One American, Two Russians Blast off to International Space Station | Top News

By Joey Roulette and Olzhas Auyezov

WASHINGTON/ALMATY (Reuters) – A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a U.S. astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday and successfully reached orbit, live footage broadcast by Russia’s space agency Roscosmos showed.

The crew members travelling to the International Space Station (ISS) are Kate Rubins, a NASA microbiologist who in 2016 became the first person to sequence DNA in space, and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov.

The mission is the last scheduled Russian flight carrying a U.S. crew member.

Since the space shuttle program ended in 2011, NASA has relied on Russia to ferry its astronauts to the space station, an orbiting laboratory 250 miles above Earth that has housed international crews of astronauts continuously for nearly 20 years.

The U.S. space agency in 2014 contracted Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Boeing Co

to build competing space capsules in an effort to reclaim NASA’s launch independence.

The $8 billion program enabled SpaceX’s first manned trip to the space station in May, marking the first from home soil in nearly a decade.

NASA has purchased additional crew seats from Russia as its public-private crew program faced delays, with Rubins’ mission being the most recent.

The U.S. is scheduled to begin operational missions on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule. 

“We have an incredible partnership,” Rubins said in an interview from Russia’s Star City before her flight. “We’ll continue to train crews over here and we’re going to have cosmonauts come to the Johnson Space Center and train.”

NASA and Roscosmos have committed to continue the flight-sharing partnership and are in talks to fly Russian astronauts on U.S. vehicles and to fly U.S. astronauts on Russian rockets when needed, a spokesperson for Roscosmos told Reuters. 

“Of course, mutual flights are of

Best Prime Day Wireless Mouse Deals 2020: The Top Discounts

The second half of Prime Day is now underway. Amazon’s big blowout sale survived a months-long postponement, finally kicking off on Tuesday, and if you’ve shopped this event in previous years then you know that Prime Day offers up some of the best deals in tech that you’ll see all year.

If you’re looking to upgrade your remote work or gaming setup, get ready to shop: We’ve rounded up some of the best Prime Day wireless mouse deals right here, so keep this page bookmarked and check back often to stay on top of the latest bargains because we’ll bee keeping this list updated regularly throughout the week.

What are today’s best Prime Day wireless mouse deals?

How to choose a wireless mouse?

The first thing you need to keep in mind when buying a wireless mouse (and even a wireless keyboard, for that matter) is what you want to get out of it. If you’re looking for a gaming mouse you might want to consider the durability, the customization options, and how advanced the laser or optical sensor is if you’re playing a game that requires tons of small precise movements. You’ll also want to keep your grip in mind and whether you’re right- or left-handed when picking a gaming mouse. For example, the Logitech G900 is a great ambidextrous gaming mouse. If you’re not sure what kind of gaming mouse you need, you can always choose a hybrid like the Razer Mamba which can be used for playing games in literally every genre you can imagine.

For an everyday-use mouse, you need to once again think about how and where you’re going to use it. If you travel a lot or commute daily, you might want to get a travel mouse like the Microsoft Surface Mobile Mouse. If

Armory nabs $40M Series C as commercial biz on top of open-source Spinnaker project takes off

As companies continue to shift more quickly to the cloud, pushed by the pandemic, startups like Armory that work in the cloud-native space are seeing an uptick in interest. Armory is a company built to be a commercial layer on top of the open-source continuous delivery project Spinnaker. Today, it announced a $40 million Series C.

B Capital led the round, with help from new investors Lead Edge Capital and Marc Benioff along with previous investors Insight Partners, Crosslink Capital, Bain Capital Ventures, Mango Capital, Y Combinator and Javelin Venture Partners. Today’s investment brings the total raised to more than $82 million.

“Spinnaker is an open-source project that came out of Netflix and Google, and it is a very sophisticated multi-cloud and software delivery platform,” company co-founder and CEO Daniel R. Odio told TechCrunch.

