How Frustration Over TikTok Has Mounted in Washington

National security concerns over the Chinese-owned viral video app remain unresolved. Lawmakers and regulators are increasingly pushing for action.

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The Era of Borderless Data Is Ending

Nations are accelerating efforts to control data produced within their perimeters, disrupting the flow of what has become a kind of digital currency.

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Digital Technology Invaded Our Lives. Now Women May Pay For It.

In a post-Roe America, we’ll bear the costs of letting data collection undermine our liberty.

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A Paranoid Person’s Guide to Preparing for Digital Danger

Russia’s attack may have you wondering what will happen if the conflict spills into cyberthreats beyond Ukraine’s borders. Here’s what you can do to ease your mind.

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What Big Tech’s Riches Mean for Our Future

Five superpower companies — yes, even Facebook after recent news — are completely enmeshed in our world.

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The Case for File Cabinets

I would have never uploaded my fourth-grade report on caribou into the cloud. But I still liked pulling it out of the drawer labeled A-F.

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Seminal Michael Faraday paper digitally stored in fluorescent dyes

Harvard researchers have developed a data-storage approach based on mixtures of fluorescent dyes that are printed onto an epoxy surface in tiny spots. The mixture of dyes at each spot encodes information that is then read with a fluorescent microscope.

Optical disks, flash drives, and magnetic hard disk drives can only store digital information for a few decades, and they tend to require a lot of energy to maintain, making these methods less than ideal for long-term data storage. So researchers have been looking into using molecules as alternatives, most notably in DNA data storage. Those methods come with their own challenges, however, including high synthesis costs and slow read and write rates.

Now, Harvard University scientists have figured out how to use fluorescent dyes as bits for a cheaper, faster means of data storage, according to a new paper published in the journal ACS Central Science. The researchers tested their method by storing one of 19th-century physicist Michael Faraday‘s seminal papers on electromagnetism and chemistry, as well as a JPEG image of Faraday.

“This method could provide access to archival data storage at a low cost,” said co-author Amit A. Nagarkar, who conducted the research as a postdoctoral fellow in George Whitesides’ Harvard lab. “[It] provides access to long-term data storage using existing commercial technologies—inkjet printing and fluorescence microscopy.” Nagarkar is now working for a startup company that wants to commercialize the method.

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I Ran the CDC. Here’s How to Prove That Americans Are Vaccinated.

By issuing Covid-19 vaccination verification guidelines, the federal government can help verifiers ensure that mandates are effective.

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I Was in Charge of the C.D.C. Here’s My Advice on Verifying Vaccines.

By issuing Covid-19 vaccination verification guidelines, the federal government can help verifiers ensure that mandates are effective.

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Phone Upgrade Guide: Should You Buy Now or Wait?

Apple, Samsung and others want us to replace our phones constantly, but many of our problems with current devices can be fixed.

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Apple’s Bet on China

When the technology giant first started doing business in China, it thought it would change the country. Decades later, the reverse is true.

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Silicon Valley’s Meh Middle

We miss out when we ignore the companies that are neither clear winners nor flat-out disasters.

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Censorship, Surveillance and Profits: A Hard Bargain for Apple in China

Apple built the world’s most valuable business on top of China. Now it has to answer to the Chinese government.

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Our Digital Lives Drive a Brick-and-Mortar Boom in Data Centers

Developers and investors see more opportunities in commercial real estate as businesses and consumers gobble up more data.

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2020’s Hot Gadget Is the Computer

Computers are no longer boring. This year, they’re everything.

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Qumulo update adds NvME caching for more efficient use of flash storage

Qumulo, the Seattle-based data storage startup, announced a bunch of updates today including support for NvME caching, an approach that should enable customers to access faster flash storage at a lower price point.

NvME flash storage development is evolving quickly, driving down the price with higher performance, a win-win situation for large data producers, but it’s still more expensive than traditional drives. Qumulo CEO Bill Richter pointed out that the software still has to take advantage of these changing flash storage dynamics.

To that end, the company claims with its new NvME caching capability, it is giving customers the ability to access faster flash storage for the same price as spinning disks by optimizing the software to more intelligently manage data on its platform and take advantage of the higher performance storage.

The company is also announcing the ability to dynamically scale using the latest technologies such as chips, memory and storage in an automated way. Further, it’s providing automated data encryption at no additional charge and new instant updates, which it says can be implemented without any down time. Finally, it has introduced a new interface to make it easier for customers to move their data from on premises data storage to Amazon S3.

Richter says that the company’s mission has always been about creating, managing and consuming massive amounts of file-based data. As the pandemic has taken hold, more companies are moving their data and applications to the cloud.

“The major secular trends that underpin Qumulo’s mission — the massive amount of file-based content, and the use of cloud computing to solve the content challenge, have both accelerated during the pandemic and we have received really clear signs of that,” he said.

Qumulo was founded back in 2012 and has raised $351 million. Its most recent raise was a hefty $125 million last July on a valuation over $1.2 billion.

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Snowflake More Than Doubles in Debut as Wall Street Embraces Tech IPOs

The data storage company is among several prominent start-ups going public this year as the tech industry thrives in the pandemic.

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Trump’s TikTok and WeChat Edicts Are Straight Out of China’s Playbook

The foolish and dangerous move suggests that the United States, like China, no longer believes in a global internet.

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