Meteorite Lights up Sky Above Mexico As Hurricane Delta Hits and Earthquakes Strike Country

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A fireball was spotted in the night sky above north-eastern Mexico on Tuesday, as Hurricane Delta made landfall in the Yucatán Peninsula and several minor earthquakes struck the country.

The fireball was most visible above the states of Nuevo León, Coahuila and Tamaulipas, which border the U.S., around 10:14 p.m. local time, according to the Global Atmospheric Monitoring Agency—part of Mexico’s Institute of Geological and Atmospheric Research.

Some amazed eyewitnesses—as well as some security cameras, webcams and doorbell camss—managed to capture footage of the fireball as it blazed through the atmosphere.

Cameras in Monterrey—the state capital of Nuevo León—captured images of the fireball briefly illuminating the night sky above the city.

Fireballs are unusually bright meteors—the streaks of light that appear in the sky when small pieces of asteroids or comets enter the Earth’s atmosphere and burn up. If these objects avoid completely disintegrating and manage to reach the ground they are known as meteorites.

Local reports suggest that the meteorite fell near Ciudad Victoria, the capital of the state of Tamaulipas. Mexican news outlet Milenio reported that the meteorite set fire to bushes in the area where it fell, with local firefighter teams responding to the incident.

The fall of the meteorite came as Hurricane Delta made landfall in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, bringing winds of around 110 miles per hour.

The Category 2 hurricane struck the coast in between the popular tourist resorts of Cancún and Playa del Carmen, accordion to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC.)

The NHC has said that Delta will bring a “life-threatening storm surge” and “dangerous winds” to parts of the northern Yucatán into early Wednesday morning. This could lead to significant flash flooding that will affect the northern part of the peninsula through early Thursday.

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Madrona leads $3.9M seed round for cybersecurity compliance startup Strike Graph

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Strike Graph co-founders Justin Beals and Brian Bero. (Strike Graph Photo)

Seattle startup Strike Graph raised a $3.9 million seed round led by Madrona Venture Group.

The company, founded less than a year ago and spun out of Madrona Venture Labs, helps companies prepare for the cybersecurity certification process.

Most B2B organizations need to pass cybersecurity audits to ensure their service meets security and privacy standards. Strike Graph says its customers can earn a SOC 2 Type 1 certification in 45 days and save $50,000 in consultant fees thanks to automation and customization features.

The 5-person startup is led by CEO Justin Beals, a veteran of NextStep, Koru, Roundbox Global, and other startups, along with Brian Bero, who previously co-founded Seattle tech stalwart Apptio and recently sold security startup Greytwist to SmartRIA.

The idea for Strike Graph came about after Beals struggled with the SOC 2 process as the CTO of an AI startup getting through procurement. The biggest roadblock to closing deals was the security review process that could take anywhere from six months to two years with one client.

Beals said Strike Graph competes against legacy compliance platforms that have “empty databases” and require outside consultants.

“Some new entrants into the market are overly prescriptive and don’t allow companies flexibility in their security practices,” he added. “Our platform carefully threads the difference so that companies can efficiently adjust Strike Graph to meet their current cybersecurity practices.”

GeekWire previously reported on the company in May. It launched just as the COVID-19 pandemic began in the U.S., though Beals said demand for Strike Graph’s initial pilot offering was high.

“This team is going after a large and significantly growing opportunity to serve a sharp pain point for B2B businesses,” Madrona wrote in a blog post. “Strike Graph defines what we

Microsoft Teams Issues Strike To Zoom With Tidal Wave Of Brilliant New Features

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Microsoft has just dealt a new strike to Zoom with a tidal wave of new features to make meetings easier and more functional. Many of the features are aimed at enhancing Microsoft’s video conferencing service to be more like the real-life work environment as employees continue to work from come during the coronavirus pandemic.

Microsoft announced the Teams updates in a blog to coincide with its Ignite 2020 conference this week. So, what’s new?

First up is a handy tool in Teams to help you set the scene for your meeting. Together mode scenes will enable work colleagues to meet in a variety of settings including coffee shops, auditoriums and conference rooms.

Another very cool Teams feature coming in October is Breakout rooms, an ideal tool for people to split off into smaller groups during a meeting or conference. Presenters can hop between the breakout rooms, make announcements to all the rooms and close them to bring everyone back to the main meeting.

For those using Teams for structured meetings such as webinars, Microsoft is also rolling out features at the end of the year such as event registration with automated emails and automated dashboards to help understand engagement after the event has finished. 

Another new Microsoft Teams feature, custom layouts, will allow presenters to control how content looks to participants. This means when a presenter shows a PowerPoint slide, others in the meeting will be able to see the presenter’s video feed transposed onto the foreground of the slide they’re showing.

Meeting recaps and other new capabilities 

Meanwhile, available in the meeting Chat tab and Detail tab, meeting recaps