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General Dynamics Wins $7.6 Billion Contract to Supply Microsoft Office Software to the Pentagon

A subsidiary of General Dynamics has been awarded a Pentagon contract worth an estimated $7.6 billion over 10 years. Under the agreement, CSRA, part of GD’s IT unit, will provide the Pentagon with Microsoft 360 cloud-based office and productivity software including word processing and email, Bloomberg reports. The services are referred to as Defense Enterprise …

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Countries Are Losing ‘Measles Free’ Designation and the U.S. Could Be Next: Brainstorm Health

Good afternoon, readers. Before the Labor Day weekend begins, let’s start with an alarming story (don’t worry, Friday’s essay will be significantly less dire before we go on a brief hiatus next Monday). The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Thursday that four European countries previously considered to be free of measles have lost that coveted …

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Uber CEO Says It ‘Sure Looked Like’ Levandowski Took Google’s Files

Uber Technologies Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi said Thursday that “it sure looked like” former executive Anthony Levandowski took information on self-driving cars from his former employer, Google. Prosecutors charged Levandowski this week with 33 counts of stealing trade secrets from Alphabet’s autonomous-vehicle unit Waymo. The charges revive a painful period for Uber when co-founder Travis Kalanick …

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Trump Says New Space Command Will ‘Ensure That America’s Superiority in Space Is Never Questioned’

Declaring space crucial to the nation’s defense, President Donald Trump said Thursday the Pentagon has established U.S. Space Command to preserve American dominance on “the ultimate high ground.” “This is a landmark day,” Trump said in a Rose Garden ceremony, “one that recognizes the centrality of space to America’s national security and defense.” He said …

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Executive Credited for Building Lyft for Business Customers Exits

One of Lyft’s top executives, credited for building the company’s ride-hailing service for businesses, is leaving after four years. David Baga, Lyft’s chief business officer who oversees Lyft Business, will step down on Sept. 6. The company did not disclose a reason for the departure.  Lyft said it is not initiating a search to replace …

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Whirlpool Recalls Glass Stovetops That Can Turn Themselves On

Self-cleaning ovens are one thing, but a cooktop that spontaneously turns itself on? That’s a recall. Whirlpool and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have recalled over 26,000 glass cooktops for just that reason. The devices were sold under the Whirlpool, KitchenAid and JennAir brand names. The stovetops were manufactured between December 2016 and July …

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