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Company behind ‘Settlers of Catan’ actually made the fake board game from ‘Parks and Recreation’

The Cones of Dunshire is every Parks and Recreation fan’s favorite made-up board game, but it turns out wildly complex game isn’t quite as fictional as we all thought. Mayfair Games, the publishers of German board game favorite Settlers of Catan, worked with the show’s producers to design the basic version of Cones used in season six. And now a fleshed-out version of the game as been played in real life. A total of 33 players partook in some Cones action earlier this month at the Gen Con gaming conference in Indianapolis as part of a charity event that raised over $ 20,000.

In the world of Parks and Rec, resident nerd (and huge Settlers fan) Ben Wyatt first came up with the game during a misspent week between jobs. Mayfair Games worked…

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A private military company is now providing security in Ferguson, for just one person

A menagerie of armed state and federal agents have filtered in and out of Ferguson, Missouri for more than a week as unrest has grown there, and now even a private military company is joining the mix. Asymmetric Solutions, a PMC that claims to be “capable of deploying highly qualified former special operations personnel” to “anywhere on the globe in a moments notice” will be providing a security detail to an unnamed individual visiting Ferguson.

Asymmetric Solutions announced the job on Twitter, noting that the assignment is saddening and unexpected.

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How One Company Is Building An Internet Connection Through The Arctic Thanks To Climate Change

Arctic Fibre has a $ 620 million plan: to connect London and Tokyo without touching land.

Arctic Fibre

The Gulf of Boothia is a tall, narrow section of the Northwest Passage—the long-sought sea route through the Arctic Ocean—that resembles a Chinese dragon diving down into the Canadian north. For most of Canada's history, and thousands of years before, it was bound in Arctic pack ice: impassable. Over the past fifteen years, that has changed. Ice clearances in the gulf can now last for eight weeks or longer, from August to October.

To the scientific community, that's another drop in the ocean of evidence for climate change. To one Canadian telecom startup, however, it's a chance for an unprecedented, hugely complex business venture: to connect London and Tokyo directly via fiber optic cable.

Arctic Fibre

Later this month, Toronto-based Arctic Fibre will announce major investment from several New York private equity funds. Soon after, the company will begin elaborate marine surveys, now feasible because of the iceless weeks in late summer. They're the final step before laying fiber optic cable along the Arctic Ocean floor. And if climate and commerce permit, by the end of 2016, Arctic Fibre will have built a single, nearly 10,000 mile-long undersea network connection between Somerset, in England's southwest, and Ibaraki Prefecture, on the east coast of Honshu. At a cost of $ 620 million, they will have threaded internet through the Arctic Circle.

It's the latest, and maybe the most ambitious project in the global push to establish fiber optic redundancy, the need for which became glaring six years ago when several cuts of undersea cable in the Mediterranean Sea slowed or even stopped internet traffic across much of Asia. Last month BuzzFeed wrote about the effort to create new, overland internet routes between Europe and Asia:

In the wake of the 2008 disruption, companies on both ends of the Mediterranean route began clamoring for redundancy, or the creation of alternative network links from Europe to Asia. And over the past half-decade, a series of enormous European and Asian telecom consortia have done just that, building four new overland fiber-optic pathways to link Europe to the financial hubs of the Persian Gulf and the booming economies of South Asia…ISPs, banks, and other major companies will readily pay a premium to diversify the source of their internet service and ensure that they aren't vulnerable to future outages.

The new overland cables share one basic problem: They all run through the Middle East or the Caucuses, enormously volatile regions in which conditions are ripe for future service disruptions. The main cable of the Arctic Fibre, on the other hand, except for landings in Europe, Japan, at Cambridge Bay in the Canadian north, will hardly come ashore at all.

That's an enormously enticing prospect for commercial concerns in East Asia and Europe. Says Doug Cunningam, Arctic Fibre's CEO, “I've sat in offices in London, and I've picked up lots of carrier interest in South Korea, Japan, Singapore, and the Chinese will come around as well.”

Still, laying cable across thousands of miles of rugged and topographically varied sea floor poses its own unique challenges. Sea ridges and cliffs can chafe cable to the breaking point; underwater currents can snap cable sideways; cascading rocks on the steep slopes of the Japan Trench could cause dangerous rockslides. For Arctic Fibre to work, the company needs to know where to use double-armored cable, where to give the cable slack, where to pull it taut, and where to bolt it to the seafloor.

That's where the marine mapping comes in. The first set of surveying ships will sail west from Prudhoe Bay on the northern coast of Alaska, south through the Chukshi Sea and Bering Strait (across which Sarah Palin famously glanced Russia), and then southwest to Shemya, at the western tip of the Aleutian Islands. They'll use advanced side-scan sonar, digital cameras, electromagnetic probes, and drills that snatch subsea cores, all in order to measure and characterize the seafloor on which they'll lay cables.

Says Cunningham, “We're going to know within a meter where we're putting this fiber”.

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Square just bought a restaurant delivery company

Here’s something unexpected: Square — the company that turned your cell phone into a credit card reader — just purchased Caviar, a company that delivers food from restaurants that don’t normally deliver. It’s an unexpected acquisition; Caviar is a…

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French company Iliad reportedly wants to buy T-Mobile too

Sprint isn’t the only company hoping to shell out billions for the privilege of scooping up T-Mobile’s US branch; according to the Wall Street Journal, a French company called Iliad wants in on the action as well. Iliad, which owns a mobile operator…

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Savannah Bee Company featured in Google economic report

Savannah Bee Company featured in Google economic report
The company, founded in 2002 by Ted Dennard, was recently featured in Google's Annual U.S. Economic Impact Report, which looks at web savvy companies who use Google Analytics and other web tools to grow their online business. Since 2009, Google …
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Google touts St. Louis startup in annual report
Overall, Google has helped provide $ 1.2 billion of economic activity for Missouri businesses in 2013, the company said. More than $ 650,000 of free advertising was given to 23 Missouri nonprofits through the Google Ad Grants program. For more …
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Google gives lift to SF homeless-shower bus
The cost of fixing the bus up to include showers, two private bathrooms and toiletries was provided by private donations, including some from Google. The Lava Mae bus travels throughout San Francisco, where the city allows the nonprofit to use fire …
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The US government thinks Aereo is and isn’t a cable company

By now you’re likely aware that the US Supreme Court decided Aereo’s service was a violation of copyright law, labeling it a cable system. The outfit then sought to carry on the same statutory license cable companies pay broadcasters royalties to…

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MakerBot Patents An Automatic Filament Switching System While Parent Company Stratasys Enjoys A Financial Bump

giphy A MakerBot patent shows that the company is working on a dual-filament solution that can change print colors on the fly. By leading the filaments through the heated extruder using a sort of “slider” system, the patent suggests that future MakerBots should be able to change colors mid-print, a vast improvement over current dual-color solutions. Current dual-filament solutions use two… Read More

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Google’s Project Tango Includes Tech Apple-Acquired 3D Imaging Company PrimeSense

primesense-tango If you want a hint of what might be on the horizon at Apple, look to Google – or at least look to its Project Tango experimental 3D depth-sensing smartphone. Tango got a teardown just the other day, and later on iFixit determined that one of its key components comes from what is now an Apple subsidiary (via 9to5Google), thanks to a deal that wrapped up last November. PrimeSense, which is the… Read More

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