NASA astronaut set to launch on Russian rocket as US transitions to private spacecraft

A new crew of three astronauts are launching to the International Space Station late tonight, blasting off on a Russian Soyuz rocket out of Kazakhstan. The trio are heading to the station about a month ahead of SpaceX’s next crewed Dragon launch, which will bring another set of four astronauts aboard the ISS in mid-November.

Heading up on this Soyuz flight are two Russian cosmonauts — Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov — and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, on her second trip to space. The trio will join three crew members who have been living on the ISS since April: Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy. However, their living arrangement won’t last long. Cassidy and his cosmonaut crew mates are slated to head back to Earth on October 21st, riding inside the Soyuz capsule that brought them to the space station.

Just a few weeks

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Private Equity Using New Technologies, Tactics to Deliver Investor Returns Despite Decrease in Global Dealmaking

PE M&A Professionals Expect Due Diligence to Speed Up in Next Five Years

Despite a decrease in global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) year to date, private equity (PE) professionals, especially in North America, are leaning into new tactics and technologies, including the use of artificial intelligence, to deliver investor returns. This is according to findings from the Invest in Insight: Private Equity Market Brief report from Datasite®, a leading cloud-based technology provider for the M&A industry, and PitchBook, a financial data and software company.

The report, which is based on market data and a survey of over 500 global PE professionals, shows that PE professionals are actively investing by using new tactics, such as providing credit lines, engaging in private investments in public equities (PIPEs) and contributing to special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) to capitalize on opportunities to buy publicly listed companies. Additionally, the report highlights the potential for emerging

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Building a Private Database-as-a-Service is Emerging as a Prime Alternative to Managed Cloud Databases

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​​​​​​​Severalnines, a pioneer in providing automation and management software for database clusters, is introducing the ability to use their flagship product ClusterControl as a Private, on-prem, Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) — as a simple, more cost-effective alternative to public DBaaS offerings. Using a private, full-ops DBaaS, companies can take full advantage of working on bare metal servers where they are the only tenant. This is a great advantage for companies that need to optimize for performance (minimize overhead and latency) and create new services for both the cloud and behind the firewall.

Companies that must follow strict data governance regulations will be able to enjoy the same benefits as you have for cloud databases, but with full control, complete data privacy, and locality.

ClusterControl supports several different open source database technologies with the same benefits of scalability, reduced administration overhead, improved security, and

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iOS 14 just made your iPhone more private and secure: 3 things that changed

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Get to know the new data privacy features in iOS 14 for iPhone.


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Apple has never been shy about beating its own drum when it comes to data protection tools and user privacy. With iOS 14, Apple is giving iPhone and iPad owners even more power over their data, ranging from better location options to tracking controls that require an app to be more transparent about the data it collects about you, and how the information is used.

Read more: iPhone 12 launch date: Apple’s virtual event for its expected 5G smartphone is Oct. 13

There’s even a new tool built into iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 that will help you catch an app snooping on your camera or microphone, and gone are the days of letting every

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The First And Largest Private All Electric Fleet In LATAM

ATHENS, Greece, Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Beat, the fastest growing ride-hailing app in Latin America, is very excited to announce today the launch of Beat Tesla service, the first and largest private all electric fleet of Tesla 3 cars in Latin America, offering a premium full-on tech transportation solution for passengers in Mexico City. This service offers unique and unbeatable in-ride experience while supporting a sustainable future with its zero carbon emission rides.

Beat has an ongoing commitment to grow and evolve with the sole purpose of constantly offering new services and solutions based on customer needs. The company is now gazing into the future, taking the next step into providing new possibilities to a constantly changing world, making this launch the most relevant one yet.

Shaping the future
With Beat Tesla service, Beat reinforces its commitment to sustainable mobility and enhances its goal to meet current needs

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Is Amazon’s new flying drone camera private? What we know about Ring Always Home Cam

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The Ring Always Home Cam is a security drone that flies around the inside of your house.


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What if your security camera wasn’t fixed to a wall, but free to move around your house and check from room to room while you’re away from home? Does that sound wonderful, creepy or something in between? However you feel about it, it’s the premise of Amazon’s new Ring Always Home Cam, a security camera that’s — get this — also a drone that flies around the inside of your house shooting video it then can stream or upload to the cloud.

Wait, what?

You read that right. Amazon announced its new flying security camera alongside updated Echo and Echo Dot smart speakers and a mailbox sensor, but this out-of-the-box approach

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Uber Sells Stake in Freight Unit to Private Investors

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is selling a stake in its Uber Freight truck brokerage arm for $500 million to investors in a funding round led by Greenbriar Equity Group LP, pumping fresh cash into a business that has been growing rapidly while also losing money at a fast clip.

The planned investment comes as the coronavirus pandemic has hammered Uber’s core ride-hailing business, prompting the company to slash jobs and re-evaluate cash-burning businesses such as Freight, which accounts for a small portion of Uber’s overall revenue.

The new investors are coming in through what Uber Freight says is a Series A preferred stock financing. The investment values the business at $3.3 billion after the funding round.

Two managing partners at Greenbriar, a Rye, N.Y.-based midmarket private-equity firm focused on logistics and transportation, will join Uber Freight’s board of directors as part of the deal, which Uber said was expected to close

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Drahi’s Bid to Take Altice Private Gets Investor Complaint

Hedge fund Lucerne Capital, an investor in Altice Europe NV, has raised objections to billionaire Patrick Drahi’s plan to take the company private, saying his offer undervalues the company.

Altice’s founder and largest shareholder made an offer Sept. 11 to pay 4.11 euros a share through his Next Private vehicle, valuing the entire company at 4.9 billion euros ($5.8 billion). That represented a 24% premium over the previous day’s closing price.

The offer represents a “significant discount” to the shares, and is designed to squeeze out minority investors, the hedge fund wrote in a letter to the French telecommunications company’s board Thursday.

The telecom's debt load has stoked price volatility

Lucerne Capital, founded in 2000, said it represents funds owning about 94 million euros of Altice Europe shares.

A representative for Altice was unable to provide immediate comment.

“Mr. Drahi is using the temporary lull in the share price, caused by Covid-19, to unlock the huge upside in

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Vista’s Robert Smith says there are more opportunities in private markets than public right now

Robert Smith, the billionaire chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, said Wednesday that there’s a marked disparity in investment opportunities between the public and private markets.

Smith, who spoke with CNBC’s David Faber from the Delivering Alpha conference, said that his firm continues to look at high-growth investments in enterprise software versus more mature areas of technology that the public markets still emphasize.

“There’s actually a bit of dislocation of opportunity because 98% of enterprise software companies are private,” Smith said. 

“One of the keys is understanding what businesses are the right businesses to invest in as a private equity firm,” he added. “From our perspective, it’s really interesting: The public markets continue to focus on what we call hardware and consumer technology.”

Vista, now 20 years old, has carved out a niche for itself on Wall Street by investing in young software companies and restructuring them according to

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Japan’s NTT to spend $38B to buy out, take DoCoMo private

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