Apple Acquires Mapsense

The Los Angeles Times reports Apple has acquired San-Francisco-based mapping analytics company Mapsense. According to the article, Apple paid between $25 million and $30 million for the company. Mapsense is equipped to analyze billions of digitally connected devices streaming location data. The MapSense team will join Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.

Booz Allen Hamilton and Triumfant to Develop Predictive Intelligence Solutions

Booz Allen Hamilton and enterprise endpoint security provider Triumfant entered into a strategic partnership to build predictive intelligence solutions to counter cyber threats. Booz Allen’s Predictive Intelligence Services will provide Triumfant’s breach detection product AtomicEye with advanced cyber analytics and reverse engineering capabilities in a secure environment to enable real-time collaboration with cyber experts.

Report: Earth Observation in 2024

Euroconsult recently published a report titled “Satellite-Based Earth Observation: Market Prospects to 2024.” According to the report, more than 400 civil and commercial Earth observation satellites are expected to launch in the next decade, compared to 179 from 2005-2014. Additionally, this will result in $39 billion in manufacturing revenues over the next 10 years. Read the press release for an overview of the report.

CIA Declassifies Intelligence Memos

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) recently released approximately 2,500 previously classified President’s Daily Briefs from the John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson administrations. The 40-page booklet contains intelligence analysis on key national security issues originally prepared for the President and other senior policymakers. The release of the brief is part of a 2009 executive order from President Obama stating all classified materials will automatically undergo a declassification review and release after 25 years. A copy of the publication is available here.

Girls and STEM

Accenture released new research reporting 60 percent of 12-year-old girls in the United Kingdom and Ireland believe science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects are too difficult to learn. Additionally, 51 percent of teachers and 43 percent of parents surveyed believe this perception explains the low interest in STEM subjects among girls. The report suggests parents and teachers must do more to encourage girls in the early stages of development to embrace STEM. Read more about this report.

IBM Opens Office in Brazil

IBM is expanding its cloud footprint by opening a second cloud data center inSão Paulo, Brazil. According to the company press release, this new facility will give local companies complete access to a broad array of services for building in-country cloud solutions, while global users can leverage faster network speeds to improve performance and reach end users even faster. 

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