Wednesday 06.07.17

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."  - Winston Churchill


The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America’s Schools The billionaires leading American technology giants have begun remaking U.S. education on a vast scale, using some of the techniques that made their companies linchpins of the economy.   - New York Times

SpaceX wins launch of U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp will fly its first mission for the U.S. Air Force in August when it launches the military's X-37B miniature spaceplane, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said on Tuesday.   - Reuters

Oregon city approves permit for US’ 1st all-wood high-rise Officials in Oregon have approved construction permits for the first all-wood high-rise building in the nation. Construction on the 12-story building, called Framework, will break ground this fall in Portland’s trendy and rapidly growing Pearl District and is expected to be completed by the following winter.   - Associated Press

Robot Ghost Ships to Extend Miner's Technology Drive to Seas BHP Billiton Ltd., the world’s biggest mining company, is studying the introduction of giant, automated cargo ships to carry everything from iron ore to coal as part of a strategic shift that may disrupt the $334 billion global shipping industry.   - Bloomberg

Pinterest raised another $150 million and is now valued at more than $12 billion Pinterest has raised $150 million in a new round of funding. The new deal values Pinterest at $12.3 billion, according to a company spokesperson, up from a valuation of $11 billion when it last raised funding two years ago.   - Recode

Indonesia counts its islands to protect territory and resources Indonesia has so many islands it has never been able to fully count or name them. A 1996 law estimated the number of islands in the world's biggest archipelago at 17,508. But the government is now hoping to get a definite number in time for a United Nations meeting in August. They hope registering them all with the UN will help protect Indonesia's vast territory and its rich fishing resources.   - BBC

Uber diversity chief says harassment report is ‘first step of many’ in fixing the company’s culture On the same day Uber announced it dismissed 20 employees due to harassment claims, the guy in charge of diversity at the company said the latest report was “the first step of many” to improve culture at the company.   - Tech Crunch

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