Odio points out that this project has the backing of industry leaders, including the three leading public cloud infrastructure vendors Amazon, Microsoft and Google, as well as other cloud players like CloudFoundry and HashiCorp. “The fact that there is a lot of open-source community support for this project means that it is becoming the new standard for cloud-native software delivery,” he said.

In the days before the notion of continuous delivery, companies moved forward slowly, releasing large updates over months or years. As software moved to the cloud, this approach no longer made sense and companies began delivering updates more incrementally, adding features when they were ready. Adding a continuous delivery layer helped facilitate this move.

As Odio describes it, Armory extends the Spinnaker project to help implement complex use cases at large organizations, including around compliance and governance and security. It is also in the early stages of implementing a SaaS version of the solution, which should be available next year.

While he didn’t want

Eric Liaw and Tom Loverro Named on the 2020 GrowthCap’s Top 25 Software Investors List

IVP, a premier later-stage venture capital and growth equity firm, is pleased to announce that Eric Liaw and Tom Loverro have been named to the 2020 GrowthCap’s Top 25 Software Investors List. The list highlights the most exceptional private capital investors who have demonstrated deep software sector expertise, high leadership acumen, exceptional investment judgment, and consistent professional performance over a sustained period of time.

“It’s an exciting time to invest in later-stage software companies,” said Eric Liaw. “Companies are targeting hundreds of millions of users in ever larger global markets, allowing them to grow faster than ever and generate significant revenue within a very short timeframe. The acceleration of digital transformation drives a massive opportunity for our current and future portfolio companies. It is an honor to work with many talented entrepreneurs and partner with them to create the market leaders of the future.”

“IVP invests in the fastest-growing technology companies and software is the majority of what we do,” added Tom Loverro. “We partner with exceptional management teams to build software companies of consequence.”

IVP manages $7 billion in committed capital and is one of the top-performing firms in the venture capital industry. The firm has backed innovative companies such as CrowdStrike, Datadog, GitHub, Glossier, Grammarly, HashiCorp, Hopin, Klarna, MuleSoft, Slack, Snap, Supercell, TransferWise, Twitter, and UiPath and remains committed to its focused strategy of supporting innovation at the growth stage and partnering closely with exceptional management teams.

About Eric Liaw

Eric joined IVP in 2011. He is focused primarily on later-stage investments in high growth companies across a variety of sectors, including enterprise software, Internet, and mobile. Eric serves as a Board Director or Observer for IVP portfolio companies Aiven, App Annie, Deputy, Glossier, The Honest Company, IEX, Lulus, MasterClass, NextRoll, Supermetrics, and ZipRecruiter and led IVP’s investments

Prime Day gaming monitor deals are selling out fast, check out our top picks

Update: Looks like the gaming monitor we originally recommended here is all sold out. Be sure to move fast if you want your pick of the best gaming monitors going. Here’s some inspiration from our Prime Day gaming monitor deals hub:

Original story: It’s Prime Day, and that means a heap of PC components, gaming monitors, and even whole PCs are discounted on Amazon and across the web. If you’ve landed here, that’s probably because you’re intrigued by what the day has to offer in gaming monitor deals. Well, you’re in luck because the Acer Predator XB271HU 27-inch is going for $379.99, the cheapest it’s been all year.

The monitor is the window into the soul of your gaming PC—or something like that. What I mean is that whichever gaming monitor you choose better be a good one as it’s the way in which you get the most out of your components. There’s no use buying an RTX 3080 only to run it with a 1080p 60Hz gaming monitor, nor would you be doing the latest games justice with a less-than-perfect panel.

Which brings us neatly onto today’s top gaming monitor deal: the Acer Predator XB271HU 27-inch, which is currently sitting at its lowest price all year (for Prime members).

Sitting right in the 1440p, 144Hz sweet spot for PC gaming, this 27-inch panel also offers a decent breadth of panel real estate for an immersive and detailed gaming experience just away from your desktop.

If you want to take things a little further, the panel can also be overclocked up to 165Hz. While that might not seem like much, if you’ve got the GPU to handle it, we ask: why not?

Since this is a slightly older panel now, its response time is a cool 4ms. It’s far from