack’s stock had fallen more than 20pc since it went public last year before rumours of the Salesforce takeover emerged, despite the rise in demand for corporate messaging services. Shares in Salesforce, which is valued at $220bn, fell 4pc after Tuesday's announcement.
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From skateboarding to Fleetwood Mac to learning Cardi B's rump-shaking choreography, TikTok users got creative in a pandemic year with new songs, dances and memes in 60 seconds or less. The social media video app on Wednesday shared its list of top 100 videos, creators and trends in America during 2020, recapping a year of viral videos that were sometimes a needed distraction in a tumultuous year. “The through line is that these are videos that brought joy and inspiration to millions of Americans in a year that has been a bit of a whirlwind for everyone as we all try to figure it out,” said Kudzi Chikumbu, director of creator community at TikTok.
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Musk predicts when humans will land on Mars Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO: "I think, I feel fairly confident about six years from now. Earth-Mars synchronisation occurs roughly every 26 months so we had one this year this summer and it means roughly in two years there will be another one and then two years after that so I think, I'd say if you say six years from now, I think highly confident. If we get lucky, maybe four years." SpaceX has begun testing its Mars rocket prototype to eventually fly paying customers to the moon and beyond Date: May 29, 2020 Elon Musk's tweet: “One day Starship will land on the rusty sands of Mars.”