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Ex-official denies being party to decision to change Tokyo fish market plans

The Japan Times

A former official said Monday he has objected to a Tokyo Metropolitan Government report that found him and seven others responsible for a design change at a new central wholesale market in the capital. Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike announced about a week ago that the eight former and current metropolitan government officials are responsible for the decision at an officials' meeting in August 2011 to forgo placing a thick layer of clean soil beneath main buildings at the market as an anti-contamination measure. Makoto Miyanaga, a 63-year-old former official, told Kyodo News and other media Monday that he submitted a letter objecting to the allegation to the metropolitan government on Friday. Miyanaga said the officials' meeting "wasn't a place to make a decision and didn't have such a function and authority." Instead, higher-level meetings, including ones attended by the head of the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, should have been held to make such a major decision, he said.

Demystifying the AI Infrastructure Stack


As companies increase their investments in artificial intelligence (AI), there is growing pressure on developers and engineers to deploy AI projects more quickly and at greater scale across the enterprise. Simply evaluating the ever-expanding universe of AI tools and services-- often designed for different users and purposes--is a significant challenge in this growing and fast-moving environment. To address this challenge, we have created the AI Infrastructure Stack, a landscape map that brings greater clarity to the AI ecosystem by charting the layers of the AI technical stack and the vendors within each layer. At Intel Capital this helps us identify the investments we believe will have the greatest positive impact on the future of AI, but it also helps developers and engineers identify the resources they need to deliver their AI projects in the most efficient and effective way possible. This technical infrastructure stack is focused on horizontal solutions that address fundamental needs in developing AI, regardless of the type of company or industry where it's being deployed.

Threat Stack acquires Bluefyre in cloud infrastructure security push


Threat Stack has announced the acquisition of Bluefyre in a bid to improve runtime application security. On Thursday, Threat Stack said the deal was signed in order to improve the firm's portfolio and solutions, especially when it comes to assisting "developers to build secure, cloud-native applications that can detect and prevent threats at runtime, including applications running on Kubernetes." Financial details were not disclosed. Founded in 2017, Bluefyre, based in Boston, Massachusetts, is a firm which specializes in stack security solutions from control planes to application layers. Threat Stack intends to integrate and release Bluefyre's capabilities as part of the firm's Threat Stack Cloud Security Platform and Cloud SecOps Program early next year.

European/Israeli Venture Capital Firm 83North Rides The New Scale-Up Phase of Startup Nation

Forbes - Tech

In the first nine months of 2016, Israeli high-tech companies raised a total of $4 billion, a year-over-year increase of 27%. Increasingly, these funds are geared towards long-term growth as Startup Nation is shifting into a Scale-Up Nation mode. The shift reflects a new attitude by Israeli entrepreneurs who are now interested less in a quick exit and more in building and running large companies. The new time horizon is driven in part by home-grown VCs and increasingly by global VC firms. In late 2014, "83North stood out with its quick closing of $204 million, a third fund for the team, but the first under the 83North rebranding of Greylock Israel," says the IVC Research Center which tracks and analyzes the Israeli high-tech sector.

The Base Of The Consumer Tech Stack: Tools

Forbes - Tech

Consumer technology, and all the disruption it continues to cause, can't happen without tools. But when I invoke the word "tools," I am not referring to the tools themselves; I'm referring to our human habit of creating and using tools, even defining ourselves by those tools -- the actual tools are a byproduct of that habit or urge. And if you want to understand the future of consumer technology, you have to start there. This is part two of my four-part series of blog posts exploring the four forces of the consumer technology stack. As I wrote in April during our Consumer Marketing 2018 Forum in NYC, while companies have spent the last 20 years building their tech stacks to run their businesses, consumers, too, have been building their own consumer tech stack.