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Palantir wins $800 million contract to build the U.S. Army’s next battlefield software system

Palantir just landed a landmark contract with the U.S. Army worth north of $800 million. The Washington Posts reports that the Silicon Valley data analytics company was tapped over traditional defense contractor Raytheon on the project, which tasks Palantir with delivering a comprehensive combat intelligence hardware and software suite to replace the Army’s outdated system, known as DCGS-A.

A year ago, the Army named Palantir and Raytheon as finalists to compete for the contract, which will totally overhaul the Army’s “system-of-systems” that provides comprehensive data to “to assist the commander’s visualization and understanding of the threat and other relevant aspects of the operational environment.”

While the DCGS-A contract marks Palantir’s only deal with the military big enough to have its own line item with Congress, the company does have existing military ties. The largest contract that Palantir has previously entered into with the Army was for $22,401,901, starting in 2015. The company also picked up a number of contracts with the Navy over the years, though none approaching the scale of the new potentially $800 million project. Palantir’s largest Navy contracts were for $23,750,000 and $35,804,181 in 2014 and 2017, respectively. The company’s largest previous military contract to date was $216,872,321 for software services for U.S. Special Operations Command. That contract was awarded in 2016 and is set to run through next year.

Palantir has seen massive recent success with the Department of Defense, but as BuzzFeed reported in 2017, the company has experienced some friction within its CIA and FBI relationships. In 2016, Palantir successfully won an unusual lawsuit against the Army for the right to bid on the massive DCGS replacement contract with its own commercial software. The lawsuit opened the doors for Palantir to vie to provide the government an off-the-shelf product to replace its bespoke $3 billion-plus intelligence system, which took a decade to build.


Source: TechCrunch

Facebook Takes On White Nationalism, Plus More in Tech News

Catch up on the most important news today in 2 minutes or less.
Source: Wired

St. Louis slices its bagels funny and the internet does not approve – CNET

The internet includes New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, by the way.
Source: CNET

Apple ‘sorry’ for latest MacBook keyboard woes

Apple’s continued to improve the MacBook line’s butterfly switch keyboards. In fact, the technology is on its third generation, which added a rubberized membrane designed to fix ongoing issues and reduce that loud clacking sound.

But even the most devoted Apple fans have continued to have gripes, from stuck keys to random misfires. True story: One time at an Amazon event in Seattle I sent an employee on a mad dash for some compressed air inside the Spheres. I can’t remember which consonant I lost, but it seemed pretty vital to the delivery of breaking news at the time. I think maybe it was “M.”

More recently, I had to take my laptop into IT after it was firing off random spaces and periods. I might have screamed at my desk a few times over that one. Then there was this, wic onestly couldn’t ave appened at a worse time.

Apple’s acknowledged issues in the past, suggesting free repairs. And now it’s offered The Wall Street Journal a bit of an apology for the ongoing woes.

“We are aware that a small number of users are having issues with their third-generation butterfly keyboard and for that we are sorry,” the company writes. “The vast majority of Mac notebook customers are having a positive experience with the new keyboard.”

It goes on to suggest users contact AppleCare over any issues that might arise. I will say that the latest keyboards are a step in the right direction for the company, but enough of the original problems continue to persist that Apple really ought to go back to the drawing board on this one.


Source: TechCrunch

Apple please, I am consumed with subscription fatigue – CNET

How much a month would you pay? How much can you pay before sinking into an abyss?
Source: CNET

Lyft is opening a series of car repair centers in the US for its drivers – Roadshow

The first of these centers just opened its doors in San Francisco.
Source: CNET

Will Facebook’s New Ban on White Nationalist Content Work?

Depends on Facebook.
Source: Wired

Census Bureau turns to Facebook, Google, Twitter to fight fake news, says report – CNET

The tech giants have given the bureau “initial commitments” to help, according to Reuters.
Source: CNET

Cuatro empresas monopolizan el ADN de 26 millones de personas

Y pueden hacer lo que quieran con él. La moda de las pruebas genéticas de consumo se está convirtiendo en un mercado masivo a la par que polémico por sus problemas de privacidad y la imprecisión de la información que ofrecen relacionada con la salud
Source: MIT

El problema de las 'fake news' no es la IA sino las mentiras superficiales

Por muy creíbles que resulten los ‘deepfakes’ las herramientas para crearlos aún no son masivas y podrían combatirse con otras tecnologías. La plaga desinformativa que realmente debe preocuparnos son los contenidos que se reetiquetan para atribuirse a conflictos concretos y aumentar la violencia
Source: MIT

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