By Tania RabesandratanaOct. 2, 2019 , 1:45 PM BRUSSELS—"We need to learn the art of listening." "There's no taboo, no bad ideas." "I can assure you your contribution will be considered." These sound like the messages you hear at a small-team brainstorming session—not a 3-day science policy congress with 5000 attendees. But the encouraging words were spoken here last week at the European Research and Innovation Days, where policy bigwigs working with the European Commission invited the audience to help shape Europe's next 7-year research funding program, Horizon Europe, set to begin in 2021. Their message: Anyone can help "cocreate" the program's outlines. "Our instruction to staff was: Don't promote, listen," says Kurt Vandenberghe, director for policy development and coordination at the commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation here. It is a change of tone for the commission, whose research programs are often seen as bureaucratic machines. The … [Read more...] about ‘There’s no taboo, no bad ideas’: Anyone can help shape European Union’s new €94 billion research program
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Get the latest The second and final Android 7.1 Developer Preview is here. Andrew Martonik 22 Nov 2016 30 Just a couple days over a month since the first Android 7.1 Developer Preview was released, we now have Developer Preview 2 available for Nexus phones and tablets to get a near-final taste of the latest software. Those who have enrolled in the Android Beta Program for their compatible device — which now includes the Nexus 9 — will receive Developer Preview 2 this week via an OTA update. Whereas Google considered the first Android 7.1 Developer Preview to be a beta-level release, this second preview is a release candidate for the build of Android 7.1.1 it intends to release to the public. The system and interface is "near-final" with the latest bug fixes and optimizations. Stable Android 7.1.1 updates will arrive in a matter of weeks. For app developers (which is who this is really for), they can continue use this software to develop their apps that … [Read more...] about Final Android 7.1 Developer Preview build released, Nexus 9 added to Beta Program
By Alison AbbottAug. 21, 2019 , 12:15 PM Marco Tamietto was aware that animal rights activists might target him after his team won ethical approval for an experiment in monkeys on blindness. But he hadn’t anticipated the threats of violence. “I found photographs of my face, my mobile phone number, and home address on Facebook posts,” he says, “with messages like: ‘We will find you and kill you.’” Tamietto, a neuroscientist at the University of Turin in Italy, is under police protection. Now, his colleagues may face similar threats. He learned this month that the Italian Ministry of Health, which approved the experiment in October 2018, has released the names and university affiliations of others involved in the study to Lega Anti Vivisezione (LAV), an animal rights group in Rome. “It’s unpleasant that a public office would do such a thing,” says Roberto Caminiti, a neuroscientist at Sapienza University of Rome whose monkey … [Read more...] about Italian blindness researchers planning monkey studies threatened after health ministry releases names
When Okta, the unicorn cloud identity management company, filed its S-1 IPO paperwork yesterday, it was the latest pure-cloud subscription-based company to go public. Wall Street could finally be ready to accept that model and the long path to profitability that tends to be part and parcel of this approach. Frank Dickson, an analyst for IDC who covers the Identity Access Management (IAM) space, thinks that Wall Street will like the eye-popping growth numbers, in spite of the losses we are now used to seeing from SaaS startups as they grow the business. Okta reported on its S-1 that its revenue grew from $41.0 million in fiscal 2015 to $85.9 million in fiscal 2016. That’s an increase of 109 percent for those keeping score at home. That was the good news. The bad news was the red ink, with Okta reporting net losses of $59.1 million for fiscal 2015 and $76.3 million for fiscal 2016. Perhaps Wall Street takes a kinder look toward these kinds of losses today — given the … [Read more...] about Okta IPO filing marks public market tipping point for SaaS Vendors
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