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Samsung will build a $17 billion semiconductor factory in Texas

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Samsung has committed to build a chip-making factory in Texas, just as the US starts to push for the expansion in semiconductor production within the country. The Korean tech giant will be investing $17 billion into the new facility, which will manufacture high-end and advanced chips for smartphones, 5G and artificial intelligence, among other applications. According to The Wall Street Journal, construction for the factory is scheduled to begin next year, while production within the facility is expected to start in the second half of 2024. 

The US government has been taking steps towards boosting semiconductor production in the US, following the global chip shortage caused by shuttered plants and the high demand for PCs and other devices during the pandemic. This issue continues to have a huge impact across industries — just this year, automakers like GM and Ford had to suspend or cut production in their US plants due to supply constraints. 

Samsung scouted locations in Arizona, New York and Florida for the new project and also considered Austin, where it has an existing factory. It ultimately chose Taylor, Texas for this new facility due to the generous tax breaks and incentives it offered, as well as the city’s capability to do rolling blackouts and providing electricity to certain facilities in the case of power outage. 

Kim Ki-nam, chief executive of the Samsung Electronics Device Solutions Division, said in a statement:

“As we add a new facility in Taylor, Samsung is laying the groundwork for another important chapter in our future. With greater manufacturing capacity, we will able to better serve the needs of our customers and contribute to the stability of the global semiconductor supply chain. We are also proud to be bringing more jobs and supporting the training and talent development for local communities, as Samsung celebrates 25 years of semiconductor manufacturing in the US.”

Source: https://www.engadget.com/samsung-17-billion-chip-factory-texas-054150875.html?src=rss
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Mariella Moon

Dallas Police Dept Loses 8 Terabytes of Crime Data, Throwing Court Cases Into Chaos

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The Dallas Police Department has announced that a city employee accidentally deleted eight terabytes of its data—a fuck-up that has now endangered an unknown amount of court cases that relied upon the data as evidence.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/dallas-police-dept-loses-8-terabytes-of-crime-data-thr-1847494228
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Lucas Ropek

For sale: Darth Vader helmet house in Houston

When Dr. Jean Cukier decided to build his dream house in Houston, Texas, he grabbed a piece of paper and drew it himself. Cukier loved Star Wars so he took architectural inspiration from Darth Vader’s helmet. The 7,000 square-foot, four bedroom/five bath home is now for sale for $4.3 million. — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/05/28/for-sale-darth-vader-helmet-house-in-houston.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=for-sale-darth-vader-helmet-house-in-houston
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The Article Was Written/Published By: David Pescovitz

Tesla is secretly preparing to switch on a huge mega battery in Texas

Tesla has secretly constructed a huge battery facility in Texas, part of what appears to be an attempt to add power storage to the state pummeled with bad weather in February. Texas’ electric grid was reportedly hours from collapse at one point, as freezing temperatures saw electricity demand soar and rolling outages take vast swathes of the state offline for … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/tesla-is-secretly-preparing-to-switch-on-a-huge-mega-battery-in-texas-08662603/
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After Texas lifts mask mandate, ‘I hate it here’ trends on Twitter

Yesterday, in the name of “freedom,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced he was lifting the mask mandate and opening Texas “100%.” In his press release he said, “With this executive order, we are ensuring that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny.” — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/03/03/after-texas-lifts-mask-mandate-i-hate-it-here-trends-on-twitter.html
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Carla Sinclair