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Tech elites find thrills on the track; Auto racing has become favorite hobby for those who love its mathematics
March 30, 2015
FULL TEXT When you get past the noise and the smell, the unbearable heat, the G-force, the surprising physical exertion and, always, the constant threat of injury or death - auto racing, like much else, comes down to math. There is an optimal path around a racetrack, a geometric arc of least resistance. It is the driver's job to find this sweet spot of physics and stick to it, lap after lap, as consistently as a microprocessor crunching through an algorithm. For tech people - who are accustomed to finding and manipulating hidden math - hitting the arc can be a moment of particular pleasure. ''When you're really in the zone in a racecar, it's almost meditative,'' said Jeff Huber, who has been driving racecars for more than a decade. ''You're working on this pursuit of perfection, of getting the braking point just right, the braking pressure just right, finding the limit of adhesion when you're going around the corner. There's this balance that you're feeling and managing all the time, of just barely being in control, right at that perfect limit.''

Washington: Intel Succumbs to Jesse Jackson 'Diversity' Campaign
March 28, 2015
National Legal and Policy Center has issued the following news release: Anyone seeking a first-hand look at the timidity of corporate America should look no further than Intel Corp. This January, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based semiconductor chip maker announced it would set aside $300 million by 2020 for hiring, training and promoting “underrepresented” racial minorities and women. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich revealed the plan at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas only weeks after he and other top company officials had met privately with Jesse Jackson. The announcement was a triumph for Jackson’s Silicon Valley shakedown campaign. “It’s a huge first step,” he declared, urging other tech firms to make “parity pledges.” Given the acquiescence of eBay, Google and Facebook to Jackson at their shareholder meetings last May, it is no surprise those companies are making similar commitments.

Pesticide Tolerances: Thiram
March 28, 2015
DC : This Rule document was issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Action Final rule. Summary This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of thiram in or on banana. Taminco US, Inc. requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). Dates This regulation is effective March 27, 2015. Objections and requests for hearings must be received on or before May 26, 2015, and must be filed in accordance with the instructions provided in 40 CFR part 178 (see also Unit I.C. of theSUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION). Addresses

A high-speed hobby for tech elites; Rich coterie, mostly men, gathers to drive fast cars and network with clients
March 28, 2015
FULL TEXT When you get past the noise and the smell, the unbearable heat, the G-force, the surprising physical exertion and, always, the constant threat of injury or death - auto racing, like much else, comes down to mathematics. There is an optimal path around a racetrack, a geometric arc of least resistance. It is the driver's job to find this sweet spot of physics and stick to it, lap after lap, as consistently as a microprocessor crunching through an algorithm. For tech people - who are accustomed to finding and manipulating hidden math - hitting the arc can be a moment of particular pleasure. ''When you're really in the zone in a racecar, it's almost meditative,'' said Jeff Huber, who has been driving racecars for more than a decade. ''You're working on this pursuit of perfection, of getting the braking point just right, the braking pressure just right, finding the limit of adhesion when you're going around the corner. There's this balance that you're feeling and managing all the time, of just barely being in control, right at that perfect limit.''

'Machine' unflattering portrait of Jobs
March 28, 2015
LOS ANGELES March 15 (RTRS): Hot on the heels of his riveting Scientology takedown 'Going Clear' the ever-prolific Alex Gibney calls the much farther-reaching cult of Apple into question with 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine' a coolly absorbing deeply unflattering portrait of the late Silicon Valley entrepreneur that expands not altogether convincingly into a meditation on our collective over-reliance on our favorite handheld gadgets. Once more synthesizing research and reportage into a cinematic essay that makes up in calm analysis what it lacks in fresh revelations Gibney duly acknowledges Jobs's artistry innovation and technological showmanship while making plain just how 'ruthless deceitful and cruel' the man could be. By turns searching and scorching and more than willing to speak ill of the dead the CNN-produced item should play on screens big and small whetting appetites for Universal's forthcoming Jobs biopic in the process. Freeing himself from any obligation to deliver a blow-by-blow summary Gibney offers a more conceptual and critical assessment of his subject's legacy than did Walter Isaacson's biography which was published less than a month after Jobs's death in October 2011. That's the moment where Gibney begins his voiceover setting a ruminative yet skeptical tone as he considers the astonishing outpouring of grief from millions of Apple consumers worldwide (#iSad was a popular hashtag) the depth of their response underscoring the profoundly personal bond that can develop between a human being and a beautiful lump of metal.

