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May 19 2017

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Shopify shares dip 3.5% after it announces secondary stock offering of 5.5M shares at $91, raising $500.5M (Reinhardt Krause/Investor's Business ...)

Reinhardt Krause / Investor's Business Daily:
Shopify shares dip 3.5% after it announces secondary stock offering of 5.5M shares at $91, raising $500.5M  —  E-commerce platform provider Shopify (SHOP) could be a buyer as opposed to takeover bait for the likes Adobe Systems (ADBE), Amazon.com (AMZN) or eBay (EBAY) following its surprise $490 million stock offering.

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Roughly 98 percent of PCs hit by the ransomware attack were running Windows 7, according to security firm Kaspersky Lab.

The Arctic seed vault had to deal with melting permafrost last winter

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In Arctic Svalbard, there is a vault that might sound like a sci-fi plot device. Completed in 2008, the Global Seed Vault is a remote archive for safeguarding seeds for thousands of crop varieties. If anything dramatic should happen elsewhere around the world, we want these seeds to be there.

The vault consists of a giant freezer room bored into a mountain, protected by the bedrock around it and the permafrost above it. But according to a report in The Guardian, the vault experienced an unhappy surprise recently—melting permafrost in winter.

The Arctic just experienced its second-warmest winter on record (surpassed only by 2016), and Svalbard saw remarkable temperatures and even rain. In fact, Svalbard averaged more than 4 °C above even the 2004-2013 average.

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Regulator-approved fix for another 84,000 diesels could save VW some money

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On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that they approved a new fix (PDF) for 84,390 diesel vehicles that were caught up in the Volkswagen Group scandal that broke in 2015.

The fix applies to automatic 2.0L Passats from 2012-2014 (manual Passats do not have an approved fix yet). The approval is good news for VW Group, which is required to fix or buy back all of the 475,474 diesel vehicles that were caught using illegal software to circumvent nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions rules in 2015. The cars with the offending software belched many times the amount of NOx permitted by US regulators while being driven under normal driving conditions, but the cars passed emissions tests when hooked up to a dynamometer in a lab.

Although car owners can choose whether they want VW Group to buy back their vehicle or fix it, VW Group can’t resell any cars that aren’t in compliance with US emissions standards, even in countries where emissions standards are more lax. With the approval of a fix, VW Group doesn’t have to eat so much of a loss on those 84,390 cars.

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Court ruling nullifies US requirement that hobbyists register drones

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A federal appeals court on Friday struck down a regulation requiring the public to register drones. The US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found that the Federal Aviation Administration did not have the authority to regulate so-called "model aircraft."

The decision, (PDF) if it stands, means that the public does not have to abide by the FCC requirement established in 2015. The ruling is not yet enforceable, however, as the court gave the FAA seven days (PDF) to consider its legal options.

To legally fly a drone, hobbyists are currently required to pay a $5 fee and dole out their name, home address, and e-mail address. They must display a registration sticker on the drone that includes a number unique to the registered drone.

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