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Caterpillar Demos Use of Hydrogen Fuel Cells for Backup Power at Microsoft Data Center

by | Jan 22, 2024
The demonstration with Microsoft and Ballard Power Systems simulated a 48-hour backup power event at Microsoft's data center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Caterpillar's Jaime Mineart said the collaboration shows "the potential of hydrogen fuel cells to help data centers address their critical power needs while reducing their emissions."
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Plano-Based ERP Logic Rebrands as Nobl Q, Acquires Jeevan Technologies
by | Dec 19, 2023
With the acquisition of Jeevan, SAP and cloud solutions provider Nobl Q says it's transforming into a "boutique global services firm with a strong emphasis on AI." Noble Q's new co-chairman is Jeevan Chairman and CEO Nepoleon Duraisamy—a former Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment of India who has been an actor in around 150 Indian movies.
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Procure IT Names Communications Veteran to Lead Enterprise Consulting Practice
by | Jul 31, 2023
Voice plays an "increasingly vital role" in digital transformation, says John Cooper. The new managing director–voice transformation will help clients capitalize on the opportunities.
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Anthropic, Google, Microsoft, and OpenAI To Launch AI Frontier Model Forum
by | Jul 27, 2023
The forum aims to ensure safe and responsible development of frontier AI models that could "exceed the capabilities currently present in the most advanced existing models." A core objective: Collaborating with policymakers, academics, civil society, and companies to share knowledge about trust and safety risks. "We're all going to need to work together to make sure AI benefits everyone," said Google and Alphabet's president of global affairs.
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UTA Team Gets Nearly $3M From DOE To Develop Data Center Cooling Tech

by | May 16, 2023
Some things you just gotta keep cool: your temper on the Tollway at 8:45 a.m., your drink after work, and—maybe we should've put this first—data centers. All those endless rows of servers generate heat, which is why cooling accounts for nearly half of a data center's electricity usage. Now a team led by UT Arlington's Dereje Agonafer is developing hybrid cooling technology that could save "a massive amount of money in energy costs" for both current and future servers.
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Elon Musk, Other Tech Leaders Call for 6-Month Pause on the ‘Dangerous Race’ to Giant AI Systems
by | Mar 29, 2023
The request was made in an open letter signed by major players including Elon Musk, co-founder of OpenAI, the lab that created ChatGPT and GPT-4; Emad Mostaque, founder of the London-based Stability AI; and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. More than 1,000 artificial intelligence experts, researchers, and backers signed the letter, including academics from UT Dallas.
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MCE Systems Adds Former GM Mobility, IoT and AI at Microsoft to Advisory Board
by | Dec 16, 2022

Israel-based MCE Systems Ltd., which has a North American office in Dallas, has appointed Jim Hudak, a former senior Microsoft exec with a focus on mobility, IoT, and AI at Microsoft, to the MCE advisory board.

MCE is a global leader in digital device lifecycle management (dDLM) for mobile and IoT devices....

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant Fuels Celanese’s Development of Medical Device
by | Aug 25, 2022
The foundation's $626,000 grant will be used by Irving-based Celanese Corporation to produce a refillable contraceptive implant. The project's goal is to help women in developing countries who lack access to modern contraception options, and could benefit from more flexibility and control. To develop the device, Celanese will use its VitalDose drug delivery platform, an implantable device for controlled drug release that’s been used commercially in the U.S. and Europe.
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Local Investors Anurag Jain and Ross Perot Jr. Help Bring Major League Cricket to North Texas and Beyond

by | May 23, 2022
The investors joined Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and others committing a total of $120 million to the MLC. Noted sports architect HKS is designing a "world-class" Major League Cricket stadium in Grand Prairie. Upon completion early next year, it's expected to be the leading venue for cricket in the U.S., the MLC says.
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Follow the Money: Plano Telehealth Startup Raises $14.1M, Southlake VC Raising Two New Funds, Unleashed Brands Looks for a Buyer, Bishop Cider Buys Two Local Brewers, and More
by | May 23, 2022
What companies are finding funding or having a big exit? From startup investments to grants and acquisitions, Dallas Innovates tracks what’s happening in North Texas money.
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Plano Cybersecurity Firm Raises $215M as Threat of Attacks Grows
by | Apr 12, 2022
Plano-based Critical Start—which says its mission is "delivering badass cybersecurity"—raised the $215 million strategic growth investment from Austin's Vista Equity Partners. The move comes as ransomware attacks increased 104% in North America last year, and as other Dallas-area cybersecurity firms have been recent targets of $525M to $1B acquisitions and investments.
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After Opening a New Office in Miami Beach, CourMed is Bringing its Concierge Health Care Platform Home to North Texas
by | Feb 23, 2022
McKinney-based CourMed, a concierge health care services delivery company, has expanded with a regional office in Miami Beach and a growing presence in several Western states. “There's an opportunity for us to really create something new in the marketplace that doesn't exist,” its founder and CEO Derrick Miles tells Dallas Innovates. “This is a totally different type of care. We call it the antithesis of seven-minute medicine.”
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Dallas-Based Edutainment Startup Banneky Has a New Way to Promote Diversity in STEM Careers 

by | Jun 24, 2021
The new tech education platform, Banneky.com, is hosting a six-hour virtual event on June 26 in collaboration with Warner Bros. Pictures and Microsoft to promote diversity and inspire youth to pursue STEM careers in tech, gaming, and entertainment.
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Microsoft To Partner with State and Local Leaders To Accelerate Digital Learning Across Texas
by | Oct 22, 2020
Microsoft and the Texas Education Agency are collaborating on digital skills programs statewide that tackle issues such as STEM engagement and talent pipeline growth.
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Microsoft community skills program black-led nonprofits
Future Readiness: This $15M Microsoft Training Program Aims to Accelerate Digital Skills in Minority Communities
by | Sep 25, 2020
The Sept. 30 deadline looms for the Microsoft community skills grant that's open to Black-led nonprofits. Up to 50 organizations will receive up to $100,000 over three years for training purposes.
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AT&T and Microsoft Have a New IoT “Guardian Device” to Connect to the Cloud—and Bypass Public Internet
by | Sep 23, 2020
It's the most recent example of how Dallas-based AT&T and Microsoft are working together through a multibillion-dollar strategic alliance launched last year. The streamlined solution lets enterprises securely connect machines and equipment to the cloud almost anywhere.
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