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  • $10M initiative announced in May 2014 and supported by more than 20 industry partners ranging from Goldman Sachs to Buzzfeed
  • Technology is one of the city’s fastest-growing sectors, representing 291,000 jobs and $30 billion in wages annually
  • Tesla's new battery will slash consumers electric bills by 25%.
  • The rechargeable lithium-ion battery will be sold to installers for $3,500 for 10kWh, and $3,000 for 7kWh. Deliveries will begin in late Summer.
  • When coupled with solar energy, the batteries will help accelerate the move away from fossil fuels
  • DigitalGlobe satellite is capable of 30-centimeter imagery, meaning 1sq pixel = 1sq ft space on ground
  • Government regulations prevent sharing images until Feb 1, 2015
  • Ice caps, refugees, flooding, wildfires, changing forests, and civil conflicts are just some of the events that can be observed
  • Startup Freight Farms is unrolling a freight-truck-sized farm-in-a-box as a tool for individuals to produce food
  • Farm-in-a-box is up to 90% more efficient with water usage and can be placed pretty much anywhere
  • Spark Capital invested $3.7 in Freight Farms last year; a Freight Farm is priced at $76,000
  • 2014 worldwide art market reached its highest-recorded level ever of $54 billion
  • International highs were also hit as exports and imports increased 10%
  • The extremely wealthy are making record-breaking purchases and committing a larger percentage of their portfolios to the sector.
  • Superconductor cooled with liquid nitrogen can "levitate" over a magnetic track
  • the remarkable properties of the superconducting material (Yttrium barium copper oxide) allows it to seemingly float both above and below the track.
  • Breakthrough in superconductor research first step in replacing less efficient conventional conductors
  • 87 percent of the world's population lives in countries with marriage rates that have fallen since the 1980s
  • Public policy needs to catch up with the reality that fewer and fewer children are being raised in homes with two married parents.
  • Last 200 years have seen family functions replaced with state and market interventions (healthcare, education, elder care, food productions)
  • Taxpayer money is being rallied for drought response as warm winter is blamed for California's exceptional drought
  • Snow-pack is melting earlier than usual, which is the primary source of summer water supply
  • The major storage reservoirs for California are at roughly 50% of capacity with very little opportunity to increase.
  • Invisible Boyfriend, and its partner service Invisible Girlfriend, helps you tell a story about a relationship you aren’t actually in.
  • It is a combination of texting, voicemail, and gift service that reinforces the appearance that you’re seeing someone.
  • Real people are responding; not bots. And everything is confidential.
  • 3 new open patent licenses are helping to encourage innovation: "License On Transfer" (LOT), "Defenisive Patent License (DPL)" and "Innovator's Patent Agreement (IPA)"
  • Open licenses can help mitigate the frivolous litigation software companies, venture capitalists and EFF worry about
  • Fine art remains an offline pursuit, a luxury good with only 6% of transactions online in 2014
  • Online sales of luxury goods are now growing twice as fast as offline
  • Venture capitalists now becoming keen to invest in art dot-coms.
  • Websites optimized for desktops are depreciating as Google pushes for mobile-friendly sites
  • Sites that work on mobile will outrank sites that don't when all other things are equal
  • To be mobile-friendly, a site can build a separate mobile site, use responsive design, or a hybrid form of SSA design
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