Infineon introduces OptiMOS 5 25V and 30V product family
March 26, 2015
HIGHLIGHT: Infineon Technologies AG, a semiconductor manufacturing company, has introduced the OptiMOS 5 25V and 30V product family.

American Express Co Investor Day - Final
March 25, 2015
Corporate Participants * Kenneth Chenault American Express Company - Chairman and CEO * Ed Gilligan American Express Company - President * Steve Squeri American Express Company - Group President, Global Corporate Services * Jeff Campbell American Express Company - EVP and CFO * Anre Williams American Express Company - President, Global Merchant Services * Laureen Seeger American Express Company - EVP and General Counsel Conference Call Participants

''Machine'' unflattering portrait of Jobs
March 21, 2015
LOS ANGELES March 15 (RTRS): Hot on the heels of his riveting Scientology takedown ''Going Clear'' the ever-prolific Alex Gibney calls the much farther-reaching cult of Apple into question with ''Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine'' a coolly absorbing deeply unflattering portrait of the late Silicon Valley entrepreneur that expands not altogether convincingly into a meditation on our collective over-reliance on our favorite handheld gadgets. Once more synthesizing research and reportage into a cinematic essay that makes up in calm analysis what it lacks in fresh revelations Gibney duly acknowledges Jobs''s artistry innovation and technological showmanship while making plain just how ''ruthless deceitful and cruel'' the man could be. By turns searching and scorching and more than willing to speak ill of the dead the CNN-produced item should play on screens big and small whetting appetites for Universal''s forthcoming Jobs biopic in the process. Freeing himself from any obligation to deliver a blow-by-blow summary Gibney offers a more conceptual and critical assessment of his subject''s legacy than did Walter Isaacson''s biography which was published less than a month after Jobs''s death in October 2011. That''s the moment where Gibney begins his voiceover setting a ruminative yet skeptical tone as he considers the astonishing outpouring of grief from millions of Apple consumers worldwide (#iSad was a popular hashtag) the depth of their response underscoring the profoundly personal bond that can develop between a human being and a beautiful lump of metal.

BUSINESS BRIEFS
March 13, 2015
FULL TEXT Pindrop Security Raises $35 Million Atlanta, Ga. -based Pindrop Security, a provider of phone fraud prevention and call center authentication, has raised $35 million in series "B" round funding led by Institutional Venture Partners, with participation by existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, Citi Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Redpoint Ventures and Webb Investment Network. IVP general partner Somesh Dash has joined Pindrop 's board. "Pindrop has revolutionized phone and call center security and is poised for impressive growth," said Dash. Pindrop co-founder and CEO Vyay Balasubramaniyan added, "As the clear leader in the market, Pindrop is establishing the standard for how enterprises secure the call center." Balasubramaniyan has held engineering and research posts at Google, Siemens, IBM Research and Intel. He was recently recognized by ?G? Technology Review in its annual Innovators Under 35 list. Neos Therapeutics Closes S20.6M Bound

Profiles of 15 top furniture buying groups
March 04, 2015
BrandSource Headquarters: 17542 E. 27th St., suite 250, Tustin, Calif. 92780 Website: www.joinbrandsource.com Year established: 1969 Group type: member-owned Lead member: Jim Davenport, Lafferty s, Texarkana, Texas, president Senior Management: Jim Ristow, CEO; Michael Allen, vice president/home furnishings; Dave Workman, vice president/electronics; and John White, vice president/appliances Banners: BrandSource, BrandSource Canada, SleepSource, Home Entertainment Source, Maytag Home Stores, OutdoorSource Number of members as of Dec. 31: 4,280, up from 4,150 a year ago Number of storefronts: 6,510, up from 6,340 a year ago Number of home furnishings members: 966, up from 889 Total retail sales, all members and product categories: $11.6 billion, including an estimated $3.55 billion in furniture and bedding sales, the latter figure up from an estimated $3.4 billion in 2013 Associated Volume Buyers, or AVB, is more commonly known as BrandSource, one of the largest buying and marketing groups in the North America in members, storefronts and retail sales. While most commonly thought of as an appliance and consumer electronics specialist, BrandSource also has become one of the largest retailers of furniture and mattresses in the United States with estimated sales of $3.55 billion last year.